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  • So --- just read up on the whole30 program. I think I'm gonna dive in and do it! I start right now.
    1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
    2. Eat to heal
    3. Move to live
    4. Embrace today
    5. Live with intention
    6. Respect my body
    7. Cultivate joy
    8. Find my passion
    9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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    • I would have no problem planting flowers for my mom, no matter how much she drove me crazy simply b/c I enjoy planting flowers. lol I'm glad your most recent meeting with her went well.

      Enjoy your dinner (or not).
      Primal since March 5, 2012
      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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      • Good luck with your whole 30! (Even if I don't really know what it is... A challenge to go fully paleo for a month?)
        5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
        Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
        Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

        More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
        - Lewis Mumford

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        • Holy Cow! the skies are dumping the rain!!!! I haven't seen it rain this hard in a long time! Hopefully I will see my squash seeds spouting soon!

          Yes, Judg --- whole30 is 100% clean paleo for 30 days. I need something to get me out of the "way too often bad choices" mode that I seem to be stuck in!!! So I decided to go for it. Jenn was my inspiration! There is a whole30 for June thread going that I will probably spend some time lurking through. Whole30 rules are no weighing, measuring or counting. And no stepping on the scales for the entire 30 days. Its going to be a struggle - as those are my little addictions. So, no more reports on what I'm eating until July 3rd. Hopefully by that time I will see an improvement in my energy, and a reduction in my weight. I still struggle with the "eat lots of fats" concept. Too many years of CW poisoning by brain I guess. When I track what I'm eating it almost always comes up with right around 50% fat for total calories. I don't seem to have much a problem keeping protein high and carbs low. I'm hoping keeping the sugars and occasional wheats out of my diet will get me off this plateau and back into a weight loss mode. I'm still hanging at 50 pounds overweight. UGH

          My son and I watched Fat Head by Tom Naughton on Friday - REALLY good! I'm not sure where I came across the link, but I've added it to my Netflix que cuz I'm going to make the hubby watch it. The bad part is that he eats fast food throughout the entire experiment - but the good parts are about cutting grains and eating real whole food. I know - seems to be a contradiction in terms there - real and fast aren't even close to the same thing! What he's trying to do is refute the film "Super Size Me" - and say that with good choices you can eat fairly good, and even lose weight on only fast food menus. If you get a chance to see it I highly recommend it!

          Okay - was feeling punky this morning, but am feeling a bit better this afternoon. I worked for a couple hours at the doc office. Then came home to fix something to eat after a 22 hour fast. Roast beef - yum. I was planning on making chicken breast for dinner that has been marinading in Yoshida's marinade - until I read the ingredients of the marinade -- soy sauce (with wheat), sugar, HFCS - among other not so good stuff. I won't be eating this. I will be cooking it, and son and hubby can eat it. I will be taking out a cod fillet. I've got some brocolli and carrots ready to steam, along with a sweet potato. I'll be putting ghee on them instead of butter, and cooking the cod in ghee as well.

          So --- I've been making cauliflower mash more often, and loving it!!! I put in a little butter, some heavy cream and garlic salt. I can sub. ghee for the butter, but what is a good sub. for heavy cream? Whole30 is NO dairy - period. Any suggestions? Maybe just forego the mash for the month, huh?
          1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
          2. Eat to heal
          3. Move to live
          4. Embrace today
          5. Live with intention
          6. Respect my body
          7. Cultivate joy
          8. Find my passion
          9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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          • Why do you have to substitute anything? I made mashed cauliflower the other day with just olive oil and salt.

            And why won't you be reporting on what you eat? That's not measuring or counting... But if you'd rather not, that's okay. I'm just a little confused, that's all.
            5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
            Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
            Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

            More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
            - Lewis Mumford

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            • Hi Tomi! So glad I was an inspiration! I'm very happy with my progress on the Whole30. I'm breaking some rules though... I *AM* weighing every day b/c it's what I do... I quit weighing once for an entire month as part of a challenge and gained 6 lbs despite tracking calories in vs calories out. The scale stays. lol Since Friday, I've lost 3 lbs!!

              For me it's been difficult to give up the dairy and sugar. I'm a cheese person. I ate cheese nearly every day. And some yogurt. Some sour cream and a bit of cream cheese (it's what I use to make pancakes now). I miss my sour cream and cheese. But, at least they're fermented so when the 30 days is up, I'll see how they affect me.

              Good luck with your Whole30!
              Primal since March 5, 2012
              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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              • The cream from a can of coconut milk works well for so many things. Put a can in the fridge for a few hours, then remove the top, and scoop out the thickened portion. So much yummy! Depending on the brand of coconut milk it can be more or less coconut tasting and/or sweet.

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                • Originally posted by pererlale
                  How are your muscle pains with the statins now? You may want to consider adding a CoQ10 supplement as it can sometimes stop the muscle pain from statins. Also, you could post your cholesterol labs on the forum (with the LDL, HDL, Trig breakdown).
                  The muscle pain went away when I stopped the statins. I only took them for about 10 days, then emailed my doctor and said I wasn't going to take them anymore. I'm seeing her on Thursday and I'm going to ask about colestid - because I also have troubles with chronic diarrhea, and that med is supposed to bind with bile salts - resulting in less cholesterol in the blood, AND less diarrhea from too much bile salts in the bowels. If she runs another cholesterol panel this week I will post the numbers. I take CoQ10 daily.
                  1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                  2. Eat to heal
                  3. Move to live
                  4. Embrace today
                  5. Live with intention
                  6. Respect my body
                  7. Cultivate joy
                  8. Find my passion
                  9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                  • Yesterday was great for the eating part! Okay, I guess it doesn't hurt to post the menu (right, Judg?) So here is what I had yesterday:

                    After a 22 hour fast - shredded roast beef
                    dinner: cod fillet fried in ghee, with sweet potato, carrots and brocolli

                    And -- confession time -- I DID step on the scale this morning. 188!!! a new low for me since going primal. I think I'm going to ignore those rules about not weighing or measuring or tracking or stepping on the scales! The IMPORTANT part is eating right and thats what I will be a stickler on for this 30 day experiment.

                    Activity for yesterday was not good as I'm fighting a virus - although I feel much better today. Just a bit stiff and headachy right now. I think I will go have a nice soak in the jaccuzi and see if that makes a difference. I wish I had some lavendar or something to add to the water. Maybe some Epsom Salts (I'm not ingesting it so it shouldn't cause bowel issues! HAHA!)

                    I'm noticing a definite pattern with the calcium and diarrhea. 1000 mg/day isn't enough to control the diarrhea, but 2000 mg/day seems to do the trick. I have actually skipped a day of "going" when taking the higher dose! So, I'm trying to keep doing that until I see the doc Thursday and see what she thinks. If I can just keep taking the calcium to control the diarrhea then thats what I'm going to do. My doctor is currently at a seminar about treating the "cause" of an illness instead of just masking the symptoms! I'm anxious to find out what she has to say on Thursday. She's a very forward thinking doctor - she wants to treat her patients with healing foods, behavior modification and natural things rather than pharmaceuticals! And she wants to get the rest of the doctors in the community to get on board. She says this is a new but growning trend in medicine! Lets put these pill pushing pharmaceutical companies out of business!

                    Its a beautiful day outside - wish I felt good enough to go for a walk........ maybe after work this afternoon. I think I'll check a few more journals and then go have that soak before I have to get ready for work.
                    1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                    2. Eat to heal
                    3. Move to live
                    4. Embrace today
                    5. Live with intention
                    6. Respect my body
                    7. Cultivate joy
                    8. Find my passion
                    9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                    • My doctor is cool like that too. She's actually a paleo lifestyler too. She pushes my husband to follow me on the Primal Blueprint and suggested the Whole30 to him the last time he was in there (with one of the kids, no doubt). she was excited when I told her I was going to try to control my depression and anxiety with diet. My psychiatrist, not so much, but my osteopath, very much. lol

                      I still weigh while doing the Whole30. I don't think it matters. The reason I think they tell people not to weigh is so that they concentrate on getting the right foods and not thinking about weight - or so that they can see the shock in their faces when they check their weight at the end of the 30 days!! I'm just shocked that the last 4 1/2 days have yielded a 3 lb loss!! Water or fat... 3 lbs is 3 lbs!

                      I've had an unhappy gut today and I don't know what I did to make it angry. I already take 1200 mg of calcium a day. I've been eating whole30 approved foods... must be a bacterial or viral thing b/c I haven't eaten anything that should be causing a problem...
                      Primal since March 5, 2012
                      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                      • Tomi, would you mind sharing your doctor's name?

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                        • Jenn - sorry your feeling yucky. Hopefully it will subside as the day passes and you'll be fine by tomorrow. Yeah on the 3 pounds! Thats awesome even if it is just water I'm totally into that number on the scale - sounds like your are too - so as long as its long muscle loss - a pound counts!

                          I had a left over peice of cod for breakfast - does is get any better than fish for breakfast???? Yummy - and so full of good protein! NO carbs and minimal fat.

                          Okay so I'm laying there, soaking in tub and out the window I see -- HAIL and snow flakes!!!!! Its JUNE! Can someone please help me figure out how to ask Mother Nature to get her calendar on the right page please!!!! good grief!!!
                          1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                          2. Eat to heal
                          3. Move to live
                          4. Embrace today
                          5. Live with intention
                          6. Respect my body
                          7. Cultivate joy
                          8. Find my passion
                          9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                          • snow?? Crazy. One night at the races it started drizzling. It was cold out so the drizzle froze, creating teeny tiny flakes in May. My sister and I agreed that it was snow, but no one else believed us.
                            Primal since March 5, 2012
                            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                            • Originally posted by marcadav View Post
                              Tomi, would you mind sharing your doctor's name?
                              Its Dr. Dacker at Vida Health on Liberty St. She's great! She endorses paleo, even has classes on it - and she goes to the Crossfit here in town also. I'm not sure if she is taking new patients right now - I waited almost 2 years to get an appt. but it was worth the wait. Let me know if you get in!
                              1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                              2. Eat to heal
                              3. Move to live
                              4. Embrace today
                              5. Live with intention
                              6. Respect my body
                              7. Cultivate joy
                              8. Find my passion
                              9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                              • Originally posted by tomi View Post
                                Its Dr. Dacker at Vida Health on Liberty St. She's great! She endorses paleo, even has classes on it - and she goes to the Crossfit here in town also. I'm not sure if she is taking new patients right now - I waited almost 2 years to get an appt. but it was worth the wait. Let me know if you get in!
                                Thanks Tomi!!!

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