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    booksandcoffee got a reaction from praxisproject in Starting 1/4/16   
    good morning all! I've been away from computers for a while, and just trying to chug along and stick to my routine. As you might remember this is only day 6 for me as I had to start over, but so far so good. I'm trying to be more relaxed when telling coworkers about it and not give tons of information when they don't ask for it, but it is a struggle. Especially when I hear "you shouldn't diet.. you're fine the way you are" "you shouldn't deprive yourself of food groups" "but cheese is healthy, especially cottage cheese"... the list goes on.
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    booksandcoffee reacted to RenaissanceGirl in Starting 1/4/16   
    Good morning everyone! Day 10 already...we're in double digits now! Yesterday my husband and I had planned to go out for dinner where I knew I could get a compliant meal, but the wait was ridiculous when we got there so we ended up at our local sushi bar instead, where I was able to get sashimi and steamed veggies. With a bit of salt and pepper and fresh lime juice, I didn't even miss the soy sauce, and the meal was so filling in its own that I didn't even miss the rice. It made me think about how much of what I eat is basically just filler that doesn't add anything to the value (nutritional or taste-wise) of the meal. Increased awareness of what I'm eating and why has been one of the best aspects of this for me so far. The main thing I'm struggling with is that even though I say I'm a pescetarian, really I'm a vegetarian who occasionally eats fish. I usually get most of my protein from vegetable sources, and this has worked well for me in the past, including through training for several marathons. Eating this much animal protein is just weird for me, and it's even changing my breath. I looked at some paleo forums and see that this is common but it's really strange for me.
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    booksandcoffee reacted to praxisproject in Starting 1/4/16   
     
    So many NSVs!!!
     
     
    Some lists of things to skim through when you're in Food Boredom stage:
    http://meljoulwan.com/2014/01/03/30-whole30-friendly-recipes/
    http://whole30.com/2014/10/best-whole30-recipes-sauces-dressings-dips-oh/
    http://meljoulwan.com/2009/07/21/sunshine-sauce/ - this one is a must do!
    http://meljoulwan.com/2014/10/20/zingy-ginger-dressing/
     
    (honestly, Mel Joulwan is my go to whenever I'm bored. I like the NomNomPaleo recipes too, but I think my palate is a closer match to Mel's and she has so many *easy* things like great sauces)
     
     
    You're not alone Laura, as acne is hormone related you will see some ups and downs, but also some great wins Quite a lot of people get comments towards the end of W30 on their healthy/glowing skin (even the men).
     
     
    I think this is a good plan Susan. There are some experiences in life that are worth just enjoying. If there's anything you know makes you sick though, I would avoid those. Try and get in at least one healthy place, so if you do it again, you can go back to one of your good memory places.
     
     
    Pears are high in fructose, so they can be a problem for some people. You might like them wrapped in prosciutto or something, or in a dressing
     
     
    This was huge for me my first Whole30, I had not realised how often I ate food that I didn't really love/enjoy/want, sometimes to please others or because I didn't want to "make a fuss". It's quite funny as I'm not usually an avoider of confrontation, but I found a lot of food habits were this way. Clean your plate when you're not hungry, eat food you hate, say yes when someone really *really* wants you to eat their special creation, eat seconds when you didn't want any. Saying no was quite an interesting experience, really changed my perspective
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    booksandcoffee got a reaction from ladyshanny in Starting 1/4/16   
    Hi all. I am sad and ashamed to say that today is back to day 1 for me . Last night I went to a coworkers house and just trusted that I would be fine without eating till I got home at 10pm.. I ended up buying a salad at Panera which had cheese. I am happy to say I didn't eat the cookie or the bread or the lasagna that my friend offered, even though it was tempting to have that "everything is ruined anyways" attitude. So just dairy, and today back to square one.
    My biggest lesson is that I think I got a bit cocky after my prior 3 whole30s and I for sure did not prepare as much as I should have for this week. Lesson learned. Back to basics and meal planning for every meal!
    Anyways I wanted to come here and fess up and hope you don't mind I stick around this forum! lori_vt and ladyshanny - nice to see you as well!
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    booksandcoffee got a reaction from ladyshanny in Starting 1/4/16   
    Hi all. I am sad and ashamed to say that today is back to day 1 for me . Last night I went to a coworkers house and just trusted that I would be fine without eating till I got home at 10pm.. I ended up buying a salad at Panera which had cheese. I am happy to say I didn't eat the cookie or the bread or the lasagna that my friend offered, even though it was tempting to have that "everything is ruined anyways" attitude. So just dairy, and today back to square one.
    My biggest lesson is that I think I got a bit cocky after my prior 3 whole30s and I for sure did not prepare as much as I should have for this week. Lesson learned. Back to basics and meal planning for every meal!
    Anyways I wanted to come here and fess up and hope you don't mind I stick around this forum! lori_vt and ladyshanny - nice to see you as well!
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    booksandcoffee reacted to lori_vt in Starting 1/4/16   
    This headache is lasting a bit longer than 1 or 2 days     My poor body is trying to get all those dang toxins out.  I spent 50 minutes on my spin bike tonight.  And tomorrow I see my p/t to get some orthotics - hopefully it will help with the numbness in my foot, and the plantar fasciitis.  I was hoping to ski this weekend, but it looks like our weather is going to climb back up into the 40's and rain.  Boo.  Ah well, more opportunity to cook up some awesome food.  I'm really looking forward to the day when my belly feels normal again.  Been having a kombucha or water kefir once a day. 
     
    And as I've been reading posts, I realized that booksandcoffee and ladyshanny were part of the last W30 I did, the Spring into May (2015)!  Nice to see you again  
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    booksandcoffee 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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    booksandcoffee 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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    booksandcoffee got a reaction from lori_vt in Starting 1/4/16   
    starting as well! It'll be my 4th whole30, last one was in may 2015. so happy to be back! I've been far removed for too long.
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    booksandcoffee got a reaction from lori_vt in Starting 1/4/16   
    starting as well! It'll be my 4th whole30, last one was in may 2015. so happy to be back! I've been far removed for too long.
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    booksandcoffee reacted to lori_vt in Starting 1/4/16   
    Hello everyone! I have been thinking about doing my 4th W30 after this round of holidays.  My 3rd was in May 2015 after having back surgery and fusion.  Each time I do this, my understanding of food and myself goes to a deeper level.  These past few weeks have been miserable, emotions and food-wise.  I don't feel good in my body and have not been treating it well.  So here I am!  Thanks for starting this thread!
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    booksandcoffee got a reaction from lori_vt in Spring into May Whole 30!   
    Guys....
     
    I am here to fess up. I broke some rules yesterday
    Long story short I started a new job this week and have stayed late every day... I had been managing with late dinners and probably fewer veggies. Finally yesterday I was at work till about 10pm with lots of pizza, cake, cookies in sight, and starving.
    So I made a decision and had corn chips with compliant salsa, and guac. Though I am not proud at all and feel I should have just sucked it up, I am proud at not having cake, cookies and pizza and recognizing that they would have made me feel awful. I am considering this as my day 1 reintroduction of non gluten grains. I will keep on being compliant now and in about a week or so might introduce another food group.
     
    So while I do feel like a let down, I don't think it was a total failure. I messed up reintroductions on my 2 prior whole 30s by diving straight into pizza and I REFUSE TO LET THAT HAPPEN. I am also somewhat proud that it was not difficult to refuse the rest of the junk food. Lesson learned again... always always have compliant food around
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    booksandcoffee got a reaction from lori_vt in Spring into May Whole 30!   
    Guys....
     
    I am here to fess up. I broke some rules yesterday
    Long story short I started a new job this week and have stayed late every day... I had been managing with late dinners and probably fewer veggies. Finally yesterday I was at work till about 10pm with lots of pizza, cake, cookies in sight, and starving.
    So I made a decision and had corn chips with compliant salsa, and guac. Though I am not proud at all and feel I should have just sucked it up, I am proud at not having cake, cookies and pizza and recognizing that they would have made me feel awful. I am considering this as my day 1 reintroduction of non gluten grains. I will keep on being compliant now and in about a week or so might introduce another food group.
     
    So while I do feel like a let down, I don't think it was a total failure. I messed up reintroductions on my 2 prior whole 30s by diving straight into pizza and I REFUSE TO LET THAT HAPPEN. I am also somewhat proud that it was not difficult to refuse the rest of the junk food. Lesson learned again... always always have compliant food around
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    booksandcoffee got a reaction from lori_vt in Spring into May Whole 30!   
    Guys....
     
    I am here to fess up. I broke some rules yesterday
    Long story short I started a new job this week and have stayed late every day... I had been managing with late dinners and probably fewer veggies. Finally yesterday I was at work till about 10pm with lots of pizza, cake, cookies in sight, and starving.
    So I made a decision and had corn chips with compliant salsa, and guac. Though I am not proud at all and feel I should have just sucked it up, I am proud at not having cake, cookies and pizza and recognizing that they would have made me feel awful. I am considering this as my day 1 reintroduction of non gluten grains. I will keep on being compliant now and in about a week or so might introduce another food group.
     
    So while I do feel like a let down, I don't think it was a total failure. I messed up reintroductions on my 2 prior whole 30s by diving straight into pizza and I REFUSE TO LET THAT HAPPEN. I am also somewhat proud that it was not difficult to refuse the rest of the junk food. Lesson learned again... always always have compliant food around
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    booksandcoffee got a reaction from lori_vt in Spring into May Whole 30!   
    Guys....
     
    I am here to fess up. I broke some rules yesterday
    Long story short I started a new job this week and have stayed late every day... I had been managing with late dinners and probably fewer veggies. Finally yesterday I was at work till about 10pm with lots of pizza, cake, cookies in sight, and starving.
    So I made a decision and had corn chips with compliant salsa, and guac. Though I am not proud at all and feel I should have just sucked it up, I am proud at not having cake, cookies and pizza and recognizing that they would have made me feel awful. I am considering this as my day 1 reintroduction of non gluten grains. I will keep on being compliant now and in about a week or so might introduce another food group.
     
    So while I do feel like a let down, I don't think it was a total failure. I messed up reintroductions on my 2 prior whole 30s by diving straight into pizza and I REFUSE TO LET THAT HAPPEN. I am also somewhat proud that it was not difficult to refuse the rest of the junk food. Lesson learned again... always always have compliant food around
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    booksandcoffee reacted to bronnyd in Spring into May Whole 30!   
    Hey jhalpern - more power to you! Take it one day at a time. I'm working on seeing triggers and challenges as opportunities to clarify what I want for myself and face head on any and all obstacles with resolve. Certain people and situations can really challenge my resolve so I find that a gentle detachment is helpful with the tough ones. 
     
    Situations like next week's potluck where I'll be finished with this W30 and so tempted to have some wine and chocolate and cheeeeese. There will be people there who don't know I'm not drinking who will offer me wine, bless their hearts. I will politely decline and pour me some kombucha instead. My resolve is this:  stay away from the wine and chocolate. My resolve is to say Yes to one helping of a small amount of cheese the size of my palm, scrumptious homemade paleo bread and pulled pork and roasted veggies and maybe even mashed potatoes. I'm bringing homemade kombucha to the potluck. That'll be my wine.
     
    I also continue to wake up to what is going on in my head when I'm feeling like eating something naughty, which can actually feed a negative state of being. Most often I'm feeling: lonely, tired, self-pity, angry, worried, scared. When I acknowledge what I'm feeling it's like a little light-bulb shining on... oh! I'm feeling this. What thoughts are causing this feeling? Are these thoughts real? Most of the time they're not... I often have arguments in my head when no one else is in the room. It's crazy. 99% of the time, what's going on right now is quite nice and peaceful. 
     
    So yesterday I had two big salads, which tasted and felt great until my gut started bloating. I read up on salads and SIBO and any kind of raw veggie, even lettuce, should be kept to a minimum. That really sucks. So today I've been feeling bloated and bitchy. And thus wanting to eat. But then I sat still and acknowledged what was going on with me, softened up a bit and continued on with the day. One of my thoughts I've become aware of in my bitchy moments is "this is futile." Well, if I'm gonna believe that, then sure, what's the effing point? Might as well eat a whole cake. However, that thought, "this is futile," is a BIG FAT LIE. I'm just not buying into it anymore.
     
    Just TWO DAYS LEFT! I'm prepping for nut reintro.  
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    booksandcoffee reacted to chillyjilly in Spring into May Whole 30!   
    Okay here I go again, I promise the last for today.  I finally figured out how to post a picture...YEAH!!!!!!!!!  More important I took the plunge and listed my age.  I was hesitant when I first joined as I was fearful that you all would think I am too old and not take me serious, (is that even grammatically correct)?   I feel as if I'm still 17 inside so I really don't relate to being 62, it sounds ancient.   Lastly I changed my user name  from jhalpern2 to chillyjilly.  Just trying to keep it real
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    booksandcoffee got a reaction from bronnyd in Spring into May Whole 30!   
    Hi everyone! Again long time no see. It has been really difficult for me and I've been feeling very blah with food and overall. I guess I haven't been feeling too proud of my meals which has kept me away from the forum, which then holds me less accountable. No issues with compliance, but meals have been messy this week, sometimes 2 and sometimes 4 a day, and a couple of days snacking on apples and bananas. Didn't help that it was my time of the month, which made me crave bananas like crazy. Overall I am just patting myself on the back for sticking to compliant foods non the less. But I definitely will have to prolong my whole30 to starve the sugar dragon, since I walked by coldstone today and almost ran in for an oreo sunday (which would have made me feel terrible). 
     
    My graduation is June 11th, so for now my plan is to stay compliant throughout, and have some wine that day with my compliant meal. After that I will pick a day to introduce dairy.
     
    I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!
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    booksandcoffee got a reaction from bronnyd in Spring into May Whole 30!   
    Hi everyone! Again long time no see. It has been really difficult for me and I've been feeling very blah with food and overall. I guess I haven't been feeling too proud of my meals which has kept me away from the forum, which then holds me less accountable. No issues with compliance, but meals have been messy this week, sometimes 2 and sometimes 4 a day, and a couple of days snacking on apples and bananas. Didn't help that it was my time of the month, which made me crave bananas like crazy. Overall I am just patting myself on the back for sticking to compliant foods non the less. But I definitely will have to prolong my whole30 to starve the sugar dragon, since I walked by coldstone today and almost ran in for an oreo sunday (which would have made me feel terrible). 
     
    My graduation is June 11th, so for now my plan is to stay compliant throughout, and have some wine that day with my compliant meal. After that I will pick a day to introduce dairy.
     
    I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!
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    booksandcoffee got a reaction from bronnyd in Spring into May Whole 30!   
    Hi everyone! Again long time no see. It has been really difficult for me and I've been feeling very blah with food and overall. I guess I haven't been feeling too proud of my meals which has kept me away from the forum, which then holds me less accountable. No issues with compliance, but meals have been messy this week, sometimes 2 and sometimes 4 a day, and a couple of days snacking on apples and bananas. Didn't help that it was my time of the month, which made me crave bananas like crazy. Overall I am just patting myself on the back for sticking to compliant foods non the less. But I definitely will have to prolong my whole30 to starve the sugar dragon, since I walked by coldstone today and almost ran in for an oreo sunday (which would have made me feel terrible). 
     
    My graduation is June 11th, so for now my plan is to stay compliant throughout, and have some wine that day with my compliant meal. After that I will pick a day to introduce dairy.
     
    I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!
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    booksandcoffee got a reaction from bronnyd in Spring into May Whole 30!   
    Hi everyone! Again long time no see. It has been really difficult for me and I've been feeling very blah with food and overall. I guess I haven't been feeling too proud of my meals which has kept me away from the forum, which then holds me less accountable. No issues with compliance, but meals have been messy this week, sometimes 2 and sometimes 4 a day, and a couple of days snacking on apples and bananas. Didn't help that it was my time of the month, which made me crave bananas like crazy. Overall I am just patting myself on the back for sticking to compliant foods non the less. But I definitely will have to prolong my whole30 to starve the sugar dragon, since I walked by coldstone today and almost ran in for an oreo sunday (which would have made me feel terrible). 
     
    My graduation is June 11th, so for now my plan is to stay compliant throughout, and have some wine that day with my compliant meal. After that I will pick a day to introduce dairy.
     
    I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!
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    booksandcoffee reacted to lori_vt in Spring into May Whole 30!   
    I'm not sure I'll get on here tomorrow because I am getting my granddaughter at 7 am, then heading straight to the marathon to watch my 2 boys run.  It's going to be crazy downtown, trying to find parking, getting Alessandra in the stroller with all her stuff, getting through the mob to our meeting place.  {i really wish i was running too }  I've set up my breakfast for the morning (my "usual"), and I cut up a kiwi and mango and packed a container of nuts.  Not great, but will get me through.  I bought some Mahi Mahi to prepare tomorrow afternoon.
     
    Lunch was leftover veal meatloaf and a large salad with balsamic and olive oil
    Late afternoon - 1/2 bottle of Kombucha
    Dinner was a veal sirloin steak (it was small, so no leftovers), baked sweet potato fries, steamed broccoli
     
    I have been drinking my coffee black these days.  It's really not awful.  Not the creamy, satisfying coffee I used to drink, but it's been okay.  And I'm really glad I haven't gone back to my fresh coconut routine.  I was using it as a dessert, odd as that sounds.  So this time I really have changed more of my food patterns.  Maybe that's why it's been kind of a blah W30.  No coconut milk and oil in coffee for the past week or so.  No coconut wedge after meals. 
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    booksandcoffee reacted to Alaya in Spring into May Whole 30!   
    Lazy lazy Sunday. My son is major teething and had a fever all day. Spent the whole day watching movies with him asleep on my lap. I feel like I needed a day like this. 
     
    Breakfast:
    3 poached eggs
    sw potato rounds
    leftover roasted asparagus
    leftover tomatoes, olives, 
    garlic, onions, fresh herbs
    cup black coffee
     
    Lunch: 
    hard-boiled egg whites
    leftover roasted asparagus
    leftover tomatoes, olives, 
    garlic, onions, fresh herbs
    1/2 avocado
    sm handful cashews
     
    Snack:
    banana
    almond butter
     
    Dinner:
    shrimp w/
    tomato, garlic,
    fresh herbs, lemon juice
    over zoodles
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    booksandcoffee reacted to lori_vt in Spring into May Whole 30!   
    It feels like forever since I made a post, but it was only 36 hours.  I felt so guilty yesterday for not going to the bridal shower, that I holed up in my own little cocoon.  I went out at about 2 (finally) to BUY the shower gift, and stopped at Gardeners Supply (SALE!) and before I knew it, it was 5 pm.  Ran home, walked/fed the dog, and made dinner.  Actually my daughter, son-in-law and 2.5 yr old granddaughter stopped by at dinner time, but oddly enough, I had nothing to offer.  I have not been doing my cook-ups on the weekends like the last two W30's.  So they ordered from a local Thai restaurant, which had nothing I could eat, so I made myself some coconut meatballs - without the coconut milk hehe.  Also quickly threw in some parsnips and rutabaga to roast in the toaster oven, and I think I had another veggie, but I don't remember. 
     
    Today was GORGEOUS here!  Mid-70's, no humidity, sunny, breezy and just perfect.  Unfortunately I couldn't restrain myself from doing too much stuff outside and now my back is wicked sore.  I threw a veal shoulder steak in the toaster oven with carrots, onions, a little lemon and some broth.  Here's the full day:
     
    Bfast - 2 eggs, 1/2 roasted sweet potato rounds, french green beans with ghee and sliced almonds, kiwi
    Lunch - large salad with sardines and pomegranate balsamic, olive oil; 10 plantain chips with almond butter
    Dinner - veal steak, carrots, sweet and salty broccoli salad (minus the bacon)
     
    I think I'll be ready for bed before 9 tonight
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    booksandcoffee reacted to WholeMama623 in Spring into May Whole 30!   
    Starting day 15!
     
    last nights dinner was shrimp dipped in eggs and coconut flakes, pan friend in ghee on a bed of arugula, carrots, tomato's, black olives, and olive oil. I had some hardboiled eggs too.
     
    Slept great last night. I didn't move or toss and turn at all!!!
     
    Meal1: 3 eggs with ghee
                heaping pile of broccoli slaw in ghee
               black coffee
     
    Meal2: burger with mustard
                sweet potato with ghee
                 zoodles with ghee
                 black olives
                 handful of roasted pumpkin seeds if needed
     
    meal3: fish of some kind, and veggies
     
    meals are getting smaller which I know is bad. I just get really really full, and then I'm miserable half the day at work. I don't snack though, so I think I'm getting enough of what I need.