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    ssparker got a reaction from Jihanna in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hi everyone. I resisted a plate of bakery goodies and unhealthy choices for meals served at an all day event today. I took my own lunch and snacks. Definitely a non-scale victory. I am past cravings and sugar has NO power over me. Feel relieved and proud. Thank you Whole 30!!!
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    ssparker got a reaction from Jihanna in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hi everyone. I resisted a plate of bakery goodies and unhealthy choices for meals served at an all day event today. I took my own lunch and snacks. Definitely a non-scale victory. I am past cravings and sugar has NO power over me. Feel relieved and proud. Thank you Whole 30!!!
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    ssparker got a reaction from Jihanna in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hi everyone. I resisted a plate of bakery goodies and unhealthy choices for meals served at an all day event today. I took my own lunch and snacks. Definitely a non-scale victory. I am past cravings and sugar has NO power over me. Feel relieved and proud. Thank you Whole 30!!!
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    ssparker reacted to Jihanna in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Happy day 10, everyone!
    Welcome, Elise  Glad to have you on board with us!

    re: food becoming bland... the thing I'm finding works best for me is variety, in the foods and the spicing. So if I know I've got a ton of carrot and celery sticks to get through, I'll mix up a few different dips so I have some quick options (and it really takes no time at all to throw some compliant mayo and spices into a bullet-style blender to whip together a new dip). For meats, the same thing, variety -- like not doing three nights in a row of ground meat dishes, because it's all ground meat even if it's actually turkey, then beef, then chicken (so instead, maybe I'll do a ground meat skillet dish one night, then a meatloaf the next, followed by patties for the third night). Changing the presentation helps with veggies too, sometimes, even if the seasoning will be the same. My family's actually excited about trying out veggie noodles; instead of roasting the batch we got from the market yesterday, I spiralized them instead and I'm going to use them tonight.
    re: traveling compliantly... I've done very little of this, so hopefully someone with more experience can chime in. I did want to give a few ideas of things that have fared well with travel for me in the past. First, raw veggies - I'd go ahead and cut them into whatever shape and size I need to make them most snack-able, so I could grab those before the nuts. Apples and almond butter are a winner in my book, too, but I try to do less fruit than veggies, as a general rule. Boiled eggs get boring, I know, so I will often dice mine and toss them in with some mixed greens; throw a dressing on top and you've got a quick salad (all of which can be carried in good quality baggies, so it's helpful when trying to make the best use of room for packing). If you're flying, make sure your carry-on is insulated so you can properly keep foods cool while on board. For me, it's usually worth having a few fruit-flavored tea bags on hand, too (the kind without anything added to sweeten), so I'm able to drop them into water if it doesn't taste good by itself.
    I hope that helps, and good luck!
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    ssparker 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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    ssparker reacted to GraceMelodie in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Day 11 is done!  I have eaten roasted chicken for the last couple of days but that garlic paste I made is so darn good I am not bored yet.   I have also had a UTI the last couple of days which has made the mornings annoying.  I opted not to take antibiotics and instead have eaten probiotics (fermented sauerkraut & fermented coconut) and unsweetened cranberries.  I have also been drinking hot water with a splash of unsweetened cranberry juice throughout the day.  The oddest but also weirdly delicious lunch I had was roasted chicken, hot cranberries, & cold sauerkraut drizzled with olive oil.   The combo of probiotics & cranberries has been working!  Hopefully I will be back to normal by the end of the weekend.  Good luck to everyone!!
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    ssparker got a reaction from ChristyJ in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hi. I am Sherry. This is my first Whole 30. Started Dec 31. Turning 50 on Jan 25. Need to lose 50-60 lbs and hoping to lose 25-30 of it by Mid-June when I go to Scotland to graduate with my MBA with Distinction. Need encouragement and looking forward to following this group. I just finished a few of the Whole 30 books and I see reference to daily emails  I am signed up but not receiving them daily. So far one or two mostly advertising third party info. Advice?  Thanks. 
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    ssparker got a reaction from ChristyJ in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hi. I am Sherry. This is my first Whole 30. Started Dec 31. Turning 50 on Jan 25. Need to lose 50-60 lbs and hoping to lose 25-30 of it by Mid-June when I go to Scotland to graduate with my MBA with Distinction. Need encouragement and looking forward to following this group. I just finished a few of the Whole 30 books and I see reference to daily emails  I am signed up but not receiving them daily. So far one or two mostly advertising third party info. Advice?  Thanks. 
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    ssparker reacted to Hadley F in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hi @NZ Robin I hope your Whole30 is going well so far?  
    I am a Certified Whole30 Coach in NZ and I have a few NZ resources on my website like recipes and also a FB group called KiwisWhoWhole30. 
    Hope your first week is going well! I am running a Whole30 group in NZ  that starts 1st Feb! Looking forward to my 5th Whole30 :)
    Warm Regards,
    Hadley
    The Remedy Project
    theremedyproject.co.nz
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    ssparker reacted to GraceMelodie in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I had a food dream two nights ago that I was at a fancy restaurant and taking forever to order.  I didn't actually order or eat anything in my dream but I kept rereading the ingredient list for bone broth on the menu.  
    In real life, I went to two restaurants yesterday but didn't eat any restaurant food in either.  I went to the first restaurant for lunch with my two kids and a friend and her kid and just ordered coffee.  We were in Big Bear so I had a big insulated bag of food from the trip with me.  I ate hard boiled eggs, almonds and raw veggies.  My friend was slightly embarrassed that I was eating my own food in the restaurant but I didn't care.  Then, last night after I ate a good, filling, compliant dinner at home, I went to meet friends at a restaurant at 8:30 pm.  They ordered & had cocktails, pizza, olives, bread, salad, dessert and coffee.  I told them I already ate, was doing a Whole30 this month and just drank water.  We were at the restaurant until 11:30 pm and the only thing I was truly tempted by were the salad and olives.  All in all a successful day 4! 
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    ssparker reacted to Jihanna in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I cooked FISH! and ate it, too!
    It's probably the first time I've eaten any fish in the last 20 years, at the very least. The good news is that it didn't smell fishy at all, from the moment I opened the little seal-packs to the moment I put it in my mouth. Because of that lack of fishy smell and a mild flavor, I was able to actually enjoy eating it. I used very thin flounder fillets that I'd found in LIDL's frozen section, and the recipe was extremely simple - just put fish on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, rub oil on the fish, use microplane to zest grapefruit directly onto the fish (I was probably a little overzealous with the zest, and also rubbed it in slightly), then salt it and bake at 350F for 12-16 minutes (until flaky). We had it with a side salad, which I loaded up with citrus fruits, and some zucchini.
    Here's to trying new things
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    ssparker reacted to ShannonM816 in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Make sure your meals match the meal template (download it here:  https://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/) -- so at each meal, have 1-2 palm-sized portions of protein (if eggs are your only protein, have as many whole eggs as you can hold in one hand, so probably 3-4), then pick one or two of the fats listed on the template in addition to any oil you cook in, and then fill the rest of the plate up with veggies, 2-3 cups. Most people do well with one fist-sized serving of starchy vegetable each day (like potato, sweet potato, or other root vegetables like beets, turnips, parsnips, or carrots, winter squashes like butternut or acorn squash, or plantains), but right now since you're hungry all the time, it's okay to have more, they can be more filling than other vegetables, and you can always cut back down on them later if you don't feel you need that many.
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    ssparker reacted to BostonBlonde in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I did my first Whole30 last January and felt great by the time I finished.  Just days later, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and have spent this last year in treatment, including a masectomy, chemotherapy, and two additional surgeries.  My treatment ended in December and I'm excited to begin my second Whole30 with you all.  Day 2, feeling fine.  I got through the last year surprisingly well (yes, Melissa, cancer is hard, Whole30 is only sort of hard!) and I know that clean eating and a positive mindset made a big difference (and my doctors agree).  To any of you who are cancer survivors or have other health challenges, work with your medical team but doing something great for yourself like the Whole30 helps both the body and spirit.  I am grateful to be here to do this journey!!  
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    ssparker reacted to Just Yesterday in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Also started on the 1st. I did my first whole30 several years ago so feel like I know what to expect. Need to get rid of the sugar cravings again. They have a way of sneaking back up on you over time! I've learned to keep weekday meals simple! Eggs, spinach and berries for breakfast, a salad with some sort of protein (grilled chicken, tuna or hard boiled eggs) for lunch and grilled fish, chicken or steak with riced cauli and whatever green veggie I feel like for dinner. Always have roasted beets, sweet potatoes and butternut squash on hand. Here's to a new beginning in 2019.
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    ssparker reacted to Dorothy B. in Who's starting 1/1?   
    This is great advice!  I am not crazy about planning and preparing elaborate meals, so the simpler the better.  I should be able to do this!  Yes, it did feel good to put the red X on Day 1 of my calendar!  
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    ssparker reacted to Junebug2015 in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hi everyone! Checking in because I also started the Whole30 yesterday. I've attempted one Whole30 before in 2016, but only made it to Day 21. Even though I didn't finish the program, it had major effects on how I ate and shopped. I'm ready to make it through the entire 30 days this time and to have a successful reintro period.
    I'm feeling very motivated, especially since I was travelling home from a NYE wedding yesterday and was not entirely sure I would even be able to start on 1/1 as planned. I was able to find compliant food in the airport (hardboiled eggs and some fruit) and cobble together lunch from my pantry / freezer (frozen riced cauliflower with tuna and kalamata olives) before getting groceries later in the evening. It was empowering to know I was able to make compliant choices even in the absence of ideal circumstances. Let's do this!
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    ssparker reacted to GraceMelodie in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I prep/shop every few days and make sure I always have the following on hand:
    1. Hard boiled eggs
    2. Cooked chicken breast
    3. Compliant smoked salmon
    4. Avocados
    5. Bagged pre-washed greens
    6. Raw nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews)
    7. Compliant olives
    8. Homemade compliant salad dressing (Extra virgen olive oil, apple cider vinegar, compliant dijon mustard, salt & pepper) 
    9. Roasted sweet potatoes, white potatoes or butternut squash
    10. Raw veggies & fruit (carrots, celery, cucumber, peppers, apples, blueberries, etc.)
    11. Coffee and compliant Nutpod coconut creamer 
    12. Homemade mayo or compliant pesto
    This is my 3rd Whole30 and I have my prep & menus down to a science.  I keep most of my meals pretty simple.  Breakfast is usually eggs, 1/2 avocado, blueberries and greens.  Lunch is a salad with chicken (or left over protein), 1/2 avocado, nuts, & dressing.  Dinner is seared chicken, salmon or steak with roasted sweet potatoes, raw veggies and a simple green salad.  Once or twice a week I'll make something super delicious like slow roasted lamb shanks.  Yum!
    Cheers to everyone for finishing Day One!
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    ssparker reacted to n1b2 in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Started today 1/1/2019 too! 
    I'm 45, recently put weight on after 3 years maintaining my peak fitness level and health level. About 2 years ago I slowly moved into unhealthy habits with food, though I've been able to stay active most of the time. I exercise regularly, and love it. I have a very hard time during winter months, however. I love to wake up early and work out, but when the sun doesn't rise until after 6:30am, I have trouble....lots of it. Lately I've been binge eating all the time, eating food I don't want to eat and usually don't eat (I didn't eat breads for a very long time! Didn't want to! And yet, I slowly started to eat bread as if it was part of my everyday life) 
    I've been Whole30-Curious for over a year. I am doing it to re-establish a healthy relationship food, while also figuring out which foods feel worse during the winter months.  Whatever the case, I have cravings for sugar and I know it's draining my energy, delivering nothing but empty calories, probably making my seasonal slow-down a lot worse. 
    I told my partner I won't be drinking for a month, threw out all of the temptations/foods I will not eat & my pressure cooker arrives in 2 days. I haven't prepped food yet and am still figuring out what i will prep - I'm looking for any and all prep recommendations (thanks so much for posting some already!)
    I also:
    Started a Whole30 Journal and have written in it a few times per day. Today so far I've written about what I've eaten, how it feels to start, and figured out what feelings I was experiencing when I got a craving 
      Bought foods for meals I can cook over the next few days: zuchini & squash noodles, riced cauliflower, condiments, eggs, chicken, ground turkey, bone broth, spinach  
    Can't wait to be here to support each other, thanks so much for all the great posts and for starting this thread! 
     
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    ssparker reacted to lucystephens in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hi, I'm Lucy and I'm 71!  This is my first time with W30.  I know we'll all do really well.  Time flies really fast at my age so 30 days is going to go by quickly and we'll be new people!  I've heard it is life changing!  I'm ready!
     
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    ssparker reacted to eheinrich in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I'm also starting today. I had a mostly successful whole30 last year. Lost weight, gained energy. Summer travel derailed my new and improved eating habits. 
    I turned 50 last year and have a past cancer diagnosis (breast 2015) and a history of depression. I'm super motivated to get through this and stay on top of things after the 30 days. One of my challenges will be wine  I like to have a glass or so when I cook & this involves more cooking time. I know it's just an association habit I need to break. 
    Good luck everyone!!! We got this!
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    ssparker reacted to MelBelle in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I am starting my first round of Whole30 today! I’m Melanie, I’m 33 from Sacramento, Ca. My weight is at its highest and confidence is at its lowest. I’ve done harder things in life and want to prove to myself that I can make this change. I believe the way to self esteem is esteemable acts and this is exactly that. I have awful food habits. I sit at my desk at work and snack on crap all day. I am excited to challenge myself with new things to eat and actually think it will be fun because I love to cook. I ate paleo a few years ago and had a good time with the recipes I discovered and how great so many of the things tasted. I’m worried that my busy work schedule coupled with caring for a toddler and a husband will be my biggest challenges, since I’m going this alone. I believe in myself though. I got sober 5 years ago and THAT was hard. (Which makes the giving up alcohol part of the W30 easy!) The opening line of the manifesto totally spoke to me. It reminded me of what I am capable of when I make the decision to change!!! 
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    ssparker reacted to Jihanna in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Good morning, and happy 2019!
    For those of us who are just waking up (or yet to do so) to get started on this journey, I wish us good luck and great food. I'm about to grab my first mug of nothing-but-coffee, and I've given myself permission to drink more than 2 today just in case I feel I need extra caffeine due to cutting out all soda (so less caffeine and sugar than usual). In about an hour, I'll make a batch of  this breakfast bake using ground turkey (actually mixing up 2x the turkey sausage and using half of it to make patties to keep aside, then storing the patties and leftover casserole portions in the freezer to make sure I have no breakfast excuses over the next several days).
    For those who are finishing out your first day, congratulations and I hope all went well for you.
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    ssparker reacted to ShannonM816 in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Definitely get a cooler for your car if you don't already have one, so you can pack anything and not worry about it not being refrigerated. I personally eat a lot of foods cold, but I know some people don't like that, so a lot of this will depend on your personal preferences. Egg casseroles/fritattas are easy to make in big batches and good for breakfast or any time, scotch eggs, hard boiled eggs, grilled or baked chicken, meatballs or burger patties, salmon cakes/patties, tuna or chicken salad, leftovers from a previous meal, salads with lots of different raw or cooked vegetables. If you have a thermos, you can take soup, stew, or chili. Wholly Guacamole makes a couple of compliant flavors of guacamole in little packages that are easy to pack in a lunch, there are brands of olives that come in individual serving size packets. 
    For emergency food situations, maybe get some jerky or meat bars (there are some compliant brands listed here, but feel free to use any brands you find that have compliant ingredients:  https://whole30.com/whole30-approved/), some packs of olives, cans or pouches of tuna or salmon -- you may or may not be able to leave them in your car all the time, it depends on what kind of weather you get, but if you have them at home and make sure you keep a couple of options in a purse or bag that you always take with you, you'll know you have something when you need it.  If you're mostly in the same general area, figure out if there are options where you can stop to get food if you forget your lunch or don't pack enough -- this might be restaurants, or it could be grocery stores or convenience stores that carry pre-cooked hard boiled eggs or packaged salads with no cheese or croutons or other non-Whole30 stuff or have salad bars that have good options. 
    You can also google something like Whole30 forum food on the go and find past discussions of this -- it comes up a lot. 
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    ssparker reacted to Stephanie Mc in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie and I'm starting Whole30 tomorrow, 1/1, with my twin sister! She completed a Whole30 a few years back, but this will be my first time and I'm terrified (and excited..more terrified though)! I have a huge obsession with bread and then cutting out social drinks with friends on the weekend will be my main obstacles. I think if I keep meal prepping, keep a positive mindset, and lock myself in my apartment this first go round, I'll be ok! LOL  I'll be turning to this Whole30 community for a pick me up and guidance, that's for sure! I look forward to being on this journey with all of you like-minded individuals! WE CAN DO THIS!! 
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    ssparker reacted to GraceMelodie in Who's starting 1/1?   
    After my first Whole30 I just completely stopped eating the snacks at work.  I used to be very tempted and would cut up a donut into 4 pieces pretending I'd only eat a quarter of it and finish the whole thing.  Just tell yourself you are not going to eat the snacks at work and the more times you do that, the more automatic it becomes.  (It becomes your new habit).  Don't substitute them with different snacks.  
    As far as outings, you should definitely suggest restaurants that have compliant options.  California, Mediterranean and Steakhouse restaurants are the easiest restaurants to order from for me.  Stick to steak, chicken, lamb or fish with no sauce, steamed veggies, baked potatoes and green salads with olive oil & lemon on the side.  Don't make a big deal about your new eating style, be polite when you ask questions and be confident when you order.  Most likely nobody at the table will even notice what you are eating.  Good luck!