W30CoachAmyLouton

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    W30CoachAmyLouton got a reaction from BabyBear in The Three Weaknesses I Worry About...   
    @Eyechip The fact that your post is long is actually a good thing from this Whole30 coach's point of view; it means you're taking a serious look at your lifestyle and looking for the places/times where you may face difficulty doing your W30. Many people don't do this work, and they get caught off guard. I applaud your planning ahead and your honesty. You don't say what is motivating you to do the Whole30; always staying clear on YOUR why is one of the best motivators you have. 
    As far as the issues you bring up:
    1. It sounds like you have ideas such as the freeze dried dinners already in place. This pdf has some info https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-travel.pdf as does this article about business travel https://whole30.com/business-travel/.  While I do not travel for work, I do travel for pleasure, and have been mid Whole30, just starting or just finishing while traveling. The most helpful foods for me have been DNX bars, Epic bars, Chomps, New Primal, or other compliant meat sticks coupled with nuts, fruit, a Lara bar or a combination which is portion controlled. I also have a small pack of olives with me if I come across them (Trader Joe's has small packages) or chopped up bell peppers or small Persian cucumbers depending on what is in season or in the frig.
    2. Not cooking could be a challenge, but it sounds like you're not on a budget. When you say you do NOT cook, will you boil eggs? Will you mix tuna or chicken with mayo to make tuna/chicken salad? If you will make any of those things, you have an easy option for breakfast. Another simple option is a compliant lunch meat (I like Applegate turkey) grabbed from the package and a Persian cucumber grabbed from the package- eat out of hand. Eat more if still hungry. Eat an apple or other seasonal fruit along with it. Trader Joe's has a compliant grass fed beef sirloin roast that is ready to go and makes an easy protein for any meal. 
    3. Oh, alcohol. You are not alone in having alcohol as a part of your evening routine. I've heard from many people that it was the one thing they were worried about giving up. Actually, I've encountered people who just refused to even start a Whole30 when they realized booze was off the table. So, good for you, for undertaking the Whole30 even though it includes taking a break from alcohol. The first thing I always recommend is that one start reducing or changing your routine around alcohol BEFORE day 1 of Whole30. What does that mean? For instance, if you always have the martini in a certain chair, doing a specific activity, make a different (alcohol free) drink and sit in a different chair and do an activity. Perhaps still have the wine at dinner, but make a cup of herbal tea for after dinner. This will feel weird at first, but it's often the routine of sitting and relaxing that is offering much of the relief. Obviously, the alcohol has its effects, however, one can relax with a non-alcoholic drink or a cup of herbal tea. One side effect that you will find is improved sleep. While alcohol makes it feel like sleep comes easily, it leads to waking in the night and less REM sleep.  Strategies that greatly improve this aspect of Whole30: don't have alcohol in the house; have a selection of non-alcoholic drinks that you find refreshing or tasty such as compliant kombucha, sparkling waters, herbal teas. When the urge to have a cocktail is strong, just go to bed! Likely you won't be yearning for a morning cocktail!
    Ha- you thought your post was long! What about this reply?
    Best to you as you embark on your Whole30! You are giving yourself a gift.
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    W30CoachAmyLouton got a reaction from BabyBear in The Three Weaknesses I Worry About...   
    @Eyechip The fact that your post is long is actually a good thing from this Whole30 coach's point of view; it means you're taking a serious look at your lifestyle and looking for the places/times where you may face difficulty doing your W30. Many people don't do this work, and they get caught off guard. I applaud your planning ahead and your honesty. You don't say what is motivating you to do the Whole30; always staying clear on YOUR why is one of the best motivators you have. 
    As far as the issues you bring up:
    1. It sounds like you have ideas such as the freeze dried dinners already in place. This pdf has some info https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-travel.pdf as does this article about business travel https://whole30.com/business-travel/.  While I do not travel for work, I do travel for pleasure, and have been mid Whole30, just starting or just finishing while traveling. The most helpful foods for me have been DNX bars, Epic bars, Chomps, New Primal, or other compliant meat sticks coupled with nuts, fruit, a Lara bar or a combination which is portion controlled. I also have a small pack of olives with me if I come across them (Trader Joe's has small packages) or chopped up bell peppers or small Persian cucumbers depending on what is in season or in the frig.
    2. Not cooking could be a challenge, but it sounds like you're not on a budget. When you say you do NOT cook, will you boil eggs? Will you mix tuna or chicken with mayo to make tuna/chicken salad? If you will make any of those things, you have an easy option for breakfast. Another simple option is a compliant lunch meat (I like Applegate turkey) grabbed from the package and a Persian cucumber grabbed from the package- eat out of hand. Eat more if still hungry. Eat an apple or other seasonal fruit along with it. Trader Joe's has a compliant grass fed beef sirloin roast that is ready to go and makes an easy protein for any meal. 
    3. Oh, alcohol. You are not alone in having alcohol as a part of your evening routine. I've heard from many people that it was the one thing they were worried about giving up. Actually, I've encountered people who just refused to even start a Whole30 when they realized booze was off the table. So, good for you, for undertaking the Whole30 even though it includes taking a break from alcohol. The first thing I always recommend is that one start reducing or changing your routine around alcohol BEFORE day 1 of Whole30. What does that mean? For instance, if you always have the martini in a certain chair, doing a specific activity, make a different (alcohol free) drink and sit in a different chair and do an activity. Perhaps still have the wine at dinner, but make a cup of herbal tea for after dinner. This will feel weird at first, but it's often the routine of sitting and relaxing that is offering much of the relief. Obviously, the alcohol has its effects, however, one can relax with a non-alcoholic drink or a cup of herbal tea. One side effect that you will find is improved sleep. While alcohol makes it feel like sleep comes easily, it leads to waking in the night and less REM sleep.  Strategies that greatly improve this aspect of Whole30: don't have alcohol in the house; have a selection of non-alcoholic drinks that you find refreshing or tasty such as compliant kombucha, sparkling waters, herbal teas. When the urge to have a cocktail is strong, just go to bed! Likely you won't be yearning for a morning cocktail!
    Ha- you thought your post was long! What about this reply?
    Best to you as you embark on your Whole30! You are giving yourself a gift.
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    W30CoachAmyLouton reacted to SchrodingersCat in Amazon   
    @kirbz and @CNW
    I can explain the salami thing (as a salami maker!) - Salami is a fermented meat. It isn't cooked, it is aged and fermented. If it isn't fermented properly, it just rots and (at best) goes off, while at worst it can create very toxic bacteria. The key ingredient to kick starting a ferment? SUGAR! There's simply no other way to kick off a ferment.
    In fermented products like sauerkraut and fermented veg, there is enough naturally occurring sugar to kick off the ferment, but meat has 0 naturally occurring sugar, so it must be added. 
    So while there are chomp sticks and some rare products which claim to be salami and don't have sugar, they're actually more of a jerky product (dehydrated and preserved with salt) than a salami. I have wracked my brain on how to make compliant salami and have come up absolutely blank. It just can't be done, and still be a salami.
     
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    W30CoachAmyLouton got a reaction from Michael Basanta in Day 24 ... And Loving It!   
    Michael and Sara,
    I did my first Whole30 with my husband (then boyfriend!) and it was such a gift to share eating whole nourishing food together. Seven years later, it is one of our closest bonds. What a gift you have in each other.    I am so happy for you to hear how much you are embracing W30 and making it your own by adding activity that works for both of you.
    You didn't ask any questions (sounds like you two are good planners), so I will just wish you well as you head toward your reintroduction.. If you have questions or more awesome, inspiring thoughts or insights, come back and share!
     
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    W30CoachAmyLouton reacted to Michael Basanta in Day 24 ... And Loving It!   
    Good to Meet You All,
     
    My wife, Sara, and I are Day 24. We love the program and have ceased to look at it in those terms. We have even included are own personalized work-out programs during the Whole30 and have noticed some encouraging results. We are reaching out here per the suggestion in Chapter 20: Strategies For Long-Term Success. Excited and nervous to “Science-y Style” our Reintroduction.
     
    Love,
     
    Michael & Sara
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    W30CoachAmyLouton reacted to jennyrony in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    This is awesome! Great work!
    24 days and counting. I pretty much registered to say good job. Following.
    Keep up the good work.
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    W30CoachAmyLouton reacted to BabyBear in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    Congrats on your journey too.  Thanks for the encouragement.  I have found journaling on the boards super helpful to me.  It gives me a sense of accountability as I’m very much an Obliger.  
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    W30CoachAmyLouton reacted to Sylvia Metayer in Ending whole30 early   
    Hello, I am reading this a year late, so kaceycamp_bell will probably not be in France any more ... but I just wanted to say that starting whole 30, and being French living in France I am finding it absolutely do-able. Of course if you are visiting, it may be a pity not to eat bread, cheese, wine, butter ... so best not to schedule a trip during a Whole 30 period. But ...oysters straight from the sea in their own sea brine ... baby carrots steamed with new turnips and snow peas ... farm fed chicken roasted with thyme and stuffed with lemons .. new potatoes sautéed with extra virgin olive oil and guerande salt ... just picked just ripe Comince pears added to a fresh leek soup ... wild strawberries  seasoned with ground very black pepper ...this also is French cooking ...
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    W30CoachAmyLouton got a reaction from Tami828 in Day 1 today!   
    Welcome, Tami (and husband)! 
    It sounds like you have a very real WHY you are doing this Whole30. Hold on to that as you go along. There may be moments when you're not as motivated as when you started, but my experience is that the people who are clear on why they are doing the Whole30 and reintroduction are most likely to embrace the journey and learn from it. I love hearing you say "I'm curious to see how we start feeling." That curiousity will serve you during this self experiment. As you notice them, try to reflect on NSVs (non-scale victories!)-- maybe your sleep will improve, skin might get a little clearer, achy knees may be less achy.... 
    You may have read this article already, but if you haven't, it's full of great tips! https://whole30.com/dietitian-success-tips/
    Best to you and your husband on this journey!
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    W30CoachAmyLouton reacted to Juliana Sproles in Started 1st Whole30 this morning   
    It is all worth the extra effort!
    Go for it!!
    :  )   J
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    W30CoachAmyLouton reacted to CeeGeeBee in Started 1st Whole30 this morning   
    Hi Christi and Welcome!  Good luck to you on your journey through the Whole30.  My biggest piece of advice for you... be prepared!  Make sure you have the right foods in the house to allow you to put together delicious healthy compliant meals.  They don't have to be fancy, just tasty!  Try drinking some of the compliant fizzy waters (Pellegrino, LaCroix, etc) when you get a craving for soda.  You CAN do this!
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    W30CoachAmyLouton reacted to littleyellowdiary in Started 1st Whole30 this morning   
    Best of luck @Christi622, will be rooting for you!! 
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    W30CoachAmyLouton reacted to Christi622 in Started 1st Whole30 this morning   
    Hi everyone!
    My name is Christi.  I am 54, 315 lbs and suffering from severe advanced degenerative arthritis and Lupus.  I have eaten badly for a long time, and realize that I have to make some serious changes if I am going to enjoy the rest of my life.  I refuse to be in a wheelchair!!!!
    I think my biggest challenge will be giving up soda.   I have had my roommate take everything that is a trigger for me upstairs so that I won't be tempted by it.  I am determined to succeed, and look forward to all the motivation and support I can get.
    I look forward to getting to know everyone.
    Christi
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    W30CoachAmyLouton got a reaction from P_atricia in Natural Flavors and “Essences”   
    Yes, seltzer with "essences" are compliant!
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    W30CoachAmyLouton reacted to MommaH in First timer: Day 2   
    I am a first timer trying whole 30 for my health.  Day 2 has been a little of a struggle with brain fog, but I am pushing through!
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    W30CoachAmyLouton reacted to SugarcubeOD in Wondering about compliance of a few items...   
    Cacao nibs - okay if used in something savory... not okay for a chocolate replacement in a trail mix or similar.
    Freeze dried green beans - I'd call these chips... I think they're probably a grey area but having said that, there is so much food and choices that are firmly NOT in a grey area that it seems that these would be fine if left out for 30 days  
    Banana chips - if you make them at home then sure but they're going to be a really high in sugar 'snack' that probably won't serve you well
    Coconut Yogurt - yes, if you make it yourself and then ideally use it for something like a baked potato topping or in a curry.  Eating in in replacement of dairy yogurt to replace a breakfast food item would be against our recommendations and really towing the line on SWYPO.
    Cashew Cheese - Yes, but we really recommend people keep a handle on how much nuts and nut products they're eating because they can be really hard on the stomach and keep the sugar dragon alive so I guess I'd ask myself what I was using this 'cheese' for and if it was serving me in the long run.