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  1. Unless you don't eat pork - then try it with chicken. so good.
  2. @Jewels_V - sounds like you're doing great! Quick side note, but definitely try the posole from the W30 cookbook, it's my favorite recipe in there and so easy!!
  3. Red Meat - reactions

    A couple things jumped out at me - maybe the steak wasn't the best quality? Maybe you were more sensitive to the diet of the cow than the steak itself? The other thing was maybe your friends used vegetable oil on other non-compliant item in the meal and you didn't know? A rub on the steak, perhaps? I'm very sensitive to soybean oil and it makes eating out tricky - if i get bloated after a supposedly compliant meal out then i know some oil that was likely rancid got used on what i was eating. And I found certain spices give me trouble - not sure if it's the actual spice or some preservative in it, but regardless. Also, you didn't say what kind of veg you were eating - was it different than what you had been mostly eating? Some people are sensitive to nightshades and others get lots of bloating and gas from brassicas veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, etc). You may not love this, but you might wait an extra 3 days (whoops, just saw you posted on June 20th.. oh well) to clear out this reaction before starting reintros - to give yourself a clean slate. And you'll have a chance to test steak/beef separately again toward the end of reintro to see how it goes. So how are reintros going?
  4. Not a mod, but in all honesty it looks like your sugar dragon is fruit based. I was sorta shocked when I saw you were eating 6-8 servings of fruit a day - that's a lot of sugar! Waking up in the middle of the night and eating fruit - sounds like someone else's version of waking up and eating ice cream to me. If you really really want food freedom, you might avoid fruit during the rest of your W30. Of course you're tired and irritable if your blood sugar is up and down all day with the fruit. If you're not feeling full enough between meals then you probably need more food, and definitely more fat. The meal template is a minimum and some people need more. Also, looks like you're doing a fair bit of working out and there's no Pre and Post workout meals in there.. that could be a big source of not feeling satisfied. looks like you could use an egg or nuts before working out and then add a potato to protein after working out, or at the very least with M1. The big difference I noticed doing a W30 (of many) is that hunger feels very different. I don't feel hungry anymore - not the way I did before. I don't feel the need to eat anything specific, but when it's time to eat I feel like I need nourishment. As I get close to meal time I feel a little more tired, ready to eat - but not the hungry feeling I used to get. And I don't mean cravings - I mean I used to feel hungry and now I just mostly feel ready to eat. It's hard to qualify but it's really different. I can tell when I've gone off base with eating when I start to get that hungry feeling. I know for me it means I've eaten sugar recently or too much fruit. Sounds like you really need to be eating more food (and more fat) and maybe less fruit. Just my two cents.
  5. What counts as high intensity?

    Thanks for the response, @ThyPeace. It's too soon to gauge how it's going since I just started back at the gym on Friday. I'm adding the gym in part because I feel like I've plateaued to a small degree in my weight loss/tightening up. I lost a pant size and 5 pounds with the W30 and only another 3 pounds since then (Feb). I don't have a ton to lose to begin with and my scale says my body fat is declining even though my weight is much slower to drop. I never took measurements, but I think my limbs are slimming down too. That said, I feel like I can do better. After I posted I read through a bunch of other posts and decided that perhaps I'm not someone who needs Pre and post workout meals, as I read not everyone does. I'll see how I feel not adding them in but maybe keeping an extra starch on workout days? I'm not quite sure what the best approach is.. I feel like starting out on the low/no end of the scale and then adding in if I feel like I need it is a good approach... maybe?
  6. Hi everyone, About a year ago I used to be a very active gym-goer, but last summer I got sick and then fell off the wagon completely, so I haven't been to the gym consistently since Aug '16. I completed my W30 at the beginning of February '17 and am now getting back into a gym routine again. I still follow W30 90% of time. I'm happily "riding my bike," sometimes more strictly W30 compliant and other times less. I primarily keep up with the W30 meal template to structure my meals and I'm struggling with the pre and post workout meals. Firstly, I have the kindle version of ISWF and the carb curve is damn near impossible to read - and then my real question is: what qualifies as a high intensity work out? I'm concerned about adding in too many carby vegetables and either moving out of fat burning or defeating myself but carb-loading. Right now I eat one carb heavy veg a day whether I've worked out or not - either a yukon gold potato, a sweet potato or a plantain. Today for instance I had M1: Half a potato frittata (2.5 eggs) and an arugula salad with homemade mayo. Small handful of blackberries. PreWO: 1 egg, handful of nuts PoWO (also counted as M2 - which I know is not what you're supposed to do): coconut chicken tenders, pan fried plantain, small salad. M3 (will be): Posole from W30 cookbook. Large salad, Roasted broccoli So I will have had a potato with M1 and then the plantain with PoWO/M2. I can't tell if this is too much? I work out fairly hard at the gym - I'll do 20-30 min of elliptical where I'm pushing hard and fast with some resistance for about 30-60 seconds for every 2-3 minutes. Then I tend to do some treadmill - usually fast walking for about half a mile, then I'll run all out for a quarter mile and then walk to cool down for the last quarter mile. Then I'll do some weights type exercise - either free weights or machines or things like crunches/planking. But I'm not sure this qualifies as "high intensity" because I'm doing high intensity bursts for short periods of time - I'm still working when it's not the bursts - sweating the whole time, but it's not like I'm taking a burn class or doing HI internal training. Help? TIA
  7. So while I was in my strict W30 I didn't work out at all - I went on long walks, but didn't go to the gym. I wanted to see how it would go without gym time. I'm thinking of getting back into a gym routine and am looking at the pre and post workout meal templates... Can Meal 1 be my pre-workout meal? I understand eating a small post-workout meal that's neither Meal 1 or 2, but I can't fathom eating a pre AND post workout meal that's neither meal 1 or 2. I simply cannot find the time in the day to eat so much food. Is it better to eat meal 1, then right before a work out, eat a pre-workout meal, then make meal 2 my post workout meal OR is it better to have meal 1 be a pre-workout meal, then eat a post-workout meal and have a separate meal 2? Anyone following what I'm saying? lol.
  8. New resolutions for 2017

    Sounds good. Just watch out with alcohol - it's basically all sugar! Pay attention to how your sugar dragon reacts if you go back to semi-occassional indulgences. And I totally agree! Meal prep is key. Perhaps the most rewarding and most difficult part of W30 for me.
  9. Struggling

    @hmg1993 Looks like you could use this article: http://whole30.com/2014/09/five-things-melissa-hartwig-learned-whole30/
  10. New resolutions for 2017

    Great posts! Good luck moving forward. Remind yourself that you can keep returning to W30 eating for a day or two days, a week, etc to get you back in a good place. I tend to eat strict W30 for bfast and lunch and then maybe have a bit of non-compliant non-problem foods with dinner. Adding a small amount of rice with my curry, or a slice of cheese on my burger, doesn't seem to knock me off track. I have had dessert a couple times and I always feel terrible, so I usually eat very strictly W30 for 3-4 days after and that will bring me back to balance. Good luck with reintros!
  11. How important are leafy greens?

    If you're eating other brassicas (cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Bsprouts), I wouldn't stress at all about not being into spinach or kale. Anything you have to force down (assuming you're a healthy, well-rounded eater) isn't worth the effort. And definitely don't compromise on sugar just to get them in! I'm in full support of you abandoning your effort to force leafy greens
  12. Amazing response, @gina724. I second everything you said. @foursimplewords, read your post but hesitated to respond, because someone who hasn't had a drink since 2003, I realize not everyone is ready for sobriety. You have to discover for yourself if alcohol is something you probably should live without, but it sounds like maybe you're coming to that conclusion. Even if you're not sure if you have a problem with alcohol, a good practical suggestion (AA) book for how to start going without is Living Sober. It has ideas for how to manage going out with friends or to special events, what to do if you're craving a drink, managing feelings, etc, without being preachy. Similar to life after W30, living without alcohol goes from something you're doing right now for a better, healthier you, to a lifestyle and identity change. The cravings and feeling-shitty cycle will end. Anyway, here if you'd like more support on this and feel free to PM me. Best, Randi
  13. Finished my W30 on 2/1 and had been doing pretty well finding my way in a world of non-compliant food possibilities. One thing I quickly learned was that exposing myself to sugar in the form of dessert means my immunity will plummet and I will immediately come down with whatever I was successfully fighting off before. I was exposed to A LOT of sick people during my W30 and never got sick, but got 2 mild colds and the stomach flu in the month following the W30. Anyway, after I got the first two colds, I realized sugar was really hurting me and was primarily eating compliant style 99% of the time. But then we went out for my partner's mother's birthday and had a piece of cake after. Next day BAM! stomach flu. Two weeks of being completely non-compliant. Bread, rice, gatorade, lots of applesauce, not a single vegetable until almost 10 days in. Yes, broth too, but my stomach could not tolerate other things. So now that I'm about 4 days into being recovered from the stomach flu, I've been completely off the wagon with eating. Really low vegetable consumption, eating more sugar and certainly WAY more bread (which was really my problem food before W30). My body is revolting like whoa. I feel like there's no going back once you've done a W30. I ate a salmon skin salad the other day, which was probably cooked in the shittiest of oils and had all kinds of skin break outs and pelvic pain like I haven't had in a few months. I'm ready to get back on the wagon. Have other people been through a complete derailment and then gone back without doing another W30 round?
  14. It's a few days past, but hang in there! Day 10 is when most people quit, so I'm not surprised your having cravings. Times we have ritualized eating are the hardest to fight against, but it's worth it. Mentally review the reasons you're doing this and know that the urges will pass and you will be able to put your foot down to the sugar dragon. Also, I suggest try making yourself a Joy List.. things that you think you'll just enjoy doing over the next few months. No requirements or x times/week or whatever. Find new ways to nourish yourself and have self-care that are different from food. Good luck!