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  1. I've done crappy the last few days. Though I have been working out most mornings and I'm past the initial "OMG my muscles hurt so bad I can't walk" beginning phase. I had two christmas parties in the last week, one of which involved not nearly enough gluten/grain free options for food (and my parents were in such a rush to get there I didn't get to eat before I left) so I ended up snacking on cheese and deli meat most of the night. The other one was for work and several of my coworkers are gluten intolerant/celiac so that was much better, but they all still eat grains, and there were lots of gluten-free deserts, so I ate way too much sugar. However, this picture is my motto for the week. Every day I want to try and do better than yesterday.
  2. No workout today, still too sore, I think I overdid it... Breakfast was BP coffee, 3 eggs, a small sweet potato with 1/2 slice of bacon crumbled into it Lunch was leftovers from dinner the night before. For dinner, I made beef stroganoff with onions, mushrooms, peas, half and half, and sour cream. Also drinking some kombucha. Managed to get by without a snack today. It seems like some mornings my breakfast holds me better than others.
  3. Thanks Liberator. I think I'm finally re-motivated enough to really push for my goals this time. This morning I woke up really sore from doing squats and lunges yesterday, so I skipped them, but did some push ups against my kitchen counter (trying to work my way down to a real push up). For breakfast, I had BP coffee with pastured half and half, coconut oil, and a little vanilla, 3 eggs, and a small sweet potato with cinnamon on it. Lunch was leftover sugar snap peas and carrots (with butter) with a chicken leg and thigh (with skin) Had a few pieces of apple and a couple ounces of sharp cheddar cheese as a snack because I was starving. Dinner was my Pork Siu Mai Meatballs with Spicy green beans and carrots and a tall glass of home made kombucha I feel like I eat a ton, but I still get really hungry sometimes, not sure how to cut my calories, but still feel satisfied.
  4. + 1 Loren The book by the creators of the Whole30, It Starts with Food, has some great ideas for turning "ingredients" into "meals". Also, Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan has a section in the front for how to make what she calls "Hot Plates" which is basically just pre-cooking meat and veggies and keeping them in the fridge, then when you want to make a meal, just take meat, veggies, and seasonings, heat in some fat in a pan, and voila! Dinner in like 10-15 minutes. What I tend to do is spend saturday morning putting together a list of recipes for dinners for the week. I have a cache that I pull from, but I also am always on the lookout for new recipes. Then I make a shopping list from the recipes based on what I don't have on hand already, then I go shopping for those things.
  5. Carb flu isn't caused by a calorie deficit, it's not the same as what crash dieters experience and paleo doesn't replace grains with veggies, it replaces the calories of grains and starches with fat, because veggies don't have many calories at all. When you are eating 40% of your calories as grains, sugar, and starch, your body relies on that quick energy. Your brain requires carbs to function and on a standard diet, your body has plenty of them. When you remove those things from your diet, suddenly your body doesn't have all that quick energy to burn and it takes anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks to convert to a different energy source: fat. In the mean time, your brain is screaming for it's usual dose of carbs and you experience fogginess, lethargy, and headaches, among other things until you become fat adapted. Once you become fat adapted, your body can then shunt the carbs you get from veggies and fruits and the other carby things you eat straight to your brain and fuel the rest of it's activities with fat.
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    Costco sells Chosen Foods Avocado Oil. On the Whole9 forum, one of their reps posted on a thread I started asking about it and provided some great info. http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/14617-avocado-oil-for-mayo/?view=findpost&p=156665 It's more gently refined to preserve nutrients, but still has a very neutral flavor that works great for mayo.
  7. Last year when I turned 27, I had a bit of a meltdown. At 17, I graduated highschool, then I made a bunch of mistakes with my life, got stuck in a dead-end job, gained 70 pounds, and 10 years later at 27, I felt like I'd done absolutely nothing with my life. Where had the last 10 years gone? They'd been a total waste. While thinking more clearly, I know that's not true. I learned a lot about myself and I changed in those 10 years, and I know I'll never make those same mistakes again. But at the same time, it took me 10 whole years to figure that out and learn those lessons the hard way. I lost my job, but turned that into an opportunity to go back to school and get a certificate and now I have a job I'm much happier with, plus I lost 60 of those 70 pounds. I'm now 28 and while I'm happier with my life than I was a year ago, I still have a long way to go, and I certainly don't want to spend the next 10 years the way I spent the last 10. Turning 30 is usually a big age milestone for people, and I think around 2 years is a good span of time to be able to make many of the changes I want to my life. So, instead of a bucket list, this is my before-I-turn-30 list. I will try to update with how I'm doing on my goals as often as possible, as well as plans for how to achieve my goals. Goal 1: Get Fit I lost those 60 pounds by counting calories and exercising every morning. I got sick about 10 months ago with a virus that really messed me up and have been having anxiety and heart palpitations that make me afraid to exercise and stress my heart, so I've lost a LOT of condition in the past 10 months of doing a whole lot of nothing. In January I will have health insurance again, and I plan to go see a doctor and get a full workup to make sure my heart is healthy. I've already started doing some bodyweight exercises in the morning, trying to build up my muscles so I can do some squats and pushups and situps, but I really need to work on my cardiovascular fitness...I get out of breath really fast and my heart feels like it's going to explode if I run or do any cardio. Ultimately, I'd like to get fit enough to do crossfit again. Goal 2: Eat Clean I used to kind of like counting calories, but it does get in the way of...living...when I was a student and had more time it was kind of fun (I'm a planner) but now that I have a job and get home tired and just wanting to veg out, it's a lot less fun. Plus I discovered paleo and love eating that way, but I keep cheating and succumbing to peer pressure to eat junk. So I would like to do something like a primal whole30. I know that unless I follow the whole30 rules, I can't really call it a "whole30" but I plan to do my own modified thing borrowing some of their rules. Basically, I love dairy. I did a whole30 and followed all the rules, and giving up dairy was the HARDEST THING. I missed it so much. I re-introed dairy and tolerate it just fine, so I'd like to keep it in my life. However, I will not eat: grains of any kind, including wheat, oats, barely, rice, corn, spelt, or pseudo grains like quinoalegumes. Exception: green peas, green beans, snap peasprocessed foods including Ice cream, potato chips, soda, fast food (Chipotle is allowed)sugar - I will allow small amounts of added sugar in prepared products like curry paste and the like, but I won't make sweets with honey or sugar, or eat sugary junk food.Goal 3: Move I love my parents. They've helped me so much these past 10 years. But right now I live next door to them (they own the duplex I live in and live in another building on the property). I pay rent, and have my place to myself, but I go to their house every day, and they do kind of invade my life. I would really love to be an independent adult doing adult things. That's hard when you still feel like a teenager in highschool and live with your parents. So I would like to move, somewhere in the same city, but another part of town. Goal 4: Be more social One of the mistakes I made in the past 10 years was getting married. I'm now divorced and have been for 5 years...and have not been on a single date. So while I don't expect to be in a long-term relationship and on my way to getting married again by the time I turn 30, I would like to at least be on my way towards that by getting out and being more social, meeting people, making friends, etc.
  8. It's cold here right now, and I know most of the country is experiencing far colder than average temps at the moment, so what are your favorite cold-weather recipes that fill the house with heat from the oven and wonderful smells?
  9. Carb flu. When you cut grains out of your diet, you automatically end up consuming a lot fewer carbs than usual. Your body goes through an adjustment period where it switches over to burning fat for energy instead of all the easily digestible quick energy in carbs. Make sure you are eating plenty of fat. When you cut out grains, you have to make up those calories with something else, and fat is the best thing. Go with healthy fats like coconut oil/milk, avocados, grass-fed butter or ghee, pastured eggs, and fatty grass fed/pastured meats. Also, you should have some protein with breakfast
  10. I used to love Dim sum. I'd never heard of it before until my friend moved here from Texas and stumbled upon a Chinese restaurant that served it. We went, and the best thing we ordered was the Pork Siu Mai. Randomly the other day, I thought it sounded really tasty, but alas, Dim sum is not paleo and there is lots of gluten and wheat products. The Pork Siu Mai has gyoza wrapper around it like a little basket normally, but I never really noticed the wrapper. It was just there, the deliciousness was in the filling, so I decided to make my own! Meatballs: 1 lb. ground pork 1/2 lb. shrimp, thawed, peeled, and deveined (take the tails off too) 1 tbs. grated fresh ginger 1-2 tbs. coconut aminos 1 tbs. fish sauce 4-5 green onions, diced 6-8 whole dried shiitake mushrooms + 1-2 cups boiling water 1 tsp. sesame oil 1 tbs. rice wine or dry sherry (omit for whole30) salt to taste Spicy Garlic Green Beans and Carrots 1.5 lbs. hericots verts (small french green beans) 3 medium carrots 1 tbs. fresh grated ginger 2 cloves garlic, grated 1/4 c. coconut aminos 1 tbs. fish sauce 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes 1 tsp. sesame oil 2 tbs. cooking oil 1/2 tsp. salt or to taste For the meatballs: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the dried mushrooms in the boiling water and set aside for about 15 minutes while they reconstitute. Meanwhile, process the shrimp in the food processor until ground, then place in a mixing bowl along with the pork and seasonings. Cut the tough stems off the mushrooms and process them in the food processor until finely chopped (or chop by hand) and add to the meat mixture (bonus! save the broth created by the mushrooms to add umami to other dishes, or add it to bone broth or soup for extra flavor). Add a pinch of salt if desired, then mix well and form into small 1-1.5" balls and arrange on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes until the center of the meatballs are no longer pink. Alternately, the meatballs can be steamed for about 15 minutes (pork siu mai is traditionally steamed). For the green beans and carrots: Peel the carrots. Use the peeler to peel long, thin ribbons from the carrots until they are nearly gone. Place the green beans and carrot ribbons in a large pan (I use a large 5-quart skillet thing with high sides and a lid) Mix all the ingredients for the sauce and pour over the veggies and put the lid on. Turn the heat on to medium high and let them cook for about 10 minutes until the beans are a bright green, but still very crisp. Remove the lid and stir gently, letting the sauce simmer around the veggies and reduce while coating the veggies in the sauce. I'm a little strange in that I like my green beans to be just barely over cooked. I like them tender, not crispy or al dente. Reduce cooking time if you prefer them to have more crunch. Serve along side the Siu Mai Meatballs. I'm really pleased at how this recipe turned out, it will definately be in the rotation. Also, the meatballs can be made ahead and frozen, then just pulled out to thaw and tossed in the oven.
  11. I dice up about 4 ounces of bacon and throw it in a cold skillet. Turn on the heat to medium and let the fat slowly render. Once the bacon is getting a little crispy, I add a diced onion and a little salt. While all this is going on, I take a pound of brussels sprouts and cut them into thin strips, discarding the stem-end. Once the onions have turned translucent and the bacon is crispy, I add the brussels sprouts and possibly a little extra fat and some more salt and pepper. Sautee until the brussels sprouts are wilted and getting a little color on them. Then I throw them in a tupperware and into the fridge. When I'm ready to make breakfast in the morning, I take a scoop of the brussels sprout mixture and heat it up in a pan, tossing a few times, then put it in a bowl, then add some fresh fat to the pan and crack in 3 eggs. I like mine with a runny yolk, so I do them over medium, then place on top of the brussels sprouts. The yolk makes a nice sauce for the sprouts. A variation is to sautee zucchini in butter with salt, pepper, and garlic powder until browned and top with fried eggs. I generally do something with eggs for breakfast every day because I love eggs, and use leftovers from dinner the night before for lunch.
  12. Almond flour does not work like wheat flour. It doesn't have the gluten to bind it together. I used this one once for a quiche. I liked the crust, and I liked the quiche, but I did not like them together. The crust was too sweet, but it would be perfect for a fruit or berry pie. http://www.elanaspantry.com/paleo-pie-crust/ I really don't think a top crust would work. Generally almond flour crusts require that you just press the dough into the pie pan, it's far too brittle to try and roll it out to form a top crust. I think a crumble topping is the way to go.
  13. I lost 40 pounds last year obsessing over calories (tracked them online) and exercising daily. My clothes fit better, but when I looked in the mirror, I didn't see a change. I felt like I still looked just as fat as I had 40 pounds heavier. At the beginning of this year, I discovered paleo/primal and jumped in head first. I finally found a resource that explained the whys of the paleo/primal diet in a way that really struck me hard and made a lot of sense. I cut out grains, legumes, processed foods, added sugar, and limited my fruit intake. I kept dairy because I love it and tolerate it well. The fruit limiting was not because I was worried about sugar/calories, but just because I filled up my plate with veggies and meat, and just didn't want to eat a ton of fruit (I mostly just had berries with coconut milk on them when I wanted something sweet). It was easy for those two months to cook everything at home and resist junk food. I tracked calories a couple times during that time for curiosities sake and was eating 2300 or so calories a day and LOSING WEIGHT (to compare, I'd had to cut my calories down to 1650 per day, not adjusting for exercising daily to lose weight before). I lost 15 pounds in those two months eating primal and when I looked in the mirror, I was amazed. Suddenly the weight I'd lost was apparent. I looked thinner, my stomach was flatter, I had a waist! The best part was that I wasn't obsessing over calories, I was full and satisfied and I could go 4-5 hours without eating or snacking. When I did get hungry, it was a slow, gradual hunger that gave me plenty of warning before I was ravenous. No energy crashes, no blood sugar crashes. I will never go back to eating SAD.
  14. I've never had a raspberry pie, but I assume any paleo pie crust would work for the bottom crust, then just do a crumble topping on it? (I usually throw together almond flower, sliced almonds, pecans, honey, coconut oil, butter, and a dash of salt and mash it all together, then crumble it on top) As for the filling, I assume it's just fruit, seasoning, sugar (honey), maybe juice, and a thickener. Arrowroot powder works as a perfect substitute for corn starch, which is what I usually use as a thickener in pies.
  15. Vian

    Healthy drink

    crushed berries and other fruits are awesome in water. You can keep a pitcher in the fridge with various fruits and herbs and keep it full of water, just replace the fruit every couple days. I adore cucumber water myself.
  16. Thanks for the links! I occasionally come across free ebooks as well, I'll start posting them here when i find them
  17. Paleo is really a broad brush. Some people say they are paleo but make all kinds of paleo deserts and load up on sugar in the form of honey and maple syrup. However, the whole9/whole30 version of paleo is excellent for diabetics. The goal is to regulate and balance hormones, reduce inflammation, and increase insulin and leptin sensitivity. While not strictly "low carb" most people find paleo to be inherantly lower in carbs than a regular diet due to eliminating grains and junk food. By sticking to a low-carb diet, where you carbs are coming from veggies and small amounts of fruit, it really helps to sensitize the cells to the effects of insulin and leptin, as well as preventing blood sugar spikes and drops. Many people report much better control of type 1 diabetes, and near or total elimination of symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Read "It Starts With Food". It explains things very well and has a few "sciency" chapters that get into the details of how everything works and why.
  18. Vian

    Thai Red Curry

    Made this tonight, there's a ton of ways it can be changed up to suit just about anybody's diet. Paleo? Leave out the rice or noodles, Vegetarian? Use tofu instead of meat and leave out the fish sauce. 1 lb. protein (I used ground beef because it's what I had, steak, chicken, shrimp, or even extra firm tofu would all be great with this.) 1-2 tbs. coconut oil 1 bunch scallions, chopped into 1" pieces 1.5 -2 tbs. red curry paste (I found some at the asian grocery that's 1000 times better than the "thai kitchen" stuff they sell everywhere. It came in a can, and doesn't have any crap in it, sooooo flavorful!) veggies! You can use whatever kind of veggies you want. I used carrots and baby bok choy because it's what I had, but bell peppers, green beans, water chestnuts, and/or broccoli would all be great as well. 1 large can coconut milk (mine was 19 ounces) 2 tbs. red boat fish sauce 3-4 sprigs fresh thai basil (italian basil works too if you can't find the thai variety) Cut steak, chicken, or tofu into bite sized pieces or peel and devein shrimp, whatever you are using for your protein. Chop veggies into uniform bite-sized pieces. Cut hard veggies like carrots into thin slices and keep seperate from softer, leafy veggies like bok choy. Melt coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season protein with salt and brown in the hot pan. Add onions and harder veggies like carrots. Add curry paste and sautee until the paste becomes aromatic and the veggies start to soften. Add coconut milk, fish sauce, and basil and medium-hard veggies like broccoli, green beans, and water chestnuts. Simmer a few minutes, then add leafy veggies like bok choy. Simmer another few minutes until the bok choy and other veggies are tender, but still firm. Serve over rice or noodles if desired.
  19. Black Jungle Ranger Style The Black Jungle is a dark and mysterious place full of dangers and breathtaking beauty. The flora and fauna that call it home must be strong, adaptable, and cunning. Rangers who learn this style seek to find harmony and balance between mind, body, and soul. The mind must be serene and cunningly creative, the body must be strong and full of stamina, and the soul must find balance with the ways of the jungle. Falling Blossom Meditation As the seasons change, the cycle of life continues. The blossoms of spring fade to give way to the fruit of summer. They fall in silence, hanging and twisting in the air, fluid and beautiful. In the space between heartbeats, the mind finds serenity. The Ranger is able to still her mind and achieve the tranquility of falling blossoms. She may use this center of peace to harmonize other actions and bring balance to her purpose. CON: 3 WIS: 2 Jaguar Hunts To Eat Understanding The mighty jungle cat stalks its prey with precision and cunning. It strikes with strength and agility to take down creatures larger than itself. However, despite the Jaguar’s ruthless hunting prowess, it hunts to nourish itself, and when full, leaves it’s kill to the jungle’s many scavengers. Likewise, the Ranger is skilled at determining the correct nourishment to fuel his body in his quest to become stronger and faster. He abstains from consuming foods that affect his balance negatively. CON: 3 WIS: 2 Black Jaguar Form Sleek and powerful, the Black Jaguar is the jungle’s most fearsome predator. She moves like a shadow through the pre-dawn mists, sinuous and lithe. Her strength is deceptive, hidden beneath her glossy coat, yet she is able to drag prey into the tree branches to protect it from other predators. The Black Jaguar embodies strength and speed, grace and endurance. The Ranger strives to balance strength with speed by taking on the form of the Black Jaguar. She covers long distances, climbs trees, and carries heavy branches to build her fire. Her daily life and functional movements allow her to achieve the strength, agility, and speed she requires. STR: 3 DEX: 2
  20. Made this the other night and it's soooo good! I didn't measure anything when I made it, so I'm approximating measurements 5 medium apples (I used honeycrisp and gala. Use an apple with a bit of tartness) 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/2 tsp. fresh ginger 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1/4 tsp. mace 1/8 tsp. cloves 1/8 tsp. cardamom 1 heaping teaspoons arrowroot powder 1 tsp. lemon juice Topping: 1 1/4-1 1/2 cups almond flour 1/2 cup sliced almonds 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/4 tsp. salt 2 tbs. honey 2 tbs. butter or ghee 2 tbs. coconut oil pre-heat the oven. I baked at 375 for about 30 minutes, if you cut your apples larger, you might have to cook your crisp longer at a lower temp, like 325 for 45-55 minutes cut the apples however you like. I dice them so they cook faster. Toss them with the spices, lemon juice and arrowroot starch until evenly covered and place in a pie pan or small casserole dish. Mix all the ingredients for the topping until it's well mixed and forms kind of a paste or dough, then sprinkle over the apples and spread it out to cover them. Bake, then let cool for a little bit and serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla or butter pecan ice cream if you eat dairy.
  21. Coconut water is awesome to drink instead of sports drinks. It's isotonic and has all the major electrolytes in the perfect balance. Also, after I took an 8 day course of prednisone, I started having anxiety attacks and heart palpitations and muscle twitches. I started taking 600mg per day of Magnesium glycinate tablets and the symptoms have gone away about 90%. I still get a few muscle twitches maybe once or twice a day, and I get heart palpitations maybe once a week and anxiety maybe every 2-3 weeks, vs all of them almost every day and muscle twitches for hours without end. Natural calm is not that great. I started off taking it and hate the taste and could only take about 300mg before I got diarrhea. The mag glycinate is much more absorbable and I can take 600mg with no side effects.
  22. Vian


    Sort of. If you played around with it, you might be able to figure out a ratio of sugar to length of time fermenting to figure something out, but it's so variable, that it would be tough. The temperature, the age of the scoby, and the strength of the bacterial colony all affect the length of time it takes to ferment. You can get some close guestimations though. Most people let it go for a baseline amount of time, then start tasting it daily until it tastes good. For the second ferment, I add the fruit juice plus about 1/4 cup sugar because I do like the kombucha on the sweeter side, then I let it ferment for 3 days to get some fizz. It is absolutely possible to have your bottles explode though. Someone on the whole9 forums had their bottles explode a few weeks ago. I let mine second ferment inside an ice chest so that if they DO explode, the mess is contained. But so far, if I burp the bottles, it doesn't seem like there's much pressure built up at all, but my booch is always nicely effervescent.
  23. This is true. A local health food store sells Ceylon cinnamon bulk here, so that's what I've been getting. It's amazing. Also, what's wrong with cream? Heavy cream from pastured cows is good for you, it's healthy fat! Make your coffee at home, ditch the sugar and keep the yummy heavy cream! I quit drinking coffee for my whole30 because I couldn't stand it without at least cream, and coconut milk just didn't cut it. By the end of the first day, I had the worst migraine I have ever had in my life, complete with nausea. It woke me up at 3am because my head was throbbbing so bad. I finally took some ibuprofen and got back to sleep about an hour later once it kicked in. It took another day to go away complete.
  24. Vian


    The first flavor I tried - cherry vanilla - was not great. I tossed it. The second flavor, however, was peach ginger, and it's amazing! I pureed some fresh local yellow peaches with some grated fresh ginger and mixed it with my kombucha, then let it sit for 24 hours to infuse, then strained the kombucha through a coffee filter because I can't stand to drink the pulp, then let it ferment for 2 more days and then put it in the fridge to chill. It's sooo good! Next flavor is going to be strawberry mint!
  25. I have been without a job for over 2 years now, going to school and living off financial aid and the kindness of my family. A couple weeks ago I got a job making more than I ever have before, so of course I am planning for all the things I want to buy that I haven't been able to afford. I wont be buying anything immediately, this is more for within the next 6-12 months as I am able to save money to buy some of the things (some are a bit expensive!). So I am looking for nerd recommendations for the following: Cell phone. I have had cricket for the past almost 3 years because it's no contract, but I hate the service. Also, my phone is lame and old (some kind of samsung with a touch screen and a slide out keyboard...no data, does nothing but make calls and send texts). I want a smart phone! I want unlimited calls and texts and enough data that I won't have to be super careful about using it (I'll probably just use it to look stuff up and surf forums while I'm at work or the grocery store.) I want a service and phone with good customer service, good call quality, and good coverage in my area (eastern washington state). Also, I'm not married to apple. I've never actually used an apple product. I love my PC, so an iPhone is not mandatory. If it has a decent camera for taking pics when I don't have my more expensive camera with me, that would be awesome too. Camera. I love photography, but I've never used a really nice digital camera. I want something that is not crazy expensive (like in the several thousand dollar range) but that takes really good macro pictures. Macros are my favorite. If it has removable lenses with a macro lense that can be purchased separately, that would be amazing. Thanks!
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