Lorna from Canada

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    Lorna from Canada reacted to 50andstillhere in January 1st Start Date!   
    @Rebecca001- I love the British slang! (Rubbish, boilers, bung) I live in the Midwest and I don’t mind the snow. I am have been walking outside but it is too icy to run on the streets right now.  I am going to weigh myself and measure my waist on the 31st. I am going to extend this for another 2 weeks because I had a horrible reaction to spaghetti sauce- and I am Italian!! (Gassy, bathroom issues, etc.) So because I have arthritis, I have decided to elimInate  white potatoes because, I have been eating them  a lot during this whole30.
     
    Like @Becs and @Lorna, I too am a food snob, but I love going to restaurants just to get out of the house and have fun with friends. (I try to order the healthiest item, but that can be hard.)
    Good luck Becs- you don’t need to eat chips to handle stress because you have different ways to cope.
    Hopefully I will read your posts on the“ reintroduction Threads” because they are very inspiring.
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in January 1st Start Date!   
    Food snobs unite! We are the same way! Sugar, I'm smiling at the 'now we are our grandparents' comment. I haven't been to a restaurant since I came home from Australia on March 20 and I don't miss it at all. 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Saiee in January 1st Start Date!   
    Me - I'm doing another full round starting Feb 1 - Mar 2. I've still got some things to work on around the meal template, no snacking and 2 pieces of fruit rules. ALSO, my plantar fasciitis is MUCH better in my foot but not resolved. Another month will help with both of those.  January 31 I am likely going to have some wine to see what happens but, if I don't, I guess I'll be starting round 2 faster.
    I call it the Moderation Myth too - I have a whole laundry list of foods that I can't eat in moderation and, not surprisingly, salad and boiled eggs aren't on it. I am best to abstain every single time. I like the rules of W30 and part of what I need to do during W30 #5 (starting Feb 1) is figure out my FFF rules. I thought I had them sorted after my last W30 but that fell apart the minute huge emotional stress showed up. 
    Off to bed for me - Day 27 is in the bag. 90% done W30 #4. I'm really proud of all of us for the work we've done! Let's finish this round super strong!
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    Food snobs unite! We are the same way! Sugar, I'm smiling at the 'now we are our grandparents' comment. I haven't been to a restaurant since I came home from Australia on March 20 and I don't miss it at all. 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from becs in January 1st Start Date!   
    Food snobs unite! We are the same way! Sugar, I'm smiling at the 'now we are our grandparents' comment. I haven't been to a restaurant since I came home from Australia on March 20 and I don't miss it at all. 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SugarcubeOD in January 1st Start Date!   
    That actually depends on how you use it... I have a great recipe for 4 ingredient meatballs that's Franks, ground chicken (or pork), green onions and nutritional yeast... if you're using it trying to pretend it's cheese, not recommended - if you're using it as an ingredient (I also put it in a buffalo egg bake that my sister @ladyshannymade up) then it's totally fine
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to becs in January 1st Start Date!   
    Reading all of your posts, I'm realizing that the only things I REALLY miss in daily life are sugary coffee creamer (which I don't plan on adding back in!) and wine. I like a good cheese, but I don't miss it. Dairy and legumes were never really part of my diet. My regular at-home meals have been, for the most part, paleo over the last few years, with some rice thrown in every once in a while. My food-with-no-breaks is pretty much crunchy/salty "junk" food - Triscuits, chips (crisps), tortilla chips, Goldfish crackers, etc. I would mindlessly eat them whenever stressed/bored/sad, and over the last year they've accounted for a larger percentage of my diet than I care to admit. I can't seem to open a package without binging mindlessly through the whole thing. The great thing is that I don't actually miss that stuff - I just need to remember that post-W30!
    I imagine my FF life will include rice and wine on the reg, and the other stuff only when "worth it" out in the wild (restaurants, gatherings w/friends and family, etc). Pre-COVID, my hubby and I went out to eat once a month if we were lucky, so in-the-wild situations are not that common. (We're food snobs, and feel like we can cook better food at home than most of the restaurants we go to, though that may be due to the lack of choices in our area!)
    Hooray to ending week 4 today! Two more days, then it's on to the next step. Thank you all for this awesome thread/conversation! I hope we can keep it going in maintenance. And I hope you ladies who are extending will join us there.
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    Good to know! My daughter recommended it to me and I've just ordered some specifically to add to my caesar dressing and to pesto. After 28 days without cheese, I'm hoping it tastes like cheesiness too. I don't miss cheddar or soft cheeses but those deeply umami cheeses like parmesan are sorely absent.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to becs in January 1st Start Date!   
    I love the Primal Kitchen Caesar dressing! I discovered it for the first time during this W30, and was stoked to find it at my local store. I also bought a bottle of their cilantro lime dressing, which includes honey, to try on my sugar reintro day.
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from becs in January 1st Start Date!   
    Me - I'm doing another full round starting Feb 1 - Mar 2. I've still got some things to work on around the meal template, no snacking and 2 pieces of fruit rules. ALSO, my plantar fasciitis is MUCH better in my foot but not resolved. Another month will help with both of those.  January 31 I am likely going to have some wine to see what happens but, if I don't, I guess I'll be starting round 2 faster.
    I call it the Moderation Myth too - I have a whole laundry list of foods that I can't eat in moderation and, not surprisingly, salad and boiled eggs aren't on it. I am best to abstain every single time. I like the rules of W30 and part of what I need to do during W30 #5 (starting Feb 1) is figure out my FFF rules. I thought I had them sorted after my last W30 but that fell apart the minute huge emotional stress showed up. 
    Off to bed for me - Day 27 is in the bag. 90% done W30 #4. I'm really proud of all of us for the work we've done! Let's finish this round super strong!
     
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to DancedWTigger in Whole 30 First Timer   
    Thank you!! I made it! I did loads of laundry and watched youtube videos of Whole 30 meal prep to distract me.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to BeKatastic in First Whole 30   
    I started my first Whole 30  about 17 days ago. I just found this forum and I'm getting so much information. The beginning was a little rough but I think I'm in the swing of it now. I have already experienced better sleep, more energy and I've been in a great mood since I started. I am not that versed in cooking so it's been a learning curve. I am enjoying the program. I'm just wondering how much space did you put in between different Whole 30 cycles? I want to continue these benefits so I'll probably stick to Whole 30 going forward.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to 50andstillhere in January 1st Start Date!   
    Saiee- you can also bring beef jerky or son to you feel up on some protein. Don’t waive you’ve got this! I hope all goes well with your lab work and test results. 
     
    I met with my nutritionist and she recommended that I continue whole30 longer. So I will do this for sure, until Feb 13th. I have too much inflammation still in my hands.   is everyone goes to the maintenance thread I will probably go there as well since I like all of our positive yet real posts. Is anyone else doing an extension? 
    ps- I am totally bored with my cooking!!
    pss- I will drink some vino on Valentines Day!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    No, I think it’s quite common to dream that you’ve broken it, not just whole30 but anything (when I was pregnant I used to dream I had drunk wine and smoked, I would feel so guilty!) 
    think of it as your brain/body prepping you for this possibility, and what a gift that is because now you have an extra level of defence against it.
    for your hospital appointments, you know that doesn’t need to derail you, don’t you? Prep in advance- nuts, fruit, veg sticks. You say you will be there for hours, but hours isn’t ‘ days or weeks’ - you can, and will, cope for even several hours. Take a flask of coffee, a few bits of fruit? You could make ‘overnight muesli’ in a jam jar if you were feeling really creative- chia seeds, ground almonds, ( i used a mix of milled seeds)  open a can of coconut milk and use the cream and a splash of the watery bit, and leave it to soak. Add some nuts, raisins, grated apple or pear? Leave it overnight, grab it in the morning with a spoon and eat it in the hospital once you no longer need to fast. 
    you could certainly delay restarting til 1st feb- but what will you do for those 4 days? Have one last hurrah? In which case I’d question whether that’s a good thing. Start now. That creeping doubt is ‘old you’ - what will ‘new you’ say?? 

     
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I think this has worked... but if not you can find it in the post whole 30 section entitled January 2021 graduates 
     
     
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to becs in January 1st Start Date!   
    @Rebecca001Yay for Tiger Blood! What a productive day you've had! And thanks for creating a maintenance post - I will definitely join you all there. It's been so nice to connect with everyone. Keeping the accountability going through reintroduction will be awesome.
    On my run today, I was thinking about the W30 being over on Sunday, but I had to stop myself. It's not really over for me, not until I reintroduce everything and decide what my new Food Freedom Rules (oxymoron?) will be moving forward. I need to shift my brain to start thinking of it as moving on to the next stage. I also need to keep telling myself that I will NOT be going back to my pre-W30 eating and drinking habits. I'm reading a book called Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin that's all about how to form or break habits. She says that one of the best times to rejigger your habits is when life presents you with a clean slate (e.g. new job or home, change in relationship, beginning of the year, etc.). Completing a reset definitely counts as a clean slate! I am NOT going to waste this opportunity by sliding into my old, bad habits.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SugarcubeOD in January 1st Start Date!   
    Definitely!  We do encourage the post Whole30 groups to go into the Post whole30 section so that you can freely talk about reintros and off roading without confusing newbies or having the mods get all grouchy.  Usually one person makes a thread and then posts the link here - if you want I can do that for you or someone else can go ahead and do it.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    Thanks @SugarcubeOD. I knew that principle just never heard the phrase!
     
    Totally get that during the W30- however, I am a pretty good baker and post-W30 I do make occasional paleo/compliant ingredient bakes (and will probably do this time, too). I actually made a Christmas fruit cake this year that was almond flour, fruit and egg and it was delicious (and no different really in ingredients to a Melissa endorsed Lara bar) , and I make a rosemary and sea salt savoury biscotti in a similar vein. They really kept me going last time- paleo can be tricky when real life happens as nothing is paleo-friendly really. I totally get it on the full whole30 though (and I’m still a sub-snob - I never use sweeteners or such like, just good natural ingredients) but quite frankly, I do not want to live in a world where treats are banned forever. While I despise the modern way of punctuating life with little sugar hits, a well-placed, Paleo friendly, all natural morsel every now and then is ok as part of a ‘whole life’ plan such as Paleo. 
    tuesday today, day....oooh.. 26?? No way! How did that happen? I’m working from home today and I actually have cleared my to-do list- so I am going to catch up on some reading, delete some emails and have a quieter day. I am Exams Office at my school and as all our summer exams have been cancelled here due to Covid, you’d think my workload would have decreased, but hell no. I have a lot of reading to get through so I’m going to light the fire, sit under my blanket and look at the snow!! 
     
    Have a great day everyone! We are definitely in the home stretch now! Are we going to carry this chat on after the 30 or are we going to bid our farewells?  It’s been a bit of a lifeline for me this month and I’m very grateful to you all 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SugarcubeOD in January 1st Start Date!   
    https://whole30.com/sex-with-your-pants-on/
     
     
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    A nice simple dinner for me tonight- line a tea with spinach and kale, add pieces of fish (I had smoked cod) asparagus and cherry tomatoes, slices of lemon and seasoning cover with foil and then it sort of steams itself in the lemon juice and done . Really quick and tasty (picture is of it before cooking)
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    Amen to that Becs - Hubs and I even talked about not having a glass on Jan 31 because it might feel like we're rewarding ourselves for completing W30 #4 in a pandemic. We have decided not to think about it that way but to see it as finding out what reintroducing wine will do this time.  I, too, can get into the space of "what a total crap day - where's my wine?" mindset pretty quickly. Your post W30 reintro pan sounds solid!
    I think there is a huge element of that. I feel SO much better generally that I may actually have a 60 year old's version of TB without realizing it. I also have a lot of work related stress - the complete idiocy and incompetence of not having access codes to work I needed (and set aside time) to do for 6 weeks has been uber challenging. It's a big conversation with myself (and a fair bit of journalling to do) to recognize that dealing with work related issues does not deserve an alcoholic reward.
    Today is Day 25 and, while I do feel very much on the home stretch, I do have the greater sense of this continuing on than I have had before. I feel more committed to the permanence of these changes I've re-made. It was shocking to fall so far from the wagon during my mom's illness, death and my subsequent wild grieving. There were many times I felt like I was observing the lunacy of the chocolate stuffing incidences and chip eating frenzies from outside myself. This time around, I feel more whole (no pun inteded there!) and connected to this path. So - that's good!
    Mind you, I just casually tossed 2 thick pieces of parmesan rinds into my stock pot with the chicken bits and veg... took only a minute before I realized what I'd done and fished them out again. Sheesh...
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    The tiger blood is a strange one. I certainly experienced it last time, it was like I was rocket fuelled but then as a result, I’d be exhausted after a few hours!! It would feel like little flickers of energy. I certainly noticed it with my running, I’d be doing long distances pretty fast (eg took 6 minutes off a half marathon best, that was on day 90 of “whole30+wine” and a week before Covid knocked me out (although I was probably infected already just didn’t know it) 
    this time it’s more sedate. I feel more switched on, I feel sharper and more energetic but I’m certainly not bouncing around. It’s times like now (5.20 pm here) and I’m thinking: I was up at 6, been to work, ran 5 miles in the snow, came home, tidied up, popped to the shops, making dinner....and I don’t feel tired! I think that’s the TB, or as TB as it’s going to get. I also think we get used to it, especially if you’ve done W30 before and especially if you continue to avoid the foods that cause you the problems. We forget how rubbish we could feel because we feel so much better all the time. 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to becs in January 1st Start Date!   
    @Lorna from CanadaNo Tiger Blood here, either. I've never felt what I think is Tiger Blood on any of my Whole30s. But, my energy level is consistent all day - no mid-afternoon slumps - and I also have a ton of NSVs, so I'm not too upset by it. I do wonder what it feels like, though.
    I won't be having a glass of wine until 2/6. I want to take advantage of the clean slate the W30 has given me to cultivate new habits around non-W30 foods/beverages, and my ideal life would include drinking no more than one day a week. Saturday seems like the right day for me. Having a drink on Friday after work would create a slippery slope into the "alcohol as reward/alcohol to combat stress" swamp, which is an easy transition into wine on Wednesday because of a difficult day at work. 
    I'm going to reintroduce one food group per week, I think, starting with sugar on the 31st (sugar in my coffee, honey in my tea, brown sugar on sweet potatoes). Then alcohol on the 5th, legumes on the 13th, non-gluten grains on the 20th, dairy on the 27th, and finally gluten on 3/6. I think this is a good compromise between feeling like I need longer on the W30 and really wanting to reintroduce. I may push dairy and gluten out one week and add another couple of alcohol days over the weekend of the 27th since I'm going on a camping trip that weekend with friends I haven't seen in forever. 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from 50andstillhere in January 1st Start Date!   
    Does it count that one of my baggy sweatshirts is slightly more baggy? LOL
    We decided to give its contents to our building's concierge team. We opened it to make sure there wasn't personal info inside and, just like you said Sugar ...
    ... but it actually made them easier to resist. There was so much competing, unnatural scent that I turned my nose up and walked away. So, crisis averted. I didn't even sneak out the gorgeous little packet of glossy licorice allsorts for a post W30 'treat' - that's a major win - I adore LAs above all other candy!
    At this point in every W30 I've done I start with the "I'm eating too much fruit and not enough veg" schtick in my head. I'm eating too much fruit and enough veg and it's okay. I haven't been able to get it down to 2 pieces per day ever in my life. I don't have a huge sugar dragon - my food crutch is salty/savory - and I don't think I'm messing with him but I am realizing that this is a battle. SO, tomorrow I am committing to just 2 pieces of planned fruit. That's it. 
    Wish me luck!
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from 50andstillhere in January 1st Start Date!   
    Me tooo - I'm really, really wanting candy which is the LAST thing I need. It doesn't help that there is a big delivery box filled with candy sitting on my kitchen counter. We didn't open it - it's a Christmas gift from one of Hubs's vendors and it's taken its sweet time (oh, forgive that terrible pun!) getting here from the exquisite candy store from which it was ordered. Both of us know that opening the box would be very, very dangerous. So, there it sits. sigh* 
    Initially doing this 4th W30 felt like a great structure to get though a crappy, covid impacted winter and, it really has been. But, one of the things that I find very difficult about covid and our seemingly perpetual lockdown state is the repetitious, boring sameness of every single day. Now, after 20 days, this also feels like boring repetition. So it has been tough, 
    I'm coping by focussing on the amazing NSVs - the quality sleep is brilliant. The overall reduction in anxiety is brilliant. THe feeling like I'm in better control is also brilliant. And the more comfortable clothes are brilliant. That box of candy can't derail me
    2/3 - we're doing great!