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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from 1Maryann in Fell off the wagon and need to get back on!   
    "I make the healthiest choices I can based on what's available and what's going on inside me at any given time. "
    That is it in a nutshell. That is gold, thank you martihana!
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    ScoutFinch reacted to kathejane in 100 Days of Awesome "Whole 100" Group Log   
    Hi, I'm Kathe. I live in Nebraska with my husband. I am so happy to start this journey on Jan 1. The holidays really did me in and I need to refocus on my health this year. I am going to re-read ISWF this weekend and get organized so I am ready to start the new year off on the right foot.
    This is not going to be an easy journey for me, as my husband is not into eating healthy, but I know that by being included in this group I will succeed. We are all here to help each other and lift each other up when we start to slide.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Wendyland in 100 Days of Awesome "Whole 100" Group Log   
    Hi, I'm Wendy. I've done a couple whole30 but eased back into bad eating. I was diagnosed with a disorder a couple months ago where I have too much cranial fluid and it causing symptoms that mimick a brain tumor. There's a good chance that if I eat right and lose weight, that I can heal this problem. If it gets worse, I'll have to have a shunt installed to drain the fluid. So, I have a big motivation to stay compliant.
    My diet has been good the last couple of months. Only a little honey in my tea and sour cream now and then. So, it shouldn't be too much of a shock to my system. I will miss my honey.
    My birthday will be day 100, so I'm planning a whole99 . The hardest thing for me is meal planning and social situations. I bought a food dehydrator so I plan to make some jerky to keep on hand.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from 1Maryann in Fell off the wagon and need to get back on!   
    "I make the healthiest choices I can based on what's available and what's going on inside me at any given time. "
    That is it in a nutshell. That is gold, thank you martihana!
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    ScoutFinch reacted to 1Maryann in Fell off the wagon and need to get back on!   
    Thanks for the insight, marti and jp. I've done 3 previous Whole30s, but never did proper reintro. I just sort of plotted which forbidden treats to try first. All three times I eventually slipped back to my old ways. Now I'm on Day 86 of a Whole100 and so many things have changed, in my head especially.
    I am making conscious decisions on what to put in my mouth, but I've also finally broken the habits of grabbing an unhealthy go-to item when stressed. Those decisions are no longer completely conscious, where I sit myself down and give myself a talking to about why I shouldn't have it, I no longer see it as a solution. I no longer run for a chocolate bar or a bag of chips when somebody hurts my feelings, and I no longer reach for a glass of wine after a hard day at work. Those things don't even show up on my radar as options for how to handle my emotional eating issues. This is probably the biggest gift I've ever given myself. And this time, even though I have no desire to reintroduce sugar, grains, dairy, or legumes, I will do a proper reintro so I know where I stand with them. Alcohol, which is a poison with no redeeming qualities, may very well be off the table permanently.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to martihana60 in Fell off the wagon and need to get back on!   
    That's the most value this program has had for me. I've stopped eating mindlessly now. I don't let circumstances or the desire to numb emotional pain make food decisions for me any more. I make the healthiest choices I can based on what's available and what's going on inside me at any given time. That's the part that's been foundational and life-changing.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to jpketz in Fell off the wagon and need to get back on!   
    I found the "Strategies for Long-term Success" chapter in ISWF very helpful in re-framing the whole idea of "cheats", in life post-W30. Accordingly, I don't call them cheats anymore. "Cheats" is not an accurate description of what really happens anyway, anymore than "slips" or "falling off the wagon" is in describing a drinking relapse.
    The fact is I sometimes choose to eat things that I know aren't healthy. Bringing those decisions into the realm of conscious decision making forces me to be accountable. I also choose to eat real, healthy, high quality food the vast majority of the time.
    I know just switching up some semantics can't keep the sugar dragon chained to the wall forever, but it's definitely a step toward making every decision to put something in my mouth a conscious one, and stop pretending I'm trying to "get away with something", as if someone besides me is ultimately in control of what goes into my body. As they say, "progress not perfection".
    I find your post hopeful. By sharing your experience, including the post W30 setback, you're taking responsibility, which tells me you'll ultimately regain control. I think reading the book is a great move. I read it in one sitting on day 5 and I'm glad I did. Not only did it provide some course correction but it put the next 25 days and Whole30 in a lot more context, especially what to expect afterwards.
    So turn that sadness into determination but cut yourself some slack, too.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Suzy in Holy Food Dreams!   
    When I was pregnant (many years ago now), I stopped smoking, and would have these utter nightmares like those you speak of where I had a cigarette and then realized I was pregnant, and one night I woke up actually screaming. Even though I hadn't actually smoked, I also felt so hideously guilty. But, I wasn't, and you're not, either! Hang in there.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Suzy in Holy Food Dreams!   
    When I was pregnant (many years ago now), I stopped smoking, and would have these utter nightmares like those you speak of where I had a cigarette and then realized I was pregnant, and one night I woke up actually screaming. Even though I hadn't actually smoked, I also felt so hideously guilty. But, I wasn't, and you're not, either! Hang in there.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Tom Denham in Severe chest pain...   
    Chest pains are definitely a symptom of reflux and GERD. One other thing in additon to these enzymes which might help you is a good wedge pillow to sleep on at night. When I started to use this, I no longer had to take PPIs to control reflux (though it's still a problem that I am hoping will heal now). One I like is MedSlant:
    http://www.sears.com/medslant-wedge-pillow-for-acid-reflux-doctor-recommended-patented/p-SPM6837336908
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Emily in My writing suffers with Whole 30   
    Yay Write30! A Whole30 writing group would be way awesome!
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    ScoutFinch reacted to golden in My writing suffers with Whole 30   
    Nanowrimo + Whole30 = Write30?
    http://www.nanowrimo.org/
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Emily in My writing suffers with Whole 30   
    This is kind of what I was getting at up above. There's something about tapping into the creative place that feels like it requires certain things (or so it often has to me)--ice cream, wine, lots of coffee, cigarettes, a new boyfriend, etc. The buzz from certain foods sure seems to help--but I don't think it's impossible to get there while eating and treating oneself well--more likely just that one is a lot more aware of all the little voices when there's no Pepperidge Farm or Jameson's to calm them down.
    We should all do a Write30 and see what happens.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Emily in My writing suffers with Whole 30   
    I have so totally given up being the angst-filled, tortured artist. Most of the time, they are just awful writers!
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Emily in My writing suffers with Whole 30   
    I have so totally given up being the angst-filled, tortured artist. Most of the time, they are just awful writers!
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Emily in My writing suffers with Whole 30   
    This is a really interesting post!
    I find that my writing changes with Whole30s... it doesn't necessarily suffer, but I become a much calmer person (I'm no longer the angst-full, tortured artist) and my writing also becomes calmer, yet able to go deeper.
    Like you've already decided, eat sweet potatoes! (and winter squashes and pumpkin and fruit if you choose). Carbs are good.
    Have your characters considered their favorite foods or struggled with the complicated family situation of turning down a pie bought "especially for them?" Do they need to meet a farmer or go to a slaughterhouse or hunt an elk or harvest a road-kill deer? Perhaps one of your characters realizes he has a gluten allergy and THAT is what triggered his aleopecia (losing his hair) but at the same time he is a lobbyist for the wheat industry...
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Tom Denham in My writing suffers with Whole 30   
    Oh. The bigger hammer theory is a big problem around here. It is hard to convince people they can make more progress tapping with a small hammer than swinging a sledge hammer. Maybe that can be part of your plot development.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from jodea in I'm not angry...   
    And for me, I know I have yet to develop something reliable to turn to in the place of soft, sugary food. It is comforting! And very, very hard to think about it in terms of addiction and how badly addiction can harm. Thank you for such a good post.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Susan W in Alternatives to BRATY for stomach illness?   
    I have not heard the "y" addition. Typically, any dairy is a bit hard. I rarely say this but white rice seems to sooth a stomach. It plugs up which is what you want.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from dukunbayi in Perfectionism   
    Appropriately for a Sunday, I've been thinking a lot this week about how "religious" all of doing the Whole 30 is, and how easily one slips into doing the rules for the rules' sake, rather than following the rules because of all the goodness that will come from them.
    I think inside of all of us, there is a person who is waiting to be in relationship, but relationship is hard to come by, even with ourselves. Much easier to stay in control, find a set of rules to follow, and turn them into our god.
    But one thing that fixing three meals a day is doing for me, along with shopping in advance and making big batches of things ahead of time, basically spending more time in the kitchen than I have in a long while, is that now I'm just fixing supper, or breakfast, or whatever. It's not about how "good" I was all day, or "compliant" or whatever--in other words, the rules are there, I'm following them, and so they don't really have that much significance on their own.
    Instead, I'm finding I have much more time, space, and energy to consider things, daydream, experience what's happening in the moment, and so on.
    There's a big part of me that would like to get a class-action suit of some kind going against Big Food and the diet industry. For we have been taken on a big, big, psychological and spiritual ride in the name of Progress and Profit, and there are some of us who are not going to recover.
    Anyway, those are my deep thoughts for today.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Xandra in Holy out of control eating!   
    I'm learning that the sense of "I can control this. It will be only one little bite and then I will stop." is complete BS in my world when it comes to sugar. When that thought comes into my head, I think of how many binge-recovery cycles have followed. And then it's easier to call my own bluff.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Wynne Jones in Holy out of control eating!   
    This morning I made the decision to have an English muffin with my eggs and tomatoes. Why? No flipping clue. They were just staring at me, I guess!
    Since then, my eating has been insane all day. After 40 days of Whole30 eating, followed by about 10 days of pretty clean eating, I am shocked and amazed at the powerful insanity this muffin unleashed in me. It's like what we AAs say about alcohol - cunning, baffling, powerful.
    How wonderful that tomorrow is a brand new day! My plan:
    ~wake up and have my favorite breakfast - sweet potato fritters with softly fried eggs
    ~ beach run with my dog
    ~head to an AA meeting and ask my HP to keep me safe from drink, drug & sugar
    ~head over to Trader Joe's and stock up on some good eats
    ~create space in my kitchen for my stuff - it's time to segregate my good food from my husband's and kids' crap
    ~make my very most favorite W30 recipe - http://everydaypaleo.com/caribbean-seafood-stew/
    ~meet with a sponsee
    ~take my daughter to swim at our friend's hotel
    ~go to my home group meeting
    ~early to bed, hopefully full of the calm and serenity that I felt during the final days of my W30.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Tom Denham in I'm new .....   
    If you really want to lean down and reveal your abs, eat according to the meal template - http://whole9life.com/book/ISWF-Meal-Planning-Template.pdf
    It may seem like a lot of food, but it is the fastest way to healthy leanness.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to AmyS in Perfectionism   
    That's intense. And so right.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to MelliebuStacey in Perfectionism   
    This spoke to me, so so deeply.
    Thank you.