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    CrazyCow reacted to Acer in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    DH and I were just discussing how we would most likely keep going with the program like 80% of the time.  It just makes sense for us to continue to keep us on track during the work week.  On weekends, (after reintro) and on travel, we can relax a little, and moderately enjoy dairy, alcohol, etc.  Once we start working out again, we can really shed some extra weight - which we need to do!  
    But overall we are really having fun!  Food is great, we are getting creative, and enjoying ourselves.  
    Speaking of reintro - are most people planning to slow roll?  We are starting on the first with red wine
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    CrazyCow got a reaction from BookJockey in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    Here we are on Day 19...and tearing it up!! 
    Good past few days...at least from a learning perspective. I'd had a number of days where I was eating too late to get to yoga and that was making me frustrated, but there were other wins. For example:
    Friday was the first day I had a meal out since this W30 started. This was a work lunch, and we were at a Mexican restaurant, where I'd normally get a cheese slathered chimichanga, eat all the rice and beans, and I can neither confirm nor deny that I might have in that former life had a 'rita as well. Aaaand by the end I'd be stuffed and ready for nap!WELL. Current Whole30 me quizzed the server on every possible part of my lunch selection: does this have sugar? Agave? Filler? etc. What I wound up with was: Sliced steak, onions and peppers fajita style (totally compliant!) accompanied by pico de gallo (again NO sugar and compliant--a squeeze of lime on top).
    Saturday we had a busy run around day, which included a baby shower. Ate before hand, quizzed the caterer and drank fizzy water with double lime in a champagne flute all afternoon. Classy!
    By Saturday late afternoon though, I was getting HUNGRY...so went an unusual route and made from scratch POKE and 'SUSHI' ROLLS. Did I mention from scratch? SO good. SO SO SO good. And utterly compliant. Made spicy tuna with sushi grade tuna and whole30 mayo mixed with coconut aminos, a splash or three of fish sauce, garlic powder, minced thai chilis, toasted sesame seeds and some crazy voodoo magic because I tell you, it was better than the order out kind for SURE. The 'rolls' were avocado, lettuce, carrot, cucumber, cabbage and tuna and both the rolls and the poke bowl had 21 Seasoning Salute from TJ's sprinkled over it which was amazing. 
    Sunday was a finish things up day, so did not get to a cooking WOD, but we have plenty going on in the fridge to get started, including a SOUS VIDE shredded pork which we had over sweet potatoes and with a nice salad tonight. In all, quite a win in the kitchen these past few days.
    Tomorrow I have to hit the studio again...took these past few days off, and I'm missing it. That's a great sign, as far as I am concerned.
    Anyway to all, have a great week!!

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    CrazyCow got a reaction from BookJockey in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    Here we are on Day 19...and tearing it up!! 
    Good past few days...at least from a learning perspective. I'd had a number of days where I was eating too late to get to yoga and that was making me frustrated, but there were other wins. For example:
    Friday was the first day I had a meal out since this W30 started. This was a work lunch, and we were at a Mexican restaurant, where I'd normally get a cheese slathered chimichanga, eat all the rice and beans, and I can neither confirm nor deny that I might have in that former life had a 'rita as well. Aaaand by the end I'd be stuffed and ready for nap!WELL. Current Whole30 me quizzed the server on every possible part of my lunch selection: does this have sugar? Agave? Filler? etc. What I wound up with was: Sliced steak, onions and peppers fajita style (totally compliant!) accompanied by pico de gallo (again NO sugar and compliant--a squeeze of lime on top).
    Saturday we had a busy run around day, which included a baby shower. Ate before hand, quizzed the caterer and drank fizzy water with double lime in a champagne flute all afternoon. Classy!
    By Saturday late afternoon though, I was getting HUNGRY...so went an unusual route and made from scratch POKE and 'SUSHI' ROLLS. Did I mention from scratch? SO good. SO SO SO good. And utterly compliant. Made spicy tuna with sushi grade tuna and whole30 mayo mixed with coconut aminos, a splash or three of fish sauce, garlic powder, minced thai chilis, toasted sesame seeds and some crazy voodoo magic because I tell you, it was better than the order out kind for SURE. The 'rolls' were avocado, lettuce, carrot, cucumber, cabbage and tuna and both the rolls and the poke bowl had 21 Seasoning Salute from TJ's sprinkled over it which was amazing. 
    Sunday was a finish things up day, so did not get to a cooking WOD, but we have plenty going on in the fridge to get started, including a SOUS VIDE shredded pork which we had over sweet potatoes and with a nice salad tonight. In all, quite a win in the kitchen these past few days.
    Tomorrow I have to hit the studio again...took these past few days off, and I'm missing it. That's a great sign, as far as I am concerned.
    Anyway to all, have a great week!!

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    CrazyCow reacted to HappyPlace in My Whole30 Log   
    Day 2   Meal 1 - Sweet potato bowl (Sweet potato, banana, 1/2 tsp raisins, 2 strawberries, 1 tsp ghee, 1/2 tsp coconut flakes, home made almond milk) - I only ate half a serving, as I felt full.   Meal 2 - 2 oz steak,  remaining sweet potato bowl   Meal 3 - 5oz Steak, small apple     Reflection: When I read Day 2 of the W30 Day/Day guide the day before, I thought the book was overstating how I would feel. After all, it was only day 2?!? Boy was I wrong...and were they right. I was exhauted. EXHAUSTED.    When I went to bed last night, I was tired, but restless...normally, I have a heavier carb dinner (Pizza, Pasta etc...), some Frito's on the sofa while watching TV, then i get in to bed - watch a little more tv and fall asleep with the TV on. Sound a sleep usually (likely a carb coma). Last night, I was WIRED. I did not fall asleep until after 1am. I woke up at about 8:30am (which is late for me, I'm usually up at 6am, after multiple snoozes of course).   On another note, I had to pee so many times last night. I didn't drink very much water the day before, but I was up and at it multiple times. I can only surmise that some of the water retention related to my poor dietary habits was undoing a bit. This is a positive!   Because of my inactivity today, I didn't eat my Shepherds pie leftover, as it felt a little too calorie dense...instead I had a really small apple (think...size of a plum), and 5oz steak.   Tomorrow's plan is to get up early, and not think about working out, just get up and do it. I definitely need some more activity today!    Today's extra credit win - Besides planing my meals in advance, I made home made Almond milk, and it was AHmazing. 
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    CrazyCow reacted to AmandaFawn in Best salad dressing!   
    Now, I never follow recipes when cooking (baking is another matter). I'm a, a little of this, a little of that type girl. That being said I will read a bunch of recipes and take ideas from each one and do what I want. 
    This recipe https://iheartumami.com/thai-grilled-beef-salad/
    was my inspiration for this weeks lunches. I did my own thing with the steak, just s&p with ghee cooked rare so when I heated it up I wouldn't over cook it. For the salad I did some romaine, broccoli slaw, green onion, while onion, banana shallots, watermelon radishes, daikon radishes, mint, cucumber, and orange bell peppers. I honestly thought it was going to be too much spiciness. But I was never so happy to be wrong! 
    Now the remarkable part of this is the dressing! I used her recipe as a guide, I pulverized 4 deseeded chili peppers (I don't remember what kind, whatever they had at whole foods that day, serrano's?), and a whole head of garlic in my food processor. I then added a whole bottle of coconut aminos and the neck of my bottle of red boat fish sauce, 4 tablespoons? I just know there was probably half an inch of the fish sauce visible over the label and it was the smaller bottle. I mixed it and squeezed in 2 limes. 
    I then put it in my pan I cooked the steak in, I did this right after I pulled the steak so it was still wicked hot and it deglazed the pan getting up all the good bits of the steak. At this point I tasted and added a splash of rice wine vinegar for some acid. Once it had incorporated and simmered for just over a minute I took it off and poured it into my aminos bottle and a few smaller containers for traveling. At this point I squeezed a little lime juice in each container, a whole one in the bottle. 
    I'll tell you what. I would use this dressing every day. I think I also sprinkled in some chili pepper flakes while it simmered if I remember properly. 
    Moral of the story, check out this recipe and do what you want with it, just taste as you go and you cannot go wrong. Be confident yet cautious in the adding of more fish sauce or aminos as you go.
    Sprinkle, stir, taste.
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    CrazyCow reacted to deviin22 in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    Day 2 is going well so far. I really don't mind having almost the same thing for breakfast every day, so I usually just do hard boiled eggs and veggies. I have an apple and maybe some almond butter for a mid morning snack. I take a late lunch and usually do tuna, chicken sausage, or grilled chicken & some sort of vegetable/salad. I bought some potatoes, but I'm trying to limit carbs this time around. I love finding easy, microwavable, quick snacks and meals that I can put together. One of the biggest things that I learned in round 1 is that food is fuel. If you're not hungry enough to eat boiled chicken and steamed broccoli, you're not that hungry. It's helped me with my cravings and made me more mindful of my snacking. This is my third round of Whole30 so I am a lot more relaxed about it. I have emergency RX bars in my purse so I don't have to scramble and find things, I found all sorts of compliant goodies at target, wegmans, and market basket that I know I can have. Just looking forward to the middle of this round to start sleeping better, feeling less anxious, and being more focused. I'm not portion controlling, but I do write down what I eat to make sure I'm getting a good balance and that I eat enough in general. Already on day 2 - 28 days to go!
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    CrazyCow got a reaction from nutburger in W30 number TWELVE!   
    Day1!  
    Started with a true bullet proof--forgot how much I love coffee like this.
    M1: 2 coddled eggs, half an avocado, spinach mix, cherry tomatoes and a splash of balsamic, and a satsuma.
    M2: Mulligatawny soup, a la Sarah Frogoso and a satsuma. So good.
    M3: Cocoa and Paprika rubbed beef short ribs, made in sous vide, cauliflower mash, and sauteed green beans..
    Lots of water through the day, and finished with a cup of mint tea. Woot woo!
    No activity today, but it is on the docket for tomorrow. Watch this space.  
     
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    CrazyCow reacted to MarthaJane in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    I am so encouraged by all the planning, preparation, commitment and success from everyone today.  I hope we can all learn from each other and use this forum to encourage one another.  Thank you Laurenacc for setting this forum up.  
    Be strong tomorrow....remember that hunger pains are often a symptom of being thirsty and so drink lots of water.  And all the great prep we did today....let's do it again for tomorrow and enjoy another day closer to healthier bodies!!!
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    CrazyCow got a reaction from 2trees in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    Happy New Year, Everyone!
    So this was us cleaning out the fridge and getting the shopping (round 1) into order. This pic does NOT include the rest of our weekly veggie box, but that has parsnips, carrots, avocados, broccoli, peppers and cauliflower. This pic has just a part of our protein--pictured is chicken and apple sausage, ground turkey, and beef short ribs (that had just come out of the sous vide), but we have eggs and pork as well for this week. After clearing (and cleaning!) everything out, we made mulligatawny soup for tomorrow lunch time, and boiled a bunch of eggs up for brekkies (or whatever) for the next few days. Made salmon cakes for dinner tonight, as the salmon had been cured with sugar, so that needed to be eaten before tomorrow! And of course, there was the rest of the eggnog cheesecake as well... 
    Have a great start to Day 1, and I look forward to cheering everyone on!

     
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    CrazyCow reacted to christineUF in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    Hello All!
    I just started today as well! I'm super excited to get my health on track, 2018 was a very unhealthy year for me. I'm very into craft beer, and I did not balance the heavy beers with healthy foods and exercise - which led to eating out CONSTANTLY and 20 pounds put on and overall feeling sluggish and down on myself.
    I did all my shopping and meal prep yesterday and it was a tad overwhelming - I'm going to need to get better at meal prepping. I wanted the first week to be delicious, so I went all out on my groccey store trip, but I think i went a tad overboard. 
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    CrazyCow reacted to deviin22 in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    I'm starting today, too! This will be my third Whole30 and I am excited to reset. It has helped me tremendously the past two times. Candidly, I did not prepare well for this round. I didn't use that as an excuse and hustled to the grocery store before work to get some quick grab supplies. Excited for that tiger blood again! :)
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    CrazyCow got a reaction from charvey in Starting 1/2/2019   
    Good luck @charvey...W30 is a great step back into the nutrition and activity ring. I'm a former yoga geek that's just getting back to the studio, and I'm married to a former cross-fit coach and can hand on heart say the two, even if you're not in the box right now, go hand in hand--even with injuries. You learn to listen to your body in very new ways when you're Whole30, and that translates well to activity, too. 
    I too, have got a lot of ground to gain back after what seems pretty much like a year of no activity and poor food choices (I don't even have the excuse of a toddler in the house!), so I'll be sure to check beck in and give you some good old cross-fit shouts of encouragement as we go through the next 30 days. We've got this! 
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    CrazyCow got a reaction from Sarahkp in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    I'm starting on the 2nd as well. This is Whole30 number 12 for me...!
    My first Whole 30 was in January of 2013. I've done a few each year ever since--except for 2018, where it was a year of weight gain and activity loss for me. So it's time to right this ship and get back to feeling the way I KNOW it feels to eat well, be active, and really enjoy the healthy choices I make. I also will enjoy the CRAZY food dreams that will invariably arrive... 
    I'll be prepping ever so slightly over the next few days, but honestly I'll be eating the last of the Christmas biscuits, drinking the last of the egg nog lattes, toasting the last of the holiday cocktails. So I expect that carb flu to hit HARD come the first week of January...and I say, bring it!
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    CrazyCow got a reaction from Sarahkp in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    I'm starting on the 2nd as well. This is Whole30 number 12 for me...!
    My first Whole 30 was in January of 2013. I've done a few each year ever since--except for 2018, where it was a year of weight gain and activity loss for me. So it's time to right this ship and get back to feeling the way I KNOW it feels to eat well, be active, and really enjoy the healthy choices I make. I also will enjoy the CRAZY food dreams that will invariably arrive... 
    I'll be prepping ever so slightly over the next few days, but honestly I'll be eating the last of the Christmas biscuits, drinking the last of the egg nog lattes, toasting the last of the holiday cocktails. So I expect that carb flu to hit HARD come the first week of January...and I say, bring it!
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    CrazyCow got a reaction from HappyPlace in W30 number TWELVE!   
    So it's happening. Whole30 number 12 in t-minus 3 days! Over that time, I'll be clearing out fridge and cupboard space, getting a proper larder full of good food choices, and prepping in general. I'll be logging food and activity here. Looking forward to jump starting 2019 in the best way...good luck to us all! 
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    CrazyCow reacted to GoJo09 in 2017 Whole9 WholeYear (3rd Annual)   
    There might just be one near you  http://nolightsnolycra.com/location/
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    CrazyCow got a reaction from GoJo09 in 2017 Whole9 WholeYear (3rd Annual)   
    Hi @kirkor and all...it's been a while since I've checked in to the forum here at Whole30. 2016 was a hella year. So I'm facing forward for 2017, and a Whole9 seems a great place to focus. Starting my 10th Whole30 since 2013 on the 10th, but the idea of hitting all areas of life is spot on, so count me in.
    Completely get the Netflix thing, and the grabbing an extra handful of nuts for no particularly good reason, and stress can suck the will to make good choices right out of me on any count. I've never done a Whole9, but I imagine that Balance has got to be a positive outcome, if I'm paying attention. I'm looking forward to jumping in, getting wet, and learning to swim upstream again!
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    CrazyCow reacted to GoJo09 in 2017 Whole9 WholeYear (3rd Annual)   
    I'd never really thought it through this succinctly, but this is 100% true for me too, @Nira81.
    My problem at the moment is that I've moved from Australia to South Africa (on my own) and I don't have any friends in this city yet, so I'm spending a lot of time at home alone, and so far my job is a lot of sitting around doing nothing in an isolated office. December I dealt with this by eating crap and drinking (this was also a hangover from the month pre-move where I was not drinking so much but I was exhausted from the stress and eating rubbish constantly). I definitely feel more optimistic this year, especially after a week of eating good food and hitting the gym. I also spent Sunday morning going to yoga and brunch with a friend down in Jo'burg (45 mins away) and meeting some of her friends, and we all know that social interaction is so important for mental health. I should add that I've moved countries before, but that was with a partner, and this is WAY tougher.
    It might be So You Think You Can Dance influencing me, but I'm thinking of taking a dance class as well, if I can find something close by (who am I kidding, of course it's SYTYCD! I have delusions of some magical latent hip hop ability surfacing. At 36..). We had this thing back home called No Lights No Lycra, which was a dance "party" where you show up in gym clothes, they turn out all the lights and crank the music and you literally dance like no one can see you. So much fun and a great stress reliever. I really really wish they had something like that here, but unless I want to start it myself I don't think it will happen (and I think I legally can't do it myself...).
    I'm not much good at crafting of any kind, but maybe I should swallow my inner critic and grab a colouring book and some pencils, especially if I can find something fun like Doctor Who or Harry Potter. I might pop by the mall on my way home from work.
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    CrazyCow got a reaction from GoJo09 in 2017 Whole9 WholeYear (3rd Annual)   
    Hi @kirkor and all...it's been a while since I've checked in to the forum here at Whole30. 2016 was a hella year. So I'm facing forward for 2017, and a Whole9 seems a great place to focus. Starting my 10th Whole30 since 2013 on the 10th, but the idea of hitting all areas of life is spot on, so count me in.
    Completely get the Netflix thing, and the grabbing an extra handful of nuts for no particularly good reason, and stress can suck the will to make good choices right out of me on any count. I've never done a Whole9, but I imagine that Balance has got to be a positive outcome, if I'm paying attention. I'm looking forward to jumping in, getting wet, and learning to swim upstream again!
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    CrazyCow reacted to LucieB in Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!   
    Who is in for a 9 month Whole 9 Challenge? The Whole9 lists 9 factors that "lead to a healthy, vibrant, balanced life". This challenge will dedicate one month per topic, starting with an Official Whole30 Nutrition Challenge in January. 
     
    Here's some ideas I have for the year. If you want to do something different, join us later in the year, join for only a few months, or have unique personal goals, please feel free to do so. 
     
    At the end of the prior month, let's share relevant reading and experiences so we can learn about it and set personal goals. Then as the month starts, share your goals for a Before & After personal summary at the end of the month. Check in as much or as little as you like. 
     
    If you like, please share your personal goals, brief history, and something else interesting about yourself in an introductory post -- favorite food, pet peeve, Whole30 funny story, anything!
     
    Here are the 9 months, using great suggestions so far. February is a flexible month, It can be used for an extended Whole30, re-introductions, and/or establishing great eating habits now that you have foods figured out, or something else relating to Personal Growth.
     
    Jan: Nutrition & Whole30
    Feb: Personal Growth - including Reintroductions & Healthy Eating Habits
    Mar: Sleep
    April: Stress
    May: Training & Healthy Movement 
    June: Natural Environment & Getting Outside
    July: Fun and Play
    Aug: Socialization & Connecting with Others
    Sep: Temperance 
    Oct: Refining and Reflecting- an additional synthesis, troubleshooting, etc. 
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    CrazyCow reacted to kirkor in Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!   
     
     
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    CrazyCow reacted to Zoe in Whole30 for Lent: starting February 18th.   
    Hi all
    I'm back 
    Having got to day 16 on my W30 I then had a massive allergic reaction to something (maybe eggs - not sure) - with the whole not breathing and head puffing up - not good - the guys in work have been keeping me going that hubby has been beating me around - so you can imagine I have not been having the best time
    The swelling in my head / face has only really gone now (a week later) 
    I had my suspicions that with autoimmune disease (coeliac) in the family and having hypopituitarism I was going to have to go down the AIP route - I have done similar elimination diets in the past (BUT THEY ARE HARD)
    So here I am on day 6 AIP - SIGH - I think I am through the coffee withdrawal & I have night-shaded myself once by mistake (but have not stopped the clock as that would be too much)
    As AIP is generally required for so much longer than 30 days I'm not really doing a W30 anymore - its not really about the days - just getting better 
    BUT just wanted to check in and say you are all doing great and hope you all finish and feel amazing at the end
    May drop in from time to time 
    Zoe
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    CrazyCow reacted to AmyS in The perfect storm...of AWESOME   
    Haha! Glad to spread the hilarity. I may or may not have made my daughter watch it with me one time at 5:30 in the morning. :lol: :lol:
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    CrazyCow reacted to angledge in Whole30 for Lent: starting February 18th.   
    LisaCooley, this is my favorite beef roast recipe: http://stupideasypaleo.com/2013/06/29/crock-pot-mocha-rubbed-pot-roast/
     
    I went skiing yesterday with my partner & brother. The resort food is stupidly overpriced & not very good anyway, besides which I didn't think I would be able to find anything Whole30-compliant. So I ate a huge breakfast on the way up to the mountains & brought a bunch of Epic bars & Larabars. I don't normally get hungry on the slopes anyway, so they were enough to tide me over. We stopped at a pizza restaurant on the way home, but they have an all-you-can-eat salad bar - which I demolished. Nomnomnomnomnom. 
     
    I... kind of can't believe I'm going to write this next sentence. I didn't want the pizza. Seriously. I failed my last Whole30 because I drove by my favorite pizza joint in Denver & there was a parking spot open in front of it. That's all it took. That's how strong my pizza dragon normally is. But last night, I watched my brother & partner eating their pizza. I thought about how sick I felt when I ate pizza & ruined my last Whole30. I looked at my plate, with spinach, black olives, crunchy bell peppers, grilled chicken, giant carrot spears, olive oil dressing, & I thought about how much my body was going to appreciate getting all those nutrients vs. getting a dose of gluten & cheese. And it was easy to say, "No, thanks."
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    CrazyCow got a reaction from Amanda McFillen in Whole30 for Lent: starting February 18th.   
     
    Picturing this is so funny to me--like a gunslinger's battle complete with the music and twitchy fingers...good job for winning! 
     
    Hang in there everyone. Halfway is just a week away!