Lorna from Canada

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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Lauraco in Some days I do think this humourous blog resembles me a little too much...   
    I suspect all of the people who have commented on my "crazy diet" in the past 6 weeks see me this way too - 
    and maybe you'll see yourself in this.
    it's cute; enjoy a little humour while we continue our journey!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Christie Inge, HHC in What would you do?   
    So, I totally understand the whole not wanting to waste food thing. AND, what I've also realized along the way is that food is always going to get wasted; we have an overabundance of food in the US and unless you are going to ship it off to people in less fortunate countries, you can waste it in the trash or in your body. 
    As far as the neighbor, if it continues to happen, you may need to have an honest conversation with her and perhaps discuss other ways you might be able to connect that isn't food (her actual motivation for bringing you the scones was probably to connect with you). 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Reintro Day 15 - The W30 Lifestyle   
    Schrod - you know I hear you on the possibility of a cheese related broken heart - I'm still grieving for my discovery about wine. 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Jihanna in Introduction Plus Biggest Challenge For Me   
    Hi there - former fully-loaded Coke fiend here... if you search, there definitely are some drinks that can be done (some give carbonation, some give caffeine, not sure if any give both)... and you can make your own using seltzer water and a splash of juice...
    I would suggest going completely cold-turkey and without a crutch. The reason I say not to use a crutch is because you want to break the habit, not continue to feed the same habit using different fuel. Trust me, I seriously considered making pseudo-soda drinks for myself, but I'm so very glad that I didn't. (I even drank some honest-to-goodness "real" Coke the day after my Whole30 was completed, and it didn't taste good, wasn't satisfying at all. I can't imagine that result if I'd been drinking fizzy fruit-sweetened stuff throughout January.)
    I know there's anxiety there, and I won't lie - this addiction is as serious as any other and will probably cause withdrawals, detox might be really tough... but getting through it and being free from that addiction is so very worth it. Just remember that it takes time, and it will take some work on your part, because breaking habits and addictions isn't a passive effort.
    What I found helped a lot for me was drinking fruity tea (compliant tea bag + hot water). I did add a little bit of fruit juice to sweeten it for the first week or so, but eventually just stopped because at some point it started tasting fine without anything extra mixed in. This gave me a drink I could enjoy, warm or cold, without going for something that even remotely resembled my old nemesis. I wish you luck in finding a new favorite drink, too.  
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Czari in Introduction Plus Biggest Challenge For Me   
    Good morning everyone!
    This is my first post for the Whole30 program.  I have been researching the various Keto type diets for several months.  Although not following any particular one, I began adapting parts of them, beginning on January 1, primarily eliminating 95% of all processed foods which had pretty much been my entire diet as I live alone and have never enjoyed cooking.  That small change alone yielded a 5-lb weight loss.
    I was getting confused with the differences between the Ketogenic, Paleo, and Primal diets while wrapping my mind around why a strictly vegetarian diet was taboo, why foods I'd thought were "bad" all my life, but ate them anyway (eg. foods like pepperoni that contain nitrates/nitrites) were staples for one of the diets and why oats weren't good for me on another.  While listening to one of my favorite podcasts, the host introduced a medical team that helped him with many illnesses with which he'd been living via diet.  During the podcast I heard the term "Whole30 eating," had no idea what that was and a search brought me here.
    Besides a desire to be healthier overall, the current main motivator to change my diet habits is that my November 2018 blood test (non-fasting) indicated my cholesterol was 264, LDL direct 195, and triglycerides 139. (I don't see HDL on this report unless it's hiding under a different name - I plan to ask about that at my next visit.) I see this practitioner primarily to address my Hashimotos Hypothyroid as he's one of the very few doctors that has a clue about treating that properly plus he likes to treat illness at the source instead of just the symptoms and as naturally as possible.  I was astonished by these numbers as the fasting blood test administered by my family doctor the month before was very good, to the point of being told I had "...the best lipid panel he'd see all day."  I'm 65 and my blood tests (with the exception of the thyroid) have always been generally good.  What happened in only a month?  I did some research on fasting vs non-fasting levels and that can give different readings.  The kicker, however, was when the doctor's P.A. said if the cholesterol doesn't come down we'll have to put you on statins.  ABSOLUTELY NOT!!  My mother had a horrific reaction to statins after only a week so that's a definite no go.  I told the P.A. that my issues were largely lifestyle induced ie. poor food choices and no exercise and I would begin correcting that.  The P.A. told me to fast prior to the next blood test for a better comparison with the one from my family doctor.  That blood test was on February 5; I go for the results next week and hope that my moving toward healthier eating over the past month will show up in my labs, although one month is a very short time frame.
    I am currently in the preparation process of beginning the Whole30 program.  Overall it looks like a very easy plan except for my one addiction - COKE!!  I did a search on this site before posting and saw a number of posts regarding Diet Coke but I drink the real deal...daily...many times a day...everyday.  I don't like coffee, thus Coke is the "cold caffeine" start to my day, and constant companion throughout.   When I asked my "thyroid Dr." about any ideas to help me wean off Coke he said I would need to go cold turkey.
    Sooooooooo...can anyone out there relate as well as have any suggestions on going off Coke cold turkey (as in something allowed on the program that will help)?  I am taking this plan seriously and will definitely go cold turkey; I'm getting anxious just thinking about it. 
    It's great to be here and I'm looking forward to the journey and better health!
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Sweet potato chopper   
    I have a very expensive KitchenAid Chopper that attaches to my KitchenAid stand mixer and it does an awesome job of making uniform chopped cubes of things. I know this because, in the 2 years that I have owned it, I used it one time. Like Schrod, I use my knife. 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna 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!!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to laura_juggles in Explaining Whole30 to kids   
    Since another significant component of Whole30 is discovering any potential food intolerances, you could also frame it that you think there may be some foods that upset your stomach and you're not eating some foods for 30 days to help you figure it out. 
    That frames it as something that has absolutely nothing at all to do with weight or how your body looks, but focuses on how your body *feels*. 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Lauraco in Cranberry-Bacon Meatballs   
    I make my own. It's very easy. Put a bag of fresh cranberries into a bowl. Heat up a cup (more if you have a lot of berries) of apple juice to not quite boiling and cover cranberries with it. Let sit for 8 hours or longer in the fridge - I often leave mine overnight. Drain and pat dry - spread on a silicon baking sheet (like a silpat) or parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Preheat oven to 160F and put berries in for as long as it takes to dry them. Ususally a 4-6 hours will do the trick - sometimes longer if there's lots of natural humidity. 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Lauraco in Cranberry-Bacon Meatballs   
    I make my own. It's very easy. Put a bag of fresh cranberries into a bowl. Heat up a cup (more if you have a lot of berries) of apple juice to not quite boiling and cover cranberries with it. Let sit for 8 hours or longer in the fridge - I often leave mine overnight. Drain and pat dry - spread on a silicon baking sheet (like a silpat) or parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Preheat oven to 160F and put berries in for as long as it takes to dry them. Ususally a 4-6 hours will do the trick - sometimes longer if there's lots of natural humidity. 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Lauraco in Cranberry-Bacon Meatballs   
    Yes - why get dressed in the morning when you're going to be chopping all day anyway??
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Lauraco in Cranberry-Bacon Meatballs   
    @Lorna Thank you so much!  I started thinking along the lines of buying fresh cranberries, and this is exactly what I need.  Pretty soon I will be living full time in the kitchen.
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Reintro Day 11 - the good, the bad and the ugly   
    It's really, really tough. Hubs said, "well, let me know if you can't drink it any more and I'll get cracking on the cellar while you're gone." Lots of support there . I know there are worse things but, this one is tough.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in Super Slow Reintro   
    Hey all, day 35 here and what is officially the end of my W30. But I'm in for the super slow reintro, because I'm simply not missing the things I've excluded and not desperate to add back in.
    I have a BBQ at a friends place this weekend so I'm going to avoid grains, legumes, dairy, but not sweat the sugar in marinades and dressings, and have a couple of lower sugar alcoholic ciders. Then back to compliant until the following weekend, when I'll intro something else. The plan is that weekdays are completely compliant, and weekends are when I reintro single food groups. I'm also (like most of you) splitting them down - soy will be on a different day to beans, cheese will be a different day to butter and milk, corn and rice will also be separate.
    A lot of the things I cut with W30 I don't eat a lot anyway, so I'm pretty comfy doing the slow reintro. The health issues I started W30 for are also pretty significant and the fact that they have resolved makes me not at all keen to see them come back.  Plus, I lost a bunch of weight on round but I have a lot to go, and for the first time I'm losing weight without weighing and measuring everything I eat and plugging it into a calorie counter, and I want that to keep going!!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in Reintro Day 11 - the good, the bad and the ugly   
    First of all - OMG, bike accident!! I'm so glad you're ok!! 
    Yay for the bread stuff not messing with you!
    Wine gives me terrible hangover anxiety and bad sleep. I feel your pain being in Adelaide with all that amazing wine country and having that reaction  
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    Where's the WOW button? 20lbs? AWESOME!!
    I know this feeling well! Hubs and Gee were eager to get on with introducing right away - I was completely okay with 7 more compliant days (even though the airport/travel was tough). So far I've slow rolled with wine (jury is still out on that one after 3 tries and 3 poor night's sleep!), gin and tonic (once - was okay), corn -also once and was fine, sugar as it shows up in deli meat and my homemade salad dressing (no raging sugar dragon) and wheat bread (also fine - yeah) but, other than when (rarely) those are just in front of me and part of a meal, I've stayed compliant so, my diet is still 90% W30 and I'm okay with that! I have also released the prohibition on store bought chips - I like chips so I have bought some high end, no additive ones a few times and enjoy the break from making homefries. Have not yet reintroduced regular grains, legumes, soy or dairy or a "sugar first" kind of food - no plans to do so at this point.
    Good luck - welcome to reintro!!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    Well, I did it! Whole 34 complete, 30 days completely compliant, first 4 days compliant save for the sulfites (additive 233) in the lemon squeeze I added to my soda water (maybe 2 tsp a day of 99.9% pure lemon juice).
    Chronic vertigo for the last 18 months GONE.
    Sleep AMAZING.
    IBS symptoms GONE.
    Weight 9.3kg (20.5lbs) GONE.
    My skin isn't amazing, i hoped the redness and dry skin on my face would go, and i never got Tiger blood, and i still wish i had more energy, but the plus sides are overwhelming!
    I'm not really keen to start reintroducing. I don't eat a lot of legumes, or rice or corn, I love cheese but haven't missed it yet, and I'm not missing gluten grains either. I made my lunch for today, and it's compliant. I just couldn't think of anything I wanted to add to it. So, it looks like I'm on the slow roll.
    I have to say, as a lifelong calorie counter and yoyo dieter, the fact that I've lost so much weight and did not weigh, measure or count a thing (this log is the only place I've journaled what I've eaten) has completely blown my mind. I don't want to change a thing. 
    I have a BBQ at a foodie friend's house this weekend, the plan is to avoid legumes, grains and dairy but not sweat whether there is sugar in marinades or dressings, and to have a few adult beverages, then get back to 100% compliant immediately after. Between now and Wednesday, I plan to reintro something if I feel like it, but not force the issue, and Thursday and Friday will be 100% compliant in preparation for Saturday's BBQ.
    So anyway, today's food:
    B'fast: 2 poacked eggs, hot smoked salmon and Spicy Kraut
    Lunch: Za'tar crusted chicken thighs with wombok, carot and celery slaw and lemon garlic tahini dressing
    Dinner: Pork chops with roasted sweet potato rounds and broccolini, baby spinach, beetroot and cucumber salad with chimmichuri mayo
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    Last night was great, and no temptation to drink! We had a great meal, watched a movie and it was just fun. 
    DAY 34!! My official final day before reintro.
    Confession: I don't really want to reintro. I don't want legumes. I haven't missed grains. I'm not even dying for dairy, and last night proved I'm not really hankering for a drink. I know, and have read Melissa's post on slow reintro and I might go that way, but right now I'm just like "eh". I have to plan and make lunches for the week, and I don't feel like messing with them.  I was sorely tempted to weigh myself this morning but didn't. 
    Anywho, today's food... absolutely no idea. I'm not hungry. Last night's meal was compliant but I ate more than I usually would and there was certainly way more meat than veg!! A salad is definitely on the cards. 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in Reintro Day 9 - craving vs missing some foods   
    These past few days I've been missing some foods. Like, in a sad way thinking about whether I'll eat them again. For example, I was at the Adelaide RV show yesterday on a beautiful summer day and I was recalling my previous visit to the show 2 years ago when I stopped for a break midday and had an affogato (a dollop of ice cream in an espresso) and a lamington (white cake slice dipped in chocolate glaze and dusted in coconut). It was lovely - sitting under a sprawling gum tree listening to the rosellas and, basically, mainlining sugar. Yesterday midday, I refilled my water bottle from the warmish tap and carried on. 
    The difference is more than just do I eat that or not - and it isn't a craving. I didn't want the sugar yesterday - my dragon is behaving quite nicely and I am happy with that. And, I didn't return home and deep dive into a substitue fix so, that's not it. But I feel a little loss. Like I am grieving sugar and all its related sweet treats because my intention is to not eat it ever again - like never. But, I am going to miss it.
    I'm an abstainer - there is no moderation for me - never has been. I know from all the years that I maintained my 85+ lb weight loss that I need to stay away from triggering foods. And, I know that, yes menopause has been hard, but the reason I regained those 30lb has as much to do with an afternoon snack of affogato and lamington as in does hormonal craziness.  I also know that right now, I feel great. My energy is amazing. My stamina is outstanding. I feel less anxious and my mood is elevated. I also don't have waves of hormonal heat wash over my menopausal body out of the blue. And, I'm losing weight - how much I don't know  but I can feel it leave my body. So, I have to go back to abstaining from the things I know I don't need to reintroduce to experiment on - sugar is a no go. The W30 talks about guidelines for determining if something is worth it but - when it comes to my sugar dragon, nothing is worth her reawakening.
    So, I'm having a little sadness about missing my old frenemy. Random thoughts come into my head like "oh, no more Dairy Queen peanut buster parfaits!" and I feel a bit sad. 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in Reintro Day 9 - craving vs missing some foods   
    That's understandable, the loss of anything that usually gives pleasure (even if it also brings pain - our brains are good at missing that bit!) will being grief. That's a good way of describing it. And our culture is SO centred around food, that there's a knock on effect of missing the social or environmental situation that comes with the food. 
    I'm glad you're getting good weather!!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to laura_juggles in My biggest challenge.. baby food..   
    @NJdieter Do you have some research on that last part? Everyone needs a varied diet, but I'd hesitate to say dairy and grains are necessary. That sounds like talk from lobbyists trying to sell food products to parents. Pancreatic amylase, which is what you really need to digest grains, doesn't start being produced until all 4 molars are in. And not every child can digest dairy, so it can't be that crucial to growth. 
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Jihanna in Reintro Day 5 - snacks are back   
    This had me cracking up, because I've done that... and had the 30-minute conversation in my head where one voice justifies the decision to grab whatever it is I'm considering, while another voice calmly reminds me that I probably don't actually want to deal with the side effects that would come with eating it (and occasionally another rational voice asks if I'd be just as happy to sit down with a plate of real food). It gets amusing, and a little sad, sometimes. And it's not like my sugar dragon is even still roaring, or that I feel like I didn't work through the mindset behind my old snacking habits... but I still end up gazing with borderline intent to graze, until I realize that I'm not actually hungry (or that I am but that's because it's been, I dunno, 6 hours since I ate?)
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in Reintro Day 5 - snacks are back   
    Ya, this isn't good. Somehow, snacking has returned. 3 times today I have found myself staring into the fridge or swinging open the pantry door to have a little look around - because taking a mid-day inventory is a necessary thing. Nope. Nope. Nope. I do not need to be grazing - I woke up at 6AM as usual, had a lovely tomato, onion and kale hash with eggs for breakfast and potato salad and leftover chop for lunch and... okay, I see it. That's really not enough food. The hash is veg and 2 eggs. Then I walk with my daughter to work and return with 9000 steps on my pedometer and I drink a little sparkling mineral water with lemon and wonder why, at 10AM, I'm standing in front of the pantry fondling a bag of Werther's toffee like, if I read the label fast enough, I'll decide they are compliant. 
    I did not see what was happening until I started writing it down just now. I'm not eating enough. Okay then... onward. I hereby forgive myself for plowing through the rest of the potato salad and eating watermelon over the sink like a thief. Got it. More food including a carb at breakfast and maybe a couple of dates and some almonds after my morning walk. 
    In other news, I'm still not really reintroducing anything. I've reread ISWF and have decided I need to define "Worth It" so I can be more confident trying things. I'm still not missing anything either so no worries - things will come back when they come I suppose.
    I went back to work today - I'm a personal coach with clients all over the world - juggling different time zones is a work out in itself. Taking a full week off for travel and jet lag was a good idea - I felt on top of my game with my 2 clients today. I really feel well - I don't know how to describe it other than to say, I feel really well. Amazing.
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Reintro Day 7 - back to the gym and DOMS   
    I've been back to the gym this week after a long post operative recovery. I had foot surgery followed by some reignition of chronic hip problems aggravated by gait issues caused by the post operative boot. And, I was more than irritated by it, (but the Moderators won't let me use the language I want to use to REALLY describe how I felt), so, in October, I said "screw it" and stopped working out altogether. Ya, ya - I know that wasn't the smartest thing to do BUT, I got the go ahead to start running again at the beginning of February and it made me start missing my gym/yoga/strength routine and I could not wait to get back at it so, all good right? I've been super fit and working out regularly since 2005 - a 4 month break isn't the end of the world. 
    I've been back to the gym. Plus, even though I haven't started running again  - I want to make sure my hip strength is AOK before I start that again - I have a marathon in sight for 2020 - the year I turn 60 - want to make sure I do this right... ANYWAY...
    I've been back to the gym - full routine with slightly lighter weights than I was using back in October - leg day on Tuesday, Core on Wednesday and heading there shortly for upper body and, where is all my post workout pain? Yes, I'm taking it a bit easy and I'm stretching post workout and adding in yoga - I'm still spending 2 hours in the gym grunting and sweating and putting myself through the paces but, I don't have post workout pain to the same degree that I always have had it in the past. Typically I am sore within an hour of finishing and am tightened up like a top by evening sometimes needing vitamin I in addition to a hot bath to help me sleep. Yes, I am having some next day DOMS - I am reawakening muscles cells after a 4 month break, but DOMS is different than my usual pain. 
    I can only contribute this difference to the change in my diet and the overall reduced inflammation in my body. I will be watching for this pain for awhile until I am back at my pre-break workout level until then - I'm just going to appreciate it and love it.
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Lauraco in Day 30 - It's HERE!!   
    This will be the first post of the day - because the day that everyone starts off thinking is never going to come has arrived for the 3 of us intrepid W30ers in my famjam!!! And I'm excited to report on everyone's progress.  I'm so glad they both jumped in wholeheartedly to do this with me - it would have been really difficult to do this on my own. My hat is off to anyone who does it on their own without family support. 
    Last night, Hubs and I sat down to chat through his experience since we're not otherwise going to see each other today. His sole goal was to drop 5 pounds which he did (he broke the rules and weighed himself Day24) and his clothes are fitting better. He's a tall (6'1"), thin (177 when we started) and doesn't really have too much in the way of health complaints - unlike his wife. So, he says he can't really tell if anything has changed for him - no tiger blood, no digestive improvements, no change in sleep or brain fog - nada. But those 5 lbs mean a lot to him. He and I were both obese and really sick at one point in our lives, (here's an article from Canada's National Newspaper about us https://tgam.ca/2SniHAM), and neither of us ever want to go back. SO - even though he doesn't feel any different, he wants to make major dietary changes - no more cheese, crackers, cereal, bread, white rice (he's fallen in love with cauiliflower rice) and NO MORE CANDY. I'd say the one thing that has changed is his sweet tooth - he was ALWAYS scouting around looking for something sweet after dinner and that has stopped. 
    So, this morning, I'm doing the clean out the pantry for the Food Bank - there are going to be some carbs heading out!