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    MeadowLily reacted to SugarcubeOD in Bipolar AND Diabetes Type 2, Naturopathic health care   
    I did this with a handful of psychiatric meds at the same time... not only do the side effects of going off the actual pill suck (dizzy, nauseous etc), but the roar of the mental illness (I'm bipolar too) is a horror show!  I agree, it would be nice to one day maybe never have to take meds again but I'm also pretty okay with taking them knowing that that's just how I'm made... people with diabetes or heart conditions or seizure disorders etc... all take meds daily... same thing... 
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    MeadowLily reacted to SugarcubeOD in Bipolar AND Diabetes Type 2, Naturopathic health care   
    Absolutely do NOT go off your psych medications to do this program without consulting your doctor.  If you feel at the end of the program that maybe you can start to reduce your meds, then that's something to talk to your doctor about also but this program is an elimination program that CAN help hormones and affect mental health but it's not a cure and it is VERY dangerous to go off your meds - believe me, I've done that... it's not pretty.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Right back at you and LadyLisbette, too.  Melissa summed it up a short time ago.   'It's not enough just to do the thing'.  That's it in a nutshell and not the whole bushel.  Unless you reframe everything about food and what it can do to you, dieting the pounds away by remote control will never ever be enough.  You have to unravel and unwind yourself.  Go back to the very beginning where you tripped and undo every tangled web.   A healthy relationship with food begins in the kitchen but transformation happens in the mind.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from LadyLisbette in Psyching up for a December W30!   
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    MeadowLily reacted to hollysmokes in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @MeadowLily! Thank you for your many encouraging words through the years. I hope you and your family are doing well and have a very Merry Christmas
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    MeadowLily reacted to LadyLisbette in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Oh my Heavens! That eggroll bowl @hollysmokes is so. so. good! I was so confident in the recipe, I doubled it and used a big soup pot. I used ground chicken instead of pork, and Mel Joulwan's breakfast pork sausage spice blend from Well Fed 2. Otherwise I stayed very close to the recipe, except for putting a heavy hand to the ginger and garlic because, why not, right? Wow. This will go into the rotation - thanks!I
    I was up 90 minutes early, and a busy bee all morning, hello Tigerblood! You guys, too?
    Oh, I meant to write coffee bean grinder, not roaster!
    That's funny, I gave the leftover mustard chicken the same treatment with broccoli. The new bread! Yeah, as for the mustard chicken, it's more my habit to brown the thighs and set them aside than cook them through the way the recipe called for, so when it was time, I added a lot more broth and dijon in order to simmer the chicken to completion. It's gone now but I'm saving the last of the gravy for eggs and veg as a breakfast another day. If I can keep myself from the eggroll bowl.
    Happy Solstice Eve, everyone! And good to see you here, @MeadowLily, your words of wisdom are always notable!
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from LadyLisbette in Psyching up for a December W30!   
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    MeadowLily reacted to hollysmokes in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Good [email protected]! It looks like you're an early bird, too. And possible on Eastern time? Volunteering at a cooking school sounds like a hoot and duck fat roasted potatoes sound decadent and delicious! I just got access to Restaurant Depot (it's like Costco for restaurants) and I bet they have duck fat. I'm going to go check it out and put those potatoes on our Christmas menu. Since I'll be W30-ing for Christmas (we all are) I'm trying to plan a more elaborate and indulgent menu than usual. Cinnamon and chili powder sounds like a great combo; I've been on a kick with Mel Joulwan's Lebanese spice blend and this weekend I'm going to mix up some poultry seasoning. I love it but I always thought it had a bunch of highly questionable ingredients in it. I found out it's just rosemary, sage, marjoram, thyme and a couple of other things. Mark Sisson sent out a recipe for "dressing" that's just riced cauli, carrots, onions, celery and poultry seasoning and I though it sounded pretty tasty but I wondered about the poultry seasoning. Now I know!
    It looks like everybody here (so far) has W30 experience. It'll be fun to hear about it. Welcome @tinman57 and thank you @LadyLisbette for 
    It reminds me of @MeadowLily 's "She thought she could so she did". 
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from mariebolnous in Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!   
    Without a Reintro Phase, that's missing out on the most important part of Whole 30.
    Whole 30 and Reintro are mates like salt and pepper.  I know, I know everyone wants the side effects of weight loss.  Follow through with Reintro and you won't regret it.
    As long as I've been here, I've yet to see one person come back and say I'm soooo happy I never bothered with a Reintro.  Those that do come back, regret that they did not strike while the griddle was hot and immediately follow through.
    We've watched them, try to conduct repeat Whole 30's without doing reintros and they end up walking away without one. They start over and over and disappear.
    Embrace the greater purpose of conducting a Whole 30.  I've not ever seen weight loss permanently fix or change a relationship with food.  Thoughtful decisions going forward will.
    A Whole 30 without a Reintro can come undone on Day 31. Eating all the things in one day. You don't want to do that and experience those consequences.  A belly ache and misery. Take it slow and follow through. I promise you, you'll be glad you did.
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    MeadowLily reacted to Bellmaestra in Where have all the people gone?   
    Favorite movie ever.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Bellmaestra in Where have all the people gone?   
    People still come and go.  The half has not been told but I'm here to tell that this is one of the best run forums. You may have tried others but you won't find the same friendly discourse.  No, siree.  You'll find all kinds of snarkalicious snark and potshots.  This place is downright user friendly.  Kind.  Good will towards others.  I see some of my old group from time to time, I've heard some very sad news and some good news.  The ebb and flow of life.  So long now.   The Dude abides.

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    MeadowLily got a reaction from elle_oh_elle in Metamucil Dr Orders   
    Metimucil isn't the only brand. NOW makes caps and powder, no added sugars or sweeteners either. Same ingredients, psyllium. Research sugar free psyllium products.

    No Artificial Color, Flavor or Sweetener, No Preservatives, No Sugar, No Starch, No Milk, No Lactose, No Soy, No Gluten, No Wheat, No Yeast. No Fish.

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    MeadowLily reacted to ultrarunnergirl in Should I stop IF for Whole30?   
    Hi LEMorgan,
    We normally advise using the Whole30 as an opportunity to reset your hormones, learn to trust your hunger signals, discover any food sensitivities and change your relationship with food.
    Give it a try without IF -- you may find benefits you hadn't anticipated, like waking more easily in the morning and going to sleep more easily at night. You can always go back to using IF after your 30 days and see how that feels.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Jess0321 in Affording Whole30 on a Budget   
    Tessina, I believe certain WM's have a butcher but I don't believe they would do that for you.   
    I'm thinking about the quality of health in those 5 lb. rolls of burger.    The reason my husband and I suggest the brisket and chuck roast for your burger....we know it would be a vast improvement over the rolls.   Brisket

    and chuck roast

    are two of the most reasonably priced cuts of beef you can buy, but they're good quality.
    This is the only way to know what is in your hamburger.

    I think the best meat for burgers come from the Beef Chuck, followed by the Beef Round. Both are tasty, the Round being leaner than the Chuck. Buy Boneless Chuck Roasts, Boneless Underblade Roasts, etc and Boneless Beef Chuck Shoulder Clod. The Brisket  will make one of the best burgers you've ever had. If you opt for the leaner, buy Top Round, Eye Round or Bottom Round Roasts. Occasionally you will find whole Sirloin Tips on sale and these make good burger, also, but extra fat may have to be added.
    As far as value, that would be entirely up to you. If you can find any meat around $2.00 a pound these days, that's a good buy! Check with your butcher or Sam's/Costco/BJ's, etc for a price on whole primal cuts, such as Boneless Chuck, Shoulder Clods, Gooseneck (Bottom) Rounds, Peeled Top Rounds or Sirloin Tips. I would avoid buying "marked down or reduced" steaks or roasts for grinding UNLESS you are going to use the burger that day. It's already got an 'age' on it and defrosting it will add some more time to it. 
    If you're living on hamburger, we would like you to consider doing this for your health.   I don't know what kind of grocery stores you have, but call around and ask if they have meat counters with a butcher.   Have them package in 1/2 lb packages vs. one lb.   Put the rest in your freezer.   If you will try it, it will make some of the best tasting burger without all of the the other things that go into 5 lb. rolls of burger.    
    This is the one item I would do for myself and the EV coconut oil.    WM has reasonable fresh broccoli.   The frozen is really the weeds, very little heads and all stems.  Go for the fresh vege when you can.  When you pick fresh broccoli, look for the darkest purple green color in the bin.

      It's the best.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from alliemcpherson in Flavored drinking apple cider vinegars   
    Have you tried Kombucha.  Some think it tastes like vinegar, too.  You could add ACV to your salad and your salad could have some berries or other fruit mixed in with the greens. Drinking fruit juices is not recommended even though a small amount of fruit juice is allowed for recipes.  You can save these fruit drinks for post W30.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from eatclean_4life in Metamucil Dr Orders   
    They make one that is completely free of all sugars and sweeteners.  You can also get it the same way in capsule form, no sweeteners, no sugar.

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    MeadowLily got a reaction from dee1314 in Continuing to Whole90   
    I've completed one W90 and I did learn what I should do going forward. Many conduct consecutive Rounds of Whole 30's and some are doing W30 forevers. May your W90 be the ticket to food freedom and wellbeing.    
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Mvardama13 in Eating so much and so badly 5 days after Whole 30   
    No way would I judge anyone for completing 28 days or 128 days or 328 days. If I would point a finger at anyone, I would have 4 pointing back at myself. You have to do what's best for you.
    The greatest lesson that I've learned is that you have to declare a truce with your body. I've only completed one round of Whole 30 in 4 years. I won't do another one because I had to draw a line in the sand, declare that truce and completely surrender.  That's when I turned my life around from a lifetime of binge eating and dieting and I had to reach out for some help. 
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    MeadowLily reacted to ladyshanny in Day 29 - no appetite and feeling bummed   
    Excellent article, thank you for sharing!
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    MeadowLily reacted to HealingWithin in Day 29 - no appetite and feeling bummed   
    Have you ever heard of the "Upper Limit Problem"? It is a term coined by the Gay Hendricks, the author of The Big Leap. The upper limit problem happens when we reach a new "level" of happiness or satisfaction in our lives and our unconscious mind FREAKS OUT and tries to push you back into your old ways. It sounds like that might be what is going on here. Here is a great article from Experience Life magazine:
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from hollysmokes in Did you find yourself sweeter and kinder after Whole30 reintro?   
    Fear stops you from striking while the griddle is hot.
    The best time to start your Whole 30 is when your spirit urges you do so.  Discernment is not the same thing as flying by the seat of your pants making impulsive decisions.
    Locomotive Breath doesn't care if you ever start a Whole 30. When your spirit says NOW. Today is the day of your new beginning.
    Don't stand around and twiddle your thumbs. Get with it. Now. Move. 
    Every day that goes by the ground gets colder. Your enthusiasm and desire and willingness wanes. Don't do that to yourself.
    People who play with the stock market do the same thing. They read the patterns and signs and with practice they know when to buy or sell. It can still be a crapshoot but they weigh their risks.
    What are you waiting for - for crying outloud.  Announcing weeks out ahead of time that you will begin a week or so from now after you've eaten all of the things and sufficiently stuffed yourself to the gills.
    That's nothing but fear.
    Fear that you won't know how to take the tiger out of the cage 3 X day and ask it to sit down at the table and enjoy its' portions of food.  Fear that the tiger will eat you head first, once again.
    Fear stops the presses. Fear stops you from recovering from food addition. Fear stops you from sitting down with someone. Face-to-Face. 
    Fear stops you from forgiving others.  If you stay in fear you can remain meaner than a skunk. Fear is stink on stink.
    Animals can sense and smell that fear on you.  They know that you live in fear of them. Horses, dogs, lions, tigers and bears. Oooooo my.
    Strike. Move. Don't edit yourself and stop editing your innermost being, your spirit's desire to see you change.
    Fear is the only thing standing between you and recovery.
    Another frickity frick frick binge won't cure your food addiction.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from hollysmokes in Did you find yourself sweeter and kinder after Whole30 reintro?   
    If you care about the Whole 30, you will complete a Reintro Process.
    You will pay homage and honor the Whole 30 pioneers who've gone before you. They paved the way and that deserves following through in the manner it was written.
    It will flip the switch on your stinkin' thinkin'.
    If you don't do one, you're secretly dieting.  You will be doomed to repeat the weight loss and weight gain cycles because you've not in the right head space.
    You want to turn all of the old habits UPside down on their head.  Do everything in reverse. Reverse engineer all of steps that brought you here with a full blown food addiction.
    You don't want to keep relapsing never to be heard from again = Your tail between your legs and head hanging down like ole Tom Dooley.
    Nooo, Felicias, Nooo.  
    You've got to keep caring about yourself. There's no such thing as the Finish Line with your overall health and well being.
    Follow through with a thoughtful Reintro.  You were meticulous for 30 days...what was that for if you're not going to do a Reintro.   
    Don't you want to go back to the days of your youth when everything came so naturally with great ease?  
    There is a way without weigh.  When you were a child, you weren't scale hopping to validate yourself.  The scale, the scale, the scale.  The mindwarp.
    Remember when you cared about everything but that wasn't even a fig newton in your imagination.  
    Go back to the well and  days of your wild and reckless imagination.  The sky is not the limit and it never was.
    Don't let anyone take control of your nutritional decisions. Ever.
    Allow your spirit and instincts to make the decisions now. No longer thinking outside of the box but getting rid of the box.
    Keep moving and motivating yourself.  
    You can't rest on past successes. That dog won't hunt.
    We only have TODAY.   
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from purplepadres in Rural area....
    This is my favorite Whole 30 testimonial.  They did everything on a shoestring budget with no running water, no fridge and without an oven.  They owned one knife, one frying pan, one pot, two plates and one mug.
    No one is offended.  How are you eating now, how do you get by.  I didn't order a single ingredient from anywhere. No fancy dressings or sauces.  No bars or convenience foods. Those are all there for those who can afford them but not required.
    Don't overthink this.  Just take it one step at a time. I didn't use ghee and I don't even like coconut oil.  Start with olive oil.
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    MeadowLily reacted to ladyshanny in Rural area....   
    What do you have for grocery store in your area? Are you legit in the middle of nowhere with nothing but a gas station less than a 3 hour drive away (one of our LONG time members is very remote)? If you have an actual grocery store, you shouldn't be in too much of a pickle. Roast meats with seasonings (sage, thyme, rosemary for chicken, pepper, garlic, onion for beef), toss veggies in olive oil or ghee that you make and roast them. 
    Steer away from recipes for the most part if you're frustrated. 
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Abby MacDougall in Fed Up!   
    I know a "school lunch lady".   She's a good one and an excellent chef/cook.  She tries so hard to make healthy lunches for the kids but is limited by the food delivery and school protocols.   She's in charge, but not really.   She can't stand putting out that food...but here's the real kicker.  They've added more fruits and vegetables and they're dumped in the trash every single day by the kids.  The good food is thrown.   Might as well take them to the city dump and let them forage....they've grown accustomed to pop tarts, chips, and soda pop.   
    Food education begins at home.