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Personal Log, Star Date 07242016

 

Days 1-2 went surprisingly easy, though my system did clear itself out LOL. Out with the bad in with the good!

 

Day 3:

3 egg scrambled with red & green bell peppers, bowl of strawberries & blueberries

4oz brisket with clean dry rub, 1/3 large cucumber, plum

Nausea struck in the afternoon but kept food down.

4oz ground beef, 1/2 avocado, tomatoes, lettuce

 

Night time sweets desires hit but I had I small bowl of plum.  Beat the sweets demon! 

 

Last night was tough, all I could think about was food.  It wasn't that I was hungry, it wasn't that I was bored, it was just a bad habit of snacking that needs to stop.  I spent some time talking it over in my head, telling myself I wasn't really hungry, it was just my bad eating routine rearing up at me.  Talked myself down off that wall.

 

Day 4:

3 scrambled eggs, small bowl of blueberries, 3 sausage links (breakfast sized, clean)

3 hours later and I'm hungry and not the it'll pass kind.  So I had a small salad; lettuce, tomatoes, 2oz chicken breast, 1tbs tahini that watered down and used as dressing.

 

Picking all this meat/salad out of my braces has become challenging LOL

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Hi firestorm - just wanted to comment that your fruit at breakfast may be contributing to your early hunger. Try holding off on eating fruit on until at least meal two as it can impact blood sugar when eaten early in the day having fasted overnight, which in turn impacts the appetite.

If you need to snack try sticking to protein & fat (a hard boiled egg dipped in mayo works well here) as snacking on fruit alone will also impact blood sugar, as well as keeping the sugar dragon alive....

Increase the fat in your meals and it should keep the hunger at bay & help you meet your goal for the day  ;)

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Day 3:

3 egg scrambled with red & green bell peppers, bowl of strawberries & blueberries

4oz brisket with clean dry rub, 1/3 large cucumber, plum

Nausea struck in the afternoon but kept food down.

4oz ground beef, 1/2 avocado, tomatoes, lettuce

 

Night time sweets desires hit but I had I small bowl of plum.  Beat the sweets demon! 

 

First off, welcome and congratulations! This isn't the easiest thing, and you're tackling it.

 

I did want to add, based on your notes and the line in your signature, that fruit - even when it's with an otherwise balanced meal - can feed the sugar dragon. Yes, fruit is technically compliant, but I found that my sugar cravings did not quiet down until I cut fruit consumption down to roughly once a week. Once I did that, it became much easier to take the kill shot at my sugar dragon. Post-Whole30, I've had limited amounts of sugar (added/processed sugar as well as natural sugar from fruit), and while before, the sugar addict in me would have been compelled to consume all sugar in sight at the first taste, I was completely fine with only consuming the small amount I did.

 

Just a suggestion, from a fellow sugar addict who finished a week ago. :) Considering I do not experience any kind of sugar craving anymore, I think my sugar dragon bit the dust, and I'm hoping you have the same success.

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Wow! firestorm.

Looks like you are off to a great start.

:)

about that fruit, one thing I am doing is to have only one fruit per day, or no fruit.

And the fruit is usually berries, sometimes apple, which are mixed into salad.

 

And then at another meal I allow myself to have only one starchy veggie, like sweet potato or beet.

Sometimes no starchy veggie. 

 

I find that a small (2-inch) piece of baked sweet potato, mashed with a bit of ghee and sprinkled with cinnamon is the perfect sweet for my full moon cravings.

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Yesterday was another breakfast scramble.

 

Lunch was out with friends... salad with no croutons, oil & vinegar dressing, bowl of seasonal fruit and a French dip sandwich minus the cheese, onion, etc...it ended up being sliced beef with mushrooms.  And my plate looked SO much healthier than those of my friends.

 

Dinner was leftovers.

 

Today - breakfast scramble w/berries

Lunch was egg salad wrapped in lettuce with veggies

Dinner - compliant sausage, fresh green beans and an apple.

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Love the suggestions, thank you!

 

I really thought I would struggle more with cutting out dairy and grains, but I hardly miss them.  The meat/veggies/fruit isn't a shock to my system since I really do enjoy them.  And thankfully, I love eggs.

 

Agreed - I need more fat (still wrapping my brain around it being ok lol) and I'm lowering my fruit intake. 

 

Continuing with internal dialogue when my demons try to lead me astray and its been working.

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Resetting to day 1.

 

The sausages that we had last night were very tasty and when we bought them, DH assured me that they were compliant.  This morning, I dug the packaging out of the trash and buried in between all the natural ingredients 'sugar'.  

 

I'm a little bummed; not at my husband, at myself for not reading the labels on my own.  I'm only a little bummed because W30 isn't a temporary change for me.  I'm using W30 as a way to reset my warped taste buds (thank you chemo), to heal the damage cause by chemo and to get back to basics.  I don't know if its going to be a W30, W60 W90, I just know that it feels right.

 

So onward ho!

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Food has been spot on today...  no fruit at breakfast and I was sustained longer.  Egg scramble with avocado and sweet potato with ghee and cinnamon.  I've noticed that I tend to prefer potato skin to the mash inside.  Mug of chicken bone broth

 

lunch - buffalo burger (cooked myself) with mustard, lettuce tomatoes with peppers & olives on the side.

 

dinner is going to be mahi mani with some manner of veggies on the side lol still figuring dinner out.

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Resetting to day 1.

 

I'm a little bummed; not at my husband, at myself for not reading the labels on my own.  I'm only a little bummed because W30 isn't a temporary change for me.  I'm using W30 as a way to reset my warped taste buds (thank you chemo), to heal the damage cause by chemo and to get back to basics.  I don't know if its going to be a W30, W60 W90, I just know that it feels right.

 

So onward ho!

Well done on your decision firestorm - and well done on taking the steps that you are. My sister is living with secondary breast cancer and I have had many conversations with her about her health and how her diet has & will impact that. Sadly she tends to just nod politely as her eyes glaze over and she reaches for another cookie to dunk in her coffee...

Keep up the good work :)

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My health wasn't too bad before I got sick and I was determined to try to retain my health during treatment and so I did wheatgrass, juicing and natural ginger beer to keep my stomach happy.  I combined eastern herbs/treatments with western medicine.  Chemo fried my nerve receptors, I have osteopenia in my spine and a host of other problems; but I didn't beat cancer just to decide that I 'deserve' to eat junk for the rest of my life.  Staying unhealthy is just going to tempt my cancer to come back and I can't have that.

 

Dinner - mahi mahi baked with chipotle seasoning and fresh lemon, sweet potato - too tired to think lol  I'm getting up earlier each day and accomplishing more each day but wow, dinner time comes and I just want an easy protein with an easy vegetable LOL. Breakfast is definitely my easiest meal of the day.

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Cancer gifts me once again!  lol  This time, hypothyroid...possibly from when I received radiation.  Fun, right?!  

 

Will I stop my W30, nope!  But I will be adjusting the list of veggies on my list; removing box choy, broccoli, Brussel spouts, cabbage cauliflower and kale.  Peaches, pears, pine nuts, spinach, strawberries and sweet potatoes, though risky, will remain on my food list.

 

Another spot on day, food wise.  And though I'm not happy about the diagnosis, it makes so much sense!

 

Onward and upwards :)

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Cancer gifts me once again!  lol  This time, hypothyroid...possibly from when I received radiation.  Fun, right?!  

 

Will I stop my W30, nope!  But I will be adjusting the list of veggies on my list; removing box choy, broccoli, Brussel spouts, cabbage cauliflower and kale.  Peaches, pears, pine nuts, spinach, strawberries and sweet potatoes, though risky, will remain on my food list.

 

Another spot on day, food wise.  And though I'm not happy about the diagnosis, it makes so much sense!

 

Onward and upwards :)

Drat! cancer. Is the hypothryoid something that can be fixed? 

The reason I ask is because Brassica veggies are such good cancer fighters and we really want to eat them if we can. 

Cauliflower is a staple in my kitchen. I hope that your condition reverses.

 

You have such a great attitude, Warrior sister!

:D

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Medication can help supply the hormone that the thyroid is struggling to supply but continued consumption of those veggies just puts additional strain on an already strained thyroid.

 

Not sure if it can be reversed since its damage from radiation.  Its something I'll talk with my doctor about once she gets me stabilized...until then, I'm going to play nice LOL

 

Another on tap eating day.  I tried the lemon & herb roasted chicken from the FB page and it was super moist and delicious!  Still wild that I'm eating 3 whole meals a day, avocados, ghee and yet I'm not ballooning up!  I'm actually feeling better with each day.

 

Tried orange juice with coconut milk and its quite tasty.  I'm not an ice cream person, so I don't view this is being SWYPO.

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Tried orange juice with coconut milk and its quite tasty.  I'm not an ice cream person, so I don't view this is being SWYPO.

This sounds like it might taste like an orange Julius. Was this something you just thought up or have you had it before?

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I read about the orange juice and coconut milk on another blog by someone doing W30.  Coconut milk is supposed to really help muscles recover from a work out or strenuous work.  I gotta say, I think it does!  I've been painting and should be super stiff today and I'm not, not at all.

 

I have come to the realization that Larabars are SWYPO for me...they're just too similar to candy bars, so I won't be buying them again.

 

I'm also learning that if I don't get in my 3 meals, my hunger feels out of control at night (part of hypothyroidism) and it doesn't happen when I've had 3 complete, compliant meals.  Avocado is my new best friend, I'm sleeping better and I have more energy.

 

BUT I think I'm at that point in this journey that my demons are SCREAMING!  I'm aware of what's happening and I've yet to cave in with non-compliant foods, but wow, its hard LOL

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I'm also learning that if I don't get in my 3 meals, my hunger feels out of control at night (part of hypothyroidism) and it doesn't happen when I've had 3 complete, compliant meals.  Avocado is my new best friend, I'm sleeping better and I have more energy.

 

I love avocados too! And guacamole is my new fav rescue food when I'm out.

Next week I'm going to try the orange coconut milk drink. :)

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Tried orange juice with coconut milk and its quite tasty.  I'm not an ice cream person, so I don't view this is being SWYPO.

Yes, this is SWYPO to me regardless of how you feel about ice cream. Juice is fine for adding to a recipe, but not for drinking, unless it's a dash just to liven up your water. We don't encourage drinking coconut milk or nut milks of any kind for anyone other than BFing mums, and I'd be very wary of fructose malabsorption from the coconut milk/juice combo here too - only around 20g of fructose can be absorbed in one sitting even by the healthiest of beings.

Be very wary of recipes that are posted anywhere than the official Whole30 FB or instagram pages - they're not always Whole30.

I'd keep this one for after your Whole30.

 

I read about the orange juice and coconut milk on another blog by someone doing W30.  Coconut milk is supposed to really help muscles recover from a work out or strenuous work.  I gotta say, I think it does!  I've been painting and should be super stiff today and I'm not, not at all.

 

 

Actually fat (coconut milk) slows down absorption of vital nutrients to the muscle postWO. What you need is protein for recovery & repair

 

What does SWYPO mean?

Sex With Your Pants On

 

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Super frustrated!

 

Avocados are my go to fat every morning on my eggs.  Its a delightful combination...peppers, eggs, mushrooms, smushed avocado.  Sweet potatoes are my go to starch veggie mid day or at dinner.  But my doctor ran another round of blood work and my potassium is too high.

 

No more cruciferous veggies and now I have to back off on some of my favorite foods...not to mention coconut water!  My mushrooms!!

 

So now what?  Nut butters feel risky to me because I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

 

Why can't I just eat fruits/veggies that occur in nature and eat them in their native form and be happy?  I think I need a nap before my temper tantrum lands me in the pantry.  :/

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