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I'm starting today and planning to basically go through Lent, so that is more than 30 days.  I introduced myself in the intro forum.  I'm a 35 year old working mother of two and I am coming to this program because of both a desire to lose some weight/tone up and lots of tummy problems.  

 

I'm also Catholic so today is a fast day -- one full meal and two smaller "snacks."  Really tough day to be both starting the Whole 30 AND fasting.  So I'm struggling but getting through it.

 

Breakfast:  two hard-boiled eggs, melon, coffee w/coconut milk (I realized this morning that my coconut milk is not compliant because it has carrageenan in it so I'll be purchasing a compliant one shortly).  Because I'm going for more than 30 days I'm not going to beat myself up about having this additive in my coconut milk for a few days -- don't yell at me!

 

Lunch:  handful of almonds, baked sweet potato, black tea (I usually have this with half-and-half but it wasn't too bad!)

 

Dinner:  tilapia cooked with olives and onions, large salad

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Yesterday was rough but I attribute that more to the fasting than the Whole30.  Lots of surprises too . . .

 

What I Didn't Miss:  

 

Wheat!!!  After my major tummy problems on Tuesday night, which I am still suffering the effects of, I was perfectly happy to say good-bye to wheat.  I actually didn't miss grain at all and even made rice for my husband to add to his dinner and wasn't craving it.  

 

Afternoon coffee w/half-and-half.  This is a staple for me at work after lunch but I swapped it out for some black tea and it was fine!  Amazing.  

 

What I Did Miss:

 

Sugar-free gum. I had NO idea I was so addicted.  This is definitely a work thing because I don't chew it at home or on weekends.  But I have multiple sticks a day at work.  I was really missing it yesterday.  I tried to just drink water when I felt the need for something to chew on, but it was hard.

 

Dark chocolate.  I usually have a small piece after dinner and I was definitely craving that!  It's something I will likely add back in after my Whole 30, but I think it's good to wean myself of it.

 

Mistakes:

 

Coconut milk w/carageenan.  I mentioned this before and I swore I bought a compliant one but I didn't.  As soon as I can get to the store I will remedy this but I'm having it until then.

 

Salad dressing.  I had a semi-homemade one that I realized last night contains a tiny bit of sugar.  Today I'm just having vinegar and olive oil on my salad.

 

Today's meals:

 

Breakfast:  egg white frittata w/bacon and spinach (only reason this is egg white is that I ran out of regular eggs)

Lunch:  large spinach/lettuce salad w/turkey breast and grapes w/olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Dinner:  tilapia cooked in bacon fat (from last night's fritatta), chorizo, large kale and brussel sprout salad w/pumpkin seeds and homemade dressing

 

Snacks:  I am trying to work within the template and not snack but just in case I have two hard-boiled eggs and macadamia nuts (note, I did end up having these as I was starving by 3:30 pm)

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Mistakes:

 

Coconut milk w/carageenan.  I mentioned this before and I swore I bought a compliant one but I didn't.  As soon as I can get to the store I will remedy this but I'm having it until then.

 

 

 

Sorry, carrageenan is a big no-no on a Whole30. It's not allowed, period, and ingesting it requires a restart of a Whole30 on day 1. 

 

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I'm going to go beyond the 30 days, which I'm not panicking about the carageenan.  I need to have something in my coffee and I accidentally bought the wrong thing . . . not going to beat myself up over it.  I'll fix the problem and move on.  I realize people on this board are very strict and I'm doing my best to comply 100% but this is going to have to do for a couple more days.

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Hi!  I'm doing a Lenten Whole40, too!  :)  I found the Whole30 three years ago and started on Ash Wednesday then, too. Changed my whole life. You can read my testimony at the top of chapter 7 in their book.  I'm finally, FINALLY, after three years, really following the Whole9 lifestyle and have further changed all of me, right down to who I am, not merely how I feel or how I look.  I'm just a better PERSON all around, and I do attribute it to the Whole9 principles, as well as to the work of the Holy Spirit.

 

I'm afraid I have to agree with Chris that you've got to really, really, really adhere to ALL of the guidelines to reap the benefits of a Whole30.  Don't beat yourself up about the carageenan on one of your days of Lent, because that is still sacrifice of taste when you're used to cream, but I would get to the store and restart your Whole30.  You've got time to get all the ingredients you need on hand and still finish before Easter. 

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Not sure where you're shopping, but also wanted to mention that for ME, in Small-Rural-Town-USA, I find Whole30 compliant coconut milk in the Asian foods section of our grocery store.  I buy the cans of Thai Kitchen coconut milk.  It has to be shaken well before opening, and I usually have to use a wire whisk in a bowl on it before measuring it out. Then I store it in a jar in the fridge.  Just FYI.

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Thanks for the help.  I think I thought of carrageenan as a lesser evil than it apparently is.  Good thing I'm only two days in!  I tend to be very hard on myself so while I want to comply with the program I'm allowing myself a little leeway at the beginning to understand what to do and then make sure I get in a full 30 days.  I'll see if I can't get to the store today to buy some compliant coconut or almond milk.  I'm hoping that I'm still doing good things for my body with the rest of the food changes even if I still have that in my diet for a couple days.

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Thanks for the help.  I think I thought of carrageenan as a lesser evil than it apparently is.  Good thing I'm only two days in!  I tend to be very hard on myself so while I want to comply with the program I'm allowing myself a little leeway at the beginning to understand what to do and then make sure I get in a full 30 days.  I'll see if I can't get to the store today to buy some compliant coconut or almond milk.  I'm hoping that I'm still doing good things for my body with the rest of the food changes even if I still have that in my diet for a couple days.

Carrageenan is against the Whole30 rules because of its gut disrupting properties. It's really best for your body to keep it out for 30 consecutive days. 

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Update, I couldn't get to the store because of the kid pick-up so my husband went.  I had him write down "carrageenan" so he knew what to avoid and look for almond or coconut milk.  He comes home saying he couldn't find either of those but he did get a soy milk with no carrageenan.  Ah!  Of course can't blame him, but it was funny.  

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Update, I couldn't get to the store because of the kid pick-up so my husband went.  I had him write down "carrageenan" so he knew what to avoid and look for almond or coconut milk.  He comes home saying he couldn't find either of those but he did get a soy milk with no carrageenan.  Ah!  Of course can't blame him, but it was funny.  

Oh dear...

 

your best bet is coconut milk in a can. usually in the aisle with asian foods.

EDIT: Make sure the canned version does not contain sulfites. Look out for potassium metabisulphite.

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Since my husband bought me soy milk without carageenan last night instead of almond or coconut I'm still non-compliant today.  I'll start my official 30 days tomorrow.  I'll post this in the troubleshooting forum but yesterday I was starving mid afternoon despite having a lot of turkey for lunch and I'm worried about my fat intake -- seems like I'm eating a lot of it!

 

No meat Friday meals:

 

Breakfast:  sweet potatoes w/almond butter and coconut flakes, two hard-boiled eggs, coffee w/coconut milk (non-compliant)

Lunch:  going out because I didn't have anything at home that worked -- getting a salad with shrimp

Snack:  roasted veggies, raw cashews

Dinner:  roasted fish w/tomatoes and olives, roasted broccoli

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So this is my fifth day, but really my first day because I had to restart.  First I had the illegal carrageenan and then on the day of my restart we were over at a friend's house for brunch and I was being SO careful (black coffee, fruit) and then I had some eggs that were not cooked in butter that contained . . . cheese.  Ah!  So today is now my day 1.  I feel like this isn't that hard when I'm at home, it becomes extremely difficult when I'm out.  I have three events coming up during this Whole 30 so that makes me nervous.

 

Even though today is technically day 1 I'm already feeling less bloated and having no stomach issues, but I am feeling very tired (no headache or anything like that).

 

Today I tried eating a much bigger breakfast to keep myself from feeling hungry.  It kind of worked.  I had breakfast at 8 am and felt slight hunger pangs at 10:30 am (really?) and then held off until 1 pm to have lunch.  I still needed an afternoon snack.

 

Breakfast: three eggs cooked in coconut oil, chicken/apple sausage (totally legal, I checked and rechecked ingredients), small sweet potato, coffee w/coconut milk (also legal)

Lunch:  large salad w/turkey and avocado, balsamic vinegar and olive oil

Snack:  apple w/almond butter (avoiding eating anything at a kid birthday party)

Dinner:  grilled pork chops, large salad (same dressing), roasted butternut squash

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Hi mcjule,

 

I'm doing a WholeLent too...for no reason (and certainly no religious reason!) other than it seemed like a convenient block of time to start. I have always struggled with the Reintro period (this is my third Whole30) so I'm counting those 10 Reintro days as part of the WholeLent...which fits in nicely time wise, leading up to to allowing me some chocolate on Easter Sunday! :-) 

 

I'm sorry to hear you had to restart, but I'm glad you did as it's so easy to fall into the trap of 'oh it's only a very tiny bit, surely it'll be OK', which just becomes more dangerous as time goes by. 'Easing' into it just doesn't work! Having said that, I was away for the weekend at my boyfriend's parent's place and although they were fully briefed on what was going on, they didn't have compliant fish sauce (there was some sugar in it) and some of our food was cooked with it. I am NOT going to restart because it was a very tiny amount, I wasn't fully aware of it until afterwards, and I don't have a so-called 'sugar dragon' that needs to be put to rest (case in point: boyfriend's family have a VERY unhealthy sweet tooth, and not once did I have a craving or feel like giving in).

 

During my first Whole30 I found that I was hungry a lot, and would snack in the mid morning or afternoon (usually on nuts), which was silly as I didn't snack before the Whole30. I found myself snacking in the first two weeks and then not so much (if at all; I can't remember!) in the last two weeks. I think it was partly to do with the fact I was constantly obsessing about food, thinking about what I was going to be eating later that day or later in the week, feeling a bit anxious about it which made me think I was hungry. It was also partly to do with portion control and fat intake. During the second Whole30 and this one now I haven't felt the need to snack at all and I think it's because I seem to have a better handle of how much I need to eat. So it'll just take time. If you've taken out a load of calories from grain and potatoes, you need to make sure you're eating enough protein, fat and carbohydrates from other vegetables to balance it out.

 

For what it's worth, today's food consists of:

Breakfast: roasted portobello mushroom topped with scrambled eggs and crispy prosciuotto

Lunch: Leftover roasted chinese pork belly with stir fried pay choy and aubgerine

Dinner: (will be, it's only mid afternoon now!) beef rendang with coconut cauliflower rice, cucumber, boiled egg (my paleo version of a traditional Malaysian breakfast called Nasi Lemak)

 

good luck with yours! I'll keep looking in on you :-)

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Thanks for the support!  I am basically also going to do my reintro during Lent.  That wasn't my initial plan but I realized that the kids' spring break is the last week of Lent and we're going on vacation.  I know it's extremely hard, if not impossible, to keep compliant when you eat every meal out so I'll need to be able to expand a little.

 

Today's meals:

 

Breakfast:  three eggs, chicken/apple sausage, pear, coffee w/coconut milk

Lunch:  leftover pork chop w/large salad and roasted butternut squash, two clementines

Snack:  apple w/almond butter

Dinner:  carrots w/baba ganoush (pre-dinner before my husband gets home), chicken and vegetable curry (adding rice for him -- perfect way to keep me from having to do two dinners)

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So this is Day 3 of my restart but Day 7 since I attempted to start.  Where does that put me on the timeline?  I feel like I'm probably past "day 3" in terms of how I feel because I made a lot of changes in my diet on the day I intended to start.  I am still feeling tired, having felt the "kill all things" in fact I feel much happier than usual!  And I can't tell if the fatigue is related to how I'm eating because as a mother of a baby and a toddler I always feel tired!  

 

Would love to incorporate exercise into my days.  I used to exercise five times a week and it's become really hard since having kids so trying to figure out a way to fit it in.

 

Breakfast:  frittata made with eggs, chicken/apple sausage, and spinach, coffee w/almond milk

Lunch:  large salad w/pork tenderloin and butternut squash w/olive oil and vinegar, two clementines, cashews

Snack:  raw veggies w/guacamole (I really want to get over the snacks but I am always hungry mid-afternoon)

Dinner:  chocolate chili, few grapes

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So today I woke up feeling gassy.  Maybe from the onions?

 

Also, I'm so used to trying to lose weight that I'm struggling with, am I eating too much fruit?  Too many nuts (probably!)?  Too much fat?  It's hard to get over that mindset.  Anyone have good suggestions for something to eat instead of nuts?  They are so easy (and yummy!) that I grab them for snacks.

 

So today I'll be at an all-day conference (after breakfast).  I requested a dairy-free and gluten-free meal so I'm hoping this works out.  There is no way to bring my own lunch and it's a seated, plated meal.  

 

Edited to reflect what I ate:

 

Breakfast:  spinach and sausage fritatta, mixed fruit, almonds, coffee w/coconut milk

Lunch:  salad, chicken breast, vegetables, black coffee

Snack:  Lara bar

Dinner:  a couple chicken and beef appetizers at conference (grilled, there were sauces on the side), shrimp fra diavolo w/spaghetti squash

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So today I woke up feeling gassy.  Maybe from the onions?

 

Also, I'm so used to trying to lose weight that I'm struggling with, am I eating too much fruit?  Too many nuts (probably!)?  Too much fat?  It's hard to get over that mindset.  Anyone have good suggestions for something to eat instead of nuts?  They are so easy (and yummy!) that I grab them for snacks.

 

So today I'll be at an all-day conference (after breakfast).  I requested a dairy-free and gluten-free meal so I'm hoping this works out.  There is no way to bring my own lunch and it's a seated, plated meal.  

 

Breakfast:  spinach and sausage fritatta, mixed fruit, coffee w/coconut milk

Lunch:  unknown

Snack:  bringing nuts and a Lara bar to the conference just in case

Dinner:  I have shrimp and lots of veggies but not sure what to do with them.

 

The need for snacks can be a sign that your earlier meals need to be larger.

 

First, look to meet the recommended meal template for each meal: 1-2 palms of protein, 1-3 cups of veggies, and the appropriate amount of compliant fat.  Eat the minimum template before you have any fruit.  Fruit is optional on a Whole30, and limited to 1-2 servings a day, where a serving is the size of your fist.  

Create meals that satiate you for 4-5 hours.

 

Are you staying sufficiently hydrated? Aim for drinking water, in the amount of at least half your body weight in ounces, daily.

As you make these changes, if you still find yourself hungry between meals (hungry = you could eat steamed fish and broccoli), have a mini-meal that contains a protein and fat. Nuts are a fat source on a Whole30, and the recommendation is to limit nuts. See the meal template for other fat options.

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Thanks.  I've been trying to follow the menu template and my fruit is usually around 1-2 servings a day (today is a bit more).  For example for lunch yesterday I had about four cups of salad greens, two cups of diced pork tenderloin, about 1/2 cup butternut squash and then olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Seems like that should have filled me up but I was hungry by 3:30 (3 1/2 hours later).  I usually eat dinner about 8 hours after I have lunch so I'm not sure any meal will keep me full that long!

 

I will cut back on the nuts.  Today is an odd day because of the conference so I'll bring some but I'll definitely cut back tomorrow.

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Hi! I am also doing my second whole 30 for lent! I just want to get you guys input on my food intake. I am def not hungry (just get craves here and there) but sometimes I think I am eating too much? check out the log for today:

 

Pre WOD: 6AM

Cup of coffee + 1/4 cup coconut milk + 1/2 Tbspn coconut oil

 

Post WOD: 7:30-40AM

2 muffins: egg, chicken and sweet potato 

 

Breakfast: 8:20AM

Coconut oil fried chicken + 1/3 sweet plantain chips

 

Lunch: 2:00PM

Steak stir fry + cauliflower rice + 1/4 large avocado

 

Dinner: 7:30-8PM

Turkey and Veggie Soup + 1/2 sweet potato + 1 Tspn coconut butter

 

 

I wanna see some results and do not want to undereat but I am afraid I am eating way too much. Also, I am going away this weekend to another country, I bought some approved lara bars for desperate times only but any tips? I am going to Bogota, Colombia...grains grains and more grains will come my way. I will haver to have brekfast at my friends parents house and I am just not confortable with saying no to their food! anyway, any tips or words of encouragement would be helpful!

 

thank you! Happy hump day!

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Hi! I am also doing my second whole 30 for lent! I just want to get you guys input on my food intake. I am def not hungry (just get craves here and there) but sometimes I think I am eating too much? check out the log for today:

 

Pre WOD: 6AM

Cup of coffee + 1/4 cup coconut milk + 1/2 Tbspn coconut oil

 

Post WOD: 7:30-40AM

2 muffins: egg, chicken and sweet potato 

 

Breakfast: 8:20AM

Coconut oil fried chicken + 1/3 sweet plantain chips

 

Lunch: 2:00PM

Steak stir fry + cauliflower rice + 1/4 large avocado

 

Dinner: 7:30-8PM

Turkey and Veggie Soup + 1/2 sweet potato + 1 Tspn coconut butter

 

It doesn't look like you're eating too much to me.  One thought for pre WO is to swap out one of those fat servings for a protein, as the preWO recommendation is protein and optional fat. PostWO is protein and carb, no fat, so you may want to rethink using the whole egg in the egg muffin, or have another alternative.  Make sure you're getting at least 1 cup of vegetables per meal, and get at least the minimum fat recommendation. Check the recommended template for serving sizes. 

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Thanks.  I've been trying to follow the menu template and my fruit is usually around 1-2 servings a day (today is a bit more).  For example for lunch yesterday I had about four cups of salad greens, two cups of diced pork tenderloin, about 1/2 cup butternut squash and then olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Seems like that should have filled me up but I was hungry by 3:30 (3 1/2 hours later).  I usually eat dinner about 8 hours after I have lunch so I'm not sure any meal will keep me full that long!

 

I will cut back on the nuts.  Today is an odd day because of the conference so I'll bring some but I'll definitely cut back tomorrow.

Greens will initially fill you up but not necessarily satiate you for a long period. One possible tweak is 3 cups of salad greens and 1 c butternut squash and see if that makes a difference.

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It doesn't look like you're eating too much to me.  One thought for pre WO is to swap out one of those fat servings for a protein, as the preWO recommendation is protein and optional fat. PostWO is protein and carb, no fat, so you may want to rethink using the whole egg in the egg muffin, or have another alternative.  Make sure you're getting at least 1 cup of vegetables per meal, and get at least the minimum fat recommendation. Check the recommended template for serving sizes. 

 

Thank you Chris!

 

That makes sense! I will add protein to my pre-wod and not use the whole egg for post! my version of bulletproof coffee was more for convenience than anything else but perhaps eating a hard boiled egg is a way more convinient alternative!

 

during my first whole30, I drilled so deep into my head that whole eggs are healthy (which i still think they are) that I didn´t think about the fat in the Post WOD meal (duh).

 

I will get in more veggies! I just had to use a bunch of plantain i had left and were going beyond black! :P

 

thanks again! :)

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Really, really proud of myself yesterday.  My gluten-free, dairy-free meal was perfect (they added a side of rice, which I did not eat) and I avoided all the desserts and alcohol!  Trying a larger, more protein-heavy breakfast today.  I wonder if some of my afternoon snacking is psychological -- I have always had a snack around 3 pm.  But I am truly hungry so who knows.  I am NOT going to have nuts today!

 

Day 5 of Restart (Day 9 since original start)

 

Breakfast:  slice of leftover frittata, two scrambled eggs w/pork sage sausage, coffee w/coconut milk

Lunch:  leftover Paleo chocolate chili, two clementines

Snack:  pork tenderloin and avocado (trying the protein and fat approach for snack -- no nuts)

Dinner:  large salad probably w/more pork tenderloin

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