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  1. Lauraco

    Reintro Day... oh I don't know! Help required!

    Hello @Lorna, @Jihanna and all - I haven't been coming to this site because I felt like an old-timer, but loved reading your updates this morning. I haven't done 'formal' reintro, but have tried some things. Last Saturday my husband wanted pizza, and I had two slices of pepperoni pizza. It was my first bread-like thing in 42 days, and second time trying cheese. I did not have any ill effects, but did feel bloated the next day. What I liked most about it was that i didn't make it or clean up after making it. I used to be a huge pizza fan, but had already stopped liking it so much in the last year (for some unknown reason), so it's not hard for me to not have pizza, picking up something out of convenience is harder. Then, one night this week my husband was eating some cinnamon toast and I had a bite. That bite seriously made me want to go get my own 1-2 pieces of toast, it was hard to hold off, but I did. So, I think carbs are a big sugar dragon activator for me. I love bread, so I think it's best just to avoid it. I am also drinking wine occasionally, and I don't have ill effects, so other than the fact that it means I am injesting calories, and I tend to snack on pistachio nuts while I'm drinking it. The problem for me is more calories contributing to weight than how I feel. I thought this might be the case, because I already stopped eating things if they gave me heartburn, or acid reflux, like too much garlic. So back to portion control. I do like the W30 food and finding new recipes, especially for vegetables. I also think my inflammation has lessened, which is a really great thing. My daughter is coming to visit at the end of the month, and she has Celiac Disease, so no problem with possible temptations there! I have in my mind that some day I will eat an apple fritter. So far I haven't hit "worth it" yet. I think staying off of desserts, sweets, chocolate and bread, all of which make me want more if I start on them, and then lead to overeating, is my plan. Those items are really pretty easy to avoid, it's a matter of mind control. And some days I don't feel like I have any control at all! I just keep those things out of the house as much as possible, and don't let myself think they are options. Thanks to all for keeping in touch and sharing stories. It is so helpful! I joined "Whole30 Fabulous After 50" on Facebook and there are a lot of helpful and encouraging postings there. You gals are probably younger, though
  2. I am having a hard time having a "real" lunch. I'm eating the right things, but it is usually a little bit of leftovers or some nuts and fruit. Does that impact the overall effectiveness of the program because it is more like snacking? Thank you! Laura
  3. @Lorna from CanadaThanks for sharing your re-intro with me. I also reintroduced wine. I was fine without it, but I really like it, I so enjoy having a glass of wine or two to relax after work and while I'm cooking dinner. Unfortunately, I do not suffer any ill effects, in fact I seem to sleep better having had some, so I will need to continue to work on breaking that habit, because it only adds calories (I know we're not supposed to count) and sugar. At least it's low in carbs I am not craving other sweets, grain carbs or dairy. My husband quit following Whole30 after 2 weeks, and it didn't bother me that he got his loaded coffees and breakfast sandwiches from Starbucks, or that he started eating oatmeal with milk on it for breakfast, or that he added cheese and chips to his taco salad, rather than wrapping it in a lettuce leaf, but I received a birthday coupon for a free cookie from Lidl yesterday and so while I was there shopping for meat specials, I got the free chunky chocolate chip cookie for him. It was HARD. I almost unconsciously broke off "just a little piece" to taste, but caught myself. I really think doing something like that could raise the Sugar Dragon's ugly head. I am also very afraid to reintroduce bread. I love bread. I used to feel hungry a lot more, and cwould ontinue eating even though I had eaten enough to be full, and I think that the carbs from bread had a lot to do with that. Just my theory, but appetite control has always been hard for me, so I don't want to raise the Carb Dragon anymore than the Sugar Dragon. My plan is to continue to shop, cook and eat Whole30. I haven't had any challenges like you have had, though. No visitors, no vacations, no business travel. My daughter is coming to visit at the end of March, but she has Celiac Disease, so no problem there! I am eating the same things she can eat now. I tend to get bored and like variety, so I need to be consious about finding some things other than food and cooking, for sure not baking, to satisfy that. I have been pet sitting a little bit on the side, which helps to keep me on the straight and narrow, especially if I have dogs, who need to go out late at night. No wine-drinking then! It also occupies my time so I am not sitting around snacking in the evenings. Best of luck to you on your journey! Keep me posted if you like and have time, I'm interested in hearing how you do.
  4. @Lorna from Canadaand @SchrodingersCat How are you two doing? Are you sticking to Whole30 with a few exceptions here and there, or are you doing the strict re-intro like Jihanna describes, or something in the middle?
  5. Lauraco

    Advanced sensorimotor polyneuropathy

    Have you tried making your own chips? Sweet potatoes, golden potatoes and zucchini sliced thin and fried in compliant oil (coconut oil is good for sweet potatoes), jicama cut into thin sticks are good in salads, there may be other ways of cooking them to make them crispy. I'm trying to figure out how to make sprilized sweet potato fries that are crispy, but haven't had luck yet. My spiralizer is a great tool. I have also read that people like the air fryer to make crisp vegetables. I'm glad you're doing well on Whole30, and that you feel better! My 36 year old daughter has had Celiac Disease for years and it is no picnic!
  6. Hi, I am so happy to have found this forum! I heard about this program from a friend in November. She and I have similar health and anxiety issues, and she has been successful on Whole30, so I have been thinking about trying it. I am going through a very stressful time at work, and really wanted to do something for myself, rather than eat my way through it. I have osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis all over the place, and constant pain, especiallly when walking or standing or moving or cleaning or cooking or doing dishes - you get the picture. I'm hoping the anti-inflammatory benefits of Whole30 will help alleviate my pain, and also that losing weight and generally feeling better will boost my mental outlook. I am 62 years old and have been on kind of a bad food track for the last 10 years after going through a "big surgery" removing all of my lymph nodes from the waist down on my right side because I have Melanoma. I thought I was gonna die, but here I am coming up on 10 years Melanoma-free, and I need to live better! I will appreciate all tips, good recipes and support!
  7. Lauraco

    First Timer - started Jan 28

    Today I had a business lunch and it was my first time eating out for at least 30 days. I don't remember when I last ate out. I had the most delicioius salad! It had lovely mixed field greens, granny smith apple slices, Jicama, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, a piece of salmon and "citrus" dressing. I'm pretty sure the cranberries weren't sugarless, and I don't know what was in the dressing, but it was sooooo good! I love having a salad that I don't make myself. The person I was with ordered the tempura asparagus french fries as an appetizer, and they are one of my favorites, but I didn't touch them! That salad was definitely worth whatever non-compliant oil or whatever used. Mmmmmm. I made instant pot baby back ribs, roasted brussel sprouts and smashed baby gold potatoes last night. My husband loved all of it. I ate a couple of the ribs, I'm not a fan of the fatty cuts, but I have to say, they were fall-off-the bone tasty. I joined a Facebook page called 'Whole30 Fabulous after 50', and it was interesting to read that a few people say they continue to cook Whole30, but don't stick to the program in what they eat. I can see how that would be really easy to do. Just a little canola here and a little chocolate there can ruin all of your good new habits. Also, a few people said that they used to love to cook, and Whole30 took that love away. Just things to watch our for.
  8. Lauraco

    First Timer - started Jan 28

    Some random notes - One thing I really wanted to happen was to get the Tiger Blood. I'm still hoping that will happen. I didn't get some of the other bad things, though, so maybe my reactions to all of the 30 day symptoms will be more subtle. But I really want to have Tiger Blood! I saw a good deal for an air fryer online today, and looked into it. The thing is, is that it helps to avoid cooking with oils, so I decided against it since we're supposed to use oils, and I have a hard enough time with that already. I only want it for a few things, like crisp sweet potato slices. I can't get mine to not be soggy, either in spirals or thin slices. I'll keep trying with regular frying and baking, because I would like them to be crunchy and fun. I also read about putting 1tsp-1Tbsp of coconut oil in your morning coffee for good health benefits. I went ahead and did that this morning. I will probably use up the bottle of liquid coconut oil I got and see if I feel like it was of any benefit before I decide to do that on an ongoing basis. I think when I read about it, the person put a couple of other things in, too, but now I can't find where I read it. It might have been apple cider vinegar and/or tumeric. I occasionally make a hot drink using Cacao powder (there is a two-sided argument on Whole30 about Cacao, and it possibly being a chocolate replacement trigger, so I don't have it often, plus it isn't at all sweet like chocolate, and doesn't send me down the chocolate hiway) and I add about 1/8 tsp of tumeric and 1/8 tsp of cinnamon to it. The tumeric is supposed to help with inflammation. If anybody reads this and has information or other thoughts about these ingredients, I would love to hear
  9. Lauraco

    First Timer - started Jan 28

    Here I am, 30 days later! The time really flew by and I'm so glad I did Whole30, intead of continuing to moan and groan and wish that I would just DO something about my weight and pain. I weighed in, and found that I have lost 8 pounds. Not spectacular compared to what some people experience, but I think pretty good considering I don't exercise. I've always had a hard, slow time getting weight off, and in my younger years would do a LOT of cardio when I was trying to lose weight. I hope to be able to begin walking around the neighborhood again when it gets warmer. Last year I had so much pain I couldn't even do that without causing myself more pain. I don't really have any re-introduction plans. Right now I plan to keep doing the same thing, and as I've said before, cut out white potatoes (not that I was eating that many) and tomato/tomato-based things, which I have already started doing too. I think my major goal now is to stick to this way of eating, and continue to break old habits and stick to the new ones. I have been trying to be more consistent in meditating, using the Calm app, and want to make that a daily habit. Another thing I want to do is incorporate chair yoga and/or tai chi into my daily work schedule. I don't know why I don't do these things - it doesn't take that long, and since I work remotely, I can make time, I just dont. I find myself sitting in front of my computer for hours, forgetting to get up and stretch, then I can barely move until I loosen up. Work has been really really stressful for quite awhile. I am constantly on the edge, thinking I will be laid off, and I worry that I don't have a good plan financially if that happens. I am fortunate that I didn't have any business meetings during the 30 days, because they are even more stressful, usually with travel, and there are always treats and snacks around during the loooonnnggg meeting days, like M&Ms, trail mix, cookies, granola bars, etc., in addition to meals that are brought in and usually not very healthy (pizza, Mexican, sandwiches, etc.). It is very hard to restrain myself from the M&Ms especially. Once I start, Katie bar the door! Supposedly that stuff is put out to help keep our energy up since we are exhausted, but I think it could also be to keep us from killing each other I do have a business lunch tomorrow, and will look at the menu and plan what to order before I go. It seems kind of anti-climatic to have reached the 30 days, since I'm not dying to have that first XXX. I have my meats and vegetables in the refrigerator and freezer for the week, and have meals pretty well planned out. On to the next 30!
  10. Lauraco

    Eggs?

    @Miwaah I am interested in any feedback you receive. I am on Day 30, and have not experienced tiger blood either. I was really hoping that would happen! I do feel like my clothes are a little looser and that I am a less bloated. I want to lose 30-40 pounds too. I will find out how much I've lost so far tomorrow.
  11. Lauraco

    First Timer - started Jan 28

    @Shannon Thank you for the congratulations. It's a pretty big deal since my doctors gave me odds of about a 5-year survival rate. I'm practically a poster child! I can't give any credit to eating well, though Also, thank you for the link to carrot-train-to-crazytown. That is exactly how I feel. When I read about some of these diets, I start feeling defeated. So I am not going to let my thoughts go to crazytown!
  12. Lauraco

    First Timer - started Jan 28

    I have been reading - maybe over-reading - about various diets/food plans. There is so much conflicting information, I'm sure some of it is sponsored, and "fake media", but if I take everything seriously, it looks like not much is safe other than kale cooked in coconut oil The Keto diet is so intense. I don't want to monitor that much, plus, I think I would die if I couldn't even eat a piece of fruit without blowing the percentages. Sometimes I think that when a diet plan discourages you from eating a carrot because there is too much sugar in it, it is just the last straw for me. It's like what's the use - I might as well go back to putting a bunch of melted cheese on everything, because I can't follow that much restriction. On Weight Watchers, you can eat whatever you want, but only so many points, which is completely not creating/changing eating habits like Whole30. I read that Whole30 is a fad, that scientifically, 30 days is not long enough to reset your digestive system. But I have liked it because it isn't too hard, It focuses on mental/psychological eating problems, and is healthy. It doesn't purport itself to be a diet, but really makes you consious of what is in your food, the importance of reading lables, and of self-discipline. I feel myself getting bored, though. Not bored enough to eat an apple fritter, but bored of the "plain-ness" of the food. I can't really put a finger on it, because I don't want pasta or bread or sugar besides fruit, I don't know what I want, but something is missing. It's hard for me to use enough "good fats" and oils in cooking, because I don't like that oiliness, but I'm trying, thinking that may be my what's missing problem, as the theory seems to be that good fats keep you satiated. I made a roast with carrots and baby red potatoes over the weekend, and it was really good, and lasted a few meals, but I became paranoid about eating the carrots and potatoes, so those mostly went to my husband. I also cut up extra carrots to eat raw and felt guilty about eating them. I made broiled chicken breasts and had one on a big dark leafy green salad with balsamic vinegar and oil, and one with spiralized zuccini cooked in olive oil with some chopped raw almonds. Also made egg/bacon/spinach muffins for breakfasts. Still having trouble with the timing of meals, but trying to re-train myself to not eat after dinner - at all. I/we have not eaten out or had take-out (except for my husband getting his Starbucks mocha lattes) for this whole time. I chose this time because I didn't have any business trips planned, and that worked out. But I think going out would be OK. I would like someone else to make the salad, chop the vegetables and clean the dishes. That part will be the treat, not rich or "bad" food. I wish restaurants didn't use vegetable and/or canola oil, but maybe better or more health-oriented restaurants don't. I should probably research that to be prepared. Right now, I think I need the rules to keep me on track. I really want to lose weight, and I think it will take about 30 pounds on me to make a big difference. I mean, once you're fat, you're fat. At 30 pounds less, I think I would still be overweight, but not so huge. If I can keep up with the anti-inflammatory aspects, and walk/do more, that will be very helpful, too. Today is Day 29, my daughter's 36th birthday, and my 10-year melanoma cancer-free anniversary!
  13. Lauraco

    First Timer - started Jan 28

    Morning musings...I feel like I am becoming passé on this program, I am now an "advanced" member. Day 27, I know what I am supposed to do, I've tried new things, I still gravitate toward the things I always liked. (e.g. I don't know if I will eat the rest of the riced cauliflower I bought). I still have some bad habits I need to break, like wanting to snack and eating pistacchios and raisins. No problem with dairy and sugar, (meaning sugar other than in fruit). It hasn't been as hard as I thought it would be to cut out grains. I am very curious as to weight loss which I will find out next Wednesday. I think my pain due to inflammation is less, and so I plan to continue eating this way. The pain did not magically disappear, but better is better. Next I think I will try to eliminate more inflammatory foods like tomatoes, eggs and potatoes. I have already eliminated peppers and the pepper-based spices that are inflammatory. It's easier to eliminate tomatoes since I'm not eating pasta, but I do like them in bolognese and spaghetti sauce with spaghetti squash "noodles" and in salads. It will be especially hard to give up eggs and potatoes. I definitely want to lose weight, and since this isn't a weight loss program, I will need to start tracking carbs, fats and proteins I guess.
  14. Talk about restrictive - I was looking at keto yesterday. Yuk. No potatoes at all. And you go around hoping for bad breath because then you're in metabolic ketosis. And no fruits, either. I'll give up dairy any day.
  15. Lauraco

    First Timer - started Jan 28

    jihanna, please don't feel like you have to respond to my ramblings. i appreciate all of the information you have passed along to me as my "first responder"! I'm kind of writing to myself here, as much as anything. I think you are making a very wise decision to stay quiet when you are feeling edgey. A lot of people don't, and I have a feeling they might regret what they spill out on social media sometimes. Last night I made spiralized sweet potato "fries". They didn't turn out to be crispy like I expected at all. I was supposed to cook them on 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, and they were very soggy, so I turned up the oven to 450 so I could cook my pork tenderloin at the same time, and cooked them for 15 minutes longer, and they never did really crisp up. I might have had too many piled up. I didn't really pay attention to the recipe quantity, because who knows how much 6 oz of sweet potato is. Next time I will weigh it. They were still good, so no big deal, and I LOVE my spiralizer. I baked the core and ends of the sweet potato too, and the core turned out like a french fry - it was really good! I had a horrible work day yesterday, and was kind of amazed at myself for not turning to food, or wanting to eat something bad. Day 25 now. I found out this morning that I do not like sweet potato egg nests. It sort of seemed like mash. If you didn't want to taste either the eggs or the sweet potato, it would be a good way to get it down - IMO. I think I will eat them separately going forward.
  16. Lauraco

    First Timer - started Jan 28

    jihanna, please don't feel like you have to respond to my ramblings. i appreciate all of the information you have passed along to me as my "first responder"! I'm kind of writing to myself here, as much as anything. I think you are making a very wise decision to stay quiet when you are feeling edgey. A lot of people don't, and I have a feeling they might regret what they spill out on social media sometimes. Last night I made spiralized sweet potato "fries". They didn't turn out to be crispy like I expected at all. I was supposed to cook them on 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, and they were very soggy, so I turned up the oven to 450 so I could cook my pork tenderloin at the same time, and cooked them for 15 minutes longer, and they never did really crisp up. I might have had too many piled up. I didn't really pay attention to the recipe quantity, because who knows how much 6 oz of sweet potato is. Next time I will weigh it. They were still good, so no big deal, and I LOVE my spiralizer. I baked the core and ends of the sweet potato too, and the core turned out like a french fry - it was really good! I had a horrible work day yesterday, and was kind of amazed at myself for not turning to food, or wanting to eat something bad. Day 25 now.
  17. Lauraco

    First Timer - started Jan 28

    Jihanna - On the big meatloaf vs. mini meatloaves. I cooked my big one in a loaf pan, not on a sheet pan, like the mini one recipe. You probably know that, but just to clarify.
  18. Lauraco

    First Timer - started Jan 28

    Today I am sick to death of cooking meat and vegetables. Bleh. I had an engagement last night, and had to make dinner late. By the time I got home, my husband had eaten all of the leftover shrimp & zoodles from the night before and the remaining egg muffins. There went breakfast and lunch for today. I made chicken thighs and spinach and he ate that too. This morning I just want to eat a piece of fruit. I'll figure it out. Jihanna, I really admire you for cooking (and doing everything that goes along with cooking) for four people every day. I think I would have days when I said OK - everybody on their own! Lots of days. I am now wondering this: W30 is not a weight loss program, but a cleanse/reset/figure out your body and food relationship program. What do you do at the end of W30 if you DO want to lose weight? I haven't been looking at calories and fat content at all, and before W30, that is all I would look at to determine what to eat. Like, I would never have chicken thighs, only chicken breasts. (In fact, seeing the fat on chicken thighs really grosses me out.) Have you come across information about weight loss? Or are we not supposed to think about weight loss in freedom from food? I have about 50 years of calorie counting/weight loss programs stuck in my head. Maybe freedom from food will do it, but I'm definitely not there yet! My new spiralizer is supposed to get here today and I was holding off on spiralizing sweet potatoes because they are harder, So I'm relatively excited about getting that and having spiralized sweet potato fries with pork tenderloin (and some other green vegetable) tonight. Until then...I have to figure that out. It's only Wednesday, and I already have quite a long grocery list. I have meats, but need more vegetables. I need to squeeze in getting at least some lettuces today. I'm also thinking about making a big roast. That should last a few days - maybe. My husband is a big meat lover, and he is loving that I am cooking meat every day, that's for sure But it doesn't last long. You would think we are a household of four ourselves! This forum/journal thing is really helpful to me. It's good to just get it all out! Happy Hump Day!
  19. Lauraco

    First Timer - started Jan 28

    I had to go get an MRI at 5:30 yesterday, which was kind of in the middle of making dinner time. I had made my zoodles already, but made the rest of dinner when I got home. I thought I had eaten enough at lunch, but I was really hungry. Fortunately, the meal I planned wasn't too time-consuming. It was shrimp with roasted cherry tomatoes and the zoodles. I ate a regular serving of it, and started getting stomach cramps/ache like I used to when I would wait too long to eat and then eat too much too fast. Ick. It went away pretty quickly, I was just surprised that it happened. I have to say, though, my meal looked like a veritable magazine cover. Great colors with that combination I tried out some egg muffins this morning using bacon, spinach and eggs. They were really good. I only made 6, but I'm going to make lots of them next time to have on hand, and with different ingredients, like sausage and onions and/or peppers. That was a great way to have breakfast without too much effort. They could be lunch or dinner, too, if you run out of time.
  20. Lauraco

    Cranberry-Bacon Meatballs

    @Jihanna I just saw your post and link. I have googled and searched Amazon and never got your cranberry link to come up - thank you! I think I'm going to try making my own first, but happy to have this option. I am way too over-optimistic about how much I can get done in the day, and my vegetable dish -making is suffering
  21. Lauraco

    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.
  22. Lauraco

    First Timer - started Jan 28

    I made the meatloaf recipe last night - but a big one, not mini ones. There are leftovers, so that's kind of like a mini I also made some balsamic vinegar roasted beets. They were very good, also very time consuming. But I think things are more time consuming when you do them the first time and don't know what to expect. I like the suggestion of keeping lots of meat on hand and shooping for vegetables more frequently. I cleaned out my vegetable drawer yesterday and although I made a good dent in everything, I had to throw out some asparagus, green beans and lettuce. This program really does take a lot of time, and I'm amazed at how fast the weekend flew by with seemingly nothing accomplished. Better than a 4-pound gain weekend of eating junk, though! I'm glad to hear you're feeling better, Jihanna. Hopefully you will keep getting better and over it for the year. I pretty much have year-round allergies - hmmm... that just made me think --- I wonder if W30 will help with that? That would be an extra bonus! I ordered a better spiralizer, so looking forward to spiralizing my little heart out when it gets here. Are daikon radishes "hot"? I don't know the difference in radishes, but I don't like them too strong. I think I'll stick to slicing eggplant, too. I just saw a recipe using plantains as hamburger buns. That sounds good!
  23. Lauraco

    Starting Feb 27

    Hi, I'm on my 21st day, and have been helped so much by reading what fellow W30'ers post on the Forum. I have been lucky to have people sharing their recipes and tips with me, and that has been so helpful. I definitely suggest fully reading theWhole30 rules and recommendations and following all of it. I didn't read everything first, and although I have been compliant food-wise, I wasn't following all of the recommendations regarding meal timing, and the need for fats to satiate your appetite, so it may take me longer to break some of my wanting to snack habits. The best advice I can give is to plan your meals, buy your groceries (be sure to read the labels - especially for added sugar), make time to prep, plan ahead for busy times and/or early morning times, really anytime that you would grab somethine because you're starving and don't have time to make something. If you go to my page, you will see all of the tips and links Jihanna gave me. Good luck!
  24. Lauraco

    Advanced sensorimotor polyneuropathy

    Dear Texaswreck, It's great that you have already done Whole30 for 13 days, and to have overcome your snack cravings is incredible! What were your biggest snack cravings prior to starting the program? Do you attribute eliminating the snack cravings to eating and getting full on the W30 compliant foods? Did your daughter think that any specific food was contributing to your hypothyroidism? It's really great that you can exercise a lot. I am doing W30 for pain due to osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis and surgery scaring, hoping the anti-inflammatory aspects of W30 will help. I hope it works for you too! Good luck to you, and bless your wife for being your partner in this!
  25. Lauraco

    Cranberry-Bacon Meatballs

    Where did you find unsweetened dried cranberries? I have looked in about 6 grocery stores - a couple of them being specialty stores geared toward organic and healthy foods, and I can't find them anywhere!