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    lesley2014 got a reaction from praxisproject in Any other Australians?   
    Hi, I'm in Sydney and started this on 28 Jan with some American friends after hearing them rave about how good they were feeling at about the 2 week mark. Day 8 today, and my skin ( rosacea) has cleared, and my clothes are starting to feel loose. I bought Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam and it has been invaluable as most of the recipes are whole 30 compliant, and everything i have made has been great. I've learnt some new dressings and sauces and this has really helped to add fat and flavour . I'd previously been following a low carb lifestyle, so this was not a huge transition, apart from eliminating dairy. Its nice to have some fruit back in the mix.
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    lesley2014 got a reaction from Angie Cooper in Any other Australians?   
    Day 30 today, 9kg down ( plenty to go still), which is unbelievable as i never lose weight on low calorie diets skin has cleared as has some arthritis and stiffness in my knee, which is unexpected. Have loved this diet and eating real food, planning to stay with it more or less, hadn't realized that dairy was such a problem until I eliminated it. Feel like I learned lots on how to eat. Grains, sugars do not tempt me at all. Everyone says I have a glow, and I'm feeling really good with lots of energy.
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    lesley2014 got a reaction from Angie Cooper in Any other Australians?   
    Day 30 today, 9kg down ( plenty to go still), which is unbelievable as i never lose weight on low calorie diets skin has cleared as has some arthritis and stiffness in my knee, which is unexpected. Have loved this diet and eating real food, planning to stay with it more or less, hadn't realized that dairy was such a problem until I eliminated it. Feel like I learned lots on how to eat. Grains, sugars do not tempt me at all. Everyone says I have a glow, and I'm feeling really good with lots of energy.
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    lesley2014 reacted to LauraJS in Any other Australians?   
    Day 26 for me today and still feeling good. Although I feel a little intimidated of the whole30 coming to an end. althought I know it doesnt have to just stop at day 30.
     
    But I do have a big saturday planned and I know Im going to have a couple of vodka sodas, probably not what I should have after a total of 34 days without alcohol but I wont go nuts and I'm going to still to whole 30 foods apart from the alcohol.  Ive worked so hard and have lots of work ahead of me to get my body to the goal body I have in mind so I dont want to sabotage myself but itll be nice to be out and about and social and i do love my vodka sodas!
     
    I am heading to America on April 13 where I wont be sticking to a whole 30 diet as I want to try different foods while I am away.  Although I am going to try keep my breakfasts compliant, I wont be too picky when I eat out I'm just going to enjoy myself but of course If i happen to spot menu options that would work within whole30 terms then of course I'd order that!
     
    But basically up until April 13 I am focusing hard on my 'diet' and gym.  I also think that the more results I see, the less i'm going to want to 'throw away' my hard work.  I just dont ever want to go back to my sugar binging days where I could buy a family block of chocolate and demolish more than half in front of the tv.  Mind you ive never been overweight but I know how that kinda eating would make me feel and I have suffered from IBS symptoms for a good 10 years so considering ive had very limited symptoms on the whole30 i think this kinda eating is fabulous for me but I know there will always be situations where we cant stick to it 100% which they do mention in the book.
     
    Anyways I seem to just be rambling on now and dont expect anyone to read all this haha but just felt like getting out what is on my mind today!
     
    Its been so great to talk to other Aussies on this journey, I'm loving all the success stories!

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    lesley2014 reacted to LauraJS in Any other Australians?   
    you must all try cooking the quick and easy fish cakes in the 'it starts with food' book if you haven't already done so!!
     
    They are so easy and SOOOOOOOooooooooo good
     
    I'm going to make another batch this weekend!
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    lesley2014 reacted to jkord5 in Any other Australians?   
    Hey paddlepop did you finish the Whole30??
     
     
    We're nearly all at the half way mark on here      
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    lesley2014 reacted to Angie Cooper in Any other Australians?   
    Hi Austgirl82
     
    Welcome and good luck with your whole 30 journey!
     
    Thank you for the info on products and where to buy them. It really is so hard to find compliant condiments in stores.
     
    I have found myself going back to the basics alot to save time on shopping. Lemons and lots and lots of black pepper have been doing the trick for me.
     
    Best of luck
    Ange
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    lesley2014 reacted to LauraJS in Any other Australians?   
    Hi Alison
     
    I use Banaban coconut aminos.  the sugar content is 0  it is a little pricey but I love it it and think its worth it.  I bought it from Flannerys in Brisbane
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    lesley2014 reacted to jkord5 in Any other Australians?   
    Lesley it's a pain about the Fish sauce - I sub in coconut aminos and use Banaban which is the one I think you are using Alison.
     
    I was reading other posts and one moderator wrote with regard to sulfites that if it wasn't listed on the ingredient list then it would be okay to use and I'm using the same theory that if sugar or any of it's forms isn't listed on the ingredient list then it should be okay.  
     
    Alison Jane - i just bought 2 bottles of the Niulife coconut aminos the other day assuming they'd be fine and was congratulating myself that i wouldn't need to buy anymore until after the Whole30. Ha! Checked the labels when I got home and had to go back out to a different store to buy the other brand. A lot of money has just been spent on coconut aminos!
     
    I'm going to make the chocolate chilli that everyone has been raving about tomorrow - have any of you made it?
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    lesley2014 reacted to Alison_jane in Any other Australians?   
    Hi Lesley - you might want to double check the Ayam fish sauce, it has sugar in the ingredients list, sorry to be a party pooper!!!  
     
    I know some of you have found coconut aminos, have you been able to find any without sugar (even coconut sugar, which isn't Whole30 compliant?).  I found Niulife brand locally, but it has coconut nectar syrup and coconut sugar.  
     
    If there is one thing I learnt during my first Whole30, it was how vigilant you have to be in reading ingredient lists!!
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    lesley2014 reacted to Missymoo in Any other Australians?   
    Haven't read the other posts but I'm in Brisbane and on day 20 - still absolutely exhausted and needing at least 1 nap a day. I have a very active toddler so finding it very tough. I'm 29 and have been lowcarbing on and off for around 4 years and only discovered paleo in the last few months
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    lesley2014 reacted to jkord5 in Any other Australians?   
    I agree that organisation is the key! I have more energy today on Day 7  but the humidity is draining isn't it?
     
    I'm just doing some chicken tonight with  a Dona hay recipe - coconut aminos + sesame oil plus some chilli grilled in the oven/ bbq with asian veggies. It's family fav but of course they'll all be having rice too!
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    lesley2014 reacted to jkord5 in Any other Australians?   
    I'm on day 6 and I'm a perfect example of the timeline in that I can barely muster the energy to move today!. Took myself off for nana nap but had to follow it with a coffee and a fresh date to get me through the afternoon - a bit disappointed because this is the first time I've had to have a second a coffee.
     
    I still have trouble getting my head around all the fry- up type recipes that seem to be everywhere - I don't need to lose weight on the Whole30 but I definitely don't want to gain weight!!  Hey Moana if you're in Brissy have you been to Paleo Pantry in Tennerife or the Paelo Cafe in paddington? Both are really great but you do have to shut your eyes to the "treats" they also sell that are off limits for the next 30days.
     
    Paddlepop I'm looking forward to feeling awesome on my day 20 - you'll be almost finished so keep us posted.
     
    Have great day Antipodians!
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    lesley2014 reacted to Trina1960 in Any other Australians?   
    Hi,
    Im a west aussie...just completing day 5 and feel fantastic...spend all day in the kitchen or looking up food...am finding it very easy to eat the food...but feel like ive eaten way too much after each meal...
    wish all the aussies positive outcomes...
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    lesley2014 reacted to paddlepop in Any other Australians?   
    Hey! I'm in Aus too. I'm on day 20 and feeling awesome. I'm finding it suspiciously easy now. This is the first time in my life I've been able to really stick with any prescribed plan. Will be really interested to see how post-30 measurements go. I can say that my skin is glowing so much you can pretty much see me in the dark! Hah. Good luck to you, stick with it!
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    lesley2014 reacted to kiwihoney in Any other Australians?   
    Is New Zealand close enough? I'm in Auckland, starting on Saturday.
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    lesley2014 got a reaction from CrunchyLutheranMommy in Mayo thread   
    Crunchylutheranmommy, you can substitute macadamia nut oil in the mayonnaise for the olive oil. It is milder, with a sweet nutty taste. The recipe is in nom nom paleo ( the book), but you could check out her blog for the recipe. Otherwise it's a simple substitution
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    lesley2014 got a reaction from jkord5 in Any other Australians?   
    Jkord, check out the nom nom paleo blog for some fantastic recipes that might help
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    lesley2014 reacted to paddlepop in Any other Australians?   
    jkord5, I think when you get bored you really have to put something extra into trying new recipes. Those old chestnuts Nom Nom Paleo and The Clothes Make The Girl are really good. As is Dallas and Melissa's steak rub from It Starts With Food. Yom..
     
    I can't truthfully call what I'm feeling Tiger Blood. I've been doing my normal yoga and running and have been stronger at those. I am much more clear-headed and focused at work (my boss said he's going to write the Whole30 into my next position description!). I am definitely fitting right down inside my clothes rather than at the edges of them, my skin is happy and my fingernails and toenails look weirdly shiny. So those things are awesome, but the last couple of days I've been exhausted and am taking today as a do-nothing-recovery day. For me I think it's more mental than physical though as my poor brain is trying to work and study at the same time. Will see how I go on hike tomorrow - am going with someone who is a model of fitness and normally quite difficult to keep up with.
     
    3 days to go, and I think I will keep eating this way when cooking for myself, and not worry too much in social situations. With maybe some natural yoghurt and sourdough rye bread depending on how the reintroduction goes
     
    Have a nice weekend!
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    lesley2014 reacted to Angie Cooper in Any other Australians?   
    Thanks so much for the info Lesley and the heads up on the natural flavourings labeling.
     
    I will definately keep reading all food labels.
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    lesley2014 reacted to missmary in Breakfast Ideas without eggs   
     
    Meredeth- It is so nice of you to help out, and your ideas sound really tasty, but I think you could do a little fine tuning with the four "staples" listed above (spinach egg muffins are good to go!). All of your meals during the whole30 should follow the meal template, which means they contain 1-2 palms-worth of protein, 1-2 thumbs of fat and 2-3 cups of vegetables. In three of these cases, you have no vegetables at all, and in three of them you aren't giving your body enough protein. Bacon, while compliant (assuming no sugar, etc.), is really more a fat source or a garnish/flavoring rather than a protein source....eating enough of it to get the protein you need would result in too much fat. Does this make sense?
     
    Here are a couple ideas on how to modify:
     
     
    cut apple, shredded coconut, and pecans with a little coconut milk on top and a side of bacon 
    smaller portion of the apples/coconut and pecans with coconut milk, a palm-sized pork chop a big pile of sauteed spinach
     
    yam w/ ghee  with side of bacon 
    how about a hash where you shread the yam and sautee with other shreded vegetables (parsnips, carrot, zuchinni?) and ground beef. top with a fried egg. -or- you could do something like my recent vacation day breakfast: cubes of already-cooked yam, sauteed with baby kale/chard/spinach mix, topped with cherry tomatoes and served with a grass-fed beef burger which I topped with a fried egg, but a big spoon of guac would have worked too. yum.
     
    2 sausage links and an apple
    sometimes it's easy to just grab and go, so sure, sausage links, maybe a small apple, plus cut up raw veggies (bell peppers, carrots, cherry tomatoes, sugar-snap peas) and/or cold cooked veggies (steamed broccoli, green beans), and some avocado or guacamole for fat. depending on the size of those links, 1 or 2 hard boiled eggs would be nice here as well but totally not required.
     
    figs, shredded coconut and pecans ( I like pecans but of course any nut can be substituted)
    just like the first example, this could work as a small part of a meal but not the main star. How about a three-egg omlette with bacon and greens inside, with a small portion of this mix accompaning? If you are eggless, how about roasted vegetables (root veggies, brussels sprouts, etc.) with a couple chicken thighs?
     
    This sounds like a lot of food, doesn't it? Here's the trick: if you find you can't eat the whole meal, prioritize the most nutient-dense components. So, finish your meat and veggies first and save the fruit and nuts for later if you can't get to it this time. 
     
    EEK- coming back in to edit, since I realized the original poster doesn't want to include eggs!
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    lesley2014 reacted to Mere in Breakfast Ideas without eggs   
    Couple of staples for me: 
     
    cut apple, shredded coconut, and pecans with a little coconut milk on top and a side of bacon 
     
    yam w/ ghee  with side of bacon 
     
    spinach sausage muffins from well fed are great make aheads to have all week.
     
    2 sausage links and an apple
     
    figs, shredded coconut and pecans ( I like pecans but of course any nut can be substituted)
     
     
     
    Hope that helps! 
     
    Meredyth
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    lesley2014 reacted to Vian in Ketchup   
    I love ketchup, I use it on a lot of things, but obviously it's not whole30, so I went online in search of a paleo/whole30 approved ketchup recipe and found one that looked decent. After I made it, I tasted it and realized it was incredibly bland and watery tasting (no salt and very little vinegar). So I modified it.
     
    1 12oz. can tomato paste
    1.5 c. water
    1/4 c. pitted dates
    6-8 tbs. vinegar (I used white vinegar, but you can use ACV if you really like it)
    1.5 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. pepper
    1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    1/2 tsp. onion powder
    1/4 tsp. allspice
     
    Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor until the dates are finely blended, then pour into a saucepan with a lid and simmer for 5-10 minutes (it splatters a lot, make sure it has a lid!)
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    lesley2014 got a reaction from Angie Cooper in Any other Australians?   
    Hi Angie, I think chilli sauce is going to be challenging, at lot of Thai recipes and ingredients are loaded with sugar. I found the Ayam fish sauce is whole30 compliant, and so are the Malaya curry pastes that I've seen so far. Of course you can make your own too, but they re a bit of work. Still, I'm viewing this as a lifestyle change, and to not eliminate foods I love I'm prepared to have a go! Beware of 'natural flavourings' type labeling on foods, usually indicates a heap of chemicals.
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    lesley2014 reacted to Angie Cooper in Any other Australians?   
    Hi Lesley
     
    So pleased to hear you have done so well and have seen so many improvements during your 10 day journey.
     
    Makes it all seem so worth while.
     
    Love the sounds of your laksa. I am finding it hard to get things like chili sauce and pastes without sugar added for adding to my meals. Will just have to keep looking.
     
    Have a great day!