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  1. So this is a little tough love... you simply need to NOT eat the food you are feeding him. Making sure your meal times and his meal times are separate might help. When he eats, you just don't As the mom of a 2 year old, I can tell you that it IS possible to not eat your child's food if you don't want to. But, him eating only w30 food would also be totally fine. Despite a random internet stranger telling your son needs dairy and grains. There are truly no nutrients in dairy and grains that can ONLY be obtained from dairy or grains. Do you have a dog? Dogs are good at eating baby leftovers.
  2. We snowshoed ~4.5 miles with 2k of elevation this AM. I ate 2 HB eggs with a little mayo before we left. And some coffee with Nutpods. I'd agree that for <3hrs you don't "need" anything. Those might be the good ones for pushing fat adaptation because if you bonk, well, you don't have 9 more hours to go I did a Spartan Super a few years ago on 3 HB eggs with mayo (this sits well for me - I DO have GI issues so I play it safe a lot) before the race and then brought dates in a baggy with a ton of sea salt mixed in the bag. Salt is a BIGGY for long efforts for me. 9 miles, 5-6k elevation and all the obstacles and I was good. But I think I'm better than a lot of people for not needing much fuel during high intensity efforts. If you need cognitive/technical skills (which I'd assume you do for mountaineering) then making sure you have enough with you seems important. If it were me, I'd try to go lower carb but have the carbs with me just in case my brain turned to mush as I was trying to make important decisions. And PS - so jealous of your home town! We vacationed there 2 years ago - amazing! Enjoy your training playground!
  3. littleg

    Explaining Whole30 to kids

    I think a good strategy is always about foods that make you feel good and let you do the things you enjoy doing. We have a 2 year old so he isn't asking yet why we eat the foods we do but we already talk to him about eating food for energy to play and foods that make your belly feel good. For older kids I think it is important to spin the positive - so more about the foods you are including (vs excluding). I'm eating meats and vegetables to help me get stronger. I'm eating fruits and vegetables to get important vitamins and minerals... things like that.
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    Fueling high carb and Whole 30

    @Endurance Steve - I was a little said when you went away - I wanted to hear how your higher carb W30 went. Did it end up happening or was it tabled for January? I just read an interview with Marcus Filly - have you heard of him? Former CrossFit games athlete who started up "Functional Bodybuilding". He talked about how he sees so many people (in the CF world, but I imagine in competitive cycling it's the same) take the mindset you mentioned above... Low carb is good. No carb must be better. Training is good. All the training must be better... and then poof, nothing is working and they wonder why. Here is the link. If you think the sugar cravings are just cravings (vs being driven by too low carb of a diet/too much daily restriction) maybe some work on habits/mindful eating/self hypnosis (or real hypnosis) is a better place to start. For me, W30 has not helped with binge eating. For me, it was too restrictive. Eating chocolate every night has helped with binge eating But everyone is different - for some people removing sugar makes the urge for sugar go away - for me it makes it worse. But it took many W30s to figure this out. Anyway, whatever you decide to do I'm interested to hear how it goes for you!
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    Women's NSVs!

    That sounds like good food for the win
  6. I agree with the muffin tin issue. PIA! Like @ShannonM816 we've been making our casseroles in glass casserole dishes for years with minimal sticking. Pan fried sausage always goes on the bottom - I'm not sure if that helps or not I'm also a BF mom (of a toddler at this point) and I *still* have trouble with mornings getting away from me - its amazing! Even just some HB eggs with mayo as a mini meal before the walk and then sit down when you can. Or how about a batch of waldorf salad or something so you get some carbs in? And I'll make one plug for parenting tips Janet Lansbury. She'll teach you that *your* needs matter too - not always the baby's or the dog's or your spouse's... you get to come first sometimes too! I've eaten quite a few (quick) meals while saying "I hear you bud, you want X right now, I'm eating, I'll help you in a few minutes". Sometimes I say it to the baby too
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    I can't live without Splenda

    You can do pretty much anything for 30 days. You could also drink: water, seltzer, kombucha, herbal teas... I think many people start a W30 thinking "I can NEVER ----- for 30 days" and then, poof, they do
  8. littleg

    Fueling high carb and Whole 30

    It was fine. I actually felt better gut wise... but I've always been a big volume eater and so I think 4 lbs a day of veggies may not have been appreciated by my intestines. I tried to keep IIFYM as "whole foods" based as possible so the carbs I added in were: oatmeal and rice (puffed rice cereal, plain rice cakes and cooked white rice). No gluten. I cut down on veggies a lot since the program I was following wanted sugars low (which meant lots of veggies were out and starch was in). Over the years I've been paleo/W30 for over 7 years now) I've learned what foods are really not great for me: sweet potatoes make my gut unhappy, white potatoes make my joints unhappy, delicata squash means I can't leave the house... I've never been "higher" carb in these 7 years. But clearly my body could handle it and it may have even helped... I've made some strength gains in 10 weeks that have brought me back from quite deconditioned (traumatic birth 2 years ago) to pretty much where I was in terms of strength after years of CrossFit. 10 WEEKS. Have you looked through the literature at all for diet modifications for endurance athletes? I've been reading some of the bodybuilding literature and its pretty clear that protein and carbs help and fat not so much. Of course the means from all of the studies mean nothing compared to your n=1 but that is what W30 is all about to me... remove the irritants and assess. Some "good" things might get removed too - like carbs for you - so reassess that too. If low carb isn't some magic bullet for you after 3-4 months I think you can say you need carbs. There has also been some reports in the literature from the keto world that many keto attempts are too high fat and too low protein and many feel better and see improved biomarkers after increasing protein. Protein may kick you out of ketosis for a bit or drop blood ketones but the point of ketosis (to me) is again the metabolic flexibility and enhanced health it may offer. So if your body does better with a higher protein load - who cares if your ketones are 0.6 instead of 1.3. I guess I'm still not clear on your goals though... Do you have lab data indicating there is something unhealthy about your current food intake? Do you just want to kick sugar cravings? Are you a professional athlete or "just" winning your AG and stuff? Can your performance take a back seat while you figure out nutrition? And, if food extremism is your issue (I can join you in this camp for sure) maybe you need to just get off the darn internet
  9. littleg

    Fueling high carb and Whole 30

    @Endurance Steve I'm interested to hear how this goes for you. I'm in a sort of similar situation in that I've been off W30 for a while doing some more intense weight lifting than I've ever done. I've leaned out and put on muscle and am pleased. But, I've been doing IIFYM and am not happy with living like that forever. Paleo/W30 has always been low-ish carb for me and I'm back right now dabbling with higher carb/mostly paleo eating. I'm interested to see how I do trying to do an almost-W30 with more carbs but just a little less free-for-all in the fat department in terms of keeping off the fat I've lost. Unlike you keeping weight ON is not my problem Wish it was! As a side note, though I was never at the level it seems you are for endurance sports, I was a triathlete/runner when I first went paleo. I felt like total and complete $hit trying to run for maybe 3-4 weeks. However, ever since then, my ability to perform at a mod/high level (for me) fasted/low carb has *never* been an issue. Which is great.
  10. littleg

    Fueling high carb and Whole 30

    Have you tried a middle ground for carb intake? LCHF and keto are both super low. And your current diet is super high. Maybe somewhere in the middle could work for you? So that way you'd only have to eat 2 lbs of sweet potatoes a day I just put 200 g (which is only 7 oz) of boiled green plantains into Cronometer. That is 62g of carbs. Fry those suckers up in some coconut oil and if you have some metabolic flexibility perhaps you'd find that meals with mod/high carb and fat like that would manage to keep you out of feeling-like-crap land but also help you reach your health goals?
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    Thickening Agents

    I just cook everything down more If I make a stew or recipe with meat, once the meat is cooked through I take it out and just cook down the sauce. Things are only runny because of excess water - so cook off the water.
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    coming back to whole30 after miscarriage :(

    Hi Katie. I went through something similar (and logged on here about it if you feel like reading it - lots of Day 1s because the pull to heal vs the pull to binge were both very strong and real!). Miscarriages are so so so hard. But, the grief does pass. Even after getting our rainbow baby, thinking back to the day I found out about our loss via ultrasound still brings tears to my eyes. I hope that the focus on nourishing your body has helped you through this time.
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    Achieving is believing

    What a great thread! So empowering to take control of your health!
  14. @ladyshanny Yeah, it was a good video - I had never seen it either! It did bring up another question for me though... slow roll, she talks about waiting until mom bakes cookies and then you decide, ok, today I'm going to try a cookie. When you do slow roll are you introducing entire recipes you like (so a cookie, which may have gluten and dairy) vs food genres (gluten, dairy, etc)? Thanks!
  15. She says "you reintroduce these foods... in an order that we've outlined for you... least problematic to most problematic". So I guess I don't see that as "you can reintroduce foods however you want but we suggest x,y,z" - her words make it seem more like a "rule".
  16. @ladyshanny Oops! Sorry, I thought I posted this in a different thread (the one that referenced the video). Here is the link: 5:08-7:42 is the time where she talks about it.
  17. The video seems to say the opposite of this. Was there a point in time where the reintro order because a suggestion rather than not quite a rule but more than a suggestion? Thanks for the link to the video, btw, I'd never seen that before!
  18. Total opposite - frigid and dry!
  19. I think I am keeping GT's Kombucha in business single handedly... Not taking any bottled probiotics. Not a ton of fermented stuff these days either. I should buy some. Overall gut feels the best it has in a while. But pregnancy seemed to have somehow done that - after getting over the insane post partum rabbit pellet poops I've settled into the least bloated/gassy I've been in a while. I do have an appointment with a rheumatologist next week. That should make my fingers heal up - making a doctors appointment usually cures me!
  20. Ok. One other question - I'm pretty sure removing them has made no difference. Would knuckle pain be a longer-than-30-days kind of thing to test?
  21. I'm finishing up a nightshade free W30 the day after tomorrow. Any suggestions on reintroducing them as a group vs individually - so three days of tomatoes, then three days of peppers or just reintroduce "nightshades". Thanks!
  22. What will you be eating besides bone broth...? Geez, that sounds hard. Good for you for doing it again!
  23. littleg

    Baby Led Weaning

    Our kiddo is still getting lots of breastmilk. Since that is so high in carbs I've read (in infant nutrition books and listening to podcasts) to try to get protein and fat in before he is old enough to argue I'm not worried about carbs per se, I just don't want to start so young with him always thinking that snacks are carbs.
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    Baby Led Weaning

    So baby led solids was a success. I have yet to puree a thing nor have I purchased a single jar of baby food Today's food for our little 11m old was: scramble with eggs, sausage, spinach, onions (or something close to that, dad made it), broccoli cooked in butter, left over chicken stew, a bit more sausage, some brie cheese at TJ, some bites of apple (3 teeth have helped with the apple consumption) and a bit of cheddar. But I'm running into portable snacks that aren't all carbs. Whole Foods has free food at customer service and the only non processed item was a banana. So I grabbed one and held it while he ate the whole thing I guess he was hungry. But I don't want his snacks to always be apples and bananas. I do give him dairy so cheese is also an option. Some things that work well for me for snacks (hard boiled eggs) are just way too messy for a littler person with no fine motor skills yet. I almost purchased a two pound tub of pemmican from US Wellness today but decided that might be a bit impulsive since I've never even tried it. Any other ideas for not-just-carb snacks? The fattier the better because then he is full The mess and stink factor (so no sardine suggestions) for a small human still learning to use his hands make this a bit tougher.
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    Baby Led Weaning

    Thanks! I'm a pediatric RN so have baby CPR... PMed you for the FB group. What is the blog? Book?