Jihanna

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    Jihanna reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Hey! You're BACK! You haven't been on your page and after reading about you collapsed on the floor and in pain and misery and no sleep...and then no entries, I got a bit worried. I'm glad you're still here.
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    Jihanna reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Day Six Recap - 
    Talk about a protein filled day. I was like super antelope grazer, but I am somewhat pleased that my grazing led to reheating butternut squash, cooking up some tuna and onions, and eating a grass fed Whole30 compliant beef stick. Oh, and a nut bar. But only one and that was before all the other stuff. I was so full feeling and even while super full, I am peeing non stop. It's crazy whatever is going on in my system. And now I'm here drinking some tea because I feel over salted, but will this lead to peeing every half hour tonight?? I remember that when I first did a Whole30 way back in the day, peeing all night long was one of the things that occurred during the first week or so. It didn't happen when I started this Whole30 on July 2nd, but everything about my gut was more stable at the beginning of July and right now things seem more out of whack. I saw some probiotics sitting in the fridge door this evening and I suppose I could start taking a few of those and see if that helps. I think they're compliant, but I suppose I'll have to check. 
    Overall - the day was okay. I meditated, practiced, worked, cleaned up (though the house is still a mess), grazed, stayed on track, cooked up dinner, and found myself planning ahead. Also, no eggs today! I like eggs, but it concerns me that they showed up on the blood work allergen test (so did onions which I eat a lot too) and there was a time last year when I'd been eating hard boiled eggs and found my mouth and throat starting to react. They were ones that I purchased already hard boiled, but I don't think there were any preservatives. I don't want to screw up my relationship with eggs by overeating them and yet they are so easy and accessible.
    Breakfast - Chicken and butternut squash
    Lunch - Chicken, squash, tuna, onions, beef stick, nut bar, dried beets
    Dinner - A few mini hot dogs that my kids love, a bunch of mixed greens, and a bunch of sauteed kale/mushrooms/onion/garlic that one of children deemed was poisonous. And darn - I heated up the squash in the microwave and forgot to put that on the table. I'd better remember to get it out of the microwave.
    I am excited that this Whole30 ends right as the school year begins which is when I really want to have good energy.
     
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    If it makes you feel any better, at all, I have brain-lapse moments all the freaking time. It's usually to do with words, where I get totally tripped up trying to put the "word I'm looking for" onto my tongue... my husband jokes that I have too many stuffed in my brain, so it takes a moment to find the right one sometimes, but it doesn't make me feel any less embarrassed when it's simple words and then someone else suggests exactly what I was trying to say. (As an example, the other day I couldn't think of the word "folder", so I stood there flapping my hands together -- open and close, like a book -- saying something like "That thing you put papers in?")
    I blame it on not having enough coffee, but I know that's never the actual reason.  
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    Jihanna got a reaction from C.B. in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Starting over is definitely a great idea, here, and I'm so glad you seem like you're in a good mindset for that to happen! If the idea of going back to the beginning (I always hated Chutes and Ladders because inevitably I'd get to that top chute and wind up back at the bottom!) is too harsh, it might help to consider this as an extension instead of a re-start -- instead of back to day 1, it could be day 16 of a Whole45. The important parts really are to get that full month of reset in and to remember your symptoms/experience might reflect some of what's expected during early days on the program.
    I'm so sorry it's happening, and I know how frustrating it can be, but you definitely have cheering and support happening (even though many of us don't post on logs, I'm sure I'm not the only one that tends to scan through them!)
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    Jihanna reacted to Beckha99 in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Ok, I have decided you are my new buddy. Congratulations (Yes, I realize I gave you no choice in the matter). Your timeline is very close to mine (I am one day behind), and I have been dealing with a lot of similar things. Although, I feel like you are MUCH stronger then I am at this point. I don't care if you had to restart a few times, YOU KEEP COMING BACK!!! It is so easy after messing up to just want to say "Screw it!", and then go nuts. But you accept the mistake, process it, learn,  and KEEP GOING!!! I feel like that is pretty great. And we can do it this time!! (Even if I kept telling myself last night, how easy it would be to just quit.) We have got this. Keep kicking butt Emma!
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Many good wishes for a safe and enjoyable trip. We'll be here when you get back!
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    Jihanna reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Thanks, Jihanna  It is a bit of a bummer, but not the worst. There's something special about getting to the end of the Whole30 successfully and there's the underlying worry for those 30 days that you might not do it. And dang it - I didn't.  But I will. And 30 days from now is a time when I really want to be focused on work so this is maybe good. I'm also gonna label it with both Day One and Day 16 to acknowlege where I'm at (but not quite lose where I coulda been  )
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Starting over is definitely a great idea, here, and I'm so glad you seem like you're in a good mindset for that to happen! If the idea of going back to the beginning (I always hated Chutes and Ladders because inevitably I'd get to that top chute and wind up back at the bottom!) is too harsh, it might help to consider this as an extension instead of a re-start -- instead of back to day 1, it could be day 16 of a Whole45. The important parts really are to get that full month of reset in and to remember your symptoms/experience might reflect some of what's expected during early days on the program.
    I'm so sorry it's happening, and I know how frustrating it can be, but you definitely have cheering and support happening (even though many of us don't post on logs, I'm sure I'm not the only one that tends to scan through them!)
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Emma, I write my meal plan based on the sales. The new sales week starts on Wednesday or Thursday for all the local stores I shop, and most (if not all) of them allow you to "preview" the upcoming week... that makes it really nice if I know I'll be super-busy toward the end of the week. So I review the sales and make a notepad file (on my PC) to list what I'm likely to be interested in getting (with the costs and any limits noted); then I'll use that list as reference for making my actual meal plan, and use the meal plan to build my shopping list.
    It takes time and thought, but it helps SO MUCH because it means we're saving money and I'm not buying a bunch of food that'll go to waste.
    I try to stock up on things when they're on a super-sale, too, since that'll keep my grocery expenses lower for an upcoming week... but I haven't yet gotten to a point where I can go full-bulk with my purchases.
    Good luck on getting started with it again!
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    Jihanna got a reaction from coachmandiep in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I agree with this 100%, especially when cooking for more than just yourself.
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    Here's how mine works:
    Kroger is typically on the weekend. I order online and schedule pick-up for sometime Friday through Sunday.
    Sprouts (if I'm going) depends on the sales. Wednesday is the best day overall, because their ads start and end on Wednesday (so it overlaps and you get the best price between the two weeks' sales on that one day). They also have $5 sushi on Wednesdays, which makes my husband happy. If there's a great weekend-only sale, it might warrant a weekend trip, too.
    (Aldi and LIDL I don't "write in" on my shopping plan. If I'm going, I'll go based solely on the ad and my overall schedule.)
    My mom stops by a local produce market most days during the week (M-F) also, to see what's in the bargain bin... which means random stuff is making its way home throughout the week.

    Working from that schedule, I make my meal plan run from Sunday to Saturday. I write in the full week's plan for meats and starchy veggies, and through about Tuesday for other produce. Most of that will be purchased at Kroger. Produce for Wednesday-forward is based on Sprouts' sales (or what I get from Aldi or LIDL), or left blank so I can use whatever comes home from the market.
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I agree with this 100%, especially when cooking for more than just yourself.
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    Here's how mine works:
    Kroger is typically on the weekend. I order online and schedule pick-up for sometime Friday through Sunday.
    Sprouts (if I'm going) depends on the sales. Wednesday is the best day overall, because their ads start and end on Wednesday (so it overlaps and you get the best price between the two weeks' sales on that one day). They also have $5 sushi on Wednesdays, which makes my husband happy. If there's a great weekend-only sale, it might warrant a weekend trip, too.
    (Aldi and LIDL I don't "write in" on my shopping plan. If I'm going, I'll go based solely on the ad and my overall schedule.)
    My mom stops by a local produce market most days during the week (M-F) also, to see what's in the bargain bin... which means random stuff is making its way home throughout the week.

    Working from that schedule, I make my meal plan run from Sunday to Saturday. I write in the full week's plan for meats and starchy veggies, and through about Tuesday for other produce. Most of that will be purchased at Kroger. Produce for Wednesday-forward is based on Sprouts' sales (or what I get from Aldi or LIDL), or left blank so I can use whatever comes home from the market.
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    Jihanna reacted to kirbz in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Ooh, good discussion! Honestly, I also don't think there are good foods and bad foods. There's simply food. 
    If you've taken the time to learn, you know how different foods affect you. That's the point of Whole30 in my mind. It's learning how food fuels you. From there, it's simply a choice. Knowing how this will make me feel, do I want it or don't I? Even if it makes you feel terrible, it's not a "bad" food because you choose to eat it in a moment that's worth it. 
    But yeah, society applies all sorts of silly judgement and labels and emotions to food. Yes, McDonald's is probably completely devoid of nutritional value but it's delicious and I decided it was worth it and so I ate some. So what? It's simply food and knowledge and choices! 
    I feel like I've read a really good article (or something in one of the books) about this but I can't recall where...
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    Jihanna got a reaction from kirbz in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I think you've got it, Emma! Even McDonald's food isn't "good" or "bad", it's just options that you can choose to use or pass by... and some of the options might be better or worse for your personal situation, but you're still an adult who will make those decisions based on knowledge gained during this whole process and beyond. Food Freedom is about being able to make those choices. Sometimes my Freedom choice is going for an unhealthy (or less healthy) option because the situation makes it a "worth it" moment, but being able to find that balance and make the choices without judging myself harshly afterward was part of my goal -- another part is making sure "worth it" moments don't happen all the time, since that sort of defeats the purpose. (I want to quickly remind that "worth it" happens after reintroduction, because you have to get to baseline and determine your reactions before you can effectively judge whether or not something is worth you eating it! That can get confusing when talking about it in a during-W30 topic, so I didn't want to make anyone think I'm condoning going off-plan!).
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    Jihanna got a reaction from ebutz27 in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I think you've got it, Emma! Even McDonald's food isn't "good" or "bad", it's just options that you can choose to use or pass by... and some of the options might be better or worse for your personal situation, but you're still an adult who will make those decisions based on knowledge gained during this whole process and beyond. Food Freedom is about being able to make those choices. Sometimes my Freedom choice is going for an unhealthy (or less healthy) option because the situation makes it a "worth it" moment, but being able to find that balance and make the choices without judging myself harshly afterward was part of my goal -- another part is making sure "worth it" moments don't happen all the time, since that sort of defeats the purpose. (I want to quickly remind that "worth it" happens after reintroduction, because you have to get to baseline and determine your reactions before you can effectively judge whether or not something is worth you eating it! That can get confusing when talking about it in a during-W30 topic, so I didn't want to make anyone think I'm condoning going off-plan!).
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I think you've got it, Emma! Even McDonald's food isn't "good" or "bad", it's just options that you can choose to use or pass by... and some of the options might be better or worse for your personal situation, but you're still an adult who will make those decisions based on knowledge gained during this whole process and beyond. Food Freedom is about being able to make those choices. Sometimes my Freedom choice is going for an unhealthy (or less healthy) option because the situation makes it a "worth it" moment, but being able to find that balance and make the choices without judging myself harshly afterward was part of my goal -- another part is making sure "worth it" moments don't happen all the time, since that sort of defeats the purpose. (I want to quickly remind that "worth it" happens after reintroduction, because you have to get to baseline and determine your reactions before you can effectively judge whether or not something is worth you eating it! That can get confusing when talking about it in a during-W30 topic, so I didn't want to make anyone think I'm condoning going off-plan!).
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    Jihanna got a reaction from coachmandiep in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I think you've got it, Emma! Even McDonald's food isn't "good" or "bad", it's just options that you can choose to use or pass by... and some of the options might be better or worse for your personal situation, but you're still an adult who will make those decisions based on knowledge gained during this whole process and beyond. Food Freedom is about being able to make those choices. Sometimes my Freedom choice is going for an unhealthy (or less healthy) option because the situation makes it a "worth it" moment, but being able to find that balance and make the choices without judging myself harshly afterward was part of my goal -- another part is making sure "worth it" moments don't happen all the time, since that sort of defeats the purpose. (I want to quickly remind that "worth it" happens after reintroduction, because you have to get to baseline and determine your reactions before you can effectively judge whether or not something is worth you eating it! That can get confusing when talking about it in a during-W30 topic, so I didn't want to make anyone think I'm condoning going off-plan!).
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    Jihanna reacted to JenX in What has been your most lasting food habit after Whole30?   
    Ohh! also mayo. nothing by my own homemade mayo in the house. I absolutely love it.
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    Jihanna got a reaction from Jack william in Suggestions for Coffee Substitute?   
    I'd second the Crio Bru type drinks. I bought myself a sampler pack for Mother's Day, and I've been really enjoying them. I usually add some into my morning coffee so I get a chocolate-y undertone to the coffee itself, but I've also tried a couple of them brewed alone... mixed with just a bit of almond milk, it's quite a nice departure from my usual morning drinks. I sometimes add a dash of cinnamon with mine, also.
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    Jihanna got a reaction from LindsayO in Suggestions for Coffee Substitute?   
    I'd second the Crio Bru type drinks. I bought myself a sampler pack for Mother's Day, and I've been really enjoying them. I usually add some into my morning coffee so I get a chocolate-y undertone to the coffee itself, but I've also tried a couple of them brewed alone... mixed with just a bit of almond milk, it's quite a nice departure from my usual morning drinks. I sometimes add a dash of cinnamon with mine, also.
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    Jihanna reacted to ShannonM816 in Suggestions for Coffee Substitute?   
    Have you tried the cacao based beverages like choffy or crio bru? I don't have them real often, but they're a nice change. Don't expect it to taste like hot chocolate, it's not sweetened, it's just brewed cocoa beans, but it's not bad. 
    There was a discussion here on the forum recently about the mushroom based drinks, I don't remember if anyone ever went back and posted an actual review of them or if it was just people asking if anyone had tried them.
    You might also consider quitting all caffeine at some point and seeing how that affects things. It can be pretty miserable at first, but after a couple of weeks you may be surprised to find that you don't need the morning jolt of coffee anymore.
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    Jihanna reacted to Pandora Black in What do you drink?   
    Flavored sparkling water (La Croix, Bubbly) is my saving grace. I don’t like it as much as I liked soda, but it’s fine for now. It got me off the soda at least. I also love turmeric tea with lemon.
    I had the same experience as Jihanna, detox was awful. I had a headache, my cravings were off the charts and I was exhausted. I slept a lot. But it passed and now I’m feeling lots better. I don’t even crave soda anymore.
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    Jihanna got a reaction from DarrellWolfe in What do you drink?   
    Soda addiction is something I battled off and on since I was 15 years old, and now 24 years later I've finally kicked the habit. It's one of my biggest NSVs, and doing Whole30 would've been totally worth it (for me) if that was my only gain.
    Prior to Whole30, I draink 1-2 liters of "fully-leaded" Coca-Cola every day. I even polished off the last of my "one last bottle" the evening before my Day 1.
    Week 1 sucked, especially Days 2-4. It was horrifying. I was fighting dehydration, withdrawal, and lovely lady-type issues all at once. "Hangover" doesn't do it justice, it was detox (which is way worse than just being hung over). I slept a lot, there were points where I couldn't move without just breaking down in tears... and I was so glad that I'd prepped a little bit so I could eat and tell the family to DIY. I needed nausea meds to keep food down long enough to let me fall asleep on Day 2. The headache lasted for days, but I still had to get out and do things like buy groceries for the new week's meal plan, put them away, and even cook for my family. Day 5 I finally managed the whole day without meds for pain or nausea.
    During that first week, I did actually sweeten things with fruit/juice more than I probably should've. I was drinking black coffee, but also having hot tea during the day (2 cups water and 2 bags tea: 1 black, 1 "fruity" but compliant from a sampler box) which I sweetened with juice squeezed out of Cuties (1 baby orange per mug of tea). I also started keeping ice in my "main" cup so I could grab ice to suck on any time I felt like I would've normally grabbed a mint (I went through a large bag from Kroger every 1-2 weeks before W30). I'm another one who doesn't like regular unflavored water, but I get a good bit of it through my ice due to the amount I go through (and I drink water as the ice melts because it tastes better to me when it's still super-cold).
    Reading here, I had seen quite a few ways to get my soda fix without stepping out of compliance. But I'm a recovering alcoholic, so I am all too aware of what it means if I need a "fix"... it means I'm addicted, which means anything remotely like that thing I craved would only serve to support that addiction rather than help me break free of it. Even adding a splash of fruit juice (especially lemon/lime) to some sparkling water would've been totally SWYPO for me, because I could drink Sprite in place of Coke and be happy as long as I didn't feel the need for the caffeine at the time.
    The day after my Whole30, I drank some Coke. It's not recommended, it definitely wasn't a reintro of only one food group, but I needed to know if it was going to cause those cravings again... because if it did, I wanted to do another 30 days to continue working on getting free of that addiction.
    I'll be honest -- it didn't even taste good. It was syrupy, the carbonation didn't give me the "ahh" feeling I expected, and it tasted more like chemicals than sweetness. I sipped on it very sparingly while we were out (because I didn't want to pay for ice and had forgotten my ice cup at home), then gave the rest to my husband as soon as we walked back in our front door. He hasn't been doing Whole30 with me, and took it gladly... but I just reveled in the fact that even carbonation has no hold on me, anymore!
    Breaking my soda addiction probably wouldn't have happened if I hadn't done Whole30 the way it was intended, complete with sucking it up and making sure I didn't give myself any room for adventures in SWYPO. I feel so much happier knowing that I can continue my (slow and drawn-out) reintroduction without worrying that I'm going to slide right back into my old habits and addictions afterward, because if I can break away from SODA, I'm totally confident that I can break away from anything.
    (On a related note, on that first reintro day I also added some honey to my hot tea, and didn't even notice enough change in flavor for me to bother adding any sweetener to it since then.)
    Putting down the things we're used to is hard, and not recreating them during Whole30 might actually be harder... but finding freedom from the things that are doing more harm than good (in our bodies and minds) is really what this whole process is all about.
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    Jihanna reacted to megbeveridge in What has been your most lasting food habit after Whole30?   
    Eating a full breakfast, not just some cereal, has been a huge change. It has lead to some other changes sticking with me, too. Since I have a full breakfast, I don't snack before lunch. Since I don't snack before it, I eat my whole lunch and don't snack before dinner. After dinner, unfortunately, is a free-for-all, but I'm trying to rein that in. Drinking a lot of water has been a big change and I've kept my water bottle with me almost every day. I think the most important one of all though, is that I went from vegetarian to omnivore. While people like to say that vegetarianism is easy on a budget, it really isn't if you want to eat fresh food. So instead, I ended up eating a lot of processed food with giant ingredient lists. Now I can't justify putting any of that in my body, so I've continued eating meat every day. Come spring I'll be able to appease my ethics by buying local and humanely raised meats at the farmer's market, so in the end I'm not really giving anything up.
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    Jihanna reacted to Christie Inge, HHC in What would you do?   
    So, I totally understand the whole not wanting to waste food thing. AND, what I've also realized along the way is that food is always going to get wasted; we have an overabundance of food in the US and unless you are going to ship it off to people in less fortunate countries, you can waste it in the trash or in your body. 
    As far as the neighbor, if it continues to happen, you may need to have an honest conversation with her and perhaps discuss other ways you might be able to connect that isn't food (her actual motivation for bringing you the scones was probably to connect with you). 
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    Jihanna reacted to Lissa Kristine in Best tips & tricks for starting W30 with kids?   
    Pack a lunch. School lunches are terrible anyway.