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    iana got a reaction from praxisproject in Sourcing food in Australia   
    My goodies to share are:
    - maharajas choice ghee from Coles
    - cooked beetroots from Coles (one ingredient - beetroot). Throw in salad or by itself. Yum. No need spend ages boiling it and peel it,
    - Mae Ploy green curry paste added to coconut milk and nut butter makes an awesome satay sauce. Add a squeeze of lemon and compliant fish sauce if you find that treasure. Don't overeat. It would have a lot of fat.
    - coconut oil from Coles
    - kalamata balsamic vinegar from Coles with no additives
    - wholegrain mustard Coles brand has no nasties, use it for mayo or whatever
    - watch out for dried fruit, can contain vegetable oil. Yuk.
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    iana got a reaction from praxisproject in Sourcing food in Australia   
    My goodies to share are:
    - maharajas choice ghee from Coles
    - cooked beetroots from Coles (one ingredient - beetroot). Throw in salad or by itself. Yum. No need spend ages boiling it and peel it,
    - Mae Ploy green curry paste added to coconut milk and nut butter makes an awesome satay sauce. Add a squeeze of lemon and compliant fish sauce if you find that treasure. Don't overeat. It would have a lot of fat.
    - coconut oil from Coles
    - kalamata balsamic vinegar from Coles with no additives
    - wholegrain mustard Coles brand has no nasties, use it for mayo or whatever
    - watch out for dried fruit, can contain vegetable oil. Yuk.
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    iana reacted to cdnj in Starting Monday March 10th   
    Keep going!!! This is such a long month but it's almost over. I was hoping for the tiger blood, too. I don't think that will come until I finally breakdown and try some meat. The best part is that I have no cravings for sugar or junk food. I was so hungry between lunch and dinner yesterday but I think the most annoying part of this is not having a glass of wine on Friday night. Weekends are tough! I'm hosting my son's b/day party tomorrow. Cake, treats, awesome food, ugh! I have a plan for some Whole30 approved snacks and I may even try shrimp for the first time. I'm serving mimosas to the adults since I hate mimosas! 10 more days!!
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    iana got a reaction from cdnj in Starting Monday March 10th   
    Thank you cdnj. I also picked a good time to do this coz my husband is away and when he's here there are more temptations. He orders pizza and it calls my name while I'm picking through my salad So at least there are no distractions. Apart from this I'm feeling good I'm satisfied when I eat and I try to mix it up this time so that I don't get bored. I went through my cookbook collection and bookmarked any recipes that are whole30 compliant or can be converted. I made pulled pork on Friday and it was so yum. Google Civilised Caveman pulled pork. You won't regret it. It's delish.
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    iana reacted to cdnj in Starting Monday March 10th   
    Great job Iana. This first weekend was not easy for me either, but I expected it to be worse. My husband and I have these habits on the weekends...glass of wine at 5 on Fridays followed by gluten free pizza, wine and Chinese on Saturday but so far so good. I can't believe the changes I've made this week and I'm proud of myself as well. I drink tea while I watch TV. At lease my hands are occupied. I think, too what's motivating me is that I already feel slimmer and feel good overall. Sleep, digestion, mood, it's all great. Energy seems to be good most of the time. Today I'm going to work on finding some new recipes. 
    Keep up the good work!
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    iana reacted to cdnj in Starting Monday March 10th   
    Hi Iana,
    I was thinking that eggs were going to be my go to breakfast. Good to know that didn't work for you. My plan for today is searching recipes so I don't get bored. I'm sure it will get a bit boring only eating fish and eggs! Thanks for the advice and good luck to you!
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    iana got a reaction from cdnj in Starting Monday March 10th   
    My sister and I are doing our second Whole 30 starting Monday as well. First time I was not very organised. I was bored by the end as I was eating eggs for every single breakfast and by the end of it I was over it and couldn't wait to finish. I also didn't do the reintroduction at the end because I went away for a weekend and ended up diving into everything. This time I'm going to plan better and be ready for every meal. I might also see more results as well. Fingers crossed.
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    iana reacted to crisbryan in Starting August 1!   
    Three more days...after the first 28, they should be a breeze. We can do this. Still loving my sleep and energy, and wait...what's that there!? Could it be the HINT of a collar bone!? Yes!
    I heard one of the judges on Project Runway say that collar bones are the new cleavage. Well, bring them on! As I continue to lean down, this is what I am looking forward to the most-sexy shoulders and collar bones :0)
    And I am wearing my Whole 30 pink patent leather dr. Martens on Friday-will have earned every inch of them!
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    iana reacted to mariegray in Starting August 1!   
    oh dear god can we just be at day 30 now please???
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    iana reacted to lexes42 in Starting August 1!   
    Why WOULD you think bacon has sugar in it? Unless it's maple bacon.  That's a good hint.   Sadly it's a good reminder that you have to check everything.  There are a few major rants about why they add soy to tea.
     
    If it makes you feel better... moderators have said before that 'unintentional added sugar in packaged goods' is  not an automatic go back to Day 1 problem.  Unless you binge on it while muttering incoherantly.  Not that I've done that.  Neither is stepping on the scale for example - although I'm thinking that should be changed given how often that rule is flaunted!
     
    Unintentional gluten and dairy are more serious slips because of how delicate the healing process can be.  I realized the meat sauce I was eating had breadcrumbs in it on Day 13.  Forehead slapping moment....In my case I added days to the end so as to ultimately get the full 30 days without gluten/dairy.
     
    But this is a ride your own bike / live your own life situation.  You will get plenty of interesting information / good results bacon or no bacon....
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    iana got a reaction from Casswoman in Starting August 1!   
    I've got a confession to make. I accidentally ate some bacon that had sugar in it without realising it. I guess I didn't t get the memo and for some ignorant reason I thought that bacon doesn't contain sugar. Boo me. I got angry with myself for being so silly and a little sad (I actually felt like crying) because I was doing so well before that.
    I decided to keep on and I know that it's not recommended but I felt that a small amount of bacon is not going to take my sunshine away and I'm going to do another whole30 in a few months again anyway but I will be more educated and organised the second time. That way I will probably also get better results.
    Don't beat yourself up about it. We're all human.
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    iana got a reaction from Casswoman in Starting August 1!   
    I've got a confession to make. I accidentally ate some bacon that had sugar in it without realising it. I guess I didn't t get the memo and for some ignorant reason I thought that bacon doesn't contain sugar. Boo me. I got angry with myself for being so silly and a little sad (I actually felt like crying) because I was doing so well before that.
    I decided to keep on and I know that it's not recommended but I felt that a small amount of bacon is not going to take my sunshine away and I'm going to do another whole30 in a few months again anyway but I will be more educated and organised the second time. That way I will probably also get better results.
    Don't beat yourself up about it. We're all human.
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    iana reacted to Casswoman in Starting August 1!   
    Turkey burgers for dinner, with what sides I'm not sure yet.
    Had sashimi for lunch, and avoided soy sauce, etc. had a teensy tiny amount of wasabi, and immediately had a reaction. In fact, my lips are still burning hours later, and it isn't from the heat of the wasabi. After my reaction started, I googled wasabi, and it turns out most 'wasabi' in the US is not wasabi, but a mixture of horseradish, mustard, and starch. And guess that what that starch is made of?!?! Wheat or corn, or both wheat AND corn. So technically I blew my Whole 30 today.
    On the plus side, I've never had, or at least never NOTICED a reaction to wasabi before, so this is new and relevant information for me.
    Now to decide if I'm starting my Whole 30 over or if I just press on. I was planning to go to September 15th anyway, so now I'm thinking I could just go the extra 8 days or so.... On the other hand, it isn't like I blew it on purpose, and I DID learn about something else my body doesn't like..... Thoughts?
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    iana reacted to lexes42 in Starting August 1!   
    I'm surprised to report that I really, really thought about going off road today.  I didn't.  And now that it's past dinner and I feel good I'm sure I won't.  But I was getting all cocky in an 'I got this' kinda way.  Wa-POW - the little bad devil that whispers in your ear (sugar dragon is his henchman) jumped all over that.  
     
    I didn't eat enough at breakfast or lunch - which made the chocolate craving or any kind of sugar snack - at 3pm quite strong.  I just wasn't interested enugh in my meals - but I was really interested in something UN Approved!
     
    Sigh.  I guess we can't take off the training wheels yet....
     
     
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    iana got a reaction from Miriam in Starting August 1!   
    I definitely feel better eating this way and will not go back to my pre-paleo ways for sure. Every now and again I will probably treat myself to something naughty but ill probably feel like s*** afterwards and will realise my mistake.
    I found out that my McDonalds moment was there because someone had McDonalds in the office so my brain is not playing tricks on me after all. Phew.
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    iana reacted to lexes42 in Starting August 1!   
    Ohhhh I feel that pain.  I'm just as focused on where my next meal is coming as ever... I'm just not as hungry.  And its still possible for me to lose a psychological grip and have a mini-binge.... I'm looking at YOU macadamia nuts!
     
    Reintroduction is still pretty structured - at least for a week or so.  Then I think you prioritize what you miss the most.  And when you do get stuck unprepared you just do the best you can.
     
    I think it all just takes a lot of practice.  Bummer.
     
     
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    iana reacted to Casswoman in Starting August 1!   
    The following is the transcript of texts between my husband and me from yesterday:
    Me: Kids are in bed. Dishes are done. Trash is out. Laundry is (mostly) folded. And I cooked two dishes for myself for the week! It has been a productive day!
    (On the down side, I'm having a reaction to the turkey from last night. I wondered about it last night, confirmed it today. Scratch, scratch.)
    Going to bed shortly. xoxo
    Him: Who are you and what have you done with my wife?
    Me: I HAVE TIGER BLOOD! Lol
    Him: uh....
    Me: I do think this Whole 30 is having an effect on my energy and mood. Today was a good day.
    Him: Good!
    FOUR days in a row of me having enough energy to do dishes and laundry AND make dinner instead of being comatose on the La-Z Boy by 3-4 pm is a minor miracle. I'm still tired, but I have a five month old who has been waking up lots more than usual this week, so I think that is to be expected. These changes are good!
    I managed to eat out today without having a reaction! Went to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch and had the herb crusted salmon salad, figuring it was the best option. Put olive oil and balsamic vinegar on it, and it was delicious, right up to the point that I found a hair in it. Blech. But I was pretty much done by that point anyway. And they comped my meal and my daughter's meal, too, since hers came out wrong twice. Not a great dining experience, but I didn't have a reaction, which was HUGE.
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    iana got a reaction from lexes42 in Starting August 1!   
    It's been a little up and down for for but mostly up I'm just looking forward to having something different for breakfast than eggs... I need more inspiration I think. And maybe a bit more imagination. I'm also developing addictions but not in a bad way. I LOVE sweet potato and can eat almond butter with a spoon but I have been limiting myself on that as I'm afraid I won't be able to stop. Yesterday I was a bit tired but I think it's because I didn't eat enough carbs. Today I had a banana with my breakfast and sweet potato for lunch and dinner and feel much better. My husband thinks that when I finish whole30 I will go nuts and eat everything for the first couple of days and frankly I'm a bit concerned too coz my cravings definitely haven't improved that much. The other day I swore I could smell McDonalds (yeah I know yuk!) and I hardly ever ate McDonalds before whole 30 so that was my brain playing tricks on me. But why McDonalds? I don't get it. Definitely looking forward to going paleo after this and allowing myself a treat every now and again. Is anyone else struggling with constantly being aware of what to eat? Thing with whole 30 is that you can't just wing it, you have to be prepared and I'm doing well some days more than others, but some days I'm like 'oh crap what am I going to eat?' Feels exhausting some times.
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    iana reacted to Casswoman in Starting August 1!   
    A friend of mine asked me why I'm doing the Whole30. I said that I need to heal my gut, clear out some allergies, and lose a few more pounds. She waved me off and said, "You've had three children in the last five years, and you're 45! You're fine."
    It took me a while to figure out what bothered me about that statement, and aside from it coming from someone who is model thin and beautiful and who has *also* had three children, it is this:
    I don't want to be fine. I want to be spectacular! I don't want to look good for my age, I want to look fantastic for ANY age. I want to be healthy for my kids and to be able to hang with my grandkids. I want to be in control of my health and my life, not be controlled by my allergies. And I need to heal my gut to do that.
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    iana reacted to SanguineAspect in Starting August 1!   
    I woke up before my alarm today, feeling ready to go, go, go (which is unusual for me). 
    I think your honey face-washing self is related to my new self. She's a member of CSAs and considering getting rid of traditional shampoos and conditioners, in addition to buying meat shares to have grass fed and finished organic meat to her home every month. I'm kinda liking this new chick.
     
    My skin is clearing up pretty nicely and my boyfriend looked at me this morning and told me I'm "definitely getting smaller." I asked how he figured and he said: "I put my arms around you more than anyone else does." And point goes to the boy. I'm actually noticing that some clothes that were snug on me when I started are loosening up (though mostly around my waist--I wish I could say the same about my hips!). 
     
    I'm looking forward to Day 31. I plan to go out for a sushi dinner, have a glass of fabulous red wine, and a piece of dark cherry/almond chocolate. After that, I'm planning on doing Paleo permanently, with a meal out every few weeks where I can have something like sushi. Honestly, sushi, cheese, and red wine are really the only things I've missed hardcore. The rest I can totally live without. I'm hoping when I reintroduce cheese that I don't have a horrible reaction. I'd love to have a cauliflower pizza once and awhile with some mozzarella and parmesan on top!
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    iana got a reaction from lexes42 in August 1 Start Date - Who Wants to Rock This w/ Me?   
    Hello tiger blood, my bathroom thanks you. Came home and cleaned for an hour and then cooked dinner. This is not norm for me. I'm lazy and leave things until I can no longer look at them and then clean. Cleaning is my least favourite thing to do. I just don't like it. I'd rather cook a banquet for 30 people and cooking is my thing. It's funny when I think about the time I started eating mostly paleo a year ago I was a bit depressed coz I thought 'how am I going to cook with no sugar or flour?' 'What am I going spread my butter on?' All these questions made me feel confused. Now I'm not confused. I've had so much inspiration from paleo blogs like Nom Nom Paleo and OMGpaleo. My eyes opened up to REAL food. I will not go back.
    Two days ago I felt like quitting. I nearly ate a cookie without even realising it. But I didn't. Today I ate my whole30 dinner in front of my husband eating a large cheesy pizza and beer. Yes ok I looked, yes ok I smelled and yes ok in my head I was munching on a slice. But I did not touch it. My cravings are still there but I'm in control.
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    iana got a reaction from lexes42 in August 1 Start Date - Who Wants to Rock This w/ Me?   
    Hello tiger blood, my bathroom thanks you. Came home and cleaned for an hour and then cooked dinner. This is not norm for me. I'm lazy and leave things until I can no longer look at them and then clean. Cleaning is my least favourite thing to do. I just don't like it. I'd rather cook a banquet for 30 people and cooking is my thing. It's funny when I think about the time I started eating mostly paleo a year ago I was a bit depressed coz I thought 'how am I going to cook with no sugar or flour?' 'What am I going spread my butter on?' All these questions made me feel confused. Now I'm not confused. I've had so much inspiration from paleo blogs like Nom Nom Paleo and OMGpaleo. My eyes opened up to REAL food. I will not go back.
    Two days ago I felt like quitting. I nearly ate a cookie without even realising it. But I didn't. Today I ate my whole30 dinner in front of my husband eating a large cheesy pizza and beer. Yes ok I looked, yes ok I smelled and yes ok in my head I was munching on a slice. But I did not touch it. My cravings are still there but I'm in control.
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    iana got a reaction from lexes42 in August 1 Start Date - Who Wants to Rock This w/ Me?   
    Hello tiger blood, my bathroom thanks you. Came home and cleaned for an hour and then cooked dinner. This is not norm for me. I'm lazy and leave things until I can no longer look at them and then clean. Cleaning is my least favourite thing to do. I just don't like it. I'd rather cook a banquet for 30 people and cooking is my thing. It's funny when I think about the time I started eating mostly paleo a year ago I was a bit depressed coz I thought 'how am I going to cook with no sugar or flour?' 'What am I going spread my butter on?' All these questions made me feel confused. Now I'm not confused. I've had so much inspiration from paleo blogs like Nom Nom Paleo and OMGpaleo. My eyes opened up to REAL food. I will not go back.
    Two days ago I felt like quitting. I nearly ate a cookie without even realising it. But I didn't. Today I ate my whole30 dinner in front of my husband eating a large cheesy pizza and beer. Yes ok I looked, yes ok I smelled and yes ok in my head I was munching on a slice. But I did not touch it. My cravings are still there but I'm in control.
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    iana got a reaction from lexes42 in August 1 Start Date - Who Wants to Rock This w/ Me?   
    Hello tiger blood, my bathroom thanks you. Came home and cleaned for an hour and then cooked dinner. This is not norm for me. I'm lazy and leave things until I can no longer look at them and then clean. Cleaning is my least favourite thing to do. I just don't like it. I'd rather cook a banquet for 30 people and cooking is my thing. It's funny when I think about the time I started eating mostly paleo a year ago I was a bit depressed coz I thought 'how am I going to cook with no sugar or flour?' 'What am I going spread my butter on?' All these questions made me feel confused. Now I'm not confused. I've had so much inspiration from paleo blogs like Nom Nom Paleo and OMGpaleo. My eyes opened up to REAL food. I will not go back.
    Two days ago I felt like quitting. I nearly ate a cookie without even realising it. But I didn't. Today I ate my whole30 dinner in front of my husband eating a large cheesy pizza and beer. Yes ok I looked, yes ok I smelled and yes ok in my head I was munching on a slice. But I did not touch it. My cravings are still there but I'm in control.
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    iana got a reaction from Miriam in August 1 Start Date - Who Wants to Rock This w/ Me?   
    Ok it's day 8 and I'm at "kill all things" stage. Up to now I was my happy self and today I was rude to two customers. And I'm listening to myself and going 'wow slow down' but my mouth is spitting out venom and I felt a bit foggy in my head and slightly less energetic. I know it's normal but I just want it to go away. I never thought that I had issues with sugar but for the first couple of days I dreamt of cakes and sweets. Obviously they are there but just deep inside my brain. I just want to hit the tiger blood stage and rearrange my house. I've got a lot of forgotten cleaning to do. I'm an 'out of sight out of mind' kind of person and my house is the same. Hang on spare bedrooms! I will get there soon!