Dee H.

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  1. Whole30 and the annual "Eating Season"

    Mine was, too (see entire bag mini candy bars, one sitting). Extending 45 days is a smart idea if H'ween candy is a problem for you. Sometimes the best thing is to just not start.
  2. I call the time between Halloween and New Year's the annual "eating season" because people feel justified in offering (also not taking no for an answer) all kinds of non-Whole30-compliant foods to you because "it's the holidays!" In past years, a bowl of candy was not safe around me. I could eat an entire bag of mini candy bars BY MYSELF in a single evening without thinking twice. That is how I weighed 315 lbs. I am 5'4". I was assured of gaining 20 to 25 lbs. during the holidays without even trying. After eating all the Halloween candy I could get my hands on, then came Thanksgiving and pies, pies, pies! Then, the holiday parties commenced with appetizers I could not resist until finally arriving at Christmas dinner--another excuse to eat a full day's worth of food at a single sitting. Wrapping the year up with a New Year's and birthday celebration rolled into one usually resulted in misery, stress over my weight (which I obsessively checked multiple times daily), frustration, sleep problems, digestion problems, and a general fatigue and malaise. I have completed a 61-day Whole30 #1 this year, with mini-Whole30s sprinkled during the rest of the months to keep on track. I generally eat Whole30 compliant with occasional episodes of a glass of wine or mead, a dessert made of local, organic ingredients or an occasional high-quality piece of chocolate. I finally conquered the "eating season" by changing habits slowly over time. I made exercise a priority over eating. I stopped holiday baking. I stick to one plate of food at the holiday meal. I make a careful choice about the one food I will splurge on at the meal. That might be dressing or pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce--whatever I want MOST. Not all of those things at once. But if I do indulge in a few items, I don't spend the rest of the day berating myself for it. I return to my normal eating schedule on the next meal. I am an adult, I get to make choices, and I also get to pay the price for those choices and find out whether they are worth it or not.
  3. OK - so off road being that I indulge one meal and then 6 months later.....still eating the old way? Eating the one noncompliant meal and returning to my plan is perfectly ok?
  4. I did my first Whole30 beginning Feb. 3 of this year and finished 61 days straight of perfect Whole30. It took until about Day 45 for me to comprehend and feel the benefits of the diet change. I reintroduced some foods and found a combination or two that I cannot tolerate eating anymore. I also found that I can eat dairy and sugar and suffer very little physically. I feel best eating Whole30 and I do that most days. Sometimes, I eat a meal that is entirely noncompliant. For example, Saturday I had a meal that included tortilla chips, flour tortillas, cheese, wine, ice cream and a cookie. In the past, cheese, ice cream and cookies were trigger foods that started a days-long binge for me. Now I can eat these foods one time at one meal and be satisfied with it. In fact, after a noncompliant meal, I am usually eager to get back to Whole30. Also, I am a binge eater from way back. It was nothing for me to polish off a large bag of mini candy bars in one sitting. No package of Girl Scout cookies was safe around me. Now, I do not buy packages of food at all. If I want a cookie, I buy one well-made cookie from a bakery. I don't eat candy anymore unless it's a hand-crafted piece of chocolate. This keeps my opportunities to enjoy these treats to a couple of times a year or so. I do like ice cream in the summer, so will indulge, but I no longer eat the whole pint in a sitting like in the past. In fact, I don't buy ice cream at the store. My question is this: Is it OK to eat a meal that is entirely off Whole30 from time to time? I do usually plan for it as part of some special event or a good time spent relaxing with friends. I know that many of you will eat a single item at a meal that is noncompliant, but what about a meal that is 50, 75 or even 90% noncompliant? What about eating candy, cookies, ice cream, etc. from time to time? Will continued Whole30 progress ever enable me to stop eating these treats? Should it? Thanks for any advice.
  5. Can I have bean threads?

    Perfect--Chris, thank you
  6. Can I have bean threads?

    I still do not see bean thread listed there. So are you telling me that if they are made from yam starch or cassava starch they are OK. Just not if made from mung bean starch or potato starch? Really, it's kind of confusing because bean threads are on many gluten free menus. Thanks.
  7. Can I have bean threads?

    I don't find bean threads anywhere. Can I have them?
  8. Why Stop?

    Thanks all. To Running--I got to 315 lbs and all kinds of health probs by doing too much of what others want. I'm pretty sure of myself in those eating situations now, and yes, some people don't like it. I had to learn to live with it, but your point is well taken. To Grumpy, I like an effort for 19 out of 21. I guarantee all that more glasses of craft beer will be consumed by me. So Lace, maybe I do know the answer and I know I never felt better. I find it very easy to control my stress-related urges to eat when they are not joined by "food" manufacturers who try to hook us into addiction.
  9. Why Stop?

    I didn't miss your point. I finished losing 100+ pounds about 6 years ago. I don't let other people decide what I eat, even at a wedding.
  10. Why Stop?

    I do eat out and I stay compliant...did it just tonight.
  11. Why Stop?

    This is Day 21 of my first Whole30. Thank goodness I found you. I have never felt better--full of energy, great workouts, nagging aches and pains I thought were a part of life are now gone, no cravings. Why should I stop? I can see now what dairy, grain, legumes and sugar were doing to me. I have family with lactose intolerance and gluten sensitivity. I think now that I do, too. So why should I give up the easiest eating plan I ever tried, the simplest grocery shopping trip I ever made, a life free of food cravings that plagued me for the majority of my life and a white-knuckle dieting regimen? Why can't this just be WholeForTheRestOfMyLife?