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    Deb. got a reaction from daphnecpcastano in W30 approved desserts, fruit snacks - from W30 Recipes on Instagram!   
     
    Thanks Melissa, I am very glad this caught your attention. The Instagram feeds should definitely be closely monitored so as to avoid confusion and mixed messages. I have been very surprised at some of the recipes posted on the feed,  surprised that they had been vetted and approved by W30. Its a bit scary that out of all the people who saw these, seems I'm the only one who flagged it. I'm happy to help, of course. I also think that if guest bloggers ARE going to post W30 endorsed recipes like strawberries and cream and fruit pizza, and use words like "dessert" or "snacks" - well that's dangerous ground and will confuse those who don't know the rules. Guest bloggers should reiterate, in the Instagram post, how to eat these items in the spirit of the Whole 30, as you've done above. Thanks for the response, action and clarification. 
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    Deb. got a reaction from Lisashay1 in Whole30 AIP   
    Is anyone doing, or would anyone like to do, a Whole30 AIP style? 
    I am about to complete the Whole30 and want to go AIP and have enjoyed the support of the Whole30 forums. 
     
    Anyone? 
     
    Thanks so much! 
     
    Deb
     
    For those who don't know, 
    Autoimmune Protocol   The Autoimmune Protocol is a diet that helps heal the immune system and gut mucosa. It is applicable to any inflammatory disease. We have a problem in this country with how we eat, treat disease and heal disease. AIP addresses inflammation in the gut that causes Autoimmune Disease. AIP is much like W30 except it also excludes nuts, seeds, seed spices, nightshade vegetables and spices, and eggs. 
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    Deb. got a reaction from mhemm in INGREDIENT OF THE DAY LINKS FOR EACH DAY OF WHOLE 30!   
    Hello! I am part of an amazing group on here called the Dirty30.
     
    Some of us have done one and some two W30s together. On our second round, we decided we would make great attempts to eat creatively and challenge ourselves with new ingredients.  I posted an ingredient of the day, each day of the Whole30 journey, with links to compliant recipes. I thought these might be helpful to other people, as well as for our group to have in one place, so I am posting the “Ingredient of the Day” posts in their entirety, on this thread.  ENJOY! 
     
    (UPDATE: subsequent to this the Dirty 30 did another W30, and we did 30 more Ingredients of the Day. You can find Part 2 here: http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/22006-30-more-ingredient-of-day-links-for-each-day-of-the-whole-30-part-2/)
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    Deb. got a reaction from MeadowLily in Food Truck!   
    Who wants to go in with me on starting a paleo truck in Los Angeles!?!?!?!
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    Deb. got a reaction from Barb1 in Let's be honest: You can't eat out on Whole30   
    How about a reality check?  
     
    I (and many others here) have an auto immune disease. For me, and those folks, this is likely a Whole 365.  I'm on the auto immune protocol and probably will be for at least a year before my gut is healed enough to begin reintros. If I slip up and eat dairy, I will go straight to the emergency room, and beyond. The AIP is like Whole 30 but you can add eggs, nuts, seeds (including coffee and cacao), nightshades, and nightshade and seed spices to the list of things you can't eat. 
     
    You have 16 more days to go and you can eat whatever you want for the rest of your life. 
     
    I am a lifelong foodie, cook who has cooked professionally, and food television producer. I have, in fact, dined at Chez Panisse while on the Whole 30. Successfully. 
     
    I still eat out, but I call the restaurant ahead of time to discuss my options so that I don't have to be "that guy". 
    Its unfortunate that you hate "that guy" because maybe "that guy" is also trying to heal his gut without supporting Big Pharma, but still wants to enjoy meaningful social experiences with his friends. Or experience just the feel and energy of having someone else cook for him when he typically cooks three meals a day, every single day. And also, as you say, right now "that guy" is you. Maybe a side order of compassion would help. 
     
    Yes, Whole 30 does require some cooking and eating at home. I'm pretty sure that's the point. And also pretty sure that no one's trying to hide that. 
     
    If its too hard for you to give up the gastronomic experiences perhaps Whole 30 is not for you. 
     
    I see this entire experience as an opportunity to practice grace. 
     
    Something you may want to consider. 
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    Deb. got a reaction from Barb1 in Let's be honest: You can't eat out on Whole30   
    How about a reality check?  
     
    I (and many others here) have an auto immune disease. For me, and those folks, this is likely a Whole 365.  I'm on the auto immune protocol and probably will be for at least a year before my gut is healed enough to begin reintros. If I slip up and eat dairy, I will go straight to the emergency room, and beyond. The AIP is like Whole 30 but you can add eggs, nuts, seeds (including coffee and cacao), nightshades, and nightshade and seed spices to the list of things you can't eat. 
     
    You have 16 more days to go and you can eat whatever you want for the rest of your life. 
     
    I am a lifelong foodie, cook who has cooked professionally, and food television producer. I have, in fact, dined at Chez Panisse while on the Whole 30. Successfully. 
     
    I still eat out, but I call the restaurant ahead of time to discuss my options so that I don't have to be "that guy". 
    Its unfortunate that you hate "that guy" because maybe "that guy" is also trying to heal his gut without supporting Big Pharma, but still wants to enjoy meaningful social experiences with his friends. Or experience just the feel and energy of having someone else cook for him when he typically cooks three meals a day, every single day. And also, as you say, right now "that guy" is you. Maybe a side order of compassion would help. 
     
    Yes, Whole 30 does require some cooking and eating at home. I'm pretty sure that's the point. And also pretty sure that no one's trying to hide that. 
     
    If its too hard for you to give up the gastronomic experiences perhaps Whole 30 is not for you. 
     
    I see this entire experience as an opportunity to practice grace. 
     
    Something you may want to consider. 
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    Deb. got a reaction from Barb1 in Let's be honest: You can't eat out on Whole30   
    How about a reality check?  
     
    I (and many others here) have an auto immune disease. For me, and those folks, this is likely a Whole 365.  I'm on the auto immune protocol and probably will be for at least a year before my gut is healed enough to begin reintros. If I slip up and eat dairy, I will go straight to the emergency room, and beyond. The AIP is like Whole 30 but you can add eggs, nuts, seeds (including coffee and cacao), nightshades, and nightshade and seed spices to the list of things you can't eat. 
     
    You have 16 more days to go and you can eat whatever you want for the rest of your life. 
     
    I am a lifelong foodie, cook who has cooked professionally, and food television producer. I have, in fact, dined at Chez Panisse while on the Whole 30. Successfully. 
     
    I still eat out, but I call the restaurant ahead of time to discuss my options so that I don't have to be "that guy". 
    Its unfortunate that you hate "that guy" because maybe "that guy" is also trying to heal his gut without supporting Big Pharma, but still wants to enjoy meaningful social experiences with his friends. Or experience just the feel and energy of having someone else cook for him when he typically cooks three meals a day, every single day. And also, as you say, right now "that guy" is you. Maybe a side order of compassion would help. 
     
    Yes, Whole 30 does require some cooking and eating at home. I'm pretty sure that's the point. And also pretty sure that no one's trying to hide that. 
     
    If its too hard for you to give up the gastronomic experiences perhaps Whole 30 is not for you. 
     
    I see this entire experience as an opportunity to practice grace. 
     
    Something you may want to consider. 
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    Deb. got a reaction from fmr_sailor in Bulletproof brand products: worth it?   
     
    Kirkor I agree and the price point is very high. 
    I will let you know if I turn into Superwoman. 
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    Deb. got a reaction from Barb1 in Let's be honest: You can't eat out on Whole30   
    How about a reality check?  
     
    I (and many others here) have an auto immune disease. For me, and those folks, this is likely a Whole 365.  I'm on the auto immune protocol and probably will be for at least a year before my gut is healed enough to begin reintros. If I slip up and eat dairy, I will go straight to the emergency room, and beyond. The AIP is like Whole 30 but you can add eggs, nuts, seeds (including coffee and cacao), nightshades, and nightshade and seed spices to the list of things you can't eat. 
     
    You have 16 more days to go and you can eat whatever you want for the rest of your life. 
     
    I am a lifelong foodie, cook who has cooked professionally, and food television producer. I have, in fact, dined at Chez Panisse while on the Whole 30. Successfully. 
     
    I still eat out, but I call the restaurant ahead of time to discuss my options so that I don't have to be "that guy". 
    Its unfortunate that you hate "that guy" because maybe "that guy" is also trying to heal his gut without supporting Big Pharma, but still wants to enjoy meaningful social experiences with his friends. Or experience just the feel and energy of having someone else cook for him when he typically cooks three meals a day, every single day. And also, as you say, right now "that guy" is you. Maybe a side order of compassion would help. 
     
    Yes, Whole 30 does require some cooking and eating at home. I'm pretty sure that's the point. And also pretty sure that no one's trying to hide that. 
     
    If its too hard for you to give up the gastronomic experiences perhaps Whole 30 is not for you. 
     
    I see this entire experience as an opportunity to practice grace. 
     
    Something you may want to consider. 
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    Deb. got a reaction from Barb1 in Let's be honest: You can't eat out on Whole30   
    How about a reality check?  
     
    I (and many others here) have an auto immune disease. For me, and those folks, this is likely a Whole 365.  I'm on the auto immune protocol and probably will be for at least a year before my gut is healed enough to begin reintros. If I slip up and eat dairy, I will go straight to the emergency room, and beyond. The AIP is like Whole 30 but you can add eggs, nuts, seeds (including coffee and cacao), nightshades, and nightshade and seed spices to the list of things you can't eat. 
     
    You have 16 more days to go and you can eat whatever you want for the rest of your life. 
     
    I am a lifelong foodie, cook who has cooked professionally, and food television producer. I have, in fact, dined at Chez Panisse while on the Whole 30. Successfully. 
     
    I still eat out, but I call the restaurant ahead of time to discuss my options so that I don't have to be "that guy". 
    Its unfortunate that you hate "that guy" because maybe "that guy" is also trying to heal his gut without supporting Big Pharma, but still wants to enjoy meaningful social experiences with his friends. Or experience just the feel and energy of having someone else cook for him when he typically cooks three meals a day, every single day. And also, as you say, right now "that guy" is you. Maybe a side order of compassion would help. 
     
    Yes, Whole 30 does require some cooking and eating at home. I'm pretty sure that's the point. And also pretty sure that no one's trying to hide that. 
     
    If its too hard for you to give up the gastronomic experiences perhaps Whole 30 is not for you. 
     
    I see this entire experience as an opportunity to practice grace. 
     
    Something you may want to consider. 
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    Deb. got a reaction from Barb1 in Let's be honest: You can't eat out on Whole30   
    How about a reality check?  
     
    I (and many others here) have an auto immune disease. For me, and those folks, this is likely a Whole 365.  I'm on the auto immune protocol and probably will be for at least a year before my gut is healed enough to begin reintros. If I slip up and eat dairy, I will go straight to the emergency room, and beyond. The AIP is like Whole 30 but you can add eggs, nuts, seeds (including coffee and cacao), nightshades, and nightshade and seed spices to the list of things you can't eat. 
     
    You have 16 more days to go and you can eat whatever you want for the rest of your life. 
     
    I am a lifelong foodie, cook who has cooked professionally, and food television producer. I have, in fact, dined at Chez Panisse while on the Whole 30. Successfully. 
     
    I still eat out, but I call the restaurant ahead of time to discuss my options so that I don't have to be "that guy". 
    Its unfortunate that you hate "that guy" because maybe "that guy" is also trying to heal his gut without supporting Big Pharma, but still wants to enjoy meaningful social experiences with his friends. Or experience just the feel and energy of having someone else cook for him when he typically cooks three meals a day, every single day. And also, as you say, right now "that guy" is you. Maybe a side order of compassion would help. 
     
    Yes, Whole 30 does require some cooking and eating at home. I'm pretty sure that's the point. And also pretty sure that no one's trying to hide that. 
     
    If its too hard for you to give up the gastronomic experiences perhaps Whole 30 is not for you. 
     
    I see this entire experience as an opportunity to practice grace. 
     
    Something you may want to consider. 
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    Deb. got a reaction from Barb1 in Let's be honest: You can't eat out on Whole30   
    How about a reality check?  
     
    I (and many others here) have an auto immune disease. For me, and those folks, this is likely a Whole 365.  I'm on the auto immune protocol and probably will be for at least a year before my gut is healed enough to begin reintros. If I slip up and eat dairy, I will go straight to the emergency room, and beyond. The AIP is like Whole 30 but you can add eggs, nuts, seeds (including coffee and cacao), nightshades, and nightshade and seed spices to the list of things you can't eat. 
     
    You have 16 more days to go and you can eat whatever you want for the rest of your life. 
     
    I am a lifelong foodie, cook who has cooked professionally, and food television producer. I have, in fact, dined at Chez Panisse while on the Whole 30. Successfully. 
     
    I still eat out, but I call the restaurant ahead of time to discuss my options so that I don't have to be "that guy". 
    Its unfortunate that you hate "that guy" because maybe "that guy" is also trying to heal his gut without supporting Big Pharma, but still wants to enjoy meaningful social experiences with his friends. Or experience just the feel and energy of having someone else cook for him when he typically cooks three meals a day, every single day. And also, as you say, right now "that guy" is you. Maybe a side order of compassion would help. 
     
    Yes, Whole 30 does require some cooking and eating at home. I'm pretty sure that's the point. And also pretty sure that no one's trying to hide that. 
     
    If its too hard for you to give up the gastronomic experiences perhaps Whole 30 is not for you. 
     
    I see this entire experience as an opportunity to practice grace. 
     
    Something you may want to consider. 
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    Deb. got a reaction from MeadowLily in Need Advice-Significant Other Not Very Supportive   
    I would guess that he feels that his food choices will be judged, or is now judging himself. 
    I find a lot of people make a fuss when I choose to change what I eat. And I think its because they start judging themselves. 
    So even though he's being kind of a dick, we can assume that its coming from fear that his drugs of choice are bad or will get taken away, and try to have compassion for him. 
    But its hard totally. Hang in there! 
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    Deb. got a reaction from higs in 30 MORE !!!! INGREDIENT OF DAY LINKS FOR EACH DAY OF THE WHOLE 30 - PART 2   
    Hello tribe!
     
    The fabulous Dirty 30 Group did another Whole 30 and once again we had an "Ingredient of the Day" challenge. 
    Thirty ALL NEW days of ingredients and recipe links!!
     
    For those interested, here is the link to our previous list of ingredients of the day, and associated recipe links:
    http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/20737-ingredient-of-the-day-recipe-links-for-each-day-of-whole-30/
     
    Second time around we mixed it up by having some country/geographically themed days instead of ingredients. 
     
    Without further ado, here are the INGREDIENTS OF THE DAY - PART 2!!
     
    ENJOY! 
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    Deb. got a reaction from Munkers in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    You tell people to bulletproof their tea because you have no milk in the house. 
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    Deb. got a reaction from Munkers in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    You tell people to bulletproof their tea because you have no milk in the house. 
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    Deb. got a reaction from cottagequeen in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
     
    I don't eat eggs at all ever as I am doing the Auto Immune Protocol. 
    I eat a regular meal for breakfast, whatever I would eat at another meal. Steak, chicken fish, fat, salad, a bunch of veggies, yum. 
    Plenty of recipes to be had on Google for Whole 30 breakfasts with no eggs. 
    Enjoy!
     
    PS I can hold a whole chicken in one hand. 
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    Deb. got a reaction from Barb1 in Let's be honest: You can't eat out on Whole30   
    How about a reality check?  
     
    I (and many others here) have an auto immune disease. For me, and those folks, this is likely a Whole 365.  I'm on the auto immune protocol and probably will be for at least a year before my gut is healed enough to begin reintros. If I slip up and eat dairy, I will go straight to the emergency room, and beyond. The AIP is like Whole 30 but you can add eggs, nuts, seeds (including coffee and cacao), nightshades, and nightshade and seed spices to the list of things you can't eat. 
     
    You have 16 more days to go and you can eat whatever you want for the rest of your life. 
     
    I am a lifelong foodie, cook who has cooked professionally, and food television producer. I have, in fact, dined at Chez Panisse while on the Whole 30. Successfully. 
     
    I still eat out, but I call the restaurant ahead of time to discuss my options so that I don't have to be "that guy". 
    Its unfortunate that you hate "that guy" because maybe "that guy" is also trying to heal his gut without supporting Big Pharma, but still wants to enjoy meaningful social experiences with his friends. Or experience just the feel and energy of having someone else cook for him when he typically cooks three meals a day, every single day. And also, as you say, right now "that guy" is you. Maybe a side order of compassion would help. 
     
    Yes, Whole 30 does require some cooking and eating at home. I'm pretty sure that's the point. And also pretty sure that no one's trying to hide that. 
     
    If its too hard for you to give up the gastronomic experiences perhaps Whole 30 is not for you. 
     
    I see this entire experience as an opportunity to practice grace. 
     
    Something you may want to consider. 
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    Deb. got a reaction from cottagequeen in wouldnt it be SO COOL   
    Whole Foods and supermarkets add barcodes to foods so they can scan them at check out to ring you up. 
    Even packaged things like tapioca or arrowroot, or cans of coconut milk will have a bar code from the manufacturer or packager.
    This has been standard practice in most retail outlets for some years now.  
     
    123go was hoping for a W30 app that would scan a barcode to see if an item at the store was compliant/approved. 
    I imagine this would require whoever prints the barcodes to add some W30 code to them. We are a long way from that. 
    Fortunately, if we have the ability to see and read, we can still read the ingredients on a package, and that will easily tell us if something is compliant. 
    How great is that!
    Whole fruits and veggies that aren't labelled with ingredients, are whole fruits and veggies with no added ingredients. 
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    Deb. got a reaction from Barb1 in Let's be honest: You can't eat out on Whole30   
    How about a reality check?  
     
    I (and many others here) have an auto immune disease. For me, and those folks, this is likely a Whole 365.  I'm on the auto immune protocol and probably will be for at least a year before my gut is healed enough to begin reintros. If I slip up and eat dairy, I will go straight to the emergency room, and beyond. The AIP is like Whole 30 but you can add eggs, nuts, seeds (including coffee and cacao), nightshades, and nightshade and seed spices to the list of things you can't eat. 
     
    You have 16 more days to go and you can eat whatever you want for the rest of your life. 
     
    I am a lifelong foodie, cook who has cooked professionally, and food television producer. I have, in fact, dined at Chez Panisse while on the Whole 30. Successfully. 
     
    I still eat out, but I call the restaurant ahead of time to discuss my options so that I don't have to be "that guy". 
    Its unfortunate that you hate "that guy" because maybe "that guy" is also trying to heal his gut without supporting Big Pharma, but still wants to enjoy meaningful social experiences with his friends. Or experience just the feel and energy of having someone else cook for him when he typically cooks three meals a day, every single day. And also, as you say, right now "that guy" is you. Maybe a side order of compassion would help. 
     
    Yes, Whole 30 does require some cooking and eating at home. I'm pretty sure that's the point. And also pretty sure that no one's trying to hide that. 
     
    If its too hard for you to give up the gastronomic experiences perhaps Whole 30 is not for you. 
     
    I see this entire experience as an opportunity to practice grace. 
     
    Something you may want to consider. 
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    Deb. got a reaction from Barb1 in Let's be honest: You can't eat out on Whole30   
    How about a reality check?  
     
    I (and many others here) have an auto immune disease. For me, and those folks, this is likely a Whole 365.  I'm on the auto immune protocol and probably will be for at least a year before my gut is healed enough to begin reintros. If I slip up and eat dairy, I will go straight to the emergency room, and beyond. The AIP is like Whole 30 but you can add eggs, nuts, seeds (including coffee and cacao), nightshades, and nightshade and seed spices to the list of things you can't eat. 
     
    You have 16 more days to go and you can eat whatever you want for the rest of your life. 
     
    I am a lifelong foodie, cook who has cooked professionally, and food television producer. I have, in fact, dined at Chez Panisse while on the Whole 30. Successfully. 
     
    I still eat out, but I call the restaurant ahead of time to discuss my options so that I don't have to be "that guy". 
    Its unfortunate that you hate "that guy" because maybe "that guy" is also trying to heal his gut without supporting Big Pharma, but still wants to enjoy meaningful social experiences with his friends. Or experience just the feel and energy of having someone else cook for him when he typically cooks three meals a day, every single day. And also, as you say, right now "that guy" is you. Maybe a side order of compassion would help. 
     
    Yes, Whole 30 does require some cooking and eating at home. I'm pretty sure that's the point. And also pretty sure that no one's trying to hide that. 
     
    If its too hard for you to give up the gastronomic experiences perhaps Whole 30 is not for you. 
     
    I see this entire experience as an opportunity to practice grace. 
     
    Something you may want to consider. 
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    Deb. got a reaction from cottagequeen in Dirty 30 "Best Group on W30"   
    You all crack me up. And make me cry. I agree, with Dave, this is a book. Rose will write it.  
    Not kidding I had a dream about living in Maryland lol. But it was also filled with murder and violence so I don't know what that was about - maybe the rat poison!! 
     
    Miki please give huge love to Rosann! I can't wait til we are living happily ever after in MO with our new hubs, or in our yurts with Dave and Kelly! I'm so glad your counselor is on board - and should be so proud of everything you're doing. Yes the baking smell is rough but we are in a "video village" trailer outside the stage thankfully (with tons of monitors etc) so I only have to smell it twice a day when we go in to see what they've made up close. Today is gingerbread now that might send me over the edge. 
     
    Rose you rock, kind words. 
     
    Higs, seriously we are all in the West, we need to make it happen!! I might cry when I meet y'all. Miki will it be like online dating when we meet, awkward silences and strained conversation?   
     
    Dave, so little sleep, such a good friend and Dad. Rest, rest. 
     
    I want to write more later but I was pondering the weight question (as always) and Its all relative with the weight thing I think. For me 180 lbs is a lot on a 5’4 frame and I think it was Cara who said that it just simply bothered the way she felt. I’m also by a strange and remarkable quirk of fate, astonishingly photogenic. When I did online dating some guys would be visibly disappointed at my in person person. Has anyone here online dated? It is a brutal exercise in maintaining your self confidence. Funny I went looking for photos of me at "happy" weight and was struck by how much older I looked in some of them. Then I went looking for larger pics and of course there are hardly any because I throw them away lol. I do love the expression "you can have your face or your figure" - said with a NYC accent.  But maybe there is a different kind of "happy weight" to be achieved. Something to ponder. I thought I would throw up some more pics. 
     
    From left - at "happy" weight March 2013 (and brunette), 2012 with my friend Spence on the Jersey Shore, New Year, 2012/13 after meditating. Then..with my parents in NZ 2013 (July), with my friend Michelle last Thanksgiving, and best of all, a re-enactment of the infamous ball fall. Now you can never unsee that     
     
    Can I also say that there is a beautiful person I'm working with on my show right now and instead of calling herself curvy she calls herself fluffy and embraces all her fluffiness. She's one of the most gorgeous happy spirits I've ever met and definitely at peace in her body.  I want to take the good out of that and carry it with me. 
     
    PS I wear the cruel Spanx every single day.






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    Deb. got a reaction from cottagequeen in Dirty 30 "Best Group on W30"   
    Such a worthy discussion everyone. The bare faced honesty and courage is so much appreciated. 
     
    I agree with Dave that health should be our goal. 
    I agree with Miki that fat shaming by society is not what gets us there. 
    I can tell you honestly that I have hidden in my house for the past year and feel so ashamed about having gained weight. 
    I won't date and I hate seeing people that I haven't seen since I gained weight because I'm embarrassed. 
    Strangers don't know that I've been sick. Society thinks I'm lazy and I eat too much. 
    I feel like everyone looks at what I eat and thinks that I must eat secretly at home or that paleo is keeping the weight on. 
    Miki I totally relate to what you are saying that we can't put our lives on hold because we're struggling with weight. But I do, and I have. And I have had that discussion with myself - like - go out and live, you can't stop having fun because you're dogged by the way you look. But it dogs me. I will also say that when I was the weight I want to be, it was amazing. I didn't have to worry every minute of every day that I was fat and had to do something about it. That giant weight on my shoulders (no pun intended) was GONE. And that felt great.  I feel like this issue is such a bundle of worms, I really do. 
    I ALSO think that some truly morbidly obese people have deep rooted psychological issues that they have chosen to deal with, with food. Intense psychotherapy and pattern breaking work is needed to change that - and some of those folks simply don't have the resources financially, or emotionally for that. My heart breaks for them.
     
    Yes, I think HEALTH over WEIGHT should be emphasis. 
    But lessons in self acceptance don't go amiss either. 
    A food industry that is built on GMOs and corn syrup is not helping us - this starts at the top - and that goes all the way to Washington. 
    A health industry that is in cahoots with Big Pharma is also not helping us. 
    Drink this Coke, take this pill. 
    I complained to my cardiologist about my weight and asked if we could do deeper tests for thyroid etc. 
    I said " I can't take being at this weight any more" 
    He said (and this is a man who saved my life, who I totally respect) "we could do a lap band for you?)
    I about fell off the chair. I was like, first of all, I'm only a size 12. Second of all - REALLY>>> ??? Is that what you tell people who are overweight??? Talk about slapping a bandaid on the problem.  
     
     My personal frustration lies in making all this effort for no visible results. I am so grateful for the non scale victories, but dammit, I want to be thinner. I want to represent the healthy lifestyle that I live, visually. 
     
    At the end of the day,  I do firmly believe that we can all be all answer. One by one, we can be strong healthy bodies, in varying sizes, and have proud confidence in the choices we make. We can not buy the Coke, or the Diet Coke, or the GMO corn, or the battery chickens. Every big movement started grassroots. We're doing it. COMPASSION. I say this to myself, about myself. Compassion for ourselves. Compassion for others. Being human is really really hard you guys. Everyone's fighting their own battle.
     
    Sadie - SO proud of you. So can relate to that story. 
    Laurie - much love for you too. 
    Rose, such thoughtful posts as always
    Dave - so interesting to hear your perspective, as a person, and as a man
    Mik - can't wait til we can get together. They're ordering from Versailles tonight for the late shift. Pork and plantains, fingers crossed. 
     
    I'm closing with a quote from Miki " Hugs, Hugs, Hugs to all struggling with body image" 
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    Deb. got a reaction from glowgirl5 in Where to buy premade and compliant sauces/dressings/spices?   
    Do you? I think its unhelpful. Maybe she is too busy. We don't know.
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    Deb. got a reaction from tulipgirl6 in Posting AND Inserting Photos