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  1. I'm so interested to hear someone mentioning oatstraw here -- I got a bit obsessed with it about a year ago. I put on an event called Tea & Poetry at the local farmers market, and we had a station where people could mix their own taisans (a.k.a. herbal teas, to take home and make teas, infusions, or decoctions). Mountain Rose Herbs kindly donated many of the materials. I researched all the ingredients and made info brochures on the medicinal qualities and history of the herbs. Well, it was really fun, and I ended up with a giant jar of oatstraw once it was over. I began to use oatstr
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  2. Also mountain rose herbs is a great source to get them from if you can’t find them local.
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  3. @Jennifer Jensenyay I’m glad you got an official word on the oatstraw. When I was using it to promote healing I’d make a big batch of it and keep it in the fridge. I’d have a cup in the morning and one at night. Typically my one at night I’d gently reheat on the stove so I could enjoy it warm. I would have enjoyed it warm in the mornings too but I was always in a rush. Sometimes I’d add it to a fruit/veggie smoothie. But it really is wonderful and very grounding. I found for me it was one of those slow gradual changes. You didn’t really notice the changes day to day but 5 months down t
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  4. Day 1 Hi.. wish me luck to keep up these posts. Today is day 1. I've done several Whole30's in the past, I would guess 3 successfully, maybe 4. I love the structure. I love the black and white. I need that. I need an easy no. Food Freedom sounds amazing, but I still struggle and each Whole30 helps me understand my strengths and weaknesses better. I'm mostly back at this because I want to be in control again. Whole30's give me control. I decided I was going to start this round when I ran out of my meal prepped breakfasts that had cheese in them. They ran out yesterday and
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  5. It's official. I asked on Can I have...? Yes, as long as nothing else is added to it that is non-compliant. Yay! I have got to try it. @BabyBear It's a go!
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  6. 10/9/2020 Day 5 7:30 up with the toddler. Made his breakfast. Got everyone up to get our day going. 8:30 M1 - 2 eggs with basil and nutritional yeast, cooked in ghee. Carrot sticks and half an apple with almond butter. Breakfast was simple and filling. I got dishes done and boys have their day going. I am feeling more alert and less foggy. I definitely have more energy than I have had. My face looked less puffy this morning. These are great things! My digestive track is normalizing and I’m actually able to eat a full meal 3x a day with out feeling stuffed and bloated
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  7. The stem and leaves are fine, just make sure there are no additional sweeteners or other non compatible items in the drink.
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  8. day 4 cont... Wow! So I went back and found my first log from January. I read the first week and I’m ugly crying again. Clearly today is a day of processing emotions. A purge of my soul. I was reminded of how far I have come even in just this year in learning to be kind to me and give myself room for healing. The scale hasn’t had the allure and power it once did. I’ve actually been annoyed at having to weigh in once a month for my prenatal meet with my midwife. It is totally becoming just a number and there are so many other factors that tell me which direction my health is headed. I
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  9. I wash all my produce when I get home from the grocery store. It's an added step that day, but I find it saves me time when cooking and it makes me more apt to eat fruits and veggies!
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  10. Rescue Me! What do you do when you can't use your right arm? I made it through my last two days. I had a stabbing headache over the entire right back side of my head. It stems from my shoulder pain and would not go away without sleep. I made my appointment yesterday and then had to cancel today's. I tried to just keep going yesterday and it didn't work. So I slept in. I hate doing that but I only have enough pain to be a reminder that I still have to take it easy. That is about all I can post about those days. Trying to be positive: Hubby ate my compliant ch
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  11. I very much relate to this. I think I journaled a lot about this struggle my first whole 30. When around family choices around food go soooooo much deeper than simply choosing what you really want. There are a lot of emotional and psychological hang ups involved and go so much deeper than just breaking a bad habit. I’m learning to be understanding with myself but also looking for ways I can change the status quo even just a little. For instance at Thanksgiving this year I plan to say No to two things I’d normally have but don’t love (jellied cranberry sauce and Waldorf salad) and im going
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  12. The only times I haven't 100% regretted my eating while with family was when I had the "no" of a very structured plan in place and didn't indulge at all. I hate to say it, but it's true. So, I totally understand and commiserate. No doubt the majority of your weight is bloat and will subside as you return to eating you know makes you feel better. Really good information about dairy. Dairy does the same to me--not that I feel terrible, but it's not optimum. And come to find out, I have a casein intolerance. Go figure. Wishing you all the best as you're back to normal life and working t
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  13. Picture from https://www.maryjanedetroyer.com/new-york-city-registered-dietitian-criticizes-keto-diet/ I am an unorganized, totally over-extended or completely lazy, immoderate individual desiring peace more than I desire happiness or even food. Love - I absolutely love nature because that is one place peace spreads over every part of my being until I am just glowing. A co-worker actually gave me a shirt that says, "Nature is My Happy Place." Indeed it is. I am a very visual person. Well today I was walking and came across a heron in the lake near my house. These birds seem so seren
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  14. Well, I was going to just run away from this log because I had some sizeable failures this weekend. I traveled to see family and fell hard. I had about 30 hours of off-plan eating, drinking, etc. I was strong for the first 24 hours of the visit and then caved. Today I am back on track. I'm going to return to W30 for at least 2 weeks to get my body some rest after what I put it through. It is disheartening, but a weakness I know of myself. I really struggle to be around my family and eat well. I began a healthy lifestyle after moving away from them, so my life with them is not connected t
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  15. I have really enjoyed reading your log this evening. I appreciate your mindset and musings.
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  16. Reintro is going well. Not surprising, but liquid dairy is harder for me to digest it seems than hard dairy (cheeses). All I've had as far as dairy goes is shredded cheeses, cream cheese, ranch dressing (with buttermilk), heavy whipping cream, and blue cheese dressing. Although I haven't felt backed up at all, I think the soft dairy is shooting through my system. Day 1 I had HWC in my coffee for 1 cup and my stomach was in knots before I was even done. Yesterday I had a salad with lots of blue cheese dressing, like, LOTS. I definitely think I overate yesterday. I did have a lapse in willpower
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  17. Congratulations on your fabulous results!! Sounds like reintro is going well. Good luck navigating legumes. For me, the smaller the bean the better. And I don't know what to tell you about how to work it into a template. I think you're just going to have to experiment.
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  18. I made it! I had dreams the last few nights I ate or drank non-compliant foods, but I made it! Results Scale : down 9.4lbs, about 3-4 inches all around, but about 1-1.5 inches in my waist and hips. All other areas (arms, calves, thighs were down less than half an inch). For comparison's I started at 181.2 and ended at 171.8. I'm 3 lbs away from not being overweight! I'm happy with those scale results. I know i wanted to see a double-digit loss, but I knew I wouldn't have had the water weight/bloating going into this as I would have if I had a traditional American diet where I ha
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  19. This happens to me, too, the improved sleep on Whole30 and the winter blues. Have fun in spin class tonight with your new shoes!
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  20. Well, it's the morning of Day 4. Day 3 was fine, I was just exhausted and went to bed very very early. It could have been due to detoxing or I just had a tiring day and needed a nap. I ate compliant yesterday, but I'm certain I overate. One of my goals from the Day by Day book was to be more mindful when I ate and I did not hit that goal. I went to Chipotle for lunch and ate my entire salad although I'm sure I was satisfied well before bowl scraping. For dinner I had some ground beef, avocado, and saute'd vegetables. I was stuffed when that was done. I also had some frozen fruit. I was o
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  21. Day 2 finishing up. Something I never thought about until this Whole30 is to start on the weekend. We have such a mindset to start on Monday or the 1st of the month. I started on a Friday. I work M-F. Weekends I’m usually pretty busy (I love to do lists). I think I do better with eating during the day on weekends because I’m busy. NIghtime is different because socialization can be hard. But, today was awesome. Cleaning, dog baths, errands, laundry, I didn’t have time to think about be deprived or hungry. My NSV’s for the day were socialization. Today was a family community day in my subd
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  22. Yay - another lover of the structure of W30! I think I'm on my 7th round - I started journaling in this forum for my 6th round (started in June), didn't really finish it and piddled around before recommitting again this week. Journaling has been the most helpful activity I have engaged in to help me with working toward Food Freedom (no where near there, yet). So welcome! It makes so much sense what you said about setting the tone as you transition into a new stage. I hope today is successful and that you continue to journal here through the next 29.
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  23. I am glad you went as well. Funerals and grief were two of the first things I thought of when quarantine happened. And since then one of my very close friends lost her son and we will have the memorial next year. He was only 22.
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  24. My hubby brother was 56 when we lost him to cancer three years ago in October. That loss shook my hubby hard. This is a hard month! a sudden loss like that of your brothers is so incredibly hard. You almost feel cheated somehow and it’s hard to find closure. we were blessed that we were able to make it to my Grammys bedside before she passes in March. We made the 21 hr drive plus 4 hours to get a flat on the RV fixed and when we arrived we immediately went to her room to spend time with her. She wanted to hold the wiggly toddler. I sat my little one on the bed beside her as we s
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