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  1. Hi all! I'm Megan and I'm planning my second round of Whole30 to start in two weeks. If anyone has been waiting for a sign that they should give it another go, this is it! I'm calling this my body spring cleaning. We clean our houses, our cars, our yards, but we tend to neglect our own bodies in this yearly cleanse. For background, I did my first Whole30 this past January and I've totally gone off the tracks. I'm a 25-year-old designer, climber, bike commuter (when it's nice), dog mom, and ice cream enthusiast. Prior to my January W30 I was a vegetarian for five years. If you want to know what that transition was like, I'll direct you to my log for that round. In short it was miserable. If you're thinking about transitioning from veggie to omni on Whole30, take this as your first warning. I'm super excited to do another round without going through that! My main goals are to find a sustainable way for me to eat well, incorporate more veggies into my meals, and improve my climbing. Please comment here if you are joining me on this run, or if you just want to wish me luck (I could use it). I appreciate any and all input. Happy spring, Northern Hemisphere folks! Those of you in the south, enjoy the cool days coming your way!
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    Whole30 2019 Part 2: Spring Cleaning

    Day 4: Sleep: Good, about 8 hours Meal 1 (pre-workout): banana, Larabar, 2 slices of bacon, 1 egg (only had one left) w/ sea salt Meal 2: skipped, not feeling well Meal 3: roasted spaghetti squash (about 1.5 cups, 4-5oz. ground chicken, traditional spaghetti sauce, 1tbsp EVOO, sea salt Energy: Low Physical symptoms: Allergies, stomach discomfort Workout: biking to and from work, about 15 minutes each way; walking at lunch, about 40 minutes
  3. Hello again, Whole30 community! Since finishing my first Whole30 in January of this year, I've been drawn toward going another round. I learned a lot the first time and felt great afterwards, but I quickly realized that I am not much of a moderator and I need to establish some hard and fast rules. My biggest struggles during the program were transitioning from vegetarian to omnivore, cutting sugar, and eating enough vegetables. I was sick for the first two weeks at least and didn't have the greatest experience overall. I started feeling horribly sick from chicken and eggs. It wasn't until the end that I really felt the positive effects. Naturally, since I didn't feel awesome during, I wasn't too stressed about a strict reintroduction because I just wanted to feel better. A fast track reintro soon turned to "eh, does it really matter?" and subsequent binges on chocolate, ice cream, and bread. I know I don't feel good after having large amounts of sugar and dairy, but the mental reward outweighed that. In terms of my climbing ability, I was doing great for a long time! Recently however, my muscles have had a harder time recovering and my forearms have even locked up on the wall to the point where I couldn't hold on. That's not a sign of a healthy body. I'm now in the planning stage for my next run, which I've dubbed "Spring Cleaning." This time I'll be starting April 7th with the extra challenge of reducing my meat intake from the last time. I know that it's one of the most effective sources of protein, especially on this plan, but I'm also participating in the EcoChallenge, which cites reducing animal proteins as one of the best ways to reduce one's carbon footprint. There's a chance I'll have to give up on that goal, because if it's between the two, I'm going to do what's best for my body. I'm still having trouble eating eggs so breakfast or lunch is going to be a little off the suggested plate each day. I'll need protein in my other two meals of the day to fuel my body enough for my climbing and biking! This time I'll be going for less starches, less fruit, and more greens. My Goals: Determine a way of eating that I can stick with in the long term. Find new and better ways of incorporating veggies into my meals. Improve my climbing skill and stamina. My Posts Will Consist of: Sleep Meal 1 Meal 2 Meal 3 Energy Physical symptoms Mental symptoms I'll be using the colors above to reference back to my goals within each post. Feel free to follow my progress! I always appreciate tips, commiseration, and support!
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    Whole30 2019 Part 2: Spring Cleaning

    Day 3: Sleep: Okay sleep Meal 1 (pre-workout): 1 or 2 cups steamed green beans, chicken thigh, banana Mini meal (post-workout): Larabar Meal 2: 2 cups romaine salad mix, 4 sliced strawberries, 1 chicken sausage Meal 3: fried cauliflower rice with chicken Energy: Low Physical symptoms: Allergies Workout: biking to and from work, about 15 minutes each way; walking at lunch, about 40 minutes
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    Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"

    I figured out the hunger issue... I just got my period yesterday I'm with you, @HopingtoHeal @Elizabeth33 Thank you for the recipe! I want to try it this weekend. Tomorrow I'm going to the farmer's market for some fresh local foods! I'll definitely be getting eggs and chicken, but I'm not sure how much else there will be this early in the year. Maybe some root veggies, salad greens, and strawberries? I hope so!
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    Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"

    Hi all! Today I am ravenous! I ate roasted vegetables at lunch until I couldn't eat any more, but like clockwork I was hungry 2 hours later. I hate it! @HopingtoHeal I did a tour around the highlands. I'm so jealous you get to live in a place with a plethora of hairy coos! I just wanted to give one a big hug! @LadyLisbette I think I'll mostly be eating leftovers for breakfast this time to avoid the horrid egg situation! Some people say they started eating eggs every day on Whole30 and love it, which is something I will never understand. Today I had steak and that is so much better than eggs! @Pipi Hello fellow hungry monster! I wish I had that much food with me at work, I'm dying! @Elizabeth33 How did you make your own sausage?? Sounds complicated!
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    Round 2 - Day 2 - Jetlag isn't a terminal condition

    Wow that sounds like an ordeal! I too started to EATT and needed this system reset! I was so unhappy and sluggish when I was in that mode. We've got this second round. I'm so happy that I decided to do this, and that you started at the same time!
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    Whole30 2019 Part 2: Spring Cleaning

    Day 2: Today I am hungry. I have my meals planned so I won't get off track, but I think I need to increase my portions, at least for protein! Although I wanted to have a meat free meal as often as I could, today just didn't work out. When I get some good salad ingredients I might be able to make lunch more vegetarian, but I'm not sure it will keep me full. I suppose it's going to be trial and error for a little while. Sleep: Another night with poor sleep. No sore neck today! Meal 1 (pre-workout): about 4oz steak, carrots, roasted potatoes (Dinner leftovers!) Mini meal (post-workout): Larabar Meal 2: Grilled chicken skewer and roasted Greek vegetables Meal 3: Macadamia coated pork chops, steamed green beans with olive oil and sea salt Energy: Lowish to medium Physical symptoms: Allergies (coughing, congestion), a small headache Workout: Biking to and from work, about 15 minutes each way; walking at lunch, about 25 minutes
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    Whole30 2019 Part 2: Spring Cleaning

    @mhoward11 Please feel free to copy it! @Lorna from Canada Your return home food actually sounds pretty great lol! I'm hoping I can keep up with the proper meal structure this time. Last time it was a struggle in the first couple of weeks. I'm excited to see how we both do this time around!
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    Whole30 2019 Part 2: Spring Cleaning

    Hello everyone! I was supposed to start yesterday, but decided Monday was a better day for a new beginning. Mondays are already bad, right? Maybe I'll feel better this Monday since I have such good whole food in my body! Sleep: I didn't sleep well last night at all. I woke up groggy and with a sore neck. Meal 1 (pre-workout): 3 eggs (I did it!), clementine citrus Mini meal (post-workout): Larabar Meal 2: 1.5 chicken thighs, 1.5 cups steamed broccoli, 1/2 large sweet potato with cinnamon and olive oil Meal 3: 1/2 boneless beef strip steak, 1.5 cups steamed green beans, oven roasted potatoes with olive oil and sea salt Energy: Low. Lack of sleep and general blah-ness Physical symptoms: Sore neck; allergies (coughing, congestion) Workout: Biking to and from work, about 15 minutes each way; walking at lunch, about 40 minutes
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    Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"

    I'm in Maryland, USA. I love Scotland though, I was there about two years ago for a couple of weeks! I have access to Whole30 approved and compliant foods, but they're not necessarily in my price range. I end up doing a lot of cooking too! I'm not great at eating the same foods over and over, so I can't do big batches and eat them for multiple days. Almost every meal has to be cooked separately. I literally couldn't eat any eggs or chicken around week 3 last time because I'd had them too much!
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    Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"

    Hi all! I decided to start today (April 8) instead because it just seemed right to start on a Monday. I'm so happy that you'll be joining me! I'm feeling pretty good about starting. Last round I got so sick of eggs I couldn't get them down after week 3, but this morning I finally ate eggs for breakfast again and did just fine. I'm a little nervous about how much food I'll need to eat since I bike to work in the warm months and last time I did this it was the middle of winter. I'll need a lot more to fuel my body! How is everyone else doing?
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    Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"

    Hi @Elizabeth33! Welcome! Is this going to be your first or have you gone down this road already?
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    Have I already messed up?

    I think it's important to remember that there isn't only one way to do Whole30. It's a learning process, so now that you're aware of some adjustments you can make, it's totally fine to finish your 30 days as scheduled. As long as you're not eating non-compliant foods, there's no reason you have to keep going after 30. It's totally your call, but don't feel like you have to!
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    Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"

    @HopingtoHeal Nice to virtually meet you! I'm so sorry for your loss. It must have been a hard few months, but it looks like you're ready to start again! I also understand the feeling when you lose control and self esteem, I'm definitely in that boat. Hopefully we'll be able to support each other this round!
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    Have I already messed up?

    Have you tried making clarified butter? I love that as an added fat on veggies and some people put it in their coffee. Ghee is really expensive, but sticks of butter are cheap and readily available, so making clarified butter is more economical. All you need is butter, a sauce pan, and something to strain it with to remove the dairy solids. It's a little time consuming, but I kind of enjoy the process. It's also easier to justify using in every meal because it's so much cheaper.
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    Slow on the Uptake - Help!

    Like Shannon said, it would be really helpful to know how you've been eating and maybe some of your background! In my case I felt miserable for the majority of my first round because I was vegetarian transitioning into omnivore. My body was going through a lot. Did you eat a lot of sugar before starting? You may need to increase your fruit intake if you have low blood sugar or reduce it if you are eating more than 3 servings a day. If you're eating mostly salads, you might not be getting enough calories to sustain yourself. Make sure you're salting your food an appropriate amount and you feel satisfied after each meal. Fats are also super important, so don't neglect those!
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    My first Whole30: done and dusted!

    Two weeks until my next Whole30! I am really excited for it because I just don't feel good with the decisions I've been making. I know I could make different choices, but I find it really difficult to moderate. I'm all or nothing and lately I've been more towards the nothing side. I think I've regained some weight, but I'm definitely not back to where I started, which makes me feel better. The point for me really isn't about the weight, but about where my calories are going. I want them fueling my muscles and vital body processes, not metabolizing into sugar and storing as fat. I need this energy for the things I want to do in my life, like climbing and biking. Last week while climbing, my forearms completely seized up and I wasn't able to hold onto the wall anymore. That is not a sign of a healthy body. This next time, the goal is going to be strength and energy.
  19. I started my very first Whole30 on January 1st, 2019 as a reset for my body. I wanted to lose weight, ditch sugar, and feel good about my diet. Completing the program has taught me that and so much more. I think self esteem is something we all (especially women) struggle with, but eating disorders are a whole different animal. I was lucky enough to have a mother who knew all the signs and caught me before I even started. She'd had a bulimic roommate in college and didn't want the same for me. There isn't a time in my life that I can remember being happy with my body. I see pictures of myself as a teenager and even though I was 120 pounds soaking wet, I can still pick out things I don't like. For a long time, when I was out from under my parents roof, I adopted an external devil-may-care attitude towards food. The reality was, I couldn't stop eating and I couldn't stop hating my body. I ate in secret, I hid wrappers, I went back for seconds and thirds of dessert, and I shamed myself. This was indicative of the early stages of a binge eating disorder. I knew that in order to get control over myself, I'd have to do something very prescriptive and strict. On an eating program that tells you to "limit" high-sugar, rich foods, I make every excuse for why it doesn't really matter if I eat it. Unless I'm told "no" I'm going to do what I want; I succumb to the disordered thinking. Whole30 has taught me how to eat and be full, live without added sugars, and take care of my body. If I give love to my body, it will do the same for me. We're a team, not rivals. At 25 years old I should and can be the happiest, healthiest version of myself yet! Here's to getting stronger and healthier and spreading more love!
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    My first Whole30: done and dusted!

    Happy Monday! This past week was really hard. I feel like all my nutrition goals went out the window when my house was broken into on Wednesday. He didn't just take my wallet, he took the side of my brain that is reasonable and healthy. While that night I really couldn't eat anything besides the chicken I made for dinner, after that was a free-for-all. For the most part, I ate with reckless abandon from Thursday to Sunday. Saturday night I made sure half my dinner plate was green, but then went on to have birthday cake. Sunday night I had a chicken stir-fry with lots of vegetables, but the sauce was so spicy I could only handle the chicken and rice. Today I was determined to turn it around for this week. Although I'm not eating all compliant foods, I'm eating cleaner. This morning was steel-cut oats with raspberries and some nutpods cream. I brought a small lunch of berries and whole milk Greek yogurt. Dinner will be a protein, a fat, and lots of veggies! I need to make my meal plan for the week to ensure that I stay on track mentally and physically. The worse I eat, the worse I feel, so staying on a cleaner diet will clear out some of the garbage in my head. My next Whole30 run is tentatively scheduled to start April 7th. My mom's birthday is the 2nd and we'll be celebrating on the 5th and 6th so I have to wait until after that. She would kill me if I didn't eat food that she provided, especially on her birthday. I'm really excited to start again because this time I won't have to be reintroducing meat into my diet at the same time. With any luck I'll feel way better than I did last time.
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    Reintro Day... oh I don't know! Help required!

    I'm sorry to hear you and @SchrodingersCat have had such a hard time! I have basically gone off the deep end already. I've had a steady stream of events and birthdays that have completely knocked me off track, not to mention living with a partner who is very impulsive and doesn't seem to care about the reintro. I'm already planning to do another W30 starting in April! That said, for me something is "worth it" if I can control my portion enough to not feel horrible after. I don't feel drawn to heavy cheesy carby foods because if I have too much I know I'll feel ill. However, if it's something I love like mac&cheese, I'll have a few bites and really enjoy them. There are some things that are off-plan that I eat every day, but I try (often I fail) to make sure they're beneficial. I've been eating one to two servings of grains a day, but I aim for them to be 100% whole grain (steel cut oats, 15 grain bread, etc.) to keep me full and add fiber to my diet. I have dairy almost every day, but in the form of plain Greek yogurt, to add protein without meat and help balance my digestive bacteria. So far I haven't found that beans or soy were worth it, so I haven't had them except in the small amounts that they're added to other foods. I think the only alcohol I've had was one glass of mulled wine. I was never much of a drinker even before Whole30 so that's not really worth it to me. There are a few things that are definitely not worth it, but my sugar dragon thinks otherwise. That dragon did not go away or even shrink a little during W30 and it's very powerful. Cake, ice cream, and chocolate all fall into that category. What I'd say about those things is, if you can control the dragon, have one serving. If you can't, just stay away! The events and birthdays I previously mentioned have totally ruined me. I find that I deeply enjoy the sugary foods to the point that my body never says "too much!" I have to really be on my game to keep myself in check. If you don't mind counting calories, My Fitness Pal is a great resource and keeps me accountable. Something is "worth it" if it's not going to totally destroy my nutrition goals for the day and I really really want it. As of now, my tentative April start date is the 7th if anyone wants to join me!
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    My first Whole30: done and dusted!

    Oops, I meant to do this every Monday! Oh well, I'm only a day off. I've been doing really well with limiting my grains and sweets consumption. I've only had alcohol once since my W30 ended. All in all, things are going well. I've definitely decreased the amount of meat I've been eating and increased dairy, mostly in the form of Greek yogurt. Sometimes a sprinkle of shredded cheese. My reasoning for this is pretty obvious to me, I was a vegetarian before and I don't like eating factory-farmed meat. Of course, I know that factory dairy farms are no better, which is why I still only have one or two sources of dairy each day. I try to eat high quality proteins, which includes the plain or lower-sugar Greek yogurts, fish, chicken, and beef. For example: yesterday my sources of protein were Greek yogurt and swordfish. I didn't go out and get a greasy burger or some pasta dish with meatballs that are 50% filler. I feel really good about my choices. However, my sugar dragon is a fierce one to battle. Around Valentine's day was the worst, but now Easter candies are out and I still have chocolate that I couldn't eat after Christmas! Not to mention the treats that show up in the office kitchen (I know, I am weak). Unlike before W30, I'm able to limit myself to one slice of pound cake, half a bagel, or opt for the grapes instead of the cheese and crackers. I just don't want to feel compelled to eat something every time there's food in there. I should be eating for nourishment first and enjoyment second. Regardless of how I feel about my sugar dragon and in spite of eating grains and dairy, I have continued to lose weight. I'm really happy with my progress and I'm getting closer to my goal every week. Not surprisingly, some of my measurements have increased again by about half an inch, which is probably due to bloating from the off-track foods I'm eating. In the end I'd like to get down to 125lbs and then start building up more muscle for climbing. I know that I'll weigh more when I'm stronger, but the scale is only one indicator of health and it's not a very accurate one. For now, I'm climbing well and feeling good. Here's to another week of Megan, Reset Version!
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    Everything is worth it today

    To me, everything is worth it all the time and that's where the trouble lies. I have been "going with the flow" since ending my whole30 in January, so I feel like I've totally backslid after those first few "worth it" days. If you can keep up with getting back on track each time, that's great! If you find that you struggle, beware going down this path, here there be dragons!
  24. Eating a full breakfast, not just some cereal, has been a huge change. It has lead to some other changes sticking with me, too. Since I have a full breakfast, I don't snack before lunch. Since I don't snack before it, I eat my whole lunch and don't snack before dinner. After dinner, unfortunately, is a free-for-all, but I'm trying to rein that in. Drinking a lot of water has been a big change and I've kept my water bottle with me almost every day. I think the most important one of all though, is that I went from vegetarian to omnivore. While people like to say that vegetarianism is easy on a budget, it really isn't if you want to eat fresh food. So instead, I ended up eating a lot of processed food with giant ingredient lists. Now I can't justify putting any of that in my body, so I've continued eating meat every day. Come spring I'll be able to appease my ethics by buying local and humanely raised meats at the farmer's market, so in the end I'm not really giving anything up.
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    My first Whole30: done and dusted!

    I am genuinely delighted that today is Monday. It smells like new beginnings to me! Looking back on my reintroduction, I'm realizing that I need to find a realistic and flexible way to maintain some of the W30 ideals while living my life comfortably. I've said before that I need strict rules in order to keep up with something, and while I think that's still true, I'm going to have to work on it. Being too much of an all-or-nothing person is sabotaging my health goals. If I tell myself I can't have something, but then I end up eating it anyway, I feel like everything is messed up and I might as well give up. It happens day after day. I planned all of my meals ahead of time this week with the exception of Wednesday's lunch because it will be catered. While I didn't end up liking the planning during Whole30, I seem to do better with it in the aftermath. Maybe it's because I can eat a wider variety of food. Whatever the reason, it should help me to limit carbs and sugar while keeping protein high. I made the plan based on the groceries we bought yesterday and I bought groceries based on my goals. In theory, this should be all I need for success. As long as there are no pesky "special occasions" this week, I'll be good to go. I'm weighing in again at the end of the week since it'll be the beginning of a new month. My hope is that this strategy will keep the scale numbers going down and my climbing skill going up.