Lea Mint

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  1. Keep it up ladies!! Hope you all made it through the holiday! I admit post whole 30 my holiday eating wasn't great so I gotta step it up too.
  2. Wow @KelliW great job! I avoided Mexican restaurants like the plague because the food is my weakness!!
  3. I'm in Houston and it was in the 'seasonal summer' section of krogers, which is a grocery store
  4. I love shopping!! And having a cart full of veggies! I even bought canvas grocery bags that say 'you look radishing' on them!!!
  5. Welcome! My advice? Eat more not less. Trust me. You probably aren't eating enough if you are counting out the number of tomatos. You are replacing a lot of high calorie options with low calorie ones so fill the plate and make sure you eat until you are full!
  6. Welcome to the forum!!!
  7. Sounds good! I made cole slaw with avocado mayo and that was pretty good too! Homemade spaghetti sauce with butternut squash spirals is great too. Coconut aminos are wonderful for Asian. And I could just old faves like a hamburger with lettuce instead of a bun.
  8. Congrats and be welcome to whole30!!! It's great to feel so able to control what you eat and not cave to those cravings and bad habits! Any amazing recipes to share?
  9. Looking at this I question if you have enough protein and fat for your first meal of the day. This one is really critical to set the tone of your whole day. I'd make this meal bigger for sure, one meal, and add more protein / fat.
  10. I ended up giving up coffee for the 30 days. I couldn't handle the coconut oil. I hope it works for you! Someone also suggested nutpods. I'm sure you can find it if you search coffee on the forums. (Yes despite being done I'm hanging out in ya'll thread because my support thread ended up with no people in it by the end and that sucked! So I'm going to stay with ya'lls! And let you know YOU CAN MAKE IT!) <3
  11. Congratulations!!!!
  12. Wonderful to hear!!! Congrats! I went on meds years ago for my bp which was 150/100 at one point. It's been up and down, over the years, with and without meds. I've not been taking them the last few months and my post whole30 bp was 122/80! I count that as a win as well! keep going!
  13. I plan to continue on just not 100% strict. I like my coffee with a little cream and sweetener, so I've brought that back in, a little wine, and I've had some cheese. I also had a little bit of beans yesterday (little did I know that catered lunch would be MEXICAN). I'm not even close to ready to feel like reintroing grains, and I figure leaving out desserts and other items for some time is good for my health, my blood pressure, and my weight anyway! Today we went out to eat and it was nice to not have to be SUPER picky about the food while still eating fairly well, with green beans and sweet potatoes as my side dish and the pork stuffed with apples and mushrooms, even if there was a little butter or sugar in the recipe, I felt very comfortable eating it.
  14. I'm honestly not sure how I'll reintroduce. I think more the slow method. I wanted coffee so bad, that dairy has been first, but I honestly only had some creamer and a little cheese. I don't have a huge desire to eat all the off plan stuff right now. Yesterday I didn't have any tummy issues going to sleep and i had both white potatoes for breakfast and tomatoes (in salad and homemade spaghetti sauce for dinner). I had a salad, so it isn't that either (raw stuff can irritate). The night I had huge issues dinner was dry rub ribs, potatoes, fruit, salad w/ tomato and pepper, Oil/vinegar, and broccoli. These are all common things I eat and plenty of days I have no issues either.
  15. So I made it through 30 days of whole 30, although I'm not surprised. When I set my mind to something, I tend to achieve it. But I wanted to write my own good, bad, and ugly about my experience. The good: I lost 8 pounds in the week up to and during my whole thirty I went down a belt loop and a half on my belt My face and shoulders visibly look less pudgy I can feel the curvature of my waist better I learned that I don't have a sugar dragon. Not once during the entire whole 30 did I crave sugar I learned that I didn't crave carbs either. I expected the loss of pasta and Mexican food to be hard. It wasn't. I learned that not having cheese didn't bother me. I expected to whine over the loss of cheese. I didn't. I learned that while I MISSED coffee and wine, I did not CRAVE coffee and wine. I really thought that would be the most difficult point for me. Missing it brought on a little whining, but not once did I ever contemplate the thought of having it or felt I needed it. I did reset my taste buds. Grapes are super sweet. Food tastes better. Potatoes need only salt and pepper. I feel more educated on food than I did before. I've tried new things like sweet potatoes and coconut aminos, or revamped old favorites into compliant recipes . The bad: My health made no improvements over the course of the 30 days. My sinuses still suck. My stomach still sucks. My foot is still swollen. My knuckles are still big. I ended up taking off my ring because it just got too tight, and no I don't weigh anymore now than I have in the past when it fit fine and didn't bother me. The fatigue and achy shoulders which prompted me to give this a try after I read about the improvements people had with their health did not improve I never got the Tiger's Blood (SADFACE). The ugly: My stomach issues actually got worse. Never in the six years that I've had issues with my stomach (I was told i had inflammation and a hiatal hernia , which leads to belching) ever woken me out of sleep. After I started whole 30, about 30 minutes after I feel asleep on about 50-60% of the nights (especially in the beginning) I awakened with really bad stomach pain even if I'd last eaten 4-6 hours before. I had to take pepto bis to get back to sleep. I've had nights I couldn't go to sleep before, but never nights that it woke me up. I don't know if this is a function of the diet change, or if the timing simply coincides with the other issues that have arisen that concern me that prompted this diet change (and now a doctor's visit for tests), but it happened. The future: Coffee and Wine (coffee = coffee+cream+sweetener, although I report that this morning I used ONE packet instead of THREE so I'll call it a win) Continue to eat whole 30, limiting the other food groups. Probably I'll add back cheese here and there. I like cheese. And beans. But the other groups I don't know that I really feel like I want anymore. The occasional sweet. An outing at a Mexican Restaurant. A Superbowl party that has chips and dip. Sure. But day to day, I like this way of cooking and feeling full.
  16. I was going to reply the same. Remember. Don't worry about eating too much. You are eating Whole Foods. You are eating things that are dense in nutrients with less calories than the carb-packed processed foods before. It might FEEL like a lot of food. But a Pile of veggies isn't many calories. An 8oz chicken breast isn't many calories. 4 eggs is only 320 calories and the rest of your meal is veggies with maybe 150 cals of healthy fat. So don't focus on 'too much'. Simply eat what is allowed according to the template, eat until you are full. Eat enough to go 4-5 hours. And enjoy it!
  17. congrats!!!!
  18. I had a lot of squishy and nearly diarrhea movements all throughout my whole 30. Even on day 29.
  19. Welcome to whole30!
  20. My stomach issues definitely got worse before going back to more normal. But even the other night I woke up twice and had to take pepto :/
  21. Definitely make sure you get the fat or you will get hungry.
  22. I'm day 30 tonight I'm making Asian . Chicken, sweet potato spirals and a host of veggies cooked in coconut aminos! Ive made my own spagetti with butternut squash spirals and tomato sauce and such that was compliant (canned brands for sauce and diced tomatos) mexican flavored ground beef, using lettuce as the tortilla and adding mushrooms, Guac, salsa (and lovers of onions and peppers could add that or instead make it fajitas) A burger with a lettuce bun and complaint garnishings avocado mayo cole slaw steak, pork, ribs, shrimp alone, on salads, with potatoes, and veggies on the side. Baked potatoes. Sweet potatoes, potatoes sliced and seasoned and baked (Leftovers are great for breakfast!)
  23. Proud of you too! I bought cute canvas bags for my produce that say 'aren't you raddishing!' for your lunch you probably got hungry because you didn't eat much! Make sure you have fat and veggies too to round out the meal and the fat keeps you satisfied longer. I know it feels weird to eat it, but it's worth it. My breakfast: 2 eggs, 1 chicken spinach sausage, fistful of spinach, 1/2 avocado, 2 mushrooms diced topped with salsa Had some grapes with my daughter before lunch which was 1/2 chicken breast and 1/2 large baked potato, huge pile of broccoli and the other 1/2 avocado. I wouldnt worry about eating too much Worry about eating not enough Make sure you have veggies, protein and fat at every meal. Afterall almost 75% of your choices are going to be lower calorie than you are used to. keep it up! #day30
  24. Last day! It's kinda bittersweet because I do miss some things, and I don't feel my health improved like I had hoped but I have lost weight and do also feel I could eat mostly compliant the rest of my life.
  25. Welcome to the forum and to whOle30! Your first day I see my last