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    lgt2013 reacted to ladyshanny in Day 22: Not feeling food "freedom"   
    Aw, dang, sorry you're feeling so frustrated.
    You're not missing the point but the point appears to be a bit obscured.
    Basically the goal is to do the Whole30 and then reintroductions to see how food affects you physically, mentally and emotionally. If you don't do that, it makes the rest of what I'm going to say harder/impossible.
    Once you have a good grasp on how food makes you feel, you get to decide what is and is not worth it for you on regular, occasional and rare occurrences. THEN, you make assessments in the moment of "Do I want this? Is it worth it?". Example, you get to the point where you know that the wheat in conventional pancakes doesn't bother you but butter and syrup are a dumpster fire for a couple days. You go out for breakfast to your favourite diner with some friends and you peruse the menu. "Hmmm....pancakes. Do I want them? Yep. Will they be worth it? Well....I have a big presentation at work tomorrow that I cannot mess up and I know that the butter/syrup combination fries my concentration for a couple days. Hmmm....OK, maybe an omelette this time." 
    ""Hmmm....pancakes. Do I want them? Yep. Will they be worth it? Yep, I have a day off tomorrow with no plans! Pancakes it is!"
    Do you see? Once you know how food affects you, you weigh the desire for it with the consequences of it. Sometimes the food will be worth it and sometimes it won't. Sometimes whatever it is messes with your stomach and it's just not worth it. Sometimes the cupcake or cookie doesn't fit your current goals and although you do want it, it's not worth it right now. Remember, we're not preaching to never have treats or sweets again - just to be honest with yourself around whether you want it enough to go drive to xyz and get it or you want it because it's just sitting there. Be honest around what the effects will be and if you want to take them on. You'll get it wrong, we all do, but then you learn and move forward. That is food freedom.
    PS - once you make the determination that you WANT the item and that the consequences are WORTH IT, there is no guilt....because you made an informed decision. The guilt comes, I believe, when we let food run us down. When we mow through a package of cookies while watching tv. That feels yucky because YOU didn't decide it. If you go through the "Do I want it, is it worth it" and you ask yourself after every cookie and the answer honestly keeps being yes and you eat 6 cookies, that's alright. Maybe the next day you'll look back and realize you made the wrong choice because of abc/xyz, but that's the learning experience again. No guilt, just knowledge. 
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    lgt2013 reacted to TJHigh in Meal Delivery? Cooked-Concerns   
    Yup, this is def good stuff- I’m very happy with my purchase. I had a long day at work, and my husband was working late, so it was very nice to know I was coming home to a compliant meal, that was yummy, and didn’t require cooking on my part, OR dishes.
    The only downside I can see is if you have other people to feed that aren’t doing Whole30 (so it would kind of be “wasted” on them.). It worked for me this week bc my husband ate at the office the last two nights, and tomorrow I’ll likely make hm fend for himself as well, but if I had to feed him too, not sure if it’d be as enjoyable.  I could def see ordering just the lunches or doing it during a time he’s traveling.
    Here’s more pics!
    Chicken adobo with veggies and two sauces/dressings, and Thai beef salad.  Both amazing! 

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    lgt2013 reacted to TJHigh in Meal Delivery? Cooked-Concerns   
    You guys! I did it- ordered the four day of meals for this week and they came today.  Just in time, the package arrived at about 6:30, and I wasn’t going to be able to hold out much later.
    I got four lunches and dinners, although to be honest, I can’t really tell a lunch from a dinner, not that it matters.  I didn’t spend a lot of time mulling my choices, I just grabbed one that looked good- the chicken mojo bowl over shredded veggies and a peach/citrus salsa.  Very good, and a perfectly sized portion. That was the only thing I was worried about- that it’d be too small, but it was perfect.  Only complaint is that it needed salt, but that was easy enough to fix (and I’m probably an over salter anyway.
    I’m excited to see how the rest are, but frankly, if they’re half as good as the one I had tonight, it’d def be worth it.  Suuuuuch a relief not to cook this week! 
    Oh, and I did a quick glance at all the ingredients, and they all looked compliant!
    Here’s a pic of tonight’s (might not be the most photogenic dish in the world).

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    lgt2013 got a reaction from Present4Life in Filipino Whole30 Eats   
    I forgot about this thread! I might have to try spaghetti squash pancit this week!
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    lgt2013 reacted to LauraOC in Whole30 Ketchup Recipe   
    I have made it several times since I first posted this. I backed it down to 3 TBS, then just added more to taste. It's very good, but again, don't expect Heinz. I also added some onion powder. Good luck! 
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    lgt2013 reacted to tasha99 in What's for dinner?   
    Not low key tonight.  We are having crab hand rolls from the first nomnom paleo cookbook.  Not low key because I have a pound of picked crab meat.  I had to time the ripening of the avocado with the development of the sprouts, which took take about 4-5 days to be done.  So a highly planned and expensive, but delicious looking meal.
    My low key go to meals are things like a salad, roasted veggies, and a meat.  The cracklin chicken on the nomnom paleo website is absolutely delicious for having just chicken, oil, and salt (and a cast iron skillet).  
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    lgt2013 got a reaction from Juice06870 in Liza's post - Whole30 2018   
    I finished my January Whole30 yesterday, wohoo! I thought it was #6 or 7, but after looking back a little more diligently, I think it was only #5. It was definitely the easiest with minimal cravings and quite frankly, in the dead of winter -- easy to avoid social interaction, so easier to avoid temptation. (I will say that I went to a potluck dinner this past Monday, and someone made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. They were mostly easy to resist since I "couldn't" have them, but I foresee a struggle now that the rules aren't governing my eating anymore.) I ate out of the house exactly 4 times - 2 lunches at Whole Foods, 1 dinner date, and the potluck dinner. The dinner date was much easier than I anticipated, and the potluck dinner was harder than anticipated -- I could only eat what I brought, even after the participants had asked about the Whole30 rules, they added non-compliant ingredients to their dishes. I half expected that, but it's still hard to be surrounded by food I can't have. 
    As a reward for successfully accomplishing another Whole30, I'm buying myself a few new kitchen tools -- a mandoline slicer/julienne peeler (I discovered I needed after trying to spiralize an organic carrot ), and whatever else strikes my fancy.
    My physical results are good but not shocking -- lost 5 lbs, most of which was gained over the holidays, so back to my pre-holiday weight. Also lost 1" off my waist and 1.25" off my hips. Any decrease in these numbers are a good thing, but I definitely have more to lose. Overall, I'm still about 15 lbs heavier than I was when I did my first Whole30 in November 2013. 
    Today I am reintroducing butter. I cooked my breakfast in it this morning and added an extra pat once it was cooked, and I already feel congestion in the back of my throat. I know I can't have any other dairy (cow's milk-based), so no point in reintroducing anything else. At one point I thought I'd be okay with very hard/dry cheeses like blue cheese, feta, and parmesan, but I discovered that those are just a slippery slope. I'm not sure what is next; I know goat cheese and sheep's milk cheese are on the list. Also, with the Superbowl on Sunday, I have to figure in that I will *probably* have a drink or two.
    Anyway, even after reintro, my goal is to live 80/20, allowing myself 3-4 meals off Whole30 per week, but maintain it 100% at home (with the exception of things like ketchup with real sugar because that's a total pain in the a$$).
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    lgt2013 reacted to Becky Henderson in Real Plans for Single People   
    I use Real Plans.  I'm loving it. You customize the settings to your serving size. I'm using for 1.  Recipes that appeal to me I make double to go in freezer. So, far I've not ended up wasting food.  The first week I spent $67. I started using Wal-Mart pick up service which is available to me. With Real Plans shopping list, I go through ordering only what I need from the list. I feel this saves even more that I'm not tempted to buy what I don't need as I would if physically shopping. The recipes are fairly simple.  Although I will say my first attempt at making Ghee was laughable. Can you say smoky kitchen and burned pan?  But with a little patience the second attempt was successful. Most vegetables I get frozen, large bags of broccoli, green beans, cauliflower, etc.  
    The first week, I started January 24, the amount of dishes to clean up was terrifying.  Last weekend I sat down to come up with a plan to help in that area. Baking pans I cover with aluminum foil, then add parchment paper. I use two different size iron skillets which I immediately clean up place back on stove, one sauce pot and my Cosori pressure cooker. I also spent some time chopping, slicing and dicing onions, peppers, cucumbers, and celery. I store the cucumbers in a mason jar, covering the cukes with white vinegar, this keeps them crisp.  Having those ready for use is a huge plus. 
    I live alone, work the hours of 12 noon to 7 p.m. I could easily use the excuse of my work hours aren't working well with this life style change. That would not be true the only thing not working well with this life style change is me and my attitude. Thankfully that is gradually changing.  Here's to a successful Whole 30 journey for the both of us. 
    Give Real Plans a try.  It's working great for me. 
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    lgt2013 got a reaction from Jenny B in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
    Question about the gluten reintro -- the guide says to have whole wheat bread for lunch then whole wheat pasta for dinner -- is there a reason for the whole wheat? I'm unlikely to ever eat whole wheat pasta unless forced to . Regular pasta is more likely to make a reappearance in my diet down the road (not at home, but I do have a favorite restaurant that makes their pasta fresh).
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    lgt2013 reacted to Physibeth in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
    Those are just suggestions. The best thing to do is introduce something you might actually want to eat again though be careful that there are no cross contaminating ingredients. I did sourdough bread for mine because that was what I was interested in.
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    lgt2013 reacted to Melissa Hartwig in Notice: Whole30 Personal Logs are NOT Moderated   
    To all:
    Just a quick change of protocol related to your Whole30 logs.
    First, please note these logs are only available to members of the forum who are currently logged in. General browsers of the internet and those searching for Whole30 information on Google will NOT be able to view your log unless they register and validate their registration for the forum. This is for your privacy, so you don't have to worry about non-members browsing through your personal information. This has been our policy since the forums were created several years ago--we just wanted to highlight this for you.
    Two, these logs will no longer be moderated by the Whole30 team. They are your personal "diaries," and as such deserve the respect to remain your own form of expression, within our general guidelines. (Verbal abuse, profanity, or any sort of disrespectful conduct is never tolerated on the boards, regardless of where it is posted.) We will only comment when asked, or if we feel that significantly unhealthy or dangerous behaviors are taking place.
    Three, if you choose to post non-Whole30 meals as part of your log, or go off-plan on purpose, we gently encourage you to make this clear in your log. This will help avoid confusion on the part of those new to the program. This isn't mandatory, but we are asking you to help us keep the boards clear and easy to use for all, especially those new to the Whole30.
    Finally, for all browsing these logs, know that you have no guarantee that every meal or food posted here is, in fact, Whole30 compliant. Read these logs like you read your labels, and when in doubt, ask/search/read to determine whether something posted in a personal log does, in fact, fit the Whole30 program.
    Thank you for doing your part to keep this forum supportive, respectful, and in line with  the spirit, intention, and guidelines of our Whole30 program.
    Melissa Hartwig
    Co-founder, Whole30
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    lgt2013 got a reaction from mkayc in Where To Go? (and what to eat)   
    As far as Chipotle goes, according to the website, neither the carnitas or barbacoa have soybean oil -- all the other meats do, as well as the fajita veggies. So a salad with either of those and salsa and guac are compliant. It's my go to when I'm on the road.
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    lgt2013 reacted to Joey in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    You mistakenly read that last part as "This filled me with ghee".
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    lgt2013 reacted to megmac in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    "Grocery shopping" takes place at more than 3 locations.