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  1. Looks like Plant-Based has just been introduced as an option, and Melissa Urban isn't doing it herself. She says for her, meat works. Well, I am off the Whole30 and Whole30-ish, but still not having gluten or legumes. Minimizing random carb-fests like rice, GF noodles, etc. Keeping the sweet potatoes rolling. Had an unfortunate encounter with my chocolate addiction! It's back. I'm not sure how to move forward -- I'm thinking I'll wing it for a couple months, then check back and do a real Whole30. Maybe if I did like 3 a year, it would help ground me???? Maybe I'll do one in Ma
  2. @Rikki - Do you do a full reintro every time? I figure I already know from previous Whole30s what foods trigger me. And I'm weirded out that Melissa Urban is now rolling out a plant-based Whole30 diet! I mean, if she was wrong about meat, what else was she wrong about???? Meanwhile, I'm eating plenty of meat, avocados, bananas dipped in cacao powder. I tried a couple corn chips and immediately felt sick. I think I'll just keep doing a Whole30-ish, meat-and-fat diet until our trip to Mexico in March... And I'll keep checking in here, if some of you decide to keep posting! It's ni
  3. I had a pretty darned good day! I have moved on to "Whole 30-ish". Today I went to my favorite brunch spot in a nearby town, sat outside in the cold Because Covid, and had Eggs Benedict -- but instead of bread or English muffin, I had them put it over spinach. So yummy! Went on a nice walk, maybe 2-3 miles, with a friend on the river nearby.
  4. @MizRik rikki, i'm with alie on the sushi -- sushi kind of has *everything* in it. sugar, definitely... often soy... the various fishes and seaweeds... it would make more sense, to me, to start with a plain bowl of rice, or rice with on-plan additions (such as ghee). try that a couple days in a row and see how it goes. though i sure love sushi and can see the appeal! @Aliem999 sounds like a doozy of an illness! i really hope things improve for you. @MaddMac glad you are also enjoying some non-alc goodness! i'm a pretty serious kombucha fiend, and years ago used to do "d
  5. @MizRik sounds good, waiting on the reintro! @MaddMac sounds like a good Day 31! @Aliem999i hope you get to feeling better. flu or Covid or unknown? I tried another nonalcoholic drink tonight, with some sugar. Either the sugar or the natural flavors are causing a weird sensation in my mouth and tongue. I sometimes have citrus/orange allergies, so I suspect that is the culprit. I was kind of hoping that had gone away. Oh well! Otherwise still on-plan. Felt the urge to go get a bagel and cream cheese. Didn't.
  6. So I celebrated the end of my Whole30 with a bottle of Aurora hemp - Lavender Orange flavor. It was delicious, and not particularly sweet, so that seemed allright. Resisted the urge to buy chocolate again today, even though officially I'm off my Whole30. Did make a pancake-like omelette, dusted with cinnamon and a *tiny* bit of maple syrup. Am I on the slippery slope to crummy eating???? I don't know.
  7. thanks alie! i did plunge a banana into the cocoa powder today, which took the edge off. getting my chocolate fix somehow or other!! i noticed that the Whole30's official January W30 happened to start on Day 1 of my period last month. and now here i am again. officially this is my last day of my Whole30. weirdly, the only thing i really want to eat off-plan is to try this drink Aurora Elixirs. they're a new client of mine, and i love so much about what they do, how they source their ingredients, etc. — but i haven't been able to try their product yet, because there's a small amount of
  8. rikki, maybe it's SMART BODY trying to tell you All the Things! (coconut faux-ice-cream might be a good compromise?) i just realized tomorrow is Day 31! now i have to decide. i also got my period last night. it happened just about exactly at the moment of the New Moon (in Aquarius, for those who care, and conjunct Saturn / square-ish Uranus), which is also lunar Imbolc this month. very woo woo!
  9. I almost blew it today -- I wanted a chocolate bar, and was wandering around in our small town, feeling hungry (or was it just PMS?). But I thought, jeeeeez, I only have to make it to February 3. On the fence about whether to extend the Whole30. I might make it a Whole45 or Whole60. Or I might cheat a tiny bit here and there, go back to "Whole30-ish mostly-paleo" eating, which I did for a few years. I ended up getting gout, and I do have high cholesterol -- but in every other way I felt much better (I have chronic illness issues). So yeah. I don't know what I'm doing! Argh. Mainly PM
  10. @Rebecca001, my Whole30 has been similar -- i just haven't been paying much attention to portions and timing of meals. it doesn't feel great to do it this way, but it's basically a lot better than nothing, and i'm not eating anything off-plan. i plan to extend this into a Whole45 or Whole60, and try to reduce portions and change timing. I agree with @christine19 -- this is a messed-up time in history and society to be harshing on ourselves. it is a good time to take things with a little ease and self-forgiveness.
  11. what is an NSV? i have lost a bit of weight. my mood is cranky AF, pretty much Ms Crankypants from pre-ovulation all the way through to what is now PMS. but i do have this feeling of like, that there's a layer of puffiness that has disappeared. i am having allergy symptoms but imagine it would be much worse if i weren't on a W30 (snow mold allergy).
  12. well, i think i smooshed it up in our mini-Cuisinart chopper thing, then mixed with olive oil. some i made into proper pestos. for freezing, some i put in ice cube trays. others i put into little sauce containers from takeout food (i try to reuse everything). seems to have worked pretty well!
  13. @Roelien What a bummer about your injury! Aiiyyee. Hope you heal nicely and have access to good foods. The XX book I mentioned was published March 10, 2020. Of course, I doubt the research shows whether people were eating conventionally raised meat and dairy products (for saturated fats) versus grassfed, pastured, and/or organic. Still -- it is scary. During my 2-3 years of mostly paleo, Whole30-ish eating, my cholesterol levels stayed bad and actually got a little bit worse. I also developed gout a couple times, which was horribly painful. So I know this stuff isn't all roses a
  14. @MaddMac We did fish tonight, too. I layered up rockfish with green cabbage leaves, blanched carrots, ginger, lemongrass, lime leaf, chili flakes, and probably other stuff I'm forgetting... steamed it. Usually I do a mirin-soy-sauce recipe, oh and kombu as well (wish I had remembered kombu!!) but can't have that stuff on Whole30. Oh yeah - also basil from the freezer. We got tons of it free from a local farm at the end of the summer. And tomato slices on top. Everything steamed together, then scallions on top of that.
  15. oh! also: i am readig a book called "The XX Brain: The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women to Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer's Disease Hardcover" by Lisa Mosconi PhD. and the conclusions are anti-Whole30, opposite-of-paleo, in many ways. animal fat bad. whole grains okay. it's stressing me out. my mom has early stage dementia, and i have hormonal issues. Whole30 and "Whole30-ish" and paleo eating make me feel better and lose weight... but if they're going to give me Alzheimer's and/or a heart attack, is it worth it?? i wish the science were more accurate and cons
  16. hi @lizzieforce, i hope your Covid wasn't too bad, and welcome back to your new W30! i hear you on the food boredom, @christine19 ... i'm eating pork this week because my husband, who doesn't eat meat, did the last round of shopping. i'm not super into pork. but what i'm making smells good: it's a big, thick chop in the slow cooker with cabbage, kale, onions, allspice, fresh ginger, a little bit of water and apple cider vinegar. @Rebecca001 your dinner sounds delish!
  17. i feel like the alcohol and sugar are so thoroughly intertwined -- if i have either of them regularly, like once a month or more, it's the slippery slope to the Sugar Dragon's lair. cupcake, big serving of white rice, or a glass of wine? the Sugar Dragon doesn't care. it's all food to him. it also seems like W30 would be so very helpful for problem drinkers. i think it's way easier to stop drinking during a W30 than to stop drinking while still eating sugar and grains. likewise, easier to stop eating those cupcakes during a W30 than when i've been slipping in carbs and booze. for me
  18. @Aliem999 Sounds like you and I are on the same track. I've just finished reading "It Starts with Food," and realized that I want to do my Whole## more thoroughly than I have been. I've been completely on-plan with which foods I eat, but haven't adjusted when and how much I eat. So - I think I will keep modifying that, and continue through at least mid-February, so make it a Whole45, or maybe extend into a Whole60 (and y'all are welcome to stay in this topic as you move forward past reintroduction, if you want to cheer me on!). In March we will be taking a trip to Mexico to meet up w
  19. @MizRik Well, personally I would move on, and stop using sugar cough drops, and just stick with the current Whole30. If it works for your life, it might not be a bad idea to extend the Whole30 an extra week or so, since illness and the medicines both mess with your body pretty thoroughly. So, I'd pad it with extra W30 time before reintroducing foods, just so things are really clean & clear. After all this work, may as well make sure you're getting solid info from the reintroduction phase. Unless, like me, you're not really doing this W30 for the information to be gleaned during reintr
  20. oh! you've got Les Covides! oh dear. i hope it doesn't go too badly for you. maybe you'll get your tigers blood later. (mine doesn't coincide with the Melissa Urban timeline, when i do get it...)
  21. @MizRik great job on not indulging while being sick! Nicely done. @itskatiegirl11 funny how sweet real food can be, eh? and also funny how short a time it takes to notice, just like a week or two of not eating added sugars. i hope you come up with some fine celebratory meals that are W30-compliant. @Loop me too! i'm a kombucha comfort food person, even when eating a full (fattening, joint-aching, crummy-feeling) diet. Whole30 Day 13 for me today... and moon cycle Day 16. i am super duper grouchy. last night i yelled at my son for something that was, sure, annoying, but not yell
  22. Last night I dreamt about accidentally eating off-plan! The dream included a scene where the police were dragging me and my family off. I was rummaging through a drawer finding snacks for my son. In real life, the snack drawer contains roasted seaweed, rice cakes, nuts, corn nuts, Lara bars. In the dream it was like kind of gross, low-end junk food, store-bought cookies, none of them in their packages, sticky with jam...
  23. Food today: my son and I ended up unexpectedly driving half an hour to meet a friend on a nearby river, late afternoon. Just before we dashed out the door, I stuck the thawed-out chicken drumsticks in the InstantPot, threw in a piece of lemongrass and some wilting green leek-tops, a cup of water, salt and pepper. Turned it to "slow cook" and hoped for the best. Came home to a very delicious, if not terribly attractive, chicken dinner! On the side, previously roasted sweet potatoes. I also have a big bag of sturdy winter salad greens from our local CSA; ate a big bowl of those with tahini
  24. Rikki, i hope you are feeling better! The MSG controversy is interesting to me, as someone who had had reactions to *something* in a number of soups in Asian restaurants in the US. Once I read about MSG being a problem, I stopped eating at places that use MSG, and stopped having the symptoms. The one time I slipped was in Thailand, and I was practically hallucinating from whatever was in that (delicious) Tom Yum soup. Was it MSG? I can't really say. But it brought on migraine effects.
  25. I'm on Day 13. Very slow, tired mornings, then some pep in the afternoon after my (large, eggy) breakfast. A treat this week was a surprisingly delicious, farmed steelhead fillet with loads of flavor and fat; if you've never had it, steelhead trout is similar to salmon. I had some Hot Lava salts my husband got me in Hawaii... I slathered those on both sides, sauteed the fish a couple minutes in a thin coat of olive oil, skin down, then added a little water and put on a lid, poached it for a bit. delicious! For the non-Whole30 menfolk I made gluten-free penne pasta with a cashew-basil