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  1. paddlepop

    Any other Australians?

    Hi Kristco, Welcome. You seem to be in the same boat as me. I've just started post-grad study while also working full-time. I finished my first Whole30 halfway through Feb. Immediately I thought YIPPEE I have beaten the chocolate dragon! Unfortunately, am now struggling again. I started a second Whole30 but got the flu and dropped it. I'm now house-sitting for 6 weeks which gives me the chance to break free from my lovely housemates, who are always leaving lovely treats around.. so I'm in with you from Saturday. Ange, Laura, jkord5, so great to read about your triumphs! Well done you!
  2. paddlepop

    Superclean Round 2 starting Feb 19 in Aus

    Hi Buffalo Girl, I would say, just don't buy fruit and nuts if you feel like you can't control yourself around them. That's what I started doing. I'm always so tempted to make a big beautiful fruit bowl but if I don't buy it, I can't eat it. My fruit bowl is filled with tomatoes and limes now. I also keep nuts in tied up bags so I can't get at them mindlessly. Hope you are doing well!
  3. paddlepop

    Any other Australians?

    Oh, sort of under control as long as I think ahead. I face the next test this afternoon: explaining to my grandmother... How are you all feeling? Would love to read your evaluations after you're done.
  4. paddlepop

    Superclean Round 2 starting Feb 19 in Aus

    Thanks jkord5 looks delicious! I've cooked a similar thing but without cauli rice - will have to make the effort next time coz it looks amazing. We'll convince them, one meal at a time. You're nearly there, well done. I'm sure you already are but it's definitely worth thinking about what comes after, coz I got to the end without really deciding, and didn't have anything to stick to anymore. Well done on sticking with it!!
  5. paddlepop

    Any other Australians?

    Hi Aussies! How are you doing with your Whole30s? You must be near the finish line now? I'm on day 2 of Round 2, being especially careful to avoid fruit and snacks between meals. It's a lot easier this time coz I know I can do it so, no nonsense doubt. And I just won over my housemates by cooking them dinner. I might try a fast now and again, though still reading up on that. During Round 1 I also think I gave myself a free pass from exercising as much as normal coz I felt so virtuous about eating so well. So I'll try to keep the effort up this time. Hope you are doing super well and are feeling that mysterious Tiger Blood! I just feel a sore back from too much yoga
  6. paddlepop

    Superclean Round 2 starting Feb 19 in Aus

    Day 2 finished and I'm happy to report I won them over by making them the afore-mentioned Pad Thai. I can't believe this feeling of control - I've never been so simply able to say, 'This is what I'm eating, this is why, and that's that.' Freedom from sugar and snacking even, which is better than the first round. Oof those coconut balls sound good! I made some home-made Larabars to take on a hike a couple of weeks ago. But they're out this round just for the sugar thing. I hope you're going well and not waiting too hard for the end
  7. paddlepop

    Superclean Round 2 starting Feb 19 in Aus

    Thank you for your well wishes! Day 22, I hope the next 8 days is an easy downhill slide for you. I think peaches, raspberries, dried apricots and prunes were a fallback for me that I should have avoided. Although, as the "worst" things in my diet, still not so bad! I'll try to keep nuts to a condiment, e.g. to add to a stirfry or the Pad Thai from Well Fed (that stuff is so good!)
  8. Hello Whole30 universe! I'm beginning my second Whole30 today (Feb 19) after finishing my first one last week. I fell too quickly back into old habits, and would really like to topple them. Also, I feel that while I complied strictly with the rules, I maybe didn't comply strictly with the spirit of the Whole30 by eating a few too many nuts and fruits. In my defence, it's summer here in Aus and peaches and raspberries are in season! During the first Whole30 I lost 1 kg and saw my cholesterol drop from 6.4 to 4.8, which is incredible. So my aim is 30 days of 3 meals a day according to the protein + veg + fat + seasoning template, without fruit (just 30 days while I starve the sugar imp), and without nuts as a primary fat source. Simple. I actually feel like the Whole30 is a relief because I don't have to think about what to eat, whether I should/shouldn't, how much, etc. I'm facing opposition from my housemates for this second round as I can't participate in shared cooking. I tried it, but they just don't get the concept of not using generic vegetable oils, or why I can't have raw chocolate, or generally why a little bit of non-compliant stuff matters a lot. It would be great to talk with you if you relate! Or if you started today, or any other day, or if you're Australian, or from anywhere else... Otherwise I'll just chatter with myself, no worries
  9. paddlepop

    Any other Australians?

    Thanks for the congratulations jkord5 and Ange. One of the best things about this community is the level of care and support, it's just so lovely. Ange I've seen the fast diet thing and will have to look into it a bit more. I'm starting another Whole30 tomorrow, maybe going a little less crazy on fruit and nuts and thinking more about meal timing. I noticed as soon as my Whole30 finished that it was too easy to suddenly abandon all of the effort I'd been putting into food preparation. I've just been in Perth visiting my twin and pretty much living in cafes, but now I'm back in the Whole30 mindset the vegie prep is suddenly a 'must get done' not a 'should do but would rather have nap'. I hope the last 10 days is a good run downhill for you!
  10. paddlepop

    Any other Australians?

    Hello everyone it is great to see so many Aussies on here. Seems like the real food revolution is beginning! It's a wrap for me! I finished the Whole30 3 days ago. I've already told you about the changes I could physically see. One to add - all the mosquitoes on my hike went straight for my hiking buddy and left me alone hah! Apparently they can sense blood sugar. Now the measurements.. I lost 1.2 kg - not huge, but I felt like I was eating my face off during the program as a result of having to focus so much on food, so I'm not that surprised. HOWEVER - my cholesterol dropped from 6.4 to 4.8!!! Pretty amazed by that. Also stoked because I have a friend who is on cholesterol-lowering meds and maybe this experiment will help him. I am still a few kg above where I want to be so I think I'm going to jump right back on the horse.. after I finish my pot of natural yoghurt . By the way, the bread I was looking forward to tasted like cardboard. I've just had an appt with my workplace's health consultant, who is a big fan of paleo and suggests I try the intermittent fasting, and stepping up the exercise. No quick fixes I suppose. Oh to be a raging 17 year old again. One of the biggest things for me is being able to say I am in control of what I eat and so long sugar dragon. Hope you are all doing well!
  11. paddlepop

    Any other Australians?

    jkord5, I think when you get bored you really have to put something extra into trying new recipes. Those old chestnuts Nom Nom Paleo and The Clothes Make The Girl are really good. As is Dallas and Melissa's steak rub from It Starts With Food. Yom.. I can't truthfully call what I'm feeling Tiger Blood. I've been doing my normal yoga and running and have been stronger at those. I am much more clear-headed and focused at work (my boss said he's going to write the Whole30 into my next position description!). I am definitely fitting right down inside my clothes rather than at the edges of them, my skin is happy and my fingernails and toenails look weirdly shiny. So those things are awesome, but the last couple of days I've been exhausted and am taking today as a do-nothing-recovery day. For me I think it's more mental than physical though as my poor brain is trying to work and study at the same time. Will see how I go on hike tomorrow - am going with someone who is a model of fitness and normally quite difficult to keep up with. 3 days to go, and I think I will keep eating this way when cooking for myself, and not worry too much in social situations. With maybe some natural yoghurt and sourdough rye bread depending on how the reintroduction goes Have a nice weekend!
  12. paddlepop

    Any other Australians?

    Hello everybody, just checking in. Still haven't cracked at the end of day 26. Full disclosure, I actually started the Whole30 on Jan 2 and made it to day 8 before accepting some aniseed rings from my visiting brother - I was struggling with my (former?) chocolate addiction and a bit of back-to-work-itis. But then I realised that I really did want to finish a Whole30 even just the once as an experiment, and I started again 2 days later. I'm just telling you in case it helps in the next few days, if you're struggling, to remind you that you've read the theory, this stuff makes sense to you and you really do want to finish the Whole30, even just once, to see what unexpected things it will do for you. SO you might as well keep going since you're already on Day 6/8/12/... I'm going on a long hike this weekend and am trying to plan Whole30 hiking food.. challenge Eat well and enjoy!
  13. paddlepop

    Any other Australians?

    Haha dreaming about pies sounds nice. I didn't get any weird food dreams that I remember. Only a fantastically strong craving for corn chips, which I never normally eat - may have to use nachos as a reintroduction experiment. I do feel quite a bit stronger as well, have been able to run for longer and am generally just more enthusiastic about getting out and doing things, so yes hang in there. Even if I don't see much in terms of number results I think it's just brilliant to know that you are in control of what you eat, not the other way around, and that you are being seriously nice to your body, maybe even for the first extended time. So worth it
  14. paddlepop

    Any other Australians?

    I haven't really been keeping track, just starting with vegies and adding whatever else I feel like, with the occasional big cookup of something more complicated. Today I've had leftover tuna and cabbage noodle casserole (vaguely followed http://sarahlynnsmile.com/2013/09/22/make-a-tuna-noodle-casserole-you-want-to-eat-paleowhole30gluten-freedairy-free/) and some eggs/avocado/tomato. I've been roasting/baking a lot of things as that is sort of quick, i.e. just chuck something on a baking tray and leave it for a half hour - so I've eaten a lot of baked chicken thighs with cucumber/tomato/snow peas etc. I also roast up heaps of vegies every weekend, roast pumpkin/onion/beetroot/zucchini is a good base for a meal. What else... I have a cool spiral slicer (GEFU Spirelli I think it's called) that makes zucchini noodles super quickly. If you've got the Well Fed cookbook, the pad thai recipe (which uses zoodles) is awesome! I've definitely been hanging out in the kitchen A Lot - my housemates will be glad to have the it back when I'm done. Or so they think.
  15. paddlepop

    Any other Australians?

    Hey! I'm in Aus too. I'm on day 20 and feeling awesome. I'm finding it suspiciously easy now. This is the first time in my life I've been able to really stick with any prescribed plan. Will be really interested to see how post-30 measurements go. I can say that my skin is glowing so much you can pretty much see me in the dark! Hah. Good luck to you, stick with it!