Angie Cooper

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  1. I have finished my first Whole 30 on the 2nd March. I had blood tests done on the 5th March and an overall health check and while most reports came back positive which was great my cholestoral reading came back as a concern. This was unexpected as I had never had a concern with high cholestoral in the past. On the up side I was able to get of blood pressure meds, antidepressidents and sleeping tablets just by making the paleo change. I am really confused as to what I should be doing now I have these results. Can anyone help?
  2. Thank you so much for your responses. I will do some reading and try and get a better understanding of things. Paxisproject.....thank you - I know how I am feeling and could not believe my doctor wanted me to change the way I was eating. I think I might have to look for a new doctor to. Thanks again Ange
  3. Well she said it went up a lot over a period of 1 year and was concerned enough to tell me to go off coconut oil. total cholesterol was 5.8 Triglycerides 0.8 hdl was 1.58 ldl was 2.92 total hdl ratio was 3.7 I hope I am reading this right....
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    Any other Australians?

    My whole 30 wrap up PALEO 30 DAY CHALLENGE My Personal Journey About Me I started my 30 day Challenge on the 1st February 2014 and successfully completed the challenge on the 2nd February 2014. It is now day 31 and this is my story. I am 48 years of age and was suffering from many types of perimenopausal symptoms. I was working in hospitality doing shift work prior to starting the 30 day challenge which only made my symptoms worse through lack of sleep, bad eating habits and zero work life balance. I decided to give up my hospitality work when my health hit rock bottom in November 2013. I had been put on blood pressure medication for extremely high blood pressure, antidepressants for anxiety and sleeping tablets as I was not able to sleep doing shift work. I also consumed a lot of caffeine to get me moving and to keep myself awake during my late/night early morning shifts so I was on a very vicious cycle. I saw this challenge on a friend's Facebook page in January this year, did some reading about Paleo and the Whole 30 challenge and thought it may be just what I needed. Changes I was hoping for at the start of the 30 Challenge My biggest hope was that I would be able to increase my energy levels, sleep soundly without medication, stabilize my mood and loose excess weight that had crept up on me over the last 3 or so years. Whole 30 My first few days were very testing. Headaches, foggy brain and all I wanted to do was curl up in bed. I wondered what I had got myself into. Every day since those beginning days have been positive. By week two I noticed a great improvement in my energy levels and mood and my sleeping was really coming along well. I had a smile back on my face and life back in my eyes. The last couple of weeks were amazing. My motivation was exceptional. I was setting goals and archiving them. Planning my days and time positively, something I was unable to do prior to the Whole 30 challenge. My body has also decided to start showing positive physical changes. My skin is glowing, my weight is starting to decline and my eyes are alive again. Benefits of completing the Whole 30 Challenge Confidence Something I had been lacking for quite some time, second guessing myself constantly is now a thing of the past. I am loving the new confident me. It feels amazing! Moods Now stable.....yipee! I am so aware of how I am feeling now. I no longer look for comfort food or wine to make me feel more relaxed after a hard day. I am also off my antidepressants and feeling wonderful. Sleep I am now sleeping through the night soundly, unassisted by medication for on average 8 hours a night (unless the neighbors are having a party lol). Energy What can I say but it is through the roof. I haven't felt this good for years and I no longer feel like a Nanna nap mid afternoon anymore. I am achieving all the things I have put off for years because the thought of doing them seemed so overwhelming. Weight Loss I lost a total of 5.2 kilograms or 11 pounds 7 ounces over the 30 days and 19.5cm or 7.7 inches in total. Muscle tone My body mass index dropped from 24.3% to 22.1% over the 30 days and this was achieved by sticking strictly to the Whole 30 program and walking most days and also doing some yoga and pilates classes. To conclude I have had a fantastic time doing the Whole 30 Challenge. It has taught me so much about food choices and the effects it has on our bodies physically and emotionally. I have enjoyed the benefits I have received so much that I will be sticking to the Paleo way of life as much as I possibly can. I can't wait to see how much more improvement I will see over the coming months and or hopefully years ahead. I feel like this is a whole new chapter in my life. I'm so excited and looking forward to my future with enthusiasm and passion!
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    Any other Australians?

    Best of luck with your challenge Renee! It is sooooo worth the effort.
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    Any other Australians?

    Thank you for the heads up on the finding food in Australia. It's a very useful thread,
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    Any other Australians?

    Woo hoo Laura, well done! Great positive outlook you have there. Have a great time in America and stay healthy and happy.
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    Any other Australians?

    Wow fantastic work Lesley They are great results and nothing beats that feeling of being healthy with heaps of energy. It's also a bonus having the people around you saying that you now seem to have a glow about you. Congrats!
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    Just Finished my first Whole 30

    Thank you for sharing.
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    Perimenopausal systoms and Whole 30

    I am just wondering if anyone has seen any significant changes for the better while doing or after completing the whole 30 challenge. So far I have not noticed any real changes myself and I am now on day 21. One thing the whole 30 challenge has helped me with is curbing any cravings for comfort food in my really difficult times which I am so grateful for. I would be really interested to know if anyone else going through this time of life has noticed positive changes.
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    Perimenopausal systoms and Whole 30

    Hi Pam Thanks for letting me know how the Paleo and the Whole 30 has helped you through your perimenopausal time. I was going to try bioidentical hormones but have now decided to give Paleo 6mths to see if my symptoms get any better before going down that path. Thanks for your support Pam and Best of luck to you.
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    Any other Australians?

    lol...good luck this afternoon paddlepop.
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    Finished my FIRST Whole30

    Well done.
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    My First Whole30 complete - 22 pounds gone!

    Well do and fantastic results.
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    Any other Australians?

    Great to see you back paddlepop! Good to hear you feel it is worth doing a second whole 30. Good luck and even better health this time round. Cheers Ange
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    Good on you Jkord5. Your almost there! I am on day 17 today and I have been feeling much more upbeat and full of energy. Physically I have noticed my skin is looking better and my eyes seem to have come alive again and there is a marked improvement in my fitness, but as far as my clothing being loose, no such joy yet. I hope you are feeling the benefits you were hoping for. Have you considered what you will do after you complete the challenge? Will you be sticking to Paleo. Ange
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    Any other Australians?

    Yes congrats Paddlepop! Oh and about the intermittent fasting. There is a book called the fast diet. My parents have been doing this for nearly a year now after being on Paleo for quite some time. They are both at a very healthy weight and their immune system has improved dramaticly They just look so much healthier. It is supposed to great for so many health issues and is not at all hard to stick to. Good luck with whatever you choose to do and it was great hearing about your journey.
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    Any other Australians?

    Hi Laura I haven't got that cook book but I did happen to find an interesting looking Thai-style Fish Cake recipe on the Modern Paleo web site that look very interesting. I really love fish and fish cakes
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    Any other Australians?

    Hi Austgirl82 Welcome and good luck with your whole 30 journey! Thank you for the info on products and where to buy them. It really is so hard to find compliant condiments in stores. I have found myself going back to the basics alot to save time on shopping. Lemons and lots and lots of black pepper have been doing the trick for me. Best of luck Ange
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    Hi Alison Your comments just had me running to the pantry to see what my coconut aminos has in it. Do you know what fermented coconut sap is? Mine has this sap plus sea salt and thats all. What do you think?
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    Any other Australians?

    Gee it is fantastic hearing such positive changes from someone further down the track of the Whole 30 Challenge. Well done paddlepop!
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    Any other Australians?

    Thanks so much for the info Lesley and the heads up on the natural flavourings labeling. I will definately keep reading all food labels.