MeadowLily

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    MeadowLily got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in What has been your most lasting food habit after Whole30?   
    We can learn to moderate ourselves with foods and portions.  I don't suffer with  food sensitivities so a small portion of a wide variety of foods doesn't mess with my  overall health and well being.  I've been maintaining an 80 lb weight loss since 2016.   
    When your W30 is over, give yourself permission to create your own positive food management plan that you can live with for the rest of your life.  There's really no such thing as the Finish Line when it comes to your quality of health.  Finding long term stability with your relationship with food is where the rubber meets the road.
    I no longer start over and over again. No more rebound weight gain with friends.  I threw all of that dieting dogma out the window.  I keep looking forward waaay into the future.   Life is too short to keep looking back over your shoulder or to start the new day with yesterday's broken pieces.
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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 Cookiesmom in Question for Type 2 Diabetics   
    http://whole9life.com/2013/09/talk-to-your-doc-part-1/
     
     
    Talk to your Doc: Prescription Medications and the Whole30®
     
    Insulin
    "Note: This section was titled, “The Number One Medication You Must Absolutely Discuss With Your Doctor Prior to Your Whole30,” but that was kind of long.
    First, do not get discouraged from trying a Whole30 because you take insulin or diabetes medications.  The potential benefits far exceed the hassle of having a discussion with your healthcare provider and adjusting medication. That having been said…
     
    If you take insulin, it is essential to talk with your doctor before doing the Whole30.
    Although not specifically meant to be low-carb, a strict Whole30 eating plan tends to be lower in carbohydrates than the standard American diet (SAD), and lower than what most people are eating on an otherwise unrestricted diet.  If you’re on insulin and radically decrease the amount of carbohydrates you’re eating without adjusting your insulin dose, your blood sugar will go low. If blood sugar dips too low without intervention, you may lose consciousness or die.
    There are a few strategies that can be used if you’re taking insulin and want to do a Whole30. The best one depends on the individual. First, long-acting insulin could be discontinued and replaced with shorter-acting insulin administered based on blood sugar levels—what’s commonly known as a “sliding scale.”  This is one of the safer approaches that will still provide blood sugar control.
     
    Another tactic might be to stop insulin altogether. This option will work well for someone who does not need very high doses of insulin. Yes, blood sugars may run high over the course of the 30 days, but one advantage with this approach is knowing exactly where blood sugar levels will be with the Whole30 diet alone. It’s possible that by controlling diet, insulin may no longer be necessary.  Using and adjusting any oral medication for diabetes in conjunction with this strategy can be used to help keep blood sugar in check as well.  Weekly follow ups can fine-tune things to ensure blood sugars are staying within a reasonable range.
     
    Many other variations could be devised based on the concepts above, but as they say, don’t try this at home. Always consult a medical professional.
     
    Oral medications that directly lower blood sugar also need to be taken into consideration. These medications include the sulfonylurea class of medicines, the most popular of which are glipizide and glyburide/glibenclamide.  (This may vary by geographical region.)  While not as potentially dangerous as insulin unless taken improperly, decreasing carbohydrate intake while on these medications could drive one’s blood sugar precipitously low."
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    MeadowLily reacted to SugarcubeOD in Whole30 with toddlers.   
    Maybe you should take her to the doctor...
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from gabby15 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Throw it in the trash.
     
    "When she first started making kombucha, someone told her that they were good for septic systems so she was flushing her old mushrooms down the toilet.
    A couple years later the septic tank guy came to empty out her tank, and he opened it up to stick the hose in to start draining it, but he couldn’t. He was totally baffled and had to get out his knife and hack away at the large, tannish, leathery thing that was floating at the top of the tank! She was quite sure what it was and she was quite sure she was not about to tell him! Can you imagine? A kombucha mushroom the size of a septic tank! If only someone in the sci-fi industry knew about SCOBYs!"
    http://gnowfglins.com/2010/02/15/rfqm-scoby-gone-wild/
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Kabob in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Throw it in the trash.
     
    "When she first started making kombucha, someone told her that they were good for septic systems so she was flushing her old mushrooms down the toilet.
    A couple years later the septic tank guy came to empty out her tank, and he opened it up to stick the hose in to start draining it, but he couldn’t. He was totally baffled and had to get out his knife and hack away at the large, tannish, leathery thing that was floating at the top of the tank! She was quite sure what it was and she was quite sure she was not about to tell him! Can you imagine? A kombucha mushroom the size of a septic tank! If only someone in the sci-fi industry knew about SCOBYs!"
    http://gnowfglins.com/2010/02/15/rfqm-scoby-gone-wild/
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I get good carbonation even in my first ferment - it's from all the excess yeast. See below on bottling day just this past Sunday...


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    MeadowLily reacted to ShannonM816 in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    Theoretically, the more expensive stuff should be from better quality butter, although there are no guarantees on that just based on price. It's not really hard to make your own, and I like the stuff I make better than any of the brands I've bought, although I did like the Tin Star Brown Butter Ghee better than the couple of other brands I found at local stores to try. The last time I made my own I used this crockpot method.
    Having said all that, ghee is just not my favorite. It's okay, but I regularly go months and months without using it. I just use coconut oil, olive oil, duck fat, lard, tallow, or if I've had some compliant bacon, I'll save the grease from it to cook in. So if you don't like it, you've got other options. Don't feel like you have to have it to do Whole30.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    Hey @CleaH - apologies for the delayed reply - sometimes if the forums are active some posts get 'lost' in the activity streams.... Butter - nope, butter butter is out. Clarified butter is fairly easy to make (lots of tutorials on the web), or you can purchase Ghee. Unfortunately I am in Ireland so can't recommend any brands but I know that here Ghee is most easily found along with other asian foods & spices.
    As for juice - again nope, juice can be used for adding to sauces etc to sweeten them up, or for adding a dash to some water to liven it up a bit. 100% fruit juices are pretty high in sugar which will in turn impact your blood sugar, and so we'd prefer that you just eat the fruit, which will also provide fibre.
    Hope this helps!
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from ameliad in Question for Type 2 Diabetics   
    I would never use candy or sugar sugar to counterbalance blood sugar.   I'm glad you're visiting with your doctor as no one can really advise you here without their medical license. 
     
    I was T2 and have completely moved out of it.  It did take 15 months and a bunch of sugar avoidance.  I didn't off-road with refined sugars, sugarless gum or diet sodas, artificial sweetners.   
     
    I read every post I could find here written by Dallas, Melissa and Tom.  With their help....I followed the Whole 30 Yellow Brick Road to overall health and well being.   They weren't offering me any medical advice but I  embraced every bit of knowledge I could about diabetes and blood sugar.  With my doctor's approval...he watched me tool along - meal by meal, month by month and mile by mile.   
     
    I no longer have to take meds of any kind.  I'm not falling backwards into refined carbs or sugar.  Those are the things that got me nowhere good.   Find a doctor who will work with you and allow you to eat the template.  Be 100% compliant.  Don't cut portions or any food groups.   
     
    Weight releasing is a positive side effect of a Whole 30.  You are correct, it's not important to think about for only 30 days.   As a result of tooling along for 15 months...I have had weight releasing which only added to my ability to kick T2 Diabetes to the curb.   It was really marshing my mellow and I no longer had any use for it.    
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Mary Stovall in Where is the guidance on reintroducing Alcohol?   
    Thanks for  bumping this thread. It's a good one. 
    "You probably don't want to have a shot of whiskey at breakfast, a glass of scotch at lunch, and a glass of wine with dinner unless your lifestyle is friendly to drinking all day."
    Hi-larious. I do miss these kind of  briefers.  Short and straight to the heart of the matter.   Check out the Booze Edition, too.  Written by Melissa.
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    MeadowLily reacted to Beth ann e in Where is the guidance on reintroducing Alcohol?   
     I miss alcohol a little.   I had to cut it out for two babies and I thought my resistance would be much lower now hee hee.  So I'll hold off til day 13.  I'm thankful for the reintro guidance.  Everything off plan makes me nervous now.  I look at junk food and think "get away you'll make me feel terrible!"  I'm on the non gluten grains day.  I'm expecting to react.
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    MeadowLily reacted to Tom Denham in Where is the guidance on reintroducing Alcohol?   
    You can plug alcohol in to the schedule similar to any other food with the exception that you probably don't want to have a shot of whiskey at breakfast, a glass of scotch at lunch, and a glass of wine with dinner unless your lifestyle is friendly to drinking all day. Actually, a few servings of your favorite drink should give you an idea of how your body responds.
    I was impressed with how much more detailed the reintroduction advice was in It Starts With Food than anything Dallas and Melissa had written before. Now I hear you guys asking for more details. Some of that is developing though our discussions here on the forum. I am kind of saying you may need to reintroduce for several days in order to have enough servings of a food to get a reaction if you are going to have one. And then I think you need several days of clean eating before testing a new food to let your body get back to baseline. If you crowd tests too closely together, you won't get as good an idea of how strongly something is affecting you.
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    MeadowLily reacted to Michelle Stan in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    Hi!
    Today is Day 20 for my husband and I.  He feels great and so do I!  One of his many non-scale victories is he can button some of his smaller shirts and his clothes are fitting better overall. The biggest non-scale victory for me is my blood pressure went down over 20 points!! 
    Love Whole30!
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    MeadowLily reacted to Melissa Hartwig in Can I have Marijuana   
    I'm not really sure how to respond to this. First, as far as pain management goes for serious conditions, I am aware of the uses and benefits of marijuana. If this is something you've talked about with your doctor, I'd certainly support medical use. If you're taking your own pain management into your own hands, well, I can't really help you with that. Do I think 10% - 30% of marijuana users become addicted? The research shows that to be true. Do I think smoking anything (putting smoke into your lungs) makes you less healthy? I do. Do I think there are downstream effects of smoking/ingesting pot that may interfere with other healthy pursuits? Yep. Is it illegal? Still, yes (even in Washington, as far as the federal government is concerned).
    But I can't really tell you what to do in this situation, as I don't understand your chronic pain, and how ingesting this substance might help. Would we ever say marijuana is okay during the Whole30? Hell no. But you're all grown-up people with your own unique contexts and full awareness of the consequences of your actions, and you are free to engage in whatever behaviors you feel are appropriate for your situation.
    Best, Melissa
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    MeadowLily reacted to ShannonM816 in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    The timeline is just a general guideline. Some people follow it pretty closely the whole way through, some don't. Be glad you haven't had the rough days in the beginning some people experience, and just keep going.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in What to Expect Calendar (Symptoms)   
    Can I just comment here that not everyone follows the timeline so if you're NOT experiencing the listed 'symptoms' you're not necessarily doing it wrong - also sometimes the expectation actually brings it on, which isn't always the best thing

    Comparison is the thief of joy - enjoy your OWN journey!!
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from NoMoreCrunchyCravings in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Continuous Brew - yep, the ones with a tap. £18 is a decent enough price for an 8ltr one - I think that's about what I paid on Amazon for Kilner ones. The idea with the CB jars is that you can bottle as much or as little as you want & just keep topping up with sweet tea. Personally I use mine like the DJs and bottle all of it bar a bit at the bottom every time. I've a much better idea of when it's reached the fermentation level I like that way, and I'm sure that all the sugar has gone...
    And yep, I've just passed on a pair of premium cross country trainers to my youngest son that sound a bit like your astroturf ones!! 
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Just fill it up as far as the widest part allows.... 
    What you've got right now may not taste great so don't let it put you off - the 2nd ferment gives it a little fizz (& flavour depending on what you add to the bottles), although sometimes it takes a while even for that to build up as the bacteria builds up as the SCOBY matures.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    That's it fermenting. The longer you leave it the more acidic it will get. If you're still trying to grow the SCOBY then add more sweet tea. Or you could taste test & bottle what you've got for the 2nd fermentation process (to which you can add fresh fruit, ginger, hibiscus flowers etc) & top up your jar with a fresh batch of sweet tea. 
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    MeadowLily reacted to LincolnDan in Profile Image Issues   
    I too have been having problems trying to upload a picture to my profile.  it keeps telling me that it is too large.  I have tried several different pictures but still get the same error message.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Yay!!
    Make sure you're adding enough sugar into your tea - I use about 80-85g per ltr of water which I make with x4 tea bags. 

    My 5ltr CB jars have a pretty thick layer of SCOBYs - maybe 3-4inches thick, and they fill the neck of the widest part of the jar... You'll be able to start brewing with the little ones you've got, it's just gonna take a whole lot longer.
    I never drink my Booch with water. 
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    There is definitely caffeine in it,  but the amount of it seems to vary depending on what you read. Lots of sites seem to say that it has 1/3 of the amount of caffeine that regular tea would have, but this is probably more to do with the quantity of tea used to brew your Booch compared to what you'd use for ordinary tea. I usually mix black/white/green teas with other varieties to reduce the caffeine content further.