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  1. Starting TODAY 8/18/17

    Hi all Its been a long time since I've done a Whole30...TOO LONG!! I am now in a situation where I've put weight back on, I feel like crud and I'm not as strong as I'd like to be. It's been a tough few years with a son who has spent much time in the hospital and me stress eating and putting my own health on the back burner. Now I have hip arthritis and am looking at hip replacement surgery in mid November. I need to get my $&?@ together and get my health in order. My goals: - Slay the sugar dragon - Reduce inflammation - Feel more in control and eliminate the stress eating - Sleep better - Improve overall health - Lose weight (it really does need to happen to help ensure a smooth surgery experience) Glad to have others on the journey with me! Cheers!
  2. Scrumptious Chicken Salad

    Just made this absolutely yummy chicken salad that I found at the link below. It includes bacon (I used W30 compliant bacon) and is sooooo good! http://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-chicken-salad-with-bacon-and-scallions-whole30/
  3. Pre W30, on a busy day, I would often put chicken thighs or chicken breasts in a crockpot, dump a simmer sauce on top and set it and forget it. This made assembling the meal at night fast and easy--just add some veggies and a salad and voila! I haven't found any W30 friendly simmer sauces yet. Do any of you have suggestions? I do now assemble my own crockpot meals with species etc--just looking for some dump and run options for those emergency days when things feel hectic. Thanks!
  4. Number of meals a day

    Are two meals a day ever okay? Last night I had a rough night of sleep and ended up sleeping in. I had a fairly large meal of 3 eggs cooked in bacon (compliant) fat, 3 strips of bacon, one avocado, sautéed zucchini, onions and brocolli, and blackberries as well as a coffee with coconut milk around noon. I wasn't hungry again until around 6:30 and then had a large helping of shepard's pie (topped with mashed potatoes made with chicken stock) and a salad topped with homemade mayo based dressing. Now I find myself not hungry for anything else. Suggestions?
  5. One dilemma for me these days is sleep. One of my teenage sons has significant medical issues and physical disabilities. He was hospitalized for about 8 months until mid last year and has been recuperating ever since. He's doing quite well considering but needs various kinds of care from me during every night. This means I am up at least once every night and most often 2-4 times and this is unavoidable at this time. Trying to find out if there are other things I can do to help combat the effects on my body from interrupted or lack of sleep. Suggestions are very welcome. Thanks!
  6. Hi all, I've done a few W30s over the past few years and found them to be very helpful. I just felt better overall, had more mental clarity, felt in control of my health, lost weight, slept better, etc., etc. Unfortunately, life has been a whirlwind of stress since the second half of 2014 as my son was hospitalized for a long time (2/3 of a year) and my good eating and taking care of myself went out the window. Now I find myself tired, heavier, lacking strengthy (physical and mental) and with a new issue--arthritis. It's time to do what I hope and know will help and eat to take care of myself. Looking forward to what I know W30 can do for me. Cheers!
  7. Sashimi and ???

    I've asked them to make rolls with no rice before and they either rolled it in Nori with some extra cucumber and avocado (depending on the roll) or in sliced cucumber. It worked out quite well.
  8. Need suggestions

    Thank you all so much for the suggestions and support. I'm going to start with a trip to trader joes to get some easy food. When I'm home next I may try to cook up some stuff to take with me too. I haven't taken care of myself at all these past 5.5 months he's been there but it just has to happen. He's a teenager and this isn't our first time going through this with him--but the last time was 7 years ago and I was younger.
  9. Starting Jan 9th

    Hi all I did a few very successful W30s a couple of years ago and desperately need to do another and get things on track. My biggest challenge is that my teenage son has been in the hospital for the last several months and I spend all days and about every other night there with him. As you can imagine, food choices at the hospital are not ideal. I posted over on the Troubleshooting board asking for suggestions: http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/24360-need-suggestions/#entry255850 My body hurts. I'm achey from head to toe and I've put on weight. I know that a W30 (probably more than one but let's start where we are) will help so much! Wishing everyone the best on their W30 journeys.
  10. Need suggestions

    Hi all, I did a few successful W30s a couple of years ago and stayed paleo for about a year. I've slipped quite a bit since then and really need to get back on track. I have been planning to start a Whole30 but my circumstances are not ideal. My son has been hospitalized the last several months and I spend all days and about every other night there with him. I have no access to a fridge and very limited storage space. There is a cafeteria but aside from the salad bar (at least they have a good one that also includes eggs and olive oil and vinegar) there really not much in the way of other trustable W30 choices. I anticipate the salad bar quickly getting boring. Do you have suggestions for food I could take and keep there that does not need refrigeration/cooking and doesn't take up too much space? Suggestions for eating in the cafeteria? I don't want to keep postponing a start until he comes home because I really don't know when that will be. My body really needs some help! Thanks!
  11. Mayo FAILED!

    I just tried this method with a cold egg and mustard (minus honey) and it worked PERFECTLY!!
  12. Whole30/Paleo Cookbooks

    I'm cooking her pork loin recipe from Practical Paleo as I write this--one of my favorites!
  13. Well Fed's Pork Carnitas and beet greens

    I love her carnitas recipe! Sooo yum!
  14. New W30 starting Jan 1

    Hi all, I'll be starting a new W30 on Jan 1st. Time to clean things up and get back to a body that is feeling healthy and strong. Cheers to all of you on your journeys!
  15. Making a recipe a WHOLE meal

    One of the tricks I often do is prepare protein ahead of time (I use a slow cooker to prepare a bunch of balsamic chicken thighs). Then I either shred or cut up the cooked protein and keep it in the fridge to toss cold on top of a huge bed of mixed greens with avocado. Super easy lunch or dinner!!