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    w30virgo got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021 - Reintroduction Tracking   
    I finished my fourth round of Whole30 on 1/31/2021, and I'm determined to do a proper(ish) reintroduction this time around. My fiance did this round with me as well - we got engaged in January and are committed to improving our health together, especially as we continue to stay at home during the pandemic. Here's a summary of my victories, both scale and otherwise.
    Weight: Down 7.5 lb 
    Mental Health/Emotions: Haven't felt markedly depressed at all in the past month. My anxiety has ebbed and flowed, but eating Whole30, in combination with taking broad spectrum CBD oil before bed, has led to a definite decrease in generalized anxiety. Now, I will sometimes get anxious about specific topics or events, but I'm able to self-soothe and the feelings don't linger. Executive dysfunction has definitely improved - most days, I'm able to move through my to-do list without much effort or energy depletion. I'm still seeing about one day each week where I struggle with getting even basic tasks done. Even those days have improved over time, though. I won't get as much done, but I'll still get some of my most important priorities completed.
    Energy: More sustained throughout the day and consistent in the mornings without caffeine. I stay energized and motivated to complete tasks and do activities throughout the evening, until I wind down for bed around 8 PM. Previously, I had been basically useless after work, unless I exerted a herculean effort to make dinner. Now, it feels easy to keep my day going after work ends.
    Focus: Haven't seen much improvement here. It's been easier to put habits into action that I know help - limiting screen time, optimizing my schedule for work and other life tasks. However, it's still basically impossible to concentrate on things I'm not interested in.
    Digestion: I have less stomach pains and gas on a regular basis. I had about a week and half period in the middle of this round where I felt nauseous all day and could barely eat, but I'm back to a more normal appetite for me. I recently switched to a different probiotic, which I feel has affected my digestion for the past week or so. I'd like to revisit and see where I'm at later this month, once I've adjusted to the new probiotic.
    Allergies: Before this round of Whole30, I had been taking medicine for what I thought were seasonal allergies everyday (generic Flonase). I stopped taking it during Whole30, to see how I felt, and have only had one day where I felt that I needed it. We also started using a humidifier at night, and got an air purifier for our apartment, this month, which I think has also helped with my symptoms.
    Skin: I didn't see much improvement until the last three days or so. Now, my skin is looking great - fuller, more of a glow, more youthful. I have some healing acne, but haven't really seen new pimples developing. With my increased energy and decrease in executive dysfunction, I've been much better with completing my skincare routine every morning and every night, and have even added some new steps, which I'm sure is helping as well as my diet changes.
    Libido: Mine has definitely improved, and my fiance has even explicitly remarked on how much his has increased this month.
    Sleep:  In past rounds, this has been a definite improvement that I saw - hugely improved sleep quality. Sadly, I didn't see much improvement in this during this round. During the pandemic, I've started using CBD to help my sleep and anxiety - I was struggling to sleep through the night, an issue I never had in the past. I stopped using CBD this month, to see how Whole30 helped with my sleep and anxiety. My sleep was okay at first, but then, the same time that I had issues with my appetite, I found myself awake for several hours in the middle of the night, or waking up at 3 AM, unable to fall back asleep for the whole day. So, I started using CBD again, which helped - almost immediately. I'm still struggling with waking up in the night - not sure if it's because it's been so cold lately, or what - but, I've gotten much better at falling back asleep if I do wake up.
    Exercise: One of my new year's resolutions was to increase my daily walk from 45 to 50 minutes each day. I've been pretty good with accomplishing this most days - 50 minutes vs. 45 minutes doesn't feel like much of a difference, and I'm more energized and walk faster during my walks than I had normally been before Whole30. I've also been more motivated with doing yoga daily - I did yoga 15 days out of the last month. My fiance got a set of resistance bands for Christmas, and we've decided we're going to start doing workouts with those 3 days a week as well. We did a 25 minute upper body workout yesterday - I'm feeling a bit sore, but it was fun and felt good.
     
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    w30virgo got a reaction from stealthstitcher in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    Day 19
    Another good day! With how frantic I was last week, and how messed up my sleep schedule was, I didn't really get to a good place with meal prepping/planning over the long weekend, so we've just been kind of foraging through the fridge for meals, and things haven't been as balanced as I like them to be. Staying "compatible," just not as many veggies as I like.
    We're touring a wedding venue tomorrow night at 6, so maybe we'll have leftovers before, or pick up takeout after. We'll decide after seeing what kind of leftovers we have tonight. My boyfriend wants wings, so we're going to make those tonight. Wings are one of our favorite foods, but we haven't gotten them through Butcher Box since we started ordering with them. They finally offered them as a Member Deal last month, so we ordered 6 lbs, and I have more coming in our box this month. We'll have the wings with probably some raw veggies, or maybe we'll make sweet potato fries in the oven.
    Physically I'm feeling really good - tons of energy, less gastrointestinal issues than normal, and my skin is finally clearing up - I'm going on four or five days without any new pimples. We're starting to think about reintroduction. Dave's fantasizing about eating candy and all of the different stuff he can have, but I'm trying to remain committed to a strict, clear reintroduction. If I do this right, I'll really identify my sensitivities, and can develop a sustainable way of eating to carry me forward. I know that I'm going to reintroduce champagne on our first day of reintro, to celebrate our engagement, the inauguration of a new president, and our successful Whole30. Not sure what will come after that, though.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    Day 14-18
    Good Morning!
    Feeling really good today so far. I slept like a rock last night, for over 8 hours. I've been sleeping pretty terribly for over a week, so this is really good news. I generally don't have problems sleeping, but with the pandemic, I started waking up in the middle of night earlier this year, and started taking broad spectrum CBD oil before bed, which really helps with my sleep, anxiety, and general feeling of well-being. I decided to try giving up CBD, and all THC products, with this round of Whole30, so where I could get with managing my sleep and anxiety through eating whole foods. Things were going okay, but then this week I would seriously struggle to fall asleep, then wake up like clockwork at 3 AM every night, and lay awake for hours. Obviously, this really affected basically everything about my days, so I took a lot of steps to improve my sleep hygiene. I beefed up my nighttime routine, set limits on screen time before bed, and started adding lavender oil to my humidifier. These steps worked to help me fall asleep, but not with sleeping through the night. So, on Friday, I decided to take CBD (the oil I use is just hemp oil, nothing added). This helped me fall asleep, and stay asleep, so I was able to get a lot done this weekend after some good sleep. I didn't take CBD Saturday night, but yesterday at around 5 PM I started feeling intense, generalized anxiety - I couldn't pinpoint a specific cause. I took a long walk, did yoga, all my normal stress management go-tos, but I couldn't calm myself. I just sort of vegged out last night, and we ordered takeout. The takeout ordering process - deciding what to get - was arduous. I was very tempted to just get something offplan, that I knew would be emotional comforting. But we held strong, and got some compliant salads, raw veggies, and baba ghanoush from a Mediterranean restaurant. I took CBD again, and fell asleep before 10 PM.
    I'm feeling much better this morning, which is great. I did my normal morning routine - reading, journaling, breakfast, skincare, some light housework. I felt much more calm and focused this morning. I'm hoping that continues through the day, and the rest of the week. 
    So I wrote last week about my lack of appetite - I think it's been mostly resolved. Yesterday night I was ravenous at dinner time, even after eating a full breakfast and lunch. I'm getting more interested in food, too. 
    I'm hoping to get myself organized and get a meal plan in place for this week - we have some ideas, but nothing as firm as we've had the past few days.
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    w30virgo reacted to OurSmallFootprint in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    Congratulations on your engagement! 
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    w30virgo got a reaction from OurSmallFootprint in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    Day 13
    Slept better last night - only 6.5 hours, but it's an improvement. My appetite still isn't great, but I feel good - energized, focused, positive.
    I had a doctor's appointment this morning - an OB/GYN checkup and IUD removal - and it went really well. I've avoided going to the doctor for about 4 years now, because I've gained weight and feel a lot of shame around that. After my 29th birthday this year, I decided that I would take control of my health. I want to have children in the next few years, and want to get a better idea of what my fertility is like, and generally be the healthiest I can for the rest of my life. With this, I obviously need to get checkups, so today was sort of the first step for that. My appointment was great, my new OB/GYN was great, and so far everything looks good. My blood pressure was good, which is normal for me. I did look at the scale when I was weighed, so a little Whole30 cheat there, but even with my new heavy platform Doc Martens on, I've lost 6.5 lb since 1/1! 
    My thoughts have been racing ever since Saturday with wedding plan anxiety, but I'm starting to calm down. We drafted a guest list, started contacting venues, and confirmed our budget, so we're moving in the right direction. I'm telling myself that I'm being so Type A about this because my work is going to pick up in March, and I won't have as much extra time at that point. I know I'm just excited to plan something, anything, especially a big party! I'm just so excited to see all of our friends and family together.
    I talked to two of my friends on the phone last night, to ask them to be bridesmaids, and I felt so much better after catching up with them. Scheduling more regular phone calls with my friends and family is a non-food treat that I really want to do more often.
    Meals have been smaller than usual, but I'm still trying to eat three times a day. I had part of a piece of breakfast casserole for breakfast, a Chipotle chicken salad for lunch, and an apple with cinnamon and cashew butter for dinner.
    This was not the best for my digestion - for some reason Chipotle never agrees with me, and I'm not totally sure on the cashew butter. But, I'm eating and that's what's important to me. Once I get my appetite back, I'll work to realign myself to eating more balanced meals.
     
     
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    w30virgo got a reaction from OurSmallFootprint in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    Day 8-11
    Took a little break there! Still going strong with Whole30. My boyfriend proposed over the weekend on Saturday! We're very happy and excited, but are sticking with Whole30, because it helps us feel our best. I'm having some issues, sort of, with my eating over the past couple of days, since Friday really. I've had almost no appetite over the past few days. I'm sure a lot of it is from excitement/stress over our engagement, but it's getting a bit frustrating. I normally have no problems whatsoever with my appetite, the opposite really, so this feels unnatural. I'm definitely not eating enough to fuel my body - max 2 meals a day, and small portions at those meals. I just get to a point where I'm totally nauseous even thinking about food of any kind. Hoping that it's partially my body getting more adapted to this way of eating, and that things will normalize soon. I'm also not sleeping the best - struggling to fall asleep, stay asleep, and waking up early. Again, hoping it's from the excitement/stress, and that things get back to normal soon. I got a new to-do list planner for Christmas, which has sections to plan meals, so I've been keeping track of what I've been eating there. I'll update with my meals later, as I don't have my planner with me right now and can honestly not remember a lot of what I've eaten!
    I'm still really happy to be doing Whole30 - almost no desire to celebrate with non-compatible food, or even all of the champagne we've been receiving. There will be plenty of time for that in February. I'm also planning to use Whole30 to jumpstart some more intense healthy habits to get me looking and feeling my best for our wedding. We're not planning to get married until April/May 2022, when hopefully our family and friends will be vaccinated and able to travel, so we have plenty of time. I've been working on improving my health generally over the past year or so, and I do feel a lot better than I have, but once we are vaccinated, I plan to start with more intense gym workouts, and will probably continue to return to Whole30 as a way to keep my eating healthy and fueling my body successfully.
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    w30virgo reacted to LadyWolf0926 in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    Congratulations on your engagement!! My son just got married in December. It was very small with family and just a few friends, and it was just such a good time. Have fun with all the planning; so very happy for you!!
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    w30virgo got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    Day 8-11
    Took a little break there! Still going strong with Whole30. My boyfriend proposed over the weekend on Saturday! We're very happy and excited, but are sticking with Whole30, because it helps us feel our best. I'm having some issues, sort of, with my eating over the past couple of days, since Friday really. I've had almost no appetite over the past few days. I'm sure a lot of it is from excitement/stress over our engagement, but it's getting a bit frustrating. I normally have no problems whatsoever with my appetite, the opposite really, so this feels unnatural. I'm definitely not eating enough to fuel my body - max 2 meals a day, and small portions at those meals. I just get to a point where I'm totally nauseous even thinking about food of any kind. Hoping that it's partially my body getting more adapted to this way of eating, and that things will normalize soon. I'm also not sleeping the best - struggling to fall asleep, stay asleep, and waking up early. Again, hoping it's from the excitement/stress, and that things get back to normal soon. I got a new to-do list planner for Christmas, which has sections to plan meals, so I've been keeping track of what I've been eating there. I'll update with my meals later, as I don't have my planner with me right now and can honestly not remember a lot of what I've eaten!
    I'm still really happy to be doing Whole30 - almost no desire to celebrate with non-compatible food, or even all of the champagne we've been receiving. There will be plenty of time for that in February. I'm also planning to use Whole30 to jumpstart some more intense healthy habits to get me looking and feeling my best for our wedding. We're not planning to get married until April/May 2022, when hopefully our family and friends will be vaccinated and able to travel, so we have plenty of time. I've been working on improving my health generally over the past year or so, and I do feel a lot better than I have, but once we are vaccinated, I plan to start with more intense gym workouts, and will probably continue to return to Whole30 as a way to keep my eating healthy and fueling my body successfully.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from MadyVanilla in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    @MadyVanilla and @Lorna from Canada thanks so much for your kind words! W30 is such a blessing - taking 30 days to focus on myself is really helping me to find the healthiest ways to be myself, even beyond food.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from MadyVanilla in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    @MadyVanilla Thanks! I'm glad to hear you weren't super impressed with the Walmart W30 meals. We don't have a Walmart in the city of Pittsburgh, but I was thinking about driving out to the suburbs to pick up some for emergencies. Knowing that they aren't so great, I might try to buy some of the Primal Kitchen frozen meals to keep on hand.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from MadyVanilla in w30Virgo Round 4 January 2021   
    Gearing up to start my fourth round of Whole30 this January. I posted logs for my last two rounds on this forum, and I've found it really helpful for tracking meals I like, as well as habit tracking. Just read my logs for the last two rounds, and I'm happy to see that I've come pretty far with my eating and habits since I first started my Whole30 journey.
    Thinking about how much the world has changed since January 2020 is really unbelievable, although my lifestyle actually hasn't changed much. I worked from home mostly before the pandemic - now I just don't travel for work anymore. I miss seeing friends and family - with the spikes in numbers, I haven't seen anyone outside of my family in at least two months. I'm excited to do Whole30 as a way to break up the winter, fortify some healthy habits, and continue to improve my health.
    My boyfriend is doing Whole30 again with me - he did it with me last year as well, and really enjoyed it. We'll be starting 1/1 - no use in putting it off, since we won't be doing anything super special for New Year's this year. I'm just making us a nice dinner, and we'll enjoy some champagne. I've started planning, and did some grocery shopping to get us set up for success earlier this week.
    I'm taking the rest of the week off work, so I'll have more time to prep and get things ready later on in the week. Here's my meal plan for the first few days:
    1/1 - Pork & Sauerkraut for luck, of course
    1/2 - Indian Skillet Roasted Chicken from the Defined Dish cookbook
    1/3 - Burgers with a Veggie, Oven-Baked Fries, and Awesome Sauce from the Whole Smiths cookbook
    1/4 - Chicken Tortilla-Less Soup from the Defined Dish cookbook
    1/5 - Steak Street Tacos from the Defined Dish cookbook with slaw and roasted sweet potatoes
    That's all I have planned so far - for breakfast, I'll make an egg casserole with whatever veggies we have leftover and sausage or bacon, and we'll figure out lunches with leftovers for the time being. I'll probably plan more formal breakfasts/lunches for next week, when I'll be back at work. I'm planning to go to our local winter farmer's market on Saturday, and will get veggies and other items there for the week ahead. I'm going to start my grocery tracking then, when the new month starts.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from Terra Milliken in W30Virgo Post-Whole30   
    Tuesday Meals
    M1 - 3 egg muffins, yogurt, granola
    M2 - Sandwich - sourdough, turkey, prosciutto, dijon mayo, kraut, chips, dairy free onion dip - the onion dip was quite good. I'll definitely buy more of their dips in the future when they're at Aldi.
    M3 - Slice of frozen leftover lebanon bologna pepper relish pizza.
    I had some thin mints after dinner (maybe around 4), and had a headache before sleep - I looked at the ingredients today, and there's a ton of stuff I'm not really used to eating - HFCS, soy lecithin, palm oil - I'm sure one of those is the culprit.
    Otherwise, I felt pretty good yesterday. I know I'm not feeling as good as on Whole30 - less motivated, it's more difficult to fall asleep and wake up in the morning, etc. I actually think my digestion isn't much worse than when I was doing Whole30, though. 
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    w30virgo got a reaction from BabyBear in W30Virgo Post-Whole30   
    Back again.
    Tuesday Meals
    M1 - Ham & cheese sliders
    M2 - Beef empanadas with guac and cheese
    M3 - Teton Waters Ranch mini hot dogs with leftover brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes
    Wednesday Meals
    M1 - Three eggs, scrambled in ghee, Whole30 compliant potatoes o'brien mix from Trader Joes, ketchup
    M2 - 
    M3 -
    Not totally sure about meals for the rest of the day yet. I've spent 32 minutes so far today doing dishes - still have probably around 30 minutes left to get them all done, then I'll move on to the fridge. I feel better today, at this point, than yesterday. I've been feeling markedly worse physically this week than last, although mental health-wise I'm doing alright. 
    Here's a rundown on my areas I was looking for improvement with in my Whole30 - how I'm doing right now.
    Sleep - Slept alright last night. I've been letting myself sleep in the past few days, trying to adjust back to my normal sleep schedule. Woke up this morning at 7:08 AM - I told myself I would wake up at 7:15, so that's good. Didn't have the vivid dreams I was getting used to on Whole30.
    Skin - A huge blind pimple is developing on one of my cheeks. I feel like my chin acne is getting worse.
    Digestion - Not good at all. Way more gas than I'd been dealing with previously, bloating, etc.
    Energy/Focus - Okay today, considering. Not tiger blood or anything, but I've been good with maintaining my focus on work, and have gotten a fair amount done around the house so far. I feel a little mentally sluggish, but I'm dealing.
    I'm also fairly dehydrated still, from the weekend and its aftermath, so I'm sure that's no helping.
    I'm going to include our grocery shopping from this weekend - I've been keeping a running tally of our food spending that I want to keep up as part of our budgeting. I'm counting the grocery shopping on Friday as February, although it was technically 1/31.
    Trader Joe's
    Sriracha - $2.99
    Coconut Cream - $2.29
    Spicy Brown Mustard - $1.29
    Relish - $1.99
    Mango Spindrift - $8.99
    Cornichons - $2.69
    Yellow onions - $2.99
    Gallon of water - $2.99
    Jalapenos - $1.69
    Frozen vegetable fried rice - $2.49
    Rosemary - $1.69
    Yellow mustard - $1.69
    Apples - $4.49
    2 Epic bars - $4.98
    Garlic stuffed olives - $3.49
    Peanut butter - $1.99
    Turkey Summer Sausage - $3.99
    4 avocados - $3.49
    1.5 liter water bottle - $0.69
    1 white onion - $0.99
    2 packages NSA bacon - $8.98
    Frozen roasted potatoes with peppers - $2.99
    Shallot - $0.49
    Radishes - $2.99
    Unexpected Cheddar - $3.99
    Cotswald Onion & Chive Cheese - $5.29
    Triple Cream Brie - $3.69
    3 dozen pasture raised eggs - $11.97
    Salami - $3.99
    Total: $105.07
     
    I'll update later with Whole Foods.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    Day 29 & 30
    Almost forgot to post on Wednesday, and totally forgot to post Thursday. Oh well - I think it's just a sign of how comfortable I'm getting in eating this way. I'm planning to eat Whole30 tomorrow, then reintroduce dairy on Sunday. I'm going to try yogurt and cheese. I already know milk is an issue, so I avoid it as is. I basically already know cheese is an issue too - I may add a day of reintroing sheep and goat's milk cheeses later, to see if there's a difference. I just love cheese so much - it's very difficult for me to imagine a future where I never eat.
    I've been having some issues with my mood this week. I tend towards depression in the winter, but, so far this month, I've felt very positive. This week, on Monday, Tuesday, and yesterday, I really felt depressed. Unmotivated, crying spells, thoughts turning toward dark topics, low self-esteem. I've been trying to be gentle with myself, but I have to get it together to clean our house and get things ready to host for the Superbowl on Sunday, so I'm just creating very specific schedules for myself to follow, so I don't have to make choices about how I spend my time. I'm just limiting my expectations for myself to the bare minimum of what needs to get done until I feel better.
    I'll do a post Monday about my results, how I'm feeling, and how reintroduction is going. I'll reintro dairy on Sunday, then legumes on Wednesday, and non-gluten alcohol on Saturday. One of my friends is so excited to have us "back on the sauce" that she's planning a little party for it Saturday. I think I'll probably reintroduce gin on that day - I want to stick to one type of alcohol at a time as I ease back into drinking - that's smart to do, anyway. Then, Dave and I are planning to go to Cleveland for Valentine's Day and my parents are visiting the following weekend, so those two will be a bit of a free-for-all. In Cleveland, I'm going to mindfully treat myself to foods that I love - I know I'll be having a bagel with cream cheese, and will probably bring some home to freeze, because they have a bagel place that I love. Otherwise, definitely breweries, and there are a few new restaurants we want to try. When my parents visit, we will likely go to some restaurants that don't have really compliant options, although I'm going to try not to go to crazy here. On 2/11, I'm going to reintroduce non-gluten grains, then I probably won't be able to go back to reintroduction until 2/26, when I'll have gluten left to reintroduce.
    I'll update a bit later with my meals from yesterday and today.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from BabyBear in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    Day 29 & 30
    Almost forgot to post on Wednesday, and totally forgot to post Thursday. Oh well - I think it's just a sign of how comfortable I'm getting in eating this way. I'm planning to eat Whole30 tomorrow, then reintroduce dairy on Sunday. I'm going to try yogurt and cheese. I already know milk is an issue, so I avoid it as is. I basically already know cheese is an issue too - I may add a day of reintroing sheep and goat's milk cheeses later, to see if there's a difference. I just love cheese so much - it's very difficult for me to imagine a future where I never eat.
    I've been having some issues with my mood this week. I tend towards depression in the winter, but, so far this month, I've felt very positive. This week, on Monday, Tuesday, and yesterday, I really felt depressed. Unmotivated, crying spells, thoughts turning toward dark topics, low self-esteem. I've been trying to be gentle with myself, but I have to get it together to clean our house and get things ready to host for the Superbowl on Sunday, so I'm just creating very specific schedules for myself to follow, so I don't have to make choices about how I spend my time. I'm just limiting my expectations for myself to the bare minimum of what needs to get done until I feel better.
    I'll do a post Monday about my results, how I'm feeling, and how reintroduction is going. I'll reintro dairy on Sunday, then legumes on Wednesday, and non-gluten alcohol on Saturday. One of my friends is so excited to have us "back on the sauce" that she's planning a little party for it Saturday. I think I'll probably reintroduce gin on that day - I want to stick to one type of alcohol at a time as I ease back into drinking - that's smart to do, anyway. Then, Dave and I are planning to go to Cleveland for Valentine's Day and my parents are visiting the following weekend, so those two will be a bit of a free-for-all. In Cleveland, I'm going to mindfully treat myself to foods that I love - I know I'll be having a bagel with cream cheese, and will probably bring some home to freeze, because they have a bagel place that I love. Otherwise, definitely breweries, and there are a few new restaurants we want to try. When my parents visit, we will likely go to some restaurants that don't have really compliant options, although I'm going to try not to go to crazy here. On 2/11, I'm going to reintroduce non-gluten grains, then I probably won't be able to go back to reintroduction until 2/26, when I'll have gluten left to reintroduce.
    I'll update a bit later with my meals from yesterday and today.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from BabyBear in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    Day 24, 25, 26
    Good morning! Can't believe how close we are to 30 days. I've decided that I'm actually going to do a Whole31, since I'm planning to reintro cheese on Superbowl Sunday.
    I've been feeling really good this weekend into this week. I'll do a little recap below:
    Friday night: We had the Buffalo Chicken Salad for dinner - I tried to make Whole Sisters Dump Ranch, and really struggled to get it to emulsify. I normally use the Basic Ranch recipe that can be found on this site, so I think I'm going to keep using it. Otherwise, it was good. We went to pop punk karaoke with our friends at a local bar and had so much fun! I couldn't get to sleep until around 3:30 AM though, even though we left the bar around 1. I made the mistake of having a cold brew at like 9:30 PM (I just wanted something that wasn't water, and thought it was funny that the bar had it) so I'm not surprised that I had trouble sleeping. Otherwise, we had a really great time. I honestly didn't mind being sober for the most part - it was one of the first times that I went out so late, to a real bar, sober. I couldn't believe how many people I saw who were really, really drunk - it was concerning. When I asked my boyfriend if that was normal (he regularly will have alcohol free months, and continue to go out with all of our friends, where I tend to isolate myself during Whole30s or other times that I don't drink), he said it was, that there were always plenty of people who were too drunk out at bars that late. Really eye-opening for me. Anyway, we drove to the bar (another benefit of sobriety - saving on Ubers, and I spent $0 at the bar after my cover), and drove one of our friends home. That was a much better experience than being drunk and carsick in a stranger's car.
    Saturday: I was only able to sleep in until 7:30. Felt a bit rough when I woke up - tired, obviously, with a sore throat from yelling and an ear ringing from the loud music. But, blessedly, no hangover. I had a slow, gentle morning, and when Dave woke up around 9:30 (he always sleeps late on weekends), he made us a quick breakfast, and we decided to go out to run some errands. If we had been drinking the night before, this never would have happened. We would have laid around the house all day, and probably ordered delivery food, spending more money and making ourselves feel worse. I'm chalking this up as a major NSV - something that really didn't happen in other rounds, either.  It's great to see how much I can learn and grow with each round. So, anyway, we went out to the suburbs to go to the mall and do some Christmas returns and exchanges. I treated myself to some new makeup at Sephora - I really didn't feel like I should be spending money, but we saved so much Friday night that I didn't beat myself up over getting a treat. We got Starbucks - nitro cold brew, while we were out. After we got home for our errands I got ready to go out again, to an organizing meeting for Bernie Sanders. That was...interesting...and when I came home Dave had made dinner. I had a really early night for the weekend, turning in around 8:30 PM.
    I'll write about Sunday and this morning a bit later.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from Brezymurph in Briannas Log!   
    Here are a couple favorites we've made recently:
    White Chicken Chili - delicious with cauli rice and roasted sweet potato cubes with avocado on top. I've made it in the instant pot and slow cooker, and both ways are great. https://therealfoodrds.com/slow-cooker-white-chicken-chili/
    Hibachi Chicken - this magic mustard sauce is so good! It came together really quickly, too. http://www.thedefineddish.com/hibachi-style-chicken-with-magic-mustard-sauce/
    Meal Prep Meatballs - these were really good and great for using whatever you have on hand. https://therealfoodrds.com/meal-prep-meatballs/
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    w30virgo got a reaction from BabyBear in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    So yesterday for dinner we ended up having the Warm Potato Salad & roasted brussels sprouts, but the zucchini I was going to use for the poppers was bad, so I made a double batch of these Ultimate Meal Prep Meatballs: https://therealfoodrds.com/meal-prep-meatballs/. They ended up not being done in time for us to eat them before trivia, so we just had a no protein dinner. By around 9:30 PM I was getting really hungry - should have brought a Chomps stick or Epic bar with me. I ate 1 1/2 meatballs when we came home, cold.
    Here are my meals for today, Day 15
    M1: Breakfast Burrito Casserole with Mexican Coleslaw - we made it through the casserole we made Sunday, so I mixed up a new one this morning. It was delicious fresh.
    M2: 6 meatballs (recipe above), with some leftover Awesome Sauce mixed with Dijon mustard, and leftover Avocado Salad - the meatballs are so good heated up! I love how flexible the recipe is - will definitely make again.
    M3: Cilantro Lime Chicken Wings (https://www.realfoodwithdana.com/chili-lime-chicken-wings-whole30/) with oven baked potato wedges and Mexican slaw (http://www.thedefineddish.com/whole-30-mexican-coleslaw/)
    We're going to a movie right after work today, so we'll be having a bit of a late dinner.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from heb2014 in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    @BabyBear the recipe is from The Defined Dish - here's a link: http://www.thedefineddish.com/hibachi-style-chicken-with-magic-mustard-sauce/
    Her recipes are great! I also recommend the epic meatballs. We had them last week and they were delicious.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from Runningmom in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    Okay, so my meals this weekend and today. I'm going to be pretty detailed here, in case anyone from Pittsburgh, or who's visiting, is looking for restaurants with compliant options.
    Friday for dinner we went to OTB (Over the Bar) in the South Side of Pittsburgh. This restaurant has a Paleo menu (they're near a Crossfit gym), so I figured we could find something good.  I had "Heaven on a Plate" which was a turkey burger over sauteed veggies, topped with chipotle aioli, and a side salad with vinaigrette. It was fine, but I didn't really feel satisfied afterwards. I think there wasn't as much fat as I'm used to in the meals I make myself. We had a nice time at happy hour with my family and dinner, then went home.
    Saturday - Day 10 - this was a long day.
    M1 - Went to breakfast with my parents at Square Cafe in Regent Square. I love this place - it's a super cute neighborhood cafe, and their food is fresh and delicious. I had a smoked salmon scramble (asked the server for it to be prepared without dairy - she made sure with the kitchen that the eggs wouldn't be scrambled with milk), topped with red onion, tomatoes, & capers, and a side of mixed greens with a vinaigrette.
    After breakfast, we went to an RV show. Breakfast held me over well, until around 1:30 PM - we had breakfast around 9 AM. I started to get hungry, but I was prepared with snacks. I had a refillable water bottle, two Chomps sticks, an Epic bar, an individual packet of olives, a bag with almonds, and seaweed snacks in my bag. I gave one of the Chomps sticks to a friend who was with us, had a few almonds, and split the other Chomps stick with my boyfriend. I tried the seaweed - it was the first time I had it. I did not care for it, LOL. This is great, because I bought a 6-pack of them at Trader Joe's. I'll have to find a way to use them in recipes. I got an unsweetened iced tea to get the taste out of my mouth and drank about half of it.
    M2 - Walked from the convention center downtown to Burgatory in the North Shore. This is a chain in Pittsburgh, that has multiple locations. They have a build your own burger option, which I got. I got a Wagyu burger topped with mushrooms, grilled onions, avocado, and pickled jalapenos, with (another) side salad with vinaigrette. Yum! This was delicious - would totally get it again. I got to really enjoy a great burger without feeling terrible and bloated afterwards.
    We went to a few bars to have drinks and watch football. We went to one in the North Shore that had hundreds of beers, and they had an impressive non-alcoholic drinks section of their menu. I saw they had Red Ribbon sodas (a small company from the Pittsburgh area) and their plain seltzer is one of my favorites, so I asked for that. They didn't have it. I asked about another sparkling water I saw on the menu - did it contain sugar? - the server didn't know. I ordered it to try, and she brought me the bottle unopened. Sadly, it had sugar in it, so I gave it back to her and just had soda water from the gun. Oh well.
    When discussing where to go to dinner, I let me family pick where they wanted, since they'd been so good with our restrictions. They wanted to go back to the South Side, to a British (Scottish?) restaurant we love, Piper's Pub. There were a few different options I could get with some modifications, and hallelujah, I wouldn't have to have salad again. I love salad, but having it for 5 meals in a row was a bit much. We went to a bar in South Side to watch the game before dinner. The only area with a table big enough for our group was on the smoking side. I didn't want to be on the smoking side for obvious reasons, but I'm also a former smoker, so the nicotine cravings on top of everything else (noncompliant food, alcohol, etc.) started to wear on me. I stayed in pretty good spirits, though, and made it to dinner.
    M3 - Piper's Pub on the South Side - love this place. I ordered a grilled salmon dish, no sauce, with roasted fingerling potatoes & green beans. The salmon was, no lie, the best salmon I have ever had. I can't wait to go back and have it again, LOL.
    I'll update with Sunday and today's meals a little later.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from Runningmom in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    Happy Monday! We're at Day 12. 
    I'm feeling quite good. We had a busy weekend - out from 8 AM-8 PM Saturday, then all morning yesterday. We had a good time with my parents and managed to find compliant meals everywhere we went.
    Since we were so busy this weekend, I didn't end up getting much meal prep done. I did most of the prep for a breakfast casserole yesterday, and my boyfriend finished it up while he was watching football last night (I'm an early-to-bed person). After we got home yesterday, I was SO happy to be back to my own home-cooked meals. We were able to find compliant foods while eating out, but it really is stressful to be sure that you're asking the right questions, and to resist all of the noncompliant options.
    I was really impressed with how far I've come in my ability to navigate social situations on Whole30, though. I had my if/then plan in my head, was calm and confident in each situation, and had a really nice time spending time with my family. During my first Whole30, my boyfriend and his family were going to the Farm Show in Harrisburg, PA - it's a huge trade show for the agriculture industry, with live animals, butter sculptures, all kinds of vendors, and tons of delicious (and almost all unhealthy) food. I was planning to go with them, but the morning that we were leaving I had a meltdown because I didn't have enough time to get my meals packed, and just stayed home. Looking back, I almost can't believe the way I handled that situation. I can find so many different strategies where I could have been successful (hello, prepare your food the night before, not the morning of!). It makes me happy that, while I may not have lost much weight over the past three years, my mind has changed so significantly. I think that the changes in my relationship with food are a better NSV than losing weight, anyway.
    Here's a run-down of how I'm feeling:
    Sleep: Good. Saturday into Sunday, I woke up early (6:00 AM on a weekend), feeling really anxious. I think part of it was the dream I was having, and part of it was just thinking about all the stuff I wanted to do, that I wasn't able to with my parents visiting. Last night, I slept well, but didn't feel well-rested when my alarm went off at 6:05. I let myself sleep until Dave's first alarm went off at 6:45 AM.
    Skin: No new zits, my pores still look good.
    Digestion: It was better Saturday/Sunday, but today is giving me some issues. I think all the food I ate outside the house is coming back to affect me.
    Energy: Good. On Saturday, I was in good spirits all day until, after lunch, we went to a bar to watch football. We sat in the smoking side of the bar, and I just started to get to a point where I wanted to leave and go home. I stayed with everyone until we all went home after dinner, but I was getting tired. We walked 4 miles on Saturday, and I wasn't wearing the best shoes for it, so I'm sure that contributed. Yesterday, I had good energy all day, but I just wanted to relax when we got back from the morning with my parents. I'm definitely an introvert, and that much socializing takes a lot out of me.
    I'll update with the meals I ate, and some grocery shopping we did, a little later.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from BabyBear in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    @BabyBear the recipe is from The Defined Dish - here's a link: http://www.thedefineddish.com/hibachi-style-chicken-with-magic-mustard-sauce/
    Her recipes are great! I also recommend the epic meatballs. We had them last week and they were delicious.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from Runningmom in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    I started my third round of Whole30 this morning. I posted a log here of my round 2, and found it very helpful to keep myself on track with recipes, meal prep, and tracking my NSVs. I stopped posting around the end of February, in a Post-Whole30 log, and I wish I had kept it up. I've taken up journaling as a habit in the past few months, and have found it very clarifying. I don't really want to keep my Whole30 log in my normal journal though, because I enjoy the community aspects of the W30 forum, and have a separate place to just focus on the way I'm eating and feeling physically is easier for me.
    I just reviewed my W30 log from last year, when I did my second round, and I was happy to see that I've maintained some of the habits I developed last round. I've kept up walking - I walk 45 minutes each day, at least, which has helped to keep my spirits up. I've gotten more into hiking as well, taking several trips in the last year that focused on hiking, rather than eating/drinking, as I'd done in the past. 
    I've slipped on the way I eat, however, which is why I'm back to Whole30. I find myself making less healthy decisions more frequently than healthy ones, and I want to get back to energy and motivation that eating Whole30 provides me. So, I'm back for another round, and this time, my boyfriend is doing his first Whole30 with me. I'm excited to have a partner on this round, if just to share the dishes and grocery bills! 
    So, I'm planning to do a by-the-book Whole30, avoiding fruit/nut convenience bars which I had some issues with self-control concerning my last round. We did a quick grocery shopping trip yesterday, to get ourselves food for dinner, today, and tomorrow. I'll do a more thorough meal plan/prep this weekend for the upcoming week. We live in Pittsburgh, and the only grocery store around that was open was Giant Eagle, a local chain that we don't frequently shop at. They tend to be a bit more expensive than other grocery stores, so we normally stick to Costco, Aldi, Trader Joes, and different markets in the Strip District, which is a market neighborhood in Pittsburgh close to the area where we live. Last round, I tracked my groceries and spending, so I'd like to do that again. I left our receipt from yesterday in the car, so I'm going to get it later and update my log today or tomorrow with what we bought and how much we spent.
    Our plan for the next couple days:
    Breakfast: Cabbage cooked with sausage and eggs.
    Lunch - Buffalo Chicken Salads - My boyfriend (we live together) got an Instant Pot for Christmas, so I'm planning to christen it by making this buffalo chicken recipe: https://www.thekitchn.com/instant-pot-buffalo-chicken-22948830
    Dinner - Yesterday: Beefy Foil Packets - I don't really follow a recipe for these, but they are a Whole30 favorite of ours - 4 cups diced potatoes, 4 c diced veggies (we used zucchini last night), 1 lb ground beef, choice of seasoning (we used Primal Palate's Adobo) - mix together and divide into four foil packets on a baking sheet. Bake at 400 F for 45 minutes, top with desired fat/sauce (I used a Central PA brand - Torchbearer - Smoky Horseradish Sauce and also added some Roasted Garlic Cleveland Kraut).
    Tonight - Sheet Pan Dinner - I'm just going to wing this - we have some delicata squash and we got some broccoli at the store yesterday, so I'm going to roast those together and then add Aidell's Chicken Apple Sausage (a great Whole30 option that we get at Costco) during the last 20 minutes. We'll top it with some compliant ranch or maybe some other sauce.
    Tomorrow - White Chicken Chili (this recipe: https://therealfoodrds.com/slow-cooker-white-chicken-chili/) I made this during my last Whole30 and it was delicious! I'll need to run to Trader Joe's after work today or tomorrow to get coconut milk for it, because I couldn't find a compliant brand at the Giant Eagle we went to last night.
    Then Saturday we'll have our meal plan, and do a larger shopping trip. If I can get it together, I'd like to make a more complete meal plan today, so I can get some stuff at TJs for it when I go, hopefully eliminating some grocery shopping this weekend.
    Here's my log so far today:
    Breakfast - 1/4 lb savory sage breakfast sausage, 2 c red cabbage, sauteed, and 1 fried egg. - This held me over to lunch really well - it's been about 5 hours, and I just got hungry for lunch in the last 1/2 hour.
    Lunch - I didn't get around to making the buffalo chicken today, so I'm going to just have some leftover beefy foil packet for lunch, with avocado.
    Dinner - We'll either do buffalo chicken salad or the sheet pan meal, I'll let my boyfriend decide.
    I started to get some heartburn around 10 AM, but it was short-lived. I'm feeling anxious today, but I think it's mostly because it's my first day back at work after the holidays and almost 2 weeks off.
    I haven't weighed/measured myself yet, so I'll probably do that later today, just to have a starting point for how things are looking from a scale perspective.
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    w30virgo got a reaction from heb2014 in w30Virgo Round 3 January 2020   
    Good Morning!
    Not much to report today:
    Sleep: Very good. I woke up before my alarm today, but just laid with my eyes closed until it went off. I fell asleep well last night, too.
    Skin: Same pimples as I brought up before, but the other improvements are still good.
    Digestion: It's okay. Not great, but okay.
    Energy: Really good! Sustained throughout the day, no lulls. I went into the office yesterday, and was feeling a bit distractable, but otherwise fine.
    I do want to talk a bit about my mood. I tend towards depression, especially in the winter, and can also get very anxious. I've done a lot of work over the past several years to get these tendencies under better control, so that I'm not consumed by them. I take daily walks outside, I journal, I have a light therapy lamp, and I try to avoid alcohol when I'm feeling down or anxious. It's been much better this year than in previous years, so I haven't been as concerned. I do want to note that yesterday afternoon, I started to feel quite depressed. The feeling went away by this morning, but I was a bit more short and impatient than usual last night. I think part of why I started feeling down was being in the office - I've worked in the same office, in various roles, for 5 years, and I was not in as good of a place with managing my anxiety/depression in the past - I think being there brought up some bad memories. I'm hopeful that I'll be able to move past it with being in the office more in the coming months. 
    Anyway, here are my meals for today:
    M1: Breakfast Burrito Casserole with Mexican Slaw
    M2: Leftover cauli rice and delicata squash with hibachi chicken & veggies.
    M3: Chicken Zucchini Poppers with roasted brussels sprouts and warm potato salad
    Tonight, we might go to trivia with my boyfriend's brothers at a brewery. It should be fun. One of his college roommates is also going to be in town this weekend - it'll be nice to see him. Those weekends are normally full of drinking, but I feel fine with being sober. I'm looking forward to not doing anything embarrassing, and being hangover-free!
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    w30virgo got a reaction from BabyBear in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Love this discussion of the relationship with alcohol. I'm on my third round of Whole30, and I've made such huge strides with my relationship with alcohol through them. I'm 28, and I think the aspect of Whole30 that I'm most grateful for is the way that I've changed my drinking. Learning how to moderate and be really thoughtful with my drinking has made such a positive difference in my life. I think it's so great that you have the chance to talk with your daughter about this stuff!