AllyB

Members
  • Content Count

    342
  • Joined

  • Last visited


Reputation Activity

  1. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from Fitfor50andbeyond in Cauliflower rice skeptic...   
    Yeah, I'm a convert too.  I read the recipe and was like "Gross!"    But doing the whole30 forced me to expand my horizons which was awesome.  Now that I'm done with my whole30, I still eat the cauliflower rice instead of normal rice.  I love it with meat and a sauce over it.
  2. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from appelsinpiken in The crazy things people say   
    "That was quite possibly the worst meal I ever made!"
     
    Exclaimed my mother when she _insisted_ that she cook dinner for a family gathering and wanted to do it 'whole 30' style because that was our latest 'fad'.  However, when I said 'whole foods', she took that to mean, no fat, no spices, no nothing.  I offered to cook.  I offered to go to a restaurant.  But no, she wanted to host everyone for a 'meal'.
     
    We had roasted pork loin with no seasoning on it.  Zucchini that was cooked to death and mashed sweet potatoes (which was the only edible thing.
     
    Then she added "I don't know how you stay on this diet!" as she broke out the Heath bar ice cream.
     
    My teeth were so sore from trying to chew the shoe leather pork loin that I refrained from commenting that it wasn't the diet, it was the chef!
  3. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from Espie in Sorry in advance, but I have to vent.....   
    I've had people tell me that I'm too skinny, or that I don't need to diet anymore.  First I tell them I'm not skinny, I'm a lean, mean, fighting machine.  Then I curl my arm and show them my bicep.  That is usually enough weirdness to shut them up.  Then I tell them that the reason that we (my husband and I) are doing this 'diet' is so he doesn't have to take his $500 weekly shot for his autoimmune issues.  That pretty much shuts down anything else they were thinking about saying.  If they are in the middle of eating something, they usually take a long look at it as well.  Kind of funny.
  4. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from jmcbn in Why are YOU on a DIET!?!?   
    I blame it on my husband....I tell people I'm eating this way to support his journey to improve his autoimmune issues.  It started that way when he asked me to do a whole30 with him.  But I keep eating this way (mostly) because I feel SO much better.  He still eats this way as well and he hasn't had an embrel shot since before christmas.  We are thrilled!
  5. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from jmcbn in 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!
  6. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from jmcbn in 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!
  7. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from StellaSan in Roasted Fennel   
    I've been having a fennel craving lately (anyone else crave fennel?)  So I bought some and my dear hubby roasted it up for a side dish last night.  He also added some carrots, making it ever better.
     
    Slice the fennel into 1/2 strips and slice the carrots lengthwise into 1/4s (like you might if you were going use them for dipping.)  
    Toss in melted coconut oil and sprinkle with salt.
    Lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil.
    Put in a 425 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.  Turn them halfway through to get even browning.
     
    They come out caramelly and salty!  Delicious!
  8. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from Tom Denham in A year of feeling fabulous   
    I want to brag a little bit on my husband....it was his idea to do a whole30 back in feb of 2014.  His goal was to get off embrel which was helping his psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.  He knew wheat was a problem, but wanted to see if there were other trigger foods.
     
    We did our whole30 also following the AIP.  Night shades, dairy and wheat are all problems for him.  We continued the rest of 2014 following the program about 85% of the time.  Wheat, dairy and potatoes were pretty much out, but we did have some dairy, alcohol and peppers.
     
    We both lost weight, got rid of brain fog and generally felt fabulous.  He started a martial arts class last year and goes 2 times a week.  He says he can't remember the last time he felt this good.  He's been off embrel since before starting the whole 30 (over a year now.)
     
    I am grateful that this way of eating has brought back my once happy healthy husband!
     
    Here is a pic from the cruise we just took over new years.  His previous unhappy unhealthy self would have never posed for this pic!

  9. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from Tom Denham in A year of feeling fabulous   
    I want to brag a little bit on my husband....it was his idea to do a whole30 back in feb of 2014.  His goal was to get off embrel which was helping his psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.  He knew wheat was a problem, but wanted to see if there were other trigger foods.
     
    We did our whole30 also following the AIP.  Night shades, dairy and wheat are all problems for him.  We continued the rest of 2014 following the program about 85% of the time.  Wheat, dairy and potatoes were pretty much out, but we did have some dairy, alcohol and peppers.
     
    We both lost weight, got rid of brain fog and generally felt fabulous.  He started a martial arts class last year and goes 2 times a week.  He says he can't remember the last time he felt this good.  He's been off embrel since before starting the whole 30 (over a year now.)
     
    I am grateful that this way of eating has brought back my once happy healthy husband!
     
    Here is a pic from the cruise we just took over new years.  His previous unhappy unhealthy self would have never posed for this pic!

  10. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from Tom Denham in A year of feeling fabulous   
    I want to brag a little bit on my husband....it was his idea to do a whole30 back in feb of 2014.  His goal was to get off embrel which was helping his psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.  He knew wheat was a problem, but wanted to see if there were other trigger foods.
     
    We did our whole30 also following the AIP.  Night shades, dairy and wheat are all problems for him.  We continued the rest of 2014 following the program about 85% of the time.  Wheat, dairy and potatoes were pretty much out, but we did have some dairy, alcohol and peppers.
     
    We both lost weight, got rid of brain fog and generally felt fabulous.  He started a martial arts class last year and goes 2 times a week.  He says he can't remember the last time he felt this good.  He's been off embrel since before starting the whole 30 (over a year now.)
     
    I am grateful that this way of eating has brought back my once happy healthy husband!
     
    Here is a pic from the cruise we just took over new years.  His previous unhappy unhealthy self would have never posed for this pic!

  11. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from SusanB. in 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?
  12. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from Tom Denham in A year of feeling fabulous   
    I want to brag a little bit on my husband....it was his idea to do a whole30 back in feb of 2014.  His goal was to get off embrel which was helping his psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.  He knew wheat was a problem, but wanted to see if there were other trigger foods.
     
    We did our whole30 also following the AIP.  Night shades, dairy and wheat are all problems for him.  We continued the rest of 2014 following the program about 85% of the time.  Wheat, dairy and potatoes were pretty much out, but we did have some dairy, alcohol and peppers.
     
    We both lost weight, got rid of brain fog and generally felt fabulous.  He started a martial arts class last year and goes 2 times a week.  He says he can't remember the last time he felt this good.  He's been off embrel since before starting the whole 30 (over a year now.)
     
    I am grateful that this way of eating has brought back my once happy healthy husband!
     
    Here is a pic from the cruise we just took over new years.  His previous unhappy unhealthy self would have never posed for this pic!

  13. Like
    AllyB reacted to clairechapman in The crazy things people say   
    From a coworker who was sitting across from me drinking a Diet Coke and eating a teriyaki bowl that was 3/4 white rice and 1/4 tofu drenched in sugary teriyaki sauce, while I drank water and ate grilled steak and sautéed veggies:
     
    "You're lucky you're so naturally fit. I could be as skinny as you if I didn't have to work for it."
     
    (Hint: Everyone has to work for it!)
     
     
  14. Like
    AllyB reacted to keightlynn in Are the risks worth it?   
    That reasoning seems a little strange to me.  My husband quit smoking 2 years ago and now being around smoke makes his eyes burn and really bothers him, even though when he was a smoker, he seriously enjoyed smoking.  It would be like if he said, "I don't want to quit smoking (or I shouldn't have quit smoking) because I used to love to smoke but now cigarettes makes my eyes burn and my lungs hurt."  Well....they are SUPPOSED to make your eyes hurt and your lungs burn because they are doing terrible things to your body!! When he was a smoker, his body was just so damaged that it didn't notice the effects anymore.  Once the body heals, then it is able to recognize poison again.  The Whole30 doens't make your body turn against foods you like, it heals your body, and when your body is healed, it's not going to be happy when you try to harm it.
  15. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from ladyshanny in Did you kill your sugar dragon?   
    I've been posting here for almost a year and a lot of my posts centered around sugar cravings etc etc.  I had horrible cravings during my whole 30 and they continued (although lessened as time went by) ever since.
     
    My sugar dragon is _almost_ gone.  It is SO much better than it used to be a year ago.  However, I'm not sure it will ever be totally gone.  Instead of having a craving every time I ate, now I have one once or twice a month.  So that's almost gone in my book.  I believe that some people's bodies just like sugar more than others.  Some people have a 'sweet tooth' and some people don't.  So for us sugar addicts, things can change.  You just have to keep working at it.  It took me almost a year to get to the point where I can say, 'I slayed my sugar dragon'.   It was a constant mental battle though for months and months.
     
    Having said that, I also should add that sugar dragons can spontaneously resurrect themselves.  If you go back to your sugary ways of eating, they will pop right back up and take over your life again.  So get on the path and stay on the path.  When it comes to sugar, just say no.  There is no moderation for sugar addicts.  You can't just 'have a little' and expect to slay your dragon (well, at least, I couldn't.)
     
    It was a challenging battle, but I'm glad I did it.  I like myself much better now that I feel like sugar isn't controlling me or causing me to make bad decisions.
  16. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from Tom Denham in A year of feeling fabulous   
    I want to brag a little bit on my husband....it was his idea to do a whole30 back in feb of 2014.  His goal was to get off embrel which was helping his psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.  He knew wheat was a problem, but wanted to see if there were other trigger foods.
     
    We did our whole30 also following the AIP.  Night shades, dairy and wheat are all problems for him.  We continued the rest of 2014 following the program about 85% of the time.  Wheat, dairy and potatoes were pretty much out, but we did have some dairy, alcohol and peppers.
     
    We both lost weight, got rid of brain fog and generally felt fabulous.  He started a martial arts class last year and goes 2 times a week.  He says he can't remember the last time he felt this good.  He's been off embrel since before starting the whole 30 (over a year now.)
     
    I am grateful that this way of eating has brought back my once happy healthy husband!
     
    Here is a pic from the cruise we just took over new years.  His previous unhappy unhealthy self would have never posed for this pic!

  17. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from StellaSan in Roasted Fennel   
    I've been having a fennel craving lately (anyone else crave fennel?)  So I bought some and my dear hubby roasted it up for a side dish last night.  He also added some carrots, making it ever better.
     
    Slice the fennel into 1/2 strips and slice the carrots lengthwise into 1/4s (like you might if you were going use them for dipping.)  
    Toss in melted coconut oil and sprinkle with salt.
    Lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil.
    Put in a 425 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.  Turn them halfway through to get even browning.
     
    They come out caramelly and salty!  Delicious!
  18. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from StellaSan in Meatballs ?   
    I usually don't use a binder.  I think depending on what other ingredients are in the meatballs, you might not need one.  Also depending on how much fat is in the meat, you may or may not need it.  The more fat, the easier it binds together.  Lean grassfed beef sometimes doesn't want to stick together.
  19. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from Tom Denham in A year of feeling fabulous   
    I want to brag a little bit on my husband....it was his idea to do a whole30 back in feb of 2014.  His goal was to get off embrel which was helping his psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.  He knew wheat was a problem, but wanted to see if there were other trigger foods.
     
    We did our whole30 also following the AIP.  Night shades, dairy and wheat are all problems for him.  We continued the rest of 2014 following the program about 85% of the time.  Wheat, dairy and potatoes were pretty much out, but we did have some dairy, alcohol and peppers.
     
    We both lost weight, got rid of brain fog and generally felt fabulous.  He started a martial arts class last year and goes 2 times a week.  He says he can't remember the last time he felt this good.  He's been off embrel since before starting the whole 30 (over a year now.)
     
    I am grateful that this way of eating has brought back my once happy healthy husband!
     
    Here is a pic from the cruise we just took over new years.  His previous unhappy unhealthy self would have never posed for this pic!

  20. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from ladyshanny in Feeling discouraged about first Whole30   
    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.
  21. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from Tom Denham in A year of feeling fabulous   
    I want to brag a little bit on my husband....it was his idea to do a whole30 back in feb of 2014.  His goal was to get off embrel which was helping his psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.  He knew wheat was a problem, but wanted to see if there were other trigger foods.
     
    We did our whole30 also following the AIP.  Night shades, dairy and wheat are all problems for him.  We continued the rest of 2014 following the program about 85% of the time.  Wheat, dairy and potatoes were pretty much out, but we did have some dairy, alcohol and peppers.
     
    We both lost weight, got rid of brain fog and generally felt fabulous.  He started a martial arts class last year and goes 2 times a week.  He says he can't remember the last time he felt this good.  He's been off embrel since before starting the whole 30 (over a year now.)
     
    I am grateful that this way of eating has brought back my once happy healthy husband!
     
    Here is a pic from the cruise we just took over new years.  His previous unhappy unhealthy self would have never posed for this pic!

  22. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from ladyshanny in Did you kill your sugar dragon?   
    I've been posting here for almost a year and a lot of my posts centered around sugar cravings etc etc.  I had horrible cravings during my whole 30 and they continued (although lessened as time went by) ever since.
     
    My sugar dragon is _almost_ gone.  It is SO much better than it used to be a year ago.  However, I'm not sure it will ever be totally gone.  Instead of having a craving every time I ate, now I have one once or twice a month.  So that's almost gone in my book.  I believe that some people's bodies just like sugar more than others.  Some people have a 'sweet tooth' and some people don't.  So for us sugar addicts, things can change.  You just have to keep working at it.  It took me almost a year to get to the point where I can say, 'I slayed my sugar dragon'.   It was a constant mental battle though for months and months.
     
    Having said that, I also should add that sugar dragons can spontaneously resurrect themselves.  If you go back to your sugary ways of eating, they will pop right back up and take over your life again.  So get on the path and stay on the path.  When it comes to sugar, just say no.  There is no moderation for sugar addicts.  You can't just 'have a little' and expect to slay your dragon (well, at least, I couldn't.)
     
    It was a challenging battle, but I'm glad I did it.  I like myself much better now that I feel like sugar isn't controlling me or causing me to make bad decisions.
  23. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from ladyshanny in Feeling discouraged about first Whole30   
    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.
  24. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from angledge in Dem bones, dem bones, dem (surprisingly expensive!!) bones.   
    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.
  25. Like
    AllyB got a reaction from Tom Denham in A year of feeling fabulous   
    I want to brag a little bit on my husband....it was his idea to do a whole30 back in feb of 2014.  His goal was to get off embrel which was helping his psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.  He knew wheat was a problem, but wanted to see if there were other trigger foods.
     
    We did our whole30 also following the AIP.  Night shades, dairy and wheat are all problems for him.  We continued the rest of 2014 following the program about 85% of the time.  Wheat, dairy and potatoes were pretty much out, but we did have some dairy, alcohol and peppers.
     
    We both lost weight, got rid of brain fog and generally felt fabulous.  He started a martial arts class last year and goes 2 times a week.  He says he can't remember the last time he felt this good.  He's been off embrel since before starting the whole 30 (over a year now.)
     
    I am grateful that this way of eating has brought back my once happy healthy husband!
     
    Here is a pic from the cruise we just took over new years.  His previous unhappy unhealthy self would have never posed for this pic!