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    sjosey77 got a reaction from Ana Miriam in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    The thought of eating out makes you extremely nervous.
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    sjosey77 got a reaction from ali327 in Cranberries?   
    Cranberries are delicious in chicken salad.
     
    Boil chicken with lemons in the water.
    Cube, put mayo, compliant mustard (Not a ton) I like German or Dijon, chopped onions, chopped pecans, cranberries and salt and pepper.  Bam! Delicious stuff.
    Sweet, savory, cruchy and zesty.  Best of all worlds!
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    sjosey77 got a reaction from fitisthenublack in Battling opposing viewpoints   
    A lot of the time when you are making good choices they are uncomfortable then with the choices they are making for themselves and therefore trying to make you feel bad about yours.  It is what GFChris is saying, they are insecure about their choices and then trying to bring you down to feel better about what they are doing. 
     
    None of my female friends would congratulate me on my weight loss and I thought that was odd.  Then I realized it was because they wanted to loose weight and hadn't so they couldn't be happy about mine. I believe that we need to raise people up instead of put them down, unfortunately that is not everyone's choice.   
     
    I say avoid them while doing this if they continue or be around them and make them feel insecure while you are healthy.  Your choice. 
    Or option three....get new friends.   Hang in there, you are doing great!
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    sjosey77 got a reaction from Raven in Tiger blood?   
    Also based off of Charlie Sheen with his Tiger Blood/Winning bit. :-)
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    sjosey77 got a reaction from fitisthenublack in Battling opposing viewpoints   
    A lot of the time when you are making good choices they are uncomfortable then with the choices they are making for themselves and therefore trying to make you feel bad about yours.  It is what GFChris is saying, they are insecure about their choices and then trying to bring you down to feel better about what they are doing. 
     
    None of my female friends would congratulate me on my weight loss and I thought that was odd.  Then I realized it was because they wanted to loose weight and hadn't so they couldn't be happy about mine. I believe that we need to raise people up instead of put them down, unfortunately that is not everyone's choice.   
     
    I say avoid them while doing this if they continue or be around them and make them feel insecure while you are healthy.  Your choice. 
    Or option three....get new friends.   Hang in there, you are doing great!
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    sjosey77 got a reaction from praxisproject in Battling opposing viewpoints   
    Sorry that you are having a tough time.  I bet your husband is nervous only because he is worried you are going to make him do it too. 
     
    People tend to behave a certain way when their way of life is threatened.  And you my dear with your awesomeness is uber threatening! 
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    sjosey77 got a reaction from fitisthenublack in Battling opposing viewpoints   
    A lot of the time when you are making good choices they are uncomfortable then with the choices they are making for themselves and therefore trying to make you feel bad about yours.  It is what GFChris is saying, they are insecure about their choices and then trying to bring you down to feel better about what they are doing. 
     
    None of my female friends would congratulate me on my weight loss and I thought that was odd.  Then I realized it was because they wanted to loose weight and hadn't so they couldn't be happy about mine. I believe that we need to raise people up instead of put them down, unfortunately that is not everyone's choice.   
     
    I say avoid them while doing this if they continue or be around them and make them feel insecure while you are healthy.  Your choice. 
    Or option three....get new friends.   Hang in there, you are doing great!
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    sjosey77 got a reaction from fitisthenublack in Battling opposing viewpoints   
    A lot of the time when you are making good choices they are uncomfortable then with the choices they are making for themselves and therefore trying to make you feel bad about yours.  It is what GFChris is saying, they are insecure about their choices and then trying to bring you down to feel better about what they are doing. 
     
    None of my female friends would congratulate me on my weight loss and I thought that was odd.  Then I realized it was because they wanted to loose weight and hadn't so they couldn't be happy about mine. I believe that we need to raise people up instead of put them down, unfortunately that is not everyone's choice.   
     
    I say avoid them while doing this if they continue or be around them and make them feel insecure while you are healthy.  Your choice. 
    Or option three....get new friends.   Hang in there, you are doing great!
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    sjosey77 got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Before my Whole30 I never thought I'd...   
    Anything coconut.  I didn't think I would ever like coconut because that nasty powdery sweet stuff that is coconut flakes grosses me out!  Now, please hand over the coconut!  Unsweetened flakes, butter, oil, meat, vinegar, aminoes sign me up, I am down with it! Oh, I love coconut flavored La Croix! Yummy
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    sjosey77 got a reaction from MeadowLily in The crazy things people say   
    I guess the fact that I was eating a ton of veggies made a female coworker ask, "Are you eating for you and the baby?"
     
    First of all, I AM NOT PREGNANT, nor do I look pregnant.  
    Second: I would never say that to another female even if she was pregnant. 
    Third: We are not even friends so she has no reason to speak to me as if it is ok to say whatever is on her mind.
    Four: She is much larger than me (I know petty but she just called me pregnant)
    Fifth: It took everything I had not to say a snarky comment back about her health. (The comment was incase you were wondering , "Gee, I guess we all can't have your girlish figure and be as fit as you while eating that"  
     
    Rant over.
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    sjosey77 got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in P.F. Chang's - Anything?   
    I have no clue if anything that is already on the menu is Whole 30 approved, but I will tell you that they can not deviate from their menu because everything is already prepackaged.  We were told this by the manager when a friend asked to have something else made due to her allergies.  She couldn't eat anything.  So..... if you go there with the hopes of asking to make you something off the cuff, it is more than likely not going to happen. Sorry.  Just sharing from my personal experience.  
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    sjosey77 got a reaction from Ceecee Mack in Salad dressing recipes or brands?   
    It's da bombdiggity!  Try it if you can find it.  It's great with spinach, raw pecans, red onions, apples and fresh pepper.  I like this instead of your traditional salad on occasion.
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    sjosey77 got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Before my Whole30 I never thought I'd...   
    Anything coconut.  I didn't think I would ever like coconut because that nasty powdery sweet stuff that is coconut flakes grosses me out!  Now, please hand over the coconut!  Unsweetened flakes, butter, oil, meat, vinegar, aminoes sign me up, I am down with it! Oh, I love coconut flavored La Croix! Yummy
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    sjosey77 reacted to puppypower in Pressure Cooker   
     
    For Dominick (and anyone else who is interested): there is a pressure cooker available that also has a slow cooker setting. I did a lot of research when I was looking into buying a pressure cooker and the abundance of choices was not making my decision any easier. Pressure cooker vs slow cooker. Teflon-lined vs non-Teflon-lined. Electronic vs stop-top. Ugh!
     
    What I ended up buying (and have been using for almost 3 years now) is this one:
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=instant+pot
     
    I have the LUX60. The LUX50 is still available but it's the previous model to the LUX60. The new model is the DUO60. You can pressure cook, slow cook, saute, and the newest model even has a function that allows you to make your own yoghurt and kefir! The model I have allows one to slow cook up to 10 hours (the newest model can be preset to 20 hours). If for whatever reason I want to make something that takes, let's say, 20 hours, I just use two back-to-back 10-hr cycles. The big advantage electronic pressure cookers have over stove-top ones is that you can just walk away from them. I can throw my ingredients in, set everything up, and leave the house for the whole day, and come home to ready-to-eat dinner. This particular brand also has a "keep warm" function that automatically kicks in after the cooking cycle is done and runs for a maximum of 8 hours (so the meal/food doesn't spoil).
     
    I really don't have a single complaint about this particular pressure cooker and it has met *many* of my cooking needs. Michelle Tam from Nomnompaleo also got one very recently and loves it to bits as well.
     
    I feel obligated to say that I am in no way affiliated with the company. I am just *very* happy with this product; there is so much junk out there waiting to be bought, and it is such a refreshing and welcome change when one comes across a product that is really well-designed, well-thought out, and does what it's supposed to!
     
    I hope this helps!
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    sjosey77 reacted to EmayPA in Pressure Cooker   
    Pressure cookers are fabulous!  (I'm not Swiss, but I have 3, too.  )
     
    Make sure to get one that is a newer "generation" type - not the rocker top kind.  They're simpler, and you don't have to worry about misplacing the rocker.  (btdt)
     
    They're easy-peasy to use, honest, and have safety features - don't worry!
     
    If you only have one, get at least a 6 quart - you can put a small amount in a larger pot, but can't put more in a small pot. 
     
    If I had to have only one, I'd probably keep my 8 quart over the 6 quart - even though I live alone. 
     
    There are great recipes and website support out there - I can't wait to check out Tom's website - thanks Tom! - a new one to add to the list!
     
    Check out Lorna Sass (though she's veg-leaning these days), "Miss Vicki" , hippressurecooking - lots of resources.
     
    I've had an InstantPot on my Amazon wishlist for ages... 
     
    Have fun!
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    sjosey77 reacted to Vian in Pressure Cooker   
    I totally need a pressure cooker! That sounds awesome to be able to make what are normally slow long cook-all-day recipes in 30 minutes. I like to eat asap when I get home from work as I'm usually hungry right about the time I get off, so I'm always trying to find recipes that cook quickly, but a pressure cooker would mean I could make slow recipes cook faster!
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    sjosey77 reacted to Lainey in Pederson's Natural Paleo Bacon   
    Great to know, thank you!
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    sjosey77 reacted to dipitie in Salad dressing recipes or brands?   
    Rosemary oil and lavender vinegar? That sounds divine!
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    sjosey77 got a reaction from Ceecee Mack in Salad dressing recipes or brands?   
    Have your thought about buying balsamic that has aged at least 25 years?  They tend to be milder.  We have a shop in my town that sells flavored ones and because of the age it cuts the acid.  I felt the same way you did about them being too acidic.  If I use a vinegar I will add some chopped apple to the salad to help it too.  If you can find rosemary oil and lavendar vinegar it is really a nice combo. Otherwise I use mayo as a base with either lemon juice or coconut vinegar and mix whatever herbs I prefer.
     
    I make paleo ranch all the type.  Nom nom and Well Fed has great recipes of those on their websites.
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    sjosey77 got a reaction from Ceecee Mack in Salad dressing recipes or brands?   
    Have your thought about buying balsamic that has aged at least 25 years?  They tend to be milder.  We have a shop in my town that sells flavored ones and because of the age it cuts the acid.  I felt the same way you did about them being too acidic.  If I use a vinegar I will add some chopped apple to the salad to help it too.  If you can find rosemary oil and lavendar vinegar it is really a nice combo. Otherwise I use mayo as a base with either lemon juice or coconut vinegar and mix whatever herbs I prefer.
     
    I make paleo ranch all the type.  Nom nom and Well Fed has great recipes of those on their websites.
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    sjosey77 reacted to Chapin in My mother was wrong...   
    In the past 30 days, I have not eaten any bread, rice, quinoa or grain of any kind.  I haven't ingested any dairy, no cream in my coffee, no cheese, no yogurt, no butter.  I haven't had any alcohol of any kind.  I haven't had any sugar, at all – and nearly everything in a package has sugar in it..  I haven't had any legumes, but honestly, that wasn't a problem, until it was a “banned†food. 
     
    In that same 30 days, I have not had Ammonium sulfate, L-cysteine, Titanium dioxide, Sodium nitrite Sodium benzoate, Potassium bromate, or Castoreum.  Nor have I had any maltrose, dextrose, or high fructose corn syrup.  No MSG, no GMOs, my meat has been 100% organic, pastured, and grass-fed.   Over 75% of my fruits and veggies have been organic, and always non-GMO.  Monsanto hasn't made a penny off of me.  Every single meal I've had has been made primarily from things that don't have an ingredient list on them, no nutritional label – because they ARE nutrition in and of themselves.
     
    My meals have been delicious – chocolate chili, baked sweet potato fries, omelets, ribeye steaks, pasta sauce over zucchini noodles,  cauliflower rice rich with the taste of ghee, meatballs, chicken wings – I have not had a single moment of hunger.
     
    When you take all that crap out of your body – your body just seems to go “ahhhh, thank you†and, after the first four days – starts to reward you.   Skin clears up, moods are even, sleep is so SO incredible – I've had 7-8 solid, blissful hours of uninterrupted sleep every night for the past 3 weeks.   I have boundless energy – last night I washed floors at 8 pm!  My skin looks awesome for a 30 year old… but I'm no 30 year old!!  I realized this morning that the TUMS on my bedside table haven't been touched for a month.  My digestive system is a well-oiled track, and most importantly – to me – the sugar demon has been slain and I do not crave – or even want a little bit – the sweets or salty that were my downfall.  I walked through the Easter aisle at Shoppers without a glance, and down the snack rack at Fortinos without even a glance to the left.  My mood swings are a thing of the past, and even when confronted with horrible news – I didn't turn to chips to soothe my soul.
     
    People say it's too expensive to eat this way, but in reality, we've cut our food bill by about 15% by ordering our meat in bulk, and not buying crap.  Factor in that we only eat out one night a week now, and not four times – and we're actually saving money!  Some people try to blame their spouse or kids, saying they couldn't “deprive them†of xxx.  I call bullshit.  We were eating this way for 11 days before my husband even noticed that we weren't having bread on the table anymore, and how are you depriving your kids by providing them with whole, healthy food and snacks? 
    Doing a Whole30 takes a lot of commitment and a lot of time.  You're cooking every meal – so my Sunday afternoons are often the prepping of the veggies, hard-cooking some eggs for the week, creating a bone broth in the slow cooker,  menu planning for the week and taking the appropriate meats out of the freezer.  It is worth it.
     
    Doing a Whole30 isn't about losing weight, it's about getting your body back to where it needs to be,  metabolically speaking.   Some people have lost 8 pounds in the month, some have lost 30.  I expect that I'm someplace in the middle of that, but I'm refusing to let the scale define my success, and so I'm not going to weigh myself.  I do know that I've gone down two sizes in my dress pants and at least one size in jeans.  (I'd have to go through my closet to find a smaller size… J)
     
    I'm going to take the next 10 days to “re-introduce†, one at a time, the things that I've missed (alcohol !! cheese!) into my body and see how it reacts.  I'm not putting grains back in, I can't see me ever again eating anything that has an ingredient list where I don't understand every single thing on the label, and I'm sticking with grass-fed, pastured animal protein.   It's clean.
     
    And last but not least – I've proven to myself that my mother was wrong – I don't quit everything I start once it gets too hard.
     
     
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    sjosey77 got a reaction from tahoecorgilover in April 7 people - How are you all doing?   
    It literally says "Extra Light Olive Oil"  Bertolli makes some that is easy to find at most stores.  If you have a BJ warehouse near you they have a coupon for $3.50 off a large bottle.  So it is less than $15!  I got mine yesterday.
     
    http://www.bertolli.com/canadese-e/bertolli-products_cae.asp?country=cae〈=en
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    sjosey77 got a reaction from tahoecorgilover in April 7 people - How are you all doing?   
    Mayo is not that hard with the hand blender.  I used to think that you needed for everything to be room temp and that doesn't even matter.  I use the clothes makes the girl recipe and it is great.  I put everything in a cup and use my emersion blender and I have mayo in a matter of seconds.  I make mayo all the time and it really is very simple. 
     
    one large
    1/2 tsp dry mustard
    1/2 tsp of salt
    2 TB of lemon juice (I squeeze mine)
    1 and 1/4 cup of LIGHT olive oil.  (DON'T USE EXTRA VIRGIN, too strong) or you can use Grapeseed, Avocado oil up to you
    I use a glass drinking glass that fits my blender and then go to town!
     
    You can do it.  And it is great to use to make dressings, dips, etc etc.  I am on day 7 and it is going well!  The past two days were tough with the carb withdrawals.  The cravings are there with a passion but I have had them before so I am ready to fight them!
     
    Yes, make sure you are drinking plenty of water, it makes a difference.
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    sjosey77 got a reaction from beespajamas in The crazy things people say   
    "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father prepare to die!"
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    sjosey77 reacted to peahen65 in Penzey's spices... too many options! What's your favorite?   
    Watch out on the sausage seasoning blends and the dressing blends!  The have sugar in them.  Check ingredients of any Penzey's blends to be sure.   
     
    My go to favorite for general seasoning of anything is their Northwoods Seasoning!
     
    I am branching out after reading my new Well Fed cookbook and trying some new things.  I was also out of some things so when I went to Penzey's yesterday, I spent $120