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  1. I am going to Sundance Film Festival for 4 nights, I have to go for work, but I want to stay committed to my January Whole30 the whole time. I’ve never been to Sundance but have heard stories about it being a huge weeklong party: drinking and staying up late, shmoozing, eating out, drinking, drinking and more drinking. Ack! Anyone been to Sundance on Whole30? Anyone going to be there this weekend and want to check in with me? Would appreciate all the help I can get.
  2. Staggolee41

    First Whole30 Down!

    Day 31 - It's over! Wow... I didn't think I'd make it, but I did! Typing this as I eat my usual omelet, but with feta . Interesting... while I'm excited to have the cheese, now that I'm eating the thing I've eaten for breakfast most of the last 30 days, I don't feel like the feta is really necessary. The first several days I was eating this for breakfast, all I could think about was how it needed cheese. Posting this in Success Stories because I really hope this inspires some of you! Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help in any way. So... recap. I'm copying this from my "home" thread, where I had borrowed Kate's format. Starting with the things I wish I had done better: Eaten out less. I got lazy some nights or on weekends mostly and ended up eating my "safe" meal at Chipotle. I still ate food I cooked most of the time, but I wish I'd been more prepared for that to happen. Paid attention more to my eating. I still tend to multitask - as I'm doing now - and don't even leave my desk for lunch. Since I'm in a support role, that means lots of distractions while I'm eating. I intend to start leaving my desk to eat more often. Slept more. Though I'm getting more sleep than I was before, I'm still short of the ideal amount, and I feel it. Drank more water. I definitely increased my intake, but this is still a work in progress. The days I hit my water goal, I felt great. I have to make a conscious effort to stop and drink some water more regularly, especially while I'm working. Given myself more time for prep at the beginning. I was very miserable at the beginning, in part because prep took so much longer than I thought it would, so I lost sleep over it. For the benefit of those reading this who haven't finished (or maybe even started) yet... things that really helped me: The forums! I was part of a really fantastic thread - read there for more tips (Strength in Numbers) - and everyone's encouragement and advice helped me make my way through the 30 days. I also loved reading some of the moderators' posts and encouraging others. Clarified butter. I wrote down my NSVs as they happened. I told everyone I know about the plan and how excited I was about it. I marked my work calendar with the days in permanent marker. I acknowledged my struggles as they happened, documented them in the thread, and talked my way through them. I tossed my (cheap, $5) scale and everything I couldn't eat. I made a display out of spices and produce that doesn't need refrigeration in my kitchen (making it all very visible and accessible meant more of both went into all of my cooking). I took meal planning and grocery shopping seriously and wrote it all out. I'm putting up a chalkboard strip on the wall in my kitchen so the week's menu is always visible, even though I've finished my Whole30. I rewarded myself with non-food items during the plan - new books at the midpoint, flowers at the beginning of the fourth week, and a new, fancy scale and fitness tracking wristband for finishing. Benefits Aesthetic Roughly 8-10 lbs lost (hard to say because there was so much fluctuation up to my start date) Definite loss of fat around the midsection, front and back Face seems thinner (to me) Softer, smoother skin and hair Stronger nails that grow like crazy Less tired-looking Less acne/less oil on face Down a shirt size and a pants size, my ring comes off much more easily, and I have to use a tighter hook on my bra Cooking & Eating Reintroduced to my kitchen - woohoo! Loads more confidence in the kitchen Much easier to make good choices now (also don't feel like I'm missing out) Weirded out now by things that companies position as food that really aren't food Heightened awareness to what's in everything Comfortable eating without worrying about calories (this is so huge) CLARIFIED BUTTER!!! Lots of cool new tools and techniques in the kitchen No negative reaction to eating cooked spinach (always upset my stomach before) Emotional Cut the cord with sugar - no longer feel like something is really wrong if I can't have it (bahahahaha my sugar dragon is DEAD) Able to work through tough moments more, rather than avoiding them by eating something compulsively in the moment or later on Significantly reduced anxiety and depression (though this is a process, and I'm only beginning it as of about three weeks ago) Don't feel limited by the scale Proud of myself for completing the challenge, proved to myself that I have much more discipline than I give myself credit for (just have to stop being so darn lazy, and tiger blood helps with that) Smiling a lot more More confidence socially Don't feel the need to have alcohol to have a good time (proved this to myself last night, when I didn't break the guidelines to have a drink at a company happy hour - hung out with my club soda with lime and had a great time) Don't feel impacted by advertisements for food anymore (they seem so bizarre now!) Health Minimal/no heartburn (no Tums needed for over a month now!) Improved vision? (leaving a question mark there because this seems absolutely crazy but I can't ignore the fact that I can read small print signs with my bad eye that I for sure couldn't have read before, though my vision isn't perfect; will confirm when I see the eye doctor soon) Lower resting heart rate (have to confirm this, but I just did a few runs through it using the stopwatch on my phone and counting myself, and all were lower than the last several measurements) Better recovery time on injuries, sunburn, and illness Improved dental health (no change in toothpaste or routines, but less gum and tooth pain) More regular digestive activity Easier to get out of bed every day All in all, I'm totally thrilled that I did this, and even if I hadn't lost weight, I'd be thrilled with every other benefit. I will continue to eat with intention and try to stay away from take-out. I was actually REALLY hungry for breakfast this morning, despite a good dinner last night, which is so different from my life pre-Whole30. Again... please let me know if I can help you!
  3. Trex0814

    Snacks!!

    What kind of snacks are good on the Whole30 program? I want to make sure that I have the minimal amount of snacks, but at the same time I would like to have them around constantly so I don't eat the foods that I am not supposed to eat. I am in the middle of reading the books and just trying to prep as much as possible. Here is my first weeks meal plan: the 1st line is breakfast, line 2 is lunch, line 3 is dinner, and the 4 line is snacks. Any suggestions???? Thanks! Donna
  4. I started a Whole30 on August 18. I am new to the concept but read all of the manifestos, rules, etc. and did great August 18, 19 and 20. On the 21st, a Friday, I had brought some leftover salmon for lunch and when I heated it up, it dried out a lot and I couldn't choke it down. So, I had no protein for lunch. Long story short, by the time I got home from work that evening, I was so ravenous that I literally felt like I was losing my mind. I wolfed down a bowl of Cheerios with milk, and that was pretty much the end of my Whole30. Fast-forward to today. I'd like to try again. Does anyone have any tips on avoiding the scenario above? I could also use some advice on what to eat for Meal 1. I'm not sure I can bring myself to swallow another egg, even though I like them. A girl can only eat so many eggs. Also, I have a 19-month-old and a husband who is always knee-deep in a project, meaning most of our daughter's care falls to me. His projects are worthwhile (usually renovating our house) and I love spending time with my daughter, but I'm seriously strapped for time and I am feeling discouraged that I can ever manage to plan in advance enough to complete an entire Whole30.
  5. Care to share tips on restaurant and food choices in NYC?
  6. Starting Whole30 today and took measurements. Excited to see the outcome as I have felt hopeless as of late. I eat gluten free for the most part, don't drink sodas, no fast food, not much dairy, very little soy, etc and I work out every single day. Yet my body is all out of wack. Can't loose this "tire" around my stomach, digestion biasses, sometimes great energy sometimes none. Height' 5'10 Weight- 154.4 Arm: 9 1/2 Chest 36 Smallest part of waist- 31 Waist- 39 1/2 Butt- 40 Upper leg- 21 1/2 Leg (8 in up) 19 I think the hardest thing to do for me is the no drinking but I am so ready for this jump start! Any tips would be greatly appreciated
  7. Dealing with the holidays can really get people stressed. Have you ever heard this before? I have a theory as to why this is so. It's mid-November, you've just had a beautiful autumn and fun Halloween. Memories from your warm, happy summer are still relatively fresh. Then, buzz and bustle to do with the holidays begin to emerge. All your favorite stores start to carry nostalgic, childhood food favorites like hot cocoa mix, novelty chocolates, holiday editions of cookies like Oreo's, pecan and pumpkin pies . . . I could go on forever. I think the reason people are so stressed might be a chain reaction started by social pressure and marketing companies to eat heavy, seasonal winter foods. Traditionally, high calorie foods were so hard to come by, that we all got together to share them at Thanksgiving and Christmas. We worked harder back in the day, too, needing to wash dishes by hand and walk places, so we actually needed higher carb foods (no one needs refined carbs, but we didn't know that then). Fast forward to the present day and we're still eating food that we were eating when we expended many more calories in a day, on average. We ate those foods when we were kids (and so did our parents and grandparents), and that food was either adding to our childhood happiness or soothing childhood hurts, so it just plain feels wrong not to eat it. It's like ignoring a friend on the holidays not to buy and consume these special holiday foods. Marketing companies come in here, exploiting our delicate emotions expertly (more power to them, I guess) and reinforcing this nostalgia and creating a feeling of wanting for the mere sake of having the food. It fosters feelings of scarcity. "If I don't eat this pecan pie, I won't get any until next year. I'll just have a little." That "little" is more than enough to release the Sugar Beast. In fact, the Beast begins to stir when you heed holiday cookie-making commercials or a drunk friend's urging to try her cheese ball. What do you think? Anyone want to add to my theory? This chain reaction suckers me in every year.