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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. becs

    January 1st Start Date!

    Reading all of your posts, I'm realizing that the only things I REALLY miss in daily life are sugary coffee creamer (which I don't plan on adding back in!) and wine. I like a good cheese, but I don't miss it. Dairy and legumes were never really part of my diet. My regular at-home meals have been, for the most part, paleo over the last few years, with some rice thrown in every once in a while. My food-with-no-breaks is pretty much crunchy/salty "junk" food - Triscuits, chips (crisps), tortilla chips, Goldfish crackers, etc. I would mindlessly eat them whenever stressed/bored/sad, and over the l
    3 points
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. HUGE NSV! It's one thing to resist cravings, but it's a whole other level of awesome not to have them in the first place, especially in times of stress. Love it! @Saiee The thing about zucchini noodles is that you barely even taste them once you add your sauce. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Same thing with spaghetti squash. You kinda get the texture of pasta without the belly bloat. I don't know what recipe you're looking at, and you probably already know this, but I would suggest tossing the raw zucchini noodles with salt and letting them sit in a colander for 30 minutes or so,
    3 points
  12. Man. Grinding away over here. I wish my cravings were not as gnarly as they are, here on Day 19. I've really been honoring the program. Usually my cravings have been crippled by this point. And okay, watching Gilmore Girls this month has probably not helped my situation. That show is a serious junk food extravaganza. The pizzas! The Chinese take-out! The platters of burgers and fries at Luke's Diner! I hold Lorelai personally responsible for these cravings. Food journal for 1/17/21, day 19: Breakfast: 2 eggs fried in the coconut curry sauce from yesterday Lunch: coconut chicken
    3 points
  13. Busy week, forgot to post yesterday, and today is busy, too. Just trying to keep my journal habit this week. Next week will be back to normal. All is going well. My meals are compliant, I'm not really struggling with anything right now (well, maybe a little food boredom....), and my energy levels are great. Still working on the pain/achiness/stiffness but this is much improved over two weeks ago.
    3 points
  14. Thanks for the good feedback on magnesium! Very happy to report that I finally got some good zzz's last night. I'll chalk it up to Natural Calm. My boyfriend (who has a degree in nutrition) says magnesium sometimes takes a while for the body to absorb..... so I'll try to keep taking it for the rest of this W30. Had some more hard-core cravings today. Managed to work through them all. Fed the boyfriend a new batch of spinach-avocado chicken burgers, which he loved. "This crazy diet I'm on isn't so crazy!" I said with a wink. >>> Food journal for 1/10/21, day 12: Bre
    3 points
  15. R3D0: Today has been a good prep day. I got my menu planned for the week, made ghee and got my lunches packed up in the refrigerator. Spice pantry is now cleaned out of any non-compliant ingredients, and I was very happy to have my husband's help with this project. He helped me when I got sick from the soybean oil the other day, so he felt vested in the project. He also found out one of my vitamins had soybean oil in it, and I had NO idea. I had told my doc a while back about how the Vitamin D3 supplement upset my stomach, but he felt the benefits outweighed the side effects, but now we're goi
    3 points
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. @LadyWolf0926 I'm sure there was a recipe at some point, but I've been making it for years and have created my own way. I whisk together one can of pumpkin, about 1/2 can coconut milk, 6-8 eggs (depends on what I have left in a carton), cinnamon, and nutmeg. I grease a 9x9 pan with avocado oil spray dump the mixture in, top with pecans if I have them and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until it's no longer jiggly in the middle. I think the original recipe called for separating the eggs and whipping the whites to make it truly a souffle, but I like it just fine wit
    3 points
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. I’ll join you! I am in the Uk, I’m married and have 3 children. l started my 2nd whole30 on 1st Jan. I did my first in July after what we refer to as “the all inclusive lockdown cruise” in our house! I loved it and lost 11lbs and just felt so amazing. I then remained sugar, dairy, grain and soy free until Christmas (160 days!) although I did reintroduce wine and a few other bits (additives/preservatives rather than food, eg I’d have some dried fruit, or an occasional stock cube) and over Christmas I have had maybe 3 days where I ate a bit of chocolate/Christmas cake. I Had Covid in Novem
    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 in as well, this is my first time. I’ve toyed with the idea last January but got side tracked by business travel. Now that I’m not traveling and my health took a toll over the last months of sitting at home (sugar, sooo much sugar!), I’m doing this! My partner will join me, which is motivating but also scary. I can subsist on roasted veggies with canned tuna and mayo if I have to but any of our quick, weeknight go to meals that he also eats are out of the question for the next few weeks.
    3 points
  25. 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
  26. I'm in! About a week ago, I decided that I was tired of feeling yucky, so I decided that I am going to do another Whole30. I did it a couple of years ago, and I remember how great I felt. I have gotten into some bad habits this year (started mostly in March because, well you know... comfort food, take out food, increased "happy hours", at home, less activity, etc ), and now I have constant sinus problems with a runny nose all the time, I have random aches and pains, I have little energy, and just a general feeling of "dis-ease". But I am excited to do this again! I bought the Day by Day book
    3 points
  27. Hi! I am a first timer and starting on Jan 4th as well! I am excited but also nervous. 2020 has me completely ignoring all nutrition and moderation rules so I've got some bad habits to break.
    3 points
  28. A Home for a Bunny Under a rock or a log or a stone or under the ground were some of the places this bunny went looking for home. I read the story to my sister until she had it memorized and could "read" it all by herself. My journey is a lot like this little bunny's search for a home. Sometimes the bunny searches in bunny-like places and sometimes the bunny looks in bogs and nests in trees. I feel like most of my journey has been not knowing what kind of home to look for. As a child I was six to eight inches taller than the other tallest kids in my class until I stopped grow
    3 points
  29. I've got to come back. The bad habits I've developed since I was last here have got to stop. I love to eat mostly Whole30, most of my meals are compliant and include lots of vegetables, but between meals I totally lose it. With the cooler weather I started baking again. Oh how I love to bake, and eat, those sweets. Now I have painful inflammation in my feet and ankles, and milder inflammation in my knees and hips. It hurts to walk. Every step hurts until I get "warmed up." So just walking from the couch to the pan of squares on the kitchen counter hurts, but I do it anyways. I've lost
    3 points
  30. 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
  31. So ... I started tracking my post-W30 log over in that thread, but then I was like, I miss the little group I've connected with over here. So - I'm back. My goal at this point is to shed some fat and get in shape so I can pass the physical test to apply to police departments. The requirements are: 15" vertical jump 25 sit-ups in 1 minute 16 push-ups without stopping (no time constraint) 1.5 mile run in 15:37 or less I'm not stressed about the jump, sit-ups or push-ups. The run kills me. I have asthma and I've never been a great runner, but I have to make this happen. 15:
    3 points
  32. MadyVanilla

    Take Advantage

    I need to do this next-my first step toward normalcy was to turn off my email notifications on my phone at the end of the workday. I'm moving toward ending at my normal time, just not there yet. And also working toward the mandatory lunch break, which is more likely to happen when I write a daily schedule. Thank you so much for the encouragement!! You are exactly right, we used to take lots of mini-breaks all day long, now it feels like I must be working every minute. That's good food for thought. Plus, I also hate having to talk on the phone!
    3 points
  33. Why can I never finish anything? I can't even remember what happened, actually I do, we sold our family home - and the predictable happened. So ANOTHER NEW START! Today, here in Ireland, we start a six week lockdown - so what better time to begin again. I have the time to cook and I am not going anywhere. Breakfast: eggs, spinach, tomatoes baked with olive oil Lunch: Salmon, brussels sprouts, apple Dinner: Chicken curry, steamed potatoes, pear. Exercise: 45 mins brisk walk. Hope everyone else is well
    3 points
  34. I am SO CHEERING YOU ON RIGHT NOW! When I started working from home I felt EXHAUSTED and I wasn't really sure why. The day was more or less the same, the biggest differences being that I was doing everything over the phone and video. I HATE THE PHONE SO BAD, so I just figured it was the talking on the phone that was wearing me out. I quickly learned it was so much more than that. I felt like I had to be super productive every single minute of the work day. When we were in the office it wasn't like that. People took breaks and chatted with each other and ran to the coffee shop, so there was abs
    3 points
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
    3 points
  40. AMK922

    Letting Go...

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing! The saying of doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome (insanity!) is definitely at play for me and I want to escape that for good.
    2 points
  41. So I am only 5 days into my 2nd restart, I started on the 5th I think then screwed up with a can of tuna (soy) and then a supposedly whole 30 safe jerky (brown sugar). But other than that I have been compliant, though it is still a start over. So I have had urges, especially after the jerky screw up... I still feel drawn to things. Funny story is I had stale Chex cereal and had run out of dog treats so I would give each one piece (They are small dogs). They like them so instead of buying dog biscuits that are expensive vs how many you get I just bought a Family size box of Rice Chex (my lea
    2 points
  42. I’ve had a good day today and it’s now 6pm and I feel bouncy still! Maybe this is the feint growling of the tiger??? really nice food today; I’d half made coleslaw last night, made the mayo this morning and added tahini and lemon for a sort of hummus-y type mixed up salad, with shredded chicken, avocado chunks and flaked almonds. I took a little tub with cherry toms, mini cucumber and olives to work but didn’t eat it as I didn’t need it after my big salad! Dinner was parcel sea bass- spinach, toms, sea bass, lemon oil, all baked in foil, then opened up the foil and used almonds, seas
    2 points
  43. Today may have been the first time I've ever prepared a dish that made the taster physically step back and say, "Oh my GOD" in awe. Such was the feedback from ye olde boyfriend on the NYTimes' coconut chicken curry. With compatible oil and compatible rice/noodles, it's totally Whole 30! Cool! (Truly, I'm not sure if it was "Oh my GOD" worthy. It was good.... but for some reason, he really liked it.) Also, I just realized that yesterday's Day 17 passed without incident. For some reason, Day 17 is the point at which my enthusiasm wanes and my motivation goes missing. Day 18 feels so mu
    2 points
  44. As requested - Buffalo wing cauli is super easy (I know this for a fact because Hubs makes it and he is no cook) Cauliflower florets - I like them smallish - 2-3 cm/1 in in diameter approximately. Drench thoroughly in beaten egg (nothing added) Drench again in almond flour seasoned to taste with garlic, onion and chili powder. We have tried other gluten-free flour blends but almond flour is hands down the best for this Spritz with avocado oil and get them into an air fryer. Depends on the AF but ours takes about 15-20 minutes at 400F Dipping sauce: Homemade mayo l
    2 points
  45. Day 7, Tuesday January 12, 2021 M1: l/o shepherd's pie M2: green beans and carrots, fried egg with steak bites from the freezer 3pm snack: banana, walnuts M3: oven roasted vegetables including white and sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, onions and broccoli in olive oil and PK greek dressing; pork tenderloin medallions I woke with a mild headache this morning, a daily occurrence over the past few days. The first day it happened I thought that I was dehydrated. Then when it happened again I was worried that maybe I caught the virus, but when I woke today with the same m
    2 points
  46. Day 5, Sunday January 10, 2021 M1: shepherd's pie Snack: banana, pecans M2: tomato veg soup with ground beef M3: romaine salad with avocado, green grapes, chicken, PK green goddess dressing, a cup of raspberries for dessert I take five vitamins with breakfast every day, 2 Omega 3's, calcium, vitamin D, and folic acid (when I'm off of breads). The inflammation in my hips, knees and ankles is reduced, but I still have some painful inflammation in the wee bones of my feet. I also have mild plantar fasciitis that I'm trying to heal with stretches. My aim is to walk
    2 points
  47. Jaypo

    Whole30 First timer

    I am a newbie as well. Starting my journey tomorrow. Cleaning out cabinets and shopping today.
    2 points
  48. Hey from newbie and i am also thinking to do a whole30 from new year
    2 points
  49. Perhaps I should mention: I'm allergic to nuts and coconut. This makes the Whole30 and paleo just that much more interesting!
    2 points
  50. @Jennifer Jensenyay I’m glad you got an official word on the oatstraw. When I was using it to promote healing I’d make a big batch of it and keep it in the fridge. I’d have a cup in the morning and one at night. Typically my one at night I’d gently reheat on the stove so I could enjoy it warm. I would have enjoyed it warm in the mornings too but I was always in a rush. Sometimes I’d add it to a fruit/veggie smoothie. But it really is wonderful and very grounding. I found for me it was one of those slow gradual changes. You didn’t really notice the changes day to day but 5 months down t
    2 points