Aliem999

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    Whole 30 (July 2)

    Oh no! That is such a bummer! I think starting over is probably the right thing to do! Those labels are so tricky. I hate it when you do your due diligence and ask what is in something and then you find out that is not the case (you with the muffins and me with a black iced coffee at starbucks, though I was able to just take one sip before I figured out they added sugar) I hope you can figure out what affected your mouth. Maybe just add those items individually to your reintroduction at the end? I am curious what you packed for camping. We may try to go on a trip this fall/winter and if I can make it "better" than I definitely want to do that. I know there are a bunch of pasts related to it, so I will search for those eventually....
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    Allison's Whole 30 Log

    I know right! Even before doing my first Whole30 5+ years ago I would have laughed at that. Who is eating that for breakfast? Maybe on a dessert menu, but it was like the first item under their breakfast house specialties. I hope someone from my group gets it so I can see how insane that "breakfast" dish is. It's literally sugar on sugar! I don't think I would have ordered it when I was pregnant and experienced my first sugar dragon!
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    Allison's Whole 30 Log

    Hello! A little about me. I have done a handful of Whole30s before (I believe 4), including a modified reintroduction the first time I did my Whole30. Some of the benefits I saw were better sleep and weight loss. It has been over two years since I did my last Whole30. During that time I was pregnant and had my daughter who is closing in on one and a half years old. I was lucky enough to be off of work 8 months after her birth and during that time I did a lot of cooking, that was generally healthful and had lost most of the baby weight. I had about 8 pounds to go. When I started back up at work, that all changed. I gained back almost all of the baby weight (including the actual baby and such) within eight months of starting work. By the holidays I was (and am) about the same weight I was when I was 7-8 months pregnant! A lot of it had to do with the reduction in exercise I got from running errands, chores and playing with the baby I did all day. The larger part had to do with the fact that during my pregnancy I lost control with my eating habits and when I went back to work, my eating was terrible. I was eating out all the time, McDonalds breakfasts, and my husbands cooking included things like pasta and huge portions (btw, super yummy). But at the end of the day, it was my fault for not at least controlling my portions and not packing servings of veggies with me at work to cut down on the unhealthy options. I wanted to gain control back, lose the sweet tooth I gained when I was pregnant (seriously I have no idea where that came from, before I was pregnant I really was not huge on sweets), lose weight and just feel better all around. Weight has always been something I struggled with, but until I got pregnant I had never been above 145 pounds (5'2'' and pretty curvy so somewhere around 125 pounds was where I strived to be previously). On Day one of this Whole30 journey, I am starting at a whooping 166.5 pounds, with a goal of trying to be down to 140 by the end of March. This is also a crazy time at work for me. The next three months I will likely be working 60+ hours a week through the end of March. I did spend a decent amount of time over my Christmas break making some freezer meals. I made double batches of chili, chicken soup, and red sauce and about 10 pound bag of sweet potatoes, though my daughter will probably make a huge dent in the potatoes. She just loves sweet potatoes! Here are a quick summary of my first two days; Day 1: Hard boiled eggs, dipped in spicy mustard, pork chorizo sausage, and strawberries mixed with coconut flakes for breakfast. I realized after I food prepped for this week that my breakfast is missing veggies. I will have to fix that next week. For lunch I had peppers and onions and sausage. It's one of my favorites. Dinner was a Kale salad with broccoli slaw mixed in and a compliant Cesar dressing. I tossed on it some roasted veggies, avocado, and salt and pepper pork. I did wind up snacking a lot today. Dried fruit and in the shell pistachios. Something I plan to work on. After dinner I also snacked on some roasted potatoes. Overall felt pretty good to get back on track. I also hit my 10k step goal today. Day 2: Expected to wake up feeling awful. Surprisingly felt energized. I thought I would have terrible headaches and lethargy because my diet before was terrible. When I did my previous Whole30s my diet before was not so bad. Sure there were days I binged on nachos, but overall I would guess my diet was 80% compliant and the only reason why it was that low is because I usually ate unsweetened Greek yogurt or oatmeal with breakfast. I started my work day off well. My client has a walking treadmill so I spent my first hour at work catching up on emails and working while getting in some steps. I crushed my 10k steps and actually had over 13k! I don't think I will hit my 10k goal everyday, but so far a great start. My meals were the same. I added pistachios to my lunch and that really cut down on the snacking on dried fruit. Made my salad at dinner a bit bigger and felt full. Overall I felt great, definitely looked less bloated and had a great day! Thanks for listening and I will update tomorrow on my Day 3 (but so far so good). Allison
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    Allison's Whole 30 Log

    Day 4 of Food Freedom! (Tuesday, Whole30 Eating) Ate Whole30 today (and plan to Wednesday too with a similar menu). I really do feel better eating Whole30. Breakfast - Hard boiled eggs and strawberries with coconut Lunch - Pineapple slaw (so good), hot link and roasted potatoes Dinner - Just some of the slaw. I really was not hungry. I am not sure why. I did not snack or anything. I figured it was better to eat something than nothing at all. Not sure if I have time to post this weekend, which is probably good since I suspect all of the day will be off plan in at least some aspect. But I would like to still provide an update on how the weekend went, how Whole30 affected my food choices, etc. on Monday. I really want to keep up the progress and still need to figure out how next week I am going to go back to Whole30 eating, with essentially no prep time. I have some hard boiled eggs ready to go for next week's breakfasts (purchased pre hard boiled and sealed airtight. If I did them myself for next week gross!) I also have pre cooked hotlinks for lunches. Ideally I would like to crisp them up before eating them, but I guess they can just be microwaved for Monday. Maybe I will just stop at Trader Joe's on my way to work for some salad mix or something and just grab coconut and salad dressing from home. It would be a pretty sad Monday food wise, but at least it would be compliant. I likely would need some sort of starchy veggie cause I definitely do better when I have my serving no later than lunch.
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    Allison's Whole 30 Log

    Totally get your point. I really like keeping one log so that I can go back to it without having to find several different logs. I think I am also keeping within the forum guidelines posted by Melissa (included a snippet below and point 3 does address it) and have seen several other logs that have included mini resets, reintroduction (there is a separate forum for that as well), food freedom and people that say they are eating whole30, but clearly have missed the mark. I think I have been doing a decent job of labeling non-whole30 meals and have been making it clear that the last few days are food freedom. If you don't think you I am making it clear enough, let me know and I can change things "Two, these logs will no longer be moderated by the Whole30 team. They are your personal "diaries," and as such deserve the respect to remain your own form of expression, within our general guidelines. (Verbal abuse, profanity, or any sort of disrespectful conduct is never tolerated on the boards, regardless of where it is posted.) We will only comment when asked, or if we feel that significantly unhealthy or dangerous behaviors are taking place. Three, if you choose to post non-Whole30 meals as part of your log, or go off-plan on purpose, we gently encourage you to make this clear in your log. This will help avoid confusion on the part of those new to the program. This isn't mandatory, but we are asking you to help us keep the boards clear and easy to use for all, especially those new to the Whole30. Finally, for all browsing these logs, know that you have no guarantee that every meal or food posted here is, in fact, Whole30 compliant. Read these logs like you read your labels, and when in doubt, ask/search/read to determine whether something posted in a personal log does, in fact, fit the Whole30 program."
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    Allison's Whole 30 Log

    Day 3 of Food Freedom! Back to Whole30 eating today. Went pretty well. Making choices does seem to be easier this time around. I am sitting in a room of snacks and still have not been tempted. Whoot! Breakfast - Hard boiled eggs and strawberries with coconut Lunch - Pineapple slaw (so good), hot link and roasted potatoes Dinner - Just hash browns and a fried egg. I really don't have too much food at home and we are leaving town soon so I am not trying to buy more stuff.... I have some "better for you" snacks for my trip. We are planning on shopping for breakfast stuff when we get there, so that will be nice for one compliant meal a day. I definitely will be having several non complaint meal. We are eating at a bowling alley (eye roll) and a BBQ place. I could probably do something complaint at a BBQ place if they had a non sugar rub, but I do love BBQ and the place we are going is supposed to be really good. I might try to pick better sides (thinking like slaw and fries. yes fries are definitely not complaint, but at least they should have minimal ingredients. i will just make sure I don't over eat them) and have like a bite or two of things like mac and cheese. The breakfast place they have picked out should be interesting. Judging on the website, it think about 60% of the people going to the event are not going to like the place so that should be interesting. The menu seems like a nightmare for a Whole30. Even for breakfast. Their fruit plate has marshmallow sauce. WHAT?!?! The omelettes don't seem terrible though most are covered in some sort of sauce like hollandaise or meat sauce. Double What?!? I do love eggs Benedict and for me that may be "worth it", but I was reading the reviews and some were great and some were bad. To me, that is likely not "worth it" anymore and I may just try to be compliant or maybe fairly complaint, just with cheese. Over eating is definitely something I am going to have to watch out for. We are also likely going to a pizza place. Their pizza is soooo good. Definitely "worth it" but I will make sure to just have one slice and mainly eat salad. To me, the food freedom is so much harder.....My main goal is just to be happy with my food choices. I hope to be at least 50% complaint (maybe not number of meals but at least what is put on my plate) and I hope I don't gain enough to put me back in the 150s. I am very happy finally breaking into the 140s and would like to stay there. Side note - when I was packing, I tired on some dresses that I have not worn since my early pregnancy (well and for like two months before I went back to work and had time to make good food and move more) and several (not all) fit! Some were even packed. Sooooo happy. Even though I have not lost much around the arm area, they also looked more shapely, if that makes sense, so YAY! I am feeling very empowered!
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    Allison's Whole 30 Log

    Also found out that my almost two year old also liked it too! I am not too surprised, because she is a pretty adventurous eater but it was definitely a new flavor profile for her since it think we have only had Thai food a few times since she was born and none of those times she has come with us and had never had a Thai curry before.
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    Allison's Whole 30 Log

    Day 1 and 2 (Saturday & Sunday) - Food Freedom! I was hoping to keep it going, but some good opportunities to practice my food freedom came up. All of my breakfasts and dinners were compliant, but my lunches were not. On Saturday, I had some Pad Thai. I looked through the menu and while nothing was really complaint (i would suspect fish sauce and peanuts at a minimum), something like a curry that would have been very close just did not seem worth it. So I choose the Pad Thai and gave the egg roll to my daughter (Whhhhatttt!!!!! I Seriously did not even take a nibble!) It was so worth it. But I did not eat too much and even let my husband have the next day leftovers. Seriously. This is unheard of for me. Sunday I had my favorite salad at Mendocino Farms. Not sure on the ingredients, but it does have cheese and very likely sugar, honey, etc. This seemed like a pretty minor off plan meal. Since most of it should have been compliant and they use higher quality ingredients. About half the cheese I gave to my daughter too. Seriously. What is wrong with me. Hahaha. There were several times this weekend that I passed on having "just one bite" of something that was just not worth it to me. We will see how long this lasts, but I am pretty proud of this weekend. Hopefully after four days in Vegas, I won't revert back to my old ways. Especially since I wont really have much time to food prep for the week after and we are moving that week. Yikes!
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    Allison's Whole 30 Log

    Day 46 (Friday) Friday was 100% Whole30, which was planned since I had food prepped my breakfasts and lunches for the week....Energy was good but I did get a tall coffee from Starbucks. I was going to get a decalf, but they could only do a pour over and I was trying to get out of there for my morning meetings. Still feeling good! Breakfast (8:30 AM): chorizo hash (onions, carrots and celery) with avocado Lunch (12:00 PM): green curry with chicken. I added potatoes for some starchy veggies. Dinner (7:30): Hash browns and prosciutto. Still not good, but I didn't really prep for dinner and we are light on the groceries since we are going out of town next week for four days.
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    Allison's Whole 30 Log

    Thanks!
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    Whole 30 (July 2)

    For the bloating, it could just be normal (see the timeline), but I also know some people have issues with nuts/laura and RX bars and I see those popping up a lot in your diary and certain veggies. So if the bloating continues, you may want to see if some of the things you are eating are triggers. Otherwise, I think around day 8 is pretty common for bloating! It gets better! https://whole30.com/2013/08/revised-timeline/
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    Allison's Whole 30 Log

    Thanks! Yeah. I am not sure about the break out cause it is not a certain time of the month or ever consistent. I's guessing some is stress and some is that I touch my face a lot. I changed up my face care routine and that definitely seemed to help, but in the 10+ years that I have tried to figure it out, there really does not seem to be an obvious pattern. I am most nervous about food freedom just because I am an all or nothing type person. I have had varying success after whole30s and this one and my last one are post baby. So that has really changed things a lot. I failed pretty miserably the last time, but I was also working about 100 hours a week for a month, so I don't really blame myself too much, though I should have done better after things went to normal. That being said I have not beaten myself up over it; I just want to do better.
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    Allison's Whole 30 Log

    Day 45 (Thursday) WHooooo! Officially my last day but there is really no reason I won't be complaint today (Friday). I also have not told my husband I am officially done, since I am trying to continue it until next Thursday, so I don't want him to get any ideas :). I'll probably tell him this weekend if he complains about it. hahaha. Breakfast (8:30 AM): chorizo hash (onions, carrots and celery) with guac Lunch (12:30 PM): green curry with chicken. I added potatoes for some starchy veggies. Also had some dried mangoes around 3 PM. Didn't really need them, but oh well. Dinner (7:30): Hash browns and sausage. I was not really hungry, so I had a small dinner. Still not ideal, but sure yummy. Overall the day went well. I did not have any coffee and besides a little afternoon slump I did not feel like I needed it.
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    Allison's Whole 30 Log

    Thanks! I really think it was lack of sleep. Not sure if you read earlier in my diary, but we were having issues with my daughter sleeping because she was not feeling well. I had some tiger blood pretty early on, but it disappeared after not sleeping enough. I definitely have more weight to go, but I am definitely happier and someone said my face looked like it was glowing last week...got a zit yesterday, but that's my first one. Though I will say my zits don't seem to be food related. I'll go months without them and then just randomly get them for a while. Usually not more than one or two at a time, but as soon as one is gone another one arrives. Some Whole30s I am blemish free and some I have several. There does seem to be a correlation with stress, but sometimes not. So regardless, if I don't hit my weight goal, I have had enough NSVs to be happy. Definitely excited to start my food freedom though! I am hoping it sticks better than last time!
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    Allison's Whole 30 Log

    P.S. I accidentally weighed/measured today thinking it was already day 46 (i.e. 45 days done). Instead it was day 45. Whoops! But definitely some more great results! Another 5.2 pounds gone and another quarter inch off of my waist and hips! I tiger blood is hitting again, because I feel like I am in a great mood. Even my husband mentioned it earlier this week. I am also in love with how strong my nails are. I have never grown them out this long and even without them painted (I got a gel mani last week), they were significantly longer and stronger than ever before. Tried on a dress I was hoping to squeeze into and it still doesn't fit as of a few days ago, but I am heading in the right direction and some of the dresses I bought in the last year are starting to get too big! I was surprised at how not disappointed I was. I am actually a little surprised how much weight did come off in the last two weeks. I was expecting 3-4 pounds. My goal of another 10 pounds by Sept 15 seems very reasonable now at about a pound a week. I have about 20 pounds to lose in total, so the next 10 should not be too hard, but definitely harder than the last 17.8! I would totally love to exceed the goal, but not banking on it.
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    Chorizo!

    Sprouts also makes compliant chorizo too! It is made in the store so it may be different from store to store.
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    Allison's Whole 30 Log

    Day 44 (Wednesday) Got so far behind on these, but I have remained complaint. Monday through Wednesday were pretty much the same so here we go Breakfast (8:30 AM): chorizo hash (onions, carrots and celery) with guac Lunch (12:30 PM): green curry with chicken. I added potatoes for some starchy veggies. My husband said that he would pay money at a restaurant for it. On Wednesday I also had some fruit around 3PM. Dinner (7:30): Cauliflower rice in the "fried rice style" (Monday and Tuesday). Wednesday I just had hash browns and a fried egg. I really was not hungry. I did not want to not eat, so I made a small version of my go-to. Definitely missing veggies. The hash browns probably had enough ghee in it to count as fat. We have been busy at work and we have been looking for a place to rent. This weekend we are starting to pack. Hopefully we get the place we applied to. I really love it. It is daunting to try to move in a couple of weeks when next weekend we have a family reunion from Thursday through Sunday and really we are leaving on Wednesday night!
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    Allison's Whole 30 Log

    Day 40 (Friday) Breakfast (8:30 AM): Bacon, fried egg and hash browns Lunch (12:30 PM): Salad and hot dog Dinner (6:30): Cauliflower rice in the "fried rice style" Today I worked from home and dealt with a very unhappy child who stayed up way past her bedtime. Today was not fun, but compliant
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    Allison's Whole 30 Log

    Yeah. It is in Vegas. 2 of the 4 days are at least one meal at a family member's house. My husband was on board with this at the beginning, but now that I am a over a month in it he is pretty over it. I think I am going to call it at day 45 (maybe 51 depending on how this weekend is looking), but start doing Whole30 during the week and give myself some leeway during the weekends. I will shoot for 4 weekend meals that are compliant. Breakfasts are easy. For the reunion I am just going to make sure we pack a ton of carrot sticks so I can minimize the reunion food that is at someone's home, which quite frankly I do not think is "worth it" and maybe have some things that I would really enjoy while going out. My husband's family unfortunately is the family that eats poorly, even with underlying medical conditions. For example, my mother in law, who has type two diabetes ate an entire Costco croissant (okay maybe a few bites when to the dog and my daughter) this weekend and goes and gets fast food on the regular. They are also the family that gets insulted if you don't eat their food and just gossip gossip gossip. Also, not drawing attention to myself is a little harder in this situation. He's black and I am well.....not. So I am thinking the training wheels are going to come off early. I think I am still satisfying my main goals for extending it past 30 days anyway, which was getting back in the habit of food prepping and (hopefully) making better choices. Plus I do have a mid Sept weight loss goal that will probably require me food prepping Whole30 meals for the next few months. I would still have around another 10 pounds to go after my September goal. But that number is a little more flexible since it would really be how the mirror looks and not the number.
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    Allison's Whole 30 Log

    Day 39 (Thursday) Breakfast (8:30 AM): Bacon, fried egg and hashbrowns Lunch (12:30 PM): roasted potatoes, strawberries with coconut and chicken apple sausage. Dinner (afternoon/evening): salad with primal greek dressing, roasted veggies and two polish dogs 4th of July party today. None of my meals were to template, but 100% compliant. I was just trying to eat things that were quick and cleaned out the fridge. Brought the grass fed polish dogs to the 4th of July party (plus plenty of extras) so that I knew I could have complaint meat, though they also had burgers. Party was a success though. We did tons of walking around to go see the fireworks. Even though there was tons of tasty food at the party, I was not even jealous. There were a couple of things I would have liked to try, but the dessert table was not even tempting. I am hoping that I can keep that up even off of Whole30. Still very worries about my out of town family reunion. I still have not decided what I am going to do for that. Anyone have thoughts?
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    Allison's Whole 30 Log

    Day 38 (Wednesday) Breakfast (8:30 AM): Chicken apple sausage, hash browns eggs and strawberries with coconut Lunch (12:00 PM): roasted veggies and potatoes and chicken sausage. Dinner (6:30 PM):roasted veggies and potatoes and chicken sausage. Just trying to use leftovers. Got to relax a bit today and got my nails done. Yay! Definitely feeling re-energized and my nails are now crazy strong. They usually break long before the length they are now and I have not had a single one break for weeks. I had that same NSV the last time too and love it!
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    Allison's Whole 30 Log

    Day 37 (Tuesday) Breakfast (8:30 AM): Chicken apple sausage, roasted potatoes and strawberries with coconut. Lunch (2:00 PM): Salad with red onions, carrots, turkey, primal Cesar and guac Dinner (6:30 PM):roasted veggies, a couple of roasted potatoes and a chicken sausage Another long work day but I found out ill be able to at least kinda take the rest of the week off/work from home. whooo! I feel like the last week my energy has been better so I am thinking it was just my daughter not sleeping well (so i was not sleeping well) that was really messing with my tiger blood and the need for carby veggies in the morning or at least for lunch.
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    Frustrated - Seeing no difference after 16 days

    Yes. That's not my situation, but I have seen logs for people that are premenopausal and that seems to really mess up the timeline. They still see results, but it's more up and down. Also, take a step back and think of NSVs. You mentioned suppressed cravings, so that's a really good thing!
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    Frustrated - Seeing no difference after 16 days

    @Felicia1971 I also think hormones come into play. Depending on where you are in your cycle, your body might be trying to hold onto everything. After my period I noticed a huge difference in how big I looked. Everyone is different so it may be a different time for you, but at 9 days it may be too soon to tell. Also I would take a look at the timeline I linked below. It could be that you are still in the "my pants are tighter" phase. Depending on how you ate before it may take longer for different stages. https://whole30.com/2013/08/revised-timeline/
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    Pandora’s Whole 30 log

    Congrats! I finished mine a few days after yours, but I am tacking on 15-30 more days. Realized I have an out of town family reunion on day 52 so I am torn. I really don't want to deal with my husbands family nagging all weekend, but I would really like to say I did 60. If you are feeling better and your next round will be successful too!