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Hi, regarding the alkaline/acidic question, I can share my experience.  I went for a physical last year after doing a Whole30 and continuing to eat that way for 2 months.  My urine test result was flagged, as my urine was above normal alkalinity (I think around 8.0 ph?).  I asked my integrative doctor if I should be concerned and she said no, of course it was more alkaline - I had cleaned my diet up!  So, I think you are on to something!  

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I think there's a lot of risk in looking at your weight every day. It's not measuring fat vs sugar adaptation. How could it? I think your hunger between meals is your best tracker. If you feel like snacking two hours after eating a breakfast high in starch or with added sugar, that tells you your body just burned through your sugar and it wants more.

If you're looking at the scale every day, it's probably just measuring water. I ate my first plate that included beans for breakfast, and I just feel a little fuller so far, not quite bloated but just like, more volume. It's probably the difference in the way different starches require water for digestion? I don't know that much about it, but I really believe that checking your weight every day, and using that number as a basis for analysis of the previous day's eating/activity level is neither accurate nor helpful. Especially when you think of your eating as good and your goal as vigilant. That sounds like a diet that you will crash out of at some point.

I'm not trying to sound harsh or something, I just hope you can gradually (or maybe abruptly, if that's what it takes) divorce the scale as a value system for your life. I think it's the healthy and comfortable place you want to be psychologically, right?

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Just finished dinner- Sunday sauce with polenta again, and I have the slight acidic feeling to my stomach again. Very strange- it’s slight, not even really painful, but I’ll see if it turns into full blown heartburn. Right now it’s just a rumbly tummy.  But even that I’d say is not “worth it” for polenta- at least this polenta.  Turns out I don’t super love it unless it’s cooked in milk with cream and lots of cheese- go figure!  Honestly, it’s just pretty bland and I probably would’ve preferred sweet potato or zucchini zoodles had I not been doing this reintro.  Tomorrow will be a better test as far as what I miss/crave- whole kernel corn.  Especially in the summer- it’s prob my go-to ingredient.  I’d originally only planned on it for lunch- a semi puréed corn dish with coconut milk, shrimp, and roasted peppers, but I think I’ll add some of the frozen corn kernels to my scrambled eggs in the morning.  what the heck- make it a bigger test.

Other than that, energy/cravings/mood were all good today. Got pretty hungry for dinner, but not abnormally so (and was pretty light on protein for lunch- I had puréed cauliflower soup and I dumped two sausage balls in to get some protein- but prob should’ve had three, had they fit!)

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@berry straw that is so interesting, thank you! I think there’s something to it, maybe.  Again yesterday I def had an acidic tummy. I hope it’s less so today with the corn, but we’ll see. I did a little research on alkaline vs acidic and what food can cause what- it does seem like corn is on the list for acidic (but so is a lot of other stuff I eat regularly, like meat and eggs).  Like I said, it’s been fairly mild, so while not worth it for gross polenta, it would be for creamed corn.

After the corn-heavy lunch, I’m back to W30 through Friday and then off to Vegas for the weekend!  That’s when I switch from my “fast track” reintro to my slow-roll/is it worth it phase?  Should be interesting, and Vegas seems like a good place to practice since there are just so. many. options.  I’ve got reservations at a few places that I know have W30 options, and the rest I’ll wing it!  Then a week of back to Whole 30- and I’m actually really excited since I’m going to invest in a W30-approved meal delivery service.  A whole work week of not cooking- what a dream!  On one hand, I hope I like it;  on the other, I hope I don’t like it too much - I could prob get really used to it.

Weight is still slightly up again, so while one or two days could be a fluctuation, eventually it seems like a trend.  Oh well, just one more day to go, which should help reveal the trend (or non-trend), then back at W30. And even if I go off the rails in Vegas (although I have a pretty good feeling I won’t- I’m starting to feel really confident, which is soooo nice), I’ll have the following week of Whole7 to fix me right back up.  It’s been two weeks from the end of my Jan W30, and I’ve remained committed to the reintro process, and it’s def starting to feel easy and habit-like.  I’m very excited, I do think I’m nearing the point where this starts to feel second nature, so once I finish the reintro (and having to be soooooooo observant about everything), I think I’ll have a good, sustainable way of eating established for myself.

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Non-gluten reintro complete!  Good news, bad news- the whole corn reintro did not give me heartburn/“acid tummy” but it did trigger my Sugar Dragon and cause my energy levels to crash.  Bummer. I had corn with my scrambled eggs and immediately thought, wow, this is sweet- yum! And it got worse from there.  

I sautéed some frozen kernel corns in ghee and coconut milk, then roughly puréed, and had that as a base for a shrimp gumbi-ish dish for lunch.  Really good, but again, tasted so sweet to me, and immediately after eating I craved something sweet. I skipped it and went to the gym instead, but my energy levels crashed after that- I had to eat dinner at 5:00.  I had two big slices of roast pork and a ton of broccoli, which seems to have set me right, but I’ll be glad to be back on W30 tomorrow to truly even out energy levels.

lesson learned- corn is okay-ish,but prob best with a really well-balanced meal with extra vigilance for the sugar dragon!

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Finishing up Day 2 of my W30 between non-gluten reintro and my slowroll plan for my weekend in Vegas, and I have to say, I feel great!  Like, definitely back to Tigers Blood with energy and mood, which made me realize that I felt pretty not-great on some of those reintro days.  Especially yesterday morning, I had a pretty low mood.  Not sure how that factors into my ultimate FFF eating plan, but it is very nice to know that just one full day of eating W30 can get me back on track.

So now today I’m packing for Vegas and getting very excited. I’ve planned out where we’re eating and have even selected a few dishes I know I want to try- all W30! (This is not new behavior for me though, I routinely stalk the menus of places I plan to eat and pick out my order in advance.).  Our big meals will be lunch and dinner, and our breakfasts will likely just be at the coffee shop in the hotel- I think that’ll actually be the most challenging- likely there won’t be many W30 options and no “worth it” splurge foods (I’m not a fan of breakfast pastries), so I think the challenge will be for me to eat enough for breakfast.  I’m hoping there will be hard boiled eggs available, and I guess fruit.  I’m packing jerky and a few Rx bars, but wonder if that’s better than just under-eating? Happy to hear thoughts.  If breakfast the first day goes off the rails, I’m fully prepared to splurge on a picky room service order the next day!

After Vegas I have a full 7 days of W30 eating planned to recalibrate before I start reintro again.  It’ll be interesting to see how many days of W30 eating I need to feel back on track, although I suppose that’ll depend a lot of how off track I get.  

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I did it!  I survived Vegas! Even more than survived, I thrived! It was awesome. I really stuck to my plan, and it was perfect. We flew out late Friday and so I had a big Chopt salad for dinner (for real- it was prob $20 with all the extras, chicken, egg whites, avocado, tons of compliant veggies- give it all to me!)  So that keep me fueled through most of the morning too- was able to have a good, slow run at the gym and took advantage of their free apples and oranges, plus my stash of pistachios along with an almond milk latte kept me fueled til lunch.  For lunch had a Cobb salad minus the cheese and just a squeeze of lemon for dressing. So far, so good, nothing off track.  Breakfast never really fit the template, but I decided I preferred that to trying to wrangle something not so satisfying but expensive at a restaurant.

Dinner likely had some off plan ingredients at an Asian-fusion place (I’m sure there was soy sauce and likely some butter for finishing).  Had short ribs and roasted balsamic sprouts, plus a octopus salad with peppers. In spite of the likely presence of some slight off-plan ingredients, I felt no Ill effects at all.  Dessert didn’t even tempt my husband, which is a rarity- he just got an ice cream at one of the cafes, which wasn’t a temptation for me.

I was worried about the next morning because I wanted to be sure I had enough fuel for my long run. Contemplated a complicated room service meal, contemplated my rx bar and more nuts- but ultimately, I just went for it without breakfast. Turns out I had my best run ever (well, in quite some time) - five miles straight, never hit the wall.   Worked out perfect.

After that we took a long walk up the strip, stopping at various places for me to lose $20 at each- but I don’t consider it losing because I get a free drink! And I adore the people watching in casinos.  So def my biggest off-plan/non compliant item all weekend was the various glasses of champagne. Loved.  Then on to Jaleo for lunch, which may seem odd bc we have one in DC, but it’s my favorite restaurant, I know what items I can have, and Jose andres is a person hero of mine, so it made sense. I had the jamon, patatas bravos and the gambas al ajillo shared with hubby. He had gazpacho, which was amazing, and if it followed the tradional recipe (and it tasted like it), there was definitely gluten in.  Even with a few bites, I had no Ill effects.

For dinner we had our best, and probably most W30 meal (and prob not coincidentally, most expensive).  It was late, so we jumped into the mains with no apps- I had a bone-in tenderloin (which I’ve never seen bf at a butcher’s counter, am now going to make it my life’s work to find an consume again), green beans with preserved lemon and a tomato compote.  Side of truffle fries and these amazing cippoline onions with balsamic, peppers and jalapeño. I def want to recreate something similar for breakfasts to have with poached eggs.  Attempting that this weekend.  John had dessert, but again, not tempted.

On to the final meal, (other than about four gallons cucumber water and an apple while waiting for my facial), fancy burger at the same restaurant we ate at after we got married! So fun- we had to walk the entire strip, but it was nice to get out in the fresh air.  I had a Kobe burger with caramelized onions and truffle mayo, no bun! It was perfect! Def did not miss the bun, and the wine paired with it was amazing.  After the long walk there and no breakfast, I was starving, and that just made it sooooo much better.  I did my “is it worth it,” and “is one bite enough” tests, and it was worth it- the whole thing! It got me all the way home through this morning without needing more food (I get scared to fly so can’t eat, so that was a perfect end to the trip.)

honsetly, the trip could not have gone better. It was such a good feeling to know with a little planning I could have everything I wanted and not feel bad about any of it.  I didn’t gain an ounce, and my energy level and mood is perfect (albeit still recovering a bit from my pill from the plane.)

 

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