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  1. Day 4 - and the start of the long Labor Day weekend. These are the times I have the most difficulty staying compliant. Since I am off work for two and a half days there is no structure, no regular routine to adhere to. I plan on doing some batch cooking, putting pre-made meals into the freezer. What is it they say about "The best laid plans..."? A few things I'm going to try are a sheet pan of roasted brussels sprouts and potatoes and a breakfast casserole of e
  2. I can not find ANY compliant almond milk in my area so I try to find the time to make my own. It's one of those stupid-easy recipes anyone like me can do. Just 2 ingredients and time. I find that if you take the time to pinch off the skin after the soaking and before the blending the milk will be creamier and whiter.
  3. Wow - start of Day 3. Everyone hanging in there?
  4. Day 1 Meal 1: 2 hard-boiled eggs and Dole 100% juice grapefruit Meal 2: Egg Roll Bowl Meal 3: BLT salad Day 2 Meal 1: Meal 2: Egg Roll Bowl Meal 3: my man is grilling some ribeye steaks for dinner and I'll fix a salad to go with it
  5. Day 1 is finally underway. How is everyone feeling this morning? I didn't sleep worth a darn last night. Better sleep is the number 1 thing I am looking to get out of this Whole30. If I can sleep at night I know my day will be better.
  6. I am hoping to see an improvement in my mental health as well. Cutting out the sugar is great for the inflammation in my knees, and I know it helps me to sleep better. But I want to get off the anti-depressant med. I only have one, and I can get by taking half a pill every other day, but it still has the annoying side effect of jitters. I guess having the jitters all day is better than laying awake all night being afraid that terrorists are going to empty my bank accounts.
  7. Just a reminder...don't forget to drink plenty of water. Some recommend six 8 ounce glasses per day, some recommend half your body weight in ounces.
  8. We were fortunate the storm went further east. We have some dark clouds but we're not expecting more than a drizzle of rain later today. I've made my meal plan for the next week. One of my favorites to make for lunch to take to work is an easy and quick to make one pan meal. It's an egg roll bowl, using coconut aminos in place of the soy sauce and adding a drizzle of Sunshine Sauce. - The Whole30, The 30-Day Guide to Total Health, pg 320 How 'bout y'all?
  9. I'm 57 years old. Gotten so out of shape that I get breathless just putting on my socks and shoes. I have an exercise bike that I plan to start using again. I don't want to go back to the circuit at the gym until this latest COVID variant passes. I really miss the workouts, but both my husband and my mother have had minor strokes and I can't afford to take the chance. I am planning on a Sept. 1 start but it may be a few days later. I'm in north Louisiana and there is the possibility of some severe storms over the next few days, depending on the direction of hurricane Ida once it mak
  10. No one can tell you when to start but yourself. There will be a large group starting on Sept. 1. The more the merrier. Until then you can start with simple things like not eating the bag of marshmellows just because it is there. Stop buying the things you know are bad for you when you go to the grocery store (chips, cookies etc.). Start reading the ingredient labels on the stuff in your pantry and fridge, a magnifying glass will help tremendously. Start drinking more water. Lots and lots of water. A September start will give you enough time to find some of the swaps you'll need from th
  11. Today is my companion's birthday, I'll be gearing up for a Monday start as well. Shopping today, prepping tomorrow. I'll be making a cauliflower soup, fried tuna patties, an egg roll bowl and a lemon-tahini sauce. I'll be making enough to interchange between breakfast and lunch for the next week. The hardest part of cooking dinner is the veggie prep work so I'll try to get a head start on that tomorrow as well. (coconut aminos instead of soy sauce). And a new rainbo
  12. I feel the same way at 56. May your will power be stronger than anything you crave.
  13. I have learned something about myself during this Whole30. One thing is that tomato based sauces, or soups with tomatoes, make me want something sweet afterwards. And two - it only takes a few negative comments from my companion for me to self soothe with non-compliant food. So with this new-found knowledge I will continue on, counting today as Day1. Meal 1 this morning was a vegetable/ground beef soup (with an added tbls of coconut oil). And just an FYI - those pre-shredded carrots NEVER get soft. Meal 2 will be the Zuppa Toscana soup, and Meal 3 will be pork chops and Butter Braised Ca
  14. Wow! Day 20! If I can make it through the weekend I think I'll be okay. There is def. more structure to the work week (I'm an essential worker). My grocery list is short so the temptations of the store will be short. I hope!!! C_J that's great on the dessert-like coffee drink. Way to go will power! This week I think I will make the Zuppa Toscana soup again, and another vegetable-heavy based soup. Going to try a stir-fry tomorrow night Another favorite of mine is
  15. Day 17. Is anyone still with me? I have really been trying this week to make sure that I am eating according to the template. I'm sure I've been eating too much protein and too little healthy fat. I've been adding a lemon tahini dressing to my veggies lately to make sure I get it. Maybe that will make a difference.
  16. Welcome to Day 15! How is everyone doing? I'm still waiting for the "continuous energy", and for my pants to feel less tight. I'm loving the NSV's that I am having - better sleep and better knees. Cravings have really started to hit. I'm hoping that is my brain throwing a tantrum because it's finally running out of sugar. That's a good thing - yes?
  17. Day 13. Have I really only completed 12 days? Almost half-way there. I've made my meal plan for the week, checked my grocery list and I'm ready to hit the grocery store. The meal plan looks a little ambitious to me, but hopefully there will be some leftovers. Some nights ya jus doe wanna cook.....
  18. WOW did I sleep hard last night! NSV - my back isn't hurting as much when I get up in the morning, and my knees aren't screaming at me anymore. Yea!!!
  19. 10 Days down! The start of Day 11. I am certainly experiencing the food boredom. Not with the food I am eating, but with the prep/cook/cleaning. I don't want to cook dinner. I don't want to think about cooking dinner. I don't want to plan what's for dinner tomorrow. Anyway...1/3 of the way through, better times are still ahead!
  20. It will eventually. Are you eating enough of a starchy carb? About a cup of sweet potatoes or the like?
  21. Well Hello to Day 9! Everyone hanging in there? I am finally falling asleep shortly after going to bed. And last night I stayed asleep all night, waking shortly before the alarm. The best NSV!!! Yesterdays meals were pretty simple. Meal 1: Aidell's Chicken & Apple Sausage link, a fist sized amount of sweet potatoes with ghee mashed in. Meal 2: Zuppa Toscana soup. Meal 3: served with steamed brussels sprouts (cuz my man no likey 'spargus) and a lemon/olive oil dressing. Today will pre
  22. It is really good and very flexible. I used what I had on hand and it came out great. I used (Pederson Farms) pre-made Spicy Breakfast Sausage for the Italian Sausage, cauliflower for the potatoes and a bag of baby spinach for the kale. All I had to do was add a little salt for my taste. I have a bunch of Pyrex 2-cup storage bowls and it filled 6 of them.
  23. I don't think I would, but that is always left up to you. A little here and a little there can lead to a big slide for some people.