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    LadyM reacted to Tevenie in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    I ate 8 icecreams the other day.  There, I have said it.  I feel so ashamed of myself when I do it.  I have no ability to control myself around sugar.  
    It is not just you.
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    LadyM reacted to SchrodingersCat in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Oh, my friend, lack of self control is my jam. I'm amazing at staying compliant when I'm being compliant, and when I'm not, I'm absolutely off the reservation, even though it makes me feel like hell.
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    LadyM reacted to decker_bear in Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30   
    Don't be so hard on yourself! I'm reading a really good book right now called The Hungry Brain. I'm about halfway into it. The basic premise to this point is that we are biologically wired to want the most calorie-dense foods, and when we get our hands on them, we over-consume. This is based on the caveman days when they may not always have access to honey or starchy tubers or fatty meats. When those foods are available, they gorge on them, because there is no telling when they will find the next batch. The problem in today's world is that we are still biologically wired that way, but calorie-dense foods are absolutely everywhere and a lot worse for us than honey or starchy tubers. 

    See if you can get your hands on this book, I think it might help. I can't say what the recommendations are because I'm not there yet, but even Melissa says that our lack of "self-control" isn't really our fault. Scientists create "food" in such a way that is addicting so we eat more and more. I can't say why some people are seemingly better able to resist these temptations, but I can only guess it has to do with habits built over long periods of time. 

    Hang in there!  W30 is always here for you when you are ready for another round. 
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    LadyM reacted to Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    *Books flight* you could totally regret saying that.  Food is one of my top hobbies too - I live in Ireland but I long to live a warmer country so I can grow more of my own food - I fantasize about growing tomatoes (what a tragic fantasy life I have!) outside which really isn't possible here!  I did a cookery course at a lovely cookery school set on an organic farm here, where you get to not only cook, but milk the cows; make cheese, dig veg, go fishing!  It was wonderful.  I then worked in a restaurant on an island off the coast.  SUCH HARD WORK!  I toyed with opening a restaurant but seriously I just want to lie about and eat nice food, not make it!
     
    Hello again!  Hope you are well.  Autumn is lovely, it could be my favourite but I think that at the beginning of every season 
    Food:-
    Breakfast left over roast veg with salmon
    Lunch: Fruit mostly.  Must stop doing this but working from home has changed my food itinerary - I no longer want to eat breakfast until mid-morning so am not really hungry for lunch.
    Dinner: more roast veg, leftover coleslaw, leftover steak.  It was better than it looks written down.
    The new normal for me seems to be eating two meals a day - I am fine with that - I have no one to please but myself and it will be quite some time before I fade away 
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    LadyM reacted to SchrodingersCat in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    I'd love to cook for you, you'd be more than welcome!  I'd love to open up a cafe/restaurant which just specifically catered to dietary needs while still making really amazing meals. Food is my hobby, it shouldn't be, but it is. 
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    LadyM reacted to Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    I was just reading your log and I am ashamed of my food!  Yours sounds like a fancy restaurant menu.  Seriously, covid or not, I am coming to stay with you.
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    LadyM reacted to SchrodingersCat in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Happy Day 1!! I too dusted off my old Fitbit and it's really helping with the lockdown movement - I get shamed by how little I'm moving, LOL.
    Food sounds great!! 
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    LadyM reacted to Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Thank you, I feel all full of early autumnal, crisp early morning air enthusiasm.  I am not sure if that is a thing, but I feel it anyway.  I have just signed up for 30 days of 15 mins a day of Pilates too.  So lots of menu planning and getting ready this weekend.  I am excited to feel well again.  I intend to make sure I go into next year healthy and happy.  Looking forward to chatting with you all again. x
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    LadyM reacted to SchrodingersCat in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Welcome back!! You've picked a great time, there's a real buzz about September W30s
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    LadyM reacted to Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Hello!  I am back.  I am going to start this again on Monday and this time I WILL COMPLETE IT. 
    I want tiger blood and I ain't leaving until I've got it. 
    So there.  

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    LadyM reacted to Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    What a load of nonsense this was, I fell at the first sugar hurdle, wrapped my arms around the dragon's neck and went on a joy-ride!
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    LadyM reacted to Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    I DID IT! I DID IT! 
    Well, I did it apart from the great pea debacle.  
    I feel really well, MUCH more energy, better sleep, my head feels clear.  I have always thought the brain-fog I suffer from was due to the Multiple Sclerosis, but now I think it is probably the sugar and the bad carbohydrate.  
    I certainly wasn't perfect, I have snacked too much on fruit, I haven't always kept to the meal template, but I feel like I have done a 'time in motion'  study on my eating, and indeed, living habits and I can really see where my danger points are; what my weaknesses are; and, also, the good habits I have. 
    I do most of my own cooking and that's great.  My basic diet is pretty good -my problem is, and I never realised this before, that I eat to blot out my emotions - boredom, loneliness, anger, frustration.  I need to address the root causes of all these. 
    It is my birthday this weekend and my (82-year-old) mother is making me a chocolate cake and there is no way I am turning that down!  So there will be cake, and there will be wine.  I knew before I started that my reintroduction was not going to be perfect.  Life, what can you do?  But that's the whole point of food freedom really, isn't it?
    I can't begin to tell you how well worth it the last 30 days have been and how happy I am to have completed it.
    Tevenie 
    PS - I lost 10lbs - if I am honest I started this with weight loss as my primary motivator, but somewhere along the way I forgot about the scale and my motivation became something, bigger, better and more important - my health.
     
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    LadyM reacted to Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Oh, thank you so much for that MadyVanilla, I hadn't seen that.  
    It has taken me a while to feel good on this - it was really only yesterday I suddenly started to feel good so I don't want to stop.  I am hoping I have lost weight, I am certainly less bloated - I am wearing jeans today that I haven't been able to wear for a while because my belly was causing the zip to come down.  Never a good look!  So I am certainly not going to stop now.  I will see how I feel about it at the end of the 30 days, which is next Thursday I think.  But at present, I am just planning to keep going. 
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    LadyM reacted to Tevenie in Tevenie's Whole30 Diary   
    Hi MadyVanilla, thanks so much for your reply!    That is a great idea about tracking pain and energy levels - I will definitely do that.  
    I forgot to post yesterday, but I am still here, still compliant and excited about it.  I have learnt that I eat out of boredom, I eat when I am thirsty, I eat to reward myself because it is Friday, Saturday or, my favourite, on Sunday I eat because it is Monday tomorrow!  lol how daft!  I eat because I spend two hours a day in the car and out of boredom, not hunger, I shovel snacks into my mouth - rice crackers, nuts, CHOCOLATE in any shape or form.  Occasionally I eat fruit in a bid to be more healthy but it doesn't last long in the face of the sugar dragon.  
    Luckily I love water so instead of snacking I am drinking water, but I am now so much more aware of what I am doing that I think I can curb it in the future. 
    Anyway, yesterday I had 
    Breakfast: Baked Eggs & Tomatoes with Mushrooms and half an avocado
    Lunch: No lunch because I was cleaning drains and I couldn't bear to eat after that job...
    Dinner: steak, steamed courgettes and a small potato with homemade mayo
     
    Today, I have had
    Breakfast: Egg. bacon, tomato, mushrooms and some leftover potato from last night - a good Sunday breakfast!E
    No lunch as breakfast was very late
    Dinner: Baked salmon, baked potato, homemade coleslaw.
    Rock on Whole 30!
    Energy and Pain levels: small amount of pain in my right leg but the pain in my left arm has definitely improved since the arm swinging exercises in Tai Chi on Thursday.  I must remember this when it comes to Thursday afternoon and I am trying to bunk-off again!
    Picture of my delicious breakfast for fun!
     

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    LadyM reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    BLERGH!!!
    In true Schrode-style yesterday was a complete fest. Hubster and I, after a couple days of fighting and ventilating built up frustrations, had finally made up and were spending a day binge watching shows on the couch, and one had a box of chocolates, so we decided we needed one. So that was great decision 1. Then I decided wine went well with chocolate, that was great decision 2. Then we (I) decided that seeing as the day was already wine and chocolate and I was going to get back on track today, then we would get takeaway because it had been so long. So queue pizza, great decision 3.
    Woke up at 3am couldn't get back to sleep, sour stomach, gastric distress and a headache, brain fog and generally feeling BLERGH. I'd say lesson learned, but we all know that's a lie. But it was good to have the slack off day with hubster, I think we needed it.
    So back on track for me. Not committing to another 30, my b'day is coming up, but I'm definitely going to the Food Freedom idea of eating W30 unless I consciously decide I'm not going to, and will actually make those conscious decisions instead of just stuffing my face.
    Lunch:  I have some fish in the freezer, might defrost a piece of that and have it with a rocket and baby spinach salad, couple of boiled eggs
    Dinner: Finally having the roast pork that should have been Saturday's dinner with roasted veg.
     
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    LadyM reacted to decker_bear in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    Day 7 - continued

    I swear, these dogs are going to push me to my breaking point. But, they're adjusting, so I just have to be patient. I swear I can only clean up SO MUCH PEE before I lose my mind. 
    Anywhoooo.... About 3 hours after breakfast I had a lighter lunch. I made a shrimp fried rice from cauli rice, peas, coconut oil, coconut aminos, egg, and shrimp. Of course I topped it off with my cash-alm-shine sauce. It was light enough I could eat it even though I'd eaten a few hours earlier, but satisfying at the same time. 
    My energy is a little lower today. I've had a couple of bouts of "I just want to take a nap," though I'm probably just catching up from lack of sleep the last couple of nights. 
    NSV: My leggings weren't quite as tight when I put them on today. Woo hoo! 
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    LadyM reacted to SchrodingersCat in Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...   
    @ShadowInTheKitchen thank you - it's good to hear from someone who is doing what I want to do - so many of the resources I look at are for people with a drinking problem looking to quit altogether - my only problem with drink is that it gives me migraines, and makes me eat crappy food, and admittedly if I do drink, I tend drink more than I should and end up with a hangover. But I'm happy to go months at a time without a drink, and be around people drinking when I'm not, and I will always have a drink on occasions. 
    So, as you know, I'm in lockdown and I'm bored. With little else to get creative with, food is my outlet. So tonight's dinner is:
    5 hour slow roasted North African Lab Shoulder, rubbed with Ras el Hanout, with reduced pan juices Cauliflower tabbouleh with pomegranate seeds  Maakouda batata (Moroccan potato cakes) Roasted date and tahini glazed carrots I've decided Saturdays I'm going to cook as if I was throwing a dinner party, but just for the hubster and I. 
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    LadyM reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    I love this.
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    LadyM got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    I was just thinking about this--the anxiety surrounding food boredom on W30--and it struck me that while not on W30, I can eat the same thing for days on end, take a one-day break, and go back to eating the same thing for days on end until I grow tired of it and switch to something else. Lately, while packing and planning to move, it was take-out shawarma, my go-to being hummus, lentil soup, salad, chicken. And sushi from the grocery store. I practically lived on these two meals all summer. So, why do we feel we need to outdo ourselves on W30? Honestly, I'm amazed at the effort I'm willing to put into meal prep, though I'm also noticing that it doesn't HAVE to be that big of a deal. As long as I have protein, veggies, and fat handy, I'm good. It's true that the excitement of overmuch salt/fat/sugar/msg/whathaveyou taken out of the equation may be part of why getting back to real food and making it extra tasty is important. But I keep telling myself, "It doesn't have to be such a big deal." Especially because my plan is basically to keep going through October with my little doctor-ordered side step away from fats and starches in the middle.
    Anyway, love your reflections, contemplations, and participation in my log. WE CAN DO THIS (cue Rosie the Riveter image)!!
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    LadyM got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    Cheers to no cravings and makeshift sunshine sauce and new squirrel pups!
    I hear you on wine. It's something I miss a bit when I know I can't have it but hardly actually drink it when I'm not on an elimination diet. I really do feel better in general without alcohol, and over the course of my umpteen W30s including one year alcohol-free, it doesn't sing the same siren song. When I do imbibe, it's generally one, maybe two. Even though my dude manages a bar. Neither of us is the drinker we once were, and I'd like to think that's the natural order of things (I'm 43 and he's nearly 51). Anyway, I digress from my original intent, which was to say YAY YOU! Wine always seems better on tv. YOU GOT DIS.
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    LadyM got a reaction from decker_bear in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    I was just thinking about this--the anxiety surrounding food boredom on W30--and it struck me that while not on W30, I can eat the same thing for days on end, take a one-day break, and go back to eating the same thing for days on end until I grow tired of it and switch to something else. Lately, while packing and planning to move, it was take-out shawarma, my go-to being hummus, lentil soup, salad, chicken. And sushi from the grocery store. I practically lived on these two meals all summer. So, why do we feel we need to outdo ourselves on W30? Honestly, I'm amazed at the effort I'm willing to put into meal prep, though I'm also noticing that it doesn't HAVE to be that big of a deal. As long as I have protein, veggies, and fat handy, I'm good. It's true that the excitement of overmuch salt/fat/sugar/msg/whathaveyou taken out of the equation may be part of why getting back to real food and making it extra tasty is important. But I keep telling myself, "It doesn't have to be such a big deal." Especially because my plan is basically to keep going through October with my little doctor-ordered side step away from fats and starches in the middle.
    Anyway, love your reflections, contemplations, and participation in my log. WE CAN DO THIS (cue Rosie the Riveter image)!!
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    LadyM reacted to decker_bear in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Right!! All the advertizing screams at us to eat keto, low fat, low carb, sugar free, count macros, exercise, etc etc to "be healthy." And WW is certainly no different - "eat everything you want AS LONG AS you stay within your points," which effectively equates to "restriction." Coming back to W30 where the message is "Eat!" definitely takes some adjustment. One of my friends I'm coaching said, "Are you sure I'm not going to gain a bunch of weight?" Nope! But that is surely another indication of the restriction mindset that is so prevalent. 
    Speaking of sauces ... earlier this week (or last week, I can't remember, it all blurs) I tried making a W30 Worcestershire sauce. It definitely was NOT Worcestershire, but it was crazy tasty. I added some to a batch of chili I made and I have been eating it on eggs. It's BBQ-esque in the sense that it has the tomato paste, the acidity from the vinegar, and the umami from garlic and coconut aminos. Another member found this so I can't take credit.  It won't be BBQ, but it is a really tasty sauce you could add to your repertoire. 
    https://iheartumami.com/paleo-worcestershire-sauce-hamburger-steak/
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    LadyM got a reaction from decker_bear in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    LOVE THIS!! And the idea that once it is ingrained through experience, it's always there. I think even when I was doing WW and focusing more on an ayurvedic lifestyle, the template was always at the back of my mind. Its simple brilliance and powerful effects are incomparable.
    And yes, WE CAN DO THIS!!
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    LadyM reacted to decker_bear in The Seduction of LadyM Returns   
    Yes, absolutely! I was all about W30 a few years back, and like you, I tried a bunch of different things including weight watchers and keto. It was my knowledge of the W30 program, how it is not a weight loss program but a nutritional reset, and a desire to regain control of my relationship with food that drove me straight back to the W30. I'm still paying for WW because I had a 6 month agreement, but I've never felt as in control as I do right now. 
    I'm also coaching a couple of friends through their first round of W30. As I'm coaching them, explaining the rules, explaining the sciency-stuff behind the rules and giving recommendations for how to deal with side-effects, I realize it is exactly like riding a bike. It's been years since I was reading this material regularly, but when I came back in it was like I never left. I still make some of the same meals I used to make, but I'm bringing in some different ones as well. 
    Stay strong! I think we're a bunch of vets on here right now and WE CAN DO THIS!! 
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    LadyM reacted to decker_bear in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Sounds like you're killing it!! Keep it up! I loooove  getting new running shoes. So motivating! 
    With the stress eating - I feel you! I can't tell you how many times I baked a batch of cookies after someone pissed me off.  Not the healthiest response. If it's just general stress, try listening to Marconi Union - Weightless. It's on YouTube, Spotify, all of them. It's under 10 minutes and was designed by neuroscientists and has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety by listening to it. If that's not feasible, there's a technique I learned in college called "Be In the Moment." You close your eyes and go from feet to head just feeling and being aware of everything. You'll feel the socks and shoes on your feet, you feel the pants or skirt on your legs, you feel the chair holding you up, you feel the air on your face, etc. It's a very effective grounding technique and will get you in a good spot. 
    If it's a specific incident or person stressing you out, write & burn techniques are helpful (wish I'd done this instead of baking cookies, LOL). Get a blank piece of paper - or even a blank word processing screen - and just write. Write all the things in your head. Swear, scream, whatever you need to do. Keep going until you're done (you'll know when you're done ). Paper is the best because then you tear it up into little bitty pieces and throw it away. If it's word processing doc, be very dramatic about highlighting all the text and deleting. The idea is that it gets the feelings out of your head into a tangible form that you can destroy, quite literally getting those feelings and energies out of your body. 
    Good luck!