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  1. Contessa

    Fall 2021

    May I assist in briefly straightening your crown? I was heartened a few years ago when Melissa (co-founder of Whole 30) came out with a blog post backing off the whole "it's not hard" tough-love mantra that so many of us had internalized. "Changing the way you think about food is hard," she says, and I agree. "[Whole 30] is a monumental transformation in how you think about food, your body, your life, and what you want out of the time you have left on this earth." I somehow find it heartening that there are SO many of us who do not have all these principles perfectly dialed in.
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  2. @MadyVanilla I tend to replace it with a very cold sparkling water, it is the only thing really that’s ‘dry’ enough. However I’m not really missing alcohol (yet) because I was feeling so horrible after drinking a lot all summer that I’m really enjoying the break!
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  3. MadyVanilla

    Fall 2021

    Yesterday was busy, and I was just exhausted at the end of the day. I always struggle with time changes, but this jet lag seems to be going on forever...I read that women are more impacted than men, and going from a place with lots of hours of daylight to a place with fewer hours of daylight makes it worse. It certainly doesn't help that many days have been dreary-overcast or rainy. Well, I will be thankful that I continue to feel less bloated and more emotionally stable despite the fatigue. And I woke up this morning without the big bags under my eyes I've had the last few weeks! Ye
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  4. MadyVanilla

    Fall 2021

    I just looked back at my last log -it's been nearly a year since I've been here (November 3. 2020). I've continued to struggle with my eating, making healthy choices many days, making not so great choices other days. Making more healthy than not healthy choices as evidenced by a 12-pound weight loss, sustained over the summer (yay me, but I need to lose 50). The first part of August, I decided to tackle another W30 beginning Sept 7th. My husband and I just returned a week ago from an Alaskan cruise where I ate all the food, but also got quite a bit of exercise. I knew I would need time to
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  5. eramsey

    Day 1 in the Books

    Thank you @MadyVanilla. You are so sweet. I do like to cook but I have gotten away from it so one of the fun things for me is getting excited about cooking with whole ingredients again and trying new recipes. One of the problems I had was that I was stuck in a rut with meals so I think I was actually getting bored with the same thing or I would focus on what my son will actually eat (because toddler food tantrums are no fun) which is pasta, nuggets etc and then I sneak veggies in there. So by cooking to his preferences I would often skip out because I know that those foods aren't the best for
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  6. I tried the Whole30 last year and failed at day 15. This time I'm a bit better prepared and better informed. I already have a meat stash in my freezer, tons of potatoes (around 33 lbs, but they cost only 6€/7US $), eggs and other veg and fruits. I realized that I have to use a bit of a different strategy here in germany, simply because I don't have some shortcuts (like compliant sausages, sauces, nutpods etc), so I will adapt the rules a bit instead of sweating the small stuff. I will try to follow every rule as best as I can, but I won't restart if I can't find a compliant
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  7. MadyVanilla

    Fall 2021

    Finally, I made the chimichurri chicken - and it was AMAZING! The recipe was easy and definitely a keeper to add to the rotation. I'm feeling settled into the days, not really having any cravings. I'm waking up earlier (but not getting up yet), my energy level is improving, my sleep is better, I feel as if I may have lost a little weight. Always starting over, whether it's after Day 2 or after months of eating well has a bit more of a motivating factor to it for me than does sustaining. With sustaining, I'm not seeing the regular changes in my health that I do when I crash and start over.
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  8. I’ve had a few answers today. 1) I have a really sore throat, which could go part way to explaining some of my trouble this week, maybe this has been brewing away. 2) physio answered a lot of questions, prescribed some stretches, didn’t say I couldn’t run on it, and really explained and showed me the places on my leg where I am weak and why my hip is bearing the brunt of it. Very useful and informative. and I feel a lot better today, although quite frankly I could eat and eat and eat right now, as my binge yesterday has left my cravings fully switched on. Luckily there is ab
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  9. You sound well-prepared. You've got this!
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  10. Brilliant, welcome the the forum. good luck!
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  11. i thought its just me starting my 1st day in the middle of the week! i started mine on the 15th! and yay for us! this forum is really helpful. i was iffy to buy the new trader joes bbq coconut aminos and i think the only ingredients that wasnt sure is the natural flavor good thing someone posted and answered that for me!
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  12. Rebecca001

    Fall 2021

    That sounds like you have things well under control @MadyVanilla sensible choice with your meal, this is real life after all. Your posts always remind me to do more yoga. I love it, but I never make time for it, then will do a burst of daily practices and feel so good, then it dwindles off again. But you have motivated me to find a YouTube when my boys are out at football practice tonight
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  13. Weds morning, yesterday was ok. Especially considering I had a bad night and then worked from home, I did not graze or end up in the kitchen, just ate my 3 meals as planned. I did go out for a run and it was fine, but in the evening was very painful. So will have another week resting it, then will assess and then will consider a physio or other specialist to really get it sorted. However I feel that perhaps a longer, 6 weeks or more, rest would be prescribed and I genuinely don’t know how I would cope with that. anyway, today. I’m not sure about breakfast, lunch will be salad with tu
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  14. MadyVanilla

    Fall 2021

    Yesterday was tough cravings-wise, but I muddled through. I ate dinner a little earlier than normal and added a handful of almonds later in the evening, as I was feeling hungry. Still difficult sometimes to tell hunger from boredom cravings. Day 6 M1-3 of the breakfast muffins I made on Saturday M2-leftover ribs and broccoli M3-Portobello mushroom caps stuffed with Italian ground beef (kale, tomato paste, oregano) hot tea before bed Walking and yoga planned for this afternoon I was awake earlier this morning - 5:15 and let the dogs out. I could have stay
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  15. This article explains more about starting over. There are no Whole30 police who are going to come make you start over, it's ultimately up to you. If you aren't sure, you can always keep going, and on day 30 think about it again and decide if you want to keep going or not.
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  16. MadyVanilla

    Fall 2021

    @Rebecca001 and @Contessa - thank you. This is exactly what I mean about the support in this community . @Contessa - you have said many things to me, to others, and within your own journal that have helped me realign my own thinking. The above referenced blog post is a must-read. Contessa, the line you quoted is in itself thought-provoking, but the whole paragraph struck a chord: But the Whole30 is not a diet. It’s not a quick-fix. It’s not even a weight-loss program. The Whole30 is designed to change your life. It’s a monumental transformation in how you think about food, your bod
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  17. Rebecca001

    Fall 2021

    @MadyVanilla what an insightful and honest post. I empathise with so much you have written there. The hardest bit of any of my w30 has been the acceptance that I eat food as emotional comfort (I still do, often) and when that’s taken away, I have to feel all the emotions without my helper! My “food freedom” has generally been just compliant food, but introducing more and more non-compliant behaviours until I, like you articulate in your post, spiral out so much from the tightness of the rules that actually it’s irrelevant that my food is compliant. I feel just as bloated, over fed and stuffed
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  18. MadyVanilla

    Fall 2021

    *Sigh. It just wasn't my day. Shortly after I wrote the above post, I returned to my desk, where my boss had left homemade chocolate chip cookies and a "Thanks for all you do!" note. In that moment, there was nothing but the cookies. I ate them. The thing I like best about W30 is the set of rules that are clear-cut. Plus the fact that I've done it enough times now to know that when I do the program, I see the results and it gets easier, sometimes effortless, to stick to. And the extremely supportive community, that over the years has helped me process my missteps and treat myself
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  19. @MadyVanillayes I do get some reassurance from knowing what’s in store (good and bad) - if this was my first time I think I’d have quit by now! I suppose it says a lot that I only knew my period was due because Facebook told me, not because I had a week of pmt so that in itself if a sign that good things are coming.
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  20. Rebecca001

    Fall 2021

    @MadyVanilla well done. I think in a way it’s good that you restarted. We can so easily develop that ‘it’s ok’ sort of mentality and I think it’s a strong statement to ourselves that we deserve to do it properly. I restarted last week for a similar reason; my almond milk wasn’t compliant, and also I knew I’d not germ as disciplined with behaviours as I wanted to be. It was an important lesson to learn. I use Fitbit too and I almost never ever get an 80 score! I am like you, high 70’s most days with an occasional 80 or more frequently, a very low one if I have a terrible night. I look
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  21. Another dry weekend under my belt and as predicted I am starting to feel fresh, brighter, healthier! My food this weekend was good, I didn’t fall into the trap of replacing alcohol with snacks. I went for a run, hip feeling good, a little tender this morning. this week my biggest aim is to drink more water especially at work, and to limit fruit consumption as I ate a lot last week. I’ve not bought anywhere near as much ‘luxury’ fruit this week, no berries or soft fruits for example, to try to limit my grazing. it is a thoroughly marvellous feeling to find myself on Monday morning,
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  22. UGH. OK. So. I stayed compliant food-wise all weekend, but had wine all 3 days. It's that slippery slope, and it was a weird and emotive weekend. Back on track 100% today, however. Didn't do a lot of food prep- yesterday was a couch and movie day, hubster needed a decompress. M1: Tuna patties and carrot soup. M2: Not sure yet, need to have a browse and see what's there. M3: baked turkey drumsticks with gravy, mashed cauli and potato, and sauteed broccolini
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  23. Every time I do W30 I wake super early- but this time I haven’t been. I was actually thinking today that obviously that means somethings not working right yet. your lockdown sounds horrible. Here in the uk literally every adult pretty much is vaccinated, we are even doing vulnerable kids now, 3rd doses for some this winter- and our cares are still high, and our death rate is still rising?! So when is this ever going to end? But we are all ‘free’ , no restrictions, no masks, no social distancing? My daughter has been back at college 2 days and is now isolating waiting for a Covid test
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  24. @MadyVanilla you can definitely steep fruit teabags in sparkling water, it’s nice! No reason why you couldn’t do green tea also
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  25. I'm glad you found a fairly easy answer to your gastric issues - cabbage! Ugh. I'm laughing at your crack of dawn wakefulness - I want that back! I was thinking this morning that I should have my hubby open the curtains when he gets up so that maybe the morning light will help me get back on schedule again. I think he's just been trying to be nice knowing that I need the sleep. Enjoy the weekend - especially the gardening!
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  26. Hmmm....now you have me thinking - I wonder how my tea would taste mixed with a sparkling water?? @SchrodingersCat - not the best idea for reintroduction, but maybe a glass of organic wine to celebrate your birthday? You have time to plan something special for that day!
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  27. Rebecca001

    Fall 2021

    @MadyVanilla you absolutely CAN Do this! does your gym do any outdoor classes? I joined one pre-Covid that does outdoor bootcamp and circuits classes and I love it! I never thought I would do classes like this. Of course during the pandemic, they were able to still operate at times when the other indoor gyms had to close. you could also look on YouTube for videos if you’re not ready to rejoin indoor classes? There are so many on there, something for everyone. I hope you have a good day today!
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  28. @SchrodingersCat I suppose because you are experienced in this now, you know that you can have something on your birthday that you’ve reintroduced successfully before? For me that might be a glass of wine or two, keeping food compliant? this time I am determined to go longer than 30 days without a drink. I really want to see the benefits of long term abstinence, I only ever do 30 days although I do that fairly regularly (3/4 times a year?) but usually day 31 is a big celebration (eg I’m going to do 30 days until my birthday/ holiday/ end of school term) abs therefore I immediately re
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  29. @SchrodingersCattry the recipe in the well fed cookbook. Instead of using crushed pork rinds, I roll mine around in nutritional yeast and it sticks to the wet meat and makes a nice coating. I really find that the 2nd weekend not drinking is where it really turns for the better so I am excited for that. We have a family party this weekend but I am determined to stay off the wine. day…ooh… 5 for me today. Still feel tired, still stupid hot here. I feel horribly bloated with the heat and I haven’t run for two days and that makes me grumpy too. So not really nice to be around! the
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  30. Those are fine. You can find downloadable pdfs of the rules and more information here: https://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/. You can also google ingredients you're not sure about along with Whole30 and will usually find previous discussions of those ingredients in the first few results. Sometimes these options are faster than waiting for an answer on the forum, although you're definitely always welcome to ask here.
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  31. SchrodingersCat

    Fall 2021

    Hey hey, welcome back! Wouldn't it be nice if we actually retained out wealth of knowledge from previous rounds LOL. Go you getting started without the prep! I know what you mean about being mentally ready to go, and just needing to jump in there. Looking forward to seeing you around
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  32. Rebecca001

    Fall 2021

    I hope your day goes well.
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  33. Oh the joys of starting over, why do we ever even stop??!! Life, I guess. LOL! I'm glad to read your vertigo is resolving and no headache this morning!
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  34. Air frying in general is fine. It’s not specifically called out as against the rules at all (more on the Pancake Rule, formerly SWYPO, here). Occasionally people find that things that aren't necessarily against the rules still aren't in their own best interests. For instance, ifyou regularly ate fried chicken pre-Whole30 and are using your air fryer to recreate that instead of trying new ways to prepare and enjoy foods, or if you have a bad day and make yourself a pile of fries in the air fryer to chow down on mindlessly the way you might have with commercially prepared fries from your f
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  35. I actually found W30 sleep kind of scary. Not waking up all night? But now. I'd like to experience that again.
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  36. Rebecca001

    To take food or not?

    @Baptiste you should watch it, if you like crime dramas and can get uk tv over there! It’s very good!
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  37. Your menu sounds delicious @SchrodingersCat
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  38. With you there! I've just roasted spaghetti squash and made tomato sauce. I'm sort of glad I'm feeding just me, as I'll always have leftovers on days I don't feel like cooking.
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  39. Thanks for that! We're continually reminded to hydrate in Colorado, but I still sometimes get lax. A good habit is to down a full glass of water first thing, even before your coffee. It also helps visually to put your daily allotment in a glass pitcher and leave it out on a counter; that way, you're reminded to drink throughout the day and finish it before you go to bed.
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  40. Thanks, @Twig1124. I am located outside of Boston, MA. I like how you shared that the reason(s) for doing this express differently for each of us. For me, sugar is my nemesis and one of the things I love about Whole30 is how I feel without sugar. Its a bit of a detox feeling the first few days/week but if I can stick it out that long, its so rewarding to gain dominion over a substance that I abuse and that is basically killing me. And shocking, too, to realize, once I get over the bumps in the beginning, that I don't really miss it. Thanks, @pearlgirl2017 for the water reminder! It helps
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  41. Hi Whole 30-verse, This is my first time using this forum, and my second time launching into the Whole 30. The first time I took this journey was 3 years ago to get ready for my wedding. I lost 20 pounds, looked great, felt great and had an amazing wedding day. I did botch the reintroduction period though while on my honeymoon. Ready for round 2!! I am definitely one of those who can say the Whole 30 changed my life. It was a game changer, and I learned how much of my suffering and chronic illness is caused by inflammation. I also learned I have an allergy of some degree to soy. (Soy
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  42. Hi everyone. 59 yo here gearing up for a September Whole30--woohoo!! This will be my 3rd go round, my most recent one being last September. September feels like a good time to me to dive into it all as it often sets the tempo for the fall and, sometimes even, the winter. My first W30 was back in 2018 when I stuck to the guidelines for the whole 30 days, lost over 10 pounds and felt so good, I continued on it for a couple additional months. My last round, I wasn't as stringent about staying on topic and, well, I got out of it what I put into it Thanks, Pearlgirl2017, for sharing that reci
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  43. Ya, I agree with you there - it's a frustrating transition! The cool part is that once you know these things and potentially grieve the things you have to leave behind (yes, that's a real thing), you know that you're pretty safe that you're going to have an amazing experience at the Fall Fair because you didn't eat something that maybe your tummy was okay with but that gave you a headache or made you tired or grouchy... for instance... it's quite freeing but there can definitely be a grieving period as we move through this.
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  44. Greetings. I start another W30 Wednesday. Already have a ton of compliant foods on hand but really ought to do a pantry clean out as preparation. Spoiled by the fact that I have lots of Primal Kitchen stuff on hand, good quality meats from ButcherBox but need to restock veggies. Good luck to you!
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  45. I also had quite a lot of trouble getting my "food freedom", what helped me a LOT was to find out that the food in itself wasn't the problem, I only used it to cope with my real problems, eating had become an addiction, to make me feel good when I felt helpless, sad, angry, bored… If you feel like it might be your case, I can't recommend you enough the book The heart of addiction, from Lance M Dodes M.D. . Not only does it explain clearly what an addiction is, but it also gives you tools to fight it off on your own, with plenty of examples. Although my brain still sends me the "I NE
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  46. So many factors -- inner and outer -- can conspire to thwart our best intentions, and certainly a hurricane/severe storms are a huge consideration. Yet being in optimum health gives us our best chance to weather the difficulties of later life and still enjoy some happiness. So here's hoping you're able to join us, Pearlgirl!
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  47. I agree with your points, I eat vegetables daily and see to have lemon juice maybe at some point it helps! What do you have?
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  48. Natural and artificial flavors are okay on Whole30. If you are not comfortable eating these additives, then you don't have to but for the purposes of the program, they're fine.
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  49. Alexendra

    PRE WORKOUT HELP???

    Hi bela !!! Thanks to Share , I found this is really very interesting post….
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