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  1. beara32

    w30 is curing my cancer

    So great to hear your update. Thanks for sharing! You have inspired me.
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    September 4/ Day 3 Could use a buddy

    Congratulations to all of you. All weekend I knew I'd have the pleasure of checking in on Monday and hearing greating accomplishments - scale and non-scale. It was easy for me to stick to clean eating this weekend. I chose to eat a few things that I knew were not compliant; for example, Saturday morning we had a coconut milk chia seed pudding, and I know there was carageenan in the coconut milk she used to make it, as well as a bit of maple syrup. Saturday night I was seriously considering a glass of wine, but ultimately decided to eat 2 bites of a garbonzo bean blondie (made with garbanzo beans, almond butter, maple syrup, sea salt and dark chocolate chunks) and I feel great about my decision. It was thought-out, not impulsive...I didn't reach for it just because it was in front of me, nor did I mindlessly eat the whole thing... I ate 2 bites and I felt satisfied. Plus, it didn't send me on a wild binge reaching for everything sugar-laden in sight! The biggest victory here is that I was in control of the decision I made Yesterday was just another day of Whole30 eating. I am so thankful that I've had the support of each of you during this journey, and I am thrilled that we'll keep checking in and supporting each other as we keep on with our Whole30s or while we go through introductions. Onwards to the journey of better health!!
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    September 4/ Day 3 Could use a buddy

    Good morning! I took my measurements last night and I've dropped about 5.5 inches, including 2 from my waist, and 7 pounds. I feel good about that weight loss, because it averages out to about 1.5 or 2 pounds/week. At the same time, I feel disappointed that I am attached to a number for validation! As I mentioned before, I don't have a scale in my house, and I don't ever complain about how I look or if I feel uncomfortable in my own skin in front of my children, especially my daughter (age 3). We don't talk about losing weight, or counting calories...we focus on moving our bodies and getting the vitamins and minerals we need from the foods that we eat. But I still care about that number... I guess it will take time to get out of that habit. I noticed last night I was moving really s-l-o-w-l-y cleaning up the kitchen after we were done celebrating my mom's birthday. I don't think I had enough fat yesterday at lunch and dinner. It was really interesting to make that association! Today will be all about getting food together for my retreat this weekend. Meal 1: butternut squash soup (made with coconut milk and a little bit of prosciutto), 2 eggs cooked in ghee, a small amount of ground pork Meal 2: another interesting mish-mash of sardines in olive oil, spaghetti squash, more butternut squash soup, and part of an avocado Meal 3: roasted chicken thighs, roasted broccoli, the rest of the avocado, maybe some pumpkin pudding from yesterday
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    September 4/ Day 3 Could use a buddy

    Today is my last day as well, of my initial 30, but I'll keep going to a Whole45. The fact that today is Day 30 seems kind of...surprising to me...like it just snuck up on me! At the beginning of the program 30 days seemed so long...yet here it is! I have started to really see results in the last week, and I think I need more time for them to sink in.I also am still fighting that sugar dragon! It really has a hold on me! I am going to take my measurements/weigh tonight. I don't keep a scale at home, so I used my mom's scale to weigh at the beginning and she took my measurements, so I'll use her scale and have her measure me for consistency. I never did take "before" pictures. I've been struggling to get my steps in, but I'm trying! Mary, your meals yesterday sound SO yummy. I was surprised to realize a few days ago that I haven't been eating much between meals either. It just kind of happened, just like it was supposed to. Widget, that bolognese with yellow zucchini sounds yummy too. I understand what you mean about the crunch of toast! I personally like the taste of butter as it melts on crunchy warm toast I also have a tendancy to grab a handful of something to snack on after getting home from work. Growing up, my parents would start snacking as soon as they were in the door. It's a tough habit to break. I'm glad that the two of you will still keep checking in! Yesterday, Meal 3: Roasted chicken drumsticks and sugar snap peas with sizzling garlic (adapted from Well Fed 2) Today Meal 1: True Story sausage, pumpkin pudding (http://www.preppypaleo.com/2012/05/whole30-breakfast-recipes.html) (Note: I do not consider this to be SWYPO nor a no-brakes food for me) (and wow, it was delicious. and SO FILLING!) Meal 2: a mish-mash of leftover snap peas and spaghetti squash, sunshine sauce, and a True Story sausage (having those sausages on hand has saved my protein!) Meal 3: celebratory birthday dinner for my mom, planning on making a soup while the rest of them eat homemade pizza. I need to find a quick easy soup that I can whip up between the hours of 5 and 6 tonight! Can't wait to hear from you all about how your last day goes!
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    September 4/ Day 3 Could use a buddy

    Hi all, just a quick check in from me. There were a lot of temptations around this weekend, as my kids had their first sleepover. We had a 22 month old, two 3 year olds, and a 4 year old at my house. What was I thinking? Actually it went really well, the guest kids were extremely well behaved and everybody had fun and slept well. The other parents have a 2 month old as well, so I wanted to give them a "night off" to rest. We ordered pizza, and they brought chocolate chip cookies. In the AM I made pumpkin spice pancakes with coconut milk. It was hard to keep my hands out of that! Chipotle for dinner last night, and a sausage stir fry for lunch yesterday. Lots of cravings for sweets yesterday so had a peach with lunch and dinner. At dinner I smeared coconut oil on it and sprinkled cinnamon on it too. I have commited to turning my Whole30 into Whole45, which means I'll be done 10/15. I just feel like I need to keep going. I'm a little (okay, a lot) bit nervous about this weekend, as I'm going to a writing retreat where the meals are all vegan (except Friday night). Here's the menu plan, with what I'm not having in red: Friday: Baked wild-caught salmon with kale and pineapple (cooked with coconut oil), mango chickpea-cucumber salad, balsamic-glazed strawberries with coconut gelato Saturday: Breakfast:Vegan green smothies/fresh fruit/raw nuts/coffee/tea Lunch: Salad Bar Dinner: Vegan chili, quinoa, garbanzo bean blondies Sunday: Breakfast: Vegan green smothies/fresh fruit/raw nuts/coffee/tea Lunch: Travel home I think I need to bring proteins for breakfasts, Saturday lunch, and Saturday night dinner, and fat for whenever? Also lunch for Sunday. I signed up for this retreat back in August with one of my best friends and thought I'd be done with the Whole30, but I just know I have to keep going. Meal 1 today: in a rush - sweet potato hash cooked in ghee and coconut oil, with salt and cinnamon on it, and a compliant True Story sausage, berries Meal 2: salad bar at whole foods with 2 eggs, couple of handfuls of coconut flakes Meal 3: some sort of chicken/snap pea/sunshine sauce stirfry? I don't know...I hope my hubby fixes up something amazing before I get home Hope you're all doing well!
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    September 4/ Day 3 Could use a buddy

    Widget, I laughed out loud when you talked about not being used to your bigger rack. And we got to learn your real name! Mary, I owe you an apology because I was reading your username as Marty and addressing you as such this whole time. My bad! I have that spiralizer as well and I LOVE it. Several of my coworkers have ordered their own because I've let them borrow mine and they loved it too. It's a great investment, and not hard on your arms at all. Although I didn't have much luck when I tried to spiralize a sweet potato. That was tough. Mary, I think you're right about the extinction burst. I got that email as well, and I think that's it exactly, especially because this is when I quit the Whole30 last time...just seems like my body wants to eat sweets during this third week. I've held strong, but I have absolutely overdone it on the Whole30 approved foods a few times, especially macadamia nuts, and I pay for it the next day. So, this next week I will have no nuts, of any sort, and see if my digestive track calms down. But on that note..I think I've hit my Tigers Blood! I feel so great today. Tina, it's good to hear from you. It has taken me a while to build up to 10,000 steps. It's much easier for me to hover between 5,000 and 7,000 steps - I really have to work towards 10K. I try to walk with one of my coworkers each morning around 11, but to get to 10K I have been getting up earlier and taking the dog for a walk. I also try to take the stairs at work up to my 2nd floor office, and have a dance party with my kids at night I spent the first 2 weeks of the Whole30 focusing on my food intake. In the 3rd week I made it a point to get that morning walk in, and hit 10,000 steps. This week I was intending to add in some exercises from http://fit2b.us/ (I developed and still have diastis recti during my pregnancies, so I am trying to fix that), but it hasn't happened. If you have a "mama pooch" and it doesn't go away no matter what you do, check out their website. Baby steps. Yesterday: Meal 1 - hamburger frittata with salsa and an avocado Meal 2 - Chicken salad from Pita Pit with half an avocado, some plantain chips, kombucha Meal 3 - That pumpkin curry/coconut rice recipe from PaleOMG (and OMG it was delish) Today: Meal 1 - Leftover pumpkin curry/coconut rice with cashews (the last nuts for a while for me) and coconut and an egg cooked in ghee, black coffee Meal 2 - homemade ranch mayo, tuna, pickles, lemon cucumber Meal 3 - roasted broccoli, and we're going to a friend's house for dinner and I need to bring my own protein/fat. Not sure what that will be yet. TGIF!!
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    September 4/ Day 3 Could use a buddy

    Here is my creamy chicken skillet recipe. I got it from some Whole30 pamphlet last time I did Whole30, but I can't find that to save my life, so have no proper source. Creamy Chicken Skillet Ingredients: 1 onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 TB of butter/coconut oil/ghee 1/2 chicken meat from crock pot chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces (leftover meat from a whole chicken cooked in the crockpot the day before) 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes, or 4-5 diced tomatoes 1 zucchini, grated 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves or 3 TB dried basil 15 ounce can of full fat coconut milk salt and pepper to taste Instructions 1. In a deep skillet or pot, soften the onions and garlic in the butter/oil/ghee. 2. Add the chicken and let it warm up. Add the tomatoes, zucchini, basil, and coconut milk. 3. Let it all warm up and then season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve over spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, or cauliflower rice.
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    September 4/ Day 3 Could use a buddy

    Breakfast this morning - two pieces of hamburger frittata with salsa from Costco on top, 1/4 avocado Lunch today - an interesting mashup of leftover creamy chicken skillet from last night, some spaghetti sauce from last week, a lemon cucumber, an apple, and some coconut flakes Tonight I have an appointment from 6-7, and then going to warm yoga with my sister from 7:30 to 8:30. I am going to eat a pre-workout meal at 7:00 (thinking macadamia nuts and half of one of those True Story compliant sausages from Costco) and then take some chicken and a baby food sweet potato pouch to eat right after. I won't get done with class till 8:30, so probably home around 9:15...Is that too late to eat? Or should I skip the post-workout meal (I would not say I am a serious athlete) and just eat whenI get home? I'd love for a moderator to weigh in here. I have been trying to go to bed around 10:00.
  9. beara32

    September 4/ Day 3 Could use a buddy

    Yes, I will! Thank you for the reminder!
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    September 4/ Day 3 Could use a buddy

    Just popping in to say that I am struggling with sugar and snack cravings. Glad I have this group to hold me accountable! Hope you all have a great night.
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    September 4/ Day 3 Could use a buddy

    I searched PaleOMG's website this weekend for pumpkin recipes and came across this great page, which I promply bookmarked. http://paleomg.com/pumpkin/ And planning on making this for dinner this week: http://paleomg.com/pumpkin-cashew-coconut-curry-coconut-rice/ . I can't get too much coconut! Much to my husband's dismay
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    September 4/ Day 3 Could use a buddy

    Tina, I love PaleOMG, I will have to look for that meatball recipe. I've always wanted to try Scotch Eggs! WellFed has an amazing-looking recipe for them. Today is day 21 for me, and I am considering extending my Whole30 to a Whole45. I feel like that sugar dragon hasn't been quite slayed yet. Yesterday was interesting for me because of my limited sleep on Sunday night - I felt much more snacky than usual, plus I just really wanted to give up and have a treat. I'm glad I have you guys to hold me accountable, and it was great to see the direct correlation between less sleep and wanting sugar and snacks. I hit 6900 steps yesterday, but that was okay with me, becuase I was tired and needed to go to bed instead of walking! I think it's important to note that last time I attempted a Whole30 I did give up somewhere between days 21 and 24. So maybe this is just a natural hump for me. Marty, I have found compliant Aidell's Chicken and Apple Sausage at Costco (read the labels, because the other Aidell's products aren't compliant and I'm not sure I got the name right) and I also found another brand of compliant sausage there - True Story Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage (http://truestoryfoods.com/products/organic-sweet-italian-chicken-sausage/). I like the True Story brand better. Sodium lactate (from beets) is okay for the Whole30. Breakfast today = leftover pork chops/plums/apples/spinach from sunday night dinner. And dry roasted salted macadamia nuts. Definitely a no-brakes food for me. And apparently for my children, too, since they come around like vultures whenever I have a few. Lunch = meatball soup with veggies, raw kraut from trader joes, a lemon cucumber, part of an avocado Dinner = creamy chicken skillet (with coconut milk, leftover chicken, basil, tomatoes) and cauliflower rice, a plum Hope you all have a great day.
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    September 4/ Day 3 Could use a buddy

    Tina Marie, thanks for the kind words and I'm looking forward to hearing more from you. Hope your stomach is feeling better today. Do you think you were just adjusting to your new style of eating?
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    September 4/ Day 3 Could use a buddy

    Oh Widget...I suspect you're right about the latte. I googled Whole30 pumpkin spice several times over the weekend and saw many Whole30 compliant recipes, but I just had a feeling it wasn't meant to be. Thanks for weighing in! I hit 10,000 steps every day this weekend. The dog is very happy she's getting so many walks! I had plans to walk this morning again, but I found some yummy decaf Stash tea at the grocery store yesterday (Vanilla Chai) and had a cup before bed, and then had trouble sleeping. I thought decaf would be okay before bed, but I don't think that's correct. I will look for an herbal tea to have before bed in the future, hoping to find some of the ones you recommend, Mary! Meals at home this weekend: Tuna, homemade mayo, zucchini soup, kraut from Trader Joes Compliant sausage I found at Costco with sauteed tomaotes and veggies Ground beef frittata with mushrooms and onion, avocado Pastured pork chops (found some at the Farmer's Market, and they were amazing), apples and peaches cooked in the pork fat with balsamic vinegar and EVOO, and sauteed garlic spinach (my husband is an amazing cook, this was all him) Meals out and about this weekend: Hamburger with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and red onion; fries cooked in duck fat (from http://www.boisefrycompany.com/) Chicken breast fork-style pita (aka salad) from Pita Pit (added my own dressing) Sparkling water with lime while going to happy hour with my girlfriends This morning: Hamburger frittata, zucchini soup, Vanilla Chai with Coconut Milk I've got a whole chicken going in the crockpot for tonight, and a friend at work is supplying a Whole30 lunch. Will keep you posted as to what it is! Widget, have you seen any results from eliminating the nightshades yet?
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    September 4/ Day 3 Could use a buddy

    Mary, I look forward to hearing that you hit 10,000 steps tomorrow! Will write more in the morning, but just wondering...is a paleo pumpkin spice latte considered SWYPO? I am really wanting one!