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    Starting March 6

    YAY! Congratulations everyone on our on-scale and non-scale victories! I knew we could do it! I haven't weighed myself in about 10 years, so I'm not sure if I lost weight. My tummy is flatter, and my jeans aren't squeezing me the way they were on day 1, so I'm guessing my body composition has shifted a bit. Other things I have noticed: When I was younger (in my 30s and 40s) people used to compliment me all the time on my skin. That hasn't happened for a while - until last week. Three people have spontaneously told me that my skin is so clear and bright. I haven't noticed any changes, but somebody is seeing something. I'll take it! My body is calmer. I am not hungry between meals. After meals my tummy does not yell, "Too full!" or "Still hungry!" I just feel good inside myself. More energy - When I take some time to sit down, I am ready to get up sooner, and do something interesting, fun or productive. Better sleep. I love sleep. I am waking up less in the night, and falling back to sleep more easily. I think I am probably averaging an extra 30 to 45 minutes per night of good sleep. This seems small, but it adds up - maybe the source of that extra energy! I am reading the reintroduction chapter of Food Freedom Forever. It's so applicable to what we are all grappling with this week. I'll check in about that on the other thread. (see the link below) My reintroduction plan is a slow roll. I am looking forward to a glass of wine with my husband this evening. I'll wait until supper time - earlier in the day reintroduction might be frowned upon at work. Congratulations and thank you for the support. Let's keep it going as we start the next phase of this adventure.
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    Starting March 6

    We (almost) did it! Day 30 will be sweet! I'm going to do reintro slowly, like you @Eye of the Tiger. I followed the protocol in the book last time, and didn't find anything obviously troublesome. I'm feeling so much better now, I want to keep that feeling. I hope by going more slowly I might notice something I didn't notice last time. I'll do a drum roll for all of you on your weigh-ins - whether they are on day 30 or day 31. Please let us know how they turn out! Like you, @DaskiMom, I'm not really dying to eat anything that I've taken out. @frogtox - I love your photo too! Have a triumphant day tomorrow, everyone!
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    Starting March 6

    Day 26 you guys! I sat down this morning with Food Freedom Forever. If you have it, and you haven't started reading, please don't wait until Day 31. It's tremendously encouraging about life after Whole30. Just a reminder that I started a thread here, for post Whole30 and reading the book. I'll see you all here or there. Happy April 1st. Watch out for Brussells sprouts wrapped up and packaged like Ferrero Roche chocolates today. Here's the April Fool: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3372094/Jokers-dip-Brussels-sprouts-chocolate-Ferrero-Rocher-wrappers.html Here's the Post Whole30 Discussion Thread:
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    Starting March 6

    Must be Friday, we are all talking about food! @DaskiMom Cool about alternating half-marathon training with your husband. That's a great thing to look forward to and prepare for during your summer break. As for lunches, I often put a couple of handfuls of baby spinach into the bottom of a microwavable container, top with leftover protein from supper, then reheat it all at lunchtime. Without a carb-heavy veg component, it is not nap-inducing! The spinach wilts beautifully in the time it takes to heat the protein. @Sara13 When I'm not on Whole 30 my pre-workout mini-meal is Mary's Organic Crackers and hummus. My Whole 30 variation is 1/4 cup of cubed cooked chicken breast, and less than that of olives or nuts. Sometimes I throw in a few snap pea pods for freshness and crunch. Before Whole30 I never would have considered this as something I would eat before exercising, but now I think it's delicious. I coach at a 10k Learn to Run clinic. Last night I had this mini meal at about 5pm before leaving work. I ran with my group (about 8k - so not an intense or long workout) at 6:45, then we all hit the hot tub at the rec centre for a treat after the run. I got home about 9pm, and I wasn't terribly hungry for my real supper. Occasionally I pack a smoothie for a quick breakfast after my early morning hot yoga class. I use the Classic Green Monster Smoothie from the first Oh She Glows Cookbook: http://ohsheglows.com/2011/01/13/classic-green-monster/ I think it's about as far from a sugar bomb as you can get. I still try to avoid smoothies, but I think this is a good one, when it's the only thing that will work for my schedule.
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    Starting March 6

    @frogtox That's awesome - a half-marathon! I top out at 10k runs, so nutrition during the race isn't an issue for me. I did a 10k during my first Whole30 last October. I packed my own finish line nutrition - a small cooked yam, some walnut pieces and some chicken breast cubes! A new use for gear-check, I think! I hope @DaskiMom 's recipes are helpful for you! Hang in there, we are almost at the finish line of this Whole30. Have fun on your 8 mile run this weekend. I hope you are smiling all the way!
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    Starting March 6

    @DaskiMom @frogtox are you working out in training for running events?
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    Starting March 6

    @frogtox I love science! I'll order myself a copy of It Starts with Food. Thanks for the tip.
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    Starting March 6

    @frogtox @spunky1 Yikes - I'm going on vacation too, but not until one week after day 30. I'll travel to New York with my son, to visit my daughter over Easter. I have booked an AirBnB (whole apartment) with kitchen, and my daughter has done 2 Whole30s, so I think I'll be able to stick to my plan for a slow roll reintroduction. I visit New York a couple of times each year, so I don't feel like I have to eat all of the foods! We'll have Easter supper with my cousin and her family in NJ, but I always help cook when I go to their place, so we should be okay. I am not going to start with legumes (although I do love hummus!) I am going to start with wine. That will mean I can have a treat while I am away, but still eat mostly W30 compliant foods and roll slowwwwly. If something absolutely un-refusable comes along, I will eat it and find out what happens. I am going to postpone wheat and dairy for as long as I can as I suspect they may be causing me to feel not as good as I do now (At least that's the plan.) I would love to keep this thread going through our reintroduction. Let's be kind to ourselves and encourage one another. We are all works in progress, beautiful, wonderful, strong and resilient.
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    Starting March 6

    @frogtox I just tried the lemon artichoke chicken. I can't believe how easy it was and how delicious! I made some ordinary mashed potatoes for my husband and son (with butter and sour cream), and I ate mine with a couple of little new yukon gold potatoes, a boiled beet, and fresh asparagus. It was lovely. AND there's enough left over for a couple of lunches. This recipe is a keeper!
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    Starting March 6

    Whoah! @frogtox you prevailed over some big challenges this weekend. Congratulations! I know what you mean about the exhausted feeling towards the end, and the mental challenge of reintroduction. Let's hope that the practical tips in the book (and encouragement from one another) will help us succeed. I am feeling a lot better than I was 23 days ago, and I want to continue to feel better, so I'm going to try a slow roll reintroduction. I laughed when I read about your forbidden food dreams. My last Whole30 I dreamed repeatedly about guzzling glass after glass of skim milk! This time I have dreamed just once - of drinking Fresca! Some exciting food dreams huh - skim milk and diet soda! @DaskiMom I think our kids must think we are crazy sometimes. Get that Nutella out of my mouth! Please let me know if you think I should get It Starts with Food. I'm starting again reading Food Freedom Forever. I got partway through last time then got distracted. I do have post-it-notes sticking to pages through the first half of the book, so I'll be able to find the parts I need to refer to as I start out on "real life" after Whole30 this time. Thanks for the recipe recommendation. I will try it soon!
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    Starting March 6

    Here's our new thread for reading Food Freedom Forever, and rocking out re-introduction phase.
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    Starting March 6

    Wonderful! Thanks @ShannonM816
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    Starting March 6

    Is there a moderator out there who can suggest how (and where) to start a thread about working with Food Freedom Forever during our preparation and reintroduction (and beyond?)
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    Starting March 6

    Hang in there everyone. We can make it through the last 11 days. I started reading Food Freedom Forever at the end of my first Whole30, then got too busy to finish it. I'll go back to it again. For those of us who are reading it, how about sharing some of the things we read in it, and chat about it here? It might be inspiring to know that we are all contemplating how to make real life eating work after day 30. I am hoping to do a "slow roll" reintroduction this time. Last time I was in a hurry to add all of the foods back in, so I don't think I really took the time I needed to listen to my body and find out which foods were taking away from my feeling of tip-top health. I do know I'm feeling so much better now, so there must be something in there I need to adjust. I had a big day Thursday - an all-day off-site training for work where delicious foods were provided for breakfast, lunch and breaks. I packed my own (Whole30 chili, olives, raw vegetables) and heated it in the microwave at the training venue. Nobody pushed me to eat the pasta, quinoa, salad with feta, meat with unknown condiments, etc. After training all day, I went right back to my job at the rec centre, where our Iranian Seniors were celebrating Norooz. I knew that I could not go to the dinner and not eat, but I couldn't tell if any of the dishes had non-compliant ingredients. I got some help on the "Travel and Dining Out" forum, and prepared two Persian recipes - a main dish and a salad - which I brought to add to the banquet. That was a lot of work, and some anxiety about whether it would turn out well, and how my hosts would receive it (I did not want to insult them by saying I could not eat their food!) All turned out well. My hosts were impressed with my effort, and really too busy to check what I was choosing from the buffet. I was able to enjoy the dishes I brought (they were yummy!) as well as plain fresh fruits and vegetables that were offered. The music, dancing, and poetry made the evening delicious in all ways. When I got home, I was exhausted. I fell into bed almost immediately. I am accustomed to working long days, so I wonder if it was the emotional impact? Staying with the plan is emotionally challenging, as well as physically difficult. I slept for 8 1/2 hours and felt much better in the morning. I think Food Freedom Forever has help for dealing with the emotional/social aspects of changing lifestyle habits for better health. I am going to go looking. Thanks for sticking with this long check in. I am admiring all of you, and I'm going to cook that chicken and artichoke dish Sunday for sure!
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    Norooz

    Trying to post the photo, but I can't do it. Sorry!