CinSaladBim

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  1. CinSaladBim

    Whole 30 in France

    Bit late responding to this thread, but I live in Belgium so that's right next door to where you're at Hdcline. Also, I do speak French (native Dutch speaker though) so if you need any specific translations let me know! As for ghee - I order it online, google helped me find an online shop in the Netherlands that sells pure ghee (€6 per jar mind you, but worth it for the convenience). You can make almond flower yourself and at the same time make almond milk (so delicious!) from fresh almonds and water (recipe via google).
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    I've actually been having acne flare up as well - and I usually have a very clear complexion - figured it was just caused by some hormonal changes in my body + very cold weather outside which can make my skin irritated. That or either the fact that my body has to get used to the increased fat intake? I'm not eating a lot of nuts though (fats are usually either ghee, avocado, home made mayo or coconut) and have been following the template for almost every meal (think 1-2 exceptions so far). It has gotten better last two days by applying facial masks and day crème for dry skin. I know right! Ghee and coconut butter! Not cheap, but worth every penny. Still thinking about wine though - was offered a glass of champagne yesterday and it still stung to say no. Couldn't care less about cheese any more :-) for sure a NSV. Also, yesterday my mother in law said I was glowing with health, so that's one step in the right direction. Still don't get the feeling that my clothes fit better though.
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    Looks like you've got sufficient reason to prove your mom wrong :-) Being a notorious diet soda addict myself, I recommend cool water with lemon juice! I only drink it first thing in the morning and avoid anything with flavor during the rest of the day, as it reminds me too much of what I can't have. Water is my new routine and sparkling water as an occasional extra.
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    Hope your digestive stress gets better soon! I had one day where I ate too much fat (grass-fed ribs - they were worth it though!) and stomach did not agree - compensated that with a banana and eating just chicken and carrots that day as it's easier to digest than most other vegetables and meat types. It worked for me, but as ladyshanny mentioned, the mods might be able to give you more detailed advice based on your eating habits so far. As to exercise - I need to build that up from scratch, so I had decided in the beginning to focus on food first. Last week and a half or so I have been going on walks for at least 30 mins every day + I take the stairs everywhere I am (even to the 4th floor at work). Baby steps for me, would like to start jiu jitsu at a local dojo, but want to get to a remotely decent level of fitness first so I don't faint in the first session.
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    Why thank you - I'd love to see Quebec sometime even if it would require me to clean someone's house ;-)! Vacation plans for this year are already set though. And a very happy birthday!!! By the way, I come from a family of independent workers and birthdays are never celebrated on the day itself, so you get a week to ask anything you want and spoil yourself rotten. I suggest you take a leaf from that book. Yesterday my hubby made dinner - it was so delicious - I'll have him cook up dinner more often! He stuffed bell peppers with minced pork (spiced & with onion) and then had some broccoli, Parisian mushrooms (don't know if it's called that in English, but they're brown and full of taste) and leek simmer on the stove for about an hour in some ghee. The combination of the three vegetables created a flavor close to the creaminess of Parmesan - or maybe I'm just becoming delusional He also made fresh beef stew according to 'ye olde flemish recipe' - , but without the beer or the slice of bread. Needs to set a little to get all flavors optimally infused, so that's for tomorrow. Tonight on the menu: fresh cod with a stir-fry of paksoi, bell pepper and onion in green curry coconut sauce.
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    Look at it this way: at least your body is now optimally equipped to fight it off! Hope you feel better soon though! Tea with fresh orange and lemon to the rescue!'
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    Day 4 of restart (Day 17 previously) - haven't had any headaches or discomforts in the past days and honestly feel more 'tiger blood' than I should because of the restart. Have been tigger the bouncing happy during the past weekend literally wooshing from one activity to the other (cleaned the entire house, went bed shopping, bought new toys for the dogs, laundry done and folded, visited my BFF ('butcher friend forever') and the local vegetable farmer market, visited my parents (brought them some of the delicious meat), kept my 3 y/o son alive and happy and went for a long walk with the dogs. Also, kitchen is sparkly clean and all food prep is done for the week - still had time to sit down and watch a movie with my son yesterday afternoon, which was a lot of fun. In the mornings I jump out of bed and the comparison with my husband who is eating junk is just too funny (he's in zombie mode for at least 2-3 hours). Yup - I can surely do this for another 26 days :-)
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    You're probably right, but I'm still pretty hard on myself - I was / am so committed to making the full 30 days without compromise and I had not foreseen a simple business lunch to get in the way of my resolve... Anyhow, it is a learning experience and I've learnt a lot already - was planning on extending the clean eating beyond the 30 days anyway - looks like the glass of champagne will have to wait until Valentine's day :-)
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    I need to restart / extend and feel absolutely horrible about it. Yesterday I had another business lunch and while I checked with the assistant to provide a compliant option for me, she misunderstood and foresaw gluten-free sandwiches. When I came into the meeting room she even said, I've arranged these especially for you! So I really couldn't say no at that point and break her heart, as she went out of her way to arrange it (unfortunately she misunderstood the requirements). I only ate one half of a sandwich and picked some chicken and salad off of the other ones, but still - had stomach cramps all afternoon and terrible night's sleep. So - today is day 1 again for me - at least I know by now that I can do it, as I don't miss any of the foods that are off-plan and do still feel more energetic than before the 13 days.
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    I had developed a (bad) habit of having breakfast in my car on days where I need to leave really early. Portable and non-smelly breakfasts for me so far have been: - boiled eggs with a container of vegetables (anything 'stickshaped' seems to work for me: cucumber, carrots, pre-cooked beans) - Cold slices of meatloaf (made them with onions, bell peppers, egg yoke and plenty of seasoning) again with a container of vegetables - As mentioned by Born Sandy, also once did a omelette roll with broccoli and tomato and fresh mayo in it - this was for sure my favorite breakfast so far! Usually I now get up half an hour early and get something warm though - tastes so much better.
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    We made the list!

    I've done similar programs as the ones on the top of the list - none of which have made me conscious of how my body reacts to food as much as I do now. After those diets, I go back to my old ways and a couple of months later I'm exactly where I started (or worse). Even though I'm not fully through it yet, I don't see whole30 as a diet anymore (even though I admit that I did when I first read about it) - I don't have to be hungry, feel guilty all the time for feeding myself or miss out on delicious food, but rather I get to enjoy all kinds of natural goodies until my body says it has received enough nutrients and feels happily satieted. Doesn't mean I don't miss a glass of wine every now and again, but honestly, I don't need it and my body does not benefit from it.
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    It does make all the difference - at first was a bit sceptic, since I had the habit of buying meat in the closest supermarket, but now that I tasted the difference (and felt it in my wallet, because straight from the farm is actually cheaper) I'm never going back. My husband, not at all doing whole30 and eating a bag of crisps every evening, agrees that if there's one change that's staying forever it's the butcher! So far, I've also convinced him on freshly made granola (I made it to complement potential snacks at work during hectic times, ended up barely eating any of it, since he ate it all - I was happy he was at least eating something natural instead of processed junk), freshly made mayo and broth. My husband is a notorious addict to store bought broth from premium brands (averaging at $5-6 per package) and now is perfectly happy to use the fresh / frozen goodness that comes from chicken and vegetables. Day 11 so far - have been 100% compliant so far and feeling very energized. Have the idea that my stomach is flatter and was so tempted this morning to step on the scales, but didn't. M1: Grass fed pure beef minced meat with some bacon and green beans - should have added a dressing or something M2: Leftover from this morning, but this time will make a dressing, thinking about something with lots of chile M3: Zoodles with bolognaise made on sunday (flavors will have set by now - am looking forward to this one) Tomorrow will be big challenge #2 - I have a business lunch during which I don't want to be perceived as 'the fickly b-word that won't eat anything'. Lunch will be served by our in-house catering, so I've given them a heads up on what I can and can not eat, but do hope they stick to it... Did find it tremendously hard to explain - sugar free, carb free, dairy free and no processed cooking oils please - they looked at me like I was crazy, then I emphasized that any store bought broth or dressing had sugar in it and that they should avoid processed meats as well - that seemed to confirm their idea that I was indeed crazy in the coconut (mmm coconut - reminds me that I have one waiting on me in the fridge for post-dinner this evening). So yeah, not sure if the message got through, so I think I'll just not eat whatever causes reasonable doubt and will foresee a pot of cucumber / carrot sticks and some home made meatloaf for afternoon snack. Rather go hangry than start over at this point...
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    Will ask my newfound organic butcher (actually a farmer), who had the most amazing rack of ribs I've ever tasted! Today was tough, plenty of surrounding temptations on family feast, but I managed to withstand them. M1: sautéed baby kale with minced meat (finally found a purely natural and sugar free version at my newly found BFF - I.e. 'butcher friend forever'), snack tomatoes and cucumber slices M2: raw veggie plate, homemade mayo and meatloaf cooked up yesterday (with sweet bell pepper, chile and tandoori masala spices). - this while my family was feasting on tomato soup, marinated BBQ and ice cream and cookies afterwards... Hardest to resist was the wine though, felt very satiated after my wholesome meal :-) M3: fresh salmon baked in ghee with Belgian endives in mayo and lemon dressing (Belgian endives are so cheap here I could eat them daily :-)) I did have a compliant coconut water at home as a small reward to myself - even though I know I must break the cycle to reward myself with food... So that was day 9 - on to day 10! Lamb chop day tomorrow nomnomnom !
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    Yes and no :-) No Safeway's around here unfortunately (continental Europe) - will have to stick to the normal chicken I guess! ;-)
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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    That's not a bad idea actually - was going to try out a new butcher tomorrow morning, straight from the farm and doing all the processing themselves - so I'm hoping on some sugar-free sausages! And deli meat - I would love to make ham roll wraps for lunch in the course of this week, but so far haven't found dextrose-free ham...Know for sure that plenty of veggies will be available, unseasoned and without sauce, so was going to bring own homemade mayo to go with that. Hadn't considered olives so far - will add them to my shopping list for salade niçoise (or the whole30 version of it anyway)! Broth is cooking now - my house smells delicious mmmm :-)