CatInKitchener

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  1. CatInKitchener

    Starting 1/4/16

    Hi Everyone, I also started on January 4th, and it's my 2nd Whole30. Similar to others on this forum, I had a successful 30 days and stumbled with the re-introduction. One month later, I'm moving houses and changing jobs - aka. dining out A LOT and resorting to old habits. My first few days are going mostly well. Headaches for sure, but manageable. We did have a surprise visit from a family member for dinner, and I was nervous about how it would go. Not only did our guest love Melissa’s Chicken Hash, but after looking through the book said he would go buy it! We also managed to sit back and drink water while he drank wine J This time around I’m trying not to make Whole30 a “thing” where I explain it to everyone in some attempt to rationalize my choices. Instead I want to make it a lifestyle change were I choose high quality whole foods and feel better because of it. No rationalizing required. And, a successful re-introduction!
  2. CatInKitchener

    July 27 to August 27th

    Congrats to everyone who finished all 30 days! I did take some time to appreciate my non-scale victories - healthy nails, skin, increased energy and more consistent energy. I still struggle with bloating, so I think I need to experiment more with veggies. I did hop on the scale this morning and was very pleased - down 15 lbs since day 1! I didn't take measurements but my clothes fit much better. I decided to reintroduce oats (gluten-free) this morning instead of legumes. I plan on sticking with a predominantly paleo diet, and luckily my boyfriend has 15 days left of his whole30, so it pretty much guarantees compliant dinners!
  3. CatInKitchener

    July 27 to August 27th

    I echo some of the sentiments about reintroduction. I am interested to see how I react to some of the foods - mainly legumes and non-gluten grains like oats, rice and quinoa. Dairy and I have been fighting for years, so I have no need to reintroduce it. Gluten is something I'm on the fence about. I like the idea of not avoiding something like soy sauce or Worcestershire because of it, but when I think about many of the other gluten products, I realize they are a slippery slope. I think I would like to keep the main principles of this program, but - as was mentioned before - not have to avoid everything with added sugar. I feel relieved my boyfriend will only be on day 15 when I finish so I have continued structure with meal planning. But, I'm also heading into a really busy time at work (i.e. 16 hour days) and will appreciate being able to have a smoothie on the go. Unrelated to reintroduction, tomorrow will be a big test for me. It's my first catered event. We're attending a friend's wedding. It's very small and at a restaurant, so I feel confident we will be fine food-wise. The bride knows and isn't fussed about the food but is disappointed about the no alcohol part. I just remind myself that if I were currently pregnant or on medication, no one would think twice about the alcohol. The positive side for me is that I can drive home from the wedding and save money
  4. CatInKitchener

    July 27 to August 27th

    Wow, I feel like we're in the home-stretch. I didn't even realize how far I was until this weekend when someone asked me how many days left and I said 9! I've been up and down over the past few days. My energy is either quite good or I'm dragging. I also still feel bloated, and I'm trying to be patient, but with just over a week left, I can't help but worry that I won't feel great on day 31. I try to calm myself because I know stressing about it won't help my GI. I think for me it will be finding the right vegetables because bloating is not new for me. As for recipes, I've tried the sweet potato shepherd's pie from the Whole30 book, and it was excellent. I also tried the coleslaw (with the mayo instead of oil), and it was also really good. It's a nice side dish for breakfast since I struggle most with finding veggies for breakfast.
  5. CatInKitchener

    July 27 to August 27th

    After a rough few days last week, I'm feeling my better. My face issues have cleared up, and I'm noticing my clothes are more comfortable. My energy was low over the weekend, but today's been better. I'm not sure about others, but I'm still not feeling all that 'regular'. But I'm optimistic it will pass. Also, one unexpected non-scale victory I've experienced is the state of my fingernails. Random, I know. They are noticeably stronger and the longest they've been in... well, as long as I can remember. One or two usually break or chip, and then I clip them all short. It could be a coincidence given it's only day 15, but it seems different.
  6. CatInKitchener

    July 27 to August 27th

    Based on the book, the dreams are right on time! I had a chocolate cake dream on Day 13. I was at a catered event, they put cake in front of me and I just dug in. In my dream, I thought, I guess I'll just start over. In reality, I do think I might extend my Whole30 into a Whole 45 because my boyfriend is starting this week. Then we can re-introduce foods together. He did say he hopes I don't go all "tiger blood" on him during his first few days. Haha.
  7. CatInKitchener

    July 27 to August 27th

    I had a rough couple of days this week. I woke up on Day 9 with a red patch on my chin. I thought it was odd but threw on some make-up and headed to work. I made a point not to touch it, but could feel it throughout the morning. At lunch, I looked in a mirror and it had turned into a blister. Aside from being embarrassed, I was a bit freaked out. The next day I was able to see my doctor who had no idea what it was, but wasn't concerned. Then on Day 11, I woke with two more red patches on my cheek and stayed home from work in fear of further blisters developing. I recalled reading the 2nd week can be rocky, and I searched the forum for other face concerns. I saw a few others struggled with their skin, which was a little reassuring, but I was definitely not in a good head space. The new patches did slowly reduce and go away by dinner. I know the skin is one of the main organs for detoxification, so I'm hoping I'm on the other side now! I've managed to stay on track with my food, so I'm proud my mood didn't sway me. Now I need to make it through a weekend at a friend's cottage. I've got a cooler filled with meat, eggs, veggies and sunshine sauce!
  8. CatInKitchener

    July 27 to August 27th

    Hang in there! I also struggle with migraines and headaches, and last year when I cut out sugar, processed foods, and refined carbs (not Whole30, but my own real food challenge), I had headaches for a few weeks. When I wasn't feeling better after a while, I tried an elimination diet with my naturopath, and when I tracked my headaches, I had them about 4-5 days a week. We ended up trying magnesium supplements, and I do think they made a difference. The next time I tried a 2-week elimination diet, I didn't get headaches, and so far on the Whole30, I have only had 2. I'm not a medical professional, so it might be worth talking to someone about magnesium or other options that might help. When I looked back at It Starts with Food, I read the part that said the second week is when the healing starts to take place, and it's not always smooth. Your body is trying to re-calibrate, and I'm trying to remember that as I await the tiger blood. Hope you get some relief soon!
  9. CatInKitchener

    July 27 to August 27th

    Day 7 - Has anyone else felt like the week has gone by both quickly and slowly at the same time? I realized today that I compartmentalize my day into meals and between meals. Like, what can I get done between breakfast and lunch today, or when do I need to time my meals so we can make the movie and I won't be hungry? I noticed a few others were tested recently, and, while I wasn't at a birthday party around accessible food, I was proud of how I was during visits to a few coffee shops filled with baked goods and started to see these treats as they are - which is... always there. It sounds ridiculous, but I have always had some unreasonable sense of urgency with treats and sweets. It was always as if I needed them 'right now' as if it would be the last thing I would ever eat. But, watching them sit there I realized, sure, they look good, and I'm sure they taste good, but they will always be available, and they aren't special - like the book points out. And, after the 30 days and re-introduction, I'm hopeful that I can continue to recognize when something is special vs. always available. Another thing that has been helpful for me is drinking tea. I've tried a few new herbal or white teas that are amazing without any added sugar or milk. I found one through Teavana called Youth Berry by accident when Starbucks was out of green tea. It not only doesn't need to be sweetened, but it smells amazing! I went out to the store and got some for home. Also, when I'm out with others, I just order tea. When their bills are $30+ from alcoholic drinks, and mine is $2.10, it's an added bonus
  10. CatInKitchener

    July 27 to August 27th

    I'm happy to report that yesterday was a good day for me! I didn't require a snack for the first time this week, and even right up until bed, I didn't feel hungry. I've been making a concerted effort to ensure I get enough fat with each meal and I think that's making a difference. On top of that, I had steady energy levels throughout the day. I also made some fresh guacamole this morning to go with my omelette, and it definitely helped me enjoy breakfast more.
  11. CatInKitchener

    July 27 to August 27th

    I made sunshine sauce yesterday, and it was delicious! It went well with my chicken, broccoli and sweet potato. As a huge fan of peanut sauce, this is a great substitute. Can't wait to made zucchini "pad thai" with it. Yesterday morning I was having some serious egg-doubt, aka. "Uh oh, it's only day 3 and I think I'm already sick of eggs", so I decided to change up breakfast for day 4 and make egg salad for lunch. I've never made my own egg salad, but it was so easy - and my first excuse to use the homemade mayo! I had it for lunch today in lettuce-wrap form, and it was excellent. I was a little worried about "kill all the things" today, but so far, I haven't snapped at anyone.
  12. CatInKitchener

    July 27 to August 27th

    Thanks for the suggestions! My first omelette was 3 whole eggs, and my second was 2 since I was also having bacon. I think tonight I'll prepare some sweet potato to add to meals and see how that goes, and also try adding some more fat. Perhaps I'll try the sunshine sauce.
  13. CatInKitchener

    July 27 to August 27th

    Day 2 now behind me. I'm finding I am one of those "always hungry" people, and need to keep adjusting until I can get it right. B: omelette with tomato & spinach, compliant bacon L: 2 compliant beef hot dogs with garden salad, homemade dressing (doubled the protein from yesterday) S: banana with hazelnut butter D: red curry chicken with spinach on a bed of coconut cauliflower "rice" S2: coconut cauliflower "rice" I definitely did not want to eat a second snack, and I tried to wait it out and drank some water. Since it had been a few hours past dinner, I decided to stop giving myself a hard time and just had some more "rice". I'm finding it difficult to figure out how to adjust the meals as I do focus on only eating (at a table, no distractions), and I pay attention to when I feel satiated. I'm starting to think I should try 4 meals instead of 3. Thoughts from anyone? Also, this morning was a bit rough. Had a headache and no energy. I felt like a zombie, but after about 90 minutes was feeling like myself again.
  14. CatInKitchener

    July 27 to August 27th

    Happy Day 2, Everyone! My day 1 went fairly well. B: omelette w/ spinach and tomatoes, in avocado oil L: compliant beef dog with a large salad and homemade oil/cider vinegar dressing S: banana with hazelnut butter D: beef bolognese with zoodles I was hoping not to need the snack, but I don't think my lunch protein was sufficient, so I've corrected that for today's lunch. I also felt hungry in the evening a few hours after dinner, so I made some herbal tea. It was nice, but I later regretted consuming tea before bed I did notice my energy was low towards the end of the day, but I know my energy levels will eventually reset, and I patiently, yet eagerly, await that day.
  15. CatInKitchener

    July 27 to August 27th

    Hi Everyone! Today marks Day 1 for me, too. I did some grocery shopping, made a batch of mayo, and took a Day 0 photo (almost didn't take the photo but thought I might regret it later). Looking forward to hearing how everyone's experience goes!