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    AtlantaJJ reacted to kirbz in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Guh, I'm already thinking about giving up on this! I'm struggling to find a balance between how much stress this program introduces to my life and the benefits it  brings. Because really, the meal planning and prep is HARD! And more than just hard, it's stressful. I stress about how to meal prep in order to have compliant foods on hand to eat. And I feel like I make it about as easy as it can be by spending a fortune buying pre-made items like sauces and dressings. So I'm spending lots of money and stressing, in order to try and be healthier! But how do I become healthier if I'm stressing all the time about becoming healthier!?
    In the past, when I did a successful Whole 43, I tended to wing my meals. I would decide what I wanted to eat for the next day on the way home from work, stop by the store to collect any items I didn't have, and then I'd prepare a meal that would be dinner and lunch the next day, and then a breakfast the next morning. That worked for me. 
    But I don't have access to a kitchen for a couple of days every work. And I'm not sure I can afford that style of eating. So I can't do my tried and true method of preparing meals. I tried the whole batch cooking concept this week and I absolutely HATE it. I resent the time it takes away from my precious weekend and my family (I don't get to spend every day with them as I travel for work). I hate not eating fresh foods all the time. I hate using a microwave for every meal (that can't be healthy, can it?). And I really hate eating the same darn thing over and over and over. So eating totally sucks. I don't enjoy it at all. But I can't figure out a way to do it differently. 
    Really, one of the reasons I'm doing this is because I want it to kick-start some lifelong dietery changes. But this just isn't sustainable. I can't do it for 30 days. How can I do it forever? And if I can't do it forever, why am I doing it at all? Maybe I should be trying some other way of eating. 
    I'm sorry for the tirade. I guess I'm hoping for a sympathetic ear and perhaps some experiences that could help me figure out how to make this less stressful and more sustainable.... I don't really want to give up. But I'm also not sure it's worth continuing like this. 
    I hope this isn't too much of a buzzkill for those of you who have yet even to start! I apologize! 
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    AtlantaJJ reacted to kirbz in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @Laura P. Welcome! 
    @LadyLisbette I don't know anything about Restaurant Depot but Costco has a surprisingly large amount of food that is Whole30 compliant! I was truly shocked at how many foods I found there with really clean ingredients. Here's some of the things I've purchased there in the past! 
    Kirkland Signature Smoked Pulled Pork (just boil the package for 12-15 minutes and it's ready to go) Aidells Chicken and Apple Smoked Chicken Sausage Parma Prosciutto di Parma Farmhouse Culture Classic Caraway Kraut  True Story Organic Oven Roasted Turkey Breast Snack Packs (can you say post-workout meal anyone?) True Story Organic Chicken Breast (they're chunks of chicken breasts that are great pre- or post-workout, or I've even created a meal with them when in a rush) Organic Cauliflower Rice (just add some ghee, sautee it up, and you're good to go)  Grillo's Pickles Dill Spears  Kirkland Signature Organic No-Salt Seasoning  Wholly Guacamole Organic Minis (mini guacamole cups that are perfect for a meal or on the go) 
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    AtlantaJJ reacted to Vanessa_ in AtlantaJJ's Re-Introduction   
    I really like Natural force organic whey. It’s kind of expensive but organic whey is the only ingredient 
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    AtlantaJJ got a reaction from Goddessdi1966 in Early morning workout foods   
    I am hard core, I mix it with water and take it "straight to the head". lol  It tastes like battery acid or something worse. 
    I chase it down with another full glass of water to get the taste out of my mouth.  I refuse to get the flavored kind because of the dyes, sweeteners and artificial flavorings. 
    I love what it's doing for me so I figure it's worth the nastiness!! 
     
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    AtlantaJJ reacted to LizaQ in LizaQ's Log   
    Day 32 - S 5/5
    B: 8:00 Skillet P: Ground beef V: green beans F: Ghee
    L: 2:00 Leftovers P: Chicken Sausage V: Carrots, arugula F: Olive oil
    D: 7:00 chicken P: Chicken Thighs
    Last night I just slumped and at some plain chicken and nothing else. Keeping up with the template is hard sometimes.
    I had a normal-ish poop in the morning. Had a very quiet day at home and was just tired enough to skip the party I was planning to go to but not so tired that I needed to take a nap of go to bed early. Only I don't think it was tiredness exactly. I just didn't have the energy to be social.
    Did a bunch of research. Cutting out all those otherwise healthy foods without being sure to add the fermented/organ/etc food I need doesn't sound that great. SO. I need to get going on this!
    And I would really like to add back in things like breath mints!
    I slept okish. Woke several times but went back to sleep fairly quickly. But leg pain again...I am not taking ibuprofen for it because it's on the list of "to avoid" for AIP. But if it helps me sleep? Just not sure!
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    AtlantaJJ reacted to LizaQ in LizaQ's Log   
    Hey @AtlantaJJ I hope I can be helpful!
    I forgot to put some more Friday stuff. That original cyst is resolved - and now I have 2 more. I had a small poop yesterday. I did not sleep well - woke at 6ish after a very restless night. No hot flashes at least!!
    The cysts and the sleeplessness can easily be hormone related. Actually, my digestive issues may also be hormone related. Supposedly, menopause affects everything! No period since February 15 so who knows what's going on in there. But I am frustrated at the thought that it may not be the foods so much as my body, if that makes sense.
    I'm already missing tomatoes. And asparagus. Sigh. And I was invited to a Conco de Mayo party tonight. I will just eat at home and have....well, these friends usually have La Croix so I will eat before I go and then just have sparkling water. Another sigh.
     
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    AtlantaJJ got a reaction from LizaQ in LizaQ's Log   
    I'm going to follow your journey because I need to decide my best eating plan and I'm so busy, work full time, etc. The information you are posting is very helpful! 
    I just found out about Paleo AIP, and FODMAP. I'm really interested in FODMAP...
    There is a so much to figure out! 
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    AtlantaJJ reacted to LizaQ in LizaQ's Log   
    Day 31 Friday 5/4
    B: 8ish leftovers P: Chicken thighs V: sweet potato and spinach and arugula F: Olive oil
    L: 1:30 skillet P: Ground beef V: Green beans F: Olive oil - not much
    D: 7:00 skillet P: Chicken sausage V: Arugula F: Olive oil - extra on top
    It was my son's birthday - 18!! So it involved a lot of baking/cooking things that I neither tasted nor ate. Shepherd's Pie and Bread Pudding with Hard Sauce. I am given to understand that it was all delicious lol.
    But prepping that plus my meals plus stuff I needed to do was a long long day after my night of little sleep. I laid down twice for about 30m each time. Couldn't sleep but it helped to get through the day. I was limping by 8ish and pretty achy. First time in a while, I think.
    I decided to only use the steroid cream 1x daily for a few days but I still didn't sleep well. Knee pain and left leg pain. I am seeing my hematologist soon and I will show him this bruise I have on the back of my left calf that I've had for at least 2 years. Maybe I am having a blood clotting issue? I looked up the bruise + pain and it is worth looking into.
    So. AIP. I have a short list of foods I can eat that I like that are W30, AIP and FOD-MAP. I need to look into: Omega-6 seafood. Organ meats. Fermented foods. All three of which are problematic for me.
    Seafood at home is an issue. My highly-sensitive daughter with Celiac and EE has a mini-heart attack if I even make canned tuna when she's around. When she's out I can eat that more often and I can try canned salmon. But cooking fish is just not happening in my home - that smell lingers. My husband loves fish - in a restaurant. He wouldn't be able to handle the smell either.
    Organ meat. My husband thinks they are gross and smell bad and I must say the very thought of most of them grosses me out. I used to tolerate liver and bacon the way my Mom made it but I can't order it in a restaurant unless I'm alone and I can't make it at home. The others seem so - horrible.
    Ditto fermented food. I'll eat the occasional pickle, but pickled veg, especially sauerkraut - Yuck!! The thought of Kombucha or kimchi turns my stomach.
    Obviously I am going to have to figure this out. I'm willing to try food that I think is gross, but I'm not ready to make my family suffer alongside me. Yet.
    So I'm thinking to start small with supplements. Liver pills. Fish-oil. Apple cider vinegar.
    Actually, my family has been very supportive of me, so long as they do not have to eat any of the weirder stuff I've made. They're all old enough to fend for themselves for 2 meals a day so I only have to have some kind of dinner for them every day. And yes - lots of people would say that my husband and 19yo daughter are adults and perfectly capable of making their own dinner. But I am home by choice - haven't worked in 27 years - and part of that deal is laundry done and dinner made!
    Anyway. Continuing to research. Especially fats. I think I will just have to keep pouring oil/melting ghee over my food for a while...
     
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    AtlantaJJ reacted to LizaQ in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    I have a post in the Reintroduction section where I'm talking about what to give up... but since I've decided not to do reintroduction now, I doubt I'l keep updating there. I plan to keep up with my W30 log post daily, if you want to follow what I'm eating/not eating, and my symptoms. It's very TMI and not that exciting but after a few more weeks I hope to see some improvement. I mean - how can I give up tomatoes and peppers, not to mention guacamole and onions without some tangible benefit to look forward to!
    I'm researching at The Paleo Mom site and her book is on my Amazon list to get!
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    AtlantaJJ got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Lisa, I'm very interested in the AIP Paleo, I think you have to give up night shades on this one. I love tomato sauce!! 
    Great job on the weight loss!!  
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    AtlantaJJ reacted to Kiralyn D in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    THANK YOU for this! I have been panicking over what happens after Day 30... It’s technically Day 32 for me, but I keep saying, just one more day. It DOES feel safer to stay here... But that’s not the point!! I just kept waiting for someone to tell me what to do... But I need to figure it out for myself and find my WholeKira. I mean I “knew” this, but reading this - it finally clicked. Sitting down to make my own reintroduction schedule now. 
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    AtlantaJJ reacted to LizaQ in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    All done!! I lost 7.2 pounds - a nice amount for 30 days. I'm reading up on the Paleo AIP (auto-immune protocol) and I will be transitioning to that from the W30 gradually. Eventually I will reintroduce things!
    I can honestly say that even though some things are not better (skin) and some are worse (bathroom issues), I do have more energy and less pain. That is HUGE for me!!
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    AtlantaJJ reacted to Senator in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Great job!
    I decided to do a "Whole40."
    My weigh in today revealed that I lost 20.8 pounds over the last 30 days.
    I was shocked! I am going to push on to day 40 and make a decision from there.
    Thank you all for the encouraging words over the past month.
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    AtlantaJJ got a reaction from ladyshanny in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    I am planning to longer because my eczema has cleared up about 90% since I started the Whole30. I am considering continuing until I can go to an allergist. I'm not sure that I am ready to start re-introduction. 
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    AtlantaJJ got a reaction from Kiralyn D in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Hello Every!!

    I'm not quite at the end, I'm going until May 15th because of a slip and I want to stay Whole30 while are doing a weight loss challenge at work. Whole30 has been an amazing experience for me! The number one benefit is that I cooked all except one meal for myself the entire month of April. That is a miracle. I spent way too much money, purchased new cookware, a spiralizer, an Instant Pot, dusted off my food processor. (I am determined to make the perfect beet chip. I doubled my grocery bill but I slashed my eating out bill. My son is addicted to breakfast egg muffins, I love them too, because it's hard for me to eat boiled eggs, I had to come up with a plan to eat eggs on the go.  I also joined Real Plans, game changer for me.  Whole30 stopped my crazy snacking at night. That was huge! 
    The first thing I want to add back is some type of powdered protein because I workout a lot, and I need to be able to have fast protein when I'm on the run. I found out that Dr. Axe has a bone broth protein that is expensive, but it's a very healthy way to get protein. I also discovered adding beet powder to the protein as a fast way to add a healthy carb post workout. I could also roast beets and add them to a smoothie if I have more time.  
    I plan to read some of the Whole30 books and do another Whole30 in the future. I felt a little rushed going into this Whole30.  I plan to stay Paleo-ish because I want to fight inflammation. I think it's the best option. The only thing I really want to add back is legumes, and a very limited amount of grains, very slowly. (Beans and rice will help my food budget! )  
    Sorry I wasn't more active on the forum, but I was spending so much time in the kitchen, I am getting a little more efficient with my cooking now too!  I lost 10 lbs so far!! 
    Great journey!
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    AtlantaJJ reacted to ladyshanny in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    I suffer from it as well (and am currently in a horrible flare up caused by.......mangos). For me, once I stop eating the offender, it will take 14-21 days for the injured skin to clear up. The sucky thing about eczema is that a reintroduction of the one thing for a day (eg, dairy, gluten etc) isn't probably going to flare it up. You can probably count on doing a much longer, slower intro to eventually find all your triggers. Mine are dairy and acidifying fruits like strawberries, mango, kiwi, tomato etc. But only when I over-consume.  One mango shared w/ my husband = good. A whole mango to myself every night for a week = v v bad.
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    AtlantaJJ got a reaction from ladyshanny in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    I am planning to longer because my eczema has cleared up about 90% since I started the Whole30. I am considering continuing until I can go to an allergist. I'm not sure that I am ready to start re-introduction. 
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    AtlantaJJ reacted to Hope4Overcomers in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    I have a host of autoimmune diseases that have put me on Disability. Clearly inflation is the major issue. But I plan some reintroductions, on a limited basis and going towards my normal bend, which is vegetarian, so a modified Vegetarian Whole30 with eggs and some seafood.
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    AtlantaJJ reacted to Senator in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Both to help the new habits stick and, candidly, to continue the weight loss (I'm down four belt hook positions).
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    AtlantaJJ reacted to Senator in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Day 29 and I am debating whether to go 40 or 45.
    Any thoughts or experiences?
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    AtlantaJJ got a reaction from Kiralyn D in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Hello Every!!

    I'm not quite at the end, I'm going until May 15th because of a slip and I want to stay Whole30 while are doing a weight loss challenge at work. Whole30 has been an amazing experience for me! The number one benefit is that I cooked all except one meal for myself the entire month of April. That is a miracle. I spent way too much money, purchased new cookware, a spiralizer, an Instant Pot, dusted off my food processor. (I am determined to make the perfect beet chip. I doubled my grocery bill but I slashed my eating out bill. My son is addicted to breakfast egg muffins, I love them too, because it's hard for me to eat boiled eggs, I had to come up with a plan to eat eggs on the go.  I also joined Real Plans, game changer for me.  Whole30 stopped my crazy snacking at night. That was huge! 
    The first thing I want to add back is some type of powdered protein because I workout a lot, and I need to be able to have fast protein when I'm on the run. I found out that Dr. Axe has a bone broth protein that is expensive, but it's a very healthy way to get protein. I also discovered adding beet powder to the protein as a fast way to add a healthy carb post workout. I could also roast beets and add them to a smoothie if I have more time.  
    I plan to read some of the Whole30 books and do another Whole30 in the future. I felt a little rushed going into this Whole30.  I plan to stay Paleo-ish because I want to fight inflammation. I think it's the best option. The only thing I really want to add back is legumes, and a very limited amount of grains, very slowly. (Beans and rice will help my food budget! )  
    Sorry I wasn't more active on the forum, but I was spending so much time in the kitchen, I am getting a little more efficient with my cooking now too!  I lost 10 lbs so far!! 
    Great journey!
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    AtlantaJJ got a reaction from Kiralyn D in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Hello Every!!

    I'm not quite at the end, I'm going until May 15th because of a slip and I want to stay Whole30 while are doing a weight loss challenge at work. Whole30 has been an amazing experience for me! The number one benefit is that I cooked all except one meal for myself the entire month of April. That is a miracle. I spent way too much money, purchased new cookware, a spiralizer, an Instant Pot, dusted off my food processor. (I am determined to make the perfect beet chip. I doubled my grocery bill but I slashed my eating out bill. My son is addicted to breakfast egg muffins, I love them too, because it's hard for me to eat boiled eggs, I had to come up with a plan to eat eggs on the go.  I also joined Real Plans, game changer for me.  Whole30 stopped my crazy snacking at night. That was huge! 
    The first thing I want to add back is some type of powdered protein because I workout a lot, and I need to be able to have fast protein when I'm on the run. I found out that Dr. Axe has a bone broth protein that is expensive, but it's a very healthy way to get protein. I also discovered adding beet powder to the protein as a fast way to add a healthy carb post workout. I could also roast beets and add them to a smoothie if I have more time.  
    I plan to read some of the Whole30 books and do another Whole30 in the future. I felt a little rushed going into this Whole30.  I plan to stay Paleo-ish because I want to fight inflammation. I think it's the best option. The only thing I really want to add back is legumes, and a very limited amount of grains, very slowly. (Beans and rice will help my food budget! )  
    Sorry I wasn't more active on the forum, but I was spending so much time in the kitchen, I am getting a little more efficient with my cooking now too!  I lost 10 lbs so far!! 
    Great journey!
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    AtlantaJJ got a reaction from Kiralyn D in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Hello Every!!

    I'm not quite at the end, I'm going until May 15th because of a slip and I want to stay Whole30 while are doing a weight loss challenge at work. Whole30 has been an amazing experience for me! The number one benefit is that I cooked all except one meal for myself the entire month of April. That is a miracle. I spent way too much money, purchased new cookware, a spiralizer, an Instant Pot, dusted off my food processor. (I am determined to make the perfect beet chip. I doubled my grocery bill but I slashed my eating out bill. My son is addicted to breakfast egg muffins, I love them too, because it's hard for me to eat boiled eggs, I had to come up with a plan to eat eggs on the go.  I also joined Real Plans, game changer for me.  Whole30 stopped my crazy snacking at night. That was huge! 
    The first thing I want to add back is some type of powdered protein because I workout a lot, and I need to be able to have fast protein when I'm on the run. I found out that Dr. Axe has a bone broth protein that is expensive, but it's a very healthy way to get protein. I also discovered adding beet powder to the protein as a fast way to add a healthy carb post workout. I could also roast beets and add them to a smoothie if I have more time.  
    I plan to read some of the Whole30 books and do another Whole30 in the future. I felt a little rushed going into this Whole30.  I plan to stay Paleo-ish because I want to fight inflammation. I think it's the best option. The only thing I really want to add back is legumes, and a very limited amount of grains, very slowly. (Beans and rice will help my food budget! )  
    Sorry I wasn't more active on the forum, but I was spending so much time in the kitchen, I am getting a little more efficient with my cooking now too!  I lost 10 lbs so far!! 
    Great journey!
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    AtlantaJJ reacted to Hope4Overcomers in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Good morning @AtlantaJJ! I’ll be going along with you, with a bit of reintroduction during a family wedding wedding and my son’s visit from out of state, mid June-ish. I plan on going more vegetarian but I too fight inflamation, in fact I have two of those bone broth’s in my cupboard now! And I still have more meat left. I eat eggs daily too. 
    It has been a real change for me to cook 3 meals a day too! I did purchase two salads with chicken, but other than that I cooked. Wow, a new and improved me!
    ill see ya on the forum! Keep posting! Loved hearing from you!
    Be encouraged! xo Dianne
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    AtlantaJJ reacted to humanitysurvey in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    I found that sugar triggered my sinuses. The very first W30 I did was in the spring and I realized I wasn't taking my allergy medicine any more and I wasn't getting sore throats anymore. So glad you are feeling better.