Mountain Girl

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  1. Mountain Girl

    February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    Is anybody else more scared/nervous than excited about day 31? I am so afraid of going backwards....I feel like I am scared of food now. But I am so over being the difficult one when ordering at restaurants and being the teetotaler at a bar or concert. But my non scale goal of better sleep which eluded me in my first whole30 has arrived this time. I am sleeping so well. I don’t want to give it back.
  2. Mountain Girl

    February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    ROLL CALL: Asheville, NC here @Charlene33 HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And, hey, I was in Raleigh this weekend (for the Carolina/N.C. State basketball game) Yesterday was a delightfully slow Sunday here. Made this for brunch. Too time consuming for a weekday breakfast, but it was amazing on a rainy Sunday morning. And I can’t remember who doesn’t want eggs, but there are a few eggless servings as made. (I doubled it....and we had leftovers this morning. I just poached some more eggs for the top) https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/bacon-burger-paleo-breakfast-bake-whole30/
  3. Mountain Girl

    February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    @eriefairy if you mix your strong mayo with something else to make dips, you won’t notice..we love the avocado mayo (Though for time sake, I buy fresh in house made guacamole at my local grocery store. Only ingredients are avocado, onion, pepper, tomato and cilantro...gives it a little more kick than just avocados). We also LOVE the creamy roasted red pepper one. It’s awesone for dipping perfectly seared chicken breasts and roasted veggies. And if you are looking for kid friendly recipes, both are good with these https://www.jaysbakingmecrazy.com/2016/01/21/paleo-whole30-chicken-tenders/ sounds more labor intensive than it is, and very family friendly
  4. Mountain Girl

    February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    I am starting today, too. This is my third round in just over a year. My first went great but went to Paris on day 33 and reintroductions were blown. Did the second about two weeks after the end of the first. I am doing this one to get more info from reintroduction so I am going to have to go slowly with them. Specifically I want to break down the legumes group and the non gluten grains groups and see which ones agree with me best. Today is not a piece of cake, but I don’t want to wait until tomorrow to start. I am flying most of the day...so far had fresh veggies and compliant jerky and a larabar. I know it’s not ideal and I need some fat soon....but I am doing my best. I have all the ingredients for a quick and easy shrimp and “grits” (cauliflower rice) for dinner tonight when we get home. Looking forward to sharing the journey with you all.
  5. Mountain Girl

    Starting January 2!

    @BeckyB I don’t have a link. The recipe was originally posted on the whole30 Facebook page via instagram, I think....want to give credit. I took a screenshot of the recipe off my app and I will try to attach it. Quick, easy and crowd pleasing! You can rice your cauliflower yourself and shred your own cabbage....but I was after quick and easy.
  6. Mountain Girl

    Starting January 2!

    @MaineacMom thanks! I knew I would be short on time today and was counting on leftovers, but the salmon sounds awesome as a fall back. Or even a “desperation dinner”. And as it happens, I have a freezer full of wild caught salmon from my husband’S trip to Alaska. Do you thaw it first? Or bake it frozen?
  7. Mountain Girl

    Starting January 2!

    Ok, so I would REALLY like a glass of wine. But, I am sipping cinnamon tea and checking in with you guys instead. Last night I made the biggest batch of unstuffed cabbage rolls...counting on it for lunch today. My fridge is still full of holiday leftovers that I can’t eat...and my kids ate all the leftover unstuffed cabbage, so I had to scramble for lunch. I ended up with turkey breast wrapped around carrots and dipped in guacamole. So, tonight I made my single serving of leftovers for lunch tomorrow before I even served dinner and hid them in the back of the fridge. They think there are none. I made a ton of spaghetti squash tonight. Topped it with browned house-made Italian sausage and sun dried tomatoes and pesto. It was colorful and delicious. We have a ton of leftover spaghetti squash which will return as hashbrown patties for breakfast with some eggs and a little prosciutto.
  8. Mountain Girl

    Starting January 2!

    Hi, guys! Started my third whole30 yesterday. I did two almost back to back early last year that were, in fact, life changing. I am doing this one for more specific information when reintroduction come. So, glad to be on this journey with you all! Have been reading your posts and catching up. I find these group threads to be incredibly helpful. It’s great to have such a mix of “rookies” and “veterans “. @D.M. Yes, I think no snacks is the goal. That was definitely a takeaway for me from my first that has stuck. But it doesn’t happen immediately. The first week or so can be so hard. If you are hungry, you should eat! I believe we are supposed to try to have snacks that include all three groups (protein, veggies, and fat) but AT LEAST two those. Give yourself permission to snack at least for the first week or two. But notice when you need it...either your previous meal wasn’t large enough, or it’s habit, not hunger. @DebCoop109 re:thinking about food all the time making you hungry. 1. If you are hungry, eat. 2. Make a plan and do some prep. If you have a plan, you will spend less time thinking about what comes next. And 3. This can be a HUGE change for some people. I thought I cooked a lot before but the prep and planning for this was so time consuming. But I promise it gets easier. Planning and prepping become second nature. You learn when/where shortcuts are worth extra money (frozen riced cauliflower and pre-peeled and cut butternut squash come to mind). @LaVesta re: cauliflower tortillas...would love to see a mod pipe in here. On one hand, one of the cool things about this is trying new things...some of which you find you like and become permanent changes. On the other hand we are supposed to avoid “sex with your pants on”, or recreating non compliant foods with compliant ingredients... re: black coffee...I hate it too. In my normal life I am used to a little stevia and nut pods, but when I can’t have the stevia, the nutpods don’t really cut it for me either. The best coffee on whole30 for me is this: put 1/4 cup of coffee, 1/4 cup of coconut CREAM, and EITHER 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon or 1/2 teaspoon of cocoa (I like the cinnamon best) in the blender. Pour this in your mug and fill the rest with coffee. It won’t replace a latte, but it works for me for 30 days...and I find I use less stevia when I go back. i got an instapot for Christmas...would love some recipes for it if you guys have any!
  9. Mountain Girl

    On Day #2

    First, you can do this! Second, if you are hungry...EAT! When I did my first Whole30, I allowed myself to eat anything compliant for the first 4 days or so. I HIGHLY recommend eating the meal template and adjusting your portions based on hunger with the goal to live relatively snack free barring emergencies. But give yourself a few days to get your feet wet and eat when you are hungry, keeping it compliant. After that, the best snack is a mini meal. My go to is compliant deli turkey wrapped around some kind of veggie (think carrot stick, celery, cucumber,red pepper...) and dipped in guacamole. It will hold you until your next meal. Regarding complicated recipes...I wouldn't go there yet. Try to keep it simple. One dish meals (I think that's what the book refers to as "ingredient meals") are easy and quick and make great leftovers. It's called WHOLE 30. When you use Whole Foods, some prepping, slicing and dicing is to be expected. But it gets easier, I promise. You get better at it, you learn short cuts, etc. Save the complicated recipes for down the road when you are bored. And/or for weekends when you have more time to really learn and enjoy the cooking process. And I can't stress enough...LEFTOVERS ARE YOUR FRIEND!! Last nights leftover veggies with poached eggs on top for breakfast, leftovers to grab and take for lunch...and if you get too many leftover meals in your fridge...you get the night off from cooking. I deliberately make more than I need to always have some leftovers on hand. Hang in there...you can do this, and it's totally worth it.
  10. Mountain Girl

    Starting 8/28 Excited

    I am starting tomorrow with you guys, too. It will be my third....just need to reset from summer...bad habits creeping back in and I want to get back on track. Excited about this one as I was training for a half marathon during my previous two...and the tiger blood was a bit elusive. I want to see how this goes with my steady regular workout regimen. Actually just realized I have been completely compliant today. Thought about calling it day one, but I think I will have my final glass of wine with our end of summer dinner tonight. Good luck to you all. Get some prep in today? I believe someone should start every Whole30 with......"Ladies and gentlemen....start your dishwashers...."
  11. Mountain Girl

    Scale re-intro?

    Looking for advice here. Trying to find a healthy relationship with my scale post whole 30. My history: 6 months ago I was that girl described in the book....wake up, weigh in ...and that number defined my day. I thought I was healthy about it. I gave myself a 5 lb. cushion from my low, butbover that it was zero carbs, borderline starvation. I had lost about 60 lbs. from my high...ten years ago...gradually with lots of plateaus along the way, but never wanted to go back. But I "broke up with my scale last summer. It really was freeing. And I do believe healthier. The first time I weighed myself in six months was day 0 of my first whole 30, 1/16/17. But I had gained 15 pounds since my break up with my scale. I lost 14 in my first whole 30. Was scared to go off plan at first. Day 35 went to Paris and basically introduced everything over 4 days. Nothing disagreed with me. Came home and ate whole 30 except stevia in my coffee and red wine every other day. Started round two 3/1/17 (to do it right with proper reintroduction) Lost another 12 in round two. So now what, regarding scale? I feel like since I gained 15 pounds in six months without weighing at all, that's not effective. But I do not want to go back to that daily weigh-in. I know it wasn't healthy. And SO frustrating when I would have a great workout one day and make good food choices and then gain a half pound the next morning. I don't want to go back to that. So, post whole 30, what's a healthy relationship with my scale? I am thinking monthly, maybe, but looking for some adive/guidance.
  12. Mountain Girl

    Starting March 1st

    @neelyerin curried shepherd's pie sounds delish! Recipe? @moosegirl I <3 leftovers! Except seafood...doesn't keep well. Otherwise leftovers keep me from cooking and doing dishes....again! Day 31. Down 12 lbs. four nights straight without Zantac and now reflux! Woohoo i feel so good. Added stevia to my coffee and had wine with dinner. Otherwise I don't crave anything so I am taking the long reintro route and waiting until something is worth it. Feel too good to change anything else now.
  13. Mountain Girl

    Starting March 1st

    Good morning, friends! I haven't checked in for a while, but just finished catching up on your wonderful posts. It's been a while, so I apologize for the lengthy post, but I am in need of some whole 30 therapy. First though... @BendySimcha @Leekeetria @Jenny85 @alcazn (And anybody else struggling with scale issues)...I have a recommendation. THE SECRET OF YOUR NATURALLY SKINNY FRIENDS by Monica Swanson. It's a very short book, but not meant to be read quickly. Each couple of pages is followed by a journaling prompt. It was eye opening to discover where my body images started, and empowering to find ways to decide for myself who I am and redefine myself beyond the scale. The book concludes with a 30 day "thought diet". I read it last summer and broke up with my scale after 10 years of daily weigh-ins. The first time I got on the scale was day 0 of my first whole30 in January. I probably don't need to reread the self discovery part at the beginning (where you find the roots of your self image), but the rest, I kind of want to do again in light of my whole 30 experience. And the thought diet is always good to come back to. Fulll disclosure: the author is Christian. But the concepts are not, and she structures the book such that the "Christian" parts all fall in box insets titled "my story". Just skip those if it's not for you. Now for the therapy' I will try not to ramble. I ran my first half marathon on Saturday and it KICKED MY BUTT. I was a full 21 minutes off my goal time. I know they say not to do something like that in the first two weeks of a whole 30, BUT I really didn't see it that way. My first whole 30 was 1/16-2/14. I only added a little stevia to my coffee for the first 4 days. Then we went to Paris, and I pretty much introduced everything for 5 days. Came back, and other than the stevia was compliant until I started with you guys on 3/1. (My goal being to do a whole lent and follow with a proper reintroduce...slowly) My second was nothing like my first in terms of cravings or difficulty. I honestly felt great within the first 4 days, but I like journeying with others (and getting recipe ideas) So, I thought I would be fine doing this race. I DID make sure to have a fist sized serving of fruit for breakfast and starchy veggies at lunch AND dinner everyday the week leading up to the race. So here are my questions: Was it foolish? Should I always return to rice and beans and whole grains pre race? I struggle sometimes with the concept of whole30 because I always resist quick fixes. I don't diet. I DO make healthy lifestyle changes. So I do whole 30 with a constant eye on how this looks post whole 30. I know it's not meant to be a whole365, but I also know that the changes we see during can't last if you just go back to your old eating habits. So what does a post whole30 life look like? And will I ever have the energy to truly CONQUER a half marathon while eating this way? Because I never really felt the tiger blood in round one. I felt pretty good a few days into round two...but not near enough to get me through my race. Im sorry to be a Debby Downer. I'm just so frustrated with my performance. But I really think there's something to this whole 30 stuff. I lost 14 pounds in round 1! I am just struggling to figure out how whole 30 coexists with endurance training.
  14. Mountain Girl

    Starting March 1st

    Survivied a weekend trip to the in-laws for my MIL's birthday. It was supposed to be a day trip and turned into two. I stayed compliant, but my meal templates were way off...and too much fruit because there was so little else compliant. I guess I should have planned better and brought more of my own food. Ok, so catching up on posts... @RoK stuffed peppers w/ balsamic reduction sounds relish? Is it a recipe you can share? @Elizabeth22 I am sorry for your lack of support at home. That's really a shame. I just wanted to hug you when I read that and say that it's very impressive that you are going to these lengths to clean up your diet and eat healthy so young. I wish I knew way back then what I know now....sure wouldn't have waited so long. 'high five". (Also, are you the grad student at Carolina? I have a son who is a junior there....great basketball game Saturday night!) @angledge OMG I laughed so hard at "ladies and gentlemen, start your dishwashers". I am finding it a little easier to stay on top of it now, but that was such an adjustment my first whole 30! @BendySimcha I feel you on the scale junky front. Although I broke up with mine (the description in the book about the morning weigh in and how it affects your day was me to the letter!) about 7 months before my first whole 30, when I was on whole 30 and I wasn't feeling the tiger blood or seeing as many non scale victories as I had hoped, I was so tempted to weigh just because I needed SOME positive feedback that this was worth it. I don't want to go back to that daily weigh in and letting the number on the scale dictate my day or define my self image, but I am just not sure how to do that post whole 30. I think they need to address "scale reintroduction, too. @hchc I find wine, well, alcohol in general, to be the hardest part of whole 30 too. After the first week, it's really only hard in social situations for me. Which makes me think, like you, that often my nightly glass was more habit than anything else. Whole 30 is good at having me examine things I consume automatically and figuring out which can go and which can't. (Wine definitely CANNOT...on a permanent basis...but I can be more aware and intentional about consumption). That said...it's the first week and weekends are hard. I survived Saturday night's birthday celebration where the rest of the table consumed 3 bottles (among 6 adults). But last night when we got home we went to a concert. My husband had a beer...a yummy local brew. He asked me to hold his glass while he did something on his phone which took forever as I stared longingly into his glass. I told him he needed to take it back quickly. He told me how proud he was of me and kissed me...and I am pretty sure we made out like teenagers...cuz, man he tasted good But I didn't DRINK! Glad to be home in my own kitchen with control over all my food. Other than the prep and the dishes, it's just not too hard when I am home. Traveling and dining out...not so much. Upping my carb intake this week because I run my first half marathon on Saturday. Got my race info email last night, and there's nothing compliant but water at the refueling stations. I have to figure out how to work this. I've got to consume more than water on this race. I'd welcome any suggestions. I may go ask in the whole 30 for athletes thread too. Happy day 6 everyone. I'm going to go hit the Facebook page now and write down a ton of meal ideas
  15. Mountain Girl

    Starting March 1st

    @angledge do you have a recipe for the sausage/greens/cauliflower grits casserole? That sounds yummy. We love grits here. I made a soup last night that has been a staple for us in the winter (mulligatawny). I only had to tweak two ingredients to make it compliant. I subbed arrowroot for flour as thickener and I dumped cauli-rice in instead of brown rice. I don't think anyone even noticed the change. My kids think they don't like cauliflower. My last whole 30 I did fried rice with cauliflower and they ate it all. I was kind of sad because I was counting on leftovers...but they are eating healthy so, whatever. I would love to try cauliflower-grits out on them.