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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to ChiggerCane in Whole60 to the end of Lent - Feb 18 thru Apr 18   
    Food looks wonderful -and on a beautiful plate!  I have been fairly basic the last 3 days.  Steel head trout, simply baked, has featured in my meals; also my basic cabbage soup with eggs.  I have turkey tenderloins in the oven now which will get me through the next few days.  Heading to the store later to stock up on more veggies.  So far going ok.
     
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to Texaswreck in Advanced sensorimotor polyneuropathy   
    I always crave salt over sugar- I never met a chip I didn’t like. I had spinal stenosis surgery and L3-4-5 fusion. It stopped back stabbing pain and sciatica. Now need to stop the neuropathy.
    My daughter believes it is celiac caused by wheat so we shall see. I listen to her because she is very good savvy and healthy. I think the protein consUmption and lack of sugar has killed the blood sugar surges and falls.
    I have to exercise a lot in order to complete my surgery recovery- last X-ray next month! Some days are better than others of course. Energy level is all over the place high and low.
    Yes I think the natural foods compliant in Whole30 are more filling for sure. And of course my wife is keeping it interesting by trying new meals.
    Day 14 and still compliant.
    Cheers!!
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Whole60 to the end of Lent - Feb 18 thru Apr 18   
    Glad your son is Okay. My adrenaline rushes are usually good for cleaning house, not so much for chopping vegetables. 
    Had a memorial for two of my man's aunts yesterday so didn't get the groceries yet. Will be doing that today.  Hope we both get off to a great start Monday morning!
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Whole60 to the end of Lent - Feb 18 thru Apr 18   
    Welcome Deb.  I will be 55 years young next month.  The first Non-Scale-Victory I noticed last time was the lack of pain in my knees when going up and down the stairs.  I believe it is the dairy that was causing the bloating and the wheat that was causing the more severe hot flashes.  Looking forward to lessening both those symptoms again.  
    My man is a "meat and potatoes" kind of guy that can't tolerate food that's too spicy.  My dinners are usually something simple and quick during the week.  Pork chops or tenderloin, fish, ground beef...stuff like that.  I can usually try something a little different on the weekends.  Monday night I plan on trying a new item, https://nomnompaleo.com/post/48192992479/asian-chicken-thighs over a bag of stir-fried broccoli slaw.  Only one new dish a week is about all my man can handle.
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Whole60 to the end of Lent - Feb 18 thru Apr 18   
    Only 5 more days until I start my Whole60.  I've already got the weeks meals planned in a way that should give me leftovers for breakfast or lunch the next day. And maybe longer.  I really don't like to be prepping/cooking all during the weekend if the weather is good outside. So making extra of everything will be how it's done this go-round.  I know I will have to do some work over the weekend to keep on track, but not ALL DAY!  Boil some eggs...roast a spaghetti squash...make up some kind of sauce (probably Sunshine Sauce)...that shouldn't take too long...
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Whole60 to the end of Lent - Feb 18 thru Apr 18   
    I have committed to 60 days for two reasons.  1) During and after the family gathering (Day 27 of my last attempt) I went into a binge mode.  That showed me that I was nowhere near "food freedom".  And 2) I usually give up something like sugar, ice cream or red meat during the Lenten season.  But I didn't want to wait until March 6 to start this journey over.
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Whole60 to the end of Lent - Feb 18 thru Apr 18   
    Hello and welcome.  I didn't finish my last attempt at a Whole30.  I made it to day 26 then an emergency out of town blew it for me.  I had no time to plan for it, and being a southern family, every food group we are supposed to avoid was the only food offered.  I think I had everything but corn on that trip.  I could tell my sugar dragon was not in the least bit under control. 
    So this time I will plan on staying on the program for a full 60 days.  Starting on February 18th will take us to the last day of Lenten on April 18th, with Easter on April 21st.  
    I am an over 50 years old southern lady.  I live with a man who is a very picky eater (and not interested in giving up his sodas).  I am not interested in training for a marathon run.  I do try to make it to Planet Fitness 3-4 days a week.  I love the 30 minute circuit, the rowing machines and the step climber.
    I would love to have some company during this entire journey, but feel free to jump in at whatever stage you are on.  If you are new to the forums, remember to click the button at the bottom of your reply that  says "notify me of replies" the first time you write something. 
    Thank you for joining me.
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to ChiggerCane in Whole60 to the end of Lent - Feb 18 thru Apr 18   
    HI from another southern lady over 50 - from GA and am 55.  I am considering joining you - but only for 30 days.  I may extend to 60 days.  If you want company here for 30 days, I'll be glad to join in here.  I have never completed a whole30.  In my 1st and only attempt, I made it 15 days, I think.  Intending to make it the 30 days this time.
    I have been unable to reduce/eliminate my sugar and processed carb intake as I need to.  I seem to have lost my mental edge and I need to find it again.  Hoping this will get me back to who I want to be - mentally and physically. 
    I will prep my meal plans and get review the book and rules.  Glad to join you.
    Deb
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from Foodmorning in Starting February 11, 2019 -- Join in!   
    When I started Whole30 I found it difficult to eat vegetables and protein separately first thing in the morning.  Just thinking about starting the day facing 3 eggs and 1-2 cups of veggies was enough to turn my stomach.  I don't normally eat breakfast.  So I started with eggs and creamed vegetable soups like https://meljoulwan.com/2012/10/24/golden-cauliflower-soup/ and https://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/.  Adding a tablespoon of the liquid coconut oil to the soup made it easy to add the plated fat.
    Then I started making sausage patties to replace the eggs in the morning.  I still like having the soup for breakfast, but now I can eat things like https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/264076/cabbage-and-eggs/ (or with pork sausage or tuna or chicken or salmon patties instead of eggs) and https://therealfoodrds.com/easy-egg-roll-in-a-bowl/ .  The biggest thing to remember is that it is Meal One - it doesn't have to be traditional breakfast food.  You've heard of having breakfast for dinner?  Don't be afraid of having dinner for breakfast. 
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to Jlp1166 in Anyone else starting this week?   
    I am starting Tuesday, February 12 along with my son and brother. I have played with Whole 30 for years but haven’t actually followed it purposefully. I have a terrible eczema rash that gets worse each time it comes back. I know it is due to something or multiple things I am ingesting.  Nothing seems to help. Decided to follow the Whole30 fully and completely and do what I can to be rid of this rash once and for all!  Glad this forum is here!
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to JDDot in Grocery Today, Let's Do this Tomorrow!   
    After putting off starting for a few weeks, I am finally ready to begin. Grocery shopping today, list in hand, might hit the bakery one last time. I turned 50 a month ago, started Crossfit (drank the Koolaid) and am a regular runner and fit person. I wanted to quit smoking by age 40, did it at 38 and ran my first marathon my 40th year. A decade later, still running and working out like a madman but still eating like crap. I've been dealing with arthritis in my shoulder and never made the connection between diet and inflammation in the body until recently. I guess I never paid attention and went on the word of a doctor who wants to treat with drugs and injections. My biggest fear in starting this is my crazy sweet tooth and the fact that I am not a cook. Left to my own devices, I eat out or open a box of cereal. This will be a huge change and luckily I have a supportive husband who doubles as an amazing cook. I am looking forward to seeing how my body reacts to this thing and would love some good vibes thrown at me. I promise to send a bunch of them back.
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to TeacherFitJourneyy in Starting February 11, 2019 -- Join in!   
    Hi all! Spent the day shopping and prepping. I love how excited I am to start up again and feel really motivated. @Lauraco I waited until the 11th (tomorrow) to start just because I needed to give myself sometime to get prepped and last week was a bit stressful for me. I was happy to have this past week and weekend to meal plan and prep. Lunches are made for the week and that is vital to my success. Thirty days will bring me to March 13 which just works out well for my timeline. I want to reintroduce by Easter. Thanks! Ana @Foodmorning yes we can definitely support each other! I did rely heavily on the forums last time and think I will need the support again. As for breakfast, don't be afraid to heat up some leftover dinner. The first time it's weird but at the end of the day food is food. If you like steak I liked it with some lettuce and strawberries for breakfast. I also love avocado in the morning!
     
    Good luck on day 1!
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to hellokatie in Starting February 11, 2019 -- Join in!   
    hey hey! I started today as well. I'm also from Europe (Vienna, Austria) ;-) it's really hard finding compliant stuff here, so I'll be making my own everything. I enjoy cooking a lot, so this aspect of whole30 shouldn't be a problem.
    what I'm "afraid" of is going to Crossfit fasted, as I work out three times a week at 6 am. it's not a problem now, but I'm curious if I'll mange that on whole30. I'm not very keen on eating something beforehand. anyone working out so early in the morning? how do you do it?

    here is my R1D1M1 - Sweet potato eggs nest over stir fried cabbage, mushrooms, spinach, carrots and onions. A dollop of guac.
     

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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from Foodmorning in Starting February 11, 2019 -- Join in!   
    When I started Whole30 I found it difficult to eat vegetables and protein separately first thing in the morning.  Just thinking about starting the day facing 3 eggs and 1-2 cups of veggies was enough to turn my stomach.  I don't normally eat breakfast.  So I started with eggs and creamed vegetable soups like https://meljoulwan.com/2012/10/24/golden-cauliflower-soup/ and https://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/.  Adding a tablespoon of the liquid coconut oil to the soup made it easy to add the plated fat.
    Then I started making sausage patties to replace the eggs in the morning.  I still like having the soup for breakfast, but now I can eat things like https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/264076/cabbage-and-eggs/ (or with pork sausage or tuna or chicken or salmon patties instead of eggs) and https://therealfoodrds.com/easy-egg-roll-in-a-bowl/ .  The biggest thing to remember is that it is Meal One - it doesn't have to be traditional breakfast food.  You've heard of having breakfast for dinner?  Don't be afraid of having dinner for breakfast. 
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to AR3825 in March 15th start date. 2nd round for me 1st for fiancé.   
    I just wanted to add that ice cream is going to be hard, because that was the gateway food. Honestly ice cream has been a reward and comfort since I was being potty trained. I don’t know how much money my sister spent on Braums ice cream throughout that period, but obviously it worked. I almost want to cry over the ice cream, but I found dairy iswhat’s causing my medical bills to go up between 2 nasal sprays, 2 inhalers (one Breo and the other the emergency inhaler), Zyrtec, allergy shots, sinus wash and Omeprazole for the post nasal drip/acid reflux from heck if I don’t take them.
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to AR3825 in March 15th start date. 2nd round for me 1st for fiancé.   
    It seems like a far future start date, but we are nearing the end of nursing school for my fiancé who is earning an LPN. As someone who has completed courses up to my masters I know better than to start anything like this smack dab in the middle of a final semester so we are waiting for her to finish.
    As for myself, I teach orchestra at 2 middles schools, play violin professionally, play in the percussion section of our community band, on occasion sing in church choir, and I am in the second semester of helping run a youth symphony in our community. I have hit my stride in my 5th year of teaching, and cut having to do masters degree work (since Im finished) and teaching privately on top of the other activities. My days really aren’t as difficult as they sound, unless I don’t get enough sleep.
    I’m excited, but also going to hate myself in the morning. I don’t know if it’s the added sugar in my coffee, my ADD, stress, my increased screen time, the fact that our first youth symphony rehearsal of the second semester is “technically” today, me excitedly tearing through all the resources I didn’t read the first time (big mistake, I Leroy Jenkins’ed my way into my first whole 30) or all of the above, but Im not sleepy. I am tired, but not sleepy.
    Side note: I am also slightly bitter about the being able to eat all potatoes thing because after my first whole 30 in 2014 eating only sweet potatoes, it is safe to say that I still hate sweet potatoes to this day. I’m glad I can eat other potatoes and I’m sure I’ll get over being bitter, but I also had to laugh a little and think to myself, “Well, at least I have more potato options now.”
    Anyway, I’m glad to be here and so is my fiancé. It’s been cool to go through this process together and talk through how we are going to spend the next 2 months in preparation for it. I am trying to mentally prepare myself for the food dreams. The one I had on my first one was about a garlic bread-soft pretzel hybrid slathered in that cheese sauce they served with pretzels on top of the melted cheese that can come on garlic bread. I know it probably wasn’t that bad but I can almost remember being in a hot tub of this bread that I’m not sure truly exists in reality, but it felt like the bread and cheese hot tub did happen. I’m not discounting it because I have this dream on occasion where Goku helps me stop the apocalypse. I’m also pretty sure that movie Hot Tub Time Machine was in theaters or still heavily into the previews. Thanks for reading all of this!
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to SalamancaGirl in Starting February 13th   
    Working on my plan and trying to learn all I can. 
     
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from hellokatie in Starting Feb 11th   
    Good luck to you!  It has been hard for me to find the compliant bacon and sausage links at times.  Sometime I feel like I am cheating when I use a store-bought compliant condiment.  It is so simple to make it myself.
    Most of the time I am making enough steamed or roasted veggies that I can mix and match different stuff to make it different each day.  But sometimes, I go for the frozen sweet potatoes, canned green beans and Dole fruit cups.
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to Momentress in I am excited and hope to make it to 30.   
    End of day 3, and I am happy to say that I’m not suffering at all. I cannot lie, I am missing my red wine and my bourbon.  I can do this.  I look forward to a healthier complexion, my clothes fitting a little looser, better sleep perhaps, and hopefully fewer aches. 
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from Foodmorning in Starting February 11, 2019 -- Join in!   
    When I started Whole30 I found it difficult to eat vegetables and protein separately first thing in the morning.  Just thinking about starting the day facing 3 eggs and 1-2 cups of veggies was enough to turn my stomach.  I don't normally eat breakfast.  So I started with eggs and creamed vegetable soups like https://meljoulwan.com/2012/10/24/golden-cauliflower-soup/ and https://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/.  Adding a tablespoon of the liquid coconut oil to the soup made it easy to add the plated fat.
    Then I started making sausage patties to replace the eggs in the morning.  I still like having the soup for breakfast, but now I can eat things like https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/264076/cabbage-and-eggs/ (or with pork sausage or tuna or chicken or salmon patties instead of eggs) and https://therealfoodrds.com/easy-egg-roll-in-a-bowl/ .  The biggest thing to remember is that it is Meal One - it doesn't have to be traditional breakfast food.  You've heard of having breakfast for dinner?  Don't be afraid of having dinner for breakfast. 
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to Wendy104 in Finished First Whole30, now on Day #7, Going for 60!   
    My eating habits were atrocious.  Before the Holidays, I'd decided that I'd start the New Year off by at least cooking a slow-cooker meal a few times a week. Went to Target, saw the Whole 30 Slow Cooker Cookbook.  When I got home-excited about my cookbook- I saw the Whole 30 Book on my shelf.  Apparently, I'd plan to make changes around this time LAST YEAR!  
    Decided to do it..my Mantra for 2019 is FULLY COMMITTED!  Started New Year's Eve (Monday).  By day 3, I didn't have to take my nightly Pepcid/Tums! By day 5, I woke up HUNGRY (hadn't done that in decades).  By day 6-7, sleeping so good!  Not to mention, feeling my body change.  More energy.  No midday slump. More focused.  Clear thinking.  Truly, the list goes on and on!!
    Can't say it's all been easy, but I'm enjoying NUTPODS in my coffee.  Love new recipes.  Sometimes overwhelmed by the cooking and dishes.  But,  it's 30 days...or 60.  To change habits for LIFE.  It gets easier.  I'm learning that the occasional "craving" if more of a pity-party.  I just do something I love.  Read. Write. Cook.  Go to be early.  
    My body is Healing.  This is a Life-Changer...that is no exaggeration.  And not just for me, but my family (and friends are INSPIRED!)
    Love the food. My husband (a "never eats veggies" guy) told my daughter  (16) that I'm "ruining them", cuz they can't go out to eat!  Food HERE is too good!! (He modifies it, but still..healthier than before!!)  
    Last year at my last check up, my NP ran the "inflammatory" tests...all of mine were HIGH!  My next appointment is March 1. I will complete Day 30 (Round 2) on Feb. 28!!
    I'm actually excited to see the look  on her face when she seems my results.  I love the empowerment--knowing that I am dong something about my risks for so many disease processes.  
    OH, and by the way...stupid "little" change for me...I have not bitten my nails in 37 days!!  I'm 49 and have bitten my nails ALL MY LIFE!  I'm getting manicures!! (nice non-food treat!).
    I'm down about 10 pounds, finally at 199.4..under 200.  Haven't been there in years.  But, like so many, the weight loss is not the goal--the feeling of health is!
    I'm telling everyone about this program and will continue to do this--to inspire others to take control of their health.  This. is. not. hard.!
    LovingMyWhole30Life!
     
     
     
     
     
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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from Ryan Oakford Posen in Detox February - NEW   
    It's even in my Tony's and McCormick's Lemon Pepper seasonings.  Here is the mix I use for tacos:
    2 tablespoon Chili Powder  
    1 tablespoon Cumin  
    1 tablespoon Oregano  
    1 tablespoon Salt  
    red pepper (optional) to taste
    Mix well and store in a jar or spice bottle.
    2-1/2 tsp. per pound of ground beef
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to TeacherFitJourneyy in Starting February 11, 2019 -- Join in!   
    Hi Everyone!
    I am starting my Whole 30 on Monday, February 11, 2019.  I did a Whole30 about two years ago and loved the results. I am currently on Weight Watchers and have lost about 25 pounds since September but I feel myself slipping into eating some foods that Whole30 proved to me were not the best for my body and self. Looking forward to a month of recommitting to it. I am getting married in May and just want to feel my best which I did on Whole30! Here we go...
     
    Joanna
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    pearlgirl2017 reacted to CaseyP in Easing into February Whole 30   
    Finally!  I wasn't really planning on starting until tomorrow but yesterday and today I mostly stayed home and wasn't feeling great so ended up just eating my whole 30 prep food -  so I'm going with it! Two days down.  
    Can I say I have fallen in love with Spaghetti Squash?  And have found out it freezes well, so yesterday I froze several individual servings of Sp Squash and cauliflower rice and today made mini frittatas that will be easy breakfast or lunch and cooked up a ton of ground turkey.... as in I will be sick of it pronto, but it will freeze well.  

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    pearlgirl2017 got a reaction from CaseyP in Easing into February Whole 30   
    Good luck to you! Of course luck really has nothing to do with it. Plan, plan, plan...