Lorna from Canada

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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat 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 SchrodingersCat in Carbs needed for energy   
    Be sure to cook as much moisture out as you can first, spread it thin, and mix it around during drying so you don't end up with moist patches  
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Carbs needed for energy   
    I backpack and canoe trip extensively and dehydrate everything we eat from scratch because I think every commercially prepared freeze dried meal I've ever had in the backcountry tastes the same. Any stew or casserole type meal that's compliant could be dehydrated - the trick is to use low fat meat (we eat lots of chicken and turkey); cut everything into uniform sized pieces so they dehydrate easily; cook it. Once it's cooked, spread it on a silpat in the oven at 140degrees and leave it for 6 -10 hours. When everything is dry and crunchy, it's ready to go. So many compliant options here!
    The only commercial product I use is Ova-easy Eggs (www.nutriom.com) - what the reviews say about them is absolutely true. Super lightweight and a great start everyday for breakfast. Love them.
    What to put almond butter on? Yes, a spoon. But I love it on dates and dehydrated apple slices (the best - especially if you make your own so there are no additives) too. 
    Have fun!!!
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Carbs needed for energy   
    I backpack and canoe trip extensively and dehydrate everything we eat from scratch because I think every commercially prepared freeze dried meal I've ever had in the backcountry tastes the same. Any stew or casserole type meal that's compliant could be dehydrated - the trick is to use low fat meat (we eat lots of chicken and turkey); cut everything into uniform sized pieces so they dehydrate easily; cook it. Once it's cooked, spread it on a silpat in the oven at 140degrees and leave it for 6 -10 hours. When everything is dry and crunchy, it's ready to go. So many compliant options here!
    The only commercial product I use is Ova-easy Eggs (www.nutriom.com) - what the reviews say about them is absolutely true. Super lightweight and a great start everyday for breakfast. Love them.
    What to put almond butter on? Yes, a spoon. But I love it on dates and dehydrated apple slices (the best - especially if you make your own so there are no additives) too. 
    Have fun!!!
     
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat's Round 2 diary - starting 12 May 2019   
    Oh, the sleep is glorious, isn't it?? 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Tricie in I'm STARVING!!!   
    WooHoo @Tricie!!! Yes, please, eat the fat. It doesn't have to come from red meat although I'm happy to be eating red meat again with confidence. But give 100% to this program - really dig into it with your whole heart. It's been amazing for me.
    Frankly, while I'm hesitant to jump on any more dietary band wagons, I think getting off of sugar has been the best thing in my life! I'm firmly in the Sugar is Bad camp now .
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SugarcubeOD in a banana and hard boiled eggs for breakfast?   
    Maybe this person has found a brand that is compliant?  If the ingredients are fine then the product is fine.  Or maybe they're using the term Sriracha to refer to hot sauce, many varieties of which can be found compliant.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat's Round 2 diary - starting 12 May 2019   
    Day... 13? I'm losing count.
    Meal 1: Sri Lankan curry with aforementioned veg.
    Meal 3: Cotechino with sauteed cabbage, carrots and broccolini, sweet potato rounds.
    Tomorrow AM we're off to Sydney just for 36 hours. I think I've posted about this before. There's a burger place which does a compliant salad I can have, and which the hubster loves enough to go more than once. We may be having brunch with friends on Sunday before flying home, but I'll just get poached eggs with sauteed mushrooms and spinach (cooked in oil, not butter). I've also found a seafood restaurant which does grilled fish of the day with steamed broccolini which is listed as dairy free - I'll make sure they don't flour it in anything and have that. 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to laura_juggles in Substitute for harissa seasoning?   
    Harissa is a lot more than just the hot chile pepper. Tomato paste will leave it rather lacking. 
    Here's a compliant recipe for harissa; just leave out the chile. https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/harissa-51185010
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in I’m starting whole 30 tomorrow but...   
    It can be really hard, especially when your social group all drinks. I found drunk people, even tipsy people so annoying!! Might have been some resentment that they were drinking in there too. 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from eIissa in Starting tomorrow!   
    Congratulations on embarking on this great food experiment. I call myself a Weight Watchers Survivor  I lost >85lb over 5 years starting 15 years ago by following WW rules. When menopause hit, I regained 20lbs without so much as a twitch in dietary changes so I redoubled my WW efforts. I was down to about 950 - 1100 kcals per day, starving and losing weight at about 1 lb per month. It wasn't sustainable and I felt terrible. People keep telling you that you need to eat more to lose weight but, eating more of WW sanctioned foods (especially the free legumes and dairy) just made me gain weight rapidly.
    Like you, I became disillusioned and started to resign myself into being 20 lbs above my ideal weight when I stumbled on W30. I dove in wholeheartedly following every single rule - even though that was hard! So much food! So much fat! So much meat!
    Since my first W30 started January 3, I've lost >20lbs and eat like a horse. My 8 year battle with plantar fasciitis resolved with a whimper. My IBS is well under control. I feel better than I have in years. I have just finished a second W30 (athough, other than a glass of wine with my mom at lunch the otherday, I haven't changd my diet - slow roll indeed) and plan to do 3 to 4 a year as necessary.
    Good luck with yours. Your meals look AWESOME! Hope all works well for you and you have a great result.
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from eIissa in Starting tomorrow!   
    Congratulations on embarking on this great food experiment. I call myself a Weight Watchers Survivor  I lost >85lb over 5 years starting 15 years ago by following WW rules. When menopause hit, I regained 20lbs without so much as a twitch in dietary changes so I redoubled my WW efforts. I was down to about 950 - 1100 kcals per day, starving and losing weight at about 1 lb per month. It wasn't sustainable and I felt terrible. People keep telling you that you need to eat more to lose weight but, eating more of WW sanctioned foods (especially the free legumes and dairy) just made me gain weight rapidly.
    Like you, I became disillusioned and started to resign myself into being 20 lbs above my ideal weight when I stumbled on W30. I dove in wholeheartedly following every single rule - even though that was hard! So much food! So much fat! So much meat!
    Since my first W30 started January 3, I've lost >20lbs and eat like a horse. My 8 year battle with plantar fasciitis resolved with a whimper. My IBS is well under control. I feel better than I have in years. I have just finished a second W30 (athough, other than a glass of wine with my mom at lunch the otherday, I haven't changd my diet - slow roll indeed) and plan to do 3 to 4 a year as necessary.
    Good luck with yours. Your meals look AWESOME! Hope all works well for you and you have a great result.
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from eIissa in Starting tomorrow!   
    Congratulations on embarking on this great food experiment. I call myself a Weight Watchers Survivor  I lost >85lb over 5 years starting 15 years ago by following WW rules. When menopause hit, I regained 20lbs without so much as a twitch in dietary changes so I redoubled my WW efforts. I was down to about 950 - 1100 kcals per day, starving and losing weight at about 1 lb per month. It wasn't sustainable and I felt terrible. People keep telling you that you need to eat more to lose weight but, eating more of WW sanctioned foods (especially the free legumes and dairy) just made me gain weight rapidly.
    Like you, I became disillusioned and started to resign myself into being 20 lbs above my ideal weight when I stumbled on W30. I dove in wholeheartedly following every single rule - even though that was hard! So much food! So much fat! So much meat!
    Since my first W30 started January 3, I've lost >20lbs and eat like a horse. My 8 year battle with plantar fasciitis resolved with a whimper. My IBS is well under control. I feel better than I have in years. I have just finished a second W30 (athough, other than a glass of wine with my mom at lunch the otherday, I haven't changd my diet - slow roll indeed) and plan to do 3 to 4 a year as necessary.
    Good luck with yours. Your meals look AWESOME! Hope all works well for you and you have a great result.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to eIissa in Starting tomorrow!   
    Thanks for your feedback/concern! The banana-coconut bites were used as an energy supplement the way some people consume Larabars/RXBars on the program (which I'd argue are far more dessert-like, although they also contain some amount of protein), and the chocolate was consumed alongside the mango to add another dimension to the flavor (100% chocolate is ruefully doing nothing for my Sugar Dragon). In any event, improving my relationship with food, especially foods-with-no-brakes, is a big part of why I embarked on the program, and I wouldn't want to do anything to compromise that! I am going to be more watchful for treat-like things in the future. 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Plantas in I'm STARVING!!!   
    My bootcamp trainer led us through a Whole30 last November and he kept reminding us to eat potatoes and sweet potatoes with our meals.  They're really good roasted in the oven with some olive oil and herbs.  Leftovers can go into a scramble or fritatta in the morning or a lunch salad.  I am not doing a whole30 right now, but I still try to use the meal template.  I just feel better when I do.  The plated fat is hard to get used to, but if you make your own mayo or dump ranch, it's super tasty.
    I remember the Snackwell craze too!  Those devils food cookies were like amphetamines with all that sugar.  I ate them to stay awake to study.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Tricie in I'm STARVING!!!   
    Oh boy! I will start W30 on Monday, and had decided I wouldn’t use too much fat.  As a breast cancer survivor, I’m concerned about red meat and fat. BUT, I’m going for it. 30 days is not forever...so I’m going to add the fat. Smh...
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat 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 samanthajfont in Stomach Pain - Day 3   
    It's amazing what we learn when we pay attention to our bodies! We're so different in what we tolerate, how we digest, what makes us feel nauseated, what keeps us full. This W30 is an amazing self-experiment!
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in I'm STARVING!!!   
    @Jihanna Loving you back sistah!!
    OMG yes - potatoes are your friend! I've eating more potatoes (sweet and regular) since January 3 than I have in the past 20 years! And fry up some onions! I'm buying them by the 20lb bag now - who knew you could eat fried onions? The world's simplest pleasure!
    My cousin asked me the other day what I was doing to lose weight and my absolutely honest answer was, "eating like a horse for the first time in my life!"
    (Then I proselytised on the W30 for an hour so, I may have lost her  )
    Cheers
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat 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 reacted to SchrodingersCat in I'm STARVING!!!   
    AGREED!! I was a WWer from the early 90s and man, did I have a mental block against fat. I really struggled my first round to get my plated fats and to cook in any fats, it just seemed so wrong. Now I love the fats! I keep duck fat on hand for sauteing veggies and roasting potatoes, I love flavouring up my ghee for different sauces (lemon, garlic and dill ghee on snapper is divine!), I eat mayo and mayo based salad dressings, I toss salad in olive oil, liberally throw nuts through my side dishes...
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat 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 I'm STARVING!!!   
    @Jihanna Loving you back sistah!!
    OMG yes - potatoes are your friend! I've eating more potatoes (sweet and regular) since January 3 than I have in the past 20 years! And fry up some onions! I'm buying them by the 20lb bag now - who knew you could eat fried onions? The world's simplest pleasure!
    My cousin asked me the other day what I was doing to lose weight and my absolutely honest answer was, "eating like a horse for the first time in my life!"
    (Then I proselytised on the W30 for an hour so, I may have lost her  )
    Cheers