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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
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  5. 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
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  6. 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
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  7. 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 !
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  8. 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
  9. @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
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  10. 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
  11. 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.
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  12. 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
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  13. 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
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  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Grrrrr ... Completed my second Whole30 last May and felt like, this is it. I have arrived. Peak health, here I come! Nooope. The minute I relaxed my standards, I tumbled down a rabbit hole of junk food. So this time, my plan is to just keep going. Not that I'm planning on a WholeEternity - that would be a little impractical - but let's just see how far I can go. The rationales: 1. While foods like grains and dairy do contain nutrition, I am not at the point where I have the willpower for reasonable serving sizes, and overindulgence leads to pain and discomfort. 2. Ref
    2 points
  19. I would say you need to eat, and probably more fat, you shouldn’t be hungry. Your body will naturally adjust. My lunches are probably half the size from my first week. It’s hard not to worry about the calories in an entire avocado, but in the beginning days I just eat, the cravings are bad enough without having to worry about portions. Do you have the Whole30 book? The chapter called “Your whole30 plate” is helpful. Olives are good to add to salad or on their own too! It’s half-time! Woot woot! Still looking for Tiger Blood.......
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  20. R3D1 - Monday was Day 1, and (of course) motivation is high. This is my third round; my second round was a complete bust. Round 1 was a raging success, and I am anxious to get back to that place I was when I finished R1. I remember not wanting to go through reintroduction after R1 b/c I felt so good all the time, but I read an article by Melissa Urban that explained why reintroduction was so important. So I did go through "slow roll" reintroduction and finding those trigger foods was surprising. I didn't like reintroduction; all that "tiger blood" I had earned during R1 was gone. My join
    2 points
  21. Restarting a journal is my first step toward starting my next W30 on January 2. My ultimate goal is to live close to W30/paleo most of the time, but I constantly struggle against myself and my addiction to sugar and processed foods. Part of the issue is that I'm lazy and don't like to spend the time prepping and cooking and part of the issue is self-sabotage. I use this journal to track my foods, work through my challenges, and keep myself accountable to myself. Even though I fall off and disappear (I haven't posted since early November), the fact that I come back and start again is a win
    2 points
  22. Thanks for the tip! After several Whole30s, I definitely have no problem with fat in my diet. I am eating generous servings of homemade mayo, avocado, and healthy oils. Heck, I even sneak in some clarified butter/coconut oil into my coffee on occasion. Regarding Lara Bars and similar compliance treats, I just read an e-mail from Melissa this morning about whether or not you're "cheating" if you eat them every day. In a nutshell, her answer was no, it's not cheating if you're eating compliant foods. However, it's definitely not encouraged, and you should dig into why you feel the need to e
    2 points
  23. Sweet potatoes acquired! It was a struggle to not grab a "treat" at the store. Not because of the intense cravings but because I've been doing that automatically every time I get groceries. Need to pick up some groceries, grab something sugary on the way out. You know, body, it's not really a treat if you have it so often that you grab it on autopilot and eat it without thinking about it. I have a weird schedule on my Tuesdays and Thursdays right now - no matter when I take a lunch break, it will always be 7 hours away from one meal. I can either eat lunch 7 hours after breakfast b
    2 points
  24. Haha! I wish! Unfortunately there's no secret button for us that makes the entire journey easier... it does help to be on here helping other people but you don't have to be a 'staffer' to do that so... I'm doing okay! Coming off a habit of having something after dinner so that's a bit hard to break but if I ask myself if I'm actually hungry or just grieving the loss of that habit, the answer is pretty clear. The one thing I LOVE about Whole30 which I always experience right away is the feeling of extra brain space that I get when I don't have to 'debate' food. There's no 'but I alrea
    2 points
  25. Day 8-11 Took a little break there! Still going strong with Whole30. My boyfriend proposed over the weekend on Saturday! We're very happy and excited, but are sticking with Whole30, because it helps us feel our best. I'm having some issues, sort of, with my eating over the past couple of days, since Friday really. I've had almost no appetite over the past few days. I'm sure a lot of it is from excitement/stress over our engagement, but it's getting a bit frustrating. I normally have no problems whatsoever with my appetite, the opposite really, so this feels unnatural. I'm definitely not e
    2 points
  26. Hi @stealthstitcher welcome back! I didn't eat sweet potatoes before W30, now I absolutely love them. I eat them at breakfast, browned gently in ghee then roasted until tender in the oven, about 10 - 15 minutes depending on how small you've diced them. I like them with my eggs, some prosciutto for a flavour hit and a bit of fried kale, which is another veg I didn't eat before but love it now. I also love sweet potatoes mashed with ghee on top of my shepherd's pie. I often mash them with other root vegetables too (white potatoes and/or carrots and/or turnips or rutabagas), just add g
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  27. Another peaceful night of sleep.... loving it! I'm working hard to re-stock my fridge this evening while my phone is quiet. Work is bonkers busy this month. I'm almost to the point where I need to start scheduling potty breaks on my calendar. The beginning of the year is usually like this for us. I'm falling back into predictably boring food. But it tastes good and is all Whole 30, so.... [shrug] >>> Food journal for 1/11/21, day 13: Breakfast: Frozen veggie shreds with pulled chicken Lunch: Avocado chocolate smoothie Dinner: Steamed broccoli, mashed potatoes, pull
    2 points
  28. Last night's last meal took an interesting twist from my original plan. A new Cuban restaurant opened in town, and the hubs offered to pick up carry out on his way home for work. After scouring the menu and talking with the restaurant (her broken English v. my broken Spanish), I opted for the grilled chicken in a criolla sauce - spicy tomato, garlic, and peppers. I was assured that "todas las salsas son sin azucar" or something like that and that the oil they use is lard. I had yucca and plantains as my sides. It was delicious and I haven't felt any ill effects so I'm thinking it's ok. I
    2 points
  29. 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
  30. Day 4, Saturday January 9, 2021 M1: sweet potato, kale, prosciutto, 2 eggs, ghee M2: romaine salad with avocado, green grapes, mandarins, chicken, PK Green Goddess dressing Snack: banana, pecans M3: 1/2 serving of shepherd's pie M4: 1/2 serving of dinner: green beans, carrots, white potatoes, roast beef, ghee This morning I cleaned out the basement fridge, it feels healthier now. I'm planning to use the freezer section to store foods that I plan to eat very soon, within the coming week. Just part of my plan to use up the food that has been languishing in the bas
    2 points
  31. BTW- I like to weigh myself everyday so it is hard not to step on that scale! That being said I can’t wait to see if I lost inches in my waist - I am assuming yes because I can already wear pants that were too tight before.
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  32. Day 1, Wednesday January 6, 2021 "I don't need to do another Whole30," she said. "I can get back to good health on my own." NOPE! My joints ache. I'm not sleeping well. I've gained belly fat over the holidays. I re-read my entries from 2020 and I want to feel the same way I felt then. The fridge, freezers and pantry have been some-what tidied in preparation. Freshly made ghee is cooling on the counter. Groceries have been bought today. A menu plan will be finalized. M1: kale, sweet potato and prosciutto pan fried in olive oil and finished in the oven,
    2 points
  33. Back to logging! Day 6 is off to a bang! I made extra mashed potatoes last night with this morning's breakfast in mind - fried mashed potato cakes. soooo good - mashed potato (mine are mashed with ghee and almond milk), fried chopped onion, 1 egg and an herb blend I like that is for grilled chicken... mushed together, formed into patties and fried to a crisp in ghee. Served with over easy eggs - you should see Hubs eyes light up when that hits the table! I can't do a plated fat with that because it just feels like so much unctious deliciousness without it. Plated fats are my weakness
    2 points
  34. Point well taken-food as an enjoyable respite, not the main source of joy. The pandemic does make this so much more challenging. I enjoy my daily walks and look forward to weekend hikes with the dog, but the solitariness of it all presents it's own challenges.
    2 points
  35. We managed ok last time after the initial panic buying subsided. I hope the same will apply this time although of course we have Brexit to contend with too, so fresh produce may be limited a bit. It’s not exactly growing season here in the uk, it’s very cold. My go-to canned staples are mackerel in olive oil, I eat a can most days (they are just fish, oil, and salt). I freeze a lot of meals so I have things in the freezer but I’m really hoping people don’t panic but this time as it was horrible having to queue and empty shelves last time. tonight I’m making a Moroccan tagine with lamb
    2 points
  36. Good morning! I’m starting today! This will be my 4th time completing the Whole30 with several failed attempts in between. I am prepped and ready to go! Meal 1: eggs, spinach, roasted potatoes Meal 2: Chicken Cacciatore with Zoodles from the Whole30 Slowcooker cookbook Meal 3: Asian Pot Roast with Shiirakes and Snow Peas from the Slowcooker Cookbook I bought a gallon water jug to make sure I’m hydrated. My workout will be a 45min Peloton ride before work and a 45 min walk after work to get fresh air. I live in Clearwater, FL so I have 0 excuses to get outside daily. I’m als
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  37. It’s 8.30 pm here and I just made my lunch for tomorrow as it’s back to school/work for us here! So we had roast chicken tonight and I cooked extra, plus I also roasted an extra tray of sweet potato wedges. I used leftover cooked chicken and made a salad mix so: Raw red onion, celery, chopped chicken, green grapes, chopped nuts, and some homemade whole30 mayo. Mix it all together (a bit like coleslaw?) and then in a pot I have a layer of salad leaves, a layer of sweet potato wedges, a bit spoonful of my chicken salad, then a layer of cucumber slices and a layer of tomato slices. Breakfast
    2 points
  38. Hi - I started January 1 too, so I’m happy to join you here! I have completed a few Whole 30s (maybe from 2013-2015) and then had a few years of overeating and weight gain. I have been gluten-free and dairy-free since 2017, however, I have found that gluten-free junk food and treats are also “no-brakes” foods. Hopefully it will be easier as I don’t have to get over the gluten or dairy cravings - plus the “whole 30 approved” prepared foods like dressings, are SO much better than they were a few years ago. My husband is a foot taller than me and can eat whatever he wants but fortunately will
    2 points
  39. Yay! I had a false start a few months back but am now on day 3 of my fourth whole30. Every single time I feel so incredible right away, I don't know why I don't just eat this way all the time (well, yes I do...) I am 38 years old and 24 weeks pregnant with my 5th baby. My other kids are 1 (2 next month), 4, 6, and 9. They'll eat whatever I make so it's easy to just change everyone's diet when I embark on this. Very grateful for that. So excited to start 2021 on this foot.
    2 points
  40. Hi all, The house is clean, the fridge and cupboard compliant. I was going to wait until Monday Jan 4, 2021 to begin but decided to start today. If I delay, I will want to indulge. Tough love! Meal prep is ready for the next few days. I did step on the scale this morning and took my measurements... no need to roll your eyes at me! I am looking at this Whole 30 challenge as an adventure, as a hike toward health. Along with the Day by Day and the encouragements from my friends, I will make it. .
    2 points
  41. Today was good - woke up late after a good sleep. I'm working on a routine to help my plantar fasciitis and it seems to be working with reduced pain on rising. I will keep at it. My first W30 eradicated my chronic PF in my right foot after every treatment known to mankind failed. I had it for more than 6 years then, boom, gone! 6 months ago I developed it in my left foot. I am hoping this W30 helps but, already deep (painful) massages, stretching and voltaren are starting to work. My goal is to return to running (I'm a marathoner) with some confidence but there are a few things that need to be
    2 points
  42. Welcome newbies and good luck! My best tips from experience are....make extra than you need for dinner...I mix leftover veggies or chopped sausage into scrambled eggs or add grilled chicken on a salad the next day. Always have something on deck defrosting in the fridge either the night before or in the morning. Keep a bag of shrimp in the freezer in case you forget to defrost because those thaw quickly. Keep it simple but plan ahead...you got this!
    2 points
  43. I am starting my first Whole30 on January 4th too!! I'm excited to begin....I hope that feeling lasts!!!
    2 points
  44. Jaypo

    Whole30 First timer

    I am a newbie as well. Starting my journey tomorrow. Cleaning out cabinets and shopping today.
    2 points
  45. Hey from newbie and i am also thinking to do a whole30 from new year
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  46. I am also doing my first Whole30 starting on the 1st. Huzzah!
    2 points
  47. @Brewer5 The chopped nuts sound really good! Haha.. and that rule sounds like a good one. I just have to stop forgetting about my protein needs and then I'm all about it. I bought some sparking water today for myself, and I also bought sparkling grape juice for the family. This might be the first year I let my kids stay up (or wake them up if they demand it) for New Years. They are 5 and 8 years old and their bedtime is still 8 PM but they usually read in bed until 9 or 9:30 at the latest (bigger kid reads to littler kid). Neither of them have stayed up past 10 PM. My husband does n
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  48. MadyVanilla

    Here's To Success

    Another recipe that I added to next week's meal plan: https://www.skinnytaste.com/crock-pot-picadillo/ Today's plan involves creating my grocery list. I have lots of Primal Kitchen and Tessamae sauces and dressings in the cabinet, compliant broths, coconut oil, ghee, all the staples. Last round, I bough umami powder which has been a great seasoning to add to various dishes. And Hawaiian sea salt to make Kahlua Pig. That will be a meal later in the 30 days-one of my favorites. The good thing about the pandemic and the holiday season is that we didn't have any parties, and s
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  49. Hi! Also a first timer here, planning for the 4th It will be nice to have the weekend to prepare for it (mostly doing groceries, cleaning, reviewing the recipes and preparing for "emergencies"). All the best to us!
    2 points
  50. Hi! I'm PearlsPrayer30 and I'm on Day10 of my 5th Whole30. I have been on my Whole30 journey for 3 years after almost 25 years of struggling with food. Before my first Whole30 I had learned, quite extensively about anti-inflammatory foods and their benefit and seen significant changes in my body with strict smoothie and one meal a day regimens, heaping on the omega-3s and really feeling amazing, but that lifestyle had lasted about 3 months before all the old foods that I had been warned caused a hyper inflammatory response in my body, had crept back in. It wasn't until Whole30's tough love, no
    2 points