ChristyJ

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    ChristyJ reacted to Junebug2015 in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I would start small to get yourself used to eating first thing, then gradually make the meal bigger as you become used to it. I would also try some "unconventional" breakfasts outside of eggs dishes. For me, sometimes it can be difficult to stomach eggs in the morning, but a fresh salad with protein might be a bit more palatable.
    This is my second Whole30, and I find that my breakfasts are always small at the beginning (only two eggs) to get myself used to eating a lot of calories in the morning. By the end, I'm usually okay with eating 3 or 4 eggs.
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    ChristyJ reacted to mfustos in Who's starting 1/1?   
    @Jihanna I had a similar dream two nights ago. I drank a huge sugary alcoholic drink (without my knowledge) and when I woke up (in my dream) I was super peeved at my hubby for letting me drink it! Ha! My dreams are getting so vivid and real, even the ones that are not food related. 
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    ChristyJ got a reaction from kellyfoss in 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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    ChristyJ got a reaction from kellyfoss in 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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    ChristyJ reacted to Chivon Yvette in Who's starting 1/1?   
    My name is Chivon. I am 37, married to the most amazing man EVER. I don’t have babies yet and that includes fur ones too I’m a barista at one of the illustrious Starbucks (can you tell I’m kind of dramatic LOL) in my hometown of Detroit, MI which I wanna run away from annnnnd I’m starting the Whole30 next month. I’m excited about this journey and even more excited to not be alone in this. I love accountability, so this is going to be awesome.
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    ChristyJ reacted to CAB88 in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Sorry all! That previous response was for ChristyJ when she was referring to making those Crab Cakes. 
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    ChristyJ reacted to CAB88 in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I made an amazing crab cake recipe last weekend if you would like to take a look and use or adapt it! I used a recipe called " Whole30 Crab Cakes with Lemon Garlic Aioli" by thedefineddish.com. I was incredibly surprised how tasty they were and my boyfriend commented that he didn't think they tasted "healthy" as he comments when something from Whole30 tastes good- which he is incredibly surprised and has now joined in eating the whole30 dinners I have made because he thinks they taste good! I did find it was very difficult to keep the patties together, so the next time around I would play around with the amounts of cassava flour and perhaps add an egg to help keep the pieces together? I'm a beginner cook so maybe some others would have better suggestions.
    Link: http://www.thedefineddish.com/whole30-crab-cakes/
    Anyways Day 11, here we go! We got this!!! Sometimes on my hardest days, I try and hold on to my "WHY" for doing this. It's all worth it, in my opinion. Have a wonderful day all!
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    ChristyJ got a reaction from Rhea B. in 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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    ChristyJ got a reaction from mfustos in 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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    ChristyJ got a reaction from kellyfoss in 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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    ChristyJ got a reaction from kellyfoss in 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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    ChristyJ got a reaction from Rhea B. in 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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    ChristyJ reacted to HawkeyeE in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I made it through days 4-6 during unexpected travel and some interesting social situations. A ticket became available for the Bears game in Chicago (I live in Texas, though am from Illinois) on Thursday, so on a whim I bought a plane ticket and went to Chicago for the game. I had dinner out with friends, went to a tailgate, and to a mid-afternoon game in an NFL stadium and did not slip up once! I am so proud of myself. It did help that my brother's girlfriend had done a Whole30 previously and she was happy to assist me in remaining compliant by cooking compliant food and having her house stocked.
    My only symptoms thus far have been very minor headaches, sleep disruptions (though I was not a good sleeper to begin with), and I am hot. Like, really really hot. Like, have to change my shirt in the middle of the day hot. Is this normal?!?! I have never been a big meat-eater, and protein has always been the "nutrient" of which I get the least, so I am wondering if that has to do with it. Anyone have any ideas? I am 36, do not appear to have any other menopause or pre-menopause symptoms. This is literally the only negative physiological change I have had with Whole30. I have some NSVs like less bloating and more mid-day energy, so that is what is keeping me going. I would love to hear what y'all think.
    Great job to everyone else out there who is on Day 7 and is still going strong! 
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    ChristyJ reacted to kellyfoss in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Day 7, woop woop! One whole week of Whole30 is just about in the bag. This past weekend was great. My fiancé's mother was super sweet and invited us over for a Whole30 dinner she made last night! I was dying, it was so wonderful - she went out of her way to make sure everything was 100% compliant, down to the ghee and the seasoning on the grilled salmon. There were roasted carrots with dill, a mango salsa, vinegar coleslaw... I was in heaven. So so good, and I think we all felt great about eating a healthy AND delicious meal together.
    Also found a Whole Foods near us (we just moved to the area last year) and left with compliant turkey bacon and Primal Kitchen mayo. So I was one happy camper. Plus the Tessamae's ketchup I ordered arrived and I spent a blissful lunch eating actual ketchup on my leftover turkey burger. Side effects-wise, I haven't really had any weird Whole30 related dreams but my other half did! He literally dreamed I was stuffing my face with cupcakes and blaming him for not stopping me. Bahaha. Clearly I may be imparting some mild anxieties to him about this without realizing it. He has been eating everything I make and really he's only on his own for lunches, so it's entirely possible that he's getting some of the benefits of this way of eating even though he's not doing it 100%. Weird dreams and all. Personally, I hope he benefits from this just as much as me because we both have physical and mental health goals we want to achieve this year.
    Sounds like we're all going strong, let's make week 2 awesome! 
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    ChristyJ reacted to KelofSD in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Glad to hear everyone is doing well! I’m on day 7. Today is my first day back at work in two weeks. It will also be my first day having to deal with people questioning my food choices. I am intolerant  to wheat and dairy, so it makes it a bit easier explain why I am doing a whole 30 when people ask. Besides some “want to kill all the things” moments. I feel pretty good. Still craving wine, drinking lots of tea instead. My biggest issue is having patience with the process. I want to see a difference in my waistline today. I need to focus on staying pain free instead. 
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    ChristyJ got a reaction from Rhea B. in 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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    ChristyJ got a reaction from bethross in 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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    ChristyJ got a reaction from RandiW in 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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    ChristyJ reacted to ssparker in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hi. I am Sherry. This is my first Whole 30. Started Dec 31. Turning 50 on Jan 25. Need to lose 50-60 lbs and hoping to lose 25-30 of it by Mid-June when I go to Scotland to graduate with my MBA with Distinction. Need encouragement and looking forward to following this group. I just finished a few of the Whole 30 books and I see reference to daily emails  I am signed up but not receiving them daily. So far one or two mostly advertising third party info. Advice?  Thanks. 
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    ChristyJ reacted to mfustos in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hello ladies! I started Jan 1 as well..This is my 5 or 6 time through, but the 1st I've done in over a year. Last year was a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I had a baby, (viktoriya my LO is 10 mos) lost a a beloved dog of 9 years unexpectedly, lost my mother, moved (and my mother and father in law have moved in with us in the mother-in-law suite in the basement) and have had some health concerns with my father-in-law and my father. My husband recently had a promotion at work which is great, except it has meant a lot of long hours and weekend work...which is not great. 
    I am doing another round of Whole30 to re-establish a good relationship with food. This past year I have pretty much been eating what is in front of me, partially bc I didn't make the time to cook healthy meals, and partially because when I was given a chance to eat, shower or sleep, I most always chose sleep (thus continuing the cycle of not eating well). In Sept I started developing Atopic dermatitis on my face, which I had experienced one other time but was able to take antibiotics to clear up. This time I haven't had that choice due to the fact that I am still breast feeding the LO. Needless to say, I have been on 3 separate creams and the areas are just NOW starting to clear up after 5 full days of being on Whole30. I had my suspicions that the dermatitis could be food related, but this will either confirm or dispel my theory. I started out eating sugary treats once in a while..and then it turned into "Oh, well, I'll just have this treat today and eat better tomorrow." Tomorrow started turning into next week, next week to next month...
    As someone who has been an anorexic twice, it is extremely important that when I get this lax in my relationship with food, it is only a matter of time before I start going down the dark path leading back to a very very bad place. 
    So I am back! Welcome to all of you newbies - there will definitely be difficult days but the physical and mental rewards are amazing! 
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    ChristyJ reacted to GraceMelodie in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Yes, the same thing happened to me but to a lesser extent two nights ago when I went out to dinner with three of my longtime friends.  One of my friends thoughtfully ordered olives so I could have some but I wasn't hungry since I had already eaten dinner at home.  Then she said I was going to lose too much weight and be too skinny if I kept following Whole30.  I assured her my main goal was not to lose weight but rather to have more energy.  I also assured her that I was eating well and I could eat potatoes and squash everyday.  That calmed her down.  Another one of my friends was recently doing Keto so she was the most supportive but she still kept offering me a bite of everything she ordered.  My other friend commented in disbelief at the end of the meal that I had not eaten anything in the 3 hours we were there and apologized to me at the end of the meal.  I assured her I was fine and I loved the ambience of the restaurant and spending time with them.  I have known this group of friends for thirty years (we met in junior high school) so I know part of it is that my eating choices makes them feel self-conscious about their eating choices.  Human beings are super social creatures and we are highly influenced by the people around us.  We have more fun when everyone at the table is indulging or in our case we are more motivated when we have a group that is completing Whole30 with us.  I think your reactions to your friends were spot on.  We can only reassure our friends and family we feel fine and offer information about Whole30 only if they really want to hear it.
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    ChristyJ reacted to JudiPurple in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Good morning! I popped in yesterday to see how ya'll were doing, but didn't post. It was a good day, a busy one : spent the rainy day prepping. We are using NomNomPaleo's books, as well as W30 recipes online. I made the Magic Mushroom powder, a bacon and chicken liver pate, a double batch of mayo (1/3 regular, 2/3 roasted garlic), a double batch of kale "chips" using the above-mentioned MMPowder, Big-O BaconBurgers for dinner (O.M.G.!), and started a crock pot of the Sunday Sauce. It felt like we ate all day...tasting this, munching that...but hubby's numbers were phenomenal! And I am feeling pretty darn good - cramps and bloating are gone, clear headed, no headaches... We both are really getting into creating incredibly delicious food - and eating it! I feel as if I eat a lot more salt than I used to, but no bloating or other signs of water retention. After yesterday's work, today we are out of here, going for a ride -  and packing a good lunch. Enjoy your Sunday!

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    ChristyJ reacted to NYCBlond in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Good morning and Happy Day 6!
    Just wanted to touch base and say that I'm kind of shocked at how easy W30 has been for me. I'm such a sugar fiend, I thought surely I would be jonesing for all the sweet treats and having cravings and headaches but actually, I'm feeling really good and NOT missing my sdessert that I want (after lunch...and dinner...). It's been a nice reminder that I can do things that initially I might have thought felt impossible, but by just allowing it to happen and taking it meal by meal, I know that I've got this. It's really been an eye-opener.
    I had my first food dream. There was a massive box of multiple different kinds of slices of cake in my Grandma's house and I was just staring at them. Not eating or anything, juts starting very intensely at beautiful pieces of decadent looking cakes. Clearly, my sugar dragon is hanging out in my subconscious, too.
    One other quick thing: it was a friend's birthday yesterday and a group of us went out to lunch. I didn't eat anything - just had a hot peppermint tea and water. And I was really fine with it. Not tempted at all, not hungry or anything. Not talking too much about it, either. I was SO surprised how uncomfortable it made the OTHER people I was with. "What do you mean you're not eating? The food is so amazing here!" "Aw, man, the Whole30 sounds so restrictive and kind of crazy" "Sorry we have to eat all these carbs in front of you!" Seriously! I was so surprised. I guess people think that it's somehow a reflection on them but I just kept things very chill and said, "No, it's all good. Please enjoy your meal. I'm just doing this as a reset for my own system. It's just for 30 days and I really feel fine. Please enjoy yourself" MHU said that those kinds of reactions might happen in FOOD FREEDOM, but I never thought MY friends would actually act that way. SO WEIRD!
    Has this happened to anyone else yet? Would love to share strategies of how to talk to people to so they don't get offended and/or try to offer info (but not overshare) about the program without airs of superiority.
    Have a great day today, all! Take good care, G.
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    ChristyJ reacted to GraceMelodie in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I had a food dream two nights ago that I was at a fancy restaurant and taking forever to order.  I didn't actually order or eat anything in my dream but I kept rereading the ingredient list for bone broth on the menu.  
    In real life, I went to two restaurants yesterday but didn't eat any restaurant food in either.  I went to the first restaurant for lunch with my two kids and a friend and her kid and just ordered coffee.  We were in Big Bear so I had a big insulated bag of food from the trip with me.  I ate hard boiled eggs, almonds and raw veggies.  My friend was slightly embarrassed that I was eating my own food in the restaurant but I didn't care.  Then, last night after I ate a good, filling, compliant dinner at home, I went to meet friends at a restaurant at 8:30 pm.  They ordered & had cocktails, pizza, olives, bread, salad, dessert and coffee.  I told them I already ate, was doing a Whole30 this month and just drank water.  We were at the restaurant until 11:30 pm and the only thing I was truly tempted by were the salad and olives.  All in all a successful day 4! 
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    ChristyJ reacted to Jihanna in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I cooked FISH! and ate it, too!
    It's probably the first time I've eaten any fish in the last 20 years, at the very least. The good news is that it didn't smell fishy at all, from the moment I opened the little seal-packs to the moment I put it in my mouth. Because of that lack of fishy smell and a mild flavor, I was able to actually enjoy eating it. I used very thin flounder fillets that I'd found in LIDL's frozen section, and the recipe was extremely simple - just put fish on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, rub oil on the fish, use microplane to zest grapefruit directly onto the fish (I was probably a little overzealous with the zest, and also rubbed it in slightly), then salt it and bake at 350F for 12-16 minutes (until flaky). We had it with a side salad, which I loaded up with citrus fruits, and some zucchini.
    Here's to trying new things