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    Staggolee41 reacted to ElizabethG in Alamo Drafthouse experience?   
    Hi @Staggolee41, this is a tougher menu to figure out, but I do think your best bet is the steak salad. Instead of asking how it's already made, call ahead and ask if they will allow you to place your order ahead of time, and order the steak salad with the steak cooked with just salt and pepper, and remove the cheese from the salad. To make things better, I would suggest bringing your own delicious salad dressing from home, which in my opinion is what makes or breaks a salad anyways. Remember, meals dont need to be complicated. I salt and peppered steak with a very simply mixed green salad with dressing/mayo works! Even if you just ask for the lettuce, tomato, and cucumber. I've actually found that many restaurants are willing willing to make extra special requests happen as long as you give them a few days notice of exactly what you want. 
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    Staggolee41 reacted to w30virgo in W30Virgo Round 2 January 2019   
    Yesterday, the only Whole 30 meal I had was dinner. 
    Roasted split chicken breasts on a bed of sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes were tossed in olive oil, and everything was seasoned with salt, pepper, and Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute (love this stuff). I love roasting chicken this way, on top of chopped vegetables - you have an easy side dish and the vegetables soak in all of the chicken juices while they cook - delicious! This was served with charred broccoli. I used some garlic oil that I had saved in the fridge from another recipe to cook it in a cast iron skillet, seasoned with garlic, pepper, and salt. I wanted to use crushed red pepper flakes, but we were all out. Added them to the grocery list for the weekend. I'll have to make a stop at Penzey's in the Strip District to stock up on spices. I also need white pepper for the curry I'm planning to make Sunday. 
    Honestly, just gearing up for my Whole 30 has me in higher spirits. I suffer from seasonal affective disorder in the winter, and I've been operating in kind of a fog since before the holidays. Yesterday, I felt more clear and energized. I was productive at work, I did some long overdue house cleaning, and I had no problem declining to eat the pizza my boyfriend's brother ordered to our apartment while they watched the college football championship last night. I was satisfied, but not overstuffed, from our dinner, and was happy to enjoy a mug of peppermint tea before bed. I know that these kinds of days can be fleeting in winter, but I'm hopeful that I'll be able to have more of them during my Whole30 and beyond!
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    Staggolee41 reacted to ladyshanny in Not doing this for the right reasons--history of eating disorders   
    Honestly I don't think anyone here can answer that for you. If you feel that the Whole30 is a detriment to your health then you should absolutely stop and seek out some kind of assistance if needed. If you think you can "right the ship" along the way, then continue on. We can't answer that for you, unfortunately, it's too personal a decision and only you know you.
    If you do decide to stop, please reframe the decision as one of self-care and compassion rather than guilt and anxiety over "quitting". If you make the decision that you are better served by stepping away from this program for as long as you need, then that is the right answer for you. We have no judgement here and a 30 day voluntary elimination plan shouldn't be increasing guilt or anxiety. Remember, there are no awards or ribbons at the end.  More importantly, wherever you go, there you are, right? So making the right decision for yourself is the right one no matter which way you choose to go. 
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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from Uni_corndog0625 in Legit general question re Whole30   
     
    Just to reinforce all of the good things being said - I too am a foodie and struggled with the idea of eliminating things I didn't think irritated my body. But... I found out that these things did have an impact on my overall health, and through reintroductions, I have learned that there is a breaking point for my body. I can still have the things I love, but I have to trim it back to a specific amount. Not having things considered healthy like black beans or nonfat Greek yogurt also forced me to make better choices with veggies (completely filling my plate with them).
     
    I never would have 1) known that my body has a breaking point 2) seen so many NSVs 3) learned the importance of veggies 4) changed my perspective on food if I hadn't done a full Whole30. It's not forever, but it is very helpful.
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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from Heather4jesus in Reintroducing sugar?   
     
    I'm on Day 30 and anticipating not feeling any reactions to most of the eliminated foods during reintroductions (though I'm still doing it, in case something catches me by surprise) based on my Whole30 experiences. The biggest change has been around sugar, of which I ate mountains before in order to "handle" (very poorly) mental/emotional defects. Not having it has improved my mental state, and because it took some work, I'm afraid to reintroduce any kind of sugar, though I know I'll have to at some point. I completely agree with your assessment of that feeling "left out" - I've been thinking the same things myself as I plan my reintroductions.
     
    I also wanted to add that for those to whom the side effects didn't seem to happen during reintroductions, it may not be the item that's the problem, but rather the amount  you were eating before. I know my diet has changed significantly in the last month from being heavy on grains/processed carbs/sugar to being very heavy on vegetables, and though I plan to keep it heavy on vegetables, I'm looking forward to being able to sprinkle banned things into my meal plan (provided I do not react poorly to them).
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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from angledge in Can't Stop Eating Sugar   
    So... a few things. I'm excited for you - that you made this choice and are sticking with it is impressive, and for every minute you don't give into the sugar dragon, you should be proud of yourself. I'll put the other things in bulleted form so that they're a little easier to digest. Little bit of background on me to give you perspective on my advice - I have been in a long-term habit of eating emotionally - ie, eating to make myself feel better, and sugar was my favorite drug - and I've successfully made it through 11 days (going on 12) without my favorite crutches and without losing my mind.
    Guilt/shame/remorse - Stop. It. I've yo-yoed before too, and my family doesn't let me forget it, but what's important is that you are making the right choices now. It's really easy to be ashamed of being fat in our society, but that does literally nothing for everyone involved. These thoughts get in the way of you loving yourself, and that's just straight-up unacceptable. Meditate - Meditation apps like Calm help clear and reset your mind. If you make a habit of using them, it will lead to you having more control over your thoughts in general, which will help with fighting the cravings. Why - Why are you doing this? This sure as heck isn't a plan you do by accident. It requires intention. Make a list of reasons for yourself, and bring yourself back to it when the cravings are getting stronger. Cravings - I would say the craving voices start off sounding reasonable, almost like, "Aw, c'mon, we're friends, aren't we?" They start to sound kind of whiny, like 5-year-old in the grocery store line who really wants candy, and finally start sounding absolutely crazy and become easier to ignore. Now, the voices are like the crazy sandwich board religious zealots who stand in the subway stations screaming about the impending end of the world - I tune them out pretty easily, and when I do actually hear them, my reaction's like, "Say what? You cray-cray. I'm going to go back to my book." IT GETS EASIER. Stick with it, girl! Change associations - Is there a particular way you'd normally respond to cravings, pre-Whole30? Make a point of consciously doing something healthy and different. Break the association in your mind. Go for a walk, read a few pages of a book, stretch, talk to a friend. This isn't easy, but it's definitely not the most difficult thing you've done/will ever do. Every time you say no, you put another brick in the wall between yourself and your addiction. If I can help in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out.
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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from Eliciadow in Starbucks Teas - Is "Infused" Compliant?   
    Former Starbucks employee here - be really careful with the new teas. Many - iced AND hot - are not compliant. Order a brewed coffee, standard iced coffee (request 'No Classic'), americano, or espresso. All of these are some form of just beans and water. Teas... ask to see an ingredient list.
     
    Brewed coffee - available in 8-12-16-20oz sizes - blonde roast (rotating flavors) has more caffeine; Pike Place is very medium bodied and even from a flavor perspective; dark roast (also rotating) tends to be very bold and flavorful, much darker than others (especially Italian, French, and Espresso roasts - if you're a newbie to black coffee, you might want to avoid these).
     
    Iced coffee - available in 12-16-24-30oz sizes - you must ask to have the drink without Classic, and even then, I'd give it a smell before drinking it to make sure it wasn't added by mistake; also note that some of the substitute milks, like almond and coconut milk, will not be cold-drink-friendly; I've seen them produce chunks in iced coffees, which aren't so easy to drink through a straw . This is my favorite drink, though it can be a little tart; this would be easier/more approachable for many of you than hot black coffee.
     
    Clover brew - This is a type of coffee that is brewed by the cup. You can order it hot or iced, with sizes and coffee types available dependent on location. It's like the two above, but it's a MUCH smoother cup of coffee, and will make the other stuff taste like dirt. It's also more expensive but it's a nice treat if you're a coffee aficionado. If you see Kona available, just order it iced, don't ask questions. It's heavenly.
     
    Americano - available both hot (8-12-16-20oz sizes) and iced (12-16-24oz sizes) and is simply just espresso shots, water, and ice (if you ordered it iced). Shot distribution is 1-2-3-4 in hot sizes and 2-3-4 in iced sizes (so a venti americano has four shots).This does not automatically come with added sugar or milk. This tastes like a smoother cup of coffee - less variation in the flavor.
     
    Espresso - simply just espresso shots - you can order a solo, doppio (sounds like "dopey-oh"), triple, or quad; you can get them hot or over ice; it's basically a tiny, super-strong cup of coffee. You can also get as many shots as you want (I've watched people consume 10 at a time), but beware... these babies are 75mg of caffeine each. If you have more than four, and you're not used to it, you might experience side effects like the head-spinning seen in The Exorcist.
     
    If you're a tea drinker at home, like me, these teas are mostly compliant, pretty delicious, and available in most local grocery stores I've seen (though you will need to read the label on these, as with anything else during your Whole30): http://www.republicoftea.com/(Ginger Peach Green Tea is my favorite)
     
    Just as a note: I know the menu can be a little intimidating at Starbucks, and no one wants to be the one at the register asking lots of questions with a huge line behind them. I'd be more than happy to answer any questions you have about these, other drinks, Starbucks in general, how to talk to the barista, etc. My six-year stint with Starbucks covered everything from barista to store manager.
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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from Kenziejf in Non-Food Rewards?   
    Agreed that this is a habit that should be dismissed. Here are some non-food rewards I've used or heard of others using lately:
     
    New pair of jeans New fitness wristband and/or smart scale Bouquet of flowers (doesn't have to be fancy or expensive) Pop into a used bookstore for a few books Massage Haircut The second bullet is the one I did for myself, and I'm loving it so far, though it has to be specific for you.
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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from NatalieCatalie_ in First Whole30 Down!   
     
    Absolutely, Monica! I'll try to explain it to the best of my ability.
     
    Background: I've been struggling with clinical depression (not associated to a particular event) since roughly age 7 (now 30). When I was that age, I didn't really know how to deal with what I was feeling, so I wrote in my journal (this was the 90s, so it was covered in hearts and flowers and had a little lock on it) and ate. And ate. I went from being a slender 2nd grader to a plump 3rd grader. I'm not sure if my parents noticed when an entire box of Gushers would go missing, but I learned to hide it better, sometimes just mixing EVEN MORE sugar into a handful of maple syrup. As I grew older, and became very ashamed of my weight, I dieted and exercised with mixed results, but I always ended up drowning my sorrows in a pint of Ben & Jerry's, an entire bag of chips, or an entire blueberry pie.
     
    Sugar (processed sugar, complex carbohydrates) was my crutch. Whenever I felt bad, I'd just push it away into the back of my mind until I could stop at a gas station on the way home and buy ice cream/chips/candy/whatever. Then, Whole30... no more processed sugar. No more chips, ice cream, candy. My food crutch was gone, and I couldn't even substitute alcohol. I was forced to face my depression, really look it in the eye, for the first time in 23 years. Now, rather than pushing negative feelings to the back of my mind so that they can be satiated with sugar later, I look at the feeling and examine why I'm feeling that way and what I can do to fix it. Here are some things I ask myself:
     
    What exactly am I feeling? What happened to make me feel this way? Did my ego take a hit in some way? What can I do to repair that without insulting others? Is a perceived shortcoming of my own involved? Is that shortcoming real? Can I do something about it? Does worrying or feeling bad about it actually help the situation? Who else is involved? What can I respectfully say to someone else involved to help resolve the situation? Do I need space? Would a hug help? How about a walk, or some music? What is the solution? What time/day will I implement the solution, if not right away? What resources will I need to implement the solution? This is just a quick list off the top of my head. Not everything here will apply to every situation, but being in the habit of tackling things in the moment helps SO MUCH, and I don't feel compelled to eat. Formulating a plan with specifics reduces anxiety in a big way.
     
    I hope this helps. Please let me know if you need more!
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    Staggolee41 reacted to Pippin1 in Life After Whole30   
    Staggolee I've just caught up with your posts.  My notifications had turned off so missed the activity.  I really like the stair attack.  It sounds like your job is a white knuckle ride so that stair therapy must be pretty crucial right now.  Professor Dukan's advice was to act as if elevators and escalators had never been invented and we would be a healthier race.  My brother is sharing your de-stress with stairs approach.  He works in a high powered job in London and started walking up to the 9th floor everday.  From Mr Blobby to Captain America with no pain. 
    I'm sorry to hear your job is such a pain.  I can only say it's inspiring to know you're reintroducing even FWNBs and not going off the rails.  I don't know if I have your resolve, as even if there are minimal amounts in the house, I've been known to hop straight in the car to go and source my food crack.  I've had a heavy fruitoholic episode from yesterday evening.  3 meals have gone out of the window and wild woman had her head in the fridge again.  All compliant but don't know if I've blown the whole30 rules by overeating.  I just hate doing that, but thank goodness nothing off plan.  I think I was getting despondent about trousers still not giving any leeway even after 44 days.  I think I have to accept a couple of weeks with no FODMAPs as still sometimes get a biting pain in my stomach.
    So how's the single life going?  I agree I need people in my life.  Every time I get away from solitary confinement and actually connect with humans it really feeds the soul.  I have a semi-detached partner I see at weekends but I remember days when it was a lot of my own company.  Now I wonder if you'll meet some compatible companions on the stairs one day.  Maybe when as you get fitter you might just go past your own office and head up another flight you could meet all kinds of interesting people
    Go Staggolee staying away from the homemade brownies.  How I wish I had your resolve, as my excessive plums and peaches settle into my stomach for a nice round of bloating.  I must go an switch on the Olympics for a bit more inspiration.  Great reminder about reading.  I'd forgotten I'd ordered a new book on Kindle.  Reading's been my escape since I was 6.  
    I hope your next working week is gentle on you.  Stay brave.
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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from Tina Marie in Life After Whole30   
    Feeling physically good after thinking through why I'd been taking the elevator instead of the stairs at work. I work on the third floor, and each set of stairs between floors is really about two normal flights' worth of stairs. I feel a little guilty every time I take the elevator, and I finally asked myself why I was doing it at all - I have legs. They work. I always took the stairs when I worked on the second floor. What's preventing me from going another floor? Being out of breath when I get to the top?
    I remembered a phrase I'd started telling myself at a women's conference last year - 'Doing what you can leads to doing what you can't.' I *can* go up the stairs. If I do that, maybe - a little at a time - I'll eventually move some of my fitness goals from the 'can't' column into the 'can' column. I've taken the stairs every time I needed to go up or down today, and I'm actually feeling really energized. ANNND I hit my step goal hours ago for the first time in like a week.
    Doing what you can leads to doing what you can't.
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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from Tina Marie in Life After Whole30   
    The cravings are once again super-strong, as they have been since I switched back to my old job. I'm learning that I am not thriving in this high-stress, high-volume environment... at all. It's hard for me to just leave, though, because the ideal environment - in which I did my Whole30 - is just across the hall. I did a fantastic job of proving I was right for the role, but due to tenure requirements, I can't move there for another six months. Depressed, stressed, anxious... all of these things are me. Again. Due to the high volume, I can't stop and run through my questions every time someone screams at me (side note - be nice to your technical support people). I go home feeling like I failed and feeling very anxious and depressed over it, though I'm told I am performing well.
    Despite the nasty feelings and loud cravings, I haven't eaten one of the homemade brownies I made and brought for the team, and I'm eating my compliant M2 (leftover spaghetti squash, ground beef, and marinara sauce). The answer is to get out of this job, NOW, but that isn't a good long-term answer for the reason listed above. I just feel like I'm losing ground every day after making so much progress, and I don't know how to cope when I'm not given time to do so.
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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from Tina Marie in Life After Whole30   
    This week's shopping was a bit of a challenge. I'm very low on funds (darn you, surprise car expenses), so there's a lot of batching and repetition, but it's a Whole30 week, and I did it for fairly cheaply. So I'm proud of myself!  Noncompliant wouldn't have been much cheaper, and without meal planning, I probably would have splurged on a sandwich for lunch, only to eat a 20-cent packet of ramen for dinner. Gross.
    All told, my bill was $53.18. Here's what I got:
    18 eggs (compromised here and got less fancy eggs) Aidell's chicken apple sausage (splurge item - at $4.98, they're a luxury and almost didn't make it into the cart, but they were a clutch backup last week when some meals were short on flavor/variety and protein) 7 medium tomatoes on the vine 8-lb bag of potatoes 2 medium spaghetti squashes 2 lbs extra-lean ground beef 2 jars of compliant marinara sauce 1 bag of compliant frozen chicken portions 1 bag of baby spinach I could have been even more selective and done it for cheaper, but I know these ingredients will help me make a week's worth of satisfying meals. Back when I had plenty of cash in my wallet, I stocked up on basics I knew I'd need every week no matter what that also happen to have a long shelf life or faraway expiration date. In addition to what's below, I have a few portions of frozen salmon. Here's that list:
    Olive oil Butter (for making clarified butter) Sea salt Spices Kalamata olives Frozen, steamable bags of veggies (broccoli, cauliflower) Cans of fish Compliant mayo, relish Parchment paper Here's what I'll be making with all of this:
    6x M1: eggs, spinach, tomatoes, chicken apple sausage 4x M2/3: roasted spaghetti squash, ground beef w/ Italian spices, marinara sauce 9x M1/2/3: chicken, potatoes 1x M2/3: tuna salad w/ veggies from freezer 1x M2/3: salmon w/veggies from freezer Definitely more than enough to get me through to payday this Friday without having to dip into emergency funds, and the truth is, I could make it to Friday dinner without pulling any backup food from the pantry or freezer and just using available cooking fats and salt, which I could have purchased (if needed) if I hadn't splurged on the sausage. I also could have picked a cheaper vegetable to eat with my ground beef and marinara, and probably could have saved $1-2 by making the sauce myself, but this is a meal I really enjoy as-is and found my satisfaction with the meal was significantly curtailed by the time it took to make the sauce.
    Whole30 for under $55. I bet most of my non-W30 friends will spend a lot more than that on food for themselves. Feeling like a W30 winner today. 
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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from PlumeriaBeth in Life After Whole30   
    Well... I made the choice to eat a cookie because 1) a coworker made them and was offering them 2) I thought to myself, "it's only one, and I wasn't having any cravings for off-plan stuff, so I'm not responding to a craving" and then found that as soon as I ate one, I wanted the whole batch. Sigh.
     
    So I walked myself through the questions I wrote out to help myself deal with anxiety and depression and realized that I wanted the cookies because I was overwhelmed coming back to my old department - the volume of work here is much higher and more stressful. Once I answered my set of questions, I felt better and didn't want a cookie anymore.
     
    Funny how that works!
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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from Tina Marie in Life After Whole30   
    Holy cow! Talk about learning more about your body! I understand now why my doctor said I should never weigh 120lbs.
    I ordered a Garmin Index smart scale and matching heart rate monitoring wristband as a reward for successfully completing my Whole30. Doing a W30 convinced me that I needed to look beyond weight to understand my health and my body's needs. Specifically, I wanted to improve my resting heart rate, lower my body fat percentage, increase my water percentage, and see the cool things it shows, like bone density and skeletal muscle mass. It was backordered, but the scale arrived today.
    If I maintain muscle mass while losing weight - and I have not been weight-lifting up to this point since a year ago - my body's skeletal muscle mass will be fully half of my weight. Normal is 25-30% for women my age. Even grossly overweight, with extremely high body fat percentage, I'm still in the "high" range. So... Protein... It's extremely important. Now I get why I've needed to up my protein since starting W30.
    The obvious conclusion is: I'M BATMAN.
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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from PlumeriaBeth in Life After Whole30   
    Yesterday was a very hard day, and I'm really feeling it today (exhausted!). On top of the cookie cravings I wrote about in another thread, I went for my first workout since before starting Whole30, and my boyfriend needed my help in such a way that cut significantly into my cooking, cleaning, and sleep routine.
     
    The cookie cravings... seriously, these were not messing around. My brain continued to sense phantom cookie aromas well into the night, so I know I was right to kick that craving to the curb, despite everyone around telling me that just having one cookie was okay. I passed multiple froyo shops on the way to/coming home from my boyfriend's house, and I wanted so badly to stop and get some froyo, which is a favorite summertime treat for me. But I didn't. And I didn't have any sugar when I got home, either. I'm coming to realize that I will always be dealing with sugar demons, which is easier than dealing with the consequences that come from giving into the cravings (weight gain, mood in a constant state of flux, afternoon sugar crash, etc), but still difficult nonetheless. I wish I'd been raised on healthier food. It kinda makes me want to raise my future children with no processed sugar until well into their childhoods. This "food is a reward" idea that is so ingrained in our society is frustrating... food is FUEL. While you should enjoy your meals, they should not be rewards. Your body needs the fuel, and once you associate eating with a reward, you lose that fuel perspective.
     
    Sleep.. I've gotten into the habit of finishing cooking, cleaning up the dishes and kitchen, making myself a cup of tea, and then spending at least 30 minutes reading with no electronics ahead of going to sleep. With helping my boyfriend run around last night getting replacement car parts, I barely had time to do the planned cooking I needed to do to have food today, let alone do any cleaning. Once I finished cooking, I was so exhausted that I just went straight to bed, which was a mistake - I slept fitfully for the first time in a while. Turns out I need that 30 minutes of tea and reading.
     
    First workout... I hadn't planned pre-WO or post-WO meals because eating right before a workout has always made me feel ill before, and I had planned to come straight home and eat dinner. Mistake. I could barely finish a mile, and my mile time was horrible. I crashed on the fitness room floor and did 100 crunches before giving up. I also felt wildly unmotivated, despite the moral support of a friend from work. My body feels totally trashed today. A very good - and very fit! - friend suggested that I find a fitness program to follow, as that will help me be motivated and focused when I work out. I've heard Men's Health has some good ones, so I'll be checking that out (she has also offered to help me build a custom one). I do have the components I need to make pre- and post-WO meals to have ready, so that's on my to-do list for the next few days.
     
    About Reintroductions
    Dairy - As long as it's a small amount, I don't have a noticeable reaction, so I will be adding limited amounts of cheese to dishes that make sense with it, and we'll see how it goes with other types of dairy (I used to be a daily eater of nonfat Greek yogurt) Gluten - Whew, all the gas... still trying to figure this one out... it almost made me feel sick on top of the gas (think flu-like symptoms), but I probably had too much gluten all at once... going to try a small amount next Wine - Needs to be restricted to one normal-sized glass (no noticeable side effects from one glass; one large glass = noticeable side effects) Beer - Instant headache That's what I have so far, though I think some rice bran oil may have been a stowaway in one of the dishes I ate when I was out, after I felt terrible and then did some detailed research. Not sure what else would have caused that feeling, though it could have been continuing effects of the gluten. I've been very surprised by how my taste buds have changed. Prior to Whole30, I had never had an omelet that didn't have cheese in it. As far as I was concerned, the cheese made the omelet. Post Whole30, I don't even like cheese with my eggs. Say what?! I also find myself looking at food for sale at places like Starbucks and thinking to myself, 'Where are the veggies? There are no veggies in that! Gross'
     
    Meal planning, reading labels, and avoiding sugar are so much habits now that I haven't stopped doing any of them. No tiger blood right now, though I think that's in part due to not meeting expectations for sleep and water the last few days. I'm looking forward to having a good Whole30 dinner tonight, followed by reading and tea, then hopefully some high-quality sleep. The reintroduction process has been hard on me, so I'm going to try to continue with compliance for a bit longer, then we'll try some other new things.
     
    Thanks for reading! Have a great day!
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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from PlumeriaBeth in Life After Whole30   
    Well... I made the choice to eat a cookie because 1) a coworker made them and was offering them 2) I thought to myself, "it's only one, and I wasn't having any cravings for off-plan stuff, so I'm not responding to a craving" and then found that as soon as I ate one, I wanted the whole batch. Sigh.
     
    So I walked myself through the questions I wrote out to help myself deal with anxiety and depression and realized that I wanted the cookies because I was overwhelmed coming back to my old department - the volume of work here is much higher and more stressful. Once I answered my set of questions, I felt better and didn't want a cookie anymore.
     
    Funny how that works!
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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from PlumeriaBeth in Life After Whole30   
    Yesterday was a very hard day, and I'm really feeling it today (exhausted!). On top of the cookie cravings I wrote about in another thread, I went for my first workout since before starting Whole30, and my boyfriend needed my help in such a way that cut significantly into my cooking, cleaning, and sleep routine.
     
    The cookie cravings... seriously, these were not messing around. My brain continued to sense phantom cookie aromas well into the night, so I know I was right to kick that craving to the curb, despite everyone around telling me that just having one cookie was okay. I passed multiple froyo shops on the way to/coming home from my boyfriend's house, and I wanted so badly to stop and get some froyo, which is a favorite summertime treat for me. But I didn't. And I didn't have any sugar when I got home, either. I'm coming to realize that I will always be dealing with sugar demons, which is easier than dealing with the consequences that come from giving into the cravings (weight gain, mood in a constant state of flux, afternoon sugar crash, etc), but still difficult nonetheless. I wish I'd been raised on healthier food. It kinda makes me want to raise my future children with no processed sugar until well into their childhoods. This "food is a reward" idea that is so ingrained in our society is frustrating... food is FUEL. While you should enjoy your meals, they should not be rewards. Your body needs the fuel, and once you associate eating with a reward, you lose that fuel perspective.
     
    Sleep.. I've gotten into the habit of finishing cooking, cleaning up the dishes and kitchen, making myself a cup of tea, and then spending at least 30 minutes reading with no electronics ahead of going to sleep. With helping my boyfriend run around last night getting replacement car parts, I barely had time to do the planned cooking I needed to do to have food today, let alone do any cleaning. Once I finished cooking, I was so exhausted that I just went straight to bed, which was a mistake - I slept fitfully for the first time in a while. Turns out I need that 30 minutes of tea and reading.
     
    First workout... I hadn't planned pre-WO or post-WO meals because eating right before a workout has always made me feel ill before, and I had planned to come straight home and eat dinner. Mistake. I could barely finish a mile, and my mile time was horrible. I crashed on the fitness room floor and did 100 crunches before giving up. I also felt wildly unmotivated, despite the moral support of a friend from work. My body feels totally trashed today. A very good - and very fit! - friend suggested that I find a fitness program to follow, as that will help me be motivated and focused when I work out. I've heard Men's Health has some good ones, so I'll be checking that out (she has also offered to help me build a custom one). I do have the components I need to make pre- and post-WO meals to have ready, so that's on my to-do list for the next few days.
     
    About Reintroductions
    Dairy - As long as it's a small amount, I don't have a noticeable reaction, so I will be adding limited amounts of cheese to dishes that make sense with it, and we'll see how it goes with other types of dairy (I used to be a daily eater of nonfat Greek yogurt) Gluten - Whew, all the gas... still trying to figure this one out... it almost made me feel sick on top of the gas (think flu-like symptoms), but I probably had too much gluten all at once... going to try a small amount next Wine - Needs to be restricted to one normal-sized glass (no noticeable side effects from one glass; one large glass = noticeable side effects) Beer - Instant headache That's what I have so far, though I think some rice bran oil may have been a stowaway in one of the dishes I ate when I was out, after I felt terrible and then did some detailed research. Not sure what else would have caused that feeling, though it could have been continuing effects of the gluten. I've been very surprised by how my taste buds have changed. Prior to Whole30, I had never had an omelet that didn't have cheese in it. As far as I was concerned, the cheese made the omelet. Post Whole30, I don't even like cheese with my eggs. Say what?! I also find myself looking at food for sale at places like Starbucks and thinking to myself, 'Where are the veggies? There are no veggies in that! Gross'
     
    Meal planning, reading labels, and avoiding sugar are so much habits now that I haven't stopped doing any of them. No tiger blood right now, though I think that's in part due to not meeting expectations for sleep and water the last few days. I'm looking forward to having a good Whole30 dinner tonight, followed by reading and tea, then hopefully some high-quality sleep. The reintroduction process has been hard on me, so I'm going to try to continue with compliance for a bit longer, then we'll try some other new things.
     
    Thanks for reading! Have a great day!
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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from Angelina G in Realizing bad habits, and kicking them for good   
    Yes! I'm thinking about going back into a Whole30 now, and I finished my first W30 about a month ago. I eat W30 food M-F, weekend mornings, and try to make better choices overall - proud to say I didn't choose the gut-ruining foods I normally would have when a friend wanted to go to an old favorite Mexican restaurant on Saturday night.
    Speaking from the perspective of having had this fear, and now seeing it somewhat realized, I wish I hadn't felt compelled to reintroduce everything. I'm glad I learned those things about my body, though. Even for the two things I have reintroduced that haven't seemed to bother me at all, I don't feel like I need them the way I used to "need" them. Every stressful day called for a glass of wine, and cheese was more of a condiment than a basic ingredient. The things that have made the difference in breaking those bad habits are directly related to the reasons why I was doing them. I had to - still a 'have to' since it's a work in progress - learn how to handle my stress better. I had to learn how to appreciate the flavors of the foods I was eating.
    I'd agree that an extension would be helpful, but also do not feel that you HAVE to reintroduce things, especially as this is round two, and you know what bothers you.
    Also, on an unrelated note, your profile pic is gorgeous.
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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from Pippin1 in Life After Whole30   
    Oh, Pippin, you have no idea how much I needed that. I was wondering if anyone was reading!  Sending you a virtual hug.
    For my reintroductions, I was careful to limit the availability of the things - buying a small amount of it or going to a restaurant that had compliant meals available and asking for the desired ingredient to be added in a small amount to a compliant meal. If it isn't there, you can't eat it. I also promised myself that I would only eat things like ice cream and cake in situations where they made sense - at a party, it's okay to have a small slice of cake post-Whole30, if you want it, and you're not responding to a craving. It probably also helped that I made sure I was satisfied first by compliant foods. I was almost irritated by the fact that gluten stole space in my stomach from veggies, to be honest. That cut down a lot on the potential for binge-eating and cravings. Whole30 did change my thought processes and habits.
    The hand cream helped, I like that tip! I put some on my hands right away. I did feel much better coming back from lunch having spent the hour eating my compliant lunch and reading.
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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Driving me to the nuts!   
    Bear with me, Oralia... I'm going to be a little blunt here, but I know you can take it, fellow Texan! 
     
     
    I've highlighted the statements that indicate these things are a problem. You are addicted to them. You are eating them between meals and right before bed. You are using them as a crutch instead of addressing the real problem - if you are hungry between meals, it means that your meals are missing something, and it's likely salt and fat (as the moderators stated above).
     
    You should NOT be replacing the sugar you're missing from processed foods. If fruit is doing that for you - and it did that for me too - then you need to eliminate it. If you miss salt, no problem - ADD IT TO YOUR MEAL. This will also help with keeping you hydrated, which has an innumerable number of positive side effects.
     
     
    My diet prior to Whole30 was very poor, and I was a big fan of rich foods. You know what? I still am. I can get richness in my food from clarified butter, or a really amazing tomato sauce. Sure, eliminating nuts and fruit was an adjustment at first, but after that short adjustment period, I did not feel like I was limiting myself or that I was lacking anything. Additionally: this is not forever. It's 30 days, and it'll help you hit the reset button for your body and mind. I'm not saying you should never eat nuts or fruit again, but I am saying that it's clear they aren't helping you, when other things would help you so much more. Self-check: if you're fighting eliminating them this much, what does that tell you about your relationship with them?
     
    Ultimately, I am not here to compromise with you. If you say "I'll eat half as much as I did before," I'm not going to shake your hand and tell you that solves the problem. This is your life. We want to help you experience your best life. We've been there, and we are making suggestions. I commented on this thread because the moderators are really trying to help you, and the point is getting missed. If you want food freedom, you'll consider eliminating these foods for 30 days and addressing the addictive behavior.
     
    NSV = non-scale victory
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    Staggolee41 reacted to MrsZimm13 in Aug 15 - Whole 30 start date - anyone else?   
    I started my second W30 today- I'll be reading your successes and wish you all the best.
    Day 30 will come sooner than ou think and you'll have a list on NSVs to report 
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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from Rhiannon_79 in First Whole30 Down!   
    Day 31 - It's over! Wow... I didn't think I'd make it, but I did!

     

    Typing this as I eat my usual omelet, but with feta  . Interesting... while I'm excited to have the cheese, now that I'm eating the thing I've eaten for breakfast most of the last 30 days, I don't feel like the feta is really necessary. The first several days I was eating this for breakfast, all I could think about was how it needed cheese.

     

    Posting this in Success Stories because I really hope this inspires some of you! Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help in any way.

     

    So... recap. I'm copying this from my "home" thread, where I had borrowed Kate's format. Starting with the things I wish I had done better:

     

    Eaten out less. I got lazy some nights or on weekends mostly and ended up eating my "safe" meal at Chipotle. I still ate food I cooked most of the time, but I wish I'd been more prepared for that to happen.
    Paid attention more to my eating. I still tend to multitask - as I'm doing now - and don't even leave my desk for lunch. Since I'm in a support role, that means lots of distractions while I'm eating. I intend to start leaving my desk to eat more often.
    Slept more. Though I'm getting more sleep than I was before, I'm still short of the ideal amount, and I feel it.
    Drank more water. I definitely increased my intake, but this is still a work in progress. The days I hit my water goal, I felt great. I have to make a conscious effort to stop and drink some water more regularly, especially while I'm working.
    Given myself more time for prep at the beginning. I was very miserable at the beginning, in part because prep took so much longer than I thought it would, so I lost sleep over it.
    For the benefit of those reading this who haven't finished (or maybe even started) yet... things that really helped me:

    The forums! I was part of a really fantastic thread - read there for more tips (Strength in Numbers) - and everyone's encouragement and advice helped me make my way through the 30 days. I also loved reading some of the moderators' posts and encouraging others.
    Clarified butter.
    I wrote down my NSVs as they happened.
    I told everyone I know about the plan and how excited I was about it.
    I marked my work calendar with the days in permanent marker.
    I acknowledged my struggles as they happened, documented them in the thread, and talked my way through them.
    I tossed my (cheap, $5) scale and everything I couldn't eat.
    I made a display out of spices and produce that doesn't need refrigeration in my kitchen (making it all very visible and accessible meant more of both went into all of my cooking).
    I took meal planning and grocery shopping seriously and wrote it all out. I'm putting up a chalkboard strip on the wall in my kitchen so the week's menu is always visible, even though I've finished my Whole30.
    I rewarded myself with non-food items during the plan - new books at the midpoint, flowers at the beginning of the fourth week, and a new, fancy scale and fitness tracking wristband for finishing.
    Benefits

     

    Aesthetic

    Roughly 8-10 lbs lost (hard to say because there was so much fluctuation up to my start date)
    Definite loss of fat around the midsection, front and back
    Face seems thinner (to me)
    Softer, smoother skin and hair
    Stronger nails that grow like crazy
    Less tired-looking
    Less acne/less oil on face
    Down a shirt size and a pants size, my ring comes off much more easily, and I have to use a tighter hook on my bra
    Cooking & Eating

    Reintroduced to my kitchen - woohoo! Loads more confidence in the kitchen
    Much easier to make good choices now (also don't feel like I'm missing out)
    Weirded out now by things that companies position as food that really aren't food
    Heightened awareness to what's in everything
    Comfortable eating without worrying about calories (this is so huge)
    CLARIFIED BUTTER!!!
    Lots of cool new tools and techniques in the kitchen
    No negative reaction to eating cooked spinach (always upset my stomach before)
    Emotional

    Cut the cord with sugar - no longer feel like something is really wrong if I can't have it (bahahahaha my sugar dragon is DEAD)
    Able to work through tough moments more, rather than avoiding them by eating something compulsively in the moment or later on
    Significantly reduced anxiety and depression (though this is a process, and I'm only beginning it as of about three weeks ago)
    Don't feel limited by the scale
    Proud of myself for completing the challenge, proved to myself that I have much more discipline than I give myself credit for (just have to stop being so darn lazy, and tiger blood helps with that)
    Smiling a lot more
    More confidence socially
    Don't feel the need to have alcohol to have a good time (proved this to myself last night, when I didn't break the guidelines to have a drink at a company happy hour - hung out with my club soda with lime and had a great time)
    Don't feel impacted by advertisements for food anymore (they seem so bizarre now!)
    Health

    Minimal/no heartburn (no Tums needed for over a month now!)
    Improved vision? (leaving a question mark there because this seems absolutely crazy but I can't ignore the fact that I can read small print signs with my bad eye that I for sure couldn't have read before, though my vision isn't perfect; will confirm when I see the eye doctor soon)
    Lower resting heart rate (have to confirm this, but I just did a few runs through it using the stopwatch on my phone and counting myself, and all were lower than the last several measurements)
    Better recovery time on injuries, sunburn, and illness
    Improved dental health (no change in toothpaste or routines, but less gum and tooth pain)
    More regular digestive activity
    Easier to get out of bed every day
    All in all, I'm totally thrilled that I did this, and even if I hadn't lost weight, I'd be thrilled with every other benefit. I will continue to eat with intention and try to stay away from take-out. I was actually REALLY hungry for breakfast this morning, despite a good dinner last night, which is so different from my life pre-Whole30. Again... please let me know if I can help you!

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    Staggolee41 got a reaction from cjlantier in Day 4. I haven't yet killed all the things. But I'm contemplating!   
     
    Hi Noelle! Don't be scared... you'll be fine. I'll link my post-mortem below, but I'd say the things you absolutely must do to succeed are:
    Specify a day and time for meal planning and prep; I work M-F, so my planning and prep day is Sunday. Read. EVERY. Label. If you're not sure if something is compliant, Google it. ex: "XX ingredient Whole30"  Follow the meal template. http://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf Drink enough water (1/2oz per lb of body weight). Get enough sleep (7-8 hours/night). Do NOT give in to cravings in any way. For example... let's say you get a craving for cake. You know you can't have cake, and you don't want to break your Whole30, so... you have some strawberries instead. Mission accomplished, right? WRONG. You fed a sugar craving with natural (technically compliant) sugar, and your sugar dragon got stronger. Ideally, if you get a craving for sugar, you stand up for yourself by ignoring it or doing something else, like taking a walk. Investigate why you have that craving - are you actually hungry? Are you looking for an energy boost? Are you anxious? Break the habit! Here's a link to my post-mortem. I talk a lot about my personal struggles, but also about the things I wish I would have done better, little protips, and my NSVs.
    http://forum.whole30.com/topic/37944-first-whole30-down/
     
    Best of luck! Please let me know if I can help you!
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    Staggolee41 reacted to SugarcubeOD in Maria's whole 30 food log   
    The one thing I have to add is that you may want to consider dialing back the workouts... 7-10 times a week is excessive and while being fit is of core importance to you and I understand that, you're actually doing a disservice to your body by stressing it like that... all the food advice in the world isn't going to help you if you're not resting and recovering.  Even the most high level body builders/crossfitters/body competition contenders have rest and recovery days scheduled in even during competition prep, which is not what you're even doing now... 
    Seriously consider that you've changed to this eating plan and dropped the birth control because you want to honor and take care of your body but you're pushing it awfully hard by working out 10 times a week.