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    Amura reacted to kirbz in Advice on how to eat less meat and still feel good? Help!   
    I try to think of Whole30 as a playful experiment to see what works for you. I think our diet culture tries to teach us that there is one right answer for every single person on the entire planet. How silly! That's one of the things I liked so much about Whole30. It doesn't try to say that. It says that you should figure it out for yourself. 
    So, I'll just say, keep experimenting and trust your body to tell you what's right and what's wrong!
    Your Whole30 reintroductions will have given you some great data points as to some foods that may or may not be problematic for you. Keep going with that. Do as Shannon suggested. And while I'm sure you could go online and find some formula that tells you exactly how many grams of protein and carbs and fat you should eat based on your height and weight and eye color and favorite book, that may or may not be the right answer for you. Let your body tell you! Trust yourself!
    I just finished my fifth Whole30. I love the way I feel when I'm doing Whole30. But, honestly, I'm trying to take my own advice and I think I may try a vegetarian and or a vegan approach because I've never done that before and it aligns better with my values. And maybe that will make me feel even better than Whole30 does! My body will let me know! 
    I hope this helps and I wish you the very, very best! 
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    Amura got a reaction from stream26 in Mayo recipe - with garlic?   
    You can really add pretty much anything to a homemade mayo. Just add it and blend again. Done.
    For a Caesar salad dressing, this is what I would do:
    Make your own homemade mayo, the usual way.
    Add a little bit more oil afterwards (you don't want it as thick as a mayo), one garlic clove, 2-3 anchovies, and a teaspoon of mustard (I prefer Dijon, but you can use whatever you like or have at han). Also add salt, pepper & lemon juice to taste.
    And blend again.
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    Amura got a reaction from BabyBear in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    I haven't posted in a while, I guess it's time for an update.
    At a certain point I started feeling worse. More tired, more foggy.
    At first I did not pay much attention to it (in fact I even posted here in February, and this started probably mid-January) because I thought it would not last.
    I had lost some weight during my W30, I was active, I was eating quite well... there might be another explanation, maybe stress, maybe my menstruation, whatever.
    But it kept going on and on.
    I started thinking that W30 had actually uncovered something.
    I did not feel that bad before my W30, but maybe after quiting something (something not so good but that my body had grown used to) and then going back to eating it, my body flat rejected it with an intensity it had never done before.
    I considered doing another W30 round. Maybe I could find the culprit and fix it.
    But after some consideration I decided I had to pay a visit to my doctor, see if there was something wrong. Probably my iron levels were simply low. Better check that out, just in case.
    So I asked a blood test. And my iron levels were perfectly fine. But other things were not.
    I had low vitD and levels folic acid levels. And my TSH was over the roof high!
    I was diagnosed hypothyroidism.
    Which just explains so much. Why I won so much weight in just two years, why I could not get rid of it, why I was always feeling tired, etc.
    My doctor prescribed me some supplements for my deficiencies, and suggested a complete thyroid test four months later.
    I asked him about dietary changes, but he said my eating habits were just fine.
    In this I did not follow his advice, I looked up usual eating recommendations for hypothyroidism and I went ahead and followed them anyway.
    Those recommendations included two which meet W30 criteria: quitting sugar and quitting soy.
    I've always used soy in moderation, but because it's not so important to my cuisine it's also quite easy to quit it completely. Check.
    Sugar is harder but I know I can because I've lived without it in the past. And I'm taking this very seriously, so something must be important to "be worth it". I did eat a bit of homemade cheesecake in my own birthday, for example.
    (That birthday I celebrated alone with my husband and son, because it was in the first days of our confinement, so they ate pie for four days  )
    Well, I'm happy I have a diagnosis, I still have a way to go but it's good to figure things out.
    Food is not a problem here, I do my grocery shopping every 10 days or so, so I can "comply" to my own rules without much problem.
    I've been intermitent fasting for a week.
    Although I've always been a breakfast person (which used to be high in protein, but I've learned to love adding veggies!) right now I think I don't enough to need as much energy as I normally do, and it seemed an easy way to cut down on the food I eat.
    Still testing though, I may change my mind at any time!
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    Amura got a reaction from Terra Milliken in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    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.
     
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    Amura got a reaction from Terra Milliken in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    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.
     
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    Amura got a reaction from MelissaSue in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    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.
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    Amura reacted to ShannonM816 in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    @Amura have you read this:  https://whole30.com/one-bite/? It might help with deciding what treats to indulge in.
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    Amura reacted to Angelia in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    This might be my favorite quote of the day!  Isn't this so true??  That is actually one of the ways I continue pursuing my fitness program, so I'm accountable to the hype.  When someone says, "Oh my gosh, you didn't run TODAY, did you?", I simply love it when I can follow with a humble - yes. 
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    Amura got a reaction from Em41 in Scared to go off whole30 and embrace food freedom   
    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.
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    Amura reacted to littleg in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    Hi Amura!  It is interesting how one's perspective changes with information and experience   I'm just wondering... what is your "ultimate" goal?  You have a lot of really great guidelines which will certainly help you have a more nutritious and hopefully gut friendly life.  I'm wondering though if a few "rule" might help since you said you do well with clear boundaries.  Like, if work treats or too-many-special-occassions are the problems make quantifiable rules around them.  "I will only eat treats at work once a month" or "I will enjoy a meal in a restaurant only 2 times a calendar month"... things like that.  It is something that has been really helpful for me.  I'm a nurse and the hospital snacks are: packs of cookies, ice cream, gingerale (those are supplied by the hospital, you know, the place trying to make people healthier ).  The foods brought in by others I'm sure you can imagine.  ER nurse recognition week was 10 half gallons of ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream etc.  There was practically no room in the fridge it was so full of sundae toppings!  Anyway... lots of temptation is my point.  And my issue has always been sugar so not easy for me.  So I have a rule: I will only eat food at work that I bring to work with me or purchase in the cafeteria from the salad bar which must be meat, raw veg or fruit.  I just don't break that rule.  And it has really been helpful for me to reign in a history of off-the-rails eating at work.  Anyway, just food for though  
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    Amura got a reaction from Puzzler in 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!  
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    Amura got a reaction from Puzzler in 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!  
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    Amura got a reaction from Angelia in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    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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    Amura got a reaction from Angelia in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    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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    Amura got a reaction from Angelia in Biometrics report   
    Congratulations!!
    It's reassuring to see such good results.
    Keep up the good work.
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    Amura reacted to Angelia in Biometrics report   
    OH MY GOSH!!  I just got back the medical summary from our yearly health screening at my workplace.  I AM AMAZED!!  For the past 5 years I've been actively losing weight, exercising and eating better.  Each year my results have improved, but the jump in results this year is nothing short of miraculous!! 
    I'm lucky that my glucose has always been good.  My blood pressure was controlled by medication prior to 3 years ago when I lost just over 100 lb. and was able to discontinue it.  Since then it has been in range and holding steady.
    But this is the great news: 
    HDL (good) cholesterol is up 5 points.
    LDL (bad) cholesterol is down 14 points.
    Total cholesterol is down 11 points.
    Triglycerides are down 17 points.
    ALL my numbers are in the green/optimum range!!  (Except BMI...   Still working on that one.) 
    THANK YOU, THANK YOU WHOLE30!!  I AM SO HAPPY!!  I was genuinely worried that all the meat and eggs I had been eating lately might have a negative impact on my health screening results.  Silly me!!  REAL FOOD is the answer! 
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    Amura got a reaction from Angelia in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    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.
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    Amura got a reaction from Em41 in Scared to go off whole30 and embrace food freedom   
    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.
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    Amura got a reaction from Em41 in Scared to go off whole30 and embrace food freedom   
    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.
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    Amura got a reaction from TrustyMutsi in R1D31!!! I did it! My thoughts on how it went...   
    Congrats!
    I completely relate to the food-with-no-brakes comment.
    Beware, bad habits sort of want to creep back in - each day is a little victory in itself!
    Also.
    I notice a difference in the sideways picture. Your belly looks different, it's not the same curve. Slightly flatter, not as round.
    Not a huge difference indeed, but there it is - those 10lbs have to show somewhere!  
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    Amura got a reaction from Angelia in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    Yeah, I keep thinking that Whole30 is not that hard if you are already used to cooking homemade meals.
    At least that's how it felt for me. 
    Still it's quite strict and in many senses it feels unnecessary for me, but I wanted to keep what I've learned (or most precisely what I've proven to myself, because most of my guidelines are based either common sense or quite well-known nutritional facts).
    And taking the time to write it down forced me to think carefully about them, also I expect that it helps me with accountability.
    The two excellent bites rules sounds great, but I'm not really sure if I can do that.
    See? That's harder for me, having something but not having the whole thing.
    Removing something completely is much easier than limiting the amount of it I can eat.
    Actually I'm not having dessert with most of my meals. And when I do it's because I don't feel full.
    Today I had a banana after lunch a a homemade plain unsweetened yoghurt after dinner, but that's pretty much all. 
    I'm not into nut butters, but thanks for the recommendation anyway.
    My indulgence goes more towards black chocolate, which I love. Bitter one is working better for me at the moment -  90%-cocoa chocolate was too low, 99% was fine, I might try 95% and see how I react.
    And, about parents. I guess you get used to think everybody is (and should be) the way you are, so it's hard to digest that people you love do "weird" things such as quitting alcohol or sugar. (There is a saying in my language: familiarity breeds contempt.)
    I'm just trying not to lecture anyone on what I think they should be eating for a healthy lifestyle, because it would be exactly as annoying!
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    Amura reacted to Angelia in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    I'm too old for the hormone train to run me over, so thankful for that!  But I so agree with how much easier it is when you are following strict W30 rules than when we're flying solo!  When people asked me about my W30 and exclaimed over how they could NEVER manage it, I always answered that it's not these 30 days that worry me, it's the 335 that follow. 
    I love your guidelines above and doing much the same for myself.  I lost 4 lb. during my W30 (day 30 was Sept. 10) and 3 more lb. since.  I feel very good about that, this is very sustainable for me.  One tip I learned elsewhere about guideline #7 (sweet treats) - the best bite is the first bite and the second best bite is the last bite, all other bites are just the ones in the middle.  So limit yourself to 2 EXCELLENT bites!  I pick apart my dessert serving until I have separated out the *perfect* bite and I savor it.  Then I do that all again for my last bite.  Yes, those 2 bites are pretty big bites, but not as big as the entire serving.  Just wanted to share what is helping me!
    My biggest W30 benefit was getting over thinking I needed dessert at every meal and tricking my sweet tooth into thinking things are sweet that I did not think of as sweet before, like plain almond butter and dates.  If you have this in your area, look for Kalot Superfood nut butters.  THEY ARE WORTH THE MONEY!  As long as I don't fall back into the habit of finishing each meal with a serving...
     
    Here I would like to say "Bless your heart!" and me, too - except my parents have a problem with alcohol, not desserts.  It's like I've grown a tail and whiskers when I say no thank you to a beer, wine or cocktail.  They are flabbergasted that non-drinkers exist.  I started pouring myself a glass of Kombucha to carry around and sip.  They finally left me alone when I told them this is a fermented tea.  I guess the term "fermented" put them at ease... 
    Cheer to us!  We're killing this!!
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    Amura reacted to ShannonM816 in Weighing and restarting   
    Obviously, if you eat something non-compliant, you see why you need to start over. It may be slightly less clear why someone would say to start over for something like weighing yourself. After all, what's it really going to hurt to know the number on the scale? That can't really make a difference, can it? 
    Ultimately starting over or not is always up to you, but you made a commitment to yourself, and maybe to other people, that you would follow these rules for 30 days. How seriously do you take those commitments?  Will you feel any less pride in your accomplishment if you get to day 30, but know you broke a rule?  
    This article talks about this, mostly from the perspective of eating something non-compliant, but many of the points are relevant for the question of weighing yourself as well:  https://whole30.com/start-over/. 
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    Amura got a reaction from Emma in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    I'm feeling better now. These periods are weird because I feel awful during the no-bleeding days but then I feel ok during the bleeding days. 
    I'm hoping this goes back to normal at any point, hopefully when my body adjusts to this new eating plan of mine. (Otherwise I'll start thinking I'm doing something wrong here.)
    And, yeah, it's crazy!
    During my Whole30 I was on autopilot - I can eat this but not that - but thinking about every single food choice is exhausting.
    Intentional eating feels good though.
    For example, today I was eating out with my family and my parents insisted I should order a dessert. I said no, but not because I'm following a plan or because some book set those rules - I said no because I decided not to eat dessert. And that felt great.
    I'm not completely sure about the brownie. When you are clean and properly testing you may be quite sure of what caused a reaction, but this was not the case so I may very well be making everything up.
    Actually yesterday I had empanada for dinner, which is a bread-like dough filled with ingredientes (in this case: onion, meat and pepper) and I did not feel bad afterwards, so it seems that wheat is ruled out.
    Could sugar be the cause? Maybe not the sole cause, but combined with flour and dairy... Could be.
    But also could be me looking for further proof that I must remove sugar from my diet, which is something I'm glad to say I'm achieving - and that was all thanks to the Whole30.
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    Amura got a reaction from Emma in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    First week.
    And it was hard, harder than the Whole30 to be honest.
    I even can say I "failed" once.
    I was at my workplace, in the lounge area doing some work during our break. It's a very small place so there is only one table (8 seats) so when one of my colleagues brought a freshly baked brownie with nuts and put it on the table - right in front of me - it was too big a temptation,
    Leaving and locking myself in the toilet seemed a bit too harsh, so I stayed there smelling the fragant handmade brownie. I tried to be strong but in the end I could not help eating a piece.
    I tried not to bee too hard on myself, one may learn from every experience, but I must confess it made me think a lot.
    I think I should be more strict about what's to be considered an special ocassion. If everything is special then nothing is.
    Even more because I felt unwell the day after.
    It was not a proper testing because I ate other non-compliant foods that day but the sweet treat was a likely culprit. Which would be news for me because nothing else gave me any reaction.
    The brownie had, of course, flour and sugar. I've tried sugar in a cheesecake I made for my husband's birthday, but because I usually use less sugar than recipes call for it. Also I'm eating small amounts of bread, but really small ones.
    Things to keep an eye on anyway.
    But it could have been something else to be honest. My period for example.
    I started to feel tired the day after, just as I felt during my last period (back then I thought it was the I-need-a-nap phase, but it seems it was just my period).
    So once again my period is being weird. I'm just having this general discomfort but no proper bleeding (I did not even need a panty liner, but when I cleaned myself I always found traces of blood in there), same as happened then.
    Last month I had only three days of proper bleeding as if the hardly-noticeable one also counted towards the total days. I'm wondering if it will be the same this month.
    In any case I'm feeling like shit. I do.
    *sighs*