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  1. 29 points
    Melissa Hartwig

    Forum Rules

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  2. 23 points
    Melissa Hartwig


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  3. 12 points

    It didn't work for me

    It sounds like the past 30 days were tough for you. Sorry that was the case! I just am going to throw out a few ideas that you can take or leave 1. Family food - in our house hubs eats what I make or he makes his own thing. I don't know how things work in your house but is your daughter old enough that if she doesn't want what you make she can make her own meal? Hubs often eats what I call "paleo plus" - if I make burgers he may have a bun, if I make sauce he may have noodles, things like that but the "main" meal is the same. If I make spaghetti sauce I'm not making garlic bread, pasta, etc to go with it - I'm making my sauce and zucchini/sweet potato noodles and that is it. If hubs wants extras that is up to him. 2. It sounds like you didn't like a lot of the food you made because you were trying to adapt your usual recipes. I totally get this! Mom's sauce isn't going to be mom's sauce without the red wine... but there are lots of other sauces out there that may be worth a shot! W30 is always a time for us to try *new* recipes - you might have found some you really liked. 3. "Lots of nuts" is often an indication things were not as well rounded for meals as they could have been. Snacks should be template based and ideally you don't need them. Maybe more fat/protein/volume at meals would have helped you "need" fewer nuts? I'm 5'2" ~130 lbs... meal 1 for me today was 3 jumbo eggs cooked in duck fat (maybe 1/2 tbsp), 1/2 bag frozen spinach (so 8 oz), and 2 big handfuls of some onions and peppers I pan fried in coconut oil a few days ago with a side of mayo (1-2 tbsp). Point being: a decent amount of food. Kept me full for about 5 hrs. 4. You said you aren't going to continue. Which is fine. You are an adult and can totally make that choice. But as you go forward - especially with a goal of normalizing blood sugar and liver function... think about why your "go to" chicken chunks have sugar in them... and if maybe you could make your own chicken soup on a rainy day and freeze some for the next time you are sick so you don't need to eat canned food. In my opinion so much of one's success about the W30 is "buying in" to the idea that "food is medicine". And if you don't just feel that... well than W30 is tough because, gosh, it is restrictive and so.darn.time.consuming.to.cook.so.much. BUT if you truly believe that you can heal yourself with food I think there is a mind shift that suddenly makes the effort worthwhile. At least that is why I make the effort to eat paleo most of the time because I truly believe eating food - from the ground, trees, animals, ocean, etc and not food that has to make its way through a factory first is truly the best thing I can do for myself and my family. Anyway, however you decide to go forward I hope you have some success with the biomarkers you are hoping to change!
  4. 9 points
    Robin Strathdee

    Don't over think this.

    Welcome all newcomers, welcome back vets, and for those of you who never left...welcome to this post. I just wanted to pop in here and remind you all to take a deep breath before you dive into all the questions about what you can and can't have. The program guidelines are clear on what you can and can't have (grains, dairy, W30 muffins), but things get a little grey when people start talking about what you should and shouldn't have. Please don't over think think this. You don't have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30. If you need to you can always extend or repeat the process, and things will get better each time you do. My advice to you is this: Stick to the rules like they are your port in a storm (really, they will become that). Take the Moderators responses seriously (we know what we're talking about). Take community members suggestions as advice from those who came before, but keep in mind they are not the rules and not the Mods. Everyone here is well-meaning, and everyone here wants to see you succeed, but everyone here is at a different place in this journey. And finally, take comfort in these words (from Melissa Hartwig, on another forum post): Here's the thing (and this is an interesting discussion)... there are Whole30 "rules," which are strict, clearly outlined, and very well defined. No grains - and here are all the things we consider grains. No dairy - and here are all the dairy items excluded. No Paleo-fied food choices, and here's what those look like. Then, there are Whole30 suggestions for success. They're not part of the official rules, but they're things that we've seen really help (or harm) people as they move through the program. Fruit smoothies for breakfast - not a good idea. Skipping breakfast - not a good idea. Eating every two hours, all day - not a good idea. These things won't necessarily affect your Whole30 results (although they might), but if we can give you additional suggestions that will make your transition and your program easier and more effective, we're going to give them to you. Keep Calm and Whole30 On.
  5. 9 points


    Hey everyone! On the cusp of my 30th birthday, suffering from migraines and asthma, my boyfriend and I have decided to tackle the Whole30 together! We were originally going to do it in November, and after double checking calendars and training schedules (we are both runners with numerous race events we've already paid for, so we didn't want to struggle and feel we had wasted our money), we decided to move our start date up, to September 4th! Little did we know, there'd be a big movement to have as many people as possible participating in the month of September! This will be coming days after our second overnight relay in the month of August (CLR and Hood to Coast), AND my 30th birthday! What better way to start off a new decade than with improving my health?! I am committing to this challenge in hopes of getting my nutrition on point as a runner, to rewire my brain about food and cravings, and to hopefully discover trigger foods for my migraines and asthma! I will be chronicling this journey for us via Instagram - @rundrinknerd - feel free to follow along! We look forward to getting inspired by all of you, sharing our journey, and hopefully inspiring others to take the challenge! Cheers! Alison
  6. 9 points

    I gained a LOT in a month

    I gained so much in my 30 days. I gained self control. I gained understanding of nutrition. I gained new culinary skills. I gained self-respect. I gained a new palette. I gained a new perspective on my life. I also lost a few things. Mood swings. Energy lows. Anger. Depression. And around 10 pounds and a gut full of bloat. Thanks so much for this program, the excellent free support, and the inspiration to improve my life, inside and out.
  7. 9 points
    I may be banned after this but that's a risk I'm willing to take: I joined this forum over a month ago when I first started Whole30 so that I could get quick answers to questions without having to pull out my book. I haven't posted anything because I've been able to find everything I need by searching the forum and google. I will say that 75% of the people that are active on this forum couldn't find their way out of a paper bag. "Can we have corn?" No, it's in the book. "Is this processed jug of liquid compliant (even though it clearly states cane sugar on the label that I attached a picture of)?" No, it has sugar, which is clearly stated on the label that you attached a picture of. "I didn't lose any weight. I only cheated 8 times. I'm sad." It's not for weight loss. "I'm going to quit this diet because you're mean to me." You're an idiot (I also think you're the "oversensitive" poster who threatened to quit the "diet" when SugarcubeOD moved your non-Whole30 Whole30 log to another section but that's just me being hopeful that there's not two of you). These moderators are saints. I would be cussing people left and right (I've actually done it in my head a few times). So, to the moderators - you don't have to apologize for anything. I want to apologize on behalf of the people that are lazy, don't like to find out answers on their own and expect you to spoon feed them. Some of us really do appreciate you and your straight forward answers.
  8. 8 points

    PSA: Don't Get Lost!

    Public Service Announcement: The group threads in this section of the forum can be extremely fast moving and as such, the volunteer moderators have a hard time keeping up with reading the hundreds of posts that go whizzing by. That said, if you are struggling or something doesn't seem right or you need some specific help, please create a new post in the Troubleshooting Your Whole30 portion of the forum. Make the title of your post as specific as possible to assist in getting a response sooner. For example, titling your post "Can't Break the 3pm Slump!" rather than just "Someone Please Help!" makes it quicker for the moderators to understand and assist you. The moderators try to get to everything and we appreciate your patience but members following this outline is one of the ways that you can help us to help you!
  9. 8 points

    Day 30 Results

    Confession: I have tried the Whole30 before. I say “tried” and not “completed” because I see now how out of compliance my meals were. I had a breakfast of an RX Bar, a pre workout of prosciutto and walnuts…I also trained for a half marathon at the time and did intense circuit training and it was a rough month. It was a white-knuckling kind of month and I got nothing out of it. Nothing. It triggered disordered eating tendencies (from being starving all the time) and things I had not been doing since high school I started doing again. I ended up gaining weight in the weeks that followed. That was in 2013. So why did I come back? I felt out of control. I’m living totally alone for the first time in my adult life and I felt like my food habits were just getting worse and worse. No meal prep was happening, I was skipping lunches all the time and then going crazy at dinner. I was pouring myself a glass (or two) of wine 4 or 5 nights a week. I was bloated, I was lazy, I needed to do something dramatic. Also, my digestion seemed to be getting worse and worse. I’m an abstainer. Now, the Whole30 taught me a lot this time around. Some things I knew and it just reinforced and some things were brand new information to me. I wrote this list before I weighed myself this morning. Things I learned from my Whole30: I overeat. Especially when I am alone and bored. I’m always wandering into the kitchen wondering what I could pull out just to munch on. I have to be aware of it. I eat too late at night. Not waking up hungry is the result of my after dinner popcorn/chip/chocolate snack. I justify it because it’s low calorie but I don’t need it by any stretch of the imagination. The Whole 30 was the first time I felt really hungry for breakfast. I use wine as a transition from work to home. It’s my reward after a long day. (And my days have been LONG this month, trust me.) I was fat phobic and still am to a degree. I want to go get my cholesterol tested, no matter how many peer-reviewed/meta analyses articles you show me stating dietary cholesterol does not impact serum cholesterol. I’m a (not practicing) registered dietitian. It’s ingrained in me still. Not weighing myself was hard, but not as hard as I thought it would be. I surprisingly almost broke only twice. I might be intolerant to garlic (#sadface) I feel weird asking for what I want at restaurants. I’m a paying customer and none of my requests are unreasonable, but I get anxiety having to order food, no matter how cool or indifferent everyone around me is. I went out for dinner with a work colleague and then friends and both times they had their own specific requests and had to give me a little nudge to ask for substitutions instead of just making do and probably starving myself. I hope I get better at this. I don’t need sugar in my coffee, coconut milk is delicious and good coffee black is satisfying. The only time I want an almond milk latte is when I’ve had a coffee for the day and just want a mid-day “treat”. I don’t drink enough water but when I do I feel a lot better Despite not weighing myself all month, I’m not over the scale. I have been having anxiety for days knowing I have to step on it (Note: I know I don’t have to, but I will. I want to know and I also don’t.) I still struggle with eating to satiety. I eat what’s on my plate. Now, for some NSVs: Glowing skin (according to a coworker) Less pronounced under eye circles Stronger nails Flatter stomach Leaner appearance Less bloating Feeling more confident in appearance Fewer PMS symptoms (I have PCOS so this is a big deal) Less stomach pain Less diarrhea Less constipation Less gas Improved regularity Fewer seasonal allergies (maybe related to the changing time of year, but definitely better now) Feeling in control of your food Fewer carb cravings Fewer sugar cravings Improved disordered eating habits More nutrition in my diet Food no longer has unwanted side effects Thinking more clearly Awaken feeling refreshed Energy levels more even No more mid day energy slump Need less caffeine New cooking skills New recipes Meal prep is organized and efficient AND NOW, for the weight... I lost 2.6lbs. I don’t want to qualify this saying I’m PMS-ing or anything (I am). That doesn’t matter. It’s lower than I expected just seeing how flat my stomach is by comparison. It also explains why none of my clothes really felt looser. I’m on the higher end of a normal BMI and I would like to lose weight. Am I disappointed? Yes and no. I was a little surprised it was less weight loss than I had anticipated but also, if I can keep eating good amounts of healthy food and eating enough and feeling satisfied…I’m super happy with 2.6lbs. I’m at peace with that number…and I never thought I would be able to say that. So what are my plans now? Well…I don’t know. I had a reintroduction schedule all laid out and I’m on the fence whether to follow it. I have a big licensing exam tomorrow so I will be having a glass of wine with my friend at dinner afterwards, but I’m kind of at a loss for what to do beyond that…In some ways, I want to stay on the Whole30 and do a slow roll. If you are still reading I’m amazed because I do tend to ramble. I’m very happy I gave the Whole30 another chance. It’s what I needed in so many ways and it’s nice to know I can always come back to it. Now, to practice practicing food freedom. Good luck to everyone completing the program/living the post Whole30 life!
  10. 8 points

    August 7th Start Date

    Thought I'd pop this up here for future reference. I know my last round I was a day off from all this (but everything still held true like clockwork).
  11. 8 points
    So I've been thinking some more about this positivity vs negative self talk... I love love LOVE a good analogy... my therapist started writing them down cause I made up so many... so I was tryinig to think of an analogy as to why we have to seemingly continuously pour positive thoughts into ourselves... and i thought... well we drink water... that's not a one and done thing. We drink water every day because it is healthy, its required for good bodily function and it keeps us alive. But it must happen ever day... hourly even! If we don't drink water on a consistent basis, our body turns toxic, our bodily functions don't work properly and eventually, things start to die. Not much different than positivity... Not a one and done thing... those books that inspire us (Hello Brene!), the food that fuels us, the people that bring out the positive and the growth in us... that's not one and done either... it's not a meme on instagram that touches you for a second and a half, it's a constant practice to choose a better tape in our heads... Anyway, those are my thoughts... anyone else have a good analogy? I LOVE a good analogy... if I didn't mention that
  12. 8 points
    @emilyelowe & @SugarcubeOD, you guys inspired me to make a list of goals... so I hope you don't mind getting to know me pretty well too! 1. stop HURTING - I'm 25, and I hurt all over. My hips, back, neck, hands, feet... It has gotten better since doing my first whole30, but it all came back pretty much as soon as we started our road trip. 2. feel better in my body - I know I'm overweight, but honestly I'm more concerned about how I feel. I don't own a scale, and I'm fine with that. Right now I feel bloated and weighed down all the time. I'm ready to be happy in my skin, and I saw a glimpse of that with my first round. 3. more energy! - I had soooo much more energy & motivation (which really was a testament to my mental status) starting about two weeks into my first round. I'm ready to feel like that again and have it stick! 4. mental/emotional stability - I was diagnosed with postpartum depression at 6 months postpartum because my daughter and I were getting NO sleep, and I ended up in counseling and have realized that I have probably dealt with depression/anxiety type stuff most of my life. When I did my first round though, I was so much happier and stable, really for the first time in my life. It was amazing. I'm ready for that to be my everyday norm. 5. FREEDOM - We just relocated to GA where our families live, and I know part of our experience here needs to involve me resolving internal conflicts that I have with my family. I know that God has called me to live differently from them, and a small part of that is how I eat and care for my body. I think this is the first step to show that I am setting myself apart from them, that I am going to raise my daughter differently, that I still love them even if I do things differently than they did. 6. other things - better digestion, no more restless legs, no more headaches, improved sinus issues
  13. 7 points
    Hello! I started the Whole30 program just before Halloween (yeah, brilliant, got Halloween AND Thanksgiving in there lol). I stuck to it like glue even with the pressure of the holiday (and people questioning me eating guacamole with my turkey instead of gravy) and I didn't weigh myself at all during the 30 days. (that part was hard! I live with a bunch of wrestlers, they LIVE on the scale) I think not weighing myself really helped me stick with it, I was focused on how I felt and not the numbers, my clothes fit differently and I felt better. The scale can be your biggest downfall, if you see a good result you think "oh this is working so well I can cheat just a little" and mess up, if you don't see a good enough result (that result we all have in our head-even if it is subconscious) then you think "oh this isn't working why bother sticking to it" and cheat. Avoid the scale. I finished the Whole30 on the 29th of November (that was Day 30) and I stepped on the scale first thing on the 30th. I was down 18 whole pounds! I have many more to go, but I have relaxed a little on the eating plan (adding back some food groups as directed) and I know what my weaknesses are (gateway foods as I call them) and I know how my body reacts to chemicals as well. I am still losing 2-5 lbs per week sticking fairly close to the diet plan with a small amount of dairy (cheese) and a few natural sweetened treats from time to time (I avoid HFC like the plague). I will probably be doing the Whole30 again here soon, I think it is a wonderful way to jump start your body into losing weight. The first week sucks, but get past that and you will be shocked at how good you feel over all. Weigh loss aside, the way I feel is 1000% better than I did. I weigh myself once a week (the morning of my 'cheat' day where I get a date night to eat whatever I want, and I still stick fairly close to the diet just because I don't want to feel bad the next day) and that has proved to work for me. I am down almost 40 lbs since the start of my journey even with the holidays in there too!
  14. 7 points

    Starting January 2!

    Seven pounds in a week? Did she cut off an arm?
  15. 7 points

    Starting January 2!

    Can't believe tomorrow is Day 14... whoo hoo, yay for us! I'm also starting to see an upturn, not the "flip the switch" kind of feeling but rather smaller things. I'm feeling less puffy and definitely have more energy. Headaches are gone and while the pizza brought in by our Finance team today looked REALLY good I'm generally doing well with cravings. Like most of you, did a lot of cooking this weekend but with it being the 3rd time through the rodeo it was easier knowing what works and what doesn't. Found this recipe for chicken/sweet potato hash browns and tried it out this weekend, it was yummmmmyyyyy and an easy quick-hit for lunch on Saturday: http://www.realfoodwithdana.com/chicken-hash-browns-the-healing-kitchen-review/ Also made the Whole30 ranch dressing to add to things since I haven't been getting enough fat. That required an epic search of the kitchen/pantry/basement for my immersion blender that I knew I had but somehow had gotten tucked away somewhere by mysterious house gremlins. After 30 minutes of searching then finally recruiting my husband to look everywhere I'd already checked he found it. So more immersion blender recipes are on the horizon for next weekend. And a funny today... a co-worker made a stop by my office today to tell me that she thought I was looking really good ("not that you didn't before"... ). She thought my face looked thinner and my skin looked great. I didn't tell her that I happened to actually wear foundation today, but took the compliment and ran. Because I'm FEELING better!
  16. 7 points

    Starting January 2!

    Day 11 and I am feeling pretty good. I did wake up about 4:30am with a headache, but I think a large part was I needed to drink more water. I took some medicine and drank water and was fine by the time I got up and left for my barre class. I had some of the chili I made the other day for breakfast, with a salad. Very good. I will be making the salmon cakes from the Whole 30 program book for dinner. My husband really likes them. I am going to add some Old Bay as seasoning because- Maryland. I am so excited to have found grass fed beef at our local chain grocery store at a decent price. I also noticed that Whole Foods has their animal welfare ground beef on sale, so I think I will try that as well. Since my husband and daughter are not eating Whole 30 it will be nice to stretch the ground beef budget since our daughter wants me to make hamburgers this weekend. We have got this. We are headed towards the half way point!
  17. 7 points

    Starting January 2!

    Hi everyone! So, I decided to make the chicken curry recipe in the Whole 30 book last night, but of course didn't read it all the way through for directions first because I had all the ingredients and thought "fine, I can do this." Well, after looking at the complexity of three pots/pans/dishes plus a food processor which I don't own, I was about to throw in the towel, it was getting late, but then I thought I'd improvise. I really detest cooking so always try to make things easy. Here's what I did: 2 chicken breasts in a Pyrex dish, sprinkled with a ton of baby spinach, then a layer of sliced potatoes. I smothered all that in curry sauce which I made with olive oil, onion, garlic, crushed tomatoes, coconut cream, a TON of hot madras curry powder, (I love spicy) and salt and pepper. Put it in the oven for 50 minutes and voila! Tasty, succulent chicken with veggies all in one dish!
  18. 7 points

    Starting January 2!

    Tonight I made this Pecan crusted salmon, but replaced the pecans with almonds. I made a lemon dill sauce to go with it (with home made mayo as the base.) It was delish! https://www.texanerin.com/paleo-pecan-crusted-salmon/
  19. 7 points
    My husband and I have the ultimate whole 30 success story! The MAIN reason we even tried the whole 30 is because a friend of my younger sister's had been struggling with infertility for years and got pregnant immediately while she was on the whole 30 with no other fertility interventions. I'm 41, and my husband and I have been trying to conceive since last fall. In the past 8 months, I've been seeing an herbalist and acupuncturist, and cleaning up my diet in general (no dairy, no gluten, very little sugar). So my diet and health were already pretty sound. Then last month we did the whole 30, and two days ago we got a positive pregnancy test!! I'm THRILLED! At first, it kind of seemed like a shot in the dark, but my friend's success story inspired me to at least give it a try. Bingo!!! Not sure how exactly the Whole 30 provides such a fertility boost...I'd love to know more. I know it greatly reduces inflammation, but I think it is a hormone reset too? Anyway, we are so grateful!
  20. 7 points

    It didn't work for me

    I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but why did you choose to do a Whole30 in the first place? What attracted you to the program? You said it was to lose weight and address some other issues, but it just sounds like you aren't super excited about the program or following the rules...of course that is fine, you're an adult no one is forcing you to do this, just maybe it's not right for you. I totally understand getting frustrated at the rules, but they're the rules of the program - if you don't like them, don't do the program! It's not a cure-all for everything for every single person - it's very clear that the purpose is to eliminate certain things for just 30 days and then re-introduce them. You're not meant to eat this way (following the whole30 rules) forever, the point is to eventually figure out the perfect diet for you. Maybe you think sulphites don't affect you, but for example what if you eliminated them and found that your mid afternoon headaches were gone. Then, you re-introduced the sun dried tomatoes with added sulphites and the headaches returned? You might decide to keep eating them, but maybe it wouldn't be worth it to you and you'd find another brand without the added sulphites (or make them yourself!). Also, there are TONS of recipes and meal ideas out there, so saying there is nothing to eat just isn't the case. I found a lot of new foods/ingredients that I hadn't considered before, you just have to be willing to try new things. Again, if you simply don't want to that it's completely fine for you and your context, but making such a general statement that there is nothing to eat isn't true.
  21. 7 points
    You guys are all just amazing! Really, this group just makes my heart happy! Sorry I haven't been around, the new building at work is taking up a LOT of my normal Whole30'ing time and when I"m at home, I have a new pet project - I'm crocheting a blanket for myself... Kind of doofusy to start that in the height of summer but by the time it's big enough to sit under while working on it, the temps should have cooled off! In the interest of honesty I have to share something personal. I was diagnosed with Bipolar, PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder last year... It was mostly managed until about April of this year when I decided that I was 'better' and went off all my medication... hahah, not better. Nope, not at all. The symptoms went from manageable to WHOA in the last three weeks or so... I just went back to the doctor this week and confessed to going off the meds and am now BACK on them, but one of the things that happens to me when it's not managed is that I stop eating... No three meals a day... One day this week all I ate was one scotch egg and coffee... The reason I'm saying this is because I"m starting over. For me, not eating three proper meals a day is in direct contrast to the spirit of the Whole30 and I"m nothing if not married to the spirit of the program because I know that's where the magic is. So if you don't mind, I"m going to keep up with you guys till you're all done and I'm obviously still going to stick my moderator face in wherever needed but I just wanted to share this so that you know why I"m not also celebrating Day 31 with you guys! Keep up all the amazing work and recipe sharing and encouragement, tough love, soft love, personal discovery and the lighthearted banter! It's been a real blessing to be part of this group of people!
  22. 7 points

    A fresh start on July 31st

    Hi Everyone!! This thread looks so inviting!! Can I join you? I'm actually starting my 2nd Whole30 tomorrow...I wanted to sign up for the newsletters and forgot yesterday, did it today and then it wouldn't let me get them until tomorrow... I did my first Whole30 back in 2015...we were trying to get pregnant and I needed to get healthy. Had awesome results! Since then, we were able to get pregnant, had a baby girl and NOW, need to get back on track!
  23. 7 points

    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.
  24. 6 points

    Cabbage carrot slaw

    I have been shredding carrots and purple cabbage, mix it together, drizzle olive oil over all of it, half a lemon's juice and 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt. It is so DELICIOUS! You can use it to top any salad, eat it with avocado, eggs. Proteins...SO GOOD :-)
  25. 6 points

    August 7th Start Date

    Hey guys! I just finished lunch on day 6. I ended up leaving for an unexpected conference trip so I have learned a couple things this weekend: Prep is key. I didn't want any excuse not to stay compliant so I packed a dozen hard boiled eggs, tuna packets, individual meal prep containers (one for every day) filled with veggies and fruits, a mayo and ranch container, almonds, bagged lettuce, and Rx and epic bars for emergencies. We all went out to a bar and it was my toughest moment in these 6 days. I LOVE beer and trying new breweries but I drank water, had a salad with lots of stuff removed and avocado added with oil and lemon slices. TOTALLY pouted because I watched my hubby eat a bacon burger and beer. Once I got my meal I learned something else: This IS EMPOWERING. After my hard (and dramatic pouting) salad decision, I felt good. Like, really good about myself. That is the first time I felt good about myself in a long time. (Warning: getting sappy y'all) I have tried SO many things with a goal of losing weight so I could finally feel good about myself. I read Melissa and Dallas' books and did my research and made a list of things I would like to heal about myself (non-image based, heartburn, joint pain, skin irritation.... and lack of self love). Then I listed my whys. This self- exploration exercise is what I think made the difference for me. GUYS. I'm changing. Not just body composition (which for sake of sanity, I've had to detach myself from), but my heart. I'm nice to myself... for the first time in a long time. This seems to make my days go easier, my meals easier. I'm finally taking care of myself. Grateful for this program and for you all.