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  1. Xandra

    Cooking with ghee butter...?

    If you have a chance to make Melissa Joulwan’s Better Butter, I highly recommend it. It’s ghee infused with garlic, ginger, and other flavors. The recipe is in her book “Well Fed 2” and may also be online through blog sites. I use it more like a condiment than a cooking fat, and it’s great on sweet potatoes.
  2. If you're like me, some of this comes from feeling like "Why do I have to miss out on everything? I've been good for so long now. Everyone else gets to eat this fun food, why do I always have to say no?" And the truth is that everyone else gets to live with the consequences of their unhealthy choices, too. And for me, at least, I haven't really been eating well compared to how many years I ate all of the unhealthy foods and ingrained those into my lifestyle. I'd suggest when you come back to W30, pay attention to healthy foods that you enjoy and can use as an alternative when you want a comfort dish: sweet potatoes, a perfect steak, a blended soup. Anything to reinforce the idea that you don't need to feel deprived when you eat healthy foods. It takes a long time to build up memories of comfort, so start building your new memories now.
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    Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage with a faint hint of alcohol because it is, well, fermented. It is Whole30 compliant if it has 4 grams of sugar or less (sugar is required to make it, but you don't want one that has more sugar than that). If you have been completely off alcohol for a while, you may notice the alcohol in it, but don't try asking for a glass in a bar. Still, it could be something you BYOB and pour it into a wine glass to drink.
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    Failed Mayo 101

    The key is to get the emulsion started with only a little bit of oil. An immersion blender in a narrow jar works because not all the oil is mixing up with the egg at once. Too much oil in the blending process at the beginning leaves you with sauce, not mayo. If you are using a regular mixer, then start with only a very small amount of oil, and drizzle the rest of it in after you see the emulsion form (should look like pudding).
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    I'm a wine drinker, and my rule is no more than one glass for the whole evening. I make it a game to sip and savor and make that one glass last all night, drinking lots of water as well as eating something. No hangover for me, but I absolutely have to stick to one glass. I've had wine twice now since finishing my last round of W30.
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    What does WholeLife look like for you?

    Be prepared for your old favorites to treat you poorly. I went to a movie last night at a cinema grill. We ate ahead of time, so we wouldn't order much off the menu. I didn't want sugar, so I ordered a basket of waffle fries. After we got home, I started feeling the indigestion and by the time it was over, I was doubled over in pain on the floor with waves of nausea. I can still feel the stomach cramps this morning. Waffle fries used to be a favorite snack, but I will happily never go near them again.
  7. Hi Patty, Welcome. Like jmcbn says, this plan can be simplified to suit your tastes. I also eat fruits as a condiment in meals (not as a dessert or snack), and I don't eat nuts at all (I have braces on my teeth). So my fats are pretty much avocado and homemade mayo, which are enough for me. I mix mayo into all kind of foods like ground beef or breakfast casserole, in addition to traditional things like tuna or egg salad. You can start with these simple ideas and then expand as your tastes require.
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    Continuing past 30 days

    Congratulations on completing your 30 days! If you are not ready to go off plan, then don't. Add variety to your eating by trying new recipes and new gadgets and kitchen tools. Eventually, you will run into something where you think "I'd like to try that but it's off plan." You can give yourself permission to try those things and see what happens.
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    Stress eating?

    I sympathize. Stress eating is so hard to break, but you have to stop raiding the fridge, especially at night, to get your hormonal balance back. Instead of food, I make tea. Get some really good loose herbal non-caffeinated teas and a teapot or thermos with a basket (Teavana has a good one), and treat yourself to some tasty brews. In fact, I don't drink tea at all except for after dinner, when I close up the kitchen after dinner. Food is officially off limits, but I enjoy these teas like I used to enjoy dessert.
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    The Avocado Problem

    Can you describe what "putting a little onion in" means?
  11. Sorry, I can't help with tapering. I quit coffee cold turkey several times and took OTC painkillers as needed for a few days. The withdrawal is much easier for me if I am not quitting coffee at the beginning of a Whole30. And the benefits are totally worth it, from hydrated skin to better intestinal function. I'm 8 months in to a 2-year coffee break that is feeling really good. Good luck!
  12. Thank you. I had no idea what EFT meant, either.
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    What does WholeLife look like for you?

    Hello.pinki, great job on the business trip! I've been thinking that "my favorite foods ever" will be replaced over time by new favorite foods ever, like a good soup recipe or rare steak. Mel Joulwan's Chocolate chili already feels like an old favorite to me, from when I first made it a few years ago.
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    I need an intervention

    It's not only OK, it's the healthy way to live. The yo-yo comes into play when your body rebels against the mind and says "I SAID HUNGRY!" and takes over. Calorie counting helps with none of that, so it's a good habit to give up.
  15. Could you please post a link if a new thread for Post W30 is started? I would like to keep up.