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  1. Hi there. What if a group of us introduced ourselves in this forum topic, and checked back to support each other throughout the month? I signed up to do the January 2022 Whole30 on the website. The email from Melissa informs me that this officially starts January 3. I also have a couple of friends in my local town who are going for it. How about you? Are you doing a January 3 or a January 1 start date? Have you tried Whole30 before? It would be great if you could answer using complete sentences, and without a lot of Internet or Whole30 abbreviations, which can get confusing...
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  2. Well this is a bit gross but I'm not burping so much, I'm much less bloated and it's only day 2.
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  3. Hi, I'm Laura. First timer, starting on Jan. 1st. Mostly want to break my sugar habit, and also want to show myself that I can meet this challenge! I look forward to checking in with you during the month.
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  4. Back on track today. Tomorrow's breakfast and lunch are prepped and tomorrow's dinner will be Whole Foods. I have been a bit more relaxed though. Did not really have much of a dinner since lunch was late and larger. Grazed off of my kid's plates. Did their roasted broccoli touch rice and ketchup? Probably. No visible contamination, but something I would not do during my 30 days. This was not eating after I was already full and I feel better about less food waste. Dog got the extra chicken nugget and some rice (haha), but I cleaned up the veggies.
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  5. Hey everyone - less than 34 hours to the end! No shame in admitting my first intro is going to be a glass of very good wine. After that, haven't really been missing bread or dairy. I'm a little afraid to add grain, especially wheat since I think it just saps the energy out of me. I notice my energy levels are pretty even throughout the day, and ready to go to sleep at an appropriate time at night. I don't want to mess with that! Enjoy the last few hours, this phase of W30 will be over before you know it!
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  6. I’m counting the days until I can have a glass of wine! Luckily, I just received my order of the Whole30 approved Humm Kombucha! It’s delicious and feels like I’m drinking hard seltzer. I’m feeling pretty good, I’ve been very busy at work but feel more energetic and getting up easier at 4:30am. Not as exhausted after a long commute. I did better this W30 with less nuts overall, but the past week I’ve been eating a lot of nuts and ignoring portuon control. The one thing I have not done all month is exercise - at all. No weights or my cardio boxing videos. I really haven’t had any cravings - ju
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  7. Hokay... I've been doing so great while on my own these last 3 weeks, but this is going to be the true test - going home to my bf and keeping myself from joining him on the couch eating chips! Wish me luck!! Day 22 - perhaps I feel the tiger blood? (I don't know really, working 28 days straight of 12 hour shift is EXHAUSTING on a good day, so I think that may be obscuring my results), but I have felt in rather good spirits for the last week or so, so perhaps that is it. I have noticed though, how CLEAR my skin is (and believe me I notice every little blemish on my face), and how great fo
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  8. I don't know... for me it comes from a bottle of Kombucha
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  9. Can I just pat myself on the back for a second I am a HUGE comfort eater!! Being sick is one of those times I WANT/NEED comfort food!! I don’t have an appetite right now per say but I have killer cravings and habits calling to me big time!! I want sugary sprite, I want cold ice cream, I want warm, homemade, thick noodled, chicken noodle soup and saltine crackers. I want my dads chocolate chip cookies and I want my grandma to bring me orange popsicles. I want all of those things to make me feel better! And you know what….. I haven’t touched any of them. I’m in my emotionally weak pl
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  10. Well it’s day 13 here and I feel good, considering my boy has covid, I’m working from home, I’m missing some really important things at work and have had to leave them in incompetent hands and…. I feel chill. Serene. Ran after I finished working and definitely felt the tiger starting to purr. food prep is one of my ultimate favourite things about this plan. Is my Sunday ‘me time’, while cooking the family roast I make all my things for the week. Usually it’s my mayo, a meat thing (eg koftas, fish cakes or chicken) for lunches, a veg thing (this week it was roasted tomatoes with garli
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  11. Hi Everyone, I'm a bit late to the party, but I'm chiming in to say, this is my first Whole30 - I started today! And, to send good energy and lots of strength to everyone doing the Whole30 this month! You got this! I meant to start on January 3rd, but got a massive neck muscle spasm on NYE, preventing me from doing any real meal prep for about a week. I was finally able to shop and prep yesterday and hit the ground running today! I'm nervous, but mainly excited for this and all the potential Whole30 has. I've been suffering from multiple long-term injuries since 2019. I've tr
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  12. Grateful to have you all here with me!!! The group is awesome. Day 8 for me today - and I find I'm far less hungry today than usual. Its 1015am here, and I haven't even craved a snack yet - usually I would have already eaten an RX bar and be wanting something more still. WIN. What are your wins so far?
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  13. Hi everyone, my name is Diane and am easing into the program today and starting tomorrow January 4th as I need to I get my Whole30 grocery shopping done. My main goal is to feel good, I have been feeling off for awhile and have chronic sinusitis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and just feel blah most of the time. In the past I have tried different diets: vegan - 1.5 years, Keto 1 year, vegetarian - 6 months. The best I have felt is when I follow a ketogenic diet, however my cholesterol went up - could be menopause - but still I want to eliminate dairy to see if that helps with my sinus issues
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  14. Starting tomorrow. Shopping and cooking done. Excited to be here!
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  15. Hi all! I'm Katie I started Dec 27the (because at the time I had no plans for new years eve, tho I did end up celebrating last night and am VERY PROUD OF MYSELF for staying committed to this experiment). Yes, I call this an experiment, because I'm really interested to see how my body reacts to different foods and ingredients, etc. I am allergic to dairy, though while I get an anaphylactic reaction, technical allergy skin tests are inconclusive. If those are inconclusive, what about other food sensitivities etc? Can I feel this amazing feeling everyone else describes when they are avoidi
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  16. Hello, my name is Kayla and this will be my first Whole30 experiment/experience. My start date is January 3rd. I used to be a nutrition and CrossFit coach at my own gym, and felt the healthiest I had ever felt in my life. I had to close my gym due to being diagnosed with cancer and then going through a nasty divorce. In order to support myself and my daughters, I took an office job (which I do love) that aligned with my degree. Fast forward 6 years, and I have never weighed as much as I do now in my entire 36 years. Not to mention how terrible I feel inside and emotionally. I’m slowly
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  17. Hi I'm Grace. I am starting on Jan 2nd. First time doing the Whole30. I have been a serial dieter since 2017. Bouncing from counting calories to binge eating and so on. I went vegan for a year and that helped me keep my weight down, but eventually I traveled and wanted to eat pizza in Italy! Since Covid and especially since the beginning of 2021, I have gained 30 lbs. and my energy has been so off. I can barely focus at work. My diet hasn't been the best and I cant seem to shed the weight off no matter how much hot yoga I do, or how many miles I run. I have had a few friends do the
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  18. Hi, I'm Liz. I'm starting on Jan. 10. I did my first W30 in 2015 and felt great from it. I also learned to cook simply as I have never been a cook at all. I found my spice cabinet, yes lost some weight which I was happy about, and my sleep was amazing. Some of my favorite W30 recipes continue to be my "go-to's," but alas I've also added in other things that don't serve me as well, treats, wine, etc. I am really looking forward to the benefits that I know I will get from doing a W30, and appreciate all of us supporting each other during this process!
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  19. Hi, my name is Angela, and my first Whole30 was in 2013. It's been a few years since I successfully completed one, partly because I have less time now than I did back then to prep and cook. There are food delivery sources that can help me out now, so I'm looking forward to having an easier time of it and getting back that tiger blood! Glad I found you all - I look forward to the journey together! A.
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  20. My partner and I are starting January 2. I have already kind of started but haven't gone full throttle. I have had this book for years and used to be about 50 lbs lighter.. trying not to focus on weight but focus more on cleansing my organs (they could use it!) Drinking and eating the last several years has been a real problem. Prior to, I was actually quite healthy. I would like to see myself that way again- thanks for starting this thread!
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  21. Hi! My name is Gabby and this is my first time on the whole 30. My friend loaned me the whole30 book and I’m starting early, (goal is for the month of January) so that I can begin my adjustment! I’ve been wanting to cleanse since… wait for it; BEFORE COVID ! During covid my diet has Sucked. I’m eating and drinking more sugar than I ever have in my entire 36 year old life. Let’s support eachother on this journey to wellness and better health ❤️
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  22. I'm T, and I've done several Whole30s in the past. The first one was extremely successful, leading to a few years of eating Whole-30-ish and lots of great health effects; I have spent most of my adult life dealing with chronic illness. During Covid I began to slide pretty seriously to a more normal American diet. The health effects haven't been terrible, but I would sure like to feel a bit better. I've also gained several dress sizes. Whole30 helped me with fibromyalgia, mold illness, tendonitis/tendinitis, chronic pain, inflammation, and sugar cravings. I really hope I can do it suc
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  23. The only "pasta" that is allowed on either the original or the plant-based Whole30 would be vegetables cut into pasta-like shapes. So, butternut squash cut into "noodles" using a spiralizer or mandolin. I'm not sure exactly what recipe you're talking about but if it involved pasta made from a mix of vegetables and some type of flour to form noodles, it is not compatible with Whole30. Plant-based Whole30 contains protein sources that are not allowed on the original Whole30, like soy and other legumes, because people who choose not to eat any animal-based items would not have enough protei
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  24. Thank you so much, @Aliem999! Also, I hope you feel better soon! I really appreciate it. Good to know about the raw veggies. I'm trying to increase my portions overall, but it's just hard to have enough time and energy to cook so much food. Still, I'm planning to do a Whole40, since my joint aches and pains haven't gone away (they've kind of gotten worse), to see if I just need a bit longer. Big congrats to everyone who has finished the program!!! Cheers to all of you!!! Anyone have any Tiger Blood (catching up on posts now)??
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  25. It might be. It might be that you've gone much lower in carbs than you're used to, and some people feel anxious or depressed when they do that. Be sure you're eating enough in general, but definitely try for at least one serving each day of starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, root vegetables like beets, carrots, parsnips, or rutabaga, or winter squashes like butternut, acorn, or kabocha squash. Sometimes people also find that they've been using food as a coping mechanism, eating to avoid dealing with issues, and during Whole30 they can’t do that anymore. If you feel like
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  26. I was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease YOPD in 2019. Dr put me on carodopa/levodopa, which alleviated my symptoms. Up until last week I was taking meds 2-3x/day, as needed. Sept 2 I began Whole30 after reading that leaky gut can lead to auto-immune conditions. Could healing leaky gut and the microbiome improve or fully reverse PD? The research I found was encouraging enough for me to try: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/pd/2019/7535472/ I opted to stay mostly vegan except eggs and chicken bone broth (from my local butcher shop, not off a grocery shelf). I also added i
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  27. @MizRik sounds good, waiting on the reintro! @MaddMac sounds like a good Day 31! @Aliem999i hope you get to feeling better. flu or Covid or unknown? I tried another nonalcoholic drink tonight, with some sugar. Either the sugar or the natural flavors are causing a weird sensation in my mouth and tongue. I sometimes have citrus/orange allergies, so I suspect that is the culprit. I was kind of hoping that had gone away. Oh well! Otherwise still on-plan. Felt the urge to go get a bagel and cream cheese. Didn't.
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  28. @MizRik I totally get it. I am for sure adding two days because I had half a grain of accidental rice day two. Also it is Wednesday and Thursday so not a big deal. Ideally, I want to add another week or two on since I am clearly losing weight and that was one of my goals (first being to get back in the habit of cooking, eating veggies, etc which for the last few months I was completely off the wagon.) Friday/the weekend will be tougher to stay on track. I do hope to go until Super Bowl Sunday and then splurge with some fries (compliant ingredients, but not compliant in general) and a gin and s
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  29. Hope everyone is doing well! I think most of us are within a week of finishing! Any NSVs? I feel lots of energy and definitely have lost weight. Fitting in dresses that I have not fit in for a long time! Eating so many veggies and my nails already feel stronger!
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  30. For me it’s always sugar that creeps back in. I could live day today day 100% grain and dairy free, but I do reintroduce alcohol and then eventually sugar creeps back in. That being said, I can go months without any. Usually it is emotional eating that brings it back, not a genuine desire for a specific thing, but triggered by a stressful situation where I revert back to my old coping strategy. I’d like to do longer than the month without alcohol this time round, I regularly do a dry month (did 5 last year) but never more than a month at a time! my hip hurt today, a recurring injury
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  31. Too funny. After my post last night about not touching my comfort foods while sick…. This was the daily Whole30 text I received. It's Day 17, and by now, you've hit a bump or two. You've been anxious, lonely, or scared, and tempted to comfort yourself with something sweet and instantly gratifying (AKA numbing). A gentle reminder from me (and from Past You, who came to the Whole30 in part for this specific reason): Food won't make it better. It won't make it easier. It won't make you happier. It doesn't fill the hole. It doesn't fix what's wrong. Connection, support, love, and reass
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  32. Hi everyone - quick early Wednesday morning report that I believe the tiger blood is here! It’s day 17 perfect timing as I’m running around at work with new employee orientation - I’m a corporate trainer. I was up before 4am and ready to go! Finally less hungry too. Hope you all are having a great week …the W30 home stretch is in sight!
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  33. Great to read all the posts, gives a little boost on this 2nd day dealing with an upset bowel… (I’m on W30 day 17) I’m not sure what caused it, but I might have overeaten on (chinese 5 spice) cashews… or it were the marinated mushrooms..? So for the coming days I’m trying to stay away from nuts, cabbages, mushrooms and raw veggies and hope to be in shape back soon because Sunday I felt like I could conquer the world and was sure the Tiger Blood had kicked in!
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  34. Slept so well last night finally and feeling the most energetic yet, I jumped out of bed and went grocery shopping and totally forgot about looking up any recipes! Oh well, there are still a lot of supply chain issues and high prices, so I just buy what’s on sale and figure it out later. Got chicken thighs, beef burgers and compliant sausage and some veggies. We use leftover meat to add to soup especially during the week - my husband will add to bean soup and I make a quick soup with chicken broth, cauliflower rice and chicken since I can’t eat any soup in a can or box. I’m making my favorite
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  35. My husband doesn't like eating eggs everyday (he's doing W30 as well) so I found this recipe called "Butternut Breakfast Meatballs" available here: https://realsimplegood.com/butternut-breakfast-meatballs/. My husband likes them and they are a fairly easy make ahead thing.
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  36. For me I got bloated for a day or two (also coincided with my TOM so it was probably even more exaggerated) and then on day 9? I think, it looked like I lost 5 pounds overnight. Seriously the morning before I was like wow, the holidays were rough on my tummy and the day the bloat went away I was like wtf. Last few days I have fit into dresses I haven't worn in month!
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  37. That's what I did with my cod, it had a crust of ground garlic cloves, fresh thyme and salt. I drizzled it in olive oil then baked it in foil. To be honest it was even better the next day as left overs as the garlic had really worked it's magic overnight.
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  38. I am eating a lot more meat and protein than usual. My body just loves this. Within days, I somehow feel better. I lose puffiness in my face, my pants fit better. I don't know if it's *because* the fats and proteins and animal-food are so desired by my body, or because my body's delighted *not* to be dealing with a bunch of sugar and processed carbs and legumes. In any case, it's sure nice. Cooking-wise, my favorite W30 thing to do: at night before bed, put a couple sweet potatoes or yams in the digital oven, and set a timer. Wake up to wonderful smells in the house, and something
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  39. That is rough! Definitely have gone through that before. I love eggs (and gave them up for almost a year for my son's allergies) so right now I am loving eating my runny eggs right now. In previous Whole30s though I definitely got bored and nothing sounded good. When this happened I would go out to eat. Something about someone else making something for me definitely helped. If you are in the US, chipotle is easy since it is Whole30 approved for certain items. I like In N Out for burgers (just no fries! boo!). You can also make it work at a lot of other restaurants, just trying to give you some
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  40. @christine19 happy new year! Good to see you here too! I slept much better last night, no weird night sweats, no weird dreams…. I’m glad it’s Friday but also slightly apprehensive about the first dry weekend. A lot of my family are doing dry January so that’s quite motivating. I also have those flickers of motivating energy, it’s amazing how quickly they reappear and I find quicker with subsequent W30s. I have this tremendous urge to clear out my wardrobes and storage in Marie Kondo style, just throw everything to charity and have lovely open clear cupboards! Usually an indicator tha
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  41. @Mamatutu I agree- we have no approved W30 things here. I manage ok but i get very envious when I hear about compliant Italian sausage and things like that! day 5 for me today. I feel pretty good, work was busy and I was starving by lunchtime but I had taken my food with me so was fully prepared. Tonight I have made a spicy pineapple chicken dish which I will have with mashed swede. Looks really tasty in the oven at the moment. no workout for me as such today, Wednesday is always my rest day. I will do a yoga video later though, I am following Adrienes 30 day yoga this mont
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  42. Hi all, I thought I should check in here as this seems to be where all the action is at on the forum lately. I started on Jan 4th so this is day 2 for me. This is my second W30, the last being 7 years ago so I'm long over due to reset my poor old body. I'm also a servant to the sugar dragon so I really need this to slay him and put him back in the box. I'm UK based and that makes following the plan a little trickier as we have no W30 approved items available here, so lots of label reading for me. That said I love cooking and rarely used ready made ingredients so actually reading ingredie
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  43. Hi, everyone. Just completed Day 2 and logged on to meet a few others implementing this major change in January. Motivation was to take control of my eating (and wine drinking) after a year or more of deteriorating eating habits. I was surprised how quickly I lost discipline after two years of managing weight so well. Decided I wanted some alternatives to just discipline, so before the weekend I cleaned out and replaced spices and herbs and bought new oils and vinegars. This evening made the Realplans Korean pork chops. That’s a keeper long after Whole30. I have a sense that my decreasin
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  44. Hello, I'm starting tomorrow. This will be my 2nd W30. My first one was a few years ago, I did really well but I failed to follow the reintroduction as recommended. Few months later, I was back to my old habits Since then I been struggling with weight loss and a lot inflammation. I have a few autoimmune illnesses and I also have some food sensitivities. I also have PCOS and I know keeping a diet of no sugar, grains, and gluten is very beneficial to balance my hormones. I decided to do this Whole 30 because my sugar dragon is out of control and needs to be tamed. I'm also tired of b
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  45. First timer here... starting January 2nd. super nervous honestly because of the no alcohol rule. But I am also very excited to experience all the positive effects when I reach day 30 & beyond. I'm hoping that is what will keep me motivated to not "slip". I'm totally down with being part of this accountability group!
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  46. @peacefullyfierce well today I went for a little bike ride and I plan to do some cat-cow stretches this evening. I really like biking, yoga and walking so it's usually one of these three for as long (or short!) as it feels good I have a history of over-exercising so this is a new and revolutionary concept for me!
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  47. eramsey

    Day 1 in the Books

    Day 7 Morning Last night was tough and good at the same time. I barely had any time to unwind. I am almost always in the kitchen now so I need to work on easier meals so I can actually spend time with my family. That being said, my sleep has drastically improved. I was up with my alarm in a good mood this morning. Last night however, the cravings were serious. I managed to get by with just some raisins and some almond butter on some chicken deli slices. It was pretty tasty as a snack! This morning breakfast was scrambled eggs with spinach and avocado on the side. And a few slices of
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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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