khulen

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    khulen got a reaction from bekahellen in The crazy things people say   
    My favorite, from a friend who asked me to come to his house to help him brainstorm marketing ideas for an upcoming project. It was the day before I started Whole30, and we were swapping what-are-you-up-to's, and I excitedly shared what I was about to do:
     
    "I'm just waiting for the day that they come out and say all this Paleo and CrossFit stuff is unhealthy."
     
    *facepalm*
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    khulen got a reaction from bekahellen in The crazy things people say   
    My favorite, from a friend who asked me to come to his house to help him brainstorm marketing ideas for an upcoming project. It was the day before I started Whole30, and we were swapping what-are-you-up-to's, and I excitedly shared what I was about to do:
     
    "I'm just waiting for the day that they come out and say all this Paleo and CrossFit stuff is unhealthy."
     
    *facepalm*
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    khulen reacted to GlennR in 5 hour energy   
     
    Rest and sleep and time. Without stimulants (not just 5-hour and caffeine, but also added sugar) to keep you artificially high, your body is starting to feel the real fatigue these things have kept from you all these years. And the only real cure is to give yourself what you really need: the time to recuperate.
     
    Short term: try coffee again, or tea. Or (and this is sort of contradictory), catnaps. Better to deliberately close your eyes for 15 minutes in your car or on your desk than let your tiredness catch up with you and force a timeout on you.
     
    As you said, your energy will rebound (and then some!) in no time at all.
     
    Hope this helps. Good luck!
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    khulen 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 – 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 “banned†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 – because they ARE nutrition in and of themselves.
     
    My meals have been delicious – 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 – I have not had a single moment of hunger.
     
    When you take all that crap out of your body – your body just seems to go “ahhhh, thank you†and, after the first four days – starts to reward you.   Skin clears up, moods are even, sleep is so SO incredible – I've had 7-8 solid, blissful hours of uninterrupted sleep every night for the past 3 weeks.   I have boundless energy – last night I washed floors at 8 pm!  My skin looks awesome for a 30 year old… 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 – to me – the sugar demon has been slain and I do not crave – or even want a little bit – 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 – 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 – and we're actually saving money!  Some people try to blame their spouse or kids, saying they couldn't “deprive them†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 – 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 size… J)
     
    I'm going to take the next 10 days to “re-introduce†, 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 – I've proven to myself that my mother was wrong – I don't quit everything I start once it gets too hard.
     
     
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    khulen reacted to Jessica in The crazy things people say   
    After I finish explaining briefly what paleo/Whole30 is: "So you're doing Atkins?"
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    khulen reacted to Brewer5 in Day 1...overwhelmed and sad   
    Aww, I've only got a few minutes here but couldn't ignore your thread title.  Don't be sad!  This is one of the best things you and your husband could possibly do for your bodies -- celebrate!  Seriously, there is no need to be stressed and sad...  Take a deep breath, step away from the computer...  IMO you don't "have" to search for recipes like crazy, and it doesn't matter if you are a great cook or not.
     
    I highly recommend checking out the skillet meals in the book.  You could do skillet meals your entire life if you need to, and never run out of combinations.  Yesterday we were pretty low on groceries, so I threw together what I had:  Cooked 3 lbs. of ground turkey with an entire onion; drained.  Cooked diced sweet potato, bell pepper, apple together in coconut oil.  Added about 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1 tsp of salt.  When that was done cooking, I put the meat back in and mixed it all together.  Kids and I had this for breakfast, then I ate this for lunch AND dinner also!  So easy.  And GOOD.  Simple.  Really, think "simple" for the first however-many days it takes you and your body to adjust -- and THEN start exploring more advanced and time-consuming recipes, if you want to.
     
    (FYI you can cook the veggies in with the meat if you have good grass-fed or pastured meat -- mine was not.  That's why the extra step.  We don't eat a lot of conventional fat, if we can help it.) 
     
    I'll check back in later and see how you're doing.  But seriously, have a GREAT day!  Go out for a walk if you can and get away from the computer for awhile.  It will help.  I promise.  
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    khulen reacted to GFChris in Eek! Help needed on Day 1   
    US Wellness Meats is the Whole30-approved source for compliant bacon. http://www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok
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    khulen got a reaction from Brewer5 in Eek! Help needed on Day 1   
    Haha! I guess I have small hands! I'm always afraid to carry too many eggs at once from i.e. fridge to bowl or stovetop...because I know one will end up on the floor and my dog will think he's getting a treat!
     
     
    This is one of the things I'm most looking forward to saying goodbye to, because it doesn't taste good and it doesn't even feel good...it's just something that gets me through my work day. I didn't realize until my first morning without it how dependent I was though!
    Thanks for all of the tips and encouragement! And I'm glad I don't have to start over, but now I'll keep the meal template in mind when I pack breakfast and lunch, maybe I'll even print it out and put it on my fridge 
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    khulen reacted to missmary in Eek! Help needed on Day 1   
     
    It doesn't look like you need to start over, no. On the whole30 there are rules and there are recommendations. The rules dictate what you can and cannot eat in terms of ingredients. The recommendations tell you how to compose those meals for best results. We will certainly suggest getting veggies in at breakfast, but not having them is not cause for a re-start.
     
    good luck with your whole30!