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  1. 4 points
    MeredithM20

    Start February 10th

    Hello! I'm new to Whole30. I will begin tomorrow and am busy prepping today. I cleaned out the kitchen and made my meal plan for the week. I'm off to the grocery this afternoon. I'm very excited. But looking for a Support Group. My friends and family are tired of watching me try and not succeed. But I'll use this forum for accountability. I'm keeping a promise to MYSELF for the next 30 days!
  2. 4 points
    learning40

    Almost40, First Whole30

    Day 2 was ok. I felt good when I thought about how I physically felt but nonetheless found myself feeling blah and struggling a bit in the afternoon. Breakfast was eggs fried in coconut oil over arugula. Lunch was sweet potato with ghee and chicken apple sausage. Dinner was ground beef over onions and bell peppers with avocado. The food was all tasty but it wasn't as "comforting" as my default choices. I instead turned to walks or time outside, water or a few minutes of reading a good book to get through. I can do this...but it turns out the planning and if/then approach makes a big difference, so I need to keep that up.
  3. 4 points
    lizziehall

    January Whole30 Log

    Just thought I’d post a little update to keep myself accountable. I’ve been doing really well since my one day of “eat whatever you want you’re done!!” at the superbowl. I’ve definitely had a few little things that aren’t within my new diet “rules” (soy sauce, added sugars in restaurant food, a stray fry or two at work) but nothing that has derailed me or made me feel guilty. Finding this balance is a huge step for me and I’m so happy to be comfortable with my choices. I’ve noticed that although I’m allowing non-gluten grains in my diet, I haven’t been reaching for them very much. I’ve had sushi and I added rice to one of my dinners this week, but overall I’m not going crazy with them. This makes me feel really good about my relationship with them, I was worried I would depend on them as a comfort food. One huge thing I’ve realized is the reason I still find it easy to eat Whole30 is because I have been cooking way more. I find Whole30 recipes to be just as satisfying as “regular” recipes, and not too much more work. It’s just that the frequency of cooking has gone up, but I’m used to that now & even look forward to it. One of my favorite NSVs is that I’ve learned to cook and enjoy it! This week I made thai style coconut curry meatballs and they were so good. I look forward to making butternut squash soup and some asian style meatballs after I go shopping this afternoon. I’ll update again soon and include those recipes if they turn out as good as they look
  4. 4 points
    learning40

    Almost40, First Whole30

    Day 1 went pretty well. There was a lot going on today, so the advance planning came in handy even if I didn't follow it exactly. Breakfast was two hard-boiled eggs and while I had planned to also have apple and a bit of almond butter with it, there wasn't time for that so I had a couple carrot sticks of my own while I was packing lunches. I still meant to eat some fruit, but didn't really get a chance until close to 11, when I grabbed a banana. I had plans with colleagues for lunch so ordered a cobb salad with no cheese and no bacon, and replaced dressing with some squeezes from two lemon slices. It was plenty of food and I only felt a little bit of the afternoon drag. Dinner got pushed back on account of multiple kid meltdowns but some almonds and a couple more carrot sticks got me through until I could prepare baked salmon, cauliflower rice, and some greens. On the whole, today felt manageable. I listened to a couple of Melissa's podcasts while commuting (thanks for the tip @BabyBear!). I'm not expecting that feeling to last, but it's nice to feel some positive momentum. I appreciate the advice you all offered!
  5. 3 points
    learning40

    Almost40, First Whole30

    Tomorrow will be my Day 1. I am trying this after years of up-and-down success getting my sugar cravings under control and keeping healthy eating on track. For the last two years, I've been pregnant or nursing and have let myself indulge too much. I'm turning 40 this year, and I'm ready to reset and put myself in a position to make this next decade my best. Encouragement, advice, and success stories are welcome. Thanks in advance!
  6. 3 points
    MeredithM20

    Start February 10th

    So the chicken hadn’t thawed in time for dinner so I made the stuffed peppers- bison, mushrooms, kale and sweet potato. It was a little bland so I added a little Tessamae ranch dressing in top. I’m going to bed early tonight because if I stay up any longer I’m gonna drink the kids chocolate milk!
  7. 3 points
    I think yesterday was the first time this round that the meal 3 I posted in the AM was exactly what I ate, lol. Meal 1: Eggs n kraut Meal 2: Pork roast with BBQ sauce and roasted veggies Meal 3: Pork steaks with spicy apple sauce, braised broccolini and carrots in ghee and sesame seeds, Sauteed garlic mushrooms.
  8. 3 points
    Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Ha, yesterday was Day 7 and I almost forgot to post about it! All is good. Had some funny stories from Lowe's ... don't have time to post about them right now. I've decided to do the flooring in this house by myself. Do you think I'm feeling better? Some may think I'm crazy. I say: I'M BACK. My mom was like, "well you know, there's such-and-such installer down on such-and-such street" and I'm like, yeah mom, I think I'm gonna do it myself. Then she's like (etc etc) and I'm like, yeah mom, I think I'm gonna do it myself. Then she's like (etc etc) and I'm like, yeah mom, I think I'm just going to do it myself. That is what I'm telling you. Lol. There's more. But alas ... today I must go to work. Everybody have a great day!
  9. 3 points
    Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    I don't really even know you, either ~ but I will confidently say it is not "just you being lazy". I don't believe laziness is even a real thing. What appears to some as laziness is a symptom of something bigger ... and I don't think anyone is going to change my mind on that. --- Let's think in terms of nature: If we see a bird who remains on the ground as we approach, we almost immediately and instinctively know there is something wrong with that bird. It is not acting on its primal instinct to flee -- because it can't. We are aware that if we see a possum or a raccoon out in the broad daylight -- it is most likely sick. Yes, it could be starving (which is sickness), and yes, it could be fleeing because something just invaded its home ... but the bottom line is this: If a nocturnal animal is out in the daytime ~ something is up. If I get out the dog treats, and one of my dogs remained lying on the floor ... that would immediately set off alarm bells in my head. --- So, I ask you: Have you always wanted to lie in bed all day? Always? That's a rhetorical question. As children, we ran, and laughed, and played. We used our imaginations. We had fun. In high school and college, we could (most likely ~ I realize I am generalizing) eat what we now realize was total shit ... yet we could still manage to go out and have fun with our friends, or go out on a date and enjoy it. If I see a human who wants to -- or feels like they need to -- lie in bed all day, I absolutely do not think "lazy". Humans were not designed/wired to be "lazy". It is the absolutely ridiculous disconnect we have with nature, and the completely artificial, man-made "normal" lifestyle we as humans have set up for ourselves ~ all in the name of Progress. If you look at how rapidly things have changed in recent years ... yet the makeup and the fundamental needs of humans has not ... surely you will see why conditions like anxiety and depression are being diagnosed at an all-time high. @Amy_Michigan ~ I am not pinning blame on you, nor am I saying that you should (or should not) lie in bed all day. I am simply giving you my perspective, in hopes that you will see that you really are on a good path ... you are peeling back layers of your own onion. Love yourself through this, show yourself grace. Think about what those fundamental needs of humans are -- the ones we can see, as evidenced throughout history -- and take stock of whether yours are being met.
  10. 3 points
    LindaC

    Day 1 of second round-Fail

    Real day 10. Going well after the first few slip-ups. Grocery shopped yesterday for the week ahead. Husband made our favorite pan fried cod last night and had with roasted carrots and mushrooms. M1 today was two poached eggs over sauteed spinach and canadian bacon. Eating out tonight but that will be easy-salad with grilled chicken and compliant dressing. Tomorrow is cooking day.
  11. 3 points
    Ktinegv

    Start February 10th

    I’m starting today to. It’s been about 2 years since I did this the first time. I’m close to the weight I got to back then, but am bloated from wheat and cheese. Time to get things back in line. Good luck. I’m gonna follow you.
  12. 3 points
    Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    My husband has heard this before. Then ~ next thing he knows ~ he's hearing, "whatever you do, don't buy me any dark chocolate!" It's one of those things I had a real problem limiting in the past. I'd eat an entire 90% bar all at once, then have heart palpitations and rushing trips to the bathroom. I haven't done that in a long time. I either avoid it altogether -- or, if I decide to try it again for some reason, I buy the small individually-wrapped squares. It doesn't take long before I remember: "Yeah, that's why I stopped eating dark chocolate." --- I think one of the biggest successes I've had since I returned here at the end of December is conquering the Diet Mt. Dew addiction. That began early in 2017, when I went back to college. I remember clearly ... buying one from the vending machine at school, to have in class. It was a "treat". And I started to really look forward to it ... because, of course, I didn't keep that stuff in the house! Now, there's some REAL psychoanalysis stuff that could happen (--> right here <--) but for now I will just say, this turned into an addiction for me ... which lasted throughout most of 2017, 2018, and 2019. Three years. Three years of putting artificial sweeteners, dyes, and a list of other unsavory items into my body -- and, by the end of that time -- like water. It's not that I'm stupid, or that I don't know any better. In fact, in this case, I will say that my self-education worked against me. Because, you see, I've read all about the amino acid phenylalanine, and I know exactly what it does for my brain. It's an antidepressant, among other things. So my husband heard: "Please make sure there is ALWAYS a supply of Diet Dew in the fridge." And occasionally he'd hear: "I have GOT to get off the Diet Dew. Whatever you do, do NOT buy any more." Then he'd hear: "We don't have any Diet Dew here. Please, please bring me one on your way home from work. Please." --- I've been drinking black coffee and sparkling water. I really don't care if it's flavored or not ~ there are just times when I still really do like to have the carbonation. And I don't feel depressed. Sure, I have days that I feel worse than others - like when the sun does not come out at all. But in general ... I feel pretty good. And note: I am saying that in FEBRUARY. So what has changed since I thought I "needed" Diet Mt. Dew to get through my days and function like a normal person? ...Well, a lot has changed. It isn't JUST coming back to Whole 30. But I think coming back to Whole 30 was the impetus for a lot of other really good things. And I think I knew that deep down for quite awhile, before I returned.
  13. 3 points
    Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 6 coming to a close ... Man, I had "a moment" again this afternoon. Craving that damn Lindt bar in the cabinet. It isn't even that good! I bought those when we could not find Sno-caps ANYWHERE on movie night. The caramel inside had a very artificial taste. I know this. Yet ~ still, it screams to me. Ridiculous. I did have my husband bring me an RX bar from the store ... chocolate sea salt ... and that took care of it. I'm going to just go throw the Lindt bar in the trash right now. It cost like $1. It's not worth the temptation. Today was good & productive. We are finally going to do a cash-out refinance on our house and do some much-needed home improvements. So I spent a lot of time moving furniture, etc. I love that. I love being active! Winter just doesn't offer as much opportunity. So I'm glad we are starting some inside projects.
  14. 2 points
    Amy_Michigan

    Amy's Log for 2020

    So that interview showed me how much I would not want to work there... it was not a friendly place. Just motivated more than ever to find somewhere with a positive, healthy environment.
  15. 2 points
    I love whole30 soup purees. There are so many delicious ones that I have routinely had these for breakfast during past whole30s. You could really eat them for any meal. Well fed by Melissa Joulwan has amazing soups. Also Paleomg.com has my favorite sweet potato soup (savory not sweet). I would see if Whole30/Melissa recommends any egg protein powders for during emergency situations/circumstances. Silky Gingered Zucchini Zoup: http://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/ Golden Cauliflower Soup http://meljoulwan.com/2012/10/24/golden-cauliflower-soup/ Crockpot Sweet Potato Basil Soup by Paleomg: https://paleomg.com/sweet-potato-basil-soup/
  16. 2 points
    Amy_Michigan

    Ktinegv February log

    I love your meals. It always takes me a little while to get into the cooking/meal prep at the beginning. I am on Day 12 and have only made eggs twice I think. You are definitely starting out your whole30 on the right path!
  17. 2 points
    PattiS

    Start February 10th

    Would love to join this thread for support! Second time doing Whole30...first time wasn’t super successful bc I didn’t follow it 100% So now I’m trying again and committing to do better. Started Sunday, and am doing this to see if it will help with my anxiety. Getting off sugar, flour and alcohol I feel will help.
  18. 2 points
    Jihanna

    Amy's Log for 2020

    Triggers... stress, dairy, cold/dry weather... maybe other stuff I haven't pin-pointed. I didn't realize the dairy connection until my first Whole30, when it cleared a bit even though it was still winter and then popped back up as soon as I reintroduced dairy products. I'd known that dairy caused rashes for years, though, just hadn't realized that the little "deep blisters" on my hands were eczema (I call them that because they look like little blisters that are sunken under the skin). I guess I'd always thought of eczema as rashiness on faces and arms or something, I don't know. I use Gold Bond eczema relief lotion (with colloidal oatmeal) on my hands and feet daily, have been for about a month now, and it's helping to keep them much better moisturized. I especially have to make sure to use it shortly after a warm shower, otherwise I get skin shedding off like crazy... and once they dry out, they'll be ragged and catch on things, ripping skin off and causing open wounds. It's definitely not pretty, and I've worn massive bandages across portions of my feet on more days than I can count. I think that's why the cold/dry weather affects me so harshly, because it just makes the drying out happen more quickly. I'm seriously thinking of doing another round of elimination followed by extensive reintro testing, though, maybe once things settle down at work and we're on set schedules (my manager is trying to make that happen but we've still got several things in transition), so I'll know exactly what I need to prepare for in terms of when and what I'm cooking and whether or not I'll have to eat it while working (since we don't get a real break). I'll definitely try to remember to let you ladies know if I discover anything else that sets me off, and might actually craft it as an AIP-Whole30 just to see what happens.
  19. 2 points
    Jihanna

    Amy's Log for 2020

    I just read this to my husband, saying it sounds like me. I'm terrified of getting lice, because I DO have seborrheic dermatitis which, in my case, means lots and lots of dandruff... which means lots and lots of white stuff in my hair, ugh. It's always itchy, and I can convince myself at times that I feel something crawling. Hubby is against the idea of checking my hair for me unless I see something on one of the kids, because it's so difficult to get past my dandruff. I've got a metal nit-picker comb that I use to run over my scalp and through my hair probably once every week or two, just to be safe. Seborrheic dermatitis isn't always horrid. I mean, it's dandruff, lol. Sometimes the symptoms can get worse than other times, though, just like basically any condition. When I was younger, I routinely had big patches of crusty stuff caused by oil buildup, and that could at times lead to scalp sores... but now that I'm older, it's generally just really bad dandruff regardless of what shampoo I use. It's one of the things I deal with, though, as part of my eczema (I get dyshidrotic eczema on my hands and feet, and seborrhea on my scalp). That actually makes me want to do another elimination round at some point soon, to see if my dandruff is affected. I didn't think to pay any attention to that in previous rounds! Silly me!
  20. 2 points
    MeredithM20

    Start February 10th

    Day one off to a good start. I had a cup of black coffee, two eggs with mushrooms, onions, spinach and tomato. I prepared Pork Carnitas and they're now in the crockpot. I'm very excited!
  21. 2 points
    learning40

    Starting 2/10/2020

    I'm starting tomorrow, too. It's my first time and I'm incredibly nervous, but I realize I desperately need the reset. I also don't really know how the forums work, but I'd be happy to check in over the next few days.
  22. 2 points
    Emma

    Emma' Whole 30 (February 1)

    Day Nine in Review - Well, @Amy_Michigan, I only planned for a few days so it will be feast and then famine, but I have to tell you.....what I made is DEEEEEElicious! First, I made the Spaghetti Squash Alfredo that __________ posted. Shucks, I can't remember who posted! I'm sorry because @_________________ you get full credit for this! The recipe is at https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-chicken-alfredo-with-spaghetti-squash-whole30/ It's good. Really good. I also prepped the Tacos al Pastor from the Keto Quickstart book by Diane Sanfilippo. She also wrote Practical Paleo and it seemed like our family really gravitated towards her recipes. The recipes in this new book look even better - loads of veggies, fresh crunchy things, tasty meats. So today I made the pico de gallo and the marinade for the pork. Tomorrow, all we gotta do is cook up the pork and put things together. I probably should have cooked up more spaghetti squash but I have a bit left over for Wednesday's pad thai. I ate lots today. So much. But everything was either healthy or compliant so I'm okay with it all. I've done everything on my list except work. Really. What kind of procrastination is that! The kind I hope to get rid of via some healthy eating and lifestyle changes. I'm most tickled with my time on the treadmill. Usually I go a 3.5 mph, but I wanted to get done so I bumped it up to a 4.0 and at times up to 4.5 and 5.0. My foot and ankle is definitely stiff and sore, but it's not getting in the way of my day. My left knee was sore immediately after, but then seemed to relax and is okayish. I am drinking iced coffee right now in a bid to get my work at least started. It's not looking good! The resistance is stunning. But everything else is good.
  23. 2 points
    RI Day 10 - compliant 9:45 awake up and taking it slow this morning. 10:15 exercise: 30 min BB Prenatal yoga I considered picking another routine, but I decided I wanted the ease of the familiarity. I looked at my log for the past 10 days and my average heart beat during my work out has gradually dropped from 105 to 90. I feel a lot of improvement in my form, flexibility, and strength. I am very encouraged to already see improvement in these areas. 12:00 M1 - LO sweet and sour chicken with broccoli Ugh sometimes my brain frustrates me. I caught myself down playing my success so far in this whole 30/food freedom journey. I was belittling the 20lbs I’ve lost because it feels like a drop in the bucket compared to what I have left. I rebuked myself and the negative thoughts. Then I decided to carry around my 2 10lb dumbbells for a little while as I did things around the house. Those things got heavy quick and when I set them down I felt free and so much lighter. 20lbs is a lot of weight to have released from my body. Working moment by moment to change my mindset and learn to live in food freedom. 6:00 M2: lemon pepper grilled chicken, steamed veggies, side salad with olive oil and lemons We went out to a favorite spot tonight, it’s a mom and pop sports bar and grill and it’s quiet tonight with no big games on. We enjoyed our dinner out. NSVs - I’ve gone down another belt hole! That’s the last hole on my new belt. How crazy is that! I put on a shirt that my hubby bought me a while back but it was a ladies T and way to form fitting so I never wore it. I wore it tonight! I walked around the house this weekend on our staycation in my birthday suite. Ha we both did, it was great. Here’s the thing I wouldn’t have done that back in December. I would have wore a big t shirt, but I’m now feeling comfortable enough in my own skin to bare all in front of the hubby with nothing to hide behind. I think something as simple as being comfortable in nothing around hubby made our weekend that much more enjoyable and intimate. I have so enjoyed our anniversary weekend. Even though we didn’t get to go out of town due to weather it was still wonderful and my hubby was fantastic to keep things all about us. Oh and I’m pretty sure I squealed like a little girl when he said he noticed there were some appliance things on the Amazon list and wanted to know which one I wanted because he wanted to get it for me… the appliances he was referring to were the air friers I was researching. He got me the one I really really liked but was a little more expensive than all the others. But not only does it air fry, broil, and bake, it also is a toaster oven, dehydrator, and rotisserie with a 12qt capacity! I was in happy tears. It should be here Wednesday and I’ve been busy dreaming of recipes to try in it. He seems to enjoy spoiling me. He is good for me in that he helps me be okay and sometimes forces me to spend money here and there rather than making due with what I have. I guess it takes both to make the relationship work… he is a spender and I am definitely the saver. So we are good for each other in that aspect. Our last night before we head back to the real world. We have a busy week and he will be traveling this week and then next so I’m really glad we made the time for just us this weekend. It was a much needed break from reality, not to mention how much our relationship benefited from our weekend together.
  24. 2 points
    I'd love to have the company and a chat while I food prep! I don't usually have fennel lol, I bought it for the salad and totally over estimated how much I needed and it seemed a waste to throw away those lovely fronds! Monday again. I swear Mondays take up far more than 1/7 of my week. Weekend was average, I was super cranky, partly because of hormones, apparently and partly because... ugh, just stuff. Meal 1: Eggs 'n' kraut Meal 2: pork roast with BBQ sauce and roasted veggies Meal 3: Hell if I know. Possibly pork steaks and veg of some description. Supposed to run today. Forgot my damn workout gear. So I'll go for a brisk walk instead.
  25. 2 points
    Coloradoyogamama

    March 1 Start Date!

    Hey everyone! My name is Julie, I'm 41, and I had such great results on my first Whole30 in January, that I want to do it again in March! I am taking February to slowly reintroduce foods to see how I react to them. I was so excited to see the affect these foods had on my system, but the results have been anticlimactic. I just don't feel very good, clean, or healthy when I eat dairy, gluten, sugar, or alcohol. Not sure about legumes, peanuts, or other grains yet. I hated the rules at first, and don't consider my self to be a big "rules girl." But I came to love and cherish them and I want to go back to Whole30 land! Dairy makes me break out and cheese is not the magical food I remember - it's just... fine. Sugar gives me an insane rush followed by a low hard crash. Alcohol is not as fun as it used to be, and I don't want to waste the whole next day feeling bad/unproductive. Not one food or drink tasted as good as I remembered or expected it to taste! I'm slowly transitioning to a place in my life where I want to, need to, and am using food to fuel my body, not feed the sugar dragon or any of my other demons. Also, I look and feel better than I have in six years, since before I had my last baby. I want to keep this light, healthy, free, autonomous feeling going! Hope some of you can join me in March and help me stay accountable!!! XOXO