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    kirbz reacted to SugarcubeOD in Baby Food   
    LMAO, best typo ever!
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    kirbz got a reaction from RachelR in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Thank you @MadyVanilla and @ShadowInTheKitchen for your kind words and encouragement. 
    I did end up eating some brownies last night. I really wanted some dessert and I had some in the house as part of my COVID-19 food storage.  So I baked them and I ate way more than necessary and I enjoyed every single bite and I threw away the rest. 
    I've come to realize that I need to introduce some flexibility into my food lifestyle. As much as I would like to, I cannot just keep doing Whole30 for another month or two. I'm still struggling to understand how my mindset changed so quickly. One week I was convinced that I wanted to continue this for months and I was fully dedicated to that. And then the next week I was getting bitter and feeling frustrated by the lack of flexibility and I was wanting off-plan foods more and more frequently. 
    But, here I am. I'm going to honor this feeling. I think I'm going to go for the concept of one "cheat day" per week. I think Food Freedom Forever advises against that idea but it's worked for me in the past and it gives me freedom with boundaries. Or maybe I'll just adopt a general 90/10 rule. I don't know. I'll keep experimenting. I'll keep coming back to Whole30 to reset. But I am going to begin to occasionally go off-plan. I am no longer planning to indefinitely maintain Whole30. 
    I'll report back more as I continue to refine my food freedom. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from RachelR in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Oof. I've been really struggling with cravings. I very nearly went to the store and bought a tub of ice cream. For like the last three days. I'm having some pretty intense internal battles on a regular basis. 
    I don't think it's the peanut butter. I think the peanut butter was just a battle I lost. Mind you, it was one I was okay losing. A tub of ice cream would not be one I would be okay losing. But yeah, I'm really struggling with the long-term nature of this. I don't know what to do. Should I ease up and let myself do a little baking? Should I let myself have a "cheat" meal every week (I think Food Freedom is against this idea).
    Ah! I don't know! How do I maintain this overall and have enough flexibility that I don't start to resent it (which is where I'm at right now)?
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    kirbz got a reaction from RachelR in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Well, I am happy to report back that I did switch pretty easily back to Whole30 after consuming an entire jar of peanut butter in a single day. I feel good about the decision to eat the peanut butter (including the amount) and I feel good about my ability to transition back and not go completely off the rails. Though I do think the peanut butter (which had added sugar, because Skippy Extra Crunchy is the only peanut butter worth eating) increased my cravings. I definitely wanted ice cream and cake and all sorts of sweet, delicious desserts this weekend. It had been a while since I'd had cravings for that kind of stuff.
    But, I did it! I ate something worth it and then came right on back! Yay for me!
    And I killed it on the workouts this weekend. I did an 8.5-mile hike on Saturday with about 1,600 feet of elevation gain. It honestly felt easy to me. I didn't need to stop or rest on the climbs and my overall heart rate was pretty darn low! The last time I did this hike, in October, I had an average heart rate of 136 and a max of 185. This weekend, I had an average heart rate of 116 and a max of 172. Which is major progress! Oh, and then I did a 7-mile trail run on Sunday. My longest run ever! Woo woo! Mind you, it was a slow run with many walking intervals. But still! 
    Oh, and I tried a delicious new recipe! I was super skeptical of the very concept of slow cooker ribs. But wow, these were good: http://meljoulwan.com/2012/02/23/5-spice-slow-cooker-pork-ribs/! 
     
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    kirbz got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    @ShadowInTheKitchen and @MadyVanilla Thank you for your encouragement and kind words! I thoroughly enjoy going through this journey with you. I read both of your food logs and can definitely relate to so much of what you say. It's nice to be able to share an experience like this. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    @ShadowInTheKitchen and @MadyVanilla Thank you for your encouragement and kind words! I thoroughly enjoy going through this journey with you. I read both of your food logs and can definitely relate to so much of what you say. It's nice to be able to share an experience like this. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Thank you @MadyVanilla and @ShadowInTheKitchen for your kind words and encouragement. 
    I did end up eating some brownies last night. I really wanted some dessert and I had some in the house as part of my COVID-19 food storage.  So I baked them and I ate way more than necessary and I enjoyed every single bite and I threw away the rest. 
    I've come to realize that I need to introduce some flexibility into my food lifestyle. As much as I would like to, I cannot just keep doing Whole30 for another month or two. I'm still struggling to understand how my mindset changed so quickly. One week I was convinced that I wanted to continue this for months and I was fully dedicated to that. And then the next week I was getting bitter and feeling frustrated by the lack of flexibility and I was wanting off-plan foods more and more frequently. 
    But, here I am. I'm going to honor this feeling. I think I'm going to go for the concept of one "cheat day" per week. I think Food Freedom Forever advises against that idea but it's worked for me in the past and it gives me freedom with boundaries. Or maybe I'll just adopt a general 90/10 rule. I don't know. I'll keep experimenting. I'll keep coming back to Whole30 to reset. But I am going to begin to occasionally go off-plan. I am no longer planning to indefinitely maintain Whole30. 
    I'll report back more as I continue to refine my food freedom. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Thank you @MadyVanilla and @ShadowInTheKitchen for your kind words and encouragement. 
    I did end up eating some brownies last night. I really wanted some dessert and I had some in the house as part of my COVID-19 food storage.  So I baked them and I ate way more than necessary and I enjoyed every single bite and I threw away the rest. 
    I've come to realize that I need to introduce some flexibility into my food lifestyle. As much as I would like to, I cannot just keep doing Whole30 for another month or two. I'm still struggling to understand how my mindset changed so quickly. One week I was convinced that I wanted to continue this for months and I was fully dedicated to that. And then the next week I was getting bitter and feeling frustrated by the lack of flexibility and I was wanting off-plan foods more and more frequently. 
    But, here I am. I'm going to honor this feeling. I think I'm going to go for the concept of one "cheat day" per week. I think Food Freedom Forever advises against that idea but it's worked for me in the past and it gives me freedom with boundaries. Or maybe I'll just adopt a general 90/10 rule. I don't know. I'll keep experimenting. I'll keep coming back to Whole30 to reset. But I am going to begin to occasionally go off-plan. I am no longer planning to indefinitely maintain Whole30. 
    I'll report back more as I continue to refine my food freedom. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Well, I am happy to report back that I did switch pretty easily back to Whole30 after consuming an entire jar of peanut butter in a single day. I feel good about the decision to eat the peanut butter (including the amount) and I feel good about my ability to transition back and not go completely off the rails. Though I do think the peanut butter (which had added sugar, because Skippy Extra Crunchy is the only peanut butter worth eating) increased my cravings. I definitely wanted ice cream and cake and all sorts of sweet, delicious desserts this weekend. It had been a while since I'd had cravings for that kind of stuff.
    But, I did it! I ate something worth it and then came right on back! Yay for me!
    And I killed it on the workouts this weekend. I did an 8.5-mile hike on Saturday with about 1,600 feet of elevation gain. It honestly felt easy to me. I didn't need to stop or rest on the climbs and my overall heart rate was pretty darn low! The last time I did this hike, in October, I had an average heart rate of 136 and a max of 185. This weekend, I had an average heart rate of 116 and a max of 172. Which is major progress! Oh, and then I did a 7-mile trail run on Sunday. My longest run ever! Woo woo! Mind you, it was a slow run with many walking intervals. But still! 
    Oh, and I tried a delicious new recipe! I was super skeptical of the very concept of slow cooker ribs. But wow, these were good: http://meljoulwan.com/2012/02/23/5-spice-slow-cooker-pork-ribs/! 
     
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    kirbz got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Well, I am happy to report back that I did switch pretty easily back to Whole30 after consuming an entire jar of peanut butter in a single day. I feel good about the decision to eat the peanut butter (including the amount) and I feel good about my ability to transition back and not go completely off the rails. Though I do think the peanut butter (which had added sugar, because Skippy Extra Crunchy is the only peanut butter worth eating) increased my cravings. I definitely wanted ice cream and cake and all sorts of sweet, delicious desserts this weekend. It had been a while since I'd had cravings for that kind of stuff.
    But, I did it! I ate something worth it and then came right on back! Yay for me!
    And I killed it on the workouts this weekend. I did an 8.5-mile hike on Saturday with about 1,600 feet of elevation gain. It honestly felt easy to me. I didn't need to stop or rest on the climbs and my overall heart rate was pretty darn low! The last time I did this hike, in October, I had an average heart rate of 136 and a max of 185. This weekend, I had an average heart rate of 116 and a max of 172. Which is major progress! Oh, and then I did a 7-mile trail run on Sunday. My longest run ever! Woo woo! Mind you, it was a slow run with many walking intervals. But still! 
    Oh, and I tried a delicious new recipe! I was super skeptical of the very concept of slow cooker ribs. But wow, these were good: http://meljoulwan.com/2012/02/23/5-spice-slow-cooker-pork-ribs/! 
     
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    kirbz got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Haha. I know it sounds kind of ridiculous but it was either commit to just eating the whole thing, throwing the rest away, or having it sit in my cupboard as a temptation. So I decided to eat the whole thing. I had scoops throughout the day and I enjoyed every bite. 
     
    And I feel strong and committed today to go right back to Whole30. I’ve got eggs and sweet potato soup for breakfast, sesame chicken and cauliflower rice for lunch, and slow cooker ribs and twice baked potatoes planned for dinner! I can’t wait! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from RachelR in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Haha. I know it sounds kind of ridiculous but it was either commit to just eating the whole thing, throwing the rest away, or having it sit in my cupboard as a temptation. So I decided to eat the whole thing. I had scoops throughout the day and I enjoyed every bite. 
     
    And I feel strong and committed today to go right back to Whole30. I’ve got eggs and sweet potato soup for breakfast, sesame chicken and cauliflower rice for lunch, and slow cooker ribs and twice baked potatoes planned for dinner! I can’t wait! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from RachelR in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Thank you! I just don't think "I want to lose weight" is enough. I think you need a soul calling to really change. And for me, that isn't caring about the way I look. It's caring about how I want to be able to interact with the world around me. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Haha. I know it sounds kind of ridiculous but it was either commit to just eating the whole thing, throwing the rest away, or having it sit in my cupboard as a temptation. So I decided to eat the whole thing. I had scoops throughout the day and I enjoyed every bite. 
     
    And I feel strong and committed today to go right back to Whole30. I’ve got eggs and sweet potato soup for breakfast, sesame chicken and cauliflower rice for lunch, and slow cooker ribs and twice baked potatoes planned for dinner! I can’t wait! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Welp, I ended my Whole46 today. By eating an entire jar of peanut butter. Which was, believe it or not, a conscious decision and totally worth it. I was craving peanut butter, this has been a stressful and emotional week, and it's the first day of my period, so it felt like a worthwhile indulgence. And it was most delicious. I don't feel bad about it. 
    Now, the challenge will be to return to healthy eating habits and not letting that be an excuse for not-so-conscious food choices! I'll check back in a few days, where I will hopefully be reporting that I easily transitioned right back into healthy eating! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Welp, I ended my Whole46 today. By eating an entire jar of peanut butter. Which was, believe it or not, a conscious decision and totally worth it. I was craving peanut butter, this has been a stressful and emotional week, and it's the first day of my period, so it felt like a worthwhile indulgence. And it was most delicious. I don't feel bad about it. 
    Now, the challenge will be to return to healthy eating habits and not letting that be an excuse for not-so-conscious food choices! I'll check back in a few days, where I will hopefully be reporting that I easily transitioned right back into healthy eating! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Welp, I ended my Whole46 today. By eating an entire jar of peanut butter. Which was, believe it or not, a conscious decision and totally worth it. I was craving peanut butter, this has been a stressful and emotional week, and it's the first day of my period, so it felt like a worthwhile indulgence. And it was most delicious. I don't feel bad about it. 
    Now, the challenge will be to return to healthy eating habits and not letting that be an excuse for not-so-conscious food choices! I'll check back in a few days, where I will hopefully be reporting that I easily transitioned right back into healthy eating! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    My Lebanese cookbooks arrived and I'm pleasantly surprised at the number of dishes that are Whole30 compliant. I'm going to try a few recipes in the next few days, which will be a wonderful way to incorporate a wider variety of vegetables! 
    First up will be Bemyeh b Lahem (baby okra, lamb, and tomato stew), which was a dish I LOVED when I studied abroad in Egypt! And now I can try making it myself! And, of course, Baba Ganoujh and Fattoush! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Amanda1125 in Pizza?   
    Unfortunately, pizza, whether or not it is made with compliant ingredients, is not allowed on Whole30. It falls under the rule "Do not consume baked goods, junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients."
    See here for more information: https://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/. 
    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but this is probably something best save for your Food Freedom! I highly recommend that you take something else delicious to eat for family movie night. You may not be able to have pizza but perhaps it's an opportunity to prepare something else delicious! I have lots of excellent recipe recommendations if you'd like! 
    Here's are two of my recent favorites: 
    Whole30 Chicken Nuggets (Chic-fil-A style): https://40aprons.com/whole30-chicken-nuggets-chick-fil-a/ Whole30 In N Out Burgers: https://40aprons.com/whole30-in-n-out-burgers/   
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    kirbz got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    My Lebanese cookbooks arrived and I'm pleasantly surprised at the number of dishes that are Whole30 compliant. I'm going to try a few recipes in the next few days, which will be a wonderful way to incorporate a wider variety of vegetables! 
    First up will be Bemyeh b Lahem (baby okra, lamb, and tomato stew), which was a dish I LOVED when I studied abroad in Egypt! And now I can try making it myself! And, of course, Baba Ganoujh and Fattoush! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Contessa in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    @Contessa Thank you! I love that saying and I don't think it's morbid at all. I love the idea of knowing how you want to go out of this world and doing something to make that happen. I want to die with my hiking boots on. Thank you for checking in and best wishes to you! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Well, today is Day 45. Of my fifth round. This is officially the longest Whole30 I've ever done. Woo woo. 
    That being said... I'm not sure if I want to continue. I had thought that I would continue on until my trip to Utah next month. But, I'm starting to question that. I'm wondering if I should be experimenting more. I've never really tried just eating "healthy" but not according to a specific diet or program. Basically, I've eaten like garbage or I've done Whole30. It certainly makes me feel better than before, but is it really the best for me and my body? I can't answer that because I haven't really tried anything else. 
    I'm curious how I would fare on a general whole foods diet. Or even a vegan or vegetarian diet. I love me some meat and the thought of being vegan is difficult. But, it may be better aligned with my love of the earth. I should at least try it, right? It's one thing to ignore a calling to eat a certain way because you know it doesn't work well for your body. And another thing entirely to just ignore it because it isn't what you want to do. I was also deeply craving Middle Eastern food last night and ordered two Lebanese cookbooks and really want to try some hummus and some falafel and some baba ganouj! 
    I'll give it some more thought this week so that it isn't simply a whim, but I may transition to a general whole foods diet for a few weeks to see how that makes me feel. And then I may try a vegan diet to see how that makes me feel. Or maybe I'll be part-time vegan? Like, maybe I can incorporate that into my whole foods approach and be vegan three days per week?
    I'll report back what I decide and I'll obvious document my results either way. :-) One thing for sure, no sweets or desserts and absolutely minimal added sugar, if any! That part definitely needs to stay! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from ShadowInTheKitchen in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Well, today is Day 45. Of my fifth round. This is officially the longest Whole30 I've ever done. Woo woo. 
    That being said... I'm not sure if I want to continue. I had thought that I would continue on until my trip to Utah next month. But, I'm starting to question that. I'm wondering if I should be experimenting more. I've never really tried just eating "healthy" but not according to a specific diet or program. Basically, I've eaten like garbage or I've done Whole30. It certainly makes me feel better than before, but is it really the best for me and my body? I can't answer that because I haven't really tried anything else. 
    I'm curious how I would fare on a general whole foods diet. Or even a vegan or vegetarian diet. I love me some meat and the thought of being vegan is difficult. But, it may be better aligned with my love of the earth. I should at least try it, right? It's one thing to ignore a calling to eat a certain way because you know it doesn't work well for your body. And another thing entirely to just ignore it because it isn't what you want to do. I was also deeply craving Middle Eastern food last night and ordered two Lebanese cookbooks and really want to try some hummus and some falafel and some baba ganouj! 
    I'll give it some more thought this week so that it isn't simply a whim, but I may transition to a general whole foods diet for a few weeks to see how that makes me feel. And then I may try a vegan diet to see how that makes me feel. Or maybe I'll be part-time vegan? Like, maybe I can incorporate that into my whole foods approach and be vegan three days per week?
    I'll report back what I decide and I'll obvious document my results either way. :-) One thing for sure, no sweets or desserts and absolutely minimal added sugar, if any! That part definitely needs to stay! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Contessa in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    I did another mountain bike ride yesterday and I made it to the top in my fastest time ever, with my lowest max heart rate ever! I did it in 36:35 with a max heart rate of 176! My previous best was 37:48 with a max heart rate of 185! Woo, woo! It doesn't feel any easier! But my body says it is!
    This is why I do this. Because the time I get to spend in the mountains means everything to me. And I want to be able to enjoy the mountains with my own body until the day I die.
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    kirbz got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Thank you! I just don't think "I want to lose weight" is enough. I think you need a soul calling to really change. And for me, that isn't caring about the way I look. It's caring about how I want to be able to interact with the world around me.