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  1. Jihanna

    Ji's Journey (W30 #1 - Jan 2019)

    16 Jan 2019 -- day 16, and officially past the halfway point Meal 1 -- 10:00 skillet ground beef, carrots, potatoes, bell peppers, and green onions 2 eggs, over hard Meal 2 -- nothing? Meal 3 -- 18:30 veggie-filled turkey chili with baked sweet potato I forgot to set my 5:45 alarm before I fell asleep last night, so I woke up at 6:00 today. It's not a huge difference time-wise, but I do seem to feel a little better when I get up that 15 minutes earlier (time to bed doesn't seem to matter with that, either). This morning, I went ahead and made sure the earlier alarm will repeat each weekday morning... weekend mornings I've got set to 7:00; if I wake early, it'll be fine, but it's not necessary so this allows me a little extra rest if my body needs it. I noted how hungry I was last night before going to bed. This morning, right when I woke, I felt it as a dull reminder (not full-on hunger). Now, an hour after finishing my coffee, my stomach's finally started to make a bit of noise to let me know breakfast needs to happen sometime soon-ish. I have no idea how on earth I skipped an entire meal in there, but somehow haven't actually felt an overwhelming amount of hunger. I suppose it's not that huge of a stretch, though, with how late my breakfast was today... brunch, really. Usually I'd try for an earlier dinner on brunch days, but we've got people with work schedules and I don't want dinner on the table an hour or two before they'll even walk in the door. So, I guess next time I decide to do brunch, I need to make sure I plan for some salad a few hours before the planned dinner time... but again, I'm really not feeling "hungry" yet, either. That's been sort of the overall feeling all day, I know I'm getting hungry but I don't really feel hungry enough to say I need to go ahead and eat. Dinner was flippin' amazing. I've never had a chili that was so flavorful, and I totlaly didn't miss the beans AT ALL. It was awesome! The fam liked it also, which is always nice to know. My goal tonight is to head to bed early again (though last night I didn't sleep early, just laid down early, so maybe tonight I can close my eyes earlier as well). I'm ready for tiger blood, but I'm not sure I'm going to get it at the rate I'm going... thinking that in these final 2 weeks I'm going to try to do some low/no-impact exercises to really get things moving even more in the right direction. It's been ages since I've actually felt good enough / well enough to try to exercise daily, but I want to.
  2. This is an online log to help me chronicle my first Whole30 journey. The hope is that I'll record each day's "foods and moods" on a page in my planning binder, but I also want to log it here (in case of planner loss or idiocy on my part, mostly). A few reminders to myself as I prepare (and explanation to others, if anyone happens to read this): + I'm bipolar, and I will continue to take my non-compliant medication daily. This isn't stubbornness, it's acceptance that I am my best self when I allow the medication to support me. I will follow the plan strictly, otherwise. + I'm allergic to cats and dogs, have massive sinus issues, and head stuffiness often becomes a few weeks of bronchitis. I plan to deal with any such issues using natural methods that are compliant with Whole30, but will put health first and go get antibiotics if anything leads to sinus/bronchial infection. + I also get severe headaches at times. These are sometimes caused by alignment problems (which can be corrected by a visit to the chiropractor), but not always. As with the note above, I intend to use natural methods that are compliant with Whole30 to deal with headaches, especially since I know they will be occurring as my body detoxes. I will not use headache pain as an excuse to take medications that aren't on plan (in addition to those noted above), instead using every compliant tool I can put my hands on. This isn't a desire to suffer, it's a willingness to make sure the "extras" going in are limited to what's absolutely necessary (see medication note). + I won't stop or start over. I totally understand the point behind starting over in certain situations, but I know myself well enough to know that considering a misstep as any level of failure would give me too much ammunition and wind up working against the spirit of doing this. + I will do 30 days. I will see non-scale victories. I will enjoy my journey of discovering new things to put on my "favorite foods" list (um, I might need to actually make that list, too). There's more, but this looks like enough to have here for now. So, all that said... I'm excited to get this ball rolling! I've got 3 days left (including today) to prepare. The fridge needs to be more W30 user-friendly. The meal prep trays need their pre-wash so I can store them. The meal plan needs to be copied out so I can post it on the fridge and avoid the awkwardness of unplanned meals cooked by others. I'm sure there's more, but I'll tackle it all as it comes up. Let's do this!
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    Ji's Journey (W30 #1 - Jan 2019)

    Another case of "forgot to post before I went to bed last night"... so here's yesterday... ========== 15 Jan 2019 -- day 15 Meal 1 -- 8:30 roasted sausage, potatoes, carrots, and onions 2 small clementines Meal 2 -- 13:00 ground beef on a bed of greens, with olives Meal 3 -- 17:45 oven roasted chicken skillet green beans (with bacon) roasted acorn squash While making my 9yo's lunch this morning, I wasn't quite tidy enough with the knife and wound up with peanut butter all over my fingers... which I nearly licked, catching myself just in time. Thinking about it, I'm realizing that I do that a lot with her foods -- lick my fingers or grab a bite of whatever she's eating, before setting her plate down on the table. I had to stop myself to think before she went dairy-free but now that there's no dairy in anything she eats, I realize it had become a habit again to do it without any real thought behind what I was doing. I've also been seriously considering what my food plans are following Whole30. I realize I can't nail it down now, because I still have to make it through the reintro phase and see if there's anything that will just not work for me anymore... but I like having an idea of what I'm looking at, going into things. Call it a warning of impending transition, where I've mapped out a few possible routes in case of need. We'll leave it at that for now, but it is something I'm thinking a lot about right now, especially since everyone in the family (ok, everyone who usually eats the cooked meals) is really enjoying this healthier way of doing things. My books are in! "It Starts with Food" and "Food Freedom Forever" are both ready for me to pick up, so I've got to pencil in swinging by the library tomorrow. I actually put a few others on hold, too, but I think it's just cookbooks so I can scroll through and see if anything jumps out as easy and something the family might enjoy. I want to be able to keep cooking the same type of foods without always doing it the exact same one or two ways... variety will make it much easier to keep a good rotation. I'm more tired today than I have been over the past few, so am going to bed much earlier than I have for the past handful of days (22:15 instead of 23:00). My goal is to be in the bed resting, if not asleep, by 23:00 -- so getting in bed earlier definitely helps with that. I'm a little hungry, but refusing to eat go grab something this late. Instead, I'll just see if I can get breakfast closer to 8 in the morning.
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    Ji's Journey (W30 #1 - Jan 2019)

    14 Jan 2019 -- day 14 Meal 1 -- 9:30 leftover mini meatloves, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and Meal 2 -- snacked on some fruit at some point Meal 3 -- 19:00 skillet: ground turkey and riced sweet potato Waking up was actually a little more dificult today, and I have to attribute that to pushing a little too far on staying up last night. I'd known I was already feeling tired, but wound up being away for another 40 minutes or so after that... yawning the whole time. So I'm going to have to be more aware of tiredness and pay attention to those cues, getting myself to bed shortly after I feel sleep is needed. I didn't feel bad or anything, overall, there was just a fog of sorts to crawl through before I felt fully functional, while the past several days I've been getting up quickly and feeling immediately awake and aware. I'm getting tired earlier than has been normal, which might be part of why it's felt "normal" to stay up as late as I did last night. Tonight, we'll go ahead and give in to the need to sleep, and see if that lets me have a better morning tomorrow
  5. 2019 is going to be a landmark year for me...
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    Jihanna's Journey - Whole30 in January 2019

    I've done sweet potato chili before, but the family didn't like it as much as I did... so I guess that's off the table unless I make a small batch just for me. All the household adults like roasted starches (sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, potatoes, acorn squash, etc.) so I try to make sure I've got one included in every family meal I cook. I also tend to give myself a serving in nearly every meal, because I seem to function so much better when I do (and I could have potatoes at every meal and be happy, but I make sure to mix it up for the sake of the others in the house and have to say I'm enjoying the new flavors!). I also bought myself a spiralizer for Christmas, so had a lot of fun making my own veggie noodles
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    Jihanna's Journey - Whole30 in January 2019

    So sorry, I hadn't realized there were additional responses here I'll have to keep that idea in mind, and take a look online to see if it's available when I know I'm going to the library next. Thank you, @Junebug2015! I hadn't even thought about that possibility, so hopefully it'll be there. Thankfully, though, I didn't come in as a totally clueless person (and I get the why of leaving things out and the psychological approach to it all, as well)... but reading the books is definitely on my list of things to do as soon as it's an option. @pearlgirl2017 I found my first 4-5 days were probably the hardest ones. Days 2-3 were insanely difficult, and I slept through them in between bouts of nausea. But ever since those first few days, it's been a little better every day. I do have days where I really just don't feel like doing anything, but I'm not so exhausted that I can't get up and get things done if it's needed. I hope you're doing better, now!
  8. First and foremost, don't go into this thinking that you can find a good vegan "cheese" recipe and it'll be awesome. Because I've made and thoroughly enjoyed some amazing things from recipes called "vegan cheese", but if I'd approached it expecting to enjoy some cheese taste and mouth-feel, I'd have been disappointed every time. I love cheese, but I'm allergic to it... so part of what I'm getting out of Whole30 is an entire world of recipes that I'm falling in love with, without missing the cheese. I do agree that it's important to stay away from things you'd be likely to put cheese on, though, or change it up enough so that it's served in a way that you wouldn't expect cheese to be there. My only other suggestion would be to take a little time before starting your Whole30 to go ahead and reduce your intake of things like dairy. For mine, I cooked compliant meals for a few days leading up to my start date, and also worked for weeks to reduce my sugar and cream for coffee until I was drinking it black the day before I started. I've found that the things I started cutting down on early are the ones that I've had an easier time letting go of so far this month... while I've had more difficulty with the stuff I kept taking in all the way up to the night before I started. Good luck to you!
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    Yikes! I'd probably have the same reaction, though. I'm honestly scared of accidentally getting something I shouldn't, so I've avoided letting anyone else hand me anything, lol. re: gas issues... from what I've read elsewhere in the forum, the general suggestion is to check intake of cruciferous veggies (there are a ton of them, but some that most of us are probably eating are cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, turnips, radishes, arugula; it's worth doing a quick search just to see what all's on the list), because they definitely tend to cause gas. Raw tends to cause it more often than cooked, but some people just can't handle much of it (I've got a friend who can't eat broccoli in any way, shape, or form, unless she's prepared to have 2 days of bloating and gas pains). @Raeann welcome! I don't have the muscle fatigue, but from what I've read suggested to others, I'd say to check your meals against the template to make sure you're taking in enough protein and fat. Other than that, check sleep patterns and water intake (they suggest we drink 1 ounce of water per 2 pounds of body weight, to make sure we're not at risk of dehydration -- I'm a big girl and I know I don't drink nearly as much as is recommended, but I drink water and/or suck on ice all day long, so I think that helps me). I'm glad you're joining us on the forum!
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    Ji's Journey (W30 #1 - Jan 2019)

    13 Jan 2019 -- day 13 Meal 1 -- 8:30 > sausage, potatoes, carrots, onions > butternut home fries > veggie noodles Meal 2 -- 13:00 salad greens with carrots, olives, and ground beef Meal 3 -- 18:00 mini-meatloaf (5.5 oz) roasted sweet potatoes roasted yellow squash roasted broccoli My dreams last night were insanely real feeling, and they revolved around making bad food choices (and then instantly trying to purge). The whole thing was basically me just being absent-minded about eating... it felt like I was just going through motions of normal life, and grabbing food as I went through each setting. I got halfway through a sandwich before I realized I was eating both bread and cheese (the fact that the lunch meat wouldn't have been compliant didn't register), halfway through a piece of pizza before it hit me that not a blasted thing on it would've been okay even by itself because there was nothing but meats and cheese... and in both cases, once it hit me WHAT I was eating, there was an immediate sense of disgust and illness, and I ran for somewhere appropriate to throw up. I really couldn't tell you if the desire to throw up was that it truly made me feel ill, or if it was psychologically brought on because I know it shouldn't be going in right now. The biggest heartache was the thought of having to tell my support group that I'd fallen -- TWICE! And then I woke up, and all was well. But it shows me that I've GOT to stay aware of what I'm doing with food, all the time, every time. I have to be mindful of what's in front of me before it's even on the way to my mouth. I realize that Whole30 isn't intended to be lifelong, and I know I won't stay quite as strict afterward, but I really enjoy how I feel without certain things going in (especially the ones that I know cause issues due to allergies/intolerance) and I know it's better for me overall if I make those good decisions and don't allow myself to fall back into certain really bad food habits. Dinner was yummy, once again. The meatloaf recipe isn't one I would've ever thought of myself, but it's really quite good. I also made a compliant ketchup-wannabe (more a zesty tomato sauce, really, but ketchup usually has an odd enough taste for me that I think I like this better). My dad commented that he's really enjoying the meals I'm cooking, so that's very nice to hear... and tells me that this will be something relatively easy to carry over into everyday life after Whole30, because we're enjoying the food enough that we want to keep eating it.
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    Day 13 is up... and the food dreams have started. All last night my dreams were filled with me catching myself halfway through foods I shouldn't be eating, then feeling sick and running to purge. It sucked... but (thankfully!) I woke up and realized it didn't happen, I didn't actually lose control, and it's been a long time since I've been that happy to wake up out of a dream. My takeaway is that I need to have awareness of what's in front of me / what I'm reaching toward, and a mindfulness of whether I'm hungry or if I'm just reaching to grab something because I'm bored or it's simply there.
  12. Jihanna

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Day 12 is down! As I was getting dinner finished up this evening, a family member walked in from an afternoon meeting where food was served... and laid a huge catering tray on the counter. It was filled with a ton of stuff I can't eat... and since it wasn't eaten at all for dinner (that part was nice, since I'd cooked and we all enjoyed what I made!), all that non-compliant nonsense is now in my fridge, ugh. My solution was to tell them that's tomorrow's lunch for everyone except me (I get leftovers from today) -- IF they eat enough to make room for new food to fit in there, then I'll cook what I'd planned for tomorrow, we'll just have it for dinner instead. I've been busy today, doing a lot of stuff that needed to get done (and have yet more that'll bleed over into tomorrow), and feeling rather accomplished despite the lack of actual "finishing" today. Feeling very tired, too, but not exhausted... just ready to rest. I'm looking forward to tomorrow, because at this point each day has been getting a little bit better than the last for me.
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    Ji's Journey (W30 #1 - Jan 2019)

    12 Jan 2019 -- day 12 On the weekend, I only have an 8am alarm. It lets me sleep in, if I'm going to be able to. What usually happens is that my kids wake me up between 6 and 7, regardless of not having to go to school, so it never really results in any extra sleep. Yesterday, however, a friend and I got ambushed by our girls when picking them up from an after-school club, so my 9yo had a sleepover at her friend's house... and I blessedly slept until my alarm sounded. I do think I woke up briefly around 6 out of habit, but it quickly registered that today is Saturday so I stayed in bed. I'm a little groggy and have hiccoughs, but otherwise I don't have that overbearing "oh my gosh, I slept WAY too long" feeling that I used to get if I slept longer than normal. Meal 1 -- 11:00 2 turkey sausage patties (1 oz each) scrambled eggs skillet potatoes (with mushrooms, onions, and bell pepper) 2 small tomato slices fruit (grapes and orange slices) Yay for brunch! Double-yay for it being cooked by someone else! My parents surprised me with the offer of a fully compliant brunch today -- minus the bread my dad toasted for himself, which I ignored. Everything was absolutely delicious, and I didn't even mind helping finish up dishes afterward. I've got to finish getting produce situated this afternoon, in between washing clothes and doing some general cleaning. I think the first thing on the docket is to slice and freeze all the bell peppers we got from the produce market's mark-down bin, then I'll get to work on what's needed for tonight's dinner. Meal 2 -- 14:30 leftover avocado burger, home fries, and veggie noodles Meal 3 -- 18:45 roasted sausage and veggies (potato, carrot, onion) broth-braised greens Those greens were AMAZING. The husband loved them so much he got seconds, which NEVER happens with greens, EVER! Dad liked them a lot, too. Definitely a keeper recipe for us to use again, not only this month but as a healthier way to enjoy them in months to come also. I had a lot to get done today, and didn't finish it all but did make good progress. I'm tired, but it's a good tired (not an exhausted feeling at all, just ready to rest).
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    Ji's Journey (W30 #1 - Jan 2019)

    11 Jan 2019 -- day 11, and officially 1/3 of the way through! Getting up was harder today. It's not that I didn't sleep enough (I actually went to bed about 30 minutes earlier last night than I had been for the past several), just that I slept wrong so woke up hurting. I did still get up with the 5:45 alarm, though, because I didn't want to stay in bed and chance those final 15 minutes making it even worse. A bit of coffee, some neck stretches, and (in the spirit of honesty) an Aleve... they're all helping, but it might be a slow process on this cold morning. On a completely unrelated subject, I feel like I'm going to need to change my weekly planner setup a little bit again. I altered this week slightly, compared to last week, but I'm still just missing the space to write in the day's weather notes like I'd been doing last year... so I guess I'll spend a few minutes with my spreadsheet today, to see how I want to add that in for next week. I also need to make sure I put in a tracker for studies, to help me kick my tail into gear for both subjects I'm studying. Meal 1 -- 09:45 turkey avocado burger fried egg baked potato Meal 2 -- ?? I snacked on fruit because I honestly just plain wasn't hungry Meal 3 -- 18:30 2 turkey avocado burgers (2 oz each) roasted butternut squash ginger veggie noodles sauteed mushrooms I was so busy today that I completely missed a meal in the middle, but I didn't actually "miss" it. I had absolutely no sensation of hunger until around 4pm, so I snacked on some fruit to get me through to dinner time. Butternut squash is hard to process but it tastes amazing, oh my goodness. I'm definitely willing to go through the trouble of getting it diced up if it means being able to enjoy it often. Today's honestly just been kind of a whirlwind. It was grocery day, and we went to 3 different stores to make best use of this week's sales. Most of the stores around here have a sales cycle that starts on Wednesday, so my meal plan runs from Thursday to Wednesday to make sure I get to review sales before I finalize my meal plan and grocery list. I think I spent 3 or 4 hours in the kitchen today getting meat split up for freezing, prepping stuff for tonight's dinner, and trying to break things down a bit for better spatial management in the fridge... and there's still more to do tomorrow! Of course, tomorrow is also another meal, so more of the produce will be out of the way! Overall, I'm pleased with how today has gone. My husband left his soda on the counter in front of me while I was processing produce, and it took a while for me to even register what it was... I saw it, but didn't really SEE it. When I realized, I just calmly moved it somewhere that wouldn't be in my way as my work area spread out across the counter. I'm quite proud of myself! I also had a chance to speak with a few people about the program and how much different I've been feeling since I started, and it's always interesting to see how they react if they ask me to tell them about the restrictions. I really don't FEEL restricted, though, not at all. I'm experiencing amazing food that I'm going to want to keep in my repertoire long after these 30 days have passed... and I think my family agrees.
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    Ji's Journey (W30 #1 - Jan 2019)

    10 Jan 2019 -- day 10 Out of bed with the first alarm today, made sure of that! Turned the light on so I'd be less tempted to lay back down, then started coffee and ice before washing my face to help me wake up fully. I'm so pleased with how the mornings are going lately. I'm not exhausted and grumpy, my girls are waking with better moods (they're not on the diet but I know they're affected by my mood and responses to them, so it's helping me set a better tone with them from the day's start), and we're all dressed and ready to head downstairs with time to spare each morning. The downstairs routine seems to go a bit easier now, too, so that's nice. Meal 1 -- 08:00 leftover pork w/gravy, cauliflower rice, and steamed broccoli Meal 2 -- 10:45 boiled egg, steamed broccoli, small bowl of fruit (banana and mandarin) Meal 3 -- 19:45 My hunger meter has been a little off today. Maybe I'm just used to always feeling like I want to eat something, even when I know I'm not hungry... but today I really didn't last long after meal 1 before really needing to eat again, and yet 8 hours after meal 2 I'm realizing I hadn't eaten but I also wasn't feeling hungry. I've had kind of a dull thrum headache for most of today, figuring it's mostly due to weather changes since we had pretty warm weather yesterday and hit cooler temps overnight (will be even colder for tomorrow). I'm not sure yet if I'll take anything before bed or not, but I am going to post now so I don't end up forgetting again.
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    Happy day 10, everyone! Welcome, Elise Glad to have you on board with us! re: food becoming bland... the thing I'm finding works best for me is variety, in the foods and the spicing. So if I know I've got a ton of carrot and celery sticks to get through, I'll mix up a few different dips so I have some quick options (and it really takes no time at all to throw some compliant mayo and spices into a bullet-style blender to whip together a new dip). For meats, the same thing, variety -- like not doing three nights in a row of ground meat dishes, because it's all ground meat even if it's actually turkey, then beef, then chicken (so instead, maybe I'll do a ground meat skillet dish one night, then a meatloaf the next, followed by patties for the third night). Changing the presentation helps with veggies too, sometimes, even if the seasoning will be the same. My family's actually excited about trying out veggie noodles; instead of roasting the batch we got from the market yesterday, I spiralized them instead and I'm going to use them tonight. re: traveling compliantly... I've done very little of this, so hopefully someone with more experience can chime in. I did want to give a few ideas of things that have fared well with travel for me in the past. First, raw veggies - I'd go ahead and cut them into whatever shape and size I need to make them most snack-able, so I could grab those before the nuts. Apples and almond butter are a winner in my book, too, but I try to do less fruit than veggies, as a general rule. Boiled eggs get boring, I know, so I will often dice mine and toss them in with some mixed greens; throw a dressing on top and you've got a quick salad (all of which can be carried in good quality baggies, so it's helpful when trying to make the best use of room for packing). If you're flying, make sure your carry-on is insulated so you can properly keep foods cool while on board. For me, it's usually worth having a few fruit-flavored tea bags on hand, too (the kind without anything added to sweeten), so I'm able to drop them into water if it doesn't taste good by itself. I hope that helps, and good luck!
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    Ji's Journey (W30 #1 - Jan 2019)

    I forgot to post this last night, so here we go... 9 Jan 2019 -- day 9 It was harder to get out of bed today. I woke fine at 5:45, when I usually get up to start my coffee and make sure my little ice machine is starting to make ice for the day. It's kind of an early-bird alarm that helps me not sleep through the "real" alarm at 6:00, but if I'm not exhausted I'll usually go ahead and get up with the first one. I didn't do that this morning. Even though I felt okay when it went off, it was a little chilly and I just plain didn't want to get out of bed... so I dismissed the alarm and rolled over. My next alarm went off and I dutifully got up, but I felt a bit more tired than I was when I decided not to get out of bed early. It was odd. Meal 1 -- 9:00 Scotch egg with breakfast casserole and mandarin orange I'm finally out of Scotch eggs. They weren't bad, in fact the sausage was quite lovely, but I was really tired of them by the end. They're a fun little novelty item, but I'm not sure if I'll make them again in the future, unless I've got teeny tiny little eggs to do it with. Meal 2 -- 13:00 skillet fry-up with turkey, potatoes, onions, and bell peppers My husband stepped in and made lunch again, so that was nice. As much as he's not on board with the food and lifestyle changes for himself, he's found that he can still cook tasty food without using all the stuff that's off the table for me right now. He's quite happy that the herbs aren't off limits, actually. Meal 3 -- 18:15 leftovers: pork roast and cauliflower rice with apple gravy, steamed broccoli I can't get over how good the cauliflower rice tasted. I like cauliflower rice anyway, I can eat it without much seasoning at all, but this stuff was just fantastic. I'm definitely going to have to make sure I head over to LIDL every few weeks so I can grab more bacon (they usually have pretty good deals on the other meats I typically buy, also). I had someone laugh at me when I told them that it's not uncommon for me to check deals for 3-4 different stores before doing my meal plan each week; they said there's a point where it's not worth it to drive further, and I responded that I always weigh the savings at other stores against the distance to drive and getting fuel points (to reduce cost of gasoline) at Kroger. I'm not sure they got it, but this is my form of couponing, I guess (I do also use coupons at Kroger, when I've got one that fits the need). Tomorrow's a slow day, thankfully. I feel like I haven't really stopped today, despite not being in the kitchen all day this time (like yesterday). At least I know I'm sleeping well, lately.
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    Ji's Journey (W30 #1 - Jan 2019)

    8 Jan 2019 -- day 8 I woke up quite easily again this morning, despite only having around 6 hours of sleep, so that's one part of this program that I'm enjoying to the fullest. I'm still wanting to go to bed a little earlier, though, to see if I feel ever better at wake-up (and maybe nix the 2-3pm heavy eyelid period). Meal 1 -- 9:15 scotch egg and 1/3 baked potato My neck is sore today, which is to be expected the day after a chiro adjustment, but I'd kind of been hoping it wouldn't happen since I've loved not having to take any extra meds these last few days. I'll try the hot shower followed by cold pack later, if needed, to see if we can ditch the pain before it gets bad enough to require Tylenol. Meal 2 -- 13:30 skillet potatoes with turkey, onions, and peppers My husband is awesome. Yes, it annoys me when he comes home with sodas and snack cakes, or pizza, etc. However, despite his unwillingness to embrace this particular lifestyle change for himself, he IS trying to be supportive of me. One way he supports me is by doing sweet things like cooking me breakfast some mornings, or frying up a yummy skillet meal like today's lunch. Meal 3 -- 18:30 pork roast with apple gravy, steamed broccoli, and cauliflower rice fried with bacon I've felt less irritable today, and a little less hungry, too. I'm hoping that's a good sign. I'm also happy because I'm finding some amazing meals that we really like, and that I'll be happy to continue making even beyond the Whole30 days because they're just that good. My eyes have been hurting a little today, and I'm so far attributing it to the difference in my diet as well as barometric pressure (swings often throw my body for loops, so it's nothing new). My back's also a lot more sore now than it was earlier, despite taking several steps to try to alleviate it, so I'm taking a Tylenol now to ensure I'll be able to sleep at a decent time tonight.
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    Happy to wrap up day 7 with everyone, and looking forward to day 8! This week's busy, with kids going back to school, various appointments that somehow all crammed into this one 5-day period, and also having to plan (and shop) for next week's meals. Today's been a very tired day for me, not exhaustion just sleepiness. I'm horrible about drinking enough water, so I've been trying to make sure that I've constantly got ice to suck on instead, that way I get my water and I convince myself it's okay to not be grabbing a peppermint every time my mouth gets dry. I didn't even want to eat any of the pizza my husband and 14yo brought home today, it honestly didn't even smell good (and pizza has been one of my trigger foods in the past), so I'm obviously making some headway on that front... maybe I'm finally starting to realize that the smell of melty cheese is not a good thing for me I also made the decision to go buy some dairy-free treats for my 9yo (there's a class party tomorrow and I have to provide her treat so she doesn't get the one the parent brings in), rather than making something here at the house - I'm sure I wouldn't have been tempted to eat any of whatever I would've made, but it would feel really strange to bake something for her while I'm on this program for me. She's still got something killer to take in with her, at least, so I did my job. With that, goodnight a bit later than I should even still be awake, and I hope everyone rests well!
  20. Jihanna

    Ji's Journey (W30 #1 - Jan 2019)

    7 Jan. 2019 -- Closing out Week 1 Today's the first day back to school for at least one of my kids, which means I had to be up earlier than I've been doing during the break. I dreaded it. I set all the alarms that I usually have (mine, the "warning" wakeup for my kids, the "final" wakeup for my kids, and the "go downstairs" one), plus a another one 30 minutes before my usual wakeup time just to jar me enough to make sure I hear the real one and get up. I didn't make it to bed until about 11pm, so I was dreading the early morning. I didn't hear the "prep" alarm at 5:30, but did feel the phone (my alarm clock) vibrating at 5:35 to say that I'd missed it. By 5:45, I was ready to get out of bed, 15 minutes earlier than planned. Yes, I am having a mug of coffee while typing... but no, I didn't wake up zombi-fied and craving caffeine. The coffee may or may not have been needed (there was at least one morning this past week when I'd skipped it entirely and felt fine all day), but my schedule today is full enough that I wanted to make certain that I'll be alert and functioning until bedtime tonight. Meal 1 - 9:00 baked potato and fried egg I went to the chiropractor today, thankfully. I was definitely out of alignment, and of course now that I'm adjusted there's some pain... but not enough to make for any real difficulty. I'm just glad to know that my neck shouldn't be contributing to headaches again for at least a week or few. My last adjustment held far longer than that, so I'm hopeful! Meal 2 - 13:00 leftover bbq chicken and twice-baked potato, steamed broccoli I'm tired this afternoon. Really tired. There was one point around 2pm that I could barely keep my eyes open, but I knew I couldn't nap because I needed to leave at 2:45 to take my 14yo to an appointment. I did manage to stay awake the rest of the day, but all day there's definitely been an underlying sense of tiredness... not exhaustion, really, just weariness. Meal 3 - 18:00 leftover baked chicken, acorn squash, green beans, and sausage/potato bake Note to self: acorn squash doesn't heat up as quickly as the rest of the food, at least not when the whole plate started out frozen. It's probably going to be a good idea to skip that stuff on the freezer plates, saving it for fridge plates instead. Despite the level of tiredness I've been experiencing today, I'm closing things out around 11pm. I'm hopeful that tomorrow morning will go as well as this morning did, but I also know that I really need to be getting into bed by this time at the latest, every night... more like 10 is probably preferable. I went to the store earlier to buy some non-dairy treats for my 9yo. I could have baked them, but I'm very happy with the decision to buy them instead. It's not that I wouldn't have trusted myself to bake them for her and not eat any myself (it wouldn't be the first time that I'd completely skipped even one taste from a batch of brownies), it's just that I really don't want to do that type of baking while doing this program... for me it wouldn't be compliant, and I don't feel like making it okay to do it for anyone else right now, either. They can wait until February!
  21. Jihanna

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I JUST found this two days ago, and I'm already in love! I happened across it while searching a recipe for my meal plan, and wound up with one of their free accounts... and I've spent my free time these past 2 days trying to get my recipe collection transferred over (I had been printing as PDF, so this "transfer" process is that of going to the recipes online and then using the little Chrome-extension to copy them over to my recipe box). Now that I finally have them all in there, I'm in process of tweaking the titles, tags, etc. I'm seriously thinking of getting the lifetime premium membership in a few months, if I still find it as useful. (I love that it gives you meal planning functionality, too) Happy end of Day 6, everyone! (and day 7 for Sherry!) I haven't had to take anything for headache or nausea for the past 2 days, yay! I'm getting more into the flow of how much time I need for cooking if I haven't done the prep ahead of time, also... which honestly is about half of the meals I cook, but that's what I'm used to doing regardless so this is just a matter of different types of food. I'm trying to get into the habit of prepping more ahead of time, where able, though, so I can prevent any during-cooking meltdowns because something doesn't go quite right. One thing I've found helping me while cooking is, oddly, washing dishes as I go... something about it relaxes me and makes me feel like things are going smoothly if I've got the time to clean up along the way.
  22. Jihanna

    Ji's Journey (W30 #1 - Jan 2019)

    6 Jan. 2019 -- Meal 1 - 8:30 scotch egg and small salad It was incredibly easy to make the Scotch eggs, and they're actually pretty darn good. I think I'd like the sausage by itself more than I like it wrapped around the boiled eggs, but either way they're good and it's an interesting twist on the typical sausage and eggs. *************** Meal 2 - 12:30 bbq pulled chicken bacon/broccoli/ranch twice-baked potatoes steamed broccoli This was one of those meals where I had a very hard time controlling myself. Despite not being at all hungry anymore after my first plate, I still found myself wanting a full second plate (I did get more of the potatoes, but didn't load up completely). The barbecue sauce was delicious, not as sweet as the ones I'd use normally but definitely much better for us, and easy to make from scratch. I love it! *************** Meal 3 - 18:00 leftovers from meal 2 I don't have much to say to wrap up today's notes, really. It's been a good day, and I've gotten a bit of insight into how I think about food... delicious = temptation to put more on my plate, even after I'm already feeling like I've eaten enough to satisfy me. That's something for me to keep an eye out for, as the coming days go by.
  23. Jihanna

    Ji's Journey (W30 #1 - Jan 2019)

    5 Jan. 2019 -- I feel so much better today! My headache is still there, but it's a very VERY dim presence now. I'm having coffee this morning, and I've really enjoyed our text group this morning. Meal 1 - 9:00 boiled egg, citrusy fruit salad, banana baked potato topped with sauteed onions, peppers, and mushrooms (ate half) I was only able to get through about half a boiled egg with the rest of my food this morning, and that was due more to texture than fullness (I think). I'm considering the idea that I might need to whip up some deviled eggs or egg salad, and see if that's easier to eat when I'm planning to have eggs as the primary protein in a meal. *************** Meal 2 - 13:00 medium-sized salad, mostly greens the other half of my potato w/sauteed onions, peppers, and mushrooms I've been working on reorganizing my recipes today, and making slow but sure progress. I found this awesome recipe system called Copy Me That (CopyMeThat.com). It's free to use, and it even has an extension for Chrome that will pull the recipe directly from the site I'm looking at - then, I can go in and customize the recipe for myself, make notes, etc. but still retain a link back to the original. I'm excited and impressed so far, and I'm looking forward to getting my recipes in so I can actually use the other features (like meal planning). *************** Meal 3 - 18:00 turkey avocado burgers roasted sweet potato wedges salad greens with homemade dressing So. Delish. <- and I don't talk like that, but really, it was amazing. I usually cook sweet potatoes in a slightly different way (closed foil instead of open roast), but these turned out so very yummy. I was pleasantly surprised by the burgers, too. I'm really not an avocado fan, but they blended very well with the taste and texture of the turkey in the burger. It was a win for me, and everyone else. *************** Today saw no headache meds, no nausea meds, and no real irritability. I'm also falling into more of a comfort zone in terms of not feeling like I need to push hard to make creative things... as long as it's good, my family (and I) will be happy.
  24. Jihanna

    Newbie Here!!

    I'm a first-timer too, just started on the 1st. According to the timeline, days 2-3 are "The Hangover", so a lot of what you're feeling may just be normal reactions most bodies get as they go through those first few days of not getting what they're used to getting. I don't drink, but the sugar withdrawal was real, with day 2 being the worst for me. I think if we cut out everything we're supposed to, that's enough to make us feel crummy while we're adjusting to the new "way things are". Day 2 was my major detox day, when my body realized I really wasn't going to give it any sugar regardless of how crappy it made me feel. The result was that I slept almost all day long, quite seriously. I also had severe body pains all that day, with a headache that could've woken the dead. It was serious withdrawal, but I think sleeping through helped. Day 3 I felt more human, still tired but climbing back up out of it, and it's been a little better each day since then in terms of overall energy levels. (Day 4 I even skipped caffeine entirely, but day 5/today I had a cup of coffee with my breakfast.) One thing I keep seeing repeated by the mods and people who've done this multiple times -- make sure you're following the meal template (and for exhaustion, they often ask if the person is eating enough). I'm not the greatest about following the template, but I'm trying (and it does often look like more food than I'd think should go on my plate), and I do think following it more closely helps me get from meal to meal without in-between snackiness (due to hunger, anyway) and tiredness. Good luck to you!
  25. Jihanna

    Ji's Journey (W30 #1 - Jan 2019)

    4 Jan. 2019 -- I was up late last night, and slept late this morning as result. I'm thankful that I can still do that this week, as next week it's back to 6am mornings. I also skipped the caffeine so far today, because I wasn't in the mood to make coffee. Meal 1 - 9:30 3 eggs, fried "over hard" (in coconut oil) small baby spinach salad with green bell peppers and tomatoes avocado tzatziki as dressing handful of olives I steamed a dozen eggs in the pressure cooker, and about time because we were out and I need them for lunch most days. I also decided to flip my original plans for dinner tonight and tomorrow, so I'm able to make the best use of the avocado supply before it turns brown. Sometime post-lunch, I'll plan on making the turkey avocado burger patties for tomorrow (or at least mix the stuff up and store it, maybe I'll do the patty-making tomorrow) to get that part out of the way. I might also go ahead and cut the citrus a bit early, so I'm not having to do that right before I start cooking later today. 13:15 My headache still hasn't subsided, and I've put off taking Tylenol for as long as I could, so I'm hoping it'll dull the ache enough to either make it bearable or let me sleep some of it off before I get started with my afternoon work. *************** Meal 2 - 14:30 2 boiled eggs, salad, and olives I'm sure I'm not getting anywhere near enough starchy veggies in my daily intake right now, but I'll have to adjust that as time goes. I do plan to try out my spiral slicer tomorrow (with butternut and sweet potatoes), so maybe that'll help. I took a nap and rested for about 35 minutes, then jumped up so I could get the prep finished for the turkey avocado burgers (made them into patties and froze, so now they're ready to thaw tomorrow in time to cook for dinner). As I finished that part, it was time to get started on dinner work. *************** Meal 3 - 18:30 baked flounder with a citrus-filled side salad zucchini banana Dinner was amazing. I hate fish... have done for years, decades even... can't stand the smell of it, it makes me sick, etc. But I have to tell you, I didn't smell fish the whole time I was cooking, nor after it was finished, and it had just a slight taste to it. I could tell I was eating fish, but it wasn't sickening at all (and I actually really enjoyed it when I paired it with the blood orange slices). So I guess maybe I just hate the way most fish smells and is prepared, haha, because I could definitely do this again. That said, though, I'm tired and I definitely want to be in bed earlier than I was last night, so I'm going to head on out now to wrap up the little things I tend to do before sleep. Day 4 successfully managed, and ready to take on day 5!