Pied Piper

Starting today - August 19

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Starting Whole30 today in earnest! Eased in for the past week as I read and prepped and already, without sugar, alcohol and minimal grains and dairy, my brain is clearer, my energy and strength have improved. I’m looking forward to determining the exact food and/or alcohol culprits for my aging brain’s fog and sluggish processing. I turned 60 this summer and start my 28th year of university teaching this week, so this is a great window for a change.  Looking to all of you for support!

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Hi Pied Piper.  

I also am starting Whole30 today.  This is my 3rd attempt.  First one was successful, the second one was not.  Looking forward to seeing your progress (NSVs) on the forum.

 

 

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Thanks so much, this is also my first foray into forums, lots of firsts this week. Nice to know there are folks who are steppin’ right along with me.  Day 2!

How are you doing?

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So far so good today!  Just a slight headache.  But other than that, it's been good.  Yesterday, I found myself hungry in between meals, so today made a little bigger lunch.  How about you?  How is it going?

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I am doing well - Remarkable energy, clear brain firing on all cylinders, optimistic and confident mood - it’s quite astonishing.  I had already started to tell people that I was going to retire in two years and I didn’t know how I was going to slog through. I guess it’s one day a time but I am floating. 

I do need to plan meals more carefully, bought almost all the ingredients for the first three days but am eating leftovers before I fix the next thing. I’ll figure it out. Day 3! Too much energy to sleep!

Keep me updated, Sandra A!

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I also started on Monday.  I have done the Whole30 in the past but not for a few years.  I am feeling a little sluggish with a slight headache today, but I think it is to be expected, after dropping sugar and alcohol from my diet (along with the carbs, dairy, grains and soy!).  Here is to a strong Day 3!

Cathy

 

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Hello ladies.

So far things have been going better than expected.  I don't feel like I have a lot of extra energy, but I don't feel sluggish.  When I went grocery shopping, I just bought different meats, vegetables and fruits.  I figure I'll slowly add other things (coconut aminos, ghee, etc.) as I go along.  I have had a slight headache the last two days, but not sure if it is from the weather or Whole30!

Have either of you used Ghee before?  During my first Whole30 go around, I never did use it.  Maybe it would bring a different flavor to my veggies!  I can say that I LOVE crossing off each successful day on my calendar!  It's a great reminder that this can be done.

Keep me posted!

 

Sandy

 

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Day Four - and just finished a challenging day of being there for all my students - so I can feel how present I am, empathic but not absorbing their 20 year old angst (I’m sure I don’t hear it all but I hear enough).  Typically I am rattled and ungrounded by the role I play but somehow there is a shift already.  Can it really be just this new way of being intentional about what goes into my body? Time will tell, and the reintroduction procedures in 26 days seems systematic and objective. But I’m getting ahead of ourselves.  

Let’s talk favorite foods- favorite breakfast routines?  Mine is some combo of veggies from my garden (kale, arugula, tomatoes or Tomatillos, basil, cilantro) with 2 eggs sautéd in a little OO, black coffee, side of avocado and blueberries, the dog with her bowl all out on the patio with my journal and phone (to record the sunrise and sunset times every day and now to text you folks), and planner.  Yea, don’t hate me, that does sound stupidly idyllic  but I am grateful. It sets my day.

 

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Yea Sandy and Cathy, we’ll done ladies! I just tried ghee for the 2nd time, seems better this time, a higher quality one perhaps. Still doesn’t taste like butter but perhaps it will grow on me. Going to the farmer’s market to see what’s there that I don’t have in the home garden. Would like to roast lots of root veggies for the week. Crockpotting a roast tomorrow and pork chops tonight, so our busy weeknights will have some leftover options. 

Day Six begins!! Good luck out there - balance is all about constant micro-adjustments - true in a yoga balance as it is in sustenance choices... oo deep stuff, my apologies. 

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Sounds like things are going great so far!!  I want to try ghee, but have not so far.  I feel like I've been grocery shopping for days!  Hopefully my meals will be a little quicker this week.  I wish I had the time, or wanted to make time to do things ahead.  For quick, I'm starving meals, I bought the chile lime chicken burgers from Trader Joe's and the Aidells chicken apple sausage, plenty of greens too.  

One NSV, according to my Fitbit, I slept just over 8 hours, which I have not done in years.  So I hope this continues!  Also, my pants seem to fit just a tad better.

Well, we all made it though the first week.  Congrats!  Let's keep it up. 

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Great tips and progress, Sandy!  Good for you. I made the crockpot brisket (although I used a bottom round roast - briskets are huge!).  It was delicious.

I’m not much of binge eater but I do like a snack after work, so the Costco Nut Butter is legume free and tahini as well make a great hummus substitute. Those “dips” with a bowl of carrot and celery sticks and wahla! I also shredded a yellow carrot into my morning egg scramble and my eye and palate were fooled into thinking it was shredded cheese. Remarkable how easy it is, at least in some cases, not to miss it.

I’m already dreading the holidays and vacations that are punctuated with wine and drinks, indulgent desserts and all manner of non-compliant items. For now, let’s celebrate Day 9!

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Thanks!  Trying trying.  

The nut butter and tahini sounds great.  I find that I have been hungry in between meals this go around.  Not sure if it's because I am working out, or if it is a mental thing.  So that sounds like a good thing to eat in a pinch.  Funny how we can trick our minds into thinking we are eating something else when we really are not (thinking about your yellow carrots!!).  

Don't think too far ahead.  One day at a time.  Hopefully by the time all the fun things roll around, you will have a better handle on food and will be able to indulge responsibly.  That's my hope as well.  With fall right around the corner, the wineries keep calling!  I think we are doing great so far.  Let's keep it up!

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Yea! Day 14! I’m feeling good, mind is still clear, Friday night’s gig outdoors without light and a leaf blower accompanying “In a Sentimental Mood” did not throw me.  

 I do have a concern: a bit of an ache/ irritation in my stomach after dinner. Perhaps I need to eat earlier, take a walk after and drink more water. It seems to be correlated to white meat chicken. 

Found a pork shoulder on sale, so trying the carnitas in the crockpot today. Also, 3rd time’s a charm on the mayo - a hand mixer works, good excuse to buy one. That makes a huge difference for quick weekend lunches or quick bit when hungry and tempted  - a can of good tuna, a little chopped celery and my magical mayo and wha-la, Bob’s your uncle! Instant protein salad!

Two pans of Roasted veggies last night will last me through my weekly lunches. Need to find a butcher to grind chicken thighs for me, meatball recipe with zoodles is on the menu for later in the week. Even buying new fresh organic spices was a joy. Making me a priority is new and different. 

Hang in there ladies!

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Can't believe we are almost halfway through!!  Not sure why you would have an ache in your stomach.  It's good that you notice it happens when you eat white chicken meat.  Could it have been a bad batch of chicken, or has it happened all along?  

I've not tried the homemade mayo.  It seemed like people had a hard time getting the right consistency.  I've been mixing my tuna with avocado.  It's not too bad.  Trader Joe's Chile Lime Chicken burgers have become a staple.  They are just fast and easy to make.

Congrats on making it this far.  Let's keep plugging along!!

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Ok, this is Day 27, reintroduction protocol could start on Wednesday. What’s your plan?

The pseudo-scientist in me is going for the fast track, 100% agave tequila first (very scientific...) since it is gluten free. I typically have a bout of mild depression two days later.  Sat or Sun (depending on how I feel): peanuts (my most often used legume); Tues or Wed: corn; following week: Sat/Sun: non-gluten grains; Tues/Wed: dairy; Sat/Sun: gluten grains.  

Reports are that the introduction is a rocky road. Let’s keep in touch about our findings!

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Day 30! I can’t believe it! I feel so good and may modify my reintroductions, thinking I may start with peanuts and wait for the weekend to “take my dose” of alcohol. I’ve been reading “It Starts With Food”, which is really inspiring me to keep this lifestyle as my regular routine, allowing occasional exceptions once I determine which offenders to ban altogether - those that have been contributing factors in my brain issues.

30 days of comfort food/alcohol restrictions in exchange for a mind that feels 30 years younger? Not such a difficult sacrifice!

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Is today really day 30?  Man, that went by pretty quickly.  I have note read "It Starts with Food."  I think I will get it.  I was looking at "Food Freedom."  

I'm not sure what food I will introduce first.  Wine is always a good thing!  I also will keep this as my routine, but maybe allow some grains in , as long as they don't mess with me when reintroduced.  

Way to go Pied Piper!!

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