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  1. Are the risks worth it?

    I used to love beer. Thick, creamy beers (and ales, lagers, etc...) were my jam. I switched to Paleo, but did not give up my tasty beer. I've never had any severe health issues, but digestive troubles were a regular thing. Then I decided to try a Whole30 during my first 1/2 marathon training, wanting to be at optimal health and a fat-burning beast by the time I raced. I never once thought I wouldn't be able to go back to my lovely brews after those 30 days. However, once I reintroduced one of those beers, I had severe stomach issues. Lighter beer are less troublesome, but I'm not a huge fan of them. Basically, I can't really drink beer at all now. But you know what, it's okay! If you would have asked me pre-W30 if I would ever consider giving up beer for good, the answer would be a big, resounding NO! That would have been crazy talk. I am on my 3rd W30 now, and I just can't imagine stopping W30s or this lifestyle just so I could drink some of my favorite beer. First, for something to have that great of a psychological hold-- to be afraid to do something amazing for my one and only body just so I can indulge in something I love, but isn't good for me-- isn't okay. I do not want to be held hostage my food/beverage choices. Secondly, as it turns out, I have discovered other things that I absolutely love to the point where I don't even miss beer. Not only have I discovered new foods I love in this process, but I have found new activities I love. Change is possible in every way in our lives... it's just a matter of allowing that change to occur instead of fighting to hold onto things we are probably better off letting go of. I still indulge in certain foods from time to time (like my grandmas fried chicken and biscuits with sorghum!), but only because those things don't create extreme discomfort for me. However, if they ever do, I feel like I could let them go in favor of something muuuuuch better (my health!).
  2. Round 2 help

    I did a successful Whole30 in April/May this past year. It was great and I felt amazing. However, after a trip to Guatemala my eating took a huge nosedive. I had to eat whatever I was given when I was there and I was in an area where many of the fruits and veggies were not safe. Grains for breakfast (pancakes), lunch (sandwich), and dinner (tortillas, rice, etc...) left me constantly hungry and in a terrible place. I knew I needed to start a Whole30 when I got back, but it took me 3 weeks of starting and failing before I finally got here, on day 14. I think part of the issue was that the "new-ness" of the Whole30 wasn't there. The first time I was so determined to complete the darn thing, and reach a new goal, that I was able to really dig in and get through the hard times without ever restarting. But this time around, even though I really wanted to succeed, a part of me just wasn't as excited about sticking with it because it was a goal I had already accomplished. It had already been checked off the list, so to speak. I finally had to make myself realize that this Whole30 is completely different from the last one and is indeed something new and separate that I needed to conquer. My body and mind are in different place than they were last time around and I have different reasons for starting this one than the last one. So far so good...
  3. Any Newfoundlanders?

    This is a long shot, but are there any Newfies lurking around these forums? If so is there any place to get grass-feed meat on the island (without paying some ridiculous price).
  4. Day 30- eeeeeek!!!

    Hooray! I did it! As day 30 draws to a close, I thought I'd share my experience with the program. Pre-Whole30: I went primal/paleo about 9 months ago, cutting out all grains, and I cut dairy out completely a few months after that. I did it for moral and health reasons and just to get processed food out of my life. However, I followed the typical 80/20 rule, so there were definitely regular indulgences. Although I did feel better physically most of the time, I still felt like food was controlling me, and I had very little control over it. My sugar cravings were running wild, which is what often lead to slip ups. I would beat myself up over these slip-ups, leading to excessive restriction afterwards to try and make up for it somehow, or just completely giving up on myself for a time and eating even worse. As a runner, this cycle was hard on my body, and I'm sure led to the inflammation and pain I got after nearly every run. I had toyed around with the idea of doing a Whole30 before, but just couldn't imagine my life without wine and chocolate. However, with a half-marathon on the horizon and increasingly out of control eating, I knew it was time to buckle down and do it. So I did. My main reasons for starting Whole30: -reduce inflammation in order to train better (and just for better general health) -harness the sugar dragon -maybe lose a little weight (not gonna lie, I was hoping for a little trim up) The Whole30: It was a rollarcoaster ride, that's for sure! Some days I was on top of the world, and others I was low as can be. The first few days, I was bit overwhelmed as I suddenly realized just how many foods have sugar added. I mean really, what the hell. I got over it though, and moved on to dealing with the bigger issues- snacking, cravings, and breakfast. It took me a few days to grasp eating meat and veggies for breakfast, but now I LOVE it. THIS is how to set yourself up for success first thing in the morning- by eating an actual well-rounded breakfast. Damn, this blew my mind. No more paleo oatmeal for me! (well, maybe every once in a while...). I was an out of control snacker pre-W30, especially on fruit, nuts, and nut butters, so it was really hard to get a handle on that, but I did it! I wasn't perfect, and did have one or two apple+almond butter meltdowns, but even that gave me an opportunity to work through the emotions of guilt that would normally throw me out of whack and start fresh again with the next meal. The sugar cravings were a bit ridiculous at times, mainly at night before bed, when I used to eating spoonfuls of almond butter sprinkled with chocolate chips (yikes). The dreams about the sugar cravings were even more ridiculous. However, I was able to replace those snacks with a lovely tea before bed, which helped me to unwind and could be enjoyed guilt-free. My runs suffered pretty terribly for the first 2 weeks, but now my times are better than they were pre-W30, and my recovery is WAY better (no more limping down the stairs the day after a run!). Overall, this is what I got out of the W30: -new definition of breakfast -craving/snacking control (still in progress...) -harnessed the sugar dragon -I do not need to eat almond butter every day to find happiness -A better way to deal with slip-ups (even though they were still compliant) and the effects emotions have on eating (this is a big one!) -better athletic performance -lost a little weight- I don't own a scale, but my jeans fit better! -energy throughout the day, sleep like a damn baby at night -waaay less bloating and digestive upset The alcohol: Not drinking for 30 days is kind of a big deal for me. I literally have no idea when the last I have gone that long without drinking was. I don't go out on giant benders getting wasted, but I did drink regularly because I believed it was good my health, helped me to de-stress, and I just really love the taste of a good cocktail or a nice dark deer. Giving up drinking was the main reason I avoided W30 before. WOW am I glad I did! My eyes have been opened to how much I was relying on alcohol before. There were some really emotionally tough days during my W30, days when I would have normally tried to numb myself out a bit with few drinks. But I couldn't do that anymore. So guess what I did? I dealt with it and worked through the emotions. Amazeballs. This was SO worth it!!! If someone is reading this and struggling through their Whole30... stick with it!!! You can do it and you will be glad you did. As far as life after Whole30... I am kinda scared to change anything! However, I am really curious to see how dairy affects me, so I will reintroduce some and see what happens. No need to introduce grains, I don't miss them. I already know legumes don't make me feel great, so I don't feel the need to reintroduce there. I will try corn, because, well, I'm a southern gal and I love my cornbread! Other than trying out corn and dairy, I will also be slightly less concerned with added sugar, and enjoy chicken sausage and a bit of bacon from time to time. That's really all I plan to change though... I just feel too good!!!! :-D
  5. So tired during my runs......

    I'm in the midst of 1/2 marathon training and currently on day 29 (woot!!). The first 2 1/2 weeks of Whole30 my runs suffered. I kept with the mileage increase per my training plan, but my runs were a full minute per mile, sometimes even more, slower than pre-Whole30. My legs felt like they were full of lead and might just fall off mid-stride. I usually don't have a pre-WO meal (hurts my stomach), but if I do, it is not a source of carbs, but a little protein and fat. I make sure to ALWAYS eat a post-WO meal immediately (within 15 minutes) upon finishing my run, whether I'm hungry or not... a sweet potato or plantain and protein. My recovery after runs started to improve first, and then my runs themselves started feeling better. Then my times started to improve. This past Saturday, I ran 8 miles (for the first time in my life) and felt great the whole. My times were back to normal, with the last 2 miles actually faster than my pre-Whole30 average! I had NO soreness the day after. Yesterday I went out for 5 miles, and my times were even faster and I felt even better. All this just to say, for those who are feeling discouraged, HANG IN THERE! Listen to your body. Don't expect it to preform the same the first few weeks. Ease off. Just make sure you are following the plan, eating your post-WO meal, and getting enough starchy carbs. It will start to come together and feel better. The timeline will be different for everyone, but it does get better. Better than the first few weeks of Whole30, and even better than pre-Whole30!!!
  6. I just went through some pretty intense cravings my 3rd week... so don't despair, you are not alone! One of the moderators mentioned that I might not have been eating enough starchy carbs, so I've been trying to make sure I eat plenty (good thing I LOVE sweet potatoes). This has helped me a lot, so perhaps check on that. I also know part of it was just having to work through it mentally... thankfully I'm in a better place mentally now and the cravings have decreased. So hang in there! It does get better.
  7. Your view on "bad" foods post W30.

    I know what you are talking about! I used to eat out all. the. time. And not at nice restaurants either-- often at fast food. grooooss. I went paleo and stopped eating out as much some time ago due to similar feelings. It seems a majority of the food products out there are contaminated with something terrible! It's even hard to feel good about eating Whole30 or paleo without having organic or grass-fed meats. I too am trying to vote with my dollar by not purchasing all the processed junk out there and instead enjoy real food at home OR at a restaurant that actually serves it. It's hard being around others that don't feel the same... first I get frustrated and just want to scream at them to open their eyes and see the non-food they are shoveling into their mouths and the implications it has (and not only to their own health). Alas, this does not work. A few things I've tried with friends: -providing a restaurant suggestion to a place that I know serves real food. People are usually pretty happy to try out someplace new. -suggest an activity that has nothing to do with food. The other day, instead of meeting for dinner, I took my friends out iceberg hunting, followed by coffee and tea afterwards. They ate their junk at the coffee place, and I could still enjoy my cup of tea! Fun was had by all. -eating beforehand (or even bringing a small snack, like baby carrots), and just enjoying the time spent with friends instead (without feeling like crap later). Feels a little awkward at first... but at the end of the day, it's for your health. -order a small salad, bring your own dressing, and eat more before/after. Less awkward. And I usually try to joke around about me being the "weirdo" bringing my own dressing, to make light of it. still frustrating sometimes though!
  8. Day 24- Cravings!!! Bummed...

    Thanks! I will work on adjusting my post-WO meal and will try to eat more starchy carbs every day! Both of what y'all are saying makes perfect sense and seems to apply... I've just had this "I'm so over it" mindset and was tired of eating the same thing. Just feeling a bit down in general. I'm feeling a lot better mentally about it all today though! It's amazing how emotions play such a role in the food we eat, or the food we want to eat... I just made homemade mayo for some chicken salad for the first time, and it was great! So easy too. I'm really looking forward to using it to make all sorts of dressings etc... That will certainly help the food boredom! I also calculated my carb intake for a few a days (just to see...) and sometimes it was around 75g a day. I know from past experience after initially cutting out grains, that my body does NOT enjoy going that low, especially when I'm running. I used to eat a ton of fruit and would get carbs that way, so I suppose now that I've been trying to eat less fruit, I haven't made up for it with veggies.
  9. Day 24- Cravings!!! Bummed...

    Sure... Thursday- M1: 3 fried eggs, 1 1/2 cups steamed veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots) Ran 4.5 miles Post-WO: hardboiled egg M2 (about 1 1/2 hours post-WO): 1/3 of a crustless quiche (made w/ 7 eggs, ground beef, coconut milk, and bell peppers). one apple just wasn't hungry... M3: 2 1/2 cod fillets (4 oz each), lightly coated in coconut flour/coconut flake mix and pan-fried in coconut oil 1 1/2 cups steamed veggies drizzled in olive oil Friday M1: 1/3 of the crustless quiche from day before, plus 1-2 cups steamed veggies drizzled in olive oil 2 handfuls of almonds M2: 1 chicken breast and 1-2 cups veggies stir-fryed in olive oil Did a short weight-lifting session. M3: salad topped with 4-5 oz ground beef, chopped carrots, peppers, and compliant salsa handful of grapes Saturday: 1 cod fillet (leftovers) 1 fried egg 1-2 cups steamed veggies drizzled in olive oil Ran 8 miles, took 2 tiny nibbles of a date mid-run Post-WO: 2 hardboiled eggs, 1 small to medium-sized sweet potato slathered in coconut oil M2: 1 1/2 cups chicken salad (made w/ mayo, grapes, and celery) in lettuce wraps 1 hour later realized I didn't really have any veggies with lunch, so had 1-2 cups steamed veggies drizzled in olive oil M3: 1 chicken breast 1 1/2 cups roasted cauliflower 1 cup roasted carrots Still a little hungry later, had an apple. Have a hard time with pre-WO meals and my stomach, so I don't usually do those. Most of my veggies have been coming from a giant bag of mixed cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots in my freezer. I try to have a sweet potato 3-4x a week. I also have a horse in training that I ride every day... I'm pretty active while working with him, we aren't just walking along, but I'm not sure if its enough to count towards real exercise! I feel like sometimes I'm missing out on fat, but I'm not sure. Avacados were a no go this week at the grocery ($2 a piece and mostly bad!), and I'm not totally sure if the oil I cook with and drizzle on my veggies is enough.
  10. Alright, so first of all, I do really appreciate this Whole30 and I am really learning a lot from it. My runs and their subsequent recoveries haven't gotten way better. I realize that nuts make my stomach unhappy. Except for two breakdowns, I have stayed away from almond butter, which I used to eat in mass quantities (sometimes late at night... with chocolate chips... bad). I haven't had a drink. I HAVE NOT HAD A GLASS OF WINE IN TWENTY-FOUR DAYS!!!!! ... just saying... I've been fighting my after dinner cravings for sweets and alcohol with a simple cup of tea, and completely loving it. Every once in a while though, I do give in and nosh on some fruit. But despite all this, I'm feeling a little bummed because its seems my cravings are even worse than they used to be. I gave up grains (with a few exceptions on occasion) about 8 months ago, and I've never really missed them that much. Until now. All of sudden all I can think about it bagels. And pizza. And pasta. Mainly bagels (blueberry, with cream cheese). I'm not even sure when the last time I even had a bagel was, yet, it's taking over my mind! I find myself thinking about making all sorts of paleo desserts too, which I neeeeever did before. All in all, I'm craving a ton of stuff I haven't eaten or thought about in a long time pre-W30! Has this happened to anyone else? Am I doing something wrong? I'm 24 days in and it seems cravings are worse than ever. I am terrified that when day 31 hits I'm going to go nuts and just starting eating all this crazy stuff I'm craving... things that haven't been a part of my diet in a long long time!
  11. Starting April 23?

    I've seen a lot of different versions of it over the internet, but here is how I make mine: 2 tablespoons almond butter 1/4 cup water or coconut milk 2-3 tablespoons coconut shreds 1 egg Cinnamon, all-spice, salt Mix it up, microwave for 1 min, stir, then microwave for another minute. I top mine with chopped nuts or fresh berries. It's a bit strange, but pretty delicious. However, Whole30 has opened my eyes to the fact that it is not a "balanced" or ideal breakfast. I've found I'm much better off eating dinner leftovers from the night before! However, it will come in handy post-whole30 when I'm short on time etc...
  12. Starting April 23?

    This is definitely an eye-opening experience as I am negotiating cravings vs. hunger. I can't believe how much I used to eat just trying to satisfy my relentless cravings!!! I'm going to work harder on avoiding snacking between meals altogether and I need to try and eat less fruit, because I find myself trying to use fruit to satisfy my sugar cravings. I used to eat paleo oatmeal (I'm not really sure what else to call it...) every day for breakfast, and I've had it a few times during Whole30. Although it's compliant, I realize it is not ideal, so I need to plan a bit better from here on out so I can have a good first meal. I'm starting to embrace having dinner for breakfast! I'm pretty proud of myself for not going overboard with nuts and nut butters though! I was going crazy with those pre-whole30, so it is goal to keep that in check during this thing. So far so good! I had some pretty intense dreams about accidentally eating chocolate, but other than that I am doing okay without it. I reeeeeeally miss wine though. Oh so much. Right now, my goal is just to make it to day 15, then I know I will be able to handle the next 15 days. It's much easier to deal with if I take it in bits and pieces. We are 1/3 of the way done, y'all!
  13. Roast cooked in organic broth?

    It has cornstarch and evaporated cane juice. I'm sure the amounts of each are very small. I cut grains out of my diet 8 or 9 months ago, but I have used cornstarch on occasion to thicken sauces, and I've never noticed any problems. I've managed to keep the roast up and out of the broth too, so it seems like it will be okay. I was so concerned about making sure no alcohol went into the crockpot, that I totally didn't think about the broth! Geez. Ah well, lesson learned. I'm still on the fence about whether to eat it or not, but I could certainly cook a chicken breast up in no time if I need to, because eating together is more important then eating the same thing. I would just rather avoid the comments about being "food-obsessed" and wasting food (the roast), etc...
  14. Roast cooked in organic broth?

    I also rolled up aluminum foil and stuck it under the roast to make sure it stays up out of the broth as the onions cook. Trying to avoid a family fight here... :-/
  15. Roast cooked in organic broth?

    Can I have a roast cooked in organic bone broth? The broth is organic but NOT compliant, but if the roast is sitting above the broth (on onions) and roasting all day?