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  2. Day 5 no headache upon waking which is great but I'm not motivated to do too much work. I actually turned down a homemade monster cookie last night (one of my favorites when this person makes them). I think she was more surprised than me which led to a discussion of the Whole30 and why I'm doing it. It helps that she is very much aware of the migraines over the past year+ and the breast cancer restrictions. I'm kind of hoping to skip the Kill all the Things stage since it hasn't been an issue yet and I don't want to be cranky when I get to see the grandbabies over the weekend. Hockey game on Sunday could be interesting if I'm truly in the just want to take a nap phase. I hope my teammates have extra energy. The team normally heads to the bar after the game but I think it might be too early in the process for me - maybe in a couple of weeks. Happy Friday everyone
  3. Day 27 We're having dinner at a friend's house on Saturday, and I decided to say "Hey can I bring a side and/or salad, and what we want to grill?" This opened up a long I/M about what we're doing, our restrictions, why, etc. I'm very proud of myself for standing up for my husband and me. That will be day 28 for us and no way am I going to blow it that close to the end! I'm still not feeling tiger blood, my sleep is pretty good, but I still have some insomnia most nights, headaches I thought were due to sugar are still plaguing me and my clothes are not fitting much differently. BUT, I know I'm eating the right foods, and good habits have been formed over the last 4 weeks! Especially cutting out snacking on food with no brakes. That one thing will change my life. Sugar is in everything, we know that. But I was so shocked to see it in a bottle of fresh horseradish! Seriously? Shouldn't that just be horseradish? Makes a case for buying the fresh stuff and grinding it myself. Which kind of is the base layer of W30 - start with real, whole food and create what you need to suit your taste/recipe. My all-time favorite W30 recipe is Zuppa Tuscano, which I made last night after an unexpected wintery day. YUM. My husband even asked if we could have it when we're back to "normal" food. The kale is such a nice, fresh addition to a hearty, creamy soup. I also added some celery for crunch and a few fresh herbs I had on hand. I love soup of all kinds, and this was on the table in less than an hour. And guess what's for lunch? My favorite resources are Trader Joes and Pinterest. I also have new very expanded view of Amazon! I'm very interested to see what day 31 looks like for me. Will my outlook change? Will I make poor choices because I have "permission?" What will my weekend grocery shop look like? Whats for dinner? I will follow the re-introduction but it will be really interesting to see what choices I make moving forward. I think they'll be influenced by this program for my lifetime!
  4. Do you come from the land down under? Where women glow and men thunder? Buying bread from a man in Brussels He was six foot four and full of muscles I said, "do you speak-a my language?" He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich And he said I come from the land down under Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder? Eating for international relations. Dr.'s orders trump Whole 30 and keeping UP international relations....maybe, maybe. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. I did that. It was my choice. I asked Paw, why do you think we're the nation with the highest rates of obesity and diabetes. He said, "because everyone else is too busy dodging bullets - They don't have time to stop off at Mickey Dees." It is harder to swim upstream. Man is afraid of criticism. You have to love yourself more than the approval of people. Keep swimming upstream. Anyone can make an argument for the sake of their cause or agenda. In a crisis situation, there is fear. Fear is contagious. Staying in a continual state of fear will wear you and others out. I am no longer moved by every wind of dieting doctrine, tossed to and fro. Allow your spirit to move to center stage. Into the Light. You can't solve your problems with the same mindsets around you that caused their problems, especially if you share the same problems. Make a break. A clean get-away and departure. Doing what you've always done will get you what you've always gotten. Start thinking outside of the box and throw the box away, too. Don't be limited by anyone else's thinking, telling you how you should go about solving your problems when they can't see or sing their way out of a paper bag. You're going to have to reach beyond yourself and others to see the big picture. Waaaay down the road. Don't be conformed to this world. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. It's Good Friday. Discernment matters.
  5. I hear you, just wanted to give another resource. The beginning of day 5 has been great so far. I haven't had a hangover like the time line had suggested. Hope it doesn't come later, because that would suck! Have a great day, whichever one you're on! X
  6. @maggiemay I never thought of it that way, but that's good advice and a good way to set yourself up for success.
  7. @kellyfoss Sorry about the sneaky salsa! I am also feeling really great and was thinking about staying a little longer but I think I have successfully mapped out a preliminary plan for reintroduction that I am excited about. I have decided to stay away from alcohol for a bit longer, at least through the end of Lent. If pregnant ladies can do it for 9 months, I certainly can do it for 40 days! I am nervous about dairy and gluten. I have never had a serious issue with either that I know of, but the more I am reading about reintroductions, the more people I see who have had sensitivities. I don't want to feel sick which is maybe why I want to stay on longer. I am on Spring Break the second week of April so I am planning most reintros for that time period. When we started the whole 30 in February I was doing a good job of working out as well. I love to walk outdoors and enjoy lifting weights or using weight machines at the gym. I am not a fan of indoor cardio machines but try to use them on occasion anyways (the former Skyfit now Aaptiv app is helpful). Unfortunately, I hit a bit of a stall with the working out about day 8 or 9 when I was feeling particularly sluggish and I am finally feeling ready to jump back in. I have an absolutely CRAZY busy week coming up since I am music director of a show that goes up next weekend so I am prepping myself to get back into my walking routine on Monday, April 3. If time allows, I will do it sooner-- possibly even this afternoon (my last few hours of freedom until the show is over on Sunday the 2nd!). Hopefully the weather will warm up in the next several days! Now, to be slightly petty for a minute, I find that I am frustrated when I see people who sell shakes-which-shall-remain-nameless or fixes that last between 20 and 22 days on Facebook and other social media talk about clean eating. THIS. THIS IS CLEAN EATING. Don't get me wrong, do what works for you I truly believe that, but we have been eating seriously clean and whole for the past 26 days. I am so happy about the way I am eating, particularly the hoards of vegetables and proper plate set up. I feel like it's easy now. I know what I can eat and what I can't and it really is becoming habit. I just feel like there are so many lies out there about proper food consumption. Have I drank too much of the (sugar, gluten, dairy, & soy free) Whole30 hypothetical "cool-aid" that now I am extra aware of other food/diet fads that are just not the same? I just want to shout "NO!! GO BUY WHOLE30!!!" LOL. To me, someone who has tried IT ALL, this is the answer and this is how I need to approach food forever (which reminds me, I must buy "Food Freedom Forever" before it's all said and done!). By the way to everyone in this group...we ROCK. WE REALLY ROCK. I am so grateful for this forum and that I have a place to communicate how I am feeling and receive positive support from others in the same boat. This has been seriously helpful and you all inspire me to keep walking past that candy aisle in CVS!!!!
  8. Chasing symptoms. Starting over and over and over again with the same mindset. Has it changed everything for you then?
  9. @Nedster7 What kirkor said is exactly what I meant. I had a terrible reaction to legumes when I did my reintros, so if I was a kid and my mom was like "yay! We did it! Finished the Whole30 as a family!" and then I had a piece of cake that made me feel like death would be preferable to the way my stomach felt...not fun. Xylitol and stevia are also heavily processed...Something like this paleo cake is sweetened with maple syrup which, while it is completely sugar, is less processed. Your kids might be fine with legumes. But they might not. If you really want to make it celebratory and fun with no strings attached, I wouldn't use legumes in a cake.
  10. Masking and suppressing symptoms is not healing. Physical or emotional. You can't fix a broken brain with a broken brain. You can't solve a problem with the same mindset that caused the problem. Think with your heart. Your spirit.
  11. @jessdoit & @kirbz and anyone else who is interested. I've been using the real plans app for meal planning/shopping/prep and it has made life so much easier. I can plan out a weeks worth of breaks, lunches, & dinners for 2 adults and 2 kiddos in about 30 minutes, including my shopping list. AND it has a Whole 30 mode you can add on or you can just tweak your food preferences to make the suggestions compliant. It is super easy to use and you can even import your own recipes. You might want to check it out.
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  13. This ^^^^ is wonderful advice!!!
  14. You aren't alone! This is one of the biggest reasons I'm doing this program as well. I'm am big in to the craft beer scene (in fact, I spent some time in Denver last year for that exact reason), so I have a beer a night, more on weekends. It was just becoming to much. I wasn't even enjoying it anymore, so much that it was just routine. Seriously unhealthy habit. So, I made the decision to cut it out for 30 days, and then I happened upon this diet plan and just bundled it in! But, I'm 6 days removed from the last beer and one sounds delicious right now. But, we can make it through! Regarding the "re-intro" above, I won't be able to do in that regard. I have a craft beer festival I bought VIP tickets for on April 23rd. I will be participating in that, so it'll be an interesting experience to see how my body reacts. It also gives me a hard stop on my Whole30 (which is nice, because it means I can't cheat because I can't start over!). Anyways, good luck! Feel free to share your struggles, I expect I'll be going through them too.
  15. Just a quick note.... Day 20 of my first round is today! I tend to have a high heartrate and really low BP. I have mitral valve prolapse, and genetically predisposed to heart problems. I'm not overweight. I started my w30 because of a number of health issues. I just happened to check my fitbit, and my resting heartrate has dropped 9 BPM since I started w30! I just looked at the graph on Fitbit and it slowly lowered since that day! And I've only worked out 4 times. But I'm starting back to my workouts tomorrow because I now have pretty consistent tiger blood!!
  16. Welp, I will be extending my Whole30 to a Whole45 after a slight slip-up with some very sneaky salsa (and also because I just feel really great on this program and I'd like to continue it a bit longer). But I'm still in this with you guys! I do still plan to weigh myself on day 31, because I want to see what my results would have been if I had just stopped at 30 days. But then I'll do two more weeks after that before reintroduction. Let's finish strong! Can't wait to hear what everyone's final SVs and NSVs are!
  17. Yesterday was rough for me. I was still recovering from a seriously nasty cold that had been roaming through the office (made it through without any medicine though!). But, I had a seriously nasty headache. I don't know if that was food or cold related. I couldn't think. I couldn't eat. I was able to scarf down a bit of chicken and guacamole for dinner, but felt quite ill afterward. I decided just to go to bed at 8pm because I couldn't take it. I woke up this morning, and I feel great! I'm actually excited to put another day into this! Happy Friday, everyone! It's sure to be filled with temptations!
  18. That's great @newwhole30er ! I didn't bake, but I bought 3 dozen cupcakes yesterday for my office. The bakery smelled awesome! But I wasn't tempted to hurt my gut and ruin my w30. I'm on day 30 of round 1.
  19. You will be amazed at how quickly your tastes can change and how great youcan feel as a consequence! Just do this meal-by-meal.
  20. Ugh. I woke up this morning with a huge pimple AND there are there are two types of doughnuts at work today. One is my absolute favorite...from a little Amish store that people bring back after a rare trip to our northern office. I'm hiding in my office eating my eggs and veggies. Stay strong this Friday!
  21. Hi everyone! I am a 47 year old mother, wife, and corporate attorney. Between work and my kids' sports, I have very little time. I am starting Whole30 on April 1st. Any suggestions or hacks to get me started? Any hints for preparing for the journey?? Thanks! Hoping this program addresses my (numerous) food issues!
  22. Thanks Moderator. I've never had chia pudding on a whole30 ... Just in real life! I usually stick to eggs, and sauteed greens. And sometimes last night's leftovers. I understand people struggle with breakfast, and it's good to offer alternatives to eggs or dinner for breakfast.
  23. I made the pork meatballs that are in the recipe book, page 102 I think, they are very good! Used them in the Asian zuchinni zoodle dish a couple pages after and we both really liked it.DH does not like veggies so I am excite that he ate it.The meatball recipe is a huge batch so I used my kitchen aid to mix it up. will use the rest of the meatballs today
  24. Maybe they sprayed one of those preservatives on the lettuce. I have had diarrhea in the past from that stuff
  25. Thanks. I may try the hash or bacon or sausages (approved of course), but I don't want to be eating other meats and veggies at breakfast. Grosses me out.
  26. You pretty much nailed it. I think my snacking is mostly hand-to-mouth habit with all the triggers you listed. I will work on that! Thanks for input. Cheers
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