Thanks, Tasha -- I guess I'll find out this afternoon what the verdict is. I'm praying its something simple and I don't lose all my files.
Sabine - Yes - it really wasn't that difficult - I even said NO when hubby asked me if I wanted him to go to the "special store" for rum. That felt good! I know he enjoys relaxing with a drink after working long and hard, so it was hard to tell him no, but easy for me to say that I didn't want any. I feel so much better when I don't drink at all. Even once in a while is more than I want anymore. Progress! Its the small successes that propell us forward!
Even though I'm not carefully tracking everything right now, I am still keeping an eye on what I'm eating - I'm doing really good on my portions and all. I'm finding if I have a meal heavy in veggie carbs for dinner I don't get hungry the rest of the evening. Last night I made a pan of roasted veggies - with sweet potato, broc/cauli, carrots, red onion, red pepper. I have also found that the days I ate breakfast were days that I was less hungry through out the day - so my goal is to eat breakfast by 9 am everyday. I don't think my body responds well to IFing. I have been doing it nearly everyday for over a year - eat dinner at about 7 pm and then not eat again until around 11 am - thats a daily fast of 16 hours. Doing this and consuming under 1500 consistant, and I'm not seeing a weight loss. On the days that I have eaten breakfast, a small lunch and a reasonable sized dinner I have seen the scales move down. I'm going to focus on keeping my meals more frequent. I'm wondering if my body is one of those that would respond well to the 5-6 small meals instead of 2-3 larger meals. Maybe an experiment is in the works here? I'm going to eat 2 slices of bacon now (8:30 am) - 3 egg yolks before work (12:00) - a bit of pork rinds after work (5:30) and dinner, salmon, shrimp and salad (7:00 pm) or when hubby gets home. Maybe I'm one of those who need to keep a steady supply of calories so I don't drop into starvation mode. I know Mark says "grok" went probably days without eating at times - and he does the IFing - but he's also a man and probably has a 7% fat content on that ripped body of his! Thats not me - and thats not what my body needs. I've heard so many people say they do best on multiple smaller meals evenly spaced through out the day - and I've never tried that. I have always been focused on the HUNGER signal --- the hungrier I get, the more I think I'm burning my fat stores. But MAYBE I've been wrong, since I don't seem to be seeing much weight loss. The last meal replacement diet I was on was like this - I ate 4 meal replacements and a "lean and green" meal. So - I ate 5 times a day whether I was hungry or not they said it was necessary to eat those 5 meals. It was still a total of only 800 calories a day though - which might have something to do with the great weight loss success. I'm going to try to do this with 1200 - 1400 calories a day. But while I'm doing the whole30 for May I'm going to very loosely guage my calories. AND --- I've decided dairy is out if I'm going to do a true whole30. Jenn pointed out that I should remove the dairy to see if it is contributing to the IBS symptoms. I think thats a really good idea and I'm going to give it a try.
Think of all the things I will not be able to eat if dairy and sugar are both my trouble makers!!! I will be eating a very clean diet of meat of veggies - period. That makes me sad. There are many wonderfully tasting foods that contain dairy and sugars (even natural sugars!) but maybe honey would be okay once in a while.
Here are the foods I have eliminated from my diet due to causing bloating, diarrhea, intestinal pain, muscle pain, fatigue, headaches, brain fog:
chocolate, yes even dark chocolate (sugar or caffeine?)
coffee and tea (tannins?) even herbal tea
any dairy in liquid form and ice cream (lactose intolerance)
grains and legumes (causes fibro flares)
sugar (processed, natural or fake)
What does that leave? Meat of any kind, and veggies. So far I haven't found a veggie that causes any trouble. Technically tomato is a fruit. I'm going to have to explore coconut milk for recipes - maybe I should look at that coconut recipe book. I think it came with the downloads (its on my laptop). Time to really shake things up again after I'm done with the whole30.
If I don't see some weight loss over the next couple months I'm going to look into that Metobolic Weight Loss Center. I can eat the way I need to - but they say you have to eat foods in certain combinations when you have metabolic issues causing your body to hand on to every pound!
I have increased my carbs - in fact, as far as veggies go - I don't even really count or track anymore. when I do, just to monitor what I'm doing, my carbs range from 75-100. Maybe with my thyroid issues I should be at a higher carb rate. I don't know.......... HFLC sure wasn't working. It did the first couple weeks, then nothing.
I'm going to do Barre3 now - then maybe mow the grass before I have to get ready for work. Well - after I catch up on the journals
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