TeeAycherson

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    TeeAycherson reacted to MichelleCA in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    You're doing awesome, and it shows!   
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    TeeAycherson got a reaction from ladyshanny in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    Day 26
    Wow, where has the time gone?! I swear on my last whole 30 I was counting down the days (probably because I did it over Thanksgiving and up until Christmas), but this time I have been so busy, I am like, "What?! Next Wednesday is the last day already? But I am not ready to be done!" So that's great! I will just weigh in on day 31 and keep going.
    It only gets hard when I don't go grocery shopping and end up living on kraut and root veggies for all three meals of the day. It's only happened twice, but still
    One thing I am noticing is that I do not feel hungry ever, really. I eat when I know my body needs to eat, but I do not feel the intense hunger pangs I used to get in the afternoon and mid-morning. I am still without the bloat... I think I was slightly bloated ONE day during the past 26 and I was a total baby about it. I can't believe that blowing up to five months pregnant looking every night and feeling like I was going to explode was my norm. My bloating and my toxic sugar treat/work cycle were the two things I was hoping to gain some insight on, so I am going to spend the next half of this whole 60 really focusing my energy on the food relationship (and let's be honest, watch a few more pounds drop off this frame).
    Right now I need to get back on my grocery game and stop eyeing them cookies while remembering to pay attention to all the good things happening with my body right now. A friend of mine said the other day, 'everything counts'... and that really resonated with me. I haven't lost as much weight this round as I did my last whole 30 round. But I am two years older and under a lot more stress than I was back then. Every time I choose whole foods and to pass on sugar, dairy, and grains it counts. Every single time. Drops in the bucket, self...drops in the bucket.
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    TeeAycherson got a reaction from MichelleCA in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    Day 20
    It's been a minute since I have typed up a reflection and here it is DAY FREAKING 20 already! Two thirds through... my tummy is rumbling and I just watched two back to back episodes of that popular British baking show on Netflix with my kiddo who loves to bake. Give me all the cakes and 'biscuits' NOW!
    But seriously, I am kind of in the throws of my sugar dragon rearing it's ugly head right now... even before the baking show. And Halloween mass candy didn't help. I love that shi%$y candy every year. I also just want some maple syup with my Nut Pods in my coffee, ok? Give it to me!

    But also feeling proud that I am still going strong, not snacking, drinking tea, and not really even counting down the days. I made things involving cheese and lots of bread today and it was a bit challenging not to mess things up, but I didn't. As quickly as the temptation comes, I can make it go away and that is progress made compared to the first whole 30 I did two years ago.
    New Seasons makes a "paleo hash" that has been saving my life in addition to the bone broth egg drop soup and spicy garlic kraut. So many awesome options and just feeling so fortunate to not have my nightly bloat pains/pregnant looking belly/fart in bed sesh. So, so grateful. Those love handles are quite diminished as well... more and more each day (because lets face it, I am going to Kauai in December and I am in this for some scale victory along with reclaiming my energy levels and previously purchased clothing!).
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    TeeAycherson reacted to MichelleCA in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    Hi, @TeeAycherson - some of the Facebook groups are great!  And very active. 
    As for bacon:  I do understand.  I was a vegan for 2.5 years because I could no longer reconcile my extreme love of animals/grief for those without homes/etc with eating sentient beings.    After 2.5 years of completely vegan fare, I was heavier than ever and hormones way out of whack (all the soy: tofu, miso, soy curls I prepared for family to WOW them that these weren't really meat...).   My holistic practitioner had also been vegan in the recent past, and was STRONGLY encouraging me to resume eating animal products - but well-raised/humanely-raised/pastured animals, NOT factory.  I discussed with her my wrestling with guilt, and how she was able to come back to omnivorous eating.  She said, "I figured, it's them or me!"  This made me laugh, but it did hit home - so I vowed that, by resuming meat-eating, I would source the best possible meat and eggs available, which often cost 3x the price of conventional.  Whole Foods has a welfare-rating system for the animals' lives, 1-5, which guarantees the animal's conditions/environment, so you can decide how much you want to pay versus the benefit to the animal (highest rating is that the animal never travels - is "processed" on-site, no trip in a cold truck).  
    I get that it's still slaughter; reading Michael Pollan was helpful to me - particularly The Omnivore's Dilemma, which addresses the very idea of how we eat and how the foot we eat gets to us, so disconnected from its origin.   
    Ultimately, you can do what feels best for you.  But I avoid any sad animal posts/articles/movies at this point, because I DID avoid animal products - hoping my ethical/philanthropic intentions would pay off in supreme health - but it simply was not a fit for me and my health.
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    TeeAycherson reacted to Pandora Black in Having a hard time with this much animal protein   
    I have been mostly vegan for the past ten years. So I am having a really hard time with the meat also. It's not that I don't like it (so I don't  have a taste/texture issue) it's that for the past decade I trained myself to believe that eating animals was wrong, bad for the planet, and that I should do it sparingly. All my meat is organic/pasture raised ect from Whole Foods but I still feel some guilt over eating this much animal products. Hard to leave my vegan ideals behind, but I am inching closer and closer to 300 lbs so I finally had to say enough is enough.
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    TeeAycherson got a reaction from MichelleCA in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    Day 14

    Cravings continued to come in hot today. I fought the buggers off, but seriously need to be on guard because sheesh... I almost raised the eff it flag today for a tiny bowl of gelato and a bagel! Ok, rather than be "on guard", I think I will try more of the zen approach I had going on at the beginning of this thing. Just like a water bug floating down the river... going with the flow and observing all that is. Expect that water bugs are actually hella on guard... bad example?
    I made a yummy curry sauce I can pour over anything today, so that saved me and I will rely on it to last me the weekend. Thank goodness for cans of coconut milk and (compliant, locally made) ready-made curry paste! Tomorrow marks halfway... NSV check in: no more blackheads on my temples, still have my evened out, smoother skin tone all over, pants fitting WAY better and I am noticing more and more shape changes (that only I would notice, I think, but still), and increased clarity of mind.
    Still really need to work on that sleeping and hydration piece though. Oh and the cortisol reduction piece.... oh well, one thing at a time, eh?!
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    TeeAycherson got a reaction from ladyshanny in Having a hard time with this much animal protein   
    Anything by the author of the Nom Nom Paleo books/blog is delicious and doesn't feel like slogging through chewing endless hunks of meat. Fire up your computer and your slow cooker and get ready to cooks some tasty things! W30 can be super delicious and diverse if you keep looking at what folks are doing and sharing!
    Good luck!
    @SLRudd @egknapp
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    TeeAycherson reacted to MichelleCA in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    Hi!  So glad the suggestions resonate with you.  Mashed root veg/potatoes, a big batch of them from the pressure cooker, with lots of ghee and salt (and sometimes garlic) have been a life-saver, satisfying and versatile (beneath some juicy meatballs, or chicken/gravy - nom nom paleo has an Instant Pot roast chicken with a gravy that is created from the cooking process, just blend it with arrowroot or tapioca - DIVINE).  
    Speaking of, YES, Instant Pot all the way!  They are so super cheap now, too.  Mine is about 6 years old - bought it when I was vegan and cooking a lot of beans/grains.  It has been used countless times, and I've definitely received my return on investment (it was $120 or so when I bought it, but they are now $80 I think?!).  Go for it!  And yesK, I told my family DO NOT TOUCH Instant Pot whenever it's on, unless they ASK me first.  My kids are older, but no problems so far!  And invaluable when you are busy - even for making roast potatoes/root veg: you can cook them 5 minutes, quick release, then plop them on a pan with some pastured duck fat, roast at a high temp till crispy.  MUCH faster than roasting completely in oven.  Currently, my fave w30 meal is to cook a seasoned/marinated pork shoulder in the IP for 70-90 minutes (depending on size), then broil it to get a crisp skin.  FAR better than the 8-10 hours it would take to slow cook it.  Serve with a citrus-y slaw and some tostones, YUM!  Even my picky teenage daughter loves the pork roast, and my son makes a sandwich out of it.
    Thanx for asking!  Day 6 of Round 2, all good!  Need groceries and a bit financially drained right now, so biding my meals carefully... 
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    TeeAycherson reacted to MichelleCA in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    I meant to mention also:  I would go full-on with leafy veggies.  No matter what you have, throw a few handfuls of baby spinach, or even lettuce as the base of your plate - I have ZERO problems with digestive issues on w30, because none of the glue-y gluten is being consumed to clog up the pipes, and the amount of hydration and roughage makes everything like clockwork.  More veggies!  Coleslaw is a great option because you can load it with compliant mayo and spices and some slivered apple for sweetness, and it is FABULOUS with steak or roast or ribs...
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    TeeAycherson got a reaction from MichelleCA in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    @MichelleCA Ummm... those are BRILLIANT solutions! THANK YOU so much for sharing those craving quenchers! I have yet to purchase any ghee yet this time around. I am not sure why I haven't! I have been plopping down Nut Pods into things and that adds some of the creamy texture I have sometimes been missing, but these two things sound most excellent! I have a traditional stove top pressure cooker that I am terrified of, but that really got me through my last W30. I think I may invest in the Instant Pot before holiday season hits because it seems so much more simple to use. I literally do not let my kids in the kitchen when the pressure cooker is on! I know its not unsafe, I mean its a newer one, but still.
    How have you been since being back from your trip and beginning round 2?
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    TeeAycherson got a reaction from ladyshanny in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    Thank you so much for chiming in there, @ladyshanny... I did read that thread and learned of a woman who began this program as a vegetarian and had, ahem, the same issue I am having. I have been a vegetarian for the past year, so my body is not at all used to eating meat and not eating fermented soy and tons of bean-ey veg things. I am not sure why I totally didn't take that into account while puzzling over my digestion.
    Ok, so no chia.
    Day 12
    Today I fantasized about toast with a pool of melted butter, but I ate an epic bar instead and a small glass of kombucha as my pre-cooking dinner after a long day at work and picking up the baby from day care snack and felt great after that. Good feelings. No post-work-pre-dinner toast required. Gotta remember that. Toast is not required for my body to be happy Breakthrough day! Get outta here, toast.
     

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    TeeAycherson reacted to MichelleCA in I can't live without Splenda   
    I was a HUGE Diet Coke addict: 1 with each meal + a few more during the day and another after dinner.  6 pack a day, had to have it, my favorite beverage hands-down.  A holistic practitioner friend told me Diet Coke was about the worst possible thing I could drink, which really startled me (since I'd assumed all my life that it was far better than sugary regular Coke, and I'd literally been drinking Diet Coke since childhood, as my mom always had it around in copious amounts).  I forced myself off of it, switched to plain iced tea, then eventually seltzer/sparkling water (which I now adore).  When I had to visit my grandma suddenly as she fell ill and passed unexpectedly, I bought myself a Diet Coke - about a month after having last had it.  It was RETCHED.  I could NOT drink it, dumped it down the drain.    Your tastes WILL change, you just have to give your body the time.  
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    TeeAycherson reacted to MichelleCA in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    This is FABULOUS, @TeeAycherson!   I think that's a huge bridge to making w30 work, that decision to care for your body (and mind) with nutrient-dense and nourishing foods (despite how the petulant inner-child whines).
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    TeeAycherson reacted to MichelleCA in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    @TeeAycherson - a big AMEN on food boredom!  I never felt bored, just a bit overwhelmed (because of my schedule, fitting cooking in as an everyday event was daunting).  But for the most part, I stocked up the fridge/pantry, no recipes in mind, decided what I was craving, and made that w30-compliant.  SO many good meals, some I'll repeat, and some of the best were just thrown together.
    I love my root veggies, but always make sure to have a larger serving of leafy greens, even just steamed OR wilted beneath whatever hash/egg combo I make = so simple to get them in that way.  I also love veggies with egg and avocado; have you tried nutritional yeast?  I absolutely ADORE it on avocado and eggs.
    Also, HURRAH for awakening rested AND not hungry!  From experience and tutelage, it's likely your non-famished state is due to a more balanced blood sugar/balanced hormones, eating those balanced meals with plenty of veggies, protein, and fat.  Way to go!   
    I finished my round last week, went 2 more days, then took 3 days off while traveling.  Nothing I enjoyed gave me that boost/lift I used to previously believe was what I needed...  and the w30 meals I make taste SO MUCH BETTER than anything I can buy elsewhere.  I'm back on, R2D2.
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    TeeAycherson got a reaction from ladyshanny in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    Day 9:
    Today I came home from a full day of classes and meetings with classmates, tired and starving. I blended a banana with some blueberries and almond milk to quell the hunger beast before I had to break out the veggies for tacos for the fam (no shells for me). I wanted to kill all the things. TODAY was kill all the things day.
    Day 9 and 10 are supposed to be the days one is most likely to quit the W30 and I felt that. Just one slice of bread... Just one mouthful of chocolate chips... just one drink of whiskey cocktail... just one whole freaking cherry pie! Kill all the things. I also felt all farty for the first time in 8ish days and I think it might be because I ate a bunch of berries right before my main lunch dish today... fruit trapped in the gut behind starchy veg=fartastic afternoon. Eat your fruit separately, folks.
    I did not prep food for tomorrow yet and I am behind with my grocery shopping for day two of the "two hardest days", so we will see how that goes! Also, proctoring state testing for Oregon seniors as part of their graduation requirements. I expect a train wreck of a day, but perhaps it will make for a more eventful journal post.
    At least my skin looks great ( a noticeable upgrade in quality) and my pants are still fitting better. Starting to be able to feel and sort of see more of the muscle I know has been hiding under the puff for the past several months. One of my kiddos pointed it out yesterday.
    Still didn't drink more water...
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    TeeAycherson got a reaction from ladyshanny in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    Day 8:
    Today I had planned to go to the pumpkin patch with my four kiddos and husband, when I suddenly realized that I am doing a Whole 30 and that I would not be able to eat apple cider donuts, drink cocoa, and follow up it up with their fresh, hand-cut fries and a candy apple and I was like, "Hold the phu#%ing phone. I am not going." Food. I love food. I love eating. I love food as experience. But it is so enlightening to for me to see just how attached I am to certain (unhealthful) foods in particular situations or when feeling certain feelings. A lot of the feelings based attachments, this time around, have been easy for me to spot, give a nod to, and will my way past, but the food things that are tied to "place" and experience, that I feel give a certain situation half its value are harder make changes around.
    I finally deemed my "eff going to the p. patch" choice silly, but when I went to rally the fam (three teens and a preschooler), no one even wanted to go! And then I was bummed.. a little, but also a little relieved The compromise? We all go out for pastries at our fave bakery and DRAW pumpkins. What the ?! Normally, this would have been a golden suggestion from my husband, but freaking really?! To this, I responded, "The dog and I will meet you there." and the dog and I RAN to the bakery and I brought my own Whole 30 approved Nut Pods hazelnut coconut creamer to put into my coffee because eff if I was going to miss out on some pumpkin themed action in October (my fave) because I can't have a sugar soaked piece of bread. And drawing pumpkins with my whole family was awesome. Just awesome. I am a graduate student and my kids are 14, 14, and 18. We never sit down together outside of dinner time, so this day was more of a treat than I could have realized going in. Definitely one of the best times at a bakery I have ever had and I didn't even eat anything. See friends (me)? You can still have fun without the sugar bun and alcohol (ahem... me. I am talking to you, me.).
    Day 8 W30 timeline suggests that maybe bloating will be making my pants fit more snugly at this point. I think that is not happening for me this time around because I ate a pretty healthful vegetarian diet before starting this journey and so the only shock to the system is the removal of the sugary treats each afternoon and the onslaught of cheese everyday I cooked dinner. Also wine and old fashioneds... those are gone, too. But fruits and veggies were there and not much processed food. One 'rule' I am tempted to break is the scale rule, but we'll see. I kind of loved the surprise of how much weight came off last time and I kind of like not being motivated (aware or not) by any numbers on a scale. Hmmm. So there... I just processed myself out of breaking that rule. Anywhoooo....
    Physical things check-in: I felt most energetic on my run to the bakery and I am currently basking in the delayed onset muscle aches from yesterday's barre work out. Feeling so, so much better than I was nine days ago and abstaining from my husband's birthday cake, the pumpkin patch pitfalls, and the bakery's bounty is a tiny, tiny price to pay for feeling this way. Also, still no fart parade at night/bloating during the day (so much yes!) and under eye bags are still diminished (also sweet). I have not EVEN been drinking enough water though. At least my fruit, veg, kombucha, and tea consumption is higher.
    Goal for improvement: more leafy greens, more water going down this hatch.
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    TeeAycherson got a reaction from ladyshanny in Having a hard time with this much animal protein   
    Anything by the author of the Nom Nom Paleo books/blog is delicious and doesn't feel like slogging through chewing endless hunks of meat. Fire up your computer and your slow cooker and get ready to cooks some tasty things! W30 can be super delicious and diverse if you keep looking at what folks are doing and sharing!
    Good luck!
    @SLRudd @egknapp
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    TeeAycherson reacted to SLRudd in Having a hard time with this much animal protein   
    Hiii! Thanks for this question. I’m on day 5 and I’m struggling with meat like many people have mentioned. I understand why you are eating too many nuts. You understand it’s not right but you have a hard time with meat, like me. Some of the comments here don’t validate your stuggle and they just reiterate the W30 rules. Portion size as told by the template is hard to meet because of your dislike of meat. I’m glad I found this thread because I know I’m not alone. I don’t look forward to meals. I exercise and I struggle to eat enough calories so I’m not lightheaded (I’m not counting calories, but sometimes I think I should to make sure I’m not killing myself!). If anyone has any more tips, please share! 
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    TeeAycherson got a reaction from ladyshanny in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    Day 5:
    Today was blah. I prepped my lunch for what felt like forever, got a late start, arrived at the high school where I student teach reluctant, but ready (and fueled by beta blockers... hello courage in a pill) to be filmed for a documentary highlighting the importance of inclusion of students with disabilities into general education classrooms. However, when I arrived at school, I couldn't find the camera crew, my mentor teacher, or my advisors and my stomach flu was threatening hard. My mind chose that moment to rain down reminders of all of my looming deadlines I have yet to make any progress on this week and, with my hands full, someone walked by and asked me to hold a little fish tank while I waited in the empty hall outside a locked classroom door. Is "Cry About All The Things" a day? Because that was today. A grown freaking woman standing in the hall with a GIANT bag of food, four thermoses filled with coffee and water, a bag full of books, and a beta fish... alone... and crying. Hands full, eyes full (trying not to blink because I didn't have a free hand to wipe any tears off my cheeks).
    Whatever though. I survived and when the camera finally rolled at me I talked. Full sentences even. I made it the rest of the day and now I am laying in bed furious at myself for staying up too late again as, along with eating clean, I am trying to get more sleep to try and end the toxicity I have been feeling these past several months. My food has been dialed, but sleep needs some work. If I am posting on this diary page late at night again, shame me.
    Day 5 was not hard for me food choice-wise. I got the urge for honey toast and really felt like I deserved it as my toddler screamed at me for 15 straight minutes, but I resisted with pretty minimal effort. I remember my first Whole 30 being a lot harder the first five days, but I think that this time around perhaps I am familiar with the payoff I received for my efforts last time and I got my sights on that.  Reaching my rock bottom six days ago with the physical feelings might have also provided some momentum because the first time around, lets be real, I did it to lose weight. This time it is for health and I think that is a lot more motivating (yeah, duh, everybody says that... but I think it isn't bull-honky).
    Anway, no complaints, food prep/choice wise, and the yay moment for the day was noticing that I woke up with a really flat tummy again. Flatter than it has been in months.  Onward... Hopefully with all THIS business behind me.
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    TeeAycherson got a reaction from ladyshanny in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    @renataczina, Thank you so much for reaching out! How far along are you on your master's journey? Isn't this the hardest thing ever to balance with family and work? Just when you finally get the kids down after working and dinner and playing and stories and clean up and family dynamics... you have to START homework!!!! This time in life is just really, really hard, but I we will get there if we just keep completing one tiny task at a time and be sure to fuel our bodies wisely.
    I am trying to retrain my brain to think about 'treats' differently. At my age, it is really my body that is keeping me going IN SPITE of my mind, so I feel like it is MY BODY that deserved the treat... not my mind. My mind chooses sugar and wine for treats. I know that my body would choose more water, and avocado, and a sweet potato covered in lime juice and cilantro. I want to be able to keep going... graduate and have energy for my kids, my husband, and myself, and I think that rewarding my body over my mind is going to be what makes my current pace sustainable. The Whole 30 can be rough to stick with in times of stress and when you fall behind on meal prep-hello random thing or hunger for breakfast, but you learn quick not put off grocery shopping or food prep after a couple of these experiences! Just. Don't. Quit. I felt AMAZING at the end of my Whole 30 and I lost 16 pounds while eating as much as I wanted and not really working out. I felt renewed. And I am going for that now after 'treating' my mind every afternoon for my past year of grad school.
    We can do this!
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    TeeAycherson reacted to Elizabeth33 in Starting October 8th!   
    Made it without going out to fast food this morning.  YAY ME!! I hope you all have a great day
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    TeeAycherson reacted to Lolowally in Starting October 8th!   
    Hi All! 
    I have heard about the Whole30 many times in the past and never thought it was for me. I do need to lose some weight but I don't love the idea of a restrictive diet for weight loss. What happened is that I saw a doctor for my chronic sinus infections, and they told me they think it could be a food allergy. My chronic sinus infections have been making exercise and mothering my son difficult. If I can feel renewed and healthy that would be amazing! I am committing to this whole30 on October 8! 
    Looking forward to being part of this community! 
    -Lauren
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    TeeAycherson reacted to KayD in Starting October 17th   
    I had twins 4 1/2 years ago at the age of 41 via IVF and my body, mind and metabolism have just never fully recovered since. I feel as if the sleep deprivation from that first year just destroyed me and I'm hoping that whole 30 will be the reset button button my body needs to remember itself. 
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    TeeAycherson reacted to BatyaChavaGeee in Laura’s Log   
    I wonder if I've been wasting my time, sugar dragon-wise with all the Lara bars and fruit. Probably not?
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    TeeAycherson reacted to renataczina in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    Hi Tiffany,
    I started my Whole 30 yesterday, so you are a few days ahead of me. This is my first time and I am very hopeful that this program is going to change my relationship with food. Even though you are a second timer, I feel connected to you story. I am also a mom of your age and back in school working on my Master's. I work full-time and go to school full-time while running this crazy household... So I know the daily hardship and struggle you are going through. I am a little scared of how am I going to do this without my comfort foods. I mean, I need my glass of red wine at night to calm down and my piece of chocolate to feel uplifted in this chaos. But I am trying to be positive, it is only 29 more days to go! :)
    Good luck to you on this journey!