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« Reply #600 on: November 20, 2015, 08:52:20 AM »
Thanks for sharing, Orvell and congrats on two weeks sugar-free! That is an AWESOME accomplishment!

And...Faraday...another awesome response my internet crush grows by the day <3 ;)

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« Reply #601 on: November 20, 2015, 09:10:06 AM »
Thanks for sharing, Orvell and congrats on two weeks sugar-free! That is an AWESOME accomplishment!

And...Faraday...another awesome response my internet crush grows by the day <3 ;)

Back at you, Whole30 Goddess. <3

Wait...did I say that out loud?!?! :-) 
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« Reply #602 on: November 20, 2015, 11:03:58 AM »
Thanks for the pep talks 1967mama, swick and faraday. Have woken hungry for my whole30 breakfast. It's true that I have come along way -eating crap since I left home 20 years ago and turning that around completely in 2 months. I do feel that I have control of my eating and emotions when it comes to food. And it is empowering to know that those foods that I used to run off the rails with have lost their pull. Faraday is right that I feel like I have a deeper understanding of what my body needs and wants and this will lead to a lifetime of better eating habits well beyond 30 days. Thanks again for the support,  love you guys. And Oro, hang with us and you'll get there in a surprisingly short time.

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« Reply #603 on: November 20, 2015, 02:24:43 PM »

These comments are splendid, spectacular news! "WTF is Faraday babbling about now?!?!?" :-) Your "cheats" SHOULD change into something different than they were before, and they HAVE!!! That's awesome!

If I cheated and were to overdo it - even to a mere fraction of what I used to do - I get sick and feel bad for hours or even days and I crave to go back to what works and feels good.  I think about the keto foods I'd rather have had and that I just displaced them in my food for the day and it makes me sorry - not guilty - sorry - that I passed up the opportunity to have something better.

Who was it - swick, I think, talking about weight loss being a side effect?!?! When you experience the desire to come back after a cheat, that means you've reached a deeper understanding in your body of what it needs and that you'd rather feed yourself foods that make you feel better. It's more immediate feedback from your body and it's GREAT!

Notice I'm not talking about guilt. I believe guilt is an incomplete response because it's missing the consciousness of what you could have done instead, what you would have preferred, instead. Guilt brings you down but doesn't reinforce the positive work you have already done.

Guilt steals your control, your power, your personal responsibility. Built-in to guilt is the idea that you are merely a subject, obeying a rule. This is not what we are. Even when we "cheat", we are still the same person who is the catalyst for change. We are still the prime mover, the owner of our bodies and the seeker of change. We are changing how we fuel our bodies to achieve enhanced performance, longevity and happiness.

Guilt is felt superficially, kinda around your head. Regret and a desire for what you have chosen, you can feel that a little more completely, it accompanies that "yuck" feeling in your entire body. It's a more life-changing, profound experience.

So: we do these experiments, we feel the emptiness and it reinforces us. It gives us new awareness of what works for ourselves and what doesn't. It makes us stronger and more committed to our choices and eating lifestyles!

Hack the Diet! Yay!

This!  I've grown so much in the last 2 1/2 months that my guilt about what I'm eating has really turned into life lessons. If I choose to eat something like cornbread (which I did two weeks ago), I didn't feel one bit guilty, but WOW did I ever pay for it with a gut that felt like it was going to explode.  And guess what!  That lesson is what helped me say NO to a piece of sourdough bread last night. My cold has been kicking me in the butt, and I just want comfort food. Last night when I warmed up this sourdough bread (only because I need to get it out of the pantry and my boys love it), I REALLY, REALLY wanted a piece. It smelled amazing, it was warm, and I could even visualize the melting butter on top. But sanity quickly returned when I thought about that cornbread. I said no, the boys what they wanted, and the rest went into the trash. WIN!


Last year I ate an entire Walmart tub of frosted mini donuts and made myself actually sick. Binge eating pre-packaged cookies was a bi-weekly occurrence if I was a) feeling down b) feeling up c) feeling down that I wasn't feeling up (so you see, it was whenever. Reasons were excuses). I'm not fat, so for awhile I thought I could get away with this sort of behavior. (LOL. Fun fact: it still fucks you up and you still feel like shit.) I knew it was bad and unhealthy and gross, but I still did it. I'd watched Super Size Me and done a college course in bio that focused on diabetes. I wasn't uneducated about what this stuff does. And I still, a tiny bit, have that urge to just, eat 6 cookies and lay in the crumbs. XD I'm really hoping, like you guys, this will quell that completely. This is week 2 of sugar-free! Commitment is good!


This was me too. I knew better, I am highly educated on what I should and shouldn't eat, but I had an "I don't care" attitude. I think a lot of that is because my cravings were so bad and I just made them worse by eating more crap.

Way to go on the two weeks w/o sugar!  That is a huge accomplishment, and it will only get easier with time.

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« Reply #604 on: November 21, 2015, 01:44:43 AM »

If I cheated and were to overdo it - even to a mere fraction of what I used to do - I get sick and feel bad for hours or even days...

ELI5 (Explain like I'm 5) -- Why is this so, Faraday?

I enjoyed your thoughts here; keep on babbling cuz it makes a lot of sense to me!

Day 42 of my Whole60 now complete. I have to remember to keep Lara bars in my purse. I've been stuck out without compliant food two days in a row.

I think I look pretty decent in my boots and slim jeans -- its been a long time since I've been able to say that. I've started wearing light makeup again (eyes and lips) after a 15 year hiatus. This all feels so good to me!




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« Reply #605 on: November 21, 2015, 11:27:36 AM »
For several years I have had an issue with hyperpigmentation. I have a shadow on my skin from a bruise I got in 2007, a dark splotch above my eyebrow from the one time I had my eyebrows threaded (two years ago), the outlines of band-aids from old cuts, and polka-dots on my arms from past year's mosquitoes. I also have two small burns on my wrist from an oven rack last week. The scab just came off one of them, and the healing skin is a normal new skin pink color!!!! This is huge.

Anyways, day before yesterday was day 30 of my second whole30.

Non scale victories: another 30 days of feeling excellent, and the above mentioned lack of hyper-pigmentation from recent injuries.
Scale victories: 4 1/2 lbs lost, putting me in the top end of the healthy BMI range. I still have somewhere between 12 and 27 lbs to lose, but I am down 30 lbs from my highest weight, and about 20 lbs from starting the whole 30 thing.


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« Reply #606 on: November 21, 2015, 11:39:11 PM »
Wow, Botanist, congratulations on finishing your second Whole30  and those amazing results!  I'm in a funny old place right now, I can't really decide what to do. Should I start again at Day1 after the bender or should I do some reintroduction tinkering? I feel better eating compliant but this time of the year is quite conflicted (except for you, Faraday :). Leaning towards getting back to Day1, will let you know how I go. Think I will go back and read the book and start from scratch again.

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« Reply #607 on: November 22, 2015, 12:14:44 AM »
Wow, Botanist, congratulations on finishing your second Whole30  and those amazing results!  I'm in a funny old place right now, I can't really decide what to do. Should I start again at Day1 after the bender or should I do some reintroduction tinkering? I feel better eating compliant but this time of the year is quite conflicted (except for you, Faraday :). Leaning towards getting back to Day1, will let you know how I go. Think I will go back and read the book and start from scratch again.

Anger and Indignation are our weapons. Feel the power of the dark side! :-)

KS, it's no surprise to me you are having trouble. The enemy is lobbing junk food bombs at you from all sides. I can sense your guilt, your need to "ease" into this or "lean into it". Let me offer some thoughts:

1) YOU are not conflicted. You are immersed in messages to "buy, eat, enjoy". They do everything except SAY the word "binge". Don't internalize what's coming at you from all sides. What you feel is what YOU feel, not what they try to make you feel.

2) Start over but accept what happened as a necessary thing. Forgive yourself, discard the guilt and BURN what you ate through physical activity. EARN AND BURN, baby. Earn and burn.....

I get the conflict, same as you do KS. (How do you think I even THOUGHT UP "The Season Of Insanity"?) I feel it's tug, it's pull. I call on my own anger and indignance to recharge me and give me a way past it.

3) Are you logging what you eat? I use LoseIt, many use MyFitnessPal. Use something and log everything. Not because I'm telling you to police yourself - I'm telling you that you may not be sinning as much as you think, and logging will tell you that.

Here's to a big 'ol Monkey Bowl at ya, KS!
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« Reply #608 on: November 22, 2015, 08:41:46 AM »

Way to go Botanist! It is super interesting to hear about the pigmentation issues and how they are clearing up - talk about an unexpected and awesome side effect!

Wow, Botanist, congratulations on finishing your second Whole30  and those amazing results!  I'm in a funny old place right now, I can't really decide what to do. Should I start again at Day1 after the bender or should I do some reintroduction tinkering? I feel better eating compliant but this time of the year is quite conflicted (except for you, Faraday :). Leaning towards getting back to Day1, will let you know how I go. Think I will go back and read the book and start from scratch again.

KiwiSonya - I might be miss-remembering, but did you do a reintro after your first whole 30?

I know the temptation to just keep going is super strong and many people do it. Just to give you the flip side - I am so so glad that I spent some time in reintro-mode. It makes getting back on the plan (or whatever your version of it ends up being) so much easier.

It gives you context to your decisions - and power. With the whole 30, there are a bunch of rules that, at times, seems arbitrary.  The initial appeal is "it is only for 30 days!"  but doing it longer without the re-intro it makes it much harder to stick with and be motivated if you don't have a "personal" reason for staying away from certain foods. It is the extra little bit of self-knowledge and understanding with your body that adds another level of determination and creates a new lense for how you interact with food. 

Especially if you discover problem foods. It is much, much easier for me to resist the sirens call of wheat/gluten when I know that I will be paying for it with a fibro flare-up that lats days. I'm not denying myself and resisting becuase a plan tells me I must, I am doing it because I know how it affects me and no moment of temporary pleasure is worth the consequences.


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« Reply #609 on: November 22, 2015, 03:18:07 PM »
KIwisonya--I get what you're saying about not being sure where to take this journey next. I'm in the same place. I'm half way through my second whole30 now and am also contemplating reintroduction.

Swick and Faraday--thanks for your thoughts. I always appreciate it when you take time to share from your wisdom and experience:-)

Today there was a lunch after church that was 100% non-compliant. I had a feeling this would happen so I brought 2 tiny oranges and a Lara bar. I got to put a new baby to sleep instead, so his mama could eat her lunch. I ate my food when we got out to the car and also made a Greek salad when we got home.

Dinner is BBQ steaks, roasted vegetables and salad. Mmmmm!

Have a great day everyone!

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« Reply #610 on: November 22, 2015, 05:32:27 PM »
Today there was a lunch after church that was 100% non-compliant. I had a feeling this would happen so I brought 2 tiny oranges and a Lara bar. I got to put a new baby to sleep instead, so his mama could eat her lunch. I are my food when we got out to the car and also made a Greek salad when we got home.

Dinner is BBQ steaks, roasted vegetables and salad. Mmmmm!

Now THAT was SuperBadass! You anticipated the scenario, prepared, and treated yourself to awesome dinner. THAT's what I'm talkin about!

Hacking the diet has so much in common with MMM. We don't suffer, we change. We wipe out the hedonistic adaptation to junk foods that the entire world is bathed in.
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« Reply #611 on: November 23, 2015, 12:55:18 AM »
Thanks everyone,  I think I have got myself back in hand. A few strict whole30 days to get myself back into tiger blood then I will do the proper reintro protocol. Because my half hearted reintro effort followed by jumping back into it really didn't give me the quality of info I need. Yes I felt shit after my binge but who knows what that was - sugar, dairy, gluten, preservatives -they were all in there somewhere. By being systematic and logging what I eat (thanks Faraday) I will hopefully come to that better understanding of what my body loves and hates that you were talking about Swick. But I am going to persevere with this - the energy and mental clarity are just too good to give up. Ran to school today with a heavy bag thinking shit this is heavy but watch me go - only to realize it weighed about as much as the fat I've lost -no wonder I used to get tired! Hope everyone else is doing well. Ks

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« Reply #612 on: November 23, 2015, 08:05:31 AM »
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Ran to school today with a heavy bag thinking shit this is heavy but watch me go - only to realize it weighed about as much as the fat I've lost -no wonder I used to get tired! Hope everyone else is doing well. Ks

It shocks me when I think about the 70 lbs I lost:
- a 50 lb sack of farm animal feed PLUS 20 lbs.
- a 5th grader
- the weight of almost 5 road bikes or 3 mountain bikes.
- almost 10 newborn babies
- More than 8 gallons of whole milk
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« Reply #613 on: November 23, 2015, 06:20:36 PM »
That sounds like a great plan KS!

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« Reply #614 on: November 23, 2015, 09:19:29 PM »
Awesome Sonya, glad you're back on the wagon and feeling good!

It is profound to equate a weight loss to all of those objects, wow!  Sometimes I pick up a 50# bag of feed and wonder how the fuck I ever carried that around on my body all day.  Mind boggling.

I, honestly, am feeling just OK here on Day 16.  I guess I have less of an afternoon slump, and having cravings cut back is nice.  Otherwise, I'm sleeping well, but feel like I need 9-10 hours per night.  Maybe my body is just doing deferred maintenance now that I'm not as ridiculously busy as I was from about March through October.  DH is struggling more than me with wanting to cheat. I (semi) jokingly told him last night that he must have a pretty bad junk food addiction, which he admits, but I don't think he's ready to kick. I've realized that I don't really miss sweets, so I may just go through the end of the year without anything but added sugar.  OTOH, with sweets, I've decided that Lara bars are kind of a SWYPO for me.  They're just too easy to grab and eat in a few bites, so I'm going to toss them in the back of the freezer for a while.

Went for a 5 mile jog after work today.  It was better than last week's run, in that my legs didn't feel leaden, but I just had one gear and didn't feel like I could summon any sort of speed.  Not sure if it's the diet or my training, but I miss the lightness of feeling like I can sprint at any time.

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« Reply #615 on: November 24, 2015, 11:12:52 AM »
Thank you lovely Faraday for the suggestion to track my food. At first I came out in sweats thinking how much I hated doing that on Weight Watchers.  Of coursre I had no control over my cravings so it was really just a diary of my failures and that didn't feel good. But I am realising it's value as a tool during reintro. Two days ago I was on fire, compliant food all day. Came home after a busy day with the kids and at 4.30 thought 'let's wash the outside of the entire house'. It took an hour with kid help and I should have been exhausted but wasn't.  Yesterday, I had a bowl of cornflakes after healthy lunch and down I went. Spent most of the afternoon on the couch exhausted.  That bowl of cornflakes ruined my afternoon!  Not having that. It is powerful to document these things to truly realise what I'm getting. It's not 'here my friend have this delicious food that I baked you' it is 'I want to zap your energy with some sugar laden crap'. Umm, no thanks mate. Must be channeling you today, Faraday. Have a great day everyone.  Ks

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« Reply #616 on: November 24, 2015, 11:36:07 AM »
It's great that you are tracking KiwiSonya!

I am curious, though, are you interested in figuring out which food specifically trigger you? Even a bowl of cornflakes will have several different "problem" food groups in it. So it might be harder to isolate what exactly is giving you the issues. Is it the sugar? Is it the corn? Is it the milk? (assuming you had milk) Is it the carbohydrate load that is causing your insulin and hormones to go all whack?

Great to hear how everyone is doing!

Faraday - love the visual comparisons :)

Have a zucchini and smoked salmon quiche in the oven for a late breakfast/early lunch that I am going to top with a little leftover hollandaise sauce.

I have discovered that if I have my coconut buzzed tea in the morning, I have been feeling quite content with two meals a day.

Yesterday, I was just feeling so incredibly grateful. I had the perfect day...not as in "the best day ever"  but I got up super early, was able to get a ton of client and personal work done and barely noticed the time or that I was sitting at the computer for a few hours (vs. a few months ago when I thought I would have to give up writing, and I could only sit at the computer for about 5 minutes at a time before I started to ache) I hade a healthy brunch, took the dog for a walk, came home and went a house cleaning spree (again, that much odd body movement would have seen me curled up in a ball of pain afterwards with a horrible night sleep)  and I was able to get more work done in the afternoon (Brain fog would have kicked in by then)

Then we went out for dinner, and I guiltlessly ordered a lamb shank (Usually, I figure they are too expensive, but it was the only compliant thing on the menu and while not good for the mustachian side of things, I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed it) over some great conversations with some good friends.

It's really all the simple little things, but life is just so much better now. I just have to remind myself of this every time I see something wheaty and tasty :)


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« Reply #617 on: November 24, 2015, 06:21:50 PM »
You're right Swick, nothing scientifically rigorous about cornflakes with milk. I just wanted it:). But have been better today and have been compliant until deliberately having a chunk of aged cheddar.  I am still on daily antihistamines for pollen so didn't expect anything dramatic. Well, within 15 mins my nose and eyes were streaming and my glands on my neck were all swollen. I knew dairy wasn't my thing. Will see how long it takes to subside. Reminder to not eat dairy at parties or important events as the snot explosion is not pretty. Was going to add extra dairy with dinner but think this is enough for one day. Still keen to try yoghurt at some point. Tomorrow I'll do bread at lunch. I want to keep some productivity so will do jobs in morning and reintros at lunch. Glad you are having a perfect day Swick. I love the fact that the main benefits are not weight.  My sister and MIL have both bought the book and are giving it a try so that is exciting!

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« Reply #618 on: November 24, 2015, 11:26:36 PM »
Horsepoor - I didn't realize until today that we are on exactly the same day! Its my second Whole30. I, too, have to be verrrry careful with Lara bars. I made my own a week ago and they're awfully tasty!

Kiwisonya - You have perfectly summarized my Weight Watchers failure(s) and why it never worked for me. Interestingly, I am at the same weight that I "got down to" on WW, so now I can't wait to bust through that barrier!! I loved your description of washing the house! So awesome! As I head toward reintroduction at the end of this Whole30, I am so afraid to experience reactions like your dairy one .. ugh .. sounds dreadful.

Swick - I loved how you said that, "...life is just so much better now." That also describes me to a T. I have been giving some thought to reintroduction since I've done a Whole60 here and am feeling a little bit of monotony with the limited food choices. For example, today I had a nice baked piece of salmon on a huge bed of romaine. It would have been even better, and possibly more filling, with quinoa in there. I have been hungry for a few days now. My daughter, also on Whole30, suggested that I need more protein and she's probably right. I was a vegetarian back in my university days for about 5 years, so I've not been a huge fan of meat, even though I eat it now.
By the way, could you please tell me how you make your coconut buzzed tea? I'd like to make some as it sounds like it would fill me up a little more.

Faraday - How long did it take you to lose 70 pounds? Was it all done using keto strategies? Whole 30? Other? :-) I have so far to go still and I don't DON'T DON'T want to give up and go back to the crappy way I was living before. I feel so much better, I have improved my confidence and self esteem, I'm a better wife and mother, just so many great things going on for me but I need to switch my thinking from short term to long term...I'm never going back to the way I was eating before. This is the new me and my new lifestyle.

Tonight for dinner I made a good meaty spaghetti sauce that simmered away in the crockpot all day. My daughter and I had our zoodles. Six small zucchini makes just about the right amount for the two of us plus enough for a smaller lunch for me tomorrow. Oh, when I was making our salad for lunch, topped with salmon, I laid out all the plates (picture a counter covered in plates) and put a handful of lettuce on each one, then the dressing (whole30 compliant) and then sprinkled them all with parmesan cheese, intending to leave mine un-parmed. GRRRR! I parmed it and had to wash off my lettuce and run it through the salad spinner again!

Have a great day everyone!

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« Reply #619 on: November 25, 2015, 06:26:45 AM »

By the way, could you please tell me how you make your coconut buzzed tea? I'd like to make some as it sounds like it would fill me up a little more.

I don't do tea, but with my coffee, I just throw it in the blender with about a tablespoon of coconut oil until it's blended in.  I'll vary the amount of oil depending on if I'm eating or if I'm trying to stave off hunger for a couple hours.

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« Reply #620 on: November 25, 2015, 07:42:15 AM »
First, I want you all to know i have been reading this thread for months for inspiration.  I am a long time whole30 veteran and sometimes I still need motivation. This thread is the most supportive thread I have ever come across. I sent Melissa the link to it so she can see how wonderful you all are.

I have been hungry for a few days now. My daughter, also on Whole30, suggested that I need more protein and she's probably right.
I wanted to say that for me, when I am hungry, it's because I have not eaten enough fat. I find the days where I don't have avocado or whatever fat you choose, that I am quite hungry between meals and have horrible cravings. Fat is key for me. I don't ever count my cooking fat as my fat either. I always need additional.

Have a wonderful day!

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« Reply #621 on: November 25, 2015, 09:40:33 AM »
First, I want you all to know i have been reading this thread for months for inspiration.  I am a long time whole30 veteran and sometimes I still need motivation. This thread is the most supportive thread I have ever come across. I sent Melissa the link to it so she can see how wonderful you all are.

I have been hungry for a few days now. My daughter, also on Whole30, suggested that I need more protein and she's probably right.
I wanted to say that for me, when I am hungry, it's because I have not eaten enough fat. I find the days where I don't have avocado or whatever fat you choose, that I am quite hungry between meals and have horrible cravings. Fat is key for me. I don't ever count my cooking fat as my fat either. I always need additional.

Have a wonderful day!
Thanks for the great compliment, AliasGrace! We absolutely agree that we have an awesome group! I've learned so much from this amazing group. And gotten some kickass recipes too! Are you doing another round soon, currently doing one now, mixture? We would love to hear more of your experience, especially with reintro. Most of us are struggling with that area.

Thanks for the tip on the fats too. I was thinking the same thing, but being pretty to this, I wasn't sure. I have trouble getting in my healthy fats too. I'm not a huge avocado fan, so I tend to eat nuts. I need to work on that area more.

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« Reply #622 on: November 25, 2015, 10:43:28 AM »

By the way, could you please tell me how you make your coconut buzzed tea? I'd like to make some as it sounds like it would fill me up a little more.

I don't do tea, but with my coffee, I just throw it in the blender with about a tablespoon of coconut oil until it's blended in.  I'll vary the amount of oil depending on if I'm eating or if I'm trying to stave off hunger for a couple hours.

This is basically what I do too, except I add a splash of coconut milk as well. I add a bit more oil ( as you have probably gathered by now, I'm not one for measuring!) too. I also just use my immersion blender because it is easier to clean and I feel like I have more control vs buzzing hot liquid in a blender.

Thank you for your heart-warming comments, AliasGrace. This thread is one of the nicest/supportive places on the internet, IMO. Welcome!

1967mama - it might be that you need more protein, but I would experiment with your fat levels too. Like AliasGrace mentions, getting enough fat seems to really be the difference for me. If you are teetering between Keto and not - that is where people seem to be having trouble (My hubs for sure) ...Thoughts, Faraday?

Yesterday We had a bamboo shoot and turkey coconut milk Thai curry over zoodles for supper. Tonight I'm thinking pork and cabbage stir-fry :)

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« Reply #623 on: November 25, 2015, 11:08:02 AM »
AliasGrace - Thanks for coming out of lurkdom to offer your kind comments and suggestions - much appreciated! I would totally agree Mom22boys that many of us are looking for assistance with reintroduction. I have 13 days to go till I'm done my Whole60. I went back to the Whole30 website to look up information on fats and found that to be very informative.

Swick - I tried it in my morning tea. I do have an immersion blender so I used that. Is it normal for dots of fat to be floating on the surface of the tea? It was interesting to drink my tea this way. Not unpleasant, just different than I'm used to, I guess. I do like coconut and so adding the oil, and your suggestion now about adding coconut milk as well, will go into my 2nd cup of tea this morning:-) I had 3 eggs and a big handful of spinach for breakfast and am having a palm sized piece of salmon with my lunch salad today. Insteresting aside on the coconut oil -- I had surgery in the summer and put some oil on my scar this morning. I have been using bio-oil and it just seems to make it more itchy. Now I've stopped using it because I was thinking maybe I was reacting to the bio-oil. Anyhoo, the coconut oil felt very nice so I'm going to start doing that daily instead -- what a wonder fat!

I don't know how to make a curry. Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Just not familiar with that type of cooking. Approximate measurements are fine with me - I'm not afraid of cooking :-)



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« Reply #624 on: November 25, 2015, 11:19:34 AM »
Hi all, thanks for the lovely comments,  AliasGrace. Ooh 1967mama, the wonderful world of curry. To get yourself started I would go to an Indian/Asian food store and buy a mild curry spice mix and some chilli flakes. Fry an onion, fry small chunks of whatever meat you like, add a tbsp of curry powder and coat everything in that. Add a tin of coconut milk and a ton of vege and let everything simmer for a bit. The chilli flakes can be added near the end or even sprinkled on top if you decide you want heat. I like spicy but I need rhe kids to eat it too! Fresh basil or coriander added to the top as a garnish is nice. Can serve with cauliflower rice. That is the basic deal but once you start the variations are endless- different meat, different spice mixes/pastes, tinned toms instead of coconut milk, different vege. Curries are my favorite! 

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« Reply #625 on: November 25, 2015, 11:28:54 AM »


Swick - I tried it in my morning tea. I do have an immersion blender so I used that. Is it normal for dots of fat to be floating on the surface of the tea? It was interesting to drink my tea this way. Not unpleasant, just different than I'm used to, I guess. I do like coconut and so adding the oil, and your suggestion now about adding coconut milk as well, will go into my 2nd cup of tea this morning:-) I had 3 eggs and a big handful of spinach for breakfast and am having a palm sized piece of salmon with my lunch salad today. Insteresting aside on the coconut oil -- I had surgery in the summer and put some oil on my scar this morning. I have been using bio-oil and it just seems to make it more itchy. Now I've stopped using it because I was thinking maybe I was reacting to the bio-oil. Anyhoo, the coconut oil felt very nice so I'm going to start doing that daily instead -- what a wonder fat!

I don't know how to make a curry. Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Just not familiar with that type of cooking. Approximate measurements are fine with me - I'm not afraid of cooking :-)

Opps...I had forgotten about that...the reason I started to put the coconut milk in my tea is because it buzzes into a nice foam (Much like a Latte) so you don't get that oilyness.  You do have to make sure you drink it while it is warm, otherwise you get an unpleasant coconut oil "crust"

I will admit to cheating and using curry paste. Thai Kitchen is super duper expensive. I have found a really like the Mae Ploy Brand. You do have to read the ingredients, I think all are compliant except one that I noticed. They have a bunch of different ones so it is just a matter of figuring out which heat level you like.

To make the curry, melt a big scoop of coconut oil in a pot, and some curry paste - I usually start with a couple of tbs or so. Give it a quick fry to release the flavours. add any veggies you want to sautee. I usually add an onion, bamboo shoots, peppers. Chopped thawed frozen spinach is good too (add it near the end)  Add your protein and add a can of coconut milk. Stir it all up and play with the flavours, adding more curry paste or more coconut milk to get it to the consistency you like.

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« Reply #626 on: November 25, 2015, 11:36:00 AM »
Now to follow from yesterday,  the runny nose etc that I got from yesterday's cheese reintro cleared within an hour, which probably explains wht I have never erased it from my diet before. Once it cleared I decided to press on and have milk in an afternoon cup of tea and a yoghurt for dessert. Nothing earth shattering happened but I didn't feel great and my glands stayed swollen. Perhaps dairy is one of those sources of silent inflammation for me. I don't think I will ban dairy altogether but it is going to be an occasional thing and only when it's really delicious , like in cheesecake or a delicious stinky French blue cheese. None of this 6 cups of white tea a day nonsense. 
Got up at 5am this morning to have a big declutter session using KonMari. I am most productive in the morning and it has felt good to have a big purge of stuff. Felt good on waking so thought I would crack into gluten reintro. Made bacon,  2 eggs, mushrooms,  tomatoes and my first courgette from my garden. Add one slice of my former favorite,  San Francisco Sourdough bread on the side. Noted that I didn't enjoy it's heavy texture the way I used to. It felt bland and heavy compared to my lively vegetables.  Was a big breakfast but 20 mins later I was back for another slice. Definitely 'food without brakes' for me. Tried to talk myself out of it but was suprised to find I couldn't.  I went back to tidying but before I knew it a second slice had fallen off the loaf and leaped by itself into my mouth! Definitely psychological effects going on here. Will see how the rest of the day goes. Don't be suprised if I fully fly off the rails today. Luckily I have run out of cornflakes!  Have a great day everyone.  Ks

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« Reply #627 on: November 25, 2015, 11:50:49 AM »
Was a big breakfast but 20 mins later I was back for another slice. Definitely 'food without brakes' for me. Tried to talk myself out of it but was suprised to find I couldn't.  I went back to tidying but before I knew it a second slice had fallen off the loaf and leaped by itself into my mouth! Definitely psychological effects going on here. Will see how the rest of the day goes. Don't be suprised if I fully fly off the rails today. Luckily I have run out of cornflakes!  Have a great day everyone.  Ks

Kiwi - it is important to do the reintro and get the data - but remember, you are stronger than whatever psychological bull crap your mind (and body!) is trying to pull on you right now. Please take the time to really check in with yourself and make sure that you are reintroducing foods consciously and for the right reason. 

Just realizing that the wheat has this kind of psychological hold is a big breakthrough! Sit with it for a while, become the observer of your thoughts and feelings around it and don't  let the feelings and cravings take hold. Make your choices conscious and deliberate and from a place of knowing how far you have come, how amazing you feel, and the "new" you.

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« Reply #628 on: November 25, 2015, 11:52:38 AM »
Faraday - How long did it take you to lose 70 pounds? Was it all done using keto strategies? Whole 30? Other? :-) I have so far to go still and I don't DON'T DON'T want to give up and go back to the crappy way I was living before. I feel so much better, I have improved my confidence and self esteem, I'm a better wife and mother, just so many great things going on for me but I need to switch my thinking from short term to long term...I'm never going back to the way I was eating before. This is the new me and my new lifestyle.

'67mama: 10 months, 18 days. That's almost to the minute. I've attached a photo of "the moment" on the scale.

I started March 2, 2014 at 282 lbs. I hit 200 lbs December 20, 2014. I've "leveled up" to about 212 lbs currently. I'd like to see 180 lbs on the scale but I'm giving that thought before attempting.

And BTW: The US BMI guidelines have me "normal" at 180 lbs at 6ft 1in. But I have no doubt I'd look really bad and scare the crap out of people if I went down to 180lbs very quickly. I can and I will, but I'm giving it some careful thought: It feels like my body is trying to tell me something right now and I'm trying to understand what.

DW and I ate eat according to classical keto guidelines. We got REALLY tired of low variety after about 2 months, so we started using the recipes on ruled.me. That's how I got so good at making the Lo-Carb Pizza.

Full Disclosure: We sparingly use Atkins meals and Atkins meal bars as "emergency rations". However, the Atkins meals were making my wife sick because they contain a lot of ONION and the bars were making me sick because they have lactose.  SO: although we were doing Keto, we still really had to pay attention to the CONCEPT of Whole30: weeding out foods that make you sick.

There is debate in the keto community about whether or not to exercise. I ignored this, as I am a rabid cyclist. When I started to see my lap times increase dramatically, I was completely hooked.

You've got to be aware that DW and I were extremely strongly motivated. She, by hatred of a remark about her weight made to her by a woman we had to be associated with at the time. Me, by fear of Diabetes and the realization that I was suffering symptoms that could eventually kill me.

So for her, the original motivator WAS weight. For me, it was the pain of ill health. As we went on and symptoms of ill health resolved. (EVEN in her - although she won't admit. She stopped snoring and her blood pressure became controllable.)

I became even more dedicated to Keto because I began to resolve chronic, painful health problems that not only made me suffer, but cost me a buttload of money in doctor visits.

DW continues to have problems wanting bread or cake. I can take it or leave it. We will indulge on very rare occasions: Her Birthday, for example. We MIGHT indulge on Thanksgiving, but that is not a given.

I love to have homebrewed ale with my sons in either work setting or social setting. I live "in moratorium", but I will very occasionally have one with my sons. I expect to have one or two this week with them at the thanksgiving meal.

Now: When I "cheat" and have an ale, I don't get away with it. In fact, I suffer perceptibly. My gut inflames, I pop up about 3-6 lbs, I retain water and I feel like shit. My strategy for this is to go back into moratorium and EARN AND BURN. Remember, I'm an avid cyclist, so I'll do a 30 mile loop until the inflammation and weight gain are gone.

KEY to our success is thinking ahead and having coping strategies. Remember my "Season of Insanity" manifesto? That's not tongue-in-cheek: I believe it as truly as the sun will rise tomorrow. I do not believe it's a conspiracy theory, I believe it's only "good marketing" by food vendors.  (FIVE OREO displays in high-traffic areas of the store? FUCK YOU.)

ruled.me was a lifesaver. We searched for recipes we liked, tried them and if they were good, printed them out and put them in a notebook. The lo-carb pizza was probably the biggest "win" of all, since it answered our craving for a bready, savory hot pizza.

DW and I got plenty of questions, challenges and people sticking their noses in our business. She reacted admirably and charitably. I reacted with anger, accusation and challenge to the weak-willed cotton-headed unwashed masses. Important thing is to push back on people who challenge: You have to turn back the opposition or they will keep coming at you.

We are still keto to this day and we have maintained our weight loss. I'd like to go even thinner, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how to do that without looking gaunt and older. I'm thinking maybe just keep the weight loss at an extremely low rate - maybe 1/2 lb a week or so - and add a little more protein. Dunno, I'll figure it out as I go.
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« Reply #629 on: November 25, 2015, 12:10:47 PM »
Faraday, thanks for sharing more of your story.  Great that you and your wife are in it together and so strongly motivated!

Kiwi, if you haven't read it, you might be interested in the book Grain Brain by Dr. Perlmutter.  It definitely helped me understand the "bread leaping into mouth" phenomenon and made me put more space between myself and everything wheat.  I think that if it doesn't cause a physical reaction, it can be added back in small amounts after an extended break, and not have the same psychological hold.  I don't think 30 days is enough when it comes to wheat, though, and it's something that takes constant vigilance if and when you do add it back.

1967 - as luck would have it, there was a 1-day special on paleo Kindle books yesterday (I forgot about it until the last hour, otherwise would have posted here) and one I picked up is Thai paleo.  Will take a look at it and post up a curry recipe or two for you.  I really like making a more Indian-inspired curry these days with ground beef (yes, I see the irony) using toasted black cumin, brown mustard seeds and tomato.  I first used this NomNom Paleo recipe for spiced keema and have been riffing on it ever since.  http://nomnompaleo.com/post/57975313761/deconstructed-samosa-spiced-keema

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« Reply #630 on: November 25, 2015, 12:29:04 PM »
... the runny nose etc...
... I decided to press on and have milk ... my glands stayed swollen.

Perhaps dairy is one of those sources of silent inflammation for me. I don't think I will ban dairy altogether but it is going to be an occasional thing and only when it's really delicious , like in cheesecake or a delicious stinky French blue cheese.

... Felt good on waking so thought I would crack into gluten reintro ...

... San Francisco Sourdough bread on the side. Noted that I didn't enjoy it's heavy texture ... It felt bland and heavy
... Was a big breakfast but 20 mins later I was back for another slice. Definitely 'food without brakes' for me. Tried to talk myself out of it but was surprised to find I couldn't ... before I knew it a second slice had fallen off the loaf and leaped by itself into my mouth!

... Will see how the rest of the day goes. Don't be suprised if I fully fly off the rails today ...

You, KiwiSonya, are a Food Addict.

These items should be gone from your house. You should have purged your cupboards and fridge long ago.  You are putting up with a snotty nose and sinus infections to have dairy? What: Your husband goes in to kiss your cheek and gets snot on his cheek? But hey, you're getting to LOVE THAT DAIRY, eh?!?

This is not Whole30. This is not even "Whole01". You joyfully jump off the wagon with each and every meal  I am scared terrified to think how you must eat when you aren't trying at all?

"Don't be surprised if I fully fly off the rails today..." You aren't on the rails. You aren't even in SIGHT of the rails.  You've already told us you are planning to fail at least three times on Thanksgiving Day.

From Fight Club:

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« Reply #631 on: November 25, 2015, 03:27:14 PM »
Faraday,

The whole point of the whole 30 reintro period is to try these foods, see what affects they have on us and how we should navigate them.

I noticed, for me,  there is a bit of a grieving process that comes along with not being able to eat certain foods again, and yes there is some resistance as well, you have to work through it, and everyone does it differently. Reading a few quick posts on the "stages of grief" were very interesting to me because I could easily draw the parallels to how I was feeling. about food. it seems silly on the surface, but there you go.

It is also much harder if you don't have obvious physical symptoms it is easier to rationalize and figure it's okay. We all have to find our own way and figure out what works for us. The journey is worth it, KiwiSonya!

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« Reply #632 on: November 25, 2015, 05:02:25 PM »
Dearest Faraday, I do so appreciate your concern for my mind and body. It does sound weird but Swick is right there is method to the madness. I couldn't keep eating like this because Melissa Hartwig says so, I need to do it because it is how I really want to live deep down inside.  You're the embodiment of someone who is already there and I love that we have your example to follow. But yip, I'm deliberately eating these foods that I think will make me feel crap so that I can really know that and understand the consequences for my body. I don't want to feel like I'm depriving myself but that I'm making better choices. The former would make me feel beaten, the latter will give me a glow of smug righteousness that I'll probably struggle to keep to myself. But first the journey...I can promise you that snotty noses (dairy) and diarrhea (gluten) will not be in my future. A side note on the latter, sorry to TMI you but I had to get hubby out of the shower this morning because I just could not wait - lucky he saw the funny side and won't be pushing gluten on me any time soon:)

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« Reply #633 on: November 25, 2015, 05:43:12 PM »
Dearest Faraday, I do so appreciate your concern for my mind and body. It does sound weird but Swick is right there is method to the madness. I couldn't keep eating like this because Melissa Hartwig says so, I need to do it because it is how I really want to live deep down inside.  You're the embodiment of someone who is already there and I love that we have your example to follow. But yip, I'm deliberately eating these foods that I think will make me feel crap so that I can really know that and understand the consequences for my body. I don't want to feel like I'm depriving myself but that I'm making better choices. The former would make me feel beaten, the latter will give me a glow of smug righteousness that I'll probably struggle to keep to myself. But first the journey...I can promise you that snotty noses (dairy) and diarrhea (gluten) will not be in my future. A side note on the latter, sorry to TMI you but I had to get hubby out of the shower this morning because I just could not wait - lucky he saw the funny side and won't be pushing gluten on me any time soon:)

You seem to have so few motivators compared to the rest of us. With me, it's health and diabetes (and ultimately money and lifespan). With many of us it's pure weight and attractiveness. (which accelerates with age). You don't seem to have any of those motivators. You've not actually talked of any NEED to do this (and clearly, DH isn't concerned). So I asked myself: what is a motivator for KiwiSonya?!?!?

I've actually struggled and studied with this. Nothing seems to actually work for you. So I thought, maybe if you HATE ME. To arouse your anger, your dark side. There's been so many kisses keep getting blown your way when you fall off the wagon, thought I'd try my old friend...the facepunch.

Damn. You don't even HATE ME. I can't even tap into your gender difference. I got nothing, now.

I get the reintro thing for Whole30, but that's only one or two things, not stuff that's obviously going to hurt you (or make your nose snotty). if you did it right, your insulin sensitivity has improved to the point that your body will ram those carbs into fat even faster than ever before. If you gave your allergies relief from the dairy, they could get even worse when you try again. You seem in danger of a kind of rebound effect.

Maybe you are young and only a few lb's overweight? Maybe we're talking "fine tuning" here and you don't really need any of this long-term?

Maybe I show you what I'm eating? Pickle (zero carbs), Grilled beef burger (zero carbs), Steamed broccoli (4.3 net per serving). Oh, don't forget butter. There's butter all over that broccoli. It's all sexy and delicious. No bread in sight.

This food is so good, DW and I can stand in the bakery section of our local food market and buy nothing if this is in our grocery cart. (oh, we SEE it and SMELL it alright) We call the bakery section "The Valley of the Shadow of Death".

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« Reply #634 on: November 25, 2015, 06:23:39 PM »
Yummy dinner, Faraday. Why am I here? Well, vanity really. I've been a bit on the chubby side since a teenager (as in pretty face, but the rest lets her down). Have finished my family and while don't want to be fat and forty, I was already slimmer when I started whole30 than when I got pregnant with my first.  Have always been a sweet tooth and always thought I was weak willed and that's why I couldn't lose the weight (trued WW etc over the years). Never been so fat that I had health issues but didn't feel good in my skin. So I'm wanting to rock 40 and above. Never imagined in my wildest dreams that I could have the degree of food control that I have achieved on whole30 and I don't want to lose this. I agree I'm a rebound risk. Non supportive hubby doesn't help. He thinks I'm fine as I am and this is just one of my little phases. That's why I hang about here so much. I appreciate your efforts to sort me out. Ks

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« Reply #635 on: November 25, 2015, 07:00:07 PM »
This week I have been playing around with non-compliant foods. After the first day it has not been particularly controlled. I know that I need to eat something very close to whole30 compliant for the long term, so other then testing a couple of specific foods (dairy mostly), a lot of what I have been doing with my time between whole30's is reminding myself why it is that I want to eat this way. Today I had macaroni and cheese with rice noodles, and some eggnog. Wow, did something in that make me tired.

So far I have not had good luck with any reentros. Dairy is mostly ok. It's in the danger zone that will be hard to resist over the years.
GF baked goods (from my favorite gf baker, so a blend of flours) caused some pretty serious bloating. Another GF pastry earlier in the week caused my wheat/oat stomach pain symptoms: I had forgotten to ask if they used oat flour. Oops.

I will not be reintroducing wheat. I would be seriously unsurprised if I have celiac but I will probably never be diagnosed, as I would have to eat the stuff in quantity for three months to get tested. I have tried a couple of times to eat that much wheat, but always bailed about 1 month in. Not Worth It.

Tomorrow will probably be mostly W30 compliant. After that I'm doing it again, and looking forward to it. This time around, I will not be eating nuts or dried fruit, and I will be cutting it just short of Christmas. My partner will be joining me again, but eating rice. He lost 8 pounds in the last one. He started as a thin and muscular athlete, so that is not a good thing. He's had some definite positives from eating this way and wants to keep it up, but needs to figure out a way to not lose more weight.

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« Reply #636 on: November 25, 2015, 07:21:06 PM »
Okay so I am still in the recipe gathering and planning stage (less than a month left till I actually do the full Whole 30/ Elimination Diet) but need to share one of my main staple recipes since everyone keeps mentioning cooked cabbage on this thread and I found I like this way better.

Cabbage and Beet Slaw
1 red cabbage and 1 beet shredded raw, 1/3-1/2 cup each of your favorite vinegar and olive oil. Best at least a day out.

Its a great substitution for anyone who likes to have something crunchy. Also, for the lazy, this never gets soggy (I make it Sunday and eat it all week). I have done it once with each of my 3 favorite vinegars. I'm the one who normally can't eat the same thing more than a couple of times and I can eat this as a side dish 5x per week without getting sick of it.

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« Reply #637 on: November 25, 2015, 07:34:15 PM »
Okay so I am still in the recipe gathering and planning stage (less than a month left till I actually do the full Whole 30/ Elimination Diet) but need to share one of my main staple recipes since everyone keeps mentioning cooked cabbage on this thread and I found I like this way better.

Cabbage and Beet Slaw
1 red cabbage and 1 beet shredded raw, 1/3-1/2 cup each of your favorite vinegar and olive oil. Best at least a day out.

Its a great substitution for anyone who likes to have something crunchy. Also, for the lazy, this never gets soggy (I make it Sunday and eat it all week). I have done it once with each of my 3 favorite vinegars. I'm the one who normally can't eat the same thing more than a couple of times and I can eat this as a side dish 5x per week without getting sick of it.

This is AWESOME. You have combined three incredible superfoods: Cabbage, beets and vinegar! Olive oil is super-good too. I might combine it with a tad bit of salt or my favorite mistress, Ms. Dash.
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« Reply #638 on: November 26, 2015, 08:47:22 AM »
Yummy dinner, Faraday. Why am I here? Well, vanity really. I've been a bit on the chubby side since a teenager (as in pretty face, but the rest lets her down). Have finished my family and while don't want to be fat and forty, I was already slimmer when I started whole30 than when I got pregnant with my first.  Have always been a sweet tooth and always thought I was weak willed and that's why I couldn't lose the weight (trued WW etc over the years). Never been so fat that I had health issues but didn't feel good in my skin. So I'm wanting to rock 40 and above. Never imagined in my wildest dreams that I could have the degree of food control that I have achieved on whole30 and I don't want to lose this. I agree I'm a rebound risk. Non supportive hubby doesn't help. He thinks I'm fine as I am and this is just one of my little phases. That's why I hang about here so much. I appreciate your efforts to sort me out. Ks

Sonya, I really hope you're not "off the rails" today.  Have you done some thinking about what your diet might look like long-term?  Have you done some research on paleo/primal that is not necessarily W30?  I ask because it seems obvious that cornflakes and milk is waaaay off from what you've been doing and doesn't seem like something that's so delicious that it's worth going off plan for.  And like Swick mentioned, it contains multiple non-compliant ingredients, so eating it doesn't give you specific information about problem foods.  If you feel like you're going off the rails during re-intro, I'll humbly suggest that you try to take a step back and separate the physical and psychological aspects of where you are now with your relationship to food.  Try identifying a non-compliant food to reintro that is not a SWYPO/food without brakes (preferably only ONE non-compliant ingredient), eat a measured amount, and then WAIT.  For like a few days.  Before trying another reintro.  While I'm not going to facepunch you, I am with Faraday in saying that you've got a ways to go in weaning yourself from some of these foods.  Think of alcoholics, and how many can't have "just one sip".  It's probably not that extreme, but I think you've identified some of the foods you need to get more time and mental distance from before you dabble in eating them again.

In the meantime, if you haven't, do some research on paleo/primal recipes and meal ideas and perhaps the Perfect Health Diet and start to formulate an mental picture of what a sustainable for the rest of your life whole-foods based diet might look like for you.  Re-intro should focus on these additional foods first, and save the cheesecake and pizza for when they have less of a pull on you and you can look at their effects more as a scientist.

It takes time for insulin and grhelin reactions to food to adjust.  Also, have you been eating any probiotic foods or taking a PB supplement?  Your gut flora are important and nurturing them can help you to realign your diet.

Please do read the Perlmutter book if you have time.  Another one that may be helpful for you (it was for me) is The End of Overeating.  Try to cultivate some of the rabid disdain for packaged, processed crap that Faraday has.  A bit of the rage towards the Frankenfood industry will take you far.  We are all rooting for you here!



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« Reply #639 on: November 26, 2015, 12:15:16 PM »
Ok, face punches and gentle reproaches accepted. I need to spend some time thinking about all this. I haven't yet reached the emotional maturity around food yet that I need for the post whole 30 journey. Will be back later. Hope you all have a great day. Ks

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« Reply #640 on: November 26, 2015, 12:59:17 PM »
Faraday - Thanks for detailing your weight loss journey for us. I found it very helpful and have already reread it a few times.

Curry - preparing to make the nom nom Paleo curry that was posted - I'm sorry for not thanking the appropriate poster but I'm on an iphone which makes it infinitely harder to scroll up and down. I bought all the ingredients last night.

Kiwisonya - Your "reintroduction" phase is exactly what I'm scared of for myself. As was suggested, I have been reading several Paleo and primal books from the library and am trying to figure out where I will settle in. I was a TERRIBLE garbage food eater. That's how I got to be almost 80 pounds overweight (and gaining). I get that you still have a lot of non-compliant foods in the pantry - many other people live in our house besides me. I would have to say that our fridge and pantry are much healthier than they used to be with things like way more fruit and veggies for snacks, Lara bars, applesauce cups etc. but there is also still cereal, Nutella, cake mix, candy canes, chocolate chips, sprinkles, etx. I'm still so surprised that the Sugar Dragon in me has been tamed (for now) but I think those foods will have to be a no-fly zone for me.

I've really enjoyed all the brutally hard conversations that everyone has been having here and I really don't want it to be me reporting in on my binges -- or worse -- NOT reporting in! You are brave, KS, and I really really appreciate your honesty! (((Hugs)))


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« Reply #641 on: November 26, 2015, 03:59:38 PM »
My staple diet when I am away from home for six long weeks at the time consists of pilaf rice and beans (black, red, chick peas, soy, etc.) which I eat practically every single day mostly because I don't have access to proper cooking facilities except a microwave, so it will take a careful redesign of my diet to make the W30 work for me, but I am in, starting tomorrow.

I haven't read the entire thread and I am wondering if Korean sweet potato noodles, tapioca noodles, and Shirataki (a type of Japanese noodles made from the starch of a tuber called konjac) are acceptable.
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« Reply #642 on: November 26, 2015, 04:12:06 PM »
My staple diet when I am away from home for six long weeks at the time consists of pilaf rice and beans (black, red, chick peas, soy, etc.) which I eat practically every single day mostly because I don't have access to proper cooking facilities except a microwave, so it will take a careful redesign of my diet to make the W30 work for me, but I am in, starting tomorrow.

I haven't read the entire thread and I am wondering if Korean sweet potato noodles, tapioca noodles, and Shirataki (a type of Japanese noodles made from the starch of a tuber called konjac) are acceptable.

Hi ykphil, Welcome! You definitely have some challenges ahead of you with your cooking facilities. Feel free to use us as a brainstorming think tank, if you need to!

Konjac and Shirataki type noodles are not recommended for people with gut issues, so if you want to take a break and give yourself a chance to heal any imbalances, they aren't recommended.

Also, part of the whole 30 is to get into the habit of redefining your eating habits. That is hard to do if you are substituting one type of something for another.

Also, the reason the are so low cal is because they are basically just non-nutritive fiber. It fills you up - but isn't great nutritionally. Spiralized zucchini makes an awesome noodle substitute!

You can roast cauliflower and buzz it in the food processor if you want a rice substitute. Would be easy to reheat in the microwave.

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« Reply #643 on: November 26, 2015, 04:21:51 PM »
A warm welcome YKPhil, a few pages back there is lots about eating while traveling.  Check those ideas out.
Well, I may be a bit all over the place today but have made myself the most amazing lunch. Think it will appear at Christmas lunch to have with ham. It tastes just like tabboleh (spelling?) But is cauliflower raw with parsley and basil chopped and dressing of walnut oil and lemon juice and sumac with pomegranate seeds. Has moroccan lamb sausages on top but would be great with any fish/meat. Looks very festive.  Shame I can't post photo as my phone reckons it doesn't have enough memory.

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« Reply #644 on: November 26, 2015, 04:42:10 PM »
Right, thoughts so far today. I really need to clean out all tempting SAD food from the cupboard/fridge/freezer. The cornflakes,  dried fruit, biscuits, icecream etc. It will be good for all of us. Hubby works in town by a supermarket so will ask him to buy and eat any crap there. Kids will have healthier lunchboxes.  They both love exotic fruit so will buy that as a substitute.  Hubby takes the kids on adventures on the weekend so they can buy icecream and other junk on those occasions. I have been reading the primal diet and I will gradually transition the whole family in that direction. Am planning to add some whole30 options to Christmas day. Might be the first one ever where I don't feel bloated and disgusting.  How does the following sound? A pimped up monkey bowl with macadamias and fresh berries for breakfast, my festive Morrocan cauliflower salad with ham and buttery green beans for lunch and bbq salmon fillet with preserved lemons and grilled vege for dinner with dark chocolate dipped strawberries for dessert.  Will be summer here remember.  Sound good?

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« Reply #645 on: November 26, 2015, 04:59:32 PM »
Definitely woke up my taste buds, sounds delish:) Good job on making some decisions and creating a plan!

Kitchen adventures: I prepped the veggies for some fire cider which I plan to give away for Christmas to my family.

I'm also rendering some lamb fat. It seems to be working. Will it be edible? That remains to be seen. We got a whole organic happy lamb from a family friend and I don't want to waste any of it. I'm not too concerned about the potential Lamby taste. Just excited to see how I can use it!

I am so so so excited that I got a big delivery of duck eggs! The ducks have been molting apparently and decided to take a month or so off then my farmer friend got injured. They are back to producing, my friend is up and about, so I am back to regular access to delicious eggs. Should be easier to get Hubs eating them too, he prefers them to chicken eggs.

Starting to feel the struggle of lack of veggie variety as we are moving into winter. Going to make some kimchi this weekend and maybe get some other ferments going to add a little variety.

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« Reply #646 on: November 26, 2015, 05:32:18 PM »
I am dabbling in re-intro since 18 days in I'm not getting the results I wanted with decongestion,  and well, Its Thanksgiving.  So had some brie and duck liver mousse on paleo crackers.  Dinner in a few will be steaks, asparagus and mashed potatoes made with ghee and homemade beef stock.  Next off plan thing will be a glass of red weekend after this one, which was my originally planned end date.  I'm thinking from there I'll do limited cheese and yogurt, trace sugar, and red wine on weekends through at least end of the year.  Maybe legumes once a week or so.

Swick, sounds like you have access to great ingredients!  I've only rendered beef tallow, not lamb.  Seems like lamb is really variable, so it may or may not have a strong flavor.  I often temper the flavor of the tallow by using it in chili and other flavorful dishes, or mix it with avocado oil.  It's rendered fro. The bones and trimmings, but I read that Leaf fat is the best, so I'm asking the butcher for it next year.

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Just wanted to pop in and wish the US posters a Happy Thanksgiving!

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« Reply #648 on: November 27, 2015, 01:20:47 AM »
Canadian here, so we celebrated Thanksgiving in mid-October but hope our American friends had a compliant Thanksgiving ;-)

Dinner here was pork loin roasted with olive oil, balsamic, salt, pepper and rosemary. It was really good. Sides were beets, baked potatoes and sweet potato. mmmmm!

We are going away for the weekend with the kids, but I will have a full kitchen so it shouldn't be a problem.

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« Reply #649 on: November 27, 2015, 06:35:26 PM »
Hi all, nice to see people caring about how they eat and experimenting with stuff.  :)

Just a bit of my recent food story for the curious:
I got serious about my food after a visit to my family in September where I basically only had sugar and carbs to eat for a week, and felt pretty tired and lazy the whole time.  When I got home I resumed my usual diet of lots of vegetables, and decided to cut out dessert entirely for an indefinite period.

Then I started keto at the end of October just to try it.  I very quickly was hooked when I found myself not getting tired or drowsy during the day, no longer wishing for a nap, rarely feeling hungry, and eventually losing my cravings for sugar.  (I used to frequently crave cereal, bread and other carbs, even though I never felt good after eating them.)

I had been eating vegetarian since June as an experiment... mainly to see if I could have the discipline to do it if I wanted to.  After four weeks of vegetarian keto, I decided to switch back to eating meat on Nov 23, which makes keto way easier.  For vegetarian keto I was eating a *lot* of eggs and cheese and nuts, now I can cut back a bit on those and eat some meat too which is nice. 

For thanksgiving yesterday I helped prepare the stuffing and mashed potatoes, and wasn't even really tempted to eat them or any of the other carby things, which was everything but the turkey and some cheese and olives I had brought.  It was great to see I didn't mind that at all.  Felt fully awake and energized after thanksgiving dinner and ready for the 10 mile bike ride back home in the freezing cold after.  :D  After past thanksgivings I've always felt kind of sick and tired.  I'm excited now to power through the christmas holiday back home with full energy.  That'll be great.

Today I went for a little road trip and hike with friends.  I'm now in the habit of keeping ready-to-go keto foods in the fridge that I can throw in a lunch box whenever I go somewhere, e.g. cheese, sausage, olives, nuts, avocado, hardboiled egg, raw veggies.  So when we stopped at a fast food place I just got out my food from home.    Didn't spend any money and ate delicious healthy and cheap food.  On the way back we stopped at a farm market and I picked up a bag of 6 good sized firm avocados for $2.  Same size as the ones I buy for $1/ea at the market here.  To top it off, I got my friends to *walk* the quarter mile from my apartment to starbucks when we got home which for some reason is really unusual here.  Then we walked back and I made some unsweetened hot cocoa for myself which I've come to like.  Perhaps eventually my friends will pick up on the fact that I'm enjoying myself just as much while saving tons of money and staying healthier, and their habits will shift a bit.  I imagine cultures can change this way, a little at a time.  But even if I don't influence others' behavior, it's great for me. 


So, just happy to encourage all the mustachian keto-ers, and anyone who's cutting back on or eliminating sugar/sweets, I'm finding it very worthwhile and am enjoying the counter-cultural bit myself.  :)  Now I'm going to cook some sausage and veggies...mmm.