Micaela P

Start date Mon. Feb 12th 2018

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@Sunshine2020 I think all the RX bars minus the peanut one is compliant (I didn't read every label, just the two I bought) but they are discouraged on this diet...


But for an emergency and as a diabetic, I've got to have something in my purse, etc. when needed.

So funny about falling off the chair. I mean not really but it sounds like something I would have done in high school and maybe more so now!!! But great job on avoiding all those "treats." Our school system has the "cupcake nazi" as she has been referred to in the press because she only plans a dessert for the kids once every 6 weeks! They work hard to source locally grown foods and grass-fed meats. I feel pretty lucky that if my boys do eat lunch at school, the choices are waaaaay better than what I experienced growing up.

@AmberinCanada I don't know if you guys have Costco up there, but I got both the Whole30 book and the Quick Recipe one for $17.99 each US.

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I think I need a spiralizer too!  Thanks for the link, @dnewc! Oh, and to be clear, the curry I was raving about was the curry sauce on page 307.  I used it on cooked chicken.  I haven’t tried the actual curry chicken recipe yet!  

Thanks for the recipe @jenrunsaustin!  It really does sound yummy. 

@AmberinCanada the book is $18.99 at Costco in Canada. Well worth having your own copy...so much information I’m constantly checking, plus all the great recipes. I’m tempted to pick up one of the other Whole30 recipe books that Costco has too. 

Yes, almost 1/4 of the way through...hard to believe!  I am amazed at how good I feel when I go to bed now. My stomach used to feel so full & heavy before & I would usually try to not eat anything past 7 & it still felt that way. I wouldn’t be comfortable & would toss & turn. Now I get into bed & there is none of that, or the acid reflux. I am impressed since it’s only been a week. Makes me wonder what the culprit was...gluten? dairy? sugar?  Makes me excited to see what other positive changes are coming!  

Lets keep this going!  :)

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Eating a wonderful simple breakfast of scrambled eggs with Avocado and Pico de Gallo (tomatoes, jalapenos, onion and cilantro) all very easy to do in my office kitchen which consists of a refrigerator, sink and microwave but at least it is something.

I was surprised at how easy the weekend was, even met a friend for a "beer" which I had ice tea -yay me!  I am getting kind of bored and want somethings like chips, not because I am craving them, but because i like them.

I really admire all of you who are doing this with families and still providing them with their "normal" meals, treats, etc.

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Hi Whole30 Buddies! 

I just read all your posts from the beginning! It was so comforting and encouraging to hear all of your experiences, and I will start chiming once a day with mine!  I had to start over on Day 1- I was in the store buying deli meat for my kids- the Boars Head Chipotle Chicken and when they offered me a piece I said "Yes Please!" Ate it  was so yummy!    Well..... on my drive home it occurred to me that it may not have been legal. -OOOPS!  I looked up the ingredients online when I got home and sure enough there was sugar in the spices on the edges!  

Well At least it was only on Day 1.  I did start over because I wanted to hold myself accountable to following 100% and to make myself think first before I just grab any old food I used to eat!  So that has been my biggest realization how often I eat without even thinking!  Good habit to be breaking.  

I honestly feel like have been spending my days planning, shopping, cooking, and cleaning up after food!  I told my husband it brings back memories of the all consuming feeling of brining home a newborn and you never get a chance to take a breather!  Its all about the baby every waking moment  just like now  its all about the Whole 30 constantly to just keep up with the workload!  My kids have been having to help with dishes more which is a good thing.

I feel sooo much better in my gut.  Taking a nap every day bc I'm just wiped out.

Amazing how I am learning what it feels like to be hungry vs craving something and to be truly full and satisfied of delicious food.  I never expected this food to be this amazingly delicious and I'm having a blast using every gadget and kitchen supply I have ever bought! I feel like Im on a cooking show sometimes and I do feel happy.  Then other times especially after I wake up after my 30 min- the ravenous sugar craving monster is in full force and I am so angry I can't have CHOCOLATE!  Or a toasted tortilla with butter, or a scone and vanilla latte!  I hate this and I hate anyone around me!!!!  

Well it does pass- just get out some leftover's Jennifer and you will soon be satisfied and content and proud of myself for sticking it out.  Getting stronger I think.

Pants fitting a little looser! Have fought the urge to weigh myself.  

Day 5 I put in my journal that I was feeling more mentally clear and calm than what is normal for me.  Brain noise and fog has improved.  I normally take Vyvance for focus and energy but have stopped for this 30 days.  Another variable to this Whole30 experiment removed!  And I feel like Im focusing better than ever!  Love that!

Favorite meals so far:

Salmon Cakes out of the Whole30 book with homemade mayo, lemon and chopped green onions on the top.  I used seat potatoes that I cooked myself instead of canned- just as good and easy to do.  Love mixing the mayo with the red pepper sauce- I practically use that on everything I eat..

I find the sauces and dressings to be necessary and very helpful to making these dishes fabulous!

Oh and I made the applesauce and can't tell you how I almost giggled when I was eating it- did not taste like I should be eating it!  So good with coffee in the am but I had to stop that bc i need to break the habit of have a "goodie" with coffee in the morning- I used to eat biscotti or scones or cookies with my coffee in the am and it was a bad habit- don't want to continue that even with Whole 30 approved delicious apple sauce.- NO way.  SO I have it with a meal instead.

I desperately want to get a spiralizer- what is a good one?  I bought a chopper that I love and use everyday  its prefect to chop onions in with a few pulls of the string.  ITs not electric and its very easy to clean  it is Cuisinart  CTG-00-PCH-  $20 on Amazon or BB and Beyond.

I also bought the 10-second Chopper for bigger vegetables- works great.  Got it at BB and Beyond.It is also hand powered not plugged in and easy to clean.

Gotta have the right tools by dad always told me! :)  Now more than ever as Im just trying to keep my head above water.  So far so good!! 

Hope your all hanging in there and seeing many positive changes today.  Go take a nap! :)

Jennifer in Raleigh,NC



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@JenniferNoc I love your anology of Whole30 to a newborn....that describes it perfectly!  It is all consuming & I curse all the dishes (no kids here anymore to help!  :wacko:). I’m glad to hear you made the salmon cakes using mashed sweet potatoes instead of canned...I will make those this week. I’ve heard lots of rave reviews about the recipe. I find I’m quite addicted to sweet potatoes...I never bought them before because hubby wasn’t keen on them, but he’s eating them!

Last night was the first time I was craving a snack. I was antsy & wandering the house. I wasn’t hungry!  Just old habits. Talked myself down & all was good. 

Tonight we’re having baked salmon with blueberry/ginger sauce, coconut cauliflower rice & green beans. Will give a review of the new (for me) recipes. 

Are we really on day 8???

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Worry not about your kids... They'll eat the food because you can make almost anything you make now, just with different fats... I made stir fry tonight. I ate the stir fry, made additional rice for my husband. He asked if I had ordered in! He made rotisserie Boston butt yesterday, smoked pork chops and fish over the weekend, and more. I make sides. We eat like a royalty. It's not as difficult as you think it will be... Be bold! Success is yours! 

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6 hours ago, JenniferNoc said:

Amazing how I am learning what it feels like to be hungry vs craving something and to be truly full and satisfied of delicious food.

I am starting to actually get the "full" message and think "Ya, I can stop now."

I'm having a tough time this weekend though. I'm visiting my older daughter who is in college and she has lots of yummy things in her house that I tend to crave like hummus, and peanut butter and cereal. When I get home I'm going to make zucchini hummus!

And she has beer and cider... but there is lime perrier for me! 

Yesterday we went out to a Greek place for lunch and I had Greek salad (hold the feta) with grilled chicken.  Last night we cooked pan fried fish (Opa) and roasted veggies - today for breakfast eggs with roasted veggies and more leftovers for lunch. We are going out to dinner but I'm sure I can find something on the menu I can "customize".

Day 8 - wow! This is flying by.

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@dnew  WOW super impressive!!  You can do the comparison now, but in the future, more like after the 30 days, it will not seem like a big deal. And you won't even think of the other choice. You will be satisfied with your Choice!

As I am typing, my husband just walked by with Ice Cream and Piping Hot Chocolate cookies. "Dmmm" Does it count if I smell it and don't eat it? :huh: as still in compliance?:D

@JenniferNoc  I agree with @SalW it is so true. I spent time in the store today, looking up what RX was acceptable, and reading ingredients. I remember when I brought my kids home from the hospital, looking up if what they did was "normal".

I just received my Nom Nom book today. I was looking for new receipes. I think I am turning into a Whole30/Paelo cookbook geek! I need to purchase the spiral, and I purchased frozen, but haven't tried them yet. I had purchased fresh from Target, but they had some preservative - and I couldn't take the taste. 

Is it really Day 8 - ... Is everyone still doing great? or at least plugging away??




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