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  1. elaes

    April 11 Re-Intro Start

    So proud of everyone! We made it! It's day 31 for me, and the first day of reintroduction. This is my stevia/erithitol day. I'm looking forward to enjoying my herbal teas again. I doubt I'll need as much, so will start with 1/2 of what I was used to.
  2. elaes

    Starting March 12

    Congratulations on completing your W30 @MtnGoat! I'm sorry that your pain issue wasn't resolved. So many factors to consider, and I'm definitely not an expert on this subject. But I did find more relief myself when I started Miranda Esmonde-White's "Classical Stretch". She also has a book called "Pain-free Forever". She works with professional and Olympic athletes/professional ballet dancers, and hockey teams, etc. I had never even heard of her, so just wanted to share that as an option if you want to check it out. (essentrics.com) I can't believe that this is day 30!!! @River30, my allergies are definitely better, but not completely gone. But the improvement has been amazing. I'll be monitoring allergy symptoms during reintroduction. I hope it's easy to see the connections. Looking forward to the next phase of W30 together!
  3. elaes

    Starting March 12

    Thanks! I don't eat any soy (on purpose anyway), but it sure seems to get added into a lot of things anyway. Not planning on reintroducing that one.
  4. elaes

    Starting March 12

    Hmmm...interesting to note other additives in the grilled nuggets from CFA. No reaction from any of that personally, and I've been on plan otherwise, so I feel confident in finishing out this W30 as planned and beginning reintroduction on Tuesday. Please no judgement from all you W30 purists out there. My knee still feels great, virtually pain-free. Skin is still clear, amazing since my cycle started again yesterday. I might start my reintroduction with stevia and erithritol. Just a bit in herbal tea. I've heard some folks have a reaction to these sugar alternatives. I know that they are not really W30 approved, but I'm comfortable with the research that I've done on them, as long as I don't show any negative reaction to them at reintroduction. I can't believe how far we've come...only one day left!
  5. elaes

    Starting March 12

    Day 27 is winding down. At a conference all day and dinner out tonight. I ate from the salad bar at Jason's Deli for lunch, and I believe/think/hope that everything was uncontaminated with non-compliant ingredients (ate the hard-boiled eggs there for my protein). Tonight was at Chick-Fil-A with a bunch of folks from the conference that met there. I had grilled chicken nuggets and a side of fruit. When I got home I asked my oldest teenage son, who works in the kitchen at the Chick-Fil-A near our house, if they used oil to grill the chicken. He said yes, it's canola oil. So there's a flub up on my part, but I'm NOT starting over, especially since I'm so close to re-introduction anyway. Okay, so when the W30 is officially over and reintroduction begins, do some restrictions (like not using W30 compliant ingredients to make pancakes, muffins, etc.) go away, or do we keep plugging away with all the same rules we've been using up to this date? Not necessarily wanting to make anything...just wondering. Just a few more steps/days to the finish line!
  6. elaes

    Starting March 12

    It's day 26 here. It seems surreal that we're so close to the finish line...that isn't really a finish line. I have weird comfort food cravings again today. Mostly involving butter, sugar, or bread....or pasta. Headed outside to work in my flowerbeds...I've gone over to the pantry and fridge to just peer inside several times already. Need to get my attention diverted from food. I'm making burgers, roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potato fries for dinner. Sounds really good.
  7. elaes

    Starting March 12

    It's day 25 here. Took a bus trip with my mom yesterday and her quilt guild to the town where Missouri Star Quilt Company is. The town is pretty much ONLY Missouri Star Quilt Company. But there are eateries there that sounded amazing! Apparently the cinnamon rolls are THE best, and people make the trip to this tiny town just to eat their cinnamon rolls. I am very happy to say that I am stronger than my sugar dragon/comfort food demon. I packed tons of raw veggies, a diced avocado, and half a dozen hard boiled eggs, along with a few pieces of fresh fruit for the day long trip. Success! As reintroduction nears, I realize how much longer I really will be doing W30, just interrupted every third day to perform a science experiment to determine my body's reaction to these foods I've been avoiding for so long. I guess my earlier interpretation let me continue to eat anything that I reintroduced and decided had no discernible effect on my body. Oh, well. I am starting my reintroduction with dairy, esp. whey protein powder and maybe cottage cheese. I used to consume a LOT of milk and cheese, but not that much any more. The protein powder has been my staple every morning in my protein smoothie. I really, really hope that it doesn't cause any issues. Can't believe how close we are!
  8. elaes

    Starting March 12

    It's day 22 here. My folks came over last night, and everything went according to plan. The past couple of days were kind of rough, not in a specific way but generally I just wanted to be done with W30. I've just been lazy on my own food and doing the same old thing. Last night I chose to make the same food I made for everyone else W30 compliant for me...so satisfying and yummy! I bought a plantain yesterday; it helps to have something tasty to look forward to.
  9. elaes

    Starting March 12

    Day 20 here, and I am so tired of eating W30. The restrictions are grating on me, and I just want to eat a piece of toast with real butter. However... The best thing so far about W30 is that my left knee, which has grown increasingly painful over the past year+, is almost pain free. There really isn't any other reason I can point to, other than I have been doing Classical Stretch, which is known to help with reducing pain in both joints and muscles. So that is just about rocking my world; and I wonder what I've been eating previously that contributed to the inflammation in my knee. And then I worry about the culprit being something that I really, really enjoy eating. BUT the real question ends up being, which do I prefer? The virtually pain free knee joint, or the food that causes inflammation and pain in my body? Good grief...I don't think I'm going to choose the food. Sooo...as a Dave Ramsey fan I'm applying one of his well-known sayings to my W30 journey (btw, he's a finance expert). He says something like, "Boys have their toys, but grown men sacrifice for the good of their family." (Speaking of men having discipline with their finances in order to reach the long term needs of their family.) The child in me wants her chocolate (or whatever the craving may be), but as an adult I can sacrifice those cravings for the good of my physical body. Maybe that doesn't make any sense to anyone else here, but it speaks volumes to me today....'cause inside I really want to binge on just about anything. Hey, but I'm a grown-up so I get to make the better choice. Sticking to it, but a little less joyfully today.
  10. elaes

    Starting March 12

    Day 18 is about done. Last night for a class at church and they brought lemon cake with cream frosting to celebrate. Ugh. I'll chalk it up to another opportunity to spread the word about W30, since I had to give a little explanation when I declined a slice. I do love lemon and I love cream frosting, though... My seasonal allergies are starting to show up more. Spring usually does a number on me; I still think I'm better than this time last year. I feel like I'm making the same old thing over and over again, which is not uncommon for me (actually it's pretty normal...remember the same healthy protein shake I've had just about every morning for around 3 years?) I've eaten a LOT of eggs over the past 18 days, and I still love them. I guess the good thing is that there are now habits/routines in place that support good health rather than those that constantly feed my sugar dragon. My parents are coming over on Saturday night for dinner. Country style ribs, corn on the cob, baked beans, roasted green bean fries (esp. for me), green salad, and chocolate cake with white icing for dessert (Dad's birthday was on Friday, it's his favorite). So ribs sans BBQ sauce, green bean fries, and salad for me. Maybe some berries or a banana for dessert. Making a plan makes it doable for me, and much easier to flex those willpower muscles. 12 days to go!
  11. elaes

    Starting March 12

    @nanners I just went by Aldi today while running errands and found two different packages of plain raw nuts. I picked up the almond/pistachio/pecan mix. The other is macadamia/walnut/cashews. Sure nice to have in a pinch.
  12. elaes

    Starting March 12

    Just got home from my dinner party. A huge success in all ways. My hostess was very sweet and hospitable. I was very satisfied with the dinner I brought (just W30 sloppy joes over sweet potatoes) and wasn't really even tempted by the apple pie or pecan pie (one of my favorites!) or the ice cream that went with it. It's not like I could go back on the commitment I told her about, right? So there's the benefit in just telling folks what you're doing. I'm sure there are other ways of dealing with a dinner party, but this worked out really well for me, and I'm likely to stick with it if needed in the future. @alexd8 I don't want to return to the way I was eating before either, but I'm pretty sure that not everything that I'm avoiding right now will need to stay off my personal list forever. (That's what I'm hoping anyway.) Way to go with the donuts (especially hot & fresh KK donuts!) Honestly, I want what reintroduction will give me...the knowledge of what works right for my body. I am thinking that some of my skin sensitivities aren't related to my diet at all; they are probably environmental. (Otherwise, I'll end up having to pull out other foods over time that W30 doesn't eliminate, like nightshades, etc.). I'm paying close attention; this is exactly the knowledge that I was looking for. Blessings to you all! We can do this one day at a time!
  13. elaes

    Starting March 12

    Day 16 has dawned! Yesterday my hubby was ill, and when he finally wanted something to eat, all that sounded good to him was my pumpkin bread. I made it for him (makes two loaves), but when he actually got up all he wanted was homemade chocolate chip cookies, so those got made as well. They are my weakness!!! I can seriously gorge myself on the dough and later on the cookies. Talk about food without brakes. I can't believe it, but I have succumb to neither! Around here both versions of baked goodies will be gone within a few days (I have my hubby and three teenagers: 18 & 16 yo sons, and 14 yo daughter); it's better if they aren't around to tempt me in a moment of weakness. Have a great Monday!
  14. elaes

    Starting March 12

    This is day 15 for me. I am soldiering on, but seriously looking forward to the reintroduction phase. One reason I started W30 was to see if there was a correlation between my food and my increasing skin sensitivities. I can't wait to see if there are any noticeable culprits. That is keeping me from bailing (although I haven't been seriously tempted lately). I don't want to waste how far I've come. Plus, I do really feel better...more focused, more energy, less stressed. I have a dinner party to attend tomorrow night at someone's house I don't know that well. I'm just asking if our hostess would let me use her microwave to reheat food I bring from home. It's not a formal gathering, but my husband knows most of these folks better than I do. There's only eight people at the event, so really no way to hide the fact I'm not eating. I know it's Italian so there will be pasta and bread, etc., etc. Just typing that out helped steal my resolve to have my own food ready and stay on course. We're at the half way point! We can do this! Hope you've all had a marvelous weekend.
  15. elaes

    Starting March 12

    Day 13...wh..what? Can't believe we've made it almost half way! I made bibimbap (Korean mixed rice) for the family tonight, and it was super easy to make my own bowl W30 style over cauli-rice. A little sesame oil really helped make it yummy. It's almost time for weekend prep...definitely one of the best gifts I can give to myself! Here's another NSV: I'm actually eating all my veggies before they go bad.