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  1. 3 points

    Almost40, First Whole30

    Happy Day 30 everyone! My break from logging was just from a sense of overwhelm with life, but this experiment has continued and gone pretty well. I'm working my way through Food Freedom Forever and thinking I will continue to benefit from following some of the program rules. I'm not sure I'm ready to be without guidelines. But, I'm looking forward to a slightly less meat-heavy diet, and more flexibility, so we'll see how that works out.
  2. 2 points

    Like an Onion

    I've gone back and looked now. And here's what I think: I had already ordered the Step 3 patches, when I was feeling good - and thought I was ready. By the time the Step 3 patches had arrived, and the Step 2 patches ran out ... I was not in such a good W30 place. So = bad combo. It's all just one big experiment, isn't it? Life. It just IS. Also, looking back through my journal - I see that the furthest I've made it so far is 10 days. That was only interrupted by the planned lunch with my employer (I am beginning to cringe at the word "boss" - that's not how we roll - we are a team). So the little tiny baby goal in my mind, for now, is that at some point I'd like to make it to Day 11.
  3. 2 points

    Like an Onion

    Thank you, @Amy_Michigan ... and YES ... I have often thought to myself that perhaps I am going to live my life in these "cycles" ~ and that perhaps that is okay. I'm not sure what all of the drivers are behind the shift when it occurs, but I've identified some of them in the post above. There are more. There are things I haven't even talked about here yet ~ just because there are only so many hours in a day, you know? I've been using the nicotine patch since October of last year. I could not believe how unbelievably successful it was for me. In the past, I'd gone cold-turkey, I'd used nicotine gum, lozenges, and drops. I'd even experimented with Wellbutrin, which is supposed to help you quit - but had zero effect in that department for me. I was driving along one day last fall, and thought to myself, "I wonder if you have to have a prescription for the patch?" Being an RN - I feel like I should know everything (lol) - but alas, I do not. So I googled it, and I thought, Holy. Crap. Why did I not think of this before?! It's been life-changing for me. Because I have NEVER enjoyed the smell, the taste, the habit, of smoking. I don't like how it makes me feel about myself. I don't like how it interrupts my life and takes me away from whatever else is going on. It consumes me. Life revolves around when is the next break going to be. It's terrible. That's because the body is going through withdrawal basically all of the time. Our bodies start processing and eliminating the nicotine immediately, so withdrawal begins to occur pretty much as soon as we put out that nasty cigarette. I've lived a double life. I never talked to anyone about being a smoker in nursing school - I didn't go out on class breaks with the other smokers, didn't smoke before going to class, and certainly not before going to clinicals. I still smoke about 1-2/day now, most days, and my new employer and I have never discussed it. I'm not saying she doesn't know or suspect - I'm saying, as far as I know, I've given her no reason to think about it. I don't smoke in my car anymore (Good Lord ... YUCK.) and I have never gone to work with her, smelling like smoke. It's always carefully arranged ~ that's what I'm saying. I usually have one in the morning, before my shower, and occasionally one in the evening, before bed. But back to the patch: You start out with Step 1 (21 mg). I chose from the beginning not to pay any attention to the directions re: length of phases - because I know myself too well, and I decided I would wear this freaking patch for the rest of my life, if that's what I have to do. I even said this to my doctor, and he agreed with me. He shrugged and said, "Some people do." Well, great, because I'm gonna do what I'm gonna do anyway. And he knows this. Lol. So I also did not keep track of how long I wore the Step 1 patches. (It was longer than directed). I moved down to Step 2 when I felt like perhaps I was a tad overstimulated, and that I could do without the extra nicotine. The transition from Step 1 (21 mg) to Step 2 (14 mg) was uneventful. I don't even remember anything about it. Non-issue. Where I'm going with all of this (and if you are still reading at this point, you are a true friend): I moved down to Step 3 (7 mg) recently. I think I was feeling so good on W30 ... and maybe I did feel overstimulated again ... so I thought it was time. I just finished a 14-day box of Step 3 - used the last one on Monday. So I will have to go back now and see if I started to take a nosedive around that time. I think I probably did. Because this transition was noticeable to me. I also started smoking more. 21 mg --> 14 mg is only a reduction of 1/3. 14 mg --> 7 mg is a reduction of 1/2. So yesterday ~ having run out of the Step 3 patches, I grabbed my "emergency" patch from my wallet - which I had put there back in my Step 1 days. I cut it in half - which the instructions say never to do - and so, I had 10.5 mg all day yesterday. And that was good. I've always suspected the whole "don't cut it in half" was a line of crap for them to make more money ... but I wasn't really sure about that, so I just followed the directions on that one in the past. Which means I've probably spent way more money than I needed to. Lol. And if you're STILL reading (!) - I have typed all of this out in an effort to tell myself what I already instinctively knew: I am not ready for Step 3, and my body does not fit into some cookie-cutter program. Perhaps I need step 2.5 and then 2.75 to remain successful. And yes, I know, true success in many people's minds will be nicotine-free. Smoke-free. But what is most important - honestly, the only thing that is important - is that I feel happy and successful. No one else gets to define our successes for us.
  4. 2 points

    Meli's log

    Day 9 B - coffee w/ nut milk; sweet potato-coconut soup; cucumber slices + baby carrots; 2 poached eggs w/ compliant hot sauce S - cup of homemade chicken broth L - tomato-coconut soup; roast chicken; sauteed cabbage w/ sauerkraut + pumpkin seeds S - coffee w/ nut milk; honeydew melon D - salad of radicchio, celery, carrots, 1/2 avocado + vinaigrette (olive oil, acv, mustard); roast chicken; green soup Tuesdays are my Saturdays, which means low-key meal prep. I let a couple chicken carcasses I had in the freezer simmer on low overnight for a soup. I included leftover zucchini, celery, parsley stems, greens that were going a bit grunge-y. Added onion, garlic, cauliflower, rosemary and dried fennel. Pureed the lot. Turned out nicely. Cans of crushed tomatoes on sale so I bought a few. Cooked some onion, celery and bell pepper, added some spices and pureed it all with a can of coconut milk. Not bad! Could use this tomato soup as a base for meat sauce - I might add some ground beef and mushrooms to it at some point.
  5. 2 points

    Like an Onion

    Well, guys ... I blew it. Thanks for the birthday wishes! Today I am 41 years, and 1 day old. Lol. It's okay ... it's okay, though. Because I really figured out another layer ~ and that is: I will eat things I don't "really" want to eat, because I am worried about the feelings of others. A part of me wants to call this "peer pressure" ~ but it really isn't. No one was pressuring me (well, not exactly) - but I did have to make a decision about dinner. "It's your birthday - we'll do whatever you want." <-- Okay, yes, that does feel like pressure to me. But it's more of an internal pressure I put on myself. You know what I mean. I wasn't far enough along in my journey (AKA: Day 1 again) ~ and therefore, not confident enough to say: "Okay, I'm having a frozen meal, you guys can do whatever you want." I personally would have been very happy with a frozen meal & keeping the day compliant, like I said here I was going to do. But that's not the choice I made - and yes, it was my choice. I'm owning it. --- I got the flooring done! The appraiser came back out to see it at the end of the day on Friday. Now he just has to file a quick 2-page report on Monday, and then hopefully we can get the refinance closed this week. I do have that sense of "I'll believe it when the money is in our bank account" ... because it seems like there are so many things in this process that can go wrong. This is why we've been in the same house for the past 17 years and not moved OR refinanced. My sister has moved like a hundred times ~ and the thought of all of the ducks that have to line up in a row each time makes me want to barf. I love the meme someone sent me years ago: I do not have ducks. I do not have a row. I have squirrels, and they're at a rave. --- I hope we all can have a happy, healthy Sunday. That's as far as I'm going with the proclamations at this point!
  6. 2 points
    Sat. March 7 Cravings are letting up, though had a moment of peering in the fridge and desperately wanting a big hunk of cheese. Salad for both lunch and dinner. On-plan. Frypan cauliflower for dinner with garlic and seasoning. Was stuffed last night after dinner, and no cravings later. None at all. Having to do this within the context of problem foods. My wife is not on the diet, and she's buying cheese, cooking grains and pastas. Last night. millet cooked like a polenta with goat cheese on top--I cheated and politely ate one bite, but steeled myself and put the leftovers away. This is much more difficult than being on the same plan together, preparing our stock of food, and supporting each other. But, much of the problem has been letting myself go down the path of her diet--which is healthy for her and is working for her--but leads to binge eating and problems for me. I have to find the strength within to take care of myself and let others be --without anger or resentment or making a big deal out of it. It's very much like trying to quit drinking and having a housemate who keeps booze in the cupboards and who might offer a glass of wine, saying "oh, I thought you were off hard liquor. A little wine won't hurt. It's good for you."
  7. 2 points

    Like an Onion

    Before the rest of my family wakes up ~ and while I can think straight: Today I am 41 years old. I've had at least a few grandmothers live to 100 years old - or close - but I don't see that it will be the case with me. I have been a smoker - off and on - since I was 14 years old. So, let's just say I'm at a halfway point. The past few days I have felt "off" - because I've been OFF. I remember feeling really good ... I remember sitting here and the thoughts and ideas just flowing ... I remember feeling so good, like I could do anything. I'm not even sure now when I got off track ~ and I'm not going to go back and look. What I am sure about is this: This has to stop. There are too many things I want to do ... and too many days have gone by, not doing the very best I can do for my body. --- Day 1 today. No, there will not be wine - sorry, husband. No, there will not be dessert. I am over it. I'm not going to sit here and say, "I really need to do ______" or "I am going to cut out _______". I am going to STOP with the damned lotus flowers, and get on with living my best life.
  8. 1 point

    Like an Onion

    Goodness, combatting nicotine withdrawals are no joke. Geesh woman you’ve got a lot going on. Be kind be gentle and keep on trucking along. I’m proud of you for not throwing in the towel and the fact that you keep coming back to work on those layers.
  9. 1 point

    Greg's Log, notes on progress. 3/1/2020

    Wed. March 11. Last night, feeling hot-headed from a cold, I ate a good-sized bowl of bone broth soup and some cold steamed Chinese cabbage with caraway seeds and a thick balsamic vinegar on it. It was surprisingly good. The soup had some beef in it from what was on the bones, and I think the broth is quite protein rich. Anyhow, this was all I ate and then I went to bed. I have a working theory now that a lot of the eating and basically fucking around and wasting time out of boredom is a net drain on energy and creativity. I'm getting published on Medium, and my productivity levels have been quite high. But I don't feel all manic and driven. It's quite clean and clear. Like now, I've been up for an hour. It's 6:31 AM. I've already responded to an editor who is picking up one of my articles. I'm more in the world and less drifting around in la la land. The struggle I was having with constant binge eating made me feel like shit about myself. It fed the inner critic, who was yelling in my head "Straighten up, what's the matter with you!"
  10. 1 point

    Like an Onion

    I've been there when I tried AIP (autoimmune protocol of the Whole30) a few years back. Because I have lupus, I feel this huge pressure to be on the perfect diet to manage it and reduce inflammation. However, I have determined a few things about myself: 1. As much as I want to make a forever lifestyle change, my my mind/body/life cannot handle being that consistent. Maybe some people can do that forever but I'm not one of those people. 2. I feel pretty good when I eat paleo/whole30 meals and avoid overeating. Staples that have always worked well for me to keep me full and happy are sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and squash. And I have gotten used to soup purees with added meat, or salad for any meal. I think if we can find favorite fruits and vegetables that don't make our bodies feel bad, we can develop routines with recipes using those foods. Even if I have an off week, I can always go back to that routine... that is what I'm trying to do now, anyway.
  11. 1 point
    MJ of Cayman

    Whole 30 for Lent

    Yes. I eat a lot of sugar. I expected to see improvement faster ... this is my 3rd Whole 30 Lent, but I’m not seeing it this time. Day 17 for me, and I have zero energy. Lots of brain fog. Having trouble staying focused on reading a magazine or a book. I quit drinking on New Years, so maybe that’s another reason I’m not feeling that boost. One of the problems had already been eliminated. I’m sticking with it. It’s a discipline thing for me mixing the food with the Lenten devotion of seeking self-improvement. I miss cheese. I miss diet soda, and I miss my candy. I’m a classic penny-candy lover. So I’m happy to have an excuse to pass up those things. I also miss the scale. Not here to talk you into keeping with it if you don’t think it’s for you. You know your body and your health and your eating habits. Good luck to you in your decision.
  12. 1 point
    3/9 Reset Day 4 3:00am get up to work for a couple more hours. Hubby offered to take DS17 and DS13 to their classes today if I would get a couple more hours of sleep. I agreed and turned of the computer at 5am 7am up to get everyone out the door and start work. 9:45 M1 LO sausage and peppers DS11 heated up some food for me while I worked because I was getting Hangry. I will instruct him later on this morning on roasting a chicken so we can have roasted chicken for lunch. I’m remembering now why I got addicted to soda and energy drinks this time of the year. 1:15 M2 - roasted chicken with mixed greens drizzled wit W30 CFA and two strawberries My DS11 used the whole 30 cook book recipe and made a whole roasted chicken for lunch with my supervision (me sitting in the kitchen with my nose in my computer working). He also made sure I had veggies he decided on salad and he made it pretty with a couple of strawberries. And he used my compliant dressing. He is such a sweet boy and so observant and conscientious on the foods others eat and enjoy. I think that is part just his nature and part his allergies and how they cause him to be ultra aware of others food needs. It was such a huge blessing to have a delicious meal prepared for me while I worked. Yeah I think I’m gonna keep this kid of mine! 8:00 M3 - Beef stroganoff recipe from Mary’s whole life. Butternut squash “noodles” roasted vegetable medley. My DS13 and DS11 helped in the kitchen making dinner tonight. It was slow going but so good. They also made onion rings that were gluten free, egg free and dairy free. They made them in the air fryer and even my hubby said they were decent. I did not try them, but I’m also not a huge fan of onions and they were not W30 compliant. My 11DS with the multiple food allergies LOVED them. That kid loves food! My 13DS was horrified to learn what all was in the stroganoff as he constructed the recipe. It’s not earth shattering to normal people mind you. But he still ate it and decided it was still really really good. Well I survived another day of taxes and no vices. So I think I shall celebrate by doing more taxes. Water 85 oz- a slight increase but I can still do better. Comp vs Non Comp in March 6:3 NSV - teen boys are learning to cook from scratch delicious wholesome meals -I have had the energy and ability to cope in the midst of a lot of work stress -I am down another belt whole
  13. 1 point
    3/8 Reset Day 3 8:30 up with baby. Back to work. 9:00 M1 - LO chicken sausage with sautéed peppers carrots and steamed sugar snap peas. 1/2 banana Between work, feeding baby, and a million other interruptions I only managed to eat 1/2 my bowl of food. I put the rest in fridge for later. I was feeling taxed and stressed so I’m proud of me for not grabbing the oh so convenient but seriously lacking donuts and lil Debbies for breakfast. I grabbed my left overs and nuked them in the microwave… not ideal but works in a pinch. I stayed compliant for another meal. My congestion is almost completely gone along with my stomach bloat. Still a tad gassy but that is quickly diminishing too. How awesome is that! I strayed for a few meals and it’s taking me just a few meals to feel better. I’m not having to go through the whole cycle of kill all the things all over again. That’s gives me that much more incentive to stay close to the plan as part of my food freedom because when it is worth it to dive on into the pizza or cake or whatever may be worth it I will be able to recover faster if I’ve been good to me and eating wholesome foods that are not laced with those triggers that make me feel bleh. So I’m considering carrot cake for my birthday… but now I need to decide if I want the gluten fluffy cake that is certain to make me ill, or to go towards a gluten free cake that would also be suitable for my 11DS I know the latter would make him so happy, and less damaging to my gut. Hmmm definitely something to consider… maybe GF carrot cake pineapple cupcakes with creamy goat chèvre cheese frosting. Definitely something to ponder. As for my dinner I’m thinking Japanese steak house. I love the one near my parents house I typically only go maybe once a year and often around my birthday. I didn’t go last year so I think I’m due. Hmmm filet mignon chicken and shrimp with fried rice. Cake and Japanese steak house are definitely two things on my worth it list for my birthday. 1:30 M2 - the rest of my meal 1 plus some W30 CFA sauce. Seriously this stuff makes everything better 3:30 S1 - 3 sausage links, 1/2 banana 1/2 c strawberries, 1 Tbs almond butter 1 Tbs coconut flakes sprinkle of cinnamon. My lunch was clearly not enough food coupled with stress from work = me in desperate need for a compliant snack that will keep me out of the popcorn and snack cakes. Things I really don’t want but provide that convenience and distraction. I realize some of this is stress eating but I don’t have time to unpack this and deal with my reasonings… so I’ll keep the snack compliant and deal with the behavior a little later. Wish I had some veggies and compliant ranch. Mental note for next big work push if I survive this one. I know I’m stressed when my hubby is asking if I’m ok. 8:30 M3 - grilled chicken breast over bed of greens tomatoes cucumbers and carrots topped with W30 CFA sauce. Dinner was eaten while I was working. I did manage to get baby bathed and in bed at a decent hour amidst the work. 11:30 pm take a break from work to rest my eyes and my wrist and shoulders. Comp vs Non Comp days in March 5:3
  14. 1 point

    Amy's Log for 2020

    Day 36... 4 more days until I start my next whole30. M1: Sweet potato basil soup with chicken M2: Strawberry, Banana, and Coconut milk (1/2 can) smoothie. Only 3 ingredients and it was still delicious! M3: Taco salad with romaine lettuce, ground beef, taco spices, and salsa. Then ate half a cauliflower-crust pizza with pizza sauce, ground beef, and half of a string cheese. Saving the other half for my moms birthday party tomorrow where she is having pizza delivered. I am making a gluten free chocolate cake to bring so I can partake. As you can tell, I loosened the reigns slightly for dairy, but not grains/gluten yet. The cauliflower crust was gluten free but did have a small amount of cheese and chickpeas (legumes). I went to see The Invisible Man tonight at the theater and didn’t get any drink or food. Yay me.
  15. 1 point
    3/6 Reset Day 1 I’m back sort of. I’m going to take one meal at a time. 10:30 M1 - 3 eggs with chili pepper oregano s&p scrambled in bacon grease with strawberries 12:30 M2 - taco salad with mixed greens and tomatoes topped with some w30 mayo and w30 ketchup Made ketchup while I was making taco meat for lunch. I may use some of it to make a BBQ sauce later this weekend. Condiments are my thing. I really do enjoy condiments but most are so laden with sugar that I am beginning to realize to keep my sugar dragon at bay I need to be making my own condiments. The more I do it the less daunting it feels. 8:09 M3 - Turkey BLT roll ups. compliant deli turkey meat, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, W30 mayo, brown mustard. I wasn’t very hungry BUT everyone else’s food smelled so good. I picked up KFC for the hubs while I was out and then baked pizzas for the kids. Once everyone was fed and happy I sat down to my meal. It was good and just the right amount of filling. I’ve been compliant today. It wasn’t hard but did require some effort and mindfulness. I will say the chocolate covered donuts the kids were eating today were somewhat tempting, but not really because they aren’t worth it. My stomach definitely feels better tonight. I was in a bit of food hangover with an angry stomach this morning. I’m bloated and my nose is stuffy from straying the past few days, but I’ll bounce back soon enough. My brother asked if I got dressed in my husband’s closet. My clothes are getting to the point where they are noticeably big on me. Which I have to say is kind of nice and a nice reminder that even though this food freedom thing takes a lot of effort it is so worth the effort.
  16. 1 point

    Meli's log

    Day 5 (B) black tea w/ hazelnut milk; sweet potato-coconut soup, cod fillet, grapefruit (Post-WO) hardboiled egg, celery sticks, small handful of walnuts, coffee w/ almond milk (L) vegetable stew w/ cod and clams, 1/2 avocado, sauerkraut afternoon coffee w/ hazelnut milk (D) zucchini noodles w/ walnut oil, compliant "mushroom" umami seasoning, olives, ground pork; bowl of vegetable stew Slept poorly so was overtired today (hence 3 rounds of caffeine, agh). Woke up pretty bloated, which is unusual for me (if I'm going to be bloated it's always a late afternoon/evening thing). I took some digestive enzymes with breakfast and that settled things down, so no problem. I've been drinking my usual herbal infusions throughout the day (nettles and hibiscus steeped in water) with some lemon juice, and matching my caffeinated drinks with 1-2 glasses of water. Pimples are already fading somewhat My psoriasis hasn't gotten any worse. I was curious to see what would happen but it seems to be about the same all over (I have it on my neck, ears, lower back and hands). I think if I were to do this again I'd schedule my start date to NOT align perfectly with my period! Day 1 of my whole30 was also day 1 of my period so I can't differentiate between my typical period issues and w30 side effects. In any case, I've been in fairly high spirits.
  17. 1 point
    I'll correct: I thought this would be easier, but, fortunately, no... and that's great
  18. 1 point

    Day 28 - Depressed and Fat

    Sometimes, even tho we have weight to lose, our bodies prioritize other healing over dropping pounds. It can be disheartening to have done the entire program and not have visible results but I honestly encourage you to find other results... is your skin better? Your sleep better? Cravings diminished? How's the depression and anxiety? One thing that you might also consider is that stress hormones can impact your ability to lose weight and if you've been stressing this entire time about losing xx pounds, you could be actually working against your own body chemistry. Stay the course, eat three template meals a day and believe that choosing health will make you healthy... Also, on that note, if you have been under-eating in an attempt to hack the program and restricting to count calories, it's VERY likely that you've done yourself a disservice... when you restrict calories and food, you put your body into survival mode and it does not drop weight when it thinks you're in a famine. If you would like to know more about whether this could be what's going on, feel free to list out a few example days of what you've been eating including portions etc... and we can have a look and see. I know it seems counter intuitive to eat more to lose weight but you want your body feeling safe and nourished so it knows that sufficient food is coming again every 4-6 hours...
  19. 1 point

    Naturally Healed My LPR

    Hi CarlInSmyrna I just joined the forum and I'm on day 3. Your message inspired me. I was diagnosed with LR reflux 2 years ago, have had many tests and pills, and am not cured. The reflux has taken over my life and I'm very depressed about it. I am really hoping this elimination diet works. I see that you haven't been on the forum but hope to hear how your reflux is now and are you still on this journey. Also interested on what supplements worked for you. Thank you!
  20. 1 point

    What to Expect Calendar (Symptoms)

    Agreed...but I also found the expectations "calendar" pretty funny, in a slightly snarky dark way. It made me laugh and also a bit comforted knowing that other folks have struggles at different times in this journey. The explanations of why I might experience these things was also very helpful. It's an individual journey, but it can be a supportive shared experience too. Thanks all - cheers!
  21. 1 point
    @Fernsk there's no hard and fast rule, so just whatever makes sense to you, I guess. Think about how you'd use these things in a typical meal -- if you're having bread, and you'd mostly just want a piece or two at the end of the meal to sop up the last bit of sauces on a plate, you might just have slightly less of everything so you wouldn't be too stuffed to have the bread. If you serve something over rice, even though rice is not a vegetable, for the average person, it's kind of taking the place of vegetables, so instead of having your food over cauli rice or over a potato, you have it over rice. Just try to eat these things the way you normally would want to have them and do the best you can to build your meal around that.
  22. 1 point
    If you're looking for the Timeline http://whole30.com/2013/08/revised-timeline/
  23. 1 point

    What to Expect Calendar (Symptoms)

    Can I just comment here that not everyone follows the timeline so if you're NOT experiencing the listed 'symptoms' you're not necessarily doing it wrong - also sometimes the expectation actually brings it on, which isn't always the best thing Comparison is the thief of joy - enjoy your OWN journey!!
  24. 1 point

    What to Expect Calendar (Symptoms)

    I found it! In case you need it, here's a link: http://whole30.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Whole30-Timeline-COLOR-Smaller.jpg
  25. 1 point

    Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule

    Hi Hutlifr. In your context, it sounds like you already know how the dairy you want to eat affects you. In that case, there's no reason for you to do a controlled reintroduction on that food group: you've already got the information you need. The idea behind reintroduction is to test for when you don't know how a food group impacts you physically/psychologically, and/or you want to know how eating that food will affect you. Some folks separate out different types of dairy on different days. For example, they don't know how cow's milk impacts them vs. sheep's/goat's milk. Those people would do three different cow's milk products on one day, and then three different sheep's milk products on another day. Or a pasteurized dairy day vs. raw dairy day. Soft cheese day vs. hard cheese day. It's your experiment of 1: test for what makes sense in the context of what you already know, don't yet know and/or want to discover.