whole30_patricia reacted to AmyS in 2017 Whole9 WholeYear (3rd Annual)
Hi folks, I haven't been around in forever! I'd like to jump in here, as a participant rather than as a moderator. I'm completing a Whole30 of my own (today is the last day) and I'd like to get in on the year-long focus.
This Whole30 has been one of my more successful ones in a history of many Whole30s, so it's been a positive experience. In my previous history with Whole30, I saw many improvements. I also experienced something that I found disheartening: Whole30 took away all of the food-related unwellness and highlighted several areas of true ill health that can, unfortunately, only be remedied with medications and supplements. This is true regardless of whether or not I eat Whole30 (I tested this out). For a while there, I found it disappointing that eating really well showed me where I needed medical help, rather than taking away all of my need for medical help.
My perspective has shifted finally, and I understand that my body has some things about it that really don't want to work well, and that do better with medication. At the same time, feeding myself really well helps me stay healthy too -it's the other half of the equation for good baseline health for me.
This year-long focus is something I've thought of, but wasn't sure how to shape it. So I'm glad to be here and I'll see you folks around!
whole30_patricia reacted to GoJo09 in 2017 Whole9 WholeYear (3rd Annual)
My nutritional learnings for this past week: I can't eat normal-sized portions of slow cooked pork. I ate at least 3 servings last night. All that delicious fatty porkiness. I also feel incredibly sad this morning and am really missing my friends back home - to the point I felt like crying, and I'm definitely not a crier. I don't see how that could be related to pork; perhaps I ate so much I actually consumed the spirit of the pig, who would obviously have been sad.
Anyway, I won't be buying a pork roast next week. Live and learn.
whole30_patricia reacted to jmcbn in 2017 Whole9 WholeYear (3rd Annual)
I'm not big on FB either, plus we've been here for 3yrs now - kind of makes sense for me to stay <shrugs>
Thanks for the reminder on chewing @kirkor - I'm pretty sure this was brought up first time around, and I definitely paid attention to it before, but it's funny how you get out of the way of it again unless you're making a conscious effort - which I did, yesterday, and was amazed how much it made me slow down & really think about my food, so it's something I'm going to keep my focus on for the remainder of the month.
whole30_patricia reacted to littleg in Whole30 approved almond milk?
My understanding of SWYPO is that you are trying to (compliantly) recreate something that W30 is asking you to give up for 30 days. Creamy delicious coffee is a big one around here (if you've been reading the forums for a while, like me, there are countless people who will admit that their morning coffee was more about the creamer they added than the coffee... lots of people just give up coffee altogether because the draw wasn't to the bitter brown liquid/caffeine - it was to the creamy, sugary stuff that was added).
I just don't see how "natural flavors" vs dates (the only real difference between the two, besides some stabilizers and thickeners) somehow makes the Nutpods compliant and the recipe not. I mean its FRENCH VANILLA CREAMER for goodness sakes. I'm not trying to argue that I think the recipe should be compliant, I'm arguing that I call bologna on the nutpods somehow NOT being SWYPO. FRENCH VANILLA CREAMER... eye roll
whole30_patricia reacted to littleg in Whole30 approved almond milk?
So 3 dates (for a yield of 3 cups) is the deal breaker...? I don't get it. I agree that the recipe is SWPO but I don't see how nutpods aren't...?
3/4 cup raw hazelnuts
1/4 cup raw almonds
3 1/2 cups water
2 1/2-3 pitted Medjool dates, to taste
1 vanilla bean, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
tiny pinch of fine grain sea salt (optional)
Purified water, coconut cream, almonds, natural flavors. Contains less than 2% of acacia gum, sunflower lecithin, dipotassium phosphate, gellan gum, sea salt.
whole30_patricia reacted to netdirector in Whole30 approved almond milk?
Oh my goodness... I just bought a Blendtec this week on Amazon, and a 3lb bag of raw almonds from Sam's Club (9 cups!). I soaked 1 cup of the almonds last night, and this morning rinsed off all the bad stuff that had risen. Dumped it in the blender with 4 cups of water and a vanilla bean, pressed the nifty "Whole Juice" button, and 45 secs later I had a rich, creamy almond milk. I also bought a nut sack to strain it through (saving the almond meal for something else) and popped some in my morning iced coffee.
IT WAS AMAZING!!! Totally different from the Califia Unsweetened Almond Milk I'm used to... this is just fresher AND sweeter. Although I'm over 2 weeks into my Whole30 now and WOW is everything super sweet. I used to add a date or two to my salads, but it's just too much now.
Thinking about trying a chocolate almond milk, essentially just adding a couple of tablespoons of cacao powder to the blend, or maybe some cacao nibs for a bit of crunch. I can't believe how good this stuff is. I'll never buy packaged almond milk again.
This was my first use of the Blendtec. Tonight, I'm going to cook up some cauliflower and add it into the blender with some of my chicken bone broth and press the "Soup" button. Creamy cauliflower soup! I have some Whole30 compliant ham to add to that too...
whole30_patricia reacted to Robin Strathdee in Don't over think this.
Welcome all newcomers, welcome back vets, and for those of you who never left...welcome to this post.
I just wanted to pop in here and remind you all to take a deep breath before you dive into all the questions about what you can and can't have. The program guidelines are clear on what you can and can't have (grains, dairy, W30 muffins), but things get a little grey when people start talking about what you should and shouldn't have. Please don't over think think this. You don't have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30. If you need to you can always extend or repeat the process, and things will get better each time you do. My advice to you is this:
Stick to the rules like they are your port in a storm (really, they will become that).
Take the Moderators responses seriously (we know what we're talking about).
Take community members suggestions as advice from those who came before, but keep in mind they are not the rules and not the Mods. Everyone here is well-meaning, and everyone here wants to see you succeed, but everyone here is at a different place in this journey.
And finally, take comfort in these words (from Melissa Hartwig, on another forum post):
Here's the thing (and this is an interesting discussion)... there are Whole30 "rules," which are strict, clearly outlined, and very well defined. No grains - and here are all the things we consider grains. No dairy - and here are all the dairy items excluded. No Paleo-fied food choices, and here's what those look like.
Then, there are Whole30 suggestions for success. They're not part of the official rules, but they're things that we've seen really help (or harm) people as they move through the program. Fruit smoothies for breakfast - not a good idea. Skipping breakfast - not a good idea. Eating every two hours, all day - not a good idea. These things won't necessarily affect your Whole30 results (although they might), but if we can give you additional suggestions that will make your transition and your program easier and more effective, we're going to give them to you.
Keep Calm and Whole30 On.