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  • v LTURSS
    emoticon for commenting on my blog!
    1389 days ago
  • v JANET552
    Thanks for your encouraging words on my blog!!
    1389 days ago
    advice for Whole 30 -
    I eased in to it. I read a lot (BOBCATGIRL76 and SKYDRAKE have both blogged about their Whole 30 experience). I signed up for the Whole 30 newsletter email. Spark has a Whole 30 team.
    I picked an upcoming 30 day month so it would be very easy to keep track of my 30 days.
    As I got closer to Sept 1, I finished up my non-compliant foods and I didn't buy any more of them. I ate meals that were Whole 30 compliant several times during the month prior to my official start date.
    I also stocked up on compliant foods, watching the supermarket weekly ads to see what was on special. The wholesale club we use also carries Applegate brands (they have compliant hot dogs and luncheon meats). I ordered some SOGO beef sticks and a box of compliant Larabars from Amazon so I would have some compliant foods that I could stash in my purse. I bought a bag of dried dates (bacon wrapped dates are SOOOO GOOD!!!)
    Oh, and the bacon. I was PROMISED bacon. You have to read labels on everything. It was no problem to find no nitrate, no sulfate bacon. But they all seem to use sugar in the curing process. I found a bacon that used a small amount of sugar in the curing process, but the nutrition label showed 0 grams of sugar per serving, so that's what I bought.
    I used my crock pot a lot. I usually leave the house very early for a 6am workout at the gym before work. Some nights I take another class after work, and then I walk my friend's dog every night so I don't get back home until 7 or 7:30. When I have something in the crock pot, I can eat dinner as soon as I walk in the door.
    I have a toaster oven at work that I used to bake my veggies for lunch, or to make my bacon wrapped dates.

    The most common challenges:
    1. Coffee - if you are a coffee drinker (I'm not), and you need sweetener or creamer in your coffee, you'll need to make a serious adjustment! Black coffee is the only coffee option. Somebody had a friend who used ghee in their coffee (ghee is compliant), but that sounds disgusting to me!
    2. Sodas - if you are a soda drinker (I'm not), you'll need to wean yourself off of your soda habit before you start Whole 30 (or be prepared to go cold turkey). There are probably plain soda waters that are compliant, and you can add flavor with a wedge of lemon, lime, or orange.
    3. Eating out - you have to prepare! For restaurants, you'll need to check out the menu before you go and know what they offer that is compliant. My eating out is pretty much only after church with mom once a week. When we went to Red Lobster, I had grilled shrimp with a vegetable side, and a salad with lime juice for dressing (or you can carry your own compliant dressing with you). When we went to Ruby Tuesday, I had a steak with a vegetable side, and a salad from the salad bar with vinegar and oil dressing. With a little planning, it's doable.
    For social events, if possible, bring a dish to share that is compliant. If that's not an option, eat before you go. If it's a sit-down meal, you may or may not be able to find compliant options. Fortunately, things like that aren't part of my normal life.

    It takes planning and prep, but it's really not bad at all. You eat beef, chicken, pork, seafood, eggs, veggies (except corn), and fruit. Whole 30 doesn't want you to count calories, but I kept tracking because I didn't want to get out of the habit. I didn't worry about the numbers.
    Whole 30 does eliminate cravings. I will definitely do it again if I feel my sweet tooth is getting out of control!

    1389 days ago
  • v ISNESS
    Heya Mary, I know how it is.. at the moment, swellings have to go. Would Wobenzym help? I used to buy it, time ago. I exercised but don‘t stay somehow in my 1500 kcal - range. And put weight on. Tomorrow is a new day, new chance :)))) ivana
    1390 days ago
    Thanks for the add! Have a great week! emoticon emoticon
    1391 days ago
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