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    Alisha got a reaction from Dragonslayer in Binge eating and re-starting Whole30   
    Hi @jessie206, I feel your struggle. I also fell off the wagon hard this last week, and it feels impossible to get it back together. I also struggle with either following strict rules or eating whatever the heck I want. I really want to try and find a middle ground and let go of this dieting mindset but it's soooo hard! The biggest thing I've been focusing on when I am eating off track foods, is to not eat them so quickly that I don't taste or enjoy them. If I'm going to be eating these more indulgent foods I don't usually eat, I might as well eat slowly and actually taste them! I am also really trying not to feel guilty or shameful afterwards. I want to let go of this bingeing mindset and try to teach myself that is doesn't have to be all or nothing. 
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    Alisha reacted to 5280sarah in Binge eating and re-starting Whole30   
    I love reading all your responses. It's so great to have advice tailored to this specific issue. I'm honestly so grateful to all of you for being open and honest. @Dragonslayer I just wanted to tell you that I commend you for trying to tackle this before you have kids. I have two little girls and I am acutely aware of my issues and the responsibility of trying to be a good example to them. Also I did want to tell you that during both my pregnancies I had a really acute sense of peace with my body and no bingeing urges whatsoever. It really was a time in my life where I ate very intuitively and very well and was very tuned into my hunger and fullness cues. It was a great feeling. If you ever need a Trader Joes and Whole Foods buddy I will totally come with you next time if you think it would be helpful (to everyone else - we established we live in vaguely the same area in Colorado). 
    I have really had a tough time with bingeing for the past 5 months. I was binge free for 7 months prior to that which was the time that I was very committed to whole30 eating and my food freedom. In the past 4 weeks it has really clicked for me again which feels great. I can't pin point exactly why and it's a mix between physical and mental factors. Exactly as stated in the Brain Over Binge book, bingeing becomes a habit and once you break it it's easier to continue not doing it and the muscle memory becomes stronger. I also had a mental shift where I realized that I was eating junk and feeling terrible and didn't want to feel like that anymore. That sounds overly simplistic and I know it isn't that easy as I have been struggling with this for months. 
    I love all of your responses and look forward to reading them. You are all giving me lots of food ideas and also tips on preventing binges so THANK YOU!
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    Alisha got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Binge eating and re-starting Whole30   
    Just wanted to check in, I've had a really great first few days. I know it won't last so I'm enjoying it while it does! I had recently went back to food tracking and counting calories/macros so it feels really freeing to not be doing that. I just have to work on listening to my body now, and I've been trying to keep notes (aka journal) daily. I also starting hitting the gym more consistently the last couple of weeks so that may be part of why I'm feeling good.
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    Alisha got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Binge eating and re-starting Whole30   
    @Dragonslayer I was thinking the same, I will reevaluate every 30 days.
    So my rules. I'm basically following the regular template - no dairy (except butter and ghee), no grains, no sugar, no alcohol, no counting calories, no healthier paleo versions of off limits foods - but with these modifications
    1) I'm not going to be strict about small amounts of off plan foods (grains, sugar etc.) that may be in foods when I eat at a restaurant.
    2) I'm not going to worry about canola oil. I cook at home 90% of the time anyways, but If I do go out I'm not worried about it being in salad dressing, or even having something deep fried, as long as its not breaded or anything.
    3) I'm not going to have potatoes, or sweet potatoes. They are hard for me to stop eating. Consequently, I will likely be eating fairly low carb which is also part of my goal for this. From past experience, I have realized my mood and energy are most stable, and my cravings are lowest when I don't eat high carb foods (especially in the morning). After the first 30 days I will try adding some carbs back in with dinner. 
    There are few things I will likely change after 30 days if I'm in a good place, and like you are talking about @5280sarah just really paying attention to if it's worth it. But for now this is the plan.
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    Alisha got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Binge eating and re-starting Whole30   
    @Dragonslayer I was thinking the same, I will reevaluate every 30 days.
    So my rules. I'm basically following the regular template - no dairy (except butter and ghee), no grains, no sugar, no alcohol, no counting calories, no healthier paleo versions of off limits foods - but with these modifications
    1) I'm not going to be strict about small amounts of off plan foods (grains, sugar etc.) that may be in foods when I eat at a restaurant.
    2) I'm not going to worry about canola oil. I cook at home 90% of the time anyways, but If I do go out I'm not worried about it being in salad dressing, or even having something deep fried, as long as its not breaded or anything.
    3) I'm not going to have potatoes, or sweet potatoes. They are hard for me to stop eating. Consequently, I will likely be eating fairly low carb which is also part of my goal for this. From past experience, I have realized my mood and energy are most stable, and my cravings are lowest when I don't eat high carb foods (especially in the morning). After the first 30 days I will try adding some carbs back in with dinner. 
    There are few things I will likely change after 30 days if I'm in a good place, and like you are talking about @5280sarah just really paying attention to if it's worth it. But for now this is the plan.
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    Alisha reacted to Dragonslayer in Binge eating and re-starting Whole30   
    @SugarcubeOD I totally agree with everything you said. Thank you very much for the insight. Thinking of it that way almost makes it better for me mentally I think. I also think I just need something strict at first to keep me focused and dedicated so that was why I said it would be a “whole100.” Changing it to Something like Binge Food Freedom is much better. I too will come up with my list of rules today and post later. Thanks again for your thoughts, and @Alisha Alexander we got this! Day 1. Probably not easy for either of us after a night of too much indulging, but I’m stronger getting through today knowing I committed to this with other people. BFF (binge food freedom). Still my goal to stick with my plan for 100 days, but with possible food freedom evolutions along the way, posting to stay accountable, and then continuing to evolve afterwards. 
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    Alisha got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Binge eating and re-starting Whole30   
    Oh no! I'm sorry to hear that @Dragonslayer, there's no point beating yourself up about it! It has happened to me a lot the past few weeks (albeit I wasn't 8 days into a whole30  ), where I wake up feeling so crappy about my choices the night before. But rather than beat myself up about it, I journal. I try and look at it objectively. I take out the emotion and analyze where I went wrong, and what I could have done instead. And then I let it go. I'm just saying this because if your anything like me the next day would be all about restriction and guilt. AND I am also dealing with this today. I had planned to cook dinner after I got off work but instead I kept thinking to myself that I should have a blow out since "I'm starting tomorrow". This is also unlike me. I've been pretty good about not having this mentality because I know I'm not on a diet, I'm on a path to how I plan to eat forever. But last night it got to me. So I ate a pizza. Then a couple hours later, my boyfriend brought home take out, and I ate some of that too.
    @SugarcubeOD I really like your Idea of calling it what it is. Food freedom, I had been thinking about this myself when I was hesitant to commit to a 'whole100' but I realized, really I'm jumping to the way I want to eat in the long term, I just wanted the mindset of a whole30 going into it, and I know I need to stick with it for longer than 30 days. I also think it is a good idea to have our rules laid out, so I will get to work on that and I will post them later. 
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    Alisha got a reaction from Dragonslayer in Binge eating and re-starting Whole30   
    Well I'm feeling a little hesitant but I'm going to say yes and join in. I will do tomorrow as my day 1. I think I'm a little overwhelmed by the thought of a hundred days, but I just want to get started and I will take it one day at a time. I guess the biggest thing making me hesitate is Christmas, but hey If i make it that long I will deal with it when I get there. I know I need to commit and say this here so that I actually do it!!
    I know this is what I want, I'm sick of having the same problem for the last ten+ years. I've made progress but I'm ready to work harder at it, and I think 100 days outta do it!  
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    Alisha reacted to SineadMon in Binge eating and re-starting Whole30   
    @Dragonslayer Thank you so so so much for sharing this... Congratulations on your journey, you should be very proud. 
    To be honest, as I feel I can share here, I have not had one binge since I started my W30 26 days ago and it's a very good feeling! Like as you said, we do need to be prepared that this may not be the same way forever, and so i'm so grateful that you could share your tips and insights for moving forward. I really like the idea of setting realistic goals.. and also, I think the recognition of saying how far we have come can also help stay motivated. For the last few days when I've really wanted to binge, I've reminded myself how far I have come, i have given myself permission to binge if I really wanted to, but then also distracted myself for a few minutes to remind myself that there are other things I can do to make myself feel better. 
    The support of this forum has really really helped me to see that clearly, and also is a place where I can feel like you understand the same feelings and emotions. Thanks so much
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    Alisha reacted to Lunarose in Starting today!   
    I am so sorry I've been MIA!!! congrats @Alisha Alexander and @SarahSun !!! I am so happy we made this journey together. And wow - sounds like you both had some amazing results as well! 
    I weighed and measured and... my results were not very dramatic at all, haha. I lost one pound (yes, one pound) and just around an inch with all measurements. Granted I did measurements and weight while on my cycle again (I seriously had the worst timing with my cycle for this - started the first week and last week of the 30 days :/ ), so might have been a bit bloated but still don't think there was a whole lot of weight/inches lost for me. Which is frustrating, but with all the other health benefits I got out of it I'm not getting too down about it. Here are the main benefits I got from doing Whole 30:
    -better sleep
    -healthier hair and skin
    - even energy throughout the day
    -an entirely new perspective on my eating habits, which continues after whole 30
    -no longer require alcohol at the end of the day to wind down (this is a big one for me)
    -an ongoing journey to better health 
    Here are the foods I relied on most during my whole 30:
    -eggs (of course)
    -potatoes and yams (my husband and I both discovered that we loved mashed yams)
    -spinach, kale, chard (for sauteed greens)
    -coconut oil and ghee for cooking
    -garlic and spices for seasoning
    -almond butter
    -berries (for "dessert")
    -avocado
    -homemade mayo
    -frozen hamburger patties
    My favorite meals:
    Breakfast - sauteed spinach and garlic with fried eggs, salsa or tomato slices, and avocado plus iced cold brew coffee with nutpod cream for beverage
    Lunch - salad greens, tuna salad (canned tuna, homemade mayo, chopped onion and bell pepper), olives, tomato, avocado, drizzle of olive oil and lemon
    Dinner - Steak, mashed yams (yams, ghee and coconut milk), sauteed kale seasoned with red wine vinegar
    Some things I learned:
    -meal prep is incredibly important (yes I heard this beforehand but you don't really realize it til you are in it!) - slow cooker is super helpful for this
    -healthy fats are very necessary - days I didn't consume enough healthy fats I felt lethargic, cranky and weak..makes sense as the whole point of whole 30 is to get your metabolism burning fats for energy!!!
    -it is basically impossible to find compliant foods on the go, always bring meals and snacks (this was really tough for me on days I was running around)
    -protein for breakfast is key, fruits and nuts just don't hack it for starting your day with good energy
    -I am capable of so much more than I imagined
    Things I could have done better:
    -eat fewer RX bars-- I became a bit too reliant on this when I was running around or didn't have time to make a meal
    -eat 3 full meals per day (see above)
    -exercise more -- I think it was actually good for me to go easy on exercise the first week or two, but wish I had done more in the last half of it
    -drink more water
    -set aside one day for meal prep - this would have made the journey so much easier, just lacked the discipline and scheduling to do it. Something I'll keep working on after whole 30
    I won't go too much into life after whole 30 as I know that that is supposed to be discussed in another section of the forum, but I will say that my overall goals/intentions are:
    -keep eating compliant foods as much as possible
    -keep alcohol consumption down to one day (2 drinks) per week
    -drink more water
    -exercise more
    -create a meal prep day
    And to everyone who is still in their Whole 30 - best of luck and good health to you!!! 
     
     
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    Alisha got a reaction from blgmw2 in Starting today!   
    @SarahSun Yes I have measured, I'm down about 7 pounds and I lost 2.5 inches off my waist! 
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    Alisha reacted to SarahSun in 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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    Alisha reacted to Jim4884 in The Dragon Slaying Saga Continues   
    I had an interesting time last night - went out with 3 friends (all blonde ladies, woot!  (one of them my wife)) to a clambake a local resort hotel put on.  The food spread (buffet style) was pretty nice, and I was able to keep things mostly compliant as all sauces, dressings and such were separate and self serve.  Nice details like the horseradish for the tri-tip was just horseradish, with a ranch dressing separate so I left the ranch off.  A balsamic vinaigrette dressing was available for the salad, etc.  I'm glad it was post whole-30 though, as I'm sure there was some added sugar here or there (but nothing really tasted particularly sweet) - and almost certainly dairy in the cole slaw (which was tasty).  I'm not feeling any adverse effects today, despite eating too much  
    The more interesting part (to me) was in some of the dialogue we had.  Over time, conversation turned to my diet (one of them noticed how much weight I've lost).  Of the two ladies not my wife (my wife has eaten healthy, though not strictly whole30, for years and is really fit), the less heavy one was very interested in the details of the whole 30, the positive scale and NSVs, etc.  I'm happy to talk about it, but I wait until people express an interest, as I'm not one to preach about things.  The other woman though, is visibly obese, and mentioned a number of ailments she is getting medical attention for - joint inflammation, diabetes (adult onset), - and despite my personal evidence that a diet change could have a positive impact, she stated that she is unwilling to give up those foods.  "I'D RATHER DIE" - (caps mine).  She wasn't being dramatic, she simply meant it.  I let it go, but it was hard not to reach across the table and shake her (figuratively) into listening.  I did share about how much I enjoy what I eat, but she wasn't interested in hearing it.  The other lady asked about the whole30 website, and I offered to chat further with her if she had any questions.  
    Anyway, interesting to see people's reactions.  I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday and weekend! (Disclaimer:  I am not particularly partial to blondes or any hair color, that comment just seemed a bit funny to me  )
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    Alisha got a reaction from blgmw2 in Starting today!   
    @SarahSun Yes I have measured, I'm down about 7 pounds and I lost 2.5 inches off my waist! 
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    Alisha got a reaction from Scott W in Starting 8/28 Excited   
    @Suski Hi, I'm on my day 28 today, but I thought I would let you know. The first 3-4 days I was hungry all the time! (and so were most of us in my starting day forum). I think it's common because it takes awhile for our bodies to adjust to burning fat rather then carbs. Your pictures look good, so maybe just eat more of the right foods until your satisfied! Also for me I really had to beware of whole30 friendly carbs because even though they are compliant too much fruit and potatoes really revved up my hunger and cravings. 
    It will get better! Good luck!
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    Alisha reacted to SarahSun in 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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    Alisha got a reaction from SarahSun in Starting today!   
    Oh, also... today is my 30th birthday. I'm not going to lie it might be tough for me to not have a drink today..... I really want to stay strong but part of me is arguing that I've done this good and I deserve to celebrate on my birthday. Would really suck to give in 2 days early though! 
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    Alisha got a reaction from SarahSun in Starting today!   
    @Lunarose I totally agree, it's all about finding balance! And that's so funny with your dad and apples. I also agree almost not wanting to stop at 30 days. It seems I'm in the safe place of just saying no to things, and I'm used to it now. There is no struggle or dilemma, and people around me are used to it now so they know to not offer things I'm not eating. After the 30 days things aren't so black and white and lets face it that's going to be harder! I might even be interested in doing one in January too, (woah that will be a big whole30 group I bet lol), depending on how the holidays go for me. I'm hoping I can make this lifestyle change stick, but at least now I know I can always go back to whole30 to start over if I get too off track. It's funny because she talked about that in food freedom forever and I thought that was crazy talk! How could it be comforting to have to go back to a whole30?? I totally get it now!
    @SarahSun Having you guys on this forum has been a big help to me, I think this form of accountability/support has been something that has been missing for me when I've tried to do these kinds of things before, because friends/family/coworkers don't get it, and if anything they just try and sabotage it, so to have people dealing with the same issues was very helpful! And I would like to keep checking in after the 30 days, I'd like to know how reintroduction goes for you guys!
    Happy day 28!
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    Alisha reacted to SugarcubeOD in Starting today!   
    How about you consider not drinking and finishing this program (incuding the reintroductions) as the best 30th birthday gift you could ever give to yourself - an investment in your longterm health!  Man, that's worth SO MUCH MORE than a drink!
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    Alisha got a reaction from Scott W in Starting 8/28 Excited   
    @Suski Hi, I'm on my day 28 today, but I thought I would let you know. The first 3-4 days I was hungry all the time! (and so were most of us in my starting day forum). I think it's common because it takes awhile for our bodies to adjust to burning fat rather then carbs. Your pictures look good, so maybe just eat more of the right foods until your satisfied! Also for me I really had to beware of whole30 friendly carbs because even though they are compliant too much fruit and potatoes really revved up my hunger and cravings. 
    It will get better! Good luck!
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    Alisha got a reaction from Scott W in Starting 8/28 Excited   
    @Suski Hi, I'm on my day 28 today, but I thought I would let you know. The first 3-4 days I was hungry all the time! (and so were most of us in my starting day forum). I think it's common because it takes awhile for our bodies to adjust to burning fat rather then carbs. Your pictures look good, so maybe just eat more of the right foods until your satisfied! Also for me I really had to beware of whole30 friendly carbs because even though they are compliant too much fruit and potatoes really revved up my hunger and cravings. 
    It will get better! Good luck!
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    Alisha got a reaction from Lunarose in Starting today!   
    So I looked into it a little more, and I think it's the guar gum in the canned coconut milk this has gave me diarrhea. Apparently guar gum can be used as a laxative and it's fairly common for it to cause multiple GI problems. So guess I need to look for canned coconut milk without it, and we'll see if that fixes it. And if it doesn't fix it, and it happens again at least I know it's the coconut itself! But please no, I need coconut milk in  my life lol. 
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    Alisha got a reaction from Lunarose in Starting today!   
    So I looked into it a little more, and I think it's the guar gum in the canned coconut milk this has gave me diarrhea. Apparently guar gum can be used as a laxative and it's fairly common for it to cause multiple GI problems. So guess I need to look for canned coconut milk without it, and we'll see if that fixes it. And if it doesn't fix it, and it happens again at least I know it's the coconut itself! But please no, I need coconut milk in  my life lol. 
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    Alisha reacted to SarahSun in Starting today!   
    @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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    Alisha got a reaction from Lunarose in Starting today!   
    @Lunarose the basics of reintroduction is to have enough of a food (or food group) to see if your body reacts, and then leave enough time in between testing days to see if there is a reaction (and let your body recover), she recommends 2-3 days. She also recommends to introduce foods that are less likely to be problematic first, like sugar, gluten free alcohol and non-gluten grains, and to save gluten and dairy for the last foods to reintroduce.
    So I have mentioned before that I have been 'mostly' paleo for almost 2 years, but I've really struggled to nail it down to 90+% of the time. This way of eating is something I really believe in, I think it's better for my body (controlling blood sugar, preventing disease) to supporting things like pasture raised, animals which is better for the planet (and really the local ecosystem). So I am going to reintroduce some foods but I'm going to take this reset as a chance to really keep myself where I've wanted to be for a long time. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying there is never going to be gluten dairy filled pizza in my future lol. Dairy has been a big struggle for me, because lets face it cream and cheese are life!!! But I have a hard time with how dairy is produced ( I'm actually in school getting my degree in Agriculture so I've been to a few dairy farms), plus I know I don't digest it well. This has been the hardest realization for me, but I know it aligns with what my body and heart want. I've heard that raw grass fed dairy can actually be a really healthy food, but where I live it is impossible to find. 
    BUT I am excited to reintroduce other things, and make this way of eating more sustainable. Things like rice, and paleo versions of more indulgent foods. So basically some honey and gluten free grains here and there. Oh and I found a recipe for pumkin spice coconut cream for coffee that I can't wait to try. I do know that some of these foods (like rice) can be a slippery slope for me so I plan to keep journaling and paying attention to how I feel. 
    After years, ok almost decades now, of struggling with my weight and yo-yo dieting I feel like I am in the best place I have ever been. I have really let go of the number on the scale (can't believe it!) not to say I still don't have a goal weight in mind, but I'm putting my eating first and I know that will follow. I know these changes are for the long term and the reintroduction phase will be about finding a way I can eat and be happy forevaaa
    Guess I was feeling chatty. That was alot 
    Hope everyone has a great Saturday! Day 25!