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    lizziehall reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    Yay! That is definitely an NSV. I ran out of Larabars and I just am not going to get anymore until after the 30th which is the last day of my W30. Wait, maybe not. I am hiking with my very competitive sister that day. I hiked with my more talkative sister last Friday. 
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    lizziehall got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    Checking in on Day 8! I grabbed a couple new flavors of Rx bars from Trader Joe’s this weekend & I would say not eating those is my biggest temptation at the moment. I can’t 100% tell if I just want to try the new flavors or if I’m craving sweets so I won’t let myself eat them until I’m in a crunch. 
    I feel like this Whole30 isn’t giving me the crazy energy/motivation/Tigerblood that I’ve felt before. I do have a lot of outside factors that I can attribute that to, but I am getting a little frustrated. It can make it hard to keep going, especially with the little stuff. For example, I looked at chicken sausage that had maple syrup in it at the grocery store and definitely had the “does it really matter?” thought. Same though about the compliant Cassava flour chips. So I told myself that it’s a bad sign that I’m still looking to those food as comfort and I need to finish it out. And those are things I can definitely let myself have in the future. Now that I write it out I realize I had a self-control win today! I’ll try to shift my focus to that rather than frustration.
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    lizziehall reacted to Jennifer Jensen in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    My sister is an accountant and she told me how stressful the exam is. Keeping you in my prayers as you pursue your degree and certification while doing Whole30.
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    lizziehall got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    @MadyVanilla It’s always nice to know I’m not alone! Whole30 really makes you realize how we’re trained to look at food throughout our lives. And I appreciate the luck, I’ll use all I can get  
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    lizziehall got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    @MadyVanilla It’s always nice to know I’m not alone! Whole30 really makes you realize how we’re trained to look at food throughout our lives. And I appreciate the luck, I’ll use all I can get  
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    lizziehall got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    3 Days down!
    I’ve still been really enjoying the foods and trying new recipes. I found a recipe for some rosemary potatoes that are amazing! Also, if you haven’t trie 40 Aprons Creamy Tuscan Chicken you MUST! I was to try it again soon with palmini “pasta” (only ingredient is hearts of palm). One thing I have never really struggled with that is driving me nuts right now is the scale. Maybe it’s because it’s been a while with all these restarts and I know I still won’t have that number satisfaction for another month. I feel great physically so I’m reminding myself that’s what matters. NSVs like no bloating, better sleep, and clearing skin are keeping me away from the scale right now. 
    I’ve been really thinking about why this Whole30 round has been so difficult for me, I feel like I’m sabotaging myself with all these restarts. My stress has been at an all time high for the past month and a half as I study for the CPA exam. I give 5 hours a day to preparing for this test, in addition to the seemingly endless school work, and I still feel hopeless. Food really is a coping mechanism for me and I think that’s why I’ve been more likely to go off plan. The thing that stinks is that it doesn’t help even a little bit. If anything, eating processed foods makes my brain work worse and I get tired so I have less hours to tackle my to-dos. Also, studying life is just way easier without alcohol or hangovers but a glass of wine always sounds so amazing after a long day. I’ve gotta break these dependencies and form better habits over the next 27 days, this round might be my most difficult and important yet!
     
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    lizziehall got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    My friend made chicken wings in the air fryer with a dry rub of Old Bay and I really thought they were whole30 so I dug in, but it turns out he had brushed them with butter before putting them in the air fryer... UGH. I asked him questions about ingredients but I was more focused on breading and sauces. So I guess I'm starting over. Again. I am discouraged but determined to do this right for the full 30 days.
    Here goes day 1!
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    lizziehall got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    Day 1 again today...
    I went on a vacation this week and Whole30 just wasn't happening. I'm scoping out a new city to move to once I get my Master's so I went to different restaurants/bars to get a feel for the area. It didn't help that it rained all weekend and it seemed like the only thing to do was eat and drink! The timing of this round was poorly planned because I've known about this trip for a while and I know it was important that I make the most of my time there. I'm not beating myself up over it but I am doing a full restart. 
    Since my last post I have gotten my appetite back and been feeling great! I'm not sure if my sleep and lack of appetite were just an adjustment back to clean foods or due to added stress but I'm glad it's over.
    I made breakfast style potatoes this morning and added some Trader Joe's Italian chicken sausage, a fried egg and some hot sauce. I couldn't get to a grocery store yesterday after my drive so today might be a little sad on veggies but I'll make sure to use the frozen ones I have for dinner. I've been sticking to 2 meals a day for a while now but I got hungry earlier today so I snacked on a half of a pumpkin pie larabar and those things are delicious!! My first instinct was to go to Amazon and buy a big pack but I think I'll wait a week so that my sweet tooth is gone. 
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    lizziehall got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    It’s been a few more weird days for me. I wake up and have a cup of coffee with an espresso shot and nut pods every day and start getting hungry around 1pm. So I’ll eat a meal around that time and really try to stick to the template. The past few days have been sweet potatoes, onion, bacon, and spinach topped with 2 eggs. It seems to me that I’m getting the appropriate amount of fats and protein and filling the rest of my plate with veggies. I bet each serving is 1 cup spinach and 2/3 of a bigger sweet potato but it’s all meal prepped so I just kind of eyeball it. Then the rest of the day I am not hungry at all! I’ve tried to force myself to eat and always end up feeling sick and on the toilet (sorry tmi) so I don’t really know the proper way to handle this. I’ve stopped taking my medicine and that hasn’t helped with appetite, if anything it has just made me more stressed so I’ll probably start it again tomorrow. 
    Because of everything above I haven’t been feeling great physically. I definitely look smaller but I don’t want to get used to seeing that lol I know once my appetite comes back I’ll just be disappointed. I haven’t been sleeping very well and today I took a 2 hour nap, but my stress levels have been super high so I’m blaming that. 
    Ugh. I’m just frustrated. I’ll head over to the troubleshooting forum and see what I can find!
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    lizziehall got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    Day 1 in the books, almost! I still have to make dinner but wanted to throw some thoughts in here about how I’m feeling. Woke up this morning around 6:20 and made myself an espresso with french vanilla nut pods, I’d never tried them in previous whole30s but I’ve gotten away from my taste for black coffee. I think they’ll do the trick! Here’s the food breakdown for the day:
    noon: Beanless chili (I made for keto and it works for whole30 too! sans cheese & sour cream) 
    3pm: running errands, gingerbread Rx bar
    future/7pm: chicken apple sausage with cauliflower, broccolini, tomatoes, onions and mushrooms bc I was LOW on veggies today
    Notes for thought & improvement:
    -Up the veggies in every meal!
    -Introduce more healthy fats
    -I know that Rx bar was a craving & not hunger... I always struggle with that but nothing like this round to conquer it!
    -Mindfulness of my prescription & its effects on hunger
    I have had to take my meds much more often than I used  to due to new stressors like grad school & studying for the CPA exam. The only real bad effect I get from them is that I can go long periods of time without even thinking about food. This was almost a perk while on Keto because people encouraged one meal a day (how did I think that was healthy!!!) but I know my body needs more than that. As great as weight loss is I need to focus on health first, and sometimes that might mean forcing myself to eat another meal. With other rounds I just listened to my body, but this time I’ll just have to be more active in thinking about my needs. And that’s why I’m going to make some dinner even though I really don’t want it! Because health!
    Too soon to notice any energy/sleep/mood changes other than a little irritability. 
    Hopes: clear up my skin, less bloating, no need for naps, sleeping through the night, overall better moods
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    lizziehall reacted to MadyVanilla in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    I find that if I can get through 3 days, I'm usually able to keep going, so I'm hoping today is easier for you!  It's the age old question of why do we want to turn to poor food items when we least need them?  I've certainly never found that my stress levels lessened or that I've felt better after digging into a box of sugary whatnots, and yet I also tend to go to food to cope.  And we KNOW this doesn't work!.  *Sigh...no good advice, just saying I know your struggle.  Good luck with the studying!
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    lizziehall reacted to BabyBear in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    Despite the rain it sounds like a fun adventure scoping out a new city to live.  So excited for you on the brink of finishing your masters. what a big accomplishment.  Welcome back to the boards and best of luck with your reset. May it serve you well. 
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    lizziehall got a reaction from BabyBear in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    Day 1 again today...
    I went on a vacation this week and Whole30 just wasn't happening. I'm scoping out a new city to move to once I get my Master's so I went to different restaurants/bars to get a feel for the area. It didn't help that it rained all weekend and it seemed like the only thing to do was eat and drink! The timing of this round was poorly planned because I've known about this trip for a while and I know it was important that I make the most of my time there. I'm not beating myself up over it but I am doing a full restart. 
    Since my last post I have gotten my appetite back and been feeling great! I'm not sure if my sleep and lack of appetite were just an adjustment back to clean foods or due to added stress but I'm glad it's over.
    I made breakfast style potatoes this morning and added some Trader Joe's Italian chicken sausage, a fried egg and some hot sauce. I couldn't get to a grocery store yesterday after my drive so today might be a little sad on veggies but I'll make sure to use the frozen ones I have for dinner. I've been sticking to 2 meals a day for a while now but I got hungry earlier today so I snacked on a half of a pumpkin pie larabar and those things are delicious!! My first instinct was to go to Amazon and buy a big pack but I think I'll wait a week so that my sweet tooth is gone. 
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    lizziehall got a reaction from BabyBear in Whole30 Round 5? 6?   
    I’m ready to do another round of Whole30! It’s been around 6 months since my last round & I’m desperately in need of a reset. After restaurants reopened in my state I went a little crazy and quickly started feeling badly. My boyfriend convinced me to try KETO with him and I thought it was a magic diet! I dropped weight quickly while eating cheese at every meal lol! But I know from other rounds than I’m sensitive to dairy so the mental fog, mid-day slumps and acne shouldn’t have surprised me. I also regained almost all of the weight I lost, and look worse than I began due to all the bloating. It was worth a try, but now I’m back to Whole30 to get me out of this hole I dug myself. I went grocery shopping today, took before pictures, got myself a “last meal” of sushi for dinner, and I’m ready to begin with Day 1 tomorrow!
     
    Side note: I have been intermittent fasting while on KETO and I’m pretty much in the habit & don’t get hungry until around 12 or 1. I know fasting isn’t encouraged but has anyone tried it? Should I break that habit and eat 3 meals a day? 
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    lizziehall reacted to Focusedwave in Shawna's First Whole 30   
    Shredded zucchini is a game changer!! Thank you for suggesting to doing that!!
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    lizziehall got a reaction from Irock in Pandemic Induced First Whole 30   
    @Irock I bet you’ll find switching from Keto to Whole30 isn’t super tough! My boyfriend is Keto and most of my Food Freedom meals have been the same as his, with modifications for dairy mostly. I think getting enough healthy fats on Whole30 is a huge factor in staying full and avoiding the mindless snacking so don’t ditch all your Keto habits  
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    lizziehall reacted to BabyBear in Very Hungry Mommy W30 Round 2   
    @lizziehall I am so so so very sorry to hear about graduation being canceled.  That is awful.  So many big milestone events once in a life Time things have been wrongfully ripped from so many.  
    Doing a whole 30 seemed fitting during this time of unknown.  Food at home is something I can control and so I will.  This week we have made some favorites from last round and looking forward to trying new recipes.  One of those is definitely going to be 40 Aprons bang bang shrimp.
    i too am glad to see you and some of my other Whole 30 pals back along for this journey.  Y’all are like my wolf pack.  We ride together, We survive together!  
     
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    lizziehall got a reaction from BabyBear in Very Hungry Mommy W30 Round 2   
    I’m happy to see you’re restarting right now! I also have been going haywire with my eating during this stressful time. I hate to blame anything external for my personal choices but with school getting cancelled, my (school) apartment lease getting terminated and moving back home, the cancellation of my graduation ceremony, fear about the economy and finding a job etc I have been using food as a coping mechanism lately. I’m sorry to hear about the stressful situation that you dealt with regarding your family, I can’t imagine the frustration and sadness you’re feeling right now. But look at you getting right back into your healthy habits, way to take control and not let this get you completely off track! I’ll be restarting on April 13 for the worldwide Whole30, but right now I’m back to cooking almost every meal Whole30 which will hopefully make this round easy. I’ve noticed it’s kind of like getting back on a bike, it does come back pretty naturally. 
    I hope you & your family are staying healthy and enjoying the quality time together. I look forward to going through this round with you!
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    lizziehall reacted to Emilyluder in 4/3 log update   
    I just found out these logs existed, I'm on day 10 and excited to start utilizing them!!! 
    I've been struggling a bit the last few days. The first week I was very much on "schedule"- hangry, cravings, exhausted. Then started on day 8 I began getting some digestive issues and I've felt big and bloated since then. I think coconut oil was a culprit one night so I haven't been using that. My next thought is nuts. I've been having almond butter every day (only a tablespoon so not going overboard), as well as maybe 10 or so pistachios or almonds as a snack. I didn't start eating either of these until day 8, but it could have nothing to do with it. I had some today so starting tomorrow I'm gonna try to not eat either for a few days and see how I feel. I have also been eating 2 servings of fruit a day which I used to not be a huge fruit person. Typically berries, an apple or a cutie/orange.
    Today not as much but usually I've been really struggling with my hunger. I know you're only supposed to have three meals a day but I cannot go without snacks or I'm starving. I feel like my meals are never satisfying enough to go over an hour or two so maybe I just need to eat more? 
     
    Today's log:
    Breakfast: 2 thin slices of sweet potato as toast topped with turkey and eggs, small handful of blueberries, black coffee
    Lunch: (wasn't starving so more of a snack today) one apple with a tbsp almond butter, sliced cucumbers/red peppers/carrots and a tablespoon of compliant homemade ranch
    Afternoon snack: a few pieces of compliant beef jerky, coffee RX bar
    Dinner: slow cooker fajita chicken bowl- shredded chicken breast, red and green peppers, yellow onion, avocado, cilantro over cauliflower rice
     
    I have a half gallon to a gallon of water every day as well.
     
    I have always been a pretty healthy eater aside from maybe one day a week having some "cheat" meals, or some chips here and there throughout the day on occasion. I'm wondering if that will change how my body reacts. I was kind of hoping to lose maybe 3-5 pounds during this but thats not by top goal and I don't want to get my hopes up. I actually feel like I have been eating more carbs and fat than I was before starting this, also due to the nuts and fruits. 
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    lizziehall reacted to Birdie7117 in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    Hi Lizzie!
    Actually, it's been very helpful to do this during quarantine - much less temptation from eating out & being social!
    We receive 2 to 3 meals/week from HelloFresh during this time.  I adapt the recipes to fit W30 & just save things like the rice packets for after W30. But this way, we're assured of having chicken on hand - when the grocery store was out. Their ground beef is also delicious! 
    I've gone to town once/week. Yesterday, I noticed all the bacon was sold out -- but the W30 compliant was almost untouched, so that was great! Chuck roast has not been available, so I splurged & bought beef short ribs last week. A real treat during this time & so good w/ mashed potatoes! Here, steak has been available so far.
    Sometimes, I've had to go to 2 different stores, but I've been able to buy sweet potatoes, potatoes, onion, cabbage, squash, carrots, celery, tomato, parsley/cilantro,  eggs, Nut Pod cream,[which I love], oranges, apples, bananas, mango, berries, grapes, avocado, lemon & lime, coconut milk & almond nut butter.
    Some things are also on Amazon, like ghee & coconut water.
    I'm just about to write in my Blog  how PEACEFUL & UPLIFTED I've felt - starting in the middle of the second week.  The first week was the hardest part, as I've never done W30 before & didn't have enough prep done ( like having chicken salad ready etc) ... but by the second week, it a lot easier & then the sense of well being kicked in, probably on Day 10. I've been very peaceful about everything & especially the issue of food/eating.  In this "zone", cravings are not an issue - don't really want any of the bad things & am enjoying these truly delicious meals*. Hope this helps!  
    I'm not an egg person, so I have half baked sweet potato w/ nut pot vanilla cream, coffee, bacon & a dab of 0 sugar fig jam. Look forward to it every day!
    I've allowed some things that aren't against the rules, but aren't encouraged either - but they are indulgent and keep me happy!
    (like the fig jam; an after dinner "cordial" sometimes of half grape juice / half coconut water; & sometimes for breakfast, I make a Banana "crepe" w/ bacon. (Paleo recipe of just banana & eggs blended together + vanilla & cinnamon) , cooked w/ Ghee. 
    My goal in W30 is not to get out of the habit of ever having/ enjoying dessert & yummy things, so I don't mind doing these small tweaks.
    & B/c of digestive health, I also have a fruit/veggie Smoothie w/ Collagen in the afternoon. 
    All the best!
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    lizziehall got a reaction from Birdie7117 in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    I’d love to hear your opinion about doing this during quarantine! I am highly considering joining the worldwide Whole30 on April 13 but I have to say I am super nervous. My biggest two fears are (1) the grocery stores will not have exactly what I want and will throw me off plan and (2) I’ve had such high anxiety levels that adding a Whole30 might make a bad situation even more stressful. Do you have any input as far as your experience with these? It looks like you’ve been doing great!! You’ve knocked out the hardest part!!
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    lizziehall got a reaction from BabyBear in January Whole30 Log   
    I went grocery shopping and meal prepped today, I’m really excited about the meals I made! The deconstructed stuffed peppers are SO good, I never liked cauliflower rice but it is delicious in this. I substituted chicken for beef and added a lot of red pepper flakes to give it some extra flavor. I love the sweet potato hash as well but I aways think there should be more sweet potato. Next time I’ll use two sweet potatoes instead of one. 
    @BabyBear thanks for the suggestions, I’ll give them a follow! 
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    lizziehall reacted to BabyBear in January Whole30 Log   
    Miami  oh does that sound so warm and wonderful lol.  It snowed here today.
    tastesolovely on Instagram has some great recipes as well as 40aprons.com and nomnompaleo.com  I really enjoy the whole30recipe instagram account as they feature a different whole 30 coach or blogger each week which means a lot of variety in menu items and styles.  
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    lizziehall reacted to BabyBear in Very Hungry Mommy Food Freedom Journal   
    2/23 Feeling Fabulous
    7:30 I woke up feeling pretty fabulous and decide the outward appearance should reflect how I feel on the inside.  So I curled me hair, applied some makeup, pulled out the red lipstick and slipped into my little black jumper, which is almost too big for me to wear now.  That makes me a little sad, but also a whole lot of happy.  I decided to snap some pictures for proof that I am not always that tired looking mom with her hair in a bun.  I actually liked my pictures I took so that’s another NSV.  
    The morning was going to well! My tire was very very low on air.  So in my high heels and red lipstick I fixed my tire temporarily.  Driving to church it started leaking air, so immediately to the tire shop I went with all the kids in tow.  Sigh why do these things happen when the hubby is out of town.  2.5 hours later they had pulled the nail and patched the tire and I am back road worthy again.  On the bright side I was close enough that my parents were able to come pick up the boys so they didn’t have to hang out at the tire shop the whole time.   
    I handled that whole scenario with out stressing out or feeling anxious.  Normally I’d be like I need a sundrop and a snickers bar.  Not today I did not feel the need for food to cope, so that’s a big NSV
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    lizziehall reacted to BabyBear in January Whole30 Log   
    @Emma I’m so glad to hear things are going well. A new relationship is always fun and exciting and a little nerve wracking too.  Don’t worry about being difficult just do you it will serve you well one way or another.