alexandrarowan

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    alexandrarowan got a reaction from CAB88 in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Day 10, it's 3pm and I am craving carbs (lollies and sourdough bread) so much my mouth is actually watering......I will stay strong!
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    alexandrarowan got a reaction from JudiPurple in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Day 4 for me! Currently eating my lunch, which is compliant green curry chicken, sweet potato and spinach.
    Headaches have seemed to pass which is great!Last night I was pretty tired so didn't head into CrossFit, but slept well which is excellent. Don't quite want to "Kill all the things" but definitely more irritable than I normally am.
    Planning on making a bunless burger with home fries for dinner tonight!
    Hope everyone is doing well
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    alexandrarowan reacted to Jihanna in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Day 4 and good morning
    Last night, I was actually up later than I've managed in the past few days. It wasn't purposeful, it just sort of happened, and when I saw the time and realized it was after midnight, I quickly stopped what I was doing and went to bed. For the past few days, I've been tired enough by 9pm that I haven't had ANY chance of staying up like this, so it was pretty strange. I also slept rather late as result, so I'm thankful that's still an option right now (though I really do need to be setting my usual alarms again to prepare for kids going back to school).
    My head hurts, again (or maybe "still", since I don't think I ever actually got rid of the headache from yesterday... or the day before...), but I did manage to sleep all night without taking anything for it. This morning is another story - I grabbed a couple of Tylenol to help me face a dreary day, been raining all night long and still drizzling out there now.
    For now, I need to go deal with all the groceries I bought and didn't organize last night, starting with steaming a dozen eggs in the pressure cooker so I'll have "boiled" eggs on hand. If anyone has a pressure cooker and hasn't yet experienced the awesomeness of steamed eggs, you really should try it:

    - put eggs on a trivet without stacking (mine does 12, a very close fit but no stacking and no rubbing up against the pot
    - add a cup or so of water (I read once to fill to just beneath eggs, which is what I do, about 1.5 cups for mine and it works well)
    - use the manual setting to cook for 4 minutes (some say 5, I like the texture of 4 - not runny, and not rubbery)
    - natural pressure release 5 minutes, then quick release anything left
    - drain (or remove) and add (to) cool water to cool the eggs
    - peel as needed - shell comes off so much more easily (seriously, I haven't mangled a white yet since doing them this way!)

    I usually just keep mine in the fridge with the shells on until I'm going to eat them, but it's easy enough to peel them and save in a baggie when going on a trip (or if taking for a lunch, etc.)
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    alexandrarowan got a reaction from JudiPurple in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Day 4 for me! Currently eating my lunch, which is compliant green curry chicken, sweet potato and spinach.
    Headaches have seemed to pass which is great!Last night I was pretty tired so didn't head into CrossFit, but slept well which is excellent. Don't quite want to "Kill all the things" but definitely more irritable than I normally am.
    Planning on making a bunless burger with home fries for dinner tonight!
    Hope everyone is doing well
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    alexandrarowan got a reaction from ChristyJ in Who's starting 1/1?   
    The start of Day 3 for me here in Australia, and back to work after the holidays :-(
    It was hard to get up this morning as I’m not sleeping well, I’m hoping the Whole 30 will help with this. 
    I’ve had a constant headache for the past 2 days which has intensified this morning - hoping this will pass soon. I’m also really struggling to eat breakfast, my last whole 21’s this passed somewhere in week 2.
    Hope everyone is staying strong. I’m just hanging in there this morning.
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    alexandrarowan got a reaction from NYCBlond in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I love this, thank you so much !
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    alexandrarowan got a reaction from NYCBlond in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I love this, thank you so much !
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    alexandrarowan got a reaction from NYCBlond in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I love this, thank you so much !
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    alexandrarowan reacted to MelBelle in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I am starting my first round of Whole30 today! I’m Melanie, I’m 33 from Sacramento, Ca. My weight is at its highest and confidence is at its lowest. I’ve done harder things in life and want to prove to myself that I can make this change. I believe the way to self esteem is esteemable acts and this is exactly that. I have awful food habits. I sit at my desk at work and snack on crap all day. I am excited to challenge myself with new things to eat and actually think it will be fun because I love to cook. I ate paleo a few years ago and had a good time with the recipes I discovered and how great so many of the things tasted. I’m worried that my busy work schedule coupled with caring for a toddler and a husband will be my biggest challenges, since I’m going this alone. I believe in myself though. I got sober 5 years ago and THAT was hard. (Which makes the giving up alcohol part of the W30 easy!) The opening line of the manifesto totally spoke to me. It reminded me of what I am capable of when I make the decision to change!!! 
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    alexandrarowan got a reaction from ChristyJ in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hi! I’m Alex
    I live in Melbourne, Australia so I’m just about to compete Day 1. This is my third Whole 30 attempt. I haven’t made it past Day 21 in my last two attempts
    I am 33, and have two fur babies and am getting married in November.
    Here’s to an awesome start to 2019!
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    alexandrarowan got a reaction from _Amy in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Just an update on the Woolworth's Gold Stock. Turns out the beef stock has Red Wine in the ingredients so not compliant.
     
    Chicken is compliant though!
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    alexandrarowan reacted to jmcbn in Starting Whole30 on July 25th!   
    Your salt intake will have decreased by around 70% by switching to a whole foods diet - you need to replace that sodium somehow - get salting!!
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    alexandrarowan got a reaction from ExpatElle in Starting Whole30 on July 25th!   
    Well done for refusing cake teachermama, I'm don't a particularly sweet tooth but I do love a good piece of cake! I'm not feeling boundless energy either, and it still takes me 10 mins to wake up in the morning. Although, this is a vast improvement from 30mins!
    I did notice a small NSV for me this morning. Whilst I was putting on my makeup I realised that my blue sometime black under eye bags have significantly reduced! Pretty happy about that! Although they probably won't completely go away as they are hereditary for me, I am sleeping much more deeply, which has always been a significant problem for me! YAY! 
     
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    alexandrarowan reacted to Kawa in Starting Whole30 on July 25th!   
    Yesterday I resisted alcohol and double chocolate fudge cookies at a party!! I found that as long as I had a drink in my hand (la croix) and something to munch on (carrots) I was fine. I'm ready to start the third week! The weekdays are much easier than the weekends.
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    alexandrarowan got a reaction from emmers in Starting Whole30 on July 25th!   
    Start on Day 12 and it seems right on queue the weirdo food dreams have started. Last night I dreamt that I accidentally ate non compliant food through the form of rocky road.
     
    What's strange about it was that I didn't consciously put it in my mouth, all of a sudden it was in there and I was like "what's this? Oh no, it's non compliant food" and then struggled to get it out of my mouth.
     
    Once you realise it's just a dream, all you can do is laugh I guess. It is actually quite funny!
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    alexandrarowan got a reaction from _Amy in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Just an update on the Woolworth's Gold Stock. Turns out the beef stock has Red Wine in the ingredients so not compliant.
     
    Chicken is compliant though!
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    alexandrarowan reacted to emmers in Starting Whole30 on July 25th!   
    I made it through the birthday party! Stayed away from the homemade donuts.. They looked so good but I wasn't about to quit whole30 after a week. I stuck with my club soda with lime and stayed near the vege platter. I'm still feeling tired especially trying to run. I tried running a couple days ago and my legs felt like lead. So I made myself go to a cycle class this morning and that was so much better for some reason. Maybe the momentum of the wheels kept me going...?  I still don't like eating pre/post workout, never feel like eating my eggs and chicken then eating breakfast later. Feel so stuffed... Where did my Sunday go? seems like I've spent all day preparing for the week, shopping, chopping, defrosting, packing it up... Hope week 2 goes well for us all.
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    alexandrarowan got a reaction from emmers in Starting Whole30 on July 25th!   
    Day 9 here in Australia! I made it through the weekend, although I ate too much sugar in the form of dates and strawberries yesterday at an afternoon tea with my friend and felt a bit off this morning. I didn't sleep great, was a bit cranky and groggy this morning. Had a big glass of water and it seemed to fix things.
     
    I didn't even have that much! about half a punnet of strawberries and a handful of dates!
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    alexandrarowan got a reaction from Carli in Starting Whole30 on July 25th!   
    Thanks for the ideas Carli! 
     
    I am well versed in the cravings department having quit smoking several times! I know they will pass and it's not worth failing for something I know isn't going to help me and my well being.
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    alexandrarowan reacted to Carli in Starting Whole30 on July 25th!   
    I don't know if it helps but I find it useful to remind myself exactly what will happen to my body if I cave in to the craving, rather than focusing on the craving and how much its consuming me.  It is challenging but not impossible.  Someone visited our office today and bought a box of beautiful looking Italian chocolates and my friend that is on holiday in Italy has been texting me about all the Italian food she's been eating - pizza, cheese, pasta, more pizza and cheese.  But then I remind myself how bloated and groggy they make me!  Stick with it - day 5 means you're a 6th of the way there already!! 
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    alexandrarowan reacted to praxisproject in Sourcing food in Australia   
    If you want allergen free supplements, ask your local chemist (ask to speak to the pharmacist) or for more pure forms a naturopath (many of these cannot be purchased without an appointment). Via my naturopath I get some Metagenics products, but even these are not always pure, you have to ask and check (although I generally find gluten, dairy and soy not to be a problem with them). You will also find magnesium products more similar to the often mentioned Natural Calm (USA), I've recently switched from MagMin to a powdered magnesium and it is quite different.
     
    My local chemist has a note in my file about no soy, no gluten, no dairy and tries to find me products without these as well as reviewing all my prescriptions too. Sometimes a prescription only comes with either dairy or soy, but at least then I get to make an informed choice.
     
    All of the dissolve in water tablets (such as Berocca) have either sweeteners or sugar, same with most chewables especially the gummie whatevers, but for Post-Whole30 some are now being made with stevia rather than the other kinds.
     
    The labelling requirements are crap for these kinds of products, chemists have access to some ingredient lists (but not all brands) which go far beyond the label.
    Be aware there are similar label loopholes for coffee, tea and alcohol (not Whole30 compliant), as the beverage laws were made when they were pure products and have not been updated. Some instant coffee contains gluten, I've had one tea company tell me not to drink a caramel tea as it might contain gluten and alcohol companies tend to keep their ingredients secret, which makes avoiding ingredients very difficult (cider for example is often not gluten free).
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    alexandrarowan got a reaction from praxisproject in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Just a word of warning Australians!
     
    Day 23 into my Whole 30 and I was comparing supplement labels of a Vitamin B supplement (in the cupboard but haven't taken) and a Vitex supplement I've been taking for the last 3 days, both from the same company - different labels standards
     
    The Vitamin B supplement says it is free from Gluten, lactose, nuts, shellfish, sugar, dairy, egg, fish, sesame seeds, soy. No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
     
    The Vitex supplement says Gluten, lactose, nuts, shellfish, dairy, egg, fish, sesame seeds. No artificial flavours
     
    I contacted the company as I was confused as to whether the Vitex potentially contains Soy, Sugar and Preservatives, as it doesn't list that it is free from. And YEP! the company got back to me, that yes indeed the Vitex contains SOY!!!
     
    So, even if it isn't listed in the ingredients, or free from - it can still be there. Apparently under the Therapeutic Goods and Administration (TGA) labelling allergens is not a requirement! 
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    alexandrarowan got a reaction from praxisproject in Starting February 1st!   
    Thanks for your support Summeradele and Karenaoki .
     
    I guess I just can't do moderation when it comes to alcohol at the moment. Going without through the 30 days has been easy for me, However I'm worried about what will happen when the Whole 30 is over, It has just been so much a part of my life growing up, in my teenage years and adult life.
     
    Just like the Whole 30 daily email said on Day 16, the brain doesn't like moderation. I may have to institute some rules regarding 1 drink to 2 waters, or something like that.
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    alexandrarowan got a reaction from praxisproject in Starting February 1st!   
    Day 16 for me here in Australia!
     
    My sleeping is not great! However I keep forgetting to take my magnesium supplement and have starchy carbs at night. I am trying to remove white potato since it is a trigger food for me... I love potato chips and fries and I get immense satisfaction from eating anything white potato, so they need to go. I just don't like sweet potato that much.
     
    So, with my sleep issues (constant waking in the night) and being a bit sore from my workout yesterday, I struggled to get out of bed this morning. However, once I was out, I was all good! I was quite chirpy when I got to work this morning which is a bit unusual!
     
    My boyfriend commented last night that he likes it so much better when I'm not drinking, as I'm so much happier. I know alcohol is a major depressant for me and makes my mental issues a lot lot worse. So, it might have to be permanently removed from now on.
     
    I don't know why I'm so sad about that? Clearly it messes with me both mentally and physically. Perhaps the drinking culture in Australia has a lot to do with it. Most people my age are binge drinkers here, so I guess maybe it's the participation or socialising with friends that I'm sad about - I don't know how to go out, socialise and have fun without drinking 
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    alexandrarowan got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Set Menu for my mothers birthday   
    Thanks PraxisProject, turns out the restaurant is fully booked, so it looks like Italian now, which will be much easier to navigate.