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    Acting, theater, dance....becoming a wild elder woman! Herbalism, tiedye...natural medicine.

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  1. Pea

    Starting January 1, 2018

    Hello and best wishes for a whole30 healthy and peaceful New Year to all! Not my first rodeo, but looking forward to great companionship on this GREAT start to a new year. Susie
  2. Pea

    New Forum Request

    Thank you for the threads----wouldn't it be great if they were collected and easily found in a forum? Pea
  3. Pea

    Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!

    Wow, what an awesome challenge! Is it okay to join the party now? I'm on Day 9 of my third whole30 and I deeply appreciate the understanding that a good life is more than what's on one's plate. Pea
  4. Ok, I'm not new to whole30 or Paleo in general, but I'm in a new place in my life and I've never experienced this before. I think this is my third whole30 in the past few years. I've been through a lot in the past decade. Now 60, I have an autoimmune condition (ankylosing spondylitis--a kind of arthritis of the spine) and I've had a total thyroidectomy because of thyroid cancer back last November. Because of 10 years of stress (with which I think I've coped heroically, actually) I carry excess weight in my belly, which is my biggest concern. I'm clearly carb-intolerant. I weighed 192 at the start of this whole30. It's Day 9 for me. I am really being bugged by a case of "Feeling Fat"s. This is where your thoughts go like this: OMG, look at this belly, I think it's BIGGER since starting this whole30. Maybe I'm eating too much fat. Maybe I'm eating too much meat. Maybe this meal template is too much food for a fat 60 year old woman. Maybe I should try eating much more vegetables and less meat and fat. I really should get on the scale and check and see. If I'm right and I'm gaining weight this time, I have to jump ship and do something else." So far, I've manged to sit and watch these thoughts go by without acting on them. I tell myself all the things ya'll are probably going to tell me---that this program is more than a number on the scale, that with cancer in my recent history the best thing I can do for myself nutritionally is avoid sugar and eat the rainbow of vegetables, that there isn't anything better for carb-intolerance than avoiding sugar and unrefined grains and alcohol. I know all these things. When your mom put you on your first low-calorie, low fat diet at the age of 9, and you weren't even overweight, just pre-pubescent chubby, you are set, in this culture, for a lifetime of dysregulation of appetite and a mild eating disorder. I LOVE how almost immediately on the whole30, I get a shift from the crazy drivens of eating all night to something I recognize as physiologic hunger. I KNOW this is good for me, and I am committed to finishing this whole30, and having the meal template be my default meal in the post-whole30 time. But I am really struggling with this case of the "I Feel Fat"s!!!!! Fat is not a feeling! Anxiety, sadness, anger, frustration.....THESE are feelings, not FAT. Grateful for any insight into dealing with the I FEEL FATs. Pea
  5. Pea

    Plan a Whole30 dream vacation

    I came close to having my dream vacation for the past two years, in October. My place of utter and deep peace is at the ocean---almost any place at the sea. I grew up spending summers at the Jersey shore when I was a kid, with mom and grandparents, and my dad coming in on the train every weekend from work. I remember those days as long, long, long and utterly relaxing. I could entertain myself for a full day on the beach, finding shells, walking the breaker rocks, sandcastles, naps in the sun, refreshing dips in the salty sea, riding the little white waves in to the shore. So the past two Octobers my husband and I have spent 10 days in a place literally on the ocean at a spot in Marathon, Florida in the Florida Keys. We open all the windows to hear the ocean at night through the screens, a sound that is to me one of Earth's lullabyes to humans. We have stayed in a place with a full kitchen, and I make breakfast at home every morning: eggs with salsa and avocado, good Cuban coffee and we eat it on the balcony overlooking the ocean. My husband is getting going in the morning, so I often do a post-breakfast beach walk, or go swim in the pool, or take a 30 min. bike ride on my rented bike. Then my husband and I get up and go exploring----we tour an historical place, or a nature walk, or go browse in a gallery. We usually eat lunch and dinner out----and this is what I love about being on a coast----I eat fish for one or both of those meals! And the fish is so fresh! My typical meal in most restaurants in Marathon is fish grilled in butter with a salad and vegetables, and the fish is SO GOOD! In a Cuban restaurant I will treat myself to yucca in garlic sauce, or plantanos or tostones (fried plaintains) or sometimes maduros (sweet, ripe fried plantain), asking that the starchy food is grilled in butter. Usually my husband and I both swim in the pool a second time after lunch, doing laps. Then we read, listen to the ocean, nap before going out again for dinner. We end the day with some Cuban coffee, unsweetened. Now in the interests of honesty, I must say these real life vacations included alcohol pretty much every night with dinner. We don't drink a lot, but I usually had a glass of wine, so these memories of not those of whole30 vacations. But minus the alcohol, I'd choose this same vacation at beautiful, slow-paced oceansides all around the world---especially the Mediterranean, where I've never been. The coastal towns of Italy and Sicily, Greece.....ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. To me that is heaven. Pea
  6. I remember when I quit smoking. It was many, many years ago. I wanted---needed----to quit because I wanted to get pregnant and grow a healthy child. So I quit cold turkey one day, and I can remember how I got through the nicotine cravings. I would have to stop, focus my attention on my breathing, and slowly breathe in and out and kind of surf the craving. Oddly enough, it's exactly like a labor contraction: it starts, it builds, it crests, it fades, and then it goes away. I had to do this dozens of times during the first two days, then less often, then once on a while, and then the cravings left completely. It helped to know I would feel this way, it helped to know how to meet it (the deep breathing) and it helped to experience them diminish in frequency and intensity. The other thing that helped was avoiding trigger cues: coffee and a cigarette meant I switched temporarily to tea; coffee and an alcoholic drink meant I didn't drink alcohol until I wasn't besieged by cravings---especially in a bar, because back then, people smoked in bars! It is possible to tame the dragon. It's just hard! Pea
  7. I think the key is using meat for more than one meal. A whole chicken can supply two batches of broth as a base for hearty soups. Meat in the soup for meal one, done. Use the rest of the meat for a chicken stirfry for meal two, done. Use the bones to make a second batch of stock, then throw in tons of veggies and some meatballs, like an Italian wedding soup, minus the pasta. (Make zucchini noodles for that if you like.) Some thing with beef or pork: get a bone-in cut, braise it, eat the meat with lots of veggies, meal 1. Use the drippings and bones to make stock and have the leftover meat and veggies as a hearty soup, meal 2. Anything left, you can puree and you've got a meat-based sauce topping for zucchini or parsnip noodles, or baked potatoes, meal 3. Always more economical than buying cuts of anything. Good luck with your whole30! Pea
  8. Pea

    Salad help

    Maybe make a giant tray of roasted vegetables and use them as the bottom layer of your lunch? I roast brussel sprouts, beets, carrots, parnips, broccoli, cauliflower....whatever you like......just chop them into similar sized pieces, big splash of good olive oil to coat, toss, salt, pepper and whatever seasonings you like, cook an hour or so until tender and somewhat browned. Delicious hot, cold, or room temperature. Add you proteins and maybe some avocado and you are all set for lunch! Pea
  9. As far the marriage goes, it helps to focus on the positive! Like I cherish the fact that my hubby thinks it's of course necessary and wonderful for me to eat an anti-cancer diet, rather than me focusing on what HE should eat. I focus on that he never complains that I buy expensive grassfed, organic local meat, and ignore that he buys Bubba burgers and deep fried frozen crappy crap for himself. We're in our sixties, and I am certainly not going to change him now. He has to change himself. That's always been true, it's just it's easier to accept now that we've grown older. Good luck on your journey!
  10. I first started eating Paleo around age 50, a decade ago. I was a dedicated athlete, long distance cyclist, Crossfit instructor! Then I got Lyme Disease but it took me years to get it diagnosed, and in that time, I had 2 spine operations (probably due to undiagnosed Lyme pain!) and a host of other ills. I gained a lot of weight and had other life stressors (like an autistic adult child and another child with bipolar disorder). My eating discipline got lost in the shuffle. This is my third whole30 in the past few years and this time, it's for a real reset. Having been diagnosed with cancer this year, it's even more critical that I control what I can in my life, and eating well is one of those things. This whole30, the magic was almost instantaneous. My hunger becomes physiologic instead of emotional. I stop thinking about food all day long. My bloat diminishes.....all the good stuff. Makes you wonder what on earth would make me become careless when caring feels so good? Answer: Caregiver PUT YOURSELF FIRST!
  11. My hubby is a SAD addict, not to mention 67 years old, a type II diabetic, and 100 lbs. overweight. It was harder when our two sons lived home with us and I was responsible for family meals. Now that we live alone together, it's easier. My husband eats the same thing for breaktfast: large, commercial bagel, cream cheese, lox (smoked salmon from farmed Atlantic fish). For lunch, no matter WHAT wonderful whole30 leftovers are in the fridge, he buys his lunch: a submarine sandwich, chinese food, pizza. JUNK! He nibbles at my beautiful real food meals at dinner, then makes himself foods to snack on all evening, including things like hot dogs on buns, frozen Hungry Man dinners, etc. He buys all his own junk food, as I will not buy that stuff. I shop for and cook all my own meals. I make enough for both of us, and he nibbles at my stuff for form's sake. But mostly he lives on his his junk. He doesn't try to change me and I don't try to change him. It isn't ideal, and sometimes I get lonely and sometimes I wish he would appreciate the beauty of a meal that's full of colorful veggies and beautiful meat. I've learned there are a few things we can share: he likes meat loaf and mashed potatoes, which I can build a whole30 meal upon. I've discovered that mashed cauliflower is a great binder instead of bread crumbs! He also likes meatballs so I can serve that with zucchini noodles. I would call the state of our mealtimes a negotiated peace... Pea
  12. Pea

    Whole30 on a budget

    Here's some budget friendly suggestions: 1. Buy frozen vegetables at WalMart or Aldo's. WalMart now has Wild Oats and may even organic veggies. Let's say you eat veggies with lunch and dinner and you go through 2 bags/day. Each bag will cost approximately $1.70. (I did the research). So that's $23.80 a week. Sometimes things like string beans are on sale in the market for 99 cents/lb. in which case you can save some money on fresh veggies. Buy onions for about $3.00 for enough for a week, and carrots, another $3 for a bag. Total veg. cost: $29.80. 2. You can buy a large, pastured, organic chicken for $22. Boil the chicken in water until falling-off-the bone tender. Shred the chicken and set aside, Cut up an onion and some carrots, simmer nice and slow for lovely chicken soup. Throw in a bag of your frozen greens for extra nutrition. Add some chicken to each bowl, have soup for dinner, save the bones. Soup: 1 meal. Next, use the cooked chicken in a stirfry wth your onions, carrots, and frozen greens. Meal #2. Finally, use the bones and all the veggie scraps you have (onions skins, carrot tops) and make another batch of broth. 3. If the 3 of you eat 6 eggs/day for brekkie, buying organic Omega 3 eggs from supermarket will cost you about $10.50. 4. Buy ground beef ($3.50/lb. in my market in upstate NY) about 2 pounds, for meatballs and ground meat chili. $7. 5. Buy a bone-in pork butt 4 lbs. for $1.50/lb. and make pulled pork. Save the bone and add it to chicken bones for richer broth: $6 Total for all this: $75.30. You can save more if you don't buy the organic chicken, and you can get the frozen veggies down to $1.08/bag if you don't buy organic. It's lean for sure, but using every scrap (like bones and veggies scraps for broth) is key! Good luck on your whole30 journey. Pea
  13. Pea

    New Forum Request

    I would love to see a "specialty" forum for those over 50 or 60 years of age. Thank you! Susie
  14. Pea

    August 1st Group Thread

    Welcome, everybody! It's great to be in such wonderful company for this challenge. This is my 3rd whole30. As usual, I feel absolutely wonderful right out of the starting gate. In my case, I think it's because I am truly reactive (with joint and back pain) to gluten, and as soon as I get vigilant about it, I feel better almost immediately. (You'd think I just keep it that way after the whole30 wouldn't you?) Today was another great day: meal 1: braised lamb, small piece yucca, broccoli raab. meal 2: (not very hungry) 1/4 farm-fresh cantaloupe, 2 hard boiled eggs. meal 3: braised lamb, yucca, broccoli raab, steamed then sautéed green beans with cherry tomatoes Today's activity: Have 5750 steps so far will make sure I get to 8000 by day's end. Pea
  15. Pea

    August 1st Group Thread

    A word about this diet being "extreme": I think the typical American diet (SAD) is extreme---extremely wrong! My 22-year-old son has been in Georgia (the country, not the state) for the past 8 weeks, and he tells me he feels good and has lost a little weight. Why? Because he eats simpler and closer to nature there, the culture isn't one of processed foods. I ask what he is eating, and he says, "lots of vegetables, simple meat dumplings, soups, eggs and salad, lots of vegetable stews with a little meat or fish, everything made from scratch." It's important to remember that the whole30 is a reset, not necessarily a permanent way of life. Once your body has reached its wellness point, you can experiment and see how it responds to high quality dairy, or a bit of rice or oats or wine. Some of us need a longer healing time, some of us are good to go with 30 days. When I am feeling my best, my optimal diet is that for usual meals at home, to stick with the whole30 template, with the odd glass of wine thrown in. Grassfed milk yogurts don't bother me, either, and I have a serving a day when I'm not on the whole30. For special occasions, which are rare, I might have a flourless chocolate cake or I might indulge in dark chocolate now and then. But the idea of the default meal, the usual fare, being on a whole30 template is what I do when I am really in the groove. My point being-----eating this way is only extreme when compared to all the crap on most of the supermarket shelves! Pea