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    Alixee reacted to LadyM in The sugar dragon rears its ugly head   
    I second Carlaccini's suggestion to allow yourself the flexibility to enjoy evenings out now and again without worry and go back to template eating while at home. What works for me for foods prep is to always have protein ready to go, and veg on hand that I can prepare quickly. Like salad greens. It requires a bit of planning, but by now it's become habit. On my worst unprepared days I at least always have sardines and sauerkraut for a brainless ready meal. I also remind myself of two things when the sugar dragon starts breathing fire down my neck: a sugar craving is a signal to the body that it needs protein (Ayurvedic wisdom), and feeding it sugar makes it more ferocious. Oh, and one more I'm adding that I read on another thread: sugar feeds cancer cells. This one is especially powerful for me as a cancer survivor who knows we all have cancer cells in our body at all times waiting to be turned on or off.
    You're not alone in this. The choice is yours. You do have the strength and resources to do this when you choose. If not now, when?
    It doesn't have to be all or nothing. If W30 is too much right now, I suggest sticking to the template three times a day the best you can without obsessing. That might at least help develop the habits to keep the sugar dragon at bay. And when you do choose sugar, know that the template awaits you and the sooner you return to it the sooner you return to sanity.
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    Alixee reacted to rocks223 in The sugar dragon rears its ugly head   
    You may also not be in the best place for a whole 30 at the moment. It sounds like you're tremendously aware of nutrition and what's best for your body but the stress of following these rules is perhaps feeding into that black and white thinking. Thus leading you back to these cycles of compliance followed by sugar binges. I would recommend focusing on your renovations and just trying to eat mostly well/balanced meals but not judging yourself for slipups or going off plan. Socializing is very important for mental health and overall well being and it sounds like that's a better investment than being mentally preoccupied with planning every meal. Perhaps revisit the whole30 when it feels more manageable. Remember progress not perfection!
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    Alixee reacted to Carlaccini in The sugar dragon rears its ugly head   
    The key to solving this riddle is telling yourself that this candy is not "special".  Your mother didn't lovingly make them from scratch because she knew they were your favourite.  No they were made in a factory. 
    Also please note that candy, cookies, chocolate, wine did not and will not be leaving the planet in the next 30 days.  So they will still be there after your 30 days for you to enjoy.
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    Alixee reacted to Tom Denham in HELP - Day 24 and no benefits other than weight loss   
    Congratulations on eating three meals per day. This is a big and an important step. 
    You are starting from a bad place. It is going to take months to make serious progress with the issues you list. 
    You need to eat real vegetables. Salad and fruit is not enough. I am sorry that you had bad experiences around veggies as a child, but you are an adult now and it is time to work something out and eat your veggies. 
    You are very low carb and this can cause a lot of problems, especially for women. The way to get carbs in your diet during a Whole30 is to eat potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, plantains, rutabagas, etc. 
    You simply have to drink 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. At 215, you need 107 ounces of water every day. Measure it out in the morning and work on consuming it all day until you are finished. 
    You honestly need 8 hours of sleep every night. You cannot catch up on the weekend and not suffer consequences. Your cortisol issues make sleep difficult, but here is the deal. Eating a big breakfast within an hour of waking in the morning will help deal with your cortisol issues. You may need to get out in the sunshine for 20-30 minutes every day, especially in the morning. This can help reset your hormonal rhythms so that you can sleep better. 
    All of this is hard when you are used to doing other things, but it is important and once you have been doing it for awhile, it becomes natural and even easy. I remember when I first heard I needed sunshine every day. I thought the Hartwigs were nuts. Now I get my sunshine and it is not a big deal.... and I sleep better.
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    Alixee reacted to louannarose in Whole30 With Friends!   
    Whole30 starts tomorrow! Everybody ready?!
    Anyone prone to depression / low serotonin levels make sure you eat high carb veggies with every meal. 

    Just testing the photo / file upload. I thought this one was appropriate.  
    Here we go!
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    Alixee reacted to wholedlyon in Starting My Whole 30 25th August   
    Simply put, i'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.
    I've been starting and stopping eating healthily for so long and i need to get my eating under control, for my family and for myself.
    I watched Mellissa's Paleo fx video about depression and cravings and a lot of it made sense to me. I'm stressed out, both mentally and physically. I cant continue the way i have been going.
    I have a lot of weight to lose, currently sitting at 321 lbs, but most imporatntly i need to change my relationship with food. Its both my best friend and worst enemy.
    This will be a tough 30 days and i'll probably have to continue well beyond the 30 days. Right now im focussing on a day at a time, week at a time, 30 days at a time.