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    Angelina reacted to Sleeve in Too Many Eggs? Eggs Every Day?   
    Your liver is able to make 1,000 milligrams of cholesterol if your cells signal that they need it.  It's a lazy bum, though, because if you eat cholesterol, it'll thank you and make less.
     
    That's not to say that your constant cholesterol demand is 1,000 mg a day, that means that if the body decides it's time to remodel a whole bunch of cell walls, the liver's going to circulate a memo to all that LDL floating around in your blood to come home and get dense.
     
    Epithelial cholesterol is also one of your best sources of vitamin D when exposed to UV-B.
     
    When you consider the RDA, remember that there is no RDA, AI, or TUL for sugar.  The RDA are heavily influenced by lobby over actual health.  The hidden agenda claim is that we simply don't have enough land and other resources to raise enough to feed everyone primal, so there's lots of big scary saturated fat and big scary cholesterol propaganda and shiny happy grains, shiny happy dough nonsense.  Dough can be produced at high land use density with an estimated 20:1 ratio to flesh.  Dough is also cheap, easy, and fast to make.  It's a faster cash circle, and an economic influence.  Every organization beginning with the words Federal or United States cares about the cash circle more than it cares about needing to bury fast food addicts.
     
    Add to that the far larger number of vegans than paleos and the idiots who think we take the paleolithic era as something to precisely mimic, and we're the rebels.  No medical association is going to stake their reputation on us until the preponderance of evidence forces them to do so.  Fortunately, more studies are looking at nutrition from the debunk the myth perspective that reinforces what we've learned from the Hartwigs, those before them, and those publishing now.
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    Angelina reacted to SymJax in A few questions about autoimmunity.   
    I have an autoimmune disease (Behcet's) and I have done the AIP. What I have found is that after I cleaned my body out of all the toxins, I added the foods back that I was restricting and monitored by body's reaction for 72 hours to see if I had a reaction or flare. Eggs don't give me any issues. However, nuts do. It is really a person to person reaction. There is no research showing that eggs cause inflammation in everyone (unlike sugar). I would say, listen to your body and what it has to say. But give your body a good 72 hours to react to a food as it can be a delayed reaction.
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    Angelina reacted to Vian in A few questions about autoimmunity.   
    I did AIP for 3 months, then started reintroductions. I have mild psoriasis. I didn't see any improvement on AIP, and in fact it continued to get worse. I started taking LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone) and started seeing improvement right away. I started reintroducing things (eggs first, then black pepper, then coffee, then grass-fed dairy, then chocolate, then started working on seeds and nuts) and eggs were fine, pepper was fine, everything seemed mostly fine, but after a while I noticed my psoriasis was no longer improving. It wasn't getting worse either, just kind of holding steady. Then I derailed a little and for about 2 weeks binged on sugar and AIP baked goods. I had a huge psoriasis flair. I went back to strict AIP (kept eggs and pepper though) and it's starting to calm down again. 
     
    On the bright side, if you just have a mild, delayed reaction to something, there's a good chance you can heal your sensitivity if you avoid the offending food until the immune cells that "remember" that kind of thing die off. It usually takes about 6 months.
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    Angelina reacted to DonnaR in Starting on 1st September   
    Well how did everyone do ?   
     
    I am down another 5 lbs...... feeling better. So in total I am down 15 lbs back to my fighting weight as they say.
    When menopause hit the weight went up and no matter what I tried I could not get it down.
    And I felt awful.
    I had never thought that this would work. I have never been on a 'diet', never had to but I did it and have learnt a great deal about eating and what food does to our bodies.
    So the whole 30 has helped me shed those lbs that I gained during menopause (10 in May and 5 now).
    And has made me feel better!
    I will probably do 80-20 or at least try to keep doing that.
    I will enjoy a glass of wine now and then, and a sweet snack but I will mostly try to stay 80% whole 30.
    I enjoy eating this way because I am eating.....
     
    I think I will attempt another Whole 30 mid Oct to Nov ... just before Christmas.
     
    Hoping that everyone else has had uplifting results..... and it can be as simple as feeling better!  
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    Angelina reacted to Footy-Chic in Starting on 1st September   
    Day 30!!!
     
    I will say I won't be flashing the "I did Whole 30" badge around. I wasn't 100% Whole 30 this round (I was last time). I ended up having a slice of homemade zucchini bread last night (I'm eyeing time of the month hormones). Funny thing though is even with the cheats, I feel better coming out of this round of W30 than the time before. This time I plan on staying Whole 30 for breakfasts, lunches, and snacks and not being rigid with family dinners. I like the Tiger's Blood feeling I have and I really don't want it to go away. Except for oats (I love my steel cut oats in the morning), I really don't plan to bring back dairy, grains, or many beans into my diet on a regular basis. I was OK without them. 
     
    So did I complete Whole 30 this round? Nope. But I feel better coming out of this round than I did my first Whole 30 when I was 100% on track. 
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    Angelina reacted to Kate C Mayone in Starting on 1st September   
    Hi Everyone!
     
    Day 30 is here!  I hope everyone is doing well.  I just posted a thread about my 'Whole 60' because I was wondering who else is extending the challenge.  I definitely need more time to sort things out.  I have to admit there is something relieving about not having to figure out 'life after W30' yet.  I'm not frightened by it but I do feel like I'm in the groove as demos88 mentioned.  I finally simplified the meal planning process for myself this week.  I definitely need to take that further if I want to stay on track.
     
    Angelina, that stinks your husband had trouble with the food while eating out.  I've noticed that going to parties isn't hard for me because I just eat beforehand or bring a compliant dish.  But restaurant eating isn't worth it for me.  My husband was dying for a SAD breakfast this weekend so we went to a local pancake house.  I ordered a veggie omelet and a fresh fruit salad.  My husband ate the world and went into a terrible food coma for the rest of the day...not surprising.  I didn't feel sick but my stomach could tell the difference between their omelet and mine.  I have to say it was refreshing (and rewarding) to be on the other end of watching what overeating/certain foods can really do to you.  Not being that person felt really really nice.  I still had energy and did work around the house while he laid on the couch gripping his stomach.  
     
    Thanks ladies for the advice regarding baking.  Most of what I do is almost always for others...birthday cakes or desserts for a party.  I don't often bake unless I have somewhere to bring it, lol.  But generally I am decorating cakes which turns into an outlet for a frosting binge.  I did make some blondie bars this weekend for a party and it wasn't too bad.  I made some homemade caramel and the smell of it was all too attractive.  I had to pretend it was a lab experiment or something non-food related if that makes any sense.  It's hard for me to work with any food and not taste it.  I had to remind myself what all that sugar would do to me.  The dessert made it to the party and by then I didn't want anything to do with it.  I was more interested in the delicious roast beef that was being sliced up.  I think moving forward I need to play around with more paleo-friendly desserts.  It definitely makes me rethink my passion for baking especially what I feed to my family and friends.  I always put more focus on what I eat but it's sad when you're giving all that sugar and trans fats to loved-ones.  
     
    I have to say the one thing I never miss is cheese!  Yet it's one of the first things other people will blurt out (after bread of course) to me when I explain the challenge...you can't have cheese??  I don't usually cook with it aside from some parmesan regiono on top of dish.  For me, cheese is not the love loss.  
     
    It sounds like everyone is working out the kinks but doing well!  Good luck to you all whether you're staying on for more time or reintroducing foods this week.  It's such a learning experience!   
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    Angelina got a reaction from nowiswhen in Starting on 1st September   
    Hi everyone,
     
    Great to read your stories, sounds like everyone is seeing out these last few days with enthusiasm and a little trepidation!
     
    We're going well, and are thinking of extending it to a Whole45, just to give our bodies that extra bit of healing. 
     
    Nowiswhen, that it so so great that your pain disappeared for a while, and I hope it is continuing for you. Last Friday my middle finger started swelling again, and Saturday morning it was really sensitive, but by Saturday night it was fine again! I haven't had the flu-like aches'n'pains in my joints since the first week, which is amazing. I still have all my lower-back, sacroiliac joint stuff going on, but I feel that now I am able to isolate the sistemic inflammation/auto immunity situation from the postural/structural issues, when before it was impossible to separate them because it was all happeing together and everything was confused. 
     
    We went to Gino's for dinner last Friday. The food we ordered was Whole30 compliant - mixed salad, grilled galletto (male chook) and pork ribs - but that night Fiorenzo got up to take the acid reflux pill. He was so disappointed because he hadn't had the need since Day 12. But that passed and he's stopped with them again. We don't know what triggered it. Maybe just because Gino adds more salt than we ever would at home, who knows?
     
    Kate, I can so relate to you with regards to the baking. It's the only thing I really miss, and the program has woken me up to how much I love a sweet treat every now and again. I think Nowiswhen's advice about baking for others is brilliant! It's so much about being able to indulge every now and again, but to not let the Sugar Dragon get control again. And to also to experiment with different, Paleo-compliant ingredients when we are off-roading. I found a Stevia plant at the plant nursery the other day! I bought it and planted it and will harvest and dry the leaves before the first frost, and I'm really curious to see if I can use it instead of Stevia drops or powder. I bought Elana Amsterdams 'Paleo Cooking from Elana's Pantry' just before starting the Whole30 - she has such wonderful ideas using almond flour, and coconut milk, and cocnut flour - and this is how I plan to explore adding, just every now and again, a little baked something into our lives.
     
    Fiorenzo doesn't miss sweet at all - he's known since he was a kid that it gave him acid. But every now and again he misses a good, cold beer when he gets home from work. What neither of us have missed, and we thought we would, is dairy - cheese in particular. We realised yesterday that we hadn't even given it a thought since we started the Whole30!
     
    Best wishes, everyone! Hang in there!
    A
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    Angelina got a reaction from prairieportia in First 'Splurge' Meal After Whole30   
    I like to put things in the context of 'back-in-the-old-days' - as in, there was a time when 'refined' foods, such as refined flour and refined sugar - were only used for 'refined' occasions. Such as a for a wedding, or a christening, or a birthday. Now, people are eating like every day is special occasion. There's nothing wrong with simple.
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    Angelina got a reaction from Deb. in Missing dessert? Eat this!   
    We shared a frozed banana after dinner one night. It was the first time we'd ever eaten a frozen banana. it was so good we knew immediately it was SWYPO! So we haven't even thought about it again... but know the option is there for us when our Whole30 is over and we are off-roading, but staying on-track. 
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    Angelina got a reaction from Deb. in Missing dessert? Eat this!   
    We shared a frozed banana after dinner one night. It was the first time we'd ever eaten a frozen banana. it was so good we knew immediately it was SWYPO! So we haven't even thought about it again... but know the option is there for us when our Whole30 is over and we are off-roading, but staying on-track. 
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    Angelina reacted to ladydeevious in Missing dessert? Eat this!   
    Been on this 2 weeks and feel so free from cravings. Especially at work with all the cakes and chocolate and sweets. I look at it and crave my avocado and cashews!
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    Angelina reacted to Tom Denham in Missing dessert? Eat this!   
    This is the exact wrong thing to do when you experience sugar or dessert cravings! Cravings must be starved to death, not nourished with compliant foods. 
     
    Being hungry is one component of many cravings. When you are having cravings, eat protein and fat. The craving is starved, but you are nourished and made full so the cravings are undermined in two ways. 
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    Angelina reacted to channon18 in Missing dessert? Eat this!   
    Sadly this sounds a bit like SWYPO...but it sounds perfect for post-whole30!
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    Angelina reacted to demos88 in Starting on 1st September   
    Hang in there this weekend...  almost there.
     
    I am really in a groove, and feel slimmed down to my target, but I want to keep going.  Last time I finished the whole Whole thing, I ate birthday cake on my daughter's 11 birthday, and it kinda tasted unappetizing-- but its cake, so I ate a lot.  Hopefully this time I can keep on resisting the too sweet, cloying foods. 
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    Angelina reacted to nowiswhen in Starting on 1st September   
    Kate, would you get any satisfaction out of baking gifts for others?  It might be a way to enjoy the creative challenge side of baking along with those heavenly scents without destroying your hard work on the Whole30.  If you bake for occasions at work, in the family, social events, etc. you could still have a sliver and leave the rest at the office or party.  I know I can't bake unless it has someone else's name on it and it's leaving my sight.
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    Angelina reacted to Kate C Mayone in Starting on 1st September   
    Hi Everyone,
     
    It's the last Friday for most of us which might be exciting for some and maybe scary for others.  I'm feeling pretty good at day 26 but I made a promise to myself earlier this week that I'd extend this 'challenge' into 45 or 60 days.  I should just say 60 because that's what it needs to be...I was trying to ease my mind into it at first, lol.  
     
    My stomach could definitely use more time to sort things out.  I'm still working on the emotional aspects of food as well.  I'm enjoying the food I eat and haven't had many cravings.  But I also love to bake and still can't read a blog/recipe without drooling.  I know that's a clear sign so I'm just avoiding the idea of baking all together at this point.  Last night, I had a fig and pork ragout and it was actually too sweet for my taste buds.  My body seems to know what's best but my brain is still trying to catch up.  
     
    I know I will always need to work on my sugar addiction but I don't want to fall on and off a wagon so to speak.  I really want to achieve some balance in life where I can make the majority of my food decisions to be healthy ones.  And when I do want to indulge in something 'not healthy' I can do it and then return from it; not fall victim to it.  I think the key for me is to stay connected and supported.  I realized that this time around that the forum is a huge help to me.  Thank you!
     
    Good luck to everyone on the rest of their journey.  I know it doesn't end after Tuesday.  Hopefully it's been a learning experience in more ways than one.  
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    Angelina reacted to nowiswhen in Starting on 1st September   
    Great going everyone!  I'm happy to report a complete LACK OF JOINT PAIN FOR THE PAST 3 DAYS!!!  I have not felt like this for over 15 years.  My mood, energy level, posture, activity level is vastly improved and I see a much happier future for myself!  Funny but it took me a day or two to "notice" the pain was gone.  Celebrex only took the edge off my joint pain, it never made me relatively pain free. My activities were still restricted and pain has been an everyday factor in my life.  
     
    I hope eventually I can get off Celebrex but I'll look to my doctor for help with that.  I am also going to extend another 60 or more before I even approach my doctor.  I want to get to the maximum recovery and healing before I add back much.  The only thing I'd really like to add back is some kind of sweetener for my cup of tea.  I'll keep the coconut milk but I hardly ever drink tea now because I really don't like it without sweetener.  I'm going to post the sweetener question separately.  But if anyone knows what the least offensive sweetener is in Whole30 terms, please speak up!
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    Angelina got a reaction from ladyshanny in Day 12 and I WANT TO QUIT!   
    Hi,
    This is Day 12 for me too, and I can't say I'm over the moon, but I'm trying to be patient. I've also had what I thought was a healthy diet before - but with lots of grains and soy. I'm assuming that my body is doing lots of internal and 'silent' healing work. Whatever has got it so confused as to be causing auto-immune inflammation (and, yes, debilitating exhaustion) for the last two years is not going to be sorted out in just 12 days. So I'm treating this as more than just a 30 day re-set, but as a way of learning and assimilating a new way of eating and being. The ego/mind resists anything new, and this is challenging on lots of different levels. 
    When you are having trouble going to sleep, concentrate on your breath. Lie flat on your back and let your feet fall open. Relax your tummy, and observe the rise and fall of your belly as you inhale and exhale. Don't control the breath at all, just let it be natural. Then, start counting it backwards. Start at, say, 21. 'Inhale 21, Exhale 21, Inhale 20, Exhale 20, Inhale 19...' etc. Really concentrate on this. If you get to zero, start again. If you make a mistake, start again. If you drift off into your thoughts, come back and start again. You'll drop off to sleep in no time.
    Buona notte,
    A
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    Angelina got a reaction from newkime1 in Starting on 1st September   
    Good luck Nowiswhen! Be strong, you can do it! Just try and get your meals back on schedule, if not for hunger itself, then for the hormonal cycle. Maybe when you get those cravings try drinking a big cup of herbal tea to take your mind off it. And try sitting comfortably and just concentrating on your breathing: the length of the inhale, the length of the exhale, the sound, the quality. And then slowly start to increase the length of the exhale..... This does wonders to reduce stress, which will also affect the cortisol levels...
    Have compassion for yourself, but be strong and disciplined at the same time.
    You can do it!
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    Angelina got a reaction from Kate C Mayone in Starting on 1st September   
    Don't be demoralised, Footy-Chic - the program is sooo challenging, on so many different levels. Yesterday after dinner my old mucous congestion was back. Why? I thought, what have I eaten wrong? I'd added some pickle cucumbers which I'd bought to make Tartare Sauce, and when I double-checked the label I saw that there was 'anidride solforoso come residuo' that is, sulfur dioxide as a residue. I'm in the middle of another inflammation wave, and I've had confusion over the 'natural vinegar sulfites ok but added sulfites not ok, sodium phosphates etc etc... maybe I was just too exhausted to translate the label correctly, certainly I didn't have the energy to look the damn thing up on Google or the forum. Hence the congestion. But worse... Beating myself up over whether I'd blown the whole program on day 19 by mistakenly consuming an off-limits food. After the first week I stopped buying what I thought was an innocent dried meat, because I asked the ingredients, and yes... conservatives with numbers. For that, we thought we'd just go for an extra week. 
     
    I think the 'rules' are really important. One needs structure, and yes, as Melissa and Dallas say, it eleviates the stress of having to decide. But I realised at a certain point last night as I was tossing and turning in bed that I was entering into a 'punishment' mentality with regards to a very simple and innocent mistake. In the early hours I had another cake-eating-guilt-inducing dream! But I don't want to feel like I've 'failed' my Whole30 because of accidently eating non-conforming pickle, nor that I have to start again from scratch.
     
    What we do know is that it won't be over for us on the 30th of September. We'll keep going, because despite this new round of inflammation, we are noticing so many positive changes, and we are regarding this as an education. And as with learning anything new, one is bound to make mistakes along the way. As Fiorezno says, 'If you do, you make mistakes. If you don't do anything, you don't make mistakes.'
     
    What's significant is that you didn't want to even finish the bread. What's important is that I was able to pinpoint the cause of the mucuous. And I think what's important is the commitment to see it through to the end, and try not to buy too much into the punishment and reward mental scheme.
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    Angelina got a reaction from Kate C Mayone in Starting on 1st September   
    Don't be demoralised, Footy-Chic - the program is sooo challenging, on so many different levels. Yesterday after dinner my old mucous congestion was back. Why? I thought, what have I eaten wrong? I'd added some pickle cucumbers which I'd bought to make Tartare Sauce, and when I double-checked the label I saw that there was 'anidride solforoso come residuo' that is, sulfur dioxide as a residue. I'm in the middle of another inflammation wave, and I've had confusion over the 'natural vinegar sulfites ok but added sulfites not ok, sodium phosphates etc etc... maybe I was just too exhausted to translate the label correctly, certainly I didn't have the energy to look the damn thing up on Google or the forum. Hence the congestion. But worse... Beating myself up over whether I'd blown the whole program on day 19 by mistakenly consuming an off-limits food. After the first week I stopped buying what I thought was an innocent dried meat, because I asked the ingredients, and yes... conservatives with numbers. For that, we thought we'd just go for an extra week. 
     
    I think the 'rules' are really important. One needs structure, and yes, as Melissa and Dallas say, it eleviates the stress of having to decide. But I realised at a certain point last night as I was tossing and turning in bed that I was entering into a 'punishment' mentality with regards to a very simple and innocent mistake. In the early hours I had another cake-eating-guilt-inducing dream! But I don't want to feel like I've 'failed' my Whole30 because of accidently eating non-conforming pickle, nor that I have to start again from scratch.
     
    What we do know is that it won't be over for us on the 30th of September. We'll keep going, because despite this new round of inflammation, we are noticing so many positive changes, and we are regarding this as an education. And as with learning anything new, one is bound to make mistakes along the way. As Fiorezno says, 'If you do, you make mistakes. If you don't do anything, you don't make mistakes.'
     
    What's significant is that you didn't want to even finish the bread. What's important is that I was able to pinpoint the cause of the mucuous. And I think what's important is the commitment to see it through to the end, and try not to buy too much into the punishment and reward mental scheme.
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    Angelina reacted to Footy-Chic in Starting on 1st September   
    Yesterday I had a slice of bread with butter. Yup, made it to day 18 before I caved. I took two days off to work on the in-law's beach home remodel and at the end of day two, I was exhausted, hungry, and wanting something carby. I managed to stay on plan for 2 days on the road which I'm proud of but I cheated on a piece of sourdough bread and butter. The interesting thing was after about 6 bites, the bread wasn't worth it and I put the rest on the plate and didn't want any more. 
     
    I'll still continue the plan to day 30 but I know it wasn't a clean run. Just surprised that I was really wanting the bread but it didn't taste how I thought it would be. I also said "no thanks" to a ton of other goodies. Maybe my willpower was shot? I still think I learned a lot on this round of Whole 30 though.
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    Angelina reacted to newkime1 in Starting on 1st September   
    Good morning all,
     
    Facing day 18 and feeling strong.  I never thought I would want to continue after my whole 30 but as of now I'm in for a real life change.  Angelina, I totally understand the "medical industry".  I'm a cardiac sonographer and work for 15 cardiologists.  I'm lucky they are a wonderful group of people to work for.  They do have a hard time arguing the downside of no sugar, unprocessed and whole food, and getting my carbs from a variety of fruits and vegies.  The last 2 days so many people have been complimenting me on how good I look.  People keep asking me about this "whole 30 thing" and I am more than happy to share.  My boyfriend told me last night that i just look so much healthier.  I believe that is a good indicater I'm on the right path.  Hope everyone is doing fantastic today.  I love reading about everyones experiences.
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    Angelina got a reaction from newkime1 in Starting on 1st September   
    Hi everyone, 
     
    Kate - I'm about to make your steamed zucchini strands for lunch. I'm going to mix through with Basil Pesto and top with little meatballs. Thanks for the suggestion! People around us are certainly curious about this Whole30 thing... I think because we are speaking so positively about what is happening for us, but also because people can just see with their own eyes - moving more easily, feeling stronger, glowing skin, and Fiorenzo is looking really good. Hasn't had his pill since Sunday, woohoo!
     
    The only resistance I've come across is from those who are in the 'medical industry'... but even here, maybe curiosity will slowly melt the cynicism. One can be hopeful!
     
    Donna R, Footy-Chic, Nowiswhen, and everyone commenting about the hunger thing - my problem before the Whole30 was that I was always hungry. I was 'healthy' - vegetarian based diet with a good rotation of wholegrains - but starving every 2 hours. I'm sure that the only reason I'm not overweight is because I didn't give in to those pangs - I knew something was not right - Fiorenzo is much bigger than I am, we'd eat exactly the same portions, and he'd still be going strong when I'd be ravenous. I now suspect that this was all about the hormones and signals being way, way confused by the carbohydrate waves (even if they were 'healthy' carbohydrates, they were still broken down to glucose), and the lack of dense nutrients. I was also not eating before teaching my evening classes so as to have an empty stomach, and coming home to eat dinner before going to bed. If I was still hungry after a huge salad, I'd finish with one or two bowls of (vitamin enriched) cornflakes with soy milk. Oh, how I had it wrong!
     
    So the Whole30 has competely changed things for me. I'm now eating before class: protein, veg and fat - and telling my students to do the same. Best thing is. I'm not ravenous when I get home, and can go to bed without eating. 
     
    If I'm not hungry at breakfast, I make sure I eat the full meal anyway. I'm convinced this is the best way to get those hormones realigned. Same for Fiorenzo. He's never been hungry at breakfast, and at the beginning needed to really make himself eat. But now, I doubt we'll ever revert back to our way-too-light breakfast.
     
    Oh, Kate - I started a journal before the Whole 30, and fully recommend it. I'm taking a photo of all my meals, that helps me remember if I don't get a chance to write it down straight away. My journal is: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner, Practice, and Inflammation. At the end of 7 days on the Whole30 we fill out a progress sheet. It's great to maintain the commitment, and very interesting... All the photos are on my Facebook if anyone is interested. Hang on, I'll see if I can post a link: https://www.facebook.com/angelinabrazzale/photos_albums
     
    Here's holding up a big glass of sparkling water with mint, lemon and lime to us on Day18! Cin cin!
     
    A
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    Angelina got a reaction from newkime1 in Starting on 1st September   
    Hi everyone, 
     
    Kate - I'm about to make your steamed zucchini strands for lunch. I'm going to mix through with Basil Pesto and top with little meatballs. Thanks for the suggestion! People around us are certainly curious about this Whole30 thing... I think because we are speaking so positively about what is happening for us, but also because people can just see with their own eyes - moving more easily, feeling stronger, glowing skin, and Fiorenzo is looking really good. Hasn't had his pill since Sunday, woohoo!
     
    The only resistance I've come across is from those who are in the 'medical industry'... but even here, maybe curiosity will slowly melt the cynicism. One can be hopeful!
     
    Donna R, Footy-Chic, Nowiswhen, and everyone commenting about the hunger thing - my problem before the Whole30 was that I was always hungry. I was 'healthy' - vegetarian based diet with a good rotation of wholegrains - but starving every 2 hours. I'm sure that the only reason I'm not overweight is because I didn't give in to those pangs - I knew something was not right - Fiorenzo is much bigger than I am, we'd eat exactly the same portions, and he'd still be going strong when I'd be ravenous. I now suspect that this was all about the hormones and signals being way, way confused by the carbohydrate waves (even if they were 'healthy' carbohydrates, they were still broken down to glucose), and the lack of dense nutrients. I was also not eating before teaching my evening classes so as to have an empty stomach, and coming home to eat dinner before going to bed. If I was still hungry after a huge salad, I'd finish with one or two bowls of (vitamin enriched) cornflakes with soy milk. Oh, how I had it wrong!
     
    So the Whole30 has competely changed things for me. I'm now eating before class: protein, veg and fat - and telling my students to do the same. Best thing is. I'm not ravenous when I get home, and can go to bed without eating. 
     
    If I'm not hungry at breakfast, I make sure I eat the full meal anyway. I'm convinced this is the best way to get those hormones realigned. Same for Fiorenzo. He's never been hungry at breakfast, and at the beginning needed to really make himself eat. But now, I doubt we'll ever revert back to our way-too-light breakfast.
     
    Oh, Kate - I started a journal before the Whole 30, and fully recommend it. I'm taking a photo of all my meals, that helps me remember if I don't get a chance to write it down straight away. My journal is: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner, Practice, and Inflammation. At the end of 7 days on the Whole30 we fill out a progress sheet. It's great to maintain the commitment, and very interesting... All the photos are on my Facebook if anyone is interested. Hang on, I'll see if I can post a link: https://www.facebook.com/angelinabrazzale/photos_albums
     
    Here's holding up a big glass of sparkling water with mint, lemon and lime to us on Day18! Cin cin!
     
    A