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  1. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    I decided to change my avatar tonight, in honor of Toby. He's the toad who has spent so much time with me this summer. One morning, I came outside to find Toby sitting backwards in the cab of the dump truck. "Do you ever just feel all turned around?" was my immediate thought. I shared it with my friend, and we had a good laugh. But Toby had a plan. He was working toward a goal. You see ~ I had come outside on a previous morning to find him sitting on top of the cab of the dump truck. And I came out on a later morning (after this avatar pic) to find him fully immerse
    6 points
  2. We're (Hubs and me) are starting W30 #4 on January 1. Can not wait to get going again. We're spending this week using up food we don't want to waste but also increasing our compliance each day so it's not such a shock to the system. Welcome newbies! I hope you enjoy this challenge! I look forward to reading your posts.
    5 points
  3. Hello forum! I’ve done this twice before but privately. The quarantine and work from home has Turned my brain and body into battlefield- everyday I say today’s the day I stop with the junk and over eating. And then ... tomorrow. Today was one of those days. All went well til late night cookies and crackers. So this time I’m reaching out to community. I’ll wake up August 5th and start this. I’m a pescatarian so some limitations. But I can do it! Did some prep work already and have all my old hacks - lots of hard boiled eggs, bags of fresh and frozen veggies, canned fish, nuts, etc. I’m r
    5 points
  4. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 13: 8/8/20 – Enjoying being sober. How about that?
    5 points
  5. Day 12, Sunday January 17, 2021 M1: l/o spaghetti squash; kale; onion; l/o south-west pork; egg; salsa M2: l/o potatoes & onions fried in ghee, green beans, 1/4 bratwurst, walnuts and raisins M3: veggie confetti cauli-rice with sauteed chicken strips M1 was uninteresting except that I felt pleased to be using up healthy leftovers rather than throwing them out. I took solace in knowing that my next meal was not far off and would taste better. I'm wondering how I ever came to think that every meal must be a gastronomical feast fit for royalty. My stomach was feel
    4 points
  6. Great day yesterday, energy is good. I've discovered Valtoren, the wonder cream for arthritis pain and it, along with the diet changes, have really made a difference in my knees. Everything seems to be moving in the right direction. I slept well again last night. Day 11 M1-eggs and compliant bacon M2-grilled chicken, zucchini, onions, and peppers M3-grilled whitefish and broccoli, maybe some white potatoes fried in ghee.
    4 points
  7. October 28th-I made a series of bad choices because of poor planning and ended up giving up for 5 straight days. I've already been noncompliant for my first meal today, but I'm restarting today. My pain levels are so clearly tied to what I eat, but it takes a few days for impact to kick in. Wouldn't it be so much easier if as soon as I ate something inflammatory, my pain shot through the roof? Almost like eating bad seafood and having a reaction within just a few hours? But it's not like that, it takes a few days. I know this. My desire to have pain controlled has to be stronger than m
    4 points
  8. Is It Tiger Blood? I woke up at 4:30 am and felt rested after only five hours of sleep. Yesterday we hiked what some consider a strenuous but short hiking trail up to the most beautiful waterfall and, while it was difficult, there is no way I would consider it strenuous. We're staying in Lexington, SC right outside of Columbia and we drove the two and a half hours to Marietta, SC to hike the Falls Creek Waterfall Trail. The day before we went to Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park and walked along the canal after I swam an hour in the pool at the airbnb. Today, we will either canoe Cedar C
    4 points
  9. Tevenie

    Tevenie's Whole30 Diary

    Thank you, I feel all full of early autumnal, crisp early morning air enthusiasm. I am not sure if that is a thing, but I feel it anyway. I have just signed up for 30 days of 15 mins a day of Pilates too. So lots of menu planning and getting ready this weekend. I am excited to feel well again. I intend to make sure I go into next year healthy and happy. Looking forward to chatting with you all again. x
    4 points
  10. Feeling listless on a Friday night. I made plans to enjoy a breezy patio dinner at a restaurant with my fella tonight, but in the end we canceled the reservations out of COVID concerns. Infection rates in our area seem to be really high, and I am not sure I can handle two hours in public without a mask on, even if it's outdoors. "Your 'Surge Capacity' is Depleted — It's Why You Feel Awful" This essay has been making the rounds in my social media circles, including a repost from W30's Melissa Urban. It resonates with me. I continue to find help in hearing (reading) other people's refl
    4 points
  11. Day 14: 8/9/20 -- I just don't have much to say at this point. Whole 30 works, it just makes sense, and it's not anything new to me. I feel a lot better and I can't really believe where I was a couple of weeks ago. I've reduced my stress considerably by not signing up for any nursing shifts for over a week now. That helps!
    4 points
  12. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 11: 8/6/20 – Compliant. Not amazing ... but productive.
    4 points
  13. Day 7 yesterday: 8/2/20 -- I don't have anything to say about yesterday. It was compliant & fine. Today I found out some news that I might want to bury in a bottle of wine tonight. But guess what? That news will still be there tomorrow. And the next day. And the next. Forever. So I won't.
    4 points
  14. Food snobs unite! We are the same way! Sugar, I'm smiling at the 'now we are our grandparents' comment. I haven't been to a restaurant since I came home from Australia on March 20 and I don't miss it at all.
    3 points
  15. becs

    January 1st Start Date!

    @Rebecca001Yay for Tiger Blood! What a productive day you've had! And thanks for creating a maintenance post - I will definitely join you all there. It's been so nice to connect with everyone. Keeping the accountability going through reintroduction will be awesome. On my run today, I was thinking about the W30 being over on Sunday, but I had to stop myself. It's not really over for me, not until I reintroduce everything and decide what my new Food Freedom Rules (oxymoron?) will be moving forward. I need to shift my brain to start thinking of it as moving on to the next stage. I also need
    3 points
  16. A nice simple dinner for me tonight- line a tea with spinach and kale, add pieces of fish (I had smoked cod) asparagus and cherry tomatoes, slices of lemon and seasoning cover with foil and then it sort of steams itself in the lemon juice and done . Really quick and tasty (picture is of it before cooking)
    3 points
  17. Lord have mercy, this week at work is just wrecking me. I'm trying to do the jobs of 2 people. The company has brought in a new person to help, which is good, but you know... onboarding a new person always slows you down at first. This is what's known as irony. I think that if I wasn't doing a Whole 30 right now, I would probably be rage-eating over how overwhelmed I feel, so.... yay for not doing that, I guess? Food journal for 1/21/21, day 23: Breakfast: Ground beef plus veggies plus sauce Lunch: Avocado-chocolate smoothie Dinner: Last of the coconut chicken curry with Ve
    3 points
  18. How we roll - apparently I am doing this every other day now - okaaay then. It doesn't really serve a purpose does it? This weekend, we've spent more than healthy amounts of time doomscrolling the sitch happening in our big brother's house next door. Stay sane my lovely American friends and neighbours! I don't get that involved - it gets me adrenalin up to overdrive and I can't fall asleep at night. This is a good time to be doing a W30 as at least I'm not anxious - just super SUPER revved up. 2:30AM I'm still wide (wild?) eyed and too ready for a good fight rather than sleep. I am a
    3 points
  19. I need to look for FFF too, I’ve only read the intro book and ISWF. I’m feeling good today, soooooo glad I didn’t crack last night. Today I ran an absolutely belting 6km in well under 5 mins per km and did loads of jobs round the house. Maybe the tiger isn’t roaring yet but I think she’s just starting to purrrrrr !
    3 points
  20. Hi! I do a whole30 every 6 months and reset #5 will start on Jan 4! Anyone else with the same start date?
    3 points
  21. We might be the same person! I have struggled with the wine knowledge for 3 W30s and will continue with it after this one too. sigh* @MadyVanilla Let me know how the baba ganoush goes Okay - so plans to keep a food log are not going well. But, I have been 100% compliant so, all good!! The advantage of having done 3 previous W30s is we know what to eat and can make meals without a lot of thought but we're already in a bit of a rut! Lots of roasted meats and plain veg. We need to get more creativity in here. We cook all our food from scratch and are generally very creative but, these
    3 points
  22. I’m interested, if you’ll have me! This is my first Whole30 and I started January 1st. Everything is going smoothly for me. I live alone. Well, not exactly, but my roomies are the four-footed variety. I began to prepare by sort of a transition between Christmas and New Years so I don’t feel terribly deprived. I got to eat my peanut brittle, Christmas cookies and one of the chocolate dipped strawberries before handing them off to a neighbor. im grateful for soup weather and an afternoon with a big bowl of steamy veggie soup.
    3 points
  23. Hubby and I are attempting our first round later in the week, I have to do our monthly groceries first before we can start (we live off grid and I go 3.5 hours away once a month for groceries). It's going to be hard, there is a small town about 30 mins away where we can get some top up fresh foods but they're not great quality and really expensive, so I'm working on how we're going to swing it, we do have an extensive veggie garden but its peak summer atm, so not a huge amount ready for harvest just now. Also, 6 smallish children who I will also be cooking (non compliant) food for every d
    3 points
  24. I'm glad some people are still using the forum Happy to have somene to follow along with on here as we head into January W30s together. I find journalling to be extremely effective for all parts of my life and this forum is a great journal for me. I'm working on getting ready for a W30 by not gorging for a change - lol! We started a W30 in May 2020 and totally bombed - it felt like a punishment with all the covid-craziness swirling around us! This time we're approaching it like a gift. Let's get this going!
    3 points
  25. Okay, Day 2 in my Quest for Physical Fitness... I woke up around 4am and my stomach was GROWLING. I was borderline hangry. I tried to go back to sleep but I couldn't. I'm certain it's because I didn't eat enough yesterday. I got up and ate some Raisin Bran Crunch with almond milk, watched an episode of Criminal Minds and eventually fell back asleep. It was crazy hard to get up when the alarm went off and I snoozed for almost 2 hours. Finally, 10 minutes before work started, I dragged myself out of bed and made some coffee. Even though I wasn't hungry, I made breakfast first thing.
    3 points
  26. So here we are: Day One. I've been inching toward Whole30 eating again for a couple weeks, but last night closed out the non-W30 phase with a big homemade batch of pad thai. Right now, the idea of giving that up for 30 or 90 days doesn't sound like a big deal. We'll see how I feel as my hormonal cycle rolls along—my times of intense craving usually correspond to that. Another day of distance learning/home schooling with my son, so it's unlikely to be stress-free. But we have no appointments in town today. We can stay home, cook, learn, and walk in the woods. I do have a lot of computer
    3 points
  27. Picture from https://www.maryjanedetroyer.com/new-york-city-registered-dietitian-criticizes-keto-diet/ I am an unorganized, totally over-extended or completely lazy, immoderate individual desiring peace more than I desire happiness or even food. Love - I absolutely love nature because that is one place peace spreads over every part of my being until I am just glowing. A co-worker actually gave me a shirt that says, "Nature is My Happy Place." Indeed it is. I am a very visual person. Well today I was walking and came across a heron in the lake near my house. These birds seem so seren
    3 points
  28. Well, I was going to just run away from this log because I had some sizeable failures this weekend. I traveled to see family and fell hard. I had about 30 hours of off-plan eating, drinking, etc. I was strong for the first 24 hours of the visit and then caved. Today I am back on track. I'm going to return to W30 for at least 2 weeks to get my body some rest after what I put it through. It is disheartening, but a weakness I know of myself. I really struggle to be around my family and eat well. I began a healthy lifestyle after moving away from them, so my life with them is not connected t
    3 points
  29. Reintro is going well. Not surprising, but liquid dairy is harder for me to digest it seems than hard dairy (cheeses). All I've had as far as dairy goes is shredded cheeses, cream cheese, ranch dressing (with buttermilk), heavy whipping cream, and blue cheese dressing. Although I haven't felt backed up at all, I think the soft dairy is shooting through my system. Day 1 I had HWC in my coffee for 1 cup and my stomach was in knots before I was even done. Yesterday I had a salad with lots of blue cheese dressing, like, LOTS. I definitely think I overate yesterday. I did have a lapse in willpower
    3 points
  30. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 1: 9/25/20 --
    3 points
  31. You know what gets me through? In the 90s/early 00s, I was a little party animal/clubber and I now have a playlist of all the songs I used to go off at the club to Reliving my youth!!
    3 points
  32. Right!! All the advertizing screams at us to eat keto, low fat, low carb, sugar free, count macros, exercise, etc etc to "be healthy." And WW is certainly no different - "eat everything you want AS LONG AS you stay within your points," which effectively equates to "restriction." Coming back to W30 where the message is "Eat!" definitely takes some adjustment. One of my friends I'm coaching said, "Are you sure I'm not going to gain a bunch of weight?" Nope! But that is surely another indication of the restriction mindset that is so prevalent. Speaking of sauces ... earlier this week (or la
    3 points
  33. Don't be so hard on yourself! I'm reading a really good book right now called The Hungry Brain. I'm about halfway into it. The basic premise to this point is that we are biologically wired to want the most calorie-dense foods, and when we get our hands on them, we over-consume. This is based on the caveman days when they may not always have access to honey or starchy tubers or fatty meats. When those foods are available, they gorge on them, because there is no telling when they will find the next batch. The problem in today's world is that we are still biologically wired that way, but calorie-
    3 points
  34. Lunch is tuna, pickle, egg and mayo salad in cucumber boats. Sunday and fancy food day. My menu today is going to freak some people out, but I like to pick a cuisine or country and go with it, and I realised I have not done my own. So: Wattleseed, pepperberry and macadamia nut kangaroo meatballs with bush tomato sauce Lemon myrtle emu fillet Lime & Ginger crocodile skewers Warm roasted beetroot and baby spinach Shredded spicy green mango and coconut salad
    3 points
  35. Thanks for the ideas, decker! I have heard of the body mindfulness in regards to falling asleep, but that's great advice for stress management. I'm intrigued to try that. Today is Day 8. I am approaching my first weekend with socialization. I have a hefty to do list, so I think staying busy and not thinking about snacking shouldn't be a problem. This morning when I was getting ready for work I grabbed my last meal-prepped meal (turkey chili). I opened the freezer and there was 1 bag of frozen veggies left. I got nervous. I have nothing prepared for dinner. I'll come home hungry, my
    3 points
  36. Tevenie

    Tevenie's Whole30 Diary

    Hello! I am back. I am going to start this again on Monday and this time I WILL COMPLETE IT. I want tiger blood and I ain't leaving until I've got it. So there.
    3 points
  37. Good morning, I've started this morning. This is my first Whole30. I read the book last week. Made a week plan for this week and yesterday did the grocery shopping. I did not have time to mealprep. But I do have time to cook today. And today I'll cook for several days. I'll start a daily log. Just to keep my accountable.
    3 points
  38. Day 2 finishing up. Something I never thought about until this Whole30 is to start on the weekend. We have such a mindset to start on Monday or the 1st of the month. I started on a Friday. I work M-F. Weekends I’m usually pretty busy (I love to do lists). I think I do better with eating during the day on weekends because I’m busy. NIghtime is different because socialization can be hard. But, today was awesome. Cleaning, dog baths, errands, laundry, I didn’t have time to think about be deprived or hungry. My NSV’s for the day were socialization. Today was a family community day in my subd
    3 points
  39. That is how my brother in law responds when you ask him how he’s doing...and I get it! I’m almost 68 and in good health and pretty good shape, but the aches and pains (that my friends claim are due to age) are creeping in. On that note I will lose many listeners because the younger crowd cannot relate, but I am joining this forum because I would love some like minded people in my world. I am very strong willed so I expect to succeed at my second Whole30, but continuing with healthy habits may be an issue. I am on day 16 and incredibly lazy and unmotivated...consequently pretty angry and frustr
    3 points
  40. Day 2 Tuesday August 18, 2020 M1: kale, prosciutto and sweet potato hash with green beans and 2 fried eggs, olive oil & ghee M2: romaine salad with avocado, green grapes, mandarin sections, chicken, walnuts, Primal Kitchen green goddess dressing M3: salted cucumbers slices to snack on while at the bbq, zucchini rounds, roasted white potatoes and bbq steak tenderloin, boiled carrots, olive oil NSV: I didn't snack between meals, was craving a snack beginning mid afternoon but I powered through... and drank lots of water. NSV: my energy has been a bit low lately, I've
    3 points
  41. MadyVanilla

    Take Advantage

    Note to self: indulge in dinner at the dining room table, fresh flowers, lit candles. It's not expensive, not time-consuming, and NOT HARD.
    3 points
  42. I am still here, after 2 false starts/early falls. I am starting day 3 today. Did some healthy cooking- sheetpan cod, green beans, onions and cherry tomatoes w olive oil lemon sauce and sweet potato wedges.
    3 points
  43. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 12: 8/7/20 – Today was a better day. Finally resolving some of the emotions I have had to work through pretty much on my own all week. Things are looking up again, and I am so happy to be able to say that.
    3 points
  44. It happens! And tbh better on day 2 than on day 20 etc You give your best!
    3 points
  45. Thank you, day one, done. I did it. I ate a lot of veg. lunch- arugula, tomatoes and canned salmon salad later meal- steamed cauli and mixed veg w seaweed and coconut aminos later later- can of hearts of palm and an apple I am super agitated, I was even before i started this, continue to be. i think the cookie and cracker eating i was doing before was way to 'deal' with the anxiety and now... got to loop in other ways. I will check the forum for suggestions.
    3 points
  46. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 10: 8/5/20 -- The news I speak of (which I cannot yet bring myself to speak of here) is weighing heavy on my heart tonight. I've stayed strong for other people, and I've held back the tears because I don't want to discuss it with MIL. Man, it's weird having someone else living in your home ... We get along fine, but this is deep and personal. Very, very little is "mine" anymore. So, I'm finally sitting outside, alone, late at night, and having a good cry. The dogs don't mind. And they don't ask me any questions. Tomorrow is a new day ~ and I'm looking forward t
    3 points
  47. MadyVanilla

    Take Advantage

    It's amazing how quickly things fall apart, lol. My son moved out yesterday - I'm officially an empty-nester. I've known this was going to happen for a month but it was as if I wasn't prepared. I went over to help vacuum and clean...and that was that. Ugh. This is hard. And I felt that only a Dairy Queen blizzard could drown the emotions bubbling up from deep down. I felt so awful afterward, my stomach bloated to three times it's normal size and ACHED. I know I should have called a friend (well, I did, but didn't get into details about the day) but I did not want to deal with the feeli
    3 points
  48. Ginsky

    Gin's 6th Whole30 Log

    Day 2 I felt head-achy and miserable all day. I'm not sure if it's from Whole30 hangover effect or the tropical storm that is passing up along the east coast. I had turkey and spinach with a fried egg on top for breakfast. And that was pretty much the end of my motivation to cook for the day since my appetite really didn't kick in even after eating. I had hamburger soup for lunch, was really grateful to past-me for making it. I didn't even want dinner so I just threw together a salad of mixed greens and olives. I managed to finish it so I felt accomplished. I
    3 points
  49. So, I have an unhealthy obsession with my weight. I lost 22 pounds my first round, 12 my second, and about 6 this third one (weighed in this morning, which is my Day 31!). 1) I basically did them consecutively over the past few months. 2) I probably had more to lose at first and the novelty has worn off. 3) I probably under-ate my first round and have progressively incorporated more carbs/fats/variety into my Whole30 diet. So I only lost 6 pounds, BUT I have so many NSVs... Most of them are related to mental health improvements - I have been diagnosed as bipolar and b
    3 points
  50. KelseyClaire

    FatGirl Slim

    Based on other people’s posts I think I’m doing this right (replying to my topic to continue the log). I’m in the midst of trying to reset my sleep cycle. I’m a major night owl (so naturally I’ve chosen a profession that requires me to up and at work by 7:30 am, smart) and working from home has allowed me to get really crazy with my sleep pattern. I had gotten to a point where normal bedtime was between 2 and 3 am and then I would sleep until noon. I’ve been physically going to bed earlier, but having a terrible time actually falling asleep. Usually, I listen to an audiobook and pl
    3 points