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  1. So I really haven't had much variety in the veggie department. I am kind of nervous to try something new - what if I put effort or money into making something and it turns out horrible! I've noticed these are the veggies I like and have been eating regularly : broccoli, carrots, green beans, potatoes I also like these raw: carrots, celery, chopped greens (a cabbage, kale, lettuce mix) Green peppers are ok, but only if I don't really notice them or in very small amounts. Some veggies I have tried to like but just can't: sweet potatoes (don't like the flavor), zucchini and squash (the texture and taste bug me) I bought a spaghetti squash last month but never got around to cooking it D: That is something I would really like to try and not be afraid of ruining it I feel like I might be missing out on some nutrients or other healthy benefits... any one have a suggestion to force myself out of my veggie comfort zone?
  2. I officially started my second whole30 on January 2nd (yesterday). So far, so good. Kind of. At 1.5 days in, I suspect I'm already having sugar withdrawal..... brutal headaches and I slept in for work for the first time ever today. Somebody save me now? Is it even possible to have sugar cravings after 1.5 days without sugar?!?!?! Jokes aside, over the last year I have really struggled. I hurt my back and slowly my workouts declined. As my workouts declined, my mental health declined. This combined with starting a new job that loves to feed us (wonderful, but perhaps overly appreciated by this food-dependant emotional eater), I quickly gained 50lbs. That's 50lbs in less than one year. From running distances, completing OCR's, training with Ashley Horner programs (she's a #badass!)...... to not moving at all, and struggling with my mental and physical health. What a drag. Anyhow, I've meal planned and prepped. Tomorrow is major grocery day (after having had to do a "mini" shop to start my whole30). I'm feeling ready and committed! "Fun" things about this journey thus far: my grocery list has never been this long in my life my office is full of sugar and wheat based delicious items like bread.... temptation is everywhere. This alone is probably why I've had a headache all day long. even if you've failed at making mayo a million times.... success is possible. Just buy a new immersion blender. As soon as you start a whole30, you will be invited to an abnormal amount of family dinners. It's like the universe is challenging you on purpose. I look forward to continuing this log as a part of my accountability.
  3. Hi everybody, I am on day 15 of my first Whole30, and everything is going really well for the most part. I feel good, my clothes are fitting better, and I'm not feeling super deprived or craving anything too badly. Yay! However, I'm starting to struggling with my first meal of the day, particularly with getting enough vegetables. I can eat eggs every day no problem, as I was basically doing this every day prior to starting Whole30. But vegetables in the morning gross me out. I love veggies for lunch and dinner, so I thought maybe it was just a matter of getting used to eating them in the morning, but halfway through this thing and I still can't do it. I can stomach sweet potatoes for the most part, and I suppose there are worse things than having sweet potatoes every day for breakfast, but I'd love to know if anyone else has ideas about how to add some variety in the morning. I've tried making an egg bake with veggies in it, tried sauteeing greens with lemon and salt (nearly made me puke, had to throw it out), have done roasted all just makes me queasy first thing in the morning. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
  4. JanellaR

    Veggie or fruit?

    I was told on a FB group that tomatoes, squash, and cucumber are fruit, and should be eaten accordingly (smaller amount on the plate than veggies). I can't seem to find anything in The Whole30 book or anywhere else that says this.
  5. Alright, I shared my measurements in my Whole30 Journey log last night, so there is no hiding what it is that my body is doing. I woke up to Day 10 this morning hating my insides. I was cursing and looking for every home remedy possible before heading to work and having to suffer. Between starting Whole30 and also having every woman's favorite joy, "the devil's week" and me wanting to curse my baby maker and drop the Whole30 for some dark chocolate, red wine, and soft pretzels, I know my body is going to be off. Don't worry, I am not going to splurge and run and get my devil's week cure! But I woke up this morning with severe gas cramps and have been quite flatulent. It probably doesn't help that I sit on an exercise ball in my office. I'm trying to figure out..what is the cause? Is this common? Last night, I made Whole30 chili and had that for dinner plus an extra serving of vegetables and protein, so I had a hard boiled egg and some cauliflower, carrots, and celery with Whole30 ranch. I found a link that listed foods that can cause gas and green peppers (in the chili), cauliflower, carrots, and celery were all on that list. Shall I be avoiding these too for a week to see if my sensitive stomach is not able to digest them? I munched on vegetables Monday with my dinner as well, and I didn't wake up yesterday feeling like this. Could it have been the chili? I have suffered my whole life, never knowing what to eat because I always get bloated, gassy, or nauseous after everything. Even when I was on a 3 month kick of all healthy foods. Fried foods are a definite no no for me. I'm lactose intolerant. I fear I am gluten intolerant as well, which will break my heart. I am not supposed to have anything acidic or carbonated because I have Interstitial Cystitis, for those that don't know what that is, Google is your friend. They always say green tea is good for you and most diets, and believe me, I have tried them all, suggest drinking green tea...that hurts my stomach. I used to have to be on Prerelief and Gas-X daily with every meal to fight any acids I would take and prevent gas but after awhile, I noticed it wasn't working. I drink a cup of black coffee every morning, even though I am not supposed to because of my IC, but some Ibuprofen as soon as I wake up, helps so I can get my daily caffeine. I went off on a tangent there, sorry. Back to the reason for this post, I would love to hear some advanced Whole30 groupies ideas as to what they think? Is there anyone out there that shares the sensitive stomach struggle with me? If I am going to do Whole30, I am going to do it right and if the purpose is to get to feel better, I want to start now.
  6. I did the Whole30 eating lots of good cauliflower,cabbage,broccoli,spinach and kale and got more and more tired and cold. After I finished, I found out by accident that all those veg and more are goitrogenic vegetables -- they interfere with the thyroid so if you have low thyroid like I do and even if you are on medication for it, it, they can still make you hypothyroid. So now I am off whole30 I am feeling better. So be warned and look up goitrogenic online and find out what to avoid. I find that it makes the range of veg on Whole30 too limiting, so I am just not doing another.
  7. I'm on day 19 of my Whole30 (although I'm planning on extending beyond 30 days) and as I'm adjusting to making template meals and eating more at home I've realized that I have a serious lack of variety with the vegetables I'm eating, and, to make matters worse, I'm leaning pretty heavily on starchy vegetables (carrots, sweet potato, squash and the occasional white potato). I'm looking for advice on vegetables to try to add variety. What are some of your favorite vegetables and how do you prepare them? Also, how much "starchy vegetable" is too much for a template meal? What I currently have/eat regularly: Sweet potatoes Green cabbage Asparagus Brussels sprouts Carrots Bell peppers Avocado Tomatoes Onions Most of the time I'm adding sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, or potatoes in recipes with other vegetables (ex: Brussels sprouts hash with sweet potatoes or a cabbage, potato, and carrot stew). I just went to the farmer's market and picked up sunchokes, purple asparagus, baby bok choy, lots of fresh tomatoes and sun dried tomatoes, fermented sauerkraut, green onions, butter lettuce, spring mix. I'm eager to try new things and get more variety, but I came from a family that mostly ate vegetables out of a can (peas, corn, etc) or iceburg lettuce salads covered in cheese, dressing, and croutons, so when it comes to picking up vegetables and knowing how to cook them, what to make them with, etc. I'm often at a loss!
  8. We're on day 15, and my son has been pretty good, with a meltdown here and there. He still craves all the things "he can't have on this diet", especially after being strong enough to turn down birthday treats 2-3 times in the last two weeks. I was hoping the cravings would have subsided more by now. I have noticed that his appetite is less, and mainly eats his protein, and less so of vegetables & fruits. I try to offer up fruit or nuts as an alternative to breads & sweets, thinking that if he's craving junk that maybe he's simply hungry, and it would be good to develop the better habit of reaching for whole foods rather than processed ones, but he generally turns them down and pouts that he can't give in to his cravings. Maybe he's just not hungry and is merely complaining? or is he not getting enough produce in his diet? I haven't necessarily seen a spike in his energy levels or a huge drop in his waistline, so I'm worried that I need to change my approach. I almost feel like he was more open to eating his produce before we started on the program. I did take the initiative to cut up some berries & kiwi and he seemed to eat that up, so maybe I have to stop asking him what he wants and just prepare it for him to eat regularly (and being o.k. to save it or eat it myself if he chooses not to eat it). The meltdowns have increased in the last few days, so I'm considering ending his challenge early, though I really would like to see it through to get accurate results. I'd love for his cravings to subside, and for him to properly introduce foods and observe how his body reacts. I don't know if, chemically, that can be done after only two weeks of the program. Also, being a bit of a misnomer, Whole 30 is more like 42 days of restrictions after taking into consideration reintroductions, which will be an incredibly long time for him. So, if anyone can answer these questions, I'd be very grateful: Is it typical for some kids to focus on protein during Whole30? Can their energy / mood be negatively affected if they are not getting sufficient veggies & fruit? or increase the urge for cravings? Thoughts about ending early for a child? maybe Whole 21? What types of modifications can be made to make the process easier to bear? adding legumes like hummus? can I make him a paleo sweet treat?
  9. So... I'm on Day 8 and it's going pretty good. But something I am really having a hard time with is veggies in the morning. Let me be honest, I don't like a lot of vegetables - I've tried three new ones last week (spaghetti squash, cauliflower and avocado (not in guac). Only 1 of those is continuing on (spaghetti squash) and even that will need to be buried in something else. And I can't eat a lot of lettuce or spinach every day so 1-2 salads a week at most. My digestive track really doesn't like leafy veg. The thought of carrots or broccoli or green beans in the morning makes me wanna puke a little. So, if I'm not having eggs for breakfast, where I don't mind adding onion and tomatoes, I'm quite stumped. And even then, veg is not 2/3 of my plate. Any suggestions?
  10. I am wondering if there is such a thing as too many veggies? I know the amount stated in the book is 2-3 cups per meal, but if you go over is that bad? And is that 2-3 cups raw veggies or cooked? Also, I am only eating eggs for protein. I don't workout at the gym but walk at least 3 miles per day and go running maybe 1-2 times per week. Is eating 2 eggs per meal okay or should I be eating more?
  11. whole30determined

    Good Ideas for Starchy Veggies

    I am trying to add more starchy vegetables to my meal plan, mainly because I've added on some heavy exercise and I was super drained and had no energy. Some great folks in the forums suggested that I add more starchy veggies to my meal plan. I always eat sweet potatoes, but does anyone have any other suggestions for starchy veggies and good ways to cook them? The only starchy veggies I know of are: sweet potatoes, beets, butternut squash. Any other good suggestions and good ways to roast or prepare them to incorporate them into your meals?
  12. I am wondering if I can use the steamable bags of veggies when cooking? The ones you pop in the microwave for 5 minutes? Plain of course - no sauce? Thanks!
  13. My husband and I get a full share of veggies from our CSA every Wednesday. We supplement with a few items from the farmers market or Whole Foods as necessary. Even eating Whole30 style with tons of veggies piled on our plates at every meal and cooking at home for all but one meal a week, we don't get through the entire share in a week (close, but not quite). It's a lot of produce. Any suggestions about successful veggie storage outside the fridge? I do use (and reuse) the Debbie Meyer green bags and those things are AWESOME for keeping things fresh. But with so many greens and big things like kale, beets w/ greens and heads of lettuce and cabbage, there just is not enough room in the fridge. Add in the need to store many of the items I pre-cook on the weekend and putting new things in there is like playing Tetris (yes, I just showed my age). On top of this normal weekly challenge, a couple of my husband's employees got together to send him a box of veggies from as a 'get well' gift. AWESOME gift and way better than flowers...but where the hell am I going to put all this stuff??? I have to leave here in an hour or so to go pick up our share this week and I'm kind of dreading it because I have ZERO idea of where it's going to go!! Yes, first world problems...but I hate the idea of stuff going bad before we eat it just because its stored poorly due to a space issue.
  14. I thought I read that some fruits and veggies are better then others or even off limits but I can't find a list anywhere. Am I missing it or do you guys know what fruits and veggies we should try to stay away from (other then bananas)? thanks
  15. ChickenNoodle

    Help with nutriton for Tri

    I am doing my first tri in a week and a half...and it is out of state :-/ Can anyone here give me some advice on managing my nutrition before and during the race? It is only a sprint so it shouldn't be too tough but it is my first and I am unsure how to feed my body. Most tri training programs/ books/mags etc, suggest a certain number of calories at breakfast, then too it all off with Gatorade before the start of the swim...chug Gatorade and down Gu during the ride and run. Obviously that is out, I have never relied on any of those anyhow. But the rule of thumb is don't do anything different on race day. My pre work out routine (morning) is some apple slices with salted almond butter at 6 am BP coffee @ 7, hard boiled egg with guac mixed into the yolk at 8:30ish and the. I head out within the hour. Not much food going into my body, but it works for my Masters swim and my 1-3mi runs. But I am terribly unprepared due to a foot injury earlier this summer and so I have not really practiced nutrition on the go, and my foods of choice are not all that portable! I can bring a can each of olives & coconut milk and macadamias, tiny portion containers of ghee and coconut oil for my coffee, I could choke down some scrambled eggs at the restaurant....maybe bring some olives and macadamias to eat with the eggs. Should I eat fruit as well? My plan at this point is to go for it and make the best of the day, I will probably have to walk a good portion of the run and I have not had much time in the saddle BUT I am determined to have fun! Any advice is welcome :-)
  16. Bare with me this may take a while, my partner and I have been eating real food since the turn of the year, following pretty much the low-carb, medium protein, high fat model as much as possible. Our problem is that we both lack enough energy for exercise a lot of the time and are not sure what we are doing wrong. We both have sedentary Mon-Fri, 9-5 jobs and so try to counteract that by walking at least 90 mins each a day and more at weekends. We have a dog so this is easily done and I walk some of my journey to and from work. Twice a week we do a 40 minute primal fitness session of bodyweight squats, push-up, pull-ups and planks. On the weekend we generally fit in a 20 minute sprint session before breakfast on one of the days, we also do 1 weights session of squats, deadlifts, kettle bell press and chest press and we'll try to fit in a 30 minute bike ride and possibly a bodyweight tabata session. On Mondays and Tuesdays we both generally feel too tired to do anything more than our walks but would like to be able to fit in some more weight training sessions but just can't physically do it. We have just started our first full Whole30 on Monday and plan to continue this throughout August. I want to know how we can adjust the amount we eat so that we can start to feel this magic energy that everyone talks about. A typical days menu would consist of: Meal 1 - 2 poached eggs, a small portion of protein such as ground beef and left over veggies from the night before, for example this morning we had leeks, cabbage and some sweet potato mash. Every day we have half an avo with meal 1. Meal 2 - Roast chicken breast with the skin, lots of lettuce and some cabbage, a tomato, a bit of cucumber, half an avo, homemade mayonnaise. Meal 3 - Steamed Salmon fillet, steamed broccoli, greens, carrot. Your advice would be appreciated.
  17. Leez72

    Too much veg?

    Is it possible to overdo it on the veg or is it ok to just each as much as I would like? I love my veg and make sure that I have a good 1-2 cups for breakfast, a big green salad for lunch and then another big helping with my evening meal, probably 2-3 cups. I'm trying to mix it up as much as possible but do tend to have root veg a lot. I'm generally eating a lot of carrots, some parsnips, sweet potatoes, squash, lots of lettuce, cabbage, zucchini, beetroots, spring greens, spinach and any other greens I can get my hands on. I don't each much fruit, maybe about 2-3 pieces a week if you don't include tomatoes as I have one of those a day with my salad.
  18. TracyP


    Ok... Whose made these? I had some tonight at dinner. Blech! Did them restaurant muck them up? I have a pretty broad palette and usually enjoy root veg. But these were uckkkky!
  19. SpinSpin

    Leftover Roasted Veggies

    I am in a quandary. I often have this issue and I am hoping for some new ideas! I roasted a couple of chickens last night over a bed of carrots, parsnips, brussel sprouts, garlic cloves and a few red skinned potatoes--for hubby and my older daughter. Now comes today... what do I do with the left over veg? Back before Whole30, I would have mixed some of root veg with a cheese sauce and served over pasta with chunks of ham, but can't really do that now. I am not a fan of cold roasted veg, at least not veg cooked this way, under meat. Hmmm.... Thoughts? Suggestions? Smoosh the cooked veg into patties and reheat that way? Bound with egg and a little almond flour? (That might actually work!) I know what I am doing with the bones though--bone broth! This is actually going to be part of my new Whole30-90 that I am going to do after the first of the year. I am going to roast 2 chickens at the beginning of the week for 'lunch meat' and bone broth. As an aside--I did a Whole30 at the end of summer and did really well and I was happy with the results, but I could have been better and my husband's reintroduction was pretty loose and fast, so we are starting over Jan.1.
  20. Ok, this may sound like a ludicrous topic for someone on a Whole30 Challenge, but it has been a problem for me ever since I can remember. I want to be healthy, I really do! One of my biggest struggles when going paleo was hitting the right nutrients/ carb amount because I just do not like veggies. - Most people will say, "You just haven't had them prepared the right way." But I'm pretty sure I have tried most kinds/ ways. - Even ones that I do find that I can tolerate, I get to a certain point (certainly, not an acceptable amount though) that I physically can't (I literally start to gag) take another bite. - Another note is that I have been really, really trying to eat more veggies (In both types of veggies and ways of prep) so I would LIKE to think that my taste buds would change but after 2 years of 70%ish paleo, still no dice) PLEASE help! This is one area that I want to change with my whole30 challenge (my relationship w/ veggies).