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    Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue

    Also, jj, if you think you might have Lyme or Epstein-Barr, best to get them checked. Even ruling them out would be a great relief, I would think.
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    Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue

    The problem with recommending the autoimmune protocol is that fibro is not understood to be an autoimmune disease. I would suggest everyone be *very* careful implementing or suggesting eating restrictions that have more potential to result in disordered eating. "Keep doing what you're doing" might not be the best advice. The sad truth is that fibromyalgia is a very, very difficult condition to live with. Sometimes food choices help, and sometimes they don't. I have had the best luck with strength training, because it allows for the greatest amount of movement from day-to-day. But the groggy, foggy, painful exhaustion can hit me no matter what I'm doing otherwise. It's very hard to be strong and to keep on. I hate it when they say fibro patients "are known to be perfectionists" (does that mean, um, unlike yourself, Doc?) but it's really true that Job 1 has to be compassion for ourselves and what we can do today. If that means three hot baths and four hours on the couch with One Life to Live, then that's today. Remember that you are whole, no matter how unwell you are.
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    How do you heal the mind??

    I agree very much with Amy--thinking about what's happening to you in mind and body as symptoms of something that is harmful to you is the most helpful way to look at it. I think guilting yourself and chewing yourself out are only counter-productive, in both the short and the long run. Also, for me the time spent experimenting with what is truly a food that harms my health, puts on weight (which I now see as not as a punishment for having done something bad, but a signal from my body that it is having to compensate for some toxic element within it, which also helps a lot), is not wasted time--it's time spent learning, and that for me has been very important. It's a nice accomplishment to do a W30, but the bigger picture is what you're after--not "compliance" to be "compliant" with a certain philosophy/religion of eating, but eating so that your body and mind are nourished, and the cravings and habits of the past are a bit easier not to choose. And, like they say about quitting smoking, the more times you do it, the better chance of success you have, not the opposite as would seem intuitively true. Every time you "start over," that's a positive in the bank, and more likely that you'll more often choose what's better for you.
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    Anyone have a good whole chicken recipe?

    The simplest is the best. Here's Martha Rose Shulman's method, one I even wrote an essay about, it is so charming: Wash chicken in cold water inside and out, pat dry. Salt and pepper the inside. Rub a goodly amount of olive oil into the skin, then salt and pepper the breast, place the chicken that side down in an oiled shallow roasting pan. Rub oil on the back side, salt and pepper again. Roast fifteen minutes at 450, then reduce the heat to 350. Turn the bird over about halfway through the total time (you want about 20 minutes total roasting time per pound; I get very fresh chickens so I usually go an extra 10 minutes or so). Be sure to shut the oven door when you take the chicken out to turn it so as to not lose heat. I turn the bird with a couple of wooden spoons, one inside and one out. It's not elegant, but it keeps the skin from being torn on metal tongs. For variety, add lemon juice, lemon zest, rosemary, oregano, tarragon, or any chicken-friendly herb, dried or fresh. This is truly my favorite way to eat chicken. The breast is moist and the dark meat is to die.
  5. I hear you. Do I ever hear you! You don't really know the meaning of the word regret until you've felt that one. Wow.
  6. I agree--I did a full reintro of dairy, and had no problem with it, so that while I don't think I'd make a habit of eating dairy, I know that it won't totally knock me off and I can enjoy a latte when I choose. Sugar and flour were another experience altogether--and I'm glad I know that now. Will be rare if ever that I choose to eat those. I've never been a huge fan of rice, so while that's an okay food, I won't eat it often, probably not at all would I make it at home. Legumes another rarity--I'd eat good peanut butter if it were offered in something that didn't have sugar in it, and I really love ham and bean soup, but that would be something I'd be just as happy to have a bowl of once or twice a year if I made it myself.
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    Can I have...a relationship?

    I think a topic thread for dealing with the emotional issues that come up would be great. I never know where to put this kind of post, either, and emotional eating by far has been the most to deal with through this whole thing. I realize none of the moderators is a counselor, though! But a place to vent that doesn't get in the way of the actual forum topic sounds good.
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    W30 and weight loss...NO GUARANTEES

    We may call it chronic under-eating, but if your body experiences it as starving, it will want to gain weight first once you begin to feed it again (research first done at U of MN bears this out). Over time, though, it is most likely (but not guaranteed) that your weight will normalize to the best weight for you. In your case, it may just be that you need a longer period of time to see results that you want. In the meantime, congratulations for having done so well! (and throw out the damn scale!
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    My writing suffers with Whole 30

    If you just take alcohol (and then factor in the bajillions of us for whom sugar might as well be liquor), it's a well-observed thing to believe that when you're loaded, you're doing great work. For absolutely sure feeling like the impulse gates have been let down leads to, or can lead to, feeling more free to do the work. But often often often you look back at what you did at that point and it turns out to be, if not outright bad, not very impressive work, or not very different work than you would have done sober. I am convinced that it's very possible to develop new habits and rituals that don't have anything to do with food that will let writers and artists access the inner permission to get started and to be fully creative. For myself, I know for sure that when I feel clear and well, my work is far better, if not as easy to get to.
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    Eating a cookie will not fix any of these problems.
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    Scarred to go off plan & dealing w/guilt

    This is just a great thread. For me, good-quality unsweetened cream I whip with my little rotary egg beater over strawberries tastes spectacular. A Green and Black's milk chocolate bar was awful, and it used to be one of my favorite treats ever. Sweet potato chips are not worth the paper they are printed on (from?). A glass of wine last week was fine, last night was hideous (and this morning), so that has to be a very, very every-once-in-a-while thing. A mouthful of carrot cake (seriously, a mouthful) and an hour later I had fibro symptoms worse than right before I stopped eating wheat before Thanksgiving. But, it is still kind of scary to go out there and do it. But I am agreeing with everyone here that the more you allow yourself to eat what you choose for the good reasons you do, the less all that garbagy, "I'm cheating/transgressing (I was so sad to see that word on a post the other day)/going off diet" thinking will get you. I'm pretty sure. Thanks for starting this! Really helped me today.
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    Vegetarian raised- turned meat eater!

    A great book written by someone with a similar experience as you is Real Food by Nina Planck. Roasted whole chicken is fantastic. Some of the meat menus in Well Fed might be to your taste if you decide to start eating red meat, especially the cinnamon beef stew (I am a bit older than you, and these days find that chicken doesn't supply as much feeling of healthfulness as does red meat, but see what you think), but she also has the brining method for skinless boneless chicken breasts that you might try right away. Fatty fish is always good--good quality salmon and trout especially. Tuna salad with homemade mayo and chopped celery is one of my three go-to meals and is great in a pinch if you like canned tuna.
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    Lamb has a kind of heavy taste to it, or it can have, so lighter things like greens and cucumbers would be excellent. Sweet potato also, but I wouldn't go for broccoli or other really strong-tasting vegetables. Grilled lamb chops, though pricey, are the best food just about ever ever. Olive oil, lemon juice, and oregano, simple and great.
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    HELP! Other Breakfast Ideas - non-eggs

    If you can stand meat, I really enjoy a bowl of beef stew (recipe in Well Fed), along with vegetables and sometimes a piece of fruit.
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    The psychological effects of weight loss

    And skinny doesn't necessarily equal miserable by any means--I think the telling phrase "actively looking for things I hate about my body" is the one we can all relate to so well. We go along with the idea that to be happy (and that includes happy with our bodies, our sexuality, our jobs, our partners, blah blah blah) means being thin. I don't know how you can be a person in America and not struggle with this. But I do know that being able to trust the food that I'm eating has already helped me enormously with being able to see myself, and to like what I see much, much better. I'm nowhere close to the finish line on this, but I do know that I'm running the race, and that feels good. I truly hope that thinking about this and reflecting and being good to ourselves helps each of us get closer to shutting down such terrible, critical voices once and hopefully most of the time if not for all. Thanks for posting that.