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    drtracyb got a reaction from jackH55 in Kids on ADHD Meds   
    Alexander is desperate for bananas.  We have gone weeks without them and he still begs for one every time he sees one.  When I am sure I have the kids stimulant free, I will do a food trial using bananas to see if he can have them.
     
    Both kids got started on Ritalin, which seems to help a bit.
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    drtracyb reacted to sunshine33 in Accountability partners for January 1st 2018   
    Good morning from frozen Scotland.  I'm starting again on 1/1/18. Have successfully managed to get through 1 whole30  but have tried a few and given up since, usually making it to about day 19/20 then that glasse of wine or cookie wins! 
    Got my determined head on this time though so we can do this!
    Have got of to a good start as  managed to get a huge organic Turkey crown cheap in local supermarket so that's cooked ready to be portioned and frozen. I' going to try to do a big cook off on Sunday to help me through first few days. Making mayo etc helps loads too. 
    I'm pretty much dairy free anyway but oh boy sugar is another matter! Not looking forward to detox from that. 
    So as you say 2018 is the year of eating better and getting off the couch! 
     
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    drtracyb reacted to TerriF in Starting January 1, 2018   
    Starting my 3rd round tomorrow, though have been 95% compliant since January 2017. Looking forward to the camaraderie of this forum this time as well as on FB. Hubby and I have been on this journey together, and this time we're mentoring 9 family members/friends. Let's do this!
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    drtracyb reacted to kirkor in Monomeal Mania!!!11   
    Back down in San Diego (instead of Wyoming) and I see that zucchini is $0.79/lb instead of $1.78!!! Sheesh that would've been nice last month! 
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    drtracyb got a reaction from bwalker in Whole 30 on a college kid budget.   
    I buy two whole chickens at the beginning of my whole30 and slow cook them, then shred them and freeze.  Make bone broth/stock from the bones.  Two pounds of ground beef makes a ton of Well Fed Chocolate Chili.  Costco for bulk veggies, eggs and bulk meat.  I don't do organic or grass fed.  Make my own nut milks.
     
    Last night I froze my double batch of chocolate chili into muffin tins to free and store in a gallon bag in the freezer.
     
    Today I made a double batch of bolognese meat sauce - onions, carrots, celery, garlic, mushrooms, hamburger and compliant pasta sauce.  I eat it plain in a bowl but you can put it on top of spaghetti squash or zucchini if you want.
     
    I also have grated sweet potatoes in my freezer to saute for breakfast with a fried egg.
     
    It's not that hard to eat inexpensively on Whole30.  We get so caught up in the all recipes, but ultimately you end up choosing a few favorite recipes and cycling between them.
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    drtracyb got a reaction from browneyedbeauty in Monomeal Mania!!!11   
    That looks disgusting.
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    drtracyb reacted to JwUK in Anyone in the UK for 2 Jan start?   
    Major NSV yesterday - I went to a Board meeting between 6-8.30pm yesterday evening which meant that we ended up having a family tea before 5.30 (way better than waiting until after the meeting to eat).  All good.  I took two packets of biscuits with me as it has become a meeting habit to have them whilst we are there as it cuts across dinner time for most of the attendees; it didn’t bother me that I wasn’t going to eat them but I like to play my part in the ’team’ element of the board.  I arrived just on 6pm and had to take the only available seat which was next to the existing packets of biscuits and chocolate bars that others had brought.   I sat for the entire meeting alongside them, passed a few of them around and even gathered up the spare ones at the end without eating one of them or even wanting to.  
    The reason I’m writing this down is because biscuits, chocolate bars and crisps are all food without brakes for me.  An "open packet of jaffa cakes is almost certainly an empty packet of jaffa cakes" is a mantra I have repeated, laughed about and made a reality on too many occasions.   Whether it is a mental or physical response to Whole30, I can truly leave all of these foods alone whilst eating a Whole30 way but have found almost impossible beyond the 30 days as the sugar addiction kicks back in.  So, today I’m reflective about this NSV and about how it didn’t make me feel deprived not to indulge during the meeting, it didn’t make me feel anything other than aware of the difference in biscuit behaviour between the December Board meeting and the January Board meeting.
    How is everyone else doing?
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    drtracyb reacted to kirkor in Monomeal Mania!!!11   
    Ok folks, so as you may or may not know, I tend to err on the side of optimism, and I like to put my best foot forward, put on a brave face, etc.
    Well, but I also want to be real. And, tonight, well, I'm having a bad night. 
    Had a late lunch, and started feeling "funky" not too long after.  It came time for dinner, and was still feeling queasy but I knew I needed to eat. Had to really power through my dinner food, and DID NOT FINISH. 
    I think what might have happened is that I mislabeled 73% ground beef at 80%, and it screwed up my protein/fat ratio, so maybe I added too much coconut oil at one sitting.
    Hopefully I'll sleep it off! Nine days to go!
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    drtracyb reacted to kirkor in Monomeal Mania!!!11   
     
    Ok, I've thought about this some more, so I wanted to say a hearty THANK YOU to @drtracyb for helping me really clarify the benefits of this little endeavor I'm engaged in.
    While I do think it is true that one potential benefit to monomeals is the reframing of food as "sustenance only", (A) I don't think arranging the single vegetable in different ways negates that goal and (B) even if it did, that is not the only reason I am undertaking this Monomeal Mania.
    Also, if people ask, kirkor, what did you have for Meal 1 on Tuesday?" "ground beef & zucchini" ... what did you have for Meal 2 on Tuesday? "ground beef & zucchini" ... what did you have for xxxxx "ground beef & zucchini" and so on and so on....
    I'm running this for lots of reasons:
    to have fun ease of meal planning the removal of any hint of 'what am I gonna make for dinner' thoughts ease of shopping ease of meal prep ease of cooking ease of cleaning ease of lunch packing ease of eating on the go or while busy it's a combination of my other themed W30s my chosen food items also follow the protocols of no nightshades, low FODMAPs, and AIP it's a flavor & taste combination that I know I enjoy the preplanning & batch cooking means every meal fits my goal meal template exactly it eliminates snacking it's making me separate hunger from any other feeling that could contribute to a desire to eat it's a personal challenge I want to use "high contrast" to inspire other Whole30'ers who might be experiencing issues with food boredom or perceived lack of variety, and the extent to which these feelings contribute to a successful Whole30  So, that being said, here's some pics of that taco night the other day. 
    My friend knows I'm eating this way, but she was having a couple people over for a "taco bar", and set a plate for me to eat my usal ground beef & diced zucchini. But as the taco bar materialized, with the little bowls of diced tomato & olives & guacamole, etc., I thought, ya know, I'm going to make a little taco bar of my own!!
    Made boats out of the zucchini, roasted them a bit. Skin I peeled as lettuce, insides I diced fine and used to represent both onions & cheese, make a little mix of diced zuke, bits of beef, and cooking oil to stand in for salsa ... best part was my friend even had these little baby dishes to serve it all in! 



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    drtracyb reacted to britgirl in Anyone in the UK for 2 Jan start?   
    @drtracyb do you think you could give your mate my address?? How sweet is that?! 
    @JwUK thanks for book review. I think you and I are in a similar mental place. I couldn't  believe over xmas how very quickly I forgot  how bad I feel after wheat or lattes so would vow to give them up then do it all over again the next day. It's like a self-destruct button. Well done for surviving Starbucks with the family. I LOVE coffee shops and I really miss the coffee and cake thing but I've also enjoyed 'the not blowing it' but that's only really effective for the 30 days and reintro plan. 
    Have you come across Gillian Riley and Eating Less website? She writes about the addiction and emotional side of food and I've found her massively helpful in the past and will dig out her book again as we near the end. Her website is full of interesting well-researched stuff. 
    Any good recipes for cold dull weather,  guys? I'm so so sick of sweet potato and eggs!!
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    drtracyb reacted to JwUK in Anyone in the UK for 2 Jan start?   
    I’m really impressed with your comment about quelling the snacking frenzy - I feel that often this is the thing that gets out of control for me too and I’ve ended up eating lots of reasonably healthy things but in addition to meals rather than as meals.   I hope you have a good trip to the US.
    Great that we’ve got the solid start behind us - I navigated an afternoon stop at Starbucks this afternoon where I had a mint tea whilst my family drank lattes and ate  a chocolate chunk cookie.  It was the toughest half hour of the last week for me.  Drinking mint tea in a coffee shop is always hard.   I found from my first Whole30 that I can tolerate milk and dairy in reasonable quantities BUT that in drinking a latte I weaken my resistance to eating all the things that are on offer in a coffee shop - it seems to reduce my willpower.  Does anyone else have a trigger effect like this?
    This weekend has been good for me with really good food, an improvement in sleep quality already and not feeling hungry.   I hope it has been similar for everyone else.
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    drtracyb reacted to kirkor in Monomeal Mania!!!11   
    Figured I should expand on this, especially the kombination of eating kold food while on keto ... you end up konsuming saturated fat that is rather, um, khunky (my "k" thing kinda falls apart there...)

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    drtracyb reacted to kirkor in Monomeal Mania!!!11   
    Today, a great victory for the Monomeal strategy!
     

    I forgot my lunch at home today 
    So as the afternoon wore on, I definitely tengo hambre. <sidebar plug for *koff*intermittentfasting*koff*; I was hungry but not a total Mr. Crabby Pants>
    But I just drank my salted water and carried on with work.
    However, when I got home, having only a Monomeal on the menu was like a soothing breeze.  It was definitely the kinda situation where it'd be easy to stare at the fridge and think, "I'm hungry, but nothing loooooooks good", or to see various ingredients, but just not feeeeel like cooking them in to a meal. And also the kind of situation where it would be VERY easy to fall in to a bag of <DELETED> and call that dinner.  
    Not this month!  As a well-prepared Whole30ian, I did have several premade meals in the fridge ready to go (including the one I forgot to bring for lunch), but I thought it would be nice to have a fresh hot meal, and save the containered stuff for later this week.
    I had my thawed burger and zucchini in the fridge, took a few moments to dice the zuke while the beef got warm, and then after not very long at all, I was eating a great dinner!
    The Monomeal definitely allowed me to be on "autopilot" as far as deciding what to eat.  Very convenient.  And I don't mean autopilot to imply that it's mindless.  Rather I appreciated that I'd "front loaded" the decision making process.
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    drtracyb reacted to kirkor in Monomeal Mania!!!11   
    Oops, realized I didn't address the question of *your* boredom! I think it's definitely natural to feel bored at some point during the Whole30.  If someone isn't bored with the food, then they're bored with the shopping, or the prepping & cooking, or the dishes.
    But people don't seem to get bored with sleeping better, or having more energy, or feeling more centered. For me it's important to focus on the positives rather than the negatives.
    With an elimination program like Whole30, you're never going to completely get away from the "negatives", because it's a rules-driven program.  Foods and choices are either compliant or non-compliant. To follow the rules properly, we can't help but keep it in our heads that I can't have dairy, I can't have legumes, I can't have sugar, etc etc. So it's super easy to get zeroed-in on that mentality, and then lament the lack of choices.  "Oh mannnn there's so much stuff I can't have on this darn program ... I sure hope it's worth it in the end!"
    In that sense, the shopping list can be more motivating than the rules list, because it's full of things you CAN have! 
    That's what I'm doing for my Monomeal Mania Whole30 -- I'm focusing on the fact that I can have ground beef & zucchini, and when I prepare them with coconut oil & salt it makes for a delicious and filling meal that also is improving my health.
    Do you have some favorite things you've made so far these 16 days?
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    drtracyb reacted to kirkor in Monomeal Mania!!!11   
    I think, if I am bored, I'm bored because I think I should be bored. Does that make sense? Like, obviously what I'm doing is ridiculous, and it really seems that I ought to be tired of it by now, but honestly it hasn't been that bad.
    So last night my roommate had a couple people over for dinner and they had a taco bar-type of setup (yes, you know I did my own version  but I'm going to wait a bit to post pics to give @drtracyb a break ) and, ya, the guacamole and olives and tomatoes and onions looked really good.  Especially the guac!!
    But I really am having quite a bit of fun as these 30 days march onward. People pay lip service to the idea that "food is fuel", and so it's kind of like a game to check in with myself, "Hey, Kirkor, is food *really* fuel to you?" Ground beef + zucchini are a good combo. It tastes good, and I know I'm being properly fueled.
    And speaking of being well fed, this menu is supporting me while I'm spending this month working in Wyoming delivering propane.  In these winter conditions it's definitely a physically demanding job.  Some representative pics (not of me specifically):
    Dragging hose:

    Chaining up:

    Driving on crappy roads:

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    drtracyb got a reaction from browneyedbeauty in Monomeal Mania!!!11   
    That looks disgusting.
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    drtracyb got a reaction from britgirl in Anyone in the UK for 2 Jan start?   
    Doing well here - day 9 - amazing!  My friend brought me a bunch of premade whole30 meals while I was at work this weekend.
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    drtracyb reacted to kirkor in Monomeal Mania!!!11   
    So, scored some markdown hamburger patties; @ $2.74/lb I couldn't pass them up, especially since the "patty-ing" was already done for me!

    Decided it was time for BURGERS & FRIES! 
    Peeled the zukes, and figured I needed to do something with the skin.
    I diced it super fine, then let it simmer in a pot with a little coconut oil, salt, and water ... let the water cook down and decided I'd called it "relish"

    Then on to the fries .. I sliced them thin, then tossed them in coconut oil and salt.
    Put them in the over for 10 minutes at 400 degrees ... went to flip and/or rearrange them, and they were still pretty soggy ... I'd hoped having the oil coating would help ...
    Changed the oven to broil, and let them set for several more minutes ... didn't really help and so my "fries" were rather limp 

     
     
    And voilà!
    Burger & fries with zucchini relish!
     

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    drtracyb reacted to Stegner in Monomeal Mania!!!11   
    This makes me think of a favorite book - "How to Cook a Wolf" by MFK Fisher, a collection of autobiographical stories about eating in times of deprivation. In one of the stories, she finds herself nearly broke as a college student and has to figure out how to make her money stretch to feed herself for the semester - so she buys a bag of feed grade oats from a feedmill and cooks it up with vegetables she scavenges from produce market rejects and very little meat. I remember this story well because I was a poor college student when I read it, and she talked about how well she felt after eating her "sludge" for months - lost weight, skin cleared up, etc. I found a recipe!   http://www.fourpoundsflour.com/how-to-cook-a-wolf-week-sludge
    ps. This is not in any way whole 30, but it is a monomeal experiment that worked.  
     
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    drtracyb reacted to JwUK in Anyone in the UK for 2 Jan start?   
    The start of day 11 and I’m really pleased that a cold I’ve been carrying for the last fortnight finally seems to be on the wane - so not tiger blood exactly but a 100% better feeling than at the start of Whole30!   I’m really enjoying the fact that I’m finding the cooking part of Whole30 much more manageable than some of the rounds when cooking and shopping seemed onerous.  Whole30 always seems to lead to a much bigger requirement to always be buying something as our food stores go down so quickly but it all seems a lot swifter to resolve than it did for the first and subsequent rounds.  
    I’ve been reading the ‘monomeals’ thread about the benefits of eating the same thing constantly.  Whilst this isn’t specifically something that would work for me and my family I tend to follow a relatively consistent pattern of an 3 eggs with sweet potato and avocado breakfast, a baked potato and tuna salad/vegetables lunch and a meat and olives/vegetables/potatoes mashed with olive oil dinner which has just about the right amount of repetition in it to feel like a ‘habit’ rather than monotony.  
    This week has definitely tested me on the snacking front - I’ve had cashews, almonds and a nakd bar fix on different days and need to knock that on the head today - possibly by having a bigger portion of fat at lunch and making sure I have a cup of tea to drink whilst walking the school run rather than the need for a snack.  Every whole30 brings something different - my first had a big dependency on almond butter, my second was highly dependent on coconut pieces, my third was completely nut and largely fruit free and this one has felt great to fall into a rhythm with so far but is still different than the previous ones.
    I hope everyone else in this UK thread is doing well.
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    drtracyb got a reaction from NoMoreCrunchyCravings in November Whole30...The Saga Continues   
    I am so thrilled with how well my whole30 is going.  I flew from London to Los Angeles on Saturday and went straight to a 36 hour shift as an emergency vet.  My best friend is also doing a whole30 so she showed up at my work with a cooler full of whole30 meals for me to eat while I was stuck at work for 36 hours.  I am so lucky to have someone like that in my life!  And, she's been cooking out of the whole30 cookbook and her meals were delicious - which gives me extra incentive to buy the cookbook for myself.  I also stayed compliant on the airplane.  I had cooked up sauted hamburger with zucchini and had those meals while I was on the plane.  Turned down the ice cream the stewardess was passing out!
     
    All in all, my eating feels under control and I have no doubts that I will successfully complete this whole30.
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    drtracyb got a reaction from kirkor in Commiting to a December 26th Start Date   
    I survived a plane trip from London to Los Angeles, then a 36 hour shift at work, and now a 4 hour drive to Northern California.  Next will be to survive being in a strange town for the next 7 days working overnight shifts at a veterinary emergency hospital.  My best friend brought me a bunch of compliant meals over the weekend, but now I am on my own and out of food so will have to forage at soon as I get off shift.  I'm here in Merced, gateway to Yosemite, and have nothing to do during the daytime for the next seven days so hopefully will get to do some exploring.  The vet hospital has a trailer for the emergency vets to stay in while we are working for them, but there's no running water and I assume no way to cook.  I'm thinking of buying some pregrilled angus burgers I saw at costco and microwaving them for meals, with microwave steamed zucchini for my veg.
     
    I'm only on Day 9 of the January Whole30, so no reintro for me yet.  I don't reintro dairy, as I found in previous whole30s that dairy immediately triggers my fibromyalgia bone pain.  When I am eating mindfully, my family is basically paleo most of the time, so we don't reintro grains or legumes, either. 
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    drtracyb got a reaction from NoMoreCrunchyCravings in November Whole30...The Saga Continues   
    I am so thrilled with how well my whole30 is going.  I flew from London to Los Angeles on Saturday and went straight to a 36 hour shift as an emergency vet.  My best friend is also doing a whole30 so she showed up at my work with a cooler full of whole30 meals for me to eat while I was stuck at work for 36 hours.  I am so lucky to have someone like that in my life!  And, she's been cooking out of the whole30 cookbook and her meals were delicious - which gives me extra incentive to buy the cookbook for myself.  I also stayed compliant on the airplane.  I had cooked up sauted hamburger with zucchini and had those meals while I was on the plane.  Turned down the ice cream the stewardess was passing out!
     
    All in all, my eating feels under control and I have no doubts that I will successfully complete this whole30.
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    drtracyb got a reaction from kirkor in Commiting to a December 26th Start Date   
    I survived a plane trip from London to Los Angeles, then a 36 hour shift at work, and now a 4 hour drive to Northern California.  Next will be to survive being in a strange town for the next 7 days working overnight shifts at a veterinary emergency hospital.  My best friend brought me a bunch of compliant meals over the weekend, but now I am on my own and out of food so will have to forage at soon as I get off shift.  I'm here in Merced, gateway to Yosemite, and have nothing to do during the daytime for the next seven days so hopefully will get to do some exploring.  The vet hospital has a trailer for the emergency vets to stay in while we are working for them, but there's no running water and I assume no way to cook.  I'm thinking of buying some pregrilled angus burgers I saw at costco and microwaving them for meals, with microwave steamed zucchini for my veg.
     
    I'm only on Day 9 of the January Whole30, so no reintro for me yet.  I don't reintro dairy, as I found in previous whole30s that dairy immediately triggers my fibromyalgia bone pain.  When I am eating mindfully, my family is basically paleo most of the time, so we don't reintro grains or legumes, either. 
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    drtracyb got a reaction from kirkor in Monomeal Mania!!!11   
    Didn't quite stick to monomeal the past few days though did stay compliant.  I brought four containers of zucchini/beef mix onto the plane with me from London to LAX.  Toward the end the zucchini was tasting a bit off so I gave up on the last container.  My best friend brought me a bunch of compliant meals that I ate during my 36 hour shift in Valencia.  Today I am in Merced starting 7 overnights in a row.  The hospital has a trailer for the emergency vet to sleep in and to stay in during the daytime, so I'll venture out at some point to find food.  My beef will probably have to switch to compliant hamburger patties cooked in the microwave - I saw some pre-grilled angus patties at costco that looked compliant.  And I guess steamed zucchini in the microwave.  
    Funny how it finally clicks in.  I am not feeling the frenzied urge to snack that I had been feeling over the past year.  It's nice to be back on the wagon.