heatherdarbs

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    heatherdarbs got a reaction from Miriam in Severely Constipated!!! Whats up with that??!!   
    I know; I know - I hate to even bring it up! You'll just have to move things around to see how much might be too much (of anything)...and maybe the culprit isn't even coconut milk. I won't give it up; nope.
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    heatherdarbs got a reaction from Fenderbender in It's been 3 weeks and I've seen NO CHANGE =(   
    Hmmmm.... I used to run and tons of fat and weight melted off pretty easily...a little confused about the training comment above. I also became unhealthy, "over trained" and found myself with a tiny body and a giant potbelly. In my case, I was undernourished. Once I began eating properly, but primarily eating enough, my hips came back (muscle/fat) and my potbelly went bye-bye. I went from looking like a malnourished runner to a healthy hourglass female; two totally different body types, by scaling back on the exercise and providing proper fuel. It's a balancing act, but if you obsess about it, you'll end up having to balance a lot more than your body size. Choose foods wisely and be active when you have the energy.
    So many of the women here have gorgeous and glowing faces - if you're worried about appearance, from what I see, you all have it nailed. Imagine mirrors and scales don't exists – if you feel great, then you're doing it right.
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    heatherdarbs got a reaction from Fenderbender in It's been 3 weeks and I've seen NO CHANGE =(   
    Hmmmm.... I used to run and tons of fat and weight melted off pretty easily...a little confused about the training comment above. I also became unhealthy, "over trained" and found myself with a tiny body and a giant potbelly. In my case, I was undernourished. Once I began eating properly, but primarily eating enough, my hips came back (muscle/fat) and my potbelly went bye-bye. I went from looking like a malnourished runner to a healthy hourglass female; two totally different body types, by scaling back on the exercise and providing proper fuel. It's a balancing act, but if you obsess about it, you'll end up having to balance a lot more than your body size. Choose foods wisely and be active when you have the energy.
    So many of the women here have gorgeous and glowing faces - if you're worried about appearance, from what I see, you all have it nailed. Imagine mirrors and scales don't exists – if you feel great, then you're doing it right.
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    heatherdarbs got a reaction from Fenderbender in It's been 3 weeks and I've seen NO CHANGE =(   
    Hmmmm.... I used to run and tons of fat and weight melted off pretty easily...a little confused about the training comment above. I also became unhealthy, "over trained" and found myself with a tiny body and a giant potbelly. In my case, I was undernourished. Once I began eating properly, but primarily eating enough, my hips came back (muscle/fat) and my potbelly went bye-bye. I went from looking like a malnourished runner to a healthy hourglass female; two totally different body types, by scaling back on the exercise and providing proper fuel. It's a balancing act, but if you obsess about it, you'll end up having to balance a lot more than your body size. Choose foods wisely and be active when you have the energy.
    So many of the women here have gorgeous and glowing faces - if you're worried about appearance, from what I see, you all have it nailed. Imagine mirrors and scales don't exists – if you feel great, then you're doing it right.
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    heatherdarbs got a reaction from Fenderbender in It's been 3 weeks and I've seen NO CHANGE =(   
    Hmmmm.... I used to run and tons of fat and weight melted off pretty easily...a little confused about the training comment above. I also became unhealthy, "over trained" and found myself with a tiny body and a giant potbelly. In my case, I was undernourished. Once I began eating properly, but primarily eating enough, my hips came back (muscle/fat) and my potbelly went bye-bye. I went from looking like a malnourished runner to a healthy hourglass female; two totally different body types, by scaling back on the exercise and providing proper fuel. It's a balancing act, but if you obsess about it, you'll end up having to balance a lot more than your body size. Choose foods wisely and be active when you have the energy.
    So many of the women here have gorgeous and glowing faces - if you're worried about appearance, from what I see, you all have it nailed. Imagine mirrors and scales don't exists – if you feel great, then you're doing it right.
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    heatherdarbs got a reaction from Fenderbender in It's been 3 weeks and I've seen NO CHANGE =(   
    Hmmmm.... I used to run and tons of fat and weight melted off pretty easily...a little confused about the training comment above. I also became unhealthy, "over trained" and found myself with a tiny body and a giant potbelly. In my case, I was undernourished. Once I began eating properly, but primarily eating enough, my hips came back (muscle/fat) and my potbelly went bye-bye. I went from looking like a malnourished runner to a healthy hourglass female; two totally different body types, by scaling back on the exercise and providing proper fuel. It's a balancing act, but if you obsess about it, you'll end up having to balance a lot more than your body size. Choose foods wisely and be active when you have the energy.
    So many of the women here have gorgeous and glowing faces - if you're worried about appearance, from what I see, you all have it nailed. Imagine mirrors and scales don't exists – if you feel great, then you're doing it right.
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    heatherdarbs got a reaction from Robin D in Facial Skincare Routines?   
    OH - and I forgot - when I eat tons of avocado, my skin glows, is never dry and looks better than I've ever seen it; I'm not sure why, but for me, it's tried and true.
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    heatherdarbs got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in Dairy again, but different this time   
    Soooooooo - for those who may be interested - after about a week of yogurt the condition of my stomach was TERRIBLE. Bummer. Big bummer. I couldn't deny it; that's how bad it was. And I can't deny the zit that keeps popping up every time I consume it. I also noticed that I reverted back to yogurt to remove coconut milk from my diet, because the calorie content is vastly different and for me, I use them with similar foods. So, once again, my body has fought back when I tried to cut calories. I guess I have to get used to this body, because not one thing has changed in 4 months in terms of shape and size.....not when I eat less, not when I eat more. However, I think I need to reinstate Whole30 for a much longer duration. If I'd stop fiddling with dairy, I'd be complaint constantly. Sheesh.
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    heatherdarbs got a reaction from Della Nova in Facial Skincare Routines?   
    I stopped using Retin a after a crazy amount of years, changed my diet, started washing my face with cold water, a minimal-ingredient face wash combined with baking soda and moisturize with coconut oil. Coconut oil also replaced Retin a at night- I have no breakouts, no weird red skin, no dryness, no thin/sensitive skin. The ONLY time I break out is if I eat dairy and/or processed food; they cause a major imbalance for me. I also stopped using birth control at the same time and have great skin...as long as I eat appropriately!
    I do a pumpkin/honey/heavy whipping cream mask and love it Oh and papaya works great for inflammed skin....
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    heatherdarbs got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in Dairy again, but different this time   
    Soooooooo - for those who may be interested - after about a week of yogurt the condition of my stomach was TERRIBLE. Bummer. Big bummer. I couldn't deny it; that's how bad it was. And I can't deny the zit that keeps popping up every time I consume it. I also noticed that I reverted back to yogurt to remove coconut milk from my diet, because the calorie content is vastly different and for me, I use them with similar foods. So, once again, my body has fought back when I tried to cut calories. I guess I have to get used to this body, because not one thing has changed in 4 months in terms of shape and size.....not when I eat less, not when I eat more. However, I think I need to reinstate Whole30 for a much longer duration. If I'd stop fiddling with dairy, I'd be complaint constantly. Sheesh.
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    heatherdarbs got a reaction from SarahEmily in Discouraged by weight gain...   
    I have a similar history and it took my body close to a year to balance out - I gained immediately and then SLOWLY found myself at a healthy and more "acceptable" weight and/or size. It takes a lot of time and patience. In the meantime, do your best to let your body do what it needs to, to heal and try not to overanalyze the peaks and valleys. It will balance, but only if you allow it.
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    heatherdarbs got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in Dairy again, but different this time   
    Soooooooo - for those who may be interested - after about a week of yogurt the condition of my stomach was TERRIBLE. Bummer. Big bummer. I couldn't deny it; that's how bad it was. And I can't deny the zit that keeps popping up every time I consume it. I also noticed that I reverted back to yogurt to remove coconut milk from my diet, because the calorie content is vastly different and for me, I use them with similar foods. So, once again, my body has fought back when I tried to cut calories. I guess I have to get used to this body, because not one thing has changed in 4 months in terms of shape and size.....not when I eat less, not when I eat more. However, I think I need to reinstate Whole30 for a much longer duration. If I'd stop fiddling with dairy, I'd be complaint constantly. Sheesh.
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    heatherdarbs got a reaction from Loraine in Pure wraps   
    I love these plain, but mainly because I love coconut. They don't make good "wraps", so to speak and are TERRIBLEY expensive. I prefer nori, if I want to wrap something
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    heatherdarbs got a reaction from NewStart2014 in Dairy again, but different this time   
    I thought I'd give dairy a shot, again, since I'm drawn to it - I added Greek yogurt, as opposed to goat yogurt from a trial re-intro before and have not only avoided issues, but my digestive system is even better, my stomach is flattening and my sleep cycle is perfect. This whole time I've been reading about goat milk being easier on the tummy and I seem to be the opposite...glad I tried it out, but now what about dairy being not-so-healthy?
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    heatherdarbs got a reaction from Tom Denham in Dairy again, but different this time   
    ...and I very much welcome them.
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    heatherdarbs reacted to MJam in Dairy again, but different this time   
    Very interesting! I would chalk this up to everyone's body being different. My only guess is that small amounts of fermented dairy is good for your body. I'm glad you tested it out to, I love reading how different things react in different bodies. Maybe some some knowledgeable mods can chime in on why the dairy seems to be so good for you, personally.
    I would say if it's not broke, don't fix and keep on eating the dairy if it's going good for you.
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    heatherdarbs reacted to silk in Dairy again, but different this time   
    Dairy seems to be THE good-for-some-people, not-good-for-some-people food. Chris Kessler recommends re-introducing every dairy product on its own -- some people are good with yoghurt, but not with certain cheeses, for example. Some say the pasteurization in milk is the problem rather than the milk itself, some people say it's the kind of cow that causes problems. Some say dairy is an unhealthy food, some go on milk fasts and swear it's the best.
    The topic of nutrition is a confusing one, and I think that the topic of dairy is the most confusing of that confusing topic! It sounds like your body is saying yoghurt is a good food for you. For the rest, research and experiment and listen to your body's responses. Good luck!
    (in my case, I'm drawn to dairy and even after a few years of periodic times of dietary elimination and restriction, dairy is the one type of food I'm not certain about. Sometimes it seems fine, sometimes not.)
    http://chriskresser.com/how-to-cure-lactose-intolerance
    This article has a section on 'why dairy is worth eating.' It's not comprehensive, but it's a start.
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    heatherdarbs got a reaction from NewStart2014 in Dairy again, but different this time   
    I thought I'd give dairy a shot, again, since I'm drawn to it - I added Greek yogurt, as opposed to goat yogurt from a trial re-intro before and have not only avoided issues, but my digestive system is even better, my stomach is flattening and my sleep cycle is perfect. This whole time I've been reading about goat milk being easier on the tummy and I seem to be the opposite...glad I tried it out, but now what about dairy being not-so-healthy?
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    heatherdarbs got a reaction from melbournegirl in Do you ever feel like you need something more?   
    I usually suggest to people to remove wheat and sugar, initially, as opposed to everything all at once. It seems more feasible for those who have chronic cravings; it's a place to start and in my opinion, it's a huge step in the right direction for your health.
    Do you feel compelled to do this for weight loss or overall health? I also find that when people attempt to tailor their diet for weight loss, everything gets caught up in "don't veer" mode and the feeling of deprivation sets in. You don't have to turn yourself into a sling shot and try to take yourself to the opposite end of the spectrum; it comes back with a vengeance! Just do what you think you can handle, one day at a time. Hopefully you'll eventually stumble upon the underlying motivation in craving food…and maybe you won't…maybe it's just something you'll learn to work on managing.
    I don't drink very much alcohol, but the one thing I've been itchy over during Whole30 is alcohol, simply because it's not an option. My cat meows at a shut door, but never walks through it when I open it – we all do it!
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    heatherdarbs got a reaction from iamglad in Severely Constipated!!! Whats up with that??!!   
    Kimchi works REALLY well, too.
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    heatherdarbs reacted to Breezygoat in Obsession Confession   
    I am *loving* all your feedback! Thank you so much for sharing your unique, yet comfortingly similar experiences.
    As an update: I am home from Chicago and feeling great! I stayed away from all sugar and alcohol (the only two biggies for me), had a few potatoes, and a fantastic time. I grew as a person on this trip.
    I am now on Day 6 and really feeling a difference. Kicking sugar completely to the curb has boosted my energy considerably - to the point that I was fidgeting like crazy while driving the 5.5 hours home. I couldn't wait to move. I was doing pushups and situps within 20 minutes of getting home I was so desperate!
    While this thread started out just about surviving travel, it has really helped me take a giant mental leap in my approach, not just to food, but to myself as a person. I'm gaining do much confidence in my knowledge and understanding of all the parts of myself. Instead of thinking of my mind, body, emotions as disparate parts that need mediation, I can finally feel myself respecting these as just many parts of my whole being.
    This has been a powerful awakening for me. Thanks for being there and sharing with me!
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    heatherdarbs got a reaction from DocIKY in Pants are tighter?!?   
    This used to happen to me when I was overtraining. The only way I'd get rid of the "puff" was when I'd run for miles and sweat out the water retention. The problem is, if you continue to pound your body into the ground, it will continue to react that way (among other things). No one can know for certain what exactly is going on, but I would suggest taking at least a few days to a week off to let your body try to balance; it needs times to repair - let it repair - the tight pants are most likely a direct result of this. Do you have any edema?
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    heatherdarbs got a reaction from Karin Cournoyer in Pants are tighter?!?   
    One last thing and I'll leave you alone - I can't get enough of this right now; it intrigues the heck out of me. I'm going a million miles an hour trying to absorb all the literature - hoping you'll benefit from reading this article (I hope we're allowed to post links):
    http://www.bodybyscience.net/home.html/?page_id=83
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    heatherdarbs reacted to Karin Cournoyer in Pants are tighter?!?   
    Heather, thank you, thank you, thank you! Seems we have a lot in common!
    Tom, thanks so much for your post. I will most definitely look into the kettlebell workouts. Sounds right up my alley; I love kettlebells!
    I got some mint leaves and my Sassy Water is sitting in the fridge for tomorrow. So long, Smartwater! Besides, after a little research, I discovered that Glaceau (the company that makes Smartwater) is owned by Coca Cola. Coca Cola helped to defeat Prop 37 in CA, so I'd actually rather not give them any money anyway!
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    heatherdarbs got a reaction from Karin Cournoyer in Pants are tighter?!?   
    No problem at all. So, yes, you were definitely under consuming and you probably know that your body may have started utilizing muscle for energy, if not supplied through anticipated means. A whole cascade of imbalances occurs with the combination of undernourishment, inadequate energy input and excess physical exertion. Luckily, puffing up like the Pillsbury doughboy gives us a visual warning, since we can't see our organs (heart/kidneys/liver/stomach) and brain. That's why the best things we can do for is kick our ego out of the story (sorry; I can't think of any other reason we do this) and focus on the messages from our body. Don't second guess it - just do what you KNOW is right. Many of us turn a blind eye in hopes that we can override the crucial mechanism of our system. It's nuts how we take this for granted, until something goes wrong. So, I guess what I'm hoping you did is lay off expecting your body to keep up with unhealthy expectations sooner than later. It really did take me almost a year to get back to normal - and the slightest attempt at my old behavior and my body would send signals 100-fold; it became impossible to try to fight it.
    The owner of the gym has to encourage you to need his product – and the more the better! Unfortunately, he's not looking out for anyone else; pretty typical in most cases. It sounds like he may have the same “issue†– either that or $$ is driving his advice, because it sounds like awful advice to me (sorry gym-owner). I used to get comments about how I was so disciplined with food….yeah; you mean I'm good at starving myself? Thanks, I guess. Although I should have returned the compliment by telling them I admire how well they listen to their body! Pay attention to your wakeup calls – you may be at risk for more. Trying to lighten up the message with emoticons!