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  1. finntx

    Cauliflower rice skeptic...

    The only way we like cauliflower rice is when it is sauteed in a skillet to give it a sort of crust. I basically treat it as if I were making hashbrowns, add some oil, press it down in the skillet, let it cook until it starts to brown slightly, then stir it around and repeat.
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    Starting October 28

    I haven't had time to update in a while, but I'm hanging in there. Some notable things from the first week; 1. Willpower is, in fact, a muscle that must be worked to strengthen. A supportive husband is crucial. We had a date night scheduled for Friday with a compliant restaurant chosen and plans that didn't include drinking or desserts. All was set to go until our babysitter cancelled an hour before. I honestly froze. Here we were, no plans to cook dinner and we didn't want to take kids to the compliant restaurant. Groceries were mostly gone since we go shopping on Saturday. I told my husband that I was at a loss of what to do, this felt like a giant mountain that needed climbing and I was just done after a week of holding strong. He came through with a win, he suggested a quick run to the store to buy some salmon and zucchini and was on point with a recipe to make a quick dinner. He also hid the Halloween candy from me when I admitted my willpower was dwindling by the end of the week. 2. In previous attempts at Whole30, I felt ALL THE THINGS that first week. Headaches, bloating, kill everyone that brings food in my presence. That first week always did me in because I would rationalize that a person just cannot function in life when feeling that way. This time, however, I felt a few things like a mild headache, somewhat mutinous at times, but all in all, I just felt great. I can't explain what the difference is this time. I know my diet was crap before starting so it's not like I was already eating cleanly and just had a few things to address, leading to an easy detox week. My diet has done a complete 180 coming on to Whole30. I felt like this was going to cause hell that first week. It did not. My willpower was strong throughout most of the week. The only reason I can attribute these positive things to is that I was just 100% done with feeling crappy and 1000% ready to make a change. Some of the great things I've been feeling: 1. Bloating is all gone. It's just not a thing anymore, where before, it was a thing that I spent a lot of energy being annoyed about. 2. The energy roller coaster is now very boring. No more ups and downs with energy. It's pretty level all day and starts waning at about 730-8pm. I go to bed at 9pm. 3. Clear headed. I've been pregnant or nursing for the past 4 years of my life (i.e., my hormones have been all out of whack). This causes quite the brain fog and it is so frustrating to not be able to think at your normal level. This past week I have been more clear headed than I have been in years. It's not back 100%, but much further along than it had been.
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    Starting October 28

    Day 3 is in the books. Major tests of willpower today. We had an office happy hour with, I swear, all of my favorite happy hour type snacks plus a table full of candy. I hung out long enough to be socially acceptable and then got out of dodge before the temptation became too strong. Then went home and cooked dinner but didn't actually have time to eat (due to a really fussy baby) before I had to leave for a PTA meeting at my kids school. The PTA meeting was held at a restaurant and I wasn't planning to eat so I didn't have time to examine the menu. I gave myself grace and ordered a plain hamburger patty and steamed veggies, not worrying too much about what oil was used as I'm sure it wasn't compliant. (I'll be honest, I almost justified french fries as compliant but talked myself down b/c obviously ranch dressing is not compliant and what's the point of fries if you can't dip them in ranch!) I completely avoided the temptation of chips and queso sitting right in front of me the whole meeting and the many offers for wine and dessert. Interestingly, I had some unsweet tea with dinner which usually is not a big deal for me on the caffeine, meaning it doesn't usually effect my sleep. But last night I was wired until almost 11 (I normally go to bed at 9-930). Then I was woken up at midnight by our dogs and felt wide awake. Is this a normal thing that happens, with all the junk out of your diet you absorb things more?
  4. I'm struggling to come up with more ideas for fats and don't have a ton of time to research. So I have nuts, avocado, coconut flakes, olives. But I don't like olives, like, at all. Who has other ideas?
  5. Ok, so I added half an avocado this morning and felt much more satisfied. I was able to eat almost all of my breakfast. I was feeling hungry around 7am (2 hours after eating) but I think it was more a habitual hunger/need to eat than a physical need. I'm in the process of making a habit change for breakfast time. I used to bring my breakfast to work and eat at 7am (2.5hrs after waking up). This week I am eating at home instead so I think I am just used to eating at 7am and even though I wasn't actually hungry, my body felt like it should have been eating out of habit. I'm hoping this fades over time.
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    Starting October 28

    Day 2 went pretty well. I realized I need to focus on adding fats to my meals. I was hungry a lot yesterday but think it was due to that. I added half an avocado to my breakfast this morning and felt much more satisfied after eating than I did yesterday. My major win yesterday was that my routine was thrown by having to pick my son up from daycare early due to a fever. This can be a disaster as I am driving home past all the fast food restaurants, slightly hungry. Then my husband had to work late which meant I had to go back to daycare to pick up our daughter a little later, then cooking dinner with both kids home and fussy. I persevered and survived. I managed to avoid the candy we have at home but I'm going to ask my husband to hide it tonight. I think my willpower will start to decrease so I should just eliminate the need for the willpower and act as if there isn't candy in the house. I'm also going through sugar withdrawal in the form of a dull headache. Looking forward to that passing. Last night I had my first internal mutiny, of what I'm sure will be many. While avoiding the candy, I told myself "Hey, you are an adult, you can have candy if you want to!" This is a thought I have a lot of times when I try to adjust eating habits. I talked myself down though by telling myself "Hey, you are an adult that can have candy, but you can also choose to not have candy. And that is the choice you made and committed to for this period of time." That seemed to work.
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    Starting October 28

    All great ideas, Thank you! It is half catered / half pot luck. They cater the main (turkey, stuffing, etc.). Everyone pot lucks the rest. I always love cooking for people so I am excited to find a compliant recipe to bring. It will be a huge test on willpower to avoid desserts but I think I can do it.
  8. finntx

    Starting October 28

    Day 1 went very well. I held strong on avoiding Halloween candy, even when my husband forgot and offered me a piece. I've done a lot of prep work to make grab and go food very easy. I realized today that our office Thanksgiving Lunch will be right in the middle of this Whole30. I'm brainstorming ideas on how to stay on plan.
  9. I'm on day 2. For breakfast I had sweet potato, green beans, red onion, poblano pepper (all roasted), spinach sauteed with 3 eggs. I forgot to add the avocado. 3 hours later I am can now understand why the fat is needed. I won't forget tomorrow. But, one question, I couldn't finish my breakfast so I packed it up and I'm finishing it now. I'm hungry within 3 hours. This could be due to forgetting the fat. But could this also be due to not enough protein? As I mentioned above, I can fit 4 eggs in my palm and I only did 3 this morning. But I couldn't finish my breakfast this morning. I'm a little confused by the 2 things as they seem contradictory. Should I keep the 3 eggs tomorrow but add avocado and see if that keeps me fuller until closer to lunch?
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    Need some help DIYing it

    We use PlanToEat which has a 30day trial period. It costs $39/year which to me is very reasonable and I'm sure it has saved us a ton over the years by making it so freaking easy to meal plan.
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    Starting today ! I need support.

    Hi! I'll be starting Sunday (10/28). You and I sound like we are at the same place! I had a baby in September of last year, had a super healthy pregnancy (gaining only 13lbs and very active), super easy labor. But the first year of baby's life was brutal. Nursing a very needy baby led me to overeat, a lot. I'm at the heaviest weight I have ever been including both of my previous pregnancies. I'm sick of it. So...good luck. I just wanted to chime in that we are battling from a similar place!
  12. Ok! Thank you so much, this has been very helpful.
  13. Ok, I have a couple of follow up questions. I read "It Starts with Food" a few months ago and I am skimming it again now so please forgive me if I'm asking questions that are answered in there. 1. I can eat breakfast at 5am or 7am. I wake up at 430am so I'm thinking I would be better to eat at 5am versus waiting until 7am. My lunch time is at 1130am and then I eat dinner around 6pm. Is that spacing meals too far apart or should I try to find a different schedule. 2. I can add some avocado to my breakfast, but I like to add Nutpods creamer to my coffee once I get to work (around 730am). Am I doing any harm by skipping the fat at breakfast and having it a little later?
  14. I breastfed/pumped milk for my son up until early September when he turned 1. I have realized that my fullness meter is broken. To keep my milk production at the level I needed, I basically never allowed myself to get too hungry. Now that I don't have that driving my diet, I'm ready to eat like a normal person. I'm working on my meal plan for next week and I'm having a hard time figuring out how much I should plan for each meal. For example: I'm planning to have a veggie hash (sweet potato, onion, and poblano peppers) with eggs for breakfast. My plan is to roast all veggies on Sunday and just cook eggs each morning. I can fit 4 eggs in the palm of my hand so I have that part down. But do I plan one sweet potato per meal, 1/2 onion, 1 poblano? I won't have time to grocery shop mid week and ideally I don't want to roast veggies mid week as our weekly schedule is already so packed. I'm concerned that I may not have time for this. I know the idea is not to snack between meals, but is that okay for the first few days. I guess I'm feeling kind of lost since I'm also trying to reset my fullness meter. I know this will be my biggest hurdle so I'm trying to plan now for ways around it. Any advice would be helpful.
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    Starting October 28

    Hi, After a few failed attempts, I'm committing to start on October 28th. I have a friend joining me and feel that will be very helpful. I definitely need a reset on my system and feel fed up enough of my current diet and the issues I'm having. Nice to meet you all!