GraceMelodie

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. GraceMelodie

    "Who's starting 1/1?" Reintro Group

    I didn't lose any weight either! I actually gained 3 pounds as of Day 31 and then somehow lost them on Day 32. But personally I feel my NSVs are way better than a read-out on a metal scale. I decided to put the scale away for a while because it shouldn't affect how I feel. It sounds like your NSVs are pretty amazing. As far as you FF, if you really want a piece of chocolate cake, then it would be better to go to a restaurant, buy a good quality piece and really savor and enjoy it. But I recommend not baking a whole cake and keeping it in the house. It is too easy to eat too much of it if you have it at home. For me, FF works best when I have a well-stocked kitchen with healthy, delicious food. If I really am craving something, than I'll go out to a restaurant and have it there.
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    "Who's starting 1/1?" Reintro Group

    Hello all! This weekend I reintroduced wine, peanuts, chips (corn, plantain & potato) and beer. On Friday night I had 4 glasses of really good wine at a 70th birthday party celebration but alas I woke up the next day with a horrible headache. I definitely overdid it and will have to limit myself to 2 glasses the next time I have wine. On Saturday I kept mostly to Whole30 except for some peanuts. Yesterday at a Super Bowl party I stuck to the compliant guacamole I made and had it with corn chips, potato chips & plantain chips. Chips can definitely be a food with no brakes for me so I'll have to be careful with them. At the party, I also had 3 light beers and woke up fine today but not spectacular feeling. The beer tasted sweeter than usual to me. This week I am back to eating compliantly. I simple feel better when I eat well. I think I want to try a "Whole300" this year where I eat compliantly 5-6 days a week and if I feel like going out to dinner or having a drink on the other 2 days, I'll decide if "it's worth it" and then enjoy it. Basically, my goal is to eat compliantly for at least 300 days this year. I already have 32 days under my belt. Otherwise, I feel like it is too easy to lose the healthy habits I have formed. Anyone else interested in trying this approach to Food Freedom?
  6. GraceMelodie

    Happy New Me!

    I just finished my 3rd Whole30 and plan on doing my next one next January. January is definitely the easiest month to do a Whole30 . The worst month to do a Whole30 is December. I did my first Whole30 in December right after Thanksgiving and my birthday. There are so many more parties and social events in December! This past year, I have maintained a mostly Paleo diet and have kept the many good habits I made after my first Whole30. I posted my most recent results in another thread but decided to update my original success story: On Day 31, I weighed myself and gained three pounds but I was slender to begin with so while I was annoyed, my BMI is still under 21. I weighed myself on Day 32 and the 3 pounds disappeared. The number on the scale affected my mood both days, which is stupid. I am more than number and I am finally ready to permanently break up with the scale! Despite no change in my weight, my stomach is flatter and my waist is smaller. My skin looks amazing!!! I am literally glowing and one of my friends asked me if I had gotten Botox. I have not. Good Food = Good Skin. My cheekbones are more pronounced. My teeth are whiter. I think this is because I am not snacking between meals, didn't drink red wine this month and drank less coffee. I might be hallucinating, but I seem to have less gray hair around my temples. I am 43 years old and I have decided to stop dyeing my hair so this is an added, unexpected bonus. I have better, steadier energy. I am sleeping well every night and waking up easily every morning. My biggest victory this month is really making healthy eating the most important priority for both me and my family. I am making healthier meals for my family and waking up a little earlier to make them good breakfasts & lunches everyday in addition to good dinners. We also talk more about healthy eating and how it makes us feel better than eating junk food. I want my children to successfully learn how to make their own healthy choices by setting a good example and always having healthy food in the house. Congratulations to all the people here who have just finished their Whole30 and good luck to everyone starting this month!!! I hope my story may encourage you on your own journey towards health!!
  7. GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hello all! I am on Day 31! I have not reintroduced anything yet, but here are my results: I weighed myself this morning and gained three pounds but I was slender to begin with so while I was slightly annoyed, my BMI is still under 21. (My BMI went from 20.4 to 20.8) I think I am actually going to permanently ditch the scale. I didn't miss it at all and have only weighed myself a few times this past year. I only did a pre-weigh and a post-weigh for the purpose of Whole30. My stomach is flatter and my waist is smaller. My skin looks amazing!!! My cheekbones are more pronounced. My teeth are whiter. I think this is because I am not snacking between meals, didn't drink red wine this month and drank less coffee. I might be hallucinating, but I seem to have less gray hair around my temples. I have better, steadier energy. I am sleeping well every night and waking up easily every morning. My biggest victory this month is really making healthy eating the most important priority for both me and my family. I am making healthier meals for my family and waking up a little earlier to make them good breakfasts & lunches everyday in addition to good dinners. We also talk more about healthy eating and how it makes us feel better than eating junk food. My 10 yer old son told me he had pizza and a soda at a student council meeting and immediately had a stomachache after eating. He said it wasn't worth feeling that way. He asked me to bring healthy food and water when it was his turn to bring in a snack. My 6 year old daughter told me that she asked for a sticker instead of a candy for a prize for behaving well in class. I don't "forbid" them from eating junk food but I never buy it for them. I want them to successfully learn how to make their own healthy choices by setting a good example and always having healthy food in the house.
  8. GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Yay Day 30!! Congratulations to everyone here!!! I am feeling great and happy to have almost completed the 30 day challenge again. I am planning on reintroducing only a few things: legumes, rice, soy and wine. I am currently reading a book called "The Longevity Plan: Seven Life-Transforming Lessons from Ancient China". I love this book and highly recommend it!! It is written by a cardiologist named Dr. John Day who travels to Bapan village in rural China where people regularly live healthy lives into their 100's. There are many similarities between the Whole30 recommendations and the recommendations Dr. Day gives based on the habits of the centenarians living in Bapan village. The centenarians eat three meals a day consisting of a combination of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, fermented rice, fermented soy & protein (fish, chicken & pork). They walk everywhere and work in fields growing their own vegetables and fruit. They all drink water & tea and some occasionally drink rice wine. They eat no added sugar, no processed food, and no dairy. The only real difference is the rice, legumes, soy and wine, hence why I am planning to reintroduce them to see how they affect me. I am saying goodbye to sugar, wheat & all processed foods. From my last two Whole30s, I know that sugar makes me break out, wheat gives me eczema and processed foods give me a stomach ache. Too much wine gives me a headache but a little wine on occasion is fun. One of the centenarians recommended, "Only put food in your body that will nourish you." That is my reintroduction plan. I wish you all the best in your reintroduction phase!
  9. GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Only 3 more days left! How many people are left in this group? What is your favorite Whole30 meal?
  10. GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I add in another tiny meal with protein, fat & carbs right after work because I am pretty hungry after teaching all day. I don't "work out" at a gym but I do walk about 5 miles a day, play with my kids and sometimes do yoga. I usually eat at 7:30 am, 11:30 am, 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm. I also make sure to eat totally delicious meals a few times a week so I look forward to them. Some of my meals are just basic because I don't always have the time to dedicate to making them all super yummy. My favorite meals this past week were 1) chicken curry with coconut milk 2) a salad with cubed chicken, fennel, arugula, & avocado with extra virgin olive oil, lemon & Himalayan pink salt 3) ground beef with roasted acorn squash, roasted walnuts & roasted dates 4) roasted cubed potatoes with kale, sunny side up eggs & hot sauce. The rest of my meals were good but those 4 were super delicious.
  11. GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Maybe try adding in some probiotics. I eat sauerkraut and drink Kombucha. Whole Foods has a lot of foods with probiotics in them.
  12. GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I briefly contemplated throwing in the towel at the beginning of my family's weekend trip! My family and I went to Cambria with my husband's cousin and his family and we usually drink wine & beer in the evenings. I thought, "I've already done this twice and I feel great" but then I went to the health food store and bought compliant Kombucha to drink instead. I am glad I decided to keep on going. Cheers to finishing Day 21!
  13. GraceMelodie

    Runner starting Jan 2nd - looking for support group

    The other night I dreamt I ate a tuna salad sandwich on sprouted whole grain bread! What a boring food dream!
  14. GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Day 18! I am feeling pretty good, although I still have the final remnants of a UTI. I didn't take antibiotics but instead I am taking probiotic pills to combat UTIs that I picked up from Whole Foods. My skin is looking really good (my number 1 motivation to do Whole30) and a student that I don't know at the private Los Angeles area school where I work asked me if I was an actress. I have been waking up easily every morning at 6:00 am, have steady energy during the day and fall asleep almost immediately at 9:30 pm. I have also been better able to balance my work & home responsibilities. How is everyone else feeling?
  15. GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    @Zesty_ruffles, Don't be discouraged!! You have done so much for your body in the last two weeks!! I bet you will start to feel the extra energy any day now even with that wee bit of cheese in your salad dressing. Just keep on going and if at day 30 you feel you can tack on 2 more weeks for an "official" Whole30, go for it. If not, your body will still thank you for treating it so well. Doing two Whole30s last year + reintroductions retrained how I eat everyday and gave me the "food freedom" to eat well most of the time and once in a while fully enjoy my splurges. The point of this is not to be "perfect" but to establish a healthier set of eating habits to last a lifetime.