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    Semi got a reaction from Mamatutu in CALLING ALL UK WHOLE30/POST-Whole30 PARTICIPANTS!   
    Not UK, but from germany and I think we share similiar problems like: no Whole30 compatible sauces and where the hell do you get compliant sausage from? lol
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    Semi got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Fall 2021 in Germany Round 2   
    5 PM.
    I'm so tired.
    Kids were little helllions and I really wanted something sweet.
    While the elder one was in her Music Lesson I went to a Cafe and ordered a double Espresso.
    Came home and ate the rest of a burger patty.
     Now I will shower and then cook my eggs and go to bed, because I feel like killing something.
    Sidenote: I struggled more on my last W30 tbh. Probably because I actually eat somewhat clean now on a normal day?
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    Semi reacted to eramsey in Day 1 in the Books   
    Day 7 Morning
    Last night was tough and good at the same time. I barely had any time to unwind. I am almost always in the kitchen now so I need to work on easier meals so I can actually spend time with my family. That being said, my sleep has drastically improved. I was up with my alarm in a good mood this morning. Last night however, the cravings were serious. I managed to get by with just some raisins and some almond butter on some chicken deli slices. It was pretty tasty as a snack!
    This morning breakfast was scrambled eggs with spinach and avocado on the side. And a few slices of bacon that I brought to work with me. 
    I do feel I have a tremendous amount of focus at work and I even have energy when I get home. 
    Lunch today will be the remix pot roast ragout (which came out really well last night) and I also have a small salad, a hard boiled egg and some homemade trail mix at work with me. 
    Tonight I will sit down to meal plan for next week so I have time to start getting everything we need. The goal is to stay under our grocery budget and make only 2 max 3 trips to the food store. Hopefully I can squeeze in a walk/run even if it is just 15 minutes or chasing my son around, just anything to get moving. 
    I still go between being resentful of this program at times for how restrictive it is to realizing there are actual changes occuring. I do so more of a waistline when I look in the mirror. However my pants this morning seem tighter. I am so tempted to step on the scale but I know it will be demoralizing and the real change will come in the last 2 weeks of the program so I am trying very hard to stick this out. 
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    Semi got a reaction from eramsey in Day 1 in the Books   
    I feel you on the picky eaters...really. Just do you best and you know? in the end it doesn't matter that much what you feed them as long as it's somewhat natural (it's a victory if they eat veg and fruits!). You give your best and that is good enough
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    Semi reacted to eramsey in Day 1 in the Books   
    @SemiThank you for the tips. Last night I made my toddler an eggo waffle with butter and syrup thinking for sure he would eat that but nope. He is going through a picky eater phase which is making this entire thing so much harder. Dinner time is just meltdowns, battles and timeouts. So last night I just let it go because I realized if I am not finishing my dinner I will be grumpy and not cope very well with that whole situation. I did get him to eat some Greek yogurt later so I guess that's a win? I had really high hopes that he would see all this yummy healthy food and try a thing or 2 here or there so we would find more veggies that he would like. On the flip side one win was that this morning he came into the kitchen while I was cooking breakfast and said "Mommy cooking food" so that means he has an understanding that food involves whole food that have to be cooked/prepared. We'll take what we can get right? But then there was a meltdown over what he wanted (I don't even know what it was) and it made cooking breakfast much harder and a longer process. (My husband would usually help but he had surgery last week. Part of the whole30 is that he needed to eat an anti inflammatory diet for his recovery). 
    Day 5 Wrap Up
    Lunch yesterday around 12pm kept me pretty full until about 5 pm. I did have some almond/raisins in between but it wasn't a full snack. I had pretty steady energy and mood all day yesterday and my sleep is definitely much better. Dinner was chicken stir fry and I put broccoli in. Since I was a kid, I have never liked broccoli. And I could barely finish the stir fry because of the broccoli so I think we will keep broccoli to a minimum. My husband loves broccoli so maybe some broccoli on the side for him. 
    Day 6 Morning
    I was ravenous when I woke up this morning. And although I slept very well I feel so tired and groggy. Last night I cut up some extra veggies for scrambled eggs with vegetables and added some spinach and then had some avocado on the side. I thought I was full but now 2 hours later I am very hungry. I had a banana on my way to work hoping that would help but nope--- still hungry. I do have a hard boiled egg, apple, and nuts/raisins with me so I may need to have a snack in a little bit. While I am craving bread/cheese etc. (I miss cheese so much) this is definite hunger not just a craving so clearly I will need to eat more at breakfast. 
    Today I am thinking what have I gotten myself into? This is not sustainable. And then I notice some of the changes in my body and my more steady energy/mood and I go ok well maybe there is something to this. I am doubting if I can stick out the whole program. So my plan is to take the next 4-5 days to get my meal portions better aligned with my hunger cues and see how that goes. I am finiding that I have to go to the food store frequently which will not work long term for me and that eating this way  is wreaking havoc on our grocery budget. So as I meal plan for the next week the goal will be to stay within the grocery budget (no exceptions). Because if we don't find a way to make this sustainable long term now, then the re introduction/post whole 30 will be a disaster.
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    Semi reacted to Rebecca001 in (Re)starting September w30   
    I have spent the weekend ILL, I had lost my sense of smell and taste and was coughing so did a Covid test yesterday which has come back negative. But felt/feel pretty rough. 
    Starting to feel a bit brighter now. It explains my exhaustion last week a lot. I have been doing my very gentle hip stretches from the physio and now the way I feel there is no rush to get out for a run, so I plan to not run or do a workout til October! Just another 3 days rest. 
    we have 2 birthdays this week, son and husband, so given my shocking September I may accept that I will eat birthday cake on Wednesday and restart, again, properly, on October 1st. Although I will endeavour to remain as compliant as possible until then, just because it’s actually my preferred way to eat really. I actually find I don’t want the junk food now. 
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    Semi reacted to eramsey in Day 1 in the Books   
    I got my weekend walk/runs in and it felt so good. I did feel lighter on sunday morning's run. Yesterday (day 4) I had a bit of headache but I just drank extra water. 
    Saturday night we had the chicken tarragon from the whole 30 cookbook and that was relatively simple to make so it will stay around. 
    Sunday night - I knew hubby would need some red meat to stay on track and although I try to limit it I decided to do the pot roast. It was so tasty. My toddler wouldn't eat it though so looks like I am still making him pasta and chicken nuggets most nights. I just cannot deal with this challenge and meltdowns all night when he won't eat his dinner so I will lose that battle to win the war haha. 
    Monday - Breakfast was scrambled eggs, avocado and grapefruit. Mid morning I had a hard boiled egg that I brought to work. And I had to eat an early lunch in between meetings which was leftover pot roast and some almonds/raisins. I am feeling pretty full right now but I am sure I will need something around 3/4pm. I need to pick up some primal kitchen dressings so I can have some raw veggies cut up and ready to go with that or with some almond butter. 
    Dinner tonight is just going to be a basic chicken stir fry with whatever is available in the fridge. 
    Today I am going to the bathroom much more than I did. The craving seems to have died down a bit. I alternate between having lots of energy and wanting a nap. 
    Does anyone have any suggestions for easy to grab protein snacks that are not jerky/pork/red meat? Also not Lara bars since I can't find them. 
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    Semi reacted to eramsey in Log - My First Whole 30 starts tomorrow   
    And so it begins tomorrow. I have about 30 lbs to lose. I used to be extremely active even running 10k races. And I believe that being that healthy helped me carry a difficult pregnancy and deliver a wonderful healthy 8 lb 3 oz baby boy. But that baby boy is now 2.5 years old and it is time to get serious about getting this excess weight off. 
    I do not feel good about myself or the way I look. Being a busy working mom (I work 6 days per week) I fell into the trap of convenience and grabbing what I could when I could. I have often skipped meals, by working straight through lunch and then dealing with the dinner and bedtime meltdowns I grabbed whatever I could late at night and you guessed it -- it was mostly junk food while I mindlessly watched tv or scrolled through my phone. Thank goodness this little boy of mine is so active and we are outside so frequently because that has at least kept me moving to a degree. 
    A few weeks ago I started going for walks again, counting calories, tracking macros etc to try to get my portions under control and it was shocking how big they were and how little protein I was actually using to fuel my body. So with all of this I knew I needed to commit to something. 
    This Whole30 is something I am doing just for me, to prove to myself that I am still that person that can run a 10K. It is an act of self love and self care for me so that I can be there in the long term for my husband and son. And I can run around and chase my son and not be embarrassed to wear a swimsuit in the pool with my little boy. And my back doesn't hurt all the time. Or I'm not too tired to participate. 
    Moreover I want to be healthy and feel my best. I want to enjoy cooking again. I want to create and pass on healthy eating habits and expose my son to all kinds of food (as budget and time allow). So while this is for me I know it will benefit my loved ones around me. I hope this log will hold me accountable in a way and that I can look through my progress over these next 30 days and be proud of what I accomplish at the end. 
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    Semi reacted to Rebecca001 in Day 1 in the Books   
    @eramseyhi, sounds like you have had a good few days? Well done! 
    Is this your first w30? 
    If you would like some advice, I would suggest go back to the book and reread the bits on the meal template; you might find that snacking on fruit doesn’t help you eliminate your sugar cravings, I do this especially when I am tired, so you are not alone. However protein/fat based snacks if you have to snack at all are a better choice. Ideally you would eat so much at your meals  that you could go 4/5 hours without needing any more food. This comes from having protein and fat in good quantities at your meals. That Dan sometimes feel like your plate is loaded high, and sometimes means you have to ‘waste’ food while you get your portion sizes worked out. 

    I also think unfortunately your chia seed pudding is not allowed as it comes under the banner of the old Swypo rule, baked/recreated goods rules, even if all the ingredients are compliant - that might have changed now so maybe ask on a ‘can I have’ post and One of the lovely moderators will tell you what the current rules are around that sort of thing. I love chia pots and I miss them when I do a full w30 although I have them when I am reintroducing with no issues. 
    I hope you don’t mind me saying. I definitely find my sugar cravings significantly worse when I eat more fruit, and in fact my challenge to myself  next week is to eat no fruit at all, in a bid to break my fruit addiction and increase the amount of veg and variety of veg I eat. I completely understand how easy it is to reach for fruit when giving snacks to the children too, my boys are snack monsters. 
    your meals sound great, especially your twice baked potato! I made some loaded skins last week, by scooping out the inside of cooked baked potato and adding chives, bacon, and mixing with my mayo and stuffing the skins and baking again, they were so delicious and hardly noticed the missing cheese! 
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    Semi reacted to Rebecca001 in Fall 2021 in Germany Round 2   
    @Semii use A bcaa capsule which is compliant, would that be suitable? I don’t do body building so may not be enough for your needs however. 
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    Semi reacted to eramsey in Day 1 in the Books   
    Day 2 & 3
    So far I feel less puffy if that makes any sense at all. I do think I see an improvement in my skin's texture. I went for a walk/run this morning and it felt so good. 
    I woke up happiest and in a better mood and lets just say there are frequent bathroom visitas but not as much gas. I will leave that right there.
    I am very hungry a lot. So far no headache. I have done detox challenges in the past for up to 2 weeks so I know that I need to eat more than I normally do. I already miss cheese a lot and sugar in my coffee. And my son's snacks are so tempting when I have to get them for him. I need to get bed early while doing this challenge because that is when I snack. 
    Yesterday's dinner was the Mexican twice baked potatoes from the cookbook and they were so good! We had leftovers for lunch and I was able to throw together a quick hash for breakfast with some grapefruit. 
    Tonight's dinner is the chicken Tarragona with charred leeks. I am realizing just how much I really enjoy cooking with leeks.
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    Semi reacted to eramsey in Day 1 in the Books   
    Thank you @MadyVanilla. You are so sweet. I do like to cook but I have gotten away from it so one of the fun things for me is getting excited about cooking with whole ingredients again and trying new recipes. One of the problems I had was that I was stuck in a rut with meals so I think I was actually getting bored with the same thing or I would focus on what my son will actually eat (because toddler food tantrums are no fun) which is pasta, nuggets etc and then I sneak veggies in there. So by cooking to his preferences I would often skip out because I know that those foods aren't the best for me (nothing wrong with pasta but 3-5x per week is too much for me) and then that leads to late night snacking. (and by the way I feel bad saying all of this because with the amount of food insecurity people are going through, it is ridiculous to be bored with food if you are blessed enough to have any food in the first place)
    Speaking of food waste and insecurity, I am finding that because I am being more conscious about my meal planning then I do not have that much food waste and one of my goals is not to waste any food. I cannot stand throwing out uneaten leftovers!!!!!!! It makes me so mad. 
    My husband is on board for now and is doing it with me. Actually, because a doctor recently told him he needed to eat an anti inflammatory diet. When I compared the list of foods he could and couldn't have with Whole30 we realized that it was similar and we might as well do it together. We will see how this goes. I have gotten some resistance already but hopefully once he realizes how yummy all of these recipes are he will stick with it. 
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    Semi reacted to eramsey in Day 1 in the Books   
    Day 2 in progress. Not feeling great but doing ok so far.
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    Semi reacted to eramsey in Day 1 in the Books   
    Ok so day 1 is done!! 
    Breakfast was the mushroom, spinach and leek frittata from the cookbook. 
    Banana as morning snack.
    Lunch was salad with hard boiled eggs.
    Afternoon snack of lettuce wraps with almond butter.
    Some raising as a late afternoon snack
    Dinner was sheet pan fajitas on broccoli ans cauliflower rice with avocado.
    And night snack of chia seed pudding and blueberries.
    I feel proud of myself. I had lower energy but my mood was very sable today. I am not sure what I have gotten myself into and am nervous about late night cravings.
    I cannot eliminate all of the snacks because I have to keep some for my son. I do have them in a separate cupboard and I just need to make sure I dont have any reason to go in that cuoboard other than to get him his snacks.
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    Semi reacted to MadyVanilla in Fall 2021   
    The party was cancelled last night as one of the organizers tested positive for COVID.  Dinner ended up being a chicken Caesar salad, with compliant Caesar dressing. 
    I woke up a little after 5 this morning.  I could have got up, but didn’t and fell back asleep for 2 more hours.  I think I’m ready to start getting up and going to gym next week.  I’ve been busy so far today, cleaning, taking dog to class, walking…just now sitting down to read for a bit.  
    Day 11
    M1-sausage and spinach
    M2-leftover chicken chimichurri and spinach
    M3-hamburger with the fixings, salad
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    Semi got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Fall 2021 in Germany Round 2   
    I tried the Whole30 last year and failed at day 15.
    This time I'm a bit better prepared and better informed.
    I already have a meat stash in my freezer, tons of potatoes (around 33 lbs, but they cost only 6€/7US $), eggs and other veg and fruits.
    I realized that I have to use a bit of a different strategy here in germany, simply because I don't have some shortcuts (like compliant sausages, sauces, nutpods etc), so I will adapt the rules a bit instead of sweating the small stuff.
    I will try to follow every rule as best as I can, but I won't restart if I can't find a compliant sausage, instead I will use the one which follows the rules the closest.
    Otherwise I wouldn't even start, because I don't have time to cook this often and meal prep doesn't work for more then 2 days for us.
    I also have some other restrictions: I have to follow a low FODMAP Diet for my histamine intolerance, so no tomatoes and other fun stuff for me, I'm also allergic to fish. So: Meat and eggs for me.
    Day 1:
    sweet potatoe "toast" with 1/4 avocado Ants on a log (with almond butter) Potatoes, Broccoli, celery, bellpepper, sausage in a pan (with coconut oil) chicken breast, potatoes, veggies (with coconut oil) Oven baked potatoes Today I'm on day 2.
    2 eggs, 3 egg whites, 1 banana ants on a log, cucumber  
    I will update it later, today.
    How I feel:
    Day 1: Normal. It's not that different from my normal diet. Main difference is: I don't eat my evening joghurt/quark with whey protein (I do bodybuilding) and I eat no toast, instead of my 2 slices/day. Instead of butter I use oil. So...not that different.
    I think I will have to eat more meat to eat enough protein for my muscle building, but that's it.
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    Semi reacted to MadyVanilla in Fall 2021   
    Finally, I made the chimichurri chicken - and it was AMAZING!  The recipe was easy and definitely a keeper to add to the rotation.  I'm feeling settled into the days, not really having any cravings.  I'm waking up earlier (but not getting up yet), my energy level is improving, my sleep is better, I feel as if I may have lost a little weight.  Always starting over, whether it's after Day 2 or after months of eating well has a bit more of a motivating factor to it for me than does sustaining.  With sustaining, I'm not seeing the regular changes in my health that I do when I crash and start over.  I need to ponder this...
    Day 10
    M1-black coffee.  Not hungry and knew I could eat lunch earlier
    M2-Finished the sausage hash with extra spinach added
    M3-PRobably a burger and some sort of vegetables - going to a surprise party bbq this evening.  
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    Semi got a reaction from Kimba341 in Whole30 in Germany   
    Fed them to my little monsters. They finished them all.
    Will need to work on the texture and the sustenance. So they're fuller faster.
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    Semi got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Whole30 in Germany   
    Broke my W30 Today.
    But I do feel better and less lethargic. I will restart and meanwhile eat as W30 compliant as possible.
    At least I got rid of the brain fog. It wasn't nice.
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    Semi got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Whole30 in Germany   
    Day 15: Energylevels
    Low. i have enough energy to do the chores, but I really should be studying bc I have 3 upcoming exams in 4 weeks and I'm not even remotely ready.
    So: I have more energy than when I'm eating junk food, but less than when I eat a more carb leaning diet with around 80 gr /Protein/day.
    I really don't know how I will pass, bc I'm not in the headspace to study. My brain isn't exactly foggy, but it's not clear either.
    I think I'm not a low carb person.
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    Semi got a reaction from Ginsky in Whole30 in Germany   
    Day 15,
    Went running (totally out of form).
    M1: Burger, sweet potatoe toast, cubed sweet potatoes, spinach and onion, also guac.
    Needing to use up everything bc we will be away for 2 weeks.
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    Semi got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Whole30 in Germany   
    Day 14 today.
    Nearly halfway through.
    M1: 3 Scrambled eggs, banana and raisins.
    Vanilla Almond Iced Latte (Home brewed coffee, Ice cubes, fresh vanilla bean and a bit of almond milk)
    M2: Will be either rest from yesterday or fruits
    M3: Meatballs in tomatosauce and zoodles.
    Hand is itching again, although I'm sweating and it is on the part of the hand which I lay down while typing on the PC or while writing.
    I will go to a dermatologist tomorrow morning to get some cortisol cream. I really want to get rid of it and it does itch terribly right now.
    W30 did actually help with the rest of my hand, so there's that.
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    Semi reacted to Ginsky in Whole30 in Germany   
    @Semi that meal sounds delicious!  
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    Semi got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Whole30 in Germany   
    I don't know. Could be something typically german?
    We eat them baked in the oven with some honey over it. It's a dessert on it's own. Cheap, fast, tasty.
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    Semi reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Whole30 in Germany   
    Never on their own, only ever baked into cake or muffins.  I've been living in a cave all these years maybe? LOL