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    Selcazare reacted to CaseyD in Need to get back on the Whole30, looking for inspiration and help   
    Focus on little improvements - not a huge overhaul. Can you eat a Whole30 style breakfast everyday - or at least x-amount of days a week? Do that and then when it feels like a habit, maybe focus on lunch or changing some other smaller thing. Don't convince  yourself that it has to be 100% or nothing at all. I fell into that trap for years - wasted years. Change small things and keep consistent with those small changes, and they will add up to a big change. Perhaps you will find your food freedom gradually this way, instead of yo-yo-ing through hard shifts and total train wrecks. 

    p.s. I hate the idea of trying to be inspired by people on the internet. You don't get the full story and most importantly - none of these people are you. Inspire yourself by finding your big whys in your own life. :-) 
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    Selcazare reacted to -Kara in Whole30 for picky eaters?   
    I think, as adults, we assign a lot of value to being picky eaters. It gives us a sense of control. It helps limit our choices. And in some ways - it keeps us from experiencing change. I have been picky at times of great stress and less picky when I am relaxed. I think also, expressing fear that something won't work before it even has a chance to start - is a type of are sort of setting yourself  up to fail. I am afraid i won't be able to afford to do whole 30. That whole foods cost too much. That I won't have the time to cook. All this mental noise keeping me stuck in the disease of eating bad stuff, letting sugar and carbs rule my life. Sugar and carbs are tough to kick. Its an addiction for sure. 
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    Selcazare reacted to senews in High Cholesterol!!!   
    Great news!!! I saw a great endocrinologist who prescribed Armour natural dessicated thyroid. After being on it for 2 months, my numbers are as follows:
    total: 185
    HDL: 76
    LDL: 93
    triglycerides: 82
    I'm so relieved and glad I figured out the real problem and didn't just blindly go on a statin. Thanks for all your support, guys! And get your thyroid checked!
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    Selcazare reacted to Carlaccini in Are the risks worth it?   
    This is post is going to be a bit TMI.  This is a very personal struggle that I have for a good many years,  This is to demonstrate the power that food has over our bodies.
    Since the age of 14 (I am 38 now) I suffered having painful boils along my bikini line.  Walking or just plain sitting was painful.  Later on they escalated getting bigger (ping pong ball size) and then they arrived under my armpits and breasts.  Dr's didn't know what caused them.  Creams that didn't help (helped with healing a bit) and lancing.  But that's all that they would do.  I gave up and assumed that they were just a miserable part of my life.
    In August of 2012 I did my first whole 30.  By day 10 all the boils had cleared and no new ones were forming.  By day 30 I had only one come up the entire time. (They were chronically there)  My triggers after re-intros - dairy and pork. (Note I can only eat pork that has been extremely over cooked - think shoe leather or extra crispy bacon - which I like)  The boils that I get from pork pass quickly 2 -3 days at most.  The ones I get from dairy happen within hours of consumption and they last for 2 weeks.  So yeah I consumed dairy (and I loved dairy) for years but I also suffered for years too.  So dairy in my book - so not worth it.  
    The whole 30 just made me very aware of what's going on in my body.
    Sugar - not my friend even though I keep on coming back to it. Throws my hormones out of whack.
    Soy - no physical problems - all mental problems - I get angry, moody and depressed when I am exposed to soy.  I was extremely depressed (undiagnosed) prior to whole 30.
    Dairy - well we covered this above
    Non-gluten grains - severe bathroom issues.  That is all I will say about that
    Gluten grains - I can "tolerate" these but only if they have a lot of fat.  So a croissant/danish gives me no stomach issues but a slice of bread will feel like I swallowed a bowling ball.
    Each one of these items I will consume from time to time.  I make the choice though.  I can make an educated choice with each one of these items if it is worth it" or not.  Sure some friends and family think I am just being difficult, but they don't know what I was going through before.  Some congratulate me that I am so in tune with my body.  
    Listen - it took a lot of work to get here.  Many people are scared of that work, I am sorry to say.  But all I can say is YOU are worth this work.  Who cares what the rest of the world think.
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    Selcazare reacted to lexes42 in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    From living in London for many years I got used to the idea that food is expensive.  Cheap food - and getting used to it being so - is partly what has got us into this condition as a culture (imho).  In this country we have now gotten 'used' to the fact that gas (petrol) is expensive.  You have to adjust the whole of your budget based on the priorities.  I am freaked out by how much I spent this month on the whole30, but I also know that I can relatively quickly adjust and get better at spending less now that i've established the essentials.  Soon (I hope!) the fact that my eating out budget (coffee and lunches mostly) has dwindled to nearly nothing will help rebalance the budget. 
    I also recommend keepign an old fashioned 'price book'.  Where I live there is a HUGE selection of food vendors before you even get to the farmers markets - which are always more expensive but I like the warm and fuzzy feeling of buying from the farm -  (DC metro area - Safeway, Giant, WF, Shoppers, Wegmans, TJ, Costco... and on and on and on) and prices vary widely on all shelf products. I live in a very small apartment with a very small kitchen so warehouse type bulk buying isn't my thing - plus i"m convinced it makes me buy more on impulse (a years supply of body lotion - you bet!)  and isn't 'always' the least expensive per unit.  Discovering that I could get Coconut Aminos, Oil, and Milk at Wegmans cheaper then I could on the internet (without buying a vat that I cannot put anywhere in my kitchen) was a huge win - and worth the longer drive to get there.  I just plan a 'wegmans run' the way other people shop the warehouses.
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    Selcazare reacted to Trineoty in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Our largest household bill, aside from the mortgage, is groceries. It is very expensive to eat this way, but the way you have to view it is this: you are either going to spend it on the front end and stay healthy, or you are going to spend it on the back end paying for medical costs. Personally, I look at my 78 yo dad running circles around his friends, and I choose health.
    We buy 1/2 a grass fed cow from a local farmer. If there is a sale on organic chicken I stock up. We buy farm eggs from local farmers. I feel like I forage for food. It's a huge process getting groceries. I put coolers in my car, and make the rounds. I don't shop the aisles very much....mostly the periphery. I buy online......Amazon prime, greenpolkadotbox, sea Snax,.....I buy at Trader Joes where I live.
    Decide what your budget will be, then stick to the budget. If you can put out a chunk of money for a quarter to half a cow, the meat is much cheaper that way. Once the budget is used up, it's used up. Your children have to learn they also can't eat all the "good" stuff. Once the "snacks" are gone, their gone.
    Plus, eating out is a whole lot more expensive. Do with less in other areas so that you don't have to skimp on the grocery bill.
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    Selcazare reacted to Jahx in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Honestly, in my experience and as always your mileage may vary, the key to keeping the grocery bill down is simply this.
    Stop obsessing over the word "Organic".  By and large, if you are embarking on a Whole 30, your eating habits previously were fairly awful.  You have already been been exposing yourself to the worst foods/chemicals you could.  Frozen vegetables are fine.  Beef that isn't labeled "Grass Fed", or "Pastured" also won't cause your heart to spontaneously stop.  
    Embrace that simple concept, and the Whole 30 is actually *significantly* less expensive than the current diets of those for whom it does the most good.  
    Is grass fed, pastured, "certified" meat and produce healthier than the standard found at your local supermarket?  Sure.  I won't argue that point.  Is it something you should stress over with your Whole 30?  No.  The Whole 30 is a large enough change in ones habits that adding an additional stress is unnecessary.  I had a friend whom I introduced to the Whole 30 actually give up half way through because she couldn't find the meat and produce locally, and was having to drive an hour and a half to do her grocery shopping.  I tried to explain/convince her that it wasn't necessary, and she kept referring me back to these boards, and how she *needed* these things to make the whole 30 work.  We are talking about a single mom, who works two jobs.  Adding 3 hours of drive time to her week... it was just too much.  Maybe she wasn't committed enough.  Maybe if she saw more people advocating plain old supermarket beef/chicken/eggs and frozen vegetables, she would have just stopped by Wal-Mart where she normally shops, and she could have completed the Whole 30, and made those healthy changes.  
    I love the Whole 30, it changed my life (Sadly it wasn't permanent, I fell back into old habits and am starting another whole 30 sept 1st), and these boards are an absolute wealth of information, and the people here are just wonderfully supportive.  That being said, I think sometimes we focus a little too narrowly on the minutiae, and forget about the overall benefits and goals the Whole 30 is helping us to achieve.
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    Selcazare reacted to Terresa in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Fresh fruit and veggies that are locally grown and in season can be a little cheaper than the out-of-season imports here. Local free range eggs cost more (instead of $2.50, they are $3-4 a dozen, but boy are they worth it! Local, grain-fed meats are not cheap, but again worth it for the awesome flavour alone. Being on the coast, we do pretty well with catch-of-the-day prices.
    Overall, I figure I'm at least breaking even for what I'm saving on ice cream.
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    Selcazare reacted to PamH in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Over $200/week for a family of 5 here in Wisconsin. My biggest piece of advice is to create a menu for the week and stick to it when you shop! If you are like the rest of the US, you waste a ton of food through impulse shopping or wishful thinking ("I'll make that for sure!"). Second piece is to buy local and seasonal.
    Organic food here is significantly more expensive than conventional. I do pay attention to the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen and sometimes buy non-organic in the foods less pesticide ridden. Probably sticking to seasonal fruits and vegetables is a good budget reducer. Buy bulk when the berries are cheap and freeze them? I do that with blueberries and strawberries. They generally aren't good for more than cooking with or adding to things like yogurt or oatmeal but it works.
    Grass fed beef is insanely expensive here! It is what I use so I just suck it up and pay the price. Honestly, the health benefits so outweigh the price when it comes to the corn fed-grass fed decision so I just stick with grass fed. The meat I have access to here is both grass fed and organic (but not certified mostly due to cost). If the farmer is good enough to go grass free they are generally mindful of following organic guidelines as much as possible. I'm to the point that I'll forgo buying the meat if I can't buy grass fed.
    I'll stop here and admit I am blessed with a husband's good income so this is easy for me to do. I know that isn't the same for everyone.
    I buy a lot of cabbage, carrots, zucchini and make stir-fry. Mixed with ground beef it really goes a long way. There is a Pakistani Kima recipe floating around on the web (Paleo) that is so, so good! Cauliflower 'rice' when it is in season really stretches a meal. Bulk nuts instead of bagged. Same with rice when I eat it (if I go back to eating it).
    I buy things like ghee and coconut oil on line and in bulk to save $$. I cook everything and rarely buy prepared foods anymore. We don't eat out much at all but that is by choice and not to save $$. I bake all of my sweets for the kids. Tropical Traditions and Green Pastures are my go-to places. Find any friends who are willing to split the cost of a case and do it! CSAs are great if you are adventurous and willing to live with perhaps eating only beets or kohlrabi for a week at a time.
    Food is just expensive! I'm always amazed at the total on the register vs the number of bags I carry out. I just got a job at our food co-op which will apparently give me a 15% discount! That makes up for the near minimum wage pay check for us. Now, after over a decade, my unsolicited advice on healthy eating will actually earn me some cash!
    Good luck to you.
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    Selcazare reacted to littleg in So many dishes to wash   
    Have you guys ever heard of Katy Bowman?  She is a biomechanist and pretty popular in the ancestral health "world".  She talks a lot about how we all "exercise" every day for 30 min, an hour, whatever... but that we "outsource" all our chances to have natural movement - doing dishes, hanging laundry on the line, moving the lawn without a sit-on (I don't even know what they are called!) mower... things like that.  If you fill your life with lots of little movement you don't need to "exercise" as much!  Just like the OP realized  
    PS - even chairs/sofas/beds let us outsource movement.  Sitting on the floor uses your core.  Sitting on chairs and sofas, nope. Not to mention the effort to get up and down off the floor (want a good workout - try going from lying to standing 30 times - I'm not kidding - it is tough!).  
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    Selcazare reacted to SugarcubeOD in So many dishes to wash   
    You totally get used to it   It can be a huge change for a lot of people but maybe consider it a part of honoring your body?  You can also do something like cold plate with crudite and tuna salad etc... every once in a while so you're not always washing pots and pans... I totally feel you tho, I don't have a dishwasher so I wash e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g by hand... there are a few of us on here like that... it's a commitment but it does get easier   
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    Selcazare reacted to Carol in Compliant Coffee Creamer!!   
    Just a suggestion -- there is a brand of coconut milk (and coconut cream) from the Philippines called Aroy-D.  They sell cans of coconut milk.  However, what is more interesting is that they also sell aseptic cartons of coconut milk.  

    There are important differences.  One, the aseptic contain NO additives.  100 percent coconut milk.

    Another -- the very nature of canning cooks the contents of its food for preservation.  The asceptic processing is more high tech and commonly involves the packaging being created and then filled in the same sterile environment. This means the food product going in to the asceptic packaging only needs to be heat pasturized for 5-10 seconds, rather than several minutes.  The science is amazing.

    Since the product does not need prolonged exposure to high heat and pressure, more nutrients are preserved.  Plus, it tastes better.  MUCH better, much fresher.  There is no coconut milk in a can anywhere that tastes as good as this stuff.

    Minor drawback?  The food in aseptic cartons have a shorter shelf life.   So if you're prepping for a zombie apocalypse -- or even a big storm -- don't stash aseptic cartons of coconut milk in the cellar, expecting them to be good 12 months from now.   But if you buy from a store who turns over their stock regularly, it might be good 3-6 months from now.

    Right. Coffee. We were talking about coffee.   I never liked canned coconut miilk in my coffee.  But I LOVE this milk in my coffee.  Sometimes I thin it out with some water or almond milk, but I usually just drink it as is.    It also freezes very well.   

    100% coconut milk, 100% compliance, and delicious.  WIN!!

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    Selcazare reacted to CAK911 in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    I have GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), and it's definitely less of an issue on Whole30. In general, any time I'm eating less sugar, my anxiety is lower -- it's a total vicious cycle, otherwise, because I (like many people) find food treats comforting, but they also cause anxiety spikes, so then I crave them more.
    I'm rarely soap boxy about things, but if he gets nothing else from this: please tell him to cut out caffeine. I can occasionally have A cup of coffee, but I usually stick to decaf, because caffeine causes me to have anxiety attacks if I'm not really careful.
    My general regime for dealing with my anxiety is this:

    Work out 3-4 times a week. (I just do Zumba for 20 or 45 minutes, I really think anything helps, including walking).
    No caffeine.
    Sleep 8 hours a night at regular times (I try to do 11-7). If I don't sleep at times that "normal" people sleep, I feel more removed and weird, so I try to stay on a schedule as if I have a regular 9-5 job, even though I don't.
    Klonopin for anxiety attacks. I don't have as much constant anxiety as some people, I tend to have kind of spiked attacks that last a day or so. Klonopin knocks these out. I know it's often not the first thing doctors prescribe, because it has a high risk for abuse. For me, the daily pills (all SSRIs) did not really work as intended. It's better for me to treat things occasionally. Several of my friends with anxiety swear by various mood stabilizers; I think those are great for a lot of people, and a lot of people for whom SSRIs alone don't work alone find a mood stabilizer is great. Basically, it's worth it to spend time sorting out your meds, even though the process totally sucks.
    Eat at regular intervals. Do not skip meals. Eat adequate meals. Avoid any foods that cause blood sugar spikes or crashes or anything else like that. I can go out for ice cream once a month, or have dessert on an important anniversary if I want to, but I can't/shouldn't stop at the pie shop on the way home just because it smells good -- it always smells good.
    Interact with other people, even if it's just walking to the corner store for a coffee. If I spend too much time alone in my head, I get weird -- and this is even though I live with a spouse. I need to interact with strangers or people I don't know well. It's often really scary for me, but doing it more often makes it less scary, and it keeps me from obsessing over terrifying social scenarios, because I get a lot of regular feedback that I'm actually fine, I can talk to people.

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    Selcazare reacted to Melissa Hartwig in Forum Rules   
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