Kiralyn D

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  1. Kiralyn D

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    THANK YOU for this! I have been panicking over what happens after Day 30... It’s technically Day 32 for me, but I keep saying, just one more day. It DOES feel safer to stay here... But that’s not the point!! I just kept waiting for someone to tell me what to do... But I need to figure it out for myself and find my WholeKira. I mean I “knew” this, but reading this - it finally clicked. Sitting down to make my own reintroduction schedule now.
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    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    @kariarm I used apple cider.
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    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Hey everyone! We are nearing the end, and I am feeling all kinds of things!! As I'm sure you all understand. I'm not sure where to go from here. My goals for this Whole30 were to 1) tame my Sugar Dragon 2) stop sneaking food 3) change my relationship with food/stop using food as a reward or therapy 4) honor my body and recognize feelings of true hunger and satiety/stop eating things just because they are there. I feel like I've been fairly successful in these goals, but I recognize that changing food habits over a lifetime takes more than 30 days. I will go through the reintroduction calendar just to see what these food groups do to me. But I don't think I have any food intolerances. And that's kind of where I'm stuck. If I keep going with these "restrictions," I will just want them more just because I can't have them. If that makes sense. It's harder to make these decisions for myself rather than just someone telling me what to do. So someone tell me what to do! Haha. We also have some big trips coming up this spring/summer... I just don't know. Any help/suggestions out there for figuring this out?
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    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    @bigmamabird Unfollow this place for the next 4 days!! And don’t go anywhere near that shop!! If you don’t see it, chances are you won’t think about it. It’s good that you recognize this is just a psychological/sugar dragon thing. Remember that cravings only last 3-5 minutes, so if you start thinking about it, distract yourself until it passes. You've got this!!!
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    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    I won't be doing any running either... But heck yes to a celebratory glass of wine!! I'm also feeling better today, maybe because of the commiserating! I've had a slow morning at work and have been browsing the "Dear Melissa" pages suggested by a moderator. I've found this one ( https://whole30.com/2016/08/sugar-dragon/ ) to be really helpful in re-thinking my battle with the dreaded, vicious Sugar Dragon, and also in re-thinking life after Whole30. This isn't a diet, and it's not about restriction - it's changing habits from the inside out and changing emotional relationships with food. This is only THIRTY days going up against a LIFETIME of emotional and habitual associations with food. I also printed out the Off-Roading Map ( https://whole30.com/downloads/off-roading.pdf ) , and if I have to pull that out every time I have an "unhealthy" food choice, then I will. @Let's Dooooo It! mentioned earlier that "Availability does NOT equal necessity." And that's the truth. I need to think more in terms of the empowerment I feel when I make good choices for my body, rather than feeling sorry for myself when I'm "unable" to have something. If I expect my brain to throw tantrums over what I can't have, I'll be better prepared to handle it.
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    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    @tutormom I can’t tell you how relieved I am to hear someone is also struggling a bit!! I couldn’t get the words right... But you put it perfectly!! I’ve made it over two weeks without any major problems - but man have I struggled yesterday and today. I want ALL THE THINGS. And I am SUPER grumpy about not being able to have them. Thank you @ShannonM816 for explaining this “extinction burst.” It makes a lot of sense. Logically, I know I have so many Victories (scale and non-scale), but emotionally, I just want the pan of brownies my husband requested for dessert tonight. Or a glass of wine!! Sigh. I’m even dreading a bit the reintroduction period. I know this is essential, but those extra days are stretching out in my mind... And it scares me because I’m afraid I’m going to just go nuts when this is over. So yes, I am also in need of encouragement... Hanging in there... by a thread...
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    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Thanks, @Dave K. I guess that's part of the problem - I haven't found any veggies that aren't just weird for me to eat so early in the morning (and don't require a lot of time)... I'll try folding some in with the eggs tomorrow.
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    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    No Tiger Blood for me... And I was feeling pretty bummed about it... But @SugarcubeOD reminded us - while I've been 100% compliant, I haven't reeaaaalllllly been taking care of business - the last couple of days have seen some snacking in between meals and not nearly enough water drinking. I was starting to get a bit discouraged, but I'm recommitting to the meal template and upping my water game. NSV#1 - On Day 2, I ate an RX bar and thought it was pretty good. Yesterday, I had one (running late for dinner and was SO hungry), and I thought it was disgusting! It tasted syrupy sweet, and I couldn't even finish it. Also, before Whole30, I had a Spindrift. I thought it was sour and flat and kind of gross. Yesterday, I tried another, and I thought it was delicious! I have no doubt that if I tasted a Diet Coke right now, I would be disgusted at the chemical-y taste. So, taste buds are starting to recognize and love "real" foods! Yay! NSV#2 - My skin is glowing! And so smooth. Yay! We're over halfway there, friends. One more thing - I'm still enjoying eggs for breakfast, but I'm having a hard time getting the vegetables on my plate in the mornings. Any QUICK tips?
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    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    @dnewc It’s tough! During this 30 days we have several out of town family members coming to stay with us on 2 separate weekends, an anniversary, and my birthday. Part of me wishes I had waited to start until next month... But I know if I can make it through this, I can make it through anything!! Luckily family has been really supportive.
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    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    My husband ordered himself a pizza a few nights ago and I made him eat it in the basement. Alone. (It may have been during the “Kill All the Things” stage of the calendar...)
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    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    YES YES YES This is honestly my biggest goal. Proving to myself that I have the strength to choose what I eat and that I have control over what I eat (and how much!). I thought I was kind of nuts, but you said it perfectly. I’m so relieved to hear it from someone else. Thank you!!
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    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    @Amy Rose I made this chicken and mushroom dish in my Instant Pot last night, and it was awesome. (I added some bone broth to turn it into a soup, but it would be equally good over cauliflower rice). Let me know if you can’t read the picture and I will type out instructions. I’m looking for more IP recipes, so if you or others come across some good ones, please share!!
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    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Pro Tip: Primal Kitchesn’s Caesar Dressing is a game changer, y’all. It is SO good. Had it on a bed of mixed greens topped with red onion and grilled flank steak. This will be a repeat long after Whole30 is over.
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    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    I’m learning to love NutPods... You just have to know going in that the flavored kinds are not going to taste like traditional flavored creamers. But if you are enjoying coconut milk, I’d just stick with that!!
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    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Oh man... Movie popcorn is like my kryptonite!! I actually turned down a friend going to the movies because I just didn’t trust myself!! I made it through a huge home show this afternoon... I swear every single booth had candy or cookies. I didn’t touch a thing. Shoo.