SpunkyBug

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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from susejh in Wine cravings.   
    Have you read this yet?
    http://whole30.com/2016/06/wine-after-work/
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from fmr_sailor in RX Bar Discount! (limited time)   
    Is it my imagination or does the self-righteousness/snark get a little thick when the subject of packaged bars come up? Yes, people need to understand that they shouldn't be eating these bars regularly on a Whole30. And yes, Whole30ers need to be prodded to define "emergency" more narrowly.
     
    But the original poster is talking about air travel, which is one of the emergency examples that is often used on these boards ("stuck on the tarmac for hours"). Who hasn't had a flight delayed, rerouted, etc.?
     
    I don't think there's anything wrong with planning for an emergency. I always thought it was a good thing to be prepared for life's unexpected challenges. And sometimes a compliant bar might make the most sense for someone's situation.
     
    That is all.
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from Guadopt1997 in Nearly 150 Recipes & Counting in One Convenient Document!!   
    You inspired me to finally convert my collection of recipe links into a Google Doc. Here it is:
     
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cAjZoomUpl_9hln1qpnUEpb69G4G0Mc_tmSgV0oD0VQ/edit?usp=sharing
     
    Feel free to add any or all of these to your list. 
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from fmr_sailor in RX Bar Discount! (limited time)   
    Is it my imagination or does the self-righteousness/snark get a little thick when the subject of packaged bars come up? Yes, people need to understand that they shouldn't be eating these bars regularly on a Whole30. And yes, Whole30ers need to be prodded to define "emergency" more narrowly.
     
    But the original poster is talking about air travel, which is one of the emergency examples that is often used on these boards ("stuck on the tarmac for hours"). Who hasn't had a flight delayed, rerouted, etc.?
     
    I don't think there's anything wrong with planning for an emergency. I always thought it was a good thing to be prepared for life's unexpected challenges. And sometimes a compliant bar might make the most sense for someone's situation.
     
    That is all.
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from MrsNuggs in Approved crunchy/dry snacks?   
    I will confess that I am the type of person Tom was referring to. I loved chips and other dry/crunchy/crispy foods. Before Whole30, I always had to have a bag of potato chips with a sandwich. Eating something soft without something crunchy just didn't seem right -- my family probably embedded this preference in my brain (we also had to end every meal with something sweet, but that's another story).
    I could also eat a whole large bag of chips for dinner if there wasn't anything else in the house or I didn't feel like cooking, Before I discovered the Whole30, I switched to buying the chips that make you think you are eating healthier -- the ones made from lentils, veggies, sweet potatoes, popped corn, kale, etc. Having these around resulted in mindless eating.
    During my first Whole30 I swapped in nuts to add crunch to my lunches (a particular weak spot for me), but I found them easy to overeat and rough on my stomach. So, I switched to eating an apple with lunch every day (plenty of veggies in addition to the apple, of course).  I didn't used to like apples (it was a texture thing with the skin), and now I eat one almost every day, skin and all!  They are not dry like chips, but they seem to fulfill that need to have something go crunch between your teeth.
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from NoMoreCrunchyCravings in How to navigate being invited to a pot luck   
    I second the meatball idea. Melissa Joulwan's meatballs are great, and she's got tons of variations:
    http://meljoulwan.com/2014/03/08/march-meatball-madness/
    My favorites are the Gyoza (they seriously taste like Chinese dumplings), the Merguez (the easiest of the bunch), and the Bora Bora Fireballs (not too spicy).
    Also, I'm starting to feel like a broken record, but this dip is so good:  http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/hearts-of-palm-dip  You can bring red bell pepper strips for yourself and fellow veggie eaters, and pita chips for other folks.
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from Zengirl in Day 15 bloated again! Very discouraged   
    Yup. I had always eaten broccoli and cauliflower before Whole30, but not as much. The results were unpleasant. I had to scale back and branch out. 
    Also, I was eating more nuts and nut butters than usual during my first W30 and had to scale back on those, too. They are rough on the gut.  
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from Bellmaestra in Best Tasting Light Olive Oils?   
    After much trial and error, I landed on Goya Light Flavor Olive Oil. It never tastes "musty" or "off" like some oils. However, it's hard to find in the big bottles. I found one grocery store (Shoppers Food Warehouse) in our area that sells it in the large bottles. The store is a bit of a hike from where we live, so I buy 3-4 bottles when I'm there. You can find it in the Latin aisle -- it's not usually in with the other olive oils.
    Another note: I know that EVOO makes for inedible mayo, but I like to use just 1/8 cup of EVOO (out of a total of 1 1/4 cups oil) and then the rest light.  It adds a bit of richness.  
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from fmr_sailor in RX Bar Discount! (limited time)   
    Is it my imagination or does the self-righteousness/snark get a little thick when the subject of packaged bars come up? Yes, people need to understand that they shouldn't be eating these bars regularly on a Whole30. And yes, Whole30ers need to be prodded to define "emergency" more narrowly.
     
    But the original poster is talking about air travel, which is one of the emergency examples that is often used on these boards ("stuck on the tarmac for hours"). Who hasn't had a flight delayed, rerouted, etc.?
     
    I don't think there's anything wrong with planning for an emergency. I always thought it was a good thing to be prepared for life's unexpected challenges. And sometimes a compliant bar might make the most sense for someone's situation.
     
    That is all.
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from MeadowLily in Why is it OK to eat fruits if sugar is not allowed?   
    Sugar represents empty calories, whereas fruits provide nutrients.
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    SpunkyBug reacted to ladyshanny in SWYPO Questions   
    The SWYPO rule is very clear in some areas and very vague in others. The answer to your questions is probably going to be different for everyone. Someone with a killer Dr. Pepper addiction probably shouldn't just sub in LaCroix. Someone who normally doesn't drink pop regularly and who throws LaCroix into the mix for variety is probably fine. Same with BBQ Sauce. If super saucy, drippy ribs and french fries was a normal comfort food/emotional eating food, chances are you would want to lay off the bbq sauce for a while in order to break that habit/association. Someone who uses BBQ sauce to baste their chicken thighs one week and uses a lemon marinade the next week and then an everyday "house" seasoning the next is probably fine with it.
    Consider your context and know that your answers may differ from someone else's. 
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from fmr_sailor in RX Bar Discount! (limited time)   
    Is it my imagination or does the self-righteousness/snark get a little thick when the subject of packaged bars come up? Yes, people need to understand that they shouldn't be eating these bars regularly on a Whole30. And yes, Whole30ers need to be prodded to define "emergency" more narrowly.
     
    But the original poster is talking about air travel, which is one of the emergency examples that is often used on these boards ("stuck on the tarmac for hours"). Who hasn't had a flight delayed, rerouted, etc.?
     
    I don't think there's anything wrong with planning for an emergency. I always thought it was a good thing to be prepared for life's unexpected challenges. And sometimes a compliant bar might make the most sense for someone's situation.
     
    That is all.
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Food Freedom Forever Reset Plan -- Whole30 kind of?   
    I would recommend, however, trying something like olives instead of almonds for your snack. Nuts can be tough on the gut. And during my first Whole30, I ate a lot of nuts and found them to be a food that is easy to eat mindlessly , hand to mouth. 
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from fmr_sailor in RX Bar Discount! (limited time)   
    Is it my imagination or does the self-righteousness/snark get a little thick when the subject of packaged bars come up? Yes, people need to understand that they shouldn't be eating these bars regularly on a Whole30. And yes, Whole30ers need to be prodded to define "emergency" more narrowly.
     
    But the original poster is talking about air travel, which is one of the emergency examples that is often used on these boards ("stuck on the tarmac for hours"). Who hasn't had a flight delayed, rerouted, etc.?
     
    I don't think there's anything wrong with planning for an emergency. I always thought it was a good thing to be prepared for life's unexpected challenges. And sometimes a compliant bar might make the most sense for someone's situation.
     
    That is all.
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from andreap26 in Non-Food Rewards?   
    Kitchen gadgets: pressure cooker, spiralizer, dutch oven...
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from Robin R. in Confused about nuts   
    I did not like any of the homemade ketchups I made, either. I think ketchup is one of those SAD foods that doesn't translate well to a healthier version.
     
    But homemade mayo is out of this world. Definitely get yourself an immersion blender. It does not need to be fancy -- mine is a basic model from like 20 years ago.
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from hulmerous in When you can't get to 30   
    I've done three Whole30s now, and I think I've figured out what works best for me outside of the 30 (easy to say, harder to implement, of course):
     
    Meal 1: Always compliant at home. Even if I were invited out to a fancy brunch where I might want to go off road, I would still eat a template breakfast that morning, and then brunch would count toward lunch.
     
    Meal 2: Always compliant at home. Every other weekend when we have my stepson, I'm willing to go off road if we eat lunch out (but compliant at the house). When out, I still try to make the best (mostly compliant) choices.
     
    Meal 3: Almost always compliant at home. On special occasions (company's coming) I may go off road to make our fabulous made-from-scratch lasagna. We do like to go out to dinner once or twice a week (need a break from all that cooking), so I make the best choices I can while out for a "regular" dinner. If it's a real special dinner out, I relax and enjoy myself without worrying.
     
    Snacking: NO. Never.
     
    Dessert: NO. Mostly. No more nightly "Oh, it's just a couple fancy dark chocolate squares -- how bad can that be?". No more dessert items kept in the house at all. On special occasions (not regular dinners out), I may indulge if we are eating out or making a big dinner for company. But special occasions are one-night-only. The entire month of December is not considered a special occasion.
     
    Traveling: I will do my best to remain as compliant as possible at as many meals as possible, with the understanding that it's not always going to work out perfectly. If snacking is necessary while on the road, it must be compliant snacking. Come prepared!
     
    Let's see how it goes!
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from Alicia C in Help needed with Husband and Breakfast   
    I buy canned pureed butternut squash, which is nice and earthy tasting but fairly neutral (sweet potato and pumpkin are too aggressive). The brand in my area is called Farmer's Market, and they sell it in the organic area in my Wegmans. Here's what it looks like:
     
    http://www.farmersmarketfoods.com/
     
    I put one tablespoon per egg in with my eggs when I whisk them. If you whisk them good enough, you cannot see or taste the butternut squash in the eggs once they are scrambled. They just add some richness to the eggs, kind of like cheese would. Now, this little trick isn't going to add a huge amount of veggies to your husband's breakfast, but the mushrooms weren't going to do too much, either.
     
    Eventually your husband might be able to work up to eating actual pieces of butternut squash on the side. You (or he) could buy the cubed butternut squash that most stores sell in the produce area, and cook those in a pan like you would home fries.
     
    Or, he could just get over himself and fill his plate with a big old bunch of green beans, carrots, and zucchini. I'm serious, once you get used to eating veggies at breakfast, you'll wonder why it isn't more common. Think I will go read that article from Shannon now. Good luck!    
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from hulmerous in When you can't get to 30   
    I've done three Whole30s now, and I think I've figured out what works best for me outside of the 30 (easy to say, harder to implement, of course):
     
    Meal 1: Always compliant at home. Even if I were invited out to a fancy brunch where I might want to go off road, I would still eat a template breakfast that morning, and then brunch would count toward lunch.
     
    Meal 2: Always compliant at home. Every other weekend when we have my stepson, I'm willing to go off road if we eat lunch out (but compliant at the house). When out, I still try to make the best (mostly compliant) choices.
     
    Meal 3: Almost always compliant at home. On special occasions (company's coming) I may go off road to make our fabulous made-from-scratch lasagna. We do like to go out to dinner once or twice a week (need a break from all that cooking), so I make the best choices I can while out for a "regular" dinner. If it's a real special dinner out, I relax and enjoy myself without worrying.
     
    Snacking: NO. Never.
     
    Dessert: NO. Mostly. No more nightly "Oh, it's just a couple fancy dark chocolate squares -- how bad can that be?". No more dessert items kept in the house at all. On special occasions (not regular dinners out), I may indulge if we are eating out or making a big dinner for company. But special occasions are one-night-only. The entire month of December is not considered a special occasion.
     
    Traveling: I will do my best to remain as compliant as possible at as many meals as possible, with the understanding that it's not always going to work out perfectly. If snacking is necessary while on the road, it must be compliant snacking. Come prepared!
     
    Let's see how it goes!
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from andreap26 in Non-Food Rewards?   
    Kitchen gadgets: pressure cooker, spiralizer, dutch oven...
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from ladyshanny in Don't like coconut?   
     
    We made it last night, and it was delicious! Could another food be off my "hate" list? Wow! Thanks so much for the recommendation. Once again, I am reminded that being brave often produces wonderful results.
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from kirkor in Don't like coconut?   
    I do try to give the few foods that I don't like another chance now and then -- like every five years or so. After a number of chances in different preparations over a long period of time (which allows for a change in taste), if I still don't like it, I pretty much give up on it (I'm looking at you, lima beans).
     
    Like with coconut: I hadn't eaten it in any form in soooo long because I was convinced I hated it. But now I really like it, so it was worth challenging myself to try it again -- first with the oil, which I didn't find overpowering, and then with the milk, etc. And I'm sure glad I did it.
     
    And now I'm even considering trying eggplant one more time thanks to ladyshanny. So, here's to adventures in cooking and eating! And, yes, sometimes the experiment fails, but if you're lucky, you'll get many more meals in life.
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from susejh in Wine cravings.   
    Have you read this yet?
    http://whole30.com/2016/06/wine-after-work/
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    SpunkyBug reacted to bertadee in Mayo problems   
    A stick blender is a miracle appliance!
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    SpunkyBug got a reaction from fmr_sailor in RX Bar Discount! (limited time)   
    Is it my imagination or does the self-righteousness/snark get a little thick when the subject of packaged bars come up? Yes, people need to understand that they shouldn't be eating these bars regularly on a Whole30. And yes, Whole30ers need to be prodded to define "emergency" more narrowly.
     
    But the original poster is talking about air travel, which is one of the emergency examples that is often used on these boards ("stuck on the tarmac for hours"). Who hasn't had a flight delayed, rerouted, etc.?
     
    I don't think there's anything wrong with planning for an emergency. I always thought it was a good thing to be prepared for life's unexpected challenges. And sometimes a compliant bar might make the most sense for someone's situation.
     
    That is all.