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  1. 7 points
    JohannaE

    Starting January 2!

    Seven pounds in a week? Did she cut off an arm?
  2. 7 points
    DebCoop109

    Starting January 2!

    Can't believe tomorrow is Day 14... whoo hoo, yay for us! I'm also starting to see an upturn, not the "flip the switch" kind of feeling but rather smaller things. I'm feeling less puffy and definitely have more energy. Headaches are gone and while the pizza brought in by our Finance team today looked REALLY good I'm generally doing well with cravings. Like most of you, did a lot of cooking this weekend but with it being the 3rd time through the rodeo it was easier knowing what works and what doesn't. Found this recipe for chicken/sweet potato hash browns and tried it out this weekend, it was yummmmmyyyyy and an easy quick-hit for lunch on Saturday: http://www.realfoodwithdana.com/chicken-hash-browns-the-healing-kitchen-review/ Also made the Whole30 ranch dressing to add to things since I haven't been getting enough fat. That required an epic search of the kitchen/pantry/basement for my immersion blender that I knew I had but somehow had gotten tucked away somewhere by mysterious house gremlins. After 30 minutes of searching then finally recruiting my husband to look everywhere I'd already checked he found it. So more immersion blender recipes are on the horizon for next weekend. And a funny today... a co-worker made a stop by my office today to tell me that she thought I was looking really good ("not that you didn't before"... ). She thought my face looked thinner and my skin looked great. I didn't tell her that I happened to actually wear foundation today, but took the compliment and ran. Because I'm FEELING better!
  3. 7 points
    OHMaryF

    Starting January 2!

    Day 11 and I am feeling pretty good. I did wake up about 4:30am with a headache, but I think a large part was I needed to drink more water. I took some medicine and drank water and was fine by the time I got up and left for my barre class. I had some of the chili I made the other day for breakfast, with a salad. Very good. I will be making the salmon cakes from the Whole 30 program book for dinner. My husband really likes them. I am going to add some Old Bay as seasoning because- Maryland. I am so excited to have found grass fed beef at our local chain grocery store at a decent price. I also noticed that Whole Foods has their animal welfare ground beef on sale, so I think I will try that as well. Since my husband and daughter are not eating Whole 30 it will be nice to stretch the ground beef budget since our daughter wants me to make hamburgers this weekend. We have got this. We are headed towards the half way point!
  4. 7 points
    LagunaRover

    Starting January 2!

    Hi everyone! So, I decided to make the chicken curry recipe in the Whole 30 book last night, but of course didn't read it all the way through for directions first because I had all the ingredients and thought "fine, I can do this." Well, after looking at the complexity of three pots/pans/dishes plus a food processor which I don't own, I was about to throw in the towel, it was getting late, but then I thought I'd improvise. I really detest cooking so always try to make things easy. Here's what I did: 2 chicken breasts in a Pyrex dish, sprinkled with a ton of baby spinach, then a layer of sliced potatoes. I smothered all that in curry sauce which I made with olive oil, onion, garlic, crushed tomatoes, coconut cream, a TON of hot madras curry powder, (I love spicy) and salt and pepper. Put it in the oven for 50 minutes and voila! Tasty, succulent chicken with veggies all in one dish!
  5. 7 points
    NoSugarJustSpice

    Starting January 2!

    Tonight I made this Pecan crusted salmon, but replaced the pecans with almonds. I made a lemon dill sauce to go with it (with home made mayo as the base.) It was delish! https://www.texanerin.com/paleo-pecan-crusted-salmon/
  6. 6 points
    dianne m

    Starting January 2!

    I think the tiger blood has hit! If that is what prompted me to get into high gear and make "perfect burgers" last night, then roast spaghetti squash and sweet potatoes; and while those were roasting, making the downright SCRUMPTIOUS mashed cauliflower! Went to bed a little later than usual; slept till 5 and took the dog for a power walk/jog. It felt SO GOOD! Also - confession/confusion time - I am not sure how it is I fit into those jeans, b/c my other clothes still just slightly less snug, and other smaller things aren't really fitting yet. I must have stretched them out so much last time I tried to get into them ... and with less bloat I was able to zip them up. Who knows? It's baffling to me - but I don't care - I feel SO GOOD! I know I am walking taller. I feel happier. I find I am being gentler with strangers, too. I work in SF, and pedestrians and cars alike can be so annoying, but I've been much calmer when getting cut off by a car while in a crosswalk; or when someone with head buried in phone just plain stops right in the middle of the sidewalk... Anyway, I am LOVING the food. Referring to the W30 book is making me a better cook. I never looked up how to make a burger before (how hard can it be?), and now, I see what I have been doing wrong! Day by Day is a great way to track everything and as someone above said, moving that marker to the next page is really satisfying. I am also thinking of slowly adding back in only wine after the 30 days, bc birthday, and then continuing with W40 through Lent. I support a team going to trial right after Easter and I am finding this way of eating and behavior modification is totally busting stress issues for me! Sorry for the long winded-ness, but I really feel like this challenge is a winner!
  7. 6 points
    BeckyB

    Starting January 2!

    If you feel like your Whole30 progress isn’t showing you results fast enough, I’d like to share a thought I had this morning. It occurred to me that a huge NSV for me was the feeling of control I’ve been having. Everyone has so much in their life that they have zero control over. Those things we can’t control affect us, our lives, our loved ones, and we have to deal with the fallout every day. Each day we have to, once again, reconcile ourselves and accept them. Controlling what you eat via the Whole 30, and doing it day after day, has slowly given me a feeling of power that I quite enjoy. It resonates. I CAN control something that affects me in a very big way. It feels GOOD.
  8. 6 points
    D.M.

    Starting January 2!

    Yes! I feel the same way. I can't believe I have made it 1/3 through Whole30! I am finding solace in a cup of tea at night when my hubby has a wine/beer. Also, I treated myself at the grocery store yesterday by buying the latest People magazine that features women who have lost more than half of their weight. It is inspirational! Even though I don't agree with the Nutri system/optifast methods that many of them used, I still am impressed with their resolve and dedication. I don't need to loose half my body weight, so it should be easier for me - but it's tough to stick to it. I just keep telling myself that I am smart and strong for making these changes - and that the changes are not really a sacrifice, but a smarter way to live.
  9. 6 points
    Mousey14

    Starting January 2!

    Hi all! I don't know about anyone else, but the mornings seem to go by too quick in my home and I usually don't allow myself enough time to make a decent breakfast. Lucky for me, I could eat the same thing for breakfast everyday for a month and be completely content. Which brings me to the point of this post. One way I make mornings more manageable is by always having breakfast casserole at the ready. I use 10 eggs, 2 small or 1 large potato cubed (white or sweet - it helps to put these in the microwave for a minute or two to soften them up a bit), 1 chopped onion, 2 chopped bell peppers, 1lb of homemade (or compliant store bought) sausage (browned with the onions), 1T red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste. Bake in 9x12 dish at 375° for 40ish minutes (or until the eggs are cooked) and cut it into 8-10 pieces. I store it in a gallon sized ziplock in the refrigerator and pull out 1-2 pieces each morning, pop it in the microwave and then top with 1/4 avocado. It's delicious, covers all of the food groups, and takes less than 5 minutes to prepare on a crazy busy morning! Hope you're all enjoying this beautiful Humpday! It's raining here, but it's still beautiful!
  10. 6 points
    Mousey14

    Starting January 2!

    I made Chicken Piccata over zucchini noodles for dinner last night...holy cow, it's my new favorite! SOOOO savory and delicious! Happy Day 3, all! https://www.noshtastic.com/easy-chicken-piccata/
  11. 6 points
    DeeZaftig

    Starting January 2!

    Seriously? I ask the hubby to find ways to help me not cheat on the Whole30 plan so he zip ties the scales so I can't cheat and weigh myself! I guess that will work. Day 2 and he's made homemade mayo for me (he's really good at that) and he's packing my lunch for me. In all fairness though he's retired and I'm not so I appreciate his help.
  12. 6 points
    DeeZaftig

    Starting January 2!

    Everyone who decided to do healthy foods beginning this first day back to work in 2018 brought in all their left-over holiday junk food. I survived the day by praying that they all would have transmission failure on the Interstate during rush hour traffic while suffering from the fleas of a thousand camels infesting their armpits. Hmmph!
  13. 6 points
    Good morning from frozen Scotland. I'm starting again on 1/1/18. Have successfully managed to get through 1 whole30 but have tried a few and given up since, usually making it to about day 19/20 then that glasse of wine or cookie wins! Got my determined head on this time though so we can do this! Have got of to a good start as managed to get a huge organic Turkey crown cheap in local supermarket so that's cooked ready to be portioned and frozen. I' going to try to do a big cook off on Sunday to help me through first few days. Making mayo etc helps loads too. I'm pretty much dairy free anyway but oh boy sugar is another matter! Not looking forward to detox from that. So as you say 2018 is the year of eating better and getting off the couch!
  14. 6 points
    Melissa Hartwig

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  15. 6 points
    Melissa Hartwig

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  16. 5 points
    Framed Cooks

    Starting January 2!

    Hi all! This will be my 6th Whole 30 - I did it the first time because I am a life-long migraine sufferer, and it has cut my migraines down by about 90% (a true miracle/life-changer!) - and of course it is nice to lose a few pounds along the way. Would love to follow along/swap recipes/share encouragement with anyone else kicking off the New Year with a W30. Here's our Day One dinner - I always kick off W30 with this easy one, and I make a double portion for lunches the next week! In the meantime - happy merry everything!
  17. 5 points
    kirkor

    Little House on the Whole30 Prairie

    As some of you know, I'm working in Wyoming over the winter. It's a very rural area. I've done several "theme" Whole30's (see links in my signature below) and I got to thinking I'd like to do one that addresses some of the specific issues that can crop up for small town folks. Unique features of this Whole30: Around here it's pretty common for families to live far outside of town on ranches, and they shop in bulk when they come in to town since it's just not feasible or economical to make frequent trips to the store. So that set me up for the first big quirk of this "little house on the prairie" edition of my Whole30 --- a SINGLE SHOPPING TRIP FOR THE ENTIRE 30 DAYS! I'll be cooking and eating breakfast every day. Yes, I, the vocal intermittent fasting proponent will be eating regular breakfast per W30 recommendations. I start work at 7, and I usually wake up around 6, so this should still fit in with my schedule. I will be eating the same breakfast each day. So this breakfast feature accomplishes a few things: addresses concerns about repetitive meals, especially eggs, addresses the time/convenience concern of a "real" breakfast for a early morning worker, and satisfies the W30 rec of breakfast within an hour of waking as a test of lifestyle change for someone who hasn't regularly eaten breakfast in many years due to IF. Menu will be repeated on a weekly basis. I've always like the idea of "Tuesday is pot roast night", for example, and this is a great opportunity to see how that plays out. The weekly menu will help make the single shopping trip more feasible, it will alleviate any concern of "what's for dinner" for a busy working person, it will make batch cooking easy to plan for, it will make to-go lunches easy, it will utilize leftovers fully, it will help "ladder" food across meals: roast chicken to cold chicken to chicken soup (not sure what this process is actually called? Seems like it's a separate concept from just "using leftovers") Kitchen gadgets and utensils will be kept to a simple minimum. Part of the Little House theme ... I'll be using a cast iron dutch oven and skillet and probably not much else. Might do a crock pot but I'm not 100% decided yet. No Instapot, no stick blender, no microwave. Food will be simple and scratch made. Related to the single shopping trip, and also related to the limited availability of specialty items that rural areas often experience, even in the age of Amazon. No Tessamae's, no coconut aminos, no Larabars, no avocados, no Sunbutter, etc etc. Price will also be considered and I'm sure I'll end up at similar pricing to my budget-friendly Cheapskate W30. I'll be starting this Sunday, January 7th. Doing my big shopping trip on Saturday, and yes I'll take pictures of all the food and the receipt. I'll update this thread with my menus and of course will keep up with photos, issues that arise, funny stories, etc.
  18. 5 points
    Hi there! I did a round 1 pretty much alone and made it to 28 days! I KNOW RIGHT!!?! Anyway, I truly am a person that just does not do well doing going at things alone and hoping to find someone else looking for accountability partners. I do eat fairly healthy...Gluten and dairy free and no artificial sweeteners. Unfortunately they make FABULOUS gluten, dairy and artificial sweetener free cookies and muffins and YUMMY stuff and well I am just gaining weight and it needs to stop. 2018 is the year of eating even better and getting off the couch! Will you do this with me?
  19. 5 points
    nicoledawn913

    Starting January 2!

    I've tried two new dinner recipes this week and both were a hit at my house! They were super easy as well, which as we all know, is always nice! Thought I'd share them here in case anyone is interested! https://nomnompaleo.com/2017/06/13/20170613sheet-pan-chicken-fajitas-avocado-crema (I did not make her Avocado Crema, instead I made the Creamy Avocado Sauce from Stupid Easy Paleo: https://www.stupideasypaleo.com/2016/03/12/chicken-fajitas-recipe/) http://www.justjessieb.com/2018/01/hawaiian-bbq-chicken-bowls-whole30.html These two are both going to go on rotation! I hope you enjoy them too!
  20. 5 points
    WholeCourtney

    Starting January 2!

    Saved the eggs! Since I have the luxury of working from home I cook everything to order I did save some leftover sauces. Once I calmed down from the initial freakout I realized I can make this work. I have a mini fridge that my eggs and sauces are living in along with a 2 expensive cuts of beef that I shoved in the little freezer compartment. I can have eggs every morning and if I have to I can shop everyday and store the leftovers from Meal 2 for Meal 3. On a positive note I found the part I (hopefully) need at a local store so if my husband is able to fix it tonight I may have a working fridge sooner rather then later.
  21. 5 points
    FairyL0u

    Starting January 2!

    It's the evening of day 14 for me and I'm posting in recognition of an NSV that's easily overlooked. I have atrocious pmt carb cravings every month; no matter what I do or eat I always want extra easy sugar. One of the best things about whole30 is that it's really easy to feel hungry and just eat more food, no counting how many calories are contained within some godsforsaken packet of nutrition free pseudo-food - I just eat a bit more home cooked, delicious, actual food and move on, safe in the knowledge that my appetite will balance out next week happy days (and really tasty stir-fry with pineapple)
  22. 5 points
    OHMaryF

    Starting January 2!

    I am meeting a friend tomorrow and she proposed going out to dinner with our children at Red Robin. I had noticed last year that they include the option to have a burger wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun. I am going to take my own mayo and probably my own mustard since I don't recall if they give you the bottle or just bring it out in a cup. They give the option of unlimited fruit salad instead of fries, but I am going to ask for broccoli. I feel ready to meet the challenge of ignoring the fries and it will be our half way point!
  23. 5 points
    OHMaryF

    Starting January 2!

    I went to Trader Joe's last night as they were the only store that had almond flour (Whole Foods and our local chain grocery store were out). I decided to pick up some prosciutto. I was looking at the NomNomPaleo IG and she had a receipe for prosciutto egg bites, so I am taking that as a sign. I made slow cooker pot roast and curried chicken thighs yesterday, so I have dinner set for the next few days.
  24. 5 points
    WholeCourtney

    Starting January 2!

    Had some GREAT food this weekend and I wanted to share a few recipes... http://coorec.com/p/savory-smashed-sweet-potatoes-with-lemon-garlic-aioli http://www.planksloveandguacamole.com/2015/01/balsamic-and-basil-marinated-steak-with.html The sauces (lemon garlic aioli and roasted red pepper pesto) really steal the show. And you'll have plenty left over to add to other meals. The aioli and pesto can make any veggies or protein to die for. Also, I discovered that Trader Joes now has a complaint turkey breast lunch meat option (their organic line which is just turkey, salt, and water). I love doing turkey wraps (turkey with a bit of mayo stuffed with greens and rolled up) for a quick and easy lunch option. Can't believe we are almost half way there!
  25. 5 points
    RroseR

    Starting January 2!

    have some people in town tonight and we are going to a famous restaurant in my area that specializes in fried chicken sandwiches. i am going to eat a big whole 30 meal before i go and just sit with them. worried that its going to be awkward for them eating in front of me, but there's not one thing on the menu that could even remotely be compliant. i am thinking they will understand and not feel bad about eating in front of me. we'll see how it goes. the struggle is real!!
  26. 5 points
    ErikaA

    Starting January 2!

    Happy day 10 everyone! I haven't posted in a couple of days - hadn't been feeling great, was tired, and losing motivation, but I powered through - sticking to the plan, going to bed extra early, and trying to remind myself that with only a week or so in, it was unrealistic to expect that I would be seeing massive changes. I also followed along with everyone's posts and found it helped to hear how everyone was doing! Waking up today, felt much better! On Sunday, I had meal prepped, planning on doing homemade chicken sausage patties (Whole30 book) with spaghetti squash topped with a veggie mixture, but Monday the spaghetti squash and cooked veggies were very unappealing to me. So, instead I have been having the patties with a large salad of mixed greens topped with olive oil, vinegar and herbs and a hard-boiled egg on the mornings where I was extra hungry. This morning, I also added a half of an orange, a few blueberries and coconut flakes - DELICIOUS! I'm not too worried about adding the fruit, since I haven't been eating much of it during the past nine days. To avoid wasting the cooked veggies I mentioned above - I ended up throwing them with the spaghetti squash, adding leftover chicken, and topping with a curry sauce (based on this recipe: https://thehealthyfoodie.com/butternut-squash-kale-ground-beef-breakfast-bowl/) and had it for a dinner and lunch this week - my favorite meals so far this W30! I hope everyone has a great day 10!
  27. 5 points
    WholeCourtney

    Starting January 2!

    Great job to everyone who is staying strong and sticking with the rules! As someone who has done a successful and then one not so successful Whole30 I know how hard it is to stay on plan, make all the right choices, and read ALL the labels Made a great meal the other night, Mocha Rubbed Pot Roast. Im not normally a big pot roast person but my hubby is and since he dutifully eats my Whole30 and Paleo creations with minimal complaints (he gets sad about no cheese lol) I tried it out and its AMAZING! Super easy to make as well. Stay strong everyone, we are already one week in <3
  28. 5 points
    D.M.

    Starting January 2!

    I have a success to share because I made good choices last night! We went out to dinner with several other couples last night (long planned)...and I had thought about just eating before, and drinking hot tea and club soda during the dinner. But then I decided I wanted to enjoy the evening fully and would make it work. Fortunately it was modern asian fusion restaurant...so I ordered "yakatori" kebab style skewers (they were tiny bites): one was salmon dusted with cumin salt and the other was beef dusted with "5 asian spices".... I also ordered the steamed asparagus and sautéed okra (again mini-plates). I had these, shared them with the table, and was sated. I told everyone at the table about my 30 day meal plan, and that in February I would be able to have a cocktail with them and they were all very supportive. When I got home, I had some lettuce wraps with some leftover baked potato slices and guacamole. While I know it wasn't in one setting, I did have my protein/veggies/fat and was able to have a socially normal evening with a great group of people. I wasn't not even tempted by the rice or noodles or wontons/rolls- it was a real victory for me...because I am a foodie, and love to graze. What I really missed was the cocktail! But only 25 more days til I can have one of those again!
  29. 5 points
    DMVer

    Starting January 2!

    Happy Thursday! I had to eat my lunch in two phases today because of my work schedule -- oh well. The good news is that I went out to play bar trivia with friends last night after dinner and wasn't even hungry -- just had club soda and was fine.
  30. 5 points
    Hi!! This will be my first Whole30, and I really want to knock it out of the park! My sugar intake is so bad and I have no willpower. I'm hoping to change that in 2018. I want to be able to say no and make healthier choices. I work out at least 4-5 times per week but my eating habits are so bad that I am not seeing as much results as I should be. I want to do this with you. Let's help each other through this challenge! We got this!
  31. 4 points
    Sissi

    Starting January 2!

    I am surprised to realize that the hardest part of the Whole30 for me so far is to deal with my emotional eating habits. I find the whole30 meals really tasty and I do not feel deprived of anything. However, I find it so difficult not to fall back into old, bad habits of self-medicating with food when something feels off. I have been feeling exhausted and a bit sick the past couple of days and my first reflex is always to want to eat something, especially carbs, fat and sugar, in order to deal with my feelings. I am really happy (and a little proud of myself also :-)) that I have managed to stay strong and not give in to these strong cravings. It helps me to inhale peppermint essential oil and I keep a journal to write down my emotions. Meditation also helps me a lot to deal with stress and fatigue. It also helps me to distract myself for long enough until the cravings pass. So far, the Whole30 has been a really good and important experience for me. Realizing the extent and power of my emotional eating habits and (the process of) learning to deal with my emotions without food is a big NSV for me.
  32. 4 points
    SugarcubeOD

    Starting January 2!

    May I gently ask why less bloated and gassy, newly fitting jeans, tendinitis improved, tendinitis gone, better sleep and improved joint pain are not what you would consider changes? That sounds friggen amazing to me!
  33. 4 points
    JohannaE

    Starting January 2!

    A new pan
  34. 4 points
    DebCoop109

    Starting January 2!

    omg, I’ve been having strange dreams too... not about eating non-plan food, rather they’re very intense. Usually running from something (the other night it was a hovering helicopter that went completely silent, had to find a hiding place from it.). Perhaps it’s bad habits chasing me? Not seeing physical changes yet either, but despite being tired I do feel better. Like my body is cleaning itself out. Spent some time on the troubleshooting section of the forum and will be focusing on more water to help the process. This morning am planning out the week’s meals then heading out to grocery shop for my weekly cooking session tomorrow. It’s much easier than at the start because I know what I like and how much to make, then how to plan for end of week when stuff prepared on Sunday is gone or past it’s fridge date. Onward!
  35. 4 points
    LagunaRover

    Starting January 2!

    Happy Day 12 everyone! I'm at the stage where I Iook at myself in the mirror and think: "Aren't I supposed to be seeing changes by now?" I still look the same! Tummy is still poofy and I don't feel my clothes are fitting any better... seems like some of you are having the same issues? Maybe I'm just wishing for results too soon? I feel good, and my cravings for wine have got a heck of a lot better (yea!) Having said that, I am avoiding social events because I don't trust myself that much yet. I can handle the office with its bagels, cream cheese, ever-flowing goldfish and bowls full of chocolate... somehow, I can breeze past all that without worrying about caving into temptation as I munch my hardboiled egg and DNX bar. BUT, if I go to friends and they are all drinking wine/sparkling wine/champagne, I just don't think I can do that yet. I do have a big social function I've been invited to on January 27 which will be Day 26 for us, and I'm hoping by then I will be strong enough to sip sparkling water and smile. Hey, maybe I'll even be able to fit into a dress that's too tight for me by then? It seems my go-to dish is the shepherd's pie. I think its the fact that in one dish there's meat, potatoes and veggies, and I made a huge batch again 2 days ago, mixing up the veggies so I added onions, carrots, celery, and leeks with the ground beef and regular potatoes on top with a few slices of compliant salami. I never knew that using salami as a topping while baking was so delicious! It gets all crispy and yummy. The pie fills you up so much and it's all good stuff. Thanks to everyone for all these great posts - so wonderful to read the experiences!
  36. 4 points
    chichi

    Control slipping away

    It's been months since you posted this, and not sure where you are now, but it sounds like you were trying to be on the W30 forever! Really difficult, and fairly unforgiving. Without going through the slow-process of reintro, assessing your food relationships, etc., you may have skipped an important and scary process of going back out into the world, where you 'fail' a lot (normal) and learn how to not be really judgmental about yourself for those choices, recover, and approach each new situation without a self-condemning narrative. Consider that your ideal life isn't a constant Whole 30, but a joyful and relaxed relationship with food that has wiggle room and makes you feel really good! I'm on my 3rd W30, and they have been about a year apart. I will say that about 9 months after my first one, I was absolutely miserable, thinking that I couldn't help constantly choosing foods that made me feel like crap, and thinking that I would never be able to adhere to a good food lifestyle (full disclosure, I grow vegetables for a living; I am SURROUNDED by good food, and I still ate a lot of pizza, crackers, cheese, and drank a lot of beer, out of habit, a sense of down-time needing to be full of treats, and convenience). And I wished I'd never done the W30, because the awesomeness of that eating plan felt unattainable, and made me feel really, really bad about myself. Is that crazy or what? I wished I'd never known how good it felt to feel good, so that I didn't know how bad I felt when I felt bad. Long story short, when I got to a more relaxed season in my job, I reflected. I noticed that some habits had stuck--I noticed that eggs and leftover cabbage and potatoes made me feel much better all morning than toast with cream cheese and jam, so much so that I didn't even want the toast. I allowed that some good had come of this whole thing, and I did another Whole 30. That time, I was able to see big changes in my mental habits. I was able for the entire following year to regularly decide I wanted to come back to a plan, committing to 7 or 10 or 15 days of W30 eating (defining the number at the start, not deciding on any given day to go off-plan). I went wildly to the other end of the spectrum sometimes (hello, 16-hour work days), but felt, miraculously, not panicked. I knew that I could and can always come back, and that I'll get better at making deliberate choices in between times, and that it's a long, slow process, and that old habits may always come back but you're not trapped in them, because new habits always come back, too. I'm gradually getting to know myself better, in terms of what really affects me and what doesn't, what's worth eating and what is so not. The key with Whole 7s, etc., is that they are not quick crash diets; they are re-stabilizing weeks of structure when you need them. I imagine this Whole 30 journey as sort of a pendulum--you swing way out there sometimes, one direction is over-disciplinary and mentally strict, the other is pretty much binge-eating. It's a long process, but you gradually get to the point where you aren't swinging so wide. You eat well without being mean to yourself, which means you don't get pushed into wild carb-a-palooza so far. And when you do start eating chocolate after dinner every night, and then a couple times during the day, you nudge yourself back to the middle without being cruel to yourself (with Whole 7s or Whole10s or even another Whole30), so you don't accidentally swing too far into diet-land. Maybe that's helpful, framing it another way, or just seeing how this works for somebody else.
  37. 4 points
    Sissi

    Starting January 2!

    I find it funny how accurate the day-to-day description in the Whole30 book applies to me. I have been going from exhausted to moody to discouraged to currently having weird dreams about eating all the things! But overall, I feel really good being on the program. Most importantly, I have struggled with a tendonitis in my knee for months. Rest and physiotherapy did not work. The day before I started the Whole30, I could barely run 3 kilometers without being in pain. Last week I did 6 kilometers almost entirely pain free! I can't wait to see how my next run will go On a different note, have any of you seen this expert assessment of the Whole30, among others? https://health.usnews.com/best-diet At first, I was quite discouraged and confused, given that the expert panel found the Whole30 to be among the worst of the worst in matters of a healthy diet...However, upon further reading, I find the various assessments of the different "diets" inconsistent. I also found there to be a misunderstanding about what the Whole30 is and what it is intended to achieve. In any event and most importantly, I feel really good doing the Whole30
  38. 4 points
    evaq

    Starting January 2!

    Guys, we're 1/3 through! Woo hoo!!!! I'm getting tired of my own cooking and eating the same food but I only have myself to blame since I do a lot of big batch cooking to simplify the shopping/prep/cooking. And I'm happy that my running/workouts haven't suffered this time around. I remember how tough and heavy my legs/lower body felt when I did my first whole 30 and tried to run. Stay strong and keep up the good work everyone!
  39. 4 points
    Garden Gal

    Starting January 2!

    Went to Trader Joe’s last night and bought more meat and some harissa. Stopped by Walmart on the way home tonight and picked up some Classico Tomato & Basil sauce. I made a lazy man’s shakshuka for dinner tonight. Paired it with a green salad dressed with fresh lime and olive oil. Very yummy!
  40. 4 points
    D.M.

    Starting January 2!

    I agree...I am a little tired of being strong and ignoring the sweet things I used to eat. So, I just pour another glass of water with lime and cranberry- or make a big pot of herbal tea and try to move on. I hope it will get easier to not think about food. (It's hard when you are cooking for 5 people and they have waffles and cookies). Then I remember the beginning of this process when the email says: "This is not hard. It's a choice." and I find a little more will power. I did make something fun and different the other day after a trip to trader Joe's: I sliced up a small honeycrisp apple (left peel on), I put it in my iron skillet with some ghee. Then, I threw in a whole bag of red cabbage on top, and also added a some sweet potato ribbons. Finally, I added sliced up pieces of TJ's garlic-chicken sausage. I let it cook at medium high, and then added a swirl of red wine vinegar. It was DELICIOUS for lunch, dinner and breakfast the next morning.
  41. 4 points
    JohannaE

    Starting January 2!

    I was going to make homemade mayo this week, and then I got to the store and found that avocado oil was $8.99 and a huge thing of organic compliant mayo was $3.99. I had no shame in taking the easy way out this time!
  42. 4 points
    @tallteenbigheart I'm feeling the same way! This is my 2nd Whole30, I successfully completed one in June of 2015. I have no idea what Tiger Blood is, I'm tired, but that's nothing new because I'm busy. I think everyone is different and based on what your "go to" was prior to W30 and eliminating all these foods, maybe your weren't as addicted as some to sugar (which sounds like the biggie). My dairy consisted of cream in my coffee, so that's no big deal and since my first Whole30 I have tried to avoid processed foods and added sugars. However, my downfall was and is not cooking at home! I underwent triple-bypass surgery almost a year ago and dropped at least 20 lbs. I knew there was no way I would maintain that much of a loss because it was due to having absolutely no appetite and just looking at food made me want to throw up (which was dangerous because of my chest being cracked open!). Anyway, I combed the cookbooks and eliminated salt, took care of myself, felt great - gained maybe 5 lbs. at first and then got lazy with cooking. It was easy to cook while I was off work recuperating and had plenty of time to shop and cook (once I felt better) but back to work and travel, it got away from me. I need to stay healthy, I needed to reset and so far this has been great. I get a little head-achy, but that's about it. I have planned no travel this month, I find that I won't even go out, but when the weather is as cold as it is here in the Chicago area, that's not a problem. I'm a walker, I gave myself the week off while I start this but plan to get on the treadmill or elliptical this week to get moving. My dreams are great too - very vivid and upbeat, love it! I love this forum and I love that I almost started on January 2, but decided to stop the madness and go for the 1st so the days line up perfectly! Can't wait to get to the store and stock up and prep for next week.
  43. 4 points
    Day 6 and I am struggling....no appetite, no energy. Perfectly happy to spend the weekend indoors watching football, when the temp is barely 10 degrees! Forcing myself to eat, barely able to eat 3 small meals. But then when I think about it, I don't think I would have a problem eating a slice of pizza! Gonna make some meatballs, hoping that will be more appealing. Will probably go to the gym because I know I should.
  44. 4 points
    RroseR

    Starting January 2!

    Everyone please be careful with romaine. E.coli outbreak. http://bit.ly/2EWf9fF
  45. 4 points
    JohannaE

    Starting January 2!

    I forgot how much I love this food! Day one was easy peasy, but talk to me when the weekend comes.
  46. 4 points
    BeckyB

    Starting January 2!

    Yes, Happy Day 1 everybody. I also have an Instant Pot and pulled it out yesterday. I made sweet potato chili, and had that over cauliflower rice for lunch today, it was delicious!
  47. 4 points
    chrisrose75

    Starting January 2!

    I’m starting tomorrow for the very first time. I’m nervous, but excited! I’ve got beef roast and veggies in the slow cooker overnight and I’ve already made some kale/bacon/mushroom egg cups for my breakfasts. I know this community will be an important support along the journey, so thanks in advance!
  48. 4 points
    Framed Cooks

    Starting January 2!

    Hey Erin! When we did our first W30 (and I know this sounds a little crazy but it was fun) we did a Saturday night dinner party each weekend. Our friends knew they were getting compliant food, and we did let THEM have wine with dinner - we had sparkling water with lime. It livened up the weekends, when we are used to going out to dinner, but let us completely control what was on the menu. This time around we are doing W30 with another couple, and are going to spend alternate weekends at each other's houses. It's really great to do with with a group!
  49. 4 points
    Hello All! This is my first round as well and would love to have accountability partners too! I’m doing this alone and although I have support, having others who understand and are in the same boat is always a blessing! I will definitely do this with you guys!
  50. 4 points
    AndreaSteffes

    Starting January 1, 2018

    I'm starting the Whole 30 on Jan 1. I've started some bad habits over the last year and am looking to get back to my healthy, energy-supporting habits in 2018. I haven't done a rule-based diet in a few years, so I'm a little nervous and I'm going to spend some time mourning my glass of red wine at night I'm excited to get started!