SugarcubeOD

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    SugarcubeOD reacted to TiffanyS77 in Unsure If This Fits For Me   
    Thank you! That gives me hope!!  I've seen some, but wasn't sure if it'd really be sustainable for 30 days for me   I think I'm going to try to plan out a meal plan (I'm a planner, so have to plan 30 days of meals - plus meals for my husband and son) because I know I won't stick to it otherwise.  I think I'll start on May 1st! Yay!!
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Rebecca001 in Round 3 and my “not worth it” list   
    I will also add as I have just reread my posts on this thread, I feel SOOOOOO much better when I eat 3 meals a day and don’t graze and I am absolutely going to work at getting that rhythm back into my life. Waiting 4-5 hours between meals really works for me but it takes me a few days to get into the swing 
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to laura_juggles in Day 21 of my third whole30   
    I cross-referenced AIP and FODMAP lists when offering you more suggestions. Green beans and leafy greens came up as OK across the board. 
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from WornOutWallaby in Sugar in everything!   
    Very good reminder! Unless the item has the Whole30 Approved decal on it, it's good to check the labels every time you buy an item - who knows which time is the time that it's changed... doing so also makes a person VERY good at quickly scanning labels which helps when trying out new products!
    Thanks for the reminder!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    @Rebecca001 - those pics are amazing, you  must be so pleased! You definitely look stronger in the second set! @christine19 so glad you guys are getting your vaccines! I was volunteering at the health care workers vax clinic the last two weeks and people were saying the same thing about getting appointments! It's actually a great thing to hear because it means that there's a great demand and that a lot of people are getting vaccinated... it would be tragic if appointments were super easy to get because no one was booking them!
    Sorry I've been quiet on here - I haven't read a book or written in my journal in two weeks or really come on here - nothing poor to report, just not in the groove I guess
    I made what I like to call Reuben Rollups for lunch today - corned beef, local sauerkraut, horseradish mixed with mayo and the whole thing wrapped around a pickle... so good! 
    I realized that although I don't mind doing food prep, I'm going to try and make more 'assembly' lunches like the rollups. Every week I make a frittata for breakfasts and a supper thing for the week but this week I was quite surprised by how much my prep went down by not having to actually cook a lunch thing so I'm going to do a bit more work on getting additional ideas for that! I'm getting excited for the transition to spring/summer foods - I dumped out half a batch of soup I made last week because I just couldn't force myself to eat it... it was delicious but past the ability to freeze it and I think soup season is done for me.
     @Lorna from Canada - how are you doing? 
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Rebecca001 in day 14: I've forgotten the point?   
    I can’t tell from your post if you are male or female, not sure if that matters but from my perspective as a female runner I just wondered. 
     
    before I came to w30 I was just like you: run a lot, eat a lot (of ok but pretty crappy food), run a lot, eat a lot.... yada yada. Just on this cycle. I was always chasing the last few vanity pounds and never getting there and  guess unlike you, I did want to lose some weight. As soon as I came to W30 I felt like the balance switched, like a jigsaw piece slotting together. Suddenly my food was my fuel, not my reward, for my training. I was running a lot, body weight /hiit training a lot, and I just felt amazing. I would say that if you are eating that much fruit it’s too much; you’ll never flick that metabolic switch if you eat that much sugar. My advice is rather than carb load, get your protein in and cut out the sweet tasting goodies (the sweet potato, the fruit, the dried fruit etc) - that’s if you actually want to do that? 
    I think like you say it is psychological to a degree, and I suppose w30 forces us to look at our food behaviour that’s taken a lifetime to form. The actual food for me is secondary to the psychology. I know that I feel better physically when I don’t eat sugar, but oh boy, I feel better emotionally when I don’t eat it. I have control over my food and don’t binge or have any food guilt whatsoever any more. I think women may experience this more than men, hence my question at the start 

    aside from sugar, the dairy and grains are the big enemy for me, I had a taste of chocolate 2 weeks ago and my metatarsal/toe joints swelled so much I couldn’t get my trainers on?! You may find that you can reintroduce dairy/grains (so your cream on granola, which sounds immense by the way!) but before you can do that you need to complete the 30 days. You might be surprised by the result when you reintroduce them 
    of course, you don’t have to do this. You sound like you are happy with where you are, you don’t have to eat this way. My husband is a runner too, he eats crap most of the time, drinks beer, he’s 10 stone dripping wet and had never restricted a food or read a label in his life- and he’s faster than me and never injured. In spite of this, I still love him haha 
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to WornOutWallaby in Sugar in everything!   
    It's been about 2 years since my last Whole30. A lot of products I know I used last time, now have added sugars and preservatives! For example, my favorite salsa which I discovered on Whole30, now has sugar added! I am so glad I rechecked labels! The same goes for several bone broths and stocks I was using for soups. How frustrating... and a reminder to always check the labels... 
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Rebecca001 in Good Food   
    That’s why we Whole30ers just smile knowingly when people say ‘but what do you eat?!’ 
     
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Tinkcabell in Good Food   
    YES!  This is awesome! Whole30 is what really encouraged me to become a great cook (not a chef or even an 'at home chef'... definitely not).
    Guilt and remorse need not apply! Just because you're changing your way of eating doesn't mean you have to suffer with bland or yucky... that's from the old diet mentality and we don't do that there! So happy for you!
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to laura_juggles in Extracts/Stevia Leaf   
    That's a no. It's still a sweetener. 
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    when I make them I use Mel Joulwan's recipe (but leave off the crust)
    http://meljoulwan.com/2010/05/17/scotch-eggs-a-k-a-protein-pellets/
    Also, 'pellet' seems like an off choice of word since like @Rebecca001said, they're HUGE.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from simmie in Trader Joe's No sugar dry rubbed uncured bacon   
    It's not ideal according to the 'no seed oils at home' but it's up to you.  Seed oils are okay when eating out (because otherwise it would be near impossible to eat out) so if you're like me and never eat out, then you can make that decision for yourself if you get what I mean.  Again, not ideal but not the worst thing in the world.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    Awesome, thank you! I wrote the meal plan in pen so I was hoping you said that!
    It was so beautiful on my drive to work this morning! There was a gorgeous blazing orange sunrise in my rear view mirror as I drove west and all the farms that I've missed because it's been dark on my drives were beautiful as the sun came up!
    I just discovered this morning that I'm down another belt hole for a total of 3 down since mid January.  
    In other also great news, I'm getting my Covid19 vaccination today as a healthcare employee (not front line or acute patient care but in an acute hospital setting). Has anyone else gotten theirs? Are you guys going to?
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    Please let me know how the salsa stew turns out, it's on my meal plan for next week  
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 2021 graduates   
    Our family has very little food tradition (save for Christmas baking) so I definitely don't envy you.. especially coming from and having relatives where food is love and there's just a complete delta between generations... not sure if that's how it is for you and obviously there's some stereotyping because I'm sure not every Italian family grandma is a 'feeder' but it's become a stereotype from a level of reality.
    I definitely enjoy this group.  I like hearing what people are working on, struggling with or winning at - we cannot as human beings have every experience ourselves so it's nice to be able to share with like minded people.  It's also nice to see where we might be having it easier than some folks in some spots or harder in other spots - it creates such a nice feeling of balance to hear our differences in how we interact with food.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 2021 graduates   
    Same... I feel zero feelings of guilt or shame or a need to be pleasing to others around food... If I'm the only one that has to deal with the reprecussions of eating the item, then I'm the only one that gets to weigh in on the decision.  I get that is MUCH harder to do for some people - I'm not a people pleaser by any stretch of the imagination which I imagine makes it much easier for me.  
    I think the one good thing I can say to help others that have this struggle that comes out of my experience with being 'that person' as you say @Rebecca001 is that my friends still invite me around, my family still likes me and there seems to be absolutely no poor side effects from declining food or bringing my own.  Hopefully that helps those who struggle with this?
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    Our family has very little food tradition (save for Christmas baking) so I definitely don't envy you.. especially coming from and having relatives where food is love and there's just a complete delta between generations... not sure if that's how it is for you and obviously there's some stereotyping because I'm sure not every Italian family grandma is a 'feeder' but it's become a stereotype from a level of reality.
    I definitely enjoy this group.  I like hearing what people are working on, struggling with or winning at - we cannot as human beings have every experience ourselves so it's nice to be able to share with like minded people.  It's also nice to see where we might be having it easier than some folks in some spots or harder in other spots - it creates such a nice feeling of balance to hear our differences in how we interact with food.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    Same... I feel zero feelings of guilt or shame or a need to be pleasing to others around food... If I'm the only one that has to deal with the reprecussions of eating the item, then I'm the only one that gets to weigh in on the decision.  I get that is MUCH harder to do for some people - I'm not a people pleaser by any stretch of the imagination which I imagine makes it much easier for me.  
    I think the one good thing I can say to help others that have this struggle that comes out of my experience with being 'that person' as you say @Rebecca001 is that my friends still invite me around, my family still likes me and there seems to be absolutely no poor side effects from declining food or bringing my own.  Hopefully that helps those who struggle with this?
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to ShannonM816 in Are Isagenix protein shakes Whole30 approved?   
    @Kalaj Flameyes, the Real Plans app/website is in some sense official, in that they've worked with Whole30 to develop recipes that meet Whole30 guidelines. It is still not owned or operated by Whole30, it is a completely separate entity that has non-Whole30 options as well as Whole30 compatible options, so if you do decide to use it, be sure you only look at the Whole30 options while you're doing Whole30.
    RealPlans is not the kind of app that scans barcodes and tells you if a product is Whole30 compatible, and there are no official Whole30 apps that do that. RealPlans is a meal planning app that helps you plan out meals and make grocery lists. 
     
     
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    It's interesting hearing/reading this wine discussion.  I'm not a big drinker in general but previously did like to indulge in a bottle (or two) of wine with a friend or my sister on a sleepover night. And then I started to realize that usually within the first half a glass, I would get an aching headache that hung out down the left side of the back of my neck... it would pierce up behind my ear and generally make whatever fun we were having almost unbearable in that I wanted to take a handful of pain killers and go to bed... I want to say this never use to be a problem for me but it's possible that I just didn't put the two things together and it's always been a problem. So Ive switched my minimal drinking to craft beer and craft distilled hard liquor which doesn't affect me adversely like wine apparently does... total bummer because I have a wine fridge full of the good stuff but I'm sure @ladyshannywill work on taking that off my hands  
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 2021 graduates   
    And that is what we are here for! Accounting is highly frustrating and I am in awe of people who choose to do it as their living... I can't imagine!
    Chocolate and wine won't erase the $11.73 hour
     
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 2021 graduates   
    It's a made up holiday that provinces in Canada fought for because we had no public holidays between January 1st and Easter (which is in April this year). I think every province in Canada has it but it's not all on the same day because it's a Provincial holiday, not Federal and some of us just couldn't pick the same day as everyone else! (That's BC... we're a special lot).
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to AMK922 in Letting Go...   
    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing! The saying of doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome (insanity!) is definitely at play for me and I want to escape that for good. 
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Rebecca001 in Ms.   
    I have the same issue with my scales and this time I really want to tackle it. I decided not to weigh myself after my 2nd W30 and still haven’t now after 40 days. The fact that I want to (really badly some days) is something I am giving a lot of thought to. I’m quickly coming to the conclusion that I want to weigh myself more when I feel rubbish than when I feel good. It’s as if that number is a stick to whack myself with when I already feel low. And as @Lorna from Canadasays above, that number is bigger than all the good things, the benefits, the NSVs. So, a bit like the sugar dragon, to slay it you have to starve it out- I’ve decided I’m not weighing myself until I get to a point where I don’t care what it says anymore (at which point, I hope I won’t even think about weighing myself?!) 
     
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Lorna from Canada in Ms.   
    Hey @Chungui
    I hear ya. It's very, very difficult to throw out your scale permanently. Like Sugar says - we are bombarded with messages about the number we should be. I have never seen a Woman's magazine with a title "Have looser pants in 10 days!" It's always a number (usually unrealistic) and the only way we get numbers is from the scale. It is beaten into us to lose weight but we only interpret that through a single measure - the number going down. Nothing but the number matters to us. It's quite silly when we think about it rationally.
    I had an unhealthy relationship with the scale for many, many years. After a major weightloss following the births of my children, I weighed myself 3 times a day for years. Utter insanity. I was down to once a week for awhile but knew that the number on it was dictating both my mood and my self esteem. This became most evident after the completion of my first W30. I could not wait to get on the scale! I felt better than I had in years - I was sleeping well through the night in a way I hadn't since 1985. I was less anxious and more upbeat. My clothes and rings were loose. My workouts were super charged. A chronic plantar fasciitis that had troubled me through 5 long years of every treatment (save surgery) known to mankind had simply disappeared - that was astonishing to me! I had no hip pain and no stomach pain and never felt hungry. It was great and then I stepped on the scale. That 11lb weight loss became the only thing that mattered - it was the highest single month weightloss number I had ever experienced! I became fixated on losing more and was back to weighing myself all the time. All of the other major benefits faded into the background and the first thing I told people when I talked about W30 was that I had lost 11 lbs in one month. That's when it dawned on me how ridiculous weighing myself was because that number was artificial and meaningless in the light of everything else I had accomplished and experienced. I got rid of my scale that day and have never looked back.
    Anyway - no easy way to give it up but taking a break for 30 days might inform you better about what you want to do for the long haul. Like Sugar says - you can do it!