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    Kris22 got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Day 29 for me.  I haven't checked in in several days.  We went camping and I did not have internet, then my computer crashed but I am still hanging in there.  Doing whole30 while camping was hard but I think it made my resolve stronger against sugar and grain cravings.  I am really hoping to keep my better food choice habits beyond the 30 days.  Also, I would like to continue to adapt my food choice related thinking in the days to come.  I think I will be less willing to have sugar and grains and will consider more carefully what is worth eating.  Good luck to fellow whole30ers!  Thanks for listening. 
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    Kris22 got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Day 29 for me.  I haven't checked in in several days.  We went camping and I did not have internet, then my computer crashed but I am still hanging in there.  Doing whole30 while camping was hard but I think it made my resolve stronger against sugar and grain cravings.  I am really hoping to keep my better food choice habits beyond the 30 days.  Also, I would like to continue to adapt my food choice related thinking in the days to come.  I think I will be less willing to have sugar and grains and will consider more carefully what is worth eating.  Good luck to fellow whole30ers!  Thanks for listening. 
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    Kris22 got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hi. End of day 20 for me.  Today has been the most difficult so far.  I have come closer to quitting than I have been any other day.  Just feeling so restricted and meal prepping is so time consuming.  It would be so easy to go out and just order a meal and not care what the ingredients are!  I didn't do it but that was how I was feeling today.  I am surprised because I thought that it would be getting easier rather than harder by now.  Just 10 days left.  I hope I can find a way to complete the 30 days!  I know I should be celebrating the NSVs and that I've stuck to it for 20 days.  Hopefully a good night sleep will help me be in a better frame of mind tomorrow.  I am starting to think about what the re-introduction will be like also.  Need to read up on the best way to do that. Thanks for listening! 
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    Kris22 reacted to Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hey All!
    Sorry I haven't posted in a while!  Things have been busy but I'm 100% still on it and still compliant!  It's my Day 17 and I actually had to count that up early today cause I'd lost track!  I'm noticing that this Whole 30 round (It's my 5th) has been a lot easier.  I've been able to quickly recognize cravings, process it, find an alternative, and move on.  It's not taking near the conscious effort to resist temptations as it has in the past.  I guess I'm trying to say, it get's easier!  And it's really resonating with some things Melissa says in the Food Freedom Forever book.
    Now all that being said, I ABSOLUTELY get where you are all at cause I've been there before.   @Laura of The Great White North, @KaraS, @Kris22, @masonjar87 I've noticed a theme in what you are all going through at this point.  Because it's happened to me MANY times in the past.  I've recognized it as my brain making a crazy-strong last-ditch effort to get me back to quick sugar & carbs.  You're dreaming about non-compliant foods and the dream-guilt you feel eating them.  Numerous times I've dreamed of eating pizza (my kryptonite) and woken up in panic that I'd broken my Whole 30.  I've also experienced the lack of appetite...nothing sounds good.  It's like my brain is a pouting kid that doesn't want to do anything if it can't get what it wants.  ANY off plan food sounds better than the healthy food you've got prepared.  All I can say is STAY STRONG!  Your brain will eventually give up, you'll enjoy all your food again, and you'll feel incredible.  You are all making amazing changes to your eating and your lives.  It's hard.  But there are really good reasons why you are doing this.  When things get tough count your NSV's, drink some water, distract yourself (my favorite is putting on some 90's hip hop/R&B and dancing like a fool in my kitchen), whatever it takes to keep going.
    Keep up the awesome!
    Sarah
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    Kris22 got a reaction from ashleyparik in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    I have definitely wanted to have a temper tantrum a few times!  Also, I have had some recent non-food related stress over a family member and it has been difficult to not use food as a crutch which was my default comfort strategy.  I overate last night- all compliant food but nevertheless did not feel great after so I still need to conquer that bad habit.  I have been meditating which is great but I am having a really hard time with my family right now.  I hope we can resolve our issue soon.  Thanks for listening. 
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    Kris22 got a reaction from KaraS in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hi KaraS.  I have been reading your posts and I am reassured that some of us is doing this without family support.  It can be difficult on your own.  I am on Day 15 and my sugar cravings have gone down too but are still there.  My compliant snacks for those moments are Tazo apple-cinnamon tea, snap peas, carrots or peppers.  Since starting it is amazing how much more I can taste the sweetness in foods like those I listed and others too.  I am hoping to eventually wean off of snacks but for now have accepted these veggies that are sweet as a good option for satisfying sweet craving.  Hope your day is going well.  We are all in it together!  
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    Kris22 got a reaction from Latterdayhippie in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Grapefruit juice with club soda and lime sounds so refreshing!  It's been so hot lately.  That would just hit the spot.  I have been drinking lots of mineral water and seltzer.  The citrus addition would make it extra special. Thanks! 
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    Kris22 got a reaction from Latterdayhippie in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Kristilarson, I agree with you- it's been difficult to have to think about ingredients constantly.  I thought I was fairly well versed in reading labels but I have never read labels so carefully ever.  And sometimes I think, wait, can I have that?  And I have to remember some of the details of what's ok vs. off limits.  But otherwise for me, it has been going pretty well.  I haven't even had fruit the past 2 nights which I was using as a slight crutch to wean off of desserts.  It wasn't too hard either.  NSV! The past few days have been very busy for me.  My brother is visiting and we have been on the go and there were times that I completely forgot that I was eating in a different way.  I will be glad to be home tomorrow to regroup and get my weeklong menu planned, get groceries and try to get my house in order.  But I am grateful for the down time and staying cool by the pond during this heat wave.  
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    Kris22 got a reaction from ashleyparik in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    I have definitely wanted to have a temper tantrum a few times!  Also, I have had some recent non-food related stress over a family member and it has been difficult to not use food as a crutch which was my default comfort strategy.  I overate last night- all compliant food but nevertheless did not feel great after so I still need to conquer that bad habit.  I have been meditating which is great but I am having a really hard time with my family right now.  I hope we can resolve our issue soon.  Thanks for listening. 
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    Kris22 got a reaction from KaraS in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hi KaraS.  I have been reading your posts and I am reassured that some of us is doing this without family support.  It can be difficult on your own.  I am on Day 15 and my sugar cravings have gone down too but are still there.  My compliant snacks for those moments are Tazo apple-cinnamon tea, snap peas, carrots or peppers.  Since starting it is amazing how much more I can taste the sweetness in foods like those I listed and others too.  I am hoping to eventually wean off of snacks but for now have accepted these veggies that are sweet as a good option for satisfying sweet craving.  Hope your day is going well.  We are all in it together!  
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    Kris22 got a reaction from Latterdayhippie in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Grapefruit juice with club soda and lime sounds so refreshing!  It's been so hot lately.  That would just hit the spot.  I have been drinking lots of mineral water and seltzer.  The citrus addition would make it extra special. Thanks! 
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    Kris22 reacted to Latterdayhippie in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    How’s everyone doing today? This group has been a great support for me. I check here everyday for the camaraderie. 
    I’m amazed and thrilled to be on Day 15! I know I can finish this now. I was a little worried on days 4-10....
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    Kris22 got a reaction from Latterdayhippie in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Kristilarson, I agree with you- it's been difficult to have to think about ingredients constantly.  I thought I was fairly well versed in reading labels but I have never read labels so carefully ever.  And sometimes I think, wait, can I have that?  And I have to remember some of the details of what's ok vs. off limits.  But otherwise for me, it has been going pretty well.  I haven't even had fruit the past 2 nights which I was using as a slight crutch to wean off of desserts.  It wasn't too hard either.  NSV! The past few days have been very busy for me.  My brother is visiting and we have been on the go and there were times that I completely forgot that I was eating in a different way.  I will be glad to be home tomorrow to regroup and get my weeklong menu planned, get groceries and try to get my house in order.  But I am grateful for the down time and staying cool by the pond during this heat wave.  
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    Kris22 got a reaction from kristilarson in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    kristilarson, just wanted to say I posted before I read your post.  Then I read your share and wow you have really gone through a lot.  I am so sorry about your dad.  It sounds like you are really picking yourself up and making a decision about how you want to live.   Well, we are all here and cheering for you to stay on track and keep up your record.  You have done 9 days- almost a third of the way there!  I know Day 8 (today for me) was hard too.  I think if we all stick to sharing on the forum and calling out for support when we are having doubts, we will get through it.  It is worth it, if not for anything else than that you can commit to this program for a full 30 days.  But I am betting that there will be many more ways that our bodies are benefitting. Thanks for your post! 
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    Kris22 got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    This has been Day 8 for me.  I have to say, yesterday was my best yet.  My cravings were down for sure.  I felt more even tempered yesterday too.  I also found ways to relax in the evening without snacking.  Today I was a little sluggish and dragging.  I don't know if my body has been able to adapt to using fat for energy yet.  If today is any indication, then not yet. Hopefully it will happen soon.  I had a few moments when I felt dismayed at the limitations of food choices.  I know there are tons of great recipes and have been enjoying several but there is a little girl in me having a hissy fit about what she wants that she can't have and how unfair life is.  Nevertheless, I can put a check in the box for Day 8.  It is in the bag.  
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    Kris22 got a reaction from kristilarson in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    kristilarson, just wanted to say I posted before I read your post.  Then I read your share and wow you have really gone through a lot.  I am so sorry about your dad.  It sounds like you are really picking yourself up and making a decision about how you want to live.   Well, we are all here and cheering for you to stay on track and keep up your record.  You have done 9 days- almost a third of the way there!  I know Day 8 (today for me) was hard too.  I think if we all stick to sharing on the forum and calling out for support when we are having doubts, we will get through it.  It is worth it, if not for anything else than that you can commit to this program for a full 30 days.  But I am betting that there will be many more ways that our bodies are benefitting. Thanks for your post! 
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    Kris22 reacted to Latterdayhippie in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Day 8 has dawned and I feel much better in terms of less hunger and fewer cravings. Still struggling a little with not being able to enjoy a beer or glass of wine with my friends, but I’m committed and know it’ll be worth the short term sacrifice.  
    Saturday I shopped the Farmers Market and last night made dinner for my sweetie. I grilled organic, free range chicken thighs along with a spaghetti squash. While they were cooking I sliced a fresh tomato and made pesto without cheese. After I shredded the spaghetti squash into a bowl I added the pesto and it was REALLY GOOD. Here’s my pesto recipe:
    1/3 cup lightly toasted walnut halves
    2 cups (packed) fresh basil leaves
    generous amount of salt and freshly ground black pepper
    3 cloves fresh garlic
    Approximately 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, more or less to get proper consistency  
    -place all ingredients except Olive oil into food processor and pulse/grind until everything is the size of coarse corn meal. Open feed and drizzle olive oil in while processing until pesto is the desired consistency  (I like mine to be like a thin paste.)
    thats it! Super tasty and can be used as a dip, a topping, or a sauce  
     
     
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    Kris22 reacted to kristilarson in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Mostly through Day 9. My cravings were screaming at me yesterday! Much louder than last week. I'm also feeling grumpy, because of the heat, and my period. I'm surprised it took 9 days, but earlier today I thought that maybe I should quit. I think it happened after I saw the announcement that work is serving lasagna at our weekly meeting tomorrow. Sigh. I miss cheese and bread more than sugar, which isn't what I expected. I just feel so unsatisfied. Anyway, it's been getting harder this week, so I should probably reach out to the Forum more often. 
    Good work, everyone! I know we're all putting in a lot of effort. 
    One reason I decided to start the program was because the first half of 2019 has been incredibly difficult, and I now have time to re-focus on myself. My dad was diagnosed with lung cancer in May 2018, but it had already spread to his brain. (DO NOT SMOKE CIGARETTES. THEY CAN LITERALLY KILL YOU.) Brain surgery and countless chemo, radiation, and immunotherapy treatments bought him some more time, but he passed away on June 3 of this year, at the age of 61. I have traveled between Boston and North Dakota 5 times since February, one of those times by car (solo, 1710 miles each way, 3 audio books). I missed several weeks of work, always worrying that I'd have to take unpaid time off or, worse, lose my job (luckily, neither thing happened). I was training for a half marathon set for May 11th, but I had to cancel when it was a week out. Honestly, I wasn't physically or mentally prepared, so it's probably for the best. I was eating poorly, with all this travel. And let's face it, I was exhausted and didn't care all that much about what I was putting in my body.
    I thought I'd be able to see him through to the end, but it was just too hard. He could no longer live alone. His brain was just too damaged--he no longer knew what decade or state he was in. I had to make some really difficult decisions, and get him admitted to the hospital and then into a nursing home. I did these things largely on my own. My sister lived in his town, but was in and out of the picture. It was best that she mostly stayed away, because I'd discovered that she had been forging checks from his bank account for months. My dad's sister was helpful in the way that she wanted to talk about the situation constantly and offer her help, but didn't always take action (she was also a 5 hour drive away from him). In the end, he only lasted 3 weeks after going into the hospital. I had to take in his 17-year-old cat, one of the best cats I've ever met, but who hasn't exactly been welcomed with open paws by my 17-year-old cat. (They're actually from the same litter!)
    I'm trying to take my life back, now that I don't have this cancer hanging over me, in the background of every thought. Within an hour of Dad dying, I felt a literal weight come off of my shoulders. I was finally able to think about the future. I don't mean The Future, but like, yes, I'll be able to attend that conference for work in a couple weeks. I no longer had to worry that my dad would 'choose' early September to die so that I wouldn't be able to be Maid of Honor in a wedding in Seattle. (I won't go into the guilt I feel about being relieved that he has died. It's a stage of grief, apparently.) I'm seeing a therapist, and I'm happy to be back at work, and in my own home. I'm signed up for a half marathon in February (in Bermuda!). I'm going to 2 other weddings this year. And now I have time to reset my diet. Although after typing this paragraph, I'm wondering why I decided to tackle something difficult on top of it all. Grieving is hard enough, and now I'm denying myself comfort food and tasty beers! But also: I want to live! I want to live a long life! 
    I didn't really intend on going into everything, but once I started, it couldn't be stopped. I'm grieving, even though it doesn't always feel that way, and when it does feel that way, I feel like I'm doing it incorrectly. I guess I wanted to share my story because if I seem really negative about the Whole30 experience, it might not just be about the diet. 
    Kristi
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    Kris22 reacted to masonjar87 in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    As someone just a few days ahead of the bunch, let me say YES, prepare for some hard cravings on Day 10!! I had a hard day just in general, and not being able to escape into chocolate or baked goods or even just a bowl of rice (I'm Asian, it's definitely comfort food!) made me even grumpier than I had been! I sorta caved and ate a small handful of blueberries as soon as I got home out of spite (and hunger, because it was 7:30 and I hadn't had dinner yet). I know it was against the spirit of the program but at least it was a Good Food...? LOL
    I say this not to scare anyone but to encourage you to keep up the good fight! We're gonna make it!
    P.S. I'm putting my meal/shopping template into a modifiable document in case anyone wants to use it. I hope to finish it tomorrow when I have some free time.
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    Kris22 got a reaction from Latterdayhippie in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Day 4 NSV- I had a sweet potato as part of my lunch today and the sweet and delicious flavors that I tasted in it- I think my tastebuds are becoming more sensitive to the sweetness and flavor in unprocessed and natural foods.  Yum! 
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    Kris22 got a reaction from KaraS in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Day 6 check-in.  KaraS and Sarah_MT, I too have a happy heart for meals that I prepare that my family enjoys.  It is great to make a whole30 compliant meal that we can all enjoy.  We even had guests who came for dinner last night and the whole meal was a great success.  I love that it is summer and we can support local farmers and get fresh and delicious veggies- it's a win for all.  On another note, I have also discovered Coconut Aminos as a soy sauce substitute and I think I actually like it better than soy sauce.  I am very interested in eliminating soy from my diet especially because I have been diagnosed with an under-active thyroid.  I look forward to seeing if there are any changes in my thyroid function.  I have also been tired these past few days and wondering if/when that will change.  I planned my meals for the week today using  masonjar87's template and it streamlined my grocery shopping, so thanks again for that.  I will be trying a couple of the recipes in Whole30 guide book: tuna boats and stuffed peppers.  I liked the chicken hash recipe though I tweaked it a little to make it doable in my kitchen.  Anyhow, thanks! 
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    Kris22 got a reaction from KaraS in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Day 6 check-in.  KaraS and Sarah_MT, I too have a happy heart for meals that I prepare that my family enjoys.  It is great to make a whole30 compliant meal that we can all enjoy.  We even had guests who came for dinner last night and the whole meal was a great success.  I love that it is summer and we can support local farmers and get fresh and delicious veggies- it's a win for all.  On another note, I have also discovered Coconut Aminos as a soy sauce substitute and I think I actually like it better than soy sauce.  I am very interested in eliminating soy from my diet especially because I have been diagnosed with an under-active thyroid.  I look forward to seeing if there are any changes in my thyroid function.  I have also been tired these past few days and wondering if/when that will change.  I planned my meals for the week today using  masonjar87's template and it streamlined my grocery shopping, so thanks again for that.  I will be trying a couple of the recipes in Whole30 guide book: tuna boats and stuffed peppers.  I liked the chicken hash recipe though I tweaked it a little to make it doable in my kitchen.  Anyhow, thanks! 
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    Kris22 reacted to KaraS in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Wow impressive! You cooked for guests that must have felt great. My husband has always been the chef but he has been to tired to cook so I have been and it’s building a ton of confidence. I am also really looking forward to supporting local farmers. I haven’t had the energy and time yet but we have a farmers market here in Temecula on Wednesday so I am going to do my best to get there. 
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    Kris22 got a reaction from KaraS in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Day 6 check-in.  KaraS and Sarah_MT, I too have a happy heart for meals that I prepare that my family enjoys.  It is great to make a whole30 compliant meal that we can all enjoy.  We even had guests who came for dinner last night and the whole meal was a great success.  I love that it is summer and we can support local farmers and get fresh and delicious veggies- it's a win for all.  On another note, I have also discovered Coconut Aminos as a soy sauce substitute and I think I actually like it better than soy sauce.  I am very interested in eliminating soy from my diet especially because I have been diagnosed with an under-active thyroid.  I look forward to seeing if there are any changes in my thyroid function.  I have also been tired these past few days and wondering if/when that will change.  I planned my meals for the week today using  masonjar87's template and it streamlined my grocery shopping, so thanks again for that.  I will be trying a couple of the recipes in Whole30 guide book: tuna boats and stuffed peppers.  I liked the chicken hash recipe though I tweaked it a little to make it doable in my kitchen.  Anyhow, thanks! 
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    Kris22 got a reaction from KaraS in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Masonjar87- that is similar to my menu graph but I like the "what I have" and "what I need" columns.  I will use that for sure.  Thanks!  Checking in on my Day 5.  Today's first meal went better than the last few days as far as food quantity went.  It helped to arrange my plate knowing that that was what was on the menu and nothing more.  I included a few almonds and a couple of freshly picked strawberries with Tazo organic baked cinnamon apple tea to end the meal and that was it.  Got my big girl pants on today.