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    ladyshanny got a reaction from *KG in Sesame Paste   
    It's fine. Enjoy!
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from racheleats in Alternatives to Advil?   
    Oh, dang, I forgot about the tea! David's Tea sells "Mighty Aphrodite" which is a raspberry leaf blend. I've run out so it completely slipped my mind. I was doing a cup a day for the week before and two cups a day during and the difference was amazing!
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Alternatives to Advil?   
    You can also try some of the essential oils. There is a store in my local mall that used to sell a feminine cycles roll-on and it worked AMAZINGLY. I know it had clary sage and geranium and I just did a quick google and found quite a few "diy" recipes for the same sort of thing. 
    I always used to think EO was woo-woo but honestly, that roll-on worked amazingly. I used to just pop the silly roller ball out, pour a bit into my hand and then rub it into my abdomen while laying on the bed.  
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Mild Cilantro Lime Salsa   
    Which ingredient do you think might not be compliant? Have you read the rules? Compare the ingredients on your list to the rules in the program and see what you can find out.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Mild Cilantro Lime Salsa   
    Which ingredient do you think might not be compliant? Have you read the rules? Compare the ingredients on your list to the rules in the program and see what you can find out.
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    ladyshanny reacted to fire_flower in Day 1 subconscious slip up - start over tomorrow?   
    Thank you - I've decided to start over. Going with answer #2 - because I made a commitment to myself!
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    ladyshanny reacted to LaurenMaser in HELP! Unknowingly ate sugar in garlic salt!   
    Thank you so much for the Do I have to start over" article recommendation 
    Thank you so much for this article recommendation. It absolutely helped with my downward disappointment spiral and clearly lays out the difference of conscious choice and accident and how to appropriately move on after each case. I appreciate you!
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from LaurenMaser in HELP! Unknowingly ate sugar in garlic salt!   
    Sugar in table salt is permitted because it's used as an anti caking agent.....otherwise you'd never be able to eat anywhere. I'm inclined to say the same for garlic salt. But read the starting over article and decide for yourself. 
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Snacks   
    Ideally you'll fuel your workouts/activity with pre and post workout mini-meals and create your other meals so that they last you 4-5 hours in between. Until you get your composition and volume right for you, eating between meals would be ideally a protein + fat or protein + vegetable. Don't lean towards fruits or nuts as they don't give the same satiation as p+f or p+v.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from laurenmccracken in Finished first Whole 30 but Weight Loss Is SLOOOOOOW   
    The thing I keep coming back to surrounding weight loss is that we gained excess body fat by punishing and abusing ourselves (usually).  Instead of perpetuating that cycle of personal abuse, we choose to Whole30 and allow our bodies and our minds to heal and come to a place where they feel trusting and comfortable enough to start releasing some of what we've done to them.  Expecting that to happen faster than whatever pace it is going at is allowing that abusive cycle to continue.  
    The marketing world wants you to want to be thin as fast as possible.  The Whole30 and all the Just Eat Real Food movements want you to be healthy and happy and nourished.  We don't care what you weigh because we know that if you continue to respect yourself and your body and your habits, you'll get to where you're supposed to be.  As fast or slow as that may happen, know that that speed is your body's internal pace and trying to force it to do it quicker is not respectful of you.
    Congrats on 6 pounds, that is an excellent sign that your body is adjusting and becoming safe and happy and ready to experience change!  
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    ladyshanny reacted to littleg in It didn't work for me   
    It sounds like the past 30 days were tough for you.  Sorry that was the case!  I just am going to throw out a few ideas that you can take or leave
    1. Family food - in our house hubs eats what I make or he makes his own thing.  I don't know how things work in your house but is your daughter old enough that if she doesn't want what you make she can make her own meal?  Hubs often eats what I call "paleo plus" - if I make burgers he may have a bun, if I make sauce he may have noodles, things like that but the "main" meal is the same.  If I make spaghetti sauce I'm not making garlic bread, pasta, etc to go with it - I'm making my sauce and zucchini/sweet potato noodles and that is it.  If hubs wants extras that is up to him.  
    2.  It sounds like you didn't like a lot of the food you made because you were trying to adapt your usual recipes.  I totally get this!  Mom's sauce isn't going to be mom's sauce without the red wine... but there are lots of other sauces out there that may be worth a shot!  W30 is always a time for us to try *new* recipes - you might have found some you really liked.
    3.  "Lots of nuts" is often an indication things were not as well rounded for meals as they could have been.  Snacks should be template based and ideally you don't need them.  Maybe more fat/protein/volume at meals would have helped you "need" fewer nuts?  I'm 5'2" ~130 lbs... meal 1 for me today was 3 jumbo eggs cooked in duck fat (maybe 1/2 tbsp), 1/2 bag frozen spinach (so 8 oz), and 2 big handfuls of some onions and peppers I pan fried in coconut oil a few days ago with a side of mayo (1-2 tbsp).  Point being: a decent amount of food.  Kept me full for about 5 hrs.  
    4.  You said you aren't going to continue.  Which is fine.  You are an adult and can totally make that choice.  But as you go forward - especially with a goal of normalizing blood sugar and liver function... think about why your "go to" chicken chunks have sugar in them... and if maybe you could make your own chicken soup on a rainy day and freeze some for the next time you are sick so you don't need to eat canned food.  In my opinion so much of one's success about the W30 is "buying in" to the idea that "food is medicine".  And if you don't just feel that... well than W30 is tough because, gosh, it is restrictive and  BUT if you truly believe that you can heal yourself with food I think there is a mind shift that suddenly makes the effort worthwhile.  At least that is why I make the effort to eat paleo most of the time because I truly believe eating food - from the ground, trees, animals, ocean, etc and not food that has to make its way through a factory first is truly the best thing I can do for myself and my family.
    Anyway, however you decide to go forward I hope you have some success with the biomarkers you are hoping to change!
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    ladyshanny reacted to LikeTryingTo GiveACatABath in Seriously like trying to give a Cat a bath   
    Bless my dear daughters heart!  For well over a year she has been trying to get me to try Whole30.  Everytime I reacted by acting interested but not.  The more time went by and the better my daughter's health improved, I listened a little but with great trepidation.  Seriously child! You want me to give up what??  I couldn't even begin to imagine my home without dairy, my husband might die, his words, not mine.  My husbands favorite foods in the whole world, whole milk, cheese, and bread.  I tried dieting in the past without my families support, namely my husband and it was a disaster.  By the way my daughter is 33, married, lives several hundred miles away and so she was not any part of the problem I speak of.  My younger two thought I was starving them if I began eating healthier.  At my age I have tried every diet in the book but as retirement approaches and my youngest was goes off to college, I thought maybe now is a good time.  I have had one of the hardest years of my life, this year.  I felt I had been burned down to the ground emotionally, mentally and physically.  Then one day on Pinterest I saw a quote about a Phoenix rising.  I thought I need to be the Phoenix instead of the Cat fighting getting a bath (hence my forum name).  I could go on but needless to say I wouldn't be on this forum introducing myself unless I had given in, given up (my OMG thoughts), and began this journey.  I began Sunday October 1st.  My daughter is coaching me and doing a wonderful job.  My freaky dairy driven husband is actually doing it with me as a show of support.  The Phoenix is rising.  Soon I will learn to fly on my own.  Thanks for listening.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from Selcazare in Day 19 and anxious about not losing weight :(   
    I'm going to echo what MissMary said. Whole30 will probably not get you to an extremely low, lean weight. To be 5'8" and get to 135#, is, in my opinion going to require eating & exercising in a manner that does not support your natural body processes. The human body (and the female one especially) does not naturally want you to reduce body fat to a very low percentage. Since we are eating naturally and in tune with our natural signals, your body will get there (wherever "there" is for it) in its own time.
    PS. "There" for your body may not be the "there" that your brain wants.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from anniejean83 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Sinking and floating are both normal. Your new batch should grow a new Scoby on the surface as it goes through the fermentation process.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from Selcazare in Need make-ahead/freezable options   
    Hi Susan,
    For soups I usually use homemade bone broth. For stews, I don't use any liquid. One of the very best tips that I ever received was years ago and the friend told me that if you use enough meat (and fattier cuts) and lots of delicious veggies and cook it long and low (ie, crockpot), it will create just enough of its own liquid to make a thick and hearty stew. I've done that ever since and have never needed to thicken the stew.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from Selcazare in Costco Run   
    I buy almost all of our veggies & meats at Costco. Yes, they don't come from the farm next door but right now the farm next door is under a foot of snow and our grocery carries products from the same general regions as Costco...but for more money.  Also, we go through an absolute sh*ttonne of meat & veg, I would way rather purchase in bulk.  
    You're right as far as consumption going up on things that have no brakes (chips, pop, cookies etc) but I don't think my consumption goes up because I buy 3 2# bags of sprouts or green beans...that's just how much we eat.
    My main reason for going to Costco is because of their pricing and whether it's local or from Chile or if it's the perfect choice for meat or not, I still have to do the best I can with what I have both financially and nutritionally and Costco is a huge part of that.  
    People do the best they can with the resources they have and Costco is part of that choice (so is Walmart, for that matter).  For better or worse, we all have to make choices within our lives on where we're going to draw our lines and focus our attentions.
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    ladyshanny reacted to laura_juggles in Can i have organic honey?   
    This post is over 2 years old. 
    Your body isn't able to partition the honey as "oh, this is medicine, so I won't let it trigger a craving for cake". Just like it can't say "this soy is in a medicine so, even though legumes mess me up something horrible, this will be fine because it's medicine". For me, the added sugar every day of going on a "natural" allergy treatment like local honey isn't worth the added sugar because I have an ridiculous family history of diabetes. I'd rather Claritin than Insulin. 
    Regardless, the rules are the rules. No scale, no sugar/honey/stevia/etc.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Is it really that difficult?   
    Also, that's super great for you if you live somewhere that has these restaurants. Our participants are not all American and even if they were, they are not always from larger cities that have these restaurants.  
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    ladyshanny reacted to littleg in So many dishes to wash   
    Have you guys ever heard of Katy Bowman?  She is a biomechanist and pretty popular in the ancestral health "world".  She talks a lot about how we all "exercise" every day for 30 min, an hour, whatever... but that we "outsource" all our chances to have natural movement - doing dishes, hanging laundry on the line, moving the lawn without a sit-on (I don't even know what they are called!) mower... things like that.  If you fill your life with lots of little movement you don't need to "exercise" as much!  Just like the OP realized  
    PS - even chairs/sofas/beds let us outsource movement.  Sitting on the floor uses your core.  Sitting on chairs and sofas, nope. Not to mention the effort to get up and down off the floor (want a good workout - try going from lying to standing 30 times - I'm not kidding - it is tough!).  
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    ladyshanny reacted to MeadowLily in Did you find yourself sweeter and kinder after Whole30 reintro?   
    We have snow in the high country. Some of the gates and roads are already closed. We noticed the leaves turning around mid-August. Very early.
    Signs of a hard winter include insects marching in a straight line rather than meandering. They haven't got the time to mess around.
    Squirrels are busy fortifying with massive nut gathering. The bees go into early seclusion.
    Hornets building their nests close to the ground. Harbinger of cold, early winter.
    Thicker acorn shells mean extra hard winter.
    The crickets start chirping loudly. They're rubbing their lil wings together. Early arrival of crickets on the hearth means early winter on the earth.
    Nature does nothing in vain.
    When the crickets stop....winter starts.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from frogtox in Help, short notice!   
    I was just going to say what @ShannonM816 said: this looks like one of the easiest menus to navigate that I've seen so far! You should be fine!
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from Tj V in September 18 start date   
    It's all about finding that balance that works the best for you. The meal template is a range so some people are going to feel better with more protein and some with less. It's how you get from meal to meal comfortably. It's how your energy is, your sleep, your poops, your mood etc. If Whole30 is a departure from a person's norm (ie, they were used to eating a lot of processed foods without breaks or maybe they've had a lifetime of dieting/restriction/binging), it can definitely be a learning process on what exactly fuels them the best, meal to meal.
    Keep paying attention, you've got this!
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from Tj V in September 18 start date   
    Ya, you can make your own "larabar". I should have been more specific, it's the cocoa in this particular one that makes it non-compliant. No using chocolate in sweet things.
    Also worth noting: using sweets (fruits, dates, nuts, energy balls) in order to try and slay a Sugar Dragon is a loosing proposition. All you're really doing is keeping him/her in a content hibernation, waiting for when actual sweets hit the menu. We really, really, really don't recommend that people use larabars/energy bites etc for anything other than near-death emergencies and certainly not for getting a sugar dragon to quiet down.
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    ladyshanny reacted to Tj V in September 18 start date   
    Awesome!!!! Oh I'm doing a happy dance right now!!!! Woot! I do get enough veggies and I like salad alot, but I don't always have the desire for veggies with brekkie! I do love green beans with it, but some mornings it isn't all that. So, yay! Thank you, @ladyshanny!! You've made my day!
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from Tj V in September 18 start date   
    I don't know what a raw brownie bite is but if it's anything that is a concoction of dates, alternative flours/nuts, cocoa etc, that would not be compliant.
    @Tj V - the meal teamplate is just a recommendation. It's a recommendation for best possible results, but eating veggies at every meal is not actually a rule. We often will give people a nudge in the direction of the meal template if they are not feeling well, hungry all the time, cranky, tired etc. We do believe that everyone should follow the meal template.........but if you just wanted to eat compliant bacon and almond butter for every meal, that would technically also be a Whole30.