Leeleego

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    Leeleego reacted to heatherdOT in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Major realization today:
    I had a long, emotionally and physically draining day at work. I had a patient lay some heavy stuff about his home life on me and had to console a woman (48 y/o) who was in tears because she just had triple bypass surgery. Needless to say I was exhausted and my resolve was weakened. It doesn't help that I'm right on track with the food boredom part of the timeline. The thought of going home and eating another compliant meal was not a pleasant one. I was craving comfort food something fierce and it was all I could think of while grocery shopping for the next week. It was in that moment that I had a revelation about how I think about food in tough times. I never saw myself as an emotional eater, but the first place I turn is food.
    I decided to stop at Chipotle on the way home, the only place I could think of to get something compliant that wasn't completely unappetizing. I admit that I almost ordered a burrito, but I stopped myself and got a compliant salad instead. I thought about how ordering that burrito would set me back to where I began...sick, tired, and out of control. I also thought about how far I have come and how good I feel right now. I'm so glad that I didn't give into those feelings and cravings (my stomach thanks me as well). The NSVs are adding up and I need to keep a running list for times like today...steady energy, stable blood sugar, clearing acne, better sleep, clothes are looser, etc.
    Now to go to bed early and put this exhausting day behind me.
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    Leeleego reacted to rosecord in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Hello!
    I've been reading a lot of posts but not writing much lately.  Mostly because I enjoy reading so much I end up out of time before I can type something up myself. That is a good thing!  I am completely surprised at how this Whole30 has flown by and I attribute a lot of that to this forum. I've been on target with my eating. And have now stepped up my workouts. I have definitely felt better as a whole, great sleep and even felt some tiger blood.  
     
    Last night I went out to dinner and had a ribeye steak.  I asked for Medium and they brought me out an extremely rare piece.  I forced myself to eat about 1/3 but could not eat anymore so I sent it back (reluctantly. They never get it right when you send something back) and as I expected, the steak was STILL RARE. By then my stomach was already feeling upset.  They were very good about it and ended up taking my entire meal off the bill.
     
    Within half an hour my stomach was gurgling and overall feeling lousy.  I woke up this morning and was in the bathroom 2-3 times (not pretty).  Weirdly, I am happy about this event.  I was able to recognize my body's response to something "not sitting well with me".  It just means that I'm learning how to listen to my body and next time I won't even try to eat something I knew from the first bite, was not going well.  
     
    NSV
     
    Thanks everyone for sharing.
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    Leeleego reacted to blmorris in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Hello All,
     
    I have not been posting as regularly as I did at the start, but things are going well. When I am at work a lot of my colleagues are interested in my lunch. I discuss Whole 30 with them, and that is about as far as it goes. I am feeling good, still eating compliant, and still eating to many nuts. In one of my earlier posts I mentioned eating nuts, I think for comfort, emotional eating. So I am still trying to break that bad connection with food. I know I will do another Whole 30 after this one. I do feel so much better eating healthy than how I was eating before! Now to break this emotional\habitual eating! 
     
    Healthy eating everyone!
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    Leeleego reacted to JBGR in Starting 1/4/16   
    Is anyone else feeling kinda blue?  I am 100% compliant, not tired, or anything like that, just still kinda easy to get frustrated and blue.   
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    Leeleego reacted to Cbg84 in Starting 1/4/16   
    Day 11 is it just me or are the days just flying by?
    Susan - enjoy your time in New York! I went to NYU but have been back in boring old St louis for a few years now and miss the city.
    Foodie-I hope you feel better soon. If you lived near me I would bring you groceries. Congrats on your daughter's pregnancy, is it your first grandchild?
    L dougherty - I too wanted a beer yesterday out of the blue (and I'm way more of a wine girl typically). I was able to get out of my head pretty quickly, but I found it sort of odd.
    Yesterday I spent most of my day running errands. I found myself thinking "gee everyone is being so nice today, the weather isnt particularly nice why is everyone so friendly?" Then I realized, it wasn't everyone else, it was me. I generally make an effort to be polite to everyone I encounter but some days it's just that an effort. Yesterday I found myself helping an elderly lady with her cart, having a conversation with the lady in the gas station about the designer of my purse, having a conversation with 2 random kids in Aldi about Frozen and Star Wars, smiling at everyone I passed and genuinely meaning it when I told people to have a nice day. It felt sooooo good! Then when my boyfriend got home and I had dinner ready for him he looked around the house and noticed the laundry and dishes I had done, the food I had bought and prepped and asked me if I had been going all day. It was almost 10 and yup, aside from sitting down to enjoy my lunch I had been productive pretty much since I got up at 7:30 that morning. Talk about some NSV right there! Let's keep it up everyone
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    Leeleego reacted to drbambi in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Hi there my friends!  Day 12 for me.  Going strong, even though it's "that time" for me... a little hungrier than usual and letting myself eat a little more.  I'm not a sugar junkie, but I always crave chocolate during the first two days.  I had my hubby hide the butterfinger cups leftover from Christmas because they are just too tempting!!!!
     
    So something AMAZING is happening to my body.  I have had chronic shoulder and neck pain since 2005 (probably old gymnastics injuries) due to stenosis, bulging disks, degenerative disk disease blah blah blah in my C3-C7.  Anyway, I live with it and don't use pain meds or anything.  I go to massage about 1-2 times per month.  Yesterday, I had my first massage since starting my W30... my massage therapist couldn't believe the difference in my body... she said it was like working on a different body!!!  My muscles are much less tense and she found WAY less issues that needed work.  And she couldn't believe the difference in my skin.  She said she can't wait to see the differences in 2 more weeks.  I felt so validated for what I've been doing with this W30!!!  My pain was worse the first few days, but now I can honestly say my pain level has improved 60-70 percent... it is truly remarkable.  I guess this W30 plan REALLY DOES reduce systemic inflammation because my body is loving it  
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    Leeleego reacted to missmunchie in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Hi all, I'm checking in after going a bit AWOL on this thread. Still in it! I had a horrible time of it Sunday and almost threw in the towel. Then I remembered a big reason as to why I was doing a Whole30 this time around - I needed to get a lot of my emotional eating under control during this particularly stressful time in my life and find better ways to cope instead of food. I finally white-knuckled through some heinous cravings (and lots of ribeye steak, my guilty pleasure) and am happy to report that I am still in it!
     
    Okay, and my first food dream last night, I'm almost excited about this? I dreamt it was my son's birthday so I took him to Safeway (local chain grocery store) and we ate all the cheesecake and sheet cake. In my dream, I ate so much I was sick of sugar. Which was great because when I woke up, I felt like I had gorged on cake and sugar was the last thing I ever wanted to see again! Lol, it was a weird way to conquer my sugar dragon for today! Not even my favorite treat sounds appetizing right now. 
     
    Oh, and I was eating baby carrots this morning and I swear some of them tasted sweet. Like, honey sweet. It was amazing crazy.
     
    Finally, tough love request: If anyone asks me, "missmunchie, are you eating enough veggies?" the answer is probably no, and I need to go eat more veggies. Feel free to ask me that frequently.
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    Leeleego got a reaction from alw289 in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Grocery shopping while doing this has been shocking and depressing. I just can't believe that I can walk into this huge building with aisle upon aisle of shelves higher than my head filled with "food," and other than the produce section, almost none of it is nourishing. We have an entire aisle of chips. Another entire aisle of breakfast cereals. An aisle of carbonated beverages. It gets disgusting after a while! In particular, learning just how many foods contain sugar has been enlightening. This will definitely lead to permanent lifestyle changes for me and my family.
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    Leeleego got a reaction from alw289 in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Grocery shopping while doing this has been shocking and depressing. I just can't believe that I can walk into this huge building with aisle upon aisle of shelves higher than my head filled with "food," and other than the produce section, almost none of it is nourishing. We have an entire aisle of chips. Another entire aisle of breakfast cereals. An aisle of carbonated beverages. It gets disgusting after a while! In particular, learning just how many foods contain sugar has been enlightening. This will definitely lead to permanent lifestyle changes for me and my family.
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    Leeleego got a reaction from alw289 in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Grocery shopping while doing this has been shocking and depressing. I just can't believe that I can walk into this huge building with aisle upon aisle of shelves higher than my head filled with "food," and other than the produce section, almost none of it is nourishing. We have an entire aisle of chips. Another entire aisle of breakfast cereals. An aisle of carbonated beverages. It gets disgusting after a while! In particular, learning just how many foods contain sugar has been enlightening. This will definitely lead to permanent lifestyle changes for me and my family.
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    Leeleego reacted to Nicole A in Day 1 tomorow   
    I begin my Whole30 adventure tomorrow!  I'm both excited and scared.  My biggest hope is that after this I will "feel better" in every way.  I just hope my family, friends and co-workers don't want to kill me at any point in this 30 days!
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    Leeleego reacted to SusanB. in Starting 1/4/16   
    So here's something funny I was thinking about: I'm on day 10, and while I have felt some bouts of fatigue and a bit of carb flu for a day, I would say in general I haven't experienced much in the way of negative symptoms.
     
    But...I am convinced that is because I was used to feeling fatigued/crappy pretty much all the time.
     
    I am not sure why it took me so long to really make this connection. Feeling exhausted (due to the double whammy of insomnia + poor nutrition) was my baseline. So "I just want to nap"? It's a totally normal feeling for me.
     
    This made me laugh a little, really.
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    Leeleego got a reaction from alw289 in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Grocery shopping while doing this has been shocking and depressing. I just can't believe that I can walk into this huge building with aisle upon aisle of shelves higher than my head filled with "food," and other than the produce section, almost none of it is nourishing. We have an entire aisle of chips. Another entire aisle of breakfast cereals. An aisle of carbonated beverages. It gets disgusting after a while! In particular, learning just how many foods contain sugar has been enlightening. This will definitely lead to permanent lifestyle changes for me and my family.
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    Leeleego got a reaction from alw289 in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Grocery shopping while doing this has been shocking and depressing. I just can't believe that I can walk into this huge building with aisle upon aisle of shelves higher than my head filled with "food," and other than the produce section, almost none of it is nourishing. We have an entire aisle of chips. Another entire aisle of breakfast cereals. An aisle of carbonated beverages. It gets disgusting after a while! In particular, learning just how many foods contain sugar has been enlightening. This will definitely lead to permanent lifestyle changes for me and my family.
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    Leeleego got a reaction from alw289 in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Grocery shopping while doing this has been shocking and depressing. I just can't believe that I can walk into this huge building with aisle upon aisle of shelves higher than my head filled with "food," and other than the produce section, almost none of it is nourishing. We have an entire aisle of chips. Another entire aisle of breakfast cereals. An aisle of carbonated beverages. It gets disgusting after a while! In particular, learning just how many foods contain sugar has been enlightening. This will definitely lead to permanent lifestyle changes for me and my family.
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    Leeleego got a reaction from praxisproject in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    This is a great insight. Now I know why all my other attempts at self-improvement failed. I'd decide I was going to eat better, eat less, drink more water, exercise, spend less time on my phone, get up earlier, read more, on and on! This time I picked just Whole30 and I've had an intense focus on just that and it's working. 
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    Leeleego got a reaction from alw289 in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Grocery shopping while doing this has been shocking and depressing. I just can't believe that I can walk into this huge building with aisle upon aisle of shelves higher than my head filled with "food," and other than the produce section, almost none of it is nourishing. We have an entire aisle of chips. Another entire aisle of breakfast cereals. An aisle of carbonated beverages. It gets disgusting after a while! In particular, learning just how many foods contain sugar has been enlightening. This will definitely lead to permanent lifestyle changes for me and my family.
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    Leeleego reacted to praxisproject in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
     
    I am a big fan of a system called tinyhabits - their stuff is very tiny and you're still only allowed a max of 3 per week (each one must be <60 seconds).
    I like the simplicity of W30, the system is simple, it's only our supermarkets and restaurants etc that make it difficult.
     
     
    Me too, we are pretty awesome! NSV for us!
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    Leeleego got a reaction from praxisproject in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    This is a great insight. Now I know why all my other attempts at self-improvement failed. I'd decide I was going to eat better, eat less, drink more water, exercise, spend less time on my phone, get up earlier, read more, on and on! This time I picked just Whole30 and I've had an intense focus on just that and it's working. 
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    Leeleego reacted to Tj V in Whole90   
    It might take longer. I think I read that it could take a couple weeks to start getting that "feeling better" feeling. Trying to remember what I felt like around that time when I did my first Whole30 and I think I was ready to quit because my pants were getting tighter and I was sure I was gaining weight. I came on the forums and was freaking out and a couple of the moderators calmed me down and told me that was pretty normal and they were right. Not long after that, my pants started to loosen up and I could totally tell I was losing weight and inches. Don't know if this helps....
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    Leeleego reacted to SusanB. in Whole90   
    9/90 here, and cruising pretty much fine.
    Biggest battle right now is figuring out correct portion sizes for my mealtimes. I am eating pretty much as much as I can at each meal, but still getting a little stomach growly between meals. But funny, no other part of me is hungry- I'm not lightheaded or otherwise lacking in energy. If my stomach wasn't physically rumbling, I wouldn't identify it as hunger at all.
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    Leeleego reacted to AprilS in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Sounds like you are doing great, making sustainable changes and staying compliant.  Melissa has posted a great article on "goal shielding."  It said if we make too many goals or resolutions at once our brain focuses on the most important one and we sort of fail at the others.  So the bottom line is if all you do is stay 100% compliant for 30 days, that is great!  It is more likely to succeed than tackle a whole bunch of goals at once.
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    Leeleego reacted to calista1226 in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Hey everyone,
     
    I'm a first time Whole30 convert. I'm 12 days in and up to now I have been absolutely LOVING the program. Not only do I feel amazing emotionally, mentally and psychologically, but for the first time in my life, I feel freedom when it comes to food and I no longer feel guilty about eating. For those reasons alone, I'm sold on the program.
     
    All that aside, however, I have to say that I feel my excitement and enthusiasm waning. I realize this is pretty "normal" according to several friends and articles I've read, but I'm starting to get disappointed that the physical results (weight loss) aren't manifesting themselves just yet.
     
    Before I began my Whole30 journey, I was resigned to the fact that I would most likely need a Whole60, Whole90, or more. And I totally understand that it will most likely take 30 days AT LEAST to reverse and correct the issues that have been plaguing my body for years now.
     
    That being said, on average, what kind of weight loss/physical changes can I expect and when, on average, do you start to see them?
     
    Thanks in advance!
     
    And for what it's worth, I'm 30 and in the Washington, DC area. I'm also incredibly grateful for this forum and the time and dedication experienced users put into this to help us newbies!
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    Leeleego reacted to tunibell in tunibell's Whole30 Log   
    DAY -2: PREPARING FOR SUCCESS (CONTINUED)
     
    Step 4: Plan for Success
    This step is a biggie, and I thought this step merited its own post. Inspired by an episode of Silicon Valley, I'm ready to SWOT this plan!
     
    Strengths:
    My diet is already pretty clean. I recently did a 22-day autoimmune paleo protocol, so this is familiar territory. Celiac disease: I had to give up gluten permanently at age 36, so 30 days without something is not feel overwhelming. Celiac disease + kids with food allergies = awesome at reading labels and unlikely to make a careless error. I like to cook. Weaknesses:
    I'm really good at starting projects. I'm less good at completing projects. I like wine. A lot. That 22-day protocol I mentioned? It was supposed to be 30 days. You know what got me? See above. I'm busy. I have a job, kids, pets, hobbies, volunteer obligations, etc. Often meal planning and meal preparation get sacrificed for convenience. Opportunities:
    I'm thinking about using this time to do some real self-care. I can schedule a massage, take some yoga classes, buy a nice body oil, and basically pretend that I'm at some sort of spa/ashram for the month. No wine = better sleep = more energy for my busy life. Less dining out = more money in the bank. Threats:
    We usually spend Friday evenings at one of our friends' houses. It's like an extended family get together. Wine features prominently. My husband and I like to have breakfast out together on Friday mornings. My younger child has a birthday this month, which means yummy foods. Like everyone else, I have stressors in my life. Stress makes me thirsty. For wine. My current diet is low sugar, but it's not no sugar. No sugar is a whole different beast. Last time I tried no sugar I looked forward to having an upset stomach so that I could eat some Tums. Armed with this information, here are my If/Thens...
     
    If I'm going to a friend's house...I will bring a yummy mocktail and drink it from a wine glass.
     
    If I'm having breakfast out with my husband...I will make compliant choices or just have a cup of tea.
     
    If I'm finding my dedication waning...I will check back in here.
     
    If I'm really craving wine in the evenings...I will make myself a cup of tea and go to bed.
     
    If I'm feeling stressed...I will do something that involves pampering myself in non-food/drink ways.
     
    If I'm pressed for time...I will make sure there are easy food options at the ready.
     
    I also really like this idea for keeping a project going. I will print out a calendar and get my red marker ready!
     
    Time to plan some meals!
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    Leeleego reacted to billyliar in 1st time Whole30 - Scottish guy   
    This is the 1st step to me committing to Whole30 so once i hit the post button i'm doing it!

     

    I have had digestion problems for as long as I can remember. The main symptoms are abdominal pains but also include skin rashes / hives, headaches, diarrhoea, brain fog and severe fatigue among other things.

     

    Over the last few years I have had many visits to my GP and they carried out various tests to rule out serious conditions. The last test I had was an upper endoscopy which showed inflammation in my duodenum and oesophagus and the doctor advised that the treatment was to take lansoprazole which I had already been taking for 2 years.

     

    This frustrated me as I know that this wasn't helping and if anything was causing more problems with food allergies/sensitivities.

     

    It was at this point that I decided to take matters into my own hands and started to research it for myself via books, blogs, forums, podcasts etc. and discovered that many people had the exact same experience and resolved it naturally through diet, lifestyle changes and natural supplements.

     

    I started to notice that many of my symptoms were brought on by what I was eating, particularly dairy and gluten so cut both out and felt much better but still not right and was still getting skin rashes and other symptoms. My doctor was reluctant to carry out allergy tests and said that tests are inaccurate and an exclusion diet was the way to go.

     

    I then purchased a food intolerance test from Amazon as I was unable to pinpoint the exact cause. The test advised that I had problems with cows milk, maize (corn), hazelnuts, spinach, salmon, rabbit! and peas. I wasn't surprised about cows milk as noticed symptoms after eating cheese but corn was a surprise to me as I thought wheat would be the main problem. With this new found knowledge I started to monitor how I felt after eating corn and sure enough it was bringing on headaches / irritability along with IBS symptoms. After some research I realised how hard it would be to avoid corn as it seems to be in pretty much anything that comes in a packet.

     

    At this point I discovered the Paleo diet and then read about the Bullet proof diet and then Whole30 and realised that I could probably resolve my symptoms through diet and have realised that a few positive changes weren't enough and a more radical approach was required.

     

    So here goes, I'm fully motivated to starting my Whole 30 which I hope will relieve my symptoms, help me make better choices about what I eat long term and hopefully prevent further visits to my GP!