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  1. Pretty good. I cook at home 90% of the time, and it's still probably 80% Whole30. I have had a couple of pizzas made with a cauliflower crust. I'm eating a little cheese, but not nearly as much as before. I put no-sugar-added almond milk in my coffee with half a stevia packet. Haven't had one dessert or sweet, and no juice or soda. I have let myself indulge in my beloved Mexican food a bit. But at the restaurant, I sub the rice and beans for a side salad. I've had a few margaritas, and wine on occasion. But I must say, I do feel a difference when I consume a lot of these things at once. I'm pretty sure I've stayed away from gluten completely. I just don't miss it! No desire to binge either. Today at work we had lunch catered-- Mexican food. I did not make good food choices this time and am feeling the consequences. I'm exhausted and have a headache for no reason! Well, the food is the reason.
  2. Thanks! I have since had corn again and didn't have any problems. So it seems it was unrelated!
  3. Ate gluten grains yesterday in the form of whole grain pasta. I put cheese on it so I bungled that, but I feel pretty bad today. My body is tired and my head hurts. No stomach issues, but I just don't feel well. I haven't felt as great as I did during the Whole30 since it ended, but today I actually feel bad. The good news is that my husband wants to do a Whole30 with me after our Italy trip. It will be so much easier to live this lifestyle--and I REALLY want to--if he's on board.
  4. No reaction to the cheese on my pizza last night whatsoever. I'm eating the leftovers for lunch today. The cauliflower crust was pretty good, but pizza was never my go-to unhealthy food so I'm not worried about it becoming SWYPO for me. The cheese was tasty, but I didn't have the reaction I thought I would. I really thought I would go nuts for it and I didn't. It was also Kroger brand mozzarella, so you know, not exactly fine cheese lol. How's everyone else doing? I'll probably do gluten grains on Sunday...
  5. Ooh, that sounds good and having protein and fat is a better snack from a Whole30 perspective if an emergency snack is needed! I know I definitely can't eat fruit on an empty stomach. I once ate an apple with almond butter while making dinner and I had the worst sugar cravings of my entire Whole30 that night. I thought the protein and fat in the almond butter would balance out the sugar in the apple, but for me it did not! It was after that experience that I started getting really serious with my food prep for the week on Sundays.
  6. I don't crave crunchy things, but I will second the recommendation for pickles. I get the Kroger Private Selection brand dill spears for $2.99 a jar. Read your label; it might not have the same ingredients at all Krogers. (There are Simple Truth pickles too, but they are much more expensive). I know lots of other stores have compliant pickles as well. They're crunchy AND salty and they don't require any work. Pickles are also good to have on hand when you're having one of those "oh crap, I didn't prep enough" moments where you're trying to get dinner on the table and you need to put something on your stomach while you cook that doesn't have (natural) sugar in it. I had a lot of those moments early on, before I got into the swing of things. Good luck!
  7. I'm going for dairy today, too! The funny thing is I'm so used to not having it that I completely forgot to include any with my breakfast or lunch. Tonight's dinner is pizza with cauliflower crust, which will have parmesan and mozzarella, so we'll see. Maybe I'll drink some milk tomorrow morning to extend it. I had a bizarre, possible non-gluten grains reaction that I asked about in another thread: But after some internet research (the most reliable kind, not), I just don't think the popcorn could have caused that reaction 36 hours after I stopped eating it. Food exits your body before then--not just your stomach, the entire system. My chicken sausage was probably not cooked through. It was early and I was tired when I made breakfast, and it's not a pink color so it's easy to forget it's raw and needs to be cooked, not just heated up. I did a float test of my remaining eggs last night, which eliminated that possibility (they were fine). Won't make that mistake again!
  8. On Sunday I reintroduced non-gluten grains in the form of bagged popcorn with only coconut oil and sea salt as the other ingredients. I meant to eat multiple grains, but life happens and long story short I ate the whole bag over the course of the day. I'm never buying popcorn again; it's too easy to overdo it. On Monday I felt fine, but then yesterday I had some crazy stomach symptoms. I need some input on this. After eating my compliant breakfast (eggs, chicken sausage and sweet potatoes w/ hot sauce plus decaf coffee with coconut cream), I started feeling really nauseated and had some moderate stomach pain. I started driving to work and felt my stomach drop. I made it to the office and had to run to the bathroom. Then I had to go to the bathroom again an hour later (diarrhea). The symptoms subsided, but I couldn't really eat my (compliant) lunch. I felt okay at that point but had no appetite. In the evening I made myself eat a small dinner of two pickle spears and a small amount of sweet potato spears with sunshine sauce. Today, I feel like I'm back 90% and am eating normally. Oh, the other symptom was that I was extremely emotional yesterday. I had to leave work briefly and take a walk around the block because I was going to cry about some dumb office problems that aren't even new problems. I'm not the type to not be able to hold back tears at work. Today, I am completely, 100% chill with no stress. So my question is, could the popcorn have caused that more than 24 hours after eating it?? I was totally fine the day after eating it, but yesterday was nuts. Maybe just feeling sick made me a weepy mess? OR I got salmonella because I didn't cook the chicken sausage long enough. These are my theories. Color me confused.
  9. Had some wine over the weekend. Wow, did both wines taste different! The chardonnay that I used to like tastes way too strong now, and my favorite pinot noir tastes even better than it used to. Odd. I definitely noticed a lack of tolerance to the alcohol and am okay with just having a glass, two max in the future. Today I started non-gluten grains. I've had half a bag of popcorn and even though popcorn has never been my thing, it was a food with no brakes today and I had to get it out of sight. I don't feel any effects from it at all. I'll have some brown rice later tonight. I probably wont do another Whole30 until May when I get back from Italy. I have a feeling I'll need it!
  10. I'm so sorry! That's awful. Hope you feel better soon! So yesterday for breakfast I had those two peanut Larabars, and later a decent amount of hummus with lunch. No reaction whatsoever. Hours later, in the evening after eating a Whole30 dinner, I started feeling some very mild bloating and stomach sensations. I say sensations because it wasn't pain or even discomfort, but something was going on. No gas or other digestive issues. These are things I wouldn't have even noticed pre-Whole30. I wasn't really bothered. Today I'm pretty tired, but I went to bed way too late last night so I doubt it's related. Anyone else wish they could go off and do Whole30 + reintro in some super controlled, luxurious spa atmosphere? We can dream. Oh, and speaking of dreams, I had some crazy vivid weird ones last night. Legumes? Who knows...
  11. Not a fan of the Kroger brand in a can. It's basically a La Croix imitation, but not as good, and the carbonation disappears much more quickly once it's opened or poured in a glass. I have not tried the Simple Truth kind but will look for it soon! San Pellegrino is a fave, and if you buy it once at Kroger (at least where I am) you'll start getting a ton of coupons for it.
  12. In other news, I treated myself to a bottled coffee drink from Whole Foods I found that is 100% compliant. It's Califia Farms unsweetened black & white cold brew coffee with almond milk. The bottle says it's non-GMO, dairy free, soy free, gluten free, vegan, BPA free, carrageenan free and made with Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee. That's a lot of FREE haha. Ingredients: cold brew coffee (water, coffee extract), almond milk (water, almonds), coconut cream, potassium citrate, sunflower lecithin, calcium carbonate, sea salt, natural flavors, locust bean gum, gellan gum It's pretty delicious. It would be even more delicious if I sprinkled a little stevia in it, but I refuse to wake up my sugar dragon!! I almost never buy coffee because the $$ really adds up if I get in the habit, but it's nice to know there's an option out there. It was $2.99 for a 10.5 oz/310 ml bottle.
  13. Okay so I was all set to start with legumes today. Last night I ran out and bought a couple of peanut butter cookie Larabars and some popcorn. Of course, I've just realized that corn is a non-gluten GRAIN, not a legume. I had to go to an early doctor's appointment that required fasting so the Larabars were my breakfast at work. I was going to munch on the popcorn around lunch, but now I'll have to find something else.
  14. Okay, I am definitely doing the planned reintro. I'll start with legumes tomorrow (today is technically Day 30 for me because of a mess-up on Day 1). I am spending the weekend at my parents' house and was scared to tell them about what I'm doing. I don't know why I was. My mom was so supportive on the phone. I told her I could bring my own food so that they wouldn't be put out, but she was having none of that. She basically planned the menu with me on the phone. I am so relieved and grateful. See, we have similar food issues, and that made me nervous to tell her. I'm one of the few who just didn't care to share with people (unless necessary) that I was even doing a Whole30. I just didn't want the comments or questions (not to mention judgments!), and that's worked out great for me. But I think I underestimated my parents. My mom even said, "Actually, it sounds like you can eat a lot of stuff!" Yes, yes I can. Here's to a successful reintro for all! I bet it will be super eye-opening...
  15. Wow, today is Day 30! I still have one more day to go tomorrow because of my mess-up on Day 1. But I feel so great that I've come this far. I truly feel that my relationship with food has changed, and physically and mentally I feel spectacular. Don't know how much weight I've lost, but it wasn't really about that for me (although it has been a nice side effect). Learning not to use food as comfort has been life changing. On the other hand, I'm ready to have more balance in my life again. I work full time, study, have a husband with a different work schedule and a dog, plus friends and family I've barely seen this month. My husband, while very supportive, didn't do this with me, so I was on my own with the shopping and cooking. Because I am not willing to pay for expensive compliant food items (Tessemae's, etc.), everything really and truly was from scratch. I bought one emergency dinner from Snap Kitchen, one salad bar lunch from Whole foods and nibbled on a couple things at a baby shower, but other than that every single meal this month was something I prepared 100% from scratch. Pretty intense to do it alone. I don't think that's entirely sustainable for me, not right now anyway. Is this just my brain trying to rationalize going back to an unhealthy lifestyle? I'd like to think that it isn't. But with my history, I know I have to be careful. I will probably be back for a Whole30 (or at least a Whole20) after my Italy trip, and I'd like to stick to a lot of template eating in the future. I am so glad I did this. See y'all in the reintro section!