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    Mads got a reaction from tulipgirl6 in Nutritional yeast?   
    I'm making a cashew "cheese" dipping sauce tonight that uses nutritional yeast -- it's a raw, vegan recipe that I never would have considered making if it weren't for Whole30. NY is an ingredient that is encouraging me to change my relationship with food by experimenting, using foods in new ways I didn't think were possible, and finding foods to meet both my needs and those of my (non-Whole30, professional baker) husband. How could there be anything wrong with that?
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    Mads got a reaction from tulipgirl6 in Nutritional yeast?   
    I'm making a cashew "cheese" dipping sauce tonight that uses nutritional yeast -- it's a raw, vegan recipe that I never would have considered making if it weren't for Whole30. NY is an ingredient that is encouraging me to change my relationship with food by experimenting, using foods in new ways I didn't think were possible, and finding foods to meet both my needs and those of my (non-Whole30, professional baker) husband. How could there be anything wrong with that?
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    Mads got a reaction from Rebe_J in The crazy things people say   
    On Galentine's day (Feb 13), all my coworkers treated each other with cheesecake, fried chicken biscuits, and donuts. They all know about my W30 and never offered me any -- and they never make fun/say dumb stuff either (they're all impressed with my resolve, actually). So you can imagine my surprise when I returned to my desk after a meeting to find...
     
    A bite-sized frosted brownie.
     
    Me: "Who even put this here? Is this a joke??"
    Coworker: "It's from _________. She left one for everyone and we just didn't know what to do with it so we just left it there! I'm so sorry we tempted you!"
     
    LOL. Please. I watched them all eat chocolate-dipped cheesecake. A walmart brownie with crusty frosting would not be my undoing.
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    Mads got a reaction from Rebe_J in The crazy things people say   
    On Galentine's day (Feb 13), all my coworkers treated each other with cheesecake, fried chicken biscuits, and donuts. They all know about my W30 and never offered me any -- and they never make fun/say dumb stuff either (they're all impressed with my resolve, actually). So you can imagine my surprise when I returned to my desk after a meeting to find...
     
    A bite-sized frosted brownie.
     
    Me: "Who even put this here? Is this a joke??"
    Coworker: "It's from _________. She left one for everyone and we just didn't know what to do with it so we just left it there! I'm so sorry we tempted you!"
     
    LOL. Please. I watched them all eat chocolate-dipped cheesecake. A walmart brownie with crusty frosting would not be my undoing.
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    Mads got a reaction from MeadowLily in Do you find yourself judging?   
     
    You have no idea how relieved I am to read this response! I live in a city with a major food desert problem. I recognize that I am extremely privileged to 1.) Afford a whole foods diet 2.) Live within a few miles of stores selling quality meats and fresh produce 3.) Own a working car so that I can easily access those stores and buy enough food to feed my family and transport it home 4.) Have a full kitchen with a working stove, oven, full-sized fridge, freezer, and wide array of cooking implements 5.) Have TIME every night to cook a meal from scratch for my family.
     
    There are so many barriers people face just trying to put food on the table. Who are we to judge them for what calories they manage to get into their bellies every day?
    As for convincing friends and family who have the same means as us, I find it helps if we don't try to act like we've found the SECRET TO LIFE and everything is amazing now. This is my third Whole30. It is still hard. I miss chocolate. I miss going out for lattes with coworkers. Eating out is almost impossible (I live in the South. They don't do paleo down here). It is, in fact, way hard to do a Whole30. Not giving birth hard (although this takes longer), and certainly not cancer hard. But it's still not easy. I find that my friends are actually way more curious and supportive and interested when I'm honest about the fact that this isn't the most "fun" way to eat (cuz cake is always going to be more fun than kale) -- but I still love it and do it anyway.
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    Mads reacted to MeadowLily in Do you find yourself judging?   
    Mads.....I like your style.  
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    Mads got a reaction from MeadowLily in Do you find yourself judging?   
     
    You have no idea how relieved I am to read this response! I live in a city with a major food desert problem. I recognize that I am extremely privileged to 1.) Afford a whole foods diet 2.) Live within a few miles of stores selling quality meats and fresh produce 3.) Own a working car so that I can easily access those stores and buy enough food to feed my family and transport it home 4.) Have a full kitchen with a working stove, oven, full-sized fridge, freezer, and wide array of cooking implements 5.) Have TIME every night to cook a meal from scratch for my family.
     
    There are so many barriers people face just trying to put food on the table. Who are we to judge them for what calories they manage to get into their bellies every day?
    As for convincing friends and family who have the same means as us, I find it helps if we don't try to act like we've found the SECRET TO LIFE and everything is amazing now. This is my third Whole30. It is still hard. I miss chocolate. I miss going out for lattes with coworkers. Eating out is almost impossible (I live in the South. They don't do paleo down here). It is, in fact, way hard to do a Whole30. Not giving birth hard (although this takes longer), and certainly not cancer hard. But it's still not easy. I find that my friends are actually way more curious and supportive and interested when I'm honest about the fact that this isn't the most "fun" way to eat (cuz cake is always going to be more fun than kale) -- but I still love it and do it anyway.
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    Mads got a reaction from Rebe_J in The crazy things people say   
    On Galentine's day (Feb 13), all my coworkers treated each other with cheesecake, fried chicken biscuits, and donuts. They all know about my W30 and never offered me any -- and they never make fun/say dumb stuff either (they're all impressed with my resolve, actually). So you can imagine my surprise when I returned to my desk after a meeting to find...
     
    A bite-sized frosted brownie.
     
    Me: "Who even put this here? Is this a joke??"
    Coworker: "It's from _________. She left one for everyone and we just didn't know what to do with it so we just left it there! I'm so sorry we tempted you!"
     
    LOL. Please. I watched them all eat chocolate-dipped cheesecake. A walmart brownie with crusty frosting would not be my undoing.
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    Mads reacted to amieK in Whole 30 Food is Gross!   
    When I saw the title of this post I was like "Whole30 food is gross??? How can that be?? Isn't Whole30 food, just, um . . . food?!!!"
     
    I guess I understand better now having read the previous posts.
     
    Whole30 doesn't tell you that you have to eat certain vegetables, or else. If you really hate broccoli or any other vegetable, you don't have to eat it. Or if something allowable makes you feel bad, you don't have to eat it. For example, I like sweet potatoes/yams (allowable) but I don't eat them anymore because they feel like a lump of lead in my tummy and make me feel bloated. But I discovered that I can tolerate squash, so when I feel the need for something a little more carb-y, I'll cut up a butternut squash into cubes, toss with olive oil and salt & pepper, spread the cubes on a cookie sheet and roast .
     
    However, I don't think you can do Whole30 with "just certain meats and fruits". You're going to have to expand your horizons a bit when it comes to vegetables in order to do this program in a healthy fashion. Except for the spinach that you had for breakfast one morning, you aren't eating enough green things. And now you say even spinach is making you feel sick. 
     
    And you're going to have to do some cooking to succeed with Whole30 (or else find someone to cook compliant meals for you.) Cooking doesn't have to be complicated involving "recipes with 20 ingredients that take 2 hours to make." You've been given many fine examples in the posts above. Just because your homemade mayo didn't turn out the first time you made it, doesn't mean you won't succeed the next time. But maybe mayo is not the place you should start. How about making a simple green salad with home-made olive oil vinaigrette? Do you have a good knife and cutting board? If not, invest in them.
    ​Another good investment is an oven-proof meat thermometer. It makes roasting a chicken super-easy. Otherwise you can calculate cooking times online based on the weight of the bird.
     
    Roast chicken accompanied by a big salad loaded with lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, matchstick carrots, olives & tossed with vinaigrette - that's a typical meal at our house. Personally, I find cooking this way a lot less time-consuming. But it does take some planning. You have to be willing to buy fresh ingredients and you have to think ahead and take frozen meat, fish, or chicken out of the freezer in time to thaw for when you'll need it.
     
    You can't expect to just pull a box or package out of the cupboard or freezer and end up with a nutritious Whole30 meal. It's just not going to happen. 
     
    ​Maybe you're not at a place in your life where you're ready for this kind of change. Maybe you're busy with work and/or school and you just don't have the time to plunge in and go whole-hawg Whole30. And that's ok. But if you want to start investing in your health, you really ought to start taking some baby steps towards eating better. And you're just going to have to re-educate your taste buds to enjoy a wider variety of vegetables. Maybe on your days off, you could make a point of spending some time in the kitchen trying a few new simple recipes such as the ones that were shared in the posts above.
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    Mads got a reaction from Rebe_J in The crazy things people say   
    On Galentine's day (Feb 13), all my coworkers treated each other with cheesecake, fried chicken biscuits, and donuts. They all know about my W30 and never offered me any -- and they never make fun/say dumb stuff either (they're all impressed with my resolve, actually). So you can imagine my surprise when I returned to my desk after a meeting to find...
     
    A bite-sized frosted brownie.
     
    Me: "Who even put this here? Is this a joke??"
    Coworker: "It's from _________. She left one for everyone and we just didn't know what to do with it so we just left it there! I'm so sorry we tempted you!"
     
    LOL. Please. I watched them all eat chocolate-dipped cheesecake. A walmart brownie with crusty frosting would not be my undoing.
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    Mads reacted to Snappy Shark in The crazy things people say   
    This was in jest, from a co-worker with whom I'm friends, but: "you should go crazy this weekend and eat a whole peanut!"
    Then, a discussion about how peanuts are not NUTS ensued. (I am not going to eat a peanut this weekend, or an weekend in the foreseeable future!)
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    Mads got a reaction from amysmith2009 in Smoothies are a No No   
    My motto is "Whatever gets calories into her/him!" I think sneaking veggies into a smoothie/applesauce/soup is totally fine for a toddler/ pre-schooler. Just make sure you offer a non-sneaky vegetable at every meal so your LO recognizes that veggies are a part of dinner time.
     
    As for some good kid-friendly veggies: My daughter ADORES spaghetti squash "peanut noodles." Even if she rejects all other veggies (or sometimes, all other foods, period.), she will gobble up a quarter of a small squash on her own. You can make a W30 version with sunbutter and they're great.
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    Mads reacted to Mistiism in Do toddlers need anything besides water?   
    Personally it depends on the toddler and what kind of eater they are. If you have a fairly non picky eater, who eats a large variety of fruits and vegetables, proteins and fats, then the calcium and fat they are getting from milk can easily be substituted. But if you have a toddler who only eats a handful of different kinds of foods, then substituting in milk isn't a bad thing. The WHO recommend breast milk for at least two years to be nutritionally beneficial, and no one is claiming that primal man didn't feed his children milk, after all that is what milk is for... For offspring. After two, the diet is usually varied enough to not require milk, but like I said, it depends on the child and some children are downright stubborn.
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    Mads got a reaction from tulipgirl6 in Nutritional yeast?   
    I'm making a cashew "cheese" dipping sauce tonight that uses nutritional yeast -- it's a raw, vegan recipe that I never would have considered making if it weren't for Whole30. NY is an ingredient that is encouraging me to change my relationship with food by experimenting, using foods in new ways I didn't think were possible, and finding foods to meet both my needs and those of my (non-Whole30, professional baker) husband. How could there be anything wrong with that?
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    Mads got a reaction from MeadowLily in If I have another salad for lunch, I will throw it out the window.   
    Hi everyone!  I'm on Day 9 of the Whole30 and overall, feeling good! But I've hit a BIG wall as far as lunch is concerned. My family gets a weekly CSA with heads of lettuce so big they take up the entire crisper drawer, so of course, I've been eating salads for lunch almost every day. I had about 2/3 of my salad today and just couldn't take another bite. If I eat more salad, I'm going to turn into a rabbit.
     
    So I desperately need some on-the-go lunch ideas. I don't have time to make anything elaborate in the morning (blame baby  ), and we rarely have leftovers from dinner. What are some things I can throw together kind of fast for lunches?
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    Mads got a reaction from flwrhead in What do you find yourself making again and again?   
    Best thing ever, especially if you're in a rush:
     
    Guacamole-stuffed burgers.  For each burger, make two 3-oz patties with some guac sandwiched in the middle, seal the edges really well (you can add an egg to the ground beef to help it bind more easily), and cook 'em up. SO GOOD and with the creamy guacamole, you would never want a cheeseburger. I like to serve them with Kohlrabi fries (http://fiveandspice.com/2012/03/16/chili-dusted-kohlrabi-fries/) and kale chips, or, if I'm grilling, grilled marinated summer squash (marinate yellow squash in red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, paprika, onion powder, and garlic) and a green salad.
     
    I'll also combine just about any veggies with ground beef, sliced chicken breast, or shrimp and stir-fry them with red curry paste and coconut milk, served on top of cauliflower rice. Dinner in 15 minutes!
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    Mads got a reaction from MeadowLily in If I have another salad for lunch, I will throw it out the window.   
    Hi everyone!  I'm on Day 9 of the Whole30 and overall, feeling good! But I've hit a BIG wall as far as lunch is concerned. My family gets a weekly CSA with heads of lettuce so big they take up the entire crisper drawer, so of course, I've been eating salads for lunch almost every day. I had about 2/3 of my salad today and just couldn't take another bite. If I eat more salad, I'm going to turn into a rabbit.
     
    So I desperately need some on-the-go lunch ideas. I don't have time to make anything elaborate in the morning (blame baby  ), and we rarely have leftovers from dinner. What are some things I can throw together kind of fast for lunches?
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    Mads got a reaction from MeadowLily in If I have another salad for lunch, I will throw it out the window.   
    Hi everyone!  I'm on Day 9 of the Whole30 and overall, feeling good! But I've hit a BIG wall as far as lunch is concerned. My family gets a weekly CSA with heads of lettuce so big they take up the entire crisper drawer, so of course, I've been eating salads for lunch almost every day. I had about 2/3 of my salad today and just couldn't take another bite. If I eat more salad, I'm going to turn into a rabbit.
     
    So I desperately need some on-the-go lunch ideas. I don't have time to make anything elaborate in the morning (blame baby  ), and we rarely have leftovers from dinner. What are some things I can throw together kind of fast for lunches?
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    Mads got a reaction from CharDoll in June 1st Support Thread   
     
    I made it!!  We're about to sit down to dinner: steelhead trout fillet with an orange-balsamic marinade, roasted spicy sweet potatoes, and steamed green beans from our CSA with clarified butter. And maybe a plum from our trees for "dessert". Yummmm.
     
    It's really weird to think that tomorrow, I can eat whatever I feel like eating. I know I'm still going to have my usual eggs and kale for breakfast, but with my sister, bro-in-law, toddler nephew, and dad all coming to visit me tomorrow (which is so exciting! I haven't seen my sister and her family in a year -- they haven't even gotten to meet my daughter yet!), I really can't know what I'll be having for lunch. But I already have some really great Paleo dinners planned: A 4th of July cookout with burgers, chicken breasts, grilled pepper and sweet onions, purple potato salad; taco night where everyone can have the shells and I'll stick with lettuce cups; roasted chicken with sweet potatoes, beets, and spinach salad.
     
    It's really important to me that I actually take these lessons to heart and keep eating this way. If I just go back to eating whatever this week, justifying it with "I have family in town," then this whole experience will have been for nothing. I kicked all those cravings for a reason!  Plus, this is a chance to show my family how reasonable it can be to eat a Paleo diet (80-90%) full time.
     
    But boy... I am so excited for that iced coffee with cream tomorrow.
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    Mads got a reaction from b.c. in June 1st Support Thread   
     
    Wow! 19 lbs -- did you ever feel hungry or deprived? That's amazing. Well done!  I lost 7, which makes me happy. I can finally say I'm losing some of the pregnancy weight!
     
     
    Hmmm. You can always look on the Troubleshooting forum to see if anyone else experienced similar effects. You might also want to weigh in again tomorrow, to see if some of that is water weight.
     
    What about other markers for success? Did you tame a sweet tooth, stop feeling tired after meals (those were my big two), get clearer skin or reduce inflammation from an injury? 
     
    I hope my optimism doesn't bug you (I kinda' hate encouragement when I'm disappointed) -- I just don't want anyone to think this experience was a waste.
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    Mads got a reaction from CharDoll in June 1st Support Thread   
     
    Yeah my tummy wasn't thrilled, but I think it was the acidity of the coffee (haven't had a drop in 30 days) and not the tablespoon of cream in there. I didn't even finish the cup, haha -- I kept forgetting I had poured it!
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    Mads got a reaction from b.c. in June 1st Support Thread   
     
    Wow! 19 lbs -- did you ever feel hungry or deprived? That's amazing. Well done!  I lost 7, which makes me happy. I can finally say I'm losing some of the pregnancy weight!
     
     
    Hmmm. You can always look on the Troubleshooting forum to see if anyone else experienced similar effects. You might also want to weigh in again tomorrow, to see if some of that is water weight.
     
    What about other markers for success? Did you tame a sweet tooth, stop feeling tired after meals (those were my big two), get clearer skin or reduce inflammation from an injury? 
     
    I hope my optimism doesn't bug you (I kinda' hate encouragement when I'm disappointed) -- I just don't want anyone to think this experience was a waste.
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    Mads got a reaction from CharDoll in June 1st Support Thread   
     
    I made it!!  We're about to sit down to dinner: steelhead trout fillet with an orange-balsamic marinade, roasted spicy sweet potatoes, and steamed green beans from our CSA with clarified butter. And maybe a plum from our trees for "dessert". Yummmm.
     
    It's really weird to think that tomorrow, I can eat whatever I feel like eating. I know I'm still going to have my usual eggs and kale for breakfast, but with my sister, bro-in-law, toddler nephew, and dad all coming to visit me tomorrow (which is so exciting! I haven't seen my sister and her family in a year -- they haven't even gotten to meet my daughter yet!), I really can't know what I'll be having for lunch. But I already have some really great Paleo dinners planned: A 4th of July cookout with burgers, chicken breasts, grilled pepper and sweet onions, purple potato salad; taco night where everyone can have the shells and I'll stick with lettuce cups; roasted chicken with sweet potatoes, beets, and spinach salad.
     
    It's really important to me that I actually take these lessons to heart and keep eating this way. If I just go back to eating whatever this week, justifying it with "I have family in town," then this whole experience will have been for nothing. I kicked all those cravings for a reason!  Plus, this is a chance to show my family how reasonable it can be to eat a Paleo diet (80-90%) full time.
     
    But boy... I am so excited for that iced coffee with cream tomorrow.
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    Mads got a reaction from CharDoll in June 1st Support Thread   
     
    I made it!!  We're about to sit down to dinner: steelhead trout fillet with an orange-balsamic marinade, roasted spicy sweet potatoes, and steamed green beans from our CSA with clarified butter. And maybe a plum from our trees for "dessert". Yummmm.
     
    It's really weird to think that tomorrow, I can eat whatever I feel like eating. I know I'm still going to have my usual eggs and kale for breakfast, but with my sister, bro-in-law, toddler nephew, and dad all coming to visit me tomorrow (which is so exciting! I haven't seen my sister and her family in a year -- they haven't even gotten to meet my daughter yet!), I really can't know what I'll be having for lunch. But I already have some really great Paleo dinners planned: A 4th of July cookout with burgers, chicken breasts, grilled pepper and sweet onions, purple potato salad; taco night where everyone can have the shells and I'll stick with lettuce cups; roasted chicken with sweet potatoes, beets, and spinach salad.
     
    It's really important to me that I actually take these lessons to heart and keep eating this way. If I just go back to eating whatever this week, justifying it with "I have family in town," then this whole experience will have been for nothing. I kicked all those cravings for a reason!  Plus, this is a chance to show my family how reasonable it can be to eat a Paleo diet (80-90%) full time.
     
    But boy... I am so excited for that iced coffee with cream tomorrow.
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    Mads reacted to CharDoll in June 1st Support Thread   
    Roll Call! Who made it 30 days? Congrats... a few more hours!