LauraJS

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    LauraJS reacted to abarbs in Laura's 2nd Whole 30 - QLD Australia   
    I'm starting my 2nd whole30 today, completed my first July 2014. I'm also an IBS sufferer, and using this one to try and tame some symptoms which have reappeared after the holidays. Good luck on your whole30! 
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    LauraJS reacted to Physibeth in Finding the right post whole30 balance   
    No fun being sick! I hope you feel better soon!
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    LauraJS reacted to GoJo09 in Finding the right post whole30 balance   
    Also try and eat more sweet potatoes (or rice, I guess) while you're feeling sick - I always feel like I need more carbs when I'm unwell. Hope you feel better soon!
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    LauraJS got a reaction from marytee62 in Any other Australians?   
    Hi
     
    I have just signed up today and will officially start my Whole30 challenge this Saturday 1st February (Australian time!)
     
    I will only use this website/forum to stay connected as I am currently also about to start a social media 'detox'!  No twitter, facebook or instagram until March 1st.
     
    Seems like February will be a great cleanse month for me!!
     
    Are there any other Aussies here?
     
     
    Cant wait to try new recipes and push myself to new limits!
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    LauraJS got a reaction from Physibeth in Laura's post Whole 30 Log   
    Monday!!
     
    8am- Meal 1
    - piece of grill mullet
    - two eggs
    - black coffee with cinnamon
     
    12.15pm Meal 2
    - tuna with salad
     
    3.15pm snack
    - boiled egg
    - mixed nuts
    - celery and olives
     
    7.30-8.30pm - Hot Yoga
     
    9.30pm Meal 3
    - sardines with salad
     
    Drank 3L water today
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    LauraJS got a reaction from Physibeth in Laura's post Whole 30 Log   
    Yes I have decided that its best to listen to how your body feels and if you feel very tired and lethargic then take a day or two off.  
     
    I took today off it too and am excited for a big gym workout tomorrow
     
     
     
    Todays food
     
    5am - Meal 1
    - 3 egg omelete with 'the usual' (see earlier posts)
    - one grapefruit
    - black coffee with cinnamon
     
    9.45am - Meal 2
    - kale and spinach salad with strawberries, nuts, cherry tomatoes, carrot and kangaroo with olive oil and apple cider vinegar as dressing.
     
    12.45pm 
    - mixed nuts and black coffee
     
    5.15pm - visited a friend and had one vodka with iced water
     
    7pm - Meal 3
    - homemade green thai chicken curry with rice noodles
     
    8.pm - glass of port with my parents
     
    9.30pm Time for bed!
     
    Going to make a conscious effort to drink more water tomorrow,  I only had one of my 1L water bottles full today.  I want that to be at least 2 from tomorrow onward.  Im also not allowing myself any alcohol for wednesday, thursday and friday.
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    LauraJS got a reaction from firesprite in Any other Australians?   
    wow good job Lesley.  Im on day 28 today.  Cant believe we're all coming to the end of the program.  How exciting.  We're all so much more knowledgeable and happy by the sounds of it not to mention happy!!
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    LauraJS 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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    LauraJS reacted to Physibeth in Laura's post Whole 30 Log   
     
    Not naughty...just a choice you made. Separating our food choices from our self worth is really important. We are not good when we choose to eat vegetables and bad when we choose to drink wine. Our choices may be more or less healthy but they don't define our morality. For me making this distinction has helped me to make more healthy choices more often especially coming from a past where my only real rebellion was food. Now that choosing to eat something doesn't make me "bad" the stigma is gone and I can think about it more with a clear head.
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    LauraJS reacted to Physibeth in Laura's post Whole 30 Log   
    White rice is actually a much safer choice than brown rice because all the potential gut irritants have been removed. Yes there are nutrients in brown rice but they are not easily available to us because of the natural defenses of rice. You can get those nutrients from vegetables so now I just have white rice when I want rice.
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    LauraJS got a reaction from Physibeth 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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    LauraJS got a reaction from Angie Cooper 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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    LauraJS got a reaction from Angie Cooper 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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    LauraJS got a reaction from Physibeth 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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    LauraJS got a reaction from Physibeth 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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    LauraJS 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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    LauraJS reacted to firesprite in Any other Australians?   
    Hi. I am in Sydney, and I am on day six. Was feeling very tired at first, but now sort of coming out of it. I don't really know what I am doing. Looking for lots of advice, help, and encouragement.
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    LauraJS 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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    LauraJS reacted to 617Maureen in Laura's post Whole 30 Log   
    HI LaurajS
    Today is day 31 for me - I have decided to stay on it for longer - at least 60 days
    As someone who has gone back and forth from all or nothing - for many many years - I can relate to your posts - 
    For some reason, after this Whole 30 - I really get that I don't want to keep putting myself through the pain of ingesting the wrong foods for me and then another agonizing  withdrawal.
    What I noticed from your posts is you had no problem when you had the guidelines
     
    "When I did the whole30 I had no issues with cheating or binging but now I feel like I could easier since I don't have that strict template to go by."
     
    Maybe it would be helpful to decide on a few things that you will allow yourself beyond the Whole 30 guidelines - set new guidelines for yourself - yes to champagne and small bit of good chocolate for instance - but no to wedding cake and deep fried dough wrapped appetizers (both of which contain ALL of the inflammatory ingredients in one wallop)  -
     
    For me - I would savor the champagne more if it was my only indulgence 
     
    I also noticed that  you think you can't enjoy your active social life while still taking care of yourself. I do hope you continue to have a lot of fun ... it is important to figure out how to take care of yourself while doing it. It would be sad to set it up as an either or ... 
     
    "No I didnt do the reintroduction protocol as I knew I had the music festival to attend on 1 March and a big social weekend planned out,"
     
    "I am going to America for 4 weeks on April 13 and I'm not going to be able to keep strict whole30 there although for some meals I will sure try!"
     
    "Over the next month I have my cousin's birthday and a good friends wedding to attend so these two events I will allow myself to stray and also have some champagnes!"
     
    I have been at this for a long time and have children with food allergies - you can eat the way that is right for you ANYWHERE  - it just takes some planning - you def can eat this way at your planned destinations in the US . I'll give you an example, I was once invited to a good friend's birthday party  in a private room at one of Boston's most celebrated chef's restaurant. I was on a strict protocol at the time. I called ahead, explained I had food allergies and would be bringing my own food. They were so gracious, met me at the door - I handed them my little bag - and at dinner time they plated it for me and brought it with everyone else's food . NO ONE  noticed  - NO ONE cares what you eat or don' eat. A few people leaned over and said "wow. I am ordering that next time" .
     
    Best Wishes 
    M
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    LauraJS got a reaction from Physibeth in Laura's post Whole 30 Log   
    No I didnt do the reintroduction protocol as I knew I had the music festival to attend on 1 March and a big social weekend planned out,  I knew going into the whole 30 that this would be the case.
     
    I may do another proper whole 30 after my holiday and then properly try testing out reintroducing things.  But right now it just didnt fit properly into my social life.
     
    I am going to New York, Miami, Mexico, Vegas, San Fran and LA
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    LauraJS reacted to Physibeth in Laura's post Whole 30 Log   
    It sounds like you never did the reintroduction protocol...is that correct? It might be worth doing a week or 2 of W30 and then trying to work through reintroducing the foods you think you might like to have again just so you know what is and isn't worth it. Totally up to you of course.
     
    Where in the states will you be visiting? 
     
    Looking forward to following your continuing journey.
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    LauraJS got a reaction from Physibeth in 1st time. Start 30th Jan - 28 Feb   
    Thanks
     I will start a post W30 log !
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    LauraJS reacted to Physibeth in 1st time. Start 30th Jan - 28 Feb   
    To clarify Laura, are you planning to do another Whole30 (100% compliance no matter what comes up) starting March 6th or are you planning to commit to eating Whole30 with very well thought out nutritional off roading starting March 6th? 
     
    If it is the former then yes keep logging here. If it is the latter you should start a post W30 log and set your intentions in the first post asking that readers (and moderators) continue to keep you accountable. Does that make sense? 
     
    Either way I'm glad you are feeling so great eating Whole30 style and realize the advantages to staying close to the program! 
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    LauraJS got a reaction from Physibeth in 1st time. Start 30th Jan - 28 Feb   
    I successfuly completed my whole 30 on 28th February.  I havent yet written up 'my journey' but I plan to do that this week for everyone to read about my experience.
     
    Its been 5 days out of whole 30 and I did go a bit far with sweet food on the weekend and am paying for it.  As of tomorrow 6th March I am going to start again and log all of my meals on here to keep accountable.  I just feel so much better when I'm sticking 100% to clean whole 30 eating and i'm going to make a deal with myself that the ONLY time I stray from whole 30 is friends birthdays, weddings or special event dinners.
     
    It's just not worth the stomach pains I am currently feeling from eating chocolate and other 'bad' foods from the weekend.
     
    They're right when they say 'nothing taste as good as being healthy feels'  
     
    Time to get back into it and get back to feeling healthy and happy and pain-free!!
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    LauraJS got a reaction from praxisproject in Any other Australians?   
    Hi Alison
     
    I use Banaban coconut aminos.  the sugar content is 0  it is a little pricey but I love it it and think its worth it.  I bought it from Flannerys in Brisbane