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    AnitaC got a reaction from ladyshanny in Need to get back on the Whole30, looking for inspiration and help   
    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.
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    AnitaC reacted to ladyshanny in Need to get back on the Whole30, looking for inspiration and help   
    Thanks for sharing your story and struggle with us. You'll find that you're not alone, this sort of "spiral" is pretty common because the 30 days that you had on Whole30 don't counteract an entire lifetime of food habits. No one here is going to be harsh with you, you don't need harsh. What you need is to decide what you want to do and then make a plan to do it. If, for now, that's not a full Whole30, maybe it's not drinking during the week. Maybe it's a standard "dinners out" order like protein, veggies and some good fat. Maybe it's no dessert.
    Instead of feeling scared of the gym, go after work in your work clothes and just go say "hey". Not to work out, just to reintroduce yourself. Remember the smells (that's what I loved about my gym when I'd been gone a while - that gym smell was imprinted on my brain as a positive. Remember the machines, see what's changed, see if there's anything that speaks to you.
    It's really hard, I know, to stop that eating and sitting cycle. But we treat our friends and family better than ourselves sometimes. If your friend came over and told you all the things you just told us, would you bring out a tray of donuts and park her on the couch? Because it sounds to me like what that "friend" needs is a delicious Whole30 dinner, maybe a nice walk and a hug and for you to tell her it's going to be OK. We're not stuck here - we can make change whenever we're ready. Nothing is ever permanent so if a Whole30 lifestyle is what we want, let's get that....one step at a time.
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    AnitaC reacted to SugarcubeOD in How to get back on?   
    Instead of looking at doing a full Whole30 and seeing that as daunting perhaps, why not commit to having one Whole30 day.  Just focus on the next meal and then the next one and before you know it, you'll be feeling good again and that may help keep you going.
    Did you do your reintroductions last time?  If not, then you might tell yourself that you're doing another Whole30 so you can carry out the reintroductions - sometimes having a concrete 'reason' aside from 'just because I want to feel good' is motivation to do it.
    If you can't do a full Whole30 and you've done reintroductions and know how food makes you feel then how about making a WholeAnnayllop program? For instance, maybe on WholeAnnayllop, you ALWAYS eat a Whole30 template breakfast and bring your lunch to work.  Maybe it means you don't eat treats inside your house but when out with someone and worth it, you have a little ice cream or bread at a restaurant.  Whatever parameters you think might work, do that for a week and then reassess...
    And for some recognition, you'll notice if you read through this subthread, you're definitely not alone in having struggles getting back to it... there are a LOT of conversations about just this including much more advice similar to what I've outlined above... 
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    AnitaC reacted to CassieK in Loosing food control with alcohol   
    Those sounds like such smart rules! Thank you for taking the time to respond! I think I’m just going to take a little time to focus on being whole30 compliment again and then on my birthday which is coming up try again. After making a list of rules for myself that is. Maybe it is just a special holiday thing for me now, I’d like it more often then that, but feeling better means more to me! 
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    AnitaC reacted to colleverett in Life Post Whole 30 - Struggling with Weight Gain and Normalcy   
    Hey everyone, I just completed my first Whole 30 and lost quite a bit of weight while on the program. After going off, I did indulge in alcohol, dairy, sugar, etc. as I was home visiting family, and gained at least half of the weight back. My biggest motivation for going into Whole30 was to establish a healthy relationship with food. I always tend to see things as good or bad and if a ate a "bad" food I would let it ruin my day. Luckily on Whole30 eating whatever I wanted (but all healthy food) helped me stop trying to restrict myself so much. Now reintroducing things back into "normal" life I find that I'm letting one glass of wine, or a small piece of dark chocolate completely ruin my day/mood...I really want to still have a social life and not be as restrictive as I was on W30, but I'm struggling striking that balance and focusing too much on weight as an accomplishment...any ideas?!
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    AnitaC reacted to Bootsie1947 in Life Post Whole 30 - Struggling with Weight Gain and Normalcy   
    Good morning- I can relate to this post. I’ve had three weeks of visitors family holiday etc and got off eating healthy and do miss how I felt. Getting back to no sugar no bread etc is harder for some reason than first time. especislly with Xmas looming.  I did food freedom but it opened door to too much Sugar etc. I e gotten out my journal to look at it.  Anyway to return without going cold turkey and going to beginning again? Elizabeth 
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    AnitaC got a reaction from AlyMcF in 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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    AnitaC got a reaction from AlyMcF in 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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    AnitaC got a reaction from AlyMcF in 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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    AnitaC got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in 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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    AnitaC reacted to Flutist4 in Starting 2/19   
    My name is Cassandra, and I live in the Indianapolis area.  I am a musician, as well as a mom w/a day job.  I am a cancer survivor and eat pretty healthy, especially in light of having a child with SLE Lupus.  However, I have noticed I am more sensitive to food in general lately and would like a chance to reset my body.  I enjoy jogging, nature, hiking, spending time with my daughters when I have them, and hanging out with my boyfriend.  I'm a real food advocate and looking forward to jumping in.  I have a big concert coming up, so I'm starting after that since I need to do some planning.  I cannot do nuts, nut milks, or nut butters, so I'm curious as to how that will play out with Whole30.  
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    AnitaC reacted to jmcbn in Suggestions for Lame Meals   
    Another vote for the humble egg here. Or mayo. Sometimes both.
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    AnitaC reacted to lgt2013 in Suggestions for Lame Meals   
    ^This. Or Primal Kitchen's ranch or chipotle lime mayo.
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    AnitaC got a reaction from lgt2013 in 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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    AnitaC reacted to SugarcubeOD in What's for dinner?   
    HAHAHA!  I thought I was the only one that thought this way!  @jmcbn - I'm pretty sure I've even said to myself "well that means that egg doesn't 'count'" and then cracked another!
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    AnitaC reacted to Yamamama930 in Day 30!   
    Thanks for the response and congrats on finishing your Whole30! 
    haha I hear you.  By the end of week two I had gone through so much hot sauce just to make the frittatas more palatable that I realized I needed to make a change. I feel the exact same way about sugar.  I'm actually nervous to consume any for fear of the (headache) repercussions.  I am going out this weekend and there will be wine so I'm dreading how I'm going to feel with that. We shall see!
    You know, I insist on having a cool mist humidifier in my daughter's room throughout the winter and yet don't do the same thing for myself.  I think I'll invest in one on Amazon and give it a try.  Thanks for the tip!
    Also, official weight lost: 7 lbs!  Not too shabby.  
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    AnitaC got a reaction from Yamamama930 in 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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    AnitaC reacted to jmcbn in What's for dinner?   
    Absolutely - it's the law!! 
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    AnitaC got a reaction from ladyshanny in 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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    AnitaC got a reaction from AlyMcF in 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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    AnitaC reacted to Yamamama930 in Day 30!   
    I decided to not post along the way during my Whole30 journey, but here is a (not-so quick) recap of my experience. Also, some background information:  I am 35, 5'8", and started at 152 lbs. I was exercising 3-4 days a week over the summer and kind of fell off the band wagon to nurse a couple of nagging injuries and some chronic pain. I currently play in a few silly sports leagues throughout the week and they have been my basic source of movement/exercise throughout my 30 days. Prior to the Whole30 I would say I ate pretty well, but never had any real direction with what or how I ate. I just tried to keep it mostly unprocessed, whole grains, fruits and veggies, and lean meat (for dinner usually). The reason I decided to take on the challenge was to feel more energetic, reduce some joint pain/inflammation, reduce congestion (possibly from food allergies?), and hopefully feel more rested in the morning. Ok, here we go (sorry it's suuuuper long!):
    1.)     Its day 30 and I still haven’t weighed myself, but I’m fairly certain I’m down about 4-5 lbs.  I ultimately wanted to drop 10, but considering I haven’t been able to get below a certain weight since before I was pregnant with my 3-year old daughter, I’m pretty ecstatic to see the scale move down. 
    2.)     People tout all kinds of amazing benefits from the Whole30 like clearer skin, stronger nails/hair, crazy amounts of energy, better and more restful sleep, weight loss, clearer head, etc.  I’m going to be honest and say that I think I felt many of those things, but only to a very small degree. The main reason I decided to do it was because I feel like a sloth roughly 95% of my life.  I’m always tired and sluggish and thought perhaps my diet was contributing (because it obviously isn’t having a 3-year old while working on my MBA and working full time – eye roll). I’ve had my thyroid and iron tested and they’re fine.  I think I’m just a sleepy person.  A few things do feel a little different/better and I'll consider them my non-scale victories:
              a.       Less foggy head – I actually think a large part of that was because I actually LOVED focusing on a diet.  I’m a laid back person and I do well with some kind of plan and structure or else I get way too loosey-goosey with life.  I needed something healthy and good to focus on to get me back on track and I think this help me succeed with that undoubtedly.
              b.      Weight loss – like I said, I think I lost about 5 lbs and I’m happy about that.
              c.       Motivation – again, this might be because I’ve had something to focus on, but I do feel a certain kind of focused energy to get things done and be more organized.  It’s not the Tiger Blood they talk about, but I’ll take it!
              d.       It's sort of hard to tell, but I do think some of my joint pain and congestion has decreased since I started. I still have them both, but I would have to say they aren't as extreme and that makes me hopeful that, if I continue, they'll improve even more
    3.)     Like I previously mentioned, I am a generally tired person.  After the first week or so, I did notice that I was sleeping pretty well.  Sleep, however, was never really a big issue for me and I still have trouble getting out of bed in the morning.  I've always sort of been a night owl and feel my best and most energetic from 5-9pm ish. That being said, I basically felt like I wanted to crawl into bed and sleep for a month every day for about the first 3 weeks. I could just never fully shake it and still feel a bit fatigued. I read adding more starchy carbs in the morning can help and so I added sweet potatoes into my breakfast routine and I think maybe it helped a little. Maybe? 
    4.)     It was easier than I thought it would be.  I expected to have insane cravings for things (i.e. wine, peanut butter, bread), but I mostly didn’t.  At the beginning I had weird cravings for gum (?!) and milk. I don’t often drink milk but I wanted it so badly because I couldn’t have it. 
    5.)     Planning was everything.  I made an elaborate food calendar with what I was going to eat each day with links to recipes I found online and also an accompanying grocery list.  Then I spent basically 4-5 hours each Sunday food prepping and cooking my face off. This turned out to be a great experience with my daughter and she now gets excited when we get to "play chef." 
    6.)     The food was super delicious.  What isn’t delicious about fresh meats, veggies, and fruits?  That was nice and unexpected for some reason. The Whole30 cookbook was my go-to for the first couple of weeks and then I started to branch out to the web.  I found some super delicious recipes out there, but noticed some people take liberties with the Whole30 rules in their recipes and had to navigate web recipes cautiously. 
    7.)     My grocery bill went way up!  Because I basically only ate meat at dinner before the Whole30, adding enough meat in each week to fill up my menu was super pricey.  Plus, I had to stock up on a bunch of Whole30 approved pantry items and tons of fresh produce.  I’m actually fine with spending lots on food because I think it’s worth it, but it’s definitely something to note.
    8.)     One thing I would do differently next time is to be more aware of how I set up my weekly menu.  After making some adjustments, stopped making frittatas for breakfast (if I saw another frittata after week 2, I would have punched it in the face), and added more leafy greens and sweet potatoes, I felt pretty happy. 
    9.)     My new favorite thing ever is salad for breakfast. Leafy greens, tomatoes, avocado, a couple eggs poached or over easy, and some kind of whole30 approved dressing/vinaigrette and you’re good to go. Soooo satisfying and filling.
    10.) These forums helped me a lot.  I felt unsure if I was doing things right at first and reading people’s experiences and tips definitely helped me navigate the first couple of weeks more successfully.
    11.) Lastly, one of the biggest things that I noticed was how often I mindlessly nibble, especially when making lunches or prepping food for my daughter.  This had me seeing that in a whole new light and I really think contributed to the weight I lost.
    And that's it!  I also think I’m one of those people that needs more than 30 days to really start feeling some of the benefits so I'm just going to just stick with it for another week or two.  Then I plan to move on to a (modified) Paleo diet. We’ll see how it goes.
    Thanks for reading and, if you're just starting, best of luck on your own Whole30 journey!
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    AnitaC reacted to kirbz in Starting Feb 19   
    I actually really came to love olive oil, lemon, and ground pepper as a nice little salad dressing! It was surprisingly delicious and super, super simple! 
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    AnitaC reacted to RainbowLisa in Starting Feb 19   
    @AnitaC I cook lots at a time, too.  We have teenage boys so my Instant Pot is full pretty much every night, and lunches are usually a salad with whatever is left over from the night before.  We also boil eggs weekly they are a go-to snack.  We eat at least 4 avocados a week, they are my favorite I eat them breakfast, lunch or dinner.  We're actually trying to grow one of the seeds right now a fun little project.
    You are right, simple vinaigrettes are easy.  I can do this!
    Thanks on the hats, my partner made them.
     
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    AnitaC reacted to Scott W in 30 day results exceed expectations   
    Another bit of positive feedback from this eating approach.  Yesterday I went to the DR and had my blood pressure taken.  It was 107/75.  It has never been that good.  Previously I was always on the borderline of having high blood pressure so this was great news!
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    AnitaC reacted to trexmafia in Starting over   
    No one here wants you to stop asking questions, as the purpose of the forum is for asking questions and sharing knowledge. I think what might be causing other users to scratch their heads is that you're asking the same questions over and over despite being linked to appropriate resources on the official website that should be helping to clear up your confusion. Links to official information will continue to be posted by other users and mods so that future newbies aren't inadvertently led astray. 
    The search function within the forum is pretty terrible, so if you still have questions beyond what is listed in the official resources try being more specific with Google. Typing "whole30 + vegetable oil", for example, into Google brings up a forum thread as the top result and an official blog post as the second. I would avoid reading anything in a random personal blog as someone's potentially incorrect interpretation of Whole 30 rules may add to your confusion. "whole30 + healthy fat sources" brings up another thread that someone started in 2017 because they don't like avocados and wanted some suggestions on how to add healthy fats to their meals. If search results bring up old threads (like older than +/-3 years), there's certainly no harm in asking questions to verify if information in the thread is still valid or not. There are lots of examples on a daily basis of older threads being resurrected because someone asks a question in them.