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    Jenn35 got a reaction from gatork in Food Truck!   
    I found a food truck in Indianapolis called Caveman Truck. Soooooo good.
    I had a portobello mushroom topped with bacon and spicy guacamole and sweet potato hash (it had apples and cinnamon). So good! One of the best meals I've had since I've started my Whole30. This may inspire a few meals for me.
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    Jenn35 reacted to Jenn35 in I'm having a rough afternoon at the doctors office.   
    I just left a doctor after my first appointment with him. He called me pre-diabetic, which isn't off course. But, he's telling me about weight loss drugs and I'm not interested in taking them- especially not something that if I stopped taking it, I would gain the weight back.
    I told him about the Whole30 and paleo. He seemed to be on board with grass-fed meat, but seemed to think I would plateau. I'm 5'4" and 230 pounds. I know I'm overweight. I understand I'm pre-diabetic, but can't he just support me while I lose weight? Scare me with facts so that I continue eating Whole30?
    His advice: move more, eat less, weigh DAILY. I told him i certainly wouldn't be weighing daily. I just donated my scale to Goodwill! Any advice? Get a new doctor? Just refuse pills?
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    Jenn35 got a reaction from praxisproject in No Leftovers?   
    I'm single, and I don't think I'll have any leftovers this week.  I made a breakfast option and 3 dinner options. It's my first week, so it's heavy on the sweet potatoes.
     
    Breakfast - sweet potato, kale, and carrot hash + turkey sausage with onions + topped with over-easy eggs or two. I also made a huge skillet of sweet potatoes in case I just want those with sauted kale and eggs. 
    D1: Moroccan-inspired meatballs with cauliflower rice and roasted green beans
    D2: rosemary pork loin (you could do a a chicken) crockpot with sweet potatoes and apples (made this in the crockpot)
    D3: ground beef with taco seasoning - I'll use this for taco salads or something.
     
    With the variety of 3 different options, I mix and match my way through the week.  Obviously, it's a bit of work to make 3 meals early in the week, but it's do-able.  I don't like freezing things because they never look as edible. I might try this with soup though. Good luck!
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    Jenn35 reacted to Mom2A&M in Grab-and-go Breakfast   
    There was a great recipe on here of a sweet potato crusted quiche. I made it this week and it was very good. It takes some prep prior but I got 4-5 M1's out of it. Here goes...
    2med sweet potatoes shredded
    1package chopped mushrooms
    1package frozen spinach, thawed and dried well
    1onion sliced
    1dozen eggs
    2T coconut milk
    S&P to taste
    Coconut oil
    1c broth
    Sautéed onions and mushrooms in coconut oil until browned and start to soften, add broth and simmer until tender and pan is dry. Set aside. Fry sweet potatoes until browned and crisp in coconut oil, pat into baking dish like a crust. Beat eggs, coconut milk and add seasoning, onions, mushrooms and dried spinach. Pour over crust. Bake 400 for 20-25 min until eggs are set. Allow to cool, slice into individual servings and refrigerate. Grab your container on the way out the door, microwave for about 90 sec. Everything you need in one meal...protein, veggies and fat!
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    Jenn35 got a reaction from gatork in Food Truck!   
    I found a food truck in Indianapolis called Caveman Truck. Soooooo good.
    I had a portobello mushroom topped with bacon and spicy guacamole and sweet potato hash (it had apples and cinnamon). So good! One of the best meals I've had since I've started my Whole30. This may inspire a few meals for me.
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    Jenn35 reacted to Jessica Orth in Living in an obese body (sucks!!)   
    Tracy, I'm on my 8th day and to read your post is so encouraging. I feel your pain, except, I have been out of shape my entire life. I don't even know what it feels like to be skinny. Sometimes I look at my friends in their cute clothes and just wonder what it must feel like to look like that. I'm not just doing this for weightloss, but it is also a large concern of mine. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when I was 14. By the time I was 18, it spiraled out of control. My levels have never been normal since then and sometimes I will gain 20 pounds in as short a time period as 2 weeks. This I think is mostly water weight as when it has gotten this bad, I can't even fit my feet into normal shoes.
    But my thyroid isn't my only reason for gaining weight. I can blame it all that I want, but it really comes down to me and my choices. I may not have a very high metabolism, but eating whatever I want doesn't help that. It's an endless cycle of depression, low self confidence, eating to comfort those feelings, guilt for eating, depression, etc. That's why, for me, or anyone with a thyroid problem(I know you don't have one, just saying), it's important to stay active and to eat right.
    I have to go back to the doctor in a month for blood tests, I'm pretty sure I'm going to see a lot of improvements.
    I already have a lot of energy. i no longer suffer from insomnia. I have skinny ankles! (as skinny as they can be), I am not depressed. I don't feel guilt from food. I no longer have heartburn. This is just in 8 days.
    So, I hope you know you aren't alone. Sometimes I come on here and no offense, but I read a lot of posts from people who seem like they've already been fit for a long time or it's their 2nd or 3rd whole 30. It is comforting to hear from someone who is starting from scratch and I'm glad you had the drive to post for all of us. :-)
    Good Luck! You can do it!
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    Jenn35 reacted to Seana H in If You Ever Thought of Giving Up Trying to Lose Weight   
    Dear Suzy, I am amazed I found your post today of all days. I am on Day 21 and I have had no whims to "cheat" until today. I want to go home and eat bad food so badly. Nothing really bad has happened today - I just want to cheat and give up.
    Even though I feel better than I have in years - and my clothes are a bit looser - I am already worried that the scale won't show as much progress as I am dreaming. So of course, the old me would say "you not going to succeed, so eat a cupcake with a glass of chardonnay anyway!"
    I think it is because I have only been getting 5-6 hours of sleep - and what a difference it makes. I love that my Whole30 is helping me understand what I need.
    You post was incredibly inspiring. I printed it so I could put in on my fridge tonight to ward away the eating late demon!
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    Jenn35 reacted to Kirsteen in Body image and reasons for the Whole30?   
    When I was an older teen to early 20s, I thought I was overweight (looking back I was anything but at 129lbs and 5ft 6) We all went on diets and lost and gained. I got married, cooked for my husband, piled on the weight, dieted then got divorced, piled on more, got a job in a gym so got it off with diet and exercise, got remarried had 2 kids, piled on more. Did the whole yoyo dieting thing, got to a weight a liked, struggled to keep it there, got fed up, said 'stuff it' overate, piled it on, dieted to get it off ad nauseum.
    Then, about 5 years ago, I took really ill with gallbladder and other digestive issues. My weight dropped from 175 to just over 80 pounds. I was in tears of pain even trying to lie in a bath, and as for what I looked like, it was horrible. That got fixed, I recovered the weight (some of it), developed cancer and had a radical mastectomy.
    Now, I absolutely frikkin love my body though it's in worse shape than it's ever been It's about 10 pounds over what I used to think was acceptable (or it was, last time I weighed, before I started this W30) and I'm officially a one-tit-wonder . I'm also partially disabled and on crutches but, you know what, I'm alive, I'm happy, I'm doing the best I can and becoming the best I can be and above all i love me and love my body for what it's survived.
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    Jenn35 reacted to Megan Claydon in Body image and reasons for the Whole30?   
    Understand that you are worthy of love and being loved just as you are right now. I highly recommend reading Brene Brown's book "The Gifts of Imperfection"
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    Jenn35 reacted to Kirsteen in I keep thinking I should just give up...   
    Hang in there. I know it can feel overwhelmingly difficult when you don't see yourself getting the results you want, especially if you feel everyone else is doing great. My first W30, I felt like crap a lot of the time. I got nausea, I got enteritis, I just kept telling myself "If I feel this bad eating really good food, how awful will I feel if I give in and eat crap". I ended up doing a W60 and then I was 90+% compliant after that. I'm now doing another W30 to keep it really clean.
    I never felt the 'magic' that some people seem to feel but then I probably have more health issues than most. I genuinley feel this is the healthiest thing you can do for your body and my gains may have been smaller than some people get and may have taken longer to manifest but they are so worth it. So hang in there, you will break through, honestly and you really are worth it.
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    Jenn35 got a reaction from SouthernBeth in Body image and reasons for the Whole30?   
    I'm so glad I found this thread. My new year's resolution is to comprehensively improve my self-confidence. I'm going to take better care of myself both physically and mentally. Over the two years, due to a dramatic weight gain, I've allowed my thoughts to become more and more negative. At some point, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
    I'm taking the no scale rule seriously. Since I moved, I don't even have one, and I'm not going to purchase one. I'd be very happy to lose weight, but I absolutely know that is going to happen I change my eating, so I'm not going to stress about it. One of the biggest draws of the Whole30, for myself, is a reset. I need to reset my eating habits and my thinking habits, and together I hope to gain a whole new perspective on my body.
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    Jenn35 reacted to HealingWithin in Body image and reasons for the Whole30?   
    The topic of body image is a serious passion of mine (and what I've built my career around) and can say that looking for weight loss to change how you feel about your body is typically a losing game - at least for the long term. At my heighest weight I was 220lbs (5'2) and did all the diets. I didn't learn how to change my relationship with food and just alternated between binge eating and dieting. Eventually, I made my way down to my "goal weight" and realized that I still hated my body. Not only that but my relationship with food and exercise was worse than ever (I was a life long binge eater). It taught me that the size of my body has nothing to do with my ability to love (and care for) myself.
    It wasn't until I learned how to love my body, care for it properly (including eating well), and work through all the emotional reasons I was using food to cope that I was able to truly be at peace with food and my body. Eating this way has been a part of that for me and is truly the first time I can say that I don't feel deprived and instead feel supremely nourished. I am grateful to be able to care of my body in this way. It took SO much abuse (crap food, alcohol, drugs, cutting) for so many years and now is my time to honor my body.
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    Jenn35 got a reaction from SouthernBeth in Body image and reasons for the Whole30?   
    I'm so glad I found this thread. My new year's resolution is to comprehensively improve my self-confidence. I'm going to take better care of myself both physically and mentally. Over the two years, due to a dramatic weight gain, I've allowed my thoughts to become more and more negative. At some point, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
    I'm taking the no scale rule seriously. Since I moved, I don't even have one, and I'm not going to purchase one. I'd be very happy to lose weight, but I absolutely know that is going to happen I change my eating, so I'm not going to stress about it. One of the biggest draws of the Whole30, for myself, is a reset. I need to reset my eating habits and my thinking habits, and together I hope to gain a whole new perspective on my body.
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    Jenn35 got a reaction from torena in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Sugar victory!
    Somehow, this girl was in charge of bringing birthday goodies to work today .... pecan pie and DQ ice cream. Holy moly! I've resisted all day long, and I'm so proud! Only 2 more hours until I can escape the smell of sugar in the air!
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    Jenn35 reacted to Susan W in Ketchup?   
    Here's a recipe from Paleo Diet Lifestyle.
    Ingredients

    1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste;
    2 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice;
    1/4 tsp dry mustard;
    1/3 cup water;
    1/4 tsp cinnamon;
    1/4 tsp salt;
    1 pinch ground cloves;
    1 pinch ground allspice;
    1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, optional;

    Preparation

    Simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk well to combine. Refrigerate overnight to let the flavors develop and enjoy!

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    Jenn35 reacted to paleolala in OK here's an esoteric question   
    I've just liked every post in this stream! I love this thinking. I'm a big fan of this quote - though I have no idea where/who it came from::
    "Food is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug, and exercise is the most potent and under-utilized antidepressant."
    I'm only a week into my first Whole30, but I've played around with ancestral health in various forms since really getting my head around how detrimental my "health" habits have been in the past. In my experience this quote is bang on point. I'm stunned by how much of a difference good food and exercise make to my mental health, and how easily these changes flow into other areas of my life. As soon as I started looking closely at what I'm putting into my body in a no bullshit way, it has prompted small and large changes in thinking for me all across the board.
    In my work and personal life, I'm really interested in why we do what is easy, instead of what is good (ie, ensures the best outcome for the most people). I'm finding that eating good food is the first step in so many ways, and almost essential to allow the avalanche of positive change that follows. I'm sure my preoccupation with being values-aligned isn't the norm, but I'm meeting enough people who think like me to assume it might be helpful for at least some people on this forum!
    I've identified disordered behaviour in my eating habits that is also happening in many other areas of my life - money, work, relationships, even my own sense of self to an extent. For me, getting the food thing right has flowed directly to other important areas of my life and allowed me to really think about this in detail:
    Moving - striving for my physical body to achieve what it is capable of, and my relationship with my body, my weight and how I look (and how I'm perceived)
    Money - thinking about what I want to spend money on, my attitude to money in general and my short and long term financial goals
    Work - what I invest my time in, what I want to create and what I want to be known for
    My relationship with my husband - making sure I'm the best partner I can be, being a valuable part of our two-person team
    Ethics - thinking about how my behaviours impact others (environmentally, financially, socially), everything from what kind of businesses I'm investing in when I spend money with them, to what kind of behaviours I want to encourage in others by my own actions
    Others - being generous and giving, but in a way that doesn't jeopardise what I'm about or what I can achieve.
    I feel like I'd been working on some of these things for a while, but the last 7 days have kind of accelerated the process in a way I really wasn't expecting. It's amazing what some clear thinking and a positive outlook can do!
    Just think what could be achieved globally, if this process happened for everyone. As the Hartwigs say, It Starts With Food!
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    Jenn35 reacted to Kirsteen in OK here's an esoteric question   
    I love this post. Yes I think we so often use food in an emotional way. We use it to dull our feelings or to avoid thinking about things. I think when we W30 we stop this and, in stripping back to really clean eating, We also strip and lay ourselves bare. We're forced to look at aspects of ourselves we're maybe not used to confronting. At least this is what I found.
    Years ago, I studied a system of dynamic meditation, the silva method, which was very hot on the idea that what you tell yourself is what you will believe. If you say to yourself, 'I'm no good at this', you won't be any good. If you say to yourself, 'this is too difficult', it will be. It's amazing, once you pay attention to your thoughts, how many of them are actually negative. Ask anyone to tell you 10 of their good points and 10 of their faults. Most people will rattle off 10 of their faults easily and then struggle to find 10 good points. I find myself doing that even now.
    One of their answers was every time you find yourself with a negative thought, actually say to yourself, 'cancel, cancel' and replace it with a positive one. change 'I'm no good at this', to 'I'm really getting the hang of this, I can do this, I'm good at this'. Most of us are brought up to praise others, but be embarrassed when people praise us. Well, stop that, take credit for all the things you're good at and start praising yourself. think positively and slay that negative dragon.
    I've been contemplating doing another W30 or whatever. Last time I feel I concentrated solely on food. Your post has made up my mind for me. This time I'm also going to commit to meditating every day, thinking positively and keeping a (private) journal of my thoughts and feelings. I want my whole life to be as squeaky clean as my diet . So, thanks for the kick up the arse I needed. I'm off to check my cupboards to check no stray nasties have intruded since last time and to start making plans. Ha! having succeeded with W30, we can slay any old dragon. We're ninja dragon fighters extrordinaire :ph34r:
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    Jenn35 reacted to AmyS in OK here's an esoteric question   
    I'm thinking now of the Whole30 as an analogy to how to do life. My question is, what would be included in a lifestyle Whole30? I'm thinking of how I started out my first Whole30. I kind of gave myself a bubble in which to function for those 30 days. I was going from a total junk food diet directly to Whole30, so basically, as long as it was compliant I ate it. It might not have fit the exact Whole30 meal templates, but I felt great and got enormous benefits - and did another one in November-December, and am about to start a Whole100 in January.
    Part of this is deepening my understanding of the kinds of foods I am going to be eating. But a large part is dealing with the emotional elements that Whole30 has uncovered for me. I've been surprised about that. As my eating has gotten cleaner, I can see places where my inner life (and my extension, to some extent, my outer life) has its own sort of sugar dragon, for lack of a better descriptor.
    I wonder if there's a way to encapsulate the inner life sugar dragon, so to speak, with the goal of eliminating it from my experience during the coming Whole100. I'm kind of thinking as I type here... maybe it would be as simple (and difficult) as committing to positive self-talk over that period of time. I wonder if I might be addicted to negative self talk in the same way I'm addicted to sugar. And I wonder if there might be a way to put a moratorium on it while I'm on my Whole100.
    It's strange because in recent months I've been questioning myself so much and changing my mind about major life situations, and doing so in drastic fashion. And all of this is thrown into sharp relief as I notice my eating getting cleaner and cleaner and my body getting more and more responsive to the call of good health. I know all of these things are connected, and somehow I wonder if the sugar dragon has given way to the negative self-talk dragon. And I'd like all of my body and mind to be healthy, clean, and nourished.
    Pondering... anyone else have any thoughts on this or related matters?
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    Jenn35 got a reaction from SouthernBeth in Body image and reasons for the Whole30?   
    I'm so glad I found this thread. My new year's resolution is to comprehensively improve my self-confidence. I'm going to take better care of myself both physically and mentally. Over the two years, due to a dramatic weight gain, I've allowed my thoughts to become more and more negative. At some point, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
    I'm taking the no scale rule seriously. Since I moved, I don't even have one, and I'm not going to purchase one. I'd be very happy to lose weight, but I absolutely know that is going to happen I change my eating, so I'm not going to stress about it. One of the biggest draws of the Whole30, for myself, is a reset. I need to reset my eating habits and my thinking habits, and together I hope to gain a whole new perspective on my body.
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    Jenn35 got a reaction from Johnny M in Creamy Mushroom Sage Spaghetti Squash   
    I can't wait to try this!
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    Jenn35 reacted to CupcakeNinja in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    I'm so glad I joined this forum before I used up the Barnes & Noble gift cards I got for Christmas. *adds Well Fed to book list to buy*
    We have one Paleo cookbook - Paleo Comfort Foods - and I made some butternut squash soup from that the other night... the recipe needs some tweaking (I found it too spicy, so want to cut back on the ginger and nutmeg), but was good. Last night I let my creative juices flow and (possibly invented a dish?) made a non-dairy/non-gluten Whole 30 version of chicken parmesan: I used spaghetti squash, my standby homemade tomato sauce (which was already compliant - I was so excited), then breaded some chicken breasts in egg and coconut flour and pan fried them in ghee, finishing them with a stint in the oven... it was delicious. The best part was: no recipe needed. And now I'm excited to think about what other recipes I already was making that are either compliant or could be made so with a few minor substitutions. Inspiring! (And it was good on the reheat - I just had leftovers for meal #2.)
    This weekend I'm going heavy duty on the meal planning - as a lot of you have also said - I think that will make a huge difference. I'm going to make a big pot of chili on Sunday that can be used for meals throughout the week, as well. Getting excited about possibilities!
    Happy Day 4, everyone!
    Oh - and Jenn35 - my office had a sudden, tempting smell of buttery biscuits yesterday afternoon for about an hour. I don't know whose they were or where the smell came from (because I stayed strong and did not investigate), but I know how you feel abstaining from deliciousness!! Solidarity!
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    Jenn35 got a reaction from torena in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Sugar victory!
    Somehow, this girl was in charge of bringing birthday goodies to work today .... pecan pie and DQ ice cream. Holy moly! I've resisted all day long, and I'm so proud! Only 2 more hours until I can escape the smell of sugar in the air!
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    Jenn35 got a reaction from DVeep in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Good morning! I forgot to chime in here. I'm on Day 3 too. The chicken and veggies I had for breakfast are extremely filling, almost too much. I'm hoping I feel more adjusted by the weekend.
    One good thing to report: yesterday, I noticed that I was not bloated at the end of the workday. I think is definitely because I'm not visiting the office candy dish or Diet Coke supply!
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    Jenn35 got a reaction from SouthernBeth in Body image and reasons for the Whole30?   
    I'm so glad I found this thread. My new year's resolution is to comprehensively improve my self-confidence. I'm going to take better care of myself both physically and mentally. Over the two years, due to a dramatic weight gain, I've allowed my thoughts to become more and more negative. At some point, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
    I'm taking the no scale rule seriously. Since I moved, I don't even have one, and I'm not going to purchase one. I'd be very happy to lose weight, but I absolutely know that is going to happen I change my eating, so I'm not going to stress about it. One of the biggest draws of the Whole30, for myself, is a reset. I need to reset my eating habits and my thinking habits, and together I hope to gain a whole new perspective on my body.
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    Jenn35 reacted to 1Maryann in Looking for some Bone Broth 101 tips...   
    Here's a good answer to your question.
    http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/broth-is-beautiful