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    Anhe reacted to kirbz in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Alright, I’m done! I think I’m going to immediately transition into living my food freedom. I’ve already done formal reintroductions and generally understand how foods affect me so I don’t need those data points. I really just want this to become a sustainable lifestyle change, so I’m going to give food freedom a try right away. More on that later. For now, here are my scale and non-scale victories!
    Healthier relationship with food In control of my cravings and my food choices Improved physical performance (I'm convinced I could not have done Bear Creek Spire without this)  Lower resting heart rate (upper 60s to lower 50s) Clearer, glowing skin with fewer blemishes Leaner appearance and flatter tummy  Less painful joints  More nutrition in my diet  Stronger commitment to and belief in a healthier lifestyle (I'm convinced I cannot do the physical activities I want without better nutrition) Weight Loss: 13.4 lbs
    More thoughts to come later! I’m still processing…
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    Anhe reacted to ShannonM816 in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
    If your meals are keeping you satisfied 4-5 hours at a time, you're good.
    Often, we see people who come from a background of calorie restriction who continue to limit their meal sizes the way they would if they were counting calories, sometimes purposefully, sometimes subconsciously. Mostly, this was a post to encourage those people to eat as much as they need to eat, even if it seems like a lot of food, and to say that it is okay to eat more than what they may be used to, if that's what it takes to stay satisfied and avoid snacking between meals.
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    Anhe reacted to kirbz in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    ROUND 3, Day 15: Tuesday, September 16
    Meal 1: Wild Zora Butte Cacao Banana breakfast mix with flaxseed meal, nuts, bananas, strawberries, mango, and cacao nibs 
    Exercise (9 hours, 35 minutes): 6.38-mile, 6-pitch rock climb with 2,211 of elevation gain and topping out at 13,713 feet (131 average HR; 168 max HR)  
    Intra-Workout Snack: two pouches of peach, apricot, and banana baby food; two pouches of blueberry, pear, and purple carrot baby food; half blueberry RXBar; snack pack of coconut butter 
    Intra-Workout Meal 2: tuna pouch packed in olive oil  
    Meal 3: Wild Zora Caldera Chicken Curry freeze-dried meal with chicken, sweet potato, pineapple, spinach, bell pepper, and onion 
    Water Intake: unknown 
    Poor fueling for long-duration exercise  Thoughts/Reflections: Well, despite my doubts yesterday, I did it! I made it to the [almost] top of Bear Creek Spire (I didn't get on top of the summit block because that's just stupid). And it was amazing! It was hard. Oh-so hard. But amazing. The climbing was challenging. The ridge traverse was exposed and super scary, but fun. The views were spectacular (I counted over 30 alpine lakes from the top). And I reached the highest point on earth I've ever been on! 
    It was the approach and the ridiculous descent that was so difficult for me. It was steep on the way up with some boulder hopping. That was hard. But the way down was downright scary. We had to descend a bouldery scree field where everything moved, even the giant blocks of granite. Guh. It was awful. I quite literally kept seeing images of me falling down the boulder field when I closed my eyes that night. Though I did make it out alright.
    On another note, my fueling strategy totally sucked. I watched as my guide happily ate cheese and salami and hard-boiled eggs and dehydrated mango and banana. And I had my stupid baby food pouches and packets of tuna and RXBars and coconut butter. Guh. It tasted so gross and I didn't want to eat any of it. But I needed to eat. But it wasn't enough anyway. There just wasn't enough calories in them. And then, when we got back to camp, I watched as she ate fresh rice with curry paste and peas and meat and naan. While I ate another freeze-dried meal. Guh.  
    So yeah, I don't know about being Paleo in the alpine. I know people do it. But I don't know if I want to. I'll finish my Whole30, but I think I'd rather eat differently on long days at high altitude.... 
    [Photo 1: a mile or two into the trail, with Bear Creek Spire in the background (the tallest peak just to the left oft the tree)] 
    [Photo 2: looking down on part of the larger of the two boulder fields we had to go up and then down on the hike; this wasn't even the climbing part]
    [Photo 3: the view from the [almost] top of Bear Creek Spire at nearly 13,700 feet!] 

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    Anhe reacted to kirbz in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    @Anhe You know, I did just buy some of that Natural Calm that is so frequently talked about... Though I haven't actually opened it yet. I'll give it a try and see if it helps! Thanks! 
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    Anhe reacted to BeginnersMind in Whose a fan of canned wild caught sardines?!   
    I love giant salads, and I find myself craving them more now...I am a HUGE fan of canned wild caught sardines (I am waiting for the next Costco deal that they run on the Season Brand Wild Caught Sardines). Sardines are arguably one of the world's healthiest and nutrient dense food sources. I just love them. Fortunately for me I can get by the smell (although I tend to avoid bringing them to work to spare my co-workers). But several handfuls of salad greens topped with sardines, salt, pepper, balsamic, avocado, and olive oil just hits the spot!!! And it takes under 1 minute to prepare....what REALLY takes it over the top is adding citrus - today I did lemon juice and slices of grapefruit topped with some paprika and cayenne for heat. I know...the flavor combo sounds odd...but don't knock it until you've tried it!!!
    Comment back here if you're a sardine lover!!! Sardines unite!
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    Anhe reacted to ShannonM816 in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    I'm not sure if this is breakfast, or more of a brunch, since I slept later than usual, but this is what I had for my first meal today:

    Elvis burger (hamburger patty topped with almond butter, banana, and bacon), collard greens, and sweet potatoes (yes, they were slightly burnt. One of these days I'll learn to set a timer). 
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    Anhe reacted to ladyshanny in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    Super easy one yesterday.  Ground beef/turkey combo, diced red pepper, snow peas and a big handful of baby kale.  Served with some pickled jalapeños and a blop of mayo.

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    Anhe reacted to kirbz in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Well, here I am again. I swore I'd never do another Whole30. I didn't think I would need it. I had such high hopes that I would truly turn what I learned from my first round into a new, healthier lifestyle. Alas, I did not. I have fallen back to old eating habits, have regained 8 pounds, and have lost all of the NSVs I gained. I'm extra, super duper tired, my joints ache, I have less stamina for physical exercise... All the bad things. 
    So, I'm doing another round and committed to making it stick this time. Today is Day 1. 
    My goals are much the same. At the end of the day, I want to be healthy again. I want to feel strong and confident in all the physical activities I want to pursue today. And someday, when I'm 70 years old, I want to still be active in the outdoors because my body is still strong and healthy.
    Some things I want to do better this round: 
    Eat more greens. Lots more. I want to eat at least a large salad every single day.  Eat more fats. I think I was light on fats my first round so I want to eat more of them, with more variety.  Eat more variety. I want to try new meats (like lamb) and more vegetables (like endive and rutabaga).  Invest more time in making interesting meals. I tended to wing my meals and they were simple. I would like to select more recipes and make nice, fancy meals to share with others. 
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    Anhe reacted to kirbz in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    REINTRODUCTION Day 1: Sunday, October 29
    Foods Reintroduced Today: added sugar, alcohol (only that contained in vanilla extract)  
    How I Felt: I felt really full for a long time after eating two cookies. No other ill effects. 
    Meal 1: one chicken apple sausage pan-cooked in avocado oil with three scrambled eggs and spinach
    Exercise: 7.37 mile hike with 1450 feet of elevation gain
    Meal 2: baked salmon with BBQ sauce and Spice Cave Sea seasoning; mango avocado salsa
    Snack: paleo chocolate chip cookies with macadamia nuts
    Exercise (Insanity Day 12): 40 minutes Insanity (Cardio Power & Resistance)
    Post-Workout Meal: one slice deli pepper turkey
    Meal 3: none (I was still quite full from eating cookies, even after doing Insanity, that I didn’t bother with dinner)  
    Water Intake: ~100 oz
    Supplement(s): peach detox tea with two scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides after my snack
    Sleep Last Night: 10 hours 03 minutes (3:08 deep; 6:46 light; 0:09 awake)
    Thoughts/Reflections: I ended my Whole30 today, which ended up being 43 days of compliant eating. I found myself becoming quite surly and grumpy as I tried to continue eating perfectly Whole30. Poor Shawn finally sat me down and told me that I shouldn't keep doing this if it was making me unhappy. And it was. I was bitter about all the meal preparation and cooking time. I wanted to try new things. But I felt restrained by Whole30 and so I was angry about it and I wasn’t eating very much because it was all just such a pain in the ass and not worth it anymore.
    So, I ended it. By baking some Paleo cookies and eating two of them. The ingredients weren’t at all awful and they were AMAZING! And I so enjoyed the process of baking! I love baking!
    Right now, I feel happy. Which I hadn't felt in the last couple of days. It's amazing how food still has such power. We'll see how tomorrow goes. Hopefully starting my so-called reintroductions with cookies won't set my proper reintroductions back too much. I plan to go back to Whole30 tomorrow with the exception of some probably added sugar at dinner while eating out. And then I want to introduce lentils and black beans this week. Those are really the only legumes I would care to eat, and even those are rare. But I do want to do this reintroduction and learn from it everything that I can!