Lorna from Canada

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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jenjo in What is vegetable juice?   
    @TrishTeach
    I just use tinned tomato juice - works great and is 100% compliant (check ingredients though  ). Stew beef needs some form of acid (that's what you get from veggie juice) to help break down collagen in the slow cooking process so, you could also use a bit of lemon in water or diluted apple cider vinegar if you're not sure about veggie juice.
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in Must use throat lozenges   
    I'd say this trumps the rules. My opinion.
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in W30 v3.0 - Day 1 A big list of WHY!   
    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 replacement surgery the next day and has been recovering from this double whammy ever since. I am her main go to person so, Hubs and I took our RV to a campground near her home and installed me there for 5 weeks. It was really awful. Hubs and I spend a fair bit of time living apart as I spend my Canadian winters in Australia (I have severe, debilitating Seasonal Affective Disorder) but this separation was the worst! It was just a sad, lonely, hard time to be away. In the middle of this, my main client offered me a huge role in their company which I accepted. So, even though that is positive stress, it's still big stress... 
    Long story short - those old habits crept back in WAY faster than I would have thought possible.  Hubs and I took an unplanned but much, much needed break last week in France where the wheels on the W30 bus fell completely off (oh the cheese! the wine! the bread! the desserts!) and I sit here today feeling so physically unwell I hardly recognize myself. 
    This is my catalogue of diet related complaints - I'm putting them here in a comprehensive form so I can reflect back when I need to in the future. Hoping that this list will have some influence over my deeply habituated brain!
    weight regain (rapid!) lousy sleep quality - waking up and not being able to get back to sleep hot flashes return - thermodynamics in general are completely off sore feet - tired, achey, inflammed stomach distress - heart burn, stomach pain, lousy bowels general malaise - lack of energy, muscle fatigue, joint stiffness anxiety - I actually feel more anxious now than I did helping my mother for that first, terrible month when she was so sick and I was eating a compliant diet always hungry! That's the worst - I eat a non-compliant meal and am hungry an hour later! headaches brain fog Okay - I think that's about it. I just generally feel like crap and realise I probably felt this way for years and years before my W30.
    So, I am home now. My mom is stable (hoping for a nice, long period of stability now but am prepared for the worst which is just realistic) and it's still summer here. We're heading into the best season of fresh, local produce ambundance so, I am looking forward to getting back on the W30 plan and feeling better soon.
     
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in W30 v3.0 - Day 1 A big list of WHY!   
    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 replacement surgery the next day and has been recovering from this double whammy ever since. I am her main go to person so, Hubs and I took our RV to a campground near her home and installed me there for 5 weeks. It was really awful. Hubs and I spend a fair bit of time living apart as I spend my Canadian winters in Australia (I have severe, debilitating Seasonal Affective Disorder) but this separation was the worst! It was just a sad, lonely, hard time to be away. In the middle of this, my main client offered me a huge role in their company which I accepted. So, even though that is positive stress, it's still big stress... 
    Long story short - those old habits crept back in WAY faster than I would have thought possible.  Hubs and I took an unplanned but much, much needed break last week in France where the wheels on the W30 bus fell completely off (oh the cheese! the wine! the bread! the desserts!) and I sit here today feeling so physically unwell I hardly recognize myself. 
    This is my catalogue of diet related complaints - I'm putting them here in a comprehensive form so I can reflect back when I need to in the future. Hoping that this list will have some influence over my deeply habituated brain!
    weight regain (rapid!) lousy sleep quality - waking up and not being able to get back to sleep hot flashes return - thermodynamics in general are completely off sore feet - tired, achey, inflammed stomach distress - heart burn, stomach pain, lousy bowels general malaise - lack of energy, muscle fatigue, joint stiffness anxiety - I actually feel more anxious now than I did helping my mother for that first, terrible month when she was so sick and I was eating a compliant diet always hungry! That's the worst - I eat a non-compliant meal and am hungry an hour later! headaches brain fog Okay - I think that's about it. I just generally feel like crap and realise I probably felt this way for years and years before my W30.
    So, I am home now. My mom is stable (hoping for a nice, long period of stability now but am prepared for the worst which is just realistic) and it's still summer here. We're heading into the best season of fresh, local produce ambundance so, I am looking forward to getting back on the W30 plan and feeling better soon.
     
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in W30 v3.0 - Day 1 A big list of WHY!   
    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 replacement surgery the next day and has been recovering from this double whammy ever since. I am her main go to person so, Hubs and I took our RV to a campground near her home and installed me there for 5 weeks. It was really awful. Hubs and I spend a fair bit of time living apart as I spend my Canadian winters in Australia (I have severe, debilitating Seasonal Affective Disorder) but this separation was the worst! It was just a sad, lonely, hard time to be away. In the middle of this, my main client offered me a huge role in their company which I accepted. So, even though that is positive stress, it's still big stress... 
    Long story short - those old habits crept back in WAY faster than I would have thought possible.  Hubs and I took an unplanned but much, much needed break last week in France where the wheels on the W30 bus fell completely off (oh the cheese! the wine! the bread! the desserts!) and I sit here today feeling so physically unwell I hardly recognize myself. 
    This is my catalogue of diet related complaints - I'm putting them here in a comprehensive form so I can reflect back when I need to in the future. Hoping that this list will have some influence over my deeply habituated brain!
    weight regain (rapid!) lousy sleep quality - waking up and not being able to get back to sleep hot flashes return - thermodynamics in general are completely off sore feet - tired, achey, inflammed stomach distress - heart burn, stomach pain, lousy bowels general malaise - lack of energy, muscle fatigue, joint stiffness anxiety - I actually feel more anxious now than I did helping my mother for that first, terrible month when she was so sick and I was eating a compliant diet always hungry! That's the worst - I eat a non-compliant meal and am hungry an hour later! headaches brain fog Okay - I think that's about it. I just generally feel like crap and realise I probably felt this way for years and years before my W30.
    So, I am home now. My mom is stable (hoping for a nice, long period of stability now but am prepared for the worst which is just realistic) and it's still summer here. We're heading into the best season of fresh, local produce ambundance so, I am looking forward to getting back on the W30 plan and feeling better soon.
     
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat's "I'm useless at this food freedom thing" Round 3 Diary   
    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 eyeballs in stress so, my eating has been a return to pre-W30 - awful, awful, awful. I remember when you came back from Bali - I feel like that. So - here I am again - raring to go. 
    Hope you can get to bed soon without vertigo - I feel that way about my foot pain. I know it's related to food but impossible to totally figure out. It's back now but there's been so much wine, cheese, bread and dessert over the past 4 weeks so, what to say?
    Alright - off I go then - just thought I'd pop by to say HI!
     
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat's "I'm useless at this food freedom thing" Round 3 Diary   
    Didn't end up getting the cauli rice for my lunch, the soup was enough on it's own and I'm down enough to not be hungry. I just want to go home and go to bed. 
    ETA: Won't, though. Will go home and make dinner. 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Jihanna in SchrodingersCat's "I'm useless at this food freedom thing" Round 3 Diary   
    Oh, Schrod, how on earth do you accidentally cater for 45 instead of 6? This sounds like a story that I really need to hear, if only because it sounds like something I'd manage to do...
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Jihanna in 'Moistener'/creamy ingredient that is not mayo?   
    My first thought would be that you could try to make an egg-free mayo and see if that would work for you. There are some recipes out there, including one from Mel Joulwan that uses ground flax seed and a vegan mayo (sub the soy milk with another plant milk) -- that vegan one does note that almond milk will work but will be thinner, so my thought is maybe cashew milk would work better since it has creamier mouth-feel (to me) than almond milk does. I can't vouch personally for how well either of those recipes works, since I've never had cause to try them... they were just stuffed back in my recipe bookmarks as something that might come in handy (I have a friend who is allergic to eggs, so I'd looked for some egg-free alternatives in case I do a potato salad or something).
    If you're absolutely positive that you'd rather avoid anything trying to call itself some version of mayonnaise and can't get your brain to just call it "salad spread" or something, though, then I can definitely understand skipping those and looking for something else. I'm not a mayo fan myself, anything store-bought has always made me gag and I've tweaked my favorite mayo recipe that make the result more appealing to me (I don't eat it straight or anything, but I can manage to lick a spoon to taste it, now).
    For moistening protein salads, you don't necessarily need a mayo base, you just need something wet. Vinegar-based dressings are fairly common as alternatives to mayo-based ones, in terms of things like chicken salad and the like. I do use mayo in slaw, but I add spices and almond milk to get a more liquid consistency that moves well throughout the salad (instead of thick and creamy, which just gunks up in my mouth and makes it unappetizing to me).
    Another option for a creamy dressing is to start with a cashew base, since cashews can be soaked and then blended into a nut cream. Here's a slaw recipe that uses a cashew dressing (remember to skip the honey if you try it -- if you need it a little sweet, try adding some plain applesauce to the mix); I notice the recipe doesn't call for soaking them, but if I made the recipe myself I'd probably soak them in the fridge overnight (then you drain them well before adding them to the blender with the other ingredients).
    One last option if you're willing to try a "mayo" that really doesn't look like it should look or taste anything like mayonnaise... I found a very interesting looking egg-free recipe that uses avocado and coconut milk for the cream factor (skip the honey during Whole30, of course). It notes that you can sub in olive oil for the avocado oil (I always use sunflower oil in my mayo because avocado's too expensive and I really hate how olive oil makes it taste, even the extra light tasting ones) and that almond or cashew milk should swap in fine for the coconut milk, which would give you that more neutral flavor since your point was to avoid using coconut milk.
    Hope something in there helps!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Darcy18 in Recent Total Colectomy   
    Should be rectum, not recriminations - ha
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in Centrum Women   
    ? What is it, if not a multivitamin?
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Jihanna in Reintro v2.1 - Day 16 Breaking the Rules   
    @Lorna from Canada I don't know, but I love them. I love them black or green, big or small, stuffed or hollow. I like them on pizza, in sauces, on salads, on toothpicks, or just on a fork coming straight out of a jar. Admittedly, I'll get tired of them if I let myself go... but it won't happen until I've gone through 3 or 4 jars in a short time frame  
    There will always be outliers because we're not all the same. By the same measure -- us not all being the same -- there is no one best diet that works for everyone. The whole point of Whole30 (in my own understanding) is specifically to find what does and doesn't work for us... so as far as I'm concerned, you're just running with what you know (and have learned) about your own system  
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from BeginnersMind in Whose a fan of canned wild caught sardines?!   
    I have always loved sardines and kippered herring. Sooooo good - nice to see you promote it here!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to JenX in Reintro v2.1 - Day 16 Breaking the Rules   
    Another non-breakfaster here! At least when not on Whole 30, which I am currently so I am eating breakfast. I prefer doing a 16:8 modified fast kind of deal. Coffee in the AM. If I'm truly hungry before lunch I may put a bit of cream in it, but that's really it.  Even when working out, I just don't need to eat first, and actually my belly thanks me if I don't!  As a matter of fact, that has been the hardest part of getting back on W30... remembering and taking the time to eat in the morning! LOL
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in Reintro v2.1 - Day 16 Breaking the Rules   
    I'm the same with fats in the morning with fats - I tend to have hot smoked salmon on weekdays and count that as a fat as it has more fat than olives, and is on par with avocado. 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Jihanna in Reintro v2.1 - Day 16 Breaking the Rules   
    I'm still in rule-following mode, and trying to get back to the template completely before I go spreading my wings to determine what's going to work best for me long-term. I will say that while breakfast in and of itself doesn't make me queasy, just the idea of eating eggs in the morning will sometimes turn my stomach and tie it up in knots... that's a big part of why I started eating my dinner leftovers for breakfast, then putting boiled eggs for lunch. "Regular food" doesn't seem to do it to me, just eggs and egg-heavy foods.
    I think if there's one rule I'm not following well right now, it's to do with plated fats at my first meal. I'm not a huge avocado fan, avoid olives where possible because I know they're no-brakes for me, and doing much of any kind of oil soon after waking is an excellent recipe for indigestion... so I tend to be light on the fat in the morning hours. However, that doesn't seem to be making too much of an issue for me, since I nearly always manage to make it 4-6 hours before lunch, so I guess I'm okay  
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to True Primal in Protein (beef fat)   
    Thanks, those are interesting!  They focus on lipophilic toxin molecules accumulating in fat.  It certainly makes sense for some toxins to be more likely to accumulate there.
    I still wonder, more holistically, though, if it's really a win to trim the fat off of low-quality meat.  For example, if you feed glyphosate-coated grains to cattle, where does the glyphosate mostly go?  Glyphosate doesn't appear to be lipophilic.  And that's just one molecule (though perhaps one of the more relevant ones).  It seems like it would come down to a question of what are the most commonly found concerning toxins in factor-farmed meat, and whether those are lipophilic or not?
    Incidentally, we only use pastured 100% grass-fed beef in True Primal soup.  It might be worthwhile to create a page on this topic, both in general and as a selling point for our soup, but will need to do more investigation.
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from scoakley13 in Protein (beef fat)   
    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.
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from scoakley13 in Protein (beef fat)   
    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.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Jihanna in Anyone else on day 12?   
    My first round was January this year, with a very slow reintroduction through all of February (it allowed me to reintroduce some specific foods and not just broad groups, including splitting up things like peanuts and soy). I'm also glad that I did reintroduce dairy on a small level; I planned not to because of a known allergy (skin reactions), but learned that it's been behind probably 80% of the indigestion (heartburn, reflux, nausea) that I've dealt with for as long as I can remember.
    Days 1 to 5 last time were pretty horrific. My monthly cycle started right with my Whole30, so I was drained and in pain already, plus add in all of the detox I was going through due to the dietary changes... it was crazy. Lots of headaches, nausea, and general aching for a bit there, but it did start to get sorted as I neared and entered week 2. This time, I started the week after my cycle, and I can already notice a remarkable difference compared to the first time through, just in terms of how much "easier" this first week has been so far. I've been recovering from sunburn and a bit of fatigue (funny how you can come home from vacation and feel tired, even after a vacay without the kids!)... but overall it's been fine.
    I never got anything that matched the descriptions of "Tiger Blood" that I'd read in the book or testimonials, but I did realize afterward that I had experienced my own version of it... it just scared the bejeezus out of me at the time, because I'm bipolar and it felt distinctly like a manic episode was starting (I calmed down when I realized that I was feeling energy to do needed things without it being way over the top or the mad feeling of being atop the world or untouchable/boundless that would typically let me get myself into trouble during such episodes).
    One thing I do plan to use to my advantage is that last time I learned some very valuable information regarding how much starchy veg I need on a daily basis (for energy and mood balance), and when I should eat it for best results. I struggled a little first time through with mood balance so this will hopefully serve me well this time, as I should have less need to play around with meal composition and macro levels unless something happens to throw things off (if I get sick, for instance).
    My intention after round one had been to slide into a paleo lifestyle, but that's easier said than done (especially when no one else in the house was on board with that change, out of 7 of us). Since then, however, my dad has actually started missing "all that wonderful food" I'd cooked at the start of the year and has even been bringing home paleo snacks (like beef sticks) for himself, so this time I'm hoping it'll take. I'd love to be able to stick pretty close to the W30 guidelines overall and only venture outward on extremely special occasions or when I've got a workable paleo treat that I can share with my kids.
    ...and I must apologize, because I always end up doing this. I started to answer something and it should really only take a small blurb, but then I wind up with a chapter... so I'm sorry, please feel free to ignore me if I talk too much  
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in Must use throat lozenges   
    I'd say this trumps the rules. My opinion.
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat's Round 2 diary - starting 12 May 2019   
    Where's the "love" button when you need it?
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Jihanna in SchrodingersCat's Round 2 diary - starting 12 May 2019   
    Soy and peanuts each did a number on me last time, beans were much less pronounced of an effect, and I don't recall peas being an issue at all... but I'm still planning to reintro each of them separately again, just to be on the safe side. I'm also going to split garbanzo beans apart from general beans (I don't do kidney beans at all anyway, but have used a fair bit of black, small red, navy, pinto, and Great Northern ones as times; for that bit, it'll probably be a black, white, and red chili).
    ^ I keep looking for more options on the little reaction thing, too! ^
    Now here's me just wishing I lived close enough to beg some ham off of you... *chuckle*
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat's Round 2 diary - starting 12 May 2019   
    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 been a lot easier. I figure if I do a W30 3-4 times a year, I will be able to maintain my weight and, fingers crossed, my health!
    Cheers!