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    ScoutFinch reacted to golden in Perfectionism   
    I totally know what you mean!
    I have a perfectionist streak, and I struggle with control issues. I have flickers of worry that I'm doing my Whole30 to be closer to perfection, and more in control. But then again, eating Whole30 doesn't result in guilt or obsession (although my boyfriend accused me of putting more energy into my diet than into other things in my life today, which hurt me).
    I find that this aspect of Whole30, that I'm eating within the guidelines in order to fuel and heal my body, comforting. I think that I have had a lot of anxiety around food in the past. On top of the psychological aspect of craving a granola bar every mid morning and afternoon, I would anticipate that craving and get anxious that I wouldn't have food when I needed it and would run out of energy. It would make me feel safer to have a granola bar in my purse. Now, I'm finding myself getting emotional before I go to the grocery store, like I'm worried I won't be able to get the foods I need, and then I feel relieved after I've bought all my groceries. But from meal to meal, I feel satisfied and energized.
    That all sounds crazy, I know, but it's true.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from golden 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 got a reaction from golden 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 got a reaction from golden 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 Moluv in It's been 3 weeks and I've seen NO CHANGE =(   
    Ok, do for reference I plugged some body measurements into an online calculator (I know not the most reliable) and got that I am 30% body fat which is considered OBESE. I'm a size 8 and 5'6". Seriously?! Now I'm having a stress attack over this stupid number when just this morning I was feeling triumphant about my health and feeling like I looked great. I'm glad I did this- even though I'm now having to shake off some pretty negative numbers and percentages- it just can't be the thing that defines me or my success. I can totally sympathize with how disappointed you must be feeling but I can assure you w30 will improve your health.
    And anyways- who does Lance Armstrong think he is telling ANYONE what is or is not acceptable?!
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    ScoutFinch reacted to missmary in It's been 3 weeks and I've seen NO CHANGE =(   
    you DO look great Moluv! f*** the numbers .
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Xandra in clear answer to NOT counting calories   
    I think the main reason not to count calories is that it's a mind game that overrides listening to what your body is telling you. If I added up how many calories I eat in a given day, it certainly wouldn't fit into what most diet plans call for in a weight loss program. But you know what? I lost weight anyway, and now I'm in a range that doesn't change much. My body doesn't tell me numbers, it says things like "tired", "hungry", "thirsty", "full now", "need exercise". None of this is found on the nutrition label of any food product. Part of the Whole30 reset is teaching your mind to chillax a bit so that your body can get a word in edgewise. Once you can start to respect what your body is telling you, you don't need the crutches of nutritional labels to confirm whether you are making good choices, you feel them.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from melbournegirl in calorie counting dilemma   
    Tracking can surely feel comforting, structured, and like something is happening that doesn't have a limited shelf life--but it's really the case that it does. It's a short-term fix for a life problem, i.e. anxiety about eating. I don't think I can say it better than moluv, but in my experience so far, I no longer feel like I'm handling a problem, I feel like I have gone back to just eating. I fervently believe that tracking, counting calories or points, and weighing both food and myself have built-in problems that exacerbate our health and weight-loss goals. For myself, I consider the day I discovered the Whole 30 to be nothing less than a blessing in my life.
    I do, do understand the desire to do what you're doing, but I so strongly wish that you might consider it's not going to help you or give you what you want. Thanks for posting this.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from hulaomanini in I actually did it!!   
    Wonderful! thank you for the inspiration (and good on your for ditching that diet program).
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Xandra in Fell off the curb   
    Thank you Kirsteen! You are always such a great model of positive outlook and support. So glad you are here!
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Avalanche in Too thin-can I continue with this?   
    And despite all this excellent advice, 102 pounds for someone who is eating is a problem you likely need to see your doctor about. That's a serious health risk.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to shelley417 in Passover   
    Rabbi Elliot Dorff reminds us of what really matters in the next few weeks (from the Rabbinical Assembly Pesah Guide): Because Passover involves
    more dietary strictures than the rest of the year, many Jews become downright compulsive about the rules of the holiday. We should be careful not to use these rules to assert our superior piety over others, and remember that observance of Passover should not come at the expense of the values of honoring our parents and treating everyone with respect. Passover is really important – a central feature of what it means to live a Jewish life. Its very meaning, though, is completely undermined if the dietary rules of Passover lead people to treat each other with disrespect. So as we explain the dietary rules of Passover below, we fervently hope that they will instead function as they are supposed to – namely, to serve as graphic reminders throughout the holiday of the critical lessons of Passover, of the need to free ourselves and the world around us of all the physical, intellectual, emotional, and communal straits that limit us and others in living a life befitting of people created in the image of God. May we all succeed in making this and every Passover the stimulus for us to fix the world in these ways every day of our lives.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Fenderbender in Passover   
    Half my family are orthodox black hat Rabbis in Brooklyn and in Israel..... My father graduated from Tor Vidas Yeshiva.... So I have some experience....
    Passover is a very special holiday and Torah commands us to honor it. That said ... The number one rule of Torah and all Rabbinical commentary agrees is: the preservation of life and health. To preserve your life and your health trumps everything else in kashrut.
    Walking a tight rope here as in every rule of kashrut..... If you are casually doing a whole30 because it would be nice to maybe loose some weight then the above doesn't apply. If in your heart you are doing W30 to deal with food issues,gut issues,health issues and really are trying to become more healthy.... Then the consensus is your " health plan trumps everything.
    Maimonides states " no disease that can be treated by diet shall be treated by any other means". That is a bold statement and one which today's physicians should hold themselves to!!!!!
    Absolutely do not eat any chometz..... And remember and honor.... That's what we are really commanded
    " stress the importance of remembering: And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt; and thou shalt observe and do these statutes." (Deuteronomy 16:12) Exodus 12:14 commands, in reference to God's sparing of the firstborn from the Tenth Plague: And this day shall be unto you for a memorial, and ye shall keep it a feast to the lord; throughout your generations ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. Exodus 13:3 repeats the command to remember:Remember this day, in which you came out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, for by strength the hand of the LORD brought you out from this place."
    So participate in the Seder.... Dip your finger in the grape juice as ceremony, no need to down the whole glass.... And if you feel ok with it and you are doing W30 for health reasons ( most of us are), skip the matzoh....dip salt water with eggs not potatoes.... Everything else on the sedan plate should be ok except the haroseth....( ask for some plain walnuts)
    Remember that the sedar has been varied and rewritten time and time again.... And it is a ceremonious representation.... We no longer go out and slaughter a unblemished lamb and roast it entrails and all with bitter herbs, wear leather saddles and robes and eat laying on our sides...
    Im sure any rabbi would tell you similar.... If you we're gluten sensitive they would tell you to skip the matzoh......
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from kristie in Restarting but feeling pretty disillusioned   
    Same thing--I found these wonderful jarred pickled beets at the coop, and about two weeks ago ate two jars of them over about four days. Went back to get them again yesterday, looked at the label just sort of automatically, and found they have high fructose corn syrup in them. Why in the name of heaven would you need to put sugar in beets! The lady at the coop was also amazed and disgusted. Anyway, I'm going to finish out the 30 days (Wednesday), and then take a short break and reintroduce dairy to see how that goes, and then do another 30. I feel great doing this, and doing another (especially now that spring vegetables are starting to come in) was what i planned anyway. But was so discouraged to know it hadn't been as clean as I'd thought. (And may explain why I headed for a Larabar last week, too.) But agree--22 days great and starting again even greater. I think the whole thing of realizing that habits are what we are also losing takes a mental and emotional toll. Wishing you really good luck and experiences this time.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to befabdaily in The greatest meatballs ever rolled   
    2 lbs grassfed ground beef
    2 packages crimini mushrooms
    2 tbsp ghee
    2 eggs
    1/2 c. almond flour
    1/2 tsp. allspice
    1/2 tsp. thyme
    salt

    Saute your mushrooms in the ghee over high heat. Get as much liquid out of them as possible without burning them. This is very important.
    Process the mushrooms into a paste in your food processor.
    Mix eggs, almond flour, spices and mushroom paste with the meat. To get a uniform texture I sort of creamed this together (like when you cream butter and sugar for cookies).
    Roll and bake at 425 until done (about 20 minutes).
    These are going to shed some liquid (unless you got those mushrooms bone dry) but they also taste fantastic.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Michele Larocque in on the road to full recovery, and then some   
    I just read the Day 28 message from Melissa and Dallas, which reminds us that a setback and a failure are not the same things. The ego wants what it wants, which seemingly includes harsh punishments when we get derailed. So take that fear out for a spin and see what you can do to it. I personally am inspired by both your story and your determination, and I wish you all good things as you start again.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Michele Larocque in on the road to full recovery, and then some   
    Flash back to the end of May 2012, I've just completed my second Whole30, I'm feeling good, my clothes fit better than they have in years, allergy season was a joke, I'm a little more tired than I'd like, but overall my energy levels are consistent. I go off road for my birthday, just a little, and while I don't feel so hot the day after it's not so bad. I've planned to get right back on since I know I still have a ways, not to far mind you, but still a ways to go.
    I never quite make it to Whole30 levels but I'm doing ok. In early July I join a gym for the first time in years, and once I'm past the awkward stage, I start working out on a regular basis. I love it.
    Flash forward to early September. I wake up one morning with back pain, I go see my chiro, he works on me, says ice it for a few days and sends me on my way. So I avoid the gym, go to work, and put ice on my back at night. After a three of fours days the pain is gone and I figure I'm good to go. Back to the gym, a new weight training routine and I'm feeling fine. About a week later I'm at work and have to move a heavy cart full of shipment (I worked for a large natural foods retailer), I feel something pop in my lower back, but there's no pain so I think it's ok since popping in my back is nothing unusual.Two days later I'm working the evening shift and my back starts to feel tight, I mean drumhead tight, it's Saturday so I figure it's back the chiro Monday morning. Well yeah...
    I wake up Sunday morning and can barely get out of bed, once I'm up, I can't straighten up for a good 15 minutes, this is bad...but I don't know how bad, and won't for a while...
    flash forward several weeks...an mri reveals I have four herniated disks, four!
    flash forward to now...I've been on medical leave for 6 months, my eating habits went sideways in a big way and I've been sedentary to a degree I haven't been in decades, if ever. I figure I've gained about 15 pounds, I don't own a scale and honestly I wouldn't get one one even if I did, I know myself too well. None of my clothes fit well, if at all. I've spent the last 6 months in yoga pants and t-shirts which did nothing for my self-image. And having had weight issues most of my life this isn't at all a good thing. I was already heavier than I needed to be before my back injury and for reasons I won't go into here because it would take up too much space, I had a pretty high body fat level for my height 5f 9.5in and weight (pre injury 153lbs ).
    So, as of right this minute, though it's taken me a week or so to get here, my gym membership is reinstated, and I'm committed to doing a whole30 at least, though I'm sensing that 60 or 90 may be required and I'm fine with that. There was some unfinished business last time that never did get resolved.
    I've been eating primarily paleo (80%ish) for the past few weeks just because beans, wheat and dairy and sugar do a number on my digestion. So the change for me is not as great as for others and I have done this before and seen excellent results.
    But still there is that fear, the one so many of us get, that it might not work this time.
    Ah the ego, the great derailer of plans and commitments.
    Not this time baby.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Manda in Restarting but feeling pretty disillusioned   
    Kristie, I just finished a whole 30, and just today realized that one of the foods I ate--almost the whole month--is non-compliant. ??? Discouraged doesn't cover it. So tonight I ate what I wanted (and wow, my intestines are letting me know what a bad idea this was), and tomorrow I start another whole 30---and my husband is starting with me! I'm just trying to take what I learned over the last month, and apply it now--and it's going to be great.
    22 days is awesome! Celebrate that & know that you're armed with knowledge to make the best choices you can as you travel!
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Katelyn in Throwing away the scale.   
    I'm doing it.
    After my Whole30 is over, I'm throwing away my scale.
    I'm so sick of judging myself and my health based on that stupid number that shows up on the scale.
    I'm so obsessed with the scale that I couldn't give it up during my Whole30 process (I'm on day 25 today.) I went about 2 days without it and then began weighing myself every day again. Thankfully, I've had good results so far, but every day that the scale doesn't move makes me question the effectiveness of Whole30.
    My clothes are fitting better, I feel smaller, I have energy to workout, I'm sleeping well, I feel less tired, my skin is clearing up, and people have told me that I look thinner. So WHY does that stupid number feel so threatening and defining to who I am?
    So that's it. I'm done. I'm never checking my weight again (aside from at doctor's appointments) after Whole30 is over. I will use other means to figure out the health of my body.
    Instead of checking my weight on a scale, I will ask myself:
    How do I feel?
    How does my skin look?
    How much energy do I have?
    How easy is it to fall asleep? To stay asleep? To wake up?
    How are my clothes fitting?
    How are my workouts? Am I toning up, gaining muscle, losing fat, changing my body composition?
    How is my digestion? How does my stomach feel and what are my BMs like?
    How are my periods? (indication of my hormones)
    So there it is. I will no longer have an answer when people ask me "have you lost weight?" or "how much weight have you lost?" I will proudly say "I don't know!" and be okay with that.
    I don't want to look like anyone else. I don't even want to fit society's definition of beauty. I want to be myself, whether that means I'm 230 pounds or 130 pounds.
    It's kind of scary and completely freeing at the same time. I'm excited to not be bound to this way of defining myself anymore.
    I read a quote by J.K. Rowling on Pinterest today that was inspiring to me:
    “I've got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don't want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I'd rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before 'thin'. And frankly, I'd rather they didn't give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons. Let them never be Stupid Girls.†- J.K. Rowling
    I hope this post is encouraging to the other women on this forum. You are so much more than the number on that scale. I know we've all heard that before, but take a few minutes to really think about it. How much more happy and less stressed you would be if you just didn't care about that number? Take Melissa and Dallas's advice and throw the scale away. Don't let it define you anymore!
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    ScoutFinch reacted to Pia650 in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    I thought I was the only one that got THAT excited when bone broth got gelatinous! hehehe
    You know you are doing a whole30 when the vegan cashier at wholefoods hast to comment on the large amounts of meat you are buying.
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    ScoutFinch reacted to angifi in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    ...They go out for a drink with friends and pass up the wine, chips, soda,flavored nuts and happily sip on sparkling water and munch on macadamia nuts from their handbag.
    ...They give up their weekly treat of a hot chocolate with work colleagues,and instead have a herbal tea
    ...after spreading peanut butter on toast for their son, they don't even lick their fingers
    ...they have a spring in their step and can't wait to go out and do some exercise
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Xandra in Fell off the curb   
    Thank you Kirsteen! You are always such a great model of positive outlook and support. So glad you are here!
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    ScoutFinch reacted to jpketz in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    @Kirsteen. Thank you! You guys (moderators) are so incredibly helpful. Thanks for taking the time to do some looking. It's all a work in progress so any and all information is appreciated.
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Xandra in Fell off the curb   
    Thank you Kirsteen! You are always such a great model of positive outlook and support. So glad you are here!
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    ScoutFinch got a reaction from Xandra in Fell off the curb   
    Thank you Kirsteen! You are always such a great model of positive outlook and support. So glad you are here!