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    deviin22 reacted to pags98 in What do you drink?   
    I've said this on the forum a few times now, but he honestly just needs to suck it up (man to man here/tough love).  I drank a minimum of 60 oz of soda per day.  It went down something like this: 44oz soda from the corner store in the morning to get me to lunch.  Water or a 20oz soda at lunch.  One or two 12 oz sodas at home in the evening. 
    I took to Spindrift my first Whole30 and also found a compliant Spearmint Hot Tea to give me a bit of caffeine help.  I had horrible headaches for a few days but then the SpinDrift and Water alone were fine.  By the end of my first Whole30 I could no longer stand the tasted of diet soda.  Now when I absolutely feel like I want one I'll oblige myself with one regular sugar soda but otherwise it's water, sparkling water or SpinDrift.   During my current Whole30 I have had tea once or twice a week and drink at least 80 oz of regular water and (2) 12oz Sparkling Waters of various types a day.  
    Yes it sucks, but it will likely change his perspective on those drinks.  This is still one of my biggest NSVs of Whole30 and it has lasted over 6 months!
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    deviin22 reacted to PetraL in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    Today(day 4) my lunch was so tasty it almost felt like a crime. Tomatoes with avocado, olive oil ,a light squees from a lemon, salt and pepper with a plain 2 egg omelette on the side. So simple soooo good.
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    deviin22 reacted to SugarcubeOD in Chipotle has Whole30 bowls   
    Yes.  It's their basic salad bowl but they've put out some marketting so that their staff and customers know exactly how to order it.
     
     
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    deviin22 reacted to lostincolo in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    For all the coffee drinkers it will get better. Two years ago I drinking my coffee with sweetner and non-fat milk.  Buy the best coffee
    you can afford and you will be able to drink it black. I have been drinking my coffee black now for over two years.
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    deviin22 got a reaction from CrazyCow in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    Day 2 is going well so far. I really don't mind having almost the same thing for breakfast every day, so I usually just do hard boiled eggs and veggies. I have an apple and maybe some almond butter for a mid morning snack. I take a late lunch and usually do tuna, chicken sausage, or grilled chicken & some sort of vegetable/salad. I bought some potatoes, but I'm trying to limit carbs this time around. I love finding easy, microwavable, quick snacks and meals that I can put together. One of the biggest things that I learned in round 1 is that food is fuel. If you're not hungry enough to eat boiled chicken and steamed broccoli, you're not that hungry. It's helped me with my cravings and made me more mindful of my snacking. This is my third round of Whole30 so I am a lot more relaxed about it. I have emergency RX bars in my purse so I don't have to scramble and find things, I found all sorts of compliant goodies at target, wegmans, and market basket that I know I can have. Just looking forward to the middle of this round to start sleeping better, feeling less anxious, and being more focused. I'm not portion controlling, but I do write down what I eat to make sure I'm getting a good balance and that I eat enough in general. Already on day 2 - 28 days to go!
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    deviin22 got a reaction from CrazyCow in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    I'm starting today, too! This will be my third Whole30 and I am excited to reset. It has helped me tremendously the past two times. Candidly, I did not prepare well for this round. I didn't use that as an excuse and hustled to the grocery store before work to get some quick grab supplies. Excited for that tiger blood again! :)
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    deviin22 got a reaction from DanyB in Alcohol Dependence   
    I know that this topic is a little old, but I found that one of the most positive and unexpected side effects of my first Whole30 was that it made me take a good hard look at my relationship with alcohol. It also made me realize that so much of my social life depended on the addition of alcohol, and for the first week or two I mostly stayed home because I didn't know what to do with myself. My friends had stopped inviting me to things because they knew I wasn't drinking or eating out, which was tough to handle as well.
    I am on day 29, and I am so happy to have had these alcohol-free days to reassess my life. I've found enjoyment in hiking, going for walks, and cooking. I've been able to put myself into social situations without being drunk, and I'm still me. It's truly been one of the greatest parts of this experience for me.
    That being said, tomorrow is Day 30. I will no longer have the excuse of being Whole30 compliant to refuse drinks. I am going to drink, I know this, but I think I'm going to limit it to 1 night per week if possible.
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    deviin22 reacted to ShannonM816 in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    @humanitysurvey  (and anyone else not really feeling the tiger blood) -- remember that it's not always amazing energizer bunny energy. Sometimes it's just a steady mood, not getting stressed or angry over little things like traffic or something a family member says. Or it might be that you look around and realize that even though you don't feel like you're super energetic, you got the dishes washed, and food prepped for the next day, and laundry done, where before you'd have done maybe one of those things, and then sat on the couch for the rest of the evening until it was time for bed. It can be different for everyone, and non-food stuff can affect it to -- so people with chronic medical conditions, or who are currently under more stress than usual, or who have young children that keep them from getting enough sleep, will not have the same experience as someone who is mostly healthy and can prioritize 8 hours of sleep a night and doesn't have a stressful job or family issues to deal with.  Hopefully you've experienced some kind of improvement in either mood or energy, but if not, it might still happen. Just try not to miss any improvements you might have by focusing on what you haven't seen happen.
    As far as weight, during my first Whole30 I was convinced I was not losing, and maybe even gaining, right up until the very end, and then got on the scale and lost seven or eight pounds. Sometimes that's how it works. I don't know if I really wasn't losing or if it just felt that way, but just relax and see what happens at the end of the month. 
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    deviin22 got a reaction from Dave K in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Heading into the final week! Making chocolate chili tonight for dinner. http://meljoulwan.com/2009/02/22/my-favorite-chili-recipe/ 
     
    hope everyone is well and thriving! 
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    deviin22 got a reaction from Dave K in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Heading into the final week! Making chocolate chili tonight for dinner. http://meljoulwan.com/2009/02/22/my-favorite-chili-recipe/ 
     
    hope everyone is well and thriving! 
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    deviin22 reacted to Let's Dooooo It! in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Good evening everyone. Pretty much had breakfast for dinner. It was lovely!!! 17...going down!!!
    18 ushers in the "two day vacation". Woohoo!!! May all be challenged...and successful in our quest tomorrow...the entire weekend!!! 
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    deviin22 got a reaction from Let's Dooooo It! in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Half way through! I am experiencing some serious food boredom. I am going to try to make something new this week and maybe buy some new spices. How’s everyone else doing? 
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    deviin22 got a reaction from Kiralyn D in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Day 10 - bought some SuperSeedz Sea salt Pumpkin Seeds the other day and they are SO GOOD! I mainly just sprinkle them on salads or have a spoonful with my breakfast. My most favorite "treat" is a sliced Koru apple with crunchy almond butter and cinnamon. It tastes so good, I forget that it's compliant! The bloat is starting to go, but that initial energy I felt took a dip the past couple of days. I know that it'll turn back up again probably by the end of this week. Hope everyone is doing well and please share any tips or hacks that you've learned to make Whole30 part of your daily routine! I am excited for dinner tonight because I am roasting a chicken with lemon, onion, garlic, and rosemary with baby red potatoes. Thinking maybe spinach or green beans to go with it, we'll see! 
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    deviin22 got a reaction from Kiralyn D in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Day 10 - bought some SuperSeedz Sea salt Pumpkin Seeds the other day and they are SO GOOD! I mainly just sprinkle them on salads or have a spoonful with my breakfast. My most favorite "treat" is a sliced Koru apple with crunchy almond butter and cinnamon. It tastes so good, I forget that it's compliant! The bloat is starting to go, but that initial energy I felt took a dip the past couple of days. I know that it'll turn back up again probably by the end of this week. Hope everyone is doing well and please share any tips or hacks that you've learned to make Whole30 part of your daily routine! I am excited for dinner tonight because I am roasting a chicken with lemon, onion, garlic, and rosemary with baby red potatoes. Thinking maybe spinach or green beans to go with it, we'll see! 
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    deviin22 got a reaction from Kiralyn D in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Day 10 - bought some SuperSeedz Sea salt Pumpkin Seeds the other day and they are SO GOOD! I mainly just sprinkle them on salads or have a spoonful with my breakfast. My most favorite "treat" is a sliced Koru apple with crunchy almond butter and cinnamon. It tastes so good, I forget that it's compliant! The bloat is starting to go, but that initial energy I felt took a dip the past couple of days. I know that it'll turn back up again probably by the end of this week. Hope everyone is doing well and please share any tips or hacks that you've learned to make Whole30 part of your daily routine! I am excited for dinner tonight because I am roasting a chicken with lemon, onion, garlic, and rosemary with baby red potatoes. Thinking maybe spinach or green beans to go with it, we'll see! 
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    deviin22 got a reaction from LizaQ in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    @Hope4Overcomers if you are hungry, eat. Just make sure it’s compliant and try to eat more during your next meal. You shouldn’t go hungry. 
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    deviin22 got a reaction from Let's Dooooo It! in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Omg! The horror! 
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    deviin22 got a reaction from TamMarie in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Wow, I can’t believe how many responses this post got, I didn’t get any the last time I did W30! You are all so great for supporting eachother. 
    For anyone still getting used to this, just know that it will get easier and you sort of start to ENJOY prepping your food and trying new recipes.
    Some essentials for me are: 
    hardboiled eggs- I do 6 at a time so I always have them on hand for a quick breakfast. The easiest way to make them is to boil for 1 minute and then cover for 12-15 minutes. They come out perfect every time! 
    frozen veggies - just discovered frozen riced veggies made by green giant! I like them because I don’t have to worry about them going bad if I don’t use them right away and they are ready in 5-6 minutes.
    Lara Bars/RX Bars- I try to use these for emergencies only. I keep them in my purse, my desk at work, and at home. 
    Chicken/turkey meatballs- there are so many different recipes on Pinterest for these. I end up making a double batch and freeze the extras so I have them available. 
    Fruit- I only have fruit once per day, usually with breakfast. However, if I’m hungry after lunch and dying to snack on some chocolate or office cake- I find that handful of blueberries or an apple with almond butter and cinnamon cures that. 
    Chicken sausage- always read the ingredients, but these are awesome to have for a quick  dinner. They cook in 10-12 minutes and are a good alternative to cookout food like hot dogs or meat that was marinated in non compliant ingredients. 
    Seltzer water & tea- make sure you check the labels though! Some teas have soy in them or sweetners.
    products I have in my fridge and pantry are: tessamaes dressing, compliant mustard, primal kitchen mayo, tomato paste, compliant chicken or vegetable broth, coconut milk, almond flour, coconut oil, olive oil, coconut aminos, and ghee.
    Another huge inspiration for me is following Whole30 people on Instagram. I am a huge fan of NoCrumbsLeft and a few other bloggers. They are always posting great tips. 
    We’ve got a few stages to go through, but remember that making the decision to do this was huge. I hope everyone makes it through and gets to feel that awesome Tiger blood! If you mess up, start again! No judgement  
     
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    deviin22 got a reaction from bigmamabird in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    I spoke too soon. I had a dream last night that I ate a granola bar and when I was half way through realized that it had dairy AND sugar in it. I woke up really thinking that I had broken the rules and was debating on whether or not to restart. 
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    deviin22 reacted to ShannonM816 in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Hi, @30Rookie -- all balsamic vinegar contains sulfites, any wine-based vinegar will because it's part of the wine-making process. As long as it's only the naturally occurring ones, it's fine for Whole30, you just can't have any with added sulfites. Some cheaper vinegar will have added ones, and those will be on the ingredient list. 
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    deviin22 reacted to AtlantaJJ in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    I'm still hanging in here, my normal routine days are not so bad, I have been craving cheese and raisin brand cereal though.
    Friday a dear co-worker retired and they had her luncheon at the absolute worse place on the planet for a Whole30!  I ate a salad before I went to the luncheon so that I could be strong.  I thought I was ordering within program: a salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, grilled rainbow trout and a double order of veggies because all of the sides were horrid. Everything was covered in oily butter. I picked at the fish mainly and then packed it up and brought it home to my 20 year old son who will eat anything.  It actually made him sick! Ugh.  In hind site, I'm not sure if I violated the Whole30 because I didn't think to ask them to steam the veggies and not to use butter. I read the Dining Out Guide AFTER this debacle trip. <sigh>  I wasn't prepared.  I'm willing to add another 5 days to my 30 due to this error.  I'm not in danger of any crazy dining out experiences over the next 2 months or so.   
    I used to hate cooking, now I am happy to be cooking. 
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    deviin22 reacted to Roonster in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Haha I've had dreams about Diet Coke and rice. Funny thing is that I didn't eat either more than occasionally before I started. The dream about diet coke was so convincing that I woke up and started planning how I was going to restart...
    This weekend I've been focusing on "getting my life in order" as I say. I cleaned on Saturday (including wiping down all my shelves and washing the floors). I live in a city with bad air quality, so things get pretty gritty and dirty regardless of what I do. I also don't have AC, so with the spring and summer coming the windows are open, which adds to the mess.
    Today I'm doing meal prep. This week we're working 14 hour days Mon-Sat, so I have to have food ready to pack and eat.  I'm turning into somewhat of a Mel Joulwan fangirl. I bought her cookbooks and am planning on making Meat and Spinach Muffins for breakfast and a variety of dishes for lunch/dinner:
    1. Best Chicken Ever ()
    2. Garlic Lime Shrimp
    3. Bora Bora Fireballs
    4. Pork Char Siu and Fried Cauliflower Rice
    I'm about to put the meats in to marinade and then head to my local store for the produce I didn't buy yesterday. Busy day ending with Church and an Italian lesson. Best of luck on week 2, all!
    -S
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    deviin22 got a reaction from Let's Dooooo It! in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Omg! The horror! 
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    deviin22 got a reaction from Let's Dooooo It! in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    I hope this works for you! The testimonials are great to read if you need inspiration to stay on track. Just give yourself 30 days and see what happens!  
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    deviin22 got a reaction from Let's Dooooo It! in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Today was super hard. My friend invited me to the movies. The only compliant snack they had there were some cashews and almonds. I was starving because It was lunch time. Luckily, I had anticipated this and brought orange slices and come cucumber slices. I also brought my orange vanilla seltzer. Popcorn is one of my favorite foods, so I knew I’d be tempted. I made it through - although I wish I remembered to bring my Lara bar in because I was hungry!