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  1. emilyelowe liked a post in a topic by SugarcubeOD in Pre/Post-Workout Meal Suggestions?   
    Nothing wrong with 5 eggs a day... we had someone last year do an entire full Whole30 with just eggs as the protein... hardcore!
    Starchy veg are recommended to be a fist sized serving at least once a day.  If you're an athlete, particularly active, a woman near her period (week leading up to and of), a person with tendancy toward low mood and mood disorders, you would probably do better eating more... if you're sedentary, very overweight, we don't recommend starchy carbs for the after workout, but I would still stick to the minimum one serving a day. ( I don't think you're sedentary or overweight given the context of the post, but other people may come along and read this so we try and give complete info)
    I could NOT eat two cups of peppers.... but I do saute greens, green beans, mushrooms and sometimes micro greens to have with my eggs in the am... super delicious and getting those veggies in there! 
  2. hmg1993 liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in Help... Food addiction coming back!!   
    Hi @rpang. If the idea of doing another Whole30 or other reset is overwhelming/not realistic right now, I would recommend you just take it one day at a time. I recently read something about how the idea of being "on the wagon," and "off the wagon," is what's killing us. The person posting said something like, "You know how to fix your problems with food? GET OFF THE WAGON." I share this because I think the key here is just taking it one day, one meal, one good choice at a time. I am a very black-and-white, on-or-off person, so I thrive on the Whole30. However, Food Freedom is significantly more tricky for me (I really don't think I'm there yet). But rather than being hard on yourself and saying I HAVE to do this, or I CAN'T do that, or ALL IS LOST just take it one good meal at a time. Drop the "My diet starts tomorrow," mentality. Your diet is RIGHT NOW. The next thing you put in your mouth is part of your diet and is going to impact the way you feel. Make it count.  
  3. emilyelowe liked a post in a topic by Ariane in Does it get easier?   
    Hi KatieK436,
    I'm not a Whole30 professional by any means, but I maybe can provide a little insight on this because I read the book and they spoke on it.  The trick is you have to find and figure out foods you know are "worth it."  So in the book, these "worth it" foods are the foods that you really really really love and not just things you like or are "meh".  If you love a food that much, you're not really supposed to "turn it down" so to speak, because that's not food freedom.  You're still attaching a "good" and "bad" label to the food itself.  If the food is something you genuinely love, enjoy, and brings you joy, it should never bed "bad."  Another helpful trick is to create the if/then scenarios ahead of time.  (I know this maybe too late and you already attended the bachelorette party.). For instance, at that bachelorette party, you can say if my friends offer me wine (that's cheap and doesn't taste good), then I will politely decline and drink sparkled La Croix instead.  They say in the book that these occasions are not about the food, they're about the experience and the people you're with.  So you could still enjoy the experience without engaging in the foods/drinks that you don't really care for.  For instance, this week I"m on vacation with my cousins in Denver and mind you I'm only on day 8 of my first Whole30.  This has been extremely hard and tests my willpower every minute.  They tell me all sorts of things like I'm silly, how can you do that? That's so hard!  That's so crazy!  The list goes on.  So the best thing for me to do is not to be a killjoy and actually accommodate to them.  So for instance, I knew they wanted dessert after dinner and I purposely asked them if they wanted to go to this shaved ice cream place.  One of my favorite desserts to eat!  And when I got there, yes the craving was there, but I said this time is about being with my cousins and not about the ice cream.  So while they pigged out, I ordered hot tea, sat and conversed with them, played two rounds of Jenga, and then it was done.  That's another thing I tell myself mentally--this is just a 30 minute or 1 hour time phase.  It will pass and no one will remember I didn't eat the ice cream!  And it's so true.  No one will care that you didn't eat with them after dinner is done.  Anyway, hope this helps somewhat!  Stay true to yourself and your commitments!  
  4. emilyelowe liked a post in a topic by ShannonM816 in In the ditch...   
    This is pretty common. It's hard to change a lifetime of tastes and habits, and very, very easy to just go back to what you're used to and you're most comfortable with.
    You may need to just take things one meal at a time for a while. Get up in the morning and make yourself a good breakfast. Don't think about going a certain number of days or meals. If you have something unhealthy for one meal or snack, that's okay. It's not something to worry about or feel guilty about. Just try to make the next meal after that a healthy one.
    You can get back on track. And you can figure out a way to eat healthy even if your family isn't 100% behind you. It's just going to take some time and probably some trial and error as you work out what your personal food freedom looks like.
    If you want to read more about life after whole30, there are free resources online here:  https://whole30.com/step-four-finished/ . You might also be interested in the book Food Freedom Forever.
  5. emilyelowe liked a post in a topic by eblanchardcf in In the ditch...   
    I completed my first Whole 30 in Feb./March and finished up my reintroduction on Friday.  I'm not sure what happened but since Friday, I went way into the ditch.  I can't seem to get back on track.  I had great NSV results and great scale results but am struggling to get back on track.  Figured if I wrote it down, it might help me get back to making better decisions.  I felt great at the end of the Whole 30 but don't anymore.  I'm the only one in my family who did the Whole 30 and my family was glad I was done because of the extra time I spent in the kitchen.  Feel like I lost my training wheels before I gained balance on my bike.
  6. NoneOtherThanAmy liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    Exactly, @Susabella627! I run into the same thing with my family and it's such a hard perspective to change. I'm sure being a good example for your daughter is a great place to start for her, though! I had hope when my mom said she was doing a Whole30, but she only made it to Day 21 before she decided to stop. I think she associates alcohol with relaxing so not having it was really hard. It's the same idea as having sweets on your birthday, though. It's just different associations for every person. 
    I ended up testing dairy on Tuesday for a number of reasons and confirmed the headache and allergy/mucus/inflammation response. Luckily, I incorporated within an hour or two of going to bed, so I got to sleep through most of the headache.  I also had way more cravings yesterday after dinner, though, so I'm wondering if maybe the sweet version of dairy is also a gateway food? It may just be that I am anticipating going off-plan this weekend (gluten!) and am always wanting to start early. So not sure about that... Since Tuesday, though, I am having a really hard time with cravings. I am craving sweets and realizing that everything I ever counted on at work has dairy and/or gluten in it. This is probably a good thing because, now that I know how dairy affects me, I have a very good reason to avoid it, which is what's best for me. But I'm also feeling a little overwhelmed by the idea of avoiding chocolate and allthingsfrosted for the rest of forever. And then of course I go into the spinning cycle where I am first disappointed about not having dairy and then I am even more disappointed in myself for even thinking that way. Why do I want to give myself things that are bad for me!?! 
    I've also had some extra itchiness on my scalp since starting reintroduction, so I'm wondering if something off-plan is contributing to my psoriasis/dandruff. I'm not sure exactly when it started, though, so it's hard to say. Starting last night I also have an itchy/painful irritation on my ring finger knuckle, which has now moved down under my rings as well. My husband and I weeded Tuesday night, so I'm wondering if maybe I just got into something? It's so hard to tell when you're trying to pay attention to every little thing! I also probably WANT it to be the yard work's fault because I HATE yard work... 
    I am still feeling pretty good when I wake in the morning and made gains at the gym every day this week so far, so that is really exciting. That is feeling like my primary motivation to stick with it, so I hope after I'm done reintroducing things I can just go back to eating almost Whole30 all the time. I feel like I have to reintroduce everything so I know (since the last time I tried to do a slow roll I totally botched it), but I think thinking about those off-plan foods and when I can/can't have them is what's making me think about them at all. So I'm hoping after my final reintro (legumes sometime next week), I will stop thinking about it and truly start feeling like I'm free. #foodfreedomforeverplease 
    Thanks for checking in Susabella! Hope everyone else is doing well, too! Have a great rest of the week and weekend!  
  7. NoneOtherThanAmy liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    That is such an amazing story, @Susabella627! Your life seems so interesting - topsy turvy perhaps - but interesting. Maybe you should write a book.  
    Yes, that makes sense about french fries. I guess since reintroduction started I have allowed myself to have them even on days I'm not reintroducing anything because I saw it as the added sugar rule - that we can take it easy on that rule after Day 30. I wonder if that is not right? Hm. I am in a better place with french fries right now, so I guess I am not going to worry about it. (In a better place, meaning, they used to be food-with-no-brakes but I am feeling more in control with them lately). 
    I would definitely think long and hard about that cake. I've never really loved cake (I didn't even eat cake at my own wedding - in insisted they give me chocolate covered strawberries) so I feel like much of the reason I had it in the past was social pressure, not actual desire. I run into this problem a lot at the weekly dinners at my in-laws as they ALWAYS prepare some sort of dessert and in the past I have found myself eating it even if it was one of the ones I didn't really like. And sometimes eating a LOT of it, even when I didn't like it. What the heck, right? I currently feel much more empowered to just say "No, thank you," unless it is something specific that I really enjoy so I hope I can put it into practice at our next family dinner (we have been busy lately so haven't had one in a while). As you know, I chose margaritas over cake for my birthday! So I would highly recommend it.  
    It's interesting to me that food is our go-to for celebrating ANYTHING. And people just stare at you when you don't want to participate like you must be very upset. I wonder where that came from, culturally. I guess probably that if times were good, food was in plenty. This weekend, we are going home for my sister's birthday and to just generally visit family and those weekends almost always revolve around food and beer. I am really trying to encourage my family to do something else as a group - sounds like we MIGHT get to go on a long bike ride, so that will be an exciting change!
    I was totally bored with my lunch options when leaving the house this morning so I grabbed some frozen ratatouille and meatballs on my way out the door, but when it came lunch time, I could not bring myself to eat it. What's funny though is that I'm not craving something off-plan or wishing I could have some off-plan ingredient. I just didn't want that specific thing. I ended up ordering a bowl (no pasta) at Piada - chicken, pancetta, arugala, spinach, peppers, cucumbers, and red pepper sauce. I'm not sure exactly what was in the sauce but the color didn't suggest any sort of cream and, even if it did, I'm doing dairy tomorrow so I'm not worried about it. It was REALLY good but much too small and probably not heavy enough in fat so I am still hungry and craving sugar now big time. Argh. I am feeling a little tired today, also, which is probably contributing to my body wanting a quick hit of sugar. I managed to get up for a quick trip to the gym this morning, but was very tired afterward on the drive into work. I think I just went to bed a little too late. Honestly, if there was something around that had JUST dairy in it, I would probably eat it and count it as dairy reintroduction but generally sweets around here have a bunch of other junk, too, so I guess I am, "safe," if that's what we want to call it. Haha.
    Hope everyone is having a good day. I so appreciate this outlet to talk through this process!
  8. Susabella627 liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    Sorry about the stressful start, @NoneOtherThanAmy! I hope it gets better from here on out. I have been eating french fries since reintroduction started. Is there a specific reason you are avoiding them? Just wondering if I missed something and am doing it wrong!  
    @AB_MN I agree with @Susabella627 - I have heard the moderators (and just from the general re-introduction guidelines) that you shouldn't reintroduce a non-plan food until you are back at baseline - i.e. feeling your best (as in, as good as you did on Day 30). If you feel like you don't trust yourself to be in tune with your body, you could put a number guideline around it - like a Whole7 or Whole14, whatever you think you need and is going to be realistic for your life and reintroduction timeline right now. I think I've read they don't recommend Whole#anythingotherthan30 until you've done more than one Whole30, but not sure if that applies here since you are kind of still in reintroduction. And also, Life is kind of an ongoing reintroduction. For example, last weekend what I introduced basically gave me a headache for 2 days, so I didn't go on to my next reintroduction item on Day 3, I waited 2 more days. This was both to make sure I was back at a good baseline and to give myself the guardrails I needed to stay the course. Does that help you?
    You didn't mention that you owned a restaurant, @Susabella627! That's neat. What kind? Congrats on the graduate!
    I had an interesting weekend. Had alcohol again on Friday and Saturday, which was probably not the wisest thing I've ever done, because I keep mixing booze with my other reintroduction items, but here I am. I reintroduced NG grains with some corn tortilla chips Saturday and white rice on Sunday around otherwise good, structured meals. I seem to be OK. After I ate I didn't feel my BEST and I was pretty tired this morning, but nothing compared to how I felt after reintroducing alcohol, dairy, and gluten. This is particularly interesting since I also had a liiiittle bit of soy and gluten in my dinner last night. I made Chinese for my husband's family (knowing I wanted to introduce white rice) so we had Mandarin Chicken from Trader Joe's (gluten, soy in the sauce), which I wasn't going to eat and I made homemade Mongolian Beef from NomNomPaleo, which I was going to eat. I also made some frozen chicken cilantro wontons from Trader Joe's, which we had never had before (also gluten, soy). WELL, when everyone started talking about how good the wontons were I wanted to try one. So I did (FYI: not that good, not worth it). But once I had that on my plate, I was like, "Oh, well that means I could also probably afford a little bit of the Mandarin Chicken sauce," because I wasn't super impressed with the beef. And then once I had the sauce, I thought, "Well one piece of chicken won't hurt." So that's what my dinner at the table consisted of, which would be an acceptable level of non-control...
    ...except that then while I was cleaning up I picked up and ate like 5 more pieces of chicken (they are nuggets, so this is still not a lot of chicken, but still). #facepalm
    I also ate like EIGHT Snackaroons because my mother-in-law brought ice cream cake for my birthday (they know I don't like real cake and thought it was dairy day, so it was very sweet and thoughtful) so I bought the Snackaroons so I would have something to eat while everyone ate ice cream cake, but then I opened them ahead of time and kept finding myself wandering into the pantry...  By the time it came time to eat them after dinner (I cannot seem to break my in-laws dessert habit), I was full but ate them anyway. #doublefacepalm
    By some miracle, I feel pretty good today. I slept great and feel fine in my clothes today. I even got to the gym this morning! Performance wasn't awesome, but it wasn't as bad as it has been after other re-introductions. After dinner last night my stomach felt... firm?, like I was expecting to be kind of bloated but wasn't in the mirror. I felt like I had to poo and couldn't, but it wasn't so much that I was terribly uncomfortable. So it was kind of like my food was just stuck in there. Not the worst, but not great either. In summary: I think I can do NG grains but don't really NEED them for anything so will probably avoid unless it's in some special dish that would be incomplete without it. And since I found Cassava tortilla chips, I don't see why that would ever happen. 
    Oh yeah, and I also learned that I am still not in control when it comes to highly processed frozen Trader Joe's Mandarin Chicken. Shocker (except not ). 
    Plan is to do dairy on Wednesday. I have some gyro meat from my parent's lambs that is processed with whey (I'm assuming it must be in the flavor?) so I am going to have a gyro salad for lunch and then might do some fro yo if I'm feeling it. (the ice cream cake now sitting in my freezer has ALL KINDS of crap in it, so skipping that until after reintroduction is over). Then I'm hoping to recover quickly enough to do gluten on Saturday. 
    There are Panera bagels AND my favorite food truck at work today (Pitabilities) so that is my primary motivator for telling you all of this while I eat my leftover Mongolian Beef and probably why my posts always last so long. Haha. Thanks for keeping me accountable.  
    Have a great week!
  9. Susabella627 liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    In re-reading my post (I LOVE to copy edit - it's super weird, but seriously, if you ever have a piece of writing you want feedback on, I will totes give you my email), I noticed a lot of because's. I ate the non-plan food BECAUSE everyone else was. I got Snackaroons BECAUSE I knew everyone was going to eat dessert and I would make them uncomfortable if I sat there NOT eating (and also because I probably wanted to participate in dessert). 
    Such a good example of why and how food is not just food. Definitely something I want to be watching for and working on. 
  10. Susabella627 liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    Sorry about the stressful start, @NoneOtherThanAmy! I hope it gets better from here on out. I have been eating french fries since reintroduction started. Is there a specific reason you are avoiding them? Just wondering if I missed something and am doing it wrong!  
    @AB_MN I agree with @Susabella627 - I have heard the moderators (and just from the general re-introduction guidelines) that you shouldn't reintroduce a non-plan food until you are back at baseline - i.e. feeling your best (as in, as good as you did on Day 30). If you feel like you don't trust yourself to be in tune with your body, you could put a number guideline around it - like a Whole7 or Whole14, whatever you think you need and is going to be realistic for your life and reintroduction timeline right now. I think I've read they don't recommend Whole#anythingotherthan30 until you've done more than one Whole30, but not sure if that applies here since you are kind of still in reintroduction. And also, Life is kind of an ongoing reintroduction. For example, last weekend what I introduced basically gave me a headache for 2 days, so I didn't go on to my next reintroduction item on Day 3, I waited 2 more days. This was both to make sure I was back at a good baseline and to give myself the guardrails I needed to stay the course. Does that help you?
    You didn't mention that you owned a restaurant, @Susabella627! That's neat. What kind? Congrats on the graduate!
    I had an interesting weekend. Had alcohol again on Friday and Saturday, which was probably not the wisest thing I've ever done, because I keep mixing booze with my other reintroduction items, but here I am. I reintroduced NG grains with some corn tortilla chips Saturday and white rice on Sunday around otherwise good, structured meals. I seem to be OK. After I ate I didn't feel my BEST and I was pretty tired this morning, but nothing compared to how I felt after reintroducing alcohol, dairy, and gluten. This is particularly interesting since I also had a liiiittle bit of soy and gluten in my dinner last night. I made Chinese for my husband's family (knowing I wanted to introduce white rice) so we had Mandarin Chicken from Trader Joe's (gluten, soy in the sauce), which I wasn't going to eat and I made homemade Mongolian Beef from NomNomPaleo, which I was going to eat. I also made some frozen chicken cilantro wontons from Trader Joe's, which we had never had before (also gluten, soy). WELL, when everyone started talking about how good the wontons were I wanted to try one. So I did (FYI: not that good, not worth it). But once I had that on my plate, I was like, "Oh, well that means I could also probably afford a little bit of the Mandarin Chicken sauce," because I wasn't super impressed with the beef. And then once I had the sauce, I thought, "Well one piece of chicken won't hurt." So that's what my dinner at the table consisted of, which would be an acceptable level of non-control...
    ...except that then while I was cleaning up I picked up and ate like 5 more pieces of chicken (they are nuggets, so this is still not a lot of chicken, but still). #facepalm
    I also ate like EIGHT Snackaroons because my mother-in-law brought ice cream cake for my birthday (they know I don't like real cake and thought it was dairy day, so it was very sweet and thoughtful) so I bought the Snackaroons so I would have something to eat while everyone ate ice cream cake, but then I opened them ahead of time and kept finding myself wandering into the pantry...  By the time it came time to eat them after dinner (I cannot seem to break my in-laws dessert habit), I was full but ate them anyway. #doublefacepalm
    By some miracle, I feel pretty good today. I slept great and feel fine in my clothes today. I even got to the gym this morning! Performance wasn't awesome, but it wasn't as bad as it has been after other re-introductions. After dinner last night my stomach felt... firm?, like I was expecting to be kind of bloated but wasn't in the mirror. I felt like I had to poo and couldn't, but it wasn't so much that I was terribly uncomfortable. So it was kind of like my food was just stuck in there. Not the worst, but not great either. In summary: I think I can do NG grains but don't really NEED them for anything so will probably avoid unless it's in some special dish that would be incomplete without it. And since I found Cassava tortilla chips, I don't see why that would ever happen. 
    Oh yeah, and I also learned that I am still not in control when it comes to highly processed frozen Trader Joe's Mandarin Chicken. Shocker (except not ). 
    Plan is to do dairy on Wednesday. I have some gyro meat from my parent's lambs that is processed with whey (I'm assuming it must be in the flavor?) so I am going to have a gyro salad for lunch and then might do some fro yo if I'm feeling it. (the ice cream cake now sitting in my freezer has ALL KINDS of crap in it, so skipping that until after reintroduction is over). Then I'm hoping to recover quickly enough to do gluten on Saturday. 
    There are Panera bagels AND my favorite food truck at work today (Pitabilities) so that is my primary motivator for telling you all of this while I eat my leftover Mongolian Beef and probably why my posts always last so long. Haha. Thanks for keeping me accountable.  
    Have a great week!
  11. emilyelowe liked a post in a topic by ArtFossil in Completed R4 with disappointing results   
    I'd say your experience is normal because Whole30 isn't a weight loss diet. You "feel gross" but you're sleeping well and have energy and enjoy your meals. That MAY suggest that the weight your body prefers and the weight you prefer are different. 
    You could try the approach of changing your body shape and composition through strength training. 
    Weight loss as a goal on its own is . . . complex. And, as you've noted, hard to sustain. If you significantly increase your activity level and don't increase your food intake you may be able to achieve a slow weight loss. (1-2 pounds a month).
    Or you could accept the weight you're at and focus on getting stronger, more flexible, etc. 
    And, as you've noted, stress can play havoc with lots of things including weight. 
    No magic bullet from me. If I had one I'd be a gazillionaire. 
  12. emilyelowe liked a post in a topic by ShannonM816 in NSV's but little weight loss   
    @LovesFrance you just keep eating three template meals a day plus your pre- and post-workout meals. If you have weight to lose, it will continue to come off. It may not happen as fast as you'd like, but it will happen, and you'll be doing it in a way that is sustainable for life and is actually making you healthier.
  13. Susabella627 liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    Hello, Whole30 friends!
    Off to a pretty good start today. Feeling well-rested, had a good workout, had an AWESOME breakfast and am still not feeling hungry at 1 p.m. (I am going to eat anyway, just because it makes sense). Only things bringing me down are (1) I cut myself with my mandolin last night... OW and (2) my left lymph node seems to be acting up. I really hope I am not getting sick, I feel like that is just more emotional stress than I can handle right now. (I'm a MONSTER when I'm sick). On a positive note, I got some fresh, cold-pressed orange/grapefruit/lemon juice this morning because it is like my favorite thing I told myself that I should because it will protect me from the sickness. Weeee'll see how that goes. Haha. As of yet, it hasn't turned me into a sugar-craving dragon monster, which is great. 
    Also, yesterday, I lasted a REALLY long time without eating. After work I ran some errands and pretty much got hungry as soon as I started (about 3:30). Not sure if I was truly hungry at that point (since I had eaten at Noon) or if my body was just trying to trick me into buying a snack that would have been delightful (it was hot and I REALLY wanted a smoothie). I ignored it, telling myself my last stop was the grocery store and if I was starving there I could get something. Well here comes 5 o'clock, I arrive at the grocery, and I AM starving but I knew the only snack I would get in the store would be a sudden hit of sugar/carbs (like a LARABAR or something), so I didn't. It was funny, almost like I was trying to prove my own fat adaptation to myself - like, how long can I go feeling hungry without any other symptoms? Probably a silly thing, but it seemed like that's what was happening in my head. Anyway, when I got home at 5:30, I realized how long it was going to take me to make dinner, and how badly the dog needed a walk, so I had a HB egg with some guacamole and that held me over for more than an hour until dinner was done and my husband was home. I feel like this was an #NSV? The HB egg with guac was also DELICIOUS, so I would highly recommend it. 
    My best friend is coming into town this weekend so it will be another weekend of restaurant and alcohol challenges. I love having a little alcohol while cleaning and we're going to a restaurant that has MY FAVORITE BISCUITS. I REALLY want to stay on-plan, though, because I want to make sure the rest of my re-introduction is by the book. I was looking over my list of non-compliant foods and symptoms I think are associated with them and there are just too many question marks. Really hoping to clear that up in the next couple weeks. SO, the reintroduction force will stay strong in this one.  
    On the other hand, I'm also feeling encouraged by some of the other posts as well as the podcast interview Melissa did recently about this whole process and food freedom. Even if I mess up parts of my reintroduction, I can still continue to learn. I watched an interview with Melissa the other day (here) where she said she will find a groove for like 3-4 months when everything is humming and then see something start to slip. So she takes a pause, re-assesses and tries to figure out what needs to change. I'm sure for her it's less food and more lifestyle choices that end up tripping her up (but really, what do I know?), but either way, just knowing that if I'm not feeling my best, I'm not helpless. All is not lost. I don't need to "start over." I need to pause, assess, and take action, even if it's a little action. Because I'm a very black and white personality, it's hard for me to recognize the little achievements, everything has to be BIG. I really need to thrive on this awareness I've created via W30 and my reintroduction food journal to continually learn and see how my body reacts to different situations and make LITTLE adjustments, which I can be just as proud of because it's all in pursuit of my best me. This is all kind of a repeat of the information above but I think it's finally CLICKING for me. 
    @Susabella627 I didn't even realize I had said the thing about "feeling in control without the rules," when I was reading your post, but that TOTALLY sounds like Food Freedom to me, haha! It's like my brain was preparing to process this giant realization I just yammered on about for a paragraph. Thanks for helping me think about it as my definition of Food Freedom! That really helped me put it in perspective.  It's also pretty exciting that you found a new thing you like (the coconut oil in your coffee)! W30 is such a gift in that way.  
    I feel like I always write waaaaayyyy too much but I process information externally so this really helps me with that. Thanks so much for "listening,"!  Hope you all are having a good day. 
  14. Susabella627 liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    ^^^ This is SO AWESOME, @NoneOtherThanAmy! Whoo hoo! I hope you are able to safely, healthfully navigate your trip!
    I agree with @Susabella627 that I thrive on rules and have learned something new with every Whole30, but I don't think I ever achieved true Food Freedom in between. That is what I am really trying to focus on during this reintroduction so I feel in control WITHOUT the rules and exactly why I was perusing the Whole30 interwebs for some direction and encouragement.  
    Funny enough, I feel SO MUCH BETTER today. I fell asleep super easy, woke up rested, had a good workout, and have had an obnoxious amount of energy all day. Phew! I don't know how much longer I could have ridden that one out. I think I figured out part of the problem, also. In addition to the foods I had this weekend, I don't think I was eating enough carbs. I wasn't able to get potatoes at the grocery this weekend and have been trying to avoid fruit after my workout so my carb intake was super minimal. Yesterday afternoon I had a banana and it was like I WOKE UP all of a sudden. So then I made sure I had some potatoes with dinner last night and half a banana with breakfast this morning. I also added a handful of walnuts to my lunch to try to better follow the meal template. Going to the grocery to get potatoes and sweet potatoes today, for sure!
    I did have some weird bathroom symptoms this morning, which I'm thinking are nut butter related. Planning to stick to the plan until NG Grain Sunday!  
    Happy Hump Day!
  15. emilyelowe liked a post in a topic by NoneOtherThanAmy in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    @emilyelowe Thanks for those resources. It sucks to not be feeling well, but you can definitely pull through and make it to food freedom.  
    @Susabella627 The sub was going to be my reintroduction item. I'm feeling much better today, so I might try it out today. I'm sure I'll have opportunities for free meals like that while I'm at the conference, so I want to test a sub out before I go. I already know that gluten doesn't seem to affect me, so it would just be the fillers/additives in the meat and the cheese that I'd be testing. I don't have time to test those things separately, so I'll just have to try both at once and see how it goes. I'm hoping I'll be able to do some more reintroductions after my trip, but I'm mostly done for now. 
    @MeadowLily and @ArtFossil Thank you both so much for joining in with your perspectives and experiences. It is great to hear success stories from people who have managed to build and keep this lifestyle for a long period of time.
    It really hit me last night that I have made a huge change in the way I think about food. Food used to be an anxiety/boredom/stress reliever to be consumed at meals and whenever any of those feelings arose. Now food is nourishment and only consumed at meal times. This is a huge shift for me and I'm so grateful that my whole30 helped me get there. I haven't been craving treats as much as I had been prior to trying the sweets on Saturday (although I've had temporary reductions in sweet cravings before ). It feels like now that I've allowed myself some sweets, my brain is going, "OK, I can have those things if I want them, but I don't really want them, so carry on with the food that makes you feel good"! 
  16. emilyelowe liked a post in a topic by Susabella627 in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    @emilyelowe Sorry you had a rough day yesterday, thanks for sharing what you found cuz we all need a kick in the ass once in awhile. Come on girl you got this, get thru reintroduction I feel like you have learned so much already and all of this will help you get to food freedom!! 
    @NoneOtherThanAmy Hope you made it thru today. Good for you not grabbing that Sub, and messing up reintro. I've eaten on plan today as well and excited to test dairy tomorrow. 
    @ArtFossil that's awesome that it only took you 1 whole 30 to make permanent changes. I have done multiple Whole 30's and yes in between some of those my health changed but there are other reasons. I am one of those people who likes rules, in fact I thrive on them. When I've gotten off track I like to reset. I don't consider it as starting over, It's ;not about weightloss and it's not a diet, it's about doing something good for myself and an ongoing journey, And I will say with every whole 30 I learn something new about my relationship with food. Sometimes it takes doing another whole 30 to realize I don't feel as good as I think I do. Just saying there are some good reasons to repeat Whole 30's. 
    @MeadowLily your wise words of wisdom ring very true for me. I have learned that I do not really have any food sensitivities or gut issues either, but I know what makes me feel good and what doesn't. And of course things change which is why I do another reintro after each strict whole 30. I love that you call it a food management plan... it really  puts things in perspective!!!
     
     
  17. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    Also just read this on the forum and it felt like a kick in the pants.
    I'm speaking in general, but you don't need to start over again. 
    Extended Whole 30's don't really fix it when you're finished.The off and on again approach...Whole 30's mixed with binge eating or just minor/major off-roading inbetween is not Food Freedom Forever.  
    It's boxing yourself into a corner. It creates more black and white thinking about food. Whole 30 or Not. All in/on target or falling back into old habits.
    After watching others do this for years now, I am convinced that the original constructs of a Whole 30 are optimum, in every way.
    Elimination protocol of 30 days, a Reintro of about 10 days or longer and done.  Next.
    Immediately create a plan you can live with for the rest of your life. Your personal decisions will be liberating. Maybe you like eating the same lunch every single day, some do. Some like eating the same food 3X aday, that wouldn't work for me but you choose, you decide.
    Read FFF, you'll find ideas for putting your positive food management plan together.  
    My plan is consistent but it has leeway. I can eat full fat plain greek yogurt or cottage cheese, legumes, even some non gmo grains in whole form, fish, fish, fish, proteins of every kind, nuts, fruits and vegetables. What I can't do is eat is deliberately engineered to be craved candy or donuts or bakery items or white sugar, white flour, white pasta. These things cause an immediate uptick in my blood sugar even in small amounts.
    I don't eat them. I don't touch artificial sweetners or soda pops. No fast food or ice cream. I have enough leeway that I don't ever feel deprived.  I eat everything with a protein. Fruit, vegetables, everything is paired with protein. That's my Rx for blood sugar control.
    It works for me.
    Starting over and over again will not make it any easier on Day 61 or Day 91 when you're done. FFF = not doing a Whole 30 Forever.  
    It's going to take work to find your way. I'm consistent but that's my way.  The sooner you can find your way the easier this will be. Create something consistent for awhile until you get your footing back. 
    After an elimination protocol, there is an adjustment period. You're used to reading every label. Find your wiggle room and branch out. You can always prune yourself back before it goes sideways.
    Sometimes, I need a kick in the pants.
  18. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    Also just read this on the forum and it felt like a kick in the pants.
    I'm speaking in general, but you don't need to start over again. 
    Extended Whole 30's don't really fix it when you're finished.The off and on again approach...Whole 30's mixed with binge eating or just minor/major off-roading inbetween is not Food Freedom Forever.  
    It's boxing yourself into a corner. It creates more black and white thinking about food. Whole 30 or Not. All in/on target or falling back into old habits.
    After watching others do this for years now, I am convinced that the original constructs of a Whole 30 are optimum, in every way.
    Elimination protocol of 30 days, a Reintro of about 10 days or longer and done.  Next.
    Immediately create a plan you can live with for the rest of your life. Your personal decisions will be liberating. Maybe you like eating the same lunch every single day, some do. Some like eating the same food 3X aday, that wouldn't work for me but you choose, you decide.
    Read FFF, you'll find ideas for putting your positive food management plan together.  
    My plan is consistent but it has leeway. I can eat full fat plain greek yogurt or cottage cheese, legumes, even some non gmo grains in whole form, fish, fish, fish, proteins of every kind, nuts, fruits and vegetables. What I can't do is eat is deliberately engineered to be craved candy or donuts or bakery items or white sugar, white flour, white pasta. These things cause an immediate uptick in my blood sugar even in small amounts.
    I don't eat them. I don't touch artificial sweetners or soda pops. No fast food or ice cream. I have enough leeway that I don't ever feel deprived.  I eat everything with a protein. Fruit, vegetables, everything is paired with protein. That's my Rx for blood sugar control.
    It works for me.
    Starting over and over again will not make it any easier on Day 61 or Day 91 when you're done. FFF = not doing a Whole 30 Forever.  
    It's going to take work to find your way. I'm consistent but that's my way.  The sooner you can find your way the easier this will be. Create something consistent for awhile until you get your footing back. 
    After an elimination protocol, there is an adjustment period. You're used to reading every label. Find your wiggle room and branch out. You can always prune yourself back before it goes sideways.
    Sometimes, I need a kick in the pants.
  19. emilyelowe liked a post in a topic by Real Food Y'all in Am I a horrible person?   
    Any of our feelings of your body image/goals aside, I think the guilt you feel should be part of your "worth-it" rubric. If eating a cupcake is going to cause you inner turmoil, then you have to decide if that guilt is worth it - not just the potential fat loss stagnation, etc.
  20. emilyelowe liked a post in a topic by adjk1229 in Am I a horrible person?   
    Let me start by saying that Whole30 is an amazing program and it has changed my life. It has opened my eyes to so many other aspects of "health". My main NSV are increased energy levels, decreased bloating and finally destroying my sugar drag (although she returns very quickly if I even smell sugar). Once it hits the lips it tastes so good! I haven't done a reintroduction properly as of yet but am planning to do this in January. I adore Melissa and her tough love. I firmly believe that being "healthy" is all encompassing; it needs to include body and mind. There are just a few things that have me conflicted during and after whole30 and subsequently holding me back from my Food Freedom.


     
    My Food Freedom Forever struggles. She just recently posted an article about navigating the holidays and being hyper-aware of all the decisions that you make during the holidays. I know that she is recommending you evaluate a food's "worth-it" factor but there are two things I'm struggling with.

    1. My worth it has nothing to do with my energy levels or sugar dragon because I know that I can easily recover these with a reset. Let me preface this with the fact that I do not binge just because I know I can reset. I am consistent with my healthy eating habits. My worth it is my weight. I am having a very hard time letting this go (do I even need to)? When I am presented with a cupcake, hell yes this is worth a little bloating and a raging sugar dragon for a day or so. But the guilt sets in when I know that I "shouldn't" because my waistline starts to increase. Not immediately, obviously, and sometimes not even after 3-4 cupcakes 3-4 days in a row, but my struggle is where is that line between indulging in your "worth it" foods and not feeling guilty because you know that it's making you "less healthy- aka gain weight". Yes it's a conscious decision to eat something but I can't shake the guilt knowing I could be healthier without it. Then I feel deprived if I decide not to eat it. Also, I feel like the one-bite rule is a little bit like “moderation”. That person that can take one bite of chocolate and put it back. Not this girl. One-bite rule cannot exist in my world, unless that bite is horribly underwhelming. Otherwise, sugar dragon takes over.

    2. My other struggle with the article she posted is that yes, being conscious of your food choices is a constant effort, but in reading the article, I began to feel anxious. I was trying to evaluate what about it was making me anxious and I think that being that hyper-aware of every single decision starts to drudge up feelings of an eating disorder. When you’re that focused on any one thing, it starts to become an obsession, and that’s what I feel like I will be doing these holidays. Obsessing over every single decision and white knuckling my way through them trying not to binge because all those foods for me during the holidays are worth it.


     
    This probably makes me sound like a crazed cupcake maniac which prior to my whole30, I was. I’m a relatively healthy person now-a-days. I work out daily (usually 5 days per week) doing strength training and/or playing soccer. I continue to eat whole30ish until the week before my period when my sugar dragon wakes up on her own and sits on my shoulder watching my every move. Otherwise, she’s usually in check. My goal at this point is getting 6-pack abs. Am I superficial? Is this wrong? Am I a horrible person? I want to prove to myself that I can do this. Do I really need to get into the nitty gritty of counting carbs and calories for this? That’s part of my love for the whole30 is that I can eat until I’m full without counting these things. I am frustrated because I’ve been working for a long time to get there and it seems impossible. I am healthy otherwise, I don’t starve myself and the whole30 has been great in helping me be mindful of all these things, yet my desire to lose the last 10-15 pounds overrides other NSV for me. Has anyone else experienced this? I need some advice.


     
    This is a link to her article so you have an idea of what I’m talking about: http://whole30.com/2016/11/holiday-parties

  21. emilyelowe liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in I woke my Sugar Dragon   
    I'm speaking in general, but you don't need to start over again. 
    Extended Whole 30's don't really fix it when you're finished.The off and on again approach...Whole 30's mixed with binge eating or just minor/major off-roading inbetween is not Food Freedom Forever.  
    It's boxing yourself into a corner. It creates more black and white thinking about food. Whole 30 or Not. All in/on target or falling back into old habits.
    After watching others do this for years now, I am convinced that the original constructs of a Whole 30 are optimum, in every way.
    Elimination protocol of 30 days, a Reintro of about 10 days or longer and done.  Next.
    Immediately create a plan you can live with for the rest of your life. Your personal decisions will be liberating. Maybe you like eating the same lunch every single day, some do. Some like eating the same food 3X aday, that wouldn't work for me but you choose, you decide.
    Read FFF, you'll find ideas for putting your positive food management plan together.  
    My plan is consistent but it has leeway. I can eat full fat plain greek yogurt or cottage cheese, legumes, even some non gmo grains in whole form, fish, fish, fish, proteins of every kind, nuts, fruits and vegetables. What I can't do is eat is deliberately engineered to be craved candy or donuts or bakery items or white sugar, white flour, white pasta. These things cause an immediate uptick in my blood sugar even in small amounts.
    I don't eat them. I don't touch artificial sweetners or soda pops. No fast food or ice cream. I have enough leeway that I don't ever feel deprived.  I eat everything with a protein. Fruit, vegetables, everything is paired with protein. That's my Rx for blood sugar control.
    It works for me.
    Starting over and over again will not make it any easier on Day 61 or Day 91 when you're done. FFF = not doing a Whole 30 Forever.  
    It's going to take work to find your way. I'm consistent but that's my way.  The sooner you can find your way the easier this will be. Create something consistent for awhile until you get your footing back. 
    After an elimination protocol, there is an adjustment period. You're used to reading every label. Find your wiggle room and branch out. You can always prune yourself back before it goes sideways.

  22. emilyelowe liked a post in a topic by NoneOtherThanAmy in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    @emilyelowe Sounds like your birthday weekend was a blast! Interesting that you're still learning new things about dairy. Certain cheeses can definitely cause migraines; sharp cheddar and aged cheeses do not agree with me. I'm starting to think like you though, I don't really miss cheese at all. It's almost sacrilegious for a native Wisconsinite to admit, but there you have it.
    I've got a new NSV! I'm down another notch on a belt that I didn't even fit into before my Whole30.
    Happy Monday everyone!
  23. AB_MN liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    Yay! Reading all these updates is amazing. Welcome to Reintroduction @Susabella627! And the fact that your symptoms from your treatment are reduced is an AMAZING NSV! SO happy to hear that.  
    @AB_MN, I think @NoneOtherThanAmy hit the nail on the head - while the symptoms suck, the knowledge doesn't. You'll never be caught surprised by your dairy-induced bloating again. You'll know it's coming and you'll cope. I used to think I couldn't live without cheese also, but after a few Whole30s and consistently noticing the bloating and stuffiness, it got easier for me. Maybe it will for you, too?
    Thanks so much for sharing the links above, I definitely am going to check them out!
    My birthday weekend was great, but I can tell you I'm feeling it today. In addition to off-plan foods, I stayed up too late for me all 3 days. I had alcohol again Friday and my reaction Saturday was no surprise: headache and SO. TIRED. It's interesting because my brain still becomes alert upon waking the same way it has for the last few weeks of my W30, but my body can't move. My arms and eyes were SO HEAVY. So that is new, but I also knew about it from when I had alcohol Tuesday.
    Saturday the original plan was only alcohol, but I decided to have dairy also because my friend made chorizo queso that I love. The first interesting thing about that is that it wasn't as good as I remembered. I think I've been going without having cheese regularly long enough (even prior to this last W30) that I really can just live without it. I never ever thought I'd say that! I lived in Wisconsin for 3 years, where the cheese curd rules them all! Haha. The NEW information I got, though, is that I think dairy gives me a headache. This has never happened before but I got SLAMMED within an hour of eating it. I might not have even put it together except that I had another friend over at the time who told me migraines are a common symptom for her when she eats dairy. That, plus, I hadn't had alcohol in HOURS and was drinking lots of water, so I don't think it was that. I was also a little congested the next morning, but it seemed like inflammation and not mucus. I've gotten the extra mucus from dairy before so the inflammation was new but luckily it went away pretty quickly.
    I also have the HUGEST PIMPLE EVER coming in on my chin. I think it showed up Saturday and I can't help but think it is related to less healthy food choices. My period is over so there's not really any other reason I would be having a breakout and I did have a SINGLE bite of queso Friday night so I wonder if that kicked off the process. It's seriously ginormous and SO PAINFUL. It's still just red so I am just waiting it out. None of the things I just described are worth cheese. Ice cream, dessert, maybe, but not cheese. Haha. 
    Sunday I ate compliantly for breakfast and lunch because we were going out for another friend's birthday at dinner. I was originally planning to do gluten and dairy, because I wanted to have the treats she was making, but I ended up having alcohol again, too. I knew I wouldn't be having alcohol again for a few weeks as I finish re-intro, so I went for it because it was fancy and fun. ANYWAY. I had bread and brie with my dinner salad and then the dessert treats my friend made. The bread and brie was blah (as was the entire salad, honestly, which was kind of a bummer but I'm still glad I had it), but the desserts were awesome and totally worth it. I did find myself getting full/satisfied with the treats faster than I did prior to W30, so I hope that stays with me. Dessert portion control was definitely a problem before - I would eat until I was sick. After the desserts I felt super full and heavy, which wasn't ideal but I had a whole glass of water with them so I think there really was just a lot in my belly. Within an hour or two I had REALLY stinky gas, which I didn't the day before from just dairy + alcohol, so wondering if that was the gluten? I slept well but am VERY tired today and have had a headache for about 3 hours despite the entire bottle of water and 8 hours of sleep. Ugh. I also have been feeling kind of woozy on and off, which is weird. 
    Very excited to be back on-plan for a few days. Originally was planning to do legumes on Thursday and NG grains on Sunday but I feel like this weekend really took a toll, so I might skip legumes and do them later if I'm not feeling 100% on Thursday so I can go into NG grains on Sunday totally cleaned up. 
    Hope everyone is having a happy Monday! 
  24. AB_MN liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    Yay! Reading all these updates is amazing. Welcome to Reintroduction @Susabella627! And the fact that your symptoms from your treatment are reduced is an AMAZING NSV! SO happy to hear that.  
    @AB_MN, I think @NoneOtherThanAmy hit the nail on the head - while the symptoms suck, the knowledge doesn't. You'll never be caught surprised by your dairy-induced bloating again. You'll know it's coming and you'll cope. I used to think I couldn't live without cheese also, but after a few Whole30s and consistently noticing the bloating and stuffiness, it got easier for me. Maybe it will for you, too?
    Thanks so much for sharing the links above, I definitely am going to check them out!
    My birthday weekend was great, but I can tell you I'm feeling it today. In addition to off-plan foods, I stayed up too late for me all 3 days. I had alcohol again Friday and my reaction Saturday was no surprise: headache and SO. TIRED. It's interesting because my brain still becomes alert upon waking the same way it has for the last few weeks of my W30, but my body can't move. My arms and eyes were SO HEAVY. So that is new, but I also knew about it from when I had alcohol Tuesday.
    Saturday the original plan was only alcohol, but I decided to have dairy also because my friend made chorizo queso that I love. The first interesting thing about that is that it wasn't as good as I remembered. I think I've been going without having cheese regularly long enough (even prior to this last W30) that I really can just live without it. I never ever thought I'd say that! I lived in Wisconsin for 3 years, where the cheese curd rules them all! Haha. The NEW information I got, though, is that I think dairy gives me a headache. This has never happened before but I got SLAMMED within an hour of eating it. I might not have even put it together except that I had another friend over at the time who told me migraines are a common symptom for her when she eats dairy. That, plus, I hadn't had alcohol in HOURS and was drinking lots of water, so I don't think it was that. I was also a little congested the next morning, but it seemed like inflammation and not mucus. I've gotten the extra mucus from dairy before so the inflammation was new but luckily it went away pretty quickly.
    I also have the HUGEST PIMPLE EVER coming in on my chin. I think it showed up Saturday and I can't help but think it is related to less healthy food choices. My period is over so there's not really any other reason I would be having a breakout and I did have a SINGLE bite of queso Friday night so I wonder if that kicked off the process. It's seriously ginormous and SO PAINFUL. It's still just red so I am just waiting it out. None of the things I just described are worth cheese. Ice cream, dessert, maybe, but not cheese. Haha. 
    Sunday I ate compliantly for breakfast and lunch because we were going out for another friend's birthday at dinner. I was originally planning to do gluten and dairy, because I wanted to have the treats she was making, but I ended up having alcohol again, too. I knew I wouldn't be having alcohol again for a few weeks as I finish re-intro, so I went for it because it was fancy and fun. ANYWAY. I had bread and brie with my dinner salad and then the dessert treats my friend made. The bread and brie was blah (as was the entire salad, honestly, which was kind of a bummer but I'm still glad I had it), but the desserts were awesome and totally worth it. I did find myself getting full/satisfied with the treats faster than I did prior to W30, so I hope that stays with me. Dessert portion control was definitely a problem before - I would eat until I was sick. After the desserts I felt super full and heavy, which wasn't ideal but I had a whole glass of water with them so I think there really was just a lot in my belly. Within an hour or two I had REALLY stinky gas, which I didn't the day before from just dairy + alcohol, so wondering if that was the gluten? I slept well but am VERY tired today and have had a headache for about 3 hours despite the entire bottle of water and 8 hours of sleep. Ugh. I also have been feeling kind of woozy on and off, which is weird. 
    Very excited to be back on-plan for a few days. Originally was planning to do legumes on Thursday and NG grains on Sunday but I feel like this weekend really took a toll, so I might skip legumes and do them later if I'm not feeling 100% on Thursday so I can go into NG grains on Sunday totally cleaned up. 
    Hope everyone is having a happy Monday! 
  25. AB_MN liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    Oh! @AB_MN I don't have that issue with alcohol but oddly enough, I think Melissa does. Not sure if it was red wine or gluten but I specifically remember in It Starts With Food her saying there is some food group that makes her depressed and that at first she kind of didn't believe it but she tested it over and over again and it was true. Something like that. So even if none of us have that, I definitely think there are other people who do.