kirbz

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  1. Well, I had a false start there a few weeks. I stuck with it for a week and then reverted to the saddest of SAD eating for another week. I'm disappointed in myself but I'm also back again, so that counts for something! Here's to what will hopefully become a lifetime of healthier habits. I'm on Day 8 and feeling very, very tired. I hope my energy improves over the next week... On a good note, this is feeling very comfortable and I'm enjoying the food more than ever. Here are some of my new favorite recipes: Whole 30 Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets: https://40aprons.com/whole30-chicken-nugget
  2. @Hydrophiliac Welcome and best wishes to you! I'm on Day 8 of my fifth round! I'll be turning 35 in a few months and am doing this for lifelong health and alignment with the outdoor-loving woman that I am. I intend to be able to hike and bike and climb until the day I die and I know I need to take better care of my health for that to happen. So here I am, always striving to make this a permanent lifestyle change. Let me know if you have any questions or if you'd like to share recipes or anything! Again, very best wishes to you! You got this!
  3. Welp, here I am again. Round 5. Wow. When I first learned of Whole30 and tried and failed multiple times to complete a single round, I certainly couldn't have imagined myself here. Ha! Partly because I wouldn't have had the confidence to believe I could do this many rounds. And partly because I wouldn't have wanted to believe I'd need to do this many rounds before it really stuck. And yet here I am. Always trying. My energy and intention feels different this round. It's less about a goal and more about honoring myself and honoring nature. It's been six months to the day that I ended a t
  4. I second the comment that you may want to experiment with eating fewer cruciferous vegetables and fewer nuts. Those are commonly disruptive and will likely help with the bloat. I just finished my fourth round of Whole30 and it was my least successful Whole30 to date, mostly in terms of energy and athletic performance. I. Was. Tired. Obviously I was disappointed but after further reflection, realized that two things were different with this round: (1) I was eating WAY more cruciferous vegetables in the form of cauliflower rice and (2) I was eating WAY fewer potatoes, which make me feel aw
  5. I think I had actually found this before and discounted it because it didn't look like salami (in fact I thought it looked kinda gross). LOL, it sounds like I wasn't too far off base as I don't love jerky... I'll save salami for special occasions and my food freedom! Thank you for all the great information!
  6. @SchrodingersCat Thank you for that information! That's super helpful! And now I can stop wasting my time trying to find it... LOL.
  7. I have never found compliant salami. Ever. And I've tried hard. Which is really a tragedy because I love me some salami. Turkey deli meat is pretty easy to find and might be your best bet. I've found a compliant brand called True Story at Costco. And I can find compliant Applegate Naturals turkey at most grocery stores. I'm not sure about buying online though... Are you open to trying a store? I will also say that these products tend to be expensive... I wish you the best!
  8. Well, I officially concluded my fourth Whole30 on Saturday. Which was a total non-event. Preparing my meals for this week was just like preparing meals for the last four weeks. I didn't see any reason to deviate from my Whole30 and I had meals I was very much looking forward to. I'll post my physical results later this week, but, for now, here are my NSVs: Finally established what feels like a sustainable way of eating Confident that I can manage my food freedom Confident that I can return to healthy habits after going off-plan Total lack of cravings Way
  9. I'm sure others will weigh in as well but my first reaction is that you aren't eating very much, particularly for breakfast. Do you feel full for 4-5 hours after you eat? The fact that you have a habit for snacks suggests that perhaps not? When eggs are your sole source of protein, you should eat as many as you can hold in one hand, which is usually 3-4 for most people. You also don't have any fat and pretty minimal vegetables for your breakfast. Could you perhaps add a soup (a nice creamy soup such as this one is a very palatable way for me to eat vegetables in the morning: http://meljo
  10. I'm sorry to hear you're experiencing such frustration! In order to best help you figure out what might be going on, it will help for you to list out what you've been eating. Perhaps give us a rundown of a few days worth of meals, including portion sizes. Hopefully we can help you so you can have a great experience!
  11. This has honestly been a difficult Whole30 for me. Not because it's been that hard. But because it hasn't made me feel very good. So, while I feel like I'm doing it in a sustainable way, I'm not feeling good enough to want to eat this way for the long term. I have very, very low energy. Like, I could sleep 14 hours a day. My knees hurt often and badly. And I'm coming down with a cold (I made it through the entire year last year without getting a cold or flu). I know I sometimes don't eat enough. But no more so than in the past. I can't think of anything at all that I'm doing differen
  12. Well, normally when I vanish suddenly from my own log, it's because I gave up on my round and reverted to poor eating habits. That's not the case this time! I've simply decided that I'm not going do add all the fanfare to this round because I'm trying to make this my new normal and I wouldn't be tracking and logging every single thing I eat as part of my everyday normal. So, I don't know what day I'm on. I haven't been eating perfect meal template meals. On many days I haven't drank enough water or eaten three full meals. But, I'm here. I'm feeling strong and I'm eating well-balanced, he
  13. @JessFind Oops, sorry, I just saw your note. I haven't been checking in on the forum very regularly for this round because I'm really just trying to make this my new normal and I won't be doing that as part of my regular, everyday life. But, to answer your question (I hope this isn't too late to be helpful)... I don't do a lot of meal prep. I tried that my first round and didn't like it for two reasons. One, I don't like eating the same meal over and over. And two (and this is the more important of the two), it made me bitter. I would have to do meal prep on the weekend and my weekends ar
  14. Since I forgot to do this before Day 1, here are my beginning weight and measurements. This isn't just about weight for me, but I do hope to see some strong results because losing some weight is going to be important for my long-term enjoyment of the mountains. I'll probably also take some before and after pictures but I'm certainly not posting those here. Height: 5'10" Weight: 198.7 lbs Thigh (R): 29" Upper Arm (R): 15.25" Hips: 46.5" Stomach: 37.5" Waist: 33.75"
  15. ROUND 4, Day 2: Saturday, December 28 Sleep: 8 hours 48 minutes (1:29 deep; 6:02 light; 1:17 REM; 0:05 awake) Meal 1: four eggs scrambled in ghee with a splash of coconut milk and salt and pepper; two slices of bacon; large bowl of zucchini bone broth soup Exercise (2 hours, 10 minutes): 4.81-mile hike (on hard-packed snow, with microspikes) with 801 feet of elevation gain (130 average HR; 169 max HR) Meal 2: chicken breast grilled with BBQ sauce, salt, and pepper; two cans of sliced white potatoes cooked in ghee; brussel sprouts cooked in ghee with salt and pepper; gin
  16. ROUND 4, Day 1: Friday, December 27 Sleep: 9 hours 29 minutes (0:24 deep; 4:55 light; 4:10 REM; 0:02 awake) Pre-Workout Snack: one hard-boiled egg Exercise (1 hour): pilates class Meal 1: four eggs scrambled in ghee with a splash of coconut milk and salt and pepper; two slices of bacon; large bowl of zucchini bone broth soup Meal 2: chicken breast grilled with BBQ sauce, salt, and pepper; can of sliced white potatoes cooked in ghee; small head of steamed broccolini; watermelon kombucha Movement (1 hour, 15 minutes): walk in the neighborhood with the pup (s
  17. @Jim Baunach You're right that there isn't really a limit on portions or fat consumption. But the meal template is a great resource to serve as a guideline for portioning. It's not a rule to follow the meal template, but it is a recommendation and I've found it to be highly useful. You can find it here: https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf. Basically, you should fill your plate with 1-2 palm-size servings of meat, the rest of your plate with vegetables (1-3 cups) and a serving or two of plated fat (which varies depending on the fat source). That'll give you the very be
  18. @Jim Baunach Here's a good explanation of the Whole9: https://forum.whole30.com/topic/21258-difference-between-whole-9-and-whole-30/.
  19. And here I am again. I did not finish the last round. I had a trip to LA for work that I was not prepared for. I had planned to try and make it work but willfully decided to not try that hard. I was fine with that decision due to the circumstances of the work trip. I had planned to immediately go back to Whole30 upon returning, which I did not do. That decision I am not happy with. I still have this all-or-nothing mentality and it has a long runway for turning around when I go off plan. I need to work on that. My goals remain the same. It is absolutely imperative that I establish a healt
  20. ROUND 4, Day 16: Tuesday, November 12 Meal 1: Blueberry RxBar Meal 2: three halves spinach and artichoke twice baked potatoes Meal 3: golden beet and pistachio salad with balsamic drizzle; grilled trout marinated in garlic oil; fingerling tomatoes marinated in garlic oil; broccolini Water Intake: ~60 oz Steps: 6,580 Symptoms/NSVs: felt mildly depressed / very low mood extreme tiredness left knee pain Thoughts/Reflections: I still felt tired and down today. I also don’t have a plan for food this week so my eating habits are not gonna be p
  21. ROUND 4, Day 15: Monday, November 11 Meal 1: none Snack: half a can of coconut water Exercise (1 hours, 10 minutes): 2.64-mile hike with 518 feet of elevation gain (121 average HR; 171 max HR) Snack: slice of deli turkey; half a can of coconut water Meal 2: two grilled chicken thighs with BBQ sauce; small bowl of zucchini bone broth soup Meal 3: grilled sirloin steak with spicy seasoning; two halves spinach and artichoke twice baked potatoes; watermelon kombucha Water Intake: ~60 oz Steps: 11,429 Symptoms/NSVs: terrible headache through
  22. ROUND 4, Day 14: Sunday, November 10 Meal 1: pouch of blueberry, pear, and purple carrot baby food; small handful of homemade plantain chips Exercise (3 hours, 11 minutes): 6.78-mile backpacking hike with 620 feet of elevation gain (112 average HR; 162 max HR) Post-Workout Snack: can of coconut water Meal 2: three over-easy eggs cooked in leftover bacon fat; served over spiralized sweet potato and russet potato cooked in ghee with salt, pepper, and seasoning; three slices compliant bacon; glass of orange juice Exercise (1 hour, 3 minutes): mild vinyasa yoga (75 average
  23. ROUND 4, Day 13: Saturday, November 9 Meal 1: three over-easy eggs cooked in leftover bacon fat; served over spiralized sweet potato and russet potato cooked in ghee with salt, pepper, and seasoning; one and a half slices compliant bacon; glass of orange juice Exercise (5 hours, 26 minutes): 8.74-mile backpacking hike with 1,654 feet of elevation gain (126 average HR; 191 max HR) Intra-Workout Meal 2: turkey “sandwich” with three slices turkey, one slice of bacon, ½ avocado, sprouts, and mayo served in butter lettuce leaves; 8 oz of water with compliant electrolyte supplement
  24. ROUND 4, Day 12: Friday, November 8 Meal 1: four eggs scrambled in leftover bacon fat with a splash of coconut milk, salt, and pepper; two slices of bacon; whole sliced cucumber Movement (40 minutes): neighborhood walk with the pup (flat trail terrain) Meal 2: five grilled chicken drumsticks with BBQ sauce and seasoning; one small zucchini and summer squash sautéed in avocado oil with seasoning; ¾ avocado Movement (25 minutes): neighborhood walk with the pup (flat trail terrain) Meal 3: grilled ribeye steak with seasoning; large baked potato with ghee and salt; handful
  25. ROUND 4, Day 11: Thursday, November 7 Meal 1: none Snack: chamomile tea with Primal Kitchen collagen peptides Meal 2: two round steaks cooked in whole tomatoes; large baked potato with ghee and salt Meal 3: four eggs scrambled in leftover bacon fat with a splash of coconut milk, salt, and pepper; two and a half slices of bacon; bowl of cauliflower bone broth soup. Water Intake: ~60 oz Steps: 8,284 Symptoms/NSVs: evening tiredness again (not sure if it’s the time change or not eating enough) Thoughts/Reflections: Not much to say today.