SugarcubeOD

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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    when I make them I use Mel Joulwan's recipe (but leave off the crust)
    http://meljoulwan.com/2010/05/17/scotch-eggs-a-k-a-protein-pellets/
    Also, 'pellet' seems like an off choice of word since like @Rebecca001said, they're HUGE.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from simmie in Trader Joe's No sugar dry rubbed uncured bacon   
    It's not ideal according to the 'no seed oils at home' but it's up to you.  Seed oils are okay when eating out (because otherwise it would be near impossible to eat out) so if you're like me and never eat out, then you can make that decision for yourself if you get what I mean.  Again, not ideal but not the worst thing in the world.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    Awesome, thank you! I wrote the meal plan in pen so I was hoping you said that!
    It was so beautiful on my drive to work this morning! There was a gorgeous blazing orange sunrise in my rear view mirror as I drove west and all the farms that I've missed because it's been dark on my drives were beautiful as the sun came up!
    I just discovered this morning that I'm down another belt hole for a total of 3 down since mid January.  
    In other also great news, I'm getting my Covid19 vaccination today as a healthcare employee (not front line or acute patient care but in an acute hospital setting). Has anyone else gotten theirs? Are you guys going to?
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    Please let me know how the salsa stew turns out, it's on my meal plan for next week  
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 2021 graduates   
    Our family has very little food tradition (save for Christmas baking) so I definitely don't envy you.. especially coming from and having relatives where food is love and there's just a complete delta between generations... not sure if that's how it is for you and obviously there's some stereotyping because I'm sure not every Italian family grandma is a 'feeder' but it's become a stereotype from a level of reality.
    I definitely enjoy this group.  I like hearing what people are working on, struggling with or winning at - we cannot as human beings have every experience ourselves so it's nice to be able to share with like minded people.  It's also nice to see where we might be having it easier than some folks in some spots or harder in other spots - it creates such a nice feeling of balance to hear our differences in how we interact with food.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 2021 graduates   
    Same... I feel zero feelings of guilt or shame or a need to be pleasing to others around food... If I'm the only one that has to deal with the reprecussions of eating the item, then I'm the only one that gets to weigh in on the decision.  I get that is MUCH harder to do for some people - I'm not a people pleaser by any stretch of the imagination which I imagine makes it much easier for me.  
    I think the one good thing I can say to help others that have this struggle that comes out of my experience with being 'that person' as you say @Rebecca001 is that my friends still invite me around, my family still likes me and there seems to be absolutely no poor side effects from declining food or bringing my own.  Hopefully that helps those who struggle with this?
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    Our family has very little food tradition (save for Christmas baking) so I definitely don't envy you.. especially coming from and having relatives where food is love and there's just a complete delta between generations... not sure if that's how it is for you and obviously there's some stereotyping because I'm sure not every Italian family grandma is a 'feeder' but it's become a stereotype from a level of reality.
    I definitely enjoy this group.  I like hearing what people are working on, struggling with or winning at - we cannot as human beings have every experience ourselves so it's nice to be able to share with like minded people.  It's also nice to see where we might be having it easier than some folks in some spots or harder in other spots - it creates such a nice feeling of balance to hear our differences in how we interact with food.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    Same... I feel zero feelings of guilt or shame or a need to be pleasing to others around food... If I'm the only one that has to deal with the reprecussions of eating the item, then I'm the only one that gets to weigh in on the decision.  I get that is MUCH harder to do for some people - I'm not a people pleaser by any stretch of the imagination which I imagine makes it much easier for me.  
    I think the one good thing I can say to help others that have this struggle that comes out of my experience with being 'that person' as you say @Rebecca001 is that my friends still invite me around, my family still likes me and there seems to be absolutely no poor side effects from declining food or bringing my own.  Hopefully that helps those who struggle with this?
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to ShannonM816 in Are Isagenix protein shakes Whole30 approved?   
    @Kalaj Flameyes, the Real Plans app/website is in some sense official, in that they've worked with Whole30 to develop recipes that meet Whole30 guidelines. It is still not owned or operated by Whole30, it is a completely separate entity that has non-Whole30 options as well as Whole30 compatible options, so if you do decide to use it, be sure you only look at the Whole30 options while you're doing Whole30.
    RealPlans is not the kind of app that scans barcodes and tells you if a product is Whole30 compatible, and there are no official Whole30 apps that do that. RealPlans is a meal planning app that helps you plan out meals and make grocery lists. 
     
     
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    It's interesting hearing/reading this wine discussion.  I'm not a big drinker in general but previously did like to indulge in a bottle (or two) of wine with a friend or my sister on a sleepover night. And then I started to realize that usually within the first half a glass, I would get an aching headache that hung out down the left side of the back of my neck... it would pierce up behind my ear and generally make whatever fun we were having almost unbearable in that I wanted to take a handful of pain killers and go to bed... I want to say this never use to be a problem for me but it's possible that I just didn't put the two things together and it's always been a problem. So Ive switched my minimal drinking to craft beer and craft distilled hard liquor which doesn't affect me adversely like wine apparently does... total bummer because I have a wine fridge full of the good stuff but I'm sure @ladyshannywill work on taking that off my hands  
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 2021 graduates   
    And that is what we are here for! Accounting is highly frustrating and I am in awe of people who choose to do it as their living... I can't imagine!
    Chocolate and wine won't erase the $11.73 hour
     
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 2021 graduates   
    It's a made up holiday that provinces in Canada fought for because we had no public holidays between January 1st and Easter (which is in April this year). I think every province in Canada has it but it's not all on the same day because it's a Provincial holiday, not Federal and some of us just couldn't pick the same day as everyone else! (That's BC... we're a special lot).
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to AMK922 in Letting Go...   
    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing! The saying of doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome (insanity!) is definitely at play for me and I want to escape that for good. 
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Rebecca001 in Ms.   
    I have the same issue with my scales and this time I really want to tackle it. I decided not to weigh myself after my 2nd W30 and still haven’t now after 40 days. The fact that I want to (really badly some days) is something I am giving a lot of thought to. I’m quickly coming to the conclusion that I want to weigh myself more when I feel rubbish than when I feel good. It’s as if that number is a stick to whack myself with when I already feel low. And as @Lorna from Canadasays above, that number is bigger than all the good things, the benefits, the NSVs. So, a bit like the sugar dragon, to slay it you have to starve it out- I’ve decided I’m not weighing myself until I get to a point where I don’t care what it says anymore (at which point, I hope I won’t even think about weighing myself?!) 
     
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Lorna from Canada in Ms.   
    Hey @Chungui
    I hear ya. It's very, very difficult to throw out your scale permanently. Like Sugar says - we are bombarded with messages about the number we should be. I have never seen a Woman's magazine with a title "Have looser pants in 10 days!" It's always a number (usually unrealistic) and the only way we get numbers is from the scale. It is beaten into us to lose weight but we only interpret that through a single measure - the number going down. Nothing but the number matters to us. It's quite silly when we think about it rationally.
    I had an unhealthy relationship with the scale for many, many years. After a major weightloss following the births of my children, I weighed myself 3 times a day for years. Utter insanity. I was down to once a week for awhile but knew that the number on it was dictating both my mood and my self esteem. This became most evident after the completion of my first W30. I could not wait to get on the scale! I felt better than I had in years - I was sleeping well through the night in a way I hadn't since 1985. I was less anxious and more upbeat. My clothes and rings were loose. My workouts were super charged. A chronic plantar fasciitis that had troubled me through 5 long years of every treatment (save surgery) known to mankind had simply disappeared - that was astonishing to me! I had no hip pain and no stomach pain and never felt hungry. It was great and then I stepped on the scale. That 11lb weight loss became the only thing that mattered - it was the highest single month weightloss number I had ever experienced! I became fixated on losing more and was back to weighing myself all the time. All of the other major benefits faded into the background and the first thing I told people when I talked about W30 was that I had lost 11 lbs in one month. That's when it dawned on me how ridiculous weighing myself was because that number was artificial and meaningless in the light of everything else I had accomplished and experienced. I got rid of my scale that day and have never looked back.
    Anyway - no easy way to give it up but taking a break for 30 days might inform you better about what you want to do for the long haul. Like Sugar says - you can do it!
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to laura_juggles in Can you have non dairy sugar free coffee creamer on whole 30   
    Yes, I'm sure. If you want to do your Whole30 without them, feel free, but it artificial flavors are allowed. 
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from nanamonkina in I think I need help   
    Sorry you're having these troubles.  Unfortunately this is outside the scope of the Whole30 forum but I suggest you see a therapist - there are a lot of online options now as well so hopefully that makes it easier to find a resource.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    Interesting.. I've never eaten anything 'parmigiana'... that seems strange to me now... but yours sounds great and I like the combo of pork and chicken!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    It 'gets better' the next day (and the third day is amazing) but it's still darn good straight out of the oven the day you make it! I modified the recipe for time... If I can remember, I don't do the cooking of the tomato stuff and then wait around for it to cool before mixing the egg in... I just reduce the tomato stuff by a bit... I've done it both ways and honestly I'm not sure there's a huge difference gained for dirtying another dish and the extra time it takes... 
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    I cannot believe that we are at the end of day 29 already! It really has sailed by for me. I am already looking forward to starting again on Monday. I got SO much out of this W30 but there's still more pain in my heel than I like and I am optimistic that a few more weeks might keep the inflammation down long enough to let it heal. I've been so jealous listening to you all talk about your running. I am a marathoner (runner for 25 years) who developed severe nerve damage in my foot at age 55. Surgery in 2016 repaired the nerve damage but changed my foot structure dramatically and went on the cause so many other problems - can't even list them all. I have a great Physio and chiropodist and massage therapist but, in the end, my first W30 made the most amazing in roads on healing. When I developed a heel spur and secondary plantar fasciitis last year, I thought it might work magic again  So far, it has helped - the pain is reduced considerably but I am wondering if another round of W30 would help so I'm going to try it. Now in my 60s, I would like to return to running and, when I hear you guys talk so casually about "going for a run" my heart aches a little. So - heading into #2 as planned. In the meantime, the results this time are: 
    no S.A.D. - I hate winter too @Rebecca001 and, I live in Canada where we get the real deal. I usually travel to my home in Australia to avoid it so, this year, with that off the table thanks to our friend covid, I was really worried that my winter depression would be the worst ever. Nope - W30 has worked utter magic there. Not so much as a peep from my black dog. That is brilliant. no anxiety. I have no reason to be anxious ever - I have the most amazing life - but I suffer from GAD and it can be overwhelming. Like a tidal wave of worry seeping into my cells and creating such unnecessary stress - it's just an awful, awful feeling. And, it's gone. The thing Hubs says he notices the most with this W30 is my lively mood. I genuinely feel happy and stress free which is such an amazing thing! a return to deep sleeps - I was beginning to dread going to bed at night because I knew how often I'd wake up in a heightened anxiety state and be unable to sleep. I started taking a prescription sleep aid one night every 10 days or so just to treat myself to a deep sleep. I am so glad that this W30 is the same as my others and that beautiful deep sleep and all those crazy REM sleep dreams came back. Not ready to ever give that up. I know I've lost weight - I feel like I'm deflating. I don't weigh myself so I won't know how much but I can guess. My face is thin, my rings are loose, even my underwear fit better. I feel in control again. All the injuries and pain and menopause have been hard. Losing my mom and dealing with my wild, unexpected grief was hard. Covid, obviously, has been hard. This round of W30 has given me something back in the most effective way and I am so grateful. Okay - that's it - I just wanted to put that down somewhere. One more day - let's finish this round STRONG!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in Starting Friday, January 22, 2021   
    Are you cooking the  meal?  If so, there are loads of meals you can make that are technically Whole30 but also 'regular' food.  Roast a chicken, make roasted veggies and even mashed potatoes and then maybe they have gravy and you don't... you could even make a cranberry sauce sweetened with apple juice instead of sugar.. OMG, now I want that!
    Maybe make something like Italian Sausage and Eggplant Strata ... it's hearty and friggen delicious and if you just serve it with a nice salad no one is going to balk at the fact that it's Whole30... Maybe give us an idea of what you normally eat with these groups and we can help find some substitutions.  OR, you CAN bring your own food and just eat with them... my family does that often if someone is an outlier and doesn't want to bother the group with changes.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I totally agree about this and when I did my first Whole30 I discovered very quickly that if I'm going to make anything, I should make a LOT and then freeze it... I have JARS upon JARS of W30 stews, chili, soups etc... in the freezer... even if you double a recipe and then put one 500ml jar for each family member into the freezer, you eventually end up with a significant 'store' in your freezer of things you can just take out and reheat - I'm sure there are probably ideas around where you can do a food prep afternoon and make a bunch of 'oven ready boxes' of food for the freezer - it doesn't remove having to chop/dice/season but it does create that convenient food item for those days that you 'just can't'.  
    And it totally does get easier, the more recipes and food creations (cause sometimes recipe is a strong word for what we do) you get really good at, the quicker and easier kitchen time becomes!
    You're doing great!!!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    This just made my heart so happy! You're an inspiration!!
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    Food snobs unite! We are the same way! Sugar, I'm smiling at the 'now we are our grandparents' comment. I haven't been to a restaurant since I came home from Australia on March 20 and I don't miss it at all. 
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to becs in January 1st Start Date!   
    @SugarcubeODTotally agree on the sushi! We're pretty good at making plain old spicy tuna rolls at home (usually when my brother-in-law from San Diego gifts us with fresh-caught tuna), but even then it's never as good as at an actual sushi place, and sticky rice is a pain in the you-know-what. We do treat ourselves to the uber-fancy/expensive steakhouse in town once a year because their filet mignon is almost as amazing as Morton's.