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  1. Did you start reintroduction yet? Sometimes reactions can happen faster than you expect and it's possible that whatever is causing your skin issues will show you some other ill effect upon reintroduction before it even shows up in your skin.
  2. I'm glad it's going so well! I hope you feel that Tiger Blood soon.
  3. Day 30 More loud storms off and on last night. I am glad I set out everything last night to make my coffee this morning. It's difficult for me to think in another language when I'm tired. It stormed through half of my meeting and interestingly enough, it was storming over there in that part of Japan too. The sauce I made last night turned out to be amazing on some tiny potatoes I quickly tossed in the microwave and cut (half mashed) this morning to go with my eggs. It was originally going to be a scallion wasabi aioli but then I decided to make it a dressing instead before I turned
  4. Salad dressing is very easy to make. If you don't have an immersion blender, now is a good time to get one since it makes it even easier to whip up batches of mayo and salad dressings, etc. Once you start making your own dressings, you'll realize how fast it is and how much more economical. It pays for itself pretty quickly especially if you're a fan of blended soups. I usually make mayo and salad dressing at the same time and just do the mayo first then, without even washing the stick blender in between, use it to do the salad dressing. Look up "dump ranch " salad dressing for a super ea
  5. Day 29 I went to bed early last night but still got woken up from noise, bad luck. Work was frustrating but I got everything done that I needed to and have been able to relax a bit. I don't feel as brain dead as I did yesterday. I'll try going to bed early again anyway. And maybe just plan on making a coconut milk coffee before my 6am Skype meeting. Breakfast- Coconut scrambled eggs with roasted cinnamon-sprinkled sweet potatoes Lunch- African stew with green beans in coconut curry sauce Dinner- Baked Cajun salmon, onion, and cucumbers with creamy wasabi dressing
  6. Day 28 Due to outside noise beyond my control, sleep was very lacking but I powered through the day. I made a fresh jar of cashew milk plus a jar of coconut milk for whatever I might decide to do this weekend. I did feel pretty brain dead by dinner time and went to bed early. I kept my notes in my personal journal through the day though. Breakfast- Scallion omelet with leftover sauce from yesterday's breakfast and roasted butternut squash Lunch- Pork and carrots in gravy plus a healthy side of sauerkraut Dinner- African stew, heavy on the coconut cream and a small cuc
  7. Day 27 Pretty normal day of my usual getting up early, exercise, work, etc. I'm feeling really good. I'm also pretty happy to know that I have enough leftovers in the fridge and freezer to last through the weekend. I don't have to cook anything new unless I really feel like it. My dinner tonight left me with 2 more meals' worth of leftovers that I'm already looking forward to having and I've still got a lot of soup, stew, and even chili. Breakfast- Basil chicken and green beans with creamy lemon sauce Lunch- Chili over green beans with a dollop of coconut milk yogurt
  8. Day 26 Busy day which started with my 6am Japan call. It's a weekly Wednesday and Sunday thing. I'm still staying away from caffeine, not even feeling tempted so I'm glad my few mornings of it didn't ignite a habit. My energy is good. Someone gave me a little gift of something I love but is non compliant (because of a small amount of sugar). Luckily it will keep until this is over so it's safely tucked away. Breakfast- African Stew with mixed veggies in cashew cream sauce Lunch- Italian wedding soup and a dish of sauerkraut Dinner- ginger lime cracklin' chicken with
  9. Oh, I forgot, I also had a side of sauerkraut with my dinner.
  10. Day 25 Feeling really good here, and getting a lot done. I actually meant to have stew for breakfast but woke up really wanting something else so I made that and saved stew for later. The stew was amazing and wasn't difficult to tweak to make it Whole30 from the original recipe I found online for the African Stew served at Mara's in Animal Kingdom Lodge at Disney World. I'll definitely be making this again now that I've tried it. Whole30s always inspire me to try making new things. Breakfast- poached eggs and roasted asparagus, both with freshly made Whole30 compliant hollandai
  11. Day 24 Felt pretty good and productive, made a pot of soup and a pot of stew. I portioned them out into separate serving size containers so they'll be easy to grab and eat for meals. Making meatballs for the soup was a bit of a drag so early in the morning but the payoff was so worth it. I can't wait to have some of the stew tomorrow! It feels pretty good to know I'm in the final week. After today, it's just 18 meals to go and then I can relax a bit. I haven't been able to find fully compliant bacon locally this time around and decided not to try ordering any meats this time either,
  12. I try not to eat snacks but sometimes I munch on some nuts or olives while cooking. If you're talking about pre and post work-out, check out the official Whole30 meal template which covers that. A lot of people like to keep some hard boiled eggs in the fridge in case of emergency. The theory is: If you aren't hungry enough to eat that, then you're probably not actually hungry and just feeling the desire to eat for other reasons. The first week is rough; congratulations on staying strong!
  13. Welcome to the logs. I can relate, so many people only seem interested in hearing about weight loss and don't understand why there could be another reason to do something like this.
  14. Thank you. It's the first time I did it so I procrastinated out of nervousness. Now I'm glad it's done and the pan performed beautifully today like when it was new.
  15. Day 23 Still working on getting used to sleeping in the new bed but determined not to resort to caffeine since it was never my thing and I don't want it to become a thing. Survived my 6am call from Japan and moved everything out of my kitchen, living room, and bathroom to thoroughly clean, sweep, and mop. By the time the floors were dry and I put everything back I was beat and just swept and mopped around everything in the other rooms. I figured it was a good day for it since I have so many things already made and waiting in the fridge. I realized though that I am out of soup so I'll
  16. Day 22 Still not used to the new bed I got on Thursday but I think I slept slightly more last night than I did Thursday night. There's nothing wrong with it, just feels a little different. I had a productive day though and got a lot done. I even stripped and re-seasoned my cast iron skillet, which had come to badly need the overhaul. Breakfast- Cajun baked catfish with cashew lemon topping, sauerkraut, and zucchini Lunch- grilled steak in salad with creamy garlic dressing and kalamata olives. Dinner- chili-stuffed zucchini boats with coconut cream.
  17. I'm so glad you are going to do the reintroduction! It really offers such an amazing opportunity to improve your life permanently. You can learn so much about your body's reactions to various food so take your time and follow the steps, it's so worth it. Knowledge is power.
  18. I love blended soups for their creamy texture. And of course there's homemade mayo and ranch dressing (look up dump ranch dressing) for compliments to meals. I've also made sauces that had coconut milk in them, plus homemade unsweetened coconut milk yogurt.
  19. Day 21 I got lousy sleep last night but I actually felt okay today in spite of it. I got things done, more than I thought I would. I made a few different dishes to rotate into my meals with my other things. Breakfast- Asian version of Scotch egg and green beans with spicy mustard sauce. That sauce was incredible with the Asian spiced "Scotch" egg. I'll have to repeat that. Lunch- fish in clay pot inspired by a dish I used to get at my favorite Vietnamese restaurant where I used to live and a Whole30/paleo version of Caesar salad Dinner- grilled steak and zucchini-yel
  20. Your meals look beautiful! I know what you mean about food prep becoming so time consuming. I often make big portions and then put leftovers in the fridge or freezer to have later. If you are wondering how to improve your Whole30 experience just keep going and keep reading articles and info from the Whole30 website about meal recommendations vs rules, meal templates, etc.
  21. I hope things got better but you're right that it's normal to have some days like that in the first half especially right where you are. I'm glad you aren't letting it stop you.
  22. Day 20 Woke up at 5 am still tired from Tuesday but it's normal for me to need several days to recover from a day like that. I was much more productive though, didn't use coffee or tea either. I did make the cashews milk I set up yesterday so that was a good start. I got a pot of chili going while I prepared breakfast since I was going to have a busy day and would barely have time to eat lunch much less make it too. I've got a lot of zucchini and yellow squash so I'm trying to throw it into everything I make to eat my way through it. Breakfast- Scrambled curry eggs with onion,
  23. Day 19 I've been tired all day from yesterday but was still up at 5 because there is no such thing as sleeping in for me. ugh 6 am Japan call went well but that seemed to drain all my brain's ability for the day so I'm not even sure what else I accomplished. I've been on auto pilot. I do at least have cashews soaking on the counter to make milk tomorrow. Breakfast- chicken with the last of the nut/seed sauce and zucchini-yellow squash soup. Lunch- hot dogs and sauerkraut! I specifically got whole30 approved hot dogs to properly enjoy the sauerkraut I just made. Din
  24. You are just crushing your first week; way to go!
  25. Day 18 Woke up at 3:30 so I could be at my designated post at 5 am and was nonstop busy until 9 pm. I was really glad I had everything packed, including breakfast waiting in the fridge which I ate at home before leaving. There was a lot of junk food around and being offered to me but I avoided it peacefully and didn't feel tempted. I did pack pretty big portions so my meals were very filling. Breakfast- Deviled eggs and zucchini-yellow squash soup. Oh and coconut milk coffee. Lunch- cucumber salad and spinach turkey burger, plenty of homemade mayo (with dill) involved. Al