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    Loulabelle got a reaction from MeadowLily in Full Tilt Boogie   
    I love my W30 meals that keep me full and happy. I get to laugh at the people who look at me weirdly as I tuck into a huge plate of meat & veg every lunchtime in the bistro at work, every day is a packed lunch kind of day. My beloved & I work together and each day we sit down to lunch together and tuck into deliciousness that we have created to share with each other. I really can't imagine eating any other way than this. 
     
    For lunch today I made us mince & "tatties". Really simple, wonderful comfort food. You need:
     
    Minced (ground) beef 
    onions
    carrots
    peas (not while on a W30, I'm not at the moment)
    stock
    Celeriac
    Cauliflower
     
    Slice up those onions and fry them up a bit in some good fat, beef dripping would be perfect but use whatever you have. Don't brown them you just need to release their flavour, should take about 5-10 minutes. Add the beef to the pan and fry till browned, add enough stock to make it wet and saucy but not swimming. Put on the lid and cook for about 30 mins. Slice up the carrots & add them to the mince then cook till done. You can add the carrots at the beginning but I like mine with some bite. Add the peas, if using, near the end so they are just cooked. Mince is quite happy to be left simmering on the stove for an hour or two you just have to make sure it never gets dry. Mince needs to be well seasoned with lots of fresh ground black pepper & salt. 
     
    While that is cooking peel then cube up the celeriac & cauliflower and cook in salted boiling water until soft. Mash this up & adjust seasoning to taste.
     
    For mince & tatties the amounts are whatever you want them to be, adjust it to your taste. I love lots of all the veg in mine and tend to be heavy on the onions. 
     
    Lastly eat & enjoy 
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from MeadowLily in Full Tilt Boogie   
    I love my W30 meals that keep me full and happy. I get to laugh at the people who look at me weirdly as I tuck into a huge plate of meat & veg every lunchtime in the bistro at work, every day is a packed lunch kind of day. My beloved & I work together and each day we sit down to lunch together and tuck into deliciousness that we have created to share with each other. I really can't imagine eating any other way than this. 
     
    For lunch today I made us mince & "tatties". Really simple, wonderful comfort food. You need:
     
    Minced (ground) beef 
    onions
    carrots
    peas (not while on a W30, I'm not at the moment)
    stock
    Celeriac
    Cauliflower
     
    Slice up those onions and fry them up a bit in some good fat, beef dripping would be perfect but use whatever you have. Don't brown them you just need to release their flavour, should take about 5-10 minutes. Add the beef to the pan and fry till browned, add enough stock to make it wet and saucy but not swimming. Put on the lid and cook for about 30 mins. Slice up the carrots & add them to the mince then cook till done. You can add the carrots at the beginning but I like mine with some bite. Add the peas, if using, near the end so they are just cooked. Mince is quite happy to be left simmering on the stove for an hour or two you just have to make sure it never gets dry. Mince needs to be well seasoned with lots of fresh ground black pepper & salt. 
     
    While that is cooking peel then cube up the celeriac & cauliflower and cook in salted boiling water until soft. Mash this up & adjust seasoning to taste.
     
    For mince & tatties the amounts are whatever you want them to be, adjust it to your taste. I love lots of all the veg in mine and tend to be heavy on the onions. 
     
    Lastly eat & enjoy 
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from MeadowLily in Full Tilt Boogie   
    Yep, he looked just like that. Must have smelled the meat on the grill and came to investigate. I was very pleased the only friends he brought were the civets and none of his Lion buddies. 
     
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from MeadowLily in Full Tilt Boogie   
    Yep, he looked just like that. Must have smelled the meat on the grill and came to investigate. I was very pleased the only friends he brought were the civets and none of his Lion buddies. 
     
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    Loulabelle reacted to MeadowLily in Full Tilt Boogie   
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from MeadowLily in Full Tilt Boogie   
    This reminds me of when a Hyena came to join us for supper when on holiday last year 
     
     
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from jmcbn in Day 31 & a mixed bag of results   
    It's been another couple of months so time for an other update. I'm still eating W30 style nearly every meal, I don't really off road too much and when I do I don't feel guilty about it as I make a concious decision for everything that I eat. I do drink wine and or a couple of gins every weekend which I really enjoy. My energy levels are good and I can head out at lunchtime for a 30k bike ride and feel great afterwards. Afternoon slumps are really a thing of the past; my energy levels tend to be very consistent throughout the day. The only time I have problems is if I don't eat a proper breakfast! I cannot stress enough to any new people just how important this is, if breakfast is not good that is when my energy levels go screwy and I become ravenously hungry in the afternoon. 
     
    My skin is still doing fantastically, my eczema has little flare ups occasionally but nothing major. I'm still losing weight too, I jumped on the scale this morning to find I am at my lightest in many years but I don't really care about that as my clothes are fitting me wonderfully and I am buying some things in smaller sizes now. I never have to wear Spanx any-more :-) This slow and steady weight loss has been incredibly satisfying after the initial shock of gaining 2kg wore off and the reality of NSV's seeped into my conciousness. It feels like it is a proper, real & most importantly permanent change to where my body would like to be rather then where I wish it to be. So for all of you who are disappointed at not losing lots of weight in 30 days I can only recommend to be like Dory and just keep swimming, positivity and treating yourself to great nourishing food wins in the end. 
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from jmcbn in Day 31 & a mixed bag of results   
    It's been another couple of months so time for an other update. I'm still eating W30 style nearly every meal, I don't really off road too much and when I do I don't feel guilty about it as I make a concious decision for everything that I eat. I do drink wine and or a couple of gins every weekend which I really enjoy. My energy levels are good and I can head out at lunchtime for a 30k bike ride and feel great afterwards. Afternoon slumps are really a thing of the past; my energy levels tend to be very consistent throughout the day. The only time I have problems is if I don't eat a proper breakfast! I cannot stress enough to any new people just how important this is, if breakfast is not good that is when my energy levels go screwy and I become ravenously hungry in the afternoon. 
     
    My skin is still doing fantastically, my eczema has little flare ups occasionally but nothing major. I'm still losing weight too, I jumped on the scale this morning to find I am at my lightest in many years but I don't really care about that as my clothes are fitting me wonderfully and I am buying some things in smaller sizes now. I never have to wear Spanx any-more :-) This slow and steady weight loss has been incredibly satisfying after the initial shock of gaining 2kg wore off and the reality of NSV's seeped into my conciousness. It feels like it is a proper, real & most importantly permanent change to where my body would like to be rather then where I wish it to be. So for all of you who are disappointed at not losing lots of weight in 30 days I can only recommend to be like Dory and just keep swimming, positivity and treating yourself to great nourishing food wins in the end. 
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from jmcbn in Day 31 & a mixed bag of results   
    It's been another couple of months so time for an other update. I'm still eating W30 style nearly every meal, I don't really off road too much and when I do I don't feel guilty about it as I make a concious decision for everything that I eat. I do drink wine and or a couple of gins every weekend which I really enjoy. My energy levels are good and I can head out at lunchtime for a 30k bike ride and feel great afterwards. Afternoon slumps are really a thing of the past; my energy levels tend to be very consistent throughout the day. The only time I have problems is if I don't eat a proper breakfast! I cannot stress enough to any new people just how important this is, if breakfast is not good that is when my energy levels go screwy and I become ravenously hungry in the afternoon. 
     
    My skin is still doing fantastically, my eczema has little flare ups occasionally but nothing major. I'm still losing weight too, I jumped on the scale this morning to find I am at my lightest in many years but I don't really care about that as my clothes are fitting me wonderfully and I am buying some things in smaller sizes now. I never have to wear Spanx any-more :-) This slow and steady weight loss has been incredibly satisfying after the initial shock of gaining 2kg wore off and the reality of NSV's seeped into my conciousness. It feels like it is a proper, real & most importantly permanent change to where my body would like to be rather then where I wish it to be. So for all of you who are disappointed at not losing lots of weight in 30 days I can only recommend to be like Dory and just keep swimming, positivity and treating yourself to great nourishing food wins in the end. 
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from jmcbn in Day 31 & a mixed bag of results   
    It's been another couple of months so time for an other update. I'm still eating W30 style nearly every meal, I don't really off road too much and when I do I don't feel guilty about it as I make a concious decision for everything that I eat. I do drink wine and or a couple of gins every weekend which I really enjoy. My energy levels are good and I can head out at lunchtime for a 30k bike ride and feel great afterwards. Afternoon slumps are really a thing of the past; my energy levels tend to be very consistent throughout the day. The only time I have problems is if I don't eat a proper breakfast! I cannot stress enough to any new people just how important this is, if breakfast is not good that is when my energy levels go screwy and I become ravenously hungry in the afternoon. 
     
    My skin is still doing fantastically, my eczema has little flare ups occasionally but nothing major. I'm still losing weight too, I jumped on the scale this morning to find I am at my lightest in many years but I don't really care about that as my clothes are fitting me wonderfully and I am buying some things in smaller sizes now. I never have to wear Spanx any-more :-) This slow and steady weight loss has been incredibly satisfying after the initial shock of gaining 2kg wore off and the reality of NSV's seeped into my conciousness. It feels like it is a proper, real & most importantly permanent change to where my body would like to be rather then where I wish it to be. So for all of you who are disappointed at not losing lots of weight in 30 days I can only recommend to be like Dory and just keep swimming, positivity and treating yourself to great nourishing food wins in the end. 
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from jmcbn in The crazy things people say   
    Now all I want to eat is a fish supper with lashings of chippie sauce, good job I won't be going home for a while 
     
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    Loulabelle reacted to LucieB in PreWo and Fat?? Anybody see the study?   
    I realize this is sort of a closed conversation, but the OP's original link provided citations to a 1993 paper and while at work today I was able to call up the paper. My goal here is to point out the dangers of reading summary articles like from the Flex training website without delving into the original work that prompted the article. 
     
    Here is the key sentence from the Flex article: FLEX recommends keeping fat under five grams for your preworkout and postworkout meals, because it can slow down the digestion of protein ...and it can blunt blood flow to muscles. Yet, research shows that a third reason has to do with fat’s ability to blunt growth hormone levels. 
     
    Here is a key paragraph from the 1993 paper: "The data suggest that exercise-induced GH release can be profoundly modulated by a single meal taken before exercise. In our study, a high-fat drink attenuated postexercise peak GH levels and AUC by about 50%. It is worth noting that a typical fast-food meal would likely contain similar calories as fat as our high-fat protocol [e.g. a Big Mac hamburger and regular french fries contains 446 kcal as fat alone (15)]."  I'll also note that the high fat meal consumed by the athletes was 115 mL of high fat-double cream, a highly saturated 48% butterfat product, totaling just over 500 calories.    
     
    Highlights are my own.  So you see, the author of the Flex article apparently didn't read the original article, extrapolated somehow or another a recommendation of 5g of fat, then referenced a 1993 paper that seemed to support her argument. Finally, the Flex training site is targeting the body building community who might be more concerned about GH levels and anabolic metabolism, so consider as well the target audience. 
     
    Unless you are eating enough cashews and eggs to hit those numbers, I don't think you have anything to worry about! Like Melissa says: experiment, and if those foods work for you, then enjoy your eggs and cashews. 
     
    Sorry but as a scientist, I hate seeing research twisted and misconstrued to the masses like this. 
    That's all, I'm done  
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from MaryellenB in 6 months into Whole30/9 and I'm a different person...   
    Bloody hell! You look flipping amazing! Positively glowing 
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    Loulabelle reacted to Britishgal in Steak Prep Suggestions?   
    I just griddle mine with salt, pepper and a drizzle of oil...no idea why I'd want to do anything else to a decent steak but that's just me!
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    Loulabelle reacted to RageL in Metrics are making me sad. Need encouragement.   
    I can totally relate! I've had both adrenal and thyroid issues, and untreated, they can be killer. I'm really happy you have a doc that acknowledges your issues and wants to help; I had doctors that refused to check mine, even though I was doing the whole30, running, walking, and swimming every week, and had no weight loss for months (even though I had 40+ lbs. to lose). And my hair was falling out, and I was constantly sleepy. Finally got checked by another doctor when I got pregnant, and it's been night and day being on synthroid.
    That being said, I completed my 2nd W30 mid-July, and have been sticking to the plan since then, but allowing myself the occasional treat. My weight loss results were underwhelming, but they've suddenly picked up in a big way! It may just take some of us longer to get our engines revved, but hang in there! You really are doing great, and you'll be able to look back and say, "I'm so awesome, look what I've accomplished. And I'm not done! Just see where I go next!" I never thought I'd be a runner, but I now run 3+ miles a couple times per week, and ran a 8:14 mile for the first time yesterday! We are so much more powerful than we give ourselves credit for.
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    Loulabelle reacted to Equinox in Insomnia - ketosis?   
    I slept last night! I made two further modifications. After thinking about for a long time in my sleep deprived haze, I remembered feeling similarly anxious and sleepless (although not as bad) once when I was in Africa conducting some research. It turned out I had parasites and had a deficiency in B vitamins and iron. I already have a bit of iron in my multivitamin so I wasn't worried about that. Of course there are Bs in my multi but I don't know how well absorbed they are because it's only a once a day thing. So I looked up the Bs and realized that they had a lot to do with mood and anxiety, as well as sleep because some of them are a precursor to melatonin. So I bought a liquid B supplement and took it yesterday. I noted that I felt calmer within a few hours. I followed it up with a melatonin before bed because if I'm low on Bs then I'm probably not making much.
     
    Something worked. Last night I went to bed at 9:30 and was asleep in 20 minutes. I did wake up a couple of times but I got back to sleep again without much difficulty. I woke up at 7:30 in the morning but only because I had to - I could have slept longer.
     
    So something I did worked. Let's hope it works again!
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    Loulabelle reacted to MeadowLily in Jane's First Whole30 - July 25 - Aug 23   
    One of the best logs I've read in a long, long time.
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from Munkers in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    My best breakfast recently was when I rode my bike to work and my wonderful boyfriend brought me my breakfast to eat at my desk. It was a huge salad with many different leaves including spinach & watercress, avocado, apricot & bacon ( bacon here is very meaty and is protein not just fat) 
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    Loulabelle reacted to ladyshanny in Coffee Sugar Dragon   
    Hi MrsMarks,
     
    This is definitely a common issue with folks first coming to Whole30 so rest assured, you aren't alone.  One of the most common suggestions is to get/drink better coffee.  Since you said "americano" I am assuming you went to Starbucks?  Their coffee is...er....harsh, you might try finding a more mellow roast and brewing at home?
     
    Here's one thread that has lots of suggestions in it, for more threads or ideas just google "Whole30 coffee"
     
    http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/12755-coffee-for-your-whole-30-how-to-make-it-if-youre-used-to-using-dairy/
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    Loulabelle reacted to Tom Denham in Will I ever get it? My eating plan is so broken   
    The biggest failure of the Whole30 program is the large number of participants who fail to use the Whole30 experience to develop and commit to their own personal eating plan. We see people do repeated Whole30s without ever establishing their own program. So you have a lot of company with your on/off approach.
     
    I did my Whole30 in 2010 and have never done another one. I may go for weeks at a time perfectly compliant with the Whole30 program, but I have never seriously considered doing another formal 30 days. It may be because my personal program works so well. Here is what the Tom Denham Program looks like...
     
    I work from home, so normally eat all but 3 meals per week at home. That gives me a big advantage over people who work away from home or who go out a lot because everything I cook at home is Whole30-compliant. I am a great cook and have published more than 400 Whole30-compliant recipes. I could have published another 200-300 recipes by now, but I got bored with updating my recipe blog and don't. I mention this to explain that I eat like a king even though everything I prepare meets Whole30 standards. I highly recommend committing to your personal cooking being 100 percent Whole30-compliant. And then make sure you cook really tasty food. 
     
    When I eat out, I continue to emphasize eating meat and veggies, but I eat rice in Thai restaurants, dairy in sauces, and occasionally eat a dessert if I am convinced it will be special. However, I eat large quantities of food, so usually have little room left for dessert. I never order anything sweet just to have something sweet. When I eat out, I don't ask about cooking oils, what is in sauces, etc. because nothing causes me serious problems. But I avoid pasta, bread, beans, etc. because I prefer to fill up on meat and veggies. I drank my first soda in 5 years two months ago when I stopped for food along the highway in a rural area. I might have gone another five years without drinking another one except last week I was in a town that was under a boil water advisory. I ordered a Diet Coke with my lunch. I enjoyed the coke, but I really may go another 5 years because I really like water with lemon as my beverage. 
     
    I am a rare case, but the common mistakes I see people making after a Whole30 is indulging in anything that sounds good at any time. I think you have to commit yourself to eating meat and veggies most of the time and to eat other foods only rarely. By rarely, I mean no more than once or twice per week. And those times should be reserved for occasions when it is really difficult to find anything else to eat. 
     
    I hope more people speak up on this topic because I don't think I am giving you as many ideas as would be useful.
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from pingu in Slaying the sugar beast   
    Roo bolognese as in kangaroo? If so how does that taste? 
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from jmcbn in Day 35 and Roibush vanilla tea - start again?!!   
    Can you post a picture of the ingredients and the brand? Aroma does indeed mean flavour in German when used in this context. In English vanilla flavouring & vanilla extract are very different. Flavouring would tend to be artificial whereas extract is the bean/pod in alcohol to release the flavour.  
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from jmcbn in Weight gain whole60   
    I gained 2kg on my W30 but lost 15cm, you need to take more into account than just the number on the scale. Your body composition may have changed to less fat & more muscle for instance. I also lost the 2kg then a bit more too as I kept on going, my weight has stabilised to more then I originally thought it should be but my size continues to diminish. 
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from jmcbn in Weight gain whole60   
    I gained 2kg on my W30 but lost 15cm, you need to take more into account than just the number on the scale. Your body composition may have changed to less fat & more muscle for instance. I also lost the 2kg then a bit more too as I kept on going, my weight has stabilised to more then I originally thought it should be but my size continues to diminish. 
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from jmcbn in Weight gain whole60   
    I gained 2kg on my W30 but lost 15cm, you need to take more into account than just the number on the scale. Your body composition may have changed to less fat & more muscle for instance. I also lost the 2kg then a bit more too as I kept on going, my weight has stabilised to more then I originally thought it should be but my size continues to diminish.