MeadowLily

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    MeadowLily got a reaction from SarahSun in Suggestions For Distractions?   
    You are not trapped. You have the keys to the Food Prison.
    The Food Prison can be more comforting than Food Freedom Forever.  Food inflexibility is a self-imposed prison.
    Weaning ourselves away from the daily scale addiction allows us to focus on the more important business of living a meaningful and flexible life.
    I have a food addiction so I no longer think of food rewards as my so worth it moments. I don't reward myself with food.
    I don't distract myself but actually replaced old food addiction habits with new ones. They are a constant source of new comfort for me. Food rewards didn't bring me comfort or joy.
    Intuitive eating doesn't work for me. My body cues were so messed up. Like you, everything could be so worth it, all the time, every day.
    Our mileage will always vary. Try carving out some new habits to replace the old ones and alleviate boredom.
     
     
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Honeycrisp in Transitioning from Keto to W30...   
    Honeycrisp... Apples are so good this time of year.
    There's another member here from a line of highly trained chefs from France. Someone she knows went to a top notch European doctor and they said...."You know, fruits and vegetables didn't get you here." 
    Preventing obesity and disease and food addiction is not about eating more food or swapping back in all of the carbs for fats.  I can tell you that fruits and vegetables didn't have  a thing to do with my original condition either.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Honeycrisp in Transitioning from Keto to W30...   
    Read ISWF and then FFF.  Food Freedom Forever.
    Yes. There are those who say you can live and stay in ketosis forever.  Do you think you can....that is the question. Long-term sustainability.
    If there are insulin excursions with peanut m&m's and then hop back on the keto trail, bouncing back and forth, off and on - it's a choice to get off the merry-go-round with fear of food and carbs.
    Here's what Melissa says.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BYyjDRGHbrP/
     
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Rufit4u in Anyone have advice on learning to run?   
    http://www.runnersworld.com/ask-coach-jenny/the-worlds-simplest-learn-to-run-program
     
    No more, no less. Warm up five minutes. Start every running workout with five minutes of walking to prepare your body for the demands of running. ... Run and walk by your body. Stick with 20 minutes. ... Finish happy. ... Be the tortoise, not the hare. ... Finish with a five-minute cooldown. ... Run to infinity and beyond! I'm going do this, too.   
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Selcazare in Day 11 and ready to quit   
    Shane - cooking is not your thing and your days are long.   You're probably worn out by the time you get home.   Start thinking of your home as a tent and your fridge as a cooler.  There is a Whole 30 section for camping.  You can do a Whole 30 with portable proteins and still eat healthy with other good food choices.   Eventually, you may start cooking.  Turn your down cycle on its head and work within your cooking limitations.
     
     
    What’s in the Whole9 Cooler Protein
    Deli turkey/chicken/roast beef.  Look for certain Applegate Farms versions, where the only ingredients are organic meat, water and salt. Albacore tuna.  Whole Foods brand contains only tuna and water – no soy! Hard boiled eggs.  We always have a dozen of these on hand. Smoked salmon.  Wild-caught Alaskan (never farm raised), unseasoned. Your local market’s brand of pre-cooked “simple” chicken breast or salmon, where the only ingredients are chicken/salmon, salt and pepper. Jerky. Primal Pacs makes the only Whole30-approved jerky snacks. Buy the whole snack kit, or just the protein. Vegetables
    Carrots Celery Cucumber Sugar snap peas and snow peas Pepper slices (red, green, yellow and orange) Tomatoes (usually the small grape variety) Sprouts (sunflower, alfalfa, radish, broccoli, sweet pea shoots) Baby spinach, arugula or other leafy green (for on-the-road salads) Jicama  (peel, slice into thin strips and munch) Kale chips – we like Kaia Foods. Again, read your ingredients. Sea Snax (or some other form of seaweed snack). Read your ingredients – no soy! Fresh salsa.  Whole Foods and other stores sell fresh salsa with 100% approved ingredients. Canned sweet potato, pumpkin or butternut squash (where the only ingredient is the vegetable) Baby food! Sweet potato, butternut squash or other vegetable varieties (where the only ingredient is the vegetable) – perfect for post-workout Fruit
    Whatever is fresh, local, in-season and not too expensive Unsweetened applesauce (we like Santa Cruz Organic brand, or make your own)   Fat
    Olives.  Lindsay Naturals in the can, where the only ingredients are olives, water and sea salt. EVOO (extra virgin olive oil).  We bring a bottle everywhere, and pour over veggies, salads, meat, whatever. Avocado Fresh guacamole.  Whole Foods and other stores sell fresh guac with 100% approved ingredients. Coconut milk (full fat, in the can) Shredded coconut, unsweetened. Coconut butter (sometimes called “creamed coconut”) Macadamia or hazelnuts Other nuts and seeds (to be eaten in moderation) Sunbutter or other nut butters (to be eaten in moderation) Stronger Faster Healthier fish oil (use the code “Whole9″ to save 10%) Herbs/Spices
    Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice (for sweet potato, pumpkin, etc.) Salt, pepper Fresh chopped basil and cilantro Kitchen Tools
    Sharp paring knife Flexible cutting board Can opener Portable silverware and dishes One glass container, for microwaving on the go Tips, tricks and adding variety to your Road Trip Food
     
    Protein is going to be the hardest to get in good amounts.  Plan ahead and stock up – cook chicken or salmon the night before you travel, boil a dozen eggs, find deli meat and tuna packets that meet criteria. Smoked salmon is often overlooked, but the wild caught stuff is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids and protein.  Slice, roll around chunks of honeydew melon or mango, secure with a toothpick and go. Fruit is way too easy to overdo when traveling, so swap some of that fruit for portable vegetable sources.  The flexible cutting board, sharp knife and plastic silverware help you branch out from just carrots and celery. Fresh salsa and guacamole are life-savers.  Roll deli turkey around pepper slices, secure with toothpick and top with salsa and guac – delicious and totally portable. Frozen root veggies may also be a good idea, especially if you’re training on the go.  Sweet potato and squash varieties from the can or jar are just as good hot or cold. Nuts are also easy to crack out on when traveling.  Try olives instead!  They’re portable, don’t need refrigeration and you can eat an awful lot for the same amount of fat as an ounce of nuts. Spices and herbs are an easy way to add flavor and variety to your meals, and don’t take up a lot of room in your bag/cooler.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Mike5858 in September 18 start date   
    Happy, Thin and Free. ^  Outwardly thin doesn't always equate to happiness or freedom. Outwardly thin can become a lifelong obsession right up until the last breath. I know older folkaronies who restrict their food, rock that thin thigh gap and they're not free or happy. They're pin thin with thin hair that looks like twigs from a lifetime of dieting, restricting food and tanking their thyroids. Go to the mirror, blow yourself a kiss and say, I love you. You're amazing.  
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Mike5858 in September 18 start date   
    Happy, Thin and Free. ^  Outwardly thin doesn't always equate to happiness or freedom. Outwardly thin can become a lifelong obsession right up until the last breath. I know older folkaronies who restrict their food, rock that thin thigh gap and they're not free or happy. They're pin thin with thin hair that looks like twigs from a lifetime of dieting, restricting food and tanking their thyroids. Go to the mirror, blow yourself a kiss and say, I love you. You're amazing.  
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    MeadowLily reacted to Tj V in September 18 start date   
    Good advice @MeadowLily! Just reading that made me feel more free! Thanks!
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Mike5858 in September 18 start date   
    Happy, Thin and Free. ^  Outwardly thin doesn't always equate to happiness or freedom. Outwardly thin can become a lifelong obsession right up until the last breath. I know older folkaronies who restrict their food, rock that thin thigh gap and they're not free or happy. They're pin thin with thin hair that looks like twigs from a lifetime of dieting, restricting food and tanking their thyroids. Go to the mirror, blow yourself a kiss and say, I love you. You're amazing.  
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Spoilergirl in Want to Continue Losing Weight   
    If you read ISWF and FFF....those are the guidebooks filled with the guidelines.
    Momentum is a gift. Don't let your fire go out. 
    People all over the world are motivated by necessity. They catapult themselves out of bed every single day to make it to their workplace on time.  We are bent on survival.
    Start taking care of yourself like it's your job.  If you build your own momentum, no one can take it away from you.  Just as no one can keep your momentum going so you can make it to your job, no can can keep your fire burning to reach your goals.
    We can encourage one another but in the midnight hours when you're all alone, you have to keep the home fires burning in your heart with your desires. 
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from ladyshanny in Did you find yourself sweeter and kinder after Whole30 reintro?   
    We have snow in the high country. Some of the gates and roads are already closed. We noticed the leaves turning around mid-August. Very early.
    Signs of a hard winter include insects marching in a straight line rather than meandering. They haven't got the time to mess around.
    Squirrels are busy fortifying with massive nut gathering. The bees go into early seclusion.
    Hornets building their nests close to the ground. Harbinger of cold, early winter.
    Thicker acorn shells mean extra hard winter.
    The crickets start chirping loudly. They're rubbing their lil wings together. Early arrival of crickets on the hearth means early winter on the earth.
    Nature does nothing in vain.
    When the crickets stop....winter starts.
     
     
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from LarryB in 3rd W30, Is Viibryd keeping me from feeling better & losing weight   
     Larry, every single Rx out there has some side effects. You've had some injuries/pneumonia..your body has been working on healing. The body is going to prioritize healing above weight loss. The body is bent on survival first.
    You can build a metabolism. It takes alot of hard work and consistency. You can't throw the towel in regardless if you don't see any outward signs of weight loss. Nothing gained by stopping.  Don't stop. Keep tooling along, Larry.  Don't be discouraged.  Talk to your doctor about the Rx, there may be something that works better for you.  Meanwhile, just be kind to yourself and body. I like your pix and story. 
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    MeadowLily reacted to LarryB in 3rd W30, Is Viibryd keeping me from feeling better & losing weight   
    I've done a strict W30 twice, and a looser one with some dairy (only in coffee) and minimal eating out, always with great success re-setting my metabolism and stamina. When I'm off W30, I'm 90% Paleo, only with more dairy (some cheese) and some alcohol - mostly very dry cider and the occasional bourbon. No wheat, sweets or white starches at all. Well, maybe a tablespoon or rice if cauliflower rice isn't available.
    I started a new job about 18 months ago, and started Viibryd at just about the same time. Since then, I've gained over a pound a month - going from 190 to 225. I'm 5'11 and 190 is perfect for me, It was stable for over five years. Weight is important to me for health reasons. At 190, my A1C was 5.2 - 5.5. Right now, my AM glucose readings are in the 140+ range. On STRICT W30, and my weight hasn't budged at day 18. (At least it hasn't gone up.) I do not want to have to deal with diabetes drugs ever again. My body doesn't like them.
    I also had some injuries that took me away from boxing for a while, and a bout of pneumonia a few months ago continues to play havoc with my respiratory capacity.
    So, after all that intro, I'm wondering if other folks have:
    1 - Had substantial weight gain with Viibrid. The literature suggest something like a 2-3 pound weight gain total, not monthly
    2 - Managed work stress successfully. My old job was boring as heck, but super-low stress. My new one is moderately stressful, but the commute is really stressful. Any success techniques there? (I'm buying a new motorcycle - this will help reduce stress based on experience, and save me about 15 minutes in the evening. And give me a solid flow-state during commute hours.)
    3 - Figured out ways to push past a reluctant metabolism and actually be successful?
    It's worth noting that I feel quite a bit better digestively, but the anxiety around lack of weight loss isn't helping.
    Thanks in advance for the insights.
    Me putting up house numbers is a about a month ago - in the flowered shirt is in early 2014.
     


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    MeadowLily got a reaction from jmcbn in One Good Whole30 choice I made today is:   

    Drink water like it's your job.
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    MeadowLily reacted to BadWolf47 in Start date Tuesday September 5th   
    It's a tradition each month with my company to celebrate all the monthly birthdays with a big gourmet cake in our management meetings.  This cake is so unbelievably good, and I always look forward to that meeting.  Today I sat on the 1st chair of one of the outside rows... it was my job to pass all the plates of cake down my row.  It was a temptation doing that, but not nearly as bad as all the people around me eating it.  I was proud of myself that I abstained and as a result, ended Day 3 successfully!  Yay ME!
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    MeadowLily reacted to kirkor in Reintroducing paleo cheats rather than food groups...   
    The SWYPO rule is to make sure people have their heads right and aren't using compliant food as a crutch to keep off-plan cravings at bay. But think about even the title of your thread: paleo cheats?  What is it cheating on?  If the inner dialog pathway of sweet=treat=cheat still exists, maybe there's still work to be done.
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    MeadowLily reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha   
    Technically I guess that this is compliant because you're not adding any sugar to the second ferment (fruit has only naturally occurring sugars for anyone questioning this, not ADDED sugars), however the subject of Kombucha made with brown rice syrup isn't really covered. And whilst both rice & sugar are off limits, sugar isn't really a gut irritant in the way that rice can be for some folk so it's really a  bit of a grey area because like the sugar most of the brown rice syrup will have been used during the first fermentation.

    Personally I'd go ahead & bottle, but maybe hold off on drinking any until the reintro process when I'd trial it along with non gluten grains.

    Here's the latest low down on Whole30 & Kombucha fyi...................
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Melissa123 in No noticeable changes   
    For every action there is a reaction.
    For every action there is a corresponding over-reaction. Or not.
    Find the greater purpose for doing a Whole 30.  It is an elimination protocol of 30 days. Eliminating foods that cause digestive distress or allergies. Foods are reintroduced one at a time to determine which foods are or are not tolerated well.
    It can change a relationship with food by healing the enteric nervous system in the gut. The appetite control center is located in the brain.
    The neurotransmitters in the gut send chemical messages back and forth to the brain. They trigger digestive enzymes, hormones and inflammatory responses.
    If your satiety cues are broken from constant dieting, you may not have the gut/brain connection working in perfect harmony.
    It doesn't matter if you lost a single pound or even gained. Overrestrictors and dieters will/may gain weight simply because they started eating food. It doesn't matter if you don't have any food sensitivities or allergies or inflammatory responses to food. Be happy about that.
    But for every action there is a reaction.
    Physical. Mental. Spiritual.   Body. Mind. Spirit.
    The scale which is a total mind warp may not reflect anything. Your beginning and ending measurements. Ditto. 
    Spiritually, something did happen. You were able to complete a 30 day food elimination protocol without throwing the towel in.  This, whether you can see it or feel it...is a spiritual muscle that will grow stronger with use.
    This action that you did if you follow through with a Reintro can swing the mountain of momentum the other way.  This Whole 30 that you've completed created some new cognitive behaviors in your brain...regardless if you can't see one scale victory.
    This Whole 30 that you've completed increased your tolerance and indifference for cravings and food rewards that will only dig a much deeper hole.
    Your spiritual muscles that you can't see grow stronger with use. Don't throw them away by allowing your weight, only one data point to diminish their power.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from JaeHop in sensory processing disorder and gum   
    Tree Resin.  It was used by the ancient Greeks and ancient peoples all over the world.
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    MeadowLily reacted to ladyshanny in Alternative to cheesecloth for clarified butter?   
    You can also use a nutmilk bag. I've heard that the tightly woven re-usable produce bags also work quite well. Or coffee filters which you could compost.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from ladyshanny in Protein Powder?   
    I don't have any protein powder options. He needs whopping boatloads of good homemade bone broth, real food proteins, baked potatoes and sweet potatoes, whopping boatloads of good fats.  I'd load him up with KerryGold clarified butter. He could use it on everything. On roasted vege of every kind and even in his drinks. 
    All protein powders are denatured proteins. You can't get good quality whole proteins out of a powder that's created in a lab and manufactured in a plant. This man needs steaks, brisket, roast beef, chops, eggs,fish, poultry, starchy vege and all of the others. Coconut oil shooters and avocados. In no time at all, if you sent this man to our house, we would slowly increase his appetite/portions until he was putting on the weight. Oooo, we're good at this because almost everything we eat is homemade. 
    We'd spoil him good. He needs bone broth and he should be carrying chops in his pockets. Everytime you see him, he should be gnawing on a bone after just finishing some real protein. He should be wearing a baked potato around his neck, too.  Just hack off a bite as he's going down the hallway. Please, load this man up with everything on the Whole 30 shopping list. Sooner rather than later.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from jenn814 in Did you find yourself sweeter and kinder after Whole30 reintro?   

    Choose and pick your clean eating.
    Clean or Dirty Eating
    All or Nothing
    Black and White Thinking
    Beast Mode or Couch Mode
    Eat Dirty or Train Clean
    Stay Calm or Don't
    Snack Mats or Train Mean
    Live Green or Dirty Hygiene
     
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    MeadowLily reacted to Carlaccini 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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    MeadowLily got a reaction from jmcbn in Suggestion...   
    Many moons ago there were numerous moderators. We're basically down to three of them.   Most days, we're down to one moderator at a time as they work in shifts.
    There are pinned items for almost everything you need to do. There you will find all of the basics. I've read through almost all of the old threads and every pertinent question has been answered at least 1 - 122 times.
    Facebook is loaded to the gills with subset personal preferences but as many can confirm, it only serves to muddy the waters. Newbies leading newbies adds to the confusion.  
    I recommend reading ISWF and FFF.  Repetition begets expertise.  When you have to find your own way and search everything out, it will definitely stick with you.  
    Many from facebook come here seeking clarification from all of the added confusion out there.  When you don't know the rules and recommendations, personal biases become the norm.  The further you are away from the well the greater the distortion of truth.