BookJockey

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    BookJockey's Personal Log, Stardate 0102

    Day 13! Wooooooooo!!!! Feeling pretty alert and clear-headed, which I'm liking! My acne is also almost non-existent right now, which is a dang near forking miracle so that's exciting. I know the main goal of whole30 is not to look arbitrarily "better" or lose weight, so I do feel a bit ashamed to admit that I was lamenting to my husband the other day that I was bummed I didn't appear to have lost any weight yet on this go-around. Per the rules (and my own sanity) I haven't weighed or measured myself, but pants don't really seem any looser or anything. That said, I do feel my husband was accurate that I "look good". As stated above, my skin is a lot clearer and husband specifically mentioned my hair was looking great (it does, but I think that might be the collagen powder more than anything). This, of course is mere vanity, and the primary reason for Whole30 is to help my overall health and keep my auto-immune disease under wraps - which it does really seem to be doing. Way fewer skin issues, almost zero joint or muscle pain, hardly any digestive issues, a clearer head, better sleep, and higher energy levels, these are all really good things that I do definitely want to keep going, even if none of the dietary changes result in weight loss. I've had to read the Whole30 blog post about bodies not being perfect, even when they're in good health to remind myself that the main goal here is not weight loss and I do not need to look a certain way to attain better health - AND to remind myself that my health is in fact in a much better place this year than it was last year, and that is all, a very direct result of last year's Whole30 and my subsequent semi-paleo lifestyle. SO. With that, plowing right along! Whew! Yesterday was a nice day for experimentation. I had picked up at Trader Joe's recently their "everything but the bagel" seasoning, which has, all the stuff everything bagels have, some onion, sesame seeds, salt, pepper. It was really good on my eggs with kale and hash browns. We had that plus bacon and coffee that morning and it was really nice. Kinda like a deconstructed bagel sandwich. Lunch was a bit more snacky with experiments. I made an apple, berry and beet juice drink, and had it with some walnuts and prosciutto to avoid blood sugar spikes. I later also had a meatball and a cup of mushroom soup while I made those up for the week's lunches. Dinner was super satisfying, I had more of my meatballs (I am getting super good at making them if I do say so myself, the beef, turkey, pork sausage trifecta plus Penzy's Frozen Pizza sprinkle seems to be the ticket) over zucchini noodles and sauteed spinach with tomato and carrot marinara sauce. My husband had pizza while I ate this, and while I do love me some pizza, I didn't miss it much, or really feel deprived at all, which was a really nice space to be in. Breakfast today was some mashed pumpkin and applesauce with flaxseed, pumpkin spices, and coconut flakes. I also had two eggs and collagen blended into my coffee for protein staying power. Lunch is going to be the same salad I had pictured above on Saturday, fortified with a nice piece of balsamic and rosemary chicken breast and roasted carrots. Made that in the crockpot last night while we slept in order to have for the week to throw over salads or have with a baked potato for quick and easy dinners/lunches. Dinner is probably going to be leftovers from Friday - the pineapple salmon, with stir fried veggies in coconut aminos. While there is definite effort involved, and it can be expensive to eat this way, I'm also remembering how easy it can be if I do a bit of meal prep. And when I have recipes like this one https://www.stockpilingmoms.com/crockpot-honey-rosemary-chicken/ that I can easily modify for Whole30 (subbed the honey for apple cider) and just literally throw stuff into a crockpot and go to sleep, life is pretty good.
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    BookJockey's Personal Log, Stardate 0102

    Day 11! Movin' right along! Today I woke up a half hour before my alarm and didn't feel the quiet desperation I usually feel upon waking up before my alarm - which is usually something like: "UGH GAH SO EFFING TIRED AND I NEVER GET ENOUGH SLEEP AND I COULD TOTALLY USE IT AND EFFFFFF... WHY stupid bladder, did you wake me up? WHYWHYWHY????!!!!" and various other expletives and so forth. But this morning after getting up and relieving myself, I came back to bed for the warmth, not because I was still super groggy headed and feeling like I hadn't got enough sleep, and I decided to just try mediating, since I knew trying to fall asleep would just be useless. I'm not a great at meditating, nor do I try doing it nearly as often as I'd like to, but I try from time to time to just focus on my breathing and it was really nice to be able to just enjoy a warm bed. I got out of bed fully when my alarm went off and felt well rested and ready for the day, which is a pretty big thing for me. I am not a good sleeper, and an even less good getter-upper, so if Whole30 is helping with my sleep this time, I am HERE FOR IT. Breakfast was the same as yesterday, mashed banana with coconut milk and ground flax seed plus two pieces of bacon. Lunch was the last piece of my crustless spinach quiche and a little salad roasted turnips and radishes over field greens with an apple and mustard vinaigrette. I need to eat that again for sure. Really awesome. I think I'll make my crockpot balsamic chicken at some point to pair with it next. Tonight will be the last of the shepherd's pie - I'm defrosting some for both husband and I - I hope he enjoys it as much as I have been, I'd really like to continue making it like this after whole30. Pictured below is a pic of my yummy salad today. OMNOMNOM!!!
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    BookJockey's Personal Log, Stardate 0102

    Day 10! Going strong! Last night's dinner of meatballs with sauteed cabbage and a baked potato was really great. Had some mashed banana and coconut milk with ground flax seed and two pieces of bacon for breakfast this morning. Very yum. Lunch was more of my crustless spinach and bacon quiche plus leftover sauteed cabbage. Dinner was the below pictured salmon baked with pineapple, ginger and lime, over a curried cauliflower, zucchini, and sweet potatoe hash/mash. Sooooooo good! I think the leftovers will be good over salads too.
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    BookJockey's Personal Log, Stardate 0102

    Day 9 and feeling pretty good! I have a good amount of energy and my meals have me feeling satisfied. I'm weirdly missing the actual missing of sugary foods, is that weird? Like, I don't really miss cookies or candy, but I miss wanting it. It's strange. I think my overthinker brain has woken up now to the fact that near obsessing over sugary foods and the subsequent guilt I had over it took up a lot of space in my brain and without it, what... do... I do...??? Like, duh, that's the POINT and there are so many other things I could and should and would totally rather be spending my brain space on, but I still sort of weirdly miss being the sugar queen. Brains are weird. Last night's shepherd's pie was just as delightful and satisfying as the other night. I included a pic below. It's not a great one, I'm no food blogger, but I tried to get it to where you can see the lovely carrots and green beans and mushrooms under the ground meet and cauliflower/potato mash. Breakfast today was more of my spinach and mushroom crustless quiche with bacon bits and coffee with coconut milk. Lunch was some more of the slow cooker chicken over seasoned cauliflower rice, sliced summer squash, and sweet potato, plus a drizzle of guacamole for good measure. Dinner tonight is probably going to be the last of my meatballs - I'll need to make more, but fortunately I'm off tomorrow, with sauteed cabbage "noodles" and a baked potato. Should really stick to the ribs, I think. I had a bit of a worry yesterday afternoon - I got a call from my doctor, I'd had labwork done on Monday and she had gotten my test results and said I showed very high increase of inflammation (I have an autoimmune disease that generally is pretty well under wraps, but I still have to get regular testing done to make sure I'm ok). It wasn't too surprising, as prior to my start of this Whole30, I was hitting the holiday goodies SUPER HARD, but I would have hoped that after 5 days on Whole30 things would've been better? At least not, "so high, I thought there must have been a mistake" (Dr's words) levels, right? Maybe not though. I decided I'd stick with my Whole30 and if my follow up blood tests in 3 weeks are still showing inflammation that high, I maybe actually need to be eating something I can't on Whole30, but my suspicion is they'll go back down to normal or better ranges. I've chosen to see it as a bit of a science experiment. Anyway, onward. For science!
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    January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?

    *waives hand* Still here! I am feeling pretty good, but weirdly missing the sugar cravings. Is that bizarre? Last time I definitely had sugar cravings and they weren't fun. This time I'm not really - I mean, sweets sound nice, but meh, you know? But I weirdly miss the actual MISSING having a cookie or two to dip into my mid-morning coffee. That's weird, right? I guess it's because it just feels like such a strange change, and it's like, what do I do with my brain now that there isn't the cycle of near obsessive thinking of treats and the subsequent guilt, you know? That's been illuminating this time around for sure.
  6. BookJockey

    Formerly vegetarian, on day 8, need meat help!

    *raises hand* Gal who leaned heavily vegetarian during college and grad school because meat can be expensive and she didn't have a proper kitchen to cook it in anyway here! I can't eat meat off the bone. Never ever ever. I just. Can't. Do it. It wigs me out in the same way you're describing. I know there are a lot of health and flavor benefits to cooking with cuts of meat that include the bone, but I don't see myself trying to make them anytime soon because, yeah. I also tend to have a hard time cutting raw chicken (even if it's just the boneless, skinless breasts I use) because it reminds me of the horrors of my food services days (a bit of raw chicken went down my bra one day and I couldn't eat chicken for months and months after). So I utilize a lot of frozen chicken. I find that when chicken is still semi frozen, I can stomach cutting it way better because it cuts like a hearty veggie - like a firm sweet potato, rather than a fleshy, gelatinous, blerghy thing (that is the technical term, I swear). I also honestly do a lot where I just throw frozen breasts directly into the crockpot with a few things. Then it breaks down a lot and becomes super easy to shred and to me, resembles more of the stews and hashes I generally live on, as opposed to, ya know... Aside from that, I generally just utilize a lot of ground meat. Again, then that way I can just throw it into a chili or stew to become a meal, as opposed to an intimidating looking hunk of meat. But yeah, as others have said, there's nothing that insists you must. Eat. ALL THE ANIMAL PROTEIN EVAR. You do your Whole30 the way that makes sense for you.
  7. BookJockey

    January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?

    For the coffee folks - I discovered this morning that I actually like my coffee stronger - who knew! I brewed mine with a little less water this morning and I enjoyed it a lot more. Wild!
  8. Emphasis mine added. Thank you, @ladyshanny for this kind and insightful answer. This is why I love Whole30, it is ostensibly about being kind to your body and yourself. As someone who's also had a lot of trouble with very disordered eating in high school and college (but who is, admittedly, many years farther away from those days than @fmb16 is), I feel this post hard. I had a lot of trouble with this on my first Whole30 last year. I wasn't weighing myself, but constantly measuring myself and I was not always in the best of mental spaces, especially at first. I decided to stick with it after a lot of soul searching. Whole30 was making me feel a lot better in ways that had nothing to do with weight loss (my autoimmune disorder wasn't plaguing me with constant mystery illnesses, aches, and pains, my chronic indigestion was almost non-existent, I was feeling more alert, I was finally escaping the calorie counting nightmareland of my 20s, etc). It took a lot of effort to focus on that stuff more than the weight loss aspects, and to stop measuring myself. Trying to focus instead on all the other positives gave my overthinker brain something else to do. In the end, sticking with it was good for me, but that may not be the right decision for you, and that is, as stated above, 1000% ok. Whatever you decide to do, do it with love and kindness towards yourself and your body. You are worth it. P.S. I want to commend your bravery posting this here, and your insight in recognizing this in yourself, as they say, the first step is identifying when there's an issue.
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    Daily bathroom habits with less fruit

    Seconding @ElizabethG - I don't get sugar cravings from fruit, especially not when I eat it the Whole30 recommended way (with a protein and/or as part of a larger meal) but if I have it on it's own, it tends to just make me hungrier after. Apple alone is good, but I'll be hungry again in 30 minutes to an hour. Apple + prosciutto or banana + nut butter, etc is a really satisfying snack to tide me over between meals if I need it. I eat about 1 or 2 fruits per day, and again, just never a piece of fruit on it's own. Fruit helps keep me regular too, particularly apples it seems, so I get where you're coming from!
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    No Poop Going on Day 9

    I was having some trouble getting regular for a bit there too, but yesterday and today I had a tablespoon of ground flax seed and it really helped both days. Apple sometimes helps me too, you could try some apple with prosciutto, or in a salad/other dish? I find them quite good cooked with chicken and carrots too.
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    BookJockey's Personal Log, Stardate 0102

    Day 8! I'm in a groove! *grooves* Yesterday I felt truly wonderful. Breakfast kept me satisfied and erm, regular, heh, lunch was really lovely, the mushroom soup I made last week thickened into a lovely sauce for green beans and spinach, and dinner was huge and great. I had a nice strawberry and lime infused spritzer with dinner - almost just as tasty as a margarita and way more refreshing + no upset stomach or morning headache the day after! I did have a hard time refraining from eating some of the non-compliant food at work, but it was really more because it involved a tasting component, and I kind of had to go into it blind, relying on my culinary skills and other's tastebuds. It turned out fine, of course, and we've got leftovers for another program next week and some compliant leftovers (cilantro and lime, among other things) that I can enjoy. What was really great about yesterday was I didn't feel really hungry between meals, which tells me I'm finally on the right track for finding a balance of things to eat at my meals. Lunch is going to be some salsa chicken over a salad with summer squash, leftover fajita veggies from yesterday, and guacamole. It's a wonderfully easy recipe (and easy on the kitchen cleanup). I literally just threw 4 frozen, boneless, skinless chicken breasts into the crockpot with a can of compliant salsa overnight (I set it on low for 8 hours) and woke up to this (picture below)! I mean, ok, I had to shred the chicken myself, but that took about a whole two seconds and I didn't even have to use more than one fork, it was that tender and juicy. I'm excited to eat it later. For dinner I'm going to have another defrosted shepherd's pie - I'll try to get a pic tonight, monday I was so hungry and it was so good, I torched right through it before I could get a pic!
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    BookJockey's Personal Log, Stardate 0102

    Day 7! Yesterday was rough as I had to be up earlier than usual, had my eyes dilated, had my blood drawn, and I hadn't slept well the night before. So I was HUNGRY and headachey all day and had to reach for the nuts + banana combo mid-morning and the emergency hard boiled egg + prosciutto in the afternoon. I've found that if I am tired, I'm way more likely to be hungry and want that sugar. I'm very glad though that my local grocery has a compliant prosciutto that I like! My Whole30 shepherd's pie turned out AWESOME if I do say so myself, and the best part was I had made 4 of them in little mini loaf pans and frozen them, to be defrosted and baked later. I had just taken it out of the freezer Sunday night and in the fridge. When I got home I threw it in the oven while I walked my dogs and it was done about 10 minutes after I got back. So warm and satisfying after a chilly walk. I'm finally starting to get into egg fatigue land so breakfast this morning was a banana sauteed in coconut oil with some almond butter, flax seed, and coconut flakes, beetroot juice, and my morning coffee fortified with two eggs and some collagen powder. Lunch will be meatballs with spinach and green beans in a mushroom sauce, and dinner tonight will probably be southwest style shrimp, peppers, and onions with salsa, guacamole, and sweet potato. Today will be a bit challenging at work, as we're doing a food-related program, and not all of the foods involved are compliant, but it certainly won't be impossible to stay on track.
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    How do you drink your coffee on whole30?

    I add a pinch of salt to my coffee - salt actually helps to block bitter flavors and enhances sweet flavors - that's why salted dark chocolate is so darn good, for example :). I'll also sometimes (usually on lazy Saturday or Sunday mornings when I have time) crack an egg into my blender with a tablespoon or two of coconut cream and cinnamon, blend it for a minute, then slowly add my freshly brewed coffee with the blender still on low. Sounds weird, but it's a nice added bit of protein to have, especially if I'm going to have fruit with my breakfast that morning.
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    Very upset stomach and other issues

    You could look into trying a probiotic. They tend to help me a lot.
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    Don't over think this.

    Just posting to say thank you for this original post, OP, and thank you to whoever pinned it, and thank you to all folks who have added to it since! I really needed to hear it on this, my day six of second Whole30 because I am a card carrying overthinker and I want my second whole30 to be just as good for me as the first was. I was actually feeling "bad" for having a really large salad for lunch - a coworker commented that it looked like I brought lunch for everyone and I was furiously re-reading my Whole30 rules and book and thinking, "but I'm doing the proportions they said!" This post brought me back down. Yeah, my salad looks giant compared to the ones you can get at fast food joints because it doesn't have yuck-o fillers and I need it to keep me satiated till dinner, so I don't graze like I normally do. So suck it, coworkers.