Lorna from Canada

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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Reintro Day 11 - the good, the bad and the ugly   
    It's really, really tough. Hubs said, "well, let me know if you can't drink it any more and I'll get cracking on the cellar while you're gone." Lots of support there . I know there are worse things but, this one is tough.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in Super Slow Reintro   
    Hey all, day 35 here and what is officially the end of my W30. But I'm in for the super slow reintro, because I'm simply not missing the things I've excluded and not desperate to add back in.
    I have a BBQ at a friends place this weekend so I'm going to avoid grains, legumes, dairy, but not sweat the sugar in marinades and dressings, and have a couple of lower sugar alcoholic ciders. Then back to compliant until the following weekend, when I'll intro something else. The plan is that weekdays are completely compliant, and weekends are when I reintro single food groups. I'm also (like most of you) splitting them down - soy will be on a different day to beans, cheese will be a different day to butter and milk, corn and rice will also be separate.
    A lot of the things I cut with W30 I don't eat a lot anyway, so I'm pretty comfy doing the slow reintro. The health issues I started W30 for are also pretty significant and the fact that they have resolved makes me not at all keen to see them come back.  Plus, I lost a bunch of weight on round but I have a lot to go, and for the first time I'm losing weight without weighing and measuring everything I eat and plugging it into a calorie counter, and I want that to keep going!!
     
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in Reintro Day 11 - the good, the bad and the ugly   
    First of all - OMG, bike accident!! I'm so glad you're ok!! 
    Yay for the bread stuff not messing with you!
    Wine gives me terrible hangover anxiety and bad sleep. I feel your pain being in Adelaide with all that amazing wine country and having that reaction  
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    Where's the WOW button? 20lbs? AWESOME!!
    I know this feeling well! Hubs and Gee were eager to get on with introducing right away - I was completely okay with 7 more compliant days (even though the airport/travel was tough). So far I've slow rolled with wine (jury is still out on that one after 3 tries and 3 poor night's sleep!), gin and tonic (once - was okay), corn -also once and was fine, sugar as it shows up in deli meat and my homemade salad dressing (no raging sugar dragon) and wheat bread (also fine - yeah) but, other than when (rarely) those are just in front of me and part of a meal, I've stayed compliant so, my diet is still 90% W30 and I'm okay with that! I have also released the prohibition on store bought chips - I like chips so I have bought some high end, no additive ones a few times and enjoy the break from making homefries. Have not yet reintroduced regular grains, legumes, soy or dairy or a "sugar first" kind of food - no plans to do so at this point.
    Good luck - welcome to reintro!!
     
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    Well, I did it! Whole 34 complete, 30 days completely compliant, first 4 days compliant save for the sulfites (additive 233) in the lemon squeeze I added to my soda water (maybe 2 tsp a day of 99.9% pure lemon juice).
    Verdict?
    Chronic vertigo for the last 18 months GONE.
    Sleep AMAZING.
    IBS symptoms GONE.
    Heartburn ALMOST GONE, MANAGEABLE WITHOUT MEDICATION.
    Weight 9.3kg (20.5lbs) GONE.
    My skin isn't amazing, i hoped the redness and dry skin on my face would go, and i never got Tiger blood, and i still wish i had more energy, but the plus sides are overwhelming!
    I'm not really keen to start reintroducing. I don't eat a lot of legumes, or rice or corn, I love cheese but haven't missed it yet, and I'm not missing gluten grains either. I made my lunch for today, and it's compliant. I just couldn't think of anything I wanted to add to it. So, it looks like I'm on the slow roll.
    I have to say, as a lifelong calorie counter and yoyo dieter, the fact that I've lost so much weight and did not weigh, measure or count a thing (this log is the only place I've journaled what I've eaten) has completely blown my mind. I don't want to change a thing. 
    I have a BBQ at a foodie friend's house this weekend, the plan is to avoid legumes, grains and dairy but not sweat whether there is sugar in marinades or dressings, and to have a few adult beverages, then get back to 100% compliant immediately after. Between now and Wednesday, I plan to reintro something if I feel like it, but not force the issue, and Thursday and Friday will be 100% compliant in preparation for Saturday's BBQ.
    So anyway, today's food:
    B'fast: 2 poacked eggs, hot smoked salmon and Spicy Kraut
    Lunch: Za'tar crusted chicken thighs with wombok, carot and celery slaw and lemon garlic tahini dressing
    Dinner: Pork chops with roasted sweet potato rounds and broccolini, baby spinach, beetroot and cucumber salad with chimmichuri mayo
     
     
     
     
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    Last night was great, and no temptation to drink! We had a great meal, watched a movie and it was just fun. 
    DAY 34!! My official final day before reintro.
    Confession: I don't really want to reintro. I don't want legumes. I haven't missed grains. I'm not even dying for dairy, and last night proved I'm not really hankering for a drink. I know, and have read Melissa's post on slow reintro and I might go that way, but right now I'm just like "eh". I have to plan and make lunches for the week, and I don't feel like messing with them.  I was sorely tempted to weigh myself this morning but didn't. 
    Anywho, today's food... absolutely no idea. I'm not hungry. Last night's meal was compliant but I ate more than I usually would and there was certainly way more meat than veg!! A salad is definitely on the cards. 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in Reintro Day 9 - craving vs missing some foods   
    These past few days I've been missing some foods. Like, in a sad way thinking about whether I'll eat them again. For example, I was at the Adelaide RV show yesterday on a beautiful summer day and I was recalling my previous visit to the show 2 years ago when I stopped for a break midday and had an affogato (a dollop of ice cream in an espresso) and a lamington (white cake slice dipped in chocolate glaze and dusted in coconut). It was lovely - sitting under a sprawling gum tree listening to the rosellas and, basically, mainlining sugar. Yesterday midday, I refilled my water bottle from the warmish tap and carried on. 
    The difference is more than just do I eat that or not - and it isn't a craving. I didn't want the sugar yesterday - my dragon is behaving quite nicely and I am happy with that. And, I didn't return home and deep dive into a substitue fix so, that's not it. But I feel a little loss. Like I am grieving sugar and all its related sweet treats because my intention is to not eat it ever again - like never. But, I am going to miss it.
    I'm an abstainer - there is no moderation for me - never has been. I know from all the years that I maintained my 85+ lb weight loss that I need to stay away from triggering foods. And, I know that, yes menopause has been hard, but the reason I regained those 30lb has as much to do with an afternoon snack of affogato and lamington as in does hormonal craziness.  I also know that right now, I feel great. My energy is amazing. My stamina is outstanding. I feel less anxious and my mood is elevated. I also don't have waves of hormonal heat wash over my menopausal body out of the blue. And, I'm losing weight - how much I don't know  but I can feel it leave my body. So, I have to go back to abstaining from the things I know I don't need to reintroduce to experiment on - sugar is a no go. The W30 talks about guidelines for determining if something is worth it but - when it comes to my sugar dragon, nothing is worth her reawakening.
    So, I'm having a little sadness about missing my old frenemy. Random thoughts come into my head like "oh, no more Dairy Queen peanut buster parfaits!" and I feel a bit sad. 
     
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in Reintro Day 9 - craving vs missing some foods   
    That's understandable, the loss of anything that usually gives pleasure (even if it also brings pain - our brains are good at missing that bit!) will being grief. That's a good way of describing it. And our culture is SO centred around food, that there's a knock on effect of missing the social or environmental situation that comes with the food. 
    I'm glad you're getting good weather!!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to laura_juggles in My biggest challenge.. baby food..   
    @NJdieter Do you have some research on that last part? Everyone needs a varied diet, but I'd hesitate to say dairy and grains are necessary. That sounds like talk from lobbyists trying to sell food products to parents. Pancreatic amylase, which is what you really need to digest grains, doesn't start being produced until all 4 molars are in. And not every child can digest dairy, so it can't be that crucial to growth. 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Jihanna in Reintro Day 5 - snacks are back   
    This had me cracking up, because I've done that... and had the 30-minute conversation in my head where one voice justifies the decision to grab whatever it is I'm considering, while another voice calmly reminds me that I probably don't actually want to deal with the side effects that would come with eating it (and occasionally another rational voice asks if I'd be just as happy to sit down with a plate of real food). It gets amusing, and a little sad, sometimes. And it's not like my sugar dragon is even still roaring, or that I feel like I didn't work through the mindset behind my old snacking habits... but I still end up gazing with borderline intent to graze, until I realize that I'm not actually hungry (or that I am but that's because it's been, I dunno, 6 hours since I ate?)
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Reintro Day 5 - snacks are back   
    Ya, this isn't good. Somehow, snacking has returned. 3 times today I have found myself staring into the fridge or swinging open the pantry door to have a little look around - because taking a mid-day inventory is a necessary thing. Nope. Nope. Nope. I do not need to be grazing - I woke up at 6AM as usual, had a lovely tomato, onion and kale hash with eggs for breakfast and potato salad and leftover chop for lunch and... okay, I see it. That's really not enough food. The hash is veg and 2 eggs. Then I walk with my daughter to work and return with 9000 steps on my pedometer and I drink a little sparkling mineral water with lemon and wonder why, at 10AM, I'm standing in front of the pantry fondling a bag of Werther's toffee like, if I read the label fast enough, I'll decide they are compliant. 
    I did not see what was happening until I started writing it down just now. I'm not eating enough. Okay then... onward. I hereby forgive myself for plowing through the rest of the potato salad and eating watermelon over the sink like a thief. Got it. More food including a carb at breakfast and maybe a couple of dates and some almonds after my morning walk. 
    In other news, I'm still not really reintroducing anything. I've reread ISWF and have decided I need to define "Worth It" so I can be more confident trying things. I'm still not missing anything either so no worries - things will come back when they come I suppose.
    I went back to work today - I'm a personal coach with clients all over the world - juggling different time zones is a work out in itself. Taking a full week off for travel and jet lag was a good idea - I felt on top of my game with my 2 clients today. I really feel well - I don't know how to describe it other than to say, I feel really well. Amazing.
     
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Reintro Day 7 - back to the gym and DOMS   
    I've been back to the gym this week after a long post operative recovery. I had foot surgery followed by some reignition of chronic hip problems aggravated by gait issues caused by the post operative boot. And, I was more than irritated by it, (but the Moderators won't let me use the language I want to use to REALLY describe how I felt), so, in October, I said "screw it" and stopped working out altogether. Ya, ya - I know that wasn't the smartest thing to do BUT, I got the go ahead to start running again at the beginning of February and it made me start missing my gym/yoga/strength routine and I could not wait to get back at it so, all good right? I've been super fit and working out regularly since 2005 - a 4 month break isn't the end of the world. 
    ANYWAY...
    I've been back to the gym. Plus, even though I haven't started running again  - I want to make sure my hip strength is AOK before I start that again - I have a marathon in sight for 2020 - the year I turn 60 - want to make sure I do this right... ANYWAY...
    I've been back to the gym - full routine with slightly lighter weights than I was using back in October - leg day on Tuesday, Core on Wednesday and heading there shortly for upper body and, where is all my post workout pain? Yes, I'm taking it a bit easy and I'm stretching post workout and adding in yoga - I'm still spending 2 hours in the gym grunting and sweating and putting myself through the paces but, I don't have post workout pain to the same degree that I always have had it in the past. Typically I am sore within an hour of finishing and am tightened up like a top by evening sometimes needing vitamin I in addition to a hot bath to help me sleep. Yes, I am having some next day DOMS - I am reawakening muscles cells after a 4 month break, but DOMS is different than my usual pain. 
    I can only contribute this difference to the change in my diet and the overall reduced inflammation in my body. I will be watching for this pain for awhile until I am back at my pre-break workout level until then - I'm just going to appreciate it and love it.
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Lauraco in Day 30 - It's HERE!!   
    This will be the first post of the day - because the day that everyone starts off thinking is never going to come has arrived for the 3 of us intrepid W30ers in my famjam!!! And I'm excited to report on everyone's progress.  I'm so glad they both jumped in wholeheartedly to do this with me - it would have been really difficult to do this on my own. My hat is off to anyone who does it on their own without family support. 
    Last night, Hubs and I sat down to chat through his experience since we're not otherwise going to see each other today. His sole goal was to drop 5 pounds which he did (he broke the rules and weighed himself Day24) and his clothes are fitting better. He's a tall (6'1"), thin (177 when we started) and doesn't really have too much in the way of health complaints - unlike his wife. So, he says he can't really tell if anything has changed for him - no tiger blood, no digestive improvements, no change in sleep or brain fog - nada. But those 5 lbs mean a lot to him. He and I were both obese and really sick at one point in our lives, (here's an article from Canada's National Newspaper about us https://tgam.ca/2SniHAM), and neither of us ever want to go back. SO - even though he doesn't feel any different, he wants to make major dietary changes - no more cheese, crackers, cereal, bread, white rice (he's fallen in love with cauiliflower rice) and NO MORE CANDY. I'd say the one thing that has changed is his sweet tooth - he was ALWAYS scouting around looking for something sweet after dinner and that has stopped. 
    So, this morning, I'm doing the clean out the pantry for the Food Bank - there are going to be some carbs heading out!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in Reintro Day 5 - snacks are back   
    As soon as I started reading, I wondered if you were still following the meal template or if you'd reduced the size of your meals! Load up that plate, lady!
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Reintro Day 5 - snacks are back   
    Ya, this isn't good. Somehow, snacking has returned. 3 times today I have found myself staring into the fridge or swinging open the pantry door to have a little look around - because taking a mid-day inventory is a necessary thing. Nope. Nope. Nope. I do not need to be grazing - I woke up at 6AM as usual, had a lovely tomato, onion and kale hash with eggs for breakfast and potato salad and leftover chop for lunch and... okay, I see it. That's really not enough food. The hash is veg and 2 eggs. Then I walk with my daughter to work and return with 9000 steps on my pedometer and I drink a little sparkling mineral water with lemon and wonder why, at 10AM, I'm standing in front of the pantry fondling a bag of Werther's toffee like, if I read the label fast enough, I'll decide they are compliant. 
    I did not see what was happening until I started writing it down just now. I'm not eating enough. Okay then... onward. I hereby forgive myself for plowing through the rest of the potato salad and eating watermelon over the sink like a thief. Got it. More food including a carb at breakfast and maybe a couple of dates and some almonds after my morning walk. 
    In other news, I'm still not really reintroducing anything. I've reread ISWF and have decided I need to define "Worth It" so I can be more confident trying things. I'm still not missing anything either so no worries - things will come back when they come I suppose.
    I went back to work today - I'm a personal coach with clients all over the world - juggling different time zones is a work out in itself. Taking a full week off for travel and jet lag was a good idea - I felt on top of my game with my 2 clients today. I really feel well - I don't know how to describe it other than to say, I feel really well. Amazing.
     
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from BeccaNewbie in Reintro Off Schedule - How to get back on track?   
    @BeccaNewbie I'm afraid I don't have the sanctioned Whole30 answer for you but I did want to stop buy and say Wowza - you were without access to your normal food and you were able to skip the pizza and donuts on offer?!! That's really awesome! Good for you!
    As for getting back on the reintro track - I guess it depends on what you were trying to learn from doing this W30 - if you were really worried about rice and soy and how they work in your body then you wouldn't have had that answer from eating something with both of them in it so, maybe a few more W30 days, (like you're planning), before introducing one of those things on their own sounds about right. If you weren't really worried about soy or rice and had no reaction from the bars then maybe just carry on? Sounds like you're being very thoughtful and aware of the foods you're reintroducing and that's the main thing at the end of the day, isn't it?
    Hope the rest of your reintro is smooth as silk!
     
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in First Timer - started Jan 28   
    I've just ready through all of your posts in this thread - feel like I'm sitting in a cafe eavesdropping on the most interesting conversation! @Jihanna - your stories and commitment are amazing! Like you, I'm not sure where to go to continue to process this amazing experience - staying here posting about Reintro Day 89 seems unlikely. 
    @Lauraco Sounds like you are NAILING this and really embracing the experience. Like Jihanna said, this is more than an elimination diet - I have learned SO much about myself from this experience and my relationship with food has changed significantly. I was really, really skeptical of the intital claims but now I am a huge believer in what W30 is trying to do. 

    Carry on you two - this is the best thread on the forum  
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in First Timer - started Jan 28   
    I've just ready through all of your posts in this thread - feel like I'm sitting in a cafe eavesdropping on the most interesting conversation! @Jihanna - your stories and commitment are amazing! Like you, I'm not sure where to go to continue to process this amazing experience - staying here posting about Reintro Day 89 seems unlikely. 
    @Lauraco Sounds like you are NAILING this and really embracing the experience. Like Jihanna said, this is more than an elimination diet - I have learned SO much about myself from this experience and my relationship with food has changed significantly. I was really, really skeptical of the intital claims but now I am a huge believer in what W30 is trying to do. 

    Carry on you two - this is the best thread on the forum  
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Mbostwick06 in Lost my job while on Whole30   
    @Mbostwick06 Wow - that's really impressive! I'm sad that you're going through this and hope you land a new position soon. But, in the meantime, take some credit for your amazing NSV's! A slow cooker or Instant Pot can go a long way to help make really cheap cuts of meat into magic - hope you can access one of these of you don't currently have one.
    @SavoraGG My thoughts would be going to a glass of wine  totally get the margarita. Hope you heal well and also find a position very soon. Clear minds and calm energy are great supports when facing this kind of adversity.
    Kudos to both of you and all the best moving forwar.
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Reintro Day 4 - a little craving this afternoon   
    Hmmm, breakfast was leftover potato salad and 1/2 a sausage that wasn't compliant - had sugar in it (why oh why? It was a country style pork sausage - why sugar???). I knew it had sugar in it because I ate it a few days ago and had no post consumption effect - I'm sure there's not enough sugar in 1/2 a sausage to do me much harm but then I was craving carbs this afternoon so I wonder... I did have a workout today and only had a giant mixed greens and tomato salad with mayo dressing and leftover steak afterwards so, maybe I was likely down a bit in carbs. I decided to eat something - had some watermelon and almond butter and that seemed to do the trick as it's almost 7PM and I'm not that hungry for dinner which isn't for 1/2 an hour. I guess I need to do a proper sugar reintroduction since it is SO HARD TO AVOID out in the real world - UGH! I really don't want to try full on sugar - my dragon is resting quietly and I like it that way and I'm not sure today's little crave was even about that sugar in the sausage or just because I was under caloried for the day.
    Having a craving was weird because I really haven't had any except for the first week on W30 when I was missing my wine and then again a few days ago when I wanted meat. Craving a sugar based item (specifically I wanted cake or cookies today) feels weird. In any case, I'm claiming an NSV because I ate watermelon and almond butter instead of cake and cookies and that's worth celebrating.
    I've been to market and have a lovely supply of fish ends and other seafood deliciousness to turn into a bouillabaisse (and again, the French are after me for mauling their proprietary cuisine related things - je m'excuse!) so that will be amazing - love being so close to the sea! Vive L'Australie.
     
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in Some days I do think this humourous blog resembles me a little too much...   
    @kirbz I should have labelled it NSFW - sorry about that . I completely agree about the W30 experience. When I read any discrediting reviews of W30, the writer always talks about it as a weight loss program or a long term diet which, of course, it isn't. I've never been more engaged in or curious about the relationship between my diet and my health than I have been here since starting W30 Jan 3. And I've learned a lot about me and food. I do know that something I eat has caused chronic pain and now I'm going to try to figure out what that is so I can make informed decisions about my own needs. And that is very, very cool.
    Now - get back to work
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Some days I do think this humourous blog resembles me a little too much...   
    I suspect all of the people who have commented on my "crazy diet" in the past 6 weeks see me this way too - 
    and maybe you'll see yourself in this.
    it's cute; enjoy a little humour while we continue our journey!
    https://nwedible.com/tragedy-healthy-eater/
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    Because we Canadians are renowned for being SUPER NICE but, in fact, we're actually a fairly passive aggressive lot () , I'm voting for the sneaky vodkas - completely self serving, of course.
     
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    Snap! I posted just as you posted!
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Some days I do think this humourous blog resembles me a little too much...   
    I suspect all of the people who have commented on my "crazy diet" in the past 6 weeks see me this way too - 
    and maybe you'll see yourself in this.
    it's cute; enjoy a little humour while we continue our journey!
    https://nwedible.com/tragedy-healthy-eater/