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  1. Roonster

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    I finished my day 30 yesterday, but I think I'm going to continue with a modified version for another 30 days. AKA, my sugar dragon is still breathing fire, but I would like to do reintro of everything else to see what I may or may not be sensitive to. The funny thing is that I feel much better in a lot of ways, and I don't really want to do reintro and risk eating something that makes me feel bloated, tired, etc. I considered trying to do a whole60, but I am scheduled to start travelling for work again, a lot, and I know it's too hard to do this while travelling in foreign countries. Plus, I have a weekend here and there, and I want to try local delicacies The challenge now is defining what my Food Freedom looks like. I think it will be very close to whole30, with maybe some cheese, cream or wine (assuming I'm tolerant) when I'm home. I've enjoyed these 45 days (the last 30 were straight whole30, the first two weeks I ate hidden soy and grains, oops!) and the challenges of cooking. I've come to love Mel Joulwan's recipes, and plan on using her cook books for the future. The combo of really tasty, varied foods with actual hard books... the best! If anyone keeps using this thread, I'll keep checking in, at least through reintroduction! I haven't been nearly as active at posting as I wanted, but I've enjoyed reading everyone's experiences!! I am WHOLE30
  2. Prior to whole30 I *mostly* followed a low carbohydrate keto and/or paleo diet, and I was rarely if ever hungry then, either. I guess I expected to start feeling hunger pangs again since I identified with the "prowling around the cupboard at night looking for something" feeling. The biggest change I made for w30 was cutting out dairy and wine and reducing the amount of nuts I eat. I guess I'll just keep sticking to it if everything looks decent. I'll focus on drinking enough water and see what happens. Thanks for the help!
  3. Lessons learned are the best lessons! I restarted after day 14 because I realized that the food I'd been offered as a guest at a Nigerian house had peanut butter in it after I took a bite. Best decision I've made, although I couldn't help thinking about it when I passed what would have been day 30 for me. But it is easier to continue than to quit and do it at a later date. Keep up the good work!
  4. Roonster

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    @Kiralyn DRight now there are a bunch of bell peppers for good prices available in my local grocery store and fruit and veggie vendor, so I have been stocking up and slicing them up. I usually do a grab and go breakfast of some cold egg "muffins" (eggs, onions, greens, ground meat), bell peppers and maybe a piece of fruit or cut up strawberries. The combo of the greens in the eggs and the bell peppers gets my veggies in in the morning, and the peppers are sweet and cold enough to not be weird to me in the morning. I've also tried it with cucumbers, carrots and cherry tomatoes to good success. @Bootsie1947 I am still having sleep problems, and I just finished day 18. Not sure what your schedule is like, but perhaps it's not completely whole30 related? I have a lot of stress at work, and I think that's a serious contributor. Plus, there's the whole don't get sleep, be tired, drink caffeine, can't go to sleep early cycle that I sometimes fall into.
  5. @SugarcubeOD I have occasionally gone that long without eating, but it's more common that an early lunch lines up with an early dinner or a late lunch and late dinner. Some days I will eat at 6:30, 2:00 and 9:30. I eat fruit with meals rather than as a snack. For example, my breakfast this morning was three egg muffins, bell peppers and strawberries with tea and coconut milk. Is the epic bar not recommended because many of them have a higher fat content? I make sure I only eat the leanest options post workout (venison or chicken, less than 1g fat per serving). My understanding from reading these forums and the books is that starchy carbs aren't strictly necessary, especially if I have weight to lose, which I do. Do you think there would be recovery benefit from adding in starchy carbs post workout? Most of my meals are fairly large-ish. Here's today: Breakfast: 3 egg "muffins" made with eggs, coconut oil, greens, onions, ground beef; bells peppers; sometimes berries or an apple; tea with coconut milk. Post workout: Epic bar -- today it was venison. Lunch: Pork meatballs (1/3 to 1/2 lb meat) with zoodles and sunshine sauce. Salad with olive oil. Iced tea. Dinner: Repeat of lunch. I do not want to decrease my food too much and get to a point where my body is prioritizing survival over recovery, like you mentioned may be happening. But it seems weird to me that I'm rarely or never hungry. I guess a good question is how long I should expect to wait until hunger hormones are netter regulated? Thanks for all your help!
  6. I am finishing day 16, and rarely if ever (once or twice per week) do I feel hungry. In the past few days I've felt hungry probably every other morning, which I count as a good thing, because I am breaking a no-breakfast habit. I think that means that my hormones are resetting? My question is this: should I evaluate my meals and start cutting down meal sizes until I start to feel hungry around the next meal time? Right now I am eating in accordance with the template, but on the higher side (2 palms of protein, a LOT of veggies, a few servings of fruit per day). I sometimes feel stuffed after meals from all the veggies, because I hate wasting food, so I will eat past satiety to finish my cauliflower rice or pork. I also don't have consistent meal times for meal 2 or meal 3 since I squeeze "lunch" in around my work schedule (anywhere from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM) and dinner is after I come home and have a minute to get it together (5:30 PM to 9:00 PM). Regardless of when I eat, I don't get hungry, though, and I feel like I'm forcing myself to eat out of habit or time rather than to nourish myself. I should add that I workout 5-7 times per week with a combo of running, weighted cardio, weight lifting and yoga/dynamic stretching for 45-90 min per session. I rarely manage to get a pre-workout snack in, but I have been packing Epic bars to eat immediately following workouts and that has seemed to help my recovery a bit, although my muscles do not seem to be recovering nearly as quickly as before I started. Thanks for any help! Sierra
  7. Roonster

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    @Let's Dooooo It! Thanks for the water reminder! I'll make that a priority. I've mixed up dehydration with hunger signals before, so it's probably that. I'm also focusing on getting enough sleep this week, since it's very logical for my brain to crave a quick sugar pick-me-up when I'm tired. @Hope4Overcomers I'm not feeling any Tiger Blood either, and it's frustrating! And I thought I'd be ahead of schedule, because I did two weeks of Whole30 before Easter as well. I went back and reread the books and the site, both of which say that Tiger Blood looks and feels different for everyone. I'm trying to count my NSVs and be grateful. For example, I used to wake up and limp around the house for a couple minutes until my feet got warmed up. It was a hold over from plantar fasciitis that I developed a couple years ago. I haven't had that problem in almost two weeks! Tiger blood or not, happy Day 16!!
  8. Roonster

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Hey all. I'm back! I've been keeping it Whole30, but I've been slammed with work, so I haven't had time to follow this forum or keep posting. I've been eating compliantly (content wise) but have found that I'm still snacking and/or eating when I'm not hungry. Any tips out there in Apr 2 land on how to help break these habits? In the past week I've identified a food with no brakes -- dates. I didn't think I had a sugar dragon before this, but I have been taking advantage of healthy sugars to give me a pick-me-up when I'm feeling tired, stressed or overwhelmed. Obviously, those are off the table for the rest of this whole30! Sierra
  9. Roonster

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Haha I've had dreams about Diet Coke and rice. Funny thing is that I didn't eat either more than occasionally before I started. The dream about diet coke was so convincing that I woke up and started planning how I was going to restart... This weekend I've been focusing on "getting my life in order" as I say. I cleaned on Saturday (including wiping down all my shelves and washing the floors). I live in a city with bad air quality, so things get pretty gritty and dirty regardless of what I do. I also don't have AC, so with the spring and summer coming the windows are open, which adds to the mess. Today I'm doing meal prep. This week we're working 14 hour days Mon-Sat, so I have to have food ready to pack and eat. I'm turning into somewhat of a Mel Joulwan fangirl. I bought her cookbooks and am planning on making Meat and Spinach Muffins for breakfast and a variety of dishes for lunch/dinner: 1. Best Chicken Ever () 2. Garlic Lime Shrimp 3. Bora Bora Fireballs 4. Pork Char Siu and Fried Cauliflower Rice I'm about to put the meats in to marinade and then head to my local store for the produce I didn't buy yesterday. Busy day ending with Church and an Italian lesson. Best of luck on week 2, all! -S
  10. Roonster

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    @Hope4Overcomers Those are good snack options, but you can also pack compliant meals! If you have access to a microwave, that's even better, but either way, cold chicken over salad lasts well, and is good anywhere. Food should stay good out of the fridge for a couple hours, but you can always put a frozen water bottle in with it to keep it chilled and give you a frosty drink in the afternoon. Good luck! The right attitude will get you 90% of the way there. I survived the week barely. Eating whole30 approved has reduced my stress because I know what I can eat and I know that I have options. A couple days ago I got out my food processor and whirred up a sweet potato (a huge one) and an onion, which I've been using as a base for my evening meals. Tonight I had sweet potato, onion and zucchini cooked in ghee and topped with 5 fried eggs. Yes, I can hold 5 eggs in my hand, which is a serving! The two previous nights I mixed in some ground beef and a ton of arugula, which was also delicious. I'm running out of veggies. Today I cut open a bag of frozen brussels sprouts, threw then in a container and took them to work with me for lunch. Sure I got a couple snarky comments about the scent of brussels, but I work in a good office, and no one really minds. I've been eating a roast that I made on Tuesday for the past couple days and noticed some stomach discomfort. I made this same roast last week, but didn't have any dried diced garlic or onions on hand, and I didn't have this discomfort. I have cut all garlic salt and garlic powder out of my diet (years ago) because I noticed it made me feel the same way, but I've never noticed problems with fresh garlic. Apparently the dried diced garlic (which I bought because I expected it to have fewer preservatives / additives) has the same effect and will have to be used less. Maybe the problem is that I just use too much? I woke up today and noticed that my stomach looked very flat, but I'm now feeling very bloated and gross. I guess that's Day 5 for you! Keep on keepin' on! We're getting there!
  11. Roonster

    Starting on 3.19.2018 Is Anyone else?

    @mebl1970 Congrats on the pain disappearing! That's a HUGE victory! I hope you can figure out what's been causing it so that you can best avoid it.
  12. Roonster

    Starting on Monday March 19th! First Timer Here

    No worries! Life gets super busy, and I understand that @Dkiely46 I'm doing well! I ended up restarting my 30 days after Easter because of a fixed meal dinner on Thursday night and then Easter, both of which I was pretty sure had some non compliant foods, no matter how much I tried to avoid them. I also found out that the magnesium supplement I was taking had soy in it. Yikes! Anyways, I'm still here and just finished up Day 5. Still feeling about the same, no big changes.
  13. Roonster

    4/2/2018 Starting Whole30

    Finishing up day 4, and learning new things about myself, which is always exciting and terrible. Exciting, because I like self improvement, but terrible because then I have to do something about it! Today I realized that I eat emotionally in the afternoon at work when I've been busy all day, I'm a little stressed, and I know I'm going to be working late. Around 330 or 400 PM, boom, the craving hits. Really what it is, I think, is my brain telling me it's tired and ready to go home. Not sure what to do about this, though, since going home isn't an option, and I don't want to just sub in tea or coffee. Seems like that's replacing a bad habit with a slightly less bad habit, but I'm not really changing the habit... Not really noticing any bad symptoms except for slow and hard workouts @Dave K and @dnewc. I had a sprint workout on Wednesday where I struggled for the whole second half to jog out the sprint sessions because my legs were just... so... TIRED. I decided to take my rest day today, because I haven't been able to sleep much (not helping), and I have a lift scheduled for tomorrow. Looking forward to my workout and Friday! @mirjam.I do the same thing! Portion control is huge for me and always has been. I have a quote in my food log for this week: "If you're over weight, it's because you overeat." I've been trying to eat mindfully, but it's easy to just shovel it in and not even realize how much I've eaten. This week I'm trying to leave at least two bites of every dish at every meal. It's hard, because my parents always made us eat what we served ourselves, but it's helping me slow down and think a bit more! @humanitysurveyif you're hungry, eat a snack! Just don't fall into the trap I do with emotional instead of hunger eating. I purposely take less delicious snacks to work with me because I'm very likely to snack in the afternoon if I have cashews or a larabar or something nutty or fruity, but I'm less likely to eat an egg and celery.
  14. Roonster

    Sweet potatoes ...

    If cooked veggies are less preferable, try raw or very lightly cooked. You can steam sautee green beans so that they're still crunchy, but also warm and greener. Try bell peppers, baby carrots, or celery dipped in compliant ranch. I personally love cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage) but only if their roasted. Steamed or raw are pretty yucky to me, especially when they're over cooked. In this case, I'd say Google is your best friend The other thing you could do is try some of those tricks on parenting websites (How to get your kids to eat veggies!). Incorporate veggies into your meals. You can wilt greens into a hot soup, mix finely diced peppers and onions into scrambled eggs, mix a lot of stuff into a hearty chili. Just figure out what your main dish is and see what veggies you can cook into it!
  15. Roonster

    Adding fat

    You can also freeze the sauces if you think you made too much, which will extend their shelf life. This works really well with olive oil based sauces (pesto, tapenade, etc) and anything that's based on nut butters or oils. The eggs will probably work, but I've never freezed eggs before to see how they fare when they thaw. Just be careful if you're freezing in glass that you leave enough room in the jar so that it doesn't break all over!