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    frogtox got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in 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! 
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    frogtox reacted to ladyshanny in Help, short notice!   
    I was just going to say what @ShannonM816 said: this looks like one of the easiest menus to navigate that I've seen so far! You should be fine!
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    frogtox reacted to ShannonM816 in Help, short notice!   
    Assuming cost is not a consideration for you, this is actually one of the best options for a whole30 restaurant outing. Any of the steaks or seafood that can be dry grilled would probably work, just speak to your server and confirm they're not marinated, and ask for dry grilled, no butter, no sauce, and ask about seasonings or specify just salt and pepper. There's bound to be at least one of the cooked vegetable options that can be prepared without butter or sauce, and you can probably get a salad with no cheese or croutons, with olive oil and either vinegar or lemon wedges for dressing.
    If you're not comfortable asking questions in front of the group, you might be able to excuse yourself from the table and ask the server away from the table, or get there a few minutes early and talk to someone about what to order before you're seated.
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    frogtox reacted to SarinaLR in Purse Dressing!   
    I had a friend come to town last minute today and called to meet up around 2 for a late lunch.  She called about 10am so I had some time to strategize and eat a small pre lunch just in case I had to cut everything out of my salad once we got there.  She wanted to hit up TGI Friday's so I got on the computer and started reading.  Million Dollar Cobb!  It sounded pretty good after leaving off the cheese and bacon.  They had a chicken, steak or fish option but I was fully prepared to ask them to leave off the meat and add extra eggs and avocado for me if the waitress didn't seem sure of her answers about the meat.  Luckily we had the best waitress ever!  I asked and the steak (which was my #1 choice) isn't marinated and they'd be happy to ONLY use salt and pepper on it.  LOVE IT!  So my salad (while still a TGIF salad) was downright edible and close to good, I'm pretty sure I stayed 100% AND I'd remembered my handy dandy purse dressing so I didn't end up eating it plain.  
    I typically have a little cooler with some snacks in it and so today I added a bottle of compliant dressing and just transferred it to my purse before we went in.  The waitress laughed at me but said she totally gets it because both of her daughters have a lot of restrictions.  Overall even though I could have made a better salad at my house it was lovely to not get left out of the girls lunch.  Go Me!
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    frogtox reacted to stone house in Start date Tuesday September 5th   
    Hey Frogtox -- we're in the teens! I consider it halfway through, since we've gotten through two weekends. Weekends are hard, and I think the second one is the worst, so I definitely feel like we're over the hump. We're spending four days with my sister later in the week. She's a day ahead of us in w30, so it'll be good to make meals together, exercise, etc., and get through weekend three with a fresh face. We made a really great jambalaya the other day with cauliflower rice. Lots of recipes for it online. Whole Foods has compliant andouille. Have a great week all!
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    frogtox reacted to NoneOtherThanAmy in Can I Do...   
    @WholeCourtney I had a lot of the same hang ups when I started my first Whole30. I had about 50 lbs to lose and I had successfully lost weight in the past by tracking and restricting calories. I tracked calories using MyFitnessPal for a few days until I knew I wasn't eating 3,000 calories a day and then I read some of the old forum posts about calorie tracking and I managed to quit. One of the big things that helped me with quitting calorie tracking was that calorie restriction often does not result in long-term weight loss (which was apparent in my own life) and I wanted to be in this for the long haul.  Still, about day 10 or so, I was like, "I NEED to weigh myself!!!!!" I was sure I was eating too much and that I was gaining weight. One of the mods stopped by with a perspective that really helped. She said, "People aren't cattle, we don't need to be weighed". That really made me pause and think. There is absolutely no reason I need to know the number on the scale, other than to track progress and I have a million other ways to do that instead.
    It has now been about 4 months since I started my Whole30 journey and I have lost around 20 lbs. It doesn't sound like much, but it has been slow, sustainable weight loss. What's more impressive is that I've lost about 3 pants sizes and a shirt size. I've been this weight before with calorie restriction and didn't fit into these sizes at that time. This is different. The other interesting thing is that I have now completely let go of the number on the scale. If I stuck to my original plan, I'd still have about 30 lbs to lose, but I'm happily at peace with my body right now. I think I'd be OK with it if I maintained this weight. I'm currently doing another Whole30 and am not sure I'll weigh myself at the end. I've already thrown out my scale, but I could borrow a friend's if I wanted to. I don't think I will though, I think I like the idea of completely ignoring the number on the scale and instead focusing on my non-scale victories.  
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    frogtox reacted to mtex1985 in Start date Tuesday September 5th   
    hehe I am not, Stone House. Im  from CT where the days are starting to get cooler so comfort meals are my fave!  We are all doing so well!
    Planning to grocery shop after work to gather everything I need for prepping this weekend. The menu for the coming week is:
    Paleo/Whole30 chili
    Chorizo, carmelized onion, sweet potato crust frittata
    Salmon cakes
    Crockpot Buffalo Chicken
    I'll also bake some sweet potatoes for the chili and buffalo chicken, make ranch again, salad for the frittata and salmon cakes, roasted veg (brussel sprouts, green beans, carrots and sweet potatoes)
    If for some reason I run out of food (gosh I hope not!) I'll plan to hard boil some eggs and we can always make a quick meal w/ grilled steaks and veg/salad or fish. 
    I've found that planning ahead helps me to not constantly be thinking about food and whether I will have enough for the next day or two. I have a plan. And my plan will be successful, because Im DETERMINED to be successful!! For context I've made all of these recipes already and they are a huge hit in my family, which makes the prep that much easier!
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    frogtox got a reaction from SusanS in 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.
     
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    frogtox reacted to Lauren186 in First Whole 30, Introducing myself   
    Hello everyone! My name is Lauren and I am doing my first Whole30 challenge starting today. 
    I wanted to share a few of my "why's" to hold myself publicly accountable and to shed light on why this is important to me so that I can refer to this when I feel the urge to quit. 
    My first why is simply to become more healthy and to adopt a healthy lifestyle that I can maintain over a long term period. Put good things into my body and get good out! Halloween is coming and who doesn't love to feel great strutting their stuff in an awesome costume!
    My second is to combat my GI issues and not have to take medication for them any longer! 
    My third is very personal and hard to share. My husband and I recently experienced a pregnancy loss. And although we know this is common and there is nothing that could have been done to prevent or change the circumstances, I can control my nutrition to make my body an ideal place to create new life.  
     
    Whole30 seems like a great plan to achieve these goals and I hope to surprise myself and make it to the end!
    Good luck to everyone else starting their journey as well
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    frogtox got a reaction from SusanS in 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.
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    frogtox reacted to Selcazare in Caesar Salad Dressing Tips or Recipe?   
    Their creamy ranch is my favorite salad dressing, hands down.
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    frogtox reacted to mtex1985 in Start date Tuesday September 5th   
    Happy Day 4! So far so good for me, except that I got my period today (BOO ) Im feeling a bit foggy at work.  Any tips for battling the feeling of depletion this next week of my cycle?
     Meals have been great, but with two little boys Im finding Im spending so much time in the kitchen and not playing with them in the evenings so this weekend Im going to do a lot more prep to make things easier on myself during the busy work week.  Ive been fortunate in that my parents and in laws both have amazing vegetable gardens and have given me lots of fresh produce to use.  
    Also, my order of Pumpkin Spice Nutpods arrive today, so I'll enjoy a nice cup of coffee on the soccer field tomorrow morning!  
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    frogtox got a reaction from SusanS in 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.
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    frogtox reacted to pilatesfan in Start date Tuesday September 5th   
    The start of day 3 and I feel a little sluggish but actually slept a little later than usual.  Makes me again realize how much sugar affects how much I use it for a crutch.  I made sweet potato soup yesterday.  I usually make butternut squash but didn't have a compliant chicken broth.  I have homemade mayonnaise and clarified butter prepped.  I bought ghee last time at the start but didn't really care for it.  I found nutpods a couple of weeks ago at a TJ Maxx if you can believe that.  I'm liking it better than almond milk in my one cup of coffee I allow myself every day.  Not sure about the menu today but have lots of options available as I stocked up at the grocery store.  I have been making scrambled eggs, avocado and some fruit the past few days for breakfast.  I need to prep some lettuce for salad.  I bought brussell sprouts but not sure how I will prepare them.  Last time around I roasted them with sweet potatoes.  I'm retired and like to cook so I have plenty of time....just don't always take the time and grab something quick that is most often a poor choice.  Hope everyone has a good day!
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    frogtox got a reaction from SusanS in 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.
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    frogtox got a reaction from SusanS in 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.
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    frogtox reacted to Eye of the Tiger in Quick note about a HUGE health NSV!   
    @Nana Valente I'm doing great!  Thanks!  I completed the w30, and I'm on day 9 of reintro.  I'm doing the slow roll reintro, so I've only reintro'd legumes and corn.  I found out I can have occasional legumes, and they give me lots of energy for a good workout.  Food made with corn will only be a rare treat because of how it affected me.  I won't be reintro-ing dairy or gluten for a long time, if ever.  I've been gluten and dairy free for a long time before w30.  My next reintro food is going to be rice, then oats, then added sugar.  I'm adding separate food types, not groups like non-grain foods all in the same day.  I'm doing that because I have specific food sensitivities I'm trying to figure out.
    I expect my heartrate to lower more because I just started jogging last week, along with other exercise.
    I was going to reintro rice today, but waiting until tomorrow or Friday because it has taken a while for my stomach to recover from the corn products.
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    frogtox got a reaction from spunky1 in 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
     
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    frogtox got a reaction from Carol in Coconut milk? Coconot!   
    Good point. I use Bob's Red Mill... ingredients = potatoes only
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    frogtox got a reaction from spunky1 in 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
     
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    frogtox got a reaction from spunky1 in 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
     
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    frogtox reacted to KiwiJG in Starting March 6   
     @Curley Girl and @DaskiMom - congrats on the weight loss!  I lost 7.6lb - and be totally honest I was hoping for a little more (that's about 4.5% of my body weight from day 1  - but can't say it's a muscle/fat thing as I haven't been working out).  Good news is that I lost 3" from both my waist and hips (and 0.5" from chest).
    @foxtrot I also had steel cut oats this morning! Love your story about not going with the TV remote batteries - that truly shows you are in the spirit of whole30.
    I wouldn't say I savored every minute of my first off-whole30 meal, but I did enjoy it and so looking forward to being able to have regular breakfasts again.  Also time for me to get back to crossfit.
    I'm almost done with FFF, and really like the philosophy of it.  I plan to use the new thread a fair amount to find out how others are doing and help keep me on track.
    WE DID IT!!!!
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    frogtox got a reaction from Sara13 in 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.
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    frogtox got a reaction from Sara13 in 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.
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    frogtox got a reaction from Sara13 in 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.