Niya

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    Niya got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in It's wine o'clock, what are you doing besides drinking?   
    I'm in Northern Ca. where the wine is exquisite and abundant. I'm also grieving the loss of my pet rabbit who I had for 7.5 years and was my main companion. A glass of wine would be amazing - every single night for a couple weeks. But I committed to Whole 30. And the benefits of a clean and healthy (and lighter) body will outweigh the short term emotional urges. I know that. But need to remind myself constantly. I'm walking and drinking hot tea instead. And early bedtime. And crying more than normal for this huge loss. 

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    Niya got a reaction from CrazyCow in It's wine o'clock, what are you doing besides drinking?   
    I'm in Northern Ca. where the wine is exquisite and abundant. I'm also grieving the loss of my pet rabbit who I had for 7.5 years and was my main companion. A glass of wine would be amazing - every single night for a couple weeks. But I committed to Whole 30. And the benefits of a clean and healthy (and lighter) body will outweigh the short term emotional urges. I know that. But need to remind myself constantly. I'm walking and drinking hot tea instead. And early bedtime. And crying more than normal for this huge loss. 

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    Niya reacted to ShannonM816 in Re-starting tomorrow Jan 4 2020   
    What a sweet bunny! I'm sorry for your loss. Give yourself some grace right now, emotional eating is a hard habit to break. You may still find yourself reaching for food due to grief and stress, if you realize you're doing that, try to stop and do something else instead -- journal, do something artistic or creative, meditate, go for a walk, exercise, or even just sit with your grief, allow yourself to cry or yell or whatever. But if you don't realize that's what's going on at first, don't beat yourself up about it. 
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    Niya reacted to CrazyCow in It's wine o'clock, what are you doing besides drinking?   
    Hi @Ann and @BeckyB...yep! It is remarkable how a routine and habit can take you by surprise when you stop. Cocktail right about now...typical evening. I repeat in my head "I do not want what I do not have...I do not want what I do not have..."--sometimes it even works! 
    And I am going to say cheers to you both: maybe the 30 days of cheers with a fizzy water and double lime can spawn a new routine and habit....!
    Until tomorrow...
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    Niya reacted to BeckyB in It's wine o'clock, what are you doing besides drinking?   
    I knew this moment would come - whole 30 day 1 without alcohol - and it's touch and go!  I went for a walk, and now I'm going to make some tea and watch TV.  It's really something how having drinks at the end of the day can become such a knee jerk habit.  I know I can do it, this isn't my first Whole 30, but I will admit not having alcohol is hands down the toughest part for me.  
    Anyone else?
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    Niya reacted to Ann in It's wine o'clock, what are you doing besides drinking?   
    Hi Becky,
    Same!  It's sure a tough habit to kick.  My daughter is also doing a Dryuary, which will help, and my neighbors, who I have drinks with fairly regularly (we're on a trivia team at the local pub).  
    Since better sleep is high on my list of NSV's I'm looking for, I plan to turn in earlier than my normal for the next 30 days.  Maybe a longer bedtime routine, including some nice self-care (i.e., face mask, bubble bath, pedicure - not all on the same night !).  And yes, herbal tea or Pellegrino with a slice of lime or cucumber are my go-to alternatives to wine.   
    We got this.  Cheers ---- wait no ... I guess, just have a good night!  
    Ann
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    Niya reacted to kirbz in Day 4 SO HUNGRY   
    I dusted off the book so I could see what you were eating. :-) Here are a couple of thoughts... 
    First, what do your portions look like? Are you feeling full after you eat your meals or do you think you could eat more? Did you eat half of that spinach frittata? When eggs are your only source of protein, you should eat as many as you can hold in one hand, which is typically three to four for most people. Three eggs would be half of that frittata, plus you would have needed to add some fat. Which leads to my second question...
    Are you eating plated fat with each meal? You should add a serving or two of fat to each meal. Go generous with the dressings. Eat the whole avocado. Fat is so, so important to achieving the full benefits of the program.  
    And lastly, are you exercising? If so, you should be adding extra meals to compensate for what you're losing during exercise. You can check out the meal template for what that looks like. Basically, it's protein and fat before a workout (I like hard-boiled eggs) and protein and carb-dense vegetables after (I like chunks of chicken breast and sweet potato). 
    I hope that helps! It's no fun to be hungry!
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    Niya got a reaction from Laura of The Great White North in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    I’m doing practice days now and officially start the 29th after the last holiday celebration. Good for you for your persistence. Following the whole30 book meals until I learn the ropes. 
    Cheers
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    Niya got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    I’m doing practice days now and officially start the 29th after the last holiday celebration. Good for you for your persistence. Following the whole30 book meals until I learn the ropes. 
    Cheers
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    Niya reacted to Laura of The Great White North in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Hey everyone! I am going to start my second Whole30 on December 27th. I picked this date because it is the beginning of a 6 day vacation from work and I wanted to have a less stressful environment during those difficult first few days. 
    I got super sick during my first Whole30 in July. It wasn't related to the Whole30 at all, but I feel like it really impacted my experience. I also did not do the reintroduction at all. I was very much like, It's Day 31 I need to eat all the things!!! All that really accomplished for me was not feeling good and having a terrible flare up of the eczema on my hands.
    I am looking forward to this new round and I would love company. I really found the support in the other group helpful and I look forward to meeting you!
    Laura
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    Niya reacted to CaseyP in getting ready   
    24 hours with no gluten or soda pop. 
    Had a "fancy" alkaline water today with fresh squeezed tangerine juice ( with a compliant meal, so the juice wasn't unbalanced) in a margarita glass as a treat.  Loved it so much more than "junk" drinks.  
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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!
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    Niya reacted to Newsland33 in Over-50 Whole 30   
    I'm also a 50-something and I can totally relate to what you are saying in regards to the aches, pains and concentration skills. I was another one of those whose joints creaked in the morning and ached at night, and within two weeks, I felt decade younger.
    More flexibility, less inflammation and joint pain. I also found myself able to concentrate at a higher level for longer periods of time.
    I'm four months out from when I started W30, and my habits, lifestyle and heath have all changed dramatically for the positive. The type of fuel we put in the one engine we have DOES matter. It just took the discipline and structure of W30 to help me realize how much it mattered.
    Continued good luck to you. 
     
    - ML
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    Niya reacted to Whole Nerdy in Over-50 Whole 30   
    I want to share a bit about what I see as the advantages of Whole 30 eating for people over 50, with one possible caveat.
    A while back when I was a lithe young thing in my thirties, a friend of mine in his mid-fifties sat down heavily on a bench and said to me, "You see, this is what happens when you get older--your muscles get all achy." I remember thinking, Oh, no, I don't want that to be me. Cut to me in my late forties and early fifties--sure enough, I'd wake up in the morning, shuffle my sore limbs to the bathroom, and look back at a puffy face. I just thought it was normal. Then I started a paleo-style diet, and the achiness almost immediately went away. It was dramatic: I could bend over and place my palms on the floor first thing in the morning, which I couldn't have dreamed about before.
    Recently, my sugar habit came back, with a vengeance. I would feel tired and creaky just walking up the stairs. So I did a Whole45, just to really keep the sugar demons at bay. It was a joy to feel the litheness I had felt in my limbs at a young age return. I felt like someone had literally oiled my joints. I am emphasizing this because so many people believe that soreness and lack of flexibility are an inevitable product of old age. It ain't so.
    Another great advantage of Whole30-ing for older people is the way it changes your habits. By the time you've been on the planet for half a century or more, your manner of thinking about food and your style of eating have become pretty well engrained. Your mind may try to be as inflexible as your body once was. We all know from research and from the examples of people around us that changing habits and learning new skills are both an important part of aging well. With Whole30 you have to rethink a lot of things you may have been doing automatically that no longer serve you. This in itself is freeing. 
    What's the caveat? My lipids level zoomed up along with my adoption of the paleo diet--both HDL and LDL increased; my doctors have been pestering me to go on statins. Women lose the protection that estrogen previously gave to their heart when they go through menopause, so heart-released problems often show up at this stage. I am not sure how much this increase in cholesterol had to do with my change in diet or with menopause itself. Probably a combination of both. Now that I have completed my Whole45 I am experimenting with a Mediterranean-style diet--still grain-free, but veering in the direction of fish and lowering my intake of red meat, which is problematic anyway (increases cancer risk in many studies, high carbon footprint). 
    I have learned so much from this Whole45, including how much the foods I eat influence my cognitive and concentration skills. (Hint: much more than I previously thought!) Again, eating the foods that work for me help me to preserve that most precious resource. Good luck to all you at all ages.