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  1. 4 points
    stacie66

    #SeptemberWhole30

    Hello, All, Finishing up Day 5 and feel pretty good. Didn't need a nap today, so that was a bonus. Sorry to hear about your weekend @alisonmae I hope the weather cooperates with you all! I'm in Florida and would gladly send you some of our rain! I spent the day driving around to different grocery stores to stock up on water and supplies...my patience was truly tested, but I managed to not punch anyone. Just coming onto this board and seeing how some of you are struggling, but still keeping on the plan is really inspiring. Hang in there @hefreeman and @NoneOtherThanAmy! Someone mentioned a NSV, so I'll share one. Today, I was so proud of myself for grilling up 4 chicken breasts. I put them on the grill and then signed into Instagram to look for a recipe from the Whole30 board to go with it. Naturally, I ended up looking at numerous cat videos and other very important pictures. Fast forward 1 hour....OH, CRAP, MY CHICKEN! Normally, I would have thrown out the chicken, opened up a bottle of wine and asked my husband to pick up Panda Express, but tonight that thought never even entered my mind. I cut off the burnt parts, chopped up the rest and mixed it with the Basic Mayo and some lemon juice and made chicken salad instead. I roasted some broccoli and sweet potatoes and then tossed in a handful of cashews, too. I call this recipe A Big Hot Mess, but it wasn't too bad and it checked all of the food boxes needed. Hope everyone has a great day tomorrow!
  2. 3 points
    NoneOtherThanAmy

    #SeptemberWhole30

    Welcome! I love your attitude and I'm so glad you've come here and made a commitment to your health by joining in with us. I'm too tired to look up specific websites, but I love Stupid Easy Paleo, Nom Nom Paleo, and Mel Joulwan of the Well Fed cookbooks (I've heard great things about her cookbooks, but I haven't tried one yet). If you do instagram, follow the whole30recipes account to get several whole30 recipes each day. It's kind of an amazing feed. I wish I had been following along during my first whole30. I feel like I have a very similar story as yours. I've tried so many weightloss things that just never stuck and would be embarrassed to eat my treats or full servings of food in front of people. That has all changed since my first whole30 and I am so grateful! Food doesn't control me anymore and it did for a LONG time. OK I'm going to put this in a single post so I don't keep clogging up the thread @alisonmae I hope you get some rain over there in Oregon! Your story puts my weather grumbling into perspective. I was cranky today because we've had a few days of humid upper 80s and 90s again after a brief reprieve the last week or so. I'll send all my good weather thoughts your way.
  3. 3 points
    snowflower

    #SeptemberWhole30

    oh how this rings true for me....I was a carb addict before I found Whole30 and felt so depressed and miserable most of the time. I was constantly needing more carbs to keep my blood sugar stable and it was a vicious cycle that I couldn't break. My first Whole30 was brutal..."the carb flu" knocked me on my a$$ for the first week. I could barely work out and had no energy as my body was adjusting to no sugar and no processed carbs. I added in lots of starchy veggies to get through, but it was still so tough. My point here is that the food I was eating CONTROLLED me! Now....I control my food. It's such a great feeling. I'm still far from perfect and struggle with my food freedom and adding sugar back in, but I have come so far since that first Whole30. Best of luck to you on your journey. HANG. IN. THERE. It does get better. And I AM making the Slow Cooker Meaty Marinara Sauce RIGHT NOW! If you're close to Wheaton, IL, stop by and I'll give you a plate with some zucchini noodles and some leftover wedge salad from last night. So sorry to hear about this. Sending hopes for rain and safety for all the firefighters and families affected by this.
  4. 2 points
    hefreeman

    #SeptemberWhole30

    Thanks, everyone, for your kind words!! I made it through Day 5 without quitting - hooray! I ate a compliant dinner as soon as I got home. Then, I put on my PJs, finished the last few pages of a library book, and turned in early. Today is definitely better. I am still a little tired but not nearly as exhausted as I have been the previous 5 days. Also, the severe crankiness passed, thank goodness. I suspect there will be more challenges over the next 24 days, but I am so glad I didn't give up yesterday.
  5. 2 points
    The SWYPO rule is to make sure people have their heads right and aren't using compliant food as a crutch to keep off-plan cravings at bay. But think about even the title of your thread: paleo cheats? What is it cheating on? If the inner dialog pathway of sweet=treat=cheat still exists, maybe there's still work to be done.
  6. 2 points
    srdamore14

    #SeptemberWhole30

    I'm still battling a cold that I acquired while traveling over Labor Day. I woke up this morning with a head cold that turned into a chest cold. I really wanted to ditch my pre-cooked frittata this morning for one of my husband's bagels (frozen, not even fresh from the bakery!). Reading the posts that came in over night helped me keep perspective! I may feel physically bad at the moment but mentally I feel great! Thanks for setting an example.
  7. 2 points
    jmcbn

    Kombucha

    Technically I guess that this is compliant because you're not adding any sugar to the second ferment (fruit has only naturally occurring sugars for anyone questioning this, not ADDED sugars), however the subject of Kombucha made with brown rice syrup isn't really covered. And whilst both rice & sugar are off limits, sugar isn't really a gut irritant in the way that rice can be for some folk so it's really a bit of a grey area because like the sugar most of the brown rice syrup will have been used during the first fermentation. Personally I'd go ahead & bottle, but maybe hold off on drinking any until the reintro process when I'd trial it along with non gluten grains. Here's the latest low down on Whole30 & Kombucha fyi...................
  8. 2 points
    Let's Dooooo It!

    Started September 1st

    Homemade mayo...mmmmm...yessssss... make the homemade mayo!!! The texture...the taste...the freshness... you may never buy it again. I don't...
  9. 2 points
    Sara Cameron-Ragazzo

    August 7th Start Date

    I totally agree with you!!! It's not over for me. I am loving this commitment and I know I still have work to do so I'm going onward (and upward)! I feel like we live in this special space with all this knowledge and freedom over our "dragons" that makes us truly special . . . and blessed! Have loved this group. I hope we can stick together as we take our individual journeys wherever they go! I can't believe how fast 30 days went!! Here's to 30 more for me!
  10. 2 points
    libchick

    #SeptemberWhole30

    Hello everyone, My name is Jessica and I am doing the September Whole30 also. This is my second one - first time was February 2012, so it's been a while. I've been pushing the line further and further the last year or two and find myself eating things I shouldn't. I've also noticed I eat too much chocolate at work because I'm bored or stressed - not the best strategy for dealing. I've thought about doing another Whole30 for a while and couldn't face it, but this time I was excited to have some structure, so I knew I was ready. I have fibromyalgia and many other unexplained pain areas so I am hoping this helps reduce pain. I've been gluten and dairy free since 2008 because of this. So far so good! I did get to work today and immediately wanted to look in my chocolate drawer - so conditioned apparently. Luckily, that drawer is all cleaned out. Hope it goes well for everyone. I'm always amazed at how not difficult it is - just requires some advance thought and prep time mainly. Thanks for listening!
  11. 2 points
    invinciblechar

    8/7 start Reintroduction

    I have a confession to make. My boyfriend, who lives across the country from me in San Francisco, is coming to NY for a visit next Thursday. When I looked back at the Reintroduction schedule in the Whole30 book this weekend to prepare, I realized that the reintroduction process would last until the day he leaves at least. I didn't want to add stress or a regimented eating routine to his visit, and so I decided I would truncate the reintroduction, taking only 1 day of Whole30 eating between each reintroduction day instead of the recommended 2+. However, I have had a change of heart. It made me sad to think I wouldn't really know 100% how each eliminated food group affects me if I don't give it enough time to affect me and then clear out of my system before introducing another food group. And that seemed like it would have rendered the past 30 days of hard work a waste. Well, okay, not a TOTAL waste, because of course, many good things have come from it, but I'm such a nerd about data that to tarnish my own experiment seemed like a shame. Also, more and more I've been thinking that I want to continue eating like this for the long run. Maybe I'll add a glass of wine or a beer or two every once in awhile and relax my ingredient policing when I eat out, but, for the most part, I'd like to eat in a Whole30-compliant way. Not only is it because of how I feel now, which is vastly different from how I felt when I wasn't being mindful about what I put in my body, but it's also because the more I read about nutrition, the more I'm convinced that this is so necessary. I see the awful outcomes of my parents' diet unfolding every day now, and I can't let that happen to me. I may not be able to stop the effects of aging, but I can thwart some of the lifestyle-related conditions and complications that only get worse with time. I ain't going down like that. So now I am about to sit down with a calendar and re-plan out my reintroduction schedule. Hm. Or maybe I'll wait until tomorrow night and do it over MY FIRST GLASS OF RED WINE IN A MONTH!!!!!! My man will just have to deal with all of my delicious, home-cooked, nutrient-dense meals, and the fact that I won't be drinking. I think he'll live.
  12. 2 points
    MMF

    Start date Tuesday September 5th

    I'm in phoenix!
  13. 2 points
    invinciblechar

    August 7th Start Date

    In a weird way, I'm almost sad that we're at Day 30, and the main phase of our reset is ending. I've been disciplined for short periods of time in the past, but never in a way that felt this all-encompassing and sustainable. And certainly never in a way that I wanted to keep doing it! I always would celebrate my victory (usually measured in lbs) a little too hard with beer and sweets, because food was my reward, kickstarting the backward slide that continued until the next period of attempting to right the ship. But this time is different. I worked too hard and feel too good to revert back to my old ways immediately. This feels like such a big accomplishment that I want that feeling to continue. Yeehaw to all us Aug 7 babies!!!!
  14. 2 points
    alisonmae

    #SeptemberWhole30

    Thank you Meghan! I love this: "Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels"! That is something I need to keep in mind. I know this will probably help me lose a touch of weight, but what we are all really looking for with this change is improved health! Great reminder! Thank you! And WOW! This thread has really exploded! Yay! I'm so glad we could all find each other! I have been VERY absent for awhile with the long weekend/my birthday weekend! I was really living up my last few days before diving into this! I am currently on Day 2 and have definitely had my ups and downs already....Stayed on point all day yesterday and even got a workout in! Today is a different story though. (Long story ahead...fair warning) I sleep with my windows open as I do not have air conditioning and Mother Nature thinks it's a great idea to make Oregon damn near 100 the last few days! This has been our weather all summer! Hot, dry, the last rain we had was back in June and that was barely a trace...before that it was well over 50 days of no rain. With wildfires burning all over central/south Oregon and California, we need rain and temps NOT in the 90s and 100s. Well..sadly over the weekend, a few teenagers thought it would be funny to purposefully drop smoke bombs and burning fire crackers into a beautiful hiking gorge (Eagle Creek, in the Columbia River Gorge just east of Portland). Within a matter of a couple of days the fire has raged out of control over 10,000+ acres, covered Portland in a thick layer of very unhealthy smoke, and is raining down ash all over us. I woke up with a sore throat and ash all over my bed. But I would say I'm lucky compared to the hundreds of families displaced by this fire. My heart breaks for those people and for the loss of such an amazing natural space. If you take anything away from this, it is to please pray for/send positive thoughts of rain to Oregon. Our firefighters and emergency response teams need the help! Needless to say, I wanted to stress eat a bit today. But I haven't! Even when I got to work and had to place an order for catering pastries, cookies, and brownies to the office in a few weeks (none of which I'll be able to eat) I still reached for my carrot sticks to munch on while I finished the order. I also found a compliant salad dressing at Fred Meyer today, so my strawberry/sweet potato/grilled chicken/spinach salad was IRRESISTIBLE! Anyone looking for inspiration on their recipes? Check out my girl, Tiff! She's done the Whole30 twice before and is currently doing it now. AND OH YEA! She's a food blogger that makes and shares AMAZING recipes! She has a few posts specifically Whole30 compliant, but she also shares a lot of other healthy, sweet, savory, not so compliant recipes (for when you start reintroducing!)! She's all about balance and finding your happiness! http://www.parsnipsandpastries.com/ Okay! I think I've rambled on for quite long enough now! I'll try to be better about posting more updates for myself, and also for my boyfriend, who's doing this with me! (He's already experiencing sluggish feelings and a headache today... ) but we both know this will help us so much more in the end! Here's looking ahead at the next 28.5 days (and shorter for most of you that started on the 1st!) Cheers! Alison
  15. 2 points
    MeghanC17

    #SeptemberWhole30

    Hey everyone! (and Happy Birthday, Alison! - Thanks for starting this thread!) I started on September 1st with my very first Whole 30. I have been aware of the program forever, but I've been struggling with weight loss and have "tried everything" but eventually got embarrassed after calorie counting, weight watchers, etc etc didn't last. I just wasn't super committed and came up with excuses to stop restricting myself (since I thought "no one cares but me anyway and I want this _____ (cookie, alcohol, pizza roll, whatever)"). I didn't want to tell anyone that I was doing this (at this point only 4 people in my life know) because I didn't want to fail publicly again to regain control of my health. But, here I am on day 5 and haven't murdered anyone ;). JK, it hasn't been as bad as I thought, but I am kinda short tempered today. I'm proud of all of us for working hard to change our relationships with food and have a healthy lifestyle. I always hated the phrase "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels", but seriously, 5 days in and not being constantly bloated, I haven't had knee pain a single day yet, and my pants feel so much looser that I have to agree, with modification, that "nothing tastes as good as healthy feels". I would love to lose weight, but truly, I don't want to be a slave to food. I don't want to feel controlled by food, use it as my comfort, or feel embarrassed about what/how much I'm eating, or eat in secret. I want more out of life than that and I am hoping that Whole 30 will be healthy path in that direction. The biggest thing I want to work on in the next week is incorporating more veggies (that has been lacking in these first 5 days). I hope that everyone is having an excellent day and if not, I hope that tomorrow is better. I'm here rooting for you!! Ps. feel free to point me in the direction of any websites for recipes or on the go snacks that you love or tips you didn't know when you started that you came to love. Thanks so much!!
  16. 2 points
    Sara Cameron-Ragazzo

    August 7th Start Date

    Yes, we did it!!!!!! Here we are in Day30!!! I really can't believe my own self. This is the most disciplined I've been since I was pregnant with my kids! I'm going to reintroduce slowly for sure so I don't mess something up!
  17. 2 points
    Sara Cameron-Ragazzo

    August 7th Start Date

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so proud of us. Don't think I'm going to change much but we'll see what tomorrow brings. THANKS for getting this group re-started!!! I should be more active in September as work will slow down some! Yahoo to all of us!
  18. 1 point
    Volcom4em

    Start date Tuesday September 5th

    Hi everyone. I've done two whole thirties already and I love the whole thirty so much. I've gained weight since then and definitely not proud of where I'm at right now. My self control is weak. And my skin isn't as healthy as it used to be. I also have somewhat of an addiction to aspartame, gum and sweet N low. I think a lot of my lack of self control is due to lack of sleep. I'm Committed to a fresh start tomorrow and getting rid of the sugar dragon. Thank you.
  19. 1 point
    RosaK

    Cabbage carrot slaw

    I have been shredding carrots and purple cabbage, mix it together, drizzle olive oil over all of it, half a lemon's juice and 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt. It is so DELICIOUS! You can use it to top any salad, eat it with avocado, eggs. Proteins...SO GOOD :-)
  20. 1 point
    ladyshanny

    Started September 1st

    Fair, not everything works for everyone. But at the absolute least amount of bang for your buck, you'll have eaten healthy, whole foods for 30 days and that's nothing to shake a stick at! Since what we think is what we believe which is what we can tend to manifest, could you set those doubts aside and instead just be curious about what results you may see? Instead of "I doubt this is as fantastic as everyone says it is", could you switch it to "I wonder if my morning hangover might reduce/vanish, looking forward to finding out".
  21. 1 point
    There is no good or bad, cheat or treat, clean or dirty food. The food we choose to eat does not have morals, only consequences. Once you figure that out, then you can start developing your own food freedom.
  22. 1 point
    slc_melissa

    Almond Flour and Coconut Flour

    Also, don't use the flours to try and re-create baked goods....and if you don't have a specific plan for an ingredient, I'd recommend not buying it.
  23. 1 point
    alisonmae

    #SeptemberWhole30

    Thanks @NoneOtherThanAmy; I love summer, but I am SOOO ready for fall! All this heat is getting to me! Luckily today the temps are only in the 80s and the smoke coverage all over the city is keeping the strength of the sun at bay a bit! Stay safe down there in Florida, @stacie66! That hurricane sounds like bad news and Florida and the Caribbean are in my thoughts! Welcome @libchick! Smart move on cleaning out cupboards and drawers! We've got this!
  24. 1 point
    ladyshanny

    Almond Flour and Coconut Flour

    With all items, it is important to read the ingredients. Items such as nuts, tomatoes etc have naturally occurring sugars which would appear on the nutritional panel. If the item does not have any non-compliant ingredients, including added sweeteners, it's fine.
  25. 1 point
    NoneOtherThanAmy

    #SeptemberWhole30

    Which cookbook did you get? I see she just released one called "Ready or Not" or something along those lines. It's supposed to be full of quick-fix recipes and I could definitely use an arsenal of those for cooking emergencies. Sometimes when I'm not in the mood to cook or prep much, I'll buy some pre-chopped veggies from the grocery store, there's usually a fajita mix of peppers and onions that I like, and then grab a steak. I'll slice the steak into strips, season it with salt or a garlic salt mix, and just throw it on the stove, let it cook for a bit and then add the peppers and onions. Super quick, not much prep and pretty tasty. It's also pretty expensive, so I don't do that often, but if I'm in need of a quick "treat" meal, that'll do.
  26. 1 point
    jmcbn

    What happened to the AIP?

    A quick Google of 'Whole30 AIP' brought me to >this< Hope this helps. As an FYI it's much easier to search the forum via google using the terms Whole30 + your query than it is to search via the forum...
  27. 1 point
    pilatesfan

    Start date Tuesday September 5th

    I've started my second whole 30 today. I have a major headache which is a sign that I have been eating like crap. Major sugar addiction and just eating out of sheer boredom. I learned a lot from my first one but found myself slipping back to old eating habits. Why do we do that?
  28. 1 point
    NoneOtherThanAmy

    #SeptemberWhole30

    We can both pull through! I know you can do it. Leftovers are lifesavers! I'd have been stopping at a fast food place if I didn't have pre-made meals all ready to be thrown in the microwave for tonight. I was pretty touchy all day today too and had to remove myself from the lab for a bit when I learned that someone not only "borrowed" a piece of equipment I needed TODAY, they took it to another building on campus and left it there. Not cool. Of course, the person was the head of a lab, so it's not like I could tell him off or anything (not that I really would). I went back to my desk and knit a few rounds on a small project I keep on hand while he ran across campus to get the equipment. Felt a little calmer after the knitting, but still. Return stuff after you're done with it.
  29. 1 point
    stone house

    Start date Tuesday September 5th

    Hi: I started today too! In Austin, TX. This is, I think, my 5th whole30? I've been doing them roughly once every 10 months. I have some fitness goals in addition to the food plan, and I'm going to try to stay busy doing some new things. Already I'm missing snacks! I'd love one right now but I'll have some tea and hang on until dinner. Good luck everyone!
  30. 1 point
    snowflower

    Started September 1st

    This is the most delicious ranch dressing I've ever eaten: http://meljoulwan.com/2014/03/10/paleo-ranch-dressing/ you're used to everything being sweet....that does take some time to adjust to. Have you tried making homemade mayo yet?
  31. 1 point
    fairedog

    #SeptemberWhole30

    Hi everyone, it's day 9 for me! So far I haven't had any cravings/headaches/tiger blood. I feel pretty normal. Hardest part for me has been staying away from beer and all the cooking/prep work needed. The only thing I've "craved" so far has been the ability to buy pre-made food so I don't have to cook! =) On the plus side I've gotten to use my new NomNomPaleo cookbook and it inspired me to clean and organize the kitchen. The most important thing I've learned so far is to always be prepping. In other words, every time I have the cutting board out for any reason I take the time to cut up more/different vegetables than needed for the recipe. It saves time later when I'm in a hurry and need to throw something together.
  32. 1 point
    GRiv

    Start date Tuesday September 5th

    I started today, too:) This is my first time. Tired of feeling tired and bloated and not fitting into any of my clothes! Feels like so many people are repeats and therefore old pros at this. I'm still feeling a bit overwhelmed, but hopeful, too. Thankful to have this forum as a resource.
  33. 1 point
    Jim4884

    Looking for an Over 50 Group to blog with

    The moderators will be able to help more specifically than I can, but night time hunger is likely caused by not having enough fat in your meals. It did take me about 3 weeks before I got the meal sizes and portions between veggies/proteins/fats dialed in - at that point, I could almost set a clock by my hunger as it would be 5-6 hours after the previous meal. Hang in there with this - I have experienced profound health improvements as a result of my dietary changes - I completed my Whole30 August 4 and I continue to eat 90%+ compliant as I am not willing to regress on my health - and I really enjoy how I eat now. Welcome!
  34. 1 point
    SusanS

    Start date Tuesday September 5th

    I'm starting today too! And I'm glad all of you are here doing the same. And many veterans... So, I did one Whole30 before (about 2 years ago) and it was transformational. It definitely improved my eating and lifestyle overall, but I've slowly slid to less awesome eating and living. I started a Whole about 6 months ago wanting to remedy this, but I had a hard time sticking to it, and only made it about two weeks—mostly because of poor planning. Looking back, I wasn't fully prepared to do the second one and should have done it more intentionally and consciously. This time in doing this Whole30, I am more prepared. I think and hope the biggest differences will be (a) I wrote some things down about my reasons, my goals and my outcomes (b) I'm committing to it here with all of you (c) I signed up for the email of 30 days from Whole30 Daily (d) I have a public calendar in my house to track progress. (Even though, I'm the only one in the house doing it, my husband is supportive and is doing his own self-improvement regimen.) I'm excited. Let's do this! ----- @MMF - I'm in Denver. Where are you?
  35. 1 point
    EmilyB456

    Start date Tuesday September 5th

    I'm starting today as well! I've done two Whole 30's before but need to work on how much sugar I am eating. :-/ Time to get my act together.
  36. 1 point
    SnappySue

    8/7 start Reintroduction

    We are starting reintro tomorrow. I'm going to start with gluten-free grains. I am quite looking forward to it. My husband hasn't fared well on this plan and is anxious to include more carbs. Both of us have tamed the sugar monster which in itself is amazing! I'm thankful he did this with me as I'm not sure I could have alone. I look forward to reading everyone's intro stories. @Karen L Thanks for starting this group!
  37. 1 point
    SnappySue

    August 7th Start Date

    Yay! I'm so happy to make it to this day! I can't believe it! Without thinking twice, I threw sausage and veggies into the oven for lunch. No biggie! I will be joining the reintro group too. I really enjoyed reading everyone's stories in this group. It truly helps! Congrats to everyone else too!
  38. 1 point
    u4ic1

    Start date Tuesday September 5th

    September 5 start date here too! Got busy this weekend, and didn't do ALL the planning that I planned to do. Ironic, eh? I've done a successful whole30 before, so I have a better idea of how it's going to do than the first whole30 I did.
  39. 1 point
    MMF

    Start date Tuesday September 5th

    I'm also starting today. My daughter got married Saturday, which was basically the cherry-on-top of a summer of somewhat-compliant eating and not-compliant wining. I'm on it today, and like you, am not feeling my best. Where are you located?
  40. 1 point
    Karen L

    August 7th Start Date

    WE DID IT!! WOOT! So, I started our reintroduction forum. Hope you guys will join me! I don't think you can actually click through on this link, but this is where it is on the forums page. Home \Life After Your Whole30 \Whole30 Reintroduction \8/7 start Reintroduction Almost thought I wasn't going to make it past Sunday due to some family unexpectedly in town, but I did!!!! LAST DAY!! YAY US!!
  41. 1 point
    Kdog777

    August 7th Start Date

    WE DID IT!!!! Day 30!!! Wholly cow!! I am so excited! I hope everyone is proud of themselves as I am of myself!! I have my re-introduction ready for the morning, lol. Cheese on my omelet and a slice of toast. Now its time to see what ails me. and then this weekend I'll try an ice cold beer. Slow intro though. We'll see how it goes tomorrow. I just am so glad to have had you all through this unbelievable journey!!
  42. 1 point
    Host

    First Whole30! Hi from Spain

    Hola! Bienvenida! I once had a Spanish Tortilla and it changed my world. So delicious.
  43. 1 point
    SugarcubeOD

    Whole 30 Cookbook

    Some of the recipes in the book are full meal recipes and some are for the main course in which you would then need to add the veggies and fat... some in the cookbook are for veggie sides in which you would then need to add the protein and fat etc... Get familiar with the template (linked in my signature below) and then you just work out what you need to add to a specific recipe in order to make the plate match the template. You can have starchy carbs and fruit at the same meal if you like, just see how you feel a few hours after and throughout the day. I don't really understand what you mean about incorporating starch 'into' the eggs...
  44. 1 point
    Rottiegirl2017

    August 14th Start Date

    Meal prep for the week (I'm proud of myself): I made Crock Pot ready Citrus Chicken (http://newleafwellness.biz/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Whole30-Slow-Cooker-Freezer-Meal-Plan-from-New-Leaf-Wellness.pdf) this afternoon and threw it in the freezer for a later date (maybe this week, maybe next?). In the oven I have a slightly modified version of Sheet Pan Chicken and Sage (http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-sheet-pan-chicken-red-potatoes-and-sage-235985). I had to split them into 2 pans and added some garlic to the red potatoes. I have a pork tenderloin in the refrigerator to make Slow Cooked Balsamic Pork Roast (https://paleoleap.com/slow-cooked-balsamic-pork-roast/) tomorrow. Boiled some eggs, bought prechopped veggie mix, prediced cauliflower (for cauli fried rice or cauli mash), and tons of frozen brocolli (one of my favorite quick veggies that I can top with anything to make a meal) along with berries, apples, bananas, nectarines, watermelon, cantalope (need lots of fruit for the kids). I think I'm ready for the week. Let's do this all! Day 22 and going strong.
  45. 1 point
    We weren't planning on it, but had to eat out on day 22 of our first whole30. (Due to being delayed and still having a two hour drive home, to our "safe" food.). Yes, at first I panicked , but knew this day would come eventually. Time to think fast. We almost went to Texas Roadhouse but I was still leery, having to trust the cook in the back, behind closed doors. Then I saw, Golden Corral. A place I haven't been to in years. My first thought was, "worse case scenario, we can always fill up on salad bar." After we paid $30 for 2 people (ouch) I was really hoping we could eat more than just salad. At first glance, it didn't look promising. So I slowed down, and looked harder. I asked the grill chef about the prime rib. Yup, butter. Then I told him of my "dietery restrictions" all of this conversation taking place with me bending down to talk to him under the sneeze bar..... I then asked about the steaks- "does the seasoning have sugars?" Bless his heart, he knew the answer,"yes." And then I kindly asked him if he would be willing to make two dry steaks, using only salt and pepper. "How would you like those cooked?" And a loud voice inside my head sang, "HALLELUJAH." So we filled up our salad plates with a plethora of veggies, dressed with oil and vinegar and " look, over there by the chocolate fondue fountain, fresh fruit! (And thinking, all those poor people are ruining their fresh fruit. They're missing out on the glorious favors of fruit!.). We still had a few minutes to wait for our medium rare steaks to be done and I didn't want to be rude and not be standing there with open arms, I.e. Open plate, so I continued to meander around. The harder I looked, the more I found. Next to the vat of melted fake cheese product was beautiful steamed broccoli and cauliflower. ( I asked, once again, yelling to someone under the sneeze bar.) steamed with water only. Who-hooo, Load me up!! I held two plates in my hand, and hollered with excitement to my husband across the room-" no butter!!!" And then a 12-13 year old boy walked up to me and said, "the butter's over there." Bless his heart. Further down the line I found baked potatoes and baked sweet potatoes. After confirming the very completely plain, we each grabbed a sweet potato, that was so moist, it didn't need a thing to be added to it. We were very satisfied with our $30 meal. We thanked our grill chef repeatedly and also asked the manager if there was a comment card and told her about our experience with her chef. We asked her to recognize him for his knowledge and willingness to help. She let us know that she also has a manual that list every ingredient in each item they serve and if we ever wanted to look at it, just ask. We left the restaurant feeling very accomplished and proud of ourselves. We were the minority leaving that restaurant, feeling good. Not only physically but mentally. You can go out to eat on Whole30! I might even be willing to let someone cook me something, behind closed doors. We'll see.
  46. 1 point
    The truth is, if it's not 30 days by the rules, it's not a Whole30. That said, there is no reason why you cannot adopt the way of eating for as long as you can and then go forth to college with what you learn about yourself and your relationship with food and try your best. You won't get a chance to do reintroductions which is the main point of the program but 24 days is better than nothing! Do the best you can while you have the opportunity because the healthier you are entering that stressful environment, the better off you'll be in the long run and when you CAN do a full 30 with reintros, I would encourage you to do so. Good luck at school!
  47. 1 point
    FeelGoodNic

    A fresh start on July 31st

    Congrats everyone! We did it! Some NSVs I noticed: clothes fitting better/looser, same for finger rings (although this is annoying because I JUST had my engagement ring resized twice prior to starting). Wearing less makeup as my skin has improved so much! No more 4pm slumps or energy dips and I'm sleeping so well. Less bloating/digestive discomfort. Sugar cravings have diminished. I've become a better/more adventurous cook and am more organised and well prepared. I lost just under 8lbs, a pleasant surprise. I have no idea how this happened, because not only was I eating tons of delicious food and plenty of fat, I wasn't exercising that much. It is interesting to me how much you can eat and still lose weight when sugar and alcohol are no longer an option. I hope I can maintain this weight. I worried that I would be tempted to celebrate with a chocolate or dairy binge (or a combo of both, hello Frappuccinos!) but I have no desire to. There's a box of chocolates in my fridge now that I'm going to give to my team at work tomorrow because I have zero desire to eat any of them. I AM excited about the slow cooked short ribs and roasted veggies that I'll be having for dinner tonight though! We have a work BBQ tomorrow, so it's a good opportunity to relax the rules a bit and reintroduce some dairy or a grain- I haven't decided what to reintroduce first.
  48. 1 point
    SierraHaley

    Applegate all beef hot dogs

    I purchased Applegate All Beef Hot Dogs yesterday and had one for lunch today. They are made out of Whole30 approved ingredients and are delicious! I felt like I was cheating because they tasted like a regular hot dog but 1000X better. I don't think I'll ever go back to regular hot dogs. Has anyone else tried these? I bought them at Sprouts for $5.99, which is a little pricey but totally worth it.
  49. 1 point
    I completed my 60 days! NSVs include: deeper sleep, brighter skin, improved self-respect, major breakthrough letting go of sugar, flatter belly, leaner appearance, clothes fitting better, fewer menstrual headaches, minimal gas, have let go of both my over-the-counter allergy meds, I'm happier, I'm more confident in my ability to age well, had no issue at home even though my spouse didn't join me, learned to adapt my cooking and many new wonderful recipes, confident that this is indeed a lifestyle change! I couldn't be happier. And I lost weight, too...knowing that I've done that in such a healthy way that feels so right is very rewarding. When I started this program I had been feeling so clunky in my body and now I feel graceful again. There have been bumps in the road but I'm so grateful for them because I got past them, and have learned so much! The fact that I needed to take an antibiotic during this process, and having such a strong reaction, but getting through it makes it all the more worthwhile. I learned even more nutrition than I had bargained for, and it's all good. Thanks for all of the support here, comrades!
  50. 1 point
    Ruthie

    Hypoglycemia

    I too have reactive hypoglycemia. I am currently on day 18 of my second W30. I did the last one over Feb last year but I don't remember the exact dates. I do remember how hard it was though. I had headaches, the sweats, light headed-ness. It was downright awful for a while there, but by the end I felt GREAT! I tried to follow paleo throughout the year but got off track while on vacation in August and then come October, my diet was shot to shit again. Jan 2 my husband and I whole heartedly devoted ourselves to W30 again. I can honestly say that once I got through the first W30, I didn't have sugar issues until late November. December I had a few episodes and I know exactly why. W30 is the ONLY thing I have ever done that has alleviated the hypoglycemia crashes. It is the ONLY thing that I have ever experienced that truly helped me understand the way food has affected my body. I have always known the mechanical reasons why it happens to me. But I never really "got it" until I felt the healing powers of eating the correct way. And to be honest the W30 I did last year was the first time in my life I can honestly say that I felt HUNGRY and not sugar starving. I am sure that is not the correct terminology. Instead of the shakes, I felt hungry but level headed at the same time. It has been an awesome journey for me and I have a long way to go. I'm just glad we have friends who introduced us to paleo and the W30 and support us through it all.