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  • Fafalla's Whole 30 in November

    My life has been rather turbulent lately - in a good way, but I am afraid I've lost my focus as far as nutrition is concerned. After shedding about 100 pounds, I am still 20-30 pounds away from my target weight, but it won't be possible with the way I have been eating lately - although most of my food is home-made and unprocessed, I've been eating way too much fruit (also dried) and nuts (occasionally with a spoon of honey) between meals, rice way too often, too much chocolate (and not always the approved dark variety), some junk sweets as well. While this perhaps still falls within 80/20, I need to aim for 95/5, otherwise my weight is bound to creep up again. I feel I need to calm down and concentrate on proper eating. Past experience suggests that it will be easier with a support group. I realize it will be difficult to find buddies this time of the year because many of you want to enjoy Halloween and Thanksgiving delicacies, but surely I can't be the only person here worried about her expanding waistline?!

    My objectives for November:
    - no snacking (this rule alone will probably take care of 90% of my problems )
    - reduce fruit consumption; no dried fruit whatsoever
    - no honey except in cooking if I really want to try a recipe that requires a moderate quantity thereof
    - no nuts
    - rice/potatoes as an exception only
    - a cup of broth every day or almost
    - no junk, obviously
    - dairy: only (clarified) butter and parmesan; other kinds of cheese only if needed for cooking (e.g. cheddar); no yoghurt
    - restore work and life balance (meaning that my laptop will be switched off by 7 p.m. except in case of emergencies)
    - weight loss: no specific number but I'd like to break the plateau I hit several months ago

  • #2
    Day 1:
    breakfast - wasn't hungry, just one endive
    lunch - Moroccan Chicken Casserole Recipe | Mark's Daily Apple (but without cauliflower), awesome as usual; plus a bowl of leafy greens with olive oil
    dinner - a small portion of salmon tartar with lime, mustard and arugula

    Work and life balance - epic fail because I have an urgent project to finish.

    Movement: just 20 minutes to the supermarket and back. Tomorrow will be better.

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    • #3
      Day 2
      Incredibly, I felt satiated until the evening.
      breakfast - nothing
      lunch - just a piece of chicken skin (fried) because my husband would have discarded it
      dinner - meat and squash stew, leafy greens with olive oil

      Work and life balance - almost no work at all; I had an "errand day"

      Movement: quite a bit of walking

      Day 3
      breakfast: nothing
      lunch: 1/2 bell pepper (I wasn't very hungry, and I knew we would have an early dinner in a restaurant)
      dinner: about 8 small courses shared with other 3 people; some of the options weren't compatible with my eating plan so I skipped them

      Work and life balance: just about 1 hour of work

      Movement: once again, quite a bit of walking

      Day 4 (today)
      breakfast - sauerkraut soup
      lunch - sauerkarut soup
      dinner - if I am hungry, I may have some leftovers (meat and squash stew) with leafy greens

      Work and life balance: I will need to spend about 3-4 hours working, but I am determined to switch my laptop off before 7 p.m.

      Movement: a walk of around 1 hour

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      • #4
        Hi...too late to join you? My downfall has been too many carbs then giving into my after dinner snacking crave and buying organic corn chips which led to popcorn. I need a buddy to help me get back on track. I know the holidays are coming up but there is no reason I can't stay primal throughout them. And I need to start moving and playing. The playing is hardest for me as I just don't have a great social life. Its hard as an adult to figure out a way to build one
        You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

        Age 48
        height 5'3
        SW 215 lbs
        CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
        LW 172 lbs
        GW 125ish lbs

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        • #5
          No, of course it is not too late. Welcome!

          I am actually surprised about how disciplined I am. I had guests over the weekend, and plenty of opportunities to cheat, of course. But I didn't. I even have my preferred chocolate truffles in the kitchen, and I am not tempted to eat them. After just a couple of days, I already feel that my trousers are a bit looser. My ambition is to withstand until the end of the year (yes, including Christmas).

          As regards playing, I am not very succesful either. I play a lot when I visit my parents and spend time with their dog, but it's not every day... I might start playing Scrabble with my husband on a daily basis. As if I needed another sedentary activity.

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          • #6
            I work with kids so I do play with them. Maybe I should have a shift in attitude on that And I move a fair amount at work but of course not enough.

            My goals:
            Move more
            Reduce carbs (again!)
            No more after dinner snacking (I will allow myself dark choc and a little bit of cream cheese)
            Moar fat and a little less protein.
            Bone broth everyday
            very limited nuts (only pecans and only a little on a salad)
            BAS for lunch
            IF

            Thanks for starting!
            You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

            Age 48
            height 5'3
            SW 215 lbs
            CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
            LW 172 lbs
            GW 125ish lbs

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            • #7
              Originally posted by valmason01 View Post
              Bone broth everyday
              Thank you for reminding me that this was one of my objectives, too. I have a lot of broth in my freezer, but I haven't had a cup since I started, although I had a lot of sauerkraut soup, which contained broth as well.

              Update for yesterday:
              Day 4
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              dinner - if I am hungry, I may have some leftovers (meat and squash stew) with leafy greens

              This was the plan. I didn't feel like eating the squash, so I finished the sauerkraut soup (yes, I had three portions thereof yesterday) that I had made for my guests. Yesterday was not a particularly low-carb day because the soup contained potatoes. But at least there's none left now, and I can watch my carbs again.

              I feel rather tired after the weekend (granted, I had a lot of exercise). Although I slept 8 hours (7 are usually enough for me), I didn't wake up rested, and I keep yawning. Carb withdrawal, perhaps? In the last week of October, I had quite a bit of chocolate (blush).

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              • #8
                Day 5
                breakfast - just a bit of squash stew (no meat left) because I wasn't very hungry
                lunch - a roasted chicken thigh with a bit of roasted carrot and garlic, endive, leafy greens with olive oil
                dinner - two eggs with bacon

                Movement: about one hour of walking

                Work and life balance: I hope to switch off my laptop no later than 8:30. I would have managed 7 p.m. but I had an appointment during my normal working hours.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Farfalla View Post
                  I feel I need to calm down and concentrate on proper eating. Past experience suggests that it will be easier with a support group. I realize it will be difficult to find buddies this time of the year because many of you want to enjoy Halloween and Thanksgiving delicacies, but surely I can't be the only person here worried about her expanding waistline?!
                  Agreed! I'm doing the Whole30 this November as well (along with a sugar detox - not even fruit) and it's nice to know I'm not alone. Great to have you & valmason01! I just started a blog to document my journey: Pensive Paleo

                  Let's keep in touch, and good luck!

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                  • #10
                    Welcome. I checked your blog. Tracking mood and sleep is a good idea - I am going to follow your example from now on.

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                    • #11
                      Day 6
                      My meals are hard to name because I ate at weird hours.
                      morning - a portion of Morrocan chicken
                      afternoon - broccoli with tomato-garlic butter (Tomato-Garlic Butter | Mark's Daily Apple) and one egg
                      I think I will have a cup of bone broth before going to bed.

                      I eat little but I am simply not hungry.

                      Movement: just about one hour of walking

                      Sleep: I woke up too early in the middle of a crazy dream that upset me , and then I could not sleep again. Unfortunately, I woke up in the deep sleep phase. Whenever that happens (rarely), I feel like something had hit me in the head with a club.

                      Mood: somewhat petulant, probably due to the suboptimal sleep, and a bit tired

                      Work and life balance: acceptable; I will switch off my computer no later than at 7 p.m.

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                      • #12
                        I haven't been good at posting! I am lousy at the journaling part and I know its important. I need the accountability. So here goes

                        Sunday: MiM and 3 slices of bacon w/ butter


                        pork roast with sugar free bbq sauce
                        cabbage roasted with onions and bacon (oh my gosh it was good! )
                        Marys Gone Crackers and 85% dark chocolate w/cream cheese

                        Monday:
                        BAS w/ left over steak
                        One boiled egg white (don't like the yolk)
                        left over pork roast and cabbage
                        Marys Gone Crackers and 85% dark chocolate w/cream cheese

                        Tuesday
                        BAS w/ left over steak and some roasted sweet potato (about 4 slices)
                        Boiled egg white
                        Stew beef w/ mushrooms (used arrowroot for a thickener)
                        white rice
                        roasted butternut squash
                        4 pieces of 85% dark chocolate

                        So do you think the rice is bad? I only have it about once a month but I really wanted some w/ my stew beef. This is why I don't make stew beef.

                        Lots of movement at school, but not enough. Having a hard time w/ the exercise part, particularly heavy lifting.
                        You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

                        Age 48
                        height 5'3
                        SW 215 lbs
                        CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
                        LW 172 lbs
                        GW 125ish lbs

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                        • #13
                          Although rice is not included in the Whole 30 protocol, I don't think it is bad but utimately, it depends on your goals. In my case, I had rice way too often in September and October. It wasn't compatible with weight maintenance, not to speak of weight loss. You never mentioned weight loss as one of your objectives so I assume you are more or less happy with your weight. Unless rice makes you binge, I don't see anything wrong with eating it from time to time.

                          By the way, for the weekend I am planning a traditional meal (for guests), which will include potatoes. I doubt I will be able and willing to resist. I already had a huge portion of potatoes last weekend (in sauerkraut soup) but apparently it didn't do much damage - when I stepped on the scale today (I know I shouldn't), I found out that on the beginning of day 7, I am about 6 pounds lighter. Of course I know that this pace is unsustainable. Those were basically pounds gained due to carelessness in the eventful and demanding months of September and October.

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                          • #14
                            Actually weight loss is my one of my goals. I need to be more specific . I had the rice and it made me binge so that answers that question. I did get on the scale this morning and did not gain any.

                            My goals for November Whole 30 are:
                            To lose 2 lbs. That is all I am asking in the weight loss because I have my Dad's bday this weekend and THanksgiving in two weeks.

                            To renew my focus to be healthy. I have type II diabetes and I want to be off the meds by this time next year.

                            To start moving and lifting.

                            So far I am doing okay but the rice through me off some. Not only did I binge on the rice I binged on the popcorn. I also woke up sick this morning. When I am sick I don't do well at eating. Last night I was extremely tired (which should have been my first clue I was getting sick) so I am sure that has something to do w/ the binging. Which brings me to my next goal:

                            Quit getting sick. I know that's a lot to ask in one Whole 30 but basically I eat this way all the time. The only thing I really had to cut out was the artificial sweeteners in my coffee. And my immune system sucks. I am trying to build it up.

                            So there are my goals. Helps to see them written down. Thanks for reminding me to do that!
                            You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

                            Age 48
                            height 5'3
                            SW 215 lbs
                            CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
                            LW 172 lbs
                            GW 125ish lbs

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                            • #15
                              I hope you get better soon.

                              Lose 2 lb? In my world, this falls in the "due to rounding" category.
                              One boiled egg white (don't like the yolk)
                              I hope you have someone to give the yolks to (I wish I lived next door). Discarding them would be a shame!

                              Day 7
                              breakfast - one kohlrabi and one cup of duck bone broth
                              lunch - chicken breast slathered in tomato-garlic butter (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/tomato-garlic-butter/); I am not a fan of chicken breasts but I have no access to separate non-CAFO thighs, so I have to buy whole chickens, and eating them with a lot of fat is the way to go
                              dinner - shakshouka with three eggs

                              Movement: a 1-hour class of pilates; no time for walking (except to the gym) but I spent a lot of time doing household chores, which involved a lot of walking and carrying things

                              Sleep: good although I woke up after a crazy dream again, but I felt rested

                              Mood: between good and excellent; I am pleasantly tired after the exercise

                              Work and life balance: no stress; I stopped working at 6 p.m. (great) but I am still online for entertainment (reading news and blogs)

                              Mood

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