Kate File

Members
  • Content Count

    70
  • Joined

  • Last visited


Reputation Activity

  1. Like
    Kate File reacted to Rkrzywda in Starting 3/24 Lets do this and change!   
    Hi! I finished my first Whole30 on March 7th and was so proud of myself! It was great! I lost 11 pounds and was enjoying eating well. BUT... March 8th was my daughters birthday and then 2 days later was my birthday. Cake, cake, and more cake and the sugar dragon came back. Then we got bad news that my husbands cancer has returned again and I turned to bad food for comfort. I tried to restart eating right again but without group forum support I quickly failed.
    Last time I really relied on the support that this forum can bring. It helped me be accountable and kept me motivated. I am excited to take control of my eating again. I am hoping to be able to make the lessons stick this time. We can do this!
  2. Like
    Kate File got a reaction from Derval in Woke the Sugar Dragon and it's not leaving!   
    Thanks all, I enjoyed reading all that as I have the same problem as the original poster. I recently finished my second Whole 30 and have suddenly found myself in a chocolate frenzy. On my Whole30 it was safe to have my son's chocolate treats in the house as I was on a strict Whole 30. One mini Crunchy bar led to a massive binge. I am now clearing everything out over the weekend (yes, even my son's) and am starting an 8 week Sugar Free cleanse on Monday. I am happy to restrict grains and dairy, it is sugar that is my DEMON!!!
  3. Like
    Kate File got a reaction from Derval in Woke the Sugar Dragon and it's not leaving!   
    Thanks all, I enjoyed reading all that as I have the same problem as the original poster. I recently finished my second Whole 30 and have suddenly found myself in a chocolate frenzy. On my Whole30 it was safe to have my son's chocolate treats in the house as I was on a strict Whole 30. One mini Crunchy bar led to a massive binge. I am now clearing everything out over the weekend (yes, even my son's) and am starting an 8 week Sugar Free cleanse on Monday. I am happy to restrict grains and dairy, it is sugar that is my DEMON!!!
  4. Like
    Kate File got a reaction from Derval in Woke the Sugar Dragon and it's not leaving!   
    Thanks all, I enjoyed reading all that as I have the same problem as the original poster. I recently finished my second Whole 30 and have suddenly found myself in a chocolate frenzy. On my Whole30 it was safe to have my son's chocolate treats in the house as I was on a strict Whole 30. One mini Crunchy bar led to a massive binge. I am now clearing everything out over the weekend (yes, even my son's) and am starting an 8 week Sugar Free cleanse on Monday. I am happy to restrict grains and dairy, it is sugar that is my DEMON!!!
  5. Like
    Kate File got a reaction from Derval in Woke the Sugar Dragon and it's not leaving!   
    Thanks all, I enjoyed reading all that as I have the same problem as the original poster. I recently finished my second Whole 30 and have suddenly found myself in a chocolate frenzy. On my Whole30 it was safe to have my son's chocolate treats in the house as I was on a strict Whole 30. One mini Crunchy bar led to a massive binge. I am now clearing everything out over the weekend (yes, even my son's) and am starting an 8 week Sugar Free cleanse on Monday. I am happy to restrict grains and dairy, it is sugar that is my DEMON!!!
  6. Like
    Kate File got a reaction from Derval in Woke the Sugar Dragon and it's not leaving!   
    Thanks all, I enjoyed reading all that as I have the same problem as the original poster. I recently finished my second Whole 30 and have suddenly found myself in a chocolate frenzy. On my Whole30 it was safe to have my son's chocolate treats in the house as I was on a strict Whole 30. One mini Crunchy bar led to a massive binge. I am now clearing everything out over the weekend (yes, even my son's) and am starting an 8 week Sugar Free cleanse on Monday. I am happy to restrict grains and dairy, it is sugar that is my DEMON!!!
  7. Like
    Kate File reacted to melbournegirl in Woke the Sugar Dragon and it's not leaving!   
    I feel for you! I am so frustrated when I binge eat. I am an intelligent person. I know that what I am eating today will still be available tomorrow. Yet that doesn't stop me from eating ridiculous amounts. The longer I go without sugar (80 days now) the more hopeful I am becoming that I have broken the addiction. My clear head tells me there are many reasons why I might binge and it might be impossible to fix all or any of them. But the longer I am staying sugar free the less I am now caring that other people can eat it in moderation... I know it makes me sick and I know there are lots of other yummy foods I can enjoy instead. So I am planning a life without sugar except for really rare occasions
  8. Like
    Kate File reacted to Sugar addict in Woke the Sugar Dragon and it's not leaving!   
    Sugar sugar SUGAR!! It's just SO HARD!! Which is why I had to start my 2nd Whole 30 this week. It's totally a coping mechanism. When I can be indulged in that cookie, the world is just a little better for those few moments. I do just fine until late afternoon and evening, then, BAM--it hits hard!! My goal on this next Whole 30, or 60, or 200 (ha!) is to work on a new mindset, to really change how I view food. And to get to the bottom of why I feel sugar is so necessary. Why can't fruit be a sufficient substitute? Gotta figure some things out!!
  9. Like
    Kate File reacted to AmyS in Woke the Sugar Dragon and it's not leaving!   
    I have pretty strong (and immediate) reactions to sugar, and one reaction is to want more. It can be bad enough that I lose focus on the things I need to do that day because I'm arguing with myself about sugar.
    For those of us who have spent years (decades, in my case) eating sugar, it's probably not reasonable to think that we can just eat a little bit of sugar (instead of everything in the house, or in the store) after a Whole30 or two.
    I've been thinking about this because I know that many celebrations include foods that have a lot of sugar in them. And it seems like the celebrations come pretty often, if you are paying attention. Christmas, New Year's, Valentine's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving - and those are just the big ones that get a nod of some sort in my house. There are also birthdays, anniversaries, vacations, parties of all kinds, and probably the biggest one of all - "I had a hard day so I deserve a treat." I think we're all pretty conditioned to believe that happiness and sugar are tied together. So if we take it out for a short time (compared to however long we've been alive, that is!) and then try to reintroduce it on a small scale, I am not sure we have much of a sense of what constitutes moderation.
    It's just lovely, ain't it?
  10. Like
    Kate File reacted to CaseyD in Woke the Sugar Dragon and it's not leaving!   
    Some people can eat certain things in moderation, some people just can't. When it comes to sugar, there are an amazing amount of people in the same boat as you. I certainly am! But, I also know several people who have the same out of control behavior with dairy, so there's probably something to that as well.
    I don't know how to switch that off. Sometimes you just have to accept the deck you're dealt and make the best of it, I guess. For me, my deck is full of foods I can't tolerate, plus a raging sugar problem. So, my choices are suffer from these foods just so I can taste them, or not suffer and just learn to live without - maybe permanently with some things. It took a long time, but I think I've finally come to a place where I'm just tired of the suffering, guilt, and unhappiness when it comes to certain foods that I'd rather just live without and endure the occasional annoying social moments where I might not fit in without a particular food in my hand. In the end, I'm really the one who cares the most at those times anyway.
    Sorry that isn't helpful, but I think those of us who have major battles with things like sugar really don't have an answer for how to moderate it.
  11. Like
    Kate File reacted to Xandra in Woke the Sugar Dragon and it's not leaving!   
    Yep. That's what happens to me, too. The truth is I'm not ready to introduce sweets into my life yet. I might be able to, way off in the future sometime, but I've proven more than once now that I can't do it yet without it turning into a multi-day binge. The question is whether I want to accept that cycle: one small treat --> days of sugar / junk --> weeks of withdrawal.
    I'm getting to the point where that cycle is not really worth it to me. That means I have to stop thinking of sweets as something that I'm missing but something that I'm grateful not to be eating. I need to flip them in my mind from having a positive association (the dopamine talking) to having a strongly negative one (I start to feel sick, among many other symptoms). This is hard to do in real life, but it's basically thinking of sweets as being in the same category as Cheez Whiz (or name your favorite imitation food product that you would never eat), something that generates the mental question: Why would you ever put that into your body?
    I think to win this, I have to not only deny the treat, but actually be GLAD that I'm not eating it. Easier said than done, I know, but it's all part of the same process of changing our relationship with food everywhere else.
  12. Like
    Kate File reacted to OhioLovin in Woke the Sugar Dragon and it's not leaving!   
    Hi all! I didn't think I would have to talk about this to anyone but by this point my family and friends probably are sick of hearing me talk about food so here goes nothing. I did the whole30 in January and did it once before in June; June's whole30 was a bit tricky and difficult, but January's was easier and I felt beyond amazing, probably due to the fact that I had been eating mostly paleo in the months before. I did the whole30 primarily to clean up my diet which inevitably had been getting junked up with non compliant food before the holidays. When reintroduction started, I fully intended to introduce the foods, see how they affected me, then take them back out because I just felt so GOOD while whole30-ing. However, while I did the reintroduction the way I was supposed to, I definitely did not keep all that crap out of my diet. Cheese and dairy -- which I had cut out for nearly 6 months before, as I thought it was the cause of my bloating -- didn't seem to affect me. What did I do...? I started eating it again in small amounts... Which then became every meal. Same with sugar; I have a HUGE sugar dragon and it always, always gets the best of me. I thought i was done with it and could have small treats, but then would end up eating random sweets way past the point of fullness, swearing I was giving it up, then do it again.
    Basically, my issue is this: how do I go from strict whole30 to riding my own bike without completely derailing and riding this bike into a pond? I feel like I am almost helpless right now and I do NOT want to be helpless. Everything I eat is a choice and I wholeheartedly believe that good food can fix so many of our problems-- so why I am off roading and eating things that I KNOW don't make me healthier and will make me feel like crap? I know it is psychological and I am just frustrated that I don't have a "normal" relationship with food. For me, eating a piece of chocolate or a treat in the middle of the day can be cause for me to completely just raid my pantry at night; it doesn't help that I live with roommates that do not understand and always tell me I am crazy for giving up things like sugar and grains and desserts! I am in college and would like to be able to have ice cream with friends once in a while without going home and raiding my house for sweets because that ice cream woke up the sugar dragon! I am just at a loss and frustrated; do I whole30 again and then ... What? How can I fix this issue? I feel like I am so "all or nothing" that this moderation for me is not possible. I don't want it to be this way, though! I would just like to be the healthiest version of me while not going crazy aft having a bite of chocolate or bread! Anyone else with me? Any advice is greatly appreciated!
  13. Like
    Kate File reacted to Lisa Fonner Rimar in February 2013 Starters   
    Woke up today in Day 27 and made it through both parties on Saturday unscathed. There wasn't much for me to eat at the baby shower so I just ate what I could and drank lots of water until I got home and made some egg salad to hold me until the birthday party was done. The fiance partook of the food and had gas and bloating all night. Hmmm. He wasn't convinced before. Now I think I may have him more on board. He isn't doing the W30 with me but we are eating the same foods, until Saturday afternoon that is.
    I was a bit disheartened to find out the cashews and almonds we have been enjoying have seed oils. My brain actually was telling me to just give in already and start a new W30 on March 1st. I told my brain to shut the hell up. I have already decided to go right into March and do another 30 days and actually cut those out yesterday. So, I have'nt been 100% compliant. But I'll take 99%. Didn't eat that many anyway. I wonder if that is why my digestion is still screwed up...This past 26 days has made me realize that I really can live and function perfectly fine without sugar, dairy, wheat and legumes. Sugar is not welcome back. I'm not even sure if "paleo-fied" foods are welcome back. I will do the re-introduction the end of March and see what happens. Not sure I'm willing to suffer because of the food on my plate. But, I guess, it's the only way to truly know for sure.
    Is anybody else besides me and Mamaw 23 doing another 30 days?
    Just roasted a spaghetti squash for our chocolate chili tonight. Love, love, love my crockpot...
  14. Like
    Kate File reacted to ashleym630 in February 2013 Starters   
    I MADE IT THROUGH MY FIRST WEEKEND!!!
    I cannot even begin to describe to you how happy and proud I am of that fact. Never, in my life, have I ever made it through a weekend with no cheats. No matter what "diet" or healthy eating plan I may be following, I have never had the will power to do it. I turned down drinking alcohol, even though I was around friends who were drinking.. I sipped my water. I turned down pizza even thought it is my absolute favorite food. I turned down Cherry Coke and popcorn even though my husband was eating and drinking it right next to me in the movie theater. I even ordered a chicken breast, steamed veggies and fresh fruit when we went out to dinner. I have finally found my will power!!
    I am on Day 8 and feel fantastic!! I sleep great, I have so much energy through the day, and I'm able to power through my WOD's much easier than I anticipated. (I JUST got back into CrossFit and was a little nervous.) The Whole30 is already changing my life. If this continues to get easier with each day, I can definitely see this becoming my lifestyle!
    23 more days to go here (counting today). Keep pushing through everybody! We've got this!
  15. Like
    Kate File reacted to Suzy1 in February 2013 Starters   
    Day 20 done. Yippee!! Energy to burn, 10 hour work day, workout, then out to the pub for a glass of sparkling water.
    Have a good one everybody:)
  16. Like
    Kate File reacted to art cabana jojo in February 2013 Starters   
    tonight is the ONE NIGHT in my entire W30 that i have been dreading/anticipating..... we are having a girl's night out... the first in a year... and the gals are all excited to hit the town... dinner..... comedy club... music.. dancing.. general frivolity... (mind you we are in our 50s.. so just a bunch of hot cougars on the town... we will probably be exhausted and home by 11) nonetheless... i have informed one of the girls that i was not drinking and she was so excited to make me the designated driver... AWESOME!... however there is ONE friend... (isn't there ALWAYS that ONE FRIEND) that is personally vested in what everyone is drinking.. she is the one that always gets completely wasted and crazy... she will pressure and push and can be a bit passive aggressive with why aren't i drinking? (if i say i am the DD she will go on with how i can have JUST ONE)... so i have thought about a lot of lies i could tell and finally settled with the truth.. here is my line... when she asks why i'm not drinking i am going to say.... desperate times called for desperate measures and i had to make some choices to get my body back on track.... THEN she will say... COME ON ONE DRINK WON"T HURT.. we haven't been out in forever... one night you can let loose... blah blah blah... to which i will look her in the eye and say... "what i could really use is just some support and encouragement.... and i don't need booze to have fun with all you lovely ladies"...
    It's awful to be dealing with peer pressure as a middle aged woman... but i have spent so much time ducking from it and avoiding and fearing being rejected that sometimes i feel like i never left high school... so as part of my W30 experience i decided to grow a set and GROW UP and own my life and my decisions and like someone on this forum has as their signature and i can't remember right now who that is.... "those who matter, don't mind and those who mind don't matter"....
    OK.. here's to DAY NINE!!
    ps.. it's slw600 who has that as a signature... the quote was by dr. seuss.. such a wise man.
    UPDATE... night went very well... a small glitch in that i was prepared to go to one restaurant and then we went to another and i had to punt... did ok.. ordered shrimp tacos asked for them grilled instead of fried... and didn't eat the shell had them skip the sour cream... no peer pressure to drink... maybe i was strong in my resolve and didn't appear like i would break... super fun to come home clear headed.. and i won't have a headache in the morning!!
  17. Like
    Kate File reacted to stillrollin in February 2013 Starters   
    Day 20 w/ 20 workouts. Wow, spent $20 for 1 lb of organic, grass fed natural bacon. Well it's a one shot deal and I'll
    Look forward to next werk's bfasts! I'm worth it!
  18. Like
    Kate File reacted to Mamaw23 in February 2013 Starters   
    Day 25 is drawing to an end. I was concerned about not experiencing the increase in energy that others have had. I've been working on improving my sleep habits. Three or four hours of sleep per night is not enough. Four nights ago I started turning off blue light technology(TV) an hour before a SET bedtime. I'm finally getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night. (I know. I know. I did read it in ISTF, but it took a while for me to deal with that terrible TV habit.). Even though I still awaken two or three times a night, I go right back to sleep. Yesterday I noticed this new supply of energy. Today it's back and even stronger! I've felt better today than I have for months. If it's the sleep, I'm good to go. My W30 meal planning is getting easier and my pants continue to get looser. My exercise plan is in place. Since I still have work to do in other areas and wish to strengthen what I've learned, I will move on to a W60.
    Have a great tomorrow, all!
  19. Like
    Kate File reacted to you_surname in February 2013 Starters   
    I'm starting today, February 24th. Go, me!
    My first pleasant surprise is that I really, really, reeeeally like coffee with a splash of Trader Joe's canned lite coconut milk.
    My first not-so-pleasant surprise is that I double-checked the ingredients in some of my favorite teas, and they contain Stevia leaf. Darn it! We have plenty of delicious non-sweetened teas in the house, but still. Darn it.
    My projects for today are to hunt down a bottle of Red Boat Fish Sauce somewhere in my city, and to cook up a bunch of good stuff for the coming week. I'm really excited to see how the Sindhi Beef Curry from Sunil Vijayakar's "150 Best Indian, Thai, Vietnamese & More Slow Cooker Recipes" turns out.
    Good luck to me, and to you, and to the whole world in general.
  20. Like
    Kate File reacted to JackieK in February 2013 Starters   
    OK been out working on the farm all day at it is stinking hot!
    Would normally be sitting back with a beer about now, but am enjoying iced water and fresh lime juice :-)
  21. Like
    Kate File reacted to Night_Bear in February 2013 Starters   
    Howdy from Austin, Texas! Today was my official day. It's my very first W30 and it was very successful. I'm very excited for the next 29 days!
  22. Like
    Kate File reacted to art cabana jojo in February 2013 Starters   
    Hi my name is Jojo and I am a sugar addict...
    i've been addicted for as long as i can remember.... but didn't know it until now...
    i cannot name a span of time that i have gone FOUR DAYS without a pack of gum...
    day four is going along pretty much as predicted... i am a bit crabby... irritated and annoyed... the guy next to me on the treadmill had the speed at 4.7 and incline at 5 and was holding on for dear life to keep up... i wanted to slap him and tell him to slow it down and use the machine without clinging to it like a lifeline.... it was grating me... finally my inner peace found her voice and reminded me that it is none of my business how this man does his workout... why do i care... pay attention to my workout but i really was annoyed at him... thank god i didn't cause a scene at the gym... they didn't know this is day four without my sugar fix....
    for the past year and a half i have prided myself on my paleo eating habits.. fresh and very clean and thought i was usually making good choices.. i don't think i had any idea what my constant gum chewing was doing to my brain and body.. and also my daily treat or three of dark chocolate... and wine... one glass while preparing dinner.. . one at dinner... a little more with my chocolate square before bed... all very good quality... organic... and loaded with sugars... i find myself thinking i am hungry and then i think.. really? are you hungry or do you just want to put something in your mouth... (my husband had a suggestion for that ... but really?? dude... not on day four) i find myself craving fruit so i am not allowing that as a snack... even when combined with something else... it just feeds the dragon... and i had no idea before i started W30 that i was this much of a mess!
  23. Like
    Kate File reacted to Renee Lee in Food Porn   
    Berries and coconut cream are A-OK! Just try to get em in with dinner, and not a few hours later on their own
  24. Like
    Kate File reacted to Kirsteen in Food Porn   
    Sorry to be a killjoy but I don't think the berries and coconut cream are in the true spirit of a W30. For me they would definitely be SWYPO. The rest look absolutely amazing though.
  25. Like
    Kate File reacted to roupl in Food Porn   
    Some dishes I have made recently:

    This was an attempt to use up my produce before I made another trip to the grocery store: Pork (seasoned with cumin, garlic salt, cayenne, and coriander), red peppers, green peppers, spinach, and leeks with a fried egg

    Mashed sweet potato with cinnamon and coarse salt

    Citrus Carnitas from "Well Fed". A lot of my friends said it looks like poop, but it was super tasty! I paired it with some red peppers and onions and a broccolini slaw dressed in a creamy avocado dressing

    Berries with toasted almonds and coconut milk whipped cream from "Well Fed"...OH MY GOODNESS this was a delicious treat.

    Homemade chicken (ahem) noodle soup, right down to the chicken stock, with everything except...the noodles haha. I surprisingly didn't miss them! And a side a mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon and coarse salt

    I'm really proud of this one. Chicken breast with roasted eggplant and homemade roasted red pepper sauce and fresh thyme...yummo!