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    JennyH got a reaction from Amosmax in Ovulation, FSH and LH levels   
    Hi there
    To be honest I haven't read any scientific studies/evidence regarding the effect of Whole30/Paleo type eating on fertility and hormone levels though I would be very interested myself! I have struggled with amennorhea in the past (due to poor dietary habits and hypothyroidism at the time.) I took myself off the pill over two years ago to work my way back to a pretty normal cycle. I say pretty because my period comes every 30 days like clockwork but I have had spotting throughout my cycle for the last ~7 months which was not typical in my younger years. I am very interested to see how the Whole30 way of eating effects the spotting and my ability to ovulate and conceive (my husband and I are going to start trying very soon.) I may start a thread in the Ladies Only forum once I have something to share about my own experience. So far the Whole 30 way of eating has been extremely helpful in helping my body heal from too much activity (until recently I worked full time in fitness) terrible IBS-D and other smaller issues. I think it will be helpful to you as well. Let us know how things are going!
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    JennyH got a reaction from maggief in Striving for optimum health...   
    Alright let's see how recapping at night goes - two days to cover...
    Sunday Oct 23, Day #23
    Breakfast: 2 egg + banana + lots of spinach pancake topped with pumpkin, cooked strawberries, coconut milk, bacon and spcies. Coffee and coconut milk on the side. Great fuel for...
    20 mile bike ride
    Lunch: Sweet potato 'bread', smoked salmon, avocado, cooked red cabbage, romaine, pico de gallo - not as filling after bike ride as I would have hoped so I was tired and hungry for...
    Snack: Big portion (2x the usual) of cashews, raisins, and unsw chocolate (and a long nap!)
    Dinner: Sausage, avocado, pico de gallo, sweet potato bread, green salad
    PM snack: fruit 'cobbler'
    Monday October 22nd
    Breakfast:2 egg + banana + lots of spinach pancake topped with pumpkin, cooked strawberries, coconut milk, bacon and spcies. Coffee and coconut milk on the side. (Overall a little too much and felt uncomfortably full)
    45 min walk with pup
    Lunch: Green Salad, avocado, sardines, sweet potato 'bread', pico de gallo (nice lighter meal since I was still a little full from breakfast even though it was 7 hours later!)
    Snack: Cashews, raisins, unsweetened choc
    30 min strength circuit type workout
    Dinner: Mashed sweet potatoes with coconut milk, pork chop, cooked red cabbage (Filling but not stuffed, much better!)
    *May have a bit of nuts, raisins, and unsw choc this evening
    Nothing too different going on observation wise just still feeling great overall. Am doing much better with eating nice filling meals I just need to not overdue it to point of being uncomfortable - the possibility of snacking is better than that!
    Didn't love being tired and overly hungry from my bike ride yesterday. Really like a nice balanced approach to activity - I know, not earth breaking news for most but for me I'm so loving not HAVING to be active to make a living!
    Hope all is well with everyone!
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    JennyH got a reaction from birthdance in Grace's Log: My First Whole30 from Oct 1st   
    Definitely adjust the meal and snack guidelines as needed to fit your body, your needs and your baby's needs. Only you can determine what's best for you. Keep up the awesome work!
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    JennyH got a reaction from birthdance in Grace's Log: My First Whole30 from Oct 1st   
    Definitely adjust the meal and snack guidelines as needed to fit your body, your needs and your baby's needs. Only you can determine what's best for you. Keep up the awesome work!
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    JennyH got a reaction from maggief in Maggie's Whole30   
    Love the look of your eats Maggie and the fact that you're getting the all important rest day and 8+ hours of sleep in. Awesome job!
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    JennyH reacted to maggief in Maggie's Whole30   
    DAY 52:
    Sleep: 8.5 hours
    What I ate:
    Meal 1: omelet with 4 eggs, swiss chard and ghee, grape tomatoes, peppermint tea
    Meal 2: tuna-broccoli salad with homemade mayo, mustard and balsamic vinegar, roasted butternut squash, grape tomatoes
    Snack: baby carrots with guacamole and salsa
    Meal 3: pork shoulder roast (new recipe here) with bok choy
    1.931 calories, 111.1g fat (51%), 101.3g carbs (19%), 139.8g protein (30%)
    Rest day, walking
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    JennyH got a reaction from GFgirl in Striving for optimum health...   
    Thanks so much for the check in Amy! It has been long time no blog huh! Well fortunately it's not because anything is wrong, in fact everything is going wonderfully. You would think that with not having had full time hours this week that I would have found time to check in but alas.
    Anywho, I'm not going to be able to remember exactly all my meals from the last 4 days Oct 17-20 and Whole 30 days 17-20 but they've all been Whole30 and I'm feeling great. Here's a summary of eats, activity, and observations...
    Breakfasts: have all some form of pumpkin + 2 eggs + spinach or banana + 2 eggs + spinach pancakes topped with pumpkin and/or figs and coconut milk. A couple of days I added some bacon and always had coffee with coconut milk on the side. Monday-Friday I eat breakfast around 6:30am and then lunch at 1:30 so I'm loving these satiating breakfasts! I do keep a little bag of nuts and raisins with me at work but haven't needed them with these wonderfully filling morning meals.
    Beverages: I've always chugged a pint glass full of water (with my thyroid meds) as soon as I wake up in the morning. Since starting Whole30 I've been adding a tbsp or two of raw apple cider vinegar as well - for the probiotics and alkalinizing effect. I'm enjoying it so much that I've started drinking vinegar water when I do my strength circuit workouts at home as well. Also making sure to drink my bottle of water throughout my morning at work in addition to sipping coffee. Maple Ceylon tea with coconut milk plus more water in the late afternoon is my new favorite way to unwind.
    Lunches: Either leftover homemade slowcooked pork chop and root veggie stew or a combination of green salad, avocado, meat/fish, and squash or sweet potato. The pork chops are soo delicious and wonderfully filling - making some more this week!
    Dinners: Usually some form of meat and root veggie stew with home cooked red cabbage - loving the cabbage as well so I picked up another. My favorite way to cook it is to slice it, put it in a big pot with about 1/4 ACV, 1/2 cup water, little sea salt, and a couple handfuls of raisins. Cook it on medium high for 20 to 30 minutes or until slightly tender - not too tender though. So delicious as cold leftovers as well.
    First meal out: Met up with a friend of mine I haven't seen in a while for dinner at a little Thai restaurant on Friday evening. Thai menus make it pretty easy to chose something Whole30 compliant so I got the duck with veggies. No rice of course but to be honest I don't usually get any with asian cuisine. There was a light (not goopy) sauce on it which I didn't even think about beforehand that likely had some soy in some form or another but I wasn't/am not worried about it. I'm not worried about perfection just health! Very enjoyable all around.
    Snacks: Haven't been needing any morning snacks and rarely need an afternoon snack. When I do it's a big local apple or nuts and raisins. Evening snack is either fruit 'cobbler' or the nuts, raisins, and unsweetened chocolate combo.
    Workouts: Each weekday I've been doing a 20-45 min walk with my pup after breakfast/before work. Then in the afternoon either strength training or running for ~ 30 minutes. Am going to do a bike ride with my mom today and likely a morning walk + pm strength combo tomorrow. I like getting ~60 minutes of activity total in most days (since my job is sedentary) but like to keep the more intense stuff to 30 minutes max. It's good for me to have both goals to strive for and limits to keep me healthy and happy.
    Energy/Health: Feeling quite awesome overall! After the last several months of near total exhaustion, I was worried I would never say that! Obviously cutting back on exercise (which I was doing a ton of for my fitness job) played a big role in my feeling better, I would never feel as good as I do without Whole30. The Whole 30/Whole9 way of eating is the only thing that has gotten rid of my terrible IBS-D symptoms. I've been mentally/emotionally excited to start a family for a long time but it wasn't until very recently that I've felt physically well enough to do so - yey! I also think that the new way of eating will be extremely helpful in the success of our trying to conceive (when we do).
    Well gotta run - hope everyone is having a great weekend. Will try to be better about posting this week - I'm in for at least 45 days if not much longer!
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    JennyH reacted to maggief in Striving for optimum health...   
    Congrats on the new job!!!
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    JennyH reacted to GFgirl in Striving for optimum health...   
    How are you doing Jenny? Hope the new job and your whole30 are going well for you! We can do this!!!
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    JennyH got a reaction from maggief in Striving for optimum health...   
    Well that was a lovely first day of training for the new job. Lovely woman who is letting me shadow her and I learn what I will be doing, great schedule, great environment, and meaningful health/medical work with patient interaction. Can't ask for much more.
    Back to yesterday Day 14, Oct 14th - wow almost halfway (well kinda, I'm going to do at least 45 days)
    Breakfast: 2 egg + spinach + leftover acorn squash pancake (worked okay since I was out of pumpkin) topped with lots of figs and coconut milk. Coffee and coconut milk for sipping.
    Strength Workout: 7 min warm up + as many reps as I could do in 23 minutes of Mark Sisson's 500 rep challenge of push ups, (modified) hand stand push ups, planks, lunges, pull ups. I think I got to around 350 or so with the reps evenly split between the exercises. Good workout for endurance.
    Lunch: BIG BOWL of bibb lettuce, roasted acorn squash, asparagus, shrimp, tomato sauce, avocado, coconut milk. Guess the strength workout got my appetite fired up because I needed a mixing bowl in order to fit everything in. Was satiating though not uncomfortably filling which was nice.
    Afternoon Snack: cooked apple and cashews
    60 min leisurely walk
    Dinner: Big bowl of chicken and root veg soup with sauerkraut - very filling
    PM snack: homemade unsweeted fruit cobbler with coconut milk (didn't really need this was definitely more a habit thing I think)
    Am overall feeling really good - finally! Took Saturday and Sunday as easy as possible - some walking, couple long hot showers, fun with family, and just tried to relax. Think it worked. I do think eating this way is simply evening out my mood a bit and making me listen to my body more - love that aspect of it.
    Looking forward to a nice power flow yoga class tonight - though I'm not much of an evening exerciser so we'll see!
    PS I brewed up some Canadian maple ceylon tea that we bought in Stowe, VT and then added coconut milk. The combination of the two is simply to die for. If you can ever get your hands on some do it!
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    JennyH got a reaction from maggief in Striving for optimum health...   
    Hello everyone and Happy Saturday! Everything went well yesterday with my interview and was actually offered the job (which I accepted) at the end. So I start training on Monday interspersed with finishing up my Tuesday morning commitments at my old job (which I'll still do a bit of in the evenings.) Really am encouraged by the great attitudes by everyone I met - from people in my position up to the Senior VP's. A little nervous as always to learn the new procedures and computer programs that are essential to my work but that's normal. Also looking forward to meeting the medical professional I'll be supporting because it'll just be the two of us once I am trained!
    Thanks to everyone for the well wishes and encouraging vibes sent my way!
    Day 12/Oct 12th Recap...
    Breakfast: 2 Egg + pumpkin + lots of spinach pancake topped with more pumpkin, figs, coconut milk and bacon. (The bacon was SO helpful in keeping my tummy from rumbling until 1pm without a morning snack!) Coffee + coconut milk.
    30 min walk with my pup
    Lunch: Salmon, avocado, green salad, lots pico de gallo, tomatoes, onions, coconut milk, and almond sweet potato 'bread' (my mom made fresh)
    60 min walk with my mom and our pups
    Dinner: Always seem to crave breakfast for dinner on Fridays oddly enough so I had the same pancake I had this morning just without bacon and coffee. Wasn't quite as filling as I thought it would be so I cooked up some strawberries in Ghee soon after.
    PM Snack: unsw choc, cashews, raisins
    Throat is sore again! Though I don't think it's because I have a cold or flu, I think it's the change in weather and having gotten outside in the wind the last couple days. Am trying to figure out if anything I'm eating is the problem as well. Nothing new has entered the picture. Hmmm...
    So glad I am well into this program before starting my new job! Would have been really tough to train with how I was feeling last week...
    Will be great to keep eating this way and not need so many snacks since it's hard to eat while working (lots of patient interaction).
    (Women's Health/Cycle Note-feel free to SKIP!)
    My period started yesterday without the typically very painful cramps that are so common to me. I'll be very curious to see how it affects my spotting issues (that I think are caused by my hypothyroidism).
    Think that's all for now. Looking forward to a great weekend and I hope you all have a great one as well!
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    JennyH got a reaction from maggief in Maggie's Whole30   
    What fun! Blogging really is an awesome project.
    Your workout looks like a killer combo . Keep up the awesome work Maggie!
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    JennyH reacted to GFgirl in Striving for optimum health...   
    Congrats on your new job! Stay strong with the eats!!!
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    JennyH got a reaction from Cheryl Epp Colgan in Cheryl's first Whole30 - 10/9 Start   
    Welcome! That coffee creamer does sound nice. I have to say I'm all about the coconut cream in coffee just as is - the thick portion of canned coconut milk. You can also whip it up to make it like whipped cream. Okay can it be morning coffee time again yet?
    Keep up the awesome work!
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    JennyH reacted to Derval in Striving for optimum health...   
    Congrats on the new job!
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    JennyH got a reaction from Natalie.s.a in This time I'll make it - W30+restart   
    I second the best wishes and think your decision to cut out a food (temporarily) that you're overdoing is a great one. You can do!
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    JennyH got a reaction from maggief in Maggie's Whole30   
    Harper's Ferry is beautiful, you're going to have an awesome time! Kudos for getting such an awesome workout in before the weekend.
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    JennyH got a reaction from Derval in Striving for optimum health...   
    Thanks so much Derval and Ginty! I really appreciate it!
    Going to quickly recap yesterday as I have an iron waiting to smooth out my clothes and a pup that needs a walk before heading out for the big meeting. It's taking place about 70 minutes away but I want to leave lots of extra time. Guess I'll be listening to a lot of NPR debate recaps?
    Day 11/ Oct 11th Eats and Activity
    Breakfast: 2 Eggs, Spinach, Pumpkin, and spices pancake topped with pumpking, figs, 2 bacon slices and coconut milk. Coffee with coconut milk. The bacon was really helpful in keeping me satiated and fueling for a....
    24 mile bike ride
    Lunch: Coconut water, green salad, salmon, avocado, 1 slice coconut bread, pico de gallo
    Afternoon snack: actually did something different! Big apple cooked in coconut milk - really good and satisfying
    Dinner: Pork and root veggie stew with ground beef instead of pork since it was all eaten up. Lots of spinach wilted in.
    PM snack: Cashews, raisins, unsw choc with a bit of of coconut milk and tea
    Overall feeling good - wish the throat clearing/phlegmyness would stop though - yes that's a word!
    Alright off I go - thanks for all the well wishes!
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    JennyH reacted to maggief in Striving for optimum health...   
    I totally relate to this! I'm so glad to hear you got past that funk and are feeling better
    Btw I love that you put turmeric in your eggs! I've noticed that it's a spice a lot of people are nervous about using because you don't see it that often. I put it in everything tho, meat, veggies, egg bakes. Mark Sisson has a recipe for turmeric "tea" that is very intriguing...
    I hope the job interview went well! Keep up the great work!
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    JennyH reacted to Derval in Striving for optimum health...   
    Good luck at next interview, knock their socks off!
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    JennyH reacted to GintyGirl in Striving for optimum health...   
    Ditto! I totally understand the amount of stress a job search can put on you. I was in that boat just a few months back. Here's hoping you find a good one soon!
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    JennyH got a reaction from GintyGirl in Ready to Rock It! - GintyGirl's First Whole30   
    So glad you're feeling so good! Keep up the awesome work!
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    JennyH got a reaction from maggief in Striving for optimum health...   
    Hi Maggie!
    Thanks so much for the well wishes. The interview did go well, it was actually only 15 minutes and turned out to be a first round one. But since it went well I am through to the second (and I believe final) round tomorrow morning and am meeting with the company's VP and head of HR. Just emailed my hair salon to see if they can squeeze me in for an appointment today to freshen up my highlights and I've got some serious outfit decisions to make. I generally wear athletic clothes all day every day since I work in fitness so I'm totall y lost in this department!
    Anywho on to tomorrow's recap Day 10/Oct 10th
    Meals and Activity:
    Breakfast: Spinach, banana, 2 egg, turmeric, apple spice pancake topped with pumpkin, strawberries and coconut milk. Coffee + coconut milk also.
    30 min walk with my pup
    AM Snack of 1/4 cup cashews and raisins on the way home from my interview so I'd be energized for a little workout
    20 minute total workout: 5 min warm upMark Sisson's Unilateral Engagement strength workout which took about 15 minutes. Really loved this one. Stretched and cooled down afterward.
    Lunch: Pork and Root Veggie stew, 1 small piece coconut 'bread' + little Saurkraut and lots of fresh spinach wilted in the broth. Filling as usual.
    PM Snack of 1/4 cup cashews and raisins
    45 minute walk with pup in pouring rain - actually super fun to get drenched!
    Dinner: Green salad with avocado, grassfed beef burger, spaghetti squash, pico de gallo, little olive oil
    Late PM snack: Cashews, raisins, unsw dark chocolate mixed with coconut cream. Seriously awesome mix. Will finally need to change up my snacks since I'm almost out of cashews which is probably a very good thing!
    Quick observations in the last couple days...
    *Overall feeling quite good. Cold's finally gone with the exception of a bit of congestion and my energy levels are good. Not outstanding but good.
    *Digestion still doing well which is simply awesome.
    *Mood is quite stable - although it definitely helps to have great possibilities on the job front!
    *LOVE chewing the fat. Literally I love all of the fat I'm eating on this diet I think it's great for me. I have no idea how my weight may have fluctuated, though it doesn't seem to have changed much at all. What has changed is that my stomach is flatter because I'm less bloated and my skin is smoother and less dry. And I'm just feeling better overall - WIN! Love coconut milk more than I ever thought I would and well I've always loved bacon.
    *Was having an easier time not snacking as much in the beginning but I actually like having one or two per day when I need them as opposed to doing the more structured pre and post workout meals. Especially because I'm spreading my activity throughout the day. Do need to mix up what I'm snacking on though!
    *Loving doing a different structure of workouts - kind of like that suggested my Mark Sisson - lots of low intensity stuff like walking and then some short and concise strength workouts. Will add in a 'sprinting' type workout once a week when/if I'm feeling ready for it. Was sad to miss my fav yoga class yesterday due to the job interview. Hope I can keep one in my schedule IF I get the job! (Totally jinxing myself here...)
    Off for a bike ride in the beautiful fall weather with my mom. Hope everyone's having a great day!
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    JennyH got a reaction from maggief in Maggie's Whole30   
    They are the cutest aren't they! It's definitely an eye-opening experience to work with them and see what the do and don't know re the basics of nutrition and get a little insight into their home lives. I remember one coming in with a huge bandage on his face and when I asked him what happened he said a kid in his apartment building cut him. All I kept thinking was, this is someone he's going to keep seeing day after day!
    Hope your week is going well - keep up the great work! I grew up just outside of DC in MD so it's always fun to hear about the area and goings on.
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    JennyH got a reaction from maggief in Striving for optimum health...   
    Hey everyone,
    Not gonna lie, yesterday was tough motivation wise. Just in a funk, especially with my cold and having had to cancel our weekend camping/hiking plans. But I got through it and hopefully will continue to improve with my food choices (after having overdone the coconut 'bread' yesterday).
    Do feel better this morning cold symptom and fatigue wise so that's a definite plus and mood booster. Wise I hadn't woken up at 5am unnecessarily but I guess that means I'm well rested.
    Although I already shared breakfast from yesterday (Day 7) I'll do it again with my other eats...
    Breakfast: 2 small slices coconut 'bread', eggs, 2 slices bacon, strawberries
    Lunch: grass fed ground beef, roasted acorn squash, olive oil, and a big salad (lettuce, spinach, broc, carrots, onions, avocado) to be honest the salad was a bit much in terms of quantity and I didn't really enjoy it at all which was weird. Maybe the weather is making me want more cooked veg?
    Afternoon snack: nuts and raisins
    Dinner: Homemade beef and greens chili with 'coconut bread' and coconut milk. (Yes I had the bread again - will address below)
    PM snack: nuts and raisins
    Workout: definitely wanted to get moving again yesterday in a sweaty but not too taxing way. So I did a 40 min mix 1 min intervals of light weights and cardio type moves at home - with a minute rest every 10 minutes.
    Okay so here's the situation, which I think many others can relate to. When you get down on yourself for making a mistake, you then think - what's the point in even trying? I definitely felt like that yesterday. (I'm also on the job hunt so I'm also having that weighing on me.)
    Also I am NOT a big fan of restriction. I'm fully recovered from and ED and with that recovery comes a solidly held feeling of NEVER wanting to keep myself from enjoying food and putting unnecessary restrictions on myself. With that being said, I have to remind myself that I AM doing this for a very important reason or actually several reasons. I listed them in my first post but the most important, overarching one is to improve my health. I shouldn't be getting colds/sinus infections/flus/etc. every month, I shouldn't be going to the bathroom 5 times a morning in a rushed way (thankfully this is much improved with Whole30), I shouldn't feel as tired as I do, and I shouldn't be snacking as often as I do (at least not as soon after meals and I tended to before Whole30).
    I am doing this for very important reasons and clearly from my improvement in GI symptoms, it's doing great things for my body. I need to appreciate this and be respectful to by body and commit myself to this challenge. I don't need to be perfect but I certainly can try harder.
    Okay rant to self over. I needed that!
    Today's started off pretty well with some egg and pumpkin pancakes topped with a more pumpkin and coconut milk + coffee. Looking forward to going shopping for food today at the local farm to get some delicious, well-raised foods and see the piglets that are still nursing from their sow momma!
    Kinda wish that my husband was doing this challenge as well (he likes to limit meat and eat lots of veggies plus legumes and grains) but fortunately he's overall very supportive because he knows I'm not in the healthy state I should be as a 29 year old. I'm also so lucky to have such a supportive mom who I spend a lot of time with (who doesn't really eat meat herself but is happy to fix it for me when I join her for meals). I have a lot to be thankful for!
    I'm already enjoying being back on track and I intend to keep it that way, even if I have to write post my reasons on the fridge! Hey that's not a bad idea..