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  3. Maggieb123

    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    Day 22 for me! I'm feeling really good & chugging along Huge non scale victory for me is I started doing Yoga again for the first time in years! I'm just doing 20 minutes a day but I feel like I am getting back in touch with my body and appreciating what it can do instead of hating myself for being overweight. It is a real flip for me; as every other time I have done the Whole30 I feel like I was more focused on losing weight than really letting the program take over and getting on a path to better health and happiness. It's not a diet, but I sort of was using it like one and I think this is why it didn't stick. If you are only focused on weight loss then your eyes are closed to all the other amazing things that are happening. I know my body isn't what I want it to be, but that doesn't make it less amazing! Also, I may have purchased some nutritional yeast at the store yesterday but have no plans for it-- any suggestions? I know it can make things taste "cheesy" which is something I have been missing. Please send some of your favorite recipe links. This one really intrigued me-- https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/bacon-cheeseburger-casserole-paleo-keto/ (Haven't tried it yet, but I'm thinking about making it this week) I'm raising my cup of peppermint tea to you all! Thank you for your support!
  4. kirbz

    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    ROUND 3, Day 21: Sunday, September 22 Meal 1: none Meal 2: two sweet potato salmon patties with lizard sauce; small head of steamed broccoli; half avocado Meal 3: five salisbury steak meatballs with a generous portion of gravy; mashed potatoes; half can raspberry lime sparkling water Water Intake: ~60 oz Symptoms/NSVs: flatter stomach jeans fitting even more loosely Thoughts/Reflections: I missed breakfast because I was in a rush to caddy for Shawn at his disc golf tournament (I slept in). But, otherwise, I have lots of good food prepared for the week and think I should be able to eat three square meals each day this week!
  5. Emma

    Whole 30 (July 2)

    Sunday - My does time go by quickly and there is a reason I like checking in here every day. When I don't, it's easier to forget why I'm focusing on how I eat. And the why is so that I will be healthier and have a healthier future. And I'm so thankful I started because I AM healthier and I AM feeling better, but it's only because I focused and stuck with things. And the reason for this self pep talk is because today and yesterday were a bit....rocky. Saturday probably was too. Yesterday, I was preparing for a party and doing lots of baking. I taste tested the frosting. That was fine. But, prior to testing the frosting, all I had eaten was salami. I'd really done a lousy job caring for myself. So then when I made some cookies and they didn't hold their shape so I couldn't set them out, I sampled one. And throughout the evening I sampled even more. All that was in them was flour, butter, sugar, and eggs - a basic sugar cookie (That somehow I messed up on). I also ate lots of baby carrots and regular salami from the store. And olives. I did not have any Doritos or Smartfood popcorn or lime sherbert. I did not have any cheese. I did have half a piece of cheese pizza which is made with soybean oil. And, I had many more of the messed up sugar cookies. They were so interesting. You have one and it disappear so quickly and it's gone in your mouth, but it's memory is there - kinda - so you have another one to remember it better - and then another and another. I had more than I would let my kids have, but I did not eat all. So there - lots of positives! I didn't eat all the cookies. I did not eat cheese or chips. I did not eat more pizza. I had no beer. Oh, I had one glass of shiraz and it was REALLY sweet! My husband looked at me like I was crazy. I didn't care for it, but I drank it and enjoyed the buzz. I woke up with a very loud digestive system. I think it was all the butter from the cookies??? They were pretty rich. The pizza dough uses soybean oil, but I didn't really eat that much so I don't think that's the immediate culprit. I don't really know. Then this afternoon, I was hungry and by a bread place so I went in and ordered a loaf of basil parmesan. The ingredients were nice and clear: flour, honey, yeast, parmesan cheese... I think the cheese isn't an issue. The honey isn't an issue. The flour - I don't know. So I ate some and it was good and then I had some more and some more, but I did not have it all and then I got home and my ears and system feel a little scratchy. I think I'm reacting to something in it and I bet it's something in the flour. Well, I know I'm allergic to barley so if the flour was a malted flour that could include barley I think. I don't know what their flour source is. But, I do feel scratchy so no more for today nor for the next few days. What I should do is cook up some REAL food and get rid of this wanderlust behavior. Instead, I'm going to run to the store to pick up some food for my kids this week and hopefully have some bright idea on what I can eat this evening. Or maybe I will go eat some arugula and spinach with turkey slices - in fact, that's what I'm going to do. Get something healthy into me and then progress onto the errands and tasks for the evening. Exhale - well, I felt like I was going a bit off the rails today and yesterday, but I didn't. Looking back, I was not Queen of Delicate Moderation, but nor did I through all restraint to the wind.
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  7. Yepa

    Starting October 1

    Oh thanks! thought I was going crazy looking for it. LOL
  8. ShannonM816

    Starting October 1

    Hi, @Yepa! Just to let you know, the daily emails no longer exist. Instead, there is a Whole30 Day By Day book, which has daily tips and room for journaling.
  9. Yepa

    Starting October 1

    Hello all! Got the Whole 30 book and started looking it over. Realized it was what I have been looking for. Something that works with what I already eat/like but makes it more healthy. Also am making some life changes that will make it easier to begin from scratch with having only foods around me that are approved. So I have chosen October 1st as my start date and working on getting everything ready and set up to start putting best foot forward. I know I will need encouragement and strengthening of spirit along the way lol. Will be looking for where to sign up for those daily emails Also I have a "diet" buddy to help keep me going.
  10. kirbz

    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    ROUND 3, Day 20: Saturday, September 21 Meal 1: two chicken and apple sausages pan-cooked in avocado oil; whole sliced cucumber; half avocado Meal 2: none Meal 3: one and a half sweet potato salmon patties with lizard sauce; two thirds can of spinach; can of sliced potatoes cooked in ghee Water Intake: ~80 oz Symptoms/NSVs: two new pimples on my neck under my chin (though, to be fair, I think it was caused by my hair, which I'm wearing down more often and washing less) Thoughts/Reflections: I slept a lot of the day, which is why I didn't eat Meal 2. I'm just so tired. Which is probably because I'm sad. I also feel like i'm still recovering from my big climb.
  11. Anhe

    Protein portions

    Many thanks for answering! So is it ok to eat less than palm of protein? I thought it was the very minimum. I have been eating low carb for years, so I use to eat veggies with my meals, and I have been eating keto too (clean) so no used to eat starchy veggies. I have tried to up my protein ratio before, but I am hungry little later, I need lot of fat to not being hungry, or starches (but afraid of them yet since I have being not eating them for long time). I'm trying to find a way to eat something in te morning, but it's very difficult since I have not eaten breakfast since.... I can't remember!!
  12. MadyVanilla

    First Journal

    I managed yesterday’s lunch with a chicken sriracha RX bar and lemon RX bar. We stopped at a convenience store to get the mil a breakfast sandwich. I had bad stomach cramps a little while later, I’m thinking the bars didn’t agree with me. I managed chicken fajita and broccoli with chipotle lime for dinner. I slept well last night. Today’s energy has been great. I’m a little tired and sore now, but I’ve been moving since 9:30 (6 hours!)-gym for a weight workout, yoga class, grocery store, food prep. I’m feeling a little pain in my knee and hip just over the last hour or so. Energy - 9, pain - 0 most of the day, about a 2 after nearly 6 hours of activity mostly on my feet. The yoga class was instrumental in transitioning from the weight work to the rest of the day, I think. Day 10 B- 3 eggs fried in ghee, topped with chipotle mayo L-homemade shrimp salad wrapped in collard green leaf D-Red Lobster. Daughter’s boyfriend’s birthday dinner. I’ve researched the menu on line and it looks like I can go with regular fish, a salad, and a potato. I’ve eaten out a lot this week, but managed it well. I haven’t felt deprived.
  13. Alex Whole30

    Probiotic7

    Hello can anyone help please.. I am on day 4 and stuck to everything 100%. The reason I started this journey is due to long term IBS symptoms. Due to this I was recommended by a few people (not GP) to try probiotics in tablet form as they have a lot more good bacteria in..I have just checked my pack and they contain soy I will stop them for the rest of the 30 but do I have to restart from today? I have read a lot of posts about restarting so not sure. I am so gutted as I have been really into it! The tablet in particular is Probiotic7 from Holland and Barrett it’s for general gut health Any answers would be hugely appreciated! Thank you
  14. Hi, I stumbled across this post just now. I self diagnosed myself with gluten and dairy intolerance in April. I am 27 now and was having wheat based diet along with beers for almost 7-8 years. It completely ruined my health. I constantly was having brain fog, anxiety, stomach issues, acid reflux, etc. Along with that I was having dairy once in a while and felt similar symptoms. As my diet was wheat based and had dairy occasionally, I was able to tell that I had lactose intolerance but never took it seriously. Since I started avoiding gluten, most my anxiety, headaches, skin problems are gone. And along with it I am avoiding dairy too. I am writing this comment and hoping a reply in regards to the duration of symptoms staying after stopping dairy or gluten. Its been 3 months since I controlled my diet but here and there some contamination happens and I get sick. The syntons seems to get more severe the next time it happens and stays longer. Is there a reason for it? Is it just because the nervous system and body is healing and small quantities are also creating disturbances? Any reply would be appreciated. These food intolerances are driving me crazy.
  15. Tobychat

    Day 1 Sept 22, 2019

    I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis back in May, spent 2 weeks in the hospital, almost lost my colon, and lost 23lbs in 2 weeks. Fast forward to today and I am healthy, but have gained over 40lbs. I exercise almost every day and try to eat healthy but I can’t seem to get my weight back down to where I was before my flare up. I know the medications (including steroids for 4 months) have thrown my metabolism and hormones out of whack so I am hoping these next 30 days will bring everything back in balance. I am a vegetarian so I am nervous about the protein options (or lack there of!), but am willing to try. I am excited to feel normal again!
  16. I am eating, fasting, exercising and feeling great. My problem remains with my total Cholesterol numbers being high. My bad is high, but my good is good. When I was taking fiber, Reds and Greens power supplements - my numbers were outstanding. However, since Whole30, as I now look to return to my power regiments, I find their contents are not Whole30 friendly. As I see these supplements might be needed to achieve my goal - Cholesterol - bringing down the numbers... - my question is: Do you have any recommendations for Fiber, Reds and Greens supplements which ARE Whole30 friendly? Your guidance and recommendations would be appreciated. Thank YOUS! STAY WELL! Paul
  17. So I just finally realized that Primal Kitchen's Cilantro Lime Dressing contains honey!! Has this always been the case? I guess I was under the assumption that all Primal Kitchen Dressings were compliant :(
  18. Danna W

    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    @DonnaGail you're exactly right. Different flavors of Primal Kitchen have different ingredients. The Ranch dressing, for example, is compliant. Another clue for me would have been the W30 logo - duh. Some flavors have it and some don't. Kroger also had Tessemae's products so I'm sure I'll be trying them all at some point. Primal Kitchen Ranch turned out to be very tasty. I really, really like it, but imo its flavor is only reminiscent of Ranch rather than the Ranch taste I'm familiar with. However, I am not trying to recreate Ranch and I find that this dressing more than meets my need - which is to have something in my purse to put on a salad when I eat out. I hope your 5k was a big success. I was also a runner back in the day and I really enjoyed starting weekends with a Saturday morning 5k. I'm day 22 of my first W30 and I'm firmly in the groove. My most pressing mini-goal right now is to discover more vegetable dishes that I like. I have to pay close attention or my fruit to vegetable ratio sneaks too far to the fruit side. It'd be easier if tomato wasn't technically a fruit lol.
  19. Amura

    Protein portions

    Don't overthink it - or else you'll make it unnecesarily complicated. Again, the template is a just reference and it's a quite broad one. Half a chicken breast is definetely enough for most people - I'm sure it is for me. Does it feel enough for you? Then it's fine. It seems that you cook in a similar way to me (yay for Spaniard culture ) so you're probably having large enough protein rations. Make sure you include protein in all your meals in the same amount (breakfast, I'm looking at you), that you fill your plate with nutrient-dense veggies (large portions of veggies have been a game changer for me!) and don't forget water and fat so your bowel works efficiently. Whole30 does not have to be complicated, you are not supposed to measure and weight every bit of food you eat. Just make good food choices!
  20. Amura

    Fig, Apricot or other Jam recipes?

    You can make jam without sugar, in smaller amounts. Sugar is a preservative, that's why it's added to jam in such a large amount (usually as much sugar as fruit). If you do not mean to preserve it, you don't really need the sugar. How-to? Well, you would usually cook your fruit with a little bit of water on a low setting until soft. You may blend it if you'd like the consistency better. I've never used dried figs, you may need to re-hydrate them beforehand or add more water to the pot while cooking. Of course it would not be as sweet as your usual sugary jam. You can add a bit of cinnamon, it's a sweet spice, if you like it. But if you are into cooking, I would suggest that you confit your shallots - they will bring sweetness to your dish.
  21. Spooky has gone over to the other side. She was purring one moment, and 30 minutes later she was gone. I was at work, and Hubs was in the other room, but when he found her she was still warm. If she struggled, we didn't see it. She had her chin resting on Hubs' shoes as per usual in recent months. R.I.P Spooky, and look for Maybelle in the happy hunting grounds.
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  23. Sweetbrook

    Starting Whole30 Monday Sept 16

    Almost done with day 6! I hope everyone is doing well. My joints already feel better and I don’t feel so bloated.
  24. kirbz

    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    ROUND 3, Day 19: Friday, September 20 Meal 1: two hard-boiled eggs Meal 2: chicken breast grilled with BBQ sauce; ~2 cups of steamed carrots; very small handful of Castelvetrano olives; Lemon La Croix Meal 3: pork chop grilled with BBQ sauce; baked potato with ghee; handful of grape tomatoes Water Intake: ~70 oz Symptoms/NSVs: new pimple on my chin Thoughts/Reflections: Not much to say today. I'm planning a big cookup this weekend so I have lots of yummy food to eat! Because this week has been completely lackluster and I'm over it.
  25. Anhe

    Not seeing any NSV so far

    I have just known that 4 oz (cooked weight) is not as big as my palm, so not the very minimum.
  26. MadyVanilla

    First Journal

    Last night’s food truck dinner was jerk chicken tacos without the shell. I got a high-five from the truck guy when I asked my first question about his food - he recognized that I was eating Paleo. He said he was familiar with Whole 30 and told me the chicken was compliant, so I took his word for it. It was delicious! And I drank water all night while enjoying the band and my friend’s company. The chicken had mango and pineapple on top. I wonder if a little evening carbs will hep me sleep better? I slept great last night. This is something to experiment with. Busy day ahead - the meal times are going to be iffy. I’m with my mother-in-law most of the day. She has a history of eating disorder and still has very disordered eating habits. She may or may not bring an apple and a cereal bar with her for lunch or she may ant to eat out. So I’m trying to think of something I can bring with me. Being Saturday (grocery store tomorrow) my options are limited. I did have a big breakfast: Day 9 Energy=8 Pain=3 (hip) B=4 egg omelet (eggs, coconut milk) cooked in ghee, topped with chipotle lime mayo, hot tea L=beef jerky and apple to carry along. D=Chicken “Caesar” salad S=apple with almond butter, if needed Despite hip pain this morning, I’m definitely feeling better for the second day in a row. This is the energy I was hoping for.
  27. hezzer78

    Not seeing any NSV so far

    Here is a rough idea of my meals.. Breakfast - 2 or 3 eggs, 2 bacon, kale (sometimes some sweet potato or white potato) Snack - tomatoes, celery, carrots, and either a cup of bone broth OR a meat stick Lunch - approx 4 oz of protein, 1-2 cups of veggies, 1-1.5 servings of fat (avocado, coconut oil, olive oil), approx 4 oz of starch (sweet potato or potato) 1 serving of fruit (plum, grapes, oranges, etc). Snack - banana + nut butter, cup of bone broth or epic bar Dinner - same as lunch but no fruit Sometimes if I'm really hungry before bed I'll have a tbsp or so of cashew butter.
  28. Anhe

    Protein portions

    I have made a chicken salad using boiled chicken breast, I just discovered that raw breast is much more big than boiled, half a chicken breast boiled is quite smaller than my palm, I have always thought that half a chicken breast was enough (and big) portion for a meal. I boiled 4 half (2 whole breast from 2 whole small chickens), weighting around 700 grams raw (around 500 boiled), so each half was around 175 grams, I have always thought that was a big portion. I feel a little messed.
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