EllieHH

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  1. meant to say rutabaga!
  2. ...you have an agreement with your husband that you will let him know each time you make mayo so he can watch because emulsification is cool. ...you try Amazon subscribe and save for the first time to get coconut milk for $.75 cents less per can than in store ...you are a coconut milk snob and know which brands have the highest cream:water ratio ...you realize how many commercials are about food you do not eat ...you are a little panicked about the cost of replacing your entire wardrobe because it's all getting too big ...you get the jitters from eating two clementines ...the only creature eating sugar at your house is the hummingbirds ...you move from buying a 6 pack of eggs to a dozen to 18 in quick succession ...you drive around for a month with the non-sugar-free Sunbutter you bought, waiting for the store to get in the sugar-free version so you can return the wrong one. ...your husband asks for you to make parsnip ribbons on an ongoing basis ...you have an opinion on rhubarb (who ever ate rhubarb? #veggieventures)
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  4. EllieHH

    Tired of saying "moderation won't work for me"

    I only have one thing to add to this discussion, and it's to recommend a chat with your roommate and be honest with her and you guys sort out how you want to talk about food/diets/w30/whatever that will be productive for you both vs. going around this mulberry bush over and over again. And I'm not saying to tell her that moderation doesn't work for you, I'm saying to tell her that every time you bring things up and she says "moderation" it makes you feel terrible and you need her to say something else to you (like "hey, you know you are a rule follower girlfriend - get back on your rules and work it!", or that you guys agree that you are going to talk to someone else about this stuff who gives you what you DO need in that conversation. That's more relationship advice than w30 talk but I hope it helps.
  5. EllieHH

    Looking for direction

    Hi, Tucker - I've only done one w30 and am about 45 days post and still doing well - so this is experiential feedback not official recommendation but here you go! If for the most part you are not going nuts, and it sounds like you are not, a whole7 or something similar seems to be okay for a bit of a restart for your system to test something. It will be different for everyone (it takes me about 4 days to get a slice of pizza literally "out" of my system and the blood chemistry effects may be longer) but I would not think you'd have to do another whole30 to check on just one thing at a time...but again, not an expert here. What I have found is that a re-introduction of foods that are technically non-compliant but not 100% horrible (like cassava chips to get back to being able to eat chips and salsa, but not corn chips) has helped me expand my options a little bit without getting too crazy. I don't worry about sugar in my ingredients (tomato sauce, etc.) but I am very, very judicious with deliberately having dessert or adding any sugar to anything (stuck to unsugared coffee with coconut milk). I tried oatmeal (used to eat it all the time) but it's a no-go for me, alas (or if I decide to have it, I know what the price will be) - same with sushi, which is a tiny tragedy but there you go. All that said, I am also reminded that not everything that happens to us is whole30 or diet related, so look at the rest of your life too. I feel a little achy today - is it because I had garbanzo bean salad yesterday at a party or is it the sangria (with club soda, but still sugar/alcohol!) or is it from moving all our furniture around to accommodate that party - I don't know. What I do know is that getting back 100% whole30 for a few days makes me feel a ton better and ready to "restart" reintroduction of things (or not). Last thought - since you never felt better during your 2nd w30...and the tiredness, etc. continued (were you actually sleeping and still tired, or tossing/turning?). There's also some good info in the books that maybe you need another week or so past 30 if you are dealing with other medical issues - so maybe just get back on and give yourself some more time in compliance-land until you DO feel better. I guess your body is telling you it's not there yet - or that something else is going on. I know that's not much help - but hopefully it's given you a few things to think about and I hope you are able to get to a solution (or have already done so since your post is from February!) with your doctor. - Lou Ellen
  6. Agree with all - stay off the scale - your goal right now is getting your body and brain sorted out and if there is weight that should be lost it will start to come off - trust the program (no, I've never trusted a program before in my life [i'd actually never even done a program]) and it will work out. I don't think I really noticed any changes in my physical appearance until toward the very end, but I'm 6 weeks post my first whole30 now (yes, in these 6 weeks I've sticking mostly to my new way of eating but not actually doing a whole60 or anything like that) and I the goodness just keeps getting good-er. Stick with it! You can do this. And if you can't finish eggs, eat some other protein - there's no such thing as "breakfast food", really. I ate chicken, salmon, even hamburger patties - this morning I had a hot dog (compliant!...actually not enough protein though) and a zucchini and a half and some blueberries. I am a big fan of deviled eggs - gets your fat in there with the w30 mayo and you can put a bunch of mustard in them too so they have some zing...if you can try snacking on protein vs. fruit it may help - fruit just made me hyper and I think I have a pretty sensitive sugar dragon. I'm not sure you are eating enough fat either - get some dressing on those salads :). Hang in there - you are going to be so happy when you are done and see what food freedom is truly like.
  7. One of the things I love about the Whole30 afterlife is that ability to realize that each day is a new day and each meal is a new meal. Just because I made a choice yesterday that was bad for me and that I will pay for it for the next 3 days by feeling meh, I don't need to wait that 3 days to get myself back in order and reset - I can do it with the very next meal. And for me too, rules are great. I have not had a ton of trouble because I just don't think most off plan foods are worth it - or if I do go off plan on something, I don't have to eat a ton of whatever it is to be done with it (and I am always a little bit scared of what it will do to me, which helps). I have also found a few foods that would not be OK on the whole30 - but are better than their really off plan counterparts (Siete cassava chips are in this category for me - they are so close to corn tortilla chips that they totally do it for me, but can turn into a food with no breaks so I am still pretty careful - but for post whole30 life I feel okay about them). When I want to grab something bad, I make an herbal tea (rolling my eyes the whole time at how silly I have to be with myself) but it takes long enough that it lets my brain get over itself...so yes, rules have been good for me. I don't have a drinking rule because I haven't struggled with it yet - but when I would typically be having something at night I will get a champagne glass and put La Croix in it and that little ritualism actually does it for me. You can find what works for your own nuttiness :).
  8. EllieHH

    Should I trust my body?

    Hi, Michelle. I'm on day 29 of my first Whole30. What I'm going to recommend, if at all possible, is that you read the Whole30 book. It is very likely they have it at your library so you can do it for free. I found it sooooo helpful (maybe I'm just a book person) but I don't think I could have pulled this off with just the website (though it's very good, it just doesn't walk you through it like the book). There is a great list of the "what to expect" and that is repeated on the website somewhere (I will find it and post it for you) that is helpful (and yes, it is normal to feel blah for a while at the beginning - I don't think of it as detoxing but I guess in the truest sense it is - your body is saying "hey, where's the stuff I'm used to getting and fueling myself on?" and it takes a little while for it to learn to fuel itself on other things (including any fun fat you might be carrying around ;)). This is actually the first "diet" I've ever done - not because I didn't need one, but I just couldn't get my head around other ones. It took about 10 days to really get into a rhythm, but now I'm almost done and I'm not even excited about Day 31 because I don't really plan to do much different because of what's happening with my body and brain on this thing. It's all good. Hang in there and I hope you are able to find the book so you can get more info. I'll post the timeline link in a sec! Here it is https://whole30.com/2013/08/revised-timeline/
  9. One day to hump day. All is well - a few digestive issues but nothing major. I've had a few moments when I really wanted a snack - then I realized, duh, I can have a snack as long as it's compliant. So, I need to do the "emergency snack" thing to leave in my car. Hope the rest of you are still doing good!
  10. I'm doing pretty well too! I had some tiredness early on, but that has passed - I have had several food dreams which is weird - mostly for things I don't even necessarily like in real life. Weird. My sister in law taught me the cinnamon in coffee thing a while ago - a tip is to put it in the grounds while brewing vs. in the cup - that way you don't end up with them collecting in the bottom (if you aren't doing it that way already). I am shocked at how much I like coconut milk. I am also shocked at how little I actually "cooked" before - when I thought I did it a lot! Am having fun with new ingredients. And the dishwashing...mercy. Not as much fun with that. My husband says our refrigerator looks like Harry Potter lives here with all the various concoctions :). He's been a good sport. Hang in there, friends - the good part is right around the corner!
  11. I totally forgot about before pics and measurements - guess I will do that tonight! Thanks for the reminder, Glassie16. That would have been a bummer. Hope everybody had a nice breakfast! (I'm west coast so still early here)
  12. I just liked the 1st as a start date because I won't have to think to remember what day I'm on! #englishmajorproblems I have broth made and butter (not mayo yet...meant to do that but haven't gotten to it) and eggs boiled and shopping done and lunch packed - right now it feels easy :). I think breakfast is going to be hardest on days I have to leave home super-early - will just have to pack something and eat it when I get to work (long commute). I really used the two weeks prep to start scaling back (no sugar in coffee but still cream, etc.) - the most interesting thing that happened so far in my "ramp up" is that I felt like I was eating MORE - clearly I had been skipping meals and then grazing - eating 3 meals seems like a lot of food so I am excited that it seems I won't be hungry. I am pretty sure the cravings are going to do their thing though - I shall miss chips and salsa and shall have to distract myself around 3pm. Nice to "meet" you! Here we GO.
  13. Hi! I'm in prep mode too and about to do my first one starting 3/1 - it's weird, just reading up and getting ready for it by paying attention to how I eat in general has already made me slow down a little (which is saying something) and start to shift gears. I have a couple of workfriends who have done it in the past so I have them for support, but it is nice to have the Forum too. Looking forward to learning some things about myself. Glad to see some other 3/1'ers out there.