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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to jboyd in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    So I spent the last day and 1/2 traveling. I was thankful for what I prepped ahead of time! - I mixed tuna, avocado, and mashed sweet potatoes together  and put them in red pepper halves. It was yummy! Today I had sliced peppers and apples with Tuna, avocado and mustard and hard boiled eggs. Luckily, we found a great Mediterranean restaurant for dinner where I got a huge bowl of greens, tomoates, babaganush and beef! It was great! Keep going! I feel like o am learning to read my body's hunger so much better!
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to MargretB in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    We're really approaching the home stretch here everyone. We only have 1 more Friday left, and one more Saturday after today etc...It's almost time to start thinking about life post-Whole30. 
    I'm starting to feel A LOT more energy. We were up last night until the whole town lost power around 10:30, and then when puppy woke me up at 7, I was just up, no need for the extra sleeping in I usually do on the weekends. I got right up and had breakfast and then started tackling the snow. We ended up getting over 3 feet in just over 24 hours, so there was a lot of shoveling to get done. I cleared a nice wide path to our door, then moved on to the deck! It's not covered so it got ALL the snow. Since it's not supposed to warm up enough to melt snow anytime soon, and we're supposed to get MORE snow this week, and it's the wet, heavy kind, I cleared off the entire deck for fear of it having too much weight on it. Then I got the car dug out, which was quite a feat, so that I could do to the grocery store. New discovery: Aquafina now makes compliant sparkling water in flavors La Croix doesn't! I picked up a pack of pineapple-mango to try. Anyway, I forgot how tiring shoveling snow can be and decided to haul all my groceries up from the garage (2 flights of stairs) in one go, and by the time I got to the kitchen my shoulders were on fire! 
    My chicken recipe from last night was amazing and made lots of leftovers so I picked up some butter lettuce to make wraps with it for lunches and am enjoying it right now. I'm planning to take the rest of the day off from doing much of anything since the morning was so very productive. I hope everyone else is having a great Saturday! 
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to Brensuma in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    I've finally been able to eat 3 meals. Yahoo! I have noticed I sleep and wake up better. Still loving the food recipes from Whole30 books. I try not to eat fruit every day but love that I can have some if I want. I miss coffee though (can't drink it black). Proud of myself that I was at the grocery store and passed by the donuts, sample pizza and same cinnamon rolls. I want to try the ketchup recipe and some salad dressing. 
      Hope you all have a good weekend and stay strong!
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to Kick the habit in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    @ShannonM816 thanks so much for all your feedback and recommendations! Such a great group of people here!
     
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    eatspinraverepeat got a reaction from rgill in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    So happy it is Friday! Day 17 almost done. I'm heading out for a friend's birthday party, so wish me luck on no one offering me food I can't eat!
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to MargretB in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    Snow day! We got 9" over night and it just keeps coming. I went into work around 8 and called it at 11:30 when they extended the storm forecast into the evening. I'm emotionally craving popcorn and hot chocolate to go along with my snow day movies. I'm excited for dinner though. Chicken with coconut milk & lime, peppers, and pineapple is in the slow cooker to shred up and have over greens. It should make good lunch leftovers for the rest of the weekend too! 
    I'm off to watch The 10th Kingdom and finally take down the Christmas tree! Keep going strong everyone, 13 days to go! 
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    eatspinraverepeat got a reaction from Kmactx in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    I have also experienced lots of stress at work over almost all of the Whole30, and I made the observation today that, if it wasn't for W30, I would be eating so much junk right now, and justifying that I would eat better when I got on the other side of my deadlines. Even though it is difficult, today I gained a strong sense of self-efficacy in regard to being able to make it through the stress without turning to food! In a sense, I am almost thankful that I am experiencing this stress during W30 because it has given me the opportunity to realize my strength. Doesn't make the stress any easier though!
    The thing I am afraid of with Natural Calm is the digestive effect! I don't need that...so I started with a 1/2 tsp and I'll move up to 1 tsp in a few days.
     
    Day 16: I am so much happier today because I took the day off of the gym. I felt miserable and exhausted last night, and spent my morning catching up on some e-mails for a fundraiser run I am team captaining, instead of going to the gym. It was a good decision, even though I didn't want to miss. I feel much better today.
    I am not feeling the Tiger Blood, and I actually feel that my clothes are a bit tighter, but I'm being patient and waiting to see the "magic" before the end of my W30.
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    eatspinraverepeat got a reaction from JenHZ in Nicole's Whole30 Round 1   
    Day 16
    Skipped the gym. Good decision. Still woke up at 5:30 with no alarm, but I was able to fall back asleep until 6.
    Meal 1: 2 medium eggs +3 handfuls spinach + 1/2 medium avocado + 125 grams roasted butternut squash (I was so sad I had no sweet potato left)
    Coffee!
    Meal 2 (~5.5 hours after meal 1--I was starving): Coconut cauliflower rice (coconut flakes + raisins + coconut aminos + chinese 5 spice, cooked in coconut oil) + Salsa Verde Chicken (my fave!) + 1 small gala apple + 3/4 large yellow bell pepper + LaCroix water
    Meal 3 (~6 hours after meal 2): few cherry tomatoes + Best Chicken (palm sized) + small serving cauliflower rice + green beans (microwaved) + 1 tbsp ghee + ~100 grams roasted sweet potato + LaCroix water
    I am literally sitting here debating whether I should eat something else (apple or blueberries), but this is my sugar dragon. It is getting late and I should get to bed earlier today to get up for the workout tomorrow.
    Here's to W30 helping bring awareness to my after-dinner sugar dragon!
    Onto Day 17!
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    eatspinraverepeat got a reaction from ThyPeace in Extreme muscle soreness   
    I had extreme soreness in my first week, but when I added a spoonful of almond butter pre-WO and 2 ounces tuna post-WO, the soreness virtually went away. I'm doing crossfit-style WODs every morning M-F + usually a strength session before the WOD. I also spin 1-2 times per week (I teach once a week).
    That being said, I did have to take today off the gym for the first time in 3 months (I take rest days on the weekend, but the first time I missed my weekday workout since November). I feel so much better having given myself that rest, even though I felt bad for missing my workout.
    Maybe try to give yourself extra rest. I am thankful I did it even though I was dreading it.
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to rgill in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    Posting some of my favorite meals from the past couple of weeks!  Loving that we can have sweet potatoes and butternut squash.  Also, I've never tried dried fruit in a salad.  The raspberries in the salad bottom left are dried.  Really a nice flavor with a crunch.

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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to Sjc1944 in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    Hi
    i have been unable to respond , but my grandson fixed it for me! i feel so much better but no outside physical changes (loose pAnts, etc), perhaps too much fruit, even tho I eat it with meals, not as a snack!
    sue
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to rgill in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    Hope this helps you sleep.  Never hear of that.  I have been taking a Magnesium glycinate every night before bed for 5 or so years.  Works like a charm! 
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    eatspinraverepeat got a reaction from Kmactx in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    There is so much you can do with a blender! Do you at least have a food processor? If not, it's worth the investment.
    I previously was not eating prior to my workouts, then eating my full breakfast after, and I was extremely achy for the first week. @jmcbn Suggested following the meal template for pre-/post-workout and that has made a huge difference in my performance and recovery. I eat a spoonful of almond butter 15-30 minute prior to my workout, then I eat about 2 ounces of tuna with compliant mustard after. I wait around an hour before I eat breakfast.
    The days I wait too long to eat my tuna after my workout, my muscles get sore later. Also, if I miss the almond butter, I run out of gas during the crossfit WOD-style workout. Also, even if tuna doesn't sound appealing, especially if you workout in the morning, it is worth it and I am actually enjoying it when I get home from the gym at 7am.
    Check-in for the day: I am definitely experiencing mental and physical fatigue from the constant stress at my work. We're meeting multiple deadlines this week, so there is nothing I can other than get my work done so we can get on the other side of this. I did very well with my meals today, despite the stress and was really happy with myself for not trying to snack after my meal 3.
    I'm also trying out Natural Calm tonight to see if it will help me sleep. My sleep has been good the past two days, but terrible prior to that. The magnesium should also help my muscles so we'll see. 
    Anyone else use Natural Calm or a magnesium supp?
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    eatspinraverepeat got a reaction from Kmactx in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    There is so much you can do with a blender! Do you at least have a food processor? If not, it's worth the investment.
    I previously was not eating prior to my workouts, then eating my full breakfast after, and I was extremely achy for the first week. @jmcbn Suggested following the meal template for pre-/post-workout and that has made a huge difference in my performance and recovery. I eat a spoonful of almond butter 15-30 minute prior to my workout, then I eat about 2 ounces of tuna with compliant mustard after. I wait around an hour before I eat breakfast.
    The days I wait too long to eat my tuna after my workout, my muscles get sore later. Also, if I miss the almond butter, I run out of gas during the crossfit WOD-style workout. Also, even if tuna doesn't sound appealing, especially if you workout in the morning, it is worth it and I am actually enjoying it when I get home from the gym at 7am.
    Check-in for the day: I am definitely experiencing mental and physical fatigue from the constant stress at my work. We're meeting multiple deadlines this week, so there is nothing I can other than get my work done so we can get on the other side of this. I did very well with my meals today, despite the stress and was really happy with myself for not trying to snack after my meal 3.
    I'm also trying out Natural Calm tonight to see if it will help me sleep. My sleep has been good the past two days, but terrible prior to that. The magnesium should also help my muscles so we'll see. 
    Anyone else use Natural Calm or a magnesium supp?
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    eatspinraverepeat got a reaction from JenHZ in Nicole's Whole30 Round 1   
    Day 15
    Halfway there
    Pre-WO: Missed (ran out of gas on my WOD because of this)
    Post-WO: 2 ounces tuna with mustard
    Meal 1: 3 medium eggs +3 handfuls spinach + 1/2 medium avocado + 100 grams roasted sweet potato
    Coffee
    Meal 2: Remaining tuna from can + mustard (combination of Whole Foods Dijon--gross, don't buy it--and the regular mustard I have been using) + 3 teaspoons ghee (for fat) + sugar snap peas + baby carrots + 125 g butternut squash + LaCroix water
    Made it well through the afternoon without hunger. Met up with a friend to exercise after so...
    Pre-WO: 1.5 Tbsp almond butter + small gala apple (not the standard pre-WO template...but I needed energy)
    Post-WO/Meal 3: 2 eggs + 2 handfuls green beans + 100 g sweet potato + 1 tsp ghee on green beans + GT Strawberry Kombucha
    I feel absolutely exhausted, mentally and physically, so I will most likely take tomorrow morning off from the gym. My body is telling me I need a break through many signals. I will also be trying Natural Calm tonight, and I am hoping that will give me great sleep and help my muscles recover.
    Onto Day 16 going strong!
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to MargretB in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    Day 14 is almost down--burger and fries and salad for dinner here. Trump's speech is on and so far this is the hardest time I've had not drinking. Tomorrow is the halfway point, it's going to feel good to be counting down from 15 from here on out! 
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to jboyd in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    I will have to try that sweet potato meal! Thanks for sharing. I appreciated the encouragement I received when I was having a hard day a couple of days ago! I think the starch was missing that day and therefore i made a batch of sweet mashed potatoes. I ate too many, and I was "trying to fill some craving". Overall, I'm thankful that is was that and not my typical chocolate or pretzels. I was HUNGRY yesterday and had a hard time feeling satiated (as some others of you have shared) even though I felt like I was eating so much. Today is a new day. I found a bar (1 out of a large selection) and beef stick at Traders to bring along with me as I travel this week in case I get in a pickle. 
    Keep posting! It 's super helpful to here where others are at. I've appreciated much of the advice given to others on here too.
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to History&Pearls in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    We're officially halfway today! I got a (compliant) smoothie from Panera as a treat for myself this morning - we don't have a blender and I refuse to buy a one purpose tool so it's definitely a treat! Had that with my normal breakfast and feel great so far!
    Last night we made the sweet and spicy sausage stuffed acorn squash from Whole30 Recipes Instagram - seriously the best thing we've made so far! I'm a pretty accomplished cook, but I just wouldn't have thought of that, and it was amazing!
    How is everyone feeling today? I'm having a hard time waking up in the mornings again, but once I'm up I'm UP. 
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to jmcbn in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    You could have a spoonful of almond/cashew butter before your WO, or any kind of protein/fat - that's the recommendation. Then postWO you should be eating a lean protein & some optional starchy carbs - depending on the intensity of your work out. Splitting your breakfast in this way is counter productive as you're providing carbs before your WO (which your body will use as fuel rather than learning to tap into it's fat stores), and you're eating fat postWO (which will prevent protein muscle synthesis as it slows down absorption of nutrients).
    Fruit can definitely cause faux hunger, blood sugar spikes & dips etc - especially when eaten in the morning or when eaten on it's own.
    I'm guessing if you'd added some additional fat to breakfast that you wouoldn't have felt the need for the fruit at the meeting, and it wouldn't have all snow-balled from there. Personally I don't find oils that satiating - maybe try something more solid in your salads like mayo of avocado?
    Protein wise your breakfast sounds fine. How much protein was in your salad?
    Basically protein will give you staying power, fat will provide your energy, and veg will privide fibre giving you that nice full feeling. If you find that you're not able to stretch out your meals for 4-5hrs then you probalby need more protein/fat.
    Try keeping any fruit until meal 3, or at least eat it WITH your meal, or as part of it, and stay away from the dried fruit - it packs quite the sugar punch.
    Hope this helps.
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    eatspinraverepeat got a reaction from Kmactx in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    Try eating a good serving of sweet potato with your next meal and a healthy portion of fat. I was feeling very blase yesterday when I attempted to cut down my starchy veggies. My addition of sweet potato, a nice half of a large avocado and an extra egg at breakfast took my mood to the next level.
    Remember: you have full control of your body. Your hand doesn't move without you allowing it, so put your foot down, and realize that you are stronger (in fact, separate from) than your cravings. I think it is really interesting to take an out-of-body approach when those sugar cravings hit. Examine them like someone else is telling you to eat something not W30. You could almost take an inquisitive approach and try to interrogate your cravings a bit. Why are you here? What do you expect me to gain from indulging, etc? Kinda a weird strategy, but I find it fun. 
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    eatspinraverepeat got a reaction from rgill in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    Hey @rgill! Great tips! I do have the book, but haven't made it to that section yet, so I'm reading it tonight before bed. Also, that is really great advice regarding taking a minute to breathe. I feel like I have been going non-stop for the past few days. So busy to the point that I don't feel like I can take a break, but I will probably get more done if I cut away for a little bit.
    @scma I had a similar experience yesterday. The dried fruit (for me it was raisins) really did me in. I think it was my sugar dragon. I have tried to cut back on fruit, because I think it leads me down a slippery slope.
    When I think about supplementing my meal with fruit, I am making sure I think about whether I would want to add sweet potato or butternut squash. My theory is if my body needs carbs and is telling me so through an inkling for fruit, then any carb should do. If I'm just craving sweets and trying to get that through fruit, I probably won't want to eat anymore sweet potato, which is quite a bit more filling than, say, an apple. Otherwise, if I really need carbs, I'll add in a starchy veg.
    I'm still working this out in higher stress situations. The past two days at my work have been insane. I'm really happy there, just a lot to get done and not enough time in the work day to accomplish it.
     
    Day 14 check-in: Made it another day and was so much better than yesterday. The sad thing is, after a bit of overeating raisins yesterday, I slept better than I have in the past week. My observation is that I wasn't getting enough carbs prior. I was generous with my carbs today, but not generous with my fruit. Kept it to a minimum and I'm feeling good. I'm looking forward to less stress tomorrow and a successful day 15!
     
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to rgill in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    I wanted to show you all a pic of our dinner tonight. It was so yummy & easy! Tuna steaks, sautéed kale with almonds(pg 230 of the whole 30 book)& riced cauliflower with spring onions, carrots & dates.  

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    eatspinraverepeat got a reaction from Kmactx in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    Try eating a good serving of sweet potato with your next meal and a healthy portion of fat. I was feeling very blase yesterday when I attempted to cut down my starchy veggies. My addition of sweet potato, a nice half of a large avocado and an extra egg at breakfast took my mood to the next level.
    Remember: you have full control of your body. Your hand doesn't move without you allowing it, so put your foot down, and realize that you are stronger (in fact, separate from) than your cravings. I think it is really interesting to take an out-of-body approach when those sugar cravings hit. Examine them like someone else is telling you to eat something not W30. You could almost take an inquisitive approach and try to interrogate your cravings a bit. Why are you here? What do you expect me to gain from indulging, etc? Kinda a weird strategy, but I find it fun. 
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    eatspinraverepeat got a reaction from rgill in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    How did you feel about including a raw egg? 
     
    @History&Pearls and @Kmactx
    Reason I am doing this: primarily, I decided to do Whole30 to support my co-worker, who is hoping Whole30 will heal her current ailments. A few days before we started, I ate some of my old staples (Kirkland protein bars, protein powder, other not so ideal food) after eating Paleo for almost 3 weeks....I spent my evening feeling absolutely awful and came to the realization that I needed to eat healthier foods (not just low calorie/high protein concoctions). 
    I am so happy I decided to undertake this challenge, because, unexpectedly, I have finally been able to separate myself from my cravings. I think it is the combination of the very well designed intervention that is Whole30 along with the supporting literature, plus this supportive forum/environment that has allowed me to transcend my urges to eat. I see my urges as separate from me and can analyze what I truly want/need or what I am truly feeling in the moment. It's also interesting to analyze where some of the urges come from, as it varies from feeling stress to a familiar smell or taste (i.e., pasta sauce really made me crave the normal things that go along with a pasta dish/italian meal). I cannot thank the creators of this program enough for allowing me to gain this skill...and in only 13 days!
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    eatspinraverepeat got a reaction from rgill in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    How did you feel about including a raw egg? 
     
    @History&Pearls and @Kmactx
    Reason I am doing this: primarily, I decided to do Whole30 to support my co-worker, who is hoping Whole30 will heal her current ailments. A few days before we started, I ate some of my old staples (Kirkland protein bars, protein powder, other not so ideal food) after eating Paleo for almost 3 weeks....I spent my evening feeling absolutely awful and came to the realization that I needed to eat healthier foods (not just low calorie/high protein concoctions). 
    I am so happy I decided to undertake this challenge, because, unexpectedly, I have finally been able to separate myself from my cravings. I think it is the combination of the very well designed intervention that is Whole30 along with the supporting literature, plus this supportive forum/environment that has allowed me to transcend my urges to eat. I see my urges as separate from me and can analyze what I truly want/need or what I am truly feeling in the moment. It's also interesting to analyze where some of the urges come from, as it varies from feeling stress to a familiar smell or taste (i.e., pasta sauce really made me crave the normal things that go along with a pasta dish/italian meal). I cannot thank the creators of this program enough for allowing me to gain this skill...and in only 13 days!