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    AmyS got a reaction from Renata Sue King-Dewar in Don't over think this.   
    Woot!!! Beautiful post! Thank you!
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    AmyS reacted to jmcbn in So Delicious   
    See my comment above about it being impossible to list every compliant or non compliant item. Food manufacturers change ingredients all. the. time. It would be a logistical nightmare to try to keep an app updated to those changes (even just in the US, never mind world wide...) without compromising someone's Whole30 experience. As I said, a very valuable part of the process is learning to read labels - that way you know exactly what you're eating and are accountable to no-one but yourself 
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    AmyS got a reaction from Renata Sue King-Dewar in Don't over think this.   
    Woot!!! Beautiful post! Thank you!
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    AmyS got a reaction from Renata Sue King-Dewar in Don't over think this.   
    Woot!!! Beautiful post! Thank you!
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    AmyS reacted to jmcbn in Corned Beef   
    If it helps I'm Irish, living in Ireland, and we don't actually eat cabbage & corned beef on St Patrick's Day. It's not even considered a National dish.

    In fact back in the day beef was very expensive here & if we could get it it would have been eaten fresh. Most Irish got their first taste of beef when they arrived in the States where beef was more widely available & less expensive, and they treated it in the same way as they would a bacon/ham joint (ie. any joint that wasn't from the leg) - they brined it.

    So don't feel bad aboout not eating that corned beef - nobody here will be either - in fact going on my food prep for this week I'll be eating a chicken & spinach curry!!

     
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    AmyS got a reaction from praxisproject in Increase in Blood Pressure   
    Whole30 doesn't bring about higher blood pressure, but for those of us with strong family histories, it also probably won't keep it entirely at bay forever. More's the pity. I speak from sad experience. My first Whole30s actually lowered my bp to where I could get off of medications for a while. But the bp came roaring back, and it absolutely does not matter what I do, I need two medications to keep it in a range that doesn't cause my doctor to have to do deep breathing exercises in order to calmly keep talking to me about my bp.
     
    This is one of the things I do not like about being human. Urgh. Anyway, when it comes to the bp your husband is registering, medication is not generally the first course of action. Watching and waiting, taking bp fairly regularly for a while, and monitoring how it goes, while following some of the advice Chris Kresser and others like him give, is often very helpful.
     
    At the end of the day, though, eating healthy whole foods is not the thing that causes us to have high blood pressure. Some day someone will research what actually causes it, and then we can figure it out. The hardest thing for me to accept on my journey to accepting my own high bp is that for 95% of us who have high bp, there is no known cause -so we are always and only treating the symptom. It's kind of freaky. I can't understand why researchers wouldn't be interested in the causes (and I'm talking here about those causes that get passed down in family history) but I've noticed that high bp tends to be treated, by the medical establishment, like a lifestyle choice rather than a condition. I'm tiny, eat healthy, and live as stress-free as possible (haha) and I don't fit any profile for high blood pressure, and still, here I am. It's not a lifestyle choice that brought me here, and I promise it's not for your husband either.
     
    Here's hoping that when he gets his bp checked next time, it's back in the usual range. All good thoughts and happy Whole30ing to you both.
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    AmyS got a reaction from praxisproject in Increase in Blood Pressure   
    Whole30 doesn't bring about higher blood pressure, but for those of us with strong family histories, it also probably won't keep it entirely at bay forever. More's the pity. I speak from sad experience. My first Whole30s actually lowered my bp to where I could get off of medications for a while. But the bp came roaring back, and it absolutely does not matter what I do, I need two medications to keep it in a range that doesn't cause my doctor to have to do deep breathing exercises in order to calmly keep talking to me about my bp.
     
    This is one of the things I do not like about being human. Urgh. Anyway, when it comes to the bp your husband is registering, medication is not generally the first course of action. Watching and waiting, taking bp fairly regularly for a while, and monitoring how it goes, while following some of the advice Chris Kresser and others like him give, is often very helpful.
     
    At the end of the day, though, eating healthy whole foods is not the thing that causes us to have high blood pressure. Some day someone will research what actually causes it, and then we can figure it out. The hardest thing for me to accept on my journey to accepting my own high bp is that for 95% of us who have high bp, there is no known cause -so we are always and only treating the symptom. It's kind of freaky. I can't understand why researchers wouldn't be interested in the causes (and I'm talking here about those causes that get passed down in family history) but I've noticed that high bp tends to be treated, by the medical establishment, like a lifestyle choice rather than a condition. I'm tiny, eat healthy, and live as stress-free as possible (haha) and I don't fit any profile for high blood pressure, and still, here I am. It's not a lifestyle choice that brought me here, and I promise it's not for your husband either.
     
    Here's hoping that when he gets his bp checked next time, it's back in the usual range. All good thoughts and happy Whole30ing to you both.
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    AmyS reacted to GlennR in Filipino Whole30 Eats   
     
    It's been a while, but here's a new recipe: a Whole30 compliant kare kare, or oxtail stew. Delicious! (if I may say so myself).
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    AmyS reacted to SugarcubeOD in What about egg beaters liquid eggs?   
    Eggs are a whole food when you eat the white and the yolk together. The nutrients in each part have a symbiotic relationship with eachother that makes it complete. An Egg Beaters product is going to have processed this food into something that it wasn't meant to be and on a Whole30, we want you to eat real food in it's natural state... so go whole egg, and as Praxis said, you're going to want more eggs than that if it's your sole protein in a meal. The rule of thumb is how many eggs you can hold in one hand without dropping. Most people can hold 3 or 4.
    (another thought... if you can refer to something as a 'product', it's not the best choice for your Whole30.
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    AmyS reacted to praxisproject in What about egg beaters liquid eggs?   
    We recommend not thinking about calories at all It's quite a strange feeling when you've been counting calories for a long time, but it's a valuable part of the program as you learn to listen to your body, rather than counting.
     
    Egg yolks are full of nutrition, like choline, B12, antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, iodine, phosphorus.
     
    For breakfast, we recommend eating more eggs than that, or you may not make it through to lunch without being hungry.
     
    http://forum.whole30.com/topic/20964-what-a-serving-of-eggs-looks-like/ 
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    AmyS reacted to QuilterInVA in Success for Women over age 50?   
    I'm 74 on finish8ing Day 26 today. I know I have lost weight because I'm into pants I couldn't button before I started. I have so much energy my house is now spotless every day and I get it done in half the time. I added a third class at the Y on Wednesdays. I do yoga and water aerobics 5 days a week and strength training 2 days. I sleep better and the cravings are gone. I live 1/2 mile from Dairy Queen and don't even think about stopping. I actually am eating a real breakfast for the first time in years. I was doing a protein shake before going to the gym because I thought I had no appetite for food. Now I love eggs, but sweet potato hash, spaghetti squash and meatsauce with an egg on the top, chocolate chili and zucchini giner soup are also on the breakfast menu. I wish I knew about eating like this many years ago.
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    AmyS reacted to Stegner in Success for Women over age 50?   
    Last night, I was driving late at night (11 PM - hah) and it crossed my mind that I would be driving past 2 frozen custard restaurants that would be open at that time. My brain sort of asked my mouth if it would be worth it and the answer was no. It was not so much that I was able to resist a craving - I didn't really have a craving. I had a passing thought. This is something new for me. I like it.
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    AmyS reacted to janeroyal in Success for Women over age 50?   
    northwoodsmom8 - For me it's been perserverence.  Eating paleo helped me lose initial weight before starting a Whole30 in March, so I was excited to see what the Whole30 could do.  I was also committed to the process.  I realized mid-March that my tuna contained soy.  Instead of just 'brushing it under the rug' - I started again at day one.  I was doing this for me, not anyone else.  
     
    I started eating within an hour of waking up.  That's made a huge difference for me.
     
    I don't skip meals any more.  My body needs three meals a day to keep going.
     
    I eat LOTS of food.  In the past I'd eat a salad for lunch and call it good.  Now I eat a good portion of protein, some carbs and lots and lots of veggies.
     
    I eat plenty of fat.  I've shied away from fat in the past thinking the fat was making me fat.  No more of that!
     
    By the end of my Whole30 I was sleeping like a baby, I wasn't bloated and gassy like I'd been for years, My sugar demons have gone away, I wasn't taking handfuls of Ibuprofen for arthritis pain.
     
    People ask me every day how I lost weight.  I tell them I haven't lost weight, this weight has fallen off me!  It has!  This has not been hard for me.  I don't feel deprived.  I'm eating more than I ever have in my life.  The difference is I'm eating fuel for my body, not just food.
     
    When I started in January I didn't know how I'd make it a week.  Looking back I've knit together 8 months + just by attacking one day at a time.
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    AmyS reacted to GFChris in Success for Women over age 50?   
    There is a past thread of people over 60 who did a Whole30 here. 
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    AmyS reacted to NY2LA2MONTREAL in Success for Women over age 50?   
    Hi Towns
    I am 65 (yesterday) and "sugar" was my middle name. My husband and I finished our first Whole 30 last Friday. We feel fantastic For my birthday we went out to dinner and ordered an oreo cake. The plan was to share the slice of cake 4 ways. When the moment came...I put my fork in and took a bite and a half. I savored that bite and a half and very shortly thereafter I felt a headache and my stomach started gurgling. I DID NOT FEEL GOOD. So no more cake for me. I REALLY FEEL I TAMED THAT DRAGON---because in a previous life I would have consumed the whole cake
    Now I am just enjoying a little fruit with my meal - it is my treat and a refreshing addition to my meals.
    So you want hope ... how's this?? Within a few days my husband was taken off 2 diabetic meds, my knees stopped hurting, my skin looked softer and smoother (very reassuring to this new 65 year old). The day after the Whole 30 I got into a blouse I couldn't wear 6 months ago.
    My husband needs a new belt and both his and my watches are loose.
    Trust me the program works. We are continuing eating this way because we love the food and results.
    Most of us post a daily log of the food we eat daily. I found it a great tool and kept me honest. I suggest you keep one too.
    This forum is filled with so many people who are here to help you. The moderators know their stuff and we're a great help to me.
    Good luck just know the program works
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    AmyS got a reaction from fmr_sailor in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
    We want you to eat the whole egg. That is to say, add whole eggs to your scrambled eggs.
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    AmyS got a reaction from adabeie in Plan a Whole30 dream vacation   
    It's funny because I don't necessarily think of vacations as restful, indulgent experiences. When I travel, I travel with my children, who are very agreeable travelers and who love new adventures. We have lots (and lots and lots) of fun, but if I were planning some sort of vacation just for me, I would not do many of the things that are absolutely necessary when traveling with children. In other words, I think of that time as fun, but I certainly don't regard it as a vacation. I'm still very much on the job.
    If I were to plan a vacation that didn't include the children, the first condition would be that I would have to arrange for their care in such a way that I didn't worry about them. That could be easily enough done by leaving them in the excellent care of their father. But at the moment I feel somewhat cautious about how far away I'd like to be. (I know those years are soon going to be over, my girls are nine, and pretty soon, before I know it, they will be off into the wider world and I'll be planning everything without considering their immediate needs - so strange to contemplate that.)
    So - perhaps I'd go to the other side of the island for a few days, with someone special. If this is really a dream vacation, I'd stay at one of the world class resorts that I usually just go see. I'd eat from the local farmer's markets as much as possible, and have some very nice restaurant cuisine too - fresh local food gone high end, why not? I know I'd have to ask how it's prepared, but I know I could find delicious food all around me.
    I would spend time just sitting near the water, reading, spending time with that someone special, and perhaps taking some long walks at sunset.
    I live in Hawaii, but for me it's just a (very) nice place to live and work. I'm only a couple of hours' drive from the world class resorts that put Hawaii on the map as a paradise destination. I'd like to actually experience that. Also, this being a small island, I'd probably know at least some of the resort staff!
    Hm. I'm thinking this could be a thing.
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    AmyS reacted to ShannonM816 in Gastric Bypass Surgery   
     
    If you truly cannot eat that much food, then you work with what you can eat. Over time, you may find you can eat more.
     
    For now, eat what you can, and when you do eat, make sure you eat a combination of protein, fat, and vegetables. I'd mostly skip the fruit, since vegetables are more nutrient-dense, and if you can't eat as much food, you need to make sure all the food you do eat gets you the maximum amount of the nutrients you need. I'm not saying never eat fruit again, but definitely limit it. I also think that limiting the fruit will help you kick that sugar addiction faster.
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    AmyS got a reaction from ladyshanny in Gastric Bypass Surgery   
    In your case, do not worry about eating a full template meal in one sitting. You may need to take the template amounts for three meals a day and divide that food up in six meals. It's fine. Just remember that a meal is protein, fat, and veggies.
     
    You might, for instance, fix up a full template meal, eat as much of it as is reasonable for you to eat, wrap it up and put it away, and pull it out again to finish (or just eat more of) later. At each sitting, eat items from the protein, fat, and veggies sections of your plate. Once that meal is done, make another, and do the same, and then one more, and do the same.
     
    You may discover that you are eating many mini-meals, but over the course of a day you are still eating the same amount of food as other folks would consume in three meals. Again, this is fine.
     
    If you can eat half an egg and a strawberry, then aim for half an egg and a small portion of sweet potato. Then finish the egg and eat more sweet potato later, and so on and so forth.
     
    Hope that helps, let us know if we can give you more information about Whole30 eating in general or with weight loss surgery.
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    AmyS got a reaction from Brandib in Compliant Hoisin and Ponzu sauces   
    I think this recipe for hoisin http://eatdrinkpaleo.com.au/paleo-hoisin-sauce-recipe/ could work with two modifications: sub out coconut aminos for the soy sauce, and leave out the honey.
     
    And this one for ponzu http://www.eatingforidiots.com/seared-tuna-with-crispy-shallots-and-ponzu-sauce/ (includes a recipe for tuna and fried shallots too) would work. Remember to use Red Boat fish sauce. Johnny, the recipe's creator, was a moderator here for a while. His recipes are pretty popular with Whole30ers who like to cook.
     
    Diclaimer: I haven't made either of these, but they look very do-able.
     
    ETA: yes, arrowroot for cornstarch - or you could leave it out and have a broth-ier consistency.
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    AmyS reacted to Lurye in Significant Weightloss on Whole30??   
    The Whole30 was suggested by my Dr. who did it herself first. At the end of 30, blood pressure is Down 49 points, weight down 20, I can't imagin all the other good things happening inside! But will have new blood work in a couple of months. I started from day 1 completely compliant - I keep thinking it can't be this easy, I was never hungry or had any cravings. I keep my meals very simple and never got bored with one thing.I found going out doable but only did 5 or 6 times. Breakfast out is the easiest. I have been on or tried every program ever published but nothing was for me & that covers 70+ Years. I have hypothyroidism for 25 years which made keeping weigh stable right there with impossible. The am very active and do structured exercise at least 5 days a week on a regular basis. For the next 30 days, I will work on sleep improvements, but stay whole30 compliant and also start using recipes from the books. I feel wonderful do you think I am never going to have to deal with cravings! Nice to dream. I only grow organic vegetables, grass fed beef, pork, and chickens so I have an advantage but that has been for years, so the ? is, why is it working so good now? Thank you, thank you! I recommend this to everyone who asks what I am doing. Even my hair looks great! Hope this helps anyone questioning, should I give this plan a try! Do it for yourself, you deserve it!
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    AmyS reacted to missmary in Day 19: Feeling discouraged   
     
    19 days trying to eat whole30 but missing a few details here and there is still a HUGE accomplishment and a step in the right direction. You have all the time in the world to continue to refine what you are doing--don't let yourself believe that not trying would have been better.
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    AmyS reacted to marthafw in Compliant Hoisin and Ponzu sauces   
    Thanks! It "was" a simple meal to make :-)
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    AmyS reacted to MTNan in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    Breakfast is too big for just one plate- you need a bowl too! 
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    AmyS got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in The New Rx Bar - Chocolate Sea Salt   
    Whole30 is all about eating your meals, not skipping them. If you intend to eat on the go, you can pack a meal in a cooler, or take portable food that doesn't need refrigerating for a few hours: hard boiled eggs, cubed roasted sweet potatoes, cans of compliant tuna, salmon, or sardines (plus can opener and fork), etc.
     
    One of the key aspects of Whole30 is to get you to pay attention to what you eat and when you eat it. We really do want you to prioritize eating. There is no virtue, and no good health, in skipping meals and then eating a bar of some kind later. We really really do want you to eat actual food. For real. Three times a day. Every day. For thirty days. That's the deal. That's Whole30. Really. Eat up and feel the magic.