init2winit

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  1. init2winit

    Mayo Mistake!

    Yes, I grabbed the wrong bottle in my pantry and didn't realize it until it was too late. I used my EVOO mayo in my tuna salad because, like you, I did not want to throw out the entire batch. It worked well with the tuna. I didn't try it with anything else but finished it up in a couple weeks. I eat a lot of canned tuna at work, though.
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    Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!

    My fellow Whole 9ers, looking for suggestions if you've ever run into this predicament before... I have been making delicious mayo since last May. I finally got a stick blender a couple of weeks ago and I don't know how I have been living without one! While making a batch the other night, I had my egg in my container and started pouring the oil. It looked funny so I shot up and realized I grabbed my EVOO instead of my light olive oil. Since the egg was already in there, I couldn't just pour the oil back in so I proceeded to make the mayo. Welp, just like everyone says, it tasted like thick olive oil. lol I hate to throw stuff away so I was wondering if there is anything I can use the olive oil mayo for? Like a dressing or sauce? If not, I'll just begrudgingly throw it in the garbage disposal. I posted this in another forum but haven't heard anything back. Thanks!!
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    Rescue my mayo

    Suggestions?? I have been making delicious mayo since last May. I finally got a stick blender a couple of weeks ago and I don't know how I have been living without one! While making a batch the other night, I had my egg in my container and started pouring the oil. It looked funny so I shot up and realized I grabbed my EVOO instead of my light olive oil. Since the egg was already in there, I couldn't just pour the oil back in so I proceeded to make the mayo. Welp, just like everyone says, it tasted like thick olive oil. lol I hate to throw stuff away so I was wondering if there is anything I can use the olive oil mayo for? Like a dressing or sauce? If not, I'll just begrudgingly throw it in the garbage disposal. Thanks!!
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    Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!

    I have enjoyed, as always, reading ya'lls posts! I am quoting myself here because I had to go back and look at my intentions for this month. Time to really put my money where my mouth is. I went to the endocinologist yesterday because I have been dealing with a 3 year hiatus of my monthly cycle and my obgyn could not figure it out. It seems to be hypothalamic amenorrhea. She also told me I would need to stop doing my HIIT to get it back, which is what I kind of feared based on what I had read. So, starting next week, my workout regimen will be weights and walking because if my health is what's important to me I know I need to get back on track with my period. Will also work in some pilates or body flow. I will miss that adrenaline rush but I'm only 31 and I want to be able to have kids if I want to. This is more important to me than the fear of gaining body fat, which I know if I keep eating how I have, will not happen. I have proven it to be false. Also, my body will be under less stress which I AM looking forward to. Also, I saw my weight for the first time in a year and it was up 10 lbs. I had a mini freak out for a second and then thought about what I knew to be true: My weight can fluctuate throughout the day, I just ate lunch and had a cup of coffee and about 32 oz of water an hour before I was weighed, I have gone up a pant size but I believe this is from muscle gain, I feel amazing. My weight does not define me as a person and I don't plan on weighing myself again anytime soon. Personal growth, what what?!!! LOL xo
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    Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!

    Foodie - so sorry about your father. There are no words to describe the loss. I lost my mom last year suddenly and I can tell you that, while I still miss her, the hurt does soften. Some days I still cry and I allow myself to do that. Please take care of yourself and know there is no right or wrong way to grieve. You take all of the time you need. Sending love!!! xo
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    Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!

    Saree_maree - So happy to have you here! Thanks for sharing and I love your goals for the month. It's a process for sure. Look forward to updates!
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    Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!

    jmcbn - so awesome! He makes a whole lotta sense. Time to channel my inner lobster and get out of my old, constricting shell!
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    Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!

    Good morning Whole9 crew and Happy Wednesday! I came across this article in another thread and it totally hit on why I need to really be thinking about whether all of the high intensity workouts are what is good for me at this time. I could relate to a lot of the signs of overtraining. I think, for me, (even after reading something like this with scientific evidence to back it up) I still have a hard time getting past the mental block of feeling like I need to train how I do. Time for me to do a lot of soul searching! I want to keep this body as healthy as possible and the thought that I might actually be doing it more harm than good is disturbing to say the least. It makes me super grateful for this month of personal growth which is making me consider things that I probably would not have even paid attention to otherwise. http://whole9life.com/2012/05/rest-vs-recovery/ Now to find that "sweet spot"!
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    Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!

    Hey all! I still have 2 days to go on my Whole30. I'm skipping reintroductions this time around because I never added anything back into my daily repertoire so, therefore, the only thing I removed this time around was any added sugar and I stuck to Whole30 while eating out, which I had loosened the reins on between my first round and this round. February is here and personal growth is calling our names! I saw this article on the Whole9 site and found it to be a good place for me start and think about what my intentions are this month: http://whole9life.com/2015/07/personal-growth-habits/ "When was the last time you took stock of your beliefs, and compared them to what you actually know to be true? Not just a passing glance either, but a full-frontal look at exactly what you believe to be true, and comparing it to what you’re actually experiencing. If the two don’t match up, you’ve got work to do. This is where personal growth work comes in." "It was with my own personal growth work that I realized this: I do not have to hold on to beliefs that I’ve proven to be false." ​I'm going to spend the next couple of days thinking about these things. I can really relate to what she says about the false belief that if I skip a workout or eat a less healthy food, I am going to be thrown completely off track and will loose all of the strength I have worked to get, and my genetics will kick in and all the health issues that run in my family will start manifesting themselves. I have proven this to be false so now I am working on connecting the brain to the heart so I can begin really living this and believing it. I'm sure I will have more realizations but this is one thing I really want to work on - giving myself a break if I feel like it would be best to sleep in over getting up at the crack of dawn to work out before heading to work. Or not setting my alarm to go to the gym on the weekend and enjoying waking up naturally. Also, I will not die if I eat something less healthy. If I make a conscious, thought out decision to eat it, it's ok and I will enjoy it and then go back to my regularly scheduled eating routine without any feeling of shame or guilt. Goals! How's everyone else doing? What are your goals for this month? For everyone who took on the Whole30 and even for those of us who were just making better eating choices, WOO HOO and you should all be really proud of yourselves! The second one was a lot less exciting but I'm proud of myself for sticking to it and I realized how big of an impact my first round made on my life and the way I eat. Also, I was in a better mood for the most part and had lots and lots of energy!! xoxo
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    Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!

    With everyone else on keeping this thread. Thanks! Also, made this last night and it was awesome! http://meljoulwan.com/2009/02/11/south-indian-curry/ I'm totally in the mode of having a bunch of protein prepped at the beginning of the week and then adding different sauces and veggies to it to keep it interesting. Can't believe the month is almost over! Have a great week everyone.
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    Changes in Menstrual Cycle

    I just wanted to chime in to thank Whole30 for changing, yet another, aspect of my life. I went off the pill a little over 3 years ago and have not had a period since. I wouldn't say I ate terribly but I definitely wasn't eating whole foods in a balanced format. I ate grains and incorporated "cheat days" where I would go all out for a meal. I was vegan for a while and can only imagine I wasn't getting all of the nutrients I needed. I started to become very concerned last year when I still had not gotten my period. I also started doing a lot of weight training and HIIT at least 3 days a week. I know I was also eating restrictively to try and see more physical results. My head was totally in the wrong place as far as my health was concerned. My doctor could not figure out what was going on but she said that my estrogen was super low but she didn't know why. She wanted me to get a MRI but I kept putting it off because I just didn't see how that was going to fix my hormonal issues and my insurance doesn't cover it so it would have been super pricey. I did my first Whole 30 last May and I was amazed at what it did for my life. I didn't get my period back but I ate pretty close to the W30 template up until the holidays. I definitely indulged and enjoyed every minute. I decided to do another W30 starting at the beginning of this January for a small reset and, wouldn't you know it, I got my period!!! I was ecstatic. I was considering ceasing all working out to try and get it to return, which really would have bummed me out because it brings me so much joy. I think my hormones were just so out of whack that it took a while for them to regulate and send all of the right signals. I still have an appointment with an endocrinologist in Feb., which I plan on keeping, to get all my hormone levels tested again but I wholeheartedly believe that W30 brought back on my menstrual cycle. So thankful!
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    Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!

    Was great catching up on posts this morning! Eating 3 HUGE meals a day and feeling amazing. Remembering how great I felt during my first W30. The change isn't as drastic since I eat pretty close to this every day anyways but just knowing I am on W30 makes any non-compliant choices null and void, which I love. I have been trying to up my fat this time around to see if it will help with some lady issues and, I am happy to report, that it has! I don't know if it's this round of W30 or the culmination of almost a year of eating real food but I am so thankful. As far as the water goes, I fill up a 32 oz water bottle about 3 times a day. When I am at work I have no problem doing this. It's when I am off and out and about that I need to be more mindful of my water consumption. Thanks for bringing up the topic, kirkor! And, AmyS, thank you so much for yours as well. I think it's important for people who are doing their first round to know the importance of the 3 meals a day. Have a great day everyone!
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    Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!

    Soooo I had a food dream last night. I can't remember if I had them the first time around but I'm pretty sure I did. I don't remember all of the details but someone was making me a monte cristo sandwich (weird because it's not something I would normally eat) and I remembered I was on W30 right before I shoved it in my mouth. Then I was somehow at an airport searching franticly for compliant food but all they had were drinks. I was freaking out! It's funny because when I quit drinking I would have similar dreams about booze! Our minds are so crazy! Anywho... on day 4 and all is well. No monte cristos for this gal. I've noticed this time around that I am keeping things much more simple. I'm sure I'll do some fun recipes over the weekend but weekdays consist of mixing and matching veggies with ground meat of some sort or chicken I've thrown in the slow cooker and adding some sort of fat. My favorites are avocado (I don't think a day goes by where I don't have one) and mayo because you can add herbs and spices to...well...spice it up! Usually do a can of tuna for lunch with mayo or Tessemae's and lots of veggies. I'm one of those people that can eat some sort of variation of the same thing every day. I think I have been eating eggs almost every morning since my last W30 and, as long as I switch up how I prepare them or what I put in them, I don't seem to tire of them. What can I say, I like routine! Really enjoying the posts and keep on keepin' on everyone! Happy Wednesday!!
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    Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!

    Good morning from Charleston! This is my second round of W30 and I'm realizing how much my first round changed the way I ate. I have pretty much been eating 3 template meals like I usually do and have just been mindful about additives and such in any canned items. I gave up snacking with my first round so that habit has not creeped back in, thankfully. Also, went out to eat with my dad and asked the waitress a few questions about what their chicken was grilled with and such, which I wouldn't do when I was "riding my own bike."This program really changes the way you look at and use food if you take the tools that have been given to you and apply them. I'm actually pretty amazed! Looking forward to no more holiday goodies this month and for the reset that I know my body and mind needs. Happy Monday!
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    Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!

    I am all in! It took me a day to decide but I knew that I needed to ring in the sugar dragon again and what better way to do that then with a January Whole30?! Plus, Iove the idea of focusing on a different challenge every month. I knew my sleep and stress were off since doing my first Whole30 last year so really looking forward to focusing on those aspects of my health. I am 31 year old female and live in Charleston, SC with my amazing dog. I am pretty active and I am actually working on scaling back the exercise a little because all of the interval training I'm doing is starting to take a small toll on my body. It really hard to do mentally, though. Trying to incorporate more walking and weight lifting and less HIIT training. Although, I do work in an office where I sit for 40 hours a week and, as jent103 said, getting a Fitbit for xmas showed me just how little I was moving throughout an average day when I'm not at the gym. I tend to cook Whole30 at home but have let myself get away with stuff when eating out with friends and I have used the holidays as huge excuse to eat desserts and other non-compliant things when I felt like it. Ready to feel even somewhat as good as I did during my first Whole30! Look forward to taking this journey with you all! I found these forums to be a HUGE help during my first round and now we get 9 whole months together!! I feel like we're going to get super close. I can feel it! Happy New Year to us!!!!