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    Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!

    @Fernsk - Congratulations to you! I bet you are feeling GREAT!!! It IS a process, for sure, depending on how set your lifelong eating habits were. I'm every bit as enthusiastic about this method of "resets" (doing a Whole30) as necessary, the reintroduction as a great buffer to keep you from the rush to all-the-remembered-good-things, eating mindfully, and then doing reset cycles again... until I find my Food Freedom. I'm ok with sliding backwards some, and keep a written journal, very honest with myself, about how I actually felt about the carb or sweet foods as I was eating them, so that maybe next time, I'll remember that I don't really need as much, or as often, in order to be satisfied with a little treat from time to time. That's my long-term goal... to be satisfied with a little of the less than healthy things, occasionally. Good luck with your reset and your journey to Food Freedom too! : - )
  2. Hi! Tomorrow is Day 30! Woo hoo! Oh wait, there's this "Reintroduction" thing they want me to do TOO?? TEN MORE DAYS??? I'm not DONE?!? OK, yes, this is not a surprise to me. I've read the books, which by the way, I heartily recommend, and this Reintroduction is revealed right from the beginning. I can't tell you how many times I've used the books as a resource since reading them the first time. Mine is the type of mind that needs the "why" before wholly embracing something new, so 'It Starts with Food' convinced me that this was not one more fad/diet dead end, the others in between I devoured (no pun intended!) and studied, on how to get started and stay on track (plus 1st week meal plan example - which I followed - and RECIPES!!), but then, it was 'Food Freedom Forever' that confirmed that I was definitely doing something for myself that should have been done a long time ago. Most recently, the 'Day by Day' was added to my Whole30 library, because, well, that damned sugar demon. Though I'm on my 5th Whole30, and I have learned a lot, feel great and love eating the meals I prepare, I have not yet tamed my sugar demon. I recognize that I still have much to learn, and I'm a willing pupil. So, THIS time, for the FIRST time, I am going to follow the Reintroduction Plan! It's true, I admit it. The first 4 successful Whole30's... I didn't do the Reintroduction Plan. I suspect that thinking about 30 days puts a period to the plan in my mind that needs to be adjusted, and I'm thinking the Reintroduction is just the thing. Then, I have some thoughts for after THAT too (Resets!), so that I can someday find my Food Freedom. I use RealPlans.com to make my meal planning easier all year long, but especially during a Whole30. My reintroduction weeks are already planned. I shop on Thursday and I already have my legumes for Wednesday, Day 1 of my Reintroduction. If you are new to the Reintroduction too, or you are seasoned and want to help a girl out, please join this conversation. I think I got this, but my ears are open, plus I'd love to hear about your journey.
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    Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!

    @Claudilicious - congratulations on your first Whole30 journey! The best thing you can do is to read, as you are doing, and be prepared for whatever comes. It's really not a hard way to live, eating healthy. Whole30 trains you for it, and then, it's just the "untraining" of a lifetime of habits that really need changing. That's where I am, and I'm good with it. I WILL get this!! LOL We start our next Whole30 on 2/26, and I'm looking forward to having a big jump on Spring and Summer, when our life changes dramatically with social interactions and outdoor activities. Maybe THIS will be the summer that I manage to get closer to my Food Freedom!
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    Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!

    It's ten days PAST the 10 Day Re-Introduction. I feel like I've been testing myself. There are seven clearly non-compliant and potentially problem foods (for cravings/habits) that I've allowed myself in this short time, beginning with one of those quick-mart/gas station mass packaged mini donut packs (1). I decided after that I don't need those ever again. It was o.k. Not special. Not worth it. While out doing household errands and attending to a Trust to which I'm a Trustee, I chose to stop in at a favorite bakery, where I poured myself a flavored coffee and sat and savored a small pecan roll (2), and brought home a small loaf of yummy bread and one peanut butter/chocolate cake square that my husband and I shared that evening. All three, the roll, the bread (3) and the cake (4)... special. and. worth. it. Three chocolate peppermint cookies (5) at a client's house. Special- unusual and not readily available - and worth it. For Valentine's Day a tiny glazed three-bite cake and a chocolate covered strawberry (6). Definitely special and worth it, as a gift from my husband. Rolls (7) for homemade smoked pulled pork with our commercial favorite BBQ sauce, also special and worth it. We've added back into our diet the vegs we've missed, like corn and peas, with light sauces occasionally, and we've had some rice and some pasta in small quantities. So, this does seems like a lot in a short amount of time, and I recognize that perhaps I could have said no to some of these, definitely the donut pack... but... is it when opportunity presents itself or when I think I'd like to have it, or for a "holiday" that I should be allowing the not so healthy choices without guilt? To tie it in with a holiday is not changing the lifetime "I deserve it" mindset, so....? Maybe freedom would be if the holiday arrives and I don't feel like I really want it then? (Will that ever happen???) I am still trying to find my way, for if I am not restricting myself, are all of these, including the bread as sandwich bread or along with a meal, an indulgence, or now part of a normal meal occasionally? I have lots of questions, and will continue to read Food Freedom Forever again for some of the answers I seek. In the meantime, we have a few days where we intend to be mostly compliant, what I call "mindful eating" but with some foods, like the sandwich roll, that we know are not causing us physical reactions or bringing back cravings. Then, we are away and staying with friends for a few days where we won't control our meals, returning home to visit another couple the next day, with a restaurant dinner plan. On the day after that, Feb. 26th, we'll be doing another Whole30 reset... my sixth.... where the rules are clear for the following 30 days. I have a daily planner, and a small part of each day's page is dedicated to tracking... not my foods in particular, for that is not Food Freedom, but the same NSV's as when doing a Whole30; you know, "energy", "cravings", "sleep", "reflections". Instead of "Day ____, I made it!", as this section of my page reads on line one during a Whole30, it says " ____ Mindful Eating, Day # ___"... a place to check off that I was mindfully eating (that red check is important to my structured mind), and keeps a running tally of the days where I made conscious food choices. Even if I chose to eat something indulgent which I deemed special and worth it, I continue to count the day. It is not intended as a punishment for the choices, but a nod at the fact that those types of foods could be a problem to my sweet tooth/old snacking habit, and staying aware of the choice to eat it. I'll list it, but still check off that I ate mindfully. Now, should I eat those things without restraint on that day just because the taste is SO GOOD(!), or buy and eat one of those little packaged donut packets again, knowing full well that it is not special and worth it to me, I would have to start my mindful eating count back to day 1 the next day. An acknowledgement of having slipped a little bit to eating sweets just for the sake of sweets. Am I doing this right? I don't know. But I'm working at it, and I'm happy with myself and my efforts.
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    Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!

    Well, I made it through the Re-Introduction! Not perfectly, for there was that day where some dairy snuck in there ahead of schedule and I never did introduce the alcohol... it just didn't work out that I could, in a 60 hour work schedule!! I've begun to add foods in that I've missed. I enjoyed a vegetable with corn in it. Yesterday, I had gluten and SUGAR, in the form of a VERY worth it and special Congo Bar and flavored brewed coffee with girlfriends following a fantastic movie matinee. And guess what... after eating a nice lunch before heading to the movies, I didn't even WANT any cinema popcorn! I sat with my 3 friends, who all had their bags of popcorn, and I didn't give it another thought. No watching them out of the corner of my eye, or being aware of the crinkle of the bag as has happened to me in the past while dieting and using will power. I just enjoyed the movie, with a bottle of water at hand!! I had a good, healthy late dinner last night, was up well into the night with some work to be done, and no cravings surfaced following that sweet mid-afternoon treat, even as I became over-tired. Today, I had a carmelized sugar topped toasted bagel at a breakfast meeting. No cream cheese, just because they didn't have the one I wanted. I've been to this cafe many times during my Whole30, and the Re-Introduction and stuck to coffee only for those visits. Today, I had that bagel. I also had some basmati rice at lunch with my taco burger, adding some taco seasoning and zucchini. My helpings have been moderate, not a pig out. That one Congo Bar took me the whole 1 1/2 hour coffee sipping time. The bagel was breakfast (no protein), but lunch brought me back to satiation status. It and supper tonight were both delicious compliant meals. These next couple weeks I think I'm going to try to go right back compliant meal days following any indulgence. In March, I intend to do another Whole30, so I will read Food Freedom again in this time, and take a look at how having things like peanut butter, rice and breads and other glutens affect my cravings status. I still have that bothersome PND, which thankfully did NOT yet turn into a cold, so I'm considering being careful and very aware about any dairy I might have. I have no intention of choosing some but am not sure what might be cooked with my meal out with friends later this month. After the next Whole30, I think I will pay particular attention to that dairy re-introduction, making it the last foods to re-introduce. If I lose the PND during the Whole30, and it comes back after dairy, then I think I might go without dairy a couple weeks, and try again. I'm feeling pretty good about where I am with my food right now. I think I'll keep this topic thread going right up to March 1st start of the next Whole30. This will help keep me honest to myself. I hope your journey is going well too!!
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    Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!

    It's early a.m. on the 9th day of Re-Introduction. Yesterday was a compliant day following the introduction of dairy. I enjoyed the cheese in my frittata. Then, the alfredo was DELICIOUS... but... it was very rich and I didn't finish my plate of it in one sitting! I ate the other half in my 3rd meal of the day. I truly enjoyed the taste, but I got kind of tired of it and was wishing for more bites of something clean and not cloying. That was an interesting response, I thought. I have to write this here too, so I'll remember in the future. It IS possible, being winter-time, that I got a touch of something that caused this, or, perhaps, I do have a light food allergy? I have an increased post-nasal drip happening that is more persistent than the occasional that I've experienced in the past. I've had an instance of waking with a sore throat as well, I think it was before Tuesday (dairy intro day), but, since dairy (cheddar cheese) was also part of my Saturday morning breakfast, I have this tiny little suspicion growing in my mind. I will be eating mostly compliant after the reintroduction, and perhaps I'll stay away from dairy specifically when I am not... plan to re-introduce it fresh after a period of time without it, a week or so at least, and watch to see if the PND had gone away or become less of a problem, and then, if it comes back. If it turns out that dairy is a problem food for me, I'm not too worried about it. I do love a big old bowl of ice cream, sliced cheddar cheese and saucy things, but I don't HAVE to have them frequently or feel deprived. At the least, it'll be a nice way to keep myself from falling back into the couple/few times a week bowls of ice cream habit! I feel GREAT otherwise. I've been keeping up the creation of a new daily exercise routine, and I've noticed at a couple meals during the Re-Introduction that my appetite is actually smaller than it has been in a long time. That's all good - for I feared a surge of cravings or over-eating as we added foods we'd not been eating to our meals. These ten days are a nice way to ease out of the Whole30 without falling right back to the old ways.
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    Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!

    Day 6 of Re-Intro, compliant eating. No problem with this at all - the key is to continue to create healthy, satisfying and satiating meals... which is the goal for life anyway, right? Had a wonderful meal tonight, a crockpot meal since I am in between back to back overnight shifts (for a total of 60 hours this week!!). This is one meal provided by my online subscription meal planner, Real Plans. I highly recommend using this app - it makes this planning, cooking, eating thing so much easier. Truly. Tomorrow is re-introduction of dairy. I admit I am looking forward to a creamy spaghetti squash sauce (an Alfredo!!) tomorrow night, using heavy cream, grated parmesan and cream cheese, not to mention the cheddar cheese in the frittata and some of that cream cheese on celery with the third meal. We, my husband and I, are discussing eating compliant to Whole30 for most of the time, even when off the re-introduction. I know we all have to work with what makes our brain/cravings tick... and I'm thinking that if I follow a day or even a weekend of enjoying non-compliants (mostly sweets and alcohol are my concern) with two days of completely compliant, I might be developing a good pattern of behavior towards my Food Freedom. What do you think? What do YOU do, to re-set yourself before it goes too far backwards?
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    Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!

    Yesterday, Saturday, was another food introduction day. I had planned that it would be alcohol, but woke up early dreaming of a local favorite breakfast place, and the Ultimate Egg Sandwich. So, my husband and I discussed it, and we decided to introduce gluten instead!! The sandwich was amazing and wonderful - TRULY "worth it". Every bite was as I'd dreamed. Dan had his favorite burrito. Now.... if I were to get picky, I'd worry about what oil/butter(?) was used on the griddle to grill the oh-so-tasty bread used for this sandwich, and the sulfites that are possibly in the pastrami. And I know they added a slice of cheddar cheese, so... dairy. But I made a conscious choice to eat this particular entree, with that in mind. The Re-Introduction, for me, is more about continuing to make healthy, mindful choices and not ending back up in a food free-fall, so I'm good - in fact, I'm TERRIFIC - with the meal choice yesterday morning. For lunch, some home-rolled Spring Rolls (pork and shrimp), cooked in Safflower Oil. For dinner, cooked up some Basmati Rice and turned it into Spanish Rice and zucchini, with all other components compliant to Whole30, baked haddock protein (a few less calories... though I'm not really counting as I did pre-Whole30 experiences, but am aware... just to balance those lunchtime fried Spring Rolls. I froze the rest of the rice in two portions, for some other day when I want to have rice with my entree. Oh.... I almost forgot (and that is the problem with S-N-A-C-K-S!), I had a handful of cashews about an hour after lunch. What that tells me, is that as tasty as the Spring Rolls were, they did not have HOLDING POWER. So, a lesson here is that I should have had a vegetable side. What I know about myself when I eat a breakfast out, is that I am often feeling not hungry at lunch, but then mid-afternoon, snacks start to call my name. When eating those balanced three meals with all the components that satiate and satisfy, I don't even think about snacking. I know this about myself. I'm just writing it here to share, and to look back at if I find myself sliding into old habits. Back to compliant eating today and tomorrow, and introducing DAIRY (for real, not just one slice of cheese) on Wednesday! Hope any of you on your Re-Introduction Phase are learning good things about yourself in the process also.
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    Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!

    Day 3 Re-Introduction - compliant. Spent a part of today meal planning and food prepping (creating homemade hash brown potatoes for the first time). Conclusion on the hash browns... use a spiralizer as the best appliance for this, linguine blade is perfect, because when flash freezing the strands, they allow air between and don't develop into frozen clumps. Also, a silicone baking mat is the perfect liner for a sheet pan going into the freezer, for the potatoes don't stick to it, AND, you can pick up the mat and now frozen spiralized potatoes together to use it as a funnel to get them into a freezer bag, where, you can then karate chop the brittle spirals into pieces that are wonderfully bite sized. No cravings, no adverse affects still from the legumes re-introduction on Wednesday. No aches and pains, no energy lags, no mood swings... in fact, I feel GREAT!
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    Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!

    Day 2 Re-Introduction - compliant. Everything's great! No cravings, though I really didn't expect any from legumes. No bloating or other adverse bodily functions, no aches, rashes or break-outs. It's all good. I sat with a couple friends at Panera this morning, following an hour brisk walking around the Mall upper level, and just as it was when doing the Whole30, I had no problem being there. I wasn't focused on the food... I was enjoying the company, and my coffee (black) was delicious! On a side note, I also had a phone conversation where I came out on the up-side with my internet provider today. It's not every day you can say THAT!! I handled it without creating drama, and the issue was resolved in my favor (as it should have, but there's never THAT guarantee, is there!! LOL) Do you suppose this feeling good as a result of Whole30 helped me to handle this as a calm, mature adult??
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    Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!

    Day ONE of Re-Introduction. Legumes. This was fun! For the first time in AGES, I had peanut butter! I didn't want to go right back to the husband's favorite, Jiff, and all its sugars and God-Knows-What-Else in it, so I used my PB2 from the pantry. (IMPORTANT OBSERVATION: It appears this powder can go rancid!! I had some open, in a jar and it didn't smell or taste right. So, if you get some, and haven't eaten it in a while, sniff it first before taking a full spoonful!! I learned the hard way. Thankfully, I have two unopened vacuum sealed bags, and was able to make my peanut butter as planned today) There IS some sugar in the PB2 ingredient list, but it appears negligible. I love the way you just add water and mix as you need it, and you've got delicious real, creamy peanut butter. Here's an Amazon link, if you are interested. No, I am not an affiliate... I just like the stuff and am willing to share where I buy it. https://www.amazon.com/Plantation-Powdered-Peanut-Butter-16-ounce/dp/B00CVRK0F0/ref=sr_1_26_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1517451094&sr=1-26&keywords=pb2+powdered+peanut+butter Since it was Legumes re-introduction day, I also made a pressure cooker recipe: Coconut Curry Baked Beans. These were SO good!! Everything was compliant to Whole30 but for the beans. It's been over 7 hours since the peanut butter, and over three hours since the baked beans. I am not observing any adverse affects at all. I have one more meal, at 11pm tonight during my 12 hour overnight shift, where I'll eat more of the baked beans, then it's compliant for the next two days (6 meals). I like this Re-Introduction Plan... it's kind of strategic. When something has a purpose, it's easy to follow through with it, don't you find that so?
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    Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!

    Day 30 on my Whole30.... which means first day of Re-Introduction is tomorrow! Here is how I celebrated reaching my 30 days, for this, my 5th Whole30.... in my Photography Studio (bstpierrestudio.com), with my girl Sammi!
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    Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!

    Hi @FaithJ!! Glad to see you here! The reintroduction is new to me too, but I am definitely doing it this time. You could certainly keep on with another Whole30, there's certainly no harm in that! My plan is the following - 10 days of reintroduction, and doing it properly with those two days of compliant eating in between each of the 4 re-introduction days, then eating mindfully (mostly compliant but for some special food/occasion exceptions), and THEN, doing another Whole30 beginning March 1st. If you feel that that schedule would work for you, then we could do it all together. So you know, but not to pressure you, having you to follow that plan with would make me even more committed and accountable to it. What do you think? The only difference between continuing to "do what you are doing now", and what I'm suggesting, is that you do reintroduce the foods and evaluate, and then be accountable to Feb. 12 - 28th in eating compliant with just a few special exceptions. It would be a good way to evaluate where you are in your journey towards Food Freedom.... and if you're doing it with me, we can check in with each other at the end of every day. I can't remember, do you have any of the Whole30 books? There are sections in dealing with the Reintroduction and the good emotional and physical reasons for it. We could discuss that further if you wish. Faith, If you decide to stay completely Whole30 and start counting those days as such again instead of the Reintroduction, I won't think any less of you ;-) These are decisions we must make for ourselves.
  14. Since starting eating the Whole30 way, many of my friends have asked questions, and for advice as they consider it too. Here's a getting started summary, based solely on my own experience. First, you are considering this for any number of reasons... for some it's the hope of weight-loss, for others, health issues such as allergies, inflammatory responses and other ailments that might be addressed by learning through the process which foods your body does not do well with. I can tell you that I don't think I have any allergies to foods and didn't have any digestive issues plaguing me. But I have terrible eating habits. I love healthy food, but also ate way too many snacks and foods that were just empty, very tasty, but empty calories. I have been successful with Weight Watchers in the past, several times. Get that? SEVERAL times. So, I was tired of the yo-yo weight issue I lived with as a result of not changing my HABITS, and that was my real motivator for trying the Whole30. I didn't want to count calories or points all my life, but understood that weight was a direct result of too many calories in and not enough burned off. What I didn't understand is the way a healthy body burns calories, and mine was way off wack from a lifetime of splurging and self-denial. The process is that the body goes first to sugars for fuel, and I had plenty of those coursing through my system! Some of it, it turns out, I wasn't responsible for, or even aware. It wasn't just the sweets I chose to eat, but I've learned that sugar is added to the craziest things you'd never dream of, and as a result, we ingest way more of it than we should, all day long. I wasn't choosing all of that, but it was going in my body every day! So, the short of it is, our body uses those sugars and leaves the rest of it, until needed. And the way I was eating, the rest was never needed, staying on as extra pounds unless I deprived myself for a period of time - in a DIET. After that time, of course, it would all come back because I was going back to eating the way I'd known for all my life. So, for ME, and for my husband Dan too, we lost weight just by eating compliant to the Whole30 Plan of healthy proteins, vegetables, healthy fats and some fruit three times a day, and being sure that we were not leaving the table hungry. I'm talking measurable, significant amounts of weight. Also, I lost some of the hip, knee and foot pain that was pretty much with me all the time. Is it just that the lower body mass was easier on my joints, or was I eating in a way that kept those areas inflamed? I don't know. But I know I'm eating compliant still most of the time, with small indulgences here and there, and I don't miss the weight OR the pains!! (lol) It's not a once and done, either. I was looking for something I can live with, forever. And I think I found it. Eating well, feeling satisfied, and never having to DIET again. It's a learning process of eating mindfully, sliding back into old habits, and bringing yourself into check again when you see it happening. I think of it as a re-structuring of a lifetime of habits and way of thinking about foods as "good or bad", or worse yet, yourself for eating them! I am still learning, and it will take many cycles before I can achieve what Whole30 calls "Food Freedom Forever", but I am closer now than I've ever been in my life, and I feel great too along the way! OK, some tips to make it easier: BUY these books and read them. They will HELP YOU on this journey. 1) 'It Starts with Food', 2) 'Whole30 - 30 Day Guide to TOTAL HEALTH and FOOD FREEDOM', and 3) 'Food Freedom Forever'. You CAN do this without the books, but they are great resources, and isn't your health worth a little investment? NO, I am not a spokesperson for them and I don't get any commission if you buy. Book #2 has a sample week's menu that I used as my base when I started new. It also has many recipes, some for some things I've never done before, like making my own mayonnaise! Participate in this Whole30 online forum. There are many there who are more experienced than me, who are very generous with their knowledge, get you through some tough moments, and, most of your questions have probably been asked and answered there. It's a great resource and source of support! PLAN your meals. Failure to plan = a "screw it" attitude when your belly is talking to you and you don't know what you are going to put on your plate. Consider utilizing a meal planner. I subscribed to RealPlans.com, which integrates with Whole30. This has a shopping list feature that is fantastic, tied to the menus selected for the upcoming week, has a supported facebook page/forum, and it lets me import my own favorite recipes too. PRE-COOK as much as you can, weekly or bi-weekly. This is especially important for those that really hate to cook. I don't hate it, but I hate to use my time cooking. Some, really HATE it. But we've got to eat. Might as well make it as easy on yourself as possible. You've got to have 3 good meals x 7 days/week... in my mind...forever, which means I wanted to learn as much from this first 30 days experience as possible. But only concern yourself about the next 30 days for now. Some of what you are eating for dinner can be in breakfast tomorrow, or lunch the next day, or a full meal that you cooked double or triple of and froze for dinners next week, or weeks from now! Cook large portions of protein, parcel them to servings, and freeze. You can change up the menu by serving them as part of another grouping of vegetables and whole different set of spices, and it won't have to be the same-old, same-old. Speaking of spices - there are many good sources online for mixing up new combinations to keep your tastebuds VERY happy. I'm loving this part. I rely on what I call "skillet meals" a lot - I love bringing raw or pre-cooked proteins and veg's, even fruit sometimes, together in layers in a pan on the stove, cooking in a healthy fat. I never get tired of them, and Dan loves them too. Fritattas, started on the stove and finished up with the eggs on top and browning under the broiler - YUM!!!! This recipe is SO versatile - anything goes!! TRY NEW FOODS that you thought you didn't like. Be open-minded. Once you start eating un-processed foods, you will be surprised at what fills you up, and what tastes good together, and you want to have as much variety of healthy, satisfying foods as you can get your hands on, so you won't ever get hungry or bored. PLAN your meals... and don't think of them as breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are meal #1, #2 & #3, and all foods are good at every hour of the day, not only the way you've been thinking of them your whole life. Yes, even salmon (for me anyway)... great left-over in an egg frittata first thing in the morning! Don't give in and snack while on the Whole30 - just don't do it. Eat to fullness at each meal, and you won't. Plan and serve foods that you like at each meal, and you won't. Try not to snack AFTER the 30 days too - keep that bad habit from coming back. Let your body work to process in a balanced nourishment cycle rather than peaks and valleys of too much/too little food intake. Staples in my pantry - reading labels to be sure anything packaged, canned or bottled is compliant to Whole30: Coconut Aminos Chicken and Beef Broth Coconut Oil Olive Oil Coconut Milk Sweet Potatoes Russet Potatoes Canned Sliced Potatoes Shredded frozen Potatoes Unsweetened Apple Sauce Canned Diced Tomatoes Salsa Canned Tuna Vinegars Nuts! (Yum!! Great, & healthy in recipes!) Vegetables of all kinds - fresh when possible, canned and frozen also though! Spiralized vegs - yes - it makes a difference - these are GREAT sauteed in a skillet! Riced Cauliflower - I've bought mine frozen from Whole Foods - usually 10-12 bags at a time, because I'm not there often. Onions Mushrooms Peppers Avocados (didn't know just how much I loved these!! Yum!!) Eggs Spinach (fresh baby spinach - great nutrients and cook down from a big pile into tasty bites in your meal - I use it in fritattas, always) Squashes Turnip Poultry, Pork, Beef, Fish, Frozen Shrimp Some becomes smoked and shredded, some cooked fast in pressure cooker, some cooked in slow cookers, some pre-assembled in patties, often with portions frozen for many, MANY future meals. Bananas Grapes Clementines Melons Berries Apples, and any other fruit in season!! Have an open mind. This is not a punishment, but a gift that you are giving to yourself. Anything worth having takes a little work, and so does this - at first. Until it becomes second nature. If you are doing the Whole30 - it is only 30 days, and you can do THAT, right? Of course you can! Embrace it, and decide later whether you have learned anything useful about foods and your body, then use what you've learned to work towards a lifetime of good eating that keeps you healthy. Hope this helps. Good luck my friends!
  15. BonnieStP

    For those of you considering the Whole30....

    @JLHill - Jennifer, congratulations on your decision to take control of the things you can make better in your lives through the foods you eat! The Whole30 can be very challenging, but I have no doubt that you can both do it. As I'm sure you read, focus only 30 days. That's not so hard, just 30 days. This immediate challenge/goal can be motivational for any tough moments you might face. You may not have any... you might sail right through! Being prepared with your reading and research is wonderful and can make ALL the difference. If you find the meal planning to be overwhelming, I suggest you look into Real Plans online. It made such a difference for me in planning, shopping for, and preparing meals in my 2nd Whole30, and every day since(!), instead of my white board, lists and notes in the kitchen. Good luck!! You can do it!! Bonnie
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    For those of you considering the Whole30....

    Thanks everyone, for your positive feedback on the post. I'm glad you found it helpful! It's 2018 (already!!) and I am on Day 21 of my 5th Whole30... still working on those habits. It's a work in progress, but it is certainly not an unpleasant one. It never feels like a diet, just as described... a reset. I am feeling good, and have learned much about myself, tried so many more different foods and spices and methods of cooking than I ever did before this journey, and it's pretty easy for me to put together compliant meals now. How are all of you doing with the goals that brought you to Whole30?
  17. BonnieStP

    Mommy of 2 and night shift RN 19 days in :)

    Congratulations to all posting here, on your planning and Whole30 successes! I started with a Whole30 in Aug. , with great results, and a series of shorter compliant eating periods since then to today, where my husband and I are starting another 20 days, as a "re-set" to get back on track following the holidays. I am my first full weekend in, now adding three consecutive 8p-8a 12hr work shifts/week in my schedule, and was searching for posts from other Whole30-ers who have made the adjustment to a non-traditional eating schedule that accompanies working the night shift. There tends to be a much longer time between meals when working this shift, and I wondered how others have managed their hunger, healthy eating, and resulting energy levels in this upside-down schedule. Thank you for sharing - this was very helpful.
  18. BonnieStP

    October 3rd start

    Hi, I've enjoyed reading all of your posts, and have even copied some of your shared prep ahead tips - thank you! I've been on this forum thread with my start date of 10/3, but haven't posted very much, just because I've been so busy, and before I know it, the day is done. Just checked in today, and wanted to say hello - it's now day 12 for us! We're going to 28 days, this is our second Whole30 compliant stretch with a little gap in between. We have a weekend at the 29th day where we know we won't be able to be in charge of our foods, and that's why it's not a complete Whole30 run. My husband and I are doing very well. It has happened a couple times that one or the other of us will tease with a "chocolate cake sure would be nice right now" comment, but we are both motivated and really not bothered overmuch by the restrictions, so it's ok. I'm going back to meal planning and prep as OH-SO-IMPORTANT. That really is the area where I am closest to packing it in, when I'm looking at a mealtime feeling less than fully prepared to put something satisfying and satiating on our plates. So again, I thank you for sharing what it is you are doing to make this easier. I've been using RealPlans app, and adding my own favorites to it, and that's been helpful in keeping most of the meals from repeating too often. I have begun recently to use my pressure cooker and slow cooker regularly for MAKE-AHEAD protein cooking, and parceling out to meals servings. I'm beginning to feel like a hoarder though, but of prepped food. I feel so satisfied when I see multiple options nicely packaged in the freezer, or waiting in containers in the fridge. As I see my carefully packaged stores diminish, I am pleased that they were there and ready to use, and at the same time, unhappy that they are being used up! I also have three lists going - 1) What's available for this week's meals - which includes fridge & pantry items and items from the freezer that are in the week's plan , 2) Inventory in freezer upstairs, 3) Inventory in freezer downstairs. When I use something up that is a staple ingredient or a prepped-ahead piece of a meal, I add it to the bottom of List #1 as something that needs to be replaced, so I'll know I need to buy/cook and assemble them up again. These lists organize it all for me; I found that without them, it was harder to put the components of the meals together with what was at hand. I'd forget things tucked in the freezer, in the back of the fridge, or turnips/squashes on the cooler basement stairs. All this attention to food and food prep makes me feel like I'm too consumed by it, but I'm trying to find a way that will become a nice, easy way of doing things for life. I also purchased another of Melissa's books today - Food Freedom Forever. Getting myself ready for AFTER the compliant eating days.
  19. BonnieStP

    October 3rd start

    I also started my second Whole30 today, 10/3. Good luck to you both, frogtox & audream! I will actually be doing a Whole25 with this one starting on the 3rd, and needing to end on Friday 10/28, for I'm meeting up with a childhood friend for a weekend in celebration of my upcoming 55th birthday, and we are going Tree Canopy Ziplining. I'm actually pleased to be back on a stretch of time of the Whole30 way of eating, fully compliant, ahead of that, and during that weekend, will do what I can to be aware and eating mostly good, healthy choices. But it will definitely be the end of full compliance for this second round. I feel ok with this choice, for my husband and I were totally compliant for the first Whole30 for the month of August and a little beyond, with great results, and have kept to mostly compliant since then other than for specific social reasons. We'll likely do a third stretch of multi-compliant (14) days from early Nov. to the day before Thanksgiving. I hope each time we add other foods back in, to get better at continuing to make good healthy food choices. I know I haven't beaten my sugar monster yet, and when I allow it back in my diet, I still really want it. How did you both do today for your first day? You can do this - it's truly a logical and smart way of eating and improving your life.
  20. @Pandora Black - thank you for your reply to my post here. I just saw it today by scrolling through the conversation - haven't quite figured out how to get notifications in a timely way, or follow the threads from this forum quickly and easily. It's now day 12 for me and I'm feeling more calm than I did on Day 4, but I am still finding my way. I bought some kitchen tools that are very helpful, have done some pre-meal chopping, and par-cooking prep, and now know from which stores/online the ingredients I'll be needing in my pantry and fridge/freezer are found. That was all a big part of it that overwhelm. I find this week that I'm falling back on easy to assemble meals without a lot of new recipes on top of it, or throwing all the left-overs in together in the skillet with olive oil or another healthy fat, but I fear we'll get bored if I continue this way with "kitchen sink" type of meals. The Whole30 recipes add small touches with spices and drizzles, side slices and such... a variety of a mix of flavors that I didn't cook with before, and it's easy to forget them if not following one of those recipes. Good luck with your Whole30 Journey as well - great to not be hungry!! Bonnie
  21. Hello! I am enthusiastic, motivated and excited about the Whole30, and have discovered that some of my local friends have done this, so have great support from them and other friends that I've also told what I'm doing. However, it's Day 2, and I feel like I'm constantly rushing to keep up with the next meal, even with reading in advance and following the suggested first week plan in the Whole30 30 Day Guide. THREE meals per day requiring planning, chopping, mixing, etc. No box mixes, side pastas, short-cut pre-made marinades and flavor enhancers. And constant clean up after. It's an adjustment! I feel an obligation to make every meal something tasty and satisfying, for my husband is doing the program with me and I feel he can benefit even more than the goals I have for myself (his is medical with prescription meds, mine is more to break a sugar addiction and stop snacking, keep weight off after losing it). I want HIM to stay motivated too, and not get bored with the foods. I realize this will get better with practice, have created sauces (mayonnaise, roasted red pepper... tomorrow... adding pesto) and fats (clarified butter and ghee, ground beef fat in a jar) that can hold me over for a few more meals, and that I'll also streamline with advanced prep for pieces of multiple meals, to stop feeling like I'm running just ahead of the next meal. Others must have experienced this bit of overwhelm in the beginning?
  22. @Arielle73, yes, Day 4!! I hear you and feel exactly the same. My husband is on this journey with me, but for the same fear you expressed, that if I don't make it easy and very tasty he'll fall off, I have taken on all the work.... for now. I've begun to tell him how, as this becomes more comfortable for us, he can prepare and help too. I felt a little better today than I did Day 2 & 3, I was SO tired(!), and I have started to combine my chopping/prepping efforts towards future meals too. I'm following the suggested first week (with some shifting here and there) plan, and now am looking ahead to the meal schedule I'll be setting up for next week. We had the brisket, using the crockpot, today and it was fabulous! It practically cooked and shredded itself. I planned it for some left for meal #1 tomorrow and meal #2 early next week, so cooked a larger brisket than the recipe called for. Like you, I'm not having cravings or feeling hungry. Will be pleased to have my normal energy back (without the afternoon crash, of course!). Good luck to you, your husband and boys too! I love that you are all doing this together. What a wonderful gift for your sons, to learn young how to eat for optimum health. Bonnie
  23. Thank you @ShannonM816 - these are all great tips and the links are very helpful. I think I've come across some of them in my pre-program prep, and I'm sure happy to have them! I cooked extra ground beef yesterday, and a few extra chicken breasts today, and I totally get what you are saying with that. I will plan to do this with each recipe, and freeze some cooked sometimes too, for reaching for on days that don't provide the luxury of starting from scratch!
  24. Thank you @Staggolee41! It's encouraging to hear others went through it and it gets easier to plan/prep!
  25. BonnieStP

    Day 8

    Jocelyn, good for you - day 8! I think I read that we could expect some reactions such as headaches, feeling tired and potentially digestive too, if the addition of vegetables is a big change to what we were eating before. I'm on Day 2 with a low grade headache today that won't go away, but isn't too bad. I tried to drink more water. You're a quarter of the way to your 30 days already, doesn't that sound great?!?