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  1. 4 points
    TerriN

    First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    Congrats ladies for making through! Virtual high 5 & hugs! As you know whole 30 isn’t f0r the faint of heart- I’m sure that this thread began with many members but only you stuck with it, put yourselves first, conquered obstacles & made it to the finish line. Please take time to acknowledge your bad ass self this morning! Woo hoo!!! It’s not always about the race but the journey along the way!!!!
  2. 3 points
    CONGRATS @hmg1993!!! So awesome! Keep it rolling! I made it through today, but it wasn't easy. The store was good. I wanted to buy fruit and other things that seemed compliant but satisfying, and then I told myself the only reason I want the fruit is because I am craving sugar. Not because it's what I truly want. So I didn't buy anything remotely sweet or that could be snacked on. BUT, I did come home and start to munch too much. Ate lots of coconut with cacao bar, leftover sweet potato with butter, salt, and cinnamon, and then pesto zoodles and way too many country style ribs for dinner. I have a headache and feel overloaded, but overeating here and there is way better than caving and eating the chocolate bar that I was eyeing in my fiances "section" of the pantry (I put his sweet and snacky stuff in a top shelf not so visible for me)... and then probably not stopping there. I'll take today as a win. Another day of working on mindfulness, getting in tune with my thoughts, behaviors, and triggers, and how I can learn to change my responses. And even the fact that I am slowly learning how to stop after I have had too much is good for me. Usually it would be "ugh I am so full, but I still want sweets, so might as well bc ive already failed and ate too much." Now I think way more differently and have conscious debates in my head and try to pick the smart answer as much as possible. I think the "good side" of my brain that wants to NOT binge is becoming a little more present each day. Anyways, food today: small piece of frittata, leftover rosemary sweet potatoes, sauteed veggies, half an avocado; leftover sheet pan chicken and veggies, a salad with some of the other leftovers of chicken thigh, veggies, and avocado, and then the stuff listed above. Lots of food, but it could be WAY worse. Ok, I'm going to bed now. Gotta be at work at 5:30 tomorrow. blahhhhh.
  3. 3 points
    Mike5858

    Sept 18 start date reintro

    Good Morning Everyone! I got back from my trip to Hot Springs yesterday afternoon around 5pm, and then had to do to my first condo association meeting last night, so this is my first chance to check in. Looks like everyone is doing well, and finding their own way. I think that was the point all along. My trip went great. We had healthy car snacks on the trip there (6 hour drive), and then went into "vacation mode" after arrival. We had outstanding gourmet pizza and wine not long after we got there and that sort of set the tone for the weekend. We were pretty much W30 compliant for breakfast (except for the morning we split a blueberry pancake that was terrific!), stayed light at lunch, and then cut loose a little for dinner. Pasta one night, steak another, and then some fish. small amounts of bread and drinks. We did find a cupcake shop that had been on "Cupcake Wars" on the Food Channel and it was simply amazing. We allowed ourselves one cupcake per day, and really felt it was "worth it". I have to say that the increase in sugar and gluten did leave me feeling bloated and a little lazy late in the day. My wife and I talked about the experience on the drive home, and both agreed we were looking forward to getting back to healthier eating. That started with dinner last night. I think we may have overdone it a little on this trip, but we both agreed, that we learned a lot about when to stop, and when enough was enough or "worth it". We did do a lot of walking and hiking, so that balanced things out some. Had a terrific massage and enjoyed the hot water spring baths, and that helped my back some. It was perfect timing for this trip after all we've done since Sept 18th. We may just have a handle on this food "thing"...LOL. We have a plan for a healthy Thanksgiving meal, and we also have discussed a few Christmas parties we will attend and how to approach them. This is so much easier with my wife on board, and we are both in it for the long haul this time. It was nice to catch up on everyone's journey and I hope you folks keep checking in. Have a great day! Mike
  4. 3 points
    Kristen A

    It ISN'T hard!?

    I started about a week ago (I was nearly eating exclusively Whole30 approved foods for the week prior as I considered the plan and waited for my cookbook to arrive). I decided to commit when I realized this way of eating didn't feel like a diet, and I felt the puffiness of my body start to shrink within the first couple days. I couldn't be more surprised that I haven't felt crazy without sugar and carbs!! I DID NOT think I could do this, but here I am, doing it.
  5. 3 points
    kirbz

    Sept 18 start date reintro

    @SineadMon I’ve definitely been struggling with the “is this worth it?” concept! And @dmrob2009 I’ve also thought that maybe some of this just puts way too much emphasis on food! For what it’s worth, here’s where I’ve landed on what food freedom looks like for me… It’s come with much reflection and experimentation but I feel happy with this place. I know what foods do and do not make me feel crappy. I know what foods do and do not help me achieve the results I want to see with my body and soul. Cravings no longer govern my decisions about food because I now have control over those. Being healthy does govern my decisions about food but being 100% compliant to anything does not make me happy. I continue to want to lose weight but I do not feel bad when I eat off-plan foods. But I do make a conscious decision to be more active when I eat those foods. Over a four-day period, I had a commercial, pre-packaged, store-bought chicken teriyaki bowl. It didn’t taste good because my taste buds don’t care for processed foods like that anymore and it was overly sweet. I had Paleo pancakes with organic maple syrup and it was a warm, nice way to start a cold, stormy morning. I felt full for a really long time but I went for a hike with the love of my life and my pups. I had a peanut butter sandwich and loved every moment before, during, and after eating it. I ate a handful of dark chocolate covered almonds and it was divine. I did not feel the need to eat more, I did not feel bad, but I went for a walk that evening because I ate them. Oh, and I had a small slice of pepperjack cheese because, well, yum! I don’t feel bad about any of it. Besides a very minor tummy ache after the teriyaki bowl, I didn’t feel any worse for eating those foods. I managed my portions well and did not over-eat any of it. I did not have any significant cravings after eating them. And I continued to lose weight. I call that success and I call that something I can live with for my forever food freedom.
  6. 3 points
    SineadMon

    Sept 18 start date reintro

    Hi all! @dmrob2009 you are keeping all of us going! Thanks for your daily check-ins and reminders... Also @Mike5858, it's great to hear about your daily food freedom journey. I still find it so comforting to come on here and read everyone's experience and contribute my little bit. @dmrob2009 sorry to hear your first week (or has it been two) was tough... taking on the perspective of food freedom, it's so great that you got through the week as best you did with the resources you had and the struggle of having to tend to a sick husband. You can only improve from here and that's the key thing - recognizing what is working for you and going from there. @Mike5858 sorry to hear your wife is having issues with alcohol and you poor thing with your back! It's funny how quickly we can be reminded to slow down. I started going to the gym a little more a few weeks ago, but with my tummy bug last week I had to sit a few days out. It was frustrating, and actually was quite a trigger for me - I was so tempted to take it as a "what the hell" and just return to my old lifestyle, but I just tried to focus on allowing my body to heal. Remember, as you said to me a few weeks ago, this is a lifestyle change and every little thing you are doing is making you better and stronger. A few days rest is exactly what your body needs to allow you to go back to the gym with gusto! In a few months time, when your benching double or triple what you can now, your body will thank you for a slow start. @CorgiLover it's great that you are starting to see what suits your body and what your needs are.. if you are finding yourself weaker at the gym, then that is telling you something. It sounds like you are really fitting so much into your days... I'm not sure of your overall weekly schedule, but is there a day there that you can just completely have 'no plans'. I have 3 days in the week (Mon, Tues, Wed) where I have a very intense schedule of meetings and classes. On these days, I just focus on getting through work - and that means up at 6am, on the train by 7am, work from 8-6, home by 8 and bed by 9:30/10pm. But the other four days, I allow myself to have loose plans.. e.g. don't set an alarm, go to the gym when I feel like it, prep some food all around some sense of work! I find that on the crazy days when I don't have time to think or barely breathe, I know the other days are waiting for me. @kirbz I haven't tried the eatingevolved chocolate but the reviews look great - I'd love to hear what you think. Also, thanks so much for the banana bread recipe. I already had the banana's frozen when I received it, but I will definitely defrost them this week and try it out. Some of her recipes are amazing! Anything else you would recommend? Just for full disclosure here, I'm not 100% w30 compliant and so it's probably unfair of me to say I'm on day 41... For example, I went to brunch with some friends on Saturday and ordered the best option on the menu - we were at a Jamaican restaurant which is not good for my whole30 plans or the end stages of my tummy bug. I ordered jerk chicken and seasonal greens, but while I asked for everything super plain, I'm convinced the seasoning they used wasn't compliant. I'm not stressing about it as i'm no longer "on w30" but I do find that I'm trying to stay as close to this for my food freedom. This week I do intend to reintroduce legumes and follow up with non-gluten grains just to see. I would like to add more foods to my diet.. but yes, @dmrob2009 I am very comfortable in this way of eating. That said, I have been struggling the last few days. I've really wanted to just check out and eat ALL THE THINGS.. I don't know if it is stress, the colder weather, a sense of loneliness (my boyfriend has gone back to Boston for a few weeks for work), a sense of exhaustion with this way of eating/living or just recovering after the tummy bug, but I'm really having a "is this all worth it"? feeling. I'm not sure if anyone else has experience this?! It can just be so hard sometimes to always be prepared, and always ask for modifications, and always feel like you have to go against the grain on things. Sorry, maybe I need to read the TOUGH LOVE section of the book again. I'm almost done with Food Freedom Forever and @Mike5858 I agree that it is so helpful! The strategies are great and it just lays everything out so well.... but I still can't kick this sense of 'urgh' right now. Sorry for the long post and the rant, but I just wanted to share where I've been the last few days. I'm hoping that now my tummy is almost back to itself, I can make some fun dinners from Well Fed or somewhere to help me feel excited about food and this lifestyle again.
  7. 3 points
    Rottiegirl2017

    Scared

    I thought cheese would be the hardest thing as well and I was pleasantly surprised that it really wasn't that bad. My recommendation: Focus on what you will be eating - and enjoy it!! When needed, take a deep breathe, remember why you are doing this and take it one day, one meal at a time. You can do this.
  8. 3 points
    ladyshanny

    What about Gnocchi?

    If you were looking for an official ruling from the Whole30 powers that be, on July 22, 2014 they posted this on FB: We hear you all talking about gnocchi. Even though potatoes are now on the menu, this is still pasta and still falls into the #SWYPO category. Use that incredible sauce on some zoodles or a gorgeous piece of meat instead.
  9. 3 points
    kirbz

    Sept 18 start date reintro

    @Mike5858 Congratulations on your pizza experience! It sounds like you've come so very far in your relationship with food! You should certainly be proud of yourselves! And you should be feeling very confident as you move forward with your everyday food choices! @SineadMon The cookies were actually very delicious! I only made half of the recipe so we had six cookies. I ate two last night and felt quite full for some time. So much so that I didn't eat dinner! Oops! I honestly probably could have eaten one and been satisfied but I always eat more than one cookie. Always. And so poor habits took over and I ate two because it didn't even occur to me to only have one! LOL, I certainly learned a lesson from that. The good news is that when I woke up and saw the leftover cookies on the counter, I didn't have a desire to take one to work with me to have as a snack today. The cookies aren't worth it today. They certainly were last night and I genuinely enjoyed the process of baking and eating them. But I got what I needed and now I'm perfectly happy to eat Whole30 again today. Oh! And I felt motivated to work out even after I ate my cookies. I did a 7-mile hike yesterday with my beautiful little Inka (you can follow us on Instagram at @inkaoutside or @hertahoelife) so I had tentatively bagged the idea of doing Insanity. I'm trying to do a full cycle for the first time ever. But, after eating the cookies, I decided that I should work out and it was great! I felt strong and it made me feel better for eating the cookies because, the fact is, I still want to lose weight and even if the ingredients weren't awful, they were still fatty. Overall, I feel proud of myself! We're all doing so great! I continue to be so grateful for this group!
  10. 3 points
    kirbz

    Sept 18 start date reintro

    It's official. I ended it! LOL. I found myself becoming quite surly as I tried to continue eating perfectly Whole30. Poor Shawn finally sat me down and told me that I shouldn't keep doing this if it was making me unhappy. And it was. I was bitter about all the meal preparation and cooking time. I wanted to try new things. So, I ended it. By baking some Paleo cookies and eating two of them. They were AMAZING! Right now, I feel happy. Which I hadn't felt in the last couple of days. It's amazing how food still has such power. We'll see how tomorrow goes. Hopefully starting my so-called reintroductions with cookies won't set my proper reintroductions back too much. LOL.
  11. 3 points
    @TerriN Why, thank you! I think about this stuff a lot and am so grateful to have you guys to "talk" to about it. I'm trying to remember the things that I truly miss vs. the habits that are just easy to slide back into. Congrats on the Tiger Blood run. I'm also a lapsed runner, so your success gives me hope! @laurenmccracken Some friends invited us to a similar festival yesterday and the scenario you described was exactly why I declined. (but good for you for toughing it out for the LO.) If it helps, weight loss comes slowly for me on W30 as well. It's frustrating. And I honestly don't care about the number on the scale (okay, maybe a little) I just want my clothes to start feeling looser. I will say from my prior W30s, the most success I've had with this was when I was able to stay largely compliant afterwards. Also, for me, exercise is really the key. With all of the work that goes into W30, it's hard for me to get consistent exercise in as well. (And I never seem to be starting a Whole30 in the middle of a consistent exercise plan – go figure!) I'm planning a November "Exercise 30" where I do at least 15 minutes of something every day. I'm hoping the combo will kick start some weight loss. I'll report back on my findings. Yesterday Hubby and I ran a million errands. It took forever and we hit our last stop (Whole Foods) tired and hungry. But hubby went and got some compliant turkey slices at the deli counter and we snacked on that as we finished our grocery shopping. Life saver! While we were out and about, we talked through our reintroduction thoughts and we're largely on the same page. I'm making him read that Food Freedom Forever book because while he does really well on the W30, he tends to fall off the wagon faster than me. I don't want him to undo the progress he's made or derail my efforts to stay on track, so I'm hoping that this reading assignment will help. Today we're meeting some friends from out of town for lunch. I did a ton of research and found a burger place that is really W30 friendly. The meat is grassfed and they roast their vegetables in toasted sesame oil (!!!) The idea of being able to get a burger with a side dish that isn't a sad dry salad is almost too much for me. I'll, of course, confirm ingredients when I get there, but I'm pretty damned excited about it. And then we're going to a basketball game (Go Warriors!) with my brother and sister-in-law in the evening. The game is at 5:30, which is going to make meal timing a little tricky, but I'll eat a mini-meal beforehand and probably squirrel away some olives and lunch meat in my purse. Sounds like everyone is having a solid weekend!
  12. 3 points
    Hannah Ada

    10/23 Start Date

    On my second, started on the 23rd as well (first was in March)! My wife does "Whole 30-ish" with me (complies at home, not at work). Was feeling great for the first three days, but started feeling pretty gross today, and am trying to figure out if it's a cold or not. My tip for newbies is don't over estimate your cooking skills! If you're trying to make gourmet meals multiple times a day you will burn out and hate it. The simple recipes in the back of It Starts with Food are your friend.
  13. 3 points
    Lady Lois

    10/23 Start Date

    How is Day 4 going for everyone? I'm doing well and trying doing a pretty good job of tracking most of my food. We're expecting snow this weekend in Minnesota! That will be a good time to try some new recipes and do some meal prep.
  14. 3 points
    mdraeger

    First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    @laurenmccracken I think your Tiger Blood rubbed off on me! Yesterday was crazy busy at work, so I didn't really think about it until I got home (a little on the late side) and still had plenty of energy to make a "potsticker filling" stir-fry for dinner (Seriously, ladies get that new Nom Nom Paleo book. It's ridiculous.) I was jabbering away at my husband and was like, "Wait a minute, I think this is Tiger Blood!" I haven't always had it manifest in that crazy energy way, so it was pretty exciting. And even this morning, I woke up at 4:50 am and was WIDE awake, so I laid in the bed for about ten minutes before realizing that sleep was not going to happen (and if it did it would be right before I had to wake up... ) It's funny, I am so used to not sleeping well or getting enough sleep that I was rolling through the troubleshooting of how to navigate my day ahead (Do I have extra coffee? When? Am I going to crash in the middle of the afternoon?) when I realized that I actually felt totally fine. So, I took advantage of an unexpected quiet hour to myself and read my book, drank my coffee and fooled around on my iPad. I have this ritual on the weekends, because I usually wake up before my hubby, so the young dog and I get up and chill for about an hour or so, but I don't generally get that luxury on a workday. So, Day 25 is off to an excellent start! @TerriN I hope your sleep magic continues. It's the best NSV, in my humble opinion!
  15. 3 points
    TerriN

    First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    Happy hump day!!! Well day #3 without nuts & feeling pretty good about that. I had an aha moment that I eat nuts to comfort me & not out of hunger- since I’ve surrendered to them I seriously believe I haven’t had one single snack. Last night was a bit crazy so I had leftovers and was still a bit hungry- i realized my dinner was low on the fat side so opted for some olives instead. Fit the bill and I walked away totally satisfied. I know for a fact if nuts were in my life I’d had a healing handful topped off with a few extra nuts just for the hell of it! Feeling strong & had an amazingly night of sleep last night. Mental clarity is getting more intense also! 13 days to go for me- my jeans are fitting looser today and I zipped up a snug fitting windbreaker that I couldn’t zip up a month ago. Hooray for little victories!!!!
  16. 3 points
    mdraeger

    First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    @Betsie_n The sleep thing has been a problem for a long time, but it's definitely gotten worse in the last few years. (I blame peri-menopause hormonal shifts.) It was one of the big things It's sad to say that I didn't even think of it as a problem until my first Whole30 where I was falling asleep quickly and sleeping soundly All. Night. Long. It was such a revelation. And it's definitely improved this time around, but it's not as magical as that first W30. I resorted to melatonin last night and fell right asleep, but woke up at 3:00 and had a little bit of a hard time going back to sleep. I feel like this happens to me often with melatonin, which is why I've been phasing it out during the W30 and letting my sleep hormones do their job. @laurenmccracken Congrats on the Tiger Blood! That's awesome!!! Yesterday was a struggle on all fronts except food. Which is so funny, because that's usually not the case. There was a big client meeting and a ton of extra lunch leftovers that usually I would be all over, but I was not even remotely tempted and enjoyed my homemade carnitas with guac and delicious salad with homemade green goddess dressing fully. But work itself was super angsty and frustrating and I came home on the grumpy side to the sight of a kitchen floor covered in trash because my DH forgot to block the door that keeps the dog out of the kitchen trash can. GRRRR. Then hubby came home grumpy and I had a minor cooking fail that only made me grumpier, you get the picture. I think the hubby is struggling with not being able to soothe tough work days with alcohol – which I find problematic for a variety of reasons, but lacked the wherewithal to address last night. Here's hoping today is better!
  17. 3 points
    TIGER BLOOD!!!!!!!! I was up at 330am and couldn't go back to sleep for an hour and a half+! Woke up ready to tackle the day! Motivated! Went to mops meeting, had fruit while all lamented around me for me... I feel great and not at all deprived!!! Came home and got 4yo on the bus for school and went on a mile hike with hubby and 2 year old. I wanted to RUN it! And believe me, i haven't run since 6th grade and the only way you'll see me run is if something is chasing me! Came home dropped them off and went to the grocery store, and then set out to plan and make meals. Phone calls interrupted, but while kids were out with hubby playing, i took that 45 minutes and completely cleaned up their toy room. Set aside a bunch to trash or donate! I also organized both girls closets by season and color, vacuumed the stairs and the three bedrooms upstairs and playspace. I organized a couple dresser drawers but didn't get too far...all in 45 minutes!!! And their closets are no joke! Made them dinner as they were coming in, bathed them and into bed. Now to make the adult dinner. My husband is on the couch exhausted. I don't want to stop! I want to organize office, clean out my closet... we only just moved in 2 months ago, but a refresh sounds good!
  18. 3 points
    T2Andrew

    Is it really that difficult?

    I'm six days in on W30, and except for day 4 - low blood sugar - it has not been hard for me (with respect to those who find it a challenge). For me, getting back into the habit of making my own meals and being creative in the kitchen again is a pleasure. Years ago, I quit alcohol cold turkey. I went for three years without wine and 6.5 years without beer. I had my own motivations and it got easier after the first week. My mantra then was "I can have alcohol any time I want, just not today" Instead of wondering if you can survive 30 days, challenge yourself to do your best today! One day at a time!
  19. 3 points
    Betsie_n

    First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    Happy Monday everyone! sounds like everyone had a successful weekend out in W30 land! While I didn't post much over the weekend I was reading everyone's updates. I just never turned on the computer and I'm hopelessly slow at typing on my phone. We had a busy, productive weekend at home and had a delicious steak dinner at a local chophouse on Sat. night. I had spinach salad with balsamic, filet mignon and grilled asparagus and watched my hubs eat a warm and bubbly berry cobbler with ice cream for dessert, lol. I honestly didn't mind and really didn't want it, but I know that had I not been in W30 mode, I would have had some bites. Hmm.... @laurenmccracken - I'm so glad to hear you're finally on the mend! You had a rough go there for awhile! Your soup looks delicious! I guess I need to make some Italian wedding soup this week! @TerriN - OMG, the giant buckets of wine!!! I just want to come live with you after the W30 is over @mdraeger - thank you for those recipes! I have seen the spirilized sweet potato breakfast before but haven't tried it and I think I need to!! Day 22 for me and I've made a decision to go to 45 days, so I'm hooked in through 11/15 if anyone wants to continue on. Sounds like @TerriN and @Laurenmccraken will still be here, so that will be a great help! There are a few reasons I decided to continue. First, I have concerns about getting so clean and then diving right into the holiday season and undoing all of the good, so I want to go as long as I can so that I will be less tempted to go all in for the holiday food fest. Ending on the 15th gives me a week to do a little reintro before Thanksgiving, which I usually manage reasonably well with some Paleo pie and rolls. Next, I'm not feeling as good as I'd like by week 3: still having some weird intestinal disturbance which has been going on intermittently for several years and I'd really like to get to the bottom of it. I'm also not feeling any lighter - I put on some jeans I haven't worn in awhile on Saturday and they were quite tight on the waist, still. It may be PMS bloating or maybe it's the intestinal thing that's caused the 10-15 pound gain that I cannot lose. I'm going to try some additional tweaks under the guidance of my nutritional therapist friend and see if I can sort it out. The first tweak I'm making is to eliminate nuts through day 30 to start and see how that feels. Sigh. How do you W30 without nuts?? I have probably relied on them too heavily since going Paleo and it's possible that they cause me digestive stress, so it's time to find out how I feel without them. I know cashews (my favorite!) cause trouble so I try to avoid them, but I'm wondering about my almonds, walnuts and my beloved almond butter. NSVs - lower back pain I always have is very minor today after a weekend of outdoor projects and I didn't feel that tired at the end of yesterday's busy day, so energy is on the uptick! My fingernails are feeling super strong and my skin looks good - with the exception of my continued random zit issue Onward, everyone! Betsie
  20. 3 points
    Anca

    10/23 Start Date

    Hi girls. 10/23, let's do it! I did the Whole30 program in January for a month and it felt great. I learned to appreciate foods I normally didn't pay much attention to before and I felt very good when I went to the company party that had unlimited food and I didn't eat sweets and junk food until I felt sick. Controlling your food habits feels so good. I've been thinking lately "I can't wait for January to come again". But then I realized I don't have to wait till January! So let's do this
  21. 3 points
    TerriN

    First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    @laurenmccracken glad you're feeling better-I made a similar soup from the Whole30 cookbook-italian meatball soup & it too was delish! I also made another soup today that had swiss chard, ground pork, bone broth, leeks & fire roasted tomatoes ( the recipe also called for potatoes but I didn't have any) and it was legit! Made a yummy old fashioned roasted chicken dinner tonight and the whole fam damily dug into it and lots of leftovers. Since I'm about to begin 3 (day 14 today) I want to introduce some new and tasty foods to keep me from getting bored. Also made a batch of frittata muffins for the busy workout mornings I have planned and that will help me grab something flavorful before work thats easy and portable. OMG I tried kumbatcha last night and WOW!!!! Read up on it and obviously different opinions, but especially for the weekend evenings when I'm really really missing my wine or socializing with others-I can see how it can pull me through! My OTF workout this morning was great and I'm hoping my big time tiger blood will really kick in this week.In the meantime, feeling committed on my second half of the program. Wishing everyone a kick butt Monday and the beginning of a successful week
  22. 3 points
    I feel so much better!! I will still lay low tomorrow, but I will be back up to snuff in no time! Amazing what just one dose can do! I can breathe! I don't have an elephant on my chest! I made the Italian Wedding soup and OMG it is AMAZING!!! It was just what I needed! A warm, (store bought compliant) chicken stock and turkey meatballs feast. It was something I WANTED to eat and didn't have any issues with food aversion. I used the kale salad mix from costco because I was out of spinach, and I was NOT going to the store. I will be making this again!! Yum!
  23. 3 points
    TerriN

    First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    Pics of 2800 crushed Syrah & an amazing breakfast- compliant bacon, cauliflower rice with egg and a coconut milk latte I make every morning in the vitamix!
  24. 3 points
    TerriN

    First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    Hi all! Yes still with you-just been a crazy few days. Doing well and I'm a few days behind all of you so today marks day 14 for me-Hooray! @laurenmccracken I'm so sorry that happened! When I started on the 8th I was sick as well, but determined to begin-and the fogginess etc really sucked! A few things to consider though (don't feel obligated to answer) Did you finish the entire burger or just a bite or two before you realized the error? Did you consciously make a decision that you were feeling bad and said what the heck-just a few bites won't hurt? How did you feel the next day-did that one or two bites make your belly feel like crap? Since you felt you "goofed" did you continue to go off plan the remainder of the day? I myself had to read through my restart rules this week when I thought chicken broth wasn't compliant in a soup my friend brought over that she made for me. I'm obviously not a moderator but these are some thing that popped in my head. Vs you're out telling yourself one sip of wine, or one bite of my kids brownies won't hurt. It's a personal decision that only you can decide and feel good about. Either way we'll be here to support you Well wine season continues in our household and yesterday was another hurdle, but I have to say it wasn't that difficult. We also "source" grapes from eastern WA with a group of friends. So yesterday we received 2800 pounds of syrah that needed to be crushed and Rose that needed to be pressed. We had 8 of our "wino friends" join us and of course this larger activity involved much wine drinking as well. Luckily they started the work around 2 pm and I intentionally decided to not opt out of work until my regular hour at 5 so I joined only in the end. That said most of the work was done so I was surrounded by 8 people drinking wine and eating pizza I continued with my La Croix (didn't have time to purchase Kabucha yet) and spent the time socializing. I made the italitan meatball soup from Whole 30 cookbook and several of them scooped it out and loved it! Anyhow feel great today and you know what? I didn't even feel bad fielding the questions about why I wasn't drinking? I just explained whole30 and a few of the women asked more details and asked for the soup recipe. This morning I feel awesome and ready to take on the world! Another win for me -(notice "win" not "wine" LOL! ) was my Orange Theory accomplishments-made it to 4 classes this week and yesterday I felt my tiger blood a bit! I realized if I schedule them the beginning of the week-I protect my time from work/family obligations and get it done-my step daughter attempted to derail my friday am class due to a scheduling conflict but I held firm and treated it like a very important appointment and felt awesome about that Pouring rain in Seattle today so planning on getting some good fall dinners/soups/ premade this weekend. No detailers this coming week I can forsee with the exception of a sunday birthday lunch next weekend with my parents and family. That will be at a mexican restaurant so I'll find something compliant-in all honesty I should be close to day #20 so I won't want to screw that up. Feeling strong and proud today! If I'm correct from my last whole 30 - the big changes really took place the last 2 weeks from me so hopefully I see those. I do feel less bloated etc. Had a few issues with nuts and RX bars this week, but they were also on days I had my OTF workouts so I'm not beating myself up too bad about that as I was burning close to 500 calories and sweating like crazy in the morning so maybe my body actually needed that. Anyhow looking forward to a great weekend and some downtime from illnesses, and the M-F grind. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
  25. 3 points
    mdraeger

    First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    TGIF everyone! @laurenmccracken and @halfpint_aggie I'm so sorry that the food aversion has continued, what a bummer! Also, I feel like you guys should get an extra star for Whole30-ing with youngsters. I can't even imagine! @Betsie_n That's a great list! The only one on mine that isn't on yours is Well Fed Her books and blog are my go-to's. Super straightforward and always delicious. It sounds like you've got a great weekend coming up! I had to drop my car off for a repair and the hubby came with me to drive me home. On the way back, we got into a good conversation about how ingrained our "treat yourself" mentality is with food as typically we'd have stopped for a coffee and a pastry or lunch and a beer, just for doing a mundane errand. It really is so eye-opening how much you learn on the Whole30. Because while we technically can still go get coffee or lunch, they are much more spartan versions (black coffee, lettuce-wrapped burger by itself, grilled chicken salad w/ no dressing, etc.) and not really "treats" per se. And this is after doing numerous W30's and W10's and stretches paleo eating over the years. It's endlessly fascinating to me how deeply these things are ingrained in us. Crazy! I hope everyone is feeling strong going into the third weekend. We can do it!!!
  26. 3 points
    Betsie_n

    First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    Good morning and TGIF everyone! Chugging along here, but I do have some weird digestive type issue going on. I get a pain or bloaty feeling in my gut area under my left rib-cage sometimes. It feels like a big bubble and it can even make my ribs sore. It has been an ongoing thing that happens occasionally for several years, but I typically only notice it lately if I've been eating the wrong stuff, like tortilla chips. So I don't know why it's happening now but my best guess is the mushrooms I've had this week. We did the stuffed mushrooms for dinner on Tuesday and then I had the leftovers for lunch the next two days. Mushrooms have been a digestive annoyance in the past, and that's the only thing that seems like it would cause this issue right now. Sigh...I guess no more mushrooms for me. Otherwise, all is well. We were just invited to a going away gathering for a friend tomorrow afternoon. Her mom is Filipino so the food will be AMAZING but definitely non-compliant (I adore those noodles!). They wouldn't be offended if I didn't eat, but I don't know if I want to put myself through it. The hubs and I had already planned to go to dinner at a steakhouse where I know I can eat easily tomorrow night, so that seems like the best option. Maybe we'll drop in at the party to say goodbye and then go to dinner. @laurenmccracken and @halfpint_aggie - I wish I knew some advice to give you on the food aversion issues. For Lauren, it may be just the cold making you less hungry, but maybe not. I haven't heard of people having that trouble during W30, but it may just be your body going through a reset of some sort. Maybe there's a thread elsewhere in the forum that addresses this one. I hope it all improves so you can eat some good food! Third weekend of our W30 - we're all pros now! Have a good one! Betsie
  27. 3 points
    I can't tell you guys how comforting it is to see that others struggle with this just as I do. My binge eating disorder recovery has become such a huge part of my life but I have never had anyone I felt comfortable talking to or relating to at all. I talk to my boyfriend, but it's tough when he's trying to be supportive but I know he just doesn't get what it's like. So I really appreciate you all sharing your stories and thoughts. I'm on day 6 and I'm feeling great. My biggest help thus far that I am focusing on is making sure I get enough carbs each day, whether I get exercise or not. It seems to really be helping with the cravings and calming the dragon down a bit. It's still hard, but doesn't feel like a horrible battle. One thing I wanted to share is my evolution from my previous whole30. It was actually a whole62, and I learned a lot. So throughout the entire experience, each week when I got the urge to binge, I set a realistic goals for myself to get better and better each time, so I felt like I actually accomplished something and not like I completely "failed." For instance, the first week, I said, "ok, I know I am going to binge, so this week, I will only allow myself to have compliant whole30 foods with no sugary foods like dried fruit. So even if I lost control, I only let myself eat things like nut butters, compliant sweet potato chips, etc. Then, the next time I felt the binge coming on, I set a new goal. "Ok, this time, I will only let myself have whole foods, and nothing in a package (like whole fruit, whole sweet potatoes, whole almonds, etc.) I set these small goals every time and when I actually accomplished them, it felt really good like I was actually making improvements and gaining mental strength. I still binge now, but its been 2 months since my Whole62, and throughout the whole time off the plan, I still continued setting these small goals and I am constantly improving. I just started my 2nd whole30 this week (I am on day 6) and I decided it will be a whole100 for me, because I know that is how long it's going to take me to work on and conquer these binge and eating habits. Anyways, I just wanted to share that strategy because it's really working for me, and it's making the entire experience much more "doable." I think people with binge eating issues have to cater the whole30 to their own habits and needs, and even if we aren't following it "by the book", any little improvements are a major success. I find it's most important to set realistic goals for yourself that you know you can actually stick to. So don't lie to yourself, but also challenge yourself to take it one step further every week or so. I am feeling so great on day 6 already, and I am so happy I am finally getting back on track to continue my recovery. I always remind myself that this process is not linear. It will be a few steps back sometimes, but then many steps forward. Hard times after easy times, but also vice versa. It's just important to focus on the improvements we are making and the progress over time. I don't know any of you, but I feel like we all know the exact emotions and feelings we all feel in the tough times and what its like to have this disfunctional relationship with food. A lot of people in our lives have no idea what some of us go through, but having support and a place to talk like this forum is really refreshing and I hope we can all learn and grow from each other.
  28. 3 points
    Melissa Hartwig

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  29. 2 points
    @Betsie_n Sorry to hear about your meltdown. I wonder if it might be some form of decision fatigue? Whole 30 commands so much of our brain space, it seems logical that you could reach that point where your mind and emotions just need a break. In any case, I think it's very commendable that you were able to coax yourself back to your original 45 day goal. Like @TerriN said, it's progress not perfection. I'm sure there was a time where you would have just been like "Eff it, 40 days is good enough!" @halfpint_aggie It sounds like you're doing really well! Co-hosting a baby shower 12 hours after a camping trip AND staying compliant? Amazeballs! @TerriN Congrats on wine season being over. It's great to hear that you're figuring out your Food Freedom journey. I'm of the same mindset re: wine on the weekends and keeping more compliant during the week. Good luck on your return to running, I hope it goes well. The cold is much better today, thank goodness. I'm still a little tired/rundown feeling, but I'll bet how I feel now is exactly how normal felt pre-W30. It's funny to think about, but very motivating to stay on track. I was just talking to a co-worker about how next week is Thanksgiving, which is shocking. Luckily, we're hosting/cooking for a small group, so I'm able to control how compliant it is. (And thanks to Nom Nom Paleo, most of my standard Thanksgiving recipes are also compliant.) It feels good going into the holiday with a plan, but it's also the start of all of the holiday parties, so I need to get my strategy together. Is anyone else nervous about the holidays? Plans? Strategies? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
  30. 2 points
    jadore43210

    Delicious, Easy Snack Idea!

    Well tonight I just needed something yummy for my soul and my body. My makeshift snack idea was slices of cantaloupe that I had in my refrigerator wrapped in prosciutto, and it was wonderful. Would totally recommend -- super easy and delicious!
  31. 2 points
    TerriN

    First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    For those still on board-found these little gems at my local co-op! Carry them in my purse and they’ve basically replaced my nuts. I️ found with nuts I want a few handfuls, with these I’m able to stop at one packet but yet satisfies!
  32. 2 points
    Happy Saturday! I'm between volleyball games. My breakfast was huge, so I'm not hungry or worried about snacks at the next game. I concur with all that @halfpint_aggie and @mdraeger offered for weekend trip advice. I have a lot of experience traveling so here's how I manage it - Because we're empty nesters, my hubs and I do a lot of weekend trips and I have to travel for work several times a year and I've managed to stay pretty Paleo on most trips in the past 4 years. I've come to realize how much better I feel during and after the trip so it's motivation to keep myself in check. We are big foodies, too, and work hard at finding great restaurants during our travels - no Olive Garden or Applebee junk and never fast food for me (the Hubs stops sometimes, but I just can't anymore). We seek out highly rated, local places that promote fresh and/or farm to table menus. I have had AMAZING meals that didn't include bread, pasta, cheese, fried stuff or loads of sugar and I haven't noticed the loss. Seriously. I also used to think vacation meant I could eat ALL THE THINGS with no regrets because it was vacation, right? Well, I'd be soooo full, bloated, have diarrhea, be too tired to keep going, get headaches, have a stuffy nose, etc. and then I'd get home and feel wrecked for at least a week. That's really not so fun, so I've realized I can relax a bit - I don't get crazy about cooking oils or added sugar, etc. I might taste the hubs' dessert or have a bite of bread or a little candy, etc. but I never go all in anymore and I honestly don't feel like I've missed anything because I order great food. I love seafood and there's always a good seafood option and I have veg and salad on the side and I'm totally satisfied. I work at making sure I get enough fruit or veg along the way - I get the fruit cup at breakfast with the eggs and bacon, have a big salad at lunch, etc. and I feel good. I do have wine, or a marg but I usually only need one or two to be good now. Oh, and I've even stumbled across kombucha on tap! We did a week in N. Calif last year where we stayed in a different city 4 out of 7 nights (it was a marathon) and believe me, I ATE so much good food! Yes, I had some salt water taffy, Ghiradelli chocolate and some sourdough bread because...well, San Fransisco, but I didn't go nuts and only had small portions of those treats and I felt good throughout and thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. It really can be done. We go to Vegas a couple times a year and several times to Santa Fe (where my Hubs says the streets smell like chile), Denver, a 3-day music festival in Telluride (yes, I've kept it pretty clean at an outdoor music fest 4 times!) and I've done work trips to Chicago, Philly, Dallas, LA and so on and I've made it work without sacrificing all of my hard work and my gut health. Here's the deal - you'll never look back on the trip and think, "Man, great trip but I wish I'd ordered the pasta, or the cheesecake" etc. that you passed up. You'll remember the memories you made with your husband and the good meals you did enjoy. I promise. Remember, it's just food! I've just started reading the FFF book and yes, it definitely is helpful in this area - if you haven't read that yet, check it out in prep for your trip. @Mdraegar - I bet that wine was soooo yummy! Glad you didn't have any adverse side effects. Cheers! Sounds like you're taking it slow and easy, which should pay off. I admit I'm slightly regretful that I signed on for +15 days, but I know it's a good choice for me and the FFF book is great to be reading during this time to get my head on straight before I finish. Have a great rest of your weekend, ladies! Betsie
  33. 2 points
    @laurenmccracken, totally the same about the coffee. It was hard yesterday not answering the siren call of the green mermaid. As far as prepping for your trip, I'd suffuse loosening up every few days to reintroduce stuff & gauge your reaction. I skipped that this time because I felt since this is my 3rd W30, I've done the reintro before, I know what's up. Oh boy. The stinky gas. It's so bad. You do not want that on a romantic getaway.
  34. 2 points
    If you post specific meals, amounts/types of food as they relate to the template, sleep, exercise, water consumption, etc, we might be able to help. As is, we don't have enough info to provide any feedback.
  35. 2 points
    Betsie_n

    First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    As always, everyone's s posts today taught me little tidbits and gave me perspective. Thank you, ladies! @mdraeger - I guess we're in the four pounder club, eh? Well, at least it wasn't a gain - and you were so smart to take measurements like I did not. I tried on some clothes this weekend that I thought looked better in my middle area, which is my area of annoyance, so I'm going to just assume that if you lost inches, so did I since we've been twinsies all along Your fitness gameplan sounds very do-able, which is what is important. I know when I try to do too much, I end up not doing it, and 15 min/per day doesn't sound so hard and will help you build a new habit. I do my 3 mile walk, 5 days per week because I worked it into a habit about 4 years ago. I'm trying to do the same with yoga - I started with 10 min routines, then 12 min and this week I'm up to 15 min and have gotten it done all three days this week so far - and I'm loving it. Thanks for info on Keto from Mark Sisson - I know he's on proponent of it. @TerriN- OMG, between your winery and the step daughter's teenage Halloween party (did you say 20 teens in your house??) you deserve a medal for getting through unscathed! Congratulations! And, you're so right - I was thinking similar thoughts about last night and how I'd usually have just a little of this and that because it's Halloween and therefore required to have a treat....but then that leads to more and more this and that. That's exactly the behavior I'm working so hard to curb this time around. I need to connect the dots on why I can stay on track so easily during W30 but then think it's ok to have bites and tastes that add up to bigger issues when I'm not in W30 mode. Thank you, also for providing info on Keto - the site you shared was very helpful. The sweeteners allowed kill me, but obviously you don't have to use those. I also never add dairy as I've learned that I do have a real sensitivity to it, so I've long since gotten over needing any dairy (which says a lot from a former milk and cheese queen!). It's really about the carbs, I guess and I hate the thought of giving up fruit as I really adore my apple snacks. I've learned to limit my bananas because I know those are so carby, but eliminating most fruit would hurt for sure. And who knew onions are so carby??? I didn't realize that at all. Hmm...I'm going to talk to my NT about the carb thing - probably something I need to consider working on next. @halfpint_aggie - I bet that taco salad was tasty! I love tacos, too - my hubs is Mexican so it's our go-to meal (which I made last night!), but I do the taco salad and am just fine with that. Oh and congratulations on that 8 lbs!!! That feels good! It's freeing to realize that you've developed new norms and that what we thought we needed, like snacks while running errands, we don't anymore. The challenge is to continue with that mindset, I know. Glad to have you all still here <3 Betsie
  36. 2 points
    I had my taco salad at lunch. And it was delicious. But I’m really glad now that the 1 year-old is the only one home with me. Such stinky farts. It’s bad guys. I did a full 10 day plus reintroduction before & never had this kind issue.
  37. 2 points
    hmg1993

    Binge eating and re-starting Whole30

    @jessie206 Don't beat yourself up for falling off wagon. Instead decide there is no wagon only your life. what makes you happy and your health. I know I am tired of listening to the mean girl in my head telling me i am a failure. I am also learning to stop giving myself absolutes like I will never have X, Y or Z. Instead I am focused on being aware of my triggers like sugar and avoiding being sucked in. @Dragonslayer and @littleg Nicely done today. The sweet potato with coconut is on my menu soon. Yum. Here are my meals Leftover green beans with two eggs and half an avocado Baked chicken with roasted veggies and mayo Bratwurst (lovingly grilled by my husband!) with sauerkraut. Apple and couple of slices of turkey A funny thing happened today. I have a super stressful job and things were really intense and hectic. Sure enough the pavlovian instinct kicked in ... i need a snack. But instead of lunging for sugar or salt, I walked to the farmers market and bought an apple. Not my usual behavior but notable because i also wasn't doing mental math around how many calories left and how i want to spend my allowance. Very liberating and I put that down to your sage counsel! Thank you!! Happy Halloween!!
  38. 2 points
    kirkor

    Portion size for protiens

    1-2 palm sizes in 3 dimensions; so if you cut your hand off at the wrist and lopped off your fingers, bam, there's your protein! (Halloween-themed imagery for ya ;))
  39. 2 points
    Both of the girls are actually asleep! So I was able to eat a decent lunch. Hopefully a little tiger-blood will kick in immediately so I can get some cleaning done. This house is a pigsty! @mdraeger, thanks for the kind words. I feel like I'm just limping along, so it's nice to have that feedback. I've kind of felt like this wasn't a great W30 because it didn't look exactly like what I had envisioned, but you're making me feel like this really was a victory. I'm not sure how I want to approach life after this W30, and it ends tomorrow. My husband wants to continue on because he is slimming down a lot & wants to lose more weight. I 100% support his wanting to be healthier. As we approach 40, we've had a few friends have heart-attacks & other health issues; and I want to do anything we can to avoid that. And I really need to incorporate a fitness routine back into my life. I have a herniated lumbar disc that has been giving me trouble lately, so I need to get stronger. And eating well will help with that. However, continuing on with a strict W30 diet doesn't really feel necessary to me right now. I probably need to get the Food Freedom Forever book and see if that can offer any insight. We had struck a good balance after our previous W30s, but we were living in a different country. It was easy to avoid falling off the healthy-food-wagon when we had no life. It's much harder here in Texas. Especially for my husband. My gluten allergy builds in a little healthy-eating-cushion. Bread/desserts/beer, not an option. And with the holidays approaching, there's lots of room for us to screw up. We are also leaving on a camping trip on Saturday. If we were just going the 4 of us, then eating W30 while camping would be super easy. But, we are going with the in-laws. My mother-in-law is weirdly unsupportive of my husband wanting to lose weight. Her diet mainly consists of crackers, tortilla chips, and processed cheese. She wants to feed us when we are camping with them and has a hard time with her food "not being good enough". I don't even know how to put the situation into words. Sometimes it feels like she doesn't want her kids to succeed at anything because she still wants them to need her. Anyways, that's a lot of rambling, I better get moving with the chores before my girls wake up. Talk to you ladies later!
  40. 2 points
    CorgiLover

    Sept 18 start date reintro

    @SineadMon the BLT eating has some really basic tenets. Yes, weights is one of them, in fact the only required equipment is a digital food scale. You plan your eating for the day ahead of time (the night before) so that there are no choices to be made on the particular day. There is a meal template that tells how much of what you eat at each meal. You also eat three meals a day only, no snacking, not even tasting while cooking. It ends up being a pretty well balanced ~1200cal per day plan, if I figured it correctly. What I like is that there are really no decisions to make, you just eat what is on the plan for the day, but you get flexibility in what the proteins, fats, veggies and fruits are. That is the weight loss portion. There is another plan, a little more liberal with amounts, for maintenance. I see it like having a work uniform, it's so easy to just put on the uniform every day and not have to think about what you are going to wear. Once I've lost what I want (I expect it to be several months), I'll transition to Paleo as it makes me feel so much better than my old way of eating. The most stringent "Bright Lines" you don't cross in BLE are sugar and flour. None at all. So far, so good.
  41. 2 points
    SineadMon

    Sept 18 start date reintro

    Hi again everyone... so I wanted to come on again to jot down some of my NSVs and enlightened moments I have experienced since starting my W30. I really wanted to do this since I have felt deflated at the lack of weight loss. But I’m hoping this can help us all reflect on how far we’ve come and encourage us beyond slipping back into poor habits (as I’m sitting here on a Saturday night dreaming of an oreo milkshake!). Also to show that while some of us (me included!) never found the tiger blood we expected, there were a lot more benefits: * recognizing the difference between hunger and an emotional craving * leaner appearance, better skin, feeling more confident about my appearance in general * less sugar crashes, not as hangry, more ‘regular’, less groggy in the morning * I’m happier and more optimistic, less anxious and less stressed, more focused with work and relationships * greater awareness of food behaviors, more attention to the effects of food on my body * enjoy cooking at home much more, enjoy tasting real food, exploring new recipes * feel more active and energetic I think we all deserve to be so proud of ourselves for getting to this point, irrespective of where we go next. Also, I want to remind myself that 5 weeks ago, I was a very different person!
  42. 2 points
    dmrob2009

    Sept 18 start date reintro

    I'll stay as long as I'm allowed to!
  43. 2 points
    mdraeger

    First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    @Betsie_n Your description of your book group reminds me so much of the one I had up in Seattle. I've been looking for a replacement here in CA, but so far haven't found one. It's so great to have that group dynamic – where people can eat/drink what they want without (too much) hassle. I had a few Whole30 meetings where I would bring my kombucha and only be the tiniest bit sad about not drinking wine. Folks like your baker friend fascinate me. I totally get wanting to bake things and feed them to other people so you aren't eating a bunch of sweets/pastries. I have a good friend who's a former pastry chef and she loves making elaborate desserts for groups of people. (She was very popular in our book group.) But she never cared if anyone wasn't partaking for any reason. So, for folks like your friend, I assume it's an internal issue, either she feels valued when she provides for people or she feels like she should be abstaining/other food-related issues. It sounds like she's not heavy handed about it, but it's hard nonetheless. @TerriN I am so impressed by how well you navigate your wine-making activities on the Whole30. Wine is my biggest temptation when I'm on the Whole30 – not so much at home, I'm pretty good about managing that temptation. (The exception being situations like @laurenmccracken describes where I'm really upset or frustrated, I still really want the soothing power of wine in those moments... ) But when I'm out with friends, it's so hard to drink my club soda or kombucha and not feel deprived, so you are a huge inspiration. I'll be around in November as well and am glad to have this group to lean on as I work through the Food Freedom Forever process. @laurenmccracken I've been married for a little over 20 years and know how upsetting it is when my spouse isn't on the same page on anything, let alone something as major as that. We are child free by choice, so I can only imagine the added emotional charge of your situation. I'm so sorry that you're going through it and I hope you guys can talk through your feelings and come to a supportive place. For whatever it's worth, I'm proud of you for choosing the healthy path instead of the wine. I don't know that I'd be able to do the same. You're a Whole30 badass! My weekend is starting well. It was another wide-awake too early morning, but I enjoyed some quiet reading/coffee time and planned out my grocery shopping/cooking plan for the week. I made an experimental sheet pan breakfast based on this recipe, using up the remnants of my produce drawer. (Side note: am I the only one that feels a little too proud of using all of the contents my crisper drawer?) I messed up the timing a little bit, so the eggs were overcooked and the bacon wasn't as crispy as I would have liked, but it has the potential to be a really easy breakfast, so I'll definitely keep playing with it. Otherwise, it's a day of errands/cooking and cleaning so that we can go play tomorrow. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
  44. 2 points
    TerriN

    First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    Well I made it through day 1 without nuts! I think it will be fun for the last 2 weeks not to include them. I did miss my half Rx bar this morning as my pre wo snack but opted for a hard boiled egg instead. I’ve stayed away from fruit for the most part so I think I missed the 2 dates in the rx bar more than the nuts. The HB egg seemed to be ok - I forget it was hell week at orange theory so the w/o was a bit more intense - but I got through it. Interesting that as a result of giving up nuts & rx bars I’ve already noticed my snack cravings have decreased- prob because hb egg/veggies/protein as a snack is less appealing than a bunch of crunchy nuts! Interesting observation as it means I’m really not that hungry? Rings are feeling looser today & even my jeans a bit- so yay! Still wanting to sleep sounder but I have 2 weeks left so we’ll see. No major derailers this week with the exception of my dads bday celebration. It’s at a restsrsunt on Sunday afternoon so should be ok ( I’ll have kumbacha with me!) my poor hubby been sick going on 3 weeks now so he’s not felt like his nightly wine which has been good for me. He did brag to me last night that since he’s been sick & not eating much he’s lost 10 pounds without even trying- men have it so easy-LOL! Anyhow feeling good the 2nd half & trying new recipes! My morning frittata muffins have been my saving grace on the mornings I’m rushing to work after my workouts! Hope everyone’s doing well
  45. 2 points
    CorgiLover

    Sept 18 start date reintro

    OK, how about this: Guts Lose Under The Evil Nasty? I forgot, but about the hunger. I'm finding I don't get hungry like I used to. I'm thinking that what I used to think was hunger was often cravings? Same with tired and sleepy, I am starting to think that what I used to think was tired, or hungry, was boredom? Anyone else noticed this? I can go from breakfast to mid-afternoon without feeling really hungry. New for me. Yesterday evening, I was driving on the 12th hour or so, and wondered if I should stop and drive the rest of the way this morning. That was about the time I decided to stop and eat something. I kind of stepped back and asked myself how tired? Realized I wasn't sleepy, nor physically tired, I was just bored with driving all day and looking for a way to break the boredom. Changed radio stations and kept going, was a little eye-opening that I could take boredom and easily change to hungry or tired. Might be analyzing myself too much....
  46. 2 points
    kirbz

    September 18 start date

    Hi September 18ers! I just wanted to pass along a really delicious recipe that Shawn and I tried last night: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/twice-baked-potatoes-paleo-whole30-vegan/. It was amazing! Even Shawn loved it, which is surprising given that he doesn't much like potatoes unless they're piled high with sour cream and cheese! We also tried a few recipes from Mel Joulwan's Well Fed and they were also delicious! If you like real depth of flavor, this might be the book for you! For us, some of the Whole30 Cookbook recipes are pretty bland. Not with the ones we tried from Well Fed! Please continue to share any resources you love!
  47. 2 points
    @Dragonslayer I was thinking the same, I will reevaluate every 30 days. So my rules. I'm basically following the regular template - no dairy (except butter and ghee), no grains, no sugar, no alcohol, no counting calories, no healthier paleo versions of off limits foods - but with these modifications 1) I'm not going to be strict about small amounts of off plan foods (grains, sugar etc.) that may be in foods when I eat at a restaurant. 2) I'm not going to worry about canola oil. I cook at home 90% of the time anyways, but If I do go out I'm not worried about it being in salad dressing, or even having something deep fried, as long as its not breaded or anything. 3) I'm not going to have potatoes, or sweet potatoes. They are hard for me to stop eating. Consequently, I will likely be eating fairly low carb which is also part of my goal for this. From past experience, I have realized my mood and energy are most stable, and my cravings are lowest when I don't eat high carb foods (especially in the morning). After the first 30 days I will try adding some carbs back in with dinner. There are few things I will likely change after 30 days if I'm in a good place, and like you are talking about @5280sarah just really paying attention to if it's worth it. But for now this is the plan.
  48. 2 points
    Jpoolman

    Start 10-14

    @Dragonslayer thank you for sharing! I too suffer from anxiety and depression, and I'm definitely an emotional eater. That has been a struggle for me these past 8 days but I'm determined to make it. I eat when I'm sad, mad, anxious, celebrating, etc. I'm also trying to make my house calm, and be present during the day (helps my anxiety). I try to meditate every day (never has happened but I'm trying!), and it seems to help. Trying to be in the present moment is really helpful, but yes, harder when I am alone to stop those thoughts. Do things that make you happy and that you like to do (says the pot to the kettle). Your food sounds absolutely delicious. Too bad we aren't close (I'm assuming) or we could do a Whole30 potluck! ;-)
  49. 2 points
    thank you to all of you for the encouraging words! Yes, it's a complete and utter BUMMER about that darn bun! It totally put a HUGE damper on my day. In all honesty, I had like 4 bites, absentmindedly, before I realized it was a BUN! I immediately took it off, nearly cried, and then forked and knived the rest of my meal, kicking myself. I did not go order a shake or order fries... my poor kiddos didn't get fries yesterday either, haha! In terms of how I feel, I don't feel any different today. Woke at my normal time, no tummy discomfort, nothing. I know the book says even one bite of gluten can undo the gut healing. I honestly don't think I ate enough to have a huge detrimental impact on the rest of my whole30... continuing another 20 days might not really be feasible, but if I continue a good 10 or so days, I will still feel successful. I am a rule follower. The structure of this program really is almost liberating because of the rules. So, yes, i think based on rules, I need to start over... but really I'm continuing on where I left off, with 4-5 bites of bun standing in my way of a perfect whole30 in 30. @TerriN good for you for socializing and bringing compliant food for you! That soup sounds amazing! I need to make it! @Betsie_n @mdraeger and @halfpint_aggie I was a Diet Coke aholic and have 7 years off of it! I quit in April 2010 because I was afraid it was affecting my gut health and I had systemic candida and nothing was helping! Quitting it didn't help either, but short of having a sip or two at my parents house when I've had the flu at Christmas because that is their only bubbles (and it's happened 3 christmases)... I've not had Diet Coke of my own volition:-) it's like a badge of honor in my family that I've quit! My parents would go through 36 cans in about 5 days and my mom gets one out every day... @halfpint_aggie, I have not noticed any change in my body composition but thought that my breasts felt less heavy... I'm no longer BF, and stopped about 6 months ago... so now I have the sag... the dreaded boob sag... and even more now that I feel they've lightened up somehow... i recall that I saw more physical results in end of week 3 and week 4. I hope so! Haha! (Joking not joking!) NSV thus far: my skin looks more translucent... I've not been one with acne, but overall my skin just looks clearer and better texture (for lack of a better word) My joints don't hurt and my back hasn't been hurting near as badly! ive had more energy, despite this cold thats kicking my butt... ive relearned to cook differently. And I love to cook! I realized my kids can play upstairs alone while I prep and cook!! That's life changing! My husband knows im serious and feels badly for being a cad about us dining out with friends. It opened door of communication about a bunch of stuff so that's good!
  50. 2 points
    @laurenmccracken, hope you feel better soon. Ditto @Betsie_n's suggestion on the bone broth. If you don't have the energy to make your own, H-E-B has some that are W30 compliant in their refrigerated case. @Betsie_n, thanks for the list. I've never heard of the spunky coconut, so I'll be checking that out. And the Paleo chic-fil-a is getting made ASAP. Chic-fil-A is one of the things I miss most since being gluten-free. It's been 7 years since I had those delicious nuggets and it's pretty much the only thing that is still hard to sit by and watch other people eat. My 4-year-old told me last night that she was going to be sick in the morning. And sure enough, she woke up at 3AM with a high fever. Then again at 5 with a tummy ache. I took her to the pediatrician this morning & her flu test was negative, so that's good. Thankfully my husband no longer has a fever, so the pediatrician says he is not contagious, he still feels like poo though. My meals haven't been the best the past couple of days. Too busy spraying lysol on everything and making sure everyone else eats to make sure my meals have been appropriately balanced. Between that & the 3 AM wake-up today, I'm a little tired today. But my woke-up-at-3AM tired on W30 is still more energetic than my normal energy level. So that's a win. I'm going to heat up a cup of bone broth now to try & supplement my nutrition a little. I know a better option would be making myself a good meal right now, but the baby officially became a toddler yesterday & is into everything today. If I'm not holding her, my house is getting destroyed. And it's already bad enough. She goes to bed at 6, so I'll be able to eat a good meal in just a few hours.