Lauraco

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    Lauraco got a reaction from Settyfitness in Instant pot recipes?   
    The best thing to cook in an instant pot to have on hand is a roasted chicken!  So easy, and you have the bone broth too.
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    Lauraco got a reaction from Jihanna in 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   
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    Lauraco got a reaction from Jihanna in 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   
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    Lauraco reacted to Lorna from Canada in Day 30 - It's HERE!!   
    Thanks Laura! (@Lauraco) Steven and I are truly blessed to be so perfectly connected - we are the definition of stronger together than apart.   Your kind words are appreciated <3
          
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    Lauraco got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in Day 30 - It's HERE!!   
    Oh my goodness, Lorna.  You have been through quite a lot in your lives.  I really admire you for going through so much loss, very difficult struggles with your children, keeping the family together and staying positive.  That is a special gift. I love your story about your partnership with your husband and how you work together to keep the relationship solid.  You're an inspiration to everyone in setting goals and working to achieve them.  Thanks for sharing!
    Laura
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    Lauraco got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in Some days I do think this humourous blog resembles me a little too much...   
    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.  
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    Lauraco reacted to SchrodingersCat in Tomorrow is Day 30 ... success! But, I am nervous   
    To be honest, I reintroed alcohol (low carb apple cider- I figured it was gluten and sulfite free) and a bit of sugar (in a citrus almond cake with all compliant ingredients save for the sugar) last Saturday, and a couple glasses of sparkling wine on Sunday with no ill effects, and have been compliant since but I'm reluctant to reintro anything next.  There was maybe a teaspoon of cream on the cake, too and that didn't seem to affect. 
    i figure I'll go super slow and reintro something as I actually feel like it. I don't have anything coming up where I won't be able to avoid non-compliant foods, so I'm happy with my relatively unstructured but pretty strict slow roll.
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    Lauraco got a reaction from Jihanna in 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. 
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    Lauraco got a reaction from Jihanna in 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  
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    Lauraco got a reaction from Jihanna in 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!   
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    Lauraco reacted to ShannonM816 in First Timer - started Jan 28   
    Congratulations!
     
    You might find this interesting:  https://whole30.com/2012/08/carrot-train-to-crazytown/
     
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    Lauraco reacted to Jihanna in First Timer - started Jan 28   
    @Lauraco It's way too easy to get "done in" by all the information out there, regardless of whether it's right or not. That's honestly part of what I love about Whole30 -- it's all about what finding out what works for my specific body and situation, all the way down to what I should avoid if I don't want to start sliding down slippery slopes. Because quite a few things excluded for W30 simply won't be worth it for me, I'll continue to follow the W30 rules most of the time -- but I've decided not to label it "paleo" or anything else, because it really is just going to be a personalized regimen that doesn't have to work for anyone else.  

    @ShannonM816
    Quoted from the linked article: "But unless eating carrots are going to tempt you into a box of Krispy Kremes..."
    Too funny. Definitely think most of us are safe on that count!
     
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    Lauraco got a reaction from Jihanna in 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!  
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    Lauraco reacted to AmyBrian in First Timer - started Jan 28   
    I've been reading their posts too. Amazing information. Thank you ladies. My husband and I will be starting whole 30 tomorrow Feb 25th. 
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    Lauraco got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in First Timer - started Jan 28   
    @Lorna from Canada I'm glad you find this as interesting as I do.  I'm feeling like kind of a voyeur, but I really like reading about what other people are doing and trying to overcome, their physical and mental food issues, digestive re-entry (is it re-intro?) experience, the reactions to food being taken away and added back in.  This forum is really helpful to me.  I've never participated in one before, now I've turned into Chatty Cathy.  I'm so grateful to Jihanna for commenting on my intro and letting me barge in on her knowledge. 
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    Lauraco reacted to Lorna from Canada 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!
    https://nwedible.com/tragedy-healthy-eater/
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    Lauraco got a reaction from Jihanna in 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.
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    Lauraco got a reaction from Jihanna in 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.  
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    Lauraco reacted to Jihanna in Cranberry-Bacon Meatballs   
    I haven't tried ALL of our local stores, not even all of the local "healthy" ones, but we tend to order certain things online and this is one that I've found that doesn't have any added sugar:
    https://www.amazon.com/UNSWEETENED-lb-Moisture-Dried-Cranberries/dp/B007A2LQRM
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    Lauraco reacted to Lorna from Canada 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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    Lauraco reacted to Lorna from Canada 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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    Lauraco got a reaction from Lorna from Canada 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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    Lauraco reacted to ShannonM816 in Starting February 11, 2019 -- Join in!   
    So, eat? Like, go scramble some eggs and vegetables and have an extra meal if you're that hungry. And then look at your meals so far, and make sure they meet the meal template (at a minimum, if you need more, that's fine) -- you can download the template and other helpful stuff here:  http://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/. And remember that the human body is not static -- sometimes you'll have days or weeks where you're just more hungry, and that's okay, it's normal, and it's fine to eat as much as you need to.
    Now, if you're bored or upset and want to eat because that's how you deal with negative feelings, that's something different entirely. For that, find something to do to distract yourself. Go for a walk, organize your closet, call a friend, work on a hobby, paint your nails, meal plan for next week (or the week after, or whenever). 
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    Lauraco reacted to TeacherFitJourneyy in Starting February 11, 2019 -- Join in!   
    Hi Everyone!
    I am starting my Whole 30 on Monday, February 11, 2019.  I did a Whole30 about two years ago and loved the results. I am currently on Weight Watchers and have lost about 25 pounds since September but I feel myself slipping into eating some foods that Whole30 proved to me were not the best for my body and self. Looking forward to a month of recommitting to it. I am getting married in May and just want to feel my best which I did on Whole30! Here we go...
     
    Joanna
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    Lauraco got a reaction from Jihanna in Hungry, don't want to eat, kind of miserable   
    Dear H.T. 
    I have had times where I couldn't think of anything that I liked too - not just this food, but ANYTHING.  Usually it happens when I am going through a really rough patch with work, family or health.  I have learned that for me, taking time to write down what I do like, and focusing on those things helps me get out of (or at least through) my slump.  For me, the things I like are reading a good book, an art festival, art galleries,  movies, parks, sunsets, flowers, cats and dogs, antiquing, planning a trip, helping somebody, music, etc. and I try to make plans to do some of those things.  Sometimes I get crafty, and will make my own greeting cards or dream catchers or knitting (which involves going to Hobby Lobby or somewhere to get papers and supplies), and engages my mind in something other than what is making me unhappy.  When my mind touches on what I don't like I make it pop off to something I have set up in my head.  My image is a picture of me walking on a dirt path through trees with sunlight all around and a sunset coming up ahead.  
    Right now, I am immersed in finding Whole30 recipes, learning about it, reading other people's stories and what they are doing, shopping for the ingredients and trying out new foods and recipes.  Clearly that is not something you are enjoying, but maybe you can find work arounds that make it the easiest it can be for you, like buying pre-chopped ingredients, or simplifying your meals to just a few things that you like fairly well and are on program, and then spend more time focusing on something else. I'm a new-comer to Whole30, so don't mean to be giving you sage advice, but I have read and learned enough to know that this plan isn't just about the physical impact of food, but as much about the mental/phychological impact of food. 
    You didn't say why you started this program, unless I missed it.  Is it for weight loss, or something else in addition to that?  In my case, I have a lot of pain and am hoping that by eliminating inflammatory foods, my pain will be somewhat alleviated and I will be able to do more of the things I like to do, like walk.  
    I don't mean to be telling you what to do, so hopefully you won't take it that way,  I just want you to feel like others understand and have felt like you're feeling, and this is a good program from which to get support for all aspects of making a big life change.
    Good luck to you!
    Laura