evaq

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    Toronto, Ontario
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    Rock climbing, lifting, running, yoga, baking, scrabble.

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  1. evaq

    Starting January 2!

    This is my 3rd whole 30 (I've done 1 for the past 3 years) and every time I do it, I'm reminded of the kind of power sugar has over me. It never gets easier for me because over the course of the year, I inevitably give in and let my sweet tooth run rampant and make some not-so-excellent choices. So when I do a whole 30, I'm extra vigilant about not letting sugar/fruit weasel it's way back onto my plate. This has to be a full-on reset for me. Fruit is optional in very small qtys (1/4 to 1/3 of a cup) with meals. I usually choose berries/apple. And limited sweet potatoes and very few if any nuts and definitely no snacking (fruit, larbars, RX bars or otherwise) unless it's an emergency. I sound kind of hardline but that's completely based on my relationship with sugar. It's a formidable dragon for me. Doing a whole 30 makes me very much aware of all my crutches (for lack of a better word) and better prepares/equips me about how my body feels when it's happily fueled vs how my body feels when my cravings are making my food choices. It's easy to forget or blur the difference. When I'm done my 30 days this round, I plan to loosen up a bit ie strict 80% of the time, relaxed 20%. But I'll try my best to keep any kind of sugar consumption reduced dramatically. ps. Are you getting enough healthy fat in your meals? That'll play a critical role in satiety (and curb snack cravings).
  2. evaq

    Starting January 2!

    Guys, we're 1/3 through! Woo hoo!!!! I'm getting tired of my own cooking and eating the same food but I only have myself to blame since I do a lot of big batch cooking to simplify the shopping/prep/cooking. And I'm happy that my running/workouts haven't suffered this time around. I remember how tough and heavy my legs/lower body felt when I did my first whole 30 and tried to run. Stay strong and keep up the good work everyone!
  3. evaq

    Starting January 2!

    @DeeZaftig Most people use coconut aminos for stir frys - 1 bottle goes a long way. You can find it in health food stores and specialty stores. I live in Toronto and can find it in all my health food stores plus Bulk Barn. If you live in the US, I know that both Wegmans and Trader Joe's carry it. TJ even has its own house brand which is a lot cheaper (2.99) vs standard $7-$8 per bottle. https://www.amazon.ca/Coconut-Secret-Original-Soy-Free-Seasoning/dp/B00LWQLCJ4/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_325_bs_t_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=BR0VD9GHENQ3Y2ZF86YG
  4. evaq

    Starting January 2!

    @elizabeth.joan Do you live near a Trader Joe's? They carry their own house brand and it's a lot more reasonable (I think $2.99?) than most health food stores (which is where you usually find it). It's also sometimes labelled as "raw soy-free seasoning sauce". The ingredients should be: organic coconut tree sap, sea salt.
  5. evaq

    Starting January 2!

    Just started today too. Hi everyone! This will be my 2nd whole 30 (first one was in 2015). I definitely need to rein things in and hit the reset button for myself. I'm trying to take the things/recipes I learned from my first whole 30 and hopefully that'll make things a little smoother. ps. I now have an instant pot so sweet potatoes, beets and long/slow braises on tough cuts of meat are a breeze. That will definitely make things easier.
  6. evaq

    Whole30 and Strength Training

    @ThyPeace LOL. Rock climbing - mostly indoors, but outdoors when possible.
  7. evaq

    Starting January 9th

    @MG23 Congrats on navigating the dinner. You found a way to see your friends and resist a serious bout of temptation. That must have been seriously challenging so good on you! I'm right there with you about the goat cheese. Based on my last whole30, I know I have a dairy sensitivity OR intolerance...but man, do I love cheeeeese! Not all the time or every day but life would be so sad without cheese. I think awareness and knowledge of your body is half the battle. You just have to pick your food "moments". @TallGirlBabyFace Feeding your sugar dragon whole 30 compliant sweets is still feeding your sugar dragon. Those of us with wicked sweet tooths (and I count myself in this group) have to conquer their dragon - not feed it a different brand of kibble. It's hard - no two ways about it. So you have to be *extra* mindful of where you're getting those hits of sugar in your meals ie. fruit or snacks involving dried fruit + nuts. @*Aurora* That's fantastic news about your mind/stomach awareness and connection! It's a huge victory and sets you up for making good choices in the future. I'm thankful that this 2nd whole 30 is helping me reset my food/palate/cravings. Sure I still want pasta, rice, chocolate and ice cream...but it doesn't claw at me. I feel like I have control over my food again vs. the other way around. And going into the last week, I've sort of found my groove cooking and recipe wise. I have a couple of batch recipes that I can make for M-F and then I freestyle over the weekend. It takes a huge load of stress/time, knowing I have M-F locked down.
  8. evaq

    Starting January 9th

    Hi everyone! @ColleenSw Yay, you! Congratulations on navigating all those social situations and social eating situations! And good job on the 4 mile run. The idea of eating out is so stressful because I know there will be very little that I can (or want to) eat. I *love* Chipotle. It feels like an oasis. @*Aurora* Ouch. My friend said the same thing about her braces. Or rather she said she put on weight once her braces came off. I'm on cruise control right now - or at least my cooking feels that way lol. I've found big batch recipes that work for me so I no longer feel chained to the kitchen in a perpetual cycle of cook > clean > shop. No tiger blood but I'm happy to not be at the mercy of sugar and cravings. Food and cooking wise, I've been using my sous vide a lot and it's been a life saver. It was birthday gift to myself last year and it's genius at making bland or dry protein super juicy and perfectly tender. I've been making all my protein for lunches this way - big batch on Sunday - and it's great. A little salt or spices; into the ziploc bag; set the time/temp and walk away for 1 1/2 hours. Woo hoo, we're 1 day shy of heading into week 3! Have a great week ahead everyone.
  9. evaq

    Whole30 and Strength Training

    Hey @adjk1229 I'm more of an all-round girl when it comes to strength training and fitness. I like to balance lifting, running, climbing and yoga. And for me, I'm usually fine skipping the pre and post WO meal. For my first whole 30, I ate pre and post WO meals but this time around, I skipped them because I didn't feel like I needed a snack. But I think every body will react (and need to be nourished) differently. It totally depends on the signals/cues your body gives you. FYI, my usual strength training consists of any combination of: bench, deadlift, squat, press, lunges, russian twists, kettle bell swings, wall balls, sled pushing, push ups, TRX pull ups, battle ropes, planks.
  10. First off, congratulations on the weight loss! High five AdventureReady! What a tremendous achievement. I can totally understand why you're afraid of backsliding and losing the ground you've gained. Please stop beating yourself up. I have a few suggestions and observations - meant in the most supportive spirit. Whole 30 is not strictly a weight loss program. Sure lots of people lose weight as a side effect of a happier, more harmonious body but it feels like you're missing out on one of the key pieces about whole 30 > listening to your body and creating a new relationship with food and understanding what it takes to nourish yourself. From the meals you've posted, it looks like you've replaced a lot of snacks or snack type food with whole 30 compliant foods. Let's try nixing that. Perhaps try to base your day on 3 template meals, spaced 4-5 hours apart with no nuts and minimal fruit. Which translates to 1-2 palms of protein, 2-4 cups of dense veg, 1-2 thumbfuls of healthy fat. If you're getting hungry before 4-5 hours then try increasing your protein or adding a bit more starchy carb. Do *not* snack unless it's part of pre/post WO. Lastly, hang in there. I *really* hope you do and I'm rooting for you.
  11. evaq

    Things going well, but a few questions

    @Brassfrog Here's a tried and true one from a recognized whole 30 resource, Mel Joulwan. She offers instructions for both standard blender or immersion (blender) techniques. Works every time! http://meljoulwan.com/2010/06/03/the-secret-to-homemade-mayo-patience/
  12. evaq

    Starting January 9th

    Hi everybody, We're almost at the halfway point!!! Woo hoo. As for side effects: I'm still having somewhat restless sleep so I'm going to see if upping my sweet potatoes (I usually have about 1/4 c per day, I'll try bumping that up) helps. And similar to @*Aurora* I find I'm going to the bathroom waaaay more often but I expected this. And I still have some days when I feel tired - where it feels like I'm trying to move through water. Invisible, heavy resistance. But I think this could also be tied to sleep/stress. As for NSV: Better skin/complexion. Appetite and hunger drastically changed. I no longer crash or get super hangry if not fed. I also seem fine with a 4-6 hr gap between meals, which was not the case previously. Clothes feeling a tad looser. Being able to have a better understanding between my body's hunger vs. craving (ie. my body needs nourishment/fuel vs. my body "needs" cake at 3:30). And re-inforcing my willpower! Investing in yourself by choosing what to eat and what not to eat is a powerful affirmation that you're in the driver's seat. All good things. Keep up the good work and good vibes all!
  13. evaq

    Starting January 9th

    @ColleenSw Yum. That all looks delicious! I make a lazier version of the breakfast casserole using 1 pkg frozen chopped spinach, 1 bag of frozen broccoli and cauliflower, 12 eggs. I bake everything into a 6 x 10 glass casserole dish for 30 mins and then portion into 4 for easy heat-and-eat breakfasts.
  14. evaq

    Starting January 9th

    @Naz786 Yes! I had a restless, tossy, turny, sleep last night. Which caught me off guard because I didn't have coffee yesterday, nor had I been having any sleep issues so far. I wonder if it's related to the amount of starchy carbs - or rather lack of in my case. The rest of my whole 30 has been going pretty smoothly - some symptoms ie. sluggish and lots of yawning in week 1, but otherwise good. Though all my workouts pretty much flattened me in week 1. Things seemed to be turning the corner for week 2. Definitely noticing some NSV (better skin, more regulated energy and appetite, clothes a bit looser). Fingers crossed for a better night's sleep!
  15. evaq

    Starting Jan 8th, looking for buddies!

    @Pam Baker You're doing great - keep it up. I had very similar symptoms my first week - sluggish and non-stop yawning from 2-6 pm. But that subsided for me going into week 2. Make sure you have enough "dense" vegetables with your meals and that you feel satisfied enough that you don't need to snack or feel hungry for 4-5 hours between meals. When I have salads for lunch (which has been pretty much every day for the past 10 days), I make sure they're hearty greens ie. kale, brussel sprouts, radicchio, broccoli etc. @MadscienceM Holy cow that was a brutal run. You're a warrior! I can't believe you powered through and survived all of that. I think one of the important things for me with this second whole 30 is accepting that these meal templates can look like a lot of food - which contradicts a lifetime of programmed "less is better" portioning. But this is exactly the fuel your body needs and craves. Thus, I have to give myself permission to eat man-sized salads and piles of vegetables with protein.