ElizabethG

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    ElizabethG got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in hospital food   
    I work in a hospital, so completely understand the lack of W30 options, but a few suggestions if you are willing to ask a few questions.
    - There may not be a fridge in the room, but find a nice nurse and ask if there is any way you can use there's temporarily for a few items.
    - The cafeteria should have a microwave you can use, you just may need to ask.
    - Cafeteria's are also catering to specific nutritional needs for patients, so they may be able to make you something special the same way they do for patients who are on strict restrictions; like plain eggs.
    - Are you able to order food in from the outside? If so, it may be worth a quick google search and a phone call or two to see what's around. 
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from Staggolee41 in Alamo Drafthouse experience?   
    Hi @Staggolee41, this is a tougher menu to figure out, but I do think your best bet is the steak salad. Instead of asking how it's already made, call ahead and ask if they will allow you to place your order ahead of time, and order the steak salad with the steak cooked with just salt and pepper, and remove the cheese from the salad. To make things better, I would suggest bringing your own delicious salad dressing from home, which in my opinion is what makes or breaks a salad anyways. Remember, meals dont need to be complicated. I salt and peppered steak with a very simply mixed green salad with dressing/mayo works! Even if you just ask for the lettuce, tomato, and cucumber. I've actually found that many restaurants are willing willing to make extra special requests happen as long as you give them a few days notice of exactly what you want. 
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from BookJockey in Daily bathroom habits with less fruit   
    Hi @1of3isme, fruit is wonderful, and you should keep eating it! The one point that W30 makes is that eating fruit on its own can lead to a spike in blood sugar, or even sugar cravings in many people. With that in mind, eating fruit as a part of a meal is great, and can add flavor and/or texture to your dish. For example, I love adding fruit to salads, and there are some delicious recipes out their that incorporate things like apples and pears to hashes. Only you will know for yourself how much of any kind of food is too much. I don't get sugar cravings from eating fruit on it's own, however, it's never a good snack idea for me because it doesn't solve my hunger the way protein and fat does. Good luck!
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from BookJockey in Daily bathroom habits with less fruit   
    Hi @1of3isme, fruit is wonderful, and you should keep eating it! The one point that W30 makes is that eating fruit on its own can lead to a spike in blood sugar, or even sugar cravings in many people. With that in mind, eating fruit as a part of a meal is great, and can add flavor and/or texture to your dish. For example, I love adding fruit to salads, and there are some delicious recipes out their that incorporate things like apples and pears to hashes. Only you will know for yourself how much of any kind of food is too much. I don't get sugar cravings from eating fruit on it's own, however, it's never a good snack idea for me because it doesn't solve my hunger the way protein and fat does. Good luck!
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from ladyshanny in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @kirbz can you tell us a little more about your work travel? Are you going to a new city? What kind of accommodations? Are you given any sort of per diem to spend on your food? I really think there's a workable solution here. For example, there are so many "no cook" meals you can throw together in a hotel room if you at least have access to a grocery store and mini fridge. Happy to give some suggestions if this may work. This situation may require 20-30 minutes of prep each week, but thats it! This is going to be a little more difficult than most, but not undoable. The way I think about things is that life happens. There's always going to be a million reasons not to start making choices that are better for you. There will never be a perfect time to start. 
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @kirbz I hear you! I actually am not a batch cooker either, but rather a meal planner. I plan out my weekly menu to create a grocery list so that I avoid unnecessary trips up and down the aisle, but I rarely cook things ahead of time. I always make enough though so that dinner leftovers are lunch the next day, but otherwise I don't eat the same things for days on end. Like you, I get bored quickly, and don't like the idea of spending hours on my Sunday prepping, but that method totally works for others. To make weeknight cooking simple, I try to stick to these basic rules.
    The meal must:
    - Take no more than 45 minutes of my time, but this does not include cook time especially if I can leave it and do other things
    - Use minimal amounts of dishes
    - Require very few specialty ingredients
    I also reserve 1-2 nights each week for "on your own", which means things like a quick canned tuna salad, egg hash using up leftovers, deli meat and veggie rolls, etc. 
    Cooking so much can be incredibly stressful, but I know you can do it! There are so many quick, easy, and one pot dishes out there, and the microwave is not always the enemy. 
    What are the super specific things that are bothering you? I'de love to help you find solutions.
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @LadyLisbette I still stick with good old trusty extra virgin olive oil when roasting any vegetable. I've been volunteering at a cooking school for 3 years now, and it's primarily what the chefs use as well. The one exception is they love using duck fat when roasting potatoes, which is delicious. 
    Welcome @tinman57 and @kirbz! I really love that people are coming to this with so many non-scale goals, which I think is really the heart of W30. I know I'm not perfect by any means, but over a few years and a few W30s, I can definitely still point to long term, healthy changes that work best for me: no more diet coke, no more gum (too much air in my stomach), throwing away my scale and only weighing myself on occasion at the gym, being able to keep almond butter in the fridge without taking spoonfuls every day (it can now sit there for weeks without bothering me), etc. I hope to keep building on these this time around.
    On an unrelated note, I want to endorse one of my favorite flavor combos right now - cinnamon and chili powder. Great on roasted veggies like sprouts, carrots, winter squash.
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    Hi All! This is also my second December W30, which I find really empowering as well. I started this past Sunday, and have made it through the first 3 days well. Made sure to have delicious recipes planned for Week 1 to make things easier. @hollysmokes I am with you on keeping the mayo train going! Since my first W30, I have never gone back to store bought, and have played around with all kinds of mayo flavors. Do you have a favorite? Right now I've been adding lots of fresh herbs into mine, which makes everything taste like the Holidays!
    I want to recommend this mustard chicken recipe from the Whole Smiths (my favorite place to search for new ideas): https://www.thewholesmiths.com/2018/08/26/creamy-mustard-chicken-spinach/
    It was hands down one of the best things I've eaten in a while, super easy, and I will definitely be making it again next week.
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from ladyshanny in Psyching up for a December W30!   
    @kirbz can you tell us a little more about your work travel? Are you going to a new city? What kind of accommodations? Are you given any sort of per diem to spend on your food? I really think there's a workable solution here. For example, there are so many "no cook" meals you can throw together in a hotel room if you at least have access to a grocery store and mini fridge. Happy to give some suggestions if this may work. This situation may require 20-30 minutes of prep each week, but thats it! This is going to be a little more difficult than most, but not undoable. The way I think about things is that life happens. There's always going to be a million reasons not to start making choices that are better for you. There will never be a perfect time to start. 
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from LindsayO in Coconut products-bloating   
    I also have issues with coconut products, something I figured out a few months ago while doing a FODMAP challenge. At least for myself, I find that once a week is okay, but anything more than that isn't. There are lots of yummy recipes out there that use coconut milk, which I either swap out for something else, or pick a different recipe all together. Hope this helps!
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from GoJo09 in Waking up on the right side of the bed & a mini re-set   
    I've completed 2 W30s over the last few years, and have learned a lot, and honestly continue to learn a lot as I work toward finding my food freedom. I have to continually remind myself that it's always a learning process, and I will always have moments that are rough. Yesterday was a rough afternoon to say the least, one which ended with 2 donuts and ice cream. I think it's time for a re-set, both for my physical health, and my mental health. 
    I'm committing to 14 days of W30 to remind myself why I choose this lifestyle, because it really is a choice I'm happy to make most of the time. I'm already anticipating some challenges in these two weeks, but that's part of life, and I know how to handle them. My goal today is to feel proud about making a choice to come back to W30 the second I felt something slipping off the rails, and to feel excited about having 2 weeks to revisit some of my favorite recipes.
    Anyone else out their struggling a bit?
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from GoJo09 in What has been your most lasting food habit after Whole30?   
    I love this question! I've had a rough couple of days with food choices, and really committing to getting back on track today. One of the ways that helps me stay positive and move forward is taking a few steps back to realize how much good change I've made since my first WHole30 almost 2 years; remember this is a really long journey, with lots of ups and downs. That being said, one of the most lasting changes for me has been cutting way back on mindless snacking. Work used to be a black hole of bad choices, but now, most days I am able to walk right past all the junk food, and recognize I'm not actually hungry. 
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from lizitapola in ideas for SAME breakfast everyday?   
    As stated previously, you aren't missing anything by not having something heavier on the carbs. Your frittata sounds great though, just make sure you are eating some fat with the meal as well. I happen to love a spoonful of guac or tahini with my egg dishes.
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from lizitapola in ideas for SAME breakfast everyday?   
    As stated previously, you aren't missing anything by not having something heavier on the carbs. Your frittata sounds great though, just make sure you are eating some fat with the meal as well. I happen to love a spoonful of guac or tahini with my egg dishes.
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from purplepadres in Whole30 Coffee Creamer   
    I actually started buying nutpods about 1 month ago, and they have been life changing! I don't use them all the time, but keep one at work to help make the not-so-great hospital coffee bearable. It has the thickness of creamer, without leaving a weird aftertaste. I would also suggest experimenting with different coffee beans/grounds. I find that with the right coffee, black is just fine.