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    b.c. got a reaction from praxisproject in Starting 1/4/16   
    Ya'll, I hesitate to write this because I don't want to discourage anyone else, so please just take this as my individual choice and not something you should do, but... I'm bowing out.  I'll post more in my whole30 log thread, but it's not necessary to share it all here.
     
    Please know I'm cheering you all on and hope that the Whole30 is as wonderful for you as it has been for me in the past.
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    b.c. got a reaction from praxisproject in Starting 1/4/16   
    Ya'll, I hesitate to write this because I don't want to discourage anyone else, so please just take this as my individual choice and not something you should do, but... I'm bowing out.  I'll post more in my whole30 log thread, but it's not necessary to share it all here.
     
    Please know I'm cheering you all on and hope that the Whole30 is as wonderful for you as it has been for me in the past.
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    b.c. got a reaction from praxisproject in Starting 1/4/16   
    Our department heads had a lunch meeting and brought all of the leftovers down for the rest of us - wraps, salad (that is delicious and I normally would go for, but it's covered in goat cheese), homemade tortilla chips with this amazing pepperjack queso, and a dessert tray full of bon-bons... and my coworkers commented on my "willpower" for not eating any of it.  (Is this willpower?  I don't think it is... IDK. If I was going on willpower alone I think I'd be done by now!)
    Truth be told - I was much more excited about my lunch that I had packed from home
     
    I have 2 questions for the group:
     
    1. Have you wanted to "kill all the things" today?  Been cranky with anyone?  Spill.
     
    2. Is anyone else plagued with "can't sleep through the night because I have to get up and pee" issues like me?  Every Whole30 I've done has been like this and I don't get it.  I sleep like the dead, but I can't make it through the night without having to get up at least once.  I even cut-off my fluid intake after 5 - usually keep it less than 8 oz from that point on and then nothing after 8... surely I'm not alone?
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    b.c. reacted to Cbg84 in Starting 1/4/16   
    B.c while we will miss you I totally understand your choice. Sometimes it's tough, but you have to do what is right for you. I read your log and it definitely sounds like whole 30 was just too much for you right now. I applaud you for having the courage to admit that now is just not the right time and that's ok. Hopefully things in your life will calm down soon and we will see you back here in the forums!
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    b.c. reacted to ladyshanny in Mambo #5 - b.c.'s 5th round   
    Sometimes it's just the way it is.  The fact that you feel a great amount of relief should tell you that you are making the decision that is right for you, right now.
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    b.c. got a reaction from praxisproject in Starting 1/4/16   
    Our department heads had a lunch meeting and brought all of the leftovers down for the rest of us - wraps, salad (that is delicious and I normally would go for, but it's covered in goat cheese), homemade tortilla chips with this amazing pepperjack queso, and a dessert tray full of bon-bons... and my coworkers commented on my "willpower" for not eating any of it.  (Is this willpower?  I don't think it is... IDK. If I was going on willpower alone I think I'd be done by now!)
    Truth be told - I was much more excited about my lunch that I had packed from home
     
    I have 2 questions for the group:
     
    1. Have you wanted to "kill all the things" today?  Been cranky with anyone?  Spill.
     
    2. Is anyone else plagued with "can't sleep through the night because I have to get up and pee" issues like me?  Every Whole30 I've done has been like this and I don't get it.  I sleep like the dead, but I can't make it through the night without having to get up at least once.  I even cut-off my fluid intake after 5 - usually keep it less than 8 oz from that point on and then nothing after 8... surely I'm not alone?
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    b.c. reacted to NicoleLouise76 in Anyone starting Monday Jan. 4?   
    How's day 4 going for everyone? I'm feeling really good! Ok, I'm home sick with a cold but I don't feel like I've got any of the sugar hangovers people talk about. I'm loving what I'm eating and I'm surprised at how I bloated my stomach feels. I didn't think I was bloated to begin with but it feels so lean and flat ( but I am 50lbs overweight so it is far from that!).
    Saw someone mention the non nom paleo app earlier. It's one of my favourites too. I made her Asian fried rice last night and it was amazing! Had the leftovers for lunch. If you're into podcasts, hers is great too. Her kids are involved and they are super adorable and they're all total food geeks.
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    b.c. reacted to L_dougherty85 in Starting 1/4/16   
    I also love using just a little olive oil for salads. This sounds boring but a fresh spinach salad with just spinach, olive oil and cracked black pepper from a grinder is one of my favorite sides for lunch. Simple yet satisfying.
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    b.c. reacted to Cbg84 in Starting 1/4/16   
    Thanks for the app suggestion Twilight! I'm sure I'll be spending some time checking that out this evening. I just popped in to let everyone know that my WF has tessamaes dressings on sale 2 for $5 through the 12th. Pretty cheap if anyone is interested in checking them out. I hope the sales are the same at your WF
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    b.c. reacted to frogtox in Starting 1/4/16   
    Our entire department went out for Chinese food and I'm eating lettuce wraps at my desk... and somehow I'm really not that bummed out. 
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    b.c. got a reaction from praxisproject in Starting 1/4/16   
    Did Whole Foods not have the Tessemae's?  Ours has a few - in the refrigerated section by the vegan mayo and the packaged salads and such.
     
    I love to just use a bit of olive oil, salt & pepper (optional), and a bit of fresh lemon juice - so good!  I've even just used the olive oil, salt & pepper in a pinch since it's easy for me to keep the oil on hand in my desk at work.
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    b.c. got a reaction from Jenny B in Mambo #5 - b.c.'s 5th round   
    Day 3!
     
    Meal 1 - Homemade* Beef Stew
    Meal 2 - Leftover Stir-fry from last night
    Meal 3 - either Hamburgers or Oven Fried Chicken - I haven't decided yet!
     
    * Do we really need the homemade disclaimer when doing a Whole30?  I feel like it maybe goes without saying.
     
    On my lunch break yesterday, I ran to the grocery store for some supplies and I stopped at Sonic and ordered a Large Unsweet Tea, which at $2.50 is not something I need to be buying very often, but I digress.  I didn't try the tea until I got back to the office and guess what - it was sweet.  Not full sweet - I think they must have given me half & half, which is what I usually order on my happy-hour runs and most of the girls there know me, so I'm telling myself that's what happened. Anyway...  I drank it.  I drank it and I chose not to feel guilty about it or let myself fly off the handle.  I was halfway through Day 2, so I'm just adding 2 days on to the end of my original Whole30 and I'm going to keep on keeping on.
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    b.c. reacted to NuriNoms in Starting 1/4/16   
    There was a POWER OUTAGE at my house this morning! If I hadn't had leftovers in the fridge I would have been in a sorry state. Now I have to brave the cafe for a cup of coffee or risk turning into a monster, but it will be so much easier now that I'm full of my own homemade (cold) breakfast!
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    b.c. reacted to JBGR in Starting 1/4/16   
    That's pretty normal Nita.  It is probably your body saying good bye to carbs.  Try to eat breakfast.  You've got to stay on the food plan, because as you switch over from relying on processed carbs to whole food, there has to be something there for your body to go to so it can get off the old habits.
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    b.c. reacted to ladyshanny in Starting 1/4/16   
    Bubble bath with candles, mani/pedi (at home or delayed gratification at a salon), new book, new tea, at home spa treatment (face mask, deep condition hair), new travel mug, watching a favourite movie (comandeer the TV if you have to).
     
    Celebrate YOU and your accomplishment, not your stomach. Your stomach had nothing to do with it.  
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    b.c. reacted to lori_vt in Starting 1/4/16   
    Good morning Day 3!  I figured out why I succumbed to poor, no BAD, eating behaviors at the beginning of December - I had back surgery in March and have slowly been able to resume some of my former activities, but every time I start getting my running back on track, I have another setback (IT Band, Plantar Fasciitis, etc).  I saw my osteopath at the beginning of December and he basically said that there is nothing that can be done for my torn hamstring, except going to PRP (which I just can't afford).  So I have permanent numbness in the ball of my foot from the sciatica/stenosis, and the prospects of running again are slim.  There is no other exercise that can replace running to me, so I'm going to have to find something new.  In the meantime, I think I sort of gave up - threw in the towel, maybe I was trying to avoid becoming depressed about it so I ate.  And ate.  And ate.  And now - I feel disgusting.  And nothing is solved.  So I knew I needed a W30 and January is a perfect time to reset.  I haven't had any difficulty adapting to it, but I have done it a few times so switching over is pretty easy.  I eat very close to W30 most of the time, so I don't crave foods at all.  Sometimes I miss things (beer), and I don't go out, so I don't have to worry about restaurant food.  I don't (usually) keep any junk in my house because it's too easy for me to do the ole "mindless eating." 
     
    I've pulled out a bunch of old favorite recipes and some new ones, and have done some shopping, so now I just need some time to cook-up.  I'm making Sweet Potato Sloppy Joes (from Paleonewbie, modified so it's compliant); Well Fed's Waldorf Tuna Salad; Ground Beef and Butternut Squash Breakfast Skillet (from the Healthy Foodie).  I still need to get a few groceries to round out my other recipes (Well Fed's Pad Thai; Char Sui; Green Velvet Soup; Rhubarb and liver with chard and horseradish cream, modified to be compliant; and pomegranate pork loin with cabbage).  That just my first 10 - 14 days.  I've got some awesome breakfast recipes to prepare too.
     
    Hope everyone has a SUCCESSFUL and COMPLIANT day 3!
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    b.c. reacted to Leeleego in Starting 1/4/16   
    Two days done, woo hoo! So far I feel great. I'm sure the hard part will come later, but I ate so badly before that right now I think my body is just thanking me for feeding it regularly and healthfully. Today I noticed that I just felt very calm and even-keel all day, which was a nice surprise. I used to have a horrible habit (see what I did there? That was the old me. Of, like, 48 hours ago) of drinking coffee all day and not eating at all until after work. I'd make lovely breakfasts and packed lunches for my kids but sit and watch them eat, then rush out the door without so much as an apple in my bag! By the end of the day I'd be so fatigued and famished that I'd eat whatever looked like the most calories I could get in the least amount of time, sometimes hitting the drive through or the 7-11 on the way home. Then after that, I'd start cooking a healthy dinner for my family. Argh! It sounds so ridiculous typing it out, but it just seemed to happen. Every day. Anyway, I'm used to three hunger settings: not thinking about hunger, ravenous, or stuffed. Today I noticed I felt these weird new feelings: sort of happily satisfied and then a very slow build that took about five hours to be pleasantly hungry again (like, hungry, but sort of thinking, "how nice that eating time is approaching again!"). These bizarre and unfamiliar feelings are probably just how humans are supposed to feel I guess...
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    b.c. got a reaction from lori_vt in Starting 1/4/16   
    Hi everyone!
    I've started today, as well.  This will be my 5th Whole30 and I'm looking forward to it.

    Go team!
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    b.c. got a reaction from missmunchie in The crazy things people say   
    DH and I are 30, but we lead a college aged group at church.
    When we started the year, DH had about 50 lbs to lose (per his doctor's request... and I know, I know, it's just a number) and I had about 70 to lose.  We are both doing really well with our whole food/real food lifestyle changes and have each lost more than 30 lbs.  However, we don't really talk about this - it's just been our private thing.
     
    Last week, a lot of people seemed to be taking notice of our weight loss.  We thanked them for the compliments and went on with our discussion, but the kids proceeded to try and make recommendations for us - we should try biking, have we thought about joining a gym, why have we cut this out, etc. etc.
    We just let them talk.
     
    When we were in college, we were skinny minis, too.  We ate take out and pizza and all kinds of junk food, sodas all day every day...  and we thought we were healthy because we weren't overweight, too.  What we have learned is that the S.A.D. catches up with you eventually, and that just because you are thin doesn't mean you are healthy...
     
    We are healthier now, still being overweight, than we have been in years.  DH and I just smile and, after the kids have left, we say to each other that you can't argue with our results... and we are doing just fine.
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    b.c. got a reaction from missmunchie in The crazy things people say   
    DH and I are 30, but we lead a college aged group at church.
    When we started the year, DH had about 50 lbs to lose (per his doctor's request... and I know, I know, it's just a number) and I had about 70 to lose.  We are both doing really well with our whole food/real food lifestyle changes and have each lost more than 30 lbs.  However, we don't really talk about this - it's just been our private thing.
     
    Last week, a lot of people seemed to be taking notice of our weight loss.  We thanked them for the compliments and went on with our discussion, but the kids proceeded to try and make recommendations for us - we should try biking, have we thought about joining a gym, why have we cut this out, etc. etc.
    We just let them talk.
     
    When we were in college, we were skinny minis, too.  We ate take out and pizza and all kinds of junk food, sodas all day every day...  and we thought we were healthy because we weren't overweight, too.  What we have learned is that the S.A.D. catches up with you eventually, and that just because you are thin doesn't mean you are healthy...
     
    We are healthier now, still being overweight, than we have been in years.  DH and I just smile and, after the kids have left, we say to each other that you can't argue with our results... and we are doing just fine.
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    b.c. got a reaction from missmunchie in The crazy things people say   
    DH and I are 30, but we lead a college aged group at church.
    When we started the year, DH had about 50 lbs to lose (per his doctor's request... and I know, I know, it's just a number) and I had about 70 to lose.  We are both doing really well with our whole food/real food lifestyle changes and have each lost more than 30 lbs.  However, we don't really talk about this - it's just been our private thing.
     
    Last week, a lot of people seemed to be taking notice of our weight loss.  We thanked them for the compliments and went on with our discussion, but the kids proceeded to try and make recommendations for us - we should try biking, have we thought about joining a gym, why have we cut this out, etc. etc.
    We just let them talk.
     
    When we were in college, we were skinny minis, too.  We ate take out and pizza and all kinds of junk food, sodas all day every day...  and we thought we were healthy because we weren't overweight, too.  What we have learned is that the S.A.D. catches up with you eventually, and that just because you are thin doesn't mean you are healthy...
     
    We are healthier now, still being overweight, than we have been in years.  DH and I just smile and, after the kids have left, we say to each other that you can't argue with our results... and we are doing just fine.
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    b.c. reacted to Physibeth in Canned broth? (and pork rinds!)   
    If you have the patience (or an extra crock pot) to have it occupied for an entire week you can get a lot of stock from a single whole chicken. First throw the chicken in there with whatever herbs and veggies you like. I did my last one with a cut up onion on the bottom and just sprinkled it with rosemary and garlic powder. Cook that on low for 8 hours and then let it cool. Pick off all the meat and leave the bones, juice, and skin in the crock pot. Top the crock pot with cold filtered water and add a tbs of raw apple cider vinegar and let it go on low for 24 hours. Use a mesh sieve and a ladle to get as much broth out as you can. Top off with water again and add apple cider vinegar again and repeat. You can do this for a full week until the bones are mushy. Cool the broth and then freeze it in 1 cup servings or in ice cube trays. You'll have broth for a long time from just one chicken! Plus it makes your house smell amazing. If you use it regularly keep some in a mason jar in your fridge. I find that if I put a canning lid on it when it is still hot it will kind of self seal and stays good for a surprisingly long time. 
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    b.c. reacted to hoodieruns in The crazy things people say   
    Mom: "If you aren't eating an dairy, how will you get enough calcium?"
    Me, after a dinner with both spinach and chard: "Um..."
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    b.c. reacted to [email protected] in The crazy things people say   
    Maybe genuinely, without any snark, just curiosity, ask "How would you know?" or "Do you honestly think I am less healthy now than a year ago?" I doubt she'd be able to answer that. 
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    b.c. got a reaction from cheeseplease66 in Corn   
    mokiki - try shucking and freezing a few ears just in case.  this is how my family always had "fresh" corn from our garden all year long.
    Incidentally, I've found I'm quite sensitive to corn now... couldn't rule that out before the Whole30 though.