AnnieW

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    AnnieW reacted to ShannonM816 in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    @Cannylassy and @AnnieW It's not quite the same, but you might look for sauerkraut -- I've actually been able to find  some garlic dill sauerkraut around here that's compliant that has some of the same flavor of pickles, but even just regular sauerkraut has that sort of vinegary twang, and mixed in with other foods is similar enough for me sometimes, although it's obviously not the same as just eating a pickle. You might even look into making your own pickles -- there's fermented versions that take a little longer, or quick ones -- there are other recipes out there if these don't sound good, they're just examples. 
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    AnnieW got a reaction from WholeMamma in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    @Mistyfire Have you been able to figure out what foods were triggering your rosacea?  Mine is a pretty mild case, but I know if I have a glass of red wine my face will turn beet red!  It also tends to flare up more in the winter when the humidity is lower. 
    My reintroduction plan  is to continue eating mostly Whole30 at home, while being more relaxed when eating out.  I will add small amounts of dairy (I do miss cheese!) and see how I feel. Corn and beans will come up when we go back to my favorite Mexican restaurant, I'll just need to pick one at a time. Since my last Whole30, I had pretty much been eating "all the things" and falling back into some habits of mindless snacking. These past few weeks have helped tremendously and I'm looking forward to the next steps!
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    AnnieW got a reaction from WholeMamma in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    @Mistyfire Have you been able to figure out what foods were triggering your rosacea?  Mine is a pretty mild case, but I know if I have a glass of red wine my face will turn beet red!  It also tends to flare up more in the winter when the humidity is lower. 
    My reintroduction plan  is to continue eating mostly Whole30 at home, while being more relaxed when eating out.  I will add small amounts of dairy (I do miss cheese!) and see how I feel. Corn and beans will come up when we go back to my favorite Mexican restaurant, I'll just need to pick one at a time. Since my last Whole30, I had pretty much been eating "all the things" and falling back into some habits of mindless snacking. These past few weeks have helped tremendously and I'm looking forward to the next steps!
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    AnnieW got a reaction from Whole_K8 in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Happy day 20!  That just sounds so much better, it's downhill from here!  I've been having the strangest dreams lately.  Last night I dreamed I went to the gym but forgot my shoes and  had to sit and watch everyone else exercise!  I've also had food dreams that involve things I would never crave in real life. 
    I hope everyone has a great weekend!
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    AnnieW reacted to Seafarer in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Feeling blah yesterday & today, so I reviewed:
    1. My jeans feel looser, and my thigh-high boots are definitely looser.
    2. One of my goals was to find more go-to meals that would support my (desired) W30 lifestyle. I have a separate booklet where I write them down. I flipped through it & re-discovered several that I had forgotten about & am excited to try. I made two of them today. Food boredom... poof!
    3. I juiced some grapes from my garden, added the juice to club soda. Pow! I like it better'n wine. Really. Great addition to my water too. 
    4. I started going to a community exercise class a couple of weeks ago. I adore the people I am meeting, and the exercise makes me feel energized. I have needed "PostWO-type" meals before, due to activity levels, but to have one following real-live targeted exercise? Win!
    5. Food costs: I am a pain-in-the-butt keeper of detailed financial records & budgets, so I already knew this, but I like looking at numbers so I did it anyway. Add up your old grocery bill, your out-of-pocket ice cream cones, lattes, doughnuts, potato chips, your occasional dips into bring-it-home-and-eat-it-instead-of-food indulgences like cookies & pizza, add in your old fast food plus restaurant dining.... compare that total to your current grocery bill.... ya gotta know this way is actually cheaper, right? Or at least very close.
    6. Last year when I did a W30 my relative was dismissive in spite of her own gastrointestinal issues which have now lasted for a year & a half. Her new GI specialist has put her on... guess what?! Score one for keeping my mouth shut. Score 100 for having favourite recipes to pass along to her.
    And that pretty much took care of the blahs.  
     
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    AnnieW reacted to No more muffins in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    DAY 19
    Having minor surgery this am.  (to remove my port...cancer free 1 year).  No food or drink.  I am a little worried as when it was put in,  my arm was so sore for days.  Right arm too, couldn't really move it for anything.  Yesterday was tough for a glass of wine.  Then saw a delicious scotch ale on the counter.  I held it, smelled it and even put my lips to the beer.  Still compliant.    We have an amazing grape festival every year and its filled with food and wine.  Its this weekend.  Probably a good thing I will be out of commission.
    Have a great day everyone!
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    AnnieW reacted to Mistyfire in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Zoodles and meatballs for breakfast. Before W30, that would never have crossed my mind. Now I eat meals much more to what I have and what I want.  Also I note that I have much less trash ( less packaging). I used to do a refrigerator clean out before my grocery shopping- that would be what to throw out as spoiled because I just never got around to eating it. Now my clean out is putting together a meal of perhaps unusual combinations to make room for new. I love that I'm buying food that I actually eat as opposed to buying what I think would be good for me and then tossing it. 
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    AnnieW got a reaction from Catlover in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Day 17!  I keep thinking only "2 more weekends"!  I'm finally in a good routine of meal planning with a pantry stocked with items that can turn into a meal pretty quickly (canned salmon, compliant marinara,etc).  I work from home and don't have the temptations of a break room full of treats, which makes it easier, but my social life is sad right now. My husband is not doing this with me, but he is enjoying our dinners and not complaining!  
    Hang in there everyone!
     
     
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    AnnieW got a reaction from Catlover in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Day 17!  I keep thinking only "2 more weekends"!  I'm finally in a good routine of meal planning with a pantry stocked with items that can turn into a meal pretty quickly (canned salmon, compliant marinara,etc).  I work from home and don't have the temptations of a break room full of treats, which makes it easier, but my social life is sad right now. My husband is not doing this with me, but he is enjoying our dinners and not complaining!  
    Hang in there everyone!
     
     
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    AnnieW got a reaction from Catlover in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Day 17!  I keep thinking only "2 more weekends"!  I'm finally in a good routine of meal planning with a pantry stocked with items that can turn into a meal pretty quickly (canned salmon, compliant marinara,etc).  I work from home and don't have the temptations of a break room full of treats, which makes it easier, but my social life is sad right now. My husband is not doing this with me, but he is enjoying our dinners and not complaining!  
    Hang in there everyone!
     
     
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    AnnieW got a reaction from Catlover in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Day 17!  I keep thinking only "2 more weekends"!  I'm finally in a good routine of meal planning with a pantry stocked with items that can turn into a meal pretty quickly (canned salmon, compliant marinara,etc).  I work from home and don't have the temptations of a break room full of treats, which makes it easier, but my social life is sad right now. My husband is not doing this with me, but he is enjoying our dinners and not complaining!  
    Hang in there everyone!
     
     
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    AnnieW got a reaction from Catlover in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Day 17!  I keep thinking only "2 more weekends"!  I'm finally in a good routine of meal planning with a pantry stocked with items that can turn into a meal pretty quickly (canned salmon, compliant marinara,etc).  I work from home and don't have the temptations of a break room full of treats, which makes it easier, but my social life is sad right now. My husband is not doing this with me, but he is enjoying our dinners and not complaining!  
    Hang in there everyone!
     
     
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    AnnieW got a reaction from Whole_K8 in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    You can add me to the Kult, I'm making the Kahlua pork tomorrow! So close to the half way point and still feeling good, but I do miss my wine (or today I'd like a beer!).  We're cooking chicken wings on the grill tonight and I think I'll roast a big pan of vegetables to have plenty of leftovers for the next few days.  I haven't noticed any huge changes, but my clothes are fitting better and I'm feeling more calm in general, so it's all good.
     
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    AnnieW got a reaction from Whole_K8 in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    You can add me to the Kult, I'm making the Kahlua pork tomorrow! So close to the half way point and still feeling good, but I do miss my wine (or today I'd like a beer!).  We're cooking chicken wings on the grill tonight and I think I'll roast a big pan of vegetables to have plenty of leftovers for the next few days.  I haven't noticed any huge changes, but my clothes are fitting better and I'm feeling more calm in general, so it's all good.
     
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    AnnieW got a reaction from No more muffins in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I haven't been checking in, but things are going well so far.  I've found it much easier the second time around,even though it's been a couple of years since my first.  I think I'm more prepared mentally this time (I was learning as I went along the first time).  Other than being tired and sleepy the first few days, I've felt really good and I'm waking up before my alarm goes off. I've been trying new recipes to keep from getting bored, though I have to say I'm getting a little sick of eggs for breakfast!
    I haven't had any social obstacles to overcome yet.  I need to start researching some restaurant menus soon, I don't want to become a hermit!
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    AnnieW reacted to Mistyfire in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I'm having much the same experience of mental preparation since this isn't my first.  But how well I remember that feeling of almost panicking before I started. Then the relief as each day of success passed. I felt very engaged in the countdown - 30 days seemed so out of reach.  I felt like a tourist in the grocery store as I studied everything!  All I thought about was food- what to have, how to cook it, how much to have - and then start over again the next day. Never mind that I seemed to cook, clean up and then do it again and again. I think once I figured out how to simplify, the time management issue got better. And once I wrapped my mind around that this is only 30 days as opposed to that sense of some kind of marathon where I had to drag myself across the finish line - well, perspective was everything. 
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    AnnieW got a reaction from No more muffins in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I haven't been checking in, but things are going well so far.  I've found it much easier the second time around,even though it's been a couple of years since my first.  I think I'm more prepared mentally this time (I was learning as I went along the first time).  Other than being tired and sleepy the first few days, I've felt really good and I'm waking up before my alarm goes off. I've been trying new recipes to keep from getting bored, though I have to say I'm getting a little sick of eggs for breakfast!
    I haven't had any social obstacles to overcome yet.  I need to start researching some restaurant menus soon, I don't want to become a hermit!
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    AnnieW got a reaction from Piperanne in Day 10 - Shoot Me Now!!!   
    I'm so sorry you're struggling. The beauty of the Whole30 is you don't have to be hungry, so focus on nourishing yourself!  Making chili and going to the farmers market is a great place to start.  You can do this!
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    AnnieW got a reaction from Piperanne in Day 10 - Shoot Me Now!!!   
    I'm so sorry you're struggling. The beauty of the Whole30 is you don't have to be hungry, so focus on nourishing yourself!  Making chili and going to the farmers market is a great place to start.  You can do this!
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    AnnieW got a reaction from VivaLaMeredith in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I'm also starting on Monday!  It will be my second Whole30, my first was two years ago.  I've kept a lot of the good habits I established, while others fell by the wayside. I've had some mild joint pain and skin problems that I hope will improve and I haven't been sleeping as well I should.
    I've been shopping and cleaned out the pantry.  I plan on making some salad dressings and other condiments this weekend and look forward to some meals on the grill.  It's just my husband and me and he'll eat whatever I cook!  The only thing I will truly miss is wine, but I've done this before and I can do it again!
     
     
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    AnnieW got a reaction from Physibeth in Help me break up with my scale   
    I needed to read this today! The Scale Addicts links were awesome. I finished my first W30 a few weeks ago and immediately after started weighing daily. Everything was fine until the day I "gained" a pound (even though my clothes are loose and I've lost inches, I let it bother me). The scale is now out of the house. I can now focus on how I feel today and not that stupid number!
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    AnnieW got a reaction from Physibeth in Help me break up with my scale   
    I needed to read this today! The Scale Addicts links were awesome. I finished my first W30 a few weeks ago and immediately after started weighing daily. Everything was fine until the day I "gained" a pound (even though my clothes are loose and I've lost inches, I let it bother me). The scale is now out of the house. I can now focus on how I feel today and not that stupid number!