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Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled in canola oil (oops! That was a mistake! Thought it was olive oil at the time); 1 sweet potato

ran 2 miles, ended up with killer stomach ache ... wonder if it was the canola accident?

Lunch: 2 eggs scrambled in olive oil with green onions and mushrooms; handful of carrots

Snack: carrots with eggplant dip, 1 serving canned fish

Dinner: chicken cooked in light coconut milk; salad with vinaigrette

Snack: grilled veggies


Grilled veggies (eggplant, zucchini, asparagus, beets, etc) are definitely a weak spot for me. Whenever I cook them, I munch on them when I finish. Now that I've identified that issue, I'll make a serious effort to stop it.

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Breakfast (8:30): 2 eggs is coconut oil with mushrooms and green onions; 1/2 sweet potato

Pre-WO (11:30): 1 serving canned salmon

45-minute (vigorous) spin class, 15 mins (moderate/light effort) laps in pool

Lunch (2:30): 2 eggs with grilled veggies; carrots; cherries; 1/2 banana

Dinner (5:00): 2x salmon with peas, avocado, and artichoke hearts; salad with raw veggies and vinaigrette

Snack (9:00): watermelon, 1/2 banana. Should've had protein, but I was starving, and this was the easiest thing to eat. Oops.



- up breakfast to 3 eggs

- add more fat when not eating eggs

- eat more?? My breakfasts and lunches have been kinda scrawny lately, because I don't have the appetite to eat more than 2 eggs at once right now, I've seen so many eggs. But that just leaves me hungry at the end of the day, so going forward, I'll try to eat more at those meals. Any suggestions?


I have a friend who is doing a Whole30 as a pescetarian. I have no idea how. I am sick of eggs and fish and I'm going to bed hungry.

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Instead of more eggs, can you ad extra protein of a different sort? Ill have chicken or salmon in an omelette - it's delicious!

If adding protein isn't possible, could you make a frittata ....might be nicer and different to just fried eggs?

(You do know peas aren't compliant, right? Unless they're sugar snap peas in a pod!)

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Oh no! I thought peas were okay because sugar snap peas in a pod are okay. Darn. :( Thanks for letting me know. Well, I won't start over because I'll starting living in the vegetarian co-op just as my 30 days ends. What a bummer, though. Won't make that mistake again.


I can't add chicken because of a few kosher rules, and I don't want to add salmon, because that's the other thing I'm eating a ton of this week. But I'll only be at my relatives for 4 more mornings, so soon I'll be able to have different things for breakfast and lunch! :)

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Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled in coconut oil with mushrooms and green onions; coffee

Walked 4 (brisk) miles

Lunch: salmon; grilled veggies; 1/2 sweet potato; 1 orange

Snack: lots of berries. We went berry picking. I indulged, and too much.*

Snack: raw veggies

Tubing! Kind of a workout...?

Dinner: 1.5x chicken; salad; handful of almonds


This was the end of week 2 for me. Here are a few thoughts.


*1. I'm cutting out fruit for this week. In light of the recent 9 Blog article about moderation and my own experience, I think I need to do that to subdue my "sugar dragon."

2. I'm not sure, but it seems like my ring is easier to take off and put on, and my pants seem to fit a bit differently. The big hope, though, is that my bras start to fit better soon, because I'm very reluctant to size up.

3. Had the biggest test today when we went to a friend's house for dinner. They served a fantastic looking salsa (with corn and beans) with chips; corn on the cob; and amazing-looking brownies and ice cream. I practically drooled all night. But I made it. Phew!

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Day 15. The halfway point. Also, one of the hungriest, most draining, most difficult days I've had.


Breakfast (8 am): 3 eggs scrambled/fried in coconut oil with red onion and tomato, 1/2 sweet potato

Lunch (12 pm): 1/2 can of salmon, small bit of avocado, grilled veggies, 1/2 sweet potato

Snack (3 pm): banana, 1/2 can of salmon, 1/8 avocado, small tomato

Dinner (7:30 pm): roasted halibut with spices combination; salad with raw veggies and vinaigrette; peaches


So much for no fruit. I'm simply too hungry and too sick of fish and eggs to eliminate fruit right now. On the bright side, before I ate the banana at 3 because I thought I was going to pass out from hunger, I didn't have any cravings. I ate out of hunger, not craving. So I'll wait until week 3, when I'm home, and then see if I still want to eliminate fruit.


And now, for a little complaining, because this is my only space for that...

Today was hard. I was hungry all day (after lunch). Still am. I even cried once from hunger and exhaustion. In the evening, my family had my grandma's famous chocolate birthday cake with freshly-picked raspberries for dessert, and I sat with them, practically salivating. I am so tired of eggs and fish and cucumbers and fruit. I want to be feeling energetic and strong, but instead I feel weak, stressed, and sad. I know this is not what the Whole30 is supposed to be. Soon (after 2 more days), I'll go home and make my own meals, and things will improve.

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Day 16. A bit easier.


Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled/fried in coconut oil; 1/2 sweet potato; coffee

Lunch: leftover tilapia; 1/8 avo; mushrooms; banana (not enough veg or fat! oops)

Snack: 20 almonds, handful blueberries

Dinner: big juicy steak! yum finally something besides fish and eggs!; large salad with raw veg and vinaigrette


Was very hungry before dinner but overall felt better than yesterday. Tonight is the first night in several I'm not going to bed hungry. I ate hours ago but still feel satisfied. Thank you, steak. Two more days (including the car ride home) of eating struggles before I'm back in my own kitchen. Can't wait.

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17. A Day of Eating-To-Make-Up-For-The-Days-of-Not-Eating


Breakfast (9:30 am): 3 eggs scrambled/fried in coconut oil with mushrooms and onions; 1/3 sweet potato, a few cherries

45-minute gym workout, mostly upper arms

Lunch (1:30 pm): leftover steak; salad with avocado and vinaigrette

Snack: fruit throughout the afternoon. Oops.  :rolleyes: It was just so delicious, and I was lying in the sun by the lake, and yum. I'm aware that's not quite in the spirit of the w30, and I do intend to limit fruit again when I get home. But at least, for the first day all week, it seems, I wasn't hungry.

Dinner (9 pm): 2x brisket; large salad with raw veg, avocado, and vinaigrette


yum yum yum! No hunger except before meals today. Hooray!


Was very tired, though. I think it's because I haven't been sleeping well on the pull-out couch I'm sharing with my sis this week. One more night before I'm back in my own bed. Looking forward to the second half of my whole 30; I think it's going to be much better than the first half!

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Days 18 and 19 were rough. Lots of fruit, lots of snacking, unbalanced meals. Managed to stay compliant, but only barely. Today was much better, and I think the rest of the month will be, too.


Day 20.

Breakfast: 3 eggs fried in coconut oil with red pepper; 1/2 sweet potato; coffee

Lunch: 5 small meatballs; 1 red pepper; salad with vinaigrette;

Snack: 2 meatballs

Dinner: grilled chicken breast with lime and oil marinade and mango salsa; salad with vinaigrette; watermelon

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21. ate too much.  :unsure:


Breakfast: 3 eggs fried in coconut oil, 1/3 sweet potato, 1 red pepper

Pre-WO: 3 small meatballs

45-minute home strength workout

Lunch: leftover lime grilled chicken; mango salsa; large green salad with vinaigrette

Snacks: (eaten throughout afternoon while cooking... oops): a lot of roasted veg (no breaks food! won't happen again. ick.); a few bites of a chicken recipe as I cooked it to taste it; carrots; bite of mayo after I made it to taste it (ick.)

Dinner: spaghetti squash; 3 meatballs; large green salad with vinaigrette.

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breakfast: sweet potato hash and fried eggs (recipe without butter, obvs) (what? something besides the usual? gasp!)

lunch: lime chicken with mango salsa; large salad with vinaigrette

dinner: roasted veggies; meatballs with spaghetti squash



breakfast: the usual. what can I say? I'm a creature of habit.

20 minutes moderate-vigorous indoor cycling

lunch: lime chicken; large salad with vinaigrette, avocado; 1/3 mango, grapes

snack: 1/3 palm-size of salty brined chicken dipped in a tiny bit coconut mayo

dinner: meatballs with spaghetti squash

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have been compliant the last few days, just haven't felt like tracking.


I got weighed today at the dr's office. I'm on day 27, but I figured since my starting weigh-in (6 weeks ago) was on the dr's office scale, I should have my ending weigh-in on it, too.


I only lost 2 pounds. (I'm 5'5" and, now, 149.) I'm pretty disappointed. I know I wasn't perfect -- too much fruit, maybe, and once or twice having a non-compliant trace ingredient. And I know, if Tom saw this, he'd say, "What's wrong with 2 lb/month?" And I know, weight isn't everything.


But I worked really, really hard these last four weeks. I had been ingesting huge amounts of sugar, and I stopped. I had been eating pretty much only carbs, and I stopped. That was hard, and I expected to see results! And I can't continue eating this way, as you know, because I'm going to be living in a vegetarian co-op, so it's not like I can keep Whole30-ing and keep losing 2 lb/month until I'm happy. I wish I had measured myself at the beginning to see if, at least, I lost inches, but I didn't. I'll finish my w30, and I'll continue to avoid sugar and white flour, but I have to admit...


I'm pretty bummed.  :(

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