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    AnitaC got a reaction from CaroHarNord in Anita's Whole30 log - first time   
    Day 12
    Breakfast: kefta patty, half an apple (sliced), full banana and almond butter
    Lunch: three kefta patties and root vegetable hash with tahini
    Dinner: last of the root vegetable hash, two sunnyside up eggs, half an apple and almond butter
    I haven't had a fizzy drink since Friday and I don't miss it. The idea of having a carbonated drink kind of makes my stomach recoil. That's bizarre for me because I'm a diet coke drinker, have been for forever.
    I can't believe I have lived my life thus far and have never had the beauty that is almond butter. It's what I've wanted nutella to be. I want to scream "IT'S COMPLIANT" but I can't revert back to rewarding normal human behaviour with a treat.
    Today I made another egg bake consisting of eggs, fresh spinach and mushrooms (with seasonings). I took the advice from the youtube channel FlavCity with Bobby Parrish and really beat the eggs so hopefully I'll like this bake more than last week's. I also roasted a ton of vegetables - white potato, sweet potato, colourful carrots, brussel sprouts and parsnip (added onion wedges, cinnamon and celery seeds, tossed with olive oil) and I have some stewing been marinating in the fridge. I'll figure out what to do with it tomorrow.
    I didn't weigh myself today. Wanted to but didn't. I don't feel any lighter than yesterday. I freaked myself out last night by reading posts in the success stories and I read one where someone said they didn't lose any weight. I know this isn't a weight loss program but I'll be devastated if I don't lose weight. I have to stop thinking about that as it's only day 12.
    Again, so far so good. I haven't been starving or bitchy (that I know of) and my energy level is good. I'm still lazy but that might just be me. Maybe I'll try and get up early tomorrow and run (I bet I don't).
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    AnitaC got a reaction from CaroHarNord in Anita's Whole30 log - first time   
    Day 10 is just about over.
    Very lazy food day today:
    Breakfast - three sunny side up eggs (one yolk broke, hence 3 instead of 2 because that's how life works), one kefta patty and root vegetable hash
    Lunch - egg bake covered in hot sauce - I didn't finish as I got a phone call and when I was done, I had no desire to finish it, mostly because I didn't like it
    Dinner - four kefta patties and more root vegetable hash.
    I feel fine. Had a horrible headache earlier but I'm attributing that to January and the fact the air pressure changes a lot. It felt the way it feels when a plane is landing and your head wants to explode. I tried to suffer it out but took two Tylenol. I'm assuming they're off plan because they're coated but I don't care and doubt it will make a difference.
    I have errands to do tomorrow so I'll actually leave the house and go to the grocery store.
    Confession: I have been weighing myself. So far I've lost a few pounds but it's those pounds you easily lose and put back on so I'm not into a new clothing size or anything. That said, I'm going to try to stop weighing myself because the other day, I was up two pounds from the day before and I was crushed but I stayed strong. But I know me and if I get on the scale and see a number I don't like, I'm going to spiral, say screw this and go back to eating whatever I want. So I'm going to do my damnedest to stop.
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    AnitaC reacted to TJHigh in Here goes!   
    Phase 1- Wine! So far so good, but the real test will obviously be how my skin looks tomorrow. So far today I’ve had chicken braised in wine for lunch, steak with a wine marinade (along with roasted potatoes and charred shishito peppers with herb-infused oil. Such a great dinner!) plus, two glasses of wine.  Note to self- stock up on half bottles- great for limiting consumption because it eliminates the guilt of “wasting” an open bottle.  
    Nothing interesting to report (yet), but at the very least I’m pleased that reintroducing wine hasn’t caused me to binge or reach for non-compliant foods.  In fact, I feel great!  Hopefully tomorrow will stay just as uneventful.  The remainder of the week I’ve just got cooking wine planned. 
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    AnitaC reacted to TJHigh in I only want to reintroduce wine! Is this ok?   
    I’m currently reintroducing and in spite of the dire warnings, yes, I’m starting with wine.  Here’s what is working for me- buy half bottles! They provide a nice, natural stopping point.  You still need to be very vigilant that the two-ish glasses don’t trigger cravings and resulting weakened willpower, but for me, part of what led me to drinking too much was the thought of “wasting” the rest of the bottle (wouldn’t want that, better finish it!)
    Good luck!
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    AnitaC got a reaction from Angie628 in Reactions w/reintroduction   
    My aunt has psoriasis and manages it through a careful diet. I can't think of everything offhand but I know she can't eat nightshades and shellfish. There are a lot of other things she shouldn't eat and when she cuts them out of her diet, her psoriasis is minimal and manageable. When she "falls off the wagon," it comes back. I don't know if this is helpful or not but I'm sure you can google the specific foods (or talk to a doctor).
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    AnitaC reacted to Lizzi26 in First whole 30 and feeling amazing!   
    So I am finishing up my very first whole 30 and I feel great. I have more energy, my IBS is pretty much gone, and I have lost 13 lbs!!! 
    I will be honest I’m scared to go back to my old habits so I am going to enjoy the weekend and then probably continue most of these new habits. 
    This past year I lost my father and I have been all over the place with weight,  emotional ups and downs and lots of anxiety, drinking too much just bad habits, I really needed a change. This literally  was a life changer. I wasn’t sure I could actually get through 30 days, but I was commited. The first week and a half was a bit rough and I was in a bad mood but it all paid off for sure! 
    I am grateful and thankful to a friend that inspired me to do it after seeing her success and I’m really grateful for this program! 
    Thank you! 
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    AnitaC reacted to BetweenPenandthePins in Ecstatic, Disheartened, Then Ecstatic Again   
    Just completed my first Whole30 and let me tell you, today, day 31, was interesting to say the least.
    Initially, I was very skeptical of the Whole30.  I have my Bachelors degree in Physical Fitness and Wellness Management and am completing my Master's degree in Human Performance.  I've also had my fair share of nutrition classes--not saying I'm an expert, but I have a decent understanding of how nutrition works.  I believed that the majority of weight loss that occurred during the Whole30 would be water weight, especially since it's lower carb than the Standard American Diet.  In order to validate my supposed future "results," I scheduled an appointment with the research lab at my university to get my body composition determined via DEXA (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) at the end of the month (AKA, today).  (Sorry, Melissa and Dallas, I'm a bit of a skeptic)
    Before the Whole30, my diet was out of control.  Since the start of graduate school, I went from 26% BF to almost 30%; my stress levels were at an all time high; and I was dealing with a lot of trauma.  Luckily, I was able to join my university's Olympic weightlifting (OWL) team, but my body composition and diet habits remained subpar.  I was always down on myself and making poor decisions that consistently impacted me negatively.  Fortunately, over the course of the Whole30, I saw a lot of non-scale victories, namely my confidence.  Things just started falling into place... I was making better choices, hanging out with the right people... I even started working on my spirituality more.  I stopped smoking hookah, not just because I had to, but because I stopped relying on it for social interaction.  Everything seemed to be going so well!  I was determined that if I must be feeling this good, my body must be following in my mindset's footsteps.
    With all of these feel-good results in mind, when I initially stepped on the scale this morning and saw that I only lost 2 lbs... I was not the happiest of campers.  I mean, I wasn't completely disheartened, but I was expecting more of a BANG, especially since my clothes started fitting like I had lost 5-10 lbs.  I wasn't hopeful about the DEXA either.  I had trained hard with my OWL team but over the course of the past semester (4 months, mind you), I lost muscle, gained body fat, and lost bone mineral density.  I was not looking forward to my hopes being dashed even more.
    Well, I was wrong.
    By increasing my training on my team (1.5-2 hour practice, 6 days/wk--which is normal for our sport) and finally eating right, I dropped 2% body fat and gained 2.5 lbs of muscle.  So, although the scale didn't change much, my body composition definitely had.
    I was shocked.  I was hoping for at least a 1% BF change with no change in muscle mass.  Melissa and Dallas... way to show me.  Thanks for turning my life around.
    My life has changed.  I'm making better decisions in life.  I'm eating right.  And my body followed suit.

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    AnitaC reacted to BonnieStP in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    Day 30 on my Whole30.... which means first day of Re-Introduction is tomorrow!
    Here is how I celebrated reaching my 30 days, for this, my 5th Whole30.... in my Photography Studio (, with my girl Sammi!

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    AnitaC reacted to hotwheels in Cooking fats? Confused   
    That is what I do also! I have olive oil, ghee and coconut oil and use them depending on the flavors I am using. It's fun to experiment, too!
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    AnitaC reacted to TJHigh in What worked for me   
    2. Putting in effort to re-establish how to reward myself. Like a lot of people, a glass of wine after work seemed like a perfect reward, and for me, it reallllllllly was. Like, a made-it-through-the-day-deserve-a-reward kind of reward. So I def needed a replacement, and a good one. For me, it was a bath, almost every night. Sometimes as soon as I came home, sometimes right before bed.  Always with a candle, scented salts and a magazine. Not a utilitarian bath - a luxury. And I’d follow that with an indulgent skin care routine to further reenforce one of my best NSVs- my glowing skin.
    In addition to routine baths that replaced my routine wine, I added countless other rewards to celebrate just about any and every milestone. Finish the first week? New perfume. Make it through a tough day at work? Facial.  Weekend done with all of next week’s food prepped? New cookbook. I rewarded myself often in order to replace what used to be food rewards.  (Side note- I may need a budget W30 when this is done.)
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    AnitaC reacted to Jager07 in Rocking 2018!   
    Made a breakfast bake this morning: 
    1. Olive oil then thinly sliced overlapping potatoes (I used a mandolin) topped with a bit more EVOO, garlic salt and Herbes de Provence. Bake for 15 minutes. 2. A layer of  prosciutto then 6 eggs with S&P whisked and poured on top, then spinach and sliced tomatoes and a sprinke of cilantro. Bake for 15 more minutes or until eggs are set. 

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    AnitaC reacted to slc_melissa in Lack of Appetite and Dizziness later in Whole30   
    If you tell us the info regarding your food intake that sugarcube requested above, we might be able to help.are you salting your food? Getting other electrolytes?
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    AnitaC reacted to laura_juggles in Sore throat relief for middle of the night   
    You would probably also benefit from a humidifier. 
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    AnitaC got a reaction from kirkor in 18/18   
    I hate being that guy but according to this forum, the steak at Chipotle isn't compliant, only the pork is (and that's still kind of up for debate). Unless the Chipotle near you cooks things differently.
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    AnitaC reacted to Shalla in January 2018, Round 4   
    @AnitaC This is what I get for just checking the allergy list. Actually I didn't realize there was an ingredient list available. Rice is one of the few grains I don't have a problem with, so I think I'm just going to ignore it for now.
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    AnitaC reacted to SugarcubeOD in Help me make softer meatballs!   
    Yes to @ShannonM816 suggestion to use mashed... that's what I was thinking.  If you don't want to roast a yam, buy a can of pumpkin (careful it's just pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling) and use what you need and then freeze the rest in ice cube trays or small ziploc bags for next time
    Also, wonton soup is my favorite thing ever and now I just make wonton-esque meatballs (much like gyoza) and use chicken broth for the soup... best ever and it's not such a pain in the rear because wrapping wontons SUCKS!
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    AnitaC reacted to chichi in ideas for SAME breakfast everyday?   
    I whisk pureed squash into the eggs, maybe like a third cup for 6 eggs, when I make my breakfast frittata-things for the week--gives it a kind of souffle texture and taste that improves when cold (so I can eat it right out of the fridge), and keeps it moist and not rubbery. Really good if I char some green onion bits in the pan before pouring in all the veg/egg mixture!
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    AnitaC reacted to ShannonM816 in Help me make softer meatballs!   
    Or just use it mashed/pureed.
    You could try the cream of tartar/baking soda trick that Mel Joulwan uses here:  (also, she's got a ton of meatball recipes, if you ever want to branch out and try new flavors).
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    AnitaC reacted to quitequaint in Day 22 and I just realized my mistake.   
    After I wrote my post, I got into my car and headed to my local gluten-free bakery. Half-way there, I realized I really didn't need a pastry. My craving had subsided, so I immediately turned back around. I took a walk around my neighborhood instead and just being outside helped. That was a major win for me against my relentless sugar dragon! My habits truly are changing, slowly but surely, and I can't give up now! Thank you so much for your support.
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    AnitaC reacted to ShannonM816 in My Very First Whole30 Log   
    Hello, Asha. You might want to check out the meal template, which you can download here:
    You'll have the best results if you make all your meals match the template. You're eating a lot of fruit, which is not doing you any favors as far as your blood sugar is concerned. Focus on eating lots of veggies, protein, and healthy fats, and limit fruit to not more than a couple of servings a day. When you get your meals sized right, you'll be able to go 4-5 hours between meals and probably won't need snacks, but if you do get hungry between meals, don't have fruit on its own, have a combo of protein, fat, and vegetables, or at least two of the three -- so something like a hard boiled egg with mayo and some carrots, or some leftovers from a previous meal.
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    AnitaC reacted to cynrok in Formerly known as Ceerock   
    my skin's cracking too. i should get one for both sinuses and skin.
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    AnitaC reacted to Helen_ in Pistachios are my friends?   
    HI @MarriannaD if I may be so bold to use a bit of though love...

    Reading your two posts I think you are consuming way too much sugars to help your blood sugar calm down and tame your sugar dragon. You really have to stop eating those popsicles. As long as you do eat them, you are not following a Whole30 lifestyle and thus have not yet begun to count day one. 

    It really sounds like your biggest challenge for your Whole30 is to tame you sugar dragon and the only way I believe you can do that is by cutting it off. I am talking from experience so here's what I would recommend you could do to get you through those first stages of withdrawal and on your food freedom road.
    In General: follow the template as much as possible, adding fat and protein to as many veggies as you can handle. 

    Week 1: Besides the named noncompliant whole30 foods also steer clear from all nuts, fruits and only eat starchy veggies with dinner (or, I would actually skip them for the first whole week). Concentrate on gradually upping the amount of food on your plate and don't stress about being hungry after two hours. Just eat a mini Whole30 meal in between your meals (try bone broth and a boiled egg, or raw veggies and avocado/homemade guacamole). Just try to add a little more to your plate the next meal and gradually you will find that eating enough to keep yourself going for 4-5 hours isn't hard anymore.

    Week 2: Just keep going (for me it took about two full weeks to get to the point where I know how much I need to put on my plate to not have to eat mini meals in between), if you took out all starchy foods in the first week you could try to add a little bit of sweet potato to one of your diners and see how you are doing. If it fires up your sugar dragon, I would suggest leaving the sugary starches our even longer. For me, this was hard for two reasons, my stool wasn't the best, but that will clear up in time, and it means not doing too much. So try to hold off on the activities just yet. Also, I did eat raw carrots with my meals in the evening, I found those where enough and not too sugary.

    Week 3, 4: just keep going, see how you are feeling, try another meal with some kind of starch, maybe keep to the squashes, pumpkins and tubers more than the sweet, red and white potatoes. 

    This is just an example that has worked for me. I know fruits and nuts are off the plan because they would fire up my sugar dragon. I only sometimes add a little bit of sugarless almond milk or some fresh orange juice to my meals. This I started doing during week 3, and I found that was fine. But just in case I planned my meals so that the next couple of meals didn't contain any sugars or nuts that could fire up my sugar dragon.

    Examples of meals I eat:

    Breakfast: usually stir fried veggies and crackled sunny side up eggs (This I took from a recipe from nomnompaleo)
    Lunch: Mostly leftover protein from last night with a big green salad (I especially like to steam broccoli and asparagus and mix them with leafy greens and change up the dressing to not get bored with it)
    Diner: differs a lot. Most nights though I try to keep it simple, I add a bunch of veggies to one pot, add some fish or meat, stir it up and make it into a curry or stir fry dish

    I like to put some sides on my plate, usually some pieces of raw carrot or mini tomatoes to keep it interesting. I can get kinda bored with my plate when it's just one stir fry meal. Also, cauliflower rice (raw, roasted, stir fried with veggies and spices)is amazing and sheetpan meals (sugarless bacon, Brussels sprouts and red onions or salmon, fennel and cherry tomatoes) are very easy and delicious. 
    In short: I would strongly suggest starting over, and keeping away from any kind of SWYPO meals and sugars and nuts (because they seem to be your food with no breaks 'culprits') 

    May I ask, do you have any of the whole30 books? I really find them to be very very helpful. I read the day by day book daily and log my progress, I read the Whole30 book before I started and am now reading the bits that are about certain days and keeping it on hand when introduction time is there. I have read It starts with food before I started to get my mindset in the right direction and have read food freedom and am planning of reading it again when introduction time is there and I need some help to let go of the training wheels. 
    If not, maybe it's wise to invest in the Day by day book and also it starts with food and or the Whole30 book. It really helps me to start my days with a cup of tea, some cuddles with my kittycat and a view pages of the books. 

    Hope it wasn't too confronting and I haven't said anything to upset you. I wish you health and happiness and send you all the luck and strength to get yourself on the right track! <3 

    Little disclaimer: I am speaking from my own experience of years of whole30 paleo and off track living and my knowledge of what worked and did not work for me. This is your journey, so you always do you to find what works and doesn't work. Just keep going, you will get there.
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    AnitaC got a reaction from lgt2013 in Liza's 2018 Whole30   
    I don't find I can taste cauliflower at all (but I love cauliflower). One night, the store didn't have cauliflower rice so I bought broccoli rice. I didn't think I'd like it because I don't really care for broccoli and thought the taste would overpower but I couldn't taste it at all. Give it a try, you never know.
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    AnitaC reacted to SugarcubeOD in influenza with a pity party   
    I'm totally going to try this!  I don'w own a microwave so I usually either change plans if the thing is still frozen or I put it in a ziploc bag in a tepid water bath but my sink slowly drains so it's not ideal.
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    AnitaC reacted to Nicole Lee in I want to quit or cry or both   
    Thank you guys. My headache has mostly subsided today. I did some journaling last night and I realized I have been in a funk because my whole30 is a week away from being finished and I'm sure I haven't lost any weight. My clothes fit the same and my face actually looked rounder in some recent photographs. I know this is not a weight loss program but I came into it hoping to lose weight and start down a path of generally paleo lifestyle free of counting, tracking and obsessing. I've been trying to lose the same 20 pounds for about 5 years now and it is exhausting starting new diets, exercise programs, reading new books, listening to podcast, saying positive affirmations, just to constantly see 162 pounds on the scale year after year. 
    I love to cook and exercise so it seems like the ball should be in my court to reach my goals. I'm not going to quit and I'm going to see this through. I'm going to trust the process and stay present. I was so focused on day 31 that I was missing what was right in front of me....a badass lady on day 24  
    Thank you to anyone who took the time to read this vent! It was quite therapeutic getting it out.