Carilyn

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  1. I agree with you this far, but that does not mean that binge eating is normal ... not for modern day Americans who have more than enough food and no scarcity to speak of! However, you are correct that we do have this evolutionary drive ... for this reason, restricting our food intake or intake of vital fats/nutrients (i.e. artificially imitating a famine within one's own body) ultimately leads to binge-eating in most people. Your body and mind can only take so much food restriction before it will override you and command you to EAT. And unlike for our ancestors, we have plenty of high-calorie food surrounding us so a binge is nearly always a possibility. If you are suffering from binge-eating, I would take a look at your diet and your relationship with food. Do you try to eat smaller portions than you're truly hungry for? Try to resist snacks when you need them? Feel guilty for eating something high in good fats? Berate yourself after eating a normal-sized meal? Have an intense focus on weight and body shape? This combination of mental and physical factors will likely lead to a binge. Aside from finding a good counselor, one easy change I would recommend is to focus on eating mindfully. This is discussed in ISWF to some extent. Make a diary or find an app to use and before and after you eat, rate your PHYSICAL hunger on a 1-10 scale (google hunger scale to get a good idea of the parameters). Write down any thoughts/feelings/emotions you have before, during and after the meal. You will be surprised what an impact this can have on understanding what drives you to eat when you're not hungry, and recognizing your internal hunger cues. Good luck!
  2. Carilyn

    May 5th start

    Yes! I thought for sure my fiance and I were the only ones starting on such a random day! This is our second whole 30, our first was in January and it was awesome! We both lost weight and felt amazing. This time we are only doing 21 days due to certain events that we don't want to be super strict at. I am so excited to start feeling healthier, have more energy for exercise, cut out alcohol and get better sleep. Its not necessarily related to the whole 30, but in the spirit of taking better care of myself, my goal is to work on good sleep hygiene these 21 days ... that means no watching TV in bed, staying up too late, etc. I wanted to try this during the last whole 30 but it kind of got pushed aside. I also am excited to get back into working out again! I will be done with this semester in a week which will give me more time to be outdoors and get some exercise. Plus, the added energy from eating well and not feeling crappy from eliminating bad foods and alcohol will really help me out. I'm so ready for this, although there are a few events in the next couple of weeks that I will have to figure out how to navigate food-wise. Glad we're not the only May 5th whole 30ers!
  3. Completing the whole 30 has helped me so much in my attempts to stop binging. I think part of the reason is that it has changed the way I think about food, from negative (thing that makes me fat) to positive (thing that nourishes and sustains me). I agree with the previous posts that it is so important to try to connect your binging with triggering physical and/or emotional experiences. For instance, someone previously mentioned being tired as a trigger, which I know is so true for me. I realized this during my whole30 ... the first time I overate a bunch of dried apricots and macadamia nuts was in the middle of a busy workday when I'd had little sleep the night before. I guess eating more is my body's way of powering through? Emotional eating is something that I have improved on a lot, but I'm definitely still working on it. It happens less often now, but when I've had a stressful day and I'm feeling sad or anxious, that's when I get the desire to eat and eat and eat (not to mention drink a few glasses of wine!). Another important thing that others have already mentioned is that overly restrictive eating can lead to eventual binging. I know this used to be a problem for me before paleo as I would try to eat low-fat/sugar-free/low calorie all day and then binge at night. Make sure that throughout the day you are eating enough fat, protein and healthy carbs, and that you are not waiting to eat until you feel totally famished. It is so hard to break away from the conventional wisdom, I know there have been times when I've tried to do "low fat paleo" aka poultry and veggies, and it left me feeling completely unsatisfied and craving a binge.
  4. Carilyn

    Whole 30 starting Jan 1

    Ahhh I can't believe we did it! 11 lbs. down and I'm feeling great. Hard to believe how miserable I was feeling just a month ago after all of the holiday binges. I'm kind of afraid of going off plan ... I love how whole 30 has changed my relationship with food and I don't want it to go back! For the first time since I was a child, I am refraining from food when I'm not physically hungry and eating without guilt when I know I am truly hungry. I feel like I still have a long way to go, after all, health is a journey -- not a destination! Actually, I am staying on plan today because tomorrow I am going to a hockey game with friends, so that'll be my reintroduction to gluten. After the reintroduction phase, I plan on trying to stay totally compliant at home and only make exceptions (based on what I find out I can and can't tolerate) for social events or going out to eat. I really want to try not to get back into my nightly several glasses of wine/beer with every sports game habit. I hope to keep the drinking down to 1 or 2 nights a week. I know that the key for me will be to make sure I continue planning out my meals every week. I have enjoyed that so far and I know that'll help me stay on track. Also ... easier said than done, but avoid eating emotionally as much as possible! I also hope to continue in my journey to exercise more, improve my sleep, and remove the toxins from my home. I plan on doing at least a whole15 sometime this year, maybe a couple! Good luck everyone!!!
  5. Carilyn

    Whole 30 starting Jan 1

    Hey guys! So I've been lurking for awhile, haven't had much to post about. I can't believe we are almost at the end of the whole 30 already! That flew by! I am loving it and I'm kind of afraid to be done, but I will not continue on to the whole 60 as this has been kind of limiting from a social perspective. Boyfriend and I definitely agree that we do not want to go back to the way we were eating before, and will probably try to keep off road meals to once a week (for something special like a nice restaurant or going out with friends, not just because). Ideally we would also keep drinking to once a week. I don't know if that is going to happen, but I definitely want to try to stick with only friday, saturday and very special occasions. It has been so good for my body and for my wallet to cut out my daily glass(es) of wine habit! I agree with what other people have been saying ... while I haven't really felt "tiger blood" or some amazing magical transformation, this program has done such amazing things for me in terms of my relationship with food. I eat when I'm hungry, I don't overeat to the point of feeling stuffed/sick, and if I do eat a lot because I was genuinely hungry, I don't feel guilty about it! I haven't been eating emotionally either. I worry about what will happen after I'm done with this because there have been times after a stressful day when I'm in a bad mood and a thought pops into my head that it would feel really good to just curl up on the couch with, say, pizza, ice cream and wine. Of course I haven't acted on it, but will I when my whole 30 is over? I hope not! But I suppose I can always do a whole 7 or whole 15 or another whole 30 if I feel I need to. Anyways, I know I'm not done yet, but I feel like this has been such a great experience. I thought it would be a challenge but it really wasn't, and it is great to feel successful at something like this. I am excited to continue to focus on healthy eating and enjoying exercise. I have also decided that as I run out of toiletries and cleaning products, I will replace them with homemade natural products. Get all of the toxins out of my life!!! Good luck in your last few days everyone!
  6. Carilyn

    Whole 30 starting Jan 1

    Try your local farmer's market! Mine has a meat vendor who sells grass-fed, pastured, etc meat/eggs/butter from their local farm, even in winter. Some things are more expensive, but not outrageously. They often have sales too, such as grass-fed ground beef for $3.99/lb., not bad! Last night I had a weird dream that I accidentally ate some pretzels and ruined my whole 30. I don't even like pretzels! Haha but it is interesting, because doing this has made me realize how often I graze and just "try" little bites of everything around me, and I do have to stop myself from it. Last year when I started paleo, I was never really gluten/dairy/sugar free because almost every day I would try just a "bite" of something (I am a preschool teacher, so there were lots of unhealthy meals and snacks around). So far I am feeling pretty great about this whole 30, it has definitely not been a struggle at all. Part of that is because I haven't really been in many situations where I've been surrounded by people eating and drinking non-whole 30 things. On Wednesday my graduate school starts up again (I work during the day and take evening classes), so I am worried that the stress and long days will make the whole 30 more challenging. Yesterday was a loooong day and although I have been trying to avoid snacking on nuts and dried fruit, I definitely ate way too many pecans and dried apricots yesterday afternoon. I could tell I was not really hungry but was kind of stress eating. I am glad I'm at least in touch enough with my body to know that. I have to confess, during the first week I did weight myself. Oops! I initially lost about 7lbs. very quickly. Of course that just dropped me down to what I weighed before the holiday binges. The next couple times I weighed myself I was about a lb. over that. Then I read the posts here about the scale and I have resisted since. It is difficult but worth it, because I know I would be discouraged right now if I haven't lost weight, even though I know I am feeling and looking better. Also, it might encourage me to try to have smaller meals, but I am enjoying listening to my body about hunger right now (although sometimes I still overeat, but I'm working on that). For the past few days I have been able to give up my "fruit as dessert" habit and traded it for herbal tea or hot water with lemon. It feels weird but, like my former daily glass(es) of wine habit, it is important that I teach my body that I don't always need something sweet to end the day! Ahhh, I feel like I have made so much progress, but still have so far to go. Almost halfway there!!!!
  7. Carilyn

    Whole 30 starting Jan 1

    Week two here I come! This is going to be my first full day of work doing whole30, so I'm a little nervous. But I am going to bring extra food just to be prepared. Everyone I work with is very supportive of healthy choices with is great, it's just that sometimes I don't prepare myself for the long days and end up snacking on random things. But not today!!! I don't know if it is from eating healthier and having more energy or if it is just habit, but I am really starting to look forward to my workouts instead of dreading them. One of my resolutions this year (besides whole30) was to be brave enough to try some new workout classes that I haven't done before. Well I have done that and I love them all! It is very motivating to like a workout and want to improve at it. One thing I want to work on this week is to not give in to my cravings to eat fruit after dinner every night (aka "dessert"). I know that psychologically I might as well be eating ice cream, enforcing my need to have something sweet after dinner every night. Its a hard habit to break though! Good luck in week 2 everyone!
  8. Carilyn

    Whole 30 starting Jan 1

    Day 6 today! Feeling great! This weekend I prepared almost all of my meals for this week, so I am feeling ready and looking forward to another week of whole 30. I really haven't gone through any struggles with this whole 30 so far. Probably because I have been (mostly) paleo for a year now. This time last year, I would've been giving up my coke zero, vitamin water zero, splenda and all that junk too, so I'm sure it would've been more of a challenge. I thought that not drinking would be more difficult, but I feel that none at all is way easier than moderation for me. My boyfriend is doing whole30 with me so that helps a lot, and I haven't really been around friends eating junk and drinking yet, which might be a struggle. Also I've been mostly on vacation since I've started my whole30, so not much stress in my life right now Some things that have improved so far ... 1) Way less bloated, flatter stomach, and I feel certain that I have lost some weight already. 2) Much less digestive distress... what a relief after all that terrible holiday food and the resulting stomach issues! 3) Sleeping better ... I have always had issues with insomnia and it takes me forever to fall asleep, but already since whole30 I am falling asleep faster and not waking up as often. I suspect that that is from the elimination of sugar, alcohol, and only having caffeine in my one AM cup of coffee. 4) Eating healthy makes me feel more motivated to be healthy in other areas of my life, such as fitness. I have been exercising most days and trying new workouts like yoga. 5) I am only hungry when I actually need food! This is amazing! During the holidays, I was constantly eating crap. I was frequently full to the point of feeling sick, but I would still get "hungry" for more food shortly after. I don't know what it is but these whole30 meals really keep me full and satisified! Some things I still want to improve ... 1) I am still very tired in the mornings and need my one cup of coffee to get up. I would like to feel more energized and less "out of it" when I get up in the mornings. 2) Still want to improve my sleep habits more. 3) Lose more of my "holiday weight" and continue to be increasingly physically active. 4) Cut back on cravings, although so far these are much rarer than usual. Good luck to everyone!
  9. Carilyn

    Whole 30 starting Jan 1

    I'm excited to be starting my first whole 30 on January 1st! This time last year, I made a commitment to try out being paleo for a month ... It lasted a lot longer than that and I loved it! But the past few months I have strayed and I look and feel terrible. I've read "It Starts With Food" several times and I am thrilled to finally get a chance to go through with it. I am definitely worried about giving up all sweeteners, alcohol and my paleo versions of SAD food for a month, but I know it'll be worth it! Although I was pretty strictly paleo last winter/spring, I don't think I ever went a day or two without trying even a small bite of something with gluten/sugar/dairy/etc. (I work at a preschool, there's a lot of junk around!). I am ready to learn once and for all what is best for my body and how to be my healthiest self! I am hoping to ... 1) Lose weight 2) Sleep better 3) Have more energy 4) Have fewer mood swings 5) Have fewer digestive issues I am also planning to work out more! Can't wait to read everyone's stories and learn from you all!