HelenLA

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    HelenLA got a reaction from LissaSue in large quantities of water immediately after meals   
    I guess I should also have included a question about drinking large quantities of water immediately before I eat as well. would this interfere with food digestion?
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    HelenLA got a reaction from LissaSue in large quantities of water immediately after meals   
    I have already read that I should be sipping beverages during my meals so as not to interfere with proper digestion, especially since I don't have a gallbladder. my question is how long should I wait after a meal to really start drinking a lot of water? if I wait very long sometimes I forget to start drinking at all and I'm trying to work on drinking more water. water has always been my drink of choice but I need to drink more of it. any help is appreciated thank you.
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    HelenLA got a reaction from MrsZimm13 in Steak n Shake victory!   
    I had to eat out at Steak N Shake - don't ask it was a work thing. I knew this was going to happen so I researched them online. I was thinking I could have grilled chicken breast on salad. Boy was I wrong! Their chicken breast has so much crap on it. however their ground beef patties are 100% ground beef. I ended up ordering a guacamole Burger minus the bun minus the cheese minus the mayonnaise extra tomatoes extra onions extra lettuce extra guacamole. the guacamole ingredients listed on their website was avocado, jalapeno, onion and spices. I called the restaurant to find out what kind of cooking fat they used on the grill for the beef and they said none because it's a nonstick surface. They also told me if I let them know about allergies they would clean off a fresh space on the grill and use a clean spatula. I didn't ask them to do that because I don't want to lie and say I have allergies out of respect for people who actually do. they did not charge me for the extra guacamole or veggies. They did bring my plate out with fries on it though. I told them I didn't order the fries and I can't eat them. I asked for a separate plate and scooped all of the fries off and offered it to my tablemates. I sprinkled some salt on the dish that I had after chopping everything up and it was delicious. I had an RX bar and Larabar in my purse just in case but they were not needed. this eating out thing gets a little easier all the time.
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    HelenLA got a reaction from MrsZimm13 in Steak n Shake victory!   
    I had to eat out at Steak N Shake - don't ask it was a work thing. I knew this was going to happen so I researched them online. I was thinking I could have grilled chicken breast on salad. Boy was I wrong! Their chicken breast has so much crap on it. however their ground beef patties are 100% ground beef. I ended up ordering a guacamole Burger minus the bun minus the cheese minus the mayonnaise extra tomatoes extra onions extra lettuce extra guacamole. the guacamole ingredients listed on their website was avocado, jalapeno, onion and spices. I called the restaurant to find out what kind of cooking fat they used on the grill for the beef and they said none because it's a nonstick surface. They also told me if I let them know about allergies they would clean off a fresh space on the grill and use a clean spatula. I didn't ask them to do that because I don't want to lie and say I have allergies out of respect for people who actually do. they did not charge me for the extra guacamole or veggies. They did bring my plate out with fries on it though. I told them I didn't order the fries and I can't eat them. I asked for a separate plate and scooped all of the fries off and offered it to my tablemates. I sprinkled some salt on the dish that I had after chopping everything up and it was delicious. I had an RX bar and Larabar in my purse just in case but they were not needed. this eating out thing gets a little easier all the time.
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    HelenLA got a reaction from MrsZimm13 in Steak n Shake victory!   
    I had to eat out at Steak N Shake - don't ask it was a work thing. I knew this was going to happen so I researched them online. I was thinking I could have grilled chicken breast on salad. Boy was I wrong! Their chicken breast has so much crap on it. however their ground beef patties are 100% ground beef. I ended up ordering a guacamole Burger minus the bun minus the cheese minus the mayonnaise extra tomatoes extra onions extra lettuce extra guacamole. the guacamole ingredients listed on their website was avocado, jalapeno, onion and spices. I called the restaurant to find out what kind of cooking fat they used on the grill for the beef and they said none because it's a nonstick surface. They also told me if I let them know about allergies they would clean off a fresh space on the grill and use a clean spatula. I didn't ask them to do that because I don't want to lie and say I have allergies out of respect for people who actually do. they did not charge me for the extra guacamole or veggies. They did bring my plate out with fries on it though. I told them I didn't order the fries and I can't eat them. I asked for a separate plate and scooped all of the fries off and offered it to my tablemates. I sprinkled some salt on the dish that I had after chopping everything up and it was delicious. I had an RX bar and Larabar in my purse just in case but they were not needed. this eating out thing gets a little easier all the time.
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    HelenLA got a reaction from MrsZimm13 in Steak n Shake victory!   
    I had to eat out at Steak N Shake - don't ask it was a work thing. I knew this was going to happen so I researched them online. I was thinking I could have grilled chicken breast on salad. Boy was I wrong! Their chicken breast has so much crap on it. however their ground beef patties are 100% ground beef. I ended up ordering a guacamole Burger minus the bun minus the cheese minus the mayonnaise extra tomatoes extra onions extra lettuce extra guacamole. the guacamole ingredients listed on their website was avocado, jalapeno, onion and spices. I called the restaurant to find out what kind of cooking fat they used on the grill for the beef and they said none because it's a nonstick surface. They also told me if I let them know about allergies they would clean off a fresh space on the grill and use a clean spatula. I didn't ask them to do that because I don't want to lie and say I have allergies out of respect for people who actually do. they did not charge me for the extra guacamole or veggies. They did bring my plate out with fries on it though. I told them I didn't order the fries and I can't eat them. I asked for a separate plate and scooped all of the fries off and offered it to my tablemates. I sprinkled some salt on the dish that I had after chopping everything up and it was delicious. I had an RX bar and Larabar in my purse just in case but they were not needed. this eating out thing gets a little easier all the time.
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    HelenLA got a reaction from WholeCourtney in prosciutto and chorizo at Aldi   
    I know the topic is "sourcing good food "and for me "good" food means compliant plus affordable. today I found prosciutto at Aldi Appleton Farm brand. 3 ounces for $2.99 and the ingredients are pork and salt. I also found chorizo mild or hot 12 ounces Pueblo Lindo brand for $1.99 each. the ingredients are pork, water, Chili Peppers, less than 2% of salt, flavorings, paprika, vinegar, spice extracts (including paprika and annatto) and sodium nitrite.
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    HelenLA got a reaction from MrsZimm13 in Steak n Shake victory!   
    I had to eat out at Steak N Shake - don't ask it was a work thing. I knew this was going to happen so I researched them online. I was thinking I could have grilled chicken breast on salad. Boy was I wrong! Their chicken breast has so much crap on it. however their ground beef patties are 100% ground beef. I ended up ordering a guacamole Burger minus the bun minus the cheese minus the mayonnaise extra tomatoes extra onions extra lettuce extra guacamole. the guacamole ingredients listed on their website was avocado, jalapeno, onion and spices. I called the restaurant to find out what kind of cooking fat they used on the grill for the beef and they said none because it's a nonstick surface. They also told me if I let them know about allergies they would clean off a fresh space on the grill and use a clean spatula. I didn't ask them to do that because I don't want to lie and say I have allergies out of respect for people who actually do. they did not charge me for the extra guacamole or veggies. They did bring my plate out with fries on it though. I told them I didn't order the fries and I can't eat them. I asked for a separate plate and scooped all of the fries off and offered it to my tablemates. I sprinkled some salt on the dish that I had after chopping everything up and it was delicious. I had an RX bar and Larabar in my purse just in case but they were not needed. this eating out thing gets a little easier all the time.
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    HelenLA reacted to EmilyAnne in Go-To Grocery Store Brands and Foods   
    Not sure where y'all are from, but in my region we have Kroger stores. A friend of mine on the Whole30 tipped me off that the Kroger store brand of bacon is compliant, so I checked it out...and it's true!
    However, it's only the "Lower Sodium Bacon" that's compliant. I'm not complaining because I probably do need to watch my salt intake. I'm going to whip some up with dinner tonight and see how it tastes! 
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    HelenLA got a reaction from MrsZimm13 in Steak n Shake victory!   
    I had to eat out at Steak N Shake - don't ask it was a work thing. I knew this was going to happen so I researched them online. I was thinking I could have grilled chicken breast on salad. Boy was I wrong! Their chicken breast has so much crap on it. however their ground beef patties are 100% ground beef. I ended up ordering a guacamole Burger minus the bun minus the cheese minus the mayonnaise extra tomatoes extra onions extra lettuce extra guacamole. the guacamole ingredients listed on their website was avocado, jalapeno, onion and spices. I called the restaurant to find out what kind of cooking fat they used on the grill for the beef and they said none because it's a nonstick surface. They also told me if I let them know about allergies they would clean off a fresh space on the grill and use a clean spatula. I didn't ask them to do that because I don't want to lie and say I have allergies out of respect for people who actually do. they did not charge me for the extra guacamole or veggies. They did bring my plate out with fries on it though. I told them I didn't order the fries and I can't eat them. I asked for a separate plate and scooped all of the fries off and offered it to my tablemates. I sprinkled some salt on the dish that I had after chopping everything up and it was delicious. I had an RX bar and Larabar in my purse just in case but they were not needed. this eating out thing gets a little easier all the time.
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    HelenLA reacted to SugarcubeOD in Chick-fil-a   
    HAHAA! Plastic fish!  You know those Kraft Singles 'cheese' slices?  I think they're called American Cheese in the states... we call that 'plastic cheese'.  Blech!
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    HelenLA got a reaction from TryingOver in making homemade mayonnaise in a jar HELP!   
    thanks for all of your replies! I used the stick blender in a wide mouth glass jar this weekend and it turned out perfectly in 30 seconds. I kept it going for about fifteen more seconds just to make sure I had all the oil from the top mixed in. I'm going to try to attach a picture so you can see my success.

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    HelenLA got a reaction from ArtFossil in substitute orange juice concentrate for honey   
    yes it was a typo. I think I will use one third cup because I don't want it to be too sweet I'm not sure if I would like it that way. After the chicken is done cooking you take it out of the slow cooker and cut it up but you also remove the liquid and reduce it on the stove and re-add it so it's not soupy. I hope it turns out well.
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    HelenLA got a reaction from TryingOver in making homemade mayonnaise in a jar HELP!   
    thanks for all of your replies! I used the stick blender in a wide mouth glass jar this weekend and it turned out perfectly in 30 seconds. I kept it going for about fifteen more seconds just to make sure I had all the oil from the top mixed in. I'm going to try to attach a picture so you can see my success.

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    HelenLA got a reaction from TryingOver in making homemade mayonnaise in a jar HELP!   
    thanks for all of your replies! I used the stick blender in a wide mouth glass jar this weekend and it turned out perfectly in 30 seconds. I kept it going for about fifteen more seconds just to make sure I had all the oil from the top mixed in. I'm going to try to attach a picture so you can see my success.

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    HelenLA got a reaction from jmcbn in 2nd Whole30 going to try low FODMAP but list is confusing please help   
    thanks so much! I really do like the traffic light system. I actually ended up taking my original Whole30 shopping list copied in black and white and got out the three colors of markers and went through and colored everything on it according to this list. there were some things not on the list so I had to research them a bit more and some I had to write in. I'm definitely going to start with the foods in the green column for at least a couple of weeks and see how I'm feeling and slowly reintroduce from the other two lists yellow first and then read. I'm hoping I will get to the point that you're at where I can go back to eating the foods I love and maybe watching the amounts and combinations each day. it's really a struggle since I swear to you that cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, mushrooms, garlic, onions and avocados make up a huge portion of my diet right now. And they always have so I'm not sure why I would have started last September having problems so who knows what it is but hopefully I can get to the bottom of it.
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    HelenLA reacted to jmcbn in 2nd Whole30 going to try low FODMAP but list is confusing please help   
    I'd second the Monash University app - it's a really helpful resource, especially as you're finding your feet with FODMAPs.
    Have a read at >this article< too, and you may find the traffic light system foods list helpful. I ate from the green list for quite some time and then systematically reintroduced foods from the amber & red sections, paying attention to portion size, food combinations, no of servings on consecutive days before symptoms appeared etc. It was a long slow process but I'm pretty much back to eating all the eliminated foods again, I'm just careful now about not over-loading in any one meal/day, although I tend to avoid garlic powder - it seems to be MUCH more potent (to me) than fresh.
    You may find looking at the list that you can identify which of the groups is most problematic for you (for me it was fructans & polyols) - that will be helpful when it comes time to reintroduce again.
    In the meantime you can make a few simple changes to meals to make them FODMAP friendly - use the green parts of spring onions in place of onions, use white potato or parsnip in place of sweet potato, switch to garlic infused oil, and ditch your avocado in favour of home made mayo.... Allow the gut to heal, & then start back with re-introducing.
    Best of luck to you
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    HelenLA reacted to LDish in 2nd Whole30 going to try low FODMAP but list is confusing please help   
    Monash University is the university in Australia that researched and developed the low FODMAP diet, and they are a great resource. They have a fantastic app which, while not free, is incredibly helpful and user friendly (http://www.med.monash.edu/cecs/gastro/fodmap/iphone-app.html). Remember that FODMAPs are carbohydrates, so meat/poultry/fish/eggs and fats/oils will generally be FODMAP-free (though avocados and certain nuts contain FODMAPs). FODMAPs are water soluble, so you may tolerate olive oil that has been infused with garlic (be sure to discard the garlic pieces), but not broth made with garlic. Fresh herbs and spices are generally used in such small quantities that their FODMAP content is low. The current thinking is that we each have a specific level of tolerance for FODMAPs and once we go over that in a day, we may see IBS symptoms like gas, bloating, constipation. Also, most people are sensitive to *some* high FODMAP foods, but not all - this why the low FODMAP diet is intended as a short-term elimination diet (2-6 weeks), which should be followed by a reintroduction period to help you identify which foods are your "triggers." Good luck! 
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    HelenLA reacted to kirkor in 2nd Whole30 going to try low FODMAP but list is confusing please help   
    Part of the issue I think you're having is that the Whole30 low FODMAPs list is just an adapted version of the standard Whole30 shopping list.  It's not meant to be an exhaustive guide to the low FODMAPs eating protocol.
    See a low FODMAPs specific list like this one -- http://www.ibsdiets.org/fodmap-diet/fodmap-food-list/ -- but also realize it's going to have non-Whole30 stuff on it.
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    HelenLA reacted to liz517 in FODMAPs and Whole 30   
    hello from a fellow low fodmapper  
    my main veggies are lettuce, spinach, zucchini, kale, cucumber, bell peppers, cucumber, green onion. for starchier veggies, I eat carrots, white potatoes, and then in smaller amounts - sweet potato, butternut squash, delicata squash,etc (they dont bother me at all).
    for recipes that ask for onion/garlic (pretty much EVERY recipe it seems), I just use garlic oil and green onions.
    I really like paleorunningmomma.com - she has lots of low fodmap recipes  
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    HelenLA got a reaction from Xandra in The Perpetual Crockpot of Broth   
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    HelenLA got a reaction from MeadowLily in Day 2....already tired of being in my kitchen   
    I'm not sure if this is the proper place for this topic or not, but I am only on day two and I am tired of being in my kitchen. It really feels like all I do is prepare food, cook food, eat food, wash dishes, and start all over again. I'm sure it gets easier as I get farther along but this is not how I want to spend my life.I'm single and live alone and don't really enjoy cooking for myself and all of this long drawn out meal process alone. I'm used to making one or two one pot meals that would feed an army and eating that for lunch and dinner most of the week then freezing what I don't finish to eat at a later date. I would cook breakfast each morning and then take leftovers from the one pot meal for lunches. I would eat out once a week and then eat with family another day of the week. any tips or encouragement from you veterans would be appreciated. I truly want to change my relationship with food and see the benefits to my health but I don't want to feel like I cannot do anything else but deal with food constantly. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has felt this way. thanks for all of your great help and advice.
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    HelenLA reacted to ShannonM816 in Uses for Chicken stock   
    I sometimes freeze part of a batch, especially in the summer when I use less. I've tried a couple of different ways.
    I'd read about freezing them in silicone muffin tins and ice cube trays so you'd be able to use either large or small amounts as needed. Once frozen, you transfer the frozen cubes to a baggie or other container. I found I never really use less than a cup at a time, and usually more, so this ended up not really being worth it for me.
    I've frozen in Mason jars before, and if you're trying to avoid plastic, as some people are, this is a good way. Pint or quart size Mason jars, preferably wide mouth so you can get the broth out even while it's still partially frozen if you need to, work well. Many have freeze lines marked, definitely leave room for the broth to expand.
    My personal favorite way, though, is in ziplock type freezer bags. Quart or gallon size work. I'd measure cups of broth into a baggie, label the baggie with how much was in it and the date, seal it, and lay it flat in the freezer. Once frozen, they can be stood up so they take less room. Downsides of this method are that it is using plastic, which I personally decided is a risk I'm okay with at this point, but I understand not everyone feels the same, plus the extra waste generated from using plastic bags.
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    HelenLA got a reaction from praxisproject in What do I do with all these ripe bananas?   
    I too had some frozen over ripe bananas saved in my freezer. I've always had a mental block when it comes to throwing out food - such a waste of money. however, as I prepared to do my first whole30 I decided to just throw those bananas away. I honestly can't tell you how freeing that was to me.
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    HelenLA got a reaction from praxisproject in What do I do with all these ripe bananas?   
    I too had some frozen over ripe bananas saved in my freezer. I've always had a mental block when it comes to throwing out food - such a waste of money. however, as I prepared to do my first whole30 I decided to just throw those bananas away. I honestly can't tell you how freeing that was to me.