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  1. #SeptemberWhole30

    Glad you're feeling good about your progress again @stacie66! It does become easier as time goes on, but eating this way takes a lot of time and effort. I'm in the middle of a big cook up for the week and halfway dreaming about the days when I could lay around and watch football all Sunday long! I'm also curious about the cholesterol thing. I know the science is explained in "It Starts with Food" but it's just so against the grain of everything I've heard all my life. Thanks for the sauce recommendation @ShellyM! I'll have to give it a try! Thinking of that...I ran out of mayo yesterday and didn't have any fat with my breakfast this morning. Oops. Things are going well for me on day 24! I'm surprised at how much it feels like my body has changed. I'm going to have to start buying new running leggings and shorts pretty soon. I was pulling up my shorts every few strides for the first bit of my Saturday AM run (luckily, they stuck in place after I started sweating ) and I hadn't had to do that with those shorts before. It's getting a little expensive to keep replacing all these clothes. Other than the clothing, I felt pretty good on my run. I'm doing the No Boundaries 2 group with the Fleet Feet here and we moved from intervals in No Boundaries 1 to running the entire distance plus adding in some speed bursts or hill workouts. It's a little intimidating, but I'm enjoying it. I joined these groups to RUN!!! I *should* be exhausted by the end. How's everyone feeling about reintroductions starting next weekend? I have a few food groups I want to try such as legumes and non-gluten grains. I screwed up my reintroduction with NGGs last time, so I want to see if they really make me extra exhausted or if it was trying to go for a run before work! As a scientist I should have known better than to change another variable on a reintroduction day. After that, I'll probably go into slow-roll mode and do my best to stay as Whole30 as I can until the end of the semester and the holidays.
  2. Nervous

    As for resources...check out the book Food Freedom Forever as well as the "Post Whole30" links in Shannon's signature above. I found all of those things to be extremely helpful while I was figuring out my Food Freedom. One thing I found interesting is that I also didn't feel like I had conquered my sugar dragon after my first Whole30, but I thought it got better the more I tried on Food Freedom. I think there was something about the switch from the mindset of "you can't have sugar" to "you can have sugar, but do you *really* want it?" that helped me figure it out. I had lots of slips (like the time I ate 5 donuts in 24 hrs and let's not even talk about that package of totally-not-worth-it lemon squares), but they became less frequent as time went on. Each slip I learned something about my cravings and why I ate sugar. For instance, if I'm grocery shopping and my sugar dragon is telling me I CANNOT leave the store without buying something sugary (no specific craving, just sugar!), that actually means I'm hungry and as soon as I eat a Whole30 template meal the craving will go away. You'll get there! It may take a little trial and error, but you've got this!
  3. #SeptemberWhole30

    Great ideas, thanks again SugarcubeOD! I did enjoy the ranch I made out of my mayo the other week and that seems like it would go better with my breakfast than mayo. Sundried tomatoes in oil and avocado would be good too! I keep thinking avocados are crazy expensive right now, but they're really only $0.25 more than they were when they were on sale during the summer. Hope everyone else is getting on well! I had a weird day yesterday and only ate 2 meals. Then today I forgot to pack lunch, so of course I'm starving at noon and I've got to be here until 3 PM or so. Last night I had my first food dream of this Whole30 and now I'm wondering if that's connected to not eating enough yesterday. In my dream I ran a race and then ate something like 5 bagels afterwards. Apparently I needed some extra carbs or something. LOL. Hmm, I also didn't have any starchy carbs yesterday...maybe there is something to the dream being connected to reality.
  4. #SeptemberWhole30

    Ugh! That sucks. Glad you've got a plan moving forward and I hope things get better. Let us know how things work out.
  5. #SeptemberWhole30

    D'oh! Of course, you're right. I'd probably have to drink an entire carton for it to count as my fat for the meal. I'll skip it then, thanks! I actually love black coffee. I was just getting sick of adding mayo to my breakfast veggie saute every morning. I bought some coconut flakes a while back, maybe I'll have to see if I can figure out a breakfast hash that incorporates coconut... (No worries on the book...there's no rush!)
  6. #SeptemberWhole30

    Thanks! That's exactly what I was thinking. If I didn't like it in my coffee, what else could I use it for? I can always add more flavor to the soup, but as long as it would work as a creamy base I'd be happy. Edited to add: Nevermind... they're completely sold out right now. I suppose I could try a different flavor, but I was kind of looking forward to pumpkin spice.
  7. #SeptemberWhole30

    Yay! So happy to see new people and more activity here! Congrats on the NSVs all and keep at it! Day 21 for me and I feel like I'm cruising along at this point! Oh, but the dishes. I don't have a dishwasher, and even when I did, I used to do a lot of my dishes by hand. So much time and effort and I'm just cooking for one over here! I remember during my first Whole30 I found that doing dishes was a great way to distract from random after-dinner cravings. Now it's still work, but I feel like I've gotten into a good routine with dishes and as long as I'm not cooking every single day they're manageable. @alw289 I hear you on the only able to do one health goal at a time. My various crafting hobbies have taken a backseat while running and eating healthy food have taken over. I now sometimes marvel at how much free time I had before I started all this healthy stuff. Of course, I was always generally tired, so one of the reasons I was sitting around watching Netflix and crafting all evening was just because I didn't have the energy to do anything else. Now at least I have more options! I'm curious if anyone here has tried Nutpods, specifically the new fall flavor, pumpkin spice? I haven't had creamer in my coffee in years, but I'm thinking that sounds like a good way to get my fat in at breakfast. That's the one meal I sometimes struggle with fat. I'm also wondering if it would make a good base for creamy soup, like a butternut squash soup if I don't like it in coffee.
  8. #SeptemberWhole30

    Hi all! As I said in the post earlier, I feel like I'm finally starting to see some results from this Whole30. I'm feeling more confident, happy, and at peace. Possibly a bit more energy, but definitely not Energizer Bunny level energy. I had a good run last was only 2 miles, but it's a challenging run for me. I developed the route when I could just barely run a mile, so I would constantly be checking my FitBit to see how far I had gone and as soon as it hit a mile, I'd pretty much be done running. As it turns out, the 2nd mile is pretty hilly, so even when I did develop the endurance to keep going past a mile, I'd end up walking on or after the hills (I often make myself run up the hills and will allow myself to walk down them). I think I just started developing a mental block about the 2nd half of that run, so I was happy to finally conquer that route! My NSVs so far are very different than the last time I did a Whole30. This time, I'm noticing more things like developing new coping mechanisms, learning new things about myself, etc. Although, I will admit that I think clothes are fitting even looser than before and I'm kinda excited. I wasn't expecting much change in body composition with this Whole30 because I'd been losing steadily since my last Whole30. I don't think I'm going to weigh myself at the end, but I'll probably do some body measurements again to see if I need to adjust sizing for things when I knit or sew myself something.
  9. Can I Do...

    @WholeCourtney Thanks! I'm sure you'll have an excellent race! You've got the right's so important to be proud of any progress. I was a little disappointed that I wasn't able to run the whole 5k after 6 months of trying to get there, but I looked back at where I started and realized I had made a ton of progress and could be proud of that. In April, I could *barely* run for 5 mins straight, I couldn't do it if it involved any hill, and I definitely couldn't do it a 2nd time even if I walked for 10 mins before trying again. Now in September, I can run an entire 5k on 5 min running/1 min walking intervals. I've even managed to run 3 miles straight since the race, but at a slower speed (closer to 13 min/mile). I feel like I keep making this thread about me, but all I'm trying to say is that you can do it! I've been where you are and I made it through, so you can too!
  10. #SeptemberWhole30

    Hang in there! I am finally starting to feel some positive changes now on day 19, so I just had to wait longer than I expected. Some things that could be affecting your results: not eating enough (especially fat), snacking/grazing on compliant items, not salting your food, not drinking enough water, or perhaps you're sensitive to something you've been eating more of on the program (FODMAPS, nightshades, etc.). Feel free to list out a few days of your food intake, including portion sizes as they relate to the meal template and one of us or the mods can comment if we see something that may be affecting your results.
  11. Can I Do...

    @WholeCourtney Sounds like you've got a great attitude! Best of luck on your 2nd Whole30. Oddly enough, I also started trying to run right around the time I started my first Whole30. I am not a "natural" runner, so it has been a ton of work to get myself to where I'd like to be, but I just ran my first 5k! I still did walk/run intervals, but I finished with about a 12 min/mile pace and I'm pretty happy with that. I've just started running with an 8k training group and I'm determined to be able to run the whole thing when the race comes around in 2 months.
  12. Can I Do...

    @WholeCourtney I had a lot of the same hang ups when I started my first Whole30. I had about 50 lbs to lose and I had successfully lost weight in the past by tracking and restricting calories. I tracked calories using MyFitnessPal for a few days until I knew I wasn't eating 3,000 calories a day and then I read some of the old forum posts about calorie tracking and I managed to quit. One of the big things that helped me with quitting calorie tracking was that calorie restriction often does not result in long-term weight loss (which was apparent in my own life) and I wanted to be in this for the long haul. Still, about day 10 or so, I was like, "I NEED to weigh myself!!!!!" I was sure I was eating too much and that I was gaining weight. One of the mods stopped by with a perspective that really helped. She said, "People aren't cattle, we don't need to be weighed". That really made me pause and think. There is absolutely no reason I need to know the number on the scale, other than to track progress and I have a million other ways to do that instead. It has now been about 4 months since I started my Whole30 journey and I have lost around 20 lbs. It doesn't sound like much, but it has been slow, sustainable weight loss. What's more impressive is that I've lost about 3 pants sizes and a shirt size. I've been this weight before with calorie restriction and didn't fit into these sizes at that time. This is different. The other interesting thing is that I have now completely let go of the number on the scale. If I stuck to my original plan, I'd still have about 30 lbs to lose, but I'm happily at peace with my body right now. I think I'd be OK with it if I maintained this weight. I'm currently doing another Whole30 and am not sure I'll weigh myself at the end. I've already thrown out my scale, but I could borrow a friend's if I wanted to. I don't think I will though, I think I like the idea of completely ignoring the number on the scale and instead focusing on my non-scale victories.
  13. #SeptemberWhole30

    Hi all, I made it through the events this weekend! It was hard and not hard at the same time. I had a club soda plus lime at the movie and since it was dark and there was a movie on, it wasn't awkward that I wasn't eating. At brunch yesterday I had an omelette with veggies and fruit and the server said he'd make sure that the kitchen knew I was on a dairy-restricted diet, so I'm trusting that the omelette didn't have any milk with the eggs. I AM pretty sensitive to dairy, so I think I'd be feeling the ramifications if there was any dairy in the meal. So that part wasn't too hard. Then they bring out a plate of fresh cinnamon rolls and at first I was a little disappointed that I couldn't have one, but it wasn't as hard to resist as I thought and it was kind of nice to have an iron clad excuse to refuse. I guess I didn't need that little package of sugar, gluten, and dairy. Interestingly, I was also somewhat relieved to not be drinking over the weekend. I've never been a big drinker...maybe 1 or 2 drinks a month, but I've always had drinks whenever I go out with friends. It's almost like I feel pressured into drinking even though I don't really enjoy the way I feel after I drink. I think I had even more fun completely sober than I would have if I had a drink or 2. I never knew that about myself, so I'm glad I was able to navigate these social events while on the Whole30. Another thing I've started to notice is that when I've got something on my mind, like a decision or something I'm trying to think through, my previous coping mechanism had been to sort of "shut down" and brood over whatever was on my mind. This usually also required comfort food and Netflix, plus it would mean that I would get NOTHING done and I'd end up almost sad and depressed because I just avoided everything and ate junk all weekend long. Now that I'm on the Whole30, I've found it much more productive to get up and do things...not ignoring whatever is on my mind, but just going on and doing the things that I need to get done (like cooking and grocery shopping, for example). I was chopping veggies while thinking through the thing that was on my mind last night and realized I just needed to let it go. There's no point in wasting brain power thinking through things that will probably never happen. Once I realized that, I was able to lose myself in the rest of my cooking and food prep and had a wonderfully productive evening. I managed to get some cooking done this weekend, but not as much as normal, so I'll probably be throwing meals together on the fly by Wednesday or so. I did buy some things to make salads again and I'm looking forward to more salads. I love fresh veggies! Hope everyone has a great week!
  14. Whole30 Ketchup Recipe

    @LauraOC From my perspective as a Whole30 participant, the recipe in the book does use apple cider as a sweetener, so I had no issues with using dates to sweeten the ketchup when I made my own. To keep more in line with the Whole30 feel, I only used 2 dates to sweeten the ketchup rather than the 1/2 cup called for in the recipe I was following. I do remember that I used much less vinegar than the recipe in the book, but I think I added more at the end to come up with a flavor that I thought would be similar to the recipe in the book. I'm pretty happy with my ketchup; it is not overly sweet or vinegary, but has hints of both flavors and goes well with burgers and baked "fries".
  15. #SeptemberWhole30

    So, I just talked to a friend about getting more fish into my diet and found out that I live within walking distance of the best fish monger in Richmond. Now I have no excuses. Must incorporate more fish! Off to search recipes. @stacie66 So happy to hear about your NSV! I bet by the end you'll be able to wear those jeans out in public! @ShellyM I love my pressure cooker...I don't have an instant pot brand (kinda wish I did, but this one is serviceable) and it is amazing for quickly cooking up large batches of protein. That soup looks great and I've been thinking about making the kalua pork she links to in that post.
  16. #SeptemberWhole30

    Great idea about the poached eggs! I never would have considered that option, thank you. I think energy ups and downs are still common through the 2nd and 3rd weeks, but definitely get enough fat. It can only help! I can always tell when I haven't had enough because I'll get hungry within 2-3 hrs of eating. I like your plan of Chipotle and trying a new recipe to combat food boredom. Hope you make it through! I think it takes a bit of trial and error to come up with a delicious menu that keeps away food boredom. @crkohring Argh!! That's so hard. Label reading and learning which foods contain sneaky ingredients is a huge part of the program, but it sucks to be constantly restarting because of it. I'll be honest, my first Whole30 I was eating a balsamic vinegar with a sneaky sugar (caramel color) and didn't realize that was problematic until about halfway through. I decided to keep going because 1) it was sugar, so it didn't have gut-disrupting properties and 2) I didn't know it was an issue until a read a moderator's comment about watching out for caramel color in balsamic vinegar. It's not on the list of sneaky sugars and I figured it was just a food coloring agent. Google wasn't even that helpful in figuring out what it was. Day 15 for me! I'm thinking I'll be buying myself a Well Fed and a Non Non Paleo cookbook, probably tomorrow after I get paid. I keep thinking about the meats I eat. I've been starting to try to buy good quality meats when I can afford it, but I've been eating a ton of factory farmed ground pork and ground turkey lately because they're so cheap. Probably not the healthiest option. I do allow myself factory farmed skinless boneless chicken breasts because they have so little fat, but the ground pork and turkey are both about 20% fat. I'd really like to get more fish into my diet in place of some of those other meats. Something I've been mulling over lately, anyway. Have a great Friday everyone!
  17. #SeptemberWhole30

    Hey all, hope you're all doing well! Day 14 for me and I'm still not feeling all that different. I think it's because I started this Whole30 off of a different baseline (this time I'm coming from eating mostly compliant and not feeling terrible, last time from a SAD and all the GI & energy issues that go along with that), so it makes sense that I'd have to wait longer to see any improvements. I've been invited to a few events that revolve around food this weekend - cinebistro, basically dinner + movie at the same time and then a Sunday brunch - I was considering dropping my Whole30 to practice food freedom on these days, but I'm going to do my best to remain compliant. I think I'll skip the food at the movie. I looked through the menu and didn't see anything so totally worth it that I'd be missing out if I didn't try it. I'll just bring my knitting and enjoy the company. The brunch may be doable as well. That restaurant has some good omelette options, I'll just have to check on how the omelettes are prepared. I'd guess most omelettes include milk with the eggs, so I'm thinking I might see if I can order 3 fried eggs with the omelette veggies. We'll see how it goes! How is everyone else doing?
  18. #SeptemberWhole30

    @stacie66 So glad the worst of the storm is over for you and happy you were able to remain compliant! @aussiegal Bummer! But so glad you're getting right back at it. I really feel that a full Whole30 is the best present you can give yourself, so I'm happy you're trying again. @alisonmae I'm not sure that it's normal to go through a 2nd phase of carb flu, but as someone else mentioned, perhaps you're not eating enough of a certain nutrient or perhaps you're relying too much on quick sugars? You should also be going through fat adaptation right around day 8-11, so it could be your body trying to adjust. I know you mentioned earlier that you've got a new favorite snack. Snacking isn't forbidden on a Whole30, but we're encouraged to adjust our meals so that they'll hold us 4-6 hours so that we don't need to snack at all. Honestly, this is my favorite thing about Whole30; I don't have to snack. It's so freeing to not have to constantly think about what snacks I'm going to eat to tide me over until my next meal. I just eat my meals. I'm no help in the coffee area...I've drunk my coffee black for years before I started Whole30. I've always been a big believer in not drinking my calories. Of course, this led me to drinking diet soda, which is definitely not the healthiest choice, but I've pretty much kicked that habit now. I was reading through a thread on this forum about reintroducing paleo "cheat treats" (i.e. the SWYPO stuff we're not allowed on a Whole30) and the responses got me thinking. I still use food as a reward on my Whole30. The steak dinner and the bacon this weekend were both to celebrate the completion of my first 5k race. I'm going to try to be more aware of this. I'd much rather find non-food ways to congratulate myself, because as soon as the Whole30 ends it's all too easy to slip back into the "treat" dessert which then leads to a "treat" meal which then leads to more "treat" meals until I feel miserable again.
  19. #SeptemberWhole30

    Hi All! Busy weekend for me. I ran my first 5k on Saturday morning. It was tons of fun, but definitely exhausting. I treated myself to an easy lunch and a steak dinner that day so I didn't have to do too much cooking or prep. Sundays are usually my big cook up days, so today I'm working on making chili (Chipotle Turkey Chili from the Whole30recipes instagram feed). I'm thinking I may need to make some cauliflower rice to go with it though. I also made this twice-baked buffalo chicken + spaghetti squash recipe that is pretty good. I still have some ground pork to make. Maybe I'll do some kind of hash for breakfast. I've got some extra cooked chicken, so I'll be prepared for some pre-workout and post-workout meals this week. @alisonmae The carb flu sucks! I hope you're feeling better soon. Definitely make sure you're including some starchy carbs every day (about a fist-sized portion daily) and the week before your period, add even more! I get super cranky and depressed when I haven't had enough. @snowflower Your cooking day sounds amazing! I love egg roll in a bowl; I think I could make it weekly and never get sick of it. I made a pretty good broccoli slaw last weekend, but I just kind of winged the recipe, so if you like yours definitely post it! @stacie66 Hope things are going as well as possible where you are! Stay safe and even if you can't remain compliant due to long power outages, hopefully that great compliment will make you to try again!
  20. 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!

    Alright! Today is day 31! I just ate my first off-plan item, some cinnamon quinoa! It was fine, but I think I preferred the sausage and veggies I ate before the quinoa. I do enjoy the whole30 template breakfasts. I weighed myself and took measurements this morning...I lost an additional 5 lbs during the 30 days, which brings my total up to 15 lbs lost since April 17th when I started eating whole30-ish. The 5 lbs in a month feels like good, sustainable weight loss. I lost at least 2 inches everywhere and, amazingly, 5 inches off my belly fat. I didn't think I was losing anything there, so it's great to see that area has actually shrunk the most. The NSVs are much better though. I've had much improved GI function, clearer skin, and more consistent energy. I've learned that under-eating to force weight loss is NOT worth it. I'm not snacking and I have very little desire to snack. I have learned how to pack lunches that are energy-dense enough to last 5 hrs so I don't need to snack. I remember before I'd always have to pack a morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack just to make it though the day. I know now that when I was making food for myself, there was never enough fat, so I was always hungry every 2 hrs. I've learned that I can eat healthfully even when I'm tired or feeling lazy. There are still things I would like to improve, like paying attention to what I'm eating instead of eating at the computer. I feel like the last week could have gone better than it did with all the T.O.M. stuff and then under eating. I felt so much better and I had so much more energy last night than during the weekend.
  21. #SeptemberWhole30

    @ShellyM So glad your mother has been evacuated. That must be huge weight off your mind. I could imagine a stressful event like that triggering some cravings for comfort food, so good job for staying on course! Thanks @ShellyM and @snowflower for the cookbook advice! I should be adding the weeknights cookbook to my library soon. @stacie66 Stay safe! I remember you saying you'd been out stocking up to survive the hurricane, but I didn't fully connect it with what was going on. I am VERY impressed with your resolve to stay compliant through the hurricane. Hope it isn't as bad as they're predicting! @Ali_in_WI I am so jealous! I grew up in WI, so I'm a life-long Packers fan! I'd love to go see a game in person at Lambeau Field some day. Good luck getting through the game. I think your survival strategy sounds like a good one! @Christel3M It'll get better soon, I promise! Sometimes it takes a while for our brains to adjust to the lack of comfort food, but hopefully you'll make some new habits while on the Whole30. I really thought I wasn't going to have a cranky day because I'd already gone through that with my first Whole30, but I was wrong. I've still got work to do on developing non-food coping mechanisms for stressful days and situations. Yesterday was a pretty good day for me. I dressed up a little and just felt good about myself all day. I put on a t-shirt that used to be very fitted before, but is now quite loose. I think I've gone down a shirt size in addition to going down 2-3 pants sizes since last April. My appetite is still a little funky. I'm having trouble eating protein in the morning, which is strange for me. But then I'll be starving at dinner and last night I swear I nearly ate 2 meals worth of protein. So strange...
  22. 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!

    @Susabella627 Hi! Glad to hear from you again! Sounds like you had a busy and fun August. Hope your surgeries go well. I'll be thinking of you. I'm so grateful to have met you and @emilyelowe on here. My new Whole30 is going well, but it's kind of a kick in the pants to realize that I hadn't quite squashed that sugar dragon as thoroughly as I thought. I had a strange KILL ALL THE THINGS day related to not being able to use food to comfort myself when I was going in for a hard day of lab work. Definitely need to work on some new coping strategies! In much more fun news, I "had" to buy an entire new fall wardrobe seeing as how my all my clothes were completely baggy on me. Seriously. I'm wearing a t-shirt right now that used to be very form fitting and is now more of a loosely fitted t-shirt. Hope you ladies are doing well! I'm loving the September Whole30 group, but I do miss you two!
  23. #SeptemberWhole30

    @hefreeman So glad you pulled through! We CAN do this! I had a better day yesterday. I stayed home and worked on some writing and data analysis. My GI issues seem to be getting better, but I was definitely not prepared to go through all that discomfort during the first 7 days. I'm loving having all my food prepped and ready to heat up, although I did have to make breakfast this morning, but eggs are so much better freshly cooked that it was worth it. I even managed to finish all 3 eggs, but I didn't add an extra protein source, so we'll see if I get hungry earlier than normal. Thinking about my breakfast though, crap, I still need to add a fat! I meant to add my avocado and forgot! Anyway, happy day 7 or whatever day you're on!
  24. #SeptemberWhole30

    I got sick during my 1st whole30 too. It was such a bummer. I made lots of tea, soup, and added coconut oil after hearing that it helps with recovery from being sick.
  25. #SeptemberWhole30

    Thanks! Do you have a favorite? I may order one for myself next week as a "I made it halfway!" present.