Angie Cooper

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    Angie Cooper reacted to Bet in Unexpected warning from my doctor - high cholestoral   
    BTW Angie, NEVER give up coconut oil. It's the best thing for you.
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    Angie Cooper reacted to praxisproject in Unexpected warning from my doctor - high cholestoral   
    All the crazy articles with giant joints of raw meat being wielded by people wearing leopard print are melting people's brains
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    Angie Cooper reacted to Bet in Unexpected warning from my doctor - high cholestoral   
    praxis, that's what I tell people now. I don't use the P word. I say I have a Whole Food Diet, with no processed foods and lots of good quality meat and lots of veggies. That is basically the Paleo diet, but people don't connect it.
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    Angie Cooper reacted to praxisproject in Unexpected warning from my doctor - high cholestoral   
    I find it funny when they object to paleo, but if I ask about lots of vegetables and no processed food, they love that lol
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    Angie Cooper got a reaction from praxisproject in Unexpected warning from my doctor - high cholestoral   
    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
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    Angie Cooper reacted to Bet in Unexpected warning from my doctor - high cholestoral   
    I got the warning too. My cholesterol before was about 200, which they think is find, but it went up to 236 after a few months of Paleo. But my ratios were better. Of course I got the standard, 'well, you should be on a low fat diet high in whole grains...'. I told my doctor no, my ratios are fine. Also I know my diet and This number is fine. She seemed a little put back, but said ok, and we'll check it again next tiime.....
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    Angie Cooper reacted to Bet in Unexpected warning from my doctor - high cholestoral   
    Did they just give you one number? Or did they give you the HDL, LDL and Triglycerides? The overall number isn't that important. The ration between HDL and total cholesterol and HDL/Triglycerides is what is important.
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    Angie Cooper reacted to Tom Denham in Unexpected warning from my doctor - high cholestoral   
    I am sorry you are worried about your cholesterol. I used to be worried, but now I am mostly bored with the whole topic. There is a lot of debate about cholesterol. I fired a doctor who insisted on trying to make my levels go lower and lower. Here is a collection of sites I have found informative that you might want to read.
     
    http://paleononpaleo.com/paleo-high-cholesterol/ http://paleononpaleo.com/paleo-cholesterol-testing/ http://chriskresser.com/the-diet-heart-myth-cholesterol-and-saturated-fat-are-not-the-enemy http://chriskresser.com/the-diet-heart-myth-statins-dont-save-lives-in-people-without-heart-disease http://healthcorrelator.blogspot.com/2013/05/sudden-cholesterol-increase-it-may-be.html http://www.cholesterol-and-health.com/ http://www.drbriffa.com/blog/ http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/statins/statin-madness/
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    Angie Cooper reacted to praxisproject in Unexpected warning from my doctor - high cholestoral   
    Do you know your old numbers too?
     
    Sometimes info like "a lot", turns out to be not very much.
     
    Some communication with GPs on cholesterol is getting very circular (especially in Australia), many of them do not know what cholesterol is or what these numbers mean.
     
    WTG getting off these - I hope your doctor is impressed!:
    blood pressure meds anti depressants sleeping tablets I got rid of a GP who told me he'd be happy with cholesterol readings of zero across the board.
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    Angie Cooper reacted to KateB in Any other Australians?   
    My husband and I have plunged in head first today with day 1 as I feel like every day we wait is another day until we're done! My primary goal is to help him get to the bottom of his gastric reflux (as well as change a few old habits).
     
    Has anyone got some portable lunch/snack ideas that he can take in the car in case of emergency as this is where he feels that he will most come unstuck. Or even a list of go to snacks as a reference to carry with him? Collating these from the information online is daunting ....
     
    Thanks!
     
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    Angie Cooper got a reaction from praxisproject in Unexpected warning from my doctor - high cholestoral   
    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?
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    Angie Cooper got a reaction from Trina1960 in Angies Whole 30 Journey   
    DAY 31
     
     
    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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    Angie Cooper reacted to Trina1960 in Trina's whole 30   
    Well its been almost 2 weeks since the end of my whole 30...the last week Ive gone to bed with and woken with headaches...yesterday was my first day in a week without one..today im also headache free.....Am going to the races on Thursday and am in a corporate box (never been before) so Im going to go have fun and eat whats given to me...As for alcohol I had a couple of wines and a beer whilst on holiday but to be honest I didnt enjoy them..I think I may have had slight headaches then too....before the drinks...am peeved at myself for not doing an re intro of foods..which is something i will definetly do this time round...Made a gluten free banana cacao cake with a date and 70% chocolate topping for a final sweet treat....had one small slice and everyone else loved it...I ate it but didnt find it as decadent as a juicy steak with cashew mushroom sauce...looking forward to my next whole 30....with a proper re intro at the end...
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    Angie Cooper got a reaction from Trina1960 in Trina's whole 30   
    Congrats Trina and fantastic results.
     
    Wishing you and your family all the best with this new and very healthy way of life!
     
    Cheers
    Ange
     

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    Angie Cooper reacted to Glory317 in Any other Australians?   
    Hi Guys,
    I'm starting my first ever Whole30 on Monday 10th.
    Very excited but also a little nervous - willpower has not been my strongest suit in the past!
    My partner definitely needs to jump start his health and has committed to joining me when he gets back from overseas so hopefully that and my own positive changes will help me keep with it.
    Am clearing out the pantry and hitting the Sth Melb market tomorrow with my shopping list and meal plan
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    Angie Cooper reacted to LauraJS in Any other Australians?   
     
    Good on you for starting!!  Be sure to always refer back to this timeline during your whole 30.  http://whole30.com/2013/08/revised-timeline/
     
    I found it so good especially on the days when I was tired or grumpy or craving!  It's nice to be reassured that what you're feeling is normal.
     
    Try and plan out your days meals in advance that way you dont slip up or get caught off guard.  And also post on this forum as much as possible to keep you on track!  I just started my post whole30 log and its keeping me accountable for my food choices in my 'life after whole30'
     
    Also be sure to have your goals written down and in a place where you can see them daily to encourage yourself!  As time goes buy you'll feel more and more amazing.  
     
    Best of luck!!
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    Angie Cooper reacted to LauraJS in 1st time. Start 30th Jan - 28 Feb   
    Better late than never!  I am here to summarise my first whole 30 !!
     
    Dates 28th January - 28th February
     
    I first began the whole 30 after hearing about it from an online friend of mine who changed her life by doing the program.  I straight away jumped online and purchased 'It starts with food' and as soon as I began reading I knew this was going to be the start of something great!
     
    After reading the first few sections I decided that now was a better time than ever and I told my parents (who I currently live with) what I was going to do and why and to ask for their full support!  They were understanding and supported me 100% the entire time.  Although I cook alot, my mum came up with some amazing whole30 compliant meals for me and I couldn't have been more grateful!
     
    What went well!
    - I stuck to the plan 100%
    - I didn't take my bad moods out on anyone else
    - I went from compliant snacking at the start of the program to just 3 meals a day (or some days with pre/post workout meals)
    - I now do not touch any pre-trainers or protein powders (I used to rely on these a lot for gym)
    - I lost 2.4kgs
    - I started to notice my abs showing
    - My skin is glowing and I cant remember when I last had a breakout
    - My hair and nails are long and strong
    - My relationship with food is changing for the better 
    - I successfully ate out at restaurants while staying compliant
    - I became more confident within myself because my body was feeling so great
     
    What could have been done better
    - More variety in my meals
    - I could have tried more new recipes
    - Less fruit (although I always had my fruit during the day, never at night)
    - I didn't do the re-introduction schedule which is something I am now working toward
     
    What now?
    After an indulgent weekend post whole30 (bit too much booze and sugar while out partying) I am now back onto eating paleo foods and started a new log "my post whole 30 log".  I am figuring out what I do want to try eating again and when I want to allow myself to 'stray' when it comes to big celebrations (i.e. bdays/weddings etc)  
    - I am going to re-read ISWF and I think I will definitely do another whole 30 soon!  
    - I am going to try to change up my gym routine a bit more to get some more results and next week I am starting some hot stretch classes to improve my flexibility.  I am also going to try out stand up paddle boarding and make a conscious effort to do more active/healthy activities on weekends rather than partying at night with alcohol.
     
    I want to be the best version of myself and the whole30 is surely helping me achieve that every day
     
    Read my post whole 30 log here:  http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/17191-lauras-post-whole-30-log/
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    Angie Cooper reacted to Kristco in Any other Australians?   
    I feel like I'm jumping in on the end of this thread as people are finishing their Whole30! I am in Melbourne and about to start my second Whole30. The last one finished in mid February and I although I enjoyed it thouroughly and have continued a paleo lifestyle for the most part, I am struggling with a lifelong chocolate addiction!
     
    I have two kids, aged 2 and 5, so I have plenty of off-plan food to contend with on a daily basis. This is totally fine until I make them a treat (like yesterday I made them GF choc chip cookies as an after school treat and then proceeded to eat half of them!). So I am about to embark on another Whole30, this time without fruit as my "sugar crutch", as I definitely feel like I over-ate sugar on the last one and didn't achieve anything in terms of reducing my sugar cravings. Am also about to start a new job and start the new uni trimester (I am two thirds of the way through a masters degree) in the next few days so this should be interesting. I'm approaching this from the perspective that despite the planning and amount of time spent in the kitchen, the program should boost my energy and motivational level and help me pack more into each day!
     
    Starting on Saturday 8th March. Is anyone else in Aus just getting started?
     
    Ps. I get my coconut aminos from the new healthfood shop at Highpoint, next to Bakers Delight in the new section.
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    Angie Cooper reacted to paddlepop in Any other Australians?   
    Hi Kristco,
     
    Welcome. You seem to be in the same boat as me. I've just started post-grad study while also working full-time. I finished my first Whole30 halfway through Feb. Immediately I thought YIPPEE I have beaten the chocolate dragon! Unfortunately, am now struggling again. I started a second Whole30 but got the flu and dropped it. I'm now house-sitting for 6 weeks which gives me the chance to break free from my lovely housemates, who are always leaving lovely treats around.. so I'm in with you from Saturday.
     
    Ange, Laura, jkord5, so great to read about your triumphs! Well done you!
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    Angie Cooper got a reaction from praxisproject in 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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    Angie Cooper reacted to praxisproject in Any other Australians?   
    \o/
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    Angie Cooper got a reaction from praxisproject in 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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    Angie Cooper got a reaction from praxisproject in Whole60 till April no caffeine?   
    The chai version is really nice.
     
    I had one when I was out at an organic cafe and it had a lovely lot of cinnamon in it and a dash of ginger and pepper
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    Angie Cooper got a reaction from melbournegirl in Angies Whole 30 Journey   
    Thanks so much Melbournegirl
     
    No I won't be partying. I will be continuing on with Paleo eating and looking at cutting out my caffeine also.
     
    I have been feeling so go I see no real need to change anything to much.
     
    I did lash out on Tiger prawns for my last Whole 30 meal. Yum yum, that was like a party in my mouth lol.
     

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    Angie Cooper reacted to melbournegirl in Angies Whole 30 Journey   
    Way to go Angie! Party time?