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    Amura reacted to Prairie Dawn in Prairie Dawn's September Whole30 Log   
    Well, I've decided to pause my Whole30, just because I'm not really in the right headspace to give it the attention I want to.  And when I say that, I mean the GOOD kind of attention, not the obsessive-controlling-worrying-I'm-doing-something-wrong kind of attention, which is where I could feel this going.
    Even though I've been able to stay technically compliant this week (Day 11!), I feel like focusing so much on what I eat, when I eat it, the amounts I'm eating, and how my eating is affecting me is pulling attention away from my other thoughts and feelings right now, which really need some space.  I'm going to focus on taking care of my heart and processing what's been going on.  Maybe once I get past the heartbreak and rage and into the growth part of this I'll revisit the Whole30 with more mental availability.
    In the meantime, let me just say: I've lost a few pounds (probably a combination of Whole30 and stress), and after OrangeTheory last night I actually slept for 5 hours straight - a real NSV for me.  I will take it!  And if I end up doing a technically compliant Whole30 by default (I don't think I realized just how thoroughly I'd prepped for an entire month), I'll report back here.
     
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    Amura reacted to petitemortuaire in Whole180   
    Almost five years later and I’m back again.
    Four and a half years ago I successfully completed a Whole100 (read the whole thread here).  I was able to off-road successfully for a while afterward, but starting in 2016, habitual eating patterns crept back in. In the three and a half years that followed, I gained 50 lbs, reached the heaviest weight I’ve ever been at, and relapsed HARD i terms of emotional eating and using food as a way to cope with distress. Thinking back, I can identify a number of factors that contributed to this:
    I stopped journaling about my experience. Quite simply, without logging my experience and taking the time each day to reflect on my eating behaviors, I lost a sense of accountability and got better at rationalizing unhelpful choices.  I stopped having daily check-ins with my best friend and accountability buddy, M, who introduced me to the Whole30 in 2013. M and I had done the Whole100 together and kept in touch about it daily. Without that extra layer of support and accountability, I experienced a backslide into unhelpful behaviors.  I went vegetarian. Since 2015, I’ve been dating (and am now engaged to!) K, who returned to a vegetarian diet in 2016. I learned more about vegetarianism and decided to transition to a vegetarian diet for a few reasons: Ecological impact/global warming/sustainability Ethical treatment of animals Apparent promise that eating vegetarian would lead to better health Desire to lose weight that I gained since stopping my Whole100 When I switched to a vegetarian diet and cut a main source of fuel from my meals (animal protein), a returned to eating dairy. From my Whole100 reintroductions, I KNEW that dairy would fuck me up, but I ate it anyway (because what else do you eat if you’re vegetarian??). Of course, I started gaining weight and experienced a resurgence of acne (which I struggled with severely as a teen). After a few months, I got frustrated with this and decided to cut out dairy completely to lose the extra weight I had gained and calm my breakouts.  I went vegan. After cutting out dairy for a few months, I decided that I was close enough to vegan to just go for it full force. But with cutting out eggs came eating more grains and legumes, and predictably, more weight gain.  I could only sustain veganism for about six more months and have since struggled to find a way of eating that fits my values and my body’s needs.  I experienced significant mental health concerns, trauma, and stress. In 2016-2017, my anxiety disorders and depression reached peak severity. This came about as a result of moving away from my support system to complete my doctoral degree and learning to navigate a relationship with K, an alcoholic. During this year I also worked a full time job and drove 12 hours every weekend. I constantly ate on the road and chose convenience/processed foods over food that I prepared. Since 2017, I’ve been working a highly stressful and emotionally taxing job as a therapist (note: the stress is related to the institution I work for, not the profession itself) and studying to become a licensed psychologist.  I returned to emotional eating. To deal with the stress of my job, my relationship, and my doctoral program, I relied on food to soothe me. This is a deeply-rooted pattern I’ve had since childhood. I started Prozac. I’m super grateful to therapy, 12-step meetings, and Prozac for helping me get my anxiety and depression in check. However, Prozac essentially eliminated my satiety signals. Emotional eating + eating no satiety signals = lots of weight gain. I joined a weight loss study. Through the study, we had to log all of our calories and weigh ourselves every day. I cannot emphasize enough how much this kind of self-monitoring fucked me up. I already knew from experience that this approach does not work for me, but I was desperate to feel healthier and was not ready to give up vegetarianism. I dropped out of the study early and ended up emotionally eating even more than when I started.  Archetypically and psychologically, I’m a nurturer.  I tend to over-source my self-worth from the act of nurturing others (I am worthy because of how I help you”). When out of balance, this psychological schema shows up in two ways: Over-identification with the schema (e.g., difficulty saying “no” to others, going along with something I don’t want to do to avoid rocking the boat, poor self-care, desire to control others).  In a major way, this led to me going with what helped the planet and aligned with my partner’s way of being (vegetarianism) despite evidence that this approach to eating was not supporting my health. Withdrawal from the schema (e.g., abdicating responsibility to others, abdicating responsibility to self, complete lack of self-control). This often showed up as eating foods and quantities of foods that were unhealthy for me because I was too emotionally exhausted to care.  My weight and health have been deprioritized, but I’m ready to make a change. I’m choosing to do a Whole180 (rather than a Whole30 or Whole100) for a few reasons:
    The last time I felt healthy and strong was when I was working my Whole100. I know from experience that eating this way is what supports my health best. 100 days was not enough to change my relationship with food. The biggest hurdle for me is my sense of self-worth and the ways that it impacts my relationship with/use of food.  The foods that are eliminated during the Whole30 tend to be my trigger foods and those that I eat emotionally. Going for 180 days (at least) will give me the time I need to work towards changing my behaviors around food AND my psychology around food.  Factors supporting the success of my Whole180:
    I accept that my relationship with food and the way I use it needs to change for good.  I accept that I am not, and will never be a “moderator” when it comes to using food. I’m 100% an abstainer.  I’m keeping a log here, which helps keep me accountable. I’m keeping in touch with M, who understands the process.  K is on board.  K is actually OK with eating some meat. He understands that what works for him and his body (naturally slender) does not work for me or mine. We’ve been able to come to an agreement about sourcing animal protein: it comes directly from the humane farms near us or not at all. My psychological health is a major focus this time. So, as of yesterday (9/15/19), I started my Whole180. I’ll be here, updating regularly. Very likely daily. I’ll log my meals, recipes, BMs (my favorite and most reliable indicator of health), and insights, especially as they relate to my psychological relationship with food. I’m nervous and excited for the months ahead.
    Starting stats:
    Age: 29 Height: 5’2” Weight: 209.6 lbs Bust: 44” Waist: 37” Hips: 50” Upper arm: 18” Upper thigh: 30”
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    Amura reacted to ShannonM816 in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
    If your meals are keeping you satisfied 4-5 hours at a time, you're good.
    Often, we see people who come from a background of calorie restriction who continue to limit their meal sizes the way they would if they were counting calories, sometimes purposefully, sometimes subconsciously. Mostly, this was a post to encourage those people to eat as much as they need to eat, even if it seems like a lot of food, and to say that it is okay to eat more than what they may be used to, if that's what it takes to stay satisfied and avoid snacking between meals.
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    Amura got a reaction from Anhe in Protein portions   
    1 to 2 palm-sized portions is quite a broad range imho.
    If you are in doubt, buy as much as you usually would. Then, as you serve it on your plate, compare it to your palm.
    Is it at least as large as your palm, but not more than twice your palm? You are ok. 
    Served too much? Remove a bit and save the leftovers for later. (Leftovers are great for breakfast.)
    Served too little? Grab some tinned fish or boil and egg, and make sure you get enough protein.
    Once you have tested it you'll have your own reference of how much a portion should be.
    My own reference is about 150g - 200g of boneless meat, about the double if it has some bone, and for fresh fish (whole pieces) I buy at least half kg for two people.
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    Amura got a reaction from Jihanna in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    Thanks!
    Yeah, I think it's been worth it indeed.
    I mean, you hear about how important veggies are all the time, but I used to think I was eating enough of them.
    Whole30 has been eye opening in that sense, I really could be eating way more veggies than I used to, only if I made room for them in my meals.
    I still don't know how other foods affect me (if at all) so it's impossible to reach any other kind of conclussions, but at this point I feel like just having reaching a better understanding of how important veggies are and proving myself that I can easily live with no sugar are worth-mentioning milestones. I guess you can say those are my overall NSV.
    And today I weighted myself first thing in the morning. I have lost almost 4 kg (that's about 8 lb) in 30 days, and I think that's impressive!
    It's a lot of weight for someone who has been eating such large meals, and making just a tiny bit of exercise.
    I'm looking forward losing some more during reintroduction (probably not that much, I'm sure testing foods will mess it all up a bit) and hopefully find a point where I can steadily lose smallish amounts of weight until I reach my desired weight (dropping about 15kg - that's about 30lb). 
    I had not expected to lose so much to begin with and definetely I'm not in a hurry to lose it all, but I must admit that sheding some weight off makes me more positive about the fact that it's feasible (which at certain points in my life seemed unlikely).
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    Amura got a reaction from Jihanna in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    Thanks!
    Yeah, I think it's been worth it indeed.
    I mean, you hear about how important veggies are all the time, but I used to think I was eating enough of them.
    Whole30 has been eye opening in that sense, I really could be eating way more veggies than I used to, only if I made room for them in my meals.
    I still don't know how other foods affect me (if at all) so it's impossible to reach any other kind of conclussions, but at this point I feel like just having reaching a better understanding of how important veggies are and proving myself that I can easily live with no sugar are worth-mentioning milestones. I guess you can say those are my overall NSV.
    And today I weighted myself first thing in the morning. I have lost almost 4 kg (that's about 8 lb) in 30 days, and I think that's impressive!
    It's a lot of weight for someone who has been eating such large meals, and making just a tiny bit of exercise.
    I'm looking forward losing some more during reintroduction (probably not that much, I'm sure testing foods will mess it all up a bit) and hopefully find a point where I can steadily lose smallish amounts of weight until I reach my desired weight (dropping about 15kg - that's about 30lb). 
    I had not expected to lose so much to begin with and definetely I'm not in a hurry to lose it all, but I must admit that sheding some weight off makes me more positive about the fact that it's feasible (which at certain points in my life seemed unlikely).
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    Amura got a reaction from kirbz in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Oh, my, such an awesome place, do wonder you'd rather be there than at work!
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    Amura got a reaction from Jihanna in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    DAY 30
    Meal 1: Omelette (3 eggs, coconut milk), pumpkin pureed soup Snack: Black tea, a handful cashews Meal 2: Boiled hake, potatoes and carrots, plus some mayo Meal 3: Leftover rabbit, broccoli and sweet potato, some black olive oils So here we are. Day 30 already.
    In all honesty I thought this would be much harder, but it was not. It was rather easy, with very little issues. And time passed really quickly. I guess I'm one of the lucky ones
    Tomorrow is day 31.
    I'll be stepping on the scale right after breakfast, just out of curiosity. I think I've lost some weight, but I don't really care if the actual number is small. Anyway I think it's good doing something for one's health and I've made way better choices lately so I'm quite proud of myself.
    But that does not mean I'm gonna make my Whole30 any longer. Tomorrow I'm officially in the reintroduction phase, and I'll start testing foods from the first day.
    It's gonna be dairy, it's an easy test - yoghourt after lunch, some cheese with my dinner.
    Then back to compliant for a week, and testing wheat next Friday.
    I really want to figure out those two, because I think they are the ones in which my diet has changed drastically, so it would be nice to get some insight. And I'll be testing on Fridays just in case I don't feel so good for a day or two.
    I'll keep posting here but I think I'm not gonna log my meals anymore.
    I thought it would be useful in case I needed help or advice, but at this point I don't think it's of much use.
    Also I'll be looking forward trying some fancy recipes. Up to this point I tried to focus on simple meals because I wanted to be as true as possible to the spirit of the program, and I was afraid that looking for new recipes would lead me stray. Now I feel much more confident on my skills to build a balanced set of meals within the Whole30 frame, so I think that it's time to get wild in the kitchen!
    Things I have already learned and that I want to keep with me after Whole30:
    Breakfast should include veggies.
    I am a breakfast person, but veggies were not part of it most of the times. I realize now my mistake. It requires a bit of prepping for my everyday breakfast but I think it's worth it. Some foods may not be bad for me (I haven't tested yet) BUT in any case, they used to be the cause I had a reduced intake of veggies.
    When I make pasta or rice, I usually pair it with a protein - not with veggies. When I make legumes (which are a protein source anyway) I pair them with even more protein - and only a little bit of veggies . When I make a dairy-based sauce for a meat dish, I don't reduce the amount of meat in it - I limit the side dish which would be typically veggies.
    So even if those foods end up feelin ok, I must forge a plan to make sure I have enough veggies with them! Prepping and cooking large amounts of my go-to veggies is a real time saver.
    I used to prep only one day in advance, and I keep doing so with my protein sources (I like to buy them very fresh) but having veggies ready to eat allow me to make a quick breakfast, to fix something easily while the rest of the family eats non-compliant meals, etc. Sugar was not that hard to quit after all. 
    I have struggled with it for so long, trying to eat my tea unsweetened, never managed to do so. I see now that I needed to go an step further to be able to see it with clarity.
    I'll be keeping a no-sugar rule, with exception of special occassions and homemade treats. This sense of accomplishment is great. I'm hoping that all of those who are now in the middle of their Whole30 reach this blissful point.
    And thank you everybody for reading my rants!
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    Amura reacted to Cwilliams3 in Whole 30 Day 10 - Non Scale Victories   
    Hi my name is Ciera! 
    This is my first time on the forum and my first blog. Today is day 10 for me and I am feeling terrific! Day 9 was a doozy, I had a terrible 24 hour stomach bug, yuck. BUT today was a great day and I am so thankful for the good days. The most prominent non-scale victory for me thus far has been a significant mood improvement. Trust me I am not usually a glass half full kind of girl but lately I feel so positive even in the midst of stomach bugs, allergies, menstrual cycles, and surreal cravings for caramel macchiatos. I tell you what no coffee ever lifted my mood this well. Mostly I am proud of myself for coming this far. I can see this food experiment changing my life and not just my dietary health but my mental health too. I feel more motivated thus I am more positive and upbeat. I am working out..consistently. Yeah I said it consistently.  & That motivation is spilling over into other areas of my life. I am sleeping well thus I am waking up earlier to spend time in the word of God. & I am making actual life goals, like getting a second job & applying to nursing school. I use to be so self motivated and a goal-getter. Whole30 is helping me get that back. So keep going everyone :)
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    Amura reacted to Jihanna in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    It can definitely throw things off in the period department, speaking from experience. I didn't notice a specific change to the composition of mine (same basic length overall, same general makeup in terms of heavier and lighter days), but my pain level tends to be different when I'm fully compliant, my PMS happens differently, and my cycle ends up getting thrown off by a week or two by the end of a 30-day round.
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    Amura got a reaction from Prairie Dawn in Prairie Dawn's September Whole30 Log   
    Sending you lots of vitual hugs.
    I think you have already received great advice, I just wanted to say that here you have a little community and you can count on our support.
    If the Whole30 feels like a bit too much at this point in your life then maybe take a break. Re-arranging your plan is not a failure, not at all. 
    But if you feel that focusing on food and health helps you to keep going with your life and your routines, it might be worth trying.
    Either way it's ok.
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    Amura reacted to Leighla27 in Personal Trainer starting September 15   
    Hello! This will be my first Whole30 & I’ll be starting on September 15. I’ve wanted to do the Whole30 for quite a while but it always seemed too daunting. I am a personal trainer & have been in the business for over 10 years. Although I have quite a bit of knowledge about leading a healthy lifestyle, I sometimes find it hard to do what I know is best. I still yo-yo diet & have an unhealthy relationship with food. I know certain foods & alcohol make me feel pretty crummy & yet I still consume them....I don’t have a ton of weight to lose but I really need to change some bad habits & lead a better health example. I am both excited & scared to start this journey, but know it’s something I need to do. Time to step up & stop putting this off! Here’s to more energy & feeling better!!
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    Amura reacted to Jihanna in Tasha30's 1st Timer Food Log   
    Regarding fruit, I don't eat it for the first week or two of Whole30, and I try to limit "sweet" starches like sweet potatoes and butternut (I'm happy enough to do roasted carrots in the place of those for the first bit!). When I do eat fruit during Whole30, I tend to use fruits that are less sweet and I make sure they're incorporated with my meal (e.g., raspberries on a salad, apples cooked with my pork roast). I never ever eat dried fruits during Whole30, because those send me hunting for date and nut bars, which are a quick way to derail myself. I also tend to push my fruit toward the evening, so I'm not setting myself up for sugar cravings throughout the day, making it harder to not snack. (When I'm not on round, I eat a banana every day or two and will occasionally have a fruit salad of some sort, still typically toward day end.)
    With all that in mind, I can say that my sugar dragon is a nasty beast that has to be starved into oblivion in order for me to function well on round. It's a tricky thing, too, because as it nears hibernation it starts acting like a salt dragon... the idea being that if it can make me cave and start snacking on salty stuff, the sweet stuff won't be far behind! Not everyone has to treat their dragon like I do, but I've found that it's my best bet for getting through that first week without setting myself up for massive cravings in week two.
    Throwing meals together becomes easier with practice... and honestly I've found that I much prefer doing it without all the pasta and stuff that we used to always eat. (It's funny that I say that, because now that my son's back home, I have to remember that I'll need to cook 2 lbs of spaghetti noodles anytime I make spaghetti squash and sauce, because that boy could eat a whole spaghetti squash by himself!)
    Meal planning becomes easier with practice, too. I have a few go-to sites for recipes, and I save anything that I think I'll want to make into an online recipe box, then pull recipes into my meal plan. I use Copy Me That, which is free and has an app for my phone. It's got a nifty button that saves recipes directly into your box, where you can tweak as much or as little as you want while retaining a link to the original; there's a meal plan feature that lets you set recipes for each day or make notes for the days (like "steamed broccoli" since I don't need a recipe for that); some other features too, without having to pay for the premium version. Probably my favorite thing about it is that it has a checkbox for if you've actually made a recipe, a rating system, and you're able to set recipes as favorites.
    CookSmarts is a pretty cool place to start if you want some insight into how to actually do things in the kitchen. They've got quite a few good guides and lessons that are part of their free site, as well as articles (which include a weekly meal plan that I don't actually follow but I do at times save meals that look tasty and might be tried in my future!). There are two super-cool things about their recipes -- first, every single recipe has 4 options (original, gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian), so I usually just look at the paleo one and alter as needed to make it compliant if it isn't already; second, they give very explicit directions including videos of how to do some of the prep work, like chopping. Here's an example that includes video tutorials: Thai-marinated chicken thighs (just a note, the marinade/dressing for this is amazing when blended into a creamy goodness; just remember to use coconut aminos and skip the honey). They do offer a meal-planning service, which you can test drive for 3 or 4 weeks, but I've personally found it easier to just make my own plan from gathered recipes (and, of course, it's cheaper that way, too).
    NomNomPaleo, PaleoLeap, RealSimpleGood, and PaleoGrubs are the sites where most of my saved recipes have come from, at least the ones that are Whole30 compliant (or easy to tweak into compliance). Be wary when searching Whole30 recipes, though, because there are a lot out there that are made with compliant ingredients but don't really embrace the spirit of the program, so it's worth looking past those while on round. Also remember that when looking at paleo sites, they're bound to have some stuff on there that are outside the spirit of the Whole30 program as well... but some of it's certainly worth coming back to later, if it won't lead you down a rabbit hole!
    NomNomPaleo did a big Whole30 recipe roundup, as well, so I wanted to link it in case it's helpful!
    https://nomnompaleo.com/post/42057515329/the-round-up-30-days-of-whole30-recipes
    Ahem, and now I'm going to walk away before this book gets even longer!
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    Amura got a reaction from JenRaye in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    But we do 
    It's always great to see how others do, to support each others, to find inspiration in their achievements  
    And I want to say that you are doing awesome, and it's impressive how much you've learned about yourself and dieting in just a few days!
    Also, keep it up, great temptations ahead but I'm sure they won't beat you.
    I'm going to a mediaeval market tomorrow and I think I'll be tempted enough but yours is gonna be a feat. And when I say feat, I mean NSV!
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    Amura got a reaction from heb2014 in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    I think I actually eat more than I used to. All my meals are larger than before, and my snacks have reduced but not so much.
    The difference is that now I feel satiated and I can easily say no to a treat. I don't need so much willpower as I used to, and so now I prevail!
    Eggs had an undeserved bad reputation.  But even so, your cholesterol may or may not go up.
    It's a bit more complicated that one number going up or down, and scientists are learning more about it every day - or so it seems.
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    Amura got a reaction from heb2014 in Anew in Arkansas (My first WHOLE30)   
    Sugar is an extremely common preservative.  It's actually a quite traditional one, along with salt, oil and vinegar. It's also a very affordable one.
    And it's very palatable. Because not everybody likes vinegar, and not everybody likes oily preserves. But salty and sugary are appealing to the general public.
    In the last decades artificial preservatives got really bad press so they rather use "natural" ones such as sugar and salt, and write a huge label in their product saying "NO PRESERVATIVES" - implying it's nearly homemade and/or healthier than other similar items.
    Also for savory food, sweet taste is often counteracted with an acid (vinegar, citric acid) which also works as a preservative.
    Most people will run away from preservatives and eat happily the oh-so-natural sugar+salt combo.
    It's similar to what happens with "light" versions of food. Oh, yeah, you are not eating mayo because it has so much fat, you'd rather eat some sugar-'n-salt-filled nutrient-void dressing which has much less calories. Tsk.
    There is a lot of missinformation, and administrations have little interest in providing a reliable information to the general public I'm afraid.
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    Amura reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I was happy as a lark today breaking out my salad and salad dressing on our road trip. I also substituted the salad's salami for my own, which is way better. I had a soda water and life was pretty perfect. I felt awake and alert and content. It was quite nice. I did have some moments earlier when others had baked goods and smartfood popcorn. THAT stuff is pretty tasty. I wanted it, but didn't want it. I wanted it, but my mouth couldn't really send those urgency signals to my brain and I figured I'd better keep it that way. I had thought about savoring a few pieces of popcorn or bites of cookie, but I didn't really want to and so I didn't. And when others were probably feeling fatigued from their sugar load and processed foods, I was feeling good and excited for future trips and hikes. My desire to get out and do things is increasing. I'm still quite happy hanging at home, but the part of me that loves exploring is starting to emerge.
    I had roasted cauliflower with dinner tonight and it was so good, but I ate so much. I think the salt and garlic is part of the reason I kept eating it. There's none left. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I definitely have a cauliflower gut right now. Thankfully, it should all magically disappear while I sleep. Let's see if that happens!
     
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    Amura reacted to ShannonM816 in Seeds and Nuts   
    Nuts and seeds are a fat source on Whole30. While they contain some protein, they aren't complete sources of protein like meat, eggs, or fish are -- they just don't have quite the same mix of stuff in them. So in general, you'll be eating less fat than you would protein.
    Additionally, nuts and seeds don't have a great omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, so in large quantities they can increase inflammation.
    Some people also find that nuts and seeds eaten in larger quantities can cause digestive problems, especially if they have any underlying digestive issues already. 
    On a more psychological/emotional eating note, nuts and seeds are very easy to over eat -- you may see them referred to as "food with no brakes." If you're eating some protein, some fat, and plenty of vegetables at every meal, you're unlikely to overeat any of it, but sometimes with nuts, they hit that crunchy-salty-easy-to-eat sweet spot that causes people to just keep eating them, without realizing they really aren't hungry anymore.
     
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    Amura got a reaction from Emma in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    DAY 26
    Meal 1: Omelette (3 eggs), lettuce, carrot, radishes and some mayo Meal 2: Barbecued marinated pork ribs, some salad and potatoes, also one banana Snack: Green tea Meal 3: Pumpkin creamy soup and a handful cashews Today I felt quite sleepy - but I think it's more about my menstruation than my diet. Anyway it's not big deal during the weekend.
    Morning spent playing on the beach, then visiting my in-laws for lunch and afterwards a nice walk back home. I don't plan to do planks today, I think the walk suffices.
    My lunch was once again too protein-based so for dinner I decided to go for veggies and fat instead.
    This is the first time I have a protein-less meal in 26 days, because I really did not feel like it. Again, it might be mentruation putting everything upside down, but I'm listening to my body in these kind of things.
    Also I've been thinking about reintroduction a lot. Because, you know, only 4 days more and then I'm moving into reintroduction.
    I'm a bit worried about possible after-effects. I may have not noticed much when removing some foods from my diet, but that does not mean I won't suffer noticeable issues when I reintroduce them.
    And some of those after-effects might be very complicated to deal with at work... Oh, the idea of diarrhea at work is certainly scary.
    So.
    I think I'll be testing foods on Friday (lunch & dinner only) so I can deal with any uncomfortable situation during the weekend.
    My day 31 falls on Friday (Sept 13th), so maybe checking my weight in the morning and reintroducing dairy the very same day. Yoghourt and cheese, most likely.
    One week later (Sept 20th) I would test wheat. I'm thinking bread and pasta, because they are staples.
    Then on Tuesday 24th we'll celebrate my husband's birthday with a homemade cake, and I'm considering whether I should exert my food freedom this early...
    This could count as testing a risky combination (dairy + wheat flour + sugar) in a "worth it" kind of situation for me, I think.
    Unless I had some after-effects during the previous tests, because then I would not risk feeling unwell in the middle of the week.
    Later on (I have not decided the order yet) I would try some legumes (I really like peas, so peas got their own day, and probably other days for chickpeas, lentils and beans) and also some other grains (mostly rice and corn, not-so-sure about oats anymore, maybe baking some rye bread).
    I think I want to make this into separate sections, just to see if some legumes/grains feel different from others.
    This is a systematic approach but it would take me more than two months, so I guess it's neither fast track nor slow roll. 
    I'm just gonna call it "my thing" 
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    Amura got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    My husband birthday is only two weeks two, and I don't have any presents but that's ok.
    My only issue is CAKE. I'll be making one for him, and I would like to try  it indeed
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    Amura got a reaction from PaleoPatronus in Picky Eater   
    On my humble opinion, Whole30 is great for picky eaters. It forces you to try new things.
    I don't like tomato, but here I am eating it just because otherwise my salad would be too boring 
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    Amura got a reaction from JessFind in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    You did it, of course you did! 
    And from now on things are gonna look quite easier, you'll see, because your body is adjusting and because compared to that market pretty much any situation will be less stressful for a healthy diet.
    You are gonna do great!
     
    I don't do a lot of prepping on Sunday, I usually prep ingredients the day before I'm gonna eat them (and for those I use frequently I make a larger batch to store) but not huge Sunday prepping for me
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    Amura reacted to SchrodingersCat in Sugar Reintro... not what I expected   
    I will admit I'm sceptical about the whole sugar hangover thing. Do I feel awful after eating a whole bag of gummies in one sitting? Of course! But feeling like I've had a big night out the day after a piece of cake? I don't see why I would. Sugar isn't a foreign concept to the body - everything we eat is processed to glucose by the liver. Eating it as already glucose makes it hit the bloodstream faster, but that's really it.
    My grandparents ate cake every day and they never seemed to suffer for it. Sugar isn't an allergen, and intolerance of it is incredibly rare (fructose aside). Sugar is being majorly demonised at the moment - it's like fat in the 90s. There is no question that it's often "empty" calories, unless you need a boost of energy ASAP (think marathon runners and the like), but it's not only natural (yup, even the refined stuff!) but our bodies actually produce it. Our bodies of course produce a lot of things that an excess of would be a very bad idea (acid, formaldehyde to name a couple) but as far as non-toxic substances floating around in there, sugar (glucose) is a big one.
    So I'm interested to see how my sugar reintro goes, but I'm one of the folk who is expecting sugar to be the least of my issues. 
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    Amura reacted to JessFind in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    Day 6 - Sept. 7:
    I did it, you guys! I DID IT. I survived the baker’s market without eating any sweets. But oh man, it was touch and go there for a bit. I’m in Charlotte, NC, and it was 95 degrees today. Our table was outside on asphalt for 6 hours, it was SO HOT, and all I wanted was a damn cookie. It might not have been smart to do this during the “kill all the things” phase. My poor husband. But I prevailed! Thankfully I planned ahead and did a good job having things that were filling and easy. 
    So here’s what I ate: 
    Breakfast: scrambled eggs with some bacon crumbles and a dash of truffle oil 
    Lunch: turkey burger on lettuce with tomato and compliant mayo 
    Dinner: seasoned chicken with roasted broccoli and mashed potatoes. This was our first time using ghee and it was delish! We needed something hearty after sweating outside for so long. 
    My energy level is better today than yesterday, which was much needed. And overall I’m feeling good! I’m much less testy now that I’m in AC away from good-smelling sweets.  
    What are you guys prepping for the week tomorrow?
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    Amura got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    They don't?
    They do sound like a whole lot to me, honestly.
    I only have one week to finish my Whole30 and I doubt my scale will show such a big difference, I'm sure it's gonna be tiny. 
    But it's ok, because it has helped me to move in the right direction, so I'm happy I'm doing this.
    If the scale is not helping you, and you have already learned different ways to measure your improvements, DITCH IT.
    I mean it.
    Amen.