Lorna from Canada

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    Lorna from Canada reacted to LaunaLynn in Done!   
    This was the best thing that I could have ever done for my body. To be intentional of what I’m feeding my body and how I am fueling it has been an amazing experience. It was definitely uncomfortable but wasn’t “hard.” My eating habits pre-Whole30 were really bad - I’m talking about sugary cereal for breakfast, maybe another bowl for lunch (if I ate), and a Lean Cuisine or something along those lines for dinner. I also travel 100% for work, so many days, I just ate whatever was in the lounge - whatever that may have been. In the past 30 days, I’ve become proud of what I eat, and mealtime is now sacred for me. I feel better and I look better (down 8 lbs - which is significant for me). I’m going to continue for another 15 days before the reintroduction, but I want to encourage anyone to continue to see it through. I really didn’t get the benefits until after week 2, and since then, it has indeed been Tiger Blood. Good luck, everyone!
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Pashcool in Long flight and 10 days business trip   
    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 leave any leftover food on the plane - most foreign countries won't let you in with them. From the Air Canada menu I have been able to purchase Wholly Guacamole mini pack (served with corn chips - had to skip those) and cut up veggies - that worked well. I love tomato juice so I get that as my free beverage.
    Finally, most airlines link to their menu offerings. Air Canada, for example, even sells vouchers for meals that allow you to pay a lower price ahead of time. It might be good to check with your carrier to see what'll be on offer. Of course, not everything is always available of every flight so yo're still going to want to be preapred. You might also be able to preorder a special meal. 
    For the 10 days of hotel living - that can be a challenge. Hopefully a continental breakfast is on offer and you can at least get eggs and fruit  I find it's a challenge otherwise. I tend to find the closest city style grocer and load up my room bar fridge with things I can eat just in case. Having fruit and veggies with some babaganoush on hand is a godsend if the food at the restaurant we're meeting at is largely non-compliant.  Dodging the break offerings of muffins and pastries is easier if you're not starving! I also bring my favourite tea bags with me just in case the coffee is crap. 
    I hope this helps a little...
    Safe travels!
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Pashcool in Tahini   
    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.
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from ShieldMaiden in Bacon Fat as Cooking Fat?   
    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.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to ShieldMaiden in I'm STARVING!!!   
    Omg... those Snackwells...I thought they tasted like poison! Like: if I eat this, I will 100% get really, really sick. 
    I feel the same way about diet sodas! My body is like: this is not food!!!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Pandora Black in I'm STARVING!!!   
    Those Snackwell cookies tasted like cardboard and tears.
    Echoing everyone else, DO eat the fat!
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from ShieldMaiden in I'm STARVING!!!   
    I have 50 years of dieting experience behind me. I've lived throught the Great Snackwells Fat Free Cookie rush of 1991. My whole adulthood nutrition belief system was indoctrinated with "FAT is BAD". It's been really hard to cook with fat and plate fat since I started W30 but, I wanted a whole hearted effort so I did it. Ghee, olive oil, coconut milk, avocados, olives, crispy salmon skin, nuts... eating them.
    I haven't been hungry since week 2 of my first W30. 
    Eat the fat.
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in Silent Reflux   
    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 free life Pandora!!
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in Silent Reflux   
    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 free life Pandora!!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in Silent Reflux   
    I'm amazed at what diet can fix - I'm on day 2 of round 2, after round 1 (Jan 15 onward) cured the chronic, ongoing vertigo and vestibular migraine that 2 neurologists, 1 optho-neurologist, 1 ear nose and throat surgeon, 2 GPs, 2 MRIs, a cat scan and 6 different types of medication couldn't fix. I was about to give up full time work.
    About 3 week/a month ago, I kind of went back to eating and drinking "normally" (Easter hit, then I was overseas) and the vertigo and migraine are back with a vengeance, maybe even worse. So it's back to a full round, proper reintro and what looks like might be a future of near compliance. 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Pandora Black in Silent Reflux   
    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 any and every gluten/dairy/wine/sugar/legume/grain containing food forever.  I think legumes were the source of my chronic plantar fasciitis - over 8 years I had: ultrasound, physio, othotics, massage, strength training, eletro-accupuncture, dry needling, shockwave therapy and was on a waiting list for surgery. 40 days of W30 and its gone. because of legumes. ouch
    So @Pandora Black, welcome to the club! You're not alone!
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Pandora Black in Silent Reflux   
    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 any and every gluten/dairy/wine/sugar/legume/grain containing food forever.  I think legumes were the source of my chronic plantar fasciitis - over 8 years I had: ultrasound, physio, othotics, massage, strength training, eletro-accupuncture, dry needling, shockwave therapy and was on a waiting list for surgery. 40 days of W30 and its gone. because of legumes. ouch
    So @Pandora Black, welcome to the club! You're not alone!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Pandora Black in Silent Reflux   
    Yep!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to JenX in cholesterol levels now higher after 1 yr   
    TC is going to increase eating anyway close to Paleo. What you need to look at is your ratio between HDL ("good" cholesterol) and LDL (so called "bad" cholesterol, although science is starting to morph on this one).  TC increases because your HDL goes up which is fine. So look at the ranges for each type of cholesterol.
     
    btw - much of the fear surrounding saturated fat and dietary cholesterol is being dispelled with new studies out there saying those have no effect on your heart health. Sugar, increased insulin and increased amounts of inflammation in your body (and in your arteries) are the real killer.  
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Reintro v2.1 - Day 16 Breaking the Rules   
    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
     
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in Reintro v2.1 - Day 16 Breaking the Rules   
    Lorna, you and I are definitely sisters from another mister - I am a breakfast non-haver, and have been through both rounds of my W30. I don't say much about it in my log because I don't want to be a bad influence, but my first meal is around 11am, if then, and I have only black coffee and herbal tea prior to then. Breakfast makes me queasy, and then ragingly hungry all day!!
    It's the only "recommendation" I don't follow.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Margaret Libbra in Psychiatry meds   
    I've done that this weekend & will definitely continue.  Thank you!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in Did you experience any surprises??   
    What a great NSV that is!! I think the key to a good W30 is variety and being adventurous. I love to experiment and try new foods, combinations and cooking methods. Cooking genuinely makes me happy. 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to ElainaR in Did you experience any surprises??   
    @Lorna from Canada  After completing my first Whole30, I felt like I could actually say with confidence that I am a good cook.  Whole30 taught me how to experiment with my meals and how to cook with all different kinds of fats.  I have learned how to emulsify, roast, sautee, spiralize etc. Before my first Whole30 I had no idea what a emulsifier was! 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to aimeedanger in Did you experience any surprises??   
    Not to hijack this thread, but I bought a glucose meter and went to see a doctor. My blood sugar was dropping below 70 a few hours after eating. It turns out I was experiencing reactive hypoglycemia (extremely low blood sugar) which can sometimes happen when you start reintroducing carbohydrates after a prolonged period of no carbohydrates. Essentially, your insulin is working TOO well. The typical treatment plan for hypoglycemia (if you're diabetic? I'm not sure where the logic comes from on this.) is to sort of drip-feed carbs throughout the day, eat small meals, abstain from alcohol, and eat a low-fat diet so that your blood sugar doesn't spike or crash. A lot of people who have RH have switched to a paleo diet instead because they've found that the best way to avoid hypos is to avoid eating sugar in general. So if you are finding yourself falling asleep or getting REALLY sluggish with reintroducing grains, it isn't necessarily a food allergy. It could be that your pancreas is adjusting to your new diet. In general, see a doctor. Apparently, falling asleep after eating is not a good sign. 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to aimeedanger in Did you experience any surprises??   
    The only specific thing that happened to me that was truly surprising was that every time I eat bread (wheat) I get sleepy like narcolepsy. I cannot avoid it or deny it and must sleep (anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours). The first time it happened I was driving and had to pull over. Yesterday I ate a cookie I thought was made with dates, ghee, and almond flour, and then passed out. So, when I woke up, I called the bakery, and found out that it was made with a combination of almond and wheat. For me, that confirmed it. I don't know how much more 'testing' I need to do. Has anyone else had this happen? 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to scoakley13 in Reintro v2.1 - Day 16 Breaking the Rules   
    I weigh myself every morning. I completed my first Whole 30 in August 2017. I didn't do it to lose weight but was hoping to gain control over binge eating. I too am an obesity survivor - I'm 5'2" and weighed 225 pounds in 2008. I was 168 pounds when I began my first Whole 30 and am now 145 pounds. I'm in better shape at 43 than I was at 23. I run and hike and eat compliantly about 95% of the time. I never say I'm doing a Whole 30 because of weighing myself but it keeps me on track and I don't plan to stop. Don't be like me,  kids.  
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Pandora Black in Reintro v2.1 - Day 9 When Wine is Worth It   
    My W30 ended 10 days ago - not that you'd notice if you were watching me. I've had just 2 moments of being "off-program" since then. I picked up a pralined bit of pecan that had fallen off a muffin and popped it into my mouth - so, a smidge of sugar has passed my lips  And, one afternoon last week my mom and I had a glass of wine together on a lovely, sunny afternoon. 
    Funny thing about that wine. I didn't really want it. I  could have passed on it quite easily. But, in that moment on that day, it was Worth It. After my last W30 ended, I spent days contemplating this concept of "Worth It" because I believe Food Freedom for me ultimately comes down to making decisions about food as opposed to falling back on old habits that don't serve me well. Like popping a bit of pralined pecan into my mouth without thinking about it. While it was the tiniest sliver of pecan, it definitely didn't fall into the category of Worth It. I'm not sure why I ate it. I'm glad I had no desire to eat the entire muffin! But that glass of wine that I didn't really want? Totally Worth It.
    My mom, 89 and generally in great health, has a benign brain tumour that is making itself known. She has developed an unsteady gait, receptive and expressive aphasia, some minor memory loss and emotional lability (sorry - I used to be a neuro nurse - can you tell?) - in layman's terms - she's a bit of a mess. I'm her primary support and have been called upon to manage her care while we wait for the steroids to kick in and the radiation to begin. Last week, on a lovely, sunny day, I ferried her out to my Airstream (in which I am living as a way to be close by) for the afternoon. She was a lifelong traveller and owned several RV's so, I knew she'd enjoy it. She and I have always loved to chat over a glass of wine. She's not much of a connoisseur (she once famously stated "well, after 2 glasses they all taste the same!") but she appreciates the ceremony and specialness of having a glass of wine with friend and family. I had a beautiful South Australian grenache rose in the fridge that I've been saving and, that afternoon, with her tears and fears and my hope and care - it was simply the right occasion to crack that bottle and share it. Worth It.
    Totally Worth It.
     

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    Lorna from Canada reacted to CatWhole30 in Coconut Milk   
    Ok thanks it was the only option at my grocery store. I’ll look for other options! 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in Just now starting to feel hungry all the time (day 17)   
    I want to say the same thing, as soon as I saw it! Thank you @SugarcubeOD x