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  1. Binge eating and re-starting Whole30

    @Dragonslayer, @hmg1993, @5280sarah - glad to hear good stories I love logging in to find them! Totally jealous of you two CO folks... There is a ski place near our new house. I think the vertical drop is... maybe 600 feet But it will be good for snot monster, I mean the little guy, to learn. I grew up taking one or two week long vacations to Utah or Colorado and can't wait to do the same with him. Sarah - how old were your kids when you started them in lessons? For some reason the "@" function is no longer working... DS - I do the same thing at the hospital - with Panera, Starbucks, Dunkin, etc around - I don't bring my wallet to work. Every financial planner will tell you the best way to save for your future is to do exactly that - stop buying $3 coffees and $10 burgers So just think of it as an investment towards your retirement! But the one thing I do associate with skiing is that smell of burgers on a grill... but those are W30 anyway! Pre baby on big hikes I'd bring a block of cheese. So don't feel bad about an avocado Sarah hmg - yeah for day 5! And exercise! And especially no urges! Pandora - don't be afraid of good fats... they really do help keep you full and are good for you. What is the traditional fat for cooking in Brazil - like 100 years ago? I think here in the US it was mostly lard, tallow and butter - so I use those whenever I can when I can get them from good sources. Things have been ok here since my binge last week. I've been stuck in a weird food rut though. I've been eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch - my egg scramble with lox, onions, peppers and spinach and mayo. It is literally all I want. I don't know what to make of that. It certainly isn't the least healthy food rut in the world but I feel like I *should* eat different foods And I keep eating those turkey burgers with cranberry sauce for dinner too... I look through magazines and the web for recipes but nothing sounds appealing...
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    Wow. Yeah, skip the MCT oil
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    I wish I could hear you ladies talk instead of read your words. I love English accents Definitely going to have to get on this sheet pan bandwagon... @Dragonslayer and @hmg1993 I don't feel anything with the MCT oil. A friend @Brewer5 mentioned she used it for mayo so I decided to try it instead of the light olive oil. It is totally neutral, no flavor. Most people use it for bulletproof coffee and such. It is supposed to be preferentially oxidized by the liver and thus less likely to be stored as body fat but... who knows. I do know that I eat at least a jar of mayo a week and, well, I didn't think one could do that and not weigh 500 lbs but it is possible One more random thing... last week WF had Rao's sauce on sale. I've never tried it before because, well, $9 a bottle. But holy moly, it is GOOD! We did chicken parm last night on a spaghetti squash and it was amazing. So good that despite there being cheese on top of the chicken I went back for seconds of just the squash with extra sauce Also, I just realized that last night was the first night I used a small plate in a while (we just had the chicken parm, no veggies or salad so the one little square would have seemed so small <-- my thinking). And what did I do... back for seconds and thirds (both of just squash and sauce). Hmm...
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    I don't even know what R$ are... :/ I buy it online and it comes out to about $13 (US)/32 oz. I wouldn't use soy oil if it were free. I actually do 1/2 and 1/2 avocado oil but I pay close to $10/16 oz for that so its even more expensive than the MCT oil. I'm still not sure how I feel about sunflower oil. I use a similar recipe for the mayo and use my immersion blender. In 3+ years I've had one time only it didn't emulsify beautifully. I've also used light tasting olive oil but the MCT oil is about the same price and, maybe I'm crazy, but for some reason I'd rather have processed MCT oil than processed olive oil from Bertolli. Ever since that scam about soy and canola oils in olive oil I've been hesitant to buy regular grocery store chain olive oil. And I go through A LOT of mayo. I'd love to switch to all avocado but I don't like the taste (or the price!).
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    So that spinach artichoke dip... we make our mayo with MCT oil which shouldn't be heated. Any ideas how to make it mayo free? I'd think heated up mayo just kind of disintegrates into oil anyway... no?
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    @Dragonslayer You got this! You've got your breathing, your healthy foods. And if you are exercising a ton eat more! I think your safe foods is a great idea and probably necessary from the physical demands of your job. You probably should be eating all those foods @hmg1993 Did you have a cooking background or is all this deliciousness the result of getting rid of processed foods? You should start a meal planning service! I'd be a guinea pig for you @5280sarah Baby turned the corner last night. Thank goodness. When he woke to breastfeed at 4 AM I literally had to practically chisel the dried snot off of his nostrils. It is a good thing he is old enough to mouth breath now! When is hubs home? Have things settled down a bit for you? On an unrelated note... are DS posts showing up with a bunch of rectangles and stuff for anyone else?
  7. Binge eating and re-starting Whole30 The Apnea app made me think of all the breathing talk in this thread. I may check it out! Sorry that I can't write back to people individually... keep plugging along everyone
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    @Dragonslayer Thanks for checking on me. We closed on our new house last week and now little man is pretty sick so not much time for reading threads as carefully as I'd like. But I'm ok and will be back!
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    @Dragonslayer I'm sorry to hear about your mom. Cancer is so tough on everyone. It is especially hard when your mom is across the country. I went through it too with my mom. Sometimes having a W30 to focus on can be a good distraction from something like this because it keeps you busy without a lot of idle brain time - lots of cooking and doing dishes... There are support groups out there for cancer care givers that can sometimes be helpful if you find yourself needing to talk to people in a similar situation. Hugs.
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    @Dragonslayer Yeah, the day after always sucks. Its good that you've found that journaling helps. Sorry to hear about the almond butter. No more expensive triggers Hope you get a good night's sleep and feel better tomorrow.
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    @5280sarah I've got a bottle of 5 HTP in the cabinet (from right before I found out I was preggers ). I'm still breastfeeding though so I'm going to have to wait I think... but just out of curiosity - what brand do you take? Do you take it regularly? What about the other amino acids - you can PM me if you don't want to be "giving medical advice" out on a public forum. I've heard of this approach before but haven't looked into it much. I suppose I should track down a copy of the book as well. And maybe Food Freedom too. @Dragonslayer and @hmg1993 Hope you guys are doing ok today I woke up wanting to continue down the same path but I read my letter to myself and worked out and seem to have gotten my rational brain back in gear. In my usual post binge blah I'm feeling so, I don't even know, just sad. Like sad that I have to live with this. Sad that so much of my brain power is used up by this disorder. Sometimes I'm all fired up to try W30 after a day like yesterday but today I sort of just feel defeated. Like I was doing well and it was really just a cruel joke that I thought my urges might actually stay away.
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    WTF? How is it that we ALL binged yesterday?! I did it before seeing you guys post about it so it certainly wasn't that I said "well, my support group bailed so I might as well...". It was all independent. Was it for you guys too? If it was there is something *weird* about that... If it was independent what can we learn from it? How come none of us reached out? Can we change that going forward? I have a good friend who has been sober for 20 months now. She had A LOT of support from her sponsor. They still meet weekly. I don't know. I just want to try something different I guess. I'm also just tossing this out there because it is something I think about... I haven't read Food Freedom but is that book about compulsive eaters or just people who can't complete a W30 because they have a single bag of chips or something? I'm only asking because the more I do this the more I realize that even though when I eat 99% W30 (ignoring sugar in bacon stuff like that) I do feel SOOO much better but the binge that inevitably comes at the end is always so bad because there was such a long "no" list for so long. I mean in reality are none of us ever going to NEVER eat a Tate's cookie again? Isn't our goal to eat 1 or 2 with a cup of hot chocolate after a long day of skiing and then just walk away feeling warm and happy? I do think eating W30 is a great way to eat in general but I don't think that its best for me right now. I just think the next binge will come sooner I'm going to go back to my Wlittleg again (for the 1000th time...) just like I did last time (I did make it 20 days!). I hope its ok if I tag along for this reboot even if I eat some cheese and chocolate Would you like me to not explicitly write that stuff out? And maybe stop posting pumpkin pie recipes
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    Well now you know Its like we have the same issues on the same days... my 3 week streak ended today I think maybe because I am sort of in the same boat - sort of restricting carbs and then boom off the rails. I didn't read the little letter I wrote myself, I didn't call my husband... I was on autopilot before I even realized what I was doing. Anyway, the recipe for the pumpkin pie filling - basically it is just a paleo-fied version of the Libby's recipe: 1 15 oz can of pumpkin unmeasured (sorry! maybe 1-2 tbsp?) amount of TJ pumpkin pie spice (or just check a can of pumpkin for the amounts of individual spices) 2 eggs 2 tbsp sweetener (I had some turbinado sugar I used <-- obviously way less sugar then called for, this wouldn't impress a person used to really sweet stuff but I think its perfect) 1 c coconut milk (I used full fat Aroy D but if I make it again I'll try light coconut milk to save the fat for whipped cream...) 2 tbsp bloomed Great Lakes gelatin (1/4 c water in a wide bowl, sprinkle on the gelatin a little at a time - I had to add a bit more water - let it sit until bloomed). Directions: gently heat the coconut milk - don't let it boil - add the bloomed gelatin and stir until dissolved, let cool. While its cooling mix everything else together. Once coconut milk has cooled and won't cook the eggs mix it all together. Bake at 375 for 45-60 minutes. It really firmed up after 24 hours in the fridge - had a curdled look to it when I first took it out of the oven (I thought I'd ruined it because I wasn't sure you could cook bloomed gelatin) but after a day in the fridge it was perfect!
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    Sorry its been a rough stretch for everyone @hmg1993 I hope your cat is ok! Fur babies sure do pull on our heart strings. I hope your day improved from the donut and that it was a tasty donut and worth it @5280sarah I wonder what the dentist does with all the candy... And good job having only a few pieces. It is so tough to stop once you've started. I'm glad that having an alternative like posting on here is helping people! And I hope that these 2 weeks without your husband go easy and quick! Today at WF I had my own little mini victory - I made a paleo-ish pumpkin pie the other day (just filling, no crust). It came out really good because I added some gelatin to it and it firmed up in a way that I really liked. I was all set to buy the ingredients to make another one and then I realized that food freedom doesn't necessarily mean eating things like pumpkin pie every day So I came home with just kombucha. I'm looking forward to seeing meals posted on here (especially W30 compliant ones)! My day so far: Usual: 3 eggs, smoked salmon, onions, pepper, spinach scramble with mayo Lunch: venison roast (wow, super gamey, don't love it, but I refuse to waste it so I loaded it up with taco seasoning ) with onions, peppers and broccoli, and mayo. Dinner will be turkey burger, cranberry sauce, roasted butternut squash and salad.
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    Maybe it was in the air! I had trouble too. My in laws do Sunday dinners and they are always tough. Dinner is at 4 (which means way too much time post dinner for a binge eater to fill...) and lots of things that I'd like to shove down my throat for fulfilling an urge but not actually eat in real life... Came home from Sunday dinner (where I ate 1.5 rice cakes with butter, a few bites of pork and some roasted broccoli and a small apple), ate my own dinner here and then I had a bit too much coconut buttert. The few extra pieces of coconut butter certainly are small potatoes in the scheme of my binge life but still eaten in a not good way... eating just to eat, not because I was hungry or sitting down to enjoy it. My MIL made roasted broccoli with some Amish "garlic pepper" last night. It was delicious. So I took home some of the spice in a bag (she just buys in bulk so no brand name or anything). Then I googled "Amish garlic pepper". Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Garlic, Citric Acid, Soy Sauce Powder (fermented soybeans, wheat & salt), Canola Oil, Natural Flavor, Natural Color, Silicon Dioxide. Oh, well I wonder if making my own with garlic and pepper and a little fish oil added to the pan when I cook would make something similar. Do any of you use a spice like this? I hope all of us have a better Monday! Even if we all didn't do ideal yesterday we all did manage to ignore the worst of our urges