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    tutormom got a reaction from Kiralyn D 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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    tutormom 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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    tutormom got a reaction from Kiralyn D in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    @Kiralyn D, sounds like you need to explore the concept of Food Freedom (new book).  I had the book out from the library but had to return it before I read much.  It looks helpful though.  The point of this adventure is to reverse the role food plays in your life:  Now you own IT, rather than it controls you.  Please check back in at some point and tell us what you figured out. =)  Best of luck!
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    tutormom reacted to dnewc in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    I totally miscounted and thought yesterday was the last day.   I keep thinking a day ahead.... Well one more day won't hurt me. I even have some paleo bacon I can cook this morning. Aaah but I was looking forward to that glass of wine...
    I forgot to weigh and measure myself before starting but I am excited to hear about everybody's successes!
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    tutormom got a reaction from Kiralyn D in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    @Kiralyn D, sounds like you need to explore the concept of Food Freedom (new book).  I had the book out from the library but had to return it before I read much.  It looks helpful though.  The point of this adventure is to reverse the role food plays in your life:  Now you own IT, rather than it controls you.  Please check back in at some point and tell us what you figured out. =)  Best of luck!
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    tutormom got a reaction from Kiralyn D in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    So here we are on the eve of the Last Day! (right?)  I have my annual physical tomorrow, and I'm going to attempt to fast during the day so I can get my blood drawn at the appointment.  Otherwise I have to come back Wed morning.  We'll see how that goes.  I just want to be DONE ~ so I can EAT ALL THE THINGS!  I have enough food in the freezer & fridge to use up that I will continue with the plan at least for the week.  But with some WINE.
    I'll come back to this thread to give a full report of my stats once I get the results (even if I'm only reporting to myself).  I wish you all the best going forward! And thanks so much for the support!!!
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    tutormom got a reaction from Kiralyn D in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    @Kiralyn D, sounds like you need to explore the concept of Food Freedom (new book).  I had the book out from the library but had to return it before I read much.  It looks helpful though.  The point of this adventure is to reverse the role food plays in your life:  Now you own IT, rather than it controls you.  Please check back in at some point and tell us what you figured out. =)  Best of luck!
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    tutormom got a reaction from Kiralyn D in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    So here we are on the eve of the Last Day! (right?)  I have my annual physical tomorrow, and I'm going to attempt to fast during the day so I can get my blood drawn at the appointment.  Otherwise I have to come back Wed morning.  We'll see how that goes.  I just want to be DONE ~ so I can EAT ALL THE THINGS!  I have enough food in the freezer & fridge to use up that I will continue with the plan at least for the week.  But with some WINE.
    I'll come back to this thread to give a full report of my stats once I get the results (even if I'm only reporting to myself).  I wish you all the best going forward! And thanks so much for the support!!!
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    tutormom reacted to Kiralyn D in 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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    tutormom reacted to humanitysurvey in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    One of the biggest reasons I decided to do the W30 this time (I've done rounds before in 2016) was to show myself that I can be consistent. Consistency is my biggest struggle. I'll be doing well and then I'll deviate and feel bad about it. I've been doing mindful mediation for a while now and I really think that has helped me to really think through my choices. When I have a craving, my goal is to be mindful and ask those questions that Melissa talks about in Food Freedom Forever "“Do I want it? Is it worth it? Will it mess me up? Am I willing to accept the consequences? Do I really want it?” There are only two answers here—yes, it’s worth it and I really want it, or no, it fails one or more of those criteria." I know that I'm an Abstainer. I do much better when I just stay away from said food. So I'm working on figuring out how I can manage trigger foods and not let it throw me totally off because you know I have to live life. https://whole30.com/2017/04/abstainer-or-moderator/ I also do much better with black and white rules instead of guidelines and that is something I'm working on also. I feel like I've taking the desperation out it. I've already tried to lose the weight (30-40lbs) "quickly" and that hasn't produced long term success. So now I'm just working on becoming healthy. Doing what I need to do to feel good, have energy, less stress and sleep throughout the night without waking up. I now know that if I pursue health, that I will get a smaller pant size by accident. 
    Also I've never done the reintroduction correctly any of the times I've down W30 and I'm determined to do it correctly ALL the way through. I'll be doing the slow reintroduction and I've already planned out the next 30 days. I'll be reintroducing something new every 2 weeks. I know that for most foods I do not have an immediate reaction. It happens over time so I need to give it time. I'm totally OK with that. 
    Here's to the next 4 days and beyond. YES WE ALL GOT THIS!!!!
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    tutormom reacted to SugarcubeOD in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    This is 100% marketing and you're too strong to fall victim.  If the flavors were 'that' good, they wouldn't be discontinuing them so they're probably not worth it anyway   
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    tutormom reacted to Kiralyn D in 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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    tutormom reacted to Kiralyn D in 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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    tutormom reacted to Dave K in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    This is sort of where my wife is, still struggling a bit. I think if she was able to put cream in her coffee she would be a lot happier. She to is hanging on by a thread, mostly in part because i'm doing it with her. She's waiting for me to give the word, but I won't do it. I keep telling her we're almost there. 
    We don't plan on changing our diet much from what we learned on Whole30, it's been a great leaning experience for both of us.
    Hang in there, we almost made it!!
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    tutormom reacted to Dave K in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Day 26 ... Tiger Blood dipped a bit, but still going strong. I Increased my steps on the fitbit, 4,000 and my morning runs have improved. The diet has been in autopilot and still maintaining all the correct foods. Some cravings, but they seem to get easier to dismiss. I can relate with you @suzannes about "Kill all the things", I've been good but could easily lose my temper, been catching myself before the words actually come out of my mouth.  .
    I did break out the scale, was curious. I try not to let the numbers drive/ bother me. I feel good, my clothes are looser, belt moved a notch, maybe another one soon, look thinner, but the scale didn't move as I thought it would. That's alright, I feel really good. My goal was to restart my metabolism and I think I've done that. 
    Only a few my days to go!!! Stay strong everybody!! We've come so far, only a little bit to go!!!
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    tutormom got a reaction from Dave K in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    All this encouragement is very helpful! Even the "commiserating".  I was just thinking of how PROUD we can be of ourselves come Day 31 if we finish the race.  Just like running a marathon (which I will never do - Hate running!), it's hard but good, and we will be better for our accomplishment.
    As for hormones, thank goodness I'm way past PMS, but hormones still play a part, I think.  Whatever it is, I feel a bit better today.  I'm just determined to finish so that I can say "I did it!!!!"  @KiralynD Let's clink our wine glasses next Wed night! 
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    tutormom reacted to Let's Dooooo It! in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Cravings will always be. We have boot camped our way into mindfulness. When SD roared...you didn't cave. (I am NOT AFRAID of you!!)
    We've learned that WE are the animate objects, and food is INANIMATE. We've learned that...HECK YEA...we have a CHOICE to eat or NOT to eat. Melissa CALLS this something... 
    We now know, almost 30 days later, the METHOD in conducting ourselves when the cravings DO come. Cool points to ALL of us for not caving in, giving up, justifying minimizing or rationalizing a slip that could cost us the game... actions that probably would NOT have taken place a month ago...
    We've GOT this..now and forward. 
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    tutormom reacted to suzannes in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Hmm... @ShannonM816 ... Extinction Burst or a Hormonal PMS Hurricane...? Like @tutormom I was also feeling pretty great, in control, steady till about mid week this week when out of the blue PMS hit me like a ton of bricks. Terrible insomnia, extremely irritable mood and powerful junk cravings. It's been a very long time since I've noticed any PMS issues till now. But this week, my last week of Whole30, I went from happy Tiger Blood to Bloody Murder--Eat All The Things--Kill All The Things. I really regret not seeing  earlier all of the helpful advice here on the forums re upping your carbs before PMS strikes. Lesson learned! Ouch. I do not want to experience this awful PMS week again. I'll be much more mindful next month to carb-prep in hopes of heading off the PMS tidal wave.  This bad week is another reason I'm going to do another round of Whole30 in May...my sugar dragon had been in retreat, but this week came roaring back and scaring the beejeezus out of me. 
    But on a cheerful cheering note: Keep up the great work @Let's Dooooo It! @tutormom @LizaQ @bigmamabird @humanitysurvey @Dave K @Hope4Overcomers @Kiralyn D @dnewc @deviin22 y'all! 
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    tutormom reacted to Kiralyn D in 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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    tutormom reacted to Let's Dooooo It! in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    @tutormom, please.
    You've had this, you had this, you got this. 
    It's the brain. As has been said, some of us (I have my hand raised) may have spent YEARS eating the way we "DID" before the whole. We have accomplished the unbelievable in a few weeks... believable only because we're LIVING it.
    Advertising companies spend crazy money for seconds of advertising... because they know that pics WORK. See a hamburger...WANT a hamburger.
    Hey... drastic times (last days of whole) may call for drastic measures...
    Only YOU can prevent forest fires. 
    HEY!!!????!!!
    YOU GOT THIS.
    LET'S DOOOOO THIS!!!
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    tutormom got a reaction from Let's Dooooo It! in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Five days to go!  Or maybe 6.  I will have blood work next Tues or Wed, and I can't wait to see the results. I do hope it's good news.
    After a very good week, when I was feeling like I could do this forever, I'm having a bit of a hard time tonight.  Everything in my facebook feed is FOOD! I really want a brownie!  I'm also ready to relax with a glass of wine.  Guess I'll have to settle for "whine" instead. ;-)
    On the bright side, I have discovered so many tasty & filling recipes that don't involve grains, sugar, or dairy!  I am fairly certain that this Whole30 adventure will change the choices I make for a long time.  And I know I'll be better for having done this.
    Just PLEASE post lots of encouragement for the next few days!  We've made it this far ~ we can DO this! Right?!?
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    tutormom got a reaction from Let's Dooooo It! in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Five days to go!  Or maybe 6.  I will have blood work next Tues or Wed, and I can't wait to see the results. I do hope it's good news.
    After a very good week, when I was feeling like I could do this forever, I'm having a bit of a hard time tonight.  Everything in my facebook feed is FOOD! I really want a brownie!  I'm also ready to relax with a glass of wine.  Guess I'll have to settle for "whine" instead. ;-)
    On the bright side, I have discovered so many tasty & filling recipes that don't involve grains, sugar, or dairy!  I am fairly certain that this Whole30 adventure will change the choices I make for a long time.  And I know I'll be better for having done this.
    Just PLEASE post lots of encouragement for the next few days!  We've made it this far ~ we can DO this! Right?!?
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    tutormom got a reaction from suzannes in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    As promised, here are a few of my favorite recipes.  If you are getting bored with your options, check Pinterest for Whole30 and also just google whole30 recipes. There is SO much out there!  Really, I think you could go a whole year making something different every day!
    https://unboundwellness.com/egg-roll-in-a-bowl/
    https://www.mysuburbankitchen.com/paleo-chicken-zucchini-fritters/#simple-recipe
    http://www.louisianabrideblog.com/2015/07/breakfast-pumpkin-custard.html
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    tutormom got a reaction from suzannes in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    As promised, here are a few of my favorite recipes.  If you are getting bored with your options, check Pinterest for Whole30 and also just google whole30 recipes. There is SO much out there!  Really, I think you could go a whole year making something different every day!
    https://unboundwellness.com/egg-roll-in-a-bowl/
    https://www.mysuburbankitchen.com/paleo-chicken-zucchini-fritters/#simple-recipe
    http://www.louisianabrideblog.com/2015/07/breakfast-pumpkin-custard.html
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    tutormom reacted to humanitysurvey in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Hi all. I haven't posted much on here but I have been keeping up with my Whole30 Day by Day journal. I really have been enjoying it. I think it has kept me motivated this time around. I was starting to get discouraged because as I read other people saying things like I've fit into my skinny jeans or I'm down a size or I've peaked at the scale and I'm down 10lbs. (This was the reason I pulled away from the forum.) I've felt a mental shift and took the desperation out of it. Yes I'm hoping for weight loss but the main reason I decided to do the W30 this time was to correct some digestive issue and I've done that. I'm seeing the improvements that I was hoping for so I need to take that as a huge victory. Before I couldn't go more that a few days without eating something sweet and now I've gone 19 days and I don't even crave fruit to use as a substitute for dessert. I'm trying to change behavior more then just following a set of rules. I'm already thinking about what happens on Day 31. I'm planning on relaxing the "no added sugar" rule so that I can eat the bacon, sausage and ham that I have in my freezer but I will still stay away from things like ketchup and BBQ Sauce and Salad dressings. I want to do this for 30 days. I'm thinking every 30 days to reintroduce something but in the end it won't be a lot because I was really eating W30 before by with dairy. Think of it as a really slow reintroduction. 
    NSV - I got a manicure the first week of April and my fingers still look good.
    Unfortunately, no tiger blood here. I was hoping my sleep would improve but it hasn't been consistent. This is another reason why I think I need more that just 30 days to see the improvements I want which is totally ok with me.