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    frogtox got a reaction from LaughingSun in Is there an APP for Whole 30 compliant foods?   
    This makes me smile, because I have a PhD in biology and the Whole30, by FAR, is the eating plan I recommend to everyone because of the science behind it. 
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    frogtox got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Help, short notice!   
    Thank you both for your responses! I read them just prior to leaving and ended up getting the filet grilled with salt and pepper, steamed broccoli with lemon and a baked potato with olive oil and salt with a nice bowl of berries for dessert.
    Y'all are the best! 
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    frogtox reacted to ladyshanny in Help, short notice!   
    I was just going to say what @ShannonM816 said: this looks like one of the easiest menus to navigate that I've seen so far! You should be fine!
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    frogtox reacted to ShannonM816 in Help, short notice!   
    Assuming cost is not a consideration for you, this is actually one of the best options for a whole30 restaurant outing. Any of the steaks or seafood that can be dry grilled would probably work, just speak to your server and confirm they're not marinated, and ask for dry grilled, no butter, no sauce, and ask about seasonings or specify just salt and pepper. There's bound to be at least one of the cooked vegetable options that can be prepared without butter or sauce, and you can probably get a salad with no cheese or croutons, with olive oil and either vinegar or lemon wedges for dressing.
    If you're not comfortable asking questions in front of the group, you might be able to excuse yourself from the table and ask the server away from the table, or get there a few minutes early and talk to someone about what to order before you're seated.
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    frogtox reacted to SarinaLR in Purse Dressing!   
    I had a friend come to town last minute today and called to meet up around 2 for a late lunch.  She called about 10am so I had some time to strategize and eat a small pre lunch just in case I had to cut everything out of my salad once we got there.  She wanted to hit up TGI Friday's so I got on the computer and started reading.  Million Dollar Cobb!  It sounded pretty good after leaving off the cheese and bacon.  They had a chicken, steak or fish option but I was fully prepared to ask them to leave off the meat and add extra eggs and avocado for me if the waitress didn't seem sure of her answers about the meat.  Luckily we had the best waitress ever!  I asked and the steak (which was my #1 choice) isn't marinated and they'd be happy to ONLY use salt and pepper on it.  LOVE IT!  So my salad (while still a TGIF salad) was downright edible and close to good, I'm pretty sure I stayed 100% AND I'd remembered my handy dandy purse dressing so I didn't end up eating it plain.  
    I typically have a little cooler with some snacks in it and so today I added a bottle of compliant dressing and just transferred it to my purse before we went in.  The waitress laughed at me but said she totally gets it because both of her daughters have a lot of restrictions.  Overall even though I could have made a better salad at my house it was lovely to not get left out of the girls lunch.  Go Me!
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    frogtox reacted to stone house in Start date Tuesday September 5th   
    Hey Frogtox -- we're in the teens! I consider it halfway through, since we've gotten through two weekends. Weekends are hard, and I think the second one is the worst, so I definitely feel like we're over the hump. We're spending four days with my sister later in the week. She's a day ahead of us in w30, so it'll be good to make meals together, exercise, etc., and get through weekend three with a fresh face. We made a really great jambalaya the other day with cauliflower rice. Lots of recipes for it online. Whole Foods has compliant andouille. Have a great week all!
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    frogtox reacted to NoneOtherThanAmy in Can I Do...   
    @WholeCourtney I had a lot of the same hang ups when I started my first Whole30. I had about 50 lbs to lose and I had successfully lost weight in the past by tracking and restricting calories. I tracked calories using MyFitnessPal for a few days until I knew I wasn't eating 3,000 calories a day and then I read some of the old forum posts about calorie tracking and I managed to quit. One of the big things that helped me with quitting calorie tracking was that calorie restriction often does not result in long-term weight loss (which was apparent in my own life) and I wanted to be in this for the long haul.  Still, about day 10 or so, I was like, "I NEED to weigh myself!!!!!" I was sure I was eating too much and that I was gaining weight. One of the mods stopped by with a perspective that really helped. She said, "People aren't cattle, we don't need to be weighed". That really made me pause and think. There is absolutely no reason I need to know the number on the scale, other than to track progress and I have a million other ways to do that instead.
    It has now been about 4 months since I started my Whole30 journey and I have lost around 20 lbs. It doesn't sound like much, but it has been slow, sustainable weight loss. What's more impressive is that I've lost about 3 pants sizes and a shirt size. I've been this weight before with calorie restriction and didn't fit into these sizes at that time. This is different. The other interesting thing is that I have now completely let go of the number on the scale. If I stuck to my original plan, I'd still have about 30 lbs to lose, but I'm happily at peace with my body right now. I think I'd be OK with it if I maintained this weight. I'm currently doing another Whole30 and am not sure I'll weigh myself at the end. I've already thrown out my scale, but I could borrow a friend's if I wanted to. I don't think I will though, I think I like the idea of completely ignoring the number on the scale and instead focusing on my non-scale victories.  
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    frogtox reacted to mtex1985 in Start date Tuesday September 5th   
    hehe I am not, Stone House. Im  from CT where the days are starting to get cooler so comfort meals are my fave!  We are all doing so well!
    Planning to grocery shop after work to gather everything I need for prepping this weekend. The menu for the coming week is:
    Paleo/Whole30 chili
    Chorizo, carmelized onion, sweet potato crust frittata
    Salmon cakes
    Crockpot Buffalo Chicken
    I'll also bake some sweet potatoes for the chili and buffalo chicken, make ranch again, salad for the frittata and salmon cakes, roasted veg (brussel sprouts, green beans, carrots and sweet potatoes)
    If for some reason I run out of food (gosh I hope not!) I'll plan to hard boil some eggs and we can always make a quick meal w/ grilled steaks and veg/salad or fish. 
    I've found that planning ahead helps me to not constantly be thinking about food and whether I will have enough for the next day or two. I have a plan. And my plan will be successful, because Im DETERMINED to be successful!! For context I've made all of these recipes already and they are a huge hit in my family, which makes the prep that much easier!
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    frogtox got a reaction from SusanS in Start date Tuesday September 5th   
    We're a third of the way through! I'm feeling pretty good, and have a ton more energy and am less irritable than just a couple days ago. Thakns for the recipe @mtex1985 it looks yummy!
    I'm the only one on my hallway this lunchtime... everyone went on a team building lunch. I didn't know about it til about half an hour before everyone was leaving so didn't really have time to think about whether I could go or not so I'm sitting here eating day 4 of salmon cakes and spaghetti squash and actually enjoying the quiet.
     
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    frogtox reacted to Lauren186 in First Whole 30, Introducing myself   
    Hello everyone! My name is Lauren and I am doing my first Whole30 challenge starting today. 
    I wanted to share a few of my "why's" to hold myself publicly accountable and to shed light on why this is important to me so that I can refer to this when I feel the urge to quit. 
    My first why is simply to become more healthy and to adopt a healthy lifestyle that I can maintain over a long term period. Put good things into my body and get good out! Halloween is coming and who doesn't love to feel great strutting their stuff in an awesome costume!
    My second is to combat my GI issues and not have to take medication for them any longer! 
    My third is very personal and hard to share. My husband and I recently experienced a pregnancy loss. And although we know this is common and there is nothing that could have been done to prevent or change the circumstances, I can control my nutrition to make my body an ideal place to create new life.  
     
    Whole30 seems like a great plan to achieve these goals and I hope to surprise myself and make it to the end!
    Good luck to everyone else starting their journey as well
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    frogtox got a reaction from SusanS in Start date Tuesday September 5th   
    @SusanS I experienced that too... my poor family on Saturday.  I'm also feeling super run down. I got up early for my workout but got only halfway done before sitting on the floor in front of the TV and "stretching" til it was time to shower and leave for work. 
    We had a soccer tournament all weekend, so I didn't get to shop/prep. I've got a pretty good idea of the next couple days but mid-week I might be behind and scrambling. Although, we're processing a bunch of meat chickens on Thursday so that would make a good meal.... 
    Hang in there everyone.
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    frogtox reacted to Selcazare in Caesar Salad Dressing Tips or Recipe?   
    Their creamy ranch is my favorite salad dressing, hands down.
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    frogtox reacted to mtex1985 in Start date Tuesday September 5th   
    Happy Day 4! So far so good for me, except that I got my period today (BOO ) Im feeling a bit foggy at work.  Any tips for battling the feeling of depletion this next week of my cycle?
     Meals have been great, but with two little boys Im finding Im spending so much time in the kitchen and not playing with them in the evenings so this weekend Im going to do a lot more prep to make things easier on myself during the busy work week.  Ive been fortunate in that my parents and in laws both have amazing vegetable gardens and have given me lots of fresh produce to use.  
    Also, my order of Pumpkin Spice Nutpods arrive today, so I'll enjoy a nice cup of coffee on the soccer field tomorrow morning!  
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    frogtox got a reaction from SusanS in Start date Tuesday September 5th   
    Happy day 3 everyone. So glad to see the enthusiasm and read everyone's reason they're undertaking this journey.  @BadWolf47 I hope your headache is better today and that it's due to the caffeine. During my first round I got headachy and was very lethargic until I was reminded that the meal template is nearly as important as the ingredients. I wasn't getting enough of the right kinds of food during my meals. Once I made sure to have enough fat and carbs I felt so much better!
    First timers, remember to read your labels. All of them. Even the ones you've read before. I'm a big time label reader, even off-plan and still find myself surprised at things (my biggest aha was when mid-plan I'd found out the tuna I'd eaten a few days before had soy in it).  Also, never ever cook just one portion. You'll get so sick of cooking by the end you'll be glad you made a few extra portions to stick away in the freezer.
    Anyway, those are my big pieces of advise. Nice that we have some first timers and some veterans to share perspectives.
    @SusanSthank you for sharing that.. definitely worth trying! My very favorite recipe is salmon cakes in the Well Fed cookbook. My kids gobble them up, so I always make a double batch.  @GRivI know what you mean... my lunch today will be the same as the previous two days. Thankfully I don't mind repetition. I usually grill about 5# of chicken on the weekend and cook a giant pork roast every 10 days or so and use it in a ton of different ways when I don't feel like trying a new recipe.
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    frogtox reacted to pilatesfan in Start date Tuesday September 5th   
    The start of day 3 and I feel a little sluggish but actually slept a little later than usual.  Makes me again realize how much sugar affects how much I use it for a crutch.  I made sweet potato soup yesterday.  I usually make butternut squash but didn't have a compliant chicken broth.  I have homemade mayonnaise and clarified butter prepped.  I bought ghee last time at the start but didn't really care for it.  I found nutpods a couple of weeks ago at a TJ Maxx if you can believe that.  I'm liking it better than almond milk in my one cup of coffee I allow myself every day.  Not sure about the menu today but have lots of options available as I stocked up at the grocery store.  I have been making scrambled eggs, avocado and some fruit the past few days for breakfast.  I need to prep some lettuce for salad.  I bought brussell sprouts but not sure how I will prepare them.  Last time around I roasted them with sweet potatoes.  I'm retired and like to cook so I have plenty of time....just don't always take the time and grab something quick that is most often a poor choice.  Hope everyone has a good day!
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    frogtox got a reaction from SusanS in Start date Tuesday September 5th   
    Happy day 3 everyone. So glad to see the enthusiasm and read everyone's reason they're undertaking this journey.  @BadWolf47 I hope your headache is better today and that it's due to the caffeine. During my first round I got headachy and was very lethargic until I was reminded that the meal template is nearly as important as the ingredients. I wasn't getting enough of the right kinds of food during my meals. Once I made sure to have enough fat and carbs I felt so much better!
    First timers, remember to read your labels. All of them. Even the ones you've read before. I'm a big time label reader, even off-plan and still find myself surprised at things (my biggest aha was when mid-plan I'd found out the tuna I'd eaten a few days before had soy in it).  Also, never ever cook just one portion. You'll get so sick of cooking by the end you'll be glad you made a few extra portions to stick away in the freezer.
    Anyway, those are my big pieces of advise. Nice that we have some first timers and some veterans to share perspectives.
    @SusanSthank you for sharing that.. definitely worth trying! My very favorite recipe is salmon cakes in the Well Fed cookbook. My kids gobble them up, so I always make a double batch.  @GRivI know what you mean... my lunch today will be the same as the previous two days. Thankfully I don't mind repetition. I usually grill about 5# of chicken on the weekend and cook a giant pork roast every 10 days or so and use it in a ton of different ways when I don't feel like trying a new recipe.
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    frogtox got a reaction from SusanS in Start date Tuesday September 5th   
    Hi all!
    I started Whole30 #6 yesterday. I usually do one about every six months, and have had really great results each time. I work full time and have two kids who are involved in sports, etc so am always busy and I easily fall into 'fast and easy' eating habits.
    Since there are so many 'veterans' here... what are some of your go-to recipes?
    Looking forward to joining y'all on your journey and sharing inspiration and recipes.
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    frogtox got a reaction from Eye of the Tiger in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    @KiwiJGThe 1/4 c I use is for the secondary ferment.. primary fermentation requires a full cup. I think they make scobys for green tea specifically. Your 50th celebration sounds wonderful! People are beginning to arrive for my big bash on Thursday this week, so I'm looking forward to celebrating. Not looking forward to being out of my 40s, mind you... but it's better than the alternative I imagine. So happy for you and your cancer remission. I just got a call from my best friend (who was scheduled to come in this week) who told me she just got a diagnosis of breast cancer. She's 41. :/ Life can sure throw curveballs, can't it?
    Re: my reintroduction, I'm chugging along. I am still going without gluten and dairy (which made Easter tough) but still don't feel quite right. I just can't seem to get things straightened out. I'm hoping that once next week comes round that I'll be able to focus a little more. But, I'm unsure it will.. I am so busy with kid things that I don't have the energy required to really focus on staying on course. I'm doing quite well from a diet standpoint, but following the meal template is the biggest struggle. I'm committed, though, and coming here and reading your posts helps.
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    frogtox reacted to KiwiJG in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    I've been offline for a while - but loved coming back today and reading all of your stories.
    @DaskiMom @mompoet - I get my scoby and instructions for Kombucha from here https://store.kombuchakamp.com
    @frogtox great to read the way you make kombucha.  Mine is similar but my recipe for 1 gallon had 1C sugar - I was trying 3/4 as I thought you needed that much to ferment - will try my next batch with 1/4 C sugar.  I agree that it is fairly forgiving! I don't add fruit or any flavoring, but experiment with different teas - I like a black/green/ginger tea mix.  Also you and I are the same 'vintage'  , as I too am celebrating my  21st anniversary of my 29th birthday this year.  Mine's in July, and I am heading to Vietnam with my twin sister (who lives in New Zealand) . I'm also planning on having a party here - I've had a crazy couple of years and with my last health scare I am doing the classic cancer survivor thing and making the most of life!
    I've been continuing my 'eat in real moderation and very small amounts', but notice I am starting to derail a little.  Like yesterday I had quite a few tortilla chips before dinner, then had 2 nigiri, and a sugared italian cookie after dinner. I'm also making hot cross buns today, and will have one small one with butter, but will reset tomorrow.
     
     
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    frogtox got a reaction from Eye of the Tiger in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    I *think* white wine might be better because of the sulfites, though I'm not sure.
    I'm also celebrating the 21st anniversary of my 29th birthday!
    My mom has fibromyalsia and after nearly two years of talking to her about Whole30 I finally got her to start a couple weeks before I did. She is amazed at how much less she aches. So, this lifestyle is really beneficial for autoimmune disorders... I hope you find relief with yours!
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    frogtox reacted to Eye of the Tiger in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    @Sara13 at least you are consciously thinking about and making a choice instead of just blindly doing it.  And I agree about the glass of wine and a good book on the porch!  Do you drink red or white?  Melissa Hartwig says that white is better, I'm guessing lower sugar?
    @frogtox thanks!  I'm not feeling tiger blood, at least not consistently.  But I haven't had any insomnia since about a week after starting w30.  And before w30 I had chronic insomnia.  I'm still very tired in the morning, and I'm cutting back on coffee slowly.  I hope to be completely off of it next week.  Then I will just drink caffeine free teas.  I'm down to a cup of coffee in the morning.  I hope you feel better soon!  And it looks like you're doing some great planning for your BIG birthday weekend!  I'' be 29 for the 21st time in November .
    I wish I had constant tiger blood.  But I have Hashimoto's and other health issues that I'm hoping to mostly resolve with this w30 lifestyle and exercise.  I get the results of the comprehensive blood tests I had done last week when I go to my doctor next Thursday.  I can't wait to see the results!
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    frogtox got a reaction from Sara13 in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    I'm glad you're doing so well. I saw your post about having a lower heartrate and was happy for you... oddly a similar thing happened to me (but I've been running more, so attributed it to that).
    Good luck on your trip. Being intentional about things really helps... writing things down saved me.  The weather is typical Michigan cold grey here... glad you're getting out and walking!
    I have a BIG birthday coming up next weekend. We're having a giant party with four out of town family members staying Thurs-Sun so that's really going to be a temptation. But, at least I'll be home. I intend to pre-cook a lot this weekend so I can have things ready and don't have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen or rely on going out when company is here.
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    frogtox reacted to Eye of the Tiger in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    @frogtox @spunky1 @mompoet, it looks like we are all doing pretty well with reintro, and figuring out how foods affect us.  I'm going on a long weekend vacation on the 27th, and since I'm not reintro-ing dairy and gluten for a long time I will be finishing reintro the weekend before my little vaca.  So after that last reintro I will be doing a mini reset before doing the whole conscious "is it worth it" during my trip.
    On another note, the weather is beautiful here!  I've been enjoying some nice walks lately 
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    frogtox reacted to mompoet in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    @spunky1 Good news about the dairy. And great idea to retry it and be super observant about mood. I will try that approach too, if I notice something but I'm not sure!
    Welcome home @frogtox. I am glad to hear you did well with your vacation food choices. There's some awesome advice about planning for vacations in Food Freedom Forever - basically to do a mini-reset before you go on vacation, do your best to make good choices while you are away based on "is it worth it," then return immediately to reset mode when you return home. By this description, you are doing just as Melissa Hartwig suggests!
    Thanks also for the kombucha instructions. I have a friend at the yoga studio who makes it. I will ask her for a scoby (or where to source one locally). 
    I flew to New York today, for a week's vacation. I'm going to do my best too! So far I ate some cheese by accident in a chopped salad that I got at the airport during our lunch-hour layover. That would not have been my first choice for reintroduction, but done's done, so we'll see if it has any negative effects. I'm determined to wait it out through tomorrow at least before I include reintroducing anything else. And an accident can be my excuse exactly one time!
    I finished reading FFF on the plane. It's full of very practical and encouraging advice. Good timing for me out here where controlling what's available is more difficult - but still not impossible. Now let's all make it through Easter making choices that work for us!
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    frogtox got a reaction from Eye of the Tiger in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    I also make my own kombucha. If you don't know anyone with a scoby, you can order them easily enough. Heck, I could send you one if you sent me your address.  I started mine from a scoby I purchased on Amazon. It's super easy... use a gallon of filtered water to make a strong black tea (has to be black.. not green or fruity) and a cup of sugar. When it's cooled enough to not kill the scoby pour it in your container (I use one of those glass containers with a spigot on the bottom so I can just drain it out when it's time... it's big enough and you're supposed to use glass only) and cover it with a tea towel or something like that. I always do a secondary fermentation. To do that, I cook down some fruit (my favorite is raspberry mint- but I'm always experimenting with flavors- it's a very forgiving process) with 1c water and 1/4 c sugar. Decant your kombucha into another glass container and add the fruit mixture and cover *tightly* for a few days. Viola. 
    When you make your first batch, it will take a couple weeks because the scoby you'll start out with is small. It's also dependent on temperature, so the warmer your space the faster it will ferment. But, generally when my scoby is doing it's job I can make a new batch every week.
    Oh, and everything has to be sterile, but they recommend doing so with vinegar rather than bleach or anything like that. My first experience didn't turn out well because I don't think my jar was clean enough.