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  1. gonegirl

    Starting June 1st - First Whole30

    Glad everyone is doing well. Breakfast this morning included eggs from my chickens. Added to that were chanterelles foraged by us yesterday. Packed a lunch for a beach day. While at the beach we caught a whole bunch of blue crabs. So, boiled those for dinner with veggies and ghee for dipping for the fat. Still with cravings but not as bad. Working and on call tomorrow. Hoping to pack appropriate foods. Keep on keeping on everyone.
  2. gonegirl

    Starting June 1st - First Whole30

    So many to respond to! Sorry for a second post after my "book" - but here goes: I love Diet Coke. Like too much. That's been a hard one for me. It is an addiction. I know this. With husband gone it was bearable. But when he's home, it's really hard. There's always a couple 2 liters in the fridge. Always. Kills me. So sorry about the mineral water! I have found and tried the Lacroix Waters. Not Diet Coke, but it's something! Good thing I love water anyway! I have felt a bit sorry for myself with this one. So glad your day got better and you were able to have a good template meal! I have to say, I'm not seeing tons of changes. Yet. I did have the pants thing but when I wore them yesterday to work the bees, they didn't seem as roomy. Not sure what's going on there. Will say, I have been able to NOT have my sauerkraut in the past several days without dire consequences. Trying to do this right but have to be able to leave the house! But I'm taking that to mean my gut is healing and the added probiotics aren't as essential now. The job has been going great. Makes me wonder why I waited so long to go back to working hospice. It's where my heart is in nursing. Now if they could get my frazzling laptop going so I could be turned loose to see patients, chart and be out on my own, that'd be awesome! Pain from my injury was rough at first. But I think with increased activity my stamina will improve and the pain will lessen with that and time. Have normally been a very high energy person. I'd lost that. Hoping this helps get me back to my normal. My Granny used to say, "Girl, you ought not be big around as a broom handle as much as you go!" But I've had a weight problem most of my adult life. I truly think breads, pastas and simple sugars are just toxic to me. Hoping I'm healing from the inside out and will regain my former energy levels. I may try the tea in the evening too. Especially a nice chamomile to promote rest. I do find that's a difficult time for me. Have been trying to "do" something when that hits. But that makes it difficult to get to sleep. And if it's on my mind, I'll lay there and think about it and not be able to sleep! May try that. Okay. I'm out for today. Hope to check in this evening. Time to clean, clean, clean and maybe hit the store for a bit of shopping.
  3. gonegirl

    Starting June 1st - First Whole30

    This is going to be a long one. Will apologize in advance! I have been soooo busy the last couple of days I haven't had time to check in like I need and want to. My husband came home after being gone three weeks. I always like to have a really really clean house and something yummy cooking so he enjoys walking in the door. Sounds corny, but I know I'd appreciate it if the situation were reversed. So, I got up and started cleaning and cleaning. Had my boys helping me. About halfway through the day, my 14 year old brought me some food and said, "Ma, you haven't eaten yet today. Aren't you supposed to eat more?" And God love him, he had leftovers from my evening meal the night before heated up and made sure it was template. What a love. But here's the thing: I need to eat more. I get so busy when I'm at home, I don't eat like I should! And I was ravenous. My takeaway from this is I usually don't eat enough. And often when I do, it's poor choices. This was a big wakeup call. Working, I eat right. Home, there's always so much to do. Yesterday, in addition to the cooking and cleaning, we had our last two beehives delivered. And our mentor went through one of my existing hives with me as I have a problem in it and we were trying to decide if I need to re-queen it. Anyway, a big lesson learned. Another lesson learned, ask for/demand help from my family. Instead of trying to do it all. I am making my boys expand their chores to include clothes and help with floors. They are 14 and 17 with birthdays in a couple months. It's for their benefit to know how and when to do all this stuff as well. My younger son is quite the wannabe chef. He makes ice cream from scratch. Traditional custard based. And when I tell you it's awesome, it really is. Like people buy it from him. He cooked a red velvet cake and icing and homemade ice cream for his daddy. When I tell you this was tough, take it to the bank! I stayed strong. He was sort of apologetic about it. But I have to be able to have willpower. Cravings have been pretty fierce for me too right now. Thought of last night when I read this - the ice cream! OMG, it was a tough one. Night time has always been a dangerous time for me. I haven't tamed my dragon. But I'm holding a whip in one hand and a chair in the other! I refuse to be defeated! I hope. LOL I've had some boredom issues as well. Am really eating what speaks to me in terms of breakfast vs dinner foods. It's helping. And sometimes it doesn't go together. Lol I had a garden fresh cucumber as part of my breakfast this morning. And left over pork roast. Sounds gross. But it's what I wanted! LOL Killer for me too after dinner. We usually would have an evening dessert. Haven't been doing that lately but since hubby came home last night, my young one did a full dessert. I didn't help with the cooking of that. And stayed away for the dessert portion. Actually, we left the dining room for dessert and they were in den watching something, so I kept myself busy till it was over. LOL But the meal was perfect template. I am feeling much better thank you. Was lucky it was a one day one. Sometimes they are days long. And will switch sides. I guess, technically, it's more than one! I don't get them often. But they can do a number on you for sure. I get almost disoriented from them. I don't know if that's because of the visual disturbance or the migraine itself or both. I know a few triggers, but obviously not all. This was out of the blue. I had a really great day at work, stopped to pick up sandwich stuff for the kids and found the sandwich meat I can have (I snack on it by itself for my protein with veggies or in a salad). Then BAM! No reasoning I could ascertain. But I've learned to always keep the migraine meds with me. If I can pop one before the pain starts it greatly diminishes it. Sometimes the pain never comes! My husband is the type to do exactly that! But he knows how important this is to me and hopefully won't. He didn't last night but it was his first night home. And he really didn't wanna tick me off! LOL I LOLed at the whack him with the carrot. I can just see doing that and the expression on his face! I know what you mean. I love food. I love cooking. Usually. I was born in Louisiana and have lived in many places (including up North). But most of my life has been Louisiana/Mississippi. And it's SOUTH Louisiana/Mississippi. 30 to 60 miles north or northeast of New Orleans. When I tell you food is a huge part of our lives, it is almost fanatical. I find I'm enjoying roasts a lot. Pork, beef - whatever. I have a cookbook that we recently tracked down - Love Amazon Prime! It's Chef John Folse Encyclopedia of Cajun and Creole Cuisine. LOVE it. So, we did a Soul roast yesterday from a Boston Butt. It was really good. But the kicker, I took the juices and veggies it was cooked with, stuck my hand immersion blender in and blended it all up to make a "gravy". Oh my. I cannot even tell you how good this was and is. It's part of what I had for breakfast. My son is, as I type, scouring the book to look for a compliant meal for us to cook Friday. The pork roast will last us today and for my lunch tomorrow for sure. I'm off Friday and work the weekend and will be on call. So we plan to cook a big something Friday to get me through the weekend. So, we are trying to have fun cooking still but it does take a bit more "research" for the whole family to enjoy. But I think if I'll allow it, it's broadening my range because we are getting creative as evidenced by my "gravy" idea. Which I put over potatoes mashed with ghee. How awesome for you! Definite victory! Exactly how I feel some days. I'm not getting that emotional payoff. I've known for a long time food is too emotionally charged for me. I think it's part of being human, but also a big cultural thing too. I'm trying not to focus on what I can't have but what I can. Got a big sack of crawfish last week and felt great about getting my protein in in such a yummy wonderful way! LOL And at the other times, I really am taking comfort in the fact that I am doing good for myself and ultimately my family as they are eating less of the bad stuff. And I do feel better. Not tiger blood yet, but I think if I ate better (more in the past couple days), I'd possibly be there. This is a serious process. Yes, physical. But the mental and emotional. That's the real work! I did 4 pounds of chicken quarters in the crockpot and I sprinkled salt, pepper and herbs and did some in the oven. Totally yummy and lots of leftovers to grab. Used some for chicken salad. I feel you so much on this. Exactly where you are. But we are getting there and doing the darn thing!
  4. gonegirl

    Starting June 1st - First Whole30

    I have had four of these. I absolutely love them. We are fortunate that there is a shop called "Bra Genie" about an hour from me. They are amazing. I Love Panache. Not cheap but work great and last a long time. Just take care not to machine wash regular cycle. LIne dry. Will last a very long time. And Yes, I need industrial strength. And that they are. I also like that you can connect them in the back for a racer style shirt and it's easy to do without taking off. Keeps them puppies in position! Sorry I've been out of it everyone. Been really, really busy with working more days than I'm used to. Pulled a couple frames of honey yesterday, and ya'll would be so proud. Not one lick. One of my sons said next frame we pull he's saving it for me for when I can have it again LOL. Told him that was sweet. But I don't think even I could do 6-8 pints of honey! We have two more bee hives coming tomorrow. I hope. They guy keeps rescheduling. Cleaning house like a whirling dervish tomorrow before my husband gets home. He's been gone three weeks. Cannot wait to see him. Want the house to be clean so he actually likes walking through the door. And all my cleaning products arrived today. Good timing. (Melaleuca). Loving my bento box. It's perfect size for lunch and helps keep me focused on how to fill it and somewhat creative so keeps me from getting bored. Down side, I had gotten off work, so I stopped by the grocery store where I found an in-house cooked meat at the deli section with no added sugar, or any artificial ingredients. Was super excited to find that. But while getting my deli order, I looked up and I couldn't see half of the guys face. Uh-oh. Aura before a migraine. Crap. Have an hour to drive home. This is going to be interesting since I can't see half of the left side of anything. And that has little zig-zag flashy lights around the edges of that. Took a migraine tablet which is a bit of a risk since I know it's going to kick in before I get home and I can either get caffeine jittery or sleepy. Sleepy it was. Made it home. No wrecks. Even with screwed up depth perception and blinding pain. Pain slightly better. Still made a nice compliant supper and had quality time with the kidlets. Have to say, I have had some of those thoughts about well, I've done this well, maybe I've kicked the craving and can have something now and blow off the rest of the plan. But that's my cravings talking! This was day 14 for me and it's over! Katrine, so glad your kitty came home!
  5. gonegirl

    Starting June 1st - First Whole30

    The caramelize onion comment totally just cemented what I'm having for supper tonight. Was going to be leftovers. But I want liver and onions cooked in a cast iron skillet! OMG, thank you! Totally having that and should have some left for tomorrow. I "baked" sweet potatoes last night too. Took one to work. Didn't eat it until on my way home. Was quite hungry and getting all my veggies in is a challenge. So, I broke open the spud, and squeezed out the insides as I ate it. Kept me satisfied on my drive home. Got in some veggies and now, I'll have dinner.
  6. gonegirl

    Starting June 1st - First Whole30

    Welcome aboard!
  7. gonegirl

    Starting June 1st - First Whole30

    So far so good today. Frittata for breakfast. Lots of veggies with it. Added fat in my coffee that I drank AFTER my breakfast. Have had plenty of water so far. Just had lunch of roast beef with cauliflower rice. A few blueberries and walnuts for my fat. I'm actually feeling more energetic than I have in a while. This is my day 10. Hope everyone is doing well. Work better today. Less physically intense. Less pain at present!
  8. gonegirl

    Starting June 1st - First Whole30

    Exactly why they're white. And Lordy are they hot. I only wear the veil (hood or head protection. But I have to wear jeans, boots, long sleeved shirt and leather gloves. I have a very large local reaction that will last two weeks from one sting. So, I typically suit up more than other people who routinely work bees. Now as to why they're following you in yellow? That's honeybees anyway. I don't know about wasps and other types of bees. LOL Also, perfume attracts them like crazy! Maybe if you were wearing perfume and yellow, they thought you were a flower? I could seriously be Winnie the Pooh! Love honey. Well, fresh honey. It's got a different taste. So funny that when we first tasted our own honey it had such an herbal quality to it. My husband said it tasted almost minty. Well, we got tons of herbs including mint growing all around here! It's funny because I was trying not to even try on clothes for comparison. Now I'm wearing scrubs during the work week. And let's face it, they tell you nothing! But, it was a happy to put those jeans on and not struggle! Breakfast was veggie filled omelet and am still sipping on my coffee with ghee and a bit of coconut oil emulsion. Lunch will be tuna salad with homemade mayo. Using veggies to "dip" the tuna salad. Slices of squash and cucumber and carrot and maybe a piece of fruit. Supper - undecided. Have lots of leftovers. Probably cauliflower rice, beef roast and veggies with some sort of fruit. I did a lot of soul searching on the fruit. I really don't feel it's a sugar dragon problem. One night it was it the wrong place at the right time when I was withdrawing from processed stuff. But now, I just see it as a really refreshing food. Yes, it's sweet and yummy. But I don't think it's problematic. And to let it go to waste when it's so fresh would be a lot like throwing fresh veggies on the ground to watch them rot. Wasteful and a shame when it's so delicious and nutritious. And I've been nowhere near the limit on fruit in a day. So, for now, I'm keeping them in I think.
  9. gonegirl

    Starting June 1st - First Whole30

    NSV! Have a very old pair of jeans that before my thyroid surgery I almost threw out because they were falling off of me. Literally walking through the house and they'd start sliding off. Well after surgery and until today, they had gotten so uncomfortably tight that I wasn't wanting to put them on. I usually wear them once a week as they are my lightest In color jeans which is important when checking the bees (dark colors mimic predators and they more readily sting). They are actually very comfortable and actually baggy in the rear end. An no longer sporting a muffin top when wearing them. WOW!
  10. gonegirl

    Starting June 1st - First Whole30

    Yes. I love honey. I love the bees. They are really fascinating creatures. We have two more hives coming this weekend. The no honey is hard. Especially since we do foundationless frames and get cut comb honey out of it. But, it's for a reason and it's not forever. What I'm telling myself. I know fruits are a very small portion of what we should eat so that we aren't feeding the sugar dragon. It's more about convenience for some of this. I still had food yesterday, but the frozen lunch bag had long since thawed and I checked the food. Very warm. Couldn't eat it. I had downloaded the template but didn't take it with me on the road! LOL
  11. gonegirl

    Starting June 1st - First Whole30

    Tytbodyin30 thank you. I am absolutely going to stay strong! I need to do this for me. To break those addictions and find what foods might be harming me. And I plan to eat much better from here on out. Meaning beyond whole30! I too, am interested in knowing how much fruit is too much. For instance, an apple held me over until I could get home yesterday. It doesn't spoil in the car from heat. That's a big one for me. We are in the mid 90's here. I am working in hospice. I will be in my car for hours at a time. Not to mention when I'm on call and have to go out, having foods I can grab and take with me to leave in a hot car (even at night it's pretty hot). I don't want to overdo it and feed the sugar dragon at all. But I do find it convenient for a holdover along with some nuts. If I could find a jerky that doesn't have all the added stuff and is reasonable in price, I could at least have protein available. So, grabbing an apple or a banana I'm wondering if that's okay and if so, how often. And of course, we have and love our blueberries! Literally eat a very small portion (less than a dozen) for a serving for me, but I'd hate to give those up. Nothing like picking them and eating them right off the bush still warm from the sun. Did have the thought that I should roast several sweet potatoes and have them in the fridge to grab and eat for a good veggie snack. That might be a good option. Feeling much better and rested today. Meds helped tremendously and I slept fairly pain free with only a couple of times waking and moving due to discomfort. And I got to sleep in since no work today. Now to take care of critters. And we need to check the bees and do hive inspections today. Getting started before it gets too hot! Hope everyone has a great Whole30 day!
  12. gonegirl

    Starting June 1st - First Whole30

    I have been sleeping horribly! So increibly tired. Get in bed and doze right off, but then am up and down all night long. really poor quality sleep. Hope that gets better soon. I always struggle with breakfast. Have been brewing coffee right after my morning shower. While it's brewing I'll eat SOMETHING. It may not be a template meal, but I feel getting some protein in fat in is a good thing for me. Then I sip my coffee (very slowly!) until midmorning. Usually, I'll feel more human and try to get my veggies then for a snack. It's a real struggle for me. Always has been. Just keep plugging away. And I do find sometimes I like eggs or traditional breakfast foods. Sometimes I eat supper type foods. Work the past two days have been truly exhausting for me. I was injured pretty good (bad) end of March. Slowly recovering. But having been out of work and unable to be as physically active as I usually a, I am woefully in need of increased stamina. Hurting quite a bit and have been trying really hard not to take medications. But tonight, it just has to happen. At least I'm not working tomorrow. Hoping Thursday is better in that regard. On the food front I've been doing pretty good. I don't think I ate enough earlier today. My awesome little bento box came in and I had it appropriately packed out. But didn't have time to eat most of it. Then immediately after work, had to go to several stores before heading back home to the boonies. And Oh, My! I wanted to go off plan so bad. I was hungry, tired and hurting. But my food had been too long in a hot car to eat by now. Had to go to Sam's Club and near the bakery area. Whew. I got what I needed, which included a bag of apples. Not ideal, but ate some apple on the way home. And God love them, my boys had gone to the garden and picked cucumbers and squash. Sooo... I sliced the cucumber and ate it right away. That helped enough that I sliced and cooked some onions, threw in several sliced squash and a whole bunch of mushrooms into a cast iron skillet. Leftover roast beef heated up. I made sure it was to template including the cucumber. Very satisfied. We all munched on some freshly picked blueberries for dessert. I'm quite satisfied and feel my intake is adequate though not ideal for the day. Felt spunky enough to whip up some more mayonnaise. Then I caved, took the pain meds and hope I can sleep better with some pain relief. We've got one week done! We can totally do this! Hope everyone is hanging in Tytbodyn30 - so glad you decided to stay. Would miss your posts!
  13. gonegirl

    Starting June 1st - First Whole30

    Thank you so much for this! New experiments ahead! Good night everyone. Will try to sleep so I can be somewhat refreshed for the new job. Woot!
  14. gonegirl

    Starting June 1st - First Whole30

    BTW, hello to all the new peeps! Haven't been here much the past two days. Despite some rain here and there today, we did hit the beach as it is my last day before I start my new job in the morning. Packed a lunch. Did well. The biggest problem I am having is it has suddenly become difficult to get protein down. I love meat. Any and all. But I am really having a hard time even with a large variety of getting it in. No matter how yummy, it's just unappealing. So, I have decided I am trying more protein "salads" such as tuna and egg salad. Gets my fats and proteins in. Not quite as difficult mentally somehow? And I'm using celery sticks to eat it tomorrow. Hope this helps get all my foods in a bit better/easier. This is actually my day 6 as I started for real on May 31. I am really just not that hungry. May be contributing to my having difficulty with the protein. It's so dang heavy. Welcome any suggestions!
  15. gonegirl

    Starting June 1st - First Whole30

    Thank you, but I can't take credit. I read it somewhere online too. Works great! I went and snipped a big old handful of dill and shoved it down in one of the mason jars. I did divide it up and put it in four spots in there. Can't wait to see how that works. Hmmm. I struggle with this one. I had a bariatric surgery a few years ago. Physically can't hold that much food I don't think. My lunch tomorrow is packed in the fridge. I put 1/2 cup of tuna salad with chopped eggs in it and celery in addition to the fats. 2 cups of celery and carrot sticks. 2 ounces of fresh pineapple and blueberries I picked from our bushes. I likely will not finish it all. I like this. Hate to see you leave here. You started with all of us! You can totally add 4 days and don't beat yourself up! A whole lot less overwhelming. This!