Krista Porter Agocs

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    Krista Porter Agocs reacted to Karen in Hypothyroid   
    I am hypothyroid as well (non-Hashi's) and made the mistake of going too low carb during several Whole30s. Sweet potatoes and fruit weren't enough to support my thyroid and there are few other starchy & compliant foods that I can stomach. So, I suffered. Even had to up my thyroid meds after my last Whole50 and my weight ended up right where I started.
    Funny, now that I'm allowing myself more non-Whole30 compliant yet clean carbs, my body is totally responding and is finally starting to lose some weight again. From my perspective, I'd rather get more carbs to keep my thyroid happy - which will in turn help me loose weight - than try to go low-carb just to loose weight. Whenever I try to bypass the thyroid, it lets me know I'm out of line. Everyone is different and it may take some playing around to find the sweet spot, but it's a sweet spot you might want to make a priority during your Whole30. Good luck!
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    Krista Porter Agocs reacted to Susan W in Beef Bone Broth   
    Oh yes...salt will change everything.
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    Krista Porter Agocs reacted to Renee Lee in Beef Bone Broth   
    Ditto Susan. Salt makes the all difference between blah and liquid gold
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    Krista Porter Agocs got a reaction from 1Maryann in Let's talk about pork   
    Just for the record, the pig is without a doubt the tastiest of all animals. Eat the pork and then thank me later.
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    Krista Porter Agocs got a reaction from 1Maryann in Let's talk about pork   
    Just for the record, the pig is without a doubt the tastiest of all animals. Eat the pork and then thank me later.
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    Krista Porter Agocs got a reaction from 1Maryann in Let's talk about pork   
    Just for the record, the pig is without a doubt the tastiest of all animals. Eat the pork and then thank me later.
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    Krista Porter Agocs got a reaction from 1Maryann in Let's talk about pork   
    Just for the record, the pig is without a doubt the tastiest of all animals. Eat the pork and then thank me later.
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    Krista Porter Agocs got a reaction from 1Maryann in Let's talk about pork   
    Just for the record, the pig is without a doubt the tastiest of all animals. Eat the pork and then thank me later.
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    Krista Porter Agocs got a reaction from 1Maryann in Let's talk about pork   
    Just for the record, the pig is without a doubt the tastiest of all animals. Eat the pork and then thank me later.
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    Krista Porter Agocs reacted to lauraska in If You Ever Thought of Giving Up Trying to Lose Weight   
    I've been reading and catching up on this thread and wanted to say THANK YOU to all of the people who had such kind supportive words to say, not just to me, but to others who shared parts of themselves in this thread. I am not very good at being open about things like this and you made it possible for me to share memories that I haven't shared with anyone other than a couple select family members.
    I was inspired to come over to this thread this morning after something very nice happened to me this morning. So here's a little story for you all that literally just happened an hour or so ago that reminded me that beauty is subjective but it's okay to acknowledge your own...
    I work on an ivy league college campus FULL of traditionally gorgeous co-eds. As a staffer, I'm used to sort of being in the background of college life. I walked into Starbucks this morning, as I do every morning, and ordered from the new guy - very young (I'm 35..he was probably 20?) and quite handsome, although I admit I didn't really notice until he started talking to me. He took my order and then said, "You know, your necklace is beautiful." I thanked him and said it was my grandmother's. He said she must have had great taste. I gave him my credit card and he asked for my ID, as I have "ask for ID" written on the card. But then he just held on to my ID and kept staring it. I was starting to get uncomfortable when he looked up and said, "Sorry, I was doing the math. Are you really 35?" At first, I was like, who is this freakin' kid and why is he announcing my age to all of Starbucks? Does he think I look 45?? But then he was like, "I'm sorry. It's just, I saw your wedding ring and assumed you must have gotten married really young because I really thought you were a student." At this point, everyone behind the counter has stopped to stare at him with looks of utter terror on their faces because I think they thought I was going to flip out. I said, "Well thank you, but I am indeed 35 with a two year old kid and I haven't been a student in almost a decade. You made my day, though!" He told me he swore it wasn't a line ("I have a girlfriend!," he said.)...he really just thought I was the prettiest woman he'd served coffee to all morning and he wanted to let me know.
    The moral of this story is that he didn't see the poochy post-baby belly that I see, or the chubby fingers that I despise, or the uneven pigmentation on my arms and legs, or hastily pulled back hair because I desperately need a haircut, or the imperfect teeth that show when I smile. He saw beauty. We should all see in ourselves what others see in us.
    Anyway, sorry for the novel. I just had that happen this morning and instantly thought of this thread. Hope everyone is well.
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    Krista Porter Agocs reacted to Brighteyedkat71 in If You Ever Thought of Giving Up Trying to Lose Weight   
    Ooooh this is an interesting thread.
    I am "fat/overweight/obese/fluffy/thick/big-boned/curvy"....etc. And some days it bothers me a lot.
    Other days I manage not to think about my size and my weight for that day and how "BAAAADDD" it is, but rather, did I do something to move me closer to my goals today? Did I work out? Did I nourish my body with Good Food? Am I treating my friends well and being a part of their lives or am I making them listen to me whine about my huge ass?
    I have to keep reminding myself that this is the only body I will ever get. And for the way I've been treating her up until now....she's been pretty d*mn good to me. But now I am finally waking up to the fact that it's my job to take care of her. No one else will.
    And it's hard to hate my body for what it became when I remember how I've always either ignored, taken advantage of, or hurt it.
    When I can remember that, and look at my weight loss/health journey from that angle, I am less disturbed by where I am today, and more hopeful for the future without getting too obsessed.
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    Krista Porter Agocs reacted to xacerb8 in Woke the Sugar Dragon and it's not leaving!   
    Well, if we knew the answer to that question it would put too many therapists out of work. LOL!
    I know that when I started looking at this exact issue it very quickly brought me into deep psychological examination territory. Such as, what were my core beliefs about myself? (I am unlovable. I am bad. There's something wrong with me.)
    I had to work very, very hard to get the inner voice that was whispering that s&*t to shut up. One of the things that I learned along the way is that the way I do food is the way I do lots of other things. Lots and lots of control for proscribed periods of time and then a complete derailment. I've done this with sticking to a budget. I do it with procrastination when I'm working (yes, I have spent an entire 8 hour workday on Facebook and the sick feeling I got from that is equivalent to any post-binge-eating shame.)
    I do believe that sugar and sweets are addictive. It's really hard to "feel" like you've had enough. You really have to be able to stick to rules around them or you're just naturally going to overdo it. But I think that others who've posted here are wise about learning your particular limitations around sugar but also, learning to see them as a way to protect yourself. Because you are worth it!
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    Krista Porter Agocs reacted to AmyB in ? about this forum   
    Alternately, the Eagleton to our Pawnee.
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    Krista Porter Agocs got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in Leg/ankle swelling   
    Just an update. My leg/ankle/foot swelling continued for 3 solid weeks and got progressively worse. Finally, last Friday I had had enough and went to the doctor to have blood tests run. I haven't got the results back yet, but it seems very likely that this is tied to a thyroid issue. I've been on hypothyroid meds for several years, but I honestly think the clean eating I've been doing has shifted my hormonal balance (we'll see if I'm right when I get the results). The edema combined with my inability to lose weight despite signifcant lifestyle changes and the extreme abnormal lethargy I've had lately are all big indicators for thyroid malfunction. So, if you haven't had your thyroid checked lately I might look into that!
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    Krista Porter Agocs got a reaction from Susan W in Feeling discouraged   
    I know I'm making positive changes. I've had to buy new clothes, etc so I'm definitely building muscle, etc. and my body is shifting. But, I started this at 240 pounds. It's not like I have just a few pounds to lose. I have a LOT of pounds to lose. Not trying to throw a pity party for myself, but 10 pounds for a person starting where I started from is discouraging after making such HUGE changes. Note to self: Don't weigh myself again.
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    Krista Porter Agocs got a reaction from Susan W in Feeling discouraged   
    I know I'm making positive changes. I've had to buy new clothes, etc so I'm definitely building muscle, etc. and my body is shifting. But, I started this at 240 pounds. It's not like I have just a few pounds to lose. I have a LOT of pounds to lose. Not trying to throw a pity party for myself, but 10 pounds for a person starting where I started from is discouraging after making such HUGE changes. Note to self: Don't weigh myself again.
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    Krista Porter Agocs got a reaction from Susan W in Feeling discouraged   
    I know I'm making positive changes. I've had to buy new clothes, etc so I'm definitely building muscle, etc. and my body is shifting. But, I started this at 240 pounds. It's not like I have just a few pounds to lose. I have a LOT of pounds to lose. Not trying to throw a pity party for myself, but 10 pounds for a person starting where I started from is discouraging after making such HUGE changes. Note to self: Don't weigh myself again.
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    Krista Porter Agocs got a reaction from GLC1968 in Dizzy and lethargic   
    Thanks everyone so much! I've added some sweet potato into my evening meal (took GLC1968's advice) and I already feel tons better. I was able to get through my workout this morning without wanting to die and I didn't get the afternoon yawns yesterday. So, I definitely plan on continuing some starchy carbs in at least one of my meals per day. I'm still going to abstain from fruit (it just triggers bad things for me) but I realize that I can't deprive myself of something my body truly needs. I really appreciate everyone's input. I think I'm entering tiger blood territory now!
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    Krista Porter Agocs reacted to jpketz in Kombucha - How long odes it last?   
    They'll say the Kombuchalypse started in Scotland.
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    Krista Porter Agocs got a reaction from GLC1968 in Dizzy and lethargic   
    Thanks everyone so much! I've added some sweet potato into my evening meal (took GLC1968's advice) and I already feel tons better. I was able to get through my workout this morning without wanting to die and I didn't get the afternoon yawns yesterday. So, I definitely plan on continuing some starchy carbs in at least one of my meals per day. I'm still going to abstain from fruit (it just triggers bad things for me) but I realize that I can't deprive myself of something my body truly needs. I really appreciate everyone's input. I think I'm entering tiger blood territory now!
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    Krista Porter Agocs got a reaction from MelliebuStacey in Dizzy and lethargic   
    And this is an amazing song. It's like I can hear Julie Andrews now
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    Krista Porter Agocs reacted to xacerb8 in ZERO weight loss after two weeks   
    About 10 years ago I sat next to a woman at a wedding reception. When the servers came over to ask "fish or beef," she had a stream of questions about both: how was it prepared, was there any sugar in the sauce. She ended up rejecting everything but a green salad. I asked her if she had allergies and she said, "No, I'm a food addict and I can't eat sugar or white flour or any of my trigger foods." At the time, I was just beginning to realize that the up&down fat/thin pattern I'd been living since I was 8 was probably not the ideal and had contributed to lots and lots of unhappiness. I actually ended up crying as I told her how out of control I felt about food.
    She gave me her phone number and some information about Overeaters Anonymous. I never called. The thought of life without sugar, wheat and alcohol was too much. And in my heart, I didn't feel like I needed a 12 step. You know, i just needed a better diet!
    Well, life propels you in a certain direction, right? It's funny how pieces fall into place when you look back. I found out more about intuive eating and that appealed to me, except for the fact that my body "intuitively" wanted potato chips, Halloween candy, and French fries and maybe one salad a week.
    A friend introduced me to Bikram in December of 2011. I loved it and slowly got more into it. And then last summer I bumped into an old friend from my homeschooling days at a class and she seemed so happy and healthy. When I'd known her before she was depressed, anxious, and addicted to sugar. She told me she had gone Paleo. I mentioned the Whole 30, having read about it and she said, "Oh, try it!" And I did.
    And here I am. No sugar. No grains. No alcohol. But....feeling like I am giving my body the best gift it's ever gotten. It took me too long to get here, so I probably owe it an apology. But, better late than never right?
    I haven't stepped on the scale during this Whole 30 and there is part of me that wonders, maybe I could just never step on it again.
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    Krista Porter Agocs reacted to Tom Denham in Craving Vinegar....???   
    No. I don't think craving vinegar is in the same category as craving sugar. People harm their health with sugar all the time, but I have never heard of anyone consuming so much vinegar that it harmed their health. I can't think of any reason you should not indulge your current lust for vinegar.
    Full disclosure: Currently, I have one bottle each of jalapeno infused balsamic, pomegranate infused balsamic, blackberry ginger infused balsamic, strawberry infused balsamic, and apple cider vinegar on my counter.
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    Krista Porter Agocs reacted to Kirsteen in Dizzy and lethargic   
    Krista, eat more starchy veg, especially if you're working out, they'll really help with the energy.
    Nana, it could be not eating enough or dehydration as you suggest.
    Krista and Nana, if you keep a food log and let us see what you are eating it would make it a lot easier to troubleshoot. good luck both of you.
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    Krista Porter Agocs reacted to MelliebuStacey in Dizzy and lethargic   
    Parsnips and plantains and fried sweet potatoes, celery root mash and roast rutabagas, beets in abundance and squash that's been steeeamed, these are a few of my faaavorite thiiiiings!