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I am starting today on my whole30. Since it is August 31 this gives me a one day trial run in case I mess up. So far so good. I tried ghee in my coffee this morning and I have made a shopping trip to get prepared. I will journal exact foods if necessary, but the main purpose of the journal is for me to be accountable. Since tomorrow is Sept. 1, I will weigh in then and stay with this until the end of September. I am assuming the way the log works is that I will just add to this same post, but I am a senior citizen and I may have this wrong.

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Welcome! You can do your log however you like. It's your journey, so you share the things you'd like:) I usually share my foods for the day and my ups and downs, mostly because it's helpful to me to be accountable to that level, and I feel like this is a great community of support that I want to participate in.

It's nice to "meet" you!

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Thanks for the welcome. Off to a great start. I suspect one of my struggles is going to be adjusting to black coffee, but so far so good. The only thing that changes for this whole30 is eliminating all dairy, rice, and stevia. I have been on primal/perfect health diet for over a year. Yea, I found the edit button!

Meal #1 eggs scrambled in coconut oil + mushrooms sauteed in ghee + black coffee

Meal #2 Crockpot skirt steak with peppers, onions, tomatoes, grilled zucchini, mixed berries w/ 4 macadamia nuts

(ordinarily I would have sweetened the berries...they were a little tart, but with a little coconut oil I did OK.

Meal #3 Ground beef patty, sauerkraut, mixed veggies, roasted sweet potato fries (olive oil)

Did OK except very sleepy in the afternoon. No coffee. IU

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Day 3

Meal 1: 2 poached eggs, half a tomato, one bacon slice, cutie, black coffee

Meal 2 green salad with olive oil, liver and onions, coffee with ghee

Meal 3 sauerkraut, chicken broth, 3 macadamia nuts, 1 dried apricot, coconut milk

stationary bike: 23 minutes

Made homemade olive oil mayo

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Day 4

Meal 1: poached eggs, bacon slice, sauteed mushrooms, anaheim pepper, beef tallow, cutie, black coffee

Meal 2: salad: field greens, salmon, onions, sliced avocado, olive oil/vinegar, pumpkin seeds, sauteed squash, banana

Pretty sizeable lunch list but really just a great big bowlful.

Did a 15 minute elliptical workout before lunch and will try to get some weight training in this evening.

Meal 3: chili, tomatoes, Brussel sprouts, olive oil

Did have black coffee in the early afternoon...so very sleepy...dozing off in chair!

Rendering beef tallow in crockpot...1st time to try And it is taking longer than my readings online suggested.OK the rendering has gone on for 9 hours. I have poured off some, but I don't think it is finished yet. Some of these homestead projects are way too time consuming. Even though this is my own pastured half steer, i think I will just buy tallow from US Wellness next time.

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Day 5

Meal 1: coffee with coconut milk, boiled eggs, sundried tomatoes, bacon, cutie

Meal 2. cracklins from my tallow experiment

Meal 3 salmon,chicken, mayo, squash, raspberries, coconut milk, pumpkin seeds, 4 macadamia nuts

weight training 15 min.

recumbent bike 33 min.

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Day 6

elliptical 30 minutes before first meal


Meal 1: cutie, salmon, mayo, boiled egg, black coffee

rings are loose

Meal 2: chicken filet, tomato, mayo, sauerkraut, macademia nut, black coffee

Meal 3: blackened salmon, tomato,onions, sauteed mushrooms, apple, field greens, olive oil, macadamia nut, date

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Day 7

Had a rough time last night. Stayed up late. Went back to frig and ate another helpiing of salmon and way too many pumpkin seeds! But no foods off the list so could have been worse. I think I had my meal 3 way too early (around 5) and then was up very late. Oh well, I will call it an early breakfast. Obviously did not wake up hungry so I am waiting for meal number 1 for lunch.

meal 1: chicken broth 12:00

meal 2: sauerkraut, roasted red pepper with olive oil, tea with coconut milk 4:00

meal 3: tomato, salad greens, olive oil mayo, guacamole, sweet potato slices, "taco" seasoned ground meat

elliptical 33 minutes

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Day 8

I have stayed on the whole30 plan, have been eating 3 meals a day, and getting in aout 30 min. exercise each day.

How do I feel? bloated...tummy seems bigger...Why? I think I am eating too much even though it fits on one plate and is the right stuff. I have analyzed my diet with various software programs in the past and have found that I really cannot maintain my weight on more than about 1300-1400 calories a day. In order to lose weight I need to get down to 1200. This may not ring true for some people. I am 5' 7" but I am also 65 years old. But I know what is true for me. I realize we are not counting calories here and i have not done so. But I am changing very little in the way I eat now to meet whole30 guidelines...I have been sugar free, grain free and seed oil free for at least 18 months. I eat grass fed, etc. So...in order not to gain weight on this experiment I think I am going to go back to 2 meals a day with no snacks in between. I think I am just getting too much food when i have 3 plates. And I have also noticed over the years when I up my exercise I also up my appetite so that may have contributed to excess. I have also had more fruit than in the past...not much but I used to limit fruit to one serving a day....mostly berries.

I have had my morning coffee with coconut milk but I am going to wait until 11:00 or so for first meal.

Meal #1:

scrambled eggs, roasted okra, sauteed mushrooms

Meal #2

chili, okra, tomato,avocado slices, macadamia nuts (too many)

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Day 11

Well, I thought I had the month mapped out, but there are situations that are going to make it impossible to be as strict as I need to be to follow whole 30. I can manage the no grain, no sugar part in all social situations and have done for over a year. I have some strange looking plates when there is a pasta meal but I can pick around it. But I cannot control the preparation of food for several social events this week. I will stay very close, but it won't be perfect. I will start another round when I have a clear path.

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