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« Reply #1350 on: April 15, 2016, 08:29:34 AM »
How is everyone doing today?

Have some progress to report on the weight front - I have 11.6 lbs to go before I fit into the "Normal" weight range for the BMI  and about 15-20 lbs till I reach the weight I know I feel best at.  This is coming from a BMI of well over 35. I've lost almost 53 lbs. since my first whole 30 in Sept. 

Next steps are to up the physical activity. I have been focusing more on getting solid foundations for the food side of things than to try and make too many new habits at once. I know that doesn't work for me. I would be happy with an hour-long hike with my pup 5 days a week. Have been averaging about 3. Mostly it's because I keep getting sucked into work (I work from home) and not making the time or finding the motivation to go out. Works in progress :)


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« Reply #1351 on: April 15, 2016, 02:06:43 PM »
I'm on Day 3. Editted: this was not on day 30, maybe part of me wished it was that.

Anyone have a good recipe for hash browns? I've been craving them.

I'm thinking of taking two russel potatoes and shred them and then mix them in cold water to get the starch out and then fry them with coconut oil until crispy. Let me know if this works.

If you've done it, let me know if you think boiling the potatoes makes things quicker, or how long you have been frying the potatoes for.
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« Reply #1352 on: April 16, 2016, 11:31:34 AM »
*waves* hi all - good to read over everyone's progress, you're all doing so well! Swick, way to go on the weight loss :)
I've been in sunny Florida on a family holiday for the last two weeks, and honestly, I'm NEVER going to complain again about food in the UK. Sure, I can't get coconut aminos or whatever the latest healthy food is, but I can get bacon and sausages, and tomato sauces, and lots of other things, without sugar in them! Ouch! My sugar dragon is in full swing at the moment, so I'm going to do a whole9 reset and then see if I need to continue it longer than nine days (I probably will, I went back to Diet Cola in a bad way!).
I wonder if the sugar cravings ever go away, or if it's something I'll be fighting forever...

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« Reply #1353 on: April 18, 2016, 07:38:55 PM »
So this Friday is Day 10, which I've read tends to be the hardest day for most people. On that day I'm co-hosting a Seder Dinner at my friend's house. This was scheduled a while back and poor planning on my part. I thought about waiting until after this to start, but I knew with grill season I wanted to do Whole30 as soon as I could...plus I knew that if I waited, I would be less eager to start it.

Anyways, I am thinking of skipping the forbidden foods which is nearly everything. As I'll be there a few hours early to help prep, I was thinking of bringing something for me to eat before people come so that I am not hungry. I keep RXbars with me in case I am peckish.

Do you think this is a sound strategy? Is there anything additional that you would recommend?

The friend that recommended Whole30 to me is likely coming. If she does, she said she'll sit next to me and try to keep me on task.

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« Reply #1354 on: April 18, 2016, 09:59:45 PM »
MgoSam - would any of these recipes work for you: https://elanaspantry.com/paleo-passover-recipes/

Also, I think maybe coming up with a dish or two that you and your friend could eat would be nice as well, maybe even if it is just a nice medley of roasted veggies.

Hi Spuggy! *Waves* It's been a while, great to hear from you! The sugar dragon can be evil! It sure makes you realize how much sugar is in everything when you travel, huh?

I made this Mexican Pork Carnitas recipe which turned out really good! I love Kahlua Pork, but this was a nice change. Served it with a big bowl of coleslaw, it was yummers! http://www.theendlessmeal.com/mexican-crock-pot-pork-carnitas/

Since I'm no longer on struct whole 30, I experimented with trying to make some low carb, gluten free bread. Still basically using whole 30 ingredients. It was...well not bread in the sense that I want. But I dehydrated it and it made some tasty crackers! Added bonus I used up the last of my jar of tahini and some sunflower seed butter that I wasn't a fan of.

How is everyone doing?

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« Reply #1355 on: April 19, 2016, 09:45:30 AM »
Thanks for the recipes. I am in charge of the Charoset so this was very useful. Now to find potato au gratin that is whole30 as I am making that. My friend who's house its at is making everything else (I'll be there on Friday to help her) so I don't want to ask her to tailor anything for me as she's hosted Seder dinners before.

I'm just going to bring a stew to her house and eat it before people arrive.

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« Reply #1356 on: April 19, 2016, 11:39:06 AM »
Hey everyone,
I'm recouping from 4 days with the flu.  Not fun!  Why is it that crackers seem to be the only thing that sits good in your stomach when you're sick?  I had two days where I only ate crackers and drank water. Day 3 I went back to whole 30 eating, but eating a lot less and not all food groups.  My appetite isn't fully back yet, and even my taste buds are wacky. 

Later this week is my birthday, so I'm going to eat whatever I want that day, with the exception of no sugar.  I'm still sticking strong to my no-sugar rule, which is a huge victory. 

MgoSam - Good luck on Friday. You can totally do this, and bringing some dishes that are compliant will really help. A few of us on this thread have had dinner parties where no one even noticed that we were eating differently. I hope you have a similar experience.

Spuggy - Soda is a tough one to kick, but it's possible!  I gave it up over 6 years ago, and honestly never crave it.  In fact, I could go my entire life without ever having a soda again.  It has no appeal to me at all.  That gives me a little hope that I can do the same with sugar. 

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« Reply #1357 on: April 19, 2016, 12:27:44 PM »
Hey everyone,
I'm recouping from 4 days with the flu.  Not fun!  Why is it that crackers seem to be the only thing that sits good in your stomach when you're sick?  I had two days where I only ate crackers and drank water. Day 3 I went back to whole 30 eating, but eating a lot less and not all food groups.  My appetite isn't fully back yet, and even my taste buds are wacky. 


I see your flu and raise you a nasty case of bronchitis that knocked me flat for a week.  You could eat crackers--I literally couldn't even LOOK at food.  I resorted to herbal tea and honey to try to get some calories in me.  Today there was a pot luck and my coworker made her famous bean-free chili.  That and some raw carrots and peapods worked for me.  It's going to take a while to get back my appetite though.  Glad you're feeling better!
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« Reply #1358 on: April 19, 2016, 07:00:13 PM »
Thanks Mom22boys!

Today was hard! I felt fine until I got to work and then felt really weak and spent the entire day coughing, except I didn't leave to go home to rest because it was a really busy day. I saw someone with a plastic bag with Doritos chips and ached for them (I haven't had a dorito chip for YEARS). I wanted to say #)$U$ THIS and go back to eating forbidden foods. And then I calmed down and realized I'm just in a state and had some food and moved on. I had been hungry since 10 am and I think that played a huge part. Lesson learned!

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« Reply #1359 on: April 20, 2016, 08:23:23 AM »
I'm sorry you guys are a bunch of sickies!!
Hope you are all fully on the mend. :)

Off-Plan-Oro has been eating, weirdly, mostly on plan.
My breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that I cook for myself are, I'd estimate, about 80% on plan. I'm using beans now, and occasional corn. But other than that... stayin' the course despite myself apparently. XD
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Not that I don't still have oopsies (i.e. girl scout cookies at work *coughs*), and I'm loosening the reins during social events, but it's funny that this style of eating, generally, works for me. It feels good, even when I'm not "doing the plan."

I went up north to spend some time with my mom and do a crap ton of cooking for her last weekend (she broke her arm and is unable to chop things) 90% of the food her friends have been giving her are not what she wants to eat, so I made up huge batches of Whole 30 meals for her. She super appreciated it. :) She's not good at being out of commission, and I 100% get that. So her freezer is loaded up with spicy tuna cakes, sweet potato 'quiche', and green soups.
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« Reply #1360 on: April 21, 2016, 10:07:08 AM »
Orvell, I'm glad that you did that for your mother. Your post is a good reminder for my post-Whole30 life. Part of me has been just waiting to get foods that I can't eat now, but a bigger part of me is loving not being beholden to sugary and carby crap and wanting to continue eating more a more paleo-based diet.

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« Reply #1361 on: April 21, 2016, 11:15:26 AM »

I see your flu and raise you a nasty case of bronchitis that knocked me flat for a week.  You could eat crackers--I literally couldn't even LOOK at food.  I resorted to herbal tea and honey to try to get some calories in me.  Today there was a pot luck and my coworker made her famous bean-free chili.  That and some raw carrots and peapods worked for me.  It's going to take a while to get back my appetite though.  Glad you're feeling better!

You win!  Although....I'd rather be a loser any day when it comes to comparing sicknesses!  :-)  Glad to hear your on the mend too.

Orvell - You're a great daughter.  Spicy tuna cakes even for your mom?  Now that's love!  (they are one of my favorites from NomNomPaleo)

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« Reply #1362 on: April 24, 2016, 01:43:31 PM »
I made it through Day 10-11 while going to a Seder dinner and a BBQ.

Now I'm trying to decide what to make for the week, thinking burgers or dinner and a chicken thigh slow cooker stew.

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« Reply #1363 on: April 25, 2016, 10:37:42 AM »
Hey guys,
I went a little nuts off-plan (too much wine -->too much other stuff), but I'm getting back to the aggressive meal planning and prepping, so I expect this week will be mostly clean. Cooked lots of meat and veggies. I'm fine with incorporating some cheese, rice, wine. Working on finding a balance...I don't want to do a 'cheat day' because I like to take advantage of occasional free food at work; I'd rather spread my indulgences out over the week.

My weight did bounce back up, but I bet I'll lose a couple pounds of bloat if I keep it clean. Might try for a Whole7+rice next week (since I already have rice in this week's meal plan). Not really getting killed by sugar cravings, but I have had some sweets due to dessert-inclusive restaurant meals, plus bits of chocolate at home. Also made the poor choice of buying a box of wine, so now I *have* to drink it. In the future I'll stick to bottles/small boxes so I can drink sporadically without pressure.

Right now one of my challenges is finding a morning pre-workout meal/snack, since Sunday I'm doing a marathon relay in the morning. Going to TRY to wake up early once this week to test out a shake...probably coconut (or almond) milk + protein powder (the fancy collagen stuff) + cocoa powder + banana.

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« Reply #1364 on: April 28, 2016, 11:09:12 AM »
I made it through Day 10-11 while going to a Seder dinner and a BBQ.

Now I'm trying to decide what to make for the week, thinking burgers or dinner and a chicken thigh slow cooker stew.

MsoSam - Excellent! It only gets easier. On another topic....I had a little road trip to Mpls yesterday for work and when I stopped in at Whole Foods, I was thinking of asking everyone if they were MgoSam....but I thought that might be too weird.  :-) 

Hey guys,
I went a little nuts off-plan (too much wine -->too much other stuff), but I'm getting back to the aggressive meal planning and prepping, so I expect this week will be mostly clean. Cooked lots of meat and veggies.

rawr237 - Meal planning is where it's at!  Makes a huge difference for what I eat. Good job recognizing that you went 'a little nuts' and for making changes.

I'm settling into my plan pretty well so far.  My meals at home have been completely Whole30, except for the occasional cheese with my eggs in the morning.  I'll add a little once in a while to change it up.  Otherwise, I'm still completely off sugar (which was REALLY hard yesterday with my road trip). On the occasional restaurant outing, I'm choosing to enjoy my food, but I have also found that I'm making better choices in general too. 

This weekend I finally got off my butt and did some Combat exercise videos.  It felt really great, so I need to remember that feeling (other than the sore muscles) and keep going. I'm so looking forward to summer and being able to go for more walks.

Hope everyone else is doing great! 

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« Reply #1365 on: April 28, 2016, 02:31:27 PM »
Hey Everyone!

Sorry for the radio silence, hubs finally got a bit of time off of work so haven't been online much.

How is everyone feeling? All the sickness over?

Great to hear from you Orvell - so great you were able to help your mom out by making her some healthy food!

We have been trucking along. We did end up going out for brunch. Luckily there were plenty of healthy options. I still splurged and mixed some of their awesome chocolate mousse into my coffee and super enjoyed it. I did try a bit on it's own, but I couldn't choke it down, too sweet! Stuffed myself, totally enjoyed it but don't really have any urge to do it again anytime soon. I consider it a win :)

We have relaxed a little bit, I've been making Quinoa to supplement hubby's lunches and I'll occasionally have a bit. Otherwise still eating on plan at home and much, much better if we have to go out.

Yesterday I made a great big batch of veggie korma with roasted cauliflower, roasted sweet potato, and  spinach was yummer!

How is everyone doing?








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« Reply #1366 on: May 01, 2016, 05:14:14 PM »
I"m starting it again tonight/tomorrow. Technically tomorrow, but I never want to put off until tomorrow anything as it makes it less likely to happen.

During the week I plan to continue eating eggs, bacon, avo, and veggies. Lunch will be a shredded chicken with vegetables, and dinner will be an Indian chicken. My concern is the weekend, on Saturday I'm going to go to a restaurant and I want to make sure I have a plan. It's a very fine American restaurant and my friend likes to go there and sit at the bar for the bar menu, which is a limited menu of items at a more modest price. It is very limited, but I was thinking of just requesting a burger with avocado, take out the non-compliant foods and extra vegetables. I'm guessing they will be accommodating, what do you think?

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« Reply #1367 on: May 11, 2016, 10:00:06 AM »
I"m starting it again tonight/tomorrow. Technically tomorrow, but I never want to put off until tomorrow anything as it makes it less likely to happen.

How are you doing, MgoSam?

I've been trucking along. I think I'm eating about 90% compliant these days. My mom gifted me a bag of gluten-free pretzels, which are actually tasty, so I have been slowly working my way through  the bag.

I had a girls weekend at a fancy lodge with my sister last weekend, and except for a bit of cheese, a bit of sugar and probably too much alcohol, we did surprisingly well. We had a kitchen in our room and brought a cooler full of salad and fixings, hard boiled eggs, cooked sausages, homemade turkey soup, a rotisserie chicken, asparagus. We did splurge on one restaurant meal that her work paid for so had a lovely steak, baked potato, and veggies. Damn we ate well!

Back on whole 30 for the next couple of weeks before Camp Mustache, will probably relax a little for that, but still planning on packing some healthy and compliant stuff to take with us.

How is everyone doing? Anyone currently on the Whole 30? How is everyone else finding life? Noticing any lasting changes or new habits or ways of being?


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« Reply #1368 on: May 11, 2016, 10:13:15 AM »
How is everyone doing? Anyone currently on the Whole 30? How is everyone else finding life? Noticing any lasting changes or new habits or ways of being?

I still haven't gone back to do a full Whole30, but my eating has somehow accidentally been more compliant. As of a few months ago, I started drinking my coffee black, but not necessarily for health reasons. I drink so much coffee that I liked the idea of making milk and sweetener a special occasion. I've adjusted pretty well to just drinking it black, and it makes those rare instances of drinking it with stevia and creamer so much better. Also, the SO and I just managed to slowly start phasing out cheese, but that's mostly because the dishes we've been making don't require them. I know that dairy (and more strict sugar limiting) were the only major changes when I made my earlier attempt, and the SO lost a couple of pounds over the course of it. So it might turn out to be beneficial to her.
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« Reply #1369 on: May 11, 2016, 10:26:04 AM »
I"m starting it again tonight/tomorrow. Technically tomorrow, but I never want to put off until tomorrow anything as it makes it less likely to happen.

How are you doing, MgoSam?


Thanks or checking in, I didn't actually start. I thought about it and realized I simply didn't have my heart into it. I'm eating largely compliant foods during the week and am working up on shoring up my weekends, but I don't think I'll go through Whole30 for quite some time.

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« Reply #1370 on: May 11, 2016, 05:46:44 PM »
In news that will shock no one...
I FELL INTO A SUGAR HOLE.
It sucks.
It was precipitated by a lot of free food and gift cards to restaurants and cafes.

BUT.
I'm gonna snap myself out of my funke! Clearly my sugar hole of the last few weeks means... it's time to do another Whole30!
Going to start tomorrow. :)

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« Reply #1371 on: May 12, 2016, 08:01:17 AM »
Day 1
Breakfast today: two fried eggs and spinach.
Breakfast yesterday: a bowl of chocolate covered pretzels.

The sugar hangover is gonna suck this time, dudes.
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« Reply #1372 on: May 12, 2016, 08:23:01 AM »
Day 1
Breakfast today: two fried eggs and spinach.
Breakfast yesterday: a bowl of chocolate covered pretzels.

The sugar hangover is gonna suck this time, dudes.

What have you decided as far as supplements go?
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« Reply #1373 on: May 12, 2016, 08:26:36 AM »
Day 1
Breakfast today: two fried eggs and spinach.
Breakfast yesterday: a bowl of chocolate covered pretzels.

The sugar hangover is gonna suck this time, dudes.

What have you decided as far as supplements go?
I started doing research, went AHHHHH, and promptly gave up.
Current plan: just make sure to drink loads of water and maybe try drinking broth for magical electrolyte rebalancing.
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« Reply #1374 on: May 12, 2016, 08:27:54 AM »
Yay for updates!

Looks like you have some great maintenance habits, Jordanread! It is truly amazing how sweet things are when you have cut out the sugar and reintroduce it! Luckily for me, I was pretty turned off instead of falling back into the sugar cravings. I'm not quite at the black coffee stage (unless it is really good coffee) I like getting the healthy fats from the coconut milk/oil I blend in.

MgoSam - How are you finding the eating well on the week days and  relaxing it on the weekends?  Do you find it easy to go back and forth?

Good luck with your next round, Orvell! I'd join you if we weren't headed on vacation soon. Still planning on packing a lot of our own food, and will be eating complaint for the next couple of weeks until we go.

Sometimes, it is so damn hard! Apparently my usually trusted, locally made sausages have gotten a recipe rework to include gluten which isn't on the label. Last night was not fun.  I'm tired and sore and cranky-pants. All my joints hurt, I didn't sleep last night.

This morning I'm nursing my buzzed coffee and trying to psych myself up for going for a hike with some friends and the pups. Really, I just want to crawl back into bed.

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« Reply #1375 on: May 12, 2016, 10:02:44 AM »
MgoSam - How are you finding the eating well on the week days and  relaxing it on the weekends?  Do you find it easy to go back and forth?

I've been liking it, though I'm working on eating better on the weekends. It helps that during the summer there are a ton of grill-outs, and it isn't hard to bring some patties for myself and lettuce to use as a bun. I do get bored with what I'm eating during the week, but I'm getting better about that as well.

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« Reply #1376 on: May 14, 2016, 05:53:48 AM »
Day 3

I find myself being a titch more flexible this time around, while adhering to the core fundamentals. For example, the sausage I'm eating (a local brand) contains "less than 2% brown sugar." During my first Whole30 I wouldn't have bought it. Now I'm concentrating less on maximum food 'purity' and more on... just changing my habits re: sweets, snacks, and baked goods. That said, my goal will always be zero sugar in foods-- I'm just more willing than last time to make exceptions.

I am also drinking a mug or two of broth every day-- a tip suggested by SailorSam who is dropping back into her keto diet (while on a ship. Poor thing). In theory this helps balance electrolytes and makes the transition from Typical American Diet to Other Diet easier.
Totally hard to tell if it's working... but broth is yummy! XD So the risks are pretty low. ;P

Maybe it is, though? So far my Sugar Hangover has been far milder than I expected. It was definitely worse my first go-around, and I arguably ate much poorer before this one than that. >__>;

Last night I had Indian to-go dinner with friends. I think I managed to stay on-plan but there were likely some oils that weren't. On the whole, though, Indian food is a pretty good choice, imo. I had chicken bharta which is eggplant based (no beans or dairy). I just gave away my rice and passed on the (delicious looking) coconut naan. :)
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« Reply #1377 on: May 14, 2016, 06:49:42 AM »
Day 3

I find myself being a titch more flexible this time around, while adhering to the core fundamentals. For example, the sausage I'm eating (a local brand) contains "less than 2% brown sugar." During my first Whole30 I wouldn't have bought it. Now I'm concentrating less on maximum food 'purity' and more on... just changing my habits re: sweets, snacks, and baked goods. That said, my goal will always be zero sugar in foods-- I'm just more willing than last time to make exceptions.

I am also drinking a mug or two of broth every day-- a tip suggested by SailorSam who is dropping back into her keto diet (while on a ship. Poor thing). In theory this helps balance electrolytes and makes the transition from Typical American Diet to Other Diet easier.
Totally hard to tell if it's working... but broth is yummy! XD So the risks are pretty low. ;P

Maybe it is, though? So far my Sugar Hangover has been far milder than I expected. It was definitely worse my first go-around, and I arguably ate much poorer before this one than that. >__>;

Last night I had Indian to-go dinner with friends. I think I managed to stay on-plan but there were likely some oils that weren't. On the whole, though, Indian food is a pretty good choice, imo. I had chicken bharta which is eggplant based (no beans or dairy). I just gave away my rice and passed on the (delicious looking) coconut naan. :)

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« Reply #1378 on: May 14, 2016, 08:39:58 AM »
Sorry about that sugar hangover, Orvell.  Sounds like a good approach if you can find the right amount of flexibility.

I totally didn't start last time I said I would.  Work has been crazy and I didn't have the wherewithal to concentrate on my diet much.  Way too much beer, but I'm getting back on track now.  I'm trying to do a Whole30/Slow Carb diet hybrid, since I'd like to lose 10 pounds by end of summer, and preferably by mid-July. I originally wanted to lose the weight before I start my new horse under saddle in the fall, but that was apparently not quite enough motivation.  Now it's fairly hot already, and I want the definition in my arms back for sleeveless shirt weather, so vanity is pushing my motivation level over the top. 

This allows the flexibility of one cheat day per week, and beans and red wine are allowed.  Last night I made a nice white bean salad inspired by tabbouleh, along with grilled salmon and asparagus.  Tonight I'm planning to make a beef coconut curry and jicama slaw.  No dairy except cottage cheese (emergency breakfast) and no fruit except a couple grapefruits per week.  Lots of green soup and lots of salads.  TG for the Instant Pot for cooking all these beans.

Also stepping up my workouts now that the work craziness has died down and I don't have to travel for at least a month, so hopefully I'll be seeing my delts and tris in the mirror again soon.

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« Reply #1379 on: May 14, 2016, 10:12:49 AM »
Orvell - Push through the feeling like crap! You can do it! I love, love, love a cup of bone broth :) I usually add some Real Salt to it for the extra electrolyte supporting goodness.

Hubs has been struggling a bit, and is actually sniffiling and sick (this guy never gets sick) but he's been putting in some long hours at work doing some really boring training and has been partaking of the pastries and other sugary crap to keep himself awake.  He is totally aware of what is making him feel like crap and is determined to lay off the sweets again. I'm sure it won't be fun for him either.

I am soooo stoked that our Farmer's market is starting today! Farmer's Market might be a bit of a stretch it is really more of an "arts and crafts" market...but there is a new organic veggie farm coming who just started their business. I'm popping down to meet them and discuss some biz dev help in exchange for some free veggies!

I'm finding it really interesting how everyone is adapting the whole 30 to an actual lifestyle. What things people are bringing back in, doing a "day off"

Like Orvell, I have been more about not maintaining the rules 100% but working on the lifestyle habits. That pretty much mean eating whole 30 but not worrying about trace sugar, or having the occasional dairy (I know exactly what will happen to my body if I do, so I can decide if it is worth it for me) The occasional bowl of Pho, with rice noodles happens, usually when we go out for dinner with friends. I haven't noticed any ill effects from rice, other then it being high in carb and if I eat too much over too many days in a row I bloat up a bit.

Still trying to stay away from gluten/wheat 100% since I feel so utterly crappy. Some days it is easy, some days it absolutely sucks. I find myself wanting it less and less though.

One thing I have noticed is if I indulge in alcohol/sugar/carbs I gain a massive amount of water weight almost immediately. like 5 lbs over a weekend. It takes about a week of clean eating with the scale not budging then I'll loose all of it and a TINY bit more fat weight.  Very interesting to see. Thinking having to re-lose the water weight has significantly slowed my weight loss efforts. Its surprising how only a couple of meals makes a big difference! But, I'm still trucking along and feeling pretty good overall, so onward and downward :)


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« Reply #1380 on: May 14, 2016, 10:35:49 AM »
I'm finding it really interesting how everyone is adapting the whole 30 to an actual lifestyle. What things people are bringing back in, doing a "day off"


I'm trying pretty deliberately to avoid eating carb-heavy things on the whole. Sometimes, still good, but I have done a pretty good job over the past month of reducing that intake significantly.

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« Reply #1381 on: May 14, 2016, 10:43:44 AM »
I'm finding it really interesting how everyone is adapting the whole 30 to an actual lifestyle. What things people are bringing back in, doing a "day off"


I'm trying pretty deliberately to avoid eating carb-heavy things on the whole. Sometimes, still good, but I have done a pretty good job over the past month of reducing that intake significantly.

Me too, but then I have those days where damn it, I just want something approximating normal - so I try yet another gluten-free yet high carb recipe that doesn't really do it for me.  One day I will just feel the need to stop trying.

I have been having a bit of a struggle because I had a bad skin reaction to some nuts...the same one my mom got...so I definitely haven't been eating many and I have to do some experimenting to find out what is actually the issue there.

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« Reply #1382 on: May 14, 2016, 01:12:06 PM »
One thing that Whole30 has taught me is that I can eat healthy and still eat really good. For instance, I wouldn't have thought to use lettuce as a burger bun, but it doesn't take any flavor away and it makes it loads healthier. The only downside is that it will be messier, but to someone that plays with his food, it makes it more fun (perhaps I still need to grow up?).

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« Reply #1383 on: May 14, 2016, 01:13:36 PM »
One thing that Whole30 has taught me is that I can eat healthy and still eat really good. For instance, I wouldn't have thought to use lettuce as a burger bun, but it doesn't take any flavor away and it makes it loads healthier. The only downside is that it will be messier, but to someone that plays with his food, it makes it more fun (perhaps I still need to grow up?).

I prefer this combination!

I've started eating brats/hamburgers/etc bunless on my plate and if you can get over the "not eating with your hands" thing it's great.

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« Reply #1384 on: May 14, 2016, 01:58:41 PM »
If growing up means not eating with your hands, I hope I never grow up ;)

Here is breakfast after visiting the Farmers Market. The couple from the new Organic farm are lovely, I'm really going to enjoy helping them out!


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« Reply #1385 on: May 16, 2016, 09:41:13 AM »
One thing that Whole30 has taught me is that I can eat healthy and still eat really good. For instance, I wouldn't have thought to use lettuce as a burger bun, but it doesn't take any flavor away and it makes it loads healthier. The only downside is that it will be messier, but to someone that plays with his food, it makes it more fun (perhaps I still need to grow up?).

I usually enjoy lettuce wrapped BBQ food. However, I'm going to be getting a smoker soon, and I really want to do smoked burgers, and use portabella caps as buns. It seems amazing, and I haven't gotten to try it yet.
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« Reply #1386 on: May 16, 2016, 09:50:52 AM »
One thing that Whole30 has taught me is that I can eat healthy and still eat really good. For instance, I wouldn't have thought to use lettuce as a burger bun, but it doesn't take any flavor away and it makes it loads healthier. The only downside is that it will be messier, but to someone that plays with his food, it makes it more fun (perhaps I still need to grow up?).

I usually enjoy lettuce wrapped BBQ food. However, I'm going to be getting a smoker soon, and I really want to do smoked burgers, and use portabella caps as buns. It seems amazing, and I haven't gotten to try it yet.

That sounds divine! I have a grill but hardly ever use it, but this should soon change as I have re-discovered how much I love a good burger.

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« Reply #1387 on: May 16, 2016, 02:50:14 PM »
Breakfast today was eggs scrambled with fresh arugula and tomato paste, then my snack was (on-sale) blackberries dipped in cashew butter. Brings a new meaning to MMM!

Also, dinner tonight: spaghetti squash in homemade chicken stock topped with avocado, maybe more arugula on the side (hey, it needs to be eaten up soon...)
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« Reply #1388 on: May 17, 2016, 12:27:18 PM »
In news that will shock no one...
I FELL INTO A SUGAR HOLE.

You obviously didn't fill in that hole, because I happened to find it too!

I was doing quite well with my hybrid approach after completing my last round of Whole30 in mid-April, but then life happened again.  It's baseball and soccer season so being home to actually eat supper is becoming very hard. On top of that, I had a family health emergency (with a siblings spouse) and as a result I have some family living with me off and on for a while to help with doctor appointments, etc. (Everything is turning out ok, which I'm so thankful for!) My time to plan and prep meals is almost non-existent.  The bloating, headaches, sugar highs/crashes are really starting to wear on me, and it's only been 2 weeks of eating 'poorly'. I need to take some baby steps this weekend and get back to planning/prepping. 

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« Reply #1389 on: May 17, 2016, 12:40:04 PM »
My downfall is pasta.  Lots and lots of pasta.  And I'm not even Italian.

Whole30 is calling me again.  I felt really good during my first one and really didn't find it that hard.  This Sunday looks like a good day to begin again ...
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« Reply #1390 on: May 19, 2016, 01:58:57 PM »
Hi all,  just spent the past week reading through this thread.  Tremendous results for so many of you!  Congratulations!  And you all have amassed a great collection of recipes throughout the thread.  I've really enjoyed seeing how everyone supports everyone's efforts. 

I did 4 Whole30s in 2013 and felt great.  I have autoimmune issues and it really calmed my inflammation.  But slowly I started slipping in some sugar.  Then, my dad passed away and I was diagnosed with SIBO, cue out-of-control sugar/carb cravings and eating.  After doing the SIBO antibiotic treatments and 4 months on the FODMAP diet in 2015, I feel better, but still not great.  I eat paleo for 90% of my meals (I have Celiac and other food intolerances, so it's an easy decision). BUT the sugar dragon is bad.  So, I'm on Day 4 of Whole 30 #5 wanting to get my health more on track.  Have been eating lots of fat and the carb cravings are already so much better.  Thank you for serving as inspiration to get back on the horse.

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« Reply #1391 on: May 19, 2016, 02:22:24 PM »
Ok,

After a month of eating crap and wanting to eat more crap, I'm ready to do WHole30 again. I would love advice from people here so as to not fail again. Here is my current plan for eating during the week

Breakfast: Eggs, avocado, vegetables
Lunch: Shredded chicken breast with hot sauce, mixed greens
Dinner: Need help there, I am planning to make a chicken stew with indian spices in my slow cooker, I prefer making slow cooker meals on Sunday for lunch and dinner.

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« Reply #1392 on: May 19, 2016, 02:52:39 PM »
Awesome to have you here, Life in Balance!

It sounds like you have had a huge amount of issues to overcome but are taking great strides to support yourself. That is great! I hope we can serve as a source of support and inspiration!

MandalayVA - How is it going? Did you start your next round of whole 30?

Mom22boys - good to hear from you! Sorry to hear about the family health emergency. Hopefully, you are all doing better. I think all you can do at times like those is the best you can do, without any guilt. It is utterly amazing how just after a couple of weeks of poor eating your body can be so affected. The comfort eating is a really hard one; it seems like such a good solution at the time, or your not even thinking about it at all, but what happens to your body makes it even worse. Ugh. I'm waiting for the day I will turn to carrot sticks for comfort :)

One thing I have found really helps is I keep an emergency stash of super dark, stupidly fancy chocolate on hand. Like the kind you buy from a shop dedicated to the finest chocolates, yeah not mustachian, but whatever.

If I'm having a really, really hard day, I turn it into a meditation.I find a quite comfortable spot,  I go through the whole ritual of unpackaging it (they always wrap them super pretty, I imagine that is part of the cost) I breathe in the scent, I snap off a small square, let it melt slowly between the tongue and roof of my mouth, take some deep breaths.  This little ritual leaves me satisfied and calm and ready to tackle whatever is next. I think it is really just an excuse to just "be" for a few minutes.

What are some baby steps you are working on right now?

MgoSam - Have you tried Nomnom Paleos Kahlua pork? It is my go to life-saver for making a week's worth of quick protein you can use in a wide variety of ways.

BIG PANS of roasted veggies - I load my oven up with a few trays at a time, it makes dinner's a lot easier. Lately, it has been local Asparagus because it is in season and Hubs and I eat it like candy. Cauliflower is another favorite. Sweet potatoes, beets, Brussel Sprouts...basically any veggie tastes better roasted. We stick in in a pyrex, drizzle with olive oil salt and pepper, give me a good massage/mix-up and roast them in a 425 degree oven. give em a stir every 5 or 10 minutes. Roasting time depends on the veg.

Besides being a side, I will serve them with eggs for breakfast, make a super quick veggie curry out of them (basically, coconut oil, curry powder/paste, bit of tomato sauce, can of coconut milk and the chopped up roasted veg. Sometimes I'll add some spinach too)

The roasted Cauliflower makes a super easy rice/pasta substitute for sauces.

I have 10 lbs to go before I hit in the "Healthy" range of BMI. I'm super stoked. I haven't fit into that range since I was in Highschool and had Mono (yeah not the healthiest.) I've struggled with my weight since puberty and always had hormonal crap going on so this is super thrilling for me.

I asked hubs what he missed most last night and he said "Homemade pasta and homemade pizza" I asked about the desserts and stuff I use to make and he said. "You know, I miss the memories associated with some of those foods, but I don't miss the foods themselves" That was pretty enlightening.

I'm going to try and stay as on plan as I can and be really conscious about what I am eating when we are on vacation starting next week. I'm glad this introvert has become more comfortable in social situations that I don't require a few drinks to loosen up - that being said alcohol tends to flow like water at Camp Mustache, so... I have to be very aware of what I am putting in my body.  I think a few drinks will be fine, as long as I eat as well as I can and ignore all the delicious snacks that are around!

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« Reply #1393 on: May 19, 2016, 09:56:27 PM »
Swick, now I want to go get some fancy chocolates, and here I thought I was special with my 85% Green & Black Organic stuff!  What you describe with going off-plan is exactly what I experienced when I did Slow Carb a couple years ago, except I don't think it stalled weight loss.  Each cheat day, I'd add about 3# of bloat, then by the end of the following week, it would be gone along with an additional pound.  It was like clockwork; one pound net lost each week.  Hoping it works that way this time around so I'll be at goal by our July vacation.

The Slow Carb/Paleo hybrid is really agreeing with me.  I feel like it's a little easier to maintain, and psychologically, I don't have the stress about where I can find something I'm "allowed" to eat, so I tend to eat less, and not eat when I'm not hungry.  Luckily beans seem to be fine for me, though I'm sticking with lentils, black beans and small white beans.  Might experiment with some tofu next week too. A couple times I've inadvertently eaten very low-carb for a few meals, and end up either wanting to sleep for 18 hours, or eat everything in site.  Some squash, sweet potato or beans and I'm good to go again.  Workouts are going well too, whereas they lagged quite a bit for at least the first couple weeks of Whole30, despite eating fruit and potatoes.  This Saturday will be my first cheat day, and I'm planning pizza, beer and ice cream.

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« Reply #1394 on: May 20, 2016, 05:49:45 AM »
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« Reply #1395 on: May 20, 2016, 07:53:38 AM »
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What happen, Orvell?

Horsepoor - Thanks for sharing your experience and perspectives on the cheat days and your slow carb/paleo eating style. I'm still definitely trying to find a balance. I've slipped into very low-carb, unintentionally because all the veggies I have been eating are of the green variety with the season starting to change. I might need to be more intentional about balancing my plate as I don't seem to have the extra energy I would like to get some exercising in.

I don't think I want to do cheat days, I think my brain would go "well I should cheat because this is the day" Vs. "Man I really want x and I have thought about it and consciously choose to do so."

I would like to start adding in some beans. Other than chickpeas once or twice, I'm just realizing I never got a chance to re-intro them. I use to live in Turkey, so after coming home Lentils featured a lot in my cooking. Might be nice to experiment with them!

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« Reply #1396 on: May 20, 2016, 10:31:19 AM »
Swick--it's going.  My plan right now is to restart Sunday, which I'm already excited about because on that day Richmond will finally have a branch of the greatest supermarket on the planet, Wegmans!!!!!!!  (sorry, supermarket nerd)
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« Reply #1397 on: May 26, 2016, 07:11:40 AM »
Swick--it's going.  My plan right now is to restart Sunday, which I'm already excited about because on that day Richmond will finally have a branch of the greatest supermarket on the planet, Wegmans!!!!!!!  (sorry, supermarket nerd)

As a fellow supermarket nerd, I totally get it :) Did you start, MandalayVA?

How is everyone doing? Orvell? MgoSam

Things are going, pretty much in maintenance mode here so nothing really exciting to report. Really enjoying the Farmer's market and the intake of fresh veggies!

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« Reply #1398 on: May 30, 2016, 08:42:35 AM »
Hi, stopping back in since I've dug up a more reasonable grocery budget. I'm considering jumping in...I really want to jump in...budget analysis must come first. I now have $4-5 dollars per day for food per person (ok, that may seem small but it's up from $2.50). Enough to buy in? Maybe a pseudo version?

I've been cutting back portion sizes to reasonable levels (not paleo or whole30). I'm getting super hungry in the evenings. Theoretically I don't need more food and I'm assuming my body will eventually adjust? Anyone have input on how long that takes? (I'm not eating a lot of sugar or flours, but am eating some).

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« Reply #1399 on: May 30, 2016, 09:00:49 AM »
Hi Mongoose - There's no buy in, and everyone can start where they are, with what they're ready for, and set their own rules.  I can't remember what you said before about beans and potatoes, but it seems like with those (and maybe white rice), the budget is totally doable and you can eliminate wheat, sugar, nasty oils and other processed/refined stuff.

I've noticed pork is really cheap right now, and several on this thread rave about Kahlua pork, so that might be a good protein staple.  Now that it's summer, there ought to be some opportunities for cheap produce as well.  I remember that you were dealing with some food allergies as well, so I won't make too many suggestions that might conflict with those issues.

Plugging along over here, though with Memorial Day my cheat day has sort of strung out into a cheat weekend. Nothing ridiculous, and I'm back on track today.  It's getting hot this week, so we'll probably just be eating salads with avocados and protein and calling it good.