EricaV

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About EricaV

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  • Birthday 05/03/1963

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    New Zealand
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    physiotherapy,
    running, biking (road and mountain), singing, dancing, yoga, pilates, woolcrafts, reading
  1. EricaV

    Older women following Whole30

    hello all you lovely ladies! I am 50 years old and glad to have found this thread. I have been eating paleo for about 4 months now and have completed one Whole 30. This week I am doing a whole30 week, to help myself keep up the good work! My family consists of one hubby and teenage son at home who are not paleo but love my cooking all the same and a 20 year old daughter who is away at uni. It's been hard getting used to her being away from home, am quite pleased the house can still be full of teenage energy right now, even though there are times when the thought of peace and quite is appealing, I know I will be dealing with the empty nest when the time comes and it's hard!! I am a physiotherapist with a busy job and keep pretty active, but have lately been very aware of my age (lol). I used to run a lot, but am now walking more, I mountainbike and have started strength training again, mostly bodyweight exercises, which feel good to do. I lost a few pounds on the Whole 30, am not overweight but thought I might lose more than I did. I see a lot of women our age group at work and would encourage them all to do some work on strengthening muscles, but it does not have to be the gym, unless you want to.... I too realise my body is not ever going to be skinny, am not going to post pictures and am determined to finally stop fretting about this as long as I feel good and yes, eating paleo feels good! the change in habits is what gets me - wish I had know some of this 20 years ago- this is where doing a Whole30 was very helpful but I find myself backsliding now, even if the extra food is not unhealthy, it's more about eating when I don't need to....another week of Whole30 feels good to right now, maybe I should just keep going?? what do you all do to keep yourself on track after Whole30?
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    Going for Whole60, would love a buddy

    re cookbooks- I really like Well Fed, practical and yummy I also use practical Paleo and like it too- has lots more info in it than just a cook book- bit like Starting with Food I have Mark Sissons's 3 books, primal easy meals, primal meals and the sauces/dressing one. they are all good value as really simple and practical, he does use some dairy at times but easy to change that- very good for working mums this one! Amy- giving yourself permission to sit down and eat seems to be hard for a lot of us! I find I always have so much to do I multitask a lot and that includes with meals- I too am on a mission to try not to do that and give myself permission to relax and enjoy the food! does anyone hear listen to the Balanced bites podcasts? I like the female perspective here and last night listened to a July 2012 episode with a very interesting women called Stefani (she has the paleo for women website) on women's health, emotional eating and body image I recommend it.....it's about forgiven yourself ladies. Her website is worth a check too
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    Going for Whole60, would love a buddy

    hi all, I have been busy too - a weekend away and the catching up on work- a concert in which I sang a solo- all good stuff! another good mountain bike ride... the weekend away was my first time trying some different foods again and that didn't go down so well- yuck! definitely have to stay off sugar, chocolate and even dairy! I has some very very nice sushi too but no! was constipated for 2 days after that weekend..... the funny thing is that I had a "real" period again just recently , the first one in a while (am 50 and things are changing....) that was odd! I am now back to good old paleo eating, not exactly whole 30, as I will have some bacon (free range) with a some sugar in it, and the odd snack (compliant) but not so different. I know I am best when not snacking at all, tried it by having small amounts of dark chocolate or something like that after dinner but to me it still means the brakes are off, so NO NO NO! re sleep- does anyone use magnesium? that seems to be helping me- only supplements I take are codliver oil and magnesium. keep up your lovely posts ladies, it's really good to know others are doing this and I am not just being overly pedantic and strange!
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    starting August 12

    hi all, I haven't posted for a while , been busy with a trip away and then catching up on work. while away I decided to try some things again and see how the body and mind react. Did not have alcohol and this is something I don't miss at all, yeah! I had some yoghurt, which I love but it made me feel bloated, same with chocolate we had sushi at an amazing restaurant, beautiful it was, but I overate and then promptly got constipated for 2 days, which is something I had improved on so much going paleo! so, some good lessons and although I am not doing whole 30 right now I am back to full paleo, staying off all dairy even though this was something I thought I may bring back at least a little with goats or sheep cheese and yoghurt, but it just feels so much better to "eat clean"! I still have issues with snacking though so have to be pretty strict on myself and basically NOT do it, can't have just a little of things, so best avoid it....pfff
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    Fat: a Love Story

    my pesto lasts very well in the fridge for a week or so, doesn't usually get the change to last that long anyway... I freeze mine in a plastic container - works well. fresh herbs go in freezer bags - works well too
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    Going for Whole60, would love a buddy

    hello all, it's nice to read your stories and thoughts, it's always interesting to me! I have been relaxing my rules a little around eating, but the funny thing is that I mostly am inclined to stick with the 3 meals a day set up. I had a piece of gluten free almond cake in the weekend when my husband and I were out together and it was more to see how it would feel than that I really wanted it...it was ok, not wonderful some of the things I used to like are now not tempting my at all, peanut butter, corn chips and I am even doing good on the nutbutters but there will always be some things I will have to limit, I am sure. I love anything coconut and the coconut cream is too tempting! I have been thinking a lot about my exercise routine and currently am walking rather than running, which is a bit hard as I had got somewhat addicted to running- ran my first half marathon last year but with all that running did not seem to help much in controlling weight. Menopause is happening this year, things are changing and I am wanting to support my body in this. I have got back to doing weights, which feels good and when I mountainbiked up the hill last weekend was (secretly) pleased to see how much easier this was for me than for some of my younger friends This weekend will be 4 days away in the city with my husband and son and lots of eating out- I am just going to do the best I can and not fret about it, having fun is good and after that it will be back to regularity again... take care of yourselves everyone
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    Fat: a Love Story

    @ Marieke, I am with you on this one! I had to first of all give myself permission to actually start eating fat and now I love it! I also love Melissa Joulwan's recipes, the cauliflower is my friend....it replaces potatoes in mash, rice in cauli rice and the whole family likes it. I read somewhere that a lot of women when they first start eating this way actually have to get used to eating more in volume, as they are used to restricting themselves a lot!! I don't worry too much about how much I have in veges, I just slowly increased them until I got to the point that I don't feel I have had a good meal if I skimp on them. always heaps of salad veges, so easy to add to anything and I usually add fermented veges like saurerkraut to one or 2 meals a day, just chuck it in, it's all good
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    Going for Whole60, would love a buddy

    you are right about the coconut cream Molly! I decided to only use it to add to some dishes if I need some extra fat/flavour, the trick is not to have it as a treat - indeed, too yummy!! supplements- I only take cod liver oil a teaspoon a day at the moment and 1 magnesium (for muscles and sleep) it's a huge subject and I find it quite confusing but also just don't want the expense of lots of supplements now that I am past the first whole30 I am trying to be more relaxed but still stick to the rules- I need those I just don't want food to become the biggest "issue" in my day so am focusing more on enjoying other things in life....and not using food to cope with stress (which will always be there in some form or other) and now I am off to meet friends for lunch, tomorrow I have a mountain bike ride planned with my local women friends, the weather is good, spring has sprung, life is good here!
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    Fat: a Love Story

    lol, I made 2 batches of pesto last night, one in the fridge and one in the freezer- only had a little at breakfast with my scrambled eggs and veges, so good lucky for me my husband and son don't seem to interested in anything in the fridge that looks green, so more for me, ha. mind you- when I serve it with a meal they love it and my 14 year old is packing a salad for his lunch every day, so they are not too bad
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    Going for Whole60, would love a buddy

    @greeninpeace- thanks for the reminder in your last post- I didn't have enough lunch yesterday or dinner due to a too busy day with lots of commitments and ended up snacking in the evening- nothing unhealthy but still- I felt it this morning- not nice... It's quite hard still to remind myself that healthy fat is ok and I need it!! such a mind shift. I am needing another Whole 30 for sure so am back on today and going to keep going. I want to be able to cook food for my husband and son too without eating it myself. They have been quite supportive but cannot see why I am quite so strict on myself.... I am ramping up the exercise again too and find I do well with some extra baked pumpkin with coconut cream and spices added as a post work out meal or just add a bit of this to my next meal- again I am so used to limiting - skipping starches that to let myself eat them is not so easy
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    starting August 12

    Lizzie, I am with you on this one. I told myself I was finished with the Whole30 yesterday and in the evening had a snack (all good stuff but still, I didn't need it- nuts, dark chocolate)and I really felt it this morning. so now I am renewing my commitment to another Whole30, as I just seem to need those rules right now I too am pleased with my results so far and happy this morning to have made this decision to keep going. It's quite easy to get sloppy and some of us just cannot afford that, it seems
  12. EricaV

    starting August 12

    hi- day 31 I am going to do another Whole 30 right now as I am not NOT ready to ease up - mostly due to being too tempted to snack still when the rules are relaxed, though I have made lots of improvements this month stick with it girls!
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    Eating too much fat?

    your meals look great to me! I have just about finished my first Whole30 and I too was worried about the amount of fat I was eating, but I figured this was because of being so conditioned towards eating low fat for yours I just had to give myself permission to do it and now I love it! I have lost only a little weight this month but as I am not overweight (at 62 kg and 168 cm) and have had a tendency to put it on these last few years (age 50) I am very happy with this and I have noticed my clothes fitting better, great energy, good workouts and all and all feel good! I may tweak the amounts of fat a bit in the next little while but the main thing was getting used to actually eating fat and enjoying the wonderful flavours it adds to the meals- enjoy!
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    Going for Whole60, would love a buddy

    yeah, why are nuts so Moorish?? I am much better than I used to be now I am basically aware of it, but for me they are probably best avoided unless as an add on to a meal- like in my beloved pesto. I have started soaking and roasting them, which makes them easier to digest and am going to keep limiting them for now. I know what you mean Molly about not wanting to obsess about food all the time and just feel easy about it- sometimes I do feel it, it's getting better for sure!! I had to cook for 3 hungry guys this weekend and wow, they can just eat and eat and eat and they are all skinny.....not fair!
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    starting August 12

    isn't it funny that I lost count of the days, I really did! I weighed myself yesterday and had lost 1/2 kg, lol! but my jeans that used to be tight fit much better, I can feel the difference, so the scales are not everything. I have added some more weights work outs to my programme so I am telling myself that the limited weight loss is because I am gaining muscle! I am quite sure now that I am basically going to keep going the way I have been this month- I am not ready to add dairy, not because I react badly to all of it but it just adds too much of the treat type foods to my diet that I don't need. had a piece of 85 % chocolate today after dinner though, that was nice keep up the good work everyone!