GraceMelodie

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  1. GraceMelodie

    Day 29 - demotivated

    It sounds like you have quite a few NSVs: less cravings, better muscle tone, and better skin complexion! Extending your clean eating for another week or two definitely won't hurt you but ultimately you want to "find your food freedom" especially since you had issues with restrictive eating. If you truly are not missing anything you left out, maybe your "food freedom" is eating well everyday and eating all the healthy, nourishing food emphasized in the program. If you are really missing something that is whole and minimally processed, such as lentils or beans or oatmeal, reintroduce them and see how they make you feel. It has taken me 3 whole rounds and a few mini-resets to finally figure out my "food freedom" over the last couple of years. I am in a really good place and while I don't always have "tiger blood", I feel healthy and have fostered a healthier relationship with food. Congratulations for sticking to your first round!
  2. GraceMelodie

    One week to go...

    You could try eating more fruit, especially prunes to see if that helps. This month I tried intermittent fasting (I don't eat from 8:00 pm - 11:30 am but I drink coffee, tea and water during this time) while keeping my other two meals Whole30 compliant. A couple times a week I eat walnuts as my protein for lunch but eat animal protein for all my other lunches and dinners. My body responds well to this approach. Bottom line, Whole30 is a healthy place to start but everybody is different and our bodies respond uniquely to our diets. Once you have finished the 30 days, I encourage you to experiment to figure out what works best for your body. As long as you are eating a variety of whole, non-processed nutrient dense foods, you are on the right track.
  3. GraceMelodie

    Starting October 1

    @ElizabethG I made this recipe last week and omitted the honey to make it compliant: https://www.feastingathome.com/oaxacan-lamb-barbacoa/ It was really delicious and features Mexican ingredients. Try looking up traditional Mexican recipes and swapping some ingredients to make them Kosher & compliant.
  4. GraceMelodie

    Starting October 1

    Meat is healthy for you as long as you are eating grass-fed beef & lamb, pasture raised eggs & chicken, sustainably raised organic pork & wild-caught fish. Animals that eat what they are supposed to eat and are not fed grains are healthy for us to consume. Unfortunately red meat has gotten a bad reputation because some of the past studies that were done on it were done with factory farmed red meat fed with corn. Cows cannot digest corn and get really sick when they are fed it. I recommend reading Michael Pollan's "An Omnivore's Dilemma". He gives a really good, firsthand account of the difference between factory farmed animals and sustainably raised animals. Of the 18 meals I ate in the last 6 days, I ate eggs for 6 meals, chicken for 3 meals, lamb for 3 meals, fish for 3 meals, bacon for 1 meal, steak for 1 meal, & pork for 1 meal. With each meal I ate a lot of different vegetables, fresh herbs, fruit & nuts: apples, arugula, avocados, baby greens, bananas, broccoli, black berries, blueberries, bok choy, butternut squash, carrots, cilantro, celery, coconut, dates, fennel, garlic, green beans, lemons, mint, mushrooms, oranges, parsley, peppers, pistachios, potatoes, prunes, pomegranate seeds, red onion, rosemary, sage, scallions, spinach, Swiss chard, strawberries, sweet potato, tomatoes, tomatillos & walnuts. I also use olive oil, avocado oil, apple cider vinegar, salt & pepper to season everything. That sounds like a pretty healthy diet to me. I feel great when I eat well and I eat non-processed food I make & grow myself. I have a vegetable garden & some fruit trees and shop a few times a week so I always have fresh produce. Doing a Whole30 is really about discovering what works for you and makes you feel best.
  5. GraceMelodie

    Starting October 1

    Good morning and Happy Day 6! I am doing a reset, maybe for a couple of weeks or maybe for the whole month. I haven't decided yet. That is the beauty of Food Freedom. It is amazing how quickly I feel great and my skin starts to literally glow when I do a reset. I have completed 3 full Whole 30s over the last 2 years and many mini resets. Each time I learn something new and really figure out what non-compliant foods/drinks are "worth it." At the moment my clear skin and good energy is "worth it". It definitely helps to follow along with a group on this forum for company. Great job so far, Ronald!! It sounds like your body is still adjusting to the positive change in your diet. You will probably feel better this week. The only time I have experienced "ketosis" breathe is when I don't eat any fruit, squashes or starchy root vegetables. Maybe you can try adding some of them into your diet and see how you feel.