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  1. AR3825

    Your food’s food, and barley

    What your meat was fed is actually a major concern. High quality protein was covered pretty extensively in It starts with Food Chapter 13, and here is a direct quote, “Here’s what matters: the way the animal was raised and the food it was fed.” Excerpt From It Starts With Food Melissa Hartwig & Dallas Hartwig This material may be protected by copyright. I’m trying to cover my bases on “the food it was fed.”
  2. AR3825

    Teen daughter new to Whole30

    I also saw a post earlier up from a teenager who wants to do the whole 30, but wasn’t sure if his/her parents were going to be on board. I don’t know if it would help to connect your daughter and this person, but I thought I would point it out.
  3. AR3825

    Teen daughter new to Whole30

    Have you printed a copy of the no scale victory pdf? Maybe that will help. Also, and Im not trying to advertise for something else here, I’m not personally affiliated or making money from this, but there is a site called body gallery I think? It’s a site where you can look up people who are the same age as you who also have the same body type and dimensions as yourself to see that everyone is different and there is no such thing as a “normal” body type. The sudden weight gain is concerning, but maybe take the focus away from that. One of the aspects of the whole 30 is to eat things that make you psychologically healthy and change your relationship with food, and I think making that a focus point might be counterintuitive to that. Not that you guys are focusing on it, but as a teenager it can be a bigger deal than we might see on the surface. I’m not a doctor, psychiatrist, or whole 30 expert. However, I was a kid who gained 20 pounds a year and dealt with depression and body image issues. I was pretty hard on myself and was not comfortable in my skin for a long time. Some of that stemmed from the mixed messages I got from my parents about food and eating, but I digress because this is not about me. I think she is very lucky to have you guys as parents invested in helping her make better choices but also to feel better about herself as a whole person, try to help her be that confident and carefree kid again, that you both are giving clear signals about food, and relating it to overall health.
  4. I don’t have a huge family, but I’m really curious about if fresh vegetables or frozen vegetables are more sustainable? I only have one, and when she hits a growth spurt the pantry is torn through. I can’t imagine trying to keep 5+ fed this way which is why I’m curious about the fresh vs. frozen. I was trying to move on because this topic is not directly related to me, but I can’t put it to rest in my mind until I can get answers based on your experiences. That is if you all don’t mind sharing.
  5. AR3825

    Don't over think this.

    This is the whole truth. My fiancé might get Cheetos and a Dr. Pepper to make it through if anything at all. 8-12 hours with nothing to eat? I couldn’t do it. That’s why the people who do in order to keep the rest of us alive are truly a blessing. We are trying to think of Whole 30 compliant emergency foods that she can grab instead. I think trying those beef “granola bar” looking things off the approved company list might be a good idea before we start. It is still strange to me having a meat “granola bar” shaped emergency beef pack. I hope someone knows what I’m talking about.
  6. I have a colleague whom I teach with that raises cows and pigs. I asked him questions because he is a direct meat source, and a local farmer I would love to support. He teaches kids how to build robots AND he farms. That’s a win win to me. Everyday he leaves school on time to make especially sure the babies are well fed their natural diet of cow and pig milk, because you know sometimes farmers have to bottle feed the babies. He has enough land for the animals to frolic freely and happily for their whole lives. He doesn’t inject them with junk or stack them on top of each other. He doesn’t hold them hostage to “finish them” before he processes them. Aside from the food I’m sure they forage for on his land he also feeds them barley. I know that I cannot have barley for 30 days, but can my food have consumed barley? This is probably a really stupid question considering that I can do way worse for meats, but I thought I would make sure.
  7. I’m looking at the Goya brand I have. It should be compliant since the tricalcium phosphate is okay because the other ingredients are salt, granulated garlic, black pepper, and turmeric, right?
  8. I also want to take a moment to let you both know how much I appreciate your help. I wish I would have utilized the forums the last time I did one.
  9. Was the non compliant ingredient tricalcium phosphate? I was actually about to check the forum for it since it is not on the pdf of additives. As far as the pork products go I think I’m going to go with a supported company from this site or talk to one of the local farmers. I didn’t realize how many people teach and then run a farm. I’m tired before the last bell rings. (Which is part of the reason I’m doing a whole 30.)
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    Ji's Journey (W30 #1 - Jan 2019)

    I think there is a pdf that covers eating out. If you plan ahead about going to a restaurant even if you don’t actually go eat while out, it will help alleviate some of that stress about leaving the house. I felt that stress pretty hard as well when I had to go out of town on my first whole 30.
  11. I don’t think the ones I have had are made with garbanzo beans and you are right more than 2 in a sitting is a bit much. The few other ingredients include mainly just the olives, sofrito, maybe some tomato sauce or paste, adobo (of which about 5 of the approved food sites had under the whole 30 approved section. Whew.), and sazon (still up in the air). There might be bell peppers of jalapeños peppers. Sorry I wasn’t more clear. I have to think a little hard because I have eaten plenty, but I have never made any. Making 100% compliant pasteles sounds like a fun adventure, but a big task. Pasteles are usually a family meal making affair because you make a bunch of them, put them in the freezer then boil them later. I’m a blasphemer because I eat mine with ketchup or hot sauce, but I like them with that. I’m also stoked about trying arroz coliflor sin gandules (cauliflower rice without the beans). We usually use ham as a replacement and it’s still good that way with the olives.
  12. Pasteles are one of the delicacies found in Puerto Rican homes. It is traditional food that is a treasure in a Puerto Rican food desert that is Oklahoma. I get them from my dad for Christmas. A pastele is basically a protein, some olives, and a few other ingredients that are stuffed inside a mix of plantains and yautìa, which is a corm or tuber type vegetable (?). There is also Adobo (seasoning) and sofrito (which I know is already compliant in of itself when it is homemade.) I also wonder if the seasoning Sazón is compliant. Thank you for your time.
  13. AR3825

    Em's First Whole30! Start date = 1/14/18

    I’m allergic to shell fish, but your description of the shrimp dinner sounded delicious. I’ll have to sub in chicken.
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    Ji's Journey (W30 #1 - Jan 2019)

    Your original post speaks to me on a personal level, because I am also bipolar, ADD, and highly allergic to grass which is actually relevant to most of the food allergies I have also. I love reading this log. I’ve done a whole 30 in the past, but I like reading through this log and Im glad your dad is on board with eating the new food you are cooking! I also like that your kid ate the turkey patty and liked it.
  15. I just wanted to add that ice cream is going to be hard, because that was the gateway food. Honestly ice cream has been a reward and comfort since I was being potty trained. I don’t know how much money my sister spent on Braums ice cream throughout that period, but obviously it worked. I almost want to cry over the ice cream, but I found dairy iswhat’s causing my medical bills to go up between 2 nasal sprays, 2 inhalers (one Breo and the other the emergency inhaler), Zyrtec, allergy shots, sinus wash and Omeprazole for the post nasal drip/acid reflux from heck if I don’t take them.