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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
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  2. 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
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  3. 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
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  4. 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
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  5. 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
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  6. 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
  7. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 1: 9/25/20 --
    3 points
  8. Hi everyone! I've done I think 4 Whole30s before, the last one maybe two years ago, once I had weaned my son (he's 3.5). My daughter is 18 months and we've had an enormously stressful year, even aside from the pandemic, and I've just gotten way off track with unhealthy eating habits. My body feels weak and tired, and I'm in desperate need of a reset. Trying to do this with two young kids will be a challenge for sure. Is anyone else planning to start towards the end of October? My husband are out of town this weekend, then I want to spend next week doing some freezer meal prep so I'm not h
    2 points
  9. 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
    2 points
  10. decker_bear

    Take Advantage

    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
    2 points
  11. 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
    2 points
  12. MadyVanilla

    Take Advantage

    And I fell off the wagon - HARD. I kept telling myself I haven't strayed for very long, it won't take much to get back...6 weeks!!! I've been off for six weeks! Even longer, really, because the slide started before then. I'm not ready yet to read back over my last few posts. I need to get myself in a positive frame of mind. Returning to a greater than full work load, virtual school, was really hard. Exhausting. There were no brain cells left at the end of the day...did a day really even ever end? Looking back, it was such a nebulous blur. The skills that I had really worked on
    2 points
  13. So, I finished the W30 with no fanfare and went straight into re-intro. Not because I was necessarily dying for something new (even though I was), but more because I was super excited to see how my previous favorite of oatmeal for breakfast fared against my new staple of eggs and veggies. Fail! Not only did I find the oatmeal unsatisfying in terms of how I remembered it tasting, I was also hungry again about 2 hours later. The same day I had some veggies, chicken and my old favorite Trader Joe's brown rice and quinoa pasta. Again, super unsatisfying! I was really discouraged by this as t
    2 points
  14. @Jennifer Jenseni had tears reading your story. I am so sorry for the way others treated you when you were younger. People can be cruel, children can be cruel, but honestly this shouldn’t be the norm. if we teach ourselves and then our children and they teach their children etc to be kind one to another and love our neighbors then imagine how many children could be spared that pain of being the odd one out. Oh what a world that would be. I am so glad you have a fighting spirit and you have been able to rise above it all and find a passion and calling in life, that you found your true lov
    2 points
  15. The Very Real Story of Me Here I am a 56 year old with my early years behind me but as always I struggle with my weight. I love when someone is able to get passed all the pain and be vulnerable in order to help others. I hope my attempt at being real will help someone else. I was always bigger than everyone else in my class. I was also growing in height faster than anyone else, head and shoulders taller than the next tallest kid in my class. "The Jolly Green Giant" read the tag stuck to my back as I entered the my cousin's birthday party. We were all different characters, l
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  16. No, but that recipe is good too. It’s a recipe I found on IG by maryswholelife it’s technically meatballs but due to my 11DS having egg allergies we don’t make the meat balls and just add all the spices and condiment to meat and mix it well before browning it. So it reminds me of the stroganoff my mom used to make which my brother called white spaghetti sauce. Here’s the link to the recipe. https://www.maryswholelife.com/whole30-meatball-stroganoff/
    2 points
  17. Such profound reflections here. I can definitely relate to the scarcity mentality learned from a very real history of poverty, and it's so true how the way we relate to money can have everything to do with the way we relate to food. I've done so much unpacking and processing of this myself--and likely will for years to come. But I love the way you bring it back to mindfulness. I just reflected in my own log about my need to return to the anchor of my daily meditation practice, which is how I ground myself again and again in mindfulness. . . . Oh, and I'm sure you and your hubby are a won
    2 points
  18. Day 42 Feeling pretty run down with what feels like a cold but makes me worried it could be something else. I scheduled a COVID test in the morning to be sure, especially because I may have exposed the Dude and his Mom. Nothing much to report here on the food front, except I had a phone consult with my doc's office and will be continuing phase 2 of this Whole 30 for at least 10 days longer. I'm good with that. It seems drawing things out is what it's about in my life these days. Which brings me to the house and the good news that it appraised at exactly our agreed-to price. Whic
    2 points
  19. My log is not much of a log. I just can't keep up with everything I do and do it as well. Not sure if that made sense. I didn't have to worry too much with food today. I am loving making fried eggs. I don't know why I always make scrambled. M1 fried eggs, bacon, two sweet potato rounds with blueberries on top. (The blueberries was a new thing and I really like it.) M2 citrus rosemary chicken on kale with grapes, apple, dried cranberries, raisins, carrots, chopped spiralized butternut squash, toasted walnuts, and bacon (I just put a little bit of everything b/c I like variety) with
    2 points
  20. The distance makes it hard on both. The years prior to marrying my hubby he was the sole care giver for his mom as her health failed for three years. Within that year his last member of his family his older brother started getting really sick and my man insisted on getting him in front of a doctor. Stage 4 cancer in his lungs and 8 brain tumors. He basically became the sole care provider for his brother as well. We lost his brother exactly one year after his mom passing. We lived 1.5 hours from each other (not the 4 hour drive you had) but even that distance made it so hard. Communicati
    2 points
  21. Also mountain rose herbs is a great source to get them from if you can’t find them local.
    2 points
  22. @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
  23. It's official. I asked on Can I have...? Yes, as long as nothing else is added to it that is non-compliant. Yay! I have got to try it. @BabyBear It's a go!
    2 points
  24. I'm so interested to hear someone mentioning oatstraw here -- I got a bit obsessed with it about a year ago. I put on an event called Tea & Poetry at the local farmers market, and we had a station where people could mix their own taisans (a.k.a. herbal teas, to take home and make teas, infusions, or decoctions). Mountain Rose Herbs kindly donated many of the materials. I researched all the ingredients and made info brochures on the medicinal qualities and history of the herbs. Well, it was really fun, and I ended up with a giant jar of oatstraw once it was over. I began to use oatstr
    2 points
  25. Rescue Me! What do you do when you can't use your right arm? I made it through my last two days. I had a stabbing headache over the entire right back side of my head. It stems from my shoulder pain and would not go away without sleep. I made my appointment yesterday and then had to cancel today's. I tried to just keep going yesterday and it didn't work. So I slept in. I hate doing that but I only have enough pain to be a reminder that I still have to take it easy. That is about all I can post about those days. Trying to be positive: Hubby ate my compliant ch
    2 points
  26. Thank you. I love it so far. I think I am actually experiencing a kind of freedom already. I thought I would die having to give up sweeteners and dairy but, oh joy, I have a world of foods to explore and I love the community!
    2 points
  27. Day 37 I was so hungry yesterday I ate an extra meal. TOM is due in less than a week, so I'm just calling it normal and celebrating that I listened to my body. Today I'm playing with Intermittent Fasting. It's part of my experiment going forward. I'm also reading up on keto, and though I've played with both in the past with lackluster results, I'm convinced again that it might be something worthwhile if I'm to stave off diabetes, the thing that killed my Mama seven years ago. I know I have a predisposition, and I'm willing to do what it takes to live healthier and happier longer.
    2 points
  28. 10/6 W30 R2.3 Day 2 Reboot 3:15am up with the toddler. I figured this would happen with him falling asleep so early last night. I changed his bed gave him some milk and some snuggles and back to bed he went. While I was up I rebooted the laundry and started another load. Also had some water 7:00 rise shine the little man was ready to tackle the day whether I was or not. Prepared my food. Also made a batch of ketchup and mayo. I’m thinking burgers on the grill for lunch 8:00 M1- 3 scrambled eggs chili powder, oregano cooked in ghee. 1/2 cucumber sliced, a peach. Okay
    2 points
  29. So I keep finding and trying new recipes and then forgetting them (I work on 3 diff computers so bookmarking is patchy at best), so I thought I'd start a recipe thread to post my findings, so here it is. Last night I made this Orange Ginger Salmon Skillet - YUM. https://thecastawaykitchen.com/2020/01/orange-ginger-salmon-skillet/ Very tasty, and very easy - I even threw it together with a migraine setting in (just wanted to eat, take drugs and go to bed before it got out of hand). I subbed snow peas for mushrooms as the hubster isn't a huge fan of mushrooms and the snow pe
    2 points
  30. @BabyBearThat is so awesome! Maybe we are just geeky homeschool moms but even though I have finished my homeschool journey I still find that really exciting! Really. That must be why my mayo turned out so great last time. I didn't have "enough" oil because I was making a double batch. I decided to try it anyway. It is the best mayo I have ever tasted and thicker and creamier than my husband's Duke's mayo which has been my favorite up to this time.
    2 points
  31. Funny story this morning as I was preparing to make some mayo… it never fails, NEVER, my mayo always breaks. It is really disheartening but I’ve always been able to salvage it. I was think there must be something that I’m doing wrong on the chemistry side of things. So I decided to do an impromptu school lesson. I got the 11 DS and my 14 DS to meet me in the kitchen. We researched the chemistry of emulsification and what happens with the molecules. In layman terms we discovered the non oil ingredients suspends the oil fat molecules in air and they can hold a lot but as soon as you reach
    2 points
  32. Yummy! I had a friend over for dinner last night and thank my stars he eats very well (better than me! ) already. We made yummy chicken wings in the air fryer with New Primal buffalo sauce, roasted sweet potatoes in the oven and sauteed zucchini. With a side of Wildbrine sauerkraut and flavored sparkling water! It was soooooooooooooooo good. I have not once regretted my decision to purchase an air fryer. So worth it! Only less than 9 days left.....I can't believe how fast it has gone....I"m pretty nervous about day 31 and beyond....my parents will be visiting from out of town
    2 points
  33. Thank you!! Well, 2 weeks after I finished a round (and 2 weeks of eating like hell, drinking way too much and otherwise just letting it ALL go), I'm back with vertigo and migraine again, so - guess who's back? I need to get some groceries and do some prep but I need to get back to at least trying to eat decently. This cycle is terrible. I'm also noticing that it's taking shorter time for the migraines to come back when I get off track, so I wonder if my sensitivity is increasing. I still don't see the immunologist for 3 months, so I'm just going to try and stay as compliant as possi
    2 points
  34. I soooooo feel this. Increased mindfulness is definitely one of my favorite effects of Whole 30. Sorry about your hip. Sounds like it may be an SI joint issue to me. That's something I'm constantly managing in my own body. Pilates and barre works wonders--even better than PT for me. Sorry also about the mistaken sweet tea swig and unplanned off roading. Sometimes it helps to just extend your W30 by a few days (you were on day 3, yes?) rather than "restart." No harm, no foul. You were already getting good results in just a couple days--and received good information from the off roadin
    2 points
  35. Day 34 Just back from a country drive with BFF that started in the morning. I packed a thermos and snacks and ate what I brought. BFF hit the fast food and bakeries. He's supportive of what I'm doing but not yet interested in making changes for himself. It's all good. So, still on track and feeling good. Enjoying a lazy weekend. Loving fall. Watched a couple of interesting documentaries yesterday about paleo and lchf diets for healing. Feeling more and more recommitted to this lifestyle long term. Convinced it really is how human bodies achieve optimal health. Really contemplati
    2 points
  36. R1D21 Day 21 how is it even possible that it is already day 21? I am loving how I am feeling!!! The bloating is gone. My stomach feels flat most of the time. My watch is looser, my clothes are looser too. Is looser a word? Lol looks weird. I am more positive, have a better outlook on life because I am in control of what I am eating and feeling great because I am feeding my body good healthy food. I started studying food and nutrition about 6 to 8 months ago and it is so interesting to learn how food affects our bodies. I wish that I could teach the world to eat for their health
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  37. I am starting on October 1. I have done a whole 18 and 23 but never made it to 30 before. This is the one.
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  38. I made it! I had dreams the last few nights I ate or drank non-compliant foods, but I made it! Results Scale : down 9.4lbs, about 3-4 inches all around, but about 1-1.5 inches in my waist and hips. All other areas (arms, calves, thighs were down less than half an inch). For comparison's I started at 181.2 and ended at 171.8. I'm 3 lbs away from not being overweight! I'm happy with those scale results. I know i wanted to see a double-digit loss, but I knew I wouldn't have had the water weight/bloating going into this as I would have if I had a traditional American diet where I ha
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  39. Thank you for that, I am DEFINITELY an abstainer, it seems!! I'm still around, but not eating W30 at all at the moment, so I haven't been journaling. I should, but seeing all the crap I ate in print would make me sad. Birthday tomorrow and I'm torn about what to have for dinner - we're still locked down so my options are severely limited - I might just cook something tasty and leave outside food for a time when we can actually get out and enjoy it - hopefully in 3 weeks time. Weekend was completely off track - no exercise, a lot of booze, and a lot of takeaway and snacks, but it wa
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  40. I had a bit of an unintentional fail - I had cooked some compliant chicken with green chilies and my daughter heated some up in the microwave to make tacos. I was just going to have the same thing but on top of a salad. She heated a bunch extra so I piled it on my salad not realizing until I had eaten a fair bit that she had added grated jack cheese in with it. I have already made a bunch of compliant food and I was doing fine. I am going to stick with it but I can't consider this a WHOLE 30 unless I just keep going longer. I may try again after Oct 21st when I get back from a camping t
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  41. Day 29 Wow, this will probably be my last post before knowing my results and beginning reintroduction. As the NSV's go, I think overall happiness and pride needs to be what I remember. Is it selfish that I feel like I carry myself with more pride during a W30? I think I come off happier because I am. I don't often discuss or brag about what I'm doing, but I'm just happier. I hold my head higher. I feel better about myself. I'm downright proud of myself for doing this for ME and only ME. I like that I'm putting myself first for a period of time, realizing it's worth telling someone
    2 points
  42. Hello, an update (and good news!) I received the following in an email back from the company: "Thanks also for your great observation about the allergens listed for the Chopped Vegetable Salad! After consulting with our culinary team and our nutritionist, we determined that the listed soy allergy for the salad without dressing was, in fact, an error. The salad used to contain edamame on an older version of the menu, but no longer does. We are working right now on getting the website updated to reflect this." Shannon, this seems spot on with your original hypothesis - but makes me b
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  43. Thanks, Shannon! I reached out to them and they stated:
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  44. Ok, ok, so that whole "back to compliant for the week" lasted as long as it took us to walk to the servo because the hubster needed an ice cream and they have B&Js Pint Slices. But the important thing is I bought a slice, and not the tub. And it was delicious. Def back to compliant now.
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  45. Thank you!! He's on the mend, but at his age it is slow going. I have to say, now that he's home and just recovering I think I feel more sorry for my mum!! Me, I've been indulging in my usual self abuse and REALLY paying the price. Terrible gastric distress, and vertigo the worst its been. I'm hauling myself back into vaguely healthy eating, if not strict W30 and I think logging again will help. I've signed up to raise funds for a local charity as part of a work team - I have to walk 67km (42 miles) in 7 days. I started today, and knocked out 6km so far and will go for another walk
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  46. Congrats on your whole 30 and learning more about you and your reactions and relationship with certain foods during your reintro. It’s weird how sugar seems to amplify the issues. It does that to me with dairy and makes my digestive track really sick, and with gluten it causes unbelievable almost uncontrollable cravings and impulses to eat more and more. That is definitely a combo I have to be very careful about even when deemed worth it. Maybe you don’t need to put a number of days on your reset, maybe just take the time to really evaluate your NSV and how you feel until you are back to
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  47. Hi, T. You might check out the Join the Whole30 section of the forum (https://forum.whole30.com/forum/4-join-the-whole30/) to find groups of people starting now or near whatever date you decide to start, or you can start a thread there to find more people. If you do start a thread, putting the date you plan to start in the title makes it easier for people to find.
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  48. @decker_bear I fought off the “eh close enough” urges by getting on Instagram and looking through recipes and printing some out to try. By the time I was done i had enough fun new recipes to try for about two weeks. Then I was sad because I only had a few days left on my whole 30 and my son asked couldn’t you still make those recipes even if your whole 30 is done. Out of the mouth of babes, am I right. I then decided to plan out my Re-intro. Planning the Re-intro made the last few days speed by. Do not stop, just press on. You can succeed, failure is not an option and therefore no need
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  49. I take magnesium supplements everyday. I think I have the issue probably because of the amount of iron I have to take due to the gastric bypass. I will just keep drinking lots of water and eating all my veggies. It is helping. Is there a certain magnesium that you swear by?
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  50. A W105 seems so daunting, but you're doing great. 20 days in is no joke! I've loved cheering you on through your journey. Support is huge. I get addicted to this forum sometimes. I love your idea for prepping the zoodles. It's a lot easier to just add them to a dish than to zoodle them, salt them, wait for them to drain, dry them and THEN eat them.
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