Jihanna

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    Jihanna reacted to K&K8/1 in Day 1 - COVID-19 working from home   
    So starting Monday 3/23, I’ll be working from home due to COVID-19. Sooooo, it’s been a few years but I decided to take control of what I have control over and start a Whole30.  Here I go and I’m looking forward to what I can rediscover about myself in 30 days!
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    Jihanna reacted to Irock in Homemade Mayo without olive oil?   
    Thank you so much!  I'm going to try your recipe.
     
    My recipe called for only the egg yolk, anyone have an idea what the difference might be?  
     
    Funny, I don't have a short wide mouth canning jar, looking around my kitchen, I had a flower vase the perfect size!  It wasn't a delicate vase, so I made my mayo in a pretty etched glass container. 
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    Jihanna reacted to Aelfric in Bone broth - do I need a pressure cooker?   
    If you're using the stove top, and you have a large pot with a pasta insert, but all the solids in the pasta insert. It makes removing them at the end a cinch.
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    Jihanna got a reaction from BabyBear in Bone broth - do I need a pressure cooker?   
    Absolutely not. You can do this on the stove, in a slow cooker, or using a pressure cooker. Any of those methods works, the difference just comes down to how long it cooks and how much potential babysitting you need to do with it (i.e., I'll check much more often on a pot sitting on my stove for 10 hours than I will on a crock cooking 10 hours on low).
    https://wholefully.com/bone-broth/  She has a very detailed explanation of how she does things and why, with tips on how to save time and money when it comes to the veggies included in the broth)
    https://wellnessmama.com/5888/bone-broth/  Another example by a different blogger.
    Anytime you come across something that seems to be made a certain way and you can't do that method for whatever reason, just try googling "(insert food/recipe here) (insert method you'd prefer to use)" like "bone broth stove top" or "spaghetti squash crock pot". It usually happens that someone has already managed it (or at least tried it and shared the results) when I go searching for alternatives, and it winds up saving me the time of trying to figure it out on my own  
    Good luck making your broth!
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Barney77 in Finished an Entire Whole30 with Next to No Results.. What Gives?!   
    A few things are standing out as I read the post about meals...
    1 - a serving of eggs is what we can hold in our hand. Your meal 1 protein of 2 eggs is a little on the light side, unless your hands are even smaller than mine (I can easily hold 3 eggs, 4 if I stretch).
    2 - coffee can act as an appetite suppressant. If you're drinking it before or with your breakfast, it could actually be causing you to eat less than would be ideal. It sometimes becomes obvious because hunger comes too quickly (and strongly), well before next mealtime, but it might be that you're getting enough fat with meal 1 to compensate.
    3 - the meals you describe would probably have me bloated if I ate that way every day, also. Cruciferous veggies tear me up if I eat too many of them too closely together, so having meal after meal with things like cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, etc. would fill me with gas and make me feel like a blimp. It's possible that you might experience similar sensitivities that could be looked at (I have a friend who can't eat onions and peppers without bloating for days, as an example).
    4 - nuts and/or nut butter daily would be my undoing. Nuts wreck my hormones, throwing me totally out of balance - if I eat them on more than just a once-per-week basis (and not many then), they'll throw my cycle out of whack and noticeably affect my moods, too.
    5 - the template suggests an "occasional" serving of fruit, which is basically the size of your closed fist. A banana every morning seems more than just occasional for me, but my perspective might be off on that because I only eat fruit once or twice each week (and I skip it entirely for the first week or two of any Whole30-type reset, to help make sure my sugar dragon gets/stays under control).

    Moving on -- I have no idea why you wouldn't experience Tiger Blood, unless you did and didn't realize that's how your body does it. Mine definitely doesn't look like what others posted, but I'm also nowhere near as active or "fit" as many people who gave reviews... it's one of the reasons why I didn't bother to look at the timeline at all for my 2nd time through; I wanted a more organic experience, without tainting it by "what to expect", as it were.
    The only other observation I've got is that you noted that you intend to live the Whole30 lifestyle going forward. I highly encourage you to go ahead and do the reintroduction phase, even if you have no intention of eating those foods (and even if you'd left them out while doing paleo previously). The reason I suggest this is that I've read where people find that certain foods left out of these types of programs actually help them feel better, lose bloat, and move into better health overall once they're brought back into their diets. I mean, dairy certainly doesn't work for me personally, but I know people who function best with it in their diet. I also know people who have better gut health with the inclusion of non-gluten grains, even though I have to limit my own intake.
    My point here is just that knowledge is power, and the ultimate victory moving forward from Whole30 is to be able to create the "WholeMe" -- a manageable and sustainable dietary plan that works for your specific body, with room for deviation when you're ready to make a "worth it" decision that falls outside your normal standards.
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    Jihanna reacted to Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    So that interview showed me how much I would not want to work there... it was not a friendly place.
    Just motivated more than ever to find somewhere with a positive, healthy environment.  
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    Triggers... stress, dairy, cold/dry weather... maybe other stuff I haven't pin-pointed. I didn't realize the dairy connection until my first Whole30, when it cleared a bit even though it was still winter and then popped back up as soon as I reintroduced dairy products. I'd known that dairy caused rashes for years, though, just hadn't realized that the little "deep blisters" on my hands were eczema (I call them that because they look like little blisters that are sunken under the skin). I guess I'd always thought of eczema as rashiness on faces and arms or something, I don't know.
    I use Gold Bond eczema relief lotion (with colloidal oatmeal) on my hands and feet daily, have been for about a month now, and it's helping to keep them much better moisturized. I especially have to make sure to use it shortly after a warm shower, otherwise I get skin shedding off like crazy... and once they dry out, they'll be ragged and catch on things, ripping skin off and causing open wounds. It's definitely not pretty, and I've worn massive bandages across portions of my feet on more days than I can count. I think that's why the cold/dry weather affects me so harshly, because it just makes the drying out happen more quickly.
    I'm seriously thinking of doing another round of elimination followed by extensive reintro testing, though, maybe once things settle down at work and we're on set schedules (my manager is trying to make that happen but we've still got several things in transition), so I'll know exactly what I need to prepare for in terms of when and what I'm cooking and whether or not I'll have to eat it while working (since we don't get a real break). I'll definitely try to remember to let you ladies know if I discover anything else that sets me off, and might actually craft it as an AIP-Whole30 just to see what happens.  
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Emma in Amy's Log for 2020   
    Triggers... stress, dairy, cold/dry weather... maybe other stuff I haven't pin-pointed. I didn't realize the dairy connection until my first Whole30, when it cleared a bit even though it was still winter and then popped back up as soon as I reintroduced dairy products. I'd known that dairy caused rashes for years, though, just hadn't realized that the little "deep blisters" on my hands were eczema (I call them that because they look like little blisters that are sunken under the skin). I guess I'd always thought of eczema as rashiness on faces and arms or something, I don't know.
    I use Gold Bond eczema relief lotion (with colloidal oatmeal) on my hands and feet daily, have been for about a month now, and it's helping to keep them much better moisturized. I especially have to make sure to use it shortly after a warm shower, otherwise I get skin shedding off like crazy... and once they dry out, they'll be ragged and catch on things, ripping skin off and causing open wounds. It's definitely not pretty, and I've worn massive bandages across portions of my feet on more days than I can count. I think that's why the cold/dry weather affects me so harshly, because it just makes the drying out happen more quickly.
    I'm seriously thinking of doing another round of elimination followed by extensive reintro testing, though, maybe once things settle down at work and we're on set schedules (my manager is trying to make that happen but we've still got several things in transition), so I'll know exactly what I need to prepare for in terms of when and what I'm cooking and whether or not I'll have to eat it while working (since we don't get a real break). I'll definitely try to remember to let you ladies know if I discover anything else that sets me off, and might actually craft it as an AIP-Whole30 just to see what happens.  
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Emma in Amy's Log for 2020   
    I just read this to my husband, saying it sounds like me.
    I'm terrified of getting lice, because I DO have seborrheic dermatitis which, in my case, means lots and lots of dandruff... which means lots and lots of white stuff in my hair, ugh. It's always itchy, and I can convince myself at times that I feel something crawling. Hubby is against the idea of checking my hair for me unless I see something on one of the kids, because it's so difficult to get past my dandruff. I've got a metal nit-picker comb that I use to run over my scalp and through my hair probably once every week or two, just to be safe.
    Seborrheic dermatitis isn't always horrid. I mean, it's dandruff, lol. Sometimes the symptoms can get worse than other times, though, just like basically any condition. When I was younger, I routinely had big patches of crusty stuff caused by oil buildup, and that could at times lead to scalp sores... but now that I'm older, it's generally just really bad dandruff regardless of what shampoo I use. It's one of the things I deal with, though, as part of my eczema (I get dyshidrotic eczema on my hands and feet, and seborrhea on my scalp).
    That actually makes me want to do another elimination round at some point soon, to see if my dandruff is affected. I didn't think to pay any attention to that in previous rounds! Silly me!
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    I just read this to my husband, saying it sounds like me.
    I'm terrified of getting lice, because I DO have seborrheic dermatitis which, in my case, means lots and lots of dandruff... which means lots and lots of white stuff in my hair, ugh. It's always itchy, and I can convince myself at times that I feel something crawling. Hubby is against the idea of checking my hair for me unless I see something on one of the kids, because it's so difficult to get past my dandruff. I've got a metal nit-picker comb that I use to run over my scalp and through my hair probably once every week or two, just to be safe.
    Seborrheic dermatitis isn't always horrid. I mean, it's dandruff, lol. Sometimes the symptoms can get worse than other times, though, just like basically any condition. When I was younger, I routinely had big patches of crusty stuff caused by oil buildup, and that could at times lead to scalp sores... but now that I'm older, it's generally just really bad dandruff regardless of what shampoo I use. It's one of the things I deal with, though, as part of my eczema (I get dyshidrotic eczema on my hands and feet, and seborrhea on my scalp).
    That actually makes me want to do another elimination round at some point soon, to see if my dandruff is affected. I didn't think to pay any attention to that in previous rounds! Silly me!
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Sofija Dunjic in Homemade Mayo without olive oil?   
    I hate the taste of olive oil mayo, made at home or not. There are plenty of recipes out there for avocado oil mayo, but that's a bit outside my budget... so I use a recipe that calls for light olive oil but use high-oleic sunflower oil in its place. It works well, and I'm a fan of the taste and texture at the end. I'm not sure if that's an option for you or not, but wanted to offer it as a suggestion!
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    Jihanna reacted to Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    Day 2
    I made my crockpot sweet potato soup last night and I’m enjoying a large bowl of it this morning with chicken mixed in.
    I had the most vivid dream last night... my dream was that me and the kids went to my aunt and uncle’s house to visit, and it turned out that they had gotten me a present...a male prostitute that looked like Thor!!!!!!!
    But I had the kids, so the first night we just had a big sleep over in the living room of my Aunt’s house with “Thor” and our own sleeping bags.  Then the next day as soon as I had some “me” time away from my kids (Maybe they left with Aunt and Uncle somewhere?), I took Thor to my Aunt and Uncle’s bedroom!  Too bad I can’t remember much detail after that point...LOL
    A little background.  I’m married.  I have a husband.  Shouldn’t be sleeping with male prostitutes or anyone other than my husband... but I remember thinking in my dream- You only live once, right???  Living it up!!!!
    —-
    So, here is my plan for the day:
    M1: Sweet potato soup with chicken
    M2: I don’t think we have ground beef, so I might do a few eggs and I still have to decide on the veggies...I’m a little slow this morning after that dream lol
    M3: Tuna patty and roasted veggies
    I may completely change this plan and do something else, so I’ll update my log later.  Have a good Saturday everyone!
     
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    I don't like "breakfast" type foods most of the time. The mere idea of eggs cooked any way except boiled usually makes my stomach turn, so it's pretty rare that I'll be in the mood for anything that resembles what the rest of my family thinks of as "breakfast".
    HOWEVER!
    Leftovers from the night before are perfectly acceptable as a breakfast to me, so I'll often find myself munching down on meatloaf or meatballs or pork chops or even barbecue chicken at 6-7 in the morning. These things make me happy at that hour of the day  
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Emma in Amy's Log for 2020   
    I don't like "breakfast" type foods most of the time. The mere idea of eggs cooked any way except boiled usually makes my stomach turn, so it's pretty rare that I'll be in the mood for anything that resembles what the rest of my family thinks of as "breakfast".
    HOWEVER!
    Leftovers from the night before are perfectly acceptable as a breakfast to me, so I'll often find myself munching down on meatloaf or meatballs or pork chops or even barbecue chicken at 6-7 in the morning. These things make me happy at that hour of the day  
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    Jihanna reacted to Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    Unfortunately, my son's birthday cake, cupcakes, and all of the other leftover food around really wrecked my motivation towards my goal of starting my Whole30 the day after my son's birthday party.  OOPS.  So almost 2 weeks later, here I am, 5 pounds heavier...LOL
    Today I made A LOT of progress towards readying myself for my whole30.  We have a food delivery coming today with the following items:
    Squash Zucchini Organic, 4
    Applegate, The Great Organic Beef & Mushroom Blend Burgers (4 pack) Applegate, The Great Organic Turkey & Mushroom Blend Burgers (4 pack)
    Apple Honeycrisp Organic, 7
    Primal Kitchen Mayo with Avocado Oil
    Primal Kitchen, Organic Unsweetened Ketchup
    Lemon Regular Organic, 1
    Carrot Loose Organic, 1 lb
    Cucumber Green Organic, 4
    365 Everyday Value, Organic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce, 2 jars  <---No Sugar Added
    365 Everyday Value, Organic Trimmed Green Beans, 12 oz (1 package)
    Celery Organic, 1 Bunch
    365 Everyday Value, Organic Broccoli Florets, 10 oz (2 packages)   Here is my flexible daily meal plan for the Whole 30 on WEEKDAYS: Meal 1:  Crockpot Sweet Potato Basil Soup with added Chicken or Pork Meal 2: Tuna salad, salmon, or chicken salad with veggies and compliant mayo.  Sides of an apple and sliced cucumber & carrots Meal 3: Steamed vegetables (broccoli most days) in microwave & beef burger with compliant ketchup (will use some ghee or healthy fat on veggies) Here is my flexible daily meal plan for the Whole 30 on WEEKENDS: Meal 1: Fried egg for breakfast (whenever I get hungry..not going to rush meal 1) Meal 2: Zucchini squash strips softened in skillet and sauteed with marinara sauce and cooked ground beef.  Other options: Another type of squash softened and mixed with marinara sauce & beef, OR Sauteed green beans with onion and garlic with baked sweet potato and meatballs. Meal 3: Turkey patty (or tuna patty) for dinner with oven-roasted veggies.  Other option: Salad if that's my mood!      
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Emma in Amy's Log for 2020   
    I tried to be honest about it all during my first round through, but I'm sure I missed things by omission (like not remembering to log here that I'd grabbed a banana... and another an hour later...). My written log that I kept elsewhere did contain all of that information, though, because I wrote things out throughout the day as they happened, not as a recap at the end of the day. I did try to stick to the rules 100% that first time through, though, because I wanted to reach that baseline for reintro testing and knowing already that I'd be going in with known food allergies and sensitivities, it was super-important to me to "do it right" (so to speak).
    My second time was a bit more relaxed. Which is funny to read, because I think I was actually more strict that time than I had been in my first, due to learning things about myself and food... so in my first, I reached for fruit ALL THE TIME, and it made my sugar dragon very hard to beat... but in my second, I refused to use fruit in anything at all for the first two weeks, which I felt gave me a leg up. My second one was also shortened to 27 days because I celebrated my daughter's half-birthday (long story, but the gist is that we do her party in June because she was born December 27th and this lets us make sure her birthday isn't overshadowed) with cupcakes, and I knew going into my round that the timing would land me there. I also didn't do a full reintroduction, instead focusing on a few foods that I wanted to get a bit more clarity on after my first round's reintro.
    I just weighed myself for the first time since August, though, and I'm back up to 234. (sigh) So I guess it's probably high time that I go back to basics soon myself, though possibly not a strict Whole30... maybe just making sure that I'm not eating takeout and have real wholesome food ready to go at home, while maybe taking out a few food groups for myself again (since trying to go fully W30 for my whole family would be way too expensive now that my son's back at home!). We'll see. Maybe I can put together a plan of action this month and put it into effect in February, or something
    Anyway... it's great to see you back, Amy
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    Oh, I love love love the idea of the take-out budget being used to pamper you during this journey! I think a mani-pedi would be in the cards for me, too!
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    Jihanna reacted to Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    I forgot to mention... in an effort to help me de-stress and help me with the mild depression I get during the winter due to so many cloudy days... I am going to use the budget I used for eating out and picking up starbucks for...are you ready!?  Massage and Facials!!!! Why didn't I think of this before?  I think I have enough for 1 facial per month and 1 massage per month in my budget.   
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    Jihanna reacted to SchrodingersCat in Amazon   
    @kirbz and @CNW
    I can explain the salami thing (as a salami maker!) - Salami is a fermented meat. It isn't cooked, it is aged and fermented. If it isn't fermented properly, it just rots and (at best) goes off, while at worst it can create very toxic bacteria. The key ingredient to kick starting a ferment? SUGAR! There's simply no other way to kick off a ferment.
    In fermented products like sauerkraut and fermented veg, there is enough naturally occurring sugar to kick off the ferment, but meat has 0 naturally occurring sugar, so it must be added. 
    So while there are chomp sticks and some rare products which claim to be salami and don't have sugar, they're actually more of a jerky product (dehydrated and preserved with salt) than a salami. I have wracked my brain on how to make compliant salami and have come up absolutely blank. It just can't be done, and still be a salami.
     
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    Amy, if you like Asian flavors and need a twist on the usual salad, try doing a Whole30-compliant Gado Gado. You can read about it and get a paleo version of the sauce recipe here -- http://meljoulwan.com/2014/12/26/paleo-gado-gado-recipe/. I've eaten off what I prepped for ours for 3 meals now, because I can change up what I put on my plate each time. (Granted, mine wasn't Whole30 or even paleo-friendly this time around, but I could easily have worked it that way for a delicious on-round easy meal.)
    For a good soup that's easy, this one -- https://thefamilyfreezer.com/2015/11/09/slow-cooker-zuppa-toscana-with-sweet-potatoes/. It hits all the right notes for me, and was amazing with full-fat coconut milk drizzled straight into my bowl with each serving. It works as the whole meal, for us, since you've got your protein, veggies (including starch), and fat (from the coconut milk). Written for the crock, ours was made in the electric pressure cooker this week instead... because, you know, life interfered with meal prep.
    Those are two big ones that will be making their way into my meal plans when I decide to start up Whole30 again. My hope is that it'll be easy enough to make extra food for two work lunches (mine and my dad's), since I work in a gas station and there's NO WAY that I could stay compliant without taking a lunch every shift!
    I look forward to seeing how yours goes as you get into it! I need to wean myself off soda again and maybe buy a new coffee maker, that way I won't be leaving myself to experience ALL the withdrawal at the same time!
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    Jihanna reacted to Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    I might use that strategy when I start my w30.  That sounds difficult but also very smart for developing better food habits. Thanks, Jihanna.  Really nice to be back and see someone familiar to me still posting.
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    I tried to be honest about it all during my first round through, but I'm sure I missed things by omission (like not remembering to log here that I'd grabbed a banana... and another an hour later...). My written log that I kept elsewhere did contain all of that information, though, because I wrote things out throughout the day as they happened, not as a recap at the end of the day. I did try to stick to the rules 100% that first time through, though, because I wanted to reach that baseline for reintro testing and knowing already that I'd be going in with known food allergies and sensitivities, it was super-important to me to "do it right" (so to speak).
    My second time was a bit more relaxed. Which is funny to read, because I think I was actually more strict that time than I had been in my first, due to learning things about myself and food... so in my first, I reached for fruit ALL THE TIME, and it made my sugar dragon very hard to beat... but in my second, I refused to use fruit in anything at all for the first two weeks, which I felt gave me a leg up. My second one was also shortened to 27 days because I celebrated my daughter's half-birthday (long story, but the gist is that we do her party in June because she was born December 27th and this lets us make sure her birthday isn't overshadowed) with cupcakes, and I knew going into my round that the timing would land me there. I also didn't do a full reintroduction, instead focusing on a few foods that I wanted to get a bit more clarity on after my first round's reintro.
    I just weighed myself for the first time since August, though, and I'm back up to 234. (sigh) So I guess it's probably high time that I go back to basics soon myself, though possibly not a strict Whole30... maybe just making sure that I'm not eating takeout and have real wholesome food ready to go at home, while maybe taking out a few food groups for myself again (since trying to go fully W30 for my whole family would be way too expensive now that my son's back at home!). We'll see. Maybe I can put together a plan of action this month and put it into effect in February, or something
    Anyway... it's great to see you back, Amy
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    Jihanna reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    Thanks @BabyBear ~ I appreciate your support.  
    This journey back to food that is not causing a chemical shit-show in my brain and my entire body ... it is very, very much like quitting smoking.  We've had discussions on the forum about this in the past.  I don't think the majority of people are aware of how much food really does interact with every part of our being.
    I can go one day, EASY.  And I feel better -- good!  Productive!  Two days ... probably even easier.  Things start to become habit again.  
    It's day 3 that is the hardest for smokers.  They say it's because after 72 hours, all of the nicotine is gone from your body.  But we all know there's more to it than that.
    It's those layers of myself and how I got to this point that I need to peel back here.  And it can be downright painful.  
    We self-medicate with food, smoking, alcohol, drugs, shopping, gambling ... and our brain is literally wired to expect those big hits of dopamine.  Not only do we have withdrawal symptoms from the absence of whatever we have removed ~ but we have to FACE those things we were self-medicating for in the first place.  Whew.  Ugly.
    The great news is -- I am a strong and confident person.  I have grown and learned so much.  I love myself for who I am.  And I really don't engage in the "beat myself up" behavior.  So what you are saying resonates with me.  
    If I have 50 "Day 1's" throughout this year ... that's still 50 days of good eating that I wouldn't have had otherwise.  Lol.  That's not my goal ... but it IS a tiny win.  
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    Jihanna reacted to Brewer5 in Like an Onion   
    I can't believe how many new products have come out since I did my first Whole 30 ... 5 years ago?  Five years doesn't sound like a long time, but things have come A LONG way.
    Those days of trying to make my own mayonnaise in the beginning gave me PTSD, I'm afraid.  I can't even look at my blender without thinking of it.    But last night I checked out the Sir Kensington avocado oil mayonnaise my husband has in the fridge, and what do I see?  NO SUGAR.  Are you kidding me?  I haven't looked around the forums lately, but if anyone out there is saying it is too much work -- I would be giving the whole, "We walked barefoot in the snow to school, five miles each way, and it was ALL uphill" speech.  ...It's probably best if I stay here and don't look.  Lol.
    When Dallas and Melissa wrote the book back then, they said this isn't hard.  I didn't think it was "hard" -- but it was a lot of thinking and a lot of extra work.  Now?  Yeah.  So totally not hard.  
    Jicama already cut into sticks?  Sweet potatoes already diced and ready to cook?  Wait -- ZOODLES, too?!  I bought a frickin Zoodler!  
    So, yeah.  You can tell I haven't spent much time at the grocery store lately.  I hate the grocery store.  But I actually enjoyed the trip last night.
    ---
    Came home and had a nice big romaine salad with chicken breast (cooked in the air fryer ~ we are loving that thing!), salsa, Tessemae's cilantro lime dressing, and a whole lotta baked potato with ghee and coconut oil.
    Did I want to eat the cheesecake in the fridge at one point?  Of course I wanted to.  But I'd rather feel good, and that was my very next thought.
    "Cravings are a suggestion, not a command."  <-- That is the biggest thing that has stuck with me from my time spent on a quit smoking forum.  It is so simple, but holds so much meaning.
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    Jihanna reacted to Amy_Michigan in Amy's Log for 2020   
    Hi everyone!   I was here last year around July/August 2019.  I'm 33 now and my starting weight at the beginning of 2020 was 240!  [Shriek!  Highest ever for me.]  I am here again to make something wonderful happen in my life!  Every Nov/Dec, I start getting depressed.  I think one reason is the weight gain, I'm sure.  The other is the lack of sunshine.  Unfortunately, I can't do UV therapy (according to my rheumatologist) because I have lupus and UV light can trigger a lupus flare (achy joints, rash, etc).  Here is where my grandma would say- are you taking your vitamin D supplements?  And the answer is actually "no", so okay, I should really start doing that...
    Anyway, for one week (since Dec 31st), I have been doing awesome (if I may say so) with exercising and I have actually lost 8 pounds (yes, a lot of that is water weight, but I still feel proud!)
    I am on a roll, and I'm making better decisions about food, not drinking alcohol, and not stopping at restaurants or coffee shops.
    Something is missing though- I need to log, I need to write down how I feel and what I'm eating because it's a big part of the journey to better health.
    So here I am again, ready to put all of my thoughts here.  Maybe I will get to know some people here- I hope I do.  It sure is easier to remember to log in and post when I look forward to reading posts from other people.  Right now I am eating healthier but I will spend the next week or so planning what foods to have around the house for a successful Whole30.  I'm looking forward to feeling better and less tired.  I think I've already gone through a sugar withdrawl even though I only drastically reduced my intake, and didn't completely stop yet.  I'm hoping I don't get the sugar withdrawl symptoms again when I quit cold turkey!   Wish me luck!