Rebecca001

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  1. That’s great @christine19, I like those TotalGym things. We have a few pieces of exercise equipment and I must admit we don’t use them much because we just love the road! I only started running in 2017 (actually 1st Jan 2018) and before that I did nothing physical at all (in fact I smoked, drank, was a bit Post natal depressed and was about 4 stone heavier!) and even now I cannot believe how well I feel now. It’s genuinely changed my life. I hope your knees are ok! Only 2 more days in my home office and I’ll be returning to work full time next week! So I am going to plan and prep som
  2. Just checking in- feeling really good today although I’m quite hungry! Ate loads of protein today, not as much veg as I should have though. No nee reintroductions or anything to report in that sense.
  3. Today I have been SO HUNGRY!! I think the knock on effect of my long run on Sunday and a good few weeks of only eating meals and no snacks. I still didn’t eat snacks today but my meals were humongous and I could still eat now. I cooked a tray of chicken portions at lunch and I ate quite a few of them. For dinner I had salad and brined chicken from the Well Fed book (genuinely the most delicious tender chicken I have tasted in a long time) and I feel totally stuffed (in a good way) and above all I feel ‘refuelled’). I am mid cycle according to my health app and I also think it’s partly to do wi
  4. I think you won’t really have enough time for reintro if you only have 6 days. You’d ideally introduce the food on eg. Day 31 then see how it affects you for two days, then not eat it again while you’re introducing other things. So eg. You try dairy all day on day 31, then give it til at least day 33 to eat something else but don’t eat dairy again until you’ve finished all the groups. personally I’d do option 3 (or option 4 which is go away on your break and not break your w30 at all?) - but I think realistically you won’t manage to reintroduce anything properly. It really depends on your
  5. I had a good day today, did a very long run (25km) and then the rest of the day I have chilled out and cooked a lovely roast pork and all the sides. I didn’t eat much all day but by dinner I was ravenous and gosh that dinner was blooming amazing! I’ve prepped some bits for the week; I have a leftover dinner and some cold pork for the next few days lunches/breakfasts and I got 3 cauliflowers (which are oddly expensive here right now) reduced to 20p each on Friday so I made 2 lots of rice and froze them and one lot to keep in the fridge as a salad type thing (with spring onion, peas an
  6. Interesting- today I had a sausage which was entirely compliant ingredients except for sodium metabisulphate. And now all afternoon I’ve been in a crappy mood. Now I didn’t really introduce that properly, it was an unplanned change so I didn’t really think about it- but I have definitely noticed my mood changed and especially compared to how great I felt yesterday. So that’s an interesting development. I’m not sure if I will now do a few days really strict W30 and then attempt to find something else with that in and test again, or whether to just be mindful of it if anything comes my
  7. Mmmm the stuffing sounds delicious! my food today has been really disappointing. I made some salt and pepper chicken thigh fillets but they ended up quite dry and a spicy butternut squash purée thing from Well fed which was actually just really not a nice combination of flavours. So the two combined were not great. I’ve tried to eat more carbs/fruit today as I will be running tomorrow fasted, and need to carb load but I should have just had baked sweet potato like I normally do instead of being adventurous! I feel quite grumpy and depressed today. And tired. I think it’s re
  8. Your mackerel would be ok, if the tomato concentrate had any other ingredients, they would be listed. (If it’s like here in the uk). I definitely find some brands here that have a tomato sauce and are allowed. I get through a lot of tins! You could have sardines or tuna also, just check the labels (although I find sardines too bony) your coconut milk/frozen banana is, I guess, not really allowed as it’s like trying to recreate ice cream, but you know what? You should be ok. We’re only human! The ingredients were compliant and there’s certainly a lot of talk about ‘there’s no such thing a
  9. @christine19 that’s brilliant. Great NSVs! Saturday morning here and we drank champagne last night (just for fun as well, no celebrations!) as my husband was given it as a belated Christmas gift when he went into the office for the first time this year! So that was a nice treat, although I find this morning I am ravenous upon waking and have that slight hollow head and sloshy tummy feeling. I definitely definitely feel less yuck when I drink white rather than red though. I’m planning a long run on Sunday (I set myself a mini target to run 21kms 21 times in 2021, which is on
  10. Saturday morning here and I’m reflecting on the week that’s gone. I managed a full week again with no snacking or grazing, no nuts or nut butter or dried fruit, and just having my 3 meals. Even last night when we had a few glasses of champagne (I know, right?!) I didn’t end up eating, partly though because there wasn’t anything I actually could eat as the fridge is bare! Last week worked well because I specifically planned my breakfasts and lunches and prepped them a few days in advance so I’m definitely doing that this week as well. Someone said to me I looked really good, “differen
  11. Don’t know what the official guidance would be but I’d say you’ve got 3 options: 1) think about what you might be most likely to eat during that time away (eg bread, dairy,sugar, alcohol?) and reintroduce the key ones of those to see how you are; at least you’ll be prepared that eg, beer will give you stomach ache or: continue your w30 til you leave and accept you’ll have a few days hiatus and then just return to it as soon as you get home, do a week or more to reset, then do your reintroductions? Or, third option, which is ‘choose your poison’ and pick your one thing you’re g
  12. Also, I don’t know if I’m allowed to share a link to a podcast but if mods say I can, I will. It’s a lifestyle podcast I love by a very smooth voiced, handsome English doctor (if that’s your thing?) but this week he is interviewing some foodie guru about Real food and I thought it might be of interest to us here. I plan to listen to it today and then I can post the link if if I’m allowed? The whole series is very good, all ‘life enriching’ topics about health etc
  13. And let’s not forget that when someone says ‘no thank you, I am trying to eat less X’ everyone looks down at their big plate of X and thinks ‘maybe I should eat less X too’ (and deep down they probably know it, especially if x is pudding) - but they haven’t done this process so it seems like a massive jump for them. They feel they need to defend their, and your, right to eat X. When people ask ‘but what do you eat??’ I do remind them that I came to this from a place of no dairy, very few carbs/rice/pasta etc, I’d done several stints of sugar free, I train daily, I do yoga daily.... this was a
  14. For breakfast I often have tinned fish (eg tuna or mackerel in olive oil) with salad and mayo and lemon juice- really tasty. You could make a batch of sweet potato fritters as well to have if you need more food (I read your previous posts about your exercise) or fishcakes/meatballs. I’d personally avoid having just fruit and coconut milk because it won’t sustain your hunger for long. But you don’t need to have just meat as your protein source. I get bored of eggs too! If you’re not bored of them you can make little egg ‘muffin’ by adding veg to a cupcake tray and add beaten eggs
  15. Ouch, that’s not good @Lorna from Canada, hope that won’t set you back too much and will go as soon as it arrived once you reset. I suppose the FWNB thing is that, if I use food to ‘solve’ a non food problem (like a dilemma at work, or feeling unhappy, or hormones) then any food could have no brakes, because the brakes I’m applying aren’t from satiety or being nourished, they are emotional brakes- so unless eating (the whole jar of) almond butter resolves the mistake I made at work or makes my kids behave better, they aren’t going to apply themselves no matter how satisfying/nourishi
  16. Do you think though that food just becomes ‘food with no brakes’ when we start eating them (either consciously or unconsciously) without our foot on the pedal so to speak? So eg. I found that my daily dried fruit and nut, nutritious post- run mini meal was becoming a daily ‘sweet fix and crunchy carby treat’ and therefore relegated them to the FWNB pile (for now)- but I suppose in doing that what I really should have done was look at why I was taking, or at least allowing, my foot off the pedal in these situations. In reality everything can become a FWNB if you never think about the brakes.
  17. I was a bit better today, I ate more protein at my breakfast and added extra veg to my lunch. I don’t think it is hunger causing my sleeping issue as I have always had intermittent insomnia and it does come in ‘waves’ but I certainly have noticed that it gets worse when I’m all hyper on the tiger blood, which is definitely increased when I eat less....so who knows?? anyway, i’’ve had another good day today, my food’s been really good and again, no grazing or snacking. Made a really nice bbq sauce which I had with pork steaks and salad, and I have prepped some things for the next few days -
  18. So today I was really hungry, right from the moment I got up. Not hungry, but ‘wanty’ actually. I ate big portions at my 3 meals and stuck to that rule, and I’m glad I did because I could have eaten so much if I’d let myself. I made a pineapple chicken coconut curry for dinner. It wasn’t what I wanted it to be, it just didn’t work how I thought it would in my mind, and I put tumeric in it which I have occasionally found to give me a bit of stomach cramps, and lo, it has done again tonight, so therefore 4. turmeric is now on my not worth it list.
  19. @christine19 wow that’s some good NSVs! Especially the hip, because that will improve your sleep as well so that’s multi faceted. I’ve been SO HUNGRY today, literally from the moment I woke up. I ate breakfast, then a huge dinner (I had two small leftover portions of a dinner, and I ate both!) and have just had a big evening meal as well. It coincides with me thinking I was looking quite skinny, so maybe that’s my body saying ‘nope, feed me!’ - but honestly I could have eaten all day if I’d let myself. I have stuck to my 3 meals though, even though they’ve been massive, and I did hav
  20. @SugarcubeOD I agree, I find with red wine the hangover actually starts as soon as I drink it. I was ok with white though so I will probably try that again to really test it out! I’m feeling good today- despite not sleeping well this weekend- and was really feeling the flickering of tiger blood this afternoon! My 3 meals a day is going very well and I actually look noticeably slimmer and more muscular all of a sudden!
  21. @Lorna from Canada that is a dilemma isn’t it? I think for me it will be a ‘not (always) worth it’ and may occasionally stay on the menu. It’s odd because i reintroduced it last time no trouble, and actually even as recently as Christmas I was drinking it happily and just accepting a little hangover. But this time it feels really counter productive. Which I suppose is a sign that I’m making good strides with my health this time... I don’t know. I have rosacea on my cheeks which also seems to be aggravated by red wine as well, another reason to avoid it. I don’t seem to have as many issues with
  22. So it’s 21st feb today, and I have done a lot of thinking this week. I’ve had a really successful week of just eating my 3 meals, nothing else. It’s a very important change for me. I reread my notebook from January and even there I can see that I struggled in round 2 with eating outside of mealtimes. This last week I have literally had my 3 meals a day. I can feel the tiger blood returning so I think even though my food was 100% compliant, it was overloading my insulin responses and just making me feel sluggish, and (ironically) hungry. So that’s the first thing I’ve come to conclude should be
  23. Tricky isn’t it? More so than food I think, in many ways. I think I would genuinely miss having a glass of wine at times, and I also wonder if it would spoil events knowing that there would be unpleasant consequences to indulging (because that’s the alternative outcome of reintroduction isn’t it? To say 99% of the time it’s not worth it but occasionally it is worth the consequences and then suffer them?) I wonder if for me it’s the alcohol or the sulphites? Or both? interesting anyway, and food for thought. I’m drinking sparkling water tonight at least!
  24. It also depends how long you’re running for, but when I do a long one I like to run fasted or I get a stitch so I ‘preload’ the night before, having sweet potato and some protein before I go to bed, and drink loads of water the day before too, so I can get up and go straight out without having to eat and wait. Would that work for you?
  25. I’m a runner and I find that actually it’s the day after when I feel like I need more food (even if that day I don’t run) - running itself can be quite appetite suppressing- so I’d Be mindful that you are eating enough. I find the early weeks of W30 aren’t great for running stamina though, (a bit like you’re dragging a heavy weight behind you sometimes?) and I find it takes a while to get the balance right of pre-run/ post run, and meals. I think you’ve identified that something’s not quite right and if you normally love your run and you’re not feeling it this week, that is maybe your bo