Toni

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  1. Toni

    J6 Reintro Thread

    Happy Friday! Checking in from frigid Omaha. Had a minor operation on my toe yesterday so was hobbling around, but stayed compliant. Every time (well, almost every time), I put food on my plate I think how beautiful it looks! So healthy and colorful. Fills up my spirit as well as my stomach. I bought a pkg of frozen collard greens the other day and sometimes it tastes okay and sometimes it's really bitter. Any southerners know what I should/could do to it to make it more tasty?
  2. Toni

    Basic recipe FAILS....

    I have had several recipe failures, too. I have tried bone broth twice, following the recipe in ISWF faithfully, and both times it was yuck! The second time I even roasted oxtails and it was still awful. I also tried a sort of spanish-version of caulflower rice that was kind of okay, but it called for 2 heads of cauliflower. I only used 1 head, and the added ingredients (tomato sauce, spices,etc) were so sparse and blah for 1 head of cauliflower, I can't imagine how awful it would have been if I had used 2 heads. I haven't tried mayo yet, but hope to soon. One thing that I've really loved from clothesmakethegirl is "The Best Chicken You'll Ever Eat" and "Moroccan Dipping Sauce." That might take the place of mayo for some people.
  3. Toni

    J6 Reintro Thread

    I am also gall-bladder free, and have a very unpredictable gut. I'm hoping another 30 days on this will help me become if not normal, at least a little bit more so. :-) My sister has wanted me to travel to Europe with her for years and I have always said no because I'm so scared I'll be completely constipated, and then all of a sudden have a huge urge to go (I have a rectocele), or downright diarrhea. Maybe in a month or two I'll feel like I can actually go places! Yippee!! Hope it's okay that I'm on this forum even though I'm not reintroducing yet.
  4. Toni

    January 6 - Day 1

    I lost approximately 12 pounds. Don't know exactly because I hadn't weighed right before starting Whole30. But I haven't been in the 180's for YEARS. I didn't measure, but I can wear a size smaller jeans. Don't know about scrubs, but they seem way too loose, so I'll try a smaller size with them, too. What a happy day this is. To think that we all kept on keeping on even though times were sometimes really tough. We are strong. I should induct you all into the "Helen Reddy I am Woman Hear Me Roar Club" (well, at least all the females). Sort of weird to think that most of you are probably way too young to even know who Helen Reddy is! I think the most amazing thing I've found I can live without is sugar. I NEVER would have thought that I could/would give up every kind of sweetener for 30 days. That realization completely blows me away. I still find myself wanting to put artificial sweetener in coffee, and sometimes a shot or two of those flavored creamers, but have held fast. I am very afraid that I have not starved the sugar dragon, only put him in a coma, and he could reawaken if I risk it. I'm going to keep on, hopefully at least another 30 days. But I'd love to come on board with the new thread. Thanks so much for starting it mk_hammer! See you there! All the very best -- Toni.
  5. Natural Calm did nothing for me -- well maybe worse than nothing. I have a very sensitive gag reflex and I could hardly get the stuff down, and I was only taking 1/2 tsp per night! Also, I wasn't sleeping as well. I have read on reviews of Natural Calm that this isn't all that uncommon. It also wasn't helping with my constipation, so I'm through with it. Maybe it's just not for you either?
  6. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia quite a few years ago and just ignored it as best I could for as long as I could. Then about 5 years ago my back and hips got so stiff and painful I could hardly get out of bed and couldn't stand in one place more than about 30 seconds. I went to my rheumatologist and he prescribed the diclofenac and it has been a life-saver for me. I make sure I never take the diclofenac unless I'm eating a meal, hoping that will help protect my gut. So far, so good. I try to take only 1 a day and sometimes, if I am feeling pretty good, I don't take one with my other meds in the morning, just stick a pill in my pocket so I'll have it at work if I feel I really need it. I am on day 30 of my Whole30 and am feeling lots better in some ways, but my aches and pains and chronic fatigue feel much the same. I realize with my medical issues and age (I just turned 65) that it's going to turn out to be a Whole45 or Whole 60.
  7. I bought a container of Natural Calm about 3 weeks ago and it didn't do a thing for me. I only took 1/2 tsp for 3 days so it's still almost full. Would you like it?
  8. Toni

    January 6 - Day 1

    Day 30!! Can hardly believe I made it through. I'm going to keep on with it because I feel that my body needs more time to truly get to feeling good. I'm doing my best not to get discouraged; instead telling myself that I'm exhausted because my body is still busy healing, etc. I really, truly believe that this is a very healthy way to live and one I should and CAN do (with some moderation in the future). I know I've lost inches because I can fit into a smaller size of jeans. Not one person, though, has said anything about any lost weight -- not even my 2 daughters! :-( Oh well, I'm not letting that bother me. I can tell, and that's what counts. While on the Whole30, I've been reading a couple of books by Peter Walsh, "Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?" and "It's All Too Much." As you can tell by the titles, they are all about how cluttered our lives can become and how that contributes to weight gain, unhappiness, etc. One thing he said in both books is "Imagine the life you'd like to live." I've really thought about that, and know that the life I want to live is one where I eat healthy, stay mindful and thankful, practice my piano every day, walk my dog twice a day, laugh a LOT every day, stay connected with people (even after I retire), and stay curious. What a fascinating world we live in! This has been a great ride, that's for sure. And all of you have done a lot to make it possible.
  9. Toni

    January 6 - Day 1

    I agree with you completely, Sklane. I'm not going to reintroduce anything yet. I'm still waiting for my stomach to be 100% better, and I want my energy to be improved a lot, too. And I too fear that I'll get on a slippery slope once I start reintroducing foods. I've been on that slope so many times I have a run named after me! :-)
  10. Toni

    January 6 - Day 1

    Day 27 pretty much in the bag! And I had a lovely day. My meals were yummy and I put on a pair of jeans that I haven't been able to wear in a long time! What a nice feeling.
  11. Toni

    January 6 - Day 1

    Day 25 and I'm happy to report that I ate the best meal so far for my lunch today. I haven't had much luck with Well Fed's few recipes that I've tried, but boy oh boy, is the Best Chicken You'll Ever Eat scrumptious! I don't have a grill, so I broiled instead and that worked okay except for almost setting my potholder on fire! Then I made Moroccan Dipping Sauce and that was the cherry on top. I had the chicken, sweet potato, raw green pepper and carrot sticks and some of the Sauce. I poured a little of the sauce over the chicken, and then dunked the raw veggies in it. So yummy!! Still desperately fatigued -- going to bed at 8:30 or so. It will be interesting to see how I do tonight because I've switched shifts with a coworker and will be working until 10 p.m. Then back 9 hours later to work 7-3:30. Keeps me on my toes!
  12. Toni

    January 6 - Day 1

    Argh! I had written quite a bit just now when my computer hiccupped and I lost it. So I'll start over. Hi Everybody -- checking in for Day 23. I'm doing well, and seem to have no trouble staying compliant as long as I have food prepared. I don't crave stuff I shouldn't have, which is amazing. I can tell my clothes are fitting different and a bit looser which is a wonderful benefit, although certainly not my focus. I just want to feel great! Sklane -- so sorry about your headaches. I've been getting headaches often too -- usually when I first wake up. As I wrote earlier, that used to happen to me when I'd OD'd on sugar the night before. I'm still feeling foggy-headed a lot and am tired. Last night I went to bed at 8:30 and got up at 7:30. I'm sure ready and am eagerly waiting my Tiger Blood. I'm sure it's going to take me at least a Whole60 to truly get there, though, as I've had decades of stomach problems and poor eating habits. Lara -- your tastes in music mirror my own. When I was married, I loved the movie "Immortal Beloved." I've always loved Beethoven, and the movie really resonated with me. I used to listen to the CD of the sound track so much while I was cooking that when my then-husband came home from work, he'd say, "Why are you listening to that AGAIN?" I also love classical piano music and do some of my best thinking, not cooking, while listening to Bach's Goldberg Variations. Cheers!
  13. Toni

    January 6 - Day 1

    That's great! I was thinking Tahini was made of soy. Thanks a lot. Guess what's on my next shopping list?
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    January 6 - Day 1

    PaleoGardener, what do you substitute fo the tahini in the sweet potato hummus?
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    January 6 - Day 1

    Food dream for me too -- my first. Not very interesting or dramatic though. For some reason I saw crumbs from a cracker (this is actually sort of pathetic, huh?) and put a couple in my mouth. Then I thought, "Oh, no!! I can't eat this", and put my fingers in my mouth trying to get all the crumbs out before they dissolved. Oh, and I tried PaleoGardener's suggestion to help save a dried-out roast and it worked really, really well. Thanks so much! It was definitely palatable, and I ate that for dinner and breakfast. Now I'll make a fresh start with a new roast and hopefully do better. No tiger blood for me, yet, but my stomach is doing really well again, and I'm so thankful. Cheers to everyone!