xx_firefly

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    Everything is worth it today

    This is almost exactly how I was today! There were donuts @ my work today, and I felt like it was worth it to eat a small container of glazed donut holes. The thing is, this might turn into a slippery slope, but I will try not to let that happen.
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    Picky eater

    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!
  3. I'd just figure I'd go ahead and start this because I'm here now!
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    Firefly's Reintroduction Log (and stuff)

    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
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    It's either Dairy or something else.

    Thanks for the insight @SchrodingersCat. This is the only time (that I remember) this ever has happened. This will be something I will keep an eye out for in the future. If anyone else has any insight into this, I would greatly appreciate it!
  6. 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.
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    Firefly's Reintroduction Log (and stuff)

    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. 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.....
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    Firefly's Reintroduction Log (and stuff)

    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...
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    Firefly's Reintroduction Log (and stuff)

    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.......
  10. So, here I am....determined to make it through a full whole30. I'm gonna start on the 7th on January and this time, I'm much more prepared as last time. I tried doing this in October, but I fizzled out part way through. Even though I didn't make it, I certainly saw results! I'm hoping to get those results back (& hopefully more). Good luck to (me and) everyone else on this journey!
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    Firefly's Whole30 Long (try #2)

    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........
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    Firefly's Whole30 Long (try #2)

    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.
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    Firefly's Whole30 Long (try #2)

    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!
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    Firefly's Whole30 Long (try #2)

    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.
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    Firefly's Whole30 Long (try #2)

    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. 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.
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    Firefly's Whole30 Long (try #2)

    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!!!
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    Firefly's Whole30 Long (try #2)

    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.
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    Firefly's Whole30 Long (try #2)

    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.
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    Firefly's Whole30 Long (try #2)

    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.
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    Firefly's Whole30 Long (try #2)

    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.
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    Firefly's Whole30 Long (try #2)

    Take two, day twenty (already?! ) 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. 10 MORE DAYS TO GO!
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    Help! I am confused!

    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...
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    Firefly's Whole30 Long (try #2)

    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. Wowza
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    Firefly's Whole30 Long (try #2)

    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.
  25. I don't know if this has been discussed in topics of past on this thread, but if someone can point me in the right direction of where to look, thank you in advance! So I try and work out a few days a week. I alternate between cardio & weightlifting. But here's the catch. 1. I've never liked hard-boiled eggs. 2. Jerky is too salty for me, so I don't really like it. 3. I don't like eating just plain meat (like just chicken or just salmon in a pouch). I've tried safe-catch tuna, but I don't really like that either. 4. I know I can have eggs for other meals, but I since I'm on day 18, I'm getting tired of them. Now, I've had avocado chicken salad right after a workout, and that seemed to be a good option. I've also found that olives are a good option for pre and/or post workout(???). But what else is there for me to try? Again, anything that can point me in the right direction would be a huge help!