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    I need help

    I didn't. That's just my log and a forum that I enjoy. I'm 64.
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    Thanks Snowflower! I haven't read it yet. I had just read "It starts with food" before doing this program. I know the scale is not the end all be all and I know I will get where I want to be Health wise, and at the end of the day even if the numbers stayed the same, but I felt better, that's all that matters to me. Before, I was just feeling sluggish and could feel the "heaviness" of my body, which I'm not feeling right now. I was always bloated and carrying extra weight. I will try to ignore the scale and I know I'm on the right track. Not feeling criticized at all. I knew I'd get some insight for posting my slip up.
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    I agree 100%....I LOVE this about Whole30. No measuring, no tracking, just listening to my body. Regarding the scale....I broke this rule during my first Whole30 and, while it excited and motivated me when I weighed myself (I think it was day 10) I was very disappointed on Day 31 when I had only lost 1 or 2 pounds since I had weighed on Day 10. Just a heads up...this could happen to you. I think focusing on the NSVs is key in feeling good and strong about the program from Day 1 through Day 30. Think about why that number is important....why isn't "feeling good" and having a "flatter stomach" enough? Have you read Food Freedom Forever yet?? I actually decided NOT to weigh myself before I started this Whole30 for all the reasons she discusses in that book. It's not about the number on the scale.....It's about EVERYTHING else. This has been hugely insightful to me this round and has made me feel stronger and better than ever. I hope this doesn't come across as being critical...I just want to encourage you to be proud and happy for reasons other than a number that means nothing in the grand scheme of things.
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    Day 27, not what I was hoping for

    It's hard to tell what your portioning is with the way you've listed out your meals, so I would challenge you to take a look at the meal template again (linked in my signature below) and assess whether or not every meal is matching the template. The fact that you have 'snacks' is a good indicator that they are not infact matching because you should be going 4-5 hours between meals comfortably without the need to snack. If you are going to snack, you should be trying for more like a mini meal of at least two of the three macros (protein, fat, veggies... not fruit and nuts). When you're using greens (spinach, mixed greens, kale) as your veggie, you really need a wheelbarrow full because they are mostly water and chew down to almost nothing. If you want salad, consider adding heartier cooked/roasted veggies (or raw if you like raw) to those salads. As ArtFossil said, the fat in your meals looks suspect... we don't count cooking fat and nuts are not a great source. Consider creamy dressings (mayo, ranch, pesto), avocado, olives etc... The Whole30 unfortunately isn't a quick fix and while some people do report fast results, each individual's context is different and comparing yourself to others is the quickest way to get frustrated. Your non scale victories are great, I bet you could name another 4 or 5 if you wanted to My advice would be that you do re-intro at the end of your 30 days and then make a WholeAnthrogetch plan that suits your lifestyle and your needs and continue this healthy way of eating. Knowing what you know about the inflammatory foods, your personal plan may be very similar to the Whole30 and that's okay but at least you'll know that when Christmas rolls around and your bestee carts out the once yearly Christmas Pudding, you can make an informed choice
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    @snowflower I've not made those exact egg muffins, but I've made them tossing in various ingredients and they are great. Easy grab in the morning. I have a ton of veggies left over this week, I think I'll go prep egg muffins for the week's breakfasts. Adding the prosciutto sounds yummy! That's Watercress soup looks good. I love asian food! I'm adding this to my weekly dinner list!!!
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    Whole 30 Chicken Pot Pie?

    If I were to guess, I'd say it's SWYPO. Generally, making things out of compliant foods (generally the more processed compliant foods such as starches and flours) such as breads or crusts is considered not ok. Sticking with lesser processed foods is best. Part of the whole30 is retraining how you approach foods
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    Day 14-- ALMOST HALFWAY!!! I've been feeling great & looking forward to all my meals--- has anyone else gotten a little sick of meat? I feel like I am eating too much of it. I just have been filling my plate up with more veggies and that helps. The egg roll in a bowl thing is great-- Had for dinner last night and felt so full afterwards, plus I love stretching a lb of ground meat into more than a meal for me and my husband-- I'm going broke with the organic stuff. B-leftover egg roll filling L-Not sure, probably a chicken salad with organic greens & tons of veggies D-roasted acorn squash stuffed with Aidelli's chicken and apple sausage (& probably some other stuff too) Tomorrow is my day off so it is food prep day. I plan on making a 'uge pot of roasted tomato & red pepper soup for the week Any suggestions on sides with the soup?? I think it will miss it's grilled cheese dunker.... maybe a salad with tuna meatballs?
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    I've been dealing with the respiratory crud. My cough is driving me insane. What can I take that is whole 30 compliant? on a positive note: today is day 14!!! breakfast :smoked salmon, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, and 2 eggs lunch: chicken on spring greens and avocado supper: pork chop, cauliflower rice and squash. were having fantastic weather in Minnesota which is so unusual so I plan to take the dogs for a hike in the woods. Have a good day everyone. Tomorrow we're half done.
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    Meadow - I will also miss all of your wonderful words. Thank you for all your support and contributions to this forum.
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    Starting November First!!

    Cooking oils often stay in the pan and aren't consumed, so they count some toward a fat, but are usually not enough on their own. Mayo is a great fat option -- you can dip vegetables (raw or cooked) into it, you can mix it with tuna or chicken or hard boiled eggs for a protein salad, you can use it as a salad dressing, and you can change up the flavor by using different herbs or spices in it so it's not always the same. Olives are a good fat source, as is compliant bacon occasionally if you can find it. You can also drizzle oil or ghee over your cooked meats or vegetables (coconut oil on a baked sweet potato with some coarse sea salt and cinnamon is amazing, or drizzle some sesame oil over a stir fry). Or you can make sauces/dips -- there's some ideas here, or something like a chimichurri sauce or a pesto sauce would be good too. If you want some nuts or nut butters occasionally, that's fine, just don't make them your main fat source. Have them as an extra -- a few toasted almonds in your green beans, a few walnuts or sunflower seeds tossed into a salad, something like that. Also, we'd encourage you not to spend a lot of time tracking calories and stuff. Follow the meal template, build your meals so that you're easily going 4-5 hours between meals without being hungry, and don't worry about the numbers.
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    Starting November First!!

    I liked the idea of adding leftover meat and tried it twice this week. It really helped me stave off hunger for over 4 hours. Once it was shredded chicken and once some leftover roast beef. I'll definitely do that again, especially on days when I know lunch is apt to be late. Limiting nuts is always a challenge for me, although I try to eat pecans, almonds or macadamia nuts, rather than cashews. My way of dealing with it is to allow it daily the first week, and then stick closer to the Whole 30 guidelines of every other day. I figure it beats eating a totally noncompliant food or eating a trigger food, like dried fruit. I am anxious to hear other people's recommendations for on-the-go snacks, and I feel the same about jerky! And H.B. eggs only work if it's a sit down snack -- not particularly great for the car or out in public. I've had a roller-coaster week. Although I officially started November 1, I actually started last weekend. So I had an early occurrence of "kill all things" and some frequent bouts of fatigue (exacerbated by our time change that occurred here in Mexico LAST weekend!) My biggest challenge is dealing with non-routine days, and I had several this week. One was a shopping day with a friend to a nearby city, and the other was a day with a yoga class and a massage scheduled too close together to actually eat a full meal between. Both times I chose the restaurant with care, but still had difficulty getting enough food. Drinking water definitely helps in these situations, but not completely. I know this requires more careful advance planning. The other helpful advice was to eat protein and fat OR protein and veggies as a post WO meal. So although this is officially Day 5 for me, I'm reading ahead to see what typical for Days 6, 7, and 8. P.S. I have a good friend who is experiencing MAJOR digestive problems, and I refrained from trying to "sell" her on Whole 30, even though I KNOW she would feel better if she ate this way. She knows what I am doing, and she can ask questions if she is interested. Tough for me to be silent and not proselytize!
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    I had a rough day yesterday. All compliant food sounded yucky and I wanted to quit. I stuck it out and feel better today. Yesterday- b: 2 eggs and spinach L: went to smash burger with my husband and had a Baja salad with a burger patty. They cooked my burger without any butter and on the salad I left off bacon, cheese, and dressing but added extra guac. D: purple potatoes and chicken with a coconut spicy sauce and balsamic green beans . Today I'm headed to the farmers market again. Food choices will depend on what I find. I added a compliant tumeric supplement and magnesium supplement last night . I slept for almost 10 hours and only woke up once (at my usual early work morning time). Have a good weekend everyone !
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    @maggie_h I wouldn't fret about the orange juice. It's a much better option than cookies or crackers which could throw off your 30 straight days without! And most likely was 100% juice if it was in one of little plastic cups with the peel off top. That's what many hospitals and medical office's use in my experience. It won't affect your reset in my opinion. I slept amazing! And got up before my alarm. I've got a busy morning and afternoon, but am having my first date night this round. We are going to Hugo's Frog Bar which I've been to before on Whole30 because it's easy for me to choose compliant items there. They have oysters, which I'll definitely have with tobasco and lemon, maybe shrimp or crab cocktail (with tabasco and lemon), maybe a dry grilled steak, a salad with avocado and my smuggled in salad dressing. I'm excited! And only a little sad about not drinking wine with my oysters. My daughter had a few pieces of Halloween candy and we were playing a game where I tried to guess what candy it was by smelling the empty wrapper with my eyes closed. (This was my idea. I wanted to smell them.) My significant other came into the room in the middle of our game and was shocked and pleaded "Don't do that!" thinking it would encourage me to eat some. But I didn't eat any. I wasn't even tempted to eat any. The smells were.....meh....not that enticing. But I did go 3/3 on identifying by smell! You know what smell does entice me.....http://meljoulwan.com/2013/01/02/paleo-sweet-potato-soup/ and I've got some in my freezer I can pull out anytime! Today: Breakfast: cincinnati chili with baked potato and ghee, veggie soup, coffee with coconut milk Lunh: Crispy Smashed Chicken, roasted butternut squash, raw veggie plate (carrots, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes. I have no lettuce left!) with ranch dressing Dinner: Hugo's! Tomorrow is going to include a workout, grocery shopping, a nap, and lots of cooking!
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    Hi everyone! Just found this group. I started on October 26 so today is day 10 for me. Yesterday I had sweet cravings ALL afternoon, after lunch. Lunch was a huge taco salad with plenty of turkey and guac so I had the protein and fats there and tons of veggies. Afternoons have always been my toughest time. It'll start with a diet soda with lunch, then a dark chocolate after lunch then go downhill from there. Anyway, hoping today is better. I'm feeling pretty good otherwise. And my clothes are fitting better. I am already anticipating missing my Friday night glass (or two) of wine tonight (last weekend was tough) so I have some Kumbacha in the fridge and plan to drink that in a wine glass. I think that will really help get past it. Last night I made the pork carnitas and lemon oil slaw from the book - OMG! Sooooo delicious. Looking forward to having it again for lunch. My biggest problem is all the cooking (and resulting cleanup). Soooooo sick of it. Not a fan of cooking in the first place and this is a lot of cooking for me! Plus I have my family to cook for and sometimes they don't want what I'm having (although they all loved last night's dinner). And honestly, I'm not in the mood to spend an entire weekend day cooking for the week. I will just have to slog through it. Anyone know of a good source for W30 crockpot recipes? Sunday is my monthly book club meeting at Mellow Mushroom (oooohhhh pizza). I've already looked at their menu online and plan to have a greek salad (sans feta) with my own dressing. I know I can do this. Just waiting for that "magic" and those afternoon cravings to leave me alone! -Karen
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    Older women following Whole30

    @Snowflower, unfortunately, at 45 years of age you will have to pay monthly dues to be counted among the older women.
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    Starting November First!!

    I will also be starting Nov. 1st. I am planning to do more than 30 days but I am going to start with 30 and go from there.
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    Older women following Whole30

    I think that, for at least some of us "over 50" gals, 30 days is not quite enough. I did a Whole 90 after my hysterectomy last winter and I am certain it was helpful for keeping the hot flashes and general tiredness under control. And I really did recover quickly and well. So I'm in for another long one now!
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    In need of serious encouragement!

    Hope you are doing better. Sometimes we get to much into our heads and thoughts then race. Just go do something fun and get your mind off bad thoughts. Once a day visual what you want and see yourself in the picture being happy. I agree don't date for awhile and just give yourself a break, do not be so hard on yourself. It's time to get back on track.
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    I actually found soy free tuna at dollar general yesterday! It was their store brand, I think clover valley. Gonna go back and get some tomorrow after I go through the last of my Genova!
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    Beef/Chicken/Veggie Broths

    If those are the only ingredients, it is compliant. The larger amount of sugar in the nutrition facts is likely due to there being more naturally occurring sugars in vegetables than in meat.
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    I found compliant Wild Planet tuna .... at Walmart, of all places. Correction - it was Ocean Naturals. Ingredients: tuna, water, salt.
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    I looked this up the other day and this is what the starkist tuna website said about soy. I have not looked to see if any of my local groceries have the varieties they mention that are just tuna and water: What kind of vegetables are used in the vegetable broth? Vegetable broth is added to some StarKist Tuna products as a flavor enhancer. The broth must consist of two or more of the following: beans (including soybeans), cabbage, carrots, celery, garlic, onions, parsley, peas, potatoes, green or red bell peppers, spinach, or tomatoes. If you have dietary restrictions or allergies to any of these ingredients, you might want to try StarKist Low Sodium Chunk Light or Very Low Sodium Chunk White Tuna in cans* (which contains only tuna and water). Also, StarKist Gourmet Choice® Solid Light Tuna Fillet, packed in water or olive oil, does not contain vegetable broth.
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    Hi all! Before you create a new can I have, take a peek at this list we've compiled of the most common "Can I Have" questions! http://whole30.com/2013/06/the-official-can-i-have-guide-to-the-whole30/
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    Older women following Whole30

    Hi Chrys, I just turned 56 and did a W30 in July/August. I started again September 1. My idea of exercise is going to get the mail . I lost 8 in my first W30 and hoping to lose some more, but the other things that happen are great too. Hubby is doing this one with me, and I know from previous experience that he will probably lose a lot of weight. I just don't think about it. Guys are different. Good Luck!