Niya

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    Niya got a reaction from KalinaM in Whole January   
    Same here. Just kicked in the last few days. Technically I'm not on Whole 30 anymore, I introduced butter after the 30 days (I started early). But I have no cravings anymore. Especially sugar just feels like too much. Huge for me since I was eating some kind of chocolate or something daily before this. Also, I tried half and half the other day in my coffee. No bueno. But I have decided to stay whole 30 for awhile. Reintroduce very slowly over the next month. Otherwise, I know I will drift back into old habits and I want this to settle in as my new lifestyle. I like the way I feel.
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    Niya got a reaction from Sheila B in Whole January   
    Same here. Just kicked in the last few days. Technically I'm not on Whole 30 anymore, I introduced butter after the 30 days (I started early). But I have no cravings anymore. Especially sugar just feels like too much. Huge for me since I was eating some kind of chocolate or something daily before this. Also, I tried half and half the other day in my coffee. No bueno. But I have decided to stay whole 30 for awhile. Reintroduce very slowly over the next month. Otherwise, I know I will drift back into old habits and I want this to settle in as my new lifestyle. I like the way I feel.
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    Niya reacted to KalinaM in Whole January   
    I find it so overwhelming with meal prepping and batch cooking that I also never get more into the movement portion! Oh well- good idea though about being more intentional with walks when the weather gets a bit warmer! 
     
    I'm finally feeling like I am doing a whole30! I am still contemplating extending to 45 days since it just kicked in the last day or two. Between the detox, a virus and a nasty menstrual cycle, my body is finally "over the hump" and I would like it to last more than just 10 days or so! So--- as much as I'm "over this" I'm also seriously considering two more weeks to enjoy having energy.
     
    It's still not like feeling I have boundless energy-- but I surprised myself the last few days with how much I got accomplished. Much more than previous to do lists, so-- even though I don't feel like I have boundless energy, I apparently do have lots of energy! Know what I mean? 
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    Niya reacted to ____Emily____ in Whole January   
    I'm getting to the point where I'm both ready to be done and also thinking I could do this forever.  It's feeling easy, but also I am bored with food in general.
    Went to a book club at a wine bar and got peppermint tea.  I really miss wine, lol.  Someone else in the group is doing Whole30 as well so it was fun to talk about.  Also spent this morning at a coffee shop, which I do every Sunday morning; today the coffee shop smelled so strongly of cinnamon rolls.  I've never gotten a cinnamon roll from that coffee shop before (and I've been going every Sunday for over 5 years now), but they smelled pretty tempting today, lol
    I'm also struggling with the rule against weighing yourself/measuring.  I can tell I've lost weight/inches and I'm so ready to see how much!
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    Niya got a reaction from Sheila B in Whole January   
    I hear you. I started going to bed earlier that helped a bit. As well as magnesium and powdered vit. C. Also, I started a week early so am beginning to reintroduce. The only thing I have introduced is butter. I was surprised how much of a lift that gave me. On the other hand no sugar, wine or bread cravings. Sending you lots of good energy Kalina. Food testing from a naturpath helped me. i was surprised by a few things. You may have something going on with some of the foods in W30. 
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    Niya reacted to KalinaM in Whole January   
    Day 21! How'd this happen so fast? Feeling pretty good. Wishing the tiger blood would be more forceful. I do have a bit more energy and some NSV, but nothing like a switch flipped. Also starting the "I'm so over this" part of the timeline for sure. I am still only getting 6.5 /7 hours of sleep, not sure what to do about that. I fall asleep around 11/11:30 and then wake up at 5:30 or so and can't get back to sleep. 
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    Niya got a reaction from Sheila B in Whole January   
    I had the first great night's sleep last night. And am now having regular BM's which is amazing for me because I have IBS. The only thing I'm struggling with now is a sense of heaviness - fullness that isn't super comfortable. My metabolism is slow and this feels like a lot of food. My hope is that my metabolism will speed up in time. I swim 4 x's a week and walk as often as possible. Yesterday, I drank more bone broth and feeling more energy today. And cutting down on meat proportions is helping a bit. Hope you all are doing fabulously.
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    Niya reacted to KalinaM in Whole January   
    Let me know what you think!
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    Niya reacted to ____Emily____ in Whole January   
    Hope everyone had a great weekend!  I was super busy - I've been doing training to volunteer as a community tax preparer (plus I had a couple of book clubs). On Saturday I left my house at 8am and didn't get back until 9pm.  I really wanted to give up to be honest, especially at my evening book club, which was held at a cool food hall.  But I ate a couple hard boiled eggs before I went, and just ordered a tea to have while everyone else had drinks and dinner. 
     
    Also, halfway through as of today! 
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    Niya reacted to KalinaM in Whole January   
    Downhill slope!! Woohoo! Although, I'm feeling kind of discouraged. The past two days I've had slight digestive/bathroom issues in the morning and bloating at night. Something I'm eating? Still getting over illness? PMS because my cycle is near? Who knows. I may end up extending this to a whole45 if things don't turn around in the next day or so. And I may end up looking into FODMAPS for that extra 15 if needed. Sigh-- so discouraged because of that.
     
    My mind is very clear, once I manage to fall asleep, I sleep soundly and cravings have definitely gone away. So hooray for NSV!!
     
    How is everyone else doing at day 16?
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    Niya reacted to CGinDC in Whole January   
    Halfway there, woo hoo!
    Things have been okay. Cravings have been minimal but we've been in a bit of a recipe rut. Wing night Friday was great - I tossed the wings in arrowroot flour with a few seasonings, put them in the air fryer for about 15 minutes, then tossed them in the Primal buffalo sauce, and put them in for another few minutes - delicious. Other than that I've been underwhelmed with what we're cooking. Last night I had my first food dream, but it was about alcohol. I was with a friend who currently lives in Honduras and figured it was fine to have a few drinks with her since she was out of town. The first few times I did a W30 the food dreams were so intense.
    I am sleeping more soundly once I get to sleep but I still can't manage to get myself in bed before 11. And I am waking up to pee a couple times a night, which is annoying - even when I stop liquids by 7:00. What gives? So even though I'm in bed for 8 hours I'm only getting about 6.5-7 hours of sleep, and it isn't enough. My sleep tracker app consistently shows I get above normal light sleep and below normal deep sleep, so I do think it's important I'm actually sleeping (not just in bed, but sleeping) for 8 hours. It's tough with young kids, after they go to bed is the only time I have to myself and to connect with my husband so I often end up staying up too late. @KalinaM do you struggle with this at all?
     
     
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    Niya reacted to CGinDC in Whole January   
    Hate to admit it, but weight loss (or at least, kicking off healthier habits that can lead to weight loss) was a secondary goal for me too. I think I've probably dropped the extra holiday pounds but would like to lose some of the extra weight I've been carrying ever since I had my kids. I like that the standard response from the W30 people on that is that if you have weight to lose, you will likely lose some. And that rapid weight loss is never sustainable. It's hard to remind myself of that but it is true.
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    Niya reacted to Sheila B in Whole January   
    For what it's worth, I did FODMAP elimination a year and a half ago and it's somewhat complicated - there are some foods you can't eat at all, some you can only eat in small amounts, it matters what combination of foods you eat.... I wouldn't recommend trying to do it in conjunction with Whole30. Just my two cents. 
    But hopefully you'll start feeling better in the next couple of days and won't need to do it at all!
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    Niya reacted to Sheila B in Whole January   
    Niya, I'm totally in the same place! The past couple of days have been HARD. Last night I came really close to giving in to the cravings - I hung in there, but barely. Today I feel much better - and so glad I didn't give in.  And good on your for staying with it, too!  
    And I don't think I've lost any weight either - my clothes aren't fitting any differently. I don't have a ton to lose but I was hoping I'd lose just a couple of pounds. Like you said, not the primary reason for doing W30, but it would be a nice side benefit. I'm trying to focus on my non-scale victories - improvement with GI issues, sleeping WAY better, and just generally feeling healthier.
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    Niya reacted to CGinDC in Whole January   
    I highly recommend the following blogs for recipe ideas - these are some of my go-tos. Most have Whole30 specific recipe sections.
    https://meljoulwan.com/
    https://nomnompaleo.com/
    https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/
    https://wholefoodfor7.com/
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    Niya got a reaction from Sheila B in Whole January   
    Kalina, thank you so much for the websites to great recipes. I hope you continue to feel better and better. I have also been struggling with a bit of under the weather-ness. Feeling sluggish. But trying different approaches and recipes helps me dial into the foods even on Whole30 that aren't the best. I might try plant based next time. To our health!
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    Niya got a reaction from Sheila B in Whole January   
    Thank you. Yes. As long as I take that opportunity, I'm feeling good. I hear that days 10-11 are the hardest. I have found that I lagged for sure. But renewing inspiration today with a yummy avocado - asparagus salad and chicken dish. The recipes are so inspiring. Thank you for your comment. Rock on!
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    Niya reacted to Chucky in Whole January   
    Late to the calendar year start, but girlfriend her bestie want to try Whole30. As a veteran, I know they can be successful, and my inclination to save folks might mean I can get overbearing or mansplaining. Ugh. Anyway, since tonight is New Whole30 Year's Day, there is pork and sauerkraut with mashed taters (ghee and a bit of cashew milk).  I had no idea so many brands of sauerkraut added sugar. Be well all.
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    Niya got a reaction from Sheila B in Whole January   
    Adam, this is great.. that you see this. I use food to numb, distract and stimulate my need for excitement and motion in my life. I've always been this way. Stimulation junkie. I believe now that it's an escape from lurking depression. Now in my first whole 30 having removed the sugar and dairy etc. depression has hit. Knowing this helps me a lot. I see it as a process of connecting with other things in life that are overall more satisfying when food isn't the go to.
    Thank you for your post.
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    Niya got a reaction from AdamzW30 in Whole January   
    Adam, this is great.. that you see this. I use food to numb, distract and stimulate my need for excitement and motion in my life. I've always been this way. Stimulation junkie. I believe now that it's an escape from lurking depression. Now in my first whole 30 having removed the sugar and dairy etc. depression has hit. Knowing this helps me a lot. I see it as a process of connecting with other things in life that are overall more satisfying when food isn't the go to.
    Thank you for your post.
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    Niya reacted to AdamzW30 in Whole January   
    Hello everyone! We've made it over a week now! Things are smoothing out. Not as many headaches, but sleep has been off. Energy getting better. 
    It looks like everyone is making it through alright. I'm glad to be doing this, because it's true, life triggers us often to reach for junk food to curb our emotions. I am a junk-food binger. I've had a big problem with it since I quit drinking alcohol and smoking cigs ~7 years ago. I stay in shape since I'm active, but it's affecting my health and energy daily now. That's the main thing I'm trying to get control of, and for good. 
    Went to a friend's bday, I made buffalo wings and a compliant coleslaw. Held me over. Every day I've pretty much been eating salmon, beef, veg and potatoes of some sort. Bought multiple of the paleo kitchen sauces that hit hard! Emergencies I'll have a compliant rx bar or larabar. No sugar jerky, hard-boiled eggs, sardines, fruit or trail mix works too. 
    I'll check back in soon, and hope everyone has a great week!
    Adam
     
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    Niya reacted to Angelia in My Journey from a Day 31 perspective   
    Thank you!!  I AM in such a good space!  There are before and after pics in my profile, if you can find that.  I wouldn't have spent my youth dreading middle age if I'd only known how much I was going to enjoy it! 
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    Niya reacted to Angelia in My Journey from a Day 31 perspective   
    Today is day 31 and I lost 4 pounds.  I was hoping for 4 - 8, so not disappointed especially considering I've been eating like a lumberjack.  Seriously.  I've had ribeyes at least twice a week, handcut French fries under the broiler, everything sautéed in ghee and I've finished off 4 JARS of different nut butters.  (Walnut butter is my fave.)  I'm reintroducing legumes today, just to see what's up, but I'm planning to keep the general W30 thing going for about 14 more lb. with limited exceptions (my daughter's birthday next week, wedding in late Oct, etc.) 
    Just FYI about my start - I'm 55.  5 years ago I weighed 274.  After starting Zumba, then walking, then eventually running, then cutting calories, then adding weight training, then counting macros, I lost 105 lb. in 2.5 years.  And I have been on a solid plateau since.  W30 is my jump-off-the-plateau plan to get to my goal of under 155.
    My journey is pretty text book, days 5-6 I thought I was getting the flu!   I had itchy skin on my neck and upper chest for 8-10 days in the middle.  My constantly drippy nose has almost completely cleared up, except during the hardest workouts.  Day 28 was literally the hardest day ever.  I desperately wanted an English muffin, then a Snickers bar, then a cocktail, but I survived.  Because I don't need it I don't have my 10am nor my 2pm cups of coffee anymore.  I also don't have a snack after work anymore.  I never mastered Pre workout meals.  I'll focus on that as I continue.  I have not seen a huge change in running or workout performance, but a dress I bought 2 summers ago that I could never really wear comfortably now fits well and looks pretty good on this ol' girl!
    My favorite W30 hacks are:  1. Breakfast sausage of ground pork seasoned with cayenne/cumin/paprika, hand-pattied and fried in the same pan as the eggs and spinach.  2. Steak sauce made with Murray's olive tapenade/tomato paste/Coconut Aminos.  3. I found the 2 W30 salad dressings I tried to be overly tangy, so I drizzled some tahini over my salads and added 1/2 the usual amount of dressing.  4. Plantains cut in half, then each half cut into 4 slices long-ways, then browned in ghee, served with a drizzle of coconut cream and a dash of cinnamon.  5. A wine glass of Kombucha to round out the evening while relaxing before bed (the spot formerly filled by wine). 
    I honestly can't believe how fast this time went.  After 1 week, it was all fairly routine.  My biggest struggles were days with little structure which for me is Saturdays.  I even managed to attend a couple of local baseball games with little difficulty.  In the morning when I packed my lunch for work, I also packed my dinner.  When I got home, I popped it in the microwave, took it in the car with me, and ate it in the parking lot before entering the stadium.  (On both occasions, I sneaked in a La Croix and a baggie of mixed nuts.  Shhhh....)  Problem solved!
    Thanks so much W30 community!  I have enjoyed reading everyone's questions, getting advice and growing healthier together!!  Let's keep at it!