RandiW

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    RandiW reacted to SchrodingersCat in Day 1.. again! R4 - will I be successful?!   
    We're having lamb chops with pistachio dukkah, baked sweet potato with ghee, sauteed carrots and green beans and steamed broccolini.
    Did you keep a log of your first 3 rounds? I've been going back to my round 1 log to see what I was eating, and it's really helpful! Even if you didn't, cruise some of the logs in the log section, you might get some great ideas!
    We're all about the meat/veg/starch at our place, I can't be bothered doing more than that on a weeknight. Grill or bake some meat (steak, chops, pork chops, beef patties, chicken thighs), add some seasoning, grill/bake/mash some root veggies, add some sauteed or steamed veg and voila. I make things more interesting with a range of spice blends or dukkah, or I make chimmichurri, lemon tahini dressing, mayo and/or ranch as part of my food prep for the week. 
    I'm never organised enough to use my slow cooker on weeknights. I know I should, but I just don't.
     
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    RandiW reacted to laura_juggles in Day 1.. again! R4 - will I be successful?!   
    Honestly, the slow cooker is great, but I often think it takes *more* work than cooking other ways. 
    Grill a piece of meat, sautee or steam some veg, slap on some mayo or avocado or whatever. Done. 
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    RandiW reacted to SchrodingersCat in Day 1.. again! R4 - will I be successful?!   
    Agreed! That's how I roll!
    Though between now and Monday, I have no cook top, so I'm limited to oven, microwave, multicooker, convection oven (air fryer, essentially). I know that's not THAT limited, but it's amazing how much I use the cook top. I have some lamb shanks, might have to make the slow cooker effort after all.
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    RandiW reacted to EmilyK in Day 1.. again! R4 - will I be successful?!   
    My dinner plan for this week (I'm on D24 today):
    Monday: NNP's Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas w/avocado crema
    Tuesday: Tacos (I had mine mixed with cauliflower rice in a sweet potato "burrito"--basically just mostly hollowed it out and stuffed the goodies inside.)
    Wednesday: Chicken salads w/creamy cilantro lime dressing (CSA in May=ALL THE GREENS)
    Thursday: Brinner
    Friday: Takeout of some kind--probably Five Guys supplemented with whatever veggies I've still got floating around.
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    RandiW reacted to laura_juggles in HELP I’m poor!   
    Most stores will have one variety or another of frozen veg on sale. I get mine at ShopRite for $0.99 each. Lots of that will get roasted straight from frozen. Other times, I'll turn it into soup. 
    Get the meat that's on sale. Conventionally raised is fine and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. 
    Keeping it simple makes it less expensive. You can do it. 
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    RandiW reacted to Sambux89 in Day 3   
    Hi - I am still struggling with feeling tired, though not the same way. My son (1y/o) is currently sick, I’m fighting what ever he has, and it’s almost my time of the month...so I have a few reasons to be tired. After I read through some posts, I thought maybe I wasn’t eating enough fat and have since made a better attempt at doing so. I guess I had missed the meal template guide when we first started! 
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    RandiW reacted to Pandora Black in So...when do the cravings ease up? Vent   
    I agree about cutting out fruit. I wasn’t eating much (1 serving/day) but it does seem to make the cravings WORSE! I’m going to try that and see how it goes. Also apparently I need to increase my plated fat and vegetables.
     
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    RandiW reacted to EmilyK in So...when do the cravings ease up? Vent   
    My first two rounds I felt markedly better physically by about day 4 or 5. It took about another week or ten days to really feel like I was in control of my brain as far as cravings go.
    Two things that helped me: making sure I got enough fat at every meal (when in doubt, toss half an avocado on it!), and making sure I had a really solid breakfast that did not include any fruit.  Any time my breakfast was not optimum, I was battling cravings all day.
    Good luck--you've got this!
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    RandiW reacted to Pandora Black in So...when do the cravings ease up? Vent   
    Day 4 and I’m feeling much better. And I don’t want to kill all the things at all. Yet.
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    RandiW reacted to ladyshanny in Day 26 - Still looking bloated   
    I'm not sure if my suggestions will relate to bloating but I do have a couple comments on your meals.
    For the 2-egg breakfast, you likely need to add more protein and a fat source in order to keep yourself going 4-5 hours. We encourage you to eliminate snacking, especially on fruits alone. if you desire to eat fruits, include them with a full meal once the protein, veggie and fat portions are satisfied (ie, don't let fruit push veggies off your plate). 
    Lunch including only 1 egg as protein is not nearly enough. If eggs are your sole protein, a serving is as many as you can hold in your hand without dropping (usually 3-4 is a good start for most people). Again, you should be aiming to eat enough so that you can easily make it 4-5 hours between meals without having to snack.
    If you are hungry and you do need to eat between meals, we recommend sticking with protein + fat or protein + veggies. Post gym food would be recommended as lean protein and starchy veggie. Fat (from the yolk) slows down protein uptake and fruit replenishes liver glycogen preferentially over muscle glycogen.
    In summary; eat more.  
     
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    RandiW reacted to TryingOver in What's for dinner?   
    We are having a tex-mex cauliflower rice casserole. However, my go-to for a low key dinner is a stir fry or roasted vegetables with baked fish or chicken. 
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    RandiW reacted to AnitaC in What's for dinner?   
    I batch-cooked on Sunday so I had a bolognese sauce over cauli-rice. I was super hungry today so I also had three sunnyside up eggs and some guacamole.
    I made two eggs but one yolk broke and that means you get another egg.
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    RandiW reacted to tasha99 in What's for dinner?   
    Not low key tonight.  We are having crab hand rolls from the first nomnom paleo cookbook.  Not low key because I have a pound of picked crab meat.  I had to time the ripening of the avocado with the development of the sprouts, which took take about 4-5 days to be done.  So a highly planned and expensive, but delicious looking meal.
    My low key go to meals are things like a salad, roasted veggies, and a meat.  The cracklin chicken on the nomnom paleo website is absolutely delicious for having just chicken, oil, and salt (and a cast iron skillet).  
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    RandiW reacted to ladyshanny in What's for dinner?   
    We are having the prawn sheet pan meal from the Whole30 cookbook tonight which is basically just brocoli drizzled in spices and sesame oil plus prawns marinated for 20 minutes and thrown on the pan at the last minute. Plus steamed red potatoes, all dipped in mayo. Last time I made this it took 25 minutes - 5 prep (peeling prawns/slicing potato) and 20 minutes of cooking. Dead easy!
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    RandiW reacted to SugarcubeOD in What's for dinner?   
    Leftover roasted veggies (broc, brussels, kale, red cabbage, mushrooms) reheated with olive oil and home made dukkah seasoning with a blop of home made mayo and reheated greek chicken thighs.  Delightful and it took me aaaaabout 10 min.  Fave!
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    RandiW reacted to Pandora Black in What's for dinner?   
    Crock pot meat marinara sauce on zoodles.
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    RandiW reacted to Pandora Black in What's for dinner?   
    Chicken salad on romaine lettuce, sweet potato wedges.
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    RandiW reacted to EmilyK in What's for dinner?   
    Last night we had roasted chicken, mixed potatoes & butternut squash, and some balsamic broccoli/carrots.
    Tonight is grilled flank steak and cauliflower tabouleh salad.
    Tomorrow is NNP's Spicy Thai Chicken Salas w/zoodles because my middle schooler has a band concert and there will be no time to cook anything.
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    RandiW reacted to Loyal Leslie in Restarting/Vent   
    So I decided to also come really clean so here’s the redone post
    I’m going to restart my program. I don’t have an official date yet. Easter was a non complaint day. I ate a few pieces of candy, a bacon egg and cheese sandwich from Starbucks, put honey in my tea because my throat was killing me and the honey was there and easier to get then buying throat coat tea that morning. Dinner was just as bad. My mom puts butter in everything and so I ate without speaking up that I needed special preparation for my food. I ate some fried okra yesterday and some peanuts today because I was starving. I ate my grilled nuggets and fruit from Chic-fil-A only to be told those are also no good. like ugh I can’t eat anything anymore. 
    I just can’t eat out. Nothing is affordable, convenient, and compliant. I can’t afford to eat Chipotle everyday and I’m tired of chicken, turkey, and salad greens, spinach and sparse portions of fruit. I’m always hungry when I comply. I’m trying to make healthy food choices but like I’m broke dude and I work 40 hours a week. The last thing I want to do on my one day off is cook. I don’t have the fancy kitchen equipment like a food processor to make my own sauces and the meal plans are daunting to say the least. I may have bit off more than I can chew by starting because it sounded good and I liked what I read on the website. 
     
    I’m telling you all this because I’m trying to have integrity with myself and make that a ruling principle of my life.  I started the Whole30 as a part of my spiritual journey. I felt like if I could completely honor my body and do this program then I could also discipline my mind. This program is challenging me in ways I never imagined. I love a challenge and that’s why I don’t want to quit it. How does a busy single mom successfully do the Whole30? I need support. 
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    RandiW reacted to Loyal Leslie in Restarting/Vent   
    I’m going to restart my program. I don’t have an official date yetI just can’t eat out. Nothing is affordable, convenient, and compliant. I can’t eat Chipotle everyday and I’m tired of chicken, turkey, and salad greens spinach and sparse portions of fruit. I’m always hungry when I comply. I’m trying to make healthy food choices but like I’m broke dude and I work 40 hours a week. The last thing I want to do on my one day off is cook. I don’t have the fancy kitchen equipment like a food processor to make my own sauces and the meal plans are daunting to say the least. I may have bit off more than I can chew by starting because it sounded good and I liked what I read on the website. This program is challenging me in ways I never imagined. I love a challenge and that’s why I don’t want to quit it. How does a busy single mom successfully do the Whole30? I need support. 
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    RandiW got a reaction from EllieHH in What has been your most lasting food habit after Whole30?   
    Me too! I thought I'd never adjust to black coffee and I haven't had sweetener in my coffee now since Dec 30th 2016!
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    RandiW reacted to kirbz in 9 days in and frustrated   
    Hey there! 
    Yeah, so you're eating a LOT of nuts as others have said. I consider myself to have a pretty cast-iron stomach (I've been to multiple third-world countries and never gotten sick, even drinking local tap water), but nuts do bother my stomach when I clean up my eating on Whole30. I aim for nuts every third day at most. 
    Salad dressings are a great fat source with salads! Most are oil-based, so be generous with your dressing and that's a great way to get some fats in! I buy Primal Kitchen dressings and can find them at my local grocery stores, but even something as simple as olive oil, lemon, and pepper makes a delicious dressing! 
    As for working out, don't forget that you get bonus mini meals when you work out. So if you're doing a six mile run, you should be eating protein and fat before your workout and protein and carb-dense vegetable after. It doesn't have to be big, but is meant to replenish what was lost during your workout. I like a hard-boiled egg and coconut flakes before and a couple of chunks of chicken breast and sweet potato cubes for after. 
    Good luck! I hope you can figure this out and have a super successful Whole30! It's such a wonderful program! 
     
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    RandiW reacted to Fotoladyvb in What a yo yo this is!   
    On my first Whole 30.  Today is day 6.   I’m 65 , healthy female and active.   After feeling pretty crummy since starting I woke up yesterday ready to take on the world!   Had a great busy active day.   But I woke up from a deep sleep last night and literally walked into a wall on my way back to bed from the bathroom.  Didn’t sleep much after that.  My headache is back Nd I’m very cranky.  I have houseguests arriving today and pretty anxious about that I think.    Thought maybe I was on the other side of the struggles. It maybe not.  Ughhhhh.  I’m trying to observe the desires to eat bread, sugar, etc and to step on the scale for affirmation.    Thanks in advance for advice and support all!
      
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    RandiW reacted to lindzzeys in Am I doing this right?   
    Hello! I started my Whole30 on January 1, and I’ve read through the rules and things but I just feel like I’m not doing all of this right. I have found it really hard to put together meals and find a balance of fats, protein, and fruits! I was wondering if someone could give me some feedback on what I have been eating in a typical day? 
    Breakfast: pre-made Sweet potato + Apple breakfast bake (made with coconut milk, cubed sweet potatoes, walnuts, raisins, ghee, eggs..) I found this recipe online in a list of Whole 30 compliant recipes. I also have 2-3 fried eggs and sometimes throw in a piece of chicken sausage. 
    Lunch: Grilled chicken, broccoli/asaparagus/cauliflower (veggies change day to day), sweet potato (sometimes top sweet potato with fruit + almond butter) and sometimes have a chicken dog. 
    Dinner: Pretty much the same as lunches, but sometimes in a different variation... I have made things like turkey-stuffed green peppers, sautéed shrimp, and I made “breaded” chicken using almond meal, cumin seeds, and paprika. I also sometimes top certain foods with guacamole! 
    I also eat a piece of chicken before my workout and a “protein smoothie” after. 
    I find myself wanting to snack and I’ve had the occasional Rx bar or LÄRABAR. 
    I do workout and I typically eat a very high protein diet, but I worry I’m eating too much fat and not enough protein. 
    What can I do? Am I headed in the right direction? Help help help! Any advice appreciated! 
    Thanks  
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    RandiW reacted to stacykaren in January Whole30 Prep   
    Hey @RandiW - I totally relate to this! I struggled to get my mind right for another Whole30 after completing my first one and had a few failures before getting myself mentally prepared. 

    One thing that helped me tremendously was sitting down and brainstorming on paper. I wrote down all the reasons I wanted to do another Whole30 and also thought about what benefits I experienced in my previous round. Something about writing it all out made everything click and helped me feel determined and committed. 

    Do you have It Starts with Food on audiobook? I wonder if listening to that might help?