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  1. boyercs

    Starting 6/11

    Kudos to you for staying compliant throughout all of those events. That's awesome! We went to a birthday party Saturday night and made sure we ate a delicious meal before going. We stayed compliant munching on veggies and water while everyone else ate giant slices of ice cream cake. Now if I'm being totally honest.. it was difficult not to be envious of the cake eaters, but we tried to focus on the benefits of whole30 and how much better we are already feeling. The worst part about the social gathering was not watching everyone else eat things we are choosing not to.. it was actually all of the comments of "well you're braver than me", "I could never do that", "Why would you want to deprive yourself"... I was saddened that our family members considered our healthy choices deprivation. Something doesn't seem right there to me because we feel the exact opposite. We feel fulfilled, recharged, and well. In regards to breakfast, I totally get it. We are so lucky that we love eggs. I ate eggs everyday pre-whole30. My tip for breakfast (and any meal) is just to remember the meals don't always have to be "pinterest-ready" beautiful plated meals. Most of the time my breakfast is 3 scrambled eggs, a compliant breakfast sausage, red peppers, and ghee. It is simple and it takes about 10 minutes to make. We also make egg casseroles in advance to last the week sometimes. Our first whole30 we got so caught up in complicated fancy meals that we were exhausted from cooking. I am not ashamed to say sometimes our meals are whatever is in the fridge... ground meat, random vegetables, and a compliant sauce all thrown into the same bowl. Sometimes we eat grilled hot dogs, avocado, leftover vegetables, and apple sauce. Our meals still follow the template and are 100% compliant even though they are somewhat random at times. We also double every meal for lunches and leftovers... this has saved us a TON of time.
  2. boyercs

    Starting 6/11

    Thank you for sharing your story! Kudos to you for all of your hard work! I was so surprised about the dishes and cost as well! We spend about $200- $250/ wk on groceries for two people. We are in Indiana so our cost of living is pretty low. We even double almost every meal for leftovers. I will say, we meal plan very diligently and go to 3 different places for groceries. We go to the farmers market for produce, Kroger for paper products, and the meat market for meat. It takes a little extra time and planning but we save quite a bit by doing this. It takes time. Also, since we aren't eating out, stopping at Starbucks, etc. we are actually still saving money. I remember my first whole30 thinking that there is NO WAY this is a practical lifestyle.. well I was wrong... now we both breeze through the grocery store knowing what is compliant (always double checking because recipes do change) and have even memorized most of our favorite meals. It will click and soon you will look back and realize you have mastered shopping and cooking. I can relate to all of those cravings and what you are feeling and it is all completely normal for day 3. My boyfriend is really struggling with his sugar cravings today and we both have had headaches all week. Your body is just getting used to a new way of fueling itself, so it will take time. I know I get really hungry in-between meals if I don't include enough fat in my meals. Maybe give that a try? I have also noticed my attention span is really short this week. Makes it more difficult to refrain from boredom eating at my desk. I hope you're enjoying your whole30 journey so far. I look forward to hearing how your month progresses!
  3. Hello All, I will be traveling mid July and eating at this restaurant. This is going to be a tough one, but I am looking for suggestions on how to find a whole30 complaint meal within this menu? I can probably bring along my own oil/ vinegar for dressing if needed. Menu is attached. -Chesney Indianapolis.pdf
  4. boyercs

    Starting 6/11

    That is awesome for not waiting for a new month and starting now!!! So glad to have you along, and for the full 60 days! Looking back, my boyfriend and I don't think 30 days was long enough for our habits to change. Another BIG thing we are doing this time around is re-framing how we talk about whole30 to others and OURSELVES. Instead of saying we "can't" have something. We are saying we are "choosing" not to have something, or we are making healthier choices right now. On our last whole30 we were awful at that part. I think that is partly why our old habits came back so strong. It was the reward of finally being allowed to have something we couldn't have before. We realized that was not a very productive way of thinking, so we are pushing big to re-shape our mindset. Do you notice that the eating whole30 compliant foods and following the meal structure is easier this time around? I have noticed I don't have the urge to snack as much as I did the first week of my first whole30.
  5. boyercs

    Starting 6/11

    You can do it! Just take it one day at a time. Utilize the forum. The moderators are incredible. Do you have any of the whole30 cook books or the day by day guide? I ordered two of the cook books and the day by day guide from amazon when we did our first whole30 and they are truly amazing. I don't know that I would have gotten through without them. Consider checking those out! Another great resource for recipes is Pinterest (just be sure you double check the ingredients are truly whole30 compliant). One of our favorite meals is pretty simple. It's a one skillet meal of diced potatoes, kielbasa, and green beans. We cook it in a bit of coconut oil or ghee and add salt and pepper. Start with the potatoes first, they take the longest and then add the green beans and kielbasa. Cook until starting to brown. We also use our crock pot multiple times per week. It is a huge time-saver. We make roast and potatoes, pulled pork (with Tessamae's compliant BBQ sauce), and chicken often.
  6. boyercs

    Starting 6/11

    Yes! Let's do this! We were in the same boat. We tried re-starting many times and couldn't get our momentum.
  7. boyercs

    Starting 6/11

    This is my story but I want to hear yours! Is this your first, second,fifth whole30? What are you excited about? What are you nervous about? We completed our first whole30 in April and felt AMAZING after. Experienced a ton of NSV and a few scale victories. We started the slow roll re-introduction and everything was going well until it wasn't... Our Sugar Dragon's came back with a sugary vengeance and we did not handle it very well. We still try to cook whole30 compliant meals, because we loved our cookbooks that much, but are snacking on sugar and eating gluten A LOT. And we both feel awful, but yet we keep adding Ben and Jerry's to our shopping cart. Long story short we know what needs to happen so we are starting again next Monday. After evaluating our last whole30 we have made 3 decisions: 1. Cutting back on fruit (especially as a "dessert") and compliant Lara Bars. 2. We are going to do a whole60 days. 3. DO.THE.RE-INTRODUCTION. --- by the books. (We tried to "tweak" it to suit our needs and I believe this contributed to our turning back to sugar and gluten so quickly) I think we relied too much on sugary technically compliant foods for snacks. I think it dwindled our sugar cravings, but since sugar is a huge trigger for us we are going to severely limit them this time around. Also, I don't think 30 days was long enough (for us) to re-shape our mentality. It was plenty long enough to learn how to prep, cook, and shop whole30. I am so excited to give it another go and see what happens. I can only imagine how great we are going to feel after the next two months. Let's share stories and support each other through the next 30+ days!
  8. I am on day 30, starting April 9th. And the last few days I have had NO appetite and nothing tastes good or satisfying. I am craving nothing. I feel hungry, but then when I sit down to eat I only choke down a few bites. I don't know what in the world is going on and was curious if anyone else has felt this way at the end?
  9. boyercs

    FIRST TIMER - Starting 4/9/18

    Same here! I operate really well when there is structure and clear guidelines. I am worried about slipping back into snacking constantly and boredom eating. I can't believe that whole30 has trained my body and mind to sustain itself between meals. I don't even find the urge to snack most days!
  10. boyercs

    FIRST TIMER - Starting 4/9/18

    I can't believe it is day 25! Is anyone else worried about Day 31 and after? I have had such a great experience with Whole30 so far. I can't believe how much my sugar cravings are tamed, I have seen a reduction in cellulite, I am sleeping better and longer, have a lot more energy, and have really been enjoying all of our meals. We have food prep/ shopping nailed down! Still doing dishes non-stop, but we have managed to only have one grocery store trip this week. It is so much easier shopping now and I don't spend nearly as much time reading labels and googling if an ingregient is compliant. All that said, I am kind of worried about after Whole30. I have read the re-introduction schedule (the slow and 10- day versions), but I don't really feel the need to re-introduce much. I would say the only thing I miss is the occasional dining out with friends/ family. I don't like having to decline invitations because I can't find anything ahead of time on the menu. Has anyone not re-introduced things per the schedule, eating only whole30 style, and just adding in the occasional dining out? Is it okay to just re-introduce at my own pace? If anything I can see us re-introducing: black beans, corn, goat cheese, the occasional gluten free crust for pizza, and dark chocolate into our regular diets. I surprisingly don't miss my sugar canister on the counter, bread, creamer, and other foods I consumed regularly. Any practical tips or suggestions are greatly appreciated!
  11. I am on day 11, starting 4/9/18. I am feeling very unsure about everything whole30. I don’t feel great, but I don’t feel bad. I have more energy, but my sleep has been worse. It seems like all we do is go to the grocery store because we are running out of food or ingredients despite my meticulous meal planning, doubling recipes, etc. I am wondering how this is a practicle lifestyle seeing as how much food we are eating. I am trying to stay positive, but just having a lot of doubts. I have seen progress since last week, I am able to go between meals without wanting a snack, after dinner cravings are manegable, and we have tried some delicious new recipes from the whole30 cookbook. I have been feeling so back and forth if this is all worth it. Surely I’m not the first person to feel this way?
  12. boyercs

    FIRST TIMER - Starting 4/9/18

    Yay for making it through week 1. Feeling good except for still feeling somewhat bloated. Is anyone else feeling this as well? No headaches since the first few days. Surprisingly we found the weekend harder than the weekdays. Did anyone else feel this way? The weekends are when we would normally eat out, snack more, eat pancakes, etc.
  13. boyercs

    Day 20 and bummed

    @ShannonM816 I think that makes more sense! I think because of the word "meal" I was getting thrown off a bit! Thank you for your reply!
  14. boyercs

    Day 20 and bummed

    I have wondered this as well, "I usually work out right after work, so dinner is immediately after so not sure how to handle a post WO meal? Should I be having two dinners?" I am a little confused on the pre/ post workout meals. I typically workout at 5a before work and then eat breakfast 30-45 minutes after getting home. Am I supposed to eat two breakfast meals? I can barely finish the normal whole30 breakfast since it is more than I am used to eating in the AM, so I can't imagine having to eat more that early. Any advice/ clarification would be helpful!
  15. boyercs

    FIRST TIMER - Starting 4/9/18

    We also started 4/9 ! I must say sloppy joe baked potatoes sound delicious!! What did you use to make the sloppy joe sauce? We made classic chili from the whole30 cook book Monday and served over mashed potatoes! It was AMAZING! I am surprisingly not feeling as much of "the hangover", but I also don't feel any different. I started whole30 because I was feeling tired and bloated all the time. I had a serious problem with sugar and boredom eating. I sit most of my day at work so snacking was a constant thing. The sugar cravings haven't been as bad as I thought they would be. Maybe I am feeling the same but for different reasons? Maybe it is actually "the hangover"? One can only hope!