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    Caitibird got a reaction from aprilb in An exciting find at a local butcher shop!   
    I just had to share this on here!
    I went into my local butcher shop that specializes in grass-fed beef and local sustainable meats for some shopping and found a fun treasure They sometimes will make convenient microwavable meals and just for fun I thought I would check and see if they had any compliant stuff. Low and behold, not only did I find a compliant meal, but they even had it marked Whole 30! I'm on day 24, but I wish I had found out about this earlier! The meal was a delicious hamburger steak with mashed cauliflower and mushrooms, drizzled with oil. It was a nice treat from cooking all my own meals!

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    Caitibird got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Finished Second Whole 30 and reflections   
    Sorry for the novel of reflections
    It has been a year since my first Whole 30 and after that first Whole 30 I managed to derail so seriously that not only was I not on the "train" anymore to healthy eating, but I was walking down "I'm going to eat whatever I want because I don't care anymore" lane. 
    Looking back at my mistakes I made over the past year, I realized I never did the re-introduction phase and I feel like that set myself up for some failure. I was also too easily tempted by break room foods, catered events, and social gatherings.  This past year I managed to put on 20lbs, making the weight on the scale something I have never seen in my life. I was depressed and sad. My clothes were no longer fitting. I even went back to counting calories but nothing seemed to help and I was running out of dress pants that fit in my closet.
    The end of July came and I knew I needed to do something drastic to  change my lifestyle and out of control eating habits. Enter my second Whole 30.
    I was nervous because I knew last time I completely sabotaged myself afterwards. Would I do that to myself again? Would I gain another 20 lbs on top of the 20 I put on over the past year?
    Well, here I am, sitting on Day 31 and I can feel a difference. This round I finally came to grips with my relationship with food.  I stared down all the foods I had to pass up this past month and realized that my life can be just as fulfilling without them. I read the Re-introduction phase of ISWF and realized that some foods "aren't that special".  In fact, there was a sentence in the book that mentions the break room and how the box of donuts, bag of pretzels, and bag of M&Ms aren't that special. When I read this sentence I had to laugh because there was literally a day this month that all three of those things were sitting in my break room! But it dawned on me, and yeah, those things really aren't that special. But those were the same things that derailed me over the past year.  Now that I've come to realize how un-special they are, I feel confident that this time I can say "No". I can say "No" to things I don't need to eat, things that I don't even like that much, and things that don't make me feel healthy or happy.
    I've stepped away from this Whole 30 with more confidence in my food choices.
    And what are some more NSV that I've had?
    -Insanely clear skin! My face has never looked this good. Even my husband mentioned it!
    -I've fallen in love with homemade mayo (that's a nsv, right?)
    -My cramps this month were not nearly as bad.
    -My bloat has disappeared.
    -I lost 1" around my waist and 1.5" around my hips.
    And my scale victory?
    I lost 4 lbs.  A bit bummed seeing as I lost a bit more during my first Whole 30 and this time around I have a ton more weight to lose, but I'm happy regardless It's sustainable and if I continue to lose a pound a week, then in 17 weeks, I'll be good to go!
     
    Oh!
    And just for fun, I kept a list of all the events that I went to this past month that I had to forgo eating at. Nine.... There were 9 different events this month that I had to say "No" to. Some of those events had bottomless free food too.  Keeping a list really helped me become more self-aware of how important it is for me to have self-discipline. It helped me realize that not all foods are special and important.
     
    TLDR; Glad I did another round of Whole 30. This time I hope to not sabotage myself as I move onto healthier eating habits
     
     
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    Caitibird got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Finished Second Whole 30 and reflections   
    Sorry for the novel of reflections
    It has been a year since my first Whole 30 and after that first Whole 30 I managed to derail so seriously that not only was I not on the "train" anymore to healthy eating, but I was walking down "I'm going to eat whatever I want because I don't care anymore" lane. 
    Looking back at my mistakes I made over the past year, I realized I never did the re-introduction phase and I feel like that set myself up for some failure. I was also too easily tempted by break room foods, catered events, and social gatherings.  This past year I managed to put on 20lbs, making the weight on the scale something I have never seen in my life. I was depressed and sad. My clothes were no longer fitting. I even went back to counting calories but nothing seemed to help and I was running out of dress pants that fit in my closet.
    The end of July came and I knew I needed to do something drastic to  change my lifestyle and out of control eating habits. Enter my second Whole 30.
    I was nervous because I knew last time I completely sabotaged myself afterwards. Would I do that to myself again? Would I gain another 20 lbs on top of the 20 I put on over the past year?
    Well, here I am, sitting on Day 31 and I can feel a difference. This round I finally came to grips with my relationship with food.  I stared down all the foods I had to pass up this past month and realized that my life can be just as fulfilling without them. I read the Re-introduction phase of ISWF and realized that some foods "aren't that special".  In fact, there was a sentence in the book that mentions the break room and how the box of donuts, bag of pretzels, and bag of M&Ms aren't that special. When I read this sentence I had to laugh because there was literally a day this month that all three of those things were sitting in my break room! But it dawned on me, and yeah, those things really aren't that special. But those were the same things that derailed me over the past year.  Now that I've come to realize how un-special they are, I feel confident that this time I can say "No". I can say "No" to things I don't need to eat, things that I don't even like that much, and things that don't make me feel healthy or happy.
    I've stepped away from this Whole 30 with more confidence in my food choices.
    And what are some more NSV that I've had?
    -Insanely clear skin! My face has never looked this good. Even my husband mentioned it!
    -I've fallen in love with homemade mayo (that's a nsv, right?)
    -My cramps this month were not nearly as bad.
    -My bloat has disappeared.
    -I lost 1" around my waist and 1.5" around my hips.
    And my scale victory?
    I lost 4 lbs.  A bit bummed seeing as I lost a bit more during my first Whole 30 and this time around I have a ton more weight to lose, but I'm happy regardless It's sustainable and if I continue to lose a pound a week, then in 17 weeks, I'll be good to go!
     
    Oh!
    And just for fun, I kept a list of all the events that I went to this past month that I had to forgo eating at. Nine.... There were 9 different events this month that I had to say "No" to. Some of those events had bottomless free food too.  Keeping a list really helped me become more self-aware of how important it is for me to have self-discipline. It helped me realize that not all foods are special and important.
     
    TLDR; Glad I did another round of Whole 30. This time I hope to not sabotage myself as I move onto healthier eating habits
     
     
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    Caitibird got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Finished Second Whole 30 and reflections   
    Sorry for the novel of reflections
    It has been a year since my first Whole 30 and after that first Whole 30 I managed to derail so seriously that not only was I not on the "train" anymore to healthy eating, but I was walking down "I'm going to eat whatever I want because I don't care anymore" lane. 
    Looking back at my mistakes I made over the past year, I realized I never did the re-introduction phase and I feel like that set myself up for some failure. I was also too easily tempted by break room foods, catered events, and social gatherings.  This past year I managed to put on 20lbs, making the weight on the scale something I have never seen in my life. I was depressed and sad. My clothes were no longer fitting. I even went back to counting calories but nothing seemed to help and I was running out of dress pants that fit in my closet.
    The end of July came and I knew I needed to do something drastic to  change my lifestyle and out of control eating habits. Enter my second Whole 30.
    I was nervous because I knew last time I completely sabotaged myself afterwards. Would I do that to myself again? Would I gain another 20 lbs on top of the 20 I put on over the past year?
    Well, here I am, sitting on Day 31 and I can feel a difference. This round I finally came to grips with my relationship with food.  I stared down all the foods I had to pass up this past month and realized that my life can be just as fulfilling without them. I read the Re-introduction phase of ISWF and realized that some foods "aren't that special".  In fact, there was a sentence in the book that mentions the break room and how the box of donuts, bag of pretzels, and bag of M&Ms aren't that special. When I read this sentence I had to laugh because there was literally a day this month that all three of those things were sitting in my break room! But it dawned on me, and yeah, those things really aren't that special. But those were the same things that derailed me over the past year.  Now that I've come to realize how un-special they are, I feel confident that this time I can say "No". I can say "No" to things I don't need to eat, things that I don't even like that much, and things that don't make me feel healthy or happy.
    I've stepped away from this Whole 30 with more confidence in my food choices.
    And what are some more NSV that I've had?
    -Insanely clear skin! My face has never looked this good. Even my husband mentioned it!
    -I've fallen in love with homemade mayo (that's a nsv, right?)
    -My cramps this month were not nearly as bad.
    -My bloat has disappeared.
    -I lost 1" around my waist and 1.5" around my hips.
    And my scale victory?
    I lost 4 lbs.  A bit bummed seeing as I lost a bit more during my first Whole 30 and this time around I have a ton more weight to lose, but I'm happy regardless It's sustainable and if I continue to lose a pound a week, then in 17 weeks, I'll be good to go!
     
    Oh!
    And just for fun, I kept a list of all the events that I went to this past month that I had to forgo eating at. Nine.... There were 9 different events this month that I had to say "No" to. Some of those events had bottomless free food too.  Keeping a list really helped me become more self-aware of how important it is for me to have self-discipline. It helped me realize that not all foods are special and important.
     
    TLDR; Glad I did another round of Whole 30. This time I hope to not sabotage myself as I move onto healthier eating habits
     
     
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    Caitibird got a reaction from ninadude in I have endometriosis: Looking for suggestions for food that's easy on the stomach   
    Hey there,
    I know I'm responding late to this, but I suffer from endo too. I've had multiple surgeries and now take bio-identical progesterone in the last half of my cycles and it has made a world of difference.  Several women have a ton of relief from their symptoms when they switch to more of a paleo diet. Keep in mind that hormones take a while to balance out, as does inflammation, so you may not truly see results for a few months. So don't get discouraged! The Whole 30 is a great start to feeding your body nourishing foods.
    With that  being said, endo is one of those things that is pretty unpredictable. For me, some months are better than others. I have always found that drinking a ton of water helps keep the bloat down and doing some form of exercise, such as walking or yoga, keeps things from getting too bad.  Anymore I usually suffer for about 24 hours with bad cramps and bloat.  I'm finishing up my second Whole 30, so I'm curious to see if that continues to help things too!
    I wish you the best of luck with your pain and bloat!
    Oh, and I'm no mod, but looking at your meals, they seem a bit on the light side.  For example, if you are cooking with eggs as your only protein, you usually cook with however many you can fit in your hand. Most women that means at least 3. I have tiny hands and even I cook 3.  If you find yourself low on energy or getting hungry between meals, make sure you re-visit the template and bulk your meals up some, especially while on your period! Nothing is worse than being crampy and hungry!
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    Caitibird reacted to racheleats in Day 16 and burnt out....   
    You'll have to ask at your specific location to make sure, but the carnitas and chorizo aren't cooked in the rice bran oil according to their website. But, the location near you might, or it might be cooked on the same stovetop etc. I usually get salad with no dressing, chorizo and carnitas (mine separates it thank GOD!) for a double portion, extra salsa and guac if I don't have any of my own at home. Even the veggies are out because of the oil its cooked in, but sometimes they'll give you the raw veg if you ask nicely and want to bulk up your bowl!
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    Caitibird reacted to misshannah in Day 16 and burnt out....   
    Once I tried to give up coffee while attempting a round of W30. I thought I didn't drink enough to expect serious withdrawal issues. It was so severe, I felt like I was going crazy.
     I think my brain couldnt handle all the changes at once.
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    Caitibird reacted to ladyshanny in Day 16 and burnt out....   
    Oh my gosh, I just tried this myself this week. I drink one cup of coffee a day and half the time I don't finish it. I stopped Monday and by Wednesday my brain was exploding and all the symptoms of a systemic issue flared up big time! It's absolutely nuts! Considering how bad the withdrawal was (and I am NOT a heavy user), I am now completely convinced I have to get off coffee and will do so a little more slowly (mixing decaf with caff and slowly bringing down the caffeine amount) to avoid angering some underlying issues. 
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    Caitibird reacted to racheleats in Day 16 and burnt out....   
    I'm no expert, but cutting the coffee seems like it would definitely have the effect on you. How many cups did you drink prior? Give yourself a break and go to Chipotle for a meal if you don't feel like cooking any more - that always helps me  look up some new, simple recipes or combos to help get your excitement back up. If you want to list out a few days of food, the mods can help you pin point what might also be making you feel sluggish!
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    Caitibird reacted to SweetEnough in Day 16 and burnt out....   
    Hi @Caitibird! I definitely think the elimination of coffee is affecting you. If you've had a steady daily routine of drinking it for some time, then what you are going through is completely normal. For me in the past when I've abruptly cut out coffee, it's taken about 4-5 days to feel normal again. Headaches are normal too, but hopefully you aren't have those. 
    I had never heard of Crio Bru until you mentioned it here. I just looked it up online and I'm intrigued! How's it taste? 
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    Caitibird reacted to emilyelowe in Day 16 and burnt out....   
    Every Whole30 is different, so don't be too hard on yourself! I don't drink coffee but I imagine that would be a HUGE change if it's something you had every day prior to this. I have a tendency to struggle in the third week, also. The novelty is gone, you're either experiencing food boredom or food overload, there's no Tiger Blood, and the end doesn't seem anywhere near near enough. So in my experience, this isn't all that abnormal. 
    If food prep is overwhelming (mine has been too this time around! I'm on Day 23), maybe try to simplify a little more. Just prep a bunch of your favorite veggies, meats, and sauces and combine them in different ways during the week rather than making 6 different dishes, for example. Or if you're bored with simple foods, try a NEW recipe that still has a small number of ingredients. I was just checking out the Real Food Dieticians page and they have a recipe page dedicated to 10 or fewer ingredients. I've been finding lots of inspiration lately on Instagram, too. I also think the Slow Cooker, Instant Pot, or Pressure Cooker is a life saver on days when I am just OVER the food prep. Maybe treat yourself to a cleaning service to deep clean your kitchen as a half-way point reward? These are just free-flowing thoughts.  
    I believe Chipotle cooks everything but the carnitas in soy bean oil (including the fajita vegetables) so it's kind of difficult to get a true template meal there. You'd probably have better luck at a Whole Foods where all the ingredients for everything at their hot bar are clearly listed. 
    Good luck getting over the hump!
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    Caitibird got a reaction from SweetEnough in Day 16 and burnt out....   
    @racheleats & @SweetEnough, the more I think about it the more I think giving up coffee is affecting me. I was drinking roughly 2 cups a day. I never really thought I would have a caffeine withdrawal from it, as I always drank it for the taste more than the energy.  Guess I was wrong! And I wish I wasn't having the headache side effect, but I have been nursing a 2 day migraine so far
    The Crio Bru is actually pretty good! It's got a very slight chocolate flavor to it and it's the closest thing I can get to coffee without the caffeine hit.  The only downside is the cost and it takes double the amount to brew a cup. I really like the taste of good coffee so it is hard to fill that void, but I would say Crio Bru is a good second choice!
    Also, @racheleats, what do you suggest getting at Chipotle that is compliant? I wouldn't mind having a day off from preparing lunch!