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    Sept 18 start date reintro

    I am much more happy jettisoning BLE. I was doing too much, and it caught up with me. The past three days, I took off work and have literally slept most of the time. I'm going to start doing some things that I used to do, but got out of the habit. First, schedule a "me" day every week, where I don't schedule anything in particular, and I don't save up chores to do on that day. Only things I like. Cooking is something I like, so prep cooking is ok, but the shopping is not (since I hate it.) I go to Massage Envy once a month, that can be on a "me" day, I also enjoy going to the gym, so that's ok too. Work catch up, mail, billpaying (both mine and my mother's, I handle her finances too..) no. If I want to knit and watch movies all day, sleep, whatever, I am going to have a scheduled decompress day. I'm also making a more concerted effort to use the gratitude journal, which I had also put beside the bed and barely touched. I have the first book of the Well Fed series, and I pulled it out yesterday to look through. I realize now that, when I bought it, I only looked at the recipes. I started reading from the beginning, and I like her way of cooking ahead, Her way of doing a weekly pre-cook, and then assembling either a hot plate or a cold salad at mealtime, really rings my bell. It is the way I kind of cook anyway, but more organized, and I think sticking to that for a while is going to help me get back into a better daily routine without losing sight of my food issues. I like it well enough that I've ordered the other two books from amazon and they should be here tomorrow. I know I'm guilty of constantly jumping on a new bandwagon, but the more I stick to a better diet, and to taking care of my own needs, and avoiding toxic food and situations, the better I feel. I'm thankful for all of you, glad we are all still coming here. @dmrob2009 we were posting at the same time. I agree! I think counting and weighing is a way to learn portion control, but it is also counter to the idea of food freedom. More food prison, really. I think changing your viewpoint of food, from indulgence to nourishment, is the much healthier approach. Happy pre-Friday!
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    Sept 18 start date reintro

    So hard to get caught up here when you're not on regularly! I literally have two windows open so I can see what I previously read. First @Mike5858 your total weight loss I read awhile back - WOW great job! And to anyone else that make some big improvements that way as well. I am sorry though about your back... that can be discouraging when you're trying to get back at it. Sounds like walking still works for you. I'd just keep including what does so when you do feel up to going back to the gym it might not feel like starting from scratch. I took up swimming with a vengeance when I had a hip injury and couldn't really do much else. Feels good to use your body and is mentally beneficial as well! p.s. happy belated birthday and enjoy your trip this weekend! @dmrob2009 and @CorgiLover I'm sorry to hear that BLE was such a downer for you, but welcome back to W30. Sounds like you'll be able to incorporate the best of both together to get the improvements you wish for. I caught that avoiding grains in the am is a theory of BLE that is helpful? While gluten was not an issue that one day and I've since stayed away, I've still considered grabbing a piece of toast here and there with breakfast. @kirbz you should not feel bad about eating off plan. I loved those elements of food freedom forever, that if those things are your worth it moments then you can and should. It's all the other little moments in between that you have the power to make different choices. Sounds like weight coming off is still happening. Sorry about your energy levels though. I think calling it Tiger Blood only built up the expectation of something incredible. I really think it's more about the major dip in energy when W30 is introduced, to the rebound of your body getting used to processing it's fuel from something different. Keep on hiking! @SineadMon I think you found the secret to food freedom!
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    NEW!! Coconut Aminos and Chips

    NEW WHOLE30 RULES: CHIPS AND COCONUT AMINOS 27 March, 2017 From Whole30 headmistress Melissa Hartwig, who works really hard to make the program both effective and easy to follow It’s been a long time since I’ve issued any changes to the Whole30 rules; the last was in 2014, when we brought back the white potato. Making a rule change is a really big deal; it’s a huge communication effort to share the new information with millions of people worldwide and update all of our books and resources. But food manufacturers continue to create grain-free, dairy-free products that didn’t exist when I wrote the original Whole30 rules, and frankly, they’re making my job really hard here. After much research, discussion with my forum moderators, and consulting the Whole30 team, we concur it’s time to revise a few points, based on the current marketplace. Here are two new Whole30 rules, effective April 1, 2017 (or right now, since you’re reading it). If you want, just read the rules and apply, easy-peasy. If you want to hear the thought process behind the changes, however, I’ll describe in detail below. New Whole30 Rules No store-bought chips of any origin (potato, tortilla, plantain, coconut, kale…) Coconut aminos are an exception to the “no added sugar” rule (and continue to be permissible on the program) No more plantain chips on the #Whole30? Spread the word; two NEW Whole30 rules. CLICK TO TWEET No Store-Bought Chips When we brought white potatoes back in 2014, one sticky issue was, “How do we keep people from eating French fries and potato chips, as those are obviously not in the spirit of the Whole30?” The answer was easy; saying, “No potato chips, and no restaurant or fast-food fries.” Back in 2014, all you could find in the store were potato chips or “Sweets n Beets.” Kale or broccoli “chips” didn’t exist, tortilla chips were made only with corn, and plantain chips were just showing up on the scene, but not popular enough to be on our radar. Over the last few years, the variety of “healthy” chips in stores have exploded. You can now buy “nacho” flavored kale chips, cassava flour tortilla chips, and “roasted” plantain chips containing technically compliant Whole30 ingredients. This has caused great confusion in the community—kale chips must be okay because they’re kale, but what about plantain chips, or those potato chips fried in unrefined coconut oil? It was hard to keep up with; a fact I saw reflected in the #whole30 photos you’re posting on Instagram. In thinking about how to communicate my thoughts on the place of chips on the Whole30, I kept coming back to the central theme: Face-planting into a packaged bag of chips (of any nature) has no place in resetting your health, habits, and relationship with food. Especially plantain chips. You know you crack out on them, and news flash: THEY’RE NOT ACTUALLY HEALTHY. So, allow us to make it easy for you, and return to our Whole30 “real, whole, nutrient-dense” food roots: No store-bought chips. Period. Not even if they’re kale. Not even if they’re roasted. Not even if they’re cooked in coconut oil. Chips of any nature are counter to the Whole30 mission, they’re pushing more nutrient-dense food off your plate, and they’re all too easy to turn into food with no brakes. It’s only 30 days, and you can do better. Feel free to make your own real-food version at home; bake kale leaves, pan-fry plantain slices, or roast potato wedges. But please, no deep-frying. That should go without saying. Coconut Aminos Coconut aminos (a soy sauce substitute made from coconut) came on the Whole30 scene around 2013. The first company to release the product was Coconut Secret, and the ingredients read, “Organic coconut ‘sap’ aged and blended with sun-dried, mineral-rich sea salt.” Based on this ingredient list*, it appeared totally Whole30 compliant. We began using aminos in our recipes and cookbooks, creating Asian-inspired dishes with exciting flavors. Today, we have a variety of aminos; Big Tree Farms is a major market player, and Thrive Market has their own brand of aminos. Trouble is, their ingredients read slightly different: “Organic fair trade coconut blossom nectar, sea salt.” And it’s that one word, “nectar,” that’s causing trouble, because in Whole30 lingo, “nectar” = “sugar.” I got on the phone with Elizabeth from Big Tree Farms, so she could explain the way aminos are made. The nectar itself is harvested from the coconut flower blossoms (not the tree itself, as the word “sap” might indicate). From there, you can do a few things with the nectar: brew it down with sea salt and water (natural fermentation may be part of this process) and turn it into aminos; dry it and allow it to granulate, turning it into coconut sugar; or sell it as coconut syrup, a liquid sweetener substitute. So technically, all aminos are derived from a sugar source—but not all labels are clear about that. Which means that according to the current rules, some brands of aminos are out, while some are allowed, based solely on the way the companies chose to write the ingredients on the label. Furthermore, unlike the other two forms of coconut nectar, aminos are not a sugar substitute. Would you add it to your coffee or tea, or pour it over berries? (EW.) To avoid further confusion, we’re just going to write a new exclusion into the rules: “coconut aminos” are compliant for the program, even if the word “nectar” is on the label. *When you read the rest of the Coconut Secret label, the word “sap” is in quotation marks, and the bottle description does say it comes from “sap that exudes from the coconut blossom.” Consumers (myself included) assumed the product came from the tree (or the coconut itself), but it is sourced from the coconut blossom, just like the other brands. Next Steps First, these new rules officially go into effect on April 1, 2017. If you’ve been eating ingredient-compliant plantain chips or store-bought kale chips, you don’t have to start over; just stop eating them. (And if you’ve been using aminos of any brand, nothing actually changes.) Second, we’d appreciate you helping us share the rules by reposting our Instagram post, sharing our Facebook post, or Tweeting about it (below). Have you heard? TWO new #Whole30 rules re: chips and coconut aminos! Details here. CLICK TO TWEET Third, we’ve already updated the Can I Have blog post, the Whole30 Program Rules, and the accompanying PDF. We’re also in the process of cleaning up old forum entries with out-of-date info. However, patience, please, as that process could take a while. I’m also working the revisions into immediate reprints of The Whole30 and The Whole30 Cookbook. Finally, we’ll be working with our partners at Thrive Market and Barefoot Provisions to remove kale chips from their Whole30 kits. This could take a little while, logistically. On behalf of the Whole30 team, thank you for your continued support and your tolerance for these occasional changes. We are always evaluating the rules for their logic, foundation in science, effectiveness, and ease of use. Balancing all of those isn’t always easy, but we think these changes encompass the spirit and intention of the program, while making it even easier for you to follow the rules. Even if you’re mad about the plantain chips.