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  1. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Post-Whole 30 Recommendations for Ectomorphs   
    I'm a certified nutritionist (although ladyshanny might have forgotten as I haven't been around the forums much lately!) and my first request from clients is ALWAYS a food diary - it's impossible to suggest changes unless we know exactly HOW you were eating, as even compliant meals can prevent fat adaptation depending on their composition - and if you think you weren't fat adapted in 45 days then I'd bet good money that this is what was to blame. I'd wonder if you weren't tinkering on the edge of ketosis initially (which is not the aim here) but never quite made it there - which would definitely have had an effect on training/overall mood etc  - and then prevented fat adaptation with the increased carb intake just as ladyshanny suggested.... That's just a hunch though based on what you've said.
    Often the focus is on recommending people go low carb, high fat for energy... then when that doesn't work it's more carbs.... but how was your protein intake? It could be that your work outs suffered & your weight dropped because you weren't providing your muscles with enough protein to recover/repair/grow and so the muscle you had was being burned off.
    Just a thought.
     
  2. purplepadres liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in Jackson Honest chips   
    Honestly, no. 
  3. MeghanS liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in drinks   
    Artificial sweetners are out.   Usually, Sugar Free = chemical sheetstorm.
  4. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by eggums86 in Sugarrrrrrr   
    I recommend it! Before my whole 30 I would get that every Friday morning
  5. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by eggums86 in Sugarrrrrrr   
    I agree I def see myself cutting it out for the most part...but man do I miss my cold brew with coconut milk and agave nectar....
  6. Cookiesmom liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in Question for Type 2 Diabetics   
    http://whole9life.com/2013/09/talk-to-your-doc-part-1/
     
     
    Talk to your Doc: Prescription Medications and the Whole30®
     
    Insulin
    "Note: This section was titled, “The Number One Medication You Must Absolutely Discuss With Your Doctor Prior to Your Whole30,” but that was kind of long.
    First, do not get discouraged from trying a Whole30 because you take insulin or diabetes medications.  The potential benefits far exceed the hassle of having a discussion with your healthcare provider and adjusting medication. That having been said…
     
    If you take insulin, it is essential to talk with your doctor before doing the Whole30.
    Although not specifically meant to be low-carb, a strict Whole30 eating plan tends to be lower in carbohydrates than the standard American diet (SAD), and lower than what most people are eating on an otherwise unrestricted diet.  If you’re on insulin and radically decrease the amount of carbohydrates you’re eating without adjusting your insulin dose, your blood sugar will go low. If blood sugar dips too low without intervention, you may lose consciousness or die.
    There are a few strategies that can be used if you’re taking insulin and want to do a Whole30. The best one depends on the individual. First, long-acting insulin could be discontinued and replaced with shorter-acting insulin administered based on blood sugar levels—what’s commonly known as a “sliding scale.”  This is one of the safer approaches that will still provide blood sugar control.
     
    Another tactic might be to stop insulin altogether. This option will work well for someone who does not need very high doses of insulin. Yes, blood sugars may run high over the course of the 30 days, but one advantage with this approach is knowing exactly where blood sugar levels will be with the Whole30 diet alone. It’s possible that by controlling diet, insulin may no longer be necessary.  Using and adjusting any oral medication for diabetes in conjunction with this strategy can be used to help keep blood sugar in check as well.  Weekly follow ups can fine-tune things to ensure blood sugars are staying within a reasonable range.
     
    Many other variations could be devised based on the concepts above, but as they say, don’t try this at home. Always consult a medical professional.
     
    Oral medications that directly lower blood sugar also need to be taken into consideration. These medications include the sulfonylurea class of medicines, the most popular of which are glipizide and glyburide/glibenclamide.  (This may vary by geographical region.)  While not as potentially dangerous as insulin unless taken improperly, decreasing carbohydrate intake while on these medications could drive one’s blood sugar precipitously low."
  7. YM0321 liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in May 22nd Start Date- Who's In??   
    Ayup.  Put 'em on a hook and catch a bigger fish.  Reel in a marlin, salmon or a trout.
    http://www.livestrong.com/article/150857-tips-on-using-sardines-as-bait-for-fishing/
  8. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by Hawk in Starting June 17   
    Cool aaa1217. I took the time to make breakfast this morning and I feel great about committing to this. I know I need it. 
  9. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by ShannonM816 in Homemade Kombucha   
    It's definitely more cost effective to make it yourself. This site has a lot of good information. I have a continuous brew setup, which to me is easier than doing jars that have to be emptied and cleaned each week. I also like that while I can do a second ferment with flavors, I can also just have plain kombucha on tap. If you've found the big kombucha thread, it'll take you a while to read through, but there's all kinds of information, especially if you decide you want to grow your own scoby from a bottle of store bought kombucha. 
    If you do make it yourself, you can bottle it in any size bottle you want, so you could get 8 oz mason jars or bottles if you wanted, so that it would be more consistent rather than sitting and getting flat, although you should know that sometimes when you first start making your own, it's not as fizzy, and depending on where you have it set up, at different times of year it may not get as fizzy. There are things you can do to control the temperature so it's more consistent, but even then it's not always 100% predictable, because it's a natural process that depends on so many variables that you can't always control completely. But it's kind of fun to play with new flavors and experiment with different teas and see what results you get.
  10. YM0321 liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in May 22nd Start Date- Who's In??   
    Ayup.  Put 'em on a hook and catch a bigger fish.  Reel in a marlin, salmon or a trout.
    http://www.livestrong.com/article/150857-tips-on-using-sardines-as-bait-for-fishing/
  11. Blissfulnewme liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in I woke my Sugar Dragon   
    http://fatburningman.com/melissa-hartwig-food-freedom-forever-beating-addiction-the-whole30/
    This podcast is really helpful. 
  12. Am_S liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in I woke my Sugar Dragon   
    I'm speaking in general, but you don't need to start over again. 
    Extended Whole 30's don't really fix it when you're finished.The off and on again approach...Whole 30's mixed with binge eating or just minor/major off-roading inbetween is not Food Freedom Forever.  
    It's boxing yourself into a corner. It creates more black and white thinking about food. Whole 30 or Not. All in/on target or falling back into old habits.
    After watching others do this for years now, I am convinced that the original constructs of a Whole 30 are optimum, in every way.
    Elimination protocol of 30 days, a Reintro of about 10 days or longer and done.  Next.
    Immediately create a plan you can live with for the rest of your life. Your personal decisions will be liberating. Maybe you like eating the same lunch every single day, some do. Some like eating the same food 3X aday, that wouldn't work for me but you choose, you decide.
    Read FFF, you'll find ideas for putting your positive food management plan together.  
    My plan is consistent but it has leeway. I can eat full fat plain greek yogurt or cottage cheese, legumes, even some non gmo grains in whole form, fish, fish, fish, proteins of every kind, nuts, fruits and vegetables. What I can't do is eat is deliberately engineered to be craved candy or donuts or bakery items or white sugar, white flour, white pasta. These things cause an immediate uptick in my blood sugar even in small amounts.
    I don't eat them. I don't touch artificial sweetners or soda pops. No fast food or ice cream. I have enough leeway that I don't ever feel deprived.  I eat everything with a protein. Fruit, vegetables, everything is paired with protein. That's my Rx for blood sugar control.
    It works for me.
    Starting over and over again will not make it any easier on Day 61 or Day 91 when you're done. FFF = not doing a Whole 30 Forever.  
    It's going to take work to find your way. I'm consistent but that's my way.  The sooner you can find your way the easier this will be. Create something consistent for awhile until you get your footing back. 
    After an elimination protocol, there is an adjustment period. You're used to reading every label. Find your wiggle room and branch out. You can always prune yourself back before it goes sideways.

  13. ArtFossil liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in Newbie   
    Sardines, herring are just fine to eat...along with tuna, salmon,rainbow trout, walleye, browns, marlin, bass, halibut, crab, lobster, shrimp...all of it.
    You don't see much talk of Tiger Blood amongst Whole 30'rs these days, hardly at all.  But it's not something you can work up with your emotions or mind.  It's physical.   I believe the more whole foods in whole form you're eating...fish, fish, fish - the greater your  chances of finding it on your doorstep.
    I also believe it's directly related to the process of fat adaptation. 
    Template, template, template. Consistent. No snacking between 3 meals aday, going 4-5 hours between each meal.  Protein, Fat, Vegetables - the Whole 30 trifecta and recipe for Tiger Blood.
  14. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Newbie   
    Tiger blood isn't the same for everyone. Sometimes people have endless energy a bit like when you get the nesting instinct before the birth of a baby. SOme people just have more steady energy throughout the day. It depends very much on what you eat, your state of health, your preWhole30 diet, your sleep & stress levels - all kinds of things will impact energy. But in my experience those that eat fish, and specifically oily fish (because of the omega 3 fatty acids/DHAs), on a regular basis experience it more.

    Your energy may well improve in a matter of days, and you may well feel awesome, but until you're fat adapted I'd doubt you'd be feeling Tiger Blood.
    Hope this helps!
  15. Am_S liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in I woke my Sugar Dragon   
    I'm speaking in general, but you don't need to start over again. 
    Extended Whole 30's don't really fix it when you're finished.The off and on again approach...Whole 30's mixed with binge eating or just minor/major off-roading inbetween is not Food Freedom Forever.  
    It's boxing yourself into a corner. It creates more black and white thinking about food. Whole 30 or Not. All in/on target or falling back into old habits.
    After watching others do this for years now, I am convinced that the original constructs of a Whole 30 are optimum, in every way.
    Elimination protocol of 30 days, a Reintro of about 10 days or longer and done.  Next.
    Immediately create a plan you can live with for the rest of your life. Your personal decisions will be liberating. Maybe you like eating the same lunch every single day, some do. Some like eating the same food 3X aday, that wouldn't work for me but you choose, you decide.
    Read FFF, you'll find ideas for putting your positive food management plan together.  
    My plan is consistent but it has leeway. I can eat full fat plain greek yogurt or cottage cheese, legumes, even some non gmo grains in whole form, fish, fish, fish, proteins of every kind, nuts, fruits and vegetables. What I can't do is eat is deliberately engineered to be craved candy or donuts or bakery items or white sugar, white flour, white pasta. These things cause an immediate uptick in my blood sugar even in small amounts.
    I don't eat them. I don't touch artificial sweetners or soda pops. No fast food or ice cream. I have enough leeway that I don't ever feel deprived.  I eat everything with a protein. Fruit, vegetables, everything is paired with protein. That's my Rx for blood sugar control.
    It works for me.
    Starting over and over again will not make it any easier on Day 61 or Day 91 when you're done. FFF = not doing a Whole 30 Forever.  
    It's going to take work to find your way. I'm consistent but that's my way.  The sooner you can find your way the easier this will be. Create something consistent for awhile until you get your footing back. 
    After an elimination protocol, there is an adjustment period. You're used to reading every label. Find your wiggle room and branch out. You can always prune yourself back before it goes sideways.

  16. ArtFossil liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    Looking back, I can't recall my husband telling his besties that he was really, really naughty on his diet today.  I can only imagine the looks on their faces.  I was bad and now, I have to start over.
  17. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Am I doing this right?   
    Hey @JessicaLynne @ welcome to Whole30!
    Firstly, not everyone experiences all of the expected 'side effects' as listed in the book/timeline. It depends very much on your diet & state of health preWhole30. I'd just take it as a bonus and be grateful...!!
    Secondly fat is your friend. The human brain is 60% fat so it stands to reason that we should be feeding it fat, not refined carbs, for brain health. Eating healthy fats is good for your mood, provides energy, and transports all those fat soluble vitamins around the body. Much of the fat you use for cooking will stay in the pan, or be divided up between portions if you're cooking in bulk, so don't be afraid to add more to your plate. It's hard to over-eat fat due to the satiety that it provides.
    Lastly, eating potato/sweet potato is perfectly fine. Eating potato/sweet potato every day is also perfectly fine. Eating it at every meal maybe not so much. Provided you are eating a wide variety of colours & types of veg there is absolutely no reason to fear the humble spud - unless you have problems with blood sugar, or particularly sedentary - in which case you should maybe consider limiting your consumption of potato/sweet potato to every other day.
    Hope this helps!
  18. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by NoneOtherThanAmy in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    @emilyelowe Thanks for those resources. It sucks to not be feeling well, but you can definitely pull through and make it to food freedom.  
    @Susabella627 The sub was going to be my reintroduction item. I'm feeling much better today, so I might try it out today. I'm sure I'll have opportunities for free meals like that while I'm at the conference, so I want to test a sub out before I go. I already know that gluten doesn't seem to affect me, so it would just be the fillers/additives in the meat and the cheese that I'd be testing. I don't have time to test those things separately, so I'll just have to try both at once and see how it goes. I'm hoping I'll be able to do some more reintroductions after my trip, but I'm mostly done for now. 
    @MeadowLily and @ArtFossil Thank you both so much for joining in with your perspectives and experiences. It is great to hear success stories from people who have managed to build and keep this lifestyle for a long period of time.
    It really hit me last night that I have made a huge change in the way I think about food. Food used to be an anxiety/boredom/stress reliever to be consumed at meals and whenever any of those feelings arose. Now food is nourishment and only consumed at meal times. This is a huge shift for me and I'm so grateful that my whole30 helped me get there. I haven't been craving treats as much as I had been prior to trying the sweets on Saturday (although I've had temporary reductions in sweet cravings before ). It feels like now that I've allowed myself some sweets, my brain is going, "OK, I can have those things if I want them, but I don't really want them, so carry on with the food that makes you feel good"! 
  19. NoneOtherThanAmy liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    All y'all are schweeeeter than sweet. 
     
    From the bottom of my pea pickin' heart,  I believe that every day that goes by without creating your own plan, the ground gets colder. 
    Fear can move in and you start to think you can't live without rigid ideas about food. You may take on additional biases about food.  That's not freedom.
    There is a Whole 30 Manifesto about constant restarts.  It's not the way to go.  The Whole 30 is the launching pad, the springboard into the rest of your life.  You want a life filled with your ideas about food... taylored for your health and family.
    I don't have food sensitivities or gut issues. I have a food addiction. I don't want to mentally create imaginary food sensitivities. Those of us who have a food addiction or disordered thinking about food are highly impressionable.
    I've ridden that dieting merry-go-round all the days of my life.  Someone tells me they've tried the newest diet and I could get right back up on that saddle. 
    Here's what I know about dieting. 
    If dieting actually worked, it would only take one diet to be the answer to all of your weight problems or issues with food.  One diet. One time.   Lasting weight loss success, forever.
    But it doesn't work that way.  With every diet there is usually a corresponding eating it all back phase.  Starting over and over and over again.
    Create your plan.  Make it doable and be consistent.  Your heart knows the way.   
     
  20. NoneOtherThanAmy liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    All y'all are schweeeeter than sweet. 
     
    From the bottom of my pea pickin' heart,  I believe that every day that goes by without creating your own plan, the ground gets colder. 
    Fear can move in and you start to think you can't live without rigid ideas about food. You may take on additional biases about food.  That's not freedom.
    There is a Whole 30 Manifesto about constant restarts.  It's not the way to go.  The Whole 30 is the launching pad, the springboard into the rest of your life.  You want a life filled with your ideas about food... taylored for your health and family.
    I don't have food sensitivities or gut issues. I have a food addiction. I don't want to mentally create imaginary food sensitivities. Those of us who have a food addiction or disordered thinking about food are highly impressionable.
    I've ridden that dieting merry-go-round all the days of my life.  Someone tells me they've tried the newest diet and I could get right back up on that saddle. 
    Here's what I know about dieting. 
    If dieting actually worked, it would only take one diet to be the answer to all of your weight problems or issues with food.  One diet. One time.   Lasting weight loss success, forever.
    But it doesn't work that way.  With every diet there is usually a corresponding eating it all back phase.  Starting over and over and over again.
    Create your plan.  Make it doable and be consistent.  Your heart knows the way.   
     
  21. ArtFossil liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
     Its's all fun. Really.  
     @ArtFossil creates her own rules.  Doing everything on your own terms is the most liberating part of a Whole 30.  We're no longer  stuck in limitations.  There's no shame or blame associated with food. No more value judgments.
    ArtFossil and I don't believe in "clean eating".  I choke on those words. Because she's right, the opposite is Dirty Eating.  Good girl, bad girl. Naughty or Nice.  
    Don't you love the idea of your next meal being your Food Reset! How freeing is that.  You don't need to start over.  
    Clear the decks and clean the slate...you're last meal is already in the rearview mirror.  Simply move on. There's always another streetcar coming around the corner and hopefully, another meal, too.
    "There's no need for a 30 day reset. The reset is always the next meal. 
    I was really, really naughty today on my diet. Grown women do talk about food in really childish terms.  
    Sugar = Approval and Cheering and Love.  We learn these things in our childhood and it may take longer than 30 days to get them out your head. Maw is still in my head, telling me what to do. 
    Mothers are the ultimate hall monitor.  After you clean your plate, you can have a cookie...you lil rugger.  
    Childhood is what you spend the rest of your life trying to overcome. 
     
  22. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by SugarcubeOD in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    Ya, you might be mixing a few things together there... So the idea, in a perfect world, is to do a Whole30, take the time to do the reintroductions (either the standard ones or the slow roll) and then with that information, you make your own WholeJpags99.  If that means you don't worry about sugar in ketchup, have a splash of cream in your coffee every day but steer clear of grains and soy (for instance) then that becomes your ongoing program.  When you stray... say the coffee creamer turns into ice cream twice a week, the sugar in ketchup turns into bonbons at work and you eat a bagel every day for breakfast even tho you know it makes you feel like crap, then the Whole30 is here for you to do a reset... get back on track, learn more about your eating habits and your emotional attachment to food, DO REINTROS AGAIN to see what is and isn't worth it this time and then that's your new WholeJpags99... eventually, you don't need the whole30 because you know how food affects your body, you know when you stray too far and you can pull yourself back.  We're kind of a program that wants to render ourselves out of a job with people because they find their Food Freedom (another name for the WholeJpags99) and merrily go on their way, spreading the good food word and following the beat of their own drum... 
    The craving buster, energy booster thing in the book is the options for IF people do not want to undertake a Whole30.  The recommendation in my opinion should always be to do the full W30 for the best results of reintroduction but there are reasons people have for not wanting to do it, and the options in the book are there for those people.  But you're the bomb and you CAN and are willing to do a Whole30... just make sure you're putting the reintros on the end... that's THE most important part!
    Does that help?
  23. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by ArtFossil in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    @Susabella627 I too like rules and structure. I just prefer to design my own, with the goal (a slow process and not complete) of having that be the everyday condition of things so that there's no need for a 30 day reset. The reset is always the next meal. 
    For things like meal timing and a template and reading labels and the reintroductions and a bunch of other thing--yeah, that only took one Whole30. But I also understand that some people choose to do multiple ones and think you expressed that very well. Heck,  @kirkor does them for fun!
  24. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by Susabella627 in 5/7 Start - Reintroduction!   
    @emilyelowe Sorry you had a rough day yesterday, thanks for sharing what you found cuz we all need a kick in the ass once in awhile. Come on girl you got this, get thru reintroduction I feel like you have learned so much already and all of this will help you get to food freedom!! 
    @NoneOtherThanAmy Hope you made it thru today. Good for you not grabbing that Sub, and messing up reintro. I've eaten on plan today as well and excited to test dairy tomorrow. 
    @ArtFossil that's awesome that it only took you 1 whole 30 to make permanent changes. I have done multiple Whole 30's and yes in between some of those my health changed but there are other reasons. I am one of those people who likes rules, in fact I thrive on them. When I've gotten off track I like to reset. I don't consider it as starting over, It's ;not about weightloss and it's not a diet, it's about doing something good for myself and an ongoing journey, And I will say with every whole 30 I learn something new about my relationship with food. Sometimes it takes doing another whole 30 to realize I don't feel as good as I think I do. Just saying there are some good reasons to repeat Whole 30's. 
    @MeadowLily your wise words of wisdom ring very true for me. I have learned that I do not really have any food sensitivities or gut issues either, but I know what makes me feel good and what doesn't. And of course things change which is why I do another reintro after each strict whole 30. I love that you call it a food management plan... it really  puts things in perspective!!!
     
     
  25. JTCarlson liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in June 1 Reset Start - Let's do this (again)!!   
    A Whole 30 is 30 days.  No more.  No less.
    It only takes 30 compliant days for a Food Reset.  One non-compliant item eaten and the Whole 30 is now over. It is no longer called a Whole 30.  You are now off-roading or Riding Your Bike.
    If you have completed one compliant Whole 30 with a proper Reintro Phase, identifying your food sensitivities, allergies or just food triggers - you don't have to undertake a new Whole 30 when you choose to go off-roading or Riding Your Bike. 
    When you have the tools, your food knowledge under your belt,  go on and create your own plan.  I call mine - my positive food management plan. This is my Food Freedom Forever.
    Food Freedom Forever = doing mini resets as you've mentioned...for as long or as short as you like. But a Whole 30 will always and forever be...30 compliant days.  Off-roading or riding your bike in those 30 days negates the Whole 30 official protocol.  
    If you want to join your friend for another Whole 30, you would have to remain compliant for 30 straight days or it adds confusion.
    There are those who start over every Monday and ride their bike on the weekends.  They call it a Whole 30 but really, it's their way or version of Food Freedom Forever.  It's not a Whole 30. 
    Food Freedom Forever can be anything you want it to be.  The hardest part is creating your own rules and recommendations or choosing not to have any rules whatsoever..... or not relying on anyone else's ideas of what the rest of your life should be like.  
    Food Freedom Forever is an ever changing dynamic of choices and consequences.