LydiaL

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    LydiaL got a reaction from NalaPlus3 in Smoked salmon   
    For people in Canada: Nanuk brand doesn't have added sugar.
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    LydiaL reacted to jooles2020 in August 1st Group Thread   
    Day 16: feel pretty good. Know I've lost a couple pounds and definite bloat in my stomach I could get on some jeans that just a couple weeks ago I couldn't.
    Although I'm ready for a cocktail!
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    LydiaL reacted to Carlaccini in WAY worse than before..   
    If it makes you feel any better - neither can I.  People don't get it when I go on a soap box rant when I say "Everything in moderation" is BS.  Basically you give yourself an excuse to induldge all the time.  I could justify having 2 cookies today, and a chocolate bar tomorrow, and a bag of chips on Thursday, and then Friday I think I'll have 2 glasses of wine.  This is what Everything in moderation means.  Nothing is extremely excessive in quanities but if you add it all up it amounts to a whole bunch of disjointed eating an sugar cravings.  You could even justify it in your mind to eat/drink that stuff all in one day - because it's all moderate amounts of different things.  This is the loop that you go in to.
     
    Nope I don't give myself moderation.  I do give permission to myself to ride my own bike but I give myself reasonable "rules".  Well only because I find I do really well with rules.  If you give yourself rules there is no decision making - it is either yes it follows my rules, or no it doesn't.
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    LydiaL reacted to Carlaccini in Do these mishaps count as fail?   
    Hi There.
     
    Then to make it easier on you mentally rather than tomorrow being day 1, think about it like this:  You are now on day 11 of a whole 40.
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    LydiaL reacted to JennP in August 1st Group Thread   
     
    What about using a tea ball to brew overnight? Those are easier to clean. I am lucky enough to have a 'little country' store not too far away that carries bulk loose tea. I actually need to go there today now that I am thinking of it. I get one of their herbal blends and use a muslin bag (about 2" x 4" big). It has a draw string on top. I fill it with enough tea leaved for the amount of water I am using (usually 1/2-1 gallon). To clean the bags, I simply turn them inside-out, then rinse off the leaves that stick (they can be washed as well if you wish) I dry then, right them, then use again for the same type of tea. Once I am done that gab of loose tea, I discard the bag. I could keep using it, but I have made several batches by that point, and choose to get another. At $0.25 a bag (at my little store), it isn't expensive. 
     
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    LydiaL reacted to Juice06870 in Can I have Alcohol Free beer?   
    Try non-alcoholic vodka - AKA water
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    LydiaL got a reaction from EJSmadhatter in August 1st Group Thread   
    Did a big cook up today so have meals for the next few days. I've also been experimenting with making Cold Brewed tea which I've never done before.
    I think I have created a monster with the extra spicy hot peppers I've been cooking with, but I've noticed that every time I have hot peppers and certain spices I am getting dizzy. I am sensitive to nightshades but have occasionally been eating potatoes and hot peppers during this Whole30 so am probably bringing this on myself. I generally don't eat white potatoes and think I will stick with that since they really cause my blood sugar to sky rocket.
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    LydiaL reacted to jump4life in August 1st Group Thread   
    Day 8 and 9 spent traveling, with about 4 hours in the car each way.   What surprised me most was my strong craving to snack in the car...  I think that these kinds of trips must have been cues for me to eat in the past.   I had packed lots of compliant foods, but didnt expect to want to dig in to them 30 min into the trip....   Besides the in car snack vibes I did really well with food - a compliant dinner out last night,  pre-packed breakfast today (while my husband and son ate at the very non-compliant hotel breakfast), and great, compliant lunch today .   I even tried chicken livers at lunch --   but I am still not ready for organ meat!   
     
    Big cook up tomorrow-   life is good!
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    LydiaL reacted to EJSmadhatter in August 1st Group Thread   
    Well I must be doing better today. I had the desire to go out to fast food this morning. I haven’t had that desire as strong since I started. That is a good sign but it also means that my resolve needs to stiffen up. Because I have felt so sick since day 4 I have thought about cheating but that has been all that it is with just the occasional..oh woes’ me my mom is in the hospital and I need a treat or better yet a cocktail. That was followed by a stomach roll and that was the end of that. Although in the past I would have said screw it I feel like shit anyway so what does it matter. The cravings and desire to eat fast food can be very tricky for me and is usually my down fall. But hey take the win on feeling like cheating because it means that I feel better. Yay!! I am going to sit down today and do the personal evaluations sheet today and do what it says for day 8. And definitely go over my goals for the program
     
    I am working a lot this week so food prep will be tricky for me. I do have a bunch of meat pre-prepped so that is helpful. I am so jealous about all the yummy recipes that you all are talking about and I can’t do most of them because of the night shades and fungi. Boy do I miss nuts too. I was okayed to do sprouted but it sounds so complicated and I don’t have the time. Plus I am not sure I am going to stay with this new Dr I was recommended to so I may just stay off the nuts for a while anyway.
     
    A great start to my day is there is only 1 washer working and then I find out none of the dryers are working so all my clothes, bedding, and linens will have to hang dry. 
     
    Not sure what my food will be today but I will let you know.
     
    Welcome everyone to Week 2
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    LydiaL reacted to Tom Denham in Flavored seltzer water   
    I don't suppose flavored water is bad, but I like simple and nothing is simpler than plain water. And I worry when people focus on flavored waters that they are staying too close to processed, artificial foods. Of course, I have drunk black coffee my entire life too. When I started drinking coffee at age 17, milk or cream was not consistently available, so I decided I would drink my coffee black and not worry about it. Later, when I could add any number of flavors, I didn't because black was my way.
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    LydiaL reacted to JennP in August 1st Group Thread   
    Yes, and he was a delicious protein source 
    (I should know better than to have put that dang comma there.)
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    LydiaL reacted to AllyB in Vitamin D Deficiency   
    You might also need to eat fat when taking your Vit D supplement.  Vit D is a fat soluble vitamin and is absorbed better when taken with some fat.  Also, your dairy cravings might just be sugar cravings in disguise. 
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    LydiaL got a reaction from Ellie_G in August 1st Group Thread   
    Today was very trying. Due to a major subway disruption, commute to work and back took 5 1/2 hours. I had an elk steak left over from yesterday so dinner was easy to construct- arugula salad with cold sliced elk and a red/black current vinaigrette. I could really go for a glass of wine but instead i'll have a glass of sparkling water and some cuddles with the cat.
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    LydiaL reacted to JennP in August 1st Group Thread   
    Well, I made it though yesterday. We tied 2-2, yeah the ice is booked as soon as we are done, so we can't break ties. Of course, I packed everything, my clothes first into the mini garment bag which locks into my bag, then my gear into my bag, then zipped it up, put my leg pads on the outside and strapped them on. What did I not do? I never but my compression gear/socks/jersey into my bag. Luckily, my husband was reffing (he does not give me any slack) and I stole his wicking undershirt. I had extra skate socks (but they are for skating up, not goal) that were better than the ankle socks I was wearing. No sports bra, no compression pants, no long sleeve shirt with throat guard...I felt disgusting by the time  I was off the ice, and still needed to go to Whole Foods for a few items. 
     
    In terms of eating, I did eat some nuts on the way up, but a few made me kinda nauseous again. I think I was going through so much water, I was waterlogged. I was nauseous, possible still waterlogged, when I got off the ice. I had a toddler, Sweet potato, carrot, parsnip, and apple 'smoothie.' It was cold and felt so nice going down  We picked up some compliant Epic bars for after hockey until we can get things figured out. I had one last night and was absolutely full. 

    Today started with sleeping in...my body needed it after a hit I took last night. I may do an Epson salt bath today to help relax and ease my muscles. I don't like taking pain relievers--ever, and because of my gastric bypass I can not take NSAIDs (not that they are allowed, but I never get them), I get Tylenol or a narcotic pain med. Yeah, I don't need any of that anyway. 

    Breakfast was a serving of the quiche I made a few days ago, 1/2 tomato, 1/2 avocado, and some mixed berries (raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, and strawberry). I am drinking my coffee with coconut oil and ghee...I didn't even like coffee before trying it this way. . .
     
    Lunch is listed as leftovers, so I will likely make a salad with leftover protein on it. Dressing will be EVOO and balsamic vinegar. I may toss some tahini on as well, but it will depend in the protein. 

    Dinner is going to be zucchini boats (I have a HUGE zucchini from my CSA) with Greek Meatball mix from Well Fed 2 as the filling. I am making a double batch and cooking the rest off as meatballs that I can use with spaghetti squash and compliant pasta sauce as a future meal. The zucchini is so big, I expect it to make 2 meals. I will need to add something to it as a side, though. Perhaps a small salad of mixed greens, mushrooms, and pepper. 

    Today I need to take a small walk, create next week's menu, and study. I am meeting a friend who raised laying hens to get some fresh eggs tonight. I love cracking them open and the gorgeous, almost orange, yolk staring back at me. 

    Well, if I am to accomplish anything, I had best start moving--literally. 
     
    Have a great Day 6 everyone! WE HAVE GOT THIS!!!      
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    LydiaL reacted to kmbt in August 1st Group Thread   
    My name is Kirsten, and this is my second official Whole 30--I've started and stopped a few times this year, but there is NO WAY I'm stopping early this time around! (At 6 days in, I'm already further along than my attempts this year.) My last Whole 30 was in November, and I just felt amazing--calm, healthy, energized and happy. I'm excited to get back to that point. 
     
    I'm 33 and a runner, so I'm interested to see how Whole 30 affects my training!
     
    My biggest challenge this time around will be to not slip with a "just a taste" or "just this once"--e.g., having a glass of wine, or a small bite of dessert, or just a bite of cheese. (I loooove cheese.)
     
    In fact, the reason I'm on here today is that I'm SO glad I managed to resist buying candy on an afternoon errand today. The Fresh Market has a tempting bulk candy section, and I came so close to caving and buying just 1-2 pieces of a fruity candy. Instead, I picked up some fresh mango and ate a couple of slices. (I know that sugar as a snack isn't ideal and I need to look out for feeding the sugar dragon, but it was still progress and I'm so glad I resisted! Buying candy at Fresh Market has become a routine, and it was good to break it!)
     
    I do feel like I'm calmer and more even-keeled already, and the normal 3-4pm craving for a snack gets less every day.
     
    Anyway--just had to share, because I'm glad I'm sticking to it, and want to reaffirm my commitment publicly! To all of you doing this for the first time, stick with it! It is so worth it to see how your body can feel off of all the junk!!
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    LydiaL reacted to socrkx in August 1st Group Thread   
    So above you can see my attempts to participate in the chat - duh.
    Anyway, another day in the bag! Went to the movies with a friend in the afternoon and skipped the popcorn - huge victory! Met with another friend at 6:00 pm - made sure I ate before we met so I would not come home hungry or be tempted to eat while out.
    I have to say doing the meal prep and having times to make hot plates has been genius. I really need to do this when the school year starts on August 21. I currently have plenty of time to cook but that will soon all change and stress and exhaustion might enter the picture. I feel grateful that my first three weeks I will be able to be off to adequately care for myself.
    Feeling anxious about not working out but when I met with my friend last night who is a personal trainer she urged me to wait and allow my body to adjust to the new food I am nourishing it with (she had not heard of the Whole 30). She said the additional exercise might trigger some self sabotages as I could be hungrier as a result of the increased activity. So I will just do some light walking and will add in the harder exercise at week 3. It was encouraging to hear her explain how the body will be responding to the new food sources and how important it is to honor the process.
    Today I am going in to start setting up my classroom so I can smoothly transition into the school year. I appreciate everyone's wisdom here.
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    LydiaL reacted to joyce27 in August 1st Group Thread   
    I am envying LydiaL's elk steak. That sounds delish   My day didn't include exotic foods, but it was basic and it worked. Leftover frittata for breakfast--I'm going to eat that all week, I hope, with a dollop of mayo. Lunch was leftover jalapeno and apple coleslaw with a tin of chicken and a few raspberries.  Snack was a banana and some nuts. Really trying to ditch the nuts as I'd like to lose a few pounds. Haven't felt like taking a boiled egg or raw veggies, but probably will do so. Supper was a crockpot soup with chopped chicken, some meatballs, various veggies and homemade chicken stock. It filled me up and I will use that as lunch for the rest of the week.
     
    Tired today due to a problem getting to sleep last night, but once asleep I was down hard. But despite the tiredness, I still felt better than I felt on a lot of days prior to starting this. My attitude was good. I haven't had the urge to kill anyone! (Good news since I'm a teacher!) I've been surprised at my lack of craving for that evening glass of wine. Drinking sparkling water with lime helps, but the weekend is ahead and who knows how I'll feel then? I'm just keepin' on for now and trying to look at how good I will feel come Day 30.
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    LydiaL got a reaction from socrkx in August 1st Group Thread   
    Is it day 5 now? I've gotten to the point of the challenge where I have "all the feels". Work stuff had me in a rage all day and on my commute home the idiot bus driver lurched the bus and I fell on a lady and my bag hit her face. She said she was fine but I felt so bad, I almost burst into tears. I'm normally not a crier but the combination of the Whole30 and a horrible commute almost drove me to jelly beans on the way home (my commute has recently increased from 1 hour a day to 2 1/2 hours a day on 3 modes of public transit- its horrible at the best of times)
    I resisted the urge for candy and instead picked up some fancy soap and organic cashews (and only ate 10 as I was cooking dinner)
    and my dinner was delicious- seared elk steak (marinated in olive oil, coconut aminos, grey salt and a small amt of hot sauce) and cauliflower rice- which I fried with garlic, baby kale, hot peppers, cashews and left-over duck.
    The hot peppers were those very spicy little red ones. I only used 2 for half a cauliflower but my head feels funny now. Like I'm on a spice high. It was tasty though. The first time I've been happy with cauliflower rice. I think perhaps duck skin makes everything tastier.
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    LydiaL got a reaction from socrkx in August 1st Group Thread   
    Is it day 5 now? I've gotten to the point of the challenge where I have "all the feels". Work stuff had me in a rage all day and on my commute home the idiot bus driver lurched the bus and I fell on a lady and my bag hit her face. She said she was fine but I felt so bad, I almost burst into tears. I'm normally not a crier but the combination of the Whole30 and a horrible commute almost drove me to jelly beans on the way home (my commute has recently increased from 1 hour a day to 2 1/2 hours a day on 3 modes of public transit- its horrible at the best of times)
    I resisted the urge for candy and instead picked up some fancy soap and organic cashews (and only ate 10 as I was cooking dinner)
    and my dinner was delicious- seared elk steak (marinated in olive oil, coconut aminos, grey salt and a small amt of hot sauce) and cauliflower rice- which I fried with garlic, baby kale, hot peppers, cashews and left-over duck.
    The hot peppers were those very spicy little red ones. I only used 2 for half a cauliflower but my head feels funny now. Like I'm on a spice high. It was tasty though. The first time I've been happy with cauliflower rice. I think perhaps duck skin makes everything tastier.
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    LydiaL reacted to Tom Denham in Sauerkraut? The right kind….   
    Pasteurization kills the live bacteria that we want to consume with sauerkraut, so any of that is not likely to be helpful. In fact, for the live cultures to be "alive," the sauerkraut needs to come from the refrigerated section. I did not understand this stuff at first and ate lots of canned sauerkraut (and enjoyed it) before I learned that I was not getting the probiotics/live culture that makes sauerkraut special. Most of the stuff that is sold from the refrigerated section of a store should be fine. You should see something about live cultures or a list of lactobacillus, etc. 
     
    My favorite brand is Bubbies, although I like most any kind I have ever tried. 
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    LydiaL got a reaction from EJSmadhatter in August 1st Group Thread   
    JennP: Re: favourite kitchen gadget. I love my slow cooker. I try to make 1-2 slow cooked meals every weekend for the week and usually freeze at least 1 portion. So convenient
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    LydiaL got a reaction from EJSmadhatter in August 1st Group Thread   
    After telling my mother what I had in my freezer, she said she was worried I had a game meat hoarding problem. Right now I have rabbit, elk, bison, duck, pheasant and venison in my freezer so I think she may have a point. I do live in a neighbourhood which is very multicultural so it's pretty easy to find most types of meat here.
    I hear you on the bunnies. I used to have pet quails so I do feel a twinge if I eat quail.
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    LydiaL reacted to b.c. in Have I found the right sauerkraut??   
    i love Bubbies brand sauerkraut - only 3 ingredients: cabbage, sea salt, and spring water (oh, and probiotics... yes!)
    they have some pretty decent fermented pickles, too. 
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    LydiaL got a reaction from BeckyB in August 1st Group Thread   
    Last night's duck roasting plans were postponed until tonight because I didn't want to wait 3 1/2 hours for dinner.
    I had some sort of mystery meat curry from the fridge - either lamb or goat. i really need to start labelling things as I'm getting a little tired of meat roulette. Ate a freezer meal last week which could have been chicken, turkey or rabbit. No idea but it tasted ok.
    At least I know that everything in my freezer is Whole30 compliant.
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    LydiaL reacted to Pea in 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