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    DVeep got a reaction from misskrissy27 in Cold treatment   
    Bone broth - lots of nutrients and easy on the gut
    Raw Apple Cider Vinegar in hot water (1 tsp per 1 cup, more or less to taste). When you are off Whole30 you can use a little honey. For now, just suck it up. The ACV really, really does help with a sore throat and digestion.
    Capsules from your local "health food store": Bromelain (enzyme from pineapple) and Quercetin. I buy them separately in 500mg capsules each. They are actually both listed as alternative medical treatment (I used to work for UC Davis School of Medicine - an FNP/PA looked it up on his PDA ), as decongestant and/or antihistamines - i don't remember which is which.
    Ginger Tea - take a 1" piece of ginger root, peel it, cut it into thin slices. Put them in a 2 quart pot of filter water. Bring to boil for 3 minutes. Trn off heat. Pour half a cup into a mug and add plain water to dilute it until the taste and temperature are good for you. Drink. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory, and this tastes really good. Providing you like the taste of ginger.
    Good luck!
    P.S. I've used ACV for about 2 years now, daily. I attribute it to lowering my blood pressure after about 6 months. I am never sick - unless I eat dairy.
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    DVeep got a reaction from Casswoman in Unsupportive Doctors??   
    P.S. Check out www.primaldocs.com. Some of them are paying attention to the paleo lifestyle. You might just find a primal doctor in your area!
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    DVeep got a reaction from helen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Oh COSTCO! Well, from the produce section we buy the bags of avocados, 1-2 packs of organic spinach (throw it into eggs or broth), a bag of lemons (many of which I squeeze and pour into ice cube trays for handy lemon cubes), baby portabello mushrooms (24 oz/$4.50), bags of garlic, EVOO and LOO (for the paleo-mayo). They have yummy lamb roasts from Australia. ECOS laundry detergent. Cases of Pellegrino mineral water. TurboTax. Tires with free rotate-balance. Gasoline. Toilet Paper! Bath towels, 14-cup food processor, crockpot, fabulous dual-pak insulated (hot or cold) thermos (grab, squeeze, drink, no spill stays hot for HOURS).
    I know folks who have purchased flooring there. We bought our 42" flat screen there just before the 2009 Inauguration. You can go in on items with family or friends. Plus, you get the 2% annual rebate, which at least pays for our membership. Plus, they are wonderful about returns. We even returned a spa --- oh that's a whole other story. The only credit card they accept is American Express, which we got so we can charge, then pay it off each month, AND we get a 3% rebate from AmExp!!
    Oh, and we are now the proud owners of a 7cft chest freezer bought at Costco for $174.00, so now we have room for a half-pig this summer, which works out to be $4.50 a pound for pastured pork instead of the $6-8/lb we have been paying! AND I learned that we can have them custom grind or package how we want it!!
    Yeah, for us, Costco is so worth it.
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    DVeep got a reaction from helen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Oh COSTCO! Well, from the produce section we buy the bags of avocados, 1-2 packs of organic spinach (throw it into eggs or broth), a bag of lemons (many of which I squeeze and pour into ice cube trays for handy lemon cubes), baby portabello mushrooms (24 oz/$4.50), bags of garlic, EVOO and LOO (for the paleo-mayo). They have yummy lamb roasts from Australia. ECOS laundry detergent. Cases of Pellegrino mineral water. TurboTax. Tires with free rotate-balance. Gasoline. Toilet Paper! Bath towels, 14-cup food processor, crockpot, fabulous dual-pak insulated (hot or cold) thermos (grab, squeeze, drink, no spill stays hot for HOURS).
    I know folks who have purchased flooring there. We bought our 42" flat screen there just before the 2009 Inauguration. You can go in on items with family or friends. Plus, you get the 2% annual rebate, which at least pays for our membership. Plus, they are wonderful about returns. We even returned a spa --- oh that's a whole other story. The only credit card they accept is American Express, which we got so we can charge, then pay it off each month, AND we get a 3% rebate from AmExp!!
    Oh, and we are now the proud owners of a 7cft chest freezer bought at Costco for $174.00, so now we have room for a half-pig this summer, which works out to be $4.50 a pound for pastured pork instead of the $6-8/lb we have been paying! AND I learned that we can have them custom grind or package how we want it!!
    Yeah, for us, Costco is so worth it.
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    DVeep got a reaction from helen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Oh COSTCO! Well, from the produce section we buy the bags of avocados, 1-2 packs of organic spinach (throw it into eggs or broth), a bag of lemons (many of which I squeeze and pour into ice cube trays for handy lemon cubes), baby portabello mushrooms (24 oz/$4.50), bags of garlic, EVOO and LOO (for the paleo-mayo). They have yummy lamb roasts from Australia. ECOS laundry detergent. Cases of Pellegrino mineral water. TurboTax. Tires with free rotate-balance. Gasoline. Toilet Paper! Bath towels, 14-cup food processor, crockpot, fabulous dual-pak insulated (hot or cold) thermos (grab, squeeze, drink, no spill stays hot for HOURS).
    I know folks who have purchased flooring there. We bought our 42" flat screen there just before the 2009 Inauguration. You can go in on items with family or friends. Plus, you get the 2% annual rebate, which at least pays for our membership. Plus, they are wonderful about returns. We even returned a spa --- oh that's a whole other story. The only credit card they accept is American Express, which we got so we can charge, then pay it off each month, AND we get a 3% rebate from AmExp!!
    Oh, and we are now the proud owners of a 7cft chest freezer bought at Costco for $174.00, so now we have room for a half-pig this summer, which works out to be $4.50 a pound for pastured pork instead of the $6-8/lb we have been paying! AND I learned that we can have them custom grind or package how we want it!!
    Yeah, for us, Costco is so worth it.
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    DVeep got a reaction from DocIKY in most important supplements?   
    I would definitely consider Vitamin D3 an essential, if you do not spend much time in the sun. I read that your body makes around that with just 15 minutes of sun exposure. To know if I was getting too much D, I had my blood tested for VIT D 25OH. Kaiser states the acceptable range is 20-80 (whatever unit of measure). Last March test result showed 45. Since I had had an melanoma a year prior and read that Vit D can prevent cancer, I started taking 10,000/day. In July result showed 86 and my doc thought it was too high. So I dropped back to 5,000/day and in Dec my blood test showed 55. I recently read one doc claiming that he has never seen cancer in patients with VitD levels above 100, and 86 is far from being toxic. For me, I choose to be at the high end of VitD levels, so I have changed my intake to 5,000/day and 10,000 every other day. Mind you I'm not recommending what you should do. I am a study of one - me. Long story short, Yes. I think VitD3 is essential, along with all of the good foods recommended in ISWF.
    2/9/13 - P.S. I don't have a source (darn) but I did read recently about a study of older folks, comparing taking Vit-D3 daily versus weekly. Those who took it daily gained more benefit. They got sick less than the group who took it only weekly!
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    DVeep got a reaction from Suzy in Food Porn   
    Yes, I'll have an order of #1 and #5 to go, please!
    Nice job!
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    DVeep got a reaction from Suzy in Snacks that are not nuts or fruit   
    Last spring, not on a Whole30, I made paleo coconut truffles regularly, rationalizing that they were good fats and nutritious almonds and coconut. Yet, I ate them as a snack, and ate way too make of them. Another thing I would do is bake bacon in the oven (way easier than on top of the stove). I find this time around, that if I get enough sleep and eat enough protein in the morning and at lunch, that I'm pretty good at dinner. My "snacks" now are a another small meal, or just eggs, and a cup of hot water with lemon juice is great!
    I buy the big bags of lemons from Costco, then squeeze about 6 of them and pour the juice into ice cube trays. I keep the lemon cubes in the freezer so I can pop one out whenever I want, and never waste the lemons! Works great.
    We also make at least a pound of sausage patties every week, with our own spices, no sugar. Sausage (no casings) in omelets is one of my husband's comfort foods. When I am too tired to cook and decide to just graze on leftovers from the fridge, he will make himself an omelet. AND do the dishes. Good husband!
    I try to eat enough fats and proteins. Even if it's late at night and I know I don't need to be eating but feel I'm going to go into automatic and might land in a candy bar, I will eat meat or bone broth. Love that. And when I make bone broth, the next morning I pull off the thick disc of lovely white fat, scrape off any gelatin from the bottom side, and save it to cook with. Eat fat, be healthy! (PS I only use fat from grass-fed pastured animals now.) -diana
    P.S. I also eat plenty of vegetables and no white potatoes!
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    DVeep got a reaction from jtota in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    My husband and I used nasal saline rinses (using a juice cup not a netti pot) for quite awhile. I ultimately started having trouble doing that - it seemed to make matters worse. Since I gave up dairy I don't have too many issues with stuffiness, until this past week on my W30. Whenever hubby eats too much sugar, he gets nasal congestion. His remedy is mineral water and crystal vit c. I always go for Bromelain and Quercetin (500mg of each) twice a day. They work as antihistamine/decongestant, and they really help, along with a dose of powdered Vit-C in water. A touch of mineral water makes it more fun.
    You said it. "I have no known allergies." Now is the time you get in touch with your system to identify those foods that actually do bother you. Where they may have been masked before, they will now become more apparent as you detox. -d
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    DVeep reacted to nshepardson in Nanette's whole30 log   
    Day 12
    Big day today for a friend of mine - she's having a Baby! And we're having a Baby Shower for her.
    I had quite a time buying her presents. She registered at Target. With list in hand I tackled the 6 aisles of "baby stuff". I don't have any children - so I had to read every label . . . 2 hours later I think I got the things she wanted?
    Anyway, I'm prepared for the CAKE and GOODIES that will be on display. I say Display, because I'm bringing my own, just in case stash with cut up veggies and sunshine sauce, some summer sausage. My friend is used to my way of eating. As far as the rest of the guests are concerned, I don't mind the questions, hopefully they won't mind the answers. I just try not to talk about why I don't eat the food they're stuffing their faces with - tends make folks feel assaulted and insulted.
    Really glad my husband liked the Ham Casserole I made last night, 'cause it didn't like me. TMI to divulge about the results, suffice it to say my body is not ready for eggs, yet. I refuse to give up hope because I love them so much . . .
    I'm planning on starting some bone broth this weekend. I have a lot going on with this baby shower and my husband's birthday is tomorrow, plus it's my day to pick up our local meat & chicken from the farm. Grateful to have the energy to accomplish all these things, right? Right.
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    DVeep reacted to SummerGirl in SummerGirl's New Year Whole 30   
    Day 5.
    Breakfast- Sweet potato fritter and half an avocado.
    Lunch- same Courgette+Ginger soup as yesterday, the second half of the avocado , a banana with some almond butter. No protein so not an ideal lunch.
    Dinner- striploin steak and loads of stir fry mixed vegetables (broccoli, ginger, asparagus, spring onions, peppers, garlic, green beans)
    Drinks throughout each day tend to be hot water with lemon, peppermint tea or glasses of water.
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    DVeep reacted to Robbster in Start iron supplements or not?   
    There's several dietary factors that decrease the amount of iron absorbed by the body. Some legumes, nuts, vegetables, roots and grains contain phytates and oxalates that hinder iron absorption. Tannins in tea and coffee, fiber, calcium, phosphates in pop, antacids and some soy proteins also interfere with absorption of iron. Good news is that vitamin C greatly improves the absorption of iron, especially if the meal also contains factors that inhibit iron.
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    DVeep reacted to 30DownBy30 in Warning- Rant!!   
    "There really should be an icon for going when you mean :angry: !"
    This made me laugh out loud, and I totally agree! Great job on keeping your cool. Sounds like some passive (or not so passive, really) aggression toward you cause she's jealous you're so cool your ex-sif wants to hang out with you! If it weren't one thing, it surely would have been another. I admire how you took it in stride.
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    DVeep reacted to LRM in Warning- Rant!!   
    I started my W30 in July and while it's created so many positive changes for me, it has really pissed off a lot of people in my life. A few have been truly supportive, but most just become angry when they realize I no longer eat pasta, cake, cookies, etc. When I don't cave to peer pressure, they call me weird, difficult or anti-social. It's okay, I do what's right for me. Besides, when I was in High School, I was a chubby kid who played the French Horn in the marching band-I've been called much worse, lol. Even my mom will angrily refer to it as "that paleo thing you're doing," once in a while.
    It's hard and it's frustrating, but good for you for sticking to your guns. You did everything you could to accommodate those who eat "normal" food while honoring your own healthy way of eating. Keep doing what you're doing. Some people will eventually come around and be supportive.
    W30 is definitely the road less traveled, but for me, it has made all the difference. Good luck to you and Happy New Year! :-)
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    DVeep reacted to Kirsteen in Warning- Rant!!   
    Ok, so I've already posted that I have my ex and his sister over for a buffet on boxing Day every year (it pleases my son). I still eat basically W30 and, since they're the most conservative eaters I know, I decided just to buy food for them but also have things I would eat and since we're all helping ourselves, no-one need comment on my food choices.
    Specifically for them I had:- mini-sausages, sausage rolls, quiche, potato wedges, home made potato salad, cakes and cookies. For us all I had:- king prawns, chicken, olives, home made coleslaw, home made mayo and a bowl of fresh mixed berries.
    My ex s-i-l helps herself to prawns and we have the following conversation
    Her:- Do you have any seafood sauce I can dip these in.
    Me:- No but there's mayo there you can have.
    Her:- Oh No! I like seafood sauce. You know these would have been really nice if you'd just provided seafood sauce with them, then it would have been like prawn cocktail. That would have been a nice thing to do. I don't know why you didn't.
    Later she helps herself to berries
    Her:-I don't suppose you've got any cream to go with these.
    Me:- Well you know I don't eat dairy (I haven't for years) but I'll fetch you some coconut cream that's really nice with them.
    Her:- Oh certainly not! We all know you're weird but you really think you could provide some proper food for normal people.
    There really should be an icon for going when you mean :angry: !
    On the plus side it really showed just how much W30 has changed my relationship with food. I really enjoyed what I ate and despite the added stress and aggro was in no way tempted by what they were eating. After they left, I threw out the remaining cakes, cookies etc and put my feet up with a glass of home made kombucha to work out if homicide by seafood sauce really would be possible .
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    DVeep got a reaction from Krista Billows Rodriguez in What's your grocery bill look like?   
    Because we stopped eating out 2-3 times a week, I'd say our monthly food costs have not increased, even with buying grassfed meats and organic CSA veggies. Also, no doctor bills. Pay now or pay later!
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    DVeep got a reaction from jtota in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    My husband and I used nasal saline rinses (using a juice cup not a netti pot) for quite awhile. I ultimately started having trouble doing that - it seemed to make matters worse. Since I gave up dairy I don't have too many issues with stuffiness, until this past week on my W30. Whenever hubby eats too much sugar, he gets nasal congestion. His remedy is mineral water and crystal vit c. I always go for Bromelain and Quercetin (500mg of each) twice a day. They work as antihistamine/decongestant, and they really help, along with a dose of powdered Vit-C in water. A touch of mineral water makes it more fun.
    You said it. "I have no known allergies." Now is the time you get in touch with your system to identify those foods that actually do bother you. Where they may have been masked before, they will now become more apparent as you detox. -d
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    DVeep reacted to Nila in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    The last several days have been hopping. My schedule has me running all about for meetings and so on. With the craziness of it all, I haven't been in the forums as I'd like. I have sung all your praises as I've talking with people who are curious about this weird way I'm eating.
    The long and the short of it...
    I'm really doing this. Even with catered business meetings and being away from the haven that is my own kitchen.
    My energy is good.
    My skin is happy.
    I'm way, way, way less bloaty than 2 weeks ago.
    I can go a long time without eating and I don't get irritable and shaky.
    I know it's time to eat when I start feeling tired, which isn't from the moment I wake up until I go to sleep.

    I hope you're all having a great weekend.
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    DVeep reacted to Coffeeandshoes in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    In the land of dreamy dreams-
    First of all, I keep hitting the wrong key and erasing my entire post. Second of all, is there a spell check? I could use one.
    I had a crazy dream last night, ;/ - not a food dream, about an old friend that I haven't seen in a while.
    and I finally got enough sleep! woot!
    I can "taste" subtle flavors. Not sure if this is a blessing as I already had an over sensitive sense of smell. and now taste? Like a foodie, can taste subtle spices, etc.
    I have more energy, and yesterday I "forgot" to eat lunch and didn't get hungry til about 6 p.m.
    Today, I spent two hours in the yard stacking firewood and hauling brush from a tree the storm killed.
    and fixing to do more manual labor.
    crabby gone, cravings gone, sleepy I think gone, so far so good. Bring on the bouncy happy!
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    DVeep got a reaction from Suzy in Food Porn   
    Yes, I'll have an order of #1 and #5 to go, please!
    Nice job!
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    DVeep got a reaction from NatPatBen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Yep. Simple. The trick is keeping it covered but not air-tight, keeping the veggies submerged in the brine, and letting it naturally ferment. I only like my kraut fermented 4-5 days in the cupboard, before I put it in the fridge. You do need to check it twice a day for the first 36 hours or so, because of the gases let off. After that I only check it in the evenings. And kraut needs to be packed down tightly as it tends to float to the top.
    I was really timid about trying it, but after watching 3 different videos of different people, I chose the simplest method to try. I use clean used 1 quart jars. Two medium sized cabbages will fit packed into 2 quart jars, really. Make sure you put your jars in a leak-proof container as there will be spill over the first 2-3 days. I learned that the hard way. Wondered why my kitchen smelled sour, only to find the purple water all over the inside of my cupboard!! But it only took one event to learn that!
    Haven't tried the carrots. But since I went paleo last spring and started eating beef and lots of carrots and beets, my skin tone changed from pinkish to yellowish. I've had all kinds of tests done looking at my liver enzymes etc. I'm perfectly healthy. I just have yellow-toned skin now. My point? I try not to overdo the foods high in carotene, but the carrots sound good.
    One more point that Sandor Katz makes. Taste it! This last batch I made my husband really liked. The other batches he claims have had too much salt. I didn't think so, but he likes it now, so I'll work with that! Have fun with it!
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    DVeep got a reaction from torena in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    I haven't posted in a few days, although I have replied to topics. I think I'm still on the wagon. At about Day 3 I made a batch of paleo coconut truffles with no sweetener, but I used peppermint extract. No, I did not eat the whole batch... in one day, but I did eat it over about 4-5 days... at the end of a meal ... usually. That's the only touchy food I can think of, other than the fact that I have just been eating a LOT of the good foods to avoid eating the non-foods.
    Now I'm wondering if that means I didn't succeed and I should require to start my Whole30 over at Day 4. What say you all?
    So, Jan 1 was my start date and these 10 days haven't been too horrible. The one thing I really really miss, is stevia in my ACV water, and I like to drink ACV water. I'm positive that is what dropped my blood pressure over a year ago and it tastes so good warmed, with honey, which I don't use now.
    I really love eating this way and already feel much better, in spite of having a hard time the first week resisting sugar, therefore I ate way too many nuts, but it kept me compliant. Roasting my own delicata squash seeds was an experience. They tasted GREAT, but after a few days of those, I realized what I was probably doing to my intestines. Of course I got terribly constipated, but at least I knew what to do: I took 500mg of magnesium citrate in water evening and morning for 2 days, then just at night. What a relief! Sorry TMI I know, but it might help someone else with the same issues, right?!
    I also began this challenge at the same time that I took on extra responsibilites chairing a non-profit. That has really cut into my cooking and sleep time. Last week I felt like I was losing it. Then last night I was reading the book "Lights Out" and came across a chapter on Mind Control and how carbs affect sleep, and lack of sleep affects moods and why, and learned that I really am making myself nuts when I am sleep deprived.
    So my biggest challenge is sleep, sleep, sleep this round. So what say you all? Is a teaspoon of peppermint extract in a batch of 12 paleo truffles (unsweetened) a fail? Either way, I'll go 35 days.
    -diana
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    DVeep got a reaction from NatPatBen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Yep. Simple. The trick is keeping it covered but not air-tight, keeping the veggies submerged in the brine, and letting it naturally ferment. I only like my kraut fermented 4-5 days in the cupboard, before I put it in the fridge. You do need to check it twice a day for the first 36 hours or so, because of the gases let off. After that I only check it in the evenings. And kraut needs to be packed down tightly as it tends to float to the top.
    I was really timid about trying it, but after watching 3 different videos of different people, I chose the simplest method to try. I use clean used 1 quart jars. Two medium sized cabbages will fit packed into 2 quart jars, really. Make sure you put your jars in a leak-proof container as there will be spill over the first 2-3 days. I learned that the hard way. Wondered why my kitchen smelled sour, only to find the purple water all over the inside of my cupboard!! But it only took one event to learn that!
    Haven't tried the carrots. But since I went paleo last spring and started eating beef and lots of carrots and beets, my skin tone changed from pinkish to yellowish. I've had all kinds of tests done looking at my liver enzymes etc. I'm perfectly healthy. I just have yellow-toned skin now. My point? I try not to overdo the foods high in carotene, but the carrots sound good.
    One more point that Sandor Katz makes. Taste it! This last batch I made my husband really liked. The other batches he claims have had too much salt. I didn't think so, but he likes it now, so I'll work with that! Have fun with it!
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    DVeep reacted to aim911 in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    I'm on day 10, going into day 11. This is my first Whole 30 and my first try at Paleo. I have been mainly following the "clean eating" principles for the past few years, but have noticed that grains really wreak havoc on my stomach. The past 10 days, I have not had any stomach aches or issues! I mainly decided to try this because I keep toying with those last 10 pounds. I always seem to eat really well during my work week when I prep all my food and pack what I should eat, but then on my weekends, I totally blow it and binge on whatever I feel like. I have to say I made it through my first weekend on my Whole 30 and stuck to it!
    When I read about the weird dreams that people have on this, I thought it was funny and really didn't think that would happen to me. I'm one of those people that doesn't have or never remembers dreams. Well today, I had the weirdest dreams and it was all about sweets (which I'm not a huge sweets eater anyways). Overall, my sleep has been a lot better and I feel more rested and like I have more energy.
    I wish I had known I'd feel so good eating this way a long time ago!!
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    DVeep reacted to Christine Brock Bloch in Unsupportive Doctors??   
    I am new to the area and right after I moved, I began my whole30. I found a GP, an allergist and a chiropractor for my medical needs. When I had my physical, my GP was not supportive of me stating that I limit dairy to special occasions and I just went 30 days without any. My allergist argued with me when I said that I limit grains. She questioned what I had for meal 1,2 and 3 for the entire week and it did not include grains. I explained that whole30 made me realize what I need and don't need. I will have pasta on occassion or some blue cheese in my salad.. but those add up to about 2 or 3 times a month rather than everyday. She told me that was unhealthy and I should be having grains on a daily basis and dairy at least 2x a week.
    My chiropractor, however, cheered me on. He was very supportive of no diary (in fact he just challenged his patients to go 2 weeks without dairy and report back) and was happy that I did the whole30 and found what my body needs.
    Is this normal for the medical profession to not be supportive? Are alternative medicine (chiropractor) more open to this idea of whole eating? I am fine defending my decisions to friends and family, but when I see a medical difference in my life and I have to defend it to my doctor I just feel frustrated.