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Starting my First W30 December 26th!

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Hi Everyone,

This is my first w30 and I am super excited and nervous all at the same time. I feel like I've had too many starts with different nutrition programs, and not enough finishes. This time around, I'm not going to overthink it, I'm going to prepare, do my research and use this forum to help me remain accountable. I'm also focused on the NSV's - this is a very different mindset from the past, that I think is an important one, that will help me to be successful. 

I bought the whole 30 day by day guide today...it looks like it will be really helpful during the next 30 days to help me keep accountable and focused. I'm also going to use the daily logs part of the forum to update my personal journey.

New Year, New opportunities, New relationship with food!

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Welcome @HappyPlace! Yes, definitely keep it simple, that's always my motto on the Whole30. You definitely don't need an "Instagram worthy" meal every meal ;) The Day by Day book is extremely helpful if you use it! So definitely write in it!! I recommend looking through the NSV document and picking one NSV that you'd like to closely monitor and add that one to your daily NSVs in the book. Mine was poop, as it tells us SO much about out gut health :D

https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-nsv.pdf

 

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Day 1  - December 26

Meal 1: 3 whole scrambled eggs in Ghee, 1 small apple, a few walnuts

Meal 2: Whole30 Shepherd's Pie

Snack: 12 Almonds + 3 pieces of dried Mango (Unsweetened)

Meal 3: BBQ'd Steak (seasoned with Salt, Pepper, Garlic powder, and Onion Powder), Arugula salad with Strawberries, pear, cucumber + O&V dressing

Snack: 1/2 Banana + 2/3 tsp Almond Butter

Thoughts/Reflection: I didn't have my first meal until noon today, I was running around taking care of a number of errands and time got away from me. I was really hungry by the time I got to Meal 1. Meal 2 was only a couple hours later. My meals weren't particularly large for me (based on what I usually eat), but they did satisfy me. I feel like the added fats really make a difference. When I ate the W30 Sheperds pie - the clarified butter really made a difference. I followed the recipe from the whole 30 cookbook - and it says 2 servings plus leftovers - I think I will get about 6 servings from the recipe. The plan is to eat it for dinner or lunch for the next few days.

My energy was okay - I thought being on holidays would be a good idea to enable me to focus on the whole 30 program...but not having structure to my day may have actually made it a bit harder. Tomorrow I plan to add some structure, so that I am not constantly focused on my next meal!

I have lunch and dinner prepped for the next 2 days, and I plan to make the Sweet potato breakfast bowl for breakfast tomorrow. 

Water...I definitely didn't drink enough water today. 32oz only! 

 

 

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Congratulations on starting your journey today! Today was day 1 for me as well, and I'm super excited. 1 day at a time. I already feel more mentally clear, as I get ready for bed. I think it's simply the resolve that comes from making the commitment to do something nourishing for your body. I'll see you on the other side Newbie friend!

 

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On 12/25/2018 at 3:14 PM, HappyPlace said:

Hi Everyone,

This is my first w30 and I am super excited and nervous all at the same time. I feel like I've had too many starts with different nutrition programs, and not enough finishes. This time around, I'm not going to overthink it, I'm going to prepare, do my research and use this forum to help me remain accountable. I'm also focused on the NSV's - this is a very different mindset from the past, that I think is an important one, that will help me to be successful. 

I bought the whole 30 day by day guide today...it looks like it will be really helpful during the next 30 days to help me keep accountable and focused. I'm also going to use the daily logs part of the forum to update my personal journey.

New Year, New opportunities, New relationship with food!

That's awesome! I started yesterday too. This is my second year. 

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17 hours ago, HappyPlace said:

Day 1  - December 26

Meal 1: 3 whole scrambled eggs in Ghee, 1 small apple, a few walnuts

Meal 2: Whole30 Shepherd's Pie

Snack: 12 Almonds + 3 pieces of dried Mango (Unsweetened)

Meal 3: BBQ'd Steak (seasoned with Salt, Pepper, Garlic powder, and Onion Powder), Arugula salad with Strawberries, pear, cucumber + O&V dressing

Snack: 1/2 Banana + 2/3 tsp Almond Butter

Thoughts/Reflection: I didn't have my first meal until noon today, I was running around taking care of a number of errands and time got away from me. I was really hungry by the time I got to Meal 1. Meal 2 was only a couple hours later. My meals weren't particularly large for me (based on what I usually eat), but they did satisfy me. I feel like the added fats really make a difference. When I ate the W30 Sheperds pie - the clarified butter really made a difference. I followed the recipe from the whole 30 cookbook - and it says 2 servings plus leftovers - I think I will get about 6 servings from the recipe. The plan is to eat it for dinner or lunch for the next few days.

My energy was okay - I thought being on holidays would be a good idea to enable me to focus on the whole 30 program...but not having structure to my day may have actually made it a bit harder. Tomorrow I plan to add some structure, so that I am not constantly focused on my next meal!

I have lunch and dinner prepped for the next 2 days, and I plan to make the Sweet potato breakfast bowl for breakfast tomorrow. 

Water...I definitely didn't drink enough water today. 32oz only! 

 

 

Hi @HappyPlace - we would recommend that you work towards making your meals larger so that they keep you going for 4-5 hours. It's fine to eat in between meals while you're getting meal size sorted out but if you do, try to focus on protein + fat or protein + veggies. Nuts and fruits aren't really doing anything for you and it could stall fat adaptation.

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1 hour ago, ladyshanny said:

Hi @HappyPlace - we would recommend that you work towards making your meals larger so that they keep you going for 4-5 hours. It's fine to eat in between meals while you're getting meal size sorted out but if you do, try to focus on protein + fat or protein + veggies. Nuts and fruits aren't really doing anything for you and it could stall fat adaptation.

Thanks @ladyshanny. One of the challenges that I have, is that I feel full at the time of my meal. The higher fat content makes me fill up quickly. Should I decrease the fat content so that I can eat more volume? 

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5 minutes ago, HappyPlace said:

Thanks @ladyshanny. One of the challenges that I have, is that I feel full at the time of my meal. The higher fat content makes me fill up quickly. Should I decrease the fat content so that I can eat more volume? 

Can you give a rundown of what your meals look like? It's hard to say without any point of reference. I would definitely leave off the nuts and dried fruits - those can cause bloating that feels like being overfull.

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Its only day two, so might be early to try to pinpoint - I think I could be just adjusting as well.

For breakfast today, I had a sweet potato bowl... Medium sweet potato, 1/2 tsp ghee, 1/2 banana, 1 tsp almond butter. I could only eat 1/2 of this at breakfast.

Lunch: 3 oz steak, and other half of breakfast bowl. 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, HappyPlace said:

Its only day two, so might be early to try to pinpoint - I think I could be just adjusting as well.

For breakfast today, I had a sweet potato bowl... Medium sweet potato, 1/2 tsp ghee, 1/2 banana, 1 tsp almond butter. I could only eat 1/2 of this at breakfast.

Lunch: 3 oz steak, and other half of breakfast bowl. 

 

 

Ah, well herein lies your problem. I would leave off the banana and the almond butter, add some sort of protein (leftover chicken or eggs) and cut the potato in half. Add some non-starchy veggie also.

The issue here with the breakfast is that there is no protein and it is loaded with sugar and carbs which is going to fill you up but not keep you going for any length of time. 

Check out the meal template linked in my signature below (or google "Whole30 meal template"). Make each meal to match. One or two protein servings the same size as your palm (length, width and thickness), 3+ cups of cooked veggie or equivalent - and not just starchy ones, one to two servings of fat. Once you've eaten all of that, only then would you want to turn to fruit.

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1 minute ago, ladyshanny said:

Ah, well herein lies your problem. I would leave off the banana and the almond butter, add some sort of protein (leftover chicken or eggs) and cut the potato in half. Add some non-starchy veggie also.

The issue here with the breakfast is that there is no protein and it is loaded with sugar and carbs which is going to fill you up but not keep you going for any length of time. 

Check out the meal template linked in my signature below (or google "Whole30 meal template"). Make each meal to match. One or two protein servings the same size as your palm (length, width and thickness), 3+ cups of cooked veggie or equivalent - and not just starchy ones, one to two servings of fat. Once you've eaten all of that, only then would you want to turn to fruit.

Thank you @ladyshanny ! I will definitely try some of your recommendations and use the template. I really appreciate you taking the time to provide some advice.

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43 minutes ago, HappyPlace said:

Thank you @ladyshanny ! I will definitely try some of your recommendations and use the template. I really appreciate you taking the time to provide some advice.

No problem at all - feel free to reach out if we can help further! :D 

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I also started my first W30 on December 26.  I had committed to starting on January 1, but I felt motivated and ready, so I took the plunge early.  Feeling great with absolutely no urges to "slip."  I'm finding that the recipes in the Whole30 book are quite delicious and seem to be diverting any need to cheat. I was trying some of the recipes earlier in December just to give things a try. My husband is not doing W30 with me, but he's also enjoying the dinners.

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That's great @rhonda0219

I'm doing it solo as well. This past week I've been in Florida (I'm from Toronto) on my own...its helped me get a jump on things before I return to Toronto on Monday. I'm a bit nervous about when I get back to T.O. And the entire family is there.... 

But, to your point - the recipes are really good. The Sweet potato Shepherds pie has lasted me several meals! And, so far...I don't feel like I'm missing anything. 

Good luck with Day 5 tomorrow!

 

 

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