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Homemade Mayo

Friday, January 11, 2013

Okay so I've been making my own mayonnaise. There are a ton of recipes out there and I love it. When I did Whole30 commercial mayo was off limits because of the soybean oil and other stuff in it. And it's hard for me to go back because of all the soybean oil. But happily for me homemade mayo is easy to make and delicious.

So I have been making my mayo from The Clothes Make the Girl website ->

which I like but lately I've over emulsified it and have put in too much lemon and so wanted to find one that was made with vinegar.

So then I found the following ->
I made a few changes (whole egg at room temp and lemon at room temp, light olive oil not virgin, no sugar and 1/2 tsp ground mustard) and was so happy with the results that I had to write this :).

This second recipe had me using my immersion blender and it emulsified quickly - really was like magic like Crunchy Betty said. The first recipe has you s-l-o-w-l-y adding the olive oil (which is okay really as it is only for a few minutes but I think I was too slow my last two tries and over emulsified my mayo).

I've replaced the mayo in my son's school lunches with this mayo and he hasn't noticed the difference.

Now that I have a Paleo mayo I'm going to look for a Ranch dressing recipe.

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CARMELD 2/20/2013 11:33PM

    Homemade Mayo Ingredients
3/4 c. light olive oil
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (or any type of vinegar you prefer)
1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp mustard powder

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MRSBOBBIBJD 1/25/2013 7:57AM

    Thanks for sharing - I have been meaning to look into making my own mayo!

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Well here I go . . . again!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Every year seems to be the same - I lose about 7 pounds by the time June rolls around and by January I've gained it back. And in between I try all kinds of things.

Well another year and here I go again. This time I'm committing to Paleo - tried it in the past, liked it, but then fell off the Paleo wagon. I started the day after Christmas (jeez I went hog crazy most of December on Christmas treats) and so far I've been following it and enjoying it. This time 'round though I'm not being as strict - i.e. I've used bottled mayo if I don't have any homemade mayo on hand. I'm also following more of a Paleo 2 approach (where dairy and white potatos are not the fall of mankind). I still haven't eaten white potatos but right now I'm cooking a grassfed beef stew and I threw in a couple of [gasp] white potatos. I'm also going to make some plantains tostones with my stew - sorry - losing focus thinking about yummy stew.

And last weekend we went to a ranch about 45 mins from where I live and we picked up some raw milk - first time trying it - so yummy. Again, I'm not drinking milk every day but a bit of whole, creamy milk I think is yummily acceptable.

Anyways - I've got a ways to go to lose the weight I want but I'm feeling good and not rushed about it. I've lost some of the weight I gained over the holidays without feeling hungry or deprived.

Happy New Year to everyone! And to all the changes this year will bring!

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 1/13/2013 10:59AM

    Welcome back! The summers I spent one my grandparents' farm in Kentucky carry the memories of drinking fresh, whole, raw milk with the cream skimmed off the top to make delicious butter. The paleo diet is interesting, and I've incorporated a bit of it into our healthier eating plan, but just a bit too restrictive for me. I like that you are tweaking it to fit your own likes and preferences. It's all about the balance. Again, glad to see you posting!

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NANNBIRD 1/12/2013 6:42PM

    Everyone has a system that works best for you--the Paleo diet sounds intriguing!

I think what is important is not to throw in the towel if you backslide a little. Keep up the positive attitude and keep trying! You will get there!

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TAMARA6905 1/11/2013 12:26PM

    I don't know much about the Paleo diet, but good luck. Sounds like it's working if you've always lost some of the weight you gained over the holidays! Keep it up!

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Need to get back up

Friday, August 31, 2012

Okay after 9 weeks resulting in almost no weight loss I fell. I fell off the path I had set for myself. I tried Atkins for 8 weeks and didn't 'cheat' and lost 2 pounds then gained it back in one weekend of bad choices. And even though I said I just need to keep going I didn't listen to that me but rather to the me that cried 'this isn't fair - why am I working so hard if I get no results?!? wahhhh!' So this week I decided to count my calories. But do I do it right? No - I decide I'll count calories so why can't I squeeze in a cookie or two (or three) as long as I count it and don't go over - right? WRONG! Once I eat the crappy things I lose control and crave other crappy things.

I was supposed to weigh myself this morning but didn't - I didn't count anything past breakfast yesterday and figured I do really good today and weigh myself Saturday morning (ahh the games we play even with ourselves).

So flash forward to next week - I need to combine low carb (so I can control how much I eat), calorie counting and exercise. Before I was doing good low carb and exercising but no weight loss so I think I need to count calories too. I just have to get over my thinking that counting calories means a little of anything I want - I need to stick to low carb. Moderation may work for some but not for me - I just start craving junk food once I cross the line - I think it's mental for me.

So I need to pull myself back up and keep going. Hopefully I can learn to view these past 9 weeks not as wasted time and failed effort but as a learning experience. I didn't lose weight those 9 weeks but I was eating healthy (not counting this past week) and exercising.

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SINNIBLONDE 9/2/2012 4:17AM

    I couldn't agree more with all that's been said. There have been time my weight loss has been minimal, yet the inches have gone down.

And of course, there's knowing I followed the plan and am getting healthier!

You can do it!


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GOPINTOS 8/31/2012 1:18PM

    Getting a grip on the carbs will help other moments of weakness. As Woubbie said, keep an eye on your protein, not too much & not too little. And also make sure when you go low carb you make up for it with Fat. Yes FAT. Fat is your friend. Exercise is good and part of overall health, but nutrition is 80% of the FAT LOSS Game. For me, I have to track. It is just like my financial health and tracking what goes in and what goes out of my bank account. It is just what I have to do at this stage of the game.

2lbs of FAT gain from a weekend of bad choices means you had 7000 extra calories. I doubt that was actually the case. More than likely, you had some extra sodium or this or that that caused some extra bloating and water retention. When this happens to me, it takes a few days to an entire week for it to be reflected on the scale as a loss.

I think this is where I too, failed before. I would say what is the use and give up. I didnt understand as much as I do now. I would exercise more and gain weight. Now I know that muscles retain water while they repair, and then they release the excess when they are ready, so it shows up as a gain on the scale. Wheat items do it to me also. It takes me an entire week to undo wheat damage and I can measure it with a tape measure the 2 - 3 inches of bloat. But after a week of back to business, the scale and the tape meaure are back down.

I had a 2lb gain after last weekend also. But guess what? Over the next 4 days, I lost 4 pounds by just getting back to doing the things I knew I needed to do.

That is what makes this a lifestyle. I know I can go out to dinner with family, I know it will show up on the scale, but I also know that I can get it back off again. I just have to accept the consequences of those choices. And it really is not FAT gain anyways. Just a temporary gain from sodium or whatever.

Best of luck to you. You really can do this!!!

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WOUBBIE 8/31/2012 12:44PM

    I was just reading about plateaus on low carb and one thing I'm planning to do this month is limit my protein intake. I tend to be on the high side (by preference). The body can't store excess protein, so if I'm eating more than my body needs for repair/maintenance it gets converted to glucose and then at least some of it gets stored as fat. Here's a link to the post:


Dr. Phinney's overall point is to stay within a specific gram/calorie range for both proteins and carbs, based on your height and sex. (Check out the chart in the middle of the page that the post links to.)

I'm 5'7", female, so my protein gram range is 76-159, or approximately 17 ounces per day. (The ounces is totally an estimate, since different protein sources have different masses and fat contents.)

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 8/31/2012 12:32PM

    Sometimes the learning process sucks. Sometimes we learn the wrong lesson. Sometimes we get it right...but we are always a work in progress. You'll get it. Don't be too hard on yourself!

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FIGHTINGFORME1 8/31/2012 10:13AM

    Remeber its not only about losing weight its about toning and being a part of a healthier lifestyle... it took me a long time to figure that out. I have my weak moments as well but i look back and i know every step forward i take, no matter how small it is, is worth it all.

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Another step back

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I feel like every time I blog it's negative. I want to be the positive blogger who can come on here and be like 'yea - lost weight again and did great!' Up until this weekend I had gone 8 wks with no 'mess ups' and didn't have more than a 2 pound weight loss to show for it. So wah I complained about that and now I ate off plan ONE day - only one day and I'm up 3.5 pounds. Really?!? Things like this really make me want to just give up - but no - I have to keep going and just work harder. I can't help feel like this has something to do with my thyroid - i'm on medication and every time I start losing any weight they lower my dose. I'm sure that's why it's so freaking impossible (at least it feels that way). But seriously I ate at or less than 20 g carbs for 8 wks, only lost 2 pounds then gained about 3.5 with one slip up? I'm venting - I really really need to because I'm on the brink of throwing in the towel - again! So deep breath, focus and keep going . . .

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MOONBEAMG 8/24/2012 11:59AM

    I completely understand how you feel! I know how hard and discouraging it is when you feel you are doing so much but showing little to no results. This happened to me many times in the past and I really did give up. I kept getting bigger and bigger and now here I am again starting at 227 lbs feeling bloated and awful. I've only been counting calories and exercising for a week now and while each day is still a struggle, in the end I feel SO much better about myself knowing I'm sticking with it. I don't know if any of this helps :) but it's great that you keep pushing on! emoticon

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BET212 8/22/2012 2:05PM

    I'm a little confused about the lowering your dose of thyroid meds when you lose weight. Is your doctor looking at your thyroid levels at all or just the weight loss?

I've lost 70 lbs total but my thyroid med dosage has gone UP. Yes losing the weight helps a lot of medical issues, thyroid included, but it's how you feel AND the blood levels that they should be looking at. Honestly though, many people agree that the dosage should be based on how you feel cuz sometimes your blood levels of thyroid are in normal range but you feel anything but normal.

Don't worry about blogging're venting here and trying to figure out what works best for you.

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KADYSMOM11 8/21/2012 5:08PM

    Don't give up!! One slip up is not the end of the world! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JEANNETTE715 8/21/2012 1:03PM


Just look forward!!

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KMSIMMONS1 8/21/2012 1:01PM

  Way to persevere! You inspire me. We don't all lose quickly and regularly. And blogs are for venting as well. Not only do we relate but it gives me the chance to tell you how valuable you are. So please stick around, I know it's hard. We're all in this together and wish to celebrate whenever we get the chance - so keep pushing. Your turn may be next!

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Time to take a step back and reassess what I'm doing

Friday, August 17, 2012

Okay today is the first day of Wk 9 being on Atkins and I'm up .4. So for 8 weeks (with no cheating) I have only lost 2 pounds (and that was wk 1). I told myself I would do Atkins for one year because it often takes time but with this little progress I need to reevaluate what I'm doing.

Where am I - I'm 42 years old, I'm 5'6", I weigh 165 today, I jog 3 x a week for about 2.5 miles each run, I have a thyroid problem that is being treated with Synthroid that I've had since age 9. I love to cook and rarely eat any processed food.

So what do I do now? What has worked for me in the past? And without throwing away all of my hard work - what is working for me now?

Last January I did the Whole30 diet which basically strips your diet of everything processed, grains, dairy, butter (clarified butter okay), anything with soy (you'd be surprised at all the stuff it's added to like mayo), all sugar - artificial sugar as well, many oils etc. to get rid of anything that may be causing you inflammation. And you can't get on the scale for those 30 days. I did that and lost 7 pounds. Things I liked - you could eat almost any veggie and fruit - loved eating sweet potatos and mangos. Things I didn't like - many foods have stuff off limits - like nuts roasted in cottonseed oil or mayo since it has a lot of off limit stuff in ingredients (I did make my own mayo).

So Whole30 is basically low carb too but no cheese, butter or cream (among other stuff).

So here are my choices:
1. Keep doing Atkins but count calories - I think this may work but I cringe at the thought of tracking everything again.
2. I do Whole30 again with the exception of shunning the scale for 30 day. I know this has worked for me in the past but just got accustomed to eating cheese and dairy again.

I hate to waste stuff and going with option 2 means throwing out the crumbled blue cheese in fridge (no one else likes it) and the pint of heavy cream. And that's the only reason I'm leaning towards option 1 because I know option 2 has worked for me. But is option 2 sustainable? I wanted to approach my diet as more of a lifestyle change and less of a diet. And I really hate counting calories. I often feel deprived doing that.

Today I'll probably count until I figure this thing out. Meanwhile I'm going to take the advice given to me from my last blog and try to keep adding micronutrient rich food to my diet and vary up my exercise.

But doesn't little success make you want to cheat? I so want to go into the kitchen and eat some of that junk food that has been off limits to me! But I won't cheat - stay strong to be successful.

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AZURE-SKY 8/17/2012 2:12PM

  I took a quick peek at your food tracker. I saw that you had some commercial salad dressings, etc. I know that some people say with Atkins you need extra salt, but that doesn't work for everyone - do you track your sodium?

I'm also hypothyroid, and sensitive to salt as well. I was diagnosed hypo in 2010, but I'm pretty sure I had it much longer than that. It takes me forever to lose weight, regardless of what program I'm following. But - if my sodium goes over 1500 mg per day, I'll gain. I know it's water weight, but it's extremely frustrating because it takes me longer to lose it.

I had some homemade smoked walnuts yesterday, and 3 turkey bacon strips. I'm up 2 pounds today. I weigh myself daily but don't enter the weight every day.

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CARMELD 8/17/2012 12:07PM

    I gained most of it back unfortunately. And you're right - I probably could add a few more foods incl. dairy back once I'm at my goal weight. Thanks for the encouragement!

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WOUBBIE 8/17/2012 12:02PM

    I admire your tenacity! Don't give up, somewhere out there is a solution!

I'm not clear on one thing. Did you lose on the Whole 30 and then put the weight back on when you added back cheese? Perhaps it's just a temporary adjustment and you can up your dairy intake once your at goal weight?

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