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  1. Meals today:

    M1: poached eggs and spicy saurkraut (if I'm hungry, I wasn't yesterday).

    M2: Chicken larb in lettuce cups.

    M3: Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy, celeriac mash, sautéed broccolini and carrots

    Slept terribly last night, but that's par for the course when I give up the nightly wine, it usually takes a while to settle. Vertigo is definitely present and coming and going this morning, but I didn't need any antacids yesterday, so that's nice. For someone who eats packets of them, it's amazing how immediately I don't need them when I'm not drinking and not eating various foods. 


  2. Hola, W30 friends. 

    So I just read my above post with an extreme sense of de javu, and I'm back to try and actually stick with it this time. Yadda yadda, vertigo, heaviest I've ever been, stiff, sore, living on antacids, rashy (not likely food related but if this helps, it helps). I've been unsuccessfully doing WW for months (well, I've been paying their fees anyway) but I just can't get back into their mindset of 'sugar free/fat free', though their huge list of 'free' foods is good for my mindset.

    Basically, I'm 99% sure that wine is, if not all of my problem, at least contributing significantly to it. I'm not an alcoholic, as far as I know, but it is a crutch, especially in these times of on and off lockdowns, working from home, cancelling holidays and trips to see family and friends at the drop of a hat, economic uncertainty etc etc. 

    So the plan is to eat as above, keep a food diary here, stop paying WW because tracking there messes with my head - it brings me back to the 'minimise consumption' mindset, and after doing W30 I disagree with a lot of the way they allocate points. If I can lose weight doing W30 with whole foods, and fats at every meal, I can't buy back into their fake sugars, low fat, thing.

    I have a trip in 6 weeks, and my aim is to be vertigo free and hopefully down a few kilos. Mostly, I just need to get back in control.

    Meals today:

    M1: poached eggs and spicy saurkraut.

    M2: Chicken larb in lettuce cups.

    M3: TBA, I might pop out for some fish, it's been a while. 


  3. So snacks yesterday ended up being a handful of raw cashews and some jalapeno stuffed olives.

    I was so tired all day and then evening, but then couldn't sleep til after midnight. I had vertigo all day, but managed a TKD class, so that was good. Loving being back.

    We have a friend over tonight so I'm doing kebabs on the BBQ - steak, mushroom, red onion and red capsicum in a marinade of coconut aminos, fish sauce, red pepper, garlic and oregano and the others are chicken kebabs with green capsicum, fresh pineapple and a balsamic marinade. The chicken is not compliant, as it is pre-marinated and has both soy and whey. I'm undecided as to whether I will have that or just steak. Will do a slaw, and some smashed garlic potatoes as a side.

    Symptoms: Mild to moderate vertigo, not as bad as yesterday. Oral allergy is low. Headache mild, and I'm tired but not overly, considering bad night's sleep.

    Meal 1: Some sort of white fish fillet (I have a variety in the freezer and the marker has rubbed off) with chimmichurri and a rocket, baby spinach, cucumber, sundried tomato, marinated artichoke salad.

    Meal 2: Steak and chicken kebabs, slaw with creamy chimmichurri and smashed garlic potatoes

    Drinks: Water, coffee with Mac milk, soda water with lemon and/or lime juice


  4. Here she goes.... here she goes again....

    Howdy peeps. I'm back. Again. Jeez I'm predictable. BUT this time is a bit different. It's not a round, it's not for set days, and it has slacker rules, so it's here in Post-Whole30. 

    I finally got to see the Allergenist and had a really big chat. The long and short of it is that there's no testing to be done, I have intolerances and not allergies, anything that claims to test intolerance is a scam (and usually an expensive one), that she agrees I've exhausted pharmaceutical treatments for migraines, that W30 has definitely shown the vertigo/migraines are food related, and that my options are either to stay majority W30 forever, or to do a 'round', get to my baseline of no migraines then do month long reintros of food groups until I get an answer.

    Few things she did say, and why this will be a modified W30 for me, is that:

    • Because the migraines/vertigo are cumulative and not an immediate reaction to a trigger, I don't have to be 100% all the time, one day here and there won't flip me back to vertigo.
    • I will basically ignore all W30 recommendations - I guess more paleo though I'll still avoid the sweets - this is about making a lifelong plan for the way I eat so the additional pressure of eating X times a day, not snacking, not having something because it may be compliant but isn't in the spirit of W30 or is SWYPO etc isn't helpful for me at this stage (in fact she agrees (and warned) that this feeds into disordered eating and my all or nothing mindset).
    • In the past I've been a stickler for the avoid unless you can't oils, and she agrees that it's necessary at all - this opens up a lot of my possibilities for sauces, dressings, marinated veggies, etc - I have sundried tomatoes and marinated artichokes both with sunflower oil now. 
    • She said I can keep dairy! Basically, I eat so little of it anyway  that she doesn't think it is the trigger and she's confident I can keep it in. If I get to where the vertigo would usually go away and it hasn't, I might have to rethink, but cheese and the occasional sour cream (all the dairy I really eat) stays in for now.
    • She also said that avoiding sugar is a personal choice and not likely to be related to my migraines, but I want to avoid sweets because that's a whole other issue for me, so I will be ignoring small amounts of sugar in savoury foods i.e. in my jar of roasted peppers, where its the only non-compliant ingredient in sausage, smallgoods etc. The same for wine as an ingredient. 

    Even this will be a challenge, because there's a lot of events coming up (I have a BBQ this weekend - I'm cooking and it will be compliant, work Xmas lunch on the 27th, Thanksgiving the day after - won't be at all compliant, then of course heading into Xmas...) but I need to make this a long term thing.

    She's booked me with a dietician, but that's not until February, so I'm going it alone til then. I think I'll do my best between now and 1st week of Jan, do a proper W30 from 11 Jan 2021 (when I get back off holidays) and then I'll be strict on round when I see the dietician on 2 Feb and we can nut out what my reintro is going to look like. Of course, if I've got the vertigo under control by early Jan, I won't do a strict round.

    But, I do need to keep a diary so the dietician knows what she's working with. it's going to be a bit weird because I'll have to note what non-W30 stuff is in each thing, I guess. Here goes!


    Meal 1: lettuce, baby spinach and rocket with marinated artichokes (ingredients unknown), Hoyts sundried tomatoes (contains sulfites), grilled lamb leg steak and lemon juice.

    Meal 2: Red snapper with lemon garlic dill ghee, lettuce, baby spinach and rocket with marinated artichokes (ingredients unknown), Hoyts sundried tomatoes (contains sulfites). 

    Drinks: water, coffee with Mac milk, soda water with lemon and lime juice

    Snacks: raw cashews



    Meal 1: Frittata of baby spinach and rocket with marinated eggplant (ingredients unknown), Hoyts sundried tomatoes (contains sulfites), roasted red pepper (contains sugar), 3 eggs.

    Meal 2: Pork steaks on the BBQ, roasted cauliflower with a dijon, lemon, caper sauce, and seared asparagus.

    Drinks: water, coffee with Mac milk, soda water with lemon and/or lime juice




  5. 10 hours ago, Tevenie said:

    I ate 8 icecreams the other day.  There, I have said it.  I feel so ashamed of myself when I do it.  I have no ability to control myself around sugar.  

    It is not just you.

    You and me both, sister. If I start, I don't stop, even if I feel sick. All the ice cream, whole packs of candy. I'm more and more convinced I'm an abstainer not a moderator. 

  6. Welcome back! I'm so sorry to hear of your pain and stress.

    I hear you loud and clear on W30 not actually being an additional stressor, but actually being an oasis of control in a raging ocean of WTF 2020. I'm in Melbourne in hard lockdown, have been for months and it would be (and was) so easy to just eat all the things and drink all the wine, but that just made everything worse. Locking into another round has been the best thing I've done for my body and my mental health, to be honest. Good luck!

  7. Aside from an epic list of ingredients which includes sweeteners, among others, the base of the Isogenix shakes is whey which is not compliant.

    Delete the app. There are no official W30 apps, and the ones that claim to be are notoriously wrong, resulting in people using them often eating non-compliant things because the app says it is ok (i.e. these shakes!) and also, it completely undermines the idea of learning about what's in your food and getting to know ingredients.


  8. I've done both. Remember that W30 isn't meant to be a forever thing (though paleo is very close and is supposed to be a lifestyle). Keto wasn't sustainable for me because I love veggies, and couldn't wrap my head around having to limit them. 

    It's a big change - you have to give up all your sweeteners, and the dairy, as you've said. And you have to not be afraid to load up your plate with veg, even the starchy ones (though I limit those to 1 meal a day and not a huge serve, I feel healthier with leafy or non-starchy veg, the starchy stuff is delicious but makes me feel sleepy and heavy so I save it for dinner).

    The thing about keto is that it didn't exclude those foods for being unhealthy- it excluded them for being higher in carbs. Carbs aren't bad for you (though many keto followers will say they are). Keto was designed to help people with epilepsy, because a super low carb diet actually shrinks the part of the brain that causes seizures. And they realised that people lost weight on it through ketosis (which is actually the controlled version of the same thing that happens to untreated type 1 diabetics who lose weight no matter what they eat). So really, keto is taking advantage of a sub-optimal body response to lose weight. 

    Whole30 is just eating very clean and close to nature and excluding the foods that are most likely to cause adverse reactions in people, then adding those foods back one at a time to see which ones affect you personally. People do tend to lose weight on it, but it isn't a weight loss diet, and the goal is to actually reintroduce excluded foods and learn which ones are worth it for you. Many people transition to paleo, which is pretty close.  

    Hope that helps!

  9. Oh my goodness, made this!

    Marinated on Friday, flipped it on Saturday, cooked it on Sunday and it was divine. Replaced the honey with 2 dates soaked in boiling water, of course. I also strained the sauce after reducing, so that it had a smooth texture. REALLY good, would 100% serve to company, and I'm glad we have tons of leftovers. Yesterday for lunch I just sauteed a bunch of broccolini in a small frypan then popped in a couple of slices of brisket with the sauce and gremolata, popped a lid on it and let it warm up - the gremolata spread all over the veg and it was DELICIOUS. 

  10. 8 minutes ago, ShadowInTheKitchen said:



    @SchrodingersCat thanks!  Ugh it needs to count all of your steps LOL!  Did you try updating your FitBit yet?  I did mine today (its a Charge3), took the better part of an hour after I figured it all out, but it seems to be working fine now.  I'm looking forward to using it again, and crushing those active minutes and step goals.  Do you have a step goal?  

    Mines an old Charge 2 - I don't even know if they do updates anymore! It doesn't tell me I have any available.

    My step goal was always 10k and I used to regularly go over, but now with working from home, and lockdown and only being allowed to leave the house for an hour a day to exercise, I've dropped it to 7500, and I'm planning on getting 30 minutes a day on the elliptial in as well. It's really quite motivating, I like this it buzzes me at 10 minutes to every hour and reminds me to get those last few steps - it makes me step away from the computer for a minute or 2!

  11. Recipes from my lovely North African fest below:
    (switch the quinoa for cauliflower rice (FRESH! not frozen, microwaved for 2 mins so it's slightly cooked but has a bit of crunch)
    (I used 2 pureed dates soaked in boiling water)
    (Ghee instead of butter)

    I have to say - the cauliflower tabbouleh was a show stopper, I'll be making it by itself!

  12. So I keep finding and trying new recipes and then forgetting them (I work on 3 diff computers so bookmarking is patchy at best), so I thought I'd start a recipe thread to post my findings, so here it is.

    Last night I made this Orange Ginger Salmon Skillet - YUM.

    Very tasty, and very easy - I even threw it together with a migraine setting in (just wanted to eat, take drugs and go to bed before it got out of hand).

    I subbed snow peas for mushrooms as the hubster isn't a huge fan of mushrooms and the snow peas needed using up.

    Including a picture of my (not as pretty as the link, of course) plating



  13. 17 hours ago, ShadowInTheKitchen said:

    It was a nice treat. 

    Yesterday at the mall I saw a gadget that cuts potatoes evenly into French fry shapes, and an air fryer, side by side, on sale.  That was before I had the poutine.  I wanted the new gadgets then, and want them more now!  I’ve never tried air fryer fries though, and wonder about just how good they are.  I do have a deep fryer...

    Haahaa I also have a deep fryer. I bring it out once a year for my 4th of July junkapalooza (it gets called Fatth of July). It was cheaper to buy one than rent it. But the way my house smells for a week after grosses me out!