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    ScoutFinch reacted to EmmaSthlm in Whole30 bloggers   
    I have one too, but unfortunately no one will be able to read it, since it is in Swedish.
    But if there are any Scandinavians here...
    http://emmaswhole30.blogspot.se/
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Ari. in Vegetarian raised- turned meat eater!   
    Thank you all for your feedback! I am definitely going to try some of your suggestions!! Thanks for being a part of my healthy transition
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Ari. in 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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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from melbournegirl in 90 meals to better health   
    If you can go to bed hungry and sleep a righteous amount through the night, great, but if not, consider having a little sweet potato before you go to bed.
    Good luck with the surgery and good luck with this fantastic plan.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Courtney Bush in 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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    ScoutFinch reacted to missmary in Scarred to go off plan & dealing w/guilt   
    Just like the whole30 gets better once you get the hang of it, riding your own bike takes practice. Someday you will feel like you want to find out what happens when you eat the reeses egg, and you will test it--and either 1) it leads to cravings and/or possibly binging or 2) it doesn't taste as good as you remember and you wonder why you wanted it or 3) it tastes awesome but sets off some horrible allergy/immune response or 4) it tastes awesome and you feel good after but you are able to just have it and move on with healthy life as usual.
    I know for me, I'm aiming to only have treats where the response is #4 and the frequency is rare. Just know that it takes practice to figure out what foods are worth it, and what kind of reactions you have to them.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Snappy Shark in Scarred to go off plan & dealing w/guilt   
    You're the only one who can answer this question!
    I've been doing this for about nine months and have a couple of Whole30s under my belt. After my first Whole30, I waited about four months (until the Christmas holidays) to test the effects of off-plan foods on my body. Breaking out and reverting back to the depression that I used to experience 90% of the time are NOT worth it for me. But you know how I figured that out? I ate a bunch of cookies and cake.
    I'm not saying that you should go on an Easter bender with Cadbury cream eggs and Jelly Belly just because you're "allowed" to now, but this is a very personal question that I recommend you explore in your post-W30 life. A lot of folks around here talk about "riding your own bike,", which means taking accountability for your food choices without torturing yourself about it, but also not feeling physically ill for days because you wanted some candy. The only way to get there is to try some things, say, "hey, that doesn't work for me" and move on. Look, you've already demonstrated that you have the willpower to complete this program. That's HUGE! If you get derailed, you know exactly how to get back on track. There's a reason it's not W365.
    I STILL struggle with this, but I've done enough experimentation to know that a Lara bar and a few extra pieces of fruit in a day are treats that don't totally wreck me. You'll figure it out eventually, too.
    Good luck, and happy health!
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    ScoutFinch reacted to melbournegirl in Can't believe I used to believe this crap   
    As I was eating my breakfast of ground turkey, carrot and zucchini cooked in ghee this morning I couldnt think of a single thing I would enjoy more to start the day - it just really hit the spot!
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Keetha in Can't believe I used to believe this crap   
    Great post! I'm starting my first Whole30 tomorrow. I'm excited.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Snappy Shark in Can't believe I used to believe this crap   
    I think that the most telling signal of this program's effectiveness for me is that I am eating at LEAST 2x my "allotted" Weight Watchers Points per day, and the only weight I'm gaining is from all of this beautiful muscle I'm putting onto my strong, healthy body. My waist is inches smaller than it was eight months ago when I weighed 5-10 pounds less and was, literally, starving myself on a low-fat WW-endorsed diet. (I'm also not missing the depression and anxiety, either.)
    Healthy fats are SO powerful.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Tasha in Can't believe I used to believe this crap   
    One of the single biggest life-changing moments for me was on page 29 of ISWF when they say, in bold, IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT.
    I feel like I spent so much of my life trying to do the "right" thing and eat the "right" food and do what "they" told me to do. And it was all crap.
    I was digging through a drawer and found some old cookbooks me and my Mom bought when I was in high school (95-97).
    One is titled "So fat, low fat, no fat" and the other is "Outrageously Delicious Fat-Wise Cookbook."
    It is so depressing to read through these books, and see things that me or my Mom highlighted, underlined or starred as important, and to know that we followed these rules and suggestions because we believed them, and thought we were doing better for ourselves.
    Some highlights:
    "The following are healthy items while in the airport or on your drive: bagels, rice cakes, vanilla wafers, graham crackers, ginger snaps, licorice, popcorn and pretzels."
    "Stick to about 10 grams of fat a day. Breakfast is easy-- english muffin (1 gram of fat) with jelly (no fat). Lunch bread (fat free) mayo (fat free) mustard, lettuce, pickle, 98% fat free lunch meat and some fat free cookies, cake or candy. So far today you've had about 4 grams of fat, you're doing good!"
    "Count your fat grams and you don't have to worry about the calories." (This cookbook lists only fat gram information per recipe, not any other nutritional information!)
    And the best:
    "Keys to Lifelong Weight Control
    1--Avoid fat foods.
    2 -- Eat lots of whole grains, whole fruits, beans and most vegetables" including a quote from the Surgeon General's 1988 report "the single most influential dietary change one can make to lower the risk of diseases is to reduce intake of foods high in fat and to increase the intake of foods high in complex carbohydrates and fiber."
    I actually texted my sister and said reading those sections (underlined with stars beside them) made me want to cry. Or burn them in an "f you" ceremony, for so unscrupulously leading me astray.
    Obviously, we have a new way of thinking now. But I can hardly read "health" magazines anymore because I can't continue to get bombarded every month with the crap they are telling me to eat. I have a hard time watching "morning shows" continue to spew the same "weight loss information" (aka bullsh*t) over and over again (although, THANK YOU to Dr Oz for saying on The View's "Fat Show" yesterday that "fat is not to blame for the obesity epidemic in America.") I feel sick going on Pinterest and seeing all the "healthy recipes" posted that consist of garbage (nevermind the unhealthy ones, yowsa).
    It's not just chaning the way I eat, it's changing everything.
    It's a shift of consciousness and awareness.
    So when they say "Let Us Change Your Life" they're not kidding.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to melbournegirl in 90 meals to better health   
    Despite a whole30 and a whole100, I am still a work in progress when it comes to establishing healthier habits.
    I am having surgery in 30 days and dont want the stress of this to derail my eating habits which are much better but still variable. I also need to develop a sustainable post whole30 eating style that works for me with the inclusion of some alcohol, some dried fruits, maybe some popcorn and rice and white potato and corn etc or swypo meals but not too much.
    So I thought I would set myself a goal to ensure the next 90 meals are healthy... three meals a day, protein/veg/fat in line with the template, and any incorporation of non whole30 items to be carefully managed to not make me less healthy. Coffee, nuts and coconut make me less healthy as do some fodmap veges so these are out/limited as well.
    I also want to be at optimum fitness to assist a speedy recovery so my goal is to get some exercise every day, even if it is just a ten minute walk or some exercises late at night. I usually do a fair bit of exercise so that shouldnt be hard as long as I keep to the rails.
    The three meals a day are to allow my troubled digestive system to rest as much as possible and also to stop me overeating so I can slim down a little. I want to go to bed a little hungry if need be and then eat a good M1 rather than add in extra meals or snacks like I have been doing in the past.
    Sleep is important too.
    Okay, I am ready to start with M1 of 90 first thing tomorrow
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Emma in Feeling Relieved - Day One   
    Still have a cold and the tendonitis behind my knee still is telling me it exists, but overall, I just feel better in my body. Last night we ended up having fresh crab with roasted butternut squash. Today the plan is:
    Meal 1 - Pumpkin fritters with almonds requested by the kids
    Meal 2 - Spaghetti squash with pesto and leftover crab
    Meal 3 - Thai curry with coconut milk and vegetables (zucchini, broccoli, sweet potato)
    Having a plan is kinda huge. Everything seems to take just a bit longer to plan and prep and prepare. I don't think the time needs to be longer, but it's mainly because I'm not very fluent at thinking outside the box we've been eating in for the past few years.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Avalanche in Lamb   
    Lamb is the best! If you can get Icelandic, it's the winner in my book.
    Here are a few of my favorite ways to make them:
    Rib chops (the best cut, but also the most $$): Chop up some fresh rosemary and garlic. Put in a large bowl w/a T of olive oil and salt. Rub the marinade on the chops. Let sit for a little bit (if longer than 10-15 min I stick them in the fridge). You can either cook them in a pan (4-5 min per side), or sear and then finish in the oven. Grilled is great too.
    Rib chops w/ spice rub: A lot of cumin, then pinches of: coriander, smoked paprika, garlic powder, white pepper, cayenne and a decent amount of salt. Mix together. Coat the chops on both sides with the spices - cook in the pan same as above. If you don't like spicy you can take out the cayenne and white pepper. I love spicy, so I often add more. this spice rub is also REALLY good with chicken wings.
    Shoulder chops with either of the flavorings above - in the broiler for abpout 4 min each side (depends on thickness)
    I use ground lamb or chunks of leg for stews, chilis, burgers, etc.
    Lamb shanks are best for braising. I've never done it, but I bet you could make a bone broth with the bones.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from CraftyCarnivore in Lamb   
    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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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from CraftyCarnivore in Lamb   
    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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    ScoutFinch reacted to KC Sunshine in Friends of Bill W.?   
    Wanted to bump this - been speaking with another person on the forum who's in recovery, and we're going to put together an e-mail list or Skype group where we can talk openly about doing the Whole30 while in recovery.
    We'll discuss specific issues that might arise relating to addiction as well as ways being in a 12-step program can support your Whole30 experience.
    If you're interested in joining, please shoot me a PM.
    Cheers.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Patti A. in Friends of Bill W.?   
    I'm also a recovering addict with more than 12 years clean!
    I am so happy to read this!! I didn't substitute with sugar or workouts, I just got very sick with depression and autoimmune disorder. I ate healthy and was wondering why I didn't get better until I found out about my medical condition. Now I am soooo comitted to do EVERYTHING I can to get healthier and happier! I will buy that book 'potatoes not prozac' although potatoes are not part of my diet there is probably more to it than that? I also recommend "7 weeks to sobriety', the proven program to fight alcoholism through nutrition. I am so excited I found your website, I am still new, so I will go ahead and read a lot! Thank you so much and happy 24h!
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Melissa Hartwig in Friends of Bill W.?   
    I'm a recovering addict with more than 12 years clean. (I wrote about it, in fact... so I'm not very Anonymous.) I never turned to sugar or coffee, but I exercised my ass off for about two years before I realized what I was doing and calmed that bad habit down.
    I think about our situation much like those going into the Whole30 with an eating disorder.
    Don't aim for perfect. It's not about perfect. There is no perfect.
    If you make a less healthy choice, it doesn't make you a bad person. You are more than just the sum of your choices.
    It is not an all-or-nothing proposition. If you fall off your plan for one meal, it's just one meal. It doesn't mean you've failed. You get right back on with your next meal - that's it.
    Stay committed to your recovery. The better you take care of yourself there, the better you'll want to take care of yourself elsewhere.
    Bring your own snacks to meetings. Better yet, bring everyone healthy snacks!
    You may find these articles I wrote helpful:
    http://whole9life.com/2012/04/sometimes-it-is-hard/

    http://whole9life.com/2012/02/whole30-gone-bad/

    http://whole9life.com/2012/07/language-of-food/

    Go easy, and lean on your support system - us included. And remember - you've done harder things than take a pass on the candy jar.
    Best,
    Melissa
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Johnny M in Friends of Bill W.?   
    I have tremendous respect for all recovered addicts. I won't digress into my feelings on addictions to food and how many people are basically powerless and it's not their fault...but my heart goes out to you because i know this is about more than willpower. If you need a quick fix food that makes you feel sane and keeps you sober, get something like dried mango slices from trader joes. They taste like friggin candy and for someone in your situation if you need a transitional food that helps you through tough times and keeps you on a track that's ultimately bigger and more important than food choices, dried mango would be my choice. Do what you can to abstain but if you feel yourself crashing, have a handful of known safe foods to save you. This is all about preparedness. Another for me would be watermelon slices or cherries. Make Whole Foods and Trader Joes your Dairy Queen. Whatever your story, getting over that kind of addiction is a huge step and a huge emotional strain so make sure you're prepared. We want you to break food habits but if the risk is disproportionate to the reward, I'd rather you crash on something whole and natural than a cookie. It will get you through the moment without derailing your health. What do you think?
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Susan W in Thinking on doing this diet, but...   
    I would "love" the above if I could..or at least "like" multiple times.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to EmilyB456 in Thinking on doing this diet, but...   
    I'd just like to add that I, too, have fibromyalgia. One of the doctors who originally came up with the 18-tender-point diagnosis has a clinic in San Antonio and puts his patients on a diet that looks remarkably like a Whole30...high protein, lower carbohydrates from non-processed sources, no grains, etc. I've been following that type of diet (Paleo, really) since before I learned of Whole30 and my symptoms are GONE. Not reduced in intensity, GONE.
    If you have an ethical problem or even a taste problem with meat, no argument from me, but this diet has changed my life so much for the better as far as my fibro is concerned, I can't even begin to tell you. I feel like the dairy I was eating (that is allowed on the vegetarian plan) before Whole30 was holding me back from reaping all the benefits of my diet.
    Of course, everybody is different and all doctors prescribe different things for their patients. When I mentioned this to my doctor, I am lucky enough to have one who said, "Why not give it a try?" I hope for the same benefits for you, whichever plan you follow!
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    ScoutFinch reacted to DocIKY in Here Goes Everything   
    Day 1 Recap
    I did it! It's funny to me that I'm so excited about the success of day one. Usually, I can be succussful with anything for just one day. This time it feels like I accomplished something!
    Yesterday I ate good things. I'm certain though that I didn't eat enough good things. By the time I got home from work I was starving! I ate a lot for dinner and then struggled not to touch the kids Easter candy. Usually candy is something I can pass up without blinking so I know for me that was hunger more than craving. Pretty sure I would have been better off with a lot more water yesterday too; gonna work on that today.
    Breakfast: Baked eggs and veggies (onion, pepper, tomato, mushroom, asparagus, garlic). I make a big pan of this on sundays and have a slice to go each morning.
    Lunch: Mixed greens salad, with apples, pecans, grilled chicken, tomato, and lemon juice. This was part of the problem. It was delicious and filling at the time, but just not enough food. This is a salad I picked up nearby and do regularly. Suggestions on what I can do a side of to add to it would be great. Maybe a sweet potato? maybe it's not enough protein either?
    Dinner: 2 grilled tilapia filets, 1 sweet potato with cinnamon and coconut milk, steamed broccoli, cauliflower, carrots.
    Yesterday I was exhausted. I couldn't sleep and I had to get up at 3am. to drive my mom to the airport (spring break visit). Then I worked an extra long day in my job and covered as acting supervisor too. I had really wanted to go to the gym after work. Normally, I would have made myself go in spite of my exhaustion. Yesterday I didn't go and I somehow I managed to be ok with that. I did allow myself to see that as taking care of myself too.
    My whole point about the being so tired is that it would have been so easy to not care at all and eat whatever was in nearest reach. My mom is not at all on board the healthy eating train. Every time she visits my kitchen looks too much like a 7-11. I could have easily grabbed some junk and convinced myself to start again tomorrow. I guess that's why day 1 success feels like such an accomplishment.
    Today my goals are:
    1. Eat MORE good food.
    2. Drink more water.
    3. Throw away all the junk.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to MyWar in The psychological effects of weight loss   
    Thank you all so much for your replies! I think as women we've been conditioned to compare ourselves to the ideal body type, whatever that may be. I do love my huge quads and growing shoulder boulders.
    It's been suggested to me to consider the way I talk to myself, and consider if I would ever say that to another person. If I would never insult someone like that, why is it ok for me to do it to myself?
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from MyWar in 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.