Kerbi

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  1. Kerbi

    September 8th, anyone?

    Flora123 - I have horrible migraines - sometimes daily, I take topamax, Botox and something else just to control them. I have found them to be subsiding during this (although had two in the past week). I had the newer iud put in in June bc I hate the pill and this iud was chosen specifically keeping my migraines in mind (my ob and neurologist spoke and that's what they came up with, it's called skyla). My ibs is better as well and that is also severe, I take some major drug for that too (and the drug is a miracle drug) But food choices always affect that. Ibs and migraines are connected but hormonal migraines are significantly more intense. I also have crohns though so it's hard to know where the ibs ends and the crohns begins This diet has worked well for all my crazy symptoms
  2. Kerbi

    September 8th, anyone?

    thank you laxmom, I felt like a huge failure and I know I am in whole30 world, but in mine I persevered. Congrats on your daughter!!
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    September 8th, anyone?

    morning! As I said this was going to be a week of iron will for me - I'm really trying. last night was a huge challenge for me, I hadn't eaten well during the day (too stressful a day) and it was a potluck for open school night and let me say - these kindergarten NYC parents went crazy! there was so much good food (I mean insane amounts) and the dessert table - inexplicable! and 20 bottles of wine!! Oh and I had to set up and clean up. So I followed my friend's paleo husband around to see what he would pick and I ate two meatballs (possibly not 100% compliant but it was either that or faint - so those who want to throw me out I apologize but I had no other food with me (and it had been 6 hours since I had eaten and I couldn't leave for another 2)) and water. So I may have eaten non-compliant meatballs but I didn't give in to the cravings so to me it was a win. I still feel good and tonight I have to go out for Rosh Hashana dinner and talk to a waiter which should be oh so fun. Since I didn't have time to cook I'll go to the gluten free place for lunch which makes compliant food and get a grilled chicken and cauliflower and I brought sunshine sauce and sweet potato from home. Glad you liked the Green Chicken Heather - we eat it in our house normally!
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    September 8th, anyone?

    Britishgal - it's so hard isn't it - sometimes looking is enough...sometimes not!! But you're lucky your day is almost done!
  5. Kerbi

    September 8th, anyone?

    Jordanbrook - I totally agree with you - I've basically been watching foodporn all weekend and at night - things I don't even eat normally look good now (some show called carnival food - crazy). Part of it is I just want to be normal again and part of it is just pure food enjoyment - I love cheese and sweets and I do all these things in moderation; and I want to drink a glass of wine with my friends I spent far too many years being too sick to partake and now I can. I think this was an excellent journey for me and I needed it but it is not a lifestyle for me. I will lower my intake of everything but this strict lifestyle just doesn't work. But it is great to reboot when I go crazy again like I had. I think I will try to make these recipes once or twice a week though as a goal and bring lunch more often to work which was my biggest downfall before. What I forgot to put in my post before was that my three friends and I have been having dinner before book club for three years now - through my crohns flares and everything and they all remarked that last night was the healthiest I looked in the time they have known me.
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    September 8th, anyone?

    I haven't watched it but I guess I should - maybe Fri night I will. We eat a pretty healthy diet, there is very little processed food it in (I'm a pretty big cook, I just have a big sweet tooth which has always been my issue). This has been a interesting learning experience for me. Some nights when I come home I can even eat my kids' leftovers bc they are compliant (wild fish or meat and roasted veggies) so I feel good about what we are eating in general, it really is about the sugar. I can give my faves so far (not sure if anyone wants them but just in case) grass fed short ribs (nom nom) my sister's green chicken (nom nom) asian chicken thighs (nom nom) turkey cranberry meatballs and czech meatballs (well fed) chicken satay with sunshine sauce (marinade (if people want it I can come up with it) - sauce Well Fed) choc chili (everyone has that) Mark Bittman's curry chicken with cauliflower (w/o chick peas) from Food Matters - this was actually a life saver bc it had everything - fat, protein and veggies
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    September 8th, anyone?

    first of all thank you everyone for all your support! I feel sooo much better today. I won't be going for anything beyond 30 but I may lurk and see how you all are doing. I will me making recipes though and altering my lifestyle a bit. I woke up feeling much more energized. Last night was hard and great at the same time - went out to dinner with friends (very healthy friends, they ordered some apps (all healthy I just couldn't eat them) and I was nervous to order with my restrictions but I did apologetically and then the waitress said - "no worries, if listed the things I can't eat, we'd be here all night!" and then she and I chatted for a few minutes while my friends picked their wine. Then at book club I stared down the cheese and homemade treats (some of you say you don't want it, wow and good for you - that just isn't me, I drooled all night) but didn't succumb. Came home and made a baked sweet potato for part of my lunch today and fell asleep. clothes are looser - day 16 is here! on to open school night!! still need to try mayo and ketchup. I know someone offered to list her dishes she likes - I would love that! This is a great forum - you're all wonderful
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    September 8th, anyone?

    Morning! This is a little long so apologies but maybe other people have felt like this? This weekend was soo hard for me, I really almost quit. Saturday was ok until the night - I just lost it; I don't know what got into me. I went out to eat for my anniversary (nothing crazy - we're putting that off) and I felt so constrained and bitter I just was miserable. Then Sunday I felt horrible and spent half the afternoon in bed nauseous. I was again ready to just be done and have some white rice to get rid of the nausea. I also had to make nutella crepes for the kids this weekend and s'more cups for the open school night tomorrow and cookies for my husband and kids (torture). Also this week will be a major challenge for me - I have to go out every night except the night I have to cook for 15 so I am totally stressed out and not sure how I will have time to prepare food for myself and 15 people and deal with restaurants (so basically I may have had a mini-whole30 breakdown) BUT I had marinaded some chicken in a satay marinade I cobbled together so I grilled it and had Well Fed's Sunshine sauce (I couldn't tolerate any veggies) and felt better (it was so good all the kids at the table (who were having my husband's tacos) asked me to make it for them later this week). So after a rough start I am back on track (and the thought of failing really bothered me). So the lessons learned this weekend - Well Fed's sunshine sauce and turkey cranberry meatballs (not together) were winners (and both approved by my 8 year old daughter). And persevering through the really hard days is worth it because I felt good this morning. I also spent my anniversary Sat night in whole foods at 8:30 with my husband and my 5 year old son (very romantic). I think I owe my husband a very fancy dinner next month. Exercise - I have yoga today as I have been doing every Monday. That's about my limit this week with the Jewish holidays - sorry. Book club tonight and meeting my friends before at a wine bar...ouch. Sorry for the diatribe but I really felt like a whole30 failure this weekend
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    September 8th, anyone?

    Ventre123 - what I did for cravings were cashews and raisins and I have a raging sweet tooth. It worked pretty well.
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    September 8th, anyone?

    Good morning, This group has been great - last night my husband asked me if something was "normal" and I said "yes - other people on the forum have had it to" - plus the idea and the support - so thank you everyone I don't know if I could have done it without you and my friend who is on it with me. Today I actually had eggs - I had to stay home to clean an unspeakable mess up so my husband took the kids to school and I made myself eggs, bacon and zucchini. Plus my coffee. Last night I was about the make those damn cranberry turkey meatballs (I've been trying to make them for days - but first the store didn't have cream of tartar (wed), then when I got home last night the cream of tartar my husband went out and got at 11pm my kittens knocked off the counter and shattered so he had to go out again) - so this weekend. But I did make a recipe I usually make and just modified it - a Mark Bittman curry chicken and cauliflower one (it usually has chick peas) - it was pretty good and it had veggies and fat and protein so I felt template satisfied (and with leftovers). Today I have to go out for a birthday lunch - I looked at the menu online and I think I'll get a salad and be ok (but I brought leftovers just in case). Jordanbrook - veggies for lunch - I like (and I don't always succeed) to have leftover veggies handy - so for roasted meat or chili half a sweet potato (although for chili I think a regular potato would work better) or leftover cauliflower rice and it heats up just fine. Also make a tray of roasted veggies and just throw some in a lunch (that's what I try to do - again try is the key word here). I have not tried reheated zucchini noodles yet. This weekend is Well Fed's ketchup (for my brisket next week) and sunshine sauce (because damn if that doesn't look good) any other suggestions for a non-spicy fabulous dish?
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    September 8th, anyone?

    I saw my parents last night and my dad just called to tell me how proud he is of me and how good I look...awww
  12. Kerbi

    September 8th, anyone?

    Laxmom- I'm not going to lie - it was a hunt. I'm not sure where you live - I happen to live in NYC. I looked in the suburban (westchester) whole foods where I did my Sunday shop before we all started and they did not have it - the NYC one that I went to this week did (I was so excited I bought two packs even though I live only a few blocks away) - I just don't like going there bc it's a madhouse (although I just learned it's open until 11 and so I can send my husband after the kids are asleep). So I guess each Whole Foods is different - the urban ones seem better.
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    September 8th, anyone?

    Good morning! Breakfast still is a challenge - I would have loved my finally-found nitrate free sugar free bacon and eggs but alas, the kids needed to go to school and I needed to go to work so here I am eggless and baconless. I guess banana and almond butter. Lunch is short rib meat, shredded Brussel sprouts with bacon and a sweet potato. Feel slightly bloated but better. I've honestly been feel physically better since my awful day on Tues and sleeping like the dead. clairezip - thank you so much for the recipe and it sounds delicious and as you can see I do love bacon but for this one meal pork will be out (Rosh Hashana). I will try to adapt my brisket recipe (someone is bringing the other brisket) and make a whole30 friendly veggie side (baked butternut squash?), salad and let other people deal with dessert. I know this is a quit day but I'm not feelin' it. Next week will be the challenge for me!
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    September 8th, anyone?

    so I think she says you can use another vinegar (but I went and bought the vinegar because I am dorky like that) - coconut aminos are great and are in a lot of recipes so a good thing to keep around (yes a replacement for soy) - both were at whole foods (or amazon or this site called vitacost which is cheaper than amazon but you need $49 for free shipping). I have been using the meat in soups and over sweet potatoes and veggies. After I served them for dinner with friends I removed the rest of the meat from the bones so I just have a container of shredded meat in my fridge. I'm realizing how helpful roasted veggies are to have hanging around...
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    September 8th, anyone?

    So I fell asleep at 7:30 last night feeling quite awful. I woke up at 10 and forced myself to stay true to the plan but it was actually ok once I did it (I had put a sweet potato in the oven before I passed out and I had leftover short rib meat and it was delicious - seriously try nom nom's short ribs - the left overs are so versatile). Then I fell asleep again and stayed asleep the whole night - crazy! I feel much better today but my pants are still tight (grrrr - this much depravation should lead to looser pants)! I don't even want my breakfast this morning and haven't had it yet. SO it sits there... And here's an interesting challenge - I have to cook a holiday meal for 14 people for next week - no one is on the plan but me and 4 of them are kids. Menu planning stats tonight!