ArtFossil

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    ArtFossil got a reaction from jordanbrantley in Have anyone’s symptoms lasted a week or longer?   
    Exposure to something in your environment?
    Might be time to get to a good dermatologist.
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting October 8th!   
    Hello @wwtechgirl! Great to see you here! I hope things are going smoothly for you.
    I too think Zoe's grilled potato salad is a thing of beauty and it was so nice to eat something NOT COOKED BY ME.
     I've now completed 20 days. That means just 240 hours or 14,400 minutes to go! (Yes, I am now weary of my Whole30.)
    Warning: rant ahead. Whenever I read posts that say "I just finished my Whole30 and it was a breeze! I never felt hungry or deprived and I am now going to eat this way forever!" I want to throw something at my screen. Don't get me wrong: I'm glad they had a great experience but I certainly have days, and yesterday was one of them, when I am disgruntled and just want to be done. I pacified myself last night with a whole avocado and tomato drenched with the world's best balsamic vinegar and a grass-fed rib eye steak. Which leads me to:
    What I do when I hate being on a Whole30:
    1. Direct my negative energy toward tasks I avoid. Yesterday, it was my filing. (I may be 100% digital but the world, sadly, is not.)
    2. Remind myself that I can have three out of the five food groups: salt, fat and coffee. (Sugar and alcohol are the remaining two.)
    3. Make clarified butter and dump ranch (see above; Fats R Us).
     
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting October 8th!   
    Day 23! Having trouble finding things to whine about today, as I'm at the "OMG my body HAS changed" phase. Cleaned my house (condo) yesterday AND washed the slipcovers and the throws AND did 30 minutes of water jogging . . . all because I was excited about the Apple Special Event today. I ordered the new iPadPro and am so excited for its arrival--the day after my Whole 30 ends!
    Making clay pot Basque Chicken again to fight food boredom.
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting October 8th!   
    Day 25 is almost in the books! It's my birthday and I celebrated with hot dogs and sauerkraut for lunch with extra mustard . . . .  (Must add mustard and vinegar to my five food groups.) Tonight is coconut curry chicken soup (transformation from Basque chicken). Just five more days!
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from ladyshanny in Day 2   
    Good for you for making it through the first day!
    You can have mashed potatoes! Just don't add any dairy and use clarified butter (ghee but no browned). Mashed cauliflower is also delicious.
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    ArtFossil reacted to MichelleCA in Day 2   
    I'm eating mashed potatoes while I check the forums!  Lots of ghee and onion salt, and I love to also mash up potatoes with other root veggies (turnips, rutabaga, celery root).  Sooo delicious and such a nice change.
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    ArtFossil reacted to MichelleCA in Day 2   
    PS _ i was a hard-core diet Coke addict, 4-6 cans per day.  Once you step away from it for a good month (w30!), the taste will horrify you when you try it again.  I attempted to drink one - after not having it for a long while - when my grandma fell suddenly ill and passed, thinking I NEEDED the comfort/solace of my old friend diet Coke - only to have it repulse me!  Never touched the stuff again - even the smell is so fake.  It does get better!  And my current fave drink is flavored sparkling water:  you get all the bubbles and nothing fake (La Croix tangerine and key lime are both delicious, as is Bubly strawberry). 
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    ArtFossil reacted to ladyshanny in Need more fat options   
    Ghee, guac, homemade mayo, fattier cuts of meat.  
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    ArtFossil reacted to MichelleCA in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    Hi, @TeeAycherson - some of the Facebook groups are great!  And very active. 
    As for bacon:  I do understand.  I was a vegan for 2.5 years because I could no longer reconcile my extreme love of animals/grief for those without homes/etc with eating sentient beings.    After 2.5 years of completely vegan fare, I was heavier than ever and hormones way out of whack (all the soy: tofu, miso, soy curls I prepared for family to WOW them that these weren't really meat...).   My holistic practitioner had also been vegan in the recent past, and was STRONGLY encouraging me to resume eating animal products - but well-raised/humanely-raised/pastured animals, NOT factory.  I discussed with her my wrestling with guilt, and how she was able to come back to omnivorous eating.  She said, "I figured, it's them or me!"  This made me laugh, but it did hit home - so I vowed that, by resuming meat-eating, I would source the best possible meat and eggs available, which often cost 3x the price of conventional.  Whole Foods has a welfare-rating system for the animals' lives, 1-5, which guarantees the animal's conditions/environment, so you can decide how much you want to pay versus the benefit to the animal (highest rating is that the animal never travels - is "processed" on-site, no trip in a cold truck).  
    I get that it's still slaughter; reading Michael Pollan was helpful to me - particularly The Omnivore's Dilemma, which addresses the very idea of how we eat and how the foot we eat gets to us, so disconnected from its origin.   
    Ultimately, you can do what feels best for you.  But I avoid any sad animal posts/articles/movies at this point, because I DID avoid animal products - hoping my ethical/philanthropic intentions would pay off in supreme health - but it simply was not a fit for me and my health.
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    ArtFossil reacted to ShannonM816 in Starting October 8th!   
    Why do they put such crap in rotisserie chicken? My grocery store carries one flavor that is compliant, but they don't always have it, they have the flavored ones that have who knows what in them. So annoying, 
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from ladyshanny in Nutiva Vegan Organic Coconut Oil Butter Flavor   
    Well, Wikipedia says: 
    Personally, I'd stay away from butter flavor.
    Have you tried clarified butter, which is the same as ghee only you don't let it brown? It is easy to make and it tastes . . . like butter.  
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from luluUK in Meal plan with no oven   
    I cook a LOT of my Whole30 meats/fish on the Forman grill. It's also great for grilled vegetables.
    And OP can steam veggies in the microwave, another oft-used appliance during Whole30.
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting October 8th!   
    Hooray! You’re here! And we’re on Day 13!
    I had some non template meals yesterday and today (but still compliant). All due to user error (poor planning). I even ate an Rx bar which I usually scorn. But I got back on the template track with dinner tonight after making 3 sheet pans of roasted vegetables.
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    ArtFossil reacted to Elizabeth33 in Starting October 8th!   
    Hey guys just wanted to let you know I am still here. Been doing good. I have been REALLY busy so I havent been able to post. I had to eat out several times because I was only supposed to be out for a bit and ended up being all day. I was able to stay compliant. I am hoping to read others posts later today 
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from ladyshanny in Starting October 8th!   
    Clay pots were a staple of 80’s garage sales here in the states. I started cooking with one in the late 80’s when I was both working and going to school. My then husband could assemble dinner in the clay pot and watch sports on TV while it cooked. Think of it as a analogue slow cooker, LOL.
    The basic principle is you soak the pot in water for 20 minutes, add the ingredients then put in a COLD oven which you immediately turn up to temperature (usually 450 degrees). Most dishes take an hour to an hour and a half. Somehow, the clay pot can both steam and brown, so nothing has to be precooked (even rice cooks perfectly). Ignore those recipes that talk about gradually increasing the temperature. That's just a waste of time.
    Get the Romertopf kind and get the large size (think large roast chicken). At first, you may want to use parchment paper on the bottom to make cleanup easier. Eventually, the bottom will blacken with a wonderful patina and cleanup will be very fast.

    There are lots of cook books but start with Clay Cookery as it’ll give you the basics and lots of recipes you can modify to your taste.
    I like it for stews as well as roast chicken. Roasted Cornish game hens (just stuff the hens with celery, carrot and onion, add your spices and drizzle the tops with olive oil) are sublime. You can even make ratatouille in it with no pre-blanching or any of that stuff.
    This is a good basic article:
    https://www.thecitycook.com/articles/2012-10-03-the-essential-kitchen-clay-pot-cooking 
     
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from scoakley13 in Starting October 8th!   
    It’s day 11! That means we October 8 folks are more than 1/3 done!
    I hit a bit of a wall this afternoon. Not a 20 foot brick wall—more like a stone wall on a ramble through the English countryside. 
    But, I did some cooking that made me feel happy. Two days ago I made “Basque Chicken” in the clay pot. Ginormous chicken breasts with bones and skin, lots of mushrooms, bell peppers and onions, garlic and cayenne. I’d forgotten how the clay pot transforms chicken. It becomes so tender and flavorful, but with crisp skin. 
    Tonight, I took the leftovers from that, plus more onions, peppers and mushrooms, plus leftover broccoli and spinach, plus leftover coconut milk and chicken broth and some Mae Ploy Thai Red Curry paste, and now I have delicious soup!
    Woman does not live by George Forman alone  

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    ArtFossil got a reaction from ladyshanny in Starting October 8th!   
    Clay pots were a staple of 80’s garage sales here in the states. I started cooking with one in the late 80’s when I was both working and going to school. My then husband could assemble dinner in the clay pot and watch sports on TV while it cooked. Think of it as a analogue slow cooker, LOL.
    The basic principle is you soak the pot in water for 20 minutes, add the ingredients then put in a COLD oven which you immediately turn up to temperature (usually 450 degrees). Most dishes take an hour to an hour and a half. Somehow, the clay pot can both steam and brown, so nothing has to be precooked (even rice cooks perfectly). Ignore those recipes that talk about gradually increasing the temperature. That's just a waste of time.
    Get the Romertopf kind and get the large size (think large roast chicken). At first, you may want to use parchment paper on the bottom to make cleanup easier. Eventually, the bottom will blacken with a wonderful patina and cleanup will be very fast.

    There are lots of cook books but start with Clay Cookery as it’ll give you the basics and lots of recipes you can modify to your taste.
    I like it for stews as well as roast chicken. Roasted Cornish game hens (just stuff the hens with celery, carrot and onion, add your spices and drizzle the tops with olive oil) are sublime. You can even make ratatouille in it with no pre-blanching or any of that stuff.
    This is a good basic article:
    https://www.thecitycook.com/articles/2012-10-03-the-essential-kitchen-clay-pot-cooking 
     
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from scoakley13 in Starting October 8th!   
    It’s day 11! That means we October 8 folks are more than 1/3 done!
    I hit a bit of a wall this afternoon. Not a 20 foot brick wall—more like a stone wall on a ramble through the English countryside. 
    But, I did some cooking that made me feel happy. Two days ago I made “Basque Chicken” in the clay pot. Ginormous chicken breasts with bones and skin, lots of mushrooms, bell peppers and onions, garlic and cayenne. I’d forgotten how the clay pot transforms chicken. It becomes so tender and flavorful, but with crisp skin. 
    Tonight, I took the leftovers from that, plus more onions, peppers and mushrooms, plus leftover broccoli and spinach, plus leftover coconut milk and chicken broth and some Mae Ploy Thai Red Curry paste, and now I have delicious soup!
    Woman does not live by George Forman alone  

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    ArtFossil got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting October 8th!   
    Let me know if there's anything I can do to help. 
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    ArtFossil reacted to ShannonM816 in Starting October 8th!   
    So, is there anything in particular making you feel this way? If you started 10/8, you're about 9 days in, so you're about in the time when people are most likely to give up, so this might just be a normal feeling that will pass in a few days, but if there's something that can make this less meh, let's figure that out, especially if you're planning to keep going past 30 days. 
    If it's that you're tired of cooking, look for easy meals for a few days that don't require a lot of prep. Spring for the pre-chopped vegetables if you're tired of prepping them. Find some compliant precooked sausages, or some compliant hot dogs, or a rotisserie chicken, so you have a meal or two that doesn't require much effort. Or research some restaurants and figure out if there's one that you could eat at, and treat yourself to dinner out one night. 
    If it's that you're bored with your food, find some new things to try. Even simple things like a new sauce or dip could change up your normal foods, or if you're going to have time sometime to cook something a little more time consuming, find a recipe or two you've really been wanting to try. (Browse through these for some ideas if you aren't sure where to start:  https://meljoulwan.com/category/recipes/whole30/)
     
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    ArtFossil reacted to laura_juggles in Can't wait to stop eating so much meat!   
    A better idea for a lifetime of eating for you. This whole program is about learning what's best for you. Nothing can be applied with such a broad brush. 
    I can't eat legumes. So it is basically impossible for me to do well with less animal-based protein. Can't do tofu, lentils, beans...that leaves me with nuts and??? Seitan? 
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    ArtFossil reacted to Elizabeth33 in Starting October 8th!   
    I made it through yesterday with all the temptations. I am 1/2 through them today and have work tonight. Very proud of my self. I didn’t do what I should have done last night. I shoujd have vacuumed seal some of my meat and got more food prepped but instead I just plugged myself into the TV set. 
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    ArtFossil reacted to Elizabeth33 in Starting October 8th!   
    Welcome to day 8 everyone. I hope the weekend went well. 
    I slept ok last night but I woke up at 4:30 and couldn't fall back asleep. I even had a small snack to see if that would help and it didn't. I am finding that I am not as hungry today. I was able to go almost 5 hours before having lunch. I am still having issues with cravings and wanting sugar and bad carbs. The desire to go off plan is getting stronger unfortunately. I am getting the blues. 
    I ran out of my allergy medicine over the weekend. I finally had to break down and by over the counter. I have been itchy all over my body since I went off it. This is aside from the bug bites that I am still getting. My face is particularly itchy. I know my face doesn't like the CPAP because I get rashes on my lips but this is all over the face. I am hoping the allergy medicine will help. I know as I get further along the program that I will be able to go off it without having any issues. 
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    ArtFossil got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting October 8th!   
    I know what you mean. I went to the grocery store so I could make my (adult) daughter a grilled cheese sandwich as she's not feeling well. I hadn't had lunch yet and just walking the aisles was . . . interesting. This is one of those "virtue is NOT really its own reward" days.
    I bought myself a steak to cook for dinner. AND an avocado. 
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    ArtFossil reacted to Elizabeth33 in Starting October 8th!   
    Cravings are really bad today. Where I work they have all sorts of pastries and sweets. This too shall pass......