init2winit

Members
  • Content Count

    72
  • Joined

  • Last visited


Reputation Activity

  1. Like
    init2winit got a reaction from ladyshanny in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    I just wanted to chime in to thank Whole30 for changing, yet another, aspect of my life. I went off the pill a little over 3 years ago and have not had a period since. I wouldn't say I ate terribly but I definitely wasn't eating whole foods in a balanced format. I ate grains and incorporated "cheat days" where I would go all out for a meal. I was vegan for a while and can only imagine I wasn't getting all of the nutrients I needed. I started to become very concerned last year when I still had not gotten my period. I also started doing a lot of weight training and HIIT at least 3 days a week. I know I was also eating restrictively to try and see more physical results. My head was totally in the wrong place as far as my health was concerned. My doctor could not figure out what was going on but she said that my estrogen was super low but she didn't know why. She wanted me to get a MRI but I kept putting it off because I just didn't see how that was going to fix my hormonal issues and my insurance doesn't cover it so it would have been super pricey. I did my first Whole 30 last May and I was amazed at what it did for my life. I didn't get my period back but I ate pretty close to the W30 template up until the holidays. I definitely indulged and enjoyed every minute. I decided to do another W30 starting at the beginning of this January for a small reset and, wouldn't you know it, I got my period!!! I was ecstatic. I was considering ceasing all working out to try and get it to return, which really would have bummed me out because it brings me so much joy. I think my hormones were just so out of whack that it took a while for them to regulate and send all of the right signals. I still have an appointment with an endocrinologist in Feb., which I plan on keeping, to get all my hormone levels tested again but I wholeheartedly believe that W30 brought back on my menstrual cycle. So thankful!
  2. Like
    init2winit got a reaction from ladyshanny in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    I just wanted to chime in to thank Whole30 for changing, yet another, aspect of my life. I went off the pill a little over 3 years ago and have not had a period since. I wouldn't say I ate terribly but I definitely wasn't eating whole foods in a balanced format. I ate grains and incorporated "cheat days" where I would go all out for a meal. I was vegan for a while and can only imagine I wasn't getting all of the nutrients I needed. I started to become very concerned last year when I still had not gotten my period. I also started doing a lot of weight training and HIIT at least 3 days a week. I know I was also eating restrictively to try and see more physical results. My head was totally in the wrong place as far as my health was concerned. My doctor could not figure out what was going on but she said that my estrogen was super low but she didn't know why. She wanted me to get a MRI but I kept putting it off because I just didn't see how that was going to fix my hormonal issues and my insurance doesn't cover it so it would have been super pricey. I did my first Whole 30 last May and I was amazed at what it did for my life. I didn't get my period back but I ate pretty close to the W30 template up until the holidays. I definitely indulged and enjoyed every minute. I decided to do another W30 starting at the beginning of this January for a small reset and, wouldn't you know it, I got my period!!! I was ecstatic. I was considering ceasing all working out to try and get it to return, which really would have bummed me out because it brings me so much joy. I think my hormones were just so out of whack that it took a while for them to regulate and send all of the right signals. I still have an appointment with an endocrinologist in Feb., which I plan on keeping, to get all my hormone levels tested again but I wholeheartedly believe that W30 brought back on my menstrual cycle. So thankful!
  3. Like
    init2winit got a reaction from ladyshanny in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    I just wanted to chime in to thank Whole30 for changing, yet another, aspect of my life. I went off the pill a little over 3 years ago and have not had a period since. I wouldn't say I ate terribly but I definitely wasn't eating whole foods in a balanced format. I ate grains and incorporated "cheat days" where I would go all out for a meal. I was vegan for a while and can only imagine I wasn't getting all of the nutrients I needed. I started to become very concerned last year when I still had not gotten my period. I also started doing a lot of weight training and HIIT at least 3 days a week. I know I was also eating restrictively to try and see more physical results. My head was totally in the wrong place as far as my health was concerned. My doctor could not figure out what was going on but she said that my estrogen was super low but she didn't know why. She wanted me to get a MRI but I kept putting it off because I just didn't see how that was going to fix my hormonal issues and my insurance doesn't cover it so it would have been super pricey. I did my first Whole 30 last May and I was amazed at what it did for my life. I didn't get my period back but I ate pretty close to the W30 template up until the holidays. I definitely indulged and enjoyed every minute. I decided to do another W30 starting at the beginning of this January for a small reset and, wouldn't you know it, I got my period!!! I was ecstatic. I was considering ceasing all working out to try and get it to return, which really would have bummed me out because it brings me so much joy. I think my hormones were just so out of whack that it took a while for them to regulate and send all of the right signals. I still have an appointment with an endocrinologist in Feb., which I plan on keeping, to get all my hormone levels tested again but I wholeheartedly believe that W30 brought back on my menstrual cycle. So thankful!
  4. Like
    init2winit reacted to mcki0133 in Starting May 11th   
    Got some updates on my Gpa...sounds like the cancer isn't as bad as they thought. It's slow progressing and may not even need to be removed immediately. Apparently, there is a tumor that hasn't grown for more than a year. He's going in to get a CT scan at the end of the month, but the doctors seem pretty optimistic, which is great news!
     
    Thanks for all your thoughts and well wishes!
  5. Like
    init2winit reacted to ladyshanny in Starting May 11th   
    Hmmm....this sugar dragon resurrection could be the result of going too low carb.  You might consider, if you are firm on your "no potato" rule, to add carrots, beets, parsnips, squash etc to at least one meal a day. The "sugar cravings" are often just your body wanting carbohydrates.  
  6. Like
    init2winit reacted to ladyshanny in Starting May 11th   
    Own your decision, mcki.  If you want to drink at the bachlorette party then go ahead and drink.  But don't let yourself be victimized by thinking you have no choice in the matter.  You always have a choice over what goes in your mouth.  Always.  
  7. Like
    init2winit got a reaction from swithy in Starting May 11th   
    Just awesome, Jmn!!
     
    Thank YOU for sharing your journey with us. 
     
    Speaking of reintroduction... I brought back in gluten containing grains yesterday and they will remain non-existent in my daily diet for the foreseeable future. 
     
    I was uncomfortable, physically, the entire day. I ate a piece of Ezekiel toast w/ breakfast, lunch and dinner just to be sure. I experienced a headache, lethargy and some disruption in my gut. My friend suggested I pick a couple of the grains in the toast and test them out separately but I just don't want to. I'm perfectly happy without the grains and, down the line, if something seems worth it to me I will eat it and just be prepared to suffer the consequences.
     
    Hope everyone else is doing good!!
  8. Like
    init2winit reacted to Jmn1962 in Starting May 11th   
    Very happy to report that today is day 31 and I'm down 14 lbs.! I didn't take any measurements but I'm no longer wearing the biggest size in my closet. I feel great and will continue with my journey...no re introductions yet because I would like to loose a bit more weight and I really want to make sure I've killed that sugar dragon.
    What I've learned.....
    1. Eating 3 meals per day without snacks is key to success.
    2. I really like sleeping 8 hours per night.
    3. This way of eating has stabilized my glucose levels and no medication is required.
    4. Life really does exist without having to take Advil everyday.
    5. I feel like my old self prior to my surgery.
    Hope everyone has a great day.
  9. Like
    init2winit got a reaction from swithy in Starting May 11th   
    Just awesome, Jmn!!
     
    Thank YOU for sharing your journey with us. 
     
    Speaking of reintroduction... I brought back in gluten containing grains yesterday and they will remain non-existent in my daily diet for the foreseeable future. 
     
    I was uncomfortable, physically, the entire day. I ate a piece of Ezekiel toast w/ breakfast, lunch and dinner just to be sure. I experienced a headache, lethargy and some disruption in my gut. My friend suggested I pick a couple of the grains in the toast and test them out separately but I just don't want to. I'm perfectly happy without the grains and, down the line, if something seems worth it to me I will eat it and just be prepared to suffer the consequences.
     
    Hope everyone else is doing good!!
  10. Like
    init2winit reacted to ShannonM816 in Starting May 11th   
     
    What helps me, whether I'm doing a W30 or not, is to stick with the meal template most of the time, and make sure I eat plenty of protein, fat, and vegetables. It really does seem to help keep me from craving stuff. 
     
    You get to decide whether any craving is worth giving in to. Maybe peanut butter cups are, at least sometimes, or maybe they're not. Have you seen the Guide to Nutritional Off Roading? Maybe it will help you figure out how to determine what things are worth giving in to.
  11. Like
    init2winit got a reaction from swithy in Starting May 11th   
    Just awesome, Jmn!!
     
    Thank YOU for sharing your journey with us. 
     
    Speaking of reintroduction... I brought back in gluten containing grains yesterday and they will remain non-existent in my daily diet for the foreseeable future. 
     
    I was uncomfortable, physically, the entire day. I ate a piece of Ezekiel toast w/ breakfast, lunch and dinner just to be sure. I experienced a headache, lethargy and some disruption in my gut. My friend suggested I pick a couple of the grains in the toast and test them out separately but I just don't want to. I'm perfectly happy without the grains and, down the line, if something seems worth it to me I will eat it and just be prepared to suffer the consequences.
     
    Hope everyone else is doing good!!
  12. Like
    init2winit reacted to Jmn1962 in Starting May 11th   
    Day 25 for me. I continue to move along in the program with little problems. I've been thinking about reintroduction lately and have decided to continue as I am until Sept 1st. This past fall I had to have some major abdominal surgery (had to have 1/3 of my large and 1/4 of my small intestines removed). I was happily going through life I had no symptoms or pain was simply having my routine preventative colonoscopy when they discovered a 4" mass. My life turned upside down and I lost complete control of my life....it was one dr. Appt after another and no one could figure out what caused all my problems. I know the surgery saved my life but I did not expect to feel as badly as I did nor expect the recovery to last upwards of 6 months. In comes my good friend Jeannie who invited me along on the Whole30 journey. I wasn't sure I could make it through the program but with all of your encouragement and my many NS victories along the way I feel like I'm back in control of my body and not the doctors. For this I'm forever grateful. Love the energy and love seeing my waist shrink!
    Thanks for all of your support. I love being back in control of my life!
  13. Like
    init2winit reacted to jeanie793 in Starting May 11th   
    !!!!!! NON-SCALE VICTORY !!!!!!
    A couple months ago I purchased a tunic style blouse hoping the hip portion would fit one day. Today is that day!!! And I even have a little room to spare!!!
    Yippee
  14. Like
    init2winit got a reaction from mcki0133 in Starting May 11th   
    I totally understand and I think I have finally hit that point with eggs, too! And I'm even one of those people that if I find something I like, I can eat it over and over. I think I have the same bowl of steel cut oats with apple for a little over a year prior to W30. 
     
    So I think tomorrow is going to be a sweet potato hash morning! It's one of my favorites and so simple.
     
    I cube up one sweet potato and slice some peppers and onions. Probably about 1/4-1/2 cup of each. 
    Then I heat up a larger skillet and add some coconut oil. I add the sweet potato to this and season with salt, pepper, a little garlic powder and cinnamon. 
    Cover this and let it cook for about 5 minutes.
    To the same pan add the pepper and onion and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. 
    Cover again and let this all cook for about 5 minutes or until everything is soft. 
    Then I add a sliced chicken sausage (Normally, when I'm not sick of eggs, I would add a fried egg to this but, if omitting the egg I would prob. use 2 sausages). 
    Cook this uncovered until sausage has browned.
    I top it with half an avocado and Franks.
  15. Like
    init2winit got a reaction from mcki0133 in Starting May 11th   
    I totally understand and I think I have finally hit that point with eggs, too! And I'm even one of those people that if I find something I like, I can eat it over and over. I think I have the same bowl of steel cut oats with apple for a little over a year prior to W30. 
     
    So I think tomorrow is going to be a sweet potato hash morning! It's one of my favorites and so simple.
     
    I cube up one sweet potato and slice some peppers and onions. Probably about 1/4-1/2 cup of each. 
    Then I heat up a larger skillet and add some coconut oil. I add the sweet potato to this and season with salt, pepper, a little garlic powder and cinnamon. 
    Cover this and let it cook for about 5 minutes.
    To the same pan add the pepper and onion and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. 
    Cover again and let this all cook for about 5 minutes or until everything is soft. 
    Then I add a sliced chicken sausage (Normally, when I'm not sick of eggs, I would add a fried egg to this but, if omitting the egg I would prob. use 2 sausages). 
    Cook this uncovered until sausage has browned.
    I top it with half an avocado and Franks.
  16. Like
    init2winit reacted to mcki0133 in Starting May 11th   
    YUMMY. Thanks for sharing!
  17. Like
    init2winit got a reaction from JaneBerkin in Starting May 11th   
    Swithy!! HUGE difference!! Your face is a completely different shape. 
     
    I haven't introduced dairy yet and I'm thinking about skipping it for now because, like you said, I have yet to read where anyone said they had a great or no reaction to dairy. I barely ate it before so there's no need to put it in my diet. I know there will be a day when I will eat some delicious ice cream and, like you, I will just prepare for the consequences! 
  18. Like
    init2winit got a reaction from mcki0133 in Starting May 11th   
    I totally understand and I think I have finally hit that point with eggs, too! And I'm even one of those people that if I find something I like, I can eat it over and over. I think I have the same bowl of steel cut oats with apple for a little over a year prior to W30. 
     
    So I think tomorrow is going to be a sweet potato hash morning! It's one of my favorites and so simple.
     
    I cube up one sweet potato and slice some peppers and onions. Probably about 1/4-1/2 cup of each. 
    Then I heat up a larger skillet and add some coconut oil. I add the sweet potato to this and season with salt, pepper, a little garlic powder and cinnamon. 
    Cover this and let it cook for about 5 minutes.
    To the same pan add the pepper and onion and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. 
    Cover again and let this all cook for about 5 minutes or until everything is soft. 
    Then I add a sliced chicken sausage (Normally, when I'm not sick of eggs, I would add a fried egg to this but, if omitting the egg I would prob. use 2 sausages). 
    Cook this uncovered until sausage has browned.
    I top it with half an avocado and Franks.
  19. Like
    init2winit reacted to mcki0133 in Starting May 11th   
    Everyday, I still get so excited to log into the forum and see all the posts and progress After our Whole30 was completed, I feel like I was doing OK with food choices but being way more lenient than I should've. Whether it was going out with friends or to dinner with my hubby, I wasn't making the best choices possible...still better ones that I made in the past, but after I was feeling so good...I almost feel like it was starting down the slippery slope back into my bad habits. With that being said, I'm going to start my 2nd Whole 30 today. Buh-bye to the liquor, dairy, sugar, grains/gluten, etc. If I have or know I'm on a plan, I'm less likely to give myself free reign over my decisions.
     
    Also, wanted to let you guys know that I tried something new last night -- we went out to dinner for a friends birthday and had BONE MARROW. I've heard that this is one of the best things you can eat for your body. Although it has a high fat percentage, they say it helps with building immunity, repairing wounds, helps digestion and the list goes on...It wasn't the "best" tasting thing I've ever had, but it was uncanny to me that I was willing to try something new and branch out. It was also extremely odd for me, because I'm a cancer survivor and actually had a BONE marrow transplant when I was 16....so surreal. CRAZY.
     
    Here's to W30#2 D1!!
  20. Like
    init2winit reacted to ladyshanny in Starting May 11th   
    HOLY MOLY!!!!!!!!!!  
  21. Like
    init2winit got a reaction from JaneBerkin in Starting May 11th   
    Swithy!! HUGE difference!! Your face is a completely different shape. 
     
    I haven't introduced dairy yet and I'm thinking about skipping it for now because, like you said, I have yet to read where anyone said they had a great or no reaction to dairy. I barely ate it before so there's no need to put it in my diet. I know there will be a day when I will eat some delicious ice cream and, like you, I will just prepare for the consequences! 
  22. Like
    init2winit reacted to ShannonM816 in Starting May 11th   
     
    I didn't have any particularly volatile reactions to dairy back when I did my first W30 and reintroductions -- although, to be fair, I didn't drink a glass of milk or anything. I can do half and half or heavy cream in coffee, butter, cheese, or ice cream, or even Starbucks drinks with little to no obvious reaction. However, when I went back to W30 eating plus half & half in my coffee every morning, it didn't take but about a week to 10 days before some aches and pains I'd had before that had gone away during my W30 came back, so it's still definitely not good for me.
     
    Definitely lots of people do have strong reactions to dairy, but not everyone. For people worried about it but wanting to reintroduce, start with small amounts, and go with cheese or kefir or yogurt or butter, not just straight up milk, as those are less likely to cause problems. And maybe plan it on a day when you don't have to leave the house.
  23. Like
    init2winit got a reaction from bricky in Starting May 11th   
    St. Sophia - the reintro of non-gluten grains through cornbread seemed to have gone just fine. I don't think I experienced any sort of negative reaction. I'll continue to see how I feel for the rest of today and tomorrow but so far so good. I did freeze the rest of the cornbread to make sure any temptation to eat more was off the table. It was really good, even without the added sugar. It still tasted sweet to me, which I'm sure is because of my changing taste buds. 
     
    Prior to W30 I had done the whole eat well for 5 days in a row and then allow myself 2 cheat meals on weekends. These were usually always in the form of sweets. I would spend all week obsessing over what I was going to eat for my cheat meals and then I would be sad when they were over. This was a cycle for probably a good year. Then I started making desserts at home with "healthy" thing (dates, fruit, nuts, even cookies with beans as the base) and incorporating those daily. Just feeding that sugar dragon even more! So, W30 was definitely a starting point with me and "no sugar." After about a week into W30 I noticed my cravings had subsided and even fruit started to taste overly sweet to me so I only at a little bit if I had it. 
    I know sugar is something that I still have to watch myself with so I don't fall back into old habits and patterns. It's something I'm committed too but I also feel like being on the W30 did shift my brain and my thinking. Not incorporating and scheduling "cheats" is def a game changer for me. If something special comes along, I will go through the motion of deciding if it is worth it or not and, if it is, I will enjoy it guilt free and then get back to my normal lifestyle of eating whole foods. This is the plan anyways! 
  24. Like
    init2winit reacted to swithy in Starting May 11th   
    Inspired by Mcki, here's my before and after. The one on the left is from about 2 weeks prior to starting the Whole 30. The one on the right is from just now. 
    Do you see a difference? (Besides the hair color?)

  25. Like
    init2winit reacted to swithy in Starting May 11th   
    Hi everyone! First off, congrats to everybody who made it or is still going... great job! I've been away on vacation/road trip since Day 25, and just got back last night. I finally caught up on all the posts, and want to share my observations so far. Long post....
     
    1 - this is the first vacation where I am pretty sure I did not gain any weight. Whenever I go anywhere, I always make it about finding the best local food of that place and stuffing myself silly. This time, I prepared by packing the car with tons of compliant food, and only ate out a couple of times. The trip was about the journey this time, not about food. Huge victory for me. 
     
    2 - because I was staying in hotels and lodges without scales, I didn't get to weigh myself at the end of the Whole 30. Here's where I admit I did weigh myself during W30, once a week, because of a class I take at the gym that tracks our weekly measurements. So I had an idea how things were going, but these last 11 days without a scale was an important thing to go through, because I finally had to pay attention to all the other stuff. Like how great my clothes are fitting, how my double chin has shrunk, how I just bought some pants a size smaller, how I smile so much more, etc. 
     
    3 - I have reintroduced legumes and dairy so far, and decided that that's it. First, with legumes, it felt so forced. I bought bean dip and hummus from a healthfood store and didn't like the taste of either, and I just felt like I was eating them for the sake of the reintro. So I tossed them and I didn't have enough of either to cause any reaction. The next day I had white bean hummus from a restaurant that was delicious -- so I think I learned not to have all foods just cause I can, but try to have them when it feels important/appropriate/special. Minor reaction--stinky farts. 
     
    4 - Dairy. OMG no. Yesterday I decided to go for it. That was after visiting a creamery on Day 30 where they make one of my favorite cheeses and not eating any of the samples! So I held out, and wanted to make my reintro day count. My plan for the day was to have a little milk in coffee (which is something I don't ever usually do, even pre W30), some of that cheese I bought at the creamery, and ice cream. Well, I didn't make it that far. The milk in the coffee didn't really bother me, but I had barely 3 sips. At lunch, I had some creamy caesar dressing and I think that was ok. But then at a drive-thru Starbucks, I decided to get a mini frappuccino. I have still not recovered. I immediately got nauseous and since then have had diarrhea 5 times.  I tried one bite of cheese at dinner and got sick all over again. Never made it to the ice cream. 
     
    Question: Has anyone who reintroduced dairy been ok? Seems like it's the most volatile of foods.
     
    Next weekend I am supposed to go to a big ice cream tasting event, where the best local ice cream shop makes 24 new flavors and we sample and vote on our favorite for them to start selling. I bought tickets and I will be devastated to miss it, but know there will be a terrible price....
     
    5 - I think I'm going to skip reintroducing grain (gluten and non), because I don't want to break the seal, so to speak. Pasta and pizza were foods without brakes for me, and the longer I wait to have those grains, the farther I can get from the carb-dragon. 
     
    6 - Pre W30 I was down to alcohol only one day per week, and I'm going back to that. So far, no issues. Though it took me tasting 5 white wines before I could order one that wasn't too sweet for me. So that's different. Sugar hasn't been an issue yet, but I've had very minimal quantities (other than that lousy frappuccino). 
     
    7 - Weighed in this morning finally, and after 36 days of Whole 30 plus one nasty dairy day, I am down 15 pounds! Woohoo! I obviously was not supposed to be eating all that cheese before I embarked on this. And all the candy and cakes and cookies. Man, I was really eating not well before this. I'm excited to keep it going.