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    W30Virgo Post-Whole30

    We had the stuffed cabbage soup last night - it was really good! I'll probably have some leftovers for lunch. I did need to add some extra seasoning.
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    W30Virgo Post-Whole30

    I ate Whole30 for all of my meals yesterday, except for 2 pieces of chocolate after dinner. I haven't been hungry at all for breakfast, and am feeling bloated, so I don't think that will be in my future. I'm planning to remain Whole30 for the rest of the week, and introduce legumes on the weekend. Here are the meals I'm planning for the rest of the week. Tonight: Sauteed Red Cabbage w Onions, Garlic, & Anchovy - https://nomnompaleo.com/post/2130240592/sautéed-red-cabbage-with-onions-garlic-and with Orange Dijon Chicken legs that I made earlier this week: https://nomnompaleo.com/post/141876852968/orange-dijon-chicken and a starch. Thursday: Stuffed Cabbage Soup - https://therecipecritic.com/stuffed-cabbage-soup/ - substituting sauteed cauliflower rice for regular Friday: Jalapeno-Bacon Burger Balls - https://meljoulwan.com/2014/03/10/bacon-jalapeno-burger-balls/ with a veggie and starch Saturday: Re-intro legumes - Banana w peanut butter with breakfast, chickpeas, tuna, pesto for lunch, homemade baked beans from Cravings-Hungry for More and Teton Water Ranch polish sausage
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    W30Virgo Post-Whole30

    @Lorna from Canada Thank you! Yes, it's definitely been interesting. Taking things slow has really helped me make a plan for how my eating will look in the future.
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    W30Virgo Post-Whole30

    Hi everyone, I have a log over in the Whole30 log section for my recent Whole30 completed in January-February 2019. I think at this point my posts would be best placed in the Post-Whole30 section. I like keeping some information on what I'm eating/how I'm feeling, so I'll keep posting here. I've done kind of a sloppy reintroduction so far, but have been happy to return to Whole30 eating after I reintroduce items. I've determined that moderate amounts of wine do not affect me negatively, and that dairy makes me feel...bad. I get bloated and have indigestion. This past weekend I went to a beer fest, and was not compliant in my eating. I felt bad Sunday and Monday, but woke up this morning feeling good. I'm excited for this coming weekend, where I have no plans and will be able to spend some time relaxing and cooking. One goal that has come from this past Whole30 round is to start to move my social life away from things that focus on alcohol. Anyway, starting today Whole30 - three scrambled eggs, some arugula pesto I made last week, and sauteed cherry tomatoes. I'm going to eat Whole30 for the rest of the week, and try introducing legumes in isolation this weekend.
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    W30Virgo Round 2 January 2019

    Day 40 Another reminder that Whole30-ish eating is the best way for me. Last night, for a quick dinner after grocery shopping, we grabbed a frozen pizza. Bad idea - I felt extremely bloated, indigestion, and this morning I was in a much worse mood than usual. Usually mornings are the high point of my day, but not today. I had sous vide egg bites from Starbucks for breakfast, in a rush this morning. I actually haven't noted any negative feelings from these, even though I know they contain cottage cheese. I wonder why that is. Maybe a small amount of dairy doesn't affect as much, just dairy heavy meals. The experiment continues!
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    W30Virgo Round 2 January 2019

    Day 39 I'm back to feeling more normal after returning to Whole30-ish eating. My regular appetite is back, I just finished my yoga, and I made a normal Whole30 dinner last night. So, that is all around great. Just wanted to check in with myself, as a reminder that this way of eating does make a real difference for my mental and physical health.
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    W30Virgo Round 2 January 2019

    Day 37 So, this weekend went kind of off the rails. On Friday, I had two beers, two glasses of wine, and a cocktail. At dinner, we had pasta and bread - delicious. I was a little hungover on Saturday - it took me some time to get motivated to start my day. I think maybe the beers/gluten is to blame. In the future, I won't drink as much when going out to dinner. On Saturday, I don't really remember what I had for breakfast to be honest. We went to spend time with my boyfriend's friends and went out to lunch. I had two beers and a buffalo chicken salad with blue cheese. I felt fine after this. We went out later, I had a vodka martini, two beers with dinner, and a ribeye sandwich. I definitely experience the "making poor food choices after drinking" thing that night. The sandwich was not really worth it, at all. Sunday, I was definitely hungover. I ate more noncompliant food, and went to bed early. Again, this was not really fun, and not really worth it for me. Yesterday, I ate mostly compliant, and prepped some food for the week. Next weekend, I'm going to try and stay compliant Friday night. Saturday, I know I have beer fest. We're planning a brunch before, where I will be making some compliant/Paleo items - a roasted butternut squash & arugula salad and chai spiced "n'oatmeal" cups for a sweet. I'm going to try to return to compliant foods on Sunday, to get myself back to feeling my best more quickly. We'll see how that goes. One big change I notice from eating more noncompliant foods is a major increase in anxiety, and a lack of motivation. It's taking me a lot more than usual this morning to get my yoga in and go for my walk, which is less than ideal. Working on getting back to a baseline today. I made an eggless breakfast skillet yesterday for breakfast, and ate the leftovers this morning. For lunch, I'm having dill sauerkraut deviled eggs with a veggie of some kind. Then, for dinner, I'm making salad with a vinaigrette and butternut squash soup. It's good to be getting back to normal. I have noticed that, even though I'm buying mostly Whole30 groceries, my spending has been reined in a lot over the past couple of weeks. This week, I went overboard with spending on going out, so I'll likely have to think about where a realistic budget for eating out/alcohol will be - I may separate it into two categories. Next weekend, I'm planning to keep things low-key, and do some more formal introductions, with just drinking wine, that I know doesn't produce negative effects in small quantities for me.
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    W30Virgo Round 2 January 2019

    Day 33 I did end up having 2 glasses of white wine on day 31. I felt fine, caught a little buzz, but no other problems. I felt fine the next morning, as well. I took the day off to spend it with my boyfriend yesterday. We went out for breakfast, and I had an omelette with cheese. Again, felt overly bloated almost immediately. I love cheese/dairy, so I will continue to eat it occasionally, but will not make it a consistent part of my daily diet. I'm going to get lactaid and try it, to see if anything changes. For dinner, we went totally off plan. I made homemade French onion soup with a salad that had goat cheese, and made homemade brownies with regular flour. Everything was delicious, and worth the special occasion, but I felt bloated and nauseous and generally not good afterward. I continue to feel...not great today. I'm nauseous and not hungry at all for breakfast. So...yeah, not sure how much I'm going to do something like that in the future. This morning, I'm back on plan. I ate my compliant cottage pie from Wednesday for breakfast. Tonight, we're going out for dinner to our favorite restaurant, so we'll see how that goes. I am happy to see that I'm not very negatively affected by wine. Obviously, not an everyday thing, but knowing that I feel good after a couple of glasses is nice.
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    W30Virgo Round 2 January 2019

    Day 31 Update I got a cortado with dairy about a half hour ago, on my way home from buying a Valentine's card for my boyfriend. After finishing the cortado, I almost immediately felt bloated, had a short headache, and am having some indigestion. Just from maybe 2-3 oz of milk! So...yeah that was not worth it. If I'm not feeling better by tonight, I'm going to put off the white wine until later.
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    W30Virgo Round 2 January 2019

    Day 31 - Reintroduction Day 1 Good Morning! I just weighed myself and took my measurements, so who's ready for some SVs?! Weight: 232 lb - 6 lb down Chest: 46 in - 3 in down Ribs - 38 in - 4 in down Waist - 35.5 in - 1.5 in down Low Stomach/Love Handles - 43 in - 4 in down Hips - 44 in - 0 in down Thigh - 20.5 in - 1.5 in down Arm - 11 in - 1 in down Neck - 13 in - 1 in down Total: 23 inches down! Overall, I'm very happy with these changes, and hope to see more in the future. I like the freedom I have from the scale, but I know from experience it's important to check in, so I think I'll do a 30 day check in next month to make sure I'm staying on track after reintroduction. Today, I'm reintroducing white wine in the evening, but plan to keep my other meals compliant. Friday, I'm going out to a restaurant, and am going to allow myself to order what I want, so we'll see how that goes. We have a few friends in town unexpectedly, so I may end up drinking on Saturday as well, but I'll let myself make that choice when the time comes. Monday, I was planning to reintroduce dairy on it's own, but since I'm not sure what Saturday holds yet, I'm not super attached to it. My plan for reintroductions is to prep Whole30 foods for the week, then do reintroductions on the weekends. Next weekend, we're going to a beer fest, so it's pretty obvious that I'll be reintroducing gluten at that point. So yeah - great results from this round of Whole30. I'm going to start posting in the reintroduction log section starting tomorrow.
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    W30Virgo Round 2 January 2019

    Day 30 I'm going to write some about NSVs today, and can focus on the scale/measurements tomorrow, after I'm officially done. I'm going to reintroduce white wine tomorrow - we're going out to dinner on Friday, and would like to see how wine/alcohol makes me feel before also eating potentially noncompliant food alongside it. I felt very depressed yesterday, all day, and didn't really eat a full lunch - just a few bites of egg salad and some olives. I did do yoga and take a walk and I did some work, but, I didn't get any meal prep/chores around the house done. I'm hoping that I feel better today. Tomorrow I need to go into the office, so it's important that I get my shit together by then. I'm going to take the day off on Thursday, to ride to Harrisburg with my boyfriend to get some stuff for his car. I think I'll pack a lunch for that, so I don't need to eat something on the road. That's about it for now. NSVs Skin - Didn't really see much improvement here. I still have some acne, and I've developed the weird eczema that I had in the middle of my Whole30. Most recently the skin on just the fingers that had the isolated eczema has been so dry that it's peeling, even though I moisturize multiple times a day. I have been better with completing my skin care routine, as I have more energy/focus. Clothes - I think my clothes are fitting better, overall, and I have more "you look good" days than I have in awhile. Libido - This has been somewhat increased, which is great. I think it may be a side effect of the increased energy. Digestion - I've continued to have diarrhea, some bloating, some heartburn, and some nausea/indigestion. The heartburn has been somewhat lessened, and goes away more quickly. Allergies - No real improvement, we're not really in allergy season though, so I'm not too surprised by this. Mood - Hasn't improved much, or as much as last round. Last round, I saw marked improvements in anxiety. I haven't seen that this round. I still have good days and bad, but, I have been better at taking care of myself on bad days. I was barely moving at all prior to my Whole30, and I'm now doing my regular exercise even on days when I'm feeling very down or anxious. I feel more secure in not drinking, although not more outgoing. I'm just fine with being less outgoing. I definitely feel more in control of my life and choices. Eating Behaviors - This definitely improved, even more than last round. I didn't really "binge" at all, and had no problem remaining compliant. I've been more mindful while eating - not watching TV or reading during every meal, and thoughtfully considering whether I'm full, and having no problem stopping eating. I've always loved cooking, but I've become more consistent with cooking during the week and on weekends. Brain Function - On most days this is improved - I have more focus, and mental clarity. Sleep - This is probably the best NSV of this round. Sound sleep, less problems waking up, waking up rested. Still have some issues with falling asleep, but I am going to try to address them with better sleep hygiene in the coming months. Energy - Generally, my energy levels are higher, and more even. I wake up rested, I rarely have a mid-afternoon slump, and I have much more energy to get things done in the evenings. Basically, I normally feel good to go from when I wake up, around 6-7, until I go to bed, between 9-10. Exercise - I've started exercising more - I have built myself up to about an hour of exercise 5 days a week. My goal is to increase the intensity of my exercise as I move forward - maybe running, and more high intensity yoga/weight workouts. This has been a huge NSV. I've definitely been spending more time outside. Lifestyle - I have tried new recipes, and have some new staples, and rediscovered some old ones. I have made new health goals. My meal prep isn't exactly where I want it to be, and I am working to further rein in my grocery budget. My meals today: M1: 1/2 ground beef foil packet w fried egg, mayo/pesto mix M2: egg salad with a side salad M3: basic meatballs w go-to vinaigrette and salad
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    W30Virgo Round 2 January 2019

    Day 29 Update Okay, so I'm feeling very depressed today. I'm not sure why - I didn't do yoga or take a walk yesterday, which I feel may be part of it, but I'm not sure. I used my light therapy lamp this morning, and did some yoga. I'm trying to be gentle with myself, and do things that I know will make me feel good today. I'll take a walk a little later, and I think I'll have some nice hot tea in a little while. So, here's my review of my grocery shopping this weekend: Costco: 5 lb yellow onions - $4.49 6 bell peppers - $6.99 Grape tomatoes - $5.99 15 lb russet potatoes - $7.99 2 4 lb packs of organic ground beef - $39.98 5 lbs frozen cauliflower rice - $7.59 2 lg bottles Frank's - $6.69 - one of these bottles was $5.49 at Giant Eagle last week! Teton Waters Ranch Uncured Beef Polish Sausage - $13.89 - compliant ingredients 2 lb Kerrygold Salted butter - $11.49 2 33.8 oz bottles avocado oil - - I paid for half - $10 2L organic extra virgin olive oil - I paid for half - $7.45 5 dozen cage free eggs - I paid for 1/2 - $4 Total - $126.53 Trader Joes: Coconut Oil - I paid for 1/2 - $2.50 2 bottles GTs kombucha - $6 Anchovies in Olive Oil - $1.49 Red Wine Vinegar - $1.99 Kale Basil Cashew Vegan Pesto - $3.79 - compliant ingredients, one of my friends recommended this - honestly I don't think it tastes great, and would rather make my own Basil - $2.69 Dill - $1.69 1 lb ground turkey - $3.99 1 lb lean ground chicken - $3.69 Organic cauliflower head - $3.49 Parsley - $1.99 2 heads garlic - I paid for 1/2 - $0.90 Total: $30.52 Total left for 2/5-3/5: $542.95 Meal plan for today: M1: Leftover ground chicken mix, baked potato, brussels sprouts with sliced strawberries and strawberry coconut cream M2: Bacon deviled egg salad w salad M3: Meatballs w Salad and Go-To Vinaigrette
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    W30Virgo Round 2 January 2019

    Day 29 - The Home Stretch! Had a nice weekend - nothing exciting, just relaxing. We went to Costco Friday night, Trader Joe's during the day Saturday, and had a friend over for dinner Saturday night, when I made the No Crumbs Left stuffed potatoes. They were so good! I ate the last of the leftovers for breakfast, and feel overfull, so will definitely have to be mindful with baked potatoes in the future. My friend wanted to make a Whole30 "dessert," even though I explained to her that dessert wasn't really in keeping with the ideas of Whole30. She made date/almond cups filled with strawberry coconut cream. I had these with my meals, so not as additional snacks/food during the day, and they were quite tasty. Not super sweet, so not really feeding the sugar dragon. I wouldn't make them again, but the thought behind them was kind. I'm feeling pretty tired so far today, and I have some heartburn after breakfast. I think overall my body still needs more healing, and have started to think about options for the future. I have some plans for this weekend and next weekend that are noncompliant, but I think that after I do reintroductions, I may do another Whole30 limiting nightshades or FODMAPs to see if I have further relief with my digestion. I forgot to mention that yesterday we went out for lunch to Piper's Pub in the South Side. I got a vegetable and chicken curry, which was tasty, but not super satisfying. I should have just gotten a salad with grilled salmon on it. I'll input my grocery shopping info and meal plan a little later today.
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    W30Virgo Round 2 January 2019

    Day 26 I slept terribly last night - I had incredibly vivid, weird dreams, including ones where I ate noncompliant foods. Woke up at 7:04 this morning. Yesterday, I didn't end up having lunch, because I just didn't get hungry. I ate some olives at around 4 PM, and had my dinner - cauli/broccoli rice and Thai Peanut Chicken. Feeling pretty good, in spite of my terrible sleep. I have my plan for meal prep this weekend. We're going to Costco tonight, and I'll probably go to Trader Joe's tomorrow to get some extras. Here's our meal plan this week: Saturday: Chicken Burger Stuffed Baked Potatoes: https://nocrumbsleft.net/2019/01/28/whole30-stuffed-baked-potatoes/ with Roasted Broccoli Sunday: Salad with Go-To Vinaigrette: https://meljoulwan.com/2018/01/29/go-to-vinaigrette-paleo-whole30/ and Elena's Basic Meatballs: https://meljoulwan.com/2014/03/24/mmm-basic-meatballs/ Monday: Beefy Foil Packet Dinners: https://whole30.com/2018/06/in-the-wild-2/ Tuesday: Weeknight Shepherd's Pie: https://meljoulwan.com/2018/12/17/weeknight-shepherds-pie-paleo-whole30/ Wednesday: Sausage, Peppers, & Onion Sandwich w Veg: Can't find a link to this - basically the cooked sausage is slit down the middle and stuffed with Dijon, peppers, onions, and arugula Lunch: Bacon Deviled Egg Salad: https://nomnompaleo.com/2017/06/06/20170606bacon-deviled-egg-salad Breakfast: Egg Bake w Leftover Veggies And here's my plan for meal prep: Saturday Prep (after grocery shopping): Mince shallot for Meatballs, Vinaigrette and egg Salad, store separately Mince parsley & chives for egg salad, store with shallots Hard boil & peel eggs Cut cauliflower into florets Cut peppers and onions for pepper and onion sandwiches Sunday Prep: Make ghee Make taco seasoning Make vinaigrette Make meatballs Cook bacon for egg salad Make egg salad Make cauliflower mash Make meat for Shepherd’s Pie Make collard greens Cut leftover veggies for foil packets and egg bake Make egg bake And my log for today: M1: 2 fried eggs, 1/2 avocado, small portion broccoli potato cakes M2: 2 palms lemon almond chicken salad, spinach and cherry tomatoes, 1/2 avocado M3: Either leftover Thai Cashew Chicken or we may go out to a local chain, Burgatory.
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    W30Virgo Round 2 January 2019

    Day 25 Update Over 5 hours since breakfast and I'm not even a little hungry. I think tomorrow we'll do 2 eggs and less broccoli potato cakes. I'm having some heartburn-ish feelings, but I think that it's just anxiety. Going to get up and take a walk now, hopefully will be feeling better after that.