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  1. learning40

    Almost40, First Whole30

    Tomorrow will be my Day 1. I am trying this after years of up-and-down success getting my sugar cravings under control and keeping healthy eating on track. For the last two years, I've been pregnant or nursing and have let myself indulge too much. I'm turning 40 this year, and I'm ready to reset and put myself in a position to make this next decade my best. Encouragement, advice, and success stories are welcome. Thanks in advance!
  2. learning40

    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.
  3. learning40

    Almost40, First Whole30

    Day 22 B: Eggs, avocado. L: Butternut squash, boiled eggs, RX bar D: burger on lettuce
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    Almost40, First Whole30

    Thank you. I have Food Freedom Forever but haven't read it yet...hoping to start it today! I am most looking forward to more flexibility, but I feel like that's the hard part since a lot of flexibility comes from not having to think too hard about what's in food when I'm away from home. I'm anxious about sugar, since that's always been my weakness...though strangely, I don't miss it that much at this point. I think there's a lot of habit/comfort that is tied up in that, and I'm worried about slipping back to my old ways. But i really think that's just a case for waiting longer to reintroduce, as I suspect I'll think about it less as I reintegrate other foods. So I'm looking forward to oatmeal, which I often eat with peanut butter...so I guess peanut butter, though I'm pretty sure I'd be just as happy with almond butter in there, and bread/toast. Maybe also dairy, just because I really don't love eating this much meat and it is a nice way to round out salads and it's more efficient to just use the milk we already have for soups, etc.....but I suspect dairy is one of the foods I have a harder time with, so I want to be slow and deliberate with that one. Real milk in my coffee or tea first, then cheese...we'll see. Thanks for suggesting the book...I am going to move that up my list and think this through a little more.
  5. learning40

    Almost40, First Whole30

    Before I forget, Day 21: B: Eggs, sausage, spinach. L: Sweet potato and chicken apple sausage D: Grilled chicken, vegetables and roasted potatoes.
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    Almost40, First Whole30

    Day 20. Today was a good day. I got some extra rest, and it is feeling good to eat healthy food. I'm starting to think ahead to how to reintroduce foods in another 10 days, which feels a little daunting at this point. I think it will help to do some planning on this and be very strategic. B: Eggs with sausage, mushrooms and spinach. L: Salad with tomato, avocado, shredded chicken and balsamic vinaigrette. D: Salmon and butternut squash soup with pecans; apple.
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    Almost40, First Whole30

    Day 19. Not feeling great but am feeling the benefits of eating well. I thought we'd put in our time for cold season this year, but our streak continues...I think someone in the house has been less than 100% every week of 2020. It has to end soon, right? Anyway, I think the Whole30 is going well. I wish I had more energy to be more creative with my meals, but I am thankful to be home with a variety of foods to choose from at least. B: Eggs with spinach and avocado L: Sweet potato and chicken apple sausage D: Steak salad with salsa, avocado, cilantro
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    Almost40, First Whole30

    Day 18. I'm getting a cold and sore throat and would love to have some honey in my tea, but otherwise falling back into an easier routine finally. I think I need bigger lunches to avoid wanting to graze, so I'll keep that in mind tomorrow. B: Sausage and eggs; orange. L: Sweet potato and shredded chicken; avocado. D: Chicken and cauliflower meatballs; green beans and extra cauliflower; W30 tomato sauce.
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    Almost40, First Whole30

    Logging Backlog... Day 16: B: chicken apple sausage, celery with almond butter L: eggs and avocado D: ground beef, peppers and onion for lettuce tacos (Some snacking: dried fruit, nuts) Day 17: B: eggs with salsa and avocado L: random...turkey, spinach, cucumber, banana, pecans D: spinach salad with chicken, avocado, tomato, carrot I am starting to feel good and healthy again...I think the slip up didn't have too much of an impact, and I do plan to extend a couple days and do a strategic reintroduction in another couple weeks. I am having a little bit of the feeling I had at the start of this, like I spend too much time and energy thinking about food, but I think I just need to settle back in to my routine for another day or two.
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    Almost40, First Whole30

    Day 15 - I'm back, and have to acknowledge that I slipped up a bit at the end of our trip with eating out. I thought I ordered a reasonably safe meal, but it wasn't, and then I was discouraged and had a couple other indulgent bites. I know the rules say start over at this point, but the idea of doing that would cause me to completely give up, and I don't want to do that. I'm going to continue now with the recognition that maybe I don't get the full benefits of 30 totally clean days. One thing I'm learning is that I feel a lot better eating this way but I do need the structure of the program to keep me on track still. I'm looking forward to cooking again, getting familiar with the benefits of doing this program without being bored with the same meals repeating as I was after those days away. Today was good but not perfect---I had a long work day and haven't been to the store yet. B: Chicken Apple Sausage L: Salad with roasted veggies, no dressing. D: Burger patty with grilled onions and mustard on lettuce; celery and nut butter. So, onward and upward.
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    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.
  12. learning40

    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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    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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    Almost40, First Whole30

    I feel asleep early last night so posting for yesterday (Day 8) here: B: Eggs with spinach, salsa and avocado L: Salad greens with plain fresh crab meat, tomato, radish; lemon juice as dressing (best I could do eating out) D: Leftover sweet potato soup and chicken apple sausage.
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Almost40, First Whole30

    Day 3. It was successful, but I definitely struggled a little...partly from boredom, and partly because I am afraid of it getting harder as the days pass. I don't feel hungry, so I feel some combination of guilty and a little frustrated with myself that I miss my old, unhealthy ways. Breakfast was apple and almond butter with a hard-boiled egg. Lunch was leftover salmon with avocado, tomato and arugula with tessamae's avocado ranch. Dinner was Buffalo Chicken salad. I think maybe it was a bit too much greens, though. I feel a little bored. I also went to an event tonight at a wine bar and successfully resisted snacks and wine there without too much effort, so I'm giving myself a pat on the back and trying to remind myself that this really isn't that hard, it just takes some time to disrupt old habits and create new ones....which, of course, is the whole point.
  20. learning40

    Almost40, First Whole30

    Day 2 was ok. I felt good when I thought about how I physically felt but nonetheless found myself feeling blah and struggling a bit in the afternoon. Breakfast was eggs fried in coconut oil over arugula. Lunch was sweet potato with ghee and chicken apple sausage. Dinner was ground beef over onions and bell peppers with avocado. The food was all tasty but it wasn't as "comforting" as my default choices. I instead turned to walks or time outside, water or a few minutes of reading a good book to get through. I can do this...but it turns out the planning and if/then approach makes a big difference, so I need to keep that up.
  21. learning40

    Almost40, First Whole30

    Day 1 went pretty well. There was a lot going on today, so the advance planning came in handy even if I didn't follow it exactly. Breakfast was two hard-boiled eggs and while I had planned to also have apple and a bit of almond butter with it, there wasn't time for that so I had a couple carrot sticks of my own while I was packing lunches. I still meant to eat some fruit, but didn't really get a chance until close to 11, when I grabbed a banana. I had plans with colleagues for lunch so ordered a cobb salad with no cheese and no bacon, and replaced dressing with some squeezes from two lemon slices. It was plenty of food and I only felt a little bit of the afternoon drag. Dinner got pushed back on account of multiple kid meltdowns but some almonds and a couple more carrot sticks got me through until I could prepare baked salmon, cauliflower rice, and some greens. On the whole, today felt manageable. I listened to a couple of Melissa's podcasts while commuting (thanks for the tip @BabyBear!). I'm not expecting that feeling to last, but it's nice to feel some positive momentum. I appreciate the advice you all offered!
  22. learning40

    Starting day and Looking for Accountability partners

    I would also love to join an accountability group...I'm on the cusp of 40 and in the process of working on getting back to myself after a final pregnancy and breastfeeding phase. This is my first time doing Whole30. I'm in search of food freedom, and I know I need a significant reset to get there!
  23. learning40

    Starting 2/10/2020

    I'm starting tomorrow, too. It's my first time and I'm incredibly nervous, but I realize I desperately need the reset. I also don't really know how the forums work, but I'd be happy to check in over the next few days.