MrsKT

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    MrsKT got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in Don't over think this.   
    Thanks for the reminder Robin!  As a veteran on my 4th W30, I often remind myself that there will be "problem meals" on occasion.  Instead of starving myself on a 6 hour flight (with no cooler in tow), it's okay to eat some compliant dried fruit/ Larabars/ dried nuts.  Even though I try to stay compliant on ingredients and meal template, life still happens and nothing is perfect.  The good news is that I did the best I could for the circumstances and am still doing better than 99% of the other people out there!
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    MrsKT got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in Don't over think this.   
    Thanks for the reminder Robin!  As a veteran on my 4th W30, I often remind myself that there will be "problem meals" on occasion.  Instead of starving myself on a 6 hour flight (with no cooler in tow), it's okay to eat some compliant dried fruit/ Larabars/ dried nuts.  Even though I try to stay compliant on ingredients and meal template, life still happens and nothing is perfect.  The good news is that I did the best I could for the circumstances and am still doing better than 99% of the other people out there!
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    MrsKT reacted to wheresanita in Don't over think this.   
    Thank you for this! I worked a rogue night shift this week (between day 2 and day 3 of my W30) and was having some guilt twinges regarding my every 2 hour egg/meat/coconut milk/veggie 'muffin' - but it allowed me to get through the night without having graham crackers and peanut butter (an ICU staff nutritional staple!). It's not what I do on a normal day, but I survived my shift with my W30 intact so it was a victory. I think we are very hard on ourselves sometimes. I was actually feeling GUILTY about the 'egg muffings' because I felt I was 'snacking'. Then I remembered that we hear a lot about context here. And in that moment (or those 12 hours) I was doing what I had to do to maintain my W30. And I felt better. Yay me!!
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    MrsKT reacted to Kirsteen in Don't over think this.   
    Robin, I'm going to print this out and keep it. You don't have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30. I love it, love it, love it. thankyou
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    MrsKT reacted to Jtandi in Don't over think this.   
    thanks so much for this post! I am on my first whole30 ever (or whole100 if I have my way) and have started to stress out a little bit today. I was actually upset with myself for having 3 pieces of fruit and cashew butter on two different occasions. did I stick to the rules? yes. could my food choices have been better? yes. did I drink diet coke and have cookies for breakfast like I did a week ago? nope. so that is success. I don't want to get discouraged and worry about how I can cook my veggies/meat/whatever.
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    MrsKT reacted to Robin Strathdee in Don't over think this.   
    Welcome all newcomers, welcome back vets, and for those of you who never left...welcome to this post.
    I just wanted to pop in here and remind you all to take a deep breath before you dive into all the questions about what you can and can't have. The program guidelines are clear on what you can and can't have (grains, dairy, W30 muffins), but things get a little grey when people start talking about what you should and shouldn't have. Please don't over think think this. You don't have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30. If you need to you can always extend or repeat the process, and things will get better each time you do. My advice to you is this:

    Stick to the rules like they are your port in a storm (really, they will become that).
    Take the Moderators responses seriously (we know what we're talking about).
    Take community members suggestions as advice from those who came before, but keep in mind they are not the rules and not the Mods. Everyone here is well-meaning, and everyone here wants to see you succeed, but everyone here is at a different place in this journey.
    And finally, take comfort in these words (from Melissa Hartwig, on another forum post):

    Here's the thing (and this is an interesting discussion)... there are Whole30 "rules," which are strict, clearly outlined, and very well defined. No grains - and here are all the things we consider grains. No dairy - and here are all the dairy items excluded. No Paleo-fied food choices, and here's what those look like.
    Then, there are Whole30 suggestions for success. They're not part of the official rules, but they're things that we've seen really help (or harm) people as they move through the program. Fruit smoothies for breakfast - not a good idea. Skipping breakfast - not a good idea. Eating every two hours, all day - not a good idea. These things won't necessarily affect your Whole30 results (although they might), but if we can give you additional suggestions that will make your transition and your program easier and more effective, we're going to give them to you.
    Keep Calm and Whole30 On.
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    MrsKT got a reaction from kittycat in Project phoenix   
    how are you doing now? haven't seen a post in a while... when it your trip to Germany?
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    MrsKT reacted to Tom Denham in Panera Bread Hidden Menu   
    Most bacon in the U.S. is cured with sugar, but the chicken salad looks good otherwise.
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    MrsKT reacted to melbournegirl in Project phoenix   
    Coffee messes up my stomach too
    I am envious of all your yoga, running, hiking etc...
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    MrsKT reacted to kittycat in Project phoenix   
    Okay, here we are again. Let's see: 7 weeks later, moved to another continent, now living in Irvine, California.
    Food here is great in terms of variety (e.g. veggies), but also kind of horror in terms of too many convenient fast food places which produce way too much trash. I'm not saying that in Germany this was better - I just have the feeling that in this country, the extremes are further on both ends of the scale. Recap of what is going well and what is not:
    + I have stuck to most of my meals being strongly paleo-oriented.
    + I manage to stay away from grains most of the time.
    + I manage to stay away from dairy most of the time.
    + I manage to stay away from soy most of the time.
    + I still exercise a lot, as I have always.
    + I am very aware now which foods affect me, even small amounts of grains or legumes bloating me, cheese causing stomach pain, and sugar making me hectic.
    + I make proper W30 breakfast every day with veggies and eggs.
    + I prepare my lunches during the week in advance and they usually comply.
    - I have not stuck properly to my post-W30 days, big mistake... stupid, I should say. I know, I know, no need to comment further on that.
    - I have not slain the sugar dragon, I got back to too many sweets rather fast. My wonderful post-W30 flat belly is wobbly again, as is the rest of my body, and my face skin and scalp have gone worse again
    - I have gone back to more or less frequent social drinking when going out with more than one occasional glass of wine.
    - When I have foods that are not good for me, I often have them in the evening, so they affect my sleep and still affect me a lot the next day, and the increased cravings keep me eating more than I need.
    - Although I do usually prepare my lunches during the week, I often pack too little and then end up snacking things I shouldn't.
    - I have a hard time again when being invited for lunch/dinner that was cooked by friends or family to not eat it if it is not compliant. Especially in a new context I'd rather be easy-to-have than obsessively picky. Stupid again, I know, I'm just trying to be honest with myself here.
    In summary, sounds like I should do another W30 before this turns into unhealthy habit at my wonderful new place.
    Book ordered, starting tomorrow, kitchen is clean (has been ever since, because everything I shouldn't have, I usually don't even take home, apart from some sweets, and they are gone).
    We have a great farmer's market here on Saturdays and in 31 days, I will be flying back home to Germany for a week, so that is a nice deadline to look forward to. My family is already used to my eating habits from the first Whole30, so they will support my post-W30 days, which I will definitely follow as prescribed this time. I don't even have a scale here and won't buy one. It feels like I've returned to pre-firstW30 and that is unpleasant enough
    I want to be back to tiger blood!
    Goals: "just" a plain Whole30 to get me back on track. Careful with too many sweet fruits and nuts.
    When tiger blood kicks in, I might extend to W100, to make sure I slay the dragon this time.