dfox

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About dfox

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  • Birthday 05/12/1965

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    Salem Oregon
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    Running, gardening, cooking, painting, punk rock, the arts, civic change, eating real food.
  1. dfox

    1-12-2016 Start Date

    I ran 11 miles Sunday, including 3 miles of hill work, and I felt great. I've noticed in the past that I don't get as fatigued when on a gluten free diet. With Whole30 one thing I consistently notice is that while I may be sluggish at times when I start my run, I don't tend to get more tired as I pile on the miles, and recovery is quick. That alone is reason enough to avoid going back to gluten and sugar after my 30 days. I will be adding in corn, rice, and beans, right off the bat since I know already that those foods don't affect me adversely. Whole foods are good for me. Mitso, as an athletic person on this diet you might be interested in a December Runner's World article about a High Fat Low Carb experiment. I liked the article, but would like to have seen a better conclusion. http://www.runnersworld.com/diet/can-eating-more-fat-make-you-a-better-runner
  2. dfox

    Jan. 18, 2016 Start Date

    Our grocery bill increases, but we eat out way less, so it's actually cheaper for us in the long run. If this becomes a foundation for lifestyle, kale and chard grow fairly well in home gardens in many US regions. Another way to cut costs. (still eating kale, chard, arugula, carrots, beets, cabbage, parsnips, in Oregon).
  3. dfox

    Jan. 18, 2016 Start Date

    I fully agree. Whole30 food isn't some strange diet. It's simply REAL FOOD. Why would I shop to feed my children pseudo-food to comply to their whims? My home is Whole30 compliant right now. I'm cooking with the promise that all meals will be nutritious and tasty. That's all I owe my family. If someone wants to prepare themselves non-compliant food, or eat something outside the home, that's fine. But I'm not making special non-compliant meals for anyone when I have already prepared real food everyone is welcome to. Part of it for me, too, is thankfulness for what is being provided. Maybe it's because I was raised in a home where you ate what you were served - and we were healthy. To exhibit a lack of appreciation for the hard work my mother put into preparing our nourishment was an insult to her, and to the food before us. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but my children have learned to love a lot of foods, and they are healthy and have learned to make good eating decisions now that they aren't little. (please excuse the monologue).
  4. dfox

    Jan. 18, 2016 Start Date

    Darnell, I'm on day 21. I was super tired and lethargic days 9-15. Not sure why, but then I got my energy back and I have been very "alive" since. Over the weekend I was very motivated, creative, and productive. This process is a series of phases, and being tired is simply a part of the process. Good luck.
  5. dfox

    Jan. 18, 2016 Start Date

    I think Tabasco. Ingredients: Peppers, salt, vinegar.
  6. dfox

    1-12-2016 Start Date

    13 miles is a big hike. I think the apple would sound great in the middle of that hike. Your idea about dates is also good. I like compliant jerky, or boiled eggs for protein. Don't forget lots of water. Have fun.
  7. dfox

    1-12-2016 Start Date

    I am feeling a little more normal, but still not much appetite. I haven't been working out much either, first because of low energy, then because of trouble sleeping. I hope to normalize soon. Thanks for your thoughts on this.
  8. dfox

    Jan. 18, 2016 Start Date

    I'm at day 16. I was also tired at days 9 &10. Unfortunately it continued to day 15, but I'm starting to feel better. Everyone is different.
  9. dfox

    1-12-2016 Start Date

    losing interest in food, but still hanging in there. Had to force myself to eat breakfast this morning. Also had to force myself to eat lunch yesterday, and had a small dinner. Something's going on in my body. Food just doesn't sound good in general, but I am being sure to eat. (normally I have a huge appetite). I think I'm feeling less sluggish. My body's kind of out of whack, though. Last night I did not sleep well, so I didn't get up early for my work out. I'm just looking forward to feeling normal and having consistency in my life. I hope everyone is doing well.
  10. dfox

    1-12-2016 Start Date

    I already take magnesium since I am active. I'm hoping my tiredness is either unrelated to W30, or that my progress is just different than normal. Last night I had no energy and basically just went to bed with a book much earlier than normal. I also slept longer than normal this morning. I'm just sluggish and mellow overall. I would go to the doctor, but that always (not just sometimes) ALWAYS results in hundreds of dollars to be told I'm in great shape. I'll give it 3 more days. If I don't get my energy back I'll have to give up. This started last Thursday (day 10). I have a huge appetite and I do not count calories or limit portions. I am also a good cook and use many organic vegetables and meats in my kitchen. I am not lacking in protein or vegetable nutrients. I'm good at sticking to things, so I'll keep it up. for a few more days with the hope that things change soon.
  11. dfox

    1-12-2016 Start Date

    I'm still tired. My first 9 days were great, but now I'm just perpetually tired and weak. I was sure to eat a lot of good good over the weekend, including some nuts I roasted on the stove. I also take a multi-vitamin, iron, D-3, and magnesium. This morning I ran 8 miles before work, and I felt fine running, but I was slower than normal. I had this problem last time I did W30. I just can't seem to get enough fuel or something. My cardio is fine, but muscles can't perform. What's also interesting is that while I'm running more than I had been in recent months, and eating cleaner, my pants still don't fit. It was in December that I had to loosen my belt one notch. That notch is happy where it is and shows no sign of tightening any time soon. Not sure why my body is resisting change, but I'll keep moving onward. I ate well Sunday. The usual eggs and veggies for breakfast, Fisherman's stew (gonna stink up the workplace when I heat my lunch today), chicken with baked potato and green beans with garlic ghee for dinner. A couple of dates. I'm alive and well, just a little lethargic.
  12. dfox

    1-12-2016 Start Date

    I've been very tired days 10-12 (today). I just feel flat and groggy. I made a hearty fisherman's stew today with potatoes, tomatoes, onions, winter squash, white fish, oysters, and clams. I thought that would be hearty enough, but I still felt like my body was missing something after dinner. I went for a run tonight hoping that would get me going. I feel alright now, but I felt weak during my run. I was going to keep it short, but ended up going for about an hour and twenty minutes. I felt low in energy, but I did not feel as fatigued as I normally would after eight + miles, so that was good. I hope to start feeling more energetic tomorrow. I did eat a second dinner after the run - a hamburger patty on lettuce. I'm feeling that maybe I'm low on protein. I'm sticking to it. Only 18 days to go. I hope everyone is have positive experiences.
  13. dfox

    1-12-2016 Start Date

    Have we lost some of our group? Not much activity here. Yesterday was difficult for me - I was soooo tired and hungry at the end of my work day My meal was big, but missing something. I walked to a market and bought an apple to hold me. I was fantasizing about going home and taking a nap, or better yet just going to bed for the night at 6:00. When I got home I ate a quart of stew, but still felt hungry. I wanted to go to bed, but I had to run into town to help my daughter with something. While in town I went to a restaurant and got a dry (but delicious) burger patty over a salad with no dressing. That helped. Of course once I got to bed at nearly 10:00 I was so tired - but couldn't get to sleep easily. Today I'm a bit groggy still, but feeling a little better. I have to cook a 20 person seafood paella for an event tonight. That will be my second paella in seven days. I can't wait to be done so I can eat some. I'll be fine tonight. Whenever I think about cravings I remind myself that my prohibition of sugary foods doesn't end at 30 days. It will be a part of my lifestyle after W30 so no point missing it. I want to start something here that I can maintain. What's the point of getting in shape and feeling good if it's just temporary. I also think about the fact that millions of people in the world have very little food, nor variety, and are suffering. I'm not suffering and I'm fortunate to have access to excellent food choices, so I can humble myself and recognize that in reality I'm not missing out on anything by remaining true to my commitment to eating clean.
  14. dfox

    1-12-2016 Start Date

    Nice pace. My pace isn't necessarily better, but my joints certainly don't feel as stressed as normal, probably due to less inflammation. Interesting observation about the cotton candy. I notice that sweet potatoes smell like maple syrup while frying. Something I don't normally notice. It just shows that our bodies are programmed to sense what we need most. Our senses are so much keener to what nutrient values come from which sources when eating clean.
  15. dfox

    Jan. 18, 2016 Start Date

    Food log: Wednesday morning I had eggs, bacon, potatoes, over lettuce; Lunch - thick lamb stew; Dinner - browned hamburger over bed of lettuce, with grated beet, sweet potato, potato, backed Brussels sprouts w/ bacon, balsamic vinaigrette - just a big awesome, meaty, salad. The way a salad should be. This morning my usual eggs and sweet potatoes over lettuce. For lunch I'll have the last of the lamb stew. I also started a whole chicken in the crock pot last night with potatoes, onions, butternut squash, spices, coconut milk, 2 cans chopped stewed tomatoes, and chopped cabbage. That will be for tonight's dinner and tomorrow's lunch. So far (day 10 for me) this has been easy. I made a decision not to eat between meals, so I just don't think about it. Normally I think about food at all times - probably a mild eating disorder. I am also very active, running 35 miles/week + two gym classes per week, so one might think I would need more calories. In reality I'm just eating a lot at meal time to prevent between meal cravings. I have four eggs at breakfast and a BIG bowl of stew for lunch. No calorie counting here, just good clean food.