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  1. I am on my first round of Whole30, day 19 and feeling great! There's a birthday cake party at my office in a few days, and I am looking for strategies to cope. I could of course just not go, but this is a tiny office and my absence would be noticed, especially since we are celebrating the birthday of one of my employees. I don't usually snack between meals any more (thank you meat for breakfast!). The cake will be at 10 AM. Could I bring my own little whole30 compliant treat and eat that instead? I know the idea is to break up with treats for the most part, and I have done so. I don't want to backslide with one event, and I certainly don't want to trap myself in a tough situation (I have already sat out of work social events this month so I wouldn't be tempted). Should I bring a fruit salad with coconut cream snack or something desert-like for myself? Or is that really breaking with the whole point of this month? Ideas? Suggestions? Thanks!
  2. My 9 year old son is on day 25!! It hasn't been easy, but it hasn't been a nightmare either. I took the advice of many to allow swypo foods, which allowed him to have a treat or two each week, and a couple times I allowed some fries/chips cooked in compliant oils (eeek!). Other than that, he ate pretty much what the adults ate and did just fine. As we approach day 30, I looked at his schedule and realized that his theatre troupe's cast party would be happening on day 31 (nooo!!). I'm at a conundrum about what to do. I was hoping to reintroduce foods systematically, but I'm not sure what to allow him to eat at the party. There will be gluten-free items there, but will likely contain sugar & dairy. I considered ending his a few days early, to be able to reintroduce a food (either wheat or dairy), to get a good gauge of his body's reactions to it before the party. Even if I do that, I'm not sure I'd be able to easily avoid a combination of ingredients if I allow him to partake in party treats. How critical is it for a child to complete the full 30 days before reintroduction? Can I end a few days early and still get fairly accurate results? If I reintroduce one item early, can I then combine that item with another on the second reintroduction and be able to assess the new food group? We all know sugar is not good for us. How critical is it to single out a food group with the absence of sugar in order to get an accurate assessment of his reaction to it? i.e. If he has bread for his reintroduction of gluten grains, and they all contain sugar and dairy, then he has a negative reaction, would it be safe to say he has problems with gluten or would it be the combination of dairy & sugar as well? Any ideas on how to navigate party food on day 31 for a child?
  3. I enjoyed my first Whole30. I called myself trying to do the Slow Roll reintroduction, but I have found that I can find opportunities for "treats" and "rewards" almost everywhere. How do healthy eaters, and by healthy I mean both with food choices and healthy psyches too, create an atmosphere of healthful eating with room for occasional indulgence? What IS occasional? What IS an opportunity for reward? How often should I allow myself treats? I'm jumping back on plan for a few days to try and straighten up.
  4. I just finished week one, 100% compliant with the rules. I gotta say, I loved it! For context, you should know that I had kinda hit the bottom of the barrel on overeating and drinking after about a month of traveling this summer. My weight was up, my energy was down, I was having sinus issues, achey knees, bags under my eyes. I am a distance cyclist and was struggling to keep up my pace. So because I felt so terrible, I was ALL IN. Another thing that helped was that I love to cook. I bought both editions of Well Fed, and tried everything. YUM! So I made a point to stock up on organic fruits and vegetables, I bought about 80 pounds of grass fed meat from US Wellness, and got pantry items in stock so I was set up to succeed. My treats were Kombucha, decaf coffee after dinner with steamed full fat canned coconut milk, and coconut water instead of sports drinks on my bike rides. Here are the changes I am experiencing AFTER 7 DAYS: The aches are gone from my knees and I can breath more easily during heavy exertion on the bike Sinus issues are about 75% resolved Swollen belly is flat again Bags under my eyes are gone, redness is gone Mental exhaustion and brain fog gone I can stay awake after dinner! I am still having trouble sleeping. And I still lack my normal energy while cycling. I have faith that those will resolve soon. One of my favorite quotes so far was from one of the daily email: 99% commitment DOES NOT EQUAL 99% success. Special thanks to David Humphreys who helped straighten out the problem I had getting the emails. They are so helpful.
  5. I'm about to wrap up my first whole 30. During the program, I had a few Larabars on emergency basis while traveling. I've read that sugar is sugar is sugar, and I know that a goal in the program is to break food addictions. I feel I've done this and will continue to avoid sugar post whole 30. Still, on the RARE occasion that I want to eat a treat simply for the sake of taste (let's say once a month), I'm stuck on what would be best in the short and long term for my mental and physical health. Should I just go for what I really want (i.e. a few bites of Ben & Jerry's or a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup...OMG!), or stick with the healthiest versions of these treats (i.e. buy or make my own which contain all natural, organic ingredients with lower sugar content in the form of fruit juice and/or raw sugars)? If sugar is sugar, does it really matter? Thanks for any input!