November Whole30...The Saga Continues


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My mom is in the hospital again and not doing well. Her kidneys have failed, but as I understand it the doctors are now looking at dialysis. No one has yet said to prepare ourselves for the worst, so there is still hope. But I am shaken and scared. My brother is waiting to hear from the kidney specialist, and then he will call me to tell me what he learns. The plan for going forward is still being formulated.

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Oh, @Jessica NG I am so sorry to hear this. Please keep us posted. What can you do right now to prepare ahead so you can take good care of yourself when and if you leave to go visit? I'm not talking compliance necessarily, but since you're doing better with the FODMAPs (without? not sure how to say that) I want you feeling your best at the most stressful of times. My prayers are with you and your family.

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1 hour ago, CCLaymon said:

Oh, @Jessica NG I am so sorry to hear this. Please keep us posted. What can you do right now to prepare ahead so you can take good care of yourself when and if you leave to go visit? I'm not talking compliance necessarily, but since you're doing better with the FODMAPs (without? not sure how to say that) I want you feeling your best at the most stressful of times. My prayers are with you and your family.

Thanks for asking that question. It's a good one, and I think it really would help me to do a load of laundry and make a packing list right now. That way, when and if I travel to Maryland again, I won't have to think in order to pack. I could just follow my list. And I'll include some food items on that list: tunafish, olives, hardboiled eggs. Wish there were jerky that was FODMAP free. I found the jerky to be a helpful snack last time, but the celery powder really does cause some burning in my stomach.

I've been reading Food Freedom Forever and finding it to be really helpful. I can see that I'm one of those people who find the rigidity of the Whole30 to be comforting and supportive. So the last thing I want when I encounter stress like this is to eat non-compliant food. I love my compliant meals, and that's what I want right now.

Thank you for your prayers. My close friend (who I just talked with on the phone about all this) prayed with me on the phone, and it did help.

@IronGirlTrixie Thanks for your good wishes. Much appreciated! Don't let that sugar dragon muscle you around tonight!

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I didn't succumb to the dragon. But I did dream of donuts thinking I did give in when I woke up. Then this morning, I was slow to start and I truly considered going back to my old habit of picking up something not compliant on the way to work. Whoa, brain! Just hold your horses! I didn't do it. But I was really considering it. 

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@Jessica NG - I'm sorry to hear about your mom!  Hang in there, Lady!:wub:

I am struggling after a very non-compliant week and weekend.  I realized this morning that a lot of my issues have been hormonal - as Aunt Flo arrived this morning.:huh:  You'd think I would have this figured out by now...  Anyway, sugar is the name of the game.  Yesterday was a w30 day and I felt pretty good.  Woke up this morning feeling crappy - as I have every day 2 (there have been several).  The hubs just laughed and pointed out that I was w30 yesterday - of course I feel shitty today!  LOL:P  He gets it!  He is doing really well - he is past half-way and we are loving making this change together.  We are both getting more & more comfortable in the kitchen and it's FUN!  Making this a lifestyle is going to be a breeze, as long as we pay attention and bounce back after we've gone off the rails.  I'm tired of feeling tired and cranky so I am breaking up with sugar.  I may have a soda now & then, but am looking at balance at this point.  I had to cancel my trainer again today as my work schedule remains a bit fluid.  It's no fun to be the boss sometimes...  I am desperate for a haircut and am super bloated, but I will change my picture soon - since my Packers are done:(.  We did love these during the game, though https://onceamonthmeals.com/recipes/paleo-buffalo-chicken-wings/.  

InstanPot - opinions?

Have a great Tuesday everyone!:wub:

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5 hours ago, mhemm said:

@Jessica NG - I'm sorry to hear about your mom!  Hang in there, Lady!:wub:

I am struggling after a very non-compliant week and weekend.  I realized this morning that a lot of my issues have been hormonal - as Aunt Flo arrived this morning.:huh:  You'd think I would have this figured out by now...  Anyway, sugar is the name of the game.  Yesterday was a w30 day and I felt pretty good.  Woke up this morning feeling crappy - as I have every day 2 (there have been several).  The hubs just laughed and pointed out that I was w30 yesterday - of course I feel shitty today!  LOL:P  He gets it!  He is doing really well - he is past half-way and we are loving making this change together.  We are both getting more & more comfortable in the kitchen and it's FUN!  Making this a lifestyle is going to be a breeze, as long as we pay attention and bounce back after we've gone off the rails.  I'm tired of feeling tired and cranky so I am breaking up with sugar.  I may have a soda now & then, but am looking at balance at this point.  I had to cancel my trainer again today as my work schedule remains a bit fluid.  It's no fun to be the boss sometimes...  I am desperate for a haircut and am super bloated, but I will change my picture soon - since my Packers are done:(.  We did love these during the game, though https://onceamonthmeals.com/recipes/paleo-buffalo-chicken-wings/.  

InstanPot - opinions?

Have a great Tuesday everyone!:wub:

One of my goals is to be able to put myself right back on plan after a day or two off.  I think that will be most helpful in the long term.  If I have a death grip on it (or it does on me), then that's not healthy nor sustainable.  So although I had a few (horribly) non-compliant days this past month, I'm looking at them more as development/learning opportunities - and encouragement that, yes, I haven't blown everything.  It also gives me an opportunity to learn WHY I don't want to eat certain things - or copious amounts of certain things.

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Every time we look though the books to find recipes for the week, it encourages us to stay on the plan.  We LOVE the food we have been eating and the recipes seem to make it easy for us to keep eating this way (they *are* work, but we have to feed the  family anyway...).

 

This week we are going to have the Moroccan-spiced slow-cooker beef over cauliflower rice that is in the new book.  And the raspberry chicken with plantains from the last book.  (We planned to do that recipe last week, but the plantains are still not black like the recipe suggests.)

 

After two months, I still have my favorite breakfast of sweet potatoes, eggs, and grapefruit.  I think I eat it 5 days out of the week, and I still look forward to it.  I don't know what I am going to do when grapefruit season is over.  

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4 hours ago, IronGirlTrixie said:

I lurve :wub: my instant pot. Made delish Gulaschesuppe in it on Saturday. The leftovers were even better!

If you're a soup / stew person it's perfect!  It's also the best way to make hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel! 

Somebody I know said this exact thing about the eggs - today!  She has just started using her InstantPot and said she is not doing eggs any other way from now on.  

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On January 23, 2017 at 0:31 PM, Jessica NG said:

My mom is in the hospital again and not doing well. Her kidneys have failed, but as I understand it the doctors are now looking at dialysis. No one has yet said to prepare ourselves for the worst, so there is still hope. But I am shaken and scared. My brother is waiting to hear from the kidney specialist, and then he will call me to tell me what he learns. The plan for going forward is still being formulated.

I hope your mom is doing better and that the medical workers can help her get through this in good shape.

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10 hours ago, IronGirlTrixie said:

I didn't succumb to the dragon. But I did dream of donuts thinking I did give in when I woke up. Then this morning, I was slow to start and I truly considered going back to my old habit of picking up something not compliant on the way to work. Whoa, brain! Just hold your horses! I didn't do it. But I was really considering it. 

Woot woot! Three cheers for @IronGirlTrixie! Way to go! :D

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10 hours ago, mhemm said:

He gets it!  He is doing really well - he is past half-way and we are loving making this change together.  We are both getting more & more comfortable in the kitchen and it's FUN!  Making this a lifestyle is going to be a breeze, as long as we pay attention and bounce back after we've gone off the rails.

You guys are awesome! Love the sound of the two of you being such a great team together with the Whole30.

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This morning I received a  ray of hope from the kidney specialist's assessment of my mom.

Although her kidney function is currently zero (not good), when my brother asked if her kidneys were permanently out of action, the nephrologist said, "No, they could recover some function." The nephrologist is puzzled as to what caused her kidneys to shut down. There is no urinary tract blockage. There does not seem to be infection.

He wants to do dialysis because it is absolutely needed--having toxins in your blood is the reverse of helpful! He then wants to continue monitoring and see if something more comes to light.

My brother talked with a medical colleague of his (who is an associate professor of radiology at Johns Hopkins) and the colleague was encouraging. He validated the nephrologist's approach. He thinks that severe dehydration could explain what happened--since Mom is old and her kidneys were not 100%, she could react more strongly than others to dehydration. He also thinks there is a chance that the kidneys may start to function some.

So at this point we hope the dialysis works well, and we keep praying.

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@Jessica NG - Glad to hear there's hope your mom might recover some Kidney function, will continue to pray for her healing and your families strength.

Today has been the roughest day so far. Received some bad news from my mom - my dad who's been struggling to find consistent work for the last three years - lost another contract job today. And my wife - who interviewed for a promotion last week which she's been working for the last several years - found out today who got the job instead of her, a 25 year old male with less education, less department and managerial experience, and less qualifications in every possible way. He was the only male to apply for the job, he's also the least qualified of all who applied, but he's dating the daughter of one of the former district managers who apparently has enough pull to get this incompetent kid hired into a position he's in no way qualified for, it was depressing, and frustrating news to say the least.

So with both of those pieces of news, I have been craving Starbucks, and other junk food like no other day so far. Truthfully, I've been in a funk all week, this just added to it and I'm over Whole30 for the day. I'll be good, but it's been really difficult to stay compliant.

Looking forward to having the next two days off work. Plan to go do something fun with the wife tomorrow, we both need it. It's been a couple months since we've really gone and done something fun, just the two of us.

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10 hours ago, browneyedbeauty said:

Today has been the roughest day so far. Received some bad news from my mom - my dad who's been struggling to find consistent work for the last three years - lost another contract job today. And my wife - who interviewed for a promotion last week which she's been working for the last several years - found out today who got the job instead of her, a 25 year old male with less education, less department and managerial experience, and less qualifications in every possible way. He was the only male to apply for the job, he's also the least qualified of all who applied, but he's dating the daughter of one of the former district managers who apparently has enough pull to get this incompetent kid hired into a position he's in no way qualified for, it was depressing, and frustrating news to say the least.

Ouch! That is a rough week. My heart goes out to your dad. And I'm angry about the incompetent youngster swooping up a job due to nepotism. Grrr!

10 hours ago, browneyedbeauty said:

Looking forward to having the next two days off work. Plan to go do something fun with the wife tomorrow, we both need it. It's been a couple months since we've really gone and done something fun, just the two of us.

That's really smart. I hope you enjoy the heck out whatever you decide upon.

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Hello Ladies! I haven't dropped off the edge of the Earth.  My husband was here this weekend and I was trying focus my attention on him ;)

Interesting to note that I definitely eat more when he's around (he's a big guy and eats big servings, and tends to serve everyone else the same) and also we had things like cashews around that I normally do not keep in the house. These are things I'm going to have to learn to navigate when we finally live together! Also, I do not go to the gym when he's here for two reasons: 1) we jam pack our schedule with work meetings when we're together and 2) if he's not going, it's hard to make myself go. SO WHINEY!!  I have to create some workable solutions for that.

@mhemm glad you and your hubby are doing well with Whole30!  I realized this week that the things that it making it easier for me to stay on track is that when I'm non-compliant, there may be an ingredient or two that's not compliant, but I am not going off the rails with things like bread and sugar.  I was a huge Diet Coke addict when I did my first Whole30, and haven't touched it in 2 1/2 years. You might get to the point where an occasional soda isn't worth it because it's hard to get back on track. It's taken me a long, long time to get there. I have become weary of the one for a couple days/off for a couple days cycle because the off never really lasts a couple days - more like months or even years!

Alright, what's the instapot?

@Kathleenkp kudos to your and your husband, too!

@Jessica NG and @IronGirlTrixie are you hanging in there?

@Laurie and @higs check in and let us know how you're doing!

@browneyedbeauty so much frustration - great that you are hanging in there. I always think sugar will make me feel better, and it does - for approximately 90 seconds and then I feel worse than before I ate it. Keep on keepin' on and plan some fun you can look forward to.

@MizRik we miss you - how are you doing?

 

 

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@CCLaymon 

I fell off the wagon Saturday night during a party. Those cookies I had been craving appeared at the party. Then I went for all the things in sight. I didn't feel super bad about it. But the next day it continued a bit. Most likely because I was tired. 

I've put the sugar dragon back in its box. Didn't take as long this time but it was a fierce battle. I've got to find some time today to do a cook up. I'm tired of scrambling for a compliant meal. 

Brain is also continuing to scream hey clutterclear. Get on this already. But I get home from work tired so I have to find a way to motivate myself to get things done. I mean this morning I dumped the laundry on the bed cause then I have no choice but to fold and put it away. Yup, that room still hasn't been cleared as a workspace yet. You know, the one I said I was going to do last weekend. Sigh. 

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Oh I forgot to describe the Instant Pot. It's a stand alone pressure cooker. But it's also a 7 in one cooker. Saute, steam, slow cooker, rice maker and yogurt maker settings.  So the soup I made the other day, I was able to brown the meat, saute the veggies then pressure cook the whole thing in the same pot. 

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I am staying compliant, but still having some FODMAP struggles. The book about the auto-immune protocol said that while garlic will upset the digestion of FODMAP-sensitive people, oil infused with garlic does not. The key is to not eat the garlic clove itself. So I hoped that some compliant pickles I purchased, which do have garlic bits in the vinegar solution, would be alright, so long as I didn't eat any of the garlic bits. Not true. My poor gut suffered for the entire time it took those pickles to leave my body. Lesson learned.

I haven't heard how my mom has been doing today, so I am anxious.

Furthermore, I received some information from my son's counselor that means it is going to be much harder to resolve the ongoing problem with his English teacher, so I am super anxious about that.

And on top of these things, the school nurse just called to say that my son was having chest pains that had been intermittent in the morning and had now become constant. My husband just left to take our son to an urgent care center.

Today...just got a whole lot worse in the past 30 minutes. :(

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