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    This will be my second reset, did my first 6 months ago and felt amazing afterwards! I kept the weight off (lost 20 lbs!) and was eating pretty well for a good 3 months post whole30...then a weekend trip to Boston totally threw me off and the scale has been trickling higher and higher and I’ve been feeling crummier and crummier ever since. Not to mention the holiday goodies that have been super tempting. Need a reset to get myself back on track. Cant wait to feel good again. Anyone else starting Jan 2???
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    Kaso

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hello! I’m Kasey. This is my third Whole30. Fingers crossed my husband commits to this challenge as well. We both enjoy it. I’m back in artificial and regular sugar (thanks, Holidays) so we both want to get back to clean eating. I’m 37. School teacher. Loves to run, crochet, and read. Love the support of a community committed to the challenge.
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    Stephanie Mc

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie and I'm starting Whole30 tomorrow, 1/1, with my twin sister! She completed a Whole30 a few years back, but this will be my first time and I'm terrified (and excited..more terrified though)! I have a huge obsession with bread and then cutting out social drinks with friends on the weekend will be my main obstacles. I think if I keep meal prepping, keep a positive mindset, and lock myself in my apartment this first go round, I'll be ok! LOL I'll be turning to this Whole30 community for a pick me up and guidance, that's for sure! I look forward to being on this journey with all of you like-minded individuals! WE CAN DO THIS!!
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    kalenut

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hi everyone! My name is Willa and I plan on starting Whole30 tomorrow, January 1st! This will be my second full whole30 (last one completed in may 2018), with several attempted but failed ones before! I just graduated university and have recently started working as a nurse, causing disruption in what was once healthy eating habits. With my new schedule of 12 hour day/night shifts, I have been having a really hard time finding my rhythm and keeping my motivation to eat health/exercise. I use to go to the gym 5-6 x per week but have only been going consistently 2-3x per week since starting my new job. Each day I find myself bingeing and using the "I'll start tomorrow, what is one more cookie in the grand scheme of things, etc" excuse. I'm really hoping this whole 30 will kickstart my motivation and allow me to get back a healthier relationship with food and my body. I definitely notice feeling happier and more confident when the foods I put in my body and healthy and nourishing. Im also looking forward to leaving that sugar induced fatigue behind me and improving my overall energy levels! I have gone a little wild on the treats this holiday season.... I am looking forward to keeping in touch with you all over the next month and finding support/recipe motivation when the days start getting tough!
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    StephanieMW

    Starting Jan 7th!

    This is when I plan to start as well! Waiting on a few ingredients that I ordered to come in first Best of luck to you.
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    GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    After my first Whole30 I just completely stopped eating the snacks at work. I used to be very tempted and would cut up a donut into 4 pieces pretending I'd only eat a quarter of it and finish the whole thing. Just tell yourself you are not going to eat the snacks at work and the more times you do that, the more automatic it becomes. (It becomes your new habit). Don't substitute them with different snacks. As far as outings, you should definitely suggest restaurants that have compliant options. California, Mediterranean and Steakhouse restaurants are the easiest restaurants to order from for me. Stick to steak, chicken, lamb or fish with no sauce, steamed veggies, baked potatoes and green salads with olive oil & lemon on the side. Don't make a big deal about your new eating style, be polite when you ask questions and be confident when you order. Most likely nobody at the table will even notice what you are eating. Good luck!
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    berry straw

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I’ll join! I’m Alison. I did my first Whole30 in March 2017 after being diagnosed with Hashimotos. I then moved on to a full-blown AIP diet which I have mostly followed since. I’ve let some foods that aren’t great for me slip back in in the last 6 months and am eager for a reset. I don’t need to plan much, because I generally eat this way, I just need to make a concerted effort to not grab nuts, sweets and “gluten-free” baked goods as easy go-tos. I’m married and homeschool my 3 kids. No one follows the Whole 30, though I coerced my husband and oldest son to do one a little over a year ago. My oldest son stays gluten, dairy and soy free at home, and my daughter is also gluten free. I often eat differently than my family though... I just make up big batches of food for me and then mix and match at each meal. My goals will be to follow the program, and up my walking mileage. I expect to lose a few pounds, not feel gross because of dietary indiscretions, and be ready for a clean slate to reintroduce some foods I need a clear answer on (namely eggs and rice). My Whole30 will be nightshade, egg (except a little homemade mayo), and nut free. I eat meat & fish, a little fruit, nightshade free veggies (limiting cruciferous to 2 svg per day), and my primary fats are avocado and olives. I do best when I have at least 2 svg of starchy carbs per day (usually breakfast and lunch) because of my thyroid. I’ve told my doctor, a few friends and my family that I will be doing this reset. I’m looking forward to the accountability and support of this group!
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    siggaingadottir

    Starting Jan 7th!

    Great to hear @BelfastBeginner! Those books are such great tools I definitely recommend making a meal plan for all of your meals in the first week; breakfast, lunch and dinner. It makes shopping SO much easier and removes the "unknown" for the first week Happy New Year to you too! Good luck!
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    NYCBlond

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hi Jihanna! I'm Gia. I really appreciate so much of what you're saying here (I, too, am my own biggest challenge) and am very impressed with your meal plans for a household of 7! Impressive! I'd love to be on a Group Text for accountability. Anyone else?
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    NYCBlond

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hi there! These are the same kind of issues for me, too. I'm usually pretty healthy but this past year I got lazier with my exercise, ate wayyyyy more sweets and treats, and basically got out of touch with my body. I'd love to develop better habits and a better relationship to food!
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    ChristyJ

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Going out to eat is a challenge for me as well. We usually go out once a week, but I'll avoid that during the Whole30 mainly because it's just easier to avoid temptation.
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    Aamberwaves

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hi, I'm Sara and I'm starting 1/2 with my sister who has done it twice before. I'm 42, married, work fulltime and have a 15 yo daughter and 11 yo son. My coworkers are supportive and eat healthy nut my cravings and lack of self control have gotten crazy lately. My husband is supportive but doesn't want to go to this extreme. Looking forward to connecting with you!
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    CrazyCow

    Starting 1/2/2019

    Good luck @charvey...W30 is a great step back into the nutrition and activity ring. I'm a former yoga geek that's just getting back to the studio, and I'm married to a former cross-fit coach and can hand on heart say the two, even if you're not in the box right now, go hand in hand--even with injuries. You learn to listen to your body in very new ways when you're Whole30, and that translates well to activity, too. I too, have got a lot of ground to gain back after what seems pretty much like a year of no activity and poor food choices (I don't even have the excuse of a toddler in the house!), so I'll be sure to check beck in and give you some good old cross-fit shouts of encouragement as we go through the next 30 days. We've got this!
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    ChristyJ

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Our pup is a seven-year-old rescue mutt. She's a mix of boxer/pointer/boston terrier-super smart and sweet. Tiger blood is real! It takes time to get there, and you have to be kind to yourself along the way because there will be some days where you feel crappy from taking sugar out of your typical diet. But it's soooo worth it! I've totally fallen off the wagon of healthy eating to the point where my joints ache again, and I can't wait to get sugar out of my system.
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    Faithinme

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hi my name is Jasmine. I am 33 and plan on starting 1/1 also. My eating is way out of control I mainly eat out and constantly snacking on junk. I've tried other diets but just felt lost and overwhelmed. I'm looking forward to doing this for me!
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    Hi everyone! This is will be my first time starting Whole30 on January 2nd. I cannot wait to start this new lifestyle change, for so many reasons but especially for my health. My daughter has done the Whole30 three times and has had success each time. Vanessa
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    My daughters, sister and I plan to start January 2 2019 as well. We are totally new to this and are nervous and excited!
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    Thank you, Justin! What a big help your site is.
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    ladyshanny

    January start!

    Hi Betsy, when you do cook, cook in bulk. An entire tray of chicken thighs, a dozen boiled eggs, huge sheet pan of roasted veggies. Then you can "grab and go" and still feel great! Lots of people also do huge egg-bakes for the morning - I used to cook one every sunday and we'd eat it for breakfast for a week. Doesn't take more than 20 minutes or so to prep and then you bake and you're all set!
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    I don't know about "creamy" soups but I do tend to make a very thick and hearty chicken (or turkey) veggie "stewp". My trick is to use the red potatoes as they have a bit higher of a starch content so they "thicken" the soup a bit without adding any special thickener. I also only add enough broth to cover the pot contents and then let it cook down. Topped w/ avocado or even an egg and it makes a very comforting, hearty meal. My standard chicken stewp recipe has an entire tray of chicken thighs, browned first, a whole sweet onion diced, several red potatoes diced, a few carrots diced, a couple cans of mushrooms, a drained can of diced tomatoes and a can of tomato paste plus all the good chicken seasonings. I use whatever greenery I have around at the time - often green beans. The trick is not over-brothing it. I also love this Cream of Tomato soup from Nom Nom Paleo but I don't make it anymore because tomatoes give my husband heartburn. https://nomnompaleo.com/post/2825821540/quick-cream-of-tomato-soup
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    JennyTi

    January start!

    Hi. I'm new!!! I've struggled with my weight forever. I'm looking for freedom. I think this is the one thing I e never tried. I'm praying it is exactly what I need. I'm also new to social media, so I hope I can find this again... I just clicked notify me of replies so maybe there is hope. Lol.
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    steve52

    Wow!! Worked for me.

    52 year old whte male/5' 10". Starting at 209lbs, I am down 25lbs so far to date, with my target goal weight of <179 by 6/16/18. My first round started 1/2/18. By the end of the first round on 2/2/18 in time for the Superbowl, I had lost 15lbs. From 2/2 to 4/16, I continued to eat 90% healthy, but deviated with some alcohol, dairy, and grains. I had gained just a couple pounds, and was feeling a bit sluggish so I decided to go full force, and started again on 4/16/18 and just completed my second round of Whole 30 today (5/18/18), down another 12lbs. At this point, I have become used to not eating certain foods, and getting creative with finding alternative salad dressings, oils, sweet stuff (dates are the best) and meal planning. I actually eat more now (all healthy) throughout the day and stay full longer. Plus trying different foods and preparing in different ways has helped. Not to mention wifey is a little happier I am making dinner a couple nights during the week and also going to the market. For me, the weight really started falling off after the 1st week(s) I started the plan(s). My wife started in April also, but lost only a pound and was discouraged. However, she started cross fit training, so what I think was happening, and I could tell visually, his her weight shifted from muffin top to a much toner upper body; muscle occupies 4x less space than fat. And she did not really need to lose poundage like I did. As for me, I would exercise a little here, a little there, where ever and when ever I could, never putting emphasis on duration or reps; 10 push ups here, a few crunches, a short walk, a couple of floors up/down stairs, and I kept a barbell at my desk. Little by little I would increase it, but no pressure on myself, and just kept mental note as to my increases. I saw the shift in weight, lost a lot of the puffiness in my face and neck, and I just feel better overall. Now, since I have some time behind me with the exercising, I am starting to keep track and set little goals. For example, I try to complete 80 pushups, 40 air squats, 20 crunches, and 30 arm curls in a day. So I do it whenever I have the time. Also what I have noticed is I go to sleep quicker, and pop up out of bed even after only 6.5hrs of sleep; I just can't lay there, I have to get up. I am not sluggish anymore, my mind is firing better, and everything is "regular." My 10 and 12yr old boys are amazed. I haven't ran for 10 years, so this week I did a 1 mile walk/run (more walking). In time, I will increase the distance and maybe keep time. My high school weight was 165, and although that is not my target weight, it seems with this plan that my body is trying to fix and rectify the food and drink abuse I have put it through over the last 35 years. I will continue to eat this way, with the occasional indulgence here and there for special occasions. I just feel better overall; less stressed, more calm, less pain in my joints, and more willing try different things that I would not have before. In 9 months, I will be 53. I can be 53 on my way to getting healthier, or I can be 53 and live my life as I did before. Either way, I am going to be 53. Lastly, Iwent for the trifecta of going on Whole30, no drinkking, and even quit smoking after 37 years (started at 15). But the way I am eating, despite the amount, I am still losing weight. Whole30 takes some work in planning your meals, snacks, especially if you have kids you also cook for. Make sure you always have snack food around in case that will satisfy your hunger as that is when you are at your weakest. Bonus, you are going to save a lot of money on eating out.
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    RDSAM

    No Tiger Blood, But Still a Success

    i just finished my first Whole 30, and I thought I'd share my experience. If you've already drunk the Kool-Aid, then you can probably skip right over this story, but if you're generally skeptical of fad diets, miracle cures, and the like, then read on for an entirely credible story about an experience I can wholeheartedly recommend. First, the back story. In short, my wife wanted to try the Whole 30, but we've learned from experience that when only one of us embarks on something like this, we rarely succeed. We need to both be committed for it to work. So I said, "sure." After all, the guidelines that I read looked like they were at least based on logic and I was unlikely to do any damage to myself by following them for 30 days. The week before we started, I read a lot more about prep. This was really important, as having the right stuff in the pantry and fridge is key to being able to pull this off. I also read the Whole 30 Timeline. Wow! Horrible headaches, apathy, lethargy, followed by rage, maybe some doubts, and then finally Tiger Blood! I wasn't really sure what Tiger Blood felt like, but it looked like I was in for quite a journey. My timeline was quite different: Day 1: This is totally easy, and that pork belly, roasted potatoes, and fried eggs I had for breakfast was amazing! Days 2-3: Hmm. Still pretty easy. No lethargy, no headaches. I think I feel pretty decent. Days 7-10: Ok, where's my rage and Tiger Blood? I was promised Tiger Blood, wasn't I? I just feel "pretty good." Oh actually, I guess I haven't had heartburn since I started. Wow, I hadn't even really thought of that till now. So yeah, that's great. And come to think of it, I don't feel like I get super hungry any more. Or rather, I don't get SUDDENLY STARVING like I used to. I just slowly start to get hungry and then I eat. And then I feel fine until I slowly start to get hungry again a couple hours later. Huh...not bad. Days 10 - 20: Same old, same old. I have eaten a crap-ton of eggs, though. But I still feel pretty good. And wow, we have built up some amazing habits around cooking and healthy snacks. In fact, that's something I really want to keep up. I was never good at meal planning before, but now I feel like a pro and we always have good healthy options to eat. We also sit down to eat together as a family way more. Ok, so that's a pretty awesome side effect. People have also told me I look thinner...I see it too. Alright, Whole 30, I'm digging this. Except when I see people eating something delicious like doughnuts. Mmmm...they do look tasty. But I don't need them, and I don't feel horribly deprived when I see and smell them. Days 20-30: Still feeling good. For the past 20 days, I've been wondering what I'll eat on day 31. Pizza? Cake? Ice cream? Beer? All of the above times three? Suddenly I realize I'm not really all that excited about day 31. Sure it'll be nice to be able to have a cookie or something if I really want one. And THANK GOD I won't have to stress, wondering if those cashews were roasted with rice bran oil. But I realize I don't really want to eat crap unless there's a good reason for it. In fact, on normal days, I think I'll keep most of the habits I've built up during the Whole 30. And I'll splurge a bit when we go out to dinner with friends, or when we're celebrating a special occasion. Day 31: I pretty much stayed on plan today. In fact, I might have still been compliant. But I did eat that delicious salad at work with the grilled steak and chimichurri dressing. Could the steak have been grilled with a non-compliant oil? Maybe. Did the dressing have any added sugar? Maybe. But who the hell cares? Maybe I'll even have a cookie tomorrow. So as you can see, my Whole30 did not cure cancer, give me a tan, or bestow upon me any other miracles. What it did was get rid of my heartburn, make me feel pretty good, and helped me lose 12 lbs (I started at 180 and finished at 168...and I'm 5'11''). Perhaps even better, though, is that it seems to have changed my food habits in terms of what I want, how often and severely I get hungry, and how I prep and eat food. In my mind, those alone would justify giving Whole30 a shot. Oh, and one final note. I should mention that I did not cheat at all on the Whole30. I stayed 100% compliant for the entire 30 days. No cheats, no exceptions. For me, this was important as once I deviate from something, I'm MUCH more likely to keep making small deviations. Good luck if you wind up giving it a try! Rob
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    I've been making a double batch of Melissa Joulwan's oven-fried salmon cakes every weekend and having them for lunches all week long. They're fantastic on top of a big green salad with homemade ranch on top!
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    Hi all! Before you create a new can I have, take a peek at this list we've compiled of the most common "Can I Have" questions! http://whole30.com/2013/06/the-official-can-i-have-guide-to-the-whole30/