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  1. All I can say is wow.....that is one heck of a story......

    Anywho (just my two cents), have you gone over the (compliant) foods and base meals off of that? With the power of something like google, I'm sure you can do things like "tomato & spinach whole30 recipes" (for example) and find a lot of recipes.

    I wish you two well on your journey!

  2. Hello! Here with a final update on soy/legumes...




    and I got nothing. There was no noticeable enough effects for me to say 'maybe I should really really limit this'.

    Thus concludes my 2nd attempt at a Whole 30! This time, I did it, and I saw it through!

    As far as goals, I never really thought about that during this experience. I just focused on the challenge at hand, and I saw it through. 
    (But as a shining point, I did go down to under 170, which is something I haven't been near to in a long long long time). 

    Finally, I will be back one day to complete another Whole 30 and to really try & break down foods that might give me trouble. 
    (I might stop by this forum again if I stray too far away from the healthy 'food freedom' path).

    Until next time

  3. So on the 12th (Tuesday), I reintroduced dairy back into my system. Everything pretty much went as expected except for one thing.

    During the evening, I was getting a sensation like I was floating when walking around at work. I don't think it was vertigo (because I didn't feel myself tipping over anywhere or walking in zig-zags and such). This really came out of left field, and I just wanted to know if dairy could do something like this, or if not eating enough & close to the template would do something like this. 

    Below is what I had for the day.

    Pre-workout (8:15-8:30 AM): 1 banana, apple slices, guacamole (w/ sour cream powder)

    Brunch (around 11AM): Omelet w/ cheese + hot sauce & salsa

    Snack (4PM): Parm Crisps & the rest of the guacamole from above

    around 6PM or so is when I started feeling the light-headedness/floating things.

    Dinner (7:15-7:30PM): turkey cauliflower rice w/ aminos  & sesame oil, kimchi, kim

    by the time I finished dinner, the symptoms went away.

  4. Hello again! I'm back for an update with dairy.....and woah baby, this was a much wilder ride than gluten.

    So, for my dairy day, I had these things
    Guacamole (from a mix which had sour cream powder.......I love this stuff)
    Omelet w/ cheese
    Parmesan Crisps

    And day of, I did notice some stomach discomfort & gurgling, which I honestly expected, since I don't eat dairy like it's my life. (To note: I've never liked milk and haven't drank it for years.....I use almond milk). 
    Also, disclaimer: I'm sorry if what I'm about to say will gross you out, but it is some things that I've noticed. About 2 1/2 hours after first food consumption (which was guacamole + 1 banana & apple), I had a BM. They usually don't come that quick.
    Afterwards, I had a 2 egg omelet w/ cheese in the middle. I do like those occasionally, but just a few hours after eating it.....I HAD MAJOR STOMACH PAINS, BLOATING & GAS!!! This definitely threw me for a loop because I (obviously) wasn't expecting THIS much of a reaction. Making matters worse, I went through this as I was at my job. :unsure: Something else that I noticed during the evening (before my dinner) was that I was feeling....vertigo(?). I had that bit of dizziness feeling + I'm floating (as I'm walking), but that did go away.

    Day after, I noticed only a few things.
    1. I had stomach trouble after eating my breakfast.
    2. I had not 1, but 2 BM's, both in the morning. One was regular, and one was loose.
    3. After all of that, I just felt hungry.....<_<

    That's pretty much it as far as dairy goes. Now, onto soy & legumes.....

  5. Gluten gluten wheat......I don't know what to make of you.

    I was cycling through all sort of options when it came time to introduce this general group, but due to it being a day off for me, it came down to these things

    1 bowl raisin bran w/ almond milk
    Chia pudding w/ granola, along with home fries
    Pulled pork sandwich w/ a beer

    Now, re-introducing stuff has been a LOT harder than I thought. Even though my whole30 is technically done, I still have to keep compliant for those two days in-between reintroducing things. That's been tough, because my train of thought it well, my whole30 is done, so I guess it's okay to have such and such....... aside from this, here is what I found

    Day of, I had/experienced
    Bloat & stomach discomfort
    Belching & reflux
    Funny feelings in chest, lower jaw & throat
    Headache/head pressure
    A lot more gas (& it was smelly, unlike before)
    SLEEPINESS! (and I took about an hour-2 hour nap)

    The day after, I noticed that those initial things above did decrease, but I could still feel it some. I also noticed a bit of sinus pressure (but I'll wait to make a final conclusion on that). By the end of the day, I actually had some feeling of hunger, but I still felt that my stomach was definitely puffed out (I don't know if it was bloating or something else). 

    On the second day of recovery (today), my headache, constipation/bloating was practically gone (maybe because gluten took a long time to get through my GI system? Does anyone have any insight to this?) When I had BBQ chicken & avocado w/ ketchup for lunch, I did feel those feelings of bloating, but they have gone away in what I think is a timely manner.

    But for the past two days, there was one constant. I woke up between the hours of 3AM & 4AM. One time, I had to wake up to use the bathroom, the other time I didn't. AND....I had a hard time falling back asleep. It was troublesome for that first day (because I had to be up by 7am), but it was better the second day/today (because I had an extra hour to try and sleep some).

    That's pretty much the summary of my experience with gluten/wheat. Now, onto the other beast which is dairy...

  6. Reintroduction # 1: Hard Cider

    So....this is point where either everyone reading will say (or think).....Firefly didn't do a proper Whole30! 
    While this may be true, this was my plan all along. I knew I was hosting an event on day 30, and that it would be at a Cidery. So after finishing my day 30 dinner of Chipotle, I just figured that I would finally try some of this cider that I've been wanting to try for a long time...and yes, when I decide to do (something like) this again, I will make it a point to really break down my reintroduction, but I just wanted to test out some groups in general before making any assumptions. I had about 22 oz. in total (5 oz. of 4 different kinds and then some), and here are the only two things I found.

    I was gassy
    I could feel my stomach gurgling (but it wasn't too bad or anything.....definitely noticeable)
    I was belching again

    So this will be something I will keep my eye on for the next time I do something like this again. Now.....onto the beast which is gluten.......

  7. Take two, day thirty!

    Breakfast: 2 pieces bacon, 2 over-easy eggs, coffee & creamer

    Lunch: leftover dinner from last night, water

    Afternoon hold-over: Naked Blue Machine

    Dinner: Whole-30 Chipotle salad bowl!

    Overall, I am so relieved.......I DID IT (mostly)!!!!! I may have had some things that were questionable.......I may have incorrectly consumed that I thought was compliant (but wasn't)......I may not have followed the plan even 100% and done everything perfectly......but the point is...I set a goal......and in my mind, I accomplished it! Now, onto the important stuff........

  8. Take two, day twenty-nine

    Breakfast: 1 tangerine, 2 over-easy eggs, 2 pieces bacon, coffee & creamer

    Afternoon meal 1: BBQ chicken w/ veggies, part of 1 avocado, water

    Afternoon meal 2: The rest of the above + 1 lara bar (because what I had left wasn't enough......and........tomorrow's the last day.............)

    Dinner: galbi jjim, cauliflower rice, kimchi, seaweed snacks, water

    Overall, another day that turned out to work great! I was unsure about what I had prepped for lunch, but it turned out to be just fine (especially with the addition of the avocado). And (because of the Lunar New Year being today), my mother cooked up some galbi jjim, and she made a separate pot just for me (using green onion, coconut aminos, S&P, and garlic)!!! It was so yummy that I'm gonna take the rest of it for my lunch tomorrow. :)

  9. Take two, day twenty-eight

    Breakfast: Yogurt & blueberries w/ some chia seed sprinkled in, coffee & creamer

    Lunch: leftover chicken wings,& ketchup, green apple slices, 1/4 RX bar, water

    Snack: the rest of the green apple slices & RX bar

    Dinner: last of the chicken wings, a little guac, veggie & dip, 1 baked potato w/ olive oil, S&P, & ranch, water

    Overall, another solid day. I know by now that yogurt & fruit does not suit me for a whole morning of work, but again, I just didn't want any eggs. And the chicken wings + baked potato seemed to really really filling for me today. I'm not gonna worry about it too much, but I need to mention it now so that my brain can remember this. xD Two more days!

  10. Take two, day twenty-seven

    Breakfast: Scrambled eggs & prepped turkey, coffee & creamer

    Lunch: Guacamole, 2 pieces bacon, blueberries, granny-smith apple slices, water

    Dinner: Superbowl snacks (veggies, ranch, compliant shrimp cocktail, guacamole, vegan pesto, compliant chicken wings, paleo baked fries)

    Overall, the temptation to just quit and be over with this is really strong right now. I guess I'm at the point where I'm just 'over it'. I'm just itching to get started with reintroductions to food groups, but I must wait until Wednesday. 

  11. Take two, day twenty-six

    Very early morning: 1 apple w/ cashew butter

    Later in the morning: 1 banana, coffee & creamer

    Lunch: other half of paleo chili w/ 1/2 avocado, WF guacamole/pico de gallo mix with apple slices, water

    Dinner: Herbed & spiced turkey w/ cauliflower rice, Wild Brine kimchi, seaweed snacks, water

    Overall, today went better than expected. My late night snack helped hold me over (thank goodness) when I was working through the night. I didn't wake up at a ridiculous time, and my eating schedule wasn't thrown off because of it. :D

    Also, I ended up making some of the turkey herb & spice turkey from the Whole30 cookbook. Even though it tasted good, it didn't get crispy. I know it's through my own fault, but I am just wanting anything that is just crispy now. Hopefully my Superbowl snacks will be sufficient enough. I'm also really excited to try making the Turkey Base from the cookbook so I can meal-prep some Thai Larb.  

  12. Take two, day twenty five

    Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs w/ bok choy, 1 shiitake mushroom, 1 piece bacon, water, coffee & creamer

    Post workout: 1 Turkey Chomps Bar

    Snack/Lunch/Munching?: Olives & pineapple chunks

    Dinner: 1 Mediterranean burger w/ green onion, TJ's vegan pesto, tzatziki, ketchup, water

    Overall, today was a much better day. I actually woke up at a good time, got the rest of my shopping done for the moment, and went to work-out. Those three things equal success for me. After having my burger just now, I really want some sort of potato to go along with it, but I will hold that temptation in. I only have 5 more days to go. I can do this me!!!

  13. Take two, day twenty-four

    Let's just say today's course of events came out of absolutely no-where. Maybe it's because of the accumulative effects of me taking afternoon/early evening naps, or maybe it's just my body trying to get me ready for another long night tomorrow.......who knows? Let's just say, today's eating was rather weird.

    Meal 1: 2 baked chicken wings, some potatoes & pineapples, coffee

    Pre-walk snack: A few olives, roasted garlic & a spoonful of avocado mash

    Post walk/dinner?: Applegate grilled chicken, Trader Joe's beef sirloin in Tessamae's Mattie BBQ sauce, water 

    Snacks afterwards: 1 Epic lemon bar, 1 tangerine

    Hopefully, tomorrow will be better, as then...I'll have 5 days to go until part two of this journey.

  14. Take two, day twenty-three

    Breakfast: 2 over-easy eggs, 2 pieces bacon, 1 banana, coffee & creamer

    Lunch: Another nice salad (lettuce, tomato, blueberries, Trader Joe's sirloin, home-made avocado dressing), water

    Dinner: 1 baked potato (w/ ghee, s&p, ranch), a few pieces of sirloin, side salad (w/ caesar), water

    I have nothing to put after this today except that I'm am feeling TIRED. I've been waking up earlier than my body's used two, I actually drank 1 cup of coffee today (instead of two, like the past two days), and I STILL managed to stay tired & take a 2 hour nap after work. Yikes. 

  15. Take two, day twenty-two

    Breakfast: Scrambled eggs w/ spinach, the last of the pesto, & ketchup, 2 pieces of bacon, coffee & creamer

    Lunch: a nice, colorful salad (spinach, bell pepper, a few jumbo cashews, red onion, blueberries, caesar dressing), water

    Dinner: (kinda) small bowl of paleo chili w/ 1/2 avocado, water

    Snacks: a few seaweed snacks

    Overall, today was a much better day. Since I'll be going grocery shopping on Thursday (most likely.....barring any strange weather), I figured I can fight through 2 more days of eggs. So today, I went with the scrambled variety with spinach. Other than that, nothing unusual or bad or out of the ordinary happened. 

  16. Take two, day twenty-one

    Breakfast: Overnight chia pudding (blueberries, chia seeds, almond milk, powdered ginger & cinnamon), coffee & creamer

    Lunch: Country Archer beef jerky, bell peppers, detox pesto, pistachios, 1 tangerine, blueberries, water

    Dinner: Korean grilled beef dipped in sesame oil & salt, cauliflower rice, kimchi, water

    Snacks: Naked's Blue Machine (not the best choice....I know now.......)

    Overall, I really wanna say that today was good, but there were a few hiccups for sure. First off, I should have known that chia pudding wouldn't be nearly enough to hold me over until lunch on a workday. So hence, that's why I got Blue Machine. Even though it's technically a no & it technically has compliant ingredients, it held me over well until lunch. And no, I'm not starting over or adding another day, because this was a sort-of-emergency case (and when I'm not W30, I rarely have smoothies, if at all). And also.....I DIDN'T WANT EGGS TODAY. NO NO NO!

    Otherwise, everything else went smoothly. For dinner, my parents decided that they were having some Korean grilled meat that I absolutely love. Nothing off-limits were used, and I just adapted the meal to fit what I'm doing (go me! #NSV). And after some home-work, I will go about planning the rest of my W30 and reintroduction.........because I only have nine days to go. :o

  17. Take two, day twenty (already?! :o)

    Breakfast: 2 tangerines, 2 scrambled eggs w/ detox pesto & salsa, 2 slices turkey bacon, the rest of the home fries, coffee & creamer, water

    Afternoon: Blueberries & strawberries w/ lavva blueberry yogurt

    Dinner: Trader Joe's grass-fed beef sirloin w/ pesto & BBQ sauce, 1 baked potato w/ olive oil, S&P, & caesar dressing, side salad with dressing, water

    Overall, today was more of a regular day for me......maybe because it's a Sunday, and that means church. But anywho, I've really started to feel stuck as far as meal planning goes. Good thing I had the sirloin in the fridge, otherwise, I would have just had the potato & salad and been in a rut trying to come up with some more meal ideas as I approach these last few days. My eating schedule should get back to normal for the next 4-ish days before I have to do another night shift.


  18. I'm not where this is in the vast amount of topics, but basically......I think you're supposed to focus on one group at a time, even if you don't have a reaction. Because if you drink alcohol & lets say....have some peanut butter as well, you wouldn't know whether any type of reaction would be coming from the alcohol or the peanut butter.

    Just my two cents...

  19. Take two, day nineteen

    Late night: 1 RX bar

    Almost mid-day: 1 banana, coffee & creamer

    Lunch(?): Fennel & orange salad, 2 turkey bacon slices crumbled & 1 avocado cubed on top, with spinach as the green & caesar dressing, water

    Evening: A hefty handful of blueberries

    Overall, today was extremely weird, but expected. Got done with work a little after 3 in the morning, and stayed up until 4:30.........which meant I didn't wake up until after 11. And, to top it all off, I took about a 4(?) hour nap in the middle of afternoon........and my plan is to try and fall asleep around 11-midnight. :blink: Wowza

  20. Take two, day eighteen

    Breakfast: 1 fried over-easy egg, 2 whole pieces of bacon, coffee & creamer

    Mid-day: Guacamole, 1/2 avocado with salt & guacamole seasoning, a few grapes, water

    Dinner: 1 Mediterranean burger w/ 1 green onion, tzatziki sauce & detox pesto, home fries, water

    Overall, today also went just about as expected. For some reason I woke up even later today, so that indeed threw my eating times off again. It actually might take me a few days before my body-clock re-adjusts (only to have it thrown off again next Friday....ugh). Anywho......at least I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

  21. Take two, day seventeen

    Breakfast: 1 banana, 2 tangerines, coffee & creamer

    Lunch: the rest of my avocado chicken salad on a bed of spinach w/ my own dressing (and about 10 pistachios), guacamole, water

    Dinner: Leftover salmon & potatoes, guacamole, water

    Snack: Epic lemon bar

    Overall, today went just about as expected. My day got off to a rather late start, so that just threw off my eating times & such. After working out, I found that all I could do was (figuratively) choke some food down because I needed to eat. This was not so apparent as lunch as it was with dinner. I really didn't feel like eating anything else, but I managed to finish some salmon & potatoes with the help of my good friend, Wholly Guacamole, and lots of water. And then just to get my mind off of that unpleasant experience, I ate an Epic lemon bar.......(:unsure:). Maybe tomorrow will be a bit better.....or maybe not.......I work for approximately 8-9 hours tomorrow night (inventory....yay......), so that will be an epic event in itself.

  22. Take two, day sixteen

    Breakfast: 3 egg cups with 1/2 avocado, pesto & ketchup, coffee & creamer

    P.O.(?)/Snacks afterwards: 1/4 Epic venison bar, 1 apple cinnamon Epic bar, bits of Mediterranean burger & green onion, water

    Dinner: the rest of the Thai red curry, salad w/ my own dressing!, water

    Overall, today was good. I know for (at least) the next 3-5 days or so my eating schedule is going to be weird. I'm going to be working overnight for work for two of those days and recovering from that for (at least) two-three of those days, so all of that is going to throw my body clock off whack. Also, a few things to mention in bullet form.
    *I ate breakfast about 1 1/2 hours before working out and tried to eat a venison bar right after my workout, but I just don't think I'll ever be a jerky type of person. I've tried and tried again, but I just find any kind of jerky (even the Country Archer ones I eat periodically) on a super super salty side. I think that combined with the game-ness of this in general just kind of turns me off.
    *This afternoon, I grilled by myself for the first time ever! I made Mediterranean spiced burgers & charred green onion (from pg. 53 of the Whole30 cookbook)! Everything seemed to work just like a charm, so I'm proud of myself for that. Now, I can look forward to those, with some home fries, salad & tzatziki on top!!! :D