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  1. cescaw

    January 2nd Starter's Reintro thread

    Thank you @SugarcubeOD! My re-introduction is going well. I started with dairy last Thursday and didn't notice any negative effects. I had two drinks at the Super Bowl party we attended and I noticed that I woke up multiple times during the night. I usually wake up at least once, but I definitely got worse sleep last night and that's something that I'd never really thought about as being an effect of alcohol consumption. Next steps for me are eating compliant for the rest of the work day and then trying wheat next Saturday.
  2. cescaw

    Starting January 2!

    I also reintroduced dairy yesterday and I feel fine. I'm also going to play it by ear. :-)
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    Starting January 2!

    Funny thing: I had decided I was going to weigh myself today but I stashed my scale away so carefully when I started on Jan 2 that I can't find it! It doesn't help that we're having a contractor doing work in our bathroom right now so there is a lot of stuff that is definitely not where it's supposed to be, but I thought it was pretty funny.
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    Starting January 2!

    Happy Day 30 Everyone! I haven't been commenting a lot, but I have been reading this every day and it has been a great support for me. This is my second W30 and I'm feeling really good. I'm going to reintroduce dairy first (I miss milk in my black tea!), but after that I'm not sure. I haven't really been missing grains or legumes, but we are in a Supper Club with a couple of other families and those items often show up when it's not our turn to host so I will probably reintroduce those next. I think I'm going to continue eating mostly paleo, but include dairy from time to time. When I reintroduced it after my first W30 I didn't notice any ill effects so fingers crossed. :-)
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    Starting January 2!

    Hi Everyone! I haven't posted in a few days, but things are going well. I definitely had some fatigue issues late last week and over the weekend, but I'm feeling really good now. I sure enjoy seeing the support and encouragement on this board and love hearing about recipes people are using. My husband has today off work so he's making XO Pork with Blistered Green Beans from Michelle Tam's new cookbook "Ready or Not" for dinner tonight. I can't wait! :-)
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    Starting January 2!

    @ErikaA I really love the stuffed peppers! The key for me is to make sure I chop the squash into small enough pieces. I also buy the pre-cut/peeled squash as a time saver and put in extra kale or other veggies that I may have. I usually make extra filling, too, since I like to eat it as a breakfast hash with an egg on top and hot sauce. Yum!
  7. cescaw

    Starting January 2!

    Aaargh! My husband, who did the last W30 with me, asked me yesterday morning why I wasn't putting milk in my tea. I was flabbergasted. What part of milk being dairy is confusing? He says he's sure he put milk in his tea during the last W30, too, and was I sure I wasn't mistaken? I honestly don't really care if he does or doesn't, as long as he's game to go along with what I plan for meals and supports me that way, but geez!
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    Starting January 2!

    Well, I had a bit of a bumpy day 2. I didn't sleep well last night and started to feel some of the "hangover": queasy this morning and a persistent headache that started late afternoon and is only now starting to wane. I think I did pretty well with food. Breakfast was a frittata (egg, turkey, spinach) topped with compliant guacamole---I love the Good Foods single serve guacamole cups! Lunch was a stuffed pepper from the recipe in the Whole30 book and dinner was left over beef stew and steamed broccoli. I had a couple of cups of black tea in the morning then switched to sparkling water. Fingers crossed for a good night's sleep!
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    Starting January 2!

    Happy Day 1 everyone! I'm feeling pretty good about this second W30 and apart from missing milk in my tea this morning, everything's going well so far. I feel very fortunate that husband enjoys taking this journey with me since that makes meal prepping and planning so much more simple. We're big fans of cooking a lot and eating from leftovers so my husband made a big breakfast frittata that will last us for the week. I like to eat mine with compliant guacamole. Yum! I also made some Instant Pot beef stew (Nom Nam Paleo recipe) yesterday evening and I'm having that and some broccoli for lunch today and there is enough for use to have several more meals each. I also cooked several chicken breasts so they are ready for dinner salads later this week. This evening I'm making a double batch of the stuffed pepper recipe in the W30 book. It's one of our favorites.
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    Starting January 2!

    That was the toughest part for me, too! One of the interesting lasting changes I took with from my first W30 was that I lost my taste for Diet Coke---it's just too darn sweet for me now!
  11. cescaw

    Starting January 2!

    This will be my second W30 and I'm excited to hit the reset button and re-start some healthy habits. I'd also be interested in any W30 compliant InstantPot recipes anyone would care to share. :-) Francesca
  12. cescaw

    January 2nd start date

    It feels great to be on day 1 of re-introduction! As far as non-scale victories go, my clothes are fitting better and I having much more consistent energy levels throughout the day. I feel great! I feel that the meal planning and prep habits I have developed are really well seated and are an excellent basis for continuing in a healthy relationship with food---it's especially helpful that my husband is totally on board with the changes I've made. I re-introduced dairy today. I had milk with my black tea at breakfast and I just finished an absolutely delicious serving of organic "grassmilk" yogurt as part of my lunch. I also stepped on the scale this morning and discovered I had lost 12.5 pounds! That was definitely exciting, but I feel so much more solid about having laid the groundwork for a healthier realtionship with food that it's almost the icing on the cake, so to speak. :-)
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    January 2nd start date

    @C_Cezeaux Thank you! I think you might be right.
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    January 2nd start date

    I'm a little befuddled this morning. I woke up with a headache and feeling vaguely hungover, which hasn't happened since the first few days of this program. I immediately reviewed the last 24 hours to try to pinpoint if it was related to food. We ate all our meals at home yesterday, and everything I cooked was compliant. I was well hydrated---after my initial morning cup of black tea, I drank water for the rest of the day. I was feeling particularly happy with dinner since we entertained our supper club group and everyone loved the kabobs with chimichurri marinade (from the Whole30 book recipe section), roasted zucchini and salad we served. We did buy a dessert at the bakery so our guests could enjoy that, but we didn't partake and made sure the leftovers went home with someone. After dinner, I had a cup of herbal tea. It was one of my favorites that I hadn't had since the holidays: Trader Joe's Candy Cane Green Tea. It took me a while to realize that that was the only thing I consumed yesterday that I hadn't made from scratch myself. When I read the label I was shocked to see the words "contains soy." The ingredients are: peppermint, decaffeinated green tea, orange peel, natural flavors, cinnamon, milk thistle seed, blackberry leaves, roasted carob pods, vanilla beans, roasted chicory (chicory root, soybean oil, and water). !!! I'm assuming that the soy content is fairly minimal, but could that be what is causing this reaction? I'd love to hear the wisdom of the group about this.
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    January 2nd start date

    Excited to be at day 12! Until a couple of days ago I was struggling with a lot of fatigue, but Wednesday and Thursday I felt really energetic and clear headed. Wonderful! I also experienced my first major NSV last night: I slept a solid 8 hours without waking up in the middle of the night and awoke feeling rested which I haven't experienced in a long time. Now my mission for this weekend is to plan out some entrees I haven't tried for next week's meals and get prepped for them. Have a great weekend everyone!