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  1. 2 points
    I, too, wanted to lose some weight. But, knowing this wasn't a weight loss program, I focussed on eating what I was told and hoping that, if I didn't lose weight, I would, at least feel better. So, when I was hungry and cranky between meals, I ate more at my meals and ate more fat too. I get it, this is really hard to do - at 58, I have spent a lifetime hearing that fat is bad and eating too much causes weight gain - all the while avoiding fat and starving half the time and not losing any weight anyway. The last time I was on WW, I stuck to their point system like glue and the weight came off in dribs and drabs - a total of 12 pounds over 5 months - depressing! Everytime I ate my extra points, I gained weight. I talked to my doctor about this and she said, "some people just can't eat more than 900 - 1100 calories a day to maintain a healthy weight - you must be one of them." I am a marathon runner and am in the gym 5 days a week - and I get to eat approximately 1000 calories per day if I want to weigh 155lb (5' 5" tall)???? That's insanity! I don't care if I am menopausal, that's insanity. So, I came to W30 with an open mind and ate my brains out for 30 days - lots of meat, fat, veg and fruit with nuts thrown in on occasion. I have no idea what the calorie count was but I was fed and full and happy as a clam. I didn't feel any benefits until day 25 or so - but, I kept focussing on the idea that this was a WHOLE 30 days and stuck with it to the end. Long story short - I lost 10 1/2 pounds in 30 days. I found my chin and all of my ribs again. I feel fantastic - my energy is up, I am sleeping like a baby. There ain't any way I am ever going to go back to my pre W30 diet - seems like punishment to do so! For the record, my campadres also lost big - my 29 year old daughter lost 19lbs and Hubs lost 5lbs (he hardly had 5 to lose ) So - eat! Enjoy! Do the W30 the way they tell you too. You'll get through this slump and come out the other side with insights and gains you can't imagine. And, I'm betting you'll have lost some weight too. Good luck!!
  2. 2 points

    Detox February - NEW

    Lets test... don't eat fruit and nut butter for two days... if you find that you're very stressed about the idea of cutting that out, you are irrationally angry/crabby about it or your sugar cravings peak crazily then it's likely you've been using the fruit to prop up your sugar dragon and that would be something to work on removing. Also, we recommend eating the fruit with a meal, so cut up that pear into a salad if what you're really craving is pear taste... if that doesn't sound good but two halves of a pear globbed with almond butter and cinnamon does sound good, then you know it's your sugar dragon talking... Make sense?
  3. 1 point
    End of day 3, and I am happy to say that I’m not suffering at all. I cannot lie, I am missing my red wine and my bourbon. I can do this. I look forward to a healthier complexion, my clothes fitting a little looser, better sleep perhaps, and hopefully fewer aches.
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    First Timer - started Jan 28

    So, I bought myself a vegetable spiralizer for Christmas, and I love that thing. It's not huge, it's not expensive, but it does the job and it's very easy for me to do the clean-up. It's super-easy to grab some veggies and "noodle-ize" them (what my husband calls it!), then toss into baggies until I'm ready to use. Summer squash "ribbons" are rather nice, and we've enjoyed those with a lemon thyme sauce. Sweet potato spirals are good to use for egg nests, or you can toss them into a food processor to make sweet potato "rice". Daikon radish noodles are probably my favorite ones, and they work quite well in Asian dishes (I used them in place of kelp noodles for this soup, and it was amazing). All the adults in our house love these turkey avocado burgers (I'm linking my adapted version, based on the LaughingSpatula.com recipe for chicken avocado burgers). These are really easy to make ahead of time and freeze before cooking. I tend to do 2 batches each time I'm going to make them, and freeze half for the following week's meals (but I have 4 adults to cook for at the moment!)... with only 2 of you, the main recipe could serve for at least 2 meals. Another burger recipe we liked was this one from popsugar -- I added a bit of extra garlic and a dash of sage to my burgers, and we only did the portobello buns for ours. These would also be easy to freeze ahead of time to quickly pull out and toss into the oven for dinner. This chili is lovely, and actually what I'm cooking for dinner tonight. We skip the cauliflower (hubby wouldn't eat it), cumin (my mom can't eat it), and cayenne (I can't have it too spicy)... and I replace smoked paprika with regular, and make my own chili powder on the fly... but the recipe is amazing and I love love love the way pumpkins and tomatoes play. This would be an easy thing to make a regular batch of, and then split the leftovers into containers (we use old yogurt tubs, the big ones) and freeze; then just thaw one out and dump it into a pan to heat it up for a quick and easy meal. (We usually pair it with salad or some other green vegetable.) We love these braised greens (found the original on SkinnyTaste.com), and even my husband (who hates greens) goes back for seconds when I make these. I've always used a mix of kale and collards previously, but tomorrow we're going to try it with 2 bunches of green kale and 1 bunch of red kale... so that should be interesting! Spaghetti squash with a chunky meat sauce is always a big hit in my house, too. Meatballs are also super-easy to make ahead and store, just freeze them in the muffin tin for 15 minutes or so before tossing them into a big baggie to store. When ready to eat some, pull out enough for one meal and pop them in a tin to bake. Roasted veggies you mentioned, but I have to throw butternut squash and acorn squash in there as probably my favorites for starches, and roasting is officially my preferred method for cooking broccoli, thanks to one of the recipes I used last month. As for breakfasts... eggs are not the end-all and be-all for breakfast. There are a ton of sausage recipes out there, and I personally love eating my leftovers from the previous night's dinner for my breakfast (this morning I had acorn squash and green beans from last night, and made myself some fried eggs because the meat from last night was devoured). Most of my egg intake is boiled eggs cut up in my salads, honestly. For breakfast, my protein's far more likely to be chicken, a pork chop, roast, etc. Definitely don't let the name you call the meal interfere with your ability to play with it and make it fun and enjoyable! The times you're mentally reaching for something but don't want a vegetable definitely does sound like a habit trying not to be broken. When that happens with me, the first thing I do is reach for my ice cup, because sometimes it actually helps to deflect my brain if it feels that there's something going on... never mind that I'm just turning ice into water. It doesn't always work, but often enough that it's always my first reaction. If I still feel it afterward, I'll ask myself if I'd be willing to eat some food I'm getting kind of tired of lately (like boiled eggs during my 2nd week of W30!), and if I'm not then I remind myself that I'm just craving and that I can and will wait until dinner. If I AM willing to grab that thing, then I recognize it as legitimate hunger and take a look at my meals for the past day or two to see where I might be missing the mark (either in content or in quantity of food), because I shouldn't be getting that hungry between my meals. I totally understand about not wanting to go into full-time structuring of things. With my family size, I have to do that or else I wouldn't be able to guarantee we'd have food to last the week! But with only 2, you've got more leeway, especially since many recipes are written for 4+ servings. I'd just suggest getting 3-4 days each week to cook, and make enough each time to last you guys several meals. As I noted above about the chili, soups and the like are great for freezing because they're easy to pull down and reheat, which can be a great way to get good food on the table without a lot of effort after a long/tiring day. Any meat formed into balls, patties, or loaves will be a pretty good option for quick and easy dinners that aren't actually pre-cooked. I'm sorry for such long responses! My husband says I talk too much, and that's probably true for how much I type, too
  5. 1 point
    Thank you all for the advice. W/r/t my husband, I have no idea what he is - or isn't - eating during the week. I leave for work before he gets up and he comes home as I am getting ready for bed. There is food in the fridge but I can't control what he does with it. He isn't a big meat eater to begin with so this is a pretty radical departure for him. I'm cooking more Thai than usual and while Indian is a staple in our house already I made a couple of new coconut-based curries that were really delicious. We usually eat rice 4-5 days/week but I have been able to switch to cauliflower rice without missing a beat. My son also LOVES the 2 different versions of meatballs that we made last week (so much so that I will be buying 3lbs of ground chicken and 3lbs of ground turkey with the hopes that there might be some left over to take to work). I guess what I meant by "not experiencing any lows" is that this isn't hard for me *at all.* No real cravings and I'm no more hungry than I normally am (I do the same breakfast/lunch in an hour thing when not eating W30, it's just the way my body is I guess) so I just figure that it must not be doing anything to help. I was pretty proud of myself for going out to a burger place with my coworkers and ordering grilled salmon over greens with avocado on the side rather than the burger and fries that everyone else got. Someone offered me a fry and I wasn't even tempted. This is day 9 so as long as you (collectively) are pretty confident that this journey will end somewhere good I don't mind continuing along the path.
  6. 1 point
    It's hard to know how to help here beyond saying - "yes, totally get it, been there" which isn't very useful. Around Day 6 or 7 I wrote my first post about how disappointed I was going to be if I didn't get Tiger Blood and reduced joint pain. I also wanted to lose weight but, since this isn't a weight loss program, I decided to be openminded about that. I was convinced that arriving at Day 30 still experiencing SI joint pain was going to be a huge problem for me - well, you guessed it, Day 30 came and I still have joint pain. Disappointed? Turns out no because the other benefits of completing this program have far outweighed what I expected - namely, reduced anxiety, increased stamina, healthier gut, better understanding of myself and my relationship to food, just generally a feeling of satisfaction and of being in control. Yes, I lost weight - 10 unexpected pounds actually - but that is the least of success. All the Non Scale Victories added up to a hugely successful experience for me. Sounds like you might need to amp up your time in the kitchen and try some new recipes. I bought an Instant Pot for this W30 and Hubs and I both took an interest in experiementing with it. He discovered that he loves cauliflower rice (shocking) and was happy to discover he could eat as much protein as he wanted. All in all, this W30 has reawakened a sense of adventure in the kitchen and we're less likely to ever go back to default cheese and crackers for dinner. I hope you will stick with it - tweak things, try something completely different - eat full fat everything (OMG - the BEST!) and give it 30 days. I've read more blogs about "why the W30 didn't work for me" only to learn that the blogger quit after 10 days and, therefore, didn't even do a Whole 30. Please don't be that person - give it 100% and then decide. Good luck!!
  7. 1 point

    Red Lobster Whole30 Compliant Dishes?

    I go to a network group every Tuesday and stressed over the food so much.... not much was complaint or if I wanted something that was … was way more than my work would pay for (plus, I don't want to spend my money but the network group deal is that everyone orders). Anyway, I noticed another person always just ordered a plain salad (which for the restaurant was basically a bowl of lettuce). I took my own whole30 dump ranch and did that. Was it great? Naw, but I focused more on my networking and discussing than what I was eating. Maybe the same idea? Focus on conversation? Not the ideal solution, but it does work for me so I thought I'd share.
  8. 1 point
    Hi all!!! We are week into the re-intro - some of us actually have another chat about super-slow re-intro you can find it here. Well i only lost 1KG @Reese15 @GraceMelodie (i'm now at 57kg) and my NSV are looser fitting clothes feel like ive lost water weight/retention - i feel it in my fingers (rings), hands (the bangles i've worn for 10 years are slipping off) ankles etc love handles are almost gone my skin is better, less pimples and no rosacea flair out during january My non-victories , which I was kind of hoping for are still no luck going number 2 on a regular basis stomach pains and cramping still somewhat regular, even if they were less frequent more bloaty/gassy than usual Regarding the re-intro. Taking it slow as per above thread. Started with legumes, which as someone else mentioned, although they made me feel a little bloated and gassy (beans... beans...) it definitely gave a kick to my system and helped things move, in my book that's a good thing! So ill keep on those for now... next is processed soy - soy milk, tofu as it's widely available in Singapore where I live and I'm sure digested differently to just beans, peanuts & chickpeas! It's not over yet...
  9. 1 point
    When I started Whole30 I found it difficult to eat vegetables and protein separately first thing in the morning. Just thinking about starting the day facing 3 eggs and 1-2 cups of veggies was enough to turn my stomach. I don't normally eat breakfast. So I started with eggs and creamed vegetable soups like https://meljoulwan.com/2012/10/24/golden-cauliflower-soup/ and https://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/. Adding a tablespoon of the liquid coconut oil to the soup made it easy to add the plated fat. Then I started making sausage patties to replace the eggs in the morning. I still like having the soup for breakfast, but now I can eat things like https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/264076/cabbage-and-eggs/ (or with pork sausage or tuna or chicken or salmon patties instead of eggs) and https://therealfoodrds.com/easy-egg-roll-in-a-bowl/ . The biggest thing to remember is that it is Meal One - it doesn't have to be traditional breakfast food. You've heard of having breakfast for dinner? Don't be afraid of having dinner for breakfast.
  10. 1 point
    Congratulations for your next wedding Joanna! I'm also starting on February 11, since I have no social commitments scheduled for the following weeks and will be easier to stick to the meals plan. For now, I'm trying to figure out what to do with my breakfasts, different from eating eggs :-) If you like (and don't mind my grammar or spelling mistakes, since English is not my mother tongue), we can support each other, share recipes, etc. Ana
  11. 1 point
    I started Whole30 for the first time on January 28. I am meeting up with High School classmate girlfriends in May and hoping to look and feel good! I'll follow your progress on the now to May timeline. Why are you waiting until Feb 11?
  12. 1 point

    Detox February - NEW

    YOU'RE TRYING TO GAIN WEIGHT?! said no woman ever.... crazy fool... I'm 25, so I'm there with you! Here are the nuggets: https://unboundwellness.com/sweet-potato-chicken-poppers-paleo-aip-whole-30/ They are pretty good
  13. 1 point
    Pray for me Schrod (and I'm an atheist, so, you know it's bad when I start seeking help from a guy I don't believe in!), sitting here in Vancouver on this gorgeous, sunny day surrounded by free wine, a full bar, (and competent bartender judging from those drinks he's pouring), and every manifestation of gourmet lounge food one could imagine. The sum total of what I can eat here - an apple, black coffee, a glass of water and 8 olives from the bar. That's it. I'm questioning my sanity to be honest and not coming up with compelling answers beyond the pat, but effective "this, too, will pass."
  14. 1 point
    Hanging in out in Vancouver today - there's a mall across the street and a spa in the hotel so - definitely some treats for moi as I await my 6PM flight to NZ. What a day yesterday though! Travel is really difficult on W30 - there just ain't nothin' out there that's compliant! There's only so much you can bring through security and then you're on your own. I did have some cashews, dates and 2 Larabars - but, basically, those are the same thing as each other and they get boring fast. I went from food place to food place enquiring about nutrition information sheets - nada. That shouldn't be a thing. We have progressive food labelling laws here in Canada - how do restaurants get away without providing allergen info? Then, the one place that did basically listed ALL the foods as being the same i.e. having the same allergens. Only the salad came up as allergen free - sigh. I finally found a not-too-busy cafe type place that made me a compliant, dressing free salad - I think - no info so, going with God on this one. Got on the plane and found 3 pieces of cheese in it. It must be really difficult to have serious food allergies in this world! Today I faced down the Standard American Diet breakfast buffet: muffins, toast, waffles, cereals, cinnamon buns, sweetened "fruit" yogurt, instant oatmeal. But also, boiled eggs - peeled! And bananas and apples. And fresh homefries! And a wide selection of nuts with raisins for the oatmeal. So, while a little monochromatic, breakfast was alright in the end. In fact, I'm repeating it for lunch as I took a little extra for my room. Please don't rat me out - I just don't know if I have the energy for another round of Airport W30 Roulette. The adventure continues!
  15. 1 point

    Detox February - NEW

    Greetings Ryan! I'm on day 18 after being "gonna start" for probably a year myself. I'm loving it! Feel free to look up my Whole 30 Log in the Log section near the bottom of the forum for a (probably very boring) day by day of what I eat and how I feel lol. Don't be afraid to experiment, don't be afraid to ask, use the forum as the great source of info it is (hint: the search function isn't great, you're better to google "Whole 30 forum [query- i.e. can I have ______]" but sooooo many questions have already been asked and answered by the excellent mods here that it's easy to find info! There's also FB groups which are really interactive, the "Whole 30 Support Group" is a good one.
  16. 1 point
    This really hit home with me. I'm 5'2" and fluctuate daily between 138 and 142. At the beginning of last year I was about 13 pounds more. I'm here for similar reasons, I want to achieve food freedom and stop worrying about calories! My goal is 125 since I will always have muscular thighs and wider hips. I also have a tendency to overeat when emotional or when I'm alone or when I have a trigger food and just can't stop... Food has always been a big part of my life, but I was thinking about it the wrong way. Not every celebration requires food, I can treat myself to a hot bath or give myself some down time. Just because I think I'm hungry every two hours doesn't mean I actually am. I'm finding new ways to find comfort and fun, but I'm also getting some of that by spending more time with food. I don't usually cook more than one meal a day, and that's usually with short cuts. I used to eat a quick breakfast at my desk every morning, now I get up and cook a full meal to start my day and it feels great! I'm finding recipes that incorporate some of my favorite foods so I'm excited to eat, not grudgingly downing some soggy veggies. Like you said, I feel like it's given me control over my life. For a long time I felt trapped in a body I wasn't sure I could change. Now I know that I can do things to make it better. If I treat my body well, it'll treat me well and the same with you! I know you'll get to your goal and have a great time at the wedding! Thank you for writing so thoughtfully. It helps to know others are going through similar things.
  17. 1 point
    I feel like I have a lot going on in my head so I'm just going to blurt it all out - I was planning on waiting until Day 10 to do a mini recap, but since I have time now, here goes. I had a little anxiety last night about what happens if I don't lose weight. And I totally understand that that isn't the point of the program, and it's not why I'm doing it...but I do have 20 pounds I actively want to lose, and so my question is, if Whole30 doesn't work, then what do I turn to? In all other ways the program seems like it is going to work for me, in helping me quit dieting, and achieve my food freedom and be able to eat food without obsessing over calorie counting or constantly fighting with cravings...but I also want to lose the weight I have and reach my goal, which I do think is a healthy and realistic number for my height and body type (I'm 5'1 and 140 pounds right now, so I don't think 120 is that unattainable). I found myself calculating calories in my head over the last few days, which needs to stop. I have been calorie counting for 10 years (and I'm 26 years old) which means I basically know off hand the number of calories in any given thing at a time, which is a little horrifying. And I don't want to keep calorie counting for the next 10 years, because it takes so much joy out of eating. It's so nice to be able to have a meal without feverishly inputting it in MFP and to be able to have a small piece of fruit at night without weighing up the pros and cons. Anyway, I know I shouldn't focus on the scale, so I'm also trying to go by how I feel and by how my clothes fit - today I'm wearing a skirt that definitely didn't fit last year and was part of my "skinny" wardrobe, and it did up very easily after gym this morning, so that feels good. What do I like about Whole30 and my 30 days of fitness program is that it has given me a sense of control over my life again, which is nice. I've been wanting to get to my goal for such a long time, and knowing I'm actively working towards it everyday, that I'm doing nearly everything I can to succeed, is such a great feeling. Doing it in January makes me feel like I've already set up the year for success. I'm going back home in May for a friend's wedding, and I really want to be look and feel great going back, so it's important I put in the hard work these next four months. Food is such a big part of my life, it's such a form of comfort and of fun, that taking it out and treating it as fuel only leaves me feeling a little lost. (and I don't mean to be dramatic, I realize it's only 30 days, but for someone who's struggled with binging and overeating their whole life, it matters). But anyway, looking forward to seeing what the second week brings.
  18. 1 point

    Help with Plated Fat

    Yep, you can use a finishing oil like sesame or drizzle ghee or make a mayo.
  19. 0 points
    I think I have figured out part of my husband's problem. He skipped lunch yesterday, skipped breakfast this morning, worked out this morning (cardio + strength training), and claims he isn't hungry for lunch either. No wonder he is miserable if he isn't eating!