Bellmaestra

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    Bellmaestra got a reaction from CherDeez in The Great Ghee Debate   
    I love this quote:
    “Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you and be silent." --Epictetus
    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 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 got a reaction from MeadowLily in Where have all the people gone?   
    Favorite movie ever.
    Stephanie
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    Bellmaestra reacted to MeadowLily in Where have all the people gone?   
    People still come and go.  The half has not been told but I'm here to tell that this is one of the best run forums. You may have tried others but you won't find the same friendly discourse.  No, siree.  You'll find all kinds of snarkalicious snark and potshots.  This place is downright user friendly.  Kind.  Good will towards others.  I see some of my old group from time to time, I've heard some very sad news and some good news.  The ebb and flow of life.  So long now.   The Dude abides.

     
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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 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 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 reacted to kirkor in Air fryer   
    That's not how it works.
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    Bellmaestra reacted to rflowers in Compliant Chicken Broth   
    What has worked for me during this is to roast a whole chicken. I cut it up and use the carcass for broth. Then I have broth and bunch of chicken that can be used in a variety of ways.
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    Bellmaestra got a reaction from Robin R. in Wine cravings.   
    I wouldn't say I'm "craving" wine, but I am looking forward to having it again. I guess the question is how to keep it from becoming a habit again. Melissa's article was great. But there ain't nothin' like the real thing, baby.
     
    Stephanie
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    Bellmaestra reacted to ShannonM816 in Wine cravings.   
     
    Although it's addressing food and not wine, you might want to consider the "is it worth it" question in this article every time you consider a glass of wine, and the one bite rule (one sip, in this case) addressed here. Or, since consuming alcohol can make it more difficult to decide whether further consumption is worth it, consider setting rules so you don't have to make decisions once you've already had a drink. Some ideas -- don't drink alone; order by the glass, not the bottle; and be sure for every glass of wine you have, you take a break and have a glass of water/iced tea/whatever other non-alcoholic thing you prefer before you order another glass of wine. Think of your own circumstances and come up with your own rules that work for you.