JulieP757

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    JulieP757 got a reaction from Chae.19 in Having trouble incorporating fats   
    Both ghee and coconut oil go with everything in my opinion LOL.  And yes, I would pour a Tbsp of ghee or coconut oil or avocado oil (it does not taste like avocados) on my sweet potato hash.  It may take you a while to get used to it, but fat really does make everything taste better and it controls hunger/cravings.  Do you like olives?  Try eating half a cup of them with your meal.  If you drink tea or coffee in the morning, try stirring in a tsp or two of coconut oil.  The oil will float on top, but if you don't like that you can throw it in the blender for 30 seconds.
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    JulieP757 got a reaction from Brewer5 in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    Sending prayers your way.  I know several people who have had successful back surgeries, including my 80 year old mother.  Hoping for the best outcome for your husband.  Is the doctor a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon?
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    JulieP757 reacted to Jane3797 in Suffering for years from "adrenal burnout"   
    Thank you JulieP757, MeadowLily and AmyS:  I am grateful for the great advice.  I am encouraged and ready to investigate other Whole food protein sources for breakfast, and forgoing the high protein shake.  It is only for 30 days, one day at a time x 30, and then one day at a time x 30 years.  I did this before with another matter, and time being relative, it is going to pass with or without our goals so we might as well make it with!  Best to you, Jane
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    JulieP757 got a reaction from Jane3797 in Suffering for years from "adrenal burnout"   
    Hi Jane - that protein powder is not compliant and smoothies are discouraged while on the Whole 30.   How about making egg cups or a breakfast casserole that you can just reheat in the morning?  Leftovers are also a great option.  I know it can be tough to eat real food first thing if you are not a morning person.  Do the best you can and, if you can't finish your meal, pack it up and eat it as soon as you are able.
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    JulieP757 reacted to frogmedic in Coke, my old friend   
    Aloha y'all
    This is Day 0 for me.  I feel like I need to capitalize "day" for some reason.  Make it all official and what not.
    Onto what you've all been waiting for (during that whole first sentence), who I am!  I'm a 38 year old disabled Army vet, female type, living in a bum hick town in the middle of no where USA.  I'm waiting on a double hip replacement from the VA - I was approved last October to have my right hip replaced.  Maybe by this December I'll actually have it done!  
    Because of my hips, I went from a very active life to a very sedate one.  My cats adore it, the dog, not so much.  If it weren't for her ball/fetch obsession, I'd never get outside!  With the possibility of having at least one new hip soon, I'd really like to get rid of my fluffy (the weight, not the cats) for good.  The only way to do that is to quit Coke.  There, I said it, it took me 4:32 minutes to write that out.   Hi, my name is Kelly, and I'm a Coke addict.  I could write my very own "Coke glorious Coke..." song and dance routine for Broadway.  
    I've been trying to quit Coke for years.  I actually quit smoking cigarettes BEFORE I quit Coke because it was easier!  Coke is my gateway sweet.  "Oh, but Coke tastes so good with ____"  I've even spent the past 2 years trying to make as much of my own food as possible, I'd say 80-85% of my diet was made from scratch.  You know, if you ignore the Coke.   
    Coke has whopped me for far too long.  It's time it's gone.  But I don't want it to be *cue sad music and girl sobbing softly in the background*.    
    I keep thinking, "this can't be harder than bootcamp", but even at bootcamp, I got to eat what I wanted.  It was everything else that was controlled!  I also keep thinking, "this is going to SUCK" while at the same time laughing with anticipation.  That probably says something about me psychologically, but we won't go there, 'kay?
    I have thrown out 2 (okay, 1.5 but it doesn't sound as impressive) bags of stuff out of my kitchen as of today.  Seasoned salt has sugar...really people?  Do you really need to put sugar in with SALT??  Grits?  No, they are corn!  Peanut butter you glorious fiend, goodbye.  Bread, oh bread, how I love thee.  I'm getting all verklempt over ice cream, no fricken ice cream?!?!  At least I get watermelon, that should really help on the lonely nights.
    Anyone starting tomorrow?  We can argue with each other when we get all cranky and sugar deprived and whatnot.
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    JulieP757 reacted to frogmedic in Coke, my old friend   
    No, see....no.  No one said just water.  I got a bunch of decaffeinated/caffeine-free teas.  I dislike water!  At basic, we could only drink water or this oddly salty fruit drink called "Victory juice".  For flavor, I would put a few Ricola's in my canteen and let them sit for a few hours to give my water flavor!  I even avoided getting any carbonated water because of the whole, "breaking habits" thing and the thing I love the MOST about Coke is the carbonation.  The way the first drink from an ice cold can rips your tastes buds off as it slides down your throat.....yeeeaaahhhh that's the stuff!  It's the carbonation that always makes me come crying (while skipping) back.  So no carbonated stuff for me.
    I just called my mom and was saying how difficult I think it's going to be and her wonderfully supportive reply was, "if it's hard, just quit."  She doesn't, "believe in fad diets."  I wonder if I can teach my dog to say, "good job"?  Youtube is full of videos of dogs saying various things, it's not out of the realm of possibility.  I should probably wait until after the evil sugar demons have been exercised from my body though, for her sake.
    Thankfully, if I feel all that horrible, I can stay in bed.  I don't have to drag my butt to work or after ankle biters.  I don't have any where to go or anything to do, no one to have over nor anyone to visit, no friends nor family live here.  This is the best time for me to do it!  No distractions   In a few years, once I have both my new hips (hopefully sooner but it's the VA we're talking about), I'll be back to an active life.  I want to have "food freedom" because I have so much life I need to catch up on!  I've been on the sidelines for about 5 years now, I have a lot of life to make up for!  
     
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    JulieP757 got a reaction from ArtFossil in Am I Eating Too Much Almond Butter and Lara Bars?   
    You are still having cravings because you are eating Lara bars and almond butter LOL.  Try sticking to the template - 1 to 2 palm sized portions of protein, 1 to 3 cups of veggies, plenty of healthy fat.  Lara bars, though technically compliant, are for emergencies and are not part of a template meal.  Lots of folks, like myself, have to ditch the nut butters and/or nuts because they can cause cravings or be a food with no brakes.  Give yourself a few days without these foods and the cravings should start to subside.  
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    JulieP757 reacted to kirkor in Am I Eating Too Much Almond Butter and Lara Bars?   
    lol I didn't even have to open the thread to know my answer was going to be "yes" 
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    JulieP757 got a reaction from ArtFossil in Am I Eating Too Much Almond Butter and Lara Bars?   
    You are still having cravings because you are eating Lara bars and almond butter LOL.  Try sticking to the template - 1 to 2 palm sized portions of protein, 1 to 3 cups of veggies, plenty of healthy fat.  Lara bars, though technically compliant, are for emergencies and are not part of a template meal.  Lots of folks, like myself, have to ditch the nut butters and/or nuts because they can cause cravings or be a food with no brakes.  Give yourself a few days without these foods and the cravings should start to subside.  
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    JulieP757 got a reaction from ArtFossil in Am I Eating Too Much Almond Butter and Lara Bars?   
    You are still having cravings because you are eating Lara bars and almond butter LOL.  Try sticking to the template - 1 to 2 palm sized portions of protein, 1 to 3 cups of veggies, plenty of healthy fat.  Lara bars, though technically compliant, are for emergencies and are not part of a template meal.  Lots of folks, like myself, have to ditch the nut butters and/or nuts because they can cause cravings or be a food with no brakes.  Give yourself a few days without these foods and the cravings should start to subside.  
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    JulieP757 reacted to kirkor in How to do the W30 if you have high cholesterol   
    Your doctor is misinformed.
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    JulieP757 reacted to Ryenday in Ryen's Whole30log   
    4/21/17 D1 M3:
    1 serving left over roast beef.  Spinach leaf wrap (2 large spinach leaves) rolled around almond butter (fresh, ground at store today) (Ok, but not going to win an award for taste sensation).  Spinach leaf wrap (2 large spinach leaves) rolled around guac (This one COULD win an award, it was yummy).  3 pieces of fresh pineapple (a bit less than 1 ring worth).  10 dry roasted macadamia nuts.  6 freshly roasted cashews (we roasted them in oven, not dry roast.) Tomato juice.
    Tomorrow I make the beef stock   that will smell heavenly, I think. 
    Dinner left me very full will have to watch dinner portions, might need less food at night (more at lunch?).
    Hi Julie, I don't know why it keeps failing, I followed all recipes and did watch one video that was with a recipe.  There will be one last attempt in this household, but my husband will attempt it, not me.  We will rewatch the Alton Brown episode where he covers home made mayo (husband is willing to do anything if I can direct him to an Alton Brown episode covering it) and my husband, who is more skillful in the kitchen than I (I have more patience and creativity tho) will try to make it for me.  If he is not successful, well then after that, it's forget the Mayo, I guess - because this is just becoming wasteful.
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    JulieP757 reacted to Taylor C. in Taylor's Whole 30 Round 1   
    @JulieP757 I think I have got the meal template almost down! I have eaten whole30 almost five full days now! I can't wait to see the results.
     
    Thanks!
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    JulieP757 got a reaction from SPeffer in Starting March 1st   
    What's your source of caffeine?  Both coffee and tea are allowed.
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    JulieP757 reacted to kirstenrenee in Starting March 1st   
    My source of caffeine has always been soda.  I do drink coffee, but I use a lot of creamer.  I don't like tea, but I'm really hoping I can change my taste for it.
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    JulieP757 reacted to laura_juggles in Let's get real...   
    8lbs in 4 weeks is 2lbs per week and that is a healthy and maintainable rate of weight loss. 
    By not having any protein at that midday meal, you're not going to get the full benefit of the Whole30. The reason the template is the way it is is because it works. You need to eat 3 proper meals a day, not two and some fruit. 
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    JulieP757 reacted to cchatt2017 in Whole90 for Wedding   
    Oh bummer! Thanks for letting me know about Applegate! 
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    JulieP757 got a reaction from MCWhole30 in Making my own mayonnaise   
    I make mine with Chosen Foods avocado oil and it tastes great. 
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    JulieP757 reacted to jmcbn in No tangible differences   
    There's a reason why they offer a lifetime membership at WW - it doesn't work. There have been literally hundreds of women who have come through these forums having lost weight on WW & gained it ALL back (& then some) on the rebound. You cannot expect that once you return to your former ways that the weight will stay off, and the whole saving points thing? It teaches nothing about building good habits. It changes nothing. And look at the stress that the weekly weigh in is causing you - the negative emotions you're feeling from that experience alone (& the build up to it) are enough to keep those cortisol levels SKY high.
    Eating wholesome, nutritious food is never going to be bad for you. However, I think you need to accept the fact that weightloss MAY happen as a side effect, but that it isn't going to happen in 30 days. You didn't get to where you are now in 30 days so it's unrealistic to expect the reverse.
    Settle down into it. Build strong healthy habits. Find your own long term eating plan because in the same way that WW offer life membership W30 is not meant to be for life. Priortise sleep & re-energising as best you can. Try to find some small ways of de-stressing (like the 10  meditation I mentioned yesterday - you'd be surprised at how much this will help you unwind, or colouring in - which you could do with your daughter), and keep up the healthy movement but speak your mind to your trainer - YOU'RE paying HIM so he's got to be doing stuff that you enjoy or you'll resent every dollar you've spent, and you'll hate every moment that you're there - and that will only add to the stress.
    Get yourself settled into a routine - sleeping, training, working, resting, re-energising, food-prepping, spending time with your daughter, spending time outdoors (I'm not sure where you are but if you have long winters perhaps you'd see benefit from a Vitamin D3 supplement & also Omega 3), and all the while eating well - and in time I honestly believe that your hormones will setlle, your body will find it's happy place, and you will start to see progress.
    This is a marathon, not a sprint.
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    JulieP757 reacted to laura_juggles in No tangible differences   
    Truthfully, the first thing I'd do is leave WW. 
    That's an extra stressor that you don't need in your life on top of everything else. 
    Are you enjoying the exercise that you're doing? If your gym offers group fitness classes, try them all until you find something that you enjoy and stick with it. Might be a dance cardio class, might be a weightlifting class, who knows? I fell in love with weightlifting because of group fitness classes and it's made me stronger (and happier) than I ever thought I could be while exercising. Are you and your trainer communicating about what you liked and didn't like about each session? Yes, you'll need to push yourself to get better/faster/stronger/etc at the gym, but it shouldn't be a slog through of time on the treadmill where you would rather be literally anywhere but there. 
    Just focus on making healthy meals for yourself and your daughter. Protein, a bunch of veggies, and don't skip out on healthy fats. Maybe that means keeping a really strict Whole30 and maybe it's not, especially because the only thing you're trying to get out of this is losing weight. 
    But whatever adjustments can be made to make your life less stressful are only going to benefit you in the long run. 
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    JulieP757 got a reaction from Worldismyoyster in Mongolian BBQ   
    And find out what kind of oil they use on the grill. 
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    JulieP757 reacted to slc_melissa in Almost fainted   
    Just to clarify, this is a no-added-sugar program, not a no-sugar program. Vegetables, fruits= carbohydrates= sugar.
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    JulieP757 got a reaction from ladyshanny in Discomfort regarding the advice   
    In my opinion, people who have blood sugar issues or other medical conditions should always consult their doctors before changing their diet.  Though there is absolutely nothing unhealthy about eating unprocessed whole foods, even small changes to one's diet can impact an underlying medical condition.  I have seen "no one here is qualified to give medical advice" and "if you are concerned, you should consult your doctor" as the mantra over and over from the moderators and more seasoned forum members.  I didn't see the thread in question, but I am pretty certain the moderators responded appropriately.  Not sure what there is to complain about.  
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    JulieP757 got a reaction from ladyshanny in Discomfort regarding the advice   
    In my opinion, people who have blood sugar issues or other medical conditions should always consult their doctors before changing their diet.  Though there is absolutely nothing unhealthy about eating unprocessed whole foods, even small changes to one's diet can impact an underlying medical condition.  I have seen "no one here is qualified to give medical advice" and "if you are concerned, you should consult your doctor" as the mantra over and over from the moderators and more seasoned forum members.  I didn't see the thread in question, but I am pretty certain the moderators responded appropriately.  Not sure what there is to complain about.  
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    JulieP757 reacted to kirkor in Discomfort regarding the advice   
    http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/traveltales.html#twotravelersandfarmer