Emily T

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    Emily T reacted to Delaine Ross in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    Thank you for this!
    They have this conversation with the TJ's cashier (and this was yesterday)
    Me: do you have Larabars?
    Cashier: yes, many kinds. Do you want me to hold your place in line while you run over?
    Me: No. Thank you but I can't have them right now.
    Cashier: but they're just fruit and nuts
    Me: I know, but I have an unhealthy psychological relationship with them. They feel like dessert.
    Cashier: but they're just fruit and nuts
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    Emily T reacted to SugarfreeLife in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    they are on farmers market at Saturday morning instead of sleeping
    they are able to buy and carry 20 pounds of organic beef on their own back across whole city
    they spend whole Sunday cooking, preparing and freezing
    they are only people who never touch free sweets at work
    they are angry if they see paleo pancakes labeled as "Whole30 approved" on Pinterest
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    Emily T got a reaction from Tallulah Wolf-Angel in Whole30 help - why can't I succeed?   
    I'm copying a post I wrote for another whole30er a couple of months ago (http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/12172-i-keep-having-to-restart/): 
     
    Don't get discouraged. Anyone can do this.
     
    Three months ago, I gave up smoking after 12 years cold turkey. It took me a few false starts, and I was feeling the way you are now. Why do I keep relapsing? Why do I keep doing something I do not want to do? What is wrong with me?
     
    I was so discouraged and felt like such a failure. But then I read Allen Carr's 'Quit Smoking Now' book over two days. I have not smoked since. There have been a couple moments when I thought, I would love a cigarette right now. But never one moment where I thought, I can't do this. I NEED a cigarette. I don't care that its bad, I need it. Since I read the book, on May 18, I have been smoke free and happy about it. Not irritable, without gaining weight. 
     
    The laws of addiction are pretty transferrable from one substance to the next. Sugary food is not cigarette smoking, but it sure as hell ain't healthy. So I am going to try and pass along some of the wisdom from the book in hopes it helps you. 
     
    The truth is, you are telling yourself you enjoy eating this stuff, but you really don't. If you enjoyed it, would you be here trying to quit? No! You hate that you eating it. So the first thing to do is to stop thinking about it as an "easy snack." Maybe grabbing crackers is "easy" - but so is grabbing carrots, or cashews. Think about everything you think you like or enjoy about the snack you are getting. Now think deeper. Is it really easy? Is it really cheaper? The long term health effects of grabbing the crackers sure won't be easy or cheap.
     
    Or are you rather just grabbing the crackers because they taste good? Do they really taste good? I think they taste like they were made in a factory and injected with sugar and fat. But chopped up red pepper is sweet and delicious. Cashews are crunchy and delicious. There are hundreds of ideas for snacks that taste BETTER than crackers, granola, cookies, etc.
     
    Maybe you don't think they will taste as good. And thats a legitimate concern. However, its mostly because you are used to tasting crappy food! Once you break the cycle of eating food that is bad for you, food that is good for you begins to taste better and provide more satiety (fullness). 
     
    So the thing I am trying to say is, think about the real reason you want to eat ______, and deconstruct that. You need to remind yourself why _____ is actually not good, delicious, healthy, etc. 
     
    You also should try and change your attitude about the whole process. Don't focus on what you cannot do. Focus on the fact that in a very short time (30 DAYS! Thats nothing!) you will be FREE of your sugar addiction and FREE to go through life without relying on all the processed crap people put in their bodies. I dont know why you are doing the whole30 but maybe you have some health problems. You are now going to be FREE from those problems! Maybe you want more energy - you will now have it! This is not deprivation - this is an exciting process. 
     
    The point is, if you go into it being mopey and expecting cravings to come and being bummed about missing your favorite food, then you will have cravings come and be depressed until you shovel it in your mouth. I should know. I suffered through five days without a smoke, angry and cynical and ended up chain smoking six in a row. Two weeks later it happened again. Once I changed my attitude ("I am SO EXCITED to quit smoking! Thank GOD I am a non smoker! I never have to smell like cigarettes again! I can breathe! WOOHOO!") quitting was SO SO SO EASY. It was mindblowing how easy. My roommate smokes and there are always cigarettes around and it does not even cross my mind anymore. 
     
    Thats a lot of text. I hope some of it might be helpful. It really changed my life to read his book. Even though its about smoking you might find it helpful. I think he has one about weight loss that might work too. 
     
    Edited to add: Its really hard to explain, but once you truly make a choice in your brain to do the full 30 days, its no longer an option to quit or to "slip", and it becomes extremely easy to not mess up. Its JUST like smoking in that sense. For me, if I'm fighting with myself (should I? just one? just this one time?) then I have already lost the battle and I'll probably give in eventually. Because you can only fight yourself so long. Try your best to change your mental standpoint - no more "should I" - just flat out "I am not going to do this for 30 days."
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    Emily T got a reaction from Physibeth in How to quit caring how much I weigh   
    Once I realized that I was letting the number control how I felt about my body (rather than I how I ACTUALLY felt I looked), I decided to stop weighing myself. Basically, if I feel like I look great, I'm not going to let the scale ruin that for me. And if I feel like I look fat, the scale isn't going to make me feel skinnier. 
     
    For me, weighing myself daily kind of looked like this: 
     
    Some random morning: Look in the mirror, OMG I look fat and bloated. Sigh. Step on the scale, and a number comes up. I lost two pounds! But I still feel like I look fat.
     
    Some other random morning: Look in the mirror, Wow, I look great! My thighs look skinnier and I feel good! Step on the scale, and a number comes up. I GAINED THREE POUNDS?! Now I feel bummed and depressed all day. 
     
    You've got every right to want to lose weight and be excited that you are (or bummed that you aren't), but let the mirror and/or your clothes be the guide. The number is pointless. 
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    Emily T got a reaction from Physibeth in How to quit caring how much I weigh   
    Once I realized that I was letting the number control how I felt about my body (rather than I how I ACTUALLY felt I looked), I decided to stop weighing myself. Basically, if I feel like I look great, I'm not going to let the scale ruin that for me. And if I feel like I look fat, the scale isn't going to make me feel skinnier. 
     
    For me, weighing myself daily kind of looked like this: 
     
    Some random morning: Look in the mirror, OMG I look fat and bloated. Sigh. Step on the scale, and a number comes up. I lost two pounds! But I still feel like I look fat.
     
    Some other random morning: Look in the mirror, Wow, I look great! My thighs look skinnier and I feel good! Step on the scale, and a number comes up. I GAINED THREE POUNDS?! Now I feel bummed and depressed all day. 
     
    You've got every right to want to lose weight and be excited that you are (or bummed that you aren't), but let the mirror and/or your clothes be the guide. The number is pointless. 
  6. Like
    Emily T got a reaction from Physibeth in How to quit caring how much I weigh   
    Once I realized that I was letting the number control how I felt about my body (rather than I how I ACTUALLY felt I looked), I decided to stop weighing myself. Basically, if I feel like I look great, I'm not going to let the scale ruin that for me. And if I feel like I look fat, the scale isn't going to make me feel skinnier. 
     
    For me, weighing myself daily kind of looked like this: 
     
    Some random morning: Look in the mirror, OMG I look fat and bloated. Sigh. Step on the scale, and a number comes up. I lost two pounds! But I still feel like I look fat.
     
    Some other random morning: Look in the mirror, Wow, I look great! My thighs look skinnier and I feel good! Step on the scale, and a number comes up. I GAINED THREE POUNDS?! Now I feel bummed and depressed all day. 
     
    You've got every right to want to lose weight and be excited that you are (or bummed that you aren't), but let the mirror and/or your clothes be the guide. The number is pointless. 
  7. Like
    Emily T got a reaction from Physibeth in How to quit caring how much I weigh   
    Once I realized that I was letting the number control how I felt about my body (rather than I how I ACTUALLY felt I looked), I decided to stop weighing myself. Basically, if I feel like I look great, I'm not going to let the scale ruin that for me. And if I feel like I look fat, the scale isn't going to make me feel skinnier. 
     
    For me, weighing myself daily kind of looked like this: 
     
    Some random morning: Look in the mirror, OMG I look fat and bloated. Sigh. Step on the scale, and a number comes up. I lost two pounds! But I still feel like I look fat.
     
    Some other random morning: Look in the mirror, Wow, I look great! My thighs look skinnier and I feel good! Step on the scale, and a number comes up. I GAINED THREE POUNDS?! Now I feel bummed and depressed all day. 
     
    You've got every right to want to lose weight and be excited that you are (or bummed that you aren't), but let the mirror and/or your clothes be the guide. The number is pointless. 
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    Emily T got a reaction from Tallulah Wolf-Angel in Whole30 help - why can't I succeed?   
    I'm copying a post I wrote for another whole30er a couple of months ago (http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/12172-i-keep-having-to-restart/): 
     
    Don't get discouraged. Anyone can do this.
     
    Three months ago, I gave up smoking after 12 years cold turkey. It took me a few false starts, and I was feeling the way you are now. Why do I keep relapsing? Why do I keep doing something I do not want to do? What is wrong with me?
     
    I was so discouraged and felt like such a failure. But then I read Allen Carr's 'Quit Smoking Now' book over two days. I have not smoked since. There have been a couple moments when I thought, I would love a cigarette right now. But never one moment where I thought, I can't do this. I NEED a cigarette. I don't care that its bad, I need it. Since I read the book, on May 18, I have been smoke free and happy about it. Not irritable, without gaining weight. 
     
    The laws of addiction are pretty transferrable from one substance to the next. Sugary food is not cigarette smoking, but it sure as hell ain't healthy. So I am going to try and pass along some of the wisdom from the book in hopes it helps you. 
     
    The truth is, you are telling yourself you enjoy eating this stuff, but you really don't. If you enjoyed it, would you be here trying to quit? No! You hate that you eating it. So the first thing to do is to stop thinking about it as an "easy snack." Maybe grabbing crackers is "easy" - but so is grabbing carrots, or cashews. Think about everything you think you like or enjoy about the snack you are getting. Now think deeper. Is it really easy? Is it really cheaper? The long term health effects of grabbing the crackers sure won't be easy or cheap.
     
    Or are you rather just grabbing the crackers because they taste good? Do they really taste good? I think they taste like they were made in a factory and injected with sugar and fat. But chopped up red pepper is sweet and delicious. Cashews are crunchy and delicious. There are hundreds of ideas for snacks that taste BETTER than crackers, granola, cookies, etc.
     
    Maybe you don't think they will taste as good. And thats a legitimate concern. However, its mostly because you are used to tasting crappy food! Once you break the cycle of eating food that is bad for you, food that is good for you begins to taste better and provide more satiety (fullness). 
     
    So the thing I am trying to say is, think about the real reason you want to eat ______, and deconstruct that. You need to remind yourself why _____ is actually not good, delicious, healthy, etc. 
     
    You also should try and change your attitude about the whole process. Don't focus on what you cannot do. Focus on the fact that in a very short time (30 DAYS! Thats nothing!) you will be FREE of your sugar addiction and FREE to go through life without relying on all the processed crap people put in their bodies. I dont know why you are doing the whole30 but maybe you have some health problems. You are now going to be FREE from those problems! Maybe you want more energy - you will now have it! This is not deprivation - this is an exciting process. 
     
    The point is, if you go into it being mopey and expecting cravings to come and being bummed about missing your favorite food, then you will have cravings come and be depressed until you shovel it in your mouth. I should know. I suffered through five days without a smoke, angry and cynical and ended up chain smoking six in a row. Two weeks later it happened again. Once I changed my attitude ("I am SO EXCITED to quit smoking! Thank GOD I am a non smoker! I never have to smell like cigarettes again! I can breathe! WOOHOO!") quitting was SO SO SO EASY. It was mindblowing how easy. My roommate smokes and there are always cigarettes around and it does not even cross my mind anymore. 
     
    Thats a lot of text. I hope some of it might be helpful. It really changed my life to read his book. Even though its about smoking you might find it helpful. I think he has one about weight loss that might work too. 
     
    Edited to add: Its really hard to explain, but once you truly make a choice in your brain to do the full 30 days, its no longer an option to quit or to "slip", and it becomes extremely easy to not mess up. Its JUST like smoking in that sense. For me, if I'm fighting with myself (should I? just one? just this one time?) then I have already lost the battle and I'll probably give in eventually. Because you can only fight yourself so long. Try your best to change your mental standpoint - no more "should I" - just flat out "I am not going to do this for 30 days."
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    Emily T got a reaction from Tallulah Wolf-Angel in Whole30 help - why can't I succeed?   
    I'm copying a post I wrote for another whole30er a couple of months ago (http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/12172-i-keep-having-to-restart/): 
     
    Don't get discouraged. Anyone can do this.
     
    Three months ago, I gave up smoking after 12 years cold turkey. It took me a few false starts, and I was feeling the way you are now. Why do I keep relapsing? Why do I keep doing something I do not want to do? What is wrong with me?
     
    I was so discouraged and felt like such a failure. But then I read Allen Carr's 'Quit Smoking Now' book over two days. I have not smoked since. There have been a couple moments when I thought, I would love a cigarette right now. But never one moment where I thought, I can't do this. I NEED a cigarette. I don't care that its bad, I need it. Since I read the book, on May 18, I have been smoke free and happy about it. Not irritable, without gaining weight. 
     
    The laws of addiction are pretty transferrable from one substance to the next. Sugary food is not cigarette smoking, but it sure as hell ain't healthy. So I am going to try and pass along some of the wisdom from the book in hopes it helps you. 
     
    The truth is, you are telling yourself you enjoy eating this stuff, but you really don't. If you enjoyed it, would you be here trying to quit? No! You hate that you eating it. So the first thing to do is to stop thinking about it as an "easy snack." Maybe grabbing crackers is "easy" - but so is grabbing carrots, or cashews. Think about everything you think you like or enjoy about the snack you are getting. Now think deeper. Is it really easy? Is it really cheaper? The long term health effects of grabbing the crackers sure won't be easy or cheap.
     
    Or are you rather just grabbing the crackers because they taste good? Do they really taste good? I think they taste like they were made in a factory and injected with sugar and fat. But chopped up red pepper is sweet and delicious. Cashews are crunchy and delicious. There are hundreds of ideas for snacks that taste BETTER than crackers, granola, cookies, etc.
     
    Maybe you don't think they will taste as good. And thats a legitimate concern. However, its mostly because you are used to tasting crappy food! Once you break the cycle of eating food that is bad for you, food that is good for you begins to taste better and provide more satiety (fullness). 
     
    So the thing I am trying to say is, think about the real reason you want to eat ______, and deconstruct that. You need to remind yourself why _____ is actually not good, delicious, healthy, etc. 
     
    You also should try and change your attitude about the whole process. Don't focus on what you cannot do. Focus on the fact that in a very short time (30 DAYS! Thats nothing!) you will be FREE of your sugar addiction and FREE to go through life without relying on all the processed crap people put in their bodies. I dont know why you are doing the whole30 but maybe you have some health problems. You are now going to be FREE from those problems! Maybe you want more energy - you will now have it! This is not deprivation - this is an exciting process. 
     
    The point is, if you go into it being mopey and expecting cravings to come and being bummed about missing your favorite food, then you will have cravings come and be depressed until you shovel it in your mouth. I should know. I suffered through five days without a smoke, angry and cynical and ended up chain smoking six in a row. Two weeks later it happened again. Once I changed my attitude ("I am SO EXCITED to quit smoking! Thank GOD I am a non smoker! I never have to smell like cigarettes again! I can breathe! WOOHOO!") quitting was SO SO SO EASY. It was mindblowing how easy. My roommate smokes and there are always cigarettes around and it does not even cross my mind anymore. 
     
    Thats a lot of text. I hope some of it might be helpful. It really changed my life to read his book. Even though its about smoking you might find it helpful. I think he has one about weight loss that might work too. 
     
    Edited to add: Its really hard to explain, but once you truly make a choice in your brain to do the full 30 days, its no longer an option to quit or to "slip", and it becomes extremely easy to not mess up. Its JUST like smoking in that sense. For me, if I'm fighting with myself (should I? just one? just this one time?) then I have already lost the battle and I'll probably give in eventually. Because you can only fight yourself so long. Try your best to change your mental standpoint - no more "should I" - just flat out "I am not going to do this for 30 days."
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    Emily T reacted to MrsStick in Whole30 help - why can't I succeed?   
    Bravo! Well said! I just wanted to say that yes - once you make up your mind to do 30 days, it's easier. You aren't TRYING to do a Whole 30, you're DOING a Whole 30.
     
    I spent the last few days before my Whole 30 binging on chocolate, cupcakes, etc. Seriously binging - Reese's Cups for lunch with a mid-afternoon snack of gluten-free pretzels dipped in peanut butter, two cupcakes after dinner and more chocolate as a pre-dinner treat. I.Could.Not.Stop.Myself. It was bad. I couldn't say no; I couldn't not want the chocolate.
     
    Fast forward 6 days, and I'm on my 5th day of Whole(something) with no problems. I don't even really have an end point - I'm feeling fantastic and, other than Thanksgiving, will probably extend this for a while afterwards (because of the stopping for Thanksgiving). Hubby might get mad that he can't take me out to pizza for a while, but I'm already feeling great. I might end up doing Whole5-6s followed by exceptions for one meal here or there (like pizza and cider with hubby or when he makes me gluten-free toad-in-a-hole for breakfast on Saturday morning). I just can't quite fall into what I was doing before. It did not work. Every day can't be noncompliant, nor can every meal. And while cheese isn't an issue for me (so maybe I'll sprinkle cheese on my eggs at breakfast! gasp!), I've got to keep myself more strict than I was.
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    Emily T reacted to Xandra in Whole30 help - why can't I succeed?   
    When you say you want to do this, you do want to do it, most of the time. But a few minutes a day you are having a conversation with yourself about breaking the plan. And you are giving in.
     
    Pay attention to those moments. This is where the rubber meets the road of your new eating plan. If you get through those temptations, then you have succeeded for the whole day. If you don't, you are pushing the Reset button again.
     
    Slow down these conversations. Take out a pen and write down what is going through your head at that time. What justification are you using for breaking your plan? How is it different or the same compared to previous times? What do you need to change to get through these moments?
     
    After your Whole30 is finished, then you are ready to plan offroads for yourself. But until then, there is no off road, there is no exception that will keep you on plan. You are either on or off.  As Yoda said "Do. Or do not. There is no try."
     
    So if you want to do the 30 days, then just do it. And if you don't, then don't. But at least stop the destructive pattern of starting over with no new game plan at all about how you will get through those critical moments. If you don't change that, then you will keep repeating your history and hitting the Reset button.
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    Emily T got a reaction from Tallulah Wolf-Angel in Whole30 help - why can't I succeed?   
    I'm copying a post I wrote for another whole30er a couple of months ago (http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/12172-i-keep-having-to-restart/): 
     
    Don't get discouraged. Anyone can do this.
     
    Three months ago, I gave up smoking after 12 years cold turkey. It took me a few false starts, and I was feeling the way you are now. Why do I keep relapsing? Why do I keep doing something I do not want to do? What is wrong with me?
     
    I was so discouraged and felt like such a failure. But then I read Allen Carr's 'Quit Smoking Now' book over two days. I have not smoked since. There have been a couple moments when I thought, I would love a cigarette right now. But never one moment where I thought, I can't do this. I NEED a cigarette. I don't care that its bad, I need it. Since I read the book, on May 18, I have been smoke free and happy about it. Not irritable, without gaining weight. 
     
    The laws of addiction are pretty transferrable from one substance to the next. Sugary food is not cigarette smoking, but it sure as hell ain't healthy. So I am going to try and pass along some of the wisdom from the book in hopes it helps you. 
     
    The truth is, you are telling yourself you enjoy eating this stuff, but you really don't. If you enjoyed it, would you be here trying to quit? No! You hate that you eating it. So the first thing to do is to stop thinking about it as an "easy snack." Maybe grabbing crackers is "easy" - but so is grabbing carrots, or cashews. Think about everything you think you like or enjoy about the snack you are getting. Now think deeper. Is it really easy? Is it really cheaper? The long term health effects of grabbing the crackers sure won't be easy or cheap.
     
    Or are you rather just grabbing the crackers because they taste good? Do they really taste good? I think they taste like they were made in a factory and injected with sugar and fat. But chopped up red pepper is sweet and delicious. Cashews are crunchy and delicious. There are hundreds of ideas for snacks that taste BETTER than crackers, granola, cookies, etc.
     
    Maybe you don't think they will taste as good. And thats a legitimate concern. However, its mostly because you are used to tasting crappy food! Once you break the cycle of eating food that is bad for you, food that is good for you begins to taste better and provide more satiety (fullness). 
     
    So the thing I am trying to say is, think about the real reason you want to eat ______, and deconstruct that. You need to remind yourself why _____ is actually not good, delicious, healthy, etc. 
     
    You also should try and change your attitude about the whole process. Don't focus on what you cannot do. Focus on the fact that in a very short time (30 DAYS! Thats nothing!) you will be FREE of your sugar addiction and FREE to go through life without relying on all the processed crap people put in their bodies. I dont know why you are doing the whole30 but maybe you have some health problems. You are now going to be FREE from those problems! Maybe you want more energy - you will now have it! This is not deprivation - this is an exciting process. 
     
    The point is, if you go into it being mopey and expecting cravings to come and being bummed about missing your favorite food, then you will have cravings come and be depressed until you shovel it in your mouth. I should know. I suffered through five days without a smoke, angry and cynical and ended up chain smoking six in a row. Two weeks later it happened again. Once I changed my attitude ("I am SO EXCITED to quit smoking! Thank GOD I am a non smoker! I never have to smell like cigarettes again! I can breathe! WOOHOO!") quitting was SO SO SO EASY. It was mindblowing how easy. My roommate smokes and there are always cigarettes around and it does not even cross my mind anymore. 
     
    Thats a lot of text. I hope some of it might be helpful. It really changed my life to read his book. Even though its about smoking you might find it helpful. I think he has one about weight loss that might work too. 
     
    Edited to add: Its really hard to explain, but once you truly make a choice in your brain to do the full 30 days, its no longer an option to quit or to "slip", and it becomes extremely easy to not mess up. Its JUST like smoking in that sense. For me, if I'm fighting with myself (should I? just one? just this one time?) then I have already lost the battle and I'll probably give in eventually. Because you can only fight yourself so long. Try your best to change your mental standpoint - no more "should I" - just flat out "I am not going to do this for 30 days."
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    Emily T got a reaction from Tallulah Wolf-Angel in Whole30 help - why can't I succeed?   
    I'm copying a post I wrote for another whole30er a couple of months ago (http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/12172-i-keep-having-to-restart/): 
     
    Don't get discouraged. Anyone can do this.
     
    Three months ago, I gave up smoking after 12 years cold turkey. It took me a few false starts, and I was feeling the way you are now. Why do I keep relapsing? Why do I keep doing something I do not want to do? What is wrong with me?
     
    I was so discouraged and felt like such a failure. But then I read Allen Carr's 'Quit Smoking Now' book over two days. I have not smoked since. There have been a couple moments when I thought, I would love a cigarette right now. But never one moment where I thought, I can't do this. I NEED a cigarette. I don't care that its bad, I need it. Since I read the book, on May 18, I have been smoke free and happy about it. Not irritable, without gaining weight. 
     
    The laws of addiction are pretty transferrable from one substance to the next. Sugary food is not cigarette smoking, but it sure as hell ain't healthy. So I am going to try and pass along some of the wisdom from the book in hopes it helps you. 
     
    The truth is, you are telling yourself you enjoy eating this stuff, but you really don't. If you enjoyed it, would you be here trying to quit? No! You hate that you eating it. So the first thing to do is to stop thinking about it as an "easy snack." Maybe grabbing crackers is "easy" - but so is grabbing carrots, or cashews. Think about everything you think you like or enjoy about the snack you are getting. Now think deeper. Is it really easy? Is it really cheaper? The long term health effects of grabbing the crackers sure won't be easy or cheap.
     
    Or are you rather just grabbing the crackers because they taste good? Do they really taste good? I think they taste like they were made in a factory and injected with sugar and fat. But chopped up red pepper is sweet and delicious. Cashews are crunchy and delicious. There are hundreds of ideas for snacks that taste BETTER than crackers, granola, cookies, etc.
     
    Maybe you don't think they will taste as good. And thats a legitimate concern. However, its mostly because you are used to tasting crappy food! Once you break the cycle of eating food that is bad for you, food that is good for you begins to taste better and provide more satiety (fullness). 
     
    So the thing I am trying to say is, think about the real reason you want to eat ______, and deconstruct that. You need to remind yourself why _____ is actually not good, delicious, healthy, etc. 
     
    You also should try and change your attitude about the whole process. Don't focus on what you cannot do. Focus on the fact that in a very short time (30 DAYS! Thats nothing!) you will be FREE of your sugar addiction and FREE to go through life without relying on all the processed crap people put in their bodies. I dont know why you are doing the whole30 but maybe you have some health problems. You are now going to be FREE from those problems! Maybe you want more energy - you will now have it! This is not deprivation - this is an exciting process. 
     
    The point is, if you go into it being mopey and expecting cravings to come and being bummed about missing your favorite food, then you will have cravings come and be depressed until you shovel it in your mouth. I should know. I suffered through five days without a smoke, angry and cynical and ended up chain smoking six in a row. Two weeks later it happened again. Once I changed my attitude ("I am SO EXCITED to quit smoking! Thank GOD I am a non smoker! I never have to smell like cigarettes again! I can breathe! WOOHOO!") quitting was SO SO SO EASY. It was mindblowing how easy. My roommate smokes and there are always cigarettes around and it does not even cross my mind anymore. 
     
    Thats a lot of text. I hope some of it might be helpful. It really changed my life to read his book. Even though its about smoking you might find it helpful. I think he has one about weight loss that might work too. 
     
    Edited to add: Its really hard to explain, but once you truly make a choice in your brain to do the full 30 days, its no longer an option to quit or to "slip", and it becomes extremely easy to not mess up. Its JUST like smoking in that sense. For me, if I'm fighting with myself (should I? just one? just this one time?) then I have already lost the battle and I'll probably give in eventually. Because you can only fight yourself so long. Try your best to change your mental standpoint - no more "should I" - just flat out "I am not going to do this for 30 days."
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    Emily T got a reaction from aliciadunn in Sweetgreen update   
    Protein: I asked today at Sweetgreen and determined that the chicken is usually locally raised and vegetarian. The chicken is seasoned with "Sweetgreen seasoning" (contains herbs and spices, no sugar), and is cooked in an olive oil/canola oil blend. I read on the W9 website that canola should be avoided if possible but is inevitable if dining out - so you may want to skip the chicken if you are concerned about that.
     
    Hard boiled eggs are a good alternative to the chicken, and they are local. Bacon is cured with sugar and is out. Some stores have turkey - it is honey roasted, so you should avoid. All other protein is grain/legume/soy (falafel, chickpeas, tofu). 
     
    Veggies: All of the raw produce is okay - I didn't ask about the cooked produce like the sweet potatoes or beets as these are mostly seasonal and likely vary from store to store. They will usually have a list of ingredients on the wall showing where they are from - most stuff is seasonal and local. 
     
    Fat: here was a long line behind me waiting, so I didn't ask about all of the dressings, just the one I usually get - lime cilantro jalapeno. It is lime juice, cilantro, ground jalapeno, and olive oil. I assume most of the dressings there would be similar but you should ask. 
     
    Happy eating! 
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    Emily T reacted to GLC1968 in Chipotle?   
    Chipotle is my savior. I travel a lot and even in places where there are no Whole Foods or other 'health' markets within 50 miles, they have Chipotle. Honestly, once I had a carnitas salad for lunch and dinner...two days in a row! Eek!
    I like the idea of extra lettuce on top because when you get it to go, some of that precious quac always sticks to the lid and we can't have that!
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    Emily T reacted to CupcakeNinja in Chipotle?   
    This information made my day. Viva Chipotle! (But stop using soybean oil on your chicken because that chicken is DEEElicious! I'll miss you during my Whole 30, Chipotle chicken.)
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    Emily T reacted to roseann0461 in Chipotle?   
    This is what I noticed. Two separate times I went to chipotle w two different people... They loaded everything rice, beans, sour cream etc. I had carnitas, lettuce, guacamole and pico. They were feeling indegestion and overstuffed and I was feeling satifsfied and fine!
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    Emily T reacted to Johnny M in Chipotle?   
    everytime this thread pops up as updated in my feed I get really hungry.