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Roll call: November Whole30s!

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Tips for preparing spaghetti squash - don't be worried that you will overcook it, it's nearly impossible. Here's a good article on the topic: 

 

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-spaghetti-squash-in-the-oven-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-178036

 

My 3-lb. squash needed 50 minutes at 400 degrees F to seem fully cooked. I considered it fully cooked when it was EASY to draw a fork through the flesh to make the little spaghetti-like strings.

 

I have overcooked spaghetti squash! I nuked it instead of baking (my preferred method), and it over-steamed and became almost mushy. I'll never do that again.

 

Day 10! Today was the first day that I went from breakfast till lunch (5 hours) without feeling hungry or eating a handful of nuts/dried fruit because I "thought" I was hungry. And my sleep has been amazing. I can't get over how quickly I started sleeping through the night again on this second W30. I've read that the benefits kick-in earlier on subsequent rounds, and it's definitely proving true. So exciting!

 

Happy Monday and good luck everyone!

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I love reading everyone's Monday morning posts! Great work keeping on track through the weekend!

I am still dragging....so very tired but it's really hard for me to tell what's behind it. My 8 year old came down with Fifths a couple of weeks ago and I got it from him and it showed up with debilitating exhaustion quite a bit prior to beginning this W30 that I've been told can last for weeks and weeks. Grrr. I was supposed to work out this morning but I couldn't get out of bed after being up until 330a with a sick child. I did still get my 8 hours though!

What supplements, if any, are any of you taking?

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Giving up Soda was surprisingly not hard and since finding out about whole 30 I've not put honey in my tea (was my version of sweet tea).  The thing that gets me is Pizza.. was first solid food I ever ate and seems to be something that even when I think I am doing good I fall off over it.   

 

 

SO am trying my dangdest to not even get near it and deleting all emails about it. 

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Hi all! Just joined the forum! I'm Stephanie from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I work from home for myself as a graphic designer. Married with one 7 year old boy.

 

Nov 3 was Day 1 for me, so I'm now on Day 8. I had a bad headache for 2 days at the start as I've given up my daily coffee (I like it with cream & sugar, figured it would be easier to quit than have it black). Had major MAJOR rage late last week for 3 days, it almost made me give in it was so bad. I was horrid. And starting today I've got the sleepies. I was walking the dog earlier at a brisk pace and still felt my eyes drooping!

 

I'm finding cutting out grains to be easy as I was mostly grain-free before, and dairy isn't too hard (other than the coffee), but the sugar. THE SUGAR. Actually, the only thing I REALLY miss is my morning coffee with cream and sugar. I fantasize about it. I have conversations with myself: "If I had to choose between X and coffee, what would it be?" and the answer is always coffee. I don't even have that much!! One cup a day!

 

Anyway, I feel I'm doing well, eating lots of veggies, eggs and loving the meat LOL

 

Today for breakfast was 2 soft boiled eggs cracked on top of spiralized zucchini sautéed with avocado oil and garlic, topped with fresh tomatoes. It's my favourite breakfast! Sometimes I'll substitute baby bokchoy for the zucchini, just as good.

 

Lunch was a salad: lettuce topped with leftover steak, green beans, tomatoes and a dijon vinaigrette (whole 30 compliant)

 

Dinner is thanks to my husband: thai curry beef. He is on the 30 day challenge with me which makes it much easier.

 

Give me strength to get over the coffee fantasies!!

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Oh Day 8, you were my nemesis the last time but its almost over and I made it. But I am coming down with a cold; my throat is so raw! This week will be a challenge as I am putting together my UK visa application to remain indefinitely and I have another job interview...stress!! I think dealing with immigration in any country is maddening as there never seems to be a simple anwser!

I just have to breathe, do what I can, and keep going. Im going to my second crossfit class tomorrow (cold allowing) which I am actually looking forward to! Keep it up everyone!

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Hello Everyone,

 

A few hours ago I was on Day 9... but then a force stronger than me  - really, it seemed unstoppable - compelled me to eat an oat biscuit, and some cheese, and swiftly afterwards some chocolate and then some more. Oh dear. Back to the start. Tomorrow is Day 1. Again.

What have I learnt? It's hard to know, although the initial taste of the non-compliant foods seemed brilliant, I now feel hideously disappointed in myself, lethargic and quite miserable. However I know also that at the the time, the sudden, unstoppable need for that food was so powerful, and I find it hard to imagine how to suppress it next time it happens (as it surely will). 

It wasn't the first craving in the 9 days, there were plenty in the earlier days, but it felt a different beast altogether, as if I couldn't rationalise it, or distract myself from it, or in any way negotiate with it. 

I can't even say I was stressed, tired, bored or overly hungry. It just seemed to come out of nowhere and send me to the kitchen to forage. Unfortunately my husband and toddler are not eating entirely complaint foods (ie there's dairy for her, and a few chocolates and biscuits for him), and that will not change - so non-compliant food in the kitchen I am going to have to live with. AAAAAAaaargh. 

At least the fridge remains full of good, real food too, and I can start with a decent Whole30 breakfast again, however tonight I go to bed with a heavy heart. 

Assessing the failure, I think that at the crucial moment of 'will I or won't I eat this', I couldn't find enough reasons for sticking with the program... and maybe I'd forgotten the exact reasons why I'd started. So this time I shall be diligent about a) setting actual, written goals, and B) making myself accountable for every day here on this thread. 

Roll on a better day tomorrow!

 

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Hello Everyone,

 

A few hours ago I was on Day 9... but then a force stronger than me  - really, it seemed unstoppable - compelled me to eat an oat biscuit, and some cheese, and swiftly afterwards some chocolate and then some more. Oh dear. Back to the start. Tomorrow is Day 1. Again.

What have I learnt? It's hard to know, although the initial taste of the non-compliant foods seemed brilliant, I now feel hideously disappointed in myself, lethargic and quite miserable. However I know also that at the the time, the sudden, unstoppable need for that food was so powerful, and I find it hard to imagine how to suppress it next time it happens (as it surely will). 

It wasn't the first craving in the 9 days, there were plenty in the earlier days, but it felt a different beast altogether, as if I couldn't rationalise it, or distract myself from it, or in any way negotiate with it. 

I can't even say I was stressed, tired, bored or overly hungry. It just seemed to come out of nowhere and send me to the kitchen to forage. Unfortunately my husband and toddler are not eating entirely complaint foods (ie there's dairy for her, and a few chocolates and biscuits for him), and that will not change - so non-compliant food in the kitchen I am going to have to live with. AAAAAAaaargh. 

At least the fridge remains full of good, real food too, and I can start with a decent Whole30 breakfast again, however tonight I go to bed with a heavy heart. 

Assessing the failure, I think that at the crucial moment of 'will I or won't I eat this', I couldn't find enough reasons for sticking with the program... and maybe I'd forgotten the exact reasons why I'd started. So this time I shall be diligent about a) setting actual, written goals, and B) making myself accountable for every day here on this thread. 

Roll on a better day tomorrow!

 

 

You can do it.  I've had that urge before and I ended up either making another meal or munching on organic coconut flakes.   Especially this time after folding to Pizza on Halloween I was sooo hungry.  Still am but it is starting to ebb.

 

Have faith in you and support you ^,^

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Day 8 done!  Today I made Chocolate Chili from The Clothes Make the Girl.  I doubled everything but the beef amount because I love meat in my chili but I don't enjoy eating a spoonful of meat.  Also added a few veggies.  It was so good though!  My 3 month old has been screaming most of the day since last Thursday and he seems extra gassy.  I thought it was broccoli and cabbage so I stopped eating those but it hasn't gotten better.  I need to head over the the breastfeeding forum and see if anyone else has had this problem or if it is a fluke and unrelated to my change in eating.  My husband has been having food dreams lately.  He's struggling a little more than me with the food cravings, but he gave up a lot more than me.  I already wasn't eating dairy so no pizza, and he can't wait to eat pizza when we are done.  I'm proud of him for doing this with me though. 

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It's Tues morning in Melbourne and I'm feeling so happy :lol: to hear such success stories from over the weekend- congrats to all.

 

Battling ourselves can be hard enough without sabbotage efforts from well meaning but scornful family and friends AND brainwashing from the world at large!!!!

 

Anyone else a bit gobsmacked at the eternal " but what do you eat?" question? OMGosh : meat, fish poultry vegies, fruit, nuts seeds and bucket loads of herbs and spices. Eating real food in the 21st century has become as bizzare and comical as all those furutistic ideas were decades ago rofl.

 

You guys are inspiring me to prep more! THANKYOU.

 

Blessings on the journey :)

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End of day 10 here and I hardly dare say this aloud but I think my jaw pain is settling, its still there but less intense. Maybe its the pain meds but yesterday they were not working so that's an improvement. I have also just had the best dance class ever. I usually struggle to remember the steps but tonight I remembered from last week and taught the others. I also had tons of energy. Hope it continues now to get some sleep.

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After a great weekend of Whole30 and Crossfit, I finally managed another blog post. http://totheboxandback.com/day-10-whole30/. Does anyone else blog their efforts?

 We had a brutal partner WOD on Saturday and this evenings was short but tough. I blog as well, but it's more travel related than tracking my health.

 

http://www.hypesouthflorida.com/back-again-and-gone/

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Dinner tonight WAS really good!!

 

Pork: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/03/chef-daniel-patterson_n_6085240.html

BBQ Sauce: http://thehealthyfoodie.com/smoky-hot-bbq-sauce/

Slaw: http://nomnompaleo.com/post/3955306349/red-cabbage-slaw-with-tangy-carrot-ginger-dressing

Sweet Potatoes: just cut into wedges, covered with ghee, salt, & pepper, then baked for 400 degrees F for about 30 minutes.

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Wow, so many of us!   I'm Abbie, I live with my dog in downtown Chicago and my big challenge is going to be dining out and turning down the booze - though I really can't complain about options, in a city this size the only excuse for not finding something I can eat on plan is laziness or poor planning (likely both).   I first heard of the Whole30 after a woman I've known since grade school shared her success story with me and I was floored (http://whole30.com/2014/10/whole30-weight-loss-katie-k-s-story/).   Then I started reading about it and before I even had the book I was hooked - I've long suspected that the fake stuff that took the place of the fat and calories in the "healthy" food that I was eating was no good.   I've also got some borderline compulsive behaviors when it comes to snacking and I have been looking for the tough love I need to break those.   So here I am - one day down and a lifetime ahead!   B)  I'm actually really excited to host my family's Thanksgiving this year - it will be day 18 of my first Whole30 and I'm already planning out the menu.    With the exception of those awful canned biscuits that my father thinks he can't live without, I don't even think my family will notice!   I'm all ears if you've got suggestions!

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Hi everyone, can anyone tell me how to update my start date to December 1st? I still haven't received my book and I want to start reading it before i start. My start date was going to be on Nov. 12th.
Thank you!

Dena

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Hi everyone, can anyone tell me how to update my start date to December 1st? I still haven't received my book and I want to start reading it before i start. My start date was going to be on Nov. 12th.

Thank you!

Dena

 

Dena- Are you referring to your whole30 daily subscription? Send and email to [email protected] and they should be able to change the date for you.

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Wow, so many of us!   I'm Abbie, I live with my dog in downtown Chicago and my big challenge is going to be dining out and turning down the booze - though I really can't complain about options, in a city this size the only excuse for not finding something I can eat on plan is laziness or poor planning (likely both).   

Welcome, Abby!  My husband and I will be in Chicago Saturday for a formal gala.  We are committed to staying compliant and would LOVE some Paleo friendly restaurant suggestions close to to Hubbard St downtown. Can you help a girl out? I did a search and came up with these...

http://paleoporn.net/restaurants/chicago/

 

angledge I will SO be recreating your entire meal from last night.  Sounds perfect for out first snow storm which will be, no doubt, right around the corner.  :)  (We've already had snow the past two days in Northern Michigan)

 

 

 

Anyone else feeling the energy burst? I have been a cleaning/organizing fool for days now.  Completely unlike me, but I will take it while I have it!

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Jgreene, yes! I had amazing energy at the gym last night. But our snow is coming tomorrow...we'll see if my energy lasts if I have to start shovelling the driveway!

I'm so excited. I found compliant bacon on Sunday and turkey sausages last night, both 5 min from my house!

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Day 9 is starting and I am feeling very frustrated.  I am currently breastfeeding my 3 month old and something is just off.  I have never had issues with milk production, I nursed my first until 22 months, but in the past week my baby is hungry constantly, spitting up way more than normal, and screaming most of the day.  I eat a ton throughout the day and not small amounts either.  A snack for me is a whole chicken breast with some veggies or fruit and I eat a ton of healthy fats.  I have to evaluate whether or not to continue this now or try again when he is older and not relying solely on me for his nutrition.  

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Maybe he just has colic this is very common around that age group my 2 boys had it really bad and I wouldn't want those days back. Also maybe he is having a growth spurt and feeding more to encourage more milk production increase. Some babies have sensitive tummies with my oldest I couldn't eat citrus fruit or he got diarrhoea and a sore tummy, maybe it is the amount of fruit and veggies giving him tummy ache. I know when I increase my veg consumption I get windy and it effects your milk. Just thoughts hope you get it sorted soon. Maybe a colic medication would help but from personal and professional experience (I am a midwife)their is nothin to be done but wait for it to pass and give them lots of hugs. I know what crying babies are like very frustrating. My youngest boy was a very demanding baby and is still demanding at 10 years.

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joybedford -  Thank you for the advice, but unfortunately I know this isn't colic.  He actually just got through the colic phase a few weeks ago.  He screamed a lot before he hit 12 weeks but after that mark and some chiropractic care, he turned into the easiest, happy baby.  Now a few weeks later we are back to him constantly being upset and I feel like my milk production is decreasing.  My concern is that it is all the veggies.  I have always had veggies, but never in this huge amount and I do think that may be what is causing him to be so gassy :(

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Christaeno I think you need to do what feels right for you, no one can advise you how to go on this. Like I said I know how difficult it is having a crying baby been there myself. A happy baby is a happy mama after all. You have done great so far and well done on breast feeding as long as you do that's no easy task. I really struggled with it and my milk production for my twins was terrible they both lost a lot of weight and became dehydrated and jaundiced. I had no choice but to formula feed but unfortunately Piers was severely lactose intolerant hence the difficult 18 months. I hope you come to the right decision my thoughts are with you.

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Day 9 is starting and I am feeling very frustrated.  I am currently breastfeeding my 3 month old and something is just off.  I have never had issues with milk production, I nursed my first until 22 months, but in the past week my baby is hungry constantly, spitting up way more than normal, and screaming most of the day.  I eat a ton throughout the day and not small amounts either.  A snack for me is a whole chicken breast with some veggies or fruit and I eat a ton of healthy fats.  I have to evaluate whether or not to continue this now or try again when he is older and not relying solely on me for his nutrition.  

 

There's a whole section of the forum for women who are pregnant and breastfeeding -- you may find helpful information there, or you could post there and ask for advice. 

 

I have no personal experience with this, but I do know that breastfeeding women need a lot more food than average Whole30-ers. It's recommended to have at least four full template sized meals each day -- this thread discusses that, as one example. If you're not sure if you're eating enough, or if you wonder if there are tweaks you could make to what you're eating to help, start a discussion in the section I linked to above and list what a typical days' food, water intake, and activity levels are like. 

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Christaeno, It could be just certain types of veggies. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage could do it. Maybe try to limit those to just small servings, and eat moreover things like lettuce, squash, carrots, bell peppers, etc. I know how frustrating it can be. I have nursed four kids and they were all sensitive to what I was eating. It will get better as they get older. Are you drinking more coffee to curb cravings? My kids were very sensitive to caffeine. Also, it sounds weird but once when my twins were small I ate turkey at three meals Ina row and they were very fussy. My mother in law told me her kids were sensitive to turkey when she nursed them. You've got my sympathy though.

PS could be time for another chiropractor visit?

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Day 6/24. Had a small family emergency yesterday so my eating plan was all but thrown out of the window. I wasn't hungry and just didn't eat. I was afraid that it would catch up with me and send me off the cliff but it hasn't yet.  

I just completed my walk in this morning.  I am not a morning person but these past few weeks have been absolutely gorgeous and I can hardly wait to get out there. I am just compelled to go.  I download  podcasts like one from the Hartwigs to re-enforce this choice to follow Whole30, Paleo, music, comedy, political, or anything that sounds different and interesting.  I get lost in it and before you know it, I'm home. I have met some neighbors, but I have met all of their dogs. Mostly fenced thank goodness.

Today is Veteran's Day. Remembering the loved ones in my family and yours in their service to our country.

Have a blessed day.

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Welcome, Abby!  My husband and I will be in Chicago Saturday for a formal gala.  We are committed to staying compliant and would LOVE some Paleo friendly restaurant suggestions close to to Hubbard St downtown. Can you help a girl out? I did a search and came up with these...

http://paleoporn.net/restaurants/chicago/

 

I found that link the other day too!   I've actually been to a couple of those places long before I'd even heard of the whole30, so while I can tell you that Gather, Au Cheval, Uncommon Ground and Acre are delicious, I never tried ordering paleo there. The only downside is that most are out in the neighborhoods where most Chicagoans live, not right downtown where you'll probably be staying, so that would be a cab ride or an adventure on the L.   I've not been to Zed451, but that one is right downtown and when I walked past just the other day it looked beautiful in there.   I'm really still struggling with this myself.   I have a dinner date on Friday so the clock is ticking for me to come up with a reservation+plan that doesn't make me look like a lunatic out in public.   There are no shortages of steakhouses, and I suspect I could do alright at a sushi bar if I could navigate around the rice and soy... but this is definitely tricky.  I'll keep researching and let you know what I find. :ph34r:

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