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  3. ashleyparik

    Nicoleonrepeat... Committing to Whole30

    Hi Nicole! We are SO glad to have you here! You should be really proud of yourself for making the commitment to be a good example for your son and to work on changing your relationship with food. Please let us know how we can support you through out your Whole30 journey. You got this!!!
  4. ashleyparik

    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    This makes me SO happy!!!!
  5. LadyWolf0926

    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    Thank you so much! I'm really enjoying Whole 30 and am beginning to seriously realize this is a lifestyle change, not a short term program. Everyday I'm seeing new NSV's. Some NSV's are so obvious to others that I've had a lot of friends ask me about it, and several are now joining me on their own journey. It's exciting to have such strong support from family, friends and my physicians. I know I'm on the right path!
  6. Beckha99

    Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!

    Ok, so I am now on actual day 2. My husband has told me again that he is 100% on board. I told him I will supply whole30 dinners, and lunches of left overs (as much as I can), and he needs to make sure he is compliant on the rest of his meals on his own. I thought this was a good compromise after last week's derailing disaster. My food yesterday was fine. I don't have leftovers from dinner last night. I mean, I did, BUT my husband gave some of our dinner to the neighbors (we had chicken wings with the whole30 buffalo sauce). He was returning a bowl they brought us food in, and we usually have a policy not to return a dish without something to give them. Now here is the thing...I love my neighbors. They are a cute elderly couple and I know the husband loves hot wings. I felt like a total jerk saying no don't share any. So I said, I am not sure if we are going to have enough for our lunches tomorrow if we do that. Hubby says "You can have the leftovers and I will eat some fruit or something for lunch." So I am a stay at home mom, and he works. So I said "No you just take the left overs." (there was enough for one lunch) "I can fix something else since I will be at home." At the time I felt like it was the nice thing to do, but now at lunch time it makes me angry. I am not sure if I am angry at him, or at myself for not sticking up for myself and telling him if he decides to gift some of our dinner, that's on him. Maybe I need a marriage counselor along with my Whole30. I am mad at him, but ultimately, I feel like it is my own fault. Deep breath. ANYWHO, on the subject of food, I am frustrated today with recipes. I have 2 recipes that I have most of the ingredients for, but am having trouble finding the last few things. Also, several of the things were pretty expensive. We are a military family without a lot of extra cashflow, so when I can't find date paste for a recipe, and have to buy whole dates to make the paste, plus sugar free dried cranberries for my salad recipe, BAM! $20 in addition to all the other ingredients. I know that my health and body are worth it, but school just started so we have all kinds of additional expenses this month for back to school stuff. I know my recipes are my choice, but when I research to find good ones, and make plans for a recipe to be dinner, it is hard to change at the last minute. (PS-I never knew dates were that expensive.) I guess I am going to have to do more research when looking at recipes, and check prices before I commit. And plan meal further out. Even though I completely suck at planning in advance. My sleep was fitful. I got approximately 4.5 hours of sleep last night. Between the general restlessness and the heat, it was a tough night. I know I need to endure a few nights where sleep is hard to come by while my body is detoxing from everything. I am trying to be patient, but with back-to-school, a heatwave, and a drastic change in my eating, I am a grumpy jerk. So that's the tea on day 2 sis. Give me strength!!
  7. Hello! I am on Day 9 of my first Whole30. I am struggling with extreme lethargy and brain fog. I was hoping someone could take a look at a couple days of food logs and give me some feedback? A little about me....40 year old female, current weight 260, and I work a sedentary job. I do CrossFit 3x a week and try to do something active the other 4 days, i.e., go for a walk, play with my son at the park, etc. Next week I plan on adding in two weightlifting days. I go to CrossFit after work and get home around 7:00. I eat dinner around 8:00. Below are my food logs for the last couple days: Monday Breakfast - .5 cup roasted white potatoes; 1 serving egg casserole (total recipe = 8 eggs, .5 cup egg whites, 2 oz applegate farms ham, 4 slices paleo sugar free bacon, 1 cup chopped broccoli. Makes 4 servings) Lunch - 1 serving chicken sheet pan meal (1 chicken thigh, 3/4 cups of sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, apples, shallots mixure); 3 oz baby carrots and 1 wholly guacamole cup; 3/4 cup cherries. Snack - Apple + almond butter; 1 serving dried pineapple Preworkout - Rx Bar Dinner - 1 serving of barbacoa, 1 wholly guacamole cup, 1 cup brussel sprouts cooked in olive oil Tuesday Breakfast, lunch, dinner = same as above except I added a banana at breakfast. Preworkout - 1 hardboiled egg, 1/4 avocado, 1/4 cup almonds, 2 tbs raisins Any thoughts or advice? One thing I have noticed since starting Whole30 is my sleep has improved drastically. I sleep like the dead. Prior to Whole30, I always woke up several times a night. I am now getting a solid 8-9 hours. I just can't shake the lethargy and brain fog.
  8. Victoriabiscuit

    Finger licking?

    Ok...so this is kind of an odd question and I had trouble figuring out which category to put it under.. this is my first whole 30, yesterday was day 22. I’m feeling great, I’ve been very rigorous about the rules and in general, very careful. I work in a restaurant, our chef has been nominated for a James Beard award twice for our region, but I’ve still behaved, haven’t touched the food at work, I’ve prepped and made all of my own meals these last 23 days. So you may be wondering why I mentioned yesterday was day 22 instead of just saying today I’m on day 23? Last night at work, the guys in the kitchen made something, it had dairy in it, I didn’t partake BUT... I was cleaning some of it up and instinctually licked my finger (don’t worry people, I wash my hands like I’m getting paid to at work and at home). I’ve been so conscientious about it all month, like when I’m making meals and snacks for my kids, and it was a pretty thin film of the dairy containing stuff on my finger, BUT...do I need to start over? Be honest (but please say no haha)... for real though, should I count that as a slip and start over?
  9. Sjodo

    Here we go again...

    Hey everyone! I am so happy to be back here after almost 2 years (EEK). I did my first whole30 after a recommendation from my OBGYN when I was having undiagnosed lower abdominal pain and irregular periods. I did not make it to day 30 because I got myself really sick(long story) but I felt fantastic. For 3 months post whole30 I felt incredible. I did not do a proper reintroduction because of falling off the wagon, but this time no excuses. After suffering 5 years with a whole host of symptoms I finally have a diagnosis. Hashimoto Thyroiditis. My mom was recently diagnosed so I got myself tested and came back positive. I have been on medication since July 6th and have noticed much improvement. I didn't want to make any other major changes right away so I could see how the medicine is working. I see the endocrinologist the 25th of July and if they approve I will be starting my Whole30 on the 25th. I have been building up to make major life changes for the past year. Both my kids will finally be in school and I will have more time for me to really focus on myself. I plan to exercise regularly in my free time, and start eating better. For me as a teacher my "new year" starts in August not January so I'm jumping head first into the new year for a better me. I am much more serious this time around because I know this disease is lifelong, and I will always have struggles, but I feel with a better diet and life style changes I can conquer this disease and hopefully prevent myself from developing other autoimmune disease. I chose the 25th because I will most likely be going on vacation shortly after and I don't want to be in caffeine withdrawal during that time so that's why I'm not choosing an easy to remember day like the 1st. Also I want to be as far into my Whole30 as possible when my school(prek teacher) starts on the 19th. My kids will also be visiting their grandparents for the first week of my Whole30 so it'll really help me focus on me that first tough week. I am an open book and am happy to share my thoughts and experiences as well as every day of this journey with everyone. I could Definetly use all the support and love I can get since I'm in this alone. My husband and kids are anti dietary changes, but I will slowly sneakily start changing my kids diet, and maybe eventually drag hubby along. I do buy all the groceries. Lol So here's to jumping into a happier healthier me for life!
  10. masonjar87

    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    You can do it, @KaraS! Since my flub with the pretzels last week, I'm thinking I'll be going beyond 30 days too (since I'm technically starting over). So I'll be here to stick it out with you! I'm one to reach for the snap peas too...crunchy and satisfying But I'm also snacking less, which is good. I do miss my rice and soy sauce, though!
  11. Jihanna

    Amy's Whole 30 Log Starting July 15, 2019

    Even just letting them have fun tossing veggies in oil and herbs could be helpful to you, because it's one less step that you have to worry about. If you don't want to tempt fate by letting them do it in a bowl, you can always just put everything in a big zipper-close bag. I do that with my own carrots, tossing them in olive oil with some salt, pepper, and tarragon. The same can go for tossing meats or veggies in herb and (compliant) flour/starch mix before baking or frying. Put it all in a big baggie and let the kids go to town. For the older one, maybe helping with making meat patties? If you had some pre-formed (and even pre-cooked) sausage, it might make it easier to grab protein in the morning... just be careful with seasonings, if you're going to have tiny hands help mix! Anyway, just some thoughts that have worked for us. Either way, I'm glad you get enjoyment from cooking, that helps a lot with Whole30!
  12. Amy_Michigan

    Amy's Whole 30 Log Starting July 15, 2019

    Thanks for the helpful feedback, Jihanna! I cut out those white potato hashbrowns starting today, but I'm still working on remembering to eat protein in the morning. The drinking coffee in the morning tip is helpful as well, although I have a tough time forming habits like grabbing coffee or tea. I'm more of a spontaneous person, non-habit forming person, which is why I struggle so much with eating clean consistently! I even have a portable tea kettle thing in my office at work that I haven't used in at least 2-3 months! I'm well stocked on green tea if I could manage to remember to drink it. Haha. I like the idea of roasting carrots! I have done that once before, years ago, and it was fantastic. I'd love to have my kids help with meal prep, but I'd have to put some thought in to which parts they could help with. They are 4 and 6. Most of my meal prep would include cooking up ground meat on the stove, chopping vegetables, etc. In all honesty, I love my kids, but for some reason I enjoy cooking alone. It's kind of rewarding and relaxing in a way to do it alone. Now mixing up ingredients for baking cookies with them on the weekends (that I can't eat at the moment) is definitely fun and we do that a lot. I will keep an eye out for recipes they can help mix.
  13. Okay... I'm committing to starting whole30 on Monday July29th and I'm obliger so I do best with external accountability. I'm putting this here and I'm also going to be documenting it on my instagram (nicoleonrepeat)...I call myself Nicoleonrepeat because I've struggled with weight my whole life, and I feel like I'm, on "repeat!" I lost over 200lbs before eating Paleo and exercising... and I kept the weight off for years... then I had a baby last September and got Post Partum Panic Disorder...which meant I had to take antidepressants... and I can't even say I used food as a tool, but I just went right back to my eating habits from years before. The stress of having a new baby, dealing with medical issues and trying to keep my weight in check was hard to balance and something had to get pushed to the backburner... and it was definitely my weight.. I've gained 100lbs since my baby was born but I'm determined to be an example and role model for my son... and something just tells me Whole30 is a great on-ramp to that freeway of freedom from food control over my life. So anyway... I'm excited to be a part of this. Praying I can stay strong and do what is really a simple thing to do... just follow the rules.
  14. Kris22

    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    Hi KaraS. I have been reading your posts and I am reassured that some of us is doing this without family support. It can be difficult on your own. I am on Day 15 and my sugar cravings have gone down too but are still there. My compliant snacks for those moments are Tazo apple-cinnamon tea, snap peas, carrots or peppers. Since starting it is amazing how much more I can taste the sweetness in foods like those I listed and others too. I am hoping to eventually wean off of snacks but for now have accepted these veggies that are sweet as a good option for satisfying sweet craving. Hope your day is going well. We are all in it together!
  15. Kacieleonab

    Am I getting a balanced diet?

    Thanks so much for the advice Shannon... So is the Tuna and Chicken in the afternoon and at night not enough protein? I feel like 4 eggs is so much, but I will try it and see how I feel. I've been trying to add more fats, I know there are some in the book, but besides avocado, what could I add to my meals? thanks again, Kacie
  16. Emma

    Whole 30 (July 2)

    Day Three - Woke up a couple times last night due to the cat and had a very enthusiastic greeting from the dogs just a wee bit early this morning, but overall it was a good sleep. I ate a huge dinner last night (butternut squash, halibut, salad greens) and it was hot and I was tired. This morning things are starting off well and it helps that it is cooler. Goals for the day: Meditate, Eat Whole30, Practice I also really want to take advantage of today and spend more time outside so once I stand up, I plan to map out the full day.
  17. KaraS

    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    Thanks Ashleypaeik! I have been looking through the whole30 logs trying to find motivation and I am just seeing a lot of people that did not make it through the 30 days. Then the posts on this thread have died down. I’m here day 17 and yesterday was hard emotionally as I posted but I stayed compliant. My body is not adjusting well, my mi d is fighting it too. The sugar cravings are less though and I haven’t reached for a snack bar yesterday or today at 8 am, lol. I have prepared carrots and compliant ranch sauce for emergencies. People have said my face looks better and I can notice that too. My energy is not here and I am still forcing my meals down. My back still hurts but I have also noticed it’s not waking me up at night, so I don’t have to fight that snack urge. The NSV are there if I look for them. What I wouldn’t give for a day of good energy. But hey that’s what coffee is for. Tomorrow maybe I will list out all NSVs. To keep my motivation up. When my sugar dragon calls I have been eating 1 fresh cherry. I know its not ideal but it’s going better and less often.
  18. No you're not! I should have explained better! It's a fermenty thing. You can cut up green tomatoes and ferment them exactly like you would do Kosher dill pickles- brine, garlic, dill and a few peppercorns. I made a small batch last year and they got devoured at Hoedown. It's hard to find something to do with green tomatoes besides frying them and we had lots of them knocked off of the plants after a storm blew through and knocked everything over. I made a great relish one year with them and some variety of bell pepper that was pale green, green olives white balsamic vinegar and olive oil. It was/is amazing. It's one of those things that I tend to hoard and not eat because I'm "saving" it. I remembered to add the lavender/rosemary/orange EO to my lotion this morning and really, really liked that combo. I might try it in one of my foam soap dispensers in the bathroom; it's not so floral that guys would be put off by it. I also finally got my gyro on! Finally! Yum! I liked the method of baking it then slice and crisp. I'll slice it a tad thinner next time, though. I wound up making a salad with lettuce, tomatoes (of course-every meal!!), feta, bell peppers and Kalamata olives. Then I put a big blob of tzatziki on top with the crispy meat- really good and really filling. I season my meat a little differently than the serious eats recipe and I'm still working on that a bit. I liked it but needed a little more salt, pepper and garlic. I used Siggi's whole milk yogurt to make the tzatziki and it was really good; I had never had it before- really creamy and not too tart. I wish I had had homemade but I don't eat it often enough any more to keep it alive. Decreasing my dairy consumption is one of the things that has really stuck since our last W30. Except for this week, I probably only have dairy once a week or so instead of almost every meal. Ah! I didn't have a name for using cardboard as a mulch. Sheet-mulching makes sense. It works wonders from what I've heard. There is a lady farmer that comes to the biodynamic conferences that used that method to create topsoil on her farm. She bought some land in KY that had no topsoil because it was cheap and that was all she could afford then used sheet-mulching and permaculture techniques to build it up. Not knowing any better, we used black plastic one year. Last year we used a THICK layer of straw that had the added advantage of adding lots of silica to the soil to help break up the clay (the downside is that it still has seed heads and wheat starts growing) and it worked really well. Never leaving the soil barren and naked is one of the biggies for not letting unwanted things grow. We learn a little more every year about what TO DO and what NOT to do but then we have to implement those things and that's where we sometimes drop the ball- like not getting a cover crop planted last fall. I went to LA in May and my husband's meeting his brother in Taladega in September for a long weekend (I get a staycation out of it!!) but no trips planned for this summer. We talked about it and decided we were good just staying home and taking care of business right now. I think we're going to go to Savannah in November, maybe a trip at Christmas to see his daughter and grandkids in Alabama and we're talking about maybe going to Telluride next summer. Do y'all have the details of your big hiking trip worked out yet? Hopefully you won't get smoked out this year!
  19. Jihanna

    Amy's Whole 30 Log Starting July 15, 2019

    Here's a link to the meal template, just so it's handy here and not just in the e-book https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf Okay, so looking at the menu from yesterday, and hoping I condense this correctly : Breakfast -- 3 hashbrown patties (1 serving) and an Rx bar Snack (at work) -- apple and pear Lunch -- salad (2-3 cups lettuce/greens mix, up to 1/2 cup boiled egg, 1/2 cup chicken breast, bit of cucumber slices and carrot shreds, 5 cherry tomatoes, a bit of red cabbage, sprinkle of sunflower seeds, topped with oil and vinegar) Black coffee with lunch ** very hungry after lunch, but working and no more food, eventually not hungry ** At home -- LaCroix water (1 can) and a large banana, after which wasn't hungry enough for dinner ----------------------------------------------------------------- On breakfast, you have no real protein. The hashbrowns are just starchy vegetable and spices, and the Rx bar is really just nuts (considered fat for Whole30 purposes, not protein) and rather sweet dried fruit (and while Rx bar is compliant, it's suggested for emergency use). I'd honestly suggest removing the Rx bar from breakfast entirely. If the full 3-patty serving of hashbrowns nearly fills you, then I'd suggest reducing the number you eat at breakfast so you'll have room to add in protein and fat to match the template. With wanting to avoid white potatoes for AIP, I'd suggest doing egg-free breakfast scrambles or casseroles rather than eggy frittatas, to make sure you're getting plenty of protein in for your morning meal. Personally, I found I had an easier time eating my "breakfast" when I was grabbing a leftovers container, not having to take time to cook int he morning... so breakfast would be whatever I had for dinner the night before, or the night before that. Since I had made dinners reflect the template, I knew my breakfast would as well. If you can get to where you don't need the snack between breakfast and lunch, that's best. I generally brew coffee while I'm eating breakfast, and then drink a couple of cups of it after I've eaten. Coffee is a natural appetite-suppressant, so I try not to drink it before I've eaten, that way I know I'll be able to eat enough to hold me until the next meal. Lunch yesterday probably would've held you more effectively if you had some kind of starchy vegetable with it, and more fat might help as well but I'd try that after adding protein and maybe starch. Now, I say this knowing that most starchy foods make me sleepy if I eat them at lunchtime... so my suggestion is to test things out, and start small so you don't find yourself passed out on your desk! Carrots will often work well for me, but instead of shredding them on my salad I'll roast them and grab some to eat with my salad. I think between lunch and dinner, your body might've gotten tricked into thinking it was done. Because you were hungry but unable to eat, a small amount was enough to make you feel full enough later on. So my last meal suggestion is to plan on allowing "mini-meals" that still meat the template... like a handful of carrot and celery sticks, some compliant dip, and some tuna or chicken salad, which can be eaten as a "snack" in place of fruit. I say that because you seem to rely heavily on fruit, and my sugar dragon would be off the rails crazy if I ate that much fruit in a single day Needing snacks isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially when you're dealing with other factors (like lupus)... but having those snacks be mini-meals (matching the template) will likely serve your body much better than snacking on fruits and nuts. Regarding meal prep time... I'm not sure how old your kids are, but is there any part of the prep where they could help? When my youngest was a bit smaller, she used to LOVE helping me rinse and drain salad greens and other vegetables, which was perfectly "safe" because she was only messing about with water and a colander. If you've got a salad spinner in the house, even better, kids love those! My youngest (now 9) also likes to help pull out the spaghetti squash strands, wipe down counters and sweep to help me clean up, etc. If you can find a way to make even a small part of your food prep a family affair, so that it's a fun way for the kids to get involved, it might help reduce some of the stress you feel around it AND get them interested in it all. (Again, I realize that won't work with really young kids, so I'm just throwing this out there as an idea, just in case!) I hope at least some of this helps I know it's especially difficult when you're looking at not only making these changes but also having to consider removing things many of us take for granted as a normal part of our everyday meals.
  20. ShannonM816

    Am I getting a balanced diet?

    It's hard to tell portion sizes but mostly this looks good. A serving of eggs, when they're your only protein, is as many whole eggs as you can hold in one hand, so probably 3-4. Try adding another egg at breakfast, or add some other protein if you don't want another egg, like sausage or just whatever leftover meat you have. You might want to add some fat to breakfast and dinner as well. You have what you cooked the food in, but often that doesn't actually get eaten as it doesn't always soak into the food so it's left behind in the pan. You could add some extra oil or ghee or some mayo on the sweet potato, or have some avocado or olives on the side. For dinner, you could make some kind of sauce to go on the chicken, like a pesto or chimichurri sauce. I don't know why you might be having those cravings, but it definitely doesnt hurt to eat sauerkraut or mustard. If you want to not have it by itself before bed, you could try adding it to meals and see if you stop craving it at other times. For the constipation, be sure you're drinking plenty of water, keep eating lots of vegetables of different types, adding a little more fat may help. If you need to take something you could look for compliant magnesium supplements.
  21. Kacieleonab

    Am I getting a balanced diet?

    I should add, I drink one cup of black coffee in the morning and drink between 80-100 ounces of warm water throughout the day (I'm apx 145lbs)
  22. Amy_Michigan

    Amy's Whole 30 Log Starting July 15, 2019

    Day 8 Getting better at prep but unfortunately it took me 2 hours this morning to get ready for work because of the prep. Yes, in a perfect world I would do it on Sunday like everyone else, but I reserve my weekends for playing with my kids and taking them places because that is the only time I get to see them all week besides 1-2 hours in the evenings. I remember trying to do this on the weekends and my kids were going nuts (or was that me going nuts?). When I cook by myself, it is something I enjoy. It's a fun hobby. I'm totally focused when I do it and making sure I'm making everything just the way I want it. Cooking is a chore I'm rushing through when I'm also taking care of 2 kids and attending their needs. So weekends are out for hours of food prep....unless I start doing it after the kids go to bed. Sucks to have to deduct some of my relaxation time, but maybe I could make it work. Definitely can't do it in the evenings on weeknights...sooo tired during the week when I get home. This morning I had baked sweet potato with coconut oil for breakfast. Totally said "no" to Rx bar like a champ. Ran out of time but brought compliant deli meat to eat when I got to work. Still have to eat that, though. My prep work for lunch- a large container of lettuce, a large container of steamed vegetables (cauliflower, carrots, broccoli) with coconut oil drizzled over it (will have to heat in microwave so I'm not eating lard consistency oil on my veggies since it's in the work refrigerator right now LOL, A container of chicken breast strips to add to the lettuce (I used applegate farm chicken strips (frozen) and thawed them on the skillet this morning), some evoo/balsamic vinegar, and an apple. I think that is it? It takes up a whole plastic grocery bag. Today is day one of avoiding nuts & white potatoes for AIP. I'm on the fence about eggs. I know it is included in the AIP foods to avoid list. I have to get some AIP compliant veggies for salad tonight from the grocery store. Probably going to have tuna tonight with some veggies.
  23. Kacieleonab

    Am I getting a balanced diet?

    Day 4. I just started Whole30 to improve digestion and to gain an overall healthier lifestyle as well as see if it would treat occasional anxiety. The first 4 days have been great, I'm not experiencing any of the symptoms (yet) that I've heard about. I feel like my meals are good but don't keep me full for long which has allowed for snacks twice daily throughout my 12 hour shifts. After reading I realized that I should substitute my 2 servings of fruits for more healthy fats and veggies for my snack and the fat has really helped. I wanted to put what I've been eating out there to make sure I'm not missing anything and eating a balanced diet. Everything is 100% compliant and the standard Whole30 plate to the best of my ability (palm sized protein, abundance of veggies and thumb size fat.) My goal within the nest few days is to really shift into not having any snacks. Breakfast: 2 eggs, fried (ghee or coconut oil) or scrambled with spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms peppers, onions, etc. 1/2 sweet potato, and Reds Hot sauce Snack: Was a banana or a half of a peach but have switched to Cucumbers or 1/4 avocado Lunch: Spinach Salad with tuna (mixed with compliant mayo and red pepper flakes) veggies (tomatoes, cucumbers, red peppers) topped with compliant salsa Snack: 1/4 cup Almonds or 1/2 of peach Dinner: Grilled chicken with Kale, grilled veggies (bell peppers, onions) and 1/2 sweet potato topped with franks red hot sauce. Since Day two I have been craving items with vinegar (sauerkraut, pickles, mustard) sometimes when I get home I'll have a scoop of Sauerkraut before bed... what's up with this craving? I know it's not unhealthy as long as I'm not snacking on it too much or creating an unhealthy relationship with the food. Another concern is Constipation... wah wahhh. thanks for any advice!
  24. ashleyparik

    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    Keep up the great work! Your meals sound amazing! Making my mouth water! Kudos to you for doing this the right way, and it's amazing to learn that your husband is such a huge supporter of your decision to change your relationship with food.
  25. ashleyparik

    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    Hang in there, and be proud of how far you've come already. It is hard without the support of a spouse (my husband was the same way) but like you said, you are doing this 100% for you- remember that! We are here to help lift you up and support you, so please keep coming to the forum to share It is common for people to extend out their Whole30 for an additional period of time to help kick some of those cravings. I would just encourage you to PLEASE make sure that you do a complete reintroduction once you're done so you can learn which foods effect you differently. Keep up the great work, and track all of those non-scale victories that you've experienced thus far (ex- staying compliant during all of those parties is a HUGE one)
  26. ashleyparik

    Newbie Starting Aug 5!

    Hi Tiffany! Welcome, and congratulations on making the commitment to yourself to better your relationship with food. We are so glad to have you here Ordering online is one of my favorite things to do! Amazon is great, but if you haven't heard of Thrive Market yet, definitely check it out. www.thrivemarket.com Thrive has a ton of Whole30 compliant products, and is my go-to place to order food online. I hope you find this helpful. It's totally normal to be nervous, but remember that this is a 30 day self experiment to help you determine which foods work best for you. I tell all of my clients to keep a food journal- check out Whole30 Day by Day on Amazon if you aren't familiar with it. It's a wonderful resource to help get you through the 30 days. You'll keep a food log, track your sleep and energy levels, your non-scale victories (NSV's) and comes with daily tips and tricks to help get you through your Whole30. You have a ton of support here, so please continue to utilize the forum so we can help you! Best of luck! You'll do great!
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