CaseyP

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    getting ready

    I see not too many are into starting a whole 30 just before Christmas! Me neither, but I at least need to commit to starting 3 Paleo meals a day and going cold turkey off of gluten and soda pop. Also committing to prepping my meals at least a day ahead. That helps a lot. That will get me ready for a whole 30 reset in January, probably after my birthday.
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    getting ready

    24 hours with no gluten or soda pop. Had a "fancy" alkaline water today with fresh squeezed tangerine juice ( with a compliant meal, so the juice wasn't unbalanced) in a margarita glass as a treat. Loved it so much more than "junk" drinks.
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    #JanuaryWhole30 Here We Come...

    Hi. I have many of the same issues. I'm starting again slowly. I want to ease into a "Food Freedom" lifestyle this year, rather than blow up 30 days just to go back to the same old addictions. Good luck.
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    New start - Laakii

    Hi Laakii/Tanja! You must be getting close to the end of your whole30 if you have stayed on it successfully. How are you doing? I have not started yet, but I want to get more into the lifestyle starting now, and being more dedicated in the new year. I hope you are finding support. :)
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    Day 31 - still in review mode

    @Lorna from Canada Wow! Thats amazing comparison with WW and W30. That'll be a great motivator for me this time around. Thanks for sharing.
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    Easing into February Whole 30

    I had a long break today so was able to come home and cook a hot lunch.... cabbage and sw potato stir fry with lime, cilantro and macademias (a splurge).
  7. I've completed a few whole 30s over the past couple years and wasn't really into doing another one- just looking for food freedom, but after the holidays (including my 50th birthday party), I really need a reset. I believe in Whole 30. I get the dropping everything "cold turkey" strategy, but I've never been able to do it - I always fail for several weeks, and have given up more times than I can count.. So instead of setting myself up for another fail, I figure I'll string my Whole 30 out, setting smaller goals at first and eventually get to where I'm actually doing Whole 30. This week: Drink lots more water, eat lots more veggies, avoid convenience stores and snack aisles, and do whatever it takes to stay off soda pop (my biggest vice and nemesis) Next week: all the above plus get some compliant sauces and seasonings prepped and focus on 100% home-prepared gluten-free/dairy-free meals Third week: get through weekend reunion (Jan 26-27) with minimal sugar, gluten, corn or dairy. Make sure I'm 2-3 meals ahead on planning and prepping, working toward 100% Whole30 compliant. Feb 3 - Hopefully by this time diving in 100% will be sort of a no-brainer and I'll be off and running for 30 more days. At the end of that, I'll add back rice and lentils (which I know I tolerate) and take out nuts and see if I do better with that. I want to think of this as a varying journey that will last at least a year or until I feel truly healthy.
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    Easing into February Whole 30

    I did not know you could either until the other day! I looked up "can I freeze cooked spaghetti squash" on Google and found several sites. I just baked it as usual and threw the leftovers in freezer bags of individual size servings. I haven't done it before so I can't exactly tell you yet how it turns out but from the internet it looked Hopeful
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    Easing into February Whole 30

    Finally! I wasn't really planning on starting until tomorrow but yesterday and today I mostly stayed home and wasn't feeling great so ended up just eating my whole 30 prep food - so I'm going with it! Two days down. Can I say I have fallen in love with Spaghetti Squash? And have found out it freezes well, so yesterday I froze several individual servings of Sp Squash and cauliflower rice and today made mini frittatas that will be easy breakfast or lunch and cooked up a ton of ground turkey.... as in I will be sick of it pronto, but it will freeze well.
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    Easing into February Whole 30

    The weekend reunion didn't go so gluten/dairy free Nor did the first part of this week..... I'm going to have to just jump in next week ready or not. Still thinking that Planning and Water are my biggest assets I need to focus on.
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    Easing into February Whole 30

    Whoa.... Today was a total failure. Fear of success????? For one thing, I didn't have my meals planned and went to town more or less hungry and without a plan. That is what I'm supposed to be working on this week so I guess that proves I need to. Right now I'm trying to remedy that for the rest of the week... making up some borscht for breakfast and hard boiled eggs and coleslaw for lunch tomorrow. Will try to extend my workup to include plans for Friday too. And will need to plan ahead for my weekend out of town too. Hope everyone else is having a good time getting ready for your start!
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    Easing into February Whole 30

    I ate my last stack of (gluten-free) pancakes for a while. And put the bag of the quinoa/amaranth flour in the freezer. This week I've focused on getting more water, eaten veggies for breakfast lunch and dinner and mostly managed to go without Coke. I've been gluten-free and almost dairy-free. I've had considerably less pain in my neck, shoulders, and stomach and have a tiny bit more energy at the gym. I'm actually excited about going a little deeper next week. I already found some interesting compliant sauces, and made some mayo and did a ton of food prep this evening so I'm good to go for week two of my ease-in. This week is going to feel great, as I'm heading into really doing Whole 30 meals but not feeling like I've failed and have to start over if I slip. I know, I know... no slips, no cheats, no excuses.... I will get there and this is definitely the way for me to go.
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    Easing into February Whole 30

    Awesome Elizabeth. Good luck. I feel I'm doing pretty good on this week's goals. I slipped once and ordered a Coke without thinking but didn't drink it all. Been making up for it with coffee and Nut Pod milk... I'd rather just get off caffeine in the afternoon. Today I thought of eating a candy bar as I passed my usual junk food stop but the thought actually turned my stomach, so I'm making progress!!
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    Easing into February Whole 30

    Day 2 with no Coke. It really is a habit, but I distracted myself with a photo app. Had soup for both breakfast and lunch. Both had rice, which is okay for now. I need to make some compliant salad dressing. Biked (stationary bike) 4.5 miles.
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    Easing into February Whole 30

    After drinking my large glass of ACV water and half a caffiene pill, I headed to town realizing I would not be stopping for a Coke. I had a wave of panic and then a relief settled over me.... freedom from the time waste, expense, and sugar rush of addiction. One day down. I was not totally sugar free today, but all in all pretty good. I feel a tiny bit headachey and my muscles are antsy... not sure why.
  16. Day 1. M1 beef stir fry, .... onions, zuke, pepper, beans. Topped with coconut butter. Yum. M2 Tuna salad with home made mayo. Apple slices, carrot sticks. M3 bbq steak, green beans, salad with home made vinaigrette, half of a baked potato. Feel satisfied.
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    Casey's really doing it again

    Have forgotten my lunch two days in a row now so that's ended up bad. Two meals a day have been compliant. Bad sugar issues but it's gone now. I'm having stomach problems, which I've never had before. Have made it to the gym two days in a row.
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    Casey's really doing it again

    Dinner turned out to be cubed steak, broccoli with coconut oil and green salad. And 4 oz kombucha. An (ALMOST) sugar free day - had a granola bar as an afternoon snack and discovered too late that the balsamic vinaigrette dressing had sugar and soybean oil in it so it wasn't a truly whole30 day, but was a vast improvement. My evening snack monster is curbed and I'm happy going into tomorrow.
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    Casey's really doing it again

    Had a good breakfast with cabbage, sw potatoes, sliced pork, egg, coconut oil. Used the same veggies with chicken for a soup in a thermos mug and tangerines for lunch. And cut up extras for tomorrow while I was at it. I feel satisfied for the first time in a long time and managing to say no to handfuls of peppermint puffs!! Took vitamins, my prescribed amino acids and essential oils for mood support as I come off sugar.
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    Casey's really doing it again

    Starting back in on this thread …. did complete a whole 30 last spring, since I dropped off this thread. Not really wanting to start a complete whole30 just before Christmas, but my sugar dragon is getting out of control. I need to at least be able to post 3 Whole30 style meals a day and remove snacks. Ready to jump in tomorrow morning with cabbage and sw potato curry. I really hate packing lunches. I'll have to think on that one for tomorrow without going to the store first..... I want to find food freedom in 2019.... knowing what does and doesn't make me feel good and getting emotional eating under control.
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    Starting Whole30 5/14/2018

    @Noémi I'm so sorry I disappeared! My august was crazy busy, then I left for a vacation for the first two weeks of Sept, during which I did OKAY on my diet but still partook of some "bad" item, mostly bread-type things. When I got back, I found out that the place I had been working as a reflexologist and part-time office manager was closing in two weeks! So I have been scrambling to find other places to work and it has been stressful and I went back to some of my terrible snacking habits. That has gotten me to a place of constant sinus infection and feeling ill most of the time. I've been contemplating doing another whole 30 but really just don't want the stress of doing it perfectly, I just want food freedom, so I'm going to start a new line on the Post-Whole 30 line to just lay down some of my goals keep a food diary. I've been doing pretty good the last couple weeks, motivated by my feeling so terrible. My family is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner that will be Paleo, so that's not going to be a problem, thank goodness.
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    Starting Whole30 5/14/2018

    Oh, I imagine dealing with a toddler takes pretty much all your time and energy! How precious, though! My efforts at getting back on the plan have only partially worked. At least I am staying away from wheat and dairy but have taken in a bit of sugar this week and I feel the lethargy. I like your statement "sometimes we don't give enough learning time for ourselves in these things." So, yes, still learning and not giving up. Hope you have a good weekend and keep up with the veggies AND the potty training!!
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    Starting Whole30 5/14/2018

    Yea, I know what you mean. I hope you can find the balance. I ate quite a bit of gluten the last couple days and I know it makes me feel terrible. But making the commitment to be totally "gluten-free' seems to be only thing that works -- because of the "all or nothing" problem, I guess.. Yesterday I partook of a delicious pasta salad because it was about the only thing available at a dinner I went to (And, it was delicious, whereas I don't normally get thrilled about pasta salads). At the moment it was totally worth it, but afterwards I had a stomach ache, and this morning I have intestinal problems, sinus problems, and total exhaustion this afternoon. As of today, I am back on Whole 30. I hope I don't have to go through all the horrible withdrawal symptoms again, since I have sort of been on for a while now.
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    Starting Whole30 5/14/2018

    I know what you mean about all or nothing thinking. That is a big problem for me too.... so if I'm not all the way "on" I figure I might as well go all the way "off."! As in quite a few cookies today instead of one or two! That said, I think I am going to go for another whole reset for 3-4 weeks because I'm going on vacation starting Sept 1 and I want to feel as good as possible for it, plus lose a little more weight beforehand. So I'll go back on Whole 30 except for a few things that I've tested and know I can tolerate, including rice crackers, black beans, goat cheese, and even sugar in prepared sauces - but not "sweets" of course. Most of those are carbs, so I'll have to be careful to balance meals.
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    Starting Whole30 5/14/2018

    Ohhhhh….. that makes me sad for you that you. Does your doctor/healer have any suggestions for you? I've been considering if thyroid medication would help me to lose weight better. I haven't talked to a professional about it. It's hard to find someone who really knows and will treat symptoms, rather than the (faulty) testing procedures, but they can be found. I had a pretty emotional week and have totally fallen off the wagon, including more ice cream, French fries and pizza.... a friend ordered the pizza and I asked him to get a gluten free crust, but apparently they didn't offer it and I didn't realize what I was eating for a while. Ended up with a rock in my stomach and afraid to step back on the scales.