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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from DocIKY in Here Goes Everything   
    Wow, thank you. This is brave and quite inspiring as well. Very sorry to hear of your husband, and hope that W30 may give him some relief and time as well. The best of luck to you every day.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from melbournegirl in 100 Days of Awesome "Whole 100" Group Log   
    What a wonderful thread! Really inspiring to read everyone's story.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to kb0426 in The psychological effects of weight loss   
    In my lifetime, my weight has ranged from 271 at my heighest to 137 at the lowest I can recall in my adult life. I can tell you that happiness for me has never been guaranteed with the number on the scale or the size clothing on my body. The people I have surrounded myslef with are what contributed, or honestly took away, from my happiness.
    As I lost weight, it was important for me to do visualization exercises. I pictured myself at what I considered my fittest. I would visualize myself running, wearing cute outfits, etc. One day upon looking in the mirror, I realized that image looking back at me matched the one I had in my visualization. It takes practice but you can get there!
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Moluv 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.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Moluv 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.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Moluv 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.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Moluv 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.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from hillwalker in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    Grapefruit is just a little too sweet for them.
    They ask for the chuck roast, and "leave the fat on."
    Steak and eggs sounds like sort of a sissy breakfast.
    They have candid conversations with total strangers about their gastrointestinal function.
    They break down and sob uncontrollably at the sight of toddlers drinking 100% fruit juice.
    They wonder how many miles they can really clock running per week.
    They dream about Ring Dings and whiskey instead of sex.
    Their real men eat crustless quiche.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from AmyS in Question re: weight loss recommendations   
    Thank you everyone, and Tom for the context. This all makes good sense now.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from mego in Question re: weight loss recommendations   
    I've noticed looking at several mainline paleo-based eating plans that the recommendations for weight loss seem to be pretty contradictory in terms of what to limit. Sisson and Taubes say, up the fat, reduce or eliminate carbs. Wolf says lay off the fat until you reach where you want to be. Hartwigs say keep at least one fat at every meal regardless and keep a rein on fruit consumption.
    I understand that all of them also say many other things about weight loss, but recommended restrictions seem to be the most contradictory. For myself, I think it would be foolish (not to mention a setup for failure) for a woman of my age to take fat out of the diet, but I am curious if anyone knows why there is this disparity in the recommendations.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to DocIKY in Here Goes Everything   
    Well, here I go…again.
    I quite proudly successfully completed my first Whole 30 at the end of November last year. In the process I learned a lot about how food affects my body. One of the primary lessons I learned was that I'm gluten sensitive and that a sugar dragon is hard to tame.
    In my professional life I spend a great deal of my time working with people who struggle with addictions. As I look back on the months since I completed whole 30 I see a familiar story. It was a gradual descent. You know a piece of pizza here, a bite of cake there. In the beginning those little things happened few and far between. Not surprisingly though the between times got smaller and smaller. I look over in my head the things I ate last week alone; store-bought-take-out-disaster! I am always reticent to share exceptionally personal information on such a public forum. However, I feel I can't ask for the kind of accountability I'm going to request without sharing some of the why. In the last few months my life has been utter chaos. After almost a year of formal testing, on December 27, my husband was officially diagnosed with ALS. His particular onset type has the poorest prognosis and his neurologist gave us a guarded “1-3 years.†We knew it was coming, but hearing those words was like being hit by a truck. Watching your loved one slowly deteriorate knowing there is nothing you can do about it and knowing the end result is simply torture. How does one prepare to be a widow? How does one prepare to parent two young daughters alone?
    Certainly this has had a tremendous impact on my overall health and food choices. I'm not an emotional eater. However, more and more I am an apathetic eater. Food is no longer a pleasure, it is a function. Lately, whatever takes the least amount of effort to get into my body is what I put in my body. In my head I know that is the exact wrong thing to do. In the moment I don't have the energy to care about caring properly for myself. It wasn't an epiphany for me, but more a persistent quiet voice in the back of my head that's brought me to this place this morning.
    I need to be healthy. My husband needs me to be healthy. My kids need me to be healthy. If I fail to take care of me, I am failing in taking care of them. Period.
    Here's where this log comes in for me. It's not so much that I need help analyzing my food choices when I'm being compliant and tweeking things for my needs. I think I figured out what does and does not work pretty well for me the last time around. What I really need is accountability to keep making good choices. Right now I'm so far off track with that. I am choosing to start another whole 30 (45? 90?) to reset and get going in the right direction. It's not so much about coming here every day and logging what I ate. For me it's going to be coming here every day and saying I made the choice that day to take good care of me. I have tried two other times recently to start another whole 30. Each time I had no one to answer to and each time it was really easy to not care that much again.
    So with all that being said I make the commitment to come here every day of my whole30 and give an honest picture of my day. I, as always, appreciate any encouragement or words of wisdom from my fellow travelers on this journey. Here I go again!
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Moluv in Welcome Baby Atticus   
    I *knew* you were going to say that
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Kirsteen in Chicken feet bone broth   
    I came up on a bonanza of chicken feet at the coop--about five pounds worth from a local poulterer--and yesterday made a simple bone broth in the crock pot. About a pound and a third (it was one package) or so covered in cold water, no salt, for 12 hours (I got this method on a paleo site I cannot recall the name of now, but effortless in the crock pot, not bringing to a boil, skimming, etc. needed).
    This morning I had a ladle-full of the most exquisite broth, jelled solid with a lovely thin layer of fat on the top, over which I shook a little bit of salt and allowed it to melt in, and then ate it with a spoon like ice cream before my breakfast. If you are like me, you are the person who scoops up all the jell at the bottom of the leftover chicken dish the next day and wolfs it down. This was like being in the chicken jell department store!
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Pea in Sweet Pea's Sweet SugarFree Life   
    Hi there.
    About me: 57 years old, will be 58 in July. I'm a newly-retired physician, and I'm a caregiver to my disabled adult son (22) and increasingly, to my parents, ages 83 and 85. I live with my hubby, my two sons (younger son is 21 and attending university), and one cat, the stupidest cat in America. But sweet.
    My list of ills includes a bout of Lyme Disease and Bartonella, treated with antibiotics and (mostly) resolved; three major operations in 5 years, two on my cervical spine. Spinal autoimmune arthritis related to Crohn's Disease, fatigue, poor stress tolerance, poor sleep.
    I started the whole30 with the autoimmune protocol mid-March, and plan on making it at least a whole45 by joining in with new April 1st starters. I'll probably need to do this for quite a while to get the results I aspire to.
    Starting markers I'm following:
    weight: 199lbs.
    waist: 39 inches
    fasting am blood glucose: 100
    At age 52, I was in the best shape of my life. (See below) Then I got Lyme disease, had two cervical spine fusions, ran out of gas, gained 60 lbs. and now first feel well enough to aspire to vibrant health again.
    http://www1.snapfish.com/snapfish/slideshow/AlbumID=6470907015/PictureID=335905234015/a=7657967_7657967/otsc=SHR/otsi=SPIClink/COBRAND_NAME=snapfish/
    This is my journal of my way back to myself. To a better, more vibrant, more alive me. It's my time.
    Pea
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Moluv in Starting whole30 tomorrow with a 4 and 5 y.o.   
    I'm on the autoimmune protocol and my husband and kids are doing the regular W30, though a lot of our meals are AIP safe and very simple foods. When I first switched the kids (2 1/2 & 6) it was difficult for them and they asked me often for off plan foods. The older one understood the reasoning but the little one cried and whined a lot. I sounded like a broken record but this worked for us when they asked for off plan foods: "some foods make our bodies less healthy and ______ may be one, right now we are only choosing foods that make our bodies healthy (or big, strong, etc). Would you like ______ instead?" If it wasn't an appropriate time for a meal or a snack and they were just craving I would offer a non food treat like playdoh, water play, computer games, painting.
    For the first few weeks I didn't worry too much about the meal template and allowed them to choose whichever approved foods they wanted. Everything in the kitchen was compliant so if they wanted olives and watermelon for dinner I didn't worry too much about it. Now that they are used to fresh foods and more meats we follow the template and allow them choices like which kind of fat they want (olives or coconut for example), what kind of veggies etc. they like making choices but we are in control of the choice options.
    Above all, the most important factor is a positive attitude. Not setting a time limit and counting down the days till you can eat "normal food" again but rather viewing it as a relief to know what and how to eat to be healthy forever. Especially with a little one with a serious condition, the W30 really can be a blessing to your Whole family.
    Best wishes and I look forward to following your family's journey!
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Tom Denham in Very bad post W30 digestive problem. Everything is making me sick!   
    It may well be that you cannot tolerate any grains at all. Your symptoms definitely sound like common reactions to the reintroduction of grains, which are often the most trouble for many people. And, one hears that reintroduction of grains can cause problems like yours for up to three weeks.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Kirsteen in Chicken feet bone broth   
    I came up on a bonanza of chicken feet at the coop--about five pounds worth from a local poulterer--and yesterday made a simple bone broth in the crock pot. About a pound and a third (it was one package) or so covered in cold water, no salt, for 12 hours (I got this method on a paleo site I cannot recall the name of now, but effortless in the crock pot, not bringing to a boil, skimming, etc. needed).
    This morning I had a ladle-full of the most exquisite broth, jelled solid with a lovely thin layer of fat on the top, over which I shook a little bit of salt and allowed it to melt in, and then ate it with a spoon like ice cream before my breakfast. If you are like me, you are the person who scoops up all the jell at the bottom of the leftover chicken dish the next day and wolfs it down. This was like being in the chicken jell department store!
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Kirsteen in Chicken feet bone broth   
    I came up on a bonanza of chicken feet at the coop--about five pounds worth from a local poulterer--and yesterday made a simple bone broth in the crock pot. About a pound and a third (it was one package) or so covered in cold water, no salt, for 12 hours (I got this method on a paleo site I cannot recall the name of now, but effortless in the crock pot, not bringing to a boil, skimming, etc. needed).
    This morning I had a ladle-full of the most exquisite broth, jelled solid with a lovely thin layer of fat on the top, over which I shook a little bit of salt and allowed it to melt in, and then ate it with a spoon like ice cream before my breakfast. If you are like me, you are the person who scoops up all the jell at the bottom of the leftover chicken dish the next day and wolfs it down. This was like being in the chicken jell department store!
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Kirsteen in Chicken feet bone broth   
    I came up on a bonanza of chicken feet at the coop--about five pounds worth from a local poulterer--and yesterday made a simple bone broth in the crock pot. About a pound and a third (it was one package) or so covered in cold water, no salt, for 12 hours (I got this method on a paleo site I cannot recall the name of now, but effortless in the crock pot, not bringing to a boil, skimming, etc. needed).
    This morning I had a ladle-full of the most exquisite broth, jelled solid with a lovely thin layer of fat on the top, over which I shook a little bit of salt and allowed it to melt in, and then ate it with a spoon like ice cream before my breakfast. If you are like me, you are the person who scoops up all the jell at the bottom of the leftover chicken dish the next day and wolfs it down. This was like being in the chicken jell department store!
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Cavemum in Starting today - Easter Sunday!   
    No better time to commit, 500 grams of superb quality haighs chocolate waiting to be consummed.
    Is she tough enough??? Will it still be there in 30 days????
    I've been doing the paleo type thing for a few months, but not truly committing. Taking paleo treats to the extreme, and spending all my time researching paleo comfort foods.... wondering why I still have the carb flu when I've been drinking wine at night and eating a bit too much of the 85% cocoa chocolate.
    I love the way the whole9 doesn't beat around the bush, it's quite clear ( as you can read) where I have gone wrong.
    Time to give it a good hard go and see if I really will feel better in 30 days. I'm a bit concerned though when I read about the regular members giving up nuts and fruit in order to slim down.
    Looking forward to seeing other posts and talking to members and hearing about your fabulous food choices..
    Post those yummy meals please..
    Bon appetite
    Cavemum
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    ScoutFinch reacted to martihana60 in Oh, it is ON --martihana60   
    On my way to bed, and I just checked my blood sugar. 2 hours after dinner, and it's 98 !! NINETY-EIGHT. This is a very good number, folks. It'll be interesting to see what it is tomorrow morning.
    Now,, for real, good night.

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    ScoutFinch reacted to Moluv in Reevaluating Priorities (stuff hitting fan)   
    The short answer is yes.
    The long version goes like this: I am married with two kids and when I started my W30 it was just me. The household was gluten free for several months prior (for treating my adhd and my husbands sleep apnea) and he felt like giving up gluten (and his beloved home brew) was enough of a change and that removing even more foods was crazy. He was jealous that I spent a lot of time in the online forum learning about a new style. He got his feelings hurt that I started taking melatonin and going to bed at 9 or 10 instead of continuing our old routine of mixing a cocktail or opening wine and watching a movie. He mourned the loss of favorite foods I used to make and pouted when I told him he would have to shop and make them for himself. We really drifted apart there for a few weeks, but I knew it would pass as he is slow to accept changes. But things got even worse when I insisted on putting the kids on W30. We argued about that a lot but he was working out of town so I did it anyways. When he came back he saw a difference in the children's behavior immediately and after a particularly nightmarish reintroduction to rice, he started reading the books and talking about doing a W30 himself. That was a month ago. Now he wants to continue his W30 and our kids are eating this way like second nature. We enrolled our 2 1/2 year old in a sugar free art preschool 2 days a week to cut down on the amount of time he spends at my MIL house with lots of junk food. We sent a letter to our older son's school explaining our food choices and asking for their support in making sure he doesn't get off plan at school, and they are helping out with that. We are also researching better schools in our city and putting in for a transfer to support our healthy lifestyle even more. We re-arranged our kitchen to bring in a new cabinet to hold all the extra tupperware we have now for packing all of our own food everywhere we go. And now that my husband is well into his W30 I see his energy levels improving as well as the quality of his sleep and he is more fun to be around. He still stays up late and I go to bed early but he stopped complaining about it and I stopped viewing him as an unhealthy pig. So everything worked out. And socially, we haven't had to turn as many opportunities for eating/going out as you may have to but that's because of the kids we stay home more anyways. But when we do go out, we make appropriate accomodations for our own food and drinks and we choose health over what other people might want us to do. We are blessed with supportive and curious friends and family, but all in all, it has been a kind of upheaval in our lives, but totally worth it.
    Best to you!
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Tom Denham in Day 30- ALREADY?!   
    Also lost the cellulite, and also not quite done with the skin problems including rosacea and perioral dermatitis. In my case thinking it might be eggs, as nuts have been taken out and breakouts still pretty common, but most sources including this one say 30 days for many chronic issues isn't at all unusual. Congratulations and happy Easter!
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from melbournegirl in 100 Days of Awesome "Whole 100" Group Log   
    What a wonderful thread! Really inspiring to read everyone's story.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from melbournegirl in 100 Days of Awesome "Whole 100" Group Log   
    What a wonderful thread! Really inspiring to read everyone's story.