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  1. February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    I found Spolumbo’s sausage at Safeway - they have chicken and pork ones that are compliant.
  2. February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    Thanks for these tips - after reading this, I made a decision to do a Costco run this week!!! I found the kombucha - this is the same one I had bought at Safeway, but about $2 cheaper per bottle!! I wasn't able to find the bacon - the only packs they had at our Costco had sugar But I also stocked up on some other W30 items - some compliant spices, fruits and veggies, guacamole (not sure what brand, but it has no additives and is AMAZING). Thanks again!
  3. February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    @kayten To answer your question about the W30+. When I originally started, I was worried about extending it, thinking I would not have the same excitement/motivation to do a proper re-introduction after, so I had planned on doing just the W30, focusing on re-introduction for a couple of weeks and then going back to the W30 for a second round. Near the end of the 30 days though, I got stuck with a cold and was having some stomach issues (I think due to too many eggs) and so decided to press on - and I'm so glad I did. I'm finding the longer I go, the more I'm learning about myself and what foods make me feel great, okay, and not so great. For me, a second motivating factor to extending it was the fact that I was heading into the busiest/most stressful time of the year for work - tax season (I am an accountant). This has historically not been a great time for me for two reasons - one, the partners at my firm provide extra food/snacks (cookies, granola bars, crackers, etc.) for the staff to eat during overtime hours and, in the past, I would end up eating so much of this stuff, which just left me feeling gross and miserable. Two, with working extra long hours, I would get home at night and be too exhausted to cook, so we were constantly ordering in or would just end up snacking on crackers and cheese, or something similar. So, going into this year continuing on my W30, my goal was to avoid these pitfalls and so far, so good! My stress level at work has been WAY better, I'm much more patient with the junior staff, I'm having NO problem avoiding the extra treats/snacks in the office, and not only am I getting home with enough energy to cook, but I'm also finding the energy to keep up my workout routine. So, to sum up this extremely long winded response, extending the W30 was a great decision for me. It's really helping reinforce these good habits and giving me more of an opportunity to get more in tune with myself. AND, I am still excited/motivated to do the proper reintroduction next month - I'm actually feeling that I may be able to reach that "Food Freedom" goal, once this is all said and done!!
  4. February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    This is a great tip!! Thanks!! Also, I hope you'll share how your experience at Red Lobster goes!! Hopefully, whatever you order is delicious!! I know at the start of my W30, I was struggling with hunger and low energy and I found adding some starchier vegetables to one or two of my meals helped. The Whole30 and Day by Day books talk about possibly needing to update the carb content of the meals to help get that Tiger Blood - this is especially true if you are working out or have higher activity levels. Maybe this would help? I would also suggest reaching out to a moderator - through this thread or a separate one - and listing out a summary/sample of your meals; they may be able to provide suggestions as to how you can start feeling better.
  5. February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    Sorry to hear about your headaches - there were a few days where I had the same issue - glad to hear the medicine helped. Hopefully, these will go away soon! I think that's great that you're enjoying the meals and planning too. I agree with you, it's much easier to go home to cook when you have an idea of what to make - I have always hated that aspect of cooking, trying to figure out what exactly I'll be making!!
  6. February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    This is a huge NSV! Well done. And, I think clothes as a reward are a great idea! Bonus that the reward will last longer than 10 minutes too!! PS your dinner sounds delicious! I also like smoked paprika - I haven't been able to use it since starting W30, since I have not been able to find one without sulfites But, it definitely adds a whole other layer of flavor when you are able to cook with it!! Thanks for the recipe ideas, I have saved to my Pintrest boards for future reference!!!
  7. February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    I tried coconut manna - I used it in the egg-free mayo that's in the W30 book. The mayo turned out pretty good, but I definitely prefer the regular homemade mayo. I did read somewhere that someone used it on sweet potato, which I think is a brilliant idea - I haven't tried this yet, but I did add some on top of roasted butternut squash and OMG it was amazing! It was pretty rich, so I wouldn't want to add too much of it, but still really good. Aside from these ideas, I am not really sure what you would use it for, especially since I do have coconut oil in the cupboard. I hope today doesn't end up being too rough for you!
  8. February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    Hey all! Everyone seems to be doing pretty well! Cravings are definitely a challenge, but it's great to hear everyone's tips for getting through these and to read everyone's successes of bypassing temptation! I imagine my office will be filled with treats today for Valentine's day, but I will do my best to avoid the kitchen areas where these usually get placed to help reduce any temptation! I am 44 days in today, and the past few days my stomach/digestion has not been great. I get really hungry, but then after having a few bites, feel bloated and gross - it's been a bit of a struggle to get through the meals, so I am not eating as much as normal, which then leads me to being hungry a lot sooner! I did some reading on this, and I believe it's likely due to the fact that my stomach is getting used to the higher fat content and extra veggies in my meals. So, I decided to try Kombucha for the first time - having about 1/4 - 1/2 cup with breakfast, and then have started using a homemade dressing with olive oil and apple cider vinegar (read that vinegar may help) for at least a meal/day. And this morning, it feels like my body may be getting back to normal. I am considering looking for a digestive enzyme or probiotic to help, has anyone on here tried these? I have read through some of the troubleshooting pages to get an idea of some brands to look for, but am wondering if it may just be best to stick with the Kombucha and adding ACV to my meals for now. I hope everyone has a great day 10!
  9. February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    That's great about the recipes and cooking - I know this has been a big NSV for me too - cooking more consistently and relying less on eating out or grabbing something quick on the way home. You will make it to the finish line!!! What have been your favorite recipes so far?!
  10. February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    No, I actually have never heard of this...perhaps @kayten has?
  11. February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    Good for you for hanging in! That wouldn't be easy, but you can do it!!
  12. February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    Very neat. Are you moving back for work, or did you just miss being in Edmonton? Also, how do you find shopping for W30 in Calgary - I generally find Calgary to be more "trendy", so thought there may be more stores with different W30 type foods (especially convenience items like compliant pepperoni or dressings for instance). We are able to get what we need from Safeway/Walmart/etc. (the typical grocery stores), but we don't really have any stores like they have in the US (Trader Joes, Whole Foods, etc.) - I'm not sure if they have anything similar to these in Calgary?
  13. February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    Very exciting!!!! I haven't met anyone on here from Canada! I'm in Edmonton.
  14. February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    I have noticed the same for groceries - the actual grocery bills have gone up, but we don’t mind so much since we’ve been saving money from not eating out and definitely from not drinking on the weekends!
  15. February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    Happy Birthday!! That sounds like a great birthday meal!!