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  1. Hello again, Forum! I've done 4-5 Whole30's in the last 3 years - results ranging from "OMG wonderful!" to "meh I could have stopped at two weeks and gotten the same results". No matter, I love doing this. Interestingly - today is Day 1 and this evening I felt AWFUL hunger pangs. I usually eat Whole30ish minus some consciously unhealthy choices. But I'm wondering if anyone has experienced the same? Here's what I did/ate today: 0530 - black coffee 0545 CrossFit - squat day + 3 round AMRAP 1 minute lunges, 1 minute push press, 1 minute knees to elbow and 1 minute rest 0740 Meal 1 - Breakfast Salad - 1 egg, 1 egg white, 1 turkey sausage, spinach, bell peppers, 1 tbsp olive oil 0900 - apple w/black coffee 1230 - Meal 2 - 4.5 oz tilapia, asparagus, 1/2 avocado 1430 - ~2oz chicken breast, small servings of snap peas and carrots, about half a handful of olives 1900 - ~4.5 oz chicken breast, 2 tbsp guacamole, snap peas and carrots, sautéed kale [cue worst hunger pain in my life at 2030 -that "so hungry I'm going to vomit" feeling, followed by literally salivating and spitting into a sink] 2230 - a bite of steak, bites of sweet potato, hard boiled egg, 2 breakfast turkey sausages, a few snap peas and carrots and half a handful of olives Maybe I'm tired from the weekend? It was a friend's wedding weekend so my eating/drinking was especially intense. Anyhow - very interested if anyone has thoughts/similar experiences.
  2. Spinach Artichoke Dip - does it fit?

    Awesome, thank you!
  3. Hi folks! I made PaleOMG's spinach artichoke dip ( and have been considering it as a source of fat (as there are 3 tbsp of olive oil and 1 cup of cashews in the whole shebang) that I spoon into bell pepper halves along with a side of protein with no additional fat source. I've put this question here instead of "Can I have..." because the recipe is Whole30 compliant (unless I'm kidding myself about the psychological/SWYPO part, I'm certainly not digging in with "compliant" chip-like things). I'm wondering: 1) Can I count this as a source of fat, what about the spinach/artichoke? Which leads to.. 2) I'm not quite sure where this fits into the protein+veggies+fats, if it doesn't just give it to me straight Thank you, Margot
  4. Kirsteen! That was really helpful and honestly a bit inspiring. You totally get what I was trying to relay; "the novelty had worn off and...I started to resent things". I'm looking forward to reading the post you recommended as well as taking some time to evaluate my goals and reasons for doing another Whole30. Thank you
  5. Folks, It's been a while since I've committed myself to a Whole30 (did my second in January with lovely results). I'm planning another one starting June 1st to tee-up to my birthday in July but I have to admit - I'm NERVOUS!! Background:This will be my third Whole30, my first was last October, second in January - and then I did one for like 3 days in March against my will knowing it was too soon, so I didn't feel horrible about myself for backing out (as I will if it happens again now that I've had enough time in between). However, since that March attempt, I've actually transitioned really nicely into a normal Paleo lifestyle. I eat paleo, splurge RARELY, drink red wine when I'm being social or if I really want to, have become seriously dedicated to CrossFit (well...I go consistently 3 days a week) and while I haven't had huge weight loss results as with the Whole30, I haven't "bounced back" or gone crazy off-roading and I am continuously toning up and getting stronger. I guess I'm scared for two reasons: 1) even though "I don't really care" that I lasted 3 days in March, it's in the back of my head for this one, I worry I'm either going to be too lax or too hard on myself and 2) I'm worried that having been "normal" Paleo for upwards of 2-3 months and CrossFitting regularly, I might not see those beautiful Whole30 changes as obviously as my first and second rounds. Any who- I'd love to hear if any other Whole30-vets have felt this way about looming Whole30's. How did you get over it? Just one day at a time like the first one? Were there any challenges that are different this time around (like getting annoyed that "Hey! This is usually how I eat anyhow, what's a little soy letchin here or there")? Did you create totally new goals for yourself?
  6. Folks, I have a thought and want to see if it's crazy, so please chime in or share your experiences! Background: I've done two Whole30's in the past 6 months and lost weight on both, looked great, etc etc. The "off-roading" was the hard part and I inevitably ended up going crazy and eating horribly. Then, my crossfit box started a 9-week paleo nutrition challenge, and I thought it would be a good time to learn how to eat Whole30 most of the time, but still drink/eat socially once or twice a week. I've finally learned how to do exactly this, and keep on the Whole30 track outside of these few times a week. I'm very happy to learn how to drink and eat socially a few times a week without getting far away from a Whole9 life, however, this social way of living isn't helping me lose weight, if anything it's just keeping an average standard of health. I still have a ways to go before I get rid of my desired amount of fat. Plan: So my plan is to go every other month (so I don't go socially crazy) - Whole30, maintenance, Whole30, maintenance - until I reach where I want to be! Then, I'll use the Whole30 as a few-times-a-year tool to get back on track if I feel icky. Has anyone done this? Does it seem nutty? Thanks!
  7. How much do you off-road?

    Off-roading is my real 2013 resolution. After my first Whole30 in November I went totally ballistic and lost control; my main goal for my recent Whole30 (ended last month) was creating a plan to live a Whole9 life without suffering or over-indulging. Here's why I'm trying to do: 1) Alcohol - drink at social events, special occasions and if dinner is a real sit-down-at-the-table-use-napkins-no-tv dinner. Go 1:1 with water ( <---gets difficult as your resolve weakens) 2) Treats - like kshacklett said above, don't even consider grabbing anything shiny and convenient in your breakroom/office pantry/ bowl of fake candy on someone's desk, those things are there because people think it's better to pawn them off instead of throw them in the trash, so essentially they'd prefer YOUR BODY to be that trashcan (though they're probably not doing that maliciously/on purpose). I use this question to help: "If I saw this treat during a Whole30 would I purposely come back to it after I was done?" Non-homemade or gourmet foods usually don't pass. Unless you're IN LOVE with some gross processed thing and you would rather eat a mouthful of bees than go your life without it again (for me that's oatmeal cream pies), then treat that thing as a gourmet dish and dig in carefully and thoughtfully. I've been eating 1-2 oz dark chocolate (over 70%) a few nights a week (ok every night this week). Also, preparing "paleo treats" is super rewarding; just plan to portion is out/hide it/give it away so you don't have 2 dozen almond-flour chocolate chip cookies staring at your face for the next week. 3) Non-compliant foods - Go for it, but as a small part of or side to your main, healthy meal. This morning I ate SYPO pancakes with nuts sans maple syrup/toppings, with a side of green beans, mixed bell peppers and a little oz of chicken. At restaurants try a new sauce or get dessert to accompany your compliant order. The best part about not being on the Whole30, IMHO, is that you get to not freak out about ingredients at restaurants. Which to me is like a daily treat How much is too much can be measured by how you feel and look. If your sleep is getting wack, if your skin is breaking out (consistently), if your energy is low or if you can't find those rose-colored-Whole30 sunglasses at least occasionally, you've gone too far.
  8. Late night Sugar Cravings

    Definitely agree with Tom, make sure you eat enough to feel full and satisfied, even if your portions look or seem too big initially, go with your stomach (to this day I'm a little shocked by how much I eat..but I've lost 12lbs in 3 months and my body's loving it). Also, invest in some flavorful/ nicely scented teas (watch out for the soy lecithin though! it's all up in teas) and drink them on the reg to let your brain have a little sweet satisfaction here and there. But really, if it's cravings and not actual hunger which is a different problem with other solutions, drink a glass of water and go to bed!
  9. Tessemae's, Ah-mazing!

    I'm so glad someone posted about this! Tessemae's Zesty Ranch and Wing Sauce (hot sauce) SAVED my second Whole30. I'm obsessed. I put it on everything. When I'm in a rush and don't want some same old boring meal (read: ground beef, spinach, and some other vegetable usually green beans or mixed bell peppers...I eat this ALL the time) I just pile on the Tessemae's. Absolutely in love.
  10. Hi Folks, Any recommendations for a mobile food journal/logging/tracking app that is Whole9-life helpful (not necessarily Whole30...but obviously that would be great, too!)? Before my Whole30 revelations I used My Fitness Pal which was cool for caloric purposes...but now that I don't track calories I'm at a loss. Thank you! Margot
  11. *I love how I'm so judgey and annoyed at how long people's success posts are...and I go and do the exact same thing, I've bolded parts that are more interesting to read for people who don't want to skim through this mess* Hi Folks! The story: Did my first Whole30 in November to lose weight (lost 10 lbs, etc etc, can see previous success story here), loved learning discipline for the first time in my life. Started this second Whole30 January 2nd. The goals: 1) Lose weight 2) Exercise throughout (which I didn't really do during my first) 3) Focus on the other essential pieces of a Whole9 life OTHER than eating so sleep, exercise, stress management, temperance (mainly watching tv and relaxing before bed time) and fun. 4) Take some supplements..mainly Vitamin D because it's winter and I need some help The Good: 1) Lost 9 lbs (so from my total "starting" weight before my first Whole30 that's 12lbs in 3 months!) 2) Prioritized sleep 3) Took Zinc, Curcumin, Vitamin D and Magnesium at night 4) Started Crossfit - 3 days a week, love it! 5) Rocking the discipline vibe - I feel so empowered, I KNOW I can do anything I set my mind to, even if it's hard or if it takes longer than it should it doesn't matter. This is how big controlling my eating is for me. Love love LOVE it. 6) Surprising one: I actually talk about my Whole30 with real live people! In person! My friends, coworker and fellow crossfitters. How LIBERATING although at times annoying to always have to explain things. 7) Gaining self-respect! Anyone notice how when you start treating your insides well you put more thought into your outsides? Like "maybe I SHOULD get my nails done! maybe I SHOULD buy better-fitting clothes! Maybe I SHOULD do my hair in the morning!" This is a fabulous phenomenon I found myself gravitating toward during my first Whole30, but I really kicked ass this one in terms of loving myself inside and outside - got some new clothes, am doing my hair, got a mani and doing some make up. The Bad: 1) My temperance is inconsistent, partially because I don't live at home and succumb to the group mentality of crashing in front of the tv for hours after a hard day. 2) I was sleeping TOO much which actually left me feeling groggy! The reason I know this is because for the past week and a half I've been going to be later and waking up naturally earlier, and easier. I was clocking well over 9hrs a night initially, I now know 8-9 is just right. Which is good to know. 3) I wanted this Whole30 to be absolutely perfect so I did not eat out ONCE (except salad bars+compliant grocery items...and my mom made some compliant chili but I'm not convinced all the spices were compliant). I also did not follow my first Whole30's footsteps and go out whilst drinking club sodas with lime. This lead to a fairly anti-social month, however I'm glad to have found a few people in my network who I trust enough to divulge my paleo ways (and those who I don't trust enough!). 4) I didn't learn any new recipes! My first time around I was SO proud of myself for all of the new cooking - this time I was just consistently desperate to feed myself well. I got creative with the tools I already have but I really want to explore even more! Next time: *I'm thinking of doing another Whole30 in May - before bathing suit and outside drinking season* 1) Don't sleep too much, sleep enough to feel awesome! 2) Learn some new and tasty recipes, bring them to the office, share with friends 3) Take some more body measurements (though I've literally never done that in my's not enough to look at before and after pics because there are too many variations and posture changes, etc) 4)Take calcium, don't care if it's mixed with magnesium I'll stop it at night so I don't overdose. I knowwww that there are ways we're getting calcium naturally but I really don't think I do, and I don't want my bones to deteriorate before my time. Also, I'm not fully convinced that I shouldn't take additional iron supplements...especially during "that time of the month" 5) SOCIAL WHOLE30!!! I plan on eating out for this. And I will not freak out. I just completed my to-the-9's hyper compliant Whole30 so I know I can do this, now I want to KNOW that I can do this as a sane and sociable human being. Congrats to anyone who finished their January Whole30, anyone who's in the middle of theirs and anyone who's thinking about starting - good decisions abound!
  12. Folks, Stay with me on this...I avoided posting this a few weeks ago hoping I was just being silly and that I wasn't feeding myself enough, but now that I'm still experiencing a horrible hungry feeling a lot, I'd just like to see if anyone has similar experiences.....Basically, I started crossfit a month ago, the same time I started my (second) Whole30 January 1st. After a week or so of 3 days/week training, and some mild dog walking/jogging every morning, I was sidelined by horrible hunger pains for hours upon hours, and they don't go away no matter how much I'll eat (compliantly) until I wake up the next morning. I've been eating sweet potatoes on days that I work out, but I only get these hunger pains on my "off" days. I work out in the evenings and eat pretty quickly (within 30 minutes) after. Maybe this means my body is finally burning fat efficiently? And maybe too much because I'm not eating enough food? I've also been looking at the ISWF chart about post work out meals relating to your weight - I'm on the overweight side of the spectrum so I don't know that I'm recommended to eat too much more than the 3 meals a day structure. The pain I'm talking about: You know when you wake up in the really early morning sometimes and your stomach feels like it's trying to eat itself? Yeesh, sorry to sound desperate.
  13. Hi Folks, I had a difficult time deciphering this in ISWF - (ad nauseum dislcaimer) you're supposed to eat 1+ serving of fat at each of your 3 meals. However, there was something about NOT including your cooking fats in that number I think (correct me if I'm wrong, that'll be easy enough!). So for example this morning I ate sausage, brussle sprouts and sweet potato hash which was cooked in 1 tbsp ghee. I consider that my fat for the meal. Obviously I could go up and have 1/2 avocado or drizzle some evoo if I want more but does the 1 tbsp of ghee as cooking oil count as my fat serving for Meal 1? Or should I not include cooking fats in that count? Thank you!
  14. Bullet Proof Coffe During Whole30

    There are so many variations, I believe the most basic might be 1 tbsp clarified butter (ghee) with a standard 6-8oz cup black coffee. I just tried's only OK I don't feel ah-mazing so here's a question/theory: Since us Whole30-ers already are used to having a serving of fat for breakfast, I don't know if mixing the Meal 1 fat with coffee really changes anything and gives us super powers. I wonder if people think that mixing fat with coffee in the morning is amazing because they're not used to incorporating fat so early? Whereas we are... Thoughts?
  15. Hi Folks, I've seen this commented elsewhere but wanted to dedicate a post to the Bullet Proof Coffee bonanza ( I'd love to know: 1) Have any of you tried it? Naturally on the Whole30 we would only used clarified butter/ghee. 2) Can we make this Whole30 legal by considering the ghee in the coffee to be our Meal 1 serving of fat? Then just eat protein and veggies to complete the meal? Thanks!