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Got the folks in town and they are big on going out to eat for like every meal ... between W30 and Project X, I told them I'd be happy to tag along for the company but I'll probably just be watching them eat. :)

For some reason the visual image I have of this is HYSTERICAL. :lol:  Something like a Tarantino movie. :lol:

 

I am hanging in there! I'm in the busiest weeks of the semester at the university where I teach, and it's better to eat well, I know this - but when you find yourself cooking at 5:45 a.m. for the entire day, you know you're too busy! :o

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So it looks like I am not the only one with a challenge this weekend. It is my BFs birthday today and we are going out to a couples "wine and paint" thing tonight...I'm gonna eat ahead of time but I will have to politely refuse the wine! Nevermind the bday cake, cookies and ice cream the BF will want to eat afterwards tonight. Stay strong, my friends! :)

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What Jomyke said about the mango - I've noticed the last couple of days that ALL fruit tastes like the best fruit in the world. All these days without sugar and sweeteners and my taste buds go crazy for anything naturally sweet. I bought strawberries last night and they weren't even that great, a little sub-ripe. But I popped one in my mouth while I was slicing them up for a salad, and it was like, wow, that is amazing.

On a related note, strawberries do not pair particularly well with salmon ceasar salad. Creativity is a definite bonus when doing a whole30, but sometimes ya fail :)

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Had my food monotony tamed yesterday by my lovely lady who brought home a variety of sashimi for dinner ... what a treat! I used coconut aminos, instead of soy sauce, but sure missed the wasabi in there. This is a good potential dining out option if you like sushi.

 

We've decided to treat ourselves a little special Friday nights so tonight we're making spring rolls with shrimp, cucumber, carrots, mango, avocado, basil and mint, all wrapped in romaine. For dipping, I've been experimenting with a peanut sauce substitute using almond butter. This sounds on the lighter side so I might end up eating a dozen of these.

 

have you tried cashew butter? it tastes more like peanut butter to me. i love it!

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So I did it! Tonight, at my sister's, I was faced with all the junk food imaginable. Chips, dip, mozzarella sticks, bagel bites and alcohol and I didn't have a single thing! The best part about it was I didn't even really desire it. Sure, I felt a slight twinge at cheese but I stayed vigilant, prepared a delicious dinner, ate and ignored all the junk!!!!! Victory!!!!! Tomorrow - the farmers market, Lenny's meat market and a BBQ at my cousin's house. I feel armed and ready to make good food decisions! Have a great weekend, friends!

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Way to go, Sarahrosep84!! Friday night successes! I made it through my painting night...cocktail-free...and watched the BF eat cake and ice cream for his birthday. He is not on board w this whole30 thang. But it was fun painting and I didnt really feel like I wanted the wine. (Before this whole30 I was having a glass of wine almost every night...so this is pretty huge!).

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great job ColoradoGirl!!!!! Yeahhhh husband is not on board either. Except dinner because he really has no choice since I'm the one cooking. He's taken to adding cheese or toast to anything I make.

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Go us!! I think having to be strong at home with the BF not being W30 (since I couldnt clean out my whole fridge/cupboards...the ice cream stares back at me when I reach for my frozen broccoli) is helping me make the same choices at bars and with friends.

Im noticing my chronic coughing (asthma like condition from polyurethane exposure 6 yrs ago- w severe asymptomatic acid reflux diagnosed a year ago) is significantly less already. I stopped taking most of my acid reflux medicine before I started with dietary/ exercise changes I made (was taking 80mg prilosec and 40 mg famotidine a day)...but I was still coughing. It is a very significant change when I dont constantly have the urge to cough :-).

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Hi folks, I'm feeling really good today, and I think I'm realizing/remembering how much it helps me to give myself the structure of a Whole30. My habit had become to off-road once a week, but now that I'm almost done with Week 2 of this Whole30, I'm remembering the difference between how I feel when I give my body constant good nutrition, and how I feel when I spend a whole week trying to recover from the weekend's unhealthy eating.

 

I had a really odd experience this last week. One night I woke up at about 2:30 a.m. RAVENOUSLY hungry. Like, painfully hungry. It took about three days of really huge meals, about 4 or 5 per day, for that to go away. It was really shocking, and another reminder that when I spend even one day a week not eating well ( or just plain eating poorly), the rest of the time goes to just recovering from that. I don't build up a steady state of nutrition in my body.

 

I'm still having to be aware of how much I need to eat, and it's still about twice as much as I think. It occurs to me that when I'm eating poorly one day a week (this had become a habit for a couple of months, because I thought it was a good idea :ph34r: ), I'm eating foods that cause lots of inflammation. So then I get puffy and feel as if I must be eating too much, so then I dial back my eating. When I'm really paying attention to eating well, on the other hand, inflammation goes away, and if I still eat as lightly as I was when I ate All The Dairy And Sugar Once A Week, then it just doesn't work.

 

It's good to feel better, and I'm really looking forward to the reintroduction period after this Whole30.

 

Happy eating all!

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I know it's still kinda early, but I'm wondering what everyone's long term plans are? I just want to get through this 30 days first obviously and see how I feel on day 30. But I'm kinda thinking about going through the end of May, so more like whole45, or maybe even whole60. But after my whole-whatever is over I think I may just go Paleo. I already know I have issues with certain things so I don't want to reintroduce them back. But I would like to relax the rules a bit so I can have a treat now and then...like the forbiden banana egg pancakes ;) or a paleo type dessert, or kerrygold butter and regular bacon. I don't have the tiger blood yet but I can tell that my body likes what I'm doing right now. I would love to be more healthy in my second half of life than I was in my first (I'm 40 by the way). Anyway, just starting to think about my next step...

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Anyway, just starting to think about my next step...

First step is an actual reintro (no need to reintro the ones you say you already know you don't want to add back in): http://whole30.com/step-two-finished/

And then after that:

http://whole30.com/2012/01/ride-your-own-bike-2/

http://whole9life.com/2011/04/whole9s-guide-to-nutritional-off-roading/

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Jomyke: I might try an AIP program after this one- depending on how my coughing/asthma/inflammatory changes go. It is much better already...but I still notice some whole30 foods bother me (vinegar, some veggies?) and I havent exactly figured it all out yet for myself. Im planning on taking my time...this time ;-). (PS Im also 40! :-o I think this year has been an "oh shit, I better get my act together for reals" kinda year! LOL.) BUT...Im kind of just trying to make it through these first 30 days- because Ive never made it through past day 21. Im determined this time!!!!

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AmyS: It took me two days last week to recover from not refeuling properly after my long run...I also had the hungry horrors!!! Then on thursday I had the experience of dehydration...and I was still not feeling right until Sat. Without doing the W30- I dont think I woud have noticed these things!!?! I added in a half of a small red potato with my breakfast and lunch and that has helped my energy levels trememdously on busier days when I workout harder.

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Kirkor, thanks for the links. I will check them out more closely when I get some time...looks like good info.

Coloradogirl, I'm thinking about AIP too actually. Very curious if that would help with some of my issues too. You will totally get to day 30 this time!! :)

Today is the day! Going out to dinner in a couple hours. I've looked over the menu a couple times now and have 3 different things picked out that look pretty safe so I will decide when I get there.

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But after my whole-whatever is over I think I may just go Paleo. I already know I have issues with certain things so I don't want to reintroduce them back. But I would like to relax the rules a bit so I can have a treat now and then...like the forbiden banana egg pancakes ;) or a paleo type dessert, or kerrygold butter and regular bacon. I don't have the tiger blood yet but I can tell that my body likes what I'm doing right now. I would love to be more healthy in my second half of life than I was in my first (I'm 40 by the way). Anyway, just starting to think about my next step...

 

I feel exactly the same way. Although I refuse to really plan until I get closer to the end (because I don't want to set myself up for fantasizing about life after whole30 and getting derailed by it), I have had the thought that this is working well, I feel fine physically and much better mentally, so I could probably make this a most-of-the-time thing. I do think the reintroduction rules are important, although I have a fancy luncheon two days after my whole30 ends, which will likely throw more than one forbidden category at me at once. 

 

It's funny, most of the time (not whole30 time, obviously) I eat very little meat, relying heavily on beans for my protein. Here on day 14, I do not miss beans one bit, and can't imagine why I'd want to eat them at all. They seem totally unappealing.

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Half way mark tomorrow friends! go us!!!

After an extremely temptation filled weekend I can proudly say I didn't slip, cheat or stray once! I stayed strong and explained probably 1,000 times that I was happily staying true to the Whole 30 template. I even came home and made husband a chocolate chip banana bread with my leftover way ripe banaynays! As delicious as it smelled I wrapped up his half and half for work friends and didn't have a bite.

I ended up taking an insane nap today. Not that I couldn't have functioned without one but I guess the work week and crazy weekend all added up. I came home from BJs, had lunch and totally passed out. It feels amazing to listen to my body and really understand when I'm actually hungry, actually tired, actually full. No more gluttony, no more lethargy and a ton of happiness.

I've decided to go for 100 days. I don't think I'll ever go fully back to my old way of eating or my old relationship with food but I may make the occasional cheese or dairy allowance. My family and I will be on vacation in July and husband's birthday will be Day 100. We'll most likely go out to celebrate and it will be incredible not to feel the same craving for my old way of eating.

I hope everyone else is feeling great also. Back to the old work grind tomorrow. Here's wishing you all a great Monday morning. Good night :o)

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So glad we've made it 15 days! I had a good one today, lots of singing at a concert, brought my own food for energy. Because sometimes adrenaline just isn't enough! :lol:

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Ok may I please ask my fellow day 15-ers a few questions?
 

1. What is SWYPO? I see this everywhere and I feel like big dummy. 

2. Some of you (Jomyke and ColoradoGirl) mentioned an AIP? What is that?

3. When does everyone usually get exercise/working out in? First thing in the AM? Afternoon? Evening? I work M-F and have to be up at 5:20 as it is. I have been reserving walking/jogging for the evening after dinner but I keep getting terrible side cramps midway. (like those "don't swim for a 1/2 hour after eating" type pains). I try and get dinner done before 7 so I don't go to bed so close to eating and I don't want to not be eating enough because it greatly impacts my morning. I suppose I could go out before dinner but depending on the amount of time between lunch and dinner I worry I would not have enough energy to make it through a run. Is a snack appropriate in this situation? Can anyone advise?

 

Also just an FYI...sarahrosep84 and I are the same person. My phone for some reason logged me in differently than the computer. Hope you guys are having a nice morning.  

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Ok may I please ask my fellow day 15-ers a few questions?

>1. What is SWYPO? I see this everywhere and I feel like big dummy. 

Recreating non-compliant stuff with compliant versions, trying to trick your cravings, propping up old habits: http://whole30.com/2014/10/sex-pants/

>2. Some of you (Jomyke and ColoradoGirl) mentioned an AIP? What is that?

Auto-Immune Protocol ... a stricter version which looks for even more sensitivities:

The AIP eliminates eggs, nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, chilies, etc.), and all nuts and seeds (even the best choices like cashews, hazelnuts, and macadamia nuts). But, the AIP is just as much about which foods to eat more of as it is about extra eliminations.

I recommend eating at least three servings a week of oily cold-water fish (more if you’re eating much poultry or unable to afford or source grass-fed and pasture-raised meat), and four servings a week of offal (organ meat like liver, heart, and kidney, and unusual cuts of meat like skin, bone marrow, cheek, feet, and jowl), plus large servings of a variety of vegetables at every meal.

http://whole30.com/2014/03/paleo-approach/

>3. When does everyone usually get exercise/working out in?

Afternoon usually but my work schedule changed recently so I may have to start going before 7a ... and that doesn't appeal to me AT ALL lol ...

> I suppose I could go out before dinner but depending on the amount of time between lunch and dinner I worry I would not have enough energy to make it through a run. Is a snack appropriate in this situation? Can anyone advise?

What kind of run? My default answer is usually to just have dinner be your postWO meal. I think the workout-related food needs are emphasized far too heavily here on the forum, and the official recommendations don't reflect the current state of the art I've read.

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Thanks for such a quick response Kirkor! I appreciate it. 

 

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The AIP eliminates eggs, nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, chilies, etc.), and all nuts and seeds (even the best choices like cashews, hazelnuts, and macadamia nuts). But, the AIP is just as much about which foods to eat more of as it is about extra eliminations.

I recommend eating at least three servings a week of oily cold-water fish (more if you’re eating much poultry or unable to afford or source grass-fed and pasture-raised meat), and four servings a week of offal (organ meat like liver, heart, and kidney, and unusual cuts of meat like skin, bone marrow, cheek, feet, and jowl), plus large servings of a variety of vegetables at every meal.

http://whole30.com/2...paleo-approach/

 

I don't think I would want to go to this extreme. I really enjoy the Whole 30 and I am really happy with all the results so far. I know I will be keeping it up going forward I just don't feel the need to eliminate anything further. 

 

> I suppose I could go out before dinner but depending on the amount of time between lunch and dinner I worry I would not have enough energy to make it through a run. Is a snack appropriate in this situation? Can anyone advise?

What kind of run? My default answer is usually to just have dinner be your postWO meal. I think the workout-related food needs are emphasized far too heavily here on the forum, and the official recommendations don't reflect the current state of the art I've read. 

 

I usually run around the high school track in town. It is more of a run/walk/jog. I tore my ACL in high school and I have to be gentle on my knees. I go until I feel my knees give me an issue and then I slow for a bit. That is why a lot of the equipment at the gym is out for me (eliptical, rowing and the like) because my knee just can't take it. I'd be down too long if I pushed them. I will say that in doing this Whole 30 I have noticed far less inflammation in my knee and with my weight continuing to come down the Orthopedist assures me less strain means less pain. Makes sense really.  

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Thanks for such a quick response Kirkor! I appreciate it.

My pleasure! I'm on the internet too much though.......... :ph34r: 

 

>>AIP

>I don't think I would want to go to this extreme.

>...

>I know I will be keeping it up going forward I just don't feel the need to eliminate anything further. 

Oh, definitely! Ideally *no one* should have to do it AIP style --- it's only a further approach to ferret out issues that people still struggle with after cleaning up every other area.

 

> It is more of a run/walk/jog. I tore my ACL in high school and I have to be gentle on my knees. I go until I feel my knees give me an issue and then I slow for a bit.

In that case I think you'd be fine with lunch and dinner.

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 Anyway, just starting to think about my next step...

 

I am just a couple days behind you all, but I too have been thinking about how to move forward when these 30 days are done. Honestly,  it has been shocking to me how much sugar is in everything. I even noticed it is in Lawry's Salt and Worscheshire and all these things I use to just season meat with, along with a few sweet treats a day. Moving forward I want to be more cautious of all things processed, sugar is everywhere. It's been helpful reading the Whole30 book too and the details on what causes inflammation. Mentally I have a sugar dragon, but I feel like eating nuts and nut butters are bothering my stomach more than they used to because I am eating so clean. This has been eye opening to say the least. Stay strong y'all!

 

Have you guys been shocked by how much space veggies are taking up in your fridge?! And yet by the end of the week, ALL GONE! :)

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 Mentally I have a sugar dragon, but I feel like eating nuts and nut butters are bothering my stomach more than they used to because I am eating so clean. 

Careful with nuts when you have a sugar dragon too!  They can be hand-to-mouth eating during times of cravings and depending on what nuts you're eating, they can have just enough sweetness to keep that dragon alive (especially true with nut butters!).  

 

Nuts and nut butters are hard on the digestive system for most people so depending on how many you're taking in...............

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SarahRoseyCheeks: Nooo...I definitely dont WANT to do AIP (AutoImmune Protocol) (LOL). I have a lung condition and severe (asymptomatic) acid reflux which makes me cough. A year ago I went to a pulmonary specialist and they tested me for things like CRP (C reactive protein) and Rheumatoid Factor. I have a high CRP which indicates systemic inflammation and Im genetically rheumatoid positive - this just means I have a higher risk of an autoimmune disease. My dietary changes are me just trying to be more proactive and getting off medication :-) Plus...Im soooo sick of coughing :P. Ok..and lets be honest, 25 lbs overweight.

Post WO snack? If it is a crossfit day (an intense 1 hour workout) or a long run day (7-8 miles or more) I notice I need a post WO snack or my recovery suffers. Otherwise...I dont seem to need one in my experience.

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