AllyB

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    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.
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    AllyB got a reaction from kitmao 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!
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    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!)
     
     
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    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.
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    AllyB got a reaction from praxisproject in Nightshade Reaction Symptoms??   
    My husband's nightshade symptoms are basically psoriasis and arthritis type symptoms.  Itchy, blotchy skin and sore joints.  He doesn't have any sore/swollen throat issues from nightshades.
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    AllyB got a reaction from kitmao 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!
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    AllyB got a reaction from kitmao 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!
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    AllyB got a reaction from kitmao 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!
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    AllyB reacted to CraftyMary in The crazy things people say   
    So true - too many people do think that vegetarian or vegan diets are the healthiest!
    My first year as a vegan, I really was super healthy! Of course, I was eating all real food, gluten free, almost entirely grain free, no legumes, and tons and tons of veggies. So basically, nearly Whole30... minus the essential fat and protein and plus too many fruits and nuts. I think it's people who are successful (however temporarily) on a mostly raw, grain free vegan or vegetarian diet that make it seem like vegetarianism is a great idea.
    Then in my case, the lack of fat, lack of diversity of amino acids, and insufficiency of certain micronutrients caught up with me and I had a really hard second year of injuries, fatigue, and less than stellar health.
    Thankfully, as a chef, I already knew lots of good local farmers. While it was a tough decision ethically to stop being vegetarian/vegan, I had the resources available to do it right. When I transitioned back to eating meat, but before I told everyone, there were plenty of people who said I looked great - they called me glowing, energetic, more balanced. My skin was clearer. I had a bounce in my step again.
    I explained why and far too many people just didn't believe that adding (good quality, hormone free, properly raised, properly prepared) meat and eggs back into my diet was a reason for major improvements in health!
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    AllyB reacted to Renee in The crazy things people say   
    Carla 1#/week is actually a great average, congrats!
    When I talk about the Whole30 program, I often get negative response from people who think it's too restrictive. Their answer to health and weight loss: Everything in moderation.
    I have two problems with this:
    1: Everything: Everything? Really? So a moderate amount of cocaine is alright? How about arsenic? Sure, these are obvious things, but there also are less obvious things. Bread in moderation doesn't work if you're sensitive to gluten. Milk in moderation doesn't work if you're lactose-intolerant. There are also MANY signs of inflamation that are much more subtle than all of this. And you don't know until you self-experiment. Eating everything in moderation won't teach you anything about your body.
    2. Moderation: There are no "guidelines" for moderation. If I eat sushi once a month, most people would say that's moderation. If I go to a restaurant once a month, that's still moderation. Same thing for candies, for baked good, cheeseburger, fries, chocolate, ice cream.. But if I add all these up, it's not moderation anymore. Nobody knows what "moderation" means to their body until they remove some foods from their diet, then reintroduce. Then again, we're back to W30/strict paleo.
    And just by the way, I've never seen anyone improve hormonal response, improve their digestion, their sleep, etc. just by eating everything in moderation. Health is NOT just about weight, people!
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    AllyB got a reaction from Alliath in Compliant pickles?   
    I took a picture of our current batch of fermenting pickles.  (Sorry couldn't resist sharing.  They are just wonderful!)  It took my husband about 15 minutes to get them loaded.  So not too hard.  Then it will be a week or two of fermenting.  In the pic, you can see the airlock that is jammed in the top of the jar.  There is a hole in the top of the jar with a rubber gasket to hold the airlock in place.  The airlock has water in it that allows CO2 to escape as the fermenting progresses (without allowing any O2 back in).  This pushes out the O2 and keeps the pickles from getting moldy.  They have been going for about 24 hours only.  So the liquid is still clear and the pickles are bright green.  Eventually, the liquid will be cloudy and the pickles will be more army green.  He also adds some peppercorns, garlic and other spices in addition to the pickling salt.
    Once the fermentation is done, the airlock is removed and a rubber stopper is jammed in the hole in the top of the jar. Then the pickles go in the fridge.