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W30Virgo Round 2 January 2019

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Hi there, anyone reading this post

I'm a 27 yo female, planning to complete my second round of Whole30 this January. I completed my first round in January 2018, and experienced some nice NSVs for my sleep quality, lowered anxiety, and less digestive issues. I'm looking forward to a reset, as I've fallen back into some unhealthy habits. Habits that I took with me over the course of the year is a serious decrease in the amount of alcohol I drink, generally avoiding beer as gluten is not a friend to me, frequently cooking meals that do not include grains/gluten as a component, and almost always eating eggs for breakfast (I love eggs!). I am overweight, and sedentary, and I haven't always been this way. I want to guide myself in the direction of more activity, since I know that I enjoy it, and it makes me feel good. I have a history of disordered eating - in the past, when I've lost significant amounts of weight, it's through compulsive tracking and moralization of food ("good" vs. "bad"). I would honestly rather carry extra weight than put myself through that again; but, I know that there is a better way, if I can keep myself conscientious about how the food I put into my body makes me feel.

So, that's why I'm here. I kept a written log of my Whole30 last year, and have found it very helpful to reread. My goals for keeping a log here will be to log all of my meals, as well as my general emotions/anything of note, physical symptoms, and my groceries and budget. I love to cooking, and will be linking any recipes I cook from websites, or referencing cookbooks I use, as well. That's what you can expect from me, if you decide to read what I write here.

I'm planning to start my Whole30 on Sunday, 1/13, or Monday, 1/14. I live in Pittsburgh, PA, and my parents live in central PA. This Saturday, 1/12, I'm planning to go to the PA Farm Show in Harrisburg, which is a central PA tradition. One of the major draws of the farm show is the food - tons of dairy - including the best milkshakes and fried cheese curds. Obviously, these foods are not Whole 30. I've had a bit of a slow start to the year, and haven't fully completed my kitchen cleaning/coordination in preparation for the Whole 30, so I've decided to just start after the farm show, rather than prepping all of my meals for the day and dealing with temptation. I've already begun my meal planning/shopping, so I wanted to start my log, and I will log Whole 30 meals that I'm having this week in preparation.

So far, we took a Costco trip yesterday, where I stocked up on Whole30 groceries, and I cleaned out/organized the fridge as well. This week, I'll be cleaning out the freezer, pantry, and spice rack in preparation. I'll be on the look out for any compliant goodies at the farm show, and I am planning to go do some shopping in Pittsburgh on Sunday, 1/13. In Pittsburgh, we have a neighborhood full of ethnic markets called the Strip District, so I'll be going down there to shop at an Asian grocery store to buy some ingredients for a Red Curry recipe I'm planning to make from Chrissy Teigen's second cookbook for dinner on Sunday  (the recipe calls for brown sugar, which I will of course be omitting, but is otherwise compliant eaten with cauliflower rice). I'll also buy olives (my absolute favorite food) from an Italian grocery store as well.

Anyway, shall we take a look at my Costco purchases from yesterday?

Chosen Foods Lemon Garlic Dressing/Marinade - $8.59 for two bottles - Compliant ingredients, I figure this will be helpful for an easy dinner/lunch salad or marinading chicken or fish during the month if I don't feel like making something homemade

6-pack of Thai Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk - $8.99

6 Avocados - $5.99

Chosen Foods Avocado Oil - $9.99 - I use this to cook with at high temperatures, and to make the breakthrough of my first Whole30 - homemade mayo!

Aidell's Chicken Apple Sausage - $13.99 - Great, easy protein source

Kirkland Smoked Pulled Pork - $10.99 - I actually read about this on other people's Whole30 logs, and am excited to try it for an easy protein source!

Wild Planet Albacore Tuna in Water - $14.99 - I also love tuna in olive oil, but depending on how I'm using tuna, sometimes the kind in water is preferable

Cooked Beets - $7.99 - This was an impulse buy - I love the health benefits of beets, but hate the mess/effort of peeling and cooking them, so I'm excited to try these.

Power Greens - $5.99 - A mixture of kale, spinach, and chard - I'll use this for salads for lunch this week, and can use the leftovers to cook up for a frittata for breakfast next week.

Organic Ground Beef - $19.99 - One of my favorite easy meals from my last Whole 30 were ground beef foil packets, using chopped up leftover veggies from my weekly meal prep. You can probably just google Ground Beef Foil Packets and find a helpful recipe, I'm not totally sure where I saw the recipe initially. I just use whatever veggies I have around, and use whatever leftover fat I have (avocado, pesto, flavored mayo, etc.) and season according to the fat I have on hand.

Organic Young Chickens - $16.58 - Roasted chicken is one of my favorite meals. It's so easy, impressive, and I love to use the leftover meat to make lemon almond chicken salad (my hands-down favorite ever lunch) and the carcass to make bone broth in the slow cooker (so simple).

Organic Party Wings - $15.26 - I'm planning to make buffalo wings this week. I absolutely love wings, and am so happy that they're an easy food to make compliant.

Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs - $21.63 - Melissa's Chicken Hash recipe is a great breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipe that I made at least once a week during my last Whole30.

Organic Chicken Meatballs - $13.99 - I was looking through the prepared meat section at Costco, and they have compliant ingredients! I had recently been on a kick with Aidell's caramelized onion and mango habanero meatballs, but neither is compliant. 

Kerrygold Butter - $10.99 - I got some cheesecloth over the summer to make homemade cold brew, and I'm planning to try to make my own homemade ghee this round. I was not impressed with Trader Joe's ghee last round, and it will be much cheaper to make my own homemade.

Mateo's Salsa - $5.99 - I saw this salsa on a Costco Whole30 grocery list, so I figured I'd try it.

Sweet Potatoes - $8.99 - I'm planning to make slow cooker turkey sloppy joe's this week, and will eat it in baked sweet potatoes!

Kombucha - $13.99 - I love kombucha - usually, I buy it from a local kombucha brewer, but the prices at Costco can't be beat.

Cage Free Eggs - $3.49 - Like I said above, even in my Food Freedom I eat eggs for breakfast basically every day. I love them, and will make some hardboiled eggs to bring with me to the Farm Show this weekend as meals on the go, along with some raw veggies. I'm planning to allow myself to indulge there, but, only for foods that I actually want to be eating.

Total: 216.91 (I bought groceries with my boyfriend, who I live with, so I just subtracted his total from our entire bill) This is more than I usually spend at Costco (we go about once a month), but, I really stocked up on meat here, since that's where I found myself spending a ton last round. I expected to spend some extra money on groceries, but, I know I will make up for it by not eating out as much this month.

This was a long entry, I'm sure my others won't be as long, but, I'm happy to be getting started on another Whole30 journey!

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Yesterday, the only Whole 30 meal I had was dinner. 

Roasted split chicken breasts on a bed of sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes were tossed in olive oil, and everything was seasoned with salt, pepper, and Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute (love this stuff). I love roasting chicken this way, on top of chopped vegetables - you have an easy side dish and the vegetables soak in all of the chicken juices while they cook - delicious! This was served with charred broccoli. I used some garlic oil that I had saved in the fridge from another recipe to cook it in a cast iron skillet, seasoned with garlic, pepper, and salt. I wanted to use crushed red pepper flakes, but we were all out. Added them to the grocery list for the weekend. I'll have to make a stop at Penzey's in the Strip District to stock up on spices. I also need white pepper for the curry I'm planning to make Sunday. 

Honestly, just gearing up for my Whole 30 has me in higher spirits. I suffer from seasonal affective disorder in the winter, and I've been operating in kind of a fog since before the holidays. Yesterday, I felt more clear and energized. I was productive at work, I did some long overdue house cleaning, and I had no problem declining to eat the pizza my boyfriend's brother ordered to our apartment while they watched the college football championship last night. I was satisfied, but not overstuffed, from our dinner, and was happy to enjoy a mug of peppermint tea before bed. I know that these kinds of days can be fleeting in winter, but I'm hopeful that I'll be able to have more of them during my Whole30 and beyond!

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Okay, so yesterday for dinner we had a recipe that would have been compliant, if I hadn't been trying to use up some non-compliant ingredients in the fridge/pantry. 

https://healthylittlepeach.com/recipe/bacon-wrapped-sausage-stuffed-peppers/

These stuffed peppers were delicious! I have some leftover filling and am planning to use it to fill a baked sweet potato for a leftovers dinner later this week. I didn't love the sauce as much, but I used store-bought mayo, so I think that it would be much improved by using homemade avocado oil mayo. We ate the peppers alongside some leftover sweet potatoes from dinner on Monday, and some frozen broccoli that I just threw on the sheetpan with the peppers. I don't know if I was using especially small peppers, but I had probably 1/2 lb leftover filling, and I ended up baking the peppers for an extra 15 minutes to get the bacon more done, as an FYI if you try this recipe. I think that I'll definitely make these again for the Super Bowl, or any other social events I have coming up in the coming weeks.

Speaking of party foods, tonight we are having homemade buffalo wings. I love that Costco sells organic party wings. I definitely prefer the pre-split wings to buying whole ones - anything to save a tedious step in the kitchen. If I have time tonight, I'll make homemade ranch to go alongside them. We'll eat them with carrot sticks and maybe a side salad. I'm getting a little tired of sweet potatoes and broccoli, so it's time to switch it up.

Yesterday, I had a low/tired period in the middle of the afternoon. Instead of giving in to it and spending the night on the couch, I decided to go out and take a walk. My plans were foiled by a thunderstorm, but, again, instead of taking that as a sign to pop on some Netflix and relax, I did a youtube yoga video. I honestly am shocked by how out of shape I am - this is something that I need to change this year. The only way to change it is through actually moving my body, so I'm going to try to use my triumph yesterday as a catalyst to continue a yoga practice throughout my Whole30 and beyond.

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Wings last night were great! I made this recipe: https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-buffalo-wings-in-the-oven-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-211577

I used actual butter for the sauce, since I haven't made ghee yet. I made homemade ranch to go with them - search basic ranch on this website to find it. Most recipes call for fresh herbs, and I didn't have any, so I used this one. It turned out pretty well - I used dried parsley and chives for the herbs, and subbed apple cider vinegar because my red wine vinegar has added sulfites. I thought it was a little too vinegary, so I would probably use 1 1/2 T next time, but, it may have been because I was using ACV. I was happy to see that the dressing emulsified properly using my immersion blender. I had some trouble with making homemade mayonnaise with it last year during and after my Whole30, so I had mostly given up. Before this Whole30, I learned a trick - keep the blender at the bottom of the jar you're making the mayo in while you stream in the oil until it's emulsified, before bringing it slowly up through the rest of the oil. This seems to help!

We ate the wings alongside raw carrot sticks. A little boring for a vegetable, but we got it in and the ranch was a great dip for them.

Today for breakfast, I had some leftover stuffed pepper sausage topping with 1 c of chopped broccoli, heated in a cast iron skillet with two scrambled eggs and half an avocado. I bought 6 avocados from Costco on Sunday, and they ripened today. Every time I buy avocados it's always a mad dash to eat them all before they go bad.  I had a late breakfast today, eating at like 10:30 AM (I woke up at 7). I'll definitely be focusing on eating within an hour of waking during my Whole30, as I tend to just eat when I'm hungry otherwise, which gets pushed later and later each day, it seems. Since breakfast was so late, I probably won't be hungry for lunch this afternoon.

For dinner, I'm planning to bake a big sweet potato (the ones from Costco are huge!), and split it with my boyfriend. He can have some chicken or sausage filling to stuff it, and I'll have chicken (all sausaged out from breakfast), and top our potatoes with some avocado (gotta get through them!). We'll have a salad with the homemade ranch on the side. Easy peasy.

I've been feeling very comfortable repurposing meals and cooking so far. Even the clean up hasn't been so bad - we don't have a dishwasher, but I've gotten better with rinsing and reusing dishes during cooking, and cleaning as I go, so it doesn't feel as overwhelming. Last time, I remember definitely feeling overwhelmed with the amount of cooking/clean up, so I'm hopeful that I'll be able to take it easy this time around and not feel pressured to make a brand new recipe for dinner every night.

I'm packing for our trip this weekend today, and thinking about food to bring with me. I may make an avocado ranch chicken salad, to use up some leftovers, and bring it with carrot sticks to eat. I'll see how packing/cleaning goes today and tomorrow to determine whether I have time. Thankfully, tonight's dinner will be low dishes, so that's something to look forward to!

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Alright, so I ended up eating lunch after all yesterday, around 2:30 PM. I ate five of the leftover stuffed mini peppers that I made on Tuesday, with a cup of carrot sticks and the leftover awesome sauce. Dinner was again, Whole30 friendly, like I said yesterday. Side salad of power greens and tomatoes with homemade ranch, half of a baked sweet potato stuffed with chicken breast, Mateo's salsa, and half an avocado - yum!

This morning, I had breakfast around 9:30 - getting earlier! Three eggs scrambled with a 1/2 cup of leftover broccoli, and 1 1/2 c power greens, topped with 1/2 avocado, everything but the bagel seasoning from Trader Joe's, and Frank's hot sauce. Yum!

Lunch will be chicken breast mixed with mashed avocado and hot sauce, on a bed of lettuce, with the Chosen Foods Lemon Garlic dressing, I think. I don't feel like making homemade salad dressing for one salad, since we'll be away all day tomorrow.

Tonight, on the way from Pittsburgh to Central PA, we're going to Cracker Barrel for dinner. I love Cracker Barrel, and to practice my menu skills I went to their website to see if I could find anything Whole30 friendly. Sadly, all of the protein options were on their soy allergen guide, so if I was coming here during my Whole30, I'd have to just have vegetable sides and eat my protein ahead. It was good to get some practice on menu/website reading, though! 

Tomorrow, I'll be at my parents' house in the morning, and at the Farm Show in the afternoon. I'm planning to eat a healthy breakfast - bring an avocado, eat it with eggs and whatever vegetables they have around, so that I won't be starving at the Farm Show.

Back in Pittsburgh Sunday! Planning to make Classic Chili from the Whole30 book, with cauliflower rice and (you guessed it) avocado. Looking over my grocery list for the week, I think we'll be taking a trip to Whole Foods rather than the Strip District, since I need to get compliant Dijon mustard. Looking ahead, I think that my Whole30 will officially start on Sunday, 1/13/2019. Exciting!

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Good Morning, Whole30 Day 1!

I didn't end up starting yesterday - one of my boyfriend's friends had a birthday celebration Saturday night, and we ended up drinking/eating after midnight on Sunday morning, so I decided to make my official first day today.

On Saturday, I started the day with a couple of hard-boiled eggs. I had a ton of non-compliant food at the Farm Show, but mindfully considered whether the samples/items I was trying were "worth it." As of today, I think that the food was, but I'm sure I'll feel differently after these 30 days. I did buy some local Whole30 compliant hot sauce and pickles (I read sooo many ingredient labels!) at the Farm Show, so that was a success.

We went out with my boyfriend's friends Saturday night - I had a non-compliant dinner of a scotch egg at a local brewery. Yesterday, we got a late start to our day - I ate some non-compliant food in the morning, then made the Classic Chili from the Whole30 book for dinner. I invited over a friend who will be away next weekend for dinner. We ate the chili with cauliflower rice, roasted sweet potato cubes, avocado, and the new hot sauce. Everyone enjoyed the chili - I had to add a little more salt, and some cayenne, to the recipe, but otherwise it turned out great! Very hearty and filling for a cold day. I would also note that the recipe says it serves 2 with leftovers. In my experience, it would have fed at least 5 people.

I just realized I haven't had breakfast yet today - I jumped up in the middle of writing this to get it ready, and also take my weight/measurements quick. Yesterday, I was inspired by the Real Food RDs on Instagram to do a meal prep "power hour." I set a timer for 60 minutes, prepped as much as I could, then cleaned up. This was a nice way to get a good amount of prep done. I prepped the chili and sweet potato cubes from dinner last night, and mixed up a breakfast casserole for the week. My serving for eggs is usually 3 eggs for breakfast, so I used 10 eggs, 2 1/2 Applegate roasted red pepper sausages that I bought at Whole Foods yesterday, and 5 c of sauteed power greens from my Costco trip last week. It's baking right now, along with some sugar-free bacon from Costco. I think I'm going to try and keep up with the power hours of meal prep. I didn't get everything I wanted to get done completed, so I think I'll do another one tomorrow after work.

So here's my log for today:

M1: Egg Casserole (1/2 Applegate roasted red pepper sausage, 2 eggs, 1 c sauteed power greens), 2 pieces bacon

M2: 1 1/2 Applegate roasted red pepper sausage, 1/2 avocado, mashed, 1 c cauliflower rice, hot sauce

M3: Roasted chicken (1 palm), cauliflower rice stuffing (https://whole30.com/2018/11/thanksgiving-2018/ by Thyme and Joy), carrots (will roast under the chicken), handful olives

I'm planning to use the leftover roasted chicken to make Lemon Almond Chicken Salad, and make chicken broth with the carcass. I'm going to make slow-cooker sloppy joes for dinner tomorrow, so will probably make broth on Thursday or Friday. Tuesday night, I'll plan to try to roast more sweet potatoes, make mayo and the Chicken Salad, and make homemade ghee. If I have extra time, I'll work on prepping my upcoming dinners.

Yesterday, we went grocery shopping at Whole Foods. We don't have a car right now, so we took the bus, which required about a 1/2 hour of walking. Pittsburgh does not have many Whole Foods stores, so it was predictably mobbed. The bus ride experience was honestly more relaxing than trying to deal with parking in the lot, so I was happy we decided to go with that option. Below are the groceries I bought:

Cauliflower - $3.99 - Going to use this to make Mel Joulwan's Golden Cauliflower Soup tomorrow night.

Frozen Riced Cauliflower - $1.99 - I meant to buy this at Costco last week, but couldn't find it. We bought two bags - my boyfriend bought the other one.

Baby Lettuces - $3.49 - On Friday night, I'm making a London Broil with Mushroom Gravy and a Roasted Carrot and Avocado Salad

Thyme - $1.29

Limes - $2.99

Spicy Olives from the Olive Bar - $6.70 - Olives are probably my favorite food, and I can't walk past an olive bar in a grocery store without buying some.

Yai's Thai Red Curry Sauce - $5.99 - This was on sale, and I've read about it on this site, so I figured I'd give it a try!

Diced Tomatoes - $1.49 

Nom Nom Paleo Magic Mushroom Powder - $8.99 - Again, I'd read about this stuff through Nom Nom Paleo. We don't go to Whole Foods often, so I figured I'd pick it up and give it a try.

Sherry Vinegar - $5.99

Dijon Mustard - $1.99 - This was the entire reason that we went to Whole Foods in the first place - need that Whole30 compliant Dijon!

Chopped Celery - $4.50 - There was no celery available in the produce section, so I got some from the salad bar. I can't believe how expensive this was!

Cremini Mushrooms - $3.29

Parsley - $1.99

Applegate Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Sausage - $8.99 - Again, insane how expensive this was - I get 3x this amount of Aidell's Chicken Apple Sausage for $13.99 at Costco. It is really tasty though!

Top Round Steak - $18.18

Green Bell Pepper - $1.26

2 Red Bell Peppers - $3.15

Total - $87.15 - Honestly, this was less than I expected to spend at Whole Foods, so I'm happy. I had a pretty pricey weekend this week, but, we're planning to relax and hibernate all weekend next weekend, so I think I'll be getting back on track, financially.

Okay, so that's that. Below are my beginning measurements for my Whole30, as well.

Weight: 238 lb

Chest - 49 in

Band - 42 in

Waist - 37 in

Low Stomach/"Love Handles" - 47 min

Hips - 44 in

Thigh - 22 in

Arm - 12 in

Neck - 14 in

Here's hoping we see some changes in these over the next 30 days! I know this is about a lot more than weight loss, but I'm not comfortable in my body at this size, and need to make some changes to feel better. This is Step 1.

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Just a mid-day update on my Meal 2 - I used a curry hot sauce that I bought at the Farm Show on Saturday, and also ate about a 1/2 c of leftover roasted sweet potato cubes. My plan is to try to limit starchy carbs to my evening meal for the most part, but the sweet potato was in the same container as the cauliflower rice, and it wasn't much. Lunch was delicious!

I also went to Target this afternoon with my brother. I had a gift card from Christmas, and used the Cartwheel app to get some Whole30 goodies at a discount. Below is a list of the food items I bought. I wouldn't have bought anything but the coconut aminos if I wasn't getting a discount, so they're definitely not necessities, but I want to have an accurate list of the groceries I buy during this month.

Mixed Berry Rx Bars - $6.55

Cashew Cookie Larabars - $4.50

Lemon Epic Performance Bars - $6.20

Applegate Uncured Beef Hot Dogs - $5.19

Applegate Uncured Stadium Hot Dogs - $4.27

Justin's Cashew Butter - $8.99 - I tried about a teaspoon of this when I got home and OMG! It's amazing!

Bumblebee Boneless Skinless Wild Alaskan Salmon Pouch - $1.69

Muir Glen Diced Tomatoes 14.5 oz can - $0.98

Coconut Aminos - $6.99

Yogi Blueberry Green Tea - $2.39

Total - $50.08

I also got a black cold brew at a coffee shop when I met my brother, so I'm feeling jazzed! No side effects yet - I didn't expect any, as I've been eating fairly Whole30 since the beginning of the year. 

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Good Morning,

I'm feeling good this morning. I turned off my alarm this morning and slept an hour later than I usually would - I didn't fall asleep until after 11 last night, so 6 AM came a bit too soon. I think the coffees after noon probably need to end. I've always heard that after 2 PM, caffeine begins to negatively affect your sleep, so I've been good about stopping before that, but I think a new rule for myself may be no coffee after noon.

Just ate breakfast - within an hour of waking. I'll put my expected meal log for the day below. Last night, I forgot that my boyfriend had plans in the evening, so rather than roasting a whole chicken for myself, I heated up some leftover chili, with a little over a fist-sized serving of frozen butternut squash and about 3/4 c cauliflower rice. I added 1/2 an avocado, a splash of coconut milk, and compliant hot sauce - yum! In my efforts to clean out our apartment of non-Whole30 foods, I left some chocolate from the holidays, so my boyfriend could have it. They were really tempting me last night though, and I ate a larabar while watching TV. I wasn't hungry when I ate it, which is not ideal. I think I'm going to bring most of the bars to work to keep in my desk today, so they won't be so tempting, and I'm bringing all of the chocolate in to the office today to give away. It's just not worth it for me to have it in the house.

Today, I'm planning to go into the office a little later in the day. I need to shower and get ready still. When dealing with seasonal depression, my personal hygiene tends to take a back seat, especially now that I have a job where I can work from home basically whenever I want. I'm hoping to get a better handle on this during/after my Whole30, as it definitely prevents me from going out into the world. I'll spend days never leaving the house rather than shower sometimes. This seems stupid and silly, because it's not like it's difficult to shower, but, this is where I'm at. Anyway, below is what I'm expecting to eat today:

M1 (already ate): Same M1 as yesterday - egg casserole (1 serving is 2 eggs, 1/2 roasted red pepper chicken sausage, 1 c sauteed power greens) with 2 pieces NSA bacon.

M2: Chipotle Whole30 bowl - I let my boyfriend take the last of the chili for lunch today, and I'd rather get to the office earlier than figure something out with what we have at home.

M3: Roasted chicken w roasted carrots, cauliflower rice stuffing, and dijon mayo.

Day 2 - let's get to it!

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So, I didn't end up getting it together to go into the office today. So, for M2 I had a palm-sized portion of the smoked pulled pork I got at Costco last weekend, with about 4 c raw power greens, 1/2 tomato, and the Chosen Foods Lemon Garlic Dressing. The pulled pork is so good! I was getting pretty hungry about 3 1/2 hours after breakfast - I think I may start adding fruit in the mornings. I've been in the mood for it recently. When I go grocery shopping next, I think I'll pick up some berries.

Feeling a bit nauseous after lunch, and I've had some low-grade heartburn all morning. I think I may just be eating too fast. I'll make more of a conscious effort to slow down and be mindful moving forward.

EDIT: I just read some forum posts about heartburn, and I think it could be the amount of water I'm drinking with my meals. I just drank three 16 oz glasses of water with lunch - will definitely slow down on that.

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Hi fellow Virgo! You seem to really have a feel for Whole30 and how to do it. I suppose that comes with experience. 

I think your coffee rule is good, but maybe if you really want coffee in the afternoon you could do decaf? You'll get the taste and the warmth without all the caffeine. I get all kinds of anxiety when I have coffee so I've switched to decaf and I have way less anxiety symptoms, including sleep.

Good luck with the rest of your Whole30!

 

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