Kristina Wright

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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from ArtFossil in When to reintroduce wine   
    It depends on how you think alcohol might affect your food decisions. It's not on the "official" schedule but you can divide that up any way you like, for example, instead of reintroducing all dairy products, do just cheeses, or just unclarified butter and heavy cream. If you wanted to do the same with alcohol, you would reintroduce it alone, by itself, without any confounding factors like a gluten-containing dessert or a cheese plate. I personally did it without adding any additional non-compliant foods. I decided to have a nice Whole30 dinner and I had 2 glasses of white wine after.
    After that, assess your physical symptoms and your food cravings. I found that after having wine, it increased my cravings for a.) more wine and b.) other foods I typically associated with relaxing on the couch, so I went back to the program to try to get back on track with the not-eating-while-doing-other-things part. You might find something similar, or that when you drink you want to eat ALL THE THINGS, or maybe you enjoy it and that's it and you move on. 
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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from ArtFossil in When to reintroduce wine   
    It depends on how you think alcohol might affect your food decisions. It's not on the "official" schedule but you can divide that up any way you like, for example, instead of reintroducing all dairy products, do just cheeses, or just unclarified butter and heavy cream. If you wanted to do the same with alcohol, you would reintroduce it alone, by itself, without any confounding factors like a gluten-containing dessert or a cheese plate. I personally did it without adding any additional non-compliant foods. I decided to have a nice Whole30 dinner and I had 2 glasses of white wine after.
    After that, assess your physical symptoms and your food cravings. I found that after having wine, it increased my cravings for a.) more wine and b.) other foods I typically associated with relaxing on the couch, so I went back to the program to try to get back on track with the not-eating-while-doing-other-things part. You might find something similar, or that when you drink you want to eat ALL THE THINGS, or maybe you enjoy it and that's it and you move on. 
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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from ladyshanny in The crazy things people say   
    I've had all the usual comments.
     
    You're insane.
     
    You're crazy.
     
    ANOTHER diet? (I had a period of my life when I went on diet after diet, sang the praises of each one, and got sicker with each consecutive one)
     
    Blah blah blah BREAD blah blah blah (which I actually get, because I am a sucker for a big hunk of fresh-from-the-bakery bread slathered in butter)
     
    Blah blah blah PASTA blah blah blah (which I don't get, because pasta is just a vehicle for sauces and you can put those sauces on vegetables)
     
    When can you eat normally again? This is normal. You're the one eating marketing experiments.
     
    Every conceivable offer of soy-based products, fat-free condiments, artificial sweeteners, and/or dry toast and English muffins because I'm eating healthy.
     
    The funniest ones come from my mom, who has become an admirable label-checker. It's really the look of incredulity that makes it funny, but she'll look up something online, come in from her office and in the most disgusted and shocked tone say, "You will not BELIEVE the number of foods with X in them! It's what they use to make yoga mats and flip flops and it's in all these different foods! I can't believe that we were so stupid as a society to let the FDA approve all this **** in our food without even batting an eye." Or, "These ingredients are BANNED in other countries. BANNED, and the FDA lets companies put it in food. No wonder we're all sick and fat."
     
    That about sums it up, yeah.
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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from rgbarron01 in Help me break up with my scale   
    Go on a purge. A household purge, not the other kind of purge. Go through the closets and pile up the clothes you want to toss or donate. Go through drawers and get rid of holey socks and shirts, unidentified pieces of random things, and take-out menus you'll never use (do NOT throw away user manuals. Ever. Big mistake, trust me). Go through your garage and get rid of things you swore you'd use and never did. Kitchen gadgets, ugly decor you got for Christmas, things that have simply outlived their usefulness.Toss. Donate. Repurpose. If you can't get someone to take it away within a day or two, throw it away. And when you get down to the trash pile, throw the scale in there and don't look back. Admittedly, the rest of the purging is there to distract you from the end goal of removing the scale from your house entirely, but you'll feel so accomplished you won't even feel bad about getting rid of that mean, nasty, numerically-abusive piece of plastic. And your house will be clean. 76 birds, one stone.
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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from duckborg in Eating too much?   
    I hear you on food cravings. I have a fresh loaf of bread sitting on the counter right now that's there for my fiance and our housemate... I'm just throwing a dishtowel over it and pretending it's not there. I had to stand next to a cake and several different kinds of cookies almost all day at work today, too. I just kept my email inbox open to my Whole30 Daily email to remind myself that I'm on Day 9 and I am NOT going out like that.
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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from duckborg in Eating too much?   
    I hear you on food cravings. I have a fresh loaf of bread sitting on the counter right now that's there for my fiance and our housemate... I'm just throwing a dishtowel over it and pretending it's not there. I had to stand next to a cake and several different kinds of cookies almost all day at work today, too. I just kept my email inbox open to my Whole30 Daily email to remind myself that I'm on Day 9 and I am NOT going out like that.
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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from RiverCoyote in Benefits already? Can someone confirm?   
    I consider the rush of self-righteousness that comes from starting the Whole30 an immediate benefit.
     
    Seriously, though: I have already lost some of the bloat that has kept my pants from fitting properly. That's a definite benefit.
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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from RiverCoyote in Benefits already? Can someone confirm?   
    I consider the rush of self-righteousness that comes from starting the Whole30 an immediate benefit.
     
    Seriously, though: I have already lost some of the bloat that has kept my pants from fitting properly. That's a definite benefit.
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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from MeadowLily in The tea trick really works. Take that, sugar dragon!   
    A couple days ago I had a crazy craving for something sweet after dinner. Crazy craving. I have a sugar dragon BIG TIME and I hadn't truly been addressing it. Normally I eat fruit to stop its whining, but this night I decided to brew a cup of hot tea and wait it out.
     
    Hot herbal tea to stop a sugar craving is not a new trick. I've seen it on every diet I've ever been on: Clean Eating, Weight Watchers, Sparkpeople (where I discovered paleo and Whole30 through other members!) and it's been included as a Whole30 strategy for starving that sugar dragon and changing the dessert habit. I never really bought into it, for no real reason. I simply never tried it.
     
    Well, I tried it, and by Jove, it works. I've made a habit over the last few days to make a cup after lunch (green or black) and dinner (herbal) and it has made a world of difference. It's a great palate cleanse, and I feel so much more relaxed after my meals. I can't believe it took me this long to embrace such a rejuvenating practice.
     
    If you're still having trouble starving out the sugar dragon, give the good ol' tea trick a shot. Seriously. You will be so glad you did.
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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from MeadowLily in The tea trick really works. Take that, sugar dragon!   
    A couple days ago I had a crazy craving for something sweet after dinner. Crazy craving. I have a sugar dragon BIG TIME and I hadn't truly been addressing it. Normally I eat fruit to stop its whining, but this night I decided to brew a cup of hot tea and wait it out.
     
    Hot herbal tea to stop a sugar craving is not a new trick. I've seen it on every diet I've ever been on: Clean Eating, Weight Watchers, Sparkpeople (where I discovered paleo and Whole30 through other members!) and it's been included as a Whole30 strategy for starving that sugar dragon and changing the dessert habit. I never really bought into it, for no real reason. I simply never tried it.
     
    Well, I tried it, and by Jove, it works. I've made a habit over the last few days to make a cup after lunch (green or black) and dinner (herbal) and it has made a world of difference. It's a great palate cleanse, and I feel so much more relaxed after my meals. I can't believe it took me this long to embrace such a rejuvenating practice.
     
    If you're still having trouble starving out the sugar dragon, give the good ol' tea trick a shot. Seriously. You will be so glad you did.
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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from rgbarron01 in Help me break up with my scale   
    Go on a purge. A household purge, not the other kind of purge. Go through the closets and pile up the clothes you want to toss or donate. Go through drawers and get rid of holey socks and shirts, unidentified pieces of random things, and take-out menus you'll never use (do NOT throw away user manuals. Ever. Big mistake, trust me). Go through your garage and get rid of things you swore you'd use and never did. Kitchen gadgets, ugly decor you got for Christmas, things that have simply outlived their usefulness.Toss. Donate. Repurpose. If you can't get someone to take it away within a day or two, throw it away. And when you get down to the trash pile, throw the scale in there and don't look back. Admittedly, the rest of the purging is there to distract you from the end goal of removing the scale from your house entirely, but you'll feel so accomplished you won't even feel bad about getting rid of that mean, nasty, numerically-abusive piece of plastic. And your house will be clean. 76 birds, one stone.
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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from arlittleton in I need some tough love!   
    When I want to cave, and I have all my reasons (excuses) to cave lined up, I think about how I DESERVE to finish this Whole30. I DESERVE to be able to say, "I made it all 30 days, and I didn't give in."
     
    Thinking ahead to how proud you will be of yourself can do wonders for you on a bad day.
     
     
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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from Physibeth in 30 days complete but don't feel much different   
     
    Honestly, get rid of your scale. It will do absolutely NOTHING for you except belittle your accomplishments.
     
    This last Whole30 (August, my third Whole30) I weighed myself too, and I gained 2 lb and then lost it again. I was SO UPSET because on my first Whole30 a couple of years ago I lost 12 lbs, and I was 100% positive that if I could just commit to another Whole30 I would magically be thin by my 25th birthday (I have disordered thinking about my body weight. I go through phases during which losing weight is all I care about and I obsess over it for DAYS at a time). Well, I'll turn 25 on Friday and I am still the same weight as I was before, during, and after that Whole30 and it has NOTHING to do with my diet. I've been in physical therapy for a hip problem, I've been getting my sleep on track (and thus not exercising for an hour first thing in the morning), I've had job training that kept me from going to my dance classes for two weeks, and I sprained my toe tripping over the dog three weeks ago and so I can't go walking every morning on concrete sidewalks. Clearly, my weight issue is a lifestyle one, not a diet one. But I did SO MUCH MORE during my Whole30! I learned that, after no less than 5 false starts, I CAN stick to a Whole30. My sugar cravings are gone again, and I've learned more about how food affects me. This also taught me that if I can stick to a Whole30, I can stick to studying for my MCAT. I can stick to an exercise schedule once my sleep is sorted out and my toe heals. More importantly, I've learned that my weight loss doesn't hinge on one piece of bread or one hard cider, and I don't have to feel guilty about eating a piece of birthday cake this week.
     
    The scale told me NONE of those things. Get rid of it. It has nothing constructive to say to you.
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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from Physibeth in 30 days complete but don't feel much different   
     
    Honestly, get rid of your scale. It will do absolutely NOTHING for you except belittle your accomplishments.
     
    This last Whole30 (August, my third Whole30) I weighed myself too, and I gained 2 lb and then lost it again. I was SO UPSET because on my first Whole30 a couple of years ago I lost 12 lbs, and I was 100% positive that if I could just commit to another Whole30 I would magically be thin by my 25th birthday (I have disordered thinking about my body weight. I go through phases during which losing weight is all I care about and I obsess over it for DAYS at a time). Well, I'll turn 25 on Friday and I am still the same weight as I was before, during, and after that Whole30 and it has NOTHING to do with my diet. I've been in physical therapy for a hip problem, I've been getting my sleep on track (and thus not exercising for an hour first thing in the morning), I've had job training that kept me from going to my dance classes for two weeks, and I sprained my toe tripping over the dog three weeks ago and so I can't go walking every morning on concrete sidewalks. Clearly, my weight issue is a lifestyle one, not a diet one. But I did SO MUCH MORE during my Whole30! I learned that, after no less than 5 false starts, I CAN stick to a Whole30. My sugar cravings are gone again, and I've learned more about how food affects me. This also taught me that if I can stick to a Whole30, I can stick to studying for my MCAT. I can stick to an exercise schedule once my sleep is sorted out and my toe heals. More importantly, I've learned that my weight loss doesn't hinge on one piece of bread or one hard cider, and I don't have to feel guilty about eating a piece of birthday cake this week.
     
    The scale told me NONE of those things. Get rid of it. It has nothing constructive to say to you.
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    Kristina Wright reacted to RebeccaJean in Uh-oh, I've fallen....   
    @Heather "My second W30 experience is a strange mix of so much easier and so much harder at the same time.  I am just taking it one day at a time, and hoping that I start feeling the benefits soon" - VERY well said. I was talking with a co-worker today because my mind is like "Ugh we've done this already"; but it is easy because my body really loves the clean eating and responds well. I lost 15lbs/15inches on my first go on June. I've gained back about 8lbs and ALL of my inches; but I've learned that if I want to sustain/loose weight, clean eating/paleo is the best way to get it done. I can't expect to stay the same size eating chips and fast food, lol. I was naive, because I thought I had conquered my addiction to food/using food as comfort...I'm still working on it. One day at a time, one positive choice at a time. Good luck to you as well!! WE can do this!! 
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    Kristina Wright reacted to Onedawgval in drank.Emergenc supplement :(   
    Kristina - i love "TRUST THE PROCESS".  Should me Whole 30 Mantra!
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    Kristina Wright reacted to AuntJane in drank.Emergenc supplement :(   
    Thanks for reviving this thread, Kristina, I needed to read it today!  I am on day 12 and I got on the scale this morning.     I suppose that is better than eating a cookie...
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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from MeadowLily in The tea trick really works. Take that, sugar dragon!   
    A couple days ago I had a crazy craving for something sweet after dinner. Crazy craving. I have a sugar dragon BIG TIME and I hadn't truly been addressing it. Normally I eat fruit to stop its whining, but this night I decided to brew a cup of hot tea and wait it out.
     
    Hot herbal tea to stop a sugar craving is not a new trick. I've seen it on every diet I've ever been on: Clean Eating, Weight Watchers, Sparkpeople (where I discovered paleo and Whole30 through other members!) and it's been included as a Whole30 strategy for starving that sugar dragon and changing the dessert habit. I never really bought into it, for no real reason. I simply never tried it.
     
    Well, I tried it, and by Jove, it works. I've made a habit over the last few days to make a cup after lunch (green or black) and dinner (herbal) and it has made a world of difference. It's a great palate cleanse, and I feel so much more relaxed after my meals. I can't believe it took me this long to embrace such a rejuvenating practice.
     
    If you're still having trouble starving out the sugar dragon, give the good ol' tea trick a shot. Seriously. You will be so glad you did.
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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from AuntJane in drank.Emergenc supplement :(   
    I know this is an old post, but I happened back on it because I've been feeling less than stellar lately, and I had to add something:
     
    I had a classmate in my MS program who was a personal trainer and she always said, "trust the process." She recommended the usual 5-meal-a-day, fairly low-fat bikini/bodybuilder type diet (she was a bikini competitor, after all... and still has my copy of ISWF, as a matter of fact...) but her words resonated anyway. She got a group of us started with fasted cardio on the daily, a gym plan, and a meal plan (I was attempting to get a Whole30 off the ground, so I ignored her meal plan) and her rule was to measure and weigh-in one time, then NO SCALE for THREE MONTHS. Toss the scale, and TRUST THE PROCESS.
     
    I'm having to pep-talk myself these last few days, and I think I should share it with others: It's WAY too easy to get hung up on the scale or the tape measure or the pants... and if we're ever going to really embrace health, we HAVE to trust in the process.
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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from ladyshanny in The crazy things people say   
    I've had all the usual comments.
     
    You're insane.
     
    You're crazy.
     
    ANOTHER diet? (I had a period of my life when I went on diet after diet, sang the praises of each one, and got sicker with each consecutive one)
     
    Blah blah blah BREAD blah blah blah (which I actually get, because I am a sucker for a big hunk of fresh-from-the-bakery bread slathered in butter)
     
    Blah blah blah PASTA blah blah blah (which I don't get, because pasta is just a vehicle for sauces and you can put those sauces on vegetables)
     
    When can you eat normally again? This is normal. You're the one eating marketing experiments.
     
    Every conceivable offer of soy-based products, fat-free condiments, artificial sweeteners, and/or dry toast and English muffins because I'm eating healthy.
     
    The funniest ones come from my mom, who has become an admirable label-checker. It's really the look of incredulity that makes it funny, but she'll look up something online, come in from her office and in the most disgusted and shocked tone say, "You will not BELIEVE the number of foods with X in them! It's what they use to make yoga mats and flip flops and it's in all these different foods! I can't believe that we were so stupid as a society to let the FDA approve all this **** in our food without even batting an eye." Or, "These ingredients are BANNED in other countries. BANNED, and the FDA lets companies put it in food. No wonder we're all sick and fat."
     
    That about sums it up, yeah.
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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from CCLaymon in Nervous to cut the Whole30 cord   
     
    If all you're planning on doing post-Whole30 is eating a little bit here and there, I'd just do that instead of gagging something down on principle. I skipped legume reintro altogether because the only legumes I miss eating are the lentils in my lentil soup, and I already know that I can eat one big bowl of it and that's it. If I eat another bowl the next day, I get nine-months-pregnant bloated and life sucks. If I eat bread with it, it sucks even more. If you're never going to eat more than a serving of while rice or a bowl of popcorn at a time, why bother? And if you have a day when you DO eat non-gluten grains at every meal, well, you'll learn all about it then.
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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from CCLaymon in Nervous to cut the Whole30 cord   
    Don't be scared! If something bites back you already know what to do to get back to feeling good. I JUST did it myself (5 day binge on crap food after a pasta dinner to see how gluten might be affecting me) and I'm now 2 days back on the straight and narrow. I feel much better, and I've learned that if I'm going to stay on track post Whole30, I need to maintain my prep habits and always have easy-to-fix meals on hand so I won't be tempted to just give in and eat things that are easily accessible but don't help me. I'm going to give it a week to clear my system and then try dairy. Hopefully, with this knowledge, I'll be able to enjoy a treat down the road without falling facefirst into a box of cereal I don't even like just because it's there.
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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from rgbarron01 in Help me break up with my scale   
    Go on a purge. A household purge, not the other kind of purge. Go through the closets and pile up the clothes you want to toss or donate. Go through drawers and get rid of holey socks and shirts, unidentified pieces of random things, and take-out menus you'll never use (do NOT throw away user manuals. Ever. Big mistake, trust me). Go through your garage and get rid of things you swore you'd use and never did. Kitchen gadgets, ugly decor you got for Christmas, things that have simply outlived their usefulness.Toss. Donate. Repurpose. If you can't get someone to take it away within a day or two, throw it away. And when you get down to the trash pile, throw the scale in there and don't look back. Admittedly, the rest of the purging is there to distract you from the end goal of removing the scale from your house entirely, but you'll feel so accomplished you won't even feel bad about getting rid of that mean, nasty, numerically-abusive piece of plastic. And your house will be clean. 76 birds, one stone.
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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from Tanya K in Uh-oh, I've fallen....   
    I'm doing a Whole30 right now because I can't ride my own bike yet either, and I JUST went through the thought process you just described with 5+ failed restarts. It was not a pretty picture, either.
     
    After you do your soul-searching and focusing, reread the book. ISWF resonates with me every time I read it, and reminds me of why it's important to really, really apply to this program 100%. If you decide to commit to the Whole30 again, take a week or two (or better, two pay periods) to really plan ahead. Make Whole30 compliant soups for several dinners in a row and freeze the leftovers. Shop your sale ads and pack your freezer. Experiment with some vegetable recipes and pick some go-to meals you didn't have last time. Try a new way of eating hard boiled eggs. Get an extra propane tank or stock an extra bag of charcoal if you have a grill. Start thinking about the rules again, and start adhering to a few to give yourself a head start on a habit (I quit eating legumes and dairy a week before I started this Whole30, and it really eased my transition). Start taking your coffee black again if you don't already. Stock up on coffee and herbal teas. Search around town for a new produce stand. Stock up on canned fish and olives. Make a plan for the inevitable "there's no way I'm cooking" nights, like heating up a container of leftover soup or chili instead. Give yourself EVERY possible advantage, and then jump in. I am now on Day 15 of my Whole60 and I had made up an excuse to quit on Day 7-8 on every other attempt since January. Our food budget is tighter than ever (5 weeks this month and last month meant our money didn't go as far) and I'm still going strong because I committed weeks ahead of time and seriously planned.
     
    You can do it! We just have to outsmart our own excuses!
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    Kristina Wright got a reaction from MeadowLily in The tea trick really works. Take that, sugar dragon!   
    A couple days ago I had a crazy craving for something sweet after dinner. Crazy craving. I have a sugar dragon BIG TIME and I hadn't truly been addressing it. Normally I eat fruit to stop its whining, but this night I decided to brew a cup of hot tea and wait it out.
     
    Hot herbal tea to stop a sugar craving is not a new trick. I've seen it on every diet I've ever been on: Clean Eating, Weight Watchers, Sparkpeople (where I discovered paleo and Whole30 through other members!) and it's been included as a Whole30 strategy for starving that sugar dragon and changing the dessert habit. I never really bought into it, for no real reason. I simply never tried it.
     
    Well, I tried it, and by Jove, it works. I've made a habit over the last few days to make a cup after lunch (green or black) and dinner (herbal) and it has made a world of difference. It's a great palate cleanse, and I feel so much more relaxed after my meals. I can't believe it took me this long to embrace such a rejuvenating practice.
     
    If you're still having trouble starving out the sugar dragon, give the good ol' tea trick a shot. Seriously. You will be so glad you did.