creativenikki

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    Mayo Fail :( Discouraged, please help!

    I used to pour all the oil in, just like you are describing and for probably 2 years I never had a batch fail. Then, for no reason I can figure out, I had like 5 batches in a row fail. I tried different brands of eggs, adding the oil slowly, and adding more/less lemon juice. I seriously cannot figure out why that happened. So, the past few rounds I started letting everything come to room temperature and adding the oil slowly and I've been having perfect results. I can't say I really understand things, but I guess I don't want to take any chances since olive oil isn't free.
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    Mayo Fail :( Discouraged, please help!

    Glad you got it. It is SO frustrating when it doesn't work. If you think you'll be making mayo often an immersion blender is a worthwhile investment (they're pretty cheap). I've found I don't have to be that slow with adding the oil if things are all room temperature and I'm using the immersion blender. I add a full cup of oil over maybe 90 seconds. It's not a huge amount of time, really.
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    Mayo Fail :( Discouraged, please help!

    For the mayo did you let your egg and lemon juice come to room temperature before you added the oil? I had a series of mayo fails and that was apparently the problem. Now my mayo procedure looks like this: 1. Crack egg into jar 2. Add 1 to 2 tbsp lemon juice and salt/mustard as desired 3. Wait until egg/lemon/seasonings are room temperature 4. Blend egg and lemon juice with immersion blender (5 seconds) 5. Continue running immersion blender and begin pouring in oil slowly 6. Enjoy I cannot tell you how many cups of perfectly good olive oil I wasted by not letting the egg and juice warm to room temperature (or close to it) first.
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    Whole30 & Trying To Conceive

    Well, for what it's worth, I conceived during my whole 30. We tried in August, October, November and December (September was a tracking/planning disaster) and I got pregnant in January in the middle of a whole 30.
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    Changes in Menstrual Cycle

    Ah, ok, I get it now. Thanks!
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    Changes in Menstrual Cycle

    I think it is interesting how women on BC tend to have their periods early and those who are not are having them late. I understand being late; the dietary change could be perceived as stress and delay ovulation. I don't really get why things would come early if you are on BC, but I'm not on BC. My husband and I are TTC and so I've been charting. This month has certainly been a little different. My low temps were not as low and today I had the highest temp I've had since I have tracked my temps. I also didn't have any breast tenderness this month, which is actually what caused me to start poking around and find that lump/cyst/whatever it is. I'm glad I read this thread though, because I am due to start my next cycle any day now and from the sound of things I'll probably be late. Now I know I shouldn't get too excited about it.