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    nikki5577 got a reaction from Physibeth in Three days in -- very hungry and too much fat?   
    I'm not sure how many eggs were in your breakfast, but I would definitely eat whole eggs, not just whites. They will keep you more satisfied. And make sure you eat enough of them. 
     
    I'd also suggest trying some veggies other than salad - lettuce/spinach doesn't really fill me up for an extended period of time. We eat a lot of zucchini, broccoli, brussel sprouts, etc... Even add some starchy veggies like butternut squash if that doesn't work.
     
    You are better off to eat more compliant food at first than going hungry, then you will be less tempted to go off plan. After awhile your hunger should even out and you will figure out how much you need to eat at each meal.
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    nikki5577 got a reaction from SusanB. in protein shakes [serious info inside]   
    Took me about a week to get over being self conscious about eating real food at they gym after my workout, but it really isn't any harder to eat hard boiled eggs, or homemade compliant sausage than it is to eat a protein bar. It just takes some additional prep time and I am doing that anyway for the rest of my meals. There are a lot of good ideas for packable meals that aren't bad cold/room temp on those threads.
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    nikki5577 reacted to Derval in The crazy things people say   
    You're a freakin' aberration Laura!
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    nikki5577 reacted to cpb in Just Do It   
    I have tried to do a Whole30 before, but haven't been successful.  
     
    It has been over 12 months since the last one, and have learned a few things during this period and although some things are the same (still fatigued a lot of the time), some things are different (my menstrual cycle returned after trying a Peat-style diet with much higher carbs).  I ended up in hospital from blood loss though and have increased inflammation (tendonitis in my right wrist started 3 months ago and the neck and shoulder pain continues) - so it is still a bumpy ride!
     
    I am trying to manage my stress levels and have better balance, as fatigue is a big issue for me (and has been for 4 years).
     
    So, how will I do this differently?
    I have to make sure I have enough carbohydrate - this is not low carb!  (I like what Paul Jaminet has written about safe starches) I have to commit to no alcohol to help balance my hormones (reduce estrogen) learn to balance the stress and fatigue - when I am tired, I have to let myself be tired and not 'fight back' with sugars for energy and when stressed, need to come up with an alternative to work through it (tea, walk, try meditation) I will commit writing my meals, moods and symptoms/improvements in this journal for better accountability I know I can feel happier and balanced again (which is how I was feeling when first starting Peat) so I have an incentive to feel like that again - but without the bloating of milk - although I think milk is what I will miss most!
     
    Whole30 starting 1 June!!
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    nikki5577 got a reaction from HealingWithin in I hate the kitchen!   
    There are a lot of great ideas here to get you started, but a good thing to remember is that doing your Whole30 isn't just about eating all the right foods and just getting through the 30 days. It's about getting away from some of those unhealthy habits that lead to bad eating and poor health. The need to plan, prep, and cook most of your meals really makes you aware of what you are putting in your body and how certain foods make you feel - never mind reading every label and being the most annoying customer in the restaurant and how that makes you more accountable for your food choices.
     
    There are ways to make it easier, but there is really no way to "order out" you Whole30 experience. 
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    nikki5577 got a reaction from praxisproject in Penzey's spices... too many options! What's your favorite?   
    We have been using their spice mixes as grilled meat rubs for years. Favorites are Greek, Tuscan Sunset, Turkish, And Southwest. Make sure you read the ingredients, some mixes have sugar - like the Italian and breakfast sausage mixes. I also like their French grey sea salt.
    Everything is high quality and reasonably priced.
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    nikki5577 got a reaction from HealingWithin in I hate the kitchen!   
    There are a lot of great ideas here to get you started, but a good thing to remember is that doing your Whole30 isn't just about eating all the right foods and just getting through the 30 days. It's about getting away from some of those unhealthy habits that lead to bad eating and poor health. The need to plan, prep, and cook most of your meals really makes you aware of what you are putting in your body and how certain foods make you feel - never mind reading every label and being the most annoying customer in the restaurant and how that makes you more accountable for your food choices.
     
    There are ways to make it easier, but there is really no way to "order out" you Whole30 experience. 
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    nikki5577 reacted to Vanniek71 in Celebrating 40lbs gone!   
    Guys, wanted to post this here since the Whole30 has been a huge part of me changing my life...I've got a contest on my blog and I'm giving away $25 and a free book. Open to everyone, especially the Whole30 community!

    All you have to do is take a guess at my Body Fat %. Closest wins!

    http://whole360.blogspot.com/2014/03/new-contest-enter-to-win.html
     
     
    I've lost 40lbs to date and owe a huge thanks to this community.
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    nikki5577 got a reaction from cdnj in The timing of meals   
    I would suggest trying to eat more at each meal to try to stay satisfied longer. On days I workout I eat 4 meals but on my rest days I have been able to get to the point where I can eat three meals, no snacking, not hungry between meals. Make sure you are following the meal template and eating enough. I lived by this when I was doing my Whole30 http://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf
    You might want to post some of your meals for feedback.
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    nikki5577 reacted to missmary in I hate the kitchen!   
     
    I hope this doesn't come across as not supportive, but this statement makes no sense to me.
     
    If it is possible to change the fact that you don't like doing something--to get to the point where you actually like doing something that will exponentially improve your health why on earth would you not want to do it?
     
    Whether this is good or bad may depend on your point of view, but doing the whole30 DOES REQUIRE a shift in how you were thinking about food and food preparation before. There isn't a quick fix easy answer that is as healthy as real whole food, and eating the good stuff takes some prep. Yes, you can get into a groove where it seems easier, but it will never be as easy as fast food seemed before. It is worth it. If you can find opportunities to enjoy it, even better.
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    nikki5577 got a reaction from HealingWithin in I hate the kitchen!   
    There are a lot of great ideas here to get you started, but a good thing to remember is that doing your Whole30 isn't just about eating all the right foods and just getting through the 30 days. It's about getting away from some of those unhealthy habits that lead to bad eating and poor health. The need to plan, prep, and cook most of your meals really makes you aware of what you are putting in your body and how certain foods make you feel - never mind reading every label and being the most annoying customer in the restaurant and how that makes you more accountable for your food choices.
     
    There are ways to make it easier, but there is really no way to "order out" you Whole30 experience. 
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    nikki5577 got a reaction from praxisproject in Penzey's spices... too many options! What's your favorite?   
    I forgot to mention that the spice blends also make great salad dressing. The Greek, Italian and Tuscan sun set can be mixed with olive oil, red wine and/or balsamic vinegar and (for the Greek) lemon juice. I haven't experimented with making any creamy dressings using homemade mayo.
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    nikki5577 got a reaction from cdnj in The timing of meals   
    Yes! Eat the only other suggestion I have is that you eat some higher calorie/fatty fish like salmon if you aren't already. We found that a lot of the lower fat white fish we ate in the past was too low calorie and fat to be satisfying at the portion sizes we felt like eating. Or of you do eat lower fat fish make sure you add your fats to you meals - We really like grilled tuna steaks with a big salad and an olive oil based dressing these days.
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    nikki5577 reacted to DeannaDaniels in So proud of myself!!!!!!   
    This is only officially day 2 of my first Whole30 and I passed my ultimate test. I went out to eat with a group of friends at a most wonderful restaurant (a regular out of town stop, we do twice a year) that features a fabulous buffet. The whole way there I reasoned with myself going back and forth as to what I would do. As I walk through the door, I'm set, I'm sticking to my plan. That is until I walked by the buffet! After all it was only day two, I could restart tomorrow, right? But then I remembered all that stuff I read in those 8 steps I went through before I committed to Whole30. I need to prove to myself my commitments aren't just flimsy whims that I can or can't keep. And I knew every time I quit and restart my resolve to finish would be weaker and weaker. So I ordered the tilapia, steamed with no seasoning (who knows what was in it) but salt, pepper and a lemon wedge, steamed vegetables, and a baked sweet potato. As I sit and wait for my food the others in my party start showing up to the table with their piled high buffet plates of delisious yumminess, ok wait did I really make the right decision? I watch them scarf down my favorite dishes that I know I won't even smell for at least another 6 months. This is hard (yes I said that) I'm so torn I want to fork onto someone's plate and go to town. Finally my plate arrives looking less than stellar. Vegetables are actually ok, sweet potato, decent. But the fish, severely undercooked and horrible tasting, I send it back so disappointed I'm just ready to dive into that buffet at this point. And now the plates are filled with amazing desserts. this is impossible. No! Stop! Don't even think about it. In reality I'm getting full from the veggies and sweet potato, besides everyone else is wrapping up their binging, leaning back in their chairs looking pretty pathetic (that's me too every other time) my new tilapia comes out, yaaaah, wait its still not cooked. No thanks I don't want you to try again, everyone is ready to head to the in-restaurant bakery anyway. Check.Please! Free baked potato and vegetables, stayed strong, passed right through the bakery. FEELS SOOOO GOOD! (I just wonder how I'd feel if I gave in, probably need more food to make me feel better about it. Viscous cycle)
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    nikki5577 reacted to GFChris in The timing of meals   
    OK, in short, EAT MORE. 
     
    Do you have a copy of the recommended meal template?  Look to that for guidance on portion sizes. 
     
    Here are some opportunities I see for you:
    - instead of 1/4 avocado, eat at least 1/2 the avocado
    - instead of 1/2 a can of tuna, eat the whole can
    - have some variety in your fish/seafood.  Robb Wolff's food matrix is great for brainstorming ideas.  
    - preWO is protein and fat, postWO is protein and carb, no fat.  So, add an egg pre WO, and don't have a whole egg postWO, Have an egg white (no yolk) or lean seafood as your postWO protein. 
    - it's not clear whether you're getting any carb-dense veggies. Those can help with satiety. Look to get at least one in per day. They include sweet potato, winter squash, beets, carrots, jicama, plantains, rutabaga and parsnips.
    - be sure you're staying sufficiently hydrated. Aim for drinking water, in the amount of at least half your body weight in ounces, daily.
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    nikki5577 got a reaction from cdnj in The timing of meals   
    I would suggest trying to eat more at each meal to try to stay satisfied longer. On days I workout I eat 4 meals but on my rest days I have been able to get to the point where I can eat three meals, no snacking, not hungry between meals. Make sure you are following the meal template and eating enough. I lived by this when I was doing my Whole30 http://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf
    You might want to post some of your meals for feedback.
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    nikki5577 reacted to Emiley Carey in I GAINED on Whole30...   
    Gotcha…hook, line, and sinker. 
    But really, I do want to focus on what I gained during the Whole30, and it wasn't body weight! In no particular order:
     
    - mad cooking skills! I was forced to shop and cook so much, and I did enjoy it a lot. As a young person and newlywed, I really value this.
    - greatly increased knowledge of nutrition and the science of wellness. I am compelled to study nutrition and learn more and more about why our bodies do things.
    - a more positive outlook and general disposition. I have been a sunnier and more cheerful person.
    - a supportive community of people who care about wellness over weight loss, and really lift each other up.  
    - a far more positive body image and appreciation for what my body can do when I am nice to it.
    - willpower!
    - overall higher productivity levels. I used to feel the need to "decompress" for so long after work or at the end of the day…this past month I have been way more inclined to DO things. Tackle projects, write, read, walk, play…etc.
    - consistently better length and quality of sleep
    - a really cool connection with my  mom, who did this with me. It was great having her there to support and relate (and occasionally lament the girl scout cookies at the office or the donuts at church). We cooked together and shopped together a few times and I really enjoyed that. There is no way I would have stuck it out without her support and accountability. Thanks, ma 
     
    What I lost: 
    - fat-phobia
    - nutritional ignorance
    - dependence on the scale for validation
    - reliance on unhealthy foods for emotional comfort
    - reliance on unhealthy foods for convenience (SO easy to pre cook chicken and throw it in a baggie)
    - giant restaurant bills
    - mood swings/emotional instability
    - dry patches on my skin
    - 6.5 inches
    - 8 pounds
     
    I am really proud of myself, and please with all I learned and gained from this program!
     
    My favorite resources during this journey and beyond: this forum, obviously, and ISWF. Read it, and read it again. Facebook and Instagram hashtags #whole30, #jerf (Just Eat Real Food), #eatclean, etc.
    - The Freckled Foodie blog, where I first learned about whole30
    - StupidEasyPaleo blog, where I got lots of recipes
    - Everyday Paleo, specifically this really moving post and the podcasts (awesome listening in the gym)
    - NerdFitness
     
     
    I am drinking an Americano blended with coconut oil, butter, and cinnamon right this moment and I am feeling bulletproof.
     
    So, what does the future hold? I will continue the Whole9 life and throw in Whole30's when necessary or whenever I can convince someone to do it with me. Here's to butter.

     
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    nikki5577 reacted to LadyM in Feeling sad and disappointed on Day 31   
    I could have written the exact same post at the end of my first W30 one year ago. I did a W47, actually, and was terribly disappointed that I experienced none of the miracles I felt were promised by others' raving successes, and most importantly, that not only did I not lose weight, but I seemed to have gained pounds and inches.
     
    One year later I can see all the benefits I gained without being able to see them at the time, including a fairly miraculous shift in my relationship with food that has continued to evolve and change my life for the better. I now better understand the depth and time and patience my healing required--and continues to require. I now see that a lifetime of trying to "eat healthy" and lose weight left my body starved for nutrients and so I responded by overeating, especially fats. Also, I wasn't ready to let go of nuts and fruit and nut butters as a kind of dessert crutch.
     
    Now I realize that it's not that I was doing anything "wrong." This is all a process, and the path to success on it for me is to first and foremost remain curious and forgiving throughout that process. We've been lied to and tricked to believe that diets work and that we can lose weight quickly and healthfully. W30 is so much bigger than that. But it may take some time to come to that realization and to adjust your expectations--which, by the way, will surpass what you initially set out for yourself if you just give them a chance.
     
    Having said that, i remember how painful and dire it was to end my W30 feeling like I was in worse shape than I started after a month of BEING SO COMPLIANT which I equated with GOOD. Where is the reward for my efforts, I cried to myself. Well, now I can say that they've come, and they keep arriving, and they're much more radical than weight loss.
     
    I'm sorry you're suffering right now. Do what you need to do to take care of yourself. And know that others have been where you are now and carried on and found more than what they were looking for.
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    nikki5577 got a reaction from praxisproject in Penzey's spices... too many options! What's your favorite?   
    I forgot to mention that the spice blends also make great salad dressing. The Greek, Italian and Tuscan sun set can be mixed with olive oil, red wine and/or balsamic vinegar and (for the Greek) lemon juice. I haven't experimented with making any creamy dressings using homemade mayo.
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    nikki5577 got a reaction from praxisproject in Penzey's spices... too many options! What's your favorite?   
    We have been using their spice mixes as grilled meat rubs for years. Favorites are Greek, Tuscan Sunset, Turkish, And Southwest. Make sure you read the ingredients, some mixes have sugar - like the Italian and breakfast sausage mixes. I also like their French grey sea salt.
    Everything is high quality and reasonably priced.
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    nikki5577 got a reaction from Physibeth in Three days in -- very hungry and too much fat?   
    I'm not sure how many eggs were in your breakfast, but I would definitely eat whole eggs, not just whites. They will keep you more satisfied. And make sure you eat enough of them. 
     
    I'd also suggest trying some veggies other than salad - lettuce/spinach doesn't really fill me up for an extended period of time. We eat a lot of zucchini, broccoli, brussel sprouts, etc... Even add some starchy veggies like butternut squash if that doesn't work.
     
    You are better off to eat more compliant food at first than going hungry, then you will be less tempted to go off plan. After awhile your hunger should even out and you will figure out how much you need to eat at each meal.
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    nikki5577 reacted to amandajunefitz in Cauliflower rice skeptic...   
    Consider me converted! I hate cauliflower in most of its forms but took a chance on cauliflower rice last night. I was even more skeptical as I was preparing it because it reeked...but after adding a few spices, and under the great coconut red curry chicken I served it with, it was GREAT! So much like a grain -- I couldn't stop gushing to my husband about what a win it was. Especially since it was SO easy (I don't know how others do it -- I just did the first couple steps of making cauliflower 'tortillas' (which are also good but a hassle): pulse it in the food processor, microwave, squeeze out moisture with paper towels, microwave again and done!). 
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    nikki5577 reacted to Bloodshotbetty in Sweet, sweet words...   
    It has definitely been a year of transformation for my husband and I.  I have lost over 100 pounds since May, and he is 10 months sober today (after 6-7 stints in rehab.)  He also quit smoking.  SO- taking on this dietary transformation is another step in us being happy and healthy for years to come. 
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    nikki5577 reacted to Chris Mead in Eating out Whole30-style in London   
    Hello.
     
    I have now finished my Whole 30.
     
    I feel pretty darn tip-top.
     
    Reflecting on my month, I thought you guys might like to read my opinion on the differences between US and UK restaurant customer service and the impact on us Whole30-ers?
     
    https://medium.com/p/365a9b8932b8
     
    Thank you!
     
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    nikki5577 got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Breakfast suggestions, please   
    I don't have time to cook in the morning, so I prep a few days at a time. Baked sweet potatoes and hard boiled eggs are not exciting, but they keep for a few days and are not messy in the morning. I just reheat the potato add a little salt and clarified butter and have some hard boiled eggs.