SarahSun

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  1. I finally bought some almond butter because it seemed like everyone really likes it, but I don't know what to do with it. All I have been able to find are suggestions to dip apples into it, but I do not like apples. Sarah
  2. @Lunarose and @Alisha Alexander, this is the thread where we can discuss the foods we have been eating during Reintroduction and how things are going afterwards. The mods have a good point, we don't want to confuse or temp newbies who stumble on our other posts. Sarah
  3. Starting today!

    Wow, @Lunarose, well said!!!! I'll have to create a summary like that about my experiences! So helpful and fun to read. I am glad you are able to see all of the non-scale victories...those really are my greatest gifts from doing this program. I'll get back to you soon (probably from the other forum section/page). @blgmw2 and @Cherese, I hope your Whole30 experience is going well! Keep it up!! Sarah
  4. Reintroduction and Life After

    @Lunarose, we haven't heard from you since reintroduction started. How are you doing? Are you happy with all of your non-scale victories?
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    Thank you, @blgmw2! I am pretty excited. I hope your journey is going well too! @Cherese, Congrats on starting the program! I bet the pot roast was good...I have been meaning to make that, but haven't gotten to it yet! Keep up the enthusiasm. Sarah
  6. Reintroduction and Life After

    @Alisha Alexander, You look amazing!!!!!! And I am totally with you...I've had numerous internal battles with myself since starting reintroduction. I caved on a few drinks of a pop earlier tonight (you know, that thing I swore I would never drink again) and I currently have the worst stomachache. I am actually really glad my stomach hurts because I don't want it to be enjoyable and tempting anymore! I think we both needed these experiences to remind ourselves of what we already know - that bad food is a liar...it promises happiness, but sneakily makes you an unhealthy, tired and sad person. That might be a little dramatic, but I can admit that I've actually had to learn that bad food is not my friend and does not make all my problems go away. Whole30 eating is definitely what I'll be doing for the next couple of days. I wonder how many other people screw up their first couple of days of reintroduction and have to learn the hard way like us? Sarah P.S. You really do look so great!
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    @Lunarose and @Alisha Alexander, I have finally weighed and measured myself...no wonder why people have been commenting about it. I have lost approximately 3 inches from my butt, hips and chest and 25 lbs! I am very excited...these are from measurements taken on July 14 since I did a 2-week sugar detox before I started the Whole30. I am super happy, but I need to stay healthy because I still have a ways to go...I would like to lose about 30 more pounds although 45 pounds would put me in "normal" range for someone of my height and frame. I told you, I have a long history of bad eating!! I am super curious to hear about your reintroduction experiences. So far, my body hated the first 2 things I ate...I was in the bathroom suffering the consequences within an hour of eating it!!!! The first meal was compliant mexican chicken, pork, steak and onions with refried beans (legume day). The other one was a brisket and roast beef sandwich from Arby's (gluten day?). On legume day, I think I ate too much which is mostly what made me miserable. Yesterday, I was stuck rushing another introduction because we were heading to the zoo and I did not prepare anything Whole30 approved. I thought roast beef and brisket with a little bit of bread (I took most of the bun off) would be okay, but it wasn't!!!!! I will NOT be eating fast food ever again. Have a great day! Sarah
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    @Alisha Alexander, That is so exciting!!!! 7 lbs is great and 2.5 inches is amazing. You have inspired me to get off the couch (I am so tired from going to the Zoo yesterday) and measure myself. Here is what I did in the car yesterday though (warning, these are not good pictures of me, but it is the best I have right now)...
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    Anybody measure themselves yet? I am going to get to it tomorrow...promise. Sarah
  11. Starting today!

    @coachgad, I hope you get your tiger's blood soon. I think my tiger's blood didn't come in the form of some great level of energy, but more in the form of inner happiness for having "food freedom" for the first time in my life. I can drive by fast food restaurants or order my kids some pizza (etc.) without feeling weepy because I can't eat it. It feels great. Keep up what your doing for as many days as you can stand it...the positive results WILL show themselves eventually! @blgmw2, I think you should buy the meal plan if you think it will make things easier for you. Also, I wonder if you could search this topic in the forum and see what other people have said about the meal plan. I did that a couple of times about various other subjects and it was really helpful. I am glad you are noticing some non-scale victories...that is a real motivator!! Like you, I will no longer be using artificial sweetener now that I have learned about it more during my Whole30. @Alisha Alexander, I would never be mad at you. You have done something amazing for your mind and your body in the last month and you'll continue to do those things...that is what really matters. I am glad you enjoyed rather than having the wine and regretting it afterwards. Also, I ordered a Paleo Desserts cookbook and the recipes look positively amazing. I can't wait to try some of them and see if this can be a better way to allow sweets in my life. @Lunarose, I could not agree with you more...I am constantly wanting to "sell" people on the Whole30 and then I remember that the best "sell" is to continue to show changes in my body and attitude and to only offer information to the people who really want it. I also get a kick out of people saying "I could never..." - these friends and family members must have forgotten who I was and how I ate 30 days ago!!! @Alisha Alexander and @Lunarose, Congrats on Day 30!!!! I will report my differences in weight and measurements tomorrow, but unfortunately I got home really late tonight and am way too tired. Also, I got in a fight with my brand new potato peeler last night and ended up in the ER (the potato peeler won!). Now my thumb is going to be bandaged for awhile and I am exhausted from the stress of it all. Talk to you both soon! Sarah
  12. Starting today!

    @Alisha Alexander, I agree with everything you said and I am definitely going to be checking in with you guys during reintroduction. Originally, I was going to follow the order listed in the book (legumes come back first), but they made a good point that if you wanted to see the impact sugar had on you, you should do it first (in pure form like sugar in your tea) before it becomes difficult to tell if you don't feel well due to the other ingredients, such as, ice cream which is sugar and dairy. They do a much better job of explaining that. With that said, I may have sugar on Friday instead of legumes...like, maybe syrup on Paleo pancakes...I'm not sure yet. What about you? Also, I so hope you passed on that drink tonight. I would not think less of you, but nothing sucks worse than letting yourself down...especially when you are so close to something you've worked so hard for during the last 28 days. You deserve to say you completed the WHOLE Whole30. Btw, I know there is only 1 hour and 9 minutes of your birthday left, but "Happy Birthday" anyway. I hope it was great!! Sarah
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    @MarcyW, I agree, having lots of vegetables available from farmer's markets has been really helpful! @Lunarose, I think I'll look more into the CSA thing too before the next time I do this. Also, I agree with you...30 days is just the beginning. I am taking very seriously the REST of my life after the Whole30. I know it is not going to be easy...I had a little taste of some of my old demons creeping up on me last night when my 2 boys (5 and 10 years old) were being super bratty while I was trying to do house work and paperwork or ANYTHING! I started getting really upset and all I could think about was all the terrible food I could eat to "make me feel better". I was actually grateful that the program was keeping me from eating any of it (I don't have any of that in the house, but I think I would've driven to Timbuktu to get my hands on some if I allowed myself to). Dang, those old demons are gonna be hard to get rid of for good!! @Alisha Alexander, so bizarre that we were experiencing the same thing!! That cannot happen again...especially if I am at work! No coconut of any kind for me. Congrats on Day 28! Having you guys to talk to through this process as been so important/helpful/essential/stress-relieving/awesome to me. I am grateful to have met you and hope we can continue to email periodically after the program is over!!!! Sarah
  14. Starting today!

    Feeling much better this morning! Wondering if my eggs will taste less boring if I put pretty sautéed vegetables on top of them then put it all on a happy emoji plate. hahahaha
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    OMG...I just need to whine (and over-share) for a minute. I was supposed to be having a relaxing day...no obligations or plans...just comfy clothes and a nice mix of light house work and my favorite stress-reducing activities, BUT I have had so much stomach cramping and diarrhea today. The only thing I can figure out is that it might have been the coconut aminos I used in my last couple of meals. So UNfun. Sarah
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    Well, I figured out how to search for this specific problem on the forum and have definitely seen evidence that coconut products can cause gastrointestinal problems. Guess I am not gonna use the coconut aminos I bought anymore...NOT worth it!!! Sarah
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    @Alisha Alexander, that is really cool that you are getting a degree in Agriculture! I am really glad you have found "scale freedom". Although I feel really great in terms of mental status and energy level, I am starting to notice a trend (3 days in a row now) of gut/bowel problems. Anyone else experiencing this? I have literally eaten the same thing for the last 3 days and the only ingredients that are different than what I have eaten numerous times in the last 25 days is coconut aminos and cabbage. Thoughts? Sarah
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    @Lunarose and @Alisha Alexander, I have been thinking about my "first meal" a lot too! I can't decide what to eat first, but it probably won't be anything too exciting until Day 41 when we are allowed to blend all the "troublesome" ingredients together!! As I get closer to reintroduction and figure out exactly what I am going to do, I'll let you know. I have been looking up a lot of "Paleo" recipes and will most likely adopt that type of eating...I also like the idea of staying "clean" by only buying stuff with minimal ingredients. I got a Paleo desserts cookbook and all the recipes in it look amazing! As excited I am about some of those bad foods, I feel so good about my progress on the Whole30 that I have no urges to eat something that will mess it up. In terms on non-scale victories, I have a steady amount of energy all day (which is a big deal for me and the main reason I went on the Whole30 in the first place), my gut problems are very minimal and I have experienced food freedom for the first time in my entire life! Dinner tonight was a bunch of stuff thrown together and it tasted really good...shredded cabbage, carrots and zucchini sautéed in coconut aminos and olive oil and mixed with ground beef flavored with various seasonings. Sarah
  19. @Jenabean, I have read all the above posts and there is so much good advice in there. I don't want to repeat all the good stuff everyone else has already said so I'll just tell you a story about myself (maybe it will help you). I have spent my ENTIRE life eating whatever I want, whenever I want, which has mostly consisted of tons of sugar and almost no vegetables. I ate food in order to temporarily "solve" all of my overwhelming feelings (i.e. sadness, anger, boredom, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, overwhelmed, happy, etc.). I have paid the price by being overweight, unhappy, tired, sick ALL the time and with lots of gut problems! I also have a stack of self-help books that I really hope to get to one day, but reading makes me tired so I rarely ever read one of them. BUT I couldn't take it anymore and I decided I finally needed to do something about it. For me, there was only one way to do this...get the book (The 30-day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom) and read one or two pages a night until I felt like I understood the program and what was expected of me. For someone who has never been able to read without instantly wanting to sleep, I have surprisingly read quite a bit of the book and have found the information incredibly helpful and largely responsible for the success I have had on the program. I am approaching Day 24 and FEEL a million times better than I did before. I have a steady amount of energy all day long and I am so so grateful for that one fact alone!! I am also have far less problems with my gut and I am really starting to see a difference in my depression and quality of sleep. Cravings for my favorite foods (i.e. pop, chocolate, ice cream, pasta, etc.) are RARE and manageable! People that know me and know how much I love food are shocked at my success following the Whole30 rules. YOU CAN DO THIS if you really want to. It is a commitment that takes effort, but it has been worth it for me. Meeting people on the forum who are on the same day of the program as me as been really helpful...sometimes you just want to know that other people are experiencing the same challenges and successes are you are! I wish great success for you! Sarah
  20. Starting today!

    Thank you for the input. I know I am not drinking enough water...I don't know why this is such a difficult task for me, but it is!! I will try harder since I know that could be contributing to the problem. I'll check the meal template again too...I have actually been meaning to do that...thanks for attaching it because I couldn't remember where I had seen it. Btw, baba ganoush is definitely fun to say. Sarah
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    Here is that document... Whole30 Sneaky Sugars.pdf
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    @Lunarose, I have heard of chard, but I have never bought, cooked or eaten it. What is it like and what do you eat with it? Sarah
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    I get light-headed often...I haven't had a chance to figure out why. Any moderators want to comment on that? Sarah
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    @MarcyW, Don't let those posts scare you! There are many phases to the process and a meltdown here and there is totally normal!! For me personally, the book (The 30-day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom) was a life-saver for me! I actually carried it around with me to the grocery store on several occasions and still reference it constantly. One of my favorite parts of the book is the timeline that lists how you will most likely feel (physically and emotionally) on each of the 30 days...it is a lot easier to deal with a craving or tiredness if you know that it won't last and that there is a scientific reason for it!! Also, this forum has been so helpful to me. The people in my life are happy for me and the changes I am making to be a more healthy eater, but they can't relate to what I am going through as a person navigating the Whole30 for the first time! You are smart to look for sneaky sugars...you would be shocked at all the different ways it shows up in food. The program created a document that lists all the different ways sugar is labeled when snuck into food items...I'll try to locate it and attach it. Lots of luck to you on your journey. I have spent my whole life eating terrible food because I love the taste of it and I have made it to Day 22 of this program (and will have no problem getting to Day 30) so let that be evidence that this program CAN be done! Sarah
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    Oh, I forgot to mention that I bought an orange-ish tomato that is apparently less acidic than most. I don't think this is particularly interesting, but wanted to show you that it made my "taco salad" look colorful and tasty even though it was kind of boring. Sarah