Nila

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    Nila got a reaction from helen in Helen's Wild Blue Yonder   
    I like the name of your log. And your first post a good accounting of where you've been, where you are and where you want to go. My best to you!
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    Nila got a reaction from Shelda17 in Nila's Whole60   
    I finally took the time to watch the TedX video. Thanks, Terez.
    Here's what was most compelling about Dr. Wahls' talk, for me: She has MS and had reached the point where she could only get around her house with the help of 2 canes and had to be in a reclining chair. No upright sitting like I'm doing now. At that point she changed her diet to what you describe - the 9 cups of vegetables divided as you listed, grass-fed meat, organ meat and seaweed - and within 3 months she could walk with 1 cane between exam rooms. At 4 months she could walk throughout the hospital with no cane. At 5 months, she got on a bike for the first time in a decade and took a ride around the block. At 9 months she did an 18-mile bike ride.
    That's remarkable.
    My lesson is that I may not see evidence of the healing I need until 3 months (or whatever my body's timeline is) after starting and staying with, as my doctor put it, "strict paleo." And that healing will be a progression based on diligence -- and not stinking feeling sorry for myself because I "can't" eat chocolate covered grahams or buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy. I have to keep in front of me that I'm making the "little" choices about food for the much larger choice for optimal longevity.
    The lesson for all of us is to take charge of our own health. Research. Ask question. Push the envelope.
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    Nila got a reaction from dukunbayi in Dukunbayi's Whole Shebang   
    Hear, hear!
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    Nila reacted to dukunbayi in Dukunbayi's Whole Shebang   
    Moving it over here from the Whole30 Log forum (Dukunbayi's Log). I finished my second W30 recently (my 1st started 1/1/13). This time I went through the reintroduction phase, albeit not as formally as I had intended. And from my not so formal reintro, I have determined the following:
    Dairy - OK (though I don't really miss it or crave it)
    Gluten - not OK (insane headaches). Not sure about gluten-free grains.
    Legumes - not OK (weird skin sensations)
    Sugar - so totally freaking not OK (I knew that already)
    I also know that:
    1. nuts are a food without breaks for me
    2. if I stick essentially to the meal template the rest falls more easily into place
    So I have given my stash of chocolate (even the 100% cacao), nuts and dried fruit to my guy to hide, and to bring out only upon approved use as flavoring and spices in specified recipes.
    Logging here for accountability, and to get out of the "I'm done with the Whole30" mindset, which quickly, for me, becomes a license to free-for-all it.
    Here's to the never-ending quest for balance.
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    Nila got a reaction from helen in Helen's Wild Blue Yonder   
    Wishing you a great day!
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    Nila reacted to Tom Denham in Binging since completing whole30   
    There is often more than one way in life to achieve a goal. The changes we make when doing a Whole30 help a lot because we remove "food without brakes" and other "trigger" foods that make eating appropriate portions sizes difficult. And sometimes longer periods of dedication to the Whole30 can help you achieve stability in your relationship to food as habits become more deeply ingrained. But as a former psychotherapist and person who has benefited from psychotherapy, I think working with a knowledgeable professional therapist to talk through the emotional pressure points of your life and to develop and establish better ways of coping with stress than food is important too. I think the best approach is to work on your goals on two fronts at the same time - participating in psychotherapy while continuing longer with a Whole30.
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    Nila got a reaction from Run4fun in WholeNila   
    Yay for stress not becoming a burden to eating choices! And yay for getting in a run!
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    Nila got a reaction from Run4fun in WholeNila   
    That's a very good point. I do get bored and like to change things. That is certainly also part of it. Nice detective work, Ruth.
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    Nila reacted to Run4fun in WholeNila   
    That one is for free! Hah! Keep me posted!
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    Nila reacted to Derval in Mo rothar féin   
    Thursday thinkings
    7.15 - guess what?
    rest day from gym, good thing too as my arms are killing me!
    librarian duty at school today, then (booze)shopping for book club tomorrow night
    11.30am - cm coffee
    12.30pm - plantains & proscioutto - Did them this way, better but not blown away..won't be bothering with plantains again
    3.30pm - starbuck skinny capp while watching ds play soccer in the rain
    5.30pm - yummy yumsters slow cooked lamb, lemon & oregano potatoes, cumin & ghee roasted carrots

    Also went to the photographers to look at proofs of pics I got taken of the kdis - gorgeous lil' buggers if I say so myself

    Heading out tonight with a friend to a charity clothes swap event, nice to get out, hope to win some raffle prizes!
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    Nila got a reaction from Derval in WholeNila   
    Better still today. I spoke at a luncheon where there was a buffet. And there was some kind of dessert right at our place settings. Everyone at my table at theirs. Not me. I was curious what it tasted like. But I didn't feel deprived or even like I needed to eat it. Extra gold stars for me considering that I was the speaker and I get quite nervous. Movin' on up!
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    Nila got a reaction from Derval in WholeNila   
    Better still today. I spoke at a luncheon where there was a buffet. And there was some kind of dessert right at our place settings. Everyone at my table at theirs. Not me. I was curious what it tasted like. But I didn't feel deprived or even like I needed to eat it. Extra gold stars for me considering that I was the speaker and I get quite nervous. Movin' on up!
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    Nila got a reaction from helen in Helen's Wild Blue Yonder   
    I like the name of your log. And your first post a good accounting of where you've been, where you are and where you want to go. My best to you!
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    Nila reacted to helen in Helen's Wild Blue Yonder   
    I do want some post Whole30 accountability. I did my first Whole30 in January (a success and it did change my life!), February I stayed about 90% compliant but was binging on sugar and snacking too much so decided to do a second Whole 30 in March. It didn't work as as well. Around Day 15 I ate chocolate and the next two weeks were a confusing mix of eating very clean and healthy and binging on sweets. Binging on sweets is a relatively new phenomena for me since I quit drinking alcohol regularly last summer. I am disappointed but trying to figure out how to slay the sugar dragon successfully without sinking into the unhealthy mindset of 'restrict then splurge/binge.'
    Goals for this month Post Whole 30:
    1. Log (this is helping me a lot with the emotional aspects of eating).
    2. Get off the computer no later than 10 pm (makes me go to bed).
    3. Follow meal template. No snacking. Eat fish twice a week.
    4. Foam roller at gym 3X a week (supposedly rolling my IT band is going to help with my hip tightness thus let me finally get Marichyasana A which I want for progressing in my primary Ashtanga sequence practice!).
    5. Any offroad eating will not be mindless but mindful! Not going to eat a sleeve of Girl Scout cookies because my mom stresses me out or my kids are eating them or whatever! Mindfulness.
    6. Lose 4 pounds. I'll be happy with 2 pounds. Bathing suit season is upon me. I am 43 and a mom to two young children and we spend a LOT of time at the pool with 20 and 30 year old moms so I want to feel strong and confident in my bathing suit so I enjoy the pool more. So, I guess I'll be happy with less belly rather than a smaller number on the scale.
    7. Plant a plum tree.
    Yesterday Food Log:
    Meal 1: 2 eggs, green smoothie (kale, 1/2 cucumber, baby carrots, blackberries), coffee with coconut milk.
    Meal 2: tuna salad, Paleo banana bread with ghee
    Meal 3: swordfish with garlic and tomato topping, cauliflower rice
    Sleep: 9 hours (awesome).
    Exercise: 20 minutes elliptical, foam rolling (ouch), 10 minutes yoga
    Reflections:
    Sugar cravings are WAY down. I ate three solid meals although no veggies at Meal 2. I was so wanting to go out to eat last night but husband talked me out of it (he is successfully finishing his second Whole30 which is hard on my ego but alas I support him). I googled 'swordfish' as I've never cooked it and bought it because on sale at Earth Fare. The recipe was fantastic.
    The girls (age 4 and 6) played outside from 5-8 pm (eating dinner in their fort). Can I tell you how happy that makes me?
    Allergies much better this year. Could it be from no dairy or other inflammatory foods? Maybe as everyone around me suffering. My anxiety/depression is better but could be simply from sleep and sun.
    Feeling good today and optimistic. I want to try and recognize the good mood days.
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    Nila reacted to helen in Helen's second Whole30 Log   
    So, I weighed this morning and I lost two pounds. My weight fluctuates a lot over the month so I don't put too much stock in numbers. But at least I didn't gain weight from all the sugar bingeing.
    Today is the official last day of the Whole30. Husband? Going strong. It is kind of irritating. He said "I don't even miss food anymore" to me just now.
    Me? I'm strugggling. I want to lose about 10 pounds mostly for yoga but it is more that I've lost some of my excitement. I just want to feel the magic people! It may just be that we've reached the point of no return in the semester (and even though I'm 'part-time' I teach an overload of 15 semester hours plus I took on an extra tedious project that I finally am done with) where everyone is just over it but we have another month to go with lots of projects (grading!) and grumpiness. Or maybe this is mild depression which I only figure out when I get out of it. If this is what my depression looks like eating healthy then I'll take it though. Sigh.
    So following Dukunbayi's lead I am reviewing my original goals for the second Whole 30:
    Eat only 3 meals a day with minimal snacking: I was not successful. Evening meals are not working out due to yoga and work. This will be easier starting in May though. Following the meal template will be an important improvement for me.
    Foam roll 3X a week: I just started this last week. The foam rolls are only $25 at Target but I am anti-stuff so if I continue at the gym I'll buy it. My yoga teacher said rolling my IT band would help with my hip tightness. I guess. Still I almost have Maryichasana A so if it helps...
    No FB after 10 pm: This was not always a success but I am making serious progress. Along with this I've been leaving my kitchen/house a mess and going to bed to maximize sleep. Computer waste time is an issue I need to focus on.
    Tomorrow I'm moving the log to post Whole 30. And I think I am going to set some goals for the next month. I have not got this eating/food stuff figured out yet which surprises me.
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    Nila got a reaction from Run4fun in WholeNila   
    I had my first sugar-free, dairy-free (except for ghee), gluten-free day in nearly 2 weeks. I'm going to call that a minor triumph. Rinse. Repeat.
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    Nila got a reaction from Run4fun in WholeNila   
    I had my first sugar-free, dairy-free (except for ghee), gluten-free day in nearly 2 weeks. I'm going to call that a minor triumph. Rinse. Repeat.
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    Nila reacted to dukunbayi in Dukunbayi's Log   
    A quick reflection after the 30 day part while in reintroduction... (gut still getting rid of all the nuts, so I'll re-reintroduce dairy either tomorrow or, more likely, Wednesday. Need a cleaner slate).
    I'll write a more contemplative "success story" when I have some more time.
    Below from my day -1 starting post, today's reflections in red:
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    "I am confident that I got the food part down pat in January." ---> Continue to discover and tweak
    "This time around I will focus on the beyond-food aspects of the Whole30, specifically eating mindfully, not in front of the computer, really tasting my food and setting the right conditions for proper digestion." ---> Epic fail. I just didn't do the work to achieve this. I'll keep on swimming.
    "And the other biggie, working on my sleep." ---> have made some decent headway on this front.
    "Oh, and exercise! I'll log that too." ---> ha! would have, could have, should have.
    Stats 3/4/13 --> 4/9/13
    Age 48
    Height 5'1.5"
    Weight 146 ---> 144 lbs (-2lbs)
    Chest/Bust 39" ---> 38.25" (-0.75")
    Waist 31 ---> 30.25" (-0.75")
    Hips 41 ---> 39.5" (-1.5")
    Thighs 25" ea. ---> no change
    Calves 14" ea. ---> no change
    Arms 13" ea. ---> 12.25" (-0.75")
    Yea, I'll take it.
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    Nila reacted to Nadia B in Mo rothar féin   
    Snack dragon victory, lady D
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    Nila reacted to Contessa in Helen's second Whole30 Log   
    I hope you won't be too discouraged. I don't know how I could never think about sugar anymore. (People who say that probably just have a different type of addiction!) I think sugar is one of the toughest substances to 'beat' - every time I see one of those news articles saying something like, "According to scientific studies, sugar has the same effect on the brain as addictive substances like cocaine!" I just want to do a giant eye-roll.... I could've told you that, scientists. It just takes time and persistence to starve this thing. I've determined that it may take me years. Realistically speaking, I'll probably fall off the wagon again, then get back on, then fall off for a bit. What matters is that we're all moving things in the right direction. Don't give up.
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    Nila reacted to Run4fun in WholeNila   
    Get back on the horse! I will join you. We've been traveling this week and just got home today. Although my eating included things I don't normally have, my biggest problem was portion sizes. I'm going to be mighty hungry over the next few days and probably cranky too! But it's time to get back on it.
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    Nila got a reaction from Derval in WholeNila   
    Just a quick check in. I've not been around for two reasons.
    Tapatalk on my iPhone has decided not to play nice. I did a lot of my reading and posting from that application.
    I fell into the black hole of a binge. If I look back through my calendar, I'd estimate that today is day 11 of said binge. It's not very uplifting to talk about. And, well, I'm rather ashamed. No more details, even though I'm sure I could outline dozens of reasons I'm there. I'm not going to dwell on it.

    Maybe I need to meditate on the message on the blue one? Or the left or middle ones on the bottom row?

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    Nila reacted to dukunbayi in WholeNila   
    I like the bottom middle and left. Probably the middle one best.
    Glad you're back!
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    Nila got a reaction from helen in WholeNila   
    Writing as I go would definitely be overkill if I did it daily. Today it's just about accountability as I work my way out of the binge.
    Meal 2...
    Roast chicken salad (leftover roast chicken, homemade mayo, celery), butter lettuce, more of this morning's pesto; banana
    I'm sure this is silly, but I feel better already. It's probably more psychological than anything. I'm regaining a sense of control and the anxiousness that either drove or resulted from (or both) the bingeing is diminishing. I wonder if I'll feel flu-ish in a few days.
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    Nila got a reaction from helen in WholeNila   
    I have eaten no where near paleo the last 5 days. I feel like crap. Bloated. Fatigue. Poor quality sleep. Poor concentration. Generally icky. Time to hit the reset button!