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  • Day 10 for me. Fully compliant. Feeling great. It's driving me nuts not to weigh, but I'm holding out til day 30. Some days my clothes feel looser, some not so much. Energy level is great. My kids are sleeping at my mom's so I stayed up late and cleaned and gutted both of their bedrooms! This really needed to happen before we gear up for back-to-school.

    Yesterday I made a big pot of Whole30 approved soup and it's really yummy. I didn't measure anything really.

    sauted a bunch of chopped veggies in coconut oil - I used onion, garlic, celery, carrot shreds, and cabbage
    once they start to get tender, dump in a box of chicken broth and 2 cans of coconut milk
    2 or 3 tablespoons of an Old Bay or Creole type seasoning
    I then also added some chopped greens (I had baby kale, spinach and chard)
    and a large fresh tomato chopped
    and then a bag or two of shrimp

    The broth is so delicious! Any veggies work, really. I've made it before with a riced cauliflower, which is great too.
    I like to eat it with a sliced avocado on top.

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    • Jackie I'm not real sure on the wrap thing, may try it again but flax is in one of the "ok but limited" categories for whole30, so maybe in a few more days I'll give it a shot.

      Doing the walk this morning after my food settles
      -Chuck

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      • Originally posted by JackieKessler View Post
        Guys!!! Here's my break!
        Neato! You make breaking boards look effortless! (I'm sure it's not)
        “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Rumi

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        • 1/3 of the way through! I failed at my super low-carb yesterday, found this sauce packet (apple, mango, some other fruit, actually a kid's snack, but it came in my PaleoPax snack package) and was super hungry waiting for my chicken drumsticks to finish. I ate half, then ate the other half later. But that's it! No more carbs I can eat in the house! I'll be forced to live off of protein and fat for the rest of the month.
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          • Honestly that is the best way to go. If you don't have it within reach, you can't eat it! It's so much easier to resist something when you have to get in the car and drive somewhere to get it.
            -Chuck

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            • Minky- your soup sounds awesome, reminds me of tom kha.

              Zinnia- good call on the steak! Italian restaurants are paleo-prisons, imo. We have a local chain that offers a gluten free menu, which is basically the pasta dish served over steamed spinach or veg instead. It comes out tasting okay, but could really use a big pat of buttah' and some real EVOO. Meh.

              Chuck- improvised dinner sounds like it was a winner! I think some of the challenge in W30 is getting over the "hungry, wanna eat, don't wanna cook" blahblahblahs. There's almost always something to eat in a primal kitchen, even if it's just simple eggs and a handful of nuts.

              I'm on Day 9. Last night was a little bittersweet, my friends beckoned to me to put on my party hat(drink) and come out and stay out late. I'm just not willing to compromise on sleep right now, ya know? Sleep may be the missing link for me, and I'm realizing how much I've shortchanged myself.

              I spent some time in the sun the other day and developed an odd sun rash on my face. I wore spf 70 sunscreen! Mark's not entirely correct on the sun exposure thing. The sun ain't got no love for Gingers.

              I realized this morning while getting dressed that my body feels and looks a little tighter, a little more defined. I'll take it!
              Scale be damned!
              “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Rumi

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              • I just killed it with some lifting heavy things Geez I love how huge my shoulders look right after lifting
                -Chuck

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                • My grocery bill, so far: $200. For one person doing W30. For 9 days.

                  Paleo Poor: Your guide to the grocery store | Whole9 | Let us change your life.

                  This is what I'm basically doing already, but the nuts and pre-made approved salads gotta go.
                  How much are you guys spending on food, if I may be so bold?
                  “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Rumi

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                  • I try to budget about $100/week for food. That's for one person. Since I buy my meat in huge bulk I can't really nail down a more precise amount of what I actually spend (i.e. my $90 trip to the butcher recently should last a long while). If I had to guess I'd say $150/wk is about what I actually spend (not counting the occasional out to eat).

                    I definitely need to pay more attention to it and stop buying nuts and other paleo foods simply because I want to try a recipe or something (think I spent $30-40 on stuff just to try out two recipes, one of which was a bust). I need to just stick with my tried and true stuff.
                    -Chuck

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                    • First Houston Texans game is tonight and I'm doing a little grilling, got some burgers made up and even found some pretty primal friendly sausage. No sugar added anyways.
                      -Chuck

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                      • Originally posted by impala454 View Post
                        I try to budget about $100/week for food. That's for one person. Since I buy my meat in huge bulk I can't really nail down a more precise amount of what I actually spend (i.e. my $90 trip to the butcher recently should last a long while). If I had to guess I'd say $150/wk is about what I actually spend (not counting the occasional out to eat).

                        I definitely need to pay more attention to it and stop buying nuts and other paleo foods simply because I want to try a recipe or something (think I spent $30-40 on stuff just to try out two recipes, one of which was a bust). I need to just stick with my tried and true stuff.
                        I spend 250 a week on average for a.family of 7. Things that help.. going to the abbatoir for meat. Costco for shrimp and frozen veggies. Coxonut oil in bulk. Farmers market for produce and buying in season. Next year I will try to grow more of my own.

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                        • Alright, I cheated a bit today, there was sour cream in the guacamole I got at our favorite Taqueria plate. I got grilled veggies instead of rice or beans. I don't know how the carnitas was prepared. It was delicious, anyway!

                          Off to the doctor to see if I can get something for this current yeast infection. Here's hoping she'll give me what I'm looking for so I can keep doing my thing (keeping it low carb) to heal my gut.
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                          • I easily spend over $100 per week for just myself, although that usually includes some eating out. I have extremely limited fridge and freezer space, so I can't take advantage of buying in bulk, even if I had the foresight to do so!
                            Primal Journal - Zinnia

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                            • My boyfriend is not paleo, but we spend $300-400 on average every month. More like $200-300 the past couple of months, however. Carbs are pretty cheap, but I can't eat them right now, so the bill will probably go back up a bit. Plus, he's starting soccer again so he'll need to eat more than just ramen (thank GOODNESS). We buy our meat in bulk at BJ's Wholesale and freeze it in our tiny freezer. When it's fully stocked, we have at least 15 lbs in there. If I bought grass-fed beef, pastured pork and free-range chicken, the bill would probably double! We can barely afford where it is now.

                              At least eggs are cheap!

                              What are your favorite carb craving busters? I think I'm especially craving them because my period is due any time now, but I can't have any for the next couple of weeks at least. I had some water with powdered L-Glutamine, but it isn't really doing anything. I am not really hungry, so I'm drinking a lot of water, but I still feel like eating. Man, I could KILL for some chocolate right now.
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                              • Found a VERY helpful site tonight, just in the nick of time. Was feeling so bored with my usual recipes- now I am totally inspired!

                                The Foodee Project

                                This site collates paleo recipes from all the main blogs, & better still whole 30 approved recipes. It's all in one place..lots of great ideas and inspiration. The site also has meal & shopping plan functionality, lots of great advice (the blogger is on a whole 30 too).

                                I cooked this, as had been craving something creamy (& it is very cold winters evening here). Loved this new flavour combination! I substituted coconut milk for the cream, ghee for the butter, added a few cloves of crushed garlic with the mushrooms & added leftover shredded rotisserie chicken at the end… so delicious & lots of leftovers. This flavor combination is definitely a keeper, & I will be using it as a basis for stews in the pressure cooker too.

                                Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Soup – The Foodee Project

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