jent103

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    jent103 reacted to jmcbn in 9 Belfast Bites   
    It's been a busy few days in God's Country, and a glorious few days too... Friday was a study day as always, and on Saturday there was a long training session in the morning, followed by a spot of gardening & some quick food prep. A good friend from the gym got married early in the afternoon and a little crowd, myself included, were invited along to join in the wedding celebrations. Food was a plenty, the champagne was flowing, and 'the craic was ninety' as we say around these parts - in fact we danced until the wee small hours before taxi-ing home and heading for bed - our spirits lifted from the festivities. 

    Sunday was a day of much needed rest, sitting on a deck chair in the garden, chatting with my boys, and BBQing as the sun went down. Sunday was also a day of food trials as I felt it had been long enough since the fried eggs earlier in the week, and I had some smoked salmon in the freezer just waiting to be eaten... So, for Sunday lunch I had three eggs scrambled with spinach & ghee, smoked salmon, and a generous serving of cherry tomatoes slathered in mayo. The scrambled eggs were like manna from heaven after all this time, and the combination of flavours was perfect for eating al fresco... and there was absolutely, positively no bloat. None whatsoever. I was ecstatic.

    At this point I won't be going back to eggs for breakfast every morning because I really want to start reintroducing more regular quantities of FODMAPs and I'm interested to see how that works out, particularly if I start combining; and to get a true indication of what/how much I can tolerate each meal/day I think it's wise to keep the eggs to a minimum - for now.

    It was a long weekend for many people here, but not for me unfortunately, so while the boys enjoyed their day off in the sunshine today I had a full day of software training at work - so full in fact that we didn't stop for lunch. In the olden days I'd have been shaking & hangry & tetchy as anything by home time, but since switching to this way of eating I find I can go longer & longer without food. And whilst I wouldn't ever recommend skipping meals I managed to last from breakfast @ 6:45am this morning, until dinner @ around 6:15pm this evening, with only water in between.

    And in other news I had tracked down an email address for a photographer I used to work for back in Greece and sent him an email last week in the hopes of catching up when I'm over in July. I hadn't been in touch with him via this email address for 8yrs (because, well... life...) so I was doubtful I'd even get a reply but am pleased to say I heard back from him on Saturday morning - this trip is going to be such a HUGE trip down memory lane, and I cannot wait!   

     
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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 jmcbn in 9 Belfast Bites   
    MUM UPDATE

    So some people may be aware that I'm in the throws of qualifying as a nutritionist. And some people may also know that I got a set of all singing, all dancing, bells & whistles, body fat composition measuring scales at Christmas. Now *I* broke up with the scale a long time ago, but my mum, who was wanting to lose some weight, kindly volunteered to let me do a little moonlighting with her to see if I couldn't help her along her way.

    Now my mum is NOT doing a Whole30. I tried, lots, but she's retired and enjoying life, and not really interested in giving up some of the things that give her pleasure - like the odd glass of wine of an evening, or some yoghurt over her fruit.

    She is NOT counting calories, but I have been advising her on meal composition, and she HAS cut out snacks. She HAS given up bread, but not grains in general. She HAS given up all processed foods, and she HAS given up refined & added sugars, and any chocolate/cookies/cake. Carrageenan, Sulphites & MSG are the next things I'm working on... and then we'll get around to ALL grains & legumes because I know she can feel better.

    Our trip last week gave me a good opportunity to actually see how she is eating and I was impressed at how she navigated the menu, choosing healthy options for all meals. At breakfast for instance she ate bacon, eggs, & tomatoes, then followed up with a small bowl of mixed fruit with a couple of spoonfuls of natural yoghurt, a glass of fruit juice & some green tea. Lunch would have been some kind of protein salad, and at dinner she was sticking to plain grilled meat or fish with a good selection of veg to which she was adding butter. There were no puddings, but there were a couple of squares of dark chocolate with a coffee - her first since January.

    There have been a couple of issues along the way, like that time she bought a sunflower oil spray on the recommendation of a friend, or the low fat yoghurts which a friend of a friend in the NHS that she was speaking to during my dad's hospital appointment suggested she eat because they'd be better for her, but we've had a few chats, I've printed off some research articles for her to read, and she's finally coming round to my way of thinking. It's just hard for her to ignore the advice of someone in a nurses uniform & heed the advice of her not yet qualified daughter even when I tell her that the nurse HAS to offer advice according to government recommendations, even if they contradict what the more recent research is clearing saying. 

    Exercise wise she has been incorporating some body weight stuff - air squats, jumping jacks, lunges, wall push ups, tricep dips, but mostly power walking in the evenings if weather permits it. She also ditches the car any time it's possible, and has been collecting my youngest from school on her bike (they walk down with his bike in the morning, then she cycles down in the afternoon & they cycle home together).
     
    We weighed her yesterday and 12 weeks on she has lost 8 pounds and around 2% body fat.

    She is still eating a couple of servings of fruit a day, starchy veg daily (this is Ireland after all and for most folk it would be practically blasphemy to not eat potatoes!) still eating dairy, some grains, some legumes, and drinking the odd glass of wine in the evenings, but by removing all processed foods and refined sugars she is making great progress, and she is going to keep on keeping on...

    She's living proof that you don't have to abstain - you just have to find what works for you - it's all about balance.

     
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    jent103 reacted to jmcbn in 9 Belfast Bites   
    I woke up this morning feeling uber-refreshed having slept a little over 9hrs. I'd set my alarm for a time much later than I knew I'd waken so as to still get the sleep data and I'm pleased to say my sleep quality was 100% - and this was my THIRD night of not wakening through the night AT ALL - for me this is huge progress, and a trend I really hope to see continue.

    I had originally planned on training this morning, but took the decision late yesterday evening to cancel my session. I have some chores to catch up on, some batch cooking to do, I have some groceries to pick up seeing as I didn't do my usual 'farm shop runs' yesterday, and I want to pick the boys up from their dad's earlier than usual today. I could have squeezed everything in, but it'd have been tight, and right now I'm feeling so relaxed and de-stressed that I didn't want to push myself out of that zone until it was really necessary - that is right as I switch off my alarm on Monday morning.

    The gym will still be there in a few days - right now I'm enjoying the feeling of calm.
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    jent103 reacted to jmcbn in 9 Belfast Bites   
    Avocado and I sat down together over lunch on Friday to see if there was any future in our relationship.

    The short version is that Avocado and I want different things - one of them for me being a tummy that doesn't look six months pregnant - and so we have decided to go our separate ways. We were both in agreement that should the occasion arise where it might be worth it then a little reunion wouldn't be the worst thing in the world (no gastric distress, no stomach cramps, no gas, just substantial upper intestinal bloating which makes me uncomfortable particularly in business wear) however we have, as of Friday, consciously uncoupled and are free to seek company elsewhere.

    Next up on the food trial front for me then are mushrooms   

    Another old favourite of mine, particularly at breakfast, mushrooms are another of the polyol group of FODMAPS, are high in selenium & potassium, and are the exception to the rule as far as plant foods not naturally containing vitamin D are concerned.

    Mushrooms help strengthen the immune system and are currently being researched for their potential to decrease tumor growth in cancer patients. They are also a good source of B vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid, which help to provide energy by breaking down proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Mushrooms are also high in beta-glucans which are shown to have marked immunity-stimulating effects, contribute to resistance against allergies, and may also be involved in the physiological processes related to the metabolism of fats and sugars in the body. The beta-glucans contained in oyster, shiitake and split gill mushrooms are considered to be the most effective.

    Mushrooms are also on the breakfast menu of the Hotel I'm headed to for a few days with my boys & my folks later this week   
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    jent103 reacted to jmcbn in 9 Belfast Bites   
    So, the morning after the night before Avocado and I got it on again....

    And I hate to say this but I think Avocado and I might be so over we need a new word for over......   

    Today should have been a quiet day at the office. A chance for me to get caught up on a shed-load of work that's been pushed to one side due to other priorities, and yes, that meant that my breakfast was interrupted on more than one occasion, resulting in me eating it in a number of sittings. Not ideal, but probably a fair enough way for my stomach to deal with the offending item, and yet, even when I did eventually finish the meal it felt like it was just so not worth it.

    What is it I say to all my friends again? "Don't look back, you're not going in that direction..."? Yeah, well maybe I should heed my own advice.

    Anyway, we're on a break. Again. A two day break. Plenty of time to re-evaluate what we both want from this relationship, then we'll touch base again one last time, and see where we want to take it from there.

    In other news my boys went to their Dad's yesterday. I may not be married to the guy anymore, but unlike many divorced couples we are fortunate enough to still live in the same town, and have developed a really strong friendship. We're even more fortunate that most of his holidays coincide with theirs so he steps up to the mark and gives both sets of grandparents a break from the school runs when he can - and the boys a break from the early starts they'd be subjected to if they stayed with me during their holidays - and in turn it gives me a break too.

    They're staying there until Thursday and this used to mean me pretty much moving myself into the gym - training morning & night, every day, then rushing home to get two sets of fresh gym gear ready for the next day along with a packed breakfast and lunch, a quick bite to eat for tea, a quick empty of the washing machine, and off to bed. Then I'd probably foolishly end up cramming in the chores when the boys got back home... Or selfishly maybe - I can see that for what it was now.

    Through Whole9 I learned that happiness doesn't come from over-training, inner peace doesn't come from getting stressed, study doesn't get done when our minds are racing, friendships don't thrive when we put them on the back-burner. Over exertion of any kind results in stress of all kinds. Life should be about balance.

    So this time I'm training each morning before work, leaving my evenings free to do those chores before the kids return, leaving me time to study a little, plan some outings for the weekend ahead, and to put together an itinerary for our road trip next week.

    This time it's about order. And with order comes peace of mind.
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    jent103 reacted to jmcbn in 9 Belfast Bites   
    Avocado and I broke up at the end of July last year.

    I remember it like it was yesterday... We'd just come back from a two week vacation where we'd lived in each others pockets, and a vacation can make or break a relationship as we all know. So, yeah, avocado just wasn't making me feel the way he once did. The magic was gone, replaced only by pain. I wasn't sure if it was him or me, but I knew it was over. I knew he had to go.

    Almost eight months have passed. There's been a lot of water under the bridge since then. I've moved on. Gotten closer to olives and home-made mayo. And although I'm forever telling my friends '...don't look back, you're not going in that direction...' it's maybe time to admit to myself that I'm still holding a little flame. I mean we don't have to jump straight back into the kind of relationship we had in the past... But we're both adults avocado and I - I'm thinking we could at least be friends...

    So tonight I bit the bullet and invited avocado over for dinner. I was nervous - there's a lot of history between us, but it immediately felt natural - the chemistry obvious from the moment we sat at the table. But now with dinner behind us, the dishes done, and avocado out of sight I'm left feeling not quite my best - and I'm wondering (as I'm sat here somewhat inflated) if maybe, as much as we'd like to deny it, that people just don't really ever change....

     
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    jent103 reacted to jmcbn in 9 Belfast Bites   
    SUNNY WITH A CHANCE OF GARLIC

    So....... we're on day what? nine? of the garlic trial? Yup, I think that's about right, and I know I'm getting enough garlic on board to really push for symptoms because my bosses' dad stuck his head in my office door yesterday to ask about his VAT return just after I'd had lunch and he commented that I wouldn't be suffering from a heart attack any time soon with the amount of garlic I'd obviously just eaten!         

    Anyhoo..... so far there have been very little in the way of symptoms to report. In the early hours of Tuesday morning (the day before yesterday) I did waken to use the bathroom (nothing new there), and noticed I was a tad gassy (and I do mean gassy in the way that FODMAPs can make me), but it passed in the time it took me to use the bathroom and when I woke on Tuesday morning I felt fine so I'm going to ignore that little episode as there was no accompanying pain and if I hadn't have woken I'd never have known. I'm inclined to think the kombucha is helping   

    Which brings me on to......

    In other news (well you'd be disappointed if there wasn't any!) I had my first taste of my second batch of booch, and as suspected it is far superior to the first. There's definitely less of a sweetness & more of a tart fizz, so the few extra days really did make a difference, and so if I've enough supplies to keep me going I'll wait an additional day or two before bottling the next batch. I opened the cupboard earlier where the bottles are currently brewing and I immediately got a distinct whiff off of the brew - and I mean whiff in a GOOD way. I could be wrong but I used a different tea in the continuous brewing jar this time around and I think the smell may be coming from that batch. It will be interesting to see how different it tastes. And once I've mastered the basic brew my plan is to try adding fresh ginger...

    In other other news I plan on moving on to polyol trials as soon as my current batch of chillied garlic (   ) is done. Avocado, mushrooms & possibly apricots (for my beef heart stew) are probably the only ones I'd hope to add back in, with the small possibility of cauliflower. I used to make an amazing curried cauliflower dish and I guess it would be good to eat that again, but of ALL the foods I've excluded over the past seven (!!) months cauliflower is the one I've missed least. But then I did get that shiny new food processor for my Birthday, and I've never made cauliflower rice so maybe, just maybe I'll give that a try.... But then in ALL the years I've eaten paleo I've never felt the need to replace my old rice/bread/pasta habit with some other food. When people ask what I eat with a curry I usually tell 'em "...um, more curry..."   

    In other other OTHER news the Whole9 focus for March is Sleep. Having focussed on sleep last time around (and seen HUGE improvements) I have this one little area I want to change this time. I have a good bed time routine - we keep the lights dim downstairs once it's dark, I shut down my laptop & head up to bed with the boys... we chat for a while... they go to sleep.... I read..... then I go to sleep. Well, at least *technically* that's the plan. In practical terms I do a quick scroll through social media on my phone before hitting the 'start' button on my sleep cycle app. And 'quick' can sometimes last 10mins, or longer if something catches my eye  That habit has GOT to go. There is very clearly NOTHING on my various social media newsfeeds that can't wait until tomorrow, and I know very well that the extra 10mins (or more) sleep is SO much more important - on SO many levels.

    So today is March 10th - I've had a 60% success rate thus far. If I was in school my teacher would say 'must try harder'

    And really I must.


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    jent103 reacted to jmcbn in 9 Belfast Bites   
    What? You didn't think I could come up with a garlic pun??! I'm 'crushed'...!!!        
    Day 3 of the garlic trial and nothing much to report. Garlic was ingested with meals 2 & 3 once again, with no lower intestinal pains after either meal, and no other symptoms to speak of, so I'm counting day 3 as a victory and looking forward to a little more garlic tomorrow... although I'm not sure if anyone else in my place of work would agree   
    In other news my Commercial Kombucha supplier emailed me about the missing bottle of Booch - somehow it's now 'out of stock' after they emailed me to say it'd been dispatched - something is rotten in the state of Denmark - and it starts with K and ends in A...  
    Anyway, that all probably leaves me a little short so I'm on the hunt for another short term supplier until I get myself established as it looks to me like I'll need around 10-12 days for each brew, and until such times as I have more/larger scobys I can only really brew 4 litres at a time - which isn't a huge amount. Once I have established scobys I have brewing space for 8 litres but that might take a few weeks yet. And I'm thinking now that I'm also going to need more brewing jars... Anyway I found a company on the mainland who run a small Booch brewery but they were flooded back in December & are just getting back on their feet again having lost everything. Having chatted with the owner they sound much more the type of thing I'd be after anyway (small scale local business) so I'm going to see if they can send me a mixed case as back up.
    In other, other news I had a quick catch up with friend who suffers from BED this evening. We've been like ships that pass in the night lately so this was the first proper chat we've had in a while, and when I commented that she was looking a lot 'healthier' she had this HUGE grin on her face and she told me she's currently 'clean'. Without going into any detail I know there is something going on in her life which has given her an incentive to do this, but she went on to tell me that once she knew that *I* knew she actually really struggled to purge. It didn't stop her from trying for a while, but eventually when she sat down one evening when she was in a really dark place & thought about her life and everything that was going on and the chat we had had she decided enough was enough & that it was over. Now she and I both know that it's early days for her yet, but I am SO chuffed to see her make progress, and I really hope that this thing that has her motivated amounts to something or it could all go pear shaped again. But at least she knows that I am here.   
     
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    jent103 reacted to jmcbn in 9 Belfast Bites   
    I've been thinking about the whole stress thing, and it made me come to a few realisations - good ones.

    This time last year had I have been in the same predicament there is NO WAY I'd have sacrificed time at the gym, I'd have told myself that the endorphins from training would keep me going and get me through. This time last year I was turning down all kinds of invites because they would eat in to my gym time. And if I DID accept a Friday night invite for instance I'd always say upfront that I might be late - and this after probably having already tried to push the plans back as late as possible. This time last year I was so focused on me (or at least I thought I was) that my friendships suffered. This time last year I thought I was in SUCH a good place. I mean my diet was really pretty good - not a whole lot different from Whole30 save for the dairy/alcohol - and I was training (& most definitely over-training)  like I thought I was a professional athlete. I was juggling work, home, gym, kids, chores, trips, more gym, socializing & more with not a second to take my eye off the balls. I was as graceful as a swan to those looking above the water, but underneath I was paddling like a mad thing just to stay afloat. Something was amiss. I just hadn't figured it out yet.

    Having started the Whole30 in February of last year & having joined in with the Whole9 Life Challenge from Feb/March through to December I really started to focus on ways to improve ALL aspects of my life - not just nutrition, but also work, rest & play for starters. And looking back today on the me of last year I can really see just how far I've come. I've stopped trying to be perfect. I've stopped trying to keep all of the balls in the air. I've stopped trying to do it all myself. I've realised that if something doesn't get done nobody dies. I've started enjoying LIFE. And I continue to look at ways to enjoy and improve it further. Nowadays I take care of me, because I know if I'm suffering in any way then everything else that I put my hand to will also suffer as a consequence.

    Nowadays I really AM in a good place, and with continued focus it's going to just keep getting better.
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    jent103 reacted to jmcbn in 9 Belfast Bites   
    Wowza. The Beef Heart Stew is AMAZING. Hot, spicy & kind of sweet, and the meat turned out really tender - definitely a keeper!!

    Also on this weeks menu is Goan chicken curry - a recipe I haven't made in maybe 2yrs and I have to ask myself why, because this is also so damned good.... a whole chicken slow cooked in a little stock with cayenne, cumin & coriander, and some peppered mackerel.

    Today I ate a generous portion of broccoli salad with breakfast (alongside scrambled eggs, heirloom tomatoes & mayo), and some roasted chicken with kale braised in ghee and a handful of olives - I was trying to replicate the trial earlier in the week when I had the worst of the gas/indigestion/bloat and I managed fairly well.... I've been wearing sweats most of the day so the bloat hasn't been just as noticeable or uncomfortable as it would have been had it've been mid-week and I'd been wearing business wear, but it was there nonetheless, and the gas reared it's ugly head around 5:30pm, right on schedule...

    So yeah, I think it's fair to say that broccoli and I are over. In fact we are SO over we need a new word for over (SATC anyone?)

    But in the words of Meatloaf I "....won't be sad, cos two out of three ain't bad...'   




     
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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 puppypower 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 puppypower 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 puppypower 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 puppypower 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.