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    almondjoyless got a reaction from lchopalong in Sick of Justifying My Diet   
    Yes.  I've also read a decent number of scientific papers (and many more abstracts) on nutrition-related subjects.  (I'm a scientist; I do that kind of stuff for fun.)
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    almondjoyless got a reaction from lchopalong in Sick of Justifying My Diet   
    "Even the 'healthiest' processed foods are full of artificial ingredients that can have an adverse effect on you, especially if you eat them all the time."
     
    How are you defining "processed food"?  Larabars are processed.  Ground beef is processed.  Chicken sausage (even the organic, free-range kind) is processed.  And plenty of unprocessed foods are quite unhealthy if you eat them all the time.  I'm nitpicking a bit here, but I think there's a tendency to use terms like "processed" as shorthand for "food I think is unhealthy."  
     
    A food can be suboptimal but still nutritious.  If people are eating Healthy Choice frozen steamers instead of McDonald's, I think it's a step in the right direction.
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    almondjoyless got a reaction from lchopalong in Sick of Justifying My Diet   
    Yes.  I've also read a decent number of scientific papers (and many more abstracts) on nutrition-related subjects.  (I'm a scientist; I do that kind of stuff for fun.)
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    almondjoyless got a reaction from lchopalong in Sick of Justifying My Diet   
    Bet, you really think there's no health difference between a Healthy Choice frozen meal and a Big Mac?  I'm all for whole foods, but I think we need to acknowledge some shades of gray here.  Paleo/Whole30 just isn't feasible (or even appropriate) for some people.
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    almondjoyless got a reaction from lchopalong in Sick of Justifying My Diet   
    "Even the 'healthiest' processed foods are full of artificial ingredients that can have an adverse effect on you, especially if you eat them all the time."
     
    How are you defining "processed food"?  Larabars are processed.  Ground beef is processed.  Chicken sausage (even the organic, free-range kind) is processed.  And plenty of unprocessed foods are quite unhealthy if you eat them all the time.  I'm nitpicking a bit here, but I think there's a tendency to use terms like "processed" as shorthand for "food I think is unhealthy."  
     
    A food can be suboptimal but still nutritious.  If people are eating Healthy Choice frozen steamers instead of McDonald's, I think it's a step in the right direction.
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    almondjoyless got a reaction from jennor in Sick of Justifying My Diet   
    "I usually answer 'real food'."
     
    Okay, this is gonna make it sound like I'm picking on Bet, and I really don't intend to.  But this is a great example of the kind of comment I'm talking about, because it subtly insults other people's food choices and implies that your eating choices are superior to theirs.  A frozen meal IS real food.  It's not *whole* food, or the healthiest food, but it IS food.  You may believe your eating habits are superior, and that's fine.  I do too.  But these are the kind of comments that will cause others to judge you back.  A more productive response might be, "it's beef stew!  I made it from scratch and it was really easy.  Let me know if you want a recipe!"
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    almondjoyless got a reaction from jennor in Sick of Justifying My Diet   
    "I usually answer 'real food'."
     
    Okay, this is gonna make it sound like I'm picking on Bet, and I really don't intend to.  But this is a great example of the kind of comment I'm talking about, because it subtly insults other people's food choices and implies that your eating choices are superior to theirs.  A frozen meal IS real food.  It's not *whole* food, or the healthiest food, but it IS food.  You may believe your eating habits are superior, and that's fine.  I do too.  But these are the kind of comments that will cause others to judge you back.  A more productive response might be, "it's beef stew!  I made it from scratch and it was really easy.  Let me know if you want a recipe!"
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    almondjoyless got a reaction from jennor in Sick of Justifying My Diet   
    A lot of the comments in that thread are really funny.  Others strike me as... overly sensitive?  Arrogant?  I'm not sure.  Usually (not always, but usually) when people joke about a person's diet, it's just that.  A joke.  An attempt to be lighthearted and connect to someone via humor.  I think we do ourselves a disservice when we get defensive, go on the offensive about "frankenfood" (you don't want them to judge you? don't judge them!), or otherwise take it personally.  
     
    My vote? Own your "weird" eating habits (to the vast majority of people, this IS a weird way to eat!) and try to keep a sense of humor about it.
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    almondjoyless got a reaction from jbutts654 in An easier way to shred sweet potatoes?   
    I've been shredding them raw, right after peeling.  Unfortunately I've also been shredding my knuckles.  (Human skin is Whole30 approved, right?)  When you want to shred sweet potatoes for a recipe, do you bake them first, or do something else to make them a little more... compliant?
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    almondjoyless got a reaction from jennor in Sick of Justifying My Diet   
    "I usually answer 'real food'."
     
    Okay, this is gonna make it sound like I'm picking on Bet, and I really don't intend to.  But this is a great example of the kind of comment I'm talking about, because it subtly insults other people's food choices and implies that your eating choices are superior to theirs.  A frozen meal IS real food.  It's not *whole* food, or the healthiest food, but it IS food.  You may believe your eating habits are superior, and that's fine.  I do too.  But these are the kind of comments that will cause others to judge you back.  A more productive response might be, "it's beef stew!  I made it from scratch and it was really easy.  Let me know if you want a recipe!"
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    almondjoyless got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in drank.Emergenc supplement :(   
    The Whole30 is not about weight loss.  This can't be overstated.  The Whole30 is about getting *past* weight and food obsession and learning what your body needs to be authentically healthy.  Will you lose weight by doing the Whole30?  Probably.  Does it really matter?  Honestly... probably not.  
     
    Very few (no?) women (or men, for that matter) are completely happy with their appearance.  Using the Whole30 to lose "those last 10lbs" (or however much you think you need to lose before you can be happy) is perpetuating the eat-guilt-loathe-eat cycle.  Put the scale away and remember that, for at least 30 days, IT. DOESN'T. MATTER.
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    almondjoyless reacted to ABS32013 in How does the moderator system work?   
    Wow.  Volunteers.  Thanks, Moderators, for your time and efforts! 
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    almondjoyless got a reaction from GoJo09 in Cheat 'coupons'??   
    I like it, especially if you think there's a chance you'll go seriously off the tracks once "forbidden" foods are back on the table.  I've found that many of my Whole30 diet changes stuck (if you are what you eat, I'm now 80% sweet potato) but I'd probably go off-roading less frequently if I knew there were a limited number of times I could do it.
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    almondjoyless got a reaction from jennor in Sick of Justifying My Diet   
    "I usually answer 'real food'."
     
    Okay, this is gonna make it sound like I'm picking on Bet, and I really don't intend to.  But this is a great example of the kind of comment I'm talking about, because it subtly insults other people's food choices and implies that your eating choices are superior to theirs.  A frozen meal IS real food.  It's not *whole* food, or the healthiest food, but it IS food.  You may believe your eating habits are superior, and that's fine.  I do too.  But these are the kind of comments that will cause others to judge you back.  A more productive response might be, "it's beef stew!  I made it from scratch and it was really easy.  Let me know if you want a recipe!"
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    almondjoyless got a reaction from jennor in Sick of Justifying My Diet   
    A lot of the comments in that thread are really funny.  Others strike me as... overly sensitive?  Arrogant?  I'm not sure.  Usually (not always, but usually) when people joke about a person's diet, it's just that.  A joke.  An attempt to be lighthearted and connect to someone via humor.  I think we do ourselves a disservice when we get defensive, go on the offensive about "frankenfood" (you don't want them to judge you? don't judge them!), or otherwise take it personally.  
     
    My vote? Own your "weird" eating habits (to the vast majority of people, this IS a weird way to eat!) and try to keep a sense of humor about it.
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    almondjoyless reacted to GFChris in How does the moderator system work?   
    Except for Robin Strathdee, all moderators are volunteers.  We each respond as our availability allows, on topics where we feel we have the knowledge to provide an accurate response.
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    almondjoyless got a reaction from jennor in Sick of Justifying My Diet   
    "I usually answer 'real food'."
     
    Okay, this is gonna make it sound like I'm picking on Bet, and I really don't intend to.  But this is a great example of the kind of comment I'm talking about, because it subtly insults other people's food choices and implies that your eating choices are superior to theirs.  A frozen meal IS real food.  It's not *whole* food, or the healthiest food, but it IS food.  You may believe your eating habits are superior, and that's fine.  I do too.  But these are the kind of comments that will cause others to judge you back.  A more productive response might be, "it's beef stew!  I made it from scratch and it was really easy.  Let me know if you want a recipe!"
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    almondjoyless got a reaction from Brittany208 in Sick of Justifying My Diet   
    Sounds like he's trying to be funny and just not doing a very good job of it.  Try not to take it personally, if you can.
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    almondjoyless got a reaction from jennor in Sick of Justifying My Diet   
    "I usually answer 'real food'."
     
    Okay, this is gonna make it sound like I'm picking on Bet, and I really don't intend to.  But this is a great example of the kind of comment I'm talking about, because it subtly insults other people's food choices and implies that your eating choices are superior to theirs.  A frozen meal IS real food.  It's not *whole* food, or the healthiest food, but it IS food.  You may believe your eating habits are superior, and that's fine.  I do too.  But these are the kind of comments that will cause others to judge you back.  A more productive response might be, "it's beef stew!  I made it from scratch and it was really easy.  Let me know if you want a recipe!"
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    almondjoyless reacted to CaGirl in How does the moderator system work?   
    Great Question.
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    almondjoyless got a reaction from jennor in Sick of Justifying My Diet   
    "I usually answer 'real food'."
     
    Okay, this is gonna make it sound like I'm picking on Bet, and I really don't intend to.  But this is a great example of the kind of comment I'm talking about, because it subtly insults other people's food choices and implies that your eating choices are superior to theirs.  A frozen meal IS real food.  It's not *whole* food, or the healthiest food, but it IS food.  You may believe your eating habits are superior, and that's fine.  I do too.  But these are the kind of comments that will cause others to judge you back.  A more productive response might be, "it's beef stew!  I made it from scratch and it was really easy.  Let me know if you want a recipe!"
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    almondjoyless got a reaction from jennor in Sick of Justifying My Diet   
    A lot of the comments in that thread are really funny.  Others strike me as... overly sensitive?  Arrogant?  I'm not sure.  Usually (not always, but usually) when people joke about a person's diet, it's just that.  A joke.  An attempt to be lighthearted and connect to someone via humor.  I think we do ourselves a disservice when we get defensive, go on the offensive about "frankenfood" (you don't want them to judge you? don't judge them!), or otherwise take it personally.  
     
    My vote? Own your "weird" eating habits (to the vast majority of people, this IS a weird way to eat!) and try to keep a sense of humor about it.
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    almondjoyless got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in acceptable sugar   
    Yes, naturally occurring sugars are allowed.  If everything on the ingredients list is compliant, the food is compliant.  (Unless it's Paleo-fied dessert, in which case don't do that.)
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    almondjoyless got a reaction from Tom Denham in 2 weeks post whole30, wish I hadn't done it   
    Tom, I feel like I'm following you around the boards, picking fights.  I promise I'm not.  
     
    I think it's inaccurate to say that the Whole30 isn't restrictive.  It certainly encourages you to generate new choices for yourself, but disallowing dairy, grains, soy, sugar, potatoes, legumes (legumes, for crying out loud!), and so on... is restrictive.
     
    Edited to add: I had a really good experience with the Whole30 and would recommend it to anyone.  But I think we need to be realistic about it: the vast majority of people are going to find it restrictive and difficult, especially at first.  Whole foods is a great eating approach, but the Whole30 is a lot stricter than having the flexibility of eating "Whole-30 style."  I can see how it would feel punishing to someone who didn't have a good result.
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    almondjoyless reacted to wendelina in The anti-Whole30   
    As someone who once wanted to be a chemist, and who is has an engineering degree, I have a TON of faith in science and the scientific method, but I think science has a _very_ hard time in the area of nutrition.
     
    First, they are trying to isolate down to a very small level - does chemical (nutrient, vitamin, etc.) X cause Y?  This is hard because frankly, we eat nothing in isolation, and getting people to take pills in isolation (exact same diet, exact same exercise, exact same life) is not realistic.  People would not volunteer to basically live in a lab for the duration of a study, and even then, I think most people now recognize the role that stress plays in our health, and it would be productive to see how the studied chemical behaves in real life, under "real world" conditions, in addition to the ideal of "lab rats" (whether literal rat or not)
     
    Second, I think science is only barely beginning to understand the interplay between chemicals.  This can be seen with some of the studies of fortifying certain vitamins via supplements vs eating foods rich in those vitamins (e.g., you need fat to process ... I think it's A and D).
     
    Third, the human body is _complex_.  We know so much about it ... and yet so little, it seems to me.  If we really knew what we thought we knew, we wouldn't have seen the wild roller coaster ride of "diets" proposed to us over the last 50 years.
     
    Soylent promises to give us 100% of everything we know we need for nutrition.  That may even be true.  But, it can't possibly give us all the things we don't yet know about.
     
    Thanks, but I'll be sticking to the things that humans have been eating for millennia.  Just feels like a better answer than "stuff cooked up in a lab somewhere."