Badwolf reacted to Melissa Hartwig in Notice: Whole30 Personal Logs are NOT Moderated
Just a quick change of protocol related to your Whole30 logs.
First, please note these logs are only available to members of the forum who are currently logged in. General browsers of the internet and those searching for Whole30 information on Google will NOT be able to view your log unless they register and validate their registration for the forum. This is for your privacy, so you don't have to worry about non-members browsing through your personal information. This has been our policy since the forums were created several years ago--we just wanted to highlight this for you.
Two, these logs will no longer be moderated by the Whole30 team. They are your personal "diaries," and as such deserve the respect to remain your own form of expression, within our general guidelines. (Verbal abuse, profanity, or any sort of disrespectful conduct is never tolerated on the boards, regardless of where it is posted.) We will only comment when asked, or if we feel that significantly unhealthy or dangerous behaviors are taking place.
Three, if you choose to post non-Whole30 meals as part of your log, or go off-plan on purpose, we gently encourage you to make this clear in your log. This will help avoid confusion on the part of those new to the program. This isn't mandatory, but we are asking you to help us keep the boards clear and easy to use for all, especially those new to the Whole30.
Finally, for all browsing these logs, know that you have no guarantee that every meal or food posted here is, in fact, Whole30 compliant. Read these logs like you read your labels, and when in doubt, ask/search/read to determine whether something posted in a personal log does, in fact, fit the Whole30 program.
Thank you for doing your part to keep this forum supportive, respectful, and in line with the spirit, intention, and guidelines of our Whole30 program.
Badwolf reacted to CrunchyLutheranMommy in Plan a Whole30 dream vacation
The Whole 9 Cruise Line!
Seriously! That would be AMAZING. A 30 day cruise (hey we're dreaming right?). All food served in the restaurants on the cruise liner are, naturally, W30 compliant with such a creative menu that no one would ever get bored. There would be workshops available for every one of the nine factors, with theory to help us understand exactly why each one is important and practical tips to start creating good habits. Not to mention, what better place for exercise, relaxation and FUN than a cruise ship! Massage therapists, jacuzzi tubs, games, basketball courts, a running deck, fitness room, live entertainment... the possibilities are endless.
Each guest on the cruise would get to pick one of the nine factors that they want to focus on during their stay. Depending on that, they get bonus treats. For example, if you decided that you wanted to focus on nutrition, perhaps you would get to pick three or four of your favorite meals and have one of Whole 9 Cruise's master chefs teach you step by step how to make each recipe so you have some ammunition when you get home! Or if you chose relaxation you would get a few free vouchers to the massage therapist and some personal lessons in relaxation technique. Or if you chose fun and play you would get a free excursion for every two workshops you attend on the topic!
The destination would have to be the Mediterranean Sea, because it's my dream right now and that's where I would go if I could! Every port would have the typical touristy and adventuresome excursion options, but there would also be Whole30 tour guides available to walk you through local restaurants and food stands to show you how to enjoy all the best W30 compliant options in the native city.
Everyone would get their very own complimentary copy of "It Starts with Food" and we would all take time during the 30 day trip to read (or reread) it, perhaps with a daily reading guide and Q&A time every week. If I had the time and the resources and also lived in a reality where this existed I would totally do it!
(And FYI if this ever actually comes into existence I know I will, of course, be given a complimentary cruise for being so brilliant )
Badwolf reacted to JaniceA in Plan a Whole30 dream vacation
I would go to a ranch where I could ride my horse anytime anywhere I wanted. I would hire someone well versed on whole30 foods so I didn't or wouldnt have to think about it at all. Not having to worry about cooking or cleaning but just having fun doing what I love to do is my idea of a perfect vacation.
Badwolf reacted to Physibeth in What can I drink outside of water, tea, and coffee
Well it isn't really cut with juice. When you make kombucha you have a first ferment where the SCOBY eats the sugar and tea and spits out kombucha. You then separate that out from the mother and feed her fresh sweet tea and then you have the option of doing a 2nd ferment where you bottle flavoring (juice, whole fruit, spices, another tea, etc) with your kombucha and let it sit a few more days. It will continue to ferment and take on flavoring from what you added. Once you refrigerate it the fermenting stops (and starts again if you leave it out on the counter as I have found out on many an occasion).
Regardless...drink the kombucha you like. I usually buy a mixture of the fruit juice ones and the regular ones.
Badwolf reacted to justmary in What can I drink outside of water, tea, and coffee
Kombucha! It's my favorite drink in the world, and ok on Whole30 as long as there's nothing extra added to the kombucha after the fermentation (some companies make a drink that's kombucha and fruit juice). I was making my own kombucha for a while (it isn't hard), but I just found a local store that has it on tap, so I'm pretty excited about that.
Badwolf reacted to princesspentium in What can I drink outside of water, tea, and coffee
Haven't started Whole30 yet - still waiting for my book to be delivered but having been following a natural food diet for the last 2.5 years I found that I also got bored with sparkling water & decaff coffee.
My solution is to steep several (6?) fruit teas bags (I like blackcurrant) in hot water to make a concentrate, leave as long as possible - even overnight until the water has cooled, throw away the teabags, then bottle and store in the fridge.
When I want something fruity & refreshing I use the concentrated fruit tea topped up with sparkling water - fresh mint is great too or slices of fresh lime or lemon.
Badwolf reacted to OrganicMom in What can I drink outside of water, tea, and coffee
I like adding just a teaspoon or so of raw apple cider vinegar to 32 oz of water...gives a little flavor and health benefits too. I am not a water drinker and this really helps!
Badwolf reacted to Delaine Ross in What can I drink outside of water, tea, and coffee
Club soda, Kombucha - those are my favorites.
Badwolf reacted to GFChris in What can I drink outside of water, tea, and coffee
Here is a Whole9 article with several options.
I like sparkling water: plain at home, with a lime when dining out.
Badwolf reacted to Robin Strathdee in Don't over think this.
Welcome all newcomers, welcome back vets, and for those of you who never left...welcome to this post.
I just wanted to pop in here and remind you all to take a deep breath before you dive into all the questions about what you can and can't have. The program guidelines are clear on what you can and can't have (grains, dairy, W30 muffins), but things get a little grey when people start talking about what you should and shouldn't have. Please don't over think think this. You don't have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30. If you need to you can always extend or repeat the process, and things will get better each time you do. My advice to you is this:
Stick to the rules like they are your port in a storm (really, they will become that).
Take the Moderators responses seriously (we know what we're talking about).
Take community members suggestions as advice from those who came before, but keep in mind they are not the rules and not the Mods. Everyone here is well-meaning, and everyone here wants to see you succeed, but everyone here is at a different place in this journey.
And finally, take comfort in these words (from Melissa Hartwig, on another forum post):
Here's the thing (and this is an interesting discussion)... there are Whole30 "rules," which are strict, clearly outlined, and very well defined. No grains - and here are all the things we consider grains. No dairy - and here are all the dairy items excluded. No Paleo-fied food choices, and here's what those look like.
Then, there are Whole30 suggestions for success. They're not part of the official rules, but they're things that we've seen really help (or harm) people as they move through the program. Fruit smoothies for breakfast - not a good idea. Skipping breakfast - not a good idea. Eating every two hours, all day - not a good idea. These things won't necessarily affect your Whole30 results (although they might), but if we can give you additional suggestions that will make your transition and your program easier and more effective, we're going to give them to you.
Keep Calm and Whole30 On.
Badwolf reacted to juju in The crazy things people say
"salad is not a food!"
wha-what? I still wonder what they think salad is.
One of my favorites was a vegetarian co-worker who was drinking a Diet coke and eating Fritos and a hostess cupcake told me that the grassfed steak on my salad would give me colon cancer. I looked at her lunch and then at mine and said "that is a risk I am willing to take."
Badwolf reacted to Adagio in The crazy things people say
The other one is: "Why should I deprive myself?"
My answer: "Why do you eat food that does not nourish your body?"
Their answer: "Because it tastes good!"
My reply: "If your car's gas tank had taste buds and demanded lemonade instead of gasoline, would you comply?"
Their answer: "Of course not! Cars cannot run on lemonade!"
My reply: "Exactly. Your body cannot run on frankenfood. One of these days, it's going to crap out."
Their answer: "My mother ate (insert crappy food here) and she lived to be 90."
My reply: "Good for her. You are not her."
Their answer: "Whatever."
Badwolf reacted to Adagio in The crazy things people say
My dental hygienist told me today that a low-carb diet will give me periodontal disease. She said that the carb digesting enzymes secreted during the eating process do not know what to do when we don't eat carbs, so the enzymes turn into sugar and cause mouth bacteria.
Never heard that one before...
I told her that my periodontal issues had greatly improved since giving up grains/sugar. She said that they will get bad again if I don't eat carbs. (I've been mostly Paleo for 3 years now.)
I didn't bother to argue. What's the point? She is convinced she is right.
Badwolf reacted to Flynn in The crazy things people say
"Fruit will make you fat" - a fat coworker who doesn't eat fruit.
"I could never eat as much as you" - a fat coworker who eats lean cuisine every day
"How do you eat so much chocolate and stay so fit?" - random coworker
and my favorite..."that's the biggest salad I've ever seen"