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  1. ladyshanny liked a post in a topic by slc_melissa in Time on Whole30 Program   
    I'd recommend reading "It Starts With Food" if you haven't already.  I'm not sure that your 72 hours is accurate across all experiences....I know I personally feel the effects of a gluten exposure for much longer than that.
    And I have to disagree that the program is not easily done.  It may take work, but it's not that hard.
    And, from a Facebook post on the Whole30 (https://www.facebook.com/Whole30/posts/818972684846318Why 30 days?)
     
    Despite the common belief that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, habit research actually shows the time frame is much longer--on average, 66 days! And the harder or more emotional connection you have to the behavior, the longer it takes... so when it comes to food, that time frame may even be longer.
    We could have created a Whole66 or a Whole90 to make sure the new habits you're building with the program settle in, but that's a pretty high barrier to entry. The Whole30 rules can be intimidating! Many of you would look at the program and think, I can't do that for two or three months.
    We could have created a Whole10 or Whole14, to make it really accessible. Lots of people would say, "Yeah, I can do that!" But for those of you who have done the Whole30, how much fun are your first 10 days on the program? That time frame wouldn't bring most of you any of the Whole30 "magic," but it sure would give you some unpleasant effects as your body transitioned.
    The Whole30 is just right--totally accessible (I can do anything for 30 days!), while long enough to bring stunning benefits in energy, sleep, mood, medical conditions, cravings, and self-esteem.
    - Melissa Hartwig, co-creator of the #Whole30
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  2. Caitibird liked a post in a topic by ladyshanny in Day 16 and burnt out....   
    Oh my gosh, I just tried this myself this week. I drink one cup of coffee a day and half the time I don't finish it. I stopped Monday and by Wednesday my brain was exploding and all the symptoms of a systemic issue flared up big time! It's absolutely nuts! Considering how bad the withdrawal was (and I am NOT a heavy user), I am now completely convinced I have to get off coffee and will do so a little more slowly (mixing decaf with caff and slowly bringing down the caffeine amount) to avoid angering some underlying issues. 
  3. ladyshanny liked a post in a topic by QuilterInVA in Having knee replacement surgery and have to drink Ensure   
    I just had total knee replacements, one in March and one in June. The doctor recommended I eat more protein, not drink it. I was back to the gym in 5 weeks which he attributed to the way eat and the fact I exercise 5 days a week. I would ask the doctor why I couldn't just eat more protein. I'm 75.
  4. ladyshanny liked a post in a topic by EmilyK in Advice for a dropout?   
    Thanks!  It's my husband's first, so we're definitely excited.
    I really do think that eating a better breakfast overall will help me a ton.  I haven't been eating enough starchy veggies or good fats at all--I was dealing with nausea/aversions up until a week or so ago and then I actually had to have an emergency appendectomy last week  and so the surgery and aftermath meant I've pretty much been eating soup and crackers for two weeks.
    I will look that article up for sure--all I know is that if I really don't want to gain 100 pounds, I need to not be eating ALL THE HOT POCKETS.  
  5. ladyshanny liked a post in a topic by RBCali in Looking Ahead to Post Whole30   
    Thanks, Sugarcube. I will look for that group. You have a great rest of your week! Just finished a delicious meal of no-fuss salmon cakes with homemade mayo and sauteed green beans and tomatoes. I'm totally full, but at least I know I won't be going to bed feeling bloated and disappointed in myself.
    Thanks so much for being a moderator and spending your valuable time helping so many people.
     
     
  6. ladyshanny liked a post in a topic by laura_juggles in Unity kombucha   
    The health benefits of kombucha (when fermented to just that negligible alcohol content in "normal" kombucha) outweigh that negligible alcohol content. When it's further fermented to have a significantly higher alcohol content, then it's more boozy beverage you drink for the sake of getting a buzz than a fermented beverage you drink for the good things it does for your gut. 
    You can't have freaking vanilla extract because of the alcohol content; I would think any liquid with a higher ABV than most beers would be obviously out. 
  7. SchrodingersCat liked a post in a topic by ladyshanny in Drinking Salt Water?   
    I saw that post too but it didn't read to me like "drinking salt water" as the OP described above (ie, stranded in a raft and drinking ocean water). It's pretty common for endurance athletes or extremely active people, especially during heat, to make their own electrolyte beverage or take salt tablets. It's because they are sweating their sodium out faster than they can replace it and it helps prevent cramping.
    The average person does not need to do this and, again, I wouldn't consider it "drinking salt water".
    Note, any time anyone mentions drinking salt water, I'm reminded of one of the steps of that CRAZY master cleanse which requires you to drink a litre of water with 2 heaping tsp of salt in it every morning on an empty stomach. This creates a nearly immediate and explosive, forced bowel movement and they call it a colon cleanse. Don't do this. 
  8. invinciblechar liked a post in a topic by ladyshanny in August 7th Start Date   
    I would really, really discourage you from doing this. For a number of reasons. First, you're basically lying which doesn't feel good right from the start. And is it really worth lying over? Second, although we are used to a nameless/faceless culture with all of our electronic interventions, what you're actually doing is making an enormous amount of unnecessary work for people that are probably being paid minimum wage. 
    Serious food allergies can be extremely serious. Hours and days of gut-wrenching pain, hospitalization, compromised immune systems, flare ups of autoimmune conditions etc, not to mention anyaphylaxis and potential death. In the case of these situations, the patron absolutely should discuss this with the restaurant and they already know this sort of thing happens to them. Chances are that there are major protocols in place within the staff to ensure that the person doesn't get basically poisoned. 
    You are doing a voluntary food elimination protocol to assess food sensitivities. Yes, it would suck a lot if you accidentally ate a non-compliant item. But unless you already know you'll be in days of pain or on the toilet so many days that you risk dehydration, lying to a minimum wage food server/cook is really just disrespectful.
    Edited to add: I don't mean to say at all that you should not be diligent about asking preparation questions, calling ahead, getting the answers you want. You should definitely do these things because your personal choice not to consume certain items is completely valid and should be respected. Many times I have asked for gluten free bun (not Whole30, obv) or "no toast" or "omelette no cheese" and the wait staff asks "is it an allergy or a preference" and I always answer that it's a preference. 100% of the time the waitresses have commented on appreciation for transparency because while the kitchen staff will respect the request, they are so glad not to have to shut down operations in order to not kill me.
    You and your needs are important and they should be respected. You should not lie about serious health conditions in order to make those requests.
  9. ladyshanny liked a post in a topic by invinciblechar in August 7th Start Date   
    Also, woo hoo!! I figured out how to tag people!!! Score for the technological dinosaur!!
  10. ladyshanny liked a post in a topic by invinciblechar in August 7th Start Date   
    @Brensuma Thank you so much for the link to the other post!! So helpful! @ladyshanny @anchorageali @amandamay83 I really appreciate the bigger-picture perspectives. I've been very lucky to never have suffered from any food allergies (knock on wood!), and I've never worked in food service, so I didn't realize what goes on behind the scenes when a customer comes in with food allergies. When I read what you were all saying, it did start to sound vaguely familiar from one of the books, but my memory is so crappy that I kind of forgot about it, and even if I had remembered, I wouldn't have known where to find it again quickly. And @Sara Cameron-Ragazzo...while I can't speak for everyone, just from reading the other posts, I would venture a guess that no one here was offended by your suggestion, and I appreciate you reaching out to answer my question! But I think we all have to keep in mind that, since this is in general a newbie post thread, occasionally, our own ideas on the topic won't be quite on point on the first try. That's why it's great to have moderators like @ladyshanny reading and steering us on the right path. We're all trying and doing our best here! So I will definitely call that restaurant (which will be a fancy schmancy gluten-free place in Manhattan, so definitely no buffets and I don't think there were any plain old eggs on the menu either; think more like beet and chickpea "burgers," so it'll be an interesting phone call) ahead of the time, and I will definitely say that I have dietary constraints and NOT that I have serious food allergies. Point well taken! I love learning. Keep it coming, guys! 
  11. invinciblechar liked a post in a topic by ladyshanny in August 7th Start Date   
    I would really, really discourage you from doing this. For a number of reasons. First, you're basically lying which doesn't feel good right from the start. And is it really worth lying over? Second, although we are used to a nameless/faceless culture with all of our electronic interventions, what you're actually doing is making an enormous amount of unnecessary work for people that are probably being paid minimum wage. 
    Serious food allergies can be extremely serious. Hours and days of gut-wrenching pain, hospitalization, compromised immune systems, flare ups of autoimmune conditions etc, not to mention anyaphylaxis and potential death. In the case of these situations, the patron absolutely should discuss this with the restaurant and they already know this sort of thing happens to them. Chances are that there are major protocols in place within the staff to ensure that the person doesn't get basically poisoned. 
    You are doing a voluntary food elimination protocol to assess food sensitivities. Yes, it would suck a lot if you accidentally ate a non-compliant item. But unless you already know you'll be in days of pain or on the toilet so many days that you risk dehydration, lying to a minimum wage food server/cook is really just disrespectful.
    Edited to add: I don't mean to say at all that you should not be diligent about asking preparation questions, calling ahead, getting the answers you want. You should definitely do these things because your personal choice not to consume certain items is completely valid and should be respected. Many times I have asked for gluten free bun (not Whole30, obv) or "no toast" or "omelette no cheese" and the wait staff asks "is it an allergy or a preference" and I always answer that it's a preference. 100% of the time the waitresses have commented on appreciation for transparency because while the kitchen staff will respect the request, they are so glad not to have to shut down operations in order to not kill me.
    You and your needs are important and they should be respected. You should not lie about serious health conditions in order to make those requests.
  12. ladyshanny liked a post in a topic by anchorageali in August 7th Start Date   
    Absolutely agree with this and second the motion to be clear that it's a preference. Having an autoimmune disorder, I find myself these days stressing to the wait staff that I'm "for real" as so many seem to claim serious conditions when preference is reality.  Once I told a server that I have celiac disease and she rolled her eyes and said "you and the last 90 people that have been in here". Often my meal will come a little later with the sever explaining the extra time is due to their special preparation requirements.  
    Anyone being corrected on this front, please don't feel criticized. Your zealousness is admirable and I'm sure you were unaware of the bigger picture!
  13. amandamay83 liked a post in a topic by ladyshanny in August 7th Start Date   
    Often we put our own insecurities and lack of confidence on other people. I'm not saying that this is you, but it is extremely common to project ahead on how a person might react. My naturopath always tells me to remind myself that when you are advance predicting another person's response you will often end up projecting their response on to them. What I mean is, when you assume that she is going to be passive aggressive, your brain already assumes that is true so you may answer questions or embody an attitude that actually does bring that result about. Or you read into whatever she does say or do as passive aggressive because that's the result you're expecting/looking for.
    Sure, your mom might be weird about it. But she might not be.  
  14. SweetEnough liked a post in a topic by ladyshanny in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    Not really, it wouldn't count for the fat. Coconut as a fat serving would be 1-2 heaping handfuls. My guess is you didn't get that much per crusted chicken piece. Go ahead and add another fat. Even just a mayo with extra lime juice stirred probably would have been nice.
  15. ladyshanny liked a post in a topic by emilyelowe in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    Hi @Laurie. First, I think you are being pretty hard on yourself here. I mean, this program is all about brutal honesty, but it's not about beating yourself up. Frankly, you're still giving food too much power. You are letting Rx Bars tell you what you "deserve." Well, what do they know? They are mooshed up fruit and nuts. What you "deserve," is to be happy and healthy and comfortable in your skin. And YOU (not Rx Bars) get to decide what you need to do next to accomplish that. 
    I also think the fact that you are recognizing this as an issue and thinking about it and discussing it here is a bit of a victory in itself. Your awareness of your choices and why you eat the things you do is part of the battle to ultimate Food Freedom. 
    I believe the technical rules state you don't have to start over for not following a recommendation, as long as you were following the rules (mods can confirm). Just that you need to do better going forward. I'm not starting over just because I've been eating potatoes twice per day pretty regularly for the first 17 days. I do know that it might impact my outcome, though, and now that I know that, I'm going to make better choices going forward. That's my choice. YOU are the only one that can decide that for you, though. If you feel it's hindered your progress, if you feel you're selling yourself short if you don't start over, then by all means, do it! And we will still be here to support you. But if starting over is going to set you up for failure in your reintroduction or make the program unbearably more difficult, then do what you can with the remaining 11 days you have. Like I said, up to you - not me, not the mods, and certainly not Rx Bars.  Good luck with your choice - you're taking strides for your health either way. 
  16. Karen L liked a post in a topic by ladyshanny in August 7th Start Date   
    I've been busy at work so not able to stop in today but I just read through this whole thread now. Man, you guys are a loving bunch! Around page 3 I figured we'd be breaking up a word-war but no, ya'll are adulty and compassionate and kind and it made me so happy to read!  
  17. Delicacious liked a post in a topic by ladyshanny in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    Depends on the type of squash. The winter ones like acorn, butternut, kabocha etc would be a starchy. Zucchini, spaghetti squash etc are summer versions would just be considered veggies.
  18. Delicacious liked a post in a topic by ladyshanny in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    Depends on the type of squash. The winter ones like acorn, butternut, kabocha etc would be a starchy. Zucchini, spaghetti squash etc are summer versions would just be considered veggies.
  19. Karen L liked a post in a topic by ladyshanny in August 7th Start Date   
    I've been busy at work so not able to stop in today but I just read through this whole thread now. Man, you guys are a loving bunch! Around page 3 I figured we'd be breaking up a word-war but no, ya'll are adulty and compassionate and kind and it made me so happy to read!  
  20. Karen L liked a post in a topic by ladyshanny in August 7th Start Date   
    I've been busy at work so not able to stop in today but I just read through this whole thread now. Man, you guys are a loving bunch! Around page 3 I figured we'd be breaking up a word-war but no, ya'll are adulty and compassionate and kind and it made me so happy to read!  
  21. invinciblechar liked a post in a topic by ladyshanny in August 7th Start Date   
    Check out Ultrarunnergirl - she's a forum mod here and she has a blog that discusses how to fuel for endurance events while on Whole30. 
    It might also help you to know that once you are fat adapted (and give yourself a BIG OLD BUNCHA LEEWAY in your first 10-14 days with your running performance!), you may find that you don't need to fuel as often as you did previously. Often we hear of folks being able to do those longer runs without carrying food with them. 
    Finally, if you do skip out on Whole30 for your runs, just to keep the forum tidy and non-confusing, we would ask you not to post anything about your non-compliance here in the general threads. The mods will delete it............it's nothing personal, just forum housekeeping.  
  22. Karen L liked a post in a topic by ladyshanny in August 7th Start Date   
    I've been busy at work so not able to stop in today but I just read through this whole thread now. Man, you guys are a loving bunch! Around page 3 I figured we'd be breaking up a word-war but no, ya'll are adulty and compassionate and kind and it made me so happy to read!  
  23. ladyshanny liked a post in a topic by amandamay83 in August 7th Start Date   
    Not a problem, I totally understand and had planned to keep it to myself   (Well, after this, I guess. Sorry.)
    I'm definitely gonna check out Ultrarunnergirl, though, so thank you!
  24. ladyshanny liked a post in a topic by Brensuma in August 7th Start Date   
    I'm sorry. I seem to come across as harsh and I really don't mean to. I forget everyone isn't the "kick in the pants" type people and need encouragement more than correction. The fact that you were trying to plan ahead WAS a great idea. I also forget that everyone isn't like me (prefers being home to going shopping or parties. Doesn't travel. Etc) and isn't always home to fix meals. "Insecure about my abilities to plan and eat healthy".....sounds like something I would say! I'm one that has tried everything under the sun  (including a weight loss plan my sister and mom lost tons of weight on) and hasn't lost anything on them. So yes, W30 was another "I'll give it a try but it won't work" and also "I gave Atkins 2 weeks, I can give W30 their 30 days". YOU CAN DO THIS!
  25. ladyshanny liked a post in a topic by MarieC1978 in August 7th Start Date   
    @Yuliya Porter and @Brensuma 
    Things to remember...we are ALL always thinking "Good Job" because you have made the decision to make your life better!  So, if we don't type it any other time...GOOD JOB!  You have done a lot of work and you should be proud of yourself!  Preparing for the W30 is, I think, harder than doing W30!  First timers are always going to feel insecure because we are entering a world we are unfamiliar with.  It's scary and we get nervous we are going to screw up or fail.  So, know that we are very proud of your decision to do W30 and we want you to get the maximum out of YOUR hard work. 
    Take suggestions and absorb them as just that...suggestions.  You are you and I am me.  We are different and what works for you may not work for me.  Some of us are crafty and can sneak items into the park better than others.  Some can't.  I am often at baseball fields when my son plays where they don't allow coolers or food because they sell them.  I have to walk out to my car for my meals and drinks if I don't want to buy something.  IT IS A PAIN IN MY BOOTIE, but that is a choice I have to make.  Some people can eat a meal after they work out and some will pray to the porcelain God if they eat anything.  Do what is best for your body within the parameters of W30 and you will both be fine.
    Also, I often tell my kids to read posts with different inflections in the wording to ensure it can't be taken out of context (whether I wrote it or I received it).  I have very thick skin, so I don't get offended...ever...when I am reading someone's post or text.  Sometimes, someone will post something that seems to have tons of attitude, but in reality, it is simply pointing out their suggestions and making sure others get the most from their experience.  You cannot know what kind of attitude a person has when they are typing what they are saying.  And sometimes, a person will type something and not proof it to ensure their message is received with encouragement and love.
    I'm glad to see we are all growing together and bonding with each other.  I will apologize now because I know around Day 10 I am going to be a raging mess because I will want a Venti Quad Nonfat White Mocha in the WORST way.  I will probably swallow my foot whole at some point and I will have to beg for forgiveness.  This group ROCKS!