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    AmyS got a reaction from KTH1010 in How to quit caring how much I weigh   
    I gave away my scale.  It helped.  A lot.  The most astonishing thing was what happened next.  I went to the house of the person I gave the scale to.  They had two scales now (scale addict!!).  I stepped on one.  It showed one weight.  I stepped on the other.  It showed another weight.  I cannot possibly have lost or gained weight in one second.  It convinced me I had made the right decision.
     
    I know there are folks who are looking at major weight loss in their futures.  And for those folks, a scale might be part of a successful strategy (though not DURING a Whole30 of course).  But for ten pounds?  I'm not convinced a scale is useful.  I found, the longer I ate the Whole30 way, that my weight didn't change, but my body composition did (and I'm far from being an enthusiastic exerciser).  I don't think a scale could have prepared me for how my body was going to change.  I just look very different when I eat clean.  But I don't know what I weigh anymore.  (I also don't look at the doctor's office.)
     
    Don't know if you have kids/have been pregnant, but if so, I don't know anything short of major surgery that will fix the skin and maybe the muscles.  I'm not thrilled that women are told our bodies need to be stuck in some sort of pre-pregnancy holding pattern.  I'm never going to look like I did before my twin pregnancy.  But dangit, I survived and so did my daughters, and now they sit at the dinner table and look at me funny while I eat my kale.  Damn and blast anyone who would tell me I need a better tummy.  I'm looking at you, women's fashion magazines.
     
    Eat up, buy clothes that fit, give away the scale, and expect your body to keep changing over time.  It's weird to live this way - but it's good. 
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    AmyS got a reaction from KTH1010 in How to quit caring how much I weigh   
    I gave away my scale.  It helped.  A lot.  The most astonishing thing was what happened next.  I went to the house of the person I gave the scale to.  They had two scales now (scale addict!!).  I stepped on one.  It showed one weight.  I stepped on the other.  It showed another weight.  I cannot possibly have lost or gained weight in one second.  It convinced me I had made the right decision.
     
    I know there are folks who are looking at major weight loss in their futures.  And for those folks, a scale might be part of a successful strategy (though not DURING a Whole30 of course).  But for ten pounds?  I'm not convinced a scale is useful.  I found, the longer I ate the Whole30 way, that my weight didn't change, but my body composition did (and I'm far from being an enthusiastic exerciser).  I don't think a scale could have prepared me for how my body was going to change.  I just look very different when I eat clean.  But I don't know what I weigh anymore.  (I also don't look at the doctor's office.)
     
    Don't know if you have kids/have been pregnant, but if so, I don't know anything short of major surgery that will fix the skin and maybe the muscles.  I'm not thrilled that women are told our bodies need to be stuck in some sort of pre-pregnancy holding pattern.  I'm never going to look like I did before my twin pregnancy.  But dangit, I survived and so did my daughters, and now they sit at the dinner table and look at me funny while I eat my kale.  Damn and blast anyone who would tell me I need a better tummy.  I'm looking at you, women's fashion magazines.
     
    Eat up, buy clothes that fit, give away the scale, and expect your body to keep changing over time.  It's weird to live this way - but it's good. 
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    AmyS got a reaction from GoJo09 in 2017 Whole9 WholeYear (3rd Annual)   
    Nice! One of my favorite childhood memories was watching an outdoor movie by a pool: The Incredible Mr. Limpet. Cute movie, fun night.
    I've been getting outside almost every day, walking and (ack) bike riding. I'm so out of shape that I can go about 15 minutes on the bike before my legs give out. So my goal of becoming fit like a dancer is a way off. But I'm working on it! I haven't fallen off the bike yet! Just almost.
    I've finished my successive rounds of Whole30s, and I'm eating more or less how I want to - I happen to actually like Whole30 eating a good bit of the time, and I also do well with rice and corn, and I'm eating one chocolate covered espresso bean per day (I'd eat a bag per day but no one needs to be around me under the influence of that much caffeine ) and some chocolate.
    My BFF right now is collard greens. I'm not sure why, but I'm a huge fan these days, and also they seem to give me a burst of energy when I eat them. Since I do well with rice, I can eat collards, rice, and other stuff like chicken or beef, and be very happy. Though I'll also eat collards just by themselves, with potatoes, with eggs, with tomatoes, probably with a grated up chair leg if you tossed it on there.
    I'm sure the excitement will wear off soon, but for now, I'm likin' 'em.
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    AmyS got a reaction from Selcazare in 31 Days, No weight loss, Possible to overeat?   
    So to sum up:
     
    You have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. You had a baby in the last year. You work at a stressful job. Your job has determined that certain markers which they call measures of health, matter and will get you a ticket to discounted health insurance or weight loss classes. As part of that, during your fourth month post-partum (when your body is still regathering itself and when your Hashi's may need some special attention), they decided that you were on the cusp between getting a health insurance discount and getting recommended for weight loss training.
     
    This, my darling, is not your problem. This is a problem of our society, our way of thinking about health, and your company's deciding that it's important to use inaccurate measures of health rather than to create a decent work environment. Beyond that, this is a problem of our society deciding that all women need to be white, young, tall, blonde, life-threateningly skinny, and let's not forget brainless.
     
    You do not have a problem here. Eat up, and fight the power. Really.
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    AmyS got a reaction from invinciblechar in Pretty please: don't claim food allergies if you don't have them.   
    Dietary Constraint would also be a great band name... (the band's first hit single would be Gluten S%cks)
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    AmyS got a reaction from kirkor in 2017 Whole9 WholeYear (3rd Annual)   
    How's this for outdoor activities: a private party gig where I sang overlooking beautiful cliffs and ocean! This was my Saturday night. Fantastic! Two friends and I played this solstice party. We reprised our concert from last weekend (last weekend we performed it indoors at a theater). Gorgeous setting, fantastic to sing in almost a music festival feeling setting outside. Loved it. Also, breathing for singing kind of counts as a core/abs workout. Believe.
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    AmyS reacted to GoJo09 in 2017 Whole9 WholeYear (3rd Annual)   
    I'm off hiking for the long weekend here - 3 hours drive from Jo'burg, no cell phone reception, no power, just a troop of wild baboons and some beautiful walking. Hopefully it will allow my brain to shut up for a bit. The weather here is so gorgeous at the moment (clear blue skies, 22-24 degrees during the day - if this is winter, I'm ok with it!), so I've been getting outdoors for a run a couple of times a week, as well as trying to go for short walks during the workday.
    @kirkor, I did the outdoor movie thing a few months ago when it was still warm in the evenings - pretty cool when the lizards kept crawling over the wall during the movie .
    One chocolate espresso bean per day @AmyS - that is the definition of willpower! (I know that's not what it's meant to be about, but they're so tiny, I'd at least go for a small handful!)
    The coach at crossfit this morning said to me (as he was adding more weight to my deadlift bar) "at least once a week you should get to the end of a workout and say 'that was too heavy'". I don't know where he gets these ideas from, but I certainly told him what I thought about it at the end (there may have been swear words...). His reply was that I did it with good form, so stop complaining. I hate it when he's right.
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    AmyS got a reaction from GoJo09 in 2017 Whole9 WholeYear (3rd Annual)   
    Nice! One of my favorite childhood memories was watching an outdoor movie by a pool: The Incredible Mr. Limpet. Cute movie, fun night.
    I've been getting outside almost every day, walking and (ack) bike riding. I'm so out of shape that I can go about 15 minutes on the bike before my legs give out. So my goal of becoming fit like a dancer is a way off. But I'm working on it! I haven't fallen off the bike yet! Just almost.
    I've finished my successive rounds of Whole30s, and I'm eating more or less how I want to - I happen to actually like Whole30 eating a good bit of the time, and I also do well with rice and corn, and I'm eating one chocolate covered espresso bean per day (I'd eat a bag per day but no one needs to be around me under the influence of that much caffeine ) and some chocolate.
    My BFF right now is collard greens. I'm not sure why, but I'm a huge fan these days, and also they seem to give me a burst of energy when I eat them. Since I do well with rice, I can eat collards, rice, and other stuff like chicken or beef, and be very happy. Though I'll also eat collards just by themselves, with potatoes, with eggs, with tomatoes, probably with a grated up chair leg if you tossed it on there.
    I'm sure the excitement will wear off soon, but for now, I'm likin' 'em.
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    AmyS reacted to kirkor in 2017 Whole9 WholeYear (3rd Annual)   
    Had a cool "natural environment" experience last night --- went to a friend's house who has a projector and a nice blank wall, and a group of us watched a movie outside!  Good advance training for August's focus on Socialization & Connecting with Others too
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    AmyS reacted to ShannonM816 in May 22nd Start Date- Who's In??   
    It is possible to dine out in a restaurant on Whole30. There are some tips in this download that can help: https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-dining.pdf  I'd start by looking online at places you might normally eat and see if you can find any information about their ingredients and if anything looks like a possibility. Steak places often have options without having to make too many special requests -- usually just ask for a steak grilled dry or in olive oil, and ask what seasonings they use or ask them to just use salt and pepper, and specify not to add butter. Take your own salad dressing and some ghee or oil, and you can order a salad, no cheese or croutons or bacon, and a baked potato or, if they offer them, a baked sweet potato, dry.  If a place serves breakfast all day, you can get eggs (if you order scrambled, specify you want real eggs, no added filler or dairy) -- you do have to specify not cooked in butter. You might be able to have hashbrowns or home fries, depending on how they season and cook them, you'd have to ask, or if they don't have any vegetable options that would work, you could go with fresh fruit, and then just have some extra veggies when you get home. If all else fails, eat before you go to the restaurant, order something like coffee or tea and a salad or some fruit, just so you have something in front of you, and focus on spending time with your family members. If dining out is something that you all do, you shouldn't have to give it up.
    If you just feel like you're spending all your time planning, have you looked at doing a weekly cookup? It's more like prepping a week's worth of food at once, and then just grabbing stuff out of the fridge, mixing and matching meats or eggs, veggies, and sauces. You might also check out these No Recipe Required ideas. At the very least, try to have a day or two where you do something super easy -- breakfast for dinner, or a can of tuna dumped over one of those bagged salad mixes from the grocery store, topped with a big dollop of mayo. And always try to cook enough for leftovers to save yourself a little time at some point in the future.
    If you feel like this is really making you obsessed about food, if you feel like you don't want to eat at a restaurant because you don't have absolute control over every ingredient, if you aren't willing to let other people help cook because they might not do it exactly the way you would -- these could be signs that something worrying is going on, and while we definitely want everyone to be successful with their Whole30, we don't want anyone to push themselves to finish it if it's actually making them less healthy. More than likely, this type of obsessive behavior isn't really what you're experiencing, but it can happen, so if you are at all concerned, especially if you have anything in your personal history that makes this more likely for you, please speak to a professional about it.
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    AmyS reacted to ladyshanny in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    Yes, you're right. Once you're fat adapted there's no more "hangry". No stabbing, shooting stomach pains. It's more like you're just ready to eat. Not to say people don't get hungry or that their stomach doesn't start to feel hungry, mine does right now! It's just not as noticeable as "I MUST EAT RIGHT NOW OR PEOPLE WILL DIE!". Sometimes if people don't recognize the hunger as being valid because it's not as intense, they decide they don't need to eat and that can morph into nausea as well as general appetite reduction. It becomes a viscous cycle. That's why, whether you necessarily think you FEEL hungry at the 4-5 hour mark or not, we tell people to eat.    
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    AmyS got a reaction from gabby15 in For those who hate meal planning..../nontraditional schedule life   
    You don't need to meal plan in the way the foodies meal plan. All you need to make a meal is a palm or two of protein, a thumb or two of fat, and a plate full of veggies. If you shop to buy protein, fat, and veggies, and include some seasonings that you like, you're good.
    Then you cook up your meat, roast your veggies, prep your fat (hello mayonnaise). When it's time to pack up your meals to go teach, sing, or audition, you go to the fridge and portion out what you need for however many meals you're going to be out.
    I sing, teach, and conduct. When things get really hectic you'll find me in the dressing room eating roasted cubed potatoes, shredded chicken, and olive oil. Not fancy, but filling and it doesn't make me want to clear my throat on the high notes.
    Streamline, simplify, batch cook, and pack what you need. You can do it.
     
    Editing to add: also, read Michele Tam's article Surviving the Night Shift (click on the title to go to the article). When we're working on shows and concerts, we're essentially night shift workers, and this article is very helpful in sorting out how to make that work.  
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    AmyS got a reaction from ArtFossil in May 22nd Start Date- Who's In??   
    Do not stop your ADHD medicine, or any other medication you must take for a medical condition. Keep taking it. If you didn't take it today, take it now. Really. Take your medicine.
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    AmyS got a reaction from ArtFossil in May 22nd Start Date- Who's In??   
    Do not stop your ADHD medicine, or any other medication you must take for a medical condition. Keep taking it. If you didn't take it today, take it now. Really. Take your medicine.
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    AmyS got a reaction from ArtFossil in May 22nd Start Date- Who's In??   
    Do not stop your ADHD medicine, or any other medication you must take for a medical condition. Keep taking it. If you didn't take it today, take it now. Really. Take your medicine.
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    AmyS got a reaction from ArtFossil in May 22nd Start Date- Who's In??   
    Do not stop your ADHD medicine, or any other medication you must take for a medical condition. Keep taking it. If you didn't take it today, take it now. Really. Take your medicine.
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    AmyS reacted to ArtFossil in May 22nd Start Date- Who's In??   
    Larabars are approved for emergency use only, not for "snacks." (They are basically candy bars.) Anything you can anticipate or plan for--your work schedule, running errands, a sporting event--is not an emergency as its easy to carry a Whole30 meal with you. If your meal doesn't satisfy you for 4-5 hours, you need to eat more, and make sure your meals are composed according to the template of protein, fat and veggies. If you become hungry between meals because your meal's delayed or because of your activity level, etc, eat a "mini meal" of protein plus fat and/or veggies, not a Larabar. 
    I can testify that the three template meals a day - no snacking recommendation has huge benefits. Try it!
    You can find the meal template here.
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    AmyS reacted to Jane3797 in Suffering for years from "adrenal burnout"   
    You are most welcome!
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    AmyS got a reaction from GoJo09 in 2017 Whole9 WholeYear (3rd Annual)   
    Glad you posted - just know that though I'm half a world away from you and will probably never meet you in person, I've had you in my thoughts. Sending lots of good thoughts your way. And I'll be joining you on a Whole30! I've been doing successive Whole30s with a day or two break between, and I'm starting again tomorrow. Though I haven't gone through a breakup, I've had enough stress and unpleasantness to face in the past months that I, too, find the Whole30's structure helpful in dealing with all of the ick.
    One day at a time, eh?
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    AmyS reacted to Jane3797 in Suffering for years from "adrenal burnout"   
    Thank you JulieP757, MeadowLily and AmyS:  I am grateful for the great advice.  I am encouraged and ready to investigate other Whole food protein sources for breakfast, and forgoing the high protein shake.  It is only for 30 days, one day at a time x 30, and then one day at a time x 30 years.  I did this before with another matter, and time being relative, it is going to pass with or without our goals so we might as well make it with!  Best to you, Jane
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    AmyS got a reaction from Jane3797 in Suffering for years from "adrenal burnout"   
    Hi Jane and welcome to Whole30! As you plan your June 1 start, consider your breakfasts (often renamed in Whole30 Land as Meal One) as part of your hormonal reset.
    Smoothies are strongly discouraged on Whole30. We ask you to eat your food.
    This particular smoothie is specifically ruled out (as in, it violates the Whole30 rules and cannot be taken during a Whole30)because of the pea protein, caramel flavor (a sneaky sugar), aloe juice, and fructooligosaccarides.
    You state: "was given the information to take in 30 grams protein within 30 minutes of waking up." If this is doctors' orders, so be it. But it is not something you will have heard from the Whole30 program, nor is it the way Whole30 considers food.
    Whole30 is really simple. Here's what Whole30 asks you to do:
    1. 1-2 palm-size portions of protein (meat, eggs, fish, chicken - where eggs are your sole source of protein, they are as many as you can hold in your hand; for many women, that's 3-4; eat the yolks!)
    2. 1-2 or more thumb-size portions of fat
    3. 2-3 cups veggies - fill your plate with vegetables
    Do that three times a day, the first time within one hour of waking.
    In this context, your smoothie provides you no protein (legumes are out for Whole30 as highly inflammatory); very little fat (pumpkin seeds are a fat for Whole30 purposes and are to be limited as they are a poorer source of fat nutrition than other fat sources); and no vegetables. Also, it is a smoothie rather than food.
    If you are under a doctor's care for treatment of adrenal fatigue, you might discuss your Whole30 plans with your doctor, and consider appropriate supplementation and changing of routines. My doctor helped me deal with a severe case of adrenal fatigue using supplements that did not involve smoothies with really long, mostly unpronounceable ingredients lists that included lots of sugar. You can tackle adrenal fatigue in a healthy way, and Whole30 can be a part of dealing with it. Whole30's recommendation to eat a FULL MEAL within one hour of waking goes a very long way to the hormonal reset necessary to dealing with adrenal fatigue. And for those of us for whom it's not enough, medical professionals who work with adrenal fatigue can advise as to proper treatment. Help is out there.
    The best way to find ideas for eating breakfast (or meal one) on Whole30 is to use google rather than the forum search feature. Google Whole30 + breakfast to find lots and lots (and lots and lots) of ideas. Then you can give a few things a try before you begin your official Whole30. You got this!
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    AmyS got a reaction from Raven in What Foods Make You Feel Good?   
    I feel very annoyed to say this, but dark leafy greens really make me feel good. And I don't even like them that much!!!!!!!!!!!! But yeah, especially collards and rainbow chard (which are mild enough that I can cook them down and eat plenty without being too bothered) make me feel really good after I eat them.
    It's so annoying. Everybody who speaks about nutrition from any viewpoint whatsoever talks about the importance of the dark leafy greens. Grrr And it's true.  Grrr
     
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    AmyS reacted to ArtFossil in Day 26- Losing the Tiger Blood   
    @* a s h l e y, if I were eating this way (timing and composition) I would have no energy and would feel like xxxx.
    Everyone is busy (or as one of the mods says, we have "richly scheduled lives"). But if you can find the time to eat 7 times a day, you can find the time to eat 4 times per day--three meals and a PW snack. 
    One of the benefits of Whole30 is gettting more mindfulness about meal planning and scheduling. On my Whole30, I carried meals around with me and I made sure my work place was stocked with foods for a quick meal. 
    The template really is your best friend on Whole30. Follow it and follow the recommendations, including the one to eat a template meal within one hour of waking. That will set you up properly for the rest of your day. And don't forget the fats (the fat in your pork isn't enough since you had to snack.) You need your fats as part of your fuel for the day and to stay alert. Ditch the fruit and nuts for awhile and substitute veggies and higher quality fats and see if you don't notice a difference in your energy levels  
    You can find the template here.
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    AmyS reacted to ladyshanny in 2017 Whole9 WholeYear (3rd Annual)   
    Aw, I'm so sorry! You (probably) feel poopy right now but please know that you are a worthy, beautiful, strong woman! 
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    AmyS reacted to ladyshanny in 5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy   
    I've changed my question a bit. Now instead of "is it worth it?" (because that answer is 157% YES every time chocolate, sugar or baked goods are involved, much to my own detriment) the question is now "Will this improve my happiness factor?". And more often than not, the answer has been no.  It's working for me so far. Insomuch as I have actually taken a cookie out, went to sit down on the couch with it, asked the question to myself and and handed the cookie over to my husband, unbitten and said "this is not going to improve my current happiness". And then the cookie mysteriously disappears and I feel empowered and good with my decision.