NathalyAF

Doctor's orders meets readiness to act

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Hi all! I'm a 36 y/o breadwinning mom with a demanding dream job and beautiful little family. I'm overweight (5'6", 210 lbs) and have PCOS. We're thinking about having #2 but before making the dive I've been working on prioritizing "self-care", stress reduction and generally achieving a better sense of balance (i.e., making time for friends, hobbies, hubby, exercise, etc in addition to work & mommying).

Part of the self-care has been making the time to deal with annoying health issues I've been ignoring for a long time. I've been going to the dermatologist to deal with persistent acne for over a year now with no noticeable results. In the last meeting, my derm suggested starting Accutane which I've been apprehensive about. I went to my primary yesterday evening to discuss and after reviewing my family history of insulin resistance (long line of diabetics on my dad's side), my primary recommended me trying the whole 30. I started this morning. So far, so good!

Wish me luck!!

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Good luck to you.  Keep a journal of what you are eating so that you can look back at it and make adjustments where necessary. Plan, plan, plan, and read, read, read.  

Is your husband going to do this with you?  My man isn't, but he eats whatever I cook so that helps.  I keep it simple and he doesn't even know the difference.

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NathalyAF,

It sounds like you are a busy woman! Good luck to you, and update us on how your journey is going. I like pearlgirl2017's suggestion to keep a journal of what you are eating, too. I just joined the forum today and am starting my second round of Whole30. As I remember it, those self care tasks (be it journaling, seeing friends, hobbies, etc.) definitely helped me focus on something other than cravings. 

I look forward to hearing about your 30 days!

-Rachel

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Pearlgirl - he's not. But he's super supportive so I'm not worried. He's a cheerleader for me on this.

What's this about adjusting? You mean after the 30 days? I haven't read past Step 3 so I dunno how the re-introduction of foods that cause an inflammation response is supposed to work..

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Rachel - thanks for mentioning that. Also, day 2 lunch and I added boiled potatoes to my chicken and broccoli. Never felt more grateful for a billed potato! Lol. Truth is tho -- it's only bc of the ILLUSION of a 3-part meal. It's weird how strongly I've been acclimated to believe that a meal without a carb is missing something..

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1 hour ago, NathalyAF said:

What's this about adjusting?

I mean to your meal plans.  I felt extremely fatigued in the first week.  That wasn't supposed to happen until around days 7-8.  Looking back at my Day By Day journal and my Plan To Eat meal planning app I saw that I had not had any starchy carbs.  At all.  In fact it was all veggies from the same family - cabbages.  Adjustments have been made in my meal planner to include a bigger variety of non-starchy veggies and a few potatoes. 

With a journal you can look back and see if all your meals contained a protein, fat and carb.  I write in mine that ______ was my protein, _____ was my fat, and _____was my carb.  

You can also make notes about how you felt after that meal.  Still hungry?  Over-stuffed?  Did it last 4-5 hours?  Did it make you crave something sweet? That is what I mean by making adjustments where necessary.

I'm on Day 11 today.  So far so good.

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3 hours ago, NathalyAF said:

Rachel - thanks for mentioning that. Also, day 2 lunch and I added boiled potatoes to my chicken and broccoli. Never felt more grateful for a billed potato! Lol. Truth is tho -- it's only bc of the ILLUSION of a 3-part meal. It's weird how strongly I've been acclimated to believe that a meal without a carb is missing something..

We recommend a fist sized serving of starchy carb a day to start with - more for those that are especially active, athletes, persons on or near their period, persons with mood disorders, so that boiled potato is a good thing!  Just make sure you're doing the rest of your veggies for the day as non starchy :)

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Hello! I started on the 15th and am ticking along quite nicely too. My husband isn't doing W30 either, but is supportive and will eat what I make. I have always had different sides to him, so it's not a big adjustment. 

I'm doing this to try and isolate some health issues too - I have a elimination diagnosis of IBS (meaning they can't find anything else wrong with me, so IBS is the fallback position) and I have had chronic vertigo for a year and a half that no one can diagnose (despite multiple MRIs, 2 neurologists, 1 optha-neurologist, an ENT specialist etc etc). I have a history of whacky intolerances which come and go, so I'm hoping that is these conditions clear while I'm on W30 I can isolate causes.

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3 hours ago, pearlgirl2017 said:

I mean to your meal plans.  I felt extremely fatigued in the first week.  That wasn't supposed to happen until around days 7-8.  Looking back at my Day By Day journal and my Plan To Eat meal planning app I saw that I had not had any starchy carbs.  At all.  In fact it was all veggies from the same family - cabbages.  Adjustments have been made in my meal planner to include a bigger variety of non-starchy veggies and a few potatoes. 

With a journal you can look back and see if all your meals contained a protein, fat and carb.  I write in mine that ______ was my protein, _____ was my fat, and _____was my carb.  

You can also make notes about how you felt after that meal.  Still hungry?  Over-stuffed?  Did it last 4-5 hours?  Did it make you crave something sweet? That is what I mean by making adjustments where necessary.

I'm on Day 11 today.  So far so good.

Wow! Impressive!! I hadn't thought about any of this. Thanks!

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16 hours ago, SchrodingersCat said:

Hello! I started on the 15th and am ticking along quite nicely too.

Hello and welcome.  I'm on Day 12.  Not quite "rockin' along" yet but hopefully getting there soon.  I've set my phone alarm to go off every 1.5 hours today.  I seem to be forgetting to drink any water the last couple of days.  Not good when increasing the vegetable/fiber intake.  

My goal is to bring my blood pressure and my blood sugar levels down, and to break the snacking habit.  And I would love to have the energy level of a toddler.  

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Day 16.  I made sure to measure my vegetable this morning.  I don't think I have been eating the required amount.  So this morning I had 2 poached eggs, 1 link of Aidell's chicken apple sausage, and 2 cooked cups of shredded cabbage sauteed in bacon drippings. I am quite full. 

2 cups cooked turned out to be the whole head of a small cabbage.  I thought for sure there would be some of it left for lunch.

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It's going on 2:30 and I'm finally starting to feel hungry.  I probably could have eaten an hour ago but I really wanted to see how long that breakfast (at 8:30) would last me. 

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9 minutes ago, pearlgirl2017 said:

It's going on 2:30 and I'm finally starting to feel hungry.  I probably could have eaten an hour ago but I really wanted to see how long that breakfast (at 8:30) would last me. 

That's a good experiment to do so you know what your expectation will be in a situation where you end up having to go longer than 4-5 hours for a meal but for the rest of the time we recommend eating every 4-5 hours... often 'hungry' when you're eating this way isn't 'I'm going to starve or kill someone or both'... :) 

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18 hours ago, SugarcubeOD said:

often 'hungry' when you're eating this way isn't 'I'm going to starve or kill someone or both'... :) 

By 2:30 I was just starting to feel like I could eat something.  I wasn't starving or even really very hungry, just felt like I finally could eat.  And yes, if there is a time that I know I won't be able to eat a regular lunchtime meal I will definitely have that for breakfast again.  But it threw off my eating schedule for the entire day.  I try to have breakfast by 8, lunch at 1, and dinner by 6 or 7.  

I just keep moving on, trying to make tomorrow better than yesterday...

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