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  1. decker_bear

    Shawna's First Whole 30

    Heck yes!! Maybe not weight, per se, but of course they can lose swelling and bloating just like any other part of your body. I've had a few days when I felt like I was getting cankles so, yeah, it can totally be a thing. It's funny you mention that, I noticed that a pair of my shoes I hadn't worn in a week felt looser today, too. Go you!!
  2. I was a W30 pro back in the day ... and now it's time to do it again. My relationship with food has become COMPLETELY unhealthy. I adhere strictly to what is considered "healthy" by some during the day, and then go completely off the rails at night. Hard day at work? Bake cookies. Hungry for dinner but no energy to cook? Postmates will deliver. I even got the Postmates Unlimited membership I was using it so much. I started buying white flour in bulk to make cookies, breads, you name it. But then I get down on myself because I'm becoming more and more dissatisfied with my health and start looking for the next big promise to turn things around. I've been on Keto, Weight Watchers, My Fitness Pal, you name it - and all I've done is succeeded in sabotaging my relationship with food and become unhappy with my body. It's time to change, and I KNOW from past experience that Whole30 has the tools to get me back where I want to be. For this round of W30 I'm going to ease in to it for a couple of reasons. One, I have some non-compliant perishable food I want to finish before jumping in. Two, my youngest son is moving out this weekend and our schedule is going to be a little unpredictable for the next few days. Three, when I did past W30s, the terrible side effects, particularly Kill All The Things, was less severe when I eased into it. Today is day one of easing in, and I am setting my official start date as Monday, September 7. That will give me some time to adapt my eating habits and make sure I'm fully stocked on my favorite Whole30 goodies. PreW30 - Day 1 (not W30 compliant) - Tuesday Breakfast: Zucchini fritters (eggs, 1/2 banana, zucchini, flax seeds, coconut flour); coffee with fat-free half & half Lunch: Zoodles, chicken tender marinated in J's Szechuan sauce, jarred pasta sauce Snack: roasted almonds, crio bru with coconut oil Dinner:
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    My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...

    Day 15 ... if my math is right If it really is Day 15, that means I'm halfway through. I think it's also supposed to mean Tiger's Blood - if not now, then shortly! I feel like I got it right around the midway point in the past, but it's also been a few years. Today I did really well staying on track. For breakfast I had a leftover chicken sausage, some sweet potatoes and some asparagus. I slathered the asparagus with a little homemade mayo and a fresh lemon wedge. And, of course, I had some coffee with coconut oil. I think I went a bit light on the grub because I did get hungry a little sooner than usual. For lunch I had some leftover taco meat on top of zoodles, topped with some cashew sauce and diced tomatoes. I also had more sweet potatoes (which, if I'm being honest, is probably my favorite food these days). I felt good for quite a while after lunch. I ended up leaving around 4:00 to go up to the vet in Park City to pick up a new prescription for one of the doggos, and the pups kept me pretty busy even after we got home. Ulli is not feeling well and she needs so much attention right now. It's really sad. Anyway, I didn't end up eating dinner until around 7, but I felt good until then. I had some leftover pork loin, sweet and red potatoes I had made with the pork loin, and I steamed some broccoli I topped with ghee and fresh lemon. It just dawned on me right now that I had sweet potatoes at every single meal today. I should probably diversify a little. Instead of the usual hour, it took over two hours to finish dinner because I was tending to Ulli. NSV: I got some extra veg prepped up and ready to go.
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    My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...

    YESSS!! It's so true. Funny, I got hooked on gummy bears because of a personal trainer. I was in the best shape of my LIFE, I had finished several rounds at a Boot Camp and was transitioning to more workout stuff on my own, so I hired a personal trainer at the gym. I would go first thing in the morning before work and he used to get on me for working out on an empty stomach. I really couldn't eat much or I would get nauseous when I was working out. He suggested a handful of gummy bears, like 10 at the most, just to get something in me. I remember him saying, "I cannot recommend this to most of my clients." Well, here I am almost 10 years later with a substantial gummy bear addiction.
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    My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...

    Day 14 - Continued ... It's football day, which usually means Doritos, chicken wings, beer and other snacky foods (which for me means gummy bears). Naturally MOST of these things I can't have on a Whole30. I also want to break my habit of mindless hand to mouth eating, even if it is of "healthy" foods. Even so, the finger foods were appealing to me. I made chicken wings in the air fryer and served it with sliced carrots and cucumbers. I was originally going to have almonds as my fat, but I decided I wanted to "dip" my carrots. I thought I had some cashew sauce left, but since I couldn't find any, I settled for almond butter instead. To help with the hand-to-mouth thing I ate deliberately and put it away when I was done eating. Lunch was admittedly a little light so I think I got hungry a little earlier than normal. I ate again at 430, which is a bit early for dinner but kind of late for a snack. I had some leftover pork loin, sweet potatoes, the rest of the cucumbers from lunch, and the cashew sauce (which, as it turns out, WAS in the fridge). I also had some Crio Bru.
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    Pumpkin Breakfast Bowl

    You're doing awesome! I would also comment that for Whole30 nuts and seeds shouldn't count as a protein. Nuts particularly will count as a fat, and things like chia seeds you want to limit. But yeah, you got it. I'm glad the pumpkin is filling, though, that's great news! Here's the official word from the "Can I have...?" Guide: Chia: Yes These “seeds” aren’t the same botanical family of seeds that we eliminate with grains and legumes, so that makes them fine to eat during your Whole30. Tip: Chia isn’t likely to cause you any serious trouble, but it’s not the omega-3 super-food it’s made out to be, either. We explain why in It Starts With Food, but in summary, chia should be treated like any other nut and consumed in limited quantities.
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    Vegetable paste/concentrate

    It's been a couple of months since you posted this, but I just saw it so I'll respond anyway. I've never worked with a paste so I can't say for sure, but one time I tried to make bone broth and I let it go too long and ended up with this "goo" type stuff. My chef friend said it had a name and was actually very widely used in the chef world because it was so delicious. It kind of ended up being like chicken jelly. Maybe this would be a sub for the paste you've been trying to find? I can't remember the name for the life of me, but basically it ended up being bone broth that had the extra skins and bones and everything and then just really cooked down.
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    The Seduction of LadyM Returns

    YESSSS!! I shall zoodle my little heart out today!
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    My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...

    This is why I need you, to state the obvious! I seriously didn't even think of that. Thank you my dear!
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    Pumpkin Breakfast Bowl

    I have been thinking that very same thing lately! There's nothing to say you can't make a "bowl," but maybe be a bit more deliberate about following the template. It can also help to stop thinking in terms of breakfast, lunch, and dinner - think in terms of Meal 1, Meal 2 and Meal 3. Just because it's the first meal of the day that dodesn't mean you can't eat sweet potato and turkey chili, or chicken with cashew sauce over veggies, or any other creative combination you can come up with. One bowl that comes to mind is chunks of cooked squash or sweet potato, some zucchini (or asparagus or mushrooms or whatever you like), then add some chopped chicken and top the lot off with a cashew sauce. You could even sprinkle with some chopped almonds. That would give Meal 1 a different vibe while still meeting the template.
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    My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...

    Day 14 So if yesterday was Day 13, that makes today Day 14. At some point I will go back and count, but being only about halfway through right now the actual day doesn't make much difference. For dinner last night I didn't end up cooking at all. I had some hard boiled eggs, a couple more cuties (trying to eat them up before they go bad) and some almonds. I tried to get my son to take some cuties home with him yesterday but he didn't want them. I'll need to find balance between eating them at every meal and making sure they don't go bad. Now back to today - breakfast: 4 eggs, a whole kumata tomato sliced with salt, butternut squash and a cutie (just one, LOL). I also had coffee with coconut oil. NSV: I slept VERY well last night. I went to bed early, the pups laid down easily, and I was out until morning.
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    Shawna's First Whole 30

    Giving up nicotine is SO HARD! Good for you! I weaned off the same way, cigarettes to a vape and then lowered the nicotine. I vaped a non-nicotine for months because it was so hard to give up the habit. I finally had to give it up when my rent went up and my ex paid off his child support arrears all at the same time. I can only imagine how hard it would be doing it in the midst of a W30. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!
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    The Seduction of LadyM Returns

    A W105 seems so daunting, but you're doing great. 20 days in is no joke! I've loved cheering you on through your journey. Support is huge. I get addicted to this forum sometimes. I love your idea for prepping the zoodles. It's a lot easier to just add them to a dish than to zoodle them, salt them, wait for them to drain, dry them and THEN eat them.
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    My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...

    You're not wrong! I knew it, too. Yesterday it felt like a victory just sitting down with compliant food. Today I'm going to try to get some veggies prepped. That was the other challenge yesterday - I didn't have any veggies prepped and ready to go. It's a lot easier to eat your veggies when all you have to do is put them on a plate and heat them up.
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    The Seduction of LadyM Returns

    Oh my goodness, I would love this recipe!
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    Shawna's First Whole 30

    That is so interesting! I've tried and tried and tried to like bell peppers. I feel like I SHOULD like them, yet when I make them, even fresh out of the garden, I don't like them. I'm going to try roasting them and see how that works out! Thanks for the idea! PS you're killing it, keep it up! I love all the NSVs you're seeing already!
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    My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...

    Day 13 - I think??? I can't seem to keep the days straight anymore. This whole adopting dog thing is NO JOKE. It takes SO MUCH TIME to do medicine and potty and walks. It's exponentially more difficult having 2 than it was with 1. The last few days haven't been easy schedule wise but I've done my best to stay on track. I haven't eaten anything non-compliant but I haven't necessarily hit the templates. Part of the problem is food boredom and part is just being too tired to care (and too tired to be able to face more dishes). I went grocery shopping this morning without a list - not usually the smartest idea. I ended up buying another bag of cuties thinking I was nearly out, so now I have way too many. I guess that will be my fruit for the next little bit. Breakfast - eggs, zucchini, asparagus and mushrooms, coffee with coconut oil Lunch - apple, almond butter, chicken breast Snack - cuties and coffee with coconut oil Dinner - I'm debating between chicken wings and a steak. NSV - I have taken the pups on 3 walks already today NSV#2 - I slept really well last night despite having a small chihuahua fighting me for space
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    Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...

    Such a good idea!! I save certain shows to watch on the treadmill. PS Your tuna salad sounds really yummy. I personally don't like tuna, but I bet it would make a really good egg salad. I need to make some more mayo and then I I think I'm gonna try it. Do you season it with anything?
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    My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...

    Day 10 (Day 1 of The Hardest Days) ... I am fortunate to say this has not been one of The Hardest Days and I am super grateful for that! I think part of that is due to having two adorable little rescue pups keeping me too busy to overthink this and also for my friends who are letting me coach them and for you nice people I interact regularly with here. A support group is huge! Breakfast - 4 eggs, zucchini and acorn squash, plus coffee with coconut oil. I've been using less coconut oil in my coffee so I added a few almonds. I had half a bottle of kombucha during a meeting. Lunch - chicken wings, plantains fried in coconut oil, baby cucumbers and cashew sauce. I finished breakfast in just under an hour. I'm going to keep aiming for 30 minutes. Lunch went down a little easier, and I think the primary reason is that I wanted to hurry up and get those finger foods down so I didn't have to keep washing my hands before I touched the computer. Insights: I haven't done a great job of drinking my water today.
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    Guess who's back? Back again, Schrodey's Back...

    GOOD FOR YOU!!!
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    My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...

    It's fun how different we all are! I eat SO MANY cold meals because I get distracted too easily!
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    My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...

    OH MY GOSH THIS SOUNDS EVEN EASIER!!! I am so excited. Ghee is coming off the shopping list and butter is going on. Just so I'm clear, the stuff left in the cheesecloth is the dairy solids and everything that strains through is the ghee, right? Do I need to refrigerate the ghee?
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    My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...

    I am literally laughing so hard right now!! "Oh, my dearest plate of eggs, how I love thee..."
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    My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...

    Day 9 I swear I'm stuck in some kind of time warp. I feel like I've been doing this forever, but not in a yucky burned out way, just more like "I swear it's been 6 months since I had a doughnut" kind of way. This is my first time doing it with Day by Day, and I have to say I really like it. Okay breakfast: 4 eggs, portabella mushroom and asparagus cooked in lemon-infused olive oil, 2 small plumcots, coffee with coconut oil x 3. Today I focused on making eating a priority and not getting distracted by work. I know the "rules" say to sit down with no distractions at a table set and enjoy the food you've just created. I'm not NEARLY focused enough to be able to do that. I'm ALWAYS multitasking no matter what it is, but by making breakfast a priority WHILE multitasking, I think that is going to be the best long term solution for me. I finished breakfast within 45 minutes of starting. Much better than 4 hours yesterday. Lunch - leftover spaghetti squash, chili, and brussels sprouts with cashalmshine sauce. I think I should patent that name, it's fun. Also, I don't like Brussels sprouts. I keep thinking I do, so I buy them, and I cook them, and I try to eat them. But I think I just need to accept that I don't like them and move on to another vegetable. It's not them, it's me. I'm feeling ... peckish today. Not hungry, not even munchy necessarily, more ... stir crazy. Like, I would totally kill a can of pringles or a bag of gummy bears, but it's not even necessarily what I want. I've been outside with the dogs a few times so it's not cabin fever. Maybe it's Day 9 angst. Update: it just dawned on me I was feeling this way because I got to bed late last night. Duh! I was up until midnight watching FOOTBALL!!
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    My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...

    No way!! I will have to try that. I was always reluctant because I thought it was like making brown butter and there was a 2 second window between done and burned. I'm totally trying this, that would make my life sooooo much easier! Thank you!