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    Maycat got a reaction from bede0713 in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    I rarely can afford grass fed and organic. I have a family of 5 I feed on $100-200 a week. I live in California too. I get some veggies at the farmers market and stick to what is in season as that will always be cheaper. I go online every week to see what is on sale for meats, and usually only buy meats that are on sale for less than $3/lb. I have found that Raleys in our area has best quality meats so I wait for them to go on sale and buy a bunch and throw it in the freezer. Even though I can't afford grass-fed right now I am still eating healthier than before with all that pasta and rice and beans.
    On the Whole30 you can't eat most sausages, chocolate, processed foods and wine so it lowers the cost of your weekly shopping. I find myself doing a weekly cookup (Well Fed - best investment so far). I avoid ice tea at coffee houses, since sometimes bagged tea contains soy. I splurged for organic tea and made my own iced tea every day.
    Because I can't afford to go out to eat on our budget right now, and fast food is out, I find myself rarely letting veggies and meats go to waste, so am saving more money than before. Planning your meals for the week will definitely help your budget and time. Good luck!
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    Maycat got a reaction from Marceeruns in Help with Cheesecake Factory!   
    Last time I went to The Cheesecake Factory I told the waitress my dietary restrictions and asked her opinion. She brought over the head chef, who was paleo. He had lost around 100 lbs from paleo and crossfit workouts. He suggested a salad of kale, almonds, olive oil and vinegar, veggies, and some rotisserie chicken, which he said was the most compliant option. It was a huge amount of food and delicious. I felt very much taken care of!
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    Maycat got a reaction from Marceeruns in Help with Cheesecake Factory!   
    Last time I went to The Cheesecake Factory I told the waitress my dietary restrictions and asked her opinion. She brought over the head chef, who was paleo. He had lost around 100 lbs from paleo and crossfit workouts. He suggested a salad of kale, almonds, olive oil and vinegar, veggies, and some rotisserie chicken, which he said was the most compliant option. It was a huge amount of food and delicious. I felt very much taken care of!
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    Maycat got a reaction from rachelmaria33 in Help! First Long Run on the Whole 30   
    Hi Everyone! I would like to recommend the Paleo diet for athletes, and here are the cliff notes...http://www.trainingbible.com/pdf/Paleo_for_Athletes_Cliff_Notes.pdf. I am training for a triathlon and following this. He has homemade recovery drinks that are whole30 compliant in the book, except for the glucose. I personally use coconut water, otherwise I hit the wall on my morning runs. I am planning to make a bunch of yams a few times a week and have them ready for right after my training sessions.
    I have to agree with what Megan says, ditch the whole grains! They will cause you more harm than good. Good luck!
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    Maycat got a reaction from Tina Beshears in Magic seasoning blends; blackened redfish magic   
    Thanks for clarifying this. I just had to say - I am addicted to this stuff. I get some ahi tuna, put mayonnaise on it, and then put a ton of that seasoning on it. I then heat up a pan with coconut oil, and when it is nice and hot, sear all sides of the tuna just a little bit. Very yummy if you cook it so it stays rare. Nom nom nom nom.
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    Maycat got a reaction from coloradoharts in What do You Like from Trader Joe's and Whole Foods?   
    Here is what I get at TJ's on a regular basis:
     
    Canned Tuna
    Almond Butter
    Nuts: raw pecans or almonds, cashews, pine nuts, 
    dried fruit for recipes
    Fruit - apples, bananas, peaches
    Veggies - love carrots, bags of kale, garlic, sweet potatoes, persian cucumbers, sweet onions, mini heirloom tomatoes, eggplants
    One of their Hot Dogs are compliant (new - I think it is Applegate)
    One of their chicken broths are compliant
    Eggs
    Coconut oil
    Olive oil
    Olives
    Salsas - I think at least 3 are compliant, both in the fresh aisle and in the canned section. 
    Avocados
    Guacamole
    Tahini
    Sparkling water - lemon flavored
    Their coconut milk is good for coffee.
    Spices- smoked paprika, sea salts, peppercorn grinders, garlic, oregano
    I like their frozen shrimp - great price for sustainable seafood.
    Grass-feed burger patties and grass-fed ground beef
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    Maycat got a reaction from Beckie59 in Needing Breakfast Inspiration   
    Recipe for sweet potato, kielbasa, mushroom, sweet onion, and spinach frittata.
     
    1 onion
    olive oil
    2 separate cups chicken broth (or water)
    1 teaspoon thyme.
    2 small sweet potatoes/yams
    coconut oil
    1 package mushrooms (8 oz), cleaned and sliced
    2 garlic cloves, minced.
    1 Trader Joes Turkey Kielbasa sausage (12 oz) (or other compliant sausage) diced.
    1 package frozen spinach, (10 oz)
    1 dozen eggs
    Coconut milk or more water
    salt
    pepper
     
    To make sweet caramelized onions (this can be made ahead and kept in fridge) slice onions thinly. Put 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in pan, on medium high heat, once hot add thinly sliced onions and stir so they start to brown. After 2-3 minutes add 1 teaspoon thyme (optional) and 1 cup chicken broth, stirring occasionally. Cook until onions soften and get brown. This can take up to 20 minutes or so. Add additional broth once it dries out, the onions will become sweet, soft and brown. At this point, can be set aside for future use. Put onions in a bowl.
     
    Heat oven to 400 deg F.
    Take frozens spinach and put into a wire mesh strainer. Run under warm water until thawed. Once thawed, squeeze out water until dry and crumbly.
    In pan, add 2 tablespoons olive oil, when it gets hot, add the minced garlic. Stir for 1 minute, then add sliced mushrooms.Stir and let cook for 5 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste, then add 1 cup of chicken broth. Let  cook for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. When all liquid evaporates and mushrooms are cooked, add diced turkey sausage. cook for 2 minutes until hot. If needed, add additional olive oil or coconut oil. Once hot, then add crumbly pieces of spinach and stir. Cook for 2 more minutes until warm. Set aside.
     
    Next, peel sweet potatoes, then shred with box grater or food processor. Using a large, ovenproof skillet with high sides (at least 2-3 inches high, heat 1-2 tablespoons  of coconut oil to pan over medium-high heat. Add shredded sweet potato and cook into soft and it starts to turn crispy, about 5 minutes. Flip sweet potato shreds over occasionally so it cooks evenly. Once the sweet potato starts to get crispy (and before it burns) turn off heat and push sweet potatoes in pan, forming a crust like a pie crust on the bottom of the pan.
     
    In a large bowl, break 1 dozen eggs and beat well. Add salt and pepper, and 2 tablespoons of water or coconut milk and combine until smooth. Add sweet onions, spinach, mushroom and turkey kielbasa mixture and mix well. Pour egg mixture over sweet potato crust and then put whole pan in oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes until eggs are set.  Using oven mitts, remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.
    Slice up into pieces and put into individual plastic bags or containers for the week. Heat up for 1 minute in microwave each morning and enjoy!
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    Maycat got a reaction from coloradoharts in What do You Like from Trader Joe's and Whole Foods?   
    Here is what I get at TJ's on a regular basis:
     
    Canned Tuna
    Almond Butter
    Nuts: raw pecans or almonds, cashews, pine nuts, 
    dried fruit for recipes
    Fruit - apples, bananas, peaches
    Veggies - love carrots, bags of kale, garlic, sweet potatoes, persian cucumbers, sweet onions, mini heirloom tomatoes, eggplants
    One of their Hot Dogs are compliant (new - I think it is Applegate)
    One of their chicken broths are compliant
    Eggs
    Coconut oil
    Olive oil
    Olives
    Salsas - I think at least 3 are compliant, both in the fresh aisle and in the canned section. 
    Avocados
    Guacamole
    Tahini
    Sparkling water - lemon flavored
    Their coconut milk is good for coffee.
    Spices- smoked paprika, sea salts, peppercorn grinders, garlic, oregano
    I like their frozen shrimp - great price for sustainable seafood.
    Grass-feed burger patties and grass-fed ground beef
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    Maycat got a reaction from bede0713 in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    I rarely can afford grass fed and organic. I have a family of 5 I feed on $100-200 a week. I live in California too. I get some veggies at the farmers market and stick to what is in season as that will always be cheaper. I go online every week to see what is on sale for meats, and usually only buy meats that are on sale for less than $3/lb. I have found that Raleys in our area has best quality meats so I wait for them to go on sale and buy a bunch and throw it in the freezer. Even though I can't afford grass-fed right now I am still eating healthier than before with all that pasta and rice and beans.
    On the Whole30 you can't eat most sausages, chocolate, processed foods and wine so it lowers the cost of your weekly shopping. I find myself doing a weekly cookup (Well Fed - best investment so far). I avoid ice tea at coffee houses, since sometimes bagged tea contains soy. I splurged for organic tea and made my own iced tea every day.
    Because I can't afford to go out to eat on our budget right now, and fast food is out, I find myself rarely letting veggies and meats go to waste, so am saving more money than before. Planning your meals for the week will definitely help your budget and time. Good luck!
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    Maycat got a reaction from Jed35 in Talk to me about whole30 + cycling   
    Well, do any other cyclists have ideas? I am starting another Whole30 while training for a century ride. The last few rides have wiped me out!  The worst part is that I ride with a nutritionist who preaches moderation and is completely against any elimination diets. She is a great cycling buddy otherwise. I can't even begin to talk with her about nutrition.
     
    I was wondering if anyone had some mid-ride nutrition ideas that are easy to pack? I find myself bonking after the first hour. This is another reason why I am embarking on another Whole30. 
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    Maycat got a reaction from KathyV in Before my Whole30 I never thought I'd...   
    Enjoy cooking my own food more than going out to eat!
     
    Making my own mayo!
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    Maycat reacted to gboyum in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Personally I never found counting calories to benefit weight loss or, more importantly, body image. In previous attempts I would use one of those online calorie counters. I would try to keep calories under 2000 a day, for a moderate to highly active person, and I would be starving. Plus the counters would add up my percentages and I would always have over 50% of calories from fat. On days that I would actually stay under 2000 and 20% fat I would be so hungry and tired, and it was so mentally draining. I would follow the counting program for 2-3 weeks before I would just get frustrated and quit. Depressed that I just didn't have the "will power" to eat less.
    That is why I became really interested in the Whole 30 program. No counting! During my first I lost about 12 lbs, and I am sure I was eating well over 2000 calories a day, and lots of yummy healthy fat.
    I do have a question about the portion sizes. I didn't read ISWF during my first Whole 30 and I am about half way through reading it now, a week in to my 2nd. I didn't follow any portion sizes and still don't, and probably won't. How essential is that to the Whole 30 plan? Wouldn't that be kind of similar to counting calories? Looking back at my meals I think that the eating plan seems to naturally dictate the portion sizes with out me trying. Larger portions of fat or protein at one meal seem to prompt me to eat less of that at the next.
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    Maycat reacted to Sarah C. Langland-Johnson in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Thank you so much everyone! Robin and Renee, I feel so honored that you posted your thoughts here and that you really care about my situation. I am over the top happy with the fact that I have a new job that I am starting on Wednesday. I went shopping today to stock up on my essentials and got tons of produce - I am feeling so happy about being able to eat paleo/primal again I have decided to start up with the right meals tomorrow (done with food for today). The irony for me is that my new job is as an RN (well, until I pass state boards I am a GN). It is interesting to me to read the standard nutrition mantra and it is like gagging on something nasty to me to have to read my discharge instructions to patients who have new heart conditions or stomach issues or are post-surgical. In my head I am screaming "NO"! I really hope at some point in my life to be in place where my heart for helping people and my nutritional and wellness knowledge come together into something but I am working on that. I will follow my heart (and Kirsteen's advice :-) ) and not worry about counting points or calories. I wasn't thrilled about the prospect but willing to do so to be healthier. I think doing my first W30 was the first time in my life that I actually felt healthy, strong and confident, even though my body is so far from where it needs to be, it was healing to my soul to simply eat that which nourishes me and to be freed from the constant hell of worrying about how much I ate and if it was healthy enough or if I was going to lose weight this week, etc. As somone who loves her Creator for making the amazing human body, it has always gone against my core beliefs that we should have to do this to maintain a healthy body. I know now and am confirmed that I don't have too - I just need to eat what (and how) I was made to eat. Thank you, thank you, and thank you!
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    Maycat reacted to Robin Strathdee in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Sarah,
    Welcome back. I am so glad to see you here again. I've actually thought about you a lot in the past months because your food/income situation reminded me so much of the community I grew up in. Congratulations on your new job and a new beginning for you and your family.
    I'm with all the ladies above, here. I have a feeling that you will see weight drop with this W30 simply because of the lowered stress level in your house and the great food quality. I don't believe that it's ever really necessary to establish a pattern of food/calorie tracking, especially when your dealing with disordered food relationships. Just trust yourself and the program and watch the magic happen.
    Tom's soapbox is leafy greens. Mine is this.
    Yes, you are going against the spirit of the Whole30. It is one of the program guidelines, just like not making SWYPO substitutes and not getting on the scale. However, it is a "cheat" with little to no physiological impact so it's something that folks like to hang on to. It is, essentially, rebellion against the system. A little flip of the bird, if you will, to the program. As much as the program changes the food on your plate, Melissa and Dallas created the program to change your relationship with the food on your plate. If you change your diet for a month, but don't address the issues you have with food - control and authority issues, for example - you aren't changing your life. You will not experience the full benefit of the program. The choice is yours, really, but personally, I don't think it's appropriate to come into the forums and flaunt your disregard for the rules.
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    Maycat reacted to Renee Lee in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Listen to what all these ladies said!
    Follow the template, it will BE OKAY. 1-2 palms of protein, fill the rest of your plate with veggies, 1-2 thumbs of fat per meal. Listen to your body. If you're hungry between meals with 1 palm of protein, do 1.5 palms next time.
    The second you start second guessing the program, or trying to outsmart it, you are going to break it.
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    Maycat reacted to kb0426 in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Kirsteen, I love you.
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    Maycat reacted to AnnieD in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    SJ - I am certainly no expert, being new to the paleo lifestyle and having only one W30 under my belt, but I'll share my experience so far. Having been overweight most of my life, I am an expert at almost every kind of diet. I can't say what exactly drew me to Whole 9, but I started my Whole 30 on November 1st. The first thing I noticed was I lost my need to obsess over what I was going to eat, when I was going to eat it, was I using my calories and carb grams to my best advantage, etc. I was satisfied by what I was eating and I didn't feel limited by my choices. In addition, I had more energy and my body felt better. I lost 7 pounds during my W30. I have continued to follow the W30 plan while adding 2 "treats" a week and have consistently lost a pound a week. My numbers may not be dramatic, but the 95 pounds I need to lose didn't come on in 6 months and I can't realistically expect them to come off in that amount of time. I feel like I can eat this way for the rest of my life, especially since I feel so much better. Not having to count calories, carb grams, points, etc. has been a huge relief and my results have proven to me that I don't need to. In my case, I think it has helped my previous un-natural, constant focus on food.
    Good luck!
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    Maycat reacted to Kirsteen in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    I know you don't want to hear this but personally, I feel if you continue counting, carbs or calories you're defeating the whole spirit of the W30. W30 is specifically designed to change your relationship with food, to learn to listen to what your body wants and needs. I know it's really scary, especially at the beginning but it does, if done properly, really teach you to listen to your body. Your body does know what's best for it, we just have to learn to trust it.
    If you're still counting calories you're basically saying to your body, 'I don't trust you, I'm going to stay in control of how much and what you get, not you.' This is coming from one who used to scrupulously note down carbs, calories and weight every day. Trust me, W30 is different from any other paleo program. It's been meticulously designed to give you everything you need and let your body be the best it can be.
    Follow the W30 meal templates, eat compliant food, listen to your body as it starts to communicate with you, it will tell you how much it needs, and you'll end up with a totally normal relationship with food (something I thought I'd never have) as your body gets on with it's job of releasing the crap and getting to it's ideal weight. Isn't that better than a lifetime spent weighing, measuring, counting and worrying about what you eat?
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    Maycat reacted to Karen in Bloat, Constipation, could my meals be too big?   
    Do you take digestive enzymes? I'd likely start there.
    Or, consider if something you're eating is contributing to bloating. Nuts are the usual culprit, though there are other foods that your body may be reacting to, bringing your digestion to a grinding halt.
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    Maycat reacted to Andrea D. in Jicama   
    Well Fed has a great recipe for Jicama Home Fries, made them last week...YUM! I use them for hash browns and as a crust for a breakfast pie.
    http://simplylivinghealthy.org/2011/11/04/jicama-and-sausage-breakfast-pie/
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    Maycat got a reaction from KathyV in Jicama   
    Slice them into sticks, sprinkle them with lime juice, salt, and whole30 compliant chili powder. Eat them with carrots. Dip them in guacamole.
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    Maycat got a reaction from KathyV in Jicama   
    Slice them into sticks, sprinkle them with lime juice, salt, and whole30 compliant chili powder. Eat them with carrots. Dip them in guacamole.
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    Maycat got a reaction from Marceeruns in Help with Cheesecake Factory!   
    Last time I went to The Cheesecake Factory I told the waitress my dietary restrictions and asked her opinion. She brought over the head chef, who was paleo. He had lost around 100 lbs from paleo and crossfit workouts. He suggested a salad of kale, almonds, olive oil and vinegar, veggies, and some rotisserie chicken, which he said was the most compliant option. It was a huge amount of food and delicious. I felt very much taken care of!
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    Maycat reacted to pneumadeux in 150 lb competitive bike racer / start of 4th week / dizzy & dull   
    Thank you, Renée and vkanders. 

    I appreciate that you're mentioning the sprint work, because that's the race-level intensity that I'm most concerned about with this way of eating. 

    As you are no doubt familiar, the traditional method is to simply keep the glucose tank topped up. Prior to 4 weeks ago, I'd start even the longest, hardest efforts with NO breakfast; I'd "eat" on the bike using 2 bottles — one with a very, very thick mixture of carbs and protein (about 80/20), and another of plain water just to insure that the frequent sips don't cause a tummy explosion. Then I'd go for between 60-100 miles, or a couple hours of balls-to-the-wall intensity. 

    Now, I understand the concept of being a bonk-proof fat burner... but am unsure how to achieve the balance. The idea of something so "heavy" as sweet potato immediately prior to a workout makes me nauseous... And the notion of actually carrying "real food" while racing or training? How 1939 is that! 

    This is going to take some doing...
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    Maycat reacted to vkanders in 150 lb competitive bike racer / start of 4th week / dizzy & dull   
    I know that the meal template says protein and fat before a workout, but I have found that for anaerobic efforts, like a hard training session, I need starchy carbs or I will fail during the session. If I have an FTP test on my bike, I usually eat some pre-cooked sweet potato 15-20 minutes before hopping on the trainer. I can do endurance-level work without taking in starchy carbs beforehand, but not high-end sprint work.