Sara Cameron-Ragazzo

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  1. Karen L liked a post in a topic by Sara Cameron-Ragazzo in August 7th Start Date   
    I will do this over the next few days and let you know.  I also now am hearing from folks that this period I'm in can be the toughest, so I am hopeful I'm just at the "worst time".  The new me is coming out during the eclipse!!!
  2. Sara Cameron-Ragazzo liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in August 7th Start Date   
    Have you been keeping a food log? If you could post a few days of what you have been eating we can certainly take a look and see if there's anything you might want/need to tweak...

    Regarding breakfast you really don't have to eat eggs, like ever. I'm not currently doing a Whole30 but to an outsider it might look that way - this morning I had leftover sweet & sour chicken, and I have also been known to have curries, salads, burgers, stews & all kinds of things. If you're dreading the eggs find something else., just don't skip breakfast - it truly is the most important meal as it sets the tone for the rest of the day.

    Re the Tiger Blood - day 11 is probably a little early in my experience, but are you eating oily fish? If not then dig in 
  3. Sara Cameron-Ragazzo liked a post in a topic by amandamay83 in August 7th Start Date   
    I'm not a lot of help, but I can at least speak to breakfast:  don't feel like you HAVE to eat "breakfast foods."  When I was in high school, I ate a tuna sandwich for breakfast more days than not.  Clearly, that's not gonna work in this instance, but eat whatever the heck you want!  
  4. Kdog777 liked a post in a topic by Sara Cameron-Ragazzo in August 7th Start Date   
    Hello all.  Been away this weekend at a Yoga Retreat.  Great timing as it totally got me in the spiritual space to be strong when I feel weak.  All that said . . . I have an experience to share on not eating.
    I woke up this morning planning to make the pot roast for dinner tonight (and tomorrow night and the next night . . . lol).  Hubby woke up with me and we realized we didn't have all the ingredients so I made the (miserable) mistake of grabbing my cup of coffee with coco milk (no other food, mind you) and out the door we went to Whole Foods.  One long trip around Whole Foods studying food labels after we bought carrots, one un-planned trip to Target for paper towels for the war zone our kitchen has become, and one very long wonderful unexpected phone call from one of our 5 children later and it was nearly 1pm and I had eaten nothing.  Wow!!! I had to leave Target and go lay flat in the car with A/C blowing in my face.  I wasn't sure if I was going to throw up or faint.  Not good.  I promise myself I will never skip my meal 1 for sure.  I can see how my body needs the nourishment.  Before I could have taken my cup of coffee with coconut milk (and honey) and been just fine.  Not now.  
    Anyway, stay nourished.  My new mantra!!  Ommmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
  5. Kdog777 liked a post in a topic by Sara Cameron-Ragazzo in August 7th Start Date   
    Hello all.  Been away this weekend at a Yoga Retreat.  Great timing as it totally got me in the spiritual space to be strong when I feel weak.  All that said . . . I have an experience to share on not eating.
    I woke up this morning planning to make the pot roast for dinner tonight (and tomorrow night and the next night . . . lol).  Hubby woke up with me and we realized we didn't have all the ingredients so I made the (miserable) mistake of grabbing my cup of coffee with coco milk (no other food, mind you) and out the door we went to Whole Foods.  One long trip around Whole Foods studying food labels after we bought carrots, one un-planned trip to Target for paper towels for the war zone our kitchen has become, and one very long wonderful unexpected phone call from one of our 5 children later and it was nearly 1pm and I had eaten nothing.  Wow!!! I had to leave Target and go lay flat in the car with A/C blowing in my face.  I wasn't sure if I was going to throw up or faint.  Not good.  I promise myself I will never skip my meal 1 for sure.  I can see how my body needs the nourishment.  Before I could have taken my cup of coffee with coconut milk (and honey) and been just fine.  Not now.  
    Anyway, stay nourished.  My new mantra!!  Ommmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
  6. Kdog777 liked a post in a topic by Sara Cameron-Ragazzo in August 7th Start Date   
    YOU ARE A ROCK STAR!!!!  I am having the pity party here thinking how challenging this weekend has been and you are sleighing TWO dragons simultaneously.  I am damn proud of you!!!!!  One day at a time and remember, we are getting close to the Tiger Blood phase - can't wait.
     
     
  7. Karen L liked a post in a topic by Sara Cameron-Ragazzo in August 7th Start Date   
    @Karen L My husband and I are doing a Yoga Movement and Chakra seminar this weekend.  It starts tonight and runs through Saturday afternoon.  I plan to spend a great deal of time reflecting on my commitment and will hopefully come out the other side stronger.  Yes, weekends will be tough but we can do this!!
  8. Karen L liked a post in a topic by Sara Cameron-Ragazzo in August 7th Start Date   
    @Karen L My husband and I are doing a Yoga Movement and Chakra seminar this weekend.  It starts tonight and runs through Saturday afternoon.  I plan to spend a great deal of time reflecting on my commitment and will hopefully come out the other side stronger.  Yes, weekends will be tough but we can do this!!
  9. Karen L liked a post in a topic by Sara Cameron-Ragazzo in August 7th Start Date   
    @Karen L My husband and I are doing a Yoga Movement and Chakra seminar this weekend.  It starts tonight and runs through Saturday afternoon.  I plan to spend a great deal of time reflecting on my commitment and will hopefully come out the other side stronger.  Yes, weekends will be tough but we can do this!!
  10. Sara Cameron-Ragazzo liked a post in a topic by invinciblechar in August 7th Start Date   
    Also, woo hoo!! I figured out how to tag people!!! Score for the technological dinosaur!!
  11. anchorageali liked a post in a topic by Sara Cameron-Ragazzo in August 7th Start Date   
    I got the message everyone.  Wasn't meant to offend or hurt others with allergies.  
     
  12. anchorageali liked a post in a topic by Sara Cameron-Ragazzo in August 7th Start Date   
    I got the message everyone.  Wasn't meant to offend or hurt others with allergies.  
     
  13. Sara Cameron-Ragazzo liked a post in a topic by anchorageali in August 7th Start Date   
    Absolutely agree with this and second the motion to be clear that it's a preference. Having an autoimmune disorder, I find myself these days stressing to the wait staff that I'm "for real" as so many seem to claim serious conditions when preference is reality.  Once I told a server that I have celiac disease and she rolled her eyes and said "you and the last 90 people that have been in here". Often my meal will come a little later with the sever explaining the extra time is due to their special preparation requirements.  
    Anyone being corrected on this front, please don't feel criticized. Your zealousness is admirable and I'm sure you were unaware of the bigger picture!
  14. MelissaSue liked a post in a topic by Sara Cameron-Ragazzo in August 7th Start Date   
    Sitting here sipping on some roasted dandelion tea with my new favorite coconut milk and cinnamon topping thinking how lucky I feel to 1.) have found this program and 2.) to have lucked into this start date and "met" you guys.  This is kinda' amazing . . . we have NO IDEA who each other was and yet there is caring and honesty and collaboration and love and it's all because we truly know that we need each other to do this and we're willing to band together to make it through.
    Mushy stuff aside, I had my favorite dinner yet . . . Bought some miniature chicken legs from a local farmer (we're VERY lucky to have an active farmers' co-op in my city) and covered them with the W30 buffalo sauce (good Lord is that good!) and baked them.  Finished with a salad that had everything good in it (including some olives, avocado, chopped organic / raw cashews and capers) and some of the lemon garlic cole slaw (also in the W30 book).  I could eat like this forever . . . oh yeah, that's the plan!
    Feelin' a little tiger blood-ish today which has me kinda' worried that I'm doing something wrong.  Hope not - I know I'm not messing up food but I do feel good - sleepier than normal and I have a strange little rash on both of my upper arms but relatively good otherwise.
    Everyone stay strong and keep the support coming.  It's truly amazing.
    P.S.  I did this somewhat backwards.  I read the Whole30 book first so I could get started on the program after I decided to do it but now am going back and reading "It Starts With Food".  That book is FABULOUS - everyone should read it time permitting.  It truly motivates you even more and I know it's going to help me when I am weak and thinking about that damn glass of wine!!!   
    Good day all!
  15. invinciblechar liked a post in a topic by Sara Cameron-Ragazzo in August 7th Start Date   
    Here's an idea that I'm planning to do that grew out of someone's suggestion on this thread . . . call the restaurant ahead of time and tell them you have "serious food allergies" and ask questions about how they are prepping their food items.  I found (in a prior clean eating program I did) that restaurants will tell you that they grill their chicken, for example, in olive oil, when, in fact, it's olive oil or margarine, or safflower oil, etc., etc..  The food allergy thing tends to cut through that generalization. Ask them how flexible their kitchen is to prepare something differently if you are there for a special occasion. No restaurant wants a case of "serious food allergy reaction" in their dining room - lol! And, it's more considerate of them to call ahead versus trying to work with the waiter who is likely in a hurry and trying to accommodate multiple tables.  You can take them completely out of the transaction by handling it for them ahead of time and then tell them you've spoken with the manager and they agreed to cook your chicken, steak, egg, whatever in pure olive oil.
    It takes some work and persuasion but it's doable.  And, in my opinion, if a restaurant isn't in a position to be flexible (in that case of "serious food allergies"), then maybe that's not where I need to go.  Doesn't make them bad.  Just means it's not a good fit.
  16. Yuliya Porter liked a post in a topic by Sara Cameron-Ragazzo in August 7th Start Date   
    Me and my big mouth up til now talking about doing ok . . . I have felt really good but I am feeling weak now - my day 4 is everyone's day 2-3. I keep having these evil thoughts of walking in the house and eating something "substantial" and having a nice, cold glass of pinot grigio.  I think I have just been buried in work all day and, on these days, I would normally go home and have a glass of wine and some crackers and hummus for dinner.  
    Don't think I'd do that for ANYTHING today, but I'm sad to feel this way.  I was doing so well emotionally.  Ugh.  Double ugh.
    So, I am going to go home and grab my husband and my dog and go for a walk to get some fresh air.  Then, we'll make our chicken, roasted sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts and then I'll distract myself in my It Starts With Food book.
    Sorry to vent.  Just frustrating.  Still focused and still passionate.  But, still human!
  17. Yuliya Porter liked a post in a topic by Sara Cameron-Ragazzo in August 7th Start Date   
    Me and my big mouth up til now talking about doing ok . . . I have felt really good but I am feeling weak now - my day 4 is everyone's day 2-3. I keep having these evil thoughts of walking in the house and eating something "substantial" and having a nice, cold glass of pinot grigio.  I think I have just been buried in work all day and, on these days, I would normally go home and have a glass of wine and some crackers and hummus for dinner.  
    Don't think I'd do that for ANYTHING today, but I'm sad to feel this way.  I was doing so well emotionally.  Ugh.  Double ugh.
    So, I am going to go home and grab my husband and my dog and go for a walk to get some fresh air.  Then, we'll make our chicken, roasted sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts and then I'll distract myself in my It Starts With Food book.
    Sorry to vent.  Just frustrating.  Still focused and still passionate.  But, still human!
  18. Yuliya Porter liked a post in a topic by Sara Cameron-Ragazzo in August 7th Start Date   
    Me and my big mouth up til now talking about doing ok . . . I have felt really good but I am feeling weak now - my day 4 is everyone's day 2-3. I keep having these evil thoughts of walking in the house and eating something "substantial" and having a nice, cold glass of pinot grigio.  I think I have just been buried in work all day and, on these days, I would normally go home and have a glass of wine and some crackers and hummus for dinner.  
    Don't think I'd do that for ANYTHING today, but I'm sad to feel this way.  I was doing so well emotionally.  Ugh.  Double ugh.
    So, I am going to go home and grab my husband and my dog and go for a walk to get some fresh air.  Then, we'll make our chicken, roasted sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts and then I'll distract myself in my It Starts With Food book.
    Sorry to vent.  Just frustrating.  Still focused and still passionate.  But, still human!
  19. Yuliya Porter liked a post in a topic by Sara Cameron-Ragazzo in August 7th Start Date   
    Me and my big mouth up til now talking about doing ok . . . I have felt really good but I am feeling weak now - my day 4 is everyone's day 2-3. I keep having these evil thoughts of walking in the house and eating something "substantial" and having a nice, cold glass of pinot grigio.  I think I have just been buried in work all day and, on these days, I would normally go home and have a glass of wine and some crackers and hummus for dinner.  
    Don't think I'd do that for ANYTHING today, but I'm sad to feel this way.  I was doing so well emotionally.  Ugh.  Double ugh.
    So, I am going to go home and grab my husband and my dog and go for a walk to get some fresh air.  Then, we'll make our chicken, roasted sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts and then I'll distract myself in my It Starts With Food book.
    Sorry to vent.  Just frustrating.  Still focused and still passionate.  But, still human!
  20. Sara Cameron-Ragazzo liked a post in a topic by ladyshanny in August 7th Start Date   
    I've been busy at work so not able to stop in today but I just read through this whole thread now. Man, you guys are a loving bunch! Around page 3 I figured we'd be breaking up a word-war but no, ya'll are adulty and compassionate and kind and it made me so happy to read!  
  21. invinciblechar liked a post in a topic by Sara Cameron-Ragazzo in August 7th Start Date   
    I agree!!  Don't leave!  You are just now on the Whole 32!  That's a much better way to think of it than thinking you failed!!!  
  22. anchorageali liked a post in a topic by Sara Cameron-Ragazzo in August 7th Start Date   
    Hang in there.  I feel a rough day coming on myself when I've felt pretty good up to now.  Try to get a few catnaps today (they suggest a quick unannounced trip to your car if you work to pull this off - lol.  
  23. Sara Cameron-Ragazzo liked a post in a topic by anchorageali in August 7th Start Date   
    Sweet potato with ghee is yummy and kind of breakfasty. Mayo is always good too. I like it on a burger. I do a hash sometimes with sweet potato, ground turkey, whatever other vegetables and lingonberries (cranberries work as well) topped with a thumb size serving of melted coconut oil.
    Careful with smoked salmon  - like bacon, it is notorious for added sugar. Most brine recipes have a little. E.g. the one I make has 1/2 cup of brown sugar in 4 gallons of water. This year I substituted maple syrup to make it paleo (not whole30) friendly.  Came out yummy and it's on the shelf for the month!
     
     
  24. Karen L liked a post in a topic by Sara Cameron-Ragazzo in August 7th Start Date   
    @Karen L I am not really weak but I have this strange thing going on.  I could barely get my breakfast down (1 piece of egg frittata, one fried egg, 1/2 avocado all drizzled with avocado oil, and a cup of coffee with coconut milk and cinnamon) and while I was trying to eat and still now, I have this feeling of hunger. So, I didn't feel like eating, ate anyway but my tummy feels empty. I'm not sure it's real hunger or maybe just intestinal something.  It's annoying because I don't want to focus on this feeling of deprivation when I know darn well I've had plenty of food.  I am also brain-dead.  I was trying to talk to my husband and couldn't find words.  Now that's strange.  
    But, I am an AVID wine drinker - I'm the one in the wine business!  - and I have not missed my dinnertime wine at ALL!!!  That's a win for me all around!  
    Good luck today all 8-7 folks!
  25. Sara Cameron-Ragazzo liked a post in a topic by amandamay83 in August 7th Start Date   
    I'm the oddball... I read "It Starts with Food" a couple years ago and found the tone incredibly off-putting.  I got just the Whole30 book this time and while there are still parts that are hard to swallow, it's much easier for me to take.  I guess I'll just have to trust all the rest of you that the reasoning behind the program is good, LOL.