CaseyP

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    CaseyP got a reaction from MelissaSue in #JanuaryWhole30 Here We Come...   
    Hi. I have many of the same issues.  I'm starting again slowly.  I want to ease into a "Food Freedom" lifestyle this year, rather than blow up 30 days just to go back to the same old addictions.  Good luck.  
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    CaseyP got a reaction from MelissaSue in #JanuaryWhole30 Here We Come...   
    Hi. I have many of the same issues.  I'm starting again slowly.  I want to ease into a "Food Freedom" lifestyle this year, rather than blow up 30 days just to go back to the same old addictions.  Good luck.  
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    CaseyP got a reaction from MelissaSue in getting ready   
    24 hours with no gluten or soda pop. 
    Had a "fancy" alkaline water today with fresh squeezed tangerine juice ( with a compliant meal, so the juice wasn't unbalanced) in a margarita glass as a treat.  Loved it so much more than "junk" drinks.  
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    CaseyP got a reaction from MelissaSue in #JanuaryWhole30 Here We Come...   
    Hi. I have many of the same issues.  I'm starting again slowly.  I want to ease into a "Food Freedom" lifestyle this year, rather than blow up 30 days just to go back to the same old addictions.  Good luck.  
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    CaseyP got a reaction from MelissaSue in #JanuaryWhole30 Here We Come...   
    Hi. I have many of the same issues.  I'm starting again slowly.  I want to ease into a "Food Freedom" lifestyle this year, rather than blow up 30 days just to go back to the same old addictions.  Good luck.  
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    CaseyP got a reaction from MelissaSue in getting ready   
    24 hours with no gluten or soda pop. 
    Had a "fancy" alkaline water today with fresh squeezed tangerine juice ( with a compliant meal, so the juice wasn't unbalanced) in a margarita glass as a treat.  Loved it so much more than "junk" drinks.  
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    CaseyP got a reaction from MelissaSue in getting ready   
    I see not too many are into starting a whole 30 just before Christmas!
    Me neither, but I at least need to commit to starting 3 Paleo meals a day and going cold turkey off of gluten and soda pop. 
    Also committing to prepping my meals at least a day ahead.  That helps a lot. 
    That will get me ready for a whole 30 reset in January, probably after my birthday.
     
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    CaseyP reacted to SchrodingersCat in Day 31 - still in review mode   
    Welcome to Aust! Weird to think you went from all the way over --------------- there, to just over -- there
    Can you declare tomorrow a market day? I know your daughter isn't keen on you "dieting", but if you frame it as a "I've been really looking forward to hitting the markets!" it could just be a fun outing
    Be sure to go to Something Wild when you are there! They specialise in Australian game meat but have an incredible array of Australian native herbs and spices and goodies. So much fun to experiment with!
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    CaseyP got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in Day 31 - still in review mode   
    @Lorna from Canada Wow! Thats amazing comparison with WW and W30.  That'll be a great motivator for me this time around.   Thanks for sharing.  
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    CaseyP reacted to Lorna from Canada in Day 33 - That time you realise the world is not quite geared up for W30   
    Pray for me Schrod (and I'm an atheist, so, you know it's bad when I start seeking help from a guy I don't believe in!), sitting here in Vancouver on this gorgeous, sunny day surrounded by free wine, a full bar, (and competent bartender judging from those drinks he's pouring), and every manifestation of gourmet lounge food one could imagine.  The sum total of what I can eat here - an apple, black coffee, a glass of water and 8 olives from the bar. That's it. 
    I'm questioning my sanity to be honest and not coming up with compelling answers beyond the pat, but effective "this, too, will pass."

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    CaseyP reacted to Lorna from Canada in Day 31 - still in review mode   
    Technically I am on my own now - Hubs and Gee are done with the W30 for this round although both are committed to do it again the minute they think it's necessary. Hubs had some catering prepared chciken and his first beer last night at a work event - he was really shocked that he could only tolerate half the beer before setting it aside and, to use his words, "I feel like sh** today. I really have to take this seriously!" Likely that catering chicken was sugar, soy and God knows what else. Anyway, I'm still on the W30 for 10 more days. I'll be checking in with Gee in a few days to see what's happening with her.
    To weigh in or not to weigh in? That is the question. 
    I'm one of those people who has a scale problem. When I'm heavy, I avoid it like the shame inducing plague I believe it to be. When I am thin, I'm on that thing 3 times a day. I TOTALLY agree with Melissa that we should not be letting a bit of $20 plastic, (well, $150 bit of chrome and glass for me but we're quibbling here), rule how we feel about ourselves. But that statement holds true whether we're on it or not. Avoiding it isn't any better than getting on it - dealing with the emotion it brings up is what's important. My therapist is chuffed with pride right now.
    So, I decided to weigh in. I lost 10 lbs. I'm really surprised and not at all surprised because I know how my clothes feel on me and my face couldn't make a double chin if I retracted it back to my spinal cord.  I feel no emotion whatsoever about the number which is the weirdest thing of all. This program has helped solidify all those therapy sessions into a happy part of my brain. I've never felt more emotionally balanced in my adult life and my reaction to getting on that scale solidifies that.
    Just for some perspective though - the last time I was successfully on WW (2017, lost 12lbs), I was sticking to their points system and never ate my extra points. I was probably between 900 - 1200 calories per day. I was working out every day - running, cycling, strength training, yoga. It took me 5 months to lose 12 pounds - I was hungry all the time and, it wasn't sustainable. On W30, I haven't been to the gym once - sidelined by recovery, I decided to work on diet and inflammation before heading back to the gym this month. I eat large amounts of delicious food, I am never hungry and, in 30 days, I lost 10lbs.
    So. Okay then. Day 31 indeed...

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    CaseyP got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in Easing into February Whole 30   
    Finally!  I wasn't really planning on starting until tomorrow but yesterday and today I mostly stayed home and wasn't feeling great so ended up just eating my whole 30 prep food -  so I'm going with it! Two days down.  
    Can I say I have fallen in love with Spaghetti Squash?  And have found out it freezes well, so yesterday I froze several individual servings of Sp Squash and cauliflower rice and today made mini frittatas that will be easy breakfast or lunch and cooked up a ton of ground turkey.... as in I will be sick of it pronto, but it will freeze well.  

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    CaseyP reacted to pearlgirl2017 in Easing into February Whole 30   
    Good luck to you! Of course luck really has nothing to do with it. Plan, plan, plan...
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    CaseyP got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Easing into February Whole 30   
    Whoa.... Today was a total failure.  Fear of success?????    For one thing, I didn't have my meals planned and went to town more or less hungry and without a plan.  That is what I'm supposed to be working on this week so I guess that proves I need to.  Right now I'm trying to remedy that for the rest of the week...  making up some borscht for breakfast and hard boiled eggs and coleslaw for lunch tomorrow.  Will try to extend my workup to include plans for Friday too.  And will need to plan ahead for my weekend out of town too.  
    Hope everyone else is having a good time getting ready for your start!
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    CaseyP reacted to pearlgirl2017 in I’m Annie! Starting 4th Feb!   
    My advice is to keep it simple at first.  Cook what you like that is already Whole30 compliant, and tweek the ones that are almost compliant.  While it's great to try new recipes, it can be a bit overwhelming at the start.
    Read ALL ingredient labels, even the spice mixes.  Here in the US we are bombarded with some form of sugar, soy or corn in almost everything. 
    Sauces are your friend.  They can be as simple or as elaborate as you like but they will take a plain piece of chicken/fish/veggie to the next level, and it counts as your added fat.  My fave is a simple lemon/light olive oil mix.  It goes over anything.
    Remember that there will be a learning curve, so don't stress it.
    You can do this.
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    CaseyP reacted to pearlgirl2017 in Starting January 27th & nervous!!   
    I read somewhere that if you have to have milk/creamer/sugar in your coffee then you don't really like coffee.  Or something to that effect.  My man likes to add so much milk and sugar to his morning coffee that it really is more of a coffee flavored milk drink.
    As for me, to drink the coffee black I had to start with diluting it down.  I can't drink it straight at full strength.  So the kettle goes on the stove while the coffee pot is working.  Since I live with someone else I can't just make it to the strength I can handle and this seemed to be the best compromise. I don't drink it all day so I don't have a problem there. 
    It will still take you a few mornings for your taste to adjust to it but you will eventually find your happy medium. 
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    CaseyP got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Easing into February Whole 30   
    I ate my last stack of (gluten-free) pancakes for a while.  And put the bag of the quinoa/amaranth flour in the freezer.  
    This week I've focused on getting more water, eaten veggies for breakfast lunch and dinner and mostly managed to go without Coke. I've been gluten-free and almost dairy-free.  I've had considerably less pain in my neck,  shoulders, and stomach and have a tiny bit more energy at the gym.  I'm actually excited about going a little deeper next week.  
    I already found some interesting compliant sauces, and made some mayo and did a ton of food prep this evening so I'm good to go for week two of my ease-in.   This week is going to feel great, as I'm heading into really doing Whole 30 meals but not feeling like I've failed and have to start over if I slip.  I know, I know... no slips, no cheats, no excuses.... I will get there and this is definitely the way for me to go.  
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    CaseyP got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Easing into February Whole 30   
    Awesome Elizabeth. Good luck.
    I feel I'm doing pretty good on this week's goals.  I slipped once and ordered a Coke without thinking but didn't drink it all. Been making up for it with coffee and Nut Pod milk... I'd rather just get off caffeine in the afternoon.
    Today I thought of eating a candy bar as I passed my usual junk food stop but the thought actually turned my stomach, so I'm making progress!! 
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    CaseyP got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Easing into February Whole 30   
    After drinking my large glass of ACV water and half a caffiene pill, I headed to town realizing I would not be stopping for a Coke.  I had a wave of panic and then a relief settled over me.... freedom from the time waste, expense, and sugar rush of addiction.  One day down.  I was not totally sugar free today, but all in all pretty good.  I feel a tiny bit headachey and my muscles are antsy... not sure why. 
     
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    CaseyP got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Easing into February Whole 30   
    Awesome Elizabeth. Good luck.
    I feel I'm doing pretty good on this week's goals.  I slipped once and ordered a Coke without thinking but didn't drink it all. Been making up for it with coffee and Nut Pod milk... I'd rather just get off caffeine in the afternoon.
    Today I thought of eating a candy bar as I passed my usual junk food stop but the thought actually turned my stomach, so I'm making progress!! 
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    CaseyP got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Easing into February Whole 30   
    Day 2 with no Coke. It really is a habit, but I distracted myself with a photo app. Had soup for both breakfast and lunch.  Both had rice, which is okay for now.  
    I need to make some compliant salad dressing.  
    Biked (stationary bike) 4.5 miles.  
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    CaseyP got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Easing into February Whole 30   
    After drinking my large glass of ACV water and half a caffiene pill, I headed to town realizing I would not be stopping for a Coke.  I had a wave of panic and then a relief settled over me.... freedom from the time waste, expense, and sugar rush of addiction.  One day down.  I was not totally sugar free today, but all in all pretty good.  I feel a tiny bit headachey and my muscles are antsy... not sure why. 
     
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    CaseyP got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Easing into February Whole 30   
    I've completed a few whole 30s over the past couple years and wasn't really into doing another one- just looking for food freedom, but after the holidays (including my 50th birthday party), I really need a reset.  I believe in Whole 30. I get the dropping everything "cold turkey" strategy, but I've never been able to do it - I always fail for several weeks, and have given up more times than I can count.. So instead of setting myself up for another fail, I figure I'll string my Whole 30 out, setting smaller goals at first and eventually get to where I'm actually doing Whole 30.  
    This week:  Drink lots more water,  eat lots more veggies, avoid convenience stores and snack aisles, and do whatever it takes to stay off soda pop (my biggest vice and nemesis)
    Next week:  all the above plus get some compliant sauces and seasonings prepped and focus on 100% home-prepared  gluten-free/dairy-free meals
    Third week:  get through weekend reunion (Jan 26-27)  with minimal sugar, gluten, corn or dairy.  Make sure I'm 2-3 meals ahead on planning and prepping, working toward 100% Whole30 compliant.
    Feb 3 - Hopefully by this time diving in 100% will be sort of a no-brainer and I'll be off and running for 30 more days.  At the end of that, I'll add back rice and lentils (which I know I tolerate) and take out nuts and see if I do better with that.  I want to think of this as a varying journey that will last at least a year or until I feel truly healthy.  
     
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    CaseyP reacted to Crastney in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    CO2 is absorbed into liquids easier at cooler temps, so therefore in the fridge there will be more dissolved CO2, and therefore less CO2 as gas in the air gap, so less pressure, so less likely to burp.  kept at room temp, the scoby will continue to feed off any sugars, and continue to produce CO2 as a by product, so pressure will slowly build up if left long enough. hence bottle bombs if too much sugar added and left somewhere warm (if bottles are air tight).  to make it fizzy on purpose, leave somewhere warm for two weeks, to produce the co2, then somewhere cold for another week for the co2 to be absorbed back into the liquid.
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    CaseyP reacted to ladyshanny in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    @Cathy125 - when you use juice, how long are you leaving it in second fermentation for? I only use juice and mine is always very fizzy, sometimes excessively so.