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    Birdie7117 got a reaction from BabyBear in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
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    Was thinking today - so grateful that I did W30 during Quarantine, as otherwise, I may have "eaten my way through it"!
    I most likely would have gained wt and been miserable!
    Instead, with lovely W30, I LOST wt, felt healthy, happy, full & satisfied, and DELIGHTED to have a plan and
     PATH to follow that's SUSTAINABLE!
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    Birdie7117 got a reaction from BabyBear in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    Over last weekend, I wrote a review for the Whole30 book:
    "Yes, it looks daunting! But it turned out to be a WONDERFUL experience! I thought about it a month or so before I was ready to commit. Finally, I chose a day to begin & began preparation & gathering supplies.

    The Good News is that after Day 4, like many, I started to feel better & cravings began to lessen. By Day 10 for me, a sense of WELL BEING kicked in and the rest of the Journey was a pleasure, for the most part. By day 10, I had NO interest in off limit foods, and was enjoying really good food.

    Tip - the day before starting, make the (easy) W30 Mayo & make a chicken salad w/ that & celery. I served mine with toasted almonds, lettuce & grapes. So good. Keeping this on hand really helps the Journey! Keeping homemade chili on hand helped also. So good with avocado.

    Also, I can't face eggs for breakfast, so I had half a baked sweet potato. ***And there is approved W30 BACON! *** YES!

    For dinner - any kind of roast works & you can have mashed potatoes with ghee! Heaven! Or roasted potatoes. Or hash browns! Also loved sides of french green beans with spring onion, cucumbers in vinegar , squash & sliced tomatoes. Also slaw, tossed salad & Spinach Salad.

    For snacks - most RX bars are approved - so good that I have to make myself limit to just one a day!
    Also like melon wrapped w/ a compliant prosciutto .

    Smoothies aren't encouraged on W30, but I had one w/ coconut water, banana, apple & berries w/ COLLAGEN, almost every day. I need Collagen for joint health & this is a great way to take it.

    There are W30 ketchup & salad dressings you can buy also. The W30 website has lots of Sources listed.
    // So once you get into, its really Not that hard - and SO . WORTH . IT !

    Then after the 30 days, the cherry on top is the TESTING Phase, where you actually get to sort out which food groups cause reactions that make you feel bad.

    After testing a food group, you go back to W30 for 2 days or so & then test another! That's why the W30 Journey is SO WORTH IT!
    All the best on yours!
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    Birdie7117 got a reaction from BabyBear in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    On DAY 29 = had my first RX BAR - cHOCOLATE SEA SALT - OMGOSH! Sooo good -- & compliant!! 
      Now why is this "candy bar-like" treat okay & not the healthy banana/ egg dish?? Again, I'm viewing that as an omelette!
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    Birdie7117 got a reaction from BabyBear in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    And my Banana/egg concoction does not resemble a pancake in any way, shape or form!
    By the time I scoop it out of the pan, it looks more like an omelette!  So I'm going to call it a Banana Omelette 
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    Birdie7117 reacted to urbanlady07 in CUCUMBERS In Vinegar - A Side for Veggies   
    Thanks for sharing! I already ordered vinegar and cucumber in my grocery delivery, you're saving a step of searching for a recipe. I love salt n vinegar cucumbers  
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    Birdie7117 reacted to SuzyH in Start date April 28   
    This is my 1st Whole 30 & I’m pretty nervous about it. I’ve tried many different “diets” & exercise plans without good results. I keep feeling worse & worse, getting weaker, sicker, & fatter. I guess I’ve finally hit bottom & I’m sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I’m hoping I can make positive/healthy changes in my life & stick with them. I just want to be healthy & strong so I can do the things I want to do. Thank you for this opportunity and the support. I’ll need it. Good luck to everyone embarking on the Whole 30.
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    Birdie7117 reacted to Revelate in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    Just wanted to say thank you for posting this; I am not much of a cook so my culinary expedition during W30 has been zero, mostly it’s about getting restaurants to make slight changes to things to pull them into compliance.
    Between that and the meal service though doesn’t have your creativity and flair, and I really like the half and half option with HelloFresh that is a trick I am going to use whenever I do find time to experiment with cooking which it something I have been meaning to do for years.
    Anyway many congrats on the completion, I’ve already basically decided to take a slight cheat day and then kicking off Round 2 May 2nd.  Trying to undo decades of neglect is going to take a while haha.
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    Birdie7117 got a reaction from rbothe in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    O My Goodness - forgot to post that I lost 7 lbs & almost 5" overall doing W30 
    That is a GOOD result for me, b/c I would do Wt Watchers EXACTLY & drink the Ocean of water suggested 
    &
    Lost ONE POUND a MONTH!! // 1/4 lb per WEEK !  
    With such little reward for mountains of EFFORT, it simply wasn't sustainable to continue the extraordinary focus required. 
    NEVER AGAIN!! 
    And now, I have a real opportunity / window to find out what foods make me feel good and the ones that I react to adversely.
    PRICELESS INFORMATION! 
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    Birdie7117 got a reaction from Revelate in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    WEEK 3   DAY 15 / HALF WAY THERE!!  / MONDAY 3-30
    ORANGE WATER  
    LATE BREAKFAST - NANA "CREPE" - LIGHT AND DAINTY - & spoonful of 0 sugar pear jam / BACON / Coffee
    2 eggs / banana / 1/4 tsp vanilla / Sprinkle cinnamon / 1/8 tsp salt / 1/8 tsp baking powder - Blend in small cup of Bullet / make little pancakes in skillet
    Late Lunch - Chicken Salad / almonds / grapes
    Collagen Smoothie
    Dinner - Hello Fresh thin Pork chops / mustard/coconut milk sauce/ garlic/thyme / Mashed potatoes / Stir fry cabbage/squash
     
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    Tuesday 3-31 / DAY 16 / INTO THIRD Week If I can continue on, feel that I'll be joining an elite club - it's not for the faint of heart, for sure!   Went into town for groceries. / half order of Chik F A hash browns (canola oil)   Lunch - Chicken Salad / almonds / grapes   Collagen Smoothie   Dinner - Chili / half avocado / cilantro _________________________________________ 4-1 / Wed - DAY 17
    Late breakfast - at noon 
    Nana Crepe / BACON / strawberries & coffee!   Spoon of Pear Jam - 0 sugar Morning Light Bliss    Lunch - Chicken Salad / Almonds / Grapes   Collagen Smoothie   Dinner - Chili / half avocado __________________________________________________________________________   Thursday 4-2 / DAY 18!    Breakfast was sweet potato/ coffee!   Lunch - Chili & avocado     Late dinner - bowl of BLT Salad* - good!    Cordial with half grape juice & half coconut water —- *BLT SALAD Used Butter lettuce, bacon, & those good Campari tomatoes, quartered.  Dressing was W30 mayo w/ fresh thyme & extra lemon juice added.   & a side of yellow bell pepper strips _____ Took a long nap this afternoon.    Think healing fires are  stoked ————— Discovered my neck again today /  Looked in mirror this morning to brush my teeth & there it was!  ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Day 19 - Friday / 4-3  LOVING  my Orange Water every morning. Make it first thing! So refreshing —- - delicious meals! Magical Days    Late breakfast at noon Half sweet potato w/ vanilla Pod cream BACON, dab Pear jam 0 sugar / good coffee    Savoring Morning Light / Beauty & Spring Forest / View from Breakfast Window / BirdSong   Snack Collagen Smoothie   Dinner -  roast beef & green beans/ potato/ parsley /  tomato / cucumber salad So good! Delicious!  —- 11 more days! Then testing  / YAY! _____________________________________________________________________________________________   DAY 20!!! Sat 4-4 // 2/3 way there!! YAY   10 more days after today    —-  This morning, savored delightful tea spoon of French Pear Preserves & Nespresso coffee w/Pods cream ,  with Spring sunlight & forest view from breakfast window. A bit of Heaven!  —- Late lunch  Roast beef, potatoes w/ parsley, French green beans w/toasted almonds & chives, cooked in ghee - so good!    Collagen Smoothie snack   Dinner - Chicken in Coconut Cream / garlic / chive sauce / side of HASH BROWNS / on plan catsup _______________________________________________________________________________   DAY 21 Sunday 4-5 /  3 weeks today It's truly by GRACE I'm doing W30. Honestly didn't know if I was up to it!  Something magical happened in the second week A Zone of Peace, Joy & little to no cravings kicked in!   And actually wanting the W30 choices, whereas I had thought I would just be enduring the whole thing!  —- Will be nice afterwards not to have the anxiety hanging over about messing up & upsetting the W30 apple cart, but   I can see how it would be good for me to basically stick to it after testing ...   And no worries if I go off a little-    Thinking I would let Sunday be a day to have whatever I may want...     But basically try to stick to it otherwise -- with God's help! ___________________________________________________________________________    The secret to success on W30 is to BE IN quarantine the whole time ___________________________________________________________________________
    ___________________________________________________________________________ TESTING THOUGHTS
    reading about Phase 2 / testing... It seems the food group you choose is eaten at every meal / snack in some form.    Then you do two days of W30 before trying the next group.    I think I will do Dairy first, since I saw the Jeni brand ice cream recently. it's sooo good!  & Brie with pears  maybe Parm chicken [w/ W30 Mayo] melted cheese / pimento cheese  Loaded baked potato - butter / cheese / sour cream —- Sugars Then will try Agave with tea & BAI with the sugar alcohols. & Poppi drink w/ sugar/vinegar   Then GRAINS -  grits / rice / cornbread/ corn chips / taco    Sandwich / bread  Croissant/ English muffin/ waffles    Then LEGUMES -  Dales sauce (soy) / Helmanns mayo peanuts / pnb  5 guy fries (peanut oil) or potato chips  Field peas / Lima’s w/ sweet tomato sauce ______________________________________________________    

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    Birdie7117 got a reaction from rbothe in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    O My Goodness - forgot to post that I lost 7 lbs & almost 5" overall doing W30 
    That is a GOOD result for me, b/c I would do Wt Watchers EXACTLY & drink the Ocean of water suggested 
    &
    Lost ONE POUND a MONTH!! // 1/4 lb per WEEK !  
    With such little reward for mountains of EFFORT, it simply wasn't sustainable to continue the extraordinary focus required. 
    NEVER AGAIN!! 
    And now, I have a real opportunity / window to find out what foods make me feel good and the ones that I react to adversely.
    PRICELESS INFORMATION! 
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    Birdie7117 reacted to SugarcubeOD in Non-gluten Grain Reintroduction   
    The only way to really tell would be to go back to Whole30 eating until you feel better (a few days should do it) and then try with a different corn product and see what happens.
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    Birdie7117 got a reaction from Revelate in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - DAY 25   
    *I start testing on APRIL 15!  Just 3 more days left, after today!  Can hardly  believe I've done W30!! Hoping for good success in testing, and then basically to continue W30, allowing rice if it's neutral & planned goodies on the weekend. I don't want to lose this ZONE of well-being!
    I'm learning - Food is powerful!
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    Birdie7117 reacted to gragoer in Hello from Georgia!   
    Hi all. I'm an engineer from Georgia! 
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    Birdie7117 reacted to BetterEveryDay in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    Way to go!
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    Birdie7117 got a reaction from BetterEveryDay in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    DAY 30  //  LAST DAY !  // FINISHING THE RACE! By God's GRACE! 
    4-14-20 / Tuesday
    11 am // Just now downstairs, having Orange water & coffee. // MORNING LIGHT & JOY & PEACE & CALM

    Can't decide if I want Nana Omelet or sweet potato! Or may venture out & make a new dish, Egg Cups! (In muffin pan)
    —-
    Then later - Chicken Salad,
    Collagen Smoothie
    & either Chili or hamburger patty for dinner.
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    Then tomorrow - TESTING DAIRY
    Jeni ice Savannah ButterMint ice cream‼️, Greek yogurt, Loaded baked potato, maybe Parm Chicken 
    —- 
    Then back to my lovely W30 for 2 days 
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    Birdie7117 reacted to AnnieWhole in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    You're hilarious! I just read your journey and you've inspired me to be ok with how Whole30 may look different for everyone.  Definitely having a Banana Omelette soon  
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    Birdie7117 got a reaction from Vanillabean in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    End of DAY 29  About to go to bed / sleepy / happy / glad I did this
     Looking forward to tomorrow  My LAST DAY OF WHOLE 30 !
    ___________________________________________________________
    Had delicious chicken salad for dinner
    lettuce fresh from the garden / grapes / toasted almonds 
    After dinner - bite of Blueberry RX Bar
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    Birdie7117 got a reaction from BabyBear in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    DAY 26!  Friday 4-10 // INTO WEEK FOUR / 4 more days after today! 
    Breakfast - Orange water / coffee / cooked a package of bacon & had 2 pieces
    Late Lunch - Nana Crepe / pear jam / coffee / 4 pc bacon!
    Snack - Bowl of Veggie Soup / pc bacon / 0 smoothie today
    *for dinner yesterday - made veggie soup w/ left over roast & beef broth - so good.
      So had the pork chops tonight & french green beans / chives / half baked potato w/ ghee & parsley/chives / small BLT Salad 
    Snack - a few grapes & sipped on Peach coconut waer
    * Lavender Epsom Salt Bath - so relaxing
    Full & satisfied / Sleepy / thankful for a good W30 day 
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    Birdie7117 reacted to TakingbackHope in Over-50 Whole 30   
    My husband and I are both 52 and on day 15 of Whole30. We've been surprised at how unexpectedly easy it has been. He is usually the complainer when it comes to trying something new that requires eliminating things he loves, but he has not caved once and has even talked me down from a weak moment. Haha!
    I just wanted to echo the huge NSV that we are already experiencing in the way of fewer joint aches and more energy. I am thrilled to also see that the plantar fasciitis that I have been struggling with for the past four months is starting to improve. I believe that most Americans suffer from inflammation needlessly with no idea how incredible they could feel (and really quickly) if they would just change the way they eat. 
    I wish we had tried Whole30 a long time ago!!!!
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    Birdie7117 reacted to Ernesto in AMAZING   
    So I just finished my first Whole30 and I'm blown away with the results!!
    I will say it was a real struggle at first and there were times I was about to quit but I stayed the course even during several crisis, both worldly and personal.  Wow am I glad I did as I took stock this morning of my results!
    BP is back to normal  GERD is gone, no more meds required I now know what "Tiger Blood" is, energy level has increased tremendously My sleeping has greatly improved, weekly average per Fitbit is now well into the 80's even with all the anxiety we are facing in the world today. My mood has also greatly improved, again, even with the worldly crisis we are all facing I reached my weight goal and then some All in all I have learned the importance of proper food choices and eating habits as the benefits speak for themselves. 
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    Birdie7117 reacted to BabyBear in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    @Birdie7117 what a delightful note and delectable description of your whole 30 experience.  Is your daughter considering starting her own whole 30 journey?  
     
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    Birdie7117 got a reaction from BabyBear in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    JOURNAL  //  DAY 25    5 MORE DAYS!    // TESTING STARTS WED APRIL 15!
    FROM NOTES TO MY DAUGHTER
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    Birdie7117 got a reaction from BabyBear in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    DAY 25!  Thursday 4-9 // INTO WEEK FOUR / 5 more days after today!    Breakfast - half sweet potato mixed w/ vanilla pod cream / Coffee Lunch - Delicious Curry Chicken Salad -  shredded & mixed with W30 mayo, golden raisins, toasted almonds, celery, curry powder/ on bed of lettuce
                      DELICIOUS GRAPES on the side   Dinner will be porck chops / mashed or baked potato / steamed cabbage / skillet squash/onions / cucumber slices in Vinegar   Enjoying my Orange Water every day         
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    Birdie7117 got a reaction from BabyBear in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    Beginning WEEK 4 ! Yes! /  DAY 22 / Monday April 6 —-  Loving my Orange water in the mornings —-  Sweet potato breakfast, coffee, dab of pear jam   Lunch - Small bowl of chili, half avocado    Snack - W30 prosciutto wrapped around melon cube - 3   Collagen Smoothie   Dinner- Chicken Salad /toasted almonds/ grapes / lettuce   Small After Dinner Cordial - half grape juice & half coconut water   A good day!  ______________________________________________________________________________   DAY 23! Tuesday 4-7 // INTO WEEK FOUR // 7 more days after today! —- Morning Orange Water  —- Late breakfast - half sweet potato, coffee/ nut pod cream, pear jam    Late lunch - Chicken Salad/almonds/grapes / Leaf Lettuce   Snack - W30 prosciutto wrapped around melon cube - 3    Dinner- Chicken Curry w/ coconut milk / broth / onion / bell pepper / garlic / ginger / basil / chives / cilantro               BROCCOLI    Small After Dinner Cordial - half grape juice & half coconut water   Full & SatIsfied / Happy Girl!   Lavender Epsom Salt Bath - so relaxing and restorative // Sleepy - went to bed early ______________________________________________________________________________   DAY 24!  Wed 4-8 // INTO WEEK FOUR    STARTING LAST 7 DAYS! // 6 MORE DAYS AFTER TODAY / THEN TESTING  __________   THIS IS AN IMPORTANT WEEK! // IN THE ZONE Of Full & Satisfied    IN THE ZONE OF UPLIFTED & Peaceful     IN THE ZONE OF HEALING & BODY / METABOLISM RESET  // HEALING FIRES STOKED   __________ SAVORING SPRING BEAUTY / FOREST BEAUTY / BIRDSONG _____________________________________________________    LOVING MY ORANGE WATER IN THE MORNING & THRU THE DAY!   Breakfast - half sweet potato w/ vanilla pod cream / coffee   Lunch - CURRY CHICKEN SALAD - leftover chicken curry pieces - shredded & mixed with W30 mayo, golden raisins, toasted almonds, celery, cilantro on bed of lettuce DELICIOUS GRAPES on the side   Collagen Smoothie Snack - coconut water / 1/3 apple / 1/3 nana / spinach leaves / raspberries / 1/4 tsp almond flavor / scoop collagen    Snack - W30 prosciutto wrapped around melon cube - 3   Dinner - Hello Fresh Hamburger patty / onion / tomato / lettuce/ mayo / bacon / mustard / bell pepper roasted oven potatoes on the side/ Primal Kitchen ketsup w/ smoked paprika mixed in, for dip   Small After dinner cordial - half coconut water / half grape juice   Full & Satisfied // Sleepy / Resting / feel body is healing  _____________________________________________________________ PLANNING MEALS FOR THE LAST 6 DAYS THURSDAY - PORK ROAST / MASHED POTATOS / CABBAGE OR GREEN BEANS / SQUASH / CUCUMBERS FRIDIAY - SALMON PATTIES / SLAW  SATURDAY - STEAK / BAKED POTATO / SALAD SUNDAY - NANA CREPES / BERRIES // LEMON CHICKEN / COCONUT SAUCE / VEGGIES  MONDAY - CHILI / AVOCADO TUESDAY - CHICKEN SALAD / toasted almonds / celery / raisins / grapes OR Omelette / BACON / HASH BROWNS    WEDNESDAY - APRIL 15 - BEGIN TESTING > DAIRY // SUGAR // GRAINS // LEGUMES // COCKTAIL/WINE _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________      
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    Birdie7117 reacted to BabyBear in Birdie's 1st WHOLE 30 - MARCH 16-20   
    2/3 of the way there!  I love that you are starting to think about your reintro plan.  Definitely have a plan! And a plan for foods the few days after.  I found certain foods made me crave all the foods like a mad person.  If I hadn’t had a plan in place I may have never recovered my first round of reintro.  Keep up the good work and finish strong.