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Well hello Whole30 world!  I am in, I guess, the "prep" phase of the Whole30.  A couple of weeks ago I had finally decided I heard enough about Whole30 and was ready to give it a try.  When I was going through the Whole30 book and trying to decide a start date, I decided that I would use January 2, 2017 as my start date.  I know that is a long way off (well, sort of...can't believe it's November already!), but I also know myself and know I wouldn't be able to make it through the holiday season with a complete round.  I have a tendency to self-sabotage, give in to excuses, and cave for cravings.  I am going to take this extra time before starting to really get ready.  I am reading the books.  I now have Whole30 which I just finished, It Starts with Food which I will be starting Wednesday after some family affairs, and Food Freedom Forever for when I finish my first round.  I also know I will need to meticulously plan out my meals.  I eat out way too much (deep fried greasy food is my nemesis, along with bread), and need to make it easy for me not to make that quick pit stop at the drive through or have it delivered.  I am my own worst enemy, and the extra prep time will help me get a grip and really dig deep into what I need to do.

I have already started to work on my pantry and fridge so I don't have any tempting foods within reach.  I did that about a week ago.  And let me tell you, I have paced around and around and around in my kitchen looking for that thing to satisfy me - doritos, butter-laden popcorn, or just anything extra salty, extra crunchy, and extra not healthy for me.  I have carrots and apples and celery, but it's just not the same...yet.  I'm hoping I'll get there one day, but this process is already showing me what an issue I have with food.  I mean, I already knew I had food issues (I have gained 100 pounds in 10 years because of my terrible food choices and steady decline of physical activity), but it's amazing how much more clearer it is when you try to fix it.  

This is not going to be easy.  And completely giving up Mt. Dew is going to be extremely difficult, but I think I'm finally at a point in my life where I know I need to turn things around if I don't want to have any major health issues in the very near future.  

Anywho, I thought I would get on here and get this thing started since my in-person support system isn't the biggest.  Not that I don't have friends or family I could turn to (and a couple of them I will), but it's more about me being ashamed and also me not liking to need help from anyone.  I'm hoping I'll get more comfortable with both of those, but for now, I have a feeling this is going to be my "safe space" to come and share.  So thanks to all that take the time to read/reply to any of my posts!

 

Tata for now,

Andi

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Welcome Andi! I am on my attempt 2 of the Whole30 (Day 7), last time I only made it a few weeks. Like your Mt Dew love I was completely addicted to Diet Coke, like breakfast lunch dinner after dinner, I think if I could have been hooked up an IV I would have signed up. And I just cut it out. I think the tough love rules of Whole30 really helps with that and I replaced it with seltzer or sparkling water. It allows me to have some carbonation and flavor but it is compliant! 

Also, I think January is a great start date! (If you check out the blog there is one post against a holiday whole30) My advice that has worked so far is cook ahead of time as much as you can for the week. With working full time, and having a toddler I found myself exhausted after work and ordering in A LOT. I failed my first time around because I just didn't prep and gave in to my stressful schedule. Now I am planning meals on Saturdays, food shopping and cooking on Sundays for Sun - Sat menu. So far (the past week and change) it has worked out great!

 

Welcome and good luck!

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I have not been very Whole30-esk lately. Thank god I haven't started yet :lol: But I have decided I'm going to attempt to make ghee sometime soon!  Seems simple enough, and sounds delish from what everyone is saying!  Now my question to all you ghee-aholics...do you need a cheese cloth or is a fine mesh strainer good enough?  I've never had or used a cheese cloth, but am willing to give it a go if it really will make a difference.

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As I'm sitting here at Culver's waiting for my delicious and very non-compliant food, I'm thinking about everything I need to learn to be ok with not having. It's going to be sooo tough, but I know it's going to be sooo worth it. Just gotta keep reminding myself of that...and start cooking more at home!!  I have a feeling crock pot recipes are going to be my saving grace!

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Did you ever make your ghee? The fine mesh strainer might be okay if it's really, really fine. You can use a coffee filter or a tea towel or flour sack type dish cloth (something that isn't fuzzy -- you don't want lint in your ghee) -- but do know if you use anything fabric, it could stain and may end up being something you keep around just to strain ghee with.

For the learning to be okay with not having certain things -- remember that we're asking you to give things up for 30 days. Just 30 days. After that, if it's a thing you really, really can't imagine living without, you can find a way to have it in your life (although sometimes, you try a thing after Whole30 and it's just not as good as you remember it being, so it's a little easier not to have it again after that). It can also be helpful to remind yourself that you're choosing not to have things. After all, no one is forcing you to do Whole30 -- you're an adult. If you wanted ice cream or a candy bar on day 15, you could have it. You wouldn't have finished your Whole30, but you could absolutely make the choice to have that thing that you're craving. When you start your Whole30, though, what you're saying is that you are choosing to focus on your health for 30 days, and therefore for those 30 days, you are choosing to have healthier options instead. For those 30 days, you health is more important to you than having something sweet.

 

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Hey Shannon!  I haven't made the ghee yet...it's hard finding cheese cloth around here :P  I did find a flour sack cloth though so I'm going to try that.  I'm hoping to try it tomorrow when I have a bit of down time!  

And thanks for the tough love.  I know I need to put my big girl panties on and suck it up.  Definitely something I gotta get used to - and I have just over a month before I start to suck it up!!  

I'll post again after my ghee attempt and let you all know how it went!

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I realize I need to get better with checking in, especially with my first round coming up soon!  But I will be better when it starts :)  I have some good news though!  I am getting out of work an hour early due to a snow storm, and won't be going to my parents' to work tomorrow because of it as well.  Which means I have all day Saturday to plan/prep and just get ready (and probably should clean the apartment too :P ).  I also just joined Anytime Fitness today.  I have workout equipment at home, but have a terrible time motivating myself right now to do anything once I actually do get home.  So I can stop at the gym on my way home before I even have a chance to get comfy on the couch.

I also plan on (FINALLY) trying to make ghee tomorrow. Wahoo!!!

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On 11/26/2016 at 5:23 PM, FitFreak14 said:

Hey Shannon!  I haven't made the ghee yet...it's hard finding cheese cloth around here :P  I did find a flour sack cloth though so I'm going to try that.  I'm hoping to try it tomorrow when I have a bit of down time!  

And thanks for the tough love.  I know I need to put my big girl panties on and suck it up.  Definitely something I gotta get used to - and I have just over a month before I start to suck it up!!  

I'll post again after my ghee attempt and let you all know how it went!

Cheese cloth is at most hardware stores and grocery stores. And at Amazon. I doubt that a flour sack will allow the liquid through but of course you can try. A coffee filter will probably work better but really cheesecloth is best.

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