Sarasaurus

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    Sara's Whole30

    Done! Day 30 was 2/28. I've done reintroductions twice previously with no major issues so decided not to go through the reintro process again this time. I've had small quantities of gluten/grains, dairy, and added sugar over the past couple days (as well as soy, I'm sure), but haven't had any desserts or sweets and most meals have still been W30. I weighed myself yesterday and lost 4 lbs, which is a drop in the bucket right now but I'm still very pleased. It helps to know that all the hormonal disruption I had over the previous year was affecting my ability to lose (or just not gain) weight and is now getting resolved, and I think W30 was successful in snapping me out of the poor eating habits I'd fallen into.
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    Sara's Whole30

    Day 19... almost 2/3 there! Staying compliant has been pretty easy - from previous experience I already have my go-to recipes (and I realized this is actually round 4 for me, not 3!). I'm not feeling a lot of changes in body composition, but my expectations are low in that regard, my main focus is getting out of bad eating habits. I've been having some dates and dried mango that I already had on hand, but I try to eat them at the beginning or middle of a meal so that it doesn't feel dessert-like. So far I haven't noticed that they're creating sugar cravings but I don't plan to buy any more once these are gone. Day 18 Meal 1: zoodles, ground beef, tomato sauce, drizzle of olive oil Meal 2: date, 2 slices deli turkey w/ mayo, sugar snap peas, sweet potato w/ ghee Meal 3: zoodles, ground beef, tomato sauce, drizzle of olive oil Day 19 Meal 1: zoodles, ground beef, tomato sauce, drizzle of olive oil Meal 2: roasted cabbage w/ olive oil, 3 fried eggs, dried mango Snack: 2 slices deli turkey w/ mayo, date Meal 3: coconut chicken curry w/ cauli rice
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    How to Incorporate Mayo

    I love mixing homemade mayo with horseradish as a sauce for steak or burgers. (Be sure to check the ingredients if buying prepared horseradish - I've seen some that are not compliant.) I also like mayo mixed with mustard as a dip for lots of meats and veggies.
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    Sara's Whole30

    Back again, R3D7 now... the health issues I was dealing with this time last year were more serious than I knew at the time, and the symptoms and side effects over the past year resulted in quite a bit of weight gain as well as poor diet choices. But I had surgery two months ago and should be getting back to normal, so I felt like another W30 would be a good way to snap myself out of the bad food habits. I started on Jan. 30 so that I'd finish on the last day of February, but am just now starting my log again. I know this round will be different - I've lost so much muscle mass that I expect results will be slower and I won't need to eat as much. Day 7 Meal 1: sauteed squash, 2 Applegate hot dogs, mustard mayo Meal 2: broccoli and cauliflower, ground beef w/ tomato basil sauce, drizzle of olive oil Snack: Epic bites Meal 3: date, roasted potatoes and brussels sprouts, 2 fried eggs, mini avocado
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    Mirena IUD and Whole30

    I had a similar experience, although I'd always had periods with my Mirena they were very light... until Whole30. Unfortunately my Whole30 last summer coincided with replacing my Mirena, so I can't say for sure whether it was the Whole30 or the new Mirena that caused the change. Since I'm now on my 3rd Mirena (i.e., 10+ years), it seems unlikely a new one would affect me so drastically, and it stumped my doctor. Regardless, It's been about 9 months and I've continued to have heavier periods, so apparently this is my new normal.
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    Sara's Whole30

    Yesterday was Day 1 and I'm already struggling to remember what I ate (!) so definitely need to start logging... Day 1 Meal 1: roasted sweet potato sauteed in avocado oil w/ onion and spinach, 1 link Coleman Organic chicken florentine sausage, 2 eggs. Thought this was light on fat so added about 1/4-1/3 can of coconut cream Meal 2: handful of blueberries, hamburger patty, steamed broccoli w/ 1T ghee, something else I can't remember?? PreWO: 3 slices deli turkey, handful of coconut Meal 3: fennel and garlic shrimp, 1/3 roasted sweet potato w/ 1/4 can coconut cream Workout: Crossfit Day 2 Meal 1: roasted sweet potato sauteed in avocado oil w/ onion and spinach, 1 link Coleman Organic chicken florentine sausage, 2 eggs, 1/4 can coconut cream Meal 2: handful of blueberries, hamburger patty w/ harissa and 1/2 avocado, 1 romaine heart w/ 2 hard boiled eggs and Tessemae's ranch dressing PreWO: 4 slices deli turkey, 1/4 avocado Meal 3: fennel and garlic shrimp, 1/3 roasted sweet potato w/ 1/4 can coconut cream Workout: Crossfit Only 2 days in, but it feels pretty easy so far. I got home from vacation on Day 0 so wasn't quite as prepared as I would have liked, but it hasn't been a problem. This isn't a huge change from my normal diet but the most difficult thing has been to stay aware of the rules and remember to decline the stuff I'd normally pick up without even thinking (even though I don't especially want it) - the bag of chips my co-workers are sharing, or the samples of a new protein bar at the gym tonight. My only other struggle has been eating this amount of food - it seems like so much! I feel like I'm following the meal template pretty well and have not had any snacks, and the only time I have felt hungry has been late afternoon (5ish) when I'm about to have my preWO. I plan to gradually reduce the size of meals until I find what's right for me - I have no problem eating 'a lot' but don't want to overeat. I'm primarily logging to identify patterns/reactions/etc. but welcome any feedback or constructive criticism from anyone who's so inclined!