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    torena got a reaction from kittycat in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    I'm still chugging along over here. I had to change my mindset. A friend of mine, who is vegan, we always discuss food stuff. We never argue that one way is better than the other and we end up being able to add to each other's repertoire somehow and it's great. She watched this documentary called Hungry for Change, and what was especially poignant for her was a man named Gabriel that talked about nourishing our bodies, focusing on "adding to" instead of "taking away" and how much your mindset affects what you eat. Starting today I focused on what I could add to my diet to better nourish my body rather than take away from it. So yeah, I had a tortilla with breakfast but for lunch I just followed my gut and ended up making a delicious mushroom soup with my homemade chicken stock that's been going since night before last in the crock pot plus a salad with leftover chicken from said crockpot. I feel better giving to my body rather than depriving.
    For my birthday my husband bought me a copy of Skintervention, which is by Liz Wolfe aka CaveGirlEats. In it she talks about listening to your body and chewing a lot. Eating away from the screen, looking at your food for 30 seconds before you take a bite and think about how it's going to taste, how it will nourish you, and really get those digestive systems primed. Then my husband sends me this link to reddit (http://www.reddit.com/r/YouShouldKnow/comments/1aggke/ysk_how_to_eat_not_as_easy_as_it_sounds_as/) about a guy who is spending a year between high school and college in this martial arts school in China. The master is 60 and doesn't look it one bit, they grow all their food on site, they're self sufficient, and one of the things they MUST do is take time to eat. If they take any less than 30 minutes they are punished! They are told to chew 30 times per bite, and after about a week it's really not taking so long. Doing this in combination with eating everything on your plate is supposed to minimize the large amount of food you put away and I imagine it will help you listen to your body better. I know I'm usually a distracted eater.. eating is something I do because I can't continue doing whatever else I'm doing without doing that, so I race through it to keep working on my projects.
    I have been reading this blog series over at plantoeat.com. There's a mom there who has done GAPS and is now doing the autoimmune protocol in Practical Paleo. She's got a husband and kids who won't be eating this way with her and she linked this book she used to do batch cooking for her family so she could focus on cooking her AIP meals. I bought the kindle version this morning and am going through it. There's some great things in there so far, and I'm only on poultry. Instead of focusing on the "shit, it has panko in it", I am focusing on "wow, it's got all this other good stuff in it" because with my husband and kids, it's going to be a long process. So I need to give them things they are accustomed to and then slowly introduce new things,, one new thing per week, but it can't be an entire meal because everyone will balk.
    How is everyone else doing? I saw jtota made a post on her blog that she's going to focus on being vegan, that she had come in here and seen how so many of us were talking about what we couldn't wait to have after our whole30 was up, and that sure didn't make paleo seem sustainable did it? I was a little pissed that it was put that way, considering this space was a safe space for those of us who want to change to paleo are able to talk about those things. I guess she's right, though, because I know I have to be completely ready for something when it's a drastic change. I tried several times to quit smoking - the gum, the pill, and finally I just.. quit. Done. I know my vegan friend has had trouble getting switched over to it full time.. that doesn't make it any less or more sustainable. The fact is, I've got 33 years of eating like crap to overcome and it's not going to be overnight. Apparently, eating like crap doesn't just include what I put in my body, though! We all have our challenges and our comfort zones to step out of.. and hey, not everyone wants to jump into that cold pool right? Sometimes we have to dip our toes in, and then bravely step into that top step, and then maybe down another step to our thighs, and then again to our waist, before we just dunk our heads under already.
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    torena got a reaction from kittycat in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    I'm still chugging along over here. I had to change my mindset. A friend of mine, who is vegan, we always discuss food stuff. We never argue that one way is better than the other and we end up being able to add to each other's repertoire somehow and it's great. She watched this documentary called Hungry for Change, and what was especially poignant for her was a man named Gabriel that talked about nourishing our bodies, focusing on "adding to" instead of "taking away" and how much your mindset affects what you eat. Starting today I focused on what I could add to my diet to better nourish my body rather than take away from it. So yeah, I had a tortilla with breakfast but for lunch I just followed my gut and ended up making a delicious mushroom soup with my homemade chicken stock that's been going since night before last in the crock pot plus a salad with leftover chicken from said crockpot. I feel better giving to my body rather than depriving.
    For my birthday my husband bought me a copy of Skintervention, which is by Liz Wolfe aka CaveGirlEats. In it she talks about listening to your body and chewing a lot. Eating away from the screen, looking at your food for 30 seconds before you take a bite and think about how it's going to taste, how it will nourish you, and really get those digestive systems primed. Then my husband sends me this link to reddit (http://www.reddit.com/r/YouShouldKnow/comments/1aggke/ysk_how_to_eat_not_as_easy_as_it_sounds_as/) about a guy who is spending a year between high school and college in this martial arts school in China. The master is 60 and doesn't look it one bit, they grow all their food on site, they're self sufficient, and one of the things they MUST do is take time to eat. If they take any less than 30 minutes they are punished! They are told to chew 30 times per bite, and after about a week it's really not taking so long. Doing this in combination with eating everything on your plate is supposed to minimize the large amount of food you put away and I imagine it will help you listen to your body better. I know I'm usually a distracted eater.. eating is something I do because I can't continue doing whatever else I'm doing without doing that, so I race through it to keep working on my projects.
    I have been reading this blog series over at plantoeat.com. There's a mom there who has done GAPS and is now doing the autoimmune protocol in Practical Paleo. She's got a husband and kids who won't be eating this way with her and she linked this book she used to do batch cooking for her family so she could focus on cooking her AIP meals. I bought the kindle version this morning and am going through it. There's some great things in there so far, and I'm only on poultry. Instead of focusing on the "shit, it has panko in it", I am focusing on "wow, it's got all this other good stuff in it" because with my husband and kids, it's going to be a long process. So I need to give them things they are accustomed to and then slowly introduce new things,, one new thing per week, but it can't be an entire meal because everyone will balk.
    How is everyone else doing? I saw jtota made a post on her blog that she's going to focus on being vegan, that she had come in here and seen how so many of us were talking about what we couldn't wait to have after our whole30 was up, and that sure didn't make paleo seem sustainable did it? I was a little pissed that it was put that way, considering this space was a safe space for those of us who want to change to paleo are able to talk about those things. I guess she's right, though, because I know I have to be completely ready for something when it's a drastic change. I tried several times to quit smoking - the gum, the pill, and finally I just.. quit. Done. I know my vegan friend has had trouble getting switched over to it full time.. that doesn't make it any less or more sustainable. The fact is, I've got 33 years of eating like crap to overcome and it's not going to be overnight. Apparently, eating like crap doesn't just include what I put in my body, though! We all have our challenges and our comfort zones to step out of.. and hey, not everyone wants to jump into that cold pool right? Sometimes we have to dip our toes in, and then bravely step into that top step, and then maybe down another step to our thighs, and then again to our waist, before we just dunk our heads under already.
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    torena reacted to Contessa in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    And to this end, I've already laid in a few provisions in my new apartment. Sugar-free pasta sauce, canned tuna, coconut milk, and some frozen grilled chicken breasts I'm importing from the old place. I'm grateful for the chance to start fresh.
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    torena reacted to jtota in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    I've restarted and have been trying to do a new food log. I always let that go when im in a stretch of shifts at work. I think I'll keep plugging away for the next two weeks and I have an official 30 planned with extended family on March 1! Getting everyone local on board for extra support
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    torena got a reaction from helen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    I'm still here, sort of. I keep going through these swings of getting on board with how I need to eat and falling off the wagon. This was my cycle before Whole30. I feel so grumpy and mean and like I have no control over my temper. I am yelling. I feel like a monster! I am drinking coffee just to survive the days, I've been eating a lot of fast food because I'm not planning. I feel like I need another Whole30, if anything to get through that first week and change to where the magic happens. Even if it's with caffeine.. I don't even feel energized when I drink the coffee, I just feel like it's keeping me awake. Doesn't help that my period is here.
    I said I would do the 21DSD on March 4th but I feel like that is so. far. away. I need something now. I feel like my sanity is slipping. I need some of this weight off me, as much as I don't want that to be a priority for Whole30, I just need to lose this heaviness that is keeping me from doing things too. We've been talking about homeschooling our kids and to do that I need to my shit in gear.
    We purchased an Excalibur dehydrator and a grill with our tax return. Now I really want to cook through Well Fed. A lot of the paleo cookbooks utilize the grill and I always felt I couldn't do the recipes justice in the oven. It'll help not having to sweat my ass off in the kitchen during cooking days.
    I think my husband is seeing the difference in me based on my food choices. He's so sweet, he wants to cook me a paleo cake for my birthday so at least it's a "healthier" cake than store-bought. He's calling it his Fail!Cake. I don't care what it tastes like, I'm so excited he's being so thoughtful.
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    torena got a reaction from helen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    I am eating my first salad lunch since completing my Whole30. I forgot how good it tasted.
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    torena got a reaction from helen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    I am eating my first salad lunch since completing my Whole30. I forgot how good it tasted.
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    torena reacted to NatPatBen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    I didn't know beef bacon existed, but as we don't eat pork, I may give it a try at some point!
    I've been staying compliant for the most part, but some days I eat too much compliant food (fruit/nuts).
    I'm still enjoying making different Paleo recipes.
    Harvest Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glazed Walnuts (and apples & onions) is my new favorite veggie dish. It's almost Food Without Breaks it is so good.
    I also just made PaleOMG's Carrot Cake Cupcakes (sans frosting). The recipe calls for 1 TBSP honey; I used less than that and they're sweet enough to me. They're also not as addictive as cookies, so I feel comfortable having them here without over-indulging.
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    torena reacted to helen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    PSS Watch 'Food, Inc.' That will motivate you not to eat fast food, lol !!
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    torena got a reaction from helen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    I'm still here, sort of. I keep going through these swings of getting on board with how I need to eat and falling off the wagon. This was my cycle before Whole30. I feel so grumpy and mean and like I have no control over my temper. I am yelling. I feel like a monster! I am drinking coffee just to survive the days, I've been eating a lot of fast food because I'm not planning. I feel like I need another Whole30, if anything to get through that first week and change to where the magic happens. Even if it's with caffeine.. I don't even feel energized when I drink the coffee, I just feel like it's keeping me awake. Doesn't help that my period is here.
    I said I would do the 21DSD on March 4th but I feel like that is so. far. away. I need something now. I feel like my sanity is slipping. I need some of this weight off me, as much as I don't want that to be a priority for Whole30, I just need to lose this heaviness that is keeping me from doing things too. We've been talking about homeschooling our kids and to do that I need to my shit in gear.
    We purchased an Excalibur dehydrator and a grill with our tax return. Now I really want to cook through Well Fed. A lot of the paleo cookbooks utilize the grill and I always felt I couldn't do the recipes justice in the oven. It'll help not having to sweat my ass off in the kitchen during cooking days.
    I think my husband is seeing the difference in me based on my food choices. He's so sweet, he wants to cook me a paleo cake for my birthday so at least it's a "healthier" cake than store-bought. He's calling it his Fail!Cake. I don't care what it tastes like, I'm so excited he's being so thoughtful.
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    torena got a reaction from dukunbayi in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Sorry I have been MIA. I've been having several discussions with my husband and kids and some paleo friends. I decided to move on from my Whole30 and not do the 21DSD this month. I need to have a clearly defined line between the end of my Whole30 and the start of my 21DSD. I realized that I am coming very close to teaching my daughter about this complex with "food challenges" and I need to work on fixing that. So I gave in and enjoyed some paleo baked goods (Elana's Pantry Orange Dark Chocolate Scones). I went to a birthday party, and following both some advice I once read on the MDA forums (the 5%, or 10% or 20% of paleo people like to follow should be used in cases where you're at a birthday party and there's cake. Don't be a jerk and refuse to eat the cake. In my case, especially when the birthday girl is offering you some.) and a few paleo people at this party. I need to let go of the guilt and focus more on increasing my willpower. Have I been eating perfect? No, but perfectionism kills me (and many others). Was my diet *perfect*? No. Could it be improved? Sure. I don't want to get to the point where I am counting everything I eat to maximize my macronutrient ratios. I did track on myfitnesspal for a few days just to see if MDA/Whole9/Balanced Bites were right regarding carbs - if you stick to primarily veggies with limited fruit you are going to stick pretty much right in the sweet spot weight loss zone of carbs (50 to 100g). In my case, without the apple or banana I was just below 50g which is okay but seriously, the amounts listed on any website are not perfect because you don't know the exact measurement and girth of that banana or apple compared to what you have in your hand. My point about this weekend, though, is that I didn't binge! I made choices but continued to have really healthy food without just completely ditching my hard work.
    I am testing recipes for the Paleo Parent's new cookbook. Last night's dinner was amazing - Bacon Chicken (a whole chicken wrapped in bacon), summer squash, and mashed cauliflower. My daughter REALLY liked it. The carcass is in the crockpot for stock and should be ready for soup tomorrow! I think it'll end up a various veggie soup with whatever I need to use or lose.
    I am checking out a new farm coop tomorrow. Their bacon (fresh, uncured) is half the cost of my regular farmer's bacon and I am so excited.
    I made The Paleo Mom's paleo yeast bread tonight and it turned out pretty good. I hope my kids approve for their lunches!
    How's everyone else doing?
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    torena got a reaction from dukunbayi in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Sorry I have been MIA. I've been having several discussions with my husband and kids and some paleo friends. I decided to move on from my Whole30 and not do the 21DSD this month. I need to have a clearly defined line between the end of my Whole30 and the start of my 21DSD. I realized that I am coming very close to teaching my daughter about this complex with "food challenges" and I need to work on fixing that. So I gave in and enjoyed some paleo baked goods (Elana's Pantry Orange Dark Chocolate Scones). I went to a birthday party, and following both some advice I once read on the MDA forums (the 5%, or 10% or 20% of paleo people like to follow should be used in cases where you're at a birthday party and there's cake. Don't be a jerk and refuse to eat the cake. In my case, especially when the birthday girl is offering you some.) and a few paleo people at this party. I need to let go of the guilt and focus more on increasing my willpower. Have I been eating perfect? No, but perfectionism kills me (and many others). Was my diet *perfect*? No. Could it be improved? Sure. I don't want to get to the point where I am counting everything I eat to maximize my macronutrient ratios. I did track on myfitnesspal for a few days just to see if MDA/Whole9/Balanced Bites were right regarding carbs - if you stick to primarily veggies with limited fruit you are going to stick pretty much right in the sweet spot weight loss zone of carbs (50 to 100g). In my case, without the apple or banana I was just below 50g which is okay but seriously, the amounts listed on any website are not perfect because you don't know the exact measurement and girth of that banana or apple compared to what you have in your hand. My point about this weekend, though, is that I didn't binge! I made choices but continued to have really healthy food without just completely ditching my hard work.
    I am testing recipes for the Paleo Parent's new cookbook. Last night's dinner was amazing - Bacon Chicken (a whole chicken wrapped in bacon), summer squash, and mashed cauliflower. My daughter REALLY liked it. The carcass is in the crockpot for stock and should be ready for soup tomorrow! I think it'll end up a various veggie soup with whatever I need to use or lose.
    I am checking out a new farm coop tomorrow. Their bacon (fresh, uncured) is half the cost of my regular farmer's bacon and I am so excited.
    I made The Paleo Mom's paleo yeast bread tonight and it turned out pretty good. I hope my kids approve for their lunches!
    How's everyone else doing?
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    torena got a reaction from dukunbayi in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Sorry I have been MIA. I've been having several discussions with my husband and kids and some paleo friends. I decided to move on from my Whole30 and not do the 21DSD this month. I need to have a clearly defined line between the end of my Whole30 and the start of my 21DSD. I realized that I am coming very close to teaching my daughter about this complex with "food challenges" and I need to work on fixing that. So I gave in and enjoyed some paleo baked goods (Elana's Pantry Orange Dark Chocolate Scones). I went to a birthday party, and following both some advice I once read on the MDA forums (the 5%, or 10% or 20% of paleo people like to follow should be used in cases where you're at a birthday party and there's cake. Don't be a jerk and refuse to eat the cake. In my case, especially when the birthday girl is offering you some.) and a few paleo people at this party. I need to let go of the guilt and focus more on increasing my willpower. Have I been eating perfect? No, but perfectionism kills me (and many others). Was my diet *perfect*? No. Could it be improved? Sure. I don't want to get to the point where I am counting everything I eat to maximize my macronutrient ratios. I did track on myfitnesspal for a few days just to see if MDA/Whole9/Balanced Bites were right regarding carbs - if you stick to primarily veggies with limited fruit you are going to stick pretty much right in the sweet spot weight loss zone of carbs (50 to 100g). In my case, without the apple or banana I was just below 50g which is okay but seriously, the amounts listed on any website are not perfect because you don't know the exact measurement and girth of that banana or apple compared to what you have in your hand. My point about this weekend, though, is that I didn't binge! I made choices but continued to have really healthy food without just completely ditching my hard work.
    I am testing recipes for the Paleo Parent's new cookbook. Last night's dinner was amazing - Bacon Chicken (a whole chicken wrapped in bacon), summer squash, and mashed cauliflower. My daughter REALLY liked it. The carcass is in the crockpot for stock and should be ready for soup tomorrow! I think it'll end up a various veggie soup with whatever I need to use or lose.
    I am checking out a new farm coop tomorrow. Their bacon (fresh, uncured) is half the cost of my regular farmer's bacon and I am so excited.
    I made The Paleo Mom's paleo yeast bread tonight and it turned out pretty good. I hope my kids approve for their lunches!
    How's everyone else doing?
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    torena got a reaction from Alessandra in Torena's Whole30 Log   
    I don't know how I missed this forum topic, but I just saw nsquared's log in her signature so now I think I'll do my own.
    I've really understood what paleo was about for 1 1/2 years. I had heard it for a year or so before that, but it was from my fit friends and their superfit, crossfitting, marathon-running, MMA, self defense friends talking about making their performance better. I am not fit and I have never been fit. Sure, I was skinny as a teenager but I still had pudge on my belly. I can still remember being 16 or 17 in my Renaissance Festival garb lamenting how straight I needed to keep my back while sitting so that my stomach didn't push out.
    In high school I had chronic acid reflux to the point that the school nurse and I were pretty close. Eventually I was diagnosed with GERD, and finally when I was 19 I was under the care of a gastroenterologist. After colonoscopies and endoscopies it was determined that I had no celiac disease, and no other understandable cause for the bloat and pain in my gut (so I basically self diagnosed myself with IBS, not many doctors were diagnosing that at the time) and lots of little ulcers in my stomach with no esophageal sphincter left and a minor hiatal hernia. In one of the preliminary tests for my surgery was to do a 24 hour measuring of the stomach acid splashing up into my esophagus. I had a tube up my nose and down my throat for 24 hours attached to a monitor. My GI doctor told me he had NEVER seen that amount of acid in a 20 year old. They did a nissin fundoplication where they pulled my stomach out of my diaphragm then wrapped it around itself to recreate the esophageal sphincter. The gut issues continued, my PCP handed me a book called Sugar Busters but I brushed it off as the latest fad. Oh how I wish now that I had paid attention but I was young and invincible right? The gut issues continued.
    I quit smoking at 23 (almost 10 years ago!). The gut issues continued. I did not drink alcohol, it would make me hurt. Eventually I learned that drinking soda also made my stomach hurt. I could still drink coffee, though. I started putting on the pounds fairly gradually.
    I've been an asthmatic since I was a child, and after I quit smoking and then switched to raw dairy from pasteurized I was able to get off my control medications. Up until a few months ago I only had about a week in June where I had to use my emergency inhaler. I don't know why it has flared up again.
    I have suffered from various intensities of depression and anxiety. I have been medicated in the past but felt it wasn't severe enough to continue. I have had acne since puberty. Seasonal allergies. Some joint pain especially in my hips/knees after a day on my feet.
    I gave birth to my daughter at 27, had some CRAZY anxiety during my pregnancy that required medication, and ended in an unwanted, unnecessary cesarean. Learned a few months later that I had hypothyroidism, but because my numbers fell into the (VERY LARGE) normal range it had never been taken seriously. In fact, my PCP told me he didn't think I had it, and wanted to put me on antidepressants. That's when I found my endocrinologist. We have played with different levels of medications, I got pregnant at 29.
    At 6 weeks pregnant with my son I was sitting at my computer when I felt discomfort like diarrhea in my bowels. I suddenly got hit with the feeling that something was TERRIBLY. WRONG. The discomfort went up into my stomach and my chest, and into my back, and my shoulders, and I thought I was having a heart attack. I was on the floor writhing in pain and screaming while my husband called 911. EMTs said I was not having a heart attack, and I later learned in the ER that I had gallstones. The next year after a Christmas season of binging on all kinds of treats I had another attack, though this time I was prepared with pain medication. In June 2012 I was at work (in a retail store, so this was really embarassing/my worst nightmare) putting orders in packages to be shipped out when I got hit with the terribly wrong feeling and was suddenly very warm. I sat down with my coworkers and they asked if I was okay and all I could say was that I didn't know. The attack hit, and my pain meds were at home, and my husband was with my kids 30 minutes away. I tried to wait and couldn't and 911 had to be called. They didn't do an ultrasound because my symptoms matched my history. I continued to have attacks that week, and went to my PCP who ordered an ultrasound. They found numerous tiny stones and "probably" some sludge (I really like that term "probably", because I don't think you should make medical decisions on probably). Also, my liver was slightly enlarged. My doctor wasn't concerned about that. At this point I was maybe 50/50 paleo though I thought I had done a good job increasing my fat intake and that would solve my gallbladder issues. My PCP understood I had no desire to have it removed, so she recommended dietary change and I said I had an idea of what I wanted to do. I tried to have a salad with avocado but that made me go into another episode. I got a juicer and went no fat for a few days and then slowly started adding fat in.
    I started researching. I found that a lot of people starting on their paleo adventure have a gallstone attack because your gallbladder is doing what it is SUPPOSED to do. I learned that no test for celiac disease is 100% accurate, and if you feel better without gluten then assume you have it. I learned through studies that celiac can account for delaying your gallbladder to squeeze out bile to digest fats, causing your bile to sit around and crystallize and cause gallstones. I learned that the majority of hypothyroidism is caused by Hashimoto's, just not to the degree of actual Hashimoto's disease, which is an autoimmune disorder, which may be caused by celiac disease.
    I tried really hard to do paleo full time in the last 6 months. Only I was trying to get my husband and children involved at the same time. They are all picky eaters. My husband will have a bite of a vegetable he doesn't like to appease me but it just doesn't taste good to him. My kids don't like much protein (my daughter just started to enjoy garlic baked chicken thighs finally). They'll eat potatoes and rice at least, but they don't do sweet potatoes or butternut squash or cauilflower or green beans or brussels sprouts. Every new recipe I tried, even SWYPO, was not going over well. So far in my arsenal I only have Elana's Pantry's dark chocolate orange scones that they like. My farmer's bacon (which is sugar free thankfully) they do love, but scrambled eggs with bacon gets boring after a while and they only eat it with ketchup. I think I'm starting to make my point. I just constantly felt like a failure.
    I bought ISWF and Practical Paleo. I decided that my only resolution for this year was to take care of MYSELF. The Whole30 has the guidelines in place, the support I need (I am so glad that the 1/1/13 forum is so active), and I finally have the motivation. It hasn't been as difficult as I expected and I think that is because I wasn't completely on the SAD when I began.
    My goals:
    1) Finally be free of ProActiv for treatment of my acne.
    2) Have my mind be free of depressed/anxious thoughts.
    3) Increased energy to live my life, take care of my family and my home.
    4) See improvement in my thyroid numbers, maybe even get off my medication one day.
    5) Have an ultrasound of my gallbladder in 6 months and see how it and my liver are doing.
    6) Be able to breathe without wheezing.
    7) Shed my excess weight (On day 1 I was 201.2 lbs, I am 5'3").
    8) Could this heal my hemorrhoids?
    My son is 30 months old and nurses. I am not hyperfocused on increasing carb intake to maintain my milk supply. I think that whatever supply I do have is probably well established and if it's going to go away because of a dietary change then so be it but I think we'll be fine.
    I've fallen into a system of cooking big batches every 3-4 days. I have brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cauliflower, mixed greens, swiss chard, mushrooms, tomatoes, lemons (mainly for salad dressing but also for making water kefir), garlic, onions, celery, carrots, and ginger in the freezer. I have lard, coconut oil, EVOO (in dark bottles, even some Kasandrinos), and 4 packages of Kerrygold butter to turn into ghee. I'm not eating many nuts/seeds or fruit because it just isn't appealing to me as much. I have ground lamb, ground beef, whole chicken, and wild salmon (both a frozen side and canned). Apples, oranges, and bananas exist here but they are mostly for the family.
    As much as I feel like I "failed" over the last year to get on board, I did build up a repertoire of recipes. I am trying to tell myself that I just spent the last year preparing.
    I am on Day 10 today. Good things I have noticed so far:
    1) An increase in energy, though it fades pretty quick come the afternoon.
    2) Lessening of love handles.
    3) Mental clarity. I don't think I've had any negative self talk in a few days!
    4) I don't feel as much plaque buildup on my teeth throughout the day as before.
    5) I don't need coffee!!! I do have a cup of green tea in the mornings because it's warm and it feels like a nice transition from sleep to awake.
    6) My asthma is slowly fading. I have not needed to use my inhaler during the day for a few days now.
    7) I am more hydrated because I'm not drinking coffee and I'm listening to my body (I have even noticed that there are times I think I am hungry that I drink water and I am not hungry anymore)
    8) Increased performance in my pilates class, specifically on my plank (despite having a 3 week winter break from it).
    I am looking forward to seeing how this is going to affect PMS/my period (sorry guys!). I saw some ladies having theirs at the beginning of this journey and I am so glad this timed out for me. I should be on the border of the Tiger Blood stage (haha) when it comes.
    I know this is terribly long but this is my log right? I'm trying to make sure I get all the information into one post here. Something else I have added in that I got from Practical Paleo: baking soda and apple cider vinegar to clean my hair. I have gradually led up to this point as I have tried it on and off over 6 years. I think I've finally figured it out. I also don't clean my house with toxic products most of the time (I do a deep clean every so often with chemicals). We also only use soaps with basic non-toxic ingredients (made from natural oils, essential oils, natural ingredients like herbs, honey, etc). Basically lessening our overall toxic load, you know? I know it doesn't fall under the Whole30 but in case there's any kindred spirits reading this..
    From a parenting perspective I also breastfeed my kids (my daughter til 4, my son is 2 1/2), cloth diapered and babyweared (babywore?) them. They are mostly gluten-free at least at this point - GF bread for sunflower butter and jelly (fruit sweetened only) sandwiches, GF pretzels, fruit snacks, fruit, cereal. I figure it's a start for them. I forgot to add that as a goal. I hope to have enough energy, clarity, understanding, patience, etc. from doing this Whole30 to then be able to add in transitioning my family. My husband is sweet, and after seeing the sacrifices I have made, has decided to finally drop his soda habit. It's a big deal for him because he's got narcolepsy and uses it to augment his excessive daytime sleepiness medication. We stopped at 7-11 on our way out over the weekend and he actually came back to the car empty handed and said he just didn't want to do it, that he had the cup in his hand and actually said NO. It's a start, and I'm very proud of him.
    I'm going to stop rambling now. I think I've been writing this for 30 minutes. I'll make another post later with my daily stuff.
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    torena got a reaction from helen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    I keep forgetting to mention one of those "weird" things that has resolved itself during my Whole30. Almost 2 years ago I had a root canal done, my first one ever, in one of my lower back molars (just before the wisdom teeth that I don't have). I understood it would be sensitive for the first couple of weeks but the discomfort continued. I went back to the dentist about a month after the procedure and he readjusted my bite/drilled into the crown to fix it and huzzah, no more discomfort. For a little while, but then it came back. I just kind of dealt with it. I saw another dentist (the dentist that did the work is no longer with the practice) who took a x-ray and said there was nothing wrong, and suggested I brush it more often. Uh, okay. Didn't work. Guess what has not been hurting the last 3-4 weeks? That tooth. I have no idea *why* but I am so thankful that it doesn't hurt anymore!
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    torena got a reaction from helen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    I keep forgetting to mention one of those "weird" things that has resolved itself during my Whole30. Almost 2 years ago I had a root canal done, my first one ever, in one of my lower back molars (just before the wisdom teeth that I don't have). I understood it would be sensitive for the first couple of weeks but the discomfort continued. I went back to the dentist about a month after the procedure and he readjusted my bite/drilled into the crown to fix it and huzzah, no more discomfort. For a little while, but then it came back. I just kind of dealt with it. I saw another dentist (the dentist that did the work is no longer with the practice) who took a x-ray and said there was nothing wrong, and suggested I brush it more often. Uh, okay. Didn't work. Guess what has not been hurting the last 3-4 weeks? That tooth. I have no idea *why* but I am so thankful that it doesn't hurt anymore!
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    Another awful night with the boy-child that lasted about 1 1/2 hours at 2:30am. At least I went to sleep around 9:45. I'm breaking my no caffeine rule today and my husband is going to 7-11 to procure me some. Thankfully I still have a can of coconut milk in the cabinet. I have a friend coming over with her son this morning, then another friend coming over for dinner tonight, and my daughter has wanted to invite a neighbor girl over so I sent a letter with her to give to her friend's mom with our contact information. Now is when the pressure to keep the house spotless starts. Thankful I had the 30 days to not care.
    I'm buying an Excalibur dehydrator! I'm going to make beef jerky (yummmm) for me, and fruit leather for the kids, and I'm sure there are a ton of other things, too. UPS delivered my 25 lb box of almond flour last night. I am making a bread recipe for my kids and muffins for breakfasts for them/my husband. As much as I don't want them relying on alterna-flours I feel it's better than the alternative. I think my daughter is suffering from blood sugar spikes and drops and my mom got me all paranoid about type 1 diabetes that I'm taking her to the doctor on Monday to talk to him about it. Just to rule it out. I think she thinks the dietary modification I do isn't all it's cracked up to be, and I really despise the second guessing when she hasn't done any of the research I have.
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    torena got a reaction from helen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    I keep forgetting to mention one of those "weird" things that has resolved itself during my Whole30. Almost 2 years ago I had a root canal done, my first one ever, in one of my lower back molars (just before the wisdom teeth that I don't have). I understood it would be sensitive for the first couple of weeks but the discomfort continued. I went back to the dentist about a month after the procedure and he readjusted my bite/drilled into the crown to fix it and huzzah, no more discomfort. For a little while, but then it came back. I just kind of dealt with it. I saw another dentist (the dentist that did the work is no longer with the practice) who took a x-ray and said there was nothing wrong, and suggested I brush it more often. Uh, okay. Didn't work. Guess what has not been hurting the last 3-4 weeks? That tooth. I have no idea *why* but I am so thankful that it doesn't hurt anymore!
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    torena got a reaction from helen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Do you have a crock pot? For cheaper you could buy whole chickens, throw it in the crock pot with water and a splash of apple cider vinegar (to help pull the minerals out of the bones) and let it go for 24 hours.
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    I have a Vitamix, and I more or less got it just for this. I started off with just a simple recipe of 1 banana, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup coconut water, a handful of pepitas, a handful of spinach (I cook it then squeeze the liquid out and freeze them into ~1 tbsp balls to get rid of the oxalates), a few dates (depending on size, so if they're big I might use two but if they're teeny I might use 4), 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tbsp chia seeds and some yogurt or milk kefir. I blitz it all in the Vitamix until smooth, and sometimes I use frozen banana to help keep it cold/unmelted until it gets completely smooth. I have since adjusted my recipe by sight. This last time I put probably 1 1/2 bananas in, the rest of a package of frozen cherries, about 3/4 cup frozen blueberries, frozen spinach (I didn't have time to cook it because were out of popsicles and they were being requested!), a full juicebox of coconut water, half of the container of remaining milk kefir, eyeballed the pepitas, chia seeds and cocoa powder and threw in about 6 dates. It was more liquid than smoothie but it worked just the same. I have two kinds of popsicle molds: the kind that are hard plastic with the sticks you put on top and the silicone pushpop kind, which he hasn't quite figured out so I usually put it in a bowl and nuke it for about 15 seconds to soften and cut it up with a spoon.
    This last batch the milk kefir was rather stinky but he still loves it. I'm waiting for my first batch of coconut milk kefir to finish, probably by the end of today/tomorrow morning which will time perfectly for the next batch! There's usually some leftover (or at least I try to time it that way) from making popsicles so then he gets to drink the leftovers.
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    We co-slept with our kids too. My youngest still climbs in bed with us every night around midnight which is cool but the past two nights my now 6 year old has joined her and I have slept terribly. I blame the birthday excitment for Tues but not sure what happened last night. I am so wiped out.
    But I got my Vitamix! Any suggestions on what speed for how to make the Larabars? I am buying the dates today. The recipe I am doing is almonds, coconut flakes, tsp coconut oil and dates. I only have the wet blade so if you have suggestions on how to do it let me know. I don't want to screw up as our budget is super tight until I get paid on the 31st.
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    Another awful night with the boy-child that lasted about 1 1/2 hours at 2:30am. At least I went to sleep around 9:45. I'm breaking my no caffeine rule today and my husband is going to 7-11 to procure me some. Thankfully I still have a can of coconut milk in the cabinet. I have a friend coming over with her son this morning, then another friend coming over for dinner tonight, and my daughter has wanted to invite a neighbor girl over so I sent a letter with her to give to her friend's mom with our contact information. Now is when the pressure to keep the house spotless starts. Thankful I had the 30 days to not care.
    I'm buying an Excalibur dehydrator! I'm going to make beef jerky (yummmm) for me, and fruit leather for the kids, and I'm sure there are a ton of other things, too. UPS delivered my 25 lb box of almond flour last night. I am making a bread recipe for my kids and muffins for breakfasts for them/my husband. As much as I don't want them relying on alterna-flours I feel it's better than the alternative. I think my daughter is suffering from blood sugar spikes and drops and my mom got me all paranoid about type 1 diabetes that I'm taking her to the doctor on Monday to talk to him about it. Just to rule it out. I think she thinks the dietary modification I do isn't all it's cracked up to be, and I really despise the second guessing when she hasn't done any of the research I have.
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    torena reacted to dukunbayi in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    I don't think I'll do a formal introduction. I already know I have a problem with sugar, legumes, nuts, and and probably gluten or even all grains. Not sure about dairy, but I don't really miss it.
    Interesting 2/4/13 w9 blog posting... the time-limited intention of an official w30 or 45 or 60 or whatever, when to stop, when enough is enough, etc. I think I'm just liking this too much to stop now. It's still fun and I don't find it particularly difficult. I like not being hungry all the time and having cravings.
    My plan is to do this WholeWhatever till I'm done (I'll know it when I see it, I'm thinking. I'll want that ice cream at some point), and then be mindful and premeditative with 'reintroduction.' I'm not even calling it a Whole 'anything' at the moment.
    Like MyWar said, "Doing a lot of inward reflection and working on the other 8 factors of the Whole 9 life!" Love it.
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    In our local paper today.....

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    torena reacted to CupcakeNinja in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Hershey's Unsweetened cocoa is just that: straight cocoa. That was the kind I already had in the cupboard, and I was thrilled it was compliant.
    Today is dairy day for me! So far so good - only had some cheese with breakfast. (Yum: cheese. ) Having yogurt with lunch and sour cream and more cheese with dinner tonight. Sour cream is my weakness... I can't wait. Am I the only one on here doing a structred reintroduction plan as outlined in ISWF? This was the part I've been looking forward to the whole time - the biggest reason I was doing the Whole 30 to start with: to figure out if I have allergies/aversions. Happy to rule out a problem with gluten so far, although I'll most likely continue to limit it in my diet for other reasons.