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    jent103 got a reaction from Kimber P in The Official "Can I Have..." Guide to the Whole30   
    I don't think maltodextrin is compliant, but hopefully a moderator will weigh in. Sugar is definitely not compliant. Aidell's chicken & apple sausage is one compliant sausage brand (some of their other flavors are not, though).
     
    For lunch meat, the only one I found in my area was Applegate Farms roast beef (the turkey and ham all have additives, but the roast beef just has salt & pepper). I haven't looked very hard for bacon, but some people order online from US Wellness Meats, and a few people have reported finding some at farmers' markets. Prosciutto might be a good substitute - my Trader Joe's has a couple of compliant brands.
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    jent103 reacted to cewdressage in Are the risks worth it?   
    I used to love beer. Thick, creamy beers (and ales, lagers, etc...) were my jam. I switched to Paleo, but did not give up my tasty beer. I've never had any severe health issues, but digestive troubles were a regular thing. Then I decided to try a Whole30 during my first 1/2 marathon training, wanting to be at optimal health and a fat-burning beast by the time I raced. I never once thought I wouldn't be able to go back to my lovely brews after those 30 days. 
    However, once I reintroduced one of those beers, I had severe stomach issues. Lighter beer are less troublesome, but I'm not a huge fan of them. Basically, I can't really drink beer at all now. But you know what, it's okay! If you would have asked me pre-W30 if I would ever consider giving up beer for good, the answer would be a big, resounding NO! That would have been crazy talk. 
     
    I am on my 3rd W30 now, and I just can't imagine stopping W30s or this lifestyle just so I could drink some of my favorite beer. First, for something to have that great of a psychological hold-- to be afraid to do something amazing for my one and only body just so I can indulge in something I love, but isn't good for me-- isn't okay. I do not want to be held hostage my food/beverage choices. Secondly, as it turns out, I have discovered other things that I absolutely love to the point where I don't even miss beer. Not only have I discovered new foods I love in this process, but I have found new activities I love. Change is possible in every way in our lives... it's just a matter of allowing that change to occur instead of fighting to hold onto things we are probably better off letting go of. 
     
    I still indulge in certain foods from time to time (like my grandmas fried chicken and biscuits with sorghum!), but only because those things don't create extreme discomfort for me. However, if they ever do, I feel like I could let them go in favor of something muuuuuch better (my health!).
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    jent103 got a reaction from ladyshanny in Are the risks worth it?   
    My thinking is this, and I am neither a scientist nor a mod, so take it with a grain of salt: If you've already done two Whole30s and haven't noticed anything that, say, makes you need to stay away from gluten or dairy forever due to the dire consequences, the likelihood that you will suddenly do another Whole30 and find yourself completely unable to tolerate a latte after is pretty low. That's not to say that for your entire life you'll be able to do that. Bodies change, and so do our awarenesses, but I doubt it would happen that dramatically.
     
    If you're scared to tell your friends to do a Whole30 because something like that might happen to them, well, a) if that does happen, it probably means it's something that's better for their health, and b ) their decision to do a Whole30 is on them. Not you. You can share your experience, point them to ISWF or this web site, but it's their decision. If they're actually angry at you if it turns out pizza makes them sick, that seems like a different issue.
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    jent103 got a reaction from ladyshanny in Are the risks worth it?   
    My thinking is this, and I am neither a scientist nor a mod, so take it with a grain of salt: If you've already done two Whole30s and haven't noticed anything that, say, makes you need to stay away from gluten or dairy forever due to the dire consequences, the likelihood that you will suddenly do another Whole30 and find yourself completely unable to tolerate a latte after is pretty low. That's not to say that for your entire life you'll be able to do that. Bodies change, and so do our awarenesses, but I doubt it would happen that dramatically.
     
    If you're scared to tell your friends to do a Whole30 because something like that might happen to them, well, a) if that does happen, it probably means it's something that's better for their health, and b ) their decision to do a Whole30 is on them. Not you. You can share your experience, point them to ISWF or this web site, but it's their decision. If they're actually angry at you if it turns out pizza makes them sick, that seems like a different issue.
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    jent103 reacted to leahcarn in Are the risks worth it?   
    I went through a situation like you describe with milk. It affected me a lot more when I reintroduced it, than before I did whole30. Now, 2 years later, my poor gut has healed to the extent that if I want, I can go to a cafe and get a hot chocolate and I don't react too badly. However, I know if I did that every day, I would be doing internal damage and just feel like crap, so I save it for the BEST hot chocolate, and the richest, most decadent ice cream, and the knowledge of how to keep myself healthy and feeling wonderful is worth it 1000 times over.
    Hope that helps.
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    jent103 got a reaction from curly30 in The crazy things people say   
    If it were my mom, telling her "Don't worry - I'm still sinning, just in other ways" would definitely stop that conversation in its tracks.
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    jent103 got a reaction from curly30 in The crazy things people say   
    If it were my mom, telling her "Don't worry - I'm still sinning, just in other ways" would definitely stop that conversation in its tracks.
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    jent103 got a reaction from missmary in Kombucha   
    A mod may weigh in with official word, but - to me this sounds like legalese/covering their butts. I doubt they've changed the formula to add alcohol. So I'd guess yes (assuming no added sugar post-ferment) unless a mod says otherwise.
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    jent103 reacted to LadyM in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Update: my refrigerated SCOBY has come to life, made some good booch, and given birth to a brand new lovely SCOBY. I'm about to bottle and do a second ferment with pomegranate juice.
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    jent103 reacted to MrsStick in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Okay. I've heard of kombucha, but never bothered to try it or anything. I've done water kefir before, but that was because it was so easy - add sugar to water, drop in grains, wait three days, filter, mix juice, wait two days, drink. Easy.
     
    But. BUT. Just found out that a new friend here (I moved to Korea 2-ish months ago) makes her own kombucha. She gave me a little bottle to try. It's lightly fizzy, and kind of lovely. I want to do it. I have NO IDEA what I'm doing, or if it's worth it. Or if it's time consuming. I should've been more careful when I poured some for myself tonight, because the little baby SCOBY ended up in my glass and I've drank it. Oh well, it was lovely mixed with cranberry juice. Who needs wine?
     
    She's offered me a SCOBY and...I want to. But...BUT...I'm scared. I work full time. I live in Korea, where electricity is so expensive that I don't leave my A/C on when I'm out of the house or at night (so far). I don't know how long I'd need to do any of this...and I kind of want one of you expert-sounding people, in your 60 page thread, to reassure me. I have half gallon mason jars and a plastic strainer, but I would have to pick up some grolsch-type jars to put it in.
     
    Aargh. I'm sure it's great for me. I just...am not sure. Any ideas from you all?
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    jent103 reacted to pjena in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I just swapped out my scobys - put the one I've been using for almost a year into the hotel and took out the hotel one.  So far so good.  The hotel'd scoby is working just fine.  I'm sure yours will, too. 
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    jent103 reacted to LadyM in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
     
    Let us know how it goes! We'll have to compare notes.
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    jent103 got a reaction from curly30 in The crazy things people say   
    If it were my mom, telling her "Don't worry - I'm still sinning, just in other ways" would definitely stop that conversation in its tracks.
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    jent103 reacted to DanielleM in The crazy things people say   
    So my boyfriend and I are pretty much paleo at home- I am far more strict about it than he is (cheese and creamer in his coffee are the big things he can't let go...and beer. he likes his beer.) Anyway, he brings his lunch to work, which is usually leftovers from whatever paleo meal we had the night before. 
     
    I made a paleo Shepard's pie with mashed cauliflower on top. Apparently it was pretty fragrant when reheated- and people in his office complained. They sniffed around until they found his cubicle. "Oh, of course, it's Erik the foodie. What are you eating, broccoli? Ewww." (it wasn't broccoli at all, btw. I think they just don't know what real food smells like!)
     
    He then proceeded to come home and look through all of our paleo cookbooks to find the most fragrantly annoying foods he could.  
     
    In December, his work was doing a Secret Santa thing. He knew the girl who was his Secret Santa liked to eat- so he put a note on her desk saying she wasn't to bring lunch all week leading up to the "gift exchange day" and that she should leave a note with anything she couldn't have or didn't like. 
     
    He then brought her a Paleo lunch every day that week. She was so excited at how delicious everything was, and told everyone that she had the BEST Secret Santa ever. And, of course, everyone was jealous and tried to find out who it was. (We even had to buy a different color set of tupperware so she wouldn't see Erik's lunch and figure it out... AND he made sure he didn't bring the same thing he brought for her each day...)
     
    Well, when they finally revealed themselves, everyone knew it was my boyfriend "The foodie." He gave her all the recipes he made so she would have them for later. 
     
    And half of the people in his department asked if they could borrow our cookbooks to try. At least one is now a convert. And a few of them have bought paleo cookbooks of their own.
     
    My not-so-paleo boyfriend, converting people to paleo so subtly they don't even realize it. 
     
    And his same co-workers call me "the girlfriend with the crazy diet...."   
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    jent103 got a reaction from curly30 in The crazy things people say   
    If it were my mom, telling her "Don't worry - I'm still sinning, just in other ways" would definitely stop that conversation in its tracks.
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    jent103 reacted to Physibeth in The crazy things people say   
     
    Does this make anyone else start quoting the Princess Bride or am I the only weird one?
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    jent103 got a reaction from curly30 in The crazy things people say   
    If it were my mom, telling her "Don't worry - I'm still sinning, just in other ways" would definitely stop that conversation in its tracks.
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    jent103 reacted to Alliath in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Yesterday I read this thread front to back.
    Last night I began growing a SCOBY underneath my sink.
    DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNNNN....
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    jent103 got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in The Official "Can I Have..." Guide to the Whole30   
    I remember reading a note somewhere here on the science, but basically, rice vinegar is fine.
     
    You do have to read labels on all vinegars - if sulfites are one of the ingredients (added sulfites), that's out. My store brand red wine vinegar is out, and even my lemon juice had sulfites! But if the ingredients just say vinegar, and then it says "contains sulfites" or "contains naturally occurring sulfites," that's okay. Basically you don't want them added as preservatives.
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    jent103 got a reaction from curly30 in The crazy things people say   
    If it were my mom, telling her "Don't worry - I'm still sinning, just in other ways" would definitely stop that conversation in its tracks.
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    jent103 reacted to KJ! in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Hey fellow Boochie Koochies, just checking in to say my slow start has resulted in fabulous kombucha. I'm very pleased with the scoby I got from Kombucha Kamp. I didn't realize how well it was really going until I read through Len Porzio's website http://users.bestweb.net/~om/kombucha_balance/ . Or search on Kombucha The Balancing Act or Len Porzio. This has all the info I was wishing for!
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    jent103 got a reaction from curly30 in The crazy things people say   
    If it were my mom, telling her "Don't worry - I'm still sinning, just in other ways" would definitely stop that conversation in its tracks.
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    jent103 got a reaction from curly30 in The crazy things people say   
    If it were my mom, telling her "Don't worry - I'm still sinning, just in other ways" would definitely stop that conversation in its tracks.
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    jent103 got a reaction from curly30 in The crazy things people say   
    If it were my mom, telling her "Don't worry - I'm still sinning, just in other ways" would definitely stop that conversation in its tracks.
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    jent103 got a reaction from curly30 in The crazy things people say   
    If it were my mom, telling her "Don't worry - I'm still sinning, just in other ways" would definitely stop that conversation in its tracks.