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  1. Thank you so much for reading and responding. Not going to lie, I teared up. I need to remember how good it felt when I finished a 30 minute run. I'm not having wine tonight so I am going to focus on how good I feel tomorrow when I wake up. And if I want to binge watch something on Netflix, I can download it and watch an episode on the exercise bike. I'll also spend more time on Instagram. It's all makeup, drag queens and whole30/paleo cooks.
  2. Label reading. I've fallen off the wagon pretty badly but I can't stop label reading and I cannot even consider a frozen meal of some sort. And adding protein to my meals
  3. Hi, I successfully completed the whole30 in January 2018. I found it somewhat easy in the sense that you can still eat so much, as opposed to say a keto diet where you can't have sweet potatoes and tomatoes. What I found really hard was no alcohol and almond milk in my coffee (I can't drink it black). But I went 30 days on whole foods only, no slips or mistakes. I lost about 15 pounds however that could also be attributed to the fact I was running four times a week and wasn't drinking alchohol. I believe it was a combination of both. I lost weight, my skin glowed and I was sleeping very well. Of course I lack willpower and wasn't able to properly reintroduce things - I couldn't reintroduce dairy, then not have it for a few days, then reintroduce something else. And I started going out again and I love wine a little too much. But I kept eating close to whole30 because I really did like it. Then my job sent me to London, UK from April to August and I had no intention of eating whole30 as I wanted to enjoy myself and the incredible opportunity given to me. As you can see, I use alcohol and food as a reward. Of course I gained weight but I was doing a lot of walking (when I was done work for the day, I'd walk to a different tube station and try to explore new areas, etc., plus every long weekend, I'd go somewhere in Europe and walk all over) so the weight gain wasn't too bad because I was moving. I stopped running because as much as I love London and it's incredibly awesome, the air is not clean and my lungs couldn't take it. Then I came back home (Canada) and I've slipped hard. Both eating and drinking. And here I am. I so desperately want to go back on the whole30 but I don't think I have the willpower to do it again. And it's almost December so it's dinners and drink season. I haven't ran since May and I'm scared to go back downstairs to the gym (it's in my damn building, I don't even have to go outside) because I know I can't do what I was able to do months ago and I'll just get discouraged. I come home from work and just sit on my couch and not move. That's my weekends. I know it's up to me to make the changes I need to make but I just needed to tell someone. I could talk to friends but it's easier and less embarrassing to me to do it this way as I'm in a self-loathing spiral right now and I need to pull my way out of it. So tonight I'm going to spend the night combing through success stories and look for the inspiration I need. I just needed to get this off my chest. Thank you to anyone who reads this. If you want to respond and be harsh, please do. Thanks, Anita
  4. I finished my whole30 February 2 and have continued eating compliantly except for the occasional wine and restaurant visit. Since February 2, I have been running at least three times a week and eating almost 100% compliantly and I'm down 2-3 pounds since February 2. Your body just needs to adapt and it slowly adjusts.
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    coffee sweetener???

    If you google "whole30 coffee sweetener," it lists what you can have in your coffee.
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    Grape must

    I haven't been able to find a balsamic vinegar since I started my w30 on January 4. I was just in my favourite grocery store and saw a new balsamic vinegar, grabbed it, checked the ingredients, then immediately googled "whole30 grape must." The second I read this response, I spun so fast I almost knocked someone over because I was so excited and had to grab a bottle before someone came along and grabbed them all. Then I thought, "maybe I should read the rest of the thread in case something has changed" but I just wanted the balsamic vinegar so badly.
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    giving up wine hardest part

    The only two things I missed during my w30 were red wine and milk in my coffee. I thought about pouring sparkling water in a wine glass but a lot of my love of wine is the routine so I didn't do it in order to try to break the habit. I coped by not going out to dinner (only went out once and it was hard not having wine) and if my mind wandered to wine in the evenings, I'd push it out by getting up and doing something in my apartment (fold laundry, fill dishwasher) or play a game. I made a little ritual of having my sleepytime tea. I also focused on how great I felt in the mornings without a hangover or swimmy head.
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    Suggestions for Lame Meals

    I find with one pot or slow cooker recipes, I'm missing fat. I add an avocado or olives on the side and I'm fine until the next meal. It took me a couple of weeks to really figure out the template - now I'm just struggling to ensure I am eating enough vegetables.
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    Suggestions for Lame Meals

    I cover it in hot sauce and maybe I'll add a sunnyside up egg (or two) to the dish.
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    What's for dinner?

    I batch-cooked on Sunday so I had a bolognese sauce over cauli-rice. I was super hungry today so I also had three sunnyside up eggs and some guacamole. I made two eggs but one yolk broke and that means you get another egg.
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    Day 30!

    I agree with you on so much. I kept thinking I was being so prepared but finally admitted to myself that I hate egg bakes. It took me about two weeks to really figure out what I was doing (I just finished on Friday) and I'm eating so well. I've stayed compliant food-wise but I have had wine. Oh, and a TicTac today. All I could think about was if the sugar would make my head explode and make me run to the cafeteria and buy all the bad food. I survived. I'm always suggesting this but in regards to your congestion, do you have a humidifier? I can't live without one during the winter, otherwise I can't breathe at night and sleep poorly.
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    Starting Feb 19

    First, I love your hats. For salads, olive oil and a compliant vinegar (or lemon juice) is a great dressing. Tahini is delicious with meats when you just need an extra something. I haven't tried making mayo because I don't have the right blender but I'm getting by (completed by first whole30 this past Friday). I want my food to have as little ingredients as possible so I don't want store bought dressings anymore. As for time, you are going to have to invest that. For the past two weeks, I've batch cooked on either Saturday or Sunday. I made a bolognese sauce, a chicken coconut curry and a turkey sausage, sweet potato and apple hash. Plus I boil 9 eggs (that's as many as can fit in my pot) and keep them in the fridge. This means I can throw together a very quick breakfast, lunch or dinner. The curry and bolognese go over cauliflower rice and I actually don't miss pasta. The bolognese sauce is just ground beef, garlic and onion, a compliant tomato sauce (just tomatoes and salt) plus vegetables that I like. It's not expensive. And I always keep avocado in the house. They can be a little expensive but they're a great fat source. All these prepared items make it so much easier to stay on the whole30.
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    My first Whole30 results

    I finished my first whole30 on Friday and here are my thoughts: First, I'm just going to say I'm proud of myself. I know it's not climbing Everest or finishing a marathon but it was 30 days of giving up a lot of things I loved and I did it. I took it seriously, read every label (except one but caught it in time and ended up having to throw the food out so lesson learned), and cooked more than I've cooked ... well, ever. I lost about 10-12 pounds. I'm 5'6" and the highest I saw the scale was 166. That's not really a lot but I have a small frame and all my weight goes to my stomach, bum, hips and face so it looks like a lot. Today I weighed in at 153. I'm very pleased. I still want to lose at least 10 more pounds. You can really see the difference in my face and stomach. I didn't measure myself but I am wearing a skirt I haven't been able to wear in awhile so I'm happy. If I can lose about five more pounds, my wardrobe will double. I focused on what I could eat rather than what I couldn't. I enjoy cooking (although I can be quite lazy) so I made myself some pretty great meals. Coconut curry chicken is always a great meal. On my last night, I made steak with roasted sweet potatoes and sauteed mushrooms and grape tomatoes in dill. And it helps that I love eggs and avocados. I haven't missed sugar and am surprised I don't crave a Diet Coke. I thought dairy would be really hard to give up but other than wanting milk in my coffee, I don't miss cheese or yogurt. I might miss sour cream a bit but I haven't felt like killing anyone for it. And if I was in a grocery store or cutting through the mall, I wouldn't let myself think about what I couldn't have. It took about two weeks to figure out a groove and follow the template. Now that I have it figured out, I'm fine. I was never starving and I didn't snack. Yes, I'd have the occasional banana and almond butter but with meals, not standalone. And now I do eat the recommended amounts before and after my morning runs. I didn't want to at first but I'm now doing it and I'll see if it helps. Often I see in logs or other posts that people are hungry but when they list what they ate, you see that they didn't have protein in their breakfast. But if you stick to the protein-fat-vegetables and carbs template, you're good. I didn't undergo the flu that people talk about. I did have really bad headaches the first couple of days but it could have been the change in diet or it could have been the fact the air pressure changes a lot in January and I've always gotten bad headaches then. I took Tylenol when I couldn't take it anymore and that was probably the only bit of sugar I've had but I needed to take some. I did get the energy (tiger blood?) that everyone talks about, more so because I wasn't hungover all the time and eating processed foods that made me sluggish. Best piece of advice I read on this forum was to salt my food. I never add salt to my food because I just don't have a taste for it (my dad was a heavy smoker and overly salted all his cooking so my brother, mother and I all have an aversion to it) but I was really lightheaded the first week or so. I thought my vertigo was coming back. But then I read here somewhere to salt your food as you're not getting enough sodium. Once I started doing that, the lightheadedness went away. I had wine Saturday and Sunday but I have been eating compliantly since Friday. I want to continue eating this way. I batch cooked last night because I like having compliant meals prepared. And if I'm walking home from work and feel I have the energy, I'll continue on for two blocks to Farm Boy and pick up whatever I want (that's compliant). I'm not saying I'll never have sugar or dairy because let's be real, it's only been three days since my w30 ended and I'm riding a high, but I'm going to try. I like how I feel. I will continue to read labels and I don't want to eat anything that's made up of too many fake or chemically things. A salad dressing shouldn't have 10 unpronounceable ingredients when a perfect salad dressing is oil and vinegar or a squeeze of lemon. This forum kept me on track. I enjoyed reading people's logs and questions and I'm grateful to the mods and all the users here. This community made it easier. If you were to follow me in the grocery store, you would see me check a label, then duck into a corner, whip out my phone and google "whole30 palm oil" or "whole30 fiji water," etc. And if I wasn't sure if it was compliant, I just didn't get it. I'm still trying to track down a compliant balsamic vinegar. And I can't find coconut aminos anywhere. Well, I found one bottle at Whole Foods but I couldn't figure out if "fermented coconut sap" was compliant so I didn't buy it. I did spend $10 on a bottle of red wine vinegar.... I look at it with contempt and anger - like we're in a bad marriage and just staying together out of spite - so I need to start using it more. I'm so happy I found the whole30. I think I have The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to thank for this. The HR Lindas mentioned it and for whatever reason, my ears perked up and I thought, "I should google that." Months later, I did and I liked what I read. I bought The Whole30 book for my e-reader and I don't recommend doing that. E-readers aren't ideal for a book you want to go back and forth in, if I buy another, it will be in book form. I'm also so impressed by how many resources are available online. So many things are very secretive and it's "pay us, then we'll tell you," which I understand but this openness makes the Whole30 seem not shady and very trustworthy. I think my friends and family are sick of me because I've been a bit preachy so I'm working on not bringing it up all the time but I just want everyone to know how great this is. I'm going out to dinner tonight with a couple of friends so I'm not sure what I'll do, try to stay compliant, eat compliant but have a glass of wine, or re-intro something. I make stick around on the post w30 logs because writing down what you eat each day keeps you honest. I just hope I can stick to this but the only one that can make that happen is me. Thank you for reading
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    First Timers starting Feb. 5, 2018

    My best advice, as I just finished my first whole30, is focus on what you can eat rather than what you can't. Life can't be bad when you get to have a frittata for breakfast.
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    Meal composition

    No, you can have them whenever but that’s one time they are recommended.