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    Brewer5 got a reaction from heb2014 in Like an Onion   
    Thanks @BabyBear ~ I appreciate your support.  
    This journey back to food that is not causing a chemical shit-show in my brain and my entire body ... it is very, very much like quitting smoking.  We've had discussions on the forum about this in the past.  I don't think the majority of people are aware of how much food really does interact with every part of our being.
    I can go one day, EASY.  And I feel better -- good!  Productive!  Two days ... probably even easier.  Things start to become habit again.  
    It's day 3 that is the hardest for smokers.  They say it's because after 72 hours, all of the nicotine is gone from your body.  But we all know there's more to it than that.
    It's those layers of myself and how I got to this point that I need to peel back here.  And it can be downright painful.  
    We self-medicate with food, smoking, alcohol, drugs, shopping, gambling ... and our brain is literally wired to expect those big hits of dopamine.  Not only do we have withdrawal symptoms from the absence of whatever we have removed ~ but we have to FACE those things we were self-medicating for in the first place.  Whew.  Ugly.
    The great news is -- I am a strong and confident person.  I have grown and learned so much.  I love myself for who I am.  And I really don't engage in the "beat myself up" behavior.  So what you are saying resonates with me.  
    If I have 50 "Day 1's" throughout this year ... that's still 50 days of good eating that I wouldn't have had otherwise.  Lol.  That's not my goal ... but it IS a tiny win.  
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    Brewer5 reacted to BabyBear in Like an Onion   
    Hurray for getting breakfast in and making it a good start to a great day.  There are many reasons why numbering your days can be a trigger.  Honestly those sort of things often felt like a prison and too would cause anxiety because the higher the number the more likely I was going to fail.  So I learned to reframe this idea of counting the days.  Instead of a count down to the end I think of it as a tally of how far I can go.  In this mind frame for me an inevitable fail didn’t seem so bad I just had to make it past my highest score so far.  When I’m not worried about failure and more focused on how far I can take my success, I find I am a lot more excited about that number.  It is no longer screaming impending doom, but rather shouting of my accomplishments so far.  
    Best of luck and check in often it helps knowing others are in the thick of this with you.
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from Contessa in Like an Onion   
    I can't believe how many new products have come out since I did my first Whole 30 ... 5 years ago?  Five years doesn't sound like a long time, but things have come A LONG way.
    Those days of trying to make my own mayonnaise in the beginning gave me PTSD, I'm afraid.  I can't even look at my blender without thinking of it.    But last night I checked out the Sir Kensington avocado oil mayonnaise my husband has in the fridge, and what do I see?  NO SUGAR.  Are you kidding me?  I haven't looked around the forums lately, but if anyone out there is saying it is too much work -- I would be giving the whole, "We walked barefoot in the snow to school, five miles each way, and it was ALL uphill" speech.  ...It's probably best if I stay here and don't look.  Lol.
    When Dallas and Melissa wrote the book back then, they said this isn't hard.  I didn't think it was "hard" -- but it was a lot of thinking and a lot of extra work.  Now?  Yeah.  So totally not hard.  
    Jicama already cut into sticks?  Sweet potatoes already diced and ready to cook?  Wait -- ZOODLES, too?!  I bought a frickin Zoodler!  
    So, yeah.  You can tell I haven't spent much time at the grocery store lately.  I hate the grocery store.  But I actually enjoyed the trip last night.
    Came home and had a nice big romaine salad with chicken breast (cooked in the air fryer ~ we are loving that thing!), salsa, Tessemae's cilantro lime dressing, and a whole lotta baked potato with ghee and coconut oil.
    Did I want to eat the cheesecake in the fridge at one point?  Of course I wanted to.  But I'd rather feel good, and that was my very next thought.
    "Cravings are a suggestion, not a command."  <-- That is the biggest thing that has stuck with me from my time spent on a quit smoking forum.  It is so simple, but holds so much meaning.
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from heb2014 in Like an Onion   
    Numbering days ... well, I want to say it's been a "trigger" for me in the past.  But I'm not sure if that's the right word.
    I said I would never try to do another Whole 30 for a variety of reasons, and this is one of them:  Mentally, something happens to people (SOME people) once they've reached that goal.  They can be strong, sensible people, and have the best of intentions ~ "why, yes, of course I'm going to do a slow and carefully planned out reintroduction" ~ and still, on Day 31+ ... somehow find themselves sitting on the couch after eating ________ thinking, "what the hell just happened?"
    BUT, sometimes our bodies really do need a complete reset.  And Whole 30 is the best there is, IMO.  It's why I've been coming/going for the past 6 years.
    So ... with that said, I'm reluctantly saying that "Day 1" yesterday was a success.
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    Brewer5 reacted to BabyBear in Like an Onion   
    The sun will rise tomorrow on a new day, a new dawn, a fresh start, a day that has not been tainted.  It is yours to make of it what you will. Mercies are new in the morning.  I believe every “failure” brings us one step closer to success because it is from the fall that we learn the most.  Chin up! Tomorrow is new day!
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    Brewer5 reacted to Noelle in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    Guess what? It worked!
    My doctor (who is an ND) started me on some supplements, and those plus lots of nutrient-dense foods got my body back on the right track. I've had a normal, easy period once a month for the past four months. Yay!