Lara

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    Monterey Bay, California
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    Singing, learning Byzantine-style chanting, playing the piano and guitar, cooking and baking, gardening, crocheting, watching children play, walking, reading
  1. Lara

    January 6 - Day 1

    I must let you all know that I, too, succumbed to my son's birthday party. I made homemade pizza and had some. I had a Whole18. I'm a bit bummed, but I've learned a lot, and I'm planning on doing another Whole ______(something!) soon. I really enjoyed this board, and all of the people on it. You guys are awesome! Congratulations to all who made it to 30! Lara
  2. Lara

    January 6 - Day 1

    Hi Everyone, I'm still here! Day 17 for me because of a "false" start. Anyway, the food has been delicious and satisfying. I've learned quite a bit about myself and my Sugar Dragon. This has been an eye-opening experience for me thus far, and I'm looking forward to new revelations in the near future! Congratulations to everyone who is on Day 26, or whatever. I've lost count! But I know my starting day because I get the great Whole30Daily emails. It's fun to click "I did it! Another Whole30 day in the bank." And then the link takes you to something either fun, motivational, and/or inspirational. I made the Rogan Josh dish from Well Fed. It's fantastic! Over some cauliflower rice, and it would be a perfect meal! (Of course one would have a fresh green salad tossed with fresh lemon juice to start her meal ) And, perhaps a small tangerine to finish. A cup of tea after that, nice and clean, with nothing in it. As far as how I feel thus far, on Day 17, I must say that I can't tell a difference in anything, as of yet. I haven't been following the plan perfectly, but I have stuck with purely compliant foods (as far as I know). And so, that may account for my body's lack of responding as fast as some others report. I'll be patient. I've read It Starts with Food. I have faith! Keep up the great work everyone! Lara
  3. Lara

    January 6 - Day 1

    I love thinking about how I will possibly approach the ending of my first Whole30 and life thereafter! As I mentioned before, I'd really like to extend this program another 30 days, being more careful about eliminating snacking. Also, I eat too much fruit right now. I definitely need to keep the fruit down to one serving per day. I do find that eating more fruit brings the Sugar Dragon into play, and that's usually when I binge. Leaving it completely out seems too difficult, and I hate to set myself up for failure, as I have so many times in the past, by making my program and expectations too strict. With my binge eating disorder, I've actually binged on compliant foods a few times. The thought process is: "Well, I know I'm going to binge. Let's just stick with foods that are compliant with the Whole30, and leave it at that." Somehow it's comforting to know that I'm still with the program, just not doing it as strictly as others. I guess what I'm saying is that I've got to allow myself to take "baby steps" and ease myself into eating the Whole30 way. That's why I'm going to do another Whole30 back-to-back. Besides, I'm only on Day 14, and I still am looking forward to feeling all of the benefits eating this way expounds. I'd also like to start logging my food everyday. Either meal-by-meal or one whole day at a time. I think that would keep me honest with my food, and disallow any deviating from the program. So, to sum it up: 1) eat only 3 meals a day, with nothing in between; 2) eat only one serving of fruit each day, if at all; and 3) log my food everyday. I'm a musician and listen to a variety of genres: blues, classical, ethnic and folk, bluegrass, and much more. It depends on what kind of mood I'm in, but lately I've been listening to Mary McLaughlin singing Gaelic Christmas music. Her voice and the arrangements are truly exceptional. I can't stop listening and singing along with her! Also "The Anonymous Four" are a group of women who sing a capella and are a delight to hear. Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven round out the rest, but I don't listen to them as much as play them on the guitar and piano. However, Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony has got to be one of my favorites to listen to. LOUD! Everyone is doing so well. I love this board. You are my inspiration, motivation, and information! Keep up the great work! To the one suffering from headaches: my heart goes out to you. I wish I had some wise words that would make them disappear, but, alas, I can only offer my sympathy. May they exit your life soon.
  4. Lara

    January 6 - Day 1

    Hi Folks, Day 13 done and finished for me. I was ravenous today and ate more than my 3 meals. All compliant foods, though, so I still feel good about it. Just eating compliantly is an accomplishment for me. I think i might just extend my Whole30 to a Whole60 and concentrate on just eating 3 meals a day during the second 30 days.
  5. Lara

    January 6 - Day 1

    Hi Everyone, I'm still here! Day 12 for me of squeaky clean eating! I made mashed garlic cauliflower lat might from NomNomPaleo and it was wonderful! Creamy and delicious. Definitely paleo comfort foods. I'm still not noticing a change in how I feel, health wise. But I am noticing that cravings for sweet, floury things have diminished greatly. I'm so happy about that because I am definitely a carbohydrate addict! Anyway, it makes me think that I'd like to keep grains and legumes out of my diet, along with sugar and dairy just for what those foods do to the chemistry in my body and brain. I'm so glad that I'm doing this! Thank you all for the support. I read all of the posts. So motivational. Keep up the great work J6!
  6. Violet, thank you so much for sharing your concerns. I, too, was a Dr. Fuhrman advocate and have been eating the whole foods, plant-based diet for about 4 years now. I just started my Whole30 9 days ago (after a false start). I figured it's just for 30 days. I'll make an assessment when it's over. I hate eating animals, though. The health issue doesn't worry me as much as the environmental issue. Anyway, let's do this experiment so we can see for ourselves what is best for our bodies! Thank you again for bringing this up. The responses you got we're awesome and just what I needed! Lara
  7. Lara

    January 6 - Day 1

    Hi Everyone, Day 9 for me! I'm certainly up to some Tiger Blood. I've really been just drained of energy and trying to ride this out. I'm committed to doing 30 days, no matter what, so I'll take whatever happens. It's not unusual for me to be tired. I wake up tired (have for the past 42 years----as long as I've been a mother!), and pretty much stay tired throughout the day. Mornings are the best time for me to get anything done: exercise, housework, yard work, etc. In all, I haven't noticed much difference in how I feel or think, except that I have no cravings for refined sweets, which amazes me! I was a vegan before doing the Whole30, and had heard about how grains can keep people who are carbohydrate-sensitive addicted to sugar and flour. I was always skeptical, thinking it was a matter of willpower. Perhaps there's a lot more going on in my brain and body chemistry than I realize. I'd certainly like to think so. All in all, I'm really enjoying this program and this board totally rocks!
  8. Lara

    January 6 - Day 1

    Breakfast: Organic, compliant chicken sausages, steamed greens (kale, spinach, chard), small sweet potato, caramelized onions, coconut milk in my coffee. Yum.
  9. Lara

    January 6 - Day 1

    Hi All, Just checking in. I'm on Day 8 and am stoked because it was on Day 7 that I had my slip. It took me 2 days to get back on track. This week one of my goals is to record my food here, so I can be more honest about my meals. I've only been eating compliant foods, but I haven't been sticking to the 3 meals a day protocol. I think it's time to do that, and I feel ready for it. It's great to read everyone's posts, especially now that they come to my email inbox. Way to go, TeamJ6!
  10. Lara

    January 6 - Day 1

    Dear Haley Marie, I sympathize with you! I'm doing a Whole40. We make mistakes. We move on. Let it be a lesson learned. ~Lara
  11. Lara

    January 6 - Day 1

    I can relate to this very well. Yes, there could have been an underlying reason for my "hunger." Thank you for pointing that out so I can tune in more when/if it happens again.
  12. Lara

    January 6 - Day 1

    Hi All! I'm still hanging in there! Made it through coffee hour at church with my delicious paleo lunch: Tuna Waldorf Salad from Well Fed, Jicama Fries, also from WF, and red pepper strips and Romaine lettuce "cups." Yum! Black coffee. I'm on Day 5 today and feeling strong and healthy. I'm reading a lot on the Internet about the Paleo diet and am learning that it is more diverse than I first realized. It looks like ISWF is a very strict program, which is great, because it eliminates all of the questionable foods. I guess people can reintroduce those foods after their Whole30. I stopped reading the book at the chapter that talks about reintroducing foods, because I wasn't there yet in my plan. Last night I had some problems with my bingeing behavior: After my 3rd meal at a friend's house (I brought my own food), I came home and felt like I could eat everything in sight. I stuck with compliant foods, but still, I wasn't hungry and knew that I was still bingeing. It's really hard (read "it never happens") to catch myself before I start bingeing. I know I need to stop and ask myself if I'm truly hungry, or I need something else: a phone call to a friend, coming here and reading/writing, get busy with a project, etc. Anyway, I just want to be completely honest about what happened because I know the protocol in ITWF is that we are to eat 3 meals a day with no snacks. I also have a question about dried fruits. Are they allowed? It seems like they're way too high in sugar, but I just thought to ask. Hope you're all having a wonderful day! ~Lara
  13. Lara

    January 6 - Day 1

    I hope you feel better soon, Toni. Today is Day 4 for me (again), but I'm so happy to have made it to this beautiful day! I just wanted to check-in here and thank all of you who encouraged me to stay with this lovely group of people! Here's to a beautiful day! ~Lara
  14. Lara

    Starting January 14th.

    Good Morning! It's Day 4 for me and I'm so happy to have made it to this day! I talked with my sponsor yesterday and she supports what I'm doing whole-heartedly. I'm going to be posting my meals here now, too, so there will be complete honesty with myself and our "little" Whole30 community. So here is my food plan for today: Meal 1: Steamed kale, roasted red peppers and carrots, carmelized onions braised in a bit of coconut oil, 2 eggs, 1/4 Asian pear (they're huge!), coconut milk in my coffee. Meal 2: Big salad: lettuce, red peppers, pickled beets, celery, carrots, 1/4 avocado, olive oil & apple cider vinegar dressing, chicken breast, 1/2 apple slices with cinnamon Meal 3: Jicama home fries, Paleo Waldorf Tuna Salad (from NomNomPaleo) Now to stick to my plan! I'm meeting with my daughters and a friend tonight and there will be food there. I'm going to bring my dinner with extra to share. We're going to Italy in April and are meeting to do some planning! My daughters gave me a trip to Italy for my 60th birthday! I am so blessed and grateful. On gratitude: "Counting my blessings" is such a cliché, but it needs to be the first thing I turn to when I start feeling grumpy and deprived. I have so much. Just the fact that I can make a food "plan" and know that it's not a food "dream," as so many people in this world may have because of hunger and true deprivation. What a blessing that we have so much food that we can pick and choose! I'm also grateful for the support of this Whole30 community. The moderators are kind, helpful, and respond quickly when there is a need. I love that! I love the humor that we share (I'm thinking of Kelly with her children and sticky fingers!). And now it's time to fix breakfast. My husband's favorite breakfast is a bowl of berries with uncooked oats soaked in soy milk and some ground flax seeds. Mine is what I wrote above. I truly look forward to eating those vegetables mixed with the barely cooked egg yolks, coconut oil and coconut aminos. It's very delicious and satisfying. I'll check in later. ~Lara
  15. Lara

    Starting January 14th.

    Doing Day 3! Went to 2 Jazzercise classes this morning. Yes, I have that much energy! Feels good. Am about to eat my second meal of the day. The first consisted of: Steamed kale, carmelized onions, roasted peppers & carrots, 1 egg, and 1 tsp ghee, and an orange I had coconut milk in my coffee. Very satisfying! Lunch will be: Steamed Filet of Sole, salad with avocado, red peppers, tomato, and cucumber. Olive oil & vinegar dressing. Time to eat! Lara