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    lori_vt reacted to Cbg84 in Starting 1/4/16   
    I can't believe tomorrow is day 30 already! Congrats to all of us for starting out 2016 in a healthy way.
    It sounds like everyone has a pretty good handle on what they would like to do for reintros, but I'm not really sure what to do. The only thing I really miss is wine. I've never liked beans, I'm already weird about cheese (I'm pretty sure dairy and I don't agree), and I'm more into salty foods than sweets anyway. Pasta and bread are good but I can do without. And honestly in the past 29 days there were really only 2 times that I really really wanted a drink. (One was terrible, stupid PMS, but some olives and my sister helped me through it and I am now stronger for knowing I can deal). We are celebrating my mom's birthday at a winery this weekend and while I havent decided definitely I will probably have a glass or two. I honestly think I am strong enough to keep it at 2 and say no to cheese and cake. It definitely helps that I'm planning to pack a picnic and will have plenty of delicious whole 30 compliant food to share.
    After that I may go back to strict whole 30 for a while. I know I feel better when I eat like this, and I think I have some more healing to do. But then on the other hand, I would like to go to a restaurant again at some point and not have to question everything, and know for sure what I should steer clear of. Maybe I should go ahead and do reintros now and I can always come back to another whole 30 anytime.
    I guess I'm just going to take it day by day for now. No matter what happens, I'm sooooo glad I started when I did!
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    lori_vt reacted to L_dougherty85 in Starting 1/4/16   
    I thought he fast track was the slow track. I went back and looked at the book again and realized that it's the fast track I want. Tomorrow is day 30, and I plan on waiting until Thursday to have a glass of wine with my boyfriend. I think I'm going to follow the fast track to a T, introducing the recommended foods on the recommended days.
    Last night I decided to have an apple with some almond butter. This is the first time I've eaten those two together since starting. My sugar dragon was raging afterwards. I wanted chocolate, wine, and pasta. Instead I brushed & flossed, watched my tv show and got ready for bed. I was surprised, fruit hasn't really been having that effect on me but I guess the combination was just too much.
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    lori_vt reacted to zebaby in Starting 1/4/16   
    I guess I'll be doing a combo of fast track & slow track reintroductions. I don't want to reintroduce as the opportunities present themselves - I know if I did that, most likely, it would be a double, triple, or quadruple punch. So, I plan to skip the alcohol reintro (I don't really need to know how I feel with alcohol since I already know it makes me sleepy!), start with garbanzos, wait, black beans, wait, rice, wait, other GF grains, wait, then dairy, wait, and skip gluten altogether (I knew from before it made my joints stiff and made me sleepy). 
     
    I'm not sure how to approach sugar though. My goal is to avoid it for the most part, but I do want to have some chocolate at Valentine's Day, cuz - hello! Anyway, I'm not sure if I should isolate that one or just add it later. And, if I do isolate it, should I start with sugar or leave it for the end. Decisions, decisions...
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    lori_vt reacted to L_dougherty85 in Starting 1/4/16   
    Wow lori_vt those meals sound amazing! It's good to know everyone's experiences are different and you're right, we are closer to the end than we are the beginning. I know some effects take longer for some people, which is why I plan on making an effort to keep eating this way for the most part after the 30 days and reintroduction period are over.
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    lori_vt got a reaction from Nita in Starting 1/4/16   
     
    This is so very true.  This is my 4th W30 and it is different than the other 3.  My relationship with food is also very different.  I have never had stomach/digestive issues, but that's what I've got this time around.  Today actually feels better than the previous 15, but I'm still not at my "norm."  I haven't had any cravings to speak of, and no real food challenges.  I'm making meals I didn't make on my other 3, so the change-up is really nice.  Maybe that's why I haven't had any food boredom.  Yesterday I made Buffalo Chicken Chopped Salad (Well Fed) and omg it's amazing!  I should have doubled the chicken part   Also have made pork tenderloin with sweet cherry sauce, roasted brussels sprouts with pomegranate, green velvet soup, sweet and sour kale, and lemon potato salad with arugula.    I definitely feel Well Fed    My sleeping is okay.  Even with the magnesium supplement I wouldn't say it's great, but I think it's beginning to have an effect on my digestion.  Being post-menopausal, my sleeping is crappy anyway. 
     
    I have really noticed how folks' experiences differ in this thread.  It helps me to remember what I've taken away from each W30.  And just because I wasn't eating that poorly before this one (except for my month-long slip into gluttony over the holidays), it didn't exempt me from a different set of observations this time around.  I can't believe we're in the second half of the month already. 
     
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    lori_vt reacted to frogtox in Starting 1/4/16   
    Halfway there y'all!  
     
    I'm happy to read everyone's NSVs, and sorry to read that there are some struggling.  This is my third Whole30 and I"m finding that no two are alike re: the way I feel at various timepoints. I remember feeling very irritable last time, but not so much this time. However, this time I'm struggling with energy. I'm convinced it has to do with what your body's dealing with re: how much detox you're doing. Coming down off the holidays where I gave little thought to what I ate and drank I think I'm in worse shape than I was in September last year when I did my last one. Just keep chugging away.. you're closer to the end now than you are the beginning. 
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    lori_vt reacted to Cpizu in Starting 1/4/16   
    Thank God it's not day 2 lol!!!!! My bad.
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    lori_vt reacted to Cpizu in Starting 1/4/16   
    Omg!!!! Lol. That's before black coffee
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    lori_vt reacted to praxisproject in Starting 1/4/16   
     
    It's okay  you might be surprised how much salt you were eating before as even things like bread have crazy amounts of salt added (even if they don't taste salty). More sweat needs more water & more salt.
     
     
    Huge learning there! Mine is hungry + tired + no compliant food = disaster
     
     
    It's not totally the same, but if you can get pork belly, you can make something that's more like bacon (recipe wise). Roast it, slice it up and either cook it in the pan or add to recipes Compliant bacon is incredibly hard to get here
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    lori_vt reacted to L_dougherty85 in Starting 1/4/16   
    I forgot about magnesium!! Now that you say that I remember reading about it in the w30 book. I used to have some magnesium powder that a friend had given me and it did help with both sleep and bathroom issues. Thanks for posting that.
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    lori_vt reacted to ladyshanny in Starting 1/4/16   
    All you folk that are struggling with constipation, are you taking a magnesium supplement? Magnesium draws water into the digestive tract so can be a big boon to people who are having bathroom issues.  It also helps amazingly with sleep.  Natural Calm (unflavoured) is a recommended brand that you can take before bed (powder added to water).  Start slow and work your way up to the point where you are having comfortable bowel movements. 
     
    Nearly the entire western world is deficient in magnesium due to soil depletion so everyone can benefit from a magnesium supplement.
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    lori_vt reacted to L_dougherty85 in Starting 1/4/16   
    I have been having stomach problems (slow digestion) for a long time which is a big reason why I wanted to do the w30. Ive always noticed that when my diet is better (especially if I cut out cheese), my problems seem to go away, but I always go back to my old bad eating habits. So far during the w30 my problems have improved but are still not 100%. I'm hoping it's just one of those things that takes time. It's only day 11, I'm sure over the next 20 days you and I will both see more improvement.
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    lori_vt got a reaction from L_dougherty85 in Starting 1/4/16   
    Good morning everyone and YAY for Day 8!  I feel great!  Ahhh :D  My stomach is almost back to normal and I haven't had a headache in a few days.  My energy feels really good.  I'm so glad I'm doing this.  Didn't really feel like riding the spin bike last night, but pushed myself to do it, and I'm glad I did.  I hit a Grouchy Wall last night when my TV remote caused my TV to lock on one channel and I couldn't switch to watch the second Wild Card game.  I'm a football junkie   Both my sons played football through elementary, middle and high school, and even played semi-pro after college.  I got so frustrated and I swear I went up the bit**iness scale in minus 2 seconds.  I had to call Comcast to have them reset my box, and by that time I'd missed the first half hour of the game.  I was very very cranky.  But then I got on my bike and watched the rest of the game, and all was good in my world.  Can't wait for my foot (plantar fasciitis) to calm down so I can run.  This has been one of the mildest winters on record.  <sigh> at least it's nice for walking the dog.
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    lori_vt reacted to Cbg84 in Starting 1/4/16   
    Yea dougherty, that sounds amazing! I had an interesting day today myself but stayed compliant and fairly cheerful. I got up early to get a roast I have been looking forward to making in the crockpot only to realize that my power wasn't working properly. It was like half on somehow. The lights in the kitchen seemed fine, but my bathroom was dim. Then the microwave was hardly warming up my breakfast. Weird right? So here I am with my roast already seared and seasoned in the crockpot and not sure if I can trust the crockpot or even the refrigerator. I had to take time to talk to my super all while worrying about my food safety and getting to work on time (when as it is Monday is supposed to be my day off). It came back on pretty quickly and my sister got the crockpot going on her lunch break but now the roast won't be done until later than I had planned. Fortunately I had plenty of leftovers to throw into a meal. Then I knew for sure I would be home for lunch so I pretty much only packed a snack, and a friend of mine had her baby and another friend and I just had to go see her. I think what I learned today (and what I am kind of kicking myself for because I do already know this) is that life happens. I always need to have a backup plan and I should pretty much always carry a full lunch with me.
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    lori_vt reacted to ShannonM816 in Starting 1/4/16   
     
    Try the first recipe on this page. I'm sure the second is good too, I just haven't gotten around to trying it, I like the first one so much. It works with any greens, I usually use collards, but have tried it with kale and turnip greens as well. Sub any nuts and any dried fruit. Actually, thinking about it, it would probably be good with fresh apple or pear as well, if you want to avoid the dried fruits.
     
    Or, follow the directions through step 3 of that recipe, then instead of nuts, dried fruit, and garlic, just add balsamic vinegar and some oil to the pan and stir it all together -- that will help cut some of that bitterness too.
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    lori_vt reacted to L_dougherty85 in Starting 1/4/16   
    I'm not a big fan of kale, but I want to like it. I juice it sometimes with fruit, but I know that's basically out for the whole30. So I decided to sautée some in a pan with pineapple (eating what I would normally be drinking had I juiced it). And it was delicious! I had that with an ahi tuna steak, which I threw in a pan with a little bit of unsweetened, compliant coconut flakes. I'm not feeling super hungry this evening so it was a light, refreshing dinner.
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    lori_vt reacted to LadyRaroo in Starting 1/4/16   
    I started on the 4th, although I've not had booze, bread, or sugar since New Year's Eve. LOVE this book and the whole program. I'm doing really well and loving the changes I already feel. Excited to finally have found something that I know I can stick to. This is the turning point I've been needing. 
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    lori_vt got a reaction from L_dougherty85 in Starting 1/4/16   
    Good morning everyone and YAY for Day 8!  I feel great!  Ahhh :D  My stomach is almost back to normal and I haven't had a headache in a few days.  My energy feels really good.  I'm so glad I'm doing this.  Didn't really feel like riding the spin bike last night, but pushed myself to do it, and I'm glad I did.  I hit a Grouchy Wall last night when my TV remote caused my TV to lock on one channel and I couldn't switch to watch the second Wild Card game.  I'm a football junkie   Both my sons played football through elementary, middle and high school, and even played semi-pro after college.  I got so frustrated and I swear I went up the bit**iness scale in minus 2 seconds.  I had to call Comcast to have them reset my box, and by that time I'd missed the first half hour of the game.  I was very very cranky.  But then I got on my bike and watched the rest of the game, and all was good in my world.  Can't wait for my foot (plantar fasciitis) to calm down so I can run.  This has been one of the mildest winters on record.  <sigh> at least it's nice for walking the dog.
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    lori_vt got a reaction from praxisproject in Starting 1/4/16   
    How very true!  I have a lot of boards on Pinterest, and it's amazing what people post and say it's Whole30   Really, Whole 30 DESSERTS???    Or things with honey.  Or other "forbidden" ingredients.  They have completely missed the point.  I have modified more recipes than I can count.  When it seems like a recipe needs a teensy tiny smidgeon of sweetness, I do what Mel and Michelle (NomNom) do - dissolve one date in 1 Tbs of warm water and use that, although that was in past W30's I've done (I think this was when I made compliant Sriracha sauce).  Now, quite honestly, I avoid anything that's sweet and generally I don't think any recipe needs to be sweetened, and prefer to limit my fruit as well.  Just taking a hard, close look at my relationship with food.
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    lori_vt reacted to mtngirl884 in Starting 1/4/16   
    I drink at least a gallon of water a day.  LOL  I drink a LOT of water, even before I started W30.  
     
    Sorry I just responded to you twice.  Still figuring out how to respond to an entire thread rather than just a response! 
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    lori_vt reacted to mtngirl884 in Starting 1/4/16   
     
     
    I second the www.nomnompaleo.com and www.stupideasypaleo.com recommendations.  I use their recipes A LOT as well as PaleOMG and Against All Grain (although some of those have to be modified for W30).  Also, if you buy tessamae products or have heard of them, they are sending out entire weeks worth of whole 30 compliant recipes each week this month and have a bunch of them on their website.  I am making two of their recipes this week because I just got my Tessamae's whole 30 "pack" in the mail on Sat.  I honestly haven't been bored with food choices at all, but then again I love to cook.    
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    lori_vt reacted to L_dougherty85 in Starting 1/4/16   
    I hear you about moving the running shoes closer to the bed!! I have only been to the gym once since starting this (and really that was the first time I went since thanksgiving!) I need to get back in the habit of getting up and going to the gym.
    Your meals sound good! I didn't do enough prep this week, but stocked up on frozen fish, fresh fruit, and fresh veggies that can easily be cooked in short order. I will probably do some prep tonight though, I like having different options available especially for side dishes.
    Thank you to everyone who has been sharing websites with recipes to avoid food boredom! I can't wait to give some of this stuff a try.
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    lori_vt reacted to frogtox in Starting 1/4/16   
    Happy day 8 everyone! I hope everyone's feeling well and on track.
     
    I spent 5 hours in the kitchen yesterday prepping for this week.  I made three meals (pork ribs, salmon cakes, stuffed acorn squash) and things for my lunch (chicken cashew lettuce wrap, chicken salad, grilled chicken strips) and a handful of sauces and a batch of mayonnaise. I feel really ready to go this week. I am thankful I had a lot of energy (at least until it was time to do dishes, lol) because it's going to make my weeknights go so much more smoothly. My motto is 'set yourself up for success'... now I just need to move my running shoes a little closer to my bed.
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    lori_vt reacted to Cpizu in Starting 1/4/16   
    Day 8 and a Monday!
     
    I'm feeling pretty good, I do feel less bloated and I am never really hungry nor have I had any cravings (which is VERY odd for me; something new to get used to.)
     
    How did everyone do over the weekend? This was my first weekend doing Whole30 (like most I was assume) and was so nervous to go out with friend to a High School benefit where there'd be pizza, cookies and booze. I got there and really felt out of place, like I was really challenging myself. I didn't like that feeling, almost like a panic attack. I calmed myself down and shackled my arms to my waist so I couldn't reach food to my mouth...kidding of course.
     
    I took a few deep breaths, kept telling myself "you go this" and ended up thinking why I was doing this which led me to relax and just enjoy the company I was with. After explaining to my friends why I wasn't eating pizza, they were all very interested in the program. Believe it or not, I was explaining this to a Navy Seal and he really said "God bless you, I know I couldn't do that." funny a Navy Seal saying that...
     
    It was a tough weekend...but having one under my belt now, knowing what to expect, I think I can concur a few more!!!  
     
    Have a GREAT week guys!

     
     
     
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    lori_vt reacted to praxisproject in Starting 1/4/16   
     
    So many NSVs!!!
     
     
    Some lists of things to skim through when you're in Food Boredom stage:
    http://meljoulwan.com/2014/01/03/30-whole30-friendly-recipes/
    http://whole30.com/2014/10/best-whole30-recipes-sauces-dressings-dips-oh/
    http://meljoulwan.com/2009/07/21/sunshine-sauce/ - this one is a must do!
    http://meljoulwan.com/2014/10/20/zingy-ginger-dressing/
     
    (honestly, Mel Joulwan is my go to whenever I'm bored. I like the NomNomPaleo recipes too, but I think my palate is a closer match to Mel's and she has so many *easy* things like great sauces)
     
     
    You're not alone Laura, as acne is hormone related you will see some ups and downs, but also some great wins Quite a lot of people get comments towards the end of W30 on their healthy/glowing skin (even the men).
     
     
    I think this is a good plan Susan. There are some experiences in life that are worth just enjoying. If there's anything you know makes you sick though, I would avoid those. Try and get in at least one healthy place, so if you do it again, you can go back to one of your good memory places.
     
     
    Pears are high in fructose, so they can be a problem for some people. You might like them wrapped in prosciutto or something, or in a dressing
     
     
    This was huge for me my first Whole30, I had not realised how often I ate food that I didn't really love/enjoy/want, sometimes to please others or because I didn't want to "make a fuss". It's quite funny as I'm not usually an avoider of confrontation, but I found a lot of food habits were this way. Clean your plate when you're not hungry, eat food you hate, say yes when someone really *really* wants you to eat their special creation, eat seconds when you didn't want any. Saying no was quite an interesting experience, really changed my perspective