ShannonM68

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    ShannonM68 reacted to Fernsk in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Today I continued my reintroduction R1D34 non-gluten grains.  I should say that I spent the 2 days since my reintroduction of legumes following Whole30 in principle... Sunday was a very difficult day for me... I had little appetite, I was alarmed that my fasting blood sugar reading was up to 7.8 and I grazed on compliant foods throughout the day.  Yesterday morning my fasting reading was 7.3 and I got mad at myself ...  I made myself eat 3 template based meals, I went for a swim and I prepped for today’s meals. Today I was rewarded with a fasting blood sugar reading of 5.8.
    What did I learn from my reintroduction of legumes?
    1.  Eat each item in its purest state so that you know what causes any reaction (case in point was my negative reaction to peanut butter from peanuts or additives in the peanut butter)
    2.  Plan the day so that meals are spaced at least 4 hours apart 5 is better... especially important for me to properly test before meal and after meal blood sugars.
    3.  Plan meals around foods that you’ve eaten during the Whole30 so the only new food is the food that you are testing.
    So on to my day:
    breakfast:  a savoury quinoa dish with some spinach, asparagus and scallions topped with a soft poached egg & a sausage ... the quinoa basically replaced my usual potato for breakfast....  I experienced a bit of bloating that passed within an hour.
    Lunch was basmati rice served with a Thai curry and cashews... gurgling tummy while eating and about 2 1/2 hours after I ate I had a few gentle burps.
    dinner chili with kernel corn added... oh oh corn is apparently a food without brakes for me... other than that no bad moments
    Results: I won’t worry if non gluten grains are included in a meal at a restaurant or when I’m out for a meal and something to be included occasionally in my own menu ... I will watch the corn situation!
     
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    ShannonM68 reacted to Allis in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Haven't checked-in in a while... I am 2 whole days away from reaching W30! I have stayed 100% compliant the whole time. I am stoked! I have energy again and it feels wonderful... I am having some anxiety about reintroducing foods. I'm finding it difficult to come up with a plan, because of the anxiety... Any suggestions? I know that I will be staying, most of the time, Paleo and I will be avoiding any refined sugars (I have found in my W30 journey that I was addicted to sugar, BIG TIME, and need to avoid it). I'm feeling so good and do not want to go through through that again. 
    NSV? My son and husband were over-the-moon that I bought them Doritos and buns to go with their dinner last night, .  The victory for me was not just taking a leap and allowing that food back into the house, it was the fact that I had absolutely no desire to "eat just one"; on the contrary, I couldn't stand the smell of them! This made me feel so good and just reaffirmed all my hard work. Another NSV, my clothes are fitting so much better.
    I had a doctor's appointment a couple weeks ago. He was very encouraging about W30. He asked me to get some blood work done and follow-up with him. My appointment is next week and can't wait to see what my labs look like compared to a year ago. Hoping to eventually be taken off some medications, that no 36 y/o should be on.
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    ShannonM68 reacted to Fernsk in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Yesterday was R1D31 for me & I started the reintroduction phase of Whole30, I’m super excited and scared at the same time.
     Before I get into my results from my first food reintroduction, I need to confirm what Improvements I achieved while following Whole30.  In addition to my lack of GERD symptoms & leg cramps, I saw a drop in my blood pressure  and drastically improved blood pressure blood sugar readings.  I weighed yesterday and have lost 10.8 pounds and approximately 5 inches off of my bust, waist and hips (I don’t know the exact number because I couldn’t find a measuring tape at the beginning of the whole 30 instead I used my cat’s leash).  
    My first reintroduction food group was legumes so:
    At breakfast, I included hummus with snap peas (I loved the taste and only experienced a slight twinge in my stomach).  I enjoy hummus and chickpeas in general (especially curry) so would like to include them as a weekly vegetarian meal option in the future.  The hummus that I bought for the reintroduction test listed soybean oil in the ingredients which may have been the cause of the slight stomach twinge..  I would make my own in the future.
    Lunch included a serving of peanut butter (it didn’t taste as I remembered and within 30 minutes, I was writhing with stomach cramps and had diarrhea.  This passed within a half hour but then I experienced some sharp muscle pain at the top of my right shoulder that radiated into my neck.  Needless to say I shan’t eat my old peanut butter again.  After I complete the Fast Track, I will introduce peanuts again without the additives.
    dinner included peas which I enjoyed but... the muscle pain returned followed by a brief headache.  I was also really hungry within a few hours of eating and started snacking...I will have to eat these in moderation if at all.  I may also try yellow split peas later because split pea soup is a favourite vegetarian meal.
    Snacking on potato chips led to leg cramps after I went to bed.  The chips were a food without brakes for me and thus will likely only be consumed in moderation when out.  Dang one of my favourite things to eat but obviously one that is not good for me.
    good luck everyone when you start your reintroduction phase,
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    ShannonM68 reacted to Ksprljan in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Hello so here are my stats: lost 9 pounds and about 1.5 inches around thighs, buttocks and 2 inches around the waist.
    Reintro has been successful. I started with diary - yoghurt and cottage cheese. No side effects, feeling great! I did reintros after my first two W30s so I know that yeast is a no, no for me and of course sugar - so I am just bringing back my favorites one day at a time, keeping yeast and sugar out!
    I hope everyone is doing well. 
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    ShannonM68 got a reaction from Ksprljan in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Yesterday was day 31 for me.  And of course I woke up sick, probably a cold.  My plan was to start the reintroduction with beans but then decided to wait to reintroduce until I feel better.   I did get on the scale.  I am down 5 pounds and as I said in a previous post my belly is flat and I have a waist again.  That my friends was worth it.  I am still feeling far more fatigued than I think is normal.  I may need to explore that further.  Since this has been a Lenten discipline I am thinking about how I plan to break the fast without messing up all of this work.  
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    ShannonM68 reacted to ndelarosa in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Congrats everyone completing Whole30 and hopefully everyone had a good reintro for those who did!  I introduced beans which I had no issue with and had 1 packet of brown sugar in my coffee in the morning. That was my first thing and did get a little bloated. I have not weighed myself but did feel some pants a little looser. Although, my stomach is not flatter and my love handles are still existent. I just think at this point it's my medication, which I then may stop. There is no clean eating and exercise that has changed that and it makes me upset. Overall, this was such a good learning experience in terms of how to eat and what to eat that is healthy but not just make it grilled chicken and salad. I hope to continue but hopefully I can see my tummy go down a little bit.
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    ShannonM68 reacted to Chelsea Cooper in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Today is day 32 for me. I reintroduced alcohol yesterday in the form of Angostura bitters which I normally but in my club soda. It wasn’t the best day to reintroduce since I was already suffering from a migraine, I’m going to wait until I reintroduce everything else and see if that has any changes on that go around. Other than that this has been great, I’m not sure about the weight loss, but I’ve gone down at least one pants size and everything is toned up. I’ve had some skin issues the last week but I’m not sure if that’s from my regular lady hormones or the hormone rebalancing from eating. Legumes are next on my list. 
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    ShannonM68 got a reaction from Ksprljan in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Yesterday was day 31 for me.  And of course I woke up sick, probably a cold.  My plan was to start the reintroduction with beans but then decided to wait to reintroduce until I feel better.   I did get on the scale.  I am down 5 pounds and as I said in a previous post my belly is flat and I have a waist again.  That my friends was worth it.  I am still feeling far more fatigued than I think is normal.  I may need to explore that further.  Since this has been a Lenten discipline I am thinking about how I plan to break the fast without messing up all of this work.  
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    ShannonM68 reacted to Fernsk in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Oops...yesterday was Day 25, today is Day 26 but Saturday St. Patrick’s  is sill Day 31!  Yesterday I spent the afternoon taking minutes for the AGM at church and had packed my own compliant lunch (salmon salad, garlic stuffed olives, celery & snap peas and a clementine) my NSV was that while I would have loved to try one of the delicious looking and smelling home made soups it was relatively easy to decline having any & the cookies, loaves & squares didn’t even tempt me!  I also wasn’t tempted to stress eat when the meeting got a little heated at times...victory.
    This morning I realized that I can claim another NSV...no leg cramps during the night!  I haven’t had any for a couple of weeks at least.
    we are heading down the homestretch, I hope that everyone has a great day
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    ShannonM68 got a reaction from Fernsk in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    I was wondering if this Tiger Blood thing was a myth, lol.  But as I reflect I do have more energy than before starting and I feel much more positive generally.  
    It's actually gone by much faster than I thought it would.  I don't really miss anything so that's nice.  
    Who is planning on doing the reintroduction phase?  
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    ShannonM68 got a reaction from Fernsk in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    I was wondering if this Tiger Blood thing was a myth, lol.  But as I reflect I do have more energy than before starting and I feel much more positive generally.  
    It's actually gone by much faster than I thought it would.  I don't really miss anything so that's nice.  
    Who is planning on doing the reintroduction phase?  
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    ShannonM68 got a reaction from Ksprljan in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    I use snap lidded glass containers.  
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    ShannonM68 got a reaction from Ksprljan in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    I use snap lidded glass containers.  
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    ShannonM68 reacted to Allis in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Day 14 and still standing strong! I feel amazing! I wake up ready to tackle the day, I’m actually productive in my day! I think I will have to continue this or at least remain Paleo after my 30 days, I just feel so good! I have definitely decided sugar will not be reintroduced. I’ve found that that is a trigger and I’m afraid if I allow myself to have any, I will just be right back to square one. My skin is brighter, I’ve gotten my stride back when I’m walking (my husband calls them my “long legs” b/c I walk too fast for him to keep up), I’m happier, and feel a freedom that I never knew I could have. Thank you, God for While30!
    I do have a question....
    I just started my bone broth. And just realized I was going to have an abundance of bone broth...LOL (I just didn’t even think about how much I would have). 
     How do you store it? It says to freeze for up to 6 months... can you freeze in large (32 oz) mason jars??? Or do I need to buy special freezer safe containers? 
    I’m so excited about this bone broth! I never thought I’d be so excited over making homemade broth! But I haven’t been able to find compliant store bought broth. So I just decided to make my own. 
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    ShannonM68 reacted to LisaLeeO in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Day 20...but not.  I caved and had some wine yesterday.  For me, being able to enjoy a glass is the signal to my brain and body that it's time to unwind.  I know there are other things I can do to give myself that same signal, so I am not giving myself a pass - I broke my Lenten W40.  I'm also really okay with it.  Last week I was talking about how to shift from strict rule-following to being in maintenance mode, where my primary eating habits are W30 compliant with the foods I absolutely don't want to live without being a part of my eating without taking me out of overall compliant eating.  Yesterday I drank something that's noncompliant, and I didn't go off the rails.  Today I'm back to being 100% in compliance without batting an eyelash.  I think the shift has occurred for me, and I'm really excited about how that's going to look over the long term.  
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    ShannonM68 reacted to Patty526 in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Hi there
    i am at day 28 and am feeling empowered and full of tiger blood! Wanted to check in with folks right behind me and let you know-- hang in--- I'm sleeping better and do not have any heartburn when I used to pop Tums like candy. Good luck fellow travelers to food freedom!!
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    ShannonM68 got a reaction from Fernsk in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    NSV....  I found my waist!!!!  
    I too spent the weekend prepping like a maniac.  I did not look longingly at the wine in the wine aisle and the Easter displays are not tempting me.  
    Sermon today was on treating the body like a temple...  getting good sleep, and eating good nourishing food, etc.  Very well timed.  
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    ShannonM68 got a reaction from Ksprljan in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    I will need to look for it specifically.  Or show the butcher this photo, lol.  
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    ShannonM68 got a reaction from Fernsk in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    NSV....  I found my waist!!!!  
    I too spent the weekend prepping like a maniac.  I did not look longingly at the wine in the wine aisle and the Easter displays are not tempting me.  
    Sermon today was on treating the body like a temple...  getting good sleep, and eating good nourishing food, etc.  Very well timed.  
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    ShannonM68 reacted to Fernsk in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Today is my Day 18 and I spent major parts of the day menu planning and then prepping and finally cooking.  (Turkey breast roasted with carrots, Brussels sprouts & onion; meatloaf muffins; Melissa’s hash for breakfasts; boiled eggs for emergencies; a broccoli salad & some pickled red onions). Funny thing about Whole30 is that a lot of time is spent thinking about food!  Strangely that is a good thing...  I’ve realized in the past few days that I’m using kitchen equipment that was sitting either on a shelf or in a drawer, enjoying menu planning and cooking real food & that while I’m spending a lot of time on food, I’m not obsessing, craving or using food.   I still only want to eat food that I enjoy but I’m learning to enjoy healthier foods.   A switch has gone on and I’m now “eating to live NOT living to eat”.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m certain that cravings will happen down the road but for right now, I’m savouring the moment!
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    ShannonM68 reacted to Chelsea Cooper in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    I just found this at Whole Foods and it’s some of the best bacon ive ever had and it’s compliant. 

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    ShannonM68 reacted to terryhoneycutt in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Starting today which will put me one day past Easter, but I'm ok w/that.  Good luck to you all!
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    ShannonM68 reacted to LisaLeeO in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    I had dreams last night about eating tortilla chips!  I don't remember having dreams about eating non-compliant food during my first W30, but I know this is a common experience.  LOL, I felt so guilty in my sleep that I even dreamt I spit out one of the chips after realizing I wasn't supposed to eat it.  I'm a little on the struggle bus.  I have been craving wine a lot and I noticed this morning (thankfully not last night!) that my husband opened a bottle.  It's just sitting on the counter, looking delicious.  
    Yesterday or Tuesday I was talking about my nervousness about maintenance after this Lenten W40 ends and it's so funny how the universe works!  I am the Director of Teachers and an Instructor at a yoga studio, and I learned that in April I'll be facilitating a 28 Day Program for which nutrition is a component.  It will give me the motivation to be really mindful about non-W30 eating and it creates accountability because I'll be sharing my experiences with the participants in the program.  
    Happy Friday-Eve for those of you in the US/Canada and Happy Friday to those of you on the other side of the world!
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    ShannonM68 reacted to Ksprljan in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Good morning from the other side of the world. Day 16! Over the midway hump! 
    I want to congratulate everyone on their success and give a hug to those struggling. It has been tough for me these days so I haven’t had much time to check in. We have had lots of snow and a Siberian cold front passing through Croatia and other parts of Europe. I have been shoveling snow and helping my parents with supplies (they got snowed in - access roads blocked). After work we loaded up and hiked through the snow to get them the essentials. 
    The whole30 is going well. Don’t feel as many NSVs as I did the first two times - Melissa says this is normal. I have resigned myself to eggs every morning. Blah! My stomach refuses to adapt to soup, salad etc. at 5:30 am! Eggs work! I am still feel super tired - that may be from a super busy and stressful time at work - one wonders what I would feel like if I was running on pasta and sugar!
    Wishing everyone a great day!
     
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    ShannonM68 reacted to Allis in Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1   
    Okay so the energetic feeling didn’t last all day... But it did last most of it. Still feeling good at the end of my day 9. Haven’t been overly hungry today as in previous days. So that’s a win, right? Sugar Dragon must have been sleeping today because I didn’t feel the ache for sweets today hardly at all.  
    Went to the doctor today, just a wellness visit... He was super supportive of The Whole30. And was happy at the progress that I have already had; he recommends I continue.  
    Thank you, Lord for a wonderful day! Lots of “God moments” in my day. Hopeing this momentum stays for a bit. 
    Goodnight everyone and Day 9. It’s been real!