Kiralyn D

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    Kiralyn D reacted to Yukon Cheryl in Diabetes Reversed in 90 Days!   
    I have never written a testimonial. I am so happy to be writing one now! 
    I started Whole30 on January 2, 2018. I had been taken off diabetes medication because I could not manage the medication. My A1C reading was 7.7 and I was on a wait list to see a specialist in internal medicine to see what medication I could take to manage the diabetes. My liver enzymes were in the high 90's.
    I was entirely Whole30 compliant for 30 days. I had my A1C test at about day 21 and it was 7.1. After years of seeing movement upward only I was ecstatic. The diabetes educator was skeptical and said well of course your  blood sugar is good because you have cut all carbs. I showed her my food diary. Oh you are eating carbs ( I need potatoes almost daily)...oh this is a plan you could stay on for life...I had lost 12 pounds too! That was Day 21!
    I asked my Dr. to not move forward with any medication until after my next A1C test and after seeing the specialist. I  still stuck to the Whole30 plan but was not so diligent about food labels. I did not do any reintroduction but did have a couple of items that contained dairy and sugar a couple of times. 
    On April 13th I had the A1C test and got results today. I am at 6.1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't really say Day 102 Whole30, but after 102 days on the plan, I have reversed diabetes, the internal medicine doc says no need for ANY medication whatsoever! My liver enzymes are normal! And I have lost 30 pounds!
    While I am still considered pre-diabetic that will change too!
    Thank you Whole30!!!
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    Kiralyn D reacted to Whole Nerdy in Over-50 Whole 30   
    I want to share a bit about what I see as the advantages of Whole 30 eating for people over 50, with one possible caveat.
    A while back when I was a lithe young thing in my thirties, a friend of mine in his mid-fifties sat down heavily on a bench and said to me, "You see, this is what happens when you get older--your muscles get all achy." I remember thinking, Oh, no, I don't want that to be me. Cut to me in my late forties and early fifties--sure enough, I'd wake up in the morning, shuffle my sore limbs to the bathroom, and look back at a puffy face. I just thought it was normal. Then I started a paleo-style diet, and the achiness almost immediately went away. It was dramatic: I could bend over and place my palms on the floor first thing in the morning, which I couldn't have dreamed about before.
    Recently, my sugar habit came back, with a vengeance. I would feel tired and creaky just walking up the stairs. So I did a Whole45, just to really keep the sugar demons at bay. It was a joy to feel the litheness I had felt in my limbs at a young age return. I felt like someone had literally oiled my joints. I am emphasizing this because so many people believe that soreness and lack of flexibility are an inevitable product of old age. It ain't so.
    Another great advantage of Whole30-ing for older people is the way it changes your habits. By the time you've been on the planet for half a century or more, your manner of thinking about food and your style of eating have become pretty well engrained. Your mind may try to be as inflexible as your body once was. We all know from research and from the examples of people around us that changing habits and learning new skills are both an important part of aging well. With Whole30 you have to rethink a lot of things you may have been doing automatically that no longer serve you. This in itself is freeing. 
    What's the caveat? My lipids level zoomed up along with my adoption of the paleo diet--both HDL and LDL increased; my doctors have been pestering me to go on statins. Women lose the protection that estrogen previously gave to their heart when they go through menopause, so heart-released problems often show up at this stage. I am not sure how much this increase in cholesterol had to do with my change in diet or with menopause itself. Probably a combination of both. Now that I have completed my Whole45 I am experimenting with a Mediterranean-style diet--still grain-free, but veering in the direction of fish and lowering my intake of red meat, which is problematic anyway (increases cancer risk in many studies, high carbon footprint). 
    I have learned so much from this Whole45, including how much the foods I eat influence my cognitive and concentration skills. (Hint: much more than I previously thought!) Again, eating the foods that work for me help me to preserve that most precious resource. Good luck to all you at all ages.
     
     
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    Kiralyn D reacted to LAO in It Is So Much More Than The Scale   
    The scale!  It’s been calling me for months.  Oh why did I succumb?  This time the number on the calendar had a hold on me.  It instantly convinced me it was time to weigh in.  After all, I had not been on the scale since December 28!  My clothes were feeling loose, and I even had to get a new bra so surely there had to be a big number loss, right?  Imagine my surprise when it only reflected 11 pounds?  17 weeks and only 11 pounds?  Wait, what???  What happened?  Where is the 20 – 25 pounds lost that I imagined?

    As I took a day to reflect, I really took the time to think about the past 17 weeks.  Prior to W30, I would have immediately felt defeated and headed straight to the kitchen for a MAJOR binge and which would have put me in a serious food coma!  I have been fighting disordered eating issues for 30+ years!  But this time was different!  I didn’t even have that feeling which was a HUGE NSV for me!

    So what happened?  I reminded myself that that was just a number that gives me information about my health, it does not define me.  Then I decided to look at my journal and gather data from the past 17 weeks.  Here is what I found:  8 weeks of 100% compliant eating!  Then four weeks of throwing in the towel and letting my Sugar Dragon be in charge and believe me, she was having a major hold on me that I had a hard time getting out from under.  Followed by two weeks of half ass compliancy and reintroduction followed by three weeks of 100% compliancy.

    Ok, now I understand the food piece but what about the exercise piece?  Looking at my exercise calendar, how many smiley faces did I give myself? (I don’t track points or calories anymore, but wanted to track my exercises, smiley faces mean I completed the days planned activity.  I had 7 weeks of J.  That means there was 10 weeks (not in a row) of almost NOTHING!  NOTHING!  Ok, that explains a lot; because for my body type I HAVE to move it to lose it!

    Then thing I reflected on was the meal template.  Had I really been following it like it was recommended?  Were my nuts and seed servings a closed handful or more like an opened palm?  Were my cooking fats 1 – 2 thumb sized or more like 3-4?  How about the serving sizes?  Was I really following the suggestions?  If the meal fed four, did I turn it into two?   Therefore eating more than I should?  Maybe a few too many potatoes on non-activity days?  You know, too much of a good thing, is still too much!

    So when I look at all of this, I realize that my 11 pounds are exactly what they should be.  11 weeks of 100% compliancy + 7 weeks of good exercise = 11 pounds lost!  That is a great success and I am very proud of that!  But the most important piece to this puzzle is how I feel.  I FEEL FANTASTIC!!  Better than I have in years.  With the exception of the time I wasn’t eating compliantly and not exercising, I feel great.  My stomach doesn’t hurt and I am not bloated.  My joints don’t bother me.  My face is not puffy and my complexion looks better.  My head doesn’t hurt and I don’t feel like I am in a fog.  And better than all that, my anxiety and depression barely exist.

    I have Tiger Blood and I feel soo full of energy.  I am annoyingly happy and always in a good mood more times than not.  I am also back to running which is one of my favorite things to do!  Whole 30 has allowed me to live again and be present in my life.  It has taught me through reintroduction that just because a food is healthy and good for you, it doesn’t mean it is necessarily good for me.  My body reacted poorly to certain foods and I have learned to avoid them.  I have also learned that I don’t have to be tied down to an app to track my food, to the measuring spoons and the food scale.  I now listen to my body and know which foods react poorly.  This is FOOD FREEDOM!  Thank you so much Melissa Hartwig sharing Whole 30.  It really has changed my life!

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    Kiralyn D got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in 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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    Kiralyn D reacted to Senator in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Great job!
    I decided to do a "Whole40."
    My weigh in today revealed that I lost 20.8 pounds over the last 30 days.
    I was shocked! I am going to push on to day 40 and make a decision from there.
    Thank you all for the encouraging words over the past month.
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    Kiralyn D reacted to LizaQ in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    All done!! I lost 7.2 pounds - a nice amount for 30 days. I'm reading up on the Paleo AIP (auto-immune protocol) and I will be transitioning to that from the W30 gradually. Eventually I will reintroduce things!
    I can honestly say that even though some things are not better (skin) and some are worse (bathroom issues), I do have more energy and less pain. That is HUGE for me!!
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    Kiralyn D got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in 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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    Kiralyn D got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in 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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    Kiralyn D got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in 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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    Kiralyn D got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in 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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    Kiralyn D got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in 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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    Kiralyn D reacted to ladyshanny in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Hi @Senator - not to mince words, but these are reasons we actually really don't recommend that folks extend. The reason is that the reintroduction is so important and the point of this is for you to find what works for you and to continue along your health and wellness (and weight loss) journey with a plan that is specifically tailored to you, by you. Maybe your "WholeSenator" plan is very very similar to Whole30 but we really encourage people to find that plan and start work on it. It might feel safer and more productive to stay here but the truth is that this is not "your" plan. You need to find what works for you and internalize your own rules. Come back to us every 6-8 months/once a year or so if needed to freshen up, but really, this is your game now!  
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    Kiralyn D reacted to Hope4Overcomers in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Wow, @tutormom, a harsh lesson indeed. Be kind and gentle with yourself over this. You not only learned a major lesson but you gave “us” a heads up warning. Hopefully you can drink lots of purified water and get some good rest to recover. Thanks for the warning! Be encouraged! xo Dianne
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    Kiralyn D reacted to tutormom in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    WARNING! - take reintroduction Slow & Steady!  I made a big mistake today, and now I don't feel so good. =(
    My women's Bible study just finished reading the book of Esther, so i decided to bring in some Purim-themed food to share.  I made Hamantaschen cookies ~ a thin crust of flour/sugar/butter/egg wrapped around a sugary filling (I made apricot).  So there's THREE of the re-intro foods: SUGAR, Dairy, and wheat.  I thought, "I'll just eat one, then pass out the rest."
    Well, I found my "food with no brakes" today: Hamantaschen!  I've eaten at least 5 cookies; just couldn't stop, they were so yummy!  But now I totally regret it.  Too much too soon. My throat hurts, I have a headache, and I feel very flighty.  Something in there was NOT good for me!  I will now retreat back to Day 30 and start the end slowly, in the right order.  
    On a POSITIVE note: my bloodwork is back (except the full lipid profile), and my CRP is only 0.4 ~ very low risk.  I've never had that test done before so I don't have numbers to compare, but as to inflammation in my system, it looks like I'm in good shape!  I think the Whole30 probably made a difference.  
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    Kiralyn D reacted to AtlantaJJ in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Hello Every!!

    I'm not quite at the end, I'm going until May 15th because of a slip and I want to stay Whole30 while are doing a weight loss challenge at work. Whole30 has been an amazing experience for me! The number one benefit is that I cooked all except one meal for myself the entire month of April. That is a miracle. I spent way too much money, purchased new cookware, a spiralizer, an Instant Pot, dusted off my food processor. (I am determined to make the perfect beet chip. I doubled my grocery bill but I slashed my eating out bill. My son is addicted to breakfast egg muffins, I love them too, because it's hard for me to eat boiled eggs, I had to come up with a plan to eat eggs on the go.  I also joined Real Plans, game changer for me.  Whole30 stopped my crazy snacking at night. That was huge! 
    The first thing I want to add back is some type of powdered protein because I workout a lot, and I need to be able to have fast protein when I'm on the run. I found out that Dr. Axe has a bone broth protein that is expensive, but it's a very healthy way to get protein. I also discovered adding beet powder to the protein as a fast way to add a healthy carb post workout. I could also roast beets and add them to a smoothie if I have more time.  
    I plan to read some of the Whole30 books and do another Whole30 in the future. I felt a little rushed going into this Whole30.  I plan to stay Paleo-ish because I want to fight inflammation. I think it's the best option. The only thing I really want to add back is legumes, and a very limited amount of grains, very slowly. (Beans and rice will help my food budget! )  
    Sorry I wasn't more active on the forum, but I was spending so much time in the kitchen, I am getting a little more efficient with my cooking now too!  I lost 10 lbs so far!! 
    Great journey!
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    Kiralyn D reacted to Let's Dooooo It! in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Well...the day is just about over. 30 days are quickly coming to an end.
    Thank you ALL...this focused and determined bunch on THIS thread were definitely instrumental in my success.
    I hope we have all secured more grip over the inanimate object...food...and will carry this knowledge on...that cravings come and go, but we remain in control of the outcome. No guilt, just well informed choices.
    Well done everyone...WELL DONE!!! 
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    Kiralyn D reacted to Crystal78 in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    We did it! 30 days....congratulations everyone way to go. I hope you all are feeling mentally fantastic today because you totally rocked this! Take care and hopefully I see you on here again. I am starting again may 21st. I have inspired a few friends so I'm going to walk through this with them. 
    Take care
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    Kiralyn D reacted to LizaQ in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    I've been thinking about the Sugar Dragon. I haven't felt any physical pull towards sugar, probably because I did WW for a few month first. But it's an emotional pull. I love to bak and I love to celebrate. I like to stop for froyo after dinner with my husband. I like to share birthday cake or Christmas cookies...or anytime cake and cookies!!..with family and friends. I like to offer guests a slice of homemade apple cake. I like to have Cinnabon in the mall with my kids. It's also a taste thing - sugar is delicious. Not more delicious than guacamole or steak. But delicious enough that I would miss it if I could never have it again.
    I am able, for months at a time, to eat sugar in moderation. And then I go off the rails for a bit. And then I am moderate again. I think I will read the Food Freedom book before I decide how I am going to handle sugar.
    Just thinking out loud here!
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    Kiralyn D reacted to Hope4Overcomers in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Hi there Apriler’s and @Roonster! I’m continuing on moving in a modified version of Whole30 Vegetarian. Right now I still have some meat to finish off but that’s the direction I’m moving in. I don’t want to reintroduce foods that made me ill, which may be lots of them! I do have my son coming and a family wedding so I’ll be allowing for that too. But I don’t want to make choices that make me ill. So I’ll be here! Keep checking in! I’ll be glad to be hearing from you! xo Dianne
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    Kiralyn D reacted to Roonster in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    I finished my day 30 yesterday, but I think I'm going to continue with a modified version for another 30 days. AKA, my sugar dragon is still breathing fire, but I would like to do reintro of everything else to see what I may or may not be sensitive to. The funny thing is that I feel much better in a lot of ways, and I don't really want to do reintro and risk eating something that makes me feel bloated, tired, etc.
    I considered trying to do a whole60, but I am scheduled to start travelling for work again, a lot, and I know it's too hard to do this while travelling in foreign countries. Plus, I have a weekend here and there, and I want to try local delicacies The challenge now is defining what my Food Freedom looks like. I think it will be very close to whole30, with maybe some cheese, cream or wine (assuming I'm tolerant) when I'm home. I've enjoyed these 45 days (the last 30 were straight whole30, the first two weeks I ate hidden soy and grains, oops!) and the challenges of cooking. I've come to love Mel Joulwan's recipes, and plan on using her cook books for the future.  The combo of really tasty, varied foods with actual hard books... the best!
    If anyone keeps using this thread, I'll keep checking in, at least through reintroduction! I haven't been nearly as active at posting as I wanted, but I've enjoyed reading everyone's experiences!! I am WHOLE30
     
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    Kiralyn D reacted to Let's Dooooo It! in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Well, MY day 30 is tomorrow. And I will take you up on your offer @suzannes. Checking in will keep ME on the straight and narrow...
    One more day...
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    Kiralyn D reacted to suzannes in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Congrats everybody, well done! It was nice traveling along with you on the April Whole30. It went by really fast surprisingly. 
    Like @bigmamabird I'm going to continue at least another month since my sugar dragon is still breathing fire, and I just want to make this healthy way of eating a good solid habit, and see if I can continue to relieve some health issues.
    So, I'll be around here if anyone wants to chat more about this journey or just wants to check in sometime. 
    Good luck, best wishes, and bon voyage to all of you fellow Whole30ers! 
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    Kiralyn D reacted to ale-maia in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Congratulations everyone. Although I loved the program, I won't keep doing it. I love my cheese and grains to much to give up for a long run. I didn't lose a lot weight (5LBS) even though I didn't cheat one day. But, I love the fact that it stopped my cravings.  Good luck for those who will keep doing it.  
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    Kiralyn D reacted to LizaQ in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Congratulations to all of you who are DONE!
    I'm just on Day 28...and I am not sure if I will reintroduce right away or take another week. I am still having occasional digestive issues and I would like to give it a little longer before I start having beans etc. again...but I am eager to see if anything really affects me!! But it hasn't really been difficult. But our anniversary is coming up and I'd like to be able to eat out with a little less stress about cooking oil etc. But but but...just not sure!
    I'll probably be posting a thread with my reintro plan in the reintroduction section as soon as I have thought it through a bit more.
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    Kiralyn D reacted to Dave K in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Happy Day!!! Day 30!!! Congratulations to everyone who completed the program!!! It's been fun riding out the last 30 days with you. I'm curious to see how the measurements will work out this evening.
    Hats off to those of you continuing for another 30. I don't think i'd have to many issues continuing along the same journey. My wife on the other hand is looking forward to a little creamer in her coffee.  Other than that, I think she would be fine as well.
    It's been fun, interesting, nerve racking, a little stressful, and a great learning experience of all the hidden ingredients in what is called "food".  I hoping to take what I've learned to the next level and continue to eat healthy. This was a great first step! I'm glad i did it!!