Sara Cameron-Ragazzo

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About Sara Cameron-Ragazzo

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  1. August 7th Start Date

    Hello August 7 start friends! Was offline over the long weekend - hubby and I went on a trip with our Cobra club to the mountains to do the Tail of the Dragon drive. We had a WONDERFUL time but I did consume wine on all 3 nights. I am so mad at myself. We packed a cooler full of good food so my "screw up" wasn't food-related. This group loves wine and I guess I decided that the social experience was something I could allow myself after being so clean for actually 40 days!!! So, back on the horse for me starting today. Keeping it totally clean / no wine / no sugar / no dairy / no legumes / all good whole food. I do have a question for anyone who has heard about this . . . one of my staple products has become the Tessamae dressings / sauces. I have been a dismal failure at making mayo (not sure what I'm doing wrong but it's curdled every time - and yes, my eggs and lemons are room temp and the EVO is light.) But, without the mayo in my arsenal, I really depend on Tessamae. We just learned from our Whole Foods, where the inventory has dwindled over the last few weeks, that Tessamae is having financial trouble and they are not able to continue production!!! Ugh. Has anyone else heard that? Is there an alternative dressing that is W30 compliant that anyone knows about? Hope everyone is doing well and I welcome the "spanking" I deserve after this weekend. I was SOOOOOO strong for so long and I just let my guard down around our buddies. I did make it through the program so I'm proud of that much. BTW, I felt like CRAP every morning which tells me something!!! hugs to all!
  2. August 7th Start Date

    I totally agree with you!!! It's not over for me. I am loving this commitment and I know I still have work to do so I'm going onward (and upward)! I feel like we live in this special space with all this knowledge and freedom over our "dragons" that makes us truly special . . . and blessed! Have loved this group. I hope we can stick together as we take our individual journeys wherever they go! I can't believe how fast 30 days went!! Here's to 30 more for me!
  3. August 7th Start Date

    Yes, we did it!!!!!! Here we are in Day30!!! I really can't believe my own self. This is the most disciplined I've been since I was pregnant with my kids! I'm going to reintroduce slowly for sure so I don't mess something up!
  4. August 7th Start Date

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so proud of us. Don't think I'm going to change much but we'll see what tomorrow brings. THANKS for getting this group re-started!!! I should be more active in September as work will slow down some! Yahoo to all of us!
  5. August 7th Start Date

    You are BRAVE!!!! Please stay!
  6. August 7th Start Date

    I'm in!!! We do need each other. I haven't done as good a job as you guys posting, but I have LOVED reading and being there in spirit. Let's stick with this - together. Not that I like this analogy, but you have to eat an elephant one bite at a time and we are doing that. Our positive change may help others!!
  7. August 7th Start Date

    Thanks for the info - I'm headed there after work! And, yes, my husband and I have become "those people" who now treat food as nutrition and medicine (in a good way). So blessed to have found this plan and knowledge.
  8. August 7th Start Date

    Well, I can't speak to whether this is "better" or not, but my mouth is watering just reading!!! Also, THANKS for the news on the W30 compliant turkey meats. I have stayed away from almost anything in a package during these 22 days so didn't realize this was out there. Do you know the brand? I think I am going to keep going on this indefinitely and I know it will help to have a quasi-sandwich option. I LOVE butter lettuce and it makes great "bread" - just need the interior! We're doing this!!!! Proud of your journey and all the thoughts you've shared with us along the way!!
  9. August 7th Start Date

    Hello Day 17 friends. Sorry I haven't posted in a while. Trust me, I've been in the kitchen or at Whole Foods or our food co-op shopping. I share three thoughts with some of the recent posts . . . 1.) I'm NOT giving up! 2.) I am sick of the kitchen . . . I feel like I'm in there all the time either chopping, prepping, cooking, or cleaning and then the cycle starts over. And, I know folks are finding batch prepping works for them but I can't stomach the idea of even longer periods in the kitchen making even more food and giving up even more of the weekend. I'm not bitching (well, not really) but I do hope the food prep part gets easier. And, 3.) not feeling the Tiger Blood yet. I do have a number of positive changes but I have been living for that morning - or moment - when I feel it. Like, really feel it. Maybe I'm expecting too much. Anyway, I've missed you guys but I'm reading everything!!! We're doing this!!! I can honestly say we will. Just now need some reasonable expectation that the work around this lifestyle gets easier the more familiar you get with the program. We need a Whole30 commune where we can go live with our families and share the cooking! lol.
  10. August 7th Start Date

    Me too! Going more on all "fronts" (and "backs") lol. Pretty sure we're drinking more water. I am thirsty ALL THE TIME. Heard that is normal too. I also have a nice big cup of tumeric and chai tea right before bed so I know that's not helping!
  11. August 7th Start Date

    I will do this over the next few days and let you know. I also now am hearing from folks that this period I'm in can be the toughest, so I am hopeful I'm just at the "worst time". The new me is coming out during the eclipse!!!
  12. August 7th Start Date

    Not keeping a log but I have been doing a really good job of following the menu in the Whole30 book. Also, eating a considerable amount of good fish - had the poached salmon last night in fact. Plus, I'm taking a really good Mercola krill oil supplement and I add MCT oil to my food, as well. Hmmmmmmmm.
  13. August 7th Start Date

    Thanks @amandamay83 I know you are exactly right. I need to abandon the traditional breakfast idea. Probably need to plan better so I have extra Meal 2 and Meal 3 food!
  14. August 7th Start Date

    Hello 8/7 friends. So sorry for vanishing - I'm reading all of these wonderful posts at the end of the day but have been swamped at work and finding it difficult to respond like I'd like. All compliant on Whole30 - even changed my network password at work to Whole30Rocks. That said, I think I'm stuck . . . We're on day 11 and it feels like I should be raging with Tiger Blood or at least feeling it coming. I'm not. Like I said, I'm totally 100% compliant and I am very proud of that - not looking back . . . but, here are my concerns: I am having a very difficult time eating food. I am hungry but not hungry. I dread breakfast like the plague. If I eat another egg or avocado, I think I'll barf. Lunch is ok (usually dinner L/O's). Dinner is ok too but by that time, I'm finding myself exhausted and kinda angry about having to cook - again. My husband has been a SAINT and is helping however he can but the struggle is real and the feeling of challenge is not going away. Aside from that, I feel heavier. I see people saying they feel like their clothes are getting loose - not me. I'm doing this for other reasons too, but it would be nice to get something back at this point. My joints still ache. Good grief. Can't say I'm feeling anything like what I was hoping by now. Can those of you who have been down this road give me the benefit of your thoughts? We have been following Dr. Axe's clean plan for years and, aside from adding back in occasional gluten and consuming wine, we have been generally clean. Maybe I won't see results like I'm hoping??? Anyway, I'm in for good but it's been a tough week. I'm not usually one to complain so this is really getting to me. Thoughts and tough love welcome!!!
  15. August 7th Start Date

    Right back atcha @Kdog777 . And, you may hear this from other people too . . . . don't skim the fat off the bone broth. That where all the magic happens!!! Have a great end to your day 7!! About to sit down to some roast beef and veges and a cold thai salad!! Yum!