Alisha Alexander

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    Alisha Alexander reacted to Lunarose in Starting today!   
    I am so sorry I've been MIA!!! congrats @Alisha Alexander and @SarahSun !!! I am so happy we made this journey together. And wow - sounds like you both had some amazing results as well! 
    I weighed and measured and... my results were not very dramatic at all, haha. I lost one pound (yes, one pound) and just around an inch with all measurements. Granted I did measurements and weight while on my cycle again (I seriously had the worst timing with my cycle for this - started the first week and last week of the 30 days :/ ), so might have been a bit bloated but still don't think there was a whole lot of weight/inches lost for me. Which is frustrating, but with all the other health benefits I got out of it I'm not getting too down about it. Here are the main benefits I got from doing Whole 30:
    -better sleep
    -healthier hair and skin
    - even energy throughout the day
    -an entirely new perspective on my eating habits, which continues after whole 30
    -no longer require alcohol at the end of the day to wind down (this is a big one for me)
    -an ongoing journey to better health 
    Here are the foods I relied on most during my whole 30:
    -eggs (of course)
    -potatoes and yams (my husband and I both discovered that we loved mashed yams)
    -spinach, kale, chard (for sauteed greens)
    -coconut oil and ghee for cooking
    -garlic and spices for seasoning
    -almond butter
    -berries (for "dessert")
    -avocado
    -homemade mayo
    -frozen hamburger patties
    My favorite meals:
    Breakfast - sauteed spinach and garlic with fried eggs, salsa or tomato slices, and avocado plus iced cold brew coffee with nutpod cream for beverage
    Lunch - salad greens, tuna salad (canned tuna, homemade mayo, chopped onion and bell pepper), olives, tomato, avocado, drizzle of olive oil and lemon
    Dinner - Steak, mashed yams (yams, ghee and coconut milk), sauteed kale seasoned with red wine vinegar
    Some things I learned:
    -meal prep is incredibly important (yes I heard this beforehand but you don't really realize it til you are in it!) - slow cooker is super helpful for this
    -healthy fats are very necessary - days I didn't consume enough healthy fats I felt lethargic, cranky and weak..makes sense as the whole point of whole 30 is to get your metabolism burning fats for energy!!!
    -it is basically impossible to find compliant foods on the go, always bring meals and snacks (this was really tough for me on days I was running around)
    -protein for breakfast is key, fruits and nuts just don't hack it for starting your day with good energy
    -I am capable of so much more than I imagined
    Things I could have done better:
    -eat fewer RX bars-- I became a bit too reliant on this when I was running around or didn't have time to make a meal
    -eat 3 full meals per day (see above)
    -exercise more -- I think it was actually good for me to go easy on exercise the first week or two, but wish I had done more in the last half of it
    -drink more water
    -set aside one day for meal prep - this would have made the journey so much easier, just lacked the discipline and scheduling to do it. Something I'll keep working on after whole 30
    I won't go too much into life after whole 30 as I know that that is supposed to be discussed in another section of the forum, but I will say that my overall goals/intentions are:
    -keep eating compliant foods as much as possible
    -keep alcohol consumption down to one day (2 drinks) per week
    -drink more water
    -exercise more
    -create a meal prep day
    And to everyone who is still in their Whole 30 - best of luck and good health to you!!! 
     
     
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    Alisha Alexander got a reaction from blgmw2 in Starting today!   
    @SarahSun Yes I have measured, I'm down about 7 pounds and I lost 2.5 inches off my waist! 
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    Alisha Alexander reacted to SarahSun in Reintroduction and Life After   
    @Alisha Alexander, You look amazing!!!!!! And I am totally with you...I've had numerous internal battles with myself since starting reintroduction. I caved on a few drinks of a pop earlier tonight (you know, that thing I swore I would never drink again) and I currently have the worst stomachache. I am actually really glad my stomach hurts because I don't want it to be enjoyable and tempting anymore! I think we both needed these experiences to remind ourselves of what we already know - that bad food is a liar...it promises happiness, but sneakily makes you an unhealthy, tired and sad person. That might be a little dramatic, but I can admit that I've actually had to learn that bad food is not my friend and does not make all my problems go away.
    Whole30 eating is definitely what I'll be doing for the next couple of days. I wonder how many other people screw up their first couple of days of reintroduction and have to learn the hard way like us?
    Sarah
    P.S. You really do look so great!
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    Alisha Alexander reacted to Jim4884 in The Dragon Slaying Saga Continues   
    I had an interesting time last night - went out with 3 friends (all blonde ladies, woot!  (one of them my wife)) to a clambake a local resort hotel put on.  The food spread (buffet style) was pretty nice, and I was able to keep things mostly compliant as all sauces, dressings and such were separate and self serve.  Nice details like the horseradish for the tri-tip was just horseradish, with a ranch dressing separate so I left the ranch off.  A balsamic vinaigrette dressing was available for the salad, etc.  I'm glad it was post whole-30 though, as I'm sure there was some added sugar here or there (but nothing really tasted particularly sweet) - and almost certainly dairy in the cole slaw (which was tasty).  I'm not feeling any adverse effects today, despite eating too much  
    The more interesting part (to me) was in some of the dialogue we had.  Over time, conversation turned to my diet (one of them noticed how much weight I've lost).  Of the two ladies not my wife (my wife has eaten healthy, though not strictly whole30, for years and is really fit), the less heavy one was very interested in the details of the whole 30, the positive scale and NSVs, etc.  I'm happy to talk about it, but I wait until people express an interest, as I'm not one to preach about things.  The other woman though, is visibly obese, and mentioned a number of ailments she is getting medical attention for - joint inflammation, diabetes (adult onset), - and despite my personal evidence that a diet change could have a positive impact, she stated that she is unwilling to give up those foods.  "I'D RATHER DIE" - (caps mine).  She wasn't being dramatic, she simply meant it.  I let it go, but it was hard not to reach across the table and shake her (figuratively) into listening.  I did share about how much I enjoy what I eat, but she wasn't interested in hearing it.  The other lady asked about the whole30 website, and I offered to chat further with her if she had any questions.  
    Anyway, interesting to see people's reactions.  I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday and weekend! (Disclaimer:  I am not particularly partial to blondes or any hair color, that comment just seemed a bit funny to me  )
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    Alisha Alexander got a reaction from blgmw2 in Starting today!   
    @SarahSun Yes I have measured, I'm down about 7 pounds and I lost 2.5 inches off my waist! 
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    Alisha Alexander got a reaction from Scott W in Starting 8/28 Excited   
    @Suski Hi, I'm on my day 28 today, but I thought I would let you know. The first 3-4 days I was hungry all the time! (and so were most of us in my starting day forum). I think it's common because it takes awhile for our bodies to adjust to burning fat rather then carbs. Your pictures look good, so maybe just eat more of the right foods until your satisfied! Also for me I really had to beware of whole30 friendly carbs because even though they are compliant too much fruit and potatoes really revved up my hunger and cravings. 
    It will get better! Good luck!
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    Alisha Alexander reacted to SarahSun in Starting today!   
    @Alisha Alexander, I agree with everything you said and I am definitely going to be checking in with you guys during reintroduction. Originally, I was going to follow the order listed in the book (legumes come back first), but they made a good point that if you wanted to see the impact sugar had on you, you should do it first (in pure form like sugar in your tea) before it becomes difficult to tell if you don't feel well due to the other ingredients, such as, ice cream which is sugar and dairy. They do a much better job of explaining that.  With that said, I may have sugar on Friday instead of legumes...like, maybe syrup on Paleo pancakes...I'm not sure yet. What about you?
    Also, I so hope you passed on that drink tonight. I would not think less of you, but nothing sucks worse than letting yourself down...especially when you are so close to something you've worked so hard for during the last 28 days. You deserve to say you completed the WHOLE Whole30.
    Btw, I know there is only 1 hour and 9 minutes of your birthday left, but "Happy Birthday" anyway. I hope it was great!!
     
    Sarah
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    Alisha Alexander got a reaction from SarahSun in Starting today!   
    Oh, also... today is my 30th birthday. I'm not going to lie it might be tough for me to not have a drink today..... I really want to stay strong but part of me is arguing that I've done this good and I deserve to celebrate on my birthday. Would really suck to give in 2 days early though! 
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    Alisha Alexander got a reaction from SarahSun in Starting today!   
    @Lunarose I totally agree, it's all about finding balance! And that's so funny with your dad and apples. I also agree almost not wanting to stop at 30 days. It seems I'm in the safe place of just saying no to things, and I'm used to it now. There is no struggle or dilemma, and people around me are used to it now so they know to not offer things I'm not eating. After the 30 days things aren't so black and white and lets face it that's going to be harder! I might even be interested in doing one in January too, (woah that will be a big whole30 group I bet lol), depending on how the holidays go for me. I'm hoping I can make this lifestyle change stick, but at least now I know I can always go back to whole30 to start over if I get too off track. It's funny because she talked about that in food freedom forever and I thought that was crazy talk! How could it be comforting to have to go back to a whole30?? I totally get it now!
    @SarahSun Having you guys on this forum has been a big help to me, I think this form of accountability/support has been something that has been missing for me when I've tried to do these kinds of things before, because friends/family/coworkers don't get it, and if anything they just try and sabotage it, so to have people dealing with the same issues was very helpful! And I would like to keep checking in after the 30 days, I'd like to know how reintroduction goes for you guys!
    Happy day 28!
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    Alisha Alexander reacted to SugarcubeOD in Starting today!   
    How about you consider not drinking and finishing this program (incuding the reintroductions) as the best 30th birthday gift you could ever give to yourself - an investment in your longterm health!  Man, that's worth SO MUCH MORE than a drink!
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    Alisha Alexander got a reaction from Scott W in Starting 8/28 Excited   
    @Suski Hi, I'm on my day 28 today, but I thought I would let you know. The first 3-4 days I was hungry all the time! (and so were most of us in my starting day forum). I think it's common because it takes awhile for our bodies to adjust to burning fat rather then carbs. Your pictures look good, so maybe just eat more of the right foods until your satisfied! Also for me I really had to beware of whole30 friendly carbs because even though they are compliant too much fruit and potatoes really revved up my hunger and cravings. 
    It will get better! Good luck!
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    Alisha Alexander got a reaction from Scott W in Starting 8/28 Excited   
    @Suski Hi, I'm on my day 28 today, but I thought I would let you know. The first 3-4 days I was hungry all the time! (and so were most of us in my starting day forum). I think it's common because it takes awhile for our bodies to adjust to burning fat rather then carbs. Your pictures look good, so maybe just eat more of the right foods until your satisfied! Also for me I really had to beware of whole30 friendly carbs because even though they are compliant too much fruit and potatoes really revved up my hunger and cravings. 
    It will get better! Good luck!
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    Alisha Alexander got a reaction from Lunarose in Starting today!   
    So I looked into it a little more, and I think it's the guar gum in the canned coconut milk this has gave me diarrhea. Apparently guar gum can be used as a laxative and it's fairly common for it to cause multiple GI problems. So guess I need to look for canned coconut milk without it, and we'll see if that fixes it. And if it doesn't fix it, and it happens again at least I know it's the coconut itself! But please no, I need coconut milk in  my life lol. 
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    Alisha Alexander got a reaction from Lunarose in Starting today!   
    So I looked into it a little more, and I think it's the guar gum in the canned coconut milk this has gave me diarrhea. Apparently guar gum can be used as a laxative and it's fairly common for it to cause multiple GI problems. So guess I need to look for canned coconut milk without it, and we'll see if that fixes it. And if it doesn't fix it, and it happens again at least I know it's the coconut itself! But please no, I need coconut milk in  my life lol. 
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    Alisha Alexander reacted to SarahSun in Starting today!   
    @Alisha Alexander, that is really cool that you are getting a degree in Agriculture! I am really glad you have found "scale freedom".
     
    Although I feel really great in terms of mental status and energy level, I am starting to notice a trend (3 days in a row now) of gut/bowel problems. Anyone else experiencing this? I have literally eaten the same thing for the last 3 days and the only ingredients that are different than what I have eaten numerous times in the last 25 days is coconut aminos and cabbage. Thoughts?
     
    Sarah
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    Alisha Alexander got a reaction from SarahSun in Starting today!   
    @Lunarose the basics of reintroduction is to have enough of a food (or food group) to see if your body reacts, and then leave enough time in between testing days to see if there is a reaction (and let your body recover), she recommends 2-3 days. She also recommends to introduce foods that are less likely to be problematic first, like sugar, gluten free alcohol and non-gluten grains, and to save gluten and dairy for the last foods to reintroduce.
    So I have mentioned before that I have been 'mostly' paleo for almost 2 years, but I've really struggled to nail it down to 90+% of the time. This way of eating is something I really believe in, I think it's better for my body (controlling blood sugar, preventing disease) to supporting things like pasture raised, animals which is better for the planet (and really the local ecosystem). So I am going to reintroduce some foods but I'm going to take this reset as a chance to really keep myself where I've wanted to be for a long time. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying there is never going to be gluten dairy filled pizza in my future lol. Dairy has been a big struggle for me, because lets face it cream and cheese are life!!! But I have a hard time with how dairy is produced ( I'm actually in school getting my degree in Agriculture so I've been to a few dairy farms), plus I know I don't digest it well. This has been the hardest realization for me, but I know it aligns with what my body and heart want. I've heard that raw grass fed dairy can actually be a really healthy food, but where I live it is impossible to find. 
    BUT I am excited to reintroduce other things, and make this way of eating more sustainable. Things like rice, and paleo versions of more indulgent foods. So basically some honey and gluten free grains here and there. Oh and I found a recipe for pumkin spice coconut cream for coffee that I can't wait to try. I do know that some of these foods (like rice) can be a slippery slope for me so I plan to keep journaling and paying attention to how I feel. 
    After years, ok almost decades now, of struggling with my weight and yo-yo dieting I feel like I am in the best place I have ever been. I have really let go of the number on the scale (can't believe it!) not to say I still don't have a goal weight in mind, but I'm putting my eating first and I know that will follow. I know these changes are for the long term and the reintroduction phase will be about finding a way I can eat and be happy forevaaa
    Guess I was feeling chatty. That was alot 
    Hope everyone has a great Saturday! Day 25! 
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    Alisha Alexander got a reaction from SarahSun in Starting today!   
    @Lunarose the basics of reintroduction is to have enough of a food (or food group) to see if your body reacts, and then leave enough time in between testing days to see if there is a reaction (and let your body recover), she recommends 2-3 days. She also recommends to introduce foods that are less likely to be problematic first, like sugar, gluten free alcohol and non-gluten grains, and to save gluten and dairy for the last foods to reintroduce.
    So I have mentioned before that I have been 'mostly' paleo for almost 2 years, but I've really struggled to nail it down to 90+% of the time. This way of eating is something I really believe in, I think it's better for my body (controlling blood sugar, preventing disease) to supporting things like pasture raised, animals which is better for the planet (and really the local ecosystem). So I am going to reintroduce some foods but I'm going to take this reset as a chance to really keep myself where I've wanted to be for a long time. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying there is never going to be gluten dairy filled pizza in my future lol. Dairy has been a big struggle for me, because lets face it cream and cheese are life!!! But I have a hard time with how dairy is produced ( I'm actually in school getting my degree in Agriculture so I've been to a few dairy farms), plus I know I don't digest it well. This has been the hardest realization for me, but I know it aligns with what my body and heart want. I've heard that raw grass fed dairy can actually be a really healthy food, but where I live it is impossible to find. 
    BUT I am excited to reintroduce other things, and make this way of eating more sustainable. Things like rice, and paleo versions of more indulgent foods. So basically some honey and gluten free grains here and there. Oh and I found a recipe for pumkin spice coconut cream for coffee that I can't wait to try. I do know that some of these foods (like rice) can be a slippery slope for me so I plan to keep journaling and paying attention to how I feel. 
    After years, ok almost decades now, of struggling with my weight and yo-yo dieting I feel like I am in the best place I have ever been. I have really let go of the number on the scale (can't believe it!) not to say I still don't have a goal weight in mind, but I'm putting my eating first and I know that will follow. I know these changes are for the long term and the reintroduction phase will be about finding a way I can eat and be happy forevaaa
    Guess I was feeling chatty. That was alot 
    Hope everyone has a great Saturday! Day 25! 
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    Alisha Alexander reacted to Lunarose in Starting today!   
    Day 24... getting into the last week! At this point I am really looking forward to staying up til midnight on day 30 and having my champagne and ice cream, haha. So, dairy will be the first food category I am reintroducing. I keep imagining a fancy fruit and cheese plate as well...
    For everyone getting into their last week - what are your reintroduction plans? Which foods will you try first?? We are supposed to reintroduce each food group a few days at a time right? I haven't read up much on it yet.
    Overall I am feeling healthy. I don't think I've actually lost all that much weight, but that's okay. I didn't really do a whole lot of exercise during it which may be why. Although the past few days I went for a run and did pushups, kettlebell swings, sit ups, and squats with kettlebell. I actually feel kind of weak when I'm exercising (like tired muscles), but maybe that's because I didn't do anything for the first couple of weeks. Like I said before, my skin and hair are much healthier. I've also been sleeping better, generally have more energy during the day, and less joint pain (my shoulders have always been an issue for me). 
    I'd really like to carry on with Whole 30 as much as possible once the 30 days are up. And I'm already thinking about doing it again in January!
    Dinner tonight will be steaks, sauteed kale, and roasted potatoes with rosemary. Hope y'all have a lovely evening.
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    Alisha Alexander reacted to SarahSun in Starting today!   
    @Lunarose and @Alisha Alexander, I have been thinking about my "first meal" a lot too! I can't decide what to eat first, but it probably won't be anything too exciting until Day 41 when we are allowed to blend all the "troublesome" ingredients together!!  As I get closer to reintroduction and figure out exactly what I am going to do, I'll let you know.
    I have been looking up a lot of "Paleo" recipes and will most likely adopt that type of eating...I also like the idea of staying "clean" by only buying stuff with minimal ingredients. I got a Paleo desserts cookbook and all the recipes in it look amazing!
    As excited I am about some of those bad foods, I feel so good about my progress on the Whole30 that I have no urges to eat something that will mess it up. In terms on non-scale victories, I have a steady amount of energy all day (which is a big deal for me and the main reason I went on the Whole30 in the first place), my gut problems are very minimal and I have experienced food freedom for the first time in my entire life! 
    Dinner tonight was a bunch of stuff thrown together and it tasted really good...shredded cabbage, carrots and zucchini sautéed in coconut aminos and olive oil and mixed with ground beef flavored with various seasonings.
     
    Sarah
     
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    Alisha Alexander reacted to Lunarose in Starting today!   
    @blgmw2 welcome! too much food is a good problem to have - I have learned that it is waaaay better than having not enough. Good on you for spending a day on food prep. 
    Not much new to report here. Feeling pretty good and my husband said I am glowing! We've decided to keep eating whole 30 compliant foods as much as possible once the 30 days are up. Tonight we are having burger patties with compliant bacon (woohoo), tomato, avocado, and a sauce made of homemade garlic mayo and franks hot sauce.  
    One of our favorite quick dinner items is frozen chicken wings with franks hot sauce - it's really the best buffalo wings I've ever had! I always put em on top of a big salad with compliant ranch dressing, to get lots of veggies too.
    I finally made a good-sized lunch today - lunch seems to always be the meal that I miss if I am super busy. It was mixed greens, tuna salad (canned tuna, homemade garlic mayo, finely chopped red onion, red and green bell pepper), "petite olives", cherry tomatoes, and avocado. I added a bit of the oil from the olive jar to it too.
    Hope y'all have a nice evening.
     
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    Alisha Alexander got a reaction from SarahSun in Starting today!   
    Haha I noticed that too, you and lunarose are both advanced, I'm still a plain ol' member lol. But you two have more posts then me.
    I'm also thinking a lot about the reintroduction phase, and as excited as I am to test dairy I am actually pretty sure It is a problem for me. I have cut it out for shorter periods of time and then added it back in only to have lots of GI upset, but hopefully I can narrow it down and find out if things like butter and goat cheese are things I can get away with.
    I have read a lot of ketogenic, and primal books  that talk about being a fat burner not a sugar burner and my best advice @SarahSun is to really try to have your carbs later in the day. Our bodies are most insulin sensitive in the morning, so really focus on having most of your carbs at dinnertime. Carbs at dinner also helps with serotonin levels, and even getting a good sleep. That way you can get away with having more carbs and still waking up a fat burner the next day. This is something I have tried to do for awhile and I can tell you when I have carbs with breakfast it messes me up for the whole day, and even for a few days after. I can tell my body has switched back to being a 'sugar' (aka carb) burner basically in a day. But luckily it is easy to get back to being a fat burner quickly as long as you lay off the carbs the next day. However, the next day can be challenging because cravings come back full vengeance. I think this is why I was having such a hard time this weekend! I had potatoes with breakfast, and then lunch the next day! That being said everyone's carb tolerance is different and you will have to figure out what works for you. Exercise can also really increase the amount of carbs your body is happy with.
    I have started a journal (on an app in my phone) to help me pay attention to HEC- hunger, energy and cravings throughout the day and what I am eating. Not a calorie counter but just something to check in with myself throughout the day and to notice patterns of how things make me feel. I would also recommend the whole30 book food freedom forever. I plan to re-read it as I get to the end of the 30 days.
    Day 21. Bring it on. 
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    Alisha Alexander got a reaction from SarahSun in Starting today!   
    Haha I noticed that too, you and lunarose are both advanced, I'm still a plain ol' member lol. But you two have more posts then me.
    I'm also thinking a lot about the reintroduction phase, and as excited as I am to test dairy I am actually pretty sure It is a problem for me. I have cut it out for shorter periods of time and then added it back in only to have lots of GI upset, but hopefully I can narrow it down and find out if things like butter and goat cheese are things I can get away with.
    I have read a lot of ketogenic, and primal books  that talk about being a fat burner not a sugar burner and my best advice @SarahSun is to really try to have your carbs later in the day. Our bodies are most insulin sensitive in the morning, so really focus on having most of your carbs at dinnertime. Carbs at dinner also helps with serotonin levels, and even getting a good sleep. That way you can get away with having more carbs and still waking up a fat burner the next day. This is something I have tried to do for awhile and I can tell you when I have carbs with breakfast it messes me up for the whole day, and even for a few days after. I can tell my body has switched back to being a 'sugar' (aka carb) burner basically in a day. But luckily it is easy to get back to being a fat burner quickly as long as you lay off the carbs the next day. However, the next day can be challenging because cravings come back full vengeance. I think this is why I was having such a hard time this weekend! I had potatoes with breakfast, and then lunch the next day! That being said everyone's carb tolerance is different and you will have to figure out what works for you. Exercise can also really increase the amount of carbs your body is happy with.
    I have started a journal (on an app in my phone) to help me pay attention to HEC- hunger, energy and cravings throughout the day and what I am eating. Not a calorie counter but just something to check in with myself throughout the day and to notice patterns of how things make me feel. I would also recommend the whole30 book food freedom forever. I plan to re-read it as I get to the end of the 30 days.
    Day 21. Bring it on. 
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    Alisha Alexander got a reaction from SarahSun in Starting today!   
    Haha @Lunarose champagne and ice cream yes!! sounds like a great idea  
    @SarahSun I totally agree about wanting to put cheese on everything, seriously cheese makes everything better. Between cream in my coffee and cheese on my salads, for me dairy has been the hardest thing to go without. Like you, I have also told a few people that i'm doing this and I don't want to have to tell people I quit. Not that they would really care but It's definitely a motivation for me to just make it through. My energy has kind of plateau'd, I hope that I get a surge more near the end. I also need to start exercising more consistently, I think that may help with my energy.
    I have had a few compliments from co-workers saying I look like I lost weight, which is really nice to hear. It also holds me accountable with co-workers asking me how it's going, and what day i'm on. I also bought some new pants today, a size smaller 
     
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    Alisha Alexander reacted to SarahSun in Starting today!   
    Check it out...I finally got my picture on here.  
     
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    Alisha Alexander got a reaction from SarahSun in Starting today!   
    Haha @Lunarose champagne and ice cream yes!! sounds like a great idea  
    @SarahSun I totally agree about wanting to put cheese on everything, seriously cheese makes everything better. Between cream in my coffee and cheese on my salads, for me dairy has been the hardest thing to go without. Like you, I have also told a few people that i'm doing this and I don't want to have to tell people I quit. Not that they would really care but It's definitely a motivation for me to just make it through. My energy has kind of plateau'd, I hope that I get a surge more near the end. I also need to start exercising more consistently, I think that may help with my energy.
    I have had a few compliments from co-workers saying I look like I lost weight, which is really nice to hear. It also holds me accountable with co-workers asking me how it's going, and what day i'm on. I also bought some new pants today, a size smaller