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  1. melsboys

    Got up the nerve, I'm doing it

    Good luck! You can definitely do this....take it one meal at a time! It can be a challenge when others in the house aren't doing the Whole30 with you, but I find having meal items prepped and ready to go helps a lot.
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    July 1 Whole30 Start-- Get Ready To Feel GREAT!

    I'm starting again tomorrow as well....I did my first Whole30 just over a year ago. Attempted the second a few months ago and fell off the wagon hard. It's time to start again though and do it all the way as I know I will feel so much better than I do now. I'm starting this one without an oven for the first week, so it will be a challenge to prep as I normally the past I've done up a baking sheet of roasted potatoes and another of roasted veggies to get me through the week. Definitely going to have to get creative and maybe make the toaster oven work overtime lol....Good luck!!
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    What's for dinner?-- June Edition

    Tonight's was pretty easy...and yummy!! Eggs, shredded potatoes and zucchini.
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    What's for dinner?-- June Edition

    Baked chicken with diced tomatoes, roasted potatoes, zucchini and carrots......I am LOVING roasted carrots!! Before doing the Whole30 you couldn't have gotten me anywhere near a carrot lol....
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    Sticker shock - feeling discouraged. HELP!

    I felt the same way when I did my first few shops (also a single mom) does get better though. You'll get to know the products that are compliant and can watch for sales. We've been eating a lot of eggs simply because they are a bit cheaper. Overall, the grocery bill has leveled may be $20 or so more every week. That being said, the amount of junk food that's coming into the house for the kids (haven't been able to get them completely on board yet) has decreased. Now that it's growing season here, I'm planning to buy lots of in season veggies and fruits and freeze them. I'm hoping that will help lower the bill as well.
  6. It can be tricky, but you'll get into a groove that works for you. Our evenings are rushed most weeknights (single mom of 3 busy boys), so for me bulk cooking seems to work best. I always make more than what I need for the meal so there are leftovers for lunch over the next day or two. Tonight for example, I had 6 chicken breasts on the grill, 2 spaghetti squashes roasting in the oven along with a huge tray of roasted potatoes and carrots. I've got my veggies already to go for the next few days (also have a huge container of cooked shredded sweet potato from breakfast this morning), all I need to do is cook a protein when needed.....even if it's something as simple as eggs (have taken that for lunch many times...they are my life savers!!). If I barbeque, the grill is full.....anything to avoid not being prepared!
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    The Whole30 has to work!

    Hey! I'm glad to hear you're still on track and doing well Hopefully all the 'stuff' you were dealing with is on it's way out as well! I'm feeling fantastic, and noticing huge improvements in how I am feeling and looking.....I'm very, very close to trying on some old clothes in a size smaller!! I think once I hit Day 30 I'm going to keep on going with this. I have not felt this good in a very long time - we're talking years!!
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    Water retention - Day 17

    Hi Shannon, Thanks for your response I had my blood pressure checked a couple of months ago, and it was fine. It was another hot and humid day here today, and I was outside working for a good portion of the day. I increased my water intake substantially and have noticed an improvement in the bloaty/puffy department. I guess I was just hoping there was something food-wise I could tweak a bit more to make it go away completely lol.
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    Water retention - Day 17

    Oops...I totally forgot to mention the water!! With each meal, or right around meal time, I'm drinking 30 oz of water. This is in addition to my morning coffee and usually a cup of tea in the evening.
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    Water retention - Day 17

    Thanks for responding Tom....I'm truly thinking it's 'weather related' as I've had no problems until it got hot out. I'm open to any and all suggestions though Breakfast: 4 scrambled/fried eggs, lots of veggies - 1 zucchini, a handful and a bit of spinach, mushrooms, onion, avocado and a potato of some sort......This is pretty much consistent every day, the spinach may be replaced with kale, sometimes I'll add a tomato, etc. Depending on how hungry I am there may be a compliant sausage tossed in as well. Lunch: for the most part it's leftovers from the previous nights dinner.... loaded smashed potato with compliant chicken sausage, spinach, mushrooms, onion, lettuce, tomato, zucchini 1 chicken breast cooked with diced tomato, half a spaghetti squash, roasted veggies (about 2 cups) egg salad (4 eggs) with green onions on salad (lettuce, tomato, cucumber) Dinner: same as lunches above.....I'm becoming really big on leftovers lol. tonight I had 4 eggs, cauliflower mash, with a zucchini and onions
  11. Hello, I'm just finishing up Day 17 and have found this process to be relatively easy. I'm loving the way I am feeling!!! We've had a day or two of summer temperatures here and I'm noticing that I am bloated, and have puffy ankles. This is something that I've had previous to Whole30 when the temperatures and humidity get to a certain point. The bloating and puffiness certainly doesn't seem to be as bad as what I've experienced prior to my Whole30, however, I'm wondering if there's anything I can do to perhaps alleviate this a bit more. Would drinking more/less water help, or should I try to reduce my salt intake? Usually I just suck it up and try to deal with it, but was hoping someone might have a suggestion or two Thanks!
  12. 'Loaded' potatoes are always a welcome meal around here....the kids love them and I can get some extra veggies in them lol. Yesterday we did loaded 'smashed' potatoes instead of the usual baked. Load them up with chicken, sausage, or whatever other meat you have on hand. Toss in some veggies....yesterday was spinach, mushrooms, tomato, onions, lettuce and zucchini with compliant chicken sausage. Fairly quick, and a great way to use up some items that have been hanging around the fridge!
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    Starting May 11th...Scared and afraid.

    It's okay to be nervous, I know I was when I started on this journey. Prior to this I had tried many different diets, and of course failed miserably. I was terrified I'd fail again. Today is Day 14, and can I honestly this is the best thing I have done for myself! The first week or so can be challenging......however, knowing what to expect made it a whole lot easier for me to get through it. My biggest piece of advice is to not over think is really not as overwhelming as I initially thought. Now that I've found some compliant sausages, etc., shopping is far easier. My fridge is fully stocked with veggies and at least one or two containers of leftovers for lunches or when I know I'm going to be rushed. Keep positive!!! You can do this
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    End of Day 2 - Desperate for sugar

    Hang in gets better!!! I drank tea and went to bed early when I was craving sugar........I'm at day 13 and feeling so much'll be there before you know it!
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    I started Slaying the sugar dragon yesterday and it is on!!!!

    You CAN do this!!!