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  1. I did a Whole30 in the spring. It was my first. Today is Day 61 of my whole 60 I began in September. I knew I still had further to go healthwise and with my weight prior to getting on the scale this morning. I would have estimated that I lost about 8 pounds. I've dealt with intermittent constipation/bloating issues from about Day 16 on. Those issues had seemed better lately. I also (finally) realized I have a sinus infection (a very dry, painful sinus infection) which caused my neck, jaw, back to go out and have lots of pain. I'm dealing with treating both of those things. I was compliant the entire time. I intend to continue (with a small indulgence on my birthday this upcoming Tuesday). I stepped on the scale this morning to track my progress and was greatly, I mean GREATLY disappointed. I am trying to get my weight back down to what it was a couple of years ago. At the start of my Whole60 I had about 18 pounds to lose to get there. I lost less than 3 pounds in the last 60 days. I thought it would be more. But I should have known because while some of my "fat pants" are loose, I still haven't been able to drop down to my smaller sized clothing. I also took my measurements and photos, and while there was a loss in inches, it was also rather minimal per what I hoped for. I really want to cry because I've been working so hard and didn't get the results I hoped for. Any words of encouragement or advice are appreciated. I feel like I finished an endurance race and now I'm lost.
  2. So, I'm making the olive oil mayo from Well Fed. In a note on the page with the photo, it states that using bottled lemon juice is better because it has more reliable acid content. So, last week I thought I bought bottled juice that is okay, but it has potassium metabisulfite in it. So I tossed it out (along with the egg I'd already broken into the blender). So now I'm using fresh squeezed lemon juice and praying for good results! My question is, have any of you found bottled lemon juice that does NOT contain any nasty preservative? Or are you making mayo with fresh lemons?
  3. Anita

    What should I eat for breakfast for Whole30?

    I just made those Meat and Spinach Muffins from Well Fed last night and am having two for breakfast with 5 olives, some pearl tomatoes, and a small amount of sweet potato. Those muffins are genius if you ask me.
  4. I had hand surgery January 31st. Thanks to all of you that offered support and suggestions to help me stay on track. What I thought would be 4 weeks off work ended up being 6. I cooked a lot and froze food prior to starting, so I was fairly well set up. I did pretty well staying on track the first three weeks with the exception of some dairy in coffee and a few "oh I deserve to have this [gourmet pop tart]" type of ventures. I have a history of candida overgrowth in my intestinal tract and was very concerned about the antibiotics and pain killers. I took the pain killers for only 5 days because I was feeling like a junkie (scratching, nodding off, etc.). The antibiotics I took must have been pretty crazy because the warning label stated you could get diarrhea that continued for months. I did not get that. Instead the pain killers made me constipated. Weeks 2 and 3 I did really well with about 90 minute walks in the mountains/hills where I live. I felt pretty good considering I'd had surgery. Then a friend came to town. I had a night out with lots of alcohol (I don't know why I did that). We had brunch and I ate a few things I can't tolerate. Still not so bad. Somewhere in the back of my mind I knew that the flora in my gut was off from the antibiotics. I started having sugar cravings, but couldn't see that's what it was. I indulged a bit more. Then I came down with what felt like a mild stomach flu for 5 days. Had 3 good days and over-indulged in off-road foods again. Then I got a full-blown nasty cold. I'm still not completely well. I have a cough I can't get rid of, but it's only occasional. I did my usual Chinese Medicine (acupuncture and herbs) that helped a lot. I returned to my job, that I hate, and further indulged. I had no idea how exhausting it would be to go back to work and get back on track with exercise, prepping meals, etc. I ended up eating at restaurants, etc. Work was stressful and depressing. Anyway, short version of the rest of this part of the story is, I've been eating like a crazy woman (cake, cupcakes, popcorn, bread, beer). And while not a lot, it messes me up very quickly. Still not fully over the cold, congested, fat, aching, and cranky. So, my friend posted on Facebook saying she was going to lead a Paleo 30 day detox. I thought "what a great opportunity to reset my body with friends and friends of friends." Then she started sending out the rules and details. It's not Paleo. I don't even like that word, really, but it's what we use, right? She's saying it's a beginner Paleo detox and I really appreciate her intention to support people, but I'm thinking a portion of it is she's a rep for a company (one of those pyramid things) and she advises eating protein bars and protein powder from her company. She says agave and stevia are okay. She recommends eating hummus and other beans, brown rice, and limiting egg consumption to 1 per day. She recommends some seed oils. I'm not saying I'm an expert. Nor am I the Paleo Police. And now I've committed to doing it and I'm not a quitter. However, I feel as if someone is telling me the earth is flat. I'm struggling with keeping my mouth shut because I really want to say "No, this is not Paleo. You are not limiting things enough to heal." I'm sure some of my bitterness about this is related to the huge amount of actual sugar I ate this week. (Too many parties at work.) On a positive note, I'm basically going to treat it like a whole 30. I committed to a start date with them (today). I am back to sweat cycle two days a week and private pilates one day a week. My self-workouts for pilates are not back in place yet, but I'm mapping out a schedule this week with my master teacher holding me accountable to do those workouts. I also am going for an initial appointment for SuperSlow weight training because I'm 51 and need more weight-bearing. I'm thinking the reason I can't lose weight is related to not carrying enough muscle. I can't really afford much more $ on fitness, but I feel it's crucial for me to try this. What used to work just isn't working for me. Huge insight from time off work is that the stress is killing me. I was already pretty aware of this. My job is stressful and doesn't pay enough to allow me to reduce stressors otherwise (i.e., have a housekeeper, etc.). Not sure what to do with that. I know the stress is making me fat. Sitting is the new smoking. Stress is a major factor for me. I do plenty to reduce stress in my life as much as I can (therapy, study with a Taoist master/life coach, meditate every day, exercise, relax). Changing jobs is the next step, which I'll try to do this summer. In the meantime, I still want to feel better. Anyway, I don't know if I need anything from you people beyond this vent. I know small improvements in diet can help people, particularly if they eat really poorly now. My problem is that no level of strictness seems to allow me to lose much weight. I'm 20 pounds over where I was 3 years ago. I'm sad about that. A certain part of me thinks it's because I'm 51. I have a big trip coming up in May and after that I'm really going to start looking at macronutrients, perhaps get blood tests/allergy tests to help determine where the problems are. So, mostly I just want to say, I love you people that take this as seriously as I do. I love that you are able to do this and support one another. ISWF is my number one favorite Paleo book. (I've read a few and lots of blogs.) This community is the best thing that has happened to me in years. Thank you.
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    Pre and Post Workout

    Thanks, MissMary. I bought one of each of the Epic bars. I partly got them to take on a trip to Europe. I also love lamb, so that's disappointing. I have TMJ so jerky is really tough for me to eat. I had high hopes for these. I'll check them out though. Tuna may be my thing. I didn't think about the fat in eggs post-workout.
  6. Yes! Agreed! And my ill friend is also going to loosely continue with that group, but is signing up for her first Whole30 to be my Whole30 buddy! I'm very excited to have a companion on the journey!
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    Pre and Post Workout

    I'm having trouble with this too. Often after my weekend workouts I'm going on to run errands (yes, sweaty and gross, but I do put on dry clothing and wipe my body down so I'm not stinky). Morning workouts are usually followed by a full meal. It hadn't occurred to me to take tuna. I'll try that. I love tuna plain. Hard boiled eggs was something I had thought of. Does anyone eat Epic bars? Are they okay on a Whole30? I read the ingredients and it looks like a couple of them have some added sugar (I think it was the Bison and Turkey, maybe). I just need portable items that don't need refrigeration. Do you find sweet potato best? Is fruit okay for the carb portion? Or is that too much sugar post-workout? I try to limit my fruit intake because of my sugar issues.
  8. Thankfully, my friend understood. I know some good people. I look forward to beginning my Whole30 tomorrow. UPGRADE!
  9. I wanted to thank you again. Only a few minutes after I posted above, I realized I'm just stressing myself further. Whole30 is familiar to me, doesn't make me feel deprived, and I already have support here. I don't need "the new thing." I'm comfortable with the old thing. I emailed my friend and told her I stopped the notifications from the group and explained how it was triggering me to read the posts. I expressed gratitude for the things I took away from it. And then I signed up for Whole30 Daily emails with a start date of tomorrow. So, I'll be talking to you people more in the next few weeks, I'm sure. Now off to my kitchen to prep food for the week. Thankfully I bought a ton of lovely foods yesterday. Pulled pork coming up!
  10. Thank you so much. Your support and kind words just brought me to tears. I was just journaling about my day yesterday and the frustration I have with the misuse of the terminology. It did, however, give me a date to start clean eating again. I have gratitude for that. But yesterday I almost went off on on a diatribe because one woman said she only wanted to eat one egg because of cholesterol concerns. I realized I didn't have the energy for the conversation. It's not my job to teach these people. I partly joined the group because I have a good friend that wanted to join it. She has very serious auto-immune disease issues and has been vegetarian for years and years. She nearly died on us a few years ago. I never tell people how to live (thankfully I've done enough work on myself to get rid of that self-righteousness). If people are curious about my lifestyle, I answer their questions to the best of my ability. My ill friend recently decided to give a modern paleo/primal diet a try. In 3 weeks of less-than-full compliance, she is feeling better, less pain, and has lost 10 lbs. She is even considering eating meat again. I've been supporting her with texting, phone calls, emails, sending her links to information, Whole30, etc. I thought this would be another way to support her and help myself. However, even she asked me yesterday if I had a clue why this group was called "Paleo detox" since it wasn't Paleo. I told her I think our mutual friend is just misinformed. But again, I'm not the Paleo Police and I'm not here to educate on that level, when so many lovely people (like Whole9) with much more knowledge are already doing it SO WELL. So, I think I may drop out of the Facebook group. I am getting some benefits from it -- I started a food/mood journal. I think that's crucial for me at this point because I want to start examining macronutrients to see if I can get this excess 20 lbs off. I may just stop reading most of the posts since they seem to be triggering a lot of emotions for me. I'm basically easing into a Whole30 at this point. I agree about the job. I have a 15-day vacation coming up May 1st (London, Paris, Palm Springs). Mostly I'm just trying to readjust to being back at work, get back to healthy eating and full workouts, and get ready for my trip. Still lots to research and plan. I made a commitment at the beginning of the year that I would tackle the job change when I got back from my vacation. So that's the plan. Thanks again! This forum has saved me more times than I can say!
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    The Quick and the Alive

    About 40 days post-whole 30 and I still feel like all I'm doing is cooking and doing dishes. (Note to self: call landlord about repairing dishwasher.) During the Whole30 I was so busy and cooking so much that while I read the daily emails, I didn't always have the luxury of exploring all the links and putting everything into practice. That being said, I'm revisiting the email about time-saving. I also wanted to inquire here to see if you experienced people could give me advice, links to recipes, simple meals that are easy, fast and healthy. I have been trying to make extra of foods and freeze some meals so that I have options for workday lunches when my week gets out of hand. Any advice you can provide will be greatly appreciated!
  12. Thank you for that perspective. I think it's also that fact that a Whole30 isn't really so far off from how I've been eating. I was diagnosed with candida overgrowth many years ago (related to stress mostly) and began modifying my diet then. While I wasn't always perfect over the years, as my acupuncturist says, my "bad" is still way better than most folk's "best" eating. I'll just keep at it. I'm not throwing in the towel and eating ho-hos.
  13. I don't know if it has crossfit type of routines, but a friend of mine raves about You can do searches for different types of workouts.
  14. Oh, and I do have hills (mountain)! I moved to this neighborhood primarily because of how walkable it was, then I stopped walking. Weird. I live in Southern California so the weather is good for walking this time of year and the hills around me have the most beautiful old homes with gigantic trees that make me really happy.
  15. I have been eating Paleo (whatever you want to call it) for about 17 months. May '12 I did a Whole30. September - November '12 I did a Whole60. Aside from health/digestive issues, I have been trying to find a way to lose excess fat I've slowly put on in the last few years. After my Whole60 I really didn't add much back, in an attempt to lose weight. I've determined that I can't really restrict my food a lot more than I already am, and it's about more exercise. I'm also 51 now, so I feel like my body is fighting me even harder to keep weight on. I'm a bit lost about what exactly to do. I have now gotten back up to 5 days of exercise a week after several years of only 3. That seems to be helping. A friend has gotten great results after about 2 months of a Superslow/Power of 10 type of training. I can't really afford more expenditure on exercise, but I think I may do 2-3 months with a trainer in this style, then maybe join a really cheap gym to continue on my own. I think stress is a significant factor in my weight/health, but unless I can change my job, I don't see what more I can do to manage that stress. I did go off-track over the holidays. I was good for a really long time. One of my favorite restaurants was catering my work holiday party and that was to be my big indulgence. It was a sit-down dinner. I got there after cocktail hour. We all found that the food amount was so minimal, we were starving after dinner. We actually considered going to a restaurant to eat. haha. Anyway, that was the trigger for me. I felt "deprived" of my indulgent meal, so I continued to indulge. It became the "just one more thing before I go back to the strictness" pattern of thinking. I made myself pretty sick (digestion) and really bloated. Anyway, I learned that I need a pressure release valve. I am going to have to build in, periodically, days when I can indulge in non-Whole30 foods/beverages. The pressure of being perfect is breaking me -- it's another type of stress. Also, I need to get my body fat tested so I can get a realistic view of my physical makeup. I'm also considering that given my age, maybe I don't need to get back to my super-skinny weight and could have a goal 3-6 pounds over that (although this feels a bit like giving up to me). People keep telling me to stop focusing on losing weight and it will just fall off, but that just scares me. I realize I need more muscle on my body (my job is sedentary and has been for my entire adult life). I think I'm going to get "Your Personal Paleo Code" and read it to see if I can gain any insight there. I'm concerned because I'm having what is fairly minor hand surgery in a couple of weeks and I won't be able to put pressure on my hands for several weeks. I will be off work for a month. I would prefer to see my weight go down in that time period. However, they've told me no cycling (hands on handle bars too much pressure) or anything else that would do that (I do pilates and we do many things on our hands). Obviously no weights in hands either. I know I'm an emotional/boredom eater, so I'm concerned about being home with lots of time on my hands. Anyway, I know that was just a big, rambling dump. I'm sorry if it's too much to read. I don't know who else to talk to about this kind of stuff because most people I know can't relate. Any advice, support, etc. would be appreciated. Am I crazy to think I can get down to the weight I was just a few years ago?
  16. GLC1968, the woman that told me that is a dear, sweet person. But she's probably in her early 60s, I would imagine weighs upwards of 300 lbs, and has had both knees replaced. If I had 1 knee replaced (or the pain that leads to something like that), I'd be motivated to lose. As it is, 5 extra lbs can make my feet hurt and effect my workouts. I'm so happy to hear of your success because it gives me confidence that I can do it! pjena, isn't it a beautiful thing? The online community is so amazing. I don't know a whole lot of people in person that eat Paleo, and the ones that do are mostly much younger friends that do cross fit. And they NEVER eat as strict as a Whole30. So having a place to come and get advice, support, etc. is really lovely.
  17. You all have really lifted my spirits and re-inspired me. I got Your Personal Paleo Code in the mail today. Will read that after surgery. I agree walking is great exercise. I'm hoping that just doing something different that is low intensity may help with fat loss. And it can't hurt to get ready for my trip to London/Paris in May because I'll be walking all day there. I'm going to try that tool as well. It had never really occurred to me to workout in the evening, but that's partially because of the hours I've worked for years. It is a possibility for me now, but I don't really have a lot of time after work before I go to bed. I've decided to use a lot of time over my recovery to investigate and experiment. I do get acupuncture. It's been my primary care (along with other holistic treatments) for about 16 years now. There are a few schools here, but they are very far from my residence. Even my regular acupuncturist is pretty far from me. She gives me a friends and family discount, but I can't afford much at the moment. I have studied with a taoist master for the last 4 years (which includes daily meditation and transformational work). My job is just really stressful right now ( very happy that I'll be off work for 4 weeks), and this health stuff is making me scramble to get things done. (I also had a heart attack scare about two weeks ago and was taken by ambulance to the ER, so I'm concerned about medical bills, particularly with my upcoming trip to Europe.) I am also a certified pilates instructor (but I don't teach). I know I can probably do quite a bit of strength training throughout the day without working up a sweat. I truly hope this time off after surgery can be like a wonderful reset and help me delve into the mysteries of my body at 51. Someone recently told me I shouldn't be worried about excess fat and it was just "getting old." She told me I'd just learn to live with it. I wanted to ask "Do you know me?" LOL I'm not really the type to just toss in the towel. Thanks so much for the responses!
  18. Thank you for your responses. I haven't been on here much lately. I got swept up in life, but am renewing my food focus once again.
  19. GLC1968, THANK YOU! I really appreciate your take on this. I have been thinking that tracking might be the way for me to go. I had the same experience of some weight loss (but all seemed like bloating/inflammation) during the program. I am not sure how I will be able to track. I've seen some apps that help with that (and also calculate macronutrients in the process). I think the awareness of what time I eat and how much I eat will help me at least begin to analyze my current situation. Do you mind sharing with me what tool you used for tracking? Our bodies really are interesting in that they change as time goes on. What works now may not work later. The only way to truly SEE what you are consuming is with tracking. So, while I resist this approach at times (feels like "dieting" to me), I know it also tends to work for me. I spoke to my doctor's office today and it's sounding like I won't be able to do much exercise at all for a few weeks because of the incision I'll have in my hand after surgery. That concerns me. They did say I should be able to walk. So I think I may get some ankle weights and walk in the hills near my house. I'm very concerned about gaining weight during this time period. So for right now, if I can maintain and heal, I think that's good. Again, thank you so much for offering advice. I was beginning to think I was the only person in this boat. (I realized as I read my first post that I had dates wrong, still thinking I'm in 2013. The Whole30 and Whole60 I did were in 2013, not 2012!)
  20. My cycle studio has a blog and one of the instructors wrote a good article about refueling after workouts. I realize I've been really lax about that. So I'm going to add that to my bag of tricks (eat within 30 minutes of exercise cessation) and see what that does for me. I won't give up until I find what works for me.
  21. While I should be celebrating the success of getting through my Whole 60, that joy is overshadowed by a number on a scale. *le sigh*
  22. Thank you!!! I haven't had mayo in years. I tell you, I'm in heaven with the creaminess!
  23. Coconut vinegar? I'll have to look for that. Yeah, I thought it would all have crap in it, which was why I was surprised at the suggestion in the book!