jesmarie

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    jesmarie got a reaction from kellbell in Day 1 - October 21st   
    I want to reach out the people whom have a not so healthy relationship with food. Congratulations on taking this journey to not just heal your body, but your mind and soul as well. I, personally come from a very conflicted relationship with food. I was a compulsive eater at a young age, the pendulum swung the opposite way in high school with anorexia that turned into bulimia. I thought I had figured it all out, and maybe I did for a little while, but I had an accident last year that I ended up needing surgery for. Experiencing post-tramatic stress syndrome brought me to my knees. Sugar absolutely was my drug and I couldn't get enough of it. 10 months ago I sought out help and today I am a viable human being (which I didn't think was possible back in January). These next 30 days are for me to put the final tweaks on what my body is sensitive to, like most of you. I am looking for that optimal health because I believe I deserve to live a happy healthy life and the only way I can ensure that is knowing the food I put in my body is the medicine I need to guarantee that. 
     
    Also, if you haven't made any of the recipes out It Starts With Food. My, oh my you are missing out. They are delicious!!! 
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    jesmarie got a reaction from Lara in January 6 - Day 1   
    Breakfast: 3 egg muffins (zucchini, chicken sausage), avocado, banana
    Lunch: shrimp stir fry, apple, sunflower seed butter
    Post-workout: cashew cookie larabar
    Dinner: chicken caesar with spinach, pistachios
     
    2 hour dance rehearsal 
     
    just checking in 
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    jesmarie reacted to Carolyn in January 6 - Day 1   
    Yay!! Day 13...Happy to report the Birthday celebration went well...and being the easygoing friend that he he totally understood the change from carrot cake & wine to a small container of cut up fresh fruit (complete with a birthday candle ) for him...and tea. He ordered the main meal & I just paid the check...I had sockeye salmon and broccli rabe with garlic and olive oil...delish!!!
     
    So my thoughts...I'm pretty darn happy I decided not to use the celebration Birthday as an excuse to have cake and wine. I ran this morning under a simply gorgeous stary sky and a big beautiful moon. Ahhhhh...Truth is IF I had decided to eat the cake and wine...chances are I would have missed out on that beautiful run this morning. 
     
    I am strenghtening my "better" decision muscle!!! yay
     
    Thank you for your support and feeback..it is all greatly appreciated!!
    Have a blessed day
    Grandma Carolyn
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    jesmarie reacted to mk_hammer in January 6 - Day 1   
     
    Still 2 thumbs up here! Come on, y'all, let's rally. We can do this!!!!!
     

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    jesmarie got a reaction from Robert2014 in January 6 - Day 1   
    @Greek I missed you!!! this group is much larger than our last one which is awesome just take a little more time to get through everything.
     
    I appreciate everyone touching on the parent thing. I do not have kids but I am a nanny (those of you who know my story last go around have heard this all before). I am currently the long weekend nanny for a family I use to nanny a lot more regularly for. My kids are 4 and 3 and though the food in the house relatively healthy, it is not whole30 compliant nor is conducive for my food allergies. So in logical form I shouldn't want to eat the food but I'm still human and food that I don't keep in my house ever (there are no items in my house that are not whole30 compliant) always subtly calls my name. Had this been last weekend, I would have felt rather confident in my ability to tell the food to shut it and move on. However, I am back in school and my first 5 page paper of the term is due next tuesday... I have the kids Friday-Monday  soooo a relaxing weekend revolved around the kids still needs to happen but that means that I have to use every chance I can focusing on my homework (before they wake about 7am, 2 hour nap time and bed time about 8:15ish) I'm preemptively stressing out about it all. I need to commit my food on here every day, the good the bad and the ugly.
     
    @kysanne- have you tried the egg muffins? they save me in the morning I cook 12 at the beginning of the week and they last me about 4 days (I eat three in the morning) I use this link for cooking instructions but put different ingredients in. this week cut up about 4 squash and divided them between the 12 tins, cooked up 2 chicken sausages and divided, lightly sautéed a bag of spinach and divided then I scrambled the eggs with fresh basil and a garlic salt and parsley blend. I personally like to scramble each egg individually but i'm a little OCD... just a thought for another breakfast item. Also making HB eggs into deviled eggs but using avocado to mix instead... Ok, i'll stop being over baring now. ha!
    http://nomnompaleo.com/post/7486819479/prosciutto-wrapped-mini-frittata-muffins%C2'>
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    jesmarie got a reaction from Robert2014 in January 6 - Day 1   
    @Greek I missed you!!! this group is much larger than our last one which is awesome just take a little more time to get through everything.
     
    I appreciate everyone touching on the parent thing. I do not have kids but I am a nanny (those of you who know my story last go around have heard this all before). I am currently the long weekend nanny for a family I use to nanny a lot more regularly for. My kids are 4 and 3 and though the food in the house relatively healthy, it is not whole30 compliant nor is conducive for my food allergies. So in logical form I shouldn't want to eat the food but I'm still human and food that I don't keep in my house ever (there are no items in my house that are not whole30 compliant) always subtly calls my name. Had this been last weekend, I would have felt rather confident in my ability to tell the food to shut it and move on. However, I am back in school and my first 5 page paper of the term is due next tuesday... I have the kids Friday-Monday  soooo a relaxing weekend revolved around the kids still needs to happen but that means that I have to use every chance I can focusing on my homework (before they wake about 7am, 2 hour nap time and bed time about 8:15ish) I'm preemptively stressing out about it all. I need to commit my food on here every day, the good the bad and the ugly.
     
    @kysanne- have you tried the egg muffins? they save me in the morning I cook 12 at the beginning of the week and they last me about 4 days (I eat three in the morning) I use this link for cooking instructions but put different ingredients in. this week cut up about 4 squash and divided them between the 12 tins, cooked up 2 chicken sausages and divided, lightly sautéed a bag of spinach and divided then I scrambled the eggs with fresh basil and a garlic salt and parsley blend. I personally like to scramble each egg individually but i'm a little OCD... just a thought for another breakfast item. Also making HB eggs into deviled eggs but using avocado to mix instead... Ok, i'll stop being over baring now. ha!
    http://nomnompaleo.com/post/7486819479/prosciutto-wrapped-mini-frittata-muffins%C2'>
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    jesmarie reacted to kysanne in January 6 - Day 1   
     
    I am putting EVERYTHING that may previously have gone over noodles/rice/between breads over spinach lately.  Last night I had fajitas over spinach, fantastic.  For lunch today I had sausage and peppers over spinach-also fantastic.  And it sneaks more veggies in without me really thinking about them.  
     
    Also finding that the rotisserie chicken I picked up is a really good breakfast option for me.  Most of my leftovers look pretty unappealing at that hour, and I'm pretty over hard boiled eggs right now, but for some reason a chicken leg seemed like the perfect grab and go protein for my busy morning today...whatever works!
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    jesmarie reacted to Greek to me in January 6 - Day 1   
    @Jes....I've missed you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    jesmarie got a reaction from mk_hammer in January 6 - Day 1   
    Good Morning and Happy Monday/Day 7,
     
    I just wanted to check in and claim my spot on Team J6. I've been MIA on here for a couple days and i've missed you guys. I'm still whole30 compliant and in it with all of you. I do want to be a better teammate though and interact with all of you. 
     
    Here's to seeing a lot more of each other
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    jesmarie got a reaction from mk_hammer in January 6 - Day 1   
    Good Morning and Happy Monday/Day 7,
     
    I just wanted to check in and claim my spot on Team J6. I've been MIA on here for a couple days and i've missed you guys. I'm still whole30 compliant and in it with all of you. I do want to be a better teammate though and interact with all of you. 
     
    Here's to seeing a lot more of each other
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    jesmarie got a reaction from mk_hammer in January 6 - Day 1   
    Good Morning and Happy Monday/Day 7,
     
    I just wanted to check in and claim my spot on Team J6. I've been MIA on here for a couple days and i've missed you guys. I'm still whole30 compliant and in it with all of you. I do want to be a better teammate though and interact with all of you. 
     
    Here's to seeing a lot more of each other
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    jesmarie reacted to JKStarcher in January 6 - Day 1   
    Day 8 (Rnd II) and I'm finally starting to see how I can make this a permanent lifestyle change. The first Whole30 was about following it to a "T" and seeing what it could for me. This second Whole30 is about maintaining those benefits and creating the best version for me. I am finding that balance, and as a result, confidence in maintaining a healthier path for the long term.
     
    With time (& practice), you learn what your quick meals will be, when you can afford the time for something more in depth, "emergency" meals, and how your body will react. I think LEARNING about your body's reactions to certain foods, timing of foods, combination of foods, etc. is one of the biggest benefits of this program...knowledge is power...it gives you control. Control gives you confidence in your choices.
     
    Following the first Whole30 was one of the best things I've done for myself in a long time...hope everyone here gains as much as I have!
     
    Have a great day everyone!
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    jesmarie got a reaction from praxisproject in January 6 - Day 1   
    @Greek - you've got this! don't let a little dressing mess with you!
     
    Today was better about staying on schedule with food, still ate dinner a little later than I should have. So I got a little weird, shaky and kind of moody and craving weird things that I don't eat ever like cheeto's? 
     
    Breakfast: 3 Egg muffins, 1/4 avocado, banana
    Lunch: 2 salmon cakes, 1 C brussels sprouts, apple, 2 tbsp sunflower butter
    Dinner: 4 oz chicken, 8 oz mixed raw veggies (red & yellow peppers & tomatoes) & .5 ounce pistachios, 1/4 avocado, 3 spears of pineapple. 
     
    Rest day
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    jesmarie got a reaction from praxisproject in January 6 - Day 1   
    Sooooooo... remember when I don't want to be eating as much fruit. I had a weird day with food with too hard of a workout and i am white knuckling not devouring the dried mango's in my cupboard.... 
     
    @CpTChucky if you care for a girls point of view pre grilled chicken and salad (something I should have done today), the sweet potato salmon cakes and hard boiled eggs, jerky, dried fruit, larabars, apple & nut butter. When i'm in a pinch these things save my life and it's all super easy to keep on hand. 
     
    Breakfast: Egg muffins, 1/4 avocado, banana
    Snack: 4 pieces of dried mango, larabar
    Pre-workout: Hardboiled Egg
    Post-workout: 1oz pistachios & 2 pieces of dried mango
    Dinner: 1 hamburger, 1 1/2 zucchini, 1/4 avocado, 1 pear
     
    30 minutes weights, 30 minutes abs
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    jesmarie got a reaction from praxisproject in January 6 - Day 1   
    @Greek - you've got this! don't let a little dressing mess with you!
     
    Today was better about staying on schedule with food, still ate dinner a little later than I should have. So I got a little weird, shaky and kind of moody and craving weird things that I don't eat ever like cheeto's? 
     
    Breakfast: 3 Egg muffins, 1/4 avocado, banana
    Lunch: 2 salmon cakes, 1 C brussels sprouts, apple, 2 tbsp sunflower butter
    Dinner: 4 oz chicken, 8 oz mixed raw veggies (red & yellow peppers & tomatoes) & .5 ounce pistachios, 1/4 avocado, 3 spears of pineapple. 
     
    Rest day
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    jesmarie reacted to JKStarcher in January 6 - Day 1   
    Hey Toni - I suffer(ed) from depression as well...and what I've learned from my previous Whole30 experience, and this 2nd one, is that FOOD is a MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR to your depression. Particularly "white carbs" and "sugars". When I reintroduce those items, they feed off of each other and I ping pong back & forth between starches & sugars, until I'm almost addicted to them. The more I eat, the more I want, the more anxious, irritable, mood-swingy, sensitive, etc. I get. When you start clearing that crap out of your system, you start to feel LIGHTER...more relaxed, more content, less easily perturbed. So, I totally understand what you're talking about. I am convinced that that food is poison...more so for some people (those who are sensitive to anxiety & depression disorders).
     
    So, YAY for you feeling better!!
     
    I found a cool site called “Food for the Brain†that offers this simple explanation:

    Eating lots of sugar is going to give you sudden peaks and troughs in the amount of glucose in your blood; symptoms that this is going on include fatigue, irritability, dizziness, insomnia, excessive sweating (especially at night), poor concentration and forgetfulness, excessive thirst, depression and crying spells, digestive disturbances and blurred vision. Since the brain depends on an even supply of glucose it is no surprise to find that sugar has been implicated in aggressive behavior, anxiety , and depression, and fatigue.
    Lots of refined sugar and refined carbohydrates (meaning white bread, pasta, rice and most processed foods,) is also linked with depression because these foods not only supply very little in the way of nutrients but they also use up the mood enhancing B vitamins; turning each teaspoon of sugar into energy needs B vitamins. In fact, a study of 3,456 middle-aged civil servants, published in British Journal of Psychiatry found that those who had a diet which contained a lot of processed foods had a 58% increased risk for depression, whereas those whose diet could be described as containing more whole foods had a 26% reduced risk for depression.
    Sugar also diverts the supply of another nutrient involved in mood – chromium. This mineral is vital for keeping your blood sugar level stable because insulin, which clears glucose from the blood, can't work properly without it.
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    jesmarie reacted to mk_hammer in January 6 - Day 1   
    Checking in for Day 4! I'm so glad we're all still here.
     
    I'm happy to report that today is MUCH better than yesterday. I've still got a bit of a short fuse, but I'm generally in a much better mood. I still feel lethargic, but I sort of feel like a fog is lifting from my brain. I just feel much ... clearer. It's awesome. I have had a pretty bad headache that comes and goes, but nothing persistent.
     
    I'm one of the ones struggling with breakfast. I did well today, though! Had my scrambled eggs with onions, peppers, and spinach. It wasn't nearly as hard to get down as my previous days' breakfasts. The more days go by, the more I realize how important it is for me to forgo fruit in the mornings. I have a seriously fierce sugar dragon.
     
    With the day I had yesterday, it was so important that I made something GOOD for dinner last night. Something that tasted good that I would have eaten pre-W30. So, I made shrimp (I'm from New Orleans, so I love any and all things seafood). I sauteed them in a bit of olive oil and ghee along with garlic, salt/pepper, Cajun seasoning (clean, of course), and finished with fresh parsley and lemon juice. It was THE BOMB. I really enjoyed it.
     
    Tomorrow, I'm going to make steaks for dinner, so I'm really looking forward to that! There's no reason I can't do right by my body while also enjoying the food I eat ... I'm learning that.
     
    My goal for this weekend will be to find recipes that are veggie heavy that I can cook ahead and eat either as a side or a meal (like soups and stews).
     
    I'm also going to spinning tonight for the first time since starting W30. The instructor on Thursdays is tough, so I'm hoping I don't have any issues!
     
    Loving all the updates ... reading throughout the day really keeps me motivated. Cheers, y'all!
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    jesmarie reacted to Flickik in January 6 - Day 1   
    I'm comforted, reading the posts, seeing lots of people experiencing the same things I am. Tonight my husband asked, "What time is it?" I freaked out, threw down the book I was reading and marched off to the bedroom. Thus begins the "kill all the things" phase.
     
    Today, I packed my sons lunch and refused to step foot in any store. I didn't trust myself to come out whole30 clean afterwards. I may be able to handle food shopping on Friday. 
     
    Also, I had a food dream last night. a bit early for that, perhaps. But a food dream nonetheless. 
     
    Thanks for all the support and shared experiences,
    Veggies Up,
    Lysa
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    jesmarie reacted to Greek to me in January 6 - Day 1   
    @jes
    I heart you! Thanks.
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    jesmarie reacted to Greek to me in January 6 - Day 1   
    Ok guys...Total frustration here.  Made it through the family dinner last night.  But tonight we had another one.  I thought I mastered it BUT apparently the salads balsamic threw for a loop.  UGH!  I'm sad to report I too will be doing Whole 33 due to balsamic vinegar.  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.  But, I'm hoping that since the error wasn't intentional that the withdrawl won't be as bad as the last two days.  I don't think I want to restart this headache and fatigue all over again.  So, I'm re-counting down and not "restarting" but adding the extra few days due to the unintentional snafoo. 
     
    I am learning to HATE eating anywhere I can't control for the Whole 30. 
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    jesmarie got a reaction from praxisproject in January 6 - Day 1   
    Sooooooo... remember when I don't want to be eating as much fruit. I had a weird day with food with too hard of a workout and i am white knuckling not devouring the dried mango's in my cupboard.... 
     
    @CpTChucky if you care for a girls point of view pre grilled chicken and salad (something I should have done today), the sweet potato salmon cakes and hard boiled eggs, jerky, dried fruit, larabars, apple & nut butter. When i'm in a pinch these things save my life and it's all super easy to keep on hand. 
     
    Breakfast: Egg muffins, 1/4 avocado, banana
    Snack: 4 pieces of dried mango, larabar
    Pre-workout: Hardboiled Egg
    Post-workout: 1oz pistachios & 2 pieces of dried mango
    Dinner: 1 hamburger, 1 1/2 zucchini, 1/4 avocado, 1 pear
     
    30 minutes weights, 30 minutes abs
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    jesmarie reacted to Robert2014 in January 6 - Day 1   
    Strong work Team J6!  We are almost through the first week (aka Day 3)!  And many early starters are blazing the trail ahead.
     
    We have an impressive group of folks gathered here.  Excellent excellent posts.
     
    A note to the first timers:
     
    Days 3 - 6 were challenging for me on my first W30.  Headache and difficulty focusing followed by fatigue, and pretty much every other ailment described in the preceding posts etc.  I exited the pain cave in good style on day 7.
     
    To those of you quickly exiting the hangover/kill all the things phase, congratulations.  Be vigilant, there may be other challenges ahead.
     
    For those getting hammered by W30, rest assured that this is normal and IT WILL PASS.  It may seem wickedly challenging while you're in the moment.  Remember, for every one thing you can't eat, there are a hundred things you can.  It's all about making the right choice.  Please keep sharing your challenges and look forward to stepping out of the cave sometime in the next few days.  It will happen.
     
    If you get the sense that "I can't do this anymore," please share ASAP.  JKStarcher, Jesmarie and many others will give you the best darn motivational speech you have ever heard. 
     
    If you inadvertently stub your toe, no biggie.  Please share and get some guidance from our excellent team of moderators.
     
    If you are not sure how you are going to handle that upcoming weekend with the family or trip to the chocolate factory with the kids or happy hour with your co-workers or weekend BBQ with the neighbors etc., let us know.  For every challenge, there are many solutions. It is so much easier if you talk through a plan up front.  CpTChuckie's upcoming weekend ice fishing trip is a perfect example.  A very W30 hostile environment.  Much like my trip to Disneyland with my son during my first W30.  For most of us, we need to think these challenges through instead of just winging it.
     
    Best,
    Robert
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    jesmarie reacted to stephanielorella in January 6 - Day 1   
    Day 3 for me!
     
    Breakfast: 3 whole eggs, sweet potatos, onion, mushroom, zuchini (about a quarter of a medium sweet potato) handfuls of everything else. Cooked veggies in coconut oil
    Enjoyed my black coffee when I got to work
    Lunch: Beef roast, kale, onion, sweet potato (about 1/2 potato) 1/2 an avocado I made into guac ( onion, tomato, jalapeno, lime) and a pear
    Pre work out: Handful of raw cashews and deli meat (turkey boars head)
    Dinner: Steak on top of Argula and Spinach topped with salsa and the same guac I made  earlier in the day
    Also brought a handful of Olives and a banana with me to work in case I feel like I need it.
     
    I preped and cooked my food on Sunday so everything is good to go. I will be eating basically the same thing all week. I am used to prepping my food because I have followed the Eat Clean Diet for the last 3 years. The basics of that were lean protein, whole grains, lots of fruits and veggies. I feel like it really helped prepare me for the Whole 30. I thought I might have a hard time with my workouts this week due to the lack of grains but I have powered through them just fine. I workout pretty intensly Monday - Thursday and a more relaxed workout on Saturdays. I am really enjoying this so far! I am already putting my meal plan together for next week:) I am used to eating about 6 times a day but I am really enjoying not being hungry between meals! Not having to snack between is quite liberating!
     
    Just a side note: I have been researching this diet for a while now and feel like it is the best option for me. The concept makes a lot of sense. I am looking to improve my health and preformance at the gym. I don't weigh myself often but usually bounce around from about 113-115 lbs. I'm 5'4. I am not looking to lose weight but if I could get leaner that would be awesome. I do a lot of HIIT and weight lifting so I feel that paired with this new way of eating can help me get where I really want to be!
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    jesmarie reacted to Physibeth in January 6 - Day 1   
     
    It depends on the label. If sulfites is in the ingredients list then that brand is not W30 approved. If you see "may contain sulfites" or something similar then it is referring to naturally occuring sulfites and that is ok. At least this is what I remember from the many discussions I've seen on the topic. If it falls into the prior it does require a restart or waiting extra days to reintroduce them.
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    jesmarie reacted to Tina R in January 6 - Day 1   
    I don't think so because balsamic vinegar is allowed. I believe the only vinegar this not allowed is malt and anything with added sugar liked seasoned rice vinegar.