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  • Originally posted by marthat View Post
    My copy of "It Starts With Food" arrived by UPS about 2 hours ago. Gotta love Amazon. I ordered it less than 48 hours ago, Tuesday evening. Arrives Thursday before supper - wow! Now that the ribeye is inside me (well, to be honest, only about half of it - I couldn't finish it), I'm starting to read. So far so good.
    My copy of the book comes soon I hope! Can't wait to start reading it!

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    • Thanks, everyone.. Yes, the book is so great and easy to understand, and it's not a subject that is "easy"', IMO.

      You guys have been so good about the dairy. I just couldn't give up cream, I don't use much but I felt like I would fail if I had to drink black coffee and I haven't brought myself to the point of butter in coffee yet.

      I want to lose 10 more lbs by labor day, I think I can do it by staying primal but watching the carbs along the way. I am so convinced it's the healthy fats Whole 30 folks and Mark wrote about that made it possible to stay with this program. I'll never go back to grains and sugar. I don't miss the bread anymore and fruits that are so wonderful have taken sugar's place.

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      • Originally posted by JudyCr View Post
        I want to lose 10 more lbs by labor day, I think I can do it by staying primal but watching the carbs along the way. I am so convinced it's the healthy fats Whole 30 folks and Mark wrote about that made it possible to stay with this program. I'll never go back to grains and sugar. I don't miss the bread anymore and fruits that are so wonderful have taken sugar's place.
        i was just considering yesterday what it is about this program that has kept me from straying. Normally I last something like 3 or 4 weeks then I give up on something and try something else - or I don't see the results I expect and give up - or I let my weekends derail me no matter how hard I try to be "good". For some reason, this method has not resulted in any of that. My weekends have been just as perfect as my weekdays. I've lost a shit-ton of weight (24 lbs) and I've NEVER lost anything more than 12 lbs on ANY program.

        I don't know what it is that's working so well for me, but it is and I love it so I'm sticking to it.
        Primal since March 5, 2012
        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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        • Day 22 of the June Whole30, Day 54 of the whole thing. Weight continues to drop, I continue to cruise along without cravings. I just got home from an Italian themed dinner party (pasta, lasagna, pizza from an outdoor brick oven - you get the idea). I had eaten before going over, we missed the main course eating time because of soccer practice, and so I was able to avoid eating anything. I took a bottle of my home-made iced tea over and had about 2 oz wine, then switched to only the iced tea. The only food I ate was fresh fruit chunks. It went really well.

          For me, it's all about the fats. The diet is so satiating with the high fat content. For lunch today, I had leftover ribeye steak, probably about 2-3 oz, cold, sliced into thin ribbons and each slice dipped into garlic mayo. Other than that, I ate a few radishes and a few raw, unsweetened strawberries. And I was full and satisfied for almost 5 hours. That's almost magical in my experience. For supper, I had 2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced in half and spread with goose liver pate (gotta find other options than crackers, right?). They were high-fat and delicious. And held me through that whole Italian dinner party thing.

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          • You are an inspiration Marthat! 54 days and cruising along is really a statement to how this is a great lifestyle (versus the dreaded diet), and proves it is sustainable.
            I too am completely amazed even after a long time of eating paleo and really not having sugar cravings anymore. It is amazing because everyone knew I had a 'sweet tooth' my whole life. I never had a dessert that was 'too rich' or 'too sweet' I really couldn't understand what people were talking about! But NOW I feel that way. truly weird. but I love it. I love the freedom!
            And it is also really interesting that hunger itself feels different. The processed food hunger made me crabby, now I just feels different and I can acknowledge it and say 'ok, I have to take care of fueling my body when I get a chance' not 'WHERES THE SNACKS???!!!!'
            LOL
            Anyway really enjoying this journey much more than I thought I would, but I do truly miss the cream in my coffee. bullet proof is ok with coconut oil and ghee, but I still prefer a good dose of cream. Wondering if I will gain when I re introduce it??? I can't imagine living without it long term.

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            • Well, after a week of overeating junk foods...yesterday, my stomach started hurting. This morning, I'm slightly nauseated. It's time for me to stop this binging and get back to being healthy. What's upsetting is that for the first time in a long time, I've been eating emotionally -- eating when not hungry, purposefully eating bad foods, you name it. It's terrible. I have to get a grip.

              I think I also have to draw the line with my CW/all-things-in-moderation SAD family and say "I can't have these specific junk foods in the house." They can keep the chocolate and cookies and ice cream that I don't eat - but the kind that I do? It's time for those things to be gone, seriously gone. I'm sure they would agree to keep their Oreos and ditch the Breyers.

              And I left a message for a therapist yesterday. And had a talk with my husband. I used to be on Zoloft for bipolar, and more recently Lexapro for depression - and I think the manic/depressive tendencies have returned, with a vengeance. While I'm not keen on the thought of medication, I realize that I deserve better than to be constantly cycling through the can't-get-off-the-sofa/can-clean-the-whole-house-in-an-hour thing. It's exhausting and unhealthy. Anyway, he's completely supportive, whether or not medication is involved. He, like me, isn't a fad of meds, but he wants me to be better. The therapist I left a message for is a psychologist, not a psychiatrist, because I **really** don't want to resort to meds -- but I figure this is a start, right?

              Anyway, sorry about the dumping. I'm really proud of everyone here for sticking with Whole 30. You guys are inspiring, and I hope that you're getting everything from Whole 30 that you were looking for.
              F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

              **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

              **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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              • And I hope you get everything from therapy that you are hoping for. You deserve a happy life - we all do. It is a big first step to recognize and acknowledge the problem, formulate a plan and take a step along the path to that plan. You have done all those things already. Best wishes to you in your journey to mental and spiritual health.

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                • Thanks, marthat. I'm looking forward to finding me again, if that makes sense.
                  F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                  **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                  **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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                  • Originally posted by marthat View Post
                    And I hope you get everything from therapy that you are hoping for. You deserve a happy life - we all do. It is a big first step to recognize and acknowledge the problem, formulate a plan and take a step along the path to that plan. You have done all those things already. Best wishes to you in your journey to mental and spiritual health.
                    This goes for everything in life. Love this piece of advice marthat!

                    Whole30 has been going well over here! Flew through it starts with food. Tried some of the recipes in the back. So quick and easy! I definitely recommend trying some out! Workouts have been going really well. Energy is still off the charts anddd I'm sleeping like a baby! Thinking I may just continue past the 30!

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                    • A friends daughter has been recently diagnosed with bi polar at age 13. The psychiatrist told my friend that every untreated manic episode causes damage and that if left untreated you can end up in a place where treatment becomes harder and harder. Take care of yourself. And get the help you deserve! Sending you good vibes!

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                      • Oh, man!! I just had lamb shanks slow-cooked in a Mediterranean sauce for supper. OMG GOOD!! I scored local lamb shanks at the farmer's market this morning. They were so simple to make.

                        Chop one big onion and spread over the bottom of the crockpot. Arrange lamb shanks on top. Add rest of ingredients - half of a big can of diced stewed tomatos, about half cup red wine, about 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar. 1 full head garlic, peeled, but left in whole cloves (you squish them later and use as meat topper), about a tbsp of an Italian herb blend (my friend gave me one and I don't know exactly what's in it, but the usual stuff, I guess), and about half a cup of sliced green olives (or whatever kind you have kicking around). Turn on high and walk away for 4-5 hours. The meat is amazing, the sauce is amazing - my son was slurping the sauce up from his plate - luckily only the two of us home tonight! We scooped and sucked the marrow out of the bones, too, first time for that. I'm feeling very nourished this evening.

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                        • Originally posted by JackieKessler View Post
                          And I left a message for a therapist yesterday. And had a talk with my husband. I used to be on Zoloft for bipolar, and more recently Lexapro for depression - and I think the manic/depressive tendencies have returned, with a vengeance. While I'm not keen on the thought of medication, I realize that I deserve better than to be constantly cycling through the can't-get-off-the-sofa/can-clean-the-whole-house-in-an-hour thing. It's exhausting and unhealthy. Anyway, he's completely supportive, whether or not medication is involved. He, like me, isn't a fad of meds, but he wants me to be better. The therapist I left a message for is a psychologist, not a psychiatrist, because I **really** don't want to resort to meds -- but I figure this is a start, right?

                          Anyway, sorry about the dumping. I'm really proud of everyone here for sticking with Whole 30. You guys are inspiring, and I hope that you're getting everything from Whole 30 that you were looking for.
                          Feel better my friend. I know what it's like to reach a point where you feel out of control of your mental health and how difficult it is to turn to drugs, but sometimes it's nice to just give up the fight and let the meds do the work for a while. Best of luck to you and please keep us posted.
                          Primal since March 5, 2012
                          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                          • As for me... I am going to have to cut my Whole30 short. After two weeks of antibiotic therapy, I think my pro-biotics are suffering. I'm showing the initial signs of yeast infection and no matter what I take for this rib pain, it makes me feel incredibly nauseated. I've NEVER had a reaction to Vicodin before and tonight it's making me feel sick. The only thing I can think of is the loss of gut flora. So, since I felt sick a bit ago, I ate some yogurt for quick pro-biotics.

                            I exceeded my goals with this round of the Whole30 and fully intend to participate again! I lost 10 lbs in the 22 days I completed. I went from a size 16 pants (loose at the time) to a size 12!! So amazing!

                            Once I get healthy again, I'll be back for sure! I'll still check in with everyone, but I'm going to switch back to Primal til I feel better. Thank you for the awesome challenge, everyone!
                            Primal since March 5, 2012
                            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                            • All the best in feeling better, Jenn.

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                              • Originally posted by marthat View Post
                                Oh, man!! I just had lamb shanks slow-cooked in a Mediterranean sauce for supper. OMG GOOD!! I scored local lamb shanks at the farmer's market this morning. They were so simple to make.

                                Chop one big onion and spread over the bottom of the crockpot. Arrange lamb shanks on top. Add rest of ingredients - half of a big can of diced stewed tomatos, about half cup red wine, about 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar. 1 full head garlic, peeled, but left in whole cloves (you squish them later and use as meat topper), about a tbsp of an Italian herb blend (my friend gave me one and I don't know exactly what's in it, but the usual stuff, I guess), and about half a cup of sliced green olives (or whatever kind you have kicking around). Turn on high and walk away for 4-5 hours. The meat is amazing, the sauce is amazing - my son was slurping the sauce up from his plate - luckily only the two of us home tonight! We scooped and sucked the marrow out of the bones, too, first time for that. I'm feeling very nourished this evening.
                                Wow, this sounds great! An entire head of garlic? Yow! How many lamb shanks?
                                F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                                **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                                **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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