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« Reply #1600 on: October 31, 2016, 12:27:56 AM »
screwit - I'm going to go back a few pages and read that article I posted on 100%...thanks for the reminder.

I've completely come off the rails in the last 2 days, so I'm starting another Whole30 again on November 1st. This will be my 5th, I think?? Losing track!  Much stress in my life, atm, and eating like crap is just making it worse! I"m moody, miserable, over tired yet insomniac....grrrrrrrr!

I have so much to learn still.

ETA: Link to article screwit referred to: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/the-100-per-cent-rule-the-simple-advice-that-changed-my-life-20160825-gr16da.html
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« Reply #1601 on: October 31, 2016, 07:31:24 AM »
First day for me today.  Decided not to wait until November 1.  Monday seemed like a better day to start.  Prepped all my lunches and dinners for the week yesterday (which I normally do on Sundays anyway) and I'm off to the races.  Black tea this morning instead of coffee. 



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« Reply #1602 on: October 31, 2016, 08:01:19 AM »
I'll join you for another round 1967mama and ZiziPB!

Ugh - I just opened the bag of Halloween Candy that I have had in the pantry since July. Soooo glad to be getting it out of the house. While it is full of what use to be my favorites, I have ZERO interest in eating any. The smell alone -  that plastic, artificial, chemical smell has me wanting  to toss my breakfast. Actually, I might keep smelling it throughout the day. Talk about aversion therapy!

So mama and zizi, what are your goals and aspirations for this time around?

I feel like with the change in weather I have been having trouble getting in all the veggies I want to. I also have gotten into the habit of really having one main meal a day and a snack. I just haven't really been hungry, so I want to get back into the habit of three meals (even if they are smaller ones) Also, I think it be time to actually up the exercise. I get out for a walk in the forest with the pups every day for at least an hour - but now that I have the weight loss kind of in hand (and starting to stall), I think I need to actually build some muscle.

Ohh I made these last night Sweet Potato meatballs!: http://www.slimmingeats.com/blog/pork-sweet-potato-meatballs

They are awesome! I didn't have any cilantro. I fried up some reg. onion with cabbage and added that to the meat and sweet potato.

I had some leftover lemon grass, ginger, thai chili and garlic I blended up with the coconut aminos and a splash of fish sauce and added that to the meat mixture too.

Served it with some wok fried cabbage and some kimchi :) Reminds me of wonton filling, just without the dough wrapper!

She actually has some pretty good looking Whole 30 recipes I'm excited to try.

What did you prep for the week, Zizi? I need some inspiration!

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« Reply #1603 on: October 31, 2016, 08:15:16 AM »
Hello swick!  Glad you are joining us.  For me, the biggest issue is SUGAR.  I crave it all the time and once I start, I can't stop.  So for this round of Whole 30, my goal is to tame the sugar dragon.  I want to focus 100% on that.  Which for me means no dried fruit.

For lunch I made sort of a sloppy joe with ground turkey (sauteed onions and garlic, a grated carrot and  a tablespoon of tomato paste).  I portioned it and packaged with roasted butternut squash and steamed green beans.  For dinner, I made beef and cabbage curry (but I also added a couple of cubed potatoes).  I hate cooking when I get home from work in the evening, so I always make sure that I have dinner ready to be reheated.  In case you're wondering, I don't mind eating the same thing every day for a week :-)



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« Reply #1604 on: October 31, 2016, 08:26:55 AM »
  In case you're wondering, I don't mind eating the same thing every day for a week :-)

Ahh I'm jealous :) I could easily eat the same thing for a week and be happy. Hubby needs more variety and he always takes dinner leftovers for lunch, so we can't have it too many days in a row. When he was gone on business last week I made a big pot of Tom Ka and a big pot of Clam Chowder and happily had it all week. On the bright side, he was able to do a costco trip on his way home, so it'll make it much easier this time around!

I hear you about not wanting to cook after getting home from work. I do have to get better at meal planning/prep I tend to wing it, which more often than not means scrambling whatever leftovers are in the fridge and cobbling them together for a meal. It's a useful skill, but one I shouldn't rely on as much as I do :)

Have you had a chance to look into the FODMAPS stuff yet? It might be an idea to dow a low FODMAPS version of whole 30 I think there is a shopping list and guide lines on the site. I know I have to watch my nut intake, or I get a weird rash on my chest.

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« Reply #1605 on: October 31, 2016, 09:22:14 AM »
Yes, spent some time over the weekend and this morning looking at the FODMAPs info, and I just don't think that this is my problem.  I had a period of about a year in my early 20s when I probably would have given you a different answer but nowadays, my digestive system works generally well.  The more I read about it, the more I think that latex fruit syndrome is the issue I am experiencing.



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« Reply #1606 on: October 31, 2016, 09:26:11 AM »
That is good to hear since a low FODMAPS diet is quite a bit more restrictive than even the whole 30.

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« Reply #1607 on: October 31, 2016, 04:05:01 PM »
Sounds like fun!  I have been meaning to do one of these, so I will join in for November.  I usually eat a lot of vegetables & few processed foods, so that part is okay.  I think the hard parts for me will be no dairy & no alcohol!  It's going to be an interesting Thanksgiving dinner.

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« Reply #1608 on: October 31, 2016, 04:32:15 PM »
Welcome, Hotstreak!

Please let us know if you have any questions as we get started! Thanksgiving is doable if you plan ahead :)

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« Reply #1609 on: October 31, 2016, 11:12:19 PM »
Tried a new recipe today called Pizza Pie
http://paleomg.com/almost-5-ingredient-pizza-spaghetti-pie/

I added mushrooms when i sauteed the onions and sausage. Super tasty! I ate it for dinner before heading to a halloween party with the kids. The hostess offered me a drink and I though it was La Croix so I took one, and it was so delicious! Half way through it, I read the can and it was San Pellegrino and had sugar. UGH! Annoying! I should have noticed right away when it was soo good! LOL. I stopped when I realized it had sugar, though.

I ate some canned corn today too, but on purpose. I have always loved corn so I thought Id test it. I have been thinking about what else I want to trial...I dont miss beans at all. I dont even really miss soy sauce. I have the coconut aminos. Sometimes I like a bowl of split pea soup, but that is at most a couple times a year. I do like peanut butter, but it often gives me headaches, but then, I usually eat it on bread and sometimes is the kind with added palm oil. Im not sure if I should trial it by itself just to see, or if I just keep on avoiding it. ?? I really only like it as part of a pbj or with chocolate. and if Im not eating those things either...well...

I admit that I was feeling tempted by the halloween candy today. Every time I say no thanks to some food, I feel reminded about how much junk I was eating before. Im really working on making better choices and setting myself up for success, like eating before the party and making foods ahead. Im trying to always have some cooked spagetti squash, cooked sweet potatoes, and butternut soup in the fridge because those are very filling but dont cook quickly. Im trying to have some cooked proteins in the fridge too.

Im probably going to stick very close to Whole 30 for November as well. I will probably trial dairy and wheat, but Im not expecting those to go well :) I stopped using ghee. Im definitely going to want W30 thanksgiving ideas.  :)

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« Reply #1610 on: November 01, 2016, 04:09:29 AM »
Day 2 for me today.  Day 1 didn't go well - the on and off migraine I was battling over the weekend returned with full vengeance on Monday.  I'm sure that not having my usual coffee in the morning contributed to it.  I felt so sick that I was in bed and asleep before 8 pm.   Feeling much better this morning and hoping that today is a better day :-)



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« Reply #1611 on: November 01, 2016, 10:20:27 AM »
November 1st = Day 1 for me! I don't feel like it will be too hard because I'm just coming off a Whole 30 that ended week ago. Still need training wheels!

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« Reply #1612 on: November 01, 2016, 10:31:20 AM »
Day 2 for me today.  Day 1 didn't go well - the on and off migraine I was battling over the weekend returned with full vengeance on Monday.  I'm sure that not having my usual coffee in the morning contributed to it.  I felt so sick that I was in bed and asleep before 8 pm.   Feeling much better this morning and hoping that today is a better day :-)

BTW, my snacking habits were so bad since I did the first Whole 30 back in February that I gained almost 11 pounds since then!  Hoping to shed most of it and hoping to change my habits (I eat a lot of sweet, sugary snacks).



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« Reply #1613 on: November 01, 2016, 01:18:06 PM »
Good luck!! November W30ers!!

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« Reply #1614 on: November 01, 2016, 01:42:51 PM »
Hey, Everyone!

Giving out Halloween candy was interesting last night, I didn't want any of it. Wasn't remotely tempted (despite being some of my old favorites) but it did trigger a serious need to snack. So I had a few raisins, a couple of slices of turkey and a few almonds. So all in all not so bad, but clearly some more work to do on the psychological side of things. Which is expected given I've got a bit of an addictive personality :)

On the eating breakfast front - ermm... well it's almost 1 pm.  Darn forum sidetracking!

Hope you are feeling better, Zizi!

Anyone have some tried and true ideas for using some cooked beets? I got a good deal on a big bag and promptly forgot about them. SO now I have a full bowl in the fridge I need to use up. I thought about making Borscht but Hubby isn't a fan.

How are you doing after the Sugar, N? Did you find that you are wanting more?

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« Reply #1615 on: November 01, 2016, 01:46:39 PM »
I think we're on Day 21 (?) of strict AIP Paleo (basically W30 without nuts, seeds and fruit/seed-based spices, eggs, potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers of any kind/nightshade spices).  My GF is down just over 15lbs (11 of it in the first week, definitely some water weight) and everything is going great.

It's rather mustache-shaving, but an order from this site (http://www.paleoonthego.com/) was perfect for GF last week when she was flew out of town all week for work.  Not easy when you can't just pack a cooler full of leftovers.  Also some "Pork clouds" and sweet potato chips made with coconut oil and salt and nothing else.

We'll be starting our reintroduction (starting with egg yolks, black pepper, and seed-based spices in that order spaced out by a few days) right around Day 30.  Nearly everything is W30 compliant for about another month of our reintro.

Onward and upward!

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« Reply #1616 on: November 01, 2016, 02:00:56 PM »
Awesome update, Ketchup! I was wondering how you were doing! Can you share some of your AIP recipes/resources? I don't feel the need to go that strict (yet), and I'm wondering what you are actually eating!

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« Reply #1617 on: November 01, 2016, 02:15:48 PM »
Anyone have some tried and true ideas for using some cooked beets? I got a good deal on a big bag and promptly forgot about them. SO now I have a full bowl in the fridge I need to use up. I thought about making Borscht but Hubby isn't a fan.


I make a beet hash regularly.  It's a bit sweet but quite good, and W30 compliant!

In a pan, sauté:
Cooking oil
Garlic
Onion
Chopped bacon or sausage of some type

When meat is cooked through, add:
Par-boiled potatoes & beets, cubed
Salt
Pepper
Cayenne pepper (optional!)

Stir & Cook for a while.  When potatoes and beets are cooked through, add:
Chopped beet greens, if you have them
Chopped Kale and/or Collards

Stir well & cook until greens are soft.  If the pan gets dry add more cooking oil, not water (I use coconut oil for this recipe).  It's nice to have the potatoes and beets par boiled so they take in some of the meat flavor while it's all cooking together, but I don't see any reason you couldn't mix them in towards the end.  If you try this let me know how you like it!

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« Reply #1618 on: November 01, 2016, 02:47:19 PM »
Awesome update, Ketchup! I was wondering how you were doing! Can you share some of your AIP recipes/resources? I don't feel the need to go that strict (yet), and I'm wondering what you are actually eating!
We've used this site a lot for AIP info: http://autoimmune-paleo.com/ 

Recent recipes (may have posted some of these already):
http://www.cleaneatingveggiegirl.com/2016/01/12/aip-paleo-avocado-turmeric-chicken-salad/
http://enjoyingthisjourney.com/aip-greek-salad/
http://www.primalpalate.com/paleo-recipe/autoimmune-paleo-orange-teriyaki-meatballs/ (honey so no-go on W30)
http://autoimmune-paleo.com/hawaiian-salmon/
http://autoimmune-paleo.com/bistro-chicken-salad-garlic-thyme-vinaigrette/ (this is truly the greatest thing ever)
http://www.grazedandenthused.com/single-post/2014/08/04/PeachGlazed-Mini-Meatloaves-AIP-Friendly

Tonight:
http://autoimmune-paleo.com/bacon-beef-liver-pate-with-rosemary-and-thyme/

Also bottling a batch (4 bottles) of homemade kombucha tonight so we'll see how that comes out in a few more days.

We've been doing this together with a friend and her mom.  The friend has Hashimoto's and it's been really good for her so far too.

The hardest restrictions are by far eggs and black pepper.  I can handle going without everything else reasonably easily, but I feel like those are in *everything* we used to cook.  Luckily they're some of the first to reintroduce.

Also: Cauliflower "rice" has totally become a thing you can buy at the store.  And it's way better than my (many) attempts at making it at home.

Also also: W30-compliant no-sugar-or-bullshit bacon is available at a regular store in my area so we don't have to buy it online anymore.  Check your stores!

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« Reply #1619 on: November 01, 2016, 03:04:17 PM »
If you try this let me know how you like it!

I could kiss you, Hotstreak, THANK YOU! You solved my dilemma of what to have for breakfasts for the next couple of days! I couldn't follow your recipe exactly, but I did fry up some onions, garlic, chopped up bacon and beets with some salt and a bunch of pepper. So good! Must remember a little bacon fat makes everything taste awesome :D

Having trouble finding good greens now that our CSA has ended for the year. But going to keep an eye out for some so I can make your whole recipe. Thanks again!

Thanks for all the links Ketchup, I'll be checking them out! It is things like spices and pepper I don't know if I could go without. I'm pretty certain anything can taste good with the right/enough spices. But I definitely am going to try some of the recipes you posted!

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« Reply #1620 on: November 01, 2016, 08:47:49 PM »
Anyone have some tried and true ideas for using some cooked beets? I got a good deal on a big bag and promptly forgot about them. SO now I have a full bowl in the fridge I need to use up. I thought about making Borscht but Hubby isn't a fan.

I really like them simply with your oil of choice, lemon zest and some nice sea salt and pepper.

You could also do Red Flannel Hash with some poached eggs (I use bacon, not corned beef).

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« Reply #1621 on: November 01, 2016, 10:09:02 PM »
that beet hash sounds really good.
I usually cube and oven roast them with oil, salt and pepper.
If you can eat them raw, you can grate them into a salad.

The sugar in the soda didnt seem to ....hmmm. I did have trouble going to bed early enough and then I crashed this afternoon around 4, I was soooo tired. related? I dont know. I did not have any candy last night though. So it didnt trigger any super strong cravings.

Except I keep fantasizing about my favorite pizza place. I will plan a visit there soon, but first I aim to trial dairy and wheat separately. I think Ill do dairy tomorrow. I bought a whole, full fat yogurt to try (with limited ingredients and no gums) and maybe Ill have a bite of hard cheese too.

When I was around 18 or 19 I made the connection that milk gave me digestion problems. I didnt really cut it out strictly though, until my son reacted to dairy in my breastmilk. His reactions were terrible, so I gave it up adn since then have cut it back and been on and off dairy free. It will be interesting to see how I react to it all by itself.

Ive lost 15 lbs since I started W30. Woo!

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« Reply #1622 on: November 01, 2016, 10:25:10 PM »

Except I keep fantasizing about my favorite pizza place. I will plan a visit there soon, but first I aim to trial dairy and wheat separately. I think Ill do dairy tomorrow. I bought a whole, full fat yogurt to try (with limited ingredients and no gums) and maybe Ill have a bite of hard cheese too.

When I was around 18 or 19 I made the connection that milk gave me digestion problems. I didnt really cut it out strictly though, until my son reacted to dairy in my breastmilk. His reactions were terrible, so I gave it up adn since then have cut it back and been on and off dairy free. It will be interesting to see how I react to it all by itself.

Ive lost 15 lbs since I started W30. Woo!

Good plan on doing the reintos separate first. Good luck with the dairy reintro, let us know how it goes! WAHOO on the weight loss, doesn't it feel GOOD?!?

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« Reply #1623 on: November 02, 2016, 04:40:29 AM »
Day 3 for me today.  The migraine is gone, thank goodness.  There was so much food and junk in the office yesterday!  Halloween candy everywhere, and someone brought in breakfast "goodies" (none of it good for me :-) and other random food appearing all day in the office kitchen...  I wasn't really tempted by the food itself but noticed how accustomed I am to just grabbing some candy or other food when I pass by it in the office.  I had to stop myself from doing that automatically a few times.   



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« Reply #1624 on: November 02, 2016, 01:27:51 PM »
Glad the headache is gone Zizi!

I fully admit to frequently sending stuff we are given (or extra Halloween candy) with my husband to leave in the lunchroom. He said he put out a full bowl in the morning and by lunch time it was nearly gone. I do feel a little bad about it :S 

Next Halloween we will be shifting to non-crap treats or maybe non-edibles? I'll have to think and plan for it. It's our second Halloween here so now I have a little better of an idea on how many kids we will get. It's interesting viewing the whole "trick or treating" thing through the lens of how bad sugar is and how much these kids are getting, and how bad it was for triggering binging and secretive eating when I was a kid....need to ponder all this some more.


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« Reply #1625 on: November 02, 2016, 01:54:05 PM »
I've made a few adjustments to stay compliant.  This is my first time on the program so it's all new to me.

I figured my cheese and kefir would go bad, so I ate them for dinner on the 31st (along with a salad).  There are a few things I won't be using for the next month, & may go looking for complaint alternatives: coconut milk for coffee, lemon juice for tea, sriracha sauce, and chewing gum.  I'm sure there will be more things as I keep reading labels. 

I've been pretty accepting of small amounts of sugar in commercial sauces, so I'm going to need to make those on my own if I want to use them.  I don't think it's nutritionally different to make my own sauce sweetened with fruit juice vs. using one with honey or molasses or a little sugar, but I do want to follow this Whole 30 to the letter, so I'll be getting creative & trying new things.


Oh my goodness, Halloween candy!  We got a bunch at my office & people absolutely scarfed it down.  The bowls are all empty, but I kept a stash of the good stuff on my desk and now I'm using it to bribe my coworkers :). 

I do not participate in the mass giving of candy to kids, though.  I'd love to think that every parent controls their kids candy intake & keeps things somewhat reasonable, but the reality is that many kids will be binge eating thousand of calories of pure sugar this week.  That's not healthy under any circumstances & reinforces poor food habits these kids will carry with them for a lifetime (while we all pay for the associated healthcare, but that's another topic).

I could kiss you, Hotstreak, THANK YOU! You solved my dilemma of what to have for breakfasts for the next couple of days! I couldn't follow your recipe exactly, but I did fry up some onions, garlic, chopped up bacon and beets with some salt and a bunch of pepper. So good! Must remember a little bacon fat makes everything taste awesome :D

Having trouble finding good greens now that our CSA has ended for the year. But going to keep an eye out for some so I can make your whole recipe. Thanks again!

I'm glad you liked it!  I just had some for lunch.

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« Reply #1626 on: November 02, 2016, 02:04:46 PM »
I've made a few adjustments to stay compliant.  This is my first time on the program so it's all new to me.

I figured my cheese and kefir would go bad, so I ate them for dinner on the 31st (along with a salad).  There are a few things I won't be using for the next month, & may go looking for complaint alternatives: coconut milk for coffee, lemon juice for tea, sriracha sauce, and chewing gum.  I'm sure there will be more things as I keep reading labels. 


Hotstreak, definitely use us as a resource with this being your first time! Any observations/thoughts/challenges/successes you have it is worth noting and sharing! Especially so you have a bit of a record to look back on later.

Just wanted to mention that Sriracha isn't complaint - but Cholula is! At least the regular one, not sure about all the specialty flavors.

Chewing gum isn't advised because you are trying to regulate your digestive system and chewing gum stimulates your digestive system but doesn't provide food.

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« Reply #1627 on: November 03, 2016, 06:53:13 AM »
Day 4 for me today.  So far so good, although I was hungry yesterday.  So today I will add some roasted sweet potato to my dinner and have some almond butter with the apple that is my afternoon snack.  Definitely feeling lighter and more alert and energetic today, even without coffee :-) 

W30 seems much easier the second time around.  The timeline seems compressed?  My hangover feeling lasted a day and now I'm experiencing a surge in energy.  Hmm...



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« Reply #1628 on: November 03, 2016, 10:05:23 PM »
Hi all, I'm back! Great to see this thread has kept chugging on.  I did my first Whole30 this time last year and felt amazing. My motivation last time was awful hayfever & allergies plus 10kg extra weight. A year on and I find myself in the exact same place. Am on strong asthma meds so I can breathe and have such a bad cough that hubby is sleeping on the kids room. Unfortunately despite feeling awesome on Whole30 I haven't managed to make the changes stick - so that is the goal this time around - allergy relief and better habits for the rest of my life. Glad to be joining you. Day 1 starts tomorrow.

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« Reply #1629 on: November 04, 2016, 05:10:39 AM »
Hi all, I'm back! Great to see this thread has kept chugging on.  I did my first Whole30 this time last year and felt amazing. My motivation last time was awful hayfever & allergies plus 10kg extra weight. A year on and I find myself in the exact same place. Am on strong asthma meds so I can breathe and have such a bad cough that hubby is sleeping on the kids room. Unfortunately despite feeling awesome on Whole30 I haven't managed to make the changes stick - so that is the goal this time around - allergy relief and better habits for the rest of my life. Glad to be joining you. Day 1 starts tomorrow.
Another person joining us for November!  How exciting!  I am also hoping to achieve some permanent changes this time, KiwiSonya.  So best of luck to both of us!



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« Reply #1630 on: November 04, 2016, 06:58:39 AM »
Donuts in the office today.  And I'm not talking Dunkin Donuts here, but real old fashioned donut shop fancy donuts... It seems that once the eating and snacking season starts with Halloween candy, it's non-stop from there until New Year's Eve.

Just had a banana for a snack and will have some herbal tea soon.  Day 5 for me and feeling great.



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« Reply #1631 on: November 04, 2016, 07:51:06 AM »
Hi all, I'm back! Great to see this thread has kept chugging on.  I did my first Whole30 this time last year and felt amazing. My motivation last time was awful hayfever & allergies plus 10kg extra weight. A year on and I find myself in the exact same place. Am on strong asthma meds so I can breathe and have such a bad cough that hubby is sleeping on the kids room. Unfortunately despite feeling awesome on Whole30 I haven't managed to make the changes stick - so that is the goal this time around - allergy relief and better habits for the rest of my life. Glad to be joining you. Day 1 starts tomorrow.
Another person joining us for November!  How exciting!  I am also hoping to achieve some permanent changes this time, KiwiSonya.  So best of luck to both of us!

+1 It's good to see you KiwiSonya. I wish you were feeling better though! Sucks that you are dealing with all the allergies again. The lasting change part is hard, it's the shift from going from "short-term experiment" to " new way of life" that is the most challenging.

Way to go for not giving into the doughnut temptation, ZiziPB that would have been tough!  I know I have it easier than most working from home because I have much more control over my environment most of the time. Keep on feeling great!

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« Reply #1632 on: November 04, 2016, 11:11:04 AM »
I never realized how much restaurants water down their Cholula until I bought my own bottle, this stuff is pretty thick! 

I'm on day 4 & things are going pretty well so far.  One issue I'm having is breakfast.  My normal breakfast, which I eat at work, is a mix of unsweetened coconut flakes, almond meal, chia & flax seeds, salt, cinnamon, and... unflavored whey protein isolate, and a small amount of instant oats.  It's not sweet, at all, & actually fairly low carb considering it's an "oatmeal" recipe.  To try and replace it, one morning I microwaved eggs, but they didn't fill me up at all.  Two days this week I ate a banana & some mixed nuts, which filled me up okay, but the sweetness of the banana was unpleasant in the morning.  I'm thinking I will just pack an extra half serving of whatever I'm having for lunch and eat that in the mornings.  I bike to work 2-3 days/week and need some food!

Any suggestions from my fellow W30ers?

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« Reply #1633 on: November 04, 2016, 11:42:19 AM »
My go to portable breakfast that I can bring to the office with me is two hard boiled eggs with mayo and a V8 vegetable juice.  I think the fat in mayo helps with staying full.  I also like an apple with almond butter.



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« Reply #1634 on: November 04, 2016, 12:05:17 PM »
http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2016/10/01/the-paleo-aip-instant-pot-cookbook-review-recipe-and-giveaway/

Swedish Meatballs with Mushroom Gravy.

This.

This this this.

Make these meatballs if you have an InstantPot or other pressure cooker.  They are fantastic.

(W30/Paleo/AIP/etc compliant)

Made them last night and the GF is bringing them with her for leftovers on a trip for today and tomorrow.  Outrageously good.

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« Reply #1635 on: November 04, 2016, 12:15:05 PM »
It definitely helps to think of meals as "Meal 1" "Meal 2" etc... instead of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Tuna or chicken salad made with some homemade mayo would be portable.

You could also keep with your usual breakfast but add in some chopped fruit. Also looks like it could use some fat in there to help keep you full - nut butter would work. You might be able to replace the whey with some gelatin? Not sure, I take no responsibility if you try it and it is horrible :)

Doing well. Made some soup out of stock I saved from my last Kahlua pork, some asparagus stock, roasted tomatoes, roasted red peppers and zucchini all from the freezer. I've got some chai concentrate brewing in the crockpot.

Last night was craving something warm and not caffeinated so made some "Chocolate Mint" tea (loose Spearmint, peppermint, and some cocoa powder) with a splash of cashew milk. It was tasty and warm.

How is everyone else doing?

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« Reply #1636 on: November 04, 2016, 12:30:19 PM »
I never realized how much restaurants water down their Cholula until I bought my own bottle, this stuff is pretty thick! 

I'm on day 4 & things are going pretty well so far.  One issue I'm having is breakfast.  My normal breakfast, which I eat at work, is a mix of unsweetened coconut flakes, almond meal, chia & flax seeds, salt, cinnamon, and... unflavored whey protein isolate, and a small amount of instant oats.  It's not sweet, at all, & actually fairly low carb considering it's an "oatmeal" recipe.  To try and replace it, one morning I microwaved eggs, but they didn't fill me up at all.  Two days this week I ate a banana & some mixed nuts, which filled me up okay, but the sweetness of the banana was unpleasant in the morning.  I'm thinking I will just pack an extra half serving of whatever I'm having for lunch and eat that in the mornings.  I bike to work 2-3 days/week and need some food!

Any suggestions from my fellow W30ers?

Sounds like you'd like Fauxtmeal.  You can adjust the banana down if it's too sweet.

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« Reply #1637 on: November 04, 2016, 01:10:06 PM »
horsepoor - That Fauxtmeal looks interesting, I will try out a modified version this weekend!

swick -  Thanks for the suggestions!  I'm trying to avoid fruits, but I like your idea about gelatin.  Now I need to pick which mug I'm going to deposit this permanent layer of dissolved gelatin on - the office dishwasher is not capable of removing these things :).

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« Reply #1638 on: November 04, 2016, 10:15:19 PM »
Hi all, thanks for the welcome. I'm 3/4 through Day 1 and I'm feeling better already- crazy! Have had a busy Saturday with the family. My son's first ever cricket game (seriously cute and totally hilarious watching 5 & 6 year olds) from 8.30am- 9.30.  Made pancake brunch for the family and bacon, eggs & veggies for me. Biked on my new eelctric bike to the butchery & market to stock up. Unfortunately I couldn't start my bike so ended up biking with heavy bike & 10kg of groceries up a long slightly steep hill in a strong headwind for an hour. Having a much needed sit down now. Exercise - tick. Lamb chops with asparagus and coleslaw made from my son's much cherished homegrown cabbage will be on the menu. I am determined to be more organised  and plan my meals this time around!

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« Reply #1639 on: November 04, 2016, 11:16:50 PM »
eggs by themselves arent that filling for me either. I like to eat mine scrambled with a lot of veggies, or cooked over medium and on top of mashed sweet potatoes or greens. I use coconut oil or chicken fat to cook them. You could premake those scrambled eggs in muffin tins for easy transport. I also mentioned up thread that I love chicken salad with grapes, celery, red  onion and walnuts, mixed with lemon juice and mayo, over chopped lettuce. I eat that for breakfast sometimes. sometimes I also like warm soups for breakfast-butternut squash with curry or ginger is nice.

My dairy trial was non eventful. No troubles at all. Yesterday I did go and have a pizza. Its a woodfired thin crust build your own place. It was tasty and I enjoyed it, but it wasnt the be all end all. I think I did notice a couple reactions later, but not major. Im going back to plan for a few more days and observing. Im still losing weight, so I am trying to focus on getting enough sleep (lacking this week), and eating at better times of the day.

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« Reply #1640 on: November 06, 2016, 05:58:57 AM »
I made the faux oatmeal for breakfast this morning: 2 eggs, 1 small banana, a spoonfull of coconut flour, some cinnamon and a bit of water.  Cooked it in coconut oil.  Added a bit of ground flax, walnuts and cranberries.  Very tasty and quite filling - the texture was not quite like oatmeal but more like baby cereal.  Wouldn't have it for breakfast every day but it's a nice  change on a weekend morning.



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« Reply #1641 on: November 07, 2016, 03:31:06 AM »
Week 2 starts for me today.  Feeling great so far, so much better than first time around.  Much more alert and energetic.  Eating plan for this week:

- eggs with sweet potato and chicken sausage for breakfast
- mixed salad with tuna for lunches (got Italian canned tuna in olive oil at Costco - expensive but so good)
- spaghetti squash and chicken cacciatore for dinner tonight, then bigos (Polish cabbage and sourkraut stew with pork and sausage) for the rest of the week.

Hope everyone else is doing well.



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« Reply #1642 on: November 07, 2016, 11:18:19 AM »
Hey ZiziPB glad thing are going good for you.  They are going well for me, too.  I was looking to relax over the weekend and wanted a glass of wine, but I took a sauna instead and felt great!  I was hungry for most of last week, but I've adjusted to it and the feeling has passed.

I took time this weekend to prepare quite a bit of food:

- Mashed hard boiled eggs with mustard, avocado oil, spices
- Vegetable chicken stew
- Sautéed green beans with garlic
- Sautéed asparagus with garlic
- Baked acorn squash with cinnamon & ghee
- Chopped raddish, broccoli, & mushrooms in the fridge + tomatoes & avocado on the counter for salads (enough lettuce in the fridge for the week).  I use olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dressing.
- One plate of leftover venison liver, sautéed onions heavily seasoned, sautéed mushrooms with radish.  I'm looking forward to this tomorrow!
- Taking a beef roast out of the freezer to thaw, for cooking this weekend.


I also have snacks at work including canned meats, mixed nuts, and chocolate bars (100% cocoa, W30 complaint!!).  Towards the end of the week I will have my last CSA pickup, and whatever they give me will determine what I eat over the weekend and in to next week.

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« Reply #1643 on: November 07, 2016, 11:47:56 AM »
Wahoo for meal prep! Thanks Zizi and Hotstreak! I have some new ideas!

I did some as well!

 - Carrot sticks and homemade chipotle dressing for dip portioned out and ready to go
 - Big batch of Ragutooi (basically a combo of Ragu and Ratatouille) that turns into a delish stew
 - Gluten-free Cornbread and Buckwheat crepes (these are for Hubby for breakfasts and lunches, but should lighten my load so I can focus on more tasties for me)
 - Big batch of chicken salad I have been eating the last couple of days. Chicken, pecans, chipotle dressing, celery, green onion.
 - Chicken Stock
 - Asparagus Stock

A friend shared this recipe, which made with Gee should be delish and I have all the ingredients for! https://smittenkitchen.com/2016/11/roasted-cauliflower-with-pumpkin-seeds-brown-butter-and-lime/

I'm also trying to figure out something to do with carrot tops. They are pretty bitter but I am determined not to compost them. I tried them raw in a salad, but it was pretty much all I could taste. I know some people make pesto with it, but I can't imagine it would be much better, especially without the cheese. SO I'm going to sautee some in garlic and see if that mellows them out a bit.

I have not been following the "no scale" rule as I have been doing this style of eating so long and am about 15 lbs off my goal weight, I just want to monitor and make sure I am losing at a consistent and sustainable weight. Averaging about 1.2 pounds a week which seems to be working well for me. To date, that is 80 lbs. lost.

N - Glad to hear your dairy and gluten trials went well. Gluten especially may not cause immediate symptoms but can be accumulative and show up over time, just so you are aware of that.

How is everyone else doing? KiwiSonya? 1967mama?

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« Reply #1644 on: November 07, 2016, 10:34:51 PM »
I havent had anything non compliant since my pizza night. Im doing well!
Today I made a big batch of the Pizza Pie (spaghetti squash, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, pizza sauce and eggs), a double batch of chicken bone broth, a dozen hard boiled eggs.
Tomorrow Im making a pot roast with enough for extras all week.
I have two servings of my chicken salad from the weekend also.
prep is good!

Its been 6 weeks since I started and Im down 18 lbs.

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« Reply #1645 on: November 08, 2016, 02:00:01 AM »
Hi all, great to hear you are all doing so well.  I wrote a big post yesterday and then my laptop crashed and I lost it and didn't have the heart to repeat.  I'm finishing up Day 4 and have stuck to the script.  I have been tested with a school fair that was basically a candy circus, and made the mistake of making fresh bread for the rest of the family to go with jack o lantern soup yesterday - was torture but I endured it.  My allergies have been so much better - I can actually breathe through my nose which I'm pretty sure I haven't done for at least 6 weeks.  Been feeling a bit grumpy and hungry today but was expecting that.  I did lots of food prep on the weekend - hard boiled eggs, ratatouille, lamb chops, coleslaw which has made it easy - preparing in advance really is pivotal to making this work.
I have made several shifts in mindset since I last did whole30 at the start of the year.  I have been reading the Stoics and trying to 'Eat to Live ' not the other way around - and that has helped.  I've always made food a bit too central to my life and that has been unhealthy for me.  Eating shouldn't be about what I "feel like" but what nutrition my body needs - and you can plan this on paper and make it the day or week before! Much like last time it astonishes me how out of control our "treating culture" has become - unhealthy food is pedalled at every corner for every possible reason.  I haven't really been interested in any of it - fixing my health is my No.1 priority and no crappy food is going to stand in my way.
You guys have done amazingly with your weight lost.  I'm very impressed.  And the food all sounds yum.  Keep it up! KS

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« Reply #1646 on: November 08, 2016, 12:54:14 PM »
Well bollocks, There was unlabeled gluten in the sausages I had for supper last night. I asked and was assured there was not.

How do I know? I haven't slept because I am in too much pain. All my nerves hurt. I can feel the inflammation. I feel like I got hit by a bus. I suppose the bright side is it has effectively killed any desire I have been having to try something gluten and tasty and just deal with the consequences. Just.Not.Worth.It

I technically should start again, but I'm not going to. I definitely would if it was my first time around. Although I suppose the numbers are all kinda arbitrary for me at this point. Don't know. Will re-evaluate when I'm feeling better.


KiwiSonya - Sorry you lost your last post but way to go for coming to some of those realizations around food. I use to be in the same place. Breaking that relationship (or redefining it) is paramount to being successful. Way to go!

Hope everyone is doing well!


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« Reply #1647 on: November 09, 2016, 12:24:01 AM »
Swick-Sorry you got glutened!  It really sucks when you specifically ask and are trying so hard to get it right, and you get burned anyway. Hope you feel better asap.

KS- good point about "treat culture". Its pervasive just about everywhere. I also feel the same way- Im trying to fix my health too, and Im not going to risk it eating junk or bad tasting food. If Im going to stray, it had better be delicious, high quality food. Certainly not for fast food or frozen pizza! :)

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« Reply #1648 on: November 09, 2016, 05:06:15 AM »
I am an "emotional eater", and I am extremely upset today.  So please don't hold me accountable for my food choices today...



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« Reply #1649 on: November 09, 2016, 07:04:20 AM »
I am an "emotional eater", and I am extremely upset today.  So please don't hold me accountable for my food choices today...

Today is going to be triggering for many of us.  If you give up your personal power, you let them win. FUCK THAT.

Today we all have to ask ourselves "What is in our Sphere of Influence?" How we treat people, if we give into fear and anger, if we numb ourselves or actively harm ourselves with food and/or drink.

The best way you can protest an outcome you don't like is to be personally proactive in taking care of yourself. First and foremost, whatever comes you need to be healthy and clear headed and prepared to react consciously.

Sending all of you love and strength