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  1. shortstaque

    Whole 30 for Lent

    Yes, I was getting hungry before my next meal and feeling sluggish. I'm not sure if you are sticking to the protein and healthy fat recommendations, but I upped the protein and fat I had with meals and it helped with the hunger, it just started to wreak havoc on my digestion. So you might also try eating a little larger portion of protein and fat if you find one meal isn't holding you over til the next.
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    Whole 30 for Lent

    I think I'm going to keep eliminating the sugar and the alcohol except for special occassions and otherwise go back to my Mediterranean diet. It is definitely good to keep those things in check while maintaining balance. Passing on the treats has been relatively easy for me, though I do love a piece of dark chocolate now and again. I definitely miss the variety of foods I am accustomed to eating and the wide range of flavors and textures that play off each other. The meats definitly do not suit me in larger quantities. I usually use meat as accents and rely on whole grains and beans to fill in the gap. I hope you see the results that you are hoping for soon. I was looking at the Lenten W30 as a little spring cleaning so to speak. Wishing you the best luck!
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    Whole 30 for Lent

    I'm thinking this program is better for people who are accustomed eating a lot of processed foods. Maybe they are the ones seeing drastic improvements. Coming from already eating a diet full of a wide variety of whole foods, this seems to be limiting my healthy options. I feel I am eating less healthily. Many meats, nuts, and olives have an awful lot of sodium, which is a bigger concern to me than whether I have toast once a week or a little maple syrup in my salad dressing.
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    Whole 30 for Lent

    Hey all, MJ I'm with you. Lower abdominal distention going on here. I've also had a headache for two days. I'm struggling right now, not with staying compliant, I have no doubt I can do that, but with whether it is worth the aggravation. From where I sit I can't see anything good about this program. I am under the impression that eating more meat and eggs is not a good choice for me. I was really hopeful coming into this that the elimination part would be helpful in some way, but I'm just not seeing any benefit. If I were seeing some positive change I would be willing to forgo the foods that they eliminate, but I'm just not seeing it. I actually feel worse, if anything. Not to mention, mealtime is a drag and a bore and I've spent so much time and money on foods that I'm largely not enjoying. (too much meat!) The thing is, I love a well prepared salad or vegetables and I normally eat a lot of them, but I like the sharpness of a little cheese on my salad. I like the crunch of quality sourdough toast on the weekend with my veggie hashbrowns and egg. I really enjoyed the chili I made, but I far prefer it with beans instead of half the meat. I think that is much healthier for me and my body, too. I am seriously questioning if I should bother continuing on with the program. I fully subscribe the idea that I can do anything for 30 days. But now I'm wondering if I want, too. W30 is taking over my life and I don't think I like it. It is stressful. I don't think eating healthily should be stressful. It should be joyful. Oh well, just had to get that off my chest. I'm usually a really positive person, so I'm a little surprised by this turn of events. Maybe I'll feel differently when the headache and the stomach distention go away and my teeth stop aching from chewing all that meat.
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    Whole 30 for Lent

    How's everyone doing so far?
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    Whole 30 for Lent

    @Carol D welcome! Hope it is going well so far!
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    Whole 30 for Lent

    @Breana Hello and welcome! I'm a newbie too! Just finished packing my breakfast and lunch for tomorrow. Hope it goes well for you!
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    Whole 30 for Lent

    @RaeMack Hi there! Excited to have a few people to get started with. You both are on #3!!! I'll hit you guys up if I run into snags. Woot-woot, let's do this thing.
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    Whole 30 for Lent

    Hi Azul! In the freezer I've got 4 frittattas portioned for weekday on the go breakfasts, 8 cooked chicken breasts ready for salads for lunch, beef stew and chili prepped to pinch hit for days I don't have time to make dinner. Menu set for the week. Shopping is done. Tomorrow I will prep my "salad bar" in my fridge that makes packing lunches and side salads easier. I have emergency nuts in my planning rooms in all three schools where I teach. As soon as I have my donut for Fat Tuesday tomorrow (a yearly tradition) I think I'm ready to do this thing. This is my first W30, but I think I'm gonna be good. I was GF and macrobiotic for 5 years if I could go without flour and sugar for that long I can manage on W30 for 30 days (I hope!!!) Big difference now is that I have my family to take into consideraton. Luckily I found a coworker who said she is on board. Hoping that doesn't fall through. Good luck with round 3. I'll keep you posted on how things progress. Jen
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    Whole 30 for Lent

    Committing to starting my first Whole30 on Ash Wednesday. Looking for others starting the same day. I put out the info to an online women's fitness and accountability group I'm in and talked to a few people at work but haven't found anyone to join me yet. Might be flying solo.