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    Lady49er got a reaction from HopingtoHeal in anyone starting Sept 11???   
    With pretty much everyone wrapping up reintroduction, it seems like this thread is coming to an end. I'd like to thank all of you for sharing stories and support, which helped us get through the hardest parts of this adventure.
    Special shout out to @Margot for getting this party started. I hope your little birds who have left the nest will be able to join you for Thanksgiving, and may you stay safe from the hurricanes. I don't know how you folks in hurricane prone areas do it. I'll stick to my California wildfires and earthquakes, thank you very much! 
    Best of luck to the rest of you in continuing to build on the groundwork you've laid down for healthy eating. Perhaps we'll cross paths again on future threads as we work to get back on the track we'll inevitability stray from during the holidays. I promise not to drink too much eggnog though! Stay well, dear people!
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    Lady49er got a reaction from HopingtoHeal in anyone starting Sept 11???   
    With pretty much everyone wrapping up reintroduction, it seems like this thread is coming to an end. I'd like to thank all of you for sharing stories and support, which helped us get through the hardest parts of this adventure.
    Special shout out to @Margot for getting this party started. I hope your little birds who have left the nest will be able to join you for Thanksgiving, and may you stay safe from the hurricanes. I don't know how you folks in hurricane prone areas do it. I'll stick to my California wildfires and earthquakes, thank you very much! 
    Best of luck to the rest of you in continuing to build on the groundwork you've laid down for healthy eating. Perhaps we'll cross paths again on future threads as we work to get back on the track we'll inevitability stray from during the holidays. I promise not to drink too much eggnog though! Stay well, dear people!
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    Lady49er got a reaction from Sytera in anyone starting Sept 11???   
    At last! MiniMe and I are on Day 30! But rather than this being the end, we see it as a new beginning. I'm almost scared to go back to the real world of food.
    We've joked about eating cookies and drinking pumpkin spice lattes every day, but I know that all of the things we've learned about ourselves and food will keep us from doing that. The weird thing is that I think we've thrived rather than feeling deprived. it's nice to know we can have treats if we want to, but we aren't going forward and sabotaging all we've achieved.
    Tomorrow we add dairy, and MiniMe is so excited to have tacos (no shells) with cheese and sour cream. I've also got a gift and card to give her telling her how proud I am of her strength and resolve and thanking her for doing this with me. I seriously couldn't have done it without her.
    So, now we know we can go to parties and not have to stuff our faces with junk, but we can have a treat or two guilt-free. We'll eat better knowing it's possible and easy, and I'm so in love with homemade mayo I'm never going back!  
    Most of you have one more day, and I hope we can still stick together for encouragement and support through reintroduction and beyond. I can't believe it's been just a little over a month since we all took the first step to commit to this!!! Yay!!!!
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    Lady49er got a reaction from HopingtoHeal in anyone starting Sept 11???   
    Oh, @HopingtoHeal, what a tough time for you! It truly is heartbreaking when you want a child so badly and everyone else around you is having them and all you read about in the news is people who have abandoned or abused their sweet babies. I hope you and your husband will soon be able to come to peace with a decision and have success with it.  My husband and I decided to foster and adopt our two (I do have a biological child from my first marriage, who is now an amazing adult contributor to society), and while it admittedly isn't the same as experiencing giving birth, it is still an awesome honor to be called their mother. 
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    Lady49er got a reaction from Sytera in anyone starting Sept 11???   
    It made me laugh when @tjgett described a couple of setbacks by mindlessly popping a piece of non-compliance into her mouth because I've come so close to doing the same thing. What mom doesn't lick that little bit of peanut butter and jelly that accidentally gets onto her fingers or the plate when making the kiddos their PB&J sandwiches? Oh, come on ... you know you do! So I've had to be very mindful of that and fi
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    Lady49er reacted to tjgett in anyone starting Sept 11???   
     I just made the Thai red beef curry from the W30 cookbook...and it was amazing, even the kids ate it! We will be making this again.
    50andstillhere: My first W30, I messed up on Day 1! I accidentally ate a piece of my kids' pasta without even thinking. So I started over. Then I messed up around Day 15 by popping a piece of candy in my mouth without thinking! So I started over. Then about 2 1/2 weeks into that, I got really sick with the flu. For 3 days I ate almost nothing, just a few grapes and an apple. But there was no way I was going to start over..again!! So my first round lasted about 6 weeks. You can do this!!
    I've been thinking a lot about my reintroduction, and really only want to introduce what I've been missing, which is rice and beans (and maybe red wine). I've found when doing these W30s, I tend to eat way more meat than I normally do because I don' t like many veggies. That totally contributes to my food fatigue. Even with all the meat, I still feel better than when not doing a W30, and would like to be one of those people that can eat this way 80% of the time. I usually slide back into old habits, so I'm hoping that I can make it last this time. Good luck everyone!
     
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    Lady49er reacted to lynnd92000 in Crabcakes   
    So excited to create a recipe that allows my favorite meal and keeps me compliant! I baked two potatoes and scooped out the insides to use in place of flour/cornmeal. Mixed crab meat with potatoes, chopped red peppers, chives, egg, old bay, and toasted almond slivers for crunch. Made patties and browned in ghee, then set in oven. Served with the whole30 tartar sauce over frisee. Perfection! Actually better than the "original" because the potatoes stay moist. Two baked potatoes with equal crab makes six crabcakes.
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    Lady49er reacted to Muchafraid in Air Fryer Recipes   
    Me too! I did green beans tossed in coconut oil with lemon zest and pepper and they were good, but I cooked them too long. I'd like to try lemon and broccoli - get the same effect as roasting without heating up the kitchen. 
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    Lady49er reacted to Babsie95 in chicken coconut soup   
    This time i addes carrots and potato and lemongrass still awesome
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    Lady49er reacted to madness in anyone starting Sept 11???   
    Hey everyone, I'm one of those that started earlier but stayed for the party!  I'm here to give you a bit of advice...DO REINTRODUCTIONS. I know. You are all planning on doing them properly. But REALLY. Do them.
    First time around, nothing bothered me and I just went straight to 80/20 and was totally fine for months with no lapses in NSVs (or weight!). Took nearly a year for some of those NSVs to finally fade away (and the weight never came back!). This time, I went straight to eating anything at day 31. But then back to Whole30 for a few days. Then on to "whatever". I've been on the "whatever" wagon for a week now. I FEEL LIKE CRAP.
    I'm gearing up for another full round. I thought I would just go Whole30 for a week and then do reintroductions. I'd probably still learn a lot from that, but might as well go full on. Half my family is doing it this month already, and many of my friends are so used to me eating this way. So really, I have no excuse. What do I have to lose? Another 8 pounds? Arthritis pain? Insomnia? Sign me up!
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    Lady49er reacted to amber88 in Frozen Cauliflower Rice at Trader Joes   
    I just started my second Whole 30 today.  So far, so good.  While I was shopping yesterday I came across a new item at Trader Joe's that I thought was pretty exciting- frozen cauliflower rice!  And the ingredients? Just cauliflower! 3 servings at 30 calories per serving.  I've always wanted to try cauliflower rice but was afraid to mess it up.  Anyway, just wanted to share.  
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    Lady49er reacted to Sytera in anyone starting Sept 11???   
    I have already been planning my reintroduction. I only intend to reintroduce the things I have actually been missing. Scones at the local coffee shop with my sons is a big deal to me. We go once a week and slowly eat breakfast while doing schoolwork. Another thing is ice cream. While I usually make it with compliant ingredients anyway, we do enjoy the occasional dairy ice cream treat when they earn the reading reward a local place offers. So I will reintroduce sugar, grain, and dairy over the course of a week. I don't drink alcohol and have not missed legumes one bit. My long-term plan is to eat a Paleo diet (with guilt-free non-Paleo once and a while). We are all thriving on it (my middle son ran a 5k Friday in less than 30 minutes with zero training, felt great, and hiked 4 miles with us today). 
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    Lady49er reacted to KarliGrace in anyone starting Sept 11???   
    My sister is doing whole30 with me and she just called me in tears....a pair of pants she has never been able to fit (or rather she put on but was falling out of) fit perfectly!!! She said she's never experienced that before and she is over the moon!! I'm so happy for her. She's worked so hard with this along with working out.
    I'm still struggling with energy...I went out for a 14km run Saturday morning and could managed to do 7km. It was tough. I'm used to running long distances like that, but definitely feeling my energy levels have lowered. That being said, I'm happy to report I haven't felt like I'm missing out (we had a party to attend Saturday night with junk food and drinks and I was totally fine!) No cravings and satisfaction is such an amazing thing!! 
     
     
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    Lady49er reacted to tjgett in anyone starting Sept 11???   
    I am here to tell you that food fatigue is real!! I haven't eaten much the last few days. Nothing sounds good, nothing really tastes good and I definitely don't feel like cooking! (apologies to my husband and kids!) I guess the upside is that I'm not really craving junk food. So I had my little fit, told my husband I wanted to quit and he said what do you want to eat, and I'll make it for you. And he did! Then we spent most of yesterday in the kitchen getting food ready for the week. So grateful!!
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    Lady49er reacted to Bischa in anyone starting Sept 11???   
    @Lady49erHi Lade49er and everyone else !:-)
    So I'm late to the party of this group.
    I was just looking through posts, and esp. Your posts stands out, it's remarkable that your doing this with 1 of your daughters, and it seems like you are both doing great, and killing it, in regards to staying compliant, even with the challenges of the social life you both have. Your Mini-me is so awesome for being able to stay compliant even at friends houses etc. That's amazing esp. For such a young age.
    Then here at a newer post you write your other daughter, is diagnosed with ADHD, and I can only imagine the difficulties there is with handling that, even without having in-house behavioural therapy ( which of course is mostly hopefully is going to be a help but also a task I'm imagining)  how ever I was wondering if you had thought about trying the W30 with her aswell? I've read remarkable stories of W30 on kids with 'difficulties' and honestly I was just wondering why you didn't ( knowingly she had 'difficulties') include her (and maybe you could even get your hubby to join as well, for the possible improvement of your kids and the support) to see if it could benefit her too... instead of having her still eating grains etc. ? It is very much proven how diet affects behavioural 'disorders'/ difficulties, esp. In children. Esp the Feingold ( elimination) diet have shown remarkable changes with ADHD kids, but I'm betting W30 could do strides in bettering the ADHD symtoms too, as it eliminates a lot of what the Feingold diet is also big on eliminating, and as additives  are usually one of the biggest culprit in behavioural issues etc. and getting adequete protein and healthy fat is crucial too .
    A few links with interesting reads within the whole30's-fhere, I'm sure there are more though ;-)
    https://whole30.com/2014/02/a-is-for-awareness-2/
     https://whole30.com/tag/children/
     
    The forum link also has a link within to a posted article with a success story of 'behavioural' approvement in kids on the W30.
    Best wishes
    ~Bischa
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    Lady49er got a reaction from Sytera in anyone starting Sept 11???   
    Wow! @JM775 I hadn't thought of the impact on the heart rate, but it makes sense! 
    It's getting  to the end of the month and money is getting tight (husband and I both took early retirement to be with the kiddos), so I've been trying to be frugal with purchases. I got a great deal on ground beef yesterday, and luckily we have several markets that have nice, low price produce ... especially bananas. Eggs are crazy expensive in California, so we hadn't used them much before W30. I was shocked when we were in Michigan a couple of times this past year and they were considered "expensive" at 68 cents a dozen! We pay triple that in CA. So this week's dinners will be chili, zuppa toscana (plus spaghetti for Sissy and Daddy), grilled chicken over kale, "taco salad" (really just seasoned meat on a bed of shredded lettuce), coconut curry chicken, and eggs. Other suggestions are welcome!
    I suddenly understand what all of you Empty Nesters are talking about.  Mini-Me and Sissy were at a birthday party/slumber party last night, and I had the whole house to myself. It was sooooo hard not to keep running to the kitchen for snacks!! I ended up sipping a cup of mint tea while reading the Whole 30'cookbook. Even so, I'm sure it eas more challenging for Mini-Me. I made all of her food ahead of time and packed a bag full of snacks for her to have while the others munched on popcorn, cake, chips, and all the other stuff she can't have. I even made a watermelon ice for her to have something special while the others had cake and ice cream. 
    We've made it through 2 weeks and today is Day 15 (we started 9/10). Woo hoo! Halfway through! 
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    Lady49er reacted to Sytera in anyone starting Sept 11???   
    Well, I must break a rule. My son's goat has to be weighed and my husband is gone. No one else can hold her to weigh with her and subtract their weight. I may put some potatoes in my pockets to throw my own weight off. The things we do for our kids.
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    Lady49er got a reaction from HopingtoHeal in anyone starting Sept 11???   
    Oh my gosh, that sounds heavenly, @Sytera! Can you pack my next game picnic for me??? I'm team Mom for cheer, which means I take care of all the snacks. I keep things relatively healthy anyway, usually a fruit (unsweetened applesauce or a banana), a juice box, and a crunchy "goodie" like a small bag of vanilla wafers, flavored rice cakes, or something similar. Of course there's always water. Anything that doesn't stain the uniforms! MIniMe barely noticed the difference because she had her iced green tea with mint and got a snack bag of freeze dried strawberries and bananas. Nobody else noticed she was eating differently either, which was nice. Then some mom came over with a ginormous bag of candy, and the cheer coach tackled her in a way that rivaled what was going on at the field. LOL!
    Dinner was meh. I made salisbury steak meatballs and put it on mashed potatoes for MiniMe and me and on noodles for Daddy and Sissy. Neither child was impressed, so we're crossing that off the list. 
    I had to run out to the grocery store last night. My husband said he knows that they aren't on my diet, but could I pick him up some cookies. Yes, he's still alive. I got the last laugh though because ants invaded his package of cookies. Karma can be so cruel. 
    Something I've noticed is that for as much sugar as I used to eat, I don't really miss it. When I see something tempting, I remind myself it'll be here after thirty days. Still, I'm not feeling very deprived. In fact, I feel like we're getting more than we're giving up. Sissy isn't on the diet, but she has scaled way back on her sugar intake, we're saving money by not eating out so much, and one of teachers at school today asked my husband if MiniMe lost weight because she was looking thinner. Yowza! And we're just barely over a week into this! 
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    Lady49er reacted to Sytera in anyone starting Sept 11???   
    Today was my first struggle getting a filling lunch. I baked salmon fillets and had a small side salad. It was obviously not enough because I still felt very hungry afterwards. I put my plate in the sink and made some celery with homemade 4-nut butter (macadamia, pecan, cashew, almond) and had two small stalks. I finished off my lunch with an almond macadamia coconut ball I made over the weekend. I am not sure I can make it six hours until normal dinner time so it may be an early meal.
    I have made it to day nine without snacking between meals (huge thing for me) and have only had fruit twice (1/4 apple in a salad and handful of blueberries on a salad). I am really trying to tame the Sugar Dragon and those fruits were so sweet it made me want more. I am trying to go ten days before eating fruit again. The blueberries were Saturday so seven days left
    My three sons are doing great eating paleo. There are a few Clif bars left in the house but I am saving them for soccer or baseball games. They are better than the Skittles and cosmic brownies handed out recently, which were either refused or thrown away by my boys. They ask me lots of questions about why I can and cannot eat certain things. It is starting a good dialogue with them about nutrition.
    One confession: I had a really hard time last night making my sons a snack after soccer because I so badly wanted to eat it. My favorite snack is almond butter banana "ice cream" with homemade chocolate (almond butter, bit of maple syrup, coconut oil, and cocoa powder) melted on top. I simply smelled their bowls (they didn't even have chocolate) and went to my room to read. I may have it for breakfast on Day 31.
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    Lady49er reacted to MegT90 in anyone starting Sept 11???   
    Day 9 is going fine! 
    I was able to sleep in this morning before my pup's vet appt.  I could definitely use that extra sleep. And then I just cuddled her on the couch until it was time to go. We start her on the prednisone today (we can't afford chemotherapy). But the doc said that because she isn't showing any symptoms, in rare occasions, the steroids have put dogs into remission. I am not getting my hopes up, but it's definitely something to be praying for. 
    Whole30- It's been going really well. It really wasn't a huge adjustment from how I had been eating right before. And I haven't had to change any of my cooking habits, so that helps. I just don't use not compliant ingredients in my food. The only hard part has been planning dinners for school nights. Tuna has been my godsend there. 
    I'm feeling good though. And hope everyone else is too!
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    Lady49er got a reaction from HopingtoHeal in anyone starting Sept 11???   
    Oh my gosh, that sounds heavenly, @Sytera! Can you pack my next game picnic for me??? I'm team Mom for cheer, which means I take care of all the snacks. I keep things relatively healthy anyway, usually a fruit (unsweetened applesauce or a banana), a juice box, and a crunchy "goodie" like a small bag of vanilla wafers, flavored rice cakes, or something similar. Of course there's always water. Anything that doesn't stain the uniforms! MIniMe barely noticed the difference because she had her iced green tea with mint and got a snack bag of freeze dried strawberries and bananas. Nobody else noticed she was eating differently either, which was nice. Then some mom came over with a ginormous bag of candy, and the cheer coach tackled her in a way that rivaled what was going on at the field. LOL!
    Dinner was meh. I made salisbury steak meatballs and put it on mashed potatoes for MiniMe and me and on noodles for Daddy and Sissy. Neither child was impressed, so we're crossing that off the list. 
    I had to run out to the grocery store last night. My husband said he knows that they aren't on my diet, but could I pick him up some cookies. Yes, he's still alive. I got the last laugh though because ants invaded his package of cookies. Karma can be so cruel. 
    Something I've noticed is that for as much sugar as I used to eat, I don't really miss it. When I see something tempting, I remind myself it'll be here after thirty days. Still, I'm not feeling very deprived. In fact, I feel like we're getting more than we're giving up. Sissy isn't on the diet, but she has scaled way back on her sugar intake, we're saving money by not eating out so much, and one of teachers at school today asked my husband if MiniMe lost weight because she was looking thinner. Yowza! And we're just barely over a week into this! 
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    Lady49er got a reaction from HopingtoHeal in anyone starting Sept 11???   
    Oh my gosh, that sounds heavenly, @Sytera! Can you pack my next game picnic for me??? I'm team Mom for cheer, which means I take care of all the snacks. I keep things relatively healthy anyway, usually a fruit (unsweetened applesauce or a banana), a juice box, and a crunchy "goodie" like a small bag of vanilla wafers, flavored rice cakes, or something similar. Of course there's always water. Anything that doesn't stain the uniforms! MIniMe barely noticed the difference because she had her iced green tea with mint and got a snack bag of freeze dried strawberries and bananas. Nobody else noticed she was eating differently either, which was nice. Then some mom came over with a ginormous bag of candy, and the cheer coach tackled her in a way that rivaled what was going on at the field. LOL!
    Dinner was meh. I made salisbury steak meatballs and put it on mashed potatoes for MiniMe and me and on noodles for Daddy and Sissy. Neither child was impressed, so we're crossing that off the list. 
    I had to run out to the grocery store last night. My husband said he knows that they aren't on my diet, but could I pick him up some cookies. Yes, he's still alive. I got the last laugh though because ants invaded his package of cookies. Karma can be so cruel. 
    Something I've noticed is that for as much sugar as I used to eat, I don't really miss it. When I see something tempting, I remind myself it'll be here after thirty days. Still, I'm not feeling very deprived. In fact, I feel like we're getting more than we're giving up. Sissy isn't on the diet, but she has scaled way back on her sugar intake, we're saving money by not eating out so much, and one of teachers at school today asked my husband if MiniMe lost weight because she was looking thinner. Yowza! And we're just barely over a week into this! 
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    Lady49er got a reaction from HopingtoHeal in anyone starting Sept 11???   
    Oh my gosh, that sounds heavenly, @Sytera! Can you pack my next game picnic for me??? I'm team Mom for cheer, which means I take care of all the snacks. I keep things relatively healthy anyway, usually a fruit (unsweetened applesauce or a banana), a juice box, and a crunchy "goodie" like a small bag of vanilla wafers, flavored rice cakes, or something similar. Of course there's always water. Anything that doesn't stain the uniforms! MIniMe barely noticed the difference because she had her iced green tea with mint and got a snack bag of freeze dried strawberries and bananas. Nobody else noticed she was eating differently either, which was nice. Then some mom came over with a ginormous bag of candy, and the cheer coach tackled her in a way that rivaled what was going on at the field. LOL!
    Dinner was meh. I made salisbury steak meatballs and put it on mashed potatoes for MiniMe and me and on noodles for Daddy and Sissy. Neither child was impressed, so we're crossing that off the list. 
    I had to run out to the grocery store last night. My husband said he knows that they aren't on my diet, but could I pick him up some cookies. Yes, he's still alive. I got the last laugh though because ants invaded his package of cookies. Karma can be so cruel. 
    Something I've noticed is that for as much sugar as I used to eat, I don't really miss it. When I see something tempting, I remind myself it'll be here after thirty days. Still, I'm not feeling very deprived. In fact, I feel like we're getting more than we're giving up. Sissy isn't on the diet, but she has scaled way back on her sugar intake, we're saving money by not eating out so much, and one of teachers at school today asked my husband if MiniMe lost weight because she was looking thinner. Yowza! And we're just barely over a week into this! 
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    Lady49er got a reaction from madness in anyone starting Sept 11???   
    So sorry to hear about your pups, @MegT90. That's such a helpless feeling. 
    Things have been relatively easy for me until today. We're at a neighbor's birthday BBQ. Let me explain what this means; the best damn food in California, and MiniMe and I can't have any of it! I marinaded some meat to throw on the grill for us, but the appetizers and desserts couldn't be any more tortuous. Bacon wrapped stuffed jalepenos, stuffed mushrooms, amazing homemade chips and salsa, homemade potato salad, cake, ice cream, and a plethora of drinks that must not touch our lips.  MiniMe has perfected my stink eye as she saw the spread of temptation before us. She and I made a plan and discussed what we'd do before we even went over. We were talking about the salsa, and MiniMe came up with the idea of taking romaine lettuce leaves and dipping them instead of chips! That child is so strong and resolute. I came thiiiis close to speaking one of those stuffed jalepenos, but then I thought about everything she has given up this week and I walked away from the platter.
     We brought a fruit platter full of things we're allowed to have, and we head for that each time we want something else. I know we aren't supposed to snack, but this is helping us through. We brewed some green tea with mint this morning and iced it so the other drinks aren't so interesting to us. We're managing, and it isn't the end of the world. But I made my neighbor promise to make stuffed jalepenos for me on Day 31.
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    Lady49er got a reaction from sminatrea in anyone starting Sept 11???   
    Day 3 is in the books, and dinner was challenging because we have to all eat at different times. But I made some coconut chicken curry that was pretty bomb-diggety (if I do say so myself) and portioned it out over rice for Daddy and Sissy and riced cauliflower for MiniMe and me, and we ate when we needed to. Sissy isn't a fan of curry, but she took one for the team yesterday. 
    It's so motivating to read about everyone's struggles and achievements, and a couple of people have posted some nice meal ideas. I also love that we have everything from new moms to empty nesters and couch potatoes <raises hand> to marathon runners. 
    My biggest issue is information overload. So many rules, so many things to read, and oh don't get me started on the shopping. I almost cried a couple of days ago as I sat in the aisle of the grocery store surrounded by cans of coconut milk and various soup stocks trying to read the teensie weensie writing and getting so frustrated. Why oh why is there so much added sugar, sulfites, etc?????? I finally found what I needed, but I came to the realization that I can never again send my husband to the store to pick something up for me. His head will explode. And I absolutely can't make my own stock because I'm totally grossed out by bones. I eat meat, but only boneless cuts. Watching someone eat ribs off the bone is thoroughly disgusting to me, so yeah ... no homemade chicken or beef stock is coming from this girl's kitchen! 
    On the other hand, I'm finding that the homemade sauces, dips, and condiments are really quite tasty, and I enjoy making them. 
    Here's to another day of healthy eating. Hopefully the tired bug will leave you alone. It hasn't caught up to me yet ... fingers crossed anyway. Stay strong!!