Jenn B

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    Jenn B got a reaction from Bama in Binge eating - how do I break this nasty cycle?   
    My ugly epiphany regarding binge eating (having done my whole 30 over a year ago and weave it into my current diet) is rooted in one of the first comments in the book IASWF; it typically has to do with emotional eating, and IMHO, and what worked for me is getting at the root of the emotional issue and dealing with that, when that is addressed, my eating falls into place naturally.
     
    Re binge eating, I have never arrived, it is an ongoing struggle, but awareness and managing "emotional" issues seems to have been an excellent start for me. On top of that, by following the eating template, hunger should be satiated without feeling hungry or cranky when you have gone more than 3-4 hours without eating. So when emotionally I am healthy, and eating well, there is not need to go into the fridge or cupboards.
     
    Take what you can from my post, and others and arrive at your own conclusion about what might work best for you!
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    Jenn B got a reaction from Lcovi81 in Grab-and-go Breakfast   
    The sweet potato crusted quiche sounds amazing! (as in, look forward to preparing one this week). 
     
    dovely, I too start my work day (exceedingly) early by normal standards though do not eat upon arrival at work and dreaded trying to eat while driving. I have found a more tasty version of hard boiled eggs to be deviled eggs with homemade mayo, coupled with sliced raw vegetables such as red bell peppers...
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    Jenn B got a reaction from Lcovi81 in Grab-and-go Breakfast   
    The sweet potato crusted quiche sounds amazing! (as in, look forward to preparing one this week). 
     
    dovely, I too start my work day (exceedingly) early by normal standards though do not eat upon arrival at work and dreaded trying to eat while driving. I have found a more tasty version of hard boiled eggs to be deviled eggs with homemade mayo, coupled with sliced raw vegetables such as red bell peppers...
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    Jenn B got a reaction from ralvturner in Digestive Imbalance   
    My digestive woes didn't even begin to sort themselves out until near the end of the 30 days, if not after. I had the same issues, some days I would not go, and other days, I actually soiled my pants because I could not make it to the restroom (a 44 year old woman, very embarrassing, I only told one friend). One night it was so bad I was passing gas (at least that is what i thought); when I woke the next morning, I discovered I had soiled myself. Sorry if this is TMI.
    I have chosen to eat compliant (and stray on rare/special occassion) simply because I enjoy it (I think I am entering the 3rd month). The good news is, in the second month, I actually got regular! I was regular prior to the whole30 and was soo frustrated that first month. Now, almost every morning is the same, like clockwork I drink a glass of water shortly after waking (I had always before), and within a few minutes I move my bowels. The consistency for the most part is the same. In the past month I ventured off of compliancy and to my surprise, no digestive distress (Popcorn once, a meal with dairy and dessert once. The exception was Passover seder. I could not resist matzah and horseradish and I did have dig. distress with the horseradish).
    I got back on track with eating after each stray meal and to be honest, those meals didn't really cause a disturbance. The one area I have not quite figured out is when I increase my working out, the time I use the restroom changes- I don't go in the morning, I tend to go in the afternoon, and sometimes to help myself, I drink a glass of water, hot tea or decaf coffee and that seems to help faciiliate the process.
    You are sooo not alone with the whole digestive issues. Give it time. I was (and still am with what I went through) quite surprised, but in the same breath pleased that I am back to my usual taking care of business before I leave the house to go to work (and I leave for work at 6:45 a.m.) So I don't have time/luxury like my grandmother did, eating stewed prunes every morning with her coffee and not leaving the house until she had taken care of business
    You will get there! Stick to it!
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    Jenn B got a reaction from KRCMommy in Kale chips   
    Thanks for sharing KRCMommy! I bought a bag of precut Kale thinking I could find a way to use it (cause when I got it from my co-op in the large leaves, it just sat til it hit the compost.). The TJ store bought bag was on the edge of going bad, when a friend of mine was visiting from out of town; in talking I revealed my ignorance regarding doing anything appetizing with kale chips, and at her urgence, we made them right then and there. 
     
    An ensuing relationship with homemade kale chips had begun.
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    Jenn B got a reaction from giftogab in Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon   
    Whole Foods now carries the brand Pendelton, which has no sugar and goes as far as putting on the label "Paleo friendly".
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    Jenn B got a reaction from GFChris in Clawing my way back   
    Probably not what you want to hear, but consider just re committing to another W30. I have been down a similar path and have now 100% committed to my second W30 (first one completed over a year ago, and stuck to it for many many months- then went off for many many months). I am on my 8th day. It is not easy for me considering how easy and motivated I was the first time around, but glad I am doing it. 
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    Jenn B got a reaction from GFChris in Clawing my way back   
    Probably not what you want to hear, but consider just re committing to another W30. I have been down a similar path and have now 100% committed to my second W30 (first one completed over a year ago, and stuck to it for many many months- then went off for many many months). I am on my 8th day. It is not easy for me considering how easy and motivated I was the first time around, but glad I am doing it. 
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    Jenn B reacted to CAK911 in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    I have GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), and it's definitely less of an issue on Whole30. In general, any time I'm eating less sugar, my anxiety is lower -- it's a total vicious cycle, otherwise, because I (like many people) find food treats comforting, but they also cause anxiety spikes, so then I crave them more.
    I'm rarely soap boxy about things, but if he gets nothing else from this: please tell him to cut out caffeine. I can occasionally have A cup of coffee, but I usually stick to decaf, because caffeine causes me to have anxiety attacks if I'm not really careful.
    My general regime for dealing with my anxiety is this:

    Work out 3-4 times a week. (I just do Zumba for 20 or 45 minutes, I really think anything helps, including walking).
    No caffeine.
    Sleep 8 hours a night at regular times (I try to do 11-7). If I don't sleep at times that "normal" people sleep, I feel more removed and weird, so I try to stay on a schedule as if I have a regular 9-5 job, even though I don't.
    Klonopin for anxiety attacks. I don't have as much constant anxiety as some people, I tend to have kind of spiked attacks that last a day or so. Klonopin knocks these out. I know it's often not the first thing doctors prescribe, because it has a high risk for abuse. For me, the daily pills (all SSRIs) did not really work as intended. It's better for me to treat things occasionally. Several of my friends with anxiety swear by various mood stabilizers; I think those are great for a lot of people, and a lot of people for whom SSRIs alone don't work alone find a mood stabilizer is great. Basically, it's worth it to spend time sorting out your meds, even though the process totally sucks.
    Eat at regular intervals. Do not skip meals. Eat adequate meals. Avoid any foods that cause blood sugar spikes or crashes or anything else like that. I can go out for ice cream once a month, or have dessert on an important anniversary if I want to, but I can't/shouldn't stop at the pie shop on the way home just because it smells good -- it always smells good.
    Interact with other people, even if it's just walking to the corner store for a coffee. If I spend too much time alone in my head, I get weird -- and this is even though I live with a spouse. I need to interact with strangers or people I don't know well. It's often really scary for me, but doing it more often makes it less scary, and it keeps me from obsessing over terrifying social scenarios, because I get a lot of regular feedback that I'm actually fine, I can talk to people.

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    Jenn B got a reaction from Lcovi81 in Grab-and-go Breakfast   
    The sweet potato crusted quiche sounds amazing! (as in, look forward to preparing one this week). 
     
    dovely, I too start my work day (exceedingly) early by normal standards though do not eat upon arrival at work and dreaded trying to eat while driving. I have found a more tasty version of hard boiled eggs to be deviled eggs with homemade mayo, coupled with sliced raw vegetables such as red bell peppers...
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    Jenn B got a reaction from Kabob in food allowed in whole30 but no brake for you   
    For me, I cannot live by stead fast rules and eating food with no brakes  varies- sometimes they have to be banned because they lead to my demise and other times i am able to have them in moderation with a meal ( handful of cashew nuts, plaintain chips, raisins...) and be satisfied. 
     
    I loathe to say this, but for me it is hormonal and/or emotional eating. Nine months post whole 30, i am still trying figure out a balance, normalcy...  i prefer to eat healthy (sans allergies) and have chosen to stick to the template. it's become more about awareness around my decisions for those times i am eating "off".
     
    i completely blew Thanksgiving and it started with Wednesdays dinner the night before. the consequence was feeling like crap (i cannot describe how miserable i was on so many levels). so Friday after the holiday, i pulled myself back in with sticking to the template 100%. I like it better.
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    Jenn B reacted to praxisproject in How to quit caring how much I weigh   
    I have insulin resistance and crazy inflammation, I used to think it was normal until I did my first Whole30 and my arthritis disappeared.
     
    I used to do lots of cardio, with zero success in either health or weightloss. For me I suspect it's a cortisol issue, as I have had lots of problems losing muscle mass rather than fat (possibly burning organ tissue as well - got really sick at one point and my doctor banned all exercise) and also other issues that come along with additional inflammation (arthritis, inflamed sinuses).
     
    I got a TotalGym last year and switched to lifting instead of cardio and my health has never been better, same goes for my muscle mass. It was a tossup as to whether I got a TotalGym or a cardio machine, but TotalGym won as it could handle my weight.
     
    Everyone is different, but for me, ditching cardio and switching to lifting heavy things was awesome
     
    Added:
     
    Oh, I should mention that I've also worked rotating shifts for over 10 years, which is considered stressful on the body and metabolism, in case there are other people in the same boat.
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    Jenn B reacted to justmary in How to quit caring how much I weigh   
    Read this article, look at the pictures, and then read it again. This is why the scale lies!
     
    http://everydaypaleo.com/attention-scale-addicts-part-2/
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    Jenn B got a reaction from Lcovi81 in Grab-and-go Breakfast   
    The sweet potato crusted quiche sounds amazing! (as in, look forward to preparing one this week). 
     
    dovely, I too start my work day (exceedingly) early by normal standards though do not eat upon arrival at work and dreaded trying to eat while driving. I have found a more tasty version of hard boiled eggs to be deviled eggs with homemade mayo, coupled with sliced raw vegetables such as red bell peppers...
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    Jenn B got a reaction from Kabob in food allowed in whole30 but no brake for you   
    For me, I cannot live by stead fast rules and eating food with no brakes  varies- sometimes they have to be banned because they lead to my demise and other times i am able to have them in moderation with a meal ( handful of cashew nuts, plaintain chips, raisins...) and be satisfied. 
     
    I loathe to say this, but for me it is hormonal and/or emotional eating. Nine months post whole 30, i am still trying figure out a balance, normalcy...  i prefer to eat healthy (sans allergies) and have chosen to stick to the template. it's become more about awareness around my decisions for those times i am eating "off".
     
    i completely blew Thanksgiving and it started with Wednesdays dinner the night before. the consequence was feeling like crap (i cannot describe how miserable i was on so many levels). so Friday after the holiday, i pulled myself back in with sticking to the template 100%. I like it better.
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    Jenn B reacted to PamH in Trying to drink coffee   
    Or even consider a french press over a drip coffee maker.  I'm a convert, and apparently a snob because I love the dark roasts!  Some roasters taste like they've burned the coffee so I second the idea of trying different brands (buy organic, please!  Heavy pesticide use in coffee bean growing) to see if you find a blend you actually enjoy.
     
    I absolutely LOVE crio bru (cacao beans).  They have a chocolately flavor and I don't think they need anything to make them 'creamy' compared to coffee beans.  I mix it with my regular coffee grounds
     
    www.criobru.com
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    Jenn B got a reaction from 1Maryann in Have the rules on protein powder changed?   
    I bought the RX bars, having only learned about them through the Whole9 site as approved and had my first one this weekend. I am not doing a whole30, but eat whole30 most of the time. Winter months I work as a weekend ski instructor and at times need something/snack in pocket (easy to eat on a chair lift) to get me through. I take hard boiled eggs/nuts, but was looking to break the monotony.  I got the coconut/cacao bars.
     
    I would and not recommend them. They are like a meal, kept me satiated. Soo incredibly good, you can immediately tell they are fresh and  real food. Too good. Distinguished from the Larabars or Kits bars in that they do have the egg white protein (the other bars don't have that fresh texture either), probably why I was completely satisfied on a blood sugar level. IMHO, RX bars are a slippery slope and hinge on food w/o breaks. They are better than any store bought bar I have ever purchased and homemade bars I have experimented with.  On the flipside, as an emergency food kept in the car or something, would choose that over Larabars (which I don't care for anyhow).
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    Jenn B got a reaction from 1Maryann in Have the rules on protein powder changed?   
    I bought the RX bars, having only learned about them through the Whole9 site as approved and had my first one this weekend. I am not doing a whole30, but eat whole30 most of the time. Winter months I work as a weekend ski instructor and at times need something/snack in pocket (easy to eat on a chair lift) to get me through. I take hard boiled eggs/nuts, but was looking to break the monotony.  I got the coconut/cacao bars.
     
    I would and not recommend them. They are like a meal, kept me satiated. Soo incredibly good, you can immediately tell they are fresh and  real food. Too good. Distinguished from the Larabars or Kits bars in that they do have the egg white protein (the other bars don't have that fresh texture either), probably why I was completely satisfied on a blood sugar level. IMHO, RX bars are a slippery slope and hinge on food w/o breaks. They are better than any store bought bar I have ever purchased and homemade bars I have experimented with.  On the flipside, as an emergency food kept in the car or something, would choose that over Larabars (which I don't care for anyhow).
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    Jenn B reacted to Mom2A&M in Grab-and-go Breakfast   
    There was a great recipe on here of a sweet potato crusted quiche. I made it this week and it was very good. It takes some prep prior but I got 4-5 M1's out of it. Here goes...
    2med sweet potatoes shredded
    1package chopped mushrooms
    1package frozen spinach, thawed and dried well
    1onion sliced
    1dozen eggs
    2T coconut milk
    S&P to taste
    Coconut oil
    1c broth
    Sautéed onions and mushrooms in coconut oil until browned and start to soften, add broth and simmer until tender and pan is dry. Set aside. Fry sweet potatoes until browned and crisp in coconut oil, pat into baking dish like a crust. Beat eggs, coconut milk and add seasoning, onions, mushrooms and dried spinach. Pour over crust. Bake 400 for 20-25 min until eggs are set. Allow to cool, slice into individual servings and refrigerate. Grab your container on the way out the door, microwave for about 90 sec. Everything you need in one meal...protein, veggies and fat!
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    Jenn B reacted to Kirsteen in Needing to vent about my DR.   
    If your blood pressure was through the ceiling, it's probably what they term "white coat syndrome". Seriously, put us in a stressful situation, like seeing a doctor, and getting things tested and our blood pressure automatically rises. When I had cancer I used to get hooked up to a machine that automatically took my blood pressure every half hour while I was having chemo. The nurse always said she discarded the first readings as they were always higher than normal for that person as they were stressed out. By the time you'd been relaxing in the chair for a couple of hours your readings were always a lot lower and more normal for you. I bet if you took your BP at home when you're relaxed, it would actually be a lot lower. Good luck finding a better doctor.
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    Jenn B reacted to GFChris in Gum or Mints alternative?   
    Here's an article on natural breath fresheners: http://www.thekitchn...reath-fr-119025
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    Jenn B reacted to jillian in Gum or Mints alternative?   
    wow drops:
     
    http://www.amazon.com/Marco-Pharma-International-Breath-Freshener/dp/B000VUUWAM
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    Jenn B got a reaction from praxisproject in Mayo fail   
    Immersion blender! Had multiple fails with mayo until the issue of type of blender was brought up. Went out and bought one, Also converted to avacado oil. Have not gone wrong w any batches since purchase of immersion blender.
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    Jenn B got a reaction from scvb13 in Mashed Cauliflower: SWYPO?   
    Just curious about this SWYPO. I discovered homemade kale chips (far less expensive and tastier than bought kale chips). If I cook up an entire pre cut bag (purchased from Trader Joes) massage olive oil in, and lightly sprinkle fresh ground garlic salt, I could eat eat the entire cooked contents. I have limited myself to half the contents because I feel like I am cheating and don't want to create a bad habit; it satisfies the crunchy/crispy, oily and salty craving I occassionally have. I am only eating them with a meal, but I eat them like I would McDonalds french fries!
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    Jenn B got a reaction from Kabob in food allowed in whole30 but no brake for you   
    For me, I cannot live by stead fast rules and eating food with no brakes  varies- sometimes they have to be banned because they lead to my demise and other times i am able to have them in moderation with a meal ( handful of cashew nuts, plaintain chips, raisins...) and be satisfied. 
     
    I loathe to say this, but for me it is hormonal and/or emotional eating. Nine months post whole 30, i am still trying figure out a balance, normalcy...  i prefer to eat healthy (sans allergies) and have chosen to stick to the template. it's become more about awareness around my decisions for those times i am eating "off".
     
    i completely blew Thanksgiving and it started with Wednesdays dinner the night before. the consequence was feeling like crap (i cannot describe how miserable i was on so many levels). so Friday after the holiday, i pulled myself back in with sticking to the template 100%. I like it better.