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    snowflower got a reaction from colleverett in A Mess Off W30   
    @RandiW, we sound very similar....so I'll share my thoughts and experience.
    I'm generalizing here....so please accept my simplified explanation of "addiction".
    For me...sugary treats and processed grain products are an "addiction" much like alcohol or drugs for other people.  An alcoholic or drug addict may not be capable of moderation...therefore, complete avoidance is the best option for them.  When I have tried to have sweets or processed grain products in moderation it almost always leads to adding in more and more until it has become a daily habit.  Sometimes it has sneaked up on me and other times leads to a one-time binge that then leads to weeks of feeling crappy.  Consumption of these types of things makes me feel "funky"...for me it's a combination of depression, low self esteem, less patience, and easily annoyed.  
    What has worked for me in the past is eating Whole30ish, plus rice, legumes, added sugar in salad dressings and sausages, but NO treats or processed grain products unless it's a REALLY special occasion and/or the item is REALLY special.  I need to remind myself that Nothing Bundt Cakes ARE. NOT. SPECIAL. (anymore)
    Hopefully this helps.
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    snowflower got a reaction from ladyshanny in Too Many Meals and not enough time   
    I do Orange Theory, as well, and this is my (5th I think) Whole 30.  I have never been able to do the full pre and post WO meals AND have a meal 1 so these are the ways I have made it work for me:
    If I have less than an hour before the workout I have:  1 hardboiled egg dipped in mayo.  Post WO I have Meal 1.
    If I have more than an hour before the workout I have: Meal 1 and then either a mini-meal or nothing at all.
    Occasionally I'll have a pre WO snack and then after OTF a post WO snack and I'll skip Meal 1 entirely. 
    Find what works best for you, keeps you energized and feeling good.
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    snowflower got a reaction from ladyshanny in Too Many Meals and not enough time   
    I do Orange Theory, as well, and this is my (5th I think) Whole 30.  I have never been able to do the full pre and post WO meals AND have a meal 1 so these are the ways I have made it work for me:
    If I have less than an hour before the workout I have:  1 hardboiled egg dipped in mayo.  Post WO I have Meal 1.
    If I have more than an hour before the workout I have: Meal 1 and then either a mini-meal or nothing at all.
    Occasionally I'll have a pre WO snack and then after OTF a post WO snack and I'll skip Meal 1 entirely. 
    Find what works best for you, keeps you energized and feeling good.
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    snowflower reacted to Schwich in Starting July 1, 2018   
    I survived! 2 days of travel plus 1 night of suffering through the smell of homemade cookies (ugh - daughters )
    tonight my husband made burgers so I made homemade mayo and had him grill some sweet potato slices and onions for me. I topped my burger w a little mayo, a few sweet potatoes, an onion and wrapped with lettuce. It was FABULOUS!!!
     I have a triathlon this weekend. Hoping to keep my fuel whole 30 throughout. 
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    snowflower got a reaction from Schwich in Starting July 1, 2018   
    Happy Day 11. 
    All is well here.  I had a crazy craving for sloppy joes after smelling them at work (couldn't find the source, oddly....maybe an olfactory hallucination?), so made some spicy sloppy joes with roasted sweet potatoes and a wedge salad with all the fixins.  I don't have links to these recipes, so if you want them, let me know.
    I've got more cooking planned for today.  I'm gonna make cashew chicken in my instant pot https://livinglovingpaleo.com/2018/01/16/instant-pot-cashew-chicken/ and gonna marinate a whole chicken to cook on Friday: BEST. ROASTED. CHICKEN. EVER.   https://nocrumbsleft.net/2015/12/23/heroine-chicken/  It needs to sit for 2 days so requires a bit of planning.  But it is so worth it!
    I made that blueberry chicken salad and....meh.  Not worth sharing the recipe.  I'll eat it.  Begrudgingly. 
    I went to Costco over the weekend and got some shrimp...it still had the shell on (which I like bc it seems more flavorful that way), but was already deveined (which I loved)!  I boiled them for 3 minutes then dropped them in an ice bath and made some compliant cocktail sauce with Tessemae's ketchup and plain horseradish.  Such a treat!  
    Have a great day.
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    snowflower got a reaction from Schwich in Starting July 1, 2018   
    Hang in there @mdjess86.  I would strongly suggest getting rid of the Lara bars and using any of these meat stick/meat-based items for a quick snack instead.  When I work long shifts these tide me over and don't wake up my sugar dragon.  I will often go 8-10 hours without eating when my unit is busy and these are fast and good:
    Wild Zora Bar -- love these meat and veggie/fruit bars.  They are expensive, but so worth it.
    Nick's Sticks -- all meat, great texture
    Chomps Snack Sticks--the jalepeno ones are my favorite
    Another cheap and easy snack for long shifts....hard boiled eggs!  
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    snowflower reacted to mdjess86 in Starting July 1, 2018   
    @Schwich thank you so much! I am feeling a little better for sure, but still sick. It sucks operating with a cold because it's so hard to breath under the masks lol. I'm on call tonight, which means I got here at 5am and will leave probably at 8am tomorrow. I have training on our robot at 9am tomorrow so hopefully I can make it through that. I've actually got a lot I need to accomplish this weekend, even though I'm on today and sunday I'm working 5am-5pm. I'm just so tired. Probably a combination of sickness and whole 30. But other than a couple lara bars I really shouldn't have had I've been doing well. And I've been exercising except for some of my worst sick days. Next week will be a busy week working on my fellowship application. On call next Saturday 5am-8am sunday, so if I can just make it these two weekends I'll get a break
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    snowflower reacted to Schwich in Starting July 1, 2018   
    @snowflower thank you so much for all those links!!! ❤️❤️❤️
     
    Today was was a good day for me. I’m surprised how well I’m doing. Tomorrow will be interesting... I’m working for my sister at her office (I’m a sp ed teacher so I’m off this month). I will pack my lunch and a RxBar for “emergency “ and have a really good breakfast!!! 
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    snowflower got a reaction from Schwich in Starting July 1, 2018   
    I'm back.....and here's my plan for today.
    I'm making green chicken for dinner tonight https://nomnompaleo.com/post/7486821187/my-sisters-phenomenal-grilled-green-chicken, with these roasted potatoes and aioli http://cookprimalgourmet.com/garlic-thyme-potatoes (BEST. POTATOES. EVER.) and coleslaw http://meljoulwan.com/2017/07/31/classic-paleo-coleslaw/
    I've been eating this way for 3+ years now and my go to recipes are first and foremost Melissa Joulwan and her Well Fed books.  I am convinced we have the same tastebuds because I LOVE her recipes and her cookbooks. https://meljoulwan.com/
    Then there's my favorite Canadian, Ronny, who does all kinds of stuff on instagram and invented the best potatoes ever and lots of other yummy things (try his Asian broccoli salad or Ropa Vieja!). http://cookprimalgourmet.com/
    And finally https://nomnompaleo.com/ who created my favorite make-ahead breakfast fritattas, green chicken, magic mushroom powder, slow cooker chicken and gravy and cracklin' chicken.  Magic mushroom powder changed my life....and I always keep some prepared.
    I'm also planning of making a new recipe I saw on the Whole 30 instagram Blueberry chicken salad (I'll let you know how I like it and post if good) and salmon cakes https://meljoulwan.com/2014/11/10/oven-fried-salmon-cakes/ which I always have in the freezer to pull out on busy days when I don't have time to prepare something fresh.  I ate my last one with eggs/spinach/arugula yesterday morning.
    Have a great day.
     
     
     
     
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    snowflower got a reaction from Schwich in Starting July 1, 2018   
    Happy Day 5 everyone.  Most wonderful thing about being a nurse.....4 days off after working 6 out of last 8.  But I'm back and I'm gonna do tons of cooking and I'll share my plans here.  I'm off to OTF now.  
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    snowflower reacted to Schwich in Starting July 1, 2018   
    Hi friends! So today I went to Starbucks with a friend. I should have just stuck w a cold brew. But I love their new cold foam (without any of the added syrups). So I asked for a cold foam made w coconut milk.  FULL OF SUGAR. Ugh.  Thankfully I’ve stuck to my plan today regardless. It’s funny though how much 4 days can help make a change. I probably wouldn’t have liked it before either bc I like strong black coffee... But, what I a thought was a healthy alternative- wasn’t. 
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    snowflower reacted to Schwich in Starting July 1, 2018   
    @snowflower I love orange theory!!! I take a break during the summer so I can focus on triathlon training. 
    Amen to taming the sugar dragon! that’s my TERRIBLE trigger. Plus once I become super busy I just stop cooking and rely on convenience foods (either in the freezer or the drive through). My kids and husband are super happy that I’m doing whole 30 bc I actually have food in the house and cooking!!! So far everyone has been very happy w the whole 30 recipes! Yay!!!
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    snowflower reacted to mdjess86 in Starting July 1, 2018   
    Hey Snowflower! I’m a surgery resident, yay for hospital peeps! I’m here for a similar reason, although it’s less sugar and more carbs in general. They speak my love language. But they make me a worse version of myself, so another whole 30 it is. If you ever have advice or tricks you use for such long shifts let me know! I’m always looking for ideas. I’m a 5th year now so I actually only work 10-11 hours most days now, although the occsional 14 hr day still makes an appearance, but I still have 28-30 hr call regularly. Food prep has been my coping mechanism, and I also eat the exact same breakfast and lunch everyday I’m working/post call so 26 days a month. It totally helps me with decision fatigue and I found things I think are always delicious, so it works for me. 
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    snowflower got a reaction from Schwich in Starting July 1, 2018   
    Happy Day 2 July 1 starters!  I'm in for July 1, too. 
    I've done several Whole 30s and am here for a refresh. 
    I'm a nurse working 12 hour shifts and work out at Orange Theory Fitness.  I love to cook and share recipes and have been cooking and eating Whole30 style for over 3 years (I think!?) now.   I don't have issues with rice or beans and eat those when I'm not doing a whole30.  My primary "issue" is sugar....and once I let a little in, it slowly takes over my mind and I have crazy cravings.  It's very hard to live life sugar-free, but as long as I avoid desserts and candy my sugar dragon stays at bay.
    So I'm here to tame my sugar dragon.  Again.  
    Let's go.  
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    snowflower got a reaction from abbeys in Dizziness?   
    Try adding in some starchy carbs (potato, sweet potato, squash, beets, etc) with lunch or dinner. 
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    snowflower got a reaction from JohannaE in Gritty teeth or tongue???   
    Just don't swallow it. 
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    snowflower got a reaction from Alan M. in September 1st start with September 14th Colonoscopy   
    You should be fine using regular tap water.  I'm a nurse, if that makes me a credible source.   I do colonoscopy preps quite frequently at work and we mix the miralax or golytely with water every time.
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    snowflower got a reaction from Amb_Bomer in Start Date July 1   
    Hi all.  Happy Day 3.
    for those of you with breakfast veggie issues....my favorite options are fresh spinach and arugula (my grocery store sells these combined and pre cut and washed which makes it super simple) with protein.  I just wilt the greens and toss with some olive oil and salt.  I'll do this with eggs or with any leftover protein I have.  My other favorite is to make a big batch of roasted veggies (my favs are brussels sprouts, asparagus, red onion, mushrooms, zucchini, peppers) and then warm up 2 cups or so with my protein.
    @CTGeorge I suggest making  your breakfast bigger.  That might help with your hunger and decrease the need for snacks.  
    Todays meals (with links to recipes when available) for me follow:
    2 egg omelet stuffed with 1/2 Greek lamb burger http://cookprimalgourmet.com/whole-30-greek-burgers, spinach, arugula, green peppers, red onions and coffee with NutPods.
    Tuna salad (from Well Fed), green salad with ranch dressing, 1 magic mushroom http://nomnompaleo.com/post/105333542218/magic-mushroom-powder-diy-holiday-gift chicken thigh, honeybush iced tea.
    Dinner will be: New York Strip, grilled asparagus, sweet potato bites http://thenourishinghome.com/2014/10/roasted-herb-sweet-potato-bites/
    Then off to see Wonder Woman tonight with my SO and kids.
    Have a great day.
     
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    snowflower got a reaction from stacie66 in #SeptemberWhole30   
    Are you doing pre and post WO meals??  This can make a difference.
    OMG! I need to try this!
    Hang in there....and try to get a complete 30 days in.  It'll be 4 Sundays that you need to make adjustments to and then you can add things back in and decide what is worth it for you.
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    snowflower got a reaction from stacie66 in #SeptemberWhole30   
    Are you doing pre and post WO meals??  This can make a difference.
    OMG! I need to try this!
    Hang in there....and try to get a complete 30 days in.  It'll be 4 Sundays that you need to make adjustments to and then you can add things back in and decide what is worth it for you.
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    snowflower reacted to stacie66 in #SeptemberWhole30   
    I'm not liking that you "faffed"...guess that is Aussie for messed up , but like the fact that you're getting right back to it.  Good Luck, @aussiegal!
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    snowflower reacted to NoneOtherThanAmy in #SeptemberWhole30   
    @stacie66 So glad the worst of the storm is over for you and happy you were able to remain compliant! 
    @aussiegal Bummer! But so glad you're getting right back at it. I really feel that a full Whole30 is the best present you can give yourself, so I'm happy you're trying again. 
    @alisonmae I'm not sure that it's normal to go through a 2nd phase of carb flu, but as someone else mentioned, perhaps you're not eating enough of a certain nutrient or perhaps you're relying too much on quick sugars? You should also be going through fat adaptation right around day 8-11, so it could be your body trying to adjust. I know you mentioned earlier that you've got a new favorite snack. Snacking isn't forbidden on a Whole30, but we're encouraged to adjust our meals so that they'll hold us 4-6 hours so that we don't need to snack at all. Honestly, this is my favorite thing about Whole30; I don't have to snack. It's so freeing to not have to constantly think about what snacks I'm going to eat to tide me over until my next meal. I just eat my meals. 
    I'm no help in the coffee area...I've drunk my coffee black for years before I started Whole30. I've always been a big believer in not drinking my calories. Of course, this led me to drinking diet soda, which is definitely not the healthiest choice, but I've pretty much kicked that habit now. 
    I was reading through a thread on this forum about reintroducing paleo "cheat treats" (i.e. the SWYPO stuff we're not allowed on a Whole30) and the responses got me thinking. I still use food as a reward on my Whole30. The steak dinner and the bacon this weekend were both to celebrate the completion of my first 5k race. I'm going to try to be more aware of this. I'd much rather find non-food ways to congratulate myself, because as soon as the Whole30 ends it's all too easy to slip back into the "treat" dessert which then leads to a "treat" meal which then leads to more "treat" meals until I feel miserable again. 
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    snowflower reacted to srdamore14 in #SeptemberWhole30   
    @aussiegal the first time I finally completed a Whole30 it was after a few failures and close to a year of starts and stops. Good for you for renewing your commitment! Good luck!
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    snowflower got a reaction from Mistyfire in #SeptemberWhole30   
    Snowflower's Eggroll in a Bowl  -- I've been making this for years.  It's a super easy one skillet meal and the leftovers taste great, too!  
    1 pound ground pork 1/2 yellow or white onion chopped 2 tsp sesame oil 3 cloves garlic 1 tsp ground ginger 1/4C coconut aminos splash of fish sauce 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper 1 package of precut coleslaw from Whole Foods (this has green and red cabbage and carrots and is probably around 6 Cups if you want to cut your own) 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper Brown pork in a large saute pan until fully cooked.  Add chopped onion and sesame oil.  Cook until onions brown a bit.  Mix spices and coconut aminos in a small bowl and then add to pork mixture.  Add splash of fish sauce.  Stir.  Add cabbage mix and stir until cabbage has wilted a little bit.
     
     
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    snowflower got a reaction from stacie66 in #SeptemberWhole30   
    Where has everyone been? Hopefully still alive and kickin'....
    I'm making my grocery list now and plan on doing some cooking today.  I'm making:
    egg roll in a bowl (I'll post my recipe in a separate post)
    crockpot chili https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/slow-cooker-white-chicken-chili-sweet-potato-paleo-whole30/
    and trying something new:  ribs in the instant pot with some broccoli slaw.  I'll post the recipes if I like them.
    Have a great Sunday!