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    CoffeeBean reacted to shodack in Awaiting that tiger blood...   
    Thank you all for the replies! 
    Today is day 16 for us, and I noticed my energy level stayed level all day, rather than feeling my usual exhausted, overwhelmed feeling at the end of work, when I come home and have to cook, take care of my toddler, clean up the wreck of a house, etc. The energy level isn't bursting like I thought it might be, but this was a really awesome change from the norm!! So I will take it, and run with it! Can't wait to see it grow as the days pass...
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    CoffeeBean reacted to JayNettaBean in New   
    Thanks so much for the advice and the encouragement.  I will definitely plan ahead and stay fully stocked on the prep stuff. I'm really excited! I finally picked a start date. Oct. 13th. I'm ready! 
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    CoffeeBean got a reaction from JayNettaBean in New   
    You'll hear this a lot: prepping is critical.  I have several large mason jars I've been living out of since I started this.  Filled with zucchini, butternut squash, riced cauliflower, compliant mayo, salsa verde, curried chicken, (peeled) hardboiled eggs, etc.  By making big batches in advance, it was always easy to spoon out a meal template when the time came.
    Also, what really helped me at the beginning (I was going solo in a household of ice cream and take-out regulars) was my self talk.  "_______ will always be available.  For the next 30 days, I'm simply choosing to not have it."  Time has its way of slowly speeding by; before you know it you'll be on day 31.  What really planted a smile on my face was that by day 31(+), I didn't care for the things I had been "simply choosing to not have."
    I completed my first round on Oct. 1st.  Made it through 2 birthdays (one was my sister's) without alcohol or sweets, and it wasn't the end of the world.  If anything, it bordered on empowering .  
    Hope you dive in and enjoy the ride!  Don't be surprised if it turns out to be a lifestyle changer tho  I didn't expect or ask for it, but am satisfied with the new trail.
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    CoffeeBean got a reaction from JayNettaBean in New   
    You'll hear this a lot: prepping is critical.  I have several large mason jars I've been living out of since I started this.  Filled with zucchini, butternut squash, riced cauliflower, compliant mayo, salsa verde, curried chicken, (peeled) hardboiled eggs, etc.  By making big batches in advance, it was always easy to spoon out a meal template when the time came.
    Also, what really helped me at the beginning (I was going solo in a household of ice cream and take-out regulars) was my self talk.  "_______ will always be available.  For the next 30 days, I'm simply choosing to not have it."  Time has its way of slowly speeding by; before you know it you'll be on day 31.  What really planted a smile on my face was that by day 31(+), I didn't care for the things I had been "simply choosing to not have."
    I completed my first round on Oct. 1st.  Made it through 2 birthdays (one was my sister's) without alcohol or sweets, and it wasn't the end of the world.  If anything, it bordered on empowering .  
    Hope you dive in and enjoy the ride!  Don't be surprised if it turns out to be a lifestyle changer tho  I didn't expect or ask for it, but am satisfied with the new trail.
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    CoffeeBean got a reaction from ladyshanny in I'm at a loss (or lack thereof) ...   
    My knowledge is limited but I have seen the difference strength training has made for several people in my life (as well as for myself).  There are plenty of free programs available online to get started (even ones developed strictly for women).  Perhaps peppering in some bodyweight or core routines throughout the week could help?  It takes about 4 weeks to see the results, so you've gotta stick with it a hot minute.  Just a suggestion...
    Wish you well!
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    CoffeeBean reacted to Chante710 in 55 and feelin' Alive!   
    Whole30 almost done, Wow, what a Journey! People don't usually believe me when I tell them I am 55 because I have tried to watch what I eat and exercised regularly for a long time. However, I was not happy as I looked in the mirror and I also had gut problems and could not figure out why, I was vegan for goodness sake! Enter the Military Diet. I wanted to lose that last 5-7 stubborn lbs. before my birthday July 10 of this year. If you don't know what the Military Diet is Google it. It's 3 days of drastic calorie cutbacks with an ice cream reward at the end of each day. You will lose weight! And NO! I do not recommend it, not anymore after my Whole30 has only 1 more day to go! 
    After I dropped the weight in 3 days and returned to eating my regular, moderate vegan diet the weight came right back in 2 days! Yep! I realized it had to be the carbs, because except for the ice cream you eat virtually no carbs. That led me to researching low carb eating, which led me to Paleo and then.....ahhhhhhhh Whole30! I saw it at my local bookstore and then went back and bought it! I decided then and there to start and not delay. I started July 18th. I also read ISWF during my Whole30. 
    During the Whole 30 I felt.....really tired at the beginning. I felt impatient. I felt angry. I felt exhilarated because I love the adventure of cooking and new ways of eating and taking care of my health. I felt anxious about being able to keep up with all the cooking. I felt discouraged because I didn't know how I would tell my family and friends I didn't want to eat at certain restaurants. I felt empowered when I said "No, thanks!" and I really felt all set and that I wasn't missing out. I felt sad because I knew that sugar was not my friend and this journey was proving it. I felt so dang proud of myself because EVERYTHING I was putting in my mouth was whole and wholesome and yummy and healing and delicious! 
    Now that I am finishing I plan to continue. I plan to see my stomach continue to heal. I plan to cook more delicious meals. I plan to snack smartly and watch how much sugar (fruit) I eat and not go for Larabars, etc. (they are NOT my friends). I plan to see my hair continue to look amazing as it thrives on having more good fats and healthy proteins and carbs in my diet instead of the No Oil Plant based diet I was on that was starving my poor hair and skin! I plan to embrace 55 with a new passion. I plan on sharing this way of life (in moderation) with my family and friends. I plan on going to CrossFit one day and I plan on laughing out loud and say a silent thanks to Whole30 when they ask me the question I love to give the answer to...."How Old Did You Say You Were?!?" 
     
     
     
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    CoffeeBean reacted to Karen_Suep in Snacking problem   
    Honestly, eating template meals will help the most. If you're still hungry, tweak them until you get to 4-5 hours between meals. 
    Try to find veggies you like. Eat plenty of protein. Keep the fats up. Get rid of the snacks. When you want to snack, drink water. Or eat protein and fats.
    there are about a bazillion ways to eat veggies. Some are perfect raw. Some are perfect roasted or sauteed or grilled or steamed. Some are amazing pickled or fermented. Some are great in soups. Some you can "fry" and they taste great. Try not limiting yourself on veggies because you didn't like them the way they'd been prepared. My husband used to hate broccoli until he had it with cheese. Then I tried roasting them and the cheese is no longer needed. I can eat about a lb of roasted broccoli. Or cauliflower. Or green beans.  I think I have an issue with roasted veggies  and butternut squash? I used to really not like it until I had a soup with it. It tasted so creamy without dairy and now I crave that soup (it's at a local restaurant and it is compliant but seasonal  ) my point is, keep trying veggies. Sometimes it's not that you dislike the veggie as much as it is the way it's prepared. Badly prepared veggies are sad veggies. And that's often why people won't eat veggies like Brussels sprouts... They had them over cooked or boiled or something and didn't like them so they haven't tried other preparations. Roasted Brussels sprouts are the way to my heart
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    CoffeeBean reacted to skeslack in Day 29 -- Newbies hang in there!   
    It is hard to believe how fast 30 days went by now when the first two weeks seemed to drag.  I felt compelled to write a quick note about my non-scale victories because the last 4-5 days of my Whole30 are when those became abundantly clear.  You really do just have to hang in there until something "clicks" suddenly and the whole thing gets easier, food tastes better, and life is more enjoyable.  Here is my list of NSV's but not in any particular order.
     
    Increased energy that stays CONSISTENT all day!  No more highs and lows with afternoon and eventually no coffee to help me with those late day crashes.  I have consistently high energy all day long. Increased productivity at home because of my better energy level.  I prep, cook, clean, workout, do housework, knit, read, etc, and work over 40 hours per week.  Getting off Facebook has helped me a lot, too, but I think before I quit I was on it a lot because I was so tired at the end of the day, surfing the Internet was the same as sitting in front of a TV all night.  My increased energy level means I'm not eager to sit and veg at the end of my day. Tired and ready for bed earlier than I have been in a long time.  Having more energy to be more productive all day means I'm actually tired and ready for sleep at a decent time.  I haven't gone to bed before 10pm in years and just in the last week or so I've been genuinely tired and ready for sleep by 9:30pm and I honor that need instead of pushing through it. NO cravings for COFFEE!  Zero coffee for 30 days with no headaches and no fatigue.  I haven't gone that long without coffee in 10 years and I feel great!  No need to start drinking it again at all! Sugar cravings are WAY down.  I used to crave gummy candy like crazy because of the candida in my gut.  No more!  I have had zero interest in chocolate this entire month--that is unheard of for me! Loving my time in the kitchen prepping no, cooking, and cleaning.  I think of it now as self-care and meditative time.  It is fun to try to cook new things and I take great pride and joy in my neat, clean kitchen and refrigerator full of good nutritious food. Becoming a better cook!  It is a long-standing joke that my father thinks I can't cook but even he said Im becoming a better cook! NO canker sores!!!  This is like a miracle!  I almost ALWAYS have a canker sore and I just realized today that I have had no ethics entire 30 days.   This week I think my skin is finally turning around.  I have bad adult acne that is worse with my period.  I started the Whole30 on my period and I'm ending on it, but the difference in my skin is like night and day.  When I started I went through a pretty bad detox phase where my face was a terrible mess just after starting the Whole30 on top of the hormones from my period.  This week, I have a couple of blemishes, but nothing like the painful, thick pussy sores of week one. Food. Tastes. Delicious.  Just a snow pea pod or a slice of red bell pepper is like the most delicious sweet treat on the planet.  And avocado?  Better than chocolate!  Olives?  Mmmmm....don't even get me started.  A juicy steak, roasted brussell sprouts, steamed asparagus....the list of deliciousness goes on.  A snow pea pod had never tasted as good as it did two nights ago at my parents house. This change in my taste buds has definitely been in just the last 4 days or so and I love it.  Just the thought of several of my past favorite sweet treats makes me feel a little sick to my stomach, as though I can already tell it would make me sick. I'm thrilled with my NSV's and not really even concerned with the scale at this point.  My clothes fit comfortably, my husband likes how I look, and I feel strong and energetic.  Hang in there newbies.  It really is worth it and the positive things that click in just the last few days are worth the effort!   Thank you Whole30!!!
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    CoffeeBean reacted to Rookie30 in Day 5: Name just 1 thing that's better since starting   
    @CoffeeBean  I love the notion of "I won't" instead of "I can't have"!  It reaffirms that we're making a positive change by nourishing ourselves with real food rather than depriving ourselves of anything.  It's a reminder I really appreciate today (day 8) when I have a stomach ache and all I want to eat is an almond croissant.  Thank you for the pick me up! 
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    CoffeeBean reacted to CDNTraveller in Day 5: Name just 1 thing that's better since starting   
    So, it's the morning of DAY 5. So far I haven't noticed anything significant in terms of cravings, or problems (apart from REALLY having to plan & prepare food, and make time for this, and reading SO many food labels). BUT the awesome Whole 30 Daily Newsletter, which I'm really enjoying, suggested doing this today: "one thing that is significantly better now than it was just five short days ago". 
    And for me the one thing that I notice is that I'm IN CONTROL again. I'm not scoffing down mountains of sugar & carbs and then looking/buying more. It's a great feeling to feel like I'm controlling the food instead of the food controlling me!
    ONWARDS & UPWARDS!
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    CoffeeBean reacted to CarolineA333 in Day 5: Name just 1 thing that's better since starting   
    Good Morning - today starts the official #SeptemberWhole30. I started last week since I was off work - took a stay-cation - so today is really Day 8. I feel really good. Things "inside" are really starting to work properly (didn't want to provide TMI). I made it thru a challenging Sunday at a friend's pool party. Lots of my favorite beer...that was the tough one. But I stayed W30 true. Very proud of me.
    Here is my M1 for today...hash of roasted sweet potatoes (in CCN oil), and sautéed sprouts, onions, and bell peppers in ghee. 2 eggs fried in CCN oil and 2 homemade pork sausages (recipe from Well Fed). It was Yum!
    Good luck to you all!
    Caroline

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    CoffeeBean reacted to brightah24 in Day 5: Name just 1 thing that's better since starting   
    Morning!
    Caroline that breakfast looks delicious. 
    Ele, feeling tired will go away, give it a few days and enjoy your sleep, you will feel so much better. 
    Day 8 and I ran a mile today and Saturday morning. I haven't ran in months!! I have noticed a change in mood, my anxiety is less. This has been a problem since March, not being able to keep it under control and eating in excess bc of it. Not only is it less but I am not using food to manage it. Big NSV for me! 
     
    I hope everyone haa a great Labor day. Good luck to those starting today!
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    CoffeeBean reacted to Fenderbender in Nut Butters   
    Two words..... Don't start...... You'll see why.... Lol