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I am nearing the end (day 25) of my first Whole30. I have noticed some changes in my belly fat and my skin. Other than that, I'm not sure I feel much different. A bit sluggish in the afternoon and ready for bed at 9pm. I wake up at 5:30am. I want to continue on past the initial 30 days. I haven't cheated even once and have never snacked in between meals. Usually I'm not hungry enough that I can't wait it out. My concern as I near the end of this initial 30 days is have I eaten enough, too much? I kinda struggled the whole time wondering and still feel tired and while I had some quick loss in my belly fat and used that as a motivator, that hasn't changed past about days 10-11. I haven't had cravings of any kind even though before starting my Whole30 I was big on sugar (sweets are my total downfall) and drank wine on the weekends. Prior to this Whole30 and just passing over the other side of menopause, I've pretty much eaten what I wanted and suffered the consequences of gaining many unwanted pounds. Here is an idea of what I've been eating: M1 - 2 hardboiled eggs, 1 avocado, 1/2 sweet potato roasted with ghee and cinnamon. M2 - Huge (plate full) of salad with all sorts of veggies - cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, fresh mushrooms, black olives, kale, spinach, fresh cilantro and spring greens. for dressing I've either used compliant salsa or Dump Ranch. I top it with a serving of shredded chicken or pork (made in my instant pot) M3 - Oftentimes the same type of salad with some sort of meat prepared with a whole30 recipe like the almond chicken parm (no parmesan, just almond flour and ground natural almonds) or something on the grill or foreman (I don't know if they still even make those LOL mine is old) like salmon. I've also had a soup and salad like the Tomato Bisque or a TexMex Butternut squash that is compliant. I also add some roasted vegetables of all kinds using EVOO when I make them. This week I discovered Trader Joe's riced cauliflower and Coconut Aminos and made a stir fry that was A-Mazing!! If it is soup and salad I add an egg or some avocado to the salad. I drink LOTS at least the 1/2 oz per lb of body weight of water and treat myself to a LaCroix or Club Soda with Lime in the afternoon. One of the reasons I've made it this far is I scour the posts and really try to listen to what others have said on the forums. In other words - I really value this site and all of your postings. Thank you so much for any input you can give me - I'm determined to finish strong after the initial 30, but I want to have the confidence to continue because the meal prep is time consuming and the amount of time I seem to spend on the sites and at the grocery store. If I should be doing something differently, I would rather know now before continuing only to find out later. I didn't think I could do it, but it honestly hasn't been THAT hard. That is why I want to continue. Thank you so much for investing in not only my Whole30, but everyone else that is trying to live a healthier lifestyle. You are appreciated!!!
Hi Folks, Does anyone have a tool that they use to make their own DIY meal plans. Maybe an excel spreadsheet that helps keep things organized and makes writing a menu a little easier. I could possibly make my own, but I rather not spend the time on it if someone already has something. Thank You! Raul
nikibuds posted a topic in Whole30 Meal PlanningHi everyone!! I'm on day 10 of my first W30 and I am FINALLY feeling okay. I was struggling with massive bloating at first but I'm feeling fine today! That being said, I have an essential question for the pros out there. I work really odd hours as a morning news producer. My alarm goes off at 3am every day and I'm out the door by 3:40am latest. I have a 30 minute drive to work and then it's off to the races. I pack a breakfast (usually a spinach and tomato frittata with homemade chicken sausage and 1/4-1/2 avocado) but I don't eat it until around 9am. Before breakfast I'll have around 2 cups of coffee with nutpod creamer and a ton of fruit infused water. Then I'll have lunch at around 1pm at home, snack before and after gym at 4p, dinner at 7ish... bed at 8 or 9pm. Does my body not being "awake" at the ungodly 3am hour really matter that much? Or can I continue with my way of "waking myself up" at 9am with the rest of the world if that's what works for me? It's hard because it feels like I'm awake for so long ... meaning eating can easily get way out of control. I've thought of trying to eat 1 hard boiled egg as I'm leaving the house, but I can't see how much difference that would really make! And I'm also worried it might make me RAVENOUS all morning. On weekends, I'm definitely eating within an hour of waking no problem. Thanks for your help!
I started yesterday July 9. Would like to start a thread on how to best pack and prep for travel, work travel in particular. Long car rides, flights, hotels, dinner with colleagues also, great restaurant choices for cities we are visiting! i travel a lot for Work and pleasure. Coming up in next 30 days: road trip to Columbus OH (10 hour road trip - 4 days of conference center session - 10 hours back), 2 hour flight to Chicago with several days at hotel. During reintroduction comes : Family vacation to acadia Maine (7 hour drive, rental house for a week, 7 hours back), international travel (Koblenz Germany) Let’s get started! Who has tips for long car rides or recommendation in Columbus?