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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!
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    Binge eating and re-starting Whole30

    Hi everyone. Great to hear your updates. @Dragonslayer, your soup sounds just what the doctor ordered. @littleg Congrats on the move and new house. You're the second person who has highlighted Bret Contreras so I definitely need to check him out. I really want to start lifting heavier weights. Food freedom is interesting. I've toggled between too much discipline and then extreme stick my head in the fridge. The answer lies in the middle and that is what I am working on. One day at a time. My middle zone means mostly W30 with a little dairy. Weirdly I have no desire to add back legumes or bread. What I need to work on is that the answer to my disordered eating is with me and I have the tools to change it. So far I feel like I am making slow but sure progress. A lot of snow here today but then in the 60s next week. Looking forward to some warmer temperatures! In anticipation of warmer weather we made the best chicken skewers last night adapted from Mel Joulwan's shashlik recipe. It's W30 compliant and I have tons of left overs for lunches. Here's what I did Cut about 3lb skinless boneless chicken breast into chunks. Put in a bowl and add in half a cup of plain soda water or seltzer, juice of a lime, 2 bay leaves, tablespoon of smoked paprika, teaspoon each of cumin, coriander and salt. Then add in a bunch of fresh tarragon. Stir and cover in fridge for minimum of 2 hours. Thread onto skewers and grill. Have a great rest of weekend!
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    Binge eating and re-starting Whole30

    Welcome home @Dragonslayer. It sounds like you have an incredible support network. On the wedding front, do you ever look at 100layercake.com? They have gorgeous ideas. It's a sleepy Sunday here. Just managed to stir myself to go to exercise class and now about to tackle weekly meal prep. Roasting veggies for lunch and making chicken Marbella which is a big favorite, and incredibly easy. Full disclosure, I am not W30 right now. I am trying a Whole Me, which is 75% W30 and then some freedom around the edges for things like oatmeal or almond milk or a little dairy. I would like to lose some weight and need to have options beyond nuts to stick my beak into! Taking it day by day but so far so good....... Maybe it's food freedom but not sure!
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    Binge eating and re-starting Whole30

    @Dragonslayer I am so sorry for your loss and I hope you take comfort in knowing that your mama will always be with you in your heart. Sending huge hugs and OMG I cannot believe the dog bite. Animals I think can absorb stress and then they don't have an outlet like us. I am thinking of you, your strength and incredible grace throughout all of the challenges you've faced. You truly are a rock star. @littleg Congrats on your 40 and way to go on the 60. I am funk-less and experimenting with less rules. So 70 percent W30 and the rest not, like a smoothie with protein powder once in a while or a little parmesan. Snap, my little is 8oz! Will share some more -- compliant -- recipes that I have been playing around with.
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    Binge eating and re-starting Whole30

    Happy weekend! Hope you're doing well. @Dragonslayer Your aunt sounds so lovely!
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    Binge eating and re-starting Whole30

    Here's the new sheet pan recipe. I ended up not having all of the ingredients, so ad-libbed instead and it worked out ... surprisingly simple .... Preheat oven to 400 Take a large cauliflower and cut into florets. Toss in large bowl with tablespoon on olive oil and salt and pepper. Line a large baking tray with parchment and put the cauliflower on one half and put in oven. While the cauliflower is roasting, in the same bowl add in about a 1LB of boneless, skinless, chicken breasts that you cut into long strips. Add in the zest from one lemon and about two tablespoons of fresh tarragon. Season to taste and toss with half tablespoon of olive oil. Once the cauliflower has cooked for about 12-15 minutes, remove from oven and add the chicken to the second half of the baking tray. Cook for another 12-15 minutes. While the chicken is cooking, gently toast a quarter cup of slivered almonds in a small saucepan. When everything is ready, sprinkle the almonds over the chicken and cauliflower and serve