Bellmaestra

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    Bellmaestra got a reaction from -Kara in Coconut Milk on Amazon... Good Grief!   
    Kind of sad when the popularity of Whole30 leads to price gouging...
    I like the "So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk" to use in recipes; it's sold in convenient tetra packs so it's easy to store the leftovers. I've been buying it on Amazon. Last time I bought it, a 4-pack was $18.99 (Pretty high already); yesterday I tried to order it and a 4 pack was $39.99!!!
    I know I can find it elsewhere... I just love to shop online because sometimes I'm just too busy to get out. Oh well.
    Stephanie
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    Bellmaestra got a reaction from ladyshanny in PSA: Don't Get Lost!   
    Thank you for doing all you can to help us! It can't be easy... and yet you remain kind and supportive! Thank you!
    Stephanie
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    Bellmaestra reacted to ShannonM816 in The Great Ghee Debate   
    For more about ghee and why it's allowed on Whole30, check out this article: http://whole9life.com/2011/10/butter/ 
    I'd also add that the reason many people would consider ghee unhealthy is simply that it is a fat. These are the people who would be shocked to learn that Whole30ers often eat a whole avocado every day, sometimes more. There are starting to be more reports out there that show that fat isn't necessarily bad, but many people still believe that eating fat is what makes you fat.  
    I personally find that I'm happier if I don't discuss what I choose to eat with many people. If this person is someone whose opinion you respect, that's one thing -- hopefully the article I linked gives you a starting place for discussion -- but if it's someone whose opinion on healthy vs unhealthy foods is probably not going to influence your decisions about what you eat, you might want to try not to mention too much about it, or if they ask come up with a simple (polite) response like, I'm trying this for 30 days to see if it helps (insert whatever issues you hope to address with your Whole30) -- if I decide to continue eating this way indefinitely, I'll certainly keep that in mind, but for 30 days, I don't think it's going to hurt me. (Evidenced by the fact that the SuperSize Me guy recovered from 30 days of fast food meals -- I think it's safe to say you'll have no problem getting over 30 days of protein, fat, and vegetables, even if some part of it turns out not to be the right choice for you.) Or just smile and say, thank you for your concern, and then change the subject. 
     
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    Bellmaestra reacted to ShannonM816 in Coconut Milk on Amazon... Good Grief!   
    I like the Aroy-d tetra packs from Amazon, but their prices change every time I buy, sometimes higher, occasionally lower. You might sign up for camelcamelcamel to get alerts when the price drops:   https://camelcamelcamel.com
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    Bellmaestra reacted to Laurenacc in Poland Spring Bottled water   
    HA! Omg- you think I would have noticed the big bold letters saying "The Humor Section" at the top  I probably would have caught on had I read the entire article...skimming for ingredients was all I did. Oops! Sheesh, it's only Day 1 and I'm already going crazy. Thanks all!
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    Bellmaestra reacted to SugarcubeOD in Poland Spring Bottled water   
    I read the entire thing and I didn't think any of it was even remotely humorous so I guess he missed the mark... 
    I only drink tap water... I refuse to pay for it... obviously not on topic for this forum but there's something terribly wrong with tax payers having no access to water while it gets sold out from under them... sick!
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    Bellmaestra reacted to rusrach in Help with easy to prep meal ideas   
    I follow a bunch of W30 and paleo accounts on Instagram and have found a bunch of recipes that way. Here's a few easy recipes I've found...
    Enchilada stuffed sweet potatoes
    Sloppy Joe bowls
    If you like spicy stuff, Yai's Thai curry sauces are really good. Just cook up some chicken or shrimp, toss in some veggies, add the sauce, and serve over cauliflower rice. Simple and pretty quick.
    30 minute Tuscan chicken skillet - this one is easy to make compliant
    Easy tuna cakes
    Fried plantains are easy and quick.
    Cauliflower rice is super easy and quick and can be spiced up a million ways. I just grab some from the frozen section at the grocery store.
     
    Rachel
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    Bellmaestra reacted to GermanCatlady in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    Hello! I'm new, too. Being German, I am not a native speaker, so I am sorry in advance for any misunderstandings that may happen because of my English.
    My start day was Jan 2nd, 2018, so it's already day 47. I feel so much better, it's amazing! The recipes are delicious, so there isn't much that I miss. I want to go on for a while to get rid of my bad snacking habits, especially when I'm stressed out.
    To those of you who are about to start or suffering from deprivation effects: hang on, it's really worth it! If there is anything I can do to support you, please let me know.
     
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    Bellmaestra reacted to ladyshanny in Mayo and Ranch Dressing in One Session   
    Awesome! Thanks for the link. Can I ask why the idea of Dump Ranch turns your stomach? Besides the obviously horrendous naming choice?
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    Bellmaestra reacted to SugarcubeOD in Mayo and Ranch Dressing in One Session   
    Hahaha... I was just going to say that 'dump ranch' is never going to make its way into my kitchen because of the horrific name.
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    Bellmaestra reacted to SugarcubeOD in Soft Crabs   
    Ghee please  
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    Bellmaestra got a reaction from ladyshanny in PSA: Don't Get Lost!   
    Thank you for doing all you can to help us! It can't be easy... and yet you remain kind and supportive! Thank you!
    Stephanie
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    Bellmaestra got a reaction from BabyBear in How often do you grocery shop?   
    I'm leery of grocery store sprouts; it seems like there are ongoing issues with contamination. Years ago I used to grow my own sprouts... that might be something to consider if you really like sprouts! It's pretty easy. Amazon has sprouting kits... of course! They have everything. :-)
    Stephanie
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    Bellmaestra reacted to ladyshanny in Whole30 Christmahannukwanzadan List 2017   
    I know there are "best gadgets" and "kitchen tools" threads all over in the back pages of the forum but sometimes it's fun to see a current list for new folks. Plus, there's new and awesome stuff out there!
    If you've done a Whole30 before, what would you suggest our January starters put on their Christmas lists that would help them in their Whole30?  I'll start:
    mason jars for storing/freezing leftover soups, bone broth, sauces, dressings good quality food storage containers (eg, glass or stoneware) immersion blender for mayo, dressings, blended soups cast iron or ceramic frying pan - leftovers tossed into a fry pan and reheated (maybe w/ an egg on top) is a super quick anytime meal! microplane large, high quality sheet pan crock pot good quality chopping knife vegetable peeler silicone muffin pan instant pot spiralizer Whole30 books, cookbooks etc  OK, let's help build the list! Reply below and I'll add your responses to this first post as well as an easy reference guide!
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    Bellmaestra reacted to SugarcubeOD in Whole30 Christmahannukwanzadan List 2017   
    Is this things people are putting on their list to Santa?
    In that case, microplane, large high quality sheet pan, crock pot
     
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    Bellmaestra got a reaction from ladyshanny in Whole30 Christmahannukwanzadan List 2017   
    Good quality chopping knife (This is my daily essential, and it's totally worth paying for quality)
    Vegetable peeler
    Silicone muffin pan
    Stephanie
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    Bellmaestra got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Pumpkin Curry Soup   
    I made a Pumpkin Curry Soup today that was really tasty. I used a small pie pumpkin, and the texture was so lovely; it was much nicer than butternut squash and/or sweet potato.
    Cut a small "pie" pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and fibers, put cut side down on a sheet pan, and roast at 375F for about an hour. Let cool and scoop out flesh.
    In a large saucepan, saute an onion in ghee, and add some curry, cumin, garlic, cayenne pepper, salt, and other spices you like, such as cinnamon. Add about 3-4 cups of homemade chicken stock, the pumpkin, and a can (or tera-pack) of coconut milk, and mash together.
    Add some browned ground beef if you like, or you could add some chicken, or use veggie stock and leave out the protein for a vegan dish. Heat and serve
    When I make butternut or sweet potato soup, I usually whirl in the blender, but this was so silky and heavenly, mashing it was enough, And canned pumpkin (NOT pie filling) could substitute for the fresh pumpkin.
    Stephanie
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    Bellmaestra got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Pumpkin Curry Soup   
    I made a Pumpkin Curry Soup today that was really tasty. I used a small pie pumpkin, and the texture was so lovely; it was much nicer than butternut squash and/or sweet potato.
    Cut a small "pie" pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and fibers, put cut side down on a sheet pan, and roast at 375F for about an hour. Let cool and scoop out flesh.
    In a large saucepan, saute an onion in ghee, and add some curry, cumin, garlic, cayenne pepper, salt, and other spices you like, such as cinnamon. Add about 3-4 cups of homemade chicken stock, the pumpkin, and a can (or tera-pack) of coconut milk, and mash together.
    Add some browned ground beef if you like, or you could add some chicken, or use veggie stock and leave out the protein for a vegan dish. Heat and serve
    When I make butternut or sweet potato soup, I usually whirl in the blender, but this was so silky and heavenly, mashing it was enough, And canned pumpkin (NOT pie filling) could substitute for the fresh pumpkin.
    Stephanie
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    Bellmaestra reacted to laura_juggles in help!!   
    Remind yourself of your why. 
    Why are you doing this Whole30? Is that reason really worth throwing away over some leftover chocolate sauce on your arm? Separate "food I make at my job" and "food I make for my body" in your brain. Yes, you love cooking, but you're making that food for someone else. No, I'm not going to eat that *because it's not mine*. Treat it like a coworker's lunch in the fridge. You wouldn't eat that, would you? 
    Plus, you'll still be making all those desserts and non-compliant foods once your Whole30 is over. They're not going anywhere. 
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    Bellmaestra reacted to ladyshanny in Need ideas...   
    We've been doing this too, now that the weather has cooled off. There are an absolute tonne of variations and we have decided to sheet-pan at least one night a week over the winter. I got most of my inspiration from here: https://therealfoodrds.com/30-whole30-sheet-pan-recipes/
     
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    Bellmaestra reacted to jmcbn in Reintroducing paleo cheats rather than food groups...   
    There is no good or bad, cheat or treat, clean or dirty food.
    The food we choose to eat does not have morals, only consequences.
    Once you figure that out, then you can start developing your own food freedom.
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    Bellmaestra reacted to mvonhoff in Accidental Slip   
    I think it really depends on the results you want to get! I'm on day 11 and I told myself I would do my absolute very best to be compliant which meant to me, read all ingredients twice, inquire about all cooking when going out and doing my due diligence, doing my research ahead of time, no purposeful "slip-ups", no cheating etc and that if I ever like ate something where I did all my due diligence but still outside of my control that there was sugar, soybean oil etc I would let it go and keep going. The results I want however are not as much about the "resetting" my body so any sugar even accidental is an issue, but to develop a healthy relationship with food, make great choices, and find other ways to comfort myself than by eating. So I feel if I accidentally swallowed some sweetened tea that doesn't impact the goals I set for myself and starting over might even cause me some resentment over food so I wouldn't. I agree though, everyone needs to make the decision for themselves but I thought I would offer another perspective! I would think about your goals
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    Bellmaestra got a reaction from Selcazare in I have almond butter. Now what?!   
    I make a sauce for my stir-fries using almond butter, which I like better than sunflower butter. A little almond butter, coconut aminos, fish sauce, toasted sesame oil, and Frank's hot sauce; mix together and stir in at the very end. Good stuff! You can leave out any of these ingredients, but toasted sesame oil really makes it.
    Stephanie
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    Bellmaestra reacted to kirkor in Netflix - What the Health   
    "documentary"
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    Bellmaestra reacted to ladyshanny in Veggie or fruit?   
    You're drunk.