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    sheba-kitty got a reaction from Loulabelle in Coffee for your Whole 30: How to make it if you're used to using dairy   
    I have learned to love it BLACK! Buy really nice coffee and enjoy!
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    sheba-kitty got a reaction from fmr_sailor in Talk to me about whole30 + cycling   
    My cycling is still pretty mild... But my brother is an ironman, competing this weekend, and will be finishing his 2nd whole30+ after the race. I think that he would say that doing whole30 has greatly improved his performance with both cycling and running, especially with recovery. One of his goals is retraining his body to slow burn fat which eliminates the need for carb loading. He has been GF/DF for several years now too.
    Also check out the whole30 for athletes section of the forum. The beginning weeks WILL impact your performance for sure! But after that it gets better. So it might be better to do it in your off season.
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    sheba-kitty got a reaction from CharDoll in First Whole30 results with pic   
    Those pics look great... The scale is clearly not telling the truth. Great job!
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    sheba-kitty got a reaction from debsdoinit in Fell off the Whole30 wagon :(   
    Also on the pup's behalf... Those foods are not any better for our pets than for us. And in some cases even worse! Just coming back home is treat enough for your dog that has been at daycare or at home alone. Or go buy some nice raw hide bones or other dog approved treats!
    I avoided ALL my usual haunts the first 2+ weeks of my whole30 AND cleaned out the house to avoid falling.
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    sheba-kitty got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Before my Whole30 I never thought I'd...   
    I really never thought I could give up dairy for any amount of time... Now that I am done with the 30+ I still have only tried a few bites of cheese. Not missing dairy. And I was a milk, yogurt, ice cream and cheese in every meal type of person! Now I just seeth at dairy commercials for how duped I have been for so long.
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    sheba-kitty got a reaction from Cassie C in Before my Whole30 I never thought I'd...   
    Drink coffee black!
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    sheba-kitty got a reaction from Cassie C in Before my Whole30 I never thought I'd...   
    Drink coffee black!
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    sheba-kitty got a reaction from Cassie C in Before my Whole30 I never thought I'd...   
    Drink coffee black!
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    sheba-kitty got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Before my Whole30 I never thought I'd...   
    I really never thought I could give up dairy for any amount of time... Now that I am done with the 30+ I still have only tried a few bites of cheese. Not missing dairy. And I was a milk, yogurt, ice cream and cheese in every meal type of person! Now I just seeth at dairy commercials for how duped I have been for so long.
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    sheba-kitty got a reaction from Melimuse in alcohol   
    I am looking forward to some red wine and plan to buy a REALLY nice bottle for my reintro.
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    sheba-kitty got a reaction from Derek` in Nervously Balancing on Training Wheels   
    Restart, Regroup and Reframe for 2014. I am going to take a new approach to HOW I set my 2014 goals.
    Year-long Goals
    1) TRI: Continue to participate in the multi-sports world by completing 1 or more events in the 2014 season. I will do the Lake Sammamish Sprint in August, and will look for a couple other ones. While I keep considering moving UP to Olympic distance, but I would rather get my Sprint time down to 1:45min before I do that, since I am still at or over 2 hours at this point. But depending on finances, I am also looking into getting a TRI coach to help me do that.
    2) BIKE: Increase my average speed from “leisurely†speed (10-12) to the “Moderate†category (14-16) by end of the summer.
    3) HEALTHY EATING: My weight is back up, almost to my highest. But after doing a WHOLE 30, and reading “It Starts with Food†I would like to work away from the numbers on the scale as the focus. Instead, I will continue to clean up my eating habits. I will do another WHOLE 30 in both January and July. When not following the WHOLE 30 I will still avoid processed foods, choose organic and GMO free meat, dairy and veggies, limit eating out/take out to no more than 2x per week.
    4) DISTANCE: I am also going to set some annual distance goals.
    2013 cycled 236 mi; goal for 2014 will be 600 miles.
    2013 ran/walked/jogged over 100 mi; goal for 2014 will be 150 miles.
    2013 swam over 20,000 yd; goal for 2014 will be 20,000
    January Goals
    1) MOVE: Since I am pretty out of shape right now, for the month of JANUARY, I will MOVE at least 30 minutes per day. Walk the dog, Play the Wii, do a class at the Y, or dust off a fitness DVD. but I will make an effort to get up and move for at least that amount of time each day.
    2) RUN: Re-start Couch to 5K with Jen (my Best Workout Buddy) to improve my running pace and endurance with the goal of running 5K in 40 minutes or less by the end of the summer.
    3) HEALTHY EATING: I am going to work with my nutritionist again to reign in some of my eating issues, continue participating in WHOLE 30 forums discussions, continue getting my organic CSA veggie box weekly, continue checking out new Paleo type cookbooks and trying new recipes. For the Month of January I will do a WHOLE 30 and log all meals.
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    sheba-kitty got a reaction from Physibeth in Nervously Balancing on Training Wheels   
    I have been doing a lot of soup and stews. And forgot how much I love roasted root veggies so making that a weekly thing again.
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    sheba-kitty reacted to Applegirl in Vote with your dollars   
    Many small companies are owned by large corporations but still maintain their original standards.  I cannot speak to those specifically.  I think to eat  completely gmo free is going to be extremely difficult, as more and more of the seeds and products get crossed over and contaminated.  I say let's all continue to do the best we can, without becoming discouraged.  Sometimes I need to ignore those articles, as I find that it becomes overwhelming.
     
    I'm happy to say that I have a great source of local grass fed beef, most local vegis - at least in the summer - and great local pastured eggs.  Having difficulty finding chickens that are affordable.  I won't mail order my food.  I'm thinking of giving up entirely on pork, as there's no local clean source for me.  Have friends providing wonderful venison.  
     
    I try to remember that we don't need a huge variety, we need a variety of ways to cook and prepare.
     
    So, yes, let's continue to talk with our money.  Maybe the tide will turn.  We're definitely swimming against it.
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    sheba-kitty reacted to Nadia B in Nadia's Whole30 #3   
    I win "the most creative log title", right? I know   Anyways, hello there. I am Nadia, I am known for long posts, habit to spam with pictures on my logs and love for offal+sardines. It's my third whole30 and I am super excited about it. 
     
    Little historic note. The whole year has passed since I've done my first whole30. I have been "off plan" few times, mostly during travels. I eat dark chocolate. Maybe too often. It's been an amazing journey in many unexpected ways. It still is. From chain smoking neurotic girl to non smoking less neurotic girl. From zero fat for days to "double guacamole, please". From 1000 carefully calculated kcal to "today is a one/two palms kind of day". From 7 months of no periods to normal menstruation. From spinning classes 3 times a week to walking, dancing and playing. I still have lots of healing to do and tons of stuff to figure out yet. I still need to learn to love and forgive myself more. I am working on the "unconditionally" part. 
     
    Why am I doing another one? 
     
    - I feel that my gut has healed a lot. I recover from exposure to irritating foods way quicker. The list is quite long for me and contains perfectly approved foods too - eggs, nightshades and nuts. I am not so good with anything raw. I am not so good with most of the FODMAP fruits. I want to do proper testing after clean month.
    - I need a system after holidays. Even though I can't say that I was overeating or consuming inflammation bombs during the season, cheese and chocolate were no strangers to my daily ration 
    - I need to recover after 1,5 months of being limited in movement (broken foot). And by recover I mean get rid of some pounds caused by this. I am vain, there I said it. 
    - My sleep is horrible. Did I say horrible? Yeah.  
    - Whole30 is fun. Like for real, don't roll your eyes, people. 
     
    So, let's rock together! P.S I so wanted to add a picture, but apparently I was inseparable with my champagne on Dec 31st. It feels like posting a picture of cake here 
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    sheba-kitty reacted to drtracyb in Before my Whole30 I never thought I'd...   
    Stand in the grocery aisles wrinkling my nose up at package after package of food as I find noncompliant ingredients (carrageenan in roasted chicken!) and finally storm out, announcing to myself that I can only shop at Whole Foods.  I never planned to be "that kind of person."  Now I realize, "that kind of person" cares about what goes in her body.
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    sheba-kitty reacted to Sarah C. Langland-Johnson in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Thank you so much everyone! Robin and Renee, I feel so honored that you posted your thoughts here and that you really care about my situation. I am over the top happy with the fact that I have a new job that I am starting on Wednesday. I went shopping today to stock up on my essentials and got tons of produce - I am feeling so happy about being able to eat paleo/primal again I have decided to start up with the right meals tomorrow (done with food for today). The irony for me is that my new job is as an RN (well, until I pass state boards I am a GN). It is interesting to me to read the standard nutrition mantra and it is like gagging on something nasty to me to have to read my discharge instructions to patients who have new heart conditions or stomach issues or are post-surgical. In my head I am screaming "NO"! I really hope at some point in my life to be in place where my heart for helping people and my nutritional and wellness knowledge come together into something but I am working on that. I will follow my heart (and Kirsteen's advice :-) ) and not worry about counting points or calories. I wasn't thrilled about the prospect but willing to do so to be healthier. I think doing my first W30 was the first time in my life that I actually felt healthy, strong and confident, even though my body is so far from where it needs to be, it was healing to my soul to simply eat that which nourishes me and to be freed from the constant hell of worrying about how much I ate and if it was healthy enough or if I was going to lose weight this week, etc. As somone who loves her Creator for making the amazing human body, it has always gone against my core beliefs that we should have to do this to maintain a healthy body. I know now and am confirmed that I don't have too - I just need to eat what (and how) I was made to eat. Thank you, thank you, and thank you!
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    sheba-kitty reacted to Karen in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    My two cents - if you hate tracking calories or points, don't!
    Think of it this way - calories and points don't measure nutrition. You could likely have a piece of pizza or a beef stew for around the same amount of points. But the nutrients in those two choices are completely different. Your body knows that. When it gets the nutrients it needs, it works how it's supposed to. When it doesn't, it overcompensates to correct the imbalance. Calories and points don't mean a thing when it comes down to what's going on at the cellular level inside your body - they're independent from nutrition.
    As mentioned above, if you're set on counting something, consider counting the servings of veggies/protein/fat a day, and in this case, limiting what you're counting is not necessarily the goal of the Whole30!
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    sheba-kitty reacted to habitualpurpose in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Hi Sarah,
    My understanding is that while Whole30 is not a "weight loss program" per se, it is not unusual for those of us with weight to lose to see pounds come off while also seeing the other gazillion benefits that come from eating this way.
    I also have had a good amount of weight to lose. I had lost about 15 lbs on a point tracking plan prior to finding W30 back in mid June. Since then I've done 2 W30s and one W45 and in between those I've eaten pretty close to compliant with just some occasional organic heavy cream and dark chocolate. I've lost 45 lbs eating this way and more importantly I just feel good. I have about another 40 lbs I'd like to lose and I have decided that this is really how I want to live my life--taking care of my body and mind inside and out and that I know that over time the weight will come off. There have been weeks where I've lost close to nothing or nothing at all...but I just trudge along trusting in my body and knowing that I am taking care of myself by eating good quality food that is nurturing my body. And...eventually my body will release the weight.
    I guess this is my way of saying yes, I believe you can lose a significant amount of weight eating this way. I also believe your body will also get far greater benefits than just the weight loss. I've also found that it takes time and patience. But that's okay--I have a lot of life left to live.
    Best wishes to you on your journey.
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    sheba-kitty got a reaction from praxisproject in Can you eat too many veggies??   
    I am certian that I have eating MORE veggies in the past 45 days than I had in the past YEAR! I think that how full you are is clearly a limit, or how bad your gut feels later... But if they are GREEN, you get the green light! If they are yellow and orange (squash types) i think eat huge amounts with caution.
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    sheba-kitty reacted to HealingWithin in Watch Christie Ride Her Bike   
    Hello all! This will be long. Fair warning.
     
    This is me, riding my own bike. A little backstory first:

    I have been mostly paleo, sometimes primal, mostly guided by the principles of Weston A. Price for close to five years. I was led to this way of eating through a philosophy known as intuitive eating. As I began to experiment and listen to my body, this was the way that felt the best for me. This was after a really crappy relationship to food for most of my life. I started binge eating as a little girl to cope with my intense emotional world (I am highly sensitive and empathic). When I was in high school, it started to creep in that body image was "important" and even though I was technically underweight, I still thought I was fat. So, I would come home in the afternoons and then binge eat, followed by lots of Jane Fonda tapes. (Yes, I am telling my age here ).

    Anyway, as a young adult, I found my way into drugs and alcohol and eventually made my way back to food and binge eating. At my heaviest, I was 220 lbs and joined Weight Watchers. It was the only thing I knew to do as it is what I watched my mother do. I just sort of thought that was what you did. You know?

    Well, dieting wrecked my relationship to food even more. I had dieted my way down to my goal weight (well, within a few pounds) and had a sort of awakening. I realized that I was no happier and that, in fact, I hated my body and myself even more.

    That sent me on a journey of deep emotional healing and introduced me to the world of Intuitive Eating. I recounted my experience online and even eventually became a Holisitc Health Coach, a Life Coach (specializing in weight using “causal†based coaching AKA the mental and emotional side of weight) , and an Intuitive Eating Counselor. Through my experience, I was able to stop binge eating and am happy to report that I have not binged in over three years. For the first time in many years, my weight stabilized and I felt at ease with food and my body.

    Over the past couple of years, things have shifted a ton in my work (as through that whole process, I learned that who I can really help are women who are highly sensitive and empathic and feel overwhelmed by their emotional experience of life and need help sorting it out) and through that process, I have started to see some even deeper patterns in my relationship to food that I am ready to heal and release.

    When I first went (mostly) paleo, I felt best with lower carbs. Then, about a year ago, I started gaining weight for “no reason†and was experiencing massive hunger. The way of eating that had worked for so long stopped working. I realized that I had just sort of taken for granted for what I had learned about my body and that that way of eating would work for me forever. And, well, that hasn't been the case. Recently, I have discovered that I need more carbs than I once needed and I started eating gluten free breads and grains again. I sort of just skipped right over paleo carbs and headed straight into those old comforting favorites.

    It has only been a couple of months and already, I am feeling the physical effects of those types of carbs. I am more foggy headed, achy, and less emotionally stable. The sugar dragon is alive and well, and when I eat a ton of sugar, it increases my anxiety like crazy.

    So. Why am I here and what is my plan?

    My plan is to post each day what I ate the previous day. I also want to start teasing out these more subtle nuances in my relationship to food. The binge - not so subtle and done - but things like choosing to eat sugar because it is quick and easy, etc. I really want to create awareness around that kind of stuff. I've also let those quick and easy carbs push veggies off my plate so want to get back to feeding myself very nutrient dense food.  Past experience has taught me that my body loves the meal template.

    But, I am not doing a Whole 30. I am really trying to create awareness, understanding, and a deeper level of compassion towards myself. In a way, I feel like I have the general 101 stuff down when it comes to listening to my body, being kind to myself, loving and taking care of myself, and now, I am being invited into 201 and in some places 301. So, this journal is intended to serve as a place of discovery for that.

    In my journals, you will see some non-compliant stuff and I want to be upfront about what my true intentions are. I will be including:

    ::: white potatoes
    ::: bacon/sausage that has sugar - I eat a lot of compliant sausages, too, and will note when they are not - again
    ::: butter (for now, may play with this down the line)
    ::: pensy's seasoned salt (has trace sugar)
    ::: occasional, mindful use of non-compliant condiments/foods

    I am also intending:

    ::: be more mindful of my food in general. Food journaling has always been a very helpful tool in that.
    ::: tell myself the truth about what is going in my mouth and more importantly WHY I am eating what I am eating
    ::: mindful SWYPO - as in, not every day and only when I am telling myself the truth about what I am doing, and pay full attention while I am eating it
    ::: doing the best I can with the options before me when traveling or dining out
    ::: to incorporate additional habits over time

    Otherwise, I aim to follow Whole 30 guidelines and focus on the meal template. When/if the shit hits the fan, I also plan to use this space as a place to reflect and tell myself the truth about what happened and decide what to do moving forward.

    I am NOT intending to use this journal as a place to:

    ::: beat myself up
    ::: pretend I am not human
    ::: be rigid in my thinking about food. That is not helpful to me. I trust my body and I trust that when I am putting real food in that the information I receive back is reliable and trustworthy.
     
    OK. That is all for today. If you are still reading, bless you. I will be back tomorrow with a report on what went down today.
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    sheba-kitty got a reaction from praxisproject in Nervously Balancing on Training Wheels   
    Bfast eggs, sausage and veg spinach,mush, chard
    Lunch big veg salad w/ goat cheese, cucumber, apple, carrot, cabbage, HB egg, homemade dressing
    Dinner tuna and stir fry veggies zuchinni, cabbage, carrot, mush, brocolli, asparagus yum!

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    sheba-kitty reacted to Nancy C in A Whole 30 is only the first step   
    Tomorrow is day one of my second shot at a Whole 30. My goal is to physically disconnect from sugar and wheat so that's what I'll be focusing on mainly. But I'll use this log to journal whatever happens to be come up. Food is such an amazing mirror. It reveals so much about myself and about other people in my life too.
     
    I've been slowly cleaning the pantry and fridge by using up the "bad" foods and not replacing them. I've also been cooking Whole 30-style and putting together a least one Whole 30 meal at day to learn how to cook them. For instance, breakfast today was steak, 2 fried eggs, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and spinach cooked in ghee, coffee with coconut milk and no sweetner. Really yummy and it feels good too!
     
    Looking forward to the adventure starting tomorrow.
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    sheba-kitty got a reaction from Derek` in Nervously Balancing on Training Wheels   
    Restart, Regroup and Reframe for 2014. I am going to take a new approach to HOW I set my 2014 goals.
    Year-long Goals
    1) TRI: Continue to participate in the multi-sports world by completing 1 or more events in the 2014 season. I will do the Lake Sammamish Sprint in August, and will look for a couple other ones. While I keep considering moving UP to Olympic distance, but I would rather get my Sprint time down to 1:45min before I do that, since I am still at or over 2 hours at this point. But depending on finances, I am also looking into getting a TRI coach to help me do that.
    2) BIKE: Increase my average speed from “leisurely†speed (10-12) to the “Moderate†category (14-16) by end of the summer.
    3) HEALTHY EATING: My weight is back up, almost to my highest. But after doing a WHOLE 30, and reading “It Starts with Food†I would like to work away from the numbers on the scale as the focus. Instead, I will continue to clean up my eating habits. I will do another WHOLE 30 in both January and July. When not following the WHOLE 30 I will still avoid processed foods, choose organic and GMO free meat, dairy and veggies, limit eating out/take out to no more than 2x per week.
    4) DISTANCE: I am also going to set some annual distance goals.
    2013 cycled 236 mi; goal for 2014 will be 600 miles.
    2013 ran/walked/jogged over 100 mi; goal for 2014 will be 150 miles.
    2013 swam over 20,000 yd; goal for 2014 will be 20,000
    January Goals
    1) MOVE: Since I am pretty out of shape right now, for the month of JANUARY, I will MOVE at least 30 minutes per day. Walk the dog, Play the Wii, do a class at the Y, or dust off a fitness DVD. but I will make an effort to get up and move for at least that amount of time each day.
    2) RUN: Re-start Couch to 5K with Jen (my Best Workout Buddy) to improve my running pace and endurance with the goal of running 5K in 40 minutes or less by the end of the summer.
    3) HEALTHY EATING: I am going to work with my nutritionist again to reign in some of my eating issues, continue participating in WHOLE 30 forums discussions, continue getting my organic CSA veggie box weekly, continue checking out new Paleo type cookbooks and trying new recipes. For the Month of January I will do a WHOLE 30 and log all meals.
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    sheba-kitty reacted to Just Real Food in What does "a week's worth of vegetables" look like at your house?   
    I think most of us eat more vegetables than many vegetarians!
     
    I find that when I return from holiday I'm craving vegetables. Got back yesterday and before I'd even made a coffee I was putting veggies on to steam.
    I buy my veggies 3 or 4 times a week so I don't have much idea of what the totals are.
    You've all inspired me to keep a list starting on Monday!
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    sheba-kitty reacted to koshka0427 in Day 1 - Confessions of a foodaholic   
    DAY 17: Goint strong!
    So, I've been doing this for 17 days and I am feeling good. Even though I did host Christmas dinner at my house, cooked and baked a lot, I did not waiver. I am super proud of that. Most of my meals have been eggs, chicken, turkey, ground beef/turkey/chicken, baked or grilled fish. I have been eating probably a bit too much fruit though. Every time I want a snack, I go for a peice of fruit.
    One other problem I have had is that I am not sure which vegetable, but some vegertable I've been eating has been making me insanely gassy. Yes, TMI, I know, but it's been ridiculous. I am thinking it could have been the sweet potato, of which I have been having a lot. So, my experiement over the next 3 days will be to cut out the sweet potato and seeing if it makes a difference.