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    mollimel got a reaction from Munkers in Nori Sheets - Vegetable?   
    I found a recipe about making sushi with cauliflower rice, inspired to give it a try!
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    mollimel got a reaction from Munkers in Nori Sheets - Vegetable?   
    I found a recipe about making sushi with cauliflower rice, inspired to give it a try!
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    mollimel reacted to ladyshanny in Battling the Dragons, how do you do it?   
    Hi Vicky,
    You might do well to add more starchy veggies (at least one serving a day of sweet potato, potato, winter squash, rutabaga, beets, carrots) and extra fat to your meal.  Fat is what brings flavour and satiation and the starchy veggies help with your "need carbs!" feeling.
    You can also remember why you are doing this, even write a list and keep it with you so that you are reminded at times when you are feeling troubled over desires or cravings.
    YOU are worth more than cafeteria alfredo, friend.  You are worth the effort and self respect to keep on with what you have chosen to do!
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    mollimel reacted to crunch in Mental and physical health   
    Really pleased, I made it through the night shift with no slips.... I'm normally a carbs fiend on a night shift, but stuck to carrot sticks, a few cashews and a banana. This evening will be atest when I'm tired and hungry.... Need to plan something tasty for a compliant dinner!!,
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    mollimel got a reaction from crunch in Mental and physical health   
    I hear you on the headache!! My snacking was difficult to control for the first few days but has eased up now at least! 
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    mollimel reacted to crunch in Mental and physical health   
    Day 1 done, fridge stocked to bursting, feeling positive and highly motivated
    How's every one feeling?
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    mollimel reacted to praxisproject in January 2015 Whole30 in Melbourne   
    Day 10 - Saturday

    Yay! Off to Prahran Market! Which means a trip to Palate!

    Blood Meter
    Ketones: 0.8 Glucose: 6.3 Brunch

    Paleo Brunch at the fabulous Palate Bacon & Lamb Sweet Potato & Macadamia Mash Smashed Avocado Grilled Asparagus Roasted Pumpkin Plus some almond milk lattes Dinner
    Chicken Dippers Broccolini & Garlic Salsa Mojo Blueberry & Ginger Kombucha Prep things
    Bought things at the markets
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    mollimel reacted to ladyshanny in Are the risks worth it?   
    Wow, Carla, that is a very moving story, kudos to you for sharing that!  It is absolutely amazing the effect that food can have on our bodies and makes me cringe even more when I hear people whose doctors say "sure, you can change your diet but it won't help...but here, take these pills".
    For me, the things that have vastly improved my quality of life by my awareness...and by awareness I also mean I still indulge from time to time but well aware of the risks:
    Dairy (for me ice cream, butter and cheese): full body eczema...and I do mean full body...if you catch my meaning. I wake up in the morning with blood caked under my fingernails from night scratching and of course getting in the shower is sheer agony after a night of tearing up my skin....not to mention how not well rested I am.  One instance of dairy including that which is in butter will react by the next day and last for close to 14 days.
    Soy: dear God, the stomach issues.
    Sugar: I'm an addict to it and it manifests in all the typical addictive ways: anger, guilt, sneaking, hiding, lying.  That is not a healthy experience either physically or psychologically.
    Are these life threatening?  No.  But they reduced my quality of life (think angry, itchy and crapping myself) and without Whole30 I never would have found out.  Yes, it absolutely BLOWS not to have ice cream all summer long.  It seriously compromises what restaurants we go to (although once we've found favourites that are willing to play nice, we tip handsomely and have become regulars!).  It is scary and depressing and annoying and sad.  But my sad lasts about 10 minutes on a hot day while the hubby is eating an ice cream.  The rest of my life is so much happier and healthier. 
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    mollimel reacted to Carlaccini in Are the risks worth it?   
    This is post is going to be a bit TMI.  This is a very personal struggle that I have for a good many years,  This is to demonstrate the power that food has over our bodies.
    Since the age of 14 (I am 38 now) I suffered having painful boils along my bikini line.  Walking or just plain sitting was painful.  Later on they escalated getting bigger (ping pong ball size) and then they arrived under my armpits and breasts.  Dr's didn't know what caused them.  Creams that didn't help (helped with healing a bit) and lancing.  But that's all that they would do.  I gave up and assumed that they were just a miserable part of my life.
    In August of 2012 I did my first whole 30.  By day 10 all the boils had cleared and no new ones were forming.  By day 30 I had only one come up the entire time. (They were chronically there)  My triggers after re-intros - dairy and pork. (Note I can only eat pork that has been extremely over cooked - think shoe leather or extra crispy bacon - which I like)  The boils that I get from pork pass quickly 2 -3 days at most.  The ones I get from dairy happen within hours of consumption and they last for 2 weeks.  So yeah I consumed dairy (and I loved dairy) for years but I also suffered for years too.  So dairy in my book - so not worth it.  
    The whole 30 just made me very aware of what's going on in my body.
    Sugar - not my friend even though I keep on coming back to it. Throws my hormones out of whack.
    Soy - no physical problems - all mental problems - I get angry, moody and depressed when I am exposed to soy.  I was extremely depressed (undiagnosed) prior to whole 30.
    Dairy - well we covered this above
    Non-gluten grains - severe bathroom issues.  That is all I will say about that
    Gluten grains - I can "tolerate" these but only if they have a lot of fat.  So a croissant/danish gives me no stomach issues but a slice of bread will feel like I swallowed a bowling ball.
    Each one of these items I will consume from time to time.  I make the choice though.  I can make an educated choice with each one of these items if it is worth it" or not.  Sure some friends and family think I am just being difficult, but they don't know what I was going through before.  Some congratulate me that I am so in tune with my body.  
    Listen - it took a lot of work to get here.  Many people are scared of that work, I am sorry to say.  But all I can say is YOU are worth this work.  Who cares what the rest of the world think.
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    mollimel reacted to cocojuju in I can't seem to get through one whole day without messing up!   
    I'm feeling really frustrated, I've done heaps of reading in this forum and on other blogs, but every day I miss something or forget and make some mistake! So even though I'm on day 6 I'm actually on day zero. Grrrrr! One day had some edaname, then realised that is only on the vegetarian shopping list, but isn't okay for the rest of us. Another day, had a salad with some fresh corn in it. Today I realised that my balsamic has sulphites, and as a poor student I am in no position to throw everything out and start again. I didn't think it would be so complex as I am quite a good home cook, and preparing from scratch is not a big deal, but this is really frustrating. I can't extend indefinitely either as I have social engagements in Feb that are definitely not going to be compliant. Should I just do 20 days (assuming I don't mess up again) and try again in March?
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    mollimel reacted to Brewer5 in I eat a lot of cashews   
    Definitely.  Trust me.  I have been there, done that.  It is not a pretty place to be.  Please, carefully put down the cashews, and turn and run away.
    For real.
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    mollimel reacted to nowiswhen in Scored 1st Point Against Leptin Resistance!   
    Praxisproject, Thanks for the suggestion about blue blocker goggles!  I bought them and started wearing them at 8 PM until I went to bed.  I don't use them anymore because [drum roll] I haven't done ANY night eating for more than a month straight!!!  I learned a few things along the way that I hope will help someone else beat the Night Munchies.
    The final solution evolved by accident.  A friend sent me a DVD tape of the new Outlander Series that was aired this past fall.  I love Scotland, England, Ireland and anything associated with those lands.  Watching the series left me hungry for more details so I bought the book.  The first night, I got into bed with the book and a cuppa and read from 8 to 10 & fell asleep.  At 11:30 I was pulled out of a sound sleep by intense cravings!  But I was so sleepy and cozy warm in my bed I didn't want to get up and go downstairs to munch.  Went back to sleep and this cycle continued hourly for the next 2 hours!!!  This went on for what seemed like a few weeks before it tapered off to no waking episodes.  At one point I felt like I knew what it must be like to be addicted to drugs.  To be woken from a sound sleep and commanded to eat sweets & junk was almost scary. 
    I have not had Night Munchies my whole life so I tried to figure out when it started:  7 YEARS AGO!  I began to take Ambien to help me fall asleep.  It seemed to work well.  My son came home from college for Christmas.  One morning he greeted me and asked how I felt and if I remembered waking up the night before.  I didn't.  He said it was creepy and scary-I was staggering around, looked drunk, had slurred speech was eating sweets and junk food and then staggered back to bed.  After he went back to college, I was working on a gingerbread house order.  All of the pieces were baked & decorated.  The next morning when I came in to assemble the house, there was a big bite taken out of the roof!  I was so pissed and confused about how that happened. It dawned on me it had to have been ME!  I had to re-bake a new roof section & decorate it since the order needed to go out that day!  Still I continued taking Ambien.  Sometimes I would wake up with candy wrappers all over my bed....often it wasn't even candy I liked but needed to gingerbread houses & cookies.  The thing that made me stop taking Ambien was when I woke up with a 3" diameter bruise on my chest. where I must have bumped into something really hard.  Who knew Ambien could set such an unhealthy cycle into motion that would last many years after I stopped taking it (I only took it for a few months).
    It wasn't until my 1st Whole30 that I even noticed how hard it was to eat 3 meals at regular times beginning within an hour of waking.  Or wondered why I HAD to eat at night even though I knew I wasn't hungry.  I'd never heard of Leptin Resistance.  I use the SleepCycle app on my phone every night and I could see without a doubt multiple attempts by my brain to wake me up to eat.  They usually appear on the graph an hour or so after I go to sleep.  Each spike of "awake" lasts only a few minutes and deep sleep returns.  Then about an hour later there's another spike and a third one after that.  The good news is after the first few nights, I slept through all of it and now I don't have them any more!!!
    I started my 2nd Whole30 on Jan 1 and I know I'll be able actually lose some weight this time 
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    mollimel got a reaction from praxisproject in Mollimel's Whole30 - started 9th January, 2015   
    Day 1 - 9th January, 2015

    How did I sleep: My nights are getting later, probably doesn't help that I'm on annual leave and have no routine at the moment. The heat is always a bonus too, but going to sleep as it rained was lovely. Still need a nap during the day though!

    How do I feel AM: Did not want to get out of bed, but did because I was hungry.

    Exercise: Gardening

    Breakfast: Stir-fried capsicum, zucchini and mushrooms with baby spinach, and 3 eggs cooked in ghee.

    Lunch: Roast pumpkin and beetroot with rocket, and 195g can tuna with drizzle of coconut aminos.

    How do I feel after lunch: Tired

    Dinner:Well Fed Chocolate Chilli with sweet potato mash and half an avocado. I ended up having a mini meal of what I had at lunch about 5,30 as I was starving, guessing not enough fat at lunch time, will monitor this!

    How do I feel before bed:Little bit tired and grumpy, looking forward to not being so tired all the time again!

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    mollimel got a reaction from praxisproject in Mollimel's Whole30 - started 9th January, 2015   
    This will be my fourth Whole30, but I have not kept a log previously, and I'm hoping that this will help keep me on my path this time. I'm also going to use i to monitor my mental health. 
    I have Type 2 Diabetes which the Whole 30 and paleo eating have helped get my blood sugar levels down, and maintain it so far, my last A1C test was 6.1, and I've had a test come back confirming gluten intolerance. I've noticed that when I eat gluten, my mental health seems to be depressed as well as anxious, cranky and easily irritated. I've found that dairy makes my skin erupt and itchy. 
    And so it begins!
    Daily Template:
    How did I sleep:
    How do I feel AM:
    How do I feel after lunch:
    How do I feel before bed:
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    mollimel got a reaction from praxisproject in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Evening everyone! 
    About to start my next Whole 30 tomorrow morning, and finally got my husband to join in! 
    I buy my coconut aminos and coconut oil from the Paleo Cafe, good price, but make sure you pick up the aminos and not the syrup, as my husband accidentally picked up the wrong one for me a few weeks ago, and had to exchange it. I often use it as a bit of dressing on a roast veg salad, which is what I usually have for lunch with some roasted meat. I also use it in Nom Nom's Asian Meatballs recipe, or if I need to marinate anything. I'm still having trouble getting W30 fish sauce though.... Will be down in Melbourne next month, might need to sniff it out then.... I've used anchovies in place of the fish sauce in recipes, obviously a different taste, but still unami. 
    Aldi's prosciutto is just pork and salt, and crisps very nicely. As far as I can tell, none of their other hams etc are W30 ok. Their smoked salmon was though, which is very nice on eggs for breakfast, or with salad too. 
    Good luck!
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    mollimel reacted to praxisproject in January 2015 Whole30 in Melbourne   
    Thanks Mel
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    mollimel got a reaction from praxisproject in January 2015 Whole30 in Melbourne   
    Hi Praxis, I just wanted to say congrats on becoming a moderator!!
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    mollimel reacted to praxisproject in January 2015 Whole30 in Melbourne   
    *whispers* Yep, today I became a Moderator. Please be gentle
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    mollimel reacted to praxisproject in January 2015 Whole30 in Melbourne   
    I'm planning to start on the 1st, but we'll see how my planning goes
    Doing some pre-notes for myself here until I start.
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    mollimel reacted to angledge in Whole30 for Lent: starting February 18th.   
    I am going to make my second attempt at the Whole30 starting Wednesday, February 18th. Yes, Lent is longer than 30 days but that will give me time for incremental re-introductions.
    My first attempt at the Whole30 was last November, & while I didn't complete it, I had a great support group here in the forums. I'd love to find another group for this attempt. Who's in?
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    mollimel reacted to heatherglick in Roll call: November Whole30s!   
    This is my day 9 and I am now an official member of the KILL ALL THINGS club!  I was that woman at the Passport office who stormed out (after stuffing papers, IDs and checks back into my bag) and I have noticed that every single car in the road is driving too slowly/stupidly.  Yikes!!!  On a happier note I am now on day 9, I mastered the veggie spiraler, finally found coconut aminos (for Sunshine Sauce - the only ingredient I didn't have) and I just received my Amazon order for the whole 30 compliant fish sauce (don't even remember what recipe called for that - in the worst case I will drink it!)  I actually added "day 10 and 11 are hardest - most people think about quitting" to my calendar in case I have a tough time this weekend.
    Not sure if anyone has recommended this product before - it's an herbal salt from Switzerland.  In my house we call it magic salt because it makes everything taste delicious.  I have seen it for sale in Canada and it can be purchased at Amazon:
    It's basically salt with about 20 different herbs and comes in a few levels of spiciness.  
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    mollimel reacted to coloradoharts in Roll call: November Whole30s!   
    Day 13 here. Feeling pretty good, although the rash around my chin is getting much much worse and starting to spread. I assumed it would go away on W30. I think it is related to an allergy. So I am cutting out avocado and trying my best to avoid nuts, peppers and all Nightshades. I saw a post by a woman who has the exact same rash I do and she said it is from nightshade allergy. I really don't like the idea of eliminating even MORE foods ..l but if my body is rejecting something I should listen. I am committed to this because I am seriously desperate for pain relief. It never occurred to me that some of my problems could be due to allergies.
    Have any of you been to an allergist to identify foods you should avoid? Did the skin testing reveal anything worthwhile? Have you improved since withdrawing those foods?
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    mollimel reacted to jess in the uk in Roll call: November Whole30s!   
    Seriously...tgif!! What day is it?? My sleep the last two nights was poor to say the least. Dont know what is going on with that! Yesterday was alright but with just a little sleep I felt a little off..but I couldnt sit down. Had a chance to take a nap but couldnt! I thought I would fall asleep so quickly last night but nope! And last night I found myself constantly hungry and I snacked...compliant still but dont want to make that a habit. Before this I was a serious grazer..having basically one meal at night but picking throughout the day. I think that was the sleep problem. If I dont sleep properly, I always seem to want to eat more. Oh yes its Day 12 and im still here! And I have my third crossfit session...dont know how that is going to go down with two nights of bad sleep Hopefully I will sleep tonight! Next week I will be traveling for a couple of days so that will be a test! But on the bright side, I am going to the Royal Albert Hall in London...over the top excited!! Thats the American in me Happy Friday everyone!
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    mollimel reacted to jgreene in Roll call: November Whole30s!   
    Super interesting.  I have always prided myself that "I can eat anything!" Nothing bothers my stomach, no food allergies, etc..  I have gone off grains and sugar plenty of times.  That's not that hard for me. Never been off dairy before; in fact I LOVE CHEESE!  Anyway, now that I am on Whole30 my so called "seasonal /dust/ mold allergies" are gone.  No more sleeping with kleenex next to my bed or needing water during the night for an annoying tickle cough (which I have year round).  I also have a herniated disc in my neck that causes inflammation that I can even feel externally.  Guess what? No swelling, no pain, no cough.  I had no idea what dairy was doing to me!!!
    I have been having a little bit of food blahs the past couple days , wondering how I am going to keep rotating the same old veggies w/spices after Whole30 is finished and I want to continue most of the things we are doing.  I decided to experiment with at least 2 new veggie recipes a week.  Already feeling more motivated!
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    mollimel reacted to Dem in Roll call: November Whole30s!   
    My hubby's grandma. She enjoys feeding people, and she is in great shape for her age. But she thinks meat is bad for you. She has definitely made comments to me in the past. I'm sure I'll see her on thanksgiving. She always brings the pies. My plan is to get a piece and park a toddler on my lap. That way I can just pretend to share with my kid, when in reality the kid will be doing all the eating!