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About RGJax2014

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  1. Susanrenee, I'm going to hare off to the grocery store and get some avocado oil and parsnips so I can try your recipe tonight. Thanks in advance!
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    Homemade Mayo

    Most of the things I've read don't give it a long refrigerator shelf life. I am inclined to say no more than 4 to 5 days which is problematic since no one in my family but me likes mayonnaise. I am often faced with very sadly dumping the leftovers down the disposal and mourning the loss of another cup and a quarter of olive oil. I need to find a mayo buddy! There's an interesting link on Food Network regarding mayonnaise: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/homemade-mayonnaise-recipe.html
  3. Minute Maid has a frozen lemon juice (7.5 oz) that I find in my freezer section at the grocery store (near all the frozen juice concentrates). That said, I still like squeezing my own lemons.
  4. I am reminded of an older post I read on Whole30 recently about fruits and vegetables we enjoy: http://whole30.com/?s=carrot+crazy+train I think it's a wonderful thing if you start to crave the taste of your roasted vegetables as opposed to many of the foods without brakes that can be a huge, huge problem. Do you have the recipe handy? I need more vegetable variety! How much avocado oil are you using? :-) Last, I read that nutrients are better absorbed when you enjoy your food. I don't have the link here to back that up, but I'll look around for it.
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    Low Blood Pressure

    Hi JJB! Regarding supplements, no, I've not added or subtracted any. I try to keep daily meds to the minimum. :-) Hi Sareemaree, my blood sugars tend to be stable and pretty decent (hover around 90), especially eating Whole30. Your last post settled my angst down. Are you in the medical field, or just especially well read? :-)
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    Low Blood Pressure

    SareeMaree - Low BP meaning 97 / 74. Normally I run around 110 / 70. Symptomatic off and on. Light headed when getting up, and heart rate elevated. It's not all the time, but enough that it's annoying. My caffeine level tends to be constant (2 cups of coffee, 1 or two cups of tea) whether on Whole30 or not. I'm not exercising outside. I work a fair amount during the day and I have major couch potato tendencies. I just started yoga (the beginner variety) to ramp up my activity. BP may also be fouled up because I gave blood last week, and despite my hemoglobin being good (13.3 prior to donation), it hit me harder than normal. Tom, regarding the orange vegetables... "Orange vegetables are easy!". Sometimes it comes down to something that can technically be called a vegetable so I can plate and go. That said, I had a salad last night with various green lettuces, and the meatloaf I made had spinach and mushrooms in it. Over the last week, I ate cauliflower and broccoli, sugar snap peas, and I have a big bag of Kale in the fridge that I need to do something with. I'll start tracking fluids at the ounce level and make sure I'm hitting the recommendation. Thank you both!
  7. I'm on my 2nd Whole30. Things are going swimmingly, but I am having issues with low blood pressure. While not Whole 30'ing it, I run in the low normal range. I'm a huge fan of salt in my food, so pretty sure I'm getting enough. I'm drinking plenty of water. Any suggestions for me? Today's meals so far: Breakfast - 2 cups coffee, one with homemade almond milk, sauteed chicken breast, sweet potato with coconut butter, large glass of water Cup of mint tea Lunch - Slice of meatloaf, carrots, some homemade mayo, apple, orange, cup of black tea Thanks for any help.
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    Looking for Encouragement

    I have found that my success on Whole30 was significantly bolstered by following the template (1-2 palms of protein, 1 fat, and vegetables). I don't know if you like sweet potatoes, but they are outstanding with coconut butter. You do have to shelf some of your loves at least temporarily. If you choose to allow them back after your Whole30, they may taste all the better for a break. Hang in there.
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    What is the deal? Paleo Wraps

    Whole30 eating is a choice just like anything else. You can follow a Paleo way of eating without being Whole30 compliant. I'm sure one of the moderators can tell you if the wraps fit in the Whole30 structure. Speaking of Whole30, while you're starting up, there are some points where you may experience some high emotions. http://whole30.com/2013/08/revised-timeline/ I'm sorry about your terrible day. Are things getting better? Last, I'm not familiar with all the dietary restrictions for Lent and if fish is allowed, but the ISWF salmon cakes rock! They're extremely portable and very tasty. I found using the canned salmon extremely offputting, and have switched to using the salmon in envelopes which does not have skin and bones instead. I've made them a number of times. Best wishes, Robin
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    Coffee & coconut milk... yuck

    The homemade almond milk sounds absolutely delicious!
  11. Thanks for the answers! I am getting more relaxed than I used to be regarding the 3-4 day rule, but am most comfortable when I eat within it.
  12. Growing up, I was taught to observe a 3-4 day window for foods once cooked. Are people putting half their weekly cook-ups in the freezer, or just taking their chances that on day 6, all is well?
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    Coffee & coconut milk... yuck

    I love my coffee. I love it black, I love it with sugar, I love it with cream, I love it with sugar and milk, and happily enough, I've found I enjoy it with coconut milk / cream. I think a sprinkle of cinnamon with the coconut cream is very nice. It helps to use really good coffee. I normally use a home-roasted Kenya AA or Ethiopian coffee.
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    Such puffiness - ??

    Hi Tarcy, I wish you the best of luck with your Whole30! I know for some of us, it's a big shift to go from what we were eating prior to W30 and what we're eating now so it could be just the change in foods that's causing the issue. Do you think you're getting enough fluids? I have to remind myself to drink enough. That said, if you have a lot of water retention that doesn't resolve and is not something you normally experience, you may also want to see your primary care provider to rule out anything that's more than a temporary reaction to your changes in food choices.
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    Day 25 & not sleeping well

    I am in a similar boat but on day 15. I know there's a timeline, but it's not going to be the same for everyone. Hang in there, you're almost done with your 30 days, and you can regard that with pride no matter what else occurs.