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    NYCBlond reacted to nutburger in Lib's NYC Whole30 | 30 days of Fitness   
    Day 6:
    Meal 1: Italian sausage fried up with peppers and onions, and eggs
    Meal 2: Pear, meat stick, cashews
    Meal 3: Pork chops with applesauce, Brussel sprouts, and sweet potato
    I'm having trouble fitting Meal 2 in after such big breakfasts. I felt good today. I'm definitely not as regular as I thought I was going to be, and I do feel quite bloated.  Had a bad body image day and felt heavier than I have in a while.
    Exercise: 45 mins of 'Whipped' (interval training) at Equinox
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    NYCBlond reacted to nutburger in Lib's NYC Whole30 | 30 days of Fitness   
    Thank you so much for such positive and kind words! I haven't yet tried Hu Kitchen's chicken tenders and I haven't been to Westville - I'll have to look into both as they sound delicious.
    Hope the lethargy is getting better for you and you feel like you have more energy Congrats on your commitment to your first round - I promise it'll pay off!
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    NYCBlond reacted to Jihanna in 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.
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    NYCBlond got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Good morning and Happy Day 6!
    Just wanted to touch base and say that I'm kind of shocked at how easy W30 has been for me. I'm such a sugar fiend, I thought surely I would be jonesing for all the sweet treats and having cravings and headaches but actually, I'm feeling really good and NOT missing my sdessert that I want (after lunch...and dinner...). It's been a nice reminder that I can do things that initially I might have thought felt impossible, but by just allowing it to happen and taking it meal by meal, I know that I've got this. It's really been an eye-opener.
    I had my first food dream. There was a massive box of multiple different kinds of slices of cake in my Grandma's house and I was just staring at them. Not eating or anything, juts starting very intensely at beautiful pieces of decadent looking cakes. Clearly, my sugar dragon is hanging out in my subconscious, too.
    One other quick thing: it was a friend's birthday yesterday and a group of us went out to lunch. I didn't eat anything - just had a hot peppermint tea and water. And I was really fine with it. Not tempted at all, not hungry or anything. Not talking too much about it, either. I was SO surprised how uncomfortable it made the OTHER people I was with. "What do you mean you're not eating? The food is so amazing here!" "Aw, man, the Whole30 sounds so restrictive and kind of crazy" "Sorry we have to eat all these carbs in front of you!" Seriously! I was so surprised. I guess people think that it's somehow a reflection on them but I just kept things very chill and said, "No, it's all good. Please enjoy your meal. I'm just doing this as a reset for my own system. It's just for 30 days and I really feel fine. Please enjoy yourself" MHU said that those kinds of reactions might happen in FOOD FREEDOM, but I never thought MY friends would actually act that way. SO WEIRD!
    Has this happened to anyone else yet? Would love to share strategies of how to talk to people to so they don't get offended and/or try to offer info (but not overshare) about the program without airs of superiority.
    Have a great day today, all! Take good care, G.
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    NYCBlond got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Good morning and Happy Day 6!
    Just wanted to touch base and say that I'm kind of shocked at how easy W30 has been for me. I'm such a sugar fiend, I thought surely I would be jonesing for all the sweet treats and having cravings and headaches but actually, I'm feeling really good and NOT missing my sdessert that I want (after lunch...and dinner...). It's been a nice reminder that I can do things that initially I might have thought felt impossible, but by just allowing it to happen and taking it meal by meal, I know that I've got this. It's really been an eye-opener.
    I had my first food dream. There was a massive box of multiple different kinds of slices of cake in my Grandma's house and I was just staring at them. Not eating or anything, juts starting very intensely at beautiful pieces of decadent looking cakes. Clearly, my sugar dragon is hanging out in my subconscious, too.
    One other quick thing: it was a friend's birthday yesterday and a group of us went out to lunch. I didn't eat anything - just had a hot peppermint tea and water. And I was really fine with it. Not tempted at all, not hungry or anything. Not talking too much about it, either. I was SO surprised how uncomfortable it made the OTHER people I was with. "What do you mean you're not eating? The food is so amazing here!" "Aw, man, the Whole30 sounds so restrictive and kind of crazy" "Sorry we have to eat all these carbs in front of you!" Seriously! I was so surprised. I guess people think that it's somehow a reflection on them but I just kept things very chill and said, "No, it's all good. Please enjoy your meal. I'm just doing this as a reset for my own system. It's just for 30 days and I really feel fine. Please enjoy yourself" MHU said that those kinds of reactions might happen in FOOD FREEDOM, but I never thought MY friends would actually act that way. SO WEIRD!
    Has this happened to anyone else yet? Would love to share strategies of how to talk to people to so they don't get offended and/or try to offer info (but not overshare) about the program without airs of superiority.
    Have a great day today, all! Take good care, G.
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    NYCBlond reacted to ssparker in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hi. I am Sherry. This is my first Whole 30. Started Dec 31. Turning 50 on Jan 25. Need to lose 50-60 lbs and hoping to lose 25-30 of it by Mid-June when I go to Scotland to graduate with my MBA with Distinction. Need encouragement and looking forward to following this group. I just finished a few of the Whole 30 books and I see reference to daily emails  I am signed up but not receiving them daily. So far one or two mostly advertising third party info. Advice?  Thanks. 
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    NYCBlond reacted to GraceMelodie in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Yes, the same thing happened to me but to a lesser extent two nights ago when I went out to dinner with three of my longtime friends.  One of my friends thoughtfully ordered olives so I could have some but I wasn't hungry since I had already eaten dinner at home.  Then she said I was going to lose too much weight and be too skinny if I kept following Whole30.  I assured her my main goal was not to lose weight but rather to have more energy.  I also assured her that I was eating well and I could eat potatoes and squash everyday.  That calmed her down.  Another one of my friends was recently doing Keto so she was the most supportive but she still kept offering me a bite of everything she ordered.  My other friend commented in disbelief at the end of the meal that I had not eaten anything in the 3 hours we were there and apologized to me at the end of the meal.  I assured her I was fine and I loved the ambience of the restaurant and spending time with them.  I have known this group of friends for thirty years (we met in junior high school) so I know part of it is that my eating choices makes them feel self-conscious about their eating choices.  Human beings are super social creatures and we are highly influenced by the people around us.  We have more fun when everyone at the table is indulging or in our case we are more motivated when we have a group that is completing Whole30 with us.  I think your reactions to your friends were spot on.  We can only reassure our friends and family we feel fine and offer information about Whole30 only if they really want to hear it.
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    NYCBlond got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Good morning and Happy Day 6!
    Just wanted to touch base and say that I'm kind of shocked at how easy W30 has been for me. I'm such a sugar fiend, I thought surely I would be jonesing for all the sweet treats and having cravings and headaches but actually, I'm feeling really good and NOT missing my sdessert that I want (after lunch...and dinner...). It's been a nice reminder that I can do things that initially I might have thought felt impossible, but by just allowing it to happen and taking it meal by meal, I know that I've got this. It's really been an eye-opener.
    I had my first food dream. There was a massive box of multiple different kinds of slices of cake in my Grandma's house and I was just staring at them. Not eating or anything, juts starting very intensely at beautiful pieces of decadent looking cakes. Clearly, my sugar dragon is hanging out in my subconscious, too.
    One other quick thing: it was a friend's birthday yesterday and a group of us went out to lunch. I didn't eat anything - just had a hot peppermint tea and water. And I was really fine with it. Not tempted at all, not hungry or anything. Not talking too much about it, either. I was SO surprised how uncomfortable it made the OTHER people I was with. "What do you mean you're not eating? The food is so amazing here!" "Aw, man, the Whole30 sounds so restrictive and kind of crazy" "Sorry we have to eat all these carbs in front of you!" Seriously! I was so surprised. I guess people think that it's somehow a reflection on them but I just kept things very chill and said, "No, it's all good. Please enjoy your meal. I'm just doing this as a reset for my own system. It's just for 30 days and I really feel fine. Please enjoy yourself" MHU said that those kinds of reactions might happen in FOOD FREEDOM, but I never thought MY friends would actually act that way. SO WEIRD!
    Has this happened to anyone else yet? Would love to share strategies of how to talk to people to so they don't get offended and/or try to offer info (but not overshare) about the program without airs of superiority.
    Have a great day today, all! Take good care, G.
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    NYCBlond got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Good morning and Happy Day 6!
    Just wanted to touch base and say that I'm kind of shocked at how easy W30 has been for me. I'm such a sugar fiend, I thought surely I would be jonesing for all the sweet treats and having cravings and headaches but actually, I'm feeling really good and NOT missing my sdessert that I want (after lunch...and dinner...). It's been a nice reminder that I can do things that initially I might have thought felt impossible, but by just allowing it to happen and taking it meal by meal, I know that I've got this. It's really been an eye-opener.
    I had my first food dream. There was a massive box of multiple different kinds of slices of cake in my Grandma's house and I was just staring at them. Not eating or anything, juts starting very intensely at beautiful pieces of decadent looking cakes. Clearly, my sugar dragon is hanging out in my subconscious, too.
    One other quick thing: it was a friend's birthday yesterday and a group of us went out to lunch. I didn't eat anything - just had a hot peppermint tea and water. And I was really fine with it. Not tempted at all, not hungry or anything. Not talking too much about it, either. I was SO surprised how uncomfortable it made the OTHER people I was with. "What do you mean you're not eating? The food is so amazing here!" "Aw, man, the Whole30 sounds so restrictive and kind of crazy" "Sorry we have to eat all these carbs in front of you!" Seriously! I was so surprised. I guess people think that it's somehow a reflection on them but I just kept things very chill and said, "No, it's all good. Please enjoy your meal. I'm just doing this as a reset for my own system. It's just for 30 days and I really feel fine. Please enjoy yourself" MHU said that those kinds of reactions might happen in FOOD FREEDOM, but I never thought MY friends would actually act that way. SO WEIRD!
    Has this happened to anyone else yet? Would love to share strategies of how to talk to people to so they don't get offended and/or try to offer info (but not overshare) about the program without airs of superiority.
    Have a great day today, all! Take good care, G.
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    NYCBlond reacted to nutburger in Lib's NYC Whole30 | 30 days of Fitness   
    Day 4:
    Meal 1: Huge, satisfying breakfast of chicken sausages, eggs, grilled tomato and onions, and roasted potatoes
    Meal 2: 1/2 a Dig inn bowl (chicken, broccoli, sweet potato, greens, pesto)
    Meal 3: Almond flour chicken tenders and potato with 'not ketchup' and ranch
    Snacks: Meat stick, cashews, olives
    Gym: A super fun drag queen dance workshop
    Today I got my period, which could explain my general crankiness and exhaustion levels. I've had pretty rough cramping all day but I haven't taken anything. Other than that, in a pretty good mood - food was delicious today. The Dig inn Sweet Potatoes were actually incredibly good and tasted super sweet. Other than hormones, I've been in a pretty good mood all day - it's hard to tell what's going on symptom wise due to that, though.  
    All, in all, this round feels much easier than Round 1. Was today's food the perfect idea of a Whole30? Maybe not, and probably too much potato, but hey, doing the best I can and sticking to the rules.   I'm looking forward to trying some new recipes over the next couple days.  Onward and upward.
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    NYCBlond reacted to nutburger in Lib's NYC Whole30 | 30 days of Fitness   
    Day 3:
    Meal 1: Left over turkey bolognese with mediterranean vegetables;
    Meal 2: Huge spring salad with chicken apple sausages, sautéed onions, an egg, and primal's ranch
    Meal 3: 1/2 a Chipotle Whole30 bowl
    Snacks: salted cashews, meat stick, dried pineapple
    Gym: A particularly brutal athletic conditioning class that left me very sore.
    Definitely on edge today, much more quick snap and overall pretty frustrated. Also, pretty exhausted, but whether that was due to Whole30 or just a busy day, who knows. We went to the movies and it was tough to have no popcorn or diet soda, which I really wanted. At points I regretted committing to this because I just wanted to have normal food and a normal date night, but at the end of the day it's only 30 days. 
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    NYCBlond reacted to nutburger in Lib's NYC Whole30 | 30 days of Fitness   
    Day 2:
    Meal 1: Hardboiled eggs x 2, banana
    Meal 2: Applegates chicken apple sausages sautéed in onions; large spring salad
    Meal 3: Sweet potato 'noodles' with turkey bolognese and mediterranean vegetables 
    Snacks: Salted cashews; diced pears
    Gym: Early morning Spin - Biked 13 miles!
    Felt much better today, just very tired. Went to bed early. 
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    NYCBlond reacted to nutburger in Lib's NYC Whole30 | 30 days of Fitness   
    This is my second round of Whole 30 and I figured I'd track my days for food since it keeps it interesting and I'll be able to look back for ideas come next round.  Last time I did Whole30 I lived in the suburbs of Seattle and I also wasn't working. This time my schedule is a bit more hectic but I also live conveniently close to nearly everything I could possibly need for a Whole30. and have a lot more take out options (Cava, Chipotle, Dig Inn, Hu Kitchen).  
    Less than enthused about this round for no discernible reason. Starting on the first day of the work for the year sucked and since I didn't plan particularly well I didn't take enough food to work with me.  This weekend will definitely involve some meal prep -- for breakfast in particular.  It's like I skipped the first day of 'this is easy' and went straight to the hangover, but I definitely ate pretty terribly over the Christmas period (read: all of December) so that could be a factor. I'm determined though, so I'll stick it out until the good feeling hits.
    I also plan to 30 days of exercise along with my Whole30 for an extra challenge. It might be a little ambitious but hey, dream big.
    Day 1:
    Meal 1: Iced black coffee (desperately waiting for my nutpods to arrive), 2 hardboiled eggs; half a banana
    Meal 2: Tuna with Primal's garlic aioli and spinach
    Snacks:  salted cashews; almond butter
    Dinner: garlic chicken (marinated at whole foods) with olive-oil roasted potatos and a mediterranean veggie medley (frozen bag) with more garlic aioli 
    Gym:  Body Precision at Equinox - This is new but I liked it. It wasn't cardio but I definitely felt the burn. 
     
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    NYCBlond reacted to GraceMelodie in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I had a food dream two nights ago that I was at a fancy restaurant and taking forever to order.  I didn't actually order or eat anything in my dream but I kept rereading the ingredient list for bone broth on the menu.  
    In real life, I went to two restaurants yesterday but didn't eat any restaurant food in either.  I went to the first restaurant for lunch with my two kids and a friend and her kid and just ordered coffee.  We were in Big Bear so I had a big insulated bag of food from the trip with me.  I ate hard boiled eggs, almonds and raw veggies.  My friend was slightly embarrassed that I was eating my own food in the restaurant but I didn't care.  Then, last night after I ate a good, filling, compliant dinner at home, I went to meet friends at a restaurant at 8:30 pm.  They ordered & had cocktails, pizza, olives, bread, salad, dessert and coffee.  I told them I already ate, was doing a Whole30 this month and just drank water.  We were at the restaurant until 11:30 pm and the only thing I was truly tempted by were the salad and olives.  All in all a successful day 4! 
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    NYCBlond reacted to HawkeyeE in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I am Elizabeth, just finishing up day 3 of my first Whole30. I am 36, single, live with a roommate (who is not doing the Whole30), and work in events so my hours are definitely not normal. I am doing this Whole30 to find out if any of the foods I have been eating regularly are causing me distress, and to reset my relationship with food  - I am an emotional eater.
    Up to this moment, I have not had any headaches or most other expected symptoms, though I am feeling some fatigue. I am hungry ALL. THE. TIME. though have been getting from lunch to dinner with the help of a handful of almonds and a hard-boiled egg each day.
    Because I am cooking for one, I select a recipe from The Whole30 which are for two servings, often "with leftovers". That is my dinner for the night, and then I use the leftovers to craft breakfast and lunches. 
    I am also using the Whole30 Day by Day journal/guide. I think that is helping to keep me accountable, as well. 
    Looking forward to keeping up with y'all and getting through these next 27 days together!
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    NYCBlond got a reaction from ChristyJ in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Happy Day 2, everyone!
    Just wanted to check in and say Hi. I felt really great yesterday eating W30-style but then I got a migraine in the evening and it was pretty difficult. I get barometric pressure headaches sometimes and the one I had yesterday turned into a pretty nasty migraine. Normally, I will have a regular coke with my migraine medication (my Doctor says it's helpful to get your blood sugar elevated and caffeine to open blood vessels for my meds) but I didn't have one. Instead, I made a Matcha Latte with Unsweetend Almond Milk and took my meds and I woke up feeling better today.
    Does anyone have tips for headaches and what happens when your body goes into withdrawl? I'm nervous about the effects after having no sugar. Any tips are surely welcomed!
    Hope you're all having a happy and healthy one so far!
    Take good care, Gia.
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    NYCBlond reacted to Jihanna in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Day 2 has been difficult for me, too. I've had a massive headache for most of the day, and nausea kicked in after Meal 2. I finally broke down half an hour ago to take some Tylenol, but I'm going to take nausea meds now because it doesn't feel like I'll keep them down otherwise. I'm calling the chiropractor tomorrow to see when they can work me in to get my neck/back aligned, and hope that's part of the problem so the alignment will help with the headache. I've slept a lot today, partly due to tiredness and partly to hide from the pain. I can't think straight, so going to leave this at that.
    I hope we have a better day tomorrow
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    NYCBlond reacted to JudiPurple in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Day 2...breakfast was a bowl of cherry tomatoes and two sausages (homemade, no sugar or fillers) and W30-compliant ranch dressing... lunch was salad with chicken, tomatoes, and W30 caesar dressing - topped with spiced pepitas...dinner was salmon and homefries (haven't had potatoes in soooo long).  Tasty and filling.
    However, I have a couple questions...my body is complaining -  tired, achy, bloated, cramping,  - am I seeing the beginning of carb flu?  I admit to maxing out on holiday sweets for a goodly part of December...how long does it normally take to adjust to these changes? I also noticed I was very cranky this afternoon...mild headache as well...
    I spent all day yesterday prepping, today was spent canning 8 quarts of the bone broth. Came home from work to make dinner and mini frittatas for the husband's breakfasts. I am a school bus driver, and have a 4 hour time frame between my runs to get things done at home. The busy-ness might have added to my crankiness.  That, and the lack of sugar
     
    28 days to go!
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    NYCBlond reacted to alexandrarowan in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I love this, thank you so much !
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    NYCBlond reacted to ChristyJ in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Day 1! And Happy 2019!  That breakfast bake looks great (minus the mushrooms, lol).
    We've got this!!
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    NYCBlond reacted to Jihanna in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Good morning, and happy 2019!
    For those of us who are just waking up (or yet to do so) to get started on this journey, I wish us good luck and great food. I'm about to grab my first mug of nothing-but-coffee, and I've given myself permission to drink more than 2 today just in case I feel I need extra caffeine due to cutting out all soda (so less caffeine and sugar than usual). In about an hour, I'll make a batch of  this breakfast bake using ground turkey (actually mixing up 2x the turkey sausage and using half of it to make patties to keep aside, then storing the patties and leftover casserole portions in the freezer to make sure I have no breakfast excuses over the next several days).
    For those who are finishing out your first day, congratulations and I hope all went well for you.
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    NYCBlond reacted to NanaJan in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hi. I too will be starting the whole30 on January 1st! I’m 56 years old and my eating habits have taken a toll on my health and weight. I’ve been seeing a physician who practices Holistic medicine and she recommended the Whole30 due to my autoimmune responses. I need all the help and encouragement I can get. My job will make this more challenging, I work long hours on the road and often midnight shifts as a hospice nurse. So drive thru windows have been my enemy. I need suggestions on what to pack for lunches! Appreciate all suggestions and recipes for snacks.
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    NYCBlond got a reaction from Dorothy B. in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hi Jihanna! I'm Gia. I really appreciate so much of what you're saying here (I, too, am my own biggest challenge) and am very impressed with your meal plans for a household of 7! Impressive!
    I'd love to be on a Group Text for accountability. Anyone else?
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    NYCBlond got a reaction from Judip in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hi there! These are the same kind of issues for me, too. I'm usually pretty healthy but this past year I got lazier with my exercise, ate wayyyyy more sweets and treats, and basically got out of touch with my body. I'd love to develop better habits and a better relationship to food!
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    NYCBlond got a reaction from Judip in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hi there! These are the same kind of issues for me, too. I'm usually pretty healthy but this past year I got lazier with my exercise, ate wayyyyy more sweets and treats, and basically got out of touch with my body. I'd love to develop better habits and a better relationship to food!