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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #100 on: February 15, 2019, 01:22:03 PM »
I also found I need to eat more too.
And for reasons of GI distress either to not eating enough or too much soluble fiber have re-introduced beans back into my diet. (Otherwise I feel awesome and fitting back into my jeans comfortably).

Exercise has been walking 1 hr per work day.

Breakfast: sautéed apples and nuts with sliced banana and almond milk. Black tea.

Lunch: chicken, cauliflower rice, salsa, broccoli. Water.

Dinner: sausage, kale, egg, potato, salsa.


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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #101 on: February 15, 2019, 02:06:13 PM »
I love reading people's food plans. :) :)

Day 15 here. Things are going smoothly, but I need to meal plan for next week.

Breakfast: leftover mushroom, beef, carrot, and parsnip "risotto"
Lunch: Egg drop soup with celery and peanut butter on the side (this wasn't enough to get me to dinner, so a banana and walnuts are in my future)
Dinner: Will be a freezer veggie stir fry

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I'm half way through this. It seems strange to say that. It hasn't been particularly difficult, with the exception of some cravings and social issues.
I've dropped a little weight, and my biggest goal is to carry forward my refusal to eat the random shit that appears in my office. It's been a wonderful breather in the pull of the donuts to have a hard and fast rule set.

Wishing everyone a happy Friday!

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #102 on: February 15, 2019, 02:08:35 PM »
@Orvell — I know that feeling! 2 dozen donuts in the break room right now but I’m holding strong. :-P

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #103 on: February 17, 2019, 09:05:24 AM »
I am 2 days compliant, and have food plans for at least 2 more.  Reliance on banannas and dates and raisens a bit too much, but progress, not perfection.

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #104 on: February 17, 2019, 09:19:04 AM »
I am 2 days compliant, and have food plans for at least 2 more.  Reliance on banannas and dates and raisens a bit too much, but progress, not perfection.
Nice job!
It really does get easier-- at least in knowing what foods to have around. :)

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #105 on: February 17, 2019, 09:22:03 AM »
Day 17. Chugging along just fine over here. Didn't eat quite enough yesterday and was a food monster this morning. #oops Will attempt to do better. :)

Today I'm being lazy and having grocery delivery bring me things since it's snowing and I don't want to dig my car out.

I'm going to make meatballs and red sauce, and I have a pack of zucchini noodles in my freezer. Also going to cook up some sweet potatoes, and I have salad stuff for the week. :)
Breakfasts have typically been "whatever leftovers" heated up quick in the mornings, but this morning I made eggs and asparagus with a little bit of chili powder. It was yum as heck.

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #106 on: February 17, 2019, 09:25:55 AM »
I am 2 days compliant, and have food plans for at least 2 more.  Reliance on banannas and dates and raisens a bit too much, but progress, not perfection.
Congrats! That’s awesome! You do what you need to do. Whole30 is pretty strict in principle, but it isn’t the end all be all if you want to just reset your eating versus diagnosing a food allergy/intolerance.

I am doing it by the book because I had a really really bad 3-week face breakout unlike anything I’d ever had before. So I need to eliminate and reintroduce to (hopefully) find the source of the breakout, since my skin is clear again as of day 3-4.

If you’re just doing it to get a handle on your intake and jump start cleaner eating, who cares?! Eat your dates! :-) All of ‘em. Take as many days to ease in as you need. You’re doing a good thing for yourself by changing your eating habits for the better, so however you get there is the right way to do it!

Planning does get easier, too!

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #107 on: February 17, 2019, 09:38:55 AM »
Day 12

Exercise
30 minutes brisk walk outside - rest day

Nutrition
Coldbrew coffee, nutpods x1
Baked potato with ghee and salt/pepper/granulated onion/garlic
2 garlic chicken sausages
2 cups of unsweetened almond milk (trying to use it up)
a million walnuts
unsweetened coconut chips
cherry juice (had to use it up)

Weight
-4.4lbs - pleasantly surprised I'm still maintaining a downward curve!

Super weird eating day; didn't really eat anything until about 2PM and just snacked. Still probably hit my calories due to the walnuts being high in fat/calories which is good, so I won't go off the deep end to compensate. Happy I'm still losing weight, which is always a nice side effect. Obliques are coming back in. Skin is clearing up, too. I had a lot of surface breakouts which prompted me to start the W30 (I'm talking never-before full face almost every pore was a raised red bump allergy reaction to SOMETHING) which cleared up on day 3-4 but I still had some painful cystic acne on my jawline that has now cleared up as of day 12. Thank goodness. That was not a fun time.

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #108 on: February 17, 2019, 09:44:21 AM »
Day 13

Exercise
60 minutes HIIT - 571 calories burnt!!

Nutrition
Coldbrew coffee, nutpods x1
Mashed cauliflower & turkey burger for lunch
crispy pork belly & baked potato for dinner
garlic chicken sausage at some point for additional protein (turns out I really don't like these much, noted.)
sparkling water

Weight
-4.4lbs - holding steady from yesterday.

I pushed myself WAY hard at the gym today and am now fighting off nausea. Going to take it a little easy (I hit a PR of 9.5mph on the treadmill, though, wow) and relax/cook for the week. I see a big batch of cauli mash in my future. I wanted to hold off on buying more groceries until the month was over, and I may be able to hold out for another week, but I'm almost completely out of produce so I need to bite the bullet and just buy more after I finish up my cauli-rice/mash. I think I can get away with another bag of potatoes, a head of cauliflower/frozen florets, and some cole slaw mix for potentially another round of egg-roll in a bowl.

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #109 on: February 17, 2019, 07:49:13 PM »
It is official that I'm cooking again.  I set off the smoke alarm tonight.  I made parsnips by just frying/steaming with cut up onion in coconut oil.  I'll put half in the fridge so tomorrow I have a left over tuna cake, a cooked hamburger, and parsnips.  Should be enough to keep me compliant.  I'll pop a potato into the air fryer if I need more basic calories.  I'm depending on the raisens and dates less now.

I'm also going to the gym and walking on the treadmill.  I'm  not asking much of myself at this point other than to just get off the couch and get on the treadmill.  The gym is only about a mile from me.  I don't walk to the gym, I'm not that hardcore yet.

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #110 on: February 17, 2019, 07:58:09 PM »
It is official that I'm cooking again.  I set off the smoke alarm tonight.  I made parsnips by just frying/steaming with cut up onion in coconut oil.  I'll put half in the fridge so tomorrow I have a left over tuna cake, a cooked hamburger, and parsnips.  Should be enough to keep me compliant.  I'll pop a potato into the air fryer if I need more basic calories.  I'm depending on the raisens and dates less now.

I'm also going to the gym and walking on the treadmill.  I'm  not asking much of myself at this point other than to just get off the couch and get on the treadmill.  The gym is only about a mile from me.  I don't walk to the gym, I'm not that hardcore yet.
Sounds like good progress! Clean eating and moving more is always good. :-)

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #111 on: February 18, 2019, 08:21:58 AM »
Day 18.

My sleep the last week or so has been disappointingly mediocre. I'm wondering if I'm not eating enough carbs.
Anyone have this experience?
(My period-related bad sleep shouldn't hit for another week)

Today:

Breakfast: asparagus and a fried egg
Snack: Apple
Lunch: zoodles, red sauce, and meatballs
Snack: celery and peanut butter
Dinner: ????

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #112 on: February 18, 2019, 08:35:22 AM »
Day 14

Exercise
60 minutes HIIT - 538 calories burnt

Nutrition
Coldbrew coffee, nutpods x1
Mashed cauliflower & crispy pork belly
beef burger & baked potato for dinner
garlic chicken sausage at some point for additional protein
sparkling water

Weight
-2.6lbs - up in weight

I'm up in weight almost 2lbs from yesterday, I'm assuming it's hormonal and/or water weight since it would be impossible for me to have eaten almost +7,000 calories over my TDEE over the last two days. I did have some pork belly with dinner, which is salty/fatty (so good) so that may have made me retain a little water. No biggie. We still have PLENTY of time to go. Halfway there!

This is actually not a difficult way of eating. I do miss dairy more than anything, but I have a ton of cheese in the fridge/freezer that I haven't touched and I don't feel like I am especially depriving myself. I also want to eat the boxes of Quest Bars I have in my pantry and at work, but more out of a desire to not waste food than anything else. Good thing they keep for a while!

I am going to try to eventually wean myself off of the LaCroix, but I want my diet soda habit to drop out for good. So far, so good. I'll keep the bubbly water around for now, then wean to water with lemon/lime.
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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #113 on: February 18, 2019, 08:37:31 AM »
Day 18.

My sleep the last week or so has been disappointingly mediocre. I'm wondering if I'm not eating enough carbs.
Anyone have this experience?
(My period-related bad sleep shouldn't hit for another week)

Today:

Breakfast: asparagus and a fried egg
Snack: Apple
Lunch: zoodles, red sauce, and meatballs
Snack: celery and peanut butter
Dinner: ????

I sleep the worst when I'm dehydrated. Make sure you're getting enough electrolytes (salt+magnesium+potassium) and water. Low carb never affected my sleep, but sometimes having super meat-heavy days will.

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #114 on: February 18, 2019, 08:38:21 AM »
I sleep the worst when I'm dehydrated. Make sure you're getting enough electrolytes (salt+magnesium+potassium) and water. Low carb never affected my sleep, but sometimes having super meat-heavy days will.
I have been mildly dehydrated. Good reminder. :)

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #115 on: February 18, 2019, 11:23:39 AM »
Hey, y'all!  I was on the official W30 site and found that some of the Great Value (Walmart) frozen dinners are W30 compliant!  Not the cheap ones I usually get, but as something to have on hand when I just. Can't. Stand. To. Cook. Again. It may make the difference between going a week again and going the 30 days.  I'll head over and get a couple to try, you know, for the team.

Coconut Chicken Curry...

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #116 on: February 19, 2019, 08:31:41 AM »
Day 15 (Halfway!)

Exercise
rest day

Nutrition
Coldbrew coffee, nutpods x2
Mashed cauliflower & beef burger & pickle spears for lunch
beef burger & baked potato for dinner
garlic chicken sausage at some point for additional protein
sparkling water

Weight
didn't weigh in today

You guys I am so mad. I picked up more sparkling water yesterday from Walmart Grocery Pickup in some new flavors just to change things up, and thought that the apple flavor was good but a little too sweet for my liking. Guess what? It's packed full of aspartame.

Rules of W30 mean I start over. I may or may not, we'll see how things are going on day 30 (I'm leaning toward extending it until March 14 now). But I am so mad. I drank a liter of it yesterday and didn't think much of it, but woke up this morning with a sore jaw (turns out that my teeth grinding/clenching is most likely aspartame-related, since it's been a chronic issue until I started W30) and bloated. I just thought I was having an "off"/hormonal day, and poured another glass of apple fizzy water to start my day. I wanted to see what flavors they listed in the ingredients for apple, and BOOM. Aspartame.

La Croix? Nothing bad in it.
Trader Joe's? Nothing bad in it.
Polar? Nothing bad in it. Even the AMAZING orange-vanilla flavor that tastes like a Dreamcicle.
F*cking Great Value? Garbage chemicals in it. Why.

Okay, rant over. But I guess no label can be trusted.

I'm going to cook some more egg roll in a bowl for lunches this week W-F. I still need to find something to do with my chicken thighs -maybe this "honey" mustard chicken?

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #117 on: February 19, 2019, 08:51:19 AM »
UG that sucks Lexde!! :( I'm sorry you got sneak attacked. If you start over, sound cool. If you don't start over, sounds cool. There are no W30 police here, as you have said. <3

Yeah. I have a bit of an issue with sparkling water. I like it. :D But it generates a ton of waste (I don't have a soda stream), and I never know what "natural flavors" really means.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN???

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #118 on: February 19, 2019, 08:59:08 AM »
I stumbled upon this recipe while looking for something to do with my chicken thighs and I am really intrigued!

https://passtheplants.com/vegan-ground-beef

Completely plant-based "meat substitute". I am not 100% sure how much I'd like it, but I wouldn't mind making a batch (apparently makes the equivalent of 3 pounds of ground beef) and then going half-and-half with meat if I'm not into it.

Cost analysis. Having to purchase everything (i.e. whole garlic bulb):

1 head of cauliflower, broken into large florets ($2.97)
8 ounces crimini or baby portobello mushrooms ($2.17)
2 carrots, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces ($0.88)
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces ($0.72)
2-3 cloves garlic, peeled ($0.60)
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (I use the julienne cut, packed dry) ($3.29, trader joe's)
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas), or walnuts ($2.36)

Total: $12.99, or $4.33 per "pound".
Compared to extra-lean ground beef: $5.47/lb for 96%, or $4.00/lb for 93%.

It would be obviously cheaper to scale it up into a double batch. Which would mean an extra head of cauliflower, double-mushrooms, an extra yellow onion. Everything else is included in the above purchase price.

Total for double-batch: $18.85, or $3.14 per "pound".

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #119 on: February 19, 2019, 10:08:30 AM »
I had to go to two Walmart's to find the W30 approved frozen bowls but I got 4.  Tried the Rosemary Chicken last night.  Report is:  It meets the need, I was satisfied.  It has a vinegar based taste, which is different for me.  Not bad, but I realized how much I expect everything to taste sweet.  It has blurbs about W30 all over the box.  I checked the ingredients.  Some of the vague wording means I wouldn't have risked it if it wasn't listed on the W30 site.  The funny thing is, down in one corner where they list problematical ingredients for people it says 'contains milk'.  I didn't see it actually listed, so maybe it is a generic label?

Three days in I'm starting to get nervous.  I need to thaw some more hamburger/get a rotisserie chicken/get some pork chops.  One or more of the above.  I need to cook at least one of the potatoes/sweet potatoes.  I need to think about food again.  The day is young.  I also need to get another bunch of bananas as that is breakfast for me.  Seriously, the frozen bowls will be what keeps me able to do this.  I normally live on the cheap Great Value dinners.  The bowls are $5, and my usual dinners are $1.88.  Too expensive to have everyday.  I'm being forced to cook, which is actually my main reason for doing this.

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #120 on: February 19, 2019, 10:42:18 AM »
UG that sucks Lexde!! :( I'm sorry you got sneak attacked. If you start over, sound cool. If you don't start over, sounds cool. There are no W30 police here, as you have said. <3

Yeah. I have a bit of an issue with sparkling water. I like it. :D But it generates a ton of waste (I don't have a soda stream), and I never know what "natural flavors" really means.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN???
From what I understand, it's an "essence" derived from the peels of whatever fruit the flavor purports to be. Sort of like an extract. But who knows, really.

I do want to get a soda-stream and hack it like Frugalwoods did here. Sodastream does sell "essence" for $4.99 per flavor, which makes 20L of flavored seltzer/water. That's $0.25 per liter if you go recommended strength, which is about 1/3 of what I pay for "off-brand" seltzer ($0.79 per liter) and about 1/8 of what a $2.00 2-liter of brand-name soda costs (which, I can't believe how expensive soda has gotten when it's not on sale).

@shadowmoss - just as a word of caution, 99.9% of rotisserie chickens contain added sugar. Why? I don't know. But they do.

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #121 on: February 19, 2019, 11:21:00 AM »
I stumbled upon this recipe while looking for something to do with my chicken thighs and I am really intrigued!

https://passtheplants.com/vegan-ground-beef

Completely plant-based "meat substitute". I am not 100% sure how much I'd like it, but I wouldn't mind making a batch (apparently makes the equivalent of 3 pounds of ground beef) and then going half-and-half with meat if I'm not into it.

I think it's worth a shot if you are interested in trying something different.  But from what I can tell the macro-nutritional profile is (as expected) pretty different from beef.  IMO you'd get better nutritional bang-for-your-buck with beef + broccoli/mushrooms with some sweet potato on the side.  Not to mention flavor, but I realize this is going to be subjective  :P

One thing I'm pretty sure of: the higher fat and protein content in beef is going to make it a lot more satiating than the veggies.

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #122 on: February 19, 2019, 11:26:41 AM »
I stumbled upon this recipe while looking for something to do with my chicken thighs and I am really intrigued!

https://passtheplants.com/vegan-ground-beef

Completely plant-based "meat substitute". I am not 100% sure how much I'd like it, but I wouldn't mind making a batch (apparently makes the equivalent of 3 pounds of ground beef) and then going half-and-half with meat if I'm not into it.

I think it's worth a shot if you are interested in trying something different.  But from what I can tell the macro-nutritional profile is (as expected) pretty different from beef.  IMO you'd get better nutritional bang-for-your-buck with beef + broccoli/mushrooms with some sweet potato on the side.  Not to mention flavor, but I realize this is going to be subjective  :P

One thing I'm pretty sure of: the higher fat and protein content in beef is going to make it a lot more satiating than the veggies.
That's very true! I could use it as a "mix-in" just to get additional veggies and stretch my meat further, but satiety is definitely something to consider.

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #123 on: February 19, 2019, 11:36:04 AM »
That's very true! I could use it as a "mix-in" just to get additional veggies and stretch my meat further, but satiety is definitely something to consider.

It does sound like an interesting side dish or snack -- perhaps with egg it would make a tasty omelette or frittata.  I could see combining it with ground beef for a slightly different texture/flavor too.

I might even try this, or a variation reflecting ingredients I have on hand.  Thanks for the link!

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #124 on: February 19, 2019, 12:14:52 PM »
I often read veggie cookbooks to get ideas for more veggies day to day. I tend to be in a big rut in winter - root veggies, squash, and salad on repeat. This recipe looks very intriguing! Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #125 on: February 19, 2019, 12:16:45 PM »
:D Yeah!
I eat meat (more this month than typical) but I prefer/have a goal to be veggie heavy. So I'm glad we're sharing recipes and ideas and weird things we find. It makes me happy. :)

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #126 on: February 19, 2019, 01:43:06 PM »
Day 19.
Hollaaaaa.

Breakfast: A big salad with olives and leftover meatballs
Snack: Banana
Lunch: Egg bake (eggs, carrots, a bell pepper, sweet potatoes... it's very orange...) and the last of the meatballs
Snack: Peanut butter and an apple
Dinner: ??? MYSTERY GAME of what's in the fridge.

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #127 on: February 19, 2019, 05:07:01 PM »
UG that sucks Lexde!! :( I'm sorry you got sneak attacked. If you start over, sound cool. If you don't start over, sounds cool. There are no W30 police here, as you have said. <3

Yeah. I have a bit of an issue with sparkling water. I like it. :D But it generates a ton of waste (I don't have a soda stream), and I never know what "natural flavors" really means.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN???
From what I understand, it's an "essence" derived from the peels of whatever fruit the flavor purports to be. Sort of like an extract. But who knows, really.

I do want to get a soda-stream and hack it like Frugalwoods did here. Sodastream does sell "essence" for $4.99 per flavor, which makes 20L of flavored seltzer/water. That's $0.25 per liter if you go recommended strength, which is about 1/3 of what I pay for "off-brand" seltzer ($0.79 per liter) and about 1/8 of what a $2.00 2-liter of brand-name soda costs (which, I can't believe how expensive soda has gotten when it's not on sale).

@shadowmoss - just as a word of caution, 99.9% of rotisserie chickens contain added sugar. Why? I don't know. But they do.

That stinks!  I also found out the hard way that some sparkling water has aspartame in it.  Once you find the brands you can trust, it's pretty easy, but occasionally I'll spot a new flavor on an end-cap display in the grocery store and then get sad when I realize it's the type with aspartame.

I just bought a Sodastream and am really liking it.  I also got 2 bottles of that flavoring from them, and like it too.  I find I like to use a little less than their recommended serving to get it to taste what it's like from the cans, in case that's helpful for your math :)  A full half teaspoon per liter, which is what they recommend, (I did measure!) made it taste too strong.

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #128 on: Today at 08:12:04 AM »
@SquashingDebt
I've been considering a SodaStream (or something similar) for literally years. XD Someday it will likely happen.
I'm glad to know that people are getting good use out of them. :)

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #129 on: Today at 08:14:02 AM »
Day 20.
Zoom zoom! The month is chugging forward.

I need to make a food plan and cook some more-- I'm pretty low on Stuff To Eat right now.

Question for the gang:
I love making saag. Previously I've made naan to go along with it and eat it with, as it needs "something" to sop it up. Generally that's rice or naan. :(
Anyone have good Whole30 ideas for a side-food to help eat Saag with??

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #130 on: Today at 08:18:32 AM »
Day 20.
Zoom zoom! The month is chugging forward.

I need to make a food plan and cook some more-- I'm pretty low on Stuff To Eat right now.

Question for the gang:
I love making saag. Previously I've made naan to go along with it and eat it with, as it needs "something" to sop it up. Generally that's rice or naan. :(
Anyone have good Whole30 ideas for a side-food to help eat Saag with??

That's my w30 bane =( I like rice for sopping up curries and the like, and eat tons of those. I know a lot of people use cauli rice, but I can't abide the flavor. *gag*

So no advice. Just sympathy!

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #131 on: Today at 08:20:47 AM »
Day 20.
Zoom zoom! The month is chugging forward.

I need to make a food plan and cook some more-- I'm pretty low on Stuff To Eat right now.

Question for the gang:
I love making saag. Previously I've made naan to go along with it and eat it with, as it needs "something" to sop it up. Generally that's rice or naan. :(
Anyone have good Whole30 ideas for a side-food to help eat Saag with??

That's my w30 bane =( I like rice for sopping up curries and the like, and eat tons of those. I know a lot of people use cauli rice, but I can't abide the flavor. *gag*

So no advice. Just sympathy!
Cauli rice might work.... HMMM...
Or Cauliflower + Parsnip combined???
I might have to experiment.

( I MISS NAAN OKAY GUYS. I REALLY DO )

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Re: Whole30 - February 2019
« Reply #132 on: Today at 09:20:44 AM »
Day 16

Exercise
rest day

Nutrition
Drip coffee, nutpods x2
frozen cherries & fruit/nut snack bag for breakfast
beef patty & baked potato for lunch
turkey burger for dinner with unknown side
sparkling water

Weight
didn't weigh in today

I'm pretty tired this morning, didn't weigh in because it's just one of those mornings where I'm not feeling it. A lot of stress at work, so I'm just doing the bare minimum on everything else for now. I've been on an artichoke kick lately (mostly canned, admittedly) but I want to make this recipe since they are hands-down my favorite vegetable and this is super easy. I just need to get a bag of frozen 'chokes now and sub butter for ghee.