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    christine19 reacted to becs in January 2021 graduates   
    Happy February, everyone! One month closer to Spring. I feel abnormally full this morning (and really tired). I don't think I can blame it on the legume reintro yesterday, though. I had peanut butter and hummus (regular servings of both), and skipped the planned bean dip since I didn't actually want it. I did have a pretty filling/fatty dinner last night, so maybe that's the cause? Nom Nom "Weeknight Meatballs" over zoodles sautéed in olive oil with avocado and a bit of W30 Caesar dressing. 
    As for the legumes, my conclusion so far is that they shouldn't pose much of a problem if I come across them in the future and decide to indulge, but they won't be a regular part of my diet. I can see myself saying "yes" to a delicious-looking hummus at a fancy/ethnic restaurant, but if I'm gonna dip my veggies in something at home, I'd much rather use guacamole.
    Next up is sugar on Wednesday (not a lot - just sugar/honey in my coffee/tea and maple chicken sausages for dinner), then wine on Saturday. My plan is to buy one semi-expensive bottle of wine to drink with dinner, and share it with my husband. I'd love for half a bottle on Saturdays to be the norm for my "regular life" alcohol consumption. The trick is not to move on to other alcoholic beverages after it's gone...
    @Rebecca001I'm not surprised you were ravenous, either! That is not a lot of food. Nice work NOT breaking down and eating something off-plan while you were at work.
    @christine19The scale can definitely be demotivating. Stay focused on your NSVs! Are you going to stay off it for February, as well? I got on this morning since I want to see what happens to my weight during reintros, and the 1.5 lb gain made me grumpy. That hunk of metal and plastic has way too much influence over me. After it's all said and done, I'm going to limit myself to weighing once a week on Fridays.
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    christine19 reacted to Rebecca001 in January 2021 graduates   
    I have a love hate relationship with my scales. I lost 40+ lbs a few years ago and then have kept it off through basically very rigidly controlling carbs and running a lot. I then lost 11lbs doing my first W30 and that freedom from the scales was incredible both during the 30 days but also for a long time afterwards. This w30 I’m not sure I have lost any weight which I think is why I’m reluctant to find out! The stupid thing is, I am pretty much ‘at target’ now and have been for a long time and my weight is a fairly static, and to manage to maintain this without ‘dieting’ at all and eating so well is incredible. But the scales always call to me and because my natural weight is just slightly over 10 st, I’m always chasing those last 2/3 “vanity pounds” to take me into the 9’s... I would love to get rid of my scales and be free! 
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    christine19 reacted to Lorna from Canada in January 2021 graduates   
    So - here I am Day 32 of W30 - and, on one hand it's perfectly easy and almost natural to be carrying on but, on the other, it's a bit boring too. Feels like Day 22 all over again  So, I wandered over to see what you guys were up to! Looks like I have a must try eggplant dish on my horizon. I can't blame my W30 meh's on lack of interesting food - we eat amazing meals - tonight's beef curry on sweet potato oven fried cubes was delicious. So - it's not boring meals - maybe a bit of S.A.D. percolating up despite being quiet in January? I'll have to see what the ground hog says tomorrow - maybe that'll lift me up a bit.
    @becs sounds like another reintro of legumes might be in order? I had to give them up straight away for the bloating and fatigue I experienced from eating them. It wasn't as bad a reaction like I had reintroducing wine and sugar was but it was pretty clear that they were having an impact. 
    @christine19 Ugh - I hate the scale - it's such a beast. I have managed to stay off of it since the post-W30 weigh in after my first W30. I don't know why I suddenly realized I didn't want to weigh myself any longer even though I had lost 11lbs and was feeling right chuffed. Maybe that was it right there - my mood elevated by a number. Anyway - good luck with the struggle - it is a real one.
    @SugarcubeOD You're almost done - what's your post W30 plan this time around?
    And thanks @Rebecca001 - the 7 veg/ 3 fruit (total incl use in cooking) challenge is a good one for me. I'll get my 50 veg a week in and limint my fruit intake. This gives me something to focus on while I stay the course with W60.
    Keep working hard and keep posting!
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    christine19 got a reaction from becs in January 2021 graduates   
    @becs I think I will try to stay off the scale until mid-month. I have a doctor appt on the 25th which will be virtual but I’ll probably weigh in for that. I feel like the next 2 weeks should bring more results and NSVs...30 days is not enough for me...need to stay on the course! 
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    christine19 reacted to SugarcubeOD in January 2021 graduates   
    Interesting.. I've never eaten anything 'parmigiana'... that seems strange to me now... but yours sounds great and I like the combo of pork and chicken!
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    christine19 reacted to Rebecca001 in January 2021 graduates   
    @becs if you want hummus but not chickpeas, you can make a dip with just tahini and lemon juice, loosen it up with a bit of water and you can either dip veggies into it or drizzle it on eg chicken, salmon or cooked veg. You’d never know it wasn’t real hummus. You can also add it to mayo in equal quantities and use it that way; I made a sort of coleslaw with it a few weeks ago which was really delicious. Which also reminds me I was going to do a potato salad with it too and forgot! 
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    christine19 reacted to SugarcubeOD in January 2021 graduates   
    It 'gets better' the next day (and the third day is amazing) but it's still darn good straight out of the oven the day you make it! I modified the recipe for time... If I can remember, I don't do the cooking of the tomato stuff and then wait around for it to cool before mixing the egg in... I just reduce the tomato stuff by a bit... I've done it both ways and honestly I'm not sure there's a huge difference gained for dirtying another dish and the extra time it takes... 
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    christine19 reacted to SugarcubeOD in Starting Friday, January 22, 2021   
    Are you cooking the  meal?  If so, there are loads of meals you can make that are technically Whole30 but also 'regular' food.  Roast a chicken, make roasted veggies and even mashed potatoes and then maybe they have gravy and you don't... you could even make a cranberry sauce sweetened with apple juice instead of sugar.. OMG, now I want that!
    Maybe make something like Italian Sausage and Eggplant Strata ... it's hearty and friggen delicious and if you just serve it with a nice salad no one is going to balk at the fact that it's Whole30... Maybe give us an idea of what you normally eat with these groups and we can help find some substitutions.  OR, you CAN bring your own food and just eat with them... my family does that often if someone is an outlier and doesn't want to bother the group with changes.
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    christine19 reacted to becs in January 1st Start Date!   
    Day 29!!! Woot Woot! We are KILLIN' it!
    I'm starting to get excited to step on the scale on Sunday (I know I'm not supposed to care what the number is, but old habits and all). A week ago I was dreading it. Last fall when I went on a healthy eating spree, I was shocked to realize that my newly perimenopausal body did NOT want to shed the weight I had gained. Usually once I change my eating habits, the weight falls off pretty quickly, but apparently that's no longer the case. Fast forward to the present, and I've been worried that my Day 31 weigh-in would end up with me crying into a bag of potato chips. But I can finally SEE the changes in my body, and I KNOW I've lost some inches, so I'm determined not to care (too much) if my actual weight loss is subpar. I'm glad I took measurements and pictures on Day 1. I'm pretty sure I'll see changes there, if not on the scale. Besides, I still have a ways to go before I'm at a healthy, comfortable weight, and I know I'll continue to make progress in my post-W30 life now that I've got a grip on my eating habits.
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    christine19 reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I have found today quite hard. I think the prospect of another weekend with heavy snow forecast (weirdly it has been so warm here that I ran the last two days in bare arms and shorts, yet minus temps on the weekends either side? Typical British weather!), stuck in the house, unable to see my family- lockdown blues. Plus this being the 5th weekend of January! I must admit, I’m finding it tough. 

    Feeling good in myself though, lots of energy, I have run 100 miles this month so far and feeling energised and I look really healthy and glowing. I don’t think I’ll have lost any weight, (maybe a few lbs but then I don’t have much to lose) , but my composition may have changed (I have body fat scales) so I’m keen to find that out. 
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    christine19 reacted to SugarcubeOD in January 1st Start Date!   
    I totally agree about this and when I did my first Whole30 I discovered very quickly that if I'm going to make anything, I should make a LOT and then freeze it... I have JARS upon JARS of W30 stews, chili, soups etc... in the freezer... even if you double a recipe and then put one 500ml jar for each family member into the freezer, you eventually end up with a significant 'store' in your freezer of things you can just take out and reheat - I'm sure there are probably ideas around where you can do a food prep afternoon and make a bunch of 'oven ready boxes' of food for the freezer - it doesn't remove having to chop/dice/season but it does create that convenient food item for those days that you 'just can't'.  
    And it totally does get easier, the more recipes and food creations (cause sometimes recipe is a strong word for what we do) you get really good at, the quicker and easier kitchen time becomes!
    You're doing great!!!
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    christine19 reacted to 50andstillhere in January 1st Start Date!   
    @Rebecca001- I love the British slang! (Rubbish, boilers, bung) I live in the Midwest and I don’t mind the snow. I am have been walking outside but it is too icy to run on the streets right now.  I am going to weigh myself and measure my waist on the 31st. I am going to extend this for another 2 weeks because I had a horrible reaction to spaghetti sauce- and I am Italian!! (Gassy, bathroom issues, etc.) So because I have arthritis, I have decided to elimInate  white potatoes because, I have been eating them  a lot during this whole30.
    Like @Becs and @Lorna, I too am a food snob, but I love going to restaurants just to get out of the house and have fun with friends. (I try to order the healthiest item, but that can be hard.)
    Good luck Becs- you don’t need to eat chips to handle stress because you have different ways to cope.
    Hopefully I will read your posts on the“ reintroduction Threads” because they are very inspiring.
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    christine19 reacted to Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    Food snobs unite! We are the same way! Sugar, I'm smiling at the 'now we are our grandparents' comment. I haven't been to a restaurant since I came home from Australia on March 20 and I don't miss it at all. 
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    christine19 reacted to SugarcubeOD in January 1st Start Date!   
    This is how I am too... When we were younger and we'd come down to the coast from our very small northern town to see our grandparents, we always wanted to go to restaurants and never did because my grandpa hated them... said there was no reason to go when grandma's cooking was always a million times better than any restaurant.  Now I'm SO the same way... The only thing that I would order (because going into a restaurant is not my jam) is sushi because I can't make that and occassionally (in food freedom) pizza because there's nothing like pizza oven pizza and I won't have cheese in my house. Otherwise, I can make it better, faster and cheaper myself  (in my own very biased opinion)
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    christine19 reacted to SugarcubeOD in January 1st Start Date!   
    That actually depends on how you use it... I have a great recipe for 4 ingredient meatballs that's Franks, ground chicken (or pork), green onions and nutritional yeast... if you're using it trying to pretend it's cheese, not recommended - if you're using it as an ingredient (I also put it in a buffalo egg bake that my sister @ladyshannymade up) then it's totally fine
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    christine19 got a reaction from becs in January 1st Start Date!   
    That’s how we are too, my husband is always disappointed when we go out to dinner, which is very rare, truly only if we were with family. We like to cook and we are great cooks! (Just ask us, lol)
    I bought the nutritional yeast in a shaker to sprinkle, so I’ll try it the next time I make spaghetti squash, 
    I found a nice pork shoulder on sale and I’m going to make Citrus Carnitas from the Well Fed cookbook this weekend. Salad for lunch every day is contributing to my food boredom, so I grilled a chicken burger with a portabella mushroom bun. Here is the glamour shot, but eating it like a sandwich would be a hot mess, so I used a fork and knife! 

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    christine19 reacted to Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    Good to know! My daughter recommended it to me and I've just ordered some specifically to add to my caesar dressing and to pesto. After 28 days without cheese, I'm hoping it tastes like cheesiness too. I don't miss cheddar or soft cheeses but those deeply umami cheeses like parmesan are sorely absent.
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    christine19 reacted to becs in January 1st Start Date!   
    Reading all of your posts, I'm realizing that the only things I REALLY miss in daily life are sugary coffee creamer (which I don't plan on adding back in!) and wine. I like a good cheese, but I don't miss it. Dairy and legumes were never really part of my diet. My regular at-home meals have been, for the most part, paleo over the last few years, with some rice thrown in every once in a while. My food-with-no-breaks is pretty much crunchy/salty "junk" food - Triscuits, chips (crisps), tortilla chips, Goldfish crackers, etc. I would mindlessly eat them whenever stressed/bored/sad, and over the last year they've accounted for a larger percentage of my diet than I care to admit. I can't seem to open a package without binging mindlessly through the whole thing. The great thing is that I don't actually miss that stuff - I just need to remember that post-W30!
    I imagine my FF life will include rice and wine on the reg, and the other stuff only when "worth it" out in the wild (restaurants, gatherings w/friends and family, etc). Pre-COVID, my hubby and I went out to eat once a month if we were lucky, so in-the-wild situations are not that common. (We're food snobs, and feel like we can cook better food at home than most of the restaurants we go to, though that may be due to the lack of choices in our area!)
    Hooray to ending week 4 today! Two more days, then it's on to the next step. Thank you all for this awesome thread/conversation! I hope we can keep it going in maintenance. And I hope you ladies who are extending will join us there.
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    christine19 reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I also don’t eat everything in moderation and I don’t believe in it as a concept. I’ve used it conversely to your example, eg. People criticising my ‘restrictive’ diet and claiming that we should eat “everything - in moderation” - but who really does? so you eat liver as often as you eat steak, do you? Or celeriac as often as you eat potato? What ‘E in M’ really means is ‘I don’t believe in cutting out food groups but I’m still only going to eat <this> little collection of foods’. One thing that  I love the most about W30 is the variety. 
    learning to moderate (or eliminate) certain foods in order to change behaviours is something I do still need to work on though as I still have a very emotional response to foods. Nuts for example- in the early weeks of this round I ate far too many; I’ve cut them right out this week and haven’t missed them. Plus nut butter is an absolute no-no for me. 
    day 28 today! Plus it’s pay-day £££! Have a great day all! 
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    christine19 reacted to becs in January 1st Start Date!   
    I love the Primal Kitchen Caesar dressing! I discovered it for the first time during this W30, and was stoked to find it at my local store. I also bought a bottle of their cilantro lime dressing, which includes honey, to try on my sugar reintro day.
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    christine19 got a reaction from becs in January 1st Start Date!   
    @50andstillhere This is a fantastic idea from one of Melissa’s emails - allows you to batch cook and then have different flavors and combinations! I’m with you on the food boredom, the past few days have been a challenge! 
    Ground Meat with Stuff Over Stuff™. Meal templates are a great way to cook once, eat a few times, and never get bored. Brown a pound of ground meat (chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, or bison). Dice and saute a bunch of vegetables. Mix, but don’t season. When you’re ready, create a base (greens, zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice, or mashed potatoes), drop in the meat + veggie mixture, and season as you please. (Tomato sauce, Ranch dressing, Yai’s Thai Green Curry sauce, or coconut aminos.) The genius of this meal is if you feel like a different flavor for lunch tomorrow, just mix up the base and sauce, no additional cooking required.
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    christine19 reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    My five year old (he is wise beyond his years) said to me the other day ‘mummy it’s amazing that there is only 5 meat animals- pigs , cows, sheep, chicken and fish” - and although he is slightly wrong I guess (eg turkey!) the point he makes is very true. We actually eat quite a narrow spectrum of meats and I tend to do the same types of things with them. One thing I’m really enjoying is making different spice mixes and just rubbing onto meats before cooking. If you have a ‘world foods’ type section in your supermarket (or a Polish or Indian store? Is that a thing in USA?) you can get huge bags of spices much much cheaper than the little jars. Eg 500g bags for the price of a 50g jar. Then Play!! Even if a Recipe itself is not compliant, you can steal the spice blend! I love Jamie Oliver recipes and a lot of his combinations are just really simple, rustic, tasty food. 
    I do love cooking though which certainly helps. 
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    christine19 reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    Maybe instead of ‘rules’ they need to be FF goals instead? I saw another thread on one of the other forums on here which was (something like) what habits are you going to keep after W30, and I’m going to go back and reread it. 

    for me, the food is secondary to the self care. when I am in full W30 mode, I find I have time and energy to look after the little things (so eg, properly cleanse and moisturise, take time to blow dry my hair, do my nails etc. I just seem to claw back the few minutes I need and it makes so much difference). I plan my meals and stick to my plan (vital and often forgotten in real life), I drink water, I do yoga. When I did my last one these habits stayed for a good few months and so did the tiger blood; they only really started to fade when Covid got me! I exercise regularly and train hard and W30 seems to make the jigsaw pieces all fit together, so instead of feeling like my food and fitness are in battle with each other (gotta workout to burn off..) it becomes “I must eat x,y,z to support my long run on the weekend” 

    so I’m going to include in my FF goals that self care is still key. I’m not going to weigh myself (I will on d31) and then hide them again. It’s been very apparent this time round how often I want to weigh myself especially when I’m feeling low. 
    I’m genuinely in that awesome place (lifelong dieters holy grail) where I do not want junk food right now. It’s so easy to avoid it because I don’t want it, probably because barring Xmas it’s actually been over 6 months since I’ve eaten cheese, breads, sugar etc. The challenge for me post-w30 is to avoid the rut and keep finding new things: I need to continue to eat more veg for example, try new recipes and experiment with spices, and I need to continue to make interesting lunch/breakfast ideas because there really is a limit to how much tinned mackerel a girl can eat 
    Day 27 ladies! We rock!! 
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    christine19 reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I think this has worked... but if not you can find it in the post whole 30 section entitled January 2021 graduates 
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    christine19 reacted to Rebecca001 in January 2021 graduates   
    Now those who started 1st Jan 2021 have (almost) graduated, here’s a chat thread to continue our journey through reintroduction (or not) and beyond....! 
    See you on 1st Feb!