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  1. 2 points
    FairyRN

    First time Whole30 starting 9/15

    Hello! New to this forum! I am starting my first Whole30 next Monday and pray it helps resolve some of the health issues I have been experiencing! I just finished ”It Starts with Food” and boy am I angry at big food companies for scientifically modifying food to make it addictive = more consumption = more profit AND also more metabolically unhealthy individuals Hoping to finally slay Sharon my sugar dragon for good! Thank you for having this space for us!
  2. 2 points
    I was just thinking about this--the anxiety surrounding food boredom on W30--and it struck me that while not on W30, I can eat the same thing for days on end, take a one-day break, and go back to eating the same thing for days on end until I grow tired of it and switch to something else. Lately, while packing and planning to move, it was take-out shawarma, my go-to being hummus, lentil soup, salad, chicken. And sushi from the grocery store. I practically lived on these two meals all summer. So, why do we feel we need to outdo ourselves on W30? Honestly, I'm amazed at the effort I'm willing to put into meal prep, though I'm also noticing that it doesn't HAVE to be that big of a deal. As long as I have protein, veggies, and fat handy, I'm good. It's true that the excitement of overmuch salt/fat/sugar/msg/whathaveyou taken out of the equation may be part of why getting back to real food and making it extra tasty is important. But I keep telling myself, "It doesn't have to be such a big deal." Especially because my plan is basically to keep going through October with my little doctor-ordered side step away from fats and starches in the middle. Anyway, love your reflections, contemplations, and participation in my log. WE CAN DO THIS (cue Rosie the Riveter image)!!
  3. 2 points
    decker_bear

    The Seduction of LadyM Returns

    Right!! All the advertizing screams at us to eat keto, low fat, low carb, sugar free, count macros, exercise, etc etc to "be healthy." And WW is certainly no different - "eat everything you want AS LONG AS you stay within your points," which effectively equates to "restriction." Coming back to W30 where the message is "Eat!" definitely takes some adjustment. One of my friends I'm coaching said, "Are you sure I'm not going to gain a bunch of weight?" Nope! But that is surely another indication of the restriction mindset that is so prevalent. Speaking of sauces ... earlier this week (or last week, I can't remember, it all blurs) I tried making a W30 Worcestershire sauce. It definitely was NOT Worcestershire, but it was crazy tasty. I added some to a batch of chili I made and I have been eating it on eggs. It's BBQ-esque in the sense that it has the tomato paste, the acidity from the vinegar, and the umami from garlic and coconut aminos. Another member found this so I can't take credit. It won't be BBQ, but it is a really tasty sauce you could add to your repertoire. https://iheartumami.com/paleo-worcestershire-sauce-hamburger-steak/
  4. 2 points
    decker_bear

    Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30

    It seems like you're stuck in a spiral that's going to be tricky to get out of. Is there somewhere you could donate the non-compliant foods? A friend, neighbor, family member, etc.? I just sent home a few non-compliant things I had laying around with my son and he is more than happy to eat them. I would love if he would embrace a Whole30 to make himself healthier, but he's not in that space right now so I give him the food instead of wasting it or throwing it out. I'm with you, I hate wasting food, but then again ... the food that makes you feel bad isn't really serving you anyway. Are you familiar with Intuitive Eating? It's a concept where you eat more or less what you want. You focus on healthy foods that will serve your body, but you also don't forbid yourself from eating anything. If you want the wine, you have the wine - but you drink it with a wholesome dinner. If you want the cheese and crackers - awesome, but maybe they're an appetizer for a vegetable-heavy dinner. You enjoy it, you give thanks for it, and you move on. Might be worth looking at. I'm just thinking that it might be a way for you to stop the spiral, get yourself balanced again, and allow yourself to start another Whole30 on solid footing and without the shame and regret. Whatever you decide, YOU ARE WORTH IT! Take the time, do it right, and your body will thank you.
  5. 2 points
    laurasuzanne

    Laura's Whole30 8/28/20

    I just wanted to say that a coworker commented that my face looked thinner today. It took me by surprise.
  6. 2 points
    SchrodingersCat

    Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30

    You and me both, sister. If I start, I don't stop, even if I feel sick. All the ice cream, whole packs of candy. I'm more and more convinced I'm an abstainer not a moderator.
  7. 2 points
    Tevenie

    Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30

    I ate 8 icecreams the other day. There, I have said it. I feel so ashamed of myself when I do it. I have no ability to control myself around sugar. It is not just you.
  8. 1 point
    Cheers to no cravings and makeshift sunshine sauce and new squirrel pups! I hear you on wine. It's something I miss a bit when I know I can't have it but hardly actually drink it when I'm not on an elimination diet. I really do feel better in general without alcohol, and over the course of my umpteen W30s including one year alcohol-free, it doesn't sing the same siren song. When I do imbibe, it's generally one, maybe two. Even though my dude manages a bar. Neither of us is the drinker we once were, and I'd like to think that's the natural order of things (I'm 43 and he's nearly 51). Anyway, I digress from my original intent, which was to say YAY YOU! Wine always seems better on tv. YOU GOT DIS.
  9. 1 point
    decker_bear

    The Seduction of LadyM Returns

    Yes, absolutely! I was all about W30 a few years back, and like you, I tried a bunch of different things including weight watchers and keto. It was my knowledge of the W30 program, how it is not a weight loss program but a nutritional reset, and a desire to regain control of my relationship with food that drove me straight back to the W30. I'm still paying for WW because I had a 6 month agreement, but I've never felt as in control as I do right now. I'm also coaching a couple of friends through their first round of W30. As I'm coaching them, explaining the rules, explaining the sciency-stuff behind the rules and giving recommendations for how to deal with side-effects, I realize it is exactly like riding a bike. It's been years since I was reading this material regularly, but when I came back in it was like I never left. I still make some of the same meals I used to make, but I'm bringing in some different ones as well. Stay strong! I think we're a bunch of vets on here right now and WE CAN DO THIS!!
  10. 1 point
    Day 5 I've rescued one dog before, but two is no joke! These little blessings kept me running crazy today. Now, to be fair, we had to go to the pet store and exchange their leashes because the ones we got - they just weren't having it. My boys also came over for dinner and our other dog, Stitch, came with him. I'm sure that between that and being in a new home for only 24 hours was just a lot. I don't blame them for being a bit cranky. I'm feeling it myself. Hopefully tomorrow we can all just chillllll.... I had a really hard time eating today. I would start off hungry and a few bites in feel stuffed. I did what you are supposed to do, stuck to the template and ate as much as I was able. I even set my food off to the side so I could continue eating when the urge struck. As soon as I had breakfast and lunch sitting there together I conceded and put it all away. Breakfast - leftover apple pork frittata Lunch - beef & broccoli with mushrooms Dinner - cod, caesar salad and mashed potatoes I'm having a cup of chamomile tea before bed and I had half a bottle of kombucha with dinner. I've also been using Day by Day this time around. I don't think it was written when I did my W30s in the past. It's really pretty cool, even if you already know the program and what to expect pretty well. I'm starting to enjoy the bedtime routine of writing in it, reflecting on the day. I've tried to get in the habit of journaling in the past and it never sticks. If I can stick with Day by Day for 30 days I'll be feeling pretty good. I've also been listening to Melissa's podcast - Do The Thing. I really liked her recent episode about morning routines and how they can be hugely beneficial. I'm going to start working on a morning routine of my own - just something to consistently start the day off on a positive note. NSV: I had absolutely zero cravings today NSV#2: I followed the rules and ate as much as I could on schedule even when I didn't feel hungry NSV#3: I did all the dishes after dinner even though I was tired and I really, really didn't want to. Insights: Nothing significant today. I didn't get much sleep last night because of the pups so I'm getting to bed earlier tonight, hoping they sleep a little better, too. Here's a picture of the mellower of the two. The other one doesn't sit still long enough for a photo. I swear to gawd she's part squirrel.
  11. 1 point
    Another W30 in the bag, well done!
  12. 1 point
    SchrodingersCat

    Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30

    Oh, my friend, lack of self control is my jam. I'm amazing at staying compliant when I'm being compliant, and when I'm not, I'm absolutely off the reservation, even though it makes me feel like hell.
  13. 1 point
    decker_bear

    Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30

    Don't be so hard on yourself! I'm reading a really good book right now called The Hungry Brain. I'm about halfway into it. The basic premise to this point is that we are biologically wired to want the most calorie-dense foods, and when we get our hands on them, we over-consume. This is based on the caveman days when they may not always have access to honey or starchy tubers or fatty meats. When those foods are available, they gorge on them, because there is no telling when they will find the next batch. The problem in today's world is that we are still biologically wired that way, but calorie-dense foods are absolutely everywhere and a lot worse for us than honey or starchy tubers. See if you can get your hands on this book, I think it might help. I can't say what the recommendations are because I'm not there yet, but even Melissa says that our lack of "self-control" isn't really our fault. Scientists create "food" in such a way that is addicting so we eat more and more. I can't say why some people are seemingly better able to resist these temptations, but I can only guess it has to do with habits built over long periods of time. Hang in there! W30 is always here for you when you are ready for another round.
  14. 1 point
    SchrodingersCat

    Tevenie's Whole30 Diary

    I'd love to cook for you, you'd be more than welcome! I'd love to open up a cafe/restaurant which just specifically catered to dietary needs while still making really amazing meals. Food is my hobby, it shouldn't be, but it is.
  15. 1 point
    Tevenie

    Tevenie's Whole30 Diary

    I was just reading your log and I am ashamed of my food! Yours sounds like a fancy restaurant menu. Seriously, covid or not, I am coming to stay with you.
  16. 1 point
    SchrodingersCat

    Tevenie's Whole30 Diary

    Happy Day 1!! I too dusted off my old Fitbit and it's really helping with the lockdown movement - I get shamed by how little I'm moving, LOL. Food sounds great!!
  17. 1 point
    Tevenie

    Tevenie's Whole30 Diary

    Thank you, I feel all full of early autumnal, crisp early morning air enthusiasm. I am not sure if that is a thing, but I feel it anyway. I have just signed up for 30 days of 15 mins a day of Pilates too. So lots of menu planning and getting ready this weekend. I am excited to feel well again. I intend to make sure I go into next year healthy and happy. Looking forward to chatting with you all again. x
  18. 1 point
    SchrodingersCat

    Tevenie's Whole30 Diary

    Welcome back!! You've picked a great time, there's a real buzz about September W30s
  19. 1 point
    decker_bear

    Laura's Whole30 8/28/20

    Sounds like you're killing it!! Keep it up! I loooove getting new running shoes. So motivating! With the stress eating - I feel you! I can't tell you how many times I baked a batch of cookies after someone pissed me off. Not the healthiest response. If it's just general stress, try listening to Marconi Union - Weightless. It's on YouTube, Spotify, all of them. It's under 10 minutes and was designed by neuroscientists and has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety by listening to it. If that's not feasible, there's a technique I learned in college called "Be In the Moment." You close your eyes and go from feet to head just feeling and being aware of everything. You'll feel the socks and shoes on your feet, you feel the pants or skirt on your legs, you feel the chair holding you up, you feel the air on your face, etc. It's a very effective grounding technique and will get you in a good spot. If it's a specific incident or person stressing you out, write & burn techniques are helpful (wish I'd done this instead of baking cookies, LOL). Get a blank piece of paper - or even a blank word processing screen - and just write. Write all the things in your head. Swear, scream, whatever you need to do. Keep going until you're done (you'll know when you're done ). Paper is the best because then you tear it up into little bitty pieces and throw it away. If it's word processing doc, be very dramatic about highlighting all the text and deleting. The idea is that it gets the feelings out of your head into a tangible form that you can destroy, quite literally getting those feelings and energies out of your body. Good luck!
  20. 1 point
    ShannonM816

    Craving Creamy Texture

    If it's really a texture thing, it might be useful to include a variety of textures in your meals, not necessarily in every single meal, but over time to have some different things that are creamy or crunchy or whatever. So for creamy, try soups or mashed avocado or mayo or mayo-based dressings or mashed potatoes/sweet potatoes/root vegetables. Crunchy could be adding a handful of nuts to a meal, or some celery or jicama or even apple. Drinking a half cup of cashew milk wouldn't necessarily be bad, but I'm not sure it's going to be quite the same as dairy milk, so it might not really help with that craving.
  21. 1 point
    ShadowInTheKitchen

    Take Advantage

    This is your progression into becoming who you need to be. I love what you shared above. All of it. I wish you well. I'm sending you a big virtual birthday hug for your upcoming 50th... and I hope you have a very happy birthday week!
  22. 1 point
    Semi

    Only Lost 6 Pounds, but...

    Kudos to you! Your changes are amazing! I was also diagnosed with bipolar and don't take medication anymore. What I figured out is this: The cleaner I plate, the more excercise I incorporate, the more my moods are stabilized. If I eat Junk Food, I will get severe modd swings, same if I don't work out. So taking care of this is a very good step.
  23. 1 point
    I am a 46 year old female in good health. No hypertension, diabetes, good weight (I'd like to lose a few more, but you know...), etc... I'm a pretty healthy person EXCEPT for this addiction to sugar which I have and love. Complicate that with the fact that I LOVE to bake. I must be in menopause as I have not had a visit from Aunt Flo since October. Aunt Flo has not stopped by since then, but Cousin lb has been coming consistently since then. Then comes the corona-work-from-home situation and that stress. I went for a physical on 4/30/20. This was my Lipid panel Total Cholesterol 262 HDL (good) 60 LDL (bad) 180 Triglycerides 101 I started Whole 30 on Sunday 5/3/20 My blood was re-drawn 26 days later. My doc was going to put me on cholesterol meds but I asked her to check my levels again as I had been doing the Whole 30. She said that short amount of time with a diet change would not move my levels significantly but that she would essentially humor me. Only if my LDL got to or below 170 would I avoid meds. My results from 5/29/20...……. drum roll..... Total Cholesterol 232 HDL (good) 58 LDL (bad) 154 Triglycerides 93 I CANNOT believe that it really helped that significantly. I am now mourning my ice cream at night and whatever other sweet treat I would consume daily that I completely LOVE. Now its time for me to put my big girl britches on and figure out how to live the Resta 30!!!!! Thank you Whole30 Team!!!!!
  24. 1 point
    Tevenie

    Tevenie's Whole30 Diary

    Oh, thank you so much for that MadyVanilla, I hadn't seen that. It has taken me a while to feel good on this - it was really only yesterday I suddenly started to feel good so I don't want to stop. I am hoping I have lost weight, I am certainly less bloated - I am wearing jeans today that I haven't been able to wear for a while because my belly was causing the zip to come down. Never a good look! So I am certainly not going to stop now. I will see how I feel about it at the end of the 30 days, which is next Thursday I think. But at present, I am just planning to keep going.
  25. 1 point
    Angelia

    My Journey from a Day 31 perspective

    Now that the kids are grown, I have a little more disposable income so I also got braces and Lasik surgery. Both of these were VERY GOOD decisions for me! We're not getting older, we're getting better!!