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    christine19 reacted to Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    Amen to that Becs - Hubs and I even talked about not having a glass on Jan 31 because it might feel like we're rewarding ourselves for completing W30 #4 in a pandemic. We have decided not to think about it that way but to see it as finding out what reintroducing wine will do this time.  I, too, can get into the space of "what a total crap day - where's my wine?" mindset pretty quickly. Your post W30 reintro pan sounds solid!
    I think there is a huge element of that. I feel SO much better generally that I may actually have a 60 year old's version of TB without realizing it. I also have a lot of work related stress - the complete idiocy and incompetence of not having access codes to work I needed (and set aside time) to do for 6 weeks has been uber challenging. It's a big conversation with myself (and a fair bit of journalling to do) to recognize that dealing with work related issues does not deserve an alcoholic reward.
    Today is Day 25 and, while I do feel very much on the home stretch, I do have the greater sense of this continuing on than I have had before. I feel more committed to the permanence of these changes I've re-made. It was shocking to fall so far from the wagon during my mom's illness, death and my subsequent wild grieving. There were many times I felt like I was observing the lunacy of the chocolate stuffing incidences and chip eating frenzies from outside myself. This time around, I feel more whole (no pun inteded there!) and connected to this path. So - that's good!
    Mind you, I just casually tossed 2 thick pieces of parmesan rinds into my stock pot with the chicken bits and veg... took only a minute before I realized what I'd done and fished them out again. Sheesh...
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    christine19 reacted to SugarcubeOD in January 1st Start Date!   
    https://whole30.com/sex-with-your-pants-on/
     
     
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    christine19 reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    Thanks @SugarcubeOD. I knew that principle just never heard the phrase!
     
    Totally get that during the W30- however, I am a pretty good baker and post-W30 I do make occasional paleo/compliant ingredient bakes (and will probably do this time, too). I actually made a Christmas fruit cake this year that was almond flour, fruit and egg and it was delicious (and no different really in ingredients to a Melissa endorsed Lara bar) , and I make a rosemary and sea salt savoury biscotti in a similar vein. They really kept me going last time- paleo can be tricky when real life happens as nothing is paleo-friendly really. I totally get it on the full whole30 though (and I’m still a sub-snob - I never use sweeteners or such like, just good natural ingredients) but quite frankly, I do not want to live in a world where treats are banned forever. While I despise the modern way of punctuating life with little sugar hits, a well-placed, Paleo friendly, all natural morsel every now and then is ok as part of a ‘whole life’ plan such as Paleo. 
    tuesday today, day....oooh.. 26?? No way! How did that happen? I’m working from home today and I actually have cleared my to-do list- so I am going to catch up on some reading, delete some emails and have a quieter day. I am Exams Office at my school and as all our summer exams have been cancelled here due to Covid, you’d think my workload would have decreased, but hell no. I have a lot of reading to get through so I’m going to light the fire, sit under my blanket and look at the snow!! 
     
    Have a great day everyone! We are definitely in the home stretch now! Are we going to carry this chat on after the 30 or are we going to bid our farewells?  It’s been a bit of a lifeline for me this month and I’m very grateful to you all 
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    christine19 reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    A nice simple dinner for me tonight- line a tea with spinach and kale, add pieces of fish (I had smoked cod) asparagus and cherry tomatoes, slices of lemon and seasoning cover with foil and then it sort of steams itself in the lemon juice and done . Really quick and tasty (picture is of it before cooking)
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    christine19 got a reaction from JenTucker in Sharing Your Whole30   
    Hi @JenTucker wow...did your post resonate with me! First, I’m glad that you feel great! A little background on me...I’ve done several Whole30s the last one back in 2015, and started this one January 1 which was the first time since I have been gluten and dairy free. About 4 years ago, I was gaining weight, having terrible brain fog and swollen ankles (at the time I had a job where I was on a plane nearly every week). I did a “detox” diet recommended by my doctor,  it was not exactly like Whole30, but I never returned to dairy or gluten. I have leaned that I have a sensitivity to other things, corn, rice, beans and then I can easily slide into the gluten free junk food and baked goods and it’s “food with no brakes.”

    Fortunately, my husband is supportive, and he does not have the food issues I do, but will eat whatever I make and then add cheese, bread or supplement with snacks. And I’m not tempted by gluten or dairy it’s been so long.  However, I have had challenges with some others, particularly my sister in law (husbands side of family), who I love dearly! First, she thought that the dairy and gluten was temporary until I felt better and would say “oh we can go to that restaurant after you’re done” or “you can eat that later” Before COVID, she would have a lot of summer/holiday parties and I always brought one or two appetizers or dishes so that I have something to eat and no one has to stress out. Because she gets SUPER stressed out over what I can eat, and tries really, really hard to find a recipe to make, which ends up being something complicated or was supposed to have cheese, or breadcrumbs or whatever, instead of just making SIMPLE food. And she believes that if you don’t have celiac it’s not really a problem, and doesn’t really understand how in tune I am with my sensitivities. It’s exhausting to still be discussing it. Exhausting, just like you said! My husband just told me she wanted us to stop by this weekend and I just said - no - it’s going to be too complicated to explain Whole30 after I ate meatballs with rice she made in December! 
     
    So, enough about me....I think you should be open with your husband because it’s just harder on you to keep it a “secret” especially if he wants to eat something you used to eat or go out somewhere, etc. Is there a “symptom” that has improved due to Whole30 that you can use to make him understand how much better you feel? Like for example, you could say, I didn’t realize that my (insert body part here) ached so much until I did this and I feel so much better. Or whatever else may have improved for you (sleep, headaches, allergies) specifically so that it’s not just a diet but a specific issue that was resolved. 
     
    So...it’s taken me a few years to get to this point but it’s still a work in progress.  My family is a little easier as they had to deal with the low fat craze, my Vegan Year, plus my brother and his wife used to do Keto. So we’ve all had our ups and downs with special diets, so we just keep each other posted as to what we are eating for the next party, holiday, etc.  I hope this was helpful and again I’m glad you are feeling fantastic!!!!
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    christine19 reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I think to be honest, I will remain alcohol free for the whole of January. That means til close of play on 31st, irrespective of whole 30 being 30 days. And yes, we probably wouldn’t drink on the Monday, so in the end it will probably end up as a W35 - no great harm in that. 
     
    @christine19 my husband is the same. He’s given up dairy and bread, but actually he’s only given up actual milk, actual cheese and sliced white bread. Anything containing the ingredients of dairy or grain are fair game, and, I quote, he’s ‘not going to read labels or be too strict’ - and then doesn’t feel any better for having ‘given it all up’. To be fair, he’s ten stone wringing wet and can eat junk food day and night without gaining an ounce so he’s never had to really care
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    christine19 reacted to Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    DAY 20 - Woot!! Home stretch indeed! 
    @becs Wow! Super job managing the cabin! That's awesome.
    I'm feeling great! This is always the best thing for me - again - why do we go back to terrible habits that don't serve us? Off on a busy day - stay the course... we've got this.
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    christine19 reacted to Saiee in January 1st Start Date!   
    It does make sense. And I will stay away from them as both hot dogs and breakfast sausage were things I ate a lot, but compliant sausage in a meat sauce with never before eaten squash or zucchini noodles I think I can do especially as I kinda loathe zucchini 
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    christine19 reacted to becs in January 1st Start Date!   
    HUGE NSV! It's one thing to resist cravings, but it's a whole other level of awesome not to have them in the first place, especially in times of stress. Love it!
    @Saiee The thing about zucchini noodles is that you barely even taste them once you add your sauce. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Same thing with spaghetti squash. You kinda get the texture of pasta without the belly bloat. I don't know what recipe you're looking at, and you probably already know this, but I would suggest tossing the raw zucchini noodles with salt and letting them sit in a colander for 30 minutes or so, then thoroughly rinsing to get rid of the salt. That method coaxes out a lot of the water, leaving them with a more pasta-like texture. Dry sauté them in a pan for a few minutes and you're good to go. I salt/rinse a big batch for my meal, then save half for leftovers before I sauté them. They keep well in the fridge, at least overnight.
    @Lorna from CanadaTotally agreed - I feel so good eating this way, so why do I slip back into old habits? I think for me it's the stress eating that gets me. That and the WTH effect from drinking alcohol. I need to pay close attention to my stress/anxiety and how to manage it without crunchy, salty things. It's easy right now with all of these awesome black & white rules to follow. Yet another reason to create personalized B&W rules once my reintro is complete!
    Tomorrow will be three weeks of W30 - how awesome is that! Keep on keeping on, everyone.
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    christine19 reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I’ve found the last few days pretty tough. A combination of ‘willpower fatigue’, COVID fatigue and a sudden huge increase in stress at work. As I said yesterday, I have kept out of the kitchen, but I must admit today I have thought more about food and have craved something really sugary, doughy, baked, fried, and sprinkled with sugar. Not to eat, but to stuff down my feelings I guess and to cope with the additional stress. I didn’t though! 
    I wasn’t  well prepped either, my fridge stock I prepared on Sunday has all run out, and as a result I picked at a few bits in the morning but didn’t really do lunch. so this evening while I cooked I baked a butternut squash, made lamb, chilli and tomato meatballs, and cut up a whole load of carrots and peppers into crudités so that there is actually something there when I open the fridge tomorrow! 
     
    tonight we had crispy coated chicken, with almond and seasoned crust, and I had with a big salad. There is chicken left over too. And I peeled and cored a cooking apple, and microwaved it and had with a few frozen cherries and a spoonful of coconut cream, sprinkled with flaked almonds. 

    day20! 2/3 through! My husband is almost definitely going to drink wine this weekend and after my terrible week I think this will be a big test for me, but despite my terrible week I am feeling bouncy and energised, sleeping well and coping... so I am confident I can do it! 
     
     
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    christine19 reacted to SugarcubeOD in January 1st Start Date!   
    I'm here lagging behind you guys on Day 8 but being part of this group and you guys blazing the trail is definitely keeping me motivated and on track!  I have to go to the office two days this week (unfortunately my 'office' is actually the hospital so that makes me quite nervous) but I got my breakfast and lunch all packed up in the fridge waiting and my teabag and travel tea cup are even ready for tomorrow already. My drive to the hospital is quite long (about an hour and 10) and in the mornings if I'm feeling drowsy, I usually have a mint... I'm hoping that I'm far enough along in the Whole30 that I'm alert and wide awake so I don't have to worry about that - I'll take some ice water along with me and I can always crank the windows down - it's about 4c (39f) here in the mornings so that should keep me awake  
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    christine19 reacted to SugarcubeOD in January 1st Start Date!   
    This is a good thought process to apply to all foods - to ensure that you're not trying to cram non-compatible food into compatible packaging. the good thing is, that unless you're coming off a massive hot dog or breakfast sausage addiction, these are fine.  Baked goods of any kind are definitely not fine as per the rules but other things, such as say... almond coated chicken tenders would be fine... again, unless you were coming from a place where all you ate was fast food chicken tenders.  Does that make sense?
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    christine19 reacted to becs in January 1st Start Date!   
    Glad you all made it through the weekend! I had a wonderful time up in the mountains, and had no problem keeping on track. Good friends of ours have a cabin up there, as well, and we hung out with them the entire time. It was weird not having drinks with everyone, and I got REALLY sick of La Croix's, but it was much easier than I had feared. Just got back home and went on a quick grocery run for the week. Thank goodness I have a ton of food ready to go in the freezer, since I have no interest in meal prep today...
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    christine19 reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I’ve had a good day today and it’s now 6pm and I feel bouncy still! Maybe this is the feint growling of the tiger??? 
     
    really nice food today; I’d half made coleslaw last night, made the mayo this morning and added tahini and lemon for a sort of hummus-y type mixed up salad, with shredded chicken, avocado chunks and flaked almonds. I took a little tub with cherry toms, mini cucumber and olives to work but didn’t eat it as I didn’t need it after my big salad! Dinner was parcel sea bass- spinach, toms, sea bass, lemon oil, all baked in foil, then opened up the foil and used almonds, seasoning and herbs to make a crust- oh my, it was soooo tasty, partly because I was so hungry. Had another spoonful of my slaw, and some cooked veg, and boiled new potatoes. It felt really fresh and healthy! I have some leftover potato now to mix with mayo for a potato salad tomorrow. 
     
    I haven’t run today because I did so far yesterday, but even though last night my legs were aching, this morning I wasn’t stiff at all; I also expected it worse as I thought I’d be retaining some water as it’s TOTM due tomorrow, but none at all. So a good semi-NSV! 
     
     
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    christine19 reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    @christine19I love boxing, I have a bag in our garage for when I need to let off steam! 
     
    I ran half a marathon today, 13.1 miles- a long way! And not a bad time either, although the last 3miles were hard and my legs are very tired now.
    just cooked a big Sunday roast, and did my meal prep for the week so I have a big bowl of finely sliced cabbage, onion, carrot and celery, with raisins and almonds, all ready to mix with mayo to make slaw. Then I roasted an extra chicken so I have a full tub of chicken meat all ready for salads and sandwiches as well, plus some leftover cooked veg. I find cooked carrot quite good for that moment where you open the fridge and need something to jump out. I stewed some apple with cinnamon and ginger which is a nice addition to my chia seed gloop (overnight pots) in the morning. 
     
    and we’ve now survived our 3rd dry weekend! I listened to a nice ‘bite size’ podcast today by a lovely English doctor about the surprising benefits of giving up alcohol - none of them surprised me!- but it can help to reaffirm that any break in drinking has actual positive effects, and often they are fairly instant. 
     
     
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    christine19 reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I find my sleep is disturbed this time although not as dramatically as my last one. Last time I really worked hard to eat breakfast as soon as I got up , whereas this time I haven’t been, and I’m finding I don’t wake quite so early- I think it was my body clock responding to the food routine. 

    @christine19 I also am a bit surprised I don’t feel quite as energetic as I’d have hoped, maybe it’s the difference between summer w30 and winter w30. Although when I look back, I’m doing a lot more this time. Last time I basically lazed about in my garden for 30 days! This time I’m working, running more, kids to school, me to work- very different. And I certainly feel more energetic than I did 3 weeks ago! 
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    christine19 reacted to Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    End of Day 16 - feeling divine!
    Okay - little non-Whole30 PSA - remember to back up anything not in your cloud  Fatal hard drive crashes are no fun. New computer already ordered but, in the meantime I'm using this old one which is clunky. sigh
    Sounds like everyone is doing GREAT with the program even with the ups and downs these middle days bring
    Hubs and I are already starting to talk about the 30(+) days after W30. We're not going to do reintro as we already know what we can't tolerate - legumes for me, gluten for him and dairy is a problem for both of us. I'm going to carry on for another 15 days to keep fine-tuning and he's going to eat what I'm eating plus beer .  I'm feeling so well mentally that I am not ready to do a re-entry trial of sugar in any form. I was really, REALLY worried that not being allowed to go to my home in Australia this winter would bring about a worst-ever case of S.A.D. but W30 is totally killing it for me in that department. I just don't want to mess with it in February. I may stay on W30 until April when my depression would usually be starting to lift again anyway. 
    Half way through wineless weekend #3 - I can do this! All of us can!
     
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    christine19 got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    I made it again for dinner tonight! Cut it in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds (they look like pumpkin) and put it flat side down on parchment paper with a few sprinkles of water. This is what it looks like after it’s roasted at 375 degrees for 40-45 min. Just take a fork and scrape the “spaghetti” strands out! It’s very neutral so it goes with anything, just top it with your sauce, protein and veg! 

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    christine19 got a reaction from Saiee in January 1st Start Date!   
    I made it again for dinner tonight! Cut it in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds (they look like pumpkin) and put it flat side down on parchment paper with a few sprinkles of water. This is what it looks like after it’s roasted at 375 degrees for 40-45 min. Just take a fork and scrape the “spaghetti” strands out! It’s very neutral so it goes with anything, just top it with your sauce, protein and veg! 

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    christine19 reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I’m confident that whole30 versions of eg. Sausages, burgers, meatballs etc are fine @Saiee. It’s usually ‘sweet’ or ‘treat’ type things which aren’t allowed , so eg bread, pizza crust or cakes made with almond flour, or (as Melissa goes on about a lot!) pancakes. Probably as a response to the fact that paleo cookbooks often have a huge section of baked goods, I find. 
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    christine19 got a reaction from Saiee in January 1st Start Date!   
    Hi @Saieeit’s spaghetti SQUASH not actual spaghetti... but sure does act and look like spaghetti! I make it roasted from the recipe in the Well Fed Cookbook by Mel Joulwan. 
     
    Pork sausage is allowed...it’s on the list of protein, you just need to make sure that there is no sugar in it. Be careful with chicken sausage or breakfast sausage, those can have added sugar. hope that helps! 
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    christine19 reacted to Rebecca001 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I actually feel quite empowered this weekend by it. 3 weekends without alcohol, 2 full weeks with no sugar, grains, dairy, processed food, junk food, takeaway, cake or crisps. After 2 weeks of lockdown so many of my friends are commenting that they feel rubbish, they’ve gained half a stone, they are really tired and fed up, and I’m just....not. 
     We are amazing- hear us ROAR!!! (Ok not quite tiger blood yet, but grrrr!) 
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    christine19 got a reaction from 50andstillhere in January 1st Start Date!   
    I would say you need to eat, and probably more fat, you shouldn’t be hungry. Your body will naturally adjust. My lunches are probably half the size from my first week. It’s hard not to worry about the calories in an entire avocado, but in the beginning days I just eat, the cravings are bad enough without having to worry about portions. Do you have the Whole30 book? The chapter called “Your whole30 plate” is helpful. Olives are good to add to salad or on their own too! 
    It’s half-time! Woot woot! Still looking for Tiger Blood.......
     
     
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    christine19 got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    I would say you need to eat, and probably more fat, you shouldn’t be hungry. Your body will naturally adjust. My lunches are probably half the size from my first week. It’s hard not to worry about the calories in an entire avocado, but in the beginning days I just eat, the cravings are bad enough without having to worry about portions. Do you have the Whole30 book? The chapter called “Your whole30 plate” is helpful. Olives are good to add to salad or on their own too! 
    It’s half-time! Woot woot! Still looking for Tiger Blood.......
     
     
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    christine19 got a reaction from 50andstillhere in January 1st Start Date!   
    OMG the Sugar Dragon came after me yesterday! Around 6pm until bedtime I wanted to lose my mind! First wanted wine, hard seltzer, anything with booze. Luckily I don’t eat a lot of fruit so I didn’t have anything to attack. Also did a no-no, looked to find a Lara Bar in my stash of protein bars that are off-limits. Fortunately, I didn’t have a compliant one. So I decided to make a cup of tea and looked at the packet of lemon ginger and it said soy lecithin (really?) so I picked another brand of lemon ginger I had and also ate 1/2 can of black olives. Slept well...and cheers to Day 11! Whew!