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  1. gina724 liked a post in a topic by foursimplewords in breaking the alcohol cycle   
    day 21.
  2. foursimplewords liked a post in a topic by Carlaccini in Extreme brain fog   
    This is an excellent article to make you think:
    http://momastery.com/blog/2014/07/06/body-masterpiece/
  3. foursimplewords liked a post in a topic by gina724 in breaking the alcohol cycle   
    you're doing great!!!!!    keep up the awesome work!!!!!!
  4. SugarcubeOD liked a post in a topic by foursimplewords in breaking the alcohol cycle   
    13 days whole30, so 13 days without alcohol
  5. gina724 liked a post in a topic by foursimplewords in breaking the alcohol cycle   
    day 19.
  6. Matunekd liked a post in a topic by foursimplewords in Accidentally Ate Sugar/Starting Over   
    https://whole30.com/2014/06/really-start-whole30/
  7. foursimplewords liked a post in a topic by Carol in A humbling NSV.   
    Tuesday, April 4.  
    Its Day 23 of my W30. 
    I received unexpected news!   A long, painful saga of my life is coming to a close.   Ohh MYYYY!!!!   I started thinking about the end of the day.  I wanted to celebrate.  I wanted to go out to dinner or have a nice dinner at home.  I wanted to dance!  Cheer!   Sing!   Dance naked under the moonlight...er, wait, its NH and there's still snow on the ground.  Raincheck.  I wanted sit with my BF and share a fabulous meal, to sip an exotic beverage and wonder about what comes next, and bask in the goodness of it all.
    Right. Whole 30.  Can't drink.   There have been several times this month when I've been REALLY tempted to go off plan.  But I haven't.  I don't want to let my W30 buddy down.  
    And then, it's time to leave the office.  One of my colleague comes by my desk and gifts me two very hard to find craft beers.  2 beers that I have wanted to try but haven't -- the beers are only sold at the brewery in some back country hollow 2 hours from my house, are only 10 hours a week, and once they are sold out, they are sold out.  Purchasing these beers means making a long drive, standing in line, and hoping for the best.  And here they are in my hands.   
    I eagerly texted my BF.  "I've got beer!!"   
    "Yay!!" he texted back.
    I placed the beers in my cooler and drove home.  Perhaps I'm done with W30. I made it just over 3 weeks. Perhaps I should pack it in and try again after Easter.   This is just too good.  Too much of a big deal to walk away from.    If I start on Easter Monday, I can finish before Memorial Day.  I want to go home and ENJOY this!!!  I want to sip these exotic gifts and happily share my impressions of them with my generous colleague.   

    And, I realize.
    It's not the alcohol per se that I'm craving.  Yes, I've enjoyed the may different flavors of this or that.  Sure, I've enjoyed the intoxicating effects.  But what I want is MORE. I want the celebration. I want the adventure of trying something new, the exoticness of sampling something difficult to find.  I want the camaraderie of sharing the experience. This has been my downfall.  Too many of my personal indulgences have been because I wanted to celebrate something to its fullest.  But I have health and fitness goals that I want to achieve, short term and long.  To get there, I need to find a different way to live in the moment.
    It's taken me way too long to realize this.  WAY. TOO. LONG.  But now I know.

     When my BF came home, we danced around the kitchen, giggled, laughed, and goofed around.  We relished a dinner of sashimi made from the fresh fish I bought on the way home.  BF poured himself a spot of whiskey, I enjoyed my seltzer with lemon wedges.
    As Melissa wrote in "It Starts With Food" the half-slice of pizza on Day 23 isn't going to be worth starting over.  Whether the half slice of pizza is a shared can of beer is irrelevant.
    Wednesday, April 24.
    Its Day 24 of my Whole 30.
    I have proven to myself that have the strength to walk away.
  8. foursimplewords liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Depression and Sadness   
    If you check out whole9life.com - which was kind of the 'Mother' of Whole30 there are a number of blog posts about food (along with exercise & sleep) and it's link to mood. You should also note the importance of omega 3 fatty acids - particularly when eaten along side starches.
    Here are a few to get you started....

    http://whole9life.com/2014/11/food-linked-mood/
    http://whole9life.com/2016/05/kelly-brogan-depression/
    http://whole9life.com/2014/11/food-mood-fodmaps/
    Originally these posts/resources would have been available directly via this forum, but the two platforms were separated a while back.
  9. SugarcubeOD liked a post in a topic by foursimplewords in breaking the alcohol cycle   
    13 days whole30, so 13 days without alcohol
  10. IndustriousJoy liked a post in a topic by foursimplewords in Depression and Sadness   
    Mhmm very true. i was feeling really tired and "meh" today, and I realised I haven't had any particularly starch veg. Sweet potato wedges with turkey burgers and 2 fried eggs and now I'm laughing at disney songs
  11. SugarcubeOD liked a post in a topic by foursimplewords in breaking the alcohol cycle   
    13 days whole30, so 13 days without alcohol
  12. Cambria144 liked a post in a topic by foursimplewords in dreading tomorrow   
    I survived the meeting, just, but now I'm sooo hungry from the smell of cake haha
  13. foursimplewords liked a post in a topic by NoMoreCrunchyCravings in breaking the alcohol cycle   
    Such a good thread.
  14. emilyelowe liked a post in a topic by foursimplewords in What sayings help to keep you on track?   
    eeeeeeeeeeeeeek
  15. foursimplewords liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in What should I have done?? Starting over.....   
    Eating for international relations.  Keeping the peace.  I believe I could still get away with standing my ground. That's probably one advantage I have being an authentic paleo american.
  16. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by foursimplewords in What should I have done?? Starting over.....   
    big hugs. I had this a lot with my mum, she would make me treats and I would find it really hard to say no as I know she's put a lot of effort into it. I got her on my side and now she loves cooking out of the w30 book and well fed!
  17. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by foursimplewords in What should I have done?? Starting over.....   
    big hugs. I had this a lot with my mum, she would make me treats and I would find it really hard to say no as I know she's put a lot of effort into it. I got her on my side and now she loves cooking out of the w30 book and well fed!
  18. Eye of the Tiger liked a post in a topic by foursimplewords in W30 and Sleep! Exercise can Wait?   
    hmm, normally when I have more mental/emotional energy I want to work out more! Shows we are all special snowflakes  
  19. foursimplewords liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in What should I have done?? Starting over.....   
    The "Pusher" can be Grandmaw, coworkers, clients, friends or strangers. 
    Never let anybody take control of your nutritional decisions. Ever.
    By staying strong you will gain respect.  
    You have to stand your ground and be firm. Don't lie or tell fibs, it will come back to bite you in the rearend. Always tell the truth. Don't make up imaginary medical conditions,  you'll lose trust from others and it will make you feel like a fraud.
    Just stand up and call it like it is.  You don't have to go into a big lengthy excuse. Shorter is better.
    Tell them you're not touching that food or that drink for 30 days or you're not touching it anymore. Period.  
    They don't have to live in your body.
    The alcoholic goes through this all of the time but they absolutely have to remain strong for their recovery.   
    Be nice but super firm with the "Pusher".    I wouldn't give two hoots who cries over a cake and I can guarantee you that no one would ever do this to me.   It you can't get the Pusher to stop, you have to avoid them in the future.   Alcoholics and those who are in any kind of recovery program, including the food addict, like me....we learn that as part of making recovery stick.  
     
  20. foursimplewords liked a post in a topic by Jlynn in mega proud of myself   
    Way to go! My evening glass of relaxation was also one of my biggest challenges. Silly as it may seem, pour that sparkling water into a wine glass when you're really fighting the temptation, I found simply holding the wine glass satisfied me.  I am one year out and STILL down 20 while30 pounds! Hang tough! 
  21. foursimplewords liked a post in a topic by Alvaneice in mega proud of myself   
    I'm on day 4 of my 1st W30. I've been having a "sick" nauseous feeling in my stomach and I thought maybe too much fat in my diet (clarified butter, avocado, olive oil, and chicken thighs) but today I realized it's probably sugar withdrawal. I wanted to go to the vending machine BAD but I purposely left my wallet at home, emptied my desk at work of all sugary snacks and went home on my break and make some delicious crispy, salty kale chips. So glad I found this forum to read all your stories and victories for support and encouragement. 
  22. Cclmbr liked a post in a topic by foursimplewords in mega proud of myself   
    yesterday I went to see a wedding venue, fell in love with it and put a deposit down. I then started to freak out about how much I would have to save money-wise and the changes to be made. More than ever I wanted a glass of wine to relax the anxiety and nerves so my head would quieten down (I was on day 8), I was so close to just giving up my whole30 (not feeling the magic yet, obviously to be expected on day 8)
    I also gave up caffeine 2 days ago to help with my migraine headaches so yesterday I was really feeling it. 
    I even asked my OH if we could go via my house first so he could drive us to dinner then I could drink. 
    BUT when the waitress came to take my order and asked what drink I would like, I imagined Melissa next to me saying "you're not going down like this" and I ordered a sparkling water  
  23. foursimplewords liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in struggling to find words/brain fog   
    It looks to me like you're possibly not eating enough. When you say a couple of eggs do you mean two? A serving would be the number of whole eggs you can hold in one hand without dropping - I'm a 5'2" female and can hold four eggs when hungry. Also, you had no veg with this meal, and if the fat you  mention is the fat used to cook the eggs then you need more for sure. A small breakfast sets the tone for the day & can leave you playing catch up.
    Also, fruit in morning can make you feel a little odd - it can impact blood sugar negatively having fasted overnight, so I'd suggest holding back any fruit until at least meal two.
    Was the apple, larabar & dried mango a meal??
    Are you salting your food?
     
  24. maggiemay liked a post in a topic by foursimplewords in FODMAPs and Whole 30   
    useful substitutes I've found;
     
    green tops of spring onions instead of onions
    garlic infused oil instead of garlic 
    eggplant/aubergine instead of mushroom
    white potato instead of sweet potato (breaks my heart as I love sweet potato but can only tolerate about 70g haha)
     
  25. RabbitFood liked a post in a topic by foursimplewords in day 15 and I'm over this   
    Thanks everyone for the love and affection <3
     
    This morning the sky reminded me of ice cream chewits....send help...