Nila

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About Nila

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  • Birthday 02/02/1967

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    Female
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    Indianapolis
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    Health, nutrition, personality, psychology, meditation and a bunch of other stuff.
  1. Nila

    Any other 23andMe members?

    I am a 23andMe member. There are links between what I learned and what I'm currently experiencing in my health. I'll admit I haven't done enough deep investigative work so there's probably a lot more to be learned. I do not have the APOE4 variant. I do, however, have a rather scary risk percentage for venous thromboembolism.
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    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    Bravo on allowing those pics. I avoid being photographed. I can move very quickly when the camera comes out. But I managed to capture pictures on 12/31 before I started my Whole30. Since, I've been desperately trying to erase my before (and after) pics from my memory. They frighten me.
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    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    I tried beef bacon once and absolutely hated it. 6 packs is so much! I'll be curious to see what suggestions people have for this.
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    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    What outside-of-W30 foods do you think you'll have? Do you know which ones your body doesn't like or are emotionally loaded? I'm curious what this will be like when I get there. As for the squash...I think it would be delicious without the pecans. I will probably cut the garlic a touch if not completely the next time I make it. It has garlic, right? My son said it tasted about like pumpkin pie.
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    Food Truck!

    I keep meaning to ask Mr. Caveman Truck where he sources his bacon because he puts it in everything. I suspect it may be Smoking Goose applewood smoked bacon which I believe, sadly, has sugar. Do you know, Suzy? The barnyard chili is also killer good. My son had the chorizo burger and raved about it.
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    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    So much good stuff written here. I want to reply and comment. I have 5 minutes to scan and get out to my next meeting. You're all wonderful. You are. I was so. freaking. blah. yesterday. So. I went to bed a little earlier. For the first time in several weeks, I had to get up in the middle of the night for the potty. It would have been twice had I not woken at 4 (I'm guessing) and decided to just bear with it. That, erm, pressure created quite the stream of weird dreams. None food related. Thankfully. Anyway, I'm feeling much better today. Much more energetic. So, hey, maybe my dairy indiscretion on Saturday was the culprit and my body is ridding itself of the ickies from fighting that intrusion. I'm grateful for increased energy. I've already had one networking meeting (over a lovely compliant breakfast) and closed on a mortgage refi. I'm off next to a networking lunch. And then I'm heading off on a 2-hour drive to work with another agency on a new business pitch for the afternoon. And I have to drive back after that. I've packed up boiled eggs, carrots, bananas, and coconut butter for the road and in case any of these meals along the way don't do what they need to. Mwah! Have a great day (or what's left of it)!
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    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    Snail blood. That's what I have today. I'm just sluggish. Slow. Dull. What the heck? Can this really be the one meal with the little bits of dairy, potatoes, and non-compliant bacon I had on Saturday? The only other real difference in what I'm eating is the sausages I got from the German meat market. I asked about sugar, preservatives and artificial ingredients. Maybe I should have asked about gluten and dairy. Hmmmm. I've averaged 8.6 hours of sleep the past 4 nights, no less than 8 each night. I've also been primarily at my desk these past 2 days, researching, reading, and ideating for a presentation. Maybe the high brain activity and anxiety over the presentation are keeping me "down." And it's edging toward mid-February, when I typically discover I'm getting a little winter blues. 10 years ago it would be a painful ache in my soul. The last 4 years, post gluten, have been more of a blip. To add insult to injury, I discovered today that I didn't win a big, exciting bid for a new client. Boooo! I'm thinking about closing up mental shop early today, meditating sooner, and crawling into bed before I normally would. Maybe a little cleansing sleep would help.
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    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    I would love to go to bed early and sleep in that late at in winter. The business machine would not care for that approach. I find it so hard to wake up when it's dark. So, so hard.
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    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    If I didn't have dairy issues - and I used to think I didn't, darn it - I'd totally go whey. It's the least gritty and icky of protein powders that I've experienced.
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    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    Helen, I think it depends on how faithful you want to be to "paleo." My understanding is that no protein powders are technically paleo. The egg white comes closest to the content of it, I would think, but not the spirit (drinking food and so on). I know some other people who are declare themselves paleo. They also include honey and dairy. So they use a grass fed whey protein powder. I think it depends also on what you find you can eat having gone through the reintroduction schedule. If grains work, then brown rice might work (some are better tasting than others, by the way). If dairy works, then whey. If legumes work for you, then pea powder. And so on. For a while last year, I'd toss an egg in my smoothie. It sounded so gross, but then it was amazing. The smoothie was thick and creamy. It worked best with fruit or vanilla or both in an almond milk base. Your question got me wondering about having a green smoothie paired with jerky or nuts, if you tolerate them. Not in the cup together, of course. Yuk. Jerky smoothie. Not a taste I want to experience. Or what about boiled eggs or ???
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    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    After my one day "off," I've decided to do a Whole60 complete with a new log (shown in my signature). Having that boundary serves me. I need to keep working on various aspects of nutrition, exercise, and mindset. And I need more time with compliance to push my inflammation into the past. Questions: Are you posting a log elsewhere in or off the forum? I find the amount of information in the forum at large overwhelming. So I come back to the same threads over and over. I look outside of that once in a while to freshen my perspective a bit. Are there other places you go in the forum that are particularly helpful or interesting to you?
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    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    Brilliant word picture on the work out. Brilliant. Once I got past the magical 30, I felt a certain sense of anxiety and the little demons in my psyche were working hard to sabotage me. I have had similar positive observations. Even with my one non-compliant meal, I was very cognizant of what I was doing. And instead of saying, "oh well, let's (the demons and I) gorge the rest of the day," I snapped right back to compliance. It was a moment. And I was mindful of it. I had "help" from my family too. "It's your birthday!" "You have to treat yourself now and then." But I can't blame them. I'm a big girl and make my own choices. I'm still feeling a little bloat and, well, gas from that one meal. Yesterday my ankles got itchy. One meal. It's a stark contrast to the great days of compliance. You know, the ones past the oh-my-god-need-sleep-now days. And yes, this community is vital to me as I relearn eating and self-care. Yes. Yes. Yes.
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    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    I just posted about some psychological stuff going on in my log and on another thread. I'm totally with you there. I got a little off plan yesterday. I got back on today, but I definitely felt the demons today and ate past satisfied at dinner. I don't like rules and structure, but in the realm of food, rules serve me very well.
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    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    I have to say it's weird reading about everyone easing out of Whole30. Sushi, ice cream, wine, candy... I was thinking about what I possibly miss. It probably comes down to white potatoes, the Indian buffet, and Chinese - and maybe cake frosting. Yep, I know I can make paleo versions of Indian and Chinese, but it's not the same. I'm not craving these things. I'm not even really sad about it. I just, at some level, find it odd not going out with the family to these former favorites. I supposed it's like anything else that goes away for whatever reason - like drinking - I deal with it. Life changes and presents new things. By the way, keep up the stories. They're interesting!
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    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    My son (high school freshman) is a LAX goalie. This is his 6th year. Fun sport! Okay, I know that isn't at all Whole30 related. I loved your longer post about what you accomplished/learned and where you're going. Excellent!