emilyelowe

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  1. TOM Cravings

    Hi Whole30 ladies. I wasn't sure where to post this because it's a lady thing but also a Life After Whole30/Food Freedom/Staying On Track thing. So here I am. The cravings for all things sweet are UNREAL leading up to and during my period, particularly for chocolate. I've found some higher quality ingredient cookies and chocolate that don't seem to mess me up too bad, but it's like I can't stop at one. And even when I manage to stop at one per sitting, I find myself having something every day for the entire week of my period. And THAT eventually messes me up. Plus, to me, it seems like eating well only 21 out of 28 days is not really quite the standard I am looking for, but my "worth it,"-o-meter doesn't seem to work right during this particular time of the month. Plus, these one cookies are found are ALWAYS worth it in the moment - they are so stinking good. Every. Single. Bite. Eyes closed, romantic and everything. But then a couple days in or after my period is over I look back and am like, "Wtf just happened?" Does anyone else have this struggle? Any suggestions? The tough love version is probably just, "Stop doing that," but I'm just wondering if I'm alone in this and if maybe I'm just not learning what I'm hoping to learn from my Whole30s at all. I've done 5 and they seem to have very little impact on my Sugar Dragon long-term, but according to FFF, I can't just keep going to the Whole30 every time I look at my week and go "Oops." I JUST WANT THE CYCLE TO END. To be clear: I'm looking for ways to KILL THE EVIL SUGAR DRAGON FROM HELL, not prop up my sweet tooth with healthy alternatives. Thanks.
  2. The Dragon Slaying Saga Continues

    @Jim4884 - that is so awesome that you aren't feeling tempted! I am definitely still struggling with sweets. I think I've had something sweet every day since Whole30 ended, which is probably not super wise. That stops the rest of this week! I can relate to the not feeling "right," too. I (surprisingly) didn't have any super crazy reactions even with introducing multiple off-plan things at once but I just didn't feel stellar, either. That sounds like a rough reintroduction @Delicacious! So sorry! I got dizziness/nausea for the first time during reintroduction this weekend, too. I had alcohol (but not enough to make me feel sick) and then a gyro ("street meat,") and I think the gyro tried to kill me. I went from feeling totally normal to feeling like I had the flu and was going to die in like 1 minute. Ugh! No more of that for me - if I don't know exactly what's in it, I am NOT eating it! I was pretty proud of myself Friday - I was thoughtful at the restaurant with friends and considered what I REALLY wanted. Normally, the (fried) buffalo chicken sandwich would have been an obvious choice but in the moment I didn't WANT that, so I decided to go with a salad. I ended up pretty happy with my choice, though I do wish one of my friends had offered me a bite of their sandwich. Saturday also went well as I started with a compliant breakfast, had a good workout, and splurged thoughtfully at brunch/lunch. Brunch/lunch probably did have a little too much gluten and dairy, though, as my stomach felt a little crampy later that day. I took some compliant snacks to the beer fest to reduce the temptation of the pizza they serve the volunteers (I ended up having a few bites and saying "not worth it," which is a victory to me). As mentioned above, though, the night did not end as well as it started, as the street meat tried to kill me. I STRONGLY regret that decision. I probably wasn't even hungry. #dumb (and I don't drink beer, so all the alcohol I consumed was gluten-free) Next day started with another compliant breakfast and then waiting WAAAAYYY too long before lunch because of my friends. I tried two new things - nepalese dumplings and mochi - which were obviously off-plan but I wanted to try. I tried to balance it out with some brussel sprouts, steak/peppers/onions, and cold quinoa salad. Only downside of this meal was the dairy gave me a headache. Dinner was two more dumplings, two fried eggs, butternut squash in coconut curry sauce, and an English muffin with peanut butter and half a banana. At that point, I was just trying to survive the weekend, as I am SO TIRED. This week we're planning on making two frittatas, lamb stew, and steaks with chimmichurri and chipotle slaw, so hopefully that will keep me on track through to the weekend! Have a great week!
  3. The Dragon Slaying Saga Continues

    So sorry for the tough times, @Laurie. I, too, hope you see the light at the end of the tunnel, soon. Perhaps doing a mass Whole30 like the September Whole30 will help keep you motivated.
  4. Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)

    Thanks for the commiseration and recommendation, Amy! Glad I'm not the only one.
  5. Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)

    Congrats @Delicacious! Love those NSVs. I started a Reintroduction forum thing for us here. The mods don't like it when we talk about off-plan things over here as it confuses other members.
  6. Hello Dragon Slayers! i.e. @Delicacious only it seems... I'm planning to do a Slow Roll reintroduction due to my social schedule over the next couple weeks, so my posts on here will likely be weird or maybe not at all. I did purposely do gluten yesterday, though, as I didn't get to it after my last Whole30. It didn't go as terribly as I expected, especially considering that I REALLY loaded up. The biggest thing I noticed was that I was getting hungry really fast despite feeling full after my meal. So I feel like the bread items were taking up space in my tummy that normally would have been room for more complex, satiating things that would hold me over between meals. I also went to bed feeling a little nauseated but I stayed up WAY later than usual and had like 1.5 Cheryl's cookies, which is A LOT of sugar, so it seems that was more likely the sugar. I ate a template breakfast this morning and am trying to stay on track today since we have friends in town this weekend and I only want to go off track if it's really worth it. I am excited to not have to ask about sugar in the hot sauce I plan on eating out tonight though! Excited to hear about other Reintroduction journeys!
  7. Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)

    @SugarcubeOD Duckie the Dragon Slayer. That's me.
  8. Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)

    OK, time to review the Non-Scale Victories (or flops ). Non-Scale Goals: 1. NO MORE BLOATING Success! I did get a bit bloated for the first time in a long time like two days ago but it has been rare and it was so much less extreme and passed much more quickly than pre-Whole30. 2. Fewer headaches Also a success! The only time they seem to show up now is if I let myself get hungry/go too long between meals, which is tricky because my belly rarely tells me I'm hungry and my energy doesn't really dip due to hunger anymore. How do others navigate this when you're maybe not having a normal scheduled routine day? 3. Control of my Sugar Dragon - I don't think I'm one of those people that will ever shrug him entirely, but when he shows up I want to be able to ignore him with limited effort. I'm the Boss! I'm not really sure about this. He's been a real stinker the last couple days as my brain when into Reintroduction LETSEATALLTHETHINGS rebellion, but as my husband pointed out, I was able to control myself. I am definitely craving something sweet big time, though, so I clearly still have an intense sweet tooth. Not sure what else I can do about this, except practice to find my definition of "worth it." So the Dragon Slaying battle continues. 4. Clearer skin - less dry, improved dandruff and psoriasis symptoms, maybe no pimples during my period? Skin is definitely feeling less dry and my dandruff is gone! I do still have some itchy psoriasis a few days after washing, but no embarrasing flakes! Whoo hoo! I haven't had any pimples since early in the Whole30, so we'll see how that part goes going forward. 5. Regular digestion I'm still not pooping, you guys. Ugh. 6. Improved stamina and continued gains at the gym I am definitely feeling energetic and ready to conquer at the gym, but I didn't see the same kind of gains I saw last time. I think this is more likely related to the fact that last Whole30 I was also starting a new workout routine and getting used to the movements, whereas now it is the normal routine. So I think this is normal. Physique-wise, I'm not seeing the same level of changes, either, which is kind of disappointing, but this round I was much more intentional with the fat part of the meal template and had non-template calories like kombucha more often. I am curious to see how to work that out in my Food Freedom to still reach my fitness and physique goals without getting all obsess-y. 7. Energy and alertness upon waking Again, not quite the same level of change that I saw last time, but I'm not sure what could be causing this. Maybe the Natural Calm is helping me sleep TOO deep? It definitely takes me less time to get up and get going though than pre-Whole30s. I love being a morning person! 8. Increased interest in... intimacy. We're pretty much the same in this department, though my improved energy, digestion, and mood are positives in this general direction. 9. Improved meal packing/planning skills and execution (I want it to be a habit, not a chore). It's still a chore, but seeing the benefits in trying new recipes has renewed my dedication to doing it anyway. Success? 10. And probably the most important: Food Freedom. I listed this as one of my Goals for 2017 at the beginning of the year because I feel like God has been showing me that I have given food too much power - it has become an idol that I let control my feelings, my choices, my mindset, etc. and that is not where food belongs. I've already made significant progress in this area with the other Whole30s I have done this year but I am so grateful that this process has grace built in so I can come back and try to learn more! I think I've continued to gain more and more perspective on where food belongs via this Whole30, so while I am still struggling to find Food Freedom, I feel dedicated to figuring it out and find myself better able to focus on my other blessings, instead of just food. I did have a bit of a meltdown the other day when the idea of deciding what to eat was JUST TOO MUCH but there were a lot of factors and I was aware of what was happening while in the situation, which allowed me to verbalize and ask my husband to be patient. Progress? I also lost 2 pounds and 1% body fat (if you can trust that number, which you probably can't) and feel much better in my clothes. I would like to see more progress in the physical realm but I also need to work internally on facing the truth about if additional physical changes will actually make me healthier, or if this is just what a healthy Emily looks like. The Saga Continues. I'd love to hear updates on how everyone else is feeling!
  9. Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)

    I don't know, Amy - you, me and Susabella sure didn't get quiet at the end of the last one. Thanks for thinking of me today! Good luck with September Whole30!
  10. Coconut Products = Gas?

    Hahaha... Thank you, ladies. You can't make this stuff up.
  11. Poop Probs

    I am on Day 30 and am still having this exact problem. Very difficult, strained, tiny poops. I've been using Natural Calm pretty regularly throughout the Whole30 and it doesn't seem to help. We identified I probably need to work on reducing the potatoes, but that is the only thing I have thought of to try. (I had 0 potatoes for like 3 days in a row this week and I did have a more normal poo on the third day, so that may be the ticket for me). It's hard to report out more info, though, as I had a sweet potato yesterday and now will be reintroducing things, so who knows what will happen. Along with a laxative tea (let me know if you find a compliant brand, @CatholicDad), I am also considering stool softener. I am just concerned it won't help because it seems like there's nothing in there to come out. Would love to hear what others have tried and found successful! Thanks!
  12. Hello W30ers! My husband and I are on Day 30 of my fifth and his third Whole30. We're looking for some feedback on an issue he has had for the ENTIRE Whole30 - stinky, stinky, persistent gas. At first, we thought his body was adjusting, then we thought maybe it was something specific he was eating but it's hard to know because IT'S BEEN HERE THE WHOLE TIME. I really expected it to resolve by the end, but here we are. White potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, eggs, chicken, and beef are the most common players in our house (as in, he probably didn't go a single day without eating most of those things) but we didn't think any of them would cause gas. We noticed it get MUCH worse after eating these spinach + artichoke stuffed potatoes, which do have a bit of coconut cream in them, which we made the same week as this white chicken chili (also coconut cream). Because coconut water has given him diarrhea in the past, my husband thinks the coconut is likely the culprit, as we cook sweet potatoes and lots of other things with coconut oil and use coconut milk in some recipes. Does anyone know if this is a common side effect of coconut products? Would the oil affect him the same way as the cream? Any suggestions on coconut cream substitutes if we find this is the case? The only other culprit we've considered is the potatoes, as we realized three quarters of the way through we were overdoing it on those (gladly brought to our attention by my constipation* ) but he ate sweet potatoes pretty regularly prior and, as noted*, I figured white potatoes would have the opposite affect. Any ideas what the most likely culprit is? We'd like to keep eating this way, but this gas is nast. Thanks!
  13. Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)

    It's Day 30!!! Not sure if it's just the caffeinated water or the actual Day 30 Tiger Blood talking, but I am very excited about today. Is there anyone still logging on regularly that wants me to start a Reintroduction chain? I feel like we lost a loooot of people, so don't want to clutter up the forum if it's not necessary, particularly since I'm doing more of a Slow Roll. I feel like it's just me and @Delicacious hanging out at this point. Let me know what you think. Happy Day 30 (or are you on 31 already?), @Delicacious!
  14. Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)

    I'm so sorry - that sounds stressful! Good for you that you were still so thoughtful about your food. That's amazing!
  15. Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)

    Hey @Delicacious. I wouldn't recommend doing it that way, though I'm not sure what the rules say. I tried that during my last reintroduction and feel like my results weren't clear. I paired gluten + dairy and now I feel like I don't really know for sure how my body feels about gluten. So I would stick to one non-plan thing at a time. I also think the recommendation is to keep the full two days in between because some symptoms could be delayed. What even do you have Saturday night that is making you sad? If there is something really important that you want to enjoy, you can still do that. Just make sure you build in a reset period before you introduce something new. Even outside the general benefits of reintroduction, I wouldn't recommend going too crazy with off-plan things. You might be surprised by what an impact this has made. I ate a bunch of fried stuff as part of my reintroduction last time and felt like I got hit by a truck.