MeadowLily

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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.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Plan a Whole30 dream vacation   
    Not so much misled, but maybe just a little bit behind.... There hasn't really been a full scale war in Ireland since the Fenians Rising in the 19th Century, although there have been various uprisings & the much publicised 'Troubles'

    The North & South have been two separate countries since 1921 with the North being part of the UK whilst the South is independant. They are separated by a 'soft border', meaning there is no passport control or Police presence. The trains don't stop, and the only indication you've passed from North to South (or vice versa) in a bus/car is the change from miles to kilometres on the road signs.

    The Good Friday Peace Agreement was signed in the North by the Government & the Paramilitaries back in 1998 bringing an end to 'The Troubles' and there has pretty much been peace since then with the odd dissident trying - but failing - to ruin things for those looking to build a better future. As part of the agreement all paramilitary weapons were handed over or verified as destroyed. As such you'd be much safer travelling anywhere in Ireland than you would be in many parts of the US.

    So no, nowhere is off limits
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Profile Image Issues   
    The profile pic & photo upload issue should now be resolved.
    The double, triple, quadruple posting etc are still being looked at...
    Thank you for your patience everyone!
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    MeadowLily reacted to Nadia B in Profile Image Issues   
    Sooooo pictures are still not uploading or linking to facebook. Tried 3 different browsers. Mac and PC. 
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    MeadowLily reacted to Bck2B6 in Profile Image Issues   
    Is this still an issue? I have selected the facebook option but my profile pic hasn't loaded and when I try and upload a photo I get an error message. I have resized photos and attempted in two browsers and still get the same error.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I'm in the UK (Ireland) and brew with two CB jars of a similar size and and am using a number of my own SCOBYs along with the originals. In summer that quantity takes around 10days to brew IME, and in winter, with the jars wrapped with fleece to keep them warm & the temperature steady it takes at least 14 days. Unless you're using a heat tray (or you're in a little micro-climate, or down south!) I'd doubt your booch would be ready in 3 days. I'd let it brew for at least a week & then start taste testing... Mine will have a good froth/fizz as I'm bottling, and then it'll get really fizzy with the second ferment for which I use mostly fresh ginger or hibiscus flowers.

    When it comes to bottling and adding more tea it's up to you what to do with the new SCOBYs - you can leave them in and the brewing process should get faster, or take the new ones out (that filmy substance you describe) & start up another brewing jar, or store them in a Hotel for future use.

     
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from sdawson in Question for Type 2 Diabetics   
    Create that plan and work that plan.  CowboyUP because she's gonna buck!

     
     It will be the rodeo ride of your life but you'll get a big buckle at the end.  You'll be the champion bareback rider.

     
     
     Keep your hand in the rein and find your rhythm.  Hang on with everything that you have.  Come back for rodeo cowboy tips and how to keep yourself encouraged. 
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from sdawson in Question for Type 2 Diabetics   
    Create that plan and work that plan.  CowboyUP because she's gonna buck!

     
     It will be the rodeo ride of your life but you'll get a big buckle at the end.  You'll be the champion bareback rider.

     
     
     Keep your hand in the rein and find your rhythm.  Hang on with everything that you have.  Come back for rodeo cowboy tips and how to keep yourself encouraged. 
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from sdawson 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 ElizabethGA in The crazy things people say   
    "I'm on on the wine diet, so far I have lost 2 days."
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Actually I was meaning how long was the training session since your last meal - not the ketone strip. And what was your last meal? 
    I'd also wonder during your off-roading sessions - were you snacking? Or were you still going that 4-5hrs in between meals?
    I just wonder because it IS entirely possible that you didn't come out of fat adaptation mode simply because you ate some off plan foods - the internal digestive changes have taken place and so it's possible that you just had an off day, or your meals weren't well composed in the days before your 'problem day', or it could have been where you are in your cycle for instance - it could be any other number of things other than you being a sugar burner.
    Remember that fat adaptation & ketosis are two entirely different things. Fat adaptation is not 'all or nothing' the way ketosis is and so the longer your body stays in a fat adapted mode the stronger your metabolism becomes & the less likely you are to come out of it - unless you go completely off the rails.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Corned Beef   
    If it helps I'm Irish, living in Ireland, and we don't actually eat cabbage & corned beef on St Patrick's Day. It's not even considered a National dish.

    In fact back in the day beef was very expensive here & if we could get it it would have been eaten fresh. Most Irish got their first taste of beef when they arrived in the States where beef was more widely available & less expensive, and they treated it in the same way as they would a bacon/ham joint (ie. any joint that wasn't from the leg) - they brined it.

    So don't feel bad aboout not eating that corned beef - nobody here will be either - in fact going on my food prep for this week I'll be eating a chicken & spinach curry!!

     
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from mergthemagnificent in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Maw let me drink a "Choco" milk bottle until I was 4.  The kids would tease me.  I used to roll it up in my dress...start at the bottom hem and roll that bottle up and put in my mouth.  What a baby.   A lorra lorra dentist visits.  Starting at the age of 5. Choco milk.   No wonder I'm still here...it's taken all my adult life to recover from childhood.       
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from jmcbn in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    It ruins baby teeth, falling asleep with the bottle.  Ayup.  Lactose.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Yup.
    When my youngest son was first diagnosed with all of his food allergies one of the first things his dietician said to me was '...well, at least he'll not have any issues with his bedtime bottle rotting his teeth...' 
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from jmcbn in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    It ruins baby teeth, falling asleep with the bottle.  Ayup.  Lactose.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Is this a night time craving?
    Warm milk is known to improve sleep - but it has to be cow's milk, and it has to have been milked from the cows before dawn - if it ticks those boxes it will be high in melatonin which is why it works so well. We actually have a company here that markets their milk as a sleep enhancer - they call it lullaby milk.
    As for it leading to sugar cravings it is the lactose in milk that causes that.....
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    MeadowLily reacted to mergthemagnificent in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
    Thanks to Meadow Lily for the beautiful visualization. Have been thinking that this journey is less about don't eat this or that, and more about changing my relationship with food...where all of me is nourished and nurtured by what I eat...not just my taste buds...where my moods and sleep and well being come before some habitual or really temporary pleasure that signals a long downhill slide...
    I went ou to dinner tonight with my hubs and ordered the BEST veggie side dish...Mostly compliant...Brussels sprout petals sautéed in butter(probably) and in some kind of light broth with spinach...topped off with a dusting of Parmesan...wow.
    I think I can do like bits of cheese in my cooking....and little bits of wine in cooking as well...but no to th straight imbibing for me. I am already looking forward to feeling better this week by making good choices and Geting Out Side.
    Also want to remind everyone, as It Starts With Food demonstrates so well, some of th cascade of eating things we think we want to avoid is BIOCHEMIcal....not simply a failure of will power. When we get that there is science behind all of this, maybe it makes it easier to get out of our own way and try to get along with the natural forces waiting there to help us feel strong and resilient??
    One meal at a time....
    Cheers, partners...
    Merg
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from mergthemagnificent in Tigers and Turtles - 2016   
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Yes, absolutely.    You'll have it down to a fine art in no time.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    The one I've got tastes like fizzy ACV with a hint of something fruity.

    It probably IS an acquired taste but I like it, and I felt the benefits of in a matter of days - my stomach just seems so settled. But at the price I'd have to pay to keep buying it bottled I'd have to take out a loan, hence the thought of making it myself. I think this way if I'm successful I can alternate the booch with the kraut (or whatever other veg I make) and get the benefits daily.