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    Hey everyone! I am going to start my second Whole30 on December 27th. I picked this date because it is the beginning of a 6 day vacation from work and I wanted to have a less stressful environment during those difficult first few days. I got super sick during my first Whole30 in July. It wasn't related to the Whole30 at all, but I feel like it really impacted my experience. I also did not do the reintroduction at all. I was very much like, It's Day 31 I need to eat all the things!!! All that really accomplished for me was not feeling good and having a terrible flare up of the eczema on my hands. I am looking forward to this new round and I would love company. I really found the support in the other group helpful and I look forward to meeting you! Laura
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    getting ready

    24 hours with no gluten or soda pop. Had a "fancy" alkaline water today with fresh squeezed tangerine juice ( with a compliant meal, so the juice wasn't unbalanced) in a margarita glass as a treat. Loved it so much more than "junk" drinks.
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    My Journey from a Day 31 perspective

    Today is day 31 and I lost 4 pounds. I was hoping for 4 - 8, so not disappointed especially considering I've been eating like a lumberjack. Seriously. I've had ribeyes at least twice a week, handcut French fries under the broiler, everything sautéed in ghee and I've finished off 4 JARS of different nut butters. (Walnut butter is my fave.) I'm reintroducing legumes today, just to see what's up, but I'm planning to keep the general W30 thing going for about 14 more lb. with limited exceptions (my daughter's birthday next week, wedding in late Oct, etc.) Just FYI about my start - I'm 55. 5 years ago I weighed 274. After starting Zumba, then walking, then eventually running, then cutting calories, then adding weight training, then counting macros, I lost 105 lb. in 2.5 years. And I have been on a solid plateau since. W30 is my jump-off-the-plateau plan to get to my goal of under 155. My journey is pretty text book, days 5-6 I thought I was getting the flu! I had itchy skin on my neck and upper chest for 8-10 days in the middle. My constantly drippy nose has almost completely cleared up, except during the hardest workouts. Day 28 was literally the hardest day ever. I desperately wanted an English muffin, then a Snickers bar, then a cocktail, but I survived. Because I don't need it I don't have my 10am nor my 2pm cups of coffee anymore. I also don't have a snack after work anymore. I never mastered Pre workout meals. I'll focus on that as I continue. I have not seen a huge change in running or workout performance, but a dress I bought 2 summers ago that I could never really wear comfortably now fits well and looks pretty good on this ol' girl! My favorite W30 hacks are: 1. Breakfast sausage of ground pork seasoned with cayenne/cumin/paprika, hand-pattied and fried in the same pan as the eggs and spinach. 2. Steak sauce made with Murray's olive tapenade/tomato paste/Coconut Aminos. 3. I found the 2 W30 salad dressings I tried to be overly tangy, so I drizzled some tahini over my salads and added 1/2 the usual amount of dressing. 4. Plantains cut in half, then each half cut into 4 slices long-ways, then browned in ghee, served with a drizzle of coconut cream and a dash of cinnamon. 5. A wine glass of Kombucha to round out the evening while relaxing before bed (the spot formerly filled by wine). I honestly can't believe how fast this time went. After 1 week, it was all fairly routine. My biggest struggles were days with little structure which for me is Saturdays. I even managed to attend a couple of local baseball games with little difficulty. In the morning when I packed my lunch for work, I also packed my dinner. When I got home, I popped it in the microwave, took it in the car with me, and ate it in the parking lot before entering the stadium. (On both occasions, I sneaked in a La Croix and a baggie of mixed nuts. Shhhh....) Problem solved! Thanks so much W30 community! I have enjoyed reading everyone's questions, getting advice and growing healthier together!! Let's keep at it!
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    ultra sugar addict/athlete

    Have you seen the new pre- and post-workout guidelines? If not, here they are: https://whole30.com/whole30-pre-workout-post-workout/. I like the new guidelines because they provide some guidance on intra-workout fueling, which you'll definitely need for long days like you're describing. Though, to be honest, I still haven't had a lot of luck figuring out how they translate to really long activities (for me, that's 6+ hour days in the alpine). I was also recently looking for some guidance on fueling long days in the mountains and received some helpful tips. Perhaps check out this thread for some ideas that might apply for you: https://forum.whole30.com/topic/56359-whole30-for-mountaineers-fueling-endurance-training/?tab=comments#comment-502726.
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    My Journey from a Day 31 perspective

    Thank you!! I AM in such a good space! There are before and after pics in my profile, if you can find that. I wouldn't have spent my youth dreading middle age if I'd only known how much I was going to enjoy it!
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    Vital Proteins

    Nope sorry, agave inulin is a sugar substitute.
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    Like @Babsie95 said above, let us know what he's eating and we can give you better feedback. There's no reason he can't have as much protein as he needs. He should be having, at a minimum, one to two palm-sized portions at each meal, the size of his palm, or when eggs are the only protein in a meal, he should have as many whole eggs as he can hold in one hand -- as a 5'4 female, for me that's 3 or 4, if he's a big guy it could easily be 5-6, maybe more. And again, those are minimums, if he needs more, he can have more, though he should also be eating vegetables and fat at rach meals as well. When he works out, he should have post-workout food including protein and maybe some starchy vegetable, and depending on when he works out he may also need pre-workout food which would be protein and fat. Those would be in addition to his three meals each day. And if he has very long days, or he's just extra hungry, he can have a whole extra meal if he needs to -- he is certainly active enough that he needs more food than someone with a sedentary office job.
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    Whole Nerdy

    Over-50 Whole 30

    I want to share a bit about what I see as the advantages of Whole 30 eating for people over 50, with one possible caveat. A while back when I was a lithe young thing in my thirties, a friend of mine in his mid-fifties sat down heavily on a bench and said to me, "You see, this is what happens when you get older--your muscles get all achy." I remember thinking, Oh, no, I don't want that to be me. Cut to me in my late forties and early fifties--sure enough, I'd wake up in the morning, shuffle my sore limbs to the bathroom, and look back at a puffy face. I just thought it was normal. Then I started a paleo-style diet, and the achiness almost immediately went away. It was dramatic: I could bend over and place my palms on the floor first thing in the morning, which I couldn't have dreamed about before. Recently, my sugar habit came back, with a vengeance. I would feel tired and creaky just walking up the stairs. So I did a Whole45, just to really keep the sugar demons at bay. It was a joy to feel the litheness I had felt in my limbs at a young age return. I felt like someone had literally oiled my joints. I am emphasizing this because so many people believe that soreness and lack of flexibility are an inevitable product of old age. It ain't so. Another great advantage of Whole30-ing for older people is the way it changes your habits. By the time you've been on the planet for half a century or more, your manner of thinking about food and your style of eating have become pretty well engrained. Your mind may try to be as inflexible as your body once was. We all know from research and from the examples of people around us that changing habits and learning new skills are both an important part of aging well. With Whole30 you have to rethink a lot of things you may have been doing automatically that no longer serve you. This in itself is freeing. What's the caveat? My lipids level zoomed up along with my adoption of the paleo diet--both HDL and LDL increased; my doctors have been pestering me to go on statins. Women lose the protection that estrogen previously gave to their heart when they go through menopause, so heart-released problems often show up at this stage. I am not sure how much this increase in cholesterol had to do with my change in diet or with menopause itself. Probably a combination of both. Now that I have completed my Whole45 I am experimenting with a Mediterranean-style diet--still grain-free, but veering in the direction of fish and lowering my intake of red meat, which is problematic anyway (increases cancer risk in many studies, high carbon footprint). I have learned so much from this Whole45, including how much the foods I eat influence my cognitive and concentration skills. (Hint: much more than I previously thought!) Again, eating the foods that work for me help me to preserve that most precious resource. Good luck to all you at all ages.
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    Over-50 Whole 30

    I'm also a 50-something and I can totally relate to what you are saying in regards to the aches, pains and concentration skills. I was another one of those whose joints creaked in the morning and ached at night, and within two weeks, I felt decade younger. More flexibility, less inflammation and joint pain. I also found myself able to concentrate at a higher level for longer periods of time. I'm four months out from when I started W30, and my habits, lifestyle and heath have all changed dramatically for the positive. The type of fuel we put in the one engine we have DOES matter. It just took the discipline and structure of W30 to help me realize how much it mattered. Continued good luck to you. - ML