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  3. BabyBear

    Ælfric’s W30 №2 (Jan 2020)

    Oh man that’s terrible, and definitely a disaster of epic scale. We had a freezer incident this week and I lost 10lbs of chicken and about 25lbs of venison along with a bunch of baked goods for my son with multiple food allergies. It was like a kick to my gut. I just kept crying No no no, like it would somehow make it better. Taking care of you and putting first things first is most important. The whole 30 will be here when you recover from the loss of so much food ie money!
  4. BabyBear

    Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020

    Day 24, steady as she goes. So today was weird and rough. I slept in a little. Felt a little blah when I finally did get up. I was told not to drive my truck as it symptoms indicates a small problem that could create a much larger problem. This seem to overload my brain as I tried to figure out how everyone is going to get to where they need to be without my vehicle. Things have worked out. My sister in love called me needing some essential oils for her little girl that had fallen ill and we talked and afterwards she offered to send her vehicle via my brother seeing as she wouldn’t be going any where this weekend with her daughter being sick. I had just felt off all day so I did take a nap and that helped. I didn’t really have much of a appetite all day either until about 4:00, then I wanted to eat all the things. I didn’t though. I enjoyed my food I did eat today. I spent some time last night foraging inspiring recipes. I bought the whole 30 slow cooker book and made a roast from that today…. Surprisingly delicious! I got some chicken tenderloin cut up and marinating in pickle juice to make chicken nuggets tomorrow. Oh and I made ketchup tonight from the stuff I picked up at sprouts on Wednesday. I used the recipe from because well no dates! And it was really good. I am a condiment Queen! I purposefully didn’t buy or make ketchup in the beginning because well I would have hated it, and still would have slathered it on everything. I wanted to give my taste buds time to reset. I notice the past few days that flavors are deeper and brighter so my taste buds are beginning to appreciate foods for their flavor rather than the added sugar. The ketchup tasted great, even my 11 yr DS said it wasn’t half bad. I’m so excited I’m going to have burgers this week and now I have some ketchup and mayo to go with it. Happy dance! 9:30 is M1/s1: 3 slices of bacon and 2 pickles (bacon and pickles could easily be my food without brakes if I’m not mindful) 3:30 s2: Rx bar chocolate cherry, archer turkey rosemary stick. driving my brother home after he brought me the car. He lives 40 minutes from me so I grabbed a snack Incase I got hungry, and I did. 6:30 M2: 2 turkey BLT lettuce wraps with mayo and spices mustard…. So good! 9:00 M3: Mustard braised venison roast with carrots and potatoes. Adapted slightly from the mustard braised brisket with potatoes and cabbage in the Whole 30 Slow Cooker Meals book. Ending my crazy day with a bubble bath next to my beautiful flowers I bought earlier this week.
  5. BabyBear

    Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020

    7:00 rise and shine time to get everyone going. Get baby up, potty changed and fed. Get lunches packed and breakfast together while boys pack the truck. I love our homeschool tutorial but it does make for a long day. Plus we have to rush off to a college about an hour away for my 13 yr DS speech competition. 7:30 M1: 3 eggs salt pepper basil coked in CB, blackberries, and 1 Tbs coconut oil. For the first time in a long time I had a very weird and vivid dream. It was so weird and not like me. Forgetting appointments, shirking responsibilities and I found a box of left over baby shower cake and I went to get a fork and my husband woke me up. I don’t think I’ve been getting enough water in so back to tracking that. Tracking helps me be more aware of my need to drink water. 12:30 M2: sweet and sour chicken with broccoli I enjoyed lunch and visiting with the other moms today at our community day. One of the moms announced she is pregnant. It was so exciting! I don’t know that I’ll be blessed with one more, but man did that make a tiny bit of hope and longing well up inside of me. 7:00 M3: lemon pepper steamed shrimp, baked potato with ranch and gold BBQ sauce, steamed broccoli. My 13 yr DS had his speech competition he did great! He was so nervous but he overcame those fears and knocked it out of the park. By the time we were done I was hungry! He wanted Papa Johns, and this made me think twice about this whole 30 gig. I am beginning to think I don’t have a sugar dragon I have a pizza demon lol. I couldn’t think about it I couldn’t even consider what it will be like to eat it again when I choose to. No! I had to think about something else anything else. I think this may have made me a bit cranky or hangry by the time I got home, but I was okay once I sat down to my food which was delicious by the way. Survived day 23 by sheer will power at the end lol
  6. BabyBear

    Ann’s Struggles+Successes

    We are so close yet so far from the end. I had to go recipe surfing to get inspired for next week. I cruised through some of the logs on here and then hopped over to Instagram and Pinterest... then I bought the Whole 30 slow cooker book on my kindle. I probably have enough new recipes to last another two months. I will say this though, the next few days will include chicken nuggets, burgers, and bang bang shrimp. My son had pizza last night and it nearly did me in, but that’s when I decided to buy the cook book. Which I made a roast from it today and it did not disappoint. Dig deep! You can see this through to the end.
  7. So its day 24 of my first Whole30 (actually my first attempt was a year and a half ago but I only lasted 3 days that time so it doesn't count) and i can't imagine doing this for another week! I haven't had one single NSV which is very discouraging especially when I read through the list of potential NSVs. My energy levels fluctuate so much day to day. The one day I got up with energy i organized my two big projects that I've been meaning to do for a long time. The next day I could hardly get out of bed because i was so tired (at 10 am!). I've been super gassy the whole time and these last few days has been straight up diarrhea. My breath has gotten worse. The only "NSV" I've noticed is that my wedding ring got looser which then caused it to slip off and now its lost forever. Frankly I am kind of embarrassed since I talked the Whole30 up so much to everyone i spoke to about it and it turned out to be such a failure. If I step on the scale after putting myself through all this and find I haven't lost anything I will be terribly disappointed. That being said I am breastfeeding a 5 month old baby so I'm not sure if that would effect the results that much but I have managed to maintain my milk supply throughout. I'm sure by the time anyone reads this it'll be too late since nobody ever responded to the last question I asked but I figure it's worth a shot.
  8. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 4 yesterday was as far as I made it this time. I think a big layer of this onion is simply not planning ahead. I'm not going to make a bunch of excuses ... "I'm busy, blah, blah, blah"... Yeah. We're all busy. It's called life. My boss texted me today and said she was getting Taco Bell for lunch, did I want anything? And I said sure, I'll take a chicken power bowl. Because all I had with me to last until dinnertime was black coffee, sparkling water, and freaking Larabars. Today's layer of this onion was not social plans/pressure. She did not care whether I ate Taco Bell or not, she was just being nice and offering. It really bothers me to say this about myself ... but have I just gotten lazy? In the food department - yes, I think so. I've always been happiest keeping it simple. I really don't have any need or desire for elaborate recipes. I can eat the same things over and over for days or weeks, and it's fine. But this is different. I'm not even managing to consistently get a decent amount of meat 2-3x day, and for me this is a red flag. I don't believe that anyone is just "lazy". It's a symptom of not feeling good. There are several things working against me right now: #1 by far is WINTER. I don't have words to describe how much I hate how I feel in the wintertime ... like a different person. Lack of sunlight, circadian rhythm all thrown off, and lack of sleep -- these are all stressors. Then add in the general stress of daily life. Stress at work, stress at home ... financial stress, kid stress, husband stress, dog stress, nutrition stress. Lol. Did I mention stress? But tomorrow is a new day. And I'm a big girl ~ not a whine-ass. So I will keep on keeping on.
  9. GraceMelodie

    One week to go...

    You could try eating more fruit, especially prunes to see if that helps. This month I tried intermittent fasting (I don't eat from 8:00 pm - 11:30 am but I drink coffee, tea and water during this time) while keeping my other two meals Whole30 compliant. A couple times a week I eat walnuts as my protein for lunch but eat animal protein for all my other lunches and dinners. My body responds well to this approach. Bottom line, Whole30 is a healthy place to start but everybody is different and our bodies respond uniquely to our diets. Once you have finished the 30 days, I encourage you to experiment to figure out what works best for your body. As long as you are eating a variety of whole, non-processed nutrient dense foods, you are on the right track.
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  11. Lauren0213

    First Watch

    Did you find out if you Could eat their potatoes?
  12. ladyshanny

    Siete Queso

    This type of thing is technically compliant but would not meet the criteria to be Whole30 Approved.
  13. pd1224

    Siete Queso

    Siete sells cashew queso. see attached for ingredients. on their website, it does not state whole30 approved as the enchilada sauces do.
  14. toriathequeen

    One week to go...

    I’m eating meals straight out of the cookbook, and I usually increase the vegetables. I snack on celery, carrots, and bell peppers. I drink 80 oz. of water plus two or three cups of herbal tea. I eat one whole avocado every day. Thanks for your advice...I already have the meal template.
  15. ShannonM816

    One week to go...

    What do your meals look like? Are you eating plenty of vegetables? Try for 2-3 cups at each meal. Drinking lots of water? Aim for 1/2 oz per pound of body weight, so a 120 lb person should try fir at least 60 oz a day. Be sure you're adding a serving or two of healthy fat in addition to any oil you cook in at each meal. You can download the meal template here for more information:
  16. lizziehall

    January Whole30 Log

    Already on Day 24, time is going so quickly! I imagine this last week won’t go quite as quickly though. I’m ready to do reintro, I’ve found myself saying “isn’t 24 just as good as 30?” I’m moving back to school on Sunday so my meal preps are lacking because I won’t be able to transport them easily. I’ll do a stock up of compliant foods when I go back, but for now I’m just eating random things I have around to get rid of them. This means lots of kale salad! At least I like it now. My taste has been changing in the past couple weeks and I find myself enjoying things I previously disliked, like chicken salad, deviled eggs and kale. I’d consider that another NSV!
  17. Oh, some people also take digestive enzymes with some success, but since I don't have a specific brand recommendation or what exactly to look for, I was hesitant to suggest it at first.....but if you try multiple things and in a week or two are still having issues, that might be something else to look into. Oh yeah, and final recommendation: try to have fun with the process! I know it can be a lot, but you're doing great!
  18. Liliona

    Starting Jan 1, 2020

  19. heb2014

    Anew in Arkansas - Round 2

    Day 12 (1/23/2020) M1: Breakfast casserole + coffee w/ almond milk) M2: leftover gumbo w/ riced cauliflower M3: something I will call teriyaki pork w/ broccoli, brussel sprouts, and pineapple over cauliflower rice. Not bad for a small pork roast I found in the freezer. I dumped it in the slow cooker (defrosted first) with some sauce I had purchased during my first round along with some chicken broth; then after it had cooked, I whipped up some compliant sauce using the liquid from the slow cooker and some other compliant ingredients. This was my first success using arrowroot flour to thicken sauce! That gives me hope for making a stew and shepherd's pie out of one of our favorite chicken pot pie recipes (because I found ingredients in the house) Meal ideas for the weekend and next week (from what I've found in the house, just need a few ingredients): Stew Shepard's pie w/ chicken Potato soup (we have tons of potatoes) Zuppa Toscano w/ sweet potatoes and Aidells chicken sausage Chili from the freezer Marinara sauce for spaghetti squash (spaghetti for the kids) also in the freezer I think I will buy some bone-in chicken and make my own broth instead of just buying the broth I need for several of these - that way we can also have chicken salad or something with the meat (and the chicken I have in the freezer is boneless). Need a few things for the kids' breakfasts so I'm making a list of the fewest items I can get away with and heading to Walmart after work instead Kroger (where I usually buy groceries). I took the time earlier this week to build one of my recent Kroger purchases on the Walmart pickup website, and it was about $20 cheaper ($155 vs $174). It's not as convenient to get to or to shop at, but we've set up our February budget and if it will stretch our dollars, I might as well start getting used to it (and then plan for Walmart pickup next time!).
  20. Life includes both predictable and unpredictable events. The predictable events require us to be adapted, and the unpredictable events require us to be adaptable. Erwan Le Corre, The Practice of Natural Movement
  21. Congratulations on some Tigerblood and hopefully it helped you navigate your unexpectedly long day! It sounds like you have a good plan for working on your knee, too. I am feeling the benefit of all of my movement as well. I have shown up for my morning routine for the last two weeks (M-F) and I added in a KB video every afternoon except yesterday when I decided to spend a bit of time on the rowing machine. I didn't try to do anything heroic but I rowed 1.33 miles in 15 minutes and was happy with that. The scale said that I've only given one pound back to the universe but I feel slimmer and stronger so, hopefully, the scale will reflect the reality soon! My breakfast concoction of things-I-wasn't-crazy-about-but-needed-to-use-up wound up being pretty good. A healthy sprinkle of MJ's sunrise seasoning helped, I think. Now I'm motivated to finish off those duck meatballs and the stuffed jalapenos for my breakfasts next week and use some south of the border-type seasoning to give it a different flavor profile. That will be two big containers out of the freezer plus the freedom of not having those ingredients hanging over my head. Other than that, not sure what I'm cooking up this weekend- I think I say that every weekend! Brisket maybe? It will be another weekend of trying to get everything done on Saturday because of other plans on Sunday. One of our friends wants to celebrate her birthday at our nearby bar/restaurant on Sunday to watch the Pro Bowl. I have even less interest in that game than in other football games but I love her so we'll be there. I need to decide (and stick with) an adult beverage plan for Sunday. I'll decide that day but, right now, I'm thinking that I'll bring something tasty to add to soda water and pass on anything else. It will be easier to manage than usual because we're going to be off in a little side room away from prying eyes. As Mark Twain once said “If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first.” ... That's been my week! I've been joking that I have so many frogs at work right now that I can't decide which one to eat first but yesterday I ate the biggest one and now I feel like I've gotten over the hump of whittling down some of the more onerous tasks in front of me. It's ALL a process, isn't it? Time for another frog. Does this qualify as a frog cook-up? Woo-hoo! Have a great day!
  22. w30virgo

    w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020

    Here's our meal plan for the next few days: Saturday – Quick Thick Meat Sauce & Oven Fries ( without the Parm, obviously) w Caesar Salad ( Sunday – Egg Roll in a Bowl ( w Sweet Potato Chowder ( Monday – Veggie, Slow Cooker Dijon Thyme Chicken Legs ( & Sweet Potatoes w Tahini Butter ( sub ghee for butter) Tuesday – Veggies dipped in Sweet Potato Cashew Dip ( w Burgers & Clean Thousand Island Sauce ( We'll figure out what to have the rest of the week as we go and see what leftovers we have. Breakfast: Sweet Potato Quiche ( - I had planned to make this last week, but didn't get around to it. Lunch: I'm going to make myself a smorgasbord of stuff, below. Dave will have leftovers, as he doesn't like tuna, hard boiled eggs, or cucumbers Gaby's Cucumber Salad ( Saucy Chili Garlic Cucumber Noodles ( Tuna Salad Stuffed Bell Peppers ( Dill Sauerkraut Deviled Eggs ( Then for a fun mocktail tomorrow I'm going to make myself these Coconut Mojitos (
  23. w30virgo

    w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020

    Okay, here's our Costco food shopping: 4 dozen cage free eggs - $6.98 Doritos - $4.99 (Dave got these for the Superbowl since we'll be done with Whole30, they're food so I'm including them in our spending tracking) Potato Chips - $4.79 (For the Superbowl) Avocado Oil - $18.89 Aidell's Chicken Apple Sausage - $13.99 Teton Waters Ranch Mini Hot Dogs - $13.79 (Dave requested pigs in blankets for the Superbowl, and I found a Paleo recipe to try out) Ground beef - $19.99 2 organic whole chickens - $17.45 Amylu Breakfast Sausage - $11.99 (We've bought the maple version of this brand at Costco before, but this kind is actually compliant!) Simple Mills Almond Crackers - $8.99 (For the Superbowl) Organic Dried Oregano - $3.99 Kerrygold Unsalted Butter - $12.99 Mixed Nut Butter - $7.99 (Excited to try this - it's compliant, with a mix of cashew and almond butter. I love cashew butter, but the little jar of 365 brand cashew butter we got at Whole Foods last week was $9!) Fresh broccoli florets - $5.49 Organic boneless skinless chicken breast - $20.71 Grape Tomatoes - $5.99 Sweet Kale Salad - $5.99 (I'm going to use some of the salad mix to make egg roll in a bowl tomorrow. Will probably saute up the rest for an extra veggie to have on hand next week. 1 lb prosciutto - $9.99 (Throughout the week I ate an entire package that we got at Aldi last week, and Dave was sad that he didn't get any, so we got this. I figure we can use some of it for our meat & cheese plate for the Superbowl) Baby romaine - $4.49 Spring Mix - $4.49 Brussels Sprouts - $4.49 5 lb lemons - $7.99 Total: $216.45 $803 so far for the month on groceries - I know that a lot of this will carry into next month but it still feels like a lot. I have to go to the Strip District to get some extra veggies and dried chives for the week, but that shouldn't add much.
  24. w30virgo

    w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020

    Day 23 Having a really good morning today. For the first time in at least a week, I woke up with my 6:05 AM alarm. I definitely felt like I could sleep longer, but I was awake and ready to go for my day within about 10 minutes of waking. I had a very productive morning with my extra time, which felt great. We went to Costco last night, as we were running out of a lot of household goods. I'll put up a post with the grocery portion of our shopping a little later. We ended up getting home late - around 6:45, and still needed to have dinner. We ended up having the chicken with roasted broccoli and potatoes, which I seasoned with Primal Palate Adobo seasoning, and some dijon mayo. I was really proud of myself for coming home and cooking dinner, rather than eating out. Tonight, we're going to pop punk karaoke with a group of our friends. I'm really looking forward to it. I think we've been pretty good with going out and being social during our Whole30 - definitely better than previous rounds I've done. But, I'm feeling a little bad about how I kind of hermited myself away last weekend, and am glad that we'll be starting our weekend with something fun. Otherwise, things are going well. I wish that my digestion and skin would improve a bit more quickly - I'm sure I could see further improvements if I extended my Whole30, but I'm just not really in a position to do so right now. I might do another one soon after - We have the superbowl, some plans involving drinking the following weekend, then are going away for Valentine's weekend, but I could conceivably start again after that, and see what kind of improvements I can get. We'll see how things go. Day 23 Meals M1: 2 fried eggs with 2 slices bacon, and blistered cherry tomatoes over spring mix, with No Crumbs Left marinated onions and oil M2: Leftovers - Maybe leftover burger filling and green beans, or leftover chicken. M3: Buffalo Chicken Salad with Oven Baked Fries - I'll update a bit later with our Costco review and our meal plan for next week.
  25. Jillspin

    Day 23. Very Frustrated

    Thanks for the input. I occasionally add avocado to my chicken at lunch for chicken salad on lettuce. I was exercising, walking 2 miles on the treadmill between 3 and 3.5 mph about 3 days a week for the first two weeks then ended up with gout in my right ankle and could not walk without pain. I have used the treadmill 4-6 times per week over the last 1 1/2 years. I will try the suggestions and hope for the best. Thank you.
  26. LO867

    Didn't kill anyone on Day 5

    I checked for the high oleic before I bought the Safflower oil. (I love having a smart phone handy!) Lesson learned with the EVOO. While I was making it, I wondered just how bad it could be!! I have compliant pickles in the fridge, so I'll have one even though it's kinda late. Those cramps are so strong they wake me up so I can rub my legs and take them for a walkabout. Disturbed sleep is the worst.
  27. SchrodingersCat

    Didn't kill anyone on Day 5

    I swear by pickles or pickle juice to avoid cramps! Or you can take a magnesium supplement - just avoid non-compliant ingredients! Curry cauli soup is the best! If you're making mayo, you have to use light tasting olive oil, or it is foul. Avocado oil is good too. Safflower should only be used if its high oleic, the regular stuff shouldn't be used at home and only consumed out if there's not choice, it's a low quality oil. Home made mayo beats jarred stuff hands down!!
  28. Success! This morning I woke up tired but happy. Crazzzzzy!! I happily avoided leg cramps last night, but I think I was close to cramping when I woke up. Maybe I didn't cramp because I ate some sesame seeds on top of a banana earlier in the day! What's your secret to beating those leg cramps? I drank a ton of water today, salted my food, and had a few sesame seeds. No room in my tummy for a banana today. Also, my dream life has been vivid these past two nights, and usually I don't remember my dreams at all. It's pretty fun! I was dragging much of the day today, but I'm tired of my leftovers...... so to pull myself out of the dumps I decided to make Curry Cauliflower Soup for dinner. I found the recipe on Pinterest in the Whole30 folder. Ooooo, that was perfect on this cold night. It's a keeper! Afterwards I made a batch of mayo, and it turned out so good!!! I used Safflower oil since it was on sale, and I had read that it has a very light flavor. Ummmmm, now I understand why people talk about just eating it with a spoon. I might just make my own mayo for the rest of my life!! My mayo history: I did the Whole30 four years ago, and tried making the mayonnaise about four times. I read all the tips and blogs and some people never have a problem, but mine never came out. Two days ago I tried again just to see what would happen, and it emulsified but I had made it with EVOO, and it tasted truly awful.... but I was encouraged since I finally made a halfway successful batch. Reluctantly, because I hate wasting food, I tossed the olive oil batch since I knew I'd never use it. I'm so glad I tried again with safflower oil! Yaaaayy! So glad I didn't get angry at my friends or my favorite grocery store checker today! Time to drag myself to bed here soon. LO
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