Riya

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  1. Late to the conversation, but going to add this. We did our first Whole 30 a year ago. My then 10 y/o lost 8 pounds. I noticed a huge change, but the growth charts still showed her at the 95% height & 95% weight, so we got the low-fat bs from the doctor. Both of us just nodded and waited for it to be over. Slipped off the wagon and ended up doing another one in September of this year. No idea how much/if she lost weight, but it appeared she had trimmed down and she seemed happier with how her clothes fit. Please understand, the entire time I've been telling her that if we focus on making healthier choices, we'd feel better and the rest would sort itself out. Fast-forward to the next annual visit. 95% percentile in height, 84% in weight. She had gained 12 pounds over the year before, but also grew nearly 4". They also ran some basic bloodwork and the dr came in and said it was obvious she was eating her veggies. And she's maintaining it. I try to cook better than I used to, but even if we're out, I notice her making choices. Leaving off the bread (because she doesn't really like it), ordering veggies over fries. Stuff like that. So for anyone reading this thread, it really can help.
  2. No Ben & Jerry's for me! But I think I'm starting with butter. As in searing my grass fed filet's in it tonight for my birthday dinner!
  3. Cannylassy, those are wonderful results. Congratulations!! Here are a few of mine. Clothes fitting better Getting to sleep much faster Things aren't stressing me out nearly as bad Not trying to fall asleep at my desk at 3:00 Down 14#
  4. Hey everyone, 2 more hours (at least for Central time) and we've done it!!
  5. Has anybody else noticed the change in Costco's avocado oil? My daughter was complaining that her mayo was coming out thin, but I wasn't having any problems. Until I opened the new bottle, and that oil does seem thinner. I do think it's a different brand. It still emulsifies, but it's not as thick as I think it should be. Any suggestions, or commiserations?
  6. Just a little bit longer. My lunch was a disaster today, the pre-cooked shrimp I got was nasty. Thought I had some Epic bars from the other day, but it turns out I put it in my daughters backpack. So I had to run to a nearby QuikTrip and while not much is compliant, they had pistachio's and fruit, so it's going to have to work. I just wish I liked canned tuna/chicken/anything. At this point I just want to get home so I can fix dinner!
  7. Soooo close! Headed to a Japanese festival today, but have already packed lunch. My daughter made some sort of asian meatballs, I have NomNomPaleo's Asian brussels made, some seaweed for both of the kids and I can't remember what else. When the hungries hit, it's in the car in a cooler. Will probably throw some Epic bars in my purse as well. It's like the Whole 30 crew planned this for me. The book will be delivered as a day early present, then I get to reintroduce dairy in the form of a butter seared filet on my birthday. Not too shabby :). And I had an unexpected NSV. I didn't think I was seeing much this time around, but decided to be a bit masochistic and try to put on a pair of jeans that I couldn't button a few months ago, just to see if they were any closer to getting to the button hole. They're a tad snug, but not uncomfortably so. So I'm wearing them today!
  8. 5 days left! Dinner ended up being very late tonight. I had to work the gate at the volleyball game, and thought I had someone to relieve me at 5:00. Nope! So ended up there for the entire thing and didn't get home until after 7:00. Was glad I had pre-cooked ground beef in the freezer. We ended up with taco salad and I roasted up some plantains while thawing the beef in the pan. LOL. I got some Crio Bru coffee yesterday and had a cup last night. It was the first night I fell asleep quickly in a long time. Lots of crazy work stuff going on, and I just can't shut my mind down. Getting tired of it taking a couple of hours to get to sleep, only for the alarm to start 4 hours later. So I'm going to have a cup tonight, and go to bed earlier. I've definitely not had the most perfect W30, and I can tell. I've stayed 100% compliant, but too many days of poor planning = too little food, time off my thyroid meds, and lack of sleep have prevented me from feeling most of the benefits. I should probably keep going, but as I said in an earlier post, I want to reintroduce dairy. Nothing else really appeals to me, so I'll consider trying the rest at a much later date.
  9. Had to return a pair of jeans for smaller? That's freaking awesome!! Not noticing as much this time as I did last time. I think I went so far off the cliff that it's going to take more time. Although as I mentioned before, digestive issues have significantly reduced. And I'm handling stress somewhat better. But I am going to stop the official W30 at 30 days and add back in raw dairy. Especially kefir. Then I'll see how I feel. If that's good, then I'm going to call it good for a good long while before reintroducing anything else. Except for Christmas Eve, because that night will be worth it :). I have a lot of damage to heal. And it just dawned on me that I've been off my thyroid meds for the past 2 1/2 weeks. I totally spaced out the refill. That might explain some of it. I'm such an idiot. Now I'm grateful I have a 24 hour pharmacy.
  10. I've done better with template meals the past couple of days, and that's making the days easier. Dinner was a bit late tonight due to the kiddo's volleyball game, but it was already prepped, just needed reheating. Mel Joulwan's chocolate chili. Yum! We've so got this. 7 days left!
  11. Or duck fat. Right now we're all about the duck fat and it's so worth it. Got a ton of prep done today. Of course I didn't do all that I wanted. And I managed to gouge my finger while closing my van so that knocked an hour out. (started thinking I was going to have to go to urgent care, it wouldn't stop) And it's where I type the s, x, & w key. Owie!!!!! Needless to say I was wearing a rubber glove all day.
  12. Glad to see so many still onboard :). I am too, just been running too many different directions. Still having an issue with eating enough. I'm hungry enough, but my prep work has left a lot to be desired. But I have no plans tomorrow beyond grocery store, food prep & laundry, so I hope to start getting some energy soon. I have been going to bed a bit earlier, so that's something. The eczema on my had has flared up again, so I'm going to have to start experimenting. Maybe nightshades? That will be depressing, but I have been eating a lot of tomato's lately, when I wasn't when it started clearing up at first. One thing I've noticed is that I'm handling stress better. This past week was some heavy work stuff, but I was able to keep a good attitude about it, and even got my over-serious, read into everything boss to laugh at it a few times. And then he approved a Vegas trip for me for November. Digestive issues are also better. Not completely eradicated, but much less frequent, and a lot less painful. That's a HUGE win! I'm really looking forward to W30FFF coming out. I'm torn about being in the last third of this. A big part of me is ready for it to be over, so I can loosen up a bit and try my raw dairy again. But at the same time, I'm afraid I'm going to go careening off a cliff like I did last time. I'm really anxious to learn strategies to keep that from happening.
  13. I've cooked my zoodles in a pan by themselves and they seem to soften up. A lot of liquid comes out of them and simmers them I guess. We discovered roasted broccoli tonight. Little Bit can't stand broccoli, so I tried coating it in ghee and put it in the oven until it almost looked burned. She loved it!
  14. Add me to the Kalua Pork group. Got a 6 pound pork shoulder in my freezer now. I guess the hard part for me is the cost. Mine cost $40ish, getting it from my local farmer. A coworker had gone to Costco last week and picked up a 17 pound pork butt for a bit less than that. Ouch! But, I do know the one I got is much more nutritious, so just trying to keep that firmly in mind. Been a hectic past few days, but even if my meals haven't been template, I've stayed compliant. Today I'm making a chicken foot stock with a suggestion given to me by my farmer. The butcher puts the feet in 3 pound packages, which to me is way too much. She suggested getting a big stock pot and cooking it all day, and letting the liquid cook down until it's really just jelly. Then putting it in ice cube trays, then popping those into a freezer bag. Then, when making normal stock with the bones, putting 2-3 cubes of the foot stock in to add collagen. I still haven't gotten much energy, but that could be that I've still not been eating enough. Hoping today's prep will help with that.