Kirsteen

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    Kirsteen got a reaction from TalyaT in What kinds of tea can I have?   
    Sorry Carrie, it's still a sweetener so a no go.
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from mmarti2846 in Any vegetarian/vegan success stories out there?   
    I'm one of them. I used to be vegetarian when I was young, drifted away from it and then went back about 5 years ago. Doing nothing by halfs I became vegan (with the exception of honey) and then a raw food vegan. I had a whole shelf of raw food books. I studied and studied it. I swore by Boutenko and Wigmore. I juiced, I sprouted, made bucketfuls of green smoothies and was convinced my diet was the healthiest it could be. The trouble was I didn't feel that way. Everyone kept telling me I could take years to fully detox so to stick with it.
    The crunch came when I was diagnosed with a really aggressive breast cancer. For other reasons I'd been scanned head to toe, two years previosly and not a trace of cancer. Now, after two years as a raw food vegan, I'd a large cancerous mass which had already spread to 12 of the 14 lymph nodes in my arm. Everyone in the raw food movement went on about how chemo was poison, operations would merely spread the cancer. Cancer could be cured by diet, stick to that. I was frustrated and angry; I'd been on that kind of diet when I devoloped it, what confidence could I have that it would cure it.
    I opted for conventional treatment, radical mastectomy, lots of chemo etc and basically ate what I could keep down, still mainly vegetarian, lots of quinoa, hummus and loads of fruit and veg etc. Afterwards I still tried to follow cancer protocols, lots of juicing etc. I kept reading, as I still believed food has to be the basis of all health but i felt paralised about making the right choices.
    I came across Mark Sisson's Primal Diet and was intrigued, I searched other paleo sites and came across this one. I read the book and couldn't argue with the logic - it made sense. I'd had the odd bit of chicken and fish but going back to eating red meat took a real leap of faith. I decided, with much trepidation, to try it for 30 days. I simply moved all my grains and legumes aside so that I could go back to them if this didn't work.
    Well I'm now on day 52 and there's no going back. It hasn't all been plain sailing, it's been a bit bumpy in patches but I know this is how I want to continue eating. It's hard to explain but my body feel like it's being nourished and yesterday my oncologist discharged me with nothing more than yearly checkups and she was absolutely delighted with how well I look. I think that took her by surprise.
    I know none of the above is what you wanted to hear; ethically I'd much rather be a vegan but, healthwise, it just doesn't do it for me. I'm still extremely fussy about what meat I eat. I've become friendly with one of the farmers at the local market and have extensively questioned them about how their animals are raised, how they're looked after and how they're slaughtered. I won't eat factory farmed meat, not just for health reasons, but because I want no part in colluding with the animals suffering.
    Whether this can be done as a vegetarian I really couldn't say but I'm sure others must have tried it. Good luck whatever you decide.
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from CB125 in Franks Red Hot   
    I just discovered in in cat food. Now I know the cat's not doing a W30 but who on earth would think of giving a cat sugar?
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from Andrea_Milam80 in finished whole30 and weight loss minimal is this normal   
    Hi Jeannie, don't worry we're not easily offended here and it is a safe place to rant.
    To be honest, I think a lot of women get totally screwed up around food by society (men might too, I just don't have personal experience). I'm the same age as you and as I grew up food was used in our house as a reward or to make you feel better. You know the scenario 'Oh you've hurt your knee, never mind, have a cookie, that'll make it better' So, as we're growing up we're already being taught unhealthy attitudes to food.
    Then, when we're older we're presented with ideal weights, nowadays BMIs, that we're all meant to attain regardless of our build or whether we have a lot of muscle. To make matters worse, society laughs at that. When did you last see a catwalk model or film star or other celebrity that even approached a healthy BMI - they're way below it - the cult of the size zero. so women are all meant to aspire to that unatainable ideal at the same time as the standard junk food diet is designed to make you obese! You just can't win
    Well, actually you can, that's where W30 comes in . It really helps us to get back to that normal healthy relationship with food we should have and, as you say, lets us get healthier while we're at it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look good, to look the best you can just as we want to be as healthy as we can. Now that's my rant over Good luck and all the best in your W30 journey and your continuing healthy life.
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from JoyByName in Any vegetarian/vegan success stories out there?   
    According to the book, vegetarians have more of a challenge with the nutritional requirements of W30 but it says you can still get a lot of the benefits that way. you could have eggs, organic pastured yoghurt and whey protein. If you must eat plant based protein sources she suggests tempeh, natto, organic edemame & tofu, avoid all grains and pseudo grains and remember you'll still need plenty of fat. You can download the vegetarian shopping list.
    I'd obviously recommend eating ethically sourced meat if that sits right with you but if it doesn't, why not try it as a vegetarian. It's your body and only you can decide what you put into it. Why not experment and give it a try. If it works for you, gives you the results you want as a vegetarian, well and good, if it doesn't you can think again about whether or not to add meat. After all what's 30 days out of a lifetime? Good luck, however you decide to proceed.
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from amylou03 in Don't over think this.   
    Robin, I'm going to print this out and keep it. You don't have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30. I love it, love it, love it. thankyou
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from olgainseattle in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    Your make-up bag doesn't contain makeup, only travel sized bottles containing olive oil and balsamic vinegar so you don't have to rely on restaurant salad dressings.
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from olgainseattle in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    Your make-up bag doesn't contain makeup, only travel sized bottles containing olive oil and balsamic vinegar so you don't have to rely on restaurant salad dressings.
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from julesjasin in What kinds of tea can I have?   
    Hi, oh yes, black tea is good. Being British this is the only thing we refer to as tea. Anything else is 'herbal tea', fruit tea', tisanes', 'rooibos', 'green tea' etc. It took me a while to get my head round calling them all 'tea'
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from julesjasin in What kinds of tea can I have?   
    I've no Tazo, but I've various chai teas that are compliant. I've never ever thought of adding an espresso to them but I'm tempted . Does it really taste nice?
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from Cathy125 in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    ....look at the jar of coconut oil and wish their thumbs were bigger
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from TryingOver in Supplements with off program ingredients   
    Swingcat, medication always trumps a W30. It sounds to me as though you're taking the melatonin as an actual medication not just as an optional supplement. Personally I'd say if you need it keep taking it. Will it affect your W30? Well you may not get the absolutely best-in-the-world-possible results but I'm sure you'll still get heaps of benefit from it. i know it's possible to get melatonin in capsule or tablet form. Would it be possible to see if one of those had wholly compliant ingredients? Good luck
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from amylou03 in Don't over think this.   
    Robin, I'm going to print this out and keep it. You don't have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30. I love it, love it, love it. thankyou
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from CaGirl in Best Crab Cakes I've Ever Had   
    These sound wonderful. Can I ask what Worcestershire sauce you used as I had to throw mine out when I started W30 as it had malt vinegar, sugar, molasses and flavouring in it. I used to love that sauce
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from LisaPT in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    How about when you know a particular store sells sugar free bacon and you buy it regularly, yet you STILL check it each time just to make sure it hasn't changed
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from praxisproject in Rice Vinegar   
    Hi Carla, I'm afraid honey, like all sweeteners, is out while you're doing a W30
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from amylou03 in Don't over think this.   
    Robin, I'm going to print this out and keep it. You don't have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30. I love it, love it, love it. thankyou
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from LisaPT in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    How about when you know a particular store sells sugar free bacon and you buy it regularly, yet you STILL check it each time just to make sure it hasn't changed
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from ckc43 in Constipation :/ (a bit long, but please read if you can help)   
    I can second that. I've had my eye on one of those for years but, up til now, they haven't been available over hear and it's silly money by the time I add shipping, customs tax, PO handling charge etc. However, there's now one company selling them here so I ordered one. It's fantastic. Obviously it's not going to counteract a bad diet but, coupled with W30, what a difference. And, though it's a strange topic of conversation over coffee , friends who've visited have gone away and ordered one as well to go with their copy of ISWF
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from cottagequeen in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Don't worry, absolutely no offence taken. Personally I think many of us are 'broken' in our whole relationship with food when we first come to a W30. We're so used to either stuffing ourselves because junk food is made to be addictive or severely restricting ourselves on 'diets', when were we ever taught to actually listen and respond to our bodies needs. It's no wonder we get our signals skewed and our wires crossed. It took me quite a while to work out when I was hungry and when I was craving. It even took me a while to work out the difference between being hungry and feeling sick, that's how crossed my wires were
    It may be just *food* as you say but our society has literally packaged it with so much emotional baggage that it can be hard to get back to a stage where we regard it as fuel to nourish our bodies. However, it sounds like you're doing awesome and it does get easier as it goes on. So good luck and keep us posted how you do.
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from cottagequeen in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    I know you don't want to hear this but personally, I feel if you continue counting, carbs or calories you're defeating the whole spirit of the W30. W30 is specifically designed to change your relationship with food, to learn to listen to what your body wants and needs. I know it's really scary, especially at the beginning but it does, if done properly, really teach you to listen to your body. Your body does know what's best for it, we just have to learn to trust it.
    If you're still counting calories you're basically saying to your body, 'I don't trust you, I'm going to stay in control of how much and what you get, not you.' This is coming from one who used to scrupulously note down carbs, calories and weight every day. Trust me, W30 is different from any other paleo program. It's been meticulously designed to give you everything you need and let your body be the best it can be.
    Follow the W30 meal templates, eat compliant food, listen to your body as it starts to communicate with you, it will tell you how much it needs, and you'll end up with a totally normal relationship with food (something I thought I'd never have) as your body gets on with it's job of releasing the crap and getting to it's ideal weight. Isn't that better than a lifetime spent weighing, measuring, counting and worrying about what you eat?
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from LisaPT in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    How about when you know a particular store sells sugar free bacon and you buy it regularly, yet you STILL check it each time just to make sure it hasn't changed
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from olgainseattle in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    Your make-up bag doesn't contain makeup, only travel sized bottles containing olive oil and balsamic vinegar so you don't have to rely on restaurant salad dressings.
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from jtr2012 in The Official "Can I Have..." Guide to the Whole30   
     
    Miracle noodles have no carbs and no calories because our body doesn't recognise them as food and cannot use them. If I said to you put this gas in your car but by the way the car won't recognise it and the engine can't use it - you'd think I was mad. Yet somehow humans now think it's acceptable to eat *food* that our bodies can't use. Sorry but this is one of my pet peeves W30 is about eating real wholesome nutritious food that will nourish our bodies not 'stuff' that will provide us with absolutely nothing  so please, please no miracle noodles
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    Kirsteen got a reaction from LisaPT in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    How about when you know a particular store sells sugar free bacon and you buy it regularly, yet you STILL check it each time just to make sure it hasn't changed