Angela Poliquin

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    Angela Poliquin got a reaction from NoMoreCrunchyCravings in the inactive ingredients in my prescription depression medication are W30 noncompliant... help!   
    Hi, Lysandy!
    My first Whole30 was four or five years ago, and I've been cleaning up periodically with them ever since.  From the first time to now, I have always stayed on my psychotropic meds.  Everyone is different, but for me, the effects of going off of depression medication are quick and brutal.  Lotta people have lotta opinions on the meds (I take Prozac too, and some others), but it is dangerous to stop taking SSRIs without your provider's supervision.
    That said, for me at least, the small amount of non-compliant ingredients in my meds did not alter the effectiveness of my Whole30s.  Without fail, between 14-20 days, I get the Tiger Blood.  All of my other ailments - chronic pain, brain fog, bloating, water retention, headaches, dysthymia - all but completely disappear.  (It's hard to make chronic pain go away completely, but it stopped interrupting my functionality and activity.)
    I think the Hartwigs have something to say about noncompliant medication fillers in ISWF and Whole30 books.  Basically, do what your doctor says.
    Good luck, and most of all be well!
    Ange
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    Angela Poliquin got a reaction from NoMoreCrunchyCravings in the inactive ingredients in my prescription depression medication are W30 noncompliant... help!   
    Hi, Lysandy!
    My first Whole30 was four or five years ago, and I've been cleaning up periodically with them ever since.  From the first time to now, I have always stayed on my psychotropic meds.  Everyone is different, but for me, the effects of going off of depression medication are quick and brutal.  Lotta people have lotta opinions on the meds (I take Prozac too, and some others), but it is dangerous to stop taking SSRIs without your provider's supervision.
    That said, for me at least, the small amount of non-compliant ingredients in my meds did not alter the effectiveness of my Whole30s.  Without fail, between 14-20 days, I get the Tiger Blood.  All of my other ailments - chronic pain, brain fog, bloating, water retention, headaches, dysthymia - all but completely disappear.  (It's hard to make chronic pain go away completely, but it stopped interrupting my functionality and activity.)
    I think the Hartwigs have something to say about noncompliant medication fillers in ISWF and Whole30 books.  Basically, do what your doctor says.
    Good luck, and most of all be well!
    Ange
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    Angela Poliquin got a reaction from Barb Meahan in Brands of coconut milk that are compliant?   
    Weird, I just checked the Taste of Thai lite coconut milk in my cabinet, and the ingredients list is coconut, water, guar gum.
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    Angela Poliquin got a reaction from GFChris in The crazy things people say   
    My husband, eating a white tortilla, "this doesn't have wheat.  want one?"  
    Me:  Um, it's a flour tortilla.  Flour is made of wheat.
    DH:  But it doesn't say "wheat tortilla."
    Me: Look at the ingredients list.  What does it say?
    DH:  wheat flour.... oh.
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    Angela Poliquin got a reaction from Shelli in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    Sooo true!
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    Angela Poliquin got a reaction from GFChris in The crazy things people say   
    My husband, eating a white tortilla, "this doesn't have wheat.  want one?"  
    Me:  Um, it's a flour tortilla.  Flour is made of wheat.
    DH:  But it doesn't say "wheat tortilla."
    Me: Look at the ingredients list.  What does it say?
    DH:  wheat flour.... oh.
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    Angela Poliquin got a reaction from GFChris in The crazy things people say   
    My husband, eating a white tortilla, "this doesn't have wheat.  want one?"  
    Me:  Um, it's a flour tortilla.  Flour is made of wheat.
    DH:  But it doesn't say "wheat tortilla."
    Me: Look at the ingredients list.  What does it say?
    DH:  wheat flour.... oh.
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    Angela Poliquin got a reaction from GFChris in The crazy things people say   
    My husband, eating a white tortilla, "this doesn't have wheat.  want one?"  
    Me:  Um, it's a flour tortilla.  Flour is made of wheat.
    DH:  But it doesn't say "wheat tortilla."
    Me: Look at the ingredients list.  What does it say?
    DH:  wheat flour.... oh.
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    Angela Poliquin got a reaction from GFChris in The crazy things people say   
    My husband, eating a white tortilla, "this doesn't have wheat.  want one?"  
    Me:  Um, it's a flour tortilla.  Flour is made of wheat.
    DH:  But it doesn't say "wheat tortilla."
    Me: Look at the ingredients list.  What does it say?
    DH:  wheat flour.... oh.
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    Angela Poliquin got a reaction from GFChris in The crazy things people say   
    My husband, eating a white tortilla, "this doesn't have wheat.  want one?"  
    Me:  Um, it's a flour tortilla.  Flour is made of wheat.
    DH:  But it doesn't say "wheat tortilla."
    Me: Look at the ingredients list.  What does it say?
    DH:  wheat flour.... oh.
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    Angela Poliquin got a reaction from GFChris in The crazy things people say   
    My husband, eating a white tortilla, "this doesn't have wheat.  want one?"  
    Me:  Um, it's a flour tortilla.  Flour is made of wheat.
    DH:  But it doesn't say "wheat tortilla."
    Me: Look at the ingredients list.  What does it say?
    DH:  wheat flour.... oh.
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    Angela Poliquin reacted to TDC in Post September 1 2013 Whole30   
    @alexasaurusrex: yay to graduating in Crossfit! I'm still loving it, and my sister said yesterday 'oh you're looking toned Your bum! Look at your bum, it's so toned. I need to start going to Crossfit.' So yes, very happy indeed.
     
    Things are tootling along nicely for me. I'm still not managing to keep my weekends Whole30 happy but I don't mind because I'm learning what is and isn't good for me. I'm VERY conscious that when I drink alcohol, my food choices are a lot worse. (I know, it's not news. But whereas I knew it happened before, I'm much more conscious of it). And I'm conscious that the food I do choose to eat don't make me feel great after. So yes, it's happening, but I still think I'm learning. Most of all what I'm learning is I need to have backup food in the freezer and fridge at all times so that when I get those alcohol induced cravings I just have to get stuff out of the fridge/freezer! Anyway, it's a learning curve.
     
    I do feel guilty if I eat something I shouldn't (e.g. something cooked in vegetable oil, or some potato crisps or whatever) and I think, well how is this different from the guilt you get with dieting? But I talked my way through it in my head yesterday: the difference is I don't feel guilty because it's going to make me fat and put on weight; I feel guilty because I know all the food is causing my body damage. So I think there's where the success in the Whole30 lies: we're not eating the way we eat solely because of weight loss. We're eating the way we eat because it makes our body the best it can be.
     
    I've discovered my favourite breakfast: baked avocado egg cups. Yum!
     
    Another cookup planned for today, and this time it's even more ambitious than the last because I received WellFed2 (Finally!) in the post on Thursday and been waiting impatiently to cook from it! Here's the plan:
    - apple sauce
    - sunflower seed butter
    - BBQ sauce
    - better butter
    - a new batch of ghee
    - magic dust
    - jerk seasoning
    - turkish doner kebab meatballs for the freezer
    - plain pork meatballs for the freezer
    - slow cooker bbq beef
    - italian pork roast (this is a slow cooker one too so I'll probably actually do it tomorrow night)
    - scherezade omelette
    - prep ingredients for semi sabich
    - grilled butternut squash
    - grilled aubergine
    - roast beetroot
    - roast a spaghetti squash
    - cauliflower soup
     
    I told you it was more ambitious than last time! But a lot of the earlier stuff on the list doesn't involve cooking, just prepping up a load of seasonings and spices. I'll let you know tomorrow how I go...
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    Angela Poliquin got a reaction from raptah in Post September 1 2013 Whole30   
     
    I wanted to cry while reading this post.  I'm so sorry.  But I want to say that I love reading your posts and watching you grow.  Just as you stood up and set a boundary with your mother about the comments re your food, it won't be too long and you will be able to do that with strangers.  You deserve to be treated well.  Period.  Try not to forget that when someone starts treating you poorly.  You're totally within your rights to nip it in the bud! Hugs!
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    Angela Poliquin reacted to praxisproject in When there are no options.   
    Tea! I have heaps of herbal tea bags in their own packets (Twinings) and tea feels more social than water to me, as it's usually too hot when it first arrives

    Breaking the social expectations seems hard at first, but it gets easier and is one of the best long term habits to adjust to.
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    Angela Poliquin reacted to alexasaurusrex in Post September 1 2013 Whole30   
    Thanks you guys! @sdoucette, I'm so sorry for your loss. My cousin took his own life a few years ago and it's a real heartache to lose someone to their own choice. I hope you're doing okay!
     
    Monday we went to the funeral and I was able to finish writing a, eulogy for lack of a better word, and my dad was supposed to read it. He started crying and I lost it so his little sister read it. And it felt good to get that all out there. From there we went to the cemetery and that was just as awful. By the time we got to Shiva at my aunt's house it was 5pm and I hadn't eaten since 8am. I had tuna, egg salad, nova, and some tomatoes and dark chocolate. The only thing wrong with the salads was the soybean oil in the mayo. I almost ate bread but decided I really didn't want it. I may still battle the sugar dragon from time to time but it seems I win every time and have kicked my carb addiction. Hopefully for good. Yesterday I stayed home from working at my dad's office and my sister and I watched TV and talked about our grandma. We were sent on Shiva errands for our aunt's and had to visit a bakery to pick up six platters of kosher cookies. They smelled heavenly but I wasn't interested. I did have a good lunch and breakfast for the first time in a few days and dinner was at Shiva and they had so many inflammatory foods. Garbanzo beans, coleslaw, falafel, pita, etc. But I found lamb shwarma and picked beets and pink cabbage and Israeli salad. I laughed at my dad and went "This is how you make paleo a lifestyle is when you can really do it wherever you are." And then I said "Soy una cavewoman" and the housekeeper cracked up. I did eat a lot of dark chocolate yesterday. They had an edible arrangement with pineapple covered in dark chocolate. I didn't eat as much as I could have before or feel out of control, but I had enough self awareness to know that the sugar dragon was rearing and I stopped eating it and didn't feel like I had to cling to it. That felt like a triumph. 
     
    The waxing story was horrible. I'm still traumatized, but luckily most places are not like that. I go to European Wax Center generally, in both Miami and Boston, and they are a lot kinder and gentler about the entire situation. And their wax is much softer and not damaging like the Asian ladies'. My face has broken out so bad. My mother keeps calling it a faliculitis. I have skin missing from under my eyebrows and above my life. Every day is a makeup day now. I feel like I'm spackling my face. No words can describe how much I want to kill that woman. 
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    Angela Poliquin reacted to djoyce in Post September 1 2013 Whole30   
    Hey all
     
    I am doing well again.  Lots of junk in my house this weekend but using the rules as a crutch to keep me on course.  Lots of apples these days and I have to say that honeycrisp apples are simply the best.  Had some really good lamb sausage today (made at my local pasture fed butcher shop).  The family and me too are fighting a bit of a cold but getting through it.
     
    I bought a new at home workout (Focus T25 from BeachBody) this week and I start it on Monday.  It will be good (in a butt kicking kind of way).  10 weeks of the T25 program will take me to New Years.  Keep going strong everyone and continued great health!
     
    Cheers
    DJ
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    Angela Poliquin reacted to TDC in Post September 1 2013 Whole30   
    @Helen. I'm glad you still tell us what you've eaten even though it's non compliant. For one you're not alone!and for another I think of this forum as an important check point for food. yes admitting you're not doing too well is embarrassing but admitting to it,not to us but to yourself is harder. And your comments lik 'but it's still an iimprovement shows one very important thing:you're not eating mindlessly!! I don't see this as trying to justify your eating but see it as your thought process. You're right it has changed. .. But it needs refining,like all of us. From my understanding the whole30 is not a cure-all but a lifelong journey of learning and discovering. It's your body! Also I understand it gets easier the more wwhole3s you do and of course There's no limit to how many whole30s you do. And don't forget you can do a whole7, whole14,wholeweekend... whatever. I'm overindulging today but from tomorrow I m doing a whole7 just to get back on track. Also I'm definitely doing a Jan whole30 too so I'll be tthere with you!!
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    Angela Poliquin reacted to helen in Post September 1 2013 Whole30   
    @raptah~totally relate.  Yesterday I'm trying to think if I ate anything compliant at all.  I feel like my days tend to be healthy days (i.e. compliant) or total washouts (totally not compliant).  I also feel much, much better eating paleo/whole 30 style.  I feel like when I am offroading it is like I am just eating and eating to satisfy something that will never be satisfied if that makes sense.  On the other hand, I enjoy the social nature of food/dining and so how to make better choices for myself in these situations.  But I do think this kind of 'on' or 'off' mentality is the dieting mentality that you are describing.  The FB group of 4 women that I did the Sept Whole30 with is doing one in November.  I am going to DC for a yoga workshop (Baron Baptiste~~this was my birthday present and I am beyond thrilled) mid-Nov.  I am thinking of doing a Whole14 with them to prepare for the workshop.  That is all I can commit to for now.  I do have plans for a Jan Whole30 and plan to find some people here to do it with hopefully.
     
    On other Whole9 fronts:  The sun lamp and sauna are both becomeing daily rituals.  Maybe the sun lamp is psychosomatic but it seems to be working for me.  I typically sit in front of a computer anyway for the first 30-60 minutes every morning (social media, answering work emails, etc) so now I am doing it with the sun lamp!  It is like being enveloped in sunshine (takes a few minutes to get used to!) now maybe I'll get a space heater so I can pretend I'm on the beach in Mexico this winter (pina colada candle?).  The last 3 nights I have done a sauna and it is SO wonderful before bed.  If we keep it up all winter we plan to buy a traditional sauna heater (with the rocks to produce steam for next year) but the infrared is good too.  I do a 30-45 minute sauna and read magazines and relax and then drink my Natural Calm magnesium drink and go to bed.  No computer once I hit the sauna.  Again, might be psychosomatic but I am sleeping better now.
     
    So the challenge for me rignt now is how to manage offroading in a healthier manner?  The rest of you are doing so well I am kind of embarrassed to talk about my non-compliant days.  Yesterday I went to a Mexican restaurant for lunch with a close friend (my girls are off for Fall break and it was there choice).  I had:  a margarita, the insides of a grand slam chicken burrito (chicken, tomatoes, onions and melted Mexican cheese but the cheese is pretty light), guacomole, salsa and some tortilla chips.  So, yes, I majorly offroaded BUT I see a few good things here.  I didn't eat the rice and beans.  I limited the tortilla chips (and did not eat the tortilla).  Could be better but also an improvement from a year ago.  Then last night we went to a movie (Smurfs 2, lol) and I had popcorn BUT no candy or diet coke.  Also better. 
     
    For me, this journey really is going to be one day at a time.   Let's hope today is a good one
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    Angela Poliquin reacted to alexasaurusrex in Post September 1 2013 Whole30   
    @amberino he does seem to be proud of me for losing weight and I know he's super stressed with work so that has to be where all the issues are coming from. That's not cool of your dad. I would cry. A lot. 
     
    @TDC that's the same bar I've been noshing away on!
     
    My mom is a lot better about listening to the diet. And I'm sort of preachy. They do ask me first and then I tell them, but I find that sometimes I try to justify why I'm eating something before they even ask. Last night my mother started saying she couldn't eat this way cause it makes her gain weight. Because she's still doing dairy. She's still eating a little too off plan. And she ate plantains a few days in a row. This thing only works if you stick with the guidelines. If you want to eat plantains eat on plan and you can have them, but don't expect to eat plantains and potatoes and it to still work. You're still eating things with inflammation. And she is a doctor and knows all this and that's what's annoying. She did say though that a few of her obese patients have come in and were talking about how they were doing a Whole 30 so that was pretty cool. This morning I made an apple chicken sausage in coconut oil. She was grossed out I was frying it up and I was like "do you think I lost weight?" she nodded and said a lot. "then it obviously works so please stop with the side comments. if you want to do this, do it, but stop questioning every step I take because it works and its simple." and she looked up from doing her makeup and said okay, but with this face of respect. And then she stood up for me when my dad asked why I was eating an almond butter packet (he ate all my avocados and we ran out of almond butter the other day - except this packet). 
     
    I had a rare experience yesterday after lunch. My dad's office manager/the woman training me is tiny but she eats a ton of carbs and micromanages everything. She takes me out to lunch every day and I have to work around the menu to eat where she wants to. It got a bit annoying yesterday when we went to Red Lobster and I got a "salad" aka a bowl of iceberg lettuce because apparently they don't carry romaine. Annoyed to say the least. I did have a big piece of salmon on it but an hour later I was so tired and so sluggish and felt disgusting. I knew it was because the six pecans I had didn't have enough fat. So I poured a half a can of coconut milk into a small amount of black coffee. Once I'd finished it I felt so much better! My fat count has been off all week here. For dinner I had curry and was charged - but not too charged because I haven't gotten the nine hours of sleep a night I got used to. Last night I did and feel so much better then I have since I got here. 
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    Angela Poliquin reacted to amberino21 in Post September 1 2013 Whole30   
    I feel your pain in regards to your dad. If it's anything like mine, he's probably reflecting on his own issues rather than your current success. My dad is a big man, and his weight has yoyoed for years on various diets. After I lost 25kgs through a lifestyle change, I went through my wardrobe and threw out a whole pile of stuff that swam on me. I didn't get any praise from my for what id done, just "why are you throwing those out, you'll probably need them again". It hurt!! I did manage to brush it off though and realise I just had to be happy with myself. After 2 years I've still not put the weight back on!
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    Angela Poliquin reacted to djoyce in Post September 1 2013 Whole30   
    Hey all... "Gut rot" is over and back on plan.  I put on 5 lbs over the super long weekend (Canadian Thanksgiving) between Thusday (started early) and Monday.  I have already lost the weight gained this weekend (feels good) and I am almost appreciating the low grade headache today (and last night) because I know this means I am back on the path of good food.
     
    Cheers
    DJ
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    Angela Poliquin reacted to johnsona in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    When you have a closet full of (cute) purses, but choose to bring a seriously ugly Igloo purse everywhere you go. Full of food of course.
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    Angela Poliquin reacted to Elizabeth! in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    You are almost done shopping when you leave the produce section o the grocery store. Just have to swing by spices and the the meat section and you are gone.
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    Angela Poliquin reacted to Joey in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
     
    You mistakenly read that last part as "This filled me with ghee".
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    Angela Poliquin reacted to MrsStick in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    You're excited when you meet someone in real life who just happens to know what the Whole 30 is! You mean...I don't have to explain EVERYTHING to you? BEST FRIENDS FOR LIFE NOW!!!!
     
    ...I officially love that girl. Her baby's cute, but she understood Whole 30 (apparently one of the local CF gyms does it as a gym on occasion...) and that wins all in my book!