laura_juggles

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    laura_juggles got a reaction from Terra Milliken in Looking for a substitute for melted cheese as a “glue”.   
    I think by the fact that you started off looking for a binder and now are trying to figure out a cheesy texture, this might be something you leave off until after your Whole30. 
    Nothing anyone suggests is going to that closely mimic the texture of cheese, which is what you're looking for.
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    laura_juggles reacted to Jihanna in Whole30 round 2 - just as much of a waste as round 1   
    As an add-on to my previous post -- it's also possible that your particular body actually needs something that's removed by Whole30. That's another reason why following up the elimination with reintroduction is so very important, because it lets you see the effects... sometimes that's a negative effect like constipation or headache, but sometimes it's actually positive like better bowel movements or improved sleep.
    For me, doing Whole30 was all about learning enough to create a sustainable way to move forward in my continued health journey. It's never been about losing weight (despite having plenty to lose), but rather about gaining better health. Unfortunately, there is no one diet that will work for everyone because we don't all have the same body system. The "perfect diet" for each individual will be an entirely individualized thing, and will even vary for that individual if the goal changes.
    Although you haven't achieved a great testing environment for the reintroduction, I would still suggest doing one simply so you can see if any of the eliminated food groups help to improve your overall well-being in all of this.
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    laura_juggles reacted to Jihanna in Whole30 round 2 - just as much of a waste as round 1   
    I know quite a few people who follow the paleo lifestyle, rather than using it as a "diet" to lose weight... and none who have chosen it as a weight loss diet.
    Whole30 was not created as a weight-loss diet, according Melissa Hartwig Urban herself. If we can't believe the co-creator of the diet on that particular matter, then I'm not sure what we should do.
    Weight loss does often occur for those who follow Whole30. Sometimes this is a positive side effect, and for others it's actually bad so they find themselves trying to stuff in more calories to help maintain a healthy weight during the program. This is an elimination diet, plain and simple. For most people, the first round is used to prepare for a reintroduction phase to help determine food sensitivities or other similar issues, which can help them make informed decisions about their diet in the days to come... and eventually many will come back for a "reset" when they feel they've gotten derailed, just to bring themselves back into balance and remind themselves of how much better they feel when eating in a way that promotes better health.
    Again, it's entirely possible that there are things that are compliant for Whole30 but don't work for you personally. For me, it's worth knowing things that affect me badly... like how I'm allergic to dairy and that even includes ghee (for me), or that eating 3 meals in a row that include cruciferous vegetables will make me feel like a blimp, or that I can't sleep well if I drink coffee after 3pm. I also have to keep reminding myself to drink water, because I'm really bad about not getting enough... the official suggestion is to drink at least half our weight number in ounces (so for me that'd be just under a gallon per day), so my current goal is to reach that intake before I even do another round -- that way it's already habit, and will be easy to continue  
    I truly do hope you find something that works for you, because you deserve to feel good and have a positive self-image.
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from Ktinegv in PRE WORKOUT HELP???   
    Rx Bars are emergency food only - like you're unexpectedly stuck in traffic for hours. Pre-workout isn't an emergency
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    laura_juggles reacted to Jihanna in Just finished week 1 with gastroparisis — I have a great coach to help me through this!   
    I was going to suggest the same thing @laura_juggles just did. There's absolutely no reason that you must use raw veggies, especially if you're finding that it's difficult on your body. I even make sure I get plenty of green leafy veg by making soups that include spinach or kale (of course with meat and lots of other veggies, too!), which often makes it into a leftovers container for me to reheat the next morning for my breakfast. Roasted veggies are the epitome of easy, though, and I learned during W30 that I actually like the taste of some of them cold, so don't even have to reheat them to enjoy (sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, etc.)... which means they make an excellent addition to Gado Gado, since I generally eat everything cold for that and just heat up my sauce a little before pouring it on.
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from Jihanna in Just finished week 1 with gastroparisis — I have a great coach to help me through this!   
    Toss a big ol' bowl of pretty much whatever veg you want with some oil/ghee and seasonings and chuck it in the oven to roast while you're having dinner. Then you'll have lots of ready-to-go cooked veg. Almost as quick as raw
     
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from True Primal in Can anyone suggest which option is the best and at what times?   
    Which option for what is best?
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Is Whole30 Compliant Buffalo Chicken Dip Allowed?   
    "Whole30 compliant" and "delicious" aren't mutually exclusive.  
    Now, if buffalo wings have always been a food without brakes for you, then the recipe may well be SWYPO. But SWYPO is a very personal and subjective thing. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Is Whole30 Compliant Buffalo Chicken Dip Allowed?   
    "Whole30 compliant" and "delicious" aren't mutually exclusive.  
    Now, if buffalo wings have always been a food without brakes for you, then the recipe may well be SWYPO. But SWYPO is a very personal and subjective thing. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in How to make crispy chicken strips?   
    I've found that the chicken needs to be *dry* to start. Then give it a toss in some starch...I feel like potato starch may work well here, but arrowroot or one of the other compliant starches could do (hopefully someone else will chime in here! lol). Then into beaten egg, then into seasoned almond meal. It's still occasionally iffy, but usually works. Part of the issue is that in normal chicken tenders, the egg and flour will mush together and make a sort of batter. Almond or coconut meal won't/can't do that. And then we're not deep frying on top of that so it's tough. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from hollysmokes in Bare Banana and Cinnamon chips   
    Regardless of the fact that it's none of your business why I don't seek out banana chips, they're in the cereal aisle in my local supermarket. I don't eat cereal, and banana chips aren't a constant presence in my mind, so I rarely buy them. 
    I've been here a while, man. Most people who fight against one particular aspect of a rule are fixated on a particular food in a way that's bordering on addiction. Just something to think about. *Why* is it so important to you that you need to keep having your banana chips? 
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    laura_juggles reacted to cutterlm in Rao’s marinera   
    That is exactly correct.   You are looking for sugar (or a form of it) on the ingredient label, not on the nutritional facts.   The Rao's sauces are really good, and so are the Monte Bene sauces!
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from ladyshanny in What am I doing wrong? Day 18 and no Tiger Blood   
    If you only read the rules, of which there are 8, you can have quite a successful Whole30 experience. 8 rules. That's it. If you start thinking about those 8 rules overmuch, then it starts to get complicated because you're making it complicated. 
     
    The recommendations are just that. Recommendations. They were designed to help people have an even better experience, based on what hundreds and thousands of people have done in the past. But it's not to say that you will "fail" if you don't follow every single recommendation as well. They just help make it better. 

    The books give you added information, which you seem to really want. It doesn't mean that the 8 rules are complicated. It just means that you want more information. Perhaps a deeper understanding of why legumes, or grains, or dairy, or whatever are not permitted by the rules. But if you don't care to know why and you just want it simple, then "no legumes, ok, done". 

    You ask for more information, repeatedly, and then say that you want the program to be simple. If you want simple - https://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/ the rules are there. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from ladyshanny in What am I doing wrong? Day 18 and no Tiger Blood   
    If you only read the rules, of which there are 8, you can have quite a successful Whole30 experience. 8 rules. That's it. If you start thinking about those 8 rules overmuch, then it starts to get complicated because you're making it complicated. 
     
    The recommendations are just that. Recommendations. They were designed to help people have an even better experience, based on what hundreds and thousands of people have done in the past. But it's not to say that you will "fail" if you don't follow every single recommendation as well. They just help make it better. 

    The books give you added information, which you seem to really want. It doesn't mean that the 8 rules are complicated. It just means that you want more information. Perhaps a deeper understanding of why legumes, or grains, or dairy, or whatever are not permitted by the rules. But if you don't care to know why and you just want it simple, then "no legumes, ok, done". 

    You ask for more information, repeatedly, and then say that you want the program to be simple. If you want simple - https://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/ the rules are there. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from ladyshanny in What am I doing wrong? Day 18 and no Tiger Blood   
    If you only read the rules, of which there are 8, you can have quite a successful Whole30 experience. 8 rules. That's it. If you start thinking about those 8 rules overmuch, then it starts to get complicated because you're making it complicated. 
     
    The recommendations are just that. Recommendations. They were designed to help people have an even better experience, based on what hundreds and thousands of people have done in the past. But it's not to say that you will "fail" if you don't follow every single recommendation as well. They just help make it better. 

    The books give you added information, which you seem to really want. It doesn't mean that the 8 rules are complicated. It just means that you want more information. Perhaps a deeper understanding of why legumes, or grains, or dairy, or whatever are not permitted by the rules. But if you don't care to know why and you just want it simple, then "no legumes, ok, done". 

    You ask for more information, repeatedly, and then say that you want the program to be simple. If you want simple - https://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/ the rules are there. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from Jim Baunach in Is Whole30 backed by science?   
    Are you actually a troll?
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    laura_juggles reacted to ShannonM816 in Is the Whole30 safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women?   
    "Defer" means postpone, but "defer to" means to allow someone else to choose.  Check out the definition from Merriam Webster: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defer to 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in What can I add to my coffee?   
    You cannot add honey as honey is a sweetener and sweeteners are not allowed on Whole30.
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from Medowsweet in Veggie sauce/salad dressing   
    You'll do well to stop thinking of certain foods as "snacks". There's no reason at all you can't eat celery with almond butter alongside a burger for lunch. And generally, you're going to want to compose your meals so you're not needing or wanting to "snack" in between. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from Anhe in Am I doing this right?   
    You can use a beef bone broth instead of just beef broth (also may be easier to find compliant), and add in an extra clove of garlic maybe, and that'll give it more flavor of other things rather than just straight up cauliflower. I've made it with chicken bone broth and it definitely gives more of a creamy soup vibe than a mashed cauliflower vibe. 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from ArtFossil in Can i have Crepini Egg Thins?   
    So, I think it's really great that you're here supporting people and sharing your experience. 
    But can you please maybe be a little more thoughtful about your "it's not a trigger for me so I don't care" attitude? If you're using them now and you're not doing a Whole30, that's fine, but maybe a "they're great for my Food Freedom when I'm not in the middle of a Whole30" could be included? Because it really comes across like your entire Whole30 philosophy is "screw the rules, I'll do what I want". 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from ArtFossil in Can i have Crepini Egg Thins?   
    So, I think it's really great that you're here supporting people and sharing your experience. 
    But can you please maybe be a little more thoughtful about your "it's not a trigger for me so I don't care" attitude? If you're using them now and you're not doing a Whole30, that's fine, but maybe a "they're great for my Food Freedom when I'm not in the middle of a Whole30" could be included? Because it really comes across like your entire Whole30 philosophy is "screw the rules, I'll do what I want". 
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Can i have Crepini Egg Thins?   
    Because it would be a whole slippery slope of contradictions and confusion if every single rule in the Whole30 looked like this:
    No pancakes or recreations of baked goods (tortillas, waffles, muffins, etc). Unless you don't usually eat pancakes. Or toast. Or tacos. Or unless you really don't actually like muffins, but you're so tired of eggs that a concoction of almond flour, eggs, and fruit will be the one thing that keeps you from going off the rails and housing the package of cookies you left in the pantry for your kids. 
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    The thinly cooked scrambled egg thing mentioned above is not a crepe in the same way that spiral-cut zucchini is not pasta. The first is an omelette and the second is squash cut in thin strips. Cooking or cutting something in a slightly different way to achieve your purpose (like cauliflower "rice" or zoodles) is completely different than taking a compliant thing (i.e. a head of cauliflower) and mixing a bunch of other stuff in it to make it something indistinguishable from what it originally was (i.e. "wraps" made with "cauliflower powder"...what has to happen to a head of cauliflower to turn it into a powder? That kinda screams franken-food to me). 
    I feel like you're seriously getting hung up on words rather than the spirit of the Whole30. 
     
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    laura_juggles got a reaction from ArtFossil in Can i have Crepini Egg Thins?   
    So, I think it's really great that you're here supporting people and sharing your experience. 
    But can you please maybe be a little more thoughtful about your "it's not a trigger for me so I don't care" attitude? If you're using them now and you're not doing a Whole30, that's fine, but maybe a "they're great for my Food Freedom when I'm not in the middle of a Whole30" could be included? Because it really comes across like your entire Whole30 philosophy is "screw the rules, I'll do what I want". 
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    laura_juggles reacted to Jihanna in Can i have Crepini Egg Thins?   
    Crepini is a crepe made with a flour substitute (cauliflower powder). This makes it totally paleo-friendly, but definitely is against the spirit of Whole30. Making your own crepe would definitely still be against the rules, because it would be a recreation of a pancake-like product. Whisking an egg and frying it thinly is NOT a crepe, however -- it's an egg, nothing else added to make it crepe-like.
    For ongoing health, it's fine. But if you're mid-round then it's not okay for Whole30.