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  2. Birdie7117

    Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20

    WEEK 3 DAY 15 / HALF WAY THERE!! / MONDAY 3-30 ORANGE WATER LATE BREAKFAST - NANA "CREPE" - LIGHT AND DAINTY - & spoonful of 0 sugar pear jam / BACON / Coffee 2 eggs / banana / 1/4 tsp vanilla / Sprinkle cinnamon / 1/8 tsp salt / 1/8 tsp baking powder - Blend in small cup of Bullet / make little pancakes in skillet Late Lunch - Chicken Salad / almonds / grapes Collagen Smoothie Dinner - Hello Fresh thin Pork chops / mustard/coconut milk sauce/ garlic/thyme / Mashed potatoes / Stir fry cabbage/squash __________________ Tuesday 3-31 / DAY 16 / INTO THIRD Week If I can continue on, feel that I'll be joining an elite club - it's not for the faint of heart, for sure! Went into town for groceries. / half order of Chik F A hash browns (canola oil) Lunch - Chicken Salad / almonds / grapes Collagen Smoothie Dinner - Chili / half avocado / cilantro _________________________________________ 4-1 / Wed - DAY 17 Late breakfast - at noon Nana Crepe / BACON / strawberries & coffee! Spoon of Pear Jam - 0 sugar Morning Light Bliss Lunch - Chicken Salad / Almonds / Grapes Collagen Smoothie Dinner - Chili / half avocado __________________________________________________________________________ Thursday 4-2 / DAY 18! Breakfast was sweet potato/ coffee! Lunch - Chili & avocado Late dinner - bowl of BLT Salad* - good! Cordial with half grape juice & half coconut water —- *BLT SALAD Used Butter lettuce, bacon, & those good Campari tomatoes, quartered. Dressing was W30 mayo w/ fresh thyme & extra lemon juice added. & a side of yellow bell pepper strips _____ Took a long nap this afternoon. Think healing fires are stoked ————— Discovered my neck again today / Looked in mirror this morning to brush my teeth & there it was! ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Day 19 - Friday / 4-3 LOVING my Orange Water every morning. Make it first thing! So refreshing —- - delicious meals! Magical Days Late breakfast at noon Half sweet potato w/ vanilla Pod cream BACON, dab Pear jam 0 sugar / good coffee Savoring Morning Light / Beauty & Spring Forest / View from Breakfast Window / BirdSong Snack Collagen Smoothie Dinner - roast beef & green beans/ potato/ parsley / tomato / cucumber salad So good! Delicious! —- 11 more days! Then testing / YAY! _____________________________________________________________________________________________ DAY 20!!! Sat 4-4 // 2/3 way there!! YAY 10 more days after today —- This morning, savored delightful tea spoon of French Pear Preserves & Nespresso coffee w/Pods cream , with Spring sunlight & forest view from breakfast window. A bit of Heaven! —- Late lunch Roast beef, potatoes w/ parsley, French green beans w/toasted almonds & chives, cooked in ghee - so good! Collagen Smoothie snack Dinner - Chicken in Coconut Cream / garlic / chive sauce / side of HASH BROWNS / on plan catsup _______________________________________________________________________________ DAY 21 Sunday 4-5 / 3 weeks today It's truly by GRACE I'm doing W30. Honestly didn't know if I was up to it! Something magical happened in the second week A Zone of Peace, Joy & little to no cravings kicked in! And actually wanting the W30 choices, whereas I had thought I would just be enduring the whole thing! —- Will be nice afterwards not to have the anxiety hanging over about messing up & upsetting the W30 apple cart, but I can see how it would be good for me to basically stick to it after testing ... And no worries if I go off a little- Thinking I would let Sunday be a day to have whatever I may want... But basically try to stick to it otherwise -- with God's help! ___________________________________________________________________________ The secret to success on W30 is to BE IN quarantine the whole time ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ TESTING THOUGHTS reading about Phase 2 / testing... It seems the food group you choose is eaten at every meal / snack in some form. Then you do two days of W30 before trying the next group. I think I will do Dairy first, since I saw the Jeni brand ice cream recently. it's sooo good! & Brie with pears maybe Parm chicken [w/ W30 Mayo] melted cheese / pimento cheese Loaded baked potato - butter / cheese / sour cream —- Sugars Then will try Agave with tea & BAI with the sugar alcohols. & Poppi drink w/ sugar/vinegar Then GRAINS - grits / rice / cornbread/ corn chips / taco Sandwich / bread Croissant/ English muffin/ waffles Then LEGUMES - Dales sauce (soy) / Helmanns mayo peanuts / pnb 5 guy fries (peanut oil) or potato chips Field peas / Lima’s w/ sweet tomato sauce ______________________________________________________
  3. Brewer5

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    Imodium again ~1 hour after that M2 ... I have never done well with broccoli and cauliflower + still recovering from yesterday's nonsense. I use the multi-symptom kind, that also has simethicone for gas - and I only take one pill at a time (instead of the recommended two), unless it a really bad situation. Just felt the need to state that here - in case it looks to anyone like I am using A LOT of Imodium. So the conference call re: my MIL was at 4:00 pm, and did not go well at all. I'm not going to type a book about it - I'll just say that things are very "up in the air" right now, and hopefully there will be direction and clarity regarding that situation soon. Where I'm going with this: I found myself chugging down a diet Dr. Pepper, while I was on the phone with various family members, giving them the update about this absolutely ridculous turn of events. And then I decided to do something differently. I decided - instead of letting my brain go to the place of "Oh, screw it, now this day is ruined" ... I decided to just move on with my Day 1 plan. No junk food or self-flagellation required. Now - I'll say right here - I am well aware that this is NOT a Whole 30. And I'm also aware that an "all or nothing" mindset does not necessarily serve me well. So in the evening, I had M3 - chicken breasts and diced golden potatoes with Tessamae's ranch. And life went on. And it was good.
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  5. Revelate

    April Whole 30 2020

    Interesting experience on W30; other than the Day 5 fiasco, generally I have been feeling surprisingly good and performing work at a pretty high level compared to where I was before. Admittedly I was stuck in LA and moving to Texas has a non-trivial placebo effect if not more than that, but still. I know not everyone’s experience is the same but I was expecting more withdrawal symptoms. More to the tally of NSV’s: I am getting tired at normal hours and falling asleep faster. I can focus better, I can do everything intellectual longer than I did just a week ago where I so stupidly easy to distract. Also after an almost awesome sleep last night, I was feeling ready and mostly rested though I am nowhere close to tanned heh. I am enjoying the pleasantries of passing people more than usual and had a quality conversation with my dad’s neighbor which both suggest I am in a pretty good mood. Heck this was after a two hour work call which normally would have exhausted me (heavy introvert). I am eating more than before, strange to think that but I have been pretty eating on a fairly regular schedule and this seems to be working well eating 1600ish clean calories vs the junk I was eating before. Energy level is definitely better through the day and this is the end of Day 7. I am actually a little hungry right now sadly no good snacks before bed time available. Drinking a gallon of water a day is probably helping on that front too, no longer seemingly dehydrated. Quality of sleep is still a little shaky but that isn’t the diet’s fault I think other than the one terrible night and maybe night 5/6 too which was short. Two jobs both of which have been busy and accidentally turned on the alarm this past morning which is a whoopsie. Overall I think the biggest benefit of this Whole30 is teaching me to pay attention to the positives and don’t worry about the scale. I might have gotten the same benefits from Paleo over the last 7 days but I have done that before and never really noticed much difference other than weight coming off. I didn’t even bring the scale with me to Texas, I will get another someday but it just seems so irrelevant right now. Thank you to everyone that has posted on this forum, it’s still a great resource for all that the volume seems way down. Perhaps with the W30 at home challenge it will pick up again, but if there were any good time to do this, it seems like now.
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  7. BabyBear

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    This! I journal all throughout my day. And then post my “captains log” at the end of the day or the next. I tried journaling at the end of the day but I forget the little things that are important and honestly by nightfall I’m too tired to journal. Post 100 times a day! I’ll read em all!
  8. BabyBear

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    I was so excited to see all your likes in my notifications. I was like oh my whole 30 pal made time to read up on my log! I journal because it helps me process and keeps me on track and honest. But I’m glad it has been a source of encouragement to others too.
  9. BabyBear

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    Yes! sometimes more than two. I also get the war terms. It IS a battle and a war that rages on inside of us and on the outside too. I feel like the Roman Empire at times having made great conquest but then struggling to keep the ground I’ve gained against the marauders and barbarians within me. The Barbarians broke the line in March but I called in the seasoned battle troops and they arrived April 1st and are cleaning up the mess, but it definitely proven to be a difficult job this go round.
  10. Brewer5

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    M2 - 2:30 pm after a walk with the family: chicken breasts w/ Tessamae's buffalo ranch, potato/sweet potato/broc/caul mix w/ ghee & coconut oil Amazing how good W30 food always tastes after eating junk for awhile.
  11. gramsp

    PRE WORKOUT HELP???

    Did you try any fitness program? Like in this post examples? What are your results?
  12. Brewer5

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    I fell asleep (passed out) after I posted M1 ... slept until my phone dinged at me around 9:30 am ... woke up and promptly ate a banana, and made another cup of coffee. I drink too much coffee - no news flash there. This is an atypical day, with the puppy waking me up so early, for sure. Not a reason to dissolve into a pile of junk food, though.
  13. BabyBear

    Very Hungry Mommy W30 Round 2

    Day 6 A horrible terrible no good very bad day 6:45 up with baby. Getting my day started. 7:15 M1 Egg cups with sausage asparagus tomatoes and red bell pepper. A little of the new primal BBQ sauce. Took care of some work, got 13DS set for his online class meeting. Folded two loads of laundry and played outside with the boys. 12:30 M2 - LO stroganoff and butternut squash I’m struggling today. Not necessarily with food but with keeping my emotions in check. It’s been unusually hard today which most likely means I need to slow down to deal with things. Problem is I can’t find solutions I can’t fix any of the things that have me so distraught. I laid down after I put baby down for a nap and just cried. I don’t cry, but lately that’s all I can do. My brain is yelling at me that if I just have a Sundrop or a pop tart or a corn dog or a snack cake or a donut or… the list goes on and on… I don’t even like those things well except the sundrop. I don’t want them but my brain is angry because I won’t listen which makes this so much harder. My husband hugged me and gave me some comforting words… “we just have to worry about us today. We do what we can with what we got, we can’t save the world today. “. So I’m going to do my best to focus on us today and do what I can. I can eat well! I can engage with my kids! I can be my husband’s companion! I can take care of me! I was headed out the door around 5pm with baby and dead pressure cooker to take to my brother so he could attempt a repair and the cat try to get out with him us. In my attempt to keep the cat inside and baby on his feet I dropped the PC and pieces went flying everywhere. Ugh! I’m done! If anyone needs me I’ll be in bed crying in my pillow!
  14. Brewer5

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    M1 - one of my favorite meals ever - making my own simple tuna salad: can of tuna, Tessamae's ranch, frozen blueberries, chopped macadamias, salt. Making myself eat M1 earlier in the day like this is key to success. I do myself no favors when I get all jacked up on coffee in the morning, then go from not feeling hungry at all --> really hungry, in what feels like about 2.2 seconds.
  15. Brewer5

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    Day 1 continued ... My husband got home from work at 4:15 am ~ and that ferocious baby girl in my avatar howled at him coming in the door, as if we were being attacked. Well. That's one way to wake up. So it's not even 7:00 am, and I've already had two cups of black coffee. I just now took an Imodium - which I am going to start logging here, as the only thing in red - because my consumption of Imodium is a strong indicator of two things for me: 1) the quality of food choices for my body, and 2) how well am I managing my IBS/anxiety. Yes, sometimes I have anxiety without IBS flaring up - and sometimes I have IBS flaring up when I do not feel anxious ... but the two - so very often - go hand-in-hand. I think in the past I have tried to save everything up for one big post each day, and I'm not really sure what is the point in that. Important Things are perhaps missed. I can post here on my own log 10 times a day if I'd like to - and if it's too much for people to read, they won't. {shrug}. As we've talked about here before ~ the journal is for ourselves, ultimately. Having people along on your journey, who sometimes lift you up, is a bonus. --- Thinking of all I ate yesterday that now has my stomach churning and 3 trips to the bathroom before 7 AM ... wow. I had a nice W30 frozen meal for breakfast. I had a banana for a snack. "Lunch" looked something like: some new chocolate-covered Oreo candy concoction I found on a rare trip to the grocery store with my husband yesterday (and I will note here: how strange it was to read that @BabyBear JUST had a dream about Oreos) mozzerella sticks from Arby's - the larger 6-piece, of course diet Dr. Pepper Lays (?) Poppables (?) chips - some crap I'd never had before, but my husband bought with a "free" coupon ... they weren't even good - tasted greasy, and not in a good way - yet I kept munching .... and then: just the roast beef from an Arby's sandwich at this point - when the logical part of my brain says, "Dude, eat some PROTEIN." I had gluten-free pizza for supper, and finished off what was left of those stupid Oreo candies. Cannot imagine why my body feels this way .............. Good thing I know how to turn it around.
  16. Brewer5

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    Day 1 - unpacking my backpack {rummaging around} ... Let's see ... what all do I have in here? Too much to list. I'm dumping it all out on the floor now, for a careful re-pack. --- My MIL is 66 years old, and as far as I can tell at this point - will be soon be leaving the tiny town, where she was born and has lived her entire life - to travel 795 miles, to come and live at our house. She is currently being evaluated at a mental health facility for at least a week. What we have been told so far is: mild to moderate dementia. There is a conference call scheduled for this afternoon with her care team, where they will share their findings and recommendations. We've been told she cannot live alone when she leaves - she either needs to be with family, or in assisted living. She does not know this yet. She is convinced that she is going to get out & go stay with her 86-year-old mother again, who has been trying to care for her these past few weeks, since the paranoid delusions and hallucinations began ... or came to light. Her mother has already stated that she cannot do it, which breaks her heart. But she cannot. Perhaps I spent two years of my life in nursing school and became an RN for this moment right here. That is what I have been telling myself. Perhaps I worked 1200+ hours last year in long-term care ... for this moment, right here. Because I do feel prepared ... I do have a pretty good idea of exactly what I am getting into. I'm not scared. But you know what is scary? The thought of ending up in the same boat, due to my lifestyle choices. Each day lately I've been going through the same infuriating cycle of starting out with the best of intentions, and then - "tomorrow I'll do this" and "tomorrow I'll do that". What a load of crap. Today IS tomorrow. Time to get with the program.
  17. Brewer5

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    THANKS @BabyBear ... I just got caught up on your journal ~ as you can see, with all of the "likes". I don't think I am an over-liker ... I try hard to not like just for the sake of liking. Lol. Really, there is so much to like there. You are making great progress. It's really as if there are two of us inside, isn't it? And I'm sorry to see you struggle, while at the same time being so glad to know that it's not just me. There is The Strong Me ... who knows that, along with the self-discipline in my food choices, comes the self-discipline in almost all other areas of my life. That is needed, and I begin to feel so much more confident and happy overall. There is The Rebellious Me ... the one who gets so tired of thinking about all of it ... and leads me down a path of destruction. That's not drama. Each time she wins a battle - I'm taking the chance that she wins the war. I sit here and think, "Good Lord ... why am I talking about food with terms like "war" and "destruction"? And the answer that comes back to me: "These things you've been eating are not food."
  18. Revelate

    April Whole 30 2020

    Thanks @BabyBear! I think I split somewhere between mental and physical: I have gone down to one meal a day at times in my life (when sedentary) and can pretty much ignore hunger when needed... but after the Chipotle trip I upped my calories another 400ish a day and actually feel pretty darned good even at the end of Day 6 after an exhausting day at work and another not great sleep night (did get to deep sleep in a 4 hour stretch at least). Didn’t remember whatever awkward dream either this time so closer to normal heh... though funny story one of the dreams from the other night would have mortified me 20 years ago, now got more important things to worry about than being in a some sort of dorm in my underwear haha. So far almost all the impact has been physiological, mentally doing OK other than I am slower after the sleep issues for sure. Just not as quick as when I am tanned rested and ready but that’ll come.
  19. ShannonM816

    Break-OO-fast without eGGs

    You can eat anything for your first meal of the day you'd eat for any other meal. I realize eating dinner leftovers or soup first thing in the morning may seem strange and even a little uncomfortable at first, but it's just for 30 days. Sometimes people find that one of their biggest takeaways from whole30 is how big a difference a hearty, protein and vegetable rich breakfast makes to their day. Instead of deciding you don't like certain things for breakfast, decide you're open to trying them for 30 days to see if it makes any difference for you. Try a soup, maybe look for a blended butternut squash or pumpkin soup, served with breakfast sausage. Or make meatballs or grilled chicken and have that either warm or cold with celery, carrots, cucumber, broccoli, or other vegetables, and a dipping sauce of some kind.
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  21. Really? - in ice sreem? I haven't noticed it. Maybe I should on my own and to smell it ...with Right nose...because my olfactory receptors are chiral...and sometimes I smell dirty sock.
  22. I don't think so. B/c in whole 30 days diet there is a lot sugar-tasting stuff - fruits, juices (with no added sugar), even vegetables - like zucchini, babanas, sweet potatoes etc... Also - try to find a bacon with No added sugar (1:100 in the cases that said no sugar it's hidden in cured bacon ) - personally, I find bacon more, more sweet than the apples.
  23. Hi, everybody, I saw that the topic, related to my ? is already closed (Breakfast issue). I'm bored to eat every morning eggs, eggs, eggs...I already don't count them...in different forms and shapes. Let me be more specific: I like to eat breakfast, but not something like meat, salad, smutty, muffins, leftover(cold), fish etc... So, in this scenario whit what I was left ... to eat morning ? Thanks for under-standing
  24. Ego00

    April Whole 30 2020

    I am already bored. I know what I wanted to know and my goal is achieved. And I am on Day 21th. I'm wondering if I have to continue to make it 30 ?
  25. I completed my first Whole30 yesterday and today kicks off my reintroduction. I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD not the same as IBS) 6 years ago and this is one of many elimination diets I’ve tried. I’m happy to report that I’ve seen a reduction in the number of times I had to go to the bathroom (dropped from 7-10 times daily at the onset to 3-4 as of yesterday). However, I’ve had an increase in gas pain and bloating for an obvious reason. I’ve been able to consume more cooked roughage than before but my body tolerated it fairly well. When I was first diagnosed I couldn’t have anything with fiber in it, which made eating anything a painful nightmare. My GI tract was so inflamed that drinking water and Boost or Ensure were tearful experiences. I’m grateful that I was able to tolerate cooked veggies and roughage so well on this as that wasn’t typically the case in the past. A few other highlights for me are that the redness on my face has cleared up a bit, skin has improved overall, and I lost 10 lbs. I think this was a good choice for me because I had a solid idea of what made my IBD symptoms worse and the Whole30 reaffirmed that better than some of the other elimination diets I did previously. I looked through the forum a lot before starting the Whole30 and throughout my elimination diet. I know that not everyone has the same IBD symptoms but I would love to hear from more IBD folks regarding how they felt about the Whole30 and how it impacted them. Also, I was taking VSL3 before with mixed results. I stopped taking it leading up to the Whole30 and now I’m not sure if I should resume it or switch to something else. Any insights and recommendations would be appreciated!
  26. BabyBear

    April Whole 30 2020

    @Revelate congrats on starting your whole 30 and your two NSV! Yes day 5 can be rough and I will say the dreams get funky but then die down at least they did for me. I also started a round on April 1st. This is second round for me, my first was January. I learned a lot about me and relationship to food. I find so much of my issues with food is more emotional and mental than it is physical.
  27. BabyBear

    Very Hungry Mommy W30 Round 2

    Day 5 Slaying Dragons and Demons 5:45 up with baby, change him and bottle him and he asked to go back to bed. So I put him back to bed and did the same for me. 8:30 up with baby. Get everyone fed 9:00 M1 - LO Hawaiian Chicken and cauliflower rice with CB Dishes done. Taking boys to the little playground that no one uses anymore because of the big Park. We spent about an hour at the park climbing and sliding and playing basket ball and frisbee. I may need to put out door wheels on my skate and go skate the basketball court. I NEED to skate! It’s really starting to take a toll on my sanity and my husband’s. It’s how we cope and how we process the dark yucky stuff out that gets trapped in side. It’s getting harder to out run the demons without my skates. The sunshine did us all some good. Went home for lunch. I was hungry 1:15 M2 - 3 eggs with Italian seasoning cooked in bacon grease topped with a little W30 ketchup, home made pork sausage patty, left over asparagus drizzled with CB, home fries with CB. This meal was so good. I haven’t had any luck finding sugar free sausage in my area so I picked up some ground pork and used my own using 40 Aprons recipe. It was delicious! I used 1lb to make 4 patties, and I crumbled 1 lb to use in egg cups. I used up the rest of the asparagus and added a tomato and some red bell peppers to the egg cups. The cups turned out great using the silicone cups. I’m trying to stay positive. This day has been hard. Sunday’s have been the hardest lately. I noticed my sugar dragon is roaring. I think it’s because if I’m not skating then snacking is my coping mechanism. I need to find another way to cope. I watched a movie with my boys. And even laid down for 30 minutes before baby got up. 8:00 M3 - W30 Beef stroganoff with butternut squash noodles. Yum! This dish is so rich and amazing and really hit the comfort spot. Plus the boys love it and scarf it down. I got a call from a client and ended talking with them for well over an hour about ideas to help them with their 10th grade sons education for the rest of the year. A lot of the public schools around us have not done anything to provide any further schooling or even direction for finishing out the year, while most of the private schools have managed to adapt and have provided resources and direction to parents to help in the crisis schooling situation. It was refreshing to talk with parents who genuinely wanted to do things with and for the kids but just didn’t know where to start. Hubby and I watched a movie before calling it a night. I had a handful of grapes before the movie to avoid eating cookies with the hubby.
  28. Saloni

    Depression and Weight

    Hi Maria, Kelly Brogan's book on depression and anxiety has helped me a lot. I came off all meds in December thanks to the eight-week MBSR programme (mindfulness-based stress reduction). On medication, it was very hard to lose weight even with Whole 30. I'm now doing a round without meds and hoping the weight starts to come off. Kelly Brogan questions the use of medication to treat depression and anxiety and highlights the side effects of these medicines and their questionable value. Her recommendations include Whole30-style diet, exercise and meditation.
  29. Sconnie715

    April Whole30 + Low FODMAP

    Greetings! I am in the middle of treatment for SIBO. Once I finish with my antibiotics next week, I will be transitioning my diet to low FODMAP. With the start of the Whole30 At Home next week, I also thought it would also be a great time to return to a Whole30 (or Whole60)....I primarily follow a paleo diet right now anyway since it helps keep my symptoms at bay. I would welcome any advice, tips, or recommendations of coaches who are also familiar with low FODMAP. I have completed one full round of Whole30, but I have also had two missed attempts at Whole30 and most recently a missed attempt at AIP. It feels like I could use a little extra support and accountability to stick with it, especially on the tough days where my energy and willpower are lacking. Thanks in advance!
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