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  1. Food snobs unite! We are the same way! Sugar, I'm smiling at the 'now we are our grandparents' comment. I haven't been to a restaurant since I came home from Australia on March 20 and I don't miss it at all.
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  2. becs

    January 1st Start Date!

    Reading all of your posts, I'm realizing that the only things I REALLY miss in daily life are sugary coffee creamer (which I don't plan on adding back in!) and wine. I like a good cheese, but I don't miss it. Dairy and legumes were never really part of my diet. My regular at-home meals have been, for the most part, paleo over the last few years, with some rice thrown in every once in a while. My food-with-no-breaks is pretty much crunchy/salty "junk" food - Triscuits, chips (crisps), tortilla chips, Goldfish crackers, etc. I would mindlessly eat them whenever stressed/bored/sad, and over the l
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  3. becs

    January 1st Start Date!

    @Rebecca001Yay for Tiger Blood! What a productive day you've had! And thanks for creating a maintenance post - I will definitely join you all there. It's been so nice to connect with everyone. Keeping the accountability going through reintroduction will be awesome. On my run today, I was thinking about the W30 being over on Sunday, but I had to stop myself. It's not really over for me, not until I reintroduce everything and decide what my new Food Freedom Rules (oxymoron?) will be moving forward. I need to shift my brain to start thinking of it as moving on to the next stage. I also need
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  4. A nice simple dinner for me tonight- line a tea with spinach and kale, add pieces of fish (I had smoked cod) asparagus and cherry tomatoes, slices of lemon and seasoning cover with foil and then it sort of steams itself in the lemon juice and done . Really quick and tasty (picture is of it before cooking)
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  5. It's been busy in here! I've had three very long work days, so no time for anything fun. Eventually things will ease up, surely. I have never been this busy at work... I decided not to do intros other than a bit of wine on the weekends, at least for now. So far the only non-W30 thing I've had was my 3/4 bottle of wine last weekend, and legumes on Day 31. I just don't feel the need to add anything back in right now. Maybe I'll end up doing the slow-roll approach. I don't know. I figure as long as I stick to W30, I can change my mind at any moment and jump into my next reintro day, which wo
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  6. AMK922

    Letting Go...

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing! The saying of doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome (insanity!) is definitely at play for me and I want to escape that for good.
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  7. Rebecca001

    Ms.

    I have the same issue with my scales and this time I really want to tackle it. I decided not to weigh myself after my 2nd W30 and still haven’t now after 40 days. The fact that I want to (really badly some days) is something I am giving a lot of thought to. I’m quickly coming to the conclusion that I want to weigh myself more when I feel rubbish than when I feel good. It’s as if that number is a stick to whack myself with when I already feel low. And as @Lorna from Canadasays above, that number is bigger than all the good things, the benefits, the NSVs. So, a bit like the sugar dragon, to slay
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  8. Oh boy - those scales are such monsters! I think I am going to go the rest of my life without knowing what I weigh. I can guess close enough when I need to - I "knew", for example, that I have gained at least 30 lbs since the start of my mom's illness and I "know" now that I have probably lost around 10 lbs judging from how clothing fits and my loose rings. I am going to rely on this kind of knowing and the scale be damned. Seriously. W30 trudges along here - we watched the Super Bowl last night without cheesy nachos or 7 layer dip. I didn't serve an extra veg with dinner (just the veggi
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  9. Before you weigh -- or if you don't see this until after, then do this asap -- go to this page https://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/ and get the NSV Checklist, sit down with it, and check off every one that applies to you, and definitely list any that you don't see mentioned. Remember these non-scale victories regardless 9f what happens with the scale. Whole30 is not a weight loss diet. Some people lose, some don't. But that'll not what we want you to focus on. We are told by society that if we lose weight, that makes us healthier. Whole30 wants you to look at it the other way -- if you get
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  10. Rebecca001

    January 2021 graduates

    @becs what an incredible view!! Glad you’ve had a better day. I ordered a Well Fed cook book after reading about it on here and I’m excited for that to arrive. Today I’ve made a slow cooked curry with cauliflower rice and all the odds and ends of veggies from the fridge (mushrooms, onions, peas, potato) and it smells so good, I’m really hungry now! you can tell I am feeling on fire today as I was supposed to be taking a rest day, so no running - but I did instead a 40 minute arms and abs workout while watching tv. Tiger blood I think! james and I have been discussing the we
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  11. Good morning (afternoon), everyone! I got up early and started the day off with a sunrise run, and I'm ready to have a much better day than yesterday. I was planning on doing a sugar reintro today, but I've changed my mind. Maybe I'll add it to the end of my reintros, but for now I don't feel the need to bring sugar back, even for one day. I like my nutpod coffee and plain old tea - why mess that up by adding sugar? I made chicken/shrinp Laap (a Nom Nom Paleo recipe from the cookbook Ready or Not) for dinner last night, and it was so tasty and easy. I think I could happily live off of Nom
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  12. @becs if you want hummus but not chickpeas, you can make a dip with just tahini and lemon juice, loosen it up with a bit of water and you can either dip veggies into it or drizzle it on eg chicken, salmon or cooked veg. You’d never know it wasn’t real hummus. You can also add it to mayo in equal quantities and use it that way; I made a sort of coleslaw with it a few weeks ago which was really delicious. Which also reminds me I was going to do a potato salad with it too and forgot!
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  13. Day 30!!!!!!!! I love your list @Lorna from Canada. I’m going to do mine in my notebook this afternoon but I can agree with a lot of your NSVs. mine include: my skin is so soft, sleeping much better quality sleep (not necessarily longer hours), I’m feeling really trim (especially in the mornings). I’ve noticed reduction in my anxiety too, like you said. Less worrying. It’s been a really stressful month and I’ve coped with it and not turned to food/wine. I’ve got busy with projects in my spare time rather than veg out exhausted, and just ‘got stuff done’. I’ve had a month off Facebook too.
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  14. I cannot believe that we are at the end of day 29 already! It really has sailed by for me. I am already looking forward to starting again on Monday. I got SO much out of this W30 but there's still more pain in my heel than I like and I am optimistic that a few more weeks might keep the inflammation down long enough to let it heal. I've been so jealous listening to you all talk about your running. I am a marathoner (runner for 25 years) who developed severe nerve damage in my foot at age 55. Surgery in 2016 repaired the nerve damage but changed my foot structure dramatically and went on the cau
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  15. @Rebecca001- I love the British slang! (Rubbish, boilers, bung) I live in the Midwest and I don’t mind the snow. I am have been walking outside but it is too icy to run on the streets right now. I am going to weigh myself and measure my waist on the 31st. I am going to extend this for another 2 weeks because I had a horrible reaction to spaghetti sauce- and I am Italian!! (Gassy, bathroom issues, etc.) So because I have arthritis, I have decided to elimInate white potatoes because, I have been eating them a lot during this whole30. Like @Becs and @Lorna, I too am a food snob, bu
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  16. I have found today quite hard. I think the prospect of another weekend with heavy snow forecast (weirdly it has been so warm here that I ran the last two days in bare arms and shorts, yet minus temps on the weekends either side? Typical British weather!), stuck in the house, unable to see my family- lockdown blues. Plus this being the 5th weekend of January! I must admit, I’m finding it tough. Feeling good in myself though, lots of energy, I have run 100 miles this month so far and feeling energised and I look really healthy and glowing. I don’t think I’ll have lost any weight, (maybe a fe
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  17. We very rarely eat out, mostly due to having three children and lockdown! They will get a delivery/takeout occasionally but I very rarely join them (or haven’t since July at least). It’s so far removed from our lovely clean diet that it just wouldn’t be a treat for me although it would be a treat if James cooked occasionally as he never does (well, freezer food for the kids or bacon sandwiches type meals) I was thinking about it today; there is nothing really I miss. Except wine. I even switched to black coffee this time and don’t even miss my nut milk latte. I miss convenient food (not
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  18. That actually depends on how you use it... I have a great recipe for 4 ingredient meatballs that's Franks, ground chicken (or pork), green onions and nutritional yeast... if you're using it trying to pretend it's cheese, not recommended - if you're using it as an ingredient (I also put it in a buffalo egg bake that my sister @ladyshannymade up) then it's totally fine
    2 points
  19. 1/28/21, day 31: Well, here we are at the close of this Whole 30. This one has been an adventure, and I'm grateful for the chance to have this time at home. In hindsight, I probably did not put enough energy into cooking and meal planning this time around! Even with infusions from the soup goddess, I drove myself slightly nuts with the same meals every day! I do like what I like, except for when I have it 3x/day with little variety. Wishing my fellow W30 sojourners a satisfying close to this month's journey, a pleasure to travel alongside you.
    2 points
  20. I also don’t eat everything in moderation and I don’t believe in it as a concept. I’ve used it conversely to your example, eg. People criticising my ‘restrictive’ diet and claiming that we should eat “everything - in moderation” - but who really does? so you eat liver as often as you eat steak, do you? Or celeriac as often as you eat potato? What ‘E in M’ really means is ‘I don’t believe in cutting out food groups but I’m still only going to eat <this> little collection of foods’. One thing that I love the most about W30 is the variety. learning to moderate (or eliminate) certain foo
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  21. Me - I'm doing another full round starting Feb 1 - Mar 2. I've still got some things to work on around the meal template, no snacking and 2 pieces of fruit rules. ALSO, my plantar fasciitis is MUCH better in my foot but not resolved. Another month will help with both of those. January 31 I am likely going to have some wine to see what happens but, if I don't, I guess I'll be starting round 2 faster. I call it the Moderation Myth too - I have a whole laundry list of foods that I can't eat in moderation and, not surprisingly, salad and boiled eggs aren't on it. I am best to abstain ever
    2 points
  22. I love the Primal Kitchen Caesar dressing! I discovered it for the first time during this W30, and was stoked to find it at my local store. I also bought a bottle of their cilantro lime dressing, which includes honey, to try on my sugar reintro day.
    2 points
  23. No, I think it’s quite common to dream that you’ve broken it, not just whole30 but anything (when I was pregnant I used to dream I had drunk wine and smoked, I would feel so guilty!) think of it as your brain/body prepping you for this possibility, and what a gift that is because now you have an extra level of defence against it. for your hospital appointments, you know that doesn’t need to derail you, don’t you? Prep in advance- nuts, fruit, veg sticks. You say you will be there for hours, but hours isn’t ‘ days or weeks’ - you can, and will, cope for even several hours. Take a fla
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  24. Maybe instead of ‘rules’ they need to be FF goals instead? I saw another thread on one of the other forums on here which was (something like) what habits are you going to keep after W30, and I’m going to go back and reread it. for me, the food is secondary to the self care. when I am in full W30 mode, I find I have time and energy to look after the little things (so eg, properly cleanse and moisturise, take time to blow dry my hair, do my nails etc. I just seem to claw back the few minutes I need and it makes so much difference). I plan my meals and stick to my plan (vital and often forgot
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  25. I think this has worked... but if not you can find it in the post whole 30 section entitled January 2021 graduates
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  26. Definitely! We do encourage the post Whole30 groups to go into the Post whole30 section so that you can freely talk about reintros and off roading without confusing newbies or having the mods get all grouchy. Usually one person makes a thread and then posts the link here - if you want I can do that for you or someone else can go ahead and do it.
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  27. Thanks @SugarcubeOD. I knew that principle just never heard the phrase! Totally get that during the W30- however, I am a pretty good baker and post-W30 I do make occasional paleo/compliant ingredient bakes (and will probably do this time, too). I actually made a Christmas fruit cake this year that was almond flour, fruit and egg and it was delicious (and no different really in ingredients to a Melissa endorsed Lara bar) , and I make a rosemary and sea salt savoury biscotti in a similar vein. They really kept me going last time- paleo can be tricky when real life happens as nothing is
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  28. https://whole30.com/sex-with-your-pants-on/
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  29. My older brother and I have been working on our Whole 30s together this month, and together, we seem to have accidentally inspired our mother to start a Whole 30 of her own. I have very mixed feelings about this. My poor mother seems to have been on a diet of some sort or another for her adult life (she is 75). She takes exquisite care of herself, isn't on any prescription medication, cuts a trim profile, and has a darned "healthy diet" as it is. I truly believe I have inherited some generational body image dysfunction/food obsession tendencies from her. Now she's all gung ho for a Whole 30 an
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  30. Same... I feel zero feelings of guilt or shame or a need to be pleasing to others around food... If I'm the only one that has to deal with the reprecussions of eating the item, then I'm the only one that gets to weigh in on the decision. I get that is MUCH harder to do for some people - I'm not a people pleaser by any stretch of the imagination which I imagine makes it much easier for me. I think the one good thing I can say to help others that have this struggle that comes out of my experience with being 'that person' as you say @Rebecca001 is that my friends still invite me around, m
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  31. nyl

    Good morning!

    blessings everyone! I did the do ...and threw out my scale just now! I am revving up to start the program tomorrow. Happy to be here <3
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  32. Today I made a commitment to have 7 veg and just 3 fruit everyday. I'm going to log it here (well, we'll see but I'll start anyway!) to keep track Today: onion, mushroom, pepper hash with breakfast = 3 veg 1/2 orange with lunch = 1/2 fruit grapes and mixed nuts = 1 1/2 fruit (I put raisins and coconut in my mixed nuts) fish tacos - mayo, lettuce, peppers, onions, salsa, cilantro, avocado = 5 veg banana = 1 fruit Great start!
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  33. A drizzle of good olive oil rarely hurts a soup!
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  34. Crackers fall under the no baked goods rule, like bread or tortillas, so regardless of ingredients, they aren't Whole30 compatible.
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  35. Good morning everyone! Day 38 for me - 38 days without wine but who's counting... well, clearly I am. I am just fine without it although I miss it the most of all. Three more weekends before I think about it again. Benefits of an extended W30 are starting to show up: I have stopped foraging for food. You know that thing you do where you constantly get up and check the pantry and fridge and cupboards to see if the magic food fairy has left anything good to eat since the last time you checked 30 minutes ago? I don't do that now. Because we have kept a "clean" food house for years, th
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  36. Because you really want to step on the scale and see if you lost weight, tell yourself that if you don’t see the number you want , that inches lost, feeling better are more important. Remember - your happiness isn’t based in a number you see in the scale.
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  37. I started on Friday May 1: Meal 1: romaine salad topped with chicken salad, Walnuts, red cabbage, Primal Kitchen Ranch dressing M2: potato egg salad, carrot sticks M3: roast beef tenderloin, potatoes, Veggie Confetti Cauli-rice from W30 Fast and Easy cookbook NSV: I ate well and have lots of leftovers for the weekend NSV: I tried a new food (riced cauliflower) and a new recipe (veggie confetti) & loved it My hacks to habit: clean the kitchen after every meal, no excuses, so it’s always ready for when I need to cook Plan for Saturday: defrost my upright f
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  38. I finished my fourth round of Whole30 on 1/31/2021, and I'm determined to do a proper(ish) reintroduction this time around. My fiance did this round with me as well - we got engaged in January and are committed to improving our health together, especially as we continue to stay at home during the pandemic. Here's a summary of my victories, both scale and otherwise. Weight: Down 7.5 lb Mental Health/Emotions: Haven't felt markedly depressed at all in the past month. My anxiety has ebbed and flowed, but eating Whole30, in combination with taking broad spectrum CBD oil before bed, has
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  39. This is all about self-experimentation, so whatever path you choose on Day 31 is up to you! Sounds like you guys are making wise choices. I'm doing legumes today, and had peanut butter on an apple with breakfast and bell peppers/hummus with lunch. I felt more full than usual after each meal. Makes sense for breakfast, since I added that apple/PB combo to my usual breakfast, so it was more food than I'm used to. For lunch, though, I only had a few tablespoons of hummus, so I can't imagine the volume of food is the "culprit." Kind of interesting. No other side effects so far. I think I
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  40. Those two ingredients are Whole30 compatible. This would be fine to have on a legume/soy reintro day.
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  41. Day 24, Friday January 29, 2021 M1: sweet potato, green beans, carrots, kale, prosciutto, 2 eggs, ghee M2: tomato veg chicken soup Snack: raisins M3: grilled sweet peppers, onions, chicken Sleep: 11:00 - 7:30, 8 1/2 hours with 6 periods of being awake, but only for approximately 5 minutes each time, no insomnia. My legs, hips and glutes ache from sitting around so much which I especially feel at night. Its extremely cold outside, too cold to walk much and with the Stay at Home order I can't hardly go anywhere other than to the grocery store. I believe I will sleep be
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  42. This just made my heart so happy! You're an inspiration!!
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  43. I totally agree about this and when I did my first Whole30 I discovered very quickly that if I'm going to make anything, I should make a LOT and then freeze it... I have JARS upon JARS of W30 stews, chili, soups etc... in the freezer... even if you double a recipe and then put one 500ml jar for each family member into the freezer, you eventually end up with a significant 'store' in your freezer of things you can just take out and reheat - I'm sure there are probably ideas around where you can do a food prep afternoon and make a bunch of 'oven ready boxes' of food for the freezer - it doesn't r
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  44. Good to know! My daughter recommended it to me and I've just ordered some specifically to add to my caesar dressing and to pesto. After 28 days without cheese, I'm hoping it tastes like cheesiness too. I don't miss cheddar or soft cheeses but those deeply umami cheeses like parmesan are sorely absent.
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  45. Day 22, Wednesday January 27, 2021 M1: green beans, prosciutto, 2 eggs, ghee M2: l/o mixed stir fried veg in olive oil, chicken wings Snack: pork rinds, dates and cashews M3: romaine salad with grapes, chicken, green goddess dressing Sleep: midnight to 7:00am, 7 hours with 15 minutes awake 4:30 Energy: high in the morning, fairly high all day long
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  46. ShannonM816

    Eating too much?

    This doesn't look like too much to me. How long do your meals keep you satisfied? You're aiming for 4-5 hours between meals. If you're hungry before four hours, they're a bit small. If you're regularly going 6-8 hours without feeling hungry, they may be a little too big. It's not unusual for people to feel that they're eating too much on a Whole30. Part of this is that when you take away carbs like bread and pasta and replace them mostly with vegetables, it can take a lot of vegetables to get the same feeling of fullness you would experience with those foods, so the volume of food may tru
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  47. Amen to that Becs - Hubs and I even talked about not having a glass on Jan 31 because it might feel like we're rewarding ourselves for completing W30 #4 in a pandemic. We have decided not to think about it that way but to see it as finding out what reintroducing wine will do this time. I, too, can get into the space of "what a total crap day - where's my wine?" mindset pretty quickly. Your post W30 reintro pan sounds solid! I think there is a huge element of that. I feel SO much better generally that I may actually have a 60 year old's version of TB without realizing it. I also have a
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  48. ShannonM816

    Coffee

    You can drink as much coffee as you'd like, although it is recommended not to have caffeine later in the day because it can affect your sleep. If you don't like your coffee black, you can use something like coconut milk or almond or other nut milks or creamers made from similar ingredients as long as all the ingredients are compatible with Whole30 rules, so no sweeteners, no carrageenan, no soy, etc.
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  49. Claudia Carvalho

    Coffee

    I´m getting ready to start the Whole30, but I didn't understand how much black coffee i can have? Can I only drink it black? Because on it starts with food it says limit intake, but is that a rule or recommendation? And i usually 1 cup in the morning and one at 5pm. Can I still drink it in the afternoon? Or is it just a recommendation? Help me please!!!!
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  50. Thank you!! I made it! I did loads of laundry and watched youtube videos of Whole 30 meal prep to distract me.
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