AnnaH

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    Ideas for 12 hour shift days???

    Kirkor - thanks for the suggestion of the slow cooker. I will be 100% honest, I am not looking to cook anything on the days I work. Due to the shift hours, travel, and a quick shower I barely have enough time to honor my goal of 8 hours of sleep. Anyone who has done a Whole30 knows extra dirty dishes are a must and I try to avoid them on long days - its just not worth the trade off of less sleep. I guess I was hoping more for suggestions on meals that people like that they found not to be overly heavy, are full of nutrients, and can be made ahead of time. Dj_tasha - I like the suggestion of bringing your meal with you. I might have to give that a while and hope I can sneak away long enough to eat dinner.
  2. Hello - I started nursing school with a Whole30 and I'd like to finish nursing school with a Whole30. Why? My first one was to ensure my head was clear of all fog while I was learning all of this amazing information. This one? My sugar dragon reared its ugly head, and my bad habit of using sugary treats as a coping mechanism has crept back in. Not cool. I am aiming for an April 2nd start date, and will average 4 - 12 hour shifts each week (one day as a CNA, three days as a Student RN). In my previous life, I worked 5-8's and managing the dinner timing was much easier. Right now I do not get home until 8 and have to immediately shower the hospital off of me, which has me eating dinner closer to 8:30 and then crawling in bed at 9. This is NOT ideal, because eating this late makes it hard to eat breakfast within the first hour of waking the following day, and by hard I mean I can't. And by can't, I mean my gag reflex engages, and I struggled to even choke down 1/2 my breakfast, and then I am starving by mid-morning. Currently, on days I work I am up at 5am, and eat closer to 6:30/6:45 once I get to work. This seems to work, as I sip on coffee with the Vital Proteins Collagen Powder during my drive to work. This usually carries me pretty far into the morning. So while it's not within the first hour, it seems to work. But, I digress, back to dinner... I have attempted doing the Mason Jar salads for dinner, as they don't give me that same overly full can't eat in the am feeling. BUT my problem is that eating too many salads actually makes me feel like I am on a diet, and that makes me crabby. Here is my go to Mason Jar Salad (adjusting for Whole30 obviously) https://www.organizeyourselfskinny.com/2014/01/10/greek-chicken-mason-jar-salad/ But I just don't want 16 of my 30 dinners to be this salad! So to all of you Whole30 alums and long shift workers, do you have any ideas? Thanks!
  3. Andria that sounds amazing! I like the idea of not having to worry about refrigeration - the FedEx lockers we had at the last race were small bags. I am going to have to try that after my next long run. Thanks for the idea!
  4. I'm getting the sense you guys are not RxBar fans! I have a small stash at my desk at work, and hadn't prepped snacks for the week since I hadn't needed them - otherwise I wouldn't have touched them. Outside of these three days they have been used in the emergency situations you mentioned. I am usually better about post workout meals - but then again I generally have access to a fridge or my stuff won't be out too long. In this case we packed our bags before the race and they were stored in lockers where the heat was a factor. Are there any great post workout meals for this instance? I would like to pack a better post workout meal for my next run. I am new to the running thing too - so I am trying to navigate both successfully. The idea of warm canned tuna or salmon on a hot day post run makes me nauseous just thinking about it - but that's the first thing I think of with portable protein. Any suggestions? I appreciate the help! You ladies are great!
  5. Dang! Here I thought I was doing well with my portions! I haven't felt hungry at all between meals during my second & third weeks and have had awesome energy and mental clarity - so I thought I was on the right path! Guess not! The RxBars I have on hand as my emergency stash - I am proud to say that I bought the box of 28 and haven't even made it a 1/3 of the way through the box. The are delicious - but I save them for when I am in a bind. Thanks for your help! Question on the fat - is the coconut milk in the curry sauce sufficient for my fat? Or should I be adding extra into my meal?
  6. Hi - I am currently on day 24 and have been experiencing bouts of hunger and being lightheaded for the past two days. I should preface this by saying I ran my first 10k on Monday after following the Hal Higdon training program - I felt amazing during the run! Huge non-scale victory! After the first week I haven't needed morning snacks, so it was a bit of a surprise when I couldn't manage to make it from breakfast to lunch without eating the past two days. I was borderline nauseous and have gotten lightheaded upon standing. Here are my meals since Monday: Monday M1: 2 eggs, 1 cup sweet potato hash, 1/2 cup spinach, handful of mushrooms, and 1/2 of an avocado. 1 cup of coffee with 1-2 Tbsp of coconut milk Pre Race: None (with the exception of 6am Orange Theory workouts - all training has been w/o a pre wo meal) Post Race: Banana, Sunflower Butter, RxBar M2: 1/4 lb of ground turkey, 1 cup of pasta sauce from the book, and 2 cups of spaghetti squash M3: 1/4 lb of ground turkey, 1 cup of pasta sauce from the book, and 2 cups of spaghetti squash Tuesday M1: 2 eggs, 1 cup sweet potato hash, 1/2 cup spinach, handful of mushrooms, and 1/2 of an avocado. 1 cup of coffee with 1-2 Tbsp of coconut milk Snack: RxBar M2: 1/4 lb of ground turkey, 1 cup of pasta sauce from the book, and 2 cups of spaghetti squash M3: Coconut Chicken from the book over cauliflower rice - the chicken was palm sized & the "rice" was essentially 1/2 of a head of cauliflower Wednesday M1: 2 eggs, 1 cup sweet potato hash, 1/2 cup spinach, handful of mushrooms, and 1/2 of an avocado. 1 cup of coffee with 1-2 Tbsp of coconut milk Snack: RxBar M2: Coconut Chicken from the book over cauliflower rice - the chicken was palm sized & the "rice" was essentially 1/2 of a head of cauliflower M3: Coconut Chicken from the book over cauliflower rice - the chicken was palm sized & the "rice" was essentially 1/2 of a head of cauliflower This is honestly the "worst" I have felt on W30 - after week one I have been loving life! I am trying to figure out if this is food related or run related. Post W30 I plan to continue to eat this way, with a few "off plan" foods sprinkled in - I also plan to run a 1/2 marathon. Any suggestions on how to avoid this going forward would be great! Thanks!
  7. AnnaH

    Ghee

    Great! Thanks!
  8. AnnaH

    Ghee

    Purity Farms
  9. AnnaH

    Ghee

    Hi - i have ghee on hand and I am trying to figure out if it is compliant before I start my Whole30 on Monday. My ingredient list says: Certified Organic Butter. The container talks about the traditional method of pulling out the milk solids. My guess is I am fine - but was hoping someone could tell me if there is something specific I should watch for on the ingredient label. Thanks!
  10. AnnaH

    Meat Marinades

    Thank you! I am excited to give these a try!
  11. AnnaH

    Meat Marinades

    I have attempted the Whole 30, lasted 5 days and gave up. Unfortunately, I didn't pick a great time in my personal calendar. It was loaded with social engagements that made being compliant extremely difficult. I have however, found great value in following the shopping lists and meal plan template! I am trying to do the best I can with what my schedule and budget will allow. I have historically purchased my meat in bulk and then packaged them in smaller bags with a marinade. This has been great because I have been able to pull them from the freezer and while they thaw they marinade. This has allowed me to not eat the same boring plain chicken/pork each night. I have been using the Lawry's 30 min marinades - which I know is not compliant! I am looking for simple compliant marinades that are flavorful. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!