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  1. Help, short notice!

    Thank you both for your responses! I read them just prior to leaving and ended up getting the filet grilled with salt and pepper, steamed broccoli with lemon and a baked potato with olive oil and salt with a nice bowl of berries for dessert. Y'all are the best!
  2. Help, short notice!

    I've been invited to a reception with the COO of our company (big company, big deal).. .it starts in a few hours. I am on day 15... I can do 'reception'. Fruit, veggies, ice water, stand around and chit chat, etc. I just received a 'change' and it will no longer be held at the country club, but at a local restaurant where we can order dinner off the menu. So, now it's a dinner. I pulled up the menu and tried to call the restaurant to see if they had suggestions on what to order and they're not open until I'm expected to arrive. I'm a little flustered. Can someone take a look at the menu and help me navigate this? I don't want to draw attention to myself but don't want to go off plan. TIA
  3. Start date Tuesday September 5th

    Funny, I find weekends the easiest. During the week when I work, the effort to get up and eat a good breakfast then pack a good lunch before I go, while trying to also get a 10 and 11- year old out the door is bigger than when I have all morning to do it. Fridays are tough because it's always pizza night, and I end up eating a salad or something that doesn't smell nearly as good.
  4. Places to eat in Disney World

    I think the only way you'll find compliant choices there is if you smuggle it in yourself, which is totally an option. I went to Disney a week after my last whole30 and was completely derailed. We also took snacks in and ate most of our meals off site (can you say $50 for four hotdogs and chips?).
  5. Start date Tuesday September 5th

    Hey there! How was everyone's weekend? We're nearly halfway!
  6. Start date Tuesday September 5th

    We're a third of the way through! I'm feeling pretty good, and have a ton more energy and am less irritable than just a couple days ago. Thakns for the recipe @mtex1985 it looks yummy! I'm the only one on my hallway this lunchtime... everyone went on a team building lunch. I didn't know about it til about half an hour before everyone was leaving so didn't really have time to think about whether I could go or not so I'm sitting here eating day 4 of salmon cakes and spaghetti squash and actually enjoying the quiet.
  7. Disguise the Veggies

    I shred carrots or sweet potatoes into ground meat for tacos, etc.
  8. Soy in tuna?

    The cans I've seen have said "vegetable broth" which probably contains soy. It is what derailed my Whole30 last time. Good on you for reading! There are more expensive brands of tuna that have no soy. And, those that are packed in oil.
  9. First Whole 30, Introducing myself

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Good luck with your Whole30 journey!
  10. Start date Tuesday September 5th

    @EmilyB456 wow, you've been through quite a bit. I hope you get better quickly! @mtex1985 I would love to see that recipe! @pilatesfan that sounds brutal, but good job hanging through all those temptations. My husband booked a dinner cruise this weekend with friends, not remembering that I can't eat out and can't drink alcohol, so that will be interesting!
  11. Start date Tuesday September 5th

    @SusanS I experienced that too... my poor family on Saturday. I'm also feeling super run down. I got up early for my workout but got only halfway done before sitting on the floor in front of the TV and "stretching" til it was time to shower and leave for work. We had a soccer tournament all weekend, so I didn't get to shop/prep. I've got a pretty good idea of the next couple days but mid-week I might be behind and scrambling. Although, we're processing a bunch of meat chickens on Thursday so that would make a good meal.... Hang in there everyone.
  12. Start date Tuesday September 5th

    Hey all, how was everyone's weekend? Feeling good?
  13. Start date Tuesday September 5th

    Happy day 4 everyone! Good job fighting off temptation. This week was the first week of school. Coupled with that new routine, getting up at 5 every morning to work out and starting a Whole30... well, I'm riding the struggle bus today. At least it's friday Hope everyone has a great weekend!
  14. Start date Tuesday September 5th

    Happy day 3 everyone. So glad to see the enthusiasm and read everyone's reason they're undertaking this journey. @BadWolf47 I hope your headache is better today and that it's due to the caffeine. During my first round I got headachy and was very lethargic until I was reminded that the meal template is nearly as important as the ingredients. I wasn't getting enough of the right kinds of food during my meals. Once I made sure to have enough fat and carbs I felt so much better! First timers, remember to read your labels. All of them. Even the ones you've read before. I'm a big time label reader, even off-plan and still find myself surprised at things (my biggest aha was when mid-plan I'd found out the tuna I'd eaten a few days before had soy in it). Also, never ever cook just one portion. You'll get so sick of cooking by the end you'll be glad you made a few extra portions to stick away in the freezer. Anyway, those are my big pieces of advise. Nice that we have some first timers and some veterans to share perspectives. @SusanSthank you for sharing that.. definitely worth trying! My very favorite recipe is salmon cakes in the Well Fed cookbook. My kids gobble them up, so I always make a double batch. @GRivI know what you mean... my lunch today will be the same as the previous two days. Thankfully I don't mind repetition. I usually grill about 5# of chicken on the weekend and cook a giant pork roast every 10 days or so and use it in a ton of different ways when I don't feel like trying a new recipe.
  15. Start date Tuesday September 5th

    Hi all! I started Whole30 #6 yesterday. I usually do one about every six months, and have had really great results each time. I work full time and have two kids who are involved in sports, etc so am always busy and I easily fall into 'fast and easy' eating habits. Since there are so many 'veterans' here... what are some of your go-to recipes? Looking forward to joining y'all on your journey and sharing inspiration and recipes.
  16. Starting on Labor Day

    Hi all, I'm starting Whole30 #6 today, so I'm a day behind but would like to be in this support group. I tend to do a Whole30 every six months or so, hoping each time a little more of the healthy eating habits will stick. I've always felt a ton better after finishing, and manage to lose weight as well. I have kids and a husband who aren't on board with the eating plan, but are supportive and since I cook it's easier. I've gotten a handful of go-to meals but am always looking for new recipes (I'm a fan of Mel Joulwan's cookbooks) and am looking forward to checking in over the next month to see how we're all doing. Good luck!
  17. Starting March 6

    Last time I did Whole30 I had the same meal at breakfast and didn't really need the syrup because the berries were sweet enough for me. This time I did add a little to enhance the flavor (maybe the berries weren't as ripe?). My thinking: I don't really have a sugar dragon... I can take or leave sweets. And, the syrup is pretty natural, and stuff we distilled down from our own sap so much less harmless than a pile of white sugar. I totally hear you on finding a balance between actually enjoying your life and abstaining from any food that brings you pleasure. Too bad more of the pleasurable things aren't compliant, haha
  18. Starting March 6

    Aw, this made me smile. I value all the support I got here so much, and am grateful you were there to take this journey with me. @CurleyGirl Great job on the weight loss! Good luck, everyone, on continuing on with a slow re-introduction and successfully maintaining healthy eating habits. I went to weigh myself this morning and my scale wouldn't work. I took out the batteries, one of which had corroded, and was able to only find three fresh ones of the four I needed. I was tempted to scavenge one temporarily from the TV remote then realized that was a tiny bit crazy pants, and that the world wouldn't end if I didn't know that I lost weight. I'll replace the scale soon, but I'm not going to freak about it. So, I guess even though it's totally related to my scale it's an NSV, lol. My first non-whole30 breakfast this morning was steel cut oats, coconut cream and strawberries with a bit of our homemade maple syrup. I tried to add enough of the coconut cream to tide me over til lunch and I think I'm going to be good. Compliant tuna salad on a bed of greens and the rest of the compliant/non-compliant potato chips I have left over is lunch, and dinner is still ?? @Sara13I'm totally pinning that recipe.
  19. Starting March 6

    Day 30! Yay for us! I did manage to follow every rule (except the chips.. I had compliant ingredient chips a few times with a meal but it was prior to the no chips rule officially coming out so technically I'm ok). More than 100 eggs and probably 30# of chicken- so I feel I'm going to start clucking soon, lol. @Sara13 that sounds really delicious. Did you use a recipe? So I will weigh myself tomorrow (I hope everyone does and reports back here with weight and other NSVs), and have some steel cut oats with coconut milk and strawberries. The rest of the day I think I'm going to stay compliant. The following day starts our vacation and I got a pretty little blank book to write down my food choices and stickers to make it fun (whatever it takes, right?). Contrary to @DaskiMom I'm never sad as much as I'm a bit frightened. There are two types of people... moderators and abstainers. Moderators can have unhealthy choices around and pick and choose when to eat them. Abstainers have to tell themselves they're off limits in order to avoid them. I'm an abstainer. I love the Whole30 because it tells me what's off limits and I can manage it. I've powered through getting a PhD, running marathons and childbirth but I can't say no to a bag of cheese popcorn unless something outside myself is telling me no. So, I need to navigate this somehow, which is where the FFF book is helping. It helps define boundaries beginning at day 31 and writing them out and logging choices helps. I'm fully expecting the wheels to come off at some point, because I know me, but I'm hoping it lasts significantly longer this time. Having the group Sara set up will help. Thanks for the comments on my picture... I thought the grumpy frog cartoon may be bad mojo or something, haha. Can't wait to hear how it went for everyone!
  20. Night time binging?

    Seems to me your meals are too close together. All three meals within a 7 hour timeframe is different than the 4-5 hours between meals that's recommended. Shifting them around so that they're more evenly spaced, or eating your first meal sooner or last meal later may help?
  21. LaCroix Sparkling Water

    @MeadowLily I'm a huge LaCroix fan too, but have found that Perrier makes a very good flavored sparkling water... better than the ones you've listed. Grapefruit is my favorite.
  22. Starting March 6

    @Sara13 Make sure you're eating enough fat with your meals... it's what gets you from one meal to the next without getting too hungry. Funny about the guacamole packs. They were having a BOGO at my supermarket and I discovered the ingredients are compliant so bought a big thing of the spicy guac and little mini packs. I am not a fan of avocado, and can tolerate guacamole (it's the greasy slimy texture, I think), but saw they had a spicy variety. My 10 year old loves making hamburgers, so rather than having ketchup, which is my usual go to, I put some of the spicy guac and some of my canned tomatillo salsa on top. I was so happy! This time around I've really been focusing on how easy it is to make compliant meals while my family doesn't. Like last night I chopped up three little zucchini and put meat sauce on it, then had a side salad. The family had ravioli, French bread and butter. Although the bread and butter made me a little weak (it was like they were spreading the butter on in slow motion, lol) I think I could say no, even if I didn't have to. Also funny... I thought Wednesday was our day 30, and I started thinking it's tomorrow, Tuesday (right?). So, I have a day between day 30 and my vacation, which is good. I've decided to take a blank journal and log the food I eat. I think it will help to keep me on track, at least while traveling. So, are y'all weighing in at the end of this. I can't decide whether to do so on day 30 or the morning after.
  23. Coconut milk? Coconot!

    Good point. I use Bob's Red Mill... ingredients = potatoes only
  24. Starting March 6

    @Sara13 I hear you about trying to gag down a boiled egg before a workout. I usually have a bit of cashew butter on a banana, if anything at all. It's the one thing I'm actually pretty bad at.. eating prior to running. I'm so used to running on an empty stomach, because I otherwise get nauseous or heartburn. And, I have done barre classes but would rather poke an eye out to do a class in a room that's intentionally hot... I get overheated and would die! lol @DaskiMom I have found the mini lara bars and agree they're a good size. I have to be careful with some of them because I'm allergic to some types of fruits that aren't processed (apples, cherries, etc) and I've had a few where my mouth has itched pretty badly afterwards. Guess it means they're pretty fresh, but I have to avoid them.
  25. Starting March 6

    @DaskiMom I'm a big salad eater. I like the different textures I can get. I add whatever meat I have on hand, or boiled eggs, olives, cashews or whatever is on hand. I either make my own dressing or have Tessamaes. It's not too heavy, but it fills me up. I thought about Larabars right after I posted, and I think I will try those. The blueberry ones are my favorite. And, I can say that I'm a true runner, per your definition. My issues isn't going in the woods as much as it's going in my pants, lol