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    MeadowLily got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl 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 year...you'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 ultrarunnergirl 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 year...you'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 ultrarunnergirl 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 year...you'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 reacted to Tom Denham in Confused about date syrup?   
    Let me elaborate.. a syrup made from dates is not acceptable during a Whole30 and a crappy idea at any time because sweetening your food with such a product erodes health. It does not make anything better. Making a puree with dates in order to sweeten your food is maybe 10 percent more acceptable than using a date syrup. You know where 10 percent better leaves you? Ninety percent away from where you belong if you want to be healthy.
     
    The person behind the dessert recipes thinks eating a frozen date helped her during her Whole30. This is not true. Feeding a sugar craving keeps the craving healthy and strong. The Whole30 approach to sugar cravings is to starve them unmercifully until they die. There is no room to negotiate with a sugar craving. They are cunning and powerful. Trying to placate a craving with just a little something has ended many Whole30s prematurely. Don't listen to the soft crowd. Listen to the old timers. Go cold turkey regarding sweetness. 
     
    Let me explain where it really is okay to use something to sweeten your food... when you are making pickles. Here is a good recipe for making quick, refrigerator pickles... Submerge your sliced cucumbers in a mixture of half apple cider vinegar and half apple juice plus spices like salt, garlic, peppercorns, etc and let soak for 12-24 hours. Making pickles is an acceptable time to use a sweetener during a Whole30. Seriously. 
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    MeadowLily reacted to Schnauzy in Very bad reaction after reintroducing dairy...   
    The symptoms are gone now since this morning. I'm eating whole30 today and tomorrow (until dinner for my gmas bday). I'll reintroduce dairy some time after. Thank you jmcbn 
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Very bad reaction after reintroducing dairy...   
    Gas, nausea & chest pains are fairly common reactions to diary. Back pain does happen along with joint paint, but isn't quite so common. What exactly did you eat? Is this your first dairy reintro?


    ETA: Just read your other post about dining out during reintro & see that you only had whole milk at one meal. The back pain could then be indicative of a lactose intolerance although it seems quite extreme given that you only had a small amount. I'd be inclined to go back to template meals until the symptoms subside (which may well take longer than two days) & then maybe try a mature cheese or natural yoghurt (both lower in lactose) to see if you have a similar reaction.
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    MeadowLily reacted to ShannonM816 in ADHD meds, whole30, self doubt   
    I agree with what missmary and Loulabelle have said. 
     
    I'd also point out that we seem to have a different standard for meds for psychological issues than for meds for other issues, which is just silly. I've never contemplated not taking my blood pressure medicine just to see if W30 is enough to keep it under control without the medication -- why would you do that with your medication? (This isn't judgment of any kind, believe me -- I used to take antidepressants and while I've been off of them for a few years now and would certainly prefer not to take them anymore because I hope never to feel the way I felt when I finally broke down and asked my doctor about them, I do understand better now than I did back then that needing them was not some kind of moral failing on my part, it was just my brain needing some help to function the way it's supposed to, just like my body needs help now keeping my blood pressure where it's supposed to be.)
     
     
    This sentence also stood out for me in your post. I recently read an article in the Wholesome newsletter (a free biweekly Whole30 newsletter) that was written about people altering their W30 to make it harder, but I think it speaks to your point here too.
     
     
    Basically, a Whole30 is hard enough without going out of your way to make it harder, and going off a med that is improving your health would be going against the basic premise of a Whole30, which is to improve your health. 
     
     
     
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    MeadowLily reacted to ChiggerCane in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    Thanks for visiting Sue - yes, I like the rising from failure.  Not sure if you read my starting post/explanation - but to sum it up - failure is (can be) a good thing.  you learn things, you get stronger.  You learn to rise - sometimes over and over again.  I rise again everyday it seems sometimes...LOL.  And yes - the LOL is a very important part of life.  And no matter where you go - there you are..
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    MeadowLily reacted to Whole30Sue in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    The title of your thread caught my attention. I recently listened to a podcast interview of a Jesuit priest named Fr. Greg Boyle who has made strides in helping young gang members in Los Angeles. Helping them leave the gang life and head down a new path. A massive and important undertaking, for sure. It took many mistakes before he found a system that is working. He stated something that caught my attention. It is not a pretty quote. It ends in a preposition. He said that "Anything worth doing is worth failing at."
    I have failed at attempts at improving my health many times, but have decided that it is worth it. Worth failing over and over again. Starting over and over again, until I get there. Wherever "there" is. So I encourage you to keep at it!! Best wishes. Congrats on colonoscopy results!
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    MeadowLily reacted to ChiggerCane in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    Been out of town the last few days.  Some 'off' eating that needs to be tightened up.  Lots of walking.  LOTS.  Hips are a rather irritated at the moment, but can't decide whether it's the excessive walking or a combo of walking and food.
     
    Bought a couple magazines to browse on the plane today.  Found some exercise plans that have inspired me. 
     
    Tomorrow - back to better eating, more water, getting back into a routine. 
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    MeadowLily reacted to Rachael2288 in Best Pork Chop of your LIFE   
    No problem slw600!
    Ingredients:

    4 boneless pork chops (size can vary, if they are REALLY big add more of each below)
    2-3 tbsp olive oil or ghee
    2-3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
    2-3 tbsp spicy brown mustard or dijon
    2-3 tbsp coconut aminos (if not paleo/Whole30 sub soy sauce or tamari)
    1 tbsp Frank's Red Hot (optional)
    1/2-1 tbsp minced garlic
    salt and pepper

    Directions:
    Put pork chops into a 1 gallon ziploc bag and add all ingredients except salt and pepper.
    Mix well until the chops are all coated and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour, up to 24 hours (mine was about 3 hours)
    When you are ready to cook them heat a tablespoon or two of ghee (clarified butter, coconut oil) in a large pan and heat over medium-high heat until shimmering
    Generously salt and pepper both sides of the chops and place them in the pan
    Cover with a lid and set timer for 5 minutes
    Once timer goes off, carefully flip them to sear the other side (be careful of hot oil!) for 5 minutes
    Once the timer goes off, remove the chops to a plate and tent tin foil over the top for 5 minutes or so to let the meat rest and stop the juices from flowing
    *** This last step is important because if you just cut into them all the tasty juices will run out and your chops with be dry, and like we discussed before, no one likes a dry chop!
    I like to plate the chops and then pour some of the juices back over the top for extra juiciness and flavor
    ENJOY!
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    MeadowLily reacted to Shine99 in Best Pork Chop of your LIFE   
    This was really delicious, thanks for sharing!
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    MeadowLily reacted to ChiggerCane in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    So - I have a pre-colonoscopy appointment in a couple hours.  Husband had his a few weeks ago - one polyp removed.  Now it is my turn.  Fun times in our household.  
     
    I am still bummed about the results I have experienced/not experienced.  This is not where I wanted to be - weight wise or mentally or physically.  We took a family walk last night - all three of us - each one had a dog to walk.  It was a beautiful evening.  My son ran a little with his dog.  I slowly jogged a couple times with my dog dragging me - of course I had the most chipper dog.  The knees and ankles were not happy about that.  Immediately, I thought - "I must need new shoes.  These shoes are worn out."  Can it be PART of the issue?  I know I am heavier than I have been in the past, but these shoes are 2 years old.  So, i will go to the running store, get some new shoes - and then USE them.  I will walk...then I will incorporate slow jogging into my walks...and maybe, just maybe, I will get back into jogging/running.
     
    As for eating - I am going to incorporate some brown rice and quinoa back into the meals and see what happens.
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    MeadowLily reacted to ChiggerCane in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    Walk again last night - again a beautiful evening - walked the field instead of the roads.  Came upon a very large king snake - I hate snakes - even 'good ones'.  Dogs about went crazy when snake took off for shelter. Weather is supposed to turn tomorrow, returning to freeing temps. Won't last long, I hope.
     
    Food has been good.  I have not added in the rice or quinoa yet - maybe tonight.  I did have a greek yogurt yesterday.  Did not notice anything 'odd' or alarming.  I will be very slow to add in foods so I can get an idea of what affects me.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from BJS12345 in My experience with hair loss and how I fixed it.   
    Because low-carbohydrate diets can cause rapid and significant weight loss, they may cause a type of hair loss called telogen effluvium, where hair growth cycles are temporarily interrupted. As MayoClinic.com explains, this form of hair loss results from physical stress, such as extreme weight loss or consuming a diet that provides inadequate nutrition. AgingSkinNet notes that eating too much vitamin A -- found in low-carbohydrate foods such as cod liver oil, butter, eggs and whole milk -- can also cause hair loss, and excessive intake of these foods or vitamin A supplements may be culprits in hair problems. reatment
    In most cases, hair loss related to low-carbohydrate diets will improve on its own after weight loss stops or slows down. AgingSkinNet explains that hair loss from dieting will eventually regrow to its previous state. In the case of telogen effluvium from extreme dieting or poor nutrition, stagnant hair follicles will start growing again one to two months after resuming your normal eating habits, according to MayoClinic.com. To prevent hair loss or lessen its impact while eating a low-carbohydrate diet, eat a spectrum of nutritious foods, lose weight gradually rather than rapidly, and consume adequate amounts of protein and iron.
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    MeadowLily reacted to ultrarunnergirl in My experience with hair loss and how I fixed it.   
    Interesting thread! As a child and teenager I had SO. MUCH. HAIR. I definitely have much less now, though I still have what I'd guess is a "normal" amount. I just chalked it up to aging (and the fact that I had so much to begin with), but now I wonder if it had to do with all that junk food over the years.
     
    One of the things Hubz noticed when he did Whole30 is that he thinks he got a little more hair up top.
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    MeadowLily reacted to ChiggerCane in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    Thanks Meadow for the info.  I will stay hopeful.
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    MeadowLily reacted to ChiggerCane in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    I'm coming close to the end of this with mixed results.  No where near the improvements I had hoped or expected.  Which is very disheartening.  I had looked to this as a way to get back to me, clean up my eating - and along the way, cleanup my life, if you know what I mean.  I don't really have emotional issues with food - I'm not a binge eater and I don't have massive reactions to food (at least that's the conclusion I draw from not seeing much improvement...). So, I guess I'm in a rather blah state of mind right now.  I've actually gained weight - and I look much more puffy than I did at the start of this.  I'm in a mental fog/haze wondering WTH is happening to my body?  If eating in a much healthier fashion has not made any improvements to my body - I'm kind of screwed no matter what.  As you can tell, I'm rather bummed.
     
    The strict/harsh structure is bothering me.  I've never been an obsessive type person - I can be structured, I can be dedicated - but when you spend so much time THINKING about eating - it's not right FOR ME.  So I know I will annoy/PO some people with my comments.  I have written and deleted a couple paragraphs.  I abhor social media and the backlash you get from stating an honest opinion.  So - I will stop expressing my opinions for now.  I will finish - and then I will continue to eat in a fashion that works for me.  I wish my results had been better.  I wish I could say this was a fantastic experience.  But, for me, it hasn't made much difference.  I will trudge along - eating in a healthy fashion - and hope that I can find what works for me.
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    MeadowLily reacted to Lyolya in Plan a Whole30 dream vacation   
    Well, I have just been on a "dream" (as I then thought) short vacation in Austrian Alps. I snowboard, so I have decided to go to the snow and reap the benefits of my "Tiger Blood Time" to improve my sports performance. My husband and I knew the place already, so we knew the shop and the places, and our apartment had a very well equipped kitchen: we had friends staying over for one night and made mayo twice in five days. :-) Also, we speak German so even if we'd decide to go out we could totally ace "clean" eating out, and the local restaurant keepers are very, very nice people. Least but not last, the quality of meat and produce in Austria is excellent, to say nothing of that we were in a rural area where "frankenfoods" are harder to get than organic stuff.
     
    Still, I came home stressed.
     
    I was stressed the whole time, actually. Why? Well, I love Austrian food. In my opinion, it tastes heavenly. I am not a sweet tooth at all, but they have the best coffee accompanied by the best cakes and sweets, all homemade, fresh and elaborate. While I never, or almost never order a dessert in restaurants, there it was truly painful. It is not only the treats, but the amazing meat products and sides almost always contain non-compliant ingredients. I have gone clothes shopping instead and nailed it, but it didn't feel compensating enough for my "food deprivation". And for me it was a discovery, because before this Whole 30 I never thought I had a problem with eating out. In other places, I just never desired the forbidden foods so much. 
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from cottagequeen in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
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    MeadowLily reacted to Shirley1101 in Plan a Whole30 dream vacation   
    I would travel to Thailand for some personal, spiritual growth. I'd enjoy several massages after all of the sight-seeing, bicycle rides and yoga. I'd get in plenty of time in the water, whether at the beach or in some beautiful pool at a 5-Star resort.
    My energy would come from all of the delicious seafood and fresh veggies cooked with a little curry. I love me some Thai food...and although this is only Day 9 for me, I'm just sure I could find a recipe (or make one up) that is Whole30 compliant!
    I'm off to bed now...hopefully, dreaming about my Whole30 Thailand vacation!
    Night.Night.
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    MeadowLily reacted to ChiggerCane in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    Great advice Laurie.  I'm staying away from junk.  I'm hoping to do some mind prep between now and Tuesday midnight!
     
    Prepped a boston butt in the crockpot.  The amount of fat and grease is unbelievable.  It cooked down nicely and will be ready for me this week.  About to prep a few other items - turkey thighs, chicken thighs, flat iron steak, ratatoille.  I have enough squash for the ratatoille and to make veggetti.  I did purchase some potatoes.  I found last time when I get that hollow stomach feeling, I can get through it by having a small potato stuffed or smothered with ratatoille and a meat source.  That starch helps my stomach and mind.  Hopefully within a week my hollow stomach will go away.  Started a meal plan yesterday.  Having the same thing everyday (for a few days at a time) is my goal. Everything depends on how much food my husband and son eat.  There's nothing more frustrating than thinking I have food for 4 days to open the fridge and find everything gone! 
     
    Hips have really been bothering me the past few days.  Thinking over what I've eaten - too hard to guess what is causing it. 
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from thehudlermom in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    ChiggerCane Rising - how about lopping failure off of your log title.   You are not a failure.  No way.  No how.  Not ever.
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    MeadowLily reacted to Laurie in ChiggerCane Rising From Failure   
    Be very careful over these next few days before you start the whole 30 again.  The more crap you put in your body, the more crap you will crave.  Even when you are off the Whole 30, you will get great benefits from staying as close to it as possible.  As time goes on, strive for creating new levels of your best effort.  It has taken me a very long time to get to where I am today.  Preparing mentally is just as important, if not more important, as being physically prepared.  The mind is powerful and can make or break us.  I've been broken by my mind way too often in life.
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    MeadowLily reacted to ladyshanny in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Canadians have the same general issues. Although we are close neighbours (and in my case, 15 minutes away from the US border), we cannot import a lot of what they get and if we can, the shipping and duty are exorbitant.
    When Mel Joulwan of started doing a Quarterly box, I looked into signing up. I think the box of goodies was $50 and the shipping was more than double, it was really ridiculous.
    For me, I just pretend that stuff doesn't exist rather than try to get it and frustrate or bankrupt myself. And then I celebrate the things I can get....like grass fed lamb bones for stock.....for FREE from my cute butcher.