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  1. abbyn

    Starting May 16

    Congrats to you @Mglawe! I am happy this round went well for you! Congratulations to everyone else! That went pretty fast, right? Looking forward to stepping on the scale and taking measurements tomorrow!
  2. abbyn

    Starting May 16

    Hey guys, Happy day 25! I am really doing well this round and it has flown by. The first 2 rounds I did didn't include white potatoes (it was before they were included) and having them has been so helpful this time! Trying not to overdo it but using them to feel full and fend off cravings for sure. Since starting this round my husband and I have been trying to take weekly dates...something we hadn't been doing since our second daughter was born. Date nights used to involve alcohol, cheese plates and desserts, totally treating ourselves since it happened so rarely... now my husband is doing keto and I'm doing whole30 so we're finding new ways to indulge on date night, tonight we're going to culver's for lettuce wrapped burgers and then going to a nearby waterfall. Last week it was plain wings (with sauce brought from home) and celery at Buffalo Wild Wings. I really shied away from eating out the last 2 rounds but I am starting to feel a little more comfortable now that I've found a couple decent choices relatively close to home. Although I would prefer to be eating Thai, Indian or sushi, I like that I can be sure of what ingredients are present when I eat at a chain restaurant. Once my whole30 is over we'll probably go back to our favorite places with modified orders. I'm planning to do a whole40 (right up until our vacation, eek!) but I'm still really excited to weigh myself and take measurements at the end of my 30 days! As for reintroduction, I am skipping that this time... We visit PA just 2 times a year and I don't want to miss my favorite treats while I'm up there. I know from other rounds what affects me poorly (dairy, sob) and after vacation will go back to eating paleo (gluten free, limited dairy)... or I may do another round!
  3. abbyn

    Starting May 16

    @carebearmama79 that's awesome about the disappearing joint pain! I'm also enjoying having some extra energy (although I wish I was spending it working out instead of cleaning after my kids go to bed!). I am planning to do a whole40 which will be lead up until my family goes up north to spend time with my inlaws and a little trip to the beach. I've been thinking HARD about what to reintroduce after this round. I love the idea of *not* reintroducing foods you previously thought of as "healthy" if you don't miss them. I definitely feel better when I eat less dairy and I think I'm finally ready to say goodbye to cream in my coffee for good. Keep on Keepin' on!
  4. abbyn

    Starting May 16

    It's awfully quiet in here! Hope everyone is doing well, happy day 15! I'm getting tired of eggs but have some delicious food planned for the week and I love supplementing our meals with herbs, kale and lettuce from my garden! Definitely starting to feel like clothes are fitting a little better and having pretty good energy. Doing this round has helped me realize how much of my kids food I finish or taste at every meal, yikes, I'm sure that adds up! I am finding it SO MUCH EASIER to do whole30 this time of year, all the fresh fruit and produce is inspiring!
  5. abbyn

    Starting May 16

    Hey everyone, hope you have a great weekend. Today put our girls in bathing suits, packed a compliant picnic lunch and drove over a half hour to a pool the internet said was open today, but it was closed. Alas, we ended up wading in a shallow creek and had a great day anyways. I had pistachios, olives, carrot sticks, and a nectarine by the creek, it felt so good to have some good things to nibble on while the girls had their own treats. Still battling food fatigue and SUPER not into this enormous batch of kalua pork I made, I think I'm gonna freeze it. The grocery store was nuts today and all the excitement of people getting ready for Memorial Day parties made me want to go nuts and buy filet mignon or scallops for a treat but I'm sticking to my menu . On to day 13!
  6. abbyn

    Starting May 16

    @carebearmama79 thanks for the chicken idea, that sounds so good and I was planning on making something similar! Funny, I just made crockpot kalua pork and it is not appealing to me, even added a post to the "Troubleshooting your whole30" forum! Have you ever tried this recipe for carnitas: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/carnitas-braised-and-fried-pork-364389 I have had fantastic success with it.
  7. abbyn

    Starting May 16

    Definitely was NOT in the mood to make a whole30 dinner tonight, I was feeling a little nauseous (probably needed to eat more at lunchtime today and had just taken my girls for long walk in the sun) but I pushed through and made a really good meal that I ended up really enjoying- salmon cakes, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, kale chips and fried apples. My first 2 rounds of whole30 didn't include white potatoes and while I'm trying not to overdo it, they really help me round out my meals on nights like tonight. I say this EVERY time but I love how healthy my daughters and husband eat while I'm doing a whole30! They aren't participating but they sure are benefitting. Thrilled me to see my picky one year old eating salmon and my 3 year old said the kale chips are her favorite! I'm no slouch normally (basically out of necessity, my girls are busy!) but I do think I've got more energy today...my baby has had me up a lot at night but I stayed busy today, took my girls for a 3.5 mile walk, and just now finished cleaning and mopping my kitchen and dining room, so, I'd say that's an increase in energy for me!
  8. abbyn

    Starting May 16

    Happy day 7 everyone! Feels really good to have nearly one week finished. I've been having the junk food nightmares too, Karen! I'm going into this week with a well stocked fridge and freezer so that feels good. I made a batch of mayo last night (which I've had problems emulsifying in the past!) so I was able to make deviled eggs, broccoli salad and next will try using some for ranch dressing and tartar sauce. We ate brunch with our friends this morning and I brought along compliant sweet potato and potato pancakes, thinking there would be plain eggs to eat with them but the eggs had cheese so I fried myself an egg in my friend's kitchen! I hope she didn't mind or think it was rude, I didn't say in advance I was doing whole30 cause I didn't want to be a burden... I think it was ok, but turning down food or social invites is the hardest part of whole30 for me. (Also date nights are less fun when the only destination is chipotle!) I have tried to do this 3rd round so many times and not made it the full 30 days but it feels like it's going really well this time and it just feels like there's space in my life to do it right now. I tried when I was pregnant (I made it 24 days) and many times since I had my baby, but I think now that she's a year things feel calm enough for me spend time and energy on a whole30. Really grateful and it sure helps that there's a beach vacation waiting for me at the end of this round!
  9. abbyn

    Starting May 16

    Hey Knappo- first of all that burger with onions sounds delicious! Doesn't sound like too much fat to me but I'm not a mod, but one thing I love about whole30 is being able to eat and enjoy lots of healthy fat! Another thing I wanted to add is that years ago I was a true diet coke addict, I had one every afternoon at my office job (and sometimes again at night!). My mom had some health issues and I wanted to encourage her to drop her diet coke habit so I tried doing the same. I switched to unsweetened iced tea with lemon, then seltzer (this was long before La Croix was even trendy!) and then water with lemon or lime and I haven't had a diet coke since 2012. I think it's a noble and worthwhile habit to break! If you, like me, took a "break" with a diet coke, try getting a cup of tea, that really helps me feel like I've had a little break in the afternoon. Hi to everyone else! This is my 3rd whole30, I've tried and failed many times to do a third round after successfully completing 2 rounds in the summer of 2014. I got pregnant, and then had a newborn who is now 1 so I hope I can make it all the way to 30 days and beyond this time! I loved having the community of the forums during my first rounds but now can mostly be found on instagram as @bluegrass_whole30 since it's easier for me to keep up with- there is an awesome whole30 community on instagram (an account I just found @dirtygirlscleaneats posts meal plans and recipes every week in sync with our start date!). My kids need some attention. Hope it's going well for everyone.
  10. abbyn

    July 27 to August 27th

    Halfway there! Hope everyone's doing well. Has anyone checked and double checked and found our end date is actually august 25th? That sounds a lot closer than the 27th, right? I have spent a lot of time lately wondering how I'll eat after this round ends. Eggs+spinach+maybe sweet potato+coffee with coconut milk (or back to the raw goats milk I was using before whole30) seems like a breakfast that just works well for me and my whole family. Seriously- regular, SAD, convenient breakfast foods are all so terrible! We weren't huge cereal or oatmeal eaters but I'm even more convinced eggs are the way to go. Sometimes I make a big frittata in my cast iron skillet and we eat it 2 days in a row so I don't have to cook every single morning. I've also discovered some really easy lunches this round- now that I can make mayonnaise we've been eating chicken salad, tuna salad and egg salad on those bright mini bell peppers. I know I'm thinking about post-whole30 food a little prematurely but I haven't done a slow reintro yet! I did ok for a couple days and then basically just returned to eating whatever I wanted. Have to run, baby's awake, have a great day!
  11. abbyn

    July 27 to August 27th

    @hannahbea- glad to have you in the group. I loved my midwife so much and have so much respect for what you do! Can't imagine that schedule (or lack of!). Also it's a tiny pic but I love your (wedding?) dress in your profile pic! I'm in a bit of a funk mentally but otherwise doing well. I had a "screw it, let's get milkshakes" moment last night* but thankfully my husband talked me out of it and we both were happy to wake up this morning without inevitable milkshake stomach aches. *Aaah just checked the timeline and I'm pretty much right on schedule (Days 10-11, The Hardest Days)
  12. abbyn

    July 27 to August 27th

    @framedcooks- I'm going to try the recipe soon, your blog is so nice and that clambake looks amazing!
  13. abbyn

    July 27 to August 27th

    @framedcooks- I want to hear more about that cucumber noodle salad! I've got a spiralizer but I mostly use if for zucchini
  14. I seem to have the opposite problem of many people on here: I love (and can tolerate!) eggs. They're cheap, filling and practically convenience food. Now that I've finally mastered mayonnaise, I'm so happy I can make egg salad and deviled eggs. I typically eat 3 fried eggs for breakfast on a bed of spinach, sometimes with sweet potato hash browns. Now I'm starting to eat egg salad for lunch as well (with mini bell peppers and 1/2 an avocado, as yesterday's lunch went)... Is there any reason why I can't eat eggs as my protein for 2 meals of the day?
  15. abbyn

    July 27 to August 27th

    Hi everyone! Hope you're all feeling well one week in, I think that went pretty fast! I'm logging my meals elsewhere on the forums but I'll share here as well: day 6: M1: 3 fried eggs on a bed of spinach, coconut milk coffee M2: canned salmon cakes with homemade mayo tartar sauce AND baba ghanoush and sliced cucumbers, dried mangos M3: an entire pint of raspberries and some rotisserie chicken, more baba ghanoush I know there's not enough veggies here but there's a couple things I want to point out- -canned salmon is an awesome (inexpensive!) thing to keep in the pantry so you always have a great protein on hand! Salmon cakes (mixed with egg, scallions, almond flour, and salt and pepper and sauteed in olive oil) are so good with tartar sauce (homemade mayo and mcclures relish) -baba ghanoush with sliced cucumbers is such a great way to get more veggies on your plate when you don't feel like cooking or eating a salad! I put an eggplant on my grill while I was grilling something else, then left it on there after I turned the grill off. When the inside was completely soft, I peeled off the skin and mixed the whole thing with 2 cloves of garlic, 1/2 lemon's juice, a drizzle of olive oil and a spoonful of tahini and salt and pepper! Definitely want to make another batch for lunches next week! Going to work on some menu planning and then I'll do a thorough cleaning in my kitchen, I agree with everyone, it's definitely a lot to keep up with!!