hmg1993

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  1. Wow! Great results @wp3 Congratulations. I tend to agree on not continuously W30-ing. I did that for a while and all I learned was not to trust my own ability to decide about foods. I also felt so deprived that it triggered binging. So now I have a little more freedom but stick to what I know feels good and well away from sugar, Good luck for the onward journey
  2. Hi @Hope4Overcomers! On day 5 and starting to settle in. My goal this weekend is to find some good new recipes to try as my tried and true are getting a little too familiar and rote. I follow the instagram feed and bloggers like nom nom paleo so have lots of inspiration but welcome any and all suggestions. My mini epiphany this week has been if not now then when? I can't keep bouncing back and forth and need to commit to getting this food, body image thing conquered once and for all. My old pattern would be to do W30 for 60-90 days and then have a big fall. Now I just want to reset and put my energies into food freedom. I know what works and what does not. I just have to listen to myself! Sounds like you are in great shape for a restart!
  3. @Hope4Overcomers Good luck tomorrow. Thinking of you. Just wrapped up Day one redux. Stomach so upset from off plan slide that sticking to it has been easier!
  4. You're not alone @Elizabeth33 I am starting over today too. Stress got the better of me and i slid right back to old patterns. But I do know that the definition of failure is not trying so I am trying again And I am also remind myself if not now then when? You can do it. I have no doubt. Welcome to day one!!
  5. Hi everyone. Hope you don't mind me jumping in. I have been on and off Whole30 for a while as means to control stress, anxiety and bad eating habits. On the latter, I am 70% a healthy eater, cook all my meals but the other 30% is binging under stress and eating way too much sugar, my drug of choice! I am still battling for total food freedom but have absolutely made progress with the guard rails that W30 provides. I would like company as I try to use all my lessons learned to keep improving and finding the right balance. My lessons learned thus far are not substituting plates of fruit for sugar or overdoing the sweet potato and carb-heavy veg to compensate. And keeping my beak out of the nuts as they really upset my stomach. One thing to say, another thing to do. Anyway, wishing you all a great start and day!
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    Binge eating and re-starting Whole30

    @Dragonslayer As much as I think the integrity of a W30 and all 30 is important, I do think it's called W30 for a reason in that we're not supposed to go beyond 30 days unless of course we feel like we need the extra days to address cravings. What I have observed is that after a "perfect" W90 or so, I got into a cycle of 4 "good days" and then binge .. back and forth. My view now is that the binges were addressing the restrictions and stress of meeting the program requirements. I've relaxed things now to my own rules that enable a little diary (greek yogurt, some cheese), Oatmeal, quinoa, Almond Milk, and overall less label watching. I still say no to sugar, wheat and nuts (the latter is just because it's zero brakes). I also gave myself a wine allowance of three glasses a week, which I have yet to use any of but mentally having it there if i want to have a drink with a friend is so much better than feeling that I can't. This approach seems more doable for me right now and is definitely controlling the binges because I don't have that all or nothing mindset......
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    Binge eating and re-starting Whole30

    Happy weekend everyone! I'm doing OK following my own version of W30 which is basically 80 percent rules plus a little dairy and oats and quinoa. So far so good but the major focus now is trying to lose the weight I gained from all of the back and forth binging. I don't know if you find this but every time is harder because I think somehow your metabolism gets messed up. Do you think that's right or just theory? Anyway, I slog on because I know that for sure the alternative doesn't work! Done that. Hope you all have a lovely Easter or passover or whatever you celebrate..... Dreaming about hot cross buns. shan't have them though!
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    Binge eating and re-starting Whole30

    @Dragonslayer You can so do this. You're stronger than ever before and Day 66 will be here before you know it. Focus on how good you will feel when you put the sugar cravings in the rear view mirror. I have had to nix dried fruit from my life because it's such a dragon alarm for me. Can't go there although i am tempted a lot. @littleg I hadn't put together the whole sugar cramp thing before you mentioned it but I did used to get terrible leg cramps, particularly when in the grip of the binge cycle. Now I know. Thank you
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    Binge eating and re-starting Whole30

    Congratulations @Dragonslayer on acing the 30! Your next plan sounds terrific and is a great goal. You're inspiring me to keep chugging away as my downfall is completely the kitchen graze. I am trying to nail three meals plus a snack -- but a scheduled healthy one as opposed to sticking my head in the fridge. And no buying myself nuts because I am hungry. Nine out of 10 times I am hangry or stressed and stuffing my face is not the answer. You are absolutely progressing and reminding me that I can do it too. Thank you so much!
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    Binge eating and re-starting Whole30

    @Dragonslayer Your plans and outlook sound so positive and are much needed inspiration for me as I try to claw myself back into a better zone. The past few weeks have been tough but I know that I own the solutions and have the tools to make it happen. I just need to get a grip. I love your goals. It's odd, what I have found is that the more I practice W30 tenets the less I want the things that I think are core. Like for years I was adamant that I could not have tea without milk (I'm British too, so it's a cultural thing as well!!). Now I actively dislike milk in my tea. All I need now is to develop the same aversions to chocolate and I am winning
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    Binge eating and re-starting Whole30

    @littleg Done with snow! Finally dug out only to await tomorrow's deluge! I like your rules and will look at the thread. I am still struggling to define mine but definitely making baby steps in the right direction. I am binging far less if at all. Overeating from time to time, yes ... but not the full blown empty the fridge moments. @Dragonslayer Congratulations on all that you have achieved. You're so close to Day 30 you can touch it!! Keep those nuts at bay
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    Binge eating and re-starting Whole30

    @Dragonslayer Congrats on day 18!!! That's amazing. I completely emphasize on the nut front and that was definitely my pattern. It's by no means a magic bullet but what I started to do was measure out what a real serving size looked like -- i.e. 15 almonds. Just being conscious of the fact that I was eating maybe 10 serving sizes in one go started to dull the urge. I also made sure I had crunchy snacks like carrot sticks and cucumber handy. Lastly, on the nuts, I also made serving sizes of the higher fat nuts that were more filling like walnuts or macadamia. Hope this helps and you're doing great!!!!
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    Binge eating and re-starting Whole30

    On it @littleg Thank you!!
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    Binge eating and re-starting Whole30

    @Dragonslayer I didn't think it was possible but the nut thing will pass. I could eat my bodyweight in cashews and they were totally my go to snack by the handful. And then I couldn't look at them anymore. Sounds like you're on a great roll I love the journal idea. Next stop Amazon. I made the best dinner tonight with red cabbage, shredded brussels sprouts, balsamic, mustard and onion. Here's the link to the recipe. Incredible! http://grazedandenthused.com/balsamic-chicken-veggie-bowl-paleo-aip-whole30/
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    Binge eating and re-starting Whole30

    Hi everyone. Checking in to see how you all are? I am chugging along. Binging under control and making healthy choices but it truly is the proverbial one day at a time. I keep having to mutter "Rome wasn't built in a day" to myself and try to suppress the mean girl thoughts that invariably come up. I cannot escape the fact that I have gained weight over the past year or so from the on/off yoyo fest. And it doesn't make me happy. But unlike my usual trick of restricting calories and beating myself up I am trying to eat intuitively, watch portions (i.e. just because sweet potatoes are healthy doesn't mean that 4 cups are a good side dish!) and exercise. The rest should solve itself and will stay off if I do it slowly. Off to grocery shop for the week shortly and then to tackle all the weekend chores. Have you been watching the Olympics? Loved to see the skiing even if I can't do it!