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  1. @peacefullyfierce well today I went for a little bike ride and I plan to do some cat-cow stretches this evening. I really like biking, yoga and walking so it's usually one of these three for as long (or short!) as it feels good I have a history of over-exercising so this is a new and revolutionary concept for me!
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  2. eramsey

    Day 1 in the Books

    Day 7 Morning Last night was tough and good at the same time. I barely had any time to unwind. I am almost always in the kitchen now so I need to work on easier meals so I can actually spend time with my family. That being said, my sleep has drastically improved. I was up with my alarm in a good mood this morning. Last night however, the cravings were serious. I managed to get by with just some raisins and some almond butter on some chicken deli slices. It was pretty tasty as a snack! This morning breakfast was scrambled eggs with spinach and avocado on the side. And a few slices of
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  3. I have spent the weekend ILL, I had lost my sense of smell and taste and was coughing so did a Covid test yesterday which has come back negative. But felt/feel pretty rough. Starting to feel a bit brighter now. It explains my exhaustion last week a lot. I have been doing my very gentle hip stretches from the physio and now the way I feel there is no rush to get out for a run, so I plan to not run or do a workout til October! Just another 3 days rest. we have 2 birthdays this week, son and husband, so given my shocking September I may accept that I will eat birthday cake on Wednesday and
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  4. eramsey

    Day 1 in the Books

    Thank you @MadyVanilla. You are so sweet. I do like to cook but I have gotten away from it so one of the fun things for me is getting excited about cooking with whole ingredients again and trying new recipes. One of the problems I had was that I was stuck in a rut with meals so I think I was actually getting bored with the same thing or I would focus on what my son will actually eat (because toddler food tantrums are no fun) which is pasta, nuggets etc and then I sneak veggies in there. So by cooking to his preferences I would often skip out because I know that those foods aren't the best for
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  5. Hey everyone. I got to know about the whole30 from a pintreast post. I was so amazed by the whole idea and did a little more research about it. Am totally in.i am struggling with weight lose after two beautiful babies(C-section) I gained over 20kgs. I feel horrible.i have tried several diets but some how I don't get any notable results.(it must be the chronic inflammation...) So frustrating. I have irregular my periods for months now ,always bloated and tired. I am giving this program a try and I will return with my results. Food here is abit different from the recipes shared but m
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  6. Yay! So glad to hear from you both! I am excited but also afraid, mostly that I will forget how important it is to me once I get going - like once I feel better I hope I don't just think what the heck and eat a piece of pizza or some other unwise thing. It's easy to eat healthy when you are feeling poorly, you know? Also I work 12 hr shifts and don't always have scheduled breaks. That has proven to be challenging as far as food prep (making it a priority when I am already tired) and not just going to the hospital cafeteria and getting chicken strips. Also I have a hard time drinking enou
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  7. Hi I'm also planning on starting November 1st. I just heard about Whole30 a week ago, I bought the 30 day guide to health food and freedom and I'm currently dong research to find out as much as I can before starting. I'm hoping my chronic brain fog will improve along with digestive issues (IBS) I've struggled with most of my life and of course body composition changes will be a plus. I'm excited and nervous because there is so much information that it can be a bit overwhelming.
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  8. @peacefullyfierce I am in the uk so we don’t do thanksgiving, plus Halloween is very much children’s sweets and less ingrained in our culture I suppose, so no pumpkin pie or anything like that. (Thankfully!)
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  9. Hi, I’m in! I’ve had a disastrous September and October. I really wanted to do a 3 month reset from September to December and instead. I’ve been unwell, injured from sports and just generally feeling rubbish, and have not managed my w30 goal. So although I am continually starting every day with the full intention of doing w30, it’s not always happening for a full day, or week. But considering how awful September was, the very fact that I am really focussing on compliant foods is a positive. I quite like the idea of a strict November before the madness of December starts!
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  10. It looks like you are off to a good start! I love your goal list and the pesto - yum!
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  11. Any of them that are made from Whole30 compatible ingredients. Cashew or macadamia milk or hemp milk would work, just check the ingredients for things like sweeteners or soy. Obviously, things like oat milk or rice milk or soy milk would not be ok because they're made from things that are not Whole30 compatible.
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  12. R1D16 1st: veggie frittata with avocado Post workout: 2 salmon patties with mayo 2nd: 2 cans of tuna with tomato sauce (aka "Italian tuna salad" according to Gavin lol) 3rd: pecan crusted salmon with zucchini and mushrooms I've broken my pushup record for 3 days in a row! This is huge for me, as I've always felt lacking in upper body strength. Tonight after dinner, Gavin said he might do my next round with me. Joke's on him, because I'm probably not ever stopping.
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  13. Awesome! You are seeing some great NSVs!
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  14. Another good day today, that’s 3 in a row which is probably the most successful I’ve been in quite a few weeks! Food was salad with leftover chicken thigh and mayo, a nectarine and some nuts. Dinner was chicken wrapped in bacon with asparagus and an apple. This evening I had a few more nuts. I had a rest day from workouts but also didn’t manage yoga. I’ve roasted a chicken for some cold meat for lunches and dinner tomorrow really will be those pork steaks and chimichurri (supposed to be tonight!)
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  15. eramsey

    Day 1 in the Books

    Ok so day 1 is done!! Breakfast was the mushroom, spinach and leek frittata from the cookbook. Banana as morning snack. Lunch was salad with hard boiled eggs. Afternoon snack of lettuce wraps with almond butter. Some raising as a late afternoon snack Dinner was sheet pan fajitas on broccoli ans cauliflower rice with avocado. And night snack of chia seed pudding and blueberries. I feel proud of myself. I had lower energy but my mood was very sable today. I am not sure what I have gotten myself into and am nervous about late night cravings. I cannot
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  16. Hi! I am trying to start my whole 30 on Sept 26! I got the day by day book in the meal and it seems so helpful! I am a bit nervous about breakfasts but going to try a hearty vegetable soup with salmon on the side!
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  17. R1D9 1st: boiled eggs, smoked salmon, blackberries and blueberries 2nd: salmon patty in an egg wrap with avocado, carrots and ranch, plus an extra salmon patty 3rd: leftover baked salmon, broccoli, and cauliflower with a big spinach salad topped with cherry tomatoes and ranch Snack: blackberries and blueberries So there is definitely a hunger component to my PMDD, not just cravings. My husband ate fried jalapeno poppers in front of me today and I didn't even want one. I did want chocolate though. I took a nap, and that really helped. It's day 24, and things usua
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  18. eramsey

    Day 1 in the Books

    @MadyVanillaThank you for your encouragement. It is great to hear from other people going through this. It is way way too expensive to be cooking separate meals especially with prices increasing globally on groceries. We did sit down. He did agree to eat the same dinners. So dinners will be whole30 which is the most important because then I have leftovers for lunch. We have agreed on a set $ amount per week that will be his lunch money and what he does is up to him. It is so frustrating to me that he won't eat this way considering that a doctor just told him to avoid ALL sugar, flour and dairy
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  19. MadyVanilla

    Day 1 in the Books

    This is spot-on with the timeline...just sayin' The struggle with the husband is so real for me. We've long ago agreed to disagree and often cook our own, separate dinners. Which is sad. And expensive. You have a great plan with sitting down together to look at the budget - hopefully, that will do the trick! You're a wonderful role model for him, sticking to it when it gets tough (I hear the chocolate and cheese...) and with your new energy and improved mood you don't even have to say anything for him to see the positives in really a very short time. Good luck!
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  20. R1D5 1st: 3 boiled eggs with leftover sweet potatoes, 1/2 avocado, and roasted red pepper sauce, with some strawberries & blueberries 2nd: 2 salmon patties with roasted red pepper mayo, baked sweet potato, celery w/ranch 3rd: shrimp, spaghetti squash, marinara sauce, zucchini, onions Work was slow yesterday, so I had time to eat lunch a little before noon. I wasn't "hungry-hungry," but felt like I could eat. One of the best things about eating like this is that I don't feel bloated and sluggish after I eat. My injured finger is doing even better. I drive wit
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  21. Rebecca001

    Fall 2021

    That is such a good motivator, I desperately need new cooking equipment, I am going to do that too!
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  22. Depression and mood disorders have been discussed at length on this forum and some of those discussions are around medication - google Whole30 forum + depression for instance to get the previous conversations. Please make sure that you are speaking with your care team about potentially going off medication - not only do some meds have a withdrawal concern but your doctor and health care providers should be checking in regularly with you to make sure that you're doing well and adjust/add meds back if needed. If you can't go off the meds, can you look at switching to something different? Pa
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  23. ShadowInTheKitchen

    Fall 2021

    @MadyVanillaHi there! You're not alone. I re-started on Oct 1 too, didn't even get through Day 1. Sugar is everywhere, as is bread and fast & easy dining options. I second @Rebecca001. It's tough though, to get into the mindset. Good luck, here's to your success.
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  24. ShannonM816

    Pasta sauce

    This is fine. Vegetables and fruits have naturally occurring sugars which will be reflected in the nutrition information, but for Whole30 purposes what matters is whether there's sugar or sweeteners listed as ingredients.
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  25. Rebecca001

    Fall 2021

    I could have written your post @MadyVanilla September on the whole had been the worst month I’ve had in over a year. I feel so utterly exhausted by the Covid situation (it’s pretty much gone here, except in schools - I work in a school office and trust me, it’s not gone) and my injury and then the worst cold I’ve had since I actually had Covid last year! I feel like I’ve wasted a month and I feel rotten! but enough of that! We know what we need to do, we know it works, and we know that we feel amazing so quickly when we do it! What are we waiting for?!
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  26. I tried the Whole30 last year and failed at day 15. This time I'm a bit better prepared and better informed. I already have a meat stash in my freezer, tons of potatoes (around 33 lbs, but they cost only 6€/7US $), eggs and other veg and fruits. I realized that I have to use a bit of a different strategy here in germany, simply because I don't have some shortcuts (like compliant sausages, sauces, nutpods etc), so I will adapt the rules a bit instead of sweating the small stuff. I will try to follow every rule as best as I can, but I won't restart if I can't find a compliant
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  27. Semi

    Day 1 in the Books

    I feel you on the picky eaters...really. Just do you best and you know? in the end it doesn't matter that much what you feed them as long as it's somewhat natural (it's a victory if they eat veg and fruits!). You give your best and that is good enough
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  28. 5 PM. I'm so tired. Kids were little helllions and I really wanted something sweet. While the elder one was in her Music Lesson I went to a Cafe and ordered a double Espresso. Came home and ate the rest of a burger patty. Now I will shower and then cook my eggs and go to bed, because I feel like killing something. Sidenote: I struggled more on my last W30 tbh. Probably because I actually eat somewhat clean now on a normal day?
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  29. eramsey

    Day 1 in the Books

    DAY 6 MORNING: @SemiThank you for the tips. Last night I made my toddler an eggo waffle with butter and syrup thinking for sure he would eat that but nope. He is going through a picky eater phase which is making this entire thing so much harder. Dinner time is just meltdowns, battles and timeouts. So last night I just let it go because I realized if I am not finishing my dinner I will be grumpy and not cope very well with that whole situation. I did get him to eat some Greek yogurt later so I guess that's a win? I had really high hopes that he would see all this yummy healthy food
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  30. eramsey

    Day 1 in the Books

    DAY 5 UPDATE I got my weekend walk/runs in and it felt so good. I did feel lighter on sunday morning's run. Yesterday (day 4) I had a bit of headache but I just drank extra water. Saturday night we had the chicken tarragon from the whole 30 cookbook and that was relatively simple to make so it will stay around. Sunday night - I knew hubby would need some red meat to stay on track and although I try to limit it I decided to do the pot roast. It was so tasty. My toddler wouldn't eat it though so looks like I am still making him pasta and chicken nuggets most nights. I jus
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  31. @Semii use A bcaa capsule which is compliant, would that be suitable? I don’t do body building so may not be enough for your needs however.
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  32. Rebecca001

    Day 1 in the Books

    @eramseyhi, sounds like you have had a good few days? Well done! Is this your first w30? If you would like some advice, I would suggest go back to the book and reread the bits on the meal template; you might find that snacking on fruit doesn’t help you eliminate your sugar cravings, I do this especially when I am tired, so you are not alone. However protein/fat based snacks if you have to snack at all are a better choice. Ideally you would eat so much at your meals that you could go 4/5 hours without needing any more food. This comes from having protein and fat in good quantities
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  33. MadyVanilla

    Fall 2021

    The party was cancelled last night as one of the organizers tested positive for COVID. Dinner ended up being a chicken Caesar salad, with compliant Caesar dressing. I woke up a little after 5 this morning. I could have got up, but didn’t and fell back asleep for 2 more hours. I think I’m ready to start getting up and going to gym next week. I’ve been busy so far today, cleaning, taking dog to class, walking…just now sitting down to read for a bit. Day 11 M1-sausage and spinach M2-leftover chicken chimichurri and spinach M3-hamburger with the fixings, sal
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  34. eramsey

    Day 1 in the Books

    Day 2 & 3 So far I feel less puffy if that makes any sense at all. I do think I see an improvement in my skin's texture. I went for a walk/run this morning and it felt so good. I woke up happiest and in a better mood and lets just say there are frequent bathroom visitas but not as much gas. I will leave that right there. I am very hungry a lot. So far no headache. I have done detox challenges in the past for up to 2 weeks so I know that I need to eat more than I normally do. I already miss cheese a lot and sugar in my coffee. And my son's snacks are so tempting when
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  35. MadyVanilla

    Fall 2021

    Finally, I made the chimichurri chicken - and it was AMAZING! The recipe was easy and definitely a keeper to add to the rotation. I'm feeling settled into the days, not really having any cravings. I'm waking up earlier (but not getting up yet), my energy level is improving, my sleep is better, I feel as if I may have lost a little weight. Always starting over, whether it's after Day 2 or after months of eating well has a bit more of a motivating factor to it for me than does sustaining. With sustaining, I'm not seeing the regular changes in my health that I do when I crash and start over.
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  36. I’ve had a few answers today. 1) I have a really sore throat, which could go part way to explaining some of my trouble this week, maybe this has been brewing away. 2) physio answered a lot of questions, prescribed some stretches, didn’t say I couldn’t run on it, and really explained and showed me the places on my leg where I am weak and why my hip is bearing the brunt of it. Very useful and informative. and I feel a lot better today, although quite frankly I could eat and eat and eat right now, as my binge yesterday has left my cravings fully switched on. Luckily there is ab
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  37. eramsey

    Day 1 in the Books

    Day 2 in progress. Not feeling great but doing ok so far.
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  38. And so it begins tomorrow. I have about 30 lbs to lose. I used to be extremely active even running 10k races. And I believe that being that healthy helped me carry a difficult pregnancy and deliver a wonderful healthy 8 lb 3 oz baby boy. But that baby boy is now 2.5 years old and it is time to get serious about getting this excess weight off. I do not feel good about myself or the way I look. Being a busy working mom (I work 6 days per week) I fell into the trap of convenience and grabbing what I could when I could. I have often skipped meals, by working straight through lunch and then d
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  39. You sound well-prepared. You've got this!
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  40. Brilliant, welcome the the forum. good luck!
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  41. i thought its just me starting my 1st day in the middle of the week! i started mine on the 15th! and yay for us! this forum is really helpful. i was iffy to buy the new trader joes bbq coconut aminos and i think the only ingredients that wasnt sure is the natural flavor good thing someone posted and answered that for me!
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  42. Rebecca001

    Fall 2021

    That sounds like you have things well under control @MadyVanilla sensible choice with your meal, this is real life after all. Your posts always remind me to do more yoga. I love it, but I never make time for it, then will do a burst of daily practices and feel so good, then it dwindles off again. But you have motivated me to find a YouTube when my boys are out at football practice tonight
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  43. MadyVanilla

    Fall 2021

    *Sigh. It just wasn't my day. Shortly after I wrote the above post, I returned to my desk, where my boss had left homemade chocolate chip cookies and a "Thanks for all you do!" note. In that moment, there was nothing but the cookies. I ate them. The thing I like best about W30 is the set of rules that are clear-cut. Plus the fact that I've done it enough times now to know that when I do the program, I see the results and it gets easier, sometimes effortless, to stick to. And the extremely supportive community, that over the years has helped me process my missteps and treat myself
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  44. Debbiew

    Dry Roasted vs. Raw Nuts

    Great, thank you!
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  45. Rebecca001

    To take food or not?

    @Baptiste you should watch it, if you like crime dramas and can get uk tv over there! It’s very good!
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  46. In the Whole30 book there is a recipe for Salmon Cakes and it calls for canned sweet potatoes. I can't find anything NOT in syrup unless it's in the dog food aisle Does anyone have a suggestion? Maybe just fresh steamed ones, or ...? Thanks in advance!
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  47. Whew. It's Thursday and I am ready to reset! I don't know what the deal is, but I have slept poorly for the past couple of nights after enjoying some decadent homemade ice cream. Last night, I had legitimate acid reflux in the middle of the night! It was only the second time in my life that I've experienced that particular barrel of monkeys. (If you've never experienced acid reflux, don't rush out and experience it. It's really awful.) I don't feel like I had eaten a ton of ice cream, but whatever I ate was not loved by my body. This morning, after a fitful night of sleep, before I had ev
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  48. To all: Just a quick change of protocol related to your Whole30 logs. First, please note these logs are only available to members of the forum who are currently logged in. General browsers of the internet and those searching for Whole30 information on Google will NOT be able to view your log unless they register and validate their registration for the forum. This is for your privacy, so you don't have to worry about non-members browsing through your personal information. This has been our policy since the forums were created several years ago--we just wanted to highligh
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