Megsymoo

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  1. Megsymoo

    Start Date August 1, 2016

    Hi - I'm in! I completed my first Whole30 in March 2014 and it was amazing! Looking forward to getting back on track. One word of advice - Preparation is key!
  2. Megsymoo

    Anyone planning to jump in on January 1st? Join me!!

    Hi Everyone - I started my first whole30 in August.... Im ready for a second round (hopefully a whole90!) now and have created a facebook page as well as a group to spread the word and support my local fellow whole30ers. I know that there is an official Whole30 starting on Jan 1 and Im wondering if there is a particular section to join for this? What does an 'official' whole30 involve?
  3. Megsymoo

    Starting August 11

    Hi everyone. Day 30 tomorrow for me but I am going to continue... I had a few days of good energy but have been utterly exhausted for the last week... My arms ache when I lift them, my feet ache when I stand ... I feel very unhappy and frustrated... I will weigh myself on Thursday morning and take my measurements... Two good things from the last 30 days... My blood pressure is still 121/82.... 30 says ago it was consistently140/85-90.... I want to get the bottom number down to 70.... My stomach and digestion is good... I only bloat from too many raw greens or nuts now... I'm still not 'vacating' very often but when I do it's in the perfect 'normal' range... (Google it) The exhaustion is overwhelming and really impacting... Working full time and spending an average of 2-2.5 hours in the kitchen a day plus daily walks is a lot to fit in so I've only been getting 6-8 hours sleep a night and I know I need 9... Plus I know I also need to drink much more water. Could be contributing to my fatigue. Seeing my naturopath on Thursday... Day 31 so I'll see what she says. Thinking I might reintroduce just natural yoghurt and my protein whey drinks again but stay compliant with the rest... Will see Looking forward to hearing about your re introductions and results
  4. Megsymoo

    Starting August 11

    Hello I wanted to post my meals today to see what you think? Maybe this is why I'm not loosing weight? Breakfast. Stir fried spinach, zucchini, cabbage with coconut oil, coconut aminos, salt, pepper, mixed herbs, 2 poached eggs, half avocado, coffee with coconut milk. Lunch. Left over stir fried veges from breakfast, 2 bora bora pork fireball rissoles from the 'well fed' Cook book, half avocado Dinner. Salad with carrot, olives, kale, lettuce, tomato, spinach, walnuts.. Dressed with balsamic. 2 lamb chops Tonight I had dessert but this is not usual... I've only had dessert on two other nights... Dessert.... Stewed (with rose water) apple, raspberry, pear with cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg. Topped with slithered almonds, dried coconut and coconut cream. (Yum!) Occasionally I will have a snack during the day... Usually nuts or a drink with coconut cream. I eat more veges than salad and hardly ever eat fruit. Struggling to drink more than a litre of water a day with work... What do you think??? If anything I'm feeling bloated again the last couple of days. All my meat is organic or at least grass fed. I haven't been eating fish... Thinking I should... Not a big fan though.
  5. Megsymoo

    Starting August 11

    Guess what! 2 months ago I had an ABM 24 hour blood pressure monitor on and my blood pressure was sitting between 150-170/90-100 all day!!!!! My doc told me I must change my Bp pills to a combo (currently on the highest dosage) as the ones I'm on weren't working... Got my Bp done today at the chemist and it was 121/84!!! Wow! It hasn't been that low for years! I'm so excited!!! Just 22 days in! Ps I didn't change my Bp pills I thought I would try this first My doc also said I must loose weight too.... Still waiting for my clothes to be looser...
  6. Megsymoo

    Starting August 11

    I've just added you all as friends so we can keep in touch and support each other after this.... If I haven't added you can you please go to. Y profile and add me? Thanks!
  7. Megsymoo

    Starting August 11

    Yes I meant to comment on this too.... Your friend is totally projecting his own stuff on you... So don't take it personally. Just know that you are doing what is right for you... And if he continues... Just leave it alone for a while.... He will see the light eventually
  8. Megsymoo

    Starting August 11

    Hi everyone! I have been super busy this week getting back into full time work and managing my diet whilst going to the gym too talk about needing to be super organised! I take my hat off to the mum of 8 on here who also works I a daycare centre.... Working with children can be exhausting.... Then to go home to 8 of your own!! You're amazing! Super mum! Well the depression has well and truly passed and I am feeling great emotionally! Just about over this nasty virus so my energy is returning. I stayed at work until 6pm on Friday just because I felt like it... Then I went to the gym when I got home! That's a far cry from a month ago whe. I would have returned home on a Friday night after a 50 hour week and fallen on the couch in exhaustion with a glass of wine or three and take away!! This diet may well get me a social life too with all the extra energy I will have! Still over cooking and cleaning.... But starting to experiment more.... I bought well fed and made the bora bora fire balls.... They weren't amazing but they lasted me a couple of days before I got sick of them! I've had a few enquiries about the food I'm eating at work.... Wow.... People seem almost threatened! I guess I would feel like that in their shoes... I was stuck in the gonna wanna shoulda frame of mind for 15 years! So I think I should just shut up because when someone asks me I get really excited about telling them how this is changing my life.... Lol. I think I already said after ten months with a messed up belly it's gone back to normal I don't feel that I've lost any weight.... And I feel frustrated... My clothes are only slightly looser.... Not much... This is disappointing but maybe I'm eating too much fat or my portions are too big? I think I should start posting my meals for you guys to look at. Plus I'm not drinking nearly enough water... I used to drink 1.5-2 litres a day easily until I started teaching, which is when I put on all the weight too.... Seriously 25kg in 9 months.... I went from being a size 12 to being tight in a size 16! I waver so,ethereal between 14-16 to this day -usually a 16. I am so flat out and busy during the day that I literally forget to drink! Sometimes I'm lucky if I get ten minutes to eat lunch.... Eating breaks are not valued in Australia unfortunately.... Unlike the uk where I always had an hour lunch break when I was teaching! It was great! Healthy! Anyway.... I. Soooo glad the depression and anxiety has lifted.... I live with my very depressed and often suicidal father at the moment so that adds stress too.... I'm so pleased I've been able to rise above this and get on with the job of looking after myself. I plan to move out in the next few months so I can be around positive people.... This plan would really help him but he's very stuck and will not give it a go... Perhaps one day Have a great day 20/21! Ten days to go! Although I will be continuing this for at least three months I think... Is anyone else going to stretch this out to a while 90 or beyond? I would like to make it to 116 days.... Is that the number in the book it starts with food that the hartwigs say research shows it takes to form a habit ? Does anyone else on here have autoimmune diseases and is thinking of having a crack at the autoimmune protocol??
  9. Megsymoo

    Starting August 11

    After reading this I had a dream that I went to someone's house and ate non compliant food unknowingly.... I was soooo pissed off and angry! After all the effort! But thank god it was a dream!!!!!! Lol I've had a few slight cravings finally..... There was the smell of fresh bread wafting all the way down the road as I drive home from work on Friday night and I was imagining fresh warm bread slathered in butter! Mmnm!! Then I had a dream last night that I had a cigarette... And I woke up craving a cigarette... It's still on my mind now!!! Usually she I have quit smoking I the past I've lasted for three weeks absolutely no problems... No cravings or anything.... So it's been 21 days without a cigarette today!! How weird that my cravings always kick in after three weeks!!! So I will stay away from any smokers todY!!! I'm just glad I. Starting to dream again... Regular marijuana use stops the dreams state.... Glad I'm getting it all out of my system
  10. Megsymoo

    Starting August 11

    I finally had a food dream last night too. There was cake and I knew I couldn't have it - and that was that.... does this mean my conviction is holding out in my dreams too? Seriously - I am a 'gonna' person - gonna do this and that and I never do.... ot I start something and then dont finish it.... so for me to get through nearly two weeks with no alcohol, sugar etc is really incredible! Im not worried about waivering.... exciting stuff Ive also been having just one or two max coffees a day... I am very sensitive to it and wonder if I should quit altogether (though its my one indulgence that i enjoy) I also started 'pulling' this morning with coconut oil.... if you are on facebook check out mindbodygreen - i LOVE their posts and find out so much information about natural health and wellbeing on it - there is also a website... My depression and anxiety are lifting - yay! Just in time for the start of a new job tomorrow! Im still sick but will be well enough to work... been coughing up monsters - perhaps its my lungs getting all the crap out from years of tobacco and marijuana smoking Tomorrow is day 14 - the half way mark! Enjoy your Sunday
  11. Megsymoo

    Starting August 11

    Thanks! Yes I downloaded the 'It starts with food" on my ipad mini - but I find it difficult and annoying trying to read recipes from there and havent worked out a way to print... think Ill go grab the book this weekend so I can prep for the following work week. Thanks PS - but are there items in there that you have had difficulty obtaining in Australia?
  12. Hi - Day 12 and still no different except for an increase in depression and anxiety 10 fold! I will power on...
  13. Megsymoo

    Starting August 11

    Hi Everyone... day 12 - I'm quite unwell with a virus... its hanging on and I have felt utterly exhausted for three days now... I start full time work in a demanding job on Monday so I really hope I'm better by then. Still feeling very depressed and incredibly anxious ALL THE TIME.....seriously - ALL THE TIME - its horrible! Exercise and relaxing activities don't seem to relieve it. Ive just started taking my vitamins again so hopefully that will help. I'm really very anxious and easily angered?? I can't see my naturopath until the 11th September so really hoping it passes. Good news is my stomach is finally starting to settle down after months of severe bloating... planning on making some sauerkraut this weekend so i can have some more good bacteria in my gut. Hey Aussie people - did you see the last two Catalyst shows on the ABC? My all time favourite factual show - it was all about gut health and how it impacts our immunity and mental health - they talked about the same stuff as the book "It starts with food'. I was watching it with my father saying 'See! that's why I'm doing the whole 30!" By the way - I already know that this is going to be at least a whole60 or 90 for me.... the only things I'm finding difficult are the massive amounts of money I'm spending on food, the time it's to prepare food and the emotional mess Ive been since I started.... a few odd cravings but nothing full on... I'm also finding recipe hunting too overwhelming at the moment.... I guess I want it all there, laid out for me....when I find a recipe I want to make it often comes with the problem of finding ingredients I dont have and cant find or making extra ingredients which takes even more time... so I haven't made a single recipe...Ive just been throwing stuff together that's compliant.... its getting pretty boring though... I find the internet overwhelming so am thinking of going and buying Well Fed.... but not sure if I should buy that of an autoimmune protocol book?? I have Hashimotos thyroiditis (Plus leaky gut, PCOS, endometriosis and very high blood pressure) and I have done extensive research on this... this is the first time Ive been able to stick to a regimented healthy eating plan since I was 20 - 17 years ago! So I'm proud of that and think that as people have mentioned... perhaps I'm going through a major detox and that explains my emotional mess. I suspect that I will be at least gluten and dairy free for life after this - perhaps even grain free.... although I hope to be able to reintroduce quinoa which really made me feel good. I have managed to avoid meds so far (except BP pills) and now my Thyroid antibodies are down to 200!! (From 1800 eight years ago) I am going to get tested again in three months after this cleanse and see if my antibodies have dramatically reduced - I hope so! So, whilst I feel like crap... I am trying to stay positive and see the light.... like they said..... there are things that are much harder to do than this.... I guess we all just need to remember a tough time we got through like giving birth, or having a near death experience... every time I feel exasperated I remember that I'm lucky to be alive and to appreciate every moment I have. Remember your blessings Have a wonderful weekend everyone. I really enjoy reading your posts. Keep up the fabulous effort!
  14. Megsymoo

    Starting August 11

    These posts
  15. Megsymoo

    Starting August 11

    It gives you a weird feeling, kind of scratchy burning, in the back of your throat... See the links on my posts where I mention coconut