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  1. Well, I've been away from the Forum since 2015, but here I am back again for another round. This is either #4 or #5 (I lost count!). I have learned valuable things each and every time and I hope this Whole30 will be the same experience. For the past 3'ish years I've done my own thing... eating mostly Paleo, sometimes Keto, doing some AF here and there. The good news is I won't have any trouble with carb flu. I'll actually have to pay close attention to get in some of the starchier veggies and fruits! it's going to be hard to walk back away from the dairy again, but I know it needs to happen. that and the wine. mmmmm, wine! So, why am I doing this? My problems are related to hormonal changes in large part (thanks, Menopause!) - in the past year it's caused weight gain, loss of energy plus my sleep quality is truly terrible. I'm hoping this round of W30 will help me find a bit more balance. I know it even this can't work a miracle when battling mother nature, but I'll take whatever help I can get! LOL!
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    Back Again and Starting June 1st

    Sure @AimHigh22, more the merrier. we're not super chatty, but everyone is welcome. I don't tend to post on weekends, fyi, so will be MIA a few days.
  3. After several years of riding my own bike, living mostly Paleo (and Keto off and on) I'm back for another round. In the past year my menopausal symptoms have been raging: depression along with malaise and general lack of interest, various pains & aches so I don't want to exercise, fatigue, hot flashes and extremely poor sleep. My alcohol consumption has been increasing too which I'm sure is related, and my food has been OFF the RAILS with me putting ALL THE THINGS in my mouth. Over Christmas I even started baking bread! Time to clean it all up again and get back to basics. Goals: Improved sleep More consistent energy More stable mood Get back into the exercise habit June 1- I thought starting on a weekend was going to be harder, but it was actually easier since I had all the time in the world to prep and cook. B- breakfast hash (shredded yam, cabbage, pork sausage) w/ 1 egg and 1/2 a tomato
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    JenX- Round 3.5 June 2019

    okay, i'm beginning to think it IS tiger blood. I'm sitting here at work, bouncing in my chair, thinking about sneaking out for a run. I am AWAKE but not in a "i'm had too much caffeine" kind of way. I'm wishing I had a tread-desk.
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    JenX- Round 3.5 June 2019

    Woo hoo! week 4! 9 days to go! Not that I plan on changing much of anything right off the bat, but still... it's always exciting to hit that post day-30 mark. I gave up and took a sleep aid last night. 1/2 dose of Aleve pm. It was already 10:30 and I was wide awake when I really needed to be getting to sleep. Perhaps the start of Tiger Blood? maybe. more likely, the coffee I had after lunch. Anyway, so now I'm groggy as all get out this morning. If it WAS tiger blood, I am looking forward to getting a bunch of things done around the house & outside this weekend. June 21 - Day 21 M1: hash, 2 eggs, 1/2 an avocado. so, so tired of breakfast. will try to make something new and different tomorrow M2: hamburger cabbage-roll soup. last serving thank the gods. so sick of it. blech. M3: probably leftover chicken, baked potato and veg (either broc or zucchini). UNLESS I go to the store and something else strikes my fancy. Yes, food boredom is still running rampant. at least I was able to get to breakfast within an hour. I could see a difference in the mirror this morning so I know I've finally lost a bit of weight. I'm still having some mood swings, but no hot flashes in almost 3 weeks, and no night sweats (woo hoo!). So, looking back at my starting goals, I can say we're good with the first 3. I was doing well with the exercise on until my calf acted up and now I just haven't been able to get back into the swing of things. I'm going to try to concentrate on that this last week.
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    Back Again and Starting June 1st

    So, I can't do math... happy end of week 3, beginning of WEEK 4!! Wow, this is going by quick! LOL!
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    JenX- Round 3.5 June 2019

    So, I just could not deal with work yesterday. I took the day off and was a complete slug, bonded to my couch watching tv and napping. I have no reason, I just felt I needed to recharge and I feel better today for it. I was also HUNGRY all day yesterday - stayed compliant but not always to template. and I snacked which I don't usually do. I was watching Iron Chef America and the ingredient was herring. That made me so hungry for fish I couldn't even! so I grabbed a tin of sardines and ate the whole thing. I love the ones from Trader joe's - boneless fillets in Olive Oil. so good! LOL! That was at 4:30 and I was still hungry for dinner 2 hrs later. so, to catch up... Day 18 was to plan above. No plated fat at dinner so I had a decaf coffee + 1/4 can coconut milk when I got home along with a handful of raw pumpkin seeds. Day 19 - hash w 2 eggs, coffee w/ coconut milk M2: chicken(breast) salad with a ton of veggies and compliant mayo. figs snack: sardines in oil, garlic aioli M3: roast chicken quarter, broccoli, mushrooms, mayo w/ Tapatio for dip (pretty tasty!) also had 2 small handfuls raw sunflowers. I just could NOT get enough food yesterday. LOL! June 20 - day 20 M1: (late) hash, 2 hb egg, 1/2 an avocado M2: hamburger cabbage-roll soup, mango with chili and lime, avocado M3: spaghetti squash with chicken sausage sauce. extra olives/evoo While my energy is fine, no peaks or valleys, I'm in some sort of malaise where I just don't want to do anything. I think its external stress - sometimes my preferred way to deal is to just shut down and shut out the outside world. At least i'm not doing it with wine and food, so that's an improvement I guess. I'm going to try to get out for a walk at lunch today, and walk or run tomorrow, then hike this weekend. exercise is a way better way for me to deal with stress, I know, and I know it works. I just have to break through my doldrums. Food boredom has also struck so that's not helping matters. I absolutely HATE everything I have in my fridge right now. will be using lots of hot sauce to choke it down and try to come up with new things to make this weekend. If past w30s hold true, this food aversion thing should be gone by then anyway.
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    Back Again and Starting June 1st

    @Grace247 It's better to take your time and make sure you're ready! Day 20 and I have officially achieved food boredom. I tried really hard to keep the recipes fresh and new and even that didn't help. everything I am eating right now is just a chore. I know this is all part of it (at least for me), and won't last forever but I hate this part! I was up at 6 but couldn't even face breakfast until I got into work at 9am and then still had to choke it down. sigh. I've also progressed from good sleep to sleeping like a coma patient. I am out so hard my alarm is startling me out of bed and i'm groggy for an hour after i'm up. I think I need to start exercising...that's the only thing that normalized me sometimes. Happy almost week 3 everybody!
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    Whole30 Basic Mayo

    I've had it last a week past the pull date on the eggs I used. You can tell when it goes off - it gets an off smell that is immediately noticeable.
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    JenX- Round 3.5 June 2019

    again, I was sleeping so hard I turned off my first alarm and stayed in bed. Zzzzzzzz! I got home last night and made a delicious hash to nibble on this week. Homemade pork sausage (almost have the spice blend right), diced yam, 1/2 an onion and 1/2 a green cabbage. Last night's M3 ended up being the NY Strip (ate the whole thing! 2 full palms), broccoli and 1/2 a potato w/ ghee. NO SEEDS after dinner yay me! June 18 - day 18 m1: that hash + 2 eggs and 1/2 an avocado. I couldn't quite eat all that I dished up. m2: cabbage-roll soup, 1 hb egg + mayo for extra fat, 1/2 a mango with lime and chili powder. m3: chicken sausage meat sauce on spaghetti squash. I have dog agility league tonight which means running home, eating, running there and basically having to sprint. I can't do it on a full belly so may short my dinner and then have a snack when I get home. we'll have to see. I've been trying to decide if I'm going to stay pretty well compliant and for how long. I did a full set of reintroductions on a slow roll last time around and I doubt anything has changed. besides I rarely eat grains or legumes anymore. I love adding dairy in as it makes cooking a bit easier, but it definitely affects my energy so I think I'll try to stay away from it for a while yet. That leaves wine & beer. Beer bloats me something awful, so I try to buy the low-carb stuff when i'm drinking but every once in a while I just gotta have a real beer, ya know? Wine interrupts my sleep and depresses me, but I have such a hard time staying away.... I belong to 3 and 1/2 wine clubs (I split one of them with a friend) and just love trying new bottles. sigh. Sadly I have proven in the past that I have no ability to moderate my wine intake. Bottles generally make it 2 days max around my house and i'm the only one drinking. So long as nothing is open, I have no trouble so the solution is to NOT open anything. Maybe special occasions. And no, Friday night is not special enough anymore. so, what I have in my head right now is I have no reason to NOT stay compliant once the 30 days are up. I have 2 occasions where I for sure would be non-compliant. #1, my favorite sushi restaurant is closing and we need to go eat there before they do. that will be in july sometime. #2, I have a trip to napa planned in late august. there will be wine. lots of wine. I think I'd like to stay 95-99% compliant at least until my trip in late December. See if I can get more of this weight off and keep this good mood and better sleep. its a fair trade.
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    JenX- Round 3.5 June 2019

    My theory about enough fat in my soup proved wrong. I'm not even at the 4 hr mark and i'm starving! LOL! Live and learn. I'll add something to tomorrow's lunch.
  12. Ohh! also mayo. nothing by my own homemade mayo in the house. I absolutely love it.
  13. After my 2nd whole30 I pretty much lost all taste for pasta, grains and breads. I honestly prefer my hamburgers and turkey burgers either wrapped in lettuce or on a grilled or baked Portobello mushroom. If I actually have bread in the house (a rare occurrence) I keep it in the freezer because it will mold before I ever get around to eating it. I have rice with sushi on the rare occasions I go out for sushi, that's about it.
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    Headaches

    Iodized salt is certainly an easy source, but you can get plenty of iodine in your food. Tuna, shrimp, shellfish, salt-water fishes (cod, salmon, swordfish, sardines, etc.), & eggs have it, as does seaweed. And they don't have sugar which many brands of iodized salt do contain. My $0.02, your headache went away because of the potatoes more than the iodine. Waking up with a headache points to dehydration in some form. Carbs help you retain water. I'd personally make sure to get one serving of carb-y veggies in with dinner each night and see if that doesn't cure your morning headaches.
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    JenX- Round 3.5 June 2019

    Oh! forgot today. June 17 - day 17 M1: BF salad, 2 strips, 2 eggs, bacon fat, 1/2 avo, 1/2 tom, sherry vinegar on arugula M2: cabbage roll soup. No added fat - this soup was made with my own fatty bone broth, and 80/20 ground beef. If it doesn't keep me full, i'll add fat tomorrow, but i'm pretty sure it will. M3: steak, zucchini/mushroom/onion, chimichurri. coconut milk decaf coffee [planned]
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    JenX- Round 3.5 June 2019

    Catch up from this weekend June 14 M3: chicken breast, yam, broccoli. coconut milk in coffee after dinner for fat. handful of raw pumpkin seeds. June 15 m1: breakfast salad (2 strips s.f. bacon, 2 eggs on arugula 1/2 an avocado, 1/2 a tomato) m2: last of the Tom Kha, fried cauliflower rice, chicken., pumpkin seeds m3: 2 mojo marinaded chicken wings, some Tikka Masala chicken breast. Leftover salad w/vinaigrette , yam June 16 M1: leftover hash w 1 egg. coconut milk in coffee M2: chili w/ 1 whole avocado, 1/2 a mango in chili powder and lime juice, pumpkin seeds. M3: compliant chicken Italian sausage pasta sauce on spaghetti squash. Olives in sauce + EVOO on top. snack: 1/2 a palm of chicken breast with mayo and mustard, pumpkin seeds. Need to cut the seeds out.... they're becoming a crutch b/c I'm out of my favorite, almonds. I'm out of those on purpose, so shouldn't be trying to replace them. I was super lazy all weekend. All I got done was laundry, cooking, and washing the car. I think I needed some down-time though. I'd taken Friday afternoon off so I was able to get all the shopping done - it was glorious to wake up Saturday without that chore hanging over my head. I do think i'm suffering from a bit of food boredom. I keep trying to switch things up, but its more the planning, shopping, cooking aspect i'm bored with. BUT, i'm feeling very even-keeled in my mood, I haven't had a hot flash in like 1.5 weeks and i'm sleeping better. Still not enough, and not uninterrupted, but harder. So hard I would have loved to keep on sleeping this morning. My alarm startled me out of a dream. I absolutely hate waking to an alarm and usually am up well before mine goes off, but not this morning. I couldn't manage my run, too much to get done, but I brought my gear so maybe I can run at lunch.
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    Back Again and Starting June 1st

    @Grace247 I hear you! I loved how I felt on Keto, but absolutely had to do extended fasting to lose any weight and the minute I went off that weight came back. It's why I came back to whole30 as well. I have to say I am missing the dairy, BUT I'll survive without it for now. NO FREE FOOD rule is in full effect again today at work. I swear, this group seems to celebrate more birthdays than # of people working here! Today it's bagels with all the fixings. Bagels I don't care, but I was craving cheese so strongly yesterday I'm going to have to avoid the spread so I don't stick my finger in the cream cheese! LOL!
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    JenX- Round 3.5 June 2019

    2 weeks in! My sleep is definitely better. My mood is better. Hot flashes have gone on hiatus again (thankfully!) and I haven't had any night sweats. I'm sure that's the not-drinking. Sadly, i'm sure.... they always go away when I quit drinking. hash (maybe 3/4 of the serving, obviously the servings I put into storage bowls were too large!), 1 egg fried in ghee, 1/4 lg. avocado. turkey chili w/ 0.5 avocado (med.). Green salad w/ evoo vinaigrette Good question?! Ah Friday... I still have a few things leftover, like more Tom Kha soup and fried c-rice, but not sure i'll be in the mood for that. I also have thawed boneless skinless chicken breast I could cook up, or I could quick thaw some shrimp. For that matter I have leftover breakfast hash. I'll probably do the chicken and throw that together with leftover veg from last night, and some pre-baked yams I have on hand. I need to get planning for next week's meals. I usually have it all written out by now, but I haven't put a lick of thought into what I'm making yet. I know I have to make bone broth, and that whole chickens are on sale this week at Ralph's so chicken will definitely be on the menu. I also have some cod in the freezer I could do something with. I'm trying really hard to not fall back into boring meals. One of my go-to's is baked chicken with roasted broccoli and i'm proud to say I haven't had that so far this round! I'm definitely less bloaty and fat feeling today. I really hope i'm done with that part.
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    Back Again and Starting June 1st

    I can't believe tomorrow is the end of week 2. Woo hoo! My bloating/tubby feeling is going away finally and I'm sleeping so much better. I was sleeping so good this morning I turned off my 1st alarm and took advantage of another hour. It was glorious! Meant I had to rush around a bit to get in to work on time but it was worth it. I've been really in to fried cauliflower-rice lately. Never was much of a fan in the past but it turns out I needed a different method to make it. Now I use the food processer to rice it, then microwave it for 3 minutes, stir, and another 2. After it cools I take a tea towel and use that to squeeze out all the moisture. Turns out that's the key if you want it to be fluffy/more rice like. this batch yesterday was then "fried" with coconut oil, microplaned garlic and ginger and finished with coconut aminos and fish sauce. I also add it some tiny diced carrot and green onions for color and additional flavor. so good. I guess I need to start work on next week's menu. Anybody else have recipes that get you excited?
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    Back Again and Starting June 1st

    Sure @RoseB2! more the merrier! When are you starting?
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    JenX- Round 3.5 June 2019

    perfect amount for m1 today. Ate at about 7:30 and started getting hungry at 12:15. booyah!
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    JenX- Round 3.5 June 2019

    And it seems to be! yay!! the belly overhang on my jeans is definitely smaller today and I feel, if not "slimmer" at least less puffy. I've cut back slightly on my carby-veggies, now only about 1/2 a serving 1x a day. and am being very conscientious about my plated fats staying on the lower end of the template. adding to M3 yesterday: fried cauliflower rice. dressed all the veggies with sesame oil; not ideal for a fat, but its the only thing I thought I had that would go with those flavors. I forgot I had a whole JAR of sunshine sauce made up in the fridge. Grrr! Guess I need to write it out on my food plan so I remember. June 13 - day 13 1/2 serving of hash (same as day 12). 2 eggs scrambled in schmaltz, 1/4 lg avocado. That felt just right amount wise. let's see how it lasts. Tom Kha soup, leftover Chinese broccoli (Yu Choy is delicious! I'm going to look for more at the store); fried cauliflower rice with 1 scrambled egg. I think my soup is a bit shy on protein. Salmon. zucchini from the garden (1st of the season!), sautéed w/ mushrooms and onion. Remoulade. Again, no carb with dinner and I slept better. its a sign.... go with it . On top of that I opted to turn off the early alarm (5am) and go with the later one this morning (6am). I was sleeping so well I wanted more. Finally a whole 8 hours and I only got up once!
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    JenX- Round 3.5 June 2019

    Gotta laugh. A co-worker just asked if I was losing weight. So much for feeling gigantically huge! LOL!
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    JenX- Round 3.5 June 2019

    Thank @Aliem999 - I hope it's the case. Just as bloated and fat feeling as ever today. I'm also in peri-menopausal which means never knowing exactly what my body and my hormones are doing so it could certainly be something related to that as well. I now have a zit on my chin as of this morning so maybe it's that. grumble. Regardless, my hunger is on the low end today so I'm going to take advantage of that and eat the lower end of the template today. M3 yesterday had 1/2 a baked potato w/ ghee, and a "remoulade" type sauce I made for the salmon. 1/2 bottle of GTs Original late night munchies (another sign of impending hormonal whatevers!!). 4 figs with about 1/2 a packet of cashew butter. June 12 - day 12 M1: 1/2 serving of pork-sausage/sweet potato/cabbage hash and 2 eggs in coconut oil. added all the cooking fat so didn't add any additional M2: w30 compliant turkey chili. green salad w/ EVOO vinaigrette M3: ginger lime chicken thighs w/ leftover Chinese broccoli, 1/2 bottle plain GT's Unexpected benefit. Last 2 days coffee has not tasted good. I still drink it (i'm an addict, I freely admit it! ) but i'm drinking less coffee and more herbal tea. I had to cut my run short Monday due to my calf acting up. I can still feel it, although it is much much better, but I decided I better give it another day before trying another run so pushed to Thursday. I hope to get out for a walk a lunch to see how it feels.
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    Back Again and Starting June 1st

    I am totally bloated and/or gaining weight. I did check the timeline and this could be normal but it is still uncomfortable and a bit disheartening. I'm going to really zero in on the template and make sure i'm not over eating. I can frequently go 6+ hrs between meals so I probably am. Sleep in improving greatly, and my mood has been super up the last couple of days as has my energy. We'll put those in the win category. I hear ya! In the past, weekends were always hardest. Especially Friday nights. Turns out I like to treat myself for surviving the work-week. Sadly treat myself had been turning into frozen pizza and way too much wine. So far I'm not having any urges in that direction. I am making a point of cooking something different on Friday after eating pre-made meals all week long. I think that's "treat" enough for now. I'm also enjoying 1/2 a bottle of (compliant) kombucha in a wine glass after work. It used to be doing that would trigger me to want actual wine in that glass, but I'm happy with the 'bootch. Now if my own SCOBY would finish growing so I could start brewing again, that would be ideal. I hate paying $3.50/bottle when I know how cheap it is to make.