nicoledawn913

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    nicoledawn913 reacted to pags98 in What do you drink?   
    I've said this on the forum a few times now, but he honestly just needs to suck it up (man to man here/tough love).  I drank a minimum of 60 oz of soda per day.  It went down something like this: 44oz soda from the corner store in the morning to get me to lunch.  Water or a 20oz soda at lunch.  One or two 12 oz sodas at home in the evening. 
    I took to Spindrift my first Whole30 and also found a compliant Spearmint Hot Tea to give me a bit of caffeine help.  I had horrible headaches for a few days but then the SpinDrift and Water alone were fine.  By the end of my first Whole30 I could no longer stand the tasted of diet soda.  Now when I absolutely feel like I want one I'll oblige myself with one regular sugar soda but otherwise it's water, sparkling water or SpinDrift.   During my current Whole30 I have had tea once or twice a week and drink at least 80 oz of regular water and (2) 12oz Sparkling Waters of various types a day.  
    Yes it sucks, but it will likely change his perspective on those drinks.  This is still one of my biggest NSVs of Whole30 and it has lasted over 6 months!
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    nicoledawn913 got a reaction from Newsland33 in Achieving is believing   
    Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us!  I am on Day 4 of my second round and although I finished the first one, I did not do reintroduction properly, nor have I stuck with the plan very closely over the last year.  This round I am determined to do the reintroduction that is right for me and make these changes a lifestyle.  Stories like these always help.  I'm in my early 30's so my goal is preventing the "normal" aging pains before they even happen.  Good for you for making the changes necessary to enjoy your life to the fullest, and I love that your wife has joined you as well!
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    nicoledawn913 got a reaction from LindsayO in Primal Kitchen Mayo   
    I personally do not love the Primal Kitchen mayo after having made my own several times.  I think homemade tastes way better!  But it never hurts to try it and see for yourself!  Mayo is a staple in my house during the Whole30 and I use it the same way as others have already mentioned.  It's also really good as a dip for sweet potatoes if you mix it with some compliant ketchup!
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    nicoledawn913 reacted to xx_firefly in Brand new and starting September 1 to get my health back   
    Hi y'all!
    I started on the 1st (because I too must match days to the days of the month) and I would love to keep up with you guys.
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    nicoledawn913 reacted to Readyfor30! in Shopping lists   
    Thank you! I now have a Costco list and a Trader Joe's list -- all printable!
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    nicoledawn913 reacted to laura_juggles in Impact of eating starchy veggies?   
    There's also a huge difference in the impact to your blood sugar when having a breakfast like you had (with carbs, protein, and fat) and having a breakfast like pancakes which is virtually all sugary carbs. 
    You can't just look at one aspect of what you're having in a meal (like the beets) when you're not having *only* beets as your meal. Maybe comparing beets to pancakes, you'd see a similar impact on blood sugar, but when you factor in the eggs, avocado, and whatever else was in the hash, it completely changes things. 
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    nicoledawn913 reacted to ladyshanny in Impact of eating starchy veggies?   
    There's a difference between fat adaptation and being in ketosis where your body ONLY burns fat. It's a common misconception. The fist sized serving of starchy veggie or one-two servings of fruit will keep you out of ketosis (which is fine) but if you balance your meals according to the template and use the 4-5 hour meal timing along w/ eating that first meal within an hour of waking, you'll become fat adapted. This means your body can easily switch between fuel sources (carbs and fat) as needed w/ no impact to you.
    We recommend not propping up sugar cravings with fruits, not eating fruit alone and limiting things like the carbier nuts (cashews etc) and dried fruits. These items will slow down that transition to fat adaptation. The sweet potato is fine and kudos to you that you figured out that you feel best with that included.
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    nicoledawn913 reacted to Shell22 in Brand new and starting September 1 to get my health back   
    Hi there! I’m also starting tomorrow and would love to join you in the next 30 days to support & encourage each other! I have always wanted to break free from my sugar addiction & am excited to finally do it! Not to mention I need to lose about 15 pounds and want to feel good in my own skin again. Good luck tomorrow! I love eating eggos for breakfast, but have to remind myself I also like eggs a lot so it’s all good 
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    nicoledawn913 got a reaction from Blair W in Brand new and starting September 1 to get my health back   
    @Blair W Beautiful picture of you and your little girl!!
    I'm planning to start the first as well!  I was originally going to start on the 3rd with the official Whole30 group, but I like the idea of the days matching the date on the calendar!  
    I have completed one successful Whole30 but did not follow the reintroduction properly so I definitely want to do that by the book this time!
    Let's all support each other and make this one great!
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    nicoledawn913 reacted to dianne m in Starting January 2!   
    So, I work in $F, and am usually running late in the am, so, I end up buying breakfast and lunch.  Then there is the occasional "hey, wanna take a walk and get some coffee?" afternoon things - so it REALLY adds up - we are talking $15 minimum per day/5 days a week (sometimes weekends).  And don't even get me started on the easy 7:30 pm text to the hubs "do I need to bring home dinner?" which results in my picking up dinner for two between bus stop and home and blowing $40 - $50+ more than once a week (and, I would sit and drink a glass of wine while I waited, which is across the board insanely expensive in the bay area).   
    At the beginning I went hog wild and spent what I thought was a lot of money on the staples listed - the organic everything at Whole Foods and felt like it was costing a fortune.  But, in reality, I didn't need all those staples (... yet, so I am set for Lent, perhaps), and found some very comparable organics at the close-by Safeway and local organic leaning stores.   But, we drink more than 3 bottles of wine per week (being honest ), so that savings is huge, and the hubs has been drinking beer, but it hasn't affected my resolve.   (I have a decent stash of wine in my basement that has not tempted me once, btw... it's crazy).
    So, I'm with you LagunaRover - at the outset it seemed like it was costing a fortune, but I pull my debit card out of my wallet, like NEVER, during the workweek, and I think the credit union is about to call to see if I'm okay or got a divorce, bc my spending is nil.
     
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    nicoledawn913 reacted to Christiana in Starting January 2!   
    Hi All!
    I wish you all a happy Friday! I can't believe that this is the last weekend! It really has gone fast.
    I have to tell you I made the BEST recipe last night. https://nomnompaleo.com/sheet-pan-chicken-fajitas
    These on butter lettuce were so incredible! The avocado crema too! The only thing I changed was I used 1 Tbsp of lime juice in the crema instead of 2!
    Have a great weekend!
     
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    nicoledawn913 reacted to Garden Gal in Starting January 2!   
    I think this is where we all are. Brent Fikowski is a CrossFit superstar and said the following in a recent interview:
    “You’ve got to find substitutes that you still enjoy. Don’t try and go straight into just, rice, chicken, and broccoli. Find a few things you eat that need replacing. It’s all about building good habits. Instead of eating breaded chicken fingers, I buy chicken breast and find a way that I like to cook them that makes me feel just as good.  It shouldn’t feel like a sacrifice. It needs to become a habit, a lifestyle. 
    The same is true with exercise. I love CrossFit. But if you love the water and you love swimming, then find a routine and a group of people and swim. If exercise becomes a chore, it won’t become a part of your lifestyle....You want to be happy!   The reason I eat this way is because it makes me feel good, and when I feel good, I train good, and when I drink good, I’m happier. People ask,  “Don’t you miss ice cream and beer?”  Well, yeah!   But then I would feel awful. “
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    nicoledawn913 got a reaction from racheleats in Starting January 2!   
    Happy Day 24!!
    I think I've made the sad discovery that coffee just isn't the best thing for me.  The first couple weeks of this round I did not drink any and then the last week or so I've added it back in.  I haven't felt as good as what I was in the beginning so I've decided it has to be coffee.  I did not have any yesterday and think I feel more clear headed already.  So that's sad, but oh well!
    On a happier note, I've found a new favorite sauce.  I'm sure I am not the first one to do it, but if you have some of the Tessemae's Ketchup, mix that up with some of your homemade mayo.  It is AMAZING!!  So far I've had it on hamburgers and potatoes and I keep planning meals around what else I can have it on.  Condiments make such a difference on the Whole30 so I always love finding a new one that's good!
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    nicoledawn913 got a reaction from racheleats in Starting January 2!   
    Happy Day 24!!
    I think I've made the sad discovery that coffee just isn't the best thing for me.  The first couple weeks of this round I did not drink any and then the last week or so I've added it back in.  I haven't felt as good as what I was in the beginning so I've decided it has to be coffee.  I did not have any yesterday and think I feel more clear headed already.  So that's sad, but oh well!
    On a happier note, I've found a new favorite sauce.  I'm sure I am not the first one to do it, but if you have some of the Tessemae's Ketchup, mix that up with some of your homemade mayo.  It is AMAZING!!  So far I've had it on hamburgers and potatoes and I keep planning meals around what else I can have it on.  Condiments make such a difference on the Whole30 so I always love finding a new one that's good!
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    nicoledawn913 reacted to OHMaryF in Starting January 2!   
    I am sad that you have found coffee is not for you. Even when I did not like the taste of coffee, I always liked the smell. I have not tried any of the Tessemae's products, but I may try the ketchup. I have to watch as ketchup is a companion to my no-brake foods, but I would like to see if it is different with a ketchup that does not have the sugar/corn syryp. 
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    nicoledawn913 got a reaction from racheleats in Starting January 2!   
    Happy Day 24!!
    I think I've made the sad discovery that coffee just isn't the best thing for me.  The first couple weeks of this round I did not drink any and then the last week or so I've added it back in.  I haven't felt as good as what I was in the beginning so I've decided it has to be coffee.  I did not have any yesterday and think I feel more clear headed already.  So that's sad, but oh well!
    On a happier note, I've found a new favorite sauce.  I'm sure I am not the first one to do it, but if you have some of the Tessemae's Ketchup, mix that up with some of your homemade mayo.  It is AMAZING!!  So far I've had it on hamburgers and potatoes and I keep planning meals around what else I can have it on.  Condiments make such a difference on the Whole30 so I always love finding a new one that's good!
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    nicoledawn913 got a reaction from racheleats in Starting January 2!   
    Happy Day 24!!
    I think I've made the sad discovery that coffee just isn't the best thing for me.  The first couple weeks of this round I did not drink any and then the last week or so I've added it back in.  I haven't felt as good as what I was in the beginning so I've decided it has to be coffee.  I did not have any yesterday and think I feel more clear headed already.  So that's sad, but oh well!
    On a happier note, I've found a new favorite sauce.  I'm sure I am not the first one to do it, but if you have some of the Tessemae's Ketchup, mix that up with some of your homemade mayo.  It is AMAZING!!  So far I've had it on hamburgers and potatoes and I keep planning meals around what else I can have it on.  Condiments make such a difference on the Whole30 so I always love finding a new one that's good!
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    nicoledawn913 reacted to Mousey14 in Starting January 2!   
    Hello all!  HUGE NSV for me last week... I made it through a week in the land of CHEESE CURDS, spent 15 hours in various airports on the 15th, lived in a hotel room for 4 days and, because I was prepared, I was able to stay 100% compliant and I feel FANTASTIC!!
    Happy day 21, everyone!  Keep up the great work!
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    nicoledawn913 got a reaction from Mousey14 in Starting January 2!   
    I made those fajitas the other night and they were delicious!  Putting them on a metal rack to cook is definitely key!!  I did not try the Avocado Crema, I used a creamy avocado sauce from Stupid Easy Paleo, so I can't say how her's is, but overall it was amazing!
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    nicoledawn913 reacted to diamonds422 in Starting January 2!   
    I remembered as soon as I posted that I had gotten that recipe from someone on here. I've had the tab open to the recipe at work since you mentioned it to our group haha. Thanks for sharing it!
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    nicoledawn913 reacted to diamonds422 in Starting January 2!   
    That's wonderful. The Whole30 helps me with my mental health, too. It's not a complete cure for me either, but it makes a huge difference.
    Y'all, I would just like to echo again how freaking amazing Mel Joulwan's chocolate chili is. I made a double batch a couple days ago and usually I freeze half, but this time my husband and I are just eating our way through it! Let it simmer as long as possible and you will really taste the difference. I like to throw a big handful of fresh spinach in my bowl and mix it in to get more veggies in there.
    Tonight I'll be making Nom Nom Paleo's sheet pan chicken fajitas with avocado crema. I'll report back and let everyone know how it is. It's only now, on my fourth Whole30, that I'm getting the hang of cooking on a schedule without it taking over my life or randomly running out of food in the middle of the week. Practice makes perfect, I guess!
    https://nomnompaleo.com/2017/06/13/20170613sheet-pan-chicken-fajitas-avocado-crema
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    nicoledawn913 reacted to dianne m in Starting January 2!   
    I think the tiger blood has hit!  If that is what prompted me to get into high gear and make "perfect burgers" last night, then roast spaghetti squash and sweet potatoes; and while those were roasting, making the downright SCRUMPTIOUS mashed cauliflower!  Went to bed a little later than usual; slept till 5 and took the dog for a power walk/jog.  It felt SO GOOD!
    Also - confession/confusion time - I am not sure how it is I fit into those jeans, b/c my other clothes still just slightly less snug, and other smaller things aren't really fitting yet.  I must have stretched them out so much last time I tried to get into them  ... and with less bloat I was able to zip them up.  Who knows?  It's baffling to me - but I don't care - I feel SO GOOD!   I know I am walking taller.  I feel happier.  I find I am being gentler with strangers, too.  I work in SF, and pedestrians and cars alike can be so annoying, but I've been much calmer when getting cut off by a car while in a crosswalk; or when someone with head buried in phone just plain stops right in the middle of the sidewalk... 
    Anyway, I am LOVING the food.  Referring to the W30 book is making me a better cook.  I never looked up how to make a burger before (how hard can it be?), and now, I see what I have been doing wrong!  Day by Day is a great way to track everything and as someone above said, moving that marker to the next page is really satisfying.  I am also thinking of slowly adding back in only wine after the 30 days, bc birthday, and then continuing with W40 through Lent.  I support a team going to trial right after Easter and I am finding this way of eating and behavior modification is totally busting stress issues for me!
    Sorry for the long winded-ness, but I really feel like this challenge is a winner!
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    nicoledawn913 reacted to BeckyB in Starting January 2!   
    If you feel like your Whole30 progress isn’t showing you results fast enough, I’d like to share a thought I had this morning.  It occurred to me that a huge NSV for me was the feeling of control I’ve been having.  Everyone has so much in their life that they have zero control over.  Those things we can’t control affect us, our lives, our loved ones, and we have to deal with the fallout every day.  Each day we have to, once again, reconcile ourselves and accept them.  Controlling what you eat via the Whole 30, and doing it day after day, has slowly given me a feeling of power that I quite enjoy.  It resonates.  I CAN control something that affects me in a very big way.  It feels GOOD.
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    nicoledawn913 got a reaction from Christiana in Starting January 2!   
    I've tried two new dinner recipes this week and both were a hit at my house!  They were super easy as well, which as we all know, is always nice!  Thought I'd share them here in case anyone is interested!
    https://nomnompaleo.com/2017/06/13/20170613sheet-pan-chicken-fajitas-avocado-crema  (I did not make her Avocado Crema, instead I made the Creamy Avocado Sauce from Stupid Easy Paleo: https://www.stupideasypaleo.com/2016/03/12/chicken-fajitas-recipe/)
    http://www.justjessieb.com/2018/01/hawaiian-bbq-chicken-bowls-whole30.html
    These two are both going to go on rotation!  I hope you enjoy them too!
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    nicoledawn913 got a reaction from Christiana in Starting January 2!   
    I've tried two new dinner recipes this week and both were a hit at my house!  They were super easy as well, which as we all know, is always nice!  Thought I'd share them here in case anyone is interested!
    https://nomnompaleo.com/2017/06/13/20170613sheet-pan-chicken-fajitas-avocado-crema  (I did not make her Avocado Crema, instead I made the Creamy Avocado Sauce from Stupid Easy Paleo: https://www.stupideasypaleo.com/2016/03/12/chicken-fajitas-recipe/)
    http://www.justjessieb.com/2018/01/hawaiian-bbq-chicken-bowls-whole30.html
    These two are both going to go on rotation!  I hope you enjoy them too!