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    KaraS got a reaction from Latterdayhippie in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Congratulations we made it to day 31!!! We all rock!! I lost 2 inches off almost every part I measured and thank God I did that as my weight loss is not to important to me. (8lbs) I will do at least another 30 days without reintroduction. 2 inches off a thigh is a lot of fat! I have gone down 1 whole size in 30 days!! I can’t introduce sugar because I still have cravings. I really want to read it starts with food but haven’t been able to go get it yet. I wonder if I can start to read it online? 
    I am proud of myself for this what feels like a first big baby step to living healthy! 
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    KaraS got a reaction from Latterdayhippie in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Congratulations we made it to day 31!!! We all rock!! I lost 2 inches off almost every part I measured and thank God I did that as my weight loss is not to important to me. (8lbs) I will do at least another 30 days without reintroduction. 2 inches off a thigh is a lot of fat! I have gone down 1 whole size in 30 days!! I can’t introduce sugar because I still have cravings. I really want to read it starts with food but haven’t been able to go get it yet. I wonder if I can start to read it online? 
    I am proud of myself for this what feels like a first big baby step to living healthy! 
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    KaraS reacted to Jihanna in Need simpler meal ideas   
    I will sometimes work in things that I know are "approved" by one or both of my girls (they're a very picky 9yo and a less picky but still not adventurous 14yo), but there's never a guarantee that they'll eat anything I cook even when I've gone out of my way to make sure there's something I think they'll enjoy... so I learned long ago not to cater to them if it'll be too much trouble. My rule is that I prep and cook one meal for each day that I'm on kitchen duty (usually 5 days each week). I cook enough so that everyone can have some and I'll have enough for leftovers (at least that's the idea, but sometimes people get extras, haha), so if they want to eat they're welcome to try some and if they don't want to eat then they can grab something else but still join us at the table during dinnertime.
    There's a variety of options available for "something else", most of which they can prepare for themselves, none of which would be in any way considered even Whole30-adjacent... but I don't let myself sweat it, because they're both healthy and that matters far more to me than whether or not they're eating whole foods at every meal.
    This approach also means I don't have to cook anything that I won't personally be able to eat. So if I'm on round, everyone knows that everything coming out of the kitchen will be compliant... and when I'm not on round, they know there's about a 99% chance it'll still be compliant (or very close to it) since I haven't really strayed too far where the home-cooked meals are concerned.
    And it's my pleasure to share  I love sharing things I've found and enjoyed on this program! Another site I really like, which didn't end up linked above, is NomNomPaleo... again, I love Asian flavors, and there are definitely some good ones there! She's got an entire series on Whole30 (https://nomnompaleo.com/post/42057515329/the-round-up-30-days-of-whole30-recipes), some of which are definitely part of the one-dish crowd.
    Good luck finding your favorites!
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    KaraS reacted to Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hey Kara!  Just thought I'd share my experience extending a Whole30.  I extended my 3rd Whole30 to 45 days.  My main motivation was to cement my meal prep and healthy eating habits and really ensure the addictions to sugar/carbs were thoroughly broken.  I kept on for another 15 days with no reintroduction. I'm sure there are some Forum answer and I know I've seen a Blog post about it but if you're really looking to see improvement in a preexisting health condition I would advise against re-introduction then doing another 30days.  I'd wait to reintroduce when the full 60 is over.  However...your 10th Anniversary is a BIG deal.  You want to enjoy that event.  And ultimately we are all looking to enjoy Food Freedom and be able to have cake or a glass of champagne at an occasion like that but then get right back on it.  You could keep Whole30 until your Vow Renewal, enjoy it, but then get right on another 30 days and do the complete reintroduction after that.  That's a lot of will power and commitment though.  You need to think about what's best for you (and what will most benefit long term health and habits).  
    Let us all know what you decide to do!  You've got my support either way.  
    And great job on everything you've accomplished so far!!!
    And and, I just found the blog post about extending your Whole 30...here you go!
    https://whole30.com/2014/08/whole30-plus/
     
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    KaraS got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    I am considering extending my w30 to a w60. My sugar cravings are strong sometimes but less often for sure. My body is still adjusting and I can feel it. I am trying to clean out a candida overgrowth and I do not believe 30 days is enough. What I want to know is should I do reintroduction and stay whole30 compliant but adding in what ever does not bother me? I won’t introduce sugar because candida. Or should I not do any reintroduction until after the w60? I am renewing my vows 10 Yrs in 2 weeks and I planned this to be done with reintroduction before. However my health is more important than cake and food (at least I feel that way now). I want so bad to have energy and less pain and I think I am starting to get there but more time will bring more success. Anyways advice is appreciated on how to extend and or to reintroduce or not to...
    I am so proud of all of us! Wanting to quit is a temporary emotion. We just have to let it pass. Great job to all of us who got to day 20 and beyond. 
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    KaraS reacted to Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hey All!
    Sorry I haven't posted in a while!  Things have been busy but I'm 100% still on it and still compliant!  It's my Day 17 and I actually had to count that up early today cause I'd lost track!  I'm noticing that this Whole 30 round (It's my 5th) has been a lot easier.  I've been able to quickly recognize cravings, process it, find an alternative, and move on.  It's not taking near the conscious effort to resist temptations as it has in the past.  I guess I'm trying to say, it get's easier!  And it's really resonating with some things Melissa says in the Food Freedom Forever book.
    Now all that being said, I ABSOLUTELY get where you are all at cause I've been there before.   @Laura of The Great White North, @KaraS, @Kris22, @masonjar87 I've noticed a theme in what you are all going through at this point.  Because it's happened to me MANY times in the past.  I've recognized it as my brain making a crazy-strong last-ditch effort to get me back to quick sugar & carbs.  You're dreaming about non-compliant foods and the dream-guilt you feel eating them.  Numerous times I've dreamed of eating pizza (my kryptonite) and woken up in panic that I'd broken my Whole 30.  I've also experienced the lack of appetite...nothing sounds good.  It's like my brain is a pouting kid that doesn't want to do anything if it can't get what it wants.  ANY off plan food sounds better than the healthy food you've got prepared.  All I can say is STAY STRONG!  Your brain will eventually give up, you'll enjoy all your food again, and you'll feel incredible.  You are all making amazing changes to your eating and your lives.  It's hard.  But there are really good reasons why you are doing this.  When things get tough count your NSV's, drink some water, distract yourself (my favorite is putting on some 90's hip hop/R&B and dancing like a fool in my kitchen), whatever it takes to keep going.
    Keep up the awesome!
    Sarah
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    KaraS got a reaction from masonjar87 in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Thanks Ashleypaeik! I have been looking through the whole30 logs trying to find motivation and I am just seeing a lot of people that did not make it through the 30 days. Then the posts on this thread have died down. I’m here day 17 and yesterday was hard emotionally as I posted but I stayed compliant. My body is not adjusting well, my mi d is fighting it too. The sugar cravings are less though and I haven’t reached for a snack bar yesterday or today at 8 am, lol. I have prepared carrots and compliant ranch sauce for emergencies. People have said my face looks better and I can notice that too. My energy is not here and I am still forcing my meals down. My back still hurts but I have also noticed it’s not waking me up at night, so I don’t have to fight that snack urge. The NSV are there if I look for them. What I wouldn’t give for a day of good energy. But hey that’s what coffee is for. 
    Tomorrow maybe I will list out all NSVs. To keep my motivation up. 
    When my sugar dragon calls I have been eating 1 fresh cherry. I know its not ideal but it’s going better and less often. 
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    KaraS got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Day 16. Husband has gone from little help to no help. He is stepping in the scale and hating the food and lost a ton of weight. I am not doing this for him it’s 100% for me. So I did all the shopping and cooking by myself with 3 kids and birthday parties this weekend. I think he will come around but I wish I had more help now. The update on medical doctors and candida is that they can’t help me and told me they go see a natural path Dr. Which of course is not covered by insurance. Dr’s break my heart. They could not or would not even recommend anything. As if an overgrowth of yeast is an imaginary thing. Even though it was shown on a blood test. I have wanted to quit but I won’t. This has been hard and painful but I know it is because of how unhealthy I am on the inside. I am even considering extending my whole30 just to really give my system a reset. I don’t think I can get rid of a year of candida in 30 days. I am still having sugar cravings and have kept eating at least 4 Rx bars per week last week. I know it’s not healthy but it was the complaint option I had available during these parties (3 this weekend) 
    ice cream social 
    chilli cookoff/ baked good events 
    birthday party. 
    I hope you guys are enjoying tigers blood, I’m not there yet. 
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    KaraS got a reaction from ashleyparik in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Guys I needed to read this article https://whole30.com/2018/02/dear-melissa-perfect-whole30/
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    KaraS got a reaction from Latterdayhippie in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    I would make my whole30 a whole42 so I didn’t feel as if I failed but still got the full benefits of no gluten or whatever is in pretzels for 30 days. But that is just me. There is something powerful with this program when done correctly including reintroduction, I am hoping! With reintroduction we are looking at 40 days at least. Hopefully the moderators will also chime in. 
    @Laura Thank you for your support and I hope you are feeling better very soon! 
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    KaraS reacted to Crimsann in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    Lightening fast update bc I have a workout to get in but one tip I always found interesting for people who were used to a hot cereal breakfast is to try subbing in a cup of creamy type soup.  Obviously “creamy” can be sort of hard to achieve with no dairy but getting creative with a sweet potato based soup or something with some coconut cream might help fill the void in a way that eggs don’t and soups have that great portability factor.  And they are a perfect vehicle for veggies.  
    Actually I started to type veghicle....which cracked me up more than it should have.
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    KaraS reacted to ashleyparik in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hi Kara! 
    Day 17!! You are over halfway there! That right there is a HUGE NSV! Also, the fact the fact that you hadn't reached for a snack bar yesterday and the day before are also big NSV's. Sugar cravings were definitely the hardest for me to kick, so I totally feel you there. I am absolutely a recovering sugar addict, so I still have to be careful with what I eat in order to keep my sugar dragon tamed! Having veggie snacks on hand are great- so there's another NSV- being prepared
    I would strongly suggest writing out all of your NSV's. I really think it will help keep you motivated. Focus on what IS working for you, and that will make it easier.
    Hang in there! I am here for you!
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    KaraS reacted to Laura of The Great White North in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hi everyone! We're officially half way through this! Day 17 for me. This has been far from how I thought this was going to go. I hardly ever get sick even when my husband and kids bring things home. But whatever this bug is that I have it's made me feel pretty crummy. I finally broke down and had some cough drops. At least they helped me sleep. I kind of have an appetite today too but not a big one. I'm making some soup right now so I hope it hits the spot. I'm not really craving any foods, but I'm pouting a lot more about foods I can't have. I saw someone eating Cheetos today and I legit wanted to have a little temper tantrum. I know it's been a rough go for some of us but we'll stick it out. I know we can do this!!
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    KaraS reacted to masonjar87 in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    You can do it, @KaraS! Since my flub with the pretzels last week, I'm thinking I'll be going beyond 30 days too (since I'm technically starting over). So I'll be here to stick it out with you! 
    I'm one to reach for the snap peas too...crunchy and satisfying  But I'm also snacking less, which is good. I do miss my rice and soy sauce, though! 
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    KaraS got a reaction from Latterdayhippie in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Day 12 and my back pain this morning is so bad I can’t handle it. On my way to the Dr. I have been taking less medicine and I’m sure that’s why. I also think candida die off is making everything worse and I’m going to talk to Dr about that too. Yesterday I had 2 emergency bars which I feel bad about since I should stay away from dried fruit and have been, but there was a birthday celebration and I wasn’t prepared for it and it was the cake or the Rx bar. The best I could do was that. 
    I just want to not hurt. At least I don’t want to eat off plan right now although I don’t feel like eating at all. I am just not in a good place right now and I honestly feel bad about posting something so negative. Maybe if I share the feelings then they won’t take me over and I can get past it. I believe this story will have a happy ending. 
    Healthy eating habits- I have a long way to go...
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    KaraS reacted to Kris22 in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hi KaraS.  I have been reading your posts and I am reassured that some of us is doing this without family support.  It can be difficult on your own.  I am on Day 15 and my sugar cravings have gone down too but are still there.  My compliant snacks for those moments are Tazo apple-cinnamon tea, snap peas, carrots or peppers.  Since starting it is amazing how much more I can taste the sweetness in foods like those I listed and others too.  I am hoping to eventually wean off of snacks but for now have accepted these veggies that are sweet as a good option for satisfying sweet craving.  Hope your day is going well.  We are all in it together!  
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    KaraS got a reaction from masonjar87 in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Thanks Ashleypaeik! I have been looking through the whole30 logs trying to find motivation and I am just seeing a lot of people that did not make it through the 30 days. Then the posts on this thread have died down. I’m here day 17 and yesterday was hard emotionally as I posted but I stayed compliant. My body is not adjusting well, my mi d is fighting it too. The sugar cravings are less though and I haven’t reached for a snack bar yesterday or today at 8 am, lol. I have prepared carrots and compliant ranch sauce for emergencies. People have said my face looks better and I can notice that too. My energy is not here and I am still forcing my meals down. My back still hurts but I have also noticed it’s not waking me up at night, so I don’t have to fight that snack urge. The NSV are there if I look for them. What I wouldn’t give for a day of good energy. But hey that’s what coffee is for. 
    Tomorrow maybe I will list out all NSVs. To keep my motivation up. 
    When my sugar dragon calls I have been eating 1 fresh cherry. I know its not ideal but it’s going better and less often. 
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    KaraS got a reaction from ashleyparik in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Guys I needed to read this article https://whole30.com/2018/02/dear-melissa-perfect-whole30/
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    KaraS got a reaction from Latterdayhippie in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    I would make my whole30 a whole42 so I didn’t feel as if I failed but still got the full benefits of no gluten or whatever is in pretzels for 30 days. But that is just me. There is something powerful with this program when done correctly including reintroduction, I am hoping! With reintroduction we are looking at 40 days at least. Hopefully the moderators will also chime in. 
    @Laura Thank you for your support and I hope you are feeling better very soon! 
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    KaraS got a reaction from Latterdayhippie in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Day 12 and my back pain this morning is so bad I can’t handle it. On my way to the Dr. I have been taking less medicine and I’m sure that’s why. I also think candida die off is making everything worse and I’m going to talk to Dr about that too. Yesterday I had 2 emergency bars which I feel bad about since I should stay away from dried fruit and have been, but there was a birthday celebration and I wasn’t prepared for it and it was the cake or the Rx bar. The best I could do was that. 
    I just want to not hurt. At least I don’t want to eat off plan right now although I don’t feel like eating at all. I am just not in a good place right now and I honestly feel bad about posting something so negative. Maybe if I share the feelings then they won’t take me over and I can get past it. I believe this story will have a happy ending. 
    Healthy eating habits- I have a long way to go...
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    KaraS reacted to Laura of The Great White North in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Don't feel bad @KaraS. This is why we're here - to support each other through the good and the bad. I have not been feeling well the last two days. It's been a struggle to eat because I have no appetite. But I make sure that what I do end up eating it's on plan, even if it's not perfect. I hope we all get through these next few days and feel better by Monday!
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    KaraS reacted to Jihanna in Can I have Vidatea teatox?   
    My brain's managing to not pull information correctly now, apparently... I could've sworn I remembered something connecting goji berries and paprika, but maybe it was just that they'd both be removed when avoiding nightshades. Definitely something to mentally note and hope I don't forget along the way!  
    Apologies for the misinformation on that one. I do stand by the rest of the information and opinions given, though.
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    KaraS reacted to Jihanna in Can I have Vidatea teatox?   
    I was going to make a similar comment about the senna, as that's the type of laxative I use when it's necessary (but as Schrod mentioned, you really don't want to be using it on a regular basis, especially not without a doctor's input).
    The night blend looks like a better option in terms of fighting Candida because it contains ginger, cinnamon, and licorice... but the chamomile and lemon myrtle might have you wanting to doze, so I'd not recommend it for a daytime drink. (Personally, I wouldn't recommend anything with senna as a daytime drink anyway, due to the mentioned laxative effects.)
    Goji berry is a nightshade, but if you have no negative reactions to nightshades in general or goji berries specifically, then there's no reason to think it would cause an issue in tea. In case it helps you determine whether or not you've had reactions, paprika is made from goji berries and the nightshades family includes other foods like potatoes, tomatoes, tomatillos, all pepper fruits (bell, chili, banana, etc.), and eggplant... maybe others, worth looking it up if you're curious or concerned.
    Milk thistle does offer liver support and can assist with treating Candida overgrowth, but it's also used by lactating women to help promote an increase in milk production. I've never used it for anything, personally.
    In terms of actually battling Candida, I'd recommend herbal supplements rather than relying on teas. Supporting your fight with tea can help, of course, but you'll want to make sure you don't take in too much (general suggestion is to limit to 1 bag/cup per day, unless directed otherwise by your health professional). As with anything like this, though, I'm also going to have to recommend speaking with your doctor so they're kept in the loop regarding what's going into your system and why. He (or she) might even have some suggestions in terms of supplements that help.
    Here's some good information for a natural approach -- https://www.verywellhealth.com/natural-remedies-for-candida-88223
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    KaraS reacted to SchrodingersCat in Can I have Vidatea teatox?   
    That tea contains senna, which is a laxative. Unless you have need for a laxative, I strongly recommend that you do not take it, as it can cause your bowel to become dependant. Laxatives should not be used long term, only when needed.
    Most "detox" teas do this. They sell themselves as this cleanse, while really they're just laxative abuse in a pretty box.
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    KaraS reacted to Heathermarie74 in Yeast Infection Medication   
    I used to suffer from chronic yeast infections and that is actually what brought me to the Whole30 the first time i did it. I'm on my 3rd one in about 5 years (I like to restart every once in a while but normally try to eat whole foods in between too) and I no longer suffer from yeast infections. 
    I'm not trying to advise you one way or the other as far as taking fluconazole but I want to share my story with you because it may be similar to yours. 
    I also had the recurring infections and the prescription to go along with it. I took a pill about once a month when my infection would flare up and it would usually take care of it for the most part but not permanently since it would always come back within a few weeks to a month. I had other symptoms too, frequent constipation, constant bloating, cramping. I starting doing some research into underlying causes and I also saw a naturopathic doctor which totally changed my life.
    Basically, the way fluconazole works is by killing all of the bacteria in your body, including candida (yeast). The problem with this is that your gut no longer has any healthy bacteria to fight off future candida and the vicious cycle repeats itself nonstop. Sugars, yeasty foods, and simple carbs then enter your body when you eat and feed the candida further which causes another infection. You have almost no control over this if your body doesn't have enough good bacteria in it. 
    My doctor ordered bloodwork and found that I was actually nutrient deficient across the board because my body wasn't absorbing the nutrients in my food because it wasn't even able to break down my food without the bacteria I needed. Then, undigested bits of food were getting through my system and into my gut where the candida fed on it and went wild. Basically, I had a whole-system candida infection for YEARS of my life and the way it was manifesting was via yeast infections, constipation, and bloating. 
    What I discovered, is that a really good probiotic and a change of diet can fix all of that without ever having to take the pill again. Now, I would never ever take fluconazole again in my life because I know that it would cause that whole chain of events to happen again. I take a super good probiotic every day and if I feel I'm about to get a yeast infection I take 2 or 3. You can also put probiotics directly into your vagina if you feel like you're going to get one. You do have to make sure that you get a good quality probiotic though, and if its not refrigerated, don't take it. So yes, I do still get them very rarely but when I do, its always because my diet has completely off-railed and I've been living on pasta and beer for weeks straight (sometimes I just lose control, what can I say). 
    Now this might not be enough at first, my naturopath had me taking a digestive enzyme with meals to help my body break down the foods so that I could absorb nutrients and stop feeding the bad guys and I took that for about a year with all food. Now I still take those when I'm going to eat something really unhealthy like pasta or a bowl of ice cream but I don't need them at every meal, and I certainly don't need them during my Whole30. 
    So anyways, I guess I am kind of telling you not to take the pill but I'm not a doctor or anything so you should take that with a grain of salt. This is just my experience and I do believe that taking fluconazole will make it worse instead of better, but you should make an informed decision on your own. I would definitely however, recommend seeing a naturopathic doctor instead of a regular one.