Danna W

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    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    Today is day 31 for me and I'm still pretty stoked about the whole program. @NoreenM62, @Maggieb123 is right about those Walmart microwave bowls. They don't suck. I add riced cauliflower to them to bulk them up or I'll eat something with them - like maybe a few baby russet potatoes or some green beans. At 'my' Walmart they aren't with the Lean Cuisines, they're on a different aisle with the paleo stuff. I haven't added any foods back in yet. The first thing will probably be quinoa or possibly oatmeal. I know I'm burnt out on eggs. Congrats to everyone who's finishing up their 30 and good luck to us all - that we can maintain the gains and losses we've made. I lost 9.8 pounds and my mind is blown.
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    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    Hi all. Day 27 for me and I'm very happy with the way I feel. I'm just barely excited about reintroduction. I'm on a good path now and I hesitate to shift anything. I do miss plant proteins though, so I'm thinking one of my first re-introductions will be to replace half my meat with quinoa or something. Thanks to those of you who are posting recipes you like. If you've read my previous posts, you know I don't cook so recommendations help me decide what to try. I ate out last night for the first time since I started W30. I busted up in a pizza place with my own chicken and salad dressing. Then I ordered a big plate of salad vegetables and had a great dinner. I ate until I was stuffed. I didn't miss the pizza and I didn't mind passing the appetizers without eating any. Here's an NSV. My bad habits are/were expensive. I've been carrying the same walking around cash with me since I began W30. I'm just not spending it. I haven't been in a convenience store or a drive through since September 1 and it's saving me about $60 a week. Sometimes more. Based on that, I can't really complain about relatively expensive salad dressings or the price of ghee or any such things.
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    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    @DonnaGail you're exactly right. Different flavors of Primal Kitchen have different ingredients. The Ranch dressing, for example, is compliant. Another clue for me would have been the W30 logo - duh. Some flavors have it and some don't. Kroger also had Tessemae's products so I'm sure I'll be trying them all at some point. Primal Kitchen Ranch turned out to be very tasty. I really, really like it, but imo its flavor is only reminiscent of Ranch rather than the Ranch taste I'm familiar with. However, I am not trying to recreate Ranch and I find that this dressing more than meets my need - which is to have something in my purse to put on a salad when I eat out. I hope your 5k was a big success. I was also a runner back in the day and I really enjoyed starting weekends with a Saturday morning 5k. I'm day 22 of my first W30 and I'm firmly in the groove. My most pressing mini-goal right now is to discover more vegetable dishes that I like. I have to pay close attention or my fruit to vegetable ratio sneaks too far to the fruit side. It'd be easier if tomato wasn't technically a fruit lol.
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    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    Hi @heb2014, good to see you back on here. @kirbz I'm with you on that convenience food habit. My biggest concern when I finish my W30 is that my eating plan will creep back to the dark side one microwaved meal at a time. I'll just have to be diligent. WAY more diligent than I was today at Kroger. I had a close call. I found Primal Kitchen salad dressings on sale this morning and I got so excited I bought the honey mustard kind. I had the cap off before HONEY registered in my mind and luckily I hadn't poured it all over dinner yet. Duh. I look forward to eating some early in October. lol. I'm beginning to get used to cooking though and I'm getting better at planning my meals ahead. This is good.
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    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    Hi y'all. I'm day 15 today. Almost half way to 30! I've got a pork roast in the crock pot that I'll eat all week - off and on. I hope it's edible lol. I over-garlic-ed I'm sure. I'm still not having the reflux issues that I'm accustomed to. The thought keeps popping into my head that this is sustainable. I can live like this. Adding things back at the end will be something of a treat. There are a couple of foods I will enjoy eating again later, but I don't think there's anything I would say is MISSED. This may be the best thing I've done for myself since my personal trainer several years ago.
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    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    Way to go @kirbz. You make that mountain look cool!
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    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    Hi you guys. I'm checking in while chicken thighs marinate. I'm at meal 3 on day 10 of my first W30 and I'm still excited about the results I'm getting. I'm mentally pushing strength to the ones who are struggling. I'm sure I'll struggle before day 30.
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    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    @nrmoody415 I'm so sorry this is stressing you out so much. I can't give you advice, but I can make one suggestion. Is it possible that you just feel under-prepared? You might feel more sure of yourself if you re-read It Starts with Food and the Whole 30 program book. As for eating out, I'm not even going to try that until day 26. Like you, I don't have enough confidence in the server and the kitchen staff to trust that they'll do what I need - even if I promise a big tip. I hope you can hang in and do this. For myself, I began to feel better just a few days into my W30 and I kinda want that experience for everyone. I think it's safe to say I drank the Kool-Aid and I'm a big W30 fan after only 9 days. It doesn't help for someone to tell you to try to relax - but - try to relax.
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    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    Hi all. Day 8's been good. My energy is better so maybe I'm through the worst of it. I spent quite a bit of time today in the W30 cookbook and picked out some things this non-cook can cook. Got menus together for the work week coming up. And the Cowboys are winning. lol. I'm in a good place to launch my week. We're almost 1/3 of the way through our 30 - - we got this. I think I'm channeling my inner cheerleader or something.
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    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    Hi all. I have another NSV. I'm not even gonna look for W30 mints so I'm brushing my teeth a lot. I don't know if this is even on the NSV list in the program, but it's a real thing. lol. In other not-news, I'm still in the low energy portion of reset. <sigh> Ridin' it out. Glad you guys are in it with me because there's no one in my three dimensional life to commiserate with.
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    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    I struggle with salad dressing too @nrmoody415. So far my most palatable concoction is EVOL, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and [lots of] garlic. My salads almost always have a little fruit in them and that bit of sweetness helps me. What I'd like to do is work some ACV into the dressing, but I just can't make that work yet. I'm with @kirbz. Like the book says, come up with something that doesn't try to replicate anything else. I like fruit vinaigrettes. The other day I tried to make something out of EVOL, ACV, and strawberries. That was truly vile. Don't do that.
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    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    Holy. Cow. New friends, I hit the wall today - my day five. My body is lookin' for cookies and stuff. That's okay. This is what the program said would happen, so I'm taking it as a sign that Whole30 is doing what I need done. I'm happy. This is a step onto a better path.
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    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    Don't give up @Shelly0831. Maybe the worse you feel at the beginning, the better you're going to feel later.
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    Planning to start September 1. Are you?

    Hi all. Day four for me. I want to take a moment to be still and dwell upon how much I truly love my dishwasher. The part in the book about "Who's going to do all these dishes" speaks to me. As the queen of microwave meals - who's trying to abdicate - I usually just have a pile of forks to wash. Not complaining, this is my idea of funny. In four days I've already started a little list of NSVs. At the top, I haven't had a Prilosec in four days. I'm so stoked. @nrmoody415 I haven't felt bad either and I'm on my first Whole30. I was also afraid I was doing something wrong so I spent considerable time looking up every ingredient I'd used to make sure I wasn't smurfing this up. Maybe it's going to hit me later, but I feel great right now.
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    Hot flashes worse?

    Hi. I don't know if that's related to detox or not, but I do know that when my weight changes just a little bit - up or down - I notice a few more flashes. This can happen sometimes after months of no noticeable flashes. I'm eleven years out from my hysterectomy and I really thought I'd be past that by now. I'm 61, if you need context.