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  3. trafficjamdreaming

    Starting April 1

    Hey Everyone Here's to Day 20! We should all be very proud we got so far and can't wait to say I completed another challenge. Hey @Suzanne-SATx. My heart goes out to you because I know the feeling. I've struggled with my weight my whole life. I've been upwards of size 20 to as small as size 4. I used to berate myself with negative self talk and my confidence tanked. Before I started the Whole30 challenge 5 years ago I had tried every quick fix diet, took different weight loss pills, and restricted my calories to a point that was unhealthy for my body. I couldn't look myself in the mirror without picking my body apart and nearly crying. It chokes me up now just thinking about it. But you know what? The Whole30 challenge taught me so much. I know the difference between healthy foods and unhealthy foods. I can now read a label and know what I don't want in my body. I don't restrict my calories anymore and know how to eat to satiety rather than stuff myself until I have to unbutton my pants I've been much more consistent with my workouts with the increased energy I've learned that great change takes time. I've learned to be proud of myself for the mini wins like getting to Day 20! I'm generous with the NSV's because energy, glowing skin, and being able to say "Nah, I don't want that donut" is so awesome! 3 years ago, I was at my most fit and I allowed work stress to get in between my healthy relationship with food and exercise. Because of this, I regained my weight and some. I couldn't get past the first week of the Whole30 challenge and restarted like 20 times. Than right before the holidays last year, I saw a fit photo of myself. I cried. I was angry at myself for allowing other things get in the way of my personal goals. I took that anger and frustration and successfully got through a challenge. I'm still working through some weight loss but this time around, I'm enjoying the ride. When a negative thought enters my mind, I combat it by telling myself 5 great things about myself and my journey. Suzanne, you've made great strides! You're in control and are one mean Whole30 meal prep machine! Don't lose faith. You're doing awesome! Let's pass the finish line together!
  4. pearlgirl2017

    Starting March 6 for Lent

    Last day. I don't know what I'll do first. Probably feta on my salad, oatmeal on Monday, that kind of stuff. Hopefully I won't dive head first into the candy dish.
  5. Suzanne-SATx

    Starting April 1

    Thank you, @ladyshanny. With a couple days' distance, I am in a better mind set. It seems as though now that my body is purged of bad foods, my mind is questioning the status of a lot of things in my life. My health & weight aren't the only areas that I've been hiding from, unfortunately. For now, this is one area I can control - and I'm enjoying it. I really appreciate having the support of the forum. Thanks again, guys. Best wishes as we finish week 3 strong!
  6. I will be starting my Whole30 Monday
  7. ALM Grandma

    Starting March 6 for Lent

    Reintroduction group started hope you all come over and join in!
  8. JessieN

    Starting May 6

    Hello. I am committing to May 6. Very excited and eager to dive in, but doing the prep work first.
  9. Alberta Rose

    Starting April 22nd Hopefully to help eczema

    I'm starting on the 22nd as well! Let's do it together. I am hoping to improve body composition, skin clarity and find more energy somewhere! I'm desperate!
  10. ShannonM816

    Rocky Start

    For best results try to make all your meals match the meal template. Your portions will look different than pre-whole30, but they shouldn't be decreased. Especially be sure you add a fat serving or two, in addition to oil you cook in, and aim for 2-3 cups of vegetables at each meal. You can find the template here if you need it: https://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/
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  12. Loyal Leslie

    Rocky Start

    Hey. I started my Whole30 on Monday. It’s day 5 for me and I am really just now committing to completing the program. I tapped into my inner Gryffindor and drove straight in without any real prep or anything. Day 3 I almost quit. I was like “I don’t wanna play anymore.” the Walmart rosemary chicken meal saved my program. Day 4 after staring at labels I looked up the quitting on the website and did the action item. My friend gave me some tough love and the chipotle bowl put my head on straight again. I’m pretty sure I’ve had plenty of SWYP with dry roasted almonds and fruit crisps from Walmart. I’m always hungry and idk if it’s cravings or my body isn’t used to running off of decreased portions that include no grains or cheese. I’m going to try and stick it out. Honestly I never knew that sugar was in EV-ER-Y-THING. (No wonder everything instant tastes so good) I’m limited on the money I can spend, so I’m doing the best I can to stay compliant. I’m not saying that I’ll be perfect (these GV potatoes O’Brien that I used in my breakfast casserole have dextrose in the ingredients list and I’ll drop my question about that in another post) but I’m going to try. Wish me luck. Leslie
  13. ThatBlondeGirl

    Is sugar making me anxious?

    Thanks for replying! The second time I had one of my normal breakfasts, a strawberry smoothie with protein powder and avocado added. I had a salad for lunch with chicken. These are pretty normal for me. I spoke with a friend who is a nurse practitioner who promotes Whole30 and supplements over meds. She thinks my body was confused and anxiety is how I react. She also mentioned 90% of our serotonin is created in our digestive tract. This could explain a lot!
  14. ladyshanny

    Nespresso

    Maybe it's different on the Canadian website for ingredients but the Nespresso Caramelizio pod ingredients are only "Roast and ground coffee".
  15. SchrodingersCat

    Nespresso

    The ones he mentioned actually have caramel flavour added in the pods
  16. MJ of Cayman

    Starting March 6 for Lent

    I’m in the “I’m so over this.” stage. Planning on weighing in on Easter morning. Will probably have some ham (sugar) with dinner, but I’m also thinking of sticking to it till the end of the month.
  17. MJ of Cayman

    Starting March 6 for Lent

  18. wwtechgirl

    Starting April 22

    I am also going to start on Monday. This will be my 2nd Whole30. I felt great on my first on in Oct 2018 but have gradually added back most of the junk I had been eating before. Ready for a fresh start before summer and I hope to take more time on my reintroduction this time and keep the junk out that I know makes me feel bad. Good luck to everyone. I started my meal planning today, so it is making me even more ready to start.
  19. Jihanna

    Crock pot freezer meals

    Potatoes need to be prepped a bit before they'll freeze well. https://pickyourown.org/freezing_potatoes.htm <- this article gives a good simple run-down on how to do it. There are other methods (like 5 minute soak in a bunch of water with a little lemon juice, then rinse and boil 5 minutes, then rinse/cool and freeze), but simple is quite often better in terms of trying to keep up with prep-work... especially if the potatoes are within a dish, rather than standing alone (I'll usually do the soak-rinse-boil method if I'm freezing them to make quick-cook potatoes for breakfast frying, for example, but I go with the simpler method if I'm freezing a bag of stew ingredients that will get tossed together in a crock). I only tried canned veggies in freezer meals a couple of times, but found that fresh or frozen veggies always fared better except in the case of things like diced/crushed tomatoes (the canned version of those never left me feeling that something was lacking). For anything requiring "added liquid", I always made a note on the bag to add it at cook time. That would be anything like "add 4 cups water" or broth, or even the coconut milk (or whatever). It not only helps prevent strange separation issues like @ladyshanny noted, but it also keeps the actual bags a little smaller so I'm able to fit more in my freezer space. I tend to keep that kind of stuff on hand all the time, too, so it's very unlikely that I'd be out of it when cook time arrived (so I don't usually put stickies on those things). I could add other notes for things like beans, rice, noodles..... but those shouldn't be in there right now, anyway, so I'll skip it!
  20. kirbz

    Am I doing this wrong?

    My experience sounds very similar to yours! I, too, am a complete sugar addict. When not being mindful, I eat sugar by the family-sized bag, tub, etc. I've now done a complete Whole30 twice and have done a few other attempts and mini-resets of varying lengths. I never experienced pretty much anything from the timeline. I didn't experience any of the adverse stuff like the carb flu or hangover or kill-all-the-things. Likewise, I never really felt like I got tiger blood or any of the other really positive things. However, after doing a Whole30 and going back to poor eating habits, I started to really notice the stuff I did get. Because, once I lost it again, I recognized it for what it was. So, for me, the changes are subtle but kinda significant once I lost them again. Here are a few of them that I experienced: Less pain in my joints (sometimes my knees or elbows ache when I hike or climb a lot; this happens less when on Whole30 but sometimes I don't recognize that because it was never really severe pain in the first place and never stopped me from doing those things) Less of a morning and 3:00 pm slump (I never really got that increased energy that people talk about, but I did feel less tired if that makes sense; I started to lose the super sleepy slumps I would sometimes get driving into work and a few hours after lunch) Clearer skin (I generally have pretty clear skin but it's much more "glowy" when on Whole30 than when I'm not) My resting heart rate decreases My heart rate doesn't go as high when doing exercise So yeah, they weren't super dramatic for me, but they were significant and do actually affect my quality of life. A whole lot of subtle things add up to me truly just feeling better when I eat cleanly. But it was always hard for me to see during the transition. So, maybe this is you. And hopefully this will help you dig a little deeper and perhaps recognize some things that might not be so obvious but are still important to you... Best wishes!
  21. ladyshanny

    Starting April 1

    Aw, so sorry you're struggling. You can be your ideal self just as you are, first of all, our exterior doesn't dictate the actual person we are. But I do get it, when we have changed dramatically in an undesired direction, it can be deflating to know that we have a distance to go. Lots of people in the same boat so please don't feel alone. It might help to change your mindset a bit. Whatever happened in the last amount of time that caused this change, you made it out alive. You're here and you survived life and now you're back in a position to move in a desired direction. No one ever stays in one place - humans aren't static. You've got this - you do have goals and plans and you can stay the course, even though it feels upsetting right now. Sending positive thoughts to you!
  22. ladyshanny

    Am I doing this wrong?

    You're not necessarily doing anything wrong because you don't have side effects and Tiger Blood is such a misnomer for so many people. Maybe list out a couple typical days of eating including portions and timing etc. We can see if anything stands out.
  23. ladyshanny

    Is sugar making me anxious?

    It definitely could be! The first instance you describe made me wonder if the anxiety was a result of incomplete eating the entire day but you don't mention how much you ate the second time. I would try sugar again if you want but make sure it's on a day that you have had three full template meals and then see how you do.
  24. ladyshanny

    General YEAST.. heck... all yeasts

    This comment is from Melissa: We say nutritional yeast is okay for the Whole30, and I doubt that yeast extract is going to present a problem for 99.99% of folks doing the program. But for now, we'll encourage you to look for foods and products without these added ingredients.
  25. kirbz

    Hiking breakfasts

    Yes, both dried eggs and potatoes are easy options and relatively cheap! Bob's Red Mill has compliant potato flakes: https://www.amazon.com/Bobs-Red-Mill-Potatoes-16-ounce/dp/B01M68VR02/ref=sr_1_4?hvadid=224115907582&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9032509&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t3&hvqmt=e&hvrand=634633683376612797&hvtargid=aud-649564993678%3Akwd-323747846052&keywords=bob+red+mill+potato+flakes&qid=1555687776&s=gateway&sr=8-4. And there are a number of compliant egg options if you just search for "whole dried eggs."
  26. EmarieB

    Hiking breakfasts

    Never thought of freeze dried eggs! Thanks!
  27. pearlgirl2017

    Starting March 6 for Lent

    I plan on continuing the "no coffee" until Easter morning. The rest.........
  28. Not BFF but FFF food freedom forever.
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