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    abbyn reacted to Mglawe in Starting May 16   
    Happy Day 30! Congrats to everyone that made it this far! I am feeling great and don't plan on returning to my old eating habits. I plan to move on through new recipes that are geared more towards Whole30 standards and am looking to become more fit through different activities that will keep an active lifestyle. Congrats again!
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    abbyn got a reaction from rachel1478 in Has anyone lost weight while BreastFeeding on W30?   
    I did 2 whole 30's almost back to back when I was BFing my 14 month old. I didn't notice a drop in supply but I definitely ate whenever I was hungry- I think it's great you aren't trying to be restrictive in that regard. I had more than 6 pounds to lose so as Amy said, we may have different experiences... between the 2 whole30's I probably lost upwards of 15 pounds. The first whole30 made me feel so great that I wanted my mom to try it to relieve joint pain so I did a second to support her as she did one. 
    I think it's really hard to feel full when I'm not eating bread or gluten or tons of carbs. I think it really helps to make sure you are getting some starchy carbs- tonight I made a frittata with spinach, proscuitto, white potatoes and basil and ate a sweet potato on the side. If I hadn't added a sweet potato I definitely would be majorly hungry later. (OH! Forgot to add, I weaned 6 weeks ago or so but am 6 months pregnant with my second baby so I have similar hunger issues...).
    Being sure to eat enough fat helped me feel full as well. Coconut milk in my coffee, nut butter with fruit alongside my lunch, and plenty of avocado, olive oil, or ghee with my meals really helped me feel full. (I'd been a "low-fat" believer for years so it took me a while to start using decent amounts of fat while cooking!).
    If this is your second whole30 I'm sure you know that it takes a little while to really start to see changes but I'm sure if you stick with it, you will! 
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    abbyn reacted to Mglawe in Starting May 16   
    Happy Day 20! Congrats to everyone who has made it this far! I am feeling great this week. My energy levels have gotten much better and my mood has totally improved. Physically my body has gone through a lot of pretty drastic changes. I'm excited to compare my before and after pictures on Day 31. I have been contemplating how I want my reintroduction process to go. The book mentions a fast pace reintroduction and a slower pace reintroduction. 10 days after my Day 30 I am going on vacation and I have not decided if doing the quicker reintroduction makes more sense. However, I want to basically live a Whole30 lifestyle and I am not planning on reintroducing a lot of the foods that I have cut out of my diet. How is everyone else planning on reintroducing themselves? Have a great weekend!
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    abbyn reacted to Carebearmama79 in Starting May 16   
    Good Morning Everyone!! Well today is day 17. So far so great! I have been feeling really amazing the last couple of days. Lots of energy and great sleep. This past few days has me very excited about the changes I am noticing in my body. I have suffered from chronic joint paint for years with no doctors finding a diagnosis as to what causes it. They have thought it might be early onset auto immune. However I have had no joint pain in the past 7 days!!! I went for my first run in quite awhile yesterday and I was happy to find that I wasn't sore at all this morning and I am ready to hit the pavement again. The cravings are finally gone and I no longer miss snacking. I really think that I might make my Whole30 a Whole60 and go from there. 
     
    I hope everyone is having a great time and feeling that TIGER BLOOD!
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    abbyn got a reaction from Carebearmama79 in 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. 
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    abbyn got a reaction from Carebearmama79 in 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!
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    abbyn got a reaction from Carebearmama79 in 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!
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    abbyn reacted to Karen in Starting May 16   
    Great to hear things are going well! I'm finding my fat pants are too loose and a few of my next size down are fitting. Yay! Went to my cousins to cook a few meals, so it was nice to eat well for a few meals and show off the tasty food we still get to eat.
    I'm thinking I need to continue on with a whole-something after these 30 days. I have a ways to go before I get into my skinny jeans. I know this plan isn't about weight loss - it's about health and relationship to food. But when I'm healthy and have a healthy food relationship, the weight starts falling off!
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    abbyn reacted to amylsons in Starting May 16   
    So proud of myself for making it halfway and all of you should be too! 
     
    I went out with friends last night and it was tough when they got wings for appetizers and other yummy non-compliant meals but I enjoyed my spicy grilled shrimp salad with lime juice for dressing.
     
    I can't believe how much belly fat I've lost in two weeks. Even though my will has been tested lately, I'm motivated by what the next 15 days can bring! I feel happier and less stressed overall, and I definitely have more energy. I'm notorious for sleeping late on the weekends but I have been waking up much early, naturally, without feeling like I need to roll over and go back to sleep.
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    abbyn reacted to AngelEyz in Starting May 16   
    Thanks for the links Shannon, I'll definitely check them out!
     
    So... day 9... and thankfully I seem to have skipped the kill all the things and need a nap phases, and my clothes still fit. I'll take all of those as positives. I'm working my way through leftovers, so meal planning is pretty easy. Despite my egg aversion, breakfast was 3 scrambled eggs with onion, avocado and tomato. Lunch was a can of tuna with Melissa's mayo, avocado, tomato, cucumber and roasted red pepper. And for dinner I made a big salad bowl with spring greens, avocado (sensing a theme here?), cherry tomato, apple, pumpkin seed and leftover pork tenderloin, with a compliant homemade vinaigrette. I'm having no problem sustaining my energy for the 5-6 hours between meals, and the overwhelming urge to raid the refrigerator, the cabinets, and then head to the store in the mid evening has disappeared. There's another "non scale victory"
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    abbyn reacted to Knappo in Starting May 16   
    Day 10!!!  I'm amazed to have made it this far.  By now, though, I've invested so much $ in almond flour, arrowroot powder, coconut flour, coconut milk, coconut aminos, coconut oil, (I'm grateful for my love of coconut!), etc.  that I'm pretty sure I'm here for the whole 30 (get it?)
     
    My mood is good, and except for muscle cramps at night (for which I will try Natural Calm, thanks to advice on this forum) I'm feeling really good-- definitely more energy and waking easier in the morning.
     
    I've been spending a WHOLE lot of time cooking.  The recipes I've tried and loved from the book are: Grilled Coconut-Curry Chicken, Cod With Mushroom and Red Pepper Relish, Cauliflower Mash (never thought I'd get my husband on board with this one, but he liked it too), and Asian Turkey Meatballs.   All winners that I will keep in rotation.
     
    I also tried ( and didn't care for): Coconut Cauliflower Rice, Spinach Frittata, and the No-Fuss Salmon Cakes.  I'll be looking for another compliant recipe for salmon cakes, because they make such a convenient lunch, especially with the tartar sauce made from the homemade mayo.
     
    I've subbed plain seltzer for my diet coke and those cravings are almost gone.  I've discovered almond butter, which is just as good on celery as my beloved peanut butter.  I've developed a taste for scrambled eggs (with clarified butter).  And I really haven't missed bread as much as I thought I would.
     
    All in all, a good nine days so far.  This forum is making a big difference for me-- so much info and help and support right here.  Oh, and I subscribed to the daily email, which is ridiculously helpful in terms of motivation.  Pushing that little "I completed another day" and then seeing whatever silly video they send in reply is something I look forward to.  
     
    Thanks! 
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    abbyn got a reaction from AngelEyz in 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! 
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    abbyn got a reaction from Carebearmama79 in 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!
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    abbyn got a reaction from Carebearmama79 in 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!
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    abbyn reacted to Carebearmama79 in Starting May 16   
    The cravings hit me really hard yesterday.I kept opening my pantry and looking around for something sweet knowing I couldn't have it. Luckily I cleared out my pantry of all things I can't have before I started. That was a life saver. As I stood there looking at nuts, and then the fridge looking at other items I realized I didn't want them so I wasn't really hungry, I was just having a sugar craving. Felt good that I was able to identify the craving and that I wasn't really hungry and went outside to keep busy and find something else to do to change my mind track. 
     
    This morning I tried coconut cream in my coffee as I haven't had coffee all week and the headaches have been pretty bad. It took the bitter edge off coffee and made it drinkable and my headache is finally going away. 
     
    Have a great weekend all!
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    abbyn reacted to Knappo in Starting May 16   
    Day 7!  In some ways, I can't believe it's here already.  In other ways, I feel as though I've been eating this way for a very long time.  I tried to have leftover fish and veggies for breakfast yesterday and actually gagged.  So that is not going to be a staple for me.  I will stick to eggs until I can come up with something else, I guess.  I've read some people are eating "pumpkin custard?"  What is this and where can I fine the recipe?  Sounds like a breakfast thing to me.
     
    Otherwise, the day was fine.  I spent some time in the kitchen in the morning, making a batch of salmon cakes for lunches throughout the week.  Also made a new batch of protein salad and some balsamic vinaigrette.  For dinner last night, I cooked a pork roast which we had with unsweetened applesauce, roasted potatoes, carrots, and asparagus.  
     
    I haven't had too many cravings-- I think they are still in my future.  My diet in the weeks just prior to starting the Whole30 was so sugar and carb loaded that I think my body is still breathing a sigh of relief.  It will wake up and go, "Wait.  You haven't fed me sugar in a week?  Well, now.  I object!" fairly soon.
     
    I've subbed my diet coke for unflavored seltzer and actually am enjoying it-- very refreshing.
     
    Have a good week, everybody!
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    abbyn reacted to Karen in Starting May 16   
    I had dreams last night that I cheated! I don't think it was anything over the top, but still kinda funny. I don't remember dreaming during past whole 30s.
    I'm having about 15 people over today for a birthday party for my husband and stepdaughter. Only a few things will be non-compliant - cake, chips, hot dogs, some condiments, and buns. I've got burgers, smoked pork, fruit salad, potato salad, veg & dip, watermelon, and compliant fixings for the burgers. All are homemade so I know what goes in them. I'm not really tempted to cheat as I have plenty of alternatives. Should be a good day!
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    abbyn reacted to Knappo in Starting May 16   
    Hi,
    Day 3 went really well, although I did sneak in a nap in the afternoon.  For dinner, I had a hamburger patty topped with onions fried in 1 T clarified butter.  Too much fat?  It was so delicious that I feel that it MUST have had too much fat!  Giant salad and mixed roasted veggies accompanied.
     
    Today, day 4, I found some Whole 30 approved bacon at Whole Foods, and fried three strips with two fried eggs.  I've had protein salad every day since Day 1-- perfect for a quick lunch.  Along with green beans and pepper strips, it's really satisfying.  Dinner will be baked salmon with salad and sweet potato.
     
    The only thing I'm missing is my dear departed Diet Coke.  I wonder if I'll ever stop craving something sweet to drink.     
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    abbyn reacted to ashley54 in Starting May 16   
    Day 4 went ok...definitely still tired and irritable. Had a bit of a mishap with my lunch but I planned well and got through it. I'm really looking forward to camping the next 3 days after making a wonderful whole30 complaint meal plan for me and my fiance. Keep up the good work everyone!
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    abbyn got a reaction from Danananda in Valentine's Day- What CAN we have?   
    I'm looking forward to making scallops (bacon wrapped?) and filet mignon for Valentine's Day. In my experience it's a terrible night to go out to dinner anyways (I don't even like going out on a non-holiday Saturday night!). I think beef carpaccio or tuna tartare would be an amazing appetizer. I enjoy cooking and love being able to splurge on fancy ingredients. Will definitely try to eat after we put our baby to bed so it feels more date-y.
     
    I CAN'T BELIEVE NO ONE HAS MADE A SWYPOFF JOKE ON THIS THREAD YET. 
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    abbyn got a reaction from Real Food Y'all in Whole30 during Pregnancy stigma...   
    Ok I *just* realized, whole30 really isn't all that different than how you're told to eat if you have gestational diabetes! I can safely say the way I eat aligns pretty well with the guidelines in this article:
    http://www.babycenter.com/404_what-type-of-pregnancy-diet-should-i-follow-if-i-have-gestat_3128.bc
    HA! I feel so prepared to argue my case a little more convincingly. 
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    abbyn got a reaction from adabeie in How many eggs is too many eggs?   
    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? 
     
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    abbyn reacted to Brewer5 in Kmlynne's Whole 30: 2015   
     
    Well, the only thing really keeping me here right now is checking on you.  
     
    I think that Whole 30 eating is really the healthiest way to eat.  Period.  I don't believe that any of us are missing out on anything, nutritionally, by eating this way forever.  
     
    Any foods that I have added back in, when I am not officially doing a Whole 30 -- dairy, corn, rice, dark chocolate, red wine, sugar, maybe even the very occasional (gasp!) gluten exposure...  These are all things that I know can have a negative effect on my health and well-being.  I won't argue that there is any physical "need" for any of them.
     
    However, I have discovered some emotional needs.  It makes me HAPPY to be able to go out to eat with my family, or go on a vacation, and not stress about every little detail of food.  It makes me HAPPY to take an evening off from the kitchen and do something other than cook.
     
    I've had three successful Whole 30's in the past year, but I have told myself I will not do another.  I am working to find a good balance in my life of ALL the things I've learned...  And I think it's important for me to want to be accountable to myself.  I have had the encouragement of you, MeadowLily, and kirkor to keep me going in the past -- and I am thankful for you all -- but what I've discovered is:  That's not real life.
     
    My real life has struggles.  I have good days & bad.  I felt like I had things on a really great track for awhile, and then we went out of town for a few days for a little mini-vacation with the kids, and...  Well, as you said, one thing leads to another.  I have trouble keeping "vacation food" on vacation.  Because, we get home and I've set myself up for all sorts of new and ridiculous cravings, right?     That's what happens.
     
    I am doing better now, so no need to worry.  I've had 2 ultra-low-carb days, and I feel like myself again.  I've also cut coffee completely out (!) for the past 2 days. It's been over a year since I started the coffee habit again, and my body was clearly telling me it was time to cycle OFF for awhile.  I've had just green tea, and I have felt great.
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    abbyn got a reaction from Brewer5 in Whole3 Post-Baby   
    Day 16: 
    M1: 2 fried eggs and spinach, coconut milk coffee
    M2: kale chips, squash fritters, drumstick
    M3: 1/2 avocado, cucumber, homemade sushi with smoked salmon, scallions, cuke and avo.
     
    Well, my decision whether or not to continue has pretty much been made for me! I decided to accompany my husband on a work trip to PA (leaving this weekend), so we can spend some time with his family and introduce everyone to our new baby. There is probably a way to do whole30 on our trip (I've done it once before, but not with a newborn!), but it's just not worth it to me. I would say I'll just do Paleo but I'm skipping that too and eating some special foods that I only get to eat once or twice a year. When I get back my plan is to stick to a Paleo diet, which I've done successfully for long periods of time. 
     
    That being said, this morning when I realized I was ending my whole30 early, I still ate the same whole30 breakfast I've been eating! That alone feels like a win to me.
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    abbyn got a reaction from Real Food Y'all in Whole30 during Pregnancy stigma...   
    Ok I *just* realized, whole30 really isn't all that different than how you're told to eat if you have gestational diabetes! I can safely say the way I eat aligns pretty well with the guidelines in this article:
    http://www.babycenter.com/404_what-type-of-pregnancy-diet-should-i-follow-if-i-have-gestat_3128.bc
    HA! I feel so prepared to argue my case a little more convincingly.