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    quasiblondo got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Started June 25   
    So apparently I signed up for this forum the last time I started.  (I totally forgot about that!). This time I feel much MUCH more ready.  My niece, Meagan, didWhole 30 a while back with great results.  I have been sick with Post Herpetic Neuralgia (what's left over after Shingles) for the last 2 years.  Eating any kind of intentional plan has been challenging as I felt really sick pretty much every day no matter what. I still have unyielding nerve pain, but I only have rare days when I'm completely wiped out.  I can exercise reasonably without being laid up for a couple days now too.  Wooohooo! Winner winner! LOL
    I am 50 years old.  When I was in my late 30s, I did the Carbohydrate Addicts Lifespan program, which worked beautifully.  I got down to ideal weight, I was CUT, and I kept both eh body and healthy mindset toward food for a couple years.  Until my personal life blew up.  I's been a decade of unparalleled struggle for me between being a victim of stalking and rape, separation and divorce, working 4 jobs at a time at one point, pmy mother's bouts with cancer, being a single parent and dangerously broke, getting my kid out of HS and off to college,  my mother's death etc etc etc etc etc etc... It's been a big fat hairy mess, and so have I!
    On the good side --I'm engaged to be married to someone with whom I have a MUCH healthier relationship, the kid is half way through college, my worklife has stabilized so that now I ONLY work my private (therapy) practice, and as I mentioned, I'm finally healthy enough to work out and eat more intentionally.  My fiancé is a 56 year old therapeutic personal trainer.  He's never struggled with food before in his life, but the last few years have given him a whole different body that doesn't respond the way it used to.  I'm gifting him the It Starts With Food book. I strongly suspect he will end up Whole 30'ing as well. I'm still forging ahead with or without him, but I do hope he will join me.  He has a lot of issues that might be well addressed this way.
    One of the things that helped the most with the eating plan I did before was the online support group.  I am STILL friends with those people, almost 20 years later. We shifted to FB, and I think only one of us still has the health some of us once had.  And, they are an incredible group of humans whom I cherish.I hope to connect with some of the group members here in similar fashion.  We're on this road together, right?  I hope this will prove to be a Come As You Are party.  I know I need that kind of candor for success, and I'm certainly willing to offer it.
    Positive thoughts toward all of you on your journey to better living!
    ~ tiffany, AKA quasiblondo
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    quasiblondo reacted to SugarcubeOD in What's the Whole30 functional equivalent of a PB&J?   
    This has been discussed in different contexts before so there's lots of info... google Whole30 picinic or Whole30 brown bag lunch to see threads with ideas.
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    quasiblondo reacted to SugarcubeOD in Cravings and Irritability in the 2nd week - please help!   
    Almost 100% of the time when someone is feeling like you are at this stage of the game, they are not eating enough.  If you would like to list out what youv'e been eating for the last couple of days including portion sizes related to the template (not oz or grams), specific veggies, fruit, fat, protein, fluid intake, workouts, pre and post workout foods... basically anything you feel would be relevant, then we can see if there's something that stands out.  It IS possible, given your own description of 'inordinate amount of stress' it's possible that it's that... also, as we realize that we aren't able to use our normal 'medications' like food and alcohol in order to numb our feelings, we end up having to feel them.. for some people, that's a first or at least a first in a VERY long time... it's something you just have to process and push through, developing alternate coping techniques (bath, jog, pet time, read a book, call a friend) that are more healthy and sustainable.