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    reneeruecks got a reaction from JgoUNT24 in Whole30 and Weight Loss   
    @ladyshanny I don't think it should be the whole focus of this but I just feel like it could be celebrated more. Loosing weight is VERY important for optimal health. I'm not even looking at it as being thin, I'm looking at loosing weight as being healthy.  You can't be healthy if you are obese so I just don't get why if ppl talk about weight during their whole 30 it's dismissed. I understand it's a nice break, but I just feel like weight loss is important as well. 
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    reneeruecks reacted to ladyshanny in period 10 days early and I feel like quitting   
    To quote our moderator, @Tom Denham, you must get the buy-in of your hormones before healthy weight loss occurrs. The fact that you are having menstrual fluctuations right now means that there is absolutely no doubt that your hormones are not balanced. 
    Often overweight people are pre-diabetic because they are eating foods that mess with  hormones. Insulin is a hormone that is wildly affected by foods that are prevalent in the standard diet. Those same foods cause you to gain weight. The mere fact that you are close to pre-diabetic also means that you may have enough of an underlying foundation with your health that 16 days isn't going to give you any wild results. If you have dieted or restricted or binge/purged or just binged in your life, especially if it was a consistent pattern, your body is going to have a hard time trusting you and it will take time. More than 2 weeks. ALSO if you have historically not eaten particularly nutrient dense, whole foods, your body is going to go through a "refeeding" period where it is soaking up every bit that you are giving it. That could result in either a temporary gain (don't panic!) or stagnation in loss.
    Finally, I'm so sorry you're so worried about this. That is rough. Please know that eating protein, veggies and healthy fats is not going to push you any further down the diabetic road. It's just not. So if absolutely nothing happens, you are going to freeze that progression while you are doing Whole30 or eating in a Whole30 style/manner.  Which means that you have time. Time to allow your body to understand what you're doing. Time to allow your body and mind to come together for your own personal well being. Time for you to settle in and know that weight loss, while good, is not the end-all. It's really not. You can be a healthy human with extra weight on your body. Pre-diabetes is not related to how much you weigh.............it's related to what you were eating that got you to how much you weigh. Correlation, not causation.
    Please be kind to yourself. Be patient. Know that by eating in Whole30 fashion you are doing the very best you can for your body. Undoing years of less than healthy behaviours. Allowing your body to use what you are giving it to heal itself. Whether you are aware of it or not, if you are pre-diabetic, chances are you have other underlying health issues and your body will always prioritize internal healing over weight loss.
    You are a wonderful, dynamic, varied, complex and beautiful human. You are about more than what you weigh. 
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    reneeruecks got a reaction from kirkor in bullet proof coffee   
    ok, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't having too much. I'm putting a teaspoon or maybe a table spoon in and only drinking one cup with breakfast. So I should have more fat with breakfast.  I am going 4 hours or longer till lunch
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    reneeruecks got a reaction from Alisonlcarver in Totally off track and I feel so out of control   
    Thank you so much.  I realized today that I really can't just eat dairy, sugar and gluten, or at least in the amounts I have been consuming.  I have been feeling foggy, tired, sick, gassy and have had headaches. I have also been drinking more so I have been blaming my symptoms on that but I really think it's the food as well. The other big thing is I DO NOT TRUST MYSELF, and that is because I have been taught my whole life not too. I know that I know what is good for my body but for some reason I am choosing to completely ignore my body screaming and begging me not to do what I'm doing but I am still doing it anyway. 
     
    I guess I am really just trying to figure out how to make this my new life continuously.  Maybe starting right in the middle of the holiday season was a bad idea bc there are so many parties and once a year temptations.  I don't know.  I am back on today %100 bc I really miss the way I felt during my whole30. 
     
    Weight is another big goal for me.  I am 5/4 and I weigh 198.  It is imperative to my health and mental state that I loose more weight but I refuse to do that via dieting EVER AGAIN. 
     
    Thank you so much for bringing me back down to earth. I'm sure I will be posting a ton more as I continue figure this out!
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    reneeruecks got a reaction from Alisonlcarver in Totally off track and I feel so out of control   
    Thank you so much.  I realized today that I really can't just eat dairy, sugar and gluten, or at least in the amounts I have been consuming.  I have been feeling foggy, tired, sick, gassy and have had headaches. I have also been drinking more so I have been blaming my symptoms on that but I really think it's the food as well. The other big thing is I DO NOT TRUST MYSELF, and that is because I have been taught my whole life not too. I know that I know what is good for my body but for some reason I am choosing to completely ignore my body screaming and begging me not to do what I'm doing but I am still doing it anyway. 
     
    I guess I am really just trying to figure out how to make this my new life continuously.  Maybe starting right in the middle of the holiday season was a bad idea bc there are so many parties and once a year temptations.  I don't know.  I am back on today %100 bc I really miss the way I felt during my whole30. 
     
    Weight is another big goal for me.  I am 5/4 and I weigh 198.  It is imperative to my health and mental state that I loose more weight but I refuse to do that via dieting EVER AGAIN. 
     
    Thank you so much for bringing me back down to earth. I'm sure I will be posting a ton more as I continue figure this out!
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    reneeruecks got a reaction from Alisonlcarver in Totally off track and I feel so out of control   
    Thank you so much.  I realized today that I really can't just eat dairy, sugar and gluten, or at least in the amounts I have been consuming.  I have been feeling foggy, tired, sick, gassy and have had headaches. I have also been drinking more so I have been blaming my symptoms on that but I really think it's the food as well. The other big thing is I DO NOT TRUST MYSELF, and that is because I have been taught my whole life not too. I know that I know what is good for my body but for some reason I am choosing to completely ignore my body screaming and begging me not to do what I'm doing but I am still doing it anyway. 
     
    I guess I am really just trying to figure out how to make this my new life continuously.  Maybe starting right in the middle of the holiday season was a bad idea bc there are so many parties and once a year temptations.  I don't know.  I am back on today %100 bc I really miss the way I felt during my whole30. 
     
    Weight is another big goal for me.  I am 5/4 and I weigh 198.  It is imperative to my health and mental state that I loose more weight but I refuse to do that via dieting EVER AGAIN. 
     
    Thank you so much for bringing me back down to earth. I'm sure I will be posting a ton more as I continue figure this out!
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    reneeruecks reacted to thegoldengrahamgirl in Totally off track and I feel so out of control   
    I think you actually answered your own question - you CAN'T eat dairy and gluten in small amounts.  You DO know what is right for you. So why not make your personal "rule" NO dairy and NO gluten?  That's the beginning of your personal plan.
     
    Once you stop the anxiety around those foods and/or from consuming those foods, you might suddenly realize that you CAN trust yourself to make good decisions.  You might consider doing a Whole3 or a Whole5 or Whole7 - however long it takes to calm down and start feeling good again.  Then, you can reintroduce foods one at a time and take notes as to how they effect you, and whether it's worth it.  That's the beginning of your personal plan!
     
    Remember, 1 day (or even jus tone meal) of Whole30-compliant eating is always available to you as "home base."
     
    Cheers,
     
    -Lauren (GGG)
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    reneeruecks reacted to praxisproject in Totally off track and I feel so out of control   
    First off, relax, take a breath. You worked really hard for your Whole30 and you did it!  ​
     
    Anxious can be a side effect for some people from gluten, but you also sound pretty stressed.
     
    Learning is never a failure, you are learning things about yourself, your relationship with food and also learning to listen to your body.
    Don't worry about the weight right now, think about how you feel.
     
    Did you do the Reintroduction phase?
    Are you keeping a food diary?
    Are you eating enough?
    Do you find there's certain things that you're struggling with in particular, post W30?
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    reneeruecks reacted to Brewer5 in Totally off track and I feel so out of control   
    ^ Agreed.
     
    Anything that makes you feel out of control is not a food you tolerate well.   Feel free to mourn... roll around on the floor, scream at the skies and say "Why me?!"...
     
    But when you are done with all of that, the truth will still be the same.  Food without brakes is food without brakes.  Make the choice to be in control, and avoid those things -- day, after day, after day.
     
    Control or be controlled.  It really is that simple.
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    reneeruecks reacted to Alisonlcarver in Totally off track and I feel so out of control   
    It is so easy to get into the "what the hell" mindset, where you eat something 'bad' or off-plan, get discouraged, start to feel bad about yourself, and then all of a sudden you are a failure at everything going on in your life, and when will this shame spiral end?!
     
    I've been there.  And not just once.
     
    Like praxisproject said, relax, stop, and breathe.  Your cortisol is through the roof, and unless you like to live yourself in a frenzied, frantic state of mind, nothing good will come from too much stress and cortisol. 
     
    Go back to basics.  It's so easy to go down the rabbit hole, thinking how much and how often should I eat.  While those things are important, sometimes (especially when you are feeling stressed and frenzied and about to grab the nearest box of donuts and do a faceplant) you just need to go back to basics.  Eat the foods that make you feel good and allow you to be in control of what you eat.  Protein, vegetables, fat, some fruit (unless your sugar dragon is raging), and some nuts (unless you have a problem with nuts).  That's it.  Basic.  Just eat Whole, Real, Food.
     
    One of the things that I love about the Whole 30 is that it takes the brainwork out of picking our foods.  We eat protein, veggies, and fat 3 times a day to satiety.  These foods fill us up just the right amount and provide sustained nutrition and energy levels until the next meal.  These foods make us feel good physically and psychologically.  They give us consistent blood sugar levels without the roller coaster effect of having to eat every 2-3 hours or else slapping somebody.  They make us feel in control, and eating these foods really does allow us to choose the foods that we eat (not the other way around.)  Get back to basics for as long as it takes you to feel in control and good again.
     
     
    One of the other things that I absolutely adore about the Whole 30 is that it allows us to focus on our non-scale victories.  Think back to your Whole 30.  What was your motivation for taking on such an endeavor?  Write down all of the things that you remember improved in your health and your life...not just losing 8 pounds.  That is great but there's so much more!  During your Whole 30 how was your sleep?  How were your energy levels?  Were you kinder and happier in general?  Did you feel in control of your food choices?  Were you able to bypass the dessert table with ease?  Did you gain self-awareness?  Did you focus on other aspects of your improving health besides weight loss?  Think of those things.  Write them down.  Post them--to your fridge or cabinet.  Read them often.  Remember how amazing you feel eating the Whole 30 way. 
     
    And also remember that no one is perfect.  You are not perfect, so do not demand perfection of yourself.  Like the Hartwig's say, it's not meant to be a Whole 365.  You will find your way, through trial and error.  And I have no doubt that you will slip and stumble.  But please please don't let those slips and stumbles turn into a downward shame spiral where you get frantic, stressed, and think you are going to completely mess up your amazing progress.  In those moments, relax, stop, breathe, and come up with a plan.  Do you get back to Whole 30 until you are feeling good again, or do you brush it off as a splurge and then get right back to your Whole Renee?  Whatever you do, just know that taking action to improve yourself is better than continuing with destructive behaviors or actions.  You can do this.  You will do this.  Good luck.
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    reneeruecks got a reaction from bethiej25 in Need some help with what to do about my reintroduction   
    I am on day 15 of the Whole #30, my last day is the day before thanksgiving! I would like to continue eating this way, but I don't think I will get a proper reintroduction bc of the holiday.  I know I def will be having wine, I'm making dinner so I will be able to control what goes into the main course, but my house will be filled with desserts as well! I really do not want to have the sweets bc that will contain sugar, gluten and dairy, but if I do will the past 30 days be for nothing? can I just have one day and then jump right back into it? I didn't even think of reintroduction, I just needed to change my eating asap!