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  1. 3 points
    Yesterday I was on day 22 of my first Whole30. Before I began, I read "It Starts with Food" and "Whole30" and hoped I could commit to the the program and finally slay my Sugar Dragon. She is larger than life btw.. . I was plugging along and feeling so satiated, I thought, "this can't be right." Contrary to everything I read, on day 8, I got on the scale. I hadn't lost the extra 5 pounds I wanted (yes, I am delusional) and immediately my mood plummeted and my resolve shifted. I continued to weigh in for the next 13 days. As usual, I allowed the number to dictate my entire day and my meals became "how little can I eat so I get a good number tomorrow." At day 22, I wasn't feeling Tiger's Blood, I wasn't tuned into my NSV's and I couldn't wait for day 31 to come so I could eat a sleeve of Oreos, a dozen cupcakes, cookie dough by the spoonful or all three!...."Wait, I thought Whole30 was going to change my relationship with food?" As all of you who are on this forum know, it will, but it can only be life-changing if you honestly follow the black and white rules. Yesterday I started reading "Food Freedom Forever" and payed specific attention to the reset chapter. It has inspired me to begin again and this time I am all in. Not just with the foods to eliminate, that's the easy part for me, but with the mindset as well. It started with breaking the seam on my "Whole30 Day by Day" and connecting with the amazing community of Whole30 peeps in this forum. Thank you for being there and having the courage to share your stories!
  2. 3 points
    ThisAgrarianSoul

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    @magsrose I love the idea of an exercise night! @AmandaRG I completely agree about re-introductions! I am almost hesitant to add anything back in. We do have raw goat's milk, so I thought about using that in my morning green machine smoothie instead of coconuts milk to start. Nom Nom ice cream sounds wonderful, though! Weekend went well- I feel like I have gotten through the feelings of neglect when sitting at a cookout where everyone is eating sugar and carbs! That is huge for me- I never thought I would have that willpower. Same for random snacking- I never thought I could pass through the kitchen and not grab a handful of 'something' processed or sweet. My clothes are looser, and I am dying to step on the scale. Why does that number mean so much to me, though? Shouldn't it be enough to know that inflammation is down, and I can see definition where it wasn't before? Have a good day all- I am so glad I found this thread and can be a part of your journey and you mine!
  3. 3 points
    magsrose

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    OMG @Crimsann that looks so good. Good work! Lucky you, you can eat the rest tomorrow. I'm on board with burger night, but I'll probably do it tomorrow night, unless I get hungry enough for 2nd dinner, which is entirely possible. I've been really hungry a lot lately. I had a bowl of crock pot chili tonight. @ThisAgrarianSoul I love your goal of doing Whole30 Local. I don't have a garden, but my sister has a crazy awesome garden system and I go over there once a week and stock up on lettuce greens and whatever else is on. It's so great! Seriously I want to eat that burger right now!
  4. 3 points
    Crimsann

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    @Brocha I wish I could help but my skin is usually the first thing to improve. It sounds like it could be just your skin releasing some of the junk from your system but I’m not sure about the dryness. It’s usually dehydration for me but it seems like skin is one of those things that swings wildly different by person. Welcome @ThisAgrarianSoul I have a very small patio garden with mostly herbs. This time I’m trying some peppers but no crop to speak of so far. My favorite herb is Pineapple Sage. I would love to find some good ways of using it this summer. So for burger night I tried to do a BLT version. I took some sundried tomatoes and crisp bacon and some dill/garlic/onion/herb blend and mixed it with some mayo. I meant to wrap that all in lettuce leaves for the L part, but I forget to pick some up so I did a handful of micro greens. Unfortunately for me it ended up huge and my appetite is totally MIA tonight. I’m going to try to make it through at least half but I’m laughing at myself for ending up just staring at it and wishing for something lighter. My idea, lol. I can tell I’m truly not hungry because even the paprika/chili sweet potatoes aren’t tempting me and I usually love those. I hope everyone is excited to slide into the final countdown!
  5. 2 points
    evethegreat

    Starting my Whole30 on July 1.

    I'm starting on Jul 1 as well! Trying to kick my sugar and popcorn habit
  6. 2 points
    wellnessandglory

    Jumping in with both feet

    Hubby and I are starting another round of Whole30 tomorrow. I’m honestly eager for the reset, I feel that my body needs it, however my mind is not quite in sync with the upcoming countdown. But. When your hubby asks you to do another round of your beloved whole30... you say yes and jump in with both feet. So tonight I’m refreshing myself with allthewhole30things and thought I’d pop into the Whole30 forum. I’ve never checked this space out before.
  7. 2 points
    Crimsann

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    @magsrose I love the idea, count me in! I’ll have to think about how to do it. My secondary goal this month was to close all three rings on my Apple Watch every day. I nearly slipped yesterday by missing a few Stand hours in the middle of the day but I did keep the streak going. I feel like to truly honor the community night though I should do something outside my typical treadmill/yoga rotation. That needs shaking up a bit anyway!
  8. 2 points
    Crimsann

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    I also swear by that method. For either type of potato, if I want to do crispy roasted potato or put out some shredded on my griddle and make hash type potatoes I always bake them first. I will do a weeks worth in the oven while doing my other meal prep and leave them wrapped in foil in the fridge then chop or shred them before roasting or, well I hate to say fry because I don’t deep fry them but I do crisp them on my electric griddle. Perfect results as far as crisp on the outside and soft inside. Especially in the griddle. Weekend breakfast if I cook my bacon that way first or beside them even I don’t need to add any oil really and double bonus they soak up some of the bacon fat and make the griddle easier to clean plus they taste fantastic. Trying to roast or crisp raw potato takes far longer and rarely turns out as well for me.
  9. 2 points
    Mama Pajama

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    hey how's everyone doing? one week left! it felt like forever, but I can see the finish line! I had a lot of company last week, and I navigated cookies and punch at the teen's graduation, he and Grandma's take-out dinners and desserts from the local bistro, potluck picnic dishes and desserts, and the non-compliant leftovers in my refrigerator! I didn't have much of a plan, but I faked it well, and now we're coming into the home stretch - I'm really feeling like I'm starting to get it, and it's pretty simple. so at the end of the 30 days, I'm going to do the re-introductions, and then see how I feel about continuing forward as best I can. I seriously wouldn't have made it through without two generous gifts of groceries, one from a kind commenter on this forum, and one from my mom, and I want to acknowledge their contribution to helping me succeed. I wonder what I should reintroduce first?
  10. 2 points
    Crimsann

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    I have one kind of funny and one kind of serious tip for that. During my first W30 I used to joke that if I got a craving and was just imagining some delicious taste or texture I would immediately look away and let my eyes land on the first non-food item I saw and try to imagine...just as vividly...eating that instead. This often ended up being my co-workers desk plant. I don’t know if the absurdity of it broke my concentration or if any good distraction would have worked but it at least made me laugh at myself. After the first round though cravings weren’t such an issue. I sort of attribute that to a couple of things. The true rewiring of my tastebuds, even if not complete, had begun. And once I went back to some of those foods, I can honestly say they rarely satisfied. The tastes I remembered don’t exist anymore. I’m not saying I’ve never enjoyed a cupcake since, in fact the joke on me here is that I spent all last year baking unique cupcakes for each birthday in my department. 32 different kinds. Which is part of why I’m with you this month!!!! And I’m a really good baker. But I could count on one hand the versions that really, truly, were worth it. I used to exist on bread. Inhaled it. Nearly worshipped it. But I bet I’ve eaten less than one full loaf in the last three years. Even those gorgeous artisan ones that used to make my heart sing, because every time I tried some it was just a bit meh. Sometimes it’s made me a bit sad, sometimes it’s a huge relief that the temptations are no longer so insurmountable. Sometimes I wonder if they changed all those recipes while I was eating clean and I wonder why no one else has noticed. The slightly more serious tip those is something I still use. If I find myself wanting something sweet, I reach for the opposite. It doesn’t even take close to a full serving, about three cashews and the craving is gone because that salty/fatty reality breaks the spell. Or I will end a meal with a few sips of a fruit flavored sparkling water so I’m not left with that “need” to “cleanse my palate” that is often the excuse for a dessert. I also try to keep my fruit within the meal as much as possible but I include some in every weeks meal plan. That keeps a full complement of flavors in my diet and doesn’t set fruit up as some (pun alert!) forbidden thing. Pork roast slow cooked with some papaya juice, a piece of grilled fish with some pineapple salsa, apple slices in a coleslaw blend, those gorgeous looking peach fruit only jam and fresh jalapeño glazed chicken wings I saw on Instagram the other day. The cautions about too much fruit are totally there for a reason, so my self rule has been to keep it off a pedestal and to make sure I ate it as part of meal I had planned out in advance with cool deliberation and not as an impulse or a substitute for something sweet. Keeping it on my plate at least one meal a day most days routinely seems to work for me.
  11. 2 points
    Crimsann

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    @Plantas YES! See if I had just had that crisp looking lettuce leaf wrapper...or else it just sounds better tonight I’m not sure. For some reason either the meat I’ve gotten lately isn’t as good or something about how I’m fixing it...but with burgers they keep turning out tough even when they are half cooked. I’ve a tendency to eat things on the rarer side of medium buuuut. I’ve got to figure out what’s changed. The last few times I’ve made them its been a chore to eat them. I haven’t done much beef at all this round but I’m thinking either the always popular chocolate chili (I like to add a bit of creamy mild guacamole on top in place of sour cream..easier to pack than plain avocado and cuts the heat some if I get it too spicy) or some Salisbury Steak meatballs for next weeks lunches. Both seem to do well for reheating. One last note on burgers though...something on my Insta feed tonight got me thinking about making a hashbrown bun. That seems like a great way to have your burger and “fries” and eat them guilt free too, lol. That might be a thing I save for the 4th though. A fun way to share in the cookout mindset. I could see that being a family pleaser with none the wiser and no one missing the bread.
  12. 2 points
    Plantas

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    Hi! I have a good sized garden, but it's getting close to time when it's finished. I live in Phoenix, so it's pretty hot. I have been harvesting zucchini, peppers and some cherry tomatoes. I have some armenian cucumbers that are starting to take off and I can't wait to start eating them. It's been nice to make frittatas with whatever I can pick. I have a lot of sweet potato leaves, but i haven't tried eating them yet - I just give them to the chickens. Have you ever cooked with them?
  13. 2 points
    magsrose

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    @Crimsann you inspired me and I made burgers tonight! I ate 1/2 of one. It was my favorite meal I've had so far. So good I felt like I was cheating. Seasoned beef patties, compliant bacon, homemade mayo infused with chopped pickles and basil leaves, mustard, over garden baby greens, and topped with the crispy shallot recipe in the Whole30 cookbook. I would have loved to add a thick homegrown tomato slice, but I don't have any.
  14. 2 points
    ThisAgrarianSoul

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    Hello Juner's! I started June 1st, but this is my first forum post/ forum reading. Love the idea of a group to check in with, so not sure why I didn't think to look for forums previously, lol. First two weeks have gone well, with planning meals and grocery shopping being key. I bought two watermelons from different places this past week, and both were bad...that really put a kink in my plans! I moved forward with my go to lunch, anyway, though...Pan seared chicken breast, avocado, and diced cucumber. Yum! Any gardeners out there trying to use fresh and seasonal produce? I'm in 6A, and we have had a lot of rain and high temps...my lettuce is bolting, and don't have yellow squash yet (hopefully this weekend). Would love to try and be completely Whole30 on a local scale, but not sure if that is a feasible goal! Looking forward to going back and reading about all of your journeys to get to this point, Day 20!
  15. 2 points
    Crimsann

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    Well I’m feeling that tired after supper tonight myself but I’m mostly blaming the rain. And even now it’s more of an easing into tired rather than fighting to stay awake. I mentioned before that this round has seen me going to bed much earlier than usual and I’m trying not to push through that too much because I know good sleep is part of the process and something I deprive myself of too much. With all the extra cooking and washing up and packing lunches though an early night cuts into “me” time and I have to remind myself that taking care of me is part of me time even if it’s less fun than a video game. LOL! But I’ll also admit that I’m writing this while waiting on the latest patch to download so I’m no angel and totally planning to “rot my brain” for a bit...unless the power goes out here.
  16. 2 points
    ShannonM816

    The Great Ghee Debate

    For more about ghee and why it's allowed on Whole30, check out this article: http://whole9life.com/2011/10/butter/ I'd also add that the reason many people would consider ghee unhealthy is simply that it is a fat. These are the people who would be shocked to learn that Whole30ers often eat a whole avocado every day, sometimes more. There are starting to be more reports out there that show that fat isn't necessarily bad, but many people still believe that eating fat is what makes you fat. I personally find that I'm happier if I don't discuss what I choose to eat with many people. If this person is someone whose opinion you respect, that's one thing -- hopefully the article I linked gives you a starting place for discussion -- but if it's someone whose opinion on healthy vs unhealthy foods is probably not going to influence your decisions about what you eat, you might want to try not to mention too much about it, or if they ask come up with a simple (polite) response like, I'm trying this for 30 days to see if it helps (insert whatever issues you hope to address with your Whole30) -- if I decide to continue eating this way indefinitely, I'll certainly keep that in mind, but for 30 days, I don't think it's going to hurt me. (Evidenced by the fact that the SuperSize Me guy recovered from 30 days of fast food meals -- I think it's safe to say you'll have no problem getting over 30 days of protein, fat, and vegetables, even if some part of it turns out not to be the right choice for you.) Or just smile and say, thank you for your concern, and then change the subject.
  17. 2 points
    katedid322

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    I have decided to start the whole 30 as well on June 1st! My name is Kathy and I am 51, both my sister and her daughter have done it and I am in such bad shape I have decided to commit! It’s going to be tough but in 2015 my husband died and turned my world upside down. I have 2 adult kids, I now live in my own and it’s time to work on myself!
  18. 1 point
    ThisAgrarianSoul

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    For sure you can get a fall planting on lettuces, at least! And they do well in container gardens. This year was truly trying for spring planters...we lost a bunch of carrots, and then when I did get my seeds in the peas and beans wouldn't germinate. Gardeners are always optimists, and our favorite saying is 'maybe next year', lol.
  19. 1 point
    ladyshanny

    How many meals?

    As a one-off random day, that's probably fine. But do know that lack of appetite followed by light or non existent eating often breeds further lack of appetite. Your best bet is to create a template meal and eat as much of it as you can so that you don't end up in that nasty spiral.
  20. 1 point
    ThisAgrarianSoul

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    @Brocha I totally sniff the non-compliant food, and am so glad you disclosed that so I don't have to feel crazy over here by myself! My husband brought a homemade sourdough loaf home from market last Wednesday, and it smelled divine! @Crimsann That burger looks amazing! I love to top things with microgreens...Yum. It has been years since I had a pineapple sage plant, but I remember it being wonderful as an accent in floral arrangements for the house. I'll have to think about some other food uses. Might need to add that to my wish list for the herb garden again...we have moved twice since I had it.
  21. 1 point
    magsrose

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    Day 18 for me. I had to stop and think about what day I was on. Things have kind of dipped down for me. My tummy is still aching yesterday and today. Yesterday it hit a couple hours after lunch and today a couple hours after dinner. Why?? Peppermint tea is a staple for me now. My sleep has gotten bad again. Some nights I've stayed up as late as 1:00 am and sleep fitfully. Well, enough with complaining. I am grateful for all the hard work I've put into meal prepping. It makes my mornings so easy and I have wonderful, nutritious meals 3 times a day. I went to a pool party tonight where they served southern comfort food and I didn't eat a single thing. I will wake up tomorrow feeling fresh and motivated instead of crappy and bloated. Keep up the good work everyone! We are coming up on 2/3 of the way done.
  22. 1 point
    slc_melissa

    Whole30 and Hashimotos

    We'd need a lot more details about what/how much you're eating (as related to the template) in order to give any directed feedback. But: Eat more. Eat more fats especially. Drink water. Salt your food. Check out the timeline: https://whole30.com/2013/08/revised-timeline/ It's not exact and not all people follow it at the same rate, but....it's funny at least. I have Hashimoto's, and this might be specific to me and have nothing to do with the autoimmune condition, but Whole30 helps me tremendously. During Whole30: I need to eat cooked vegetables at breakfast. There's a noticeable energy dip in the afternoon if I do not, even if I get plenty of calories. (Note: not just carbs like fruit, vegetables. Specifically cooked. Raw does nothing for me. Favorites are asparagus, zucchini, sweet potato, and arugula. I try to have leftover roasted vegetables available in mornings for ease.) If I do need an afternoon something, I eat something high fat, like olives, with some protein if I have it. Nuts destroy me. Both digestion-wise (problems), hunger-wise (they make me hungrier), and energy-wise (see you later, energy). Good luck.
  23. 1 point
    Plantas

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    I think I'm kind of on autopilot with food prep right now. I did okay over the weekend but my morning hard boiled eggs were a bust. Literally for one of them! I forgot to put the cup of water in the instant pot, and all of them were raw when I began the peeling. (Thankfully I was over the sink) I just dug into the fridge, grabbed a couple of apple sausages instead, and ran out the door laughing. I should have spent more time on Sunday getting ready for the week. I feel the tiger blood, but I was really weak during my morning workout. I had energy but not much strength. Maybe the dinner with a sausage, green beans and potato/egg/avocado salad was too light on the protein or vegetables?
  24. 1 point
    Thank goodness someone posted about this. I'm on Day 20. I used to have a great morning BM but no more.I struggle and strain and things come out looking like rabbit pellets and finally with a lot of extra strain I hit the finale let's just say. I will try the sweet potato idea as well as taking Calm - a magnesium supplement before bed. I'm an athlete so much like the nurse I've especially tuned into my bowel movements. Do you think it could have to do with the extra nuts I'm eating? Should I stay away? I eat Lara bars while cycling and these have really helped since my other supplements were definitely not Whole30 compliant. .
  25. 1 point
    mamakitty

    What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like

    This morning when I was "measuring" my eggs for Meal 1, of course by holding as many as possible in my hand, I almost grabbed the camera to take a photo. And then woke up the dog because I laughed so hard at myself - must spend less time lurking on the Forums! For the record, 4 boiled eggs is a serving for me. Yesterday in the kitchen at work, a guy from another department was watching me "measure" my protein, by holding my cupped hands above the plate where the chicken-apple sausages were sitting. I don't know what he thought I was doing, but I should have explained. NO, I'm not blessing my food, I'm just trying to be compliant!