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  1. Hi @jmcbn in what part of Ireland do you live? If you already said I missed it sorry. I'm in Donegal city and the bus did drive through north Ireland. Is that where you live? Will be here for about eight days and then I'm going back to Dublin for a couple days before going on to Scotland and U.K. Today I plan on being fully compliant. So far so good. Definitely will try some mussels and oysters and fish! Woo hoo!
  2. Hey all! I am in Dublin! Woo hoo! I have been wandering around all day to stay awake. It's working-and right now I'm back in my room resting my feet and then I'll be going back out for dinner soon. I have to say I broke my whole 30 - but I'm right back on track to stay mindful for the rest of the week. And my break was small but it was a break and I just realized I just can't do this for another week here in Europe. That said I did have half a bagel and a couple bites of yogurt and some cheese. It was a free breakfast offered on the plane after a long flight of no sleep. But I will say that once we arrived and I found my hostel and got settled in, I went for a long walk and found a really cool breakfast café and had a fully compliant full breakfast. It was three eggs omelette with bacon and avocado and a side salad no toast and some fruit and green tea. I haven't had any food since late this morning . Just been walking off that omelette. So even though I'm not doing the full whole 30 I did a whole 24 instead. And if it's OK I'd still like to report back here for the rest of the week if I can find Wi-Fi. I'll be in Donegal on a little retreat with some friends and we won't have Internet access for a few days. But I think this whole 30 goes into next week and I'm sure I'll be able to get some access before it's over. I want to get right back on the bandwagon and stay as compliant as possible because my tummy is very happy with me right now. And when I get back from vacation I'm going to do another whole 30 around mid May. Not sure what day to start on yet because I might be extending my vacation for four days. I'll know more after tomorrow about that. Marianne will be hopefully doing it with me. Anyone else wants to join in again let's do it! @harpchick i'm sorry to hear your gut is bugging you. It could very well be the raw food. I know my gut at first didn't like salads for a long time and it sucked. Now it seems to be fine with salads. I had SIBO before and that affected my digestion pretty badly. Like @Strictlyspeaking I follow the low FODMAP diet pretty much. And I am careful with the raw food but I can eat more of it now and also the sparkling water. Have to watch that. Are you drinking enough water water? That's a biggie. And also probiotics really help. And lemon water too. @Miranda E that is so wise about feeling the feelings as they come up without having to understand them. Yes this is a time to see how we avoid our feelings with food. And other substances as well. Sometimes when our livers are detoxing it can cause frustration and anger to crop up as well. It can be very physical as well as mental emotional and it's all connected anyway right? OK I'm gonna go out and walk around a little more before coming back and hopefully getting a good nights sleep. Going to have a compliant mostly dinner. no alcohol for sure. I intend to be compliant most of the time . xob
  3. Thank you, @SugarcubeOD !! I was thinking of doing another W30 after Europe - just hop right back on the band wagon on May 15. Then I could do a 'proper' reintro in mid June and enjoy the summer. Also, it's going to be veryyyy difficult to not overindulge at times with all the different European cuisines and treats - but I do have resolve to be mindful. Beeeee mindfuuuul. So Thanks again - methinks I'll just commit to doing a reset when I get back. That said, do you think it needs to be another W30? Am thinking of doing something like a W10 or W15........
  4. Hi All Sorry I fell off the radar for a couple days. Easter weekend was tough - I actually felt sick on Saturday but snapped back on Sunday and was soooo tempted again to have just one cracker. But no I didn't do it. Wow @SallyAnnG good for you for staying awayyy from the candy/treat prizes. Kinda goes to show how much junk food plays a part in our daily lives huh? @Strictlyspeaking good to hear about the energy! This W30 is a reset button for me ... it's funny how we humans have to keep being reminded again and again until it sinks in! I feel so much better!! @Mevans that would be the worst having to hang around peeps who are snacking and drinking champagne, both of which I LOVE. I was going to do just a W27 this time around because I'm leaving for Europe tomorrow - woohoo! but have decided to stick with the last three days in Dublin because I feel so good! My belly is grateful and thanking me. Reintro in Europe will be tricky. Am thinking of starting with dairy cuz I miss my cheese, then wheat so I can have a croissant, then alcohol (wine only) (well maybe after wine, whiskey cuz there are some great Irish whiskey tastings apparently - but definitely not the recommended whiskey for every meal reintro that W30 suggests ). Happy final week everybody!! I might be incognito after tomorrow but will be thinking about all of you. xoxb
  5. Hey All Wow @Miranda E the almond crust looks scrumptious - and I eat tilapia actually cuz it's cheap and you can doctor it up. I'll try it this weekend. Also love idea of almond crusted chicken. Sounds like you're having fun with new recipes and I need some of your inspiration. I actually crave a real Cesar salad with grated cheese and croutons - one of my fave goto salads for lunch. So I'll have to try that Cesar dressing too. OMG @sooladybug what a challenge on Easter to also have a birthday happening! Your boyfriend sounds adorable and awesome. I would love to have a boyfriend to do a W30 with. And what a trooper to agree to do it over his birthday!! Cake will still be there next month - you two will have to go out (once you reintroduce everything) and celebrate. @Strictlyspeaking I so get where you're coming from with the IBS and basically eating healthy but cheating nonetheless. And peanut butter is something I've been reallyyyy missing also. Glad you're here!! So I have to fess up and say I was this close to breaking up with W30 this morning. Like standing-in-line-to-order-a-croissant-breakfast-sandwich close. I was on short a road trip, left yesterday aft. Had myself covered yesterday but coming back early morning today...... well first, I love a treat on morning road trips and second I love me a breakfast sandwich with coffee on morning road trips. I was sleepy, grumpy, hungry and couldn't find any real food because I didn't plan well at all for the trip back. I was at a gas station / snack store / dunkin donuts that sold breakfast sandwiches. I actually had a conversation with you gals in my head while standing in line and that's what kept me from caving. I found myself muttering out loud while stomping to the fridge section for some water -- and LO hidden way back in the corner there were little packets of hard boiled eggs (two in each with salt included) and fruit cups - one with pineapple only. So that's what I bought for breakfast - along with a little bag of almonds, even though I'm not supposed to be eating nuts. And an Americano even though I'm not supposed to be drinking coffee/espresso. I would have felt awful for that 5 minutes of gratification with the sandwich. And although the breakfast wasn't a perfect W30 template, at least it was food compliant. That said, my belly still acted up a bit and I'm thinking it's the coffee because it felt the same as when I decided to stop it altogether last week. Coffee, even decaf, can irritate a gut that is already sensitive to gluten. I'm also thinking it could be the almonds or even the pineapple because it's so sugary. Intuitively, I think the pineapple is ok - it's good for digestion and I've never had a problem with it. I guess this is why we do a reintro right? Nonetheless, I'm back to no coffee or nuts and very little fruit for the rest of the month (and then some). Thanks for keeping me on track, W30 forum friends!!! xoxo
  6. Hullo All and YAY halfway mark! WOW @harpchick that instant pot butter chicken looks incredible!! And thanks for the paprika recipe app tip - I'm gonna check that out for sure. Yes, a warm welcome @Nana Valente and glad you're still with it. It's great to get some support on these forums. @Mevans good quest re Easter recipes. It's gonna be tricky what with all the brunchy waffles/French toast out there. I'm making Red Flannel Hash and using some of my bone broth for the beef broth. And here's and old W30 forum all about easter brunch! But best of all, Google found me this. Those cilantro lime deviled eggs look mouth wateringly wonderous. Of course, make y'own mayo. Keep on everyone! Just two more weeks to go
  7. G'morning everyone! It's gonna be a sunny weekend here in PGH and I'm finally going to plant my flowers and herbs! Yay! So weird - yesterday it snowed. Today it's in the 60s, tomorrow in the 70s. Go figure! I've been having cravings again - just missing foods: breadchocolatepizzacroissantwineetc.etc.etc. Yesterday I found myself doing errands and wanting to stop and pick up a freshly made pizza on the way home. Also really craving French fries and even tater tots. Snacky pop in your mouth foods. They're just cravings. No big deal (I tell myself). @harpchick sorry to hear you're feeling funky in the tummy! Sparkling H2O with a little lemon helps me. Actually, lemon water in general helps me - like a small cup of H2O with a couple Tspns lemons juice. Lemon is alkalizing and can help with acidy stomach. Thanks for those awesome mason jar salad pics and recipe. I really like this idea and am going to try it this week. LOVE salads - crisp green crunchy goodness. Also have all this wonderful bone broth and will be doctoring that up with goodies to make a healthy pho. I'll be using shredded zucchini for the noodles. I want this to be easy and so will be prepping ings ahead of time - never done pho like this before with zucchini noddles and pre prepping everything so we'll see how it goes. I'll keep you posted. Also will be trying @Mariannne's green coconut soup at some point. @Mevans what a fantastic idea and pic of kombucha martini!!! Funny how putting something sparkling in a martini glass makes all the dif. Also appreciate @Miranda E's damn fine chicken pic and share. Definitely checking that out. Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Onwards!
  8. Hey all I too just LOVE this forum, @Mevans. Love reading all your posts and sharing experiences. To quote @Mariannne, I crushed yesterday. And today looks like it'll be another good, energetic and open-hearted day. I'm gonna crush it! Seems I'm over the hump. That was last weekend. Thank Goddess - sometimes it seems like that cloud is so thick, it'll never dissipate. But I knew it would. And it did! I took care of myself on the worst days, drinking lots of tea and water, sleeping, reading/netflixing, gentle yoga, deep breaths epsom baths. Still doing all of that actually but just not as much sleeping and reading/netflixing. Fortunately my worst days also happened on the weekend. So hang in there @egmartin171 and @ncoughlin! You're not alone.. Be gentle with yourselves and just let the day pass. It's just a day. Tomorrow might be the same but it's just a day. It'll pass and you'll feel better for it. Also, the timeline does say that the pants may be tighter but I put on my fave jeans today (this time last month I could not sit in them without the front button digging into my lower belly) and LO they fit beautifully! I have been working out and the W30 is helping my bloaty belly shrink. I can see and feel it's smaller. Also butt and thighs look more slender and feel stronger. Those lunges are getting easier. It does work - just keep on one day at a time. Diligence. Now let's go out and have a double chocolate chocolate ice cream cone! Yuck - to tell you the truth that does not sound at all yummy - funny to think just a few weeks ago I would've been all over that. Welcome @SallyAnnG! Glad to hear you're looking at diet for your PMR. Have you thought about getting a second /third opinion re diet and arthritis? In my personal experience, diet DOES help. In fact, it's a huge huge help. Maybe an MD who is working with a naturopath or is nutritionally aware..... There's a really good book out there called The Paleo Approach Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body by Sarah Ballantyne, PhD. It's pretty scientific, some of it's over my head but most of it I get. It talks about lifestyle factors that contribute to autoimmune diseases and how to implement a paleo diet, including budgeting and even exercise. It's avail in the library - kind of expensive but after I checked it out, I bought it. W30 also is wonderful for autoimmune health - I do the W30 because it's so straight forward and disciplined. Not sure if just a week of W30 is long enough. You very likely might go through feeling like crap for the first week or so anyhow - but id does get better. When I first started W30 back in 2015, I was dealing with a couple health issues and incorporated the SCD diet in with W30, which wasn't hard really. I just couldn't eat yummy things like sweet potato and avocado - but now I can! Just have to stay conscious about it. Have a wonderful day everyone! Feels so good to be sitting at my desk in my fave jeans and be comfortable. Yay! xob
  9. Hi all - I'm feeling better and better each day. My energy took a real dip last week and then I overdid it in a Friday night workout jam and that wiped me out for the whole weekend. Sounds like many of us are acclimating now. @Miranda E that murder mystery sounds like a blast. You did good with the food and mock cocktail! Speaking of, @Mevans that sparkling mock cocktail sounds really interesting and healthy too. I wonder what apple cider vinegar would taste like. I"ll have to try it out, either way. @sooladybug good for you for not breaking into those chocolate chip cookies! That must have been soooo hard. Could be practice in simply enjoying the aroma of baked goods. I too am feeling less the urge to snack and hunger also gone. In fact last night all I had for dinner was a small bowl of bone broth with some kale thrown in. Just didn't feel like eating anything else. There's some fat in the bone broth and that can be satiating. Don't think that's going to last though. I enjoy eating. Think I'm past the boredom now. Also his morning I didn't feel like eating. !! It's like my gut wants a little rest. Just a cup of decaf espresso with a little coconut cream. Didn't even feel like a cup of bb. My first meal today will be lunch of sausage, kale and fried eggs (I'm working from home so can whip it up in a flash). Probably will just have two meals today. Happy week two everyone!
  10. Wait! it's day EIGHT! WOOT! @Miranda E I too have been having a little food boredom. But when I eat sautéed kale with a little balsamic I am totally satisfied. So guess it doesn't take much really..... am missing my cheese and cold cuts and pickles. Guess I could have cold cuts and pickle/cuke and hard boiled eggs still right? And olives aren't noncompliant are they? Also missing my home made nut granola. But my stomach is NOT missing nuts so it's just my head and habit. Interesting............
  11. Hey all say seven already! Feeling a little better today. Really getting my new place into shape - I moved two months ago and still organizing, putting things together. I need to get a new couch and haven't had the energy. But think it's gonna happen this week. Finally made my bone broth after saying I would last weekend. It tastes so good - esp. with some kale and salt thrown in. I let it simmer all night - over 8 hours - with lots of ginger and carrots and green onion. So it has a nice warm zip to it. Hope your Monday is going smooth! xob
  12. BeaUteeful spread @harpchick! And all wonderful healthy food! That's so great that you called ahead to the culinary school. It shows you can make it work and it's not that hard. Just take a little action. Thank you for the awesome pic - it makes this W30 seem less daunting.... YAY @sooladybugon size 18! Woot! Even fits backwards! You go girl! Wanted to add a comment on @SugarcubeOD's comment on my sweet potato casserole - I meant to remind to keep the vanilla out so Thank You for that. AND be careful when eating cuz it's tasty. Just a fist size - and maybe cooking the sausage separately rather than in the casserole so that you get that protein. Also greens - I always include sautéed greens with the sweet potato casserole. It's very good too. Think I'll make some this week. I'm having a reallyyyyy tired day - but then this whole week has been somewhat of a challenge. Still, I'm not letting it stop me from showing up for the most part. Think that double workout on Friday taxed my muscles a bit and I'm experiencing DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), which can include feeling week and tired for a day or two. Gah! It felt good at the time...... I'll just keep on and my body will get used to it. That said, I'm going to avoid two classes in a row until this W30 is over - just keep working out but PACE myself. I made crispy chicken thighs tonight for the next three days lunch or dinner. Also making bone broth, finally after saying I would last weekend. Got a lot done around the house today even though I was draggin' butt. Have salmon out for thawing to make this crispy salmon dish I found online as well. I like crispy skin. Did some gentle yoga at home - about 30 mins this morning and evening. Took a nap, read, watched some Shameless all in all even though I have low energy and have been going in and out of frustration, I'm keeping perspective and it's been a pretty good day. Grok on as Marks Daily Apple like to say.
  13. G'morning happy April! This morning I said F it and had French toast for breakfast. April fools! Haven't even had breaky yet aside from my WEEKEND ESPRESSO which is soooo goooood. And it's decaf. No April fools there - I am just realizing that decaf is what my gut likes. @Diannhayden yay day 10! Good to hear you're not getting any of the crap along with decox. It's not fun, but now that I've done this a few times and also am aware of the monkey-mind in general, I know what to expect and how to not buy into the bullsh@# running in my head - ESP. when it's filled with angst and telling me to go to Dairy Queen. Not that you're filled with angst, @Miranda E. Often I find my cravings are grumpy ones. Grumpy whiny cravings saying why not, you deserve it life sucks in some way this is hard yadda which is what I've been going through these last few days. Just want to say that IT"S OK TO FEEL GRUMPY WHINY BITCHY! Self shaming is the worst and provides no service whatsoever. Dunno how today will be - have been feeling pretty ok in the morning (this is new - usually mornings are an indication of how I'll be feeling throughout the day) and then wham the sugar dragon and/or kill all things monster rears up. Anyhoo, @NatCanada are you still here? I've been thinking of your question about breakfasts and @Mariannne just posted a great link with some ideas. This sweet potato casserole also is easy and tasty. I throw in cooked sausage with sage for some protein and bake it right in. Also, I like to cook up my own conoction of ground sausage -n- greens with some blueberries and a little banana thrown in for breaky. Sausage tastes really good with blueberries and banana cooked with it. My own recipe. I throw in the fruit after the meat and greens (collard/chard) are already cooked. Not much though - about 1/4 cup berries and not the whole banana. @Mariannne that Practical Paleo book is another one I've thought about getting. Think my reward for getting through this week is to buy either the W30 cookbook or the Practical Paleo. Nest week it's going to be lots of crispy chicken thighs and salmon for lunch and dinner. Recipes to come! I like to write long posts. Going to do a few sun sals and make my ground sausage breaky with a couple fried eggs cuz I love me some fried eggs. Have a good day everyone!
  14. Hey all - wanted to check in before bed tonight and say how grateful I am for this forum and for W30 even on this #&%! days. Today was much better energy-wise but I could tell the grumpy kill all things was still rearing her little head. I worked out a lot today to get out some of it and feel a lot better. I really enjoy reading all your posts. Hah @sooladybug about those 'tense moments in gym class'. I was there this whole week in my yoga classes - we did what's called the 'wind removing pose' and it kinda worked. Today it's better. Think yesterday it all got cleaned out. I hope you can work it out with whoever hurt your feelings. Ate a light dinner after my almost 2 hours of working out tonight. Included a handful of nuts and realize that belly isn't really liking the nuts. I think sunflower and pumpkin seeds are ok but from here on, no more nuts for the rest of this W30. Mwah. @Mariannne that epsom bath sounds wonderful. I love epsom baths. They're so good for tired muscles. Haven't done one with baking soda too - will have to try. Goodnight, sleep tight!
  15. Hey all day 5 -- Yesterday was a wash. Grumble whine whimper $&@/ all day. Got nothing done but laundry. Cravings galore. I stayed compliant though. Thank goddess for my cat. He's so funny and cute. And smart! He watches everything I do and can open doors . Going to a morning yoga class to see if I can start today right, get on some better footing. Could be I just have to ride it out though cuz I'm feeling a little headachey grumpy again this morning. Jasmine tea helps.