Carolyn

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    Carolyn reacted to littleg in serious muscle fatigue and post-workout protein/carb ideas   
    When I first switched to paleo a few years ago I felt like I was running with ankle weights for weeks.  It was awful.  But I promise it gets better!
     
    My husband just finished the W30 and he was a mess at CrossFit for about 2-3 weeks as well. Now he can't believe how much better his performance is (15 fewer pounds to move helps but I think he is pretty surprised how well he can maintain high energy efforts as well).  
     
    Point being: stick it out.  Its normal to feel pretty bad for a while but realize that you will get through it and probably end up with some nice PRs at the end!
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    Carolyn got a reaction from dipitie in Prolonged aerobic exercise...not good for your heart???   
    Well I'll be on the opposite side of the country...if all goes well ...I will be running Mt. Desert Island (Maine)...I bring my dogs...and after the marathon I spend the week hiking Acadia National Park...it is a MUST DO...marathon! I ran Big Sur in CA...I bet San Francisco is awesome! At the moment I am recovering from some injuries (dog vs ground hog vs me) oops! Planning on a walk / run re-intro in the morning. I am going to get the Galloway book this weekend...thank you so much for the info!  I think a run walk approach is a safer bet...I have to drop my winter coat! LOL!!! Happy & safe running!!! The trail relay sounds like fun...minus the bumps & bruises & cuts...      
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    Carolyn reacted to Physibeth in Day 5 - I want to stuff my face!!!   
    My suggestion is this - eat something in the morning, it doesn't need to be a lot. A single hard boiled egg would do. Having food in your stomach within an hour of waking is important for hormone balancing. If it takes you an hour or so to get home I would have something like chicken breast and sweet potato waiting for you to eat as soon as you are done at the gym and then eat your meal 1 as planned when you get home. I'll be the first to admit I'm not particularly good at the post workout meal, but I definitely understand its benefits and have been trying to get myself there. 
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    Carolyn reacted to Physibeth in Day 5 - I want to stuff my face!!!   
     
    Your meals look pretty good. Not sure how large your protein servings are on those salads but with 5-6 days a week of intense weight training you could probably move up to 2 palm sized servings on each if you are not already. I might also try adding another egg to your omelette. I think you would be surprised how few carbs are in what your are eating. Don't forget to do a post workout meal of lean protein and starchy vegetables 15-30 minutes after your weight training as well. You want to feed your recovery. Are you salting your foods? The previous cheating with sugar every 3-9 days is another flag to me that this might be much too low carb for your level of activity. 
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    Carolyn reacted to Angels4us in Day 5 - I want to stuff my face!!!   
    Hi there,
    Thank you so much for the prompt reply. I would love some feedback on my diet.  I do eat the same thing everyday.  Although this is my first Whole30, I have been eating this way for about 5 months.  But tend to cheat every 3 - 9 days or so.  (sugar!)
     
    This is my menu;
     
    Breakfast - 2 egg omelette with ground beef, and tons of broccoli, cauliflower and spinach
     
    Lunch - Huge mixed green salad with cucumbers celery, pepper, sprouts, Chicken breast, avocado, Udo oil and apple cider vinegar for dressing
     
    Dinner - Huge mixed green salad with cucumbers, celery, tomatoe, sprouts, avocado, ground beef, and Udo oil/vinegar dressing
     
    I don't eat any starchy vegetables but feel I must get enough carbs with all the veggies I do eat.
    I also weight train intensely 5 days or 6 a week, and I do have quite a bit of muscle.  I am 44 years old.
     
    I was just assuming that the dizzy (its just a little bit) and headachy feeling was my body transitioning to fat burning.
    I would like to find the optimal way for me to eat so I stop giving into the sugar cravings though!!!!
    Whatever it takes!
    Thanks!
    Steph
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    Carolyn reacted to Angels4us in Day 5 - I want to stuff my face!!!   
    Hi there.
    This looks like a good place to post my question/comment.  I'm on day 8 of Whole30.  Yesterday was INTENSELY hard with cravings!!!  But I made it through.  Having "days" behind me, and reading others comments, and the daily e-mails is definitely helping me to stay the course!  I've been feeling slightly dizzy and foggy the last few days.  Also have been sticking to 3 meals a day.  But my salads at lunch and dinner (which I absolutely love!)  are quite huge!  My question is ... about fat.  Can I be having too much?  The last few days I've been having 2 whole avocados a day.  One in my lunchtime salad, and one in my dinner salad.  Along with 2 tablespoons of Udo Oil and apple cider vinegar as dressing.  Yes, I know its a lot.  But its keeping me from snacking, that's for sure!!  Those meals definitely keep me full and satisfied for 4+ hours.  I have been telling myself to go ahead if that's what I need to do to stay with it.  My plan is around day 14ish to cut it back to half an avocado at lunch and dinner. (or maybe try something else for those meals) I tend to stay with those meals, because I love them so much.  I should say, that I am not looking to lose any weight.  My goal with the Whole30 reset is to attempt to slay my sugar dragon.  And get a stretch of time in without "cheating". 
    I'd love some feedback from those "in the know".
    Thank you, I really appreciate the motivation I find on these forums, and all the advanced members, and moderators comments!!!!!
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    Carolyn reacted to dipitie in Prolonged aerobic exercise...not good for your heart???   
    Hahaha I have fallen so many times trail running, it's not even funny! I was training for a trail relay last summer and probably posted at least 10 different photos of bruises, cuts, etc. during that time.
     
    What marathon are you doing in October? I'm training for the Nike Womens Marathon in San Francisco, doing a modified Galloway training plan.
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    Carolyn got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Exhausted! Can't work out... Encouraging words please   
    I hear you!!! My first W30 I had LEAD for legs...I found it took me about 3 weeks b/f my runs and weigh w/o felt good. I had ABSOLUTELY NO umph!!! It will pass...think about you 2 back to back 12 day cleanses...you may have depleted yourself a bit much...give yourself time to rebuild. Hang in there!!!  
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    Carolyn got a reaction from dipitie in Prolonged aerobic exercise...not good for your heart???   
    I completely agree! I prefer trail running over road hands down...my issue is my vision. I don't wear my eye glasses when I run on roads...but trails can be tricky...it usually never ends well for me...so I hike trails...while wearing my glasses...lol! Much safer that way for me.  Happy running have a great day!
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    Carolyn got a reaction from dipitie in Prolonged aerobic exercise...not good for your heart???   
    I completely agree! I prefer trail running over road hands down...my issue is my vision. I don't wear my eye glasses when I run on roads...but trails can be tricky...it usually never ends well for me...so I hike trails...while wearing my glasses...lol! Much safer that way for me.  Happy running have a great day!
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    Carolyn reacted to dipitie in Prolonged aerobic exercise...not good for your heart???   
    I think trail is so different that road - all that scenery!
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    Carolyn reacted to Robert Leaker in Prolonged aerobic exercise...not good for your heart???   
    I run ultra marathons and have for many years. I'm mid-forties and aside from carrying an extra few pounds, I've never had any heart troubles. I just started W30 (3 days in) to try and lose the stubborn spare tire before the next race (an extra 15 pounds is a lot to carry for 100 miles!). While road marathons are killer on the legs and joints - I don't buy they cause heart problems; however, if you have a pre-existing condition then that is another story. In general, I find trail runners to be happier, healthier and more balanced than any other athlete. 
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    Carolyn reacted to missmary in Prolonged aerobic exercise...not good for your heart???   
     
    This is so dependent on the individual it can be hard to understand, but basically this: some amount of exercise is good, but too much exercise (too long a duration, too intense, etc) can be perceived as stress in the body, which increases cortisol levels. Your personal context will determine how much is too much, and that might change over time. If you have other stressors in your life (work, relationships, etc.) or if you have injuries or other health issues, the amount of exercise you can tolerate may change dramatically.
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    Carolyn reacted to blaiwayw in Prolonged aerobic exercise...not good for your heart???   
    Listen to your body.  Stay hydrated.  I started running to lose weight when I was 52.  Trained for and ran my first marathon three years later.  In the last 7 years I've run 8 full marathons averaging 4:20.  No heart issues.  That said, I surely won't promote running 26.2 miles as being good for your health.   For me the 13.1 distance will now be challenge enough.  You don't say what a long distance is to you.  I do fine without hydration up to 8 miles.  Than I carry water.  I understand that as we lose fluids, our blood will thicken and make the heart work harder.  After double digit miles my blood pressure will drop 20 points.  I'll admit to having concerns about long distance running and heart damage.   I hope my heart gives me a clue if it needs a rest.  I still like knowing that I'm a long distance runner.   I believe the studies of a healthy heart from distance running greatly outnumber the ones that say it's detrimental.  
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    Carolyn reacted to dipitie in Prolonged aerobic exercise...not good for your heart???   
    Do you ever take walk breaks? I follow the Jeff Galloway running method and he feels taking walk beaks will make you faster in the long run, as well as give your heart little breaks over the course of the run. I think a lot of paleo/primal people think distance running is bad for you, but I think it can be part of a healthy overall lifestyle.
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    Carolyn reacted to Ivorwen in Trigeminal Neuralgia   
    Hey Folks,
      I was wondering if you all know much about Trigeminal Neuralgia and the effects of whole30/Paleo eating on it? I have it, and I am really just beyond tired of the excruciating pain. I am considering the idea of doing a whole30+ until I go back into remission, because I do believe it will help me go back into remission. The pain is caused by inflammation, so it makes plenty of sense to me. I was simply wondering if you have heard anything on it, might have more useful information. 

    I have had a hard time finding information on how to treat it without taking lots of medicine/having surgery. I'd like to avoid those two if there is a better solution. 
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    Carolyn reacted to PamH in Trigeminal Neuralgia   
    http://www.fpa-support.org/2011/05/tip-sheet-neuropathic-face-pain-and-trigeminal-neuralgia-2/
     
    Not trying to push you in any direction, but here is a blog where someone lists her experiences with both conventional and alternative medications.
     
    An anti-inflammatory diet sure cannot hurt!  Even if it does not directly effect the TN in 30 days, it will helpfully slowly be improving what is probably systemic inflammation.  
     
    I was intrigued by the herpes connection and using Acyclovir.  My son has Autism, and in our community (yes, we have one!  lol) there is a lot of talk about brain inflammation.  Quite a few parents have seen great improvements with drugs or supplements that fight the herpes virus.  It can be a difficult bugger to treat.  Adopting a diet high in foods with Lysine (or taking L-lsyine) and low in Arginine has been known to starve that particular virus.
     
    I wish you luck.  I have a friend with this disorder and the pain is crippling.  Hers was triggered by Shingles after she had the chicken pox vaccine as an adult so that might be an entirely different issue (except that chicken pox is a type of herpes virus which is why Acyclovir might help some).
     
    I say go for it!  Enjoy the benefits of Whole30.
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    Carolyn reacted to GlennR in Oh, no! I licked some envelopes at work!   
    The glue is starch, right? Maybe with some sugar? (Tastes sweet.) I realized what I was doing after the third envelope and rinsed my mouth. But did I just violate the rules? I'm on my Day 12, damn it!!! Do I have to re-set???
     
    (Yeah, I'm not serious.)
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    Carolyn reacted to praxisproject in Sugar = ANXIETY   
    Sugar is a known factor for anxiety and not just for blood sugar. There are a number of studies in progress on the brain/gut axis.
     
    After getting so sick from my gluten introduction, I did quite a bit of research on it as the heart palpitations were very scary.
    Some doctors are prescribing grain free or wheat free diets, as well as sugar free, to help patients reduce or even eliminate anxiety.
     
    It may not work for everyone, but it's well worth a try.
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    Carolyn reacted to Carmen Cosentino in What to eat during long runs? Need replacements for gels and gummies!   
    Drink plenty of water, add at least 1 sweet potato a day for potassium, maybe a banana if you're not trying to lose much weight. 
     
    I use a foam roller to help stretch. It hurts, but it helps so much. Have you or do you do yoga? I found when I'm doing yoga, i have more flexibility and the less my legs are sore. 
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    Carolyn reacted to Carmen Cosentino in What to eat during long runs? Need replacements for gels and gummies!   
    My thoughts, I'm not an expert. First thing, you run and running a race, so YES you are a runner :-)
     If you haven't been running long distances, I would not make any changes. A 15K is a decent distance, however, I personally don't think it's long enough to need to use dates, buddy fruit, bananas, etc. during the run. Your body should be able to handle the race without refueling. Again, this is just based on my personal experience. I would drink plenty of water and refuel post-race with protein/carb. 
     
    Good luck in your race! ;-) 
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    Carolyn reacted to Danielle Rutherford in Sugar = ANXIETY   
    My husband and I finished our second Whole30 a few weeks ago. We skipped the reintro phase this time since we did it the first time around and I pretty much knew that bothered me (i.e. gluten).
     
    We've off-roaded a bit the last few weeks and I have been feeling like complete shit. 
     
    I know that gluten (and grains in excess) will flare up my IBS like no other, but this time around sugar is trying to ruin me!
     
    I have directly linked that sugar amplifies my anxiety like no other. I have been miserable the last week trying to deal with my anxiety and took me a few days to realize that all those chocolate treats and sugar were the culprit.
     
    I was bad yesterday and had a doughnut and boy am I paying for it. It is NOT WORTH IT to feel like this.
     
    I am trying to remember how I feel right now so it will help me make better choices when presented with sweet treats.
     
    That being said, I am doing a Whole7 to hopefully reset things and have made some strict rules for myself when it comes to sugar.
     
    Does anyone notice a major link with sugar and their anxiety?
     
    Danielle
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    Carolyn reacted to JJB in Sugar = ANXIETY   
    Sugar makes me more emotional in general...it's a pretty dramatic shift. Moody, anxious, angry or crying at the drop of a hat. Even understanding this, it's still so hard to stay away from because I LOVE it so much. All last year I was trying to allow treats every month or so, but it just wasn't working. I've been sugar free since Jan 1...the longest I've made it yet. I don't *truly* have cravings anymore, but I still wistfully think about what treats I wish I could have. You're right though, it's totally not worth it.
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    Carolyn reacted to AmyS in Sugar = ANXIETY   
    Yes.  I have to plan when I'm going to eat it so that it's timed when I have nothing important to deal with for about 48 hours afterward.  The high I get for the first thirty minutes is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.  But then the crash is just awful.  And with me, anxious usually also means angry.  So I'm just really fun to be around.
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    Carolyn reacted to Vian in Sugar = ANXIETY   
    sugar and caffeine both make my anxiety and heart palpitations worse. Right now I'm trying to resist the gourmet croissant caramel apple doughnuts my friend brought over