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    FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Start Date? JOIN THIS THREAD!!

    I'm still lurking too! Not doing especially well, I've got a nasty cold and it's really dragging me down. It's not that I'm craving non compliant foods, it's just that I don't have the energy to prepare compliant ones. We had takeaway pizza on Saturday night and oh boy did I pay for that! I was actually crying in the night with the stomach cramps that came. The other problem is that my oven desperately needs cleaned, it's smoking every time I switch it on, and I haven't got the energy to clean it, so I can't use it right now. Contemplating paying someone to come do it for me, I think it'll cost less than £50 and it'll be worth it to be able to bake things again. Very impressed with everyone still going and those still experimenting with reintros. I'm hoping to get back on track soon, maybe with a mini reset, we'll see how it goes.
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    New resolutions for 2017

    Well after 5 days of feeling terrible, i figured I'd hit rock bottom and things couldn't get any worse. Then we had takeaway pizza for dinner and I've now got the worst upset stomach I've had in months. So not worth it, I don't think it ever will be again. I'm feeling so sorry for myself right now between the headache, the blocked nose, the hacking cough, the muscle pain, the exhaustion and now the crippling stomach pains, I just don't know what to do with myself. Tomorrow morning I'm going to get up, make eggs for breakfast and see if I can wean myself off the lemsip (otc sugary drink). Maybe eating real food will help shift this... I really hope so!
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    FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Start Date? JOIN THIS THREAD!!

    Liz, I'm still lurking but I'm afraid I don't have much reintro experience since mine hasn't gone especially well. I've had a fair amount of alcohol in the last week and a half, I've eaten a fair amount of non-compliant food but I haven't had any dramatic reactions. I get a rash from alcohol (I can't remember who it was that got that the other day) but I've always known that, and I'm afraid it is "worth it" for me. I've come down with a nasty cold which is driving my eating choices a lot this week and I'm drinking a very sweet medicated drink to help with that - I don't think it's awoken a sugar dragon, I'm really not enjoying the sweetness and in fact the thought of having more sweet food is not appealing. I'm really craving stodgy carbs though, and it's something I've been giving into. I've been eating meat and potatoes for dinner with not much veg, and I'm really low on energy. I know I need to turn things around, reintroduce more colourful veg and prep and plan more meals, hopefully I'll find some time and energy this weekend to do that. I am eating a lot more nakd bars than I should be, and I had a binge on raisins last night (which made me feel quite unwell). I'm very impressed that some of you are still going, I wish I had your strength and motivation - and I'm sure your results will be well worth it!
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    New resolutions for 2017

    So I'm struggling at the moment. I started coming down with a cold on Sunday night and it's full blown now. I've got the blocked nose, the chesty cough and the fever I feel really awful this morning, and if I hadn't had some drinks last night I'd probably call out sick from work, but my personal ethics system prevents me skipping work when I've had alcohol (which definately isn't helping this morning!). I'm taking an OTC medicated (sugary) hot drink which is doing crazy things to my blood sugar but I don't think I can get by without it. I'm not feeling inspired at the moment, I'm basically eating meat and potatoes at every meal and snacking a lot on nakd bars, which I know is bad, but I'm not craving anything more sugary than that so I'm not beating myself up too much. I'm exhausted, my oven needs cleaned, most of my pans are dirty and I feel guilty that I might be undoing my hard work from last month. I know I should be eating more veg, but because it's not prepped and the pork and mash is, I haven't been able to face making any. I think I'm a bit stressed at the moment. I need to have a conversation with my employers about a big life change that's coming up in couple of months and I'm waiting for a meeting with the first person I need to initiate this with. Plus I'm pretty scared about the change. But there's always something stressing me out. Melissa recommended Byron Katie's work in FFF which really did have an impact on me when I read it, but I do struggle to put the message into action. Urgh, I wish I could wave a magic wand and have energy, an unlimited supply of yummy healthy food and a clean kitchen. Life would be so much easier then. I'm sorry for such a self indulgent rant first thing in the morning. I've been overweight and exhausted my entire life, I don't know why I keep expecting that changing that will be easy. I just need to be kind to myself until I get past this cold and do the best I can until then. I know what I have to do, I just need to get out there and do it!
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    The crazy things people say

    My understanding is that the wheat we eat today was genetically modified in the 80s to make it easier to grow so actually the bread we have today isn't actually the same bread that people have been eating for thousands of years. Let me see if I can find the source.... .... here we go: http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/about/ Specifically: Products made from modern wheat contain forms of gliadin proteins, glutenins, wheat germ ag-glutinin, and other proteins never before encountered by humans.
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    New resolutions for 2017

    Hi Randi! Thanks so much for your post, good to hear you can reset after foods you regret without too much issue. It's not been a great week, but it's entirely down to lack of prep caused by 2 weekends away and premenstrual exhaustion. I didn't have food prepped for lunch so grabbed unhealthy available stuff. I didn't really want any of the unhealthy food but I didn't have the energy to seek out better choices. And to top it off we had pizza last night which has kept me awake all night with a horribly dry mouth, blocked sinus and stomach pains, not to mention a brain which won't switch off. We're meeting friends for drinks this afternoon but tomorrow I'm planning a cookup to prep for next week, and I'll be sure to plan lunches and dinners for the next 6 days to get back on track. The only thing I've reintroduced that I've really enjoyed is alcohol. Socialising is really important to me, and watching my friends drink whilst I sip a soda water is just not the same. I do want to reintroduce pulses sometime soon so I can share meals with my veggie OH but beyond that I think I'll be fine being w30 99% of the time. Just need to get my go-to meals sorted so that on tough days I can grab and go. I'm off to down a couple of pints of water in the hope I can grab some more sleep before we head out this afternoon.
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    FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Start Date? JOIN THIS THREAD!!

    Had an absolutely terrible few days food wise, and sufferring for it now. Entirely due to non planning and very little to do with cravings (apart from an unfortunate incident with a work birthday and some boxes of mini rolls!) Cumulated in pizza last night and I feel awful today (it's 4am on Saturday morning and I just can't sleep, my sinus are blocked, my mouth feels like something died in it, etc). I'm meeting some friends for drinks today but will do a cookup tomorrow and prep protein and veg for the week and do 99% compliance next week. My excuse is 2 weekends away in a row and pre-menstrual exhaustion. I had chicken and potatoes in the fridge for the week, but not enough else to quickly throw together lunch and dinner every day, so need to plan and prep better this week. It's not hard to eat compliant if you're organised, and the food is good. Hope others are doing better than me!
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    FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Start Date? JOIN THIS THREAD!!

    Today is day 30 + 4 and although I've not done a proper reintro, I have some observations. Of the food I've eaten, the only things I've really craved was the wine (I had a glass on Monday night and 3 glasses last night). I had some chocolates on Monday night too, but there were 4 in the box that I shared with OH and once they were gone I was ok to leave it at that. The reason I haven't eaten well is lack of planning more than anything else. I've eaten non compliant food not because I craved it and not because I enjoyed it more, but because it was there. So Monday there was couscous with my chicken shwarma, Tuesday I had buttermilk chicken, chips and ceaser salad (and had a horrible afternoon where the stress nearly made me cry - don't know if that's from the small amount of dairy or not), and dinner at a friends on Tuesday night with non compliant soup, crackers, houmous, pate and chartusiere. Yesterday was the worst, my company laid on sandwiches for a lunch time meeting and within 30 mins I had stomach cramps. Bread is definately off the table and I need to remember that. I also need to plan better, and prepare lunches too. Last night I had some drinks after work, the first glass of wine was beautiful, the second was good and the third kinda meh. I enjoy getting drunk with my friends once in a while, and that's something that's totally worth it, but I took myself home early last night and heated up some pre prepped chicken and potato rather than staying out too late. Got a killer headache this morning but just got to get through today and tomorrow before I can take some time this weekend to get organised. My kitchen is a mess - i have to wash some pans before I can make breakfast so I'd better go get on that now. Hope everyone is doing well, speak soon x
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    LadyLisbette, what a lovely post, thank you so much! I'm touched that I inspired you to keep track of your highs and lows. I am pretty proud that I made it to the end. I went to the staff canteen for lunch, they had a chicken shwarma served with couscous and cabbage/carrots/onions. So I guess I've jumped straight in with gluten grains (the one I know I have problems with). So far it's not too bad, although I've got terrible breath from the raw onions in the veg mix, and a very mild stomach discomfort. I'm quite sleepy too, but that's probably more due to lack of sleep than anything else. I don't really want to eat more wheat tonight, or carbs really, so I might just pick up some veg and have a chicken stirfry tonight. I've got chicken stock in the slow cooker, so I'll make some soup too if that's done. For the next 2 weeks my shift pattern at work is moving from 10am-6pm to 8:30am-4:30pm so I'll be getting up a lot earlier, but finishing work a lot earlier, so I'll be trying to walk home from work (around an hour) in the evenings which I'm really looking forward to. The hotel we stayed in on Saturday night left out chocolates and a bottle of wine, which we brought home with us. Might have to sneak in chocolate and wine into my slow rolled reintro very soon....
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    New resolutions for 2017

    Results day! In the last 30 days I have lost 8lbs which I'm pretty happy with. This weekend was hard in terms of saying no to things, i had a delicious steak on Friday night that I would have loved a glass of wine with. We went for a curry on Saturday, and I really missed the rice and naan, even though I did have a delicious main that I wouldn't normally have chosen that I believe was 100% compliant (the starter was another story!). This 30 days has been hard. I'm still exhausted, but I've made it through anyway. I still have spots, i still have some stomach upsets. I'm not noticing many NSVs. But I'm still very overweight, and you can't expect a magic wand to erase 20+ years of unhealthy lifestyle in 30 days. The next challenge is to carry on, w30 esque without falling completely off the wagon. Reintros will be slow rolled because I'm not expecting dramatic responses from my body anyway, and I'll just have to be hyper vigilant about sugar dragons and reactions. This 30 days has just been the start!
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    Day 31=results day! I've lost 8lbs which I'm pretty happy with. I roasted a chicken last night and baked some potatoes, so I'm set for the next few days in terms of throw together meals. Just need to be mindful of the non compliant things I'm reintroducing, and incredibly mindful of the effects they might have. Lunch today will be interesting, I was definately in a lunch rut last week and I don't currently have anything prepared to take in so I'll have to be a bit careful when it comes around. Thanks to Marjet for the words of encouragement. I think you have to be in the right mindset to do an extended w30, and I'm definately not there right now. I knew if I quit early then I'd never be able to do the program again, but I was incredibly resentful towards the end and feeling quite arbitrary about the whole plan. I'm just relieved to have gotten to this point, I'm honestly pretty shocked at how hard it was to say no stuff this time around!
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    FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Start Date? JOIN THIS THREAD!!

    Congrats on all your reintros, and commiserations for the ones that haven't gone too well. Today is day 30 for me. I'm not going to lie and say I've had a perfect whole30. I've eaten out 6 times and had the best choices available to me, without checking that there were no uncompliant ingredients sneaked in. And i know that in some cases there definately were and I ate them anyway. I've eaten far too many nakd bars in the last week. I haven't eaten enough green or rainbow veg in the last week, my evening meals have been very potato heavy. I haven't drunk enough water, I haven't had enough sleep. Perhaps because of that or because I'm a quite overweight person, or because of other, unknown reasons, I've not had amazing NSVs. I still don't have any energy, I still have upset stomachs from time to time, I still get breakouts. I think that when I weigh and measure tomorrow I'll see results there, but honestly, I think I've been good enough. I haven't eaten chocolate or crisps, or pizza and chips. I've turned down cakes and delicious desserts. I've watched my friends and family drink delicious alcohol and sipped a soda water and smiled (my partner had a rhubarb and ginger gin and tonic last night that smelt divine!). It's been hard and I've thought many times, what would be the harm in just one glass of wine, one uncompliant meal, but I've stayed on course and proud of that. So tomorrow the reintros start. Except I don't think I'll be able to tell how I feel after 2 or 3 meals. So maybe I'll slow roll it instead. Maybe I'll stick 90% compliant, watch out for things that cause big problems, and introduce wine first. I need to remember my long term goal is weightloss, and this 30 days is just the first step. So even if wine doesn't cause a reaction, or chips are totally fine, I can't start having them every day or I'll get nowhere.
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    New resolutions for 2017

    Today is day 27 and the end is in sight. I'm really struggling at the moment, sleep is not going well which means my energy levels are zero. I've struggled with food boredom this week, and had to come up with new lunch ideas because I couldn't face another salad. I've eaten far too many nakd bars in the last week, and I'm not drinking enough water. But apart from some questionably cooked chicken at last weekend's meal, and some iffy salad dressing the week before I've been compliant. I've resisted temptations and for the most part enjoyed the food. I wouldn't say I've missed any foods so much as I've missed the convenience of being able to buy lunch from the staff canteen or have a takeaway with my partner. The plan for reintros is to slow roll them but not worry too much about non compliance. I'm going to limit the "worth it" stuff because the goal is still weight loss, and I think that because I still don't feel great it's going to be hard to judge reactions to non compliant foods. Maybe in the future when life settles down a bit I'll manage a "perfect w30" with no eating out, more veggies (have I mentioned how much potato I'm eating right now?!) and I'll feel amazing, but that isn't this round. This round I have dragged myself through kicking and screaming, bargaining with my inner tantrumming toddler who just wants what everyone else is having, and I'm nearly at the end. I need to keep the toddler on a tight leash or she's going to fall face first into chocolate, alcohol and wine, and one thing I've proven in this round is that even if I'm tired and I really don't want to eat healthy, there's no reason why I can't. 3 days to go, ending with a night out tomorrow night and a curry on Saturday, I'm going to finish strong and start the next phase
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    FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Start Date? JOIN THIS THREAD!!

    SommerM, I'm so sorry for your loss. Be kind to yourself and do what you can. If you feel up to it then preparing a w30 compliant meal for your family may help everyone, but if not, then easy what you have to, w30 will still be here when you are ready. Not sure if you guys have Shrove Tuesday over there, but the Tuesday before lent in the UK is pancake day, traditionally the time when you would use up all the sugar and fat in your house before starting lent, but now an excuse to pig out! All over social media, in every restaurant and even in my office people have been eating pancakes. At my office there were crepes, american style pancakes and Dutch style mini pancakes, with cream, sugar, nutella and a tiny bit of fruit. I knew that pancake day would fall on w30, but I didn't think I'd care that much! I've done pretty well this time around with toilet issues. I identified early on that I couldn't eat certain things together and it's gone ok. But I'm still not sleeping well and I'm completely exhausted. I'm craving bread and alcohol (not so much the sweet stuff) and it's going to be a struggle not to go off the rails completely in the coming weeks. I probably should extend to a w45 or w60 or even w90, but I just can't face it. I'll carry on checking into the forum and writing up my log and try my best.
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    Really suffering from food boredom today. For the last 3 weeks I've had salad for lunch almost every day which I've constructed from salad leaves, tomatoes, beetroot, broccoli, avocado, crispy bacon pieces, cashews, cucumber and deli meat (salt beef, or cooked salmon). I buy all the stuff from the local shop on a Monday and construct it each lunchtime. Today the thought of it made me feel ill, so I went to the staff canteen and bought a jacket potato, some dry tuna and a side salad. Totally meh and unfulfilling. Having been away all weekend my kitchen is empty and I've done no food prep, so I'll have to go to the supermarket tonight and hope for inspiration. I don't think I'll have the energy to roast a chicken tonight, and I can't face pork again, so will probably end up with beef or pork mince and make burgers or sausage patties, which will give me leftovers for tomorrow, and then I guess I could do a stirfry or boodles Tuesday night for Wednesday lunch. No more salads though, that's for sure! Urgh, I hate running out of steam so close to the finish line! I was congratulating myself on this round being so easy and not having to stress about what to cook every day, but yeah, I need some new easy recipes to get me through this week and stop me from diving headfirst into a pizza next week. I'm off to browse the site.....