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Whole 30 Day 1

This community seems dead, so I'm going to start posting my daily eats as I start eating Whole 30 (like primal, but allows vinegar and eliminates natural sugars). Maybe it will start recipe discussions or other people will start posting their food for the day :D

I started yesterday, and so far I'm having incredible carb cravings but I'm feeling full.

Lunch: taco salad. Lettuce, fajita chicken (marinated overnight in garlic, ancho, cumin), fried peppers and onions, salsa verde (tomatillos, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, lime, roast green pepper), salsa (tomato, onion, cilantro, jalapeno) and guacamole (avocado, red onion, cilantro, salt). So good I think I'm gonna make one now :D

Dinner: steak marinated overnight in coconut soy and chicago seasoning. Sliced and served over spinach, topped with tomato tampenade (garlic olives and tomatoes).

Snack: baby carrots dipped in guacamole.

I'm probably still drinking way too much tea (unsweet at least) but I think we'll attack my caffeine cravings after the carb and sugar issues go away :D

The Whole 30

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I'm staring Whole9's clean-eating program The Whole30 on August 1. It's a lot tougher than the Primal Blueprint. But it's only for thirty days, and I need something to clear up some gut and metabolism issues that have been cropping up lately.

Thankfully, I have a local friend who's doing it with me, so I'll have in-person support. Anyone here wanna join me, too?

primal ice cream sandwich experiments

photo credit: Caveman Food

Wow! I am on a roll with food experiments. I am a total fiend for creamy food and of course this is summer, ice cream time, so I just made ice cream sandwiches using an adaptation (vanilla extract instead of pods and no lavender) of this coconut milk ice cream recipe and this vegan flourless chocolate cake recipe. This first effort was not picturesque enough to post here, but the yumminess means I will definitely be trying again, and hope to have something postable soon.


Looks like a joined at a good time *g*. This got a wee bit long winded, but I'm finding my thoughts on all this to be very complicated.

Age: 41 (very soon)

Height: 5'6

Weight: 230

Goal Weight: I don't really have one, I guess I'll know when I get there, OR I'll live my healthy life and accept where my body wants to be. (I would love to get down to average size clothes though, and be able to have more fun dressing)(I'm 18/20 now, 14 would be nice, 12 would be better)

BF: No idea, and don't really know how to figure it out.

Location: Minnesconsin (I border hop)

Challenges: I have two teenaged kids. I have a husband who SAYS he'd like to clean up his eating and drop some weight, but rarely follows through. This hubby does the bulk of the dinner cooking in our house, and although he says he'll cook whatever I tell him to, he's never "in the mood" for what I suggest. (As of yesterday, he SAID he's willing to give this a go)

I'm two years into a journey of accepting myself and putting a halt to all the hate-think and self-loathing, as well as the crazy mind sets that dieting/being overweight put me into. Part of that process was to quit dieting all together and simply go with what my body wanted. For a while that was total junk (and yet surprisingly, I didn't gain any weight). Lately, my cravings seem much more normal and in control and I've been comfortable and happy, and gravitating toward less junk and more healthy food. I'm a bit afraid that trying to alter my eating habits to follow the primal way might throw me back into that horrible tailspin I just got out of.

I may possibly be addicted to sugar.

Pluses: The same journey that's made me a little leery of this has also taken me down a path of ever increasing healthier living. I used to be more active 5-6 years ago, and this January I FINALLY got my workout habit going again, plus I'm fostering a handful of "physical hobbies" that would fall under the category of play. I have LOTS of workout videos and weights, etc - AND I just happen to be halfway through a rotation of heavy lifting.

My hubby, while not the best in action, is generally very supportive.

I have mild reflux, a family history of diabetes I'd like not to join, and some kind of mild-ish anxiety complex - all of which I think can be helped by changing the way I eat, and that motivates me. (I'm also on an anti-depressant right now, and would like to get off it when the time is right)

Food Weaknesses: Sweet things, cookies, cake, chocolate, bread.....Pizza. SO MANY of the things I like the best are things that are the worst for me.

I'm still at a point where I'm exploring if this is even possible for me, so I'm thrilled to find a couple of active communities so I can talk to people.

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This inventory thing looks like a pretty good idea.

Height: 5'6"
Weight: 146
Goal Weight: 145 (considering a new goal, as i'm getting close to this one!)
BF: don't want to know!
Location: rural Missouri
Challenges: Unlike a lot of people in the Primal communities, i don't have any health problems (food allergies, etc.) besides being overweight to help motivate me.  I also have a really hard time motivating myself to do any exercise besides housework, especially in the summer!  I hate the heat and sunshine.
Pluses: My husband is hardcore Paleo, and can't cheat due to food allergies, so he's nothing but supportive.
Food Weaknesses: Carbs and processed foods at my mom's house, convenience foods that the kids ask for.

I've lost 29 lbs since February 10; i'm really happy with my body right now, but i still have a long way to go to be truly fit.


I'm following olamina's example and format. Thank you for the fab idea! I like the term "inventory" much better than "introduction" under these circumstances.

Age: 40
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 150
Goal Weight: 135-125 or 22% body fat
BF: Getting that checked on Thursday
Location: Central U.S.A.
Challenges: I am a sugar addict. I like booze and coffee--a lot. I hate being outside. My ideas of "play" involve fabric and sewing machines or paintbrushes and glitter glue. I'm hypothyroid, and take levothyroxine and liothyronine daily to keep from turning into a goiter zombie.
Pluses: My partner is supportive of this eating style. I have motivational friends. My food intolerances don't allow me to go off-plan very often. I like to cook, and cooking Primal is pretty easy.
Food Weaknesses: Powdered sugar cake doughnuts and/or sour cream cake doughnuts with milk. They're an obsession.

I've been doing better than 80/20 (Mark Sisson-style) since May. I've lost six pounds, but have been bouncing back and forth between 148 and 150 for three weeks. Very frustrating. I'm upping my activity level and striving for a better on-plan eating ratio to see if I can kick start some fat loss. I know that to drop body fat I need to be more like 95/5.