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  1. Sassy single over here, too. Son's away in college. My tips: Tupperware, planning and use those convenient plastic bins of salad greens (like the baby kale, arugula, mesclun mix, etc). You're gonna be eatin so many clean veggie filled meals that I doubt anything will go to waste (I'm on day 8*). I bought salad sized tupperware for my lunches and prepped in advance. I filled each container with greens, a roasted sweet potato (or half, depending on size), whatever veggie mix I wanted (roast some in advance, peppers & mushrooms, etc), or raw chopped vegs, and then your fat and protein. Boil a weeks worth of eggs in advance and add them. that way all I had to do for lunch was grab and go. Then you have your breakfasts and dinner. Unless you're buying an absurd about of veg and fruit, nothing is going to go to waste.
  2. Mmm homemade coleslaw! see now you're giving ME ideas! Don't forget to find W30 recipes online or follow the whole 30 instagram page. I'm saving those recipe ideas for week 4 when I know I'll be fed up with everything and will need some inspiration. ooh! maybe try shaving the Brussels sprouts and mixing them in with the cole slaw! ideas!
  3. LaCroix will equal LIFE for you. Stock up on that! Best of luck! Keep us posted.
  4. I'm your sister in that carb arena. Sweet drinks taste like poison to me. I like cereal sans sugar. Drink my coffee black anyway. Plain tea is the only way to go. I'd rather have a nice slice of chocolate cake versus mindless handfuls of m&m's or skittles or other sweetie sweet things. But a plate of fries? STAND BACK. I'm ON IT. Potato chips? almost daily. Bread? i love it and fear it. Someone with more knowledge than I have on t his can weigh in, but whether savory potatoes or sweetened lattes, simple carbs are simple carbs right? Oh, and I'm with you on the cheese as well. It's how we know God loves us right? Now I love veggies, so I can't relate to despising them. Might i suggest sauteeing them with your starchy veg? Spices and oil is gonna be your friend for flavor. Best of luck, mama!
  5. Nice! My hands are no longer puffy. Yes, my fat fluffy hands. LOL they've flattened. This happened almost immediately for me as well.
  6. Way to go! I've always been a big water drinker but I've slacked off in recent months. W30 has totally put me back on schedule. Swimmin in the stuff! ;-)
  7. Good morning :-) First I'd like to say that this forum is very encouraging and such a necessary part of this process. When I first decided to do W30, I didn't think I needed it, but I forced myself to follow all the suggestions given and being active in the forum was one of them. Reading about other people's struggles, successes, questions etc and the great advice given by the moderators makes me feel like I can do this. So here's my update: DIGESTION: I am someone who has persistent digestive issues. My system is always bloated, queasy, farty, nauseous, something isn't agreeing with it etc etc. I always feel better after doing some sort of flush or drinking some sort of detox tea or ginger. Since I've been doing W30 I haven't had a single digestive issue. I just don't even think about. Everything is quiet and still within me. ENERGY: I don't feel like crap anymore. I notice I have increased and sustained energy throughout the day. I think about working out and my body says "Yeah, we're up for that." instead of "OHGAWD!AREYOUKIDDINGME?!" (I must add that yesterday I was sitting at my desk and all of a sudden, I just felt like falling straight to sleep. I wanted to lie on the floor and take a nap. This does not contradict my testimony of increased energy levels. In fact, it was right on schedule with the W30 timeline! To me, energy is something that comes from the "core", for lack of a better descriptor. but Sleepy is just sleepy) CRAVINGS: Whaaaat happened to my cravings?? What happened to going out to lunch and grabbing something sweet for later?? My body isn't even thinking about a snack at 2pm any more! I'm starting to be able to tell real hunger from an emotional craving. I know when it's time to eat versus me just trying to wash away the stress of a phone call. Yesterday, I had 3 urges to eat that I was able to associate with worry, stress, and comfort seeking. And then when I REALLY felt hungry, I was like YEP! that's it right there. Time to refuel. ACHES AND PAINS: If you're 40 yrs old, put your hands up! If you're 40 yrs old put your hands up! Now wave em from side to side! You feel that ache in your shoulder? Not if you're doing W30! LOL! If I were to list all the minor aches and pains that I typically experience throughout the day (backaches, old hip injuries, legs, feet, etc) I'd sound like Grandpa Simpson. But honey, i can just, like, WALK now. Like get up and down now. Like get up straight off the floor without planning a strategy first! Heartburn is gone. My body is just so quiet. CHALLENGES/WEIRD STUFF: Ok so here in the DC area, it has been really POLLEN-Y. Like you could use this stuff for biological warfare. Thank BEANS it rained last night. I don't typically suffer from allergies. I don't have to take meds for it. I don't even think about allergies. Maybe when it's really pollen-y I might feel a little throat tickle or something but I can move on with my life. For some cray cray reason that may have NOTHING or EVERYTHING to do with W30, I was overcome with allergy symptoms yesterday. It was unbearable. I'm makin weird duck noises in my throat, using up boxes of tissues. IDK what the deal is, but I just wanted to share it. MISTAKES: So I ate some friggin carrageenan the other day. I posted about it elsewhere in the forum. Long story short, I'm doin a W37! Not what I wanted, but trust me, when you read up on what that crap is and how it's used in lab mice to CAUSE inflammation to test new drugs, you would do what you had to as well. It's infuriating to discover all the ways we unknowingly ingest things we would never think about eating. If I'm fat, sick, and inflamed i want it to be because I KNOWINGLY scarfed down too much of something I should have put the brakes on. Like sugar, or alcohol. Not because I thought i was doing the right thing by having some organic almond milk or a turkey sandwich only to find there's all this crap in it! ETC: My shirts are fitting better and my pants are a bit looser. I (now) know and understand that this is not a weight loss regimen but a mental and physical reset that starts with my gut. I'm not droppin tons of LB's all fast like I had originally hoped, but I'm ok with that because of all the benefits listed above and also because I'm starting to understand some things about the purpose of this program and it's long term benefits. That's it! I'm probably going to spend too much time today reading through more forum topics. Shh! don't tell my boss. :-)
  8. Thank u for the support, SugarCube. I did a quick search on carrageenan before I left work and nope nope nope. Don't want it in my body. I will be way more vigilant. I like the W30 advice of eating things that DON'T have ingredients. The purer the better. All this unnecessary crap in our foods. No wonder we're all sick and have to work out so much. I don't mind extending. I'm doing this to make changes, not excuses. Some people report that the change they were looking for didn't even materialize until the last week of w30. Therefore, i have to do those extra 7 days or I'm just selling the process short. Just frustrating that it was a stupid error but I can move past that.
  9. I'm on day 7. ONE time! Know what? I'm gonna just extend it. I mean it's basically the SAME as starting over but just sounds and feels so much better.
  10. I never even knew it was a THING! WHAT IS THIS MONSTER?? AUUUGGH!
  11. sigh. I don't even effin LIKE turkey. In fact, I wanted the pre-made salmon salad to put on top of my greens but the organic mayo it was made with had CANOLA in it. I thought I was being intentional. I was proud of myself for not compromising on the canola even though it's "ok occasionally" when dining out. I told myself, you're in a grocery store, you have other options. Welp--I bought some Applegate deli meat. I saw the carrageenan description but it was followed by "seaweed" so I figured "plants. it's fine." SMH I should have pulled out google for the ELEVENTH time during that grocery trip. I didn't know any better, until I read on another whole30 blog today that carrageenan was a no no. fuuuugggmyliiiife! If I'm gonna go off plan I'm gonna willfully nose dive into some prosecco, not accidentally eat some lame azz turkey slices! By day's end the package was gone. It was less than half a pound. What say ye, O Whole30 community? Am I sentenced to a re-start??
  12. Thanks for the magnesium tip, SugarCube! I will surely limit the coconut water to today only. It's not a temptation for me. I saw it as a means to an end. Every pun intended ;-)
  13. Newbie here, so how often do you experienced W30-ers do Whole30? twice a year? once a year?
  14. I'm a rideshare driver. Yesterday as I rode along with a bag of carrots riding shot gun, a passenger got in with a chocolate frosted yellow cupcake. The old school kind. The kind that looks like it was frosted with a knife by a loving grandma, not piped out of a bag by a hipster. He tried to tell me carrots were just as good as cupcakes. I tried not to slap him. I thought I was doing fine with the carb cravings until I found myself waxing poetic about that dang cupcake to my next passenger. I went on for about a minute, which doesn't sound like a long time but... Forgive me for jumping from cupcakes to constipation but OMG the constipation! Wasn't expecting that. I went from eating a pescatarian diet that leaned more towards heavy on the carb and dairy vegetarianism of late to doing this Whole30 thing. Well I guess my body isn't used to processing so much animal protein. I'm doing fish and egg. And more of it than usual since I can't have beans and falafel and love any more. Anyway, yoga twists, tons of water, kombucha, and coconut water (don't even start with me about only being able to drink coconut water if I'm running a marathon or some chizz. I HAVE A SITUATION HERE! And it's 100% coconut water. No sugar. No added juices. It's FINE.) seem to be doing the trick. The troops have lined up at the border and we're seeing multiple small scale evacuations today. I remain confident. So how's by you on this fine day?
  15. Way to go! I just started today and I felt that was random. So many brunches and dinners coming up this weekend that I almost delayed starting til Monday, but I figured eff it. There will always be SOME reason to not start now. I just filled my fridge with everything I need and I made my own mayo. So good and so easy. I'm omw to see Beauty and the beast and I'm sneaking in a lemon La Croix. LOL Shopping was interesting because I had to google a lot of things to see if it was ok. Basically I erred on the side of not getting an item. If I'm gonna do this, I'm all in. I don't want my results hindered because something had hidden soy or or the wrong kind of oil. Good luck to u! And remember dates are KINDA like chocolate Easter Eggs. Round..brown..oval...No? I'll show myself out. :-)