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    doubledee got a reaction from Pandora Black in Happily Ever After?   
    Day 1 of the rest of my life:
    My plan going forward is to work on three things: 1) Maintaining healthy eating and exercise habits and feeling good, 2) Keeping blood sugar stable and healthy, and 3) Continuing to lose weight in a sustainable way. I'll make some notes here on what I'm eating and how I'm feeling in order to keep track of what makes me feel good. I'm also going to weigh myself once a week to keep tabs on weight loss (but no more than once a week so I"m not stressing over daily fluctuations). I realize this may be TMI and not interesting to anybody else, but it's important for me to have the accountability of keeping track. 
    Weight: 218 pounds. My goal is 175 (at 5'9" this would be technically a few pounds overweight, but it's a weight I'm comfortable with), so I have 43 pounds to lose. I'm aiming to lose 1 pound/week. Will check back in next Weds.
    Food: Reintroducing legumes today. I thoroughly enjoyed some white beans with sausage and sautéed veggies this morning. Planning on a bit of peanut butter with my lunch, and chickpea hummus at dinner. We'll see how it goes!
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    doubledee got a reaction from Aliem999 in Happily Ever After?   
    Day 22: Well, three weeks post Whole-30 I see that I have failed in many ways, not least in posting this log! My goal was to lose one pound per week; instead, in my first two weeks I gained 3. I did settle back down and lose one pound this past week, leaving me right now at 220. Hoping to keep moving in the downward direction going forward!
    Why did I falter? Two things, I think. First, I hurt my knee a few weeks ago. It's on the mend, but I've been hobbled and haven't gotten as much exercise. I hope by next week to be fully healed and back to more walking/jogging. Second, I had several special occasions in the first couple of weeks and I gave myself too much license to go wild on them--my husband's birthday, Father's Day, and most significantly my college reunion, which turned into four days of drinking and eating way too much while reconnecting with old friends. I need to work on moderation: I can do fine during 30 days of absolute abstinence, but I'm much less good at saying okay, I'm going to have one glass of wine and one small dessert (or small helping of chips and dip or whatever)--that one too easily slides into two or more. Because I don't want to completely abstain from sugar or alcohol or gluten for the rest of my life, my key to successful post-Whole 30 is definitely finding good ways to balance and set reasonable limits!
    I have learned that legumes in small quantities don't seem to bother me but too much definitely caused problems. Sugar and gluten don't seem to cause specific reactions, but in large quantities leave me feeling a bit icky. Dairy seems to be the one thing that genuinely causes reactions, most notably it makes me congested in an icky post-nasal drippy sort of way. So dairy is the one thing that I'm working hardest to almost completely eliminate, beans I'm letting back into my regular diet but in small quantities. Sugar and grains I'm largely avoiding but allowing occasional exceptions.
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    doubledee got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Sounds like you're doing great so far--congrats!
    Something that resonated with me as a challenge is feeling like all your meals are looking similar. I found I definitely fell into ruts too, which could be fine for a while if it tasted good but I'd eventually get sick of it. One thing that I realized in my second Whole30 was that I didn't have to eat just the "special" foods that feature prominently in Whole30 recipes (cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, homemade mayo, etc)--there are tons of "regular" foods that meet the guidelines. Especially in summer, grilled meats (with simple marinades of olive oil, lemon, spices, etc) and fish and vegetables are a great option. I also enjoyed yummy dairy-free sauces with nuts or tahini (I recently made an awesome variant on Romesco with roasted red peppers and walnuts) and various soups (thickened with a bit of potato rather than cream). As soon as we get into prime tomato season I'm excited to make gazpacho. Maybe put shrimp on top for protein. Yum!
    Don't get me wrong--I love making homemade mayo and cauliflower rice, but it was a bit of a revelation for me to realize that in addition to the things I've learned to make from Whole30 recipes a ton of the foods I would normally eat are Whole30 compliant or can easily be adapted to be so. 
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    doubledee got a reaction from Pandora Black in Pandora’s Whole 30 log   
    Yay! Congratulations! So great that you came back and finished this after your struggles first time around. I hope that you continue on a good journey going forward with post-Whole30 eating/living (and let me know if you come up with a good alternative to eggs for breakfast! so sick of them myself...).
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    doubledee reacted to Pandora Black in Pandora’s Whole 30 log   
    Day 27
    I'm out of eggs so I had chicken breast and Brussels sprouts for breakfast. 
    Also I was looking at old photos and I’m amazed at how much thinner my face looks. Look at this!
    before

    After

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    doubledee reacted to Pandora Black in Happily Ever After?   
    I love that your weight loss goals are reasonable. So many people expect to lose tons of weight right away and expect to hit like 120 lbs.
    Personally I’m 308 lbs at last check (in the hospital). I’m hoping to lose 150 lbs total, to hit 150 at 5’4” which is still slightly overweight. But I’d accept and be happy with even 200 lbs. I’m not weighing myself at all, but my clothes already fit better.
    Legumes are also first on my list for reintroduction!
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    doubledee got a reaction from Pandora Black in Happily Ever After?   
    Day 1 of the rest of my life:
    My plan going forward is to work on three things: 1) Maintaining healthy eating and exercise habits and feeling good, 2) Keeping blood sugar stable and healthy, and 3) Continuing to lose weight in a sustainable way. I'll make some notes here on what I'm eating and how I'm feeling in order to keep track of what makes me feel good. I'm also going to weigh myself once a week to keep tabs on weight loss (but no more than once a week so I"m not stressing over daily fluctuations). I realize this may be TMI and not interesting to anybody else, but it's important for me to have the accountability of keeping track. 
    Weight: 218 pounds. My goal is 175 (at 5'9" this would be technically a few pounds overweight, but it's a weight I'm comfortable with), so I have 43 pounds to lose. I'm aiming to lose 1 pound/week. Will check back in next Weds.
    Food: Reintroducing legumes today. I thoroughly enjoyed some white beans with sausage and sautéed veggies this morning. Planning on a bit of peanut butter with my lunch, and chickpea hummus at dinner. We'll see how it goes!
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    doubledee reacted to SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat's Round 2 diary - starting 12 May 2019   
    Naughty naughty. I got a promotion today, so corn reintro has now meshed with champagne. I'll have a compliant weekend and reintro non gluten grains again on Monday!
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    doubledee got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Happily Ever After?   
    Hmm. Feeling energetic and healthy on Day 2 of legume reintro, but all these beans are definitely giving me gas!
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    doubledee got a reaction from Pandora Black in Pandora’s Whole 30 log   
    Yeah, that makes sense. It's hard to be economical on Whole30 when we can't include any of the cheaper stuff (beans, rice, etc) that can bulk up meals.
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    doubledee got a reaction from Pandora Black in Pandora’s Whole 30 log   
    I've had that food boredom problem too. I've tried to experiment with different flavors than my staples, specifically trying some Asian dishes that bring some different tastes to the tables. Korean bulgogi beef in lettuce wraps and Melissa Joulwan's DanDan Noodles (er, zoodles) were my two biggest hits, both for me and my family.
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    doubledee got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat's Round 2 diary - starting 12 May 2019   
    Legumes (in moderation of course) are awesome! This is one area where I'm not convinced by the Whole30 science. I'm sure there are some people for whom legumes aren't healthy, but for most of us I think they're just fine. I made some tasty white beans and sausage for breakfast this morning and have been feeling fantastic all day!
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    doubledee reacted to SchrodingersCat in Whole30, Take Two   
    Woot!! Sleep well!
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    doubledee got a reaction from Jihanna in Whole30, Take Two   
    And that's a wrap, folks. Thirty days of healthy living and mindful eating under my belt, I am off to bed, fully expecting flights of angels to sing me to my rest.
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    doubledee got a reaction from Jihanna in Whole30, Take Two   
    And that's a wrap, folks. Thirty days of healthy living and mindful eating under my belt, I am off to bed, fully expecting flights of angels to sing me to my rest.
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    doubledee got a reaction from Jihanna in Whole30, Take Two   
    Day 30: Last day of Whole30!!! I woke up this morning and could not for the life of me think of a single compliant thing that I wanted to eat for breakfast. Fortunately I'm working from home today, so there was no rush. I just sipped my coffee with unsweetened almond milk while my family ate bagels and cream cheese, got the the girls off to school, and by the time I got home had figured out something to eat. Breakfast is definitely my hardest meal, and will likely be my biggest challenge in staying complaint-ish going forward.
    Breakfast: Three hard-boiled eggs and a bowl of leftover curried pumpkin/coconut soup (so easy and delicious!)
    Lunch: I'm thinking I'll make tuna salad with lots of herbs and veggies and homemade mayo for my fat.
    Dinner: Will be leftover chicken breast (I marinated it in the Thai-inspired sauce that Jihanna suggested--yummy!), basil, spinach, radishes, carrots, avocado.
    Exercise: Walking has been my go-to, but I hurt my knee yesterday (nothing serious, I don't think, just stepped awkwardly and wrenched it and its a bit stiff/sore today) so may have to lay off today. Maybe I'll do pilates.
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    doubledee got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat's Round 2 diary - starting 12 May 2019   
    I don't feel as though I'm having as dramatic an experience with this second Whole30 either. It's been easier than the first time, but like you I'm not sure i'm getting as much from it. I wonder if that's typical ... and maybe an indication that our baseline is now better, so eating this way isn't as much of a change?
    One area where I have improved is making hash browns with various root vegetables. Two big things I've learned are important to do are to make sure to squeeze out excess moisture from the grated potatoes/beets/whatever, and to make sure the temperature isn't too high. I used to cook them too hot and the bottoms would burn while the veggies in the middle remained raw. A mellow medium heat lets them cook through and brown evenly. You're a good cook so you may be onto these points already, but they've made a big difference for me!
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    doubledee reacted to Aliem999 in Whole30, Take Two   
    Just to let you know, their official stance is that communion is fine. I took it last Sunday, though is you decide not to, that's also fine! Our church uses grape juice instead of wine though, for the exact reason Jihanna mentioned. I have already done a reintroduction in the past though so I know I don't really have any true food intolerances (though lots of sugar definitely makes me tired and affects my sleep)
     
     
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    doubledee reacted to Jihanna in Whole30, Take Two   
    I love, love, love that you were able to place your physical dietary limitations over the religious need to participate in Communion!
    While I know this isn't the place for religious discussion, I just had to agree that what's in our hearts absolutely must weigh heavier than whether or not we take part in the rituals of the church. After all, there are food allergies and severe intolerance that could be an issue, and I wouldn't say a recovering alcoholic (like me) should ever drink wine, even in small amounts.
    I've promised my youngest that we'll go to church this coming Sunday. We're non-denominational so I can't predict when Communion will occur, but I definitely won't be taking part for the duration of my W30 and possibly afterward. Ours uses juice not wine, at least, but I'll have to get past the point where I'm okay to start making exceptions to my only-slightly-flexible food rules after reintroduction... maybe I'll get creative.
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    doubledee got a reaction from Jihanna in JenX- Round 3.5 June 2019   
    Congrats on what sounds like a good start to your new Whole30! Your picadillo sounds delicious--I may have to make some of that myself!
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    doubledee got a reaction from Jihanna in Whole30, Take Two   
    Day 28: As I'm an infrequent churchgoer, when I decided to go to church this morning I ran into a challenge that I hadn't really thought about--Communion!  I wasn't sure how to weigh sticking with W30 and declining the bread and wine vs the wellbeing of my immortal soul, but then I decided that it's the thought that counts as opposed to the physical ritual and I passed on the gluten and alcohol. So I'm still fully compliant, with just two days to go--woot woot!
    Breakfast: Sweet potato and golden beet latkes. Compliant breakfast sausage (have I mentioned how much I love Applegate Farms for making a no-sugar-added breakfast sausage???).
    Lunch: Salmon cakes with delicious homemade tartar sauce (this stuff is seriously good). A heaping pile of sautéed bok choy with coconut aminos (which I continue to find sketchy).
    Dinner: Hubby made turkey burgers, which I enjoyed on a bed of lettuce, and roasted cauliflower. Fantastic local strawberries for dessert.
    Exercise: A walk plus biking with my kids.
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    doubledee got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat's Round 2 diary - starting 12 May 2019   
    Congrats! Sounds like a yummy start to Day 30!
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    doubledee reacted to SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat's Round 2 diary - starting 12 May 2019   
    Day 30!!! Already have my legume reintro planned for tomorrow.
    Brunch: 2 fried eggs, sauteed mushrooms, jamon and brussel sprouts in basil pesto. Yum!!!!!
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    doubledee got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in SchrodingersCat's Round 2 diary - starting 12 May 2019   
    I don't feel as though I'm having as dramatic an experience with this second Whole30 either. It's been easier than the first time, but like you I'm not sure i'm getting as much from it. I wonder if that's typical ... and maybe an indication that our baseline is now better, so eating this way isn't as much of a change?
    One area where I have improved is making hash browns with various root vegetables. Two big things I've learned are important to do are to make sure to squeeze out excess moisture from the grated potatoes/beets/whatever, and to make sure the temperature isn't too high. I used to cook them too hot and the bottoms would burn while the veggies in the middle remained raw. A mellow medium heat lets them cook through and brown evenly. You're a good cook so you may be onto these points already, but they've made a big difference for me!
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    doubledee reacted to Aliem999 in Whole30, Take Two   
    Kids being sick is the worst. My daughter was sick for about a month like a month ago. Cold turned bronchitis, turned ear infection! I was sick on top of it so I was just drained! Only a few more days to go through! Also, what a relief about your mother. My grandmother died of pancreatic cancer and unfortunately it is one of the types of cancer that is treatable if caught early, but is often only found in the late stages.