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    mfustos got a reaction from megbeveridge in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Holy cow ladies and gentlemen - it is day 30!!! I feel like the first part of the month went pretty quickly but this last week felt like FOREVER! 
    My NSV: my relationship with food is back on track, much less brain fog, not craving sweets, clothes fit better, stomach is flatter, less bloated and less tummy pains, not snacky during the day, spent hardly any money on eating out, I think I have more energy (but any tiger blood is being immediately sucked up by my almost 1-yr-old DS). 
    Disappointments: the dermatitis on my face that I thought was clearing up did not, my daily muscle pains and dull headaches are still here (I was hoping it was due to inflammation from sugar but now realize it’s from years of bad posture, sports and accidents. Guess I’m going to have to get regular massages... dang. :) ) 
    I’ve never done a correct food reintroduction after any of my previous Whole30s, so I am going to really try this time. I know something is causing my stomach to feel like there are rocks in my gut and I need to see what it is.
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    mfustos got a reaction from megbeveridge in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Holy cow ladies and gentlemen - it is day 30!!! I feel like the first part of the month went pretty quickly but this last week felt like FOREVER! 
    My NSV: my relationship with food is back on track, much less brain fog, not craving sweets, clothes fit better, stomach is flatter, less bloated and less tummy pains, not snacky during the day, spent hardly any money on eating out, I think I have more energy (but any tiger blood is being immediately sucked up by my almost 1-yr-old DS). 
    Disappointments: the dermatitis on my face that I thought was clearing up did not, my daily muscle pains and dull headaches are still here (I was hoping it was due to inflammation from sugar but now realize it’s from years of bad posture, sports and accidents. Guess I’m going to have to get regular massages... dang. :) ) 
    I’ve never done a correct food reintroduction after any of my previous Whole30s, so I am going to really try this time. I know something is causing my stomach to feel like there are rocks in my gut and I need to see what it is.
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    mfustos got a reaction from ChristyJ in Who's starting 1/1?   
    @Jihanna I had a similar dream two nights ago. I drank a huge sugary alcoholic drink (without my knowledge) and when I woke up (in my dream) I was super peeved at my hubby for letting me drink it! Ha! My dreams are getting so vivid and real, even the ones that are not food related. 
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    mfustos reacted to Jihanna in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Day 13 is up... and the food dreams have started. All last night my dreams were filled with me catching myself halfway through foods I shouldn't be eating, then feeling sick and running to purge. It sucked... but (thankfully!) I woke up and realized it didn't happen, I didn't actually lose control, and it's been a long time since I've been that happy to wake up out of a dream. My takeaway is that I need to have awareness of what's in front of me / what I'm reaching toward, and a mindfulness of whether I'm hungry or if I'm just reaching to grab something because I'm bored or it's simply there.
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    mfustos reacted to CAB88 in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I made an amazing crab cake recipe last weekend if you would like to take a look and use or adapt it! I used a recipe called " Whole30 Crab Cakes with Lemon Garlic Aioli" by thedefineddish.com. I was incredibly surprised how tasty they were and my boyfriend commented that he didn't think they tasted "healthy" as he comments when something from Whole30 tastes good- which he is incredibly surprised and has now joined in eating the whole30 dinners I have made because he thinks they taste good! I did find it was very difficult to keep the patties together, so the next time around I would play around with the amounts of cassava flour and perhaps add an egg to help keep the pieces together? I'm a beginner cook so maybe some others would have better suggestions.
    Link: http://www.thedefineddish.com/whole30-crab-cakes/
    Anyways Day 11, here we go! We got this!!! Sometimes on my hardest days, I try and hold on to my "WHY" for doing this. It's all worth it, in my opinion. Have a wonderful day all!
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    mfustos reacted to Heathermarie74 in Brain Fog   
    Brain fog for me is typically due to candida die-off. If your diet change has been really drastic this may just be your gut bacteria weening off the sugars its used to. 
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    mfustos reacted to SugarcubeOD in Brain Fog   
    Are you salting your food? Drinking 1/2oz of water per pound of body weight?  Eating fat with each meal?  If you can provide some more details, maybe something will stand out or maybe it is just night time disruptions...
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    mfustos reacted to ChristyJ in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Do you have a crockpot?  I like to put a bunch of chicken in the crock with cut up onions, chicken broth and Mrs. Dash.  You can then do all sorts of things with it like have shredded chicken with peppers and onions over cauliflower rice, olives and salsa, shredded chicken with compliant bbq sauce, chicken for salad, etc.
    Make a double batch of soup.  There's a great recipe out there for chicken, sweet potato and kale soup that hits protein and veggies (you'll have to add a healthy fat).
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    mfustos got a reaction from BookJockey in Not doing this for the right reasons--history of eating disorders   
    Hi @fmb16 - You have my full support! Feel free to dm me at any time. I have gone through anorexia several times myself, and while it has been quite a while since I was in the throws of it, I will always be recovering. There are times that I notice myself going down "the path" and I know something has to be done. For example, this is my 5th or 6th W30 and I am doing it for very different reasons than the others. I had a baby almost 11 mos ago and started letting myself eat whatever was around - both because it was easy, and because I thought I deserved it as a reward. Fast forward to December and I was constantly saying to myself "Oh, I can have this chocolate cake as a treat today, I'll just make sure I'll eat better tomorrow." but as you can guess, tomorrow never came. I started to just not care what I was putting into my body at that point and quickly realized that the next "step" for me would be to completely panic and overcorrect my misguided food journey by cutting way too much food out of my life; slowly going down that road that I know all too well: obsession with what goes into my mouth and guilt over what I do put there. I decided at that very moment I needed another Whole30 to get my relationship back on track with food. If you haven't read the book "It Starts with Food" I highly recommend it. I am the type of person that wants to know the science and reasoning behind why I do things and what works and doesn't, so reading this book gave me a ton of information on how our body utilizes food and how it affects our brain's ability to produce chemicals and receive transmissions between nerves and such. It also made me realize that food and I shouldn't be enemies and food shouldn't be a "reward" or "punishment"...it is my fuel. It is what helps me think clearly, sleep soundly, have energy, control my anxiety and depression, and have everything I need to take care of my baby. I do also agree with @ladyshanny and what she said. We all need to show ourselves a little more compassion (I am up for any advise on how to do this myself...I struggle with this a lot). Do know that if you decide to make the decision to step back from the program and regroup, that you can always reach out to me to talk to. I know exactly how you feel and I want you to know that you are not alone in this. I wish I would have had a forum like this when I was actively struggling with my eating - please reach out if you need to. 
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    mfustos reacted to BookJockey in Not doing this for the right reasons--history of eating disorders   
    Emphasis mine added. Thank you, @ladyshanny for this kind and insightful answer. This is why I love Whole30, it is ostensibly about being kind to your body and yourself.
    As someone who's also had a lot of trouble with very disordered eating in high school and college (but who is, admittedly, many years farther away from those days than @fmb16 is), I feel this post hard. I had a lot of trouble with this on my first Whole30 last year. I wasn't weighing myself, but constantly measuring myself and I was not always in the best of mental spaces, especially at first.
    I decided to stick with it after a lot of soul searching. Whole30 was making me feel a lot better in ways that had nothing to do with weight loss (my autoimmune disorder wasn't plaguing me with constant mystery illnesses, aches, and pains, my chronic indigestion was almost non-existent, I was feeling more alert, I was finally escaping the calorie counting nightmareland of my 20s, etc). It took a lot of effort to focus on that stuff more than the weight loss aspects, and to stop measuring myself. Trying to focus instead on all the other positives gave my overthinker brain something else to do. In the end, sticking with it was good for me, but that may not be the right decision for you, and that is, as stated above, 1000% ok.
    Whatever you decide to do, do it with love and kindness towards yourself and your body. You are worth it.
    P.S. I want to commend your bravery posting this here, and your insight in recognizing this in yourself, as they say, the first step is identifying when there's an issue.
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    mfustos reacted to ladyshanny in Not doing this for the right reasons--history of eating disorders   
    Honestly I don't think anyone here can answer that for you. If you feel that the Whole30 is a detriment to your health then you should absolutely stop and seek out some kind of assistance if needed. If you think you can "right the ship" along the way, then continue on. We can't answer that for you, unfortunately, it's too personal a decision and only you know you.
    If you do decide to stop, please reframe the decision as one of self-care and compassion rather than guilt and anxiety over "quitting". If you make the decision that you are better served by stepping away from this program for as long as you need, then that is the right answer for you. We have no judgement here and a 30 day voluntary elimination plan shouldn't be increasing guilt or anxiety. Remember, there are no awards or ribbons at the end.  More importantly, wherever you go, there you are, right? So making the right decision for yourself is the right one no matter which way you choose to go. 
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    mfustos got a reaction from JudiPurple in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hello ladies! I started Jan 1 as well..This is my 5 or 6 time through, but the 1st I've done in over a year. Last year was a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I had a baby, (viktoriya my LO is 10 mos) lost a a beloved dog of 9 years unexpectedly, lost my mother, moved (and my mother and father in law have moved in with us in the mother-in-law suite in the basement) and have had some health concerns with my father-in-law and my father. My husband recently had a promotion at work which is great, except it has meant a lot of long hours and weekend work...which is not great. 
    I am doing another round of Whole30 to re-establish a good relationship with food. This past year I have pretty much been eating what is in front of me, partially bc I didn't make the time to cook healthy meals, and partially because when I was given a chance to eat, shower or sleep, I most always chose sleep (thus continuing the cycle of not eating well). In Sept I started developing Atopic dermatitis on my face, which I had experienced one other time but was able to take antibiotics to clear up. This time I haven't had that choice due to the fact that I am still breast feeding the LO. Needless to say, I have been on 3 separate creams and the areas are just NOW starting to clear up after 5 full days of being on Whole30. I had my suspicions that the dermatitis could be food related, but this will either confirm or dispel my theory. I started out eating sugary treats once in a while..and then it turned into "Oh, well, I'll just have this treat today and eat better tomorrow." Tomorrow started turning into next week, next week to next month...
    As someone who has been an anorexic twice, it is extremely important that when I get this lax in my relationship with food, it is only a matter of time before I start going down the dark path leading back to a very very bad place. 
    So I am back! Welcome to all of you newbies - there will definitely be difficult days but the physical and mental rewards are amazing! 
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    mfustos got a reaction from JudiPurple in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hello ladies! I started Jan 1 as well..This is my 5 or 6 time through, but the 1st I've done in over a year. Last year was a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I had a baby, (viktoriya my LO is 10 mos) lost a a beloved dog of 9 years unexpectedly, lost my mother, moved (and my mother and father in law have moved in with us in the mother-in-law suite in the basement) and have had some health concerns with my father-in-law and my father. My husband recently had a promotion at work which is great, except it has meant a lot of long hours and weekend work...which is not great. 
    I am doing another round of Whole30 to re-establish a good relationship with food. This past year I have pretty much been eating what is in front of me, partially bc I didn't make the time to cook healthy meals, and partially because when I was given a chance to eat, shower or sleep, I most always chose sleep (thus continuing the cycle of not eating well). In Sept I started developing Atopic dermatitis on my face, which I had experienced one other time but was able to take antibiotics to clear up. This time I haven't had that choice due to the fact that I am still breast feeding the LO. Needless to say, I have been on 3 separate creams and the areas are just NOW starting to clear up after 5 full days of being on Whole30. I had my suspicions that the dermatitis could be food related, but this will either confirm or dispel my theory. I started out eating sugary treats once in a while..and then it turned into "Oh, well, I'll just have this treat today and eat better tomorrow." Tomorrow started turning into next week, next week to next month...
    As someone who has been an anorexic twice, it is extremely important that when I get this lax in my relationship with food, it is only a matter of time before I start going down the dark path leading back to a very very bad place. 
    So I am back! Welcome to all of you newbies - there will definitely be difficult days but the physical and mental rewards are amazing! 
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    mfustos got a reaction from JudiPurple in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hello ladies! I started Jan 1 as well..This is my 5 or 6 time through, but the 1st I've done in over a year. Last year was a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I had a baby, (viktoriya my LO is 10 mos) lost a a beloved dog of 9 years unexpectedly, lost my mother, moved (and my mother and father in law have moved in with us in the mother-in-law suite in the basement) and have had some health concerns with my father-in-law and my father. My husband recently had a promotion at work which is great, except it has meant a lot of long hours and weekend work...which is not great. 
    I am doing another round of Whole30 to re-establish a good relationship with food. This past year I have pretty much been eating what is in front of me, partially bc I didn't make the time to cook healthy meals, and partially because when I was given a chance to eat, shower or sleep, I most always chose sleep (thus continuing the cycle of not eating well). In Sept I started developing Atopic dermatitis on my face, which I had experienced one other time but was able to take antibiotics to clear up. This time I haven't had that choice due to the fact that I am still breast feeding the LO. Needless to say, I have been on 3 separate creams and the areas are just NOW starting to clear up after 5 full days of being on Whole30. I had my suspicions that the dermatitis could be food related, but this will either confirm or dispel my theory. I started out eating sugary treats once in a while..and then it turned into "Oh, well, I'll just have this treat today and eat better tomorrow." Tomorrow started turning into next week, next week to next month...
    As someone who has been an anorexic twice, it is extremely important that when I get this lax in my relationship with food, it is only a matter of time before I start going down the dark path leading back to a very very bad place. 
    So I am back! Welcome to all of you newbies - there will definitely be difficult days but the physical and mental rewards are amazing! 
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    mfustos got a reaction from JudiPurple in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hello ladies! I started Jan 1 as well..This is my 5 or 6 time through, but the 1st I've done in over a year. Last year was a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I had a baby, (viktoriya my LO is 10 mos) lost a a beloved dog of 9 years unexpectedly, lost my mother, moved (and my mother and father in law have moved in with us in the mother-in-law suite in the basement) and have had some health concerns with my father-in-law and my father. My husband recently had a promotion at work which is great, except it has meant a lot of long hours and weekend work...which is not great. 
    I am doing another round of Whole30 to re-establish a good relationship with food. This past year I have pretty much been eating what is in front of me, partially bc I didn't make the time to cook healthy meals, and partially because when I was given a chance to eat, shower or sleep, I most always chose sleep (thus continuing the cycle of not eating well). In Sept I started developing Atopic dermatitis on my face, which I had experienced one other time but was able to take antibiotics to clear up. This time I haven't had that choice due to the fact that I am still breast feeding the LO. Needless to say, I have been on 3 separate creams and the areas are just NOW starting to clear up after 5 full days of being on Whole30. I had my suspicions that the dermatitis could be food related, but this will either confirm or dispel my theory. I started out eating sugary treats once in a while..and then it turned into "Oh, well, I'll just have this treat today and eat better tomorrow." Tomorrow started turning into next week, next week to next month...
    As someone who has been an anorexic twice, it is extremely important that when I get this lax in my relationship with food, it is only a matter of time before I start going down the dark path leading back to a very very bad place. 
    So I am back! Welcome to all of you newbies - there will definitely be difficult days but the physical and mental rewards are amazing! 
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    mfustos got a reaction from JudiPurple in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hello ladies! I started Jan 1 as well..This is my 5 or 6 time through, but the 1st I've done in over a year. Last year was a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I had a baby, (viktoriya my LO is 10 mos) lost a a beloved dog of 9 years unexpectedly, lost my mother, moved (and my mother and father in law have moved in with us in the mother-in-law suite in the basement) and have had some health concerns with my father-in-law and my father. My husband recently had a promotion at work which is great, except it has meant a lot of long hours and weekend work...which is not great. 
    I am doing another round of Whole30 to re-establish a good relationship with food. This past year I have pretty much been eating what is in front of me, partially bc I didn't make the time to cook healthy meals, and partially because when I was given a chance to eat, shower or sleep, I most always chose sleep (thus continuing the cycle of not eating well). In Sept I started developing Atopic dermatitis on my face, which I had experienced one other time but was able to take antibiotics to clear up. This time I haven't had that choice due to the fact that I am still breast feeding the LO. Needless to say, I have been on 3 separate creams and the areas are just NOW starting to clear up after 5 full days of being on Whole30. I had my suspicions that the dermatitis could be food related, but this will either confirm or dispel my theory. I started out eating sugary treats once in a while..and then it turned into "Oh, well, I'll just have this treat today and eat better tomorrow." Tomorrow started turning into next week, next week to next month...
    As someone who has been an anorexic twice, it is extremely important that when I get this lax in my relationship with food, it is only a matter of time before I start going down the dark path leading back to a very very bad place. 
    So I am back! Welcome to all of you newbies - there will definitely be difficult days but the physical and mental rewards are amazing! 
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    mfustos reacted to viktoriya in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hi! My name is Viktoriya. Im 32 years old, married and have a 9 month old son.  I have successfully completed two rounds of Whole30 but attempted 4 times (failed twice). I love how I feel when I’m on Whole30 but I lose motivation about a week in. I’m hoping by joining the forum and reading peoples stories will keep me motivated. 
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    mfustos reacted to dianka25 in My First Whole30 Program Log   
    Hang in there!! Doing this around and during your period makes it extra challenging in my opinion. I had mine during the first part of my whole30 (I'm on day 20) and I wanted to quit. I felt like I needed to eat a lot, drink a ton of water and have lots of red meat to balance it out. A day or two after my period things got a lot better. I wonder if your body could have been absoring the caffeine more and ramping up your anxiety too? I have heard that headaches can be due to not enough fat too. Things will turn around, hang in there!
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    mfustos reacted to missmayhem in 6 months into Whole30/9 and I'm a different person...   
    Wow!  I haven't checked here in a while.  I'm so overwhelmed by the positive feedback, but more than anything, so excited that my post motivated some of you to start the program or stick with it.  That means the world to me that in some way, I've helped someone else get on track.  Happy to report that I'm almost at the 9 month mark, and I CONTINUE to see positive changes.  My weight and inches keep trending down as does my glucose and I'm happier than I've ever been before.  I attached a newer "after" photo.  Hope it helps someone out there to know that it just keeps getting better the longer you commit to the lifestyle and invest in yourself!
     
     

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    mfustos reacted to Beets in Me and coffee are parting ways.   
    Sorry! Half my response got erased somehow by my phone.
    Anyway, it really sucked for me at first. I was drinking two cups of yerba mate a day but my headaches were so bad I could barely walk. Now I'm drinking two cups of green and some herbal tea.
    This morning I realized at 11am that I hadn't had any caffeine and I felt great! Only took me 32 days. I was coming from 4-5 cups a day including usually a large latte. I couldn't even hold myself upright or read words before my first cup.
    So--definitely an improvement! I also notice my anxiety is much improved.
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    mfustos got a reaction from MeadowLily in My First Whole30 Program Log   
    Day 18 
    Extremely tired and brain fogged this am - ran out of my anxiety meds and forgot to pick up so hadn't taken them Sat or Sun evening (that can cause dizziness and brain fog) Picked up this am and took. Also, didn't fall asleep until almost midnight and then woke up to coyotes howling outside our house about 3:30 am. Had trouble falling back asleep.
     
    Breakfast
    1 1/2 cup white potato pan fried in Light Olive Oil 3 scrambled eggs 1/2 avocado 1.5 T mayo 12 oz black coffee Lunch
     over a palm size portion of turkey burger 1 1/2 cup white potato pan fried left over from breakfast 1/2 - 3/4 cup raw carrots 1 1/2 T mayo for dipping More tired than usual today. Focus coming back after consuming food and adding some salt to my water. 3rd day of period...pretty normal for me to be tired during this time of the month. Hopefully continuing W30 compliant eating into the next few months will alter my cycle related fatigue.
     
    Gym - ran/walked, pull ups and dips (starting back into light lifting) stretching
     
    Dinner
    2 palm sized hamburgers 1/2 cup asparagus (started out as 1 cup but I burnt it on the grill) 2 cups green beans  4 T mayo for dipping
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    mfustos got a reaction from MeadowLily in My First Whole30 Program Log   
    Day 19 - Stayed up much later than normal again last night doing contract work - hit snooze A LOT this morning...did more harm than good I am sure.
     
    Breakfast
    1 hamburger patty (over palm sized) Sweet potato pan cooked in coconut oil (around 2 cups+) 1/2 avocado 10 oz coffee Lunch
    3 cups spinach salad 4 oz of mushrooms 1 hamburger (over palm sized) 1/2 avocado 4-5T mayo with extra EVOO, lemon juice and dill weed added to make salad dressing Extremely fatigued and brain fogged today...a bit of vertigo. Realized that I had hit my head while getting out of the car yesterday and pull my neck to the right as well as heard some cracking. Dull headache last night and while walking, feeling as though the axis of my neck is out of alignment. Have a NUCCA appoint today at 5pm. Hoping this will put things back into place and healing on nerve pulses and soft tissue can continue. 
     
    Dinner
    Chicken breast (1 1/2 palm sized) asparagus (approx 1/2 - 3/4 cup yellow squash (approx 1 - 1 1/4 cup) 3 T mayo Headache and tired after NUCCA treatment. WE shall see what tomorrow brings after I get some better sleep.
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    mfustos got a reaction from MeadowLily in My First Whole30 Program Log   
    Day 20 - got to bed around 10:30 - dog woke me up to go out around 1230. Feeling better. Less fatigued and less medicine head now that I am eating my breakfast. 
     
    Breakfast 
    3 scrambled eggs 1 sweet potato pan fried in coconut oil (approx 1 cup) (this is my favorite thing ever!) 1/2 avocado 1 3/4 cup iced black tea with lemon Lunch
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    mfustos got a reaction from MeadowLily in My First Whole30 Program Log   
    Day 17 (slept until almost noon)
     
    Lunch
    2 palm sized chicken breast 1 cup zucchini grilled with olive oil 1 1/2 cup cooked carrots 3 T mayo 8 oz black coffee Dinner
    4 eggs scrambled (failed attempt at an omelet) 1 yellow pepper sauteed with EVOO 2 cups sauteed spinach 1 1/2 - 2 cups sweet potato pan fried with coconut oil 1/2 avocado 2 T may Stomach ache after I ate...partially due to my cycle maybe?
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    mfustos got a reaction from MeadowLily in My First Whole30 Program Log   
    Day 15
     
    Breakfast 
    3 hard boiled eggs 1 sweet potato pan fried with coconut oil 1 closed handful of almonds 10 oz black coffee Lunch
    2 - 3 cups spinach 1 4 oz can soy free tuna 2 T mayo with EVOO 2 cups cooked cauliflower Dinner
    Meatloaf (with no breadcrumbs, oats, or filler) - More than palm size Zucchini on the grill 2 cups Asparagus grilled 1 cup