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    SarahInParis got a reaction from thewyrdwoman in Need help doing AIP Whole30 - tips, tricks, howtos???   
    I did it, and so can you!
     
    My first mental hurdle was figuring out how I'd manage breakfast without eggs - once I worked that out, everything else kind of fell into place. Plus I told myself I could do ANYTHING for 30 days.  Yes, AIP often needs longer to show full benefits, but I figured if 30 days later I saw no clear benefit that itself would be valuable information.  
     
    Like you I have a family history riddled with autoimmune conditions but I'm luckily currently without any, so I think that made seeing any real benefit difficult - after 30 days I decided to slowly reintroduce - I'm following AIP reintroductions, AIP as recommended by Sarah Ballantyne (thepaleomom.com) in her new book The Paleo Approach, and that means reintroductions are 3-5 days apart and only one individual food - so basically even on a 30 day minimal full elimination it takes several months to work through re-introducing everything you took out.  
     
    I've successfully reintroduced a bunch of stuff, had a surprise reaction to sesame of all things, and jury is still out on egg yolks (had a bad reaction but had confounding factors so doing another month without and will re-challenge).  
     
    My advice is to figure out AIP compliant substitutions for your staples (maybe avocado ranch for mayo?), tea or something for the coffee (that was hard for me too) and well, the nightshade thing just was hard - I had no idea how much I used "spicy" tastes in my day to day life until suddenly they were gone.  Olive oil infused with garlic was my savior for the first week or two, it brought a somewhat spicy taste... and a lot of fresh ginger too.  
     
    There are now several AIP cookbooks out, and I bought a couple, but mostly learned to adapt my old standbys and googled for a few others.  And PhoenixHelix runs a weekly AIP recipe roundup, I found a few good ideas there (including that avocado ranch) http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2014/05/07/paleo-aip-recipe-roundtable-26/
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    SarahInParis reacted to thewyrdwoman in Need help doing AIP Whole30 - tips, tricks, howtos???   
    @sarahinparis:  Thanks so much for the advice.  You gave me the little tips that can be so very helpful, e.g., mayo substitute.  =)  The olive oil sounds genious -- love both those things -- did you just crush fresh garlic & add to EVOO?
     
    I have been checking out PhoenixHelix - found her through a link to her kraut recipe. Which kraut, by the way, did amazing things for me, such that I am now working to ensure I have a constant supply.
     
    Contemplating buying Sarah's big book or Mickey Trescott's cookbook, not sure which to get first.  And I did see that Melissa added AIP modification info in her newest cookbook, which I have & love, so maybe Sarah's book for the science-y hit, hmmmm, still not sure.
     
    Anyone have both of them that could recommend which to start?
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    SarahInParis got a reaction from monicav in Not enough time   
    I'm a heretic, you could also just cut her short a couple of days, say she does a Whole27 or something and complete the reintroductions... 
     
    I'm a believer in not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good - she's a teen heading to a hostile food environment, while she's in the swing of it she's probably more likely to be compliant with the program & reintroductions than a big break and trying to get back for a Whole 7-14... (I have a 14 year old stepson and can't even imagine him being willing to try this, so bravo to you mama!)
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    SarahInParis got a reaction from thewyrdwoman in Need help doing AIP Whole30 - tips, tricks, howtos???   
    I did it, and so can you!
     
    My first mental hurdle was figuring out how I'd manage breakfast without eggs - once I worked that out, everything else kind of fell into place. Plus I told myself I could do ANYTHING for 30 days.  Yes, AIP often needs longer to show full benefits, but I figured if 30 days later I saw no clear benefit that itself would be valuable information.  
     
    Like you I have a family history riddled with autoimmune conditions but I'm luckily currently without any, so I think that made seeing any real benefit difficult - after 30 days I decided to slowly reintroduce - I'm following AIP reintroductions, AIP as recommended by Sarah Ballantyne (thepaleomom.com) in her new book The Paleo Approach, and that means reintroductions are 3-5 days apart and only one individual food - so basically even on a 30 day minimal full elimination it takes several months to work through re-introducing everything you took out.  
     
    I've successfully reintroduced a bunch of stuff, had a surprise reaction to sesame of all things, and jury is still out on egg yolks (had a bad reaction but had confounding factors so doing another month without and will re-challenge).  
     
    My advice is to figure out AIP compliant substitutions for your staples (maybe avocado ranch for mayo?), tea or something for the coffee (that was hard for me too) and well, the nightshade thing just was hard - I had no idea how much I used "spicy" tastes in my day to day life until suddenly they were gone.  Olive oil infused with garlic was my savior for the first week or two, it brought a somewhat spicy taste... and a lot of fresh ginger too.  
     
    There are now several AIP cookbooks out, and I bought a couple, but mostly learned to adapt my old standbys and googled for a few others.  And PhoenixHelix runs a weekly AIP recipe roundup, I found a few good ideas there (including that avocado ranch) http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2014/05/07/paleo-aip-recipe-roundtable-26/
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    SarahInParis got a reaction from Cinnaberry74 in AIP tomato less sauce!   
    Looks great, thanks for sharing.
    Do you have a spiralizer? I've had one on my amazon wish list for a while but I have a very small kitchen and I'm not sure how much I'd use it...
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    SarahInParis got a reaction from snowflower in How long can you leave vegetable soup in the fridge?   
    I use bone broth as my liquid for my veg soup, so I go by that - basically I'm ok with it for about 4 days in the fridge, if I have more servings than that I freeze them. 
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    SarahInParis got a reaction from cckern928 in Fermented Food List   
    I make my own coconut kefir - once you find the grains it's pretty easy.  I use it with berries and also in dips, sauces, dressings... I don't much care for it plain however. 
     
    If you are really super strictly avoiding dairy it wouldn't work for you though - the grains need to rest in cow's milk between culturing sessions in coconut milk (they can kefir coconut milk but they eat lactose, so they need to be fed lactose in between culturing coconut).  Unfortunately my family won't drink or use the regular kefir so I dump it out - when I get to reintroductions one of the things I'll try is to see if I can tolerate dairy-based kefir, it would be more convenient and less wasteful to be able to just use it straight instead of just the coconut version. 
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    SarahInParis got a reaction from homerfrizzell in March 1st-ers post W30   
    We went out to dinner last night and nothing looked both appealing and compliant with all my dietary choices these days, so I decided on the steak with bearnaise sauce, moving egg yolk up one night from it's planned introduction.  
     
    I'd forgotten how good a freshly made béarnaise sauce can be! (It was a nice brasserie, with homemade sauce, not industrial packaged stuff).  So far so good in terms of reaction. Will have another egg yolk today some time to get enough exposure.
     
    Macadamia nuts seemed to have gone fine too! 
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    SarahInParis got a reaction from praxisproject in ME/CFS & PCOS - AIP?   
    You might want to check out Sarah Ballantyne's new book.  Her AIP program (The Paleo Approach) is now considered the most thorough of all the AIPs out there - the book is mammoth, but the advice is sound.  I did check in here while doing a month of AIP (her rules, not the W30 ones) but in the end I think her approach is a little more flexible in some ways and since AIP is so very strict anyway I'm not sure I'd advocate for overlapping the two approaches (unless like me you just want here for the community support and less for the "rules").  
     
    What might be interesting (though scary) for you about her approach is the belief that most autoimmune conditions take a long time (many months) to get under control and heal - so the 30 days is usually just a starting point for most people, not the end of the goal.  
     
    I too like to cook and have always enjoyed the planning, shopping, prep and was still overwhelmed by the advance planning and thought needed to succeed in this way of eating (I'm in the process of transitioning from AIP to Wahls Paleo Plus, another demanding eating plan).  But actually it's getting easier, I've decided to sacrifice variety in exchange for home-made freezer meals a few times a week, and I eat the same thing for a couple of days.  It was harder at first because I was still in the mindset of cooking for my whole family, but now I basically plan and cook my food for me, and the family is frankly eating easier/faster stuff (less healthy overall) than they were.  So now that I've worked out the rhythm of foods I need over the course of a few days and have identified the foods I like, recipes that work, variations on those, it's going pretty smoothly - but it's taken about 2 months to reach this point.   
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    SarahInParis reacted to Bet in ME/CFS & PCOS - AIP?   
    Hi, I did AIP. I also have several AI diseases (Hashi's, Chrohn's Celiac) I was eating pretty clean before I found W30, so I thought doing AIP would be a good idea. Like you, I was eating eggs (a lot since I gave up grains) and thought I didn't have a problem with them. But after 5 days with no eggs, the sharp pain I always had in my elbow disappeared and has not come back. Now I will occasionally eat something that has eggs in it, but I no longer eat eggs. I've always had a nightshade sensitivity, but I used to have cooked tomato sauce a lot. I have eliminated that. It does make a difference. The effects can be almost invisible if you eat these foods all the time, that's why you need to eliminate them.
     
    It will take awhile to reverse years of damage. I get the cooking issues. All I can tell you is that with time, you find short cuts that can help. Like this weekend, I had a lot to do and didn't feel like cooking all day. So I bought a rotisserie chicken at Whole Foods for my lunches for the week. I added in some good frozen green beans and that's my lunch. I bring a little bottle of olive oil to work and put that on the green beans for my fat.
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    SarahInParis reacted to mtnerak in ME/CFS & PCOS - AIP?   
    Also if you are following the AIP it is not just following it for 30 days and then starting a reintro process-- especially if you are suffering from daily headaches.  You may be following it strictly for for several months before things calm down enough that you can start to reintroduce things.  I have been on it for 7 weeks now have tried to reintroduce 2 items but because of my daily headaches I have not gotten very far and don't know if those foods are okay or not because weather, other foods--histamine, hormones, lights-- pretty much anything can set off one of my headaches and I do take meds for mine.   The  positive thing for me is that my headaches have calmed down enough for me have a better idea of triggers and my periods are no longer so painful.  So at this point I am not worrying about doing the reintro but if I have a day where my head feels really good I will try to reintroduce something then keep notes and see how the next few days go. While the two things I have reintroduced I think were ok, I think there were other things that caused my headaches I am not going to chance it and I am going to reintroduce again later on.  
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    SarahInParis got a reaction from EmayPA in March 1st-ers post W30   
    Welcome back Sharyn
     
    I reintroduced macadamia nuts yesterday - am excited because up next is egg yolk, and if that goes well I'll be making mac oil mayo!!! 
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    SarahInParis got a reaction from EmayPA in March 1st-ers post W30   
    Welcome back Sharyn
     
    I reintroduced macadamia nuts yesterday - am excited because up next is egg yolk, and if that goes well I'll be making mac oil mayo!!! 
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    SarahInParis got a reaction from EmayPA in March 1st-ers post W30   
    Awesome job staying the course, LadyM - it's funny how once you're in the groove it's actually easier to eat well than to constantly navigate all the crappy choices. I love not having to decide "will I have desert?" When at a restaurant and stuff like that.
    I did a bold AIP reintro today - I tested three seed spices together (cumin, coriander and sumac).
    I figure there is a pretty low risk of any of these being problematic and I don't feel like waiting another two weeks to get through each on its own.
    Next will probably be macadamia nuts. I was planning on re-challenging with sesame oil but realized today, as I was eating one of the things that I make that I always used to put sesame oil on, that I've gotten used to not having it so it's no problem for it to be missing for a while longer. And I have a few things I need to reintro before our trip May 9th to help make the travel easier...
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    SarahInParis got a reaction from Cinnaberry74 in AIP tomato less sauce!   
    Link please! I had figured those sauces weren't worth my time, but you make it sound delicious. I'm on reintros now, but at least a month from tomato (haven't scheduled out that far...)
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    SarahInParis reacted to LadyM in March 1st-ers post W30   
    Happy Easter, friends! I love catching up with each other intermittently.
     
    All is well here. The play I've been in had its last performance last night, and it was a very good run. Now I've got to dream it all up again since I've been spending every free moment on it.
     
    I decided to simply stay with W30 as a kind of support for stressful times, so I'm on Day 51. Feeling very good about staying compliant and being social without alcohol. It's taught me a lot. My aim is to finish a W60 at least, though if I make it to Memorial Day weekend, it will be a W85. I like the sound of that. We'll see.
     
    Keep on keeping on, y'all!
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    SarahInParis got a reaction from EmayPA in March 1st-ers post W30   
    Reintro of coffee seemed to go well.  I have my fingers crossed that will continue when I put it into regular rotation - I have missed BPC sorely.  I won't go back to BPC until my cheesemonger is back from holiday (another week) because I only have the high quality butter in salted version right now at home.  
     
    Next reintro will be mustard.  I'm not all that excited about it (or the following one, cumin) because almost 2 months of restricted eating has just made me learn new kitchen tricks, so mustard isn't missed all that much.  But it will be helpful to be able to have just a normal vinaigrette in a restaurant again... 
     
    I also moved my reintro calendar to be 1 day test and 3 days off, so every 4 days.  I had started at 5 days off, because I read that somewhere, but now that I'm itching to try more reintros the schedule was just too slow! 
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    SarahInParis got a reaction from homerfrizzell in bumming about dairy   
    Sarah Ballantyne from ThePaleoMom and author of The Paleo Approach (the AIP bible) puts the order of least-likely to most-likely problematic dairy foods as follows :
     
    - ghee
    - grass fed butter
    - grass fed raw cream
    - fermented grass-fed dairy (yogurt, kefir)
    - "other dairy products (e.g. grass-fed whole milk and cheese)
     
    Personally, I'd test all the "other dairy products" separately, along with testing for conventional butter/cream too.  I have successfully reintroduced raw milk grass fed butter so far. Kefir will probably be next, and might jump over cream since I'm trying to lose weight and don't want the temptation of a big container of high-quality cream around right now!
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    SarahInParis reacted to homerfrizzell in bumming about dairy   
    Try butter.
    See how that goes.
    Then, say, hard cheeses.
    Then heavy cream. (half & half? come on, get the good stuff.)

    You may be fine with some things.
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    SarahInParis got a reaction from Beets in W30 followed by AIP?   
    I did my first W30 as full AIP (Sarah Ballantyne's version, which is even more restrictive than ISWF).
    Personally that was a better choice, because I had one adjustment to make. I got used to it more rapidly than I expected (granted I was already primal, so already off processed foods, legumes and grain). I decided to just jump in because it meant getting through the tight elimination quicker and staring reintroductions sooner - and AIP reintroductions take a long time, longer than W30 because W30 has you count a whole food category like dairy, whereas on AIP it's food by food, and you have so many more foods stripped out. I hadn't calculated how long reintros would take when I decided to do my 30 days of W30-AIP but it will end up being several months! So far I've had 2 reintros go well, and one (sesame) fail.
    Just know that W30 regular style is a cakewalk next to AIP. Also, although you can decide to ease in to AIP, everyone I've seen try that approach fails to cut out all the food groups - from what I've seen in online communities, it's easier to just go all-in and get it over with...
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    SarahInParis got a reaction from praxisproject in What do I eat for breakfast?   
    Here's what Sarah Ballantyne has to say about eggs on AIP : http://www.thepaleomom.com/2012/06/whys-behind-autoimmune-protocol-eggs.html
     
    This was hard for me to get my head around, no eggs for 30 days (or more, I'm considering extending another 30 days)
     
    My first idea was to join those who have dinner-type foods for breakfast, but I don't have much of an appetite in the morning and sitting in front of a plate of meat and savory veg was just making me nauseous.  
     
    This week I've tried making coconut milk smoothies - 1/2 cup or so of berries and coconut milk (just made my first coconut milk kefir yesterday).  I know for W30 they're a "rather you didn't" but if you don't use tons of fruit (and are already quite limited in what you can eat due to AIP) I think they're ok.  I actually did a few days of having berries with coconut milk poured on top, eating like it was cereal I guess, but I don't actually like the taste of straight coconut milk (the kefir process greatly improved it, by the way).  May not be squeaky clean W30 but it's squeaky clean AIP and that's more important to me (and harder!) 
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    SarahInParis got a reaction from EmayPA in March 1st-ers post W30   
    GI system back to normal, and although I'm annoyed to have reacted so strongly to sesame, I admit it's kinda cool to see the whole concept of reintroduction testing in real time. Sesame, who'd a thunk it?
    I will try sesame oil in a few weeks, and probably seeds at some point. If I never have tahini again in my life it's no big deal.
    It was high quality and organic, how fresh? Well, I bought it the day before I tested it, but I have no idea if it had been sitting in warehouses for a long time. I've never noticed problems with nut butters that sometimes get lost in the back of a cupboard for months, so I'd be surprised if it's just a batch/brand issue. In any event with a reintro list that still has over 20 foods to test on it (some like coffee I'm really missing) tahini will not get a re-challenge for a long, long time, if ever....
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    SarahInParis reacted to Beets in W30 followed by AIP?   
    I started AIP mid way through my first w30. Honestly I think just go for it. Otherwise you feel really mad when, after you've just gotten the hang of things, you realize you can't eat 90% of the stuff you've come to love. That's mostly bc of spices (nightshades, seed spices--I also followed Paleo Mom's list). Though I'd already cut out eggs and was eating breakfast as "meal 1" instead if an egg dominant meal.
    I did mine last year and it's amazing how many more blog posts and recipes there are out there this time around now, just a year later. I'm at the stage now where I'm feeling nourished by my food, even if I do fall into ruts with my eating. It's also nice to go on autopilot and not think about every meal.
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    SarahInParis got a reaction from ninadude in Looking for Orange Recipes   
    I became addicted to this during my W30... I've generally used regular oranges but it would be great with blood oranges.  Because you eat the skin it's important the oranges are organic though.
     
    http://food52.com/recipes/26899-molly-stevens-roasted-fennel-red-onion-and-orange-salad
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    SarahInParis got a reaction from Beets in W30 followed by AIP?   
    I did my first W30 as full AIP (Sarah Ballantyne's version, which is even more restrictive than ISWF).
    Personally that was a better choice, because I had one adjustment to make. I got used to it more rapidly than I expected (granted I was already primal, so already off processed foods, legumes and grain). I decided to just jump in because it meant getting through the tight elimination quicker and staring reintroductions sooner - and AIP reintroductions take a long time, longer than W30 because W30 has you count a whole food category like dairy, whereas on AIP it's food by food, and you have so many more foods stripped out. I hadn't calculated how long reintros would take when I decided to do my 30 days of W30-AIP but it will end up being several months! So far I've had 2 reintros go well, and one (sesame) fail.
    Just know that W30 regular style is a cakewalk next to AIP. Also, although you can decide to ease in to AIP, everyone I've seen try that approach fails to cut out all the food groups - from what I've seen in online communities, it's easier to just go all-in and get it over with...