MeadowLily

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    MeadowLily reacted to SugarcubeOD in Bipolar AND Diabetes Type 2, Naturopathic health care   
    I did this with a handful of psychiatric meds at the same time... not only do the side effects of going off the actual pill suck (dizzy, nauseous etc), but the roar of the mental illness (I'm bipolar too) is a horror show!  I agree, it would be nice to one day maybe never have to take meds again but I'm also pretty okay with taking them knowing that that's just how I'm made... people with diabetes or heart conditions or seizure disorders etc... all take meds daily... same thing... 
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    MeadowLily reacted to SugarcubeOD in Bipolar AND Diabetes Type 2, Naturopathic health care   
    Absolutely do NOT go off your psych medications to do this program without consulting your doctor.  If you feel at the end of the program that maybe you can start to reduce your meds, then that's something to talk to your doctor about also but this program is an elimination program that CAN help hormones and affect mental health but it's not a cure and it is VERY dangerous to go off your meds - believe me, I've done that... it's not pretty.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Right back at you and LadyLisbette, too.  Melissa summed it up a short time ago.   'It's not enough just to do the thing'.  That's it in a nutshell and not the whole bushel.  Unless you reframe everything about food and what it can do to you, dieting the pounds away by remote control will never ever be enough.  You have to unravel and unwind yourself.  Go back to the very beginning where you tripped and undo every tangled web.   A healthy relationship with food begins in the kitchen but transformation happens in the mind.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from LadyLisbette in Psyching up for a December W30!   
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    MeadowLily reacted to hollysmokes in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @MeadowLily! Thank you for your many encouraging words through the years. I hope you and your family are doing well and have a very Merry Christmas
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    MeadowLily reacted to LadyLisbette in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Oh my Heavens! That eggroll bowl @hollysmokes is so. so. good! I was so confident in the recipe, I doubled it and used a big soup pot. I used ground chicken instead of pork, and Mel Joulwan's breakfast pork sausage spice blend from Well Fed 2. Otherwise I stayed very close to the recipe, except for putting a heavy hand to the ginger and garlic because, why not, right? Wow. This will go into the rotation - thanks!I
    I was up 90 minutes early, and a busy bee all morning, hello Tigerblood! You guys, too?
    Oh, I meant to write coffee bean grinder, not roaster!
    That's funny, I gave the leftover mustard chicken the same treatment with broccoli. The new bread! Yeah, as for the mustard chicken, it's more my habit to brown the thighs and set them aside than cook them through the way the recipe called for, so when it was time, I added a lot more broth and dijon in order to simmer the chicken to completion. It's gone now but I'm saving the last of the gravy for eggs and veg as a breakfast another day. If I can keep myself from the eggroll bowl.
    Happy Solstice Eve, everyone! And good to see you here, @MeadowLily, your words of wisdom are always notable!
     
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from LadyLisbette in Psyching up for a December W30!   
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    MeadowLily reacted to hollysmokes in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Good [email protected]! It looks like you're an early bird, too. And possible on Eastern time? Volunteering at a cooking school sounds like a hoot and duck fat roasted potatoes sound decadent and delicious! I just got access to Restaurant Depot (it's like Costco for restaurants) and I bet they have duck fat. I'm going to go check it out and put those potatoes on our Christmas menu. Since I'll be W30-ing for Christmas (we all are) I'm trying to plan a more elaborate and indulgent menu than usual. Cinnamon and chili powder sounds like a great combo; I've been on a kick with Mel Joulwan's Lebanese spice blend and this weekend I'm going to mix up some poultry seasoning. I love it but I always thought it had a bunch of highly questionable ingredients in it. I found out it's just rosemary, sage, marjoram, thyme and a couple of other things. Mark Sisson sent out a recipe for "dressing" that's just riced cauli, carrots, onions, celery and poultry seasoning and I though it sounded pretty tasty but I wondered about the poultry seasoning. Now I know!
    It looks like everybody here (so far) has W30 experience. It'll be fun to hear about it. Welcome @tinman57 and thank you @LadyLisbette for 
    It reminds me of @MeadowLily 's "She thought she could so she did". 
     
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from sojurabbit in Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!   
    Without a Reintro Phase, that's missing out on the most important part of Whole 30.
    Whole 30 and Reintro are mates like salt and pepper.  I know, I know everyone wants the side effects of weight loss.  Follow through with Reintro and you won't regret it.
    As long as I've been here, I've yet to see one person come back and say I'm soooo happy I never bothered with a Reintro.  Those that do come back, regret that they did not strike while the griddle was hot and immediately follow through.
    We've watched them, try to conduct repeat Whole 30's without doing reintros and they end up walking away without one. They start over and over and disappear.
    Embrace the greater purpose of conducting a Whole 30.  I've not ever seen weight loss permanently fix or change a relationship with food.  Thoughtful decisions going forward will.
    A Whole 30 without a Reintro can come undone on Day 31. Eating all the things in one day. You don't want to do that and experience those consequences.  A belly ache and misery. Take it slow and follow through. I promise you, you'll be glad you did.
     
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    MeadowLily reacted to Bellmaestra in Where have all the people gone?   
    Favorite movie ever.
    Stephanie
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Bellmaestra in Where have all the people gone?   
    People still come and go.  The half has not been told but I'm here to tell that this is one of the best run forums. You may have tried others but you won't find the same friendly discourse.  No, siree.  You'll find all kinds of snarkalicious snark and potshots.  This place is downright user friendly.  Kind.  Good will towards others.  I see some of my old group from time to time, I've heard some very sad news and some good news.  The ebb and flow of life.  So long now.   The Dude abides.

     
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from purplepadres in Rural area....   
    https://whole30.com/2014/01/camper-whole30/
    This is my favorite Whole 30 testimonial.  They did everything on a shoestring budget with no running water, no fridge and without an oven.  They owned one knife, one frying pan, one pot, two plates and one mug.
    No one is offended.  How are you eating now, how do you get by.  I didn't order a single ingredient from anywhere. No fancy dressings or sauces.  No bars or convenience foods. Those are all there for those who can afford them but not required.
    Don't overthink this.  Just take it one step at a time. I didn't use ghee and I don't even like coconut oil.  Start with olive oil.
     
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    MeadowLily reacted to ladyshanny in Rural area....   
    What do you have for grocery store in your area? Are you legit in the middle of nowhere with nothing but a gas station less than a 3 hour drive away (one of our LONG time members is very remote)? If you have an actual grocery store, you shouldn't be in too much of a pickle. Roast meats with seasonings (sage, thyme, rosemary for chicken, pepper, garlic, onion for beef), toss veggies in olive oil or ghee that you make and roast them. 
    Steer away from recipes for the most part if you're frustrated. 
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Abby MacDougall in Fed Up!   
    I know a "school lunch lady".   She's a good one and an excellent chef/cook.  She tries so hard to make healthy lunches for the kids but is limited by the food delivery and school protocols.   She's in charge, but not really.   She can't stand putting out that food...but here's the real kicker.  They've added more fruits and vegetables and they're dumped in the trash every single day by the kids.  The good food is thrown.   Might as well take them to the city dump and let them forage....they've grown accustomed to pop tarts, chips, and soda pop.   
     
    Food education begins at home.
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    MeadowLily reacted to Tom Denham in High Cholesterol!!!   
    As long as my HDL is up and my triglycerides down, I don't worry much about LDL.
     
    Some of us produce a lot of cholesterol. I have been having mine monitored for 25 years or more. No diet makes mine go down to a level that makes doctors happy. The Whole30 made my HDL go up and triglycerides go down, so even though my LDL and total were considered bad, I actually was healthier.
     
    Here is a collection of links to good information I have found about cholesterol...
     
    http://paleononpaleo.com/paleo-high-cholesterol/
    http://paleononpaleo.com/paleo-cholesterol-testing/
    http://chriskresser.com/the-diet-heart-myth-cholesterol-and-saturated-fat-are-not-the-enemy
    http://chriskresser.com/the-diet-heart-myth-statins-dont-save-lives-in-people-without-heart-disease
    http://healthcorrelator.blogspot.com/2013/05/sudden-cholesterol-increase-it-may-be.html
    http://www.cholesterol-and-health.com/
    http://www.drbriffa.com/blog/
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    MeadowLily reacted to SugarcubeOD in High Cholesterol!!!   
    I'm sorry you're concerned but we are in no way medical professionals and it would be irresponsible of us (and we're not allowed) to evaluate those numbers.  You definitely need to speak to your doctor and if you don't agree with your doctor's course of treatment, get a second opinion.  Good luck!
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Scottyb in High Cholesterol!!!   
    Your HDL value is improving.   It is now in the Best range.  Your Trigs are good.   
     
    What scares you?   High trigs can be a marker for diabetes but you don't have that.   Diabetes and heart disease can go hand in hand.
    I wouldn't be scared, if I was you.  You know what I would be scared of?  Going on statins and ending up with alzheimers later in life.  Have you read the latest what happens after being on statins for years vs. not?     Your brain needs good fats and taking all of them away with statin drugs can leave you in a care center with Nurse Ratched.  
     

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    MeadowLily got a reaction from sojurabbit in Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!   
    Without a Reintro Phase, that's missing out on the most important part of Whole 30.
    Whole 30 and Reintro are mates like salt and pepper.  I know, I know everyone wants the side effects of weight loss.  Follow through with Reintro and you won't regret it.
    As long as I've been here, I've yet to see one person come back and say I'm soooo happy I never bothered with a Reintro.  Those that do come back, regret that they did not strike while the griddle was hot and immediately follow through.
    We've watched them, try to conduct repeat Whole 30's without doing reintros and they end up walking away without one. They start over and over and disappear.
    Embrace the greater purpose of conducting a Whole 30.  I've not ever seen weight loss permanently fix or change a relationship with food.  Thoughtful decisions going forward will.
    A Whole 30 without a Reintro can come undone on Day 31. Eating all the things in one day. You don't want to do that and experience those consequences.  A belly ache and misery. Take it slow and follow through. I promise you, you'll be glad you did.
     
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from sojurabbit in Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!   
    Sojurabbit, Whole 30 is about getting rid of moral judgments about food.  Good or bad, naughty or nice.
    My triggers are all artificial. They're not even real foods. They're highly engineered to be craved, purposefully made to sux the life right of everyone.  Things filled with HFCS and really artificial sweetners.  Worthless. Useless.
    Dieting books are virtual fountains of  useless information.  Part of my food addiction recovery homework was to toss all of them out.  I did that and I wanted to hang onto them for dear life. My husband did it when I wasn't looking.  Goners.
    It created a vacuum so that I could clean the slate and clear the decks.  Clearing my head out for creating new habits and a sustainable, consistent way of living that I can do each and every day.  Our mileage will always vary.  
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from sojurabbit in Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!   
    A self-induced Food Prison vs. Food Freedom Forever.  
    The absolute best part of Whole 30 and Food Freedom Forever, for me, is creating a sustainable positive food management plan that I can actually live with for the rest of my life.
    Don't throw anymore money in the toilet on another diet. 
    It dieting actually worked, it would only take one diet and one diet only to fix all of your problems with weight and food.  You would conduct one diet, swish your hands together and walk away. Cured, healed and happy.
    Dieting doesn't work that way. There is no such thing as one diet that can heal everyone for the rest of their life.  You have to create and find the foods that you like and can live with for the rest of your days. 
    The best of the best, is allowing yourself actual freedom to include every food you like in the quantities that work for you.  You create your own food thoughts, rules and recommendations. This is the launching pad and springboard that gives you permission to do that for yourself.  
    You know the way.  It is filled with gentle changes for the permanent WIN.  Your way. Have it your way, not  SPT's way or even Melissa's way but your way.  It's all fun, really, creating your way.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from sojurabbit in Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!   
    Without a Reintro Phase, that's missing out on the most important part of Whole 30.
    Whole 30 and Reintro are mates like salt and pepper.  I know, I know everyone wants the side effects of weight loss.  Follow through with Reintro and you won't regret it.
    As long as I've been here, I've yet to see one person come back and say I'm soooo happy I never bothered with a Reintro.  Those that do come back, regret that they did not strike while the griddle was hot and immediately follow through.
    We've watched them, try to conduct repeat Whole 30's without doing reintros and they end up walking away without one. They start over and over and disappear.
    Embrace the greater purpose of conducting a Whole 30.  I've not ever seen weight loss permanently fix or change a relationship with food.  Thoughtful decisions going forward will.
    A Whole 30 without a Reintro can come undone on Day 31. Eating all the things in one day. You don't want to do that and experience those consequences.  A belly ache and misery. Take it slow and follow through. I promise you, you'll be glad you did.
     
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    MeadowLily reacted to SugarcubeOD in Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!   
    The Whole30 is an elimination protocol designed to help each individual person learn how inflammatory foods affect them... the reintroductions are the step in which you take your healed and clean gut and put things in it to see how they react.  It would hardly be wasting time to determine this.  That said, some people when they come from a SAD way of eating DO lose weight.  We don't know your history, whether you have weight you need to lose or vanity pounds, whether you have existing medical conditions that may impact your body's desire to let go of weight over healing.  It's never a waste to eat whole foods in proper quantities 3 times a day to nourish and fuel your body... what seems like a waste is paying a company $500 (!!) for some sort of eating bootcamp... 
    I can't give you any info on the Bright Line Eating plan and we wouldn't host discussions of its worthiness on this forum... but do know that anyone/company that wants to charge you money for your health is NOT in it for your health!  Yes, there are books and resources available to purchase from Whole30 but the entire program is also available online for free and always will be... that stands for something!
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Cookiesmom in Question for Type 2 Diabetics   
    http://whole9life.com/2013/09/talk-to-your-doc-part-1/
     
     
    Talk to your Doc: Prescription Medications and the Whole30®
     
    Insulin
    "Note: This section was titled, “The Number One Medication You Must Absolutely Discuss With Your Doctor Prior to Your Whole30,” but that was kind of long.
    First, do not get discouraged from trying a Whole30 because you take insulin or diabetes medications.  The potential benefits far exceed the hassle of having a discussion with your healthcare provider and adjusting medication. That having been said…
     
    If you take insulin, it is essential to talk with your doctor before doing the Whole30.
    Although not specifically meant to be low-carb, a strict Whole30 eating plan tends to be lower in carbohydrates than the standard American diet (SAD), and lower than what most people are eating on an otherwise unrestricted diet.  If you’re on insulin and radically decrease the amount of carbohydrates you’re eating without adjusting your insulin dose, your blood sugar will go low. If blood sugar dips too low without intervention, you may lose consciousness or die.
    There are a few strategies that can be used if you’re taking insulin and want to do a Whole30. The best one depends on the individual. First, long-acting insulin could be discontinued and replaced with shorter-acting insulin administered based on blood sugar levels—what’s commonly known as a “sliding scale.”  This is one of the safer approaches that will still provide blood sugar control.
     
    Another tactic might be to stop insulin altogether. This option will work well for someone who does not need very high doses of insulin. Yes, blood sugars may run high over the course of the 30 days, but one advantage with this approach is knowing exactly where blood sugar levels will be with the Whole30 diet alone. It’s possible that by controlling diet, insulin may no longer be necessary.  Using and adjusting any oral medication for diabetes in conjunction with this strategy can be used to help keep blood sugar in check as well.  Weekly follow ups can fine-tune things to ensure blood sugars are staying within a reasonable range.
     
    Many other variations could be devised based on the concepts above, but as they say, don’t try this at home. Always consult a medical professional.
     
    Oral medications that directly lower blood sugar also need to be taken into consideration. These medications include the sulfonylurea class of medicines, the most popular of which are glipizide and glyburide/glibenclamide.  (This may vary by geographical region.)  While not as potentially dangerous as insulin unless taken improperly, decreasing carbohydrate intake while on these medications could drive one’s blood sugar precipitously low."
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    MeadowLily reacted to SugarcubeOD in Whole30 with toddlers.   
    Maybe you should take her to the doctor...
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from LisaZ in Day 17 and NO Results!!   
    I believe the best thing we can do is stay true to the spirit of the Whole 30. 
    I like giving honor to ISWF and the Whole 30 pioneers who've gone before me.  That includes the Boss, Mods - past and present and alumni that have given it their all.
    Those of us who've been here a few years have watched those who've dialed down a Whole 30 into a few chicken thigh bones and a spinach ball, never to be heard from again. 
    They had a chance at finding their pathway to healing but they did not listen to sound advice. They tried to combine all past dieting practices with a Food Reset program.  It doesn't work.  
    Change your gut and you can change your life.  I've known that since reading every manifesto and many threads on this forum. It's the key to everything.
    Out of your gut flow the issues of your life.  Fix that and everything will fall into place.  Mostly hormones but it's the silent autoimmune diseases and issues that people may not even know they have.  More dieting won't fix it.   More dieting will actually speed up the destruction of the thyroid gland.
    The most honorable thing we can do is quit coaching others strictly for the weight loss.  If that actually worked, the secret dieters would've found true lasting success, forever. They wouldn't need to keep starting over and over and over again.
    One diet, one time and it should solve everything.  It doesn't and it never will.  Focusing strictly on weight loss actually stops the weight loss.  The body and brain are connected. They are bent on survival.  You've got to throw the weight loss focus out with the bathwater.  Wash it on down the drain.  
    Don't give it another thought.  If all of the other things that people have done worked...they wouldn't be looking for a dieting hack.  It doesn't work.  Even a gastric bypass can't fix it...not long term, anyway.  The appetite control center is located in the brain, not the stomach.
    Start eating the template, 3 meals aday for 30 days.  Don't look back over your shoulder.  If all of the past experiences did not result in lasting weight loss ...it's time to clean the slate.
    It anyone tries to lead you down another dialed down path that reduces your food down into a 2 or 3 items while trying to outexercise all past dieting flops...don't listen.  Keep your eyes forward and remain focused on template, template, template.  
     Yesterday's past temporary dieting successes are gone.  We only have NOW and today to make real changes for the future.