beespajamas reacted to jennor in Harper's Bazaar Article
While part of me shudders at the thought of someone taking what to me is a serious attempt to heal an autoimmune illness and turns it into a slimming diet to feel better about your body in a bikini, I try to look at it this way: if this fad" turns even one person into a healthier, happier paleofied person (weightloss or no weightloss) it's all good.
The weightloss- and bikini talk is just our sneaky way of infiltrating and taking over the world.
beespajamas reacted to GlennR in Stick a fork in me
Okay, maybe I don't want to be quite so terse as that. So here's a run-through of my outcomes:
Energy level: Higher on average, more consistent and steady â€“ though when I get tired, I get really tired (no extra sugar to keep me up artificially).
Sleep: About the same number of hours (6-7), but really, really deep. Again, there's no sugar in my bloodstream to make my nights fitful like before.
Eczema: Not gone but much improved â€“ and this despite my having stopped using medical ointment from the second week on. I still have rashes, but from about the second to the third week, I was not conscious of any itching at all. I had a resurgence of the itching when I had some sautÃ©ed carrot greens, and again when I tried Swiss chard stems. I think I had an adverse reaction to the strong alkaloids in these veggies (or veggie parts).
Acid reflux: No improvement, but I am encouraged by other people who have written in these forums that theirs improved over time.
Weight gain or loss: Don't know, don't care.
My Bit of a Belly: Still have it. Not really exercising that much (aside from almost daily walks) might have something to do with itâ€¦
Happiness Quotient: I've had my low moments and â€œKill all the thingsâ€ moods, but in generalâ€¦ This morning I was dancing in my kitchen as I peeled and chopped veggies, moving in time to Pharrell's â€œHappy.â€ So, yeah: weirdly, unexpectedly, surprisingly, I have been happy throughout all this.
When I read Melissa Joulwan's list of â€œThirty Reasons to Whole30,â€ the item that I was most skeptical about â€“ and yet was secretly hoping would hold true â€” was no. 5. She wrote, â€œYou'll be happier. No joke. When blood sugar is stable, life is happier. Period.â€ Turns out she actually knew what she talking about. Wow.
Oh, and a few more things I feel I should note: These forums are fun! You guys are great. Thank you!
beespajamas reacted to GFChris in How To Intro
Here is the recommended sample reintro schedule. http://whole30.com/step-two-finished
You reintro a particular food group at all three meals in one day, keeping all else Whole30 compliant. At each meal, have whatever is the serving size of the item being reintroduced. Then you stay 100% Whole30 compliant for 2 days. Then you reintro the next food group, following the same protocol.
Once you reintro a particular food group, you don't eat it again until you complete all your reintros.
You only need to reintro the food groups you're curious about, in terms of your physical or psychological reaction, or that you want to eat again.
You can reintro in any order you choose.
If you're going to reintro alcohol, you wouldn't be expected to have that at all 3 meals. A drink or two on "alcohol day" would suffice here.
beespajamas reacted to Dsw924 in My mother was wrong...
Loved your post! I've spent 60 years proving my Dad was right...I seldom finished anything. Well Whole30 changed that and I cannot tell you how good it feels. I'm sure my Pop is in Heaven looking over me and softly telling my Mom, "I knew she could do it". At least that's what I'm choosing to believe! Now for 30 more!
beespajamas reacted to Chapin in My mother was wrong...
In the past 30 days, I have not eaten any bread, rice, quinoa or grain of any kind. I haven't ingested any dairy, no cream in my coffee, no cheese, no yogurt, no butter. I haven't had any alcohol of any kind. I haven't had any sugar, at all â€“ and nearly everything in a package has sugar in it.. I haven't had any legumes, but honestly, that wasn't a problem, until it was a â€œbannedâ€ food.
In that same 30 days, I have not had Ammonium sulfate, L-cysteine, Titanium dioxide, Sodium nitrite Sodium benzoate, Potassium bromate, or Castoreum. Nor have I had any maltrose, dextrose, or high fructose corn syrup. No MSG, no GMOs, my meat has been 100% organic, pastured, and grass-fed. Over 75% of my fruits and veggies have been organic, and always non-GMO. Monsanto hasn't made a penny off of me. Every single meal I've had has been made primarily from things that don't have an ingredient list on them, no nutritional label â€“ because they ARE nutrition in and of themselves.
My meals have been delicious â€“ chocolate chili, baked sweet potato fries, omelets, ribeye steaks, pasta sauce over zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice rich with the taste of ghee, meatballs, chicken wings â€“ I have not had a single moment of hunger.
When you take all that crap out of your body â€“ your body just seems to go â€œahhhh, thank youâ€ and, after the first four days â€“ starts to reward you. Skin clears up, moods are even, sleep is so SO incredible â€“ I've had 7-8 solid, blissful hours of uninterrupted sleep every night for the past 3 weeks. I have boundless energy â€“ last night I washed floors at 8 pm! My skin looks awesome for a 30 year oldâ€¦ but I'm no 30 year old!! I realized this morning that the TUMS on my bedside table haven't been touched for a month. My digestive system is a well-oiled track, and most importantly â€“ to me â€“ the sugar demon has been slain and I do not crave â€“ or even want a little bit â€“ the sweets or salty that were my downfall. I walked through the Easter aisle at Shoppers without a glance, and down the snack rack at Fortinos without even a glance to the left. My mood swings are a thing of the past, and even when confronted with horrible news â€“ I didn't turn to chips to soothe my soul.
People say it's too expensive to eat this way, but in reality, we've cut our food bill by about 15% by ordering our meat in bulk, and not buying crap. Factor in that we only eat out one night a week now, and not four times â€“ and we're actually saving money! Some people try to blame their spouse or kids, saying they couldn't â€œdeprive themâ€ of xxx. I call bullshit. We were eating this way for 11 days before my husband even noticed that we weren't having bread on the table anymore, and how are you depriving your kids by providing them with whole, healthy food and snacks?
Doing a Whole30 takes a lot of commitment and a lot of time. You're cooking every meal â€“ so my Sunday afternoons are often the prepping of the veggies, hard-cooking some eggs for the week, creating a bone broth in the slow cooker, menu planning for the week and taking the appropriate meats out of the freezer. It is worth it.
Doing a Whole30 isn't about losing weight, it's about getting your body back to where it needs to be, metabolically speaking. Some people have lost 8 pounds in the month, some have lost 30. I expect that I'm someplace in the middle of that, but I'm refusing to let the scale define my success, and so I'm not going to weigh myself. I do know that I've gone down two sizes in my dress pants and at least one size in jeans. (I'd have to go through my closet to find a smaller sizeâ€¦ J)
I'm going to take the next 10 days to â€œre-introduceâ€ , one at a time, the things that I've missed (alcohol !! cheese!) into my body and see how it reacts. I'm not putting grains back in, I can't see me ever again eating anything that has an ingredient list where I don't understand every single thing on the label, and I'm sticking with grass-fed, pastured animal protein. It's clean.
And last but not least â€“ I've proven to myself that my mother was wrong â€“ I don't quit everything I start once it gets too hard.
beespajamas reacted to AllyB in Harnessing the sugar dragon
I wrote this in reply to another thread, but it got off on a tangent, so I thought I would just start a new topic.
I believe that some people (like me) will never tame the sugar dragon or make it go away. I don't know why, but I still have regular cravings and I doubt they will ever go away. I made it through my whole30 with terrible cravings and now two months post whole30, I still have some cravings. I've been sticking mostly to whole 30 eating with a few non-compliant meals out for special occasions during that two months. So it's not like I've gone back to eating a lot of sugar.
I have decided to try to harness the feeling of the sugar cravings in a way that energizes me. It's hard to explain, so I'll give you an example. Yesterday after I ate my lunch (grassfed chuck roast rubbed in paprika and slow cooked in a bunch of sliced onions, roasted sweet potato rounds drizzled with coconut oil and salt and nom nom paleo's sautÃ©ed cabbage), I had a sugar craving. Certainly, it was a very filling and delicious lunch. So there was no need for me to be wanting more.
I work in an office environment where there is a junk food machine (I no longer call it a snack machine) and kitchen. In the kitchen, someone left a big sugary cake from publix. I was irritated by the temptation of this. So I sat at my desk and thought about my craving. I knew if I ate some oreos from the junk food machine, I would get all sleepy an hour later. I knew if I ate some nasty cake, I would be mad at myself later. So not worth it. So I sat there annoyed, staring inwardly at my craving.
It stared back. Poke poke poke. Get up, go get something. Poke poke poke. Get up, feed me. I want sugar. Poke poke poke. I resisted because I knew the sugar would just drain my energy. Then it hit me....the sugar craving was actually 'energy'. Maybe a negative energy at that particular moment, but it was still energy spurring me on to do something. What an epiphany!
So that's when I decided to turn things around and try to harness the feeling of the sugar cravings in a way that energizes me. I want to use that uncomfortable feeling of the sugar craving to give me the energy to go do something else. It's like I'm telling the sugar dragon, 'It's not my problem, it's yours.'
So I got up and walked across the building to talk to someone I needed to discuss some things with but had been putting it off. The sugar dragon motivated me (in a not so nice way) to get up and stop procrastinating.
I don't think I will ever get rid of cravings, but I think now, I'm going to have them work for me instead of against me.
beespajamas reacted to mamaxt in Celiac with fibromyalgia seeking support
I'm another sufferer of fibromyalgia, gluten intolerance, sinus issues (plus the added fun of having depression and migraines to add to the mix).
I did a Whole60 last summer and got TREMENDOUS relief from my symptoms. I learned, through reintroduction, that dairy is the culprit for my sinus issues, while gluten is what triggers pain and inflammation in the rest of my body. I've been mostly gluten free since learning this, but the sugar dragon has crept back into my life. Thus, I'm starting another Whole30 on May 1.
I'd love to stay connected with you good people! It'd be great to have a support network for the unique trials and tribulations we collectively face. Fibro, celiacs, etc. can be such isolating conditions. It's nice to know that I'm not alone in my struggles to feel healthier and have a better quality of life.
beespajamas got a reaction from mamaxt in Celiac with fibromyalgia seeking support
Looks like I have found "my people"! I am gluten intolerant (and probably intolerant of most grains), have fibromyalgia, and suffer terrible sinus issues related to dairy. I am on day 5 of my first Whole30 (my restart, actually, as I voluntarily paused after day 7 to entertain out-of-town guests and then started again from day 1). I am glad to know that Whole30 can help eliminate some of these problems!
beespajamas reacted to dcducks1 in Starting Monday 31st March!
Today is day 22 and I am doing great. Day 21 was rough since I had to fill three easter egg baskets for my boys but I was strong and did not have any....NOTHING! Day 21 was also the day they say that you have to reach to beat any addiction. Hope everyone is doing well. Stay strong!
beespajamas reacted to Vian in Science has finally caught up
It's something we in the paleo and ancestral health community already knew....but the rest of science has finally caught up and gotten a clue.
There is a paragraph about mid-way down that says Dr. James DiNicolantionio of Ithica College, New York is calling for a public health campaign to admit "we got it wrong" and claims that CARBOHYDRATES AND SUGAR ARE MORE RESPONSIBLE FOR HEART DISEASE THAN SATURATED FAT.
beespajamas reacted to Veggie Girl in Sick of Justifying My Diet
If I'm secure and comfortable in my food choices, and I know they're the best and healthiest for me, what difference does it make what my coworker eats, whether it's McDonald's, healthy choice frozen dinners, or whatever? And why would I care if they think what I eat is weird? If someone is outright rude, then be firm and set boundaries. Otherwise, I agree with Peg541-- just eat. Don't defend. Don't proselytize. Don't judge. Just eat.
beespajamas reacted to Vian in Pressure Cooker
I totally need a pressure cooker! That sounds awesome to be able to make what are normally slow long cook-all-day recipes in 30 minutes. I like to eat asap when I get home from work as I'm usually hungry right about the time I get off, so I'm always trying to find recipes that cook quickly, but a pressure cooker would mean I could make slow recipes cook faster!
beespajamas got a reaction from praxisproject in Can TheWhole30 help with allergies/congestion?
Currently, there is a thick coat of yellow pollen EVERYWHERE outside...car, porch furniture, sidewalks, street. You can see it blowing around! I am doing much better with this annual onslaught than ever before! Thanks, Whole30!
beespajamas got a reaction from Delaine Ross in Hungry before bed: to snack or not to snack?
Timing meals has been a tricky part of this process for me. I still find it hard to eat within an hour of waking up...but eliminating late-night eating is helping. I have meal 1 down to within 1 1/2 hours of getting up now.