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    CorgiLover

    September 18 start date

    So glad you feel better, so do I! Yesterday I had a dull, annoying headache all day, and was a little queasy. I got home from work last night, let the dogs out for a minute, ate a little turkey salad and went to bed. For the first time in I can't remember how long, I fell straight to sleep and slept right through till this morning. Today, headache is gone, I feel energized (the good sleep probably helps), and black coffee and leftover turkey salad was a perfect breakfast. I think I actually look brighter and more alive. Happy day 6 everyone!
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    dmrob2009

    September 18 start date

    Mike, I totally understand how you feel about food as rewards... and congratulations for getting past a tough moment! Goodness, my family is bad about the food/drink reward. I've gotten a double dose of it, as it applies to both sides of my family + my husbands family. Tonight won't be easy, but you have one success under your belt from last night. Let that feeling carry you through this evening and I commend you and your wife for socializing whilst doing this. I've not yet taken that step, as it's so hard to go to my family's favorite Mexican restaurant and bypass the margarita, chips and salsa. Having said that, you've inspired me to give it a try, at least, in the near future. Cheers!
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    Mike5858

    September 18 start date

    Good Day 6 Morning everyone! I got through a tough moment yesterday, when I thought I might crack. When my wife and I reconnect at home after work on Friday, it normally means a glass of wine, a vodka tonic, or a whiskey sour on the deck. Talk about our week, what the weekend will bring, and make that transition from work week to weekend. It's one of my favorite parts of the week. Well, last night we just stared at each other for a minute. "What do we do now?" We took a deep breath, and started making dinner, and the feeling past. We don't drink a lot (in my opinion), but we do enjoy a cocktail with each others or friends. So tonight, the next big challenge. We are going to a BBQ with some old friends of my wife's. They all used to work together, and haven't all been together in some time. Sounds like lots of sweets, non-compliant salads, meat with non-compliant BBQ sauce, beer and wine are on the menu. We are taking some things we can eat (shrimp with compliant cocktail sauce, a big green salad with chicken and Whole30 recipe dressing), and we will see how it goes. This is a big part of my relationship with food and booze that I'm working on changing. I see it as a reward (for a long work week, a stressful day, etc) or a part of a celebration that HAS to be a part of it. Wish me luck! Have a great day 6 everyone! Mike PS: TjV sorry to hear about your Uncle. Thoughts and prayers sent your way.
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    dmrob2009

    September 18 start date

    So sorry to hear that. Will do!
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    dmrob2009

    September 18 start date

    Welcome! The purging of non-compliant food should help you a lot. It's so much easier to take the willpower out of the equation, as it is finite and usually nonexistent by the end of the day. LOL. Hang in there... you'll get it this time!
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    AthenaC

    September 18 start date

    @CorgiLover welcome!
  7. 1 point
    ShellyM

    #SeptemberWhole30

    @NoneOtherThanAmy my favorite sauce on almost anything is chimichurri Tonight on Day 22 I cooked Pork Braised in Coconut Water from Michele Tam's (Nomnom Paleo) new cookbook Ready or Not. The prep wasn't very complicated, but it did take a few extra minutes to brown the pork chunks. Then it just simmers on the stove for 90 minutes (she includes directions for cooking it in the crockpot or Instant Pot). It is very good!!! My husband really enjoyed it. The flavors are more subtle, especially compared to most of the sauces and marinades I've been cooking with lately (like chimichurri!). There was a lot of broth left in the bottom off the pot, which I poured into a jar. I'm thinking I can use it to make a serving or two of soup. I also made my go-to kale salad which is raw kale, a vinaigrette dressing, some sliced dates and and some sliced almonds. The trick to making the raw kale salad-worthy is to massage it! Sprinkle a tablespoon each of olive oil and whatever kind of vinegar you are using on the kale, and massage it for a minute or two. This really softens it and makes it much easier to eat raw. Like @alw289 and @NoneOtherThanAmy I am working on the food part of the equation before ramping up my exercise. The good news is my knee feels significantly better, so I can handle more activity. I also have more energy so I am hoping to get into a more productive routine that includes getting to the gym more regularly. @Bookgrrl You are a warrior! hope things get better very soon.
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    CorgiLover

    September 18 start date

    I hope it is okay for me to join in now. I "officially" started on Monday the 18th too. Screwed up Monday night, so kind of re-started Tuesday. I did well Monday, went to Costco (I agree, I was stunned at how much of their food is organic and compliant!) Monday evening, as I was putting it all away, I ended up just cleaning out the fridge and freezer and getting rid of old and non-compliant stuff. Mostly. There was a bottle of wine with a good sized glass full left in it, and I drank it. I am a terrible sleeper, and when I went to bed I took my usual melatonin and realized after that it is very sweet (chewables.) So, started over Tues. Now I'm doing well, from the compliance standpoint, but have had that nasty awful headache all day. This is my first Whole 30, although I've known about it for at least a year and know several people who have done it. I love to cook, and thus to eat, and just really didn't want to give up cheese and wine. I used to be in very good shape, but over the past fifteen years I have had several bad injuries that required surgery and a lot of therapy. I put on way more weight than I want to admit, and I'm to the point that I feel just disgusted. I also have food cravings, and as already stated, am a terrible sleeper. Over the weekend, I spent nearly all day reading online, ordering the books from Amazon, and making a plan. I have never been a "joiner", although I am certainly a talker, so I didn't really look at the forums till just now. I read through this one first, and like it.
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    Oh gosh, sorry to hear this... how about instead of starting a new Whole30 every week, you take it one day or meal at a time? I think you've also got some good insight that you're 'rewarding' yourself with these foods so maybe some brainstorming in how you can reward yourself with non food related items? It's REALLY hard, believe me, I get it...I often ask myself 'Is this going to make me feel good'. The answer is often yes AND no... yes, it will temporarily make me feel great emotionally and no, it will make me feel emotionally terrible later and physically right away... if the yes wins over the no, eat the item... but if you're being honest and the no wins over the yes, then find something else to do, go to bed, get distracted, have a tea etc... both answers are actually great teaching moments... if you ate the item and suffered later, then you might think of that next time... if you didn't eat the item, that's one point in the bank of knowing that you have control over food and not the other way around. I think the biggest thing for a lot of people is taking the mindlessness out of eating; when we really think about it there's a whole thought process that can be run through but when we don't engage that, we're just prisoners to old habits and the cycle we're tryiing to get out of ...
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    Svmomma

    September 18 start date

    p.s. Not sure how to share recipes on this, but have to share my daughter came home late after dance looking for more of the chicken strips I'd made the night before. A big win in my house: 1 1/2 cups cashews 1/2 cup ground flaxseed 4 tablespoons chia seeds 2 teaspoons sea salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 4 eggs 2 tablespoons water 2 pounds chicken tenders 1 tablespoon coconut oil
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    SugarcubeOD

    #SeptemberWhole30

    Try souping up your mayo? I like a version of the secret sauce Mel Joulwan has with her Egg Foo Young... mayo, sesame oil, a bit of ginger, a dash of coconut amino... or try making a pesto? Or putting a heaping few spoons of sundried tomato in oil (costco has one that is olive oi) or avocado? Sunshine sauce would be a good one too...
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    ShannonM816

    Whole30 Ketchup Recipe

    I have never made any of the whole30 ketchup recipes since the only things I really like it on are definitely not whole30, but I know this one from Well Fed 2 is compliant despite having a couple of dates in it: https://meljoulwan.com/2014/03/06/wf2-recipe-kickass-ketchup/ I definitely would avoid recipes that call for more than a couple of dates, but it has always been okay in the past to use a date or two or some other fruit for sweetening a sauce. Now, if by chance you find that when you have ketchup you find yourself craving other sweet things, you'd want to take a look at that, but that's more a matter of personal responsibility than of rules.
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    NoneOtherThanAmy

    Whole30 Ketchup Recipe

    @LauraOC From my perspective as a Whole30 participant, the recipe in the book does use apple cider as a sweetener, so I had no issues with using dates to sweeten the ketchup when I made my own. To keep more in line with the Whole30 feel, I only used 2 dates to sweeten the ketchup rather than the 1/2 cup called for in the recipe I was following. I do remember that I used much less vinegar than the recipe in the book, but I think I added more at the end to come up with a flavor that I thought would be similar to the recipe in the book. I'm pretty happy with my ketchup; it is not overly sweet or vinegary, but has hints of both flavors and goes well with burgers and baked "fries".