ChristyJ

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    Who's starting 1/1?

    I'm so excited to start 2019 with the Whole 30! I went grocery shopping today, and so far I've made a big batch of Thai ginger carrot soup (I'll freeze a bunch of it). More food prep will be underway over the next two days. I love having accountability partners. Please introduce yourself, and let's check in on each other throughout this journey! I'm Christy. I turn 50 this year , so it's especially important to me to get back to eating healthy and working out on a regular basis! I have two daughters (22 & 19), am married, work full time and have a fun-loving pup at home.
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    I'll be sticking closely with the whole30 beyond reintroduction. I've read Food Freedom and am determined to follow that moving forward.
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    Yay!! Congratulations all!! WE. DID. IT. I feel sooooo much healthier than I did at the end of December! I'm not constantly swollen, I'm no longer achy, my clothes are fitting better, and I just feel so much more positive overall. I needed this. I needed to get back in control. I've done the reintroduction before, so my body may have changed since the last time, but I know I can't do dairy (lactose intolerant at this point), gluten makes me stuffy and eventually makes me achy over time, and sugar makes me feel crappy.
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    I've been sticking with it, staying compliant but just got hit with a nasty cold that started the afternoon of Day 16. Yesterday I came home from work, and today I slept in/stayed home. I slept over 12 hours! My appetite is gone right now, but I'm trying to still have a little something per meal time. Luckily I made extra soup and froze it.
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    Again, I was the same with this as well. Breakfast growing up was a glass of OJ. As I got older I'd have yogurt & granola later in the morning. I never had the desire to eat first thing. Now I eat all kinds of things within an hour of getting up, and my stomach is fine. Your body will adapt after a bit and thank you.
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    That was me with the same time frame. I'm up at 5AM and out the door by 6:15AM at the latest (it takes me 45 mins-1 hr to get to work). I switched things up by washing my hair at night and just doing a quick wake up shower in the morning. And I eat Meal1! Everything is as prepped as possible the night before (clothes are set, my coffee is ready to go, lunch is packed up in the fridge, etc.). Meal 1 tends to be: HB eggs and/or turkey bacon (cooked ahead of time & just heated up), roasted potatoes that I warm/crisp up in the toaster oven, leftover veggies & olives OR a make a chicken sausage/onion/apple/kale/unsweetened coconut flakes mix ahead of time and heat some of that up. Honestly, a few years ago I thought meal 1 before work was impossible. It's possible.
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    Do you have a crockpot? I like to put a bunch of chicken in the crock with cut up onions, chicken broth and Mrs. Dash. You can then do all sorts of things with it like have shredded chicken with peppers and onions over cauliflower rice, olives and salsa, shredded chicken with compliant bbq sauce, chicken for salad, etc. Make a double batch of soup. There's a great recipe out there for chicken, sweet potato and kale soup that hits protein and veggies (you'll have to add a healthy fat).
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    Day 10 is a wrap but I was HANGRY today. I had meetings from 11:30-12:30, 1-3 then worked overtime and didn't get home until almost 8pm so my meal times were out of whack. I ended up having an Rxbar around 5 to hold me over. Overall, I feel good. I wish I were sleeping a little better, but I think my issues are more hormonally-related when it comes to sleep. And maybe body temp. Someone else noted they were running hot. It's like my hot flashes that have been done for a while have come back in full force. I'm full out sweating-wet hair kinds of hot flashes! I think I'm going to try out some new recipes this weekend-a whole30 pumpkin chili and maybe compliant crab cakes (I don't have a recipe to use, but may make one up with my husband). I'll also whip up a batch of clam chowder by pretend it's a donut-it's good stuff! I hope you're all doing well!
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    January Whole30 Prep

    This is me too! I've had three successful whole30s, then maybe three others that were more like a Food Freedom approach (not 100% compliant). After reading a friend's pre-New Year post about choosing a word for 2019, something that acts as a theme for the year or helps you achieve the goals you wish to achieve. My word is FOCUSED. It's helped already with this Whole 30 (I'm on Day 6), getting me back to working out, and accomplishing some tasks around the house. So many different words (or phrases) would help you with the Whole 30. Find your word.
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    This year I came up with a word for the year: Focused. And I am (hurray!!)! I did some more prepping today and pulled a couple of items out of the freezer I prepped last week. A few favorites: sautéed compliant apple chicken sausage with onions, apples and kale (sometimes I serve it over coconut cauliflower rice), chicken with peppers & onions over cauliflower rice, spaghetti squash and ground chicken with veggies sauce.
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    Day 3 done! I hope you're all doing well. I currently have mini bison meatloaves cooking in the oven and can't wait to eat! I make a lot of mini meatloaves, patties and meatballs using ground chicken, turkey or bison and add various ingredients to them. The bison ones in the oven have roasted red peppers, kalamata olives and are seasoned with Trader Joes green goddess dressing. I often add Franks, shredded carrots & celery to make buffalo-style ones. I'll be pairing some roasted cauliflower with dinner. Hopefully it's done soon-I'm hungry! I had today off and ended up sleeping in until 10:30!!!! I can't remember the last time I slept in that late! lol
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    Caramel bedtime tea

    Does this tea look okay to have? I wasn't sure about the L-Theanine Suntheanine or the caramel or vanilla flavor.
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    Caramel bedtime tea

    Shoot-but that's what I figured.
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    Caramel bedtime tea

    I just noticed the stevia leaf-does that make it non-compliant?
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    Day 1! And Happy 2019! That breakfast bake looks great (minus the mushrooms, lol). We've got this!!
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    I would do a group text. I'll provide my # via private message.
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    I used to travel a lot for work and would research restaurants in areas I was traveling. You'll likely find "paleo-friendly" restaurants easier, then modify from there. There are some threads in the forums about which restaurants have compliant food (some chains do-maybe Chipotle?). I keep emergency snacks on hand (in my work bag) in part because my hour commute can sometimes turn into a longer one at the end of the day when I tend to be starving. I usually have a Chomps beef stick in my bag or an Rx bar as a just in case.
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    Going out to eat is a challenge for me as well. We usually go out once a week, but I'll avoid that during the Whole30 mainly because it's just easier to avoid temptation.
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    CBD oil supplement?

    I currently take a CBD oil that my acupuncturist recommended for sleep. It contains (per the label) "Organic non-geo MCT oil, organic full spectrum hemp extract, cannabis tepenes and additional cannabinoids" Is this okay to continue taking?
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    Grace, your husband rocks! Mine isn't doing the Whole30, but he is planning on going more toward a paleo way of eating (isn't giving up alcohol though ). You've got some great short term goals-I'm looking forward to not feeling bloated/swollen/blah! Cheers!!
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    Cheers, Julie!! I'm glad you joined in on this!
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    Viktoriya-I'm similar to you in that I've had three successful rounds and a couple of half-hearted ones. I'm determined that this round (maybe it's #6 for me??) will be 100% on! I signed up for the new text alert thing they're doing as I really liked the old daily email they provided. I definitely think that having others who keep you accountable helps. And journaling-journaling is a must for me (food journal).
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    Jasmine-the whole 30 is a great process to figure out what works for you/doesn't agree with you. I'm glad you're joining us! Get ready to throw out any remaining junk you have in the house so it doesn't tempt you.
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    Yes!! 2019 is OUR YEAR!!
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    Lynsey-you have a lot of responsibilities and it's inspiring to see you taking this step for yourself and as an example for your daughters.