Noelle

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  1. Noelle

    Changes in Menstrual Cycle

    Thank you, ladyshanny! I'm pretty stoked. Also, my libido is back in full swing, and it's so nice to feel sexy again. It's encouraging to see that hormonal issues really can sort themselves out. The hard part is waiting.
  2. In your case, I'd guess it was the "tons of sugar," but you'd have to play with it and see. Personally, tons of anything seems to mess with my cycle—as in, I notice it with volume more than any one food or group of foods—but I'm guessing that's related to my unique history/body/all that jazz. I've heard soy, dairy, and seeds (especially flaxseeds) can be hormonally problematic. Again, your mileage may vary.
  3. Noelle

    Changes in Menstrual Cycle

    Guess what? It worked! My doctor (who is an ND) started me on some supplements, and those plus lots of nutrient-dense foods got my body back on the right track. I've had a normal, easy period once a month for the past four months. Yay!
  4. Noelle

    So I have this coconut...

    I ended up thawing it, cutting it into flakes with a sharp, sharp knife, and baking in a 175 F convection oven for 4 hours.
  5. My daughter chose a (mature) coconut for her "treat" at the market, which is the cutest thing ever. Except that now I have this coconut that I don't know how to use up. My daughter drank the coconut water, and I took the hard, brown outside off and put the big chunks of coconut meat in the freezer. So...now what? Blend it in the Vitamix with water and make coconut milk? Chunk it up and throw it in...something? Just eat it?
  6. Sugar is the druggiest drug I've ever had. Immediately after I consume it, I am a "happy drunk": relaxed, chatty, less-inhibited, and so on. I feel AMAZING on sugar. The next day, if I don't dose myself again, I am Mr. Hyde. We're talking rage. I find myself yelling for no reason, hating everyone and everything... It's a bad scene. And, of course, eating sugar makes me want to eat more sugar.
  7. Mine are so boring, but here you go: Ground beef stir-fry: oil a wok or large skillet; cook ground beef until almost done; add 1/2 tsp each garlic powder, powdered ginger, and salt; toss in broccoli (that you chopped while the meat was cooking); cover and let the broccoli steam to your liking; eat! Full-meal frittata: scramble 12 eggs in a big bowl; brown a pound of ground meat with whatever spices you like (I do salt, pepper, garlic, cinnamon, paprika, and nutmeg); stir in a pound of thawed, frozen chopped spinach; add meat/spinach mixture to eggs; pour everything into a greased 9"x13" casserole and bake at 350 F for 35 minutes; eat throughout the week, topped with avocado for extra deliciousness. Pork shoulder: put a pork shoulder in the slow cooker with seasonings of choice; turn to 'low' and forget about it until dinner time (or set it up the night before and eat it for breakfast); eat with squash or potato that you baked a bunch of in advance, because it's just as easy to bake a couple potatoes as it is to bake up an entire bag. Provided you have the fridge space, of course.
  8. First-off, I'm rooting for you SO HARD. I hope you know it and feel the love. Second, I think you hit the nail on the head, here. Correct me if I'm wrong, but WW leaders get to be leaders by successfully losing weight on the program. At least, that's how it was when I was a member. My guess is that because WW worked for you in the past, and you lost the weight and kept it off, any departure from the WW mind-set feels like throwing caution to the wind (at best) and a sure-fire recipe to get right back to where you were when you joined WW in the first place (at worst). On one of my Whole30s, I gained six pounds. That seemed like so much weight at the time. I wasn't underweight, but I was coming from a very controlled/controlling place with food. Whole30 said I could Eat The Paleo Things, and I Ate ALL The Paleo Things. I was devastated. But that weight came off again on its own when my body figured out I wasn't going to starve it again. On my recent back-to-back 30s, I gained enough "weight" after the first two weeks that I needed to buy new pants. (I didn't weigh myself, but my clothes told the undeniable truth: I was larger than I'd been.) That "weight" came off too, and those bigger pants are now too loose again. The thing I am having to come to terms with—and one of the things that has made it so dang hard for me to ride my own bike—is that gaining a little weight is not the end of the world. It's really not. Even if I need bigger pants for a while. I'm also learning that maintenance—and especially maintaining health and wellness—is much, much harder than losing weight ever was. In part, because a person has to get out of the weight-loss headspace and into a more body-nurturing thought-process. And that's not easy! The culture certainly doesn't support loving your body into health. If you've lost weight, the culture says, Great! Now lose even more—or look "fitter" or "more toned." And don't you dare GAIN any weight! We wouldn't let anyone treat our children that way, but we do it to ourselves when we hang on to this notion that the shape of our bodies somehow makes us more or less worthwhile. I'm going to step off my soapbox now. But I hope you see how much support you have here, and how much you are not, in any way a failure.
  9. Noelle

    So I have this coconut...

    Or perhaps how not-sturdy my own plumbing is!
  10. Suddenly sad + tight pants + brain calling for "something yummy" says "not enough carbs" to me. Or hormone fluctuation. Or gut bug fluctuation. Or a combination of the three. I felt worse a couple weeks into my recent Whole30 (I even went up a pants size) and it appears to have been an issue with FODMAPs. My FODMAP consumption went way up on Whole30, and my gut didn't like that. I also know that when I don't eat enough carbs (or food in general), I get strong urges to eat calorie-dense, highly palatable things like fruit with nut butter. I know you say you can't imagine eating more, but just moving your snacks into your meals might help.
  11. Noelle

    So I have this coconut...

    I may have eaten an entire coconut over the course of 18 hours once. File under: Learning Experiences During My First Whole30. ;-)
  12. This thread really helped my headspace today, which—until I read through this thread—was very much, "I wish it weren't the case..." I can be doing something (like Whole30), feel really good, but still come crashing down because I start wishing things were different. As in, I wish my body could tolerate X, Y, and Z foods. Or, I wish I didn't have to work so hard to be healthy. Or even just I wish my partner had made the *~!# bed before work this morning! When I stop appreciating what's right with my food and my life, I start to hate everything—and old habits start to seem that much more "worth it." I'm still struggling to develop my program (almost 3 years in), because I keep discovering places where food has gotten tied to things in my life it has no business being tied to! And some of the knots are tight. Tom, I can only speak for myself, but I find your insight VERY helpful—because your way shines a light on the places where my context is radically different, if that makes sense. When I read your (or anyone else's) story and think, "That would never work for me, because..." the reason that comes afterwards is, inevitably, something I need to consider.
  13. Noelle

    Changes in Menstrual Cycle

    Thanks, ladyshanny. I'm totally on board with the health bank account concept—looking back, I can absolutely see all the withdrawals that got me into this mess. Not to toot my own horn, but I feel like I'm really good at the things I can control. Sleep, food, hydration, movement, etc. I'm even getting better at how I react to the stress around me. Without going into a lot of personal details in a public forum, I got hit with some rough stuff yesterday and I handled it with grace and general awesomeness. But the stuff just keeps coming! I guess rather than lament the fact that I can't just push "pause" on the stress and Heal All The Things really fast (my current fantasy), I can have compassion for myself, and appreciate how hard my body is working to heal—it really is! It's trying SO HARD—and do everything I can to support it.
  14. Noelle

    FODMAPS- when will I feel better?

    Jo, I wish I could like your post twice!
  15. I read your log. I know how active you are. You can eat all the sweet potato you want (as long as your digestive tract is cool with it).
  16. Noelle

    Changes in Menstrual Cycle

    I'm just popping in to complain. I really want to get my cycle back naturally. I know Whole30/paleo eating will help. Nutrient-rich foods. Plenty of carbs (which is challenging right now, as I'm trying to manage SIBO symptoms). Patience, patience, more patience. What I find most...demoralizing, I guess, is that everything I read and hear about boosting progesterone says "de-stress." Want progesterone levels to rise? No stress for you. How exactly do I manage that, when my life seems to be a magnet for stress right now?! Phew. I feel better now. Thanks, ladies.
  17. I eat a template dinner around 5:00, and if I'm up after 9:30, I'm definitely starting to feel hungry. When that happens, I take my Natural Calm and get in bed. I was a BIG-time evening snacker before Whole30. I would count the minutes until my children were in bed so I could eat again. I thought eating at night would be my hardest habit to break, but it was actually one of the easiest. I made sure that I: 1. ate enough during the day; 2. forced myself to slow down during dinner; and 3. went to bed when I started to feel hungry. It took about a week before my brain got the "I don't eat after dinner" message. Every now and then, I'll (unintentionally) undereat, and then I really need something right before bed. In that case, I eat something small and plain (a hard boiled egg or a little piece of chicken) to take the edge off, and I make sure to eat it at the table. The most important thing is to eat enough during the day—especially at breakfast! The good news about going to bed a little hungry is that I am READY for Meal 1 within an hour of waking, and it's my biggest meal by far. A big breakfast means no playing "nutritional catch-up" over the course of the day, fewer cravings, and no need/fewer urges to snack.
  18. Noelle

    FODMAPS- when will I feel better?

    I started suspecting FODMAPs towards the end of my Whole60. I removed FODMAPs the last week in July, and my worst symptoms (bloating, belching, upper GI discomfort) were gone in a week. My lower GI symptoms are still hanging on 2-3 weeks into low-FODMAP eating. Things are definitely improving, but I'm not expecting big results for a while; I've dealt with alternating constipation and diarrhea since toddlerhood. I'm also still trying to figure out my ideal dose of probiotic foods and magnesium. Both kombucha and Natural Calm have been helpful, but too much of either, and I'm spending lots of extra time in the bathroom.
  19. I love how Tom said in ONE paragraph what I said in three!
  20. Everything is harder when you're hungry. Everything, but especially things that take planning and prep time, and things that might be stressful (navigating a social gathering while on Whole30, for instance, or, you know, parenting). First things first: make sure you get enough to eat. Especially as a breastfeeding mom. This will be more food than you think you "should" eat (especially if weight-loss is a goal), but don't worry about it. Eat it anyway. Eat to get as much nutritional bang for your buck as possible: if you have a choice between kale and celery, for instance, choose the kale. I find that when I'm eating enough food (and it's a lot!), my urges to go off-plan go waaay down, and they're more manageable when they do pop up. I still struggle in social situations—I won't lie. My last barbecue went pretty well: all I ever had to say was, "No, thank you." No one asked questions beyond that. There was an awkward moment when someone went to hand me something, I said "no, thank you," and he was a little taken aback. I just had to sit with the awkward feeling. But you know what? Nothing bad happened. I'm still friends with the host. I think I was much more aware that I wasn't eating than anyone else was (I had a slow cooker full of pot roast waiting at home). Number one, eat. Number two, turn your "can't"s into "no, thank you"s. Or "not today"s. If you need something more, "I'm following an elimination diet right now" can be helpful—both in terms of explaining things to friends and acquaintances, and also supporting your own thought-process about Whole30. It's hard, but it's doable. You can do it.
  21. You're doing so well, mfustos. Truly. In terms of eating enough food, focus on three (or four) template meals each day. Fix a generous plate, sit down to eat, eat as much as you feel comfortable with in the moment. If there's any left over, put it in the fridge, and as soon as you feel hungry again go back to your plate and eat a little more. If you start to feel anxiety or panic, stop. Breathe. Separate yourself from the food. Try again later. I know it feels impossible to do this, but erase "perfect" from your Whole30 vocabulary. Not only is a perfect Whole30 impossible, striving for perfection will send your anxiety levels through the roof and undermine the healing you're working towards. Your body is doing its best to heal. It wants nourishment, and the more you can be on your body's team, the better. It's hard, but it is possible. You can do it.
  22. Also, I don't see a lot of starchy vegetables in your meals. The body fatigue might mean you're under-carbed. Add some squash and root veggies, especially on days that you're active.
  23. After a couple weeks on my recent Whole60, I started feeling worse—lots of bloating, GI issues, that sort of thing. I realized that is been eating a lot more onions, sweet potatoes, apples, and avocados than I did before. Switching to low-FODMAP fruits and veggies (mostly cooked) has helped immensely!
  24. Noelle

    give into one craving?

    I think about this often, and it helps me to stay on track. Especially if I can get really angry about the fact that flavor science has gotten me to purchase and consume things that are not only nutritionally devoid but actively damaging to my body.
  25. Noelle

    give into one craving?

    "I can have it tomorrow." Melissa Hartwig Instagrammed (?) that trick a while back, and it works like a charm for me. For me, it's coffee: my stress-mind says, "I want coffee," and I say, "I can have that tomorrow." It's like I can stop thinking about it right now, today, because I'll have it tomorrow.