GraceMelodie

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  1. 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.
  2. GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I haven't had any food dreams lately but on Day 2 I accidentally used dijon mustard with white wine in it and started to lick the spoon I used when I realized it wasn't the compliant mustard I had bought. I ended up spitting out the non-compliant mustard (I felt sort of silly doing it) and cleaned out the jar I was using to make salad dressing. The first time around, I realized that I lick a lot of spoons & taste food frequently when I am cooking. As long as it is compliant it is fine but I have to be mindful when I am cooking non-compliant food for my kids and husband. My husband actually decided to stop eating meat & poultry two months ago!! We have similar veggie heavy diets but I am just buying him healthy frozen vegetarian main dishes so I don't feel like I am a short order cook. Day 13 is done! Congratulations to all of you for getting through the toughest days!! Tiger Blood is here or right around the corner...
  3. I think salted cured black olives are a good substitute for cheese.
  4. GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Day 11 is done! I have eaten roasted chicken for the last couple of days but that garlic paste I made is so darn good I am not bored yet. I have also had a UTI the last couple of days which has made the mornings annoying. I opted not to take antibiotics and instead have eaten probiotics (fermented sauerkraut & fermented coconut) and unsweetened cranberries. I have also been drinking hot water with a splash of unsweetened cranberry juice throughout the day. The oddest but also weirdly delicious lunch I had was roasted chicken, hot cranberries, & cold sauerkraut drizzled with olive oil. The combo of probiotics & cranberries has been working! Hopefully I will be back to normal by the end of the weekend. Good luck to everyone!!
  5. GraceMelodie

    Runner starting Jan 2nd - looking for support group

    I think Day 11 on a Friday night is definitely the equivalent to a mid point of a marathon. Day 11 & 12 were definitely the hardest days the first time around. When I did a Whole30 last year I started feeling extra energy around Day 15. This past year I have eaten pretty well at home and when I ate out I chose whatever sounded good (sometimes healthy, sometimes not). I pretty much followed the Food Freedom rules and if I deemed whatever I wanted (usually wine, chocolate, street tacos, Thai food or Korean BBQ) was worth it, I enjoyed it. This time around I had my junk food dreams right away and felt the Tiger Blood by Day 5. I think the most important aspect of Whole30 is the reintroduction phase afterwards so you can really see how & what different foods affect you. I found out that wheat was giving eczema for my whole life, sugar makes me break out and too much alcohol zaps my energy & dries out my skin. You definitely don't sound whiny and I am sure a lot of people feel the same way at this point.
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    Runner starting Jan 2nd - looking for support group

    I just started using a Fitbit this week and I realized that I walk 5.5 miles on the days I teach 3 high school classes and walk all over campus! I work part-time and only teach 3 classes every other day and one class on the other day. Today I woke up earlier than normal at 5:00 am and had good, steady energy all day. I think I am ready to go to sleep now.
  7. GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Day 9 is done! I went to dinner with my family to Islands & decided to not to ask a million questions to try to figure out what I could eat there. Instead I just drank water and made a delicious salad at home afterwards with fresh arugula from my garden, romaine lettuce, raw fennel, compliant bacon bits (leftovers from breakfast), vinaigrette, & chicken breast with this yummy homemade Lebanese garlic paste (think Zankou chicken): https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2018/01/toum.html I used extra virgen olive oil because I love it but it would probably be really good with avocado oil or a light olive oil. @alexandrarown, Stay strong!! Have a sweet potato or some other compliant carbs. I know you can get through the craving!!
  8. GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Day 7 has gone well so far. It was my first day back to work so I made sure to eat a full breakfast (eggs, coffee, fruit & veggies) and pack a good lunch (ground beef, sweet potato, & a carrot). I didn't eat the catered breakfast and lunch that we always have on the first day back after winter break but I enjoyed not having to stand in line with 100 other employees waiting to get food. I am looking forward to dinner tonight: roasted chicken, onions & butternut squash. Yum!! I had a lot of energy today and am feeling much better than I did over the weekend. On Day 5 I had tummy trouble and slept 10 hours. Cheers to finishing up our first week!!
  9. GraceMelodie

    Runner starting Jan 2nd - looking for support group

    Great idea! Combining errands with walking is an great way to get the miles in. I am thinking about walking to work and running back home this week. I work 3.5 miles from home and it is completely flat so it would be doable. I am only 3 miles under my goal mileage for this week. I was a little sore after running 3 miles and walking 4.5 miles yesterday but I discovered I am still a runner. Yesterday I had some tummy trouble and slept 10 hours last night but I feel much better today. I hope you all have a good Day 7!
  10. GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Yes, the same thing happened to me but to a lesser extent two nights ago when I went out to dinner with three of my longtime friends. One of my friends thoughtfully ordered olives so I could have some but I wasn't hungry since I had already eaten dinner at home. Then she said I was going to lose too much weight and be too skinny if I kept following Whole30. I assured her my main goal was not to lose weight but rather to have more energy. I also assured her that I was eating well and I could eat potatoes and squash everyday. That calmed her down. Another one of my friends was recently doing Keto so she was the most supportive but she still kept offering me a bite of everything she ordered. My other friend commented in disbelief at the end of the meal that I had not eaten anything in the 3 hours we were there and apologized to me at the end of the meal. I assured her I was fine and I loved the ambience of the restaurant and spending time with them. I have known this group of friends for thirty years (we met in junior high school) so I know part of it is that my eating choices makes them feel self-conscious about their eating choices. Human beings are super social creatures and we are highly influenced by the people around us. We have more fun when everyone at the table is indulging or in our case we are more motivated when we have a group that is completing Whole30 with us. I think your reactions to your friends were spot on. We can only reassure our friends and family we feel fine and offer information about Whole30 only if they really want to hear it.
  11. GraceMelodie

    Runner starting Jan 2nd - looking for support group

    Good morning Day 5! The eating part is going well but I am definitely behind in my mileage. I have walked/hiked 15.5 miles so far this year. I am 6.5 miles behind so I am going to go on a run this morning to try to catch up.
  12. GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I had a food dream two nights ago that I was at a fancy restaurant and taking forever to order. I didn't actually order or eat anything in my dream but I kept rereading the ingredient list for bone broth on the menu. In real life, I went to two restaurants yesterday but didn't eat any restaurant food in either. I went to the first restaurant for lunch with my two kids and a friend and her kid and just ordered coffee. We were in Big Bear so I had a big insulated bag of food from the trip with me. I ate hard boiled eggs, almonds and raw veggies. My friend was slightly embarrassed that I was eating my own food in the restaurant but I didn't care. Then, last night after I ate a good, filling, compliant dinner at home, I went to meet friends at a restaurant at 8:30 pm. They ordered & had cocktails, pizza, olives, bread, salad, dessert and coffee. I told them I already ate, was doing a Whole30 this month and just drank water. We were at the restaurant until 11:30 pm and the only thing I was truly tempted by were the salad and olives. All in all a successful day 4!
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    Runner starting Jan 2nd - looking for support group

    I like the idea of running/hiking/walking 2019 miles this year. It breaks down to just under 6 miles a day. I used to be a serious runner and cross country coach. I ran track & cross country in high school and in my 20s and 30s, I ran 3 marathons, several half marathons and many shorter distance races. I had to look up BQ, and realized it meant Boston Qualifying. I came close with a best marathon time of 3:48 when I was 26 years old. Now in my 40s, I hike and walk and occasionally run. I love to hike, so I'd like to join your group to inspire me to hike/walk 6 miles a day. I am on Day 2 and this is my 3rd Whole 30. I only walked 2 miles yesterday, so I have some catching up to do. Thank you for inspiring me and giving me a fun new fitness goal!!
  14. GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I prep/shop every few days and make sure I always have the following on hand: 1. Hard boiled eggs 2. Cooked chicken breast 3. Compliant smoked salmon 4. Avocados 5. Bagged pre-washed greens 6. Raw nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews) 7. Compliant olives 8. Homemade compliant salad dressing (Extra virgen olive oil, apple cider vinegar, compliant dijon mustard, salt & pepper) 9. Roasted sweet potatoes, white potatoes or butternut squash 10. Raw veggies & fruit (carrots, celery, cucumber, peppers, apples, blueberries, etc.) 11. Coffee and compliant Nutpod coconut creamer 12. Homemade mayo or compliant pesto This is my 3rd Whole30 and I have my prep & menus down to a science. I keep most of my meals pretty simple. Breakfast is usually eggs, 1/2 avocado, blueberries and greens. Lunch is a salad with chicken (or left over protein), 1/2 avocado, nuts, & dressing. Dinner is seared chicken, salmon or steak with roasted sweet potatoes, raw veggies and a simple green salad. Once or twice a week I'll make something super delicious like slow roasted lamb shanks. Yum! Cheers to everyone for finishing Day One!
  15. GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    After my first Whole30 I just completely stopped eating the snacks at work. I used to be very tempted and would cut up a donut into 4 pieces pretending I'd only eat a quarter of it and finish the whole thing. Just tell yourself you are not going to eat the snacks at work and the more times you do that, the more automatic it becomes. (It becomes your new habit). Don't substitute them with different snacks. As far as outings, you should definitely suggest restaurants that have compliant options. California, Mediterranean and Steakhouse restaurants are the easiest restaurants to order from for me. Stick to steak, chicken, lamb or fish with no sauce, steamed veggies, baked potatoes and green salads with olive oil & lemon on the side. Don't make a big deal about your new eating style, be polite when you ask questions and be confident when you order. Most likely nobody at the table will even notice what you are eating. Good luck!
  16. GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I'll join in too! I have completed two Whole30s and I am looking forward to joining a group to complete my first January Whole30. I am 43, married and have a 9 year old son and 6 year old daughter. My husband will be doing a "Dry January" in support and give up alcohol for the month. My Dad also suffered a stroke several years ago and is now wheel chaired bound. My short term goals are to wake up energetic every day, lose a little belly fat, have "glowing" skin and set a good example for my children. My long term goal is to reach old age in good health. I'll spend today and tomorrow getting my kitchen and pantry Whole30 ready. Cheers to a successful 2019!
  17. Good to hear you had a good time in Death Valley. That meal sounds so yummy! I ate pretty standard compliant food today, nothing too exciting. I went on a great hike at Switzer Falls in Angeles Crest with my family. It was really pretty, mostly shaded and there was a cool waterfall at the end. I am feeling good but I am super tired from the long hike. Good luck tomorrow!
  18. Happy birthday and Happy Passover! I actually had wine over the weekend too. I started over on Sunday so I could easily remember what day I was on. I am on Day 5. Enjoy Death Valley. I've only been once but it was pretty spectacular.
  19. GraceMelodie

    Introduction

    Happy Easter! I'll join you. I did a Whole7 last week and want to restart since I decided to enjoy some wine and nice dinners out with my husband on Friday and Saturday. I finished one Whole30 in December and have since been sticking pretty closely to a Paleo diet at home. In my first round, I found out I am sensitive to gluten and dairy after I reintroduced them so I have eliminated them. I am working towards reducing my dose of thyroid medication and following Whole30 has been key to reaching that goal. My TSH levels have improved in the last couple of months and my doctor has dropped my dose from 150 mcg to 138 mcg. My Day 1 is going well. For breakfast I had eggs, potatoes, brussel sprouts, & fruit (berries, melon & pineapple). Lunch was a romaine salad with chicken, bacon, a hardboiled egg, olive oil & lemon. Dinner will be slow roasted lamb, onions, potatoes, string beans & salad. I drank a lot of water today since I am a bit hung over from last night. How did your Day 1 go?
  20. I totally get the feeling bored when working at home. Are there are fitness classes you can take? I work part-time, so I take a beginning yoga class a couple times a week to get myself out of the house when I am not working. I enjoy the community of people I attend the class with & the teacher is really inspirational. The people in the class are of all ages, genders & sizes which makes me realize that everyone is built differently and at a different stage in their fitness journeys.
  21. Si quieres, podemos escribirnos en español Yesterday I went to the beach with my sister, my two children, my nephew and my son's friend. It was a perfect beach day and we had a blast! It was low tide, so the kids had fun playing in the little shallow pools along the shore and my sister and I took turns taking a long walk/run. We had a good breakfast of bacon, eggs, avocado & salad before we left. I packed raw veggies, turkey, sunflower seeds, almonds & water for lunch. On the way back home, we stopped at a burger restaurant & I had a plain protein style burger. It was not very filling since it was mostly lettuce, sliced tomatoes & a thin burger patty. Then we went to a movie and when we got home, I was still hungry so I had leftover chicken & vegetables with coconut milk & compliant green curry paste. All in all a great Day 6.
  22. Hi Julie, I like your bilingualism analogy. During and after college, I lived in Mexico for three years and I remember crossing the language barrier after living with a family for three months. Once you learn a language, it is unlikely you will forget it. I think as we are learning how to follow an optimal diet and setting new habits, we are unlikely to forget how to be healthy. Since my first Whole30 three months ago, I have stuck pretty closely to a Paleo diet except for a few special occasions. It is definitely becoming a lifestyle for me. Yesterday I tried Chia seed pudding for the first time for breakfast. I can see while it may be technically compliant, it is not recommended. I got my snacking munchies after dinner yesterday and had some dried fruit and salted almonds. I am better off having a more substantial breakfast of eggs, avocado and veggies. I forgot to buy coconut milk when I was at the market on Sunday so I still have not tried the roasted veggies with coconut sauce yet. Something to look forward to! Cheers to Day 5!
  23. Hi Julie, Yum!! The roasted veggies with coconut milk sounds delicious! I am going to try it tonight. Food prep & shopping definitely gets faster the more you do it. When I go shopping now, I know exactly what to buy and what not to buy. I like to roast whole chickens, legs of lamb, pork shoulder & wild salmon on a rotating basis. They last for a few meals so I don't feel like I am cooking something time-consuming for every meal. I also make sure to always have Costco size amounts of baby lettuce and various raw veggies to chop into a salad. My "fast" lunch is a salad with leftover protein, lots of chopped veggies, avocado, olives & vinaigrette. It takes me 5 minutes to put together and I take it to work everyday. I also make sure to have hard-boiled eggs on hand as an easy protein source. Yesterday went well. We had a family day at the Santa Monica beach pier and went out to eat dinner at a healthy restaurant that happily made sure my food was gluten free, soy free, dairy free & sugar free. Last night I had a food dream about being at a friend's party and baking sourdough bread but in my dream I wasn't tempted to eat to it. I guess the second time around I have more will power even in my dreams. I hope Day 4 goes well for you!
  24. Good morning! I like to blend coffee with a spoonful each of coconut oil and ghee. It makes a yummy latte. My husband and I decided to give up coffee a few months a go, so now I make a tea latte. If you live near a Whole Foods, they have plenty of compliant non-dairy milk. You can experiment with a few compliant brands until you find the one you like best. Good idea to eat before you go out! That way you don't have to ask a million questions about every dish. Day 2 went well and I successfully navigated another family party. Before I left for the party at noon, I made sure to eat a really good salad with chicken, avocado, olives, & baby greens with a yummy, homemade compliant vinaigrette. At the party, I drank sparkling water and tea. My well-meaning sister offered me a glass of wine but I politely declined telling her I was too tired to have a drink and preferred herbal tea. None of the food on offer was compliant, so I had a handful of almonds and a tangerine around 6:00 pm to tide me over until dinner. When I got home at 8:00 pm, I ate leftover chicken, sauerkraut and baby greens for dinner. I was definitely tired at the end of yesterday and slept well last night. I hope Day 3 goes well!
  25. Hi Hool, We can check-in with each other on this forum. I usually check it once a day, that way I can say, "I completed Day __ !" and feel good about myself. You can also gripe about any symptoms you may be experiencing from cleaning up your diet on any given day and ask for recipe ideas if you get into a cooking rut. Many people give up after about a week, so checking in to the forum daily keeps you honest and more likely to stick with it for the whole 30 days. This is definitely much easier to do the second time around especially since last time I discovered I am sensitive to gluten. Last night I was at a party and my brother asked me to make an orzo, feta cheese, arugula, tomato dish. I made it and was not even tempted to try it. My sister served me a beer without asking me if I wanted one, but I easily declined it and reminded her that the gluten in the beer makes me break out into an eczema rash. I also avoided eating nuts & dates after my meals yesterday, did yoga and went on a hike. So all in all, a successful first day!