ThisAgrarianSoul

Members
  • Content Count

    8
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    1

Reputation Activity

  1. Thanks
    ThisAgrarianSoul got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    @MamaPajama 30 lbs is awesome! And - YES- to not slipping back into the old regardless of moving forward with W30 or not. Love, love!!
    @Crimsann I flipping love your instagram photo- to feel so free and embrace your inner warrior/ goddess/ spirit...and see it embodied in the physical body you have been blessed with...just inspiring! Thank you for sharing. You are an inspiration!
    @AmandaRG Yesterday was the WORST. I had no self-control after sticking to Whole30 all of June, I ate. It. ALL. Back to Whole30 compliant foods today because I also felt so bloated and sick to my stomach. I think, for me, it was a necessary step to realizing that I prefer the structure of 'yes' or 'no' foods, not just size portion limits. Hope you are able to learn from it, too. 
  2. Thanks
    ThisAgrarianSoul got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    @MamaPajama 30 lbs is awesome! And - YES- to not slipping back into the old regardless of moving forward with W30 or not. Love, love!!
    @Crimsann I flipping love your instagram photo- to feel so free and embrace your inner warrior/ goddess/ spirit...and see it embodied in the physical body you have been blessed with...just inspiring! Thank you for sharing. You are an inspiration!
    @AmandaRG Yesterday was the WORST. I had no self-control after sticking to Whole30 all of June, I ate. It. ALL. Back to Whole30 compliant foods today because I also felt so bloated and sick to my stomach. I think, for me, it was a necessary step to realizing that I prefer the structure of 'yes' or 'no' foods, not just size portion limits. Hope you are able to learn from it, too. 
  3. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul reacted to Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    I have a lot of non-scale victories (all listed on my final blog post for this week), but what's really bringing it home for me is that I lost 30 pounds!  kind of amazing, really, but I'm still really fat, so...I'm just going to keep at it a bit longer.  I did reintroduce legumes, but that's it so far, and I'm in no hurry to reintroduce dairy, sugar, or gluten containing grains.  keep in touch, peeps, I'm going to be posting on this thread, and possibly others, in order to keep myself involved and on track.  I'm not going to do another round just yet, because it really was a strain on my finances, but I'm also not going to go back to the 'bread and cheese' cycle I was on, so...stay tuned! 
    https://theunusedportion.blogspot.com/2018/07/monday-130pm-leftover-spaghetti-squash.html
  4. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul reacted to Crimsann in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    One more thing today, because I loved what she said about our bodies being the safest and most permanent place.  And even if we are here sometimes to change that outside, we are also here to make the inside safe and strong...
     
  5. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Congrats everyone who made it to the finish line! What an accomplishment!!
    Many non-scale victories, but so excited that I lost 10 lbs too. NSV today- it's my bday so work got a PB Fudge cake and I had a little sliver...but did not even eat it all...and don't really want it! Previously, I would have eaten a huge piece at 10am then had another at 3pm! Gack... So proud of myself for knowing when enough was enough!!
    Looking forward to seeing others post! 
  6. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul reacted to magsrose in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Today is my day 31 of Whole60, so I'm treating today like I'm back at day 1. I did weigh myself to capstone my Whole30 and I was pleased with the 12 pounds I lost. I have a long ways to go, but I am making progress. My favorite NSVs are clear skin, no headaches or neck/back tension, faded stretch marks, clothes fitting looser, no more sugar cravings, peppier mood. I didn't take measurements before or after, but I can tell there is a loss. I'm more motivated than ever to keep going. Summer is an amazing time to do Whole30.
    My most consistent cravings during Whole30 were buttered toast and popcorn. I was surprised at how much I thought about those foods. I never craved sugar, just the buttery carbs! But, there's no point on dwelling on these cravings, because it will be at least another 30 days before I reintroduce.
  7. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul reacted to liasmith in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Well, we made it, folks!  I am so pumped about the benefits:  mostly the NSVs, but I lost 14 lbs as well.    The last week was the hardest for me, mainly because my husband and I were on vacation in a town we visit frequently.  As I walked down Main Street and saw all the cool restaurants and bars that I'm WAY TOO familiar with, my mouth started watering for those glasses of wine, mixed drinks, appetizers, ice cream, etc., etc., etc.  However, I stuck to my guns and remained compliant.  The other really difficult day on our vacation was the post 13.5-mile hike cravings.  As we were dragging our weary bodies back to the truck, images of Italian cream cake, pizza, cold cereal and milk, grilled cheese sandwiches...were all dancing in my head. LOL.  I've got my 14 day reintroduction schedule planned (yes, I am starting with that glass--or two--of wine today), and I will be checking this feed to see how others are doing as well.  Congratulations all!!
  8. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul reacted to Crimsann in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Although the day is not over yet, I did my last June workout and had the satisfaction of watching that third ring close for the last time this month making the thirty day streak perfect.  I then came upstairs and found my neighbors setting off fireworks. 
    No doubt in celebration for me?!?
    (or, oh wait, I guess there is that one certain holiday coming up...still made me giggle!)
    Hurrah to all of you...picture me tossing confetti in your general directions!
  9. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul reacted to magsrose in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    I forgot to do the exercise night. I was in the kitchen until after 9:00. I still have 3 more days, but I'm definitely continuing through July, so reintroductions are not on my mind right now. My first 30 days, I've stayed close to the Whole30 Day by Day book and my spreadsheet where I record everything, but for the next 30 days, I want to break away from the hand-holding and see what it's like to live Whole30 freestyle (still meal prepping, of course). I'll keep recording my NSVs as well. I am excited/nervous to step on the scale on July 2nd. I honestly don't think my body composition has changed much. I'm hoping to be pleasantly surprised. And I'm going into it knowing that whatever the scale says, I will use that to motivate me to do a successful Whole60. 
  10. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul got a reaction from magsrose in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    @magsrose I love the idea of an exercise night! 
    @AmandaRG I completely agree about re-introductions! I am almost hesitant to add anything back in. We do have raw goat's milk, so I thought about using that in my morning green machine smoothie instead of coconuts milk to start. Nom Nom ice cream sounds wonderful, though! 
    Weekend went well- I feel like I have gotten through the feelings of neglect when sitting at a cookout where everyone is eating sugar and carbs! That is huge for me- I never thought I would have that willpower. Same for random snacking- I never thought I could pass through the kitchen and not grab a handful of 'something' processed or sweet.
    My clothes are looser, and I am dying to step on the scale. Why does that number mean so much to me, though? Shouldn't it be enough to know that inflammation is down, and I can see definition where it wasn't before? 
    Have a good day all- I am so glad I found this thread and can be a part of your journey and you mine!
  11. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    For sure you can get a fall planting on lettuces, at least! And they do well in container gardens. This year was truly trying for spring planters...we lost a bunch of carrots, and then when I did get my seeds in the peas and beans wouldn't germinate. Gardeners are always optimists, and our favorite saying is 'maybe next year', lol. 
  12. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul got a reaction from magsrose in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    @magsrose I love the idea of an exercise night! 
    @AmandaRG I completely agree about re-introductions! I am almost hesitant to add anything back in. We do have raw goat's milk, so I thought about using that in my morning green machine smoothie instead of coconuts milk to start. Nom Nom ice cream sounds wonderful, though! 
    Weekend went well- I feel like I have gotten through the feelings of neglect when sitting at a cookout where everyone is eating sugar and carbs! That is huge for me- I never thought I would have that willpower. Same for random snacking- I never thought I could pass through the kitchen and not grab a handful of 'something' processed or sweet.
    My clothes are looser, and I am dying to step on the scale. Why does that number mean so much to me, though? Shouldn't it be enough to know that inflammation is down, and I can see definition where it wasn't before? 
    Have a good day all- I am so glad I found this thread and can be a part of your journey and you mine!
  13. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul got a reaction from magsrose in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    @magsrose I love the idea of an exercise night! 
    @AmandaRG I completely agree about re-introductions! I am almost hesitant to add anything back in. We do have raw goat's milk, so I thought about using that in my morning green machine smoothie instead of coconuts milk to start. Nom Nom ice cream sounds wonderful, though! 
    Weekend went well- I feel like I have gotten through the feelings of neglect when sitting at a cookout where everyone is eating sugar and carbs! That is huge for me- I never thought I would have that willpower. Same for random snacking- I never thought I could pass through the kitchen and not grab a handful of 'something' processed or sweet.
    My clothes are looser, and I am dying to step on the scale. Why does that number mean so much to me, though? Shouldn't it be enough to know that inflammation is down, and I can see definition where it wasn't before? 
    Have a good day all- I am so glad I found this thread and can be a part of your journey and you mine!
  14. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul reacted to Crimsann in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    I also swear by that method.  For either type of potato, if I want to do crispy roasted potato or put out some shredded on my griddle and make hash type potatoes I always bake them first.  I will do a weeks worth in the oven while doing my other meal prep and leave them wrapped in foil in the fridge then chop or shred them before roasting or, well I hate to say fry because I don’t deep fry them but I do crisp them on my electric griddle.  Perfect results as far as crisp on the outside and soft inside.  Especially in the griddle.  Weekend breakfast if I cook my bacon that way first or beside them even I don’t need to add any oil really and double bonus they soak up some of the bacon fat and make the griddle easier to clean plus they taste fantastic.  Trying to roast or crisp raw potato takes far longer and rarely turns out as well for me.
  15. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul reacted to Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    hey @ThisAgrarianSoul - I think you could Totally do a local Whole30, and I was just thinking to myself today that I haven't gotten to the farmer's market yet, and how I need to put it on my calendar!  I'm in zone 5A or 5B depending on who you talk to, and I haven't successfully grown anything on my current porch as of yet.  last year, my cat knocked the window box of the railing, and this season I started too early, and the winter came roaring back, so many of my seedlings didn't survive.  I can still probably get something in though...
  16. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul reacted to Crimsann in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    I have one kind of funny and one kind of serious tip for that.  During my first W30 I used to joke that if I got a craving and was just imagining some delicious taste or texture I would immediately look away and let my eyes land on the first non-food item I saw and try to imagine...just as vividly...eating that instead.  This often ended up being my co-workers desk plant.  I don’t know if the absurdity of it broke my concentration or if any good distraction would have worked but it at least made me laugh at myself.
    After the first round though cravings weren’t such an issue. I sort of attribute that to a couple of things.  The true rewiring of my tastebuds, even if not complete, had begun.  And once I went back to some of those foods, I can honestly say they rarely satisfied.  The tastes I remembered don’t exist anymore.  I’m not saying I’ve never enjoyed a cupcake since, in fact the joke on me here is that I spent all last year baking unique cupcakes for each birthday in my department.  32 different kinds.  Which is part of why I’m with you this month!!!!  And I’m a really good baker.  But I could count on one hand the versions that really, truly, were worth it.  I used to exist on bread.  Inhaled it.  Nearly worshipped it.  But I bet I’ve eaten less than one full loaf in the last three years.  Even those gorgeous artisan ones that used to make my heart sing, because every time I tried some it was just a bit meh.  
    Sometimes it’s made me a bit sad, sometimes it’s a huge relief that the temptations are no longer so insurmountable.  Sometimes I wonder if they changed all those recipes while I was eating clean and I wonder why no one else has noticed.  
    The slightly more serious tip those is something I still use.  If I find myself wanting something sweet, I reach for the opposite.  It doesn’t even take close to a full serving, about three cashews and the craving is gone because  that salty/fatty reality breaks the spell.  Or I will end a meal with a few sips of a fruit flavored sparkling water so I’m not left with that “need” to “cleanse my palate” that is often the excuse for a dessert.  I also try to keep my fruit within the meal as much as possible but I include some in every weeks meal plan.  That keeps a full complement of flavors in my diet and doesn’t set fruit up as some (pun alert!) forbidden thing.  Pork roast slow cooked with some papaya juice, a piece of grilled fish with some pineapple salsa, apple slices in a coleslaw blend, those gorgeous looking peach fruit only jam and fresh jalapeño glazed chicken wings I saw on Instagram the other day.
    The cautions about too much fruit are totally there for a reason, so my self rule has been to keep it off a pedestal and to make sure I ate it as part of meal I had planned out in advance with cool deliberation and not as an impulse or a substitute for something sweet. Keeping it on my plate at least one meal a day most days routinely seems to work for me.  
  17. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul reacted to AmandaRG in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    You guys...I think today has been the hardest day. I left work early to run errands and get my hair done. I had to pass my favorite cupcake shop and I swear everyone around me was talking about bread... I managed to hang on in no small part due to the bag of berries I brought. I realize that you’re not suppose to use fruit for a sugar craving but I was like a crazed lunatic looking for my next high. Anyone have any good recommendations for better ways to handle that? 
  18. Haha
    ThisAgrarianSoul got a reaction from Mama Pajama in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    @Brocha I totally sniff the non-compliant food, and am so glad you disclosed that so I don't have to feel crazy over here by myself! My husband brought a homemade sourdough loaf home from market last Wednesday, and it smelled divine! 
    @Crimsann That burger looks amazing! I love to top things with microgreens...Yum. It has been years since I had a pineapple sage plant, but I remember it being wonderful as an accent in floral arrangements for the house. I'll have to think about some other food uses. Might need to add that to my wish list for the herb garden again...we have moved twice since I had it. 
  19. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul got a reaction from magsrose in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Hello Juner's! I started June 1st, but this is my first forum post/ forum reading. Love the idea of a group to check in with, so not sure why I didn't think to look for forums previously, lol.
    First two weeks have gone well, with planning meals and grocery shopping being key. I bought two watermelons from different places this past week, and both were bad...that really put a kink in my plans! I moved forward with my go to lunch, anyway, though...Pan seared chicken breast, avocado, and diced cucumber. Yum!
    Any gardeners out there trying to use fresh and seasonal produce? I'm in 6A, and we have had a lot of rain and high temps...my lettuce is bolting, and don't have yellow squash yet (hopefully this weekend). Would love to try and be completely Whole30 on a local scale, but not sure if that is a feasible goal!
    Looking forward to going back and reading about all of your journeys to get to this point, Day 20! 
  20. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul reacted to Plantas in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Hi!  I have a good sized garden, but it's getting close to time when it's finished.  I live in Phoenix, so it's pretty hot.  I have been harvesting zucchini, peppers and some cherry tomatoes.  I have some armenian cucumbers that are starting to take off and I can't wait to start eating them.  It's been nice to make frittatas with whatever I can pick.  I have a lot of sweet potato leaves, but i haven't tried eating them yet - I just give them to the chickens.  Have you ever cooked with them?
  21. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul reacted to Crimsann in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    @Brocha I wish I could help but my skin is usually the first thing to improve.  It sounds like it could be just your skin releasing some of the junk from your system but I’m not sure about the dryness.  It’s usually dehydration for me but it seems like skin is one of those things that swings wildly different by person.
    Welcome @ThisAgrarianSoul  I have a very small patio garden with mostly herbs.  This time I’m trying some peppers but no crop to speak of so far.  My favorite herb is Pineapple Sage.  I would love to find some good ways of using it this summer.
    So for burger night I tried to do a BLT version.  I took some sundried tomatoes and crisp bacon and some dill/garlic/onion/herb blend and mixed it with some mayo.  I meant to wrap that all in lettuce leaves for the L part, but I forget to pick some up so I did a handful of micro greens.  
    Unfortunately for me it ended up huge and my appetite is totally MIA tonight.  I’m going to try to make it through at least half but I’m laughing at myself for ending up just staring at it and wishing for something lighter.  My idea, lol.  I can tell I’m truly not hungry because even the paprika/chili sweet potatoes aren’t tempting me and I usually love those.  
    I hope everyone is excited to slide into the final countdown!

  22. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul reacted to magsrose in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    OMG @Crimsann that looks so good. Good work! Lucky you, you can eat the rest tomorrow. I'm on board with burger night, but I'll probably do it tomorrow night, unless I get hungry enough for 2nd dinner, which is entirely possible. I've been really hungry a lot lately. I had a bowl of crock pot chili tonight.
    @ThisAgrarianSoul I love your goal of doing Whole30 Local. I don't have a garden, but my sister has a crazy awesome garden system and I go over there once a week and stock up on lettuce greens and whatever else is on. It's so great!
    Seriously I want to eat that burger right now!
  23. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul got a reaction from magsrose in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Hello Juner's! I started June 1st, but this is my first forum post/ forum reading. Love the idea of a group to check in with, so not sure why I didn't think to look for forums previously, lol.
    First two weeks have gone well, with planning meals and grocery shopping being key. I bought two watermelons from different places this past week, and both were bad...that really put a kink in my plans! I moved forward with my go to lunch, anyway, though...Pan seared chicken breast, avocado, and diced cucumber. Yum!
    Any gardeners out there trying to use fresh and seasonal produce? I'm in 6A, and we have had a lot of rain and high temps...my lettuce is bolting, and don't have yellow squash yet (hopefully this weekend). Would love to try and be completely Whole30 on a local scale, but not sure if that is a feasible goal!
    Looking forward to going back and reading about all of your journeys to get to this point, Day 20! 
  24. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul reacted to Plantas in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    That sounds great.  I'm in for the burgers on Wed.  Except maybe the Elvis burger you mentioned.  I would have stopped before that too.  Woke up feeling happy and not cranky at all.  Skipped my pre and post workout mini meal, but ate my breakfast and it tasted good.  I'm gearing up to grill a lettuce wrap burger tonight with some zucchini from the garden.  I've upped my fat (more avocado) a bit and that seems to help make me feel better.  Hope all of you feel as great as I do! 
  25. Like
    ThisAgrarianSoul reacted to Jahmanrv in Living Whole 30   
    Hi, my name is Julie. Over two and half years ago, I weighed in at 192 pounds and 5'5" tall. Yup a bit overweight. I was suffering from severe depression mostly due to my vision loss and having to go on permanent disability. I couldn't sleep through the whole night, since I suffered from such heartburn and indigestion issues. A week would not go by without having at least one or two migraines. Basically, I was a hot mess.
    In October of 2015, I was visiting with a friend, was is going through chemo treatments. She was reading the Whole 30 Food Freedom book and raving about it. So, she explained the program to me, and I ordered the book through Kindle right then and there. When I got home a week later, I cleaned out the Kitchen, and started my 30day journey. It was rough for the first week, but have to say after that, it really just became a way of eating. I didn't think anymore, and even the cravings after the first week, pretty much was gone, not completely, but not as often.  After my 30 days I did a proper reintroduction and actually I hardly added any foods back in. Just basically my Greek Yogurt and Unsweetened Almond Milk. Had no desire for anything else. 
    Two and half years later, 40 pounds lighter, I STILL eat the same way. Once in a blue moon, if I am celebrating something, I will have a piece of cake or a glass of wine, but the rest of the time, I have remained Food Free. I no longer suffer any and I do mean any of my past problems. Sleeping 8 hours is a breeze for me. Depression a thing of the past. My cholesterol levels dropped and I wasn't even thinking of that, but it was a plus. I haven't had one Migraine in all this time.
    I have never had to do another round of Whole 30, since I really achieved and maintained my first round of Food Freedom. My friends are all amazed, when we do go out, how controlled I am. I actually try to explain, it's not control, it's just how I eat, a healthy way of life. Truthfully, I'd rather cook my own meals then go out to eat. That alone is a miracle, as I hated to cook before hand, and ate all my meals out. I don't have cravings for Carbs, or Sugars. You know even when I do have that occasional piece of cake, I only take like a bite or two, cause its way to sweet for me. I truly don't even like anything sweet anymore. 
    Whole 30 is the way to go. It is the way to a healthy you, and a way to become free from all the junk and unneccessary sugary filled food. Once you get through those 30 days, you will see how completely your life will change, and how much happier and healthier you will be.
    It has changed my life so much, that I'm also now back in school (with the help of the Commission of the Blind) and working towards a Nutritionist Degree. That truly is how much Whole 30 changed my life.