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  1. Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)

    Hi all, it's day 30 for me and my husband. I'm so, so glad we didn't quit despite all the difficulties. Today's lunch was the greek version of the Whole30 protein salad on a bed of spinach with balsamic vinaigrette drizzled on top, with a side of strawberries. AMAZING. I can't believe I didn't try it before. It's amazing how some roasted tomatoes, kalamata olives and basil can change something so much. Non-scale victories are numerous-- more energy, better skin, minimal cravings (gone now that the stress of the move is over), getting more efficient in the kitchen, and I'm sure a lot more I can't think of right now. My husband, like he did during his first Whole30, completely stopped snoring the third day or so. We're basically going with the slow roll introduction. I've never really had issues with the food groups being introduced, but I think for my next Whole30 I'll do the reintroductions on schedule to make sure. Can't do that this time around, but it's in my plans for sure. We basically plan to eat Whole30 or at least paleo all the time unless something comes along that's worth it. It's been a pleasure being part of this thread with y'all. I'm sure I'll see many of you around the forum in the future! Best of luck to everyone who is approaching the finish line!
  2. Day 16 and burnt out....

    I used to drink one cup of drip coffee every morning and if I went just one morning without, I would feel like crap and have a horrible headache by noon-ish. And same as you, I wasn't drinking it to wake myself up. I love the way coffee tastes, but couple years ago I switched to decaf and don't even drink that every day anymore because there's still some caffeine in it. I miss coffee for sure, but the physical effects are not worth is. I'll have to look into the Crio Bru since I miss having a morning beverage! I associate tea with evenings for some reason, and juice awakens my sugar dragon/is not on plan, so I was out of options haha.
  3. Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)

    Day 27 for me and my husband. I made the no fuss salmon cakes from the book last night, an old fave. I like cooking so much more in our new kitchen! This Whole30 has been the hardest of them all, for sure. The first one had the novelty factor, the second one had my husband joining in, and this one had buying a house, moving and getting yeah, tough. But I'm so glad we are sticking it out until the end, cough drops be damned. I'm probably one day away from being completely recovered from this terrible cold I've had for over a week. It's a bummer because I definitely haven't felt any tiger blood. Maybe at the end I'll be fully recovered!
  4. Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)

    @SugarcubeOD Thank you so much for sharing. I stopped taking antidepressants for 10 YEARS because I so badly wanted to convince myself I could live without them. It was a big deal for me to find peace with the fact that I will probably take them the rest of my life. Accepting necessary medical treatment does not mean we are weak. I wish you the best and I'm glad you're sticking around the thread with us till the end!
  5. Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)

    Thanks, guys. With your support and my husband's, I have not quit!! I am giving myself a bit of a break being super food preparer woman, though. Last night I got Chipotle and this morning I went to Snap Kitchen to get some of their Whole30 meals to get me through this move. Not all are template perfection, but it's the best I can do right now. Still being under the weather, having movers come today and having to work a special event for work tomorrow, I just can't fathom cooking for the next couple of days. But I'm determined to make it to the end!
  6. Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)

    Hello all, sorry to not have participated more in the thread this month. Things have been crazy! We closed on the house today and are moving tomorrow and this weekend. There was candy and cookies right under our noses the whole closing, but we didn't touch a thing. The past two days I've really wanted to quit. Like, really. Still do. Feels so silly with only one week to go. I need words of encouragement! @Delicacious your recipe for cauliflower rice sounds amazing. I've made it a couple of different ways and haven't like it much, but I think your way will give it a better flavor.
  7. Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)

    Oops, meant passes in a few DAYS, not weeks haha. Hope I didn't scare anyone!
  8. Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)

    Yes. I always get hit with meat fatigue combined with no Whole30 foods sounding good during the third week and that's when I struggle most to stick with the template. This is my third W30 so there is less meat fatigue, but I am still bored with all the food. Which makes me not stick to the template as well. Which makes me, you guessed it, hungry!! I find that it passes in a few weeks and then the fourth week is easy breezy. Keep going! You've got this. To everyone who offered me sympathy, thank you so much. I'm feeling a little better today after getting a good night's sleep last night, and we're set to close on the house tomorrow! Fingers crossed. Today's day 21 for me and I want to fight my way through to the end! Let's go, team!
  9. Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)

    Hello all! The past few days have been tough. Saturday I came down with a terrible sore throat that has morphed into a summer cold. I ate a few cough drops on Saturday out of desperation, even though I knew they probably weren't compliant. I'm still going to complete the 30 days, though. I was desperate and it was for health reasons on hectic day when I had no other options, so I'm fine with it. If this were my first Whole30 and not my third, I'd consider starting over, but nope. I'm still feeling under the weather but I honestly think it would have been a lot worse were I not eating nutrient-dense foods right now. My husband and I have packed up most of our apartment and used up most of the food in our fridge/freezer in preparation for the move. Now if the gas company can just install the stupid meters already, we can close on our house!! We would have closed 12 days ago if not for that...
  10. Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)

    Man, do I feel that. I think I really need to bite the bullet and buy "Food Freedom Forever." Doing a Whole30 is way easier than riding my own bike. I have also read Melissa saying that with each Whole30 completed, choosing to eat nourishing foods becomes more and more natural and less of a struggle outside of the program. Here's hoping! But I think the book will really help me. Eating my feelings has never done my any favors!
  11. Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)

    Hello everyone! We survived the weekend with my parents at the beach! Friday night I was tense and cranky, since that's when we usually go out to dinner at the seafood restaurant nearby. My husband and I stayed home and grilled out. It was really nice. Saturday morning was more relaxing and from then on it was a breeze. We had a great time and I'm really proud that we did it. I'm so glad I didn't make us stay home!! That definitely would not have been in the spirit of the Whole30. Thank you to all for the words of encouragement. They were very helpful! The weekend's leftovers are officially gone. Yesterday I made the Well Fed eggplant and Italian sausage strata. I haven't tried it yet, but that's dinner tonight. But holy heck, that Italian seasoning mix from the book is A++++. I tried a couple of nibbles of the pork while assembling and WOW! It's spot on. Can't wait to eat that tonight. I think I'll have a simple spinach side salad with some balsamic vinaigrette...we might still have some of that. Man, I love that balsamic vinaigrette recipe from the Whole30 book. Wouldn't change a thing! Using good-quality balsamic makes a big difference. We have a walk through of the house tomorrow morning and are scheduled to close on Thursday. The stress-related food cravings have diminished significantly. They're not gone, but they're not distracting like before. Onward, team!
  12. Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)

    Wow, you are a master planner! I am pretty good about doing a long Sunday prep. But by Wednesday evening, we're usually running out of food. I don't like leaving cooked meat in the fridge longer than three days, just a thing I have. That doesn't help. So Wednesday is a day me or my husband will swing by the grocery store on the way home to get us through to the weekend. I may have to steal your Thai larb recipe. Haven't had any Thai flavors yet doing a Whole30! I think I may try a pad thai recipe as well this round. Big challenge this weekend. We're going to visit my parents at their beach house. So that's Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast. My parents have been supportive but these weekends are usually comfort food, dessert and wine galore. I almost told my mom we wouldn't be able to go, but my husband snapped me out of it and said we could do it. The big challenge for him will be no beer. And you know, he's right. We can do it. We're bringing all our own food. There is a grill there, so we have burgers and shrimp for protein. I made some balsamic vinaigrette and a huge batch of white and sweet potato salad. This will be my first time eating any white potatoes at all during a Whole30, but I'm going to try to keep my portion sizes fairly small so as to not awaken my sugar dragon, who has been quieting down nicely the past couple of days (today is my day 8). We'll also have a bunch of spinach, eggs and compliant bacon. And a boatload of La Croix, mint and fruit. Wish us luck! Hope everyone has a great weekend!
  13. Salmon AND eggs???

    Very true. I had three deviled egg halves to supplement the piece of salmon I ate with breakfast this morning. It was actually a delicious combination, and saving $$$ is always good.
  14. Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)

    ME TOO! I work full time and then some, study and then there's the whole house-buying process on top of that. I notice that I'm way less motivated to study when I'm eating poorly. By around the end of the second week of a Whole30, on the other hand, my powers of concentration are insane. And after the first few days, I stop wanting to just lay on the couch after work. Also, just emotionally, I do much better. Happy day whatever to all! This crew is fun haha.
  15. Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)

    Hi guys, I see a lot of familiar faces in this thread. I started my third Whole30 of the year last Thursday the 20th. My husband is doing his second along with me. If it's okay, I'll hang out here with y'all! We both really fell off the wagon after the second one due to the stress of buying our first home, eek! (Hope to close on Thursday...) Fortunately/unfortunately, having experienced the Whole30 already, we immediately felt a huge difference in our energy levels, mental sharpness, you name it, the whole time we were eating not-so-healthy foods! The difference is tremendous. Of course, we both gained a few pounds as well. I never weigh myself unless I'm about to start a Whole30 or just ending one, so whatever. It's nice not to have my self esteem tied to the scale. Anyway, falling off the wagon really was a wakeup call. Of course, I had a much tougher first few days on this one than on my other two. Just goes to show you that it doesn't take much to wake the sugar dragon back up in a major way! I took a five-hour nap on Saturday. Physically, I feel fine now, but I just went into the break room at work and saw the most beautiful cake. Oh man, did I want to dive into that. Of course, I didn't. Sugar dragon is still alive, for now...