ElizabethG

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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 Chae.19 in I feel like I am on an emotional rollercoaster   
    Glad you came here to vent. Changes is how you eat can effect all sorts of things, including mood, so it doesn't sound crazy at all that you are experiencing mood swings. Some people find that adding a few extra starchy carbs can help with mood, or simply shifting when they eat certain types of food. For example, eating something like potato at breakfast vs. dinner may effect how you feel. The good news is, from the outside looking in, you do have this! You are doing the Whole30 and reaching out for help when you need it. Maybe take the next week to keep things super simple. Don't attempt any crazy new recipes, or introduce a new fitness routine, which may make things more chaotic.
     
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from Queenbeejo in Ideas for TJs grass fed sirloin roast   
    If you are looking for sauces...
    1. Start with the Whole30 recipes Instagram page or Facebook page. There is a a guest host each week, and they often have great sauce ideas.
    2. I like this one: http://meljoulwan.com/2014/10/20/zingy-ginger-dressing/
    3. This one: https://lexiscleankitchen.com/grilled-veggie-grilled-chicken-salads-with-tomato-vinaigrette/
    4. This one: http://nomnompaleo.com/2017/12/18/arugula-pesto
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from BKA in HUGE breakfast, but hungry 2 hours later   
    Yes! I think you really had a good AHA moment today, which is what this program is all about. So many of us have trained our brains to think we are hungry at specific times of day, or during certain occasions, even if we aren't. Here are a few suggestions to help you figure out hunger vs. craving in the future:
    - Drink water first: 1) often times hunger pangs are really thirst 2) if I drink water, but still feel hungry 10-15 minutes later, it's more likely real hunger
    - Ask yourself: "would I eat steamed broccoli right now". if the answer is Yes, you are probably hungry. If all you can answer instead is No, but I really could eat some nuts, then its more likely a craving.
    Over time, you won't have to use these tricks as often because you'll get to know your body better, and will be able to tell the nuanced differences right away in how you are feeling. At least, that has been my experience. However, at least once a week I still have to use one of these tricks.
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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 BKA in HUGE breakfast, but hungry 2 hours later   
    Yes! I think you really had a good AHA moment today, which is what this program is all about. So many of us have trained our brains to think we are hungry at specific times of day, or during certain occasions, even if we aren't. Here are a few suggestions to help you figure out hunger vs. craving in the future:
    - Drink water first: 1) often times hunger pangs are really thirst 2) if I drink water, but still feel hungry 10-15 minutes later, it's more likely real hunger
    - Ask yourself: "would I eat steamed broccoli right now". if the answer is Yes, you are probably hungry. If all you can answer instead is No, but I really could eat some nuts, then its more likely a craving.
    Over time, you won't have to use these tricks as often because you'll get to know your body better, and will be able to tell the nuanced differences right away in how you are feeling. At least, that has been my experience. However, at least once a week I still have to use one of these tricks.
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from Ali F in HELP, dextrose in shredded potatoes   
    Hi there,
    I feel your frustration here, especially after a long day, and you were obviously trying to do the right thing. I can't tell you what do to here, but if you haven't read this already, take a few minutes to do so: https://whole30.com/2014/06/really-start-whole30/
    If it makes you feel mentally better, don't "start over", keep going and just add the days on at the end. Starting back at Day 1 can often feel like a "failure", when really this is not a failure, just a learning moment. You are now aware of how important reading every label is for your own, even if your best friend recommends something. 
    I hope this helps.
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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 ultrarunnergirl in Debilitating Anxiety-   
    I'm sorry you are feeling this way. You may find this article helpful, if you haven't found it already: https://whole30.com/2016/06/is-this-normal/
    Since you've dealt with anxiety and depression in the past, I would definitely recommend checking in with your health care provider about what you are experiencing. Your Whole30 friend is correct that changes in diet can also mean changes in hormonal balance, but every person is different, so it's important to get medical advice when it's needed. I would also encourage you to keep going and see how things balance out, but your mental health is important, so please check in with your doctor. 
    Exercise is wonderful, so keep that up! Have you tried something more like yoga or mediation? Over the last year, I have found that even 10-15 minutes of yoga has been really helpful with my mood. Search Yoga with Adrienne on Youtube, she has amazing, short videos.
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from Elana Finkel in Am I doing this right?   
    Agreed, everyone's body is different, so everyone is going to respond different to a change in eating. For example, my body is always delayed in reacting to everything, so in my previous Whole30s I tend to hit a rough spot around days 8-10. 
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from BKA in HUGE breakfast, but hungry 2 hours later   
    Yes! I think you really had a good AHA moment today, which is what this program is all about. So many of us have trained our brains to think we are hungry at specific times of day, or during certain occasions, even if we aren't. Here are a few suggestions to help you figure out hunger vs. craving in the future:
    - Drink water first: 1) often times hunger pangs are really thirst 2) if I drink water, but still feel hungry 10-15 minutes later, it's more likely real hunger
    - Ask yourself: "would I eat steamed broccoli right now". if the answer is Yes, you are probably hungry. If all you can answer instead is No, but I really could eat some nuts, then its more likely a craving.
    Over time, you won't have to use these tricks as often because you'll get to know your body better, and will be able to tell the nuanced differences right away in how you are feeling. At least, that has been my experience. However, at least once a week I still have to use one of these tricks.
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from RandiW in Day 3 and Im starving!!   
    Hi! A couple of thoughts:
    - If eating this way is very new to you, it can take your body a while to re-adjust, so be kind to yourself while you tweak things to find the right balance.
    - You are correct about snacks being discouraged, but if you are getting hungry between meals then your meals probably need to be a little bigger to get you from one to the next. Each meal should leave you full and satisfied for 4-5 hours. 
    - If you do get hungry between meals, or you have a chaotic day where lunch is at noon, and dinner isn't until 8, you will get hungry, and that's okay. Just plan to have a mini meal in between that still fits the template, or has at least 2 of the three groups.
    - Make sure you have enough fat at each meal, which you've already pointed out. In particular, it looks like your breakfast doesn't have any. Ways that I add fat: spoonful of a fat-based sauce over veggies (mayo, ghee, tahini, etc.), adding a handful of nuts over my salad, when in doubt drizzling olive oil over my meal. NomNom Paleo has a great recipe section on her blog with lots of different sauces/condiments I would suggest taking a look at.
    Hope this is helpful! 
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from RandiW in Day 3 and Im starving!!   
    Hi! A couple of thoughts:
    - If eating this way is very new to you, it can take your body a while to re-adjust, so be kind to yourself while you tweak things to find the right balance.
    - You are correct about snacks being discouraged, but if you are getting hungry between meals then your meals probably need to be a little bigger to get you from one to the next. Each meal should leave you full and satisfied for 4-5 hours. 
    - If you do get hungry between meals, or you have a chaotic day where lunch is at noon, and dinner isn't until 8, you will get hungry, and that's okay. Just plan to have a mini meal in between that still fits the template, or has at least 2 of the three groups.
    - Make sure you have enough fat at each meal, which you've already pointed out. In particular, it looks like your breakfast doesn't have any. Ways that I add fat: spoonful of a fat-based sauce over veggies (mayo, ghee, tahini, etc.), adding a handful of nuts over my salad, when in doubt drizzling olive oil over my meal. NomNom Paleo has a great recipe section on her blog with lots of different sauces/condiments I would suggest taking a look at.
    Hope this is helpful! 
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from StefM in Fruit... blah   
    Way to go giving up the DC! That was a major one for me too when I did my first Whole30. It's been almost 2 years, and I don't miss it. In fact, a few months back I took one sip just to see if I still liked it, and man have my tastes changed! Keep up the good work.
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    ElizabethG got a reaction from BKA in HUGE breakfast, but hungry 2 hours later   
    Yes! I think you really had a good AHA moment today, which is what this program is all about. So many of us have trained our brains to think we are hungry at specific times of day, or during certain occasions, even if we aren't. Here are a few suggestions to help you figure out hunger vs. craving in the future:
    - Drink water first: 1) often times hunger pangs are really thirst 2) if I drink water, but still feel hungry 10-15 minutes later, it's more likely real hunger
    - Ask yourself: "would I eat steamed broccoli right now". if the answer is Yes, you are probably hungry. If all you can answer instead is No, but I really could eat some nuts, then its more likely a craving.
    Over time, you won't have to use these tricks as often because you'll get to know your body better, and will be able to tell the nuanced differences right away in how you are feeling. At least, that has been my experience. However, at least once a week I still have to use one of these tricks.