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    meli22 got a reaction from RachelR in Round 2   
    Day 10
     
    B = coffee w/ almond milk; tandoori chicken; 1/2 green apple, cucumber slices, 1/4 avocado
    S = last of the tandoori chicken
    L = cauliflower-dill soup; tomato wedges; hardboiled egg
    S = 2 plums; trail mix
    D = roasted potatoes w/ mayonnaise; roasted duck
     
    exercise = 25 min run
     
    Another 'off' day. Low energy / no motivation to leave the house after my run but I think that's mostly due to my period and sleeping poorly. All I wanted was a scone... so I had potatoes instead. I'm finding that I do better with a bit of starchy carbohydrate for my mental health. The times I followed a very strict low-carb diet were the times that I had the most severe bouts of depression so I need to remember that my brain is part of my body. 
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    meli22 got a reaction from RachelR in Round 2   
    Day 10
     
    B = coffee w/ almond milk; tandoori chicken; 1/2 green apple, cucumber slices, 1/4 avocado
    S = last of the tandoori chicken
    L = cauliflower-dill soup; tomato wedges; hardboiled egg
    S = 2 plums; trail mix
    D = roasted potatoes w/ mayonnaise; roasted duck
     
    exercise = 25 min run
     
    Another 'off' day. Low energy / no motivation to leave the house after my run but I think that's mostly due to my period and sleeping poorly. All I wanted was a scone... so I had potatoes instead. I'm finding that I do better with a bit of starchy carbohydrate for my mental health. The times I followed a very strict low-carb diet were the times that I had the most severe bouts of depression so I need to remember that my brain is part of my body. 
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    meli22 got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Round 2   
    @MadyVanilla fizzy drinks always add a little something to the end of the meal  
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    meli22 reacted to MadyVanilla in Round 2   
    Congrats on getting through a successful first week!  How awesome to be seeing the positive impacts-it's pretty amazing how quickly they come.
    This is also my dessert - or a spindrift.  And it's satisfying!
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    meli22 reacted to MadyVanilla in Take Advantage   
    Interestingly, I haven't had a headache since Day 9.  And most of my flare-ups in pain appear to be related to extra consumption of nightshades (a few meals in a row with tomatoes and/or peppers) as well as poor sleep.  I wonder if the poor sleep is related to nightshade consumption.  So now I have a solid hypothesis to test out.  
    It was good to read back over my journal.  I'm amazed by how much better I feel now than I did just a month ago.  And how much my anxiety/confidence/motivation has improved.  
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    meli22 got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Round 2   
    Day 5
     
    B = coffee w/ almond milk; 2 hardboiled eggs; 1/2 grapefruit; 1/4 avocado
    L = cabbage-carrot slaw w/ mayo & chicken; tomato & sugar snap peas; blueberry smoothie
    S = tomato slices & 1/4 avocado
    D = zucchini noodles w/ tomato sauce; sardines w/ olive oil, capers & pickled red onion; baked yam
     
    exercise = 20 min run
     
    Note to self: if you eat more at breakfast, you will have a better run 
    I'm still figuring out what feels like "enough" at each meal though I am currently pre-menstrual and am always extra hungry at that time. I have a feeling I could increase the amount of fat I'm eating with my meals (when I go grocery shopping I'll pick up some coconut and olives). Also feel I could benefit from the inclusion of a starchy carb at breakfast. I'm going to try to limit my fruit to 1 serving a day.  Also, I think this is my favourite way to eat sardines by far (I love sardines) - nice and simple, get the water-packed ones and dress them in olive oil, capers and pickled onions. In another lifetime, I would eat this on rye bread with cream cheese  
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    meli22 reacted to Kirra in The Month There Was No Dr. Pepper   
    Those of you who are following this tale will be relieved to hear that we are still going strong! Today is Day 5. I won't bore you with a 5-day long list of all the meals (not that that information is boring! but for anyone who is interested, you can turn to page 196 in The Whole30 book  because these total newbies are sticking to the seven-day plan that someone else put together for the first week, because anything else was too daunting!). Also, I have the Whole30 Journal and am documenting all meals, snacks and drinks in there. I'll definitely log the highlights in the weeks to come, though!
    Miracle of Miracles: I. Have. Not. Had. A. Headache.  I was bracing myself when we started and fully expecting an immediate future FULL of headaches, days and days of headaches and all the accompanying crankiness and I-can't-be-bothered-to-do-anything-right-nowness that goes along with it. Due to quitting Dr. Pepper cold-turkey, of course. (I have had caffeine headaches before from just skipping 2-3 days of soda pop.)
    I'm sure the 1-2 cups of pre-noon coffee with coconut milk is the reason for my headpain-free bliss. But I also think that my pillow has something to do with it.  Yes, my pillow. I read in some medical article that 80-90% of headaches start in the neck (don't quote me on the percentages; it's been awhile - I do know it was the vast majority)! This is my third pillow I've tried in the past couple months. It is a "cool-touch" pillow (kinda like memory foam, but I don't think it is memory foam...), and it is working wonders! I'm sleeping much better.
    I felt compelled to share this due to the title of my story and just in case anyone else is dealing with headaches.
    Surprisingly, it isn't Dr. Pepper that I'm craving, it's the SWEETS! I went to bed on Day 3 thinking about brownies and cookies and woke up on Day 4 thinking of cinnamon rolls. But I have resisted their siren call, and these Whole30 meals taste amazing!
     
    @MadyVanilla and @Contessa thank you for the kind words of encouragement! 
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    meli22 reacted to Kirra in Round 2   
    Wow! That is no small feat! What a great NSV. Every workday, without fail, I hit the "2-4 Slump," in which I really really want a nap, but can't have one and am therefore half as productive as I could be. This gives me hope that this miracle might happen to me, too! LoL. Good job yesterday!
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    meli22 reacted to MadyVanilla in Round 2   
    Yes!  I put some regular black tea bags and a peach herbal tea bag in a clear pitcher of water and sat it on the back deck all day yesterday - I'll be sipping on this deliciousness all day today - thanks for the reminder, it's like a treat.  
    I'm glad you slept better.  And smoothie=vegetable soup....seems a good way to reframe, I mean, gazpacho is delicious.  But if your'e having side effects...That's what i have loved about my current W30, I have discovered so much about how different foods effect me.  
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    meli22 got a reaction from Kirra in Round 2   
    @Kirra Good luck! I'm excited to see how your Whole30 progresses! Let's cross our fingers for glowing complexions  
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    meli22 reacted to Kirra in The Month There Was No Dr. Pepper   
    Once upon a time, at LEAST two years ago, my mother-in-love told me about this interesting food thing that her sister had done. Where you cut out sugar, bread, dairy, and alcohol for a whole month just to reset your body. Then, by slowly reintroducing them to your diet, you could see how certain things you are putting into your body are affecting you.
    I was instantly intrigued. I've never gone on a diet or even thought about going on one, as I've never really struggled with weight (lucky genes, I think- my father was a beanpole at my age). BUT I've never been able to fully get rid of my acne, no matter what topically solutions I tried. So the idea of what I'm putting INTO my body potentially being the cause of acne coming OUT made all the sense in the world. You don't know what you don't know.
    Then there was a lot of normal Life that happened: crazy-busy jobs, travel, buying a home for the first time, switching jobs, family stuff... and Whole30 never happened. I shamefully told my coworkers each week, "No, we haven't started yet."  ...until they stopped asking all together.
    Fast forward to now. IT IS FINALLY HAPPENING! We started on July 1.  I had expressed my skin frustrations to boyfriend at the beginning of June, and he said "Let's do this!" We spent the month reading, learning, and prepping... and then we actually started!!! We are now on Day 3! My work schedule has been insane, so boyfriend has been doing pretty much ALL the cooking so far (he's a school teacher and has the summers off). Thank goodness for that, or else this might have Never happened. Healthiest month of my life, here I come!
    NSVs:
    1. Clearer skin/less breakouts
    2. Kick my daily Dr. Pepper habit (it is the sweet, sweet Nectar of Life)
    3. More energy/less tired (examples: after-lunch slump, exhausted on a weekday evening after a long day of work, more energy to ride bikes and workout)
    4. Be more active! (see above)
    5. Get up in the mornings (It is a struggle, man. If people were meant to pop out of bed, we'd all sleep in toasters. I'm a proud Night Owl, always have been, but it'd be nice to be better at mornings when I have to be, to NOT hit snooze 10 times, and to have a stomach that is awake enough to eat breakfast at 7AM.)
    Wish me luck!!!
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    meli22 reacted to Kirra in Round 2   
    Meli, we have the same start date!!!  (except for this is my FIRST time doing the Whole30, so total newbie here!) One of my biggest NSVs I'm hoping for is clearer skin, so I feel your pain there. So excited for you. Good luck! You can do it! (I'm gonna go start my own log now - this online community is very cool)
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    meli22 reacted to MadyVanilla in Round 2   
    It's amazing how much a poor night of sleep impacts mood.  I also tend to crave more carbs and sweets after a night of poor sleep.  I love the idea of a pitcher of herbal ice tea - I'm inspired to make sun tea today.  Congratulations on completing day 2! 
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    meli22 got a reaction from Contessa in Round 2   
    I was so happy with the results from my first Whole30 that I've decided to commit to a second round. I'm going to start TOMORROW. 
    The stress of current affairs has me scrolling all day until my brain turns to porridge. I've all but given up on exercise at this point (pre-pandemic, I would go to the gym most days). It's also pushed me straight into my #1 childhood coping strategy: CANDY. I now have a face full of pimples to show for it  ~ it doesn't feel good afterward, and I want to nip this little habit in the bud.
    Swedish berries, you are CANCELLED.
    GOALS:
    Find other ways to relax that don't involve food Get into the habit of drinking more water Limit scrolling to 15 minutes a day Aim for 40 mins exercise every day (power yoga, weights or running)  Turn meals (I live alone) into a more pleasurable event by eating on the balcony, with nice plates and napkins, and so on  
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    meli22 got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Round 2   
    Thank you everyone for the encouragement! 
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    meli22 reacted to MadyVanilla in Round 2   
    I love your goals, especially the last one!  As someone who frequently eats in front of the television, this would be a nice change. 
    Here's to the second round!!! 
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    meli22 reacted to Contessa in Round 2   
    Hey there, excited to hear about your second round! Boy do I relate to "porridge brain." And I relate to the childhood coping strategy, too!
    Your goals sound wonderful. Cheering you on as you explore alternative means of relaxing, living well, and enjoying life!
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    meli22 got a reaction from Contessa in Round 2   
    I was so happy with the results from my first Whole30 that I've decided to commit to a second round. I'm going to start TOMORROW. 
    The stress of current affairs has me scrolling all day until my brain turns to porridge. I've all but given up on exercise at this point (pre-pandemic, I would go to the gym most days). It's also pushed me straight into my #1 childhood coping strategy: CANDY. I now have a face full of pimples to show for it  ~ it doesn't feel good afterward, and I want to nip this little habit in the bud.
    Swedish berries, you are CANCELLED.
    GOALS:
    Find other ways to relax that don't involve food Get into the habit of drinking more water Limit scrolling to 15 minutes a day Aim for 40 mins exercise every day (power yoga, weights or running)  Turn meals (I live alone) into a more pleasurable event by eating on the balcony, with nice plates and napkins, and so on  
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    meli22 got a reaction from BabyBear in Meli's post-W30 log   
    @BabyBear Thank you so much! What a great experience
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    meli22 reacted to BabyBear in Meli's post-W30 log   
    Congrats on completing your Whole 30 i look forward to following your reintro
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    meli22 got a reaction from BabyBear in Meli's post-W30 log   
    Day 33
    B - coffee w/ nut milk; sautéed greens w/ beans in their broth
    L - celery and baby carrots; roast chicken w/ skin
    D - zucchini noodles w/ tuna, olive oil, cilantro, celery leaves & green olives; lentil soup
     
    headache all day... didn't eat much but not much of an appetite (first day of period, so feeling a bit 'off'). 
    I think I overdid it with the lentils and beans, oof - will continue eating more or less compliant and eat these a bit more sparingly from now on, haha 
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    meli22 got a reaction from Brewer5 in Meli's log   
    Yay! All done! So, making a comparison to how I felt when I started the program, here's what I've noticed:
    The psoriasis on my hands is completely gone. The psoriasis on my back and neck is still there, haven't noticed much of a difference.  Digestive issues are gone. Energy is now consistent and HIGH - I no longer get those 3pm slumps. I definitely got the so-called "tiger blood". Incredibly (and this is the biggest NSV) I have not felt the desire to binge or do much emotional eating despite all of this insanity. Twice I think I ate a slightly larger dinner out of a need for comfort, but that was it. The fact that I was laid off from my job and was able to stick to the protocol was HUGE. Also, the cravings for sugar and starch that have plagued me have totally disappeared.  Sticking to 3 meals a day has really helped me tune in to hunger cues. My panic response to feeling hungry has improved dramatically. I feel like I'm emotionally healing from years of dieting. I'm still figuring out how to stop when I'm full, but I've become a bit more conscientious around this.  My relationship to coffee hasn't changed. Ah well! I think amidst so much change I needed to hang on to one comforting thing. I can tackle this at a later date I've lost a total of 4" and can now fit easily into pants that were too tight a month ago.  I feel fantastic! 
    I think my habit of eating fermented foods (sauerkraut) every day was key to aiding those digestive issues and I'm going to keep this up. 
    I'm really surprised to find that I don't miss eating fruit at all. I just don't crave the sweetness. I don't miss nuts either, and that was something I used to eat almost every day (would always snack on almonds or walnuts). I also haven't been craving bread, noodles, or pretzels - which are things I would typically binge on. 
    I'll be continuing with a post-whole30 log, as I find keeping a structured eating plan very helpful during this stressful time. My goal is to incorporate lentils and beans into my diet while still in self-isolation. Once this period lifts and we're able to socialize again, I plan on having a beer! A lot of my friends are amazing cooks and when we're able to hang out again, I plan on eating with them no matter what it is, but sticking more or less to whole30 on my own. Once I'm able to return to the gym and increase my activity levels I plan on re-introducing a bit of fruit into my diet. We'll play it by ear. 
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    meli22 got a reaction from Brewer5 in Meli's log   
    Day 26
    B - coffee w/ nut milk; carrot-coconut soup; cold roast chicken; sauerkraut L - zucchini noodles w/ cold roast chicken, compliant tomato sauce, Moroccan olives & 1 hardboiled egg; sauerkraut; squash soup afternoon coffee w/ nut milk D - vegetable soup w/ chicken; zucchini noodles w/ tomato sauce, roasted eggplant, parsley, scallions & Moroccan olives; cucumber  
    Time is flying! Can't believe it's been almost 30 days. The last week has been very stressful, with everything that's been going on in the world as well as major life changes, but I'm proud of sticking to the plan regardless. Despite not sleeping well, my energy has been good. I've had no desire to do any emotional eating, which is amazing given it's such a deeply-ingrained stress response for me.
    I also find that when I stick to 3 meals a day I get to anticipate my next meal, and it becomes more of a pleasurable event. I prefer this to grazing. For a long time the thought of limiting myself to 3 meals a day triggered a fear/scarcity response in me which would lead me to binge. Now I've learned that if I reassure myself that I can always eat more, I relax, and this has been so helpful in regaining my hunger / fullness cues. Having gone on my first diet at age 8 I'd been dieting, or in a binge/restrict cycle, for 30 years. This is the first time I feel like I'm eating in a more balanced, healthy way. I'm still restricting foods but I'm not restricting portion sizes and this is at least a step forward for me.
    Another change I'm noticing is that my desire to lose weight has sort of fallen away. I will not be stepping on a scale at the end of my whole30. The number on the scale is irrelevant because I feel so much better. Not to mention that it's a number that tends to fluctuate a lot anyways and that's normal and healthy. That leads me to ask myself what is more important: being as thin as I can possibly be or feeling healthy? About 8 years ago I was able to reach my desired weight through intense food restriction and exercise and, looking back on it, not only was I unhappy at that time but I was also depleting my body of nourishment, which set me up for some health issues down the road. I'm finally starting to feel better now, almost a decade later. A definite NSV.
    Should also note: the only things I'm really excited to re-introduce are BEANS and LENTILS! I can't wait to eat beans again
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    meli22 got a reaction from Birdie7117 in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    Love these ideas, especially the after dinner cordial!
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    meli22 reacted to Birdie7117 in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    FAVORITE THINGS SO FAR
    ORANGE SLICES IN WATER glass // + KEEPING CHILLED FRESH ORANGE QUARTERS to snack on
    Half Sweet Potato mashed with caramel pod cream for breakfast // (Not an egg person)
    KEEPING ON HAND
    Chiled CUCUMBER SLICES IN VINEGAR (peeled) as a side for veggies like green beans & tomatoes / squash / spring onions
    PUBLIX GREENWISE BACON / FRESH MARKET 0 SUGAR UNCURED BACON
    Avocado - lime juice - cilantro  // tomatoes 
    Oranges / tomatoes / squash / canned green beans / potatoes 
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    Small indiscetions - Makes me happy & keeps me going!
    Small Spoonful of 0 Sugar fig spread w/ breakfast bacon & cup of coffee w/ caramel pod cream - Morning Happiness! 
    After dinner small cordial of half coconut water & half grape juice -