Alaska Woman

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    Alaska Woman reacted to cristinamt in Sugar sugar everywhere   
    Today I looked at a packet of lemon pepper tuna. At first glance, I thought it was compliant until I read the ingredients. Why on earth is there sugar in tuna?! I'm finding reading the back of nutrition labels to be an eye opening experience. It really makes me wonder why some things are added to food when I'm sure it would taste just as good without it. But that's just my two cents.
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    Alaska Woman reacted to LisaZ in Sugar sugar everywhere   
    I grew up in the '70s on Tang for breakfast. Yuck! No wonder I had so any cavities as a kid!
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    Alaska Woman got a reaction from LisaZ in Sugar sugar everywhere   
    Do you think the fish would take it? Animals are pretty smart. One time when we were camping the raccoons got into our backpacks and ate every single thing except the Kraft processed "cheese" slices!
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    Alaska Woman got a reaction from LisaZ in Sugar sugar everywhere   
    Boy the authors are so right about needing to read ALL LABELS. I have found added sugar in places I would never have dreamed would have it: dill pickles and sauerkraut (both Claussens brand), lemon pepper seasoning, not to mention places where's there's no earthly need for it like tomato sauce. The sugar industry really has it's claws in us. I once saw a chart showing sugar consumption in the US. It was basically a low flat line for a hundred years and then in 1941 it suddenly shot up to the top of the chart. Not sure what happened at that time but it was definitely a turning point.
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    Alaska Woman got a reaction from MaineMom in Alaska Woman's Food Log   
    Yesterday I finished my first Whole 30. Before I started the program I had been trying for years to lose weight and keep it off. Was a yo-yo dieter and serial binge eater second to none. My greatest pleasure in life was to curl up on the couch with a book and a plate of munchies and mindlessly stuff my face while equally mindlessly turning through the pages of a trashy novel. Looking back, I realize that I wasn't really enjoying the food I ate, was never truly hungry but at the same time never really satisfied. In fact, often I would be so stuffed I couldn't eat another bite and even felt a little sick to my stomach but still felt like I still wanted to eat more.  In spite of this unhealthy behavior I have always been blessed with good health. I have had high cholesterol for a long time and high blood pressure this past year (I'm 74), plus severe acid reflux and moderate rosacea, both of which I took medications for. Other than that, no diabetes or other serious health problems and seldom sick (the cold I came down with on day 4 was the first I've had in more than 10 years)
    Now, in addition to meeting my goals of breaking my habitual connection between food and eating and establishing a healthier relationship with food, I find that I truly enjoy what I'm eating, to the extent that I often find myself closing my eyes and just savoring the flavors on my tongue. By the end of the meal I'm fully satisfied and don't want anymore.  I've also found that feelings of true hunger are easier to ignore when it's not yet mealtime than those old cravings were.
    I quit the 100 mg of Doxycycline for rosacea on the first day of the program. Now the rosacea is maybe just a tiny bit better or the same, but at least I'm no longer killing off my friendly gut bacteria. Also no more acid reflux and no more waking up at night with a painfully dry mouth.
    Oh, and by the way- I lost 8 pounds and 2 1/2 inches off my waist.
    I'm starting my second round of the program. I'd still like to see more improvement in my skin and am hoping my nails will get stronger too. They're awful- thin, ridgy, prone to vertical splits and chip if you even look at them harshly. I also need to lose another 20-25 pounds, but mostly I just feel that after so many years of non-healthy eating, my body needs more time to completely heal, and even though I haven't felt any real cravings so far, my psyche probably needs more time to really firmly ground these new eating habits.
    Last word: I will be forever grateful to my granddaughter for telling me about Whole 30 and am already passing the word on to friends and other family members.
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    Alaska Woman got a reaction from ArtFossil in Alaska Woman's Food Log   
    Thank you. He did get his surgery this past Thursday. At that point his blood sugar had dropped a little more, down to 162.
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    Alaska Woman got a reaction from MaineMom in Alaska Woman's Food Log   
    Yesterday I finished my first Whole 30. Before I started the program I had been trying for years to lose weight and keep it off. Was a yo-yo dieter and serial binge eater second to none. My greatest pleasure in life was to curl up on the couch with a book and a plate of munchies and mindlessly stuff my face while equally mindlessly turning through the pages of a trashy novel. Looking back, I realize that I wasn't really enjoying the food I ate, was never truly hungry but at the same time never really satisfied. In fact, often I would be so stuffed I couldn't eat another bite and even felt a little sick to my stomach but still felt like I still wanted to eat more.  In spite of this unhealthy behavior I have always been blessed with good health. I have had high cholesterol for a long time and high blood pressure this past year (I'm 74), plus severe acid reflux and moderate rosacea, both of which I took medications for. Other than that, no diabetes or other serious health problems and seldom sick (the cold I came down with on day 4 was the first I've had in more than 10 years)
    Now, in addition to meeting my goals of breaking my habitual connection between food and eating and establishing a healthier relationship with food, I find that I truly enjoy what I'm eating, to the extent that I often find myself closing my eyes and just savoring the flavors on my tongue. By the end of the meal I'm fully satisfied and don't want anymore.  I've also found that feelings of true hunger are easier to ignore when it's not yet mealtime than those old cravings were.
    I quit the 100 mg of Doxycycline for rosacea on the first day of the program. Now the rosacea is maybe just a tiny bit better or the same, but at least I'm no longer killing off my friendly gut bacteria. Also no more acid reflux and no more waking up at night with a painfully dry mouth.
    Oh, and by the way- I lost 8 pounds and 2 1/2 inches off my waist.
    I'm starting my second round of the program. I'd still like to see more improvement in my skin and am hoping my nails will get stronger too. They're awful- thin, ridgy, prone to vertical splits and chip if you even look at them harshly. I also need to lose another 20-25 pounds, but mostly I just feel that after so many years of non-healthy eating, my body needs more time to completely heal, and even though I haven't felt any real cravings so far, my psyche probably needs more time to really firmly ground these new eating habits.
    Last word: I will be forever grateful to my granddaughter for telling me about Whole 30 and am already passing the word on to friends and other family members.
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    Alaska Woman got a reaction from MaineMom in Alaska Woman's Food Log   
    I'm so excited I just have to share this. My husband is a Type 2 diabetic. We hadn't been monitoring his blood sugar because we assumed it was ok, as he was eating a "healthy" diet and taking Metformin. Ten days ago he went in for cataract surgery and they tested his blood sugar. It was 308 and they cancelled the surgery. That very day he started on the Whole 30. Today his fasting blood sugar was 179. He has a ways to go, but I think that is a totally amazing change in just 10 days. Thank you Whole 30.
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    Alaska Woman reacted to bigmamabird in Documentary: Sugar Crash   
     
    We are experiencing this first hand in our family.
     
    With our first three children, the first pureed food we introduced them too were vegetables.  We slowly worked in fruits over time, but to this day they all love veggies and I credit that with early exposure.
     
    Fast forward to the present.  Our 10 month old has been on a strawberry/vanilla flavored medicine since she was four days old.  I cannot get her to eat vegetables to save my life.  She'll gobble down the pureed fruit all day long, but if I try to sneak a spoonful of vegetable in there, even if it's sweet potato, she spits it out and glares at me.  
     
    I'm really hoping Whole30 helps me learn to control these intense sugar cravings I have.  
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    Alaska Woman got a reaction from Raven in Documentary: Sugar Crash   
    Just finished watching That Sugar Film. What an eye opener! If you're dreaming of all the sugary good things you'll go back to at the end of the 30 days, watch this first!
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    Alaska Woman got a reaction from mrsmonte02a in Alaska Woman's Food Log   
    When I started Whole 30 my size 16 jeans were a little hard to zip. This morning on day 15 I zipped right into my size 14's with ease. Did that make me a happy camper? You bet, but as much as I've been hoping I would lose some weight, there are some other things happening that make me even happier. First, on the 2nd day of the program, I quit taking the antibiotics I've long used to control my rosacea, and my face is clearer now than it was when I was taking them even though I've been eating a lot of onions and garlic, which usually cause flare ups. Second, I used to have really bad acid reflux, complete with food regurgitating on me, and took Omeprazole daily. I quit that medication about a week ago, and so far have only had occasional brief feelings of slight acid indigestion. I think learning to eat slowly and chew my food well has probably helped as much as the new food regimen itself.
    So far, other than spending an awful l lot of time in the kitchen, I really haven't found this hard to do.  I say this with a certain degree of trepidation, being fully aware that all kinds of cravings, temptations and crazy-making behaviors could be lurking just around the corner to pounce on me and try to take me down. Nevertheless, I'm determined to let nothing keep me from my goal. Yay Whole 30!
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    Alaska Woman got a reaction from ArtFossil in French's Yellow Mustard   
    Thank you kirk or and art fossil re the mustard
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    Alaska Woman got a reaction from ArtFossil in Understanding Meal Template with One Pot/Soups   
    Thanks- that makes sense. I think I was just being lazy. lol
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    Alaska Woman reacted to amandapilk in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    2 more days!! I only joined the group recently when I had a craving mishap! Nothing was helping me through but this forum AND everyone's encouragement, ideas and to know we all were having some similar experiences! My boyfriend and I did it together and we had some tough days and some hard talks, but here we are, going stronger than ever, eating better and feeling amazing! We have more energy, we have stopped taking some of our regular medications, and overall feel so much better!  Neither one of us weighted ourselves beforehand (although I think we have a good idea what we weighed), but we are fitting in to clothes that haven't fit in over a year, and everyone around us is noticing a difference, ADDED BONUS!
    I am very proud of everyone of us who has battled through this, enjoyed it, tried some new foods, hunted down a "compliant" food, read more ingredient labels in 28 days than you have ever read (unless your a repeat whole30'er). I hope everyone feels like I feel, this isn't the end but an amazing beginning! A new outlook on food, dieting and changing my overall general health for the better. I have learned so much from reading Melissa's books and trying her recipes, and I feel proud and confident that I am feeding my family nutrients that will last a lifetime! 
    Good luck with your reintroductions! 
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    Alaska Woman got a reaction from IndustriousJoy in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    I think the trick here is to take a page from AA and not think about the long haul but rather just one day at a time. I actually think a lot about what I eat these days- both in terms of planning what I'll cook and savoring the textures, aromas and tastes of what I'm eating. For me, I think the extra time planning and prepping meals is a kind of substitute for eating between meals when I'm missing an afternoon or evening snack.
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    Alaska Woman got a reaction from IndustriousJoy in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    I think the trick here is to take a page from AA and not think about the long haul but rather just one day at a time. I actually think a lot about what I eat these days- both in terms of planning what I'll cook and savoring the textures, aromas and tastes of what I'm eating. For me, I think the extra time planning and prepping meals is a kind of substitute for eating between meals when I'm missing an afternoon or evening snack.
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    Alaska Woman got a reaction from IndustriousJoy in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    I'm planning to do another Whole 30 myself and am planning to weigh on the first day of the new 30, take some pictures and some measurements.
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    Alaska Woman got a reaction from bethross in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    Thanks- you too!
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    Alaska Woman got a reaction from IndustriousJoy in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    I think the trick here is to take a page from AA and not think about the long haul but rather just one day at a time. I actually think a lot about what I eat these days- both in terms of planning what I'll cook and savoring the textures, aromas and tastes of what I'm eating. For me, I think the extra time planning and prepping meals is a kind of substitute for eating between meals when I'm missing an afternoon or evening snack.
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    Alaska Woman got a reaction from IndustriousJoy in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    I'm planning to do another Whole 30 myself and am planning to weigh on the first day of the new 30, take some pictures and some measurements.
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    Alaska Woman got a reaction from IndustriousJoy in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    I think the trick here is to take a page from AA and not think about the long haul but rather just one day at a time. I actually think a lot about what I eat these days- both in terms of planning what I'll cook and savoring the textures, aromas and tastes of what I'm eating. For me, I think the extra time planning and prepping meals is a kind of substitute for eating between meals when I'm missing an afternoon or evening snack.
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    Alaska Woman got a reaction from IndustriousJoy in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    I'm planning to do another Whole 30 myself and am planning to weigh on the first day of the new 30, take some pictures and some measurements.
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    Alaska Woman got a reaction from bethross in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    Please don't hate me, but I have to say I haven't been bored at all and in fact have never truly enjoyed what I was eating as much as I have these past few weeks. And I really haven't been yearning for anything in particular from my former life. I may be heading for a rude awakening down the road, but so far so good, as the guy falling from the 100 story building said as he passed the 50th floor!
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    Alaska Woman got a reaction from bethross in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    Please don't hate me, but I have to say I haven't been bored at all and in fact have never truly enjoyed what I was eating as much as I have these past few weeks. And I really haven't been yearning for anything in particular from my former life. I may be heading for a rude awakening down the road, but so far so good, as the guy falling from the 100 story building said as he passed the 50th floor!
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    Alaska Woman got a reaction from bethross in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    Please don't hate me, but I have to say I haven't been bored at all and in fact have never truly enjoyed what I was eating as much as I have these past few weeks. And I really haven't been yearning for anything in particular from my former life. I may be heading for a rude awakening down the road, but so far so good, as the guy falling from the 100 story building said as he passed the 50th floor!