Staggolee41

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    Staggolee41 reacted to ElizabethG in Alamo Drafthouse experience?   
    Hi @Staggolee41, this is a tougher menu to figure out, but I do think your best bet is the steak salad. Instead of asking how it's already made, call ahead and ask if they will allow you to place your order ahead of time, and order the steak salad with the steak cooked with just salt and pepper, and remove the cheese from the salad. To make things better, I would suggest bringing your own delicious salad dressing from home, which in my opinion is what makes or breaks a salad anyways. Remember, meals dont need to be complicated. I salt and peppered steak with a very simply mixed green salad with dressing/mayo works! Even if you just ask for the lettuce, tomato, and cucumber. I've actually found that many restaurants are willing willing to make extra special requests happen as long as you give them a few days notice of exactly what you want. 
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    Staggolee41 reacted to w30virgo in W30Virgo Round 2 January 2019   
    Yesterday, the only Whole 30 meal I had was dinner. 
    Roasted split chicken breasts on a bed of sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes were tossed in olive oil, and everything was seasoned with salt, pepper, and Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute (love this stuff). I love roasting chicken this way, on top of chopped vegetables - you have an easy side dish and the vegetables soak in all of the chicken juices while they cook - delicious! This was served with charred broccoli. I used some garlic oil that I had saved in the fridge from another recipe to cook it in a cast iron skillet, seasoned with garlic, pepper, and salt. I wanted to use crushed red pepper flakes, but we were all out. Added them to the grocery list for the weekend. I'll have to make a stop at Penzey's in the Strip District to stock up on spices. I also need white pepper for the curry I'm planning to make Sunday. 
    Honestly, just gearing up for my Whole 30 has me in higher spirits. I suffer from seasonal affective disorder in the winter, and I've been operating in kind of a fog since before the holidays. Yesterday, I felt more clear and energized. I was productive at work, I did some long overdue house cleaning, and I had no problem declining to eat the pizza my boyfriend's brother ordered to our apartment while they watched the college football championship last night. I was satisfied, but not overstuffed, from our dinner, and was happy to enjoy a mug of peppermint tea before bed. I know that these kinds of days can be fleeting in winter, but I'm hopeful that I'll be able to have more of them during my Whole30 and beyond!
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    Staggolee41 reacted to ladyshanny in Not doing this for the right reasons--history of eating disorders   
    Honestly I don't think anyone here can answer that for you. If you feel that the Whole30 is a detriment to your health then you should absolutely stop and seek out some kind of assistance if needed. If you think you can "right the ship" along the way, then continue on. We can't answer that for you, unfortunately, it's too personal a decision and only you know you.
    If you do decide to stop, please reframe the decision as one of self-care and compassion rather than guilt and anxiety over "quitting". If you make the decision that you are better served by stepping away from this program for as long as you need, then that is the right answer for you. We have no judgement here and a 30 day voluntary elimination plan shouldn't be increasing guilt or anxiety. Remember, there are no awards or ribbons at the end.  More importantly, wherever you go, there you are, right? So making the right decision for yourself is the right one no matter which way you choose to go. 
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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from Heather4jesus in Reintroducing sugar?   
     
    I'm on Day 30 and anticipating not feeling any reactions to most of the eliminated foods during reintroductions (though I'm still doing it, in case something catches me by surprise) based on my Whole30 experiences. The biggest change has been around sugar, of which I ate mountains before in order to "handle" (very poorly) mental/emotional defects. Not having it has improved my mental state, and because it took some work, I'm afraid to reintroduce any kind of sugar, though I know I'll have to at some point. I completely agree with your assessment of that feeling "left out" - I've been thinking the same things myself as I plan my reintroductions.
     
    I also wanted to add that for those to whom the side effects didn't seem to happen during reintroductions, it may not be the item that's the problem, but rather the amount  you were eating before. I know my diet has changed significantly in the last month from being heavy on grains/processed carbs/sugar to being very heavy on vegetables, and though I plan to keep it heavy on vegetables, I'm looking forward to being able to sprinkle banned things into my meal plan (provided I do not react poorly to them).
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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from firestorm531 in Starbucks Teas - Is "Infused" Compliant?   
    Former Starbucks employee here - be really careful with the new teas. Many - iced AND hot - are not compliant. Order a brewed coffee, standard iced coffee (request 'No Classic'), americano, or espresso. All of these are some form of just beans and water. Teas... ask to see an ingredient list.
     
    Brewed coffee - available in 8-12-16-20oz sizes - blonde roast (rotating flavors) has more caffeine; Pike Place is very medium bodied and even from a flavor perspective; dark roast (also rotating) tends to be very bold and flavorful, much darker than others (especially Italian, French, and Espresso roasts - if you're a newbie to black coffee, you might want to avoid these).
     
    Iced coffee - available in 12-16-24-30oz sizes - you must ask to have the drink without Classic, and even then, I'd give it a smell before drinking it to make sure it wasn't added by mistake; also note that some of the substitute milks, like almond and coconut milk, will not be cold-drink-friendly; I've seen them produce chunks in iced coffees, which aren't so easy to drink through a straw . This is my favorite drink, though it can be a little tart; this would be easier/more approachable for many of you than hot black coffee.
     
    Clover brew - This is a type of coffee that is brewed by the cup. You can order it hot or iced, with sizes and coffee types available dependent on location. It's like the two above, but it's a MUCH smoother cup of coffee, and will make the other stuff taste like dirt. It's also more expensive but it's a nice treat if you're a coffee aficionado. If you see Kona available, just order it iced, don't ask questions. It's heavenly.
     
    Americano - available both hot (8-12-16-20oz sizes) and iced (12-16-24oz sizes) and is simply just espresso shots, water, and ice (if you ordered it iced). Shot distribution is 1-2-3-4 in hot sizes and 2-3-4 in iced sizes (so a venti americano has four shots).This does not automatically come with added sugar or milk. This tastes like a smoother cup of coffee - less variation in the flavor.
     
    Espresso - simply just espresso shots - you can order a solo, doppio (sounds like "dopey-oh"), triple, or quad; you can get them hot or over ice; it's basically a tiny, super-strong cup of coffee. You can also get as many shots as you want (I've watched people consume 10 at a time), but beware... these babies are 75mg of caffeine each. If you have more than four, and you're not used to it, you might experience side effects like the head-spinning seen in The Exorcist.
     
    If you're a tea drinker at home, like me, these teas are mostly compliant, pretty delicious, and available in most local grocery stores I've seen (though you will need to read the label on these, as with anything else during your Whole30): http://www.republicoftea.com/(Ginger Peach Green Tea is my favorite)
     
    Just as a note: I know the menu can be a little intimidating at Starbucks, and no one wants to be the one at the register asking lots of questions with a huge line behind them. I'd be more than happy to answer any questions you have about these, other drinks, Starbucks in general, how to talk to the barista, etc. My six-year stint with Starbucks covered everything from barista to store manager.
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    Staggolee41 reacted to ShannonM816 in Starbucks Teas - Is "Infused" Compliant?   
    Starbucks is actually really good about posting ingredients online -- here's the page for a Latte with coconut milk: http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/espresso/caffe-latte#size=42&milk=1306
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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from firestorm531 in Starbucks Teas - Is "Infused" Compliant?   
    Former Starbucks employee here - be really careful with the new teas. Many - iced AND hot - are not compliant. Order a brewed coffee, standard iced coffee (request 'No Classic'), americano, or espresso. All of these are some form of just beans and water. Teas... ask to see an ingredient list.
     
    Brewed coffee - available in 8-12-16-20oz sizes - blonde roast (rotating flavors) has more caffeine; Pike Place is very medium bodied and even from a flavor perspective; dark roast (also rotating) tends to be very bold and flavorful, much darker than others (especially Italian, French, and Espresso roasts - if you're a newbie to black coffee, you might want to avoid these).
     
    Iced coffee - available in 12-16-24-30oz sizes - you must ask to have the drink without Classic, and even then, I'd give it a smell before drinking it to make sure it wasn't added by mistake; also note that some of the substitute milks, like almond and coconut milk, will not be cold-drink-friendly; I've seen them produce chunks in iced coffees, which aren't so easy to drink through a straw . This is my favorite drink, though it can be a little tart; this would be easier/more approachable for many of you than hot black coffee.
     
    Clover brew - This is a type of coffee that is brewed by the cup. You can order it hot or iced, with sizes and coffee types available dependent on location. It's like the two above, but it's a MUCH smoother cup of coffee, and will make the other stuff taste like dirt. It's also more expensive but it's a nice treat if you're a coffee aficionado. If you see Kona available, just order it iced, don't ask questions. It's heavenly.
     
    Americano - available both hot (8-12-16-20oz sizes) and iced (12-16-24oz sizes) and is simply just espresso shots, water, and ice (if you ordered it iced). Shot distribution is 1-2-3-4 in hot sizes and 2-3-4 in iced sizes (so a venti americano has four shots).This does not automatically come with added sugar or milk. This tastes like a smoother cup of coffee - less variation in the flavor.
     
    Espresso - simply just espresso shots - you can order a solo, doppio (sounds like "dopey-oh"), triple, or quad; you can get them hot or over ice; it's basically a tiny, super-strong cup of coffee. You can also get as many shots as you want (I've watched people consume 10 at a time), but beware... these babies are 75mg of caffeine each. If you have more than four, and you're not used to it, you might experience side effects like the head-spinning seen in The Exorcist.
     
    If you're a tea drinker at home, like me, these teas are mostly compliant, pretty delicious, and available in most local grocery stores I've seen (though you will need to read the label on these, as with anything else during your Whole30): http://www.republicoftea.com/(Ginger Peach Green Tea is my favorite)
     
    Just as a note: I know the menu can be a little intimidating at Starbucks, and no one wants to be the one at the register asking lots of questions with a huge line behind them. I'd be more than happy to answer any questions you have about these, other drinks, Starbucks in general, how to talk to the barista, etc. My six-year stint with Starbucks covered everything from barista to store manager.
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    Staggolee41 reacted to ShannonM816 in Starbucks Teas - Is "Infused" Compliant?   
    Any tea with candied fruit in it is not compliant due to the sugar.
     
    Be very careful ordering the cold brew coffee (and really, anything there) that you specify no syrup of any kind at all -- I've read that their norm is to add a sugar syrup to most things. As far as I know, an Americano (espresso + hot water) should be compliant as well, but definitely double check for yourself.
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    Staggolee41 reacted to SugarcubeOD in Reintroducing sugar?   
    Well unfortunately outside of eating spoonfuls of honey or sugar, it's impossible to test sugar on its own... what you want to do is test the items (say dairy) with no sweeteners and then when you know how you do with straight dairy, you can try introducing a sweetened dairy and see what the difference is in reaction if any... 
    The usual reaction to sugar is whether or not it affects your sugar dragon and for some with depression or other mental health issues, it can exacerbate those.
     
    As for the non physical reaction, did you have any non physical reactions? (mood for instance?).. If not, then you just need to decide how you're going to move forward and what things you like to eat and what things you think are not a part of your diet.