stacie66

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  1. #SeptemberWhole30

    Since it's the last day of this Whole30 for me, I thought I'd check in one last time. Thank you everyone for your motivation, experiences, recipes and just being there. I wish all of you the best. I'm going to reintroduce foods with the Fast Track option...very excited about my glass (or two) of red wine that's chilling in the fridge. Which option are you going to try?
  2. #SeptemberWhole30

    I am feeling anxious about the reintroduction phase. I've read a lot of people really fall off the plan then, and I don't want to waste all of this hard work. Planning to reintroduce a glass (or two) of red wine first, then dairy, non-gluten grains and then grains. Not too concerned about dairy, as I really don't even miss it. The delicious breads might be an issue, but there are so many great GF breads now that hopefully it shouldn't be too difficult. We'll see what I struggle with and go from there. I know this board was only for the September 30, but I would like to see how you guys are doing with the program after it ends...or if you plan on doing another one. If anyone is on Instagram or Facebook, please feel free to reach out. I'd love to follow you guys, too. Instagram - shebakes66 Facebook - Stacie Merriman
  3. #SeptemberWhole30

    Hello, All! Day 24 and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! The past week was a little discouraging as I wasn't noticing any substantial changes in my body. I know it's not a weight loss program, but a girl can dream Anyway, the last couple of days has definitely brought on some more changes. I had some cellulite that I've noticed is visibly less, so of course, I'm thrilled about that. I've also been able to concentrate on those projects that have taken a back seat these past few weeks. I've spent so much time prepping, shopping and looking for new recipes, that I feel I've put everything else aside. It's all for a good reason, but ready to get back into my normal routine as these changes have started to become much easier. Sitting here making a list of projects to begin this week. I like to repurpose furniture, and now I feel like I have the energy to tackle the bigger projects that have been sitting there for months. Also, I've moved here just a few months ago and still haven't found a primary doctor, so that's on the list this week. Going to have an annual physical and blood work done. I'm very interested to see where my cholesterol numbers are. I was borderline high last year, so hopefully this clean eating has lowered all of that. I am a little concerned, since I'm eating much more meat, but we'll see. Hope everyone else has a great final week. Stay strong W30ers!
  4. #SeptemberWhole30

    I've also used Nutpods (French Vanilla and Pumpkin Spice) in my coffee. The suggestion to use in the Butternut Squash soup sounds great! It doesn't take sweet at all. I used to drink half & half in my coffee, and drinking it black was less than tolerable. This takes the bitter edge off and I'll probably never use dairy in my coffee again. I use the French Vanilla Nutpods in my coffee, but add 1/2 teaspoon on pumpkin pie spice to the coffee grounds before I brew the coffee. I just sprinkle it right on top of the grounds. It smells great and gives just a hint of flavor. I don't use the pumpkin pie spice when I'm doing the Pumpkin Pie Spice Nutpods...I don't want to be a complete freak about pumpkin spice
  5. #SeptemberWhole30

    Thanks for this great recipe, @snowflower! I made it tonight and it was so good, I think I convinced my husband to do a W30 round with me in January All going smoothly for me on Day 20. I went for a walk this morning and my body actually felt "different"...like I was walking taller and moving easier. Hard to explain, but it was a definite and noticeable improvement. Hope everyone else is doing well and hanging in there...we're in the home stretch!
  6. #SeptemberWhole30

    Day 17 here and still feeling pretty good. I almost blew it yesterday with some sun dried tomatoes. I tossed some into a salad and then looked at the bag - sulfur dioxide to maintain color. That's one of the "off limits" foods. Some foods are so damn annoying! So back into the pantry they went until the program is over. I did a lot of prepping for the upcoming week and currently have a crockpot full of pork carnitas cooking away. I haven't tried yet, but it smells incredible. Will keep you posted! Thought the leftovers would be good over a roasted sweet potato. Here's the link... https://www.mykitchenescapades.com/pork-carnitas-recipe/ How is everyone else doing? Also, just curious is anyone has made cauliflower rice. Going to make some tomorrow and would love any insight. Thanks! Have a great week
  7. #SeptemberWhole30

    Hello, All! Day 16 for me and the Tiger Blood has finally kicked in! Sleeping great and inflammation seems to be almost completely gone. I have arthritis in my feet and a little in my fingers, and the swelling I used to have in the morning is gone. That alone has made this plan completely worth it! I am getting a little bored with the food, but have picked a few recipes to try this weekend. Yesterday's lunch was the worst, but compliant and checked all of the boxes...I just needed a break from cooking. Two hard boiled eggs, a stick of Chomps beef jerky, bell peppers strips and an apple with almond butter. Yum Sorry to hear that you had to restart @crkohring...so annoying that nearly everything has added sugar. I bought canned tomatoes yesterday and couldn't believe there was sugar listed in the ingredient list. Good luck with your restart! @ShellyM, let us know how you like the Instant Pot! I have it on my "wish list" and might get as a reward for completely the entire Whole30...that and a pedicure, of course. I have a NSV to share. Like many woman, I have clothes in a few different sizes in my closet, so I decided to try on some jeans. I was able to pull on a couple pair that I couldn't get over my hips before I started this plan! I got them zipped, but I still have a little ways to go before I can wear them in public. Hope everyone has a great weekend!
  8. #SeptemberWhole30

    I'm not liking that you "faffed"...guess that is Aussie for messed up , but like the fact that you're getting right back to it. Good Luck, @aussiegal!
  9. #SeptemberWhole30

    Hey, All! The hurricane is gone and happy to report I stayed 100% compliant! A huge NSV for me. Regarding Nutpods - I've been using the French Vanilla flavor and love it. It's not sweet and just takes the bitter edge off of black coffee. I ordered the pumpkin spice from Amazon today. I also ordered Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides...has anyone used this? Completely agree with @aussiegal about the precut coleslaw mix! I've been using that for lunch the past few days. A couple handfuls of coleslaw, shredded grilled chicken, a little diced mango, homemade mayo mixed with a little pineapple juice and toss all together. I also throw in a handful of cashews once in a while. So good! Hope everyone has a good week
  10. #SeptemberWhole30

    Thanks for this recipe! I have a bag of coleslaw mix in the fridge and all of the other ingredients, expect the pork, so I'll sub another protein. Hurricane Irma is just starting to hit here, so probably won't be able to check this board for a few days. I'm on Day 10 and feeling great! I was having dinner with my husband last night and he said, "You look different." I said, "Is that a compliment?" (Men ). He then said, "You look younger." Well holy crap...I'll take that compliment all day long, as I'm 51. Hoping I don't lose power for too long, so I can stay compliant, but obviously that problem pales in comparison to what others are going through. Think we might be spared the worst of it here in Jacksonville, but I'm still nervous. Fortunately, there is no wine or brownies in the house. Hang tight, everyone!
  11. #SeptemberWhole30

    Hello, All, Starting Day 8 and feeling good, but anxious. Glad you were able to get your mother to safety @ShellyM! I live in Jacksonville, FL and it looks like we are going to be hit by Irma as a Cat 2 hurricane. I'm actually more concerned about sticking to this plan than I am about my house! I've stocked up on everything I can think of and have plenty of meals prepared, but the thought of eating something comforting during this time has been tempting. I went to the beach this morning to get a nice sunrise picture, but Mother Nature wasn't cooperating. Focusing on how good I've done this past week and looking at this entire weekend as a challenge. If I can get through a hurricane and stay compliant, a dinner out with friends or family is nothing! Have a great Friday!
  12. #SeptemberWhole30

    Hello, All! Day 6 has gone pretty smoothly for me...hoping for some "tiger blood" tomorrow so I can resume my workouts! Today I made a batch of Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili (link below). I'm going to spoon over a baked sweet potato and top with some diced avocado. To get my extra veggies, I guess I'll have another salad https://therealfoodrds.com/slow-cooker-pumpkin-chili/ How is everyone else doing today? Hope those who were struggling yesterday are feeling better and have a great day tomorrow.
  13. #SeptemberWhole30

    Stay strong @srdamore14! Sticking with the program while being sick is difficult, but very admirable! Once the cold passes you'll know the rest of the plan will be a breeze. Hope you feel better soon
  14. #SeptemberWhole30

    Oh, @MeghanC17, your post really touched me. I read it while in line at one of my many grocery store stops and it reminded me of my struggle in many ways. This is also my first W30 and I'm on Day 5. You can find great recipes on Pinterest and Instagram...just remember to set a timer if you're grilling anything As far as tips go, meal prep is really the key to success. It's so easy to fall off plan if there is nothing available to throw together quickly. Good luck!
  15. #SeptemberWhole30

    Hello, All, Finishing up Day 5 and feel pretty good. Didn't need a nap today, so that was a bonus. Sorry to hear about your weekend @alisonmae I hope the weather cooperates with you all! I'm in Florida and would gladly send you some of our rain! I spent the day driving around to different grocery stores to stock up on water and supplies...my patience was truly tested, but I managed to not punch anyone. Just coming onto this board and seeing how some of you are struggling, but still keeping on the plan is really inspiring. Hang in there @hefreeman and @NoneOtherThanAmy! Someone mentioned a NSV, so I'll share one. Today, I was so proud of myself for grilling up 4 chicken breasts. I put them on the grill and then signed into Instagram to look for a recipe from the Whole30 board to go with it. Naturally, I ended up looking at numerous cat videos and other very important pictures. Fast forward 1 hour....OH, CRAP, MY CHICKEN! Normally, I would have thrown out the chicken, opened up a bottle of wine and asked my husband to pick up Panda Express, but tonight that thought never even entered my mind. I cut off the burnt parts, chopped up the rest and mixed it with the Basic Mayo and some lemon juice and made chicken salad instead. I roasted some broccoli and sweet potatoes and then tossed in a handful of cashews, too. I call this recipe A Big Hot Mess, but it wasn't too bad and it checked all of the food boxes needed. Hope everyone has a great day tomorrow!