Renee Lee

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    Renee Lee got a reaction from jmh in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Everybody above has some good thoughts. M&D definitely stress the importance of quality (pastured, organic, etc), but they also tell you to buy what you can afford. If that means conventional everything, so be it. Eating the conventionally raised stuff is STILL better for you than munching down on wheat, corn and processed foods.
    One of the big takeaways (imo) is, if you can only afford to buy one type of higher quality food, prioritize the protein before the veggies. For the longest time in my Paleo life, the only high quality thing I could purchase were eggs. It was the best bang for my buck, imo. I don't eat a lot of fish, because I can't afford the wild stuff that I want. (though lobster will be on the menu this summer!)
    Other options:
    Buy frozen veggies
    Buy in bulk. Tropical traditions has 5 gallon buckets of coconut oil on sale OFTEN. way cheaper than what's in the stores
    Grow some of your own veggies, or at least greens (kale, spinach, lettuces) They're pretty fast growing and way cheaper than organic options
    Understand that this is only for 30 days. There are some "less bad" options that you may be able to add back into your diet if you want to, or feel like you need some cheap calorie fillers. Note that this is NOT optimal for health, but if that's what your budget requires, we aren't going to flog you for it.

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    Renee Lee got a reaction from TEwhole30 in Ideas for more fats?!   
    Animal fat! Strain off the juices from a roast chicken/turkey and keep the fat for cooking.
    Render some lard or tallow.
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    Renee Lee got a reaction from Queenbeejo in Approved Sweeteners   
    You can do whatever you want while not on a W30, but under zero circumstances do I believe that soda of any variety makes you anything but LESS healthy. Your call though!
    Personally, I can't stand the taste of it anymore. Sickeningly sweet
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    Renee Lee got a reaction from Andria G in Not feeling well in the am   
    Hi Andria,
    It's not super normal, no. It might be something unrelated to Whole30. We're still in the tail end of flu season, so maybe you're trying to fight something off? Other thoughts could be a physical manifestation of your brain being burned out on the whole process. This happens to me every now and then. I'm just so OVER planning and cooking and thinking about my food and what considerations I have to make for the rest of the day...I'm just mentally exhausted. could be something like that?
    Too many variables here to really put a finger on any one thing, but have some tea, maybe some compliant digestive support? Or just hang in there for 4 more days and start tinkering with reintro?
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    Renee Lee got a reaction from Renata Sue King-Dewar in Don't over think this.   
    I stickied your post, Robin. I think it's a good one
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    Renee Lee got a reaction from Renata Sue King-Dewar in Don't over think this.   
    WRONG E! BANNED!!!!!!!!!!!
    The Irish boyfriend just translated that for me
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    Renee Lee got a reaction from Renata Sue King-Dewar in Don't over think this.   
    I know, right?
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    Renee Lee got a reaction from deedee in Don't over think this.   
    Depends on whether you're on a mac or a windows machine. Macs are Option + E + [whichever vowel you want to add the accent to]. On a windows machine it's Alt + 0233.
    Not a big deal though. Mox just might be SLIGHTLY detailed oriented, so she made sure to include it when she set up my account.
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    Renee Lee got a reaction from Renata Sue King-Dewar in Don't over think this.   
    I stickied your post, Robin. I think it's a good one
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    Renee Lee got a reaction from thegoldengrahamgirl in The crazy things people say   
    That forbid deadlifting? Absolutely. Every Planet Fitness. Deadlifting will set off the lunk alarm every time.
    Some managers may be better than others, but as a company policy...no deadlifts
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    Renee Lee got a reaction from Espie in The crazy things people say   
    ...where do you get your protein from???
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    Renee Lee got a reaction from MeadowLily in Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue   
    Pomme, take it one step at a time. The basic Whole30 template is sufficient for most. I'd do it as written, them reevaluate at the end of the month to see if trying the AIP is necessary
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    Renee Lee got a reaction from deedee in Don't over think this.   
    Depends on whether you're on a mac or a windows machine. Macs are Option + E + [whichever vowel you want to add the accent to]. On a windows machine it's Alt + 0233.
    Not a big deal though. Mox just might be SLIGHTLY detailed oriented, so she made sure to include it when she set up my account.
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    Renee Lee got a reaction from Kabob in Don't over think this.   
    Lara Bars should be emergency food ONLY!
    The blueberry muffin bar actually isn't compliant because of the vanilla extract in it.
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    Renee Lee got a reaction from wheresanita in Plan a Whole30 dream vacation   
    I don't necessarily care where I go....
    I just want to hire Johnny to cook for me
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    Renee Lee got a reaction from wheresanita in Plan a Whole30 dream vacation   
    I don't necessarily care where I go....
    I just want to hire Johnny to cook for me
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    Renee Lee got a reaction from Kabob in Don't over think this.   
    Lara Bars should be emergency food ONLY!
    The blueberry muffin bar actually isn't compliant because of the vanilla extract in it.
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    Renee Lee got a reaction from Physibeth in Struggling with the morning routine   
    A smoothie isn't a fail, it's just discouraged. In our experience, people that stick to their smoothies aren't as successful long term as those that give them up and try to rethink their food and fueling methods.
     
    I LOVE eggs, so I don't share your morning struggles, but there are still some good "grab and go" options that you're probably overlooking. If Tom's suggestion of leftovers doesn't work for you (this is really the easiest route), I've been a fan of "meat cookies," or previously cooked hamburger patties, to eat on the go. Grab that, some guacamole and a banana? Easy stuff to eat on the road.
     
    To be honest, the best change here would be to modify your routine so that you HAVE the extra time to sit down at the breakfast table with the fam and eat, but that's not always a reality for folks. If you've gotta eat on the road, you gotta eat on the road.
     
    Some chicken/tuna salads are a good option as well.
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    Renee Lee got a reaction from jmh in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Everybody above has some good thoughts. M&D definitely stress the importance of quality (pastured, organic, etc), but they also tell you to buy what you can afford. If that means conventional everything, so be it. Eating the conventionally raised stuff is STILL better for you than munching down on wheat, corn and processed foods.
    One of the big takeaways (imo) is, if you can only afford to buy one type of higher quality food, prioritize the protein before the veggies. For the longest time in my Paleo life, the only high quality thing I could purchase were eggs. It was the best bang for my buck, imo. I don't eat a lot of fish, because I can't afford the wild stuff that I want. (though lobster will be on the menu this summer!)
    Other options:
    Buy frozen veggies
    Buy in bulk. Tropical traditions has 5 gallon buckets of coconut oil on sale OFTEN. way cheaper than what's in the stores
    Grow some of your own veggies, or at least greens (kale, spinach, lettuces) They're pretty fast growing and way cheaper than organic options
    Understand that this is only for 30 days. There are some "less bad" options that you may be able to add back into your diet if you want to, or feel like you need some cheap calorie fillers. Note that this is NOT optimal for health, but if that's what your budget requires, we aren't going to flog you for it.

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    Renee Lee got a reaction from jmh in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Everybody above has some good thoughts. M&D definitely stress the importance of quality (pastured, organic, etc), but they also tell you to buy what you can afford. If that means conventional everything, so be it. Eating the conventionally raised stuff is STILL better for you than munching down on wheat, corn and processed foods.
    One of the big takeaways (imo) is, if you can only afford to buy one type of higher quality food, prioritize the protein before the veggies. For the longest time in my Paleo life, the only high quality thing I could purchase were eggs. It was the best bang for my buck, imo. I don't eat a lot of fish, because I can't afford the wild stuff that I want. (though lobster will be on the menu this summer!)
    Other options:
    Buy frozen veggies
    Buy in bulk. Tropical traditions has 5 gallon buckets of coconut oil on sale OFTEN. way cheaper than what's in the stores
    Grow some of your own veggies, or at least greens (kale, spinach, lettuces) They're pretty fast growing and way cheaper than organic options
    Understand that this is only for 30 days. There are some "less bad" options that you may be able to add back into your diet if you want to, or feel like you need some cheap calorie fillers. Note that this is NOT optimal for health, but if that's what your budget requires, we aren't going to flog you for it.

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    Renee Lee got a reaction from Maycat in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    How did you rig up the plexiglass covered bed? I'm in 5, so I'd love to get some fresh stuff in the winter, but I don't know how reasonable that is.
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    Renee Lee got a reaction from Maycat in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Read: I don't want to pay for kale or spinach
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    Renee Lee got a reaction from jmh in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Everybody above has some good thoughts. M&D definitely stress the importance of quality (pastured, organic, etc), but they also tell you to buy what you can afford. If that means conventional everything, so be it. Eating the conventionally raised stuff is STILL better for you than munching down on wheat, corn and processed foods.
    One of the big takeaways (imo) is, if you can only afford to buy one type of higher quality food, prioritize the protein before the veggies. For the longest time in my Paleo life, the only high quality thing I could purchase were eggs. It was the best bang for my buck, imo. I don't eat a lot of fish, because I can't afford the wild stuff that I want. (though lobster will be on the menu this summer!)
    Other options:
    Buy frozen veggies
    Buy in bulk. Tropical traditions has 5 gallon buckets of coconut oil on sale OFTEN. way cheaper than what's in the stores
    Grow some of your own veggies, or at least greens (kale, spinach, lettuces) They're pretty fast growing and way cheaper than organic options
    Understand that this is only for 30 days. There are some "less bad" options that you may be able to add back into your diet if you want to, or feel like you need some cheap calorie fillers. Note that this is NOT optimal for health, but if that's what your budget requires, we aren't going to flog you for it.

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    Renee Lee got a reaction from Cavegirlmegan in Looking for conception success stories   
    Congrats!!
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    Renee Lee got a reaction from Cavegirlmegan in Looking for conception success stories   
    You could also check in with Chris Kresser's Healthy Baby Code.
     
    He and his wife were struggling to conceive, so he dove into the fertility research about nutrients that could impact fertility. His daughter Sylvie just turned two, I believe.
     
    Anyway, Chris put his months of research into an learning resource called the healthy baby code. There was a good Q&A that Melissa and Dallas had on the 9Blog last year:
     
    http://whole9life.com/2012/12/chris-kresser/