Mary Beth

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  1. Mary Beth

    Well Fed Pad Thai

    I'm on day 7 of my first Whole30 and during my first weekly cook-up this past Sunday, I made the olive oil mayo, the dreamy avocado dressing (amazing), and the sunshine sauce (my favorite!) I only had Trader Joe's almond butter in the fridge so I substituted that for the sunflower butter, and it is truly delicious! From everyone else's comments, I may not even bother trying it with the sunflower butter and just stick with the almond butter. I cooked the Pad Thai for Sunday dinner and my boyfriend and I devoured it. So. Sinfully. Good. I've continued using the sunshine sauce with my hot plate stir fry meals and I love it. Another delicious suggestion for those of you who have the Well Fed cookbook: Try making the grilled chicken hot plate under the Thai section of hot plate recipes. I added a few additional veggies (mostly the ones used to make Pad Thai, like snap peas, green & red peppers, mushrooms) and I drizzled some sunshine sauce on top towards the end of stir frying. Oh my goodness, I never knew that the combination of chicken, veggies, and mango drizzled in that sauce could be so divine! It's my new favorite-easy meal. Just do not leave out the mango, I think it's what makes the dish!!
  2. Mary Beth

    Questions before I start

    Morwen - congrats on taking the initial step of being curious, interested, and caring enough to want to make a huge change to better your health. As everyone else before me has said, reading the book ISWF gives you the foundation you need to be successful on your Whole30 and whole life change. I, myself, am one of those people who needs to understand the "why" behind everything...I need to get the logic behind the changes I am going to make and understand why something is bad, what effects it has on my body, so that I can make a mental, intentional decision to change my habits or avoid [insert food here]. Good luck! I am on day 7 and can already tell you, it's worth it!! And to both you and Tom Denham - I love that you are both in the veterinarian industry! I have a particular fodness and appreciation for veterinarians, as I work within the industry as well. My financial consulting firm, Wutchiett Tumblin & Associates, works with veterinarians to help improve the management and value of their practices - it's an extremely rewarding job. And knowing first hand all of the work that you do, and hours, time, energy and love that goes into your careers, maintaining a healthy body and mind seems to me to be the fulcrum on which everything else balances!
  3. That is great to hear, Manda!! Your results, AND your husband giving it a shot! Please keep us updated on how his first Whole30 goes! I'm a lot like you, I really don't have any health problems (just want to shed the extra 10 lbs that I carry around so I can be a lean, mean, health machine!) But besides weight loss, I am really hoping to reap the other benefits that M & D talk about in their book - higher energy levels, better sleeping, feeling more balanced, etc. I also have terrible seasonal allergies to pollen, ragweed, and grass, and if I don't take a zyrtec or allegra every day I am sneezy, watery eyed, and have a runny nose. This usually kickes up around April and lasts through the end of Fall. I would be ECSTATIC if that changes due to my change in diet. This whole primal lifestyle and paleo diet has really kept me happy and excited for the past week. Today is day 7 for me and I'm still feeling great! Had an awesome workout last night, got up before my alarm clock this morning, and was in the office earlier than I've ever been before! Also, I love feeling satisfied and full without the bloat, as you mentioned. Every meal leaves me feeling this way, and I love it!! Manda, have you read Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan? There's a recipe for spinach, egg, beef, onion "cupcakes" (I think those are the ingredients) that looks really simple and delicious. Maybe if your husband likes the taste, you can cook up a batch on Sunday and stick them in the fridge for him to grab and go as his morning case you like to sleep in a little later than 5am What a great wife he has!!
  4. Good luck!! And yes, I've only been on the forum for a few days, but it is so nice to chat with other people doing the program and get/give support. Don't worry about the hubby, I'm partially ignoring my bf for now as well. This is something to get YOU healthy, so focus on that!
  5. Well, I made it through my first four days (and first weekend) on the Whole30! I have to say - not so bad! I think the key for me is to have interesting meals. I spent all day Sunday doing grocery shopping, food prep, cooking, and storing to get my meals for the week all situated. Along with reading ISWF, I read Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan and her Paleo cookbook is a perfect supplement to ISWF. I had to pick up a few new kitchen tools (including a blender/food processor) but I had a ton of fun making several of her recipes yesterday. My homemade olive oil mayo, dreamy avocado dressing, and sunshine sauce came out PERFECTLY!! I canned all of them in mason jars and are happily sitting on the top shelf of the fridge, just waiting to be drizzled on some delicious dino-chow For dinner I cooked up the pad thai recipe in her cookbook and made a batch of the "rice pilaf" (cauliflower mashed with onion, raisins, and some other things to spice it up) and I must say - the meal was fantastic. The pad thai was also a huge hit with the bf, who ate everything I cooked last night. Before dinner he helped me cut open the spaghetti squash which has to first be cooked in the oven, and he asked me "so what is this thing?" to which I replied - "spaghetti squash". He made a frowny face and told me how he hates all squash. Then towards the end of dinner, when his plate was nearly empty, I asked what he thought and he said the food was delicious, but thought I wasn't allowed to eat noodles, to which I looked at him with a sly grin and said "Oh sweetie, those aren't noodles, you're eating the spaghetti squash!" He couldn't believe it. Yep - pretty amazing. One thing I will say, is that my wallet was feeling pretty depressed after yesterday's trips to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. I knew the first big shopping trip would be a biggie, as I had to stock up on a bunch of new spices, tons of veggies, all of the coconut stuff, and all of the grass-fed organic protein, but dang! I hope every trip doesn't cost that much! I will say that I love ALL of the coconut items - the coconut oil, the coconut milk, the raw flakes - love 'em all. I will have no problem cooking with coconut oil for the rest of my life, I think it tastes delicious! Final note - this is the first Monday in like, forever, that I remember waking up to my alarm and not feeling exhausted/cranky/tired/hung-over/and generally annoyed that it's a Monday morning. I guess the whole not-drinking-eating-good-whole-foods DOES have some benefits (but I already knew it would). How is everyone else feeling and doing?
  6. Thank you everyone for the comments and replies! @Manda - you're one day away from completion, how awesome!! Good for you, and good for resisting the "bad stuff" even when it was in front of you 24/7. How do you feel? Have you experienced some major changes? @FenderBender - I love the analogy to a 401K..right up his alley since he is a financial planner...maybe I should use that on him! I think from the comments/reactions that I have been getting from him, I'm going to play the silent role and just do the program independently. Then, after the 30 days, hopefully there are noticeable results that will do the speaking for me (this is my plan, anyways) @Carla - Thank you for sharing your story! It's definitely a bit intimidating to feel like I don't have a support system at home with this program, since my bf basically thinks that I am talking out of my a** when I repeat stuff from the book, and I haven't told my family what I am doing. I am hoping that the results speak for themselves and that family and friends will notice a difference and bring it up, rather than me telling everyone what I'm trying to accomplish. Seeing that your bf came around and got on board gives me hope, becasue mine is a very health-conscious guy, but I think after reading the book that our opinions of "health" differ. He's in good shape, looks good, and does well in the gym, so to him, that's healthy! I think all of those things are parts of it, but I want him to realize the nutritional aspect (which is the biggest part!!!). This will be tough - we are very social and go out with our friends a lot and drink quite frequently - most weekend nights, and we drink a glass or two of wine on most weeknights. We both love snacking on cheese, crackers, pita & hummus, yogurt - and prior to reading the book, I thought many of those things were healthy. Not anymore! Have you stayed on the paleo lifestyle since last summer? How's it going?
  7. Hello Whole9 Community and fellow newbies to the Whole30! My name is Mary Beth and this is my first time doing a Whole30. Until two weeks ago, I knew absolutely nothing about the paleo diet, never heard of Melissa or Dallas, and never visited the Whole9 website. After stumbling upon their website, I spent several hours and days reading through all of the content, articles, blogs, success stories, and more, and couldn't get enough! I ordererd their book, It Starts With Food, and read it in two days. I was convinced. I was going to wait to start my Whole30 until March 18th (since being an Irish Catholic girl means St. Patty's Day is practically a holy day of obligation, filled with beer, whiskey, and irish soda bread!) but then I read the line in the book that said, "Start now. Today. This minute. If you give yourself excuses to delay, you may never begin." So that was it. I set my alarm 30 minutes earlier than I normally do and went to sleep last night with the intent of waking up today and beginning the journey. A little background on me - I am 26 years old, work full time as a financial analyst, and consider myself to be healthy and active. I am a runner and completed my first two half marathons last year with a goal of running my first full marathon this year. I am studying to take and pass the CPA exam. I am a busy person, but not too busy to change my eating habits and get into an even more active and healthy lifestyle. I considered myself a healthy eater (until I read their book) and have never been able to get myself to the 'lean & toned' physique that I desire, always losing and gaining the same 10 lbs (tummy pooch) over the last few years. I will not lie - weight loss was my primary motivatation. But after reading all of the healthy benefits that come from eating a clean diet, this Whole30 challenge means so much more to me, and I am ready to take it on! My boyfriend and I live together and we both really enjoy cooking. He is supportive in my endeavor with the Whole30 but unfortunately is not really on-board with me (translation: he will eat whatever I cook but will continue to eat hummus, wheat thins, wraps, and drink wine). He is not very sensitive about what this lifestyle change means to me and I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that he is tall, lean, muscular, works out every day, has less than 5% bodyfat (he lovingly reminds me) and has the metabolism of a 14 year old boy. Basically, he thinks he is super healthy and in shape and doesn't want to be told otherwise. That's when I realized that I might need the support of other like-minded people who could be less judgemental, more open-minded, and just a good sounding board and helpful throughout this process. Thanks (P.S. - So far Day 1 is off to a good start! Cooked a delicious egg, onion, asparagus, avocado frittata for meal 1 and had a lemon pepper chicken breast over greens with a side of kiwi for meal sugar dragon cravings yet!)