Laura of The Great White North

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    Laura of The Great White North reacted to kirbz in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Hi everyone, I'm still here and plugging along. I'm not even sure what day I'm on. LOL. This is my fourth round and I'm really, really trying to make this more of a long-term lifestyle change this time around so I'm doing a lot less online stuff this round. Because, if this is just how I live my everyday life, I wouldn't be doing that, right? I don't know if that makes sense, but it does in my head! 
    @Laura of The Great White North I strongly recommend doing the formal, 10-day reintroduction and really documenting and figuring out what works for you. At least for me, when I did the slow-roll introduction, I would eat what felt worth it but sometimes that pretty much always meant I would reintroduce multiple food groups at once and I didn't have a good grasp on what bothered me and what didn't bother me. So, I would say do the 10-day reintroduction, do it in the order they recommend, and don't mix up a bunch of different food groups. You're really missing out on valuable data for your long-term health if you don't add some structure to your reintroductions!
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    Laura of The Great White North reacted to littleyellowdiary in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    @Jim Baunach Autism Spectrum Disorder, or what used to be known as Asperger's. Means I love a routine and get a bit muddled or anxious if confronted with the unexpected! 
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    Laura of The Great White North reacted to littleyellowdiary in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    @Jmb369 well done for listening to yourself and not piling on the pressure when you knew it would be tough for you. I bet you will smash it in January.
    I went over to a friend's house last night so four of us could play board and card games. I took a tupperware of leftovers and drank water. I felt a bit awkward a couple of times because the guy was putting away his beer or chocolate or whatever and didn't want me to feel bad about not having any when actually I didn't mind. I didn't want to feel like I was ruining anyone else's fun. But generally I had a good night. 
    I am just heading off for a long walk with a friend. I have almond butter sachets, olives, a banana and some toasted nuts in my bag as I don't think I'll find a compliant lunch today. I hope that's okay and that I deal with the unpredictability of not having a regular meal. I have ASD and always work better with a plan. 
    Hope everyone else is getting on okay. 
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    Laura of The Great White North reacted to Jmb369 in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    @Laura of The Great White North @kirbz @littleyellowdiary Just checking back to say I made the decision to begin on January 6, in stead of December 27. I was simply not mentally ready, plus we host a holiday Open House every year on the Sunday between Christmas and New Year. I was mostly compliant, but "mostly" is good enough only for Food Freedom, not for doing a Whole 30. The extra ten days to prepare will make it easier for me. And yes, I do eat plenty of fat. I suspect the hunger pangs come from shifting the proportions of macro nutrients. You three (four) or doing great. Keep it up!
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    Laura of The Great White North reacted to littleyellowdiary in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Hello everyone! I just started my first Whole30 today. Thanks to @kirbz for pointing me to this thread to join you all a day behind!
    @Laura of The Great White North and @kirbz - I really relate to what you both said about healing your relationships with food. I have a history of eating disorders - previously it was more restrictive but I have had awful problems with binge eating/purging this year. It really hit home what you said about rituals with food and it being "mandatory" for certain events. I feel like it's impossible to socialise or celebrate with people without it involving drinks, a nice meal or going for coffee and cake and I really hope Whole30 nips that in the bud for me and helps me connect with people without food being part of the picture. Also, I have been going through a long-term break up for just over a year and trying to learn to spend time alone. I think I have realised that I have been using food to "fill the time" when I am lonely or don't know how to entertain myself and also as a way to "treat myself", e.g. going for a cookie and hot drink in a coffee shop because I felt I was going through so much that I deserved a pick me up and it was a "nice thing to do". So much to unpick and I hope that having some rules in place and a bit of tough love will bring me back to the right path.
    I've done okay today so far; I've had some Nom Nom Paleo egg foo youngs with smashed avocado for breakfast and lunch, been to the gym and gone for a long walk so I've made a good start. Hope everyone else is doing okay. 
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    Laura of The Great White North reacted to Niya in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    I’m doing practice days now and officially start the 29th after the last holiday celebration. Good for you for your persistence. Following the whole30 book meals until I learn the ropes. 
    Cheers
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Just a few days before go time! How are you all preparing? To be honest, I found myself thinking of all of the foods that will be off limits and I bought several items.
    Part of the reason that I am doing another Whole30 is that I have a very unhealthy relationship with food. I don't have an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia, nor do I think of myself as a binge eater. But food is definitely my drug of choice. I eat when I'm sad, I eat when I celebrate, I eat as a reward for doing something good, etc.
    I recognize that I need to make different choices and reframe my vision of the purpose of food in my life. I had started reading Food Freedom Forever during my last Whole30, but I did not finish it. That is one of my goals this time around as well - to finish that book and start to really ask the question Is It Worth It?  
    I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones!!
    Laura 
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from MelissaSue in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Welcome @Jmb369! I'm happy to have you with us! I focused a lot on meal planning last time and found mixed results. I like the recipes in the Whole30 books and I found a lot of good recipes on the Nom Nom Paleo site. The potsticker stir fry is one of my favorites. I think this time around I'm going to focus on prepping breakfasts ahead of time because that is my most challenging meal. I have 2 teenage boys to herd in the mornings so I rarely have time to sit and eat. I think I'm going to try doing bulk batches of things like chicken and cauliflower rice so I can kind of mix and match throughout the week.  I'd like to keep it as simple as possible. Those darn teenagers and their activities keep us on our toes and so it can be hard sometimes to cook a big or more complex meal during the week. 
    My husband has said he is going to join me this time around, which surprised me. He is very supportive but didn't want to participate last time. I'm looking forward to having him with me. I hope he chooses to go all the way through to the end!
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Hey everyone! I am going to start my second Whole30 on December 27th. I picked this date because it is the beginning of a 6 day vacation from work and I wanted to have a less stressful environment during those difficult first few days. 
    I got super sick during my first Whole30 in July. It wasn't related to the Whole30 at all, but I feel like it really impacted my experience. I also did not do the reintroduction at all. I was very much like, It's Day 31 I need to eat all the things!!! All that really accomplished for me was not feeling good and having a terrible flare up of the eczema on my hands.
    I am looking forward to this new round and I would love company. I really found the support in the other group helpful and I look forward to meeting you!
    Laura
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    @kirbz, are you thinking about doing any specific meal planning? Or do you do better just having compliant ingredients around and winging it?
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from MelissaSue in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Whoo hoo!! I'm looking forward to it!!
     
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Hey everyone! I am going to start my second Whole30 on December 27th. I picked this date because it is the beginning of a 6 day vacation from work and I wanted to have a less stressful environment during those difficult first few days. 
    I got super sick during my first Whole30 in July. It wasn't related to the Whole30 at all, but I feel like it really impacted my experience. I also did not do the reintroduction at all. I was very much like, It's Day 31 I need to eat all the things!!! All that really accomplished for me was not feeling good and having a terrible flare up of the eczema on my hands.
    I am looking forward to this new round and I would love company. I really found the support in the other group helpful and I look forward to meeting you!
    Laura
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from MelissaSue in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Welcome @Jmb369! I'm happy to have you with us! I focused a lot on meal planning last time and found mixed results. I like the recipes in the Whole30 books and I found a lot of good recipes on the Nom Nom Paleo site. The potsticker stir fry is one of my favorites. I think this time around I'm going to focus on prepping breakfasts ahead of time because that is my most challenging meal. I have 2 teenage boys to herd in the mornings so I rarely have time to sit and eat. I think I'm going to try doing bulk batches of things like chicken and cauliflower rice so I can kind of mix and match throughout the week.  I'd like to keep it as simple as possible. Those darn teenagers and their activities keep us on our toes and so it can be hard sometimes to cook a big or more complex meal during the week. 
    My husband has said he is going to join me this time around, which surprised me. He is very supportive but didn't want to participate last time. I'm looking forward to having him with me. I hope he chooses to go all the way through to the end!
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    Laura of The Great White North reacted to Jmb369 in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    I was thinking of starting more traditionally on January 1 (or 5th) but I'd like to connect with some people who have done it before, so I'd like to join you and begin on DEcember 27.  I've done two complete Whole 30s and had several false starts over the past four years. I need a total reset -- just had a flare-up of my AI symptoms, plus my weight has been steadily creeping up over the past year. I did my first one in 2015.
    I do menu planning, and have for many years, but I always have easy meals for those days when I don't feel like following my planned menu. Our house has very few non compliant foods, but I can always find something, including over-indulging in nuts or dried fruit! I am retired and share life and space with the second love of my life whom I met 10+ years ago. He can eat just about anything, but he's willing to support me in this, AGAIN!
    Many of my favorite recipes are from Whole 30 and It Starts With Food, but I also use many recipes from Paleo Mom. The biggest problem I anticipate is eating enough food to not feel hungry, and also to get past my 4:00 pm slump. That's been around for many years, pre-Whole 30, and does not appear to be related to when I eat lunch or what I have to eat. It just is a fact of my metabolism!
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from MelissaSue in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Whoo hoo!! I'm looking forward to it!!
     
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    Laura of The Great White North reacted to kirbz in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Hi @Laura of The Great White North, I think I'll join you on December 27th! This will be my fourth round. Let's do this! 
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Some of my NSV's are:
    • clothes fit better
    • rings are looser
    • skin is clearer - this includes patches of eczema as well as old acne scars fading 
    • fewer body aches
    • less reliant on caffeine 
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Some of my NSV's are:
    • clothes fit better
    • rings are looser
    • skin is clearer - this includes patches of eczema as well as old acne scars fading 
    • fewer body aches
    • less reliant on caffeine 
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    Laura of The Great White North reacted to Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    I finished my Whole30 yesterday.  Awesome job everyone!!  I know this is a tough thing but it's totally worth it!!
    I weighed and measured with my trainer yesterday at the gym but I didn't look at the results yet.  I'm trying to stay focused on eating good food and maintaining healthy habits and I don't want how much weight I did/didn't loose to impact that.  I'm just WAY to emotional around what the number on the scale says.
    @Laura of The Great White North thanks for sharing your first reintroduction!  Isn't it crazy how your taste buds can change in just 30 days?  I've experienced it too where sweet things are way too sweet after a whole 30.  Don't know what it says about me but the first thing I'm introducing tonight is a nice scotch   
    I've always done the Fast Track Reintroduction on my prior Whole30's and learned a TON!  It's definitely worth doing!!  This time I'm going to go with the Slow Roll Reintroduction.  I need to keep focusing on habits and practicing my Food Freedom Forever.  I really want to examine that question of 'Is it WORTH it' when eating something I know isn't the best for me.  Oh, and @KaraS  I'd definitely start reading Food Freedom Forever.  I have it in e-book format and it's great!  The first few chapters you can skip through because they cover the Whole30 program and other elimination diets.  Then it gets into the tips and tricks of how to keep this lifestyle going.
    So, like I said, I don't know about weight or inches lost but here's some of the awesome things I've gotten out of this Whole30 round...
    More energy and consistent energy Enhanced focus Better mood...I'm downright happier Mental clarity I'm more 'present'...I'm just more aware of the things around me, how I'm feeling, just 'in touch' with things Emotionally stable - setback's don't rock me as much More motivation More self-confidence No heartburn/indigestion Better athletic performance - I still need to get more cardio in but I have more energy and am pushing heavier weights at the gym Less soreness and inflammation Less bloating Looser clothing My face looks slimmer Better complexion Reduced ketosis pilaris (that's the red bumpy 'chicken skin'...I get it on my upper arms and it's annoying) aaaaand a bunch of other stuff I'm probably forgetting. Anybody else have some NSVs to share? 
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from Latterdayhippie in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Day 31. WE DID IT!!! :-D To start my reintroduction, I decided I would try my regular coffee creamer this morning. It was not good. It was far too sweet and it was like drinking marshmallow fluff. That will be the only new thing today. I think I'm going to follow the fast track plan. Congratulations everyone!! This is a real accomplishment!!
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from Latterdayhippie in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Day 31. WE DID IT!!! :-D To start my reintroduction, I decided I would try my regular coffee creamer this morning. It was not good. It was far too sweet and it was like drinking marshmallow fluff. That will be the only new thing today. I think I'm going to follow the fast track plan. Congratulations everyone!! This is a real accomplishment!!
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    I'm really struggling right now. I don't want to eat any of the food I have. I am having such a strong urge to say Forget It, I've come this far so that should be good enough. I know it's my sugar dragon rearing its ugly head and I know this feeling is the reason I started this program in the first place. I cannot continue to use food as a means to numb uncomfortable feelings. I need to address the feelings and work through them or find a different way to cope. I know I can do this but it's really, really hard right now!
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Day 24 here! It was with great effort I passed up Starbucks, McDonald's, Arby's, Hardee's, Subway, and Dairy Queen on my way home today. I just want a sandwich!! I don't know if these are all cravings that have been delayed because I was sick or if this is normal. 6 more days!!
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Day 24 here! It was with great effort I passed up Starbucks, McDonald's, Arby's, Hardee's, Subway, and Dairy Queen on my way home today. I just want a sandwich!! I don't know if these are all cravings that have been delayed because I was sick or if this is normal. 6 more days!!
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    Laura of The Great White North got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Good morning on Day 22! Is anyone considering extending their Whole30? I feel like being sick for a little more than a week of these 30 days has altered what my experience could have been. I'm also a bit afraid because I feel like this has been too easy and I wonder if I should go longer to allow more time to face various triggers that I don't feel like I've really faced yet, such as a stress or bad mood driven decision to eat poorly. I hope everyone has a great day today!