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Day 13 seems to be going OK. I was worried that the weekend might prove difficult, I used to treat myself to chocolate every Saturday and wine in the evening. But I really haven't wanted chocolate today and that is amazing! I realise now that a lot of the sensation I thought was hunger must have been sugar addiction, because I don't have those sensations now, even when I haven't eaten for a long time. It's scary what sugar has done to us.

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Just popping in to check on things, spent as much of the day as possible relaxing and napping.  Feeling better for sure.  If I can keep tomorrow low key as well and get in some solid sleep I should be able to take on another solo week at work.  I feel good about pushing through this and not giving in.  It's made it harder though, no question about that. 

 

Especially with the way it's brought out the skepticism in people around me.  When I said earlier that I never get sick that wasn't an exaggeration (for once!) so all they see is that I went on this "crazy" diet and now a little over a week in I get slammed with a cold.  It doesn't matter that I'm eating more regularly and far higher quality foods than before, or that this summer cold is going around everywhere right now.  I know some of it is genuine concern, and some of it is probably just "well there is my excuse for not doing something similar...whew!", but it's an added pressure. 

 

In an area of improvement though, I was pleased to see that my fridge is nearly empty this weekend.  Last weekend it was still so full of things I had bought, over estimating what I would eat over the course of a week.  That means I did a better job with my meal plan and bought smarter quantities. 

 

It's early to bring up, but speaking of reintroduction...those of us on the June 1 start path who live in the US will be coming off the initial 30 days just in time for the July Fourth weekend.  Thankfully this is a holiday prime for grilling out and that lends itself to lots of safe options, but I would love to start a side conversation about what your meal might look like this year in comparison to last year.  Have we learned enough yet to make an entirely compliant and still festive meal?  Might be fun to have a virtual potluck and all chip in ideas for dishes that would look right at home on the picnic table. 

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Great idea Crimsann Start a new thread!

Id think you'll get quite the response!

Slo roll post W30 for me

You sound like you're feeling much better and have adjusted to the W30

Never mind what the others say I'd stay focused

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Just curious, but what special diet is it that you would be required to include non-Whole30 items?

 

I have to add grains back, eliminate sweet potato and other veggies and watch protein intake.  I have been fainting for no apparent reason and feel "funny" most days.  My electrolytes are out of whack ... sometimes.  Until I complete all my tests, I need to watch potassium especially.  Since the only negative side-effect I have from Whole30 is low energy, doctor wants me to be able to distinguish that from an additional symptom of what's happening.  Most of my testing should be done by the end of the month.  I was poo-pooing everything at first, but now it has my attention so I will follow doctor's orders.

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Not knowing I was going to be coming off the Whole30 on June 30th, we made plans to go away for the 4th of July weekend.  I'm not really worried about reintroduction, it's just that a couple of days of dining out as we're going to be in a hotel in the great city of Milwaukee I'm already planning my breakfasts - hard boiled egg and fruit - I haven't gotten past that yet.  We were in the city yesterday (Chicago) and knowing we would be eating at least one meal out, I packed my Balsamic dressing (@Crimsann for my salad, not my black coffee!) and ordered a side salad of mixed greens and tomatoes (everything else they offered on the salad was in no way compliant) and a burger, with no cheese, bacon or bun.  I had them lightly grill the onions for me and because it was juicy, it was so satisfying!  That and loads of water kept me going for the afternoon. I think I can duplicate that plan while "on the road" in Milwaukee.  

 

I ordered "It's Starts With Food" and it arrived yesterday.  Fascinating reading, even the science parts and now I know that if I want to continue using white potatoes I'd better get my a** in gear and start the exercise regime.  I wanted to give myself two weeks of concentrating on what I'm eating and now I'm going to shift into high gear with cycling or walking (if it would ever stop raining, glad I have the exercise bike in the family room!).
 

 

The hardest part is the scale, but I know myself - if I've lost I'll want to celebrate and if I haven't lost enough I'll beat myself up!  Not good either way so I will remain strong and not try and find where my husband hid it.  Waking up feeling lighter every morning is incentive enough.  Reading what all my bad habits have done to my body is incentive enough.  I love wearing shorts that were tight and feeling good, and I love that I have 3 tops in my closet I bought before the start of my Whole30 that I know will be miles too big and getting to return them (I never remove tags until I am actually putting something on to wear it).

 

On to week 3 - I'm still so motivated and there's no way this is just for 30 days.  This is my new life - although, it's nice to know I can take a night off from prep and cooking and eat a compliant meal - that someone else has prepared!!!

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Fourth of July potluck:

 

Hot dogs on sweet potato "buns

coleslaw (or broccoli slaw)

broccoli, apple, walnut salad

potato salad

watermelon

 

I ended up treating myself to books after all. :D  And now that I've hit the actual 2 week mark, I won't feel guilty breaking into them, lol.

 

My goals for the coming week are to cut back on coffee (at least one less cup per day), and to include non-potato veg with my breakfast. Going to use the idea of using mayo for the texture in an omelette. I also got some pea shoots at the farmer's market, so I'm going to use those as a fancy side salad with my omelette. :D

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Yes.. Day 13!!!

I know a little far out, but... What's you guys plan for reintroduction?

I have read through the reintroduction plan and I'm thinking I'm gonna slow roll it out.

Slow roll for me too... just going to keep this up until right before our camp vacation in July.  10 days before we leave I'll loosen up a bit and not be so stringent on added sugar as per the suggestion in The Whole 30.  Then as I feel inclined, I'll try something when it comes up if it's important enough to me.  This gets easier as I go along and get used to all the new and different ways of thinking about food and creating my meals.  I like this lifestyle.  I like eating simple, wholesome foods with no artificial additives.  Having this control makes me waaaaaayyyyyyy happier than  being led around by the cravings that I thought were absolute necessities.  It will be nice to not have to subject everyone who prepares food I might want to eat to The Inquisition, lol!

 

 

I realise now that a lot of the sensation I thought was hunger must have been sugar addiction, because I don't have those sensations now, even when I haven't eaten for a long time. It's scary what sugar has done to us.

I'm with you on this.  I was awed, amazed and frightened by the realization of the hold simple, ordinary, seemingly innocuous sugar had over me.  No more constant look outs for my next hit on the grazing trail.  What an unexpected relief.  I mean, I knew we were supposed to be able to experience food freedom, but the reality of that is SO MUCH MORE than the concept!

 

 

It's early to bring up, but speaking of reintroduction...those of us on the June 1 start path who live in the US will be coming off the initial 30 days just in time for the July Fourth weekend.  Thankfully this is a holiday prime for grilling out and that lends itself to lots of safe options, but I would love to start a side conversation about what your meal might look like this year in comparison to last year.  Have we learned enough yet to make an entirely compliant and still festive meal?  Might be fun to have a virtual potluck and all chip in ideas for dishes that would look right at home on the picnic table. 

I never even gave a thought to the Fourth of July.  I'm so glad you did, because it's always a huge deal for us.  Now I have time to anticipate and plan, especially since I plan to go forward with this through July 15th.  

 

I would definitely make guacamole and bring compliant bacon.  Also strawberries with balsamic vinegar (I'm looking at you, Crimsann  ;)  :D).  I've never tried that before but I nearly did a spit take when I read the coffee/balsamic post by Susie1276 and Crimsann's response.  I'm willing to give it a go especially since the strawberry dip (made from cream cheese and marshmallow fluff- yes, MARSHMALLOW FLUFF) usually available would probably send me into a coma at this point, lol!

 

 

I have to add grains back, eliminate sweet potato and other veggies and watch protein intake.  I have been fainting for no apparent reason and feel "funny" most days.  My electrolytes are out of whack ... sometimes.  Until I complete all my tests, I need to watch potassium especially.  Since the only negative side-effect I have from Whole30 is low energy, doctor wants me to be able to distinguish that from an additional symptom of what's happening.  Most of my testing should be done by the end of the month.  I was poo-pooing everything at first, but now it has my attention so I will follow doctor's orders.

 

I'm so sorry you're going through this, WholeChristina.  That sounds really difficult and somewhat scary.  I wish you all the best as you go through this process on your way to better health.  Keep us posted on how you are doing!

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I packed my Balsamic dressing (@Crimsann for my salad, not my black coffee!) and ordered a side salad of mixed greens and tomatoes (everything else they offered on the salad was in no way compliant) and a burger, with no cheese, bacon or bun.  I had them lightly grill the onions for me and because it was juicy, it was so satisfying!  That and loads of water kept me going for the afternoon. I think I can duplicate that plan while "on the road" in Milwaukee.  

 

I ordered "It's Starts With Food" and it arrived yesterday.  Fascinating reading, even the science parts and now I know that if I want to continue using white potatoes I'd better get my a** in gear and start the exercise regime.  I wanted to give myself two weeks of concentrating on what I'm eating and now I'm going to shift into high gear with cycling or walking (if it would ever stop raining, glad I have the exercise bike in the family room!).

 

 

The hardest part is the scale, but I know myself - if I've lost I'll want to celebrate and if I haven't lost enough I'll beat myself up!  Not good either way so I will remain strong and not try and find where my husband hid it.  Waking up feeling lighter every morning is incentive enough.  Reading what all my bad habits have done to my body is incentive enough.  I love wearing shorts that were tight and feeling good, and I love that I have 3 tops in my closet I bought before the start of my Whole30 that I know will be miles too big and getting to return them (I never remove tags until I am actually putting something on to wear it).

 

On to week 3 - I'm still so motivated and there's no way this is just for 30 days.  This is my new life - although, it's nice to know I can take a night off from prep and cooking and eat a compliant meal - that someone else has prepared!!!

I really, really resonated with all of the bold bits, Susie.  The first one though made me chuckle, I saw that interaction previously and it made me smile (and choke- see my previous post  :P).  Congratulations for all the non-scale victories!!!! 

 

 

This whole process started with my doc suggesting I try this program, and when I see her on July 23rd, I am going to thank her for challenging me not only to change my life, but showing me where to go to find out how.  Sharing this journey with all of you is also such a joy and has made this soooooo much better!  Thank you all for the support and laughs, encouragement and advice! 

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Yes.. Day 13!!!

I know a little far out, but... What's you guys plan for reintroduction?

I have read through the reintroduction plan and I'm thinking I'm gonna slow roll it out.

Is there a place to find the reintroduction plan if you don't have the book?

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Is there a place to find the reintroduction plan if you don't have the book?

There's a whole section in the main site and a forum here.  There's also a few other bits of info here and in the books.  Just search reintroduction at the very top of any page and you'll get a list  :)

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Hello all,

Sadly, I gave in to a glass of wine on our anniversary trip. So, I will be starting over starting tomorrow. I'm OK with it because I did very well up until the glass of wine. Happy journey to all of you! You've been great support. Sad to have to start over and miss checking on with you but it is what it is! :)

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@Crimsann -  Dayton isn't all that far - hubby is often there for work. Made a batch of the sausage this morning, always happy to share! Maybe another time  :)

 

Bike ride yesterday was fun, I like having a destination or other activity to tie into the rides. Completely ignored all the terrible food booths at the Arts Festival.

 

Food prep today for a successful WEEK 3!!!!:

  • Roasted tiny yukon gold taters
  • roasted beets
  • baked an acorn squash
  • clarified a pound of butter - so great for eggs in the morning, and veggies later in the day
  • hard boiled 1/2 dozen eggs
  • made sausage patties
  • did a balsamic reduction

This week the CSA gave me a few different types of lettuce, chives, yellow squash (that is getting the balsamic reduction) beets, and more rhubarb (just going to freeze that and figure it out later, all recipes for it have sugar.)

 

Breakfast today was a frittata, for the greens we used were called Lamb/s Quarter, it is a bitter green that you steam or saute before using. That was a first, I had never heard of it before,that was from last week's CSA delivery. They are definitely making my Whole 30 more of an adventure.

 

Lunch was egg salad with "O" salad on the side - that is an orange, olives and onions with olive oil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Had that once at a restaurant and was totally surprised by the combination of flavors!.

 

Ah yes - re-introduction - slow, not going to undo all this in one fell-swoop!

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Hi all,

 

Just thought I'd write a quick update.  

 

I've been having some medical issues for a couple of months.  After seeing another specialist this week, I've been put on a special diet until they can figure out the irregularities in some test results.  It's nothing radical, but it will stop my Whole30.

 

When all of this is over, I intend to head back to my new "normal" eating and the Whole30 ways.

 

Good luck to you all!

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I have not figured out how to respond to any of you in less than two posts! Hmmm I didn't think I was that inept but I am a little new to posting in forums. Ha - sorry!

Coming here, though, has been so helpful.I am seeing how food has been taking over my life. Frankly, I feel like there is nothing to do if I can't scrounge around for more nibbles.I'm worried that I will fall back into some very deeply entrenched habits. The next two weeks for me will be key for establishing new activities and routines that will distract me from my endless focus on junk food. Yesterday I found myself recreating my mindless eating habits: a Larabar followed by an entire pint container of trail mix I put together myself :/ Nothing off plan but completely in line with old habits.

So I skipped dinner after that late afternoon "snack" and drank lemon water! I wasn't punishing myself... I just had plenty in my belly! As much as I'm counting down the days to 30 (mostly I want to WEIGH!) , I need every one of the remaining days to establish new habits :)

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Remind me that if I want to be lazy and do a crockpot recipe for the weeks worth of lunches...there is such a thing as TOO lazy on Sunday.  That is, not getting the dang crockpot started until nearly 2:00!  Ouch.  So I'm waiting out the last hour-ish and hoping it comes together.  I went a bit "off roading" with the recipe.  Not off plan, I hasten to clarify...just that I took two recipes that I have never tried and merged them and then flung in some other stuff as well. 

 

Sometimes this even works out!  LOL!

 

Not sure if this is going to be one of those times or not, so I probably should spend a little time coming up with a Lunch Plan B for tomorrow.  I already messed up the Chili Lime Sweet Potato chips by covering them too soon, now they are the approximate texture of dried apricots.  Not so chippy.  I am hoping to also have a riff on the Carnitas.  I borrowed some elements from a recipe out of this month's Cooking Light for Pulled Pork in Lettuce Wraps, and then because their "sauce" contained sugar I subbed in a bit of papaya.  Papaya Pulled Pork, I couldn't resist the alliteration.  Last check the pork seemed to be cooking down okay, but not super tender.  I know with similar dishes it really often is the last two hours or so that make all the difference. 

 

It's straight to bed after that though, I've slept well this weekend but I still have some lingering effects from the cold and Monday starts a whole new round.  I am happy with myself for trying some new things this weekend, including my emergency snack of Jicama and Almond Butter (less sweet than apple but very similar texture!) and the swordfish steak I made with lemon "butter" and pepper for dinner tonight.  I keep reminding myself that the number one thing I wanted to get out of this was learning to do more with whole foods and trying to find some better favorites.  That might not gel in the first go round, but it had to start somewhere.  Maybe this week before I start planning the next meal plan I will also spend a little time going back over my food log and creating a "going forward" list of the things I don't want to forget how much I liked. 

 

I plan to be around in the morning, we need to be prepared to do a "half-way there" conga line to sound off in celebration of who has made it to the middle mark!   

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Hi all! I just wanted to check in with a weekend re-cap after reading all of your's since I find motivation and camaraderie on this forum, which keeps me going sometimes.  This weekend was by far my toughest so far- I knew it coming in so I was honestly tempted to be a hermit and not go to all of the outings/get togethers I had to go to because I was so anxious about them and no one understanding what's important to me with my health and fitness, but I didn't do that.  Friday, I was downtown at this outdoor bar area where they literally had nothing compliant - the bartender laughed when I asked for club soda and said, "We only serve alcohol here" and the food was all "food truck" type places with all fried food or food with added sugar, etc.  It was rough and I didn't get to eat as close to my previous meal as I would have liked, but my friend was really understanding and took me back home to eat some almonds and an apple because she knew and respected my choice of following and sticking to the Whole 30.  At a 2nd get together today, the "vibe" was quite the opposite - I felt judged and looked down upon by an entire family (and extended relatives I didn't even know) because I didn't say yes to foods that were not compliant - it made me feel guilty and alone so I'm glad I have this forum to come back to tonight! SIGH!  I kept thinking of the lines from the Hartwigs' book when they say we are all adults and we can make our own decisions and no one can "make" us eat or drink anything - that is true and I held strong today, but gosh, some people sure want to try to make you, don't they?  

 

Anyway, I have to get my portions back to "just enough" as this weekend I stayed compliant, but tonight felt I ate too much at my meal - I need to pause and listen to my body better to know when to stop so that is one of my major goals this week.  I think sometimes I'm afraid of not eating enough during a meal because I know I want to avoid snacking and I am very active so I don't want to feel weak or super hungry before/during a workout.  Anyway, I'm proud of myself --AND all of you (!!) -- for making it so far.  We are on to the half way point SO SOON y'all!  We can do this! Sending good vibes and virtual high fives to you all! Xx*

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Yesterday I found myself recreating my mindless eating habits: a Larabar followed by an entire pint container of trail mix I put together myself :/ Nothing off plan but completely in line with old habits.

So I skipped dinner after that late afternoon "snack" and drank lemon water! I wasn't punishing myself... I just had plenty in my belly! As much as I'm counting down the days to 30 (mostly I want to WEIGH!) , I need every one of the remaining days to establish new habits :)

You might want to read this recent article about fruit & nut bars on Whole30 going forward.....

Larabars are for emergency use only - proper emergencies, stuck in traffic for six hours with no gas station in sight for 10 miles in either direction type emergencies, and trail mix does not constitute a meal. Where was your protein? Where were your veggies? A pint of trail mix is *a lot* of fruit & nuts so maybe prepare yourself for a rough day today.

Stick to the recommended meal template of 1-2 palm sized pieces of protein, 1-3 cups of veggies, and 1-2 thumb sized pieces of fat (or a handful of olives, dollop of mayo etc., eat mindfully and without distraction, and you'll be less inclined to feel the need for 'snack' type foods that encourage that old style hand to mouth eating.

 

Well done on realizing these are problem areas for you. I'd suggest ditching both for the next two weeks if you're looking to develop better eating habits. Admitting they are an issue is the first step towards change....

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 Friday, I was downtown at this outdoor bar area where they literally had nothing compliant - the bartender laughed when I asked for club soda and said, "We only serve alcohol here" 

 

That's really shocking. Next time you could order a virgin vodka tonic with lime? Unless they're literally serving only shots, beer and wine...

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@cantknockhustle - nice job staying strong! It sounds like you had a challenging weekend and came through with flying colors!! Great point about portions, I feel like I need to get mine in closer check this week as well. I've been surprised a few times how long my last meal has carried me, so that's my clue to back down the portions a smidge.

 

@Crimsann - glad your cold has finally backed down! I haven't tried anything with the crock pot yet on this program, looking forward to hearing how the papaya pulled pork turns out, I love pulled pork, never make it at home and wouldn't DARE eat it at a restaurant - you know it is loaded with sugar.

 

We went to the Steve Miller Band concert last night, Don Felder (of the Eagles) opened and did a really terrific set, after which the sky opened and dumped a biblical amount of rain on Pittsburgh - did I mention it was an outdoor concert? - after about half an hour of huddling under some very leaky bleachers with hundreds of other soaking wet people, the rain let up to downpour status and we made a break for the nearby hotel where some friends (who skipped the opening act and were therefore dry) were waiting out the storm in the comfort of the cocktail lounge.

 

I have to tell you, running in the rain, splashing through four inch puddles, sneakers filling with water, rain blinding your eyes was SO MUCH FUN!!! I ran effortlessly, actually joyously, and felt like a little kid! Our friends didn't hug us hello, they didn't want to get wet. Sissies. Quaffed on a club soda while everyone else had cocktails, I did eye up Lisa's glass of wine, then reminded myself, this is DAY 14 - the end of DAY 14, nope not gonna do it!  They had a few questions about how I was feeling and what we had for dinner and honestly, I think they were a bit jealous that I have the resolve to change habits and take control like this. This is the same group of friends that go with us every October for a 2 night get-away at a B&B for autumn leaf festival - I am personally responsible for bringing a case of wine on this trip,  which I pair to each meal and each person's tastes. I'm not just the "wine girl", I'm the "serious wine girl". BTW - sparkling rose is delightful with breakfast.

 

Happy Day 15 Friends!!!

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