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  1. mshera

    June 1st Support Thread

    I totally get where you're coming from! There's so much good cheese here in Spain (well, almost all over the world!), and I love it. I can live without cream and yoghurt and any other dairy products, but I really miss cheese. If you like using cream cheese etc, I've got a tip for you I made cauliflower hummus today, to have a "dip" for carrots, cucumbers etc and have it as a salsa to my dinner. It turned out quite good, although I will use less lemon juice next time, and maybe add some sundried tomatoes and/or fresh basil leaves. I found the link to the recipe on the whole 30 "can I have" site, and you'll find it here: http://livinggrainlessly.com/2013/05/27/cauliflower-hummus/ and it says lime juice (I used lemon juice, but I recommend maybe half and try as you go) - peace
  2. mshera

    June 1st Support Thread

    Happy saturday everyone! Hope all of you had a great first week. It's been up and down for me. I've had the urge for chocolate almost every day, especially at night when I get off the bus after work, because I have to walk past this bakery where they also have amazing dark chocolate, and it smells heavenly. But it's with a sense of triumph that I enter my own apartment and haven't caved in. I woke up today feeling extremely proud, since I went out with some friends last night, (it was fiesta in the streets, with a lot of music, parades etc) and they had wine and I had sparkling water. AND I had fun! I just wanna share my thursday with you guys. It was a chaotic day, to say the least. I woke up feeling groggy and tired. But my mood quickly became good when I remembered that I was gonna go get some organic bacon and ground beef that I had ordered (100 % pure). When I got the bacon in hand I didn't understand anything. It was just pure fat. WHat was I supposed to do with that? The guy working in this organic shop said that that was what I ordered. He had thought it a bit weird since no one normally wanted that. (I had said tocino, which I thought was bacon in spanish, and here they obviously say BACON) So with tears of disappointment in my eyes I had to pay (a lot!) for the pig fat (which I have no clue of what to do with). I went on to the next 2 stops on my agenda, the market to buy vegetables and fish and my local butcher (it's a really good one and I love it), where I was gonna pick up free bones of excellent quality, so I could make my own stock (broth? I don't know the difference) (I used to do that a lot before, but I haven't done it in a few months, and I really miss my cup of stock in the mornings) At least that went fine. At home I roasted the bones in the oven, and put the stock pot on to boil. I prepared my lunch (fresh salmon and vegetables bought at the local market), and I burnt two of my fingers really bad. Almost started crying again. So sensitive this day. Great! But luckily I had delicious salmon with veggies in the oven, so I didn't need all my fingers for a little while, and my lunch went partly painless. Well, time flew this morning, so I lost my bus to work (I work afternoons), so I had to take a taxi. Super.. When getting to work, I tripped on the threshold so my shoe broke. Is it possible? When at work, (I teach 2-3-4 year olds), one of the kids had suddenly quit using diapers, and I didn't know this, so he peed himself, poor thing. I had to go into the neighbor room where they have a kindergarten during daytime and nick a diaper from them, cause the kid didn't have any change. After a little while he pooped so it stank all over the classroom. WOnderful! And after work a friend of mine picked me up to go to a job interview, he brought me shoes, but I just remembered that I forgot my CV at home. You have no idea how glad I was when this day was over! I planned on going straight home to bed. But for some reason, unconsiuosly I must have searched for some comfort in cooking, cause I started making a big pot of chili con carne, preparing vegetables and cooking lamb chops. Crazy? Food on my mind, my sister said. Friday went in a blizz, except for my friend puncturing her car when we were out driving. But food wise and health wise, I felt great! And today is day 7!! Congrats to all of us ) - kick split in the air
  3. mshera

    June 1st Support Thread

    Hello everybody! Hope y'all are doing well As for me, these have been busy days. I am looking for another job and have been to a few job interviews, so this month will be challenging in more than one way. I have a headache today, and think that comes from the lack of sugar. I used to have a piece of chocolate (70% containing cane sugar) almost every day!! Didn't even think of it as sweets, cause it was a habit. One piece to get some energy before work, one piece after dinner.. one piece while chatting with my roommate over a cup of tea or a glass of red wine.. oh my! ANyways, I know it'll pass! ANd I feel strong. I've been going out every night (that's what a single 29 year old woman do around here in this country where being social is extremely important.) and whilst my company have been having wine or ice cream, I have been perfectly fine with sparkling water and fresh lime or a cup of tea. THey think I'm nuts (they thought I was before the challenge since I don't eat bread) but they're interested in what I'm doing and why, so it leads to interesting discussions My meals have been based around a decent size of protein with delicious veggies and some fats (avocado mostly, and I cook in ghee or coconut oil. It works fine. I haven't had the time to get into any specific new recipes after I started the challenge and usually ends up with just using what I feel like eating and scramble it together. And I love my beef jerky as a snack between lunch and dinner. I have probably gone a bit crazy on the fruits, having about 3 fruits a day. I'll try to keep it down to 1-2 and rather snack on a raw carrot Can I ask a question to an experienced whole30 member? I used to bake these kind of crisp bread as a substitute to bread when I first went paleo. In the Northern part of Europe these kind of crisp breads are a common part of our diet they contain a lot more fiber than regular bread and often more seeds and kernels. The regular ones contains grain, but I used to make a paleo friendly version, very simple but quite filling and I like the taste - although my mum says they taste like sawdust SO the question is, are these whole30 compliant? 1 cup brown flax seeds 1 cup sesame seeds 1/2 cup sunflower kernes 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 1/2 cup chopped almonds a dash of sea salt 2 eggs and you would bake it in the oven for 10 minutes on a high degree, take it out and cut in into square pieces and back in the oven, lower the temperature and let it bake till it's dry. I would eat 1-2 pieces a day, max. I haven't had this in a week or so, cause I get tired of food really quick and need a great variety in my diet. But I was wondering if I could eat them while doing whole30 if I feel like it? -all my best to all of you
  4. mshera

    June 1st Support Thread

    Mads! I'm so sorry I didn't have time to reply before. I was inspired by www.stupideasypaleo.com to make the beef jerky, but since I can't find coconut aminos in this country(no one I've asked here have even heard about it!! But now I've ordered it from iherb.com ) I decided to try my luck and just invent it myself, following the steps on how to cook it. The problem with my recipe is that I didn't really measure the quantity of the things, but it was more or less like this: 1,2 kg of lean beef (I put it in the freezer for about an hour before I cut it in thin slices, tip from stupideasypaleo.com) In a plastic bag I put about half a cup of balsamic vinegar and half a cup of apple cider vinegar I added a bunch of spices, and since I love spicy food I put a lot of chili spice, quite a lot of salt (I used herbamare, sea salt with organic herbs), pepper, garlic powder and paprika. I put it all in the plastic bag and made sure all of the meat got some marinade to swim in. Then I put it in the fridge overnigth. Next morning I laid them out on an oven rack, covered the bottom of the oven with aluminium foil. I had them in the oven on 75C (CELSIUS) for about 3 hours, then I took them out and flipped them over, and put them back in for another 2,5 hours. They turned out very well, if I may say so myself Here's the link to muy inspiration http://stupideasypaleo.com/2012/04/18/recipe-beef-jerky/ and I can't wait till my parcel from iherb arrives. I love the chewy meat, and the fact that when I do snack on this, it's so much protein! Hope this was of some kind of help -stay super!
  5. mshera

    June 1st Support Thread

    Hello Peebles! Sorry I didn't reply to this earlier. Happy to see I'm not the only European on board! Looking forward to follow your progress. Where are you from btw? You might have mentioned it, so sorry if I didn't pay attention I'm so happy, cause I managed to order grassfed beef and whole30 approved bacon, and it will arrive tomorrow morning. This is going to cost me, but I'm sure it'll be worth it. Keep on rockin'!
  6. mshera

    June 1st Support Thread

    Hello everybody! I'm so happy this group/thread exist, and I look forward to read it everyday. I'm a Norwegian girl, living in Spain. I've eaten more or less paleo for almost a year. I struggle with chronic sinusitis plus psoriatic arthritis and therefore, with quite a lot of infections and inflammation in my body I figured I needed to change my diet a year back. I lost quite a lot of weight, which was a pleasant 'side-effect', but after adding dairy products back to my diet in january I've had a lot of pain in my joints again and now finally decided to do a whole30. I'm very excited about this and truly look forward to not adding any milk proteins, any sources of sweeteners or other things that trigger inflammation in my body. I cut out dairy products again about 2 weeks ago, and I eat as clean as possible, except for a weekly indulgence day where I sometimes have an ice cream and some potato chips. I also love my glass of red wine, so that will be hard to say no to when hanging out with spanish friends, but totally do-able. I also love my sparkling water The only thing that sucks is the access to organic groceries (and believe me, it's freaking difficult to find a decent organic store around here, they excist but with limited selection. It's nearly impossible to find grass-fed meat and a bunch of other stuff, but I've found a few web pages where I can order it here, so I will definately order bacon and such there, hence to the fat, but probably continue buying lean cuts, beefs and ground (minced) beef at my local, very nice butcher (carniceria), where they also put aside bones for me to make my own broth. I started today making beef jerky, of fine beef that I put in marinade last night and let soak overnight. It took almost 6 hours in the oven, but sooo worth it. It turned out very well and will be a lifesaver in between classes (I'm a teacher, obviously). Gosh, this comment turned out longer than I planned. Anyways, I'm so excited and proud of all of us! We can do it!! PS! for those wit IG, my name is @frkhera and I will upload meals once in a while (when it looks decent ) - peace