KelKel

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    KelKel got a reaction from Espie in Great uplifting quote for the day   
    Such a good quote! Along the same vein as my all time favourite quote....
    'If some one can't appreciate you for you, they can fuck right off, because you're awesome."
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    KelKel got a reaction from Shelli in coconut flour?   
    Does anyone else just stick their face in the coconut flour bag and inhale the smell?
    It smells so dessert-y I sometimes can't open it in case I get into a frenzy and run down the street to buy sixteen coconut macaroons
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    KelKel got a reaction from Shelli in coconut flour?   
    Does anyone else just stick their face in the coconut flour bag and inhale the smell?
    It smells so dessert-y I sometimes can't open it in case I get into a frenzy and run down the street to buy sixteen coconut macaroons
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    KelKel got a reaction from praxisproject in Sourcing food in Australia   
    I buy it in sachets from a big greengrocers in chadstone, so I guess any grocer with an international food section or asian supermarket would have it. I've also seen it in tubs (which make 40! serves...and given that I'm a wimp and use 2/3 serves...) at Thomas Dux for $6
    Not long after I bought it I read in a food article on the gaurdian website that thai chefs recommend it as being the most authentic! yay!
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    KelKel got a reaction from Julie (Cave Eatee) in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    ALL OF THIS. Also Whoop Whoo to the GAD team in the house.
    Sugar out. Caffiene out. Routine in. Not a magical cure all but pretty damn amazing impact.
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    KelKel got a reaction from betsyl33 in If You Ever Thought of Giving Up Trying to Lose Weight   
    I don't want to open any cans of worms but I want to very gently step in a suggest that weight = health is something that we shouldn't ever project on to other people. Using it as you're own measure is fine, and as lots of people have said, they started feeling better, lost weight, feel even better! And there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to feel fitter, stronger, leaner, faster...and oftern that might mean losing weight.
    But I think we also need to be aware that there are a bazillion other ladies our there who might be overweight, but really healthy in so many ways, and lots of underweight people that might terribly unhealthy. I think its a sad trap that we fall into that assumes overweight = unhealthy. It does for some but it's definitely not one size fits all (pardon the terrible pun!)
    Also, to use your own words, 'healthy as she could be'....for some people that will be overweight. Like myself, right now, overweight is as healthy as I can be. I look after myself, I've got myself through an eating disorder, I'm winning at this health thing and I maybe I'll lose weight, but I'm saddened to think some one (which I know they do) sees my fat self and just automatically thinks 'eurgh unhealthy fatty, eat a salad!' I'M ALWAYS EATING SALAD AND IT'S DELIGHFUL THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
    EDITED TO ADD...
    I just want to double, trip reiterate that I'm not having a go at people who use weight loss as their own measure of health, I just think it's a minefield of snap judgements and generalisations to use it on other people.
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    KelKel got a reaction from Renee McCarty in If You Ever Thought of Giving Up Trying to Lose Weight   
    I'm just gonna throw this in here...like a bomb...of LOVE!
    Something that I think is important to keep in the back of our minds when we're talking about weight...especially amongst ladies...is that no matter how hard you try, it's always going to be a totally loaded issue, because society is setting us up to fail.
    We've spent our whole lives being told that thin = better. Every. Single. Day. Thin = healthy. Thin = beautiful. Thin = acceptable. If you lose weight you're a winner, if you gain weight you're a failure. Some of us try very hard and very deliberately to break that thinking, but it's like pushing honey uphill.
    It can also be very hard to untangle those feelings of just wanting to be healthier, when you hear back is 'omg you look so good since you lost weight!' 'omg you're looking skinny, it's hot!'... Like to the world, it doesn't matter that I feel a bajillion times better, what's important is that I'm a smaller dress size.
    So the point is (I have one, I swear) is that it's damn hard talking about this stuff, it's even bloody harder feeling this stuff. So whatever you're thinking about it, if you've thought about it critically, and you're making the right choices for you, and you're respecting other people, then you're doing it right.
    You're doing it right!
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    KelKel got a reaction from Renee McCarty in If You Ever Thought of Giving Up Trying to Lose Weight   
    I'm just gonna throw this in here...like a bomb...of LOVE!
    Something that I think is important to keep in the back of our minds when we're talking about weight...especially amongst ladies...is that no matter how hard you try, it's always going to be a totally loaded issue, because society is setting us up to fail.
    We've spent our whole lives being told that thin = better. Every. Single. Day. Thin = healthy. Thin = beautiful. Thin = acceptable. If you lose weight you're a winner, if you gain weight you're a failure. Some of us try very hard and very deliberately to break that thinking, but it's like pushing honey uphill.
    It can also be very hard to untangle those feelings of just wanting to be healthier, when you hear back is 'omg you look so good since you lost weight!' 'omg you're looking skinny, it's hot!'... Like to the world, it doesn't matter that I feel a bajillion times better, what's important is that I'm a smaller dress size.
    So the point is (I have one, I swear) is that it's damn hard talking about this stuff, it's even bloody harder feeling this stuff. So whatever you're thinking about it, if you've thought about it critically, and you're making the right choices for you, and you're respecting other people, then you're doing it right.
    You're doing it right!
  9. Like
    KelKel got a reaction from Renee McCarty in If You Ever Thought of Giving Up Trying to Lose Weight   
    I'm just gonna throw this in here...like a bomb...of LOVE!
    Something that I think is important to keep in the back of our minds when we're talking about weight...especially amongst ladies...is that no matter how hard you try, it's always going to be a totally loaded issue, because society is setting us up to fail.
    We've spent our whole lives being told that thin = better. Every. Single. Day. Thin = healthy. Thin = beautiful. Thin = acceptable. If you lose weight you're a winner, if you gain weight you're a failure. Some of us try very hard and very deliberately to break that thinking, but it's like pushing honey uphill.
    It can also be very hard to untangle those feelings of just wanting to be healthier, when you hear back is 'omg you look so good since you lost weight!' 'omg you're looking skinny, it's hot!'... Like to the world, it doesn't matter that I feel a bajillion times better, what's important is that I'm a smaller dress size.
    So the point is (I have one, I swear) is that it's damn hard talking about this stuff, it's even bloody harder feeling this stuff. So whatever you're thinking about it, if you've thought about it critically, and you're making the right choices for you, and you're respecting other people, then you're doing it right.
    You're doing it right!
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    KelKel got a reaction from betsyl33 in If You Ever Thought of Giving Up Trying to Lose Weight   
    I don't want to open any cans of worms but I want to very gently step in a suggest that weight = health is something that we shouldn't ever project on to other people. Using it as you're own measure is fine, and as lots of people have said, they started feeling better, lost weight, feel even better! And there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to feel fitter, stronger, leaner, faster...and oftern that might mean losing weight.
    But I think we also need to be aware that there are a bazillion other ladies our there who might be overweight, but really healthy in so many ways, and lots of underweight people that might terribly unhealthy. I think its a sad trap that we fall into that assumes overweight = unhealthy. It does for some but it's definitely not one size fits all (pardon the terrible pun!)
    Also, to use your own words, 'healthy as she could be'....for some people that will be overweight. Like myself, right now, overweight is as healthy as I can be. I look after myself, I've got myself through an eating disorder, I'm winning at this health thing and I maybe I'll lose weight, but I'm saddened to think some one (which I know they do) sees my fat self and just automatically thinks 'eurgh unhealthy fatty, eat a salad!' I'M ALWAYS EATING SALAD AND IT'S DELIGHFUL THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
    EDITED TO ADD...
    I just want to double, trip reiterate that I'm not having a go at people who use weight loss as their own measure of health, I just think it's a minefield of snap judgements and generalisations to use it on other people.
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    KelKel got a reaction from lulucandoit! in Whole30 Fail - Not enough groceries   
    I think veggies are the thing I notice the most...going from hardly ever eating them, combined with eating out constantly, it now feels like I'm constantly buying veggies. When I spent 30 dollars last night just on veggies (produce is SO expensive here) I was peeved, but then I remembered that I would only get two take away breakfasts for that, so I win!
    Also when I cleaned out all the discounted organic meat to stock up my freezer, the cashier asked me if I was having a party. Nope, just a girl with a stack of red meat.
  12. Like
    KelKel got a reaction from betsyl33 in If You Ever Thought of Giving Up Trying to Lose Weight   
    I don't want to open any cans of worms but I want to very gently step in a suggest that weight = health is something that we shouldn't ever project on to other people. Using it as you're own measure is fine, and as lots of people have said, they started feeling better, lost weight, feel even better! And there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to feel fitter, stronger, leaner, faster...and oftern that might mean losing weight.
    But I think we also need to be aware that there are a bazillion other ladies our there who might be overweight, but really healthy in so many ways, and lots of underweight people that might terribly unhealthy. I think its a sad trap that we fall into that assumes overweight = unhealthy. It does for some but it's definitely not one size fits all (pardon the terrible pun!)
    Also, to use your own words, 'healthy as she could be'....for some people that will be overweight. Like myself, right now, overweight is as healthy as I can be. I look after myself, I've got myself through an eating disorder, I'm winning at this health thing and I maybe I'll lose weight, but I'm saddened to think some one (which I know they do) sees my fat self and just automatically thinks 'eurgh unhealthy fatty, eat a salad!' I'M ALWAYS EATING SALAD AND IT'S DELIGHFUL THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
    EDITED TO ADD...
    I just want to double, trip reiterate that I'm not having a go at people who use weight loss as their own measure of health, I just think it's a minefield of snap judgements and generalisations to use it on other people.
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    KelKel got a reaction from lulucandoit! in Whole30 Fail - Not enough groceries   
    I think veggies are the thing I notice the most...going from hardly ever eating them, combined with eating out constantly, it now feels like I'm constantly buying veggies. When I spent 30 dollars last night just on veggies (produce is SO expensive here) I was peeved, but then I remembered that I would only get two take away breakfasts for that, so I win!
    Also when I cleaned out all the discounted organic meat to stock up my freezer, the cashier asked me if I was having a party. Nope, just a girl with a stack of red meat.
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    KelKel got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    I don't know if this is something you can talk about with your nephew, but I found trusting myself and taking advice (medical, but also often anecdotal!) all with a grain of salt, to be super helpful in getting better.
    There's actually still so much science doesn't know about treating anxiety and drepression....even exactly how antidepressants work! I went on them for a little while for GAD, and while I think they got me through a rough patch, they weren't the solution forever, except doctors weren't giving me the solution forever, I had to find that out for myself.
    I think doing something like whole30 can be really empowering because you physically feel the effects of treating your body with respect...its a pretty powerful feeling to wake up and go 'holy shit, I haven't feel anxious all week...maybe this is awesome?!' Especially if he's got some one there to help him like you (and you let him lead how much help is given/taken.)
    One personal point is, as some one who also used to suffer an eating disorder (I guess this could be relevant to anyone who gets obssessive behaviours)...I'd tried googling the negatives of whole 30 and the ONLY thing I could come up with is that it makes some people obsessive about food. So at the start I told myself I was going to eat whole30 style, but not beat myself up about finishing things off in my cupboard, or obsess over restaurant menus....but I planned lots of meals well, and then found myself being compliant really easily! So it turned into proper whole30 without any obsessing at all! And now I feel so good sugar cravings (the only real craving I still get) are easy to beat, because I don't want to feel shit, it's as simple as that.
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    KelKel got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    I don't know if this is something you can talk about with your nephew, but I found trusting myself and taking advice (medical, but also often anecdotal!) all with a grain of salt, to be super helpful in getting better.
    There's actually still so much science doesn't know about treating anxiety and drepression....even exactly how antidepressants work! I went on them for a little while for GAD, and while I think they got me through a rough patch, they weren't the solution forever, except doctors weren't giving me the solution forever, I had to find that out for myself.
    I think doing something like whole30 can be really empowering because you physically feel the effects of treating your body with respect...its a pretty powerful feeling to wake up and go 'holy shit, I haven't feel anxious all week...maybe this is awesome?!' Especially if he's got some one there to help him like you (and you let him lead how much help is given/taken.)
    One personal point is, as some one who also used to suffer an eating disorder (I guess this could be relevant to anyone who gets obssessive behaviours)...I'd tried googling the negatives of whole 30 and the ONLY thing I could come up with is that it makes some people obsessive about food. So at the start I told myself I was going to eat whole30 style, but not beat myself up about finishing things off in my cupboard, or obsess over restaurant menus....but I planned lots of meals well, and then found myself being compliant really easily! So it turned into proper whole30 without any obsessing at all! And now I feel so good sugar cravings (the only real craving I still get) are easy to beat, because I don't want to feel shit, it's as simple as that.
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    KelKel got a reaction from lulucandoit! in Whole30 Fail - Not enough groceries   
    I think veggies are the thing I notice the most...going from hardly ever eating them, combined with eating out constantly, it now feels like I'm constantly buying veggies. When I spent 30 dollars last night just on veggies (produce is SO expensive here) I was peeved, but then I remembered that I would only get two take away breakfasts for that, so I win!
    Also when I cleaned out all the discounted organic meat to stock up my freezer, the cashier asked me if I was having a party. Nope, just a girl with a stack of red meat.
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    KelKel reacted to Kim Christensen in The Scale Dragon   
    I should add that what I've noticed is that the scale makes you afraid of GOOD, HEALTHY FOOD. It makes you afraid of having a little sweet potato or fruit. It makes you afraid of fat. It makes you afraid of that meal because last time you ate it you were up 2 lbs for a couple days. No no no. This is NOT what eating well should be about. Maybe when I'm 150 lbs and doing a Crossfit competition tweaking each little thing for peak performance will be something to deal with but for now while I'm healing my body? I need to learn to trust my body with food. I need to trust my body in general. I need to STOP trusting that the scale is accurately telling me about my food intake.
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    KelKel got a reaction from Renee McCarty in If You Ever Thought of Giving Up Trying to Lose Weight   
    I'm just gonna throw this in here...like a bomb...of LOVE!
    Something that I think is important to keep in the back of our minds when we're talking about weight...especially amongst ladies...is that no matter how hard you try, it's always going to be a totally loaded issue, because society is setting us up to fail.
    We've spent our whole lives being told that thin = better. Every. Single. Day. Thin = healthy. Thin = beautiful. Thin = acceptable. If you lose weight you're a winner, if you gain weight you're a failure. Some of us try very hard and very deliberately to break that thinking, but it's like pushing honey uphill.
    It can also be very hard to untangle those feelings of just wanting to be healthier, when you hear back is 'omg you look so good since you lost weight!' 'omg you're looking skinny, it's hot!'... Like to the world, it doesn't matter that I feel a bajillion times better, what's important is that I'm a smaller dress size.
    So the point is (I have one, I swear) is that it's damn hard talking about this stuff, it's even bloody harder feeling this stuff. So whatever you're thinking about it, if you've thought about it critically, and you're making the right choices for you, and you're respecting other people, then you're doing it right.
    You're doing it right!
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    KelKel got a reaction from Michaela Elmore Cogswell in should i stick with it?   
    As a (hopefully getting better) all-or-nothing-er miyself, I highly recommend sticking with what makes you feel good, and then if you need a treat, have one.
    That's actually how I eased myself into eating whole30. I was worried that if I just straight away went full tilt, I'd end triggering my eating disorder, so I just eased myself into it for a week, telling myself 'I'll eat compliant as long as it doesn't stress me out' .... I ended up feeling so good I just stuck to it!
    You also might feel so rough after your night out you want to get straight back into it!!
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    KelKel got a reaction from Shelli in coconut flour?   
    Does anyone else just stick their face in the coconut flour bag and inhale the smell?
    It smells so dessert-y I sometimes can't open it in case I get into a frenzy and run down the street to buy sixteen coconut macaroons
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    KelKel reacted to Robin Strathdee in Whole30 with inflammatory bowel disease   
    pandagirl - I just posted a little on the unsupportive docs thread, but, "Me! Me!" I have a stricture at my terminal ileum, as well as significant scar tissue around that area. Here's a little more of my story (from my terribly stagnant, I'm afraid) blog:
    In 2005, I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease (through an exploratory surgery that left me that beautiful scar you see in my photos). All my life I had struggled with "phantom" stomach pains and unexplained illness. I had taken antacids, iron supplements, vitamin B... The doctors called it acid reflux, anemia and even imagination. I called it miserable. The pain would come and go, often with months between flare ups.
    But then in the fall of 2004 things started going downhill. By May of 2005, I could not eat any solid foods without vomiting. I could not consume anything but water without intense pain. I spent most of my days asleep in bed, which was not ideal for a college sophomore. I stopped going to any class before noon and was home in bed again by 2. I had lost close to 10 lbs (which is a lot on a 5 foot frame), but looked like I was 6 months pregnant.
    On Mother's Day in 2005, my mom saved my life. After an unsuccessful attempt at lunch, she insisted that I go to the ER and find out what was causing all my pain. Unwilling to settle for another brush-off diagnosis, she pushed until we got some answers. That answer was emergency surgery and the largest small intestine my surgeon had ever seen. It was completely blocked and swollen with methane gas. The doctor said it was a miracle it hadn't exploded.
    While the diagnosis and surgery were difficult, I rejoiced in finally having an answer to my life-long struggle. There was a name for my problem; there was a solution. As strange as it seemed at the time, I celebrated my sickness.
    The road to recovery was long, but once I got back to status quo maintenance was easy. The drugs worked well and my life returned to normal. I got married, finished school, had babies.
    Once I had my kids, I found I didn't need my medication anymore. But it wasn't until my gym held a paleo challenge,that I learned just how much BETTER I could feel cutting out the grains and dairy. It's been 2 and a half years since then and we've never looked back. I am asymptomatic, happy, and healthy. I hope your story turns out just as well as mine and I'm happy to answer any questions you have along the way.
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    KelKel reacted to Kirsteen in Too much fat??   
    Feeling really jealous Can I borrow your thumbs mine are titchy. On the plus side my fingers are so long, you've no idea how many eggs i can balance in one hand .
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    KelKel reacted to Suzy in If You Ever Thought of Giving Up Trying to Lose Weight   
    Hear hear! I typed earlier, but had to edit because I couldn't say it well, that when we bump up against something uncomfortable, we have to follow that feeling to the root cause. Not paying attention to the uncomfortable things will get you a lot of stagnation in life.
  24. Like
    KelKel got a reaction from Shelli in coconut flour?   
    Does anyone else just stick their face in the coconut flour bag and inhale the smell?
    It smells so dessert-y I sometimes can't open it in case I get into a frenzy and run down the street to buy sixteen coconut macaroons
  25. Like
    KelKel got a reaction from Renee McCarty in If You Ever Thought of Giving Up Trying to Lose Weight   
    I'm just gonna throw this in here...like a bomb...of LOVE!
    Something that I think is important to keep in the back of our minds when we're talking about weight...especially amongst ladies...is that no matter how hard you try, it's always going to be a totally loaded issue, because society is setting us up to fail.
    We've spent our whole lives being told that thin = better. Every. Single. Day. Thin = healthy. Thin = beautiful. Thin = acceptable. If you lose weight you're a winner, if you gain weight you're a failure. Some of us try very hard and very deliberately to break that thinking, but it's like pushing honey uphill.
    It can also be very hard to untangle those feelings of just wanting to be healthier, when you hear back is 'omg you look so good since you lost weight!' 'omg you're looking skinny, it's hot!'... Like to the world, it doesn't matter that I feel a bajillion times better, what's important is that I'm a smaller dress size.
    So the point is (I have one, I swear) is that it's damn hard talking about this stuff, it's even bloody harder feeling this stuff. So whatever you're thinking about it, if you've thought about it critically, and you're making the right choices for you, and you're respecting other people, then you're doing it right.
    You're doing it right!