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  1. FoodieCG

    Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!

    Hi Everyone, I had to take a break from posting for awhile; my father died, and I needed to focus on my family. But I'm still here, and will start posting more soon. Happy Valentine's Day to all. Let's be loving to ourselves, and go off plan mindfully and purposefully. I'm having steamed lobster, clams and artichoke. I probably will get chocolates, so I'll eat a few of my favorites. Best, Foodie
  2. FoodieCG

    Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!

    One of my goals for food coming up in February is the challenge to be in charge of my choices. My granddaughter's 3rd birthday bash is coming up, and I'll be making the treats, my in-laws are visiting the following week, there's Valentine's Day and my birthday, and my daughter is visiting towards the end of the month (wow, that should be my social month). My mother-in-law is, without a doubt, a food addict, so I will need to stay balanced through the visit. The other occasions usually mean eating out and having food around that I normally don't eat--cake, chocolates etc. What all of that means to me is that I will seek to remain centered and in touch with my body throughout; I plan to make decisions ahead of time about when I choose to eat off plan, and to remember to eat very mindfully rather than over-eating less nutritious food and then swinging the other direction and trying to make up for it by not eating sufficient high nutrition food. And I don't intend to indulge in guilt or shame about my choices. That said, I like the idea of making a shift from past behavior, and concentrate on non-food ways to celebrate and enjoy family. Valentine's Day feels pretty easy, cuz I love flowers as much as chocolates, but this February has a lot of opportunity to invite negative food relationship back into my life. So, I'm beginning now to center myself about it.
  3. @caed, A salad dressing I use before, during and after W30 is a yummy and simple French: 1 part fresh lemon or lime juice 3 parts BEST evoo 1/2 Teaspoon compliant Dijon mustard 1 small garlic clove pressed or minced Generous salt and pepper Put everything in a jar with a lid and shake vigorously til emulsified. Toss WELL with your salad (great with traditional green, potato, veggie salad, cold roasted veg,etc) I also get gaggy over so much animal protein, and I find that eating only fish and shellfish cooked in different ways for 3 or 4 days can ease that a bit; also, using stronger herbs and spices helps: chilies, cumin, using hot sauces, fruit juices (such as for orange pineapple chicken, etc), vinegar, compliant bbq...Also, trying compliant bacon, prosciutto, chicken sausage helps.
  4. FoodieCG

    Starting 1/4/16

    I, too, am not experiencing quite the NSV that I felt the first time around. This could be detoxing, it could be that I have stepped up working out, could just be January doldrums. For me, I am convinced by my own experience and the research, that eating real food and correcting years of yoyo dieting through resetting hormones, consciously and intentionally shifting my emotional relationship with food and eliminating foods that negatively affect my particular body, is the best path to a healthy weight and healthy living. In a couple of years, I'll check in about this and let you know...in the meantime, after this Whole 30, I am going to use February to continue to build up my body awareness around food and eating. I find it very empowering to embrace the idea of "riding my own bike" without rules, guilt, shame or worry. In other words, my intention is to eventually let go of the 30 part of Whole 30, and become the permanent best advocate for my nutrition.
  5. FoodieCG

    Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!

    Hey Melimuse, Just a tip: no need to warm down eggs for mayo: Put 1 large egg, teaspoon of lime or lemon juice and salt in a container wide enough for your blender (i use an empty ghee jar); pour 1 cup oil on top. Immerse your stick blender to the bottom, turn on for a full 20 seconds. Then slowly move the blender up through remaining oil, emulsifying completely. I saw this on a thread--don't remember which, but it absolutely works.
  6. Hi Tcarbs, Shannon gave you the "official" suggestion about starchy foods, and I thought I would share my experience so far. Honestly, I just don't worry about it. I try to let my body speak to me about what it needs (so long as the meal template is compliant). I have found that I usually don't want starchy foods for Meal 1; I also tend to limit fruit then as well. I have found that my energy stays more even until lunch, but I don't feel weighed down by a heavy meal. Often at Meal 2 I might have a bit of starch, for example, butternut squash in my chili, and I often have fruit in addition to my template veggies. Meal 3 is when I usually have a full portion of starchy veg; it seems to keep me satisfied until breakfast the next day. I also suspect it helps me slow down. Of course, this is just generally what I do--no hard and fast rules. I have had days in which I ate starchy veg at every meal, and the rarer days when I don't wind up with starchy veg. For me, it's really important to let go of the fear of carbs and fats. My health is way better, and I do drop weight (which, though not the purpose of W30, is a needed side benefit for many). All the most current research I have seen strongly suggests that "dieting" causes weight gain--so my goal is to correct the effects of yoyo dieting on my body, by developing a new relationship with food--real food. The Whole 30 allows for a reset, and then I can trust that my hormones, cravings etc are better regulated, naturally.
  7. Dear Kathi, I am so sorry about your partner's illness. You sound strong and clear, which is great. I know your lovely spirit will help him heal. You are both in my prayers.
  8. FoodieCG

    Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!

    Hello fellow travelers, I'm really writing this so my friend in the over 50 thread finds it--she was wondering about the W9 versus W30. But since I'm here, I'lljust mention that I'm also interested in variety in my water; I think I already shared the delicious ginger root, pomegranate juice and blueberry juice in a food processor, then strained (well) into a squeeze bottle to add a tsp or two to my bubbly water. So, I'm doing tangerine juice with (pure) rosewater. The juice is from fresh tangerines and you can find rosewater at Middle Eastern grocers or on Amazon. Another option which can be strong, but you can vary the taste by judicious use, is making lavender water. Just immerse culinary lavender in a small glass container of water and refrigerate for 3 days. Lemon juice and lavender are natural together, so a tsp of lavender and a tsp of lemon in your bubbly.
  9. Hey KathyK, The Whole 9 is a program that incorporates 9 lifestyle choices to build balance into our lives--for example, we concentrate on sleep, stress, eating, moving, social environment, etc. It's kinda the Whole 30 writ large to life in general...check out the thread right here of those of us doing it by month (tackling one of the 9 aspects of living well per)--just scan this forum for the thread...can't remember the exact name, and I'm too lazy to pop out and have to re-type. I guess I'll tackle laziness in month 10. Also, Google Whole 9 and you will see it's an extension of the Hartwig's eating plan. As for wine, I'm sorry to report that we will just have to wait for that magical Day 31 to toast my incredibly amusing, but oh-so-insightful posts. Exercise
  10. FoodieCG

    Personal "rules" - what are yours?

    My rules for this month are: 1. Face one fear each day, big, medium or small. 2. Remind myself of one terrific (great, exceptional, lovely, fantastic...) thing about me. 3. Remind myself of one terrific (great, exceptional, lovely, fantastic...) thing about someone close to me. 4. Feed the birds, cuz it feeds me.
  11. That's great news,caed! Welcome, Quilter! I'm not going 100% W30 for more than 35-45 days or so, but I am doing the Whole 9 challenge, so I do plan to be very thoughtful about eating. I like the "no diet" philosophy of food, so W30 will be the base for my permanent eating, with off-roading as a conscious, deliberate choice. I like the idea of being in charge, versus in control. I tend to lose control, but I intend to take charge--no guilt, no extreme emotions around food, and trusting my body to help guide my decisions. None of those thoughts are my own, though I am adopting them--it's from "Am I Hungry." What I like is that the Whole 30 and Whole 9 are easily aligned with these ideas. exercise
  12. FoodieCG

    Starting 1/4/16

    On bacon, I am in the process of asking my local Lucky's to order Pederson's bacon; it takes time to push them to start offering a new product, but I plan to only have sugar in my diet on purpose (such as birthday cake) as a permanent shift--not hidden in savory products, so I will buy it somewhat regularly. Congrats, CBG, sounds like you are hitting a little Tiger Blood! That's exciting. One note on Magnesium supplements: those who have IBSD/IBD may experience negative effects. I have to get magnesium from foods (greens, etc).
  13. Hey, KatK, I appreciate your dedication to this thread. Let's make sure it stays lively. For movies, if you like comedies with an ironic subtext, I have read that The Big Short" is really good. Sort of a combination of laughing and feeling superior. I try to feel that way as much as possible ;-) I have also been wondering if your calendar app is hijacking your texts...schedule.or maybe the gods of satellite technology feel that you are way to loose with your time management, and keep trying to tell you to get with a ...schedule. or, most likely of all, you are secretly obsessed with everyone getting organized, so you feel the need to remind us all to get ourselves...scheduled! So, two weeks and counting on this cold/flu. I am at that final stage when you feel guilty for not being 100%--when my dear mother would start making snarky comments under her breath that "SOME of us just get on with it." Ah well. I did get to the market yesterday, so we have plenty of supplies again. The threat of no coffee this morning was highly motivating. Hey y'all, Day 12! Congrats to us exercise
  14. FoodieCG

    Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!

    I want to add to the conversation on "riding our own bikes." I do think it's terribly important to do one W30 taking care to follow the rules and suggestions as closely as possible. I say this because doing that last year changed my entire perspective on food, wellness, self-care, and even self-love. I learned a tremendous amount about my body. Right here I need to say a couple of things about myself: I am extremely well educated, including about nutrition, food and wellness. I have 3 advanced degrees and grew up through every food fad in the last 50 years (I was a young adult when Atkins, aerobics and Sonny and Cher hit the scene). I have experimented over the years with a variety of "diets." So, I was a tad sceptical that I would actually learn much that was new about me or health or really anything else. I was intrigued with the W30 because I have developed allergies I never had when I was younger. So. I also think, once one has really done a true W30, the underlying premise of the plan is self-discovery and responsibility. For me, I feel that I may learn new insights by sticking to the Whole 30 as written for a second time. I say this because everything was pretty intense the first time, so it's quite likely that I missed some self-awareness I might enjoy with some experience under my belt. I do see that happening, so I'm glad I'm doing it. On the other hand, I doubt I will do another "official" W30 again--at least not this year--because I am deeply committed to the Whole 9. I will use February to very thoughtfully make decisions about my foreseeable future eating. I'm grateful to Amy for reminding us about the eating plan, and to flygirl for reminding us that we do need to eventually take responsibility for our choices--that's what we are striving for, after all.
  15. FoodieCG

    Starting 1/4/16

    Well, both my partner and I are still down for the count; I'm recovering though very slowly. This crud is really bad--must be a strain of flu. I haven't seen my (usually annoyingly healthy) partner this sick in years. We are still compliant, though, and food has been weird. I've made what we have in the house, so combinations are getting difficult. I'm going to have to go to the store today, as we really cleaned out veg. I don't think I'm contagious anymore, thankfully. My daughter lives nearby, and normally I'd ask her to help, but she's been coping with a horrible situation at work and she just found out she's pregnant. She's also on the W30, though I didn't hear from her yesterday, so I don't know if her situation got overwhelming. This is her first W30, after she saw how great it was for me the first round. Otherwise, really things are moving along. I'm looking forward to those great rewards that I know are coming. Last night I had about an hour when I wanted to pop a cork and drown my sorrows, but I talked myself off the ledge and I feel more centered today. This was informative, though. I noticed that I was feeling really sorry for myself, so I wanted to off-road. That's good info to put into my awareness. I hope everyone is doing well and getting past the Day 10--11 doldrums. We are almost getting to the good stuff!