Loulabelle

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    Loulabelle reacted to Carlaccini in Heartbroken on Day 24   
    Just to digress a bit here to celebrate with you....
     
    Look how far you have come!  Wow!  Good for you!!!!!
    Keep it up.  Focus on getting enough nutrient dense food in, bringing down your stress levels, and treating yourself kindly.
     
    I know you will do this.
     
     
     
    Celebrate ^this^ win.
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Day 20- frustrated   
    You still have 10 days to go! A lot of people take the entire 30 days to reap any benefits and those with medical conditions can take even longer. I can feel your frustration in your writing but it is really too early in the process for any real magic to have happened. Personally I only felt it once during my 30 days when I had a burst of tiger blood then I kept on going and just got better and better.
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from GFChris in Day 31 & a mixed bag of results   
    OK now I have a real problem. I got my winter clothes up from the cellar and all my dresses that I love to wear are way too big for me! Since my last update I have dropped more weight and at least another 4cm off my waist; my UK size 12 clothes no longer fit me. I'm going to have to look at getting a lot of my clothes taken in 
     
    This week I have met up with people I have not seen in years and the compliments I received on how good I look, not just physically but mentally were rather flattering to my ego  . Everyone said separately how happy & content I look and those were the best compliments of all! I put that down to the food I eat making me feel so damn good. 
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from CaitrionaOC in PaleoVirgin SugarJunkie Cats 1st Whole30 :-) (eeek)   
    You should try to eat more protein at breakfast as 2 eggs is not enough. It will help set your day up right and keep the hunger pangs away. 
     
    All the best for your next 28 days!
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    Loulabelle reacted to Blissfulnewme in I almost want to quit my Whole30...need some encouragement   
    Thank you so much!!
     
    Everything went smoothly today, but it turns out they have to draft an agreement and I have to go back on October 20th, and the divorce will be final that day...
    unbelievable!
     
    I'm so grateful I started the Whole30 when I did (21 days ago!) because I would have totally been eating all kinds of chocolates and sweets and I would have been a mess today. But I feel pretty good. And I feel more prepared for the actual divorce day.
     
    Thank you guys for the support!
    I had such a great breakfast this morning and I actually feel empowered to keep my Whole30 going!
    So grateful <3
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Day 20- frustrated   
    You still have 10 days to go! A lot of people take the entire 30 days to reap any benefits and those with medical conditions can take even longer. I can feel your frustration in your writing but it is really too early in the process for any real magic to have happened. Personally I only felt it once during my 30 days when I had a burst of tiger blood then I kept on going and just got better and better.
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    Loulabelle reacted to kruddock in What are your NSV's???   
    NSV on Day 5 of my 2nd Whole30 - Our company Doctor said to me in the lunchroom this morning "You are looking fitter every time I see you!". What a boost! :D
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Day 28: Groggy in the morning, eczema still present   
    It is also coming into winter so the perfect time of year to buy the inexpensive cuts of meat that require long slow cooking. Think of pulled pork or stews & casseroles with the cheapest cuts of beef that most people don't want. Cook them for 3-4 hours and they become tender and delicious.
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from Tom Denham in Day 28: Groggy in the morning, eczema still present   
    Your breakfast is not big enough, it lacks protein with only 2 eggs. I found eating too light at breakfast set me up for a tired & difficult afternoon. What are your portion sizes for your other meals?
     
    I suffer from eczema too, it only got better when I cut out eggs completely. Turned out I was allergic to them and they do seem to be a trigger for so many people. You could try cutting them out for a few weeks (unfortunately it is not an immediate fix, it needs time) to see if it helps your skin.
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    Loulabelle reacted to Brewer5 in Approaching burn out   
     
    Because you should.  
     
    While we've all tried -- not one of us are, in fact, Wonder Woman.
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from HerTwoScents in Breastfeeding and Supply Drop on Whole30   
    As part of your fluid intake drink fennel tea, it is used in Switzerland a lot for boosting supply.
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    Loulabelle reacted to Saree_maree in Leaving town for funeral, hotel stay, family challenges   
    I just wanted to report back that I am home from the trip. I stayed 100% compliant although I definitely strayed pretty far from the template on Monday afternoon. While everybody was eating cakes, cookies, pie, chocolates, and drinking wine, beer, and bourbon, in order to feel like I was participating and to keep people from asking me why I wasn't eating or drinking anything I ate a lot (A LOT A LOT) of the only compliant thing around: fruit salad. And drank gallons of seltzer and black coffee.
     
    I had a wonderful time reconnecting with my family and honoring my beautiful grandmother. So many people were there to pay their respects, it was truly inspiring and emotionally a bit overwhelming.
     
    So, despite my bloated fruit belly, I call it a win. 27.5 days down, 2.5 to go.
     
    Saree
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from praxisproject in Anxiety too much for Whole30   
    You are not insane, anxiety is a real thing afflicting way too many people. I found that during my W30 my levels of anxiety decreased, wheat especially messes with my brain to produce horrible anxiety. You would have to make sure you eat plenty of starchy veg, this really helps. As for the food allergies maybe you have them and maybe you don't. I have food allergies and to the most common, mundane foods but if you have them it is normal for reactions to be slight at first. A full blown anaphylactic reaction to a developed allergy as an adult would be incredibly rare.
     
    Could you try different meds first to help reduce your current levels of anxiety before starting a W30?
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from Tom Denham in Is my teenage son eating enough?   
    From my experience I would work on what he is having for breakfast as they are way too small for a 6' teenage boy. Breakfast on day 1 should have been 4 eggs minimum plus lots of veggies and a huge dollop of good fat, having fruit sets him up for a sugar crash and 2 eggs is not nearly enough. Ditch the fruit in general and get him to eat his veg. Without a really good, substantial breakfast I find the rest of the day is spent playing catch up.
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from Tom Denham in Is my teenage son eating enough?   
    From my experience I would work on what he is having for breakfast as they are way too small for a 6' teenage boy. Breakfast on day 1 should have been 4 eggs minimum plus lots of veggies and a huge dollop of good fat, having fruit sets him up for a sugar crash and 2 eggs is not nearly enough. Ditch the fruit in general and get him to eat his veg. Without a really good, substantial breakfast I find the rest of the day is spent playing catch up.
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    Loulabelle reacted to catricya in Day 29—Doing Great, Except for More Inflammation   
    Oh my god. I'm on day five of no cruciferous veggies and no nightshades and my energy levels are through the roof AND my inflammation is way down. I think we might have found the problem. Thanks for all the advice guys! 
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    Loulabelle reacted to JenX in Will I ever get it? My eating plan is so broken   
    I finished my first round of Whole 30 and tried to do a slow-roll reintroduction. That quickly spiraled into a fast tumble down the hill so I got back on for a 2nd whole 30. This time, I'm doing the specific reintroduction schedule and I had to tell myself those are the rules, just like the Whole 30's rules. They are not to be broken.  When I finally finish this I need to work on my Whole JenX plan and believe me, I know, it will need to have set rules and I will need to follow them. Some people are able to moderate - have a little of this, that, and the other and get right back on track. After years of yo-yo dieting, going up and down 10-15 lbs per year every year, sometimes 2-3x a year - I know I cannot moderate. Those foods have too big a sway on me. I'm an addictive personality and sugar, alcohol, cheese, simple carbs, crunch-salty-greasy chip like things, are just as dangerous to me as tobacco used to be.  Opening that door more than once in a blue moon for a very special occasion leads me right back to opening it every day, day after day. 
     
    One thing to my own mental well being though is I never tell myself or anyone else that I CAN'T have those foods. It's that I CHOOSE not to eat those foods. I can have everything, but I choose not to.  Telling myself I can't sets me up for feelings of denial & depravation. 
     
    Do I think I have it all figured out for me now? No, not by a long shot. This is a marathon, not a sprint. I will stumble along the way. But I will pick myself up and get back to moving forward. You will too.
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from GFChris in Day 31 & a mixed bag of results   
    OK now I have a real problem. I got my winter clothes up from the cellar and all my dresses that I love to wear are way too big for me! Since my last update I have dropped more weight and at least another 4cm off my waist; my UK size 12 clothes no longer fit me. I'm going to have to look at getting a lot of my clothes taken in 
     
    This week I have met up with people I have not seen in years and the compliments I received on how good I look, not just physically but mentally were rather flattering to my ego  . Everyone said separately how happy & content I look and those were the best compliments of all! I put that down to the food I eat making me feel so damn good. 
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from Raven in Day 31 & a mixed bag of results   
    It's been another couple of months so time for an other update. I'm still eating W30 style nearly every meal, I don't really off road too much and when I do I don't feel guilty about it as I make a concious decision for everything that I eat. I do drink wine and or a couple of gins every weekend which I really enjoy. My energy levels are good and I can head out at lunchtime for a 30k bike ride and feel great afterwards. Afternoon slumps are really a thing of the past; my energy levels tend to be very consistent throughout the day. The only time I have problems is if I don't eat a proper breakfast! I cannot stress enough to any new people just how important this is, if breakfast is not good that is when my energy levels go screwy and I become ravenously hungry in the afternoon. 
     
    My skin is still doing fantastically, my eczema has little flare ups occasionally but nothing major. I'm still losing weight too, I jumped on the scale this morning to find I am at my lightest in many years but I don't really care about that as my clothes are fitting me wonderfully and I am buying some things in smaller sizes now. I never have to wear Spanx any-more :-) This slow and steady weight loss has been incredibly satisfying after the initial shock of gaining 2kg wore off and the reality of NSV's seeped into my conciousness. It feels like it is a proper, real & most importantly permanent change to where my body would like to be rather then where I wish it to be. So for all of you who are disappointed at not losing lots of weight in 30 days I can only recommend to be like Dory and just keep swimming, positivity and treating yourself to great nourishing food wins in the end. 
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from Raven in Day 31 & a mixed bag of results   
    It's now 2 months since I did my whole30 so I thought I'd give a wee update on how I'm doing. The 2kg's I put on during my W30 have gone along with another 2 on top of that (I think, I don't actually weigh myself so much). I've also shrunk more, my clothes fit so much better and I can get into things I couldn't back in January. Food wise I stick pretty much to the meal templates and this way of eating, it really does suit me. I do ride my own bike by having the odd off-plan thing, I just enjoyed some dark chocolate for the first time in months. Mostly though I am slowly introducing things banned from the normal food list for AIP to see what happens with them. 
     
    I did have some allergy testing done and found out I am allergic to apples, bananas, eggs and a-amylase enzyme which is found in grains so no more of any of them for me. I'm going to miss bananas as I really enjoy them and eggs for the quick easy protein.
     
    I found that over the 3 months since I started this my moods are much more even, I don't tend to get bouts of anxiety any more and I'm more even tempered not that I was very bad tempered before.  The couple of days I did eat bread that all changed, I really didn't like the person I became after eating wheat, totally lethargic and apathetic. Even if I could eat grains I would now choose not to. I love, love, love that I no longer have afternoon slumps, they have never come back.
     
    My eczema, which was my main reason for starting this, is so much better. I still get little bits but nothing like what it was before. I can't tell you how happy I am about this. 
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from Raven in Day 31 & a mixed bag of results   
    So my 30 days are up and I have to say I really love this way of eating, it's not too far removed from how I eat normally so sticking to the plan was not too difficult. I only had one tiny glimpse of tiger blood 2 weeks in and it has been hiding from me every since which has been disappointing but having said that my energy levels are very steady, I haven't had 3pm slumps since a couple of days in. I really would have liked to be more of a tiger! 
     
    I didn't eat sugar previously so had no sugar dragon to slay; mine was a bread dragon which I think is sleeping peacefully now as I have no desire to eat bread at all. I think I have an even healthier relationship with food, sticking to the plan laid my eating demons before me to see in the cold light of day where there is no place to hide. My binging on carbs when bored or depressed or well whatever there didn't have to be a reason I just did, is hopefully a thing of the past. But I also realise that bread or rice or pasta never really made me feel full so I always ate too much of it when not bingeing so there is not really much point in eating them again. 
     
    My sleep was disturbed a lot of the time during my 30 days, I don't think I prioritised it enough so I still need to change that and get to bed earlier. I'd really love to sleep more. As I was tired all the time I never got round to doing any exercise; I really, really need to change that. I have to focus more on a holistic approach to my entire well being, food was the start now I need to add exercise and relaxation to my life. 
     
    My main goal of doing the W30 was not weight loss but reading about all the success stories made me hope to lose a couple of kg's instead I put them on! I'm actually really disappointed about this as I wasn't expecting this weight gain but I'm trying not to be disheartened about it as I lost 15cm overall including 7cm off my waist. I know the number on the scale isn't everything and I have had compliments about how I am looking so I intend to keep off the scale and keep on eating correctly and with exercise tone up and muscle weighs more than fat right?
     
    I'm going to keep on eating as I am eating now, the only addition to my diet for now is going to be a smidgen of steamed milk in my morning coffee. That is the only thing I really missed for the last 30 days. 
     
     
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    Loulabelle reacted to Carrots&Blueberries in Day 31 & a mixed bag of results   
    Thank you for continuing to update! It's so nice to see this sequence of your posts over time.
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from GFChris in Day 31 & a mixed bag of results   
    OK now I have a real problem. I got my winter clothes up from the cellar and all my dresses that I love to wear are way too big for me! Since my last update I have dropped more weight and at least another 4cm off my waist; my UK size 12 clothes no longer fit me. I'm going to have to look at getting a lot of my clothes taken in 
     
    This week I have met up with people I have not seen in years and the compliments I received on how good I look, not just physically but mentally were rather flattering to my ego  . Everyone said separately how happy & content I look and those were the best compliments of all! I put that down to the food I eat making me feel so damn good. 
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from GFChris in Day 31 & a mixed bag of results   
    OK now I have a real problem. I got my winter clothes up from the cellar and all my dresses that I love to wear are way too big for me! Since my last update I have dropped more weight and at least another 4cm off my waist; my UK size 12 clothes no longer fit me. I'm going to have to look at getting a lot of my clothes taken in 
     
    This week I have met up with people I have not seen in years and the compliments I received on how good I look, not just physically but mentally were rather flattering to my ego  . Everyone said separately how happy & content I look and those were the best compliments of all! I put that down to the food I eat making me feel so damn good. 
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    Loulabelle got a reaction from GFChris in Day 31 & a mixed bag of results   
    OK now I have a real problem. I got my winter clothes up from the cellar and all my dresses that I love to wear are way too big for me! Since my last update I have dropped more weight and at least another 4cm off my waist; my UK size 12 clothes no longer fit me. I'm going to have to look at getting a lot of my clothes taken in 
     
    This week I have met up with people I have not seen in years and the compliments I received on how good I look, not just physically but mentally were rather flattering to my ego  . Everyone said separately how happy & content I look and those were the best compliments of all! I put that down to the food I eat making me feel so damn good.