pearlgirl2017

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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from JenX in Back Again and Starting June 1st   
    I too am looking forward to better sleep.  I'm tired of feeling tired.  Makes me feel old.  So raise your glasses of La Croix and celebrate the beginning of the first day!
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to Fuzzy in I’m starting June 3.   
    I am starting June 3. I’m at a breaking point physically and the last time I felt good physically was 4 years ago in the Whole30. I want this to change my life.
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to Hudson Heidi in Beginning June 1   
    Today is my Day 1 too.  I've done two successful rounds in the past with lots of food freedom and whole 30ish living in between.  I need a reset to get me firmly back on track.  
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in June Whole 30   
    Hello Elizabeth, nice to see you here again too.
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to Meara C. in Let's Give This a Shot!   
    Hi All! 
    I am starting my first Whole30 this Saturday June 1. Excited to challenge myself to get creative with cooking and grocery shopping, but definitely nervous for sticking with it as I have a trip home planned mid-June and I just KNOW there will be so many temptations to go to favorite restaurants and get all the carbs/cheese/everything non-whole30 I want. 
    I'm asking my family and friends to be a support system for me this month, so hopefully I can stay strong and make it to 30 days.
    Here goes nothing!
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to JAIN in Beginning June 1   
    Best wishes - I am starting on June 1 too
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to AliciaRenee08 in Beginning June 1   
    Thanks everyone! I am trying to plan week 1 meals now! Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. :)
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to bigmamabird in Beginning June 1   
    I'll be following Whole 30 in June too!  It should be fun with all the fresh produce available.
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to brandnewday in Beginning June 1   
    I'm starting on June 1 too! So glad I'm not alone.
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to JenX in Back Again and Starting June 1st   
    Well, I've been away from the Forum since 2015, but here I am back again for another round. This is either #4 or #5 (I lost count!).  I have learned valuable things each and every time and I hope this Whole30 will be the same experience.  For the past 3'ish years I've done my own thing... eating mostly Paleo, sometimes Keto, doing some AF here and there. The good news is I won't have any trouble with carb flu. I'll actually have to pay close attention to get in some of the starchier veggies and fruits! it's going to be hard to walk back away from the dairy again, but I know it needs to happen. that and the wine. mmmmm, wine! 

    So, why am I doing this? My problems are related to hormonal changes in large part  (thanks, Menopause!) - in the past year it's caused weight gain, loss of energy plus my sleep quality is truly terrible.  I'm hoping this round of W30 will help me find a bit more balance. I know it even this can't work a miracle when battling mother nature, but I'll take whatever help I can get! LOL! 
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to Aubree Ellison in Excited for the challenge   
    Going to be starting this new challenge on 6/17/19! I've got the cookbooks ordered and will start shopping for qualified products!!  YAY!! Wish me luck to complete!
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to JAIN in June Whole 30   
    Hey Elizabeth  Best wishes to you! What are you doing to prepare?
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to Elizabeth33 in June Whole 30   
    Welcome. I am also starting on June 1 
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to JAIN in June Whole 30   
    Hi!
    I am starting my Whole 30 on June 1st. This week I am reading It Starts With Food. And have been watching some food documentaries on Netflix and Amazon. Which makes me realize that I do blindly purchase food without reading labels. I am that person who tries to eat healthy but falls into the advertising traps of words that sound healthy on the front and all those big words on the back. So I am doing some research to reflect back on as I go through this process.
    I am very interested in the reintroduction phase and what that will tell me. I do wonder that dairy and wheat are not my friends.
    So...I am excited but also worry it is going to be a long 30 days. By posting this, I am making a commitment to do the whole 30 days, because I do want to find out how what I eat affects me.
    Best of wishes to everyone!!
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to MFrench-Labrecque in I am taking the plunge!   
    Greetings,
    I have decided to start the Whole30 program on Monday, 6/3/19! Over the next few days going to read the book, clean out my fridge and pantry and go shopping!  Wish me luck!!
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from Sandy.Survivor in Starting March 6 for Lent   
    Day 1 Meal 2 - a curry over cauliflower rice. Forgot to add the cashews on top. 

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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from Sandy.Survivor in Starting March 6 for Lent   
    Good morning!  Day 1 Meal 1 done.  Sunday I had boiled the eggs and diced the cabbage so this came together fairly quickly this morning. 

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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from Sandy.Survivor in Starting March 6 for Lent   
    I will be starting (restarting) this elimination protocol on Ash Wednesday and continuing all the way thru to the day before Easter.  March 6 thru April 20 is a Whole46.  I hope there will be a few of us starting at the same time, but feel free to jump in at any time, wherever you are in your journey.  I hope we can share recipes, successes, trials and NSV's. 
    As well as eliminating everything that is required to avoid during a Whole30 I will also be giving up coffee.  I don't seem to be able to handle it anymore. 2 cups and I have the jitters really bad.  I've switched to decaf and it's only slightly better.  It's really more of a habit than a need.  I don't NEED the coffee. (Yeah right, keep telling yourself that.)
    Welcome all!
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from ALM Grandma in Starting March 6 for Lent   
    There may be something in your soap or moisturizer that is giving you trouble now.  I love making my own face scrub/cleanser, and it's so super simple.  1/4 cup sea salt (dead sea is best) and a few tablespoons of your favorite cooking oil (grapeseed, coconut, avocado or olive).  That's it.  Rub it on your face (gently) in a circular motion and rinse it off.  It's a great make-up remover, exfoliant, cleanser and moisturizer all in one.   
    I don't measure my amounts any more.  I just scoop up a handful of salt and add enough oil to make it moist, jump in the shower and use it on my face, elbows, knees....
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from ALM Grandma in Starting March 6 for Lent   
    There may be something in your soap or moisturizer that is giving you trouble now.  I love making my own face scrub/cleanser, and it's so super simple.  1/4 cup sea salt (dead sea is best) and a few tablespoons of your favorite cooking oil (grapeseed, coconut, avocado or olive).  That's it.  Rub it on your face (gently) in a circular motion and rinse it off.  It's a great make-up remover, exfoliant, cleanser and moisturizer all in one.   
    I don't measure my amounts any more.  I just scoop up a handful of salt and add enough oil to make it moist, jump in the shower and use it on my face, elbows, knees....
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from ALM Grandma in Starting March 6 for Lent   
    I have to admit that my round has not been as well executed as I would have liked.  The biggest challenge was remembering to add a plated fat.  There were a few times that I used my Tony's seasoning or my Newman's dressings.  I can say that my sugar consumption was way down but not zero.  And then about half-way thru, my man throws me for a loop.  For the last 7 years he has eaten everything that I cooked but hasn't really liked it (his mom raised him to eat whatever was on the table). 
    I could easily live on eggs, fish and pork for my protein, Whole30 or not.  Him?  He needs everything fried for it to be "good".  Salad, baked potatoes and meatloaf seem to be the only things that have been acceptable.  (Of course the meatloaf is filled with crushed crackers and covered in a brown sugar/ketchup glaze, that's why he likes it). 
    I feel like I have been set adrift, without a rope to hold me in place.  Okay, so our palates are different, time for a new plan.  More hamburger steaks and taco salads for a while I suppose.  And a meatloaf for him this weekend...
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to Steve in Idaho in Best Start Scenario?   
    Hi, and thanks for the reply.  I am pretty strong willed overall, once I get motivated toward a goal.  Of course, foregoing the evening glass (or two) of wine or craft beer will be a bit of a challenge, but honestly I have reached the point where the challenges and attendant issues associated with the new classic American lifestyle outweigh any benefits -- if there ever really were any.  I have been on this planet a while now, and I know that when I was a kid in the 1960s, obesity was a relatively rare thing and there wasn't a plethora of "light" or "low fat" (read: high sugar) foods in those days.  People at real food mostly, with maybe a yearly (if that) trip to McDonald's which was a real treat.  I probably sound like the typical curmudgeonly old guy here, but it really is true.  We ate vegetables out of my parent's and grandparent's gardens, eggs from chickens I raised myself and meats from an honest to goodness butcher.
     
    In short, I rather strongly believe that a combination of the systematic governmental institution of "fat is the enemy" which gave rise to the current sugar fest out there, and our collective penchant for "fast and easy" dinners and the like are something we as a society have to get to grips with, or the health consequences will be even more dire than they are now. </MiniRant>

    So I'll give it a go, starting Monday for a couple of reasons, namely getting my ducks lined up beforehand, and trust my instincts here.  Wish me luck!
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to MJ of Cayman in Starting March 6 for Lent   
    I’m on day 38 and the last few days have been the hardest.  First, my complexion is just awful.  I’m 56 years old and I have these itchy bumps along my cheeks and on both sides of my chin under the corners of my mouth.  Very disappointed about this side effect.  
    What aslo has been hard are my unending cravings for ............ I would mention it specifically but don’t want to set off cravings for any of my fellow abstaining forum friends.  
    I have an adult daughter with a severe cognitive disability and going to the grocery together every day is just something that we do.  I found myself pining for Coca Cola yesterday.  Yikes!
    The good news is that I’ve stuck with the plan 100%.  I’m getting on the treadmill every other day and have increased my speed and distance over the last 38 days.  And, energy is still there.  
    I really want to get on the scale.
    Easter’s coming!!
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to MJ of Cayman in Starting March 6 for Lent   
    Sunday brunch at my house.
    broken eggs with smoked paprika potatoes and asparagus wrapped in prosciutto.
    Day 35

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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from ALM Grandma in Starting March 6 for Lent   
    That seems to have cleared it up.  I don't know about going all summer without any deodorant though.  I'll play around with different brands, or find a recipe for "pit paste" made with coconut oil.