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    Susabella627 got a reaction from NoneOtherThanAmy in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    @emilyelowe  @NoneOtherThanAmy I thought this was the best place to tag you both just to say "Hi" and congratulate you Emily on your whole 30 and to wish you luck Amy on your current one. 
    I went to the Cape (Cod that is) for 10 days in the end of August and when we got back it was time to get my oldest 2 back to college and my daughter ready for her second year of highschool.  Looking forward to things getting back into a routine around here!! I am not ready for an "official" whole 30 but I know it's coming soon. Have 2 surgeries scheduled, one in Sept. on in Oct. and will get thru those first. 
    Will always be thankful for meeting you ladies on here, you are both very inspiring and just plain fun to follow (here and on insta!!) Look forward to seeing you around these boards in the future!!  
    Best to you both!!!!
     
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    Susabella627 reacted to NoneOtherThanAmy in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    @Susabella627 Hi! Glad to hear from you again! Sounds like you had a busy and fun August. Hope your surgeries go well. I'll be thinking of you. I'm so grateful to have met you and @emilyelowe on here. 
    My new Whole30 is going well, but it's kind of a kick in the pants to realize that I hadn't quite squashed that sugar dragon as thoroughly as I thought. I had a strange KILL ALL THE THINGS day related to not being able to use food to comfort myself when I was going in for a hard day of lab work. Definitely need to work on some new coping strategies!  
    In much more fun news, I "had" to buy an entire new fall wardrobe seeing as how my all my clothes were completely baggy on me. Seriously. I'm wearing a t-shirt right now that used to be very form fitting and is now more of a loosely fitted t-shirt.
    Hope you ladies are doing well! I'm loving the September Whole30 group, but I do miss you two! 
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    Susabella627 got a reaction from NoneOtherThanAmy in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    @emilyelowe  @NoneOtherThanAmy I thought this was the best place to tag you both just to say "Hi" and congratulate you Emily on your whole 30 and to wish you luck Amy on your current one. 
    I went to the Cape (Cod that is) for 10 days in the end of August and when we got back it was time to get my oldest 2 back to college and my daughter ready for her second year of highschool.  Looking forward to things getting back into a routine around here!! I am not ready for an "official" whole 30 but I know it's coming soon. Have 2 surgeries scheduled, one in Sept. on in Oct. and will get thru those first. 
    Will always be thankful for meeting you ladies on here, you are both very inspiring and just plain fun to follow (here and on insta!!) Look forward to seeing you around these boards in the future!!  
    Best to you both!!!!
     
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    Susabella627 reacted to emilyelowe in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    OK, time to review the Non-Scale Victories (or flops ).
    Non-Scale Goals:
    1. NO MORE BLOATING  Success! I did get a bit bloated for the first time in a long time like two days ago but it has been rare and it was so much less extreme and passed much more quickly than pre-Whole30. 
    2. Fewer headaches  Also a success! The only time they seem to show up now is if I let myself get hungry/go too long between meals, which is tricky because my belly rarely tells me I'm hungry and my energy doesn't really dip due to hunger anymore. How do others navigate this when you're maybe not having a normal scheduled routine day?
    3. Control of my Sugar Dragon - I don't think I'm one of those people that will ever shrug him entirely, but when he shows up I want to be able to ignore him with limited effort. I'm the Boss!  I'm not really sure about this. He's been a real stinker the last couple days as my brain when into Reintroduction LETSEATALLTHETHINGS rebellion, but as my husband pointed out, I was able to control myself. I am definitely craving something sweet big time, though, so I clearly still have an intense sweet tooth. Not sure what else I can do about this, except practice to find my definition of "worth it." So the Dragon Slaying battle continues. 
    4. Clearer skin - less dry, improved dandruff and psoriasis symptoms, maybe no pimples during my period?  Skin is definitely feeling less dry and my dandruff is gone! I do still have some itchy psoriasis a few days after washing, but no embarrasing flakes! Whoo hoo! I haven't had any pimples since early in the Whole30, so we'll see how that part goes going forward.
    5. Regular digestion  I'm still not pooping, you guys. Ugh. 
    6. Improved stamina and continued gains at the gym   I am definitely feeling energetic and ready to conquer at the gym, but I didn't see the same kind of gains I saw last time. I think this is more likely related to the fact that last Whole30 I was also starting a new workout routine and getting used to the movements, whereas now it is the normal routine. So I think this is normal. Physique-wise, I'm not seeing the same level of changes, either, which is kind of disappointing, but this round I was much more intentional with the fat part of the meal template and had non-template calories like kombucha more often. I am curious to see how to work that out in my Food Freedom to still reach my fitness and physique goals without getting all obsess-y. 
    7. Energy and alertness upon waking  Again, not quite the same level of change that I saw last time, but I'm not sure what could be causing this. Maybe the Natural Calm is helping me sleep TOO deep? It definitely takes me less time to get up and get going though than pre-Whole30s. I love being a morning person!
    8. Increased interest in... intimacy.  We're pretty much the same in this department, though my improved energy, digestion, and mood are positives in this general direction. 
    9. Improved meal packing/planning skills and execution (I want it to be a habit, not a chore).  It's still a chore, but seeing the benefits in trying new recipes has renewed my dedication to doing it anyway. Success?
    10. And probably the most important: Food Freedom. I listed this as one of my Goals for 2017 at the beginning of the year because I feel like God has been showing me that I have given food too much power - it has become an idol that I let control my feelings, my choices, my mindset, etc. and that is not where food belongs. I've already made significant progress in this area with the other Whole30s I have done this year but I am so grateful that this process has grace built in so I can come back and try to learn more!  I think I've continued to gain more and more perspective on where food belongs via this Whole30, so while I am still struggling to find Food Freedom, I feel dedicated to figuring it out and find myself better able to focus on my other blessings, instead of just food. I did have a bit of a meltdown the other day when the idea of deciding what to eat was JUST TOO MUCH but there were a lot of factors and I was aware of what was happening while in the situation, which allowed me to verbalize and ask my husband to be patient. Progress?
     
    I also lost 2 pounds and 1% body fat (if you can trust that number, which you probably can't) and feel much better in my clothes. I would like to see more progress in the physical realm but I also need to work internally on facing the truth about if additional physical changes will actually make me healthier, or if this is just what a healthy Emily looks like. The Saga Continues.
     
    I'd love to hear updates on how everyone else is feeling!
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    Susabella627 reacted to SugarcubeOD in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    sorry I disappeared!  I've been reading all the posts and cheering you guys!!  I'm so proud of you little duckies!
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    Susabella627 reacted to emilyelowe in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    I don't know, Amy - you, me and Susabella sure didn't get quiet at the end of the last one.  Thanks for thinking of me today! Good luck with September Whole30!
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    Susabella627 reacted to emilyelowe in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    It's Day 30!!! Not sure if it's just the caffeinated water or the actual Day 30 Tiger Blood talking, but I am very excited about today.  
    Is there anyone still logging on regularly that wants me to start a Reintroduction chain? I feel like we lost a loooot of people, so don't want to clutter up the forum if it's not necessary, particularly since I'm doing more of a Slow Roll. I feel like it's just me and @Delicacious hanging out at this point. Let me know what you think. 
    Happy Day 30 (or are you on 31 already?), @Delicacious!
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    Susabella627 reacted to NoneOtherThanAmy in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    Happy day 30 @emilyelowe!  Congrats on finishing again! Also to anyone else here who made it!
    This group did get pretty quiet toward the end, didn't it?  I know that generally happens, but it's always sad. 
    I'm thinking I may participate in the September Whole30 because my time between off-plan foods seems to keep getting shorter. I'd also love to be able to do a full reintroduction and I don't think I'll have any travels this fall to interfere.
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    Susabella627 reacted to Delicacious in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    Hellooo everyone! How's everyone doing? It's Day 24 for us. Just made a spinach, peppers and bacon frittata this morning and it's so nice to have fresh food for breakfast. Kids have been taking turns to wake us up (more my hubby than me), so he's upset that he's really tired and not feeling that much tiger blood yet. I'm sleepy but more energetic than I would usually be when I'm sleep deprived. So it's good. 
    I've been busy (and lazy) last weekend and so this week's food has been rather rushed since not much food prep was done. All my freezer stores (except a fresh batch of roast pork) have been depleted and so I'd really have to cook this weekend! Dinner is probably going to be lemon pepper wings, and I might start making some beef stew for next week. 
    Have a great day everyone!
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    Susabella627 reacted to diamonds422 in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    Hi all, it's day 30 for me and my husband. I'm so, so glad we didn't quit despite all the difficulties. Today's lunch was the greek version of the Whole30 protein salad on a bed of spinach with balsamic vinaigrette drizzled on top, with a side of strawberries. AMAZING. I can't believe I didn't try it before. It's amazing how some roasted tomatoes, kalamata olives and basil can change something so much. 
    Non-scale victories are numerous-- more energy, better skin, minimal cravings (gone now that the stress of the move is over), getting more efficient in the kitchen, and I'm sure a lot more I can't think of right now. My husband, like he did during his first Whole30, completely stopped snoring the third day or so. 
    We're basically going with the slow roll introduction. I've never really had issues with the food groups being introduced, but I think for my next Whole30 I'll do the reintroductions on schedule to make sure. Can't do that this time around, but it's in my plans for sure. We basically plan to eat Whole30 or at least paleo all the time unless something comes along that's worth it. 
    It's been a pleasure being part of this thread with y'all. I'm sure I'll see many of you around the forum in the future! Best of luck to everyone who is approaching the finish line!
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    Susabella627 reacted to emilyelowe in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    Day 24! One week from today I will be eating gluten. I am both excited and scared, but mostly excited. Not because I miss the things I'm going to reintroduce on Thursday - I'm actually purposely trying to eat not very special things as a guard rail for myself - but because I'm going to learn. And I love learning.  I think my plan for next week is to have a piece of bread with breakfast and pita with a gyro for lunch. As I've mentioned, we have people coming in to town on Friday, so the rest of the weekend will be interesting.
    However, right now I'm really kind of feeling like I will be able to stay mostly on track (on track = a truly SLOW slow roll) even over the weekend. I was reading through the journal I kept on my phone during my last reintroduction, and it makes me not even want to reintroduce things. Like, most of what I was saying was how terrible I was feeling. I had headaches and bloating all the time. The interesting recipes and partnership with my hubby during this Whole30 have really started to make me think I want this to just be how I eat. Maybe it is just the oncoming Tiger Blood talking but for now, I'm feeling motivated. I think having my husband on board with me has really made a difference so I hope he sticks with it, too. We shall see. 
    The spinach and artichoke potatoes I made last night are THE BOMB. So yummy. Last night I had one of those, grilled chicken, and a bit of mayo for dinner. This morning I had one with mayo and 3 eggs for breakfast.
    I successfully sat in a Lunch and Learn session surrounded by pizza today PRE-lunch and survived, so that's a victory. Once my nose acclimated to the amazing smell of the pizza, I actually forgot about it, which is a pretty big deal, because I have a tendency to obsess over food or other things I want. It might have just been that I gave my brain something else to do in the form of peeling off all of my Gel nail polish, though, haha. (that is very bad for your nails - don't do that). Either way, I made it. I'm eating butter chicken and chow mein for lunch now (I was starting to get a bit of a headache, so hoping that will pass now that I've eaten). 
    I also walked past FREE, genuine, German handmade, mini cream puffs on the way out of work yesterday. I thought about taking them home and putting them in a Ziploc but then I channeled my inner Melissa and was like "If you want a cream puff next week (which you won't because you don't actually like cream puffs), you can go get one because ADULT." Also a victory.
    Last but not least... I "accidentally," squatted 5 pounds more than my previous working set this morning, which was kind of exciting. I was like, "Why is that so heavy?" and then I looked and was like, "Oh. Well let's roll with that, then." I failed on my fifth set, so I went back down 5 pounds for my sixth (and last), but I was still pretty pleased with myself. Suffice it to say, gym performance is improving. I'm also falling asleep and sleeping well and feeling very energetic and focused. AND I washed my hair again and the dandruff is even better than last time! NSV! (I only wash my hair 1-2 times per week - it's not weird, it's good for you - so that is why I keep randomly making this announcement. I have to wait a week before I can test it again. Haha). Literally 0 flakes this morning. I can't believe it. Praise the Lord! 
    Also, my husband this morning was explaining how something he hadn't done in a long time was easier at the gym and that he can run faster than normal and I just said, "It's called Tiger Blood. Welcome to the Whole30," to which he immediately rolled his eyes but, you know, it's not always easy being right all the time. #noapologies  
    Back to Reality, though: We don't have a good plan for dinner tonight AND we have to do some errands, so I have a feeling all of this "Yay, I love Whole30 and unicorns," spirit will be slightly lacking in a few hours, but I'm going to try to document it and hold onto it as long as I can! Haha!
    Have a happy Thursday!  
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    Susabella627 reacted to jephrystanley in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    @Laurie....I was just on my way to grocery store and thinking about your comments regarding Rx bars and I wanted to tell you a story.  Two weeks (two short weeks!) before I started the Whole 30 (July 24), I bought a bucket of fried chicken at my local Harris Teeter because I was there and it smelled amazing (NO WILLPOWER!).  It had twelve pieces of chicken in it.  And over the course of two days, I ate the whole thing.  Repeat: THE. WHOLE THING.  I plowed into it, wrapped it up secretly in the fridge so hubs would not know (I confessed) and then munched on it all day the next day.  This was right after we moved and right before I started my job so I was home all day with my dogs, feeling homesick, missing my friends and tired of unpacking.  And I took it out on my body.  And in case I wasn't clear,  A WHOLE BUCKET OF CHICKEN.  BY. MYSELF.  (I'm laughing as I type this.)  The point being (and someone else made it more eloquently earlier), don't be to hard on yourself.  Life is stressful and messy and all we can do is give it our best shot every day; celebrate it when win and learn when we lose.  That's it.  So feel better...it's not like you ate a whole bucket of chicken!  HA HA HA!
    @emilyelowe, really re: HB eggs?  Thank God you told me that because I thought two HB eggs was a lot! I'm glad to know I can up that because you're right, it's not enough (my body can tell that).  I supplemented with some fruit and nuts but I'd rather eat the eggs!  I'm glad I like eggs a lot because we sure do go thru some eggs.  And thanks for the motivation about the gym.  I know you're right; I just hate it.  Mainly because I feel like I don't know what I'm doing.  I was hoping to find a trainer who would work with me but I've dragged my feet on it thus far since we moved. I know you're right, I just need to convert that knowledge to action.
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    Susabella627 reacted to NoneOtherThanAmy in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    Hi All! So glad to see you all doing well on your Whole30s. I had an interview last week (one of the reasons I would have had a hard time doing a Whole30 with all of you) and am in need of a reset now. My sugar dragon has started to wake up and my GI tract is all messed up. So, I'll come back and hang around here for a while to keep up with your inspirations and recipes!
    @SugarcubeOD Thanks for sharing your experiences. The more people who talk about mental health issues the more we can start to realize how many people struggle with them and realize that we're not alone in our struggles. I'm training for a 5k right now and it's called the "Speak up 5k" with the goal of raising awareness of mental health issues. It's aimed at raising awareness in teenagers, but starting the conversation in one group can only help normalize talking about mental health issues in general. I saw your blanket on Instagram and didn't immediately register it was YOU who was making the blanket. I use Instagram mainly to follow crafty (knitting, crocheting, and handspinning) friends, so I assumed it was one of them posting a project they started.  Can't wait to see it when it's finished! I love the colors you chose.  
    I made some chicken for lunch to go on a salad and I had a great compliant breakfast that was a mashup of leftovers from 2 different meals. One didn't have enough protein left to be considered a meal and the other didn't have enough veggies. Put them together and they were a complete meal! Yum. I'm out of mayo though and I'm not a huge fan of the Tessemae Ranch I have in my fridge (it's very lemon-pepper tasting), but I'll have to make do until I make more mayo. I have ground turkey thawed, so I'll probably do sloppy joes tonight with baked potatoes. I might need to make a stop to pick up some additional veggies though.
    Have a great day all!
     
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    Susabella627 reacted to Jim4884 in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    Thanks for sharing Sugarcube - I have 2 of those 4 diagnoses and that's more than enough, I feel for ya.  I self medicated much of my life with alcohol pre-diagnosis - fortunately now, mine are well under control with actual prescribed medication.   I don't think was going to fall into the trap of "well my new eating habits got me off of my blood pressure medication, maybe my other meds..." but you never know where my head can go - I think your experience will help keep my thinking straight on that topic.
    I think this thread is stuck with stragglers and hanger-ons because it has such a cool name   I'm in re-intro phase and still feel the need to chime in here, now and then.  Speaking just for myself I hope to see you around...
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    Susabella627 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    @SugarcubeOD Thinking of you and hoping you get things back under control and feel better soon. I have a brother who was diagnosed many years ago with bipolar disorder and he too has tried at times to stop the meds but that never ended well. Thank you for your honesty, we need to do more to stop the stigma of mental illness and help those who need it. Sending you hugs!!!
    To all you slayers you are doing an amazing job and though I am not on this journey at this time I love reading your posts and following along with you. I am feeling so inspired to start my next whole 30 (after vacation probably around Sept 1).  
    Keep up the great work!!!
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    Susabella627 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    @SugarcubeOD Thinking of you and hoping you get things back under control and feel better soon. I have a brother who was diagnosed many years ago with bipolar disorder and he too has tried at times to stop the meds but that never ended well. Thank you for your honesty, we need to do more to stop the stigma of mental illness and help those who need it. Sending you hugs!!!
    To all you slayers you are doing an amazing job and though I am not on this journey at this time I love reading your posts and following along with you. I am feeling so inspired to start my next whole 30 (after vacation probably around Sept 1).  
    Keep up the great work!!!
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    Susabella627 reacted to SugarcubeOD in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    Thanks for all your support you guys!  I'm expecting my appetite to come back shortly and then I"ll go grocery shopping - I still need to make that Vera Cruz style red snapper that I found... I just don't want to make it and waste it if it turns out appetite doesn't come back - I realize this may make me sound like a huge hypocrite because we always tell people to eat three meals a day regardless... the problem is that I AM hungry and I DO know to eat but I can't MAKE myself... it's a very strange experience but I know that in a day or two more at most, my desire to eat will come roaring back and then it's ON! 
    @Susabella627 - I agree, there's so much stigma around mental illness that is so unnecessary... that's why I really don't mind sharing and talking about it... I have no shame in it, I did nothing wrong   It can be hard tho because even confident over-sharer me was thinking as soon as I hit post that maybe you guys would think I was a fraud or be scared of me... It was reasonably short lived but it was there and for someone that DOES feel shame around it, i imagine that feeling would be much stronger.  I hope your brother is doing well now - I imagine both he and I will try going off meds again in our lives, it's a pretty common problem but having supportive people around is so helpful!
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    Susabella627 reacted to emilyelowe in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    Day 18!
    Hubby was feeling a little sick earlier in the week and now I am feeling it, too. A little painful to swallow on the left side of my throat. NOT happy about it and I'm really hope it passes quickly and doesn't become actual sickness.  I believe the recommendations elsewhere in the thread were coconut oil but please let me know if others have immune-boosting, throat-soothing recommendations that I am not remembering!
    Dinner last night went great! Everything was really yummy. We made this coconut crusted chicken, these poppers, and these green beans. This had me wondering - does the coconut on the chicken linked above count as fat for that meal? I kind of felt like they needed a dipping sauce, but my purpose in making them with the coconut was for that to be the fat so I didn't prepare a sauce. The poppers were not quite as "WOW!" as I hoped, but still yummy. I mean, bacon, so yeah. We also had an arugula/green apple/walnut salad with olive oil and balsamic and some cucumbers in olive oil and rice wine vinegar with salt and pepper.
    M1 today I had left over salad with two potato muffins (no more potatoes today!) and 3 PERFECT eggs, featured above.  
    M2 today will be left over chicken and green beans and I brought mayo just in case I need an additional fat. 
    Fridge is starting to run low so not sure what we'll scrape together for dinner tonight prior to grocery shopping tomorrow. Next week I am hoping to make the meatza everyone was talking about, paleo running mama's chicken sausage and white chicken chili, and possibly @Delicacious's chicken wings! Hubby requested plantains but I'm going to hope he forgets so that I'm not tempted! I really want to get this digestion situation under control before the end.
    I've been sleeping REALLY well, but I'm sleeping so deep I'm having a bit of a hard time waking up. This morning when my alarm went off, I felt SO TIRED (at the first alarm I had already slept 8-8.5 hours I think). Once I sat up and made a decision, I felt alert and rested pretty quickly, but the initial transition from sleep to waking was sloooowww and I felt so heavy. That decision I made that "woke me up," also happened to be to change my alarm and not go to the gym. Haha. We took the dog on a 40-minute walk instead and I can just do leg day tomorrow, so all is well, but I'd really like to be alert upon the alarm going off. 
    I was also reflecting a bit on my drive today as I was thinking about what I had read from some of you on the forum this morning and I am just so grateful that I have not been struggling very much during this Whole30. I think a lot of it probably has to do with time, as my husband and I have intentionally NOT been making very many plans, but I'm also hopeful that it means the habits are starting to stick. I haven't struggled with food boredom or really even wanting anything I can't have and just feel really grateful for that. We'll see what the final week (+ 2 days - it's kind of like a marathon - it's the last .2 miles that'll get ya) throws at us but today, I'm just going to settle into the gratitude. 
    Have a great day everyone!
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    Susabella627 reacted to SugarcubeOD in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    You guys are all just amazing!  Really, this group just makes my heart happy!  Sorry I haven't been around, the new building at work is taking up a LOT of my normal Whole30'ing time and when I"m at home, I have a new pet project - I'm crocheting a blanket for myself... Kind of doofusy to start that in the height of summer but by the time it's big enough to sit under while working on it, the temps should have cooled off!
    In the interest of honesty I have to share something personal.  I was diagnosed with Bipolar, PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder last year... It was mostly managed until about April of this year when I decided that I was 'better' and went off all my medication... hahah, not better. Nope, not at all.  The symptoms went from manageable to WHOA in the last three weeks or so... I just went back to the doctor this week and confessed to going off the meds and am now BACK on them, but one of the things that happens to me when it's not managed is that I stop eating... No three meals a day... One day this week all I ate was one scotch egg and coffee... The reason I'm saying this is because I"m starting over.  For me, not eating three proper meals a day is in direct contrast to the spirit of the Whole30 and I"m nothing if not married to the spirit of the program because I know that's where the magic is.
    So if you don't mind, I"m going to keep up with you guys till you're all done and I'm obviously still going to stick my moderator face in wherever needed but I just wanted to share this so that you know why I"m not also celebrating Day 31 with you guys!
    Keep up all the amazing work and recipe sharing and encouragement, tough love, soft love, personal discovery and the lighthearted banter!  It's been a real blessing to be part of this group of people! 
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    Susabella627 reacted to CPerez in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    Day 9 for me.  Had a hard time getting up this morning, but once I got going I was good.  
    I had one of my better dinners tonight since I've been on Whole 30.  It was spaghetti squash with red pepper pesto and Italian sausage.  I made the red pepper pesto; it was easy and very tasty.  I'll keep this recipe once I'm off Whole 30.  
    @Susabella627, I saw your suggestion on the coconut oil for constipation and it worked.  Thank you.  
    I really do enjoy reading all your comments, besides being funny, they're quite informative.  
    Have a good evening.
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    Susabella627 reacted to jephrystanley in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    HI EVERYONE!  Spoiler alert: this is a long one.  Feel free to skim.  Seriously.  
    Sorry to have been off the forum for so long; nuts at work, traveling, blah blah blah.  I'm back and I've missed you all...I've been catching up on everyone's posts and it seems like everyone is going strong!  YEAH!
    I'm happy to report that, even with my long absence with no posting, we're still going strong!  DAY 13 DONE!  Tomorrow is the two week mark for us and we're in it to win it.  I survived the challenges (including a terrible date night Friday with the Hubs that started bad and just got worse...eating out, one of our favorite things to do together, has been really hard) but I don't think I am going nearly as strong as some of you.  @emilyelowe, your posts are so thoughtful and introspective and honest (and specific), I learn so much!  I feel like I could be working harder at my Whole 30 after reading yours.  @SugarcubeOD, you're hysterical and SO instructive.  Thank you!  @Susabella627, I am so sorry to hear about your news but man, that silver lining you found is like MASSIVELY inspirational.  I hope you kick cancer's ass!!  @Delicacious, I have to tell you that Thai place from last week was a lifesaver.  Because they make everything there, our waiter was super helpful....and I appreciate that last week.  I had to eat out a lot while in Tennessee last week for design meetings and man, it was TOUGH!  In one place, I had to send a salad (seriously, y'all, a SALAD) back three times.  Once it didn't make it to the table because the waitress realized right before setting it down that the corn was still on it.  Second time, the dressing (that they agreed to make for me) was not on the side and then the THIRD time, it showed up with feta cheese on it which had not been on the previous two iterations (AND WAS NOT LISTED ON THE MENU)  but magically appeared the third go around.  Apparently, it took so long for me get my meal that the chef's shifts changed in the kitchen and the second chef thought the salad was supposed to have cheese.  My lunch took two work shifts!! (Mind you, this was not DENNY'S, this was a fine restaurant...still, how can you screw up a salad that much??  It was poached salmon, sprouts and arugula, not a rocket.) My client and her kids were long done with their meals by the time my fourth plate showed up.  Alas, they knew and were supportive.  The sweetest thing is that my client's 14 year old daughter welcomed me to their house by baking cookies (her mom, my client, did not tell her I was doing Whole 30...but I resisted!!!).  So I had some bland meals out for meetings and whatnot, but I managed to work my way through all of them without so much as a blip.
    Ok, my biggest challenges: cashews.  They love me and I can't keep them away from me (they're desperate, what can I say?).  Snacking has always been a big problem for me and it's hard to get through a day without wanting something to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner (usually my longest span).  I've done moderately well but my jaw dropped, @SugarcubeOD, when I read that bit about a closed handful every other day.  I am DEF exceeding that.  So I am gonna try to get that under control for the second half of my Whole 30.  Fruit.  I'm eating more than I should just because I love it.  I have always eaten lots of fresh, seasonal fruit as part of my diet and it is hard to give up.  Again, something I am going to try and cut down on in the next two weeks.  
    We've made some DELICIOUS meals, though.  I made one up the other night by making turkey burgers on the grill (constructed the patties from turkey and some spices with some onion), put those over a bed of spinach with sliced tomato on top, some bacon and avocado and MAN, it was good!  Something I've really enjoyed is learning some new dishes that are just so good that I will fold them into my repertory of meals.  Tonight, we made the walnut encrusted pork tenderloin from the book and I was REALLY looking forward to it but was disappointed.  It was satisfying but not overly delicious (like some of the other things I've made, case in point, the butternut squash soup from the book which is slap-my-mama good).  I paired it with the cauliflower rice, though, and THAT was tasty.  I'm going to grill some chicken tomorrow morning and send Hubs with it and the leftover cauliflower rice plus some avocado for lunch.  We made the swiss chard, kale and butternut squash side dish this morning and had two eggs over it  and some fruit which was yummy.  And yesterday I made 3-egg omelets with spinach, bacon and mushroom and I'm still thinking about them, they were so good.  Ghee, what a game changer.  And the MAYO!  I will NEVER buy jarred mayo again, even when not doing the w30 because first of all, its SO MUCH CHEAPER to make it and secondly, it's so much more delicious.  Also made my own almond milk (which I've used far less of than I thought I would), the red pepper sauce, ketchup, vinaigrettes, and tomorrow I am making sunshine sauce (if I can find that random-ass butter it calls for) for the cold thai noodle side dish. 
    I've found that shopping every three days and planning meals that way has been super helpful.  I don't get bogged down in planning a week out and it allows me to enjoy researching recipes (the gal who took over Whole 30's insta this past week, paleorunningmama (Hubs thought she was called PALErunningmama and was baffled as to why anyone would call themselves that...when I pointed out she was paleO, he was tickled by his own dumbness) was really good and I am going to try her slow cooker meatballs either tomorrow or Tuesday plus one other recipe I can't remember because I am delirious).
    I did have one strange occurrence with gas, though (always a good way to start a story) and I'd love y'all's thoughts.  Sooooo, we had dinner with another couple on Saturday and I spent a long time on the phone with the wife (she's the cook) Friday afternoon to be sure that the meal would be compliant.  She was very sweet and supportive.  We had a simple salad with a home made lemon vinaigrette (delish), dry rubbed grilled steak with a kebabs worth of veggies and peaches and strawberries (so no extra fat but I let it go) and Hubs and I both suffered from serious gas right away.  I mean, SERIOUS.  And I mean, right away.  Like as we were playing Scrabble right after dinner right away.  Not stinky but crampy, bloat-y and painful.  Now, Hubs has some recurring GI issues (large part of why we're doing this) but I don't and that threw me for a loop. I don't really know what it was.  It's true that we eat red meat very rarely but our intake has slightly increased on the Whole 30 (I've eaten steak three times in 13 days and our normal is like once a month usually) but without the gas.  And there was nothing extraordinary otherwise.  All the veggies we had (mushrooms, all color peppers, zucchini, red onion, cherry tomatoes), we've been eating consistently for years (and on the w30) without the gas.  I don't know why, but it was tough.  Sleeping has been great.  Energy levels are good.  Aches and cravings are way down.  Hubs has seen some waistline changes but not me (damn it).  But I am just rubbing my buddha belly and heading to sleep with the hopes that our 15 mile bike ride today and good eating will start to make me SEE some changes.  I know, I know, I shouldn't count on that but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't hoping to see SOME change.
    Thanks for all the words of wisdom and for reading my epistle.  I promise to stay more connected during the second half...thankfully no work trips!  YAY!
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    Susabella627 got a reaction from CPerez in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    Hi Slayers, 
    Just checking in ... so much to catch up on and so much useful information in this thread! I love it!
    @SugarcubeOD that conversation was so spot on that I think you might be in my head lol. And for me in the past if I let the "your an idiot" side win it usually results in a downward spiral because "why bother, you've already messed up" kicks in. Really thrying to change that sound track.
    Thank you @NoneOtherThanAmy for that perspective, that is the convo I want to have in my head from now on and "only one meal away from getting back on track" is the mantra to live by!
     
    @emilyelowe Getting personal, Sorry you weren't feeling your best with the bloating and all, but do you think your bloating is caused from the constipation? I ask because I used to have horrible issues with bloating etc.. and it was mostly all because of constipation. One thing I found that works great for me is my daily Coconut oil that I whip into my morning  coffee. It has been the best regulator I have ever found. That and the increased daily water intake.  Edited to add: just read your above post, so glad your feeling better and thank you, the feeling is mutual 
    @diamonds422 Great NSV on your beach weekend. 
    @Delicacious I just love your menu ideas and recipes, keep em coming please. 
    To everyone here slaying your demons and dragons Keep up the good work YOU GOT THIS!! 
     
     
     
     
     
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    Susabella627 got a reaction from Laurie in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    Thanks @SugarcubeOD  - your words are so true!! I had done my first whole 30 in March of 2015 resulting in an almost 45 lb weight loss by October of that year. I was feeling better and more healthy then I had in my entire adult life... and that's when I was diagnosed with cancer. I am convinced that the healthy state I was in helped me to get thru the double mastectomy, the 4 months of chemo and the 6 weeks of radiation with relative ease. The dr. also said that they caught the cancer at a stage 2 and if I hadn't lost that weight it might not have been picked up by the mammogram... so yeah there is a silver lining in there. 
    What really aggravates me though is I have not been able to get back to feeling the way I did right before the cancer. I have come close, but never as good as it was since my first whole 30. I'm sure the meds I have to take have something to do with it as well as a few medical issues along the way (kidney stone, infection, peripheral neuropathy, lymphedema, left shoulder impingement etc..)  but I am determined to get back to that state and these little detours might slow me down but I refuse to let them derail me!!
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    Susabella627 reacted to Delicacious in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    @Laurie Great to hear from you again. Like you, I too need to drink more water. I've discovered that my occasional dizziness sometimes has got to do with insufficient water. And thumbs up on the no snacking!  
    @Susabella627 Your attitude is really inspirational - staying as positive as you can despite all the health challenges. Keep going gal!

    Day 12 today for me. Definitely not as tired but not feeling tremendously energetic either. Body is still aching a little. And the cravings. Yesterday some friends came over and they brought along with them chocolate cake, macadamia nut bars (with sugar) and a whole lot of forbidden foods. I knew I wasn't about to eat them but oh that inward churning. And I don't even like nut bars! Grrrr........ Breakfast was a nice warm bowl of chilli with avocado so I feel better. Made a batch of beef bone broth yesterday for stews etc. I need to get about food prep for next week. I'm cooking up 2 kg of pulled pork tonight for family, and I hope I have tons of leftovers for next week. 
    Fridge stock currently: 3 hamburger patties, some zucchini and prawn patties, 4 homemade sausage patties, some tuna sweet potato cakes and 3 boxes of paleo chilli. I'm probably going to make a batch of cauliflower tabouleh, roast some zucchini and butternut/pumpkin for fridge stock. My husband eats... alot. 
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    Susabella627 reacted to Laurie in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    Thanks for all the support. 
    Day 13 for me.  This week did not go as well as the first week. 
    Areas that need improvement - increase water, decrease nuts (thinking about giving them up for reminder of W30), only eat when sitting, lunch must always be a real meal instead of a snacky meal, don't eat between meals unless I am hungry.
    Positive - No cravings.  W30 always eliminates all my cravings.
    Considering going beyond 30 days but I know  reintroduction is important.  I have done many W30s but never did reintroduction.  The only foods I want to introduce are rice (sushi) and steal cut oats.  I gave up wheat years ago; I never eat legumes, I never drink alcohol.  I am not supposed to eat dairy due to intestinal issues but I sometimes eat ice cream.  I already know ice cream is not a good choice for me.  Since it takes more than 30 days to develop new habits (I believe I read it takes 66 days) and my goal is lasting changes, maybe adding a week or two would be beneficial.