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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in February Starter ♥️♥️♥️   
    Welcome! I hope you love the program as much as I do and that you find the results you're looking for! 
    You didn't necessarily ask for advice, but I'll give you some anyway! I hope that's okay! :-) My biggest piece of advice is to understand the meal template and try your best to make your meals match it! It will be oh-so good for you and will help you achieve your best results! 
    In case you hadn't learned about that part of the program yet, here it is: https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf. 
    Best wishes and definitely take advantage of this forum. You'll find expert advice from the moderators and lots of great stories, insight, and encouragement from others! 
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    kirbz reacted to Carolinelovrr in Day 15 and having issues since Day 6   
    Right, I should do that actually. I have a 20 oz yeti at work so I am trying to drink at least 3 before I leave work for the day, and then continue drinking water through the night, which likely brings me to roughly 80 oz per day. 
    Thanks for the feedback!
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    kirbz got a reaction from Carolinelovrr in Day 15 and having issues since Day 6   
    For water, I would highly recommend buying a 40oz water bottle and making sure you drink two of them a day. It's so much easier to monitor your water consumption when you can break it down in an easy way (i.e., just make sure to drink this one bottle twice a day). 
    Hydroflask makes a wonderful 40oz water bottle, but they are pricey. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Heathermarie74 in CBD   
    @RubyWizard24 Have you perhaps considered a brand like Charlotte's Web? It has less junk in it. In fact, only olive oil! So, if you need it, perhaps consider a more compliant option. Here's an option: https://thrivemarket.com/p/charlottes-web-hemp-extract-oil-olive-oil. 
    Best of luck! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from whole30newb in Reintroduction Schedule Clarification   
    Here's the official Whole30 strategy if you're following the 10-day plan: https://whole30.com/step-two-finished/. 
    I believe they start with food groups that are generally least disruptive and work up from there. 
    I'm currently on non-gluten grains and feel rather terrible after oatmeal this morning! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from megbeveridge in Kira's Whole30 Log   
    ROUND 2 REINTRODUCTION Day 7-8: Saturday, January 12 to Sunday, January 13 
    I did not end up reintroducing non-gluten grains over the weekend. Honestly, I just didn't feel like it. I preferred to eat Whole30. It feels pretty comfortable for me and I wanted the benefits of eating that way. I didn't want to deal with any more unpleasant side effects (even though it was only a couple of pimples). I also didn't want to mess with my cravings anymore, because I noticed a pretty significant increase in sugar cravings after that darned peanut butter! So, I ate Whole30 and it was delicious and satisfying and I felt good. 
    In fact, I'm questioning the whole reintroduction thing as I don't think it will inform anything. I'm gonna eat what I eat, when I feel like it. I still need to read Food Freedom Forever but, for special occasions and an occasional splurge, I'm gonna eat a Red Robin burger no matter how it makes me feel. And I'm really starting to feel confident that Paleo is the right long-term choice for me, so why bother? I'd rather introduce Paleo desserts! But I have a ways to go before I think I can do that without going out of control! 
    But, I'll probably carry on. I just need to plan the reintroductions better. Who knew that would be a problem!? LOL. I just don't have the right ingredients around and I don't know what to prepare to reintroduce the foods! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from mwolfnm in Kira's Whole30 Log   
    Hi, I'm Kira and this is my second attempt at the Whole30. I made it to Day 7 last year and then opted to quit, deciding that it caused more stress than good (though I did quit before I had a chance to really see or feel any personal victories). I'm in a different life situation now and am committed to making it through the 30 days this time around! I'm going to log all of my meals and exercise publicly as an additional mechanism of accountability. I welcome any feedback, comments, or encouragement. I absolutely love this forum as a support network. 
    Goals: 
    I want more energy. I comment that I'm tired almost every single day and that drives me crazy. I wake up tired, I'm tired throughout the day, and I go to bed tired. I just want to be healthy again. I know I'm not and I feel it in every part of my body. I'm "only" 32 and shouldn't feel that way. I want to someday be 70 years old and still be active in the outdoors because my body is still strong and healthy.  I want more stamina to do the activities I love (i.e., hiking, mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding). I don't want to be a slave to food. I LOVE chocolate and sugar and all things bad and eat them in ridiculous quantities. I want my food freedom to allow me to have a small portion of something I love and feel satisfied, rather than getting out of control so that I eat the whole bag of chocolate or the whole tub of ice cream.  I want to lose weight. I am currently in the "obese" category, though most people would not guess that based on the way I look and the activities I do. I feel it though and know this is not even close to being a good weight for me. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from mwolfnm in Kira's Whole30 Log   
    Hi, I'm Kira and this is my second attempt at the Whole30. I made it to Day 7 last year and then opted to quit, deciding that it caused more stress than good (though I did quit before I had a chance to really see or feel any personal victories). I'm in a different life situation now and am committed to making it through the 30 days this time around! I'm going to log all of my meals and exercise publicly as an additional mechanism of accountability. I welcome any feedback, comments, or encouragement. I absolutely love this forum as a support network. 
    Goals: 
    I want more energy. I comment that I'm tired almost every single day and that drives me crazy. I wake up tired, I'm tired throughout the day, and I go to bed tired. I just want to be healthy again. I know I'm not and I feel it in every part of my body. I'm "only" 32 and shouldn't feel that way. I want to someday be 70 years old and still be active in the outdoors because my body is still strong and healthy.  I want more stamina to do the activities I love (i.e., hiking, mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding). I don't want to be a slave to food. I LOVE chocolate and sugar and all things bad and eat them in ridiculous quantities. I want my food freedom to allow me to have a small portion of something I love and feel satisfied, rather than getting out of control so that I eat the whole bag of chocolate or the whole tub of ice cream.  I want to lose weight. I am currently in the "obese" category, though most people would not guess that based on the way I look and the activities I do. I feel it though and know this is not even close to being a good weight for me. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from RandiW in 9 days in and frustrated   
    Hey there! 
    Yeah, so you're eating a LOT of nuts as others have said. I consider myself to have a pretty cast-iron stomach (I've been to multiple third-world countries and never gotten sick, even drinking local tap water), but nuts do bother my stomach when I clean up my eating on Whole30. I aim for nuts every third day at most. 
    Salad dressings are a great fat source with salads! Most are oil-based, so be generous with your dressing and that's a great way to get some fats in! I buy Primal Kitchen dressings and can find them at my local grocery stores, but even something as simple as olive oil, lemon, and pepper makes a delicious dressing! 
    As for working out, don't forget that you get bonus mini meals when you work out. So if you're doing a six mile run, you should be eating protein and fat before your workout and protein and carb-dense vegetable after. It doesn't have to be big, but is meant to replenish what was lost during your workout. I like a hard-boiled egg and coconut flakes before and a couple of chunks of chicken breast and sweet potato cubes for after. 
    Good luck! I hope you can figure this out and have a super successful Whole30! It's such a wonderful program! 
     
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    kirbz got a reaction from Jim4884 in Psyching Up For a December Whole 30 Graduates   
    @hollysmokes and @LadyLisbette I just want to say that I think you ladies are wonderful! Thanks for sharing all of your wisdom, adventures, and mishaps in such an open, honest, and friendly way! 
    I'm planning to start my reintroductions this weekend. I'm going with the plan outlined in the book and have specifically identified the foods I care to reintroduce. Though, honestly, I'm starting to think that I just want my diet to be Paleo. I think I'd be pretty fine with that being my 90-95% diet, with an occasional splurge for a burger or pizza. Except for PB&Js. Is it weird that the thing I most want to be able to eat on the regular for the long-term are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? LOL. 
    I also have about 20-30 more pounds I want to lose, and then I totally plan to make desserts a part of my life again. I'd like to stick ONLY to the Paleo versions, but I just don't see anything wrong with that. That is, of course, assuming I can learn to control my cravings. But, if I can moderate, I don't see anything at all wrong with making a dessert once a week and enjoying it. I love baking. And I love desserts. And I really just can't convince myself that some of the recipes I'm looking at are inherently bad. 
    So, we'll see. Still very much figuring out how this translates into a long-term lifestyle. And while I'm very committed to doing the reintroductions for the data points, I'm honestly  not sure it's going to inform how I eat going forward. I think I'm already shaping that in my mind. Paleo + Paleo desserts + regular PB&J sandwiches + occasional pizza or burgers. :-) 
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    kirbz got a reaction from brandyontherun in Make Ahead Recipes please share here!   
    I've fallen in love with soups! So here are some of my favorite soup recipes. I make a double batch, put them in mason jars, freeze them, and pull them out for breakfasts. I struggle with veggies for breakfast so creamy soup and scrambled eggs has become my go-to meal! Delicious! 
    Soup Recipes 
    Golden Cauliflower Soup: http://meljoulwan.com/2012/10/24/golden-cauliflower-soup/ Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup: https://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/  And here are some other recipes that would give you a good number of delicious meals to store and eat through the week. I haven't froze any of these and don't know how they would do (I don't generally do the make-and-freeze type of cooking), but you could at least use them for a few meals. Mostly, I'm just passing them along because they're delicious and some of my favorites! 
    Other Recipes 
    Spinach Artichoke Twice Baked Potatoes: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/twice-baked-potatoes-paleo-whole30-vegan/  Breakfast Egg Roll in a Bowl: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/breakfast-egg-roll-bowl-paleo-whole30/ Salisbury Steak Meatballs: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-salisbury-steak-meatballs-whole30/ (I make a double batch of the gravy, which I've heard can be frozen and used for later)  Anyway, good luck to you! 
     
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    kirbz reacted to ladyshanny in Calling All Creamy Vegetable Soup Recipes!   
    I don't know about "creamy" soups but I do tend to make a very thick and hearty chicken (or turkey) veggie "stewp". My trick is to use the red potatoes as they have a bit higher of a starch content so they "thicken" the soup a bit without adding any special thickener. I also only add enough broth to cover the pot contents and then let it cook down. Topped w/ avocado or even an egg and it makes a very comforting, hearty meal. 
    My standard chicken stewp recipe has an entire tray of chicken thighs, browned first, a whole sweet onion diced, several red potatoes diced, a few carrots diced, a couple cans of mushrooms, a drained can of diced tomatoes and a can of tomato paste plus all the good chicken seasonings. I use whatever greenery I have around at the time - often green beans.  The trick is not over-brothing it.
    I also love this Cream of Tomato soup from Nom Nom Paleo but I don't make it anymore because tomatoes give my husband heartburn.  
    https://nomnompaleo.com/post/2825821540/quick-cream-of-tomato-soup
     
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    kirbz got a reaction from TEwhole30 in Kira's Whole30 Log   
    Though I'm officially done with my Whole30, I'm not sure exactly when I plan to start my reintroductions. I'm feeling good with Whole30 for now, so I plan to continue for at least a few more days. Regardless of the when, I do plan to do the formal, structured reintroduction as outlined in the book. I want to know how different foods affect me as I refine what I want my long-term eating to look like.
    Here's what I want to reintroduce to see how they affect me (i.e., these are the foods I'd be most inclined to eat on occasion): 
    Legumes: garbanzo beans (because hummus), peanut butter (because PB&J)  Non-Gluten Grains: white rice, gluten-free bread (see above), gluten-free oats (because overnight oats)  Dairy: cheese, yogurt, sour cream  Gluten-Containing Grains: hamburger bun (because Red Robin) Sugars: honey, maple syrup, coconut palm sugar (because Paleo desserts)  I honestly may reintroduce sugars first, because we're planning another camping trip for New Years and I really, really want to make some hot chocolate! The ingredients are simply coconut milk, cacao, maple syrup, and vanilla powder (compliant), so I don't think it'll be overly disruptive. But I really want it and I'm curious to see if it awakens my sleeping sugar dragon. I also plan to make and take banana bread with me. The ingredients are 100% compliant, but it is bread. I'll then probably start formal reintroductions, beginning with legumes, the week of January 6. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from TEwhole30 in Kira's Whole30 Log   
    Alright, as I'm officially done, here are my results! Though I do plan to continue my Whole30 through the end of the week. I may then try reintroducing some legumes, or I may stay Whole30 a bit longer...  
    Weight Loss: 15.0 lbs
    NSVs: 
    Clearer, glowing skin with fewer blemishes Leaner appearance and flatter tummy  Less painful joints  Fewer sugar cravings  Healthier relationship with food More nutrition in my diet  Energy levels are slightly more stable throughout the day  Learned new recipes and cooking skills (and tried new cooking gadgets)  General Thoughts:
    I'm starting to think that a Paleo-ish lifestyle can be sustainable for me. Breakfast was honestly one of my biggest hangups, but I finally figured out something that works! Scrambled eggs and a mason jar of soup (which will be a rotation of Mel Joulwan soups)! Yay! 
    There are a lot of things I wish I had done better. I didn't eat three full meals on many days. I didn't eat within an hour of waking on most days. I ate too many potatoes and not enough vegetables. And I didn't eat pre- and post-workout meals for the latter half of my Whole30.
    But, despite all this, I learned a lot about what can be sustainable for me, which is honestly more important than the NSVs, so I'm trying to be gentle with myself.  And what I have been eating, even with the flaws, is light years better than what I was eating before so I still call this one a raving success. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Jim4884 in Psyching Up For a December Whole 30 Graduates   
    Though I'm officially done with my Whole30, I'm not sure exactly when I plan to start my reintroductions. I'm feeling good with Whole30 for now, so I plan to continue for at least a few more days. Regardless of the when, I do plan to do the formal, structured reintroduction as outlined in the book. I want to know how different foods affect me as I refine what I want my long-term eating to look like.
    Here's what I want to reintroduce to see how they affect me (i.e., these are the foods I'd be most inclined to eat on occasion): 
    Legumes: garbanzo beans (because hummus), peanut butter (because PB&J)  Non-Gluten Grains: white rice, gluten-free bread (see above), gluten-free oats (because overnight oats)  Dairy: cheese, yogurt, sour cream  Gluten-Containing Grains: TBD  Sugars: honey, maple syrup, coconut palm sugar (because Paleo desserts)  Anyway, these are really just some thoughts for me for now. :-) 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Jim4884 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @Jim4884 You're welcome on the lasagna recipe! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! With regards to the changes you're thinking about, perhaps consider just doing one or the other (i.e., slicing the zucchini thinner or pre-cooking the zucchini). I think if you do both, you might just have a mushy mess! The zucchini was actually cooked well. I just don't really love zucchini and the flavor is definitely there.
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @LadyLisbette With regards to your duck question, I turned to Mel Joulwan for help! On a post I found on her wbsite, she states that she uses the roast duck recipe from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking each year. Not sure if you own or want to buy that book. Alternatively, she links to this recipe: https://www.marksdailyapple.com/crispy-roasted-duck-with-holiday-seasonings-and-sauces/. Most recipes there wouldn't work for Whole30 but a couple of them would!
    Let us know how it turns out! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Oh, and just give me a moment to rave about that lasagna recipe... It. Was. Amazing. I mean, really and truly amazing! 
    I read the reviews. Everyone said it was great. But really, how great can some zucchini and cashews be?
    Well, the answer is really, really, really great! LOL. I cooked it and waited a while to eat it because it didn't look all that appetizing. But when I did, it was so delicious. The cashew ricotta really tasted like the real thing! The zucchini tasted like zucchini but it was still a wonderful blend of flavors. I had two heaping servings and didn't even feel bad and I didn't feel boated and awful! 
    Win!! Go try it! :-) 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Hi everyone! I'm still here and now on Day 22! Phew! 
    Honestly this has been a bit of a rocky Whole30 for me. I'm not really eating enough because I am so over planning and prepping and cooking and cleaning. And eating. That's not fun at all. I just haven't much liked the food at all this round! But I tried to change that up this weekend and tried a bunch of new recipes! So, I thought I would share! 
    New Recipes from This Weekend 
    Paleo Lasagna (5 STARS): http://www.paleonewbie.com/awesome-paleo-lasagna-recipe/  Golden Cauliflower Soup (5 STARS): http://meljoulwan.com/2012/10/24/golden-cauliflower-soup/ Chocolate Chili (3.5 STARS): https://meljoulwan.com/2009/02/22/my-favorite-chili-recipe/ Sweet and Sour Chicken (3 STARS): https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/sweet-and-sour-chicken-instant-pot-paleo-whole30/ Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup (TBD): https://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/ It was a lot of fun to try new recipes and I definitely feel more energized coming into a new week! I will do better! 
    @Elizabeth33 I'm so sorry for all the difficulties you've had but we're all so proud of you for sticking with this! You got it! We're here for you! 
    @LadyLisbette I wish you the best with the house hunting! It was only a couple of years ago for us so I remember how stressful that is! Way to hang in there through the uncertainty! And thank you for sharing the link to some good reading. I absolutely LOVE Herman Hesse. Siddhartha is one of my very favorite books. Though I admit I haven't ready anything else by the author... 
    @hollysmokes I hope your cookup went well yesterday! What are you planning to do with the prime rib? I bought one too but am honestly thinking I might wait until after I finish my Whole30 so I'm not so limited on seasonings... And how awesome that you make your own kombucha. I love the stuff and have thought about making my own but end up feeling a bit intimated and overwhelmed. So I just buy the stuff! :-) 
    Anyway, best wishes! You guys are awesome and I love reading your posts!
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    kirbz got a reaction from AtlantaJJ in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Guh, I'm already thinking about giving up on this! I'm struggling to find a balance between how much stress this program introduces to my life and the benefits it  brings. Because really, the meal planning and prep is HARD! And more than just hard, it's stressful. I stress about how to meal prep in order to have compliant foods on hand to eat. And I feel like I make it about as easy as it can be by spending a fortune buying pre-made items like sauces and dressings. So I'm spending lots of money and stressing, in order to try and be healthier! But how do I become healthier if I'm stressing all the time about becoming healthier!?
    In the past, when I did a successful Whole 43, I tended to wing my meals. I would decide what I wanted to eat for the next day on the way home from work, stop by the store to collect any items I didn't have, and then I'd prepare a meal that would be dinner and lunch the next day, and then a breakfast the next morning. That worked for me. 
    But I don't have access to a kitchen for a couple of days every work. And I'm not sure I can afford that style of eating. So I can't do my tried and true method of preparing meals. I tried the whole batch cooking concept this week and I absolutely HATE it. I resent the time it takes away from my precious weekend and my family (I don't get to spend every day with them as I travel for work). I hate not eating fresh foods all the time. I hate using a microwave for every meal (that can't be healthy, can it?). And I really hate eating the same darn thing over and over and over. So eating totally sucks. I don't enjoy it at all. But I can't figure out a way to do it differently. 
    Really, one of the reasons I'm doing this is because I want it to kick-start some lifelong dietery changes. But this just isn't sustainable. I can't do it for 30 days. How can I do it forever? And if I can't do it forever, why am I doing it at all? Maybe I should be trying some other way of eating. 
    I'm sorry for the tirade. I guess I'm hoping for a sympathetic ear and perhaps some experiences that could help me figure out how to make this less stressful and more sustainable.... I don't really want to give up. But I'm also not sure it's worth continuing like this. 
    I hope this isn't too much of a buzzkill for those of you who have yet even to start! I apologize! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from AtlantaJJ in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @Laura P. Welcome! 
    @LadyLisbette I don't know anything about Restaurant Depot but Costco has a surprisingly large amount of food that is Whole30 compliant! I was truly shocked at how many foods I found there with really clean ingredients. Here's some of the things I've purchased there in the past! 
    Kirkland Signature Smoked Pulled Pork (just boil the package for 12-15 minutes and it's ready to go) Aidells Chicken and Apple Smoked Chicken Sausage Parma Prosciutto di Parma Farmhouse Culture Classic Caraway Kraut  True Story Organic Oven Roasted Turkey Breast Snack Packs (can you say post-workout meal anyone?) True Story Organic Chicken Breast (they're chunks of chicken breasts that are great pre- or post-workout, or I've even created a meal with them when in a rush) Organic Cauliflower Rice (just add some ghee, sautee it up, and you're good to go)  Grillo's Pickles Dill Spears  Kirkland Signature Organic No-Salt Seasoning  Wholly Guacamole Organic Minis (mini guacamole cups that are perfect for a meal or on the go) 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Jim4884 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @Jim4884 You're welcome on the lasagna recipe! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! With regards to the changes you're thinking about, perhaps consider just doing one or the other (i.e., slicing the zucchini thinner or pre-cooking the zucchini). I think if you do both, you might just have a mushy mess! The zucchini was actually cooked well. I just don't really love zucchini and the flavor is definitely there.
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    kirbz got a reaction from TEwhole30 in Kira's Whole30 Log   
    @rollyourownway Thanks! I’m glad you find some inspiration in my posts! And I wish you the very best on your upcoming Whole30! 
    So I wear a Garmin Fenix 5s all the time. I purchased it to track my outdoor workouts but it also tracks my heart rate throughout the day and my sleep. So I get my sleep metrics from my Garmin. I think there are likely cheaper models that will track a lot of the same information! 
    Anyway, best wishes and happy holidays! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Thanks for the suggestions on ways to incorporate more greens into my diet. I'll definitely try some of those in the coming weeks! 
    With all this talk of lasagna, I think I'm going to try this recipe this weekend: http://www.paleonewbie.com/awesome-paleo-lasagna-recipe/. It actually looks like it would be a pretty decently balanced template meal, and it has rave reviews, so I'm really excited to give it a try. We'll see if the fiance will try it too! :-) Because I'm not as generous as you @hollysmokes and I really don't want to make him his own lasagna! LOL. But, honestly, I will if he wants because I do love him that much! 
    I totally forgot the winter solstice is next week! What a lovely idea to mark it with something special. We didn't necessarily plan it this way but we'll be camping and climbing in Bishop, CA for the winter solstice! It will be my first time to Bishop and I'm actually kinda sad I'm doing Whole30 because it sounds like there are some great food places and I won't be able to try any of them, including a highly recommended bakery! But, I'm convincing myself that it's worth it to go without those things. In general, cooking Whole30 while camping should be a "fun" experience! 
    Anyway, thanks everyone for checking in so regularly! I enjoy reading your posts and love the highly positive and supportive environment we've created! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Congratulations everyone on reaching Day 10! A huge milestone! 
    @hollysmokes It's great to hear about your NSVs and a good reminder to all of us to continually look out for and acknowledge all the victories along the way!
    For me, my NSVs are: 
    fewer cravings better skin  flatter stomach more stable energy levels  I still need to eat more vegetables. I'm overly relying on potatoes. Like, a lot. Because they're filling and delicious! And I'm definitely experiencing some food boredom. I've been skipping some meals recently because I don't know what to cook and I don't want to deal with the hassle. Not a good habit. 
    Does anyone have any great vegetables recipes they want to share? Maybe some salsas or something? I'm looking for GREENS!