Amanda9822

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    Amanda9822 got a reaction from AnnetteP in Some enlightenment on potatoes please!   
    I'm on Day 13 of my first Whole 30... definitely feel a change in my mind's response to food and my desire for sweets. It's miraculous, and I look forward to the rest of my life continuing this way!
    My question has to do with white potatoes. I know that ISWF and on this website, white potatoes are left out of the mix because they promote unhealthy habits. Are they referring to: if you eat white potatoes as french fries, or pile your baked potato with sour cream and butter, or make your mashed potatoes with cheese and butter and milk?
    I've just been really curious about this because i always thought I loved sweet potatoes and that it would be no problem to eat a bunch. I have had sweet potatoes maybe four or five times (not overdone it), and I honestly feel like I couldn't gag/choke down another sweet potato. I don't think I'm getting enough starchy veggies, and I can't understand what the deal with while potatoes are. They are way milder, and I think would go down easier at this point.
    I really can't stand how sweet the sweet potatoes taste (by themselves, in salmon cakes, in soup or stew)- maybe it's because I'm not eating sugar? I feel the same with butternut squash. To sweet and gagalicious to me.
    Thanks!
    Amanda
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    Amanda9822 got a reaction from Krista Billows Rodriguez in Epic FAILURE on Day 24   
    Thank you everyone. I'm really disappointed is all. I was really stubborn about following the rules whether or not I liked it. I came home and made a nice compliant supper. I am starting over...
    Thank you again for your support everyone.
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    Amanda9822 reacted to bonnynancy in Epic FAILURE on Day 24   
    Day 24 seems to be a really rough milestone. I've talked to several people today on Day 24 who are hanging on by a thread. Myself included. Brush yourself off and go forward all the wiser. (And for your next w30, circle Day 24 on your calendar! )
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    Amanda9822 reacted to Susan W in Epic FAILURE on Day 24   
    Amanda keep it in perspective. Look at what you gained in knowledge and experience. You know better than ever what you are up against and you'll be ready to face the challenges.
    The next time that sugar dragon rears it's hideous head, you will smack it in the forehead and send it to the corner.
    So this time you did a W23 and now you will carry on and do a W30. Frame it and move forward feeling stronger than before.
    Remember, it could have happened to anyone.
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    Amanda9822 got a reaction from Krista Billows Rodriguez in Epic FAILURE on Day 24   
    Thank you everyone. I'm really disappointed is all. I was really stubborn about following the rules whether or not I liked it. I came home and made a nice compliant supper. I am starting over...
    Thank you again for your support everyone.
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    Amanda9822 reacted to 30Canandaigua in Epic FAILURE on Day 24   
    <3 Get the feelings out. Continue onward, one foot in front of the other... toward your goals. Good Luck!
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    Amanda9822 reacted to homerfrizzell in Epic FAILURE on Day 24   
    Amanda,
    I failed in my first attempt that was Whole 30'ish (wine at a wedding) so I have an idea of how you feel.
    I think this failure increases your chance of success for the next attempt. And you did good things for those 23 days that you'll be building on. I agree with Suzy, restart now.
    Homer
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    Amanda9822 reacted to Derval in Epic FAILURE on Day 24   
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    Amanda9822 reacted to Renee Lee in Epic FAILURE on Day 24   
    Suzy, i'm laughing at the "come back to us!"
    Amanda: Deep breath! It happens. Do not guilt yourself. There are not cheats or failures, only choices. Just make a better choice when you eat dinner tonight!
    And if it helps, I have emotionally eaten a mini mountain of mini twix bars in the last 6 months. We're human, and many of us are wired to attribute food to comfort. stupid dopamine
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    Amanda9822 reacted to Suzy in Epic FAILURE on Day 24   
    And don't start tomorrow! Start back now so you'll feel better when you wake up. If Whole9 has taught me anything, it's that the "I'll start Monday morning" phenomenon is bogus. We've all been there! Come back to us!
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    Amanda9822 reacted to Callan in Epic FAILURE on Day 24   
    I'm sorry to hear that, Amanda. My heart goes out to you because I know how you must feel. I don't have any magic words that will make you feel better, other than that I think you're very brave for posting this here. I also hope that you know that the past 24 days were NOT a waste! Wishing you peace of mind and the ability to find other, healthier ways of coping with these negative emotions.
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    Amanda9822 got a reaction from heathera in Starting January 2nd, 2013   
    I can't believe it's Day 17 already. Sometimes I forget that I'm even on this diet... it's starting to become second nature. My pants are definitely looser, but I've also gotta be gaining some muscle in Crossfit.
    I've been kind of depressed for the last three or four days... about nothing in particular, but very down. I use to have problems with it, but haven't in a very long time. Nothing crazy going on in life, so I wonder if my brain is in mourning or sugar. :/
    Hope everyone is doing well!
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    Amanda9822 reacted to demos88 in Starting January 2nd, 2013   
    Its my day 30! Weighed in (finally)-- I lost 11 1/2 lbs in 30 days. I can't believe it. After 25 years, I am at my college weight (and probably ore muscular).
    It is going to be strange moving off the Whole30 plan. I am not really sure how I am going to eat going forward. As I have written, I am really okay continuing with the basic plan-- I am not craving ice cream or pie or bread (or beans).
    I'll celebrate my daughter's birthday tonight (we are having tuna steaks for dinner (Brussels Sprouts)... and I'll finish up January. Maybe I'll even hit 150 lbs and see all my abs.
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    Amanda9822 reacted to demos88 in Starting January 2nd, 2013   
    Its my day 29... I am not sure if this is getting easier or harder. In some ways I think I could go on and on and on, but in other ways, I am looking forward to the end. I think my weigh in tomorrow will guide me. I am sure I could go another 30 days.
    Beef short ribs, lots of carrots and onions and a half a can of diced tomatoes are in the slow cooker for tonight.
    Over the past week I have been eating a handful of walnuts just before bed. It isn't something I needed/wanted my first 3 weeks. I feel like I could eat a whole cup of them. Nuts are addictive.
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    Amanda9822 reacted to demos88 in Starting January 2nd, 2013   
    I am glad to see everybody going strong. It is my day 28!
    Wednesday is my day 30 AND my daughter's 12th birthday. I think I need to celebrate both events (with a piece of cake.. a cocktail, and of course a weigh in!) Then back to Wholeness on Thursday. I am committed to finishing with this group on Feb 1.
    Keep it up!
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    Amanda9822 reacted to Tom Denham in Some enlightenment on potatoes please!   
    I know a way to make boiled beets taste wonderful... boil them with bratwurst sausage. Here is my recipe...
    http://www.wholelifeeating.com/2011/11/boiled-beets-and-wilted-greens-with-bratwurst-and-mustard/
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    Amanda9822 reacted to rustymom in Some enlightenment on potatoes please!   
    Just a suggestion on the sweet potatoes. You can make them more savory than sweet.
    One way that I like to make them is to slice into thinnish "chips" (rounds). Put on a baking sheet with foil for less cleanup. Drizzle with your fat (coconut oil, olive oil, ...). Salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, maybe even a bit of cayenne (if you don't mind heat). Into 400-425 oven, check every 5-10 minutes (mix if you want) until some are crisp, but hopefully not burnt. YUMMMM. I reheat these in the toaster oven when home or micro if not.
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    Amanda9822 reacted to GLC1968 in Some enlightenment on potatoes please!   
    I know exactly where you are coming from. I have always preferred white potatoes to sweet potatoes (too sweet!!) and even as a child, would eat my white potatoes totally plain. I never liked sour cream or any of the other toppings...they masked the potato taste. Hell, I even preferred unsalted potato chips because you could better taste the potato! To me, potatoes are a great food because they are so incredibly versatile.
    When I first went paleo almost 2 years ago now, I did a lot of research to figure out why white potatoes were out. What I found was that, assuming you have no issue with nightshade sensitivity, then they are fine from a gut health and nutrition perspective. The biggest problem is that they are easy to over do and hinder your body's conversion to fat as a fuel source. But I was a triathlete with a heavy training load at the time, so I was 'paleo' in all other ways, but I ate potatoes.
    When I found Whole30 and read M&D's take on them, I felt a bit defensive for my beloved potato, for sure. But, I wanted to give Whole30 a fair shake, so I eliminated them for 30 days. On reintroduction, I confirmed that I have zero issues with them, so I'll eat them again one day. For now (in another Whole30), I'm excluding them. Partly because it's the rules, and partly because I found that I lost weight almost effortlessly without them and I do have some pounds to lose now that I am no longer training.
    I do have a huge box of potatoes harvested from my own garden a few months ago awaiting the end of my current Whole30. ;-)
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    Amanda9822 reacted to Renee Lee in Some enlightenment on potatoes please!   
    Yep, this ^
    M&D have admitted to the white potatoes exclusion pretty arbitrary, but it's their program and their call. Their justification is that it pushes other veggies off your plate, and white potatoes are part of the nightshade family, which can cause inflammation and gut disruption issues in some people
    Like Tom mentioned, there are a ton of other starchy carb sources out there. We encourage you to use the 30 days to try them!
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    Amanda9822 reacted to MommaMawby in Some enlightenment on potatoes please!   
    Hey Amanda,
    Just to add in, I don't think it is so much that potatoes will lead you down the path to ruin. I think it is simply that for a lot of people the concept of a potato without cheese, sour cream, simulated bacon type things, or deep fried and loaded with salt is so foreign that it is better to just exclude them (with or without cause) for a Whole30.
    I personally love potatoes. I think they, much like eggs, butter, fat and a host of others, have sort of become a scape goat for people. As much as I didn't want to I cut potatoes out of my diet this month simply because those were the "rules".
    I have also managed to OD on sweet potatoes, the very idea of them makes me want to gag. Given I work out 4 days a week though, I know I need something. I have added in Spaghetti squash, lots of zucchini, and expanded my cooking techniques of the standard roots. I know you said you don't like a lot of root vegetables but, how have you cooked them? Boiled beets are enough to make me sick, however roast them with seasoning and they are delicious. Carrots roasted in the oven with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar is really good. Or grilled with cinnamon on the bbq...delicious.
    And lastly, I have a bag of organic purple potatoes patiently waiting in my pantry for me to finish my whole 30
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    Amanda9822 reacted to Tom Denham in Some enlightenment on potatoes please!   
    Just so you know... When my farmer includes white potatoes in my weekly basket, I cook and eat them.
    There is a bit of "Because I say so" with the Whole30. What makes the Whole30 pretty special is that Dallas and Melissa admit it and don't pretend they have scientific proof of everything they say. And whether you or I like the reasons for anything to do with the Whole30, the rules are the rules. If we want to say we have done a Whole30, we have to follow the same rules as everyone else. It is the only way to be sure that we will have an experience as good as most people have. And it just plain cool to know we have all shared a powerful experience.
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    Amanda9822 got a reaction from heathera in Starting January 2nd, 2013   
    Happy Day 11 which means we are past 1/3 of the way through (I like small victories!)
    Went in to Manhattan today and was psyched by my complete disregard for any of my favorite snacking places - Empire Bakery, Schmackary's, Magnolia Bakery. Not even a twinge of wanting to go there. I actually picked up marshmallow chocolate things from Whole Foods for the hubs. Helps that I don't like marshmallows anyway
    Was just reading Allisen's stomach issue and got really scared. While at Whole Foods I also picked up two different Kombucha teas since everyone has been raving about them. Had one at lunch and sipped on the second on the subway ride hope. I was just curious what it tasted like. Sooooo... now I've had 1 1/2 bottles in one day. Does this mean I'm going to shit myself?!
    Might better cancel my plans for woodworking tomorrow?
    Eck.
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    Amanda9822 got a reaction from heathera in Starting January 2nd, 2013   
    Happy Day 11 which means we are past 1/3 of the way through (I like small victories!)
    Went in to Manhattan today and was psyched by my complete disregard for any of my favorite snacking places - Empire Bakery, Schmackary's, Magnolia Bakery. Not even a twinge of wanting to go there. I actually picked up marshmallow chocolate things from Whole Foods for the hubs. Helps that I don't like marshmallows anyway
    Was just reading Allisen's stomach issue and got really scared. While at Whole Foods I also picked up two different Kombucha teas since everyone has been raving about them. Had one at lunch and sipped on the second on the subway ride hope. I was just curious what it tasted like. Sooooo... now I've had 1 1/2 bottles in one day. Does this mean I'm going to shit myself?!
    Might better cancel my plans for woodworking tomorrow?
    Eck.
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    Amanda9822 reacted to Bethie Annie in Starting January 2nd, 2013   
    I just want.....something! I don't know what! Rough day, going to bed!
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    Amanda9822 reacted to jaym in Starting January 2nd, 2013   
    Ran light on leftovers yesterday so I was struggling to find something. Ended up mixing a can of wild caught salmon with some OO mayo, pickles, and scallions and loaded it up onto two bowls of baby spinach.
    I discovered that Lara Balls are a food with no brakes for me. Not sure what to do with the rest of the batch I have. I ate them fairly liberally when I did my first W30 last summer but I was mainly taking them hiking/running.
    I have to admit that I cheated... when I stepped on the scale. Pleased with the results so I'll leave it alone until 1/31.