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    Carlaccini got a reaction from Kacieleonab in Bloated, looking awful, feeling low   
    Clemency,
    I hear you. I had digestive issues for a good 20 days. I am on day 28 and it has only been the last week and little bit that my gut has been reacting like it is really happy.
    So it does come. I did not take any flora because I, like you, honestly thought that if I was eating good food it should iron itself out. Mind you my gut has always been somewhat erratic, so I figured changes in my diet would obviously take some time for my gut to re-adjust. Especially since I didn't consume large quantities of meat previously. (I was kind of a high carb girl)
    So it does come, just be patient with your body. It is adjusting itself. After all Rome wasn't built in a day, so you can't expect your gut to re-adjust itself quickly when you are eating completely different foods than pre-whole 30 days.
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    Carlaccini got a reaction from kendra3136 in Which book do I purchase first? Help!   
    Hi There Paola
    If you are interested in the Science and the why to choose to do a whole 30 - I highly recommend reading It Starts with Food first.
    If you want to jump in but be prepared to know what to expect as a day by day situation - then read Day by Day.  Food Freedom Forever is more for those who are in the midst of a whole 30 or have completed a Whole 30 and want to know how to move forward after doing a whole 30 without living a life of complete restriction.
    Best of Luck!
    C.
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    Carlaccini reacted to ShannonM816 in HELP! Day 18 - Emotional Mess   
    Hello. I'm sorry you're having a rough time. 
    Let's start with food, here. People who are prone to depression or anxiety sometimes find they need more starchy vegetables than others. Definitely be sure you're having at least one fist-sized serving of some kind of starchy vegetable each day, and for now, since you're already feeling down, you might try having a serving at each meal until you feel better, and then you can work on figuring out how much you need each day to feel best. Also be sure you're eating foods rich in omega-3, like fatty fish such as salmon or mackerel. Getting out into the sunshine can help, physical activity can help. And of course if feelings of depression continue or worsen, please talk to your doctor.
    You are currently experiencing a lot of stuff -- lack of sleep, the neighbor's death plus the stress of worrying about telling your daughter about that death. Some of the depression you're feeling now may start to resolve as you deal with these things. It's definitely normal to have ups and downs in life.
    I think you're right about the not being able to do the emotional eating thing contributing to being more sad. I noticed that too during my first whole30. It sucks to actually have to feel all the negative feelings, but in the long run, it's better to learn a healthy way to deal with them. I find journaling about what I'm feeling helps. It can also be helpful to cry or yell or slam doors or whatever it is you feel like doing because if these emotions (as long as what you feel like doing won't hurt yourself or others). Meditation, exercise or any kind of physical activity, or talking to a friend can also help.
    As for the focus on weight loss, I do think it's normal to be concerned about that, and to want it to happen as fast as possible. Try to focus on the non-scale changes you see. Definitely don't weigh yourself, that will just contribute to focusing on weight. Set non-weight-related goals, like to walk or run farther or faster, to lift heavier stuff, to keep up with your kiddo better, to take the stairs instead of the elevator -- pick something that works in your life and focus on it. If you get healthier, the weight will sort itself out. You might find this article helpful:  
    https://whole30.com/2012/10/the-whole30-and-weight-loss/
    You can also Google whole30 weight loss, or dear melissa weight loss, and find others.
     
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    Carlaccini reacted to ShannonM816 in so So SO Thirsty.   
    No one here is a doctor, so if you're concerned, and especially if you continue to experience dizziness, talk to your doctor.
    Make sure you're drinking plenty of water, aiming for 1/2 oz per pound of body weight, so a 120 lb person needs at least 60 oz. Also be sure you're salting your food. And it's always worth reviewing the meal template yo be sure you're really following it, and checking in with yourself to make sure the meals that you've eaten in the past are still working for you -- it is possible that you may need more food now than before, or more of a particular type of food. The human body changes over time, so your needs may also change.
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    Carlaccini reacted to ShannonM816 in Which book do I purchase first? Help!   
    This tells a little about each book:  https://whole30.com/books/
    One tiny correction to what Carlaccini said above, the Whole30 Day by Day book is actually set up as a guided journal, a place to write your reflections of each day in your whole30. I think she's probably thinking of The Whole30 book as a good guide to what to expect and explanation of the rules.
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    Carlaccini got a reaction from suzannes in Day 16 So very tired   
    Okay meals look generally pretty good but there are a couple of things that could use some tweaking.
     
    You don't mention what veggies are in your meal 1 - sometimes the types of veggies do matter somewhat. For instance if you are eating salad for breakfast, that would satiate you differently then lets say a mix of potato, kale and spinach. (The greens would be wilted or cooked down.  And you should aim for at least a cups worth of cooked wilted greens)
     
    Also note that most cooking fat gets left behind in the pan.  So feel free to add additional fat like olives or homemade mayo to your dish.
     
    1 tbsp of sunshine sauce is not a lot - the recipe in itself is made to feed 2 people..
     
    So just to recap:
     
    Play around with fat portions in your meals.  Make sure your meals satiate you for 4 - 5 hours.
     
    You may need to add a starchy vegetable in - not sure.  Include a fist sized starchy veg in your next meal, or your morning meal - play around with that.  See how that works.  I know my energy level lagged quite a bit in the beginning.  I had issues with it until Day 22 I believe.
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    Carlaccini got a reaction from Raven in What symptoms did you feel with which foods?   
    MM - as cayenne mentions above - it is completely up to you after you do your elimination.
     
    I know my particular relationship with dairy is mine, and mine alone.  I suffered for many years from an embarrassing painful skin condition that I developed in my early teens.  I had no idea what caused it.  I just thought it was an unhappy part of my life.  And as time passed the skin condition got worse, and more aggressive.  Most days I was in agony.  Dr's prescribed creams that really didn't help.  Or they gave me instructions to "clean myself better".  It came to the point where I didn't bother consult the medical community anymore as they couldn't help me.  So I suffered in silence.
     
    3 years ago I finished my first whole 30.  I had many positive NSV's.  Then I did re-intro's and I discovered that my beloved dairy was the culprit for my pain. I will have a skin reaction to cheese within 4 to 6 hours of eating it.  Milk and yogurt will cause me to bloat, and I will be visiting the washroom often (record is 7 times in one morning) It was one that I did play suspect over the years, but allergy tests were inconclusive.  But dairy - unless it is really, Really, REALLY special - is just plain not worth it to me.  I wish I would get a minor bloat and that is it.  To me then it be worth it then too.  But all I am saying from my own non-sciencey standpoint is that you never know how you will feel until afterwards and you do the re-intros. 
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    Carlaccini reacted to Brewer5 in Brewer5: Nursing School   
    I really liked @kirkor's recent post in his LHOP thread re: the Whole 30 principles never being far from your mind.  Those of us who have stuck around and (mostly) adopted this as a lifestyle are so fortunate.  I often think of where I'd be, had I not made all the changes I've made and continued down the SAD path as I was raised.  It's a scary thought.  And now I see it with patients every day I spend at clinicals.  I read about it in every nursing and every science book.  It's not all about food -- but for so many, it starts with food.  
    As I was getting ready for bed last night and thinking about my post here, my decision to commit to a full 30 days, and what I'll be tracking -- I realized that one thing I'm not concerned about is WEIGHT.   I got to thinking about it a little more, and:  I have not weighed myself for well over a year.  That number holds no value to me.   They wanted us to calculate our BMI one day last semester, and I had no idea how much I weighed.  The girl next to me couldn't believe it.  She said, "what about when you went for your physical?" and my response was simple: "I didn't look."
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    Carlaccini reacted to laura_juggles in Brownies = Joy   
    There definitely can be room in your life for sweets. But the things I've bolded in your initial post are really what you want to break. Those are the things that you would do best to develop other coping mechanisms for. I definitely lean heavily toward the "snacking when bored/frustrated" end of the spectrum and it's something that I have to consciously work on all the time. (I'm not on a Whole30 right now, but I adjust these for when I am). When I'm in that mood, I'll get up and take a walk the long way to the coffee pot to make a cup of coffee. Or I'll wander over to my coworker who always has weird teas to see what she has stashed. Or put on my headphones and listen to some music if a coworker is pissing me off. Missing your boyfriend's a little harder, but could you text or email him and save the sweets for when you can enjoy them together?
    Being totally real - there are times when I'm just like "y'know what? Dagnabbit, I want a cookie." And sometimes, I'll have a cookie. Sometimes I just acknowledge that I want a cookie and go back to whatever it was I was doing. That's when you've really hit your food freedom. 
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    Carlaccini got a reaction from TJHigh in Brownies = Joy   
    Hi There,
    We help guide you to a decision but ultimately you are the only one who is able to answer this question.  
    So lets' fast forward to day 31 - have you decided to slow roll your reintros or do an actual introduction?  Personally I would recommend an actual one by one re-introduction before diving off a cliff into brownie land.
    Once you have figured out if you have reactions to things  ie: sugar, grains, dairy, and possibly soy (if you are using prepackaged brownie mix) then you are able to make an educated answer on if the brownie is worth it to you or not. 
    You could come to the conclusion that it is - great then you get to choose how often you choose to eat brownies. There is no judgement on how many times a week.  You get to choose if it is worth it once a week or once a month, or perhaps once every 6 months.  Completely up to you.
    You could come to the conclusion  that your old brownie batter is not worth it - but you would still like to enjoy the experience of eating a brownie let's find a new recipe based on my new requirements.
    The beauty about the whole 30 it puts you in the drivers seat. You get to make the decision based on your reaction.
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    Carlaccini got a reaction from KellyLock in Craving sweets! Help!   
    The LAST thing you should eat when you are craving something sweet is to eat something sweet.  If you do that - you do NOTHING to help yourself further with slaying the sugar dragon - you're feeding it if you choose to eat a Lara bar.  Seriously.
     
    Reach for fat and protein instead.  Or do some push ups when your next craving hits.
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    Carlaccini got a reaction from Selcazare in Are the risks worth it?   
    This is post is going to be a bit TMI.  This is a very personal struggle that I have for a good many years,  This is to demonstrate the power that food has over our bodies.
     
    Since the age of 14 (I am 38 now) I suffered having painful boils along my bikini line.  Walking or just plain sitting was painful.  Later on they escalated getting bigger (ping pong ball size) and then they arrived under my armpits and breasts.  Dr's didn't know what caused them.  Creams that didn't help (helped with healing a bit) and lancing.  But that's all that they would do.  I gave up and assumed that they were just a miserable part of my life.
     
    In August of 2012 I did my first whole 30.  By day 10 all the boils had cleared and no new ones were forming.  By day 30 I had only one come up the entire time. (They were chronically there)  My triggers after re-intros - dairy and pork. (Note I can only eat pork that has been extremely over cooked - think shoe leather or extra crispy bacon - which I like)  The boils that I get from pork pass quickly 2 -3 days at most.  The ones I get from dairy happen within hours of consumption and they last for 2 weeks.  So yeah I consumed dairy (and I loved dairy) for years but I also suffered for years too.  So dairy in my book - so not worth it.  
     
    The whole 30 just made me very aware of what's going on in my body.
    Sugar - not my friend even though I keep on coming back to it. Throws my hormones out of whack.
    Soy - no physical problems - all mental problems - I get angry, moody and depressed when I am exposed to soy.  I was extremely depressed (undiagnosed) prior to whole 30.
    Dairy - well we covered this above
    Non-gluten grains - severe bathroom issues.  That is all I will say about that
    Gluten grains - I can "tolerate" these but only if they have a lot of fat.  So a croissant/danish gives me no stomach issues but a slice of bread will feel like I swallowed a bowling ball.
     
    Each one of these items I will consume from time to time.  I make the choice though.  I can make an educated choice with each one of these items if it is worth it" or not.  Sure some friends and family think I am just being difficult, but they don't know what I was going through before.  Some congratulate me that I am so in tune with my body.  
     
    Listen - it took a lot of work to get here.  Many people are scared of that work, I am sorry to say.  But all I can say is YOU are worth this work.  Who cares what the rest of the world think.
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    Carlaccini got a reaction from MeadowLily in Kombucha without added sugar   
    GT's brand is the only brand I can find without added sugar to the second ferment.
     
    You are looking for Kombucha with less than 5g of sugar on the nutritional information chart.
     
    Kombucha does need sugar to start the fermenting process.  But then the SCOBY eats all the sugar and there should be little to no sugar left.  This is what happens during the first ferment.  The second ferment is where flavouring is added.  A lot of brands will add sugar to this as well.  This sugar does not get "eaten up" like the first fermentation.
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    Carlaccini got a reaction from misshannah in Adjusting to no alcohol   
    Hey There!
    I've never been a big drinker (except my 20's - that was a bit different), it appeals to me occasionally, but seldom.  But my boyfriend would celebrate the fact that I would indeed drink - think a loud exclamation - of a whoohoo!  She's having a drink!  Now she's going to have fun!  I wouldn't say much to him really, just politely nod and smile (usually it was around company).  But then..... he would then see the after effect of the alcohol the next day.  I would be miserable, cranky, anger easily and very, very short, on top of feeling like the proverbial bag of sh*t.  So quite literally I was no fun.  So now when I do imbibe - it's maybe twice, 3 times a year??? I usually get a comment of - you're having a drink?  Cause he knows - it totally affects me and my mood.
     
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    Carlaccini got a reaction from RandiW in Help! Akward topic...diarrhea   
    Sorry to hear about your troubles.
     
    Think about cutting out the fruit and the nuts.for a bit.  They have been know to cause a lot of diggestive distress for many (including me)
     
    Also remember raw veggies (aka salads) some people have some diggestive issues.  For instance my body cannot break down raw carrots.  They come out the same way they went in (Sorry for my TMI). 
     
    That doesn't mean I don't eat salads or raw carrots.  I do - just not everyday.  I also find I have to consume a huge salad (think entire salad bowl) in order to keep satiated for hours.
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    Carlaccini got a reaction from Raven in What symptoms did you feel with which foods?   
    MM - as cayenne mentions above - it is completely up to you after you do your elimination.
     
    I know my particular relationship with dairy is mine, and mine alone.  I suffered for many years from an embarrassing painful skin condition that I developed in my early teens.  I had no idea what caused it.  I just thought it was an unhappy part of my life.  And as time passed the skin condition got worse, and more aggressive.  Most days I was in agony.  Dr's prescribed creams that really didn't help.  Or they gave me instructions to "clean myself better".  It came to the point where I didn't bother consult the medical community anymore as they couldn't help me.  So I suffered in silence.
     
    3 years ago I finished my first whole 30.  I had many positive NSV's.  Then I did re-intro's and I discovered that my beloved dairy was the culprit for my pain. I will have a skin reaction to cheese within 4 to 6 hours of eating it.  Milk and yogurt will cause me to bloat, and I will be visiting the washroom often (record is 7 times in one morning) It was one that I did play suspect over the years, but allergy tests were inconclusive.  But dairy - unless it is really, Really, REALLY special - is just plain not worth it to me.  I wish I would get a minor bloat and that is it.  To me then it be worth it then too.  But all I am saying from my own non-sciencey standpoint is that you never know how you will feel until afterwards and you do the re-intros. 
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    Carlaccini got a reaction from Raven in What symptoms did you feel with which foods?   
     
    Wow Noelle - you and I are sugar twins -     
     
    Combine sugar with soy - I become just a plain miserable, mean, short tempered tyrant.  Depression soon kicks in afterwards.  To think that was my normal for many years.....
     
    Cheese - within 4 to 6 hours of consuming cheese I have an Hidraenitis Suppurativa reaction
    Any other dairy - upset stomach, and basically extreme evacuation mode within the hour of consumption.  Evacuation process has been know to last for 24 hours or more.
    Gluten Grains - if item has a high fat content reaction is minor.  If no fat content - it will feel like I swallowed a bowling ball.  However I noticed a correlation between grain consumption and intensity of menstrual migraines. Also notice head scales, and roseacea flare after consuming gluten.
    Gluten free grains - gassy, bloating, odd combination of constipation and explosive diarrhea (sorry for the TMI)
    Rice - constipation for a minimum of 48 hours.  
    Legumes - same as Gluten Free grains
     
    I am also sensitive to a lot of AIP foods
    Raw tomatoes or peppers - I get a psoriasis flare.  Cooked seems to be ok
    Nuts - the usual bloating and digestive distress.  And they mess up my sleep
    Eggs - within a half hour my knee and hip are aching.  The quality of eggs make the difference here.  Cage free eggs are better (but still cause joint tenderness) Also correlation between eggs and eczema.  Dropping dairy helped significantly, however still had eczema pretty badly on my hands.  It has since completely cleared.
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    Carlaccini got a reaction from Raven in Success stories for overweight children?   
    I would also work on embracing the body she has right now - as it is.
    Basically along the lines of "It's not perfect - but it's mine - and I need to respect it" - Respect means no negative self talk and basically eating good nourishing food and just working with what's she's got for now.  It learning to appreciate what her body is capable of as opposed to what it looks like.
    This is something I wish I had very much while growing up.
    Best of luck to the both of you!
     
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    Carlaccini got a reaction from Raven in Success stories for overweight children?   
    I would also work on embracing the body she has right now - as it is.
    Basically along the lines of "It's not perfect - but it's mine - and I need to respect it" - Respect means no negative self talk and basically eating good nourishing food and just working with what's she's got for now.  It learning to appreciate what her body is capable of as opposed to what it looks like.
    This is something I wish I had very much while growing up.
    Best of luck to the both of you!
     
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    Carlaccini reacted to ShannonM816 in Success stories for overweight children?   
    @MeadowLily this isn't what the OP is asking about. I think it's safe to say everyone on this thread is concerned about making sure when people do whole30 with their kids that it doesn't go off the rails and result in the kids having the kind of messed up relationship with food many of us have struggled with, but it sounds like @Isolde41 is aware of this danger and is doing what she can to help her daughter be healthy and focus on things other than just weight. Robin's response in that linked thread was about someone trying to switch her children to this way of eating when they weren't completely on board with it. Isolde's daughter sounds like she is choosing to do this, not fighting it.
    Unfortunately, @Isolde41, I can't recall seeing specific posts about children and weight loss success. Most of the stories are from parents focused on mood, behavior, skin conditions, or other non-weight-related issues. Just reassure her that eating healthy foods and exercise like dance will make her healthier, and when we are healthy, our bodies tend to find a healthy weight. 
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    Carlaccini got a reaction from Raven in Success stories for overweight children?   
    I would also work on embracing the body she has right now - as it is.
    Basically along the lines of "It's not perfect - but it's mine - and I need to respect it" - Respect means no negative self talk and basically eating good nourishing food and just working with what's she's got for now.  It learning to appreciate what her body is capable of as opposed to what it looks like.
    This is something I wish I had very much while growing up.
    Best of luck to the both of you!
     
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    Carlaccini reacted to praxisproject in Osteoarthritis/Inflammation…. & Nightshades?   
    I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis when I was 13, doctors thought it was odd at my age but the symptoms were obvious. Xrays came up clear, ruling out other kinds of arthritis. Actually turned out to be grains, gluten in particular and dairy.
     
    My first Whole30 (haha, much older!), no gluten + no dairy = no arthritis! None! Although no gluten was enough to get rid of it, I find some other grains can also trigger it, anything from this list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prolamin - have zero trouble with buckwheat and very very little with white rice so I stick to those. I do have trouble with brown rice, so I avoid anything "wholegrain" as the grain coatings seem to be extra-rough. Dairy seems fine initially, but a few weeks later, arthritis, inflammation, start getting sick.
     
    I also have had trouble with eggs, for me it's what they feed them. Very little trouble with free range and organic/biodynamic eggs, but they have different food. I often don't eat eggs out as a result, unless I know what kind they are.
     
    I also have a little trouble with nightshades, but it seems to be load. Peppers (capsicum) are my favourite, so if I'm having those I try and avoid all the others as much as possible. I used to eat a lot of multi-nightshade meals (5+), sometimes three times a day . I went entirely without and added back but found I wasn't feeling bad at sensible levels, but I also enjoyed them more, so find less is just as satisfying now. A lot of people have trouble with skins in nightshades, goji berries are a sneaky nightshade and potato starch is another one easy to miss. Some people are particularly sensitive to paprika and chilli varieties.
     
    I find the other things I eat also matter. Not too much Omega 6 (watch the nuts and seed oils), plenty of Omega 3 (chia seeds do not count - fish is much better), avoiding seed oils, soy and other inflammatory items. Vitamin C, Vitamin K2, Magnesium and Zinc all seem to help me too, especially if I've ingested something like corn without meaning to.
     
    If you're getting any restless twitching or cramping in your legs/muscles, you may need some additional: magnesium, potassium or sodium.
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    Carlaccini got a reaction from jmcbn in Osteoarthritis/Inflammation…. & Nightshades?   
    I have not been formally diagnosed with osteoarthritis or arthritis for that matter.  I am simply an (almost) 40 yr old woman with knee and hip problems.  Or what used to be problems. 
     
    What I have noticed that gives me pain are eggs specifically, as well as egg plants.  Peppers and Tomatoes do bother me - but more in the vein of skin problems.  They cause skin fissures and psoriasis. 
     
    Since I do like eggs, peppers, and tomatoes - They are relegated to "eat sparingly" list.  Meaning I will not eat any one more than twice a week.  Less if I can.  I do get *some* inflammation - but not much.
     
    The ideal thing to do is cut them out completely for 30 days.  But I think it totally depends on how bad your symptoms are.  If you notice a difference by cutting them out for a week - you might actually enjoy being pain free for a bit.  So you might be motivated to cut them out longer.
     
    You should definitely cut back on them.
     
    Also what I have noticed with time is that I tolerate cooked nightshades with no skin over raw and with skin on.
    Eggs - I find I tolerate well sourced eggs, much better than not.  I have also discovered that I have issues more with the white than the yolk.
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    Carlaccini got a reaction from jmcbn in Osteoarthritis/Inflammation…. & Nightshades?   
    I have not been formally diagnosed with osteoarthritis or arthritis for that matter.  I am simply an (almost) 40 yr old woman with knee and hip problems.  Or what used to be problems. 
     
    What I have noticed that gives me pain are eggs specifically, as well as egg plants.  Peppers and Tomatoes do bother me - but more in the vein of skin problems.  They cause skin fissures and psoriasis. 
     
    Since I do like eggs, peppers, and tomatoes - They are relegated to "eat sparingly" list.  Meaning I will not eat any one more than twice a week.  Less if I can.  I do get *some* inflammation - but not much.
     
    The ideal thing to do is cut them out completely for 30 days.  But I think it totally depends on how bad your symptoms are.  If you notice a difference by cutting them out for a week - you might actually enjoy being pain free for a bit.  So you might be motivated to cut them out longer.
     
    You should definitely cut back on them.
     
    Also what I have noticed with time is that I tolerate cooked nightshades with no skin over raw and with skin on.
    Eggs - I find I tolerate well sourced eggs, much better than not.  I have also discovered that I have issues more with the white than the yolk.
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    Carlaccini reacted to SugarcubeOD in Fasting sugar has gone up, not down?   
    I'm not sure about your fasting blood sugar but in reading through your logs, you are not eating enough.
    Many of your meals are lacking vegetables and I do see a serving of pineapple at the end of dinner almost every night which tells me that you may be using it for dessert... you may want to cut back on the fruit and nuts/dried fruit/coconut flakes as they appear quite often in your meals and these are things that should be limited. Some of your meals lack protein in sufficient quantities... One chicken thigh is not enough protein... I also noted the lack of fat in some of your meals.
    You would be well suited to take another read through the meal template and fashion your meals to meet the template. I can't say for sure if the lack of nutrition is what is contributing to your fasting blood sugar but I do know that you are likely not eating enough and that can have far reaching consequences.