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    kirbz got a reaction from mae tanner in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Day 17: Monday, October 2
    Meal 1: leftover turkey breakfast hash with apples and sweet potato (I wasn’t able to eat more than a few bites before I felt like I was going to vomit)
    Snack: one snack pack Justin’s almond butter; ½ GT’s Trilogy kombucha  
    Meal 2: leftover chicken curry with golden potatoes, yellow onion, and Thai curry sauce; ½ GT’s Trilogy kombucha  
    Meal 3: smoked pulled pork with Tessemae’s BBQ sauce; leftover arugula salad with beets, english cucumber, celery, green onion, and avocado; dressing drizzled on top made with olive oil, lemon, salt, and pepper
    Water Intake: ~100 oz
    Supplement(s): Natural Calm dissolved in water before bed
    Sleep Last Night: 5 hours 50 minutes (2:46 deep; 2:46 light; 0:18 awake)
    Thoughts/Reflections: We saw It last night and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I always, always, always bring candy to the movie theater and I found myself realizing how strongly I associated going to the movie with having candy as we were preparing to leave. But, it really wasn’t that bad.
    My eating schedule was terrible today. I hardly ate any breakfast because it did not taste good at all and I almost gagged trying to eat it. I literally had a handful of bites. Then, I didn’t have time to eat lunch until 5:00 pm. I still ate a third meal though, but that was late and I went to bed feeling quite full.
    I think I’m going to try and have some form of salad everyday for the remainder of my Whole30. Despite that I’m eating lots of vegetables and good foods, I think I need more leafy greens. Fingers crossed that this change will help some of those NSVs start to manifest!
    Oh, and I fantasize about the desserts I’m going to make when this is over. I’m not planning to rush out and buy my standard tub of Rocky Road ice cream, but I am most definitely going to try some healthier variations of the things I love! I cannot wait! That’s probably not a good attitude…
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    kirbz got a reaction from mae tanner in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Day 11: Monday, September 25
    Meal 1: three over-easy eggs pan-cooked in avocado oil; oven roasted garlic cabbage; remaining 2/3 GT’s Hibiscus Ginger kombucha
    Exercise: 30-minute walk over my lunch break
    Meal 2: one can Wild Planet tuna with mayo, chopped onion, chopped bell pepper, chopped cilantro, lime, and ground pepper; served over a bed of raw spinach
    Pre-Workout Meal: 2 hard-boiled eggs
    Exercise: 50-minute, 3.54 mile trail run (five minute warmup, ten repeats of 3:00 min jogging and 1:15 min walking, ten minute cooldown)
    Post-Workout Meal: snack pack of compliant turkey (I’m trying to do without the post-workout carbs as I’m overweight but I’ll monitor how I feel without them as I increase my exercise in the coming weeks)
    Meal 3: baked salmon with Spice Cave Sea spices; brussel sprouts pan-cooked in ghee; butternut squash pan-cooked in avocado oil
    Water Intake:  ~130oz
    Thoughts/Reflections: This is starting to feel somewhat normal and routine. Honestly, I don’t have any specific feelings about today. It kinda just felt like life.
    On a happy note, my fiancé said today that he wants to try Whole30 when I’m done! That makes me so very happy as I want both of us to be 70 years old and happy and healthy and enjoying all the outdoors things we love! He doesn’t typically put much stock into eating well so I was surprised but so, so happy!
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    kirbz got a reaction from mae tanner in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Day 9: Sunday, September 24
    Meal 1: leftover breakfast hash with smoked pulled pork, Japanese sweet potato, zucchini, orange bell pepper, spinach, Tessemae’s Hot Buffalo Sauce, salt, and pepper cooked in ghee; 1/3 GT’s Gingerade kombucha 
    Pre-Workout Meal: N/A (I ate breakfast right before I hiked so it didn’t seem like I should eat anything else)
    Exercise: 4.2 mile hike with ~800 feet of elevation gain
    Post-Workout Meal: snack pack of compliant turkey (the hike wasn’t that intense so I didn’t feel the need to add any carbs, particularly since I’m overweight)
    Meal 2: grilled hamburger patty with Spice Cave Land Spice seasoning mixed into the patty and Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo and onion on top and served between two romaine leaves; homemade guacamole
    Meal 3: homemade crab cakes pan-cooked in ghee; broccoli; 1/2 pineapple strawberry La Croix 
    Water Intake: no idea again, but still didn’t feel like enough, although closer  
    Thoughts/Reflections: Today was a pretty good day. I walked down the ice cream aisle for the first time and it wasn’t that awful. I’ll call that progress. I’m still not noticing anything in the way my body feels. So far, the only NSVs I can claim are that I/m managing my cravings and increasing the ease with which I make Whole30 meals.
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    kirbz got a reaction from mae tanner in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Day 4: Tuesday, September 18
    Meal 1: two chicken sausages pan-cooked in avocado oil; french beans (which are apparently a variety of green bean) pan-cooked in ghee; kraut
    Meal 2: orange chicken over cauliflower rice; steamed broccoli (once again, this was a small meal because I couldn’t eat all of it; some of the chicken was freezer-burned and tasted revolting but I couldn’t bring myself to throw away an otherwise perfectly good meal); pineapple strawberry La Croix
    Snack: one hard-boiled egg; one snack pack Justin’s almond butter (I’m trying really hard not to snack but I had a work happy hour with drinks and appetizers and I did not want to be tempted to eat there so I indulged a bit)
    Meal 3: grilled bison patty with ½ strip bacon and Spice Cave Land Spice seasoning mixed into the patty and Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo, onion, and avocado on top and served between two romaine leaves; cherry tomatoes on the side (this meal was absolutely delicious!)  
    Water Intake: ~100oz
    Thoughts/Reflections: The struggle is real. Eating a large breakfast early in the morning sucks. It took me about 30 minutes to gag my meal down and I definitely didn’t have time for that. It isn’t that I didn’t like it – it was actually really good – it’s just hard for me to eat early. I think I might consider making my breakfast in the morning and taking it to work to eat at my desk.
    On a good note, meal prepping is getting easier. I cooked up my chicken sausage and green beans for this morning, some butternut squash for a post-workout snack tomorrow, and some brussel sprouts for dinner tomorrow, all this morning in about 30 minutes! Yay me! The downside is that I did this instead of a workout. With my long work hours and commute, it’s hard to find time for it all!
    I also attended a work-sponsored happy hour with appetizers and drinks at a fancy local restaurant. I ate a snack before going and it really wasn’t all that hard to just say “no” to everything. That felt easier to me than asking a million questions about food compliance, which seemed inappropriate for a sponsored work lunch with executives… Yay me!
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    kirbz reacted to TrustyMutsi in Discovering a new success during reintroduction...   
    The days I'm reintroducing, I'm only eating some of the food, and saving the rest for later. This is a BIG deal for me. I have been a notorious binge eater.
    This was the most apparent when I could have corn again. My biggest problem pre-W30 has been tortilla chips. I would eat at LEAST half a bad a night. Well, on Saturday I opened a whole bag with some salsa, sat down ready to just enjoy as much as I wanted "because I deserve it", and amazingly only ate 5-6 chips. They just weren't that great. I've NEVER eaten that few before and just put them away.
    The same happened when I got a large order of fries when I was with my family. I slowly ate and enjoyed a handful, and everyone else shared the rest. TOTALLY not something I'd do before!
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    kirbz got a reaction from hollysmokes in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Thanks @hollysmokes, that's very kind of you. It's been very difficult but it was most definitely for the best and I know things will be better. For now, I'm focusing more on me and health and fitness are once again going to be a very big part of that! Today is now Day 2. I should finish just in time to indulge in Thanksgiving goodness! LOL. I hope all is well for you! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from jakefishful in ultra sugar addict/athlete   
    Have you seen the new pre- and post-workout guidelines? If not, here they are: https://whole30.com/whole30-pre-workout-post-workout/. I like the new guidelines because they provide some guidance on intra-workout fueling, which you'll definitely need for long days like you're describing. Though, to be honest, I still haven't had a lot of luck figuring out how they translate to really long activities (for me, that's 6+ hour days in the alpine).
    I was also recently looking for some guidance on fueling long days in the mountains and received some helpful tips. Perhaps check out this thread for some ideas that might apply for you: https://forum.whole30.com/topic/56359-whole30-for-mountaineers-fueling-endurance-training/?tab=comments#comment-502726. 
     
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    kirbz got a reaction from Anhe in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    ROUND 3 RESULTS
    Alright, I’m done! I think I’m going to immediately transition into living my food freedom. I’ve already done formal reintroductions and generally understand how foods affect me so I don’t need those data points. I really just want this to become a sustainable lifestyle change, so I’m going to give food freedom a try right away. More on that later. For now, here are my scale and non-scale victories!
    NSVs:
    Healthier relationship with food In control of my cravings and my food choices Improved physical performance (I'm convinced I could not have done Bear Creek Spire without this)  Lower resting heart rate (upper 60s to lower 50s) Clearer, glowing skin with fewer blemishes Leaner appearance and flatter tummy  Less painful joints  More nutrition in my diet  Stronger commitment to and belief in a healthier lifestyle (I'm convinced I cannot do the physical activities I want without better nutrition) Weight Loss: 13.4 lbs
    More thoughts to come later! I’m still processing…
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    kirbz got a reaction from Anhe in Am I doing this right?   
    I don't think it tastes too much like cauliflower. I'm not sure how to describe the taste, but it doesn't taste a lot like cauliflower. Even my boyfriend who doesn't like cauliflower actually like this soup. It's really just a mild, creamy, warm taste. It's almost a little bit like a Campbell's cream of chicken soup... 
    Sorry I can't be more specific! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Angelia in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    @Angelia Thanks for your comment! It's always nice to know that there are others out there who can relate. I'm still committed to making this a lifestyle change, but yeah, it's hard. I definitely haven't been in a routine of cooking regularly and with long work hours, a ridiculous commute, two active pups, and time-consuming weekend hobbies, it's hard to fit it all in! But, without healthier eating, I won't be able to do the things I love for very long, so it's worth it! 
    My friend told me yesterday that research shows that your body can start the aging process as early as your thirties. If you're active and healthy, it starts in your forties and the rate of aging slows by half! So if I stay active and healthy, I can shave off twenty years of aging by the time I'm like 65! That's totally worth it! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Danna W in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    @NoreenM62, @Maggieb123, @Danna W Congratulations on completing your Whole30!! It sounds like you've achieved some amazing NSVs (and SVs)! Congrats again!
    Today is my last day and I'm planning to finish strong! I feel good, my skin is clear, I feel in control of my food choices, and I know I've lost weight. All good things!
    I, too, don't have a formal plan for reintroductions but will probably just try my hand at this food freedom thing and eat stuff as it comes up and I decide I want it. Has anyone read Food Freedom Forever? I own it but haven't bothered to read it yet... 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Danna W in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    @NoreenM62, @Maggieb123, @Danna W Congratulations on completing your Whole30!! It sounds like you've achieved some amazing NSVs (and SVs)! Congrats again!
    Today is my last day and I'm planning to finish strong! I feel good, my skin is clear, I feel in control of my food choices, and I know I've lost weight. All good things!
    I, too, don't have a formal plan for reintroductions but will probably just try my hand at this food freedom thing and eat stuff as it comes up and I decide I want it. Has anyone read Food Freedom Forever? I own it but haven't bothered to read it yet... 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Anhe in Am I doing this right?   
    @Mackenzy In general though, there are lots of fat options! Here are some of my personal favorites. Some are pretty well integrated with my meals and some are just handfuls of stuff I add in to satisfy the need for fat at every meal. 
    ghee (I eat potatoes a lot, so I generously use ghee with my potatoes) oil-based salad dressing on a salad (sometimes I'll just have a small side salad so that this can be my fat option) large handful of olives (I was never an olive fan, but I've come to like Castelvetrano olives) bacon (did you know bacon counts as fat? it does! and I kinda eat a lot of it) handful of coconut flakes guacamole (I love dipping chicken in it)  This thread has more ideas: https://forum.whole30.com/topic/57495-some-fat-options/?tab=comments#comment-510530. 
     
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    kirbz got a reaction from Anhe in Am I doing this right?   
    I also struggled with  breakfast for a long time. I'm a Lucky-Charms-for-breakfast-kind-of-girl. I can wake up and immediately eat sugary deliciousness all day, every day. But waking up and eating real food quite literally made me want to throw up. When I first began experimenting with Whole30 (I'm nearly through my third round now), I would regularly have an actual gag reflex when I would try to eat a Whole30 meal in the morning. 
    But, I've now come to enjoy warm cauliflower soup and scrambled eggs. I was never a scrambled eggs person, but, for some reason, I can stomach them with some warm soup. Here's my very favorite recipe: http://meljoulwan.com/2012/10/24/golden-cauliflower-soup/. It's mild and creamy and delicious! 
    Anyway, I hope this helps! To me, it definitely looks like you need to be eating more food and fat! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    @MadyVanilla That's a great perspective! Thanks for checking in!
    Honestly, for me, I really just feel like I'm starving myself because I'm really just too overwhelmed/exhausted to prepare Whole30 foods. But the alternative is throwing myself into a tub of Rocky Road and gorging on pizza, so I guess this is better? LOL. I am trying to at least eat two meals a day, if not three. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from DonnaGail in Fig, Apricot or other Jam recipes?   
    I know this isn't really what you were looking for, but I LOVE Mel Joulwan and found two recipes from her that use figs: 
    Moroccan Steak Salad with Fig and Pistachio Dressing: https://meljoulwan.com/2019/02/13/moroccan-steak-salad-fig-pistachio-dressing/  Moroccan Sirloin with Fig-Pistachio Butter: https://meljoulwan.com/2013/01/27/sous-vide-moroccan-sirloin-w-fig-pistachio-butter/ 
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    kirbz got a reaction from heb2014 in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    ROUND 3, Day 15: Tuesday, September 16
    Meal 1: Wild Zora Butte Cacao Banana breakfast mix with flaxseed meal, nuts, bananas, strawberries, mango, and cacao nibs 
    Exercise (9 hours, 35 minutes): 6.38-mile, 6-pitch rock climb with 2,211 of elevation gain and topping out at 13,713 feet (131 average HR; 168 max HR)  
    Intra-Workout Snack: two pouches of peach, apricot, and banana baby food; two pouches of blueberry, pear, and purple carrot baby food; half blueberry RXBar; snack pack of coconut butter 
    Intra-Workout Meal 2: tuna pouch packed in olive oil  
    Meal 3: Wild Zora Caldera Chicken Curry freeze-dried meal with chicken, sweet potato, pineapple, spinach, bell pepper, and onion 
    Water Intake: unknown 
    Symptoms/NSVs:
    Poor fueling for long-duration exercise  Thoughts/Reflections: Well, despite my doubts yesterday, I did it! I made it to the [almost] top of Bear Creek Spire (I didn't get on top of the summit block because that's just stupid). And it was amazing! It was hard. Oh-so hard. But amazing. The climbing was challenging. The ridge traverse was exposed and super scary, but fun. The views were spectacular (I counted over 30 alpine lakes from the top). And I reached the highest point on earth I've ever been on! 
    It was the approach and the ridiculous descent that was so difficult for me. It was steep on the way up with some boulder hopping. That was hard. But the way down was downright scary. We had to descend a bouldery scree field where everything moved, even the giant blocks of granite. Guh. It was awful. I quite literally kept seeing images of me falling down the boulder field when I closed my eyes that night. Though I did make it out alright.
    On another note, my fueling strategy totally sucked. I watched as my guide happily ate cheese and salami and hard-boiled eggs and dehydrated mango and banana. And I had my stupid baby food pouches and packets of tuna and RXBars and coconut butter. Guh. It tasted so gross and I didn't want to eat any of it. But I needed to eat. But it wasn't enough anyway. There just wasn't enough calories in them. And then, when we got back to camp, I watched as she ate fresh rice with curry paste and peas and meat and naan. While I ate another freeze-dried meal. Guh.  
    So yeah, I don't know about being Paleo in the alpine. I know people do it. But I don't know if I want to. I'll finish my Whole30, but I think I'd rather eat differently on long days at high altitude.... 
    [Photo 1: a mile or two into the trail, with Bear Creek Spire in the background (the tallest peak just to the left oft the tree)] 
    [Photo 2: looking down on part of the larger of the two boulder fields we had to go up and then down on the hike; this wasn't even the climbing part]
    [Photo 3: the view from the [almost] top of Bear Creek Spire at nearly 13,700 feet!] 



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    kirbz got a reaction from Maggieb123 in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    @Maggieb123 Congratulations on your yoga NSV and your new perspective! Focusing on what your body can do is definitely a beautiful way to appreciate it in a way that a scale will never allow you to do! 
    As for nutritional yeast, Paleo Running Momma uses it a lot in her recipes so I think you're on the right track there! Here are a couple of my favorites: 
    https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/twice-baked-potatoes-paleo-whole30-vegan/ https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/slow-cooker-white-chicken-chili-sweet-potato-paleo-whole30/ Best wishes to you! I'm also on Day 22! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    ROUND 3, Day 19: Friday, September 20
    Meal 1: two hard-boiled eggs 
    Meal 2: chicken breast grilled with BBQ sauce; ~2 cups of steamed carrots; very small handful of Castelvetrano olives; Lemon La Croix 
    Meal 3: pork chop grilled with BBQ sauce; baked potato with ghee; handful of grape tomatoes 
    Water Intake: ~70 oz
    Symptoms/NSVs:
    new pimple on my chin  Thoughts/Reflections: Not much to say today. I'm planning a big cookup this weekend so I have lots of yummy food to eat! Because this week has been completely lackluster and I'm over it. 
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    kirbz reacted to DonnaGail in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    So awesome! Congrats to you! You and conversed a while back regarding power fuel while hiking and backpacking. I didnt figure this out until last week, (unfortunately, after my backpacking trip),but now know I can eat dried figs with compliant nuts and dried fruits. Fits nicely in my pockets while hiking and not having to stop to eat. Energy and muscle to help me with backpacking and climbing those Colorado 14ers. I am happy you found your energy on the Whole30 to climb that mountain!
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    kirbz got a reaction from DonnaGail in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    Oh. My Goodness. I just made an absolutely delicious recipe last night! So I wanted to share! 
    Pork Lo Mein from Paleo Running Momma: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-pork-lo-mein-whole30/
    I doubled the sauce amounts and it was absolutely delicious! Even my fiance who isn't doing Whole30 and who doesn't like sweet potato actually loved it! He said he's looking forward to leftovers for lunch today!
    I hope everyone is doing well and going strong! I'm on Day 14 and carbing up for a three-day backpacking and alpine climbing adventure starting tomorrow! I'm going to really miss those summit Peanut M&Ms, but I'm committed to doing this! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from DonnaGail in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    I wanted to take a moment to share a huge NSV! I'm an aspiring alpine climber, but not particularly fit, strong, or skilled. I'm also overweight. Just a few pounds ago and I was technically in the obese category based on BMI. 
    I had a big climb planned for Monday, which was Day 8 of my Whole30 journey. This was going to be my longest climb with the most elevation gain (10+ pitches with over 2,000 feet of climbing and topping out at 10,306 feet). I had done a different climb a few weeks prior and it was so, so hard. I almost couldn't finish. Despite all the training and effort I had put into it. It was actually that climb that inspired  me to start Whole30. Because I had been doing everything right except nutrition. Which finally convinced me that I can't be the kind of fit I want to be without that part. Enter Whole30.
    But this one was great!  I felt strong. I never doubted I could finish it. I wasn't completely and utterly exhausted on the hike out. It was a total and complete joy! 
    I don’t know if my hard work is finally paying off, if I’m turning the corner toward Tiger Blood, or if I just fueled right, but I’m so, so happy to finally see changes happening in the mountains.  
    Here's a photo of me at the top of Tenaya Peak in Yosemite National Park! 
     

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    kirbz got a reaction from MadyVanilla in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    ROUND 3, Day 17: Wednesday, September 18
    Meal 1: none
    Exercise (3 hours, 26 minutes): 4.86-mile backpacking hike with 384 feet of elevation gain (130 average HR; 154 max HR)  
    Snack: can of coconut water; glass of orange juice; one and a half slices of deli turkey
    Meal 2: grilled ribeye steak with seasoning; baked potato with ghee; bowl of zucchini bone broth soup; 8 oz glass of electrolyte supplement
    Meal 3: none 
    Water Intake: unknown 
    Symptoms/NSVs:
    none Thoughts/Reflections: Wow. I have never been so tired on a hike. My footwork was so sloppy and I felt very unstable descending those boulder fields. I was so afraid I was going to break an ankle or fall just because I was tired. And then when we finally got back to the real trail, which was mostly flat, I was barely moving forward. Shawn and my guide had to stop frequently to wait for me to catch up. But I made it! I did it! I did it even though I really didn’t think I could!
    Also, I didn’t eat enough today. I know it and I didn’t really care. This is why I was doing Whole30. This is the only big thing I have planned for my 30 days and I’m done. So, I just didn’t care. It wasn’t worth the effort. It was enough of a success to convince myself to continue, because I sure wanted some pizza when I got home. And some peanut M&Ms…
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    kirbz got a reaction from heb2014 in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    ROUND 3, Day 15: Tuesday, September 16
    Meal 1: Wild Zora Butte Cacao Banana breakfast mix with flaxseed meal, nuts, bananas, strawberries, mango, and cacao nibs 
    Exercise (9 hours, 35 minutes): 6.38-mile, 6-pitch rock climb with 2,211 of elevation gain and topping out at 13,713 feet (131 average HR; 168 max HR)  
    Intra-Workout Snack: two pouches of peach, apricot, and banana baby food; two pouches of blueberry, pear, and purple carrot baby food; half blueberry RXBar; snack pack of coconut butter 
    Intra-Workout Meal 2: tuna pouch packed in olive oil  
    Meal 3: Wild Zora Caldera Chicken Curry freeze-dried meal with chicken, sweet potato, pineapple, spinach, bell pepper, and onion 
    Water Intake: unknown 
    Symptoms/NSVs:
    Poor fueling for long-duration exercise  Thoughts/Reflections: Well, despite my doubts yesterday, I did it! I made it to the [almost] top of Bear Creek Spire (I didn't get on top of the summit block because that's just stupid). And it was amazing! It was hard. Oh-so hard. But amazing. The climbing was challenging. The ridge traverse was exposed and super scary, but fun. The views were spectacular (I counted over 30 alpine lakes from the top). And I reached the highest point on earth I've ever been on! 
    It was the approach and the ridiculous descent that was so difficult for me. It was steep on the way up with some boulder hopping. That was hard. But the way down was downright scary. We had to descend a bouldery scree field where everything moved, even the giant blocks of granite. Guh. It was awful. I quite literally kept seeing images of me falling down the boulder field when I closed my eyes that night. Though I did make it out alright.
    On another note, my fueling strategy totally sucked. I watched as my guide happily ate cheese and salami and hard-boiled eggs and dehydrated mango and banana. And I had my stupid baby food pouches and packets of tuna and RXBars and coconut butter. Guh. It tasted so gross and I didn't want to eat any of it. But I needed to eat. But it wasn't enough anyway. There just wasn't enough calories in them. And then, when we got back to camp, I watched as she ate fresh rice with curry paste and peas and meat and naan. While I ate another freeze-dried meal. Guh.  
    So yeah, I don't know about being Paleo in the alpine. I know people do it. But I don't know if I want to. I'll finish my Whole30, but I think I'd rather eat differently on long days at high altitude.... 
    [Photo 1: a mile or two into the trail, with Bear Creek Spire in the background (the tallest peak just to the left oft the tree)] 
    [Photo 2: looking down on part of the larger of the two boulder fields we had to go up and then down on the hike; this wasn't even the climbing part]
    [Photo 3: the view from the [almost] top of Bear Creek Spire at nearly 13,700 feet!] 



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    kirbz got a reaction from heb2014 in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    ROUND 3, Day 15: Tuesday, September 16
    Meal 1: Wild Zora Butte Cacao Banana breakfast mix with flaxseed meal, nuts, bananas, strawberries, mango, and cacao nibs 
    Exercise (9 hours, 35 minutes): 6.38-mile, 6-pitch rock climb with 2,211 of elevation gain and topping out at 13,713 feet (131 average HR; 168 max HR)  
    Intra-Workout Snack: two pouches of peach, apricot, and banana baby food; two pouches of blueberry, pear, and purple carrot baby food; half blueberry RXBar; snack pack of coconut butter 
    Intra-Workout Meal 2: tuna pouch packed in olive oil  
    Meal 3: Wild Zora Caldera Chicken Curry freeze-dried meal with chicken, sweet potato, pineapple, spinach, bell pepper, and onion 
    Water Intake: unknown 
    Symptoms/NSVs:
    Poor fueling for long-duration exercise  Thoughts/Reflections: Well, despite my doubts yesterday, I did it! I made it to the [almost] top of Bear Creek Spire (I didn't get on top of the summit block because that's just stupid). And it was amazing! It was hard. Oh-so hard. But amazing. The climbing was challenging. The ridge traverse was exposed and super scary, but fun. The views were spectacular (I counted over 30 alpine lakes from the top). And I reached the highest point on earth I've ever been on! 
    It was the approach and the ridiculous descent that was so difficult for me. It was steep on the way up with some boulder hopping. That was hard. But the way down was downright scary. We had to descend a bouldery scree field where everything moved, even the giant blocks of granite. Guh. It was awful. I quite literally kept seeing images of me falling down the boulder field when I closed my eyes that night. Though I did make it out alright.
    On another note, my fueling strategy totally sucked. I watched as my guide happily ate cheese and salami and hard-boiled eggs and dehydrated mango and banana. And I had my stupid baby food pouches and packets of tuna and RXBars and coconut butter. Guh. It tasted so gross and I didn't want to eat any of it. But I needed to eat. But it wasn't enough anyway. There just wasn't enough calories in them. And then, when we got back to camp, I watched as she ate fresh rice with curry paste and peas and meat and naan. While I ate another freeze-dried meal. Guh.  
    So yeah, I don't know about being Paleo in the alpine. I know people do it. But I don't know if I want to. I'll finish my Whole30, but I think I'd rather eat differently on long days at high altitude.... 
    [Photo 1: a mile or two into the trail, with Bear Creek Spire in the background (the tallest peak just to the left oft the tree)] 
    [Photo 2: looking down on part of the larger of the two boulder fields we had to go up and then down on the hike; this wasn't even the climbing part]
    [Photo 3: the view from the [almost] top of Bear Creek Spire at nearly 13,700 feet!]