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  1. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    Hello? Anybody there? How are reintroductions going for you all?
  2. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    Hi all! Today is the last day for those of us who started on June 28th! How's everyone feeling? Any thoughts on reintroductions tomorrow. I'm doing legumes first as per the fast track reintro guidelines, and I am pumped to eat some hummus (never thought I'd say that...). What are everyone else's plans? What are you most excited to reintroduce? Also, good news!...kind of! It turns out all the exhaustion I've been feeling is a result of hypothyroidism, which I just tested positive for a few days ago. It seems that my thyroid started conking out sometime over the last year, but it's hard to say when. It's odd that I only really noticed it just as I was starting the W30. Maybe getting all the other crap out of my diet let my body focus on what's really wrong? Hopefully things will begin improving as I stay "Whole30-ish" during and after reintroductions!
  3. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    Day 16 for me. I'm doing alright, I think? I've been having some trouble sleeping (which has led to some embarrassing amounts of sleeping-in and some seriously thrown-off meal timing...curse my flexible summer schedule!!!). I've also been having nightmares, which is very unusual for me. I very rarely remember any of my dreams, traumatic or not. Some of them were about eating non-compliant foods, but others were completely unrelated. Not feeling any magic yet. I was wondering if that might be because a couple of my (non-negotiable) medications include a small amount of corn starch, but my doctor said that the amount in question was negligible and shouldn't have any effect. Fingers crossed for some tiger blood in the near future. Gotta get some work done!!!
  4. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    These chicken tenders might be worth a go, especially if you cut them up small enough that you can call them "nuggets." They're not a great everyday food, since they do have a bunch of nuts all over them, and I suspect they wouldn't reheat very well, but he might like them! Have you tried meatballs or compliant hot dogs/sausages? I, for one, think meatballs are very fun food (but I'm 25 and easily entertained, so your results may vary). You could also try sneaking protein into other foods, like these chicken hash browns or Mel Joulwan's paleo egg foo young. I hope this helps!
  5. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    Yes! All the time! Eating used to be my #1 favorite activity, but now I can barely choke anything down. Nothing seems appetizing (despite the fact that I'm a pretty good cook) and even though I know I'm hungry (e.g., waking up and not having eaten in 12+ hours), I'm having to force myself to eat things I normally love, and nothing really tastes all that great. My favorite local (and really cheap, because it's in Vancouver) sushi place just reopened today after being closed for repairs after a fire next door. I was so pumped to eat their assorted sashimi, since it's one of my favorite things, even without my beloved sugary sushi rice, but I ended up being pretty disappointed. I've been having a few other problems, too. Last night I had nightmares about accidentally eating non-compliant foods. It was awful! Also, even though it's day 10 for me, I'm still feeling totally exhausted most of the time. We're talking wake up at 8:30, shove some breakfast in my mouth-hole, and pass out again from 9:30 or 10 until noon or even later! This has been happening every day for the last four or five days, and I have no idea what to do about it. I'm feeling great otherwise, but long morning naps are obviously not a sustainable practice, and chugging coffee isn't an option for me right now due to some stomach troubles. Anyone have success overcoming the exhaustion? Moderators?
  6. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    How's everybody doing? Today I woke up feeling pretty great (uh, after sleeping through an alarm, though...). I had plenty of energy and...were my pants a little bit looser? Things were going swell, but by noon I was seeing the sidewalk morph into a row of soft, cozy beds before my eyes. When I got home to make lunch after an apartment-hunting trip (a.k.a., my life the last week or so), I sat down for just a moment(!!!) and somehow fell asleep and didn't wake up until 3:30 pm....just in time to go see another apartment. I guess being able to sleep at pretty much any time ever (seemingly whether I want to or not) instead of my usual tossing and turning could count as a NSV?
  7. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

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  8. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    I've definitely got that blerg feeling today. I woke up at 8 this morning (after about 7-8 hours of sleep, which is usually sufficient for me) and proceeded to hit snooze until 11:30!!! ELEVEN THIRTY!!! Still, I'm feeling completely exhausted, dazed, and unable to do anything, including read the book my supervisor asked me to read before I meet with him on Tuesday. Ughhhhhhhhh. I even canceled/rescheduled much-anticipated plans with some friends because I can't fathom doing anything fun right now. My (very late, obviously) meal 1 (more "frambled" eggs with apples and cinnamon, 1.5-2 cups veggie hash (sweet potato, onion, red bell pepper, zucchini), four golf-ball-sized tomatoes, and mayo) helped a tiny bit, but now I'm SNEEZING??? I hope this passes soon. I can't exactly go to my supervisor and say I haven't done any work in the last week because I've been too tired
  9. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    Are you suggesting that I replace some of the protein or fat with veggies, like going down to two eggs and replacing one with veg? As it is, I'm eating less frequently because I just feel full for so long after eating a template meal, so the thought of eating more sounds impossible. I'm also not sure how eating more would help me feel less full? Maybe I'm missing something here
  10. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    Here's my log for yesterday. My meal timing is still really off. Today I wasn't hungry for lunch until 4pm. In theory I could eat breakfast earlier (right now I'm aiming for 9-10am), but I'm a night owl, and I tend to get more done at night, so it's tough for me to go to sleep before 1am and wake up before 8:30 or 9. Suggestions as to how I might fit three meals into my day without having dinner at 9 or 10pm would be very much appreciated! Day 3: June 30 Woke up at 9:30 feeling pretty icky again (and only because my alarm clock app simply would not shut up unless I got out of bed and completed three tasks…), but at least I was very hungry! Meal 1 (9:45am): Scrambled eggs (with coconut milk, cooked in ghee), tons of homemade salsa (from the W30 book), one quarter of a pathetically underripe avocado, mayo, cherries + 20 oz water Meal 2 (1pm): Merguez meatballs, greens (sautéed with coconut milk, pecans, dried cranberries, and ras el hanout), orange salad over (raw) greens + 12 oz LaCroix grapefruit Afternoon: 36 oz tea Meal 3 (9:53pm): Almond-crusted pork fried in ghee (a.k.a., paleo schnitzel--yum!); raw bell pepper, cucumber, and carrot; mayo Note: Got home late, so I was starving L
  11. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    Day 2 was a disaster of epic proportions, but I learned some lessons that I think will help me for the rest of the W30! Here's the log: June 29 Woke up at 9:30 (since I stayed up late last night) feeling the Hangover bigtime. The headache wasn’t too terrible, but I felt exhausted and weak, and the thought of getting out of bed seemed unbearable. As I prepped breakfast (which felt like it took FOREVER), I felt a nagging desire to punch everyone I have ever met. Hmm… Meal 1 (10:30am): 3 sunny side up eggs, sweet potato “hash browns” with onions and spinach fried in ghee, a few pieces of smoked salmon, one Persian cucumber, Cholula mayo + 20 oz water + 12 oz chai with coconut milk Notes: Really had to choke down this breakfast. I just don’t want to eat that much in the morning, but I’m hoping that’ll improve with time. I can’t have coffee right now because I recently stopped my stomach meds and need to give my stomach lining a little time to get back to normal, so I went for tea instead. Chai with coconut milk was delicious! I missed my sweetener a bit at first, but then the natural sweetness of the coconut milk (and the fact that coconut goes wonderfully with chai spices) quickly made up for the lack of sugar. Crawled back into bed with my laptop after breakfast. Did not emerge until lunch. Accomplished zero research/writing all day. + 24 oz water Meal 2 (4pm): Zoodles with meat balls, compliant tomato sauce, and an extra tsp of EVOO drizzled over the top Note: I simply could not eat anything again until 4pm. I think I may try to decrease my meal size a little bit (plus eat breakfast slightly earlier) to see if I can tweak my meal schedule to be a bit more normal. + 34 oz sparkling water Meal 3: L Note: I wasn’t hungry around dinner time, so I decided to wait a bit longer and see if I could work up an appetite on a walk with my friend (we started around 8:45). Things were going well until we walked back up a very, very big hill. I’ve never had trouble conquering that hill before, but this time I got really dizzy and my ears started to hurt. It was terrible! Made my way home eventually and ate a banana because that’s what my boyfriend handed to me. Decided I’d get up the next morning and try for an earlier breakfast. +16 oz water
  12. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    Oy vey. Is anyone else having the Hangover phase hit them like a ton of bricks? I ate pretty well up until I started, so at least the headache isn't bad, but I'm totally exhausted, and I think I've got a hint of Kill All The Things creeping in there, too. This morning as I cooked breakfast (which felt at the time like it was taking TEN ETERNITIES to cook, even though it's almost exactly the same thing I threw together yesterday morning), I felt an unusual desire to punch everyone I had ever met. I also had to choke down breakfast even though I felt hungry. I just do not like eating that much right when I wake up! Have the people who have done W30s before had any similar problems?
  13. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    Hi, all! Day 1 went pretty well for me. Aside from a little indigestion (which I expected, since I recently went off some stomach medication I was on) and some unexplained fatigue, I felt pretty good all day. I even managed to brave a RESTAURANT! Here's my log for June 28: Woke up at 8:30, groggy and hungry but didn’t want to eat Meal 1 (10:30am): 3 sunny side up eggs, sweet potato “hash browns” fried in ghee, a few pieces of smoked salmon, one Persian cucumber, three mini bell peppers, and a hefty dollop of Cholula mayo + 12 oz. club soda with lemon Notes: Getting the third egg down was a bit of a struggle, especially since I started to feel full after one egg and some veggies, but I don’t feel too overstuffed after eating everything. 12-2 pm: 2x12 oz LaCroix grapefruit Meal 2 (3:05 pm): Merguez meatballs, greens (sautéed with coconut milk, pecans, dried cranberries, and ras el hanout), orange salad over (raw) greens + 24 oz water Snack: About 2 tsp almond butter and a G.T.’s kombucha Notes: I was running out the door and wanted to get some fats because I suspected I might get peckish while I was out Meal 3 (8:45 pm): Assorted sashimi (13 pieces), radish; mini bell peppers, Cholula mayo, raspberries and blueberries + 12 oz green tea Notes: We went out to a sushi restaurant, so I got sashimi on a bed of spiralized daikon (nothing to dip in, since my coconut aminos haven’t arrived in the mail yet) and supplemented the meal when I got home with some bell pepper and more Cholula mayo and a few berries(it’s so good!!!!)
  14. molliollioxenfree

    Starting June 28, 2016!

    Posting daily logs to the forum sounds good to me, as long as people don't mind the extra updates. I'm prepping almost all my meals for the next week today. I wanted to post a picture of my fridge after only the veg prep, since it's already full of delicious eats (I've been waiting on the meat to defrost--almost there!), but I can't seem to get images to upload to the forum. I'm only getting a little question mark in a box Here's a link to the image if you want to take a look: https://postimg.org/image/m06vc2h29/ So far I've made: Creamy and spicy chard and beet greens with pecans and apple-juice-sweetened dried cranberries (adapted from a combo of these two recipes) Salsa from the Whole30 book, to go with eggs and avocado (If you decide to make these, NB: I don't know what kind of tomatoes Melissa and Dallas were using, but for me six tomatoes (the kind that comes on the vine) yielded almost double the two cups the recipe was supposed to make. I had to give one jar to my friend because I couldn't use it up on time. Next time I'll definitely halve the recipe...or throw a party.) Moroccan orange salad Zoodles (and some sweet potato noodles in case of veggie noodle emergencies!) Mayo (from the Whole30 book) + Cholula mayo (omg, SO GOOD!)...well, I made them a couple of days ago Beef stock in the crock pot (a.k.a. bone broth--made yesterday) Still on the agenda for this evening: Italian meatballs to go with the zoodles and some compliant tomato sauce I picked up at Whole Foods (adapting the recipe to what I have on hand) Merguez meatballs (also adapting) Chicken salad, more or less following the protein salad proportions from the Whole30 book Maybe Sunshine Sauce? Other tasty fruit/veg nibbles for the week: Cherries Raspberries Strawberries Blackberries Blueberries (Can you tell I got a great deal on berries at the farmers market? I got some of these a week ago and they're still perfect because I used this awesome trick!) Bell peppers and mini bell peppers Itty bitty cucumbers ALL THE EGGS Kombucha! Yay!!! A boatload of tinned sardines that I bought because I needed to hit a minimum purchase at Safeway to get points and am not a big fan of canned tuna or salmon. Any suggestions for how to use these other than dumping them on a salad or some "noodles?" Most of them are packed in water, although I also got one with tomato sauce. Now that I think about it, I think I'll probably log everything in my Passion Planner somewhere, even if it's just on post-its stuck onto the days. I already keep track of my water intake there by filling in an adorable little stamp I found with 8 water droplets (one for each glass), so I think that'll be the most natural for me, but I'm happy to post here too! In case you can't tell, I'm so psyched to start tomorrow! Here's to a month of Good Food!
  15. molliollioxenfree

    Potassium Carbonate in Cocoa Powder?

    Thanks! I was just thinking I might try a paleo chocolate chili recipe or jazz up my coffee beans a little before I brew them