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    sahara64 got a reaction from MeGA"gardener" in Your favorite Whole Foods Whole30 compliant items?   
    Thanks for the link and comments!
     
    I went yesterday and came away  with very little, simply because it is so.freaking.expensive.  Sigh.
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    sahara64 got a reaction from misshannah in The coming weekend - 4 days at a casino, yikes   
    Just wanted to share how it went.
     
    I took precooked meals that I usually eat (protein veg stir fry). In hind sight, since there were no microwaves, I would take precooked pretein and vegetables separate. Some of the veggies got soggier faster. Much less appetizing, but if you're hungry it will do I discovered.
     
    I ordered from the casino restaurant(s) one meal a day. Nightmare. They excel at crap food, but their healthy choices were cooked to death - veggies so mushy I could hardly choke them down, meat over done or just tasteless. At one point, late to return to my post, I asked if a chicken item was plain - no breading. I said, I have a gluten intolerance (I do) and I can't have any flour. Waitress:  Yep , it's plain! I waited 40 minutes for it, literally had to ran across the complex to get to my post on time, opened the box and found.....breaded chicken I couldn't eat. I was tired, I was hungry and I about lost my cool right there. Thankfully, another participant had brought her cooler with her and had cooked meat from home that was compliant and shared with me.
     
    I did remain compliant throughout the entire weekend and I'm now on day 18 and going strong!!
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    sahara64 got a reaction from misshannah in The coming weekend - 4 days at a casino, yikes   
    Just wanted to share how it went.
     
    I took precooked meals that I usually eat (protein veg stir fry). In hind sight, since there were no microwaves, I would take precooked pretein and vegetables separate. Some of the veggies got soggier faster. Much less appetizing, but if you're hungry it will do I discovered.
     
    I ordered from the casino restaurant(s) one meal a day. Nightmare. They excel at crap food, but their healthy choices were cooked to death - veggies so mushy I could hardly choke them down, meat over done or just tasteless. At one point, late to return to my post, I asked if a chicken item was plain - no breading. I said, I have a gluten intolerance (I do) and I can't have any flour. Waitress:  Yep , it's plain! I waited 40 minutes for it, literally had to ran across the complex to get to my post on time, opened the box and found.....breaded chicken I couldn't eat. I was tired, I was hungry and I about lost my cool right there. Thankfully, another participant had brought her cooler with her and had cooked meat from home that was compliant and shared with me.
     
    I did remain compliant throughout the entire weekend and I'm now on day 18 and going strong!!
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    sahara64 got a reaction from misshannah in The coming weekend - 4 days at a casino, yikes   
    Just wanted to share how it went.
     
    I took precooked meals that I usually eat (protein veg stir fry). In hind sight, since there were no microwaves, I would take precooked pretein and vegetables separate. Some of the veggies got soggier faster. Much less appetizing, but if you're hungry it will do I discovered.
     
    I ordered from the casino restaurant(s) one meal a day. Nightmare. They excel at crap food, but their healthy choices were cooked to death - veggies so mushy I could hardly choke them down, meat over done or just tasteless. At one point, late to return to my post, I asked if a chicken item was plain - no breading. I said, I have a gluten intolerance (I do) and I can't have any flour. Waitress:  Yep , it's plain! I waited 40 minutes for it, literally had to ran across the complex to get to my post on time, opened the box and found.....breaded chicken I couldn't eat. I was tired, I was hungry and I about lost my cool right there. Thankfully, another participant had brought her cooler with her and had cooked meat from home that was compliant and shared with me.
     
    I did remain compliant throughout the entire weekend and I'm now on day 18 and going strong!!
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    sahara64 got a reaction from misshannah in The coming weekend - 4 days at a casino, yikes   
    Just wanted to share how it went.
     
    I took precooked meals that I usually eat (protein veg stir fry). In hind sight, since there were no microwaves, I would take precooked pretein and vegetables separate. Some of the veggies got soggier faster. Much less appetizing, but if you're hungry it will do I discovered.
     
    I ordered from the casino restaurant(s) one meal a day. Nightmare. They excel at crap food, but their healthy choices were cooked to death - veggies so mushy I could hardly choke them down, meat over done or just tasteless. At one point, late to return to my post, I asked if a chicken item was plain - no breading. I said, I have a gluten intolerance (I do) and I can't have any flour. Waitress:  Yep , it's plain! I waited 40 minutes for it, literally had to ran across the complex to get to my post on time, opened the box and found.....breaded chicken I couldn't eat. I was tired, I was hungry and I about lost my cool right there. Thankfully, another participant had brought her cooler with her and had cooked meat from home that was compliant and shared with me.
     
    I did remain compliant throughout the entire weekend and I'm now on day 18 and going strong!!
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    sahara64 reacted to Espie in Beginning re-intro May 27th   
    I want to preface this report by saying I FEEL GREAT. Tiger Blood came back at Day 28. I am still super tired a lot of the time, but I'm going to just chalk that up to my body working SO hard & increased activity and workouts. My entire attitude and outlook on life seems to have changed, I'm 100% cheerier and sweeter ;-)
     
    The general malaise I felt all of the time is completely gone. I may still be tired and want more sleep, but I don't feel *bad*. I don't feel the carb hangovers I used to get almost every day. I am not eating eat to dull feelings. I feel like I can choose my food rather than being compelled by whatever is in the cabinets. I can smell and see foods and treats I love, and not eat them, and acknowledge that I miss them but not feel cheated or deprived.
     
    I still have a long way to go, especially in making all of these things habits rather than efforts, and I am pretty sure my overall hormones are still working hard to reset. So I'm going to just try a few things on my re-intro to give me some additional starchy veg-type options, and then keep going. For me at this point, that means: Kernel corn, lima beans, garbanzo beans. And honey as a minor sweetener for sausage and bacon so I don't have to fret too hard if I can't find compliant.
     
    And I definitely had some physical benefits from my 30 days. I don't expect anyone else to report their changes unless they want to!
     
    OK, here goes:
     
    Down 12 lbs
    -1.75 inches in chest
    -2.5 inches on waist
    -1.25 inches each on top of thigh
     
    Some other measurements didn't move as much or at all, but these... were HUGE!! WOOOOO!
     
    Thank you W30, I am looking at a whole new way of living from now on!!
    And thank you Gina, Susabella, and crew. You are such a huge support and inspiration.
     
    Espie
     
     
    WHOA!
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    sahara64 reacted to Gina S. in Beginning re-intro May 27th   
    True! But, I will be paying particular attention to how it makes me feel emotionally as much as physically. I WILL NOT be eating ice cream nearly every night like I was doing before this experience. But I would like to enjoy it from time to time without issues.
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    sahara64 reacted to MeadowLily in W30 during the week/chill on weekends?   
    It depends on the state of your health coming into a Whole 30.   If you're in excellent health, you'll probably want those foods back that fit your unique lifestyle. Those of us that needed real changes for health purposes - we are not going back.  We've drawn our line in the sand.  Celebrating or rewarding ourselves with food is no longer the apex of my life. There's nothing about sugar that is so worth it.  I'm going on without it and to say I won't is to underestimate my personality by a 1000 degrees.  I've avoided sugar for a year without any regrets. 
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    sahara64 reacted to sahara64 in Keeping your cool in the heat....   
    Day 9. I don't know you are, but where I am it's hot. Been in the high '90s to 100's. Last night the house was so hot and I was wanting a Diet Coke sooo bad. Grateful to say I've maintained compliance, but wondering if anyone has any favorites for cool/refreshing options besides "gazpacho" or cold soup (blech, lol)?
     
    Appreciate any creative ideas!
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    sahara64 reacted to ladyshanny in Keeping your cool in the heat....   
    Kombucha? Ice water with a splash of apple cider vinegar? Sparkling water? La Croix or similar? 
     
    It's a bazillion degrees here too right now and while I would rather have something "fun", I am drinking loads of fresh, clear water because that is what your body needs most of all in intense heat.
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    sahara64 reacted to SpinSpin in Keeping your cool in the heat....   
    I make herbal iced tea in my ice tea maker-- I get spicy jazzy tea and drink that. Soo yummy-- ice water with lemon, or one of the fruit infused waters. The real ones, the ones you make yourself. Sometimes, I like to take kombucha and put a small amount in the bottom of a glass and top off with cold soda water--it is fancy, takes care of my need for bubbles and is fun. 
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    sahara64 reacted to Munkers in Keeping your cool in the heat....   
    Water. Lots and lots of water. Sometimes I add a splash of citrus or some ACV like ladyshanny suggested. That little bit of acid helps cut through that thick/sticky feeling in your mouth that can happen when you're dehydrated. (Which is the same reason why soda is so appealing in hot weather even though it's a crappy hydration choice due to all the sugar and additives.)
     
    When it's really sweltering, I'll chug a tall glass of water, take a cold shower, and then hop out and drink some more.
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    sahara64 reacted to GFChris in Keeping your cool in the heat....   
    I've been chugging a lot of LaCroix sparkling water lately.  I particularly find the Piña Fraise (Pineapple Strawberry) flavor to be very refreshing.
     
    A non-food/drink way to stay cool: I love this Cool as a Cucumber Mist from Plum Island Soap Company. I spray it on my face on hot days when I step out of the shower, at the beach, or any time I need to be refreshed. 
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    sahara64 reacted to Hannlib in Keeping your cool in the heat....   
    It never gets hot here, but soda water with lime wedges squeezed in is my favourite refreshing drink.
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    sahara64 reacted to LadyM in Keeping your cool in the heat....   
    This advice comes from ayurvedic wisdom: focusing on eating more cooling foods such as cucumbers, cilantro, watermelon, mint, greens of all varieties, fennel, celery, and grapes can be beneficial as well as reducing foods that are heating, such as peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes. Coconut is extremely cooling, so cooking with coconut oil, using coconut milk and drinking coconut water can be helpful in addition to generally staying hydrated with plenty of water, preferably drunk between meals so as not to dilute stomach acid during meals.
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    sahara64 got a reaction from MeGA"gardener" in Your favorite Whole Foods Whole30 compliant items?   
    Thanks for the link and comments!
     
    I went yesterday and came away  with very little, simply because it is so.freaking.expensive.  Sigh.
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    sahara64 got a reaction from Kaypentz in Sugar withdrawl   
    So today is my Day 1...and far from the "gee this is easy feeling", I'm really struggling. I have consumed sugar pretty much unrestrainedly for 30 years. Sugar was my drug of choice. It was legal, cheap, and easily accessible.
     
    The 18 hours that I have been sugar free have been the longest time without sugar I can remember. Seriously. I am used to starting my day with several sugary cups of coffee, followed by more coffee later in the day (to just make it through), candy when work was stressful - and you know it's always stressful, and ending my day with a big bowl of ice cream.
     
    I'm really struggling...difficulty thinking, irritability and pretty much zero energy. I had no idea how much my brain/body had come to rely on my steady ingestion of sugar to think or be a reasonable human being at work.
     
    2.5 hours to go before I can go home. I'm so incredibly crabby I've just kept my mouth shut unless I had to answer the phone or a question at work. I'm exhausted and alternate between irritable and weepy.
     
    I could really use some encouragement from someone who has had a high sugar intake history and has lived through this.
     
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    sahara64 reacted to MusicalCracker in Day 24, and learned something about myself re: Iced Tea   
    Here's something along those same lines that I've realized. I don't like coffee and tea as much as I once thought. I liked the cream and sugar that went in them. Coffee is pretty gross black and unsweetened iced tea tastes like water to me.
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    sahara64 reacted to littleg in If you drank a lot of coffee/soda before whole30...   
    I was a Coke Zero addict.  It was bad.  4+ liters a day... eek.  I had the same problem (still do...) where I just do not like water.  I'd rather be thirsty than drink it.  The only time I want water is after working out.  I went cold turkey for good about 3 years ago.  I too was paleo + coke zero.  It was stupid.  I finally just decided that there were just too many chemicals in soda for me.  If I was going to pay $10 for grassfed beef I sure as hell shouldn't wash it down with Coke Zero.  I switched to seltzer - I do buy the flavored kinds (no other ingredients besides "natural" flavor... whatever that means).  I also purchased a soda stream and when I make that I'll add about 1-2 tbsp of OJ per liter for just a little flavor.  Now I go through phases where the seltzer flavors taste too artificial and all I want is my homemade type or swing the other way and only want Polar's grapefruit flavor  So it is possible.  Just decide.  No back-sies
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    sahara64 got a reaction from MeGA"gardener" in Your favorite Whole Foods Whole30 compliant items?   
    Thanks for the link and comments!
     
    I went yesterday and came away  with very little, simply because it is so.freaking.expensive.  Sigh.
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    sahara64 got a reaction from SpinSpin in Got my first "Whole30 is Stupid" facebook message   
    I so understand. Today is my Day 1 and I posted on Facebook. I work for a pathology group and within 30 min of their arrival at work, I had one of the doctors in here telling me I should "beware these fad diets" and that "after the 30 days you go back to eating what you used to and gain it all back".
     
    SIGH. I'm not in this for weight loss. Yes, I know, at 252 pounds I probably SHOULD be...but I'm in it to heal my eczema, gut problems, etc.
     
    Grains were killing me. When I ate grains, my arthritis was so bad I begged for some kind of arthritis pain med. The doctor said "you're too young...if we start you on it now, it will eventually stop working and you won't have any relief". Now, three months after quitting grains - I have ZERO arthritis pain. Before I could not lay on my left side at night due to pain in my hip/shoulder, my knees ached from the minute I got up and I couldn't take the stairs at all.
     
    "Conventional wisdom" = not all that wise if you ask me!
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    sahara64 got a reaction from rhiannon.gale in Sugar withdrawl   
    Hi Rhiannon.gale! My coffee is caffeinated...tho...I'm not enjoying it with coconut milk so much so I'm only getting about half a cup. I'm used to 3 or 4 cups of sugary caffeine a day, so this is a biiiig change. I have never drank ANYTHING that wasn't sweet! Sweet tea, soda, etc. So it's a lot to get used to. I did have some peach tea bags and made some iced tea with it...it was tolerable (probably because there weren't any other choices, it was that or water!).
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    sahara64 reacted to ladyshanny in Spending WAY too much time with food prep/cooking   
    It doesn't have to take that long.  Grocery shopping aside, you should be able to prep a week's worth of "base food" in 2 hours or less, you just have to get the system going.  
     
    Here's a post I made in another thread about pre-cooking:
     
    In 25 minutes you can chop a fridge full of veggies (I did a butternut, four peppers, a bag of mushrooms, 5 onions) and then supplement with bagged spinach or kale, bagged coleslaw (make your own dressing or cook the shredded coleslaw and use as a "noodle" base), the bagged brocoli from Costco & a bag of snow peas.  Just before you start on the veggies, throw a dozen boneless skinless thighs on a greased cookie sheet into a 435F oven , throw some S&P, garlic and ginger powder at them bake them for 35 minutes.  Once the veggies are done and bagged, put two frying pans on the stove and put 2# of ground beef in one and 2# of ground pork in the other.  While those are sautéing, put a dozen eggs in a pot and start them hard boiling while you make a batch of immersion blender mayo and a batch of sunshine sauce.  And when that's done, your chicken thighs & ground meats should be done.
     
    So in about an hour you have about 6# of protein + a dozen eggs, two sauces and a fridge full of veggies and your "during the week" cooking should be nearly non existent.  
     
    You can also check out the following:
    http://theclothesmak...ek-1-food-plan/
    http://theclothesmak...ek-2-food-plan/
    http://theclothesmak...ind-my-madness/
     
    There are also lots of resources here on our forum about cooking in advance, a little google action will get you there, just google "Whole 30 meal prep" or "Whole30 advance cooking"
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    sahara64 got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Sugar withdrawl   
    Jennaboo, missmunchie and ultrarunnergirl - So happy to hear from other sugar addicts that you've done it! I don't care if it's a year or a week, you have longer than me in the no sugar game and I'm appreciative of your support!
     
    I learned yesterday that not enough breakfast = a very unhappy, hungry, miserable morning at work. I fixed that this morning and made sure to have a larger breakfast. Still noticing a bit of tired/brain fog stuff, but so much better than yesterday!
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    sahara64 got a reaction from SpinSpin in Got my first "Whole30 is Stupid" facebook message   
    I so understand. Today is my Day 1 and I posted on Facebook. I work for a pathology group and within 30 min of their arrival at work, I had one of the doctors in here telling me I should "beware these fad diets" and that "after the 30 days you go back to eating what you used to and gain it all back".
     
    SIGH. I'm not in this for weight loss. Yes, I know, at 252 pounds I probably SHOULD be...but I'm in it to heal my eczema, gut problems, etc.
     
    Grains were killing me. When I ate grains, my arthritis was so bad I begged for some kind of arthritis pain med. The doctor said "you're too young...if we start you on it now, it will eventually stop working and you won't have any relief". Now, three months after quitting grains - I have ZERO arthritis pain. Before I could not lay on my left side at night due to pain in my hip/shoulder, my knees ached from the minute I got up and I couldn't take the stairs at all.
     
    "Conventional wisdom" = not all that wise if you ask me!