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    I won, I won!! Well, I don't really know what I won or what it means but being a winner always puts a smile on my face You folks are looking at a WINNER!!
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    Aliem999

    Ji's Journey (W30 #1 - Jan 2019)

    Me too! I gave up consistent coffee about 2 years ago. Not for the Whole30. I had other reasons at the time. I was drinking about 4-6 cups a day. It was my "happy juice." I never felt buzzed or even energized after drinking coffee. I would just be "normal." I could literally drink a huge cup (think like 24 oz) of coffee and then go to bed. I did drink them black, so I did not think it was such a big deal. Boy was I wrong. I had only given up coffee once before and both time weeks of headaches and nausea ensued. Cut to months later. I had a coffee while out to eat at breakfast and wow. I felt the caffeine with just one cup of coffee. I do miss the taste. I love coffee. To this day I try not to drink coffee more than 2 days in a row (even decaf), because if I do, I am "hooked" again. No it won't be weeks of headaches. Maybe just one or two days. It is crazy how we can be addicted to something and not even notice it or be addicted to something and it is just socially acceptable (kinda like sugar.) Good luck skipping coffee! Hopefully your symptoms will not be too bad!
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    HawkeyeE

    Who's starting 1/1?

    YAY WE MADE IT. CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE. WE ARE AMAZING. Day 31 is here, and while I thought on Day 1 I would be dying to get wine in my system, I am actually starting reintroduction with legumes, instead. Not missing the wine, and honestly not missing the legumes, either. Really the only thing I am looking forward to reintroducing is dairy, because if it turns out to be an okay food for me, that frees up busy event days for me if I can have yogurt for breakfast; like, truly makes my life 100% easier on those specific days. However, I have a fear it is going to cause some issues, so I am working up to it based on the suggested reintro schedule in the book. I lost about 12 lbs. which was not the purpose so that is a bonus. And I have a lot of NSVs which surprised me, because I was not expecting any. Let's all list our favorite NSVs today so we can celebrate together! Mine are: Flatter stomach, rings fitting better, less bloated, less joint swelling. Less gas. No longer use food as a reward, learned how to read a label, can identify cravings vs. hunger. Sleeping more, less night sweats. No more mid-day energy slump. Hope to keep seeing people share during reintroduction to see just how differently food effects each person. I can already tell legumes make me cranky (based on my reactions to things at work), though no physical affects yet... - E
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    kirbz

    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    Food Freedom: Wednesday, January 30 Today was not how I would have liked to eat. I felt "snacky" some time after breakfast but didn't feel like making anything. So I had some peanut butter. Except I ended up probably eating like a half a cup of it. That was not what I would have liked to do. It was not a very conscientious decision. I just didn't want to have to prepare a meal so I figured I should eat a decent amount of it. But then I really, really loved it so I kept eating it. It didn't even feel good to eat that much. But I did it anyway. And then I didn't want to prepare dinner either. And I wanted Thai food. So I ordered takeout from a local restaurant and had Thai food for dinner. I feel good about this decision, despite that I had made it a goal to go back to 100% Whole30 eating for a little while. And it has definitely not been a little while. Food choices are so odd. We have so many emotions and judgements built into the choices we make about what we eat. I don't want that. I just want to be able to embrace the choices I make. I don't embrace the peanut butter decision because that was just laziness and a stupid choice. I can feel good about my Thai decision because it was also laziness but at least a smart choice. Not sure where I'm going with this. Just documenting that I'm still struggling. And that it's hard to maintain a version of food freedom that I like and can feel good about. And that I still struggle to control how much I eat when it comes to off-plan foods.
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    jbittinger

    Jen's Whole30 Log

    Will do! I had a lot of food aversions in the beginning but not so much too. Problem is I'm eating chicken, eggs, etc, PLUS tons of junk food because it always seems to be around haha. (I work in an office so there's lots of sitting and treats coming in almost daily ) But I'm determined!
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    pearlgirl2017

    1st timer, starting Jan 7th!

    Day 25. Anyone else still with me?
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    You're so close to 30 days! After that you can decide to keep going or reintroduce when you're ready For breakfast, I really like adding in a chicken apple sausage. It's delicious and filling!
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    zesty_ruffles

    Megan's First Whole30!

    Excited to follow your re-intro plan
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    SO (she says, with the excitement of someone who just discovered something new), I have never ever been a mayo person, but I made some. I don't even know why. BUT - so far I've made it into coleslaw dressing, ranch dressing, I added hot sauce to it and made it a yummy spicy topping for a baked potato, I used to to spread over some fish to stick an almond and lemon zest topping to it before baking (worked a treat! The mayo cooked and kept the topping sticking right to it!) I figure it's egg and oil, right? So it's perfect for spreading thinly on uncooked meat to get compliant 'breading' to stick, or a crust, I also mixed it with mashed potato and sweet potato and it made creamy mash.
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    @Lorna from Canada that's so interesting! Seems like mine are cooling off a bit, but it just makes a lot of sense with the hormones shifting during my whole30 and my body reacting to the shift like that. I've always been a sensitive one when it comes to making dietary changes. I have friends who suffer from them and I also have a lot of empathy for them, too. It's miserable to just have your body light up with heat like that. Thanks for sharing
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    Jihanna

    Ji's Journey (W30 #1 - Jan 2019)

    NSV acknowledgements GREATER MOOD STABILITY! This is pretty amazing. I haven't dropped into depression at all this month, even at times when things happened (death of a family friend, etc.) that might have triggered a spiral in the past. The only time I worried about mania was that first day of tiger blood, when it honestly felt like I was soaring but without 'bad' factors I've come to recognize as roadsigns marking the way toward madness. That day was still a little scary for me, but since then any tiger blood has been drastically mellowed out in a way that I see it for what it is instead of fearing it for what it resembles. Either way, this month has been awesome in terms of mood. MUCH BETTER SLEEP! I get to sleep faster, I sleep more soundly, and I wake up more refreshed. Granted, I'm still drinking coffee every morning... but it's without sugar or cream, and I don't intend to put either back in since I've learned that they're just not needed. I ENJOY FOOD MORE! Okay, this one totally took me by surprise because I already loved food. And maybe it's more accurate to say that I've got a new-found love for truly GOOD food, enough so that this experience is going to be a turning point for me. I don't want to go back to all the stuff I'd been eating before this, despite the things I chose to include in my extended reintroduction. I DON'T MISS BEANS! This one also took me totally by surprise. A month ago, one of my favorite lunches was a bowl of chickpeas (like, a whole can) tossed with lemon juice and spices. I'd sometimes throw them on top of an enormous salad instead, but I really could happily eat them by themselves. I also included at least one meal with beans every week, sometimes 2 or 3. Now? I don't even miss beans in dishes where I used to think they should be - like chili. I LOVE TO COOK! Full disclosure, I already knew that I liked cooking. The difference here is that I liked putting a bunch of stuff in a crock pot and calling it done, or doing a meal but knowing I could get from start to finish (prep and all) in an hour and a half or less. Now I love to cook, and I'm often in the kitchen well ahead of the time we're planning to eat, just to make sure things are ready to go on time... but I don't mind it, because I'm enjoying it all, and I feel great when my family likes what I've made. LOOSE PANTS! It's not every day, so there's definitely some bloating or other inflammation happening at times, but that's something I'll have to figure my way through over the next few months. The important part is that I have at least one pair of pants that have definitely gotten a little looser. Some days, I need a belt just to prevent them from falling off, so I'll take it as the victory it is regardless of what the scale says tomorrow morning. I FEEL MORE MOTIVATED! Now that I'm actually feeling better overall, it's helping me feel more motivated to get up and do things that need to get done. It's a slow process, but I'm working on it. I've always been one of those people who procrastinates, so I have to work doubly hard to force myself to do things, but it's a little easier now than it was a month ago. I also feel more motivated to actually do things I know I need to do, like finally get a real exercise routine started (even just stretching or walking in the mornings, anything to get me moving more). MINTS DO NOT OWN ME! My mouth gets dry easily, and drinking every time forces far more restroom trips than I'd care to count, so peppermints (or sometimes other hard candies) were a constant presence on my desk. I'd go through way too many, meaning I was getting sugar in a constant stream while drinking soda or sweet tea. It's truly scary to think of how much sugar was going in, even just from mints. That's changed, and I don't plan to go back to the old way. The new way is that I keep a cup of ice on my desk, then use ice to combat dry-mouth. FRIENDS! I've gained some truly amazing friends through this process. I honestly think there were times when I would've given up if I'd been in this alone, so I can't thank them enough for being there for accountability as well as support and rejoicing. I'll leave this at that for now, but wanted to make sure I logged some of the things that have come to mind so far that definitely won't be showing up on the scale in the morning.
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    Aliem999

    Legoland in California

    I have not been to Legoland, but I do live in southern California and have been to most of the parks here. All of them do a bag check, but I doubt they will confiscate a few snacks. Maybe stick it with your friend's stuff. Who is going to really confiscate some baggies of veggies and beef sticks from a mom with four kids? Also, will you guys have a car? Maybe you can sneak off for lunch. There are tons of places in that area that will be able to make you complaint food. Definitely make a grocery store stop on your way to the hotel or pack some complaint food in your suitcase.
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    Aliem999

    Jen's Whole30 Log

    Good luck! I can't imagine doing a Whole30 while pregnant. Plus for about half my pregnancy the only thing I could stomach was bread and the thought of chicken and eggs (yogurt too, but that's not whole30) made me want to vomit. I could barely eat chicken at 6 months pregnant and even then it had to be piping hot. Cold chicken to me had the taste and consistency of raw chicken. I shudder just thinking about it now! Keep us updated! I am curious how it goes!
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    Aliem999

    Megan's First Whole30!

    Congrats! Way to stick with it!
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    Lorna from Canada

    Legoland in California

    Okay @slc_melissa now I'm doing one of these at the idea of a Legoland pat down - here I was thinking maybe they checked bags! Do they really do a pat down? I haven't a clue! I, too, would have discretely hidden nuts or a Larabar tucked into the recesses of my handbag. I had a similar first time eating out thing this past week. After so muh time on the W30, I am finding that eating a compliant meal equivalent just before I went meant I wasn't really hungry during lunch. I find I can go a long time before I really feel hungry - something that never has happened to me before. Satiety/satiation is a really interesting combo. Good luck @xFeistyWolfx - let us know how you made out and what you did!
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    GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Yay Day 30!! Congratulations to everyone here!!! I am feeling great and happy to have almost completed the 30 day challenge again. I am planning on reintroducing only a few things: legumes, rice, soy and wine. I am currently reading a book called "The Longevity Plan: Seven Life-Transforming Lessons from Ancient China". I love this book and highly recommend it!! It is written by a cardiologist named Dr. John Day who travels to Bapan village in rural China where people regularly live healthy lives into their 100's. There are many similarities between the Whole30 recommendations and the recommendations Dr. Day gives based on the habits of the centenarians living in Bapan village. The centenarians eat three meals a day consisting of a combination of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, fermented rice, fermented soy & protein (fish, chicken & pork). They walk everywhere and work in fields growing their own vegetables and fruit. They all drink water & tea and some occasionally drink rice wine. They eat no added sugar, no processed food, and no dairy. The only real difference is the rice, legumes, soy and wine, hence why I am planning to reintroduce them to see how they affect me. I am saying goodbye to sugar, wheat & all processed foods. From my last two Whole30s, I know that sugar makes me break out, wheat gives me eczema and processed foods give me a stomach ache. Too much wine gives me a headache but a little wine on occasion is fun. One of the centenarians recommended, "Only put food in your body that will nourish you." That is my reintroduction plan. I wish you all the best in your reintroduction phase!
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    slc_melissa

    Legoland in California

    Eat something large and filling beforehand, be ready with something after, wherever that is. (Something in the car, hotel room, etc.) Plain salads with no croutons are sometimes a restaurants best bet, proteins can be tough. If they're willing to cook something in plain oil, salt, and pepper, or if they can add hard boiled eggs, those can be options. Depending on how, ahem, detailed their search is upon entering, you could creatively stash food on your person while entering that would be difficult to find or feel during a pat down. Meat sticks, pouches of tuna, etc.
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    JudiPurple

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Yes, this past week crawled by...BUT - we did it!!! Last day of whole30, and we made it! I've been talking up the advantages and results of W30 to people who show interest - for instance, to a couple who are just starting their W30 month on Friday. I happened to meet them at the natural food store in town, got talking about W30 and explained my and my husband's experiences. It is a great way to learn how our bodies respond to various foods.
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    Amen @megbeveridge and CONGRATULATIONS! It's a pretty big achievement to complete this! WOO HOO - couple more days for me...
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    megbeveridge

    Megan's First Whole30!

    Day 30(!!!) Breakfast: 2 mini cucumbers Potato hash Banana Day 30 Lunch: Mango pieces Baked chicken breast Vegetable medley (steamed) Pistachios Mood: I feel great today! While work is definitely boring and I'd rather not be here, I'm not anxious or down at all. Yesterday was hard and my mood declined into the afternoon, but since it picked up again in the evening I've been doing well. I got chores done last night and this morning so I'm not overwhelmed. It's a good day for the last day! Physical: My stomach is much better today, but I still feel the headache lurking. I don't know what triggers it to come back, but I'm hoping today I will avoid whatever it was. Perhaps it was a sugar crash after having the Rx Bar? I'll definitely have to be careful about that in the future. I don't think I mentioned it before, but I sometimes struggle with hypoglycemia, which causes headaches, nausea, and shakes. I used to just eat more sugar when it started, but my new strategy will be to eat only low levels of sugar and have more complex carbohydrates to keep my blood sugar stable. After today I'll be moving on to a reintroduction log! I intend to keep it updated at least for the first few weeks, but hopefully I come back to it for longer than that. It's been really helpful logging my symptoms and experiences along the way and I think it can only benefit me to continue. Almost there!! Just 12 hours left!
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    pags98

    Did you start over??

    I would have probably bought a pizza and eaten the whole thing and said "forget about it". HAHAHA. Glad you caught it!
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    @lifefoundonarun Imagine my surprise when, 3 years into full menopause, I had my very FIRST major hot flash around Day10!! I get the too hot thing all the time - blankets on and off, ditto sweaters but I had never previously had an actual hot flash until Day 10 - what a shocker! I do think it's not a coincidence that, as I was moving away from sugar burning and into fat burning, this happened. Clearly the hormone shift was coming from somewhere deep within my body. Fortunately, I only had one. I gained such a renewed sense of love and empathy for all those women who suffer from these all the time - what a dreadful experience.
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    Newsland33

    Achieving is believing

    Lorna: Thanks for the nice words and thoughtful note. Your point is well-taken. I didn't mean to suggest that you can't lose weight without exercise (I also had amazing quick results in that area from my first W30 effort and my wife has also done well without increasing her exercise greatly). What I should have made clear is that for me, the two have gone hand-in-glove. Creating better nutrition fundamentals set the stage and gave me the energy to want to workout, and the increased activity level has really helped burn the fuel (and the stored fat). You're right, though: For me, it also started with changing my relationship with food and the last changes will serve me well no matter my level of exercise. I also know that I wouldn't be talking about a 60-pound weight loss without a similar commitment to exercise. Thanks again for taking the time to write - and good luck on your journey. Cheers - ML
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    ShannonM816

    The Great Ghee Debate

    For more about ghee and why it's allowed on Whole30, check out this article: http://whole9life.com/2011/10/butter/ I'd also add that the reason many people would consider ghee unhealthy is simply that it is a fat. These are the people who would be shocked to learn that Whole30ers often eat a whole avocado every day, sometimes more. There are starting to be more reports out there that show that fat isn't necessarily bad, but many people still believe that eating fat is what makes you fat. I personally find that I'm happier if I don't discuss what I choose to eat with many people. If this person is someone whose opinion you respect, that's one thing -- hopefully the article I linked gives you a starting place for discussion -- but if it's someone whose opinion on healthy vs unhealthy foods is probably not going to influence your decisions about what you eat, you might want to try not to mention too much about it, or if they ask come up with a simple (polite) response like, I'm trying this for 30 days to see if it helps (insert whatever issues you hope to address with your Whole30) -- if I decide to continue eating this way indefinitely, I'll certainly keep that in mind, but for 30 days, I don't think it's going to hurt me. (Evidenced by the fact that the SuperSize Me guy recovered from 30 days of fast food meals -- I think it's safe to say you'll have no problem getting over 30 days of protein, fat, and vegetables, even if some part of it turns out not to be the right choice for you.) Or just smile and say, thank you for your concern, and then change the subject.
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    Jtandi

    Don't over think this.

    thanks so much for this post! I am on my first whole30 ever (or whole100 if I have my way) and have started to stress out a little bit today. I was actually upset with myself for having 3 pieces of fruit and cashew butter on two different occasions. did I stick to the rules? yes. could my food choices have been better? yes. did I drink diet coke and have cookies for breakfast like I did a week ago? nope. so that is success. I don't want to get discouraged and worry about how I can cook my veggies/meat/whatever.