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    jeslight reacted to Meg1130 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    Hi @Hope4Overcomers!
    I am on my 6th day today and feeling so much better than the first few days! I am pretty proud of myself actually after my crazy weekend. I went to a party on Saturday and brought my own food and didn't consume any alcohol. On Sunday I went out on a boat with friends and brought snacks for myself and when we had lunch I got a turkey burger with a salad and used hot sauce as dressing as I didn't know if any of the restaurant dressings were compliant. I feel like I have finally got over the hump of craving sugar and bread ect. and now crave all the good Whole 30 approved food I have been eating. By the way one of my favorite go to foods has been the curry chicken salad lettuce wraps from the Fast & Easy book. This book has been a life saver with working full time because the meals are so easy and quick to whip up.
    Hope everyone is doing well too! Stay strong  
    Meg
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    jeslight got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    Not enough water possibly??
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    jeslight reacted to wp3 in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    LOL. I've been eating burgers practically every day except for today. I am totally burned out at this point. Going to bow out of that one. 
    I have Well Fed 1 and 2 but just haven't tried a lot of the recipes yet. Will have to dig into those soon.
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    jeslight got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    Thank you, @Hope4Overcomers! 
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    jeslight reacted to kirbz in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    I'm eating way too much bacon!
    I've eaten seven meals since starting Whole30 on Saturday... And I've eaten bacon with four of those meals. Yikes! I need to lay off the bacon and eat more greens! LOL. 
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    jeslight got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    Starting August 1st! The stakes are big for me as I signed up for Healthy Wage, and Whole30 is going to be an essential part of what gets me to my goal! I can't afford to throw away so much money, so I have a huge motivator to keep me from cheating! I have a 2 month old baby who doesn't like to sleep much along with three teenagers and a full time job so I need the energy and improved cognitive function that whole30 has given me in the past! I don't have a ton of spare time for all of the pretty whole 30 recipes and I am pretty domestically challenged anyways so I'll be going with pretty simple foods. I AM all about keeping things fun, though! So I'm looking forward to doing this alongside others!
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    jeslight reacted to Hope4Overcomers in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    @jeslight, you are sooo in the right place! We’re with you all the way! Prepare for victory! We’re with ya!! You got this! Be encouraged!! Dianne
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    jeslight got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??   
    Starting August 1st! The stakes are big for me as I signed up for Healthy Wage, and Whole30 is going to be an essential part of what gets me to my goal! I can't afford to throw away so much money, so I have a huge motivator to keep me from cheating! I have a 2 month old baby who doesn't like to sleep much along with three teenagers and a full time job so I need the energy and improved cognitive function that whole30 has given me in the past! I don't have a ton of spare time for all of the pretty whole 30 recipes and I am pretty domestically challenged anyways so I'll be going with pretty simple foods. I AM all about keeping things fun, though! So I'm looking forward to doing this alongside others!
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    jeslight got a reaction from FISHKID in Can I change my carb-loving teen daughter?   
    So much about this age is tough! I have three teenage girls ages 13, 15, and 17 and they all LOVE junk food. None have weight/obesity issues, but I've spent a good 5-6 years learning about truly good health and nutrition and I try to share that with them. They know that the sugary and processed foods are genetically made to be addictive, they know that poor diet is to blame for acne or catching colds easier or their energy levels and stuff like that. I'm open about my own struggle with "But it just tastes SO good!" and they've witnessed me go through a few whole30s and how much better I feel when I'm active and putting good food in my system. It's never about weight, but I have explained that it is just one of many side effects to being self-destructive with our food choices, that it's not even the major ones, just symptoms of bigger issues. 
    That being said, it is still a struggle. I've laid out the knowledge and I control what is eaten in our home or bought with my money. I've been super lax lately, but I've somehow convinced them to do a whole30 as a family as an experiment to see how big of a difference it can make. "It's JUST 30 days." They know its gonna be crazy hard but they seem to be in. Then the results will do all of the convincing. 
    I homeschool and so I'm incorporating a super insightful, eye-opening nutrition curriculum that my foodie friend put together and that will be throughout their spring semester, so whole30 will be tied in with it. 
    Mostly what I've learned through this stage of parenting is that you model the right behavior, be open and honest and talk to them like adults, provide the right options and opportunities, but ultimately we have to learn to let go and pray and hope that something will stick at some point. 
    Good luck!!
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    jeslight got a reaction from Tonitan1 in Starting January 1, 2018   
    Gosh I love New Years! I've done W30 successfully several times and made many more attempts. I'm stoked to rev it up again and get to feeling like my best me! 
    Today was day 1 and it was a doozie. You'd think by now I'd be better prepared, especially for the inevitable stress-obstacles that never fail to attempt to throw me off track right out of the gate! 
    SO many opportunities to make healthy wise decisions in the next 365 days! Let's do this!
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    jeslight got a reaction from tulipgirl6 in The "Return of the Dirty Thirty" 12 January start date   
     
    Ladyshanny and Tonya, thank you! I just went out and got some potatoes and sweet potatoes. I was eating them almost daily at the beginning of the month (I'm on day 24) but haven't at all really since. This is my second w30 and I did the lurong Paleo challenge before that and potatoes at those time either weren't allowed (LuRong) or were suggested mostly for really active athletes in moderation. I'm usually pretty active, too, but there's been a ton of rain lately and I haven't gotten out to run much in the last two weeks. Yesterday was my first day back to Crossfit in over 2 months! I'm blissfully sore today! And truthfully (go figure-after my rant) woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed before the sun this morning! But I will add back in starchy veggies (no complaints here- I love them!) and see if that helps too! 
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    jeslight got a reaction from tulipgirl6 in The "Return of the Dirty Thirty" 12 January start date   
     
    Ladyshanny and Tonya, thank you! I just went out and got some potatoes and sweet potatoes. I was eating them almost daily at the beginning of the month (I'm on day 24) but haven't at all really since. This is my second w30 and I did the lurong Paleo challenge before that and potatoes at those time either weren't allowed (LuRong) or were suggested mostly for really active athletes in moderation. I'm usually pretty active, too, but there's been a ton of rain lately and I haven't gotten out to run much in the last two weeks. Yesterday was my first day back to Crossfit in over 2 months! I'm blissfully sore today! And truthfully (go figure-after my rant) woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed before the sun this morning! But I will add back in starchy veggies (no complaints here- I love them!) and see if that helps too! 
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    jeslight got a reaction from tulipgirl6 in The "Return of the Dirty Thirty" 12 January start date   
     
    Ladyshanny and Tonya, thank you! I just went out and got some potatoes and sweet potatoes. I was eating them almost daily at the beginning of the month (I'm on day 24) but haven't at all really since. This is my second w30 and I did the lurong Paleo challenge before that and potatoes at those time either weren't allowed (LuRong) or were suggested mostly for really active athletes in moderation. I'm usually pretty active, too, but there's been a ton of rain lately and I haven't gotten out to run much in the last two weeks. Yesterday was my first day back to Crossfit in over 2 months! I'm blissfully sore today! And truthfully (go figure-after my rant) woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed before the sun this morning! But I will add back in starchy veggies (no complaints here- I love them!) and see if that helps too! 
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    jeslight got a reaction from tulipgirl6 in The "Return of the Dirty Thirty" 12 January start date   
    Starting to do some research on adrenal fatigue. I am weepy tired all of the time, this week has been especially so. I've been upping my fat intake all week but I feel like a wreck. Like I can't clear the fog. It feels like simple basic everyday tasks wipe me out completely. 
     
    So, I guess I have a lot of prolonged stress in my life. It's unavoidable stuff, not going away anytime soon (single, homeschooling mom of three) but honestly, I love my life A LOT and don't necessarily feel stressed out at all. Sure life is busy, whose isn't?? There are SO MANY other people with SO MUCH more going on. Besides, I've been doing this on my own for a long time. NBD. I'm an extremely laid back person with a deep faith and subsequent peace.  I'm easily amused and laugh a ton everyday. It takes a whole heck of a lot for me to feel angry or offended. I have great family and friends, so much support. I have super easy going kids that are a blast to spend every day with. I was told tonight by my dearest friend "Jes, anyone who has the list of stuff you're dealing with right now would be crazy stressed." My genuine response is "It's no big deal." 
     
    So, CAN your body be stressed when you don't feel stressed at all? 
    Granted, with the lethargy I've been feeling this week, I AM starting to feel it too... 
     
    Wherefore art thou Tiger Blood???
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    jeslight got a reaction from tulipgirl6 in The "Return of the Dirty Thirty" 12 January start date   
     
    Ladyshanny and Tonya, thank you! I just went out and got some potatoes and sweet potatoes. I was eating them almost daily at the beginning of the month (I'm on day 24) but haven't at all really since. This is my second w30 and I did the lurong Paleo challenge before that and potatoes at those time either weren't allowed (LuRong) or were suggested mostly for really active athletes in moderation. I'm usually pretty active, too, but there's been a ton of rain lately and I haven't gotten out to run much in the last two weeks. Yesterday was my first day back to Crossfit in over 2 months! I'm blissfully sore today! And truthfully (go figure-after my rant) woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed before the sun this morning! But I will add back in starchy veggies (no complaints here- I love them!) and see if that helps too! 
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    jeslight got a reaction from tulipgirl6 in The "Return of the Dirty Thirty" 12 January start date   
    Starting to do some research on adrenal fatigue. I am weepy tired all of the time, this week has been especially so. I've been upping my fat intake all week but I feel like a wreck. Like I can't clear the fog. It feels like simple basic everyday tasks wipe me out completely. 
     
    So, I guess I have a lot of prolonged stress in my life. It's unavoidable stuff, not going away anytime soon (single, homeschooling mom of three) but honestly, I love my life A LOT and don't necessarily feel stressed out at all. Sure life is busy, whose isn't?? There are SO MANY other people with SO MUCH more going on. Besides, I've been doing this on my own for a long time. NBD. I'm an extremely laid back person with a deep faith and subsequent peace.  I'm easily amused and laugh a ton everyday. It takes a whole heck of a lot for me to feel angry or offended. I have great family and friends, so much support. I have super easy going kids that are a blast to spend every day with. I was told tonight by my dearest friend "Jes, anyone who has the list of stuff you're dealing with right now would be crazy stressed." My genuine response is "It's no big deal." 
     
    So, CAN your body be stressed when you don't feel stressed at all? 
    Granted, with the lethargy I've been feeling this week, I AM starting to feel it too... 
     
    Wherefore art thou Tiger Blood???
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    jeslight reacted to ladyshanny in The "Return of the Dirty Thirty" 12 January start date   
    What's your starchy veggie intake like, Jes? Being too low on carbs can cause all of the symptoms that you are talking about. If you don't have any in your daily meals, we recommend one serving per day (at least) of a starchy veggie like sweet potato, potato, rutabaga, turnip or winter squash (to name just a few).
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    jeslight reacted to Tonya in The "Return of the Dirty Thirty" 12 January start date   
    Jes and Tulip-this is by far my most successful Whole 30, and the easiest transition I have ever had going from a junk diet to a clean one - the two changes for me this time are: absolutely no dairy (I pretended that wasn't really a rule in the past) and the addition of a starchy veg every day.  One of the moderators suggested adding a starchy veg to me on my log in the first or second day of this Whole 30, and I seriously think that is why this has been easier.  And Tulip, when people tell you you look great, you probably do! That's awesome people are noticing! 
     
    First dinner out last night - had a plan to bake chicken thighs, but when I got home, my family really wanted to go out.  We went to Longhorn Steakhouse - I checked out the menu online before going.  I'm glad I did!  Almost every meat had either soy, gluten, or dairy on it.  The only choice was the porkchops, so that's what I got, along with a salad and plain sweet potato.  Often after eating out, I will have really vivid, weird dreams - does that happen to anyone else?  That didn't happen last night, so I guess maybe there's something in the seasonings or the soybean oil that does that to me? 
     
    This coming week includes a buffet dinner event and then my daughter's birthday dinner at her favorite Chinese restaurant on the following night.  I'm glad these are in the third week and not the first - not sure if I could have handled them early on.
     
    Off to check out Pinterest for the coming week's meal ideas.  I know I'll be prepping my salads, meatballs (my son's new favorite - "Mom, these are better than the one's you buy at the store!" he's sort of naturally Paleo, doesn't like bread products or dairy), mayo, and probably a soup.     
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    jeslight reacted to michaela in The "Return of the Dirty Thirty" 12 January start date   
    Catching up on posts. Wishing much love to those of you who have lost someone recently.
     
     Must say, I love these date posts! Made me giggle.
     
    IDK why, but I am having a tough time waking up in the morning- been hitting snooze multiple times or just turning off my alarm and letting myself sleep in. Energy is perfectly fine during the day, so that's great. Just wondering if maybe I am needing more fat or protein during the day. I guess I shouldn't compare this experience to my other Whole30's but I don't recall sleeping so much  
    Yesterday I made the best guacalmole of my life! I wanted to swim in it, to be honest.
     
    Be well!
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    jeslight reacted to tulipgirl6 in The "Return of the Dirty Thirty" 12 January start date   
    Miki, so sorry for your loss;  just trying to catch up on everyone's posts;
     
    Ducks, good luck with the surgery;
     
    Jess; can you make some mayo for me too?  I totally botched mine up but will try again;
     
    NannyD; way to go on the 5K!
     
    Ok back to reading everyone's posts; I have to say I'm breaking out, it's either the nuts - which kind?  who knows? or coconuts? my skin does NOT look good and I think I'm fatter, er, more fat than the day I started.  I am eating 3 template meals;  I think i will check out that food logging section ladyshanny mentioned.  
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    jeslight got a reaction from NannyD in The "Return of the Dirty Thirty" 12 January start date   
    Yay for homemade mayo! Y'all were right about the immersion blender! What a difference! Found this tutorial online:
    http://thehealthyfoodie.com/fail-proof-home-made-paleo-mayo-whole30-compliant/
    And doubled the recipe and it took less than two minutes, start to finish! Blended for about 30 seconds! Beautiful, great tasting mayo, no need to slow drip the oil, no need to have the egg room temperature. The hardest part was finding a jar with a big enough mouth on it... wound up in a glass jar clearly labeled "SUGAR" which I find more than a little amusing  
     
    I do believe I have a new favorite kitchen tool! 
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    jeslight reacted to Geminimik in The "Return of the Dirty Thirty" 12 January start date   
    Love the Trout Meadow and the message. For me the mental release of "battling food" would be such a blessing for the second half of my life. I'm feeling the freedom, getting the tugs on my line and looking forward to reeling in the true beauty and meaning of the rainbow trout.
     
    Jesslight, I got a beautiful blue mason jar at Cost Plus World imports. Immersion Blender is the way to go!
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    jeslight got a reaction from NannyD in The "Return of the Dirty Thirty" 12 January start date   
    Yay for homemade mayo! Y'all were right about the immersion blender! What a difference! Found this tutorial online:
    http://thehealthyfoodie.com/fail-proof-home-made-paleo-mayo-whole30-compliant/
    And doubled the recipe and it took less than two minutes, start to finish! Blended for about 30 seconds! Beautiful, great tasting mayo, no need to slow drip the oil, no need to have the egg room temperature. The hardest part was finding a jar with a big enough mouth on it... wound up in a glass jar clearly labeled "SUGAR" which I find more than a little amusing  
     
    I do believe I have a new favorite kitchen tool! 
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    jeslight got a reaction from NannyD in The "Return of the Dirty Thirty" 12 January start date   
    Yay for homemade mayo! Y'all were right about the immersion blender! What a difference! Found this tutorial online:
    http://thehealthyfoodie.com/fail-proof-home-made-paleo-mayo-whole30-compliant/
    And doubled the recipe and it took less than two minutes, start to finish! Blended for about 30 seconds! Beautiful, great tasting mayo, no need to slow drip the oil, no need to have the egg room temperature. The hardest part was finding a jar with a big enough mouth on it... wound up in a glass jar clearly labeled "SUGAR" which I find more than a little amusing  
     
    I do believe I have a new favorite kitchen tool! 
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    jeslight got a reaction from NannyD in The "Return of the Dirty Thirty" 12 January start date   
    Yay for homemade mayo! Y'all were right about the immersion blender! What a difference! Found this tutorial online:
    http://thehealthyfoodie.com/fail-proof-home-made-paleo-mayo-whole30-compliant/
    And doubled the recipe and it took less than two minutes, start to finish! Blended for about 30 seconds! Beautiful, great tasting mayo, no need to slow drip the oil, no need to have the egg room temperature. The hardest part was finding a jar with a big enough mouth on it... wound up in a glass jar clearly labeled "SUGAR" which I find more than a little amusing  
     
    I do believe I have a new favorite kitchen tool!