Johnny M

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    Johnny M got a reaction from wildwildrose in Taco beef   
    This is not a fancy recipe but I make it all the time because it's easy to make amazing meals with it. Sometimes you just need to get a little creative with a few basics. I like mine with a poached egg and some guac and salsa.
    Taco Beef:
    1 tablespoon chili powder
    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon paprika
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1 teaspoon sea salt
    1 teaspoon black pepper

    I make like 3 or 4 times this recipe and store it in a glass jar. Just add a tablespoon or two to a pound of cooked ground beef and get creative.
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    Johnny M got a reaction from Raven in Chipotle?   
    everytime this thread pops up as updated in my feed I get really hungry.
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    Johnny M got a reaction from JMT1127 in Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue   
    I have a good friend who had very serious fibromyalgia. She did not specifically do a whole30 but she converted to paleo eating last october. Last January I went rock climbing with her because all her symptoms had been reversed and she was off her medication.
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    Johnny M got a reaction from wildwildrose in Taco beef   
    This is not a fancy recipe but I make it all the time because it's easy to make amazing meals with it. Sometimes you just need to get a little creative with a few basics. I like mine with a poached egg and some guac and salsa.
    Taco Beef:
    1 tablespoon chili powder
    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon paprika
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1 teaspoon sea salt
    1 teaspoon black pepper

    I make like 3 or 4 times this recipe and store it in a glass jar. Just add a tablespoon or two to a pound of cooked ground beef and get creative.
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    Johnny M got a reaction from Emm in Plan a Whole30 dream vacation   
    Hawaii is an amazing place for whole30 vacationing. I spent some time on the big island 2 years ago and most of what I ate was local, sustainable food. Most lunches were fresh grilled fish topped with mango salsa...side dishes were grilled veggies and desserts were fresh fruit and berries. Even my cocktails were passion fruit infused vodka with club soda which while not whole30, is a good compromise for me when not being strict.
    I also had a great trip to the dominican republic a few years ago where at most meals there was some kind of plain bbq option. IN fact we took a catamaran to an island somewhere in the Caribbean one day and lunch was an outside cookout with all kinds of meats cooked to order in front of us.
    Hawaii is extremely conducive to play and the whole environment is laid back and stress free. So much so that locals I talked to said it's often advantageous for children to leave the islands for education because they want them challenged in ways the islands don't provide...but that makes it a great escape for the rest of us. Exercise and active recovery is plentiful with things like paddleboarding, surfing, swimming.
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    Johnny M got a reaction from wildwildrose in Taco beef   
    This is not a fancy recipe but I make it all the time because it's easy to make amazing meals with it. Sometimes you just need to get a little creative with a few basics. I like mine with a poached egg and some guac and salsa.
    Taco Beef:
    1 tablespoon chili powder
    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon paprika
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1 teaspoon sea salt
    1 teaspoon black pepper

    I make like 3 or 4 times this recipe and store it in a glass jar. Just add a tablespoon or two to a pound of cooked ground beef and get creative.
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    Johnny M got a reaction from GLasBro in Calories - do I really not count them???   
    When you eat per the whole30 guidelines something amazing happens - your innate ability to self regulate how much you eat turns back on. It's one of the reasons I think eating this way makes so much sense. If you've read the whole9 blog or book you might have seen references to "food with no brakes" which is what they call things like grains and sugar. When you eat them your body has no mechanism to say hey stop eating, you're satiated. But when you're eating real food, your body will know when you've had enough. It's virtually impossible to eat too much steak in the absence of something like bread or potatoes. One of the best things I felt during the whole30 was what it felt like to be full and satisfied but not stuffed. Do follow the templates because just because we say don't count calories it doesn't give you carte blanche to eat as much as you can every chance you have, but don't fret over counting calories!
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    Johnny M got a reaction from Isabelle84 in Bullet Proof Coffe During Whole30   
    I think you can have bulletproof coffee but remember in general we are not really fans of drinking meals or nutrition. From a whole30 perspective, there's nothing exceptional about drinking coffee this way that wouldn't be comparable to just say, cooking with ghee and coconut oil rather than drinking it.
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    Johnny M got a reaction from Sister.Journey in Friends of Bill W.?   
    I have tremendous respect for all recovered addicts. I won't digress into my feelings on addictions to food and how many people are basically powerless and it's not their fault...but my heart goes out to you because i know this is about more than willpower. If you need a quick fix food that makes you feel sane and keeps you sober, get something like dried mango slices from trader joes. They taste like friggin candy and for someone in your situation if you need a transitional food that helps you through tough times and keeps you on a track that's ultimately bigger and more important than food choices, dried mango would be my choice. Do what you can to abstain but if you feel yourself crashing, have a handful of known safe foods to save you. This is all about preparedness. Another for me would be watermelon slices or cherries. Make Whole Foods and Trader Joes your Dairy Queen. Whatever your story, getting over that kind of addiction is a huge step and a huge emotional strain so make sure you're prepared. We want you to break food habits but if the risk is disproportionate to the reward, I'd rather you crash on something whole and natural than a cookie. It will get you through the moment without derailing your health. What do you think?
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    Johnny M got a reaction from kenziemichelee in Making Homemade Mayo   
    Homemade mayo is the best! And yes you're right, the lemon keeps the egg safe. The mayo is good for about as long as your eggs are so I sometimes date my jar with my egg's expiration date when I make it but it usually doesn't last that long because I eat it so quickly. You can make the mayo with different types of oil. I used to use light flavored olive oil but have switched to primarily macadamia nut and avocado oils. Each oil has it's own distinct taste in the mayo so try them and see which you like. Also I often mix my mayo with chipotle powder for dips or things like garlic and dill for dressings which masks that taste quite a bit. If you use olive, make sure it's the light tasting type of olive oil as regular dark green olive oil makes for a very heavy taste and it's not very good.
    Also...most instructions will mention to be sure all your ingredients are at room temperature and to take your time to make sure the oil and egg emulsify correctly. The secret to making flawlessly perfect mayo without worrying about ingredient temperatures is to use a hand/stick blender so if you have one use that. It makes the mayo in about 30 seconds and it's perfect every time! Let us know how it turns out.
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    Johnny M got a reaction from Raven in Chipotle?   
    everytime this thread pops up as updated in my feed I get really hungry.
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    Johnny M got a reaction from wildwildrose in Taco beef   
    This is not a fancy recipe but I make it all the time because it's easy to make amazing meals with it. Sometimes you just need to get a little creative with a few basics. I like mine with a poached egg and some guac and salsa.
    Taco Beef:
    1 tablespoon chili powder
    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon paprika
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1 teaspoon sea salt
    1 teaspoon black pepper

    I make like 3 or 4 times this recipe and store it in a glass jar. Just add a tablespoon or two to a pound of cooked ground beef and get creative.
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    Johnny M got a reaction from wildwildrose in I gave in...   
    Do yourself a favor and prepare yourself with a few one-liners like "oh looks good but I've been sick to my stomach all afternoon" or "I just ate" or "I can't tolerate dairy". In the heat of the moment your brain will betray you and opt for the high of the food instead of what it knows is healthier and makes it feel better so always be prepared!
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    Johnny M got a reaction from wildwildrose in Whole30 vs. Paleo   
    Paleo is sort of a loose term that is interpreted differently by many people. Many of the core principles are similar, that foods we've introduced in recent centuries have been deleterious to our health. The whole30 is a specific set of rules around food (and a very intuitive set I find) to help you do more than define what you eat but help you understand your relationship with food and how various foods effect you.
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    Johnny M got a reaction from MeadowLily in Milk alternatives   
    Post whole30 i've had mixed results with dairy. I love cheese but for me it's a food with no brakes and I can't stop eating it then things aren't pretty. I can however tolerate a little cream in my coffee well but I've switched to a little grassfed butter or clarified grass fed butter blended into my coffee instead. Sounds a little strange until you try it...it's quite good. On whole30, I did clarified butter in my coffee just about everyday and it's great. It will even froth and lighten your coffee like cream.
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    Johnny M got a reaction from ArtFossil in What about egg beaters liquid eggs?   
    I used to eat fat free egg beaters with fat free cheese and canadian bacon on a light english muffin for breakfast. IT WAS DISGUSTING. I'm so happy I discovered real food.
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    Johnny M got a reaction from Zyriel in Thai Kitchen - Red Curry Paste   
    Those are all natural ingredients. It's fine. I use it a LOT
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    Johnny M got a reaction from Raven in Chipotle?   
    everytime this thread pops up as updated in my feed I get really hungry.
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    Johnny M got a reaction from VivaLaMeredith in Sulfites   
    and an easy trick is to get organic balsamic which can only contain natural sulfites.
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    Johnny M got a reaction from MeadowLily in Where do you draw the line in Paleofying foods?   
    One of the things outlined in the ISWF book is 4 criteria for determining if a food is ok to eat or not. One of those criteria is that a food does not elicit an unhealthy psychological response. An example of this would be something like sugar. Someone addicted to sugar will often think about and crave sugar and not feel better until they have it. But this could be any food that messes with your head and elicits this sort of craving and need. When I eat pancakes I eat as many as I can as fast as I can topped with as much maple syrup as a flat plate will hold and then feel super speedy and wired yet sad and lethargic and sick. I crave them in a pretty unhealthy way. This is not a positive psychological relationship for me, so even if i could replace them with something compliant, paleo pancakes are out. I've never gotten cold sweats over paleo shepherd's pie and then eaten it until I wanted to cry so there's the difference for me.
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    Johnny M got a reaction from MeadowLily in Where do you draw the line in Paleofying foods?   
    Nina - perfect is the enemy of good. Learn self control but if you occasionally enjoy that treat, you should have that treat. I think Melissa and Dallas would say that context matters. If you are a binge eater or habitual snacker or addicted to sugar, you should avoid your banana treat a bit more than others. If you've been doing well, are not having serious cravings, have good self-control, and you want to eat your bananas and nut butter - go for it!
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    Johnny M got a reaction from MeadowLily in Where do you draw the line in Paleofying foods?   
    interestingly, I'd gamble that most people have FAR FEWER food reward issues with actual whole30 foods. This is a tangent but those cravings are engineered in part by food companies then shoved down our throats. One of the nice things people will experience during a whole30 if they follow the rules is much healthier food relationships.
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    Johnny M got a reaction from MeadowLily in Where do you draw the line in Paleofying foods?   
    Yes...100%. There is so much behind the food recommendations and limitations in whole30. For instance, typical wheat flour might make you feel crappy. But it also might disrupt your gut health, increase your body's inflammation, lead to getting sick more often, mess with your blood sugar, make you gain fat, etc. There's a reason removing these foods makes us feel better.
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    Johnny M got a reaction from MeadowLily in Where do you draw the line in Paleofying foods?   
    One of the things outlined in the ISWF book is 4 criteria for determining if a food is ok to eat or not. One of those criteria is that a food does not elicit an unhealthy psychological response. An example of this would be something like sugar. Someone addicted to sugar will often think about and crave sugar and not feel better until they have it. But this could be any food that messes with your head and elicits this sort of craving and need. When I eat pancakes I eat as many as I can as fast as I can topped with as much maple syrup as a flat plate will hold and then feel super speedy and wired yet sad and lethargic and sick. I crave them in a pretty unhealthy way. This is not a positive psychological relationship for me, so even if i could replace them with something compliant, paleo pancakes are out. I've never gotten cold sweats over paleo shepherd's pie and then eaten it until I wanted to cry so there's the difference for me.
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    Johnny M got a reaction from MeadowLily in Where do you draw the line in Paleofying foods?   
    I'm going to say no. It's not that paleo-fied foods are inherently bad as much as they're typically used to support bad behaviors with less bad foods. It's like smoking a light cigarette. You do have to draw the line somewhere though. For instance, on my whole30s i've blended frozen berries with coconut milk, called it ice cream, and enjoyed it occasionally however prior to my whole30, I had no real issue with sweets or ice cream. It wasn't a regular part of my diet so occasionally enjoying a serving of fruit, frozen and blended instead of whole, is ok with me. Remember even if your "milkshake" is paleo, it's going to carry a somewhat abnormal caloric, carb, and sugar punch, and my point is not that we necessarily care about those macronutrients as much as it's something you wouldn't get from eating one of those foods alone and whole. It's supernormally stimulating in a way that's confusing to your body and mind. So spend 30 days totally erasing those habits and if you want to add your shake back in post-whole30, you'll have the awareness of how everything you eat effects you to do so comfortably.