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    50andstillhere reacted to MightyBee in Starting Tomorrow!   
    Hello Everyone!  I wanted to share some things I learned while doing Whole 30 that might help you.  First, I have never made it all the way through the Whole 30 which is why I am starting tomorrow!  Yes, it's a Wednesday and it's in the middle of the week but for some reason this really works for me probably because it helps me get through the first weekend.  This time, I am going to make it all the way through.  In fact, I'm going to do what I am calling Whole 30 For Life.  Here's what I discovered when I did Whole 30 for 3 weeks.  I felt AMAZING!  Seriously, I felt like I was 20 years old again.  It's the best I have felt in years.  My blood pressure completely normalized.  My cravings vanished and my appetite normalized.  I had amazing energy and I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after the first 8 days.  My fog-brain absolutely disappeared.  My stomach was flatter.  I wasn't bloated at all and I could breathe so much better.  I was sleeping much much better.  I laughed more even!  Then, I decided to go off of it to see how I would feel if I went back to my old habits.  You can probably guess.  I felt like absolute CRAP.  I was sluggish, tired, fuzzy-headed.  It was downright awful.  And it made me realize that I never ever want to go back to those bad habits.  This is what Whole 30 did for me - it showed me how great I could feel and all the incredible benefits.  So tomorrow my new Healthy Life begins and I am so excited about feeling great again!  If you are having any doubts about doing Whole 30...don't worry!!  It is a little bit scary at first but once you get used to it, your body will start to do some amazing things!  I do use the Whole 30 Day by Day journal which really helped me to stay on track and it acted as a reminder of why I'm doing this.  And cooking out of the Whole 30 cookbooks is so much fun.  Knowing that I'm making healthy meals ALL THE TIME.  Good luck to you on your journey.  IT's SO worth it!!
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    50andstillhere got a reaction from Nbalentine in Terrified of weighing on Day 30!   
    Because you really want to step on the scale and see if you lost weight, tell yourself that if you don’t see the number you want , that inches lost, feeling better are more important. Remember - your happiness isn’t based in a number you see in the scale. 
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    50andstillhere reacted to Saiee in February 1st?   
    I found these and thought of spreading almond butter on them and having them in the morning with poached eggs. Are they compliant? It is just sliced sweet potatoes that are roasted. Or is that considered bread?

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    50andstillhere got a reaction from becs in January 1st Start Date!   
    Well hello everyone and today it is Feb. 1. I am going to continue with a modified version of Whole30 but I will definitely do this reintroduction properly. I, of course, had to weigh myself and measure my waist. So I did lose some inches, which is great, now is the time to rely on working out so I can get toned up.  I don’t want to lose anymore weight so I have the added bonus of just eating til I am full. With that being said, the thing I really learned is that nightshade veggies affect me and rotating food is so important.  I think that for me it is unrealistic to think that I will never have a white potato again or eggplant or even tomatoes for the rest of my life. I will have to figure out just how often I can safely eat those wonderful veggies.  Good luck to everyone! I really enjoyed reading everyone’s posts and it really helped me to stay on course.
     
    Cheers to everyone around the world!!
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    50andstillhere reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    @Lorna from Canadait must be hard with no fresh produce. We are lucky in Britain that we have it in abundance all year round (although it is imported a lot) - and it is expensive, especially in comparison to junk food. Can you have canned veg in W30? I guess if it’s compliant? Or frozen too if that’s available for you? I think 50 a week is both challenging but attainable. 7 a day. It makes me think a bit harder about what I have on my plate. 
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    50andstillhere got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    @Rebecca001- I love the British slang! (Rubbish, boilers, bung) I live in the Midwest and I don’t mind the snow. I am have been walking outside but it is too icy to run on the streets right now.  I am going to weigh myself and measure my waist on the 31st. I am going to extend this for another 2 weeks because I had a horrible reaction to spaghetti sauce- and I am Italian!! (Gassy, bathroom issues, etc.) So because I have arthritis, I have decided to elimInate  white potatoes because, I have been eating them  a lot during this whole30.
     
    Like @Becs and @Lorna, I too am a food snob, but I love going to restaurants just to get out of the house and have fun with friends. (I try to order the healthiest item, but that can be hard.)
    Good luck Becs- you don’t need to eat chips to handle stress because you have different ways to cope.
    Hopefully I will read your posts on the“ reintroduction Threads” because they are very inspiring.
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    50andstillhere got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    @Rebecca001- I love the British slang! (Rubbish, boilers, bung) I live in the Midwest and I don’t mind the snow. I am have been walking outside but it is too icy to run on the streets right now.  I am going to weigh myself and measure my waist on the 31st. I am going to extend this for another 2 weeks because I had a horrible reaction to spaghetti sauce- and I am Italian!! (Gassy, bathroom issues, etc.) So because I have arthritis, I have decided to elimInate  white potatoes because, I have been eating them  a lot during this whole30.
     
    Like @Becs and @Lorna, I too am a food snob, but I love going to restaurants just to get out of the house and have fun with friends. (I try to order the healthiest item, but that can be hard.)
    Good luck Becs- you don’t need to eat chips to handle stress because you have different ways to cope.
    Hopefully I will read your posts on the“ reintroduction Threads” because they are very inspiring.
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    50andstillhere reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    We very rarely eat out, mostly due to having three children and lockdown! They will get a delivery/takeout occasionally but I very rarely join them (or haven’t since July at least). It’s so far removed from our lovely clean diet that it just wouldn’t be a treat for me although it would be a treat if James cooked occasionally as he never does (well, freezer food for the kids or bacon sandwiches type meals) 
    I was thinking about it today; there is nothing really I miss. Except wine. I even switched to black coffee this time and don’t even miss my nut milk latte.  I miss convenient food (not convenience) - but easy food. It would be so nice to grab a box from the freezer and bung it in the oven for 25 mins, not have to chop and dice and season.... But I know it does get easier so I’m not worried about that too much. I miss my bathroom scales (which makes me feel sad and embarrassed to admit but I have a lifelong love/hate relationship with them). 
    I feel so much better not having nuts that I am going to continue without them for a few more weeks. I had a chicken curry tonight with pineapple and yellow split peas (recipe said lentils) and the resulting stomach cramp and bloating means they are also off the menu for the foreseeable. 
     
    finished week 4, realistically it’s going to be another week til it’s over for me as it will be next Friday til I have a drink (so w35). I ran 8.5miles today, making a total of 100miles this month which is testament really to how healthy and energised I feel and I want to keep it up as long as I can now. 
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    50andstillhere got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    Saiee- you can also bring beef jerky or son to you feel up on some protein. Don’t waive you’ve got this! I hope all goes well with your lab work and test results. 
     
    I met with my nutritionist and she recommended that I continue whole30 longer. So I will do this for sure, until Feb 13th. I have too much inflammation still in my hands.   is everyone goes to the maintenance thread I will probably go there as well since I like all of our positive yet real posts. Is anyone else doing an extension? 
    ps- I am totally bored with my cooking!!
    pss- I will drink some vino on Valentines Day!
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    50andstillhere reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    @50andstillherei think I’ll be carrying on with the food side, not reintroducing anything really yet (except a glass of wine!) but maybe allowing a bit more freedom with compliant ingredients (eg. Occasional baked items or crisps if they are 100% compliant ingredients). I don’t really want anything else right now. 
    food boredom is a big danger zone I think- have you searched Pinterest or similar for meal plans? I found a really good w30 endorsed recipes page on Facebook too, and use that a lot. 
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    50andstillhere reacted to SugarcubeOD in January 1st Start Date!   
    Definitely!  We do encourage the post Whole30 groups to go into the Post whole30 section so that you can freely talk about reintros and off roading without confusing newbies or having the mods get all grouchy.  Usually one person makes a thread and then posts the link here - if you want I can do that for you or someone else can go ahead and do it.
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    50andstillhere reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    What is SWYPOS?
    @Lorna from Canada I think I’ll be much the same as you. Day 31 I’m going to weigh myself ( I am always shocked at how dependent I am on the scales of doom, probably a good reason why I shouldn’t- but I’m gonna), and then I will probably have a glass or two of red wine. I’m going to try some soya ‘milk’ products - but it’s very hard to find any with zero sugar,(I think there’s one brand that does one that’s plain soy milk yogurt and nothing else) just to see if I can tolerate that, and then I am going to continue another month. Whilst I do quite fancy a drink after this godawful month, I also don’t want to resume drinking every Friday and Saturday. 
     
    I also have an odd (moral) dilemma- obviously W30 ends at the end of day 30 (so next Saturday at 23.59) however January itself ends Sunday 31st. Now, in uk we have this Dry January thing which means no alcohol for the whole of jan, which is what I’ve told everyone we’re doing (because I get enough raised eyebrows with that so imagine the looks of I said I wasn’t eating cake either!) So technically if I drink after my w30, that’s not actually dry January. But 31st is a Sunday- we don’t really drink in the working week, which means I’d end up doing til feb 5th..... oh dilemmas, dilemmas.... 
    anyway, Sunday today. We are forecast snow today, all day, so I plan to get out for my run as early as feasible to avoid treacherous pavements. I’m having roast ham for dinner, will do all my prep for the week (this week I’m doing salads, seasoned chicken, and some lamb kofta meatballs)- this week I plan to freeze them afterwards in 2s as the family have cottoned on to the fact that my food is quite delicious and keep eating it! 
     
    have a great day- final week! We’ve got this! 
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    50andstillhere reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    Well that’s day 22 done (almost) and I cannot tell you how glad I am to see the back of this week. I won’t lie, I have found it really tough; I’ve had glimmers of light and moments of energy but this week has been a real test. However, and this is the biggest thing for me: eating rubbish food and drinking wine would have made it worse not better. I 100% know this. 
     
    I’m a firm believer that a good day is never wasted, and Ok tonight I feel utterly exhausted and I am going to eat a massive dinner that’s as close to junk food as I can muster, but my discipline this week will pay off next week when I feel better. 
     
    I’m going to write my shopping list and menu for the week ahead now, and just get my head back in the game. Next week I’m going to really focus on my behaviours not really the food: 3 meals, no snacks, no/less fruit, and no nut butter because ye gods that stuff is like crack cocaine. What do they put in it??? (Nuts, obvs!) - danger food! But as I said earlier, I’m not going to punish myself for getting through this week this way- it’s all ok food, it’s good nutrition and next week (from tomorrow) will be better. 

    hope you all have a brilliant weekend. 
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    50andstillhere reacted to Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    Does it count that one of my baggy sweatshirts is slightly more baggy? LOL
    We decided to give its contents to our building's concierge team. We opened it to make sure there wasn't personal info inside and, just like you said Sugar ...
    ... but it actually made them easier to resist. There was so much competing, unnatural scent that I turned my nose up and walked away. So, crisis averted. I didn't even sneak out the gorgeous little packet of glossy licorice allsorts for a post W30 'treat' - that's a major win - I adore LAs above all other candy!
    At this point in every W30 I've done I start with the "I'm eating too much fruit and not enough veg" schtick in my head. I'm eating too much fruit and enough veg and it's okay. I haven't been able to get it down to 2 pieces per day ever in my life. I don't have a huge sugar dragon - my food crutch is salty/savory - and I don't think I'm messing with him but I am realizing that this is a battle. SO, tomorrow I am committing to just 2 pieces of planned fruit. That's it. 
    Wish me luck!
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    50andstillhere reacted to Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    Me tooo - I'm really, really wanting candy which is the LAST thing I need. It doesn't help that there is a big delivery box filled with candy sitting on my kitchen counter. We didn't open it - it's a Christmas gift from one of Hubs's vendors and it's taken its sweet time (oh, forgive that terrible pun!) getting here from the exquisite candy store from which it was ordered. Both of us know that opening the box would be very, very dangerous. So, there it sits. sigh* 
    Initially doing this 4th W30 felt like a great structure to get though a crappy, covid impacted winter and, it really has been. But, one of the things that I find very difficult about covid and our seemingly perpetual lockdown state is the repetitious, boring sameness of every single day. Now, after 20 days, this also feels like boring repetition. So it has been tough, 
    I'm coping by focussing on the amazing NSVs - the quality sleep is brilliant. The overall reduction in anxiety is brilliant. THe feeling like I'm in better control is also brilliant. And the more comfortable clothes are brilliant. That box of candy can't derail me
    2/3 - we're doing great!
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    50andstillhere reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I’ve had a good day today and it’s now 6pm and I feel bouncy still! Maybe this is the feint growling of the tiger??? 
     
    really nice food today; I’d half made coleslaw last night, made the mayo this morning and added tahini and lemon for a sort of hummus-y type mixed up salad, with shredded chicken, avocado chunks and flaked almonds. I took a little tub with cherry toms, mini cucumber and olives to work but didn’t eat it as I didn’t need it after my big salad! Dinner was parcel sea bass- spinach, toms, sea bass, lemon oil, all baked in foil, then opened up the foil and used almonds, seasoning and herbs to make a crust- oh my, it was soooo tasty, partly because I was so hungry. Had another spoonful of my slaw, and some cooked veg, and boiled new potatoes. It felt really fresh and healthy! I have some leftover potato now to mix with mayo for a potato salad tomorrow. 
     
    I haven’t run today because I did so far yesterday, but even though last night my legs were aching, this morning I wasn’t stiff at all; I also expected it worse as I thought I’d be retaining some water as it’s TOTM due tomorrow, but none at all. So a good semi-NSV! 
     
     
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    50andstillhere reacted to christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I would say you need to eat, and probably more fat, you shouldn’t be hungry. Your body will naturally adjust. My lunches are probably half the size from my first week. It’s hard not to worry about the calories in an entire avocado, but in the beginning days I just eat, the cravings are bad enough without having to worry about portions. Do you have the Whole30 book? The chapter called “Your whole30 plate” is helpful. Olives are good to add to salad or on their own too! 
    It’s half-time! Woot woot! Still looking for Tiger Blood.......
     
     
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    50andstillhere reacted to Saiee in January 1st Start Date!   
    I have been doing ok.  Poaching eggs or making scrambled eggs using olive oil, black pepper, and paprika. And ground beef patties with spicy brown mustard.   In the evening usually grilled chicken breast and green beans. 
    Also am doing crockpot soup, diced cabbage, shredded red cabbage, shredded carrots, diced yams (instead of russets), sliced mushrooms, broccoli and cauliflower florets and ground beef then spices. 
    I do have one question, I thought we couldn't have spaghetti or sausage? 
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    50andstillhere reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    @Lorna from Canada funny you say that about anxiety; one of the things I noticed after doing my first W30 was that I didn’t feel anxious driving anymore. I used to get terrible anxiety on fast roads and I’d be gripping the wheel til my knuckles were white, and then one day noticed I just wasn’t doing it anymore. Now I don’t drive anywhere fast due to Lockdown! 
     
    @50andstillhereThe reason I started doing this was because of running. Previously I had done LCHF and lost a fair amount of weight, but as my running increased, I couldn’t sustain it. I would end up bingeing and I felt really down; I was in a spiral of eating/running/eating and I couldn’t run as fast as I could eat! this appealed to me because I could eat if I needed to. It felt like the jigsaw pieces finally slotted together and over the last 6 months I have maintained my lowest ever weight and also got very lean/toned so something must be going right; all without constantly ‘dieting’. Eating real food! Who knew?? 
     
    The thing I find hard is the pre/post snack. I run fairly long distances and often run fasted. The problem is that running makes you hungry (HUNGRY!!!) but not always when you think it will, but it also suppresses appetite in the short time after, so cramming down a tin of fish after running 10 miles was not nice. Plus I run 5x a week, and do 2 quite intense classes- I do not need 14 additional ‘meals’, sometimes 4 on one day!- and I could never quite get it right. The act of Running is surprisingly poor at calorie burning, especially if you are fit because our bodies adapt so well to it; however regular running builds big muscles (glutes, hamstrings, quads- these are huge muscles, the size of a good side of ham!!) and these require a lot of calories just to exist and protein to repair them, just not immediately- more of an ‘afterglow’ effect 
    so what I do now is ‘bank it’ as in I know I need additional food if I’ve run a lot, but not necessarily in that tiny window. I will allow myself a pm snack if I’ve run that day. Or mid afternoon I’ll have something if I ran in the morning. Or sometimes I just feel like the stuffings been knocked out of me and I’ll look back over my miles and my food and think ‘yeah you need to EAT’ and choose something deliciously calorific (almond butter and apple slices? ) and have it. I know that’s not technically the w30 way but it works for me. I think you have to know your own body and your limitations. 
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    50andstillhere reacted to christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    OMG the Sugar Dragon came after me yesterday! Around 6pm until bedtime I wanted to lose my mind! First wanted wine, hard seltzer, anything with booze. Luckily I don’t eat a lot of fruit so I didn’t have anything to attack. Also did a no-no, looked to find a Lara Bar in my stash of protein bars that are off-limits. Fortunately, I didn’t have a compliant one. So I decided to make a cup of tea and looked at the packet of lemon ginger and it said soy lecithin (really?) so I picked another brand of lemon ginger I had and also ate 1/2 can of black olives. Slept well...and cheers to Day 11! Whew! 
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    50andstillhere reacted to Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    As requested - Buffalo wing cauli is super easy (I know this for a fact because Hubs makes it and he is no cook)
    Cauliflower florets - I like them smallish - 2-3 cm/1 in in diameter approximately.
    Drench thoroughly in beaten egg (nothing added)
    Drench again in almond flour seasoned to taste with garlic, onion and chili powder. We have tried other gluten-free flour blends but almond flour is hands down the best for this
    Spritz with avocado oil and get them into an air fryer. Depends on the AF but ours takes about 15-20 minutes at 400F
    Dipping sauce:
    Homemade mayo laced with compliant hot sauce, lemon juice and chopped cilantro to taste (my homemade mayo is just egg and oil - no acid so you ay ot need lemon juice)
    That's it. 
    Oh - and here's a photo to get you motivated (I, like I said, prefer the smaller florets at the back):
     
     

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    50andstillhere got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I really enjoyed everyone’s post and the camaraderie. I think because I am alone in this journey that this forum helps.
     
    I have been feeling sorry for myself because I made some split pea soup and I got soooo gassy and bloated and it just reinforced the need to figure out why this happens with many foods. Also I was on antibiotics 2 times in the past 8 months and I wonder if that really messed up my gut. 
    Like a lot of people I wanted my wine Friday after being back at work full time. I am at one of the few schools that has in person learning, full time.  It can be stressful to say the least. Anyways due to lack of sleep and stress I have a little cold  which annoyed me.  So now I am just going to bed early and relaxing. Hopefully I will feel like getting back on the threadmill soon.  Here’s to a wonderful weekend.
     
     
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    50andstillhere reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I need to look for FFF too, I’ve only read the intro book and ISWF. 
    I’m feeling good today, soooooo glad I didn’t crack last night. Today I ran an absolutely belting 6km in well under 5 mins per km and did loads of jobs round the house.
    Maybe the tiger isn’t roaring yet but I think she’s just starting to purrrrrr ! 
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    50andstillhere reacted to Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    Saturday!! Day 9 - boy, I was missing my wine last night. What a week! Back to work fulltime next week but getting mentally ready after almost 4 weeks off seems harder than the actual work week will be. I did really, really well in taking 10 full days off - when you own your own business, taking time off is almost impossible.
    Aside from the wine whining we're doing okay. I suffer from depression and anxiety and this W30 #4 has, once again, demonstrated that it's mostly diet related. That makes me mad because I want this good feeling forever but this diet still feels restrictive so I really have to think about where I am going with this next. Just at the end of my W30 #3 my mom was diagnosed with a brain tumour and I went from health to full on stress/distress for 9 solid months followed by an overwhelming grief for 4 months then %^&$! covid... so, this time, (fingers crossed) I will have a chance to decide what to do with what I know I need to be doing.
    In the meantime, day 9. It's sunny. Life is good.
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    50andstillhere got a reaction from Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    BTW- I like to weigh myself everyday so it is hard not to step on that scale! That being said I can’t wait to see if I lost inches in my waist - I am assuming yes because I can already wear pants that were too tight before.