Lorna from Canada

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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Started over after an epic fail   
    Beautiful insight and self discipline @SKUtah. It's very difficult to give up our mindset and those practices that feed it. Scales and tracking calories and nutrients are stressful activities and no way to live. (I once said to my husband, "we can't stop for lunch here because my phone is dead and I can't look up the menu (I was translating menu items so I could make "good" choices) or track it" We were at the most gorgeous cafe on the coast of Italy - I still cringe to think of my rigidity causing us to miss out on that experience.)
    I took 5 years to lose 85+ lbs using a variety of methods but mostly tracking and obsessive attention to detail. After a couple of years maintaining (I maintained the loss for 7 years) by tracking, I lost interest in keeping the meticulous record all the time. I was okay for awhile but then weight crept back on. When menopause hit 3 years ago, things went haywire and I regained 30 lbs. A return to tracking and my typical so-called healthy diet (SO well described by Melissa and Dallas in ISWF (pg 56) ) meant I was down to 900 kcal/day and virtualy unable to lose weight - about 2-3 pounds a month. This was not sustainable! So, I quit that and, 6 months later after a very quick regain, I discovered W30.
    I lost almost 11lbs in 1 month following W30 to a tee. But, it was REALLY hard not to weigh myself or count calories. I do know that I am eating more heartily than I have in years and I stop when I want to - not because I've put so little food on my plate and put severe restrictions on myself but because I am full. I even eat second helpings if I'm not full. SO STRANGE!
    I am probably 30 days into reinto and am eating 98% W30 compliant. I am still losing weight although I refuse to weigh myself. I feel fantastic (like, really great) and I am eating well and I don't ever want to go back.
    I do hope you experience a similar result and are able to give up apps and scales for good!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SKUtah in Started over after an epic fail   
    I'm on day 8. I should be on day 22 but started over 8 days ago. I know what went wrong. I had a really hard time giving up tracking and calorie counting. You see, I lost 80 pounds over 2 years with a slow, methodical approach to weight-loss until I hit my goal. It was done in a healthy way, no starvation. I managed to maintain for months but still tracking and making adjustments as needed. Not tracking was just too radical for my brain to wrap around 8 days ago. I wanted to track "just to see" what my calories were and I found I was making decisions based on what I was seeing in my macros and caloric intake. It's really hard to do this program while thinking about calories or macros. I know the books say that. I know this forum says it all over the place. Sometimes I need to find out for myself why a rule is put into place. I crashed and burned on the evening of the ninth day. This time, I deleted the tracking app from my phone and pushed my scale far under my bed so it's not in the  bathroom where I can see it every morning. I also started my written journal over. As I compare each day to my first 8 days, I notice a little attitude difference, too. That's why I decided to post. I'll just put it here so I can come back to see my progress when I'm getting discouraged. This time, follow the instructions.
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Pork rinds as breading   
    Gotta agree with you Schrod - no difference. Pork rinds are a snack food first (like potato chips) with very little nutritional value and plenty of caloric punch. At least pork rinds have protein but, they're a FWNB for me - there isn't a bag of pork rinds large enough to satiate me. 
    I wouldn't make this recipe anyway so I don't know why I am weighing in except to say hi!! 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Lauraco in Day 30 - It's HERE!!   
    Thanks Laura! (@Lauraco) Steven and I are truly blessed to be so perfectly connected - we are the definition of stronger together than apart.   Your kind words are appreciated <3
          
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Lauraco in Day 30 - It's HERE!!   
    Oh my goodness, Lorna.  You have been through quite a lot in your lives.  I really admire you for going through so much loss, very difficult struggles with your children, keeping the family together and staying positive.  That is a special gift. I love your story about your partnership with your husband and how you work together to keep the relationship solid.  You're an inspiration to everyone in setting goals and working to achieve them.  Thanks for sharing!
    Laura
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to megbeveridge in My first Whole30: done and dusted!   
    Oops, I meant to do this every Monday! Oh well, I'm only a day off. I've been doing really well with limiting my grains and sweets consumption. I've only had alcohol once since my W30 ended. All in all, things are going well. 
    I've definitely decreased the amount of meat I've been eating and increased dairy, mostly in the form of Greek yogurt. Sometimes a sprinkle of shredded cheese. My reasoning for this is pretty obvious to me, I was a vegetarian before and I don't like eating factory-farmed meat.  Of course, I know that factory dairy farms are no better, which is why I still only have one or two sources of dairy each day. I try to eat high quality proteins, which includes the plain or lower-sugar Greek yogurts, fish, chicken, and beef. For example: yesterday my sources of protein were Greek yogurt and swordfish. I didn't go out and get a greasy burger or some pasta dish with meatballs that are 50% filler. I feel really good about my choices. 
    However, my sugar dragon is a fierce one to battle. Around Valentine's day was the worst, but now Easter candies are out and I still have chocolate that I couldn't eat after Christmas! Not to mention the treats that show up in the office kitchen (I know, I am weak). Unlike before W30, I'm able to limit myself to one slice of pound cake, half a bagel, or opt for the grapes instead of the cheese and crackers. I just don't want to feel compelled to eat something every time there's food in there. I should be eating for nourishment first and enjoyment second. 
    Regardless of how I feel about my sugar dragon and in spite of eating grains and dairy, I have continued to lose weight. I'm really happy with my progress and I'm getting closer to my goal every week. Not surprisingly, some of my measurements have increased again by about half an inch, which is probably due to bloating from the off-track foods I'm eating. In the end I'd like to get down to 125lbs and then start building up more muscle for climbing. I know that I'll weigh more when I'm stronger, but the scale is only one indicator of health and it's not a very accurate one. For now, I'm climbing well and feeling good. Here's to another week of Megan, Reset Version!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Ryan Oakford Posen in If I can do it... YOU CAN TOO! We did it   
    You have been so assistive as well, THANK YOU for being a Moderator
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in Day 4 and no appetite.   
    I think it's part of the process for many of us - the full stop of our regular not the greatest diet and the hard switch to W30 is a full on body assault. I was head achey and irritable and hungry then not at all hungry for a roller coaster 24 days before things settled down.
    Hope she wakes up feeling better again Brandon!
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Reintro Day 22 - 60 days of W30 lifestyle   
    @ShannonM816 and @SchrodingersCat 
    I appreciate you coming by and making suggestions. I don't know that I am reacting to sulphites as much as discovering a hypersensitivity to the neurotoxicity of wine. Neurotoxicity is one of the challenges we see in long term alcoholics with everything from peripheral nerve damage to psychosis. It's usually not a problem experienced by those drinking one or two glasses of wine - although inebriation itself is a form of neurotoxicity. While some grapes (looking at you sauvignon blanc) have always hurt my stomach, this post W30 reintro of wine has been more challenging than simply having an upset stomach. It's the anxiety fraught restless night and waking up with generalized non-specific anxiety that are more worrisome. It has happened each of the 3 times I've had wine at night in the past 30 days. The one time I had sips of wine in the afternoon, I experienced an overwhelming fatigue despite an great night's sleep. These are signs of neurotoxicity. It's very interesting and very, very sad because, as Schrod knows, I am an oenophiliac who has spent a lot of time studying wine and developing a pretty impressive cellar.  To me, this has been the big "oh poop" (keeping it PG - insert your own 4 letter word there) moment of my W30.
    Anyway - I will carry on. I will simply have to be very intentional about my wine (and alcohol) intake.
    Interesting side note - there is no such thing as sulphite free wine - sulphites are a natural byproduct of the grape fermentation process and any wine marked "sulphite free" simply has a level below 10ppm. Those truly allergic to sulphites can not drink wine.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in Reintro Day 22 - 60 days of W30 lifestyle   
    BTW, hubs was having wine last night and I almost poured myself a glass, then remembered last Sunday night where I woke up at 4:30am on Monday morning with anxiety and crazy vivid dreams and felt awful when I had to get up for work. At this stage I pretty much feel like I'm on round 2!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SugarcubeOD in Why are preservative not allowed   
    The program excludes the preservatives that are most likely to cause inflamation in the body - sulphites and carrageenan are very inflammatory and in order to help heal the gut so that proper reintroductions can be made, the most commonly inflammatory preservatives have been excluded for the 30 days.  The science behind that will be cited in the book It Starts with Food which is a great place to look for the science behind the program.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Wendy104 in Some days I do think this humourous blog resembles me a little too much...   
    OMG, that is so funny.  But it does feel accurate--a little!!
    Thanks for sharing!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Lauraco in Some days I do think this humourous blog resembles me a little too much...   
    Talk about restrictive - I was looking at keto yesterday.  Yuk.  No potatoes at all.  And you go around hoping for bad breath because then you're in metabolic ketosis.  And no fruits, either.  I'll give up dairy any day.  
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to w30virgo in W30Virgo Post-Whole30   
    @Lorna from Canada Thank you! Yes, it's definitely been interesting. Taking things slow has really helped me make a plan for how my eating will look in the future.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to ladyshanny in Better Reintroduction Method?   
    You are correct, sometimes the reaction is cumulative so if you are willing to really do some experimentation, you'll have amazing data to make decisions with. Maybe you can eat gluten grains a couple times a week with no trouble but daily is a problem. Or maybe a couple times a week and then not for a month or so.
    Trying to sort out inflammation triggers is time consuming, for sure. The reactions that most people are looking to determine tend to happen a bit quicker but if you are a "load" based person you need to figure out what that load is. Sometimes it could also be a combo (ie, gluten and dairy is a dumpster fire but ice cream in the summer is fine).
    I would recommend if possible that you treat the next few months as the experiment - doing more of a slow-roll reintro. Continue on as Whole30 as possible and start taking note of what you're reintroducing, in what quantities and frequency and in what combinations. It's not the best that your reactions are delayed but this is more of a process and the info you gain will help tremendously! Good luck!
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat's doing the slow reintro thing diary!   
    Well, I must admit that I am glad I am not alone! That has been exactly my wine reintroduction experience! I am SO enjoying the restful, sound sleep that W30 has provided for the first time in (literally) decades. SO much, in fact, that I'm starting to release the hold wine has on me. I'm down here in Port Elliot in the sun and sea and not even thinking about a glass of wine! I just don't need to go back to fitful nights of anxiety driven sleep. 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Reintro Day 17 - That went south fast!   
    It was actually a good thing that happened - at least today it feels like it was! It reminded me of how my body must have hated my diet even though, having grown used to it, it didn't usually revolt like it did on Saturday. It was definitely a wake up call. Back to compliant W30 this week and already feeing like I'm on top of life again. 
    Off to cycle to Goolwa and walk the barrage and visit the seals. Life in SA is a beautiful thing Schrod!
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Reintro Day 17 - That went south fast!   
    It was actually a good thing that happened - at least today it feels like it was! It reminded me of how my body must have hated my diet even though, having grown used to it, it didn't usually revolt like it did on Saturday. It was definitely a wake up call. Back to compliant W30 this week and already feeing like I'm on top of life again. 
    Off to cycle to Goolwa and walk the barrage and visit the seals. Life in SA is a beautiful thing Schrod!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Jihanna in Reintro Day 17 - That went south fast!   
    I spontaneously had some dairy today (and probably a bit of wheat flour in the crust of the yummy pie slice I ate)... and started paying for it almost immediately after finishing the last bite, thanks to eating it so slow and savoring every moment. I had decided with each bite that the next bite was so very worth it, and continued to feel that way until I realized that the acid reflux/indigestion issues I've had since my late teens were probably all brought on by dairy. I'm convinced no dairy will ever be worth it again, which is so sad that I might actually have to consider a period of mourning now that my love-hate relationship with cheese is finally over.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in Reintro Day 17 - That went south fast!   
    Oh no!! I can totally see how it all happened like that, life just takes us over sometimes (that cabaret show sounds amazing haahaa) and it sucks that you feel so bad for it now! 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Lauraco in First Timer - started Jan 28   
    @Lorna from Canada I'm glad you find this as interesting as I do.  I'm feeling like kind of a voyeur, but I really like reading about what other people are doing and trying to overcome, their physical and mental food issues, digestive re-entry (is it re-intro?) experience, the reactions to food being taken away and added back in.  This forum is really helpful to me.  I've never participated in one before, now I've turned into Chatty Cathy.  I'm so grateful to Jihanna for commenting on my intro and letting me barge in on her knowledge. 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in Reintro Day 17 - That went south fast!   
    Friday and Saturday were not great days. Food was a bit of a free for all and I am paying the price. My schedule was completely bonkers and meal times were non existent. My lack of planning and preparation was a major problem. Using my usual method of "plowing through"  was disastrous. So, lots of "omg, what am I going to eat?" followed by "screw it, just eat something and move one". Well, it's a great experiment this W30 isn't it? After a compliant breakfat, I attended a 9AM to 1PM workshop that went until 2:30PM WITHOUT food (the provided store bought chocolate chip cookies and crap candy are not food - I didn't eat them), I came home to gnaw on a tiny bit of leftover gyro meat in the fridge (loaded with who knows what) and a plum. Then, we headed out to an Adelaide Fringe show called Comfort Food Cabaret - this title SHOULD have tipped me off - in this brilliant mash up of song and food, we were served an arancini ball, (ricey, cheesey, fatty, carb covered ooziness), followed by mac and cheese (cheese, bacon, carmelized with sugar onion and creme fraiche laden pasta) and finished with cheesecake (sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, lemon and boozy, syruped peaches). I was so hungry, I would have eaten the seat I was sitting on so, of course, ate every bit. THEN we went out for dinner at a Hong Kong inspired restaurant in China Town. And that wasn't good either.
    Thank goodness we live in the city so we walked home and that gave my body 20 minutes to start thinking about what to do with all the crap. I went to bed and slept alright because I knew it was going to be a disaster and took a light sleep aid. And I was right, I have now woken up felling absolutely terrible. My stomach is actually sore. My feet and hands are swollen. My body feels lethargic. My well healed surgical site is swollen and sore. I can feel the need for my stomach medication. I have a dull headache. I feel like I've been hit by a truck.
    So - the onlt way to recover from this is to get back on W30 and stay there until I get back from my beach retreat next week. I'll be preparing all of my own food so, that will be easy. I look forward to feeling better soon.
    So, what did I learn? It is WAY to easy to let down your guard if you are ill prepared. My body can handle cheese in small doses but probably shouldn't so it is something I need to eat rarely - WHEN IT IS WORTH IT TO DO SO! (Thanks Melissa - excellent construct!). Letting myself get too hungry is going to end in disaster. On W30, I have seldom been hungry so I wasn't prepared for the impact of missing lunch - I need something in my handbag at all times for these emergencies.  
    I'm betting the next few days will see some cravings emerge for the first time. Ugh. We'll see. 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from AmyBrian 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 Reintro Day 17 - That went south fast!   
    Friday and Saturday were not great days. Food was a bit of a free for all and I am paying the price. My schedule was completely bonkers and meal times were non existent. My lack of planning and preparation was a major problem. Using my usual method of "plowing through"  was disastrous. So, lots of "omg, what am I going to eat?" followed by "screw it, just eat something and move one". Well, it's a great experiment this W30 isn't it? After a compliant breakfat, I attended a 9AM to 1PM workshop that went until 2:30PM WITHOUT food (the provided store bought chocolate chip cookies and crap candy are not food - I didn't eat them), I came home to gnaw on a tiny bit of leftover gyro meat in the fridge (loaded with who knows what) and a plum. Then, we headed out to an Adelaide Fringe show called Comfort Food Cabaret - this title SHOULD have tipped me off - in this brilliant mash up of song and food, we were served an arancini ball, (ricey, cheesey, fatty, carb covered ooziness), followed by mac and cheese (cheese, bacon, carmelized with sugar onion and creme fraiche laden pasta) and finished with cheesecake (sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, lemon and boozy, syruped peaches). I was so hungry, I would have eaten the seat I was sitting on so, of course, ate every bit. THEN we went out for dinner at a Hong Kong inspired restaurant in China Town. And that wasn't good either.
    Thank goodness we live in the city so we walked home and that gave my body 20 minutes to start thinking about what to do with all the crap. I went to bed and slept alright because I knew it was going to be a disaster and took a light sleep aid. And I was right, I have now woken up felling absolutely terrible. My stomach is actually sore. My feet and hands are swollen. My body feels lethargic. My well healed surgical site is swollen and sore. I can feel the need for my stomach medication. I have a dull headache. I feel like I've been hit by a truck.
    So - the onlt way to recover from this is to get back on W30 and stay there until I get back from my beach retreat next week. I'll be preparing all of my own food so, that will be easy. I look forward to feeling better soon.
    So, what did I learn? It is WAY to easy to let down your guard if you are ill prepared. My body can handle cheese in small doses but probably shouldn't so it is something I need to eat rarely - WHEN IT IS WORTH IT TO DO SO! (Thanks Melissa - excellent construct!). Letting myself get too hungry is going to end in disaster. On W30, I have seldom been hungry so I wasn't prepared for the impact of missing lunch - I need something in my handbag at all times for these emergencies.  
    I'm betting the next few days will see some cravings emerge for the first time. Ugh. We'll see. 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from HealthySnacker in Success while snacking?? Migraines too.   
    @HealthySnacker I snacked the first week too - was hungry much of the time and fruit with a few nuts was a handy snack. By the end, I found it hard to eat the 3 compliant meals because I was so seldom hungry. I'm 14 days post-W30 and still 95% compliant and I still find myself not very hungry most of the time. (it's very, very strange for me). 
    During my W30, I did, (and still do), eat more than the recommended 2 servings of fruit - likely 4 servings a day. I love fruit. I also love vegetables so fruit does not push veggies off my plate. Fruit does not feed my sugar dragon - I have no urge for sweet things. I haven't had any cravings for sugar, baked goods, candy etc whatsoever since January 1 and I don't miss it. So, because of that, I'm not worried about my fruit intake. I don't think the 2 etra pieces of fruit have had any impact on my results which were amazing.
    The first week is really hard. It does get better! I felt terrible for 24 days of my W30 and now, I've never felt better in my life. Hang in there, strive for compliance and cut yourself some slack - this does get easier!!