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About WholeCourtney

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  1. First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    Glad to see everyone seems to be doing well Im on day 14 and today was a combo of kill all the things and brain fog. I've been having the most intense cravings but I've managed to make the right choices so while this Whole 30 is driving me crazy Im proud Im sticking with it. I think my big issue is not always putting meals together properly (ie not enough fat) and not always eating at the right intervals (4-5 hours apart). So my goal for the remainder of the challenge is to make sure Im eating the right portions of the right things at the right time.
  2. First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    One of the many reasons I brew my own!
  3. First Whole 30- Starting 10/2!

    Hope you guys don't mind if I join the group. I actually started on 9/27, as I wanted to be done before my first 5K on 10/28. This is my second Whole30, I completed my first in June and it really helped change my life. I went from a sedentary lifestyle with not to great eating habits to working out on a regular basis and eating a healthy paleo diet. I started slipping up a bit and following the advice in Food, Freedom, Forever I decided to do a reset.
  4. Can I Do...

    @NoneOtherThanAmy Congrats on your first 5k! I'm training for my first on October 28th. My goal is to simply not be last lol. Not sure if I will be able to run the entire 3.1 miles but I'm just so proud of my progress so far
  5. Not a fan of coconut.......other options?

    I'm going to go against the grain. Personally i do not care for coconut in most recipes. Even if its not a main ingredient I can still sense its sweetness which I think is what I dont care for. I use nut milk (cashew or almond) as a substitution and Ive had mostly success.
  6. I Have a Coconut Allergy... Any Substitution Suggestions?

    @justbrooke Im not allergic to coconut but I dont love the flavor, especially not in as many recipes as Whole30 calls for. I tend to substitute nut milk for coconut milk in a lot of recipes. I prefer cashew milk because I can find that in the purest form compared to almond milk which can be harder to find without added ingredients. I use a 1:1 ratio substitution. Personally I dont find that coconut cream really acts as a thickening agent like dairy cream so you can always use a nut milk and arrowroot/tapiaco flour.
  7. Can I Do...

    Thanks @NoneOtherThanAmy! I think I'm going to do much the same..track a few meals over a few days just to make sure Im not REALLY overdoing it then just follow the portion guidelines. Overall I think I have a pretty good relationship with food and the scale. Much better then before I completed my first Whole30. Honestly I focus more on what my body can do (I lift kettlebells and run) and I think that the break of tracking will be nice
  8. Can I Do...

    Thank you for the resources, I think I'll swear off the scale and wean myself off of calorie tracking. I dont think Im quite ready to go cold turkey
  9. Can I Do...

    Hope I'm posting this question in the right place. My question isnt can I have but can I do... Since June I've lost 35lbs with a combination of eating right (including calorie counting) and exercise. Its been a lot of hard work and I really don't want to gain back an ounce (I still have about 65lbs to go until Im a healthy weight. I weigh myself once a week to track my progress. Am I really cheating if I weigh myself once a week to ensure I'm not overdoing it on the calories? Or should I just suck it up, track calories and assume all will be well? FWIW I followed my first Whole30 to a T and I lost 18lbs but Im sooo paranoid I'll over eat and gain weight.
  10. September 28 Start Date

    I completed my first Whole30 in June which really changed my life. Im taking my cues from Food, Freedom, Forever and doing another Whole30 as my eating habits are starting to creep back to my old bad habits. I chose such an odd start date as Im running my first 5k on October 28th and I want to be able to celebrate without restrictions afterward. Anyone want to join me? Any runner who have some sage advice on handling training for a race and doing a Whole30?
  11. Start date June 1st

    Day 30!! I'm so proud I could burst. I've planned out my structured reintroduction and will stick to a Paleo-centric diet moving forward. I actually had an appointment with a nutritionist the other day (appointment scheduled pre-Whole30 through my reproductive endocrinologists office) and she was super impressed with my diet and loved that I will be sticking with no gluten and little to no dairy, something she recommends to all of her patients. It was nice to get in person feedback from an expert and some guidance on a post Whole30 diet. I can't wait for my weigh in and measurements tomorrow morning....and Im REALLY looking forward to floating in the pool with an alcoholic beverage and reveling in my awesomeness
  12. Start date June 1st

    Nothing beats the ninja! @C. Page I had a "nightmare" last night that I ate something non compliant. I was devastated to have to start over on Day 25. I was SO relieved when I woke up and realized it was just a dream! 5 days to go everyone, whoooohooo!!!!!! How is everything planning on handling the reintroduction phase? Im torn between following the plan exactly in the book and just trying things as they come up.
  13. Start date June 1st

    That does stink! With only 6 days to go I think Im going to miss the rules and rigidity of the program. Something I did NOT think I would be saying lol. I am very interested to see what foods I might reintroduce to my diet and what will be no-no's. We're almost there ladies!
  14. Start date June 1st

    We're almost there!! Hard to believe this journey is almost over. I can't believe how much my life has changed in the past 20 days. Not just food wise either. For the first time in as long as I can remember I have energy. I'm exercising daily, I'm constantly on the go, Im on a normal schedule, I'm sleeping well and waking up feeling rested. Had some great food this week. Made the most amazing pulled pork. If you search Smashed Plantain Pulled Pork Sliders on Pinterest you'll find it. Also had Chili Lime Taco Fish Bowls with Citrus Crema (also courtesy of Pinterest). The Crema is out.of.this.world. delicious. Also made a tasty gazpacho, one of my all time favorite summer dishes and I found a recipe for Ranch that doesnt use coconut milk (didnt care for the coconut milk recipe). First I made my own almond milk then added it to homemade mayo, red wine vinegar, and a bunch of spices and I swear it tastes like totally authentic ranch.
  15. Start date June 1st

    @kalsjourney Im in the same boat, if I dont see more positive changes with my frame of mind and thoughts toward and about food I will be extending my Whole30. I LOVED yoga. Ive practiced before at home with free amazon prime videos but I was super nervous to take a class and embarrass myself but it was awesome. Definitely making it a permanent part of my routine.