MichelleCA

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    MichelleCA got a reaction from TeeAycherson in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    You're doing awesome, and it shows!   
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    MichelleCA reacted to goingonwhole30 in Day 1 Nov 4th   
    Was thinking I would start on Monday but after Saturday brunch I didn’t feel like putting it off any longer. Went to the store (4-5 times), prepped the day away and started this morning! 
    The day went great! But as I end the day I’m super tired and feel like a caffeine crash might hit me in the morning. I’m trying to focus on getting rid of my caffeine and sugar addiction this round. Drank some tea this morning but usually have loads of coffee and energy drinks. Looking forward to tomorrow’s crash!
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    MichelleCA reacted to TeeAycherson in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    Day 20
    It's been a minute since I have typed up a reflection and here it is DAY FREAKING 20 already! Two thirds through... my tummy is rumbling and I just watched two back to back episodes of that popular British baking show on Netflix with my kiddo who loves to bake. Give me all the cakes and 'biscuits' NOW!
    But seriously, I am kind of in the throws of my sugar dragon rearing it's ugly head right now... even before the baking show. And Halloween mass candy didn't help. I love that shi%$y candy every year. I also just want some maple syup with my Nut Pods in my coffee, ok? Give it to me!

    But also feeling proud that I am still going strong, not snacking, drinking tea, and not really even counting down the days. I made things involving cheese and lots of bread today and it was a bit challenging not to mess things up, but I didn't. As quickly as the temptation comes, I can make it go away and that is progress made compared to the first whole 30 I did two years ago.
    New Seasons makes a "paleo hash" that has been saving my life in addition to the bone broth egg drop soup and spicy garlic kraut. So many awesome options and just feeling so fortunate to not have my nightly bloat pains/pregnant looking belly/fart in bed sesh. So, so grateful. Those love handles are quite diminished as well... more and more each day (because lets face it, I am going to Kauai in December and I am in this for some scale victory along with reclaiming my energy levels and previously purchased clothing!).
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    MichelleCA got a reaction from ArtFossil in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    Hi, @TeeAycherson - some of the Facebook groups are great!  And very active. 
    As for bacon:  I do understand.  I was a vegan for 2.5 years because I could no longer reconcile my extreme love of animals/grief for those without homes/etc with eating sentient beings.    After 2.5 years of completely vegan fare, I was heavier than ever and hormones way out of whack (all the soy: tofu, miso, soy curls I prepared for family to WOW them that these weren't really meat...).   My holistic practitioner had also been vegan in the recent past, and was STRONGLY encouraging me to resume eating animal products - but well-raised/humanely-raised/pastured animals, NOT factory.  I discussed with her my wrestling with guilt, and how she was able to come back to omnivorous eating.  She said, "I figured, it's them or me!"  This made me laugh, but it did hit home - so I vowed that, by resuming meat-eating, I would source the best possible meat and eggs available, which often cost 3x the price of conventional.  Whole Foods has a welfare-rating system for the animals' lives, 1-5, which guarantees the animal's conditions/environment, so you can decide how much you want to pay versus the benefit to the animal (highest rating is that the animal never travels - is "processed" on-site, no trip in a cold truck).  
    I get that it's still slaughter; reading Michael Pollan was helpful to me - particularly The Omnivore's Dilemma, which addresses the very idea of how we eat and how the foot we eat gets to us, so disconnected from its origin.   
    Ultimately, you can do what feels best for you.  But I avoid any sad animal posts/articles/movies at this point, because I DID avoid animal products - hoping my ethical/philanthropic intentions would pay off in supreme health - but it simply was not a fit for me and my health.
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    MichelleCA got a reaction from ArtFossil in Day 2   
    I'm eating mashed potatoes while I check the forums!  Lots of ghee and onion salt, and I love to also mash up potatoes with other root veggies (turnips, rutabaga, celery root).  Sooo delicious and such a nice change.
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    MichelleCA got a reaction from ArtFossil in Day 2   
    I'm eating mashed potatoes while I check the forums!  Lots of ghee and onion salt, and I love to also mash up potatoes with other root veggies (turnips, rutabaga, celery root).  Sooo delicious and such a nice change.
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    MichelleCA got a reaction from ArtFossil in Day 2   
    PS _ i was a hard-core diet Coke addict, 4-6 cans per day.  Once you step away from it for a good month (w30!), the taste will horrify you when you try it again.  I attempted to drink one - after not having it for a long while - when my grandma fell suddenly ill and passed, thinking I NEEDED the comfort/solace of my old friend diet Coke - only to have it repulse me!  Never touched the stuff again - even the smell is so fake.  It does get better!  And my current fave drink is flavored sparkling water:  you get all the bubbles and nothing fake (La Croix tangerine and key lime are both delicious, as is Bubly strawberry). 
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    MichelleCA got a reaction from ArtFossil in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    Hi, @TeeAycherson - some of the Facebook groups are great!  And very active. 
    As for bacon:  I do understand.  I was a vegan for 2.5 years because I could no longer reconcile my extreme love of animals/grief for those without homes/etc with eating sentient beings.    After 2.5 years of completely vegan fare, I was heavier than ever and hormones way out of whack (all the soy: tofu, miso, soy curls I prepared for family to WOW them that these weren't really meat...).   My holistic practitioner had also been vegan in the recent past, and was STRONGLY encouraging me to resume eating animal products - but well-raised/humanely-raised/pastured animals, NOT factory.  I discussed with her my wrestling with guilt, and how she was able to come back to omnivorous eating.  She said, "I figured, it's them or me!"  This made me laugh, but it did hit home - so I vowed that, by resuming meat-eating, I would source the best possible meat and eggs available, which often cost 3x the price of conventional.  Whole Foods has a welfare-rating system for the animals' lives, 1-5, which guarantees the animal's conditions/environment, so you can decide how much you want to pay versus the benefit to the animal (highest rating is that the animal never travels - is "processed" on-site, no trip in a cold truck).  
    I get that it's still slaughter; reading Michael Pollan was helpful to me - particularly The Omnivore's Dilemma, which addresses the very idea of how we eat and how the foot we eat gets to us, so disconnected from its origin.   
    Ultimately, you can do what feels best for you.  But I avoid any sad animal posts/articles/movies at this point, because I DID avoid animal products - hoping my ethical/philanthropic intentions would pay off in supreme health - but it simply was not a fit for me and my health.
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    MichelleCA reacted to ShannonM816 in Starting October 28   
    Is it potluck, or catered? If it's potluck, bring a dish that you can have to share, and pack yourself a meal so that if there's nothing else being offered that you can eat, you can still sit and eat with your coworkers. If it's catered, talk to the person in charge of ordering and see what they're planning to order, see if there's going to be anything you can have -- and then if there are some things you can have, bring what you need to to make a complete meal for yourself, or if there's nothing you can have, again, pack your own lunch and just join your coworkers for the meal. 
    If it's at a restaurant, find out which restaurant, do some research, figure out if there's anything on the menu that will work for you or anything you can special order easily -- if there is, great, order that. If there's not, eat before you go, have some coffee or tea and maybe a salad or fruit just to have some food in front of you, and enjoy visiting with your coworkers. 
    The point in group meals is more about being together as a group, not what you eat. It may feel weird to be eating something other than what everyone else is eating, but if you don't make a big deal of it, they won't either. If someone asks, have an answer prepared -- "I'm doing this elimination diet to see if food affects (insert whatever here, sleep or skin problems or digestive issues or joint paint or whatever), so I have to be careful what I eat right now" for instance, and then change the subject -- ask them about their kids or their plans for the holidays or whatever is appropriate for that person. 
     
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    MichelleCA reacted to TeeAycherson in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    Day 14

    Cravings continued to come in hot today. I fought the buggers off, but seriously need to be on guard because sheesh... I almost raised the eff it flag today for a tiny bowl of gelato and a bagel! Ok, rather than be "on guard", I think I will try more of the zen approach I had going on at the beginning of this thing. Just like a water bug floating down the river... going with the flow and observing all that is. Expect that water bugs are actually hella on guard... bad example?
    I made a yummy curry sauce I can pour over anything today, so that saved me and I will rely on it to last me the weekend. Thank goodness for cans of coconut milk and (compliant, locally made) ready-made curry paste! Tomorrow marks halfway... NSV check in: no more blackheads on my temples, still have my evened out, smoother skin tone all over, pants fitting WAY better and I am noticing more and more shape changes (that only I would notice, I think, but still), and increased clarity of mind.
    Still really need to work on that sleeping and hydration piece though. Oh and the cortisol reduction piece.... oh well, one thing at a time, eh?!
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    MichelleCA got a reaction from TeeAycherson in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    Hi!  So glad the suggestions resonate with you.  Mashed root veg/potatoes, a big batch of them from the pressure cooker, with lots of ghee and salt (and sometimes garlic) have been a life-saver, satisfying and versatile (beneath some juicy meatballs, or chicken/gravy - nom nom paleo has an Instant Pot roast chicken with a gravy that is created from the cooking process, just blend it with arrowroot or tapioca - DIVINE).  
    Speaking of, YES, Instant Pot all the way!  They are so super cheap now, too.  Mine is about 6 years old - bought it when I was vegan and cooking a lot of beans/grains.  It has been used countless times, and I've definitely received my return on investment (it was $120 or so when I bought it, but they are now $80 I think?!).  Go for it!  And yesK, I told my family DO NOT TOUCH Instant Pot whenever it's on, unless they ASK me first.  My kids are older, but no problems so far!  And invaluable when you are busy - even for making roast potatoes/root veg: you can cook them 5 minutes, quick release, then plop them on a pan with some pastured duck fat, roast at a high temp till crispy.  MUCH faster than roasting completely in oven.  Currently, my fave w30 meal is to cook a seasoned/marinated pork shoulder in the IP for 70-90 minutes (depending on size), then broil it to get a crisp skin.  FAR better than the 8-10 hours it would take to slow cook it.  Serve with a citrus-y slaw and some tostones, YUM!  Even my picky teenage daughter loves the pork roast, and my son makes a sandwich out of it.
    Thanx for asking!  Day 6 of Round 2, all good!  Need groceries and a bit financially drained right now, so biding my meals carefully... 
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    MichelleCA got a reaction from TeeAycherson in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    I meant to mention also:  I would go full-on with leafy veggies.  No matter what you have, throw a few handfuls of baby spinach, or even lettuce as the base of your plate - I have ZERO problems with digestive issues on w30, because none of the glue-y gluten is being consumed to clog up the pipes, and the amount of hydration and roughage makes everything like clockwork.  More veggies!  Coleslaw is a great option because you can load it with compliant mayo and spices and some slivered apple for sweetness, and it is FABULOUS with steak or roast or ribs...
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    MichelleCA reacted to TeeAycherson in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    @MichelleCA Ummm... those are BRILLIANT solutions! THANK YOU so much for sharing those craving quenchers! I have yet to purchase any ghee yet this time around. I am not sure why I haven't! I have been plopping down Nut Pods into things and that adds some of the creamy texture I have sometimes been missing, but these two things sound most excellent! I have a traditional stove top pressure cooker that I am terrified of, but that really got me through my last W30. I think I may invest in the Instant Pot before holiday season hits because it seems so much more simple to use. I literally do not let my kids in the kitchen when the pressure cooker is on! I know its not unsafe, I mean its a newer one, but still.
    How have you been since being back from your trip and beginning round 2?
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    MichelleCA got a reaction from AmandaFawn in On day 11!   
    You can do it, @AmandaFawn!  And you have much to be proud of, the way you navigated last night's challenges.  I was LOL about the mayo!  
    I'd suggest having some compliant go-tos available (hard boiled eggs, carrot/jicama sticks in baggies, Wild Zora bars, Justin's Almond Butter squeeze packs, ghee squeeze packs (the latter 3 all available at Thrive market)) so you have them handy and at your side in case of these late mornings or forgotten condiments.
    Also, now is the time to spoil yourself with a REALLY good meal with lots of leftovers.  The game-changer for me was feeling down/despondent, then making a riff on my grandma's meatloaf and mashed potatoes (all compliant, of course, and with mashed root veggies mixed in with just 2 potatoes).  As soon as I sat down with it, I sighed with bliss, and those leftovers carried me through, telling me I could do this!  Now I make it a priority to check in with my cravings and cook what sounds GOOD (rather than what is a recipe someone posted), and it has not failed me.  I finished my 30d last week, went out of town a few days without meal-planning/etc, then right back on Round 2, started this past Monday.  I won't say I regret having eaten some junk over the weekend, despite the fact that now - 5 days into R2 - my digestion and energy are finally feeling better; rather, those few days of eating "by the fly", unprepared, and indulging in some sugar, all showed me that nothing tasted as good as I remembered/longed for, and my first breakfast back on w30 was far more satisfying than anything I picked up on the road.
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    MichelleCA reacted to ShannonM816 in Continue after 30 days   
    There's nothing wrong with continuing to eat this way for as long as you want to, but we would really recommend doing reintroductions at some point, not because you need to add things back in and eat them regularly but because reintroductions can help you decide when things are worth it or not.  As much as you may think that you'll just keep eating this way forever and therefore you can put off reintroductions, I'd really recommend scheduling them, if not for day 31, then for some definite date in the not too distant future. It is easy to fall back into old habits if you run into any kind of stress in your life, and unfortunately, stress is going to happen at some point to all of us. It's better to have your reintroductions done before that happens. 
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    MichelleCA reacted to AmandaFawn in On day 11!   
    @MichelleCA 
    I'm definitely not getting enough food at breakfast. This weekend I'm going to make some sausage patties and start doing a "breakfast salad" with roasted veg of some sort, carrots, brussels, broccoli, and zucchini are all ones that come to mind, and top it all with a couple eggs. I will defiantly be upping my breakfast game this week! Thanks for the advice on where to head with it.
    I've made some great food for my lunches, last week I did a spicy chicken soup with coconut milk and this week we did sheppard's pie. Even my picky husband has been enjoying lunch. 
    I bartend two nights a week, after my day job, and those have been the hardest because they are back to back and I don't have time to really put something together for my Thursday nights. But we are getting there and as long as I can remember to grab my food on the way out the door we are in a good place. 
    Now tomorrow will be interesting... I'm bartending a wedding out in the middle of nowhere. Leave the house at 10am not home till 1 or 2 am... I have jerky that's compliant and I'll bring something perishable for lunch. I'll have to find some nut butter or something to bring with me for the rest of the night. Not ideal but better than eating the pizza or cheese plate or chicken and waffles we are doing for the catering.
    Congrats on going right back into a second 30 days. That's some commitment there! 
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    MichelleCA reacted to ShannonM816 in On day 11!   
    Do you have a small cooler you can take? That would give you more options. Even without a cooler, carrot sticks, sliced bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, celery would probably be fine all the way to dinner. My grocery store carries small packs of olives (Oloves is one brand, I think there's a couple others) that would be good to take with you. Something like Wholly Guacamole's little 100 calorie packs would probably last pretty well too as long as they're sealed. Do you have a thermos? You could take a soup to have for supper. If you put really hot water in the thermos (I think boiling is okay in most of them, but double check your brand) and let it sit warming up while you heat up your soup a little hotter than you could actually eat it, then dump the water and pour the soup directly in, the thermos will keep it at least warm until supper time. If it's a blended soup you could even mostly drink it if you don't have time to sit and eat it.
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    MichelleCA got a reaction from AmandaFawn in On day 11!   
    You can do it, @AmandaFawn!  And you have much to be proud of, the way you navigated last night's challenges.  I was LOL about the mayo!  
    I'd suggest having some compliant go-tos available (hard boiled eggs, carrot/jicama sticks in baggies, Wild Zora bars, Justin's Almond Butter squeeze packs, ghee squeeze packs (the latter 3 all available at Thrive market)) so you have them handy and at your side in case of these late mornings or forgotten condiments.
    Also, now is the time to spoil yourself with a REALLY good meal with lots of leftovers.  The game-changer for me was feeling down/despondent, then making a riff on my grandma's meatloaf and mashed potatoes (all compliant, of course, and with mashed root veggies mixed in with just 2 potatoes).  As soon as I sat down with it, I sighed with bliss, and those leftovers carried me through, telling me I could do this!  Now I make it a priority to check in with my cravings and cook what sounds GOOD (rather than what is a recipe someone posted), and it has not failed me.  I finished my 30d last week, went out of town a few days without meal-planning/etc, then right back on Round 2, started this past Monday.  I won't say I regret having eaten some junk over the weekend, despite the fact that now - 5 days into R2 - my digestion and energy are finally feeling better; rather, those few days of eating "by the fly", unprepared, and indulging in some sugar, all showed me that nothing tasted as good as I remembered/longed for, and my first breakfast back on w30 was far more satisfying than anything I picked up on the road.
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    MichelleCA got a reaction from AmandaFawn in On day 11!   
    PS - make sure those eggs (3 maybe?) come with a big serving of greens and some starchy veggies and an avocado?   My breakfasts are huge and filling and satisfying for a good 4-5 hours.  This morning, I had a little bit of leftover pork roast, chopped up with 1/2 a steamed sweet potato; sauteed both in ghee till crispy, then stirred in several hand fulls of spinach till wilted, then topped with an over easy egg and 2 slices of leftover bacon on the side (fat).    I usually have some sort of similar "hash" like this , and an avocado.  You can even skip the egg if you're over it, making sure you have ground beef or homemade sausage or something similar + lots of veggies and that important fat serving!  Give yourself a fighting chance, and nothing will tempt you.
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    MichelleCA reacted to Mookievabch in Starting Whole30 this Tuesday second time around   
    Hi all I am working towards a better tomorrow by starting this change of life as I know it works and wish I had kept going. Coming back to the whole30 life style is worth every minute of preparation so this weekend I am going through my cupboards and getting rid of all things not Whole30 approved. Also, I am incorporating this life change with my family as it is truly successful.   Looking forward to thinking much more clearly and becoming healthy.
    Colleen
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    MichelleCA reacted to AmandaFawn in On day 11!   
    Hi everyone! My name is Amanda and my husband Justin and I started Whole30 on Oct 15th. 
    Yesterday was HARD! Up until yesterday I'd been picking on him for having such a hard time because he had more vices than I did: living on Diet Coke, eating dessert EVERY night, etc. Then I stumbled into yesterday, my breakfast wasn't doing it for me, lunch wasn't enough food, dinner was unsatisfying and I was bartending at my second job last night... damn did those beers look good. I FINALLY understood his cravings. I was yearning for those tater tots my customers were eating. I forgot my compliant mayo at home and was so angry that I couldn't use the "perfectly good" 5 gallon bucket of mayo that was in the fridge at work, like I was so mad at that mayo. But I stayed strong, not a tot entered past my lips, I ate my protein dry and dealt with it. 
    When I got home and told my husband I'd had a tough one he, being just as supportive as I, said now you know how it feels. lol, oh what nice people we are! Then he proceeds to say he has learned an appreciation for eating well and not living on chicken wings, pizza, and ice cream and that we should stop doing the diet and just pay more attention to what we are eating. I told him absolutely not, we can do it! We are so close!
    And then this morning came around. My eggs have left me starving and I was so exhausted I slept in and didn't have time to prepare anything else this morning.... so here I am. Drinking my coffee pretending I'm writing an important email (hope my boss isn't on here!) and looking for support. Thank god I found it. Also thank god I told everyone and their brother that Justin and I were doing the Whole30 so now the thought of the shame I would feel when someone says "Wait, I thought you were doing the Whole30?" as I eat tater tots smothered in that 5 gallon bucket of mayonnaise, would be even worse than the feeling in my stomach after I was done eating them.
     
    So, thank you all for being here, today and tomorrow are going to be tough, but I'm tougher!
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    MichelleCA reacted to ShannonM816 in Food Freedom Fail   
    Have you looked at the Food Freedom Forever book? You might find it helpful. And if you want a whole30 coach, there are coaches in different countries and ones who work with you online rather than in person, so it could still be an option for you.
    The most important thing for you to know right now is that finding your food freedom takes work, and will probably always take work, though it will mostly get easier over time if you keep working on it. Very few people do a whole30 and immediately have everything figured out for the rest of their lives, and the few who do manage that probably already had some good habits they were building on. The bigger a change this way of eating is, the harder it is to change and make those changes stick. It is absolutely normal to slip back into old habits. You just have to get yourself back on track and keep working on it. There's nothing wrong with you, you're not a failure, you are a human being working to change your life for the better. 
    Think of it this way: food freedom is a skill you are learning. For any skill, there are a few people who are really good at it the first time they try it, but most people have to keep practicing. As long as you keep practicing you'll get better overall, though some days you won't see progress, and some days you may feel like you're going backwards. Those individual days don't matter as long as the overall trajectory is upwards toward your goal.
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    MichelleCA reacted to SugarcubeOD in Thinking of going cold-turkey W30 during the holidays-   
    Hey Frank!
    First, I loved the comment about how missing pasta was easy to get over with a ribeye!  Ain't that the truth! 
    I see where you're coming from in wanting to do Whole30 over the holidays so that there are 'others imposed rules' on what you can and can't eat so that you have a reason to decline things you don't want to eat.  But what if you stood in the power of what you're doing and what YOU want to eat and not eat and let that be enough?  What if you used the time to practice your own food freedom - decline that bread at dinner with a smile on your face and an 'Oh, I'm good, thanks' or whatever phrase comes naturally to you that feels genuine.  Sometimes I think that we think people notice what we eat and don't eat as much as what we notice of ourselves and honestly, if you're gracious and kind when you decline an item you aren't willing to eat, people move on... 
    If you were going to do the Whole30, you really have to be committed to it over the holidays... there's no Whole30+... If you don't think you can decline every item including butter in the mashed potatoes and ask all the questions, don't do a Whole30...
    I think you CAN do one if you wanted to but I also think you're strong enough from what I've read of your posts here that you can create your own plan for the holidays and stick to it and come out in January feeling empowered that you used your own rules and feelings to get through the holidays without falling face first into everything that was offered to you just because you're not on a Whole30.
    We can definitely help you make a plan... there are posts I recall where people put their own 'rules' around holidays such as 'one glass of wine at each party is acceptable - wine when I'm sitting at home by myself is not'.  Or, my fave, 'no alcohol at parties but a glass of wine on Friday night sitting in the dark staring at the Christmas tree is a-ok'.  Decide what's important to you as far as the spirit of the holidays, how you know food makes you feel and what you want to achieve at this festive time and set a playbook.
    Forgive me if I"ve overstepped and misunderstood what it was you were looking for advice wise - always here to chat it out and help you figure out what you want to do and of course whatever you decide, we'll all support you!
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    MichelleCA got a reaction from ladyshanny in Starting Whole 30 Today! (2nd timer, first time=>holidays, 2016)   
    @TeeAycherson - a big AMEN on food boredom!  I never felt bored, just a bit overwhelmed (because of my schedule, fitting cooking in as an everyday event was daunting).  But for the most part, I stocked up the fridge/pantry, no recipes in mind, decided what I was craving, and made that w30-compliant.  SO many good meals, some I'll repeat, and some of the best were just thrown together.
    I love my root veggies, but always make sure to have a larger serving of leafy greens, even just steamed OR wilted beneath whatever hash/egg combo I make = so simple to get them in that way.  I also love veggies with egg and avocado; have you tried nutritional yeast?  I absolutely ADORE it on avocado and eggs.
    Also, HURRAH for awakening rested AND not hungry!  From experience and tutelage, it's likely your non-famished state is due to a more balanced blood sugar/balanced hormones, eating those balanced meals with plenty of veggies, protein, and fat.  Way to go!   
    I finished my round last week, went 2 more days, then took 3 days off while traveling.  Nothing I enjoyed gave me that boost/lift I used to previously believe was what I needed...  and the w30 meals I make taste SO MUCH BETTER than anything I can buy elsewhere.  I'm back on, R2D2.
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    MichelleCA got a reaction from TeeAycherson in I can't live without Splenda   
    I was a HUGE Diet Coke addict: 1 with each meal + a few more during the day and another after dinner.  6 pack a day, had to have it, my favorite beverage hands-down.  A holistic practitioner friend told me Diet Coke was about the worst possible thing I could drink, which really startled me (since I'd assumed all my life that it was far better than sugary regular Coke, and I'd literally been drinking Diet Coke since childhood, as my mom always had it around in copious amounts).  I forced myself off of it, switched to plain iced tea, then eventually seltzer/sparkling water (which I now adore).  When I had to visit my grandma suddenly as she fell ill and passed unexpectedly, I bought myself a Diet Coke - about a month after having last had it.  It was RETCHED.  I could NOT drink it, dumped it down the drain.    Your tastes WILL change, you just have to give your body the time.