Lorna from Canada

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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in W30 v2.1 - Day 30 It's in the Bag   
    Congratulations on finishing Round 2!!
    I'm so sorry to hear about your mom, and totally feel you on having to find alternate coping strategies. It can be so hard, but I try to find comfort in maintaining control over my food intake, when all else seems out of my control. Sending you and your mom many good vibes x
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Jihanna in I'm STARVING!!!   
    I seriously love you for stuff you say, Lorna!   Really, though, I agree with everything you posted here. 
    @Tristan1308 In addition to what the ladies ahead of me suggested regarding fat to achieve satiation, I'm going to suggest that you consider putting some carbs on your plate in the form of starchy vegetables. It took a ton of experimentation during my W30 but it became absolutely clear that without a starchy vegetable at breakfast (think along the lines of half a baked potato diced up in my frittata, a handful-sized portion of sweet potato mash, or a quarter of a small acorn squash), I couldn't make lunch happen more than 3 hours after my breakfast... I just wouldn't make it. While breakfast might not be the best time for you personally, and I can see that you're a LOT more physically active than I am, just remember that neither carbs (like starchy veggies) nor fats are your enemy in Whole30... we need ALL the macros (protein, fat, carbs) to achieve a healthy balance on this journey, and some of us need to boost one or two specific macros compared to others in order to find our personal best. Don't let the traditional dietary "wisdom" make your Whole30 experience become a journey in miserable hunger, because it really can be an awesome ride.  
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna 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 Oaklandish1 in I’m starting whole 30 tomorrow but...   
    Oh my, I just read this. I have a cellar of triple digit wines purchased at retail not restaurant prices... Hubs says we can sell it to fund our retirement but I'm hanging on...  
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna 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 Jihanna in IHOP for mother’s day   
    I'm not sure about IHOP, but we had Cracker Barrel at one point during my W30, and the staff was very friendly about making sure that I was able to eat. I basically told them that I was NOT allergic but needed them to treat my food as if I am -- to dairy, soy, gluten, all other grains, etc. -- and that I needed to know what would be possible in my situation. The server consulted with the chef and said that when there's an allergy situation, they'll cook the eggs on tin foil (instead of directly on the grill) and that they had olive oil available that could be used for the frying (any place that has oil and vinegar for salads is probably using olive oil for that). So next time, at least you have an idea you can ask about in case they don't already have an allergy-friendly way of preparing food!
    I'm so sorry for your struggle. It's hard to try to stick to something like this while also trying to celebrate, but I applaud your efforts to stay as close to compliant as you possibly can! I hope you and your mom enjoyed your time together!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in How do I make this whole30 compliant?   
    Chimmichurri is life <3 <3 <3 
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in I’m starting whole 30 tomorrow but...   
    @Oaklandish1 
    WSET level 3 here so you and Schrod totally get it!  Since my first W30 and all of this wine drinking soul searching and gnashing of teeth, I've come to the conclusion that I used to drink way too much and I'm glad I've stopped. 
    Your frittata looks amazing. I could probably eat half as I have a big appetite  I  find that I've learned to relax into food since I've been on the W30. If I want to eat a lot, I do. I stop when I am full. I've spent my whole life battling food and restricting myself and counting points and calories and grams of BS and now, I feel very strongly like I've made a truce with food and my body. I've lost about 20 pounds since January 3 eating more food than I thought possible. I'd say if you're full, stop eating regardless of what the template says - no sense adding a new food battle to the table. At the same time, I think the template is designed to maximize access to the nutrition our bodies require so, I'd be curious to know if eating significantly less than what the template recommends would have an impact on that? Someone smarter than me in that area would know.
    Keep at it - I felt more terrible in the first 2 weeks than great but it was worth it to get to where I am now!
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in I’m starting whole 30 tomorrow but...   
    I ended my first W30 a few days before my annual winter trip to Australia so I extended it by a week so I could do a better reintro after the loooong travel and awful jetlag settled. I hadn't considered the fact that I was travelling business class where wining and dining both in the lounges and in the air are a really big thing for which  you pay through the nose. It was really, really hard (remember all my whinging Schrod?) but I managed to do a Whole 37. I just finished my 3rd W30 (after my 2nd crashed and burned thanks to a misread label) and have no plans to stop eating this way. I already know which things I am not going to reintro (soy, legumes, sugar are banned; dairy, wine, grains are greatly reduced) so I don't need to do a reintro. I'm just going to carry on until I feel I need a reset then I'll go again.
    I'm no longer struggling with wine. I discovered after my first W30 that wine was very neurotoxic for me causing rampant anxiety and sleeplessness after 1 or 2 glasses. I love wine - have studied it formally and it was a VERY BIG PART of my life prior to W30. Giving it up was initially excruciatingly painful. Then it was somewhat sad. Now it is simply not an issue. Since January 3rd, I've had wine on 4 or 5 separate occasions - each time accompanied by a terrible night so, it's not worth it.
    SO - welcome and enjoy the process @Oaklandish1 It's really very interesting and the results are amazing!
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in I’m starting whole 30 tomorrow but...   
    I ended my first W30 a few days before my annual winter trip to Australia so I extended it by a week so I could do a better reintro after the loooong travel and awful jetlag settled. I hadn't considered the fact that I was travelling business class where wining and dining both in the lounges and in the air are a really big thing for which  you pay through the nose. It was really, really hard (remember all my whinging Schrod?) but I managed to do a Whole 37. I just finished my 3rd W30 (after my 2nd crashed and burned thanks to a misread label) and have no plans to stop eating this way. I already know which things I am not going to reintro (soy, legumes, sugar are banned; dairy, wine, grains are greatly reduced) so I don't need to do a reintro. I'm just going to carry on until I feel I need a reset then I'll go again.
    I'm no longer struggling with wine. I discovered after my first W30 that wine was very neurotoxic for me causing rampant anxiety and sleeplessness after 1 or 2 glasses. I love wine - have studied it formally and it was a VERY BIG PART of my life prior to W30. Giving it up was initially excruciatingly painful. Then it was somewhat sad. Now it is simply not an issue. Since January 3rd, I've had wine on 4 or 5 separate occasions - each time accompanied by a terrible night so, it's not worth it.
    SO - welcome and enjoy the process @Oaklandish1 It's really very interesting and the results are amazing!
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat's Round 2 diary - starting 12 May 2019   
    WOOT for too-big shorts!!! I'm stoked with these pants because they mean I can start shopping in the normal area of Target and not plus size lol.
    Heh, the democracy sausage is an institution in Australia!!
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat's Round 2 diary - starting 12 May 2019   
    Congratulations on the weight loss - yes, old zippers are a problem! Sounds like you're doing well on this round!! I'm still crissong my fingers for a departure of the vertigo.  I have a single pair of try-on shorts that I keep because I like them even though I couldn't get them up over my knees last year. They're too big - WOOT. I won't have a chance to weigh in (V2.1 done today!) as  had planned but I, too, felt a  "woosh" of weight loss on the W30 about 10 days ago - I expect I'm lighter than I've been in years. Certainly nice to have clothes fit again isn't it?
    "Democracy sausage" indeed - no one outside of Australia would know what that was! My daughter voted for the first time in this election and sent photos of democracy sausage eaters - it's hysterical to this staid, boring Canadian voter
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat's Round 2 diary - starting 12 May 2019   
    Thanks Lorna! I went back over my R1 log and my vertigo went around day 15 i think, i hope it happens sooner!
    Dinner is crispy skin chicken cutlets in the convection oven, steamed broccoli with chimichurri and roasted veggie medley. 
    Very limited kitchen tonight, could only use 1 small counter, but this is delicious!!
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in Fruit... how much is too much?   
    ...amateur (my record is 6)

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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Jihanna in Fruit... how much is too much?   
    ...amateur (my record is 6)

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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat's Round 2 diary - starting 12 May 2019   
    The sleep is the best - I don't know what messes with sleep but I really want to find out this time. I was back to frequent wakefulness and early morning waking (like 4:30am) without being able to get back to sleep less than a month after my first W30 ended. 5 or 6 days into this W30 and I'm sleeping like a baby. Gotta figure this out!
    Hope your hubbie is on the mend. I basically get Montezuma's Revenge everytime I go to Mexico (even though no one else in the family ever does!). Last time was 2 days before I was heading to Australia in 2018 - THAT was not a fun flight.
    I'm hoping your vertigo leaves again really soon - that's an awful thing to deal with! I'm assuming it's benign positional vertigo (BPV) and not anything more serious (although, BPV feels worse than death I realise). I had labrynthitis for 6 weeks and remember how awful it was.
    Hopefully all the good W30 stuff will flood back soon. I feel so good on this round I am wondering why I would ever stop...
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in W30 v2.1 - Day 23   
    I knew we were sisters from another mister Schrod! There's a reason I like you!!
     
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Jihanna in W30 v2.1 - Day 23   
    "Pour me a glass of wine and drink it for me" -- I'm going to have to remember that one!
    Thanks for the mention, too! My mom and I are actually doing a round together starting in June (my 2nd, her 1st), and I think I might take special note of exactly how much I spend over the course of the month for 4 adults and 2 kids, with all the family meals being W30. We'll always have non-compliant stuff in the house because my girls tend to be super-picky, but I'm slowly working my way through more paleo recipes to see if I can find some good homemade (and healthier!) alternatives to some of what they will eat.
    I'm glad to hear your current round is going well!
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Locsnlashes in How good is this Real Plans app?   
    I haven't tracked a single thing on my W30s beyond keeping a log here of my general experiences and thoughts. I'm a WWsurvivor of many decades and I am just over tracking. Here's been my W30 approach:
    If I am hungry, I eat things from the W30 template. Then I stop. 
    I also haven't planned ahead other than having enough compliant foods on hand all the time so, when I get hungry, I can eat from the W30 template.
     
    That's it.
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in W30 v2.1 - Day 23   
    Well, well, well - time is flying on this W30 - third attempt and doing just fine. I think there are a couple of things that make W30 easy for me:
    I don't suffer from food boredom - like, never. I can say I never get tired of eating the same thing with 100% confidence. I have a really adventurous palate and enjoy food a great deal but, if all I have on offer is 4 days of pulled pork with a side of kale hash, I'm down with that too. That's pretty lucky! I like to cook and am both good and efficient at it. I thnk W30 must be difficult for those who don't cook or aren't confident in their kitchen skills. I have access to the financial resources to buy the best food and ensure W30 compliance. I appreciate that very much. @Jihanna wrote a great post the other day as to how she does W30 on a budget (check it out here - it's great!) and, while I was grateful of Jihanna for sharing her time and expertise with us, I was more grateful that I didn't have to think about these cost saving measures or the time they take to manage/implement them. Hubs is 100% supportive. He had great success on his own W30 in January and has maintained what we call the W30 lifestyle (and his 5 pound weight loss) since. He likes tortilla chips with salsa and a cold beer and popcorn but he is 100% supportive of me and always asks if it's alright with me if he indulges in front of me. It generally is - I'm not tempted by anything anyone else is eating. Now, having said that, he did ask me what he could help me with while I was preparing a complicated dinner the other night and my response was "pour me a glass of wine and drink it for me"... I'm super disciplined and love a good set of rules. Give me rules with a solid rationale behind them and I am a happy camper. I suspect W30 is really hard for those always looking for away around a rule  I'm happiest when I know what I'm supposed to do and do it with commitment. I think that the fact that this particular set of rules leaves me so satisfied and not hungry plus I sleep soooo well and so long that I find it extra easy to commit to these rules. The so called Freedom in the WW plan was problematic for me - I'd eat 500mls of 0% Greek Yogurt - feel terrible afterwards, be hungry in an hour and not lose an ounce. This W30 thing is just easier One more week of strict compliance then back to my between W30 life - no dairy, no legumes (soy especially), no sugar, very little wine, minimal grains. And, I think I will weigh in. I feel like I've lost more weight - it might be reasonable to have a benchmark. I dunno for sure yet...
     
     
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in W30 v2.1 - Day 23   
    Well, well, well - time is flying on this W30 - third attempt and doing just fine. I think there are a couple of things that make W30 easy for me:
    I don't suffer from food boredom - like, never. I can say I never get tired of eating the same thing with 100% confidence. I have a really adventurous palate and enjoy food a great deal but, if all I have on offer is 4 days of pulled pork with a side of kale hash, I'm down with that too. That's pretty lucky! I like to cook and am both good and efficient at it. I thnk W30 must be difficult for those who don't cook or aren't confident in their kitchen skills. I have access to the financial resources to buy the best food and ensure W30 compliance. I appreciate that very much. @Jihanna wrote a great post the other day as to how she does W30 on a budget (check it out here - it's great!) and, while I was grateful of Jihanna for sharing her time and expertise with us, I was more grateful that I didn't have to think about these cost saving measures or the time they take to manage/implement them. Hubs is 100% supportive. He had great success on his own W30 in January and has maintained what we call the W30 lifestyle (and his 5 pound weight loss) since. He likes tortilla chips with salsa and a cold beer and popcorn but he is 100% supportive of me and always asks if it's alright with me if he indulges in front of me. It generally is - I'm not tempted by anything anyone else is eating. Now, having said that, he did ask me what he could help me with while I was preparing a complicated dinner the other night and my response was "pour me a glass of wine and drink it for me"... I'm super disciplined and love a good set of rules. Give me rules with a solid rationale behind them and I am a happy camper. I suspect W30 is really hard for those always looking for away around a rule  I'm happiest when I know what I'm supposed to do and do it with commitment. I think that the fact that this particular set of rules leaves me so satisfied and not hungry plus I sleep soooo well and so long that I find it extra easy to commit to these rules. The so called Freedom in the WW plan was problematic for me - I'd eat 500mls of 0% Greek Yogurt - feel terrible afterwards, be hungry in an hour and not lose an ounce. This W30 thing is just easier One more week of strict compliance then back to my between W30 life - no dairy, no legumes (soy especially), no sugar, very little wine, minimal grains. And, I think I will weigh in. I feel like I've lost more weight - it might be reasonable to have a benchmark. I dunno for sure yet...
     
     
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Kelli70 in Bacon   
    Thank you!
    I actually had chosen not to eat it, although it was very hard lol.  Sugar is the main ingredient I'm trying to remove from my diet, so I want to make sure I'm understanding this completely.
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    Lorna from Canada reacted to Jihanna in What about - Ka’Chava Meal Replacement Shake?   
    I'm sorry, I normally wouldn't push on this, especially when shakes in and of themselves aren't actually recommended... but I hate feeling stupid, so I've looked at the actual website for the powder that I linked earlier, and the monk fruit extract is only in the flavored versions. That means there's nothing except the beef protein, egg protein, and sunflower lecithin in the "naked" version that I linked.
    It is good to be reminded that monk fruit extract isn't compliant, though, because I had forgotten that bit  
    I'll be quiet now.
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from Christa22 in Reintro Day 11 - the good, the bad and the ugly   
    Here is a summary of my first 10 day reintroduction results:
    I have not yet reintroduced:
    soy (in any form) and all other legumes. I don't think I am going to reintroduce legumes at this point. peanuts (yes, I know they are legumes but PB deserves its own space. I have developed a love of almond butter and I can stop after 1 tablespoon. On the other hand, I have a PB problem. I've been known to eat 1/2 jar of Adam's (AMAZING) peanut butter in one sitting with nothing more than a teaspoon in hand. So, no more peanut butter for me. sugar first foods - like candy, baked goods etc. No intention or need to reintroduce at this point. Not missing them and never think about them so, meh. grains with the exception of corn and white flour in bread (see below) dairy - this one is still on the fence for me - I want to reintroduce soft cheese and Greek yogurt. I've no need for milk. Ultimately, I am waiting to do this until I feel ready because I am pretty sure I am lactose intolerant so I want to feel 100% well before I try it. I had a bike accident a few days ago and got pretty banged up so I have a lingering headache and feel kinda lousy overall. WEAR A HELMET - I landed, literally, on my face. My properly fitted helmet saved me from smashing my nose into smithereens and losing a few teeth. What I have reintroduced:
    corn - fresh on the cob. Can't get much cornier than that. No problems to report after that. Haven't tried corn meal or starch yet - don't really use those much so, if and when it'll be no big deal. wheat bread - artisanal sourdough (the real deal) from a local bakery but white flour. To amp it up - I had a hamburger with a proper bun that evening. No discernable impact! YEAH - I love bread but my intention is to stay away from my old overconsumption patterns. I do love to make thin crust pizza on the BBQ so I'm glad I can still do that. gin and tonic - so, a bit of sugar in that Fevertree tonic. No problems post consumption - no interrupted sleep, no anxiety. sugar as it shows up in ketchup, keilbasa, chorizo and my homemade salad dressing that I use honey in - no discernable change the sleeping pattern of my sugar dragon and that's the BEST. No feeling of inflammation or stomach discomfort. I don't eat a lot of processed food but, I've had each of those 4 things once in 11 days and am doing just fine with them. wine. Let me whine about wine. I am a wine lover! I have taken extensive training in wine appreciation and sensory. I love going to wineries and talking to vintners about their wine making processes and challenges. Right this minute, I have a South Australia wine reference book on my bed. I really, really, really love wine. There's simply nothing better than the act of opening, decanting, pouring and savouring a glass of wine. I love pairing food and wine. I love going to the store and buying wine. OMG - I love wine. But - apparently, wine doesn't like me. I've had it 3 times with 3 day breaks between and, each of those 3 days have ended with a terrible night sleep and wakening in the morning with anxiety - like, something is terribly wrong and horrible in my head when, in fact, my life couldn't be more lovely at the moment. 1 glass of wine with 3 different dinners and 3 crappy nights and 3 crappy mornings. That's the equation. So - LOTS to think about here. No more wine for the time being - right now I am back to being 100% compliant during the week. I'll make a choice about wine on friday night.  I don't have a scale here so I can't weigh myself for 2 months. No worries - I can weight (HAHAHAHAHA - okay, that was a really terrible pun).
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    Lorna from Canada got a reaction from EllieHH in Why I do the Whole 30. Okay?   
    Welcome @Coffee girl. I love Shannon's reply - the Mods here are great! I'm an aging athlete and had surgery on my foot last May - ended up with some compensatory issues during recovery - completely stopped working out October - January because I was angry and seemingly unable to do anything without hurting myself. I returned to the gym at the end of my W30 and  that has been great! The W30 is amazing 
    I don't listen to what other people say I can or can't maintain in my life. I feel utterly fantastic when I'm 100% compliant and staying that way is attractive to me. Now, I do need some wiggle room because life requires I be flexible and health requires flexibility too - rigidity isn't good. So, I did the proper reintroductions over 3 or 4 weeks. I discovered a bunch of interesting things and am currently working on my ideas around what would make something "Worth It" to eat? There are some food categories that are going on my permanent off limits list and I feel committed to eating mostly W30 compliant forever. So - screw those...
    Do it for as long as you like! I'm going to. Right now I am heading into the final 2 weeks of my annual trip to Australia - the day I get home I am starting my second W30 to reset and get ready for summer in Canada. Bring it on!!