SherriC

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    SherriC reacted to W. Eric Rau in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Hello, everyone! I'm Eric, and my husband, Cameron, and I are starting our second Whole30 today (September 5) and are excited to be a part of this journey. We did our first Whole30 in June of this year and then a very Slow Roll Reintroduction in July and August with many compliant days between few reintroduction days, and we have had tremendous benefits from the experience.
    In terms of major Non Scale Victories, my husband started sleeping properly after battling insomnia for years and had no migraines during the month of June (his first after starting the W30 actually occurred in July, on a reintroduction day). I stopped having excessive joint pain and was able to cut back from 16 Ibuprofen throughout the day to just two each morning. We both have more energy and really enjoy the foods we eat and have tried some lovely recipes from the Whole30 and Well Fed offerings. We got the Diet Coke monkey off our backs, and I stopped consuming any caffeine at all two weeks into the W30. I grew to love vegetables, which I had formerly detested, and started to enjoy all the different varieties of flavor, color, and texture they brought to my diet. I actually learned to make my own amazing mayonnaise using Melissa Joulwan's recipe!
    Even though we remain focused on NSVs, and even though weight loss is incidental to all of the other benefits of the Whole30, I need to mention that Cameron and I both lost a significant amount of weight during our first Whole 30, and I have continued to lose during each of the two months of my very Slow Roll Reintroduction, without any reduction in portions or feeling of deprivation. It is also interesting to note that my loss of inches around the thickest part of my waist increased each month (0" lost in June, 1" lost in July, 2" lost in August) even as my pounds lost in each month slowed. The NSVs are amazing, and the SVs can be pretty great, too!
    This past weekend, we allowed ourselves to go off plan a lot more (specifically, eating a fair amount of dairy, gluten grains, and sugar) and we could definitely feel the difference, physically and emotionally, just after those few days. We are eager to get our Tiger Blood back and looking forward to the next 30 days with everyone!
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    SherriC got a reaction from VivaLaMeredith in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Hi! I had a very informative and overall very positive experience doing my first Whole30 this past June 1-30, but have had difficulty with the re-emergence of my sugar dragon since re-intro. (Also had a vacation in San Francisco last month that involved much sourdough and Ghiradelli). So I would like to do the September Whole 30 and keep learning how to eat best for my body and energy. So - here goes, I think this means I've just re-committed! I am looking forward to the accountability factor - and handling re-intro differently this time! And figuring out how to fit exercise into my day, which has always been my biggest challenge.
    Good luck everyone!
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    SherriC got a reaction from VivaLaMeredith in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Hi! I had a very informative and overall very positive experience doing my first Whole30 this past June 1-30, but have had difficulty with the re-emergence of my sugar dragon since re-intro. (Also had a vacation in San Francisco last month that involved much sourdough and Ghiradelli). So I would like to do the September Whole 30 and keep learning how to eat best for my body and energy. So - here goes, I think this means I've just re-committed! I am looking forward to the accountability factor - and handling re-intro differently this time! And figuring out how to fit exercise into my day, which has always been my biggest challenge.
    Good luck everyone!
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    SherriC got a reaction from vozelle in Junebugs 2016 - Pressing On!!   
    Oh my. That one blondie (choc chip brownie) on Monday has apparently classical-conditioned me to crave a blondie after lunch EVERY workday. I've resisted. Today I am having an iced decaf Americano with cinnamon on it, and almonds instead. It's not the same, but it's getting me thru this one! Definitely a learning opportunity - for observing and dealing with my sugar dragon's many wiley ways. I keep thinking - what a first world problem this is. How fortunate I am to have such delicious fruit, veggies, meat, eggs & good fats in my fridge (and pantry and counter). And such an over-abundance of opportunities for sweets.
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    SherriC got a reaction from vozelle in Junebugs 2016 - Pressing On!!   
    Hi again. This "riding my own bike" thing is not easy! I am working on my "sugar dragon." And continuing to learn. Monday after I wrote, I did have that chocolate chip blondie I'd been fantasizing about since pre-Whole30. (The lunch place by work switched to a new baker for a few months and stopped selling them - then switched back and got them again right AFTER I'd started the Whole30.) And it was very satisfying. And once I was done, I was done. Until.... I got home and my wife had brought home a QUART of ice cream that she thought wouldn't tempt me because it was milk chocolate (instead of darker) and had Reeses in it (I dislike the pieces, but not the cups). Anyway - wrong about it not tempting me. One bowl and I wanted more. So I had another bowl! It was delicious but awful, and I know what a terrible example I am setting for our daughter. Yesterday I was Whole30 all the way - until after dinner - because there was a bunch of ice cream left in that quart! So - two bowls again last night, and I kept wanting more.
     
    Anyway - I did something empowering. I asked my wife and daughter to do me a favor. To please for now stick to single servings from Baskin Robbins and not bring it into the house. Message was received with much support. "She said, I didn't think you'd like that kind - but it's like me with a plate of donuts, isn't it?" I said yes - it's not my favorite. But what if it were not your favorite kind of donuts, sitting out for two days. You'd still want them all, wouldn't you?" Yes. She would. So - I feel understood and supported. And it will be helpful not to have all that crap in the house!
     
    I do want to allow myself an occasional blondie/brownie thing. Because I buy one and then I'm finished. But no more than once a week. I think. Otherwise - I'm doing the good Whole30 things. Had delicious eggs over avocado and sweet potato this morning, salad with protein and plans for meat & veggies for dinner. Have almonds and fruit by my side for "sugar methadone"). And will go make some decaf iced tea now in the work pantry. (I have lime and mint for my iced tea today. I call this concoction: The Very Disappointing Mojito).
     
    sstrayer - thanks for sharing your Starbucks experiment! I've been having iced decaf Americanos with nothing. Used to have them with soy milk. Can hardly get plain iced decaf anywhere. They make you upgrade to espresso. Can sprinkle in cinnamon anyway.
     
    Hi tytbodyin30 and BigMamma and others!
     
    It's hard taking the training wheels off! (To me the "slip & go back to day 1" was the biggest motivator/strongest training wheel.). So I'm falling a few times and getting back up. Learning resilience - just like I am trying to teach my daughter (in other life areas!)
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    SherriC got a reaction from W. Eric Rau in Slow Roll Reintroduction - Eric Rau   
    Hi! Black beans & hummus have been staples for my family as well. I am planning to reintroduce both (my day 30 was 6/30) but am taking it slowly and have introduced some other things first. I am hoping to be able to incorporate some vegetarian meals into my diet (and my family's), but we'll see. How disappointing (and painful) for your husband to have a migraine return, but at the same time, what powerful information, if avoiding legumes keeps them away! Sorry to hear about your GI upsets. Hope you were able to relax and replenish over the holiday weekend. And hope you are done moving furniture! - Sherri
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    SherriC reacted to tytbodyin30 in Junebugs 2016 - Pressing On!!   
    it's a battle battle battle ..  You all made me smile today.. the Brownies, the 30th B party, and the cotton candy...  SherriC, lol you win for the biggest belly roll laugh I can muster up today..
     
    I have no words of encouragement because today, 'm going to Red Lobster and enjoy those darn little sea food delicacies with who knows what kind of oil they use for that scampi and other stuff.. 
     
    I think, for me, I've not eaten at Red Lobster all year. .I'm going to enjoy it.  
    Since today is my anniversary and husband and I are on the rocks,   WTF.. yes, food will be my pleasure reason for eating it today.. I have to keep a smile on my face and it's up to me. 
     
    It's cheaper then buying Jewelry, a pocketbook or a mani-pedi..    yup. that's my Tude today..  
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    SherriC reacted to sstrayer in Junebugs 2016 - Pressing On!!   
    Trying dairy for first time today ---- a latte from starbucks.  I never plan on adding back milk in my coffee at home or on a regular basis because I know from a previous similar elimination diet I did a few years ago that it affects my digestion and complexion (at least back then it did), but I want to test it now because if hubby and I are on the road or on vacation, I might want a latte.  We will see how it goes!  
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    SherriC got a reaction from tytbodyin30 in Junebugs 2016 - Pressing On!!   
    Oy. Last week was my daughter's birthday, AKA, my reason why I said to my wife about the Whole 30, "If we're gonna do it, we need to be done by July 7," and we started June 1. I'm just going to do a Seinfeld "yada yada yada" here and skip to lessons learned:
     
    Fortunately/unfortunately, I seem to experience no physical discomfort after eating sugar, wheat or dairy if the dairy is processed (such as an ingredient in baked goods/birthday cake).
      If there is leftover cake in the house, I will eat it over the course of a day or two (sharing with family) until it is gone.
      If my daughter has a friend over and wants to make brownies from scratch and finds all the ingredients herself, and I see no reason not to let her, and if it is during the time in between her actual birthday (a Thursday) and her sleepover birthday party (Sat/Sun) - I will consume many of the said brownies.
      If I make chocolate chip pancakes for daughter and guests at said sleepover, I will eat some/many. So - my intent today is to start a Whole5 reboot process (I made up that term, I think) (except that now I REALLY want one of those blondies they sell at the place by work that I've been looking forward to since starting the Whole30 and haven't had yet. So maybe I'll do that, get it over with, and then start a Whole5. Even typing this sentence I realize I sound like an addict wanting just one more hit before going into rehab. This is my massively ferocious awakened sugar dragon speaking loud and clear. I need to spend some time wrestling with the  notion of the psychological impact of sugar - specifically, on me.)
     
    Anyway. I had a high protein breakfast today and plan to get a nice Whole30 compliant salad for lunch. I need to get back on track either before or directly after I scratch this one "chocolate chip blondie" itch I've had since about June 1.
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    SherriC got a reaction from tytbodyin30 in Junebugs 2016 - Pressing On!!   
    Oy. Last week was my daughter's birthday, AKA, my reason why I said to my wife about the Whole 30, "If we're gonna do it, we need to be done by July 7," and we started June 1. I'm just going to do a Seinfeld "yada yada yada" here and skip to lessons learned:
     
    Fortunately/unfortunately, I seem to experience no physical discomfort after eating sugar, wheat or dairy if the dairy is processed (such as an ingredient in baked goods/birthday cake).
      If there is leftover cake in the house, I will eat it over the course of a day or two (sharing with family) until it is gone.
      If my daughter has a friend over and wants to make brownies from scratch and finds all the ingredients herself, and I see no reason not to let her, and if it is during the time in between her actual birthday (a Thursday) and her sleepover birthday party (Sat/Sun) - I will consume many of the said brownies.
      If I make chocolate chip pancakes for daughter and guests at said sleepover, I will eat some/many. So - my intent today is to start a Whole5 reboot process (I made up that term, I think) (except that now I REALLY want one of those blondies they sell at the place by work that I've been looking forward to since starting the Whole30 and haven't had yet. So maybe I'll do that, get it over with, and then start a Whole5. Even typing this sentence I realize I sound like an addict wanting just one more hit before going into rehab. This is my massively ferocious awakened sugar dragon speaking loud and clear. I need to spend some time wrestling with the  notion of the psychological impact of sugar - specifically, on me.)
     
    Anyway. I had a high protein breakfast today and plan to get a nice Whole30 compliant salad for lunch. I need to get back on track either before or directly after I scratch this one "chocolate chip blondie" itch I've had since about June 1.
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    SherriC got a reaction from vozelle in Junebugs 2016 - Pressing On!!   
    Also - has anyone else noticed an improvement in their tooth color? Mine are a lot less yellow I think.
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    SherriC got a reaction from vozelle in Junebugs 2016 - Pressing On!!   
    TJCarlson, that is wonderful about your cholesterol and triglycerides! And your HDL going down is a licence to eat lots more guacamole, right? I am eager for my cholesterol bw next month, which is incentive to stay on plan.
     
    I've been pretty much taking it slow, I did have ice cream the other day. It was okay. I was really worried about setting off my cravings, and it wasn't really good enough to go off plan for (Baskin Robbins as opposed to something more fancy I guess). Had some mild GI reactions to the milk which I guess I used to think were normal. I thought everyone walked around with gas in their intestines. Not nearly as severe as it would be if I had a lot of plain milk, but I can definitely tell the difference in lack of gas/bloat when not on the plan. So that was informative, and tells me that with excellent cheese or ice cream that is truly worth it, proceed with caution. I am thinking of re-trying plain kefir to broaden my morning protein options, but haven't felt like getting a whole bottle of it yet.
     
    And yesterday we had corn on the cob with Whole30 compliant hot dogs for the 4th. And you know what - the corn tasted so sweet, I couldn't even finish it! No adverse reactions, just SO much sweetness. I cut the rest off the cob, gave some to my daughter and am having the rest on an otherwise Whole30-compliant salad with savory olives to counter the sweet taste. I've been experimenting with pickled hard-boiled eggs for a fast protein source, and made a batch recently with beets, so I have a bit of sliced beet and eggs on the salad too. All the pickled egg/beet recipes I could find had sugar or honey so I just omitted that ingredient. Can you tell I am looking forward to lunch?
     
    I may experiment a bit more with cheese in the coming days, but seem to have developed a healthy (and/or fear-based) aversion to bread and gluten-containing grains. So that will probably be one of the last things. I think I'm more afraid of bread setting off my sugar cravings than any immediate response/bloat.
     
    Haven't dabbled in legumes yet, but that will be coming. Expecting similar reaction as with dairy. On my "want to try sometime soon" list are black beans and hummus, but it doesn't feel urgent.
     
    Currently hydrating with decaf iced tea (no sweetener), mint I actually thought to plant and grow this year, and a slice of lime. I will be fancy and call it a "mojito iced tea."
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    SherriC reacted to JTCarlson in Junebugs 2016 - Pressing On!!   
    Just got my blood work back! You guys!!! Here are the stats:
     
    component                         pre              post
    cholesterol                          210             173
    cholesterol/HDL                  3.1              3.5
    cholesterol/non-HDL          143             123
    HDL                                     67               50
    LDL                                     121              109
    Triglyceride                          108             69
     
    Most everything is down, especially cholesterol and triglycerides!!! This makes me so happy!
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    SherriC got a reaction from vozelle in Junebugs 2016 - Pressing On!!   
    Hi! Went to lunch at my friends' and had chicken and salad with quinoa and corn. So today is non-gluten grain (and grain-like seed) day! Was so delicious. They had cherry tomato/mozzarella balls/basil salad and I decided to skip the mozz and test the grains instead. Declined choc chip cookies and ice cream. So far, so good.
     
    Oh - more info on me. I'm 46. I have PCOS. I have been on Metformin in the past, but not since pregnancy 10 years ago. It's helped manage cravings & other PCOS symptoms. These past few years have been quite stressful, and I'd been doing a lot of stress-eating and my sugar/chocolate cravings were through the roof. My weight bolted up about 15 lbs in just a few months, which is uncharacteristic for me - though my BP and cholesterol, I have always had to watch. A few months ago, before I heard of the Whole30, I re-started taking Metformin which has helped me in the past with my PCOS symptoms/cravings even though I have never been diabetic nor diagnosed with insulin resistance (PCOSers are very high risk for both). So I'd been taking Met for a month before starting the Whole30 and have continued taking it. In a way, I feel like Met has been sort of like "cheating" on the Whole30 challenge, but I do feel the need to disclose it here. I think the combination of getting through the first week of Whole 30, and the medicine, have made my cravings totally evaporate. However - now I have a new goal of hopefully being able to go OFF of Metformin (and maybe BP meds?) over the next several months, since changing my eating habits and keeping this new way of eating going. In the month after starting Met (before Whole 30) - I had already dropped 5 lbs., but was still having difficulty with cravings and out-of-control sugar consumption. In the past 30 days - as of this morning, down 10 more lbs., total of 15! So my goal is to keep going with re-introduction and work on this riding my own bike thing, not trying to lose weight, but trying to continue to eat healthily - AND to make time for exercise. And when I have my August bloodwork, I am hoping there is a difference in my cholesterol, a better CRP level, and all that stuff.
     
    Right now I love that the BBQ pineapple from a veggie shish kabob (alongside salmon) tastes like dessert! And that monkey salad (cashews, dried unsweetened coconut, and sliced banana) is a huge treat! I don't think I have ever experienced that before.
     
    Thanks everyone - I look forward to catching up with all of you & getting to know your stories!
     
    Sherri
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    SherriC got a reaction from vozelle in Starting June 1st - First Whole30   
    Have to add to the challenges survived - Days 28 - 29. Camping with Girl Scout troop. With s'mores. Managed!
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    SherriC got a reaction from vozelle in Starting June 1st - First Whole30   
    Have to add to the challenges survived - Days 28 - 29. Camping with Girl Scout troop. With s'mores. Managed!
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    SherriC reacted to SugarcubeOD in Starting June 1st - First Whole30   
    Love this!  Good for you, congrats on finishing!
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    SherriC got a reaction from vozelle in Starting June 1st - First Whole30   
    Oh! I just found the re-introduction section.
     
    Wanted to add that one of the best things that happened during my Whole 30 was attending a party on Day 5 during which an exquisite chocolate cake was served, as well as cupcakes. It was hard, but I managed to get through it. That success - passing up that beautiful cake! - has been a touchstone for me through several other challenges this month: Attending a conference where everyone was served a piece of cake with the meal. Two retirement-related events - one at a restaurant and the other an in-house work party - where I managed to stay Whole 30 compliant. And an overnight work trip with a hotel stay and catered lunch. (Brought some of my own food and was able to stay compliant with other food that was offered). Anytime I might have been tempted to have a sugar dessert - I went back, in my mind, to that cake I had passed up on Day 5. And I knew, whatever was being offered wasn't nearly going to be as good as that cake would have been. And if I didn't go off-plan for that cake, I sure as heck wasn't going off plan for something that didn't look half as good!
     
    Anyway - just had to share. See you on the 31+ forum!
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    SherriC got a reaction from vozelle in Starting June 1st - First Whole30   
    Hey! Congrats everyone! I posted one question on day 8 on a separate thread, but have just been an occasional lurker on this thread. I'm the one who wrote about feeling like I was eating too much meat and was missing oatmeal, corn & beans, and a moderator recommended bumping up my intake of starchy vegetables, and that made all the difference, and here I am on day 30 with all of you! So I wanted to say congrats, and we did it!
     
    I definitely have more energy - I've mostly cut out caffeine as well (though not completely) and my energy/blood sugar feels very consistent and my cravings have been reduced drastically. Also, I'm wearing pants today that I haven't been able to get into for a long time.
     
    I want to keep this feeling going - while doing a careful re-introduction of certain food groups. Is there a Day 31+ support thread somewhere?
     
     to all!
     
    - Sherri
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    SherriC reacted to SherriC in Hi from a first-timer - Day 8 - missing my whole grains!   
    Yesterday's breakfast: 
    Decaf coffee with small swig of canned coconut milk.
    Moderate sized serving of fritatta with spinach, onions, and prosciutto.
    Cantaloupe and strawberries (probably less than 1 c.) 
     
    Yesterday's lunch:
    Paleo-friendly salad at restaurant for colleague's retirement: Simple green salad with sliced kumquat and dried fig, olive oil and vinegar dressing, and the optional (pretty large serving of) grilled chicken.
     
    Yesterday's dinner:
    Whole-30 compliant hamburger on lettuce "bun" with tomato and avacado slices.
     
    Constant stream of water and/or herbal tea during the day.
     
    Today: 
     
    Breakfast:
    Decaf coffee with small swig of canned coconut milk.
    Moderate sized serving of fritatta with spinach, onions, and prosciutto.
    Cantaloupe and strawberries (probably less than 1 c.) 

    Lunch:
    Vegetable salad with sliced olives leftover grilled chicken.
    Cantaloupe and strawberries (probably less than 1 c.)
     
    (Come to think of it, I've not been as good about keeping hydrated today so I'll go fill my water glass now!) 
     
    As I said before - this has kept me full (more than full). Also I've survived one work-related and one friend-related event where chocolate cake was served. So I've been through the gauntlet already and able to manage my cravings, which says a lot, for me. But I feel so full and uncomfortable. I've been watching my salt intake these last two days because days 5 and 6 I realized I had too much. Maybe that's till working its way out of my system?
     
    Oh - I was offered a taste of kombucha at a farmer's market on Friday, but looked at the ingredients list and declined. This particular kombucha maker lists sugar as in ingredient in various "flavors." (Does it usually have flavors?) Never had it before. Maybe I'll look for a non-sugar source.
     
    My typical diet is oatmeal with soy/coconut/almond milk & fruit, salad with meat or legume protein & fruit, and a more "typical" American dinner - maybe spaghetti with meat sauce, chili with beans. But lots and LOTS of snacking on chocolate in between meals. Moderate dairy in the form of cheese & ice cream.
     
    Thanks for asking. -Sherri