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    becs got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I second the request for the buffalo cauliflower recipe from @Lorna from Canada. I need to up my veg game, as well!
    The Whole30 Day By Day book talks about turning challenges into opportunities. I'm nervous about my weekend in the mountains, mostly because I associate trips up to the cabin with drinking wine on the deck! The opportunity I see is to research and experiment with fun mocktails to replace my beloved wine. Perhaps a splash of juice in a glass of La Croix will make it feel special. Anyone have any favorite W30 mocktail recipes?
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    becs got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    Sounds like we all survived the weekend! Rock on!
    This W30 is zipping along for me, as well. I didn't have any Wine Dragons breathing down my throat this weekend, which was awesome. I have a ton of food prepped and waiting for me in the fridge and freezer, so I'm feeling pretty prepared for the week. My husband and I are going up to the mountains this weekend, and I'm a little nervous about that, but I have enough pre-prepped food to bring with me, so it shouldn't be too difficult. 
    NSVs: Hubby commented on my much-improved mood as of late, which is awesome! Somehow outside validation is so much sweeter than internal validation. I know a lot of it has to do with me getting back into running (exercise ALWAYS improves my mood and keeps depression at bay), but I think the W30 has something to do with it as well. I also feel like my eyelids are a bit less droopy (maybe that one is in my head?), and my clothes are starting to fit better. Now I just need that Tiger Blood to kick in...
    Days 10 and 11 are supposedly the hardest days - looking forward to the downhill slope!
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    becs got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    I hear ya!!! I reverted very quickly early in 2020... I started reading FFF again this week, and forgot that she emphasizes the fact that you WILL revert, and it's all part of the plan/cycle. I have to remember that WHEN I revert again, it's not a failure. It's just a sign that I need to do another reset.
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    becs reacted to christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    Just downloaded FFF... gives me something to do since it’s cold and windy outside! I am still tired though...this too shall pass. I’ll nap later! 
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    becs 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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    becs got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    The only time I can manage to eat "food with no breaks" in moderation is if I'm at some kind of event, like a party or a dinner at someone else's house. I don't want to be that girl in the corner by the food stuffing her face! At home alone, though, I don't have a break pedal, not for salty snacks like chips and crackers. 
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    becs got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I hear ya!!! I reverted very quickly early in 2020... I started reading FFF again this week, and forgot that she emphasizes the fact that you WILL revert, and it's all part of the plan/cycle. I have to remember that WHEN I revert again, it's not a failure. It's just a sign that I need to do another reset.
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    becs got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    Happy Saturday, everyone! I realized this week that being busy is helping to keep the cravings at bay. I had a slower day on Thursday, and suddenly started to think more about snacking. I don't have any plans on the books today, which could be dangerous. I need to make a plan to fill my day with non-food activities. Not sure what that will look like yet.
    Yesterday was not my best day food-wise. I didn't eat lunch until 4:30 pm due to being busy at work (is that even considered lunch anymore?), and realized I was missing a few key ingredients for my planned dinner. I ended up eating a compliant meat stick and large handful of almonds for dinner. I didn't go off-plan, but I could have made better decisions, like cooking the Brussels sprouts and compliant apple sausage in my fridge for dinner. I don't know why I didn't think about it at the time. I guess I was just drained mentally and wanted to eat something with zero effort. Something to think about next time that situation comes up.
    @Lorna from Canada Have you read Food Freedom Forever? That book really helped after my last Whole30, which was my most successful "round" yet. It's like a roadmap to figure out how you want your "forever" diet to look. I highly recommend it.
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    becs got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    Shame that you don't have spaghetti squash! I started using it to go with my meat sauce on my first Whole30, and realized I prefer it to regular noodles. Zucchini noodles are a close second, though.
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    becs got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    Welcome @50andstillhere Reintroduction is a weird no-man's-land, and food burn-out is no fun. Hopefully we can all stick around here for the reintro phase and lend each other support.
    Sounds like everyone's doing great today! I'm still having a hard time falling asleep (which is probably 90% due to work anxiety), but I am sleeping like a baby once I do. I popped out of bed pretty easily this morning at 5:45 am and got out for a beautiful sunrise run with the pup. My three meals are all cooked and ready to go for the day, so I have a feeling today will be a no-brainer. Speaking of which, it's high time I ate breakfast. 
    @Rebecca001 - that potato looks amazing. I had to google Harrista paste. Yum!
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    becs got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I'm getting hungry looking at all these pics! The last two work days have been hard - 11-hour days bouncing around between too many looming deadlines. BUT, I managed three full meals both days, and even carved out 30 minutes last night to cook spaghetti, most of which is going in the freezer. Thank god for meal prep on days like these.
    I find it very strange that I haven't had any real cravings yet. I definitely had them on my other Whole30s, but not so far this time. I keep wondering when they'll show up (not that I'm complaining). My eating habits going into this one included a lot of days where I skipped breakfast and dinner, then binged on junk and booze in the evenings. Maybe the regular meals are making my body so happy that it doesn't have time for carb cravings?
    On to day 6 - hope everyone has a great day!
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    becs got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    Oh, I like the foodie pictures! I will have to do the same for dinner. Perfect avocados make me swoon!
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    becs got a reaction from Cookeez in January 1st Start Date!   
    Happy Day 3!
    I'd love to find a group of people who started on January 1 and are interested in keeping a thread going here for accountability, check-ins, etc. I see a bunch of people who started on the 1st, but there are a jumble of random threads. I thought it would be nice to have a general January 1 thread. Anyone interested? I'm doing this on my own in "real" life, so I would love to find some virtual buddies!
    Quick intro: I'm 45 as of last week, married, no kids, one 6YO Vizsla puppy (who I treat like a kid), and I think this is my fourth Whole30 since 2015. I am the heaviest I've ever been in my life, thanks to using COVID as an excuse to indulge in whatever the hell I felt like eating and drinking (compounded by sliding into perimenopause mid-year), and I want my 2019 groove back! My January Whole30 in 2019 was awesome, and it set me up for a year+ of healthy eating and habits before I let it all go. I also want to get back into CrossFit once I feel comfortable (weight-wise and COVID-wise) going back to the gym. 
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    becs got a reaction from Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    Awesome! My husband is the same way with food - he'll usually just eat whatever I make, and if he doesn't like it he'll do his own thing (more left-overs for me!). I just tried one of the Primal Paleo W30-approved dressings the other day, and it's so good!
    I am dragging my feet on meal-prep today. I also just ate my first meal of the day and can't believe it's already noon! A lazy Sunday afternoon of cooking sounds nice, though
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    becs got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    Happy Day 3!
    I'd love to find a group of people who started on January 1 and are interested in keeping a thread going here for accountability, check-ins, etc. I see a bunch of people who started on the 1st, but there are a jumble of random threads. I thought it would be nice to have a general January 1 thread. Anyone interested? I'm doing this on my own in "real" life, so I would love to find some virtual buddies!
    Quick intro: I'm 45 as of last week, married, no kids, one 6YO Vizsla puppy (who I treat like a kid), and I think this is my fourth Whole30 since 2015. I am the heaviest I've ever been in my life, thanks to using COVID as an excuse to indulge in whatever the hell I felt like eating and drinking (compounded by sliding into perimenopause mid-year), and I want my 2019 groove back! My January Whole30 in 2019 was awesome, and it set me up for a year+ of healthy eating and habits before I let it all go. I also want to get back into CrossFit once I feel comfortable (weight-wise and COVID-wise) going back to the gym. 
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    becs got a reaction from Cookeez in Whole30 First timer   
    Craving the food you cooked for your pups - priceless! The cravings WILL fade. Just trust the process.
    I also struggle with evening munchies, usually when I'm watching tv. Doing something with my hands usually helps me (knitting is my go-to activity) - I can't eat while my hands are busy, and whatever I'm doing takes my mind off the cravings. If that doesn't work, I have no problem giving up for the day and going to bed early!
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    becs reacted to Cookeez in Whole30 First timer   
    Awesome post Becs. Filled with ideas, which I value. Day 2 for me - reminding myself not to think about food like the soft pretzels in the freezer, or even the rice I prepared for the dogs. That’s right, I’m withdrawing from the carbs I’ve gotten so accustomed to. I’m reminded that before long I will no longer have the urge to munch mindlessly. A big realization for me is how much of a “taster” I’ve been (I am stopping that.)
    For meal prep, I’ve got an eye round roast that I made and sliced up for several meals this week, and hard boiled eggs, fruit and cut up veggies for emergency small meals or breakfast. Lots of chicken breasts and a couple flank steaks in the freezer too. I wasn’t prepared to be able to eat potatoes for Whole30, so I’m glad for that. Ghee, or clarified butter, adds a great flavor. I’m going to make a spaghetti sauce to serve with spaghetti squash for a couple meals. I’ll be saving some portions of the sauce in the freezer for another time. I don’t think the meal planning is hard - it’s changing the habits of late night or evening eating like popcorn or crackers and cheese that poses a challenge. Berries or half an apple helps with that. 
    Happy New Years everyone!
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    becs got a reaction from Cookeez in Whole30 First timer   
    Happy Day 2 everyone!
    I started yesterday, as well. I think this is my third (or fourth?) Whole30 since 2015. My most successful one was in January 2019 - I kept the habits I built alive for over a year, which is 100% because I actually focused on reintroduction for the first time. DO NOT skip that step on Day 31!
    For me, meal planning and prepping is absolutely key, and left-overs are like gold. Roast a ton of veggies/potatoes and cook some chicken breast and you can nosh on that for days. Keep pork tenderloins in the freezer that you can pop in the oven for an easy week-night meal. It can be really simple! My routine has become a little more complex, but I like to cook (if I'm in the mood). For example, today and tomorrow I will make: 1) a HUGE batch of NomNom Paleo's Madras Chicken salad, which will be lunch Monday through Thursday; 2) a double-batch of spaghetti sauce, which will be dinner on Monday and Tuesday (will freeze the rest for another week); 3) sausage casserole to eat every morning this week (I do NOT cook in the mornings!); 4) Apricot Lamb Loaf from one of the Whole30 books (Fast and Easy, maybe?) - this one is going straight into the freezer for emergency meals later on in the month. It's a lot of cooking all at once, but once I'm in the groove I don't mind, and having pre-cooked foods is a life saver for me. I will also have ingredients on-hand for two more easy dinners this week.  
    My ONLY goal this month is to complete the Whole30. I don't care how much I work out, if my house is a mess, or if i have to go to bed at 7 pm to kill the evening cravings. I'm really excited to get back on track this year.
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    becs reacted to 50andstillhere in Whole30 for a reset   
    I too have already done a whole30, but I have decided to do another one because my stomach is just so bloated. So here is day 1 and it went pretty well since I already made lamb meatballs and potatoes. I can tell that I am already going through carb withdrawals and I am so use to having chocolate after dinner.  
    Good luck with day 2. Hopefully you will be able to regain your energy after being on this for a few days. Don’t be hard on yourself and perhaps extra sleep will help you too!
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    becs reacted to Whole30 to feel whole in Whole30 for a reset   
    This is my 2nd whole30 and I’m ready to take charge of my sleep and not have aches/pains again.  It’s been a couple years since my first Whole30 and I loved how I felt and my relationship with food.  Slowly I slipped back to old habits and now I feel run down and exhausted again.  It is time to regain how life should be lived and feel comfortable in my body everyday.  Excited for the transformation that will happen in the next 30 days!