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    FoodieCG got a reaction from topsygal in 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.
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    FoodieCG got a reaction from Xandra in Jan 2016 Start Date - Calling all over 50 folks!   
    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.
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    FoodieCG got a reaction from Melimuse in Jan 2016 Start Date - Calling all over 50 folks!   
    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.
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    FoodieCG got a reaction from ArtFossil in 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.
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    FoodieCG got a reaction from Melimuse in 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.
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    FoodieCG got a reaction from ArtFossil in 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.
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    FoodieCG got a reaction from ArtFossil in 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.
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    FoodieCG got a reaction from Melimuse in 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.
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    FoodieCG got a reaction from mergthemagnificent in 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.
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    FoodieCG got a reaction from ArtFossil in 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.
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    FoodieCG got a reaction from ladyshanny in Jan 2016 Start Date - Calling all over 50 folks!   
    @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.
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    FoodieCG got a reaction from ArtFossil in 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.
  13. Like
    FoodieCG got a reaction from ArtFossil in 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.
  14. Like
    FoodieCG got a reaction from ArtFossil in 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.
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    FoodieCG reacted to Laura P. in Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!   
    I fell off the wagon, and I need to reset ...so today is my new Day 1...
    I din't have the intention to stop on Jan 30th anyways... 

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    FoodieCG got a reaction from ladyshanny in Jan 2016 Start Date - Calling all over 50 folks!   
    @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.
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    FoodieCG reacted to caedmon22 in Jan 2016 Start Date - Calling all over 50 folks!   
    hey folks...checking in towards the end of my day 16. i'm still on target, though i have noticed today and yesterday that i am bored with the food. i'm not craving anything off plan at all, and i've loved MOST of the recipes in the book, but i haven't loved ANY of the sauces, including the salad dressings -- which makes me a little reluctant to spend time trying the rest of them. and if i have to look at another egg i just might throw up. that's an exaggeration, but you know what i mean. and eating all this animal protein is starting to turn me off. so maybe i'm at day 21, emotionally. it really is a LOT of animal protein. anyway, i'm starting to scour around looking for whole30 recipes other places. just checked out nomnompaleo -- looks like a lot of good stuff on there. so i'm going to branch out.
     
    as to benefits, nothing new or earthshaking to report. obviously the complete and utter lack of cravings is nothing short of miraculous. so is the quality of sleep, and waking up early ready to get out of bed. that latter is a bit reduced right now because after my TIAs i started having to take bp meds, cholesterol meds, a baby aspirin, and as of my follow-up with my primary doc, an antidepressant. This week i am experiencing fatigue and drowsiness from the temporary side effects as my body adjusts to the meds. so this morning when i woke up at 5:30 i turned over and went back to sleep for another hour. but getting up at 6:30 is still WAY earlier than i could manage before without an alarm and being dragged out of bed kicking and screaming.
     
    i realized this morning that another benefit is this: when i first saw the book and started reading around to get a sense of what it was all about, i felt totally overwhelmed by all the restrictions and rules and what-to-do and what-not-to-do. i sensed it would be a really good program for me, but it seemed really daunting. and the first two days were brutal b/c i just felt like i was doing nothing but cooking and eating and cleaning up after cooking and eating so i could cook and eat again, etc. not to mention shopping. but here i am on day 16 and i look back and think "what were you so panicky about? this isn't hard. it's just new. and now it doesn't even feel new. it feels normal." it's all good  .
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    FoodieCG got a reaction from ems70508 in 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.
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    FoodieCG got a reaction from Melimuse in 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.
  20. Like
    FoodieCG got a reaction from ems70508 in 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.
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    FoodieCG reacted to Stegner in Jan 2016 Start Date - Calling all over 50 folks!   
    Morning all. Well put, FoodieCG. Eating this way leaves me with more mental energy to accomplish things I want to do. Trying to make my big strong body sleeker and svelter than it was meant to be has taken up more of my attention than I'd like to admit. It is a successful body. It is not something to look at. This is quite the shift for me. I may just take THAT pair of jeans to Goodwill tomorrow. Pray for me!
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    FoodieCG got a reaction from Melimuse in Jan 2016 Start Date - Calling all over 50 folks!   
    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.
  23. Like
    FoodieCG got a reaction from Melimuse in Jan 2016 Start Date - Calling all over 50 folks!   
    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.
  24. Like
    FoodieCG got a reaction from topsygal in 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.
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    FoodieCG got a reaction from Kathikay in Jan 2016 Start Date - Calling all over 50 folks!   
    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.