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    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    Welp... I ate an entire box of Caramel deLites. In one sitting. In about 15 minutes. The choice was not a particular well thought out one. I got stuck at work doing someone else's work and was there until nearly 8:00 pm. I was annoyed and hungry and tired and angry. And I had six boxes of Girl Scout Cookies sitting right there, because a co-worked had just delivered my order to me earlier in the week. So I made a choice to eat one row. That felt okay to me. I think I would have supported that decision today if I had stopped there. I wish I could say that the cookie didn't taste good. That, after more than three months without a single dessert, it would taste overly sweet and artificial. It did not. It was wonderful. And delightful. And amazing. And I loved every bite. So much so that I continued my way through the entire box. Good news is that I'm not having any significant cravings or other ill-effects the day after. Bad news is that I clearly still have no control over sweet delicious things.
  2. Juices are technically allowed but discouraged to drink all on its own. It's one of those rules versus recommendations things. You can complete a Whole30 while drinking juice (or compliant apple cider), but it is discouraged as it does not serve you well for some of the other goals of the program. See here under "Fruit Juice:" https://whole30.com/2013/06/the-official-can-i-have-guide-to-the-whole30/. You can also check out this article for more information on rules versus recommendations: https://whole30.com/2015/01/rules-recommendations/.
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    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    MINI RESET #2, Day 2: Wednesday, February 20 Meal 1 (8:30 am): ~2 cups of breakfast egg roll in a bowl (cabbage, carrots, broccoli, sausage, seasoning/spices) Meal 2 (1:30 pm): 5 salisbury steak meatballs served with generous portion of gravy; ~1.5 cups mashed potatoes served with generous portion of gravy Meal 3 (8:00 pm): four chicken tenders pan-cooked in avocado oil with BBQ sauce, salt, and pepper; ~2 cups chopped Turkish salad (cucumbers, green peppers, tomatoes, radishes, onion, olives) with olive oil and lemon juice dressing; bowl of cauliflower soup Water Intake: ~60 oz
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    Epic Performance Bar Almond Butter Chocolate

    You might find this article interesting: https://whole30.com/2013/12/great-cocoa-debate/.
  5. kirbz

    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    Well, my Girl Scout Cookie order arrived. I guess it's just as well that it arrived today because I just committed myself to another mini reset! I'm honestly just not ready to reintroduce desserts into my life so this is something that helps me remain strong to my goals and committments! Because honestly, I truly just cannot see the point in eating a single cookie. In my past life, I would eat the whole box in one sitting. And even know, even with all I've learned, it honestly doesn't feel like it would even be worth eating a cookie unless I ate an entire row of them! And I don't want that right now. So I guess I wait longer until that attitude changes, or until it's worth it to eat a whole row... So, here we are with Day 1 of my latest mini reset. This one is about eating all the veggies! Though I have a feeling there are going to be a lot of these in my near future as I figure out how to make better food choices. MINI RESET #2, Day 1: Tuesday, February 19 Meal 1 (7:30 am): two over-easy eggs cooked in leftover bacon fat; ~2.5 cups of breakfast egg roll in a bowl (cabbage, carrots, broccoli, sausage, seasoning/spices) Meal 2 (12:30 pm): 5 salisbury steak meatballs served with generous portion of gravy; ~1.5 cups mashed potatoes served with generous portion of gravy Meal 3 (8:00 pm): four chicken tenders pan-cooked in avocado oil with BBQ sauce, salt, and pepper; ~2 cups chopped Turkish salad (cucumbers, green peppers, tomatoes, radishes, onion, olives) with olive oil and lemon juice dressing Water Intake: ~80 oz
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    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    Well, I've eaten mostly garbage since my mini reset a bit over a week ago. They were not conscientious food choices. They were not "worth it" choices. They were born of laziness and convenience, which has always been my downfall with Whole30. In my defense, we have been absolutely buried in snow, are struggling with flooding, and have had a couple of power outages. But, alas, I could have made more thoughtful food choices. Or at least eaten better garbage food! But, I'm going to do another mini reset and get back on track. And I intend to still eat all the vegetables I noted above! Bring on the vegetables! This will be my healthiest week of Whole30 yet! Two things worth noting though: I still haven't given in to the temptation to have any sweet things. I have not had any chocolate or other forms of dessert since I started my Whole30 in November. I'm still not ready for that. My pooping has returned to normal since going back to a SAD diet. I am now happily pooping once a day, in the morning, as I normally do. I'm not sure what it is about Whole30 that makes me so darn constipated! I'm going to try for more water and more vegetables, because I believe I've read that that helps...
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    Approved frozen foods at Walmart

    Here you are: https://whole30.com/2018/11/walmart/.
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    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    I want to be eating more vegetables so I think I'm going to try a new thing for next week. I'm going to come up with a list of a variety of vegetables, some familiar and some newer, and commit to incorporate those into my meals for the week. So, here's what I have planned for next week! I'd like to then follow up and account for how I did! Vegetable List for Week of February 18 Asparagus Cucumber Kale (rarely eat) Broccoli Zucchini Yellow Squash (rarely eat) Radishes (rarely eat) Cabbage (rarely eat) Brussel Sprouts Cauliflower Beets (rarely eat)
  9. kirbz

    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    Two things I wanted to note: I have not been sick since I started my Whole30 journey shortly after Thanksgiving. This is despite coworkers, friends, and family all around me getting sick with all kinds of cold and flu yuckiness. Bread, especially bread all on its own, is a trigger for me. It makes me want to eat all the things. Cookies. Chocolate. Ice cream. More bread. So bread is most definitely only for very special occasions.
  10. Reading this at work was a mistake. The frequent snickering made it quite apparent that I wasn't actually perusing a work document... LOL, this really was great! And totally relate-able! As if making the decision and committing to healthier eating isn't hard enough! You then have to go out and figure out what healthy actually means! That's honestly the biggest selling point for me! Whole30 doesn't claim to be the healthiest "diet" in the world for every single person on earth. It's an experiment for you to figure out what that looks like for you and your own personal context!
  11. I'm sorry to hear that this is such a struggle for you. You should be proud of your commitment for making it this long! Though I sincerely hope that things improve for you and you find some of the joy and benefits that so many others (myself included) have found! One thing that seemed to jump out to me is that it seems like you're trying really hard to re-create all the things you used to love. That can be hard and frankly, I just end up disappointed when I try to do that. Have you tried finding new recipes that are delicious all on their own? Perhaps something you've never tried before so you won't have a comparison to how it tasted before? I strongly recommend that you find a blogger or recipe book that focuses on Whole30 food and try some new stuff! My favorite bloggers are Paleo Running Momma and Mel Joulwan. Others on the forum often really love Nom Nom Paleo. All three have websites with dedicated Whole30 sections that are reliable. There are others, though you'll find a lot of false information on Whole30 recipes out there, so be diligent about checking the ingredients and making sure they align with the rules! Check out the @Whole30Recipes Instagram feed for daily recipes from featured bloggers. That'll give you lots of other ideas and will point you to more reliable sources. As for breakfast, I really struggled with breakfast for a long time. I didn't love eggs either and vegetables were also hard for me. What I've found now is that bacon, eggs scrambled in leftover bacon fat, and soup works really well for me. I alternate the Silky Gingered Zucchini soup and the Golden Cauliflower soup recipes referenced below. Bacon can be hard to find but Pederson's Natural Farms and Applegate Naturals are two brands to look for. I believe even Costco carries their own brand that is compliant as well. Online could always be an option too. If you're interested in trying some new stuff, here are some of my favorite recipes: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/breakfast-egg-roll-bowl-paleo-whole30/ https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/bacon-zucchini-fritters-paleo-whole30/ http://meljoulwan.com/2014/11/10/oven-fried-salmon-cakes/ https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-salisbury-steak-meatballs-whole30/ http://meljoulwan.com/2012/03/29/merguez-meatballs/ https://meljoulwan.com/2012/10/24/golden-cauliflower-soup/ https://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/ https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/twice-baked-potatoes-paleo-whole30-vegan/ I truly do wish you the very best and hope you find something great from this!
  12. kirbz

    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    MINI RESET, Day 5: Friday, February 8 Sleep Last Night: 8 hours 38 minutes (0:32 deep; 5:17 light; 2:49 REM; 0:21 awake) Wakeup: 7:15 am Meal 1 (8:30 am): three scrambled eggs with a splash of coconut milk cooked in leftover bacon fat; 2.5 slices of bacon; large bowl of zucchini soup Exercise (12:00-1:00 pm): 1.85-mile snowshoe hike with 318 feet of elevation gain (170 max HR; 143 average HR) Meal 2 (1:30 pm): four chicken tenders pan-cooked in avocado oil with BBQ sauce, salt, and pepper; one can of sliced potatoes pan-cooked in ghee Meal 3 (8:30 pm): five slices of tri-tip cooked on the BBQ with marinade; three half spinach and artichoke potatoes Water Intake: ~80 oz Steps: 11,104 Symptoms/NSVs: Still constipated Thoughts/Reflections: Nothing significant to report today. Need more vegetables and more water. And probably less potatoes….
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    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    MINI RESET, Day 4: Thursday, February 8 Sleep Last Night: 7 hours 57 minutes (1:12 deep; 3:48 light; 2:57 REM; 0:01 awake) Wakeup: 6:30 am Pre-Workout Meal: none Exercise (7:00-8:00 pm): cross-training class (179 max HR; 143 average HR) Post-Workout Meal: none Meal 1: none Snack (10:30 am): Gaia Herbs Liver Cleanse tea with one scoop collage powder Meal 2 (11:30 am): chicken shawarma*; baba ganoush*; cucumber and tomato salad*; fresh-squeeezed pomegranate juice Meal 3 (9:00 pm): four chicken tenders pan-cooked in avocado oil with BBQ sauce, salt, and pepper; one can of sliced potatoes pan-cooked in ghee; bowl of carrot caraway soup Supplement(s): Primal Kitchen Collagen Peptides Water Intake: ~70 oz Steps: 11,887 Symptoms/NSVs: Strong cravings for chocolate Thoughts/Reflections: Nothing significant to report today. * My lunch may or may not have been fully compliant. It was from a local Lebanese restaurant and I have received conflicting information about what ingredients they use. There is also something of a language barrier when discussing specific ingredients. It’s a small, family-owned restaurant. I think it’s fairly highly likely that the food is compliant. And I did not have any form of negative reaction eating their foods as part of my reintroductions.
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    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    MINI RESET, Day 3: Wednesday, February 7 Sleep Last Night: 8 hours 42 minutes (0:26 deep; 4:56 light; 3:20 REM; 0:05 awake) Wakeup: 6:45 am Meal 1, Part 1 (7:30 am): three scrambled eggs with a splash of coconut milk cooked in leftover bacon fat; 2.5 slices of bacon; small glass or orange juice Meal 1, Part 2 (10:00 am): large bowl of zucchini soup Exercise (3:00-3:40 pm): 2.24 mile walk during my lunch break (119 max HR; 106 average HR) Meal 2 (3:45 pm): meat stick; bowl of cauliflower soup Pre-Workout Meal: none Exercise (7:00-8:00 pm): indoor bouldering (114 max HR; 86 average HR) Exercise (8:00-8:20 pm): 3x3 strength training circuit (arms + abs) (115 max HR; 91 average HR) Post-Workout Meal: none Meal 3 (9:30 pm): two salmon and sweet potato patties with Lizard Sauce; bowl of carrot caraway soup Water Intake: ~60 oz Steps: 14,052 Symptoms/NSVs: Fatigue (particularly muscle fatigue) Thoughts/Reflections: I’m not eating and drinking enough for how much I’m working out. Not much else to report. I’m proud of myself for making these changes and this is kinda how I do it – dial in the exercise first and then the eating. Next week should be much better!
  15. kirbz

    Always hungry-Awful cravings!

    The meal template provides a good summary of your fat options. You can find that here: https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf. In summary, you should have one or two portions of fat with each meal, not counting the oil you may cook with because most of that is left in the pan. Your fat options are: oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil (I often consume these in dressings; mayo is also a good option) other cooking fats like animal fats (duck fat and fried potatoes are delicious!) ghee and other butters such as nut butters or coconut butter coconut such as coconut flakes (I often do a handful as a pre-workout fat) olives (sometimes I add a random, large handful of olives just to get fats into a meal) avocado coconut milk (I make curries or soups with coconut milk; a lot of people do coconut milk with their coffee) A few other things to note: Most people do best with a fist-sized serving of starchy vegetables each day. This includes potatoes, carrots, winter squashes, beets, rutabaga, etc. You seem to rely heavily on these types of vegetables. Try more variety of vegetables. Some of my favorites are: zucchini, spinach, artichokes, brussel sprouts, cucumber, and asparagus. Eat more fat! :-) Hopefully some of these things will make you feel better! Best wishes to you!