Lorna from Canada

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  1. You know how good you feel when you're eating a compliant diet? And how you can't actually imagine going back to how you used to eat? And how it seems so straightforward and easy and just right? I felt that way from January 3 through to June 30th and then the wheels came off. And here I am, 6 weeks later eating the old way and feeling so awful I can hardly keep my thoughts straight! So, before I go another 6 minutes, Hubs and I are back doing round 3. What happened - my mom was diagnosed with a brain tumour in May - had a week of radiosurgery then fell and fractured her hip. She had a hip
  2. Yo Schod! Had a little read through - catching up and getting ready for W30 v3 starting today. My mom's sudden illness and tremendous care needs (brain tumour, radio surgery, fall leading to a broken hip and hip replacement surgery!) have me off the charts for the past 4 weeks. Hubs and I took a week off to go to France where, if it's possible, we didn't eat/drink a single W30 approved food for 8 days (is it possible to eat W30 in France?? Serious question. The cheese - OMG the cheese!!) I also took on a new role (Training Director - Global) with my Aussie based company and am up to my e
  3. Here ya go: http://www.brunswicksardines.ca/products/v/49 While popular in (and made in) Canada - I've purchased them all over the world - most recently in Australia. I don't like the fancied up flavoured ones - just the plain traditional ones. Different than sardines but equally delicious!
  4. The Whole30 mantra is that those of us who are breakfast avoiders have messed up hormonal influences but, since this is something that has been present my entire life and, since I've been eating a W30 regimen for 6 months now (so, theoretically, my hormonal state should be more balanced and natural?) and I still can't eat breakfast, I'm going with outlier. @Jihanna I could not imagine olives as a FWNB! I like them well enough, prefer green to ripened olives, but, at best, I can eat 4 or 5 before feeling over it. What is it about olives that make them so reckless for you? @JenX I can
  5. I have always loved sardines and kippered herring. Sooooo good - nice to see you promote it here!
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3569688/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6101675/ There's a couple to get you started.
  7. Actually, humans are the same. One of the reasons obesity is such a problem is what we store in our adipose tissue. Even years after certain chemicals have been banned, we can see them stored in toxic levels in our adipose tissue.
  8. That's a great article. The word "plan" came up 50 times and gave my impulsive, non-planning brain a little jolt each time
  9. I have this feeling 99% of the time I eat out whether i'm on whole30 or not! I agree 100% with this. I find it obnoxious to throw food money after crap food Congratulations @SchrodingersCat for completing #2. I didn't find it as rewarding or the results as amazing either. I do think that, even though I had a few less than great days before my second W30 started, my overall health was so much better that I didn't have so much drama to clear out. I haven't found the reintro piece as stressful this time - I'm quite committed to stay as compliant as possible and that's b
  10. Yes, you need to be prepared. I was on W33 while travelling from Toronto to Adelaide (34 hours of travel, 3 airports) and finding food was hell - the world is not geared up for W30. But, you also need to be mindful of what you can take on planes or through security. I found I couldn't even find things in Relay (airport shop). I ate a few bags of Lay's plain chips out of desperation. For travel, I'd recommend a packet of nuts, some boiled eggs, compliant jerky (if you can get it - I haven't been able to source it here in Canada), fruit/dried fruit, larabars, veggie sticks. Remember to le
  11. Welcome @Mum4x4x4 Not currently doing a W30 but have done 2 this year and will be doing another in September. Meanwhile living the W30 template with a few sidetrips into "Worth It" land. Happy to support you in anyway I can!
  12. I love coconut aminos and prefer them to soy sauce now. I use them in the same way as soy sauce and sustitute 1:1 in recipes. I've also fallen in love with this ketchup/BBQ sauce - so much better than anything I've every purchased: 1/2 cup tomato paste 6 dates, soaked for 10-15 minutes in 1/4 cup hot water to soften 2 tsp garlic powder 2 tsp chili powder 2/3 cup coconut aminos salt and pepper Once the dates are soft and mushy, mix it altogether to a smooth consistency. For ketchup, add more hot water to desired consistency.
  13. I use the bacon fat from compliant bacon to saute onions, potatoes and other vegetables (including kale) for my morning hash but I don't save it for later use. Long live bacon. Amen.
  14. Agreed. My 2 W30s and near compliance the rest of the time have taught me to see food differently. It's hard to explain but I just don't put very much emotional thought or energy into my meals. "What do I want to eat?" has been replaced with "what's in the fridge and what can I do with it?" Coming to a truce with food has probably been the biggest benefit I have taken from this program. Compliance and healthy eating is easier when you don't have cravings. I now define 'craving' as 'wanting to eat a specific food' no matter how strongly that 'want' presents itself. Enjoy your heartburn fre
  15. It's funny that my chronic, heart burn like symptoms are one thing W30 didn't fix for me. However, I do have a familial issue - likely a small physical anomaly at the pyloric sphincter - and that's the biggest problem. A small does of omaperazole keeps it in check. Like Schrod, I will be on this eating plan for the rest of my life with a little wee divergences here and there. I couldn't identify the source of my fatigue or poor quality sleep during reintro - I just know that I sleep AMAZINGLY well and have the energy of a 30 year old (I'm 59) when I'm compliant and that is worth giving up
  16. @JenX I can remember one wise physician telling me years ago that "a number in isolation of other indicators is meaningless" - she was the last of a breed I'm afraid. We are a lab result obsessed medical community now - seeing systems as integrated and considering all factors that might be at play is so challenging and, sometimes, impossible, but ideal. It's just easier to react to an out of whack number and raise alarm bells. I'm really keen seeing the emerging research on the impact of sugar on our health - it's way overdue. Think of the advances we could be enjoying had the Harva
  17. Schrod - next time I'm in Melbin (2020), we're getting DNA tests together! This is exactly me: I have tried on and off in my life to eat breakfast with disastrous results. Get your spit ready - I'll be there in March
  18. Oh @Victoria L - we all feel your pain! That KATT stage can start early and hang on but, like Schrod said, imagine why this is happening! Your body is in a state of shock because you're depriving it of its chemicals and garbage - it's throwing a tantrum! Take care of yourself; remember why you're here; feed your body; love on yourself... this, too, will pass and your body will forgive you! Hugs!
  19. @ElainaR Wow - that's fantastic! Good for you and the lucky people you feed @aimeedanger that is really interesting. I think I would be off the carbs forever in your situation. Pre-W30, I was often drowsy after lunch and would need a nap - I haven't had a nap since January. I wonder now about this reactive hypoglycemia... I feel much better when I don't eat grains. Even today, I had pizza with my mom who is living life to the fullest now that she knows her days are numbered. (She's 89 and has a brain tumour - she's a realist) I had my first wheat since April 8th and feel super sluggish
  20. @scoakley13 LOL - your secret is safe with me Anyone else?
  21. I guess there aren't as many hard and fast rules to Reintro but, since I'm mostly still living a full on W30 with only occasional deviations from the plan in the past week (slice of deli ham 2 days ago for example), I feel like I am still rule-bound... to a degree. I've decided that I am a rule breaker all the same. Here's the big rule I don't follow... I don't eat breakfast. Like my mother before me, I feel ill if I eat upon rising. Always have. My mother suffered through a childood of being forced to eat breakfast then throwing up on the way to school everyday - imagine! Once she realiz
  22. Just popping by to say I love this gender neutral phrase. Totes stealing it and adding it to my woke vocab. Thanks @SugarcubeOD
  23. Well, take heart then! It could simply have been a bit of gastric irritation and inflammation keeping the bile from moving through the duct properly. Now that you're aware of all of this, you'll be better informed if it happens again. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your W30. It took awhile for my overtaxed physical systems to relax into the new regime but the results have been as amazing as promised! Cheers!