Amura

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  1. I think my guidelines impact mostly in my meal plan and daily routines. I try to have a good amount of veggies in every meal, which is one of those things that everybody knows but hardly anyone sticks to. It has become increasingly easy for me. For example, we were eating out today - the menu was mixed grill with chimichurri sauce & fried potatoes, and that would be usually fine, but I made sure to also order a large salad to eat instead of potatoes. It's no big deal, but I would have never thought of it before. I'm also quite happy about eating little bread (which I still bake at home, but eat in tiny portions or even nothing at all) and dairy products (I've adjusted to using coconut milk when I want a creamy sauce). But that was not what really helped me during Christmas. It was my state of mind. The realization that I could say NO to many of those things made me feel in control. And that's something I owe to the Whole30.
  2. Amura

    Anyone else hate sweet potatoes now?

    It was the opposite for me. I was not used to sweet potatoes, and during my W30 I started to consume it more frequently and realized I really like them. Routines are changing and we need to adjust them, but there is a lot to be learned from that. Bored of sweet potatoes? Try something else!
  3. Well, I survived Christmas after all Although I did gain a little weight, I'm satisfied because I managed to not fall into an spiral of self-shame and self-indulgence-after-the-shame. Of the 2kg I gained I have already shed one, simply following my routine, without any extra effort. So I'm hoping to lose the other one in the same fashion. That does not change the fact that I would like to get rid of 15kg more, mind you, but I'm glad my everyday eating-style is working well.
  4. I don't think I had read it, Shannon, but it is very very useful indeed! Thank you very much. It somewhat relates to something @Angelia mentioned, her two-bites rules, but for me limiting to only two bites of something I really love sounded unsustainable. Waiting and judging whether it is worth or not, might be a bit hard the first time, might need some training, but I think that's something that could work for me long term. I'm gonna give this some more thought and maybe put it to test during the Christmas holidays.
  5. I remember reading in the W30 book that you should tell everyone, your social media and all, that you are doing a W30. I was not sure at the time, and I did hesitate when it was time to get started. But I finally did. I even posted about it in my blog, because I wanted to reach everyone. And it worked for me. Because it somehow forced me to actually do the thing. You can't tell everyone about it, and even discuss whether this is healthy or not, and then give up. You just can't. So now I'm using the same logic in my daily routine. And hoping to stick to it! Christmas is complicated though. Here it is not just one meal - it's 5 to 6 lavish feasts within two weeks. Food will be ok, I'll just try to pass on the bread, but sweet treats are gonna be a real temptation. I do want to try them (because they are the kind of thing you'll only eat in Christmas time) but not overdo it, so I guess one small piece of each and then moving onto raisins and other dried fruits which will also be on the table at all times. So I guess I do have a plan. But even so it's gonna be testing.
  6. Thank you very muchfor the input! I guess my ultimate goal is feeling able. As I gained so much weight, I noticed that some (quite normal) things were becoming somewhat harder. My BMI was 31, and playing with my 4yo was sometimes exhausting. That brought a feeling of not being able of doing what I want. Now down to a BMI 29, I'm still overweight but I'm starting to feel able again. Able to play, able to run (how he loves to run!). And I'm positive that the better my health the stronger that feeling will be. My guidelines are some sort of rules, I guess, but I did not want to use that word. Because for me a rule is something that should never be broken - under any circumstances. And in this case I know there shall be exceptions, and I don't want to feel guilty about them nor treat them like "cheat days" - I just want to enjoy every bite of those exceptions. So guidelines sounded better to me Work is tricky for me indeed. There is no snack bar in my workplace which means we all share with our coworkers. And people tend to bring baked goods, because everybody loves them. Some are store-bought, others are homemade, but there is loads of sugar in them anyway. I brought cashews and also some mint tea bags, which are a good alternative when I feel tempted. But I think that what has worked better for me is telling everybody that I do eat a very large breakfast hence I don't need to snack at work. The mere fact of telling others encourages me to live up to the hype Eating out is not a big deal though. We don't eat out often, and our food choices are good quality. May or may not be compliant, but generally healthy. I don't even eat a whole dessert anymore - but sometimes I do share with my son. So I'm not worrying much about this. I know I talked about this, but it's because I want to record all the issues in this thread. At home, I'm less sure of how I'm doing. Quite well, I guess, but sometimes I overindulge in little details such as eating nuts while I'm cooking (I'm about to serve lunch, why am I grazing?) or snacking a bit of bread with butter (ok, it's not a croissant, but as close as it can get in my kitchen). So, I don't know, probably not a big deal but I want to keep things as clean as possible. And Christmas are around the corner! THAT is gonna be hard to navigate!
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    Puzzler’s log

    You are doing very well! These are the worst days, the most likely ones to want to give up - so congrats on keeping up! You mention calories. I don't know much about that. But your meals might be a bit light on proteins perhaps? I'm assuming salad smoothies are only veggies, and I'm not sure that bubbles & squeak dish (amusing name btw) have enough proteins either. Remember to have 1-2 palm-sized portions of proteins in your meals and don't forget about fats either! Also smoothies are not a great meal choices. Drinking your meals is not the same as eating them, so whenever possible choose eating your veggies without blending them. But, most important of all: Keep it up!
  8. OK, the short reset was a failure Friday and Saturday were fine. On Sunday we decided to eat out to a new restaurant in town. We don't eat out often, and there was a dish that was just the kind of thing I love, so I decided to order it anyway. Eating out usually means sharing a dessert with my son (he loves them but they are too large for him). While I was ok with ordering my dish (Food Freedom after all) I must admit I'm not so proud of indulging in that half a dessert. Well - I thought - I can start the reset on Monday anyway, can't I? And that's what I did. But Wednesday night the little one was sick, we hardly slept a pair of hours, no time for breakfast... and I ended up snacking whatever was avaliable at work. Which was not compliant of course - nor healthy. And I also drank a lot of tea, I was so sleepy. But the surprise came when the scale yesterday said 84.1 kg. I have not gained any weight despite a poorly-eating week. Or what I was considering a poorly-eating week, which was probably "normal" by most standards, but not close to the reset I meant to do. Which led me to consider how my point of view has changed - what I consider now a healthy approach is more strict, and what I consider now a relaxed approach is perhaps healthier than it used to be. It's interesting.
  9. Amura

    Biometrics report

    Congratulations!! It's reassuring to see such good results. Keep up the good work.
  10. Amura

    Transitioning from Formula - Toddlers + Milk

    One question, forgive if I'm too forward: Are you breastfeeding? If you are breastfeeding (maybe he drinks both formula/breastmilk? Cause you mention both) I would simply remove the formula. Breastmilk is by far nutritionally more interesting, and toddlers are much better than adults at knowing what they need - I'm sure he would ask you for more. Current WHO recomendations are to breastfeed at least until 2-years-old, and I think it give moms the peace of mind of knowing that if our toddler is getting a proper nutrition even if he does not eat everything on his plate. If you are no longer breastfeeding or you are planning on stopping any time soon, I don't think that any kind of substitute is actually required. If your toddler likes them he may eat dairy products, or cononut milk, or nuts milk. But he does not need any of them whatsoever. Keep offering him balanced meals, and you'll see that he'll be choosing/asking for more energetic food when he needs it. My son in those cases (he's 4 now) chooses highly-caloric fruit such as bananas, yours may be choosing sweet potatoes or carrots, but I'm sure he'll be asking for it.
  11. I do love legumes, specially because I think it would be nice to eat less animal products. You know, the killing and all that. I'm not vegan or vegetarian, I do eat meat and fish and eggs on a regular basis, but I would like to increase the proportion of vegetables as much as possible without giving up on health nor taste. Also legumes are easy to cook, but take a bit of planning. For the soaking. I don't think I've eaten any peanuts recently, it's something that I did not even care to test because I hardly ever eat them. Gluten and sugar though, that's my battle too! Before my Whole30 I would have said my inmediate problem was sugar, but now I've come to realize that other things (such as bread) may be a bad influence because it leads me to grazing.
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    Homemade mayo.... safe?

    Also mayo recipes call for an acid (either lemon juice or vinegar), it's not for taste only. Acidic enviroments are safer. So do not skip it Low temperatures are certainly essential. But even so I would encourage you to eat your homemade mayo as soon as possible, preferably within 1-2 days. (I know my fellow whole30ers feel this is "extreme" but, in my opinion, it's because you've only been making mayo for a handful of years. In my country homemade mayo is traditional, a quite normal thing to do in every household - to the point where there are laws regulating mayo! And nobody would keep mayo for over 2 days. Just in case.)
  13. Well, the funny thing is I have not gained any weight. Which supports the hypothesis that this was not a fad diet after all My weight on the scale relieved me, honestly. But, yeah, the this-is-far-from-perfect feeling persists and I'm gonna try a short reset. Because I think that at this point short resets might be more useful than making a whole round from scratch. Since you're starting Friday, I'm joining you and starting Friday too - it's perfect timing for me too After some consideration I've decided not to make fully compliant meals though. Legumes are an interesting source of protein, and because I add protein to all my meals it's interesting that some of it is not animal protein. Other than that I'm gonna follow the rules for a week, see how it goes.
  14. I personally believe that the cooking and the cleaning are essential. Might be bothersome, but essential nonetheless. Because if you rely heavily on eating out and/or highly processed foods, it's way way harder to eat heathly (Whole30-ish or not). On the "whole30-ish forever" subject, I recall the book mentions it as an option but I believe it's a very personal choice. You may have noticed huge changes and are not ready to give up on the Whole30 as yet, so it's ok if you keep going, it's also ok if you decide to reintroduce just a few foods and otherwise stay whole30-ish... but it's also ok if you don't. I personally did not notice any reaction to any type of food, so I don't see the point in keeping the strict limitations. BUT I've learned some things about how I eat, why I overeat, what triggers some bad habits, and I'm using all those lessons in my everyday food choices. So, yeah, I eat diferently than I did before my Whole30, but I do not eat Whole30-ish at all. That's my food freedom, which may be completely different to everybody else. And if we notice that we go back to old habits, we can always go back to what we know works well, hopefully learning a new lesson and changing yet another food-related habit. That's the beauty of Whole30: it's fully customized.
  15. Last week was not great. I was feeling quite under the weather. Just regular flu, nothing serious, but I was very tired. And also it was time for my period, which only worsened the situation. So I indulged on comfort foods. It was not really bad, but still felt like I was losing control. And I did not like the feeling. Also it lead to snacking, which was not so great. Oh, well, I'm probably overcomplaining for such a little misstep, but I'm afraid I've lost my inertia and that now it's gonna be a bit harder staying on track. Maybe I'll try a short reset, a week long or so, and see if that helps.