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    christine19 got a reaction from MaddMac in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    It will be a Whole 33 for me since I want a drink on Friday night  and Saturday I have a small family gathering. But I will try not to introduce any gluten free snacks, grains or added sugar for as long as possible. I’m missing my almond flour crackers, they are grain free  but I eat them like potato chips!  Just placed an order for some more compliant dressings, sauces and ketchup (Primal Kitchen brand). Feeling slimmer and really need to keep that going. I shoveled snow yesterday for a few hours so I made up for not exercising all month!  Cheers to us - we made it! 
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    christine19 reacted to MizRik in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    I’m not extending because I want ice cream!! It is the only thing I have felt deprived of  So Wednesday, day 31 for me, I’m getting a vanilla icecream from somewhere! I will keep it plain vanilla to test out the dairy. Won’t include any toppings or other mixings  
    Other than that though, I don’t really have a desire to add anything back in for a while. I will most likely stay away from everything else, mostly grains and still super limited dairy in the way of an occasional ice cream, but I will be sure to do a proper reintro when I do add something else back in. 
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    christine19 reacted to Aliem999 in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    Last few days! Hopefully everyone is hanging in there! Is anyone extending the program longer than 30 days?
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    christine19 reacted to Aliem999 in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    @MizRik I totally get it. I am for sure adding two days because I had half a grain of accidental rice day two. Also it is Wednesday and Thursday so not a big deal. Ideally, I want to add another week or two on since I am clearly losing weight and that was one of my goals (first being to get back in the habit of cooking, eating veggies, etc which for the last few months I was completely off the wagon.) Friday/the weekend will be tougher to stay on track. I do hope to go until Super Bowl Sunday and then splurge with some fries (compliant ingredients, but not compliant in general) and a gin and soda.
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    christine19 reacted to MaddMac in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    Hey everyone - less than 34 hours to the end! No shame in admitting my first intro is going to be a glass of very good wine.  After that, haven't really been missing bread or dairy.  I'm a little afraid to add grain, especially wheat since I think it just saps the energy out of me.  I notice my energy levels are pretty even throughout the day, and ready to go to sleep at an appropriate time at night. I don't want to mess with that!  Enjoy the last few hours, this phase of W30 will be over before you know it!
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    christine19 got a reaction from MaddMac in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    I’m counting the days until I can have a glass of wine! Luckily, I just received my order of the Whole30 approved Humm Kombucha! It’s delicious and feels like I’m drinking hard seltzer. I’m feeling pretty good, I’ve been very busy at work but feel more energetic and getting up easier at 4:30am. Not as exhausted after a long commute. I did better this W30 with less nuts overall, but the past week I’ve been eating a lot of nuts and ignoring portuon control.  The one thing I have not done all month is exercise - at all. No weights or my cardio boxing videos. I really haven’t had any cravings - just missing the weekend booze. And now we are getting more snow! 
    Give yourself  some grace @Rebecca001 we are still in the middle of a pandemic and doing the best we can! Winter is always tough with the colder and darker days. 
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    christine19 reacted to tiffysquid in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    @Rebecca001, my Whole30 has been similar -- i just haven't been paying much attention to portions and timing of meals. it doesn't feel great to do it this way, but it's basically a lot better than nothing, and i'm not eating anything off-plan.
    i plan to extend this into a Whole45 or Whole60, and try to reduce portions and change timing. I agree with @christine19 -- this is a messed-up time in history and society to be harshing on ourselves. it is a good time to take things with a little ease and self-forgiveness.
     
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    christine19 got a reaction from tiffysquid in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    I’m counting the days until I can have a glass of wine! Luckily, I just received my order of the Whole30 approved Humm Kombucha! It’s delicious and feels like I’m drinking hard seltzer. I’m feeling pretty good, I’ve been very busy at work but feel more energetic and getting up easier at 4:30am. Not as exhausted after a long commute. I did better this W30 with less nuts overall, but the past week I’ve been eating a lot of nuts and ignoring portuon control.  The one thing I have not done all month is exercise - at all. No weights or my cardio boxing videos. I really haven’t had any cravings - just missing the weekend booze. And now we are getting more snow! 
    Give yourself  some grace @Rebecca001 we are still in the middle of a pandemic and doing the best we can! Winter is always tough with the colder and darker days. 
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    christine19 got a reaction from MizRik in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    I’m counting the days until I can have a glass of wine! Luckily, I just received my order of the Whole30 approved Humm Kombucha! It’s delicious and feels like I’m drinking hard seltzer. I’m feeling pretty good, I’ve been very busy at work but feel more energetic and getting up easier at 4:30am. Not as exhausted after a long commute. I did better this W30 with less nuts overall, but the past week I’ve been eating a lot of nuts and ignoring portuon control.  The one thing I have not done all month is exercise - at all. No weights or my cardio boxing videos. I really haven’t had any cravings - just missing the weekend booze. And now we are getting more snow! 
    Give yourself  some grace @Rebecca001 we are still in the middle of a pandemic and doing the best we can! Winter is always tough with the colder and darker days. 
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    christine19 reacted to tiffysquid in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    hi @lizzieforce, i hope your Covid wasn't too bad, and welcome back to your new W30!
    i hear you on the food boredom, @christine19 ... i'm eating pork this week because my husband, who doesn't eat meat, did the last round of shopping. i'm not super into pork. but what i'm making smells good: it's a big, thick chop in the slow cooker with cabbage, kale, onions, allspice, fresh ginger, a little bit of water and apple cider vinegar.
    @Rebecca001 your dinner sounds delish!
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    christine19 got a reaction from tiffysquid in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    Third weekend of W30 and I’m having food boredom. Most likely because I ate chicken all week and when I went grocery shopping today, I was focused on the cost of the meat instead of thinking about any recipes. I ended up getting a giant pork shoulder for my husband to smoke, a whole chicken to freeze, chicken thighs, whole butternut squash,  spaghetti squash and Brussels sprouts. Other veg too.  So, I’ll be eating pork all week.  Planning to cook vegetables on Sunday, so tonight I just made a quick chicken soup - sautéed carrots, celery and onions, added chicken broth and chopped up chicken - combination of roasted chicken leftovers and a smoked chicken thigh. It’s very cold here so soup was on my mind. I also whipped up another double batch of lemon tahini dressing. 20 days done and 1/3 of the way to go! Yay
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    christine19 reacted to tiffysquid in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    i feel like the alcohol and sugar are so thoroughly intertwined -- if i have either of them regularly, like once a month or more, it's the slippery slope to the Sugar Dragon's lair. cupcake, big serving of white rice, or a glass of wine? the Sugar Dragon doesn't care. it's all food to him.
    it also seems like W30 would be so very helpful for problem drinkers. i think it's way easier to stop drinking during a W30 than to stop drinking while still eating sugar and grains. likewise, easier to stop eating those cupcakes during a W30 than when i've been slipping in carbs and booze.
    for me it's a visible pattern. also, i do a health and mood tracking chart every night. this helps me see the connections between what i eat and drink, my allergy exposures, mood, health, etc.
    and boy does it show how slippery the slope is for alcohol & sugar, for me! what starts as one "treat" every two months goes off the rails as soon as it is 1/month or more. charting is GREAT because you add up at the end of the month, "How many drinks total this month?" and there it is, in stark black and white: evidence that i've gone from 1 glass/month to 12/month, just like that. (and if you find yourself cheating or underestimating your # of drinks recorded per day? that's a good sign that maybe alcohol is a bigger problem than you realized...)
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    christine19 reacted to Rebecca001 in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    For me it’s always sugar that creeps back in. I could live day today day 100% grain and dairy free, but I do reintroduce alcohol and then eventually sugar creeps back in. That being said, I can go months without any. Usually it is emotional eating that brings it back, not a genuine desire for a specific thing, but triggered by a stressful situation where I revert back to my old coping strategy. I’d like to do longer than the month without alcohol this time round, I regularly do a dry month (did 5 last year) but never more than a month at a time! 
     
    my hip hurt today, a recurring injury caused by running (and not stretching) so today I didn’t run or do a workout class which is very unlike me. But I need to look after it as I had a lot of injury time last year and I don’t want that again. I did 30 mins of yoga though. My lunch was leftover bolognese sauce and broccoli and my dinner tonight will be lamb steaks and roasted tomatoes with garlic and basil 
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    christine19 got a reaction from tiffysquid in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    Same here…I’m gluten and dairy free, but all grains seem to be “food with no brakes” for me and result in weight gain, especially when blended together. Things like gluten-free bread, pasta, crackers. Corn and most beans bother my stomach. My last Whole30 in January 2021 I only reintroduced alcohol and didn’t  eat grains for a few months, Then, I went off the rails like I always do!   My plan after W30 is to just introduce the alcohol - I have a family party on Feb 5 so it will be the first weekend after. But no grains or added sugar! 
     
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    christine19 reacted to Rebecca001 in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    It’s finally Friday. This week has been so busy! We have nothing in for dinner either and so my husband is going to pick something up on the way home. To prepare for this I ate a chicken breast after work just to take the edge off my hunger and strengthen my resolve a bit. I barely even stopped for a drink of water today and have hardly eaten any veg. If he brings something off plan, I think I’ll do a baked potato and salad and just go very simple. 
     
    The weekends are always harder for me, I just find I eat more generally and not always mindfully. So that’s my aim for the weekend, just to keep my head in the game and focus. 
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    christine19 reacted to tiffysquid in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    @Aliem999 Sounds like you and I are on the same track. I've just finished reading "It Starts with Food," and realized that I want to do my Whole## more thoroughly than I have been. I've been completely on-plan with which foods I eat, but haven't adjusted when and how much I eat.
    So - I think I will keep modifying that, and continue through at least mid-February, so make it a Whole45, or maybe extend into a Whole60 (and y'all are welcome to stay in this topic as you move forward past reintroduction, if you want to cheer me on!).
    In March we will be taking a trip to Mexico to meet up with family. Past Whole30s have taught me that I am much better off without corn... but no way am I going to visit Baja without eating street tacos!! So, I guess a pre-planned vacation cheat is in store.
    In general, I'm thinking back to how good it felt to be "mostly paleo, Whole30-ish" from May 2017 (my first W30) through about August 2019.
    I'm thinking about the slippery slope: how I slowly added in rice, rice noodles, occasional alcohol. By 2020 I was Eating Everything during the pandemic, making sourdough, etc. How alcohol didn't get out of control, but started to feel really noticeable. Sugar on the other hand *did* start to feel out of control. Do I want to go back to that way of life???
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    christine19 reacted to itskatiegirl11 in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    Hokay... I've been doing so great while on my own these last 3 weeks, but this is going to be the true test - going home to my bf and keeping myself from joining him on the couch eating chips! Wish me luck!!
    Day 22 -  perhaps I feel the tiger blood? (I don't know really, working 28 days straight of 12 hour shift is EXHAUSTING on a good day, so I think that may be obscuring my results), but I have felt in rather good spirits for the last week or so, so perhaps that is it. I have noticed though, how CLEAR my skin is (and believe me I notice every little blemish on my face), and how great food tastes (food is so naturally sweet, I dont know how I didn't notice before), and how few cravings I've been having (although just thinking of going home gives me cravings of my usual celebratory off work meals...). 
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    christine19 reacted to MizRik in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    Too funny. After my post last night about not touching my comfort foods while sick…. This was the daily Whole30 text I received. 
     
    It's Day 17, and by now, you've hit a bump or two. You've been anxious, lonely, or scared, and tempted to comfort yourself with something sweet and instantly gratifying (AKA numbing).
    A gentle reminder from me (and from Past You, who came to the Whole30 in part for this specific reason): Food won't make it better. It won't make it easier. It won't make you happier. It doesn't fill the hole. It doesn't fix what's wrong. Connection, support, love, and reassurance don't come from a wrapper, box, or bottle. I know you know this.
    You're on the right path. STICK WITH IT. M x
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    christine19 got a reaction from tiffysquid in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    Hi everyone - quick early Wednesday morning report that I believe the tiger blood is here! It’s day 17  perfect timing as I’m running around at work with new employee orientation  - I’m a corporate trainer. I was up before 4am and ready to go! Finally less hungry too. Hope you all are having a great week …the W30 home stretch is in sight! 
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    christine19 got a reaction from MizRik in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    Hi everyone - quick early Wednesday morning report that I believe the tiger blood is here! It’s day 17  perfect timing as I’m running around at work with new employee orientation  - I’m a corporate trainer. I was up before 4am and ready to go! Finally less hungry too. Hope you all are having a great week …the W30 home stretch is in sight! 
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    christine19 got a reaction from tiffysquid in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    Slept so well last night finally and feeling the most energetic yet, I jumped out of bed and went grocery shopping and totally forgot about looking up any recipes! Oh well, there are still a lot of supply chain issues and high prices, so I just buy what’s on sale and figure it out later. Got chicken thighs, beef burgers and compliant sausage and some veggies. We use leftover meat to add to soup especially during the week - my husband will add to bean soup and I make a quick soup with chicken broth, cauliflower rice and chicken since I can’t eat any soup in a can or box. I’m making my favorite tahini dipping sauce and it can be a salad dressing too, if you thin it out. I got cucumbers and baby carrots for dipping! It’s sooo good! 
    https://www.wholesomeyum.com/tahini-sauce-recipe/
     
     
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    christine19 got a reaction from MizRik in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    Slept so well last night finally and feeling the most energetic yet, I jumped out of bed and went grocery shopping and totally forgot about looking up any recipes! Oh well, there are still a lot of supply chain issues and high prices, so I just buy what’s on sale and figure it out later. Got chicken thighs, beef burgers and compliant sausage and some veggies. We use leftover meat to add to soup especially during the week - my husband will add to bean soup and I make a quick soup with chicken broth, cauliflower rice and chicken since I can’t eat any soup in a can or box. I’m making my favorite tahini dipping sauce and it can be a salad dressing too, if you thin it out. I got cucumbers and baby carrots for dipping! It’s sooo good! 
    https://www.wholesomeyum.com/tahini-sauce-recipe/
     
     
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    christine19 got a reaction from MizRik in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    I’m feeling a lot better. My headache has tapered off, and my stomach pains are gone. I think I ate too much roasted cauliflower too many days in a row. I’m out of food, ended up eating olives, nuts and bone broth for lunch and had roast chicken and broccoli for dinner. I thought about looking up some recipes in the “Well Fed” cookbooks, but I’m not sure what I’m in the mood for. Food boredom is starting to set in and it’s so cold I’m having a hard time eating salads. Grocery shopping on Saturday, so maybe I’ll get some inspiration! Here’s to another dry weekend - missing the wine for sure! 
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    christine19 reacted to Rebecca001 in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    Well it’s day 13 here and I feel good, considering my boy has covid, I’m working from home, I’m missing some really important things at work and have had to leave them in incompetent hands and…. I feel chill. Serene. Ran after I finished working and definitely felt the tiger starting to purr. 
     
    food prep is one of my ultimate favourite things about this plan. Is my Sunday ‘me time’, while cooking the family roast I make all my things for the week. Usually it’s my mayo, a meat thing (eg koftas, fish cakes or chicken) for lunches, a veg thing (this week it was roasted tomatoes with garlic and basil) and prep a meal for Monday nights as well. Chop some carrot sticks and make a dip. It really helps me to streamline my menu as I then have the same thing for lunch until weds/thurs. I often pack them up in tubs as well so I can literally add a handful of fresh leaves and take to work. 
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    christine19 reacted to MizRik in Let's Support Each Other — doing a January Whole30   
    Im already dreaming of cheating with sugar cookies!! That’s not supposed to happen until later!!
     
    It was one of those dream where you wake up relieved that you are actually still on track and it was just a dream.