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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.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Ok, so I think I'm a booch convert.

    However, my reasonably priced source of bottled booch is now out of stock in all varieties (except for small bottles which aren't very economical, and since the only other suppliers I can find are extortionate I'm wondering how easy it really is (and how much space I'll need) to make my own.

    I know all the information is probably in this thread as to what exactly I need, how long it will take, how cost effective it will be etc etc etc but ther are SIXTY SIX pages and my time is somewhat limited...   

    I'm not currently doing a Whole30 and so when I spoke to a potential supplier she tried to convince me that Milk Kefir was the way to go (someone local makes it for her), but since I avoid dairy for the most part I'm reluctant to go down that route. She can get kombucha made locally too but she did her best to talk me out of it saying it tastes like vinegar  

    Although I'm waiting on a batch of preserving/pickle jars arriving so that I can ferment my own veg I quite like the idea of waking up with a glass of kombucha with my breakfast so if anyone in the know who happens to be feeling generous with their time would like to give me a quick run down I'd be very grateful!


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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Help! Resources in the UK   
    A good one for anyone in Northern Ireland to check out is a company called Boxa.

    They started out just delivering grass fed, ethically raised organic meat ( a boxa this or a boxa that... get it?) but have since widened their horizons and now as well as their regular deliveries they have a collection point at Ballylagan Organic Farm (a day out in itself) on a Saturday where it's like a Farmer's Market style set up and you can buy all sorts of fab products like fermented foods, organic veg, and homemade sourdough breads & raw milk for those not on a Whole30. They also recently set up a partnership with Ke Nako Biltong offering a 12% discount to all Boxa customers on their Biltong made fresh each month from Culmore Organic Beef.

    You can contact Rita through their FB page (Boxa), or via twitter (@boxaboxa) to get added to their mailing list so you can place orders for delivery/collection.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
    Personally I don't really count the fat in egg yolks unless it's pre or post WO, and I always add an additional fat source to my meals regardless of how fatty the protein is.
    It's honestly hard to go overboard on good fats.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in UK "E Numbers" to avoid   
    Actually Blue Dragon is fine - there are no off plan ingredients added, it's just not the best option.
    Not sure on the price of Biona, but you could also go for this option on Amazon which is purely coconut extract & water next time you're ordering you're coconut oil (I've found it's the cheapest place to get it) and get free postage....
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    MeadowLily reacted to kirkor in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
    They were written at different times, the program evolves, the creators are only human, neither schedule is written in stone, both are just examples to give people an idea of how to proceed, etc etc.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
    Are you doing the standard reintro?
    If so I'd be inclined to schedule in anything you ever see yourself eating again - forewarned is forearmed - you might find that even sporadically is too often!
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    ^^ That looks amazing!!

    I'm training this morning so just had a preWO of some roasted shredded chicken and a few mouthfuls of guac - nothing worth taking a photo of...!!

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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
    The protocol in the UK for a Coeliac test is actually 6wks of eating gluten prior to testing as far as I know. What we're doing here, however,  is looking for food sensitivities, and in most cases, having eliminated gluten from the system for 30 days, the reaction will be fairly quick & obvious when it is reintroduced.
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    MeadowLily reacted to ladyshanny in EDITING POSTS   
    Effective Thursday, August 27, 2015, members can no longer edit their own posts indefinitely.  Unfortunately the constant editing in the threads was causing issues within the forum, necessitating the change.  
    Members will now be allowed to edit their own post for 15 minutes after publishing (for fixing typos or adding a quick afterthought).  Beyond that initial 15 minutes, the post will be considered closed and can only be edited by an administrator or moderator.
    Thank you very much for your understanding and for helping the forum to run as smoothly as possible.  
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    Brisket, slow cooked in a little lard (from when I sealed it in the pan), cloves, & garam masala, served with a full bag of spinach & a quarter onion (which reduced down to about 2 cups when sauteed), a beef tomato and a handful of olives.
    The brisket had cooked over night with some shin in my crock-pot and was so tender.
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    MeadowLily reacted to ladyshanny in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    Trying to eat through the fridge before we leave on holidays creates meals.
    Breakfast this morning:
    Bed of spinach
    Leftover grilled peppers & pineapple (note, the pineapple was SO tart when I cut it earlier this week that it was inedible.  Grilling it made it so sweet it was like candy!)
    Chopped up chicken breast tossed in a 50/50 mix of mayo & Frank's Red Hot

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    MeadowLily got a reaction from fmr_sailor in Don't over think this.   
    Raemikky  -  Welcome.
    The Whole 30 is 30 days of passing up immediate gratification for long term satisfaction.  To be in the pocket Whole 30 Template is to make the minute by minute, meal by meal and mile by mile choices that will eventually add up to your success.  
    There may not be any golden trumpets to mark our good choices.  No cheering crowds  "You Go, Girl!"
    Nobody may lavish you with praise.  In fact, none of our friends and family may notice all of the quiet sacrifices we are making in our quiet snackless corners.    When we encounter difficulties...they can be our greatest teachers.
    Get back up on your horse and ride like the wind.  If you let it go today or for another'll be one year older when you get back to your original decision to complete a Whole 30.   Compliant without complaints.
    Goooooo!!!!!   Today.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Oldehiker in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from SpinSpin in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
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    MeadowLily reacted to ladyshanny in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    I thought to post this shot of my breakfast prep this morning.  On the weekend I diced 5 bell peppers, 3# green beans, a bunch of steamed potatoes and some ham (note, the ham is not compliant but I am not on Whole30).  Now in the morning I just throw a handful of each into a frying pan with some fat, go blowdry my hair and pour a coffee and breakfast cooks itself.  Wash out one frying pan when the food has been plated and you're done!

    Note: the ham is non compliant but you could do the same with cooked chicken, cooked ground pork/beef, chopped roast, chopped pork chops etc.  Repeat, the ham is not compliant.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    You also gotta eat more...!! 
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    MeadowLily reacted to SpinSpin in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    It came out really fantastic Ladyshanny! I am thinking about putting curry in my next batch! Couse I do have some cauliflower that needs to be used up --  maybe I will do that one tomorrow!! 
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    MeadowLily reacted to ladyshanny in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    2 pounds ground chicken (I use ground chicken thighs as it's moister...if you use ground breast, add some of the bacon fat for richness)
    1 pound bacon, diced and cooked until very crispy, then drained
    1 bunch cilantro chopped
    a handful of chives from the garden...or a couple scallions
    Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
    Form into patties...and then in that magical depression that you make in the middle of a burger to stop it turning into a baseball when you cook it? You jam a bunch of pickled jalapeños.  
    I would have preferred to mix the jalapeños into the burger meat but husband doesn't like spicy so I had to do it so that he could pick them out/off.
    I grilled the ones I have on hand right now but have also done them in the oven...on a rack placed on a cookie sheet and baked at 500F for 10-12 minutes.
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    MeadowLily reacted to Hannlib in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    How I love those Elvis burgers. On this week's menu I think.
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    MeadowLily reacted to SpinSpin in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    Breakfast today was 2 BIG mugfuls of a variation of the gingered zucchini soup in well fed 2. I started out with green onions, 4 cloves of garlic, fresh ginger, 2 zucchini and leftover steamed broccoli from dinner last night. Cooked till the zucchini was really tender -- about 45 min then I added in 4 HUGE handfuls of power greens (chard, kale, spinach) and let them wilt down.OH and I cooked it in bone broth that I am still simmering-- just ladled out what I needed for the soup and put the lid back on the bone broth! Poured it in batches into my food processor and blended away! Chopped up a hard boiled egg and mixed it into my mugs of soup and had a meat patty and raw bell pepper along side. Yum!
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    MeadowLily reacted to ShannonM816 in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    Leftovers from last night for me:

    Steak topped with sauteed mushrooms, onion, and garlic, sweet potato wedges, and tomato-cucumber salad with sunflower seeds.
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    MeadowLily reacted to ladyshanny in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    This morning's breakfast...served cold.
    Chicken bacon jalapeno burger, greek salad (minus the feta, of course) & half avocado.  And lots of rock salt.  And coffee.