Betsie_n

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  1. Betsie_n

    Starting Oct 1

    LOL - I don't know if I'm cold hearted, but I don't give candy anymore on Halloween. I do little toys - I get a big batch from Amazon - rubber spiders, glow rings, bouncy balls and the like. We participate in the Teal Pumpkin project where I live, so it's cool not to give the candy out anymore. The kiddos get excited to pick their "trick" from the bowl. Last year my last day of my W30 was Halloween, so I was reallllly grateful not to have to deal with the sugar treats
  2. Betsie_n

    Starting Oct 1

    Hi all - it is getting quieter here and I'd like to tell why I've been quiet. Here's my story (also posted on FB group I'm following): True confessions: I've done several rounds and have never failed to complete one, but life happened and it's just not going to happen this time. I've had an incredibly difficult week, emotionally and I chose to have a glass of wine on Wednesday. I decided to give myself a pass and just keep going till Thanksgiving. Then today I helped manage funeral food for a close friend's family. I went ahead and had some of the food. Nothing crazy - non compliant meatballs, corn chips, trail mix and another glass of wine (but no pie!). It just seemed more appropriate to share a meal and wine with my grieving friends than to worry about compliant ingredients. I made the decision mindfully so I don't feel regretful. Going forward, I plan to continue on in 99% W30 mode till Thanksgiving, but I will probably have more wine next week when my BFF, who has been living across country for two years while caring for an aging father who died three weeks go, comes home to pack up her recently sold home this week, then leave again. Wine will be required and that's just how it is. Reading this back, it's interesting that the wine is the "thing" because I almost never drink anymore. Again, it just seems appropriate given the life situations we are dealing with now. I really didn't have any interest in the pie, which sooo not like me. So, there's that. Let it be. I guess this is a version of food freedom. I hate not finishing a complete round, but I did make my choices very consciously and didn't just dive completely off the wagon forever, so I'm not going to let it get me down - I have plenty of other things doing that already. I hope you are all doing well! Betsie
  3. Betsie_n

    Starting Oct 1

    We're halfway there! Sounds like we still have several folks who have made it this far! I think that if you make it through two weekends unscathed, you have a really great chance of surviving the whole 30 days. Let's talk NSVs - what non scale victories have you noticed so far? https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-nsv.pdf Here's a handy list to use as a guide. For me, I've felt calmer and less stressed, my skin feels less dry, my sleep has improved, I feel less inflammation/bloating, I'm craving sugar less (but still fighting boredom cravings) and I feel less hungry overall. I can't say that my clothes feel much different yet, but my wedding ring is looser so I know my inflammation is decreasing. I need to increase my water intake, which is always a challenge as we switch to cooler temps, so I'm sipping herbal tea instead. Happy halfway point! Betsie
  4. Betsie_n

    Starting Oct 1

    Hi all! Day 12 already and heading into the second weekend of our journey. How's everyone feeling? Ready for the weekend? I'm feeling good - and much recovered after oral surgery last week. The cold, rainy weather that hit us about 10 days ago after a long, hot, dry summer her in SW Colorado has made me feel like cooking warm savory meals, so it's a perfect time for W30. I made the BEST Instant Pot chile this week and it's been amazing for leftover lunches. My weekend will be busy with my daughter and grandson visiting, meeting up with old friends visiting the area, checking out wedding venues for my daughter, an open house at a friend's home, etc. but I think I am prepared. I'll make big meals when we're home so we don't have to eat much while we're out and about and we'll probably eat out once on Saturday, but I know the right restaurant that will accommodate me (no Chipotle or Zoe's within hundreds of miles for us ). What's nice is my daughter appreciates when mom feeds her "healthy yummy food" - which is really wonderful, considering I raised her on chicken nuggets and spaghetti-o's because I didn't know better. One of the best parts of changing my lifestyle is seeing it impact others. We're breaking the bad food habits with the next generation - the grandbaby's first food was avocado, not rice cereal! Winning! Stay strong! Betsie
  5. Betsie_n

    Starting Oct 1

    Hi all! Day 10 already! I've been MIA from the forum - but I have checked in to read your posts from time to time. I had oral surgery last Wed so I had a few tough food days but I stayed compliant, though off template. The last few days I've felt better so I'm trying to refocus and be more true to the template and stay away from snacks. NSV - I have a long history of oral surgeries and then having serious complications afterwards, so my anxiety level was sky high before and after the procedure. I credit eating low inflammatory food to helping me heal and stay calm-ish - and maybe staving off the complications because so far, so good (knocking wood). We're 1/3 complete! Betsie
  6. Betsie_n

    Starting Oct 1

    Hi all- I had oral surgery on day 3 so it was a challenging day for food. I ate compliant food but definitely did not meet the meal template, which is fine given the situation. The biggest win was day 2 when I was so anxious about the surgery I wanted to eat ALL THE THINGS! I have some PTSD from several prior surgeries so I was terrified. I stayed on track and today I'm able to eat semi normal so I think I'm going to live. Cheers to day 4! Betsie
  7. Betsie_n

    Starting Oct 1

    I feel ya! I'm tired today, but I think it's more due to not sleeping well last night and the rainy day weather we're having today....though I'm not sure why I didn't sleep well - food or other? I usually don't have issues with sleep, so who knows. Yes, drink ALL THE WATER, especially for the next few days. I'm trying to do the same! I also think upping fat content the first few days helps get things leveled off - eat those avocados! I'm otherwise on track. Trying to get out of snacking mode. I did have a few slices of dried apples and a peach for dessert last night, but I try to give myself some grace the first few days. What I'm not looking forward to is having oral surgery tomorrow. I guess the upside is that I won't feel like eating, but what to eat is harder. I've got some chicken soup in the freezer and I'm going to make a batch of hard boiled eggs and I've got quite a bit of fruit - and of course, avocados. Hopefully those will sustain me. While smoothies are technically ok during W30, I may need to have a couple to survive depending on how things go. Hope everyone is going strong so far! Betsie
  8. Betsie_n

    Starting Oct 1

    My daily breakfast: veggie and egg scramble with zucchini, onions, sweet peppers, tomatoes, spinach, bacon and egg, topped with my homemade sauerkraut. I also have coffee with coconut milk and pumpkin pie spice. Betsie
  9. Betsie_n

    Starting Oct 1

    Hi everyone! I'm doing my annual W30 during October, as well. I've done annual full rounds, along with random mini-rounds since I started my Paleo journey back in 2013 and found it helps me refocus on my health goals. I try to live a mostly Paleo lifestyle, but I'm always looking for ways to improve my health and nutrition. After my first year, I had lost 60 lbs and gotten so much healthier (fixed allergies, high blood pressure, etc.). In the past year or so, some weight has crept back on and I've struggled to figure out the cause. I'm almost 50 so it may be peri-menopause or something else. I am thinking I may go to the AIP version for the last two weeks of this round to see if I have any epiphanies after eliminating a few more things. I've always found these forum groups to be soooo helpful during my rounds, so I'm excited to see a good group getting ready to start! I noticed there's two Oct. 1st groups, that a lot of us are following, so maybe we should choose just one and use it? See:
  10. Betsie_n

    First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    Hi everyone! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving (and survived the hurricane of food temptation and family drama that comes from such holidays)! We had a good one! We traveled to my daughter's home and had an easy meal with just 7 of us - though we almost ate raw turkey because the timing included with their smoked turkey was about 3 hours wrong I did pretty well staying away from the crap. I caved and did indulge in some nuts from the nut assortment bowl, but besides my dinner roll, I think I stayed on track on Thursday, except butter in potatoes and flour in gravy. My Paleo pumpkin pie hit my sweet spot for a treat! We ate out some, so I did my best but nothing horrendous was eaten. My daughter took me to a great local cafe Friday afternoon for lunch and their gluten free pasta is actually zoodles! I had a delicious seafood "pasta" plate and enjoyed some GF bread. I usually don't go for the GF breads because of other weird ingredients, but I thought it would be ok to splurge for the holiday weekend. SO. Good. My hubs and I ended up going back to there for breakfast on Saturday and he had his biscuits and gravy and I had a delightful egg veggie scramble with GF toast. YUM. The bad news was that our hotel room smelled a bit musty and then we came home with head colds. I wonder if there was a mold issue. I haven't had a full-blown cold in a year and a half, so I'm trying to stave this one off with all of my home remedies. I might be winning the war but still feel a bit icky. My Newark/NYC trip is in a week, so I must be well! Overall, I'm working at staying 98% compliant, especially during the week when I have total control over my food and environment. This time of the year, there's an event or two every weekend that will be challenging, but I plan to do my best to eat smart and and follow the FFF advice because I don't want to undo all the good I have done. In January I will go back to tackling the lingering gut issues 100%. Oh - a couple of good news points: First, my new mini Instant Pot arrived this week, so now I have both a 6qt and a 3qt, which I plan to use for my everyday veggies and side dishes. Love it! Second, I won a great Primal Kitchens giveaway on FB last week and got a whole box of their products for free! What a nice treat! I hope all is well with the rest of the group. I know that since we've all finished our official rounds, things will continue to be quieter and quieter here, but I have so appreciated knowing you all were out there during this leg of my health journey. I'll always be thankful to you! Cheers! Betsie
  11. Betsie_n

    First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    Hi to anyone who is still lurking around here! I am doing ok with my post-W45. Still haven't had any wine - so that's 50 days!! OMG! The opportunity to have a glass just didn't present itself this weekend and I didn't want to open a whole bottle, so I'm just waiting it out. I tend to want it mostly when we eat out or when we socialize so I'm sure it'll happen this week with the holiday. I've also avoided grains and dairy, which I typically stay away from anyway. I did have some sugar and some nuts - it's so hard to be nut-free. I had some of the Simple Mills almond flour crackers late last week because I'm so missing the crunch of a cracker or chip thing. I had a fairly small amount, and I also had some sugar in the form of a chocolate coconut butter spread that includes sugar. I'm not sure which ingredient (or the combo) but I found myself very constipated by Saturday, so I stopped eating the crackers. However, while shopping yesterday (what a mine field the grocery store is during the week of Thanksgiving!) I broke down and got a Theo coconut dark choc treat. I noticed I have been slower to fall asleep the last few nights so I'm wondering if it isn't the sugar I've allowed in causing that. I typically go fall asleep pretty quick so it's been weird to lay there for awhile and I don't think I've been sleeping as deeply. Gotta back off that sugar! Otherwise, I'm preparing for the holiday this week. My daughter is hosting and I'm bringing a few things. I was worried about what I could snack on while we cook that isn't nuts or cheese related, so I'm making deviled eggs and taking shrimp cocktail and an olive/veggie tray so I won't get too hungry waiting for the big show. I am making a paleo pumpkin pie that will have some almond flour in the crust, but uses honey instead of sugar, so I think it's as clean as I can get and ya gotta have pumpkin pie! I will also make the traditional bread rolls and I plan to have one, but no more than one! @mdraeger - the Rob Wolf book sounds interesting. I've read a lot of his stuff online, but am not familiar with this book. I'll be interested in how it goes if you decide to try it out. I haven't taken time to try out the pulse test thing yet - probably will focus on that after the holiday. Hope everyone is well out there and are ready for a great holiday! Betsie
  12. Betsie_n

    First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    Here I am, finally finished! I did my scale and measurement session...and..not much changed, but I felt that already, so I'm not getting too wound up about it. I'll keep working on things and hopefully figure out why my body is holding onto these pounds so tightly. I decided I should reintro chocolate first, lol. I know, not the way it's supposed to go, but I don't have a lot I want to add back in so I decided this is what I wanted first. I was going to wait until dessert tonight, but given what @mdraeger said about the sugar rush from ice cream potentially messing with sleep, I figured I should have it earlier, so it was dessert after a big salad for lunch. I had some of the HuKitchen bar that has been hidden in my pantry for weeks. I ate it slowly and enjoyed every bit. Then I sealed up with my vacuum sealer so I wouldn't get back into it too easily. I don't think I need to have it again soon. Otherwise, I'm going to remain compliant, except with the loosening up on the condiments and such that are so hard to manage with the sugar thing. Normal ketchup with my burger patty tonight will be nice I'm planning on wine on the weekend - and I can't wait! @mdraeger - how exciting that the dairy is going well so far. It seems so many people have issues with it, so if you're not one of those people, you're one of the lucky few! SO sorry to hear that you have a man cold at your house. Much worse than having your own cold, I know! More chicken soup, STAT! Cheers! Betsie
  13. Betsie_n

    First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    @mdraeger - thanks for the great tips! We're actually going to be in Summit, NJ (near Jersey City) for meetings, then my co-worker and I are going to NYC for a couple of days to see the sites, so we'll be in two different hotels. I have done well in other cities when I've wondered around and found little markets with stuff I can eat for snacks, so hopefully that will be true in this case, but I think my time will be less my own this round so I'm hoping to pack what I can for those critical times I'm hungry without options. I buy from Thrive Market, so I'll check their nut-free options and get stuff ordered (no WF or Traders in my neck of the woods). I've had the HuKitchen chocolate bars and they're delish, so I'm sure that their restaurant will be amazing! I need to check locations. I have no clue where our hotel is in relation to other things yet. @kirbz - thank you, too, for great ideas! Someone else mentioned olive packs and I think that's a great idea if I can find some (I'm in very rural America, so no REI here, but Amazon or Thrive should work). Coconut butter squeeze packs! OMG! I didn't know that was a thing! I've had the nut butter ones, but didn't know about coconut butter and since I've become addicted to it during this round, I must find some of those! Great tips - thank you! So - DAY 45 FINALLY! I'm both relieved and scared to be at my finish line. I haven't decided what to reintro first. I'd like some wine, but I hate to open a bottle that I probably won't finish because I just need a small glass, so I'll probably wait until the weekend and have one if we go out. I don't think I'll bother with reintroducing gluten grains or dairy since I'm clear on my issues there, and I think I want to continue to avoid corn stuff because of my tendency to eat too many corn chips. So...maybe I'll just have a little chocolate tomorrow and see how that goes. The other reintro I'm thinking about is legumes. I've generally avoided them as part of my Paleo lifestyle, but never determined if they actually cause issues for me. It would be nice to have beans occasionally and hummus would be lovely - especially since I'm off the nut butter and it would be nice to dip stuff into it. I have a call with my nutritional therapist this weekend, so I'm sure she'll give me some guidance on how to approach reintro. THANK YOU ALL for sticking around during your post-W30 phase! I don't think I would have survived my +15 without you all. Cheers! Betsie
  14. Betsie_n

    First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    I forgot! I happened across this blog post that explains the pulse test that my nutritional therapist recommended to do for myself. I haven't taken the time to do any test yet, but want to check some key things as I also attempt reintros, like nuts, corn and legumes. https://empoweredsustenance.com/food-sensitivities-test/ Betsie
  15. Betsie_n

    First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    @halfpint_aggie - I'd LOVE to be able to winter garden! Eventually, we'll have a greenhouse to assist with this and I can't wait. I keep trying to figure out how I can retire early and spend my days in the dirt. I'm so amazed at your fortitude in hosting a baby shower right after that really LOOOOONG camping trip! It exhausts me to even think about it - if you're eating lettuce wrap sandwiches, I'd call that a win after your busy week! @TerriN - so sorry about the dairy revelation. I had a similar moment a few years ago when I finally connected the dots between dairy and congestion for me. Honestly, though - I really don't think about dairy much anymore. It's been easier to let go of than the grains and sugar, for sure. I've typically included corn in my non-W30 life, but I think I need to really do a good reintro test on it to see if it truly works for me. I have a feeling it's been a digestive issue that I've ignored in the past because I needed tortilla chips. I hope you can have them if I cannot! @mdraeger - I do hope that your cold is on the way out. Thanksgiving is definitely on my mind, too. My daughter is hosting a small group, so I think I can keep things under control as she's generally Paleo also. I'd like some wine and I'd like to have just one of my mom's holiday rolls that I will make as our traditional family bread. Otherwise, I can skip stuffing but help make the gravy and potatoes compliant. I have made a Paleo pumpkin pie that was as good as the real thing, so I'm looking forward to that. We'll be spending a couple of nights away from home, so I'll do my best otherwise to stay compliant. Being nut free while traveling is sounding daunting, however. Not so much for Thanksgiving, but I have to go to NYC in two weeks. I always take LaraBars or bags of nuts for emergencies, like flight delays, etc. Flights are long (I depart at 6am and don't land until 2:30pm) and then there's taxi rides and other delays, and so I have to rethink this now. Any ideas of easily portable nut-free snacks? I think the whole trip is definitely going to be a challenge - boxed meals at meetings, client dinners at non-compliant restaurants, etc. can be harder to navigate than when I travel for leisure. My co-worker friend and I decided to stay in town an extra two days to explore NYC at Christmas, and we're both foodies so I'm excited but worried about how I'll end up feeling. I always try to stay as clean as I can, but you still end up with mystery oils, sugar and gluten even when you're making the best choices and after 45 days of total clean eating, I'm worried about how my body will react. Anyway, day 44 here!!! Ready to get through that 45th day and start on the next chapter! Betsie