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  1. 7 points
    Amy Rose

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Quick check in (I should be working right now) -- just had to tell you all about my NSV this weekend. I've been disappointed with my jeans that I just bought a couple months ago because they're stretched out and don't fit well already -- what a waste of money. So went to buy a replacement yesterday and realized that I've dropped a size! No wonder those pants didn't fit Also, can't get this smug look off my face, but I earned it! Good Luck to all -- Eat Well!
  2. 6 points
    SugarcubeOD

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    For those not feeling the Tiger Blood yet, don't despair! First, it can mean different things for different people and often it's not 'peel me off the ceiling energy' but rather 'wow, I feel really stable or good or positive or bright'. Second, at this point some times people think they've got the template memorized and as they've been progressing, a little fat gets left off here, some starchy carbs forgotten there, too little protein because that one time you forgot to take something out of the freezer etc... Loop back to the meal template and make sure you're eating to match the template. If you're eating between meals, have it be protein and fat, not fruit, nuts, nut butters, dried fruit or other 'snacky' type items. Make sure you're salting your food and drinking 1/2oz of water per pound of bodyweight every day and then be patient... many of us have not been kind to our bodies over the years and while 30 days can seem like an eternity, it's not altogether that long and none of you are AT 30 days yet so keep down the path and have faith that you're nourishing your bodies and treating yourselves with respect and dignity and everything else will follow!
  3. 6 points
    suzannes

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Happy Halfway team! (at least most folks here, I'm Day 15) Ditto all the above: prep prep prep. Until or if I get to be a super fast whiz at this prep business, I pretty much have to count on devoting a least half my Sunday's to Whole30 meal prep for the week. It's totally worth it though, I've enjoyed it and learned a lot. I'm cooking way more food, and more interesting and healthy food than before, because I HAVE to. I can't fill my meals with quick easy junk carbs any more (astounded how much I did that before Whole30). I'm making everything from scratch now, and that takes some time. Speaking of prep: I need to say how I am ridiculously proud of myself for making homemade sunflower seed butter today. So easy and yummy. Couldn't find any compliant jars in my stores around here. And I'm glad I couldn't, since making it was fun and cheaper too. I feel like today I became "next level" Whole30. Like I said, I'm unduly proud. Next highest level I think would be if I ever make ghee :-) Great job folks on your first two weeks and cheers to everyone for the next half!
  4. 5 points
    ale-maia

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Hi everyone, a quick check in. Although I am most silent on here, I have following the posts. Day 16 and going strong. Didn't see much difference in clothes but I was really really really happy that I don't have sugar craving anymore. I was able to say no to donuts, ice cream and chocolate this weekend. Having two kids at home make things more difficult but I have been pretty good of saying no to sugar. We can do this!!! great job @Amy Rose
  5. 5 points
    bigmamabird

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    I made it through the weekend! Lots of situations that I would use as excuses to "treat myself" with something unhealthy. My husband and I went out for dinner and a movie for his birthday. I chose ahead of time what I was going to order and I stuck to it, despite the sinful looking skillet sized cookie and ice cream dessert on the menu. I got my first tattoo and didn't feel the need to celebrate with a tasty treat afterwards. We were housebound today due to an ice storm which normal would be an excuse for comfort food, but I remained on plan. Overall, it was a great weekend. I finished my first 14 days, it's all count down from here!
  6. 5 points
    Hope4Overcomers

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Greetings fellow travelers of the Whole30 experience! Drum roll, please, successfully (almost) completed Day 14 and baked brownies for tomorrow’s potluck! Whoop Whoop, wasn’t even tempted (much) because I saw all the sugary gooey glop I put into my baking masterpiece (more than a slight exaggeration on the masterpiece part). I have them safely stowed away until tomorrow, where I will consume my Whole30 approved meal prior to going to the luncheon. All leftover brownies stay there or go home with those still stuck in the throes of brownie addiction. May, I confess, Whole30 has not helped my long standing complex insomnia, but it has certainly changed how I react to it. Despite very little shut eye for days in a row, I had the ability to carry on a fully productive engaging day. I’m not sick for days on end from it. I’m tired as in no rest yet still energetic. Not hyper just alive and doing well. And after all, I must be one day closer to a restful night. Right? It didn’t incapacitate me the way Easter Dinner (prior to Whole30) in itself did. I call that a victory. Getting far more adventurous in my meal planning, prep, and eating. I feel soooo much better. The inflammation must be minimized. yes, I have my trials too, but I’ll take that anyday next to an average 24 hours in my life before. Love, love, love hearing how old and newcomers alike are doing! Keep up the stellar job! Be encouraged as you all encourage me. xo Dianne
  7. 5 points
    Day 13 Here too and doing great! Some days sluggish, mostly not though. I keep finding more interesting things to eat that I enjoy and are Whole30 approved. Monday will be tough. I have to bring the dessert, yes, make one, to a luncheon potluck. I don’t plan on eating anything at the potluck. Knowing this group nothing will even approach Whole30 approved. I’m the only one bringing dessert, so I can’t pull off the bring fruit with this totally unhealthy crowd. I do still have cravings but move on. Started exercising again on Whole30 last week. How is everyone else doing???? Be encouraged, Dianne
  8. 5 points
    Dave K

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Day 13... 2nd weekend. Sticking with the plan, Get away from the house. Hike planned for this morning then a trip to the grocery store. Last night was a little tough, thinking about closing the work week off with a drink, bad habit trying to break, as the book suggested found something else to do. The children, visiting this weekend, came home to an empty refrigerator and pantry.... supportive, but kept looking for a snack. Energy bounced back this week,Morning runs are back to normal, energy wise, and not as tired throughout the day. My wife is still a little sluggish, hoping to break through that feeling this weekend. Good luck!!! Almost halfway there!!
  9. 5 points
    Kiralyn D

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    My husband ordered himself a pizza a few nights ago and I made him eat it in the basement. Alone. (It may have been during the “Kill All the Things” stage of the calendar...)
  10. 5 points
    Let's Dooooo It!

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Well... successfully made it through TWO rounds of one of my chunks of kryptonite: pizza for lunch, and watching husband eat pizza for dinner. I HAVE subsisted on pizza. I have made my OWN pizza out of desperation (tasted GREAT to me...) Today I wanted to get a T-SHIRT made: NSV IN YOUR FACE!!! Was not tempted. Not even slightly...And when the realization hit me...I confess, there is an NSV dance... it's not pretty...
  11. 5 points
    LizaQ

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    NSV - I tried on a pair of jeans that were too tight two weeks ago and I couldn't wear them. Today they are still a little tight - but they button easily! Day 10 and rocking it!!!
  12. 5 points
    bigmamabird

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    My Mom made birthday dinner for my husband. Her amazingly delicious tacos and brownies with ice cream and hot fudge sauce. I made a salad out of the taco fixings and was doing great .... till the hot fudge came out. It smelled so divine! And I had to help put dessert together for the kids so I had a vat of molten chocolate right there in my hands. It was rough, but I did it! There's no way I could have passed on it before Whole30. I have so little self-control when I'm not on plan. I feel completely helpless against my cravings. But Whole30 is helping me learn strength. I don't have to eat something just because there.
  13. 4 points
    @SugarcubeOD, you're right in my case. It is laid out in a specific way, and skimping only hurts the body. I convince myself that it won't make a difference...it apparently does! I ate all protein yesterday morning, template worthy rest of the day. Woke up tired. Yup. Having to force myself to eat all the meals...but I'm not skipping on meals...just this or that, here and there...just enough to compromise my energy. Yes...need to tighten up... Thank you for moderating...
  14. 4 points
    Dave K

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Hi @dee1314 and welcome! We did find the Primal Kitchen dressings and a approved mayo week one. We tried to make the mayo for our chicken salad and failed twice, couldn’t get it to whip. Blamed the equipment My wife used a combination of the primal Caesar and little bit of the store bought mayo (she’s not a fan of the mayo). It worked out great. It’s a great group! Love the enthusiasm of all!
  15. 4 points
    SugarcubeOD

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    I love all of this! Especially 'availability does not equal necessity'. I was thinking about this yesterday when I watched one of our managers leave for the day. He walked by a table that had cookies and donuts/donut holes on it since 730 that morning... stopped at the table, perused the detritus left from the day and then took a few donut holes and popped them into his mouth. All I could think was 'that is not someone eating for the joy of enjoying a good donut, that's someone eating because it's there'. I mean how good could a 9 hour donut hole even be???
  16. 4 points
    Let's Dooooo It!

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Yup... association is the key, the focus... the only reason the food in a group of familiars happens. Wonder what would happen if I invited a bunch of friends over and said oh by the way...there will be no food...and don't bring any. So mind-blowing that food is incorporated into everything we do. Long before Whole 30, I had an epiphany: you can go to a cinema, and view a movie. And that's it. No popcorn, Goobers, drinks big enough to take a bath in...it was liberating. Cheaper too. That is my long term goal: awareness. "Is this an occasion where I 'have' to eat?" Availability does NOT equal necessity...
  17. 4 points
    suzannes

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Funny! I'm not supergirl yet (tho I haven't tried lifting a couch lately, so who knows!) but I have much more of my energy and happier mood back, so I'm very happy here on Day 14. The first week and a half were not much fun, but I got through it (thanks in large part to this forum and the awesome Whole30-ers here!). You sound like you are doing great too - so cheers to you and hope you have a fun, healthy weekend.
  18. 4 points
    Kiralyn D

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    @dnewc It’s tough! During this 30 days we have several out of town family members coming to stay with us on 2 separate weekends, an anniversary, and my birthday. Part of me wishes I had waited to start until next month... But I know if I can make it through this, I can make it through anything!! Luckily family has been really supportive.
  19. 4 points
    Update update: I made it through to Day 91 and even got some reintroductions done! I def have issues with dairy, gluten, and sugarrrr. I'm happy I chose to do 90 days as it showed me that I can make this way of eating into a lifestyle and I also discovered how much stress (from whatever source) is really my biggest issue.
  20. 3 points
    SugarcubeOD

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    This entirely depends on how you want to manage the events and your son visiting. If there are things that you and your son share (like say... a love of carrot cake and you always eat it when he visits) then you're going to want to do the reintroductions before cake day so that you know if it's going to be worth it to you. It is not recommended to continue on the program until the day of the event you think you may not be able (or want) to stay compliant to because if say... dairy was a problem for you and you didn't know and ate a bunch on the event day, that's going to be really terrible for you. My recommendation would be to do the reintros of those things that you think you might be eating and start to figure out what your food freedom is going to look like. For some people that's very similar to Whole30 but they don't quiz waiters about cooking oil and sugar in ketchup is okay - that's going to help continue to bring inflammation down in your body by staying close to the plan but it's your own WholeDianne with your own rules. Does that help at all?
  21. 3 points
    I’ve been very quiet on here for a few days but I’m still going strong and on Day 17! I’m feeling great! My bloat is gone, I have more energy and strength during workouts and my family and friends can already tell a difference in me. i still don’t have the Tiger Blood but my diet wasn’t the best before starting this so I’ll have to be patient. im finding a new love for food and cooking. I’m discovering that food is fuel not a punishment or reward. you only get one life and one body to live it in, so I have to nourish it the best I can! I love that everyone is doing well! Keep it up
  22. 3 points
    Kiralyn D

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    No Tiger Blood for me... And I was feeling pretty bummed about it... But @SugarcubeOD reminded us - while I've been 100% compliant, I haven't reeaaaalllllly been taking care of business - the last couple of days have seen some snacking in between meals and not nearly enough water drinking. I was starting to get a bit discouraged, but I'm recommitting to the meal template and upping my water game. NSV#1 - On Day 2, I ate an RX bar and thought it was pretty good. Yesterday, I had one (running late for dinner and was SO hungry), and I thought it was disgusting! It tasted syrupy sweet, and I couldn't even finish it. Also, before Whole30, I had a Spindrift. I thought it was sour and flat and kind of gross. Yesterday, I tried another, and I thought it was delicious! I have no doubt that if I tasted a Diet Coke right now, I would be disgusted at the chemical-y taste. So, taste buds are starting to recognize and love "real" foods! Yay! NSV#2 - My skin is glowing! And so smooth. Yay! We're over halfway there, friends. One more thing - I'm still enjoying eggs for breakfast, but I'm having a hard time getting the vegetables on my plate in the mornings. Any QUICK tips?
  23. 3 points
    Dave K

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    @Let's Dooooo It! that's GREAT to hear!! Day 17 for me. I'm feeling about the same as you! Clothes are a little loose and I'm able to push myself while exercising instead of just trying to make it to the end. It's nice to be on the other side.
  24. 3 points
    Dave K

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Hello short timers!! Day 16 at a end, slowly starting the decent. Tigerish? Starting to.. We did a 2 hour hike on Saturday followed by restocking the refrigerator. Sunday was cooking, cleaning, cleaning the fish tank, followed by 4 hours of overtime. I was Full of energy, my wife still feeling sluggish. Monday was a good day, run in the morning followed by a 12 hour work day. Seems like every project I’m working on is due. My head feels a little clearer keeping track. Great night at the trainers, she mentioned she’s Started drinking Hint, flavored water. I checked it’s Whole 30 compliant. I don’t miss the sugar, but craving something with a little taste besides lemon water and black coffee, the plan is to pick some up tomorrow. Many thanks for the mayo recipes, i’ll be trying them soon. Busy week with traveling, the plan is to bring my meals with me. Nice going everbody!! Over halfway!!
  25. 3 points
    I don't know what the weather is like for all of you, but I wonder if I am bummed because it feels like December instead of April. Got energy back...but definitely no tiger. Where is he??? That being said, we are fabulous. Keeping it Whole people...we are keeping it Whole...
  26. 3 points
    suzannes

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Hey there @Hope4Overcomers I feel ya there. Really glad you posted this today, as I was feeling a bit down at my own downness today. I'm Day 17 and not feeling tigerish at all. I feel very healthy and pretty good energy, but my sleep has been terrible for several days in a row and that's probably why the tiger is still hiding. Today felt more like day 7 than 17, dragging and cranky. Sweets/junk carbs or extra fruit are extra appealing today for sure, as usual when I'm very low on sleep. As you wisely noted already, the Whole30 timeline is a general view of what a lot of folks have or might experience during the 30 days, but it's definitely not dialed in to each uniquely wonderful person on the Whole30. I think you are doing just great, you are eating to plan, being flexible while staying committed, learning as you go, paying attention to your feelings and progress, and just generally being very positive overall. So, tiger blood or no tiger blood, you should be proud of all your 16 days and feel confident for the next 14. You got this!
  27. 3 points
    AtlantaJJ

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    I'm still in it!! Having a lot of fun cooking. Working out in the mornings and cooking. I'm so slow but I'm enjoying the ride! I'm going to go until May 15th because that is the end of my weight loss challenge here at work. Whole30 is awesome, my eczema is clearing up!!
  28. 3 points
    Let's Dooooo It!

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Yes you do @nishgbsr!!! The timeline is CRAZY!!! Check it often, usually dead on accurate regarding each day you are checking off! It helps to know that those before you, as well as those after you, are all experiencing the same...sometimes out of sequence, but usually the entire gamut of reactions by the time day 30 arrives...that come with the beauty of transformation. DON'T QUIT!!! Let's DOOOOO THIS!!!!!!
  29. 3 points
    SugarcubeOD

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    You can try the mason jar stick blender method - I've never had it not work. Put everything in a pint mason jar, put the stick blender at the bottom of the jar and start it on its low setting. When you see mayo start to form at the bottom of the jar, slowly pull up the stick blender until all the oil has been incorporated. You might see a titch of oil at the sides of the jar but just stir it in with a spoon when you're done. Takes in total from hitting the start button on the blender to end about... 20 sec.
  30. 3 points
    suzannes

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Great job so far @Hope4Overcomers and stay strong and positive at the potluck. I had an after work function last night that was nonstop pizza beer and wine. Soooo, sparkling water with lemon for me. I still had a great time with all my colleagues though, so I call that a success. Yes, I do miss beer and wine, but I had to give that up earlier before Whole30 for other reasons. Oh well. I'd much rather enjoy good friends than unhealthy food, hands down. I hope it's the same for you at your potluck with friends, focusing on the company, not on the tempting goodies. I know you'll do great since you've been doing so well, and you seem like such a positive, committed person. (And thanks again for being such a cheerful, encouraging presence on this forum and thread, I really appreciate all your input.) Cheers and have a fabulous weekend!
  31. 3 points
    Dave K

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Tough month, a lot of extra planning. Birthday celebration Day 31!!!
  32. 3 points
    dnewc

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    My last whole 30 my husband made 3 batches of cookies (choc chip, oatmeal, and snickerdoodle), a pan of brownies and a layer cake with icing... just to have around and eat! Ugh... but I am getting pretty good at the will power thing . So far this time it's just been a giant batch of brownies... but his birthday is Tuesday so there will be a cake. I'm visiting my parents this weekend. They used to give me grief about Whole30 because they are really into feeding people but now they are used to the drill. My mom even poached a chicken breast for me so I could have something for lunch when I got there. But dinner tonight was challenging. My brother and his family and my sister and hers were all at my parents house and there were several of the big bottles of craft IPAs being shared (I love IPA!). I made sure there was plenty of sparkling water for me!
  33. 3 points
    Amy Rose

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    These last few days have gone by so quickly, but I am 100% on plan and feeling great. I still haven’t made the Chicken Hash, though I did buy all the ingredients last weekend. Maybe I’ll do it tonight. (Note to self: COOK on the weekend like you plan to do – weeknights are for eating, not cooking) Because I love rewards, I bought myself a beautiful pendant necklace that is designed for mindfulness and centering. It has already helped me recall that I have successfully completed a Whole 30, and that I am focused on completing this one, too. In the moment of food-choice, it helps me to be mindful and choose well. In the last couple days, my mind has started to clear and I have become mentally sharper and more productive at work. This is such a relief – I was afraid I was slipping into a brain fog of old age where all the “youngsters” would outpace me and I’d just be pathetic and useless. But NO – it was the food I’ve been eating. Not sure if it was the sugar, the grains, or the additives but I feel like my old self again -- intelligent and perceptive. I can’t put into words how relieved I am about the return of my brain function. It’s the key to my self-esteem. (OMG – I never realized that until I just told you – how weird). On a lighter note: got a great deal on an Instant Pot (the one I’ve been wanting was on sale yesterday at Amazon), and this will give me more choices for cooking. I need all the help I can get. Looking forward to playing with it over the weekend, so if anyone has a favorite Whole30 Instant Pot recipe, please post it. @LizaQ- honey, you are not supposed to drink a bottle of Caesar Dressing with your breakfast, even if it is W30 compliant. Just sayin' Eat Well – Enjoy!
  34. 2 points
    suzannes

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    I finally found a veg breakfast I like: leftover stir-fried cauliflower rice made with extra veggies and coconut oil, leftover steamed arugula/spinach, plus an extra couple eggs or some leftover roasted turkey. I've found this very easy to eat in the morning. Pre-workout at 4:30 am is most challenging, but I'm managing to get almond butter and hard boiled egg. I've come a long way since April 1 food-wise. @SugarcubeOD is right to remind us all to go back again and again to the Whole30 meal template and drink plenty of water. So helpful!
  35. 2 points
    Dave K

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    No reason to be bummed @Kiralyn D, I'm sure it will come in time. Plus as you mentioned so many other benefits. My wife feels about the same as you, I think it's time to revisit the meal template. I've been going back and forth on getting my veggies in the morning. Some days I slice up a different assortment of zucchini, tomatoes, onions, spinach, peppers, mushrooms. (Depends on the mood, or whats in the frig.) A little bit of olive oil in the pan, veggies then fold in the eggs. Last couple days a little oil, cauliflower rice, cook until golden, then fold in the eggs. I'll probable put a little spinach in with the cauliflower tomorrow. We do have a bag of cauliflower / broccoli rice that i tried one morning, wasn't bad, something strange about eating broccoli in the morning.
  36. 2 points
    Let's Dooooo It!

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Day 16. NSV's are NUMEROUS: Knees don't hurt, no migraines, attitude better, clarity at work, clothes fitting better, rings fit again, not awaking sniffing every morning, not as winded at the top of the stairs, not tempted at all by the plethora of choices newly available at the job every other day, making husband purchase his own junk food and am not longing for it, tired last couple days, but STILL waking up before the alarm. Life is looking good! Hope everyone is humming along...
  37. 2 points
    kirkor

    Help! Akward topic...diarrhea

    This seems implausible.
  38. 2 points
    Dave K

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Couple meals from Sunday. Cocoa Chilli, recipe from Mel Joulwan. My daughter and I loved it, my wife isn’t a fan of Chilli. http://meljoulwan.com/2009/02/22/my-favorite-chili-recipe/ The pepper recipe from the book, with some modifications. Becoming a big fan of the rice cauliflower, seems to become a staple in the morning, sautéd with some oil, with two eggs scrambled in.
  39. 2 points
    KTH1010

    Day 21 Ready to Quit

    11 kids!!! That is amazing! I wish I'd met my husband much earlier, so we could have such a big family I have 3 and people act like that's a ton, ha! I am nursing my 19-month-old, and have been nursing nonstop (often tandem, when I have a newborn) since November 2011, when my first was born. I am with you 100% on the sleep deprivation!!! I will say that I eat white potatoes almost daily and TONS OF FAT (like, more mayo and ghee and coconut cream in my tea than I can even put into words) and those two things are the key to my tiger blood despite crap sleep. This is my third whole30 and I'm feeling the tiger blood already on day 2 and I really do think it's all because I eat SO much fat and carb-rich vegetables. I eat a LOT of salt and protein, too. I have always been crazy for salt and I do not hold back with the whole30. I have only had trouble when I don't get enough fat, though; that seems to be THE number one factor in my feeling great in this crazy mom-to-small-kids life. As for feeding kids what I'm eating, my kids are small enough that they just kind of... get what they get, and often the toddler just sits on my lap and shares what I eat from my bowl/plate. Also meals are SIMPLE here (compliant sausage and fried potatoes with tons of ghee/mayo, side of raw pepper or greens or olives maybe, or ground beef/chicken with chopped veggies and potatoes/sweet potatoes)... lots of one-pan simple things I throw together. Then maybe the older kids eat theirs with a little ketchup, too. But my kids are not picky and unless things are super spicy they'll usually just eat it if it's what I'm serving them... I really hope you feel better soon!
  40. 2 points
    Roonster

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Hey all. I'm back! I've been keeping it Whole30, but I've been slammed with work, so I haven't had time to follow this forum or keep posting. I've been eating compliantly (content wise) but have found that I'm still snacking and/or eating when I'm not hungry. Any tips out there in Apr 2 land on how to help break these habits? In the past week I've identified a food with no brakes -- dates. I didn't think I had a sugar dragon before this, but I have been taking advantage of healthy sugars to give me a pick-me-up when I'm feeling tired, stressed or overwhelmed. Obviously, those are off the table for the rest of this whole30! Sierra
  41. 2 points
    boyercs

    FIRST TIMER - Starting 4/9/18

    Yay for making it through week 1. Feeling good except for still feeling somewhat bloated. Is anyone else feeling this as well? No headaches since the first few days. Surprisingly we found the weekend harder than the weekdays. Did anyone else feel this way? The weekends are when we would normally eat out, snack more, eat pancakes, etc.
  42. 2 points
    Let's Dooooo It!

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Hey!!! Perhaps someone will ask! "Hey @Amy Rose, why the SMUG there???"
  43. 2 points
    Hey! @Hope4Overcomers!!! Show'em how it's done!!!! @bigmamabird...WELL DONE!! (went blue this time. )
  44. 2 points
    This indeed WAS the weekend of temptations, eh???? But each victory...AHEM...NSV builds us u for the next and the next and the next...long after the 30... This is such a journey of clarity for me this time. There have been no 'whew! as soon as I get to day 31, I'm falling face first into a box of donuts' thoughts. NO food is worth ANY of my toes. No going back...ever...now... Well done, @bigmamabird!! Hmmmm...didn't go blue... ???
  45. 2 points
    suzannes

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Welcome and congrats @nishgbsr on starting your Whole30. Cheers to you on your upcoming successes (and a few struggles too probably). Check through this thread from the beginning to see some good tips from experienced and smart folks here, and to see what others have been experiencing, enjoying and feeling challenged with. This is Day 15 for me and I'm doing pretty well, but the first week and a half were a bit tough thanks to low energy carb withdrawal. Hang in there, definitely follow the meal template, and look for all the great advice and info from the awesome forum moderators, you'll be happy you did. You got this!
  46. 2 points
    ShannonM816

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Raw cabbage will definitely contribute to bloating. Try cooking it next time, it seems less likely to bother people when it's cooked. Sometimes when people have been restricting or dieting prior to doing Whole30, it does take a little longer to see results and feel good. You may feel like you're gaining weight even. It is kind of like your body is confused and isn't sure what to do. But if you stay consistent it will even out it in time. You don't have to add carbs back. If you feel good without them and you're eating plenty of vegetables, protein, and fat, you may not need them. We usually tell people to try starting with one fist-sized serving of a starchy vegetable each day and see how it goes. Fruit is completely optional -- if you want some, it's fine to have, but you definitely don't have to have any. Really concentrate on having meals that are big enough to keep you satisfied for 4-5 hours at a time. To do that, make sure your meals all match the meal template. It really is the best way to beat the snacking and cravings. (You can download the meal template here: https://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/)
  47. 2 points
    Let's Dooooo It!

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    No way around it. Prep prep prep. Chicken breasts and sweet potato are my go to on the go...a whole pan of them, baggied for those mornings that the tiger was missing, and I opted to sleep a little too long, or the evenings when tiger didn't make it home and I could actually eat something...and compliant before falling into bed...yes confession on the sly here. Will be loading up tomorrow for next week. Good motivation for ME to make sure I handle MY business tomorrow. Let's do this!!!
  48. 2 points
    servangirl2000

    FIRST TIMER - Starting 4/9/18

    My hubby and I started the day after Easter (2018) April 2! We are doing okay thus far. Some belly issues, headaches, and my joints all acted up in the first week. Hubby's blood sugar is down almost 100 points. So, we are moving right along!
  49. 2 points
    Let's Dooooo It!

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    I am on an avocado kick right now. Half. With sweet potato. Fish or chicken as the protein. I wake up at night, but not hungry. Just because of, as I've read, hormone regulation. I agree. Eat. And are you having a snack before bed? (Dense Carby sweet potato...yum...) Just for a few nights...Would that carry you through the night? Just until everything balances out...
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    ladyshanny

    Do Eggs Count as Fat?

    We would suggest you to add an additional fat source. Eggs do have a bit of fat so you may not need to add as much as you would if you had...say, cod or tuna or chicken breast. Add a portion of fat and see how you feel 2-3-4 hours later. If you're not hungry at hour 4-5, try adding less next time. If you're starved at hour 3, add more. It's all an experiment.