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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    I made it! I had dreams the last few nights I ate or drank non-compliant foods, but I made it!
    Results
    Scale : down 9.4lbs, about 3-4 inches all around, but about 1-1.5 inches in my waist and hips. All other areas (arms, calves, thighs were down less than half an inch). For comparison's I started at 181.2 and ended at 171.8. I'm 3 lbs away from not being overweight!
    I'm happy with those scale results. I know i wanted to see a double-digit loss, but I knew I wouldn't have had the water weight/bloating going into this as I would have if I had a traditional American diet where I had tons of inflammation. It was probably a bigger loss that I prepared myself for it to be. It's the lowest weight I've seen on the scale since February of 2017. I just looked up my weight history, that's longer ago than I was expecting. 
    Non-Scale victories : My skin is so so much better. I was expecting that. I'm happier. I'm more confident. I still have energy and excitement for the gym (although tiger blood is not what I'd call it). My clothes fit better, so I like my wardrobe more. 
     
    On to reintroduction. Day 1 of Reintro was Sunday. I'm adding back 1 category each week and otherwise eating compliant. This week is Dairy. I started my day with cheese on my breakfast quiche and heavy whipping cream in my coffee. I used to have cream and sweetener in my coffee. I'm not allowing sweeteners or sugar so I found the cream only in coffee disappointing tasting. So, in the future I may add sweetener to my coffee, but cream may not be value-added. By the end of breakfast my stomach was churning, I assume from the cream. Later in the day I had some vegetables with homemade ranch dressing (with buttermilk). For dinner I had a salad with cheese and ranch dressing. Overall my belly felt a little rumbly right after each meal and then that went away. I didn't notice much else yesterday. 
    Mini quiches is my standard breakfast. I meal-prepped them yesterday, dairy-style. They had shredded cheese and cream cheese in them. This morning was the first one I had with the cream cheese in over a month. Holy crap was it delicious. I didn't notice any ill-effects from it, so I'm optimistic shredded/hard cheeses are fine as well as cream cheese. Possibly it's the liquid dairy (HWC and Buttermilk) that might bother me more. 
    I did not weigh myself this morning and I think I'll do the weekly after each week of reintro. I typically do not lose any weight in a normal day unless I work out/sweat. Since I didn't work out yesterday I am certain I would have been up today and I didn't want my mind to dwell on blaming dairy or overeating.
    I think something I'm a bit concerned about is managing calories and/or the meal template. Cheese I can consider a fat and replace fat with cheese. As I add in other categories like grains and legumes I'm not quite sure what my plate should look like. As a person who does best on a low carb diet I'm a bit scared of those categories. Quite possibly I won't stay in the land of legumes that long because I'm not a huge fan of them. But, there are legumes I don't typically eat, so trying lentils seems exciting for me. For grains I'm looking forward to testing rice with intention. I love rice. I really have barely ate it for the past 7 years because of the carbs. So, when I have ate it I always get followed by guilt. I'm very much looking forward to this next month to not be about guilt but to be about experimenting with my body's reactions. If I gain weight this month, that's fine. But, maybe I do well with the healthier grains and I can stop being so scared of them.
    I assume my other posts will be shorter through reintro. Plan is dairy through next Saturday and then on to another category. For now the schedule has sweeteners. Depending on how this week goes I might change my mind and do grains or legumes instead. Just because I know sweeteners are bad, I just like them. Possibly not good to add them so early in reintroduction.
    Thanks for listening,
    Laura
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Reintro is going well. Not surprising, but liquid dairy is harder for me to digest it seems than hard dairy (cheeses). All I've had as far as dairy goes is shredded cheeses, cream cheese, ranch dressing (with buttermilk), heavy whipping cream, and blue cheese dressing. Although I haven't felt backed up at all, I think the soft dairy is shooting through my system. Day 1 I had HWC in my coffee for 1 cup and my stomach was in knots before I was even done. Yesterday I had a salad with lots of blue cheese dressing, like, LOTS. I definitely think I overate yesterday. I did have a lapse in willpower and weighed myself last night and this morning because I'm scared about calorie balance with the added dairy. The scale is up from Sunday AM about 1.5lbs. That doesn't really bother me much. I was expecting this week would be a guessing game. I don't really feel super bloated, but I don't feel the lightness I feel through a W30.
    I haven't noticed much change in my skin or energy through the day. For some reason I do think I'm sleeping better, though. That could be totally uncorrelated to the dairy, just an observation that my sleep seems better recently. 
    I believe I'm going to change up my reset schedule to introduce non-gluten grains next week. I originally was going to do sweeteners and that just feels silly to do before the end. Probably non-gluten grains, then gluten grains, then legumes, then on to sugar/sweeteners/alcohol in the final weeks. I'm probably going to start re-reading Food Freedom Forever before introducing the "bad" items. 
    The last several days I've had more fruit than I normally eat and darn if I don't love it. I need to remember that fruit is a satisfying and significantly more healthy sweet than a brownie or cookie. I just need to work on remembering that in the moment of being offers sweets.
    Thanks for listening,
    Laura
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Well, I was going to just run away from this log because I had some sizeable failures this weekend. I traveled to see family and fell hard. I had about 30 hours of off-plan eating, drinking, etc. I was strong for the first 24 hours of the visit and then caved. Today I am back on track. I'm going to return to W30 for at least 2 weeks to get my body some rest after what I put it through. 
    It is disheartening, but a weakness I know of myself. I really struggle to be around my family and eat well. I began a healthy lifestyle after moving away from them, so my life with them is not connected to health. Does that mean I need to turn this into giving up and continue it? No. It doesn't. In my normal life I have support and structure to continue to work towards my goals for me. 
    I know it is often discouraged to weigh when things like this happen, but to me it is helpful to see the insane bloating my body does when I put crap into it. I do so well with inflammation control when I eat clean. Even this first week being completely on plan yet eating dairy I gained 3lbs in 3 days. I was watching what I was eating, cutting other fats because I knew dairy has calories to consider. I gained 3 lbs in 3 days because my body does something with dairy in it. I may not necessarily feel awful (although some times I did). 
    This weekend I had beer, pizza, cupcakes, chicken strips, crab rangoon, french fries, and a frozen coffee with whipped cream. Ugh, I hated writing that out. I came home to being another 5 lbs heavier. I could feel my fingers are swollen. I think my face is greasy. I have a hummm of a headache in the background since this started. 
    Regrets? Yes and no. I'm most regretful that I didn't practice food freedom. I had a few items that I really missed, although I ate more of them than I needed. Pizza? I could have stopped with a slice, but didn't. I had two cupcakes and probably would have been satisfied with a bite. 
    As I sit here and acknowledge my issues I'm not terrified of Thanksgiving, which would be my next exposure. I have decided I will allow myself non-compliant foods but I intend to focus my willpower on portion control vs black and white. 
    So, back to my black and white for a bit. Get some rest, re-invigorate, and move on. Do my best to not beat myself up like a failure. Reintroduction is absolutely the hardest part of this program. 
    Thanks, everyone.
    Laura
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Well, it's the morning of Day 4. Day 3 was fine, I was just exhausted and went to bed very very early. It could have been due to detoxing or I just had a tiring day and needed a nap. I ate compliant yesterday, but I'm certain I overate. One of my goals from the Day by Day book was to be more mindful when I ate and I did not hit that goal. I went to Chipotle for lunch and ate my entire salad although I'm sure I was satisfied well before bowl scraping. For dinner I had some ground beef, avocado, and saute'd vegetables. I was stuffed when that was done. I also had some frozen fruit. 
    I was out and about doing errands and did get pretty hungry before my lunch. I knew I would not slip, but it was still distracting. 
    I slept good last night, though. That's my favorite aspect of the Whole30, I feel like it gets my sleep back in check. It probably helps that we're approaching fall and the nights are getting longer. I get the winter blues most years and I intend to fight that this year by fueling my body in a good way and having a fitness routine.
    NSV, but not really correlated to the Whole30, I bought spin shoes yesterday! I started a spin class a couple months ago and I really like it. I have wanted spin shoes, but they're expensive and I told myself I needed to prove I'll go to class before I could drop that kind of money on it (if spending money on fitness equipment made you fit I'd be on the Sports Illustrated cover). I've been searching the Facebook marketplace for a pair and found one near me. They fit and look almost brand new. I got a great deal and I'm very excited for spin class tonight!
    Today will be my first workout since starting. Right now I feel good. I've had a few light headed moments, so I'll probably have some broth this afternoon to make sure I'm getting enough sodium. This listening to my body thing is neat!
    Happy Monday, all!
    Laura
     
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Day 2 finishing up. Something I never thought about until this Whole30 is to start on the weekend. We have such a mindset to start on Monday or the 1st of the month. I started on a Friday. I work M-F. Weekends I’m usually pretty busy (I love to do lists). I think I do better with eating during the day on weekends because I’m busy. NIghtime is different because socialization can be hard. But, today was awesome. Cleaning, dog baths, errands, laundry, I didn’t have time to think about be deprived or hungry. 
    My NSV’s for the day were socialization. Today was a family community day in my subdivision. I considered not going because I knew there would be food trucks and temptation. And why go if you couldn’t drink? But, I wanted to support my community and went anyway. I had fun. I saw some neighbors and met some more. And the food trucks weren’t tempting because I knew it was a no, so I didn’t even go near them.
    I also went to a bonfire at a friend’s people had food, there were s’mores, and alcohol. I brought a sparkling water and was perfectly content chatting with everyone. I’m often prone to going on a socializing hiatus during a Whole30 and I don’t want to be that way. I need to learn to have fun without alcohol.
    Overall it was a good day. I did have a 4th meal. Maybe I misread hunger cues or maybe I didn’t have enough fat in my meals. 
    I am going through the Whole30 Day by Day book. My last round I did as well and it is so helpful. I want to pay more attention to how I feel this time. I think I did sleep well last night and I’m sure it wasn’t because of the cleaned up diet yet. I think it was a mindset. I’m feeling good about prioritizing myself and my health. I want to sleep better, and improve my confidence. I felt like I stood different today, not that anyone knows what I’m doing, but I do and I’m worth this effort. I’m sure it will get harder, but right now today I am feeling good.
    Good night. :)
    Laura 
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Day 1
    Hi.. wish me luck to keep up these posts.
    Today is day 1. I've done several Whole30's in the past, I would guess 3 successfully, maybe 4. I love the structure. I love the black and white. I need that. I need an easy no. Food Freedom sounds amazing, but I still struggle and each Whole30 helps me understand my strengths and weaknesses better. 
    I'm mostly back at this because I want to be in control again. Whole30's give me control. 
    I decided I was going to start this round when I ran out of my meal prepped breakfasts that had cheese in them. They ran out yesterday and I last night late I meal-prepped some compliant mini-quiches to ensure I started off well. But, otherwise I haven't prepared that well for this round.
    I have done one Whole30 since my boyfriend and I have been together and he was supportive. Now we live together and I will face my first Whole30 with someone else's food in the house. At this point I'm only loosely concerned about this, but there it is. Again, I like the black and white of the Whole30 program and I'm a rule-follower. I struggle normally staying away from his chips and bread and snacks, but I do think through a Whole30 I may miss it seeing it there, but seeing it won't be followed by an internal negotiation with myself and my ability to portion control. We just moved in together, so I thought starting out with a Whole30 would help me set a tone mentally for how I need to manage my nutrition in this environment. Overall I do a really bad job with eating when I socialize. I need to work on that. 
    Thanks for listening. Here's to the next 30 days!
    Laura
    Starting weight 181.2lbs
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from LadyM in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Well, I was going to just run away from this log because I had some sizeable failures this weekend. I traveled to see family and fell hard. I had about 30 hours of off-plan eating, drinking, etc. I was strong for the first 24 hours of the visit and then caved. Today I am back on track. I'm going to return to W30 for at least 2 weeks to get my body some rest after what I put it through. 
    It is disheartening, but a weakness I know of myself. I really struggle to be around my family and eat well. I began a healthy lifestyle after moving away from them, so my life with them is not connected to health. Does that mean I need to turn this into giving up and continue it? No. It doesn't. In my normal life I have support and structure to continue to work towards my goals for me. 
    I know it is often discouraged to weigh when things like this happen, but to me it is helpful to see the insane bloating my body does when I put crap into it. I do so well with inflammation control when I eat clean. Even this first week being completely on plan yet eating dairy I gained 3lbs in 3 days. I was watching what I was eating, cutting other fats because I knew dairy has calories to consider. I gained 3 lbs in 3 days because my body does something with dairy in it. I may not necessarily feel awful (although some times I did). 
    This weekend I had beer, pizza, cupcakes, chicken strips, crab rangoon, french fries, and a frozen coffee with whipped cream. Ugh, I hated writing that out. I came home to being another 5 lbs heavier. I could feel my fingers are swollen. I think my face is greasy. I have a hummm of a headache in the background since this started. 
    Regrets? Yes and no. I'm most regretful that I didn't practice food freedom. I had a few items that I really missed, although I ate more of them than I needed. Pizza? I could have stopped with a slice, but didn't. I had two cupcakes and probably would have been satisfied with a bite. 
    As I sit here and acknowledge my issues I'm not terrified of Thanksgiving, which would be my next exposure. I have decided I will allow myself non-compliant foods but I intend to focus my willpower on portion control vs black and white. 
    So, back to my black and white for a bit. Get some rest, re-invigorate, and move on. Do my best to not beat myself up like a failure. Reintroduction is absolutely the hardest part of this program. 
    Thanks, everyone.
    Laura
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from BabyBear in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Well, I was going to just run away from this log because I had some sizeable failures this weekend. I traveled to see family and fell hard. I had about 30 hours of off-plan eating, drinking, etc. I was strong for the first 24 hours of the visit and then caved. Today I am back on track. I'm going to return to W30 for at least 2 weeks to get my body some rest after what I put it through. 
    It is disheartening, but a weakness I know of myself. I really struggle to be around my family and eat well. I began a healthy lifestyle after moving away from them, so my life with them is not connected to health. Does that mean I need to turn this into giving up and continue it? No. It doesn't. In my normal life I have support and structure to continue to work towards my goals for me. 
    I know it is often discouraged to weigh when things like this happen, but to me it is helpful to see the insane bloating my body does when I put crap into it. I do so well with inflammation control when I eat clean. Even this first week being completely on plan yet eating dairy I gained 3lbs in 3 days. I was watching what I was eating, cutting other fats because I knew dairy has calories to consider. I gained 3 lbs in 3 days because my body does something with dairy in it. I may not necessarily feel awful (although some times I did). 
    This weekend I had beer, pizza, cupcakes, chicken strips, crab rangoon, french fries, and a frozen coffee with whipped cream. Ugh, I hated writing that out. I came home to being another 5 lbs heavier. I could feel my fingers are swollen. I think my face is greasy. I have a hummm of a headache in the background since this started. 
    Regrets? Yes and no. I'm most regretful that I didn't practice food freedom. I had a few items that I really missed, although I ate more of them than I needed. Pizza? I could have stopped with a slice, but didn't. I had two cupcakes and probably would have been satisfied with a bite. 
    As I sit here and acknowledge my issues I'm not terrified of Thanksgiving, which would be my next exposure. I have decided I will allow myself non-compliant foods but I intend to focus my willpower on portion control vs black and white. 
    So, back to my black and white for a bit. Get some rest, re-invigorate, and move on. Do my best to not beat myself up like a failure. Reintroduction is absolutely the hardest part of this program. 
    Thanks, everyone.
    Laura
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from BabyBear in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Reintro is going well. Not surprising, but liquid dairy is harder for me to digest it seems than hard dairy (cheeses). All I've had as far as dairy goes is shredded cheeses, cream cheese, ranch dressing (with buttermilk), heavy whipping cream, and blue cheese dressing. Although I haven't felt backed up at all, I think the soft dairy is shooting through my system. Day 1 I had HWC in my coffee for 1 cup and my stomach was in knots before I was even done. Yesterday I had a salad with lots of blue cheese dressing, like, LOTS. I definitely think I overate yesterday. I did have a lapse in willpower and weighed myself last night and this morning because I'm scared about calorie balance with the added dairy. The scale is up from Sunday AM about 1.5lbs. That doesn't really bother me much. I was expecting this week would be a guessing game. I don't really feel super bloated, but I don't feel the lightness I feel through a W30.
    I haven't noticed much change in my skin or energy through the day. For some reason I do think I'm sleeping better, though. That could be totally uncorrelated to the dairy, just an observation that my sleep seems better recently. 
    I believe I'm going to change up my reset schedule to introduce non-gluten grains next week. I originally was going to do sweeteners and that just feels silly to do before the end. Probably non-gluten grains, then gluten grains, then legumes, then on to sugar/sweeteners/alcohol in the final weeks. I'm probably going to start re-reading Food Freedom Forever before introducing the "bad" items. 
    The last several days I've had more fruit than I normally eat and darn if I don't love it. I need to remember that fruit is a satisfying and significantly more healthy sweet than a brownie or cookie. I just need to work on remembering that in the moment of being offers sweets.
    Thanks for listening,
    Laura
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from BabyBear in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Day 29
    Wow, this will probably be my last post before knowing my results and beginning reintroduction. 
    As the NSV's go, I think overall happiness and pride needs to be what I remember. Is it selfish that I feel like I carry myself with more pride during a W30? I think I come off happier because I am. I don't often discuss or brag about what I'm doing, but I'm just happier. I hold my head higher. I feel better about myself. I'm downright proud of myself for doing this for ME and only ME. I like that I'm putting myself first  for a period of time, realizing it's worth telling someone no to their offer. Realizing that I put in my body is nobody's business and shouldn't impact their emotions (like me eating a cookie because I think it would hurt their feelings). That's silly talk and any adult that lets their feelings get hurt for that is an issue with them, not me. It's uplifting to get over that. 
    I have read Food Freedom Forever, but I don't think I want to re-read it until after reintroduction. I want to give reintroduction more attention than I gave my W30, honestly. I've done W30s, and I do the 30 days great. I love structure. I love rules. I love the black and white. I'm certain I am not alone in how I handle reintroduction. It's like a reunion with all your friends and it's very easy to get distracted. Then, when you realize you added 3 categories back, feel like crap, and don't know which did it, you just move on as a reintro failure. Or... I always do. 
    I'm a planner and I'm wanting to go through the day-by-day book and consider what questions to ask myself each day of reintroduction. Energy, cravings, sleep, skin, digestion, mood, etc. 
    My sister called me yesterday about reading a book about alcohol I recommended (This Naked Mind, I highly recommend). It reminds me of It Starts with Food in the sense it discusses alcohol in our diets/life and how useless it is. It was a very well-timed called. I recommended this book to her many months ago and her calling about it as my W30 is ending was perfect as the alcohol reintro is usually what gets me. I'm going to re-read it as I go through reintro, because it really motivates me to avoid alcohol and just appreciate socializing with people in a different way that I'm conditioned to (drunk). 
    I'm excited and scared. I'm about to toss the comfort blanket and rely on my own willpower.
    I appreciate you all listening. I do intend to continue to document my experience. Considering this is not my first W30 I don't know how valuable the commentary has been to anyone. I hope the reintro fears have rang true with people and to those who are new to the process it really is the hardest part for me and a lot of people. Each W30 gets easier. For first timers I completely understand that reintro is hard. "I signed up for 30 days! I didn't realize it's actually 45 day to complete it accurately! Let me have my 30 day win and be done!" So so so get it, because I do that. I've also done a Whole 45, Whole 60, whatever. I held on to the program and did learn some about myself, but reintro is really where it's at. And then food freedom, which is a lifetime of learning. Deciding what's worth it. Realizing the food or drink of an even isn't always the event. Enjoy moments in different ways. Enjoy people, atmosphere, views, feel. I look forward to getting better each time. I will probably do the January W30 because it's so great to have a huge community of health focused people and you'll never get it like you do at the New Year.  My squad!
    Laura
     
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from LadyM in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Reintro is going well. Not surprising, but liquid dairy is harder for me to digest it seems than hard dairy (cheeses). All I've had as far as dairy goes is shredded cheeses, cream cheese, ranch dressing (with buttermilk), heavy whipping cream, and blue cheese dressing. Although I haven't felt backed up at all, I think the soft dairy is shooting through my system. Day 1 I had HWC in my coffee for 1 cup and my stomach was in knots before I was even done. Yesterday I had a salad with lots of blue cheese dressing, like, LOTS. I definitely think I overate yesterday. I did have a lapse in willpower and weighed myself last night and this morning because I'm scared about calorie balance with the added dairy. The scale is up from Sunday AM about 1.5lbs. That doesn't really bother me much. I was expecting this week would be a guessing game. I don't really feel super bloated, but I don't feel the lightness I feel through a W30.
    I haven't noticed much change in my skin or energy through the day. For some reason I do think I'm sleeping better, though. That could be totally uncorrelated to the dairy, just an observation that my sleep seems better recently. 
    I believe I'm going to change up my reset schedule to introduce non-gluten grains next week. I originally was going to do sweeteners and that just feels silly to do before the end. Probably non-gluten grains, then gluten grains, then legumes, then on to sugar/sweeteners/alcohol in the final weeks. I'm probably going to start re-reading Food Freedom Forever before introducing the "bad" items. 
    The last several days I've had more fruit than I normally eat and darn if I don't love it. I need to remember that fruit is a satisfying and significantly more healthy sweet than a brownie or cookie. I just need to work on remembering that in the moment of being offers sweets.
    Thanks for listening,
    Laura
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from LadyM in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    I made it! I had dreams the last few nights I ate or drank non-compliant foods, but I made it!
    Results
    Scale : down 9.4lbs, about 3-4 inches all around, but about 1-1.5 inches in my waist and hips. All other areas (arms, calves, thighs were down less than half an inch). For comparison's I started at 181.2 and ended at 171.8. I'm 3 lbs away from not being overweight!
    I'm happy with those scale results. I know i wanted to see a double-digit loss, but I knew I wouldn't have had the water weight/bloating going into this as I would have if I had a traditional American diet where I had tons of inflammation. It was probably a bigger loss that I prepared myself for it to be. It's the lowest weight I've seen on the scale since February of 2017. I just looked up my weight history, that's longer ago than I was expecting. 
    Non-Scale victories : My skin is so so much better. I was expecting that. I'm happier. I'm more confident. I still have energy and excitement for the gym (although tiger blood is not what I'd call it). My clothes fit better, so I like my wardrobe more. 
     
    On to reintroduction. Day 1 of Reintro was Sunday. I'm adding back 1 category each week and otherwise eating compliant. This week is Dairy. I started my day with cheese on my breakfast quiche and heavy whipping cream in my coffee. I used to have cream and sweetener in my coffee. I'm not allowing sweeteners or sugar so I found the cream only in coffee disappointing tasting. So, in the future I may add sweetener to my coffee, but cream may not be value-added. By the end of breakfast my stomach was churning, I assume from the cream. Later in the day I had some vegetables with homemade ranch dressing (with buttermilk). For dinner I had a salad with cheese and ranch dressing. Overall my belly felt a little rumbly right after each meal and then that went away. I didn't notice much else yesterday. 
    Mini quiches is my standard breakfast. I meal-prepped them yesterday, dairy-style. They had shredded cheese and cream cheese in them. This morning was the first one I had with the cream cheese in over a month. Holy crap was it delicious. I didn't notice any ill-effects from it, so I'm optimistic shredded/hard cheeses are fine as well as cream cheese. Possibly it's the liquid dairy (HWC and Buttermilk) that might bother me more. 
    I did not weigh myself this morning and I think I'll do the weekly after each week of reintro. I typically do not lose any weight in a normal day unless I work out/sweat. Since I didn't work out yesterday I am certain I would have been up today and I didn't want my mind to dwell on blaming dairy or overeating.
    I think something I'm a bit concerned about is managing calories and/or the meal template. Cheese I can consider a fat and replace fat with cheese. As I add in other categories like grains and legumes I'm not quite sure what my plate should look like. As a person who does best on a low carb diet I'm a bit scared of those categories. Quite possibly I won't stay in the land of legumes that long because I'm not a huge fan of them. But, there are legumes I don't typically eat, so trying lentils seems exciting for me. For grains I'm looking forward to testing rice with intention. I love rice. I really have barely ate it for the past 7 years because of the carbs. So, when I have ate it I always get followed by guilt. I'm very much looking forward to this next month to not be about guilt but to be about experimenting with my body's reactions. If I gain weight this month, that's fine. But, maybe I do well with the healthier grains and I can stop being so scared of them.
    I assume my other posts will be shorter through reintro. Plan is dairy through next Saturday and then on to another category. For now the schedule has sweeteners. Depending on how this week goes I might change my mind and do grains or legumes instead. Just because I know sweeteners are bad, I just like them. Possibly not good to add them so early in reintroduction.
    Thanks for listening,
    Laura
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from LadyM in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Day 29
    Wow, this will probably be my last post before knowing my results and beginning reintroduction. 
    As the NSV's go, I think overall happiness and pride needs to be what I remember. Is it selfish that I feel like I carry myself with more pride during a W30? I think I come off happier because I am. I don't often discuss or brag about what I'm doing, but I'm just happier. I hold my head higher. I feel better about myself. I'm downright proud of myself for doing this for ME and only ME. I like that I'm putting myself first  for a period of time, realizing it's worth telling someone no to their offer. Realizing that I put in my body is nobody's business and shouldn't impact their emotions (like me eating a cookie because I think it would hurt their feelings). That's silly talk and any adult that lets their feelings get hurt for that is an issue with them, not me. It's uplifting to get over that. 
    I have read Food Freedom Forever, but I don't think I want to re-read it until after reintroduction. I want to give reintroduction more attention than I gave my W30, honestly. I've done W30s, and I do the 30 days great. I love structure. I love rules. I love the black and white. I'm certain I am not alone in how I handle reintroduction. It's like a reunion with all your friends and it's very easy to get distracted. Then, when you realize you added 3 categories back, feel like crap, and don't know which did it, you just move on as a reintro failure. Or... I always do. 
    I'm a planner and I'm wanting to go through the day-by-day book and consider what questions to ask myself each day of reintroduction. Energy, cravings, sleep, skin, digestion, mood, etc. 
    My sister called me yesterday about reading a book about alcohol I recommended (This Naked Mind, I highly recommend). It reminds me of It Starts with Food in the sense it discusses alcohol in our diets/life and how useless it is. It was a very well-timed called. I recommended this book to her many months ago and her calling about it as my W30 is ending was perfect as the alcohol reintro is usually what gets me. I'm going to re-read it as I go through reintro, because it really motivates me to avoid alcohol and just appreciate socializing with people in a different way that I'm conditioned to (drunk). 
    I'm excited and scared. I'm about to toss the comfort blanket and rely on my own willpower.
    I appreciate you all listening. I do intend to continue to document my experience. Considering this is not my first W30 I don't know how valuable the commentary has been to anyone. I hope the reintro fears have rang true with people and to those who are new to the process it really is the hardest part for me and a lot of people. Each W30 gets easier. For first timers I completely understand that reintro is hard. "I signed up for 30 days! I didn't realize it's actually 45 day to complete it accurately! Let me have my 30 day win and be done!" So so so get it, because I do that. I've also done a Whole 45, Whole 60, whatever. I held on to the program and did learn some about myself, but reintro is really where it's at. And then food freedom, which is a lifetime of learning. Deciding what's worth it. Realizing the food or drink of an even isn't always the event. Enjoy moments in different ways. Enjoy people, atmosphere, views, feel. I look forward to getting better each time. I will probably do the January W30 because it's so great to have a huge community of health focused people and you'll never get it like you do at the New Year.  My squad!
    Laura
     
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from LadyM in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Day 25
    Wow, has this been fast. My body acne is the most obvious transformation. It has improved dramatically. There's 5 more days left. I do think I will begin reintroduction Sunday vs continuing on. To me, reintroduction is the hardest part and staying on W30 is more of a crutch vs a true effort to improve health. I think I am overall fairly healthy, but these W30's really help me work on habits. I might eventually stray off plan, but they are so good for me. Every single one I just can tell I'm happier through it because I'm happy I'm taking care of myself, being responsible about my health, and feel lighter. 
    My non-scale victory of the weekend was that my boyfriend went to the gym with me. He has said he wants to get more active and it worked out for him to come with me to an organized class. I wholeheartedly know how hard that first step was and I am so proud of him for taking a step through the door. 
    I think I have the beginning of my reintro set. I will add back dairy to start. Cheese and ranch dressing (homemade ranch dressing with buttermilk). I might cook with butter just to make sure I'm giving it a fair try on dairy. One week with only dairy added and then I can try something else. 
    Happy Monday, folks!
    Laura
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from LadyM in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Day 22. It's Friday! My Day 30 will be next Saturday. I'm glad it's ending on a Saturday like that. Less temptation. I have Sunday to evaluate a reintroduction plan. I'm not super social media saavy, so I had thought the official September W30 starting on the 14th would make me want to continue with that group. It hasn't. As far as alleviated symptoms or things that would make me want to continue further than 30 days... sleep is the main one. I don't really think that's my diet's fault at this point. It's a habit issue. 
    So, this upcoming week would be my final full-on meal prep! I said yesterday that I only intend to re-introduce dairy in the first week, so I'm not sure how different next weekend's meal prep will be. I'll probably add cheese to my breakfast quiches. Not much else. I don't drink milk regularly, but I don't know if I should just to test it. Should I use butter as a fat source for the week just to make sure I'm adequately testing dairy? I could put heavy cream in my coffee (which I love), but when I do that I also add some type of sweetner. If I recall properly I think sweetners after I haven't had them for a while give me headaches. I could try my coffee with just cream and see if that's as lovely, but I doubt it will be and I'd rather not waste the calories. I do need to keep in mind as I add dairy/cheese I need to remove fat. My go-to breakfast quiches typically have cheese and no added fats. Since the W30, I've been adding some avocado oil to the mixture before baking and I've ate 3 instead of my normal 2. It's so funny to me when I'm following W30 threads and how sick of eggs people get. I eat way more eggs than the average person. I have eggs for breakfast probably >340 days/year. I don't even think I'm particularly exciting with how I make my eggs, either. I started doing the mini-quiches for the past 9-10 months, maybe longer. Before that I had a hash I would do using riced sweet potato and cauliflower with an egg on top that I was doing for about a year before that.
    I'm probably a good fit for W30 because I've always been a meal prepper. I hate feeling rushed in the evening making dinner and I have zero issue with leftovers. I think it's economical and practical. Once I find a recipe I like it takes a while for me to get bored with it. I love seasonings, not super big into sauces, and I think that keeps my meals exciting to me while not feeling the need for highly processed sauces. 
    As far as habits go, my nutritional journey has been a long one. I used to weigh almost 300lbs and in 2013 I found the Atkins program and community. I started low carb and fixed by very very bad habits (like, McDonalds 5 times/week bad habits). It wasn't until after I had a significantly better food focus and health mindset that I found Whole30. That doesn't mean my first W30 wasn't hard, but by that time I didn't eat a ton of highly processed foods, grains or legumes with much regularity. Anyone who goes from the standard American diet to a W30 is a freakin' hero, I must say. It's hard to be pretty healthy to a W30 and you all should pat yourselves on the back! 
    Happy weekend to everyone!
    Laura
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    This is the seasoning with the slight change I think makes it better.
    Copycat Popeye's Blackened Chicken Seasoning
    2tsp Fine Sea Salt
    1tsp Smoked Paprika
    1tsp Paprika
    1tsp Cayenne Pepper
    2tsp Chili Powder
    2tsp Garlic Powder
    2tsp Black Pepper
    Super simple. I just mixed it together and put it in a jar. I think the recipe talked like the entire slug for 3 lbs chicken tenders. Toss them in it and then pan fry them in some oil. I didn't go that heavy. I generously sprinkled it on each side of the tenders, pan fried them for 1 minute on each side, then baked at 350 for 25 minutes. They were/are (still have leftovers) delicious. Next time I do this (which will be as soon as I'm out because I'm hooked) I'm going to use a meat tenderizer/hammer to smash them thin before seasoning and pan frying. For that I will likely cook them for less time in the oven and it would likely take more rounds in the oven because they'll take up more surface area on the sheetpan. As I perfect this recipe I intend to make up the seasoning in jars to give away at Christmas. That has been my new fave Christmas present, to share seasonings I have grown to love.
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from LadyM in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    This is the seasoning with the slight change I think makes it better.
    Copycat Popeye's Blackened Chicken Seasoning
    2tsp Fine Sea Salt
    1tsp Smoked Paprika
    1tsp Paprika
    1tsp Cayenne Pepper
    2tsp Chili Powder
    2tsp Garlic Powder
    2tsp Black Pepper
    Super simple. I just mixed it together and put it in a jar. I think the recipe talked like the entire slug for 3 lbs chicken tenders. Toss them in it and then pan fry them in some oil. I didn't go that heavy. I generously sprinkled it on each side of the tenders, pan fried them for 1 minute on each side, then baked at 350 for 25 minutes. They were/are (still have leftovers) delicious. Next time I do this (which will be as soon as I'm out because I'm hooked) I'm going to use a meat tenderizer/hammer to smash them thin before seasoning and pan frying. For that I will likely cook them for less time in the oven and it would likely take more rounds in the oven because they'll take up more surface area on the sheetpan. As I perfect this recipe I intend to make up the seasoning in jars to give away at Christmas. That has been my new fave Christmas present, to share seasonings I have grown to love.
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from LadyM in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Day 20.
    Shadow, I'll find the recipe tonight. It's so easy to find a copycat recipe and then never find it again. I just tried googling it and, yep, I can't find the original. But, I did write it all down at home with one change I thought it needed. I'm glad I found the one I did because when I searched it right now they were all way too complicated. The one I found was very simple. I actually made a jar up of it to have on hand in the future. I do recommend if you try it to mash your tenders a bit with a meat hammer. I think it would turn out more like Popeye's texture that way. I just did a minute pan fry on each side and then baked in the oven for 20 mins. They were very thick and juicy, but I actually wanted that thinner chicken strip style and being thinner might do the trick.
    My attempt to sleep better last night did not go as planned. I had forgotten I had an online movie night with friends that started at 9pm. They're in a different timezone, so it's not like I could have done earlier. Good or bad, I did intentionally not care about staying up for the full movie and fell asleep by 10pm, probably. It was still a bear to wake up this morning. Shadow, like you said, I want that wake up bright eyed and ready to get out of bed. Instead I loathe waking up. I'm fine about 10 minutes after I'm out of bed, but my brain can be a manipulative jerk in those snooze moments. I can convince myself that there's enough time, that my work day isn't important enough to do my full hair/makeup routine, I can eat my breakfast in the car, and the biggest lie... today the dog's will go outside to potty and eat super fast. Nope, none of that works out and I end up rushing, panicking, and arriving to work later than I wanted to. Not late, but later. I'm the type that likes to get there extra early and even being 10 minutes early feels late, to me.
    Tonight is a later night for me. I know I won't make it home until after 9pm, but I'm not going to stress about it. It might work better because I won't set myself up with home tasks. I'll get home, shower and go to bed. 
    Oh... I did forget my lunch today, which is stressing me. I think I can stay compliant with the local restaurant (I work in a small town). But, I'm scared about the calories. I have spin class tonight and that is a calorie burner. I don't want to be under-fed going into it. I have compliant salad dressing here at work, so I intend to get a salad with no dressing and douse it in dressing to ensure I get my calories. I'm feeling better already about this just by writing it down. Thanks for listening, everyone! I feel I haven't had much scary stuff to navigate this W30, so I'm not necessarily flexing my willpower muscle. Or making this a permanent lifestyle. This hiccup is probably good for me. I need to make this sustainable. Or give myself the confidence that it is sustainable.
    Thanks, everyone.
    Laura
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from LadyM in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Thanks, LadyM! You got this!
    Day 19...not much to report. I definitely fell flat last night on attempting a better end of day routine. I had a nice shower after the gym and my intention to slow down didn't happen. I worked on things on the computer and come 10:15pm I was scrolling through my phone in bed! Grrr... That's on me. I got home around 7:30 and told myself "9pm, electronics off." At 8:45 I saw a clock and thought, "meh, not today." I can remember back to an earlier W30 and sleeping better. I probably wasn't as tech-connected as I am now and it's honestly a different kind of habit/addiction. I need to view W30's more than just nutrition, but lifestyle. Working towards being the person I want to be. It's a work in progress. I want the tigerblood and I think there's aspects of my day it's there, but I'm a sloth to get out of bed in the morning. I absolutely know in the past W30's have helped me wake up more refreshed, not a slave to the snooze. I have 11 days left to work on this. I truthfully think I don't want to stop until I have better nighttime habits. Acne and sleep are my TOP goals in a W30. I don't want to let myself down or worse, lie to myself and say the W30 doesn't improve my sleep anymore like it once did. No, this is a bad habit like smoking or drinking I need to manage. I need to live in the moment. I need to prioritize myself. 
    We got this, LadyM. Better sleep, this week!
    Laura
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from LadyM in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Day 18.
    NSV. I do think my body acne is getting better. It's not gone, but it does seem to be getting better. Yesterday I meal-prepped for the week. I found an awesome hack recipe for Popeye's Blackened Chicken seasoning and I am in love. It is amazing what a difference it makes when I have the fridge full of foods I'm excited to eat vs feeling like I'm sacrificing to eat at home. I actually had an errand to run in town yesterday and my immediate thought was to go out for my dinner. Then, I remembered I had tons of exciting foods at home I wanted way more than anything I could get at a restaurant. I honestly went a little overboard with my meal-prepping. I think I have 20 meals ready to go. I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes so I didn't even notice how far I went until I ran out of tupperware containers. 
    I'm still not sleeping great. I'm considering staying on the W30 with the other September team and cutting out caffeine for a while. I know that's part of my issue. That and watching TV to fall asleep. I need to improve my bedtime routine. 
    Thank you all for the encouragement!
    Laura
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from LadyM in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    I just wanted to say that a coworker commented that my face looked thinner today. It took me by surprise. 
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    I just wanted to say that a coworker commented that my face looked thinner today. It took me by surprise. 
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Thanks for the ideas, decker! I have heard of the body mindfulness in regards to falling asleep, but that's great advice for stress management. I'm intrigued to try that. 
    Today is Day 8. I am approaching my first weekend with socialization. I have a hefty to do list, so I think staying busy and not thinking about snacking shouldn't be a problem. 
    This morning when I was getting ready for work I grabbed my last meal-prepped meal (turkey chili). I opened the freezer and there was 1 bag of frozen veggies left. I got nervous. I have nothing prepared for dinner. I'll come home hungry, my boyfriend will be here, and we will not have dinner planned and may go out or I have to make dinner while hungry. Then I remembered my crock pot meals and that I have a freezer full of meat. I zipped out to the garage and 2 minutes later had plenty of food thawing in the fridge. Yes, I will have to make dinner tonight hungry, but it wasn't the tragedy my 6:30am self tried to make it. It was honestly a bit funny because I'm not normally a dramatic person and I swear my brain blew it up for a moment in an attempt to get me to go out to dinner. I miss restaurants and I know I can do W30 dining out, but my go-to is Chipotle and the nearest one is 45 minutes away. I was already getting my mind set on it and how I was going to tell my boyfriend after 4 hours driving we should go spend another 45 minutes for fast food. Hahaha. 
    Tomorrow will definitely require a grocery trip for more veggies. Tomorrow night we'll have kabobs for dinner. It absolutely baffles me each time I make them out unbelievably good meat and veggies taste off the grill and how healthy it is. 
    I'm in a good mood overall, which is great! Have a great weekend, everyone!
    Laura
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from decker_bear in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Thanks for the ideas, decker! I have heard of the body mindfulness in regards to falling asleep, but that's great advice for stress management. I'm intrigued to try that. 
    Today is Day 8. I am approaching my first weekend with socialization. I have a hefty to do list, so I think staying busy and not thinking about snacking shouldn't be a problem. 
    This morning when I was getting ready for work I grabbed my last meal-prepped meal (turkey chili). I opened the freezer and there was 1 bag of frozen veggies left. I got nervous. I have nothing prepared for dinner. I'll come home hungry, my boyfriend will be here, and we will not have dinner planned and may go out or I have to make dinner while hungry. Then I remembered my crock pot meals and that I have a freezer full of meat. I zipped out to the garage and 2 minutes later had plenty of food thawing in the fridge. Yes, I will have to make dinner tonight hungry, but it wasn't the tragedy my 6:30am self tried to make it. It was honestly a bit funny because I'm not normally a dramatic person and I swear my brain blew it up for a moment in an attempt to get me to go out to dinner. I miss restaurants and I know I can do W30 dining out, but my go-to is Chipotle and the nearest one is 45 minutes away. I was already getting my mind set on it and how I was going to tell my boyfriend after 4 hours driving we should go spend another 45 minutes for fast food. Hahaha. 
    Tomorrow will definitely require a grocery trip for more veggies. Tomorrow night we'll have kabobs for dinner. It absolutely baffles me each time I make them out unbelievably good meat and veggies taste off the grill and how healthy it is. 
    I'm in a good mood overall, which is great! Have a great weekend, everyone!
    Laura
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    laurasuzanne got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Laura's Whole30 8/28/20   
    Thanks for the ideas, decker! I have heard of the body mindfulness in regards to falling asleep, but that's great advice for stress management. I'm intrigued to try that. 
    Today is Day 8. I am approaching my first weekend with socialization. I have a hefty to do list, so I think staying busy and not thinking about snacking shouldn't be a problem. 
    This morning when I was getting ready for work I grabbed my last meal-prepped meal (turkey chili). I opened the freezer and there was 1 bag of frozen veggies left. I got nervous. I have nothing prepared for dinner. I'll come home hungry, my boyfriend will be here, and we will not have dinner planned and may go out or I have to make dinner while hungry. Then I remembered my crock pot meals and that I have a freezer full of meat. I zipped out to the garage and 2 minutes later had plenty of food thawing in the fridge. Yes, I will have to make dinner tonight hungry, but it wasn't the tragedy my 6:30am self tried to make it. It was honestly a bit funny because I'm not normally a dramatic person and I swear my brain blew it up for a moment in an attempt to get me to go out to dinner. I miss restaurants and I know I can do W30 dining out, but my go-to is Chipotle and the nearest one is 45 minutes away. I was already getting my mind set on it and how I was going to tell my boyfriend after 4 hours driving we should go spend another 45 minutes for fast food. Hahaha. 
    Tomorrow will definitely require a grocery trip for more veggies. Tomorrow night we'll have kabobs for dinner. It absolutely baffles me each time I make them out unbelievably good meat and veggies taste off the grill and how healthy it is. 
    I'm in a good mood overall, which is great! Have a great weekend, everyone!
    Laura