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  1. October 28th-I made a series of bad choices because of poor planning and ended up giving up for 5 straight days. I've already been noncompliant for my first meal today, but I'm restarting today. My pain levels are so clearly tied to what I eat, but it takes a few days for impact to kick in. Wouldn't it be so much easier if as soon as I ate something inflammatory, my pain shot through the roof? Almost like eating bad seafood and having a reaction within just a few hours? But it's not like that, it takes a few days. I know this. My desire to have pain controlled has to be stronger than m
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  2. So I didn't think I would post here because I'm not into sharing things online, but then I thought I might need a place to talk about this a little because in my world nobody is really interested in this Whole30 business. I'm Tamar, 31, mom of two adorable boys from Israel and I have been waiting for three years to be able to make this journey. I first came across the whole30 about 3 years ago and I don't remember where. Maybe there was an article about it on the kitchn or something. Anyway, I decided I wanted to give it a chance and I did. I bought the book and I even posted a bit i
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  3. I've got to come back. The bad habits I've developed since I was last here have got to stop. I love to eat mostly Whole30, most of my meals are compliant and include lots of vegetables, but between meals I totally lose it. With the cooler weather I started baking again. Oh how I love to bake, and eat, those sweets. Now I have painful inflammation in my feet and ankles, and milder inflammation in my knees and hips. It hurts to walk. Every step hurts until I get "warmed up." So just walking from the couch to the pan of squares on the kitchen counter hurts, but I do it anyways. I've lost
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  4. I've been eating Raisin Bran Crunch for breakfast most days. Why? It's easy. I need to find some "easy" breakfast things that don't require pulling out the skillet and cutting boards. Lunch today was solid - Aidell's sausage, spaghetti squash, Newman's Own pasta sauce and grapes. Anxiety has been kinda overwhelming today. Not overwhelming, exactly, but ever present. Anxiety has a tendency to drive my snacking. I did my first outdoor run in a really long time yesterday. I did 4 miles "wogging" (half walking, half jogging) and finished in just under an hour. That's not fast, bu
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  5. Congrats on the mayo! I'm have also used avocado oil as I normally have that on hand as well as EVOO. Mel's recipe is mind-blowing.
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  6. Just coming in to say Hello and your stew looks amazing. For mayo I use Mel Joulwan's recipe ( http://meljoulwan.com/2010/06/03/the-secret-to-homemade-mayo-patience/) and it has never called. I just make sure everything is at room temperature and don't even do the slow drizzle. However nowadays, compliant mayo can be purchased. I use Primal Kitchen brand but it may not be available on store shelves in Israel. Also available online but shipping would probably be prohibitive.
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  7. Peas and pea protein are now allowed so depending on the other ingredients, it could be compliant.
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  8. However, I've had great success with just whisking up some eggs with a little water and cooking very flat omelets in a pan which I've then filled with other ingredients and rolled up and that's compliant!
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  9. ErinM16

    Anal itching

    It might be the cashews- just found this: Let it be known that cashews, especially while eaten by the fistful from a giant family-size container, can cause a furious case of the itchy anus!
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  10. Wow, thanks so much for the advice! I will check it all out! I never heard of golden milk but it sounds great! I may actually give it a try. Do you have a good recipe? I did make a batch of egg muffins to have on hand and they turned out rather unappealing. They are still stashed in my freezer for when I need some extra protein. I did manage to fix some of the bad batch with an immersion blender but I haven't made more because I haven't needed it. I will definitely try again with the immersion blender even though I don't really understand why that's better than a regular b
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  11. tamar

    I'm out

    This was actually really insightful, thanks for sharing! I'm on day 16 and I ate generally well pre-W30 (though my diet was very different) and I would have thought that I would be feeling AMAZING by now. I'm feeling fine, but just fine. I know that it's too early to judge and I definitely plan on sticking out the 30 days and then doing the basic reintroduction to see if I can pick up on anything. But thanks for helping me understand a possible reason why I feel the way I do. Still looking out for that tiger blood
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  12. The ThinkThin ones (Now just Think!) are totally not compliant either...
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  13. Hi Tamar! I like to put half almond milk, half coconut milk into my coffee. Drinking black coffee gives me a stomach ache. Sometimes I put a little vanilla extract in, spices, even pumpkin puree. I like "golden milk" and it's good in coffee. I just make the golden milk without the sweetener. You can also make a really strong tea with things you like, such as mint, and then put that into your coffee. I really like the NutPods that LadyM mentioned, but I am not sure what it's like to get that outside of the USA, especially since you're already halfway through now. Also, as she mentioned,
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  14. I'm not sure what happened here then. Maybe they have some varieties that are Whole30, or maybe their recipes have changed and used to be Whole30, but peanuts are definitely not Whole30, and the ones I saw also had rice and corn, which are not allowed either. Definitely always read ingredients for everything, no matter where you've seen a particular brand recommended.
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  15. No, anything with peanuts is not allowed. Which book are these mentioned in (these are all the Whole30 books that are available: https://whole30.com/books/)? The varieties of this brand I looked at had other non-Whole30 ingredients as well, so I'm wondering if they changed, or if you unfortunately got a hold of a copycat book trying to cash in on Whole30's popularity, which unfortunately has happened before.
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  16. Update: Day 14 Shabbat #2 was much better than the first. I made an effort to make special yummy compliant food and it was so worth it. One highlight was a recipe for meat-stuffed eggplants that I happened upon in one of my non-Whole30 cookbooks (read: one of my cookbooks that isn't The Whole30) and it is always so exciting to discover a recipe that is just naturally compliant with no modifications required! I also relaxed a little regarding sweet tastes (staying well within the rules of course) for Shabbat only- I had been following @LadyM's advice on that but it was good to have a break
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  17. Day 69 Big day of meal prep. I slept soundly through the night for the first time in eons last night, and I feel like I have a different kind of energy today--thankfully so, because I have a lot to get done! Including moving furniture so the last of the painting can be finished--yahoo! Then my aunt and uncle come next weekend to help me install a new floor in my office/yoga room. It's all getting to feel quite wonderful here. Like home, as they say. I'm also reintroducing increased fats after my doctor-supervised thyroid protocol has come to completion, and my oh my is it wonderful t
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  18. I think you should definitely still do the Whole30 When you did it last time and didn't eat the bread, did you do reintroductions to determine how bread products affect you? If so, what was the outcome? I will confess I am not educated on Jewish law so please know I am not trying to be offensive here - do you have to actually swallow the bread? I recall a very old conversation on here about Catholics and communion and the whole30'er would remove the biscuit from their mouth after the ritual of having it placed by the priest. Is that an option? Whole30 is respectful of doctor's o
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  19. Funny story: dealing with major food boredom and being sick of leftovers, I combined my leftover chicken soup and Cholent for the most Jewish soup ever. I threw some spiced nuts I made for salad on top and it was great. Still struggling with cravings. Not giving in yet. And that apple juice is still in the fridge.
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  20. That sounds so fun! Any particular types?
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  21. I hope you enjoy your dinner whatever it turns out to be. Congrats on your outdoor run, and hope you can get those allergies under control. That will help your performance infinitely, I'm sure. As for breakfast, one of my faves is soup this time of year. Once it's made just put some on the stove and heat it up. Very nourishing and satisfying.
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  22. tamar

    smiths37 #3

    Sounds amazing! I may have just decided to make that for dinner tomorrow instead of what I was planning on!
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  23. Ok so I'm 5 days in (breaking my previous record!) and while it wasn't easy, it was not as bad as everyone makes it sound. I think it was like this on my first try as well. I am having lots of sweet cravings. I know I need to ignore them, but I am also not sure if I need to avoid any sweet fruit or juices to get over them. Still learning here. My husband bought me a bottle of apple juice because he thought that was the only treat I could have (this may sound a little 5 year old of me but I love apple juice! I only buy it as an occasional treat for myself) and I had to say thanks but no th
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  24. Day 62 I got my kitchen unpacked this morning!!! Very excited to cook the first of many delicious meals in my new house today. That is all.
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  25. Nigel

    Starting tomorrow 19/10

    Hi there, Thank you Kay & John for your support, much appreciated Sorry for the slow reply! I am now day 10 and really enjoying the whole30. I have found that by making a much bigger dinner I can reuse the vegetables in a nice frittata with eggs the next day. My wife Katie is not doing whole30 but she is being super supportive and helping with menu choices a week in advance. I started the whole30 for an immune system reboot due to persistent mouth ulcers and generally feeling tired and lethergic. No more mouth ulcers and feel like I am slowly getting my energy levels back!
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  26. tamar

    smiths37 #3

    I'm curious how you make it! Technically you need some serious machinery for that. But truth is if you have the right spices that's all that matters.
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  27. smiths37

    smiths37 #3

    I know exactly how you feel about imperfect foods! haha The shawarma is really good! And the garlicky sauces totally makes it! Although I can’t say that I’ve ever had it in a restaurant, I’ve only ever made it at home. So I could be so wrong!
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  28. Thanks! Yeah, that's what I'm trying to do. Cook like I did before, just more meat and less other stuff. Though some of the recipes I've found look soooo good I hope I remember to update once in awhile! Good luck to us all!
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  29. LadyM

    smiths37 #3

    Your food looks and sounds amazing! I love/hate Imperfect Foods so much. Such a bummer when it turns out you don't get what you ordered but you still have to figure out a way to procure it!! Oh well. First world probs. How's the chicken shawarma recipe? Not frequenting my favorite Lebanese restaurant is kind of the only hardship I'm having with my Whole30. I'd love to have some decent shawarma!
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  30. LadyM

    Take Advantage

    So very true. Love that you have your eye on this prize, for it truly is a prize, isn't it? I swear the longer I'm off sugar the less appetizing it is--and I can hardly remember the struggle, which is so. very. real. Not feeling addicted to sugar is probably my favorite thing about W30 and the thing that makes me most cautious about reintroductions. I was walking through a store yesterday and felt repulsed by all the bags of Halloween candy. Such a nsv to see that stuff as waxy nonfood poison this time of year. Really holding the intention to be mindful about sugar throughout the holidays this
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  31. Hey Folks, 9 weeks ago I got out of the hospital. I was trying to get over a drug reaction I was having & getting over cellulitis in my right lower leg. I had a blood sugar level of 230 and at 6,6 weight of 370 pounds. I've done the whole 30 & now 60 and Life is amazing in just 13 weeks & checking in with my Doctor, today my weight was 335 but my numbers were amazing. My Blood Pressure which had been sort of high 150/86 was now 112/62 and Blood sugar 75...I don't think it's been that low in half my life ago ( I'm 52 ) I'm not done yet...I'm going on with this and see wher
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  32. MadyVanilla

    Take Advantage

    I need to do this next-my first step toward normalcy was to turn off my email notifications on my phone at the end of the workday. I'm moving toward ending at my normal time, just not there yet. And also working toward the mandatory lunch break, which is more likely to happen when I write a daily schedule. Thank you so much for the encouragement!! You are exactly right, we used to take lots of mini-breaks all day long, now it feels like I must be working every minute. That's good food for thought. Plus, I also hate having to talk on the phone!
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  33. Why can I never finish anything? I can't even remember what happened, actually I do, we sold our family home - and the predictable happened. So ANOTHER NEW START! Today, here in Ireland, we start a six week lockdown - so what better time to begin again. I have the time to cook and I am not going anywhere. Breakfast: eggs, spinach, tomatoes baked with olive oil Lunch: Salmon, brussels sprouts, apple Dinner: Chicken curry, steamed potatoes, pear. Exercise: 45 mins brisk walk. Hope everyone else is well
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  34. Jennifer Jensen

    Like an Onion

    Love this! Thanks for posting. And love the song as well. Trying to stay encouraged and focused. Words and music help me focus and keep going. #1stWhole30
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  35. Right!! All the advertizing screams at us to eat keto, low fat, low carb, sugar free, count macros, exercise, etc etc to "be healthy." And WW is certainly no different - "eat everything you want AS LONG AS you stay within your points," which effectively equates to "restriction." Coming back to W30 where the message is "Eat!" definitely takes some adjustment. One of my friends I'm coaching said, "Are you sure I'm not going to gain a bunch of weight?" Nope! But that is surely another indication of the restriction mindset that is so prevalent. Speaking of sauces ... earlier this week (or la
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  36. Hello Maria! I have struggled with depression in the past (I was on six different meds at the same time about five years ago) and I commend you for starting this program! I went to a functional medicine doctor to help me get control of my eating/depression and it helped so much! I do not take any medication right now and have found ways to deal with my depression triggers. Some ways are spiritual (I am a Christian) and some are dietary. I'm starting Whole30 to get back in the driver's seat with my diet. I've gained about 20 pounds just in the last six months and I can't let this get out
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  37. I am not experiencing the same side effects as the calendar specifies. I don't drink soda and rarely have alcohol. My problem is massive carb and chocolate/sugar overloads. I am on day 6 and feeling light headed and a bit nauseous today. I'm not sure what it means if I don't experience the same symptoms as specified. I am still exercising, but dont have the same energy and strength as before. I am easily tired while working out now. I would have thought that would get better with healthier food. Any thoughts?
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