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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
    6 points
  2. I've done several Whole30's (at least ten but probably more) and even did a Whole75 last year. I felt great and was able to stay active with no issues. I wanted to try Keto so I did that the second half of the year. It was a keto/Whole30 hybrid and also made me feel great. However, I started getting depressed in December and began shoveling unhealthy food in my mouth because it made me feel better. Then I started feeling bad so I ate more bad food. I knew what the bad food was doing to me but couldn't stop and my depression got worse. I started on an anti-depressant at the beginning of January
    6 points
  3. We're (Hubs and me) are starting W30 #4 on January 1. Can not wait to get going again. We're spending this week using up food we don't want to waste but also increasing our compliance each day so it's not such a shock to the system. Welcome newbies! I hope you enjoy this challenge! I look forward to reading your posts.
    5 points
  4. Hello forum! I’ve done this twice before but privately. The quarantine and work from home has Turned my brain and body into battlefield- everyday I say today’s the day I stop with the junk and over eating. And then ... tomorrow. Today was one of those days. All went well til late night cookies and crackers. So this time I’m reaching out to community. I’ll wake up August 5th and start this. I’m a pescatarian so some limitations. But I can do it! Did some prep work already and have all my old hacks - lots of hard boiled eggs, bags of fresh and frozen veggies, canned fish, nuts, etc. I’m r
    5 points
  5. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 13: 8/8/20 – Enjoying being sober. How about that?
    5 points
  6. So, I have an unhealthy obsession with my weight. I lost 22 pounds my first round, 12 my second, and about 6 this third one (weighed in this morning, which is my Day 31!). 1) I basically did them consecutively over the past few months. 2) I probably had more to lose at first and the novelty has worn off. 3) I probably under-ate my first round and have progressively incorporated more carbs/fats/variety into my Whole30 diet. So I only lost 6 pounds, BUT I have so many NSVs... Most of them are related to mental health improvements - I have been diagnosed as bipolar and b
    5 points
  7. I'm starting a new Whole 30 after spending most of these few months of self-isolation eating like a 4th grader whose parents are out of town. During self-isolation, I have also done a number on my knee (too much anxiety-walking, I think). Probably just a little patellar tendonitis. The inflammation is pretty bad. I want my knee back. Back away from the Chips Ahoy, Contessa. My sleep has also been kind of dodgy, and I just feel/look more sluggish than I'd like. Grocery shopping yesterday, I was delighted by the number of great products on the shelf that are Whole 30. Thank you, Sir Ke
    5 points
  8. Hi Everyone! I'm Patrick and I'm starting the Whole30 tomorrow (Monday, June 1st 2020) with my mom. I have been back and forth with my health for a few years now. While I have been relatively health-conscious, I haven't achieved a sustainably healthy lifestyle that allows me to maintain my goals long-term. This is definitely a time of transition in my life: I am currently living at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, after which I will be relocating to LA for work. I was also recently in an accident that broke my collarbone that I am still recovering from. Since there's a lot of
    5 points
  9. Food journal for 6/5/20: Breakfast: 2 eggs + spinach + ground turkey Lunch: diced sweet potato and white potato + broccoli + ground turkey with Garlic Everything sauce Snack: ~3 oz cashewmilk "yogurt"; 3-4 pieces "Crunchies" fruit snacks. The Crunchies are probably not a good idea even though they are literally just freeze-dried strawberries, blueberries, and bananas with no additives. They taste quite sweet after a few days away from my packaged cookies. I have not eaten many crunchy foods this week, and I miss them. The crunch, man. We homo sapiens really love the crunch.
    5 points
  10. Food journal from 6/1/20: Breakfast: 2 egg scrambled in olive oil, coffee with cashew milk Lunch: Roasted chicken + mashed cauliflower + steamed broccoli with Primal Kitchen teriyaki sauce Dinner: Spaghetti squash + meatballs + spaghetti sauce I actually started my food revolution on 5/30/20, so it's been a few days. Right on time, a mild headache is brewing. It's like my body is crying out for potato chips and M&Ms. Fortunately, before all this happened, I tossed all the primo junk food into the garbage. Yep, I tossed the name brand stuff. The potato chips that cost $4
    5 points
  11. kirbz

    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    ROUND 5 RESULTS Alright, well, I'm officially done with my Whole30 so I thought I would log my scale- and non-scale victories! I'm also planning to continue for another month, so I've added measurements, which I will compare in another 30 days. I lost more weight than I thought this round, but it felt a lot harder to see and feel the difference. Probably because it's less easy to notice weight loss when you only wear sweats! LOL. Much easier to notice when you're actually wearing real clothing, like business pants! I still continue to be disappointed that I don't have more energy b
    5 points
  12. Day 12, Sunday January 17, 2021 M1: l/o spaghetti squash; kale; onion; l/o south-west pork; egg; salsa M2: l/o potatoes & onions fried in ghee, green beans, 1/4 bratwurst, walnuts and raisins M3: veggie confetti cauli-rice with sauteed chicken strips M1 was uninteresting except that I felt pleased to be using up healthy leftovers rather than throwing them out. I took solace in knowing that my next meal was not far off and would taste better. I'm wondering how I ever came to think that every meal must be a gastronomical feast fit for royalty. My stomach was feel
    4 points
  13. Great day yesterday, energy is good. I've discovered Valtoren, the wonder cream for arthritis pain and it, along with the diet changes, have really made a difference in my knees. Everything seems to be moving in the right direction. I slept well again last night. Day 11 M1-eggs and compliant bacon M2-grilled chicken, zucchini, onions, and peppers M3-grilled whitefish and broccoli, maybe some white potatoes fried in ghee.
    4 points
  14. October 28th-I made a series of bad choices because of poor planning and ended up giving up for 5 straight days. I've already been noncompliant for my first meal today, but I'm restarting today. My pain levels are so clearly tied to what I eat, but it takes a few days for impact to kick in. Wouldn't it be so much easier if as soon as I ate something inflammatory, my pain shot through the roof? Almost like eating bad seafood and having a reaction within just a few hours? But it's not like that, it takes a few days. I know this. My desire to have pain controlled has to be stronger than m
    4 points
  15. 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
    4 points
  16. Tevenie

    Tevenie's Whole30 Diary

    Thank you, I feel all full of early autumnal, crisp early morning air enthusiasm. I am not sure if that is a thing, but I feel it anyway. I have just signed up for 30 days of 15 mins a day of Pilates too. So lots of menu planning and getting ready this weekend. I am excited to feel well again. I intend to make sure I go into next year healthy and happy. Looking forward to chatting with you all again. x
    4 points
  17. Feeling listless on a Friday night. I made plans to enjoy a breezy patio dinner at a restaurant with my fella tonight, but in the end we canceled the reservations out of COVID concerns. Infection rates in our area seem to be really high, and I am not sure I can handle two hours in public without a mask on, even if it's outdoors. "Your 'Surge Capacity' is Depleted — It's Why You Feel Awful" This essay has been making the rounds in my social media circles, including a repost from W30's Melissa Urban. It resonates with me. I continue to find help in hearing (reading) other people's refl
    4 points
  18. Day 14: 8/9/20 -- I just don't have much to say at this point. Whole 30 works, it just makes sense, and it's not anything new to me. I feel a lot better and I can't really believe where I was a couple of weeks ago. I've reduced my stress considerably by not signing up for any nursing shifts for over a week now. That helps!
    4 points
  19. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 11: 8/6/20 – Compliant. Not amazing ... but productive.
    4 points
  20. Day 7 yesterday: 8/2/20 -- I don't have anything to say about yesterday. It was compliant & fine. Today I found out some news that I might want to bury in a bottle of wine tonight. But guess what? That news will still be there tomorrow. And the next day. And the next. Forever. So I won't.
    4 points
  21. I am a 46 year old female in good health. No hypertension, diabetes, good weight (I'd like to lose a few more, but you know...), etc... I'm a pretty healthy person EXCEPT for this addiction to sugar which I have and love. Complicate that with the fact that I LOVE to bake. I must be in menopause as I have not had a visit from Aunt Flo since October. Aunt Flo has not stopped by since then, but Cousin lb has been coming consistently since then. Then comes the corona-work-from-home situation and that stress. I went for a physical on 4/30/20. This was my Lipid panel Total Cholestero
    4 points
  22. Those of you who are following this tale will be relieved to hear that we are still going strong! Today is Day 5. I won't bore you with a 5-day long list of all the meals (not that that information is boring! but for anyone who is interested, you can turn to page 196 in The Whole30 book because these total newbies are sticking to the seven-day plan that someone else put together for the first week, because anything else was too daunting!). Also, I have the Whole30 Journal and am documenting all meals, snacks and drinks in there. I'll definitely log the highlights in the weeks to come, though!
    4 points
  23. Hi everyone! A coworker of mine mentioned a few weeks ago that she had just finished the Whole 30 and was feeling really good. Out of curiosity and a need for change I was reading through different diets and decided to look into it. I was very happy to see that it wasnt a weight loss diet focused thing but a feel good and get healthy kind of thing. I suffer from inflammatory arthritis (similar to RA) and a fibro mix. I have a myriad of other health issues and among other things I am a BIG girl So Im confident that any change in my diet will be extremely beneficial on all fronts. Beca
    4 points
  24. Food journal for 6/19/20: Breakfast: Brussels sprouts + meatballs + butternut squash + sauce; a little Forager cashewmilk kefir Lunch: Last serving of leftover salmon cakes + diced red potato + sauce Dinner: Oh my goodness, surprise California rolls with my boyfriend on the patio of a restaurant. Yes, this was an infraction of my Whole 30. This was not a compliant meal (rice + soy sauce). However, I went with "food freedom" in the moment. Because rice and soy sauce are not trigger foods for me, and because sitting on a patio with my man was such a luscious break from the difficu
    4 points
  25. Food journal for 6/12/20: Breakfast: This was a grumpy breakfast smoothie of spinach, blueberries, cashewmilk, etc. Lunch: Spaghetti squash + ground turkey + brussels sprouts + broccoli + sauce Dinner: Melissa Joulwan's Cuban Meatballs + mashed potatoes + broccoli Woke up this morning feeling like straight-up trash. I don't think this is a Whole30 or carb flu thing..... probably more about not having been to my chiropractor since before COVID tranformed us all into shut-ins. I think my gimpy knee is affecting my gait; my lopsided gait is influencing my lower back, and my lo
    4 points
  26. Meal 1: Thai Green Curry tuna patties with steamed broccolini and spicy mayo Meal 2: OMG, I went to the supermarket and they had this amazing standing rib roast on clearance, so cheap! So I snapped it up, with rub it, sear it, then oven it til it's medium and serve it with roasted veggie medley and brown onion and peppercorn gravy! Edit: I just went to put the last tuna patty away (ok, in my mouth. I went to put it in my mouth) and one of the cats has had a go at it. Joke's on them, there was a LOT of curry paste in those patties! Suckers!
    4 points
  27. Food journal for 6/11/20: Breakfast: Spaghetti squash + shredded chicken + brussels sprouts + sauce + 1 egg Lunch: Mashed potatoes + ground turkey + sauteed spinach + sauce; one baby food pouch of apple, sweet potato, coconut milk, blueberry, etc. Dinner: Sauteed shrimp + cauliflower rice + steamed broccoli + sauce with cashewmilk yogurt Today was a very frustrating day at work, and the first time in this W30 that I have felt like face-planting riiiiiiight into a bucket of ice cream. I am not sure what I would have done today if it weren't for this reset. Doing a W30 i
    4 points
  28. Day 30!!! This was by far the easiest round. I credit that to not even having the opportunity to eat out, having ALL the time in the world to prep and cook and shop, and having no outside pressures at all. Here's hoping that as that stuff begins to creep back in, it stays easy I downloaded FFF yesterday and have started it - @ShadowInTheKitchen I hear you with reading at night LOL, I'm 2 pages and out like a light!! I forgot to eat meal 1 today, only realised after 3:30 when I was out walking the dog. Had a mini-meal when I got home of a bit of cauli/brocc rice and a bit of chicken t
    4 points
  29. kirbz

    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    Thank you! I just don't think "I want to lose weight" is enough. I think you need a soul calling to really change. And for me, that isn't caring about the way I look. It's caring about how I want to be able to interact with the world around me.
    4 points
  30. Food journal for 6/8/20: Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs + kale + 1 piece bacon; black coffee. I really can't remember the last time I consumed black coffee. I neither loved nor hated it. Pre-Whole30 coffee for me was not a daily experience, but when I had it, it was a big, sumptuous affair with lots of frothed milk and sugar. Black coffee is a different animal entirely. Lunch: Power-eating in the precious, 6-minute window between meetings about my company re-org. Broccoli, spaghetti squash, sweet potato, roasted chicken + Garlic Everything sauce. A splash of cashewmilk yogurt. Dinn
    4 points
  31. I did everything on my checklist yesterday. I even took the dog for a walk a little earlier than I had planned, then read for a while, did yoga, and made dinner (leftover grilled chicken and the rest of that risotto). I also had a glass of wine with my dinner, though no vegetables. I was feeling really good about myself and then I saw the bag of Twizzlers - "I'm not on Whole 30 yet, I can eat these." So I did. And then later, three dinner rolls with butter. I wasn't even hungry. It was me thinking that I'm about to move away from these foods, I won't be able to have them anymore, I can
    4 points
  32. Good morning! Day... 18? The last couple of nights I have struggled to get to sleep due to to twitchy legs. It's been really weird. It's like there's this twitch in my lower back that makes my legs feel weird and I just want to keep moving them. I hope it goes away. So last night I actually did a workout. Exercise is supposed to make you release happy endorphins, right? This one just made me maaaaaaaad. No reason, just like epic PMS cranky. It passed, eventually, but I was a bit of a sook for the rest of the night. But, I've decided to make the effort to go back to Taekwondo. I
    4 points
  33. @SchrodingersCat i want to come To the dinner and I am requesting grilled Kangaroo.
    4 points
  34. Sav Millz

    Day 19

    Hey friends, Its day 19 here, somehow I have managed to make it to this point. I survived camping, brunches, cakes, desserts, and watching my coworkers eat cheese right in front of me. I never thought I could ever turn down food, let alone not wanting to indulge or partake in the food around me. It was extremely hard at first, and the first week I felt really terrible. I've had some bad cravings, but I have not given in to them and Ive been reading the Whole 30 day by day book and thats been helping a lot. There have been a few days that I have snacks, and take naps. There have been days
    4 points
  35. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 31: 5/14/20 Weighed in today ~ same conditions: 126.4 lbs That's 4.8 lbs in 30 days ~ and 3.7% of my weight = gone.
    4 points
  36. In a pop tart the cinnamon would probably be the only thing that was compliant...
    4 points
  37. AllyB

    March 1 Start Date!

    Hi Everyone, Hubby and I are starting our second whole30 tomorrow (March 2nd). We did one in the beginning of 2014. We loved the results and have changed a lot of our habits since then. However, some joint issues still linger, so we are going to try another one to see if it helps. The first whole 30 we did was 'hard' for me because I was a big sugar addict. It took almost two weeks in the whole 30 until I started feeling better. I had a dull headache, felt lousy and had tons of cravings. By the end of the month, giving up that sugar made such a big difference in my energy leve
    4 points
  38. Man. Grinding away over here. I wish my cravings were not as gnarly as they are, here on Day 19. I've really been honoring the program. Usually my cravings have been crippled by this point. And okay, watching Gilmore Girls this month has probably not helped my situation. That show is a serious junk food extravaganza. The pizzas! The Chinese take-out! The platters of burgers and fries at Luke's Diner! I hold Lorelai personally responsible for these cravings. Food journal for 1/17/21, day 19: Breakfast: 2 eggs fried in the coconut curry sauce from yesterday Lunch: coconut chicken
    3 points
  39. @LadyWolf0926 I'm sure there was a recipe at some point, but I've been making it for years and have created my own way. I whisk together one can of pumpkin, about 1/2 can coconut milk, 6-8 eggs (depends on what I have left in a carton), cinnamon, and nutmeg. I grease a 9x9 pan with avocado oil spray dump the mixture in, top with pecans if I have them and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until it's no longer jiggly in the middle. I think the original recipe called for separating the eggs and whipping the whites to make it truly a souffle, but I like it just fine wit
    3 points
  40. 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
    3 points
  41. Day 1 Hi.. wish me luck to keep up these posts. Today is day 1. I've done several Whole30's in the past, I would guess 3 successfully, maybe 4. I love the structure. I love the black and white. I need that. I need an easy no. Food Freedom sounds amazing, but I still struggle and each Whole30 helps me understand my strengths and weaknesses better. I'm mostly back at this because I want to be in control again. Whole30's give me control. I decided I was going to start this round when I ran out of my meal prepped breakfasts that had cheese in them. They ran out yesterday and
    3 points
  42. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 1: 9/25/20 --
    3 points
  43. Day 9 is proving to be tough. Late meeting yesterday meant 10:00 p.m. arrival at home and no time with husband before showering and heading to bed. Early return to work for conference calls and after getting through an interview for a podcast, more emails, a nervous call from a client that needed reassurance and the day ending with uncharacteristic sunshine instead of the constant deluge of rain, I want a glass of wine outside somewhere. Why? Well, I feel kind of special being on the podcast. It was on leadership and they wanted me as their first guest (don't get excited, it's something
    3 points
  44. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    If you would have told me a couple on months ago that I would be sitting here ready to write this post - I don't think I would have believed it. But here goes: Alcohol has played a big part in my life since MIL came to live with us. It started by buying some of those little cans of hard seltzer - low-carb sparkling water with alcohol - on our trip to go get her. My husband and I went on that trip alone - and it just seemed like a relaxing "vacation" thing to do at the time. That one moment set in motion an addiction - and I have had alcohol almost every evening since. I figured o
    3 points
  45. Yes it feels like my life and especially my body are my laboratory, and I need to keep good notes for this ongoing experiment. The upside of the 'downfall that was the weekend' is that I learned what too much sugar does to me. I went into the weekend feeling totally prepared to keep the sugar intake low, then I tested my hypothesis with success at first, but it was no match for the dragon within! Ha, I thought I learned to have control, but 40 days wasn't enough time when the stressors added up. I re-read some of my posts and I've come a long way, but having spent the better part of a
    3 points
  46. Post Whole30 Day 9, Friday June 19 M1: sweet potato hash with onions, celery and kale, 2 eggs over easy, fried in olive oil, a bit of pineapple M2: fries from a fry stand M3: 1/2 homemade wheat dinner roll, green salad with romaine, spinach and lettuce from my garden & green goddess dressing, bbq roasted potatoes and onions in olive oil, tenderloin steak, bbq'd pineapple rings, 1 small glass cab merlot wine, small cup vanilla ice cream, cupcake NSV: I felt totally in control of all of my off-plan choices today. M2 and M3 were birthday meals. My sister and two nieces i
    3 points
  47. MadyVanilla

    Take Advantage

    Last night, I combined the BBQ chicken with a sweet potato and ghee. OMG-heaven! I have some leftover for lunch today. I didn't do much of anything yesterday afternoon-no nap, no yoga. I scrolled through social media, looked for some recipes, started my grocery list, ate dinner, and went to bed to watch a movie. It was good to do low-key without guilt. I feel better today, and I think that's why. Day 7 - One week in! Yay! Energy-5, pain-0 when walking, Mood-6. The dog woke me up this morning. When I got downstairs, the only shoes I had were flip-flops, so that sealed the
    3 points
  48. So my A1C came back at 4.9 along with my perfect cholesterol (both good and bad). YAY!!
    3 points
  49. OK, so I just need to flag this, because it is a big deal for me - I'm a rule follower and an all or nothing type of person and I find it difficult to adapt when someone moves the goalposts, so I'm just going to acknowledge that.... I'm putting peas in the turkey pot pie tonight. I have a weird mental relationship with peas. Weight Watchers always counted the 'points' of them when all veggies were free, and that led me to thinking peas were 'bad'. Then W30 banned them, so I kept avoiding them, even thought I love them. Now they're ok on W30, as I believe they should be, but my little pea
    3 points