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  1. zBeverly

    Corn chips anonymous

    My dh has cookies, chips, dips, snacks and has my entire W30. Somehow I've managed to close my mind to them, make them not an option. I think W30 has helped with this because of fueling/feeding my body. Do you have the W30 "ISWF" book? I make deals with myself to get through things sometimes. Like tonight I got guilt-free play games on my phone for almost 2 hours to get through my first craving (I reintro'd gluten grains today and they set off some triggers apparently). I brought up the book bcs I will bargain with myself too. If you read a chapter in the book and still want ______ (corn chips, for instance) then you may have some. Or, if you clean up the kids' rooms and put away the laundry then you can have ________. Et cetera.... Most often the mere fact of doing something else plus "allowing" myself to have ____ negates its power over me (or is that negates it from overpowering me?). I hope this helps. It helped me to 'say it out loud' so thanks! All the best to you~ PS...it may also help to read the label before ingesting (here's one I found, Doritos I think): Whole corn, vegetable oil (corn, soybean, and/or sunflower oil), salt, maltodextrin, wheat flour, whey, monosodium glutamate, buttermilk solids, whey protein concentrate, onion powder, partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil, corn flour, disodium phosphate, lactose, natural and artificial flavor, dextrose, tomato powder, spices, lactic acid, artificial color (including Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 40), citric acid, sugar, garlic powder, red and green bell pepper powder, sodium caseinate, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, nonfat milk solids, whey protein isolate, corn syrup solids.
  2. I completed W30 with 2 restarts (incidental, not willful disobedience). I am in reintro. I did a different dairy product for 4 days (one each) all to learn that the only thing that didn't bother me was milk kefir. Then 3 days of W30 compliance. Today was tough. I chose to examine gluten grains. Had a piece of dark rye toast with eggs this morn and was pretty ok, a wee bit of a headache about an hour later. Midday was a whole grain bagel from BreadCo (Panera). Dinner included 1/2 c brown rice. Today I fought the sugar dragon and it almost won. I gave in to some dry roasted almonds but nothing else. My husband's cookies were singing a siren's song as I did the dishes (normally he does them but he had surgery). I threw myself into games on my phone as a not-guilty pleasure and made it through. Don't feel so great at this moment. I think that I learned that a true rye bread is mildly ok as a rare indulgence but the rest is too much, especially all in one day. I think once we reintroduce the things we've cut out it sends out signals that it still exists. This was the first day I had actual CRAVINGS, since January 1. I've had urges or nudges but these had me in the pantry in search of something........anything.......and there were choices.......but this is for me. I'm the only one who will watch out for this body so they are not allowed to win on this day.
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    How could I forget tuna? I guess I could do a veggie dip too with a meal. Thanks all
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    I was intrigued with the challenge of making mayonaise (I did it as a girl once), so I made it and passed. Then I realized, I really don't use mayo in my non-W30 life so I'm wondering what I can do with it? I'm thinking a chicken salad and deviled eggs but other than that.... What do you think is the best uses of mayo? Thanks!
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    Thx GFChris and Kirkor! What u say makes sense. It was my moment of crazy. I know of what you speak and is why I usually avoid the Group scenarios, and yes, it was fb. I'm doing this solo so just staying engaged. Thanks again!
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    I'm getting confused (perhaps a bit frustrated is more accurate; maybe it's because it's Day 3 ) I see people posting about having rice, potatoes (other than sweet), sausage, bacon, prepared foods, etc. How are these in the spirit of going back to whole foods and being W30 compliant? Rice...a grain (p. 103) Bacon/Sausage...processed/cured and/or SWYPO food (I guess for me not for others?) (p. 152, "technically ok" but not a main protein source) Potatoes...my words: poor choice at best compared to other veggies (p. 155...take a pass on white potatoes, please) or another SWYPO food. I get that athletes need more carbs, not talking about them. Isn't the point to get out all things that cause negative reactions (inflammation, for instance)? I don't mean to complain but why be on Facebook, or wherever, taking about Day #____ and how you had these foods and you're like so W30. So, why do this if you're not going to do this? You can decide not to do it because it's not for you, no harm no foul. But at least be honest about it. I know a lot of people do the sausage and bacon thing and source it correctly and fine for them (maybe I'm just jealous because it would trigger me). Anyone else feel this way (and I realize it doesn't matter what others do I can only work on me). From: http://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/ Yes: Eat real food. Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed. - See more at: http://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/#sthash.vTWC39Pg.dpuf No: Avoid for 30 days. More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life. § Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize. § Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.) § Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels. § Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin). § Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee. (See below for details.) § Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30. § Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats* with “approved” ingredients. Continuing to eat your old, unhealthy foods made with Whole30 ingredients is totally missing the point, and will tank your results faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” Remember, these are the same foods that got you into health-trouble in the first place—and a pancake is still a pancake, regardless of the ingredients.
  7. zBeverly

    Slaying the Sugar Dragon

    Thanks for the good words y'all. Ann, he has recommended probiotics 40-50 billion per serving to get insides balanced. Praxisproject, I did that about a year ago (scan) but haven't heard of functional med doc. Will check into it. I take those vitamins too but also calcium. I'm going to decrease the amount after a week into this. Thx again and Happy New Year!
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    Slaying the Sugar Dragon

    So here I am on the eve of starting my first W30. What do I hope to gain from it? Why am I doing it? Is it just another fad food thingy/diet I'm trying? Hmmm. Why have I spent the last 2 weeks or so pretty much eating anything I want, making sure I "get them in" before I dive in? It's what I've always done in the past, before embarking on a major change. I'm a 53 year old Wife/Niece/Grandma/Child-of-God/Aunt/Great Aunt/Sister who's pretty much always had some issues with food, with over consuming the 'bad stuff' like ice cream, sugar, cookies, popcorn, potato chips. Lots of emotional or stress eating. I used to have eating disorders. Now I still have mini binges, times when I'm completely ruled by consuming food, but they are less common and no where near the same extent as times in the past and not as long. Why can't I let this go? I'm thinking "It Starts with Food" explains it. I'm not fat (not skinny either) but I have a layer of fat that will not go away. From all I'm reading it's where I'm storing up toxins. Why do this? In the past year or so I was re-diagnosed with osteopenia...I am losing bone density. My dentist asked me if I knew because she could see it in my jaw. YIKES. I say re-diagnosed because they told me this over 10 years ago. So I've 99.8% cut out soda, changed my eating somewhat, and exercise more frequently (except lately). I have had a Morton's Neuroma for over 3 years now. Tried many things, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, cortisone and some sort of freezing injections (lots), ultrasound to no avail. Most everyone says next step is surgery. It won't go away. My new Chiropractor says it's also gut related, that people with them have gut issues, might not need surgery. Hmm, it isn't as bad when I'm not eating sugar. Hmm. I deal with Raynaud's Syndrome sometimes and have since college (my finger tips/toes will go white and or numb especially in the cold). There's drugs for this, nope. I have TMJ, worsened by the bone density issue. I've never been 'regular' till I met Magnesium. I'm in the midst of Menopause. I have periodic joint issues and my knees are close to bone-on-bone. A few times in my life my hands get so weak that I can't open water bottles or undo my watch latch. My paternal grandmother was an invalid brought down by rheumatoid arthritis. My parents' generation all have had some form of cancer (except my Mom); Dad died at age 59 riddled with it. One brother is pre-diabetic, a double-cousin is diabetic. All the women ahead of me have lost up to 3 inches in height, my mom more like 4 inches. So the epigenetic factors are there. Lately there has been stress and I've been in Scarlett O'Hara mode...will think about it tomorrow. In the last year or so: My husband has had his ascending aorta replaced (like open heart surgery with a twist), chronic pain and a surgery for skin cancer. Our office is in Ferguson and the only reason our building didn't burn down was someone stomped out the molotove cocktail thrown in the upstairs/un-boarded window, now our business is bad and I'm considering a career change while my husband runs it. My Uncle/second Dad passed with cancer. There have been some other family issues. Our sweetest dog died unexpectedly, ripped from our lives overnight. Another dog almost died, 'my dog', spending 30 hours in intensive care Halloween time. One of my closest friends had a golf ball sized tumor removed from her brain while another close friend ended up in the hospital and now has a rare lung disease causing her to move to a warmer climate. I was in the Best In Show with only professional handlers. I have awesome grandkids. I have a loving husband and 3 great dogs. I have a good life overall so no stressing over the details! I'm not sure if this is a public or private log as I write this. I'm not whining. I'm logging. In writing it down I establish my new baseline of health. I'm seriously looking for NSV...non-scale victories. I will know them as I feel them. My goals: 1. Make it through the W30...I didn't realize how pervasive bad food choices are in our lives. 2. Learn the W30 and enjoy cooking again but in a new way (while incorporating some of the old way for my husband). 3. View it as an adventure, an experiment. 4. Log it. What am I gaining? Reduced inflammation and increased bone density!! An understanding of how I'm addicted to today's food-like substances. How does my body feel? How am I 'feeling' toward food? 5. Incorporate what I've cut out one category at a time to see what it does. Decide if worth it all, part or none of the time for the future. My mantra: Progress, not perfection. My name: Beverly (or Amma if you're a grandkid) If someone else is reading this, may success be yours because you have worked for it. Savor it.