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  1. 4 points
    Blue Zen for Jen

    Whole 30 December Start

    I have had other aborted attempts at a Whole 30 start. So why not when I will be facing the Holidays as an extra challenge (at least if I stick to plan I can not gain weight over the month of December. I am really really finally ready to give an honest go at this Whole 30 beginning December 1st. Today was a test day with one or two items such as hot chocolate and milk in my coffee and herbal teas but I am ready to do whatever it takes to improve my health. I have various chronic issues with health -- Cancer Survivor (grateful to be 15 years post - Blood Cancer), hypothyroid, PCOS, and pre-dabetes also Anxiety / Depression. I am active somewhat regularly but just have not been able to get the food right. So the workouts running , mountain bicycling, walking/ hiking occasional swimming and spinning class and yoga class but mostly home yoga over past year also trying Fitocracy (calisthenics) and Barre workout ( a few classes) now home workout (very challenging) and core workouts including a really good workout with Yoga International online with a core yoga sequence about 45 minutes. I also tend towards chronic fatigue even though i push through 40 hour work week and commute and tend to stay on top of the exercise schedule sometimes falling off plan during the weekdays. So any help would be appreciated. so far I have about four or five how to do the Whole 30 books and a few Paleo cookbooks and just bought Practical Paleo book also. no questions yet. Hopefully tomorrow off to an ambitious start even with the Holidays to navigate through this month. I am so grateful for all the helpful online tools to get started and this community with experience and practical tips and guidelines. - Jen
  2. 2 points
    Happy Day 4 (+/- a day or two for some of us). How's it going? I've never been organized enough to start a W30 on the first of the month so it's nice that I can just look at the date and know what day I'm on. Welcome @Elizabeth33! It sounds like you have quite a few challenges in front of you but it also sounds like you have a good plan in the works. My munchie time is when I get home from work. Yesterday I was a little hungry and definitely munchie but I had the last of my beef bone broth that was in the fridge with some collagen peptides and a little glass of kombucha and was able to hold off until dinner without attacking the almonds. I'm with you on having ready-to-eat or easily cooked proteins on hand then fill in w veg. That's the closest I seem to be able to get with meal planning. I've never been very good at setting a menu for the week and sticking with it. I wish I could; I think it might simplify things but it just isn't the right fit. @LadyLisbette thanks for the vote of confidence! That's the direction I'm leaning but haven't been confident enough to take off the tags and toss the return paperwork. I FINALLY made MJ's shrimp patties! Yumyumyum! I actually made them and Nomnom's wonton meatballs last night so we had a bit of as Asian-themed smorgasbord for dinner with some sauteed baby bok choy and shitake mushrooms. That was a much bigger cook-up than I like to do on a work night but it kept me moving instead of sitting my tired self on the sofa. Since I'm still recovering from my Sunday hike, my only "exercise" was my Nutritious Movement advent but I upped my movement just by NOT caving in to the urge to do nothing. If anybody's interested, here is the link: https://www.instagram.com/nutritiousmovement/. I'm really liking Katy Bowman's book, "Move Your DNA"; it makes so much sense! I broke my gum-after-lunch habit after my first W30. It was one of the things that I had never considered being not such a good choice but when Melissa talked about it and mentioned that the ingredients were not the best, I saw the light. Good for you finding a substitute. Also, good for you and @Shosh2015 for being strong and passing up the sweets! My husband wanted to bake (frozen pre-made) chocolate chip cookies Sunday night and I told him nuh-uh! I wasn't sure I could resist the smell of warm (filled with crappy ingredients) cookies but then I felt bad about it and told him to go ahead. It's my choice to eat this way and he shouldn't be punished because I wasn't sure if I could stick to my guns in the face of warm cookies. Thankfully he decided to hold off anyway so I wasn't put to the test, especially when I was tired and sore. I made homemade biscuits for him Saturday morning so it's not like he was suffering too much! I bet I'm the only person that kicked off their W30 by making biscuits from scratch! Making...not eating
  3. 2 points
    I like what you're saying about re-wiring the brain, @LauraP, and I really trust that is exactly what we're doing here. As far as the plate goes: are you using the meal template? How is that going? And as for the stomach, are you noticing when you feel full? I think the 30 days are all about observation and fine tuning. This morning I was disappointed to feel a little hungry earlier than I thought I should be, so I drank my water and I felt better. @hollysmokes FWIW I say, keep the scrubs, they will be fitting in no time at all! Today's discovery: I was wanting to reach for the chewing gum after lunch. So I'm going to bring my floss and mouthwash and/or a batch of iced peppermint tea to sip after lunch. Hopefully that will do the trick! I made time for yoga this morning...I didn't have a lot of time, so I put my whole heart and focus into the postures I did have time for, and it made me happy and felt so good. Then I sat for about 10 minutes in meditation. My goal is to do at least that much, every morning. How are you doing @ElizabethG? And yes, onwards, @Shosh2015, so glad you are feeling better! Good job passing on the cookies! I went to a farewell gathering on Sunday, and there were baked goods everywhere. Ninja -- moving right along, and then right out the door! ha.
  4. 2 points
    Hi @Laura P. - interesting about how mayo is made in France! I bet your version was so rich and smooth!! For the salmon cakes, you can use canned pumpkin also. We don't worry about calories on Whole30 so use whatever squash floats your boat.
  5. 2 points
    paperboy

    Whole 30 December Start

    Well, I'm glad I decided to finally log on and check out the site today! After about 3 weeks of reading and mentally preparing to start, today is my first day. I know it will be difficult but I need the challenge. I look forward to working with everyone during this next 30 days.
  6. 2 points
    tinman57

    Whole 30 December Start

    @jim4884 that's great news. I just saw my husband die in Kaiser from complications of diabetes and kidney disease. (I don't blame Kaiser.). I'm starting my 2nd whole30 after four years. So let's call it my first. I won't be a statistic.
  7. 2 points
    Jim4884

    Whole 30 December Start

    Welcome Jen! I have done two official whole 30's, and I eat 95% plus Whole 30 all the time now, 18 months total. When I started, I was pre-diabetic, and my doctor (at Kaiser, so a fairly busy doc) e-mailed me personally to emphasize that I needed to do something about it. My first Whole 30 brought my blood sugar into completely normal range, and it has remained normal since. I too have had to deal with anxiety and depression issues all my life. I've found various solutions to help with that, but I will add that the Whole 30 brought about modest improvements in mood, and energy levels as well. I've had many other health benefits from Whole 30, and would never even consider going back to how I used to eat. I'm happy to share anything that I've learned and experienced, and I can be a cheerleader for you, as I love to hear about others' successes. The Whole 30 tagline "it will change your life" may sound contrived, but I believe in it. It truly did change mine.
  8. 1 point
    Elizabeth33

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    I’m going to be starting today. And I’d like to join your group. You are sound like a great group of people and a great support system through this month. I have been in and out of the forum for several months now starting and then stopping and not completing. I need to get a handle on my health. I have a fatty liver. Doctors for years of told me that I’ve got to lose the weight. And although I know this is not a weight-loss program I know by getting my body healthy I will naturally just lose the weight. I a candida issue so my cravings get really bad. I know that will get better as they die off. I am doing probiotics to help with that. I have been able to resolve my high blood pressure problem with the intermittent whole 30 programs I’ve done which is great. I do need to get a handle of the high cholesterol which I know cleaning up my eating should take care of. Another thing I’m hoping is it will help handle my arm pain. I feel that part of that is because of my bad eating and hopefully those old injuries will calm down and not be as problematic. I have a lot of allergies: garlic, onions, most peppers, tomatoes. They are the ones that causes the most reactions when I eat them. I’m also going to be going off of eggs as well and caffeine. I don’t really need to do much food prep because I was supposed to start last week and didn’t so I have a lot of things left. I do a lot of meat food prep so that I can just do vegetables and have all the meat available. That helps me with time. I am hoping this time around to get the sugar dragon under control. I want to get more exercise in. And make sure I leave enough time for cleanup in the kitchen. Those are my goals. My challenges for this month are I have a colonoscopy on Friday. I’m going to reread some of the research I did on whole 30 about doing a colonoscopy while on the whole 30. I have some ideas. But I’m not going to let that stop me from starting. If it means I have to do an extra five days instead of the 30 because of it then that is what I will do. I have decided that I am going to postpone my jury service for next year. I don’t want to have to deal with how am I going to be compliant if they don’t allow me to bring my food into the courthouse. Also at my weekend job there are a lot of sweets and cakes and things of that nature that are huge Temptations. So I will just need to make sure that I avoid those areas which I can for the most part. I am catching up on all the posts and would love to respond to more but they are just too many. You are all so inspiring and I am looking forward to this journey with you. @kirbz so glad to be doing it with you again. I fell off the fridge and didn’t make it the last time but I keep getting back on the fridge. I am so happy that you decided to stick with it. Maybe see if your family can help with the food prep. Make it a family affair. I try to do a massive food prepped and freeze them for the upcoming weeks. I will only eat left overs once maybe twice but they have several days between them. Some of my favorites are tandoori chicken, a large meatloaf, found a great dill meatball recipe https://themonogrammedmom.com/dijon-dill-turkey-meatballs-homemade-sauce-whole30-paleo/ , I also do a 2-3 Whole Foods whole chicken I debone for salads. Then portion these out and freeze them. Then the other weekends I just do several easy fill in meals. @tinman57 so sorry for your loss. I understand the feeling of needing something you can control as life around you shifts and changes. I am glad you are with us. Thank you for reminding me that I am in control of what I put in my body. I seem to have forgotten that and have been feeling out of control on my eating. @Shosh2015 I am glad you are feeling better. Today went really well. I did get a small headache but that has gone. The evenings are the hardest because that is when I get the munchies. I am also used to eating before bed to help myself sleep. If I am hungry at bed time I sometimes can’t fall asleep. Here is one recipe I created and love
  9. 1 point
    Shosh2015

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    Day #3: head cold is improving. I had a strong temptation today in the form of GF Carob cookies & I refrained that was a WIN! Cravings for sweets are still present but manageable. Onward!
  10. 1 point
    kirbz

    Whole 30 December Start

    @paperboy Whole30 doesn't care about the Nutrition Panel. We care about the Ingredient List. So as long as sugar (or one of the many sneaky names for sugar) isn't listed in the Ingredient List, you're good to go! Sometimes that means there will be some grams of sugar in the stuff we eat due to naturally occurring sugars, which are fine. Added sugars, which are listed in the Ingredients List, are not okay! I hope that helps!
  11. 1 point
    paperboy

    Whole 30 December Start

    I am a little puzzled with The Whole30 approved meals at Walmart - 6 grams of sugar. Why is that approved?
  12. 1 point
    hollysmokes

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    Starting off Day 3 feeling great! I overdid it on my walk/hike yesterday and have a couple of hot spots on my feet and sore/tired ankles but it was a wonderful day to be outside. I totally screwed up my meals but came through it well. I ate M1 much later than usual and didn't think about needing to bring M2 with me on my walk/hike. About 2 I was trying to figure out why I was hungry and, doh!, it was because I hadn't eaten since around 930. By the time I got home it was a little after 3 so I had a cup of beef bone broth with collagen, some olives and a handful of blackberries to keep me satisfied until dinner. Not ideal but it worked and was compliant. @kirbz thanks for the links. I made the Salisbury meatballs a could of weeks ago and loved them. I took someone else's advice and made a double batch of the gravy so now I have some of that in the freezer to help out the steak that my husband grilled to DEATH last night! Have you tried Mel's Cuban meatballs? They are awesome! https://meljoulwan.com/2014/03/28/mmm-cuban-meatballs/ . @Laura P. My mayo recipe only calls for one whole egg and one cup (about 225g) of oil (I use expeller-pressed sunflower oil). I think that using the white adds extra liquid to help jump-start the emulsion and then I don't have a million egg whites that I have to find a (compliant) use for. I also use ground mustard powder so I don't get the Dijon mustard flavor unless I want it. I, too, am working on being kinder to myself. It didn't help that I bought a couple of new scrub tops last week and then realized they were too tight- not good for my already ailing body image. Do I spend the $9 to ship them off to exchange for the big girl size or do I add them to the stack of clothes that I can't fit in right now but will? Hmmmmm. @LadyLisbette when you make your ginger lime mayo do you use the lime juice as the acid (I usually use raw ACV) or do you add the juice just for flavor? Costco is my main grocery store! I don't find it any different from stopping at Publix or WalMart and I hate the WalMart near me so I try to avoid it whenever possible. I'll stop at Costco just to pick up 1 or 2 things and people in line will ask me if that's all I'm getting. I don't like to shop either so I blaze in and out as quickly and efficiently as possible and try to go when I think it will be least crowded- sometimes I'm right and other times I wish Scotty would beam me out of that crazy place. I wish I liked coconut butter and just don't but your breakfast sounds delicious! I use the refined coconut oil that has no flavor and then I have to wonder if the refining process has negated all of the benefits. How's everybody else doing? Especially you, @tinman57?
  13. 1 point
    Laura P.

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    on the pratical side of things: I tried the home made mayo yesterday. I was surprised to see the recipe calls for 2 whole eggs...I was born in France...and I've always been aware that in the mayo one puts only the yolk... So I did just that, 2 yolks. And I only used 3/4 of light olive oil (instead of 1 1/4). Make sure to season to taste and also use a (compliant) mustard you like because that taste will come through. I used it on the salmon cake this am and it was delish! But I'll have to revisit the salmon cake recipe...I found I'm not a fan of sweet potatoes so much...I'll try butternut squash or for even less calories and great taste... Acorn.
  14. 1 point
    Laura P.

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    @tinman57 so sorry for your loss...be gentle with yourself in this process... Rainy and gloomy day yesterday in NY, so I put in good use the froceriea I got Sat evening. A lot of planning, cooking and freezing...I ran out of Ziploc! I mostly am unable to stick to a in-advance menu so I gave myself some options. My main pbm is portion control...I didn't get 50 lbs over healthy weight by mindful eating...and now I have to rewire my brain to allow it to catch up with how much I fill my plate (visual) and my stomach (when it screams "stop! I can't take no more!") And also the self body-shaming that runs 24/7... Learning about being kinder to myself... But I'm here! Have a great week everyone!
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    @kirbz I'm so glad you see you here! Yay! I'm doing a little happy dance to see your posts. Thanks for all your encouragement and kind words...and also for the awesome links. Like you, I love Mel Joulwan, and I have all of her books. I love the salmon cakes, and also the holy mackerel cakes. Have you ever made her silken ginger zucchini soup? http://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/...this will be the next soup, after the tomato soup which I haven't made yet because I have to get that beautiful compliant chicken broth at Costco first, but more about Costco later. MJ's influence is literally all over my kitchen and my cooking...the elvis burger reminded me of her "PB&J" burger, which I have actually never made, but the nut butter inspired me to put a schmear of almond butter on this new favorite of mine: https://www.jaysbakingmecrazy.com/2018/08/27/paleo-whole30-apple-cinnamon-breakfast-sausage/ Today my husband asked me to make more of these, which is stunning, and, a FIRST! He is typically very disinterested in food. During my first two W30s I was a bit neurotic and though I'm not proud of it, I didn't want to share the good W30 cooking with him because I felt he didn't appreciate it. Now I'm sharing it more, happily, and glad he is slowly noticing, etc. Oh, how the good things in life do often take time! Right? I also love Michelle Tam, and just finished up the aforementioned wonton meatballs: https://nomnompaleo.com/2017/03/20/2017032020170320wonton-meatballs I often pan sautee them as sliders, but today I cooked them as sliders in the oven - I find them more manageable that way, especially for re-heating, and cutting up to put in my salad. Today I put some cholula in there for a little heat and with that, and a giant tray of roast brussels sprouts, also out of the oven now, I have momentum for a good week! I appreciated your earlier post with generous list of compliant things at Costco. I will look for those! It is just the nudge I needed to slow down and take greater advantage of Costco. I go there reluctantly with a list of mostly non-food things that I need for our small business, and I take a deep breath, focus on patience and slowness, then focus and get through there, zip zip zip just to get only what is on my list. I don't like to shop, so I try to be focused. Thank you for giving me something new to look for! @hollysmokes it's not news to you, I see, with your Costco chicken thighs. Good job being so efficient with your cook up and also getting outside! I hope you had a beautiful walk! A small, simple food pleasure I'm enjoying this time around is tossing a little half spoonful of coconut butter on my steamed vegetables, this morning I did that with heavenly romanesco (love!), over a pile of lightly dressed greens to go with the last of the chocolate chili. http://meljoulwan.com/2009/02/22/my-favorite-chili-recipe/ I must say that was a delicious breakfast.
  16. 1 point
    Jim4884

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    Hey Kirbz! Good to read you again. What works for me is (roughly) alternate day mini-cookups. So maybe Saturday you can cook up some stuff for you to cover you for Monday, then cook on Tuesday for Wednesday. If you have no kitchen Mon-Tues-Wed and won't cook on Sunday, that's a challenge, but maybe you can find a cadence that works. I am a big fanboy of Mel, I cook her recipes all the time - I have all the ingredients ready for those salmon cakes and will be making them tomorrow. Paleo Running Mama is pretty good too, but Mel and I must share taste buds or something, hers are just perfect.
  17. 1 point
    kirbz

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    And thank you again to everyone for your kindness and encouragement! I am going to stick with this and feel like I maybe have a better plan for next week. We'll see. I just absolutely hate leftovers and will not eat the same thing for the whole week. That was awful. I haven't been eating the most "healthy" meals the last couple of days but I've been staying compliant and eating what makes me feel good (mentally). I needed that after the frustration and doubt I experienced earlier in the week! But I'm feeling much more positive and dedicated now! And have some good meals planned for the next couple of days. And for those of you who may be looking for some new recipes... My very favorite online recipe blogger is Paleo Running Momma. She has a Whole30 section on her site and I really love almost everything I've eaten from her. Here are a couple of my favorites: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/twice-baked-sweet-potatoes-paleo/ https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-salisbury-steak-meatballs-whole30/ https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/stuffed-acorn-squash-paleo-whole30/ https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/cauliflower-fried-rice-paleo-whole30/ https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/citrus-grilled-shrimp-zoodles-paleo/ I also LOVE Mel Joulwan (author of the Well Fed cookbook series). Here are some of my favorites from her: https://meljoulwan.com/2014/11/10/oven-fried-salmon-cakes/ (I like the Tex-Mex variation) https://meljoulwan.com/2013/10/19/wf2-recipe-elvis-burger/ https://meljoulwan.com/2009/06/09/the-best-chicken-you-will-ever-eat-ever/ I also love her pan-fried sardines from the Well Fed cookbook but that one isn't available online Anyway, if you need some recipe inspiration, these are some good ones!
  18. 1 point
    kirbz

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    Best wishes to everyone who started this weekend! You got this! You all know why you're here. You've prepared. You're ready! You're gonna be great! @hollysmokes Enjoy the beautiful weather you're having and have a lovely time out on the trail! There is no better place than being out on a trail! @Shosh2015 I'm glad to hear your Day 1 went well despite a head cold! That's always rough so I'm thrilled you pushed through it and the day went well! @LadyLisbette Yay for moving past the fear and being excited about this! Nothing but good things will happen from this so there's no reason to fear! I've never heard of blue oyster mushrooms so I'm curious to hear what you end up doing with them. :-)
  19. 1 point
    hollysmokes

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    Over the Day 1 hump and I had a really busy and productive day so I'm feeling pretty good. I didn't eat enough at M2 and was hungry mid-afternoon so I had half of an avocado and a little kombucha as a post workout snack and that held me until dinner. I got some good movement in- both exercise and just keeping moving beyond the speed of sofa all day- so I was pretty tired last night and was hoping for good sleep. Not so much but it wasn't terrible and I feel great today. I have a batch of egg salad to go with some compliant (but not very good) smoked salmon and I put together some scotch eggs so my breakfast needs are met for the week with some left over for my husband if he is so inclined. I just finished baking up the gigantic Costco bag of chicken thighs so those are about to go in the freezer. Except for lunch & dinner, that completes my cook-up for this weekend so I can get outside to enjoy a beautiful day. It's supposed to get up to 70 today (wooohooo!!!) before it gets back to the business of being cold again so I'm going to go walk a Rails to Trails trail nearby since that's the only thing dry enough to walk on after all of the rain the last few days. @LadyLisbette those mushrooms sound amazing. I've only cooked oyster mushrooms once and didn't know what to do with them so I just sautéed them. They were delicious but I bet there are better things to do with them. Y'all dove right into the house hunting! Since we were trying to look at houses from several hundred miles away, I spent a lot of time on-line just weeding out the ones we didn't want to see. It turns out the house I loved on-line was even better in person and is the money-pit we wound up buying. We still love it, though. @Shosh2015 what a great birthday present to give yourself; glad you decided to join us. Hopefully your cold goes away soon. I'm not very familiar with Target's frozen foods so you'd probably have to read labels. I think there are some brands of frozen dinners that boast limited ingredients but it seems like most of those types of dinners involve pasta. Good luck!
  20. 1 point
    Shosh2015

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    Day #1 went well considering a small head cold. Matcha tea is not as fantastic with compliant unsweetened almond milk but it was further data! I’m interested in the Walmart Whole30 frozen meals though I don’t typically shop there. Are there any equivalent compliant frozen meal options at Target? Thanks everyone. Here’s to day #2!!!
  21. 1 point
    That's funny! Today I picked up some gorgeous produce from my local CSA including some blue oyster mushrooms I've never cooked before, any advice there? Day 1 is already not perfect, but good: morning M1, and afternoon M2, both perfectly compliant and delicious...then a big adventure looking at houses with the real estate agent. The good news is that I'm less fearful and even excited about the change. But I was too busy and excited to eat, and now it's too late to eat anyway, so I'll probably wake up super-hungry like this morning. I know this is not ideal, but, moving forward...and determined! Welcome @Shosh2015 what a great way to celebrate your birthday! You can do it! And congrats @Una-lee on a great month!
  22. 1 point
    Blue Zen for Jen

    Whole 30 December Start

    @tinman57 I am so sorry. I hope that you receive the love and support you deserve. Thanks for reaching out.
  23. 1 point
    Una-lee

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    You can do!! I started Whole30 11/1/18 and finished yesterday. The first 3 days was challenging, but I got through it. I am happy to say I feel terrific, eating healthy and more wholesome meals. I weighed today and 13 lbs vanished. Thanks for the awesome program and support. I looking forward to maintaining healthier eating options.
  24. 1 point
    Shosh2015

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    Hey Gang, I’m in for December 2018. Turning 37 in one week on 12/8 & this is the best gift I could give myself! I’ve done one Whole30 successfully and it was amazing. I’ve done several failed attempts since then but I’m optimistic this time. I have more tools in my belt! Thanks! Shoshana
  25. 1 point
    ladyshanny

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    I feel like December Whole30 is an especially magical Whole30 - rock it, girlfriend!