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    Ktinegv got a reaction from Revelate in Driving from Florida to Michigan need Whole30 restaurant options   
    Chick-fil-A naked chicken bites.  Take a bottle of the primal salad dressings. Get salads but use your own dressing. Gas stations often have boiled eggs, and nuts and fruit. That’s my idea.  I like taking cutie oranges on trips. 
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    Ktinegv reacted to learning40 in Almost40, First Whole30   
    Happy Day 30 everyone! 
    My break from logging was just from a sense of overwhelm with life, but this experiment has continued and gone pretty well. I'm working my way through Food Freedom Forever and thinking I will continue to benefit from following some of the program rules. I'm not sure I'm ready to be without guidelines. But, I'm looking forward to a slightly less meat-heavy diet, and more flexibility, so we'll see how that works out. 
     
     
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    Ktinegv reacted to learning40 in Almost40, First Whole30   
    It's Day 12, and I'm still here. Didn't get a chance to check in last night, but I'll try to remember Day 11 as well.
    Day 11:
    B: Sweet potato and poached eggs (a new cooking effort, as I realized I forgot to pick up compliant oil and I need a break from boiled eggs); apple with almond butter.
    L: Same sad beef on lettuce. I took dressing with me to get a real salad, but we ended up eating halfway up the mountain away from my bag.
    D: Compliant chicken sausage with riced cauliflower "risotto" and baked potato with ghee; almonds.
    Day 12:
    B: Poached eggs on leftover potato
    (Larabar a little later in the morning...I was hungry and lunch was late.)
    L: Chicken apple sausage and sweet potato; fruit.
    D: Taco meat, peppers and onions with avocado and greens.
    I'm definitely struggling a bit...more than once today I've contemplated calling this experiment successful enough and moving on to more familiar comfort foods while traveling, but I'm going to stick with it. It was just a week ago I was really enjoying cooking and trying new meals, so I think the takeaway is that the hard part is being away from home and I'm just facing being in an environment where food is often part of the fun experience. So it's good for me to fight through that, and the whole family ate better tonight since I didn't give up. Doing a better job of feeding the family is a big motivation, so I'm going to keep that in mind. We will be home in just two days, and I hope it will be easier again there.
     
     
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    Ktinegv reacted to MeredithM20 in Start February 10th   
    DAY 12 OVER!
    Wow!  This week flew by.  I have stayed on plan simply because I was too busy at work to quit.
    My husband has also been great about cooking dinners (he's doing this with me).
    Tonight was my night to cook, I made the burger recipe from the Whole30, put it on a wedge salad and drizzled some Whole30 approved BBQ on top.
    Was more pleasing to the eye and I'm sure tastier than the Kid's McDonalds Happy Meals.  I had no craving for the Shamrock shake my daughter enjoyed.
     

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    Ktinegv reacted to learning40 in Almost40, First Whole30   
    I made it through Day 10. Hooray!
    I'm feeling a little bored, and my lunch was kind of pathetic but I didn't touch my emergency larabar, so that's something. 
    B: Hard-boiled eggs, banana, a spoonful of almond butter. 
    L: Ugh. What I could do at the lodge...uninspiring but compliant beef patty on lettuce, then some more salad greens (with apple cider vinegar only because there was no oil at the salad bar?); a couple of almonds. Tomorrow, I'll bring my own dressing at least.
    D: Pleasantly surprised by the Chipotle Whole30 Bowl.
    So yes, I'm getting a little bored with the choices I have at this point. But I feel good and realize that but for this effort, I'd be eating all kinds of crazy stuff while away from home. Plus, my knees felt so much better today than the last few times I skied, so I'll count that as a victory, too. And since the book says people are most likely to quit on Day 10 or 11, there's some new confidence that comes with staying on track today. I'm less worried about tomorrow since I have more of an idea what to expect and we went to the grocery store. If my littlest person will just sleep all night, I think tomorrow will be a great day!
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    Ktinegv reacted to BabyBear in Almost40, First Whole30   
    I always say traveling would be the best activity ever if it wasn’t for the packing!  I’m like Mrs Potato Head on Toy Story ... you never know what you may need so bring it all.  Have a terrific trip!
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    Ktinegv reacted to learning40 in Almost40, First Whole30   
    Day 9: We finished packing and hit the road. So far, so good:
    B: Eggs with spinach and avocado
    L:  Fridge-clearing salad: spinach, riced cauliflower, halibut, tomatoes and lemon juice
    D: W30 chili and sweet potato
    Somewhere in there I had some fruit and cashews when it was clear dinner would be late...but on the whole, it was a good day. My mood wasn't the best, but I think that's mostly just getting a function of getting a family out the door on a road trip. I've got a plan for tomorrow, so I think I'll be able to stick with this experiment through the trip. 
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    Ktinegv reacted to BabyBear in Start February 10th   
    @MeredithM20  why are you bored?  Is it lack of variety in food? Lack of engaging interest beyond food?  Has your social engagements taken a hit during your whole 30. I encourage you to really sit in the boredom and ask yourself questions and unpack what is really being said... then see if there is something you can do to alleviate the boredom without sacrificing the 9 days you’ve already invested into your whole 30.
    an example was for me I was day dreaming about the food I couldn’t have, so I decided instead of focusing on foods I couldn’t have I would research new whole 30 recipes and make a plan to work those into our menu.  
    This experiment with food is so about so much more than just food if we give ourselves the time and space to really explore ourself and our relationship with food.  I do hope you find the root of your boredom and you are able to come up with creative means to fill that hole for the remainder of your whole 30
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    Ktinegv reacted to beachbaby in Start February 10th   
    Oh my goodness @MeredithM20 I had the same feeling a few times today. I went from feeling like "woo hoo day 9!!" to "its ONLY day 9..." in a matter of hours today! The book does say that days 10 & 11 are the hardest, we're just a little early. My friend gave me a recipe book for martinis tonight & it killed me to not rush home & try one out. But instead I had some blackberry Bubly in a wine glass. Pat yourself on the back for not stopping at McDs! I highlighted the mini "pep-talk" on pg 12 of the Whole30 book to help on days like today. Really, 9 days is a huge accomplishment! Maybe 2 more tough days ahead, but we'll be in double digit days, one day closer to the end... Hang in there!! We got this!
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    Ktinegv got a reaction from beachbaby in Starting 2/10/2020   
    Its been over a year since I first did Whole30, but I am ready to do it again, and make it more of a lifestyle.  Life got in the way and carried me off, so I'm a bit bloaty.  I start tomorrow, Monday the 10th of Feb.  I have my food planned out, and I'm ready to go.  I saw others asking for accountability partners, and I'm not sure how you do that here.  It takes me time to figure out how these forums work.  I happened to see something about W30 no longer liking the use of RX bars, but they have been my preworkout since I started Whole 30 in 2018.  Sugar isn't so much my problem as Cheese is.  LOVE my cheese. Anyhoo. I'm not sure if I said anything wrong here or not.  I am a live and learn kind of gal.  I can read and read and read, and still not quite get it until I experience something. 
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    Ktinegv reacted to learning40 in Almost40, First Whole30   
    Wrapping up a full week now. I struggled a little this evening with wanting to find something sweet after dinner, but I think that's part of recognizing how many bad choices have become habit/default behaviors. I was also kind of weepy and extra hungry today, and wanting sweet stuff is typical for me every few weeks...so I suspect this is all connected. The good news is I stayed on track today, and hopefully this phase will pass quickly. 
    B: Fried eggs over grilled onion, red peppers and potatoes. I was very hungry when I woke up and needed something different for breakfast today. This was very hearty and satisfying. 
    L: Salad with chicken and avocado; Tessamae's avocado ranch; celery and almond butter; honeydew.
    D: Salmon with roasted cauliflower and broccoli; watermelon.

     
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    Ktinegv reacted to MeredithM20 in Start February 10th   
    We took a family trip to the mall today. I never go to the mall but needed a new pair of jeans.  I DROPPED A SIZE!  I couldn’t believe it!
    And I had major ‘sight cravings’. Dublin Donuts, little Caesars, Menchies, Diet Coke.  But I didn’t cave!  I got a bottle of water.  I wasn’t even hungry, it was different not giving in to every impulse.  The foods I was craving are not good for me.  
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    Ktinegv reacted to MeredithM20 in Start February 10th   
    @LilliMarlene  NSV is Non-Scale Victory... in the Whole30 you're not supposed to get on the scale.  Which I think is completely freeing!  So keep track of NSV's.
    THE KATT for me was day 3.  
    @beachbaby Making it through Day 6 was HUGE for me too!  Instead of saying 30 days now I can say 23 days!  And I don't need said it over and over again, like I did the first few days, because I am enjoying the journey.  
    I did purchase the Whole 30 book and Day by Day book (total $40 at Target) and I'm so glad I did.  I re-read the book alot and it has also taught me in a week to be confident in the kitchen.  The meals have been terrific!!!  It's the best 'Diet' book I've purchased, everything is easy to understand.  And no crazy ingredients.
     
    I'm a busy working momma and have spent probably 2-3 hours each day in the kitchen...but it's time my butt would have spent watching Netflix.  I've found putting on some music and La Croix in a wine glass makes the Kitchen time 'My Time' and it's fun.
    I have also bought some 'Whole30' approved sauces at Kroger/Target to save me some time.  They all taste a little different than you would expect, but they help.  They're also aren't cheap...but I remind myself how much I'm saving on McDonalds Drive Thru, Starbucks and my nightly bottle of wine (Yes I said it)
    Here's a pic of my faves:
     


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    Ktinegv reacted to learning40 in Almost40, First Whole30   
    Day 6 was successful. I battled the sugar dragon a little in the afternoon, and I'm surprised that hasn't happened more. I fought through it with some compliant snacks and reminding myself that I actually feel so much better when I'm not putting that stuff in my body. 
    B: Eggs, salsa, avocado (again...the fresh salsa just makes this so good)
    L: Leftover cauliflower mash and a turkey burger patty
    D: Halibut with citrus ginger glaze and sweet potato soup
    I had good energy (especially after sleeping in this morning) and my mood was good other than the cravings in the afternoon. 
    @BabyBear- Thank you for the travel tips, much appreciated!
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    Ktinegv reacted to learning40 in Almost40, First Whole30   
    Day 5 was good again. I'm enjoying cooking...such a new feeling for me. 
    B: Eggs with salsa and avocado (again...I woke up very hungry and it sounded so good)
    L: Sweet potato and chicken apple sausage (this is a go-to and lunch was late because, life), and celery with almond butter
    D: My husband and I fixed a Valentine's dinner of steaks he grilled, green salad and cauliflower mash from the Whole30 book, which was so much tastier than I expected. 
    I also made the sweet potato soup from the book today, and I'm really looking forward to enjoying that this weekend. 
    I still feel good, and today was easier than I thought it might be with the sugar-centric holiday happenings. There are some signs that my body is adjusting to the new regime, but no terribly uncomfortable symptoms. All in all, I'm still just really glad I decided to take on this experiment.
    On Tuesday, we're going skiing so that will be a whole new set of challenges but I'm planning ahead and think it will ok. We're driving and renting a house, so I'm hoping we can avoid eating out for the most part. My husband is really supportive and on board with customizing our family trip, but I'd still happily take any travel tips you want to offer!
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    Ktinegv reacted to MeredithM20 in Start February 10th   
    I had some huge NSV’s today.
    Lunch with hubby at a restaurant..:I asked the server how food was prepared and what ingredients were.
    Dinner with family I ordered a big Greek salad, hold the feta and added salmon.  When the salad arrived with fresh pita bread I immediately removed the bread from the bowl and asked the waitress to take it away!
    I nailed Day 5!
    i have my meal plan made for days 6-10 along with grocery list for tomorrow morning.
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    Ktinegv reacted to BabyBear in Ktinegv February log   
    Your roses are beautiful!  Keep up the good work!  
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    Ktinegv got a reaction from Terra Milliken in Ktinegv February log   
    I haven’t felt like eating much today, so I made a salad, and just ate it with whatever protein I’ve decided to eat for lunch and dinner.  I made a few chicken livers for lunch. I’m thinking of adding some crispy bacon to it for dinner.  


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    Ktinegv got a reaction from Emma in Ktinegv February log   
    Crazy busy morning this morning due to a snow storm hitting.  Had to clear the driveway early this morning before I ran my son to school.  I was starving, so a banana and raw cashews it was for breakfast before my workout.  Then I was starving again, so I had a huge meal afterwards.  Eggs, green beans, potatoes, with a side of avocado and tomato salad.  Dinner was Steelhead trout, riced cauliflower with homemade pineapple salsa, and a purple yam with cinnamon.  I'm stuffed! 

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    Ktinegv got a reaction from Emma in Ktinegv February log   
    Crazy busy morning this morning due to a snow storm hitting.  Had to clear the driveway early this morning before I ran my son to school.  I was starving, so a banana and raw cashews it was for breakfast before my workout.  Then I was starving again, so I had a huge meal afterwards.  Eggs, green beans, potatoes, with a side of avocado and tomato salad.  Dinner was Steelhead trout, riced cauliflower with homemade pineapple salsa, and a purple yam with cinnamon.  I'm stuffed! 

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    Ktinegv reacted to learning40 in Almost40, First Whole30   
    Oh, Day 4.  I was supposed to want to Kill All the Things, but my toddler apparently beat me to it. He's teething and has been sick and basically needed to scream or be held (or both!) every waking minute until after lunch, so that was that. Fortunately for both of us, I found myself feeling pretty good. I made my first mayo last night and found today that despite a lifetime of refusing to eat mayo in nearly any form, I actually don't mind this recipe. (I'm pretty sure it was 1980s-formula Miracle Whip that put me off of it all those years ago.) Anyway, today's meals:
    B: Scrambled eggs with salsa and avocado
    L: W30 protein salad with chicken, celery, grapes, pecans and mayo, plus some extra celery with almond butter
    D: Turkey and cauliflower meatballs with butternut squash veggie spirals, grape tomatoes and a little fresh parsley. (I enjoyed this meal a lot more than I expected to, but my absolute favorite part is that all three of my children ate the meatballs without complaining...though the toddler did pick it up, look at it, proudly announce "ball!" and throw it across the room. But after I gave him one in pieces, he ate it.)
     
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    Ktinegv reacted to MeredithM20 in Start February 10th   
    Terra - I had cheese on eggs, cheese on salads, cheese on everything.  I imagine cheese is what I’ll dream about when I get to that phase of the Whole30!
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    Ktinegv reacted to MeredithM20 in Start February 10th   
    So the chicken hadn’t thawed in time for dinner so I made the stuffed peppers- bison, mushrooms, kale and sweet potato.  It was a little bland so I added a little Tessamae ranch dressing in top.
     
    I’m  going to bed early tonight because if I stay up any longer I’m gonna drink the kids chocolate milk!

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    Ktinegv reacted to MeredithM20 in Start February 10th   
    I woke up feeling awful.  I have depression and anxiety which makes it hard to get out of bed some days.  Today is one of those days.
    And I'm HANGRY!  Off to the kitchen to eat a leftover stuffed pepper with a fried egg on top.
    I hope your day is off to a great start!
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    Ktinegv reacted to MeredithM20 in Start February 10th   
    Sluggish all day.  Got home from work, put my pjs on and washed my face
    i got to sit at the kitchen island and watch my husband cook us the ‘Chicken Hash’ for dinner.  We put some music on and talked and laughed.  Dinner was delicious.
    We’re gonna watch a movie and then go to bed early!
    i survived day 3.