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    All the meat....your thoughts?

    Well, this is why I had to re think the meat thing. I cannot afford ethically raised meat-one salary family. So right now I eat fish(wild caught), eggs. I am not following a W30 per se but eating clean ie legumes/lentils/ brown rice etc. I have never gone a month without meat but I just finished one. Feel very good overall-esp since I feel good about the food I am eating. Sorry-I know this isn't the w30 way. I have been 2 years with w30ish(95%) but finally had to try no meat. I do agree with Tom re organic farms support. I just cant afford it-hubby is diabetic so the meals I fix for him have meat in them of course. Don't know how long the pescatarian thing will be for me or if I will eliminate fish/eggs but for right now-it feels right. The vast amount of education on this site is invaluable-and it continues to be for me. The meat thing is incidental as the veggie, good fat, limit grains, whole food philosophy is huge in ANY healthy diet.
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    Wine: an update and some realizations

    It is tough, very tough, changing habits. I come from 2 alcoholic parents and have lost 2 direct family members to alcohol related illnesses. But stress of a chronically sick/disabled husband has me turning to food and wine. I stop for a week, then go back. Not much in volume, mind you, just about 6-8 oz, but it was daily. I stopped last week, had a glass on the weekend and stopped again this week. I have replaced the "ritual" with good quality tea in a great cup and that seems to help. The ritual in the evenings is a hard one but replacing it with similar but yet healthy one is ideal. Good luck to all of us.
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    Is there a compromise?

    So I made it 3 days on eggs, fish once a day only and adding lentils, quinoa and a few black beans to the no wheat, corn, soy, dairy and sugar routine. Feel like the energy level is a bit low but I suspect that will improve. Over all feel better about what I eat but still not certain I can sustain it.
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    Is there a compromise?

    Anybody reading "How not to die?" Plant based scientific book(new-just got it)
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    Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!

    So the challenge is to be compliant for the full 9 months?
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    Is there a compromise?

    Well, damn. Can't win for losing. So frustrating being a conscientious consumer-so many conflicting "reliable" sources. Cant tell what is cherry picked and what isn't. Guess I will just have another glass of wine.....
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    Is there a compromise?

    Well, I give up. Didn't feel as energetic reducing meat. So I added it back for breakfast and lunch. Trying to stay with chicken, turkey, fish at least. I don't have any land for growing my own veggies, but I certainly can go to the farmers market here....although I have frequently seen the supermarket "sticker" on a few apples I have bought. Interesting.
  8. I understand completely re being over 50 and post menopausal that it is much harder to make gains in any arena-weight loss, fitness etc. Getting older aint for sissies. I am having the same issues-restarted multiple times with no real success in the weight loss dept-in fact gaining, but as the mods have told me, stress, reduced sleep etc can slow down or hault weight loss.
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    Is there a compromise?

    Thanks...I was not going to add back wheat, or corn, and maybe only legumes on a salad. Had quinoa with my veggies this morning. Going to see if eating meat once daily at lunch will help me feel OK. There are several sides to every story-I suspect even this W30 story has its supporters as well as anti-W30. I suspect I will not feel full for long:). Still keeping the no wheat, corn , soy, sugar thing going as no one can disagree with that!
  10. Been around W30 for a couple years now-done several months in a row with good results overall but find it difficult on a couple levels. Overall, the philosophy of meat, veggies, some fruit and fat are sound ones and I stick to that most of the time. Still overweight, though. Healthy other than that. Anyway, as I get older, I struggle with the ethical side of eating meat. If it came down to it, no way would I be the one pulling the trigger to put the animal on my plate. These is no way I can afford grass fed anything as the sole bread winner, and supporting a disabled husband. I want to make a contribution to reducing the strain of humans on this planet-I cant quit my job and fight for endangered species. I know what the W30 views are for vegetarians, etc. I want to give up meat and eggs but I know I probably wont-my husband is diabetic and eating W30 "like' is healthy for him. I feel good most of the time as well. It is just tough dealing with the ethical side. Not trying to stay true 100% to W30, what small changes or compromises could I make that honors both sides of the coin? Eating less meat overall but getting protien needs for overall health, satiety. Eat meat only at one meal? More fat at those other 2 meals, adding a whey protien shake? Eating more eggs? Cholesterol has been really high lately for some reason. I know responces will be fish-fish is great, but trying to steer away from eating anything that was alive and moving. Just trying to find a compromise between good health for me and good health for everything else.
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    The Sugar Monster.... it's real.

    I can typically get through a meal by telling myself I can have what I want after I eat....I usually don't eat anything because I am satisfied.....It is a mind game that works for me. Again, for me, at times of high stress adding deprivation(to the mind, not the body) is tough so I play the game. If I still want whatever after I eat, I can have it-not talking W30, just life in general here. I have strung along 50+ days of this thinking. To me, saying no,no,no is just more negative thoughts that I get enough of from work, stress at home etc. It is a different way of thinking and not wrong....for me.
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    The Sugar Monster.... it's real.

    Oh, and I really disagree with the sugar monster thing....A monster we all would know to run away from and slam the door on. No one would entertain a monster. But a mistress(Yeah, I am a girl) or a siren, THAT is what sugar is. Slowly calling to you from the shadows, so pretty, smells fabulous, tastes great and lights your whole brain up in 1970's colors! Addiction, pure and simple.
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    The Sugar Monster.... it's real.

    Bad food, or unhealthy fast food, is built to reel you in and suck you dry. We all know that and yet....the food still beckons us. It is an addiction. My husband lost an entire leg last year to fast food(diabetic) and THEN lost all of his toes last month! And still, he wants pizza, Bojangles biscuits etc. If anyone has a reason to detest bad food, it is him. He may still lose the rest of his leg as the wounds are not healing. The damage was done years ago, years of fast food. It is a struggle, somedays an hourly struggle. My humble suggestion is to take 1 meal at a time-eat a healthy meal, then if you HAVE to have something unworthy, at least you have a good foundation. Tell yourself-OK, If I eat a veggies, lean protein and good fat(for example), then I can have "what ever". Never have "what ever" first. You may find that that one healthy choice builds on another healthy choice. Since my husband has been donating his body parts to science, the thing I crave is sugar. Isn't that just sick! I see the effects of diabetes daily, at home and at work, and yet sugar just beckons......
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    Wine: an update and some realizations

    Thank you for the well wishes. I will post here again about the "wine realizations" theme and not re stress of life:) I do appreciate the good thoughts and will pas them on to hubby
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    Wine: an update and some realizations

    Well, I have to say I fell off the wagon as well. Went several weeks of no sugar/alcohol but marital stress ensued, then a husband back in the hospital for 3 weeks and now financial troubles with how to pay for all this. In other words.....LIFE. I am eating healthy at each meal but also allowing a bit of "something" if I REALLY want it which right now is a glass of wine at night after a compliant meal. I am taking it meal to meal. I string along 2-6 good meals, then sugar. But right now I cant kick myself for that. If I want something off plan, fine....eat the compliant meal first. Thats my story and I am sticking to it....for now. Funny....hubby has lost another body part to diabetes and the first thing I want is sugar. What an eff'd up world we live in. Seems I should run the other way cause I can see on a daily basis the effect of sugar (excessive sugar) on our lives. Oh, what a wicked mistress sugar is!