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  1. Junebug2015

    "Who's starting 1/1?" Reintro Group

    Reposting again with my NSVs and plan for reintroduction: NSVs Developed automatic habits for meal planning and grocery shopping. This led to eating out MUCH less, generally being more prepared for work (by having breakfast and lunch ready every day) and throwing out less food. Energy and sleep were markedly better. I always had trouble falling asleep in less than an hour and a half, and this has changed after Whole30. I also found I had more consistent energy and focus throughout the day. Elimination of gas and bloating, but unfortunately not a lot of progress in "regularity" (which has always been an issue for me). I feel much slimmer and lost 5 lbs (from 132-127). I haven't taken my measurements, but I think my body composition has changed for the better. Reintro Plan Day 1 - legumes. I had peanuts with breakfast, edamame with lunch, and black beans with dinner. Definitely noticed increased gassiness (bad sign), but also noticed on day 2 (today) that the fiber helped *ahem* move things along. So I think legumes might be good to add in, but in limited quantities (maybe only one serving a day). Planning to have a drink tonight with friends even though it's technically a strict Whole30 day. Is this going to really mess with my reintro? Day 4 - so torn! Since it's the Super Bowl, I'm debating which food group I want to add back in for indulgence purposes. Heavily leaning towards dairy so I can have my beloved cheese again... any ideas?
  2. Seconding this - olives are great for the salty factor. I also really enjoyed making coconut milk soups and curries. I wouldn't say it's a replacement for cheese, but it does have that fatty creaminess that I often associate with cheese. Good luck! You can do it!
  3. Junebug2015

    Who's starting 1/1?

    @JudiPurple, don't get discouraged! Remember all of the positive NSVs that you have experienced and that sustainable, permanent weight loss does not happen overnight. Often dramatic decreases in weight tend to reverse shortly after the "diet" is over, so I would take this as a good sign that you're taking steps towards lasting change. For me, the best NSVs were: Meal planning and prepping became an automatic habit / second nature. I saved a lot of money bringing breakfast and lunch to work and not ordering out for dinner. I also found myself being much more resourceful and throwing out less food (hardly any at all, actually). More confidence and self-assurance, specifically with not drinking at social events. I felt a lot more comfortable in my own skin. Steady, consistent energy throughout the day and MUCH better sleep. I always had trouble falling asleep before Whole30, and that has changed dramatically. Generally looking and feeling better - my stomach is flatter (I lost 5 lbs), my skin seems clearer, and I'm rarely bloated or gassy (except when I OD on crucifers - which I've discovered can be my nemesis if I have too much). I'm planning to introduce "healthy" grains (oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, etc.), dairy (oh how I've missed you whole milk lattes and cheese!), and legumes. Congratulations to all!
  4. Junebug2015

    Who's starting 1/1?

    How's everyone feeling on Day 24? My energy has been really great this whole week, but boredom is definitely setting in. Not so much boredom of the food I'm allowed to eat, but boredom at the strict "three big meals a day" structure. Before Whole30, I tended to eat more frequent, small meals because I eat slowly and feel full after rather small portions. How are others battling boredom? I'm fighting the urge to go back to my old habits that was more of a small plates / tapas style of eating!
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    Coconut cult yogurt

    Eh, ok. I get that, but it seems like the sugar in the amount I would be eating (about 1.5 grams in a tablespoon) is so minimal that this wouldn't really fall into that category. Especially when the star of my breakfast is a veggie and egg casserole (no other fruit or sugar). To be safe, I can push it out until after the Whole30 is done.
  6. Junebug2015

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I had the same tiger blood experience / timing as you! It quieted down after I reintroduced a heavy workout routine last week, so I'm hoping that as my body adjusts to the extra physical activity, the energy burst will come back. For me, bloating and gassiness happens after I've been eating a lot of cruciferous and / or raw vegetables. Maybe try cooking your veggies more or straying from broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts (unfortunately, my favorite ones...).
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    Coconut cult yogurt

    Is there a reason why the other flavors aren't allowed? The mangos n' cream flavor seems to be entirely compliant based on the ingredient list. If you're only eating a tablespoon for the probiotic benefits as recommended (vs. eating a cup or two of it as your whole breakfast), I wouldn't think it would fall into SWYPO / bad habit forming. Ingredients for mango flavor: organic coconut meat, organic mangos, organic coconut cream, organic coconut water, organic orange juice, custom probiotic blend (16 strains of probiotics: l. lactis, s. thermophilus, l. salivarius, l. acidophilus, l. helveticus, l. plantarum, l. gasseri, l. brevis, l. casei, l. fermentum, l. reuteri, l. rhamnosus, b. longum, b. infantis, b. breve, b. bifidum)
  8. Junebug2015

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I would start small to get yourself used to eating first thing, then gradually make the meal bigger as you become used to it. I would also try some "unconventional" breakfasts outside of eggs dishes. For me, sometimes it can be difficult to stomach eggs in the morning, but a fresh salad with protein might be a bit more palatable. This is my second Whole30, and I find that my breakfasts are always small at the beginning (only two eggs) to get myself used to eating a lot of calories in the morning. By the end, I'm usually okay with eating 3 or 4 eggs.
  9. Junebug2015

    Jihanna's Journey - Whole30 in January 2019

    Nice to meet you Jihanna and best of luck! You should consider checking your local library for a copy of "It Starts with Food" or any of the other Whole30 books. I found it easier to cut certain things out when I had a better understanding of what they are doing to my body.
  10. Hi everyone! I started the Whole30 1/1 and have been feeling great so far. Tomorrow, I’m having a few girlfriends over to give them a tour of my new house and to host brunch. I’m looking for ideas for a low maintenance but delicious brunch menu for four. Anyone have any favorite “special” recipes? I make a lot of baked egg and veggie frittatas for myself, but I’d love to do something a little different to make it richer (Maybe add coconut milk, if it wouldn’t affect the flavor too much?). Also looking for some yummy sides and such. Let me know your best brunch ideas!
  11. Junebug2015

    Who's starting 1/1?

    How's everyone doing? Halfway through Day 3! I made these great buffalo ground turkey patties for work lunches this week (mine were easier to flatten than mold into meatballs), paired with sliced green peppers, celery, baby carrots, and a half of an avocado. They traveled very well and were super easy to pull together last night. Yum! Recipe at link (IGNORE the addition of blue cheese at the end, which is obviously non-compliant, and subbing out ground turkey for ground chicken was delicious). https://physicalkitchness.com/whole30-baked-buffalo-chicken-meatballs/
  12. Junebug2015

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hi everyone! Checking in because I also started the Whole30 yesterday. I've attempted one Whole30 before in 2016, but only made it to Day 21. Even though I didn't finish the program, it had major effects on how I ate and shopped. I'm ready to make it through the entire 30 days this time and to have a successful reintro period. I'm feeling very motivated, especially since I was travelling home from a NYE wedding yesterday and was not entirely sure I would even be able to start on 1/1 as planned. I was able to find compliant food in the airport (hardboiled eggs and some fruit) and cobble together lunch from my pantry / freezer (frozen riced cauliflower with tuna and kalamata olives) before getting groceries later in the evening. It was empowering to know I was able to make compliant choices even in the absence of ideal circumstances. Let's do this!