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About AllyB

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    Raising grassfed beef and lamb, training herding dogs, paleo, pilates
  1. Eating disorder

    This kind of falls under 'crazy stuff people say'. Someone sent me this link recently. (I think they sent it as a bit of a joke.) But it is an interesting view point!
  2. If anyone buys that mayo, can you give us a review? We have made mayo out of avocado oil and it has a different texture than olive oil. Thanks!
  3. Grassfed beef

    There are some grassfed cuts that are overlooked (although, maybe because they aren't that easy to get). Short ribs are awesome. Well Fed has a really good short rib recipe. Very flavorful, tender and you get a good dose of bone broth type sauce. I also like to make soup out of oxtail. It sounds gross but dang! It makes awesome soup. I used to give my oxtails away until I made soup. Now I keep them for my family. Beef heart....I grind it up and add a little to burger patties. If you can get a hangar steak, they are really good with a marinade. But they are hard to get. For skirt and flank steak, I marinade and then cook in my sous vide. I haven't figured out how to make the grassfed version as tender as the corn fed, unless I use the sous vide. And if you can afford it, grassfed filet is pretty much the best meat ever. We call it 'happy meat' and hum while we eat it. It doesn't need marinade. It's just awesome!
  4. Welcome to the sugar addict club. I don't know the exact science behind it, but it has to do with blood sugar/insulin balance. If you've been eating a lot of sugar (especially desserts after a meal), your body is expecting the sugar and you crave it. It took me about a year of pretty clean eating to finally say that the sugar dragon is hibernating. Still, I'll have cravings once a week or so. Search for sugar dragon and you'll find tons of posts about it.
  5. Are those hash browns made from potatoes? You might have a nightshade sensitivity. When my husband eats white potatoes (not sweet potatoes), his knuckles start to ache within a half hour.
  6. Thanks When you think about it, there are many reasons to eat. However, just one is 'we eat because we are hungry and need to nourish ourselves.' Then all the other millions of reasons are basically emotional (party, feeling sad, PMSing, stress etc etc). Years ago I read a book by Geneen Roth called 'Breaking away from compulsive eating.' I don't know if it's still in print. But it really opened my eyes to all the non-sustaining reasons I was eating. I ate because I was bored, sad, lonely, food tastes good, stress etc etc. Very rarely did I actually eat because I had to fuel my body. Of course, I was overweight and unhappy...which was another reason to eat. After reading that book, it really helped me get my compulsive, emotional eating manageable. I realized when I was standing in front of the fridge looking for something to eat there was another issue that I was not addressing. Typically it was stress. Once I took a few actions to help reduce that stress, then the 'need' to eat went away. It took a lot of introspection to get to the point where I could step outside myself and say 'what is going on in your life that makes you want to polish off a whole box of girl scout cookies??' I've seen a lot of posts on this forum from people who 'fell off the wagon' during their whole 30. And a lot of the slip ups are from emotional eating. I can totally relate. It took me a long time to be able to honestly self assess. It's painful and sometimes I just wanted to eat that box of cookies even though I _knew_ it was totally emotional eating. But alas, I put my big girl panties on and sucked it up. I learned to be my own best friend and be firm but gentle. Instead of stuffing my face, I learned to address the trigger to help alleviate the cause of the desire to eat. (And to be honest, it took a long time to get to that point!) And I also learned to reward myself with non-food treats. Anyways, I think I'm starting to ramble. My overall point (or advice) is to be mindful of the non-fueling reasons we eat. Being able to figure out why you want to eat will really help guide you to more healthy eating choices.
  7. My husband had a coworker that made christmas ornaments and gave them out each year. They were darling. I don't know if she got them in a kit or just came up with them herself. I really enjoyed them because you never knew what she would make. It's festive and lasts a lot longer than cookies.
  8. And to add to the thoughts above...given my husband's improvement in health, there really is something more valuable than food....your health! It's SO easy for us to exclude certain foods now because we can see what a direct impact some foods have on his health.
  9. Non-Whole30 friend who thinks they are

    This sounds a lot like 'crazy stuff people say'. Instead of a one liner...this guy is having a whole drawn out conversation with you. I love Tom's description of 'imaginary program'. That pretty much sums it up! Do it for yourself. Who cares what he does?
  10. I had a realization yesterday.....I've gotten responses from friends to my way of eating now such as 'wow, I couldn't deprive myself like that.' or 'I could never give up _____'. You know, the typical 'crazy things people say' stuff. But yesterday I realized that if you have something in your life that is more valuable or enjoyable than food, then controlling what you put in your mouth is much easier. I know that it is common for people to celebrate with food, use food to comfort us, use food as a reward, even use food to entertain us. But if food is the only fun or enjoyable thing in your life, it is a lot harder to restrict what you eat. I know that sounds really unrealistic that someone may not have anything more fun or enjoyable than food in their life. But think about it. If your idea of a nice afternoon is curling up with a box of girl scout cookies....maybe it applies? I know when I did my whole30, I had to make a conscious effort to reward or take care of myself in non-food related ways. It really changed my perspective. Instead of reaching for a beer and sitting on the couch as a way to unwind after a long week at work, I scheduled a massage or went shoe shopping. I had gotten in the habit of using food/drink as a reward. It was easy and convenient (and probably cheaper!) But restricting the foods that I used to use as rewards, showed me that I wasn't rewarding myself in other ways. I needed to break the food-reward link. If you are feeling cheated or deprived on your whole30, take a look to see what you are using for rewards or what you are doing to take care of yourself. If it used to be eating food, make sure that you have replaced it with something equally enjoyable. Just my two cents....
  11. Great post. It goes to show how 'just a tiny bit' can be so damaging to our bodies.
  12. You wrote: "I stare at all the bad foods at the store and think about what I'm going to eat when this is over" Go ahead and stare all you want if it helps. Once you are done, amazingly enough, you aren't going to want them nearly as bad as you thought you did. I was like that (even to the point of picking things up and smelling them.) But after I finished my whole 30, I felt like I didn't want to ruin my progress. And now that a year of pretty clean eating has gone by, some of those things that I loved, now taste bad or even (horrors!) too sweet! Just take it one day at a time.
  13. As a side note about paleo and whole 30....when I started my whole 30, I thought I was pretty 'paleo'. But what I discovered was that I was a big sugar addict. Sugar is hidden in places you wouldn't think. So I felt pretty bad from days 5-10 (I think it was.) I had a dull headache the whole time and felt like I was coming down with a cold. I think my body was freaking out from sugar withdrawal!
  14. I had a thought about bones....most people overlook the oxtail. It's a great 'bone' item to make broth or soups out of. I just made oxtail soup this past weekend. It's so gelatinous. It's awesome. You can easily make just plain broth out of it as well.