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    emilyelowe got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in 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!
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from Susabella627 in 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!
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from Susabella627 in 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!
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    emilyelowe reacted to jmcbn in TOM Cravings   
    Actually it's very normal to have cravings at this time of the month as your body tries to prepare itself for pregnancy. What we'd suggest is that you up the volume of your starchy rather than opting for something sweet as it's the starch rather than the sugar that your body needs.
    Personally I find increasing the size of my meals in general at this time, and specifically my fat intake, works well for me.
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    emilyelowe reacted to Jim4884 in The Dragon Slaying Saga Continues   
    @emilyelowe - thanks! - don't get me wrong, plenty of things SOUND good, it's just not that hard to feel content with something healthier.  And great job making healthier choices post Whole 30/amid temptation - it seems like it could be SO easy to indulge a little here, a little there, and next thing we know we're eating SAD.  I think every good choice we make builds on previous ones.
    @Delicacious - interesting about gluten having less effect than soy.  I hope maybe those coconut aminos are a suitable substitute for soy for you, maybe?  I don't think they taste much the same, but as an american with northern European roots, soy is not historically a big part of my diet, so I'm not planning on adding it back anyway.  Very different situation for you, soy is a staple I'd guess, and I hope you can make something work.
    Keep at it!
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from Delicacious in 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!
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from Delicacious in 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!
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    emilyelowe reacted to Jim4884 in The Dragon Slaying Saga Continues   
    I'm two plus weeks past my Whole 30.  I didn't really see any problems with reintroductions, but I may have introduced too small portions.  I did not reintroduce legumes as I haven't missed them.
    I went out one night and had a pizza - so gluten, dairy, probably a little sugar in the sauce and sausage/pepperoni.  I didn't experience any significant symptoms, but I just didn't feel RIGHT somehow.  
    Bottom line, I am continuing to eat Whole 30 compliant about 90% of the time, and if something sounds appealing that isn't compliant, I'm not too worried about it.  Nothing bad is screaming at me to eat it, so I'm primarily sticking to Whole 30.  The scale and non-scale victories were too significant to revert to old ways of eating.
     
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from Delicacious in The Dragon Slaying Saga Continues   
    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!
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from ladyshanny in Coconut Products = Gas?   
    Hahaha... Thank you, ladies. You can't make this stuff up. 
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in 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. 
     
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    emilyelowe reacted to NoneOtherThanAmy in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    Great victories for both @emilyelowe and @Delicacious!  Congrats to both of you. 
    Emily, I really struggle with the non-routine days as well. I'm not much help, but I can commiserate with you...I got a migraine on my last unscheduled day because I put off eating for too long. Ugh. I under-ate that day as well as the next day and then couldn't figure out why I was feeling nauseated (which is apparently a symptom of under-eating for me). The best I can say is perhaps have your meals planned for the non-scheduled days and set an alarm on your phone to remind you to eat. 
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    emilyelowe reacted to Delicacious in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    Ok I'm on Day 31 (Intro day 1 of legumes)

    First some non-scale victories:
    I discovered my sensitivity to nightshades. This to me is BIG - I've had IBS since my teenage years and have never quite figured out what caused my occasional (bad) cramps after meals. Now I'm better informed as to whether I want to eat that baked potato or binjal. Energy levels are higher despite bad sleep - my girl woke up 7 times last night.  No food coma after meals - I typically get this buzz in my head after meals but it seems to have gone off during Whole30. BIG WIN for hubby - his snoring virtually almost stopped. He used a snoring app to track, and yesterday night he only snored 2% of the time and it was at very low levels. He has been diagnosed with chronic sleep apnea and was made to wear a sleep mask with gas pumping through it which he hates, so he never wears it. Win for me too because I sleep alot better when I don't have a tiger growling beside me.  Food is sweeter, without sugar. I'm rediscovering natural food tastes. Fruits taste so much sweeter during Whole30, and even certain vegetables.  My food creativity has increased, and I'm finding my passion for cooking back. Hopefully that translates to more entries in my blog. Conversations about food - Colleagues were generally curious about what I've been doing and I've the opportunity to share with them. A few are considering starting Whole30 too. Scale victories:
    I lost close to 4 pounds - the weight I put back on after I stopped breastfeeding about 10 months ago.  @emilyelowe Your non-scale victories are great! Thanks for being such an encouragement during the Whole30 and for starting the group. I wouldn't have made it without all the support.  @SugarcubeOD Thanks for the invaluable advice throughout. It was great having you in the group. @NoneOtherThanAmy I hope you get to do the Sep Whole30 and the reintroduction too! I think the reintroduction is really important. I really want to find out what foods I have an intolerance to, and see if I can severely limit them in my diet. 
    NOW... the legumes reintroduction. So far I reintroduced ONE meal with soy beancurd + soy milk (an asian breakfast staple). I did it without sugar. I didn't get through half a bowl. Half an hour later, my head is buzzing (still buzzing), my chest feels congested and my throat feels like there's a lump in it. SERIOUSLY?! I'm going to test with something less drastic - maybe a soy sauce dressing over salad during lunch and see how it goes. Right now, I'm feeling miserable.... 
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in 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!
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in 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!
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    @SugarcubeOD 
    Duckie the Dragon Slayer. That's me. 
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in 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!
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from ladyshanny in Coconut Products = Gas?   
    Hahaha... Thank you, ladies. You can't make this stuff up. 
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    @SugarcubeOD 
    Duckie the Dragon Slayer. That's me. 
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in 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!
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    emilyelowe reacted to SugarcubeOD in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    sorry I disappeared!  I've been reading all the posts and cheering you guys!!  I'm so proud of you little duckies!
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    emilyelowe reacted to NoneOtherThanAmy in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    Happy day 30 @emilyelowe!  Congrats on finishing again! Also to anyone else here who made it!
    This group did get pretty quiet toward the end, didn't it?  I know that generally happens, but it's always sad. 
    I'm thinking I may participate in the September Whole30 because my time between off-plan foods seems to keep getting shorter. I'd also love to be able to do a full reintroduction and I don't think I'll have any travels this fall to interfere.
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    emilyelowe reacted to ladyshanny in Coconut Products = Gas?   
    Coconut products give my husband horrible digestion. He's not normally a stinky pooper but coconut destroys him....and subsequently our bedroom, hallway, main floor of our house. You get me? LOL!
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    emilyelowe reacted to SugarcubeOD in Coconut Products = Gas?   
    Coconut products can indeed cause digestive upset.  Coconut oil would probably be an outlier to the coconut=gas issue for you guys but I think maybe removing all coconut now for a bit to reset might be a good idea... he could have just reached his tolerance on it so now even the oil bugs him.  I once ate an entire pint container of fresh young coconut at work one day and I could have rented myself out to strip paint off people's walls... 
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from Jim4884 in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    Sugar Dragon was a real curse word today.
    So much so I can't even decide which curse word to use. 
    That is all.