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About Notyouravrgpaleomama

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  • Birthday 11/28/1986

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    Orlando, FL
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    cooking, diy, reading, wine, travel, parenting, yoga, hanging out with my hubby.
  1. Notyouravrgpaleomama

    I've hit a plateau on losing weight...HELP!

    My recommendation is to stay off of the scale. It's one of the rules, and for good reason. There is so much more going on with your body that a scale can't tell you, and really what is that number doing for you? It's discouraging you and making you second guess the healthy choices you are making. Perhaps you've plateaued because your body is focused on healing, or because you aren't sleeping enough. There are many possible reasons, but you should focus more on the non-scale victories. Those will help you stick with it while you wait for the weight loss.
  2. Notyouravrgpaleomama

    Starting January 2nd

    I'm with you on the cost issue, dfox; it's my next thing to tackle. I'm thinking a large vegetable garden may be a big help. It would help differ food costs a bit, plus it's a great way to get some fresh air and sunshine. Also, maybe a Costco membership to have access to quality meats at a better price point. I'm definitely missing dairy at this point. Being able to buy organic half-and-half for my coffee again will be a true pleasure. I don't seem to have issue with full-fat dairy, so I totally plan on reintroducing it. That may also offset a little cost; coconut milk and cashew milk are getting pricey with two of us participating. I'm feeling really great at this point. Sleep is good. Skin is bright and clear. I have tons of energy. My clothes are very loose. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I just kind of wish we were there already
  3. Notyouravrgpaleomama

    Starting January 2nd

    Hello to those still standing! I'm still going, I'm just finding myself extremely busy. I'm currently working part time in the evenings, in addition to being a stay at home mom to two younguns, one with special needs. I'm also working toward two professional certifications: placenta encapsulation (what's more Paleo than that?) and doula. Not to mention that everyone is sick. Ugh. With a full plate, both literally and figuratively, I'm finding it hard to really get into this Whole 30. It's no big deal though, because sometimes your food is just fuel to get life accomplished. That's a lesson I needed. Not every meal needs to be a gourmet meal; sometimes it is just going to be salmon and broccoli. On the upside, my body composition is changing rapidly. I would not be surprised if I've already shed close to ten pounds; that's how roomy my clothes are getting. I started off at a healthy weight, but it definitely shows that my food sensitivities cause a lot of inflammation and water retention. My skin is also looking great, and my anxiety is under control. I am also starting to the about reintro. I do miss dairy quite a bit, so I will try to reintroduce that properly to make sure I tolerate it. I'm sure alcohol will find its way back in, but I will definitely be changing my relationship with drinking. It will be reserved for special occasions, and with extreme moderation. I think I will approach added sugar with the same caution, as it is the main trigger for my anxiety. Okay W30 friends, there's my update. Best of luck to you all!
  4. Notyouravrgpaleomama

    Starting January 2nd

    Good morning! It's day 13, and we are nearly halfway there. This is exciting! Yesterday was pretty rough for me. My husband and I got into a pretty big argument, which left me emotionally drained and wanting a glass (or bottle, really) of wine and/or a DQ Blizzard. Luckily, we resolved our issues and managed to make it out without ruining our W30. It is really amazing the emotional ties we have with food. I'm also still suffering from some pretty uncomfortable digestive issues, more so than my previous W30. I'm thinking that maybe it's because I really went for it this holiday season. I'm drinking a lot of kombucha and bone broth, hoping to see some improvements soon. If not, I'll be extending by a couple of weeks. Meh.
  5. Notyouravrgpaleomama

    Are the risks worth it?

    Carla, have you heard of hidradenitis supurativa? I too have the same issue, though probably still in a less severe state. A doctor mentioned it to me after my third or fourth occurrence of staph/boils on my inner thighs/button in the course of a few months. The book "The Hidden Plague" by Tara Grant pretty much changed my life, and is a big reason why I w30.
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    Just wanted to apologize if my post came across negatively. I tend to speak and write concisely, which can come across as curt. Totally not my intentions. I wish you the best of luck on your whole30. Also, I too wake up nauseous every morning for pretty much the first two weeks of every w30 I've done. As painful as it is, I try to down some form of protein immediately, a trick I picked up from when I was pregnant. Cold, grilled chicken breast is usually the most palatable to me.
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    I don't know if you have read ISWF or not, but one of the biggest take-always I got was that we're all adults here, and thus we're all free to eat what we want, when we want. That being said Dallas and Melissa wrote the book, so the rules are the rules. If you don't buy into them fully or don't feel that you are ready to dive in due to personal diet restrictions already in place, that's fine; you just can't call it a Whole 30.
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    My favorite grill night side dish is sweet potato salad. Made just like potato salad, but with sweet potatoes instead. I use red onion, celery, minced jalapeño, and cilantro tossed in a dressing of homemade mayo, garlic, lime juice, cumin, chipotle powder, salt and pepper. Itis always a huge hit among paleo and non Paleo guests. Now that white potatoes are allowed you could do a mix, or even just use white potatoes instead.
  9. Notyouravrgpaleomama

    Benefits already? Can someone confirm?

    This is day 7 for me as well, and I'm noticing benefits already too. I think some people miss the early improvements because they are so focused on the unpleasant detox symptoms. If you look past those, though, you'll find that there are small miracles already taking place. By day three, a minor infection that I had lingering for a while all but disappeared. The bacteria no longer had sugar to feed on, so it died out. My skin is also much clearer than it was last week, and dare I say more youthful...probably from all of the collagen-rich bone broth. I say hats off to those who can see the silver lining through the rough start of the whole30!
  10. Notyouravrgpaleomama

    Starting January 2nd

    Happy day 6! Had a horrible night of sleep (due to a teething one year old nursing constantly) so I'm definitely dragging today. Doesn't help that I'm also a little stuffy/sinusy as well. Today has been uninspired as far as food goes, but that's okay. One of my favorite parts of the W30 is that we waste so much less. Breakfast was a fritatta of compliant sausage, collards, onions, and red peppers with half of a banana (I share my banana with my daughter every morning). Lunch was a medley of leftovers: shredded chicken, green beans with ghee, yellow pepper strips with baba ganoush, and half of an avocado. Tonight I'm making paleo-fied Italian wedding soup. I'm hoping a big dose of bone broth and greens will kill whatever crud is lingering in my sinuses. In good news, my skin is already looking much clearer and glowy. I seem to be losing some water weight as well. Yay!
  11. Notyouravrgpaleomama

    Breakfast trouble

    Remember that breakfast is just your first meal of the day. You do not have to eat eggs. Maybe a light soup with some shredded chicken and veggies in it? The broth would be gentle on your stomach, and protein (from my own personal experience) is the best way to curb morning sickness. If eating something warm first thing in the morning isn't doing it for you try a salad with shredded chicken and some avocado: it will be fresh and light, yet still filling.
  12. Notyouravrgpaleomama

    Nausea & Vomiting? Day 3 of Whole30

    This is my first go around, and I can safely say that it is almost certainly detox. Day 3 is my nausea day every time. Hang in there.
  13. Notyouravrgpaleomama

    What's a newbie Whole 30 commuter to do?

    Might I also suggest possibly investing in an Instapot? It's an electric pressure cooker, and it has saved my life. Whole chicken cooked in 25min. Bone broth in under an hour. Seven whole sweet potatoes in 22min. As a commuter, you would be able to save yourself a lot of weekend or evening time by batch cooking things quickly.
  14. Notyouravrgpaleomama

    Starting January 2nd

    Day 4 and my "kill all the things" feeling seems to have passed. Yesterday was brutal though. Woke up very nauseous, and then transitioned to cranky. My husband was also very cranky, which wasn't pleasant. I did a ton of food prep and cooking though, so I should be able to step away from the kitchen for a few days. Woke up this morning feeling rested and even managed to start my C25k program today. All in all, it looks like this will be a great W30 for me!
  15. Notyouravrgpaleomama

    Starting January 2nd

    For food prep, I made a fritatta with chicken apple sausage, red pepper, spinach, and a dozen eggs. This is enough for us for three mornings. Roasted a medley of potatoes, parsnips, and rutabaga in grassfed beef tallow to accompany the frittata. I made a batch of chicken stock in my pressure cooker from a frozen carcass and vegetable scraps that I always have in my freezer. Once that was done I used the pressure cooker to braise some collard greens with sugar free bacon, shallots, red pepper flakes, chicken stock, and ACV. Lastly, I smoked a bunch of chicken wings with a sugar free spice rub, and tossed them in a mixture of compliant hot sauce, coconut aminos, and ghee. Today and tomorrow I plan on more prep for the week to come to include: a batch of mayo, baba ganoush, roasting two whole chickens, tahini or balsamic dressing, and cutting up and portioning out fresh vegetables. Hope that helps :-)