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    JessFind reacted to Prairie Dawn in Prairie Dawn's September Whole30 Log   
    When I got home from the longest day and the hardest workout EVER (OrangeTheory is no frickin joke, you guys), I had a package on my front porch.  Turns out my best friend, who I've been running my mouth to about the Whole30 and who is a busy career mom of 2 with her own health struggles and goals, took the time to order and send me Nom Nom Paleo's "Ready or Not" cookbook as a "yay you started the Whole30" gift!  Just out of the blue!
    I was so touched!  It's so awesome to have friends that "get it" and support you, even when they're hundreds of miles away with crazy lives and stressors of their own.
    Also: it's a truly awesome cookbook
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    JessFind reacted to heb2014 in Anew in Arkansas (My first WHOLE30)   
    This is my first WHOLE30 and I just wanted a space where I can record some thoughts (whether anyone reads them or not)
     
    My WHY:  I feel like crap. I live with constant brain fog that I blame on being a mother of two young children (5 y.o. and almost 2 y.o.) and that it's hit or miss if my almost 2 year old will sleep through the night. I pretend that  my sleep being interrupted is the reason I can't lose weight, but being honest, I eat like crap. It's the food and my lack of control around it. And my lack of motivation - about everything - work, exercise, eating smaller portions. To make things even worse, I've been sick for about two week's now (I have been to the doctor) and I feel even more foggy than normal...and I just feel off - heavy - not like "myself" (which I used to also blame on the "new normal" after becoming a mom, but it's worse now. I don't buy that any more - something else is going on). Yes I would love to lose some weight or reconfigure my body to be less giggly/more muscular...but this isn't about that. I feel like crap. 
     
    A bunch of IF/THEN planning (from Whole30 Day by Day plus my own):
    IF I am stuck at work late/in traffic/at the game, THEN I'll...have some snacks handy. Better stock my desk/bag/car. (more realistic situation) IF I don't feel like cooking one night (even my "easy backup plan" meals, THEN I'll...ask my husband to help our or we'll go to Chipotle (or Newks or Slim Chickens might be easy with a little customization - like a salad with no cheese, croutons, and BYO dressing). I should also make a meal to keep in the freezer for quick use. IF I'm at happy hour and offered a drink, Then I'll...say no thanks; I can deal. The bigger surprise would be that I go to a happy hour (ha!). (the harder situation for me) IF I am invited to someone's house for dinner and offered something non-compliant, THEN I'll...say no thanks and be ready to explain why. A drink I can say no to, no problem; even desert I can say no to. A meal would be harder. I think my best bet is to bring a compliant dish to share so I know I could eat something...and then be prepared to explain why I am only eating what I brought.   Ideas for dishes to bring: homemade baba ganoush or guacamole with veggies for dipping, salad and dressing, meatballs, chicken salad, fruit salad (probably not the best to just eat fruit) IF there's nothing compliant at the party, THEN I'll...(realistically) probably shove my face full of non-compliant food; better plan to not stay long! There's always the option to eat before or after, but I know if I am there, I will be tempted, regardless of plans. I can probably hold out for a little while, and perhaps without a glass of wine, I could make it (yes, let's blame the alcohol for all the poor choices), but knowing myself, I would need to remove myself from the temptation, at least in this one situation (introvert, "needing" to fit in around people I don't know at a party) IF my friends tease me about my "crazy diet", THEN I'll...find new friends. Just kidding - I just don't see this being a problem. Guess I should prepare in case I'm wrong.  I will tell them about how awful I've been feeling and that's it's just an experiment for 30 days that could help the rest of my life. I'll tell them I'll let them know how it goes when it's over. IF the in-laws want to have us over for dinner and make something non-compliant, THEN I'll...likely eat as small a portion as I can get away with. If it's a side dish, dessert,  or accompaniment (like FIL's amazing homemade bread), I can manage to not eat it, but if it's something more like the whole meal, as an obliger and this being my in-laws, I'm in trouble. I think my best strategy in this case would be to offer to cook for them at our house (control freak much!). IF we go to my parents' house for a weekend visit, THEN I'll...talk to them about how we're eating and ask to help with the meal planning/cooking (because my mom sends me the meal plan regardless). I know this is how I should be with my in-laws also, but realistically, it's just different. I should probably give it a try with them too though... If a rep brings lunch for our office (as is the case from time to time), THEN I'll....find something compliant if given the option to chose my order; if not, then I'll bring a back up lunch and eat it if what they bring doesn't comply. The people at work know I'm doing this (yay for going public!) and I think they'll be supportive.  IF my husband falls off the wagon, THEN I'll..continue on without him. My WHY isn't affected by him and he's really only doing this because I asked him. (tougher situation) IF my husband falls off the wagon and is eating ALL THE THINGS (specifically late at night like he does now), THEN I'll...make some hot tea and have a piece of fruit at most. Or go to bed. This will only feel a little depressing if he's gone out and bought Nestle Drumsticks for him and the kids....but I think he'll be more supportive than that even if he doesn't complete the Whole30. (another tough one) IF I don't start feeling any different or notice any changes, THEN I'll...likely need some outside motivation. Just knowing myself, I like to see results. 30 days really isn't that long, but if I read something in Day by Day that says "You should see improvements to your brain fog by now" and I haven't....it would make me want to eat all the things. If I still feel this "heavy" on Day 21...I'll need support. Perhaps I should plan to not wait until day 30 to evaluate my NSV, but purposefully run down the list on Day 10 and Day 20. If I am stressed out about something, THEN I'll...go for a walk. If I don't have much time, I'll do some stretching and breathing...or maybe some squats. If I don't have much privacy, I'll go to the bathroom and do them. And because it's September...IF I am craving a Pumpkin Spice Latte, THEN I'll...tough it out and plan to drink one first thing after reintroduction. Making a compliant version would be SWYPO for me...and I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be as good as the sugar-laden, whipped cream topped version. But just some random thoughts on SWYPO...why isn't riced cauliflower SWYPO? I mean it's sole purpose is to replace an off-limits food. Especially when you use it to make something like "fried rice" which I would say is extremely easy to over indulge.   
    This brain dump got extremely long. Kudos (or apologies?) if you took the time to read it all.
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    JessFind got a reaction from Prairie Dawn in Prairie Dawn's September Whole30 Log   
    I'm also not nearly as tired today! Hooray!
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    JessFind reacted to Prairie Dawn in Prairie Dawn's September Whole30 Log   
    DAY 3:
    Went to yoga last night, and ended up having 2 hardboiled eggs, some pesto, and some cherry tomatoes as my pre-workout meal.  It was a bit too much and I felt kind of uncomfortable during class.  Should have stuck with my plan of only 1 egg, but I think I'm used to the idea of being FULL full after eating, even if it's just a little snack... I want to work on this.
    I slept marginally better last night - I took some Natural Calm and was pretty tired when I got into bed, and woke up before my alarm.  Had a big glass of water before breakfast, and didn't drink my coffee until I was settled in at work.  Wednesdays are looonnng days for me, so I'm planning on having more food on hand.
    M1 (7:30am): Sweet potato, apple, sausage hash with 2 poached eggs.  Black coffee at work. 
    M2 (12:30pm):  Same salad as yesterday, zucchini soup.  Yesterday this combo really filled me up, and I ended up putting some of the salad aside and finishing it later in the day when I felt snacky. 
    Pre-Workout/Snack/Mini-Meal:  Brought a hardboiled egg, pesto, a mini Chomps stick, and some blueberries.  I have a late Orange Theory class tonight and know I'll need the energy.  I'm a bit nervous about it as it's only my second class, and the first one kicked my ass HARD.  
    M3 (8:30-9pm): Mahi mahi, steamed broccoli, new potatoes with ghee.
     
    Don't love the idea of eating dinner so late, but not a lot I can do about that.  
    I'm pleasantly surprised that I don't feel like I'm dragging today.  Hope it lasts!
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    JessFind got a reaction from Prairie Dawn in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    Sorry to say that I don't have a recipe for the chicken soup, but I will say that I put two chicken breasts in the crock pot along with some compliant broth, and then just dumped every kind of spice and veggie in there! I've done this before and have never been disappointed. I thought I would miss noodles or quinoa too, but honestly I don't, because there's so much chicken in there. After it's done, I pull the chicken apart in the crock pot so it's nice and shredded. This time I also added jalapenos and broccoli. It's yummy! And very easy to just heat up and it's filling. 
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    JessFind reacted to Prairie Dawn in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    I think the first few days of Whole30 are going to be a little wonky anyway.  I can't quite figure out my hunger/satiety signals yet, so fruit and nuts and all that somewhat-frowned-upon stuff will creep in as I adjust and I'm trying to just roll with it and pay attention.  I like your idea of giving yourself some grace this first week!
    Do you have a good recipe for chicken soup?  I want to make some but feel like I'll really miss the noodles!
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    JessFind reacted to heb2014 in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    This is my first Whole30, so take my thoughts for what they're worth - but I agree with you about the fruit. In moderation, it's much less sugar what's found in processed foods; two bananas doesn't even equal what's in one can of Coke (since you specifically mentioned you used to drink them). You might try pairing it with a protein and/or fat....like some almond butter on the banana or a few nuts with your grapes. Or try going for a short walk afterwards to minimize blood sugar spikes.
    For this first week, personally, I am solely focused on following the rules 100% (https://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/?gobacktext=Return to my whole30 dashboard&gobackurl=https://whole30.com/do-the-whole30), not necessarily the additional recommendations - understanding that this may effect the end result.
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    JessFind got a reaction from Sunshine2020 in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    Day 01 - Sept. 2nd: 
    (I'm posting these a day late because I try not to be on my computer after I leave work.) 
    Food for the day: 
    - Breakfast: Egg casserole. Like I mentioned before, I wasn't satisfied and didn't like the texture, so I didn't eat very much of it. Supplemented with a handful of red grapes a little later. But good news! I tore up a piece of crispy bacon and added 1/4 of an avocado this morning and that really helped a lot. I ate my whole serving today!
    - Snack 1: 2 hard boiled egg whites with 1/4 avocado. Yum! Was still a little hungry, though, so I added another egg white to my lunch bag today. 
    - Lunch: Spinach salad with tomato, cucumber, pan seared chicken, sunflower seeds, avocado, and Tabasco. Tabasco and avocado are going to be my saviors during this for sure. 
    - Snack 2: Grapes and a banana
    - Dinner: Chicken soup with broccoli, jalapenos, topped with a runny egg. 1 piece of bacon on the side. 
    - Dessert: Watermelon 
    ---
    I felt good yesterday! Was definitely tired and had a headache, but that isn't necessarily abnormal for me. I'm already much more full this morning because I ate my whole serving of egg casserole with the bacon and avocado. I'm also being serious about journaling how I feel after I eat using this handy food sensitivity journal. Not counting calories or portion control, but journaling how I feel throughout the day, how I sleep, when I eat, etc. If I’m hungry, I eat more. I’m looking forward to analyzing how food affects me over the next 30 days and beyond.
    I had a HORRIBLE night's sleep last night, though. Tossing and turning all over the place. So I'm pretty tired right now. But I know that's normal. On to day 2! 

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    JessFind got a reaction from heb2014 in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    The journal is on Amazon if you want one! I love it so far. Just search "food sensitivity journal" and it should come right up. 
    DUDE this tiredness is no joke. Someone in my last meeting had a Coke and I almost ninja kicked them for it. ... Not really ... but maybe ...
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    JessFind reacted to heb2014 in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    After lunch, all I could think about was drinking a Coke because I need a pick me up. Ugh - I didn't even drink them that often before. 
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    JessFind got a reaction from heb2014 in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    The journal is on Amazon if you want one! I love it so far. Just search "food sensitivity journal" and it should come right up. 
    DUDE this tiredness is no joke. Someone in my last meeting had a Coke and I almost ninja kicked them for it. ... Not really ... but maybe ...
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    JessFind reacted to Prairie Dawn in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    Your journal looks AMAZING.  It's so organized and comprehensive!  What an awesome tool to have during this month.
    I'm also feeling the "holy cow I'm tired" feels today... hopefully it passes soon!
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    JessFind got a reaction from Prairie Dawn in Prairie Dawn's September Whole30 Log   
    Go you! Just a reminder to definitely pay attention to how your body feels when doing strenuous workouts like Orange Theory. I usually like to spin but haven't bought any new classes this month because I wanted to make sure I'd even feel up to it. But fingers crossed that Tiger Blood kicks in and we both nail it! 
    Great job meal prepping!
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    JessFind reacted to JWIllyB in Alberta Whole 30   
    Alcohol is a hard one for me to say no too as well.  I'll let you know when I figure out a good diversion.
     
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    JessFind reacted to Prairie Dawn in Prairie Dawn's September Whole30 Log   
    Feeling pretty motivated right now, and did a ton of meal prepping yesterday.  Today the plan is:
    M1: Sweet potato, apple, sausage and arugula hash with a poached egg on top.  Black coffee.
    M2: "Taco" seasoned pork, shredded cabbage slaw with cilantro and pickled jalepenos (compliant), diced tomatoes, and fried plantains
    M3: Ground beef over sautéed peppers and onions with compliant barbecue sauce.
     
    I need to try and drink more water - in the past, I would suck down a few cups of coffee first thing when I woke up.  Today I had a big glass of water while my hash was heating and my egg was poaching, and it was great.  Based on my body weight I need to aim for about 100oz of water a day to fit the Whole30 recommendations... yikes, that's more than a gallon D:
    Another thing I want to attempt is eating at least 1 starchy vegetable a day (I'm a big fan of potatoes and plantains).  I tend towards depression and am coming out of a pretty awful 6 month hole, so I want to monitor my moods and make sure I'm taking care of myself.  Based on what I've read, mood stuff can sometimes be affected by carb intake (which I totally believe).
    I sleep terribly, always have, so I also know I need to maybe cool it on the coffee a bit.  We'll see if I can wean myself down from several cups a day... I hope so!
    Other things I prepped yesterday:
    - Made some dairy-free pesto with basil and pine nuts
    - Made some zucchini soup and portioned it into pint jars for the week (http://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/)
    - Made 3 portions of today's M1 hash (https://thebetteredblondie.com/sweet-potato-apple-breakfast-skillet-paleo-whole-30/)
    - Made some Ginger Scallion sauce (https://www.doyouevenpaleo.net/ginger-scallion-sauce/)
    - Hardboiled half a dozen eggs
     
    I have an evening yoga class scheduled, but it's not a terribly strenuous one.  I may eat a hardboiled egg as pre-workout if I feel like I need it.  Another thing I'm trying out this month is Orange Theory - I've only been to one class so far and yeeeeeesh it was a tough one, but I loved it.  I bought 8 classes for the month so I'm just self-improving all over the damn place
     
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    JessFind reacted to Sunshine2020 in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    I have used for crust sweet potatoes or white potatoes - it really helps the casserole from falling apart. Sneak in more vegetables and this will help it be more thicker too.
    Good Luck everyone on day 1.
    Lanette
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    JessFind reacted to Prairie Dawn in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    Your meal planning looks awesome!  I'm impressed!
    On the weird texture of egg casserole: I made an egg casserole/frittata once but shredded some potatoes, tossed them with a little oil, and pre-baked those in my baking dish first to kind of give the casserole a "crust."  Mostly because my frittatas kept falling apart when they were just eggs meat and veggies.  The shredded potatoes gave it a little more structure and they crisped up nicely in the oven.
    (thanks for that reminder btw... I'm gonna put that on my list of things to make this month!)
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    JessFind got a reaction from Emma in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    Day 00: Sept 1st - Food prep
    I carved out the day for grocery shopping and food prep. I plan to do this every Sunday. Here's what I accomplished today: 
    Whole 30 meal prep #1: 
    - Chicken soup in the crock pot with jalapeños and broccoli (I made sure to check the chicken broth for sugar)
    - Egg casserole with chorizo, spinach, and a bunch of spices 
    - 2 spinach salads portioned out with pan seared chicken 
    - 2 more portions of chicken cooked 
    - 1 portion of roasted broccoli 
    - 2 portions of roasted Brussels sprouts 
    - 10 hard boiled eggs 
    - 1 avocado in 2 portions
    Additional meals planned: 
    - Zucchini noodles with ground turkey and crushed/sun dried tomatoes 
    - Stuffed peppers with chorizo/ground turkey 
    - Sirloin and Brussels sprouts and roasted potatoes
    Here we go!
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    JessFind reacted to Amura in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    I missed bread a lot in the very first days too!
    Use veggies instead, if you wish. You can stillmake a toast on an slice of sweet potato! I also used carrots whenever I wanted to push those tiny bits that sometimes seem to be impossible to catch  
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    JessFind got a reaction from Emma in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    Day 00: Sept 1st - Food prep
    I carved out the day for grocery shopping and food prep. I plan to do this every Sunday. Here's what I accomplished today: 
    Whole 30 meal prep #1: 
    - Chicken soup in the crock pot with jalapeños and broccoli (I made sure to check the chicken broth for sugar)
    - Egg casserole with chorizo, spinach, and a bunch of spices 
    - 2 spinach salads portioned out with pan seared chicken 
    - 2 more portions of chicken cooked 
    - 1 portion of roasted broccoli 
    - 2 portions of roasted Brussels sprouts 
    - 10 hard boiled eggs 
    - 1 avocado in 2 portions
    Additional meals planned: 
    - Zucchini noodles with ground turkey and crushed/sun dried tomatoes 
    - Stuffed peppers with chorizo/ground turkey 
    - Sirloin and Brussels sprouts and roasted potatoes
    Here we go!
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    JessFind reacted to Amura in JessFind's Whole 30 Log - Sept. 2nd-30th   
    Looks like  you are well versed in meal prepping, and you have it all well planned!
    I'm sure you are gonna do great
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    JessFind got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    Hi there! I'm doing my first round of Whole 30 starting on Sept. 2nd too. I'm 33 years old and 200 pounds. This is the heaviest I've ever been, but I'm not doing this for the weight loss (but of course that'd be nice too). I've noticed food affecting me a lot more this year than in year's past, including swelling, more headaches, less sleep, etc. I'm excited to see how I feel after the first horrible sugar crash is over with. I'm going to keep a food sensitivity journal to see how I feel each day. I'm excited to have you guys to keep me on track! 
    Jess
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    JessFind reacted to KTH1010 in Baker's Wife Starting Sept. 2nd   
    I'm starting September 2, too! I've done 3 full rounds of whole30 before and I can't even put into words how incredible I feel when I'm doing it. 
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    JessFind reacted to Prairie Dawn in Baker's Wife Starting Sept. 2nd   
    You betcha! I need it
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    JessFind reacted to CrazyWiseWoman in Baker's Wife Starting Sept. 2nd   
    Hi @JessFind and @Prairie Dawn,
    First let me say welcome and congratulations for doing something so very good for yourselves. I know that although challenging, Whole30 can be done no matter what. I myself have made it through all kinds of temptations during my multiple rounds. I would say try to stay away from the baking but clearly that's not an option for you Jess. I know you can get thru anything for a month and it sounds like you have a supportive husband which is so awesome. Can't wait to hear how it goes for you guys as we roll on into a super healthy September!
    Cheers!