C. Logan reacted to ladyshanny in Sweet potato cranberry cakes
Sweet potato "toast" is sliced sweet potato and is definitely permitted on Whole30. If you, personally, have a very strong association to conventional toast where you think that putting toppings on a slice of sweet potato is a gateway food for you, then sure, you should exclude it. Latkes are also permitted for the program as they are baked or pan fried vegetables. We understand that some people may find that they are better off leaving them off and that's fine but they are also not considered SWYPO.
I appreciate your passion surrounding the program and of course we want folks to read things with a critical mind. We also appreciate polite and respectful discourse but please also understand that answers coming from Whole30 Moderators, Administrators and Coaches is generally not going to be "false information".
C. Logan reacted to WholeMama623 in I gained weight on Whole30, What to do now?
Just chiming in to say that I didn't lose either during my whole30. I got on the scale and it was exactly the same as it was 30 days before. I checked in with the mods and they said my eating was fine. I am doing a whole100 because 30 days just isn't long enough (for me) to reap the full benefits. I had a doctors appointment a few weeks later, and I was down 4 lbs. Don't be discouraged. I feel better than I have, and my pants are SO baggy! The number on the scale is not the whole picture.
C. Logan reacted to MrsStick in I gained weight on Whole30, What to do now?
You mentioned your weight but didn't say how tall you are. The picture at this site - http://thehealthybodycentre.blogspot.kr/2013/05/who-weighs-aussie-average.html- really says it best. Every one of the women in that picture weighs the same amount. But one is about 5 feet tall, one looks close to 6 feet tall, and the rest are somewhere in the middle.
As a 5'10.5" woman, 150 pounds is about right for me (ish). I fluctuate like we all do - I'm usually around 150-155 when I'm not on a Whole 30. During a Whole 30 I'll usually end up around 140-145. I was closer to 160-165 pre-Whole 30s, but discovering that I have Celiac disease (through my Whole 30 journey) and cutting out gluten grains helped a lot of that go away quickly after my first Whole 30. The Whole 30 and learning what my body does best with on a daily basis has helped me really stabilize my weight well. Granted, I've had to temper it a bit with what I have time for, since hubby and I both work and are involved in our community, but it's all what I know I do well with. I know I can add white rice to a meal to stretch it since I didn't have time to do more. Or I know that putting some cheese on my soup to make it more filling (yay fat!) is fine because I tolerate dairy well. Does that add a little to my weight? Yes, but I don't mind it.
What I guess I'm trying to say here is to focus on your body composition more than your weight. You mentioned working out and building muscle will absolutely make your weight go up, even if you lose body fat and are a smaller size. Muscle weighs more, it's just how it is. Your weight can fluctuate by up to ten pounds just by how much water you drank yesterday and how well you've cultivated the bacteria in your guts. It's why you can crash diet and lose ten pounds in a week - your body itself hasn't lost the weight, but your digestive system has.
TL;DR: weight is a number, and depending on how tall you are, yours is probably about perfect for your body. Ditch the scale, buy some great clothes, feel awesome.
C. Logan reacted to ShannonM816 in I gained weight on Whole30, What to do now?
Please understand that the scale can be very misleading. If you're working out, especially working on building strength/muscle, your body composition and therefore the way you look and the way your clothes fit can change for the better, even though your weight stays the same or even goes up. The whole "ideal weight" thing is BS. As humans, we like easy ways to measure and categorize, therefore we take a lot of averages and say, on average, a person of this height who weighs this much is usually healthy, therefore everyone of this height should try to weigh this much. It doesn't take into account things like bone structure or muscle-to-fat ratio, and it certainly doesn't take into account things like your individual health.
Check out this post about Deb and notice the difference between her before and after pictures, despite the fact that she weight EXACTLY THE SAME in both of them. And for further evidence, check out this post from a friend of mine who weighs more in her after pic than she did in her before (please note, she is not remotely Whole30, and I'm not recommending following the way she eats, but she works out hard and has lost a lot of weight, and this particular post is just one more piece of proof that the scale really doesn't tell you anything useful).
C. Logan reacted to jmcbn in Corned Beef
If it helps I'm Irish, living in Ireland, and we don't actually eat cabbage & corned beef on St Patrick's Day. It's not even considered a National dish.
In fact back in the day beef was very expensive here & if we could get it it would have been eaten fresh. Most Irish got their first taste of beef when they arrived in the States where beef was more widely available & less expensive, and they treated it in the same way as they would a bacon/ham joint (ie. any joint that wasn't from the leg) - they brined it.
So don't feel bad aboout not eating that corned beef - nobody here will be either - in fact going on my food prep for this week I'll be eating a chicken & spinach curry!!
C. Logan 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.