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    mompoet got a reaction from Healthierj in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    Quiet Saturday morning and I just sat down with Food Freedom Forever. It's day 26 on my second Whole30. I read partway through FFF at the end of my first Whole30 (October), and here I am again. I have just finished the very encouraging welcome chapter, in which Melissa Hartwig outlines what Food Freedom Forever means. I am reminded that it's going to be a journey, like the Whole30, and a lifetime of learning, with slips and resets, triumphs and learning curves. 
    As I begin thinking about reintroduction and reading this book, I am trying to notice what's different now, on day 26, from day 1. I am a generally very healthy eater, so the nutrition changes were not too difficult for me in the sense that I did not have to give up processed food, fast food, or junk food. I don't feel "tiger blood" in the sense of increased power, energy and feeling GGGGRRRREAT! because honestly I feel GGGGRRRREAT a lot of the time already! But there is something different. My body and mind feel calmer. I am not hungry between meals. I am not craving salty/sweet/empty snacks. I am do not put food into my mouth distractedly then think, "What did I just eat?" My tummy is flatter than it has been in a long time and my pants fit a bit better. My stomach and gut are quiet (no gurgling, puffing, talking to me after supper about being too full or still hungry). I like this calm. Now I would like another kind of calm. I would like to stop thinking about "What is my next meal?" as if it were an urgent issue. I know right now it's part of the Whole30 prep cycle, thinking ahead to be sure I have the food I need in the house, and the time to cook it. But honestly, I feel that a lot of the time when I am not on the Whole30. While I would never consider myself a hoarder in the classic sense, I think I am a bit of a food hoarder. I often buy more fruits and veggies than my family can eat before some of it goes past its prime. Sometimes I can rescue it in a soup or smoothie, sometimes I throw it away. I also have irrational thoughts like, "We have only 2 cans of coconut milk on the shelf." What if I want to make 4 recipes today that each need a can of coconut milk?" Then I start thinking about where I can fit a trip to the grocery in my busy day. If I do follow through, I'm logically sure that the coconut milk will sit on the shelf before I have time to cook anything with it. But my emotional mind won't sit securely until I have a bit of a stash of whatever thing I think I will need. I have that panic thinking sometimes about social situations "What if they only have potato chips, brie melts and pizza pops at that party?" which causes me to bring big, hearty salads to almost every social event (healthy, but sometimes overkill). You get the picture. I'd like to stop doing that because there is always healthy food available, and if there isn't, it's usually only an hour or two before I am in a place where there is healthy food available, and I am smart enough to plan (without obsessing) about how to manage it. So that's one thing I need to learn during my Food Freedom Journey.
    So there's my stated intention (probably one among many as I take this journey). I hope you are enjoying the book. Going now to read the next chapter - Melissa's own journey. It's good to know we all start somewhere, and we are all going somewhere. It's good to be going in the same direction as you all. It feels easier together.
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    mompoet reacted to Eye of the Tiger in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    I completed the slow roll reintro, except no gluten or dairy.  Other than a 3 day vacation to Nashville I've been doing w30.  When on vacation I just chose wisely for my body.  I thoroughly enjoyed my food freedom.  But I didn't want or eat the same kinds of foods I ate prior to w30.  I made conscious decisions about what I ate.  I think this has been an amazing journey.  I'm sure there will be pitfalls in the future.  At least now I have the knowledge and support to hopefully get through those times.
     
    Oh, and my husband, who has not done whole 30 but ate all the dinners I cooked, wants to do whole 30 when we get back from a week long trip to Colorado in June.  So, I will be doing another whole 30 in early June!  I will have a greater variety of recipes this go around!
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    mompoet got a reaction from spunky1 in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    Six days into a 7-day mini-reset after my vacation and a topsy-turvy back-to-work. My experience has been positive. I just went back to Whole30 rules again for one week, and I am feeling the calm again - calm digestive system, calm tummy (not hungry between meals), calm mind about what to eat and when, calm and confident that I am the one who is steering this boat. I'm going Food Freedom again after Monday (day 7), but happy I took this time to settle down again. One more tool to use on the journey to food freedom.
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    mompoet got a reaction from spunky1 in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    Six days into a 7-day mini-reset after my vacation and a topsy-turvy back-to-work. My experience has been positive. I just went back to Whole30 rules again for one week, and I am feeling the calm again - calm digestive system, calm tummy (not hungry between meals), calm mind about what to eat and when, calm and confident that I am the one who is steering this boat. I'm going Food Freedom again after Monday (day 7), but happy I took this time to settle down again. One more tool to use on the journey to food freedom.
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    mompoet got a reaction from spunky1 in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    Hi All, I got home from vacation in the early hours last Thursday, then hit the ground running. I am looking forward SO MUCH to this weekend when I won't have to jump out of bed at 6am and run out the door. It's all good, just a lot of it all at once!
    I think I did very well with my Food Freedom during a week in New York. I was there with my adult son, to visit my daughter over Easter. We got an AirBnB apartment, where I cooked breakfasts, so stayed totally W30 for that meal each day. There are so many restaurants to choose from, I was able to mostly stick to the meal template at lunches and dinners. A highlight was preparing fresh lettuce wraps for supper with my daughter at her place. I did enjoy a few glasses of wine and beer through the week (but not as many as I would have pre-W30), and my big splurge was sangria at my cousin's place, on Easter Sunday. It's our tradition, delicious, and definitely worth it! That was probably the most sugar that I chose during my whole trip, except for one scoop of ice cream at Princeton NJ's iconic Halo Pub ice cream shop (also worth it). The 3 different desserts at the end of the Easter meal did not tempt me in the least! We walked for miles, and even went for a nice long run along the Hudson River. It was easier than I thought it would be to take my new habits on vacation.
    I am now on my 7 day reset. I had planned to begin immediately upon my return as per Melissa's advice, but I wasn't successful at that. I began on Tuesday, so I'll be back to full Whole30 rules for 7 days (at least). I actually looked forward to it! The good news is that I have not felt awful or grumpy so far. I am hoping this means that my new habits have been healthy enough that switching to a mini-reset has not been such a big change as when I started my Whole30. 
    Congrats @Melly88! I second @spunky1 and @DaskiMom's encouragement to you about exercise. I think it's important to stick with a new exercise plan for at least 30 days (like we did with our healthy eating plan), and give it time to find out how good it feels (eventually!) I hope you find something that you enjoy, and that gives you the benefits that you are looking for. Keep us posted!
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    mompoet reacted to DaskiMom in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    A few weeks in to reintro and I'm still learning so much! For example - when I'm eating clean, wine has such a sleep-inducing effect that completely outweighs the (delicious) taste that it's just not worth it.  Also, as much as I love roasted beets, they DO NOT love me.  At all.  I pay for those suckers for days! I've gotten back to the journal and find that I actually enjoy it - not only does it keep me accountable, but it makes it easy to suss out patterns and connections, which it kind of the point of this whole exercise! 
    I still struggle with my Sugar Dragon at times, but when I really feel him, I don't cave.  I know that sugar is my "gateway drug" and I'm trying to be very mindful of keeping it out of my life.  I have been using Califia Farms almond coconut vanilla creamer in my coffee which does contain sugar, but haven't noticed that it triggers additional cravings or negative effects. Everything else is still sugar-free.  Well, except for the occasional piece of bacon, but honestly my kids usually inhale all of it before I can get any, so that's pretty rare.
    Husband and I are finally officially introducing gluten tomorrow and dairy next Friday.  I'm not too worried about gluten as homemade bread and tons of baked goods were a BIG part of our diet pre-W30.  But even it all goes well, I plan to keep it to a minimum in our diet - I'll just learn to adapt the recipes that I can and those that I can't I'll make for a special treat. I expect dairy to be horrible. I know, why intoduce it then? Because I need to know.  I need to know if cheese is off the menu forever. 
    How's everyone else doing? I think this is @frogtox's Birthday Extravaganza Weekend - hopefully all is going well and you're making choices you're happy with.  Happy 29th!  
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    mompoet reacted to spunky1 in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    @Eye of the Tiger Congrats on getting your husband on board! My husband thinks this is a bunch of BS. But he eats the food without complaint. Then again I should be thankful because making lunch for both him and me would probably break me. Right now, he only eats the dinners.
    After finally finishing FFF, I'm planning on doing the annual January 1 reset like the book recommends.  And sticking to the recommendations in FFF about no cheat days, etc.  Just letting the decisions to go off plan come up and deciding then. I really do go crazy when I plan food/drinking events, so that part of FFF really spoke to me.
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    mompoet reacted to spunky1 in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    Congrats @Melly88! I'm on my sugar reintroduction day and it is not going well. I'm not sure what the problem is.  I have plans for sugar all day.  I found a chocolate bar that is just cacao and sugar (no soy, dairy, etc. - some of them even have wheat!). I'm eating the sunflower butter with sugar that my husband bought when I expressly told him NO SUGAR! I have churro marshmallows that are also otherwise compliant (they are yummy!).  But my body is not reacting well.
    Regarding exercise, do you have any gym memberships? If so, you may want to start going. Try it for a week. If not, I've heard good things about Daily Burn and Beachbody on Demand. They have beginner programs if that is where you are at. I have a gym membership to all the 24 Hour Fitness locations, day passes at a climbing gym, plus I pay for some Fit4Mom classes from time to time. I want to try Orangetheory Fitness, but I really can't justify another membership! I need to use the ones I have. I do work out 3 times a week at my gyms. But I want to do more, just not sure how to fit it in.  Getting up early to workout at home doesn't appeal to me, plus my kid sometimes gets up super early and she will interrupt. Driving to the gym in the morning is a frustrating time suck. Now that the weather is nicer, I may try to hike around my house in the mornings so if my kid gets up, my husband has to deal with it. And I'm not driving 20 minutes back and forth to the gym. I think, sort of like Whole30, you need to figure out what works with your schedule, force yourself to do it for a week, and then reassess. Once it becomes a habit, its so much easier.  Like my workouts 3 times a week, they happen like clockwork now.
    The one piece of Whole30 advice I've seen is pick two of the following three: go hard, go long, go often.  Hope that's helpful!
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    mompoet reacted to Melly88 in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    I am officially done and am ready to begin my new way of eating! 
    I just finished my first Whole 30 + Reintro.  Took me 47 days.  I lost about 6 pounds (honestly thought it would have been a little more) and lost over 9 inches (waist, hips, bust, upper arms, thighs and calves). 
    I am a sedentary person and wanted to tackle the eating part before I jumped into the exercise part… My next challenge !  And with the Whole30 under my belt – introducing exercise and activity - should be a breeze!  I just wish there was a Whole30 for physical activity… Hmmm, any suggestions?
    I learned a lot on this journey.  I now know:
    1.)    Soy does not agree with my guts, like at all!
    2.)    Processed Sugar does not agree with my joints
    3.)    Gluten is evil (no personal reaction, just evil)
    4.)    Dairy should not be consumed by adults (again, no reaction, just choice)
    I have also severed the ties between my salivary glands and sugar!  I was able to get thru Easter without desserts, birthday parties without cake and ice cream, movie theaters without snacks, etc.  I have even slayed my Diet Coke addiction (#TheStruggleIsREAL).  I know that I will never be able to avoid sugar all together (that $&*! Is in everything) – I will opt for natural sugars (Agave, Honey, Pure Maple Syrup, Organic Coconut Sugar, Evaporated Cane Juice – and maybe some Stevia) all in moderation, of course!
    I was always a “Splash of Coffee with my Fat Free Sugar Free Chemical Coffee Creamer” kinda girl.  My daily splurge is now a cup of Joe with Califia’s almond coconut vanilla creamer (2-3 tablespoons in a 10 ounce cup of coffee).  Hey @DaskiMom: it comes in Hazelnut too! While it still has a little sugar, it is missing all those horrible chemicals and artificial this and that.  I feel it is a much better choice – and that is a WIN! 
    I know I couldn’t have accomplished this without the support of the Whole30 books and FREE website materials (blows my mind), this AWESOME forum, and the Real Plans Support (SO worth it!).  I found daily inspiration from you all, especially: @frogtox, @spunky1, @DaskiMom, @Eye of the Tiger and @mompoet.  You are some of the most incredible women, and I am incredibly blessed to have been on this journey with you!
    Thanks to this experience, I am now a label reading, waitress questioning, meal planning, nutrition informed BADA$$! (That's the Tiger Blood talking!)   
     
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    mompoet got a reaction from DaskiMom in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    Happy almost birthday @frogtox! Have heart, you will find your way to feeling really great. We are all experimenting in big and meaningful ways right now, while balancing our everyday life. It gives me a new perspective on the "Yahoo! I made it!" euphoria of Day 30. Now I know for sure it's just the beginning. I hope we continue to connect here in the forum and continue to encourage one another.
    Oh @Eye of the Tiger! I am sorry about rice! Go figure, though - it's often thought to be one of the most benign foods. I guess not for you. I admire you dedication to a really slow, thoughtful reintroduction. I think your patience and careful work through reintroduction will really help you in your pursuit of food freedom.
    @KiwiJG what a lovely celebration to anticipate. I am glad to know you are approaching your 50th in good health, with anticipation of much zestful living!
    My week in NYC during reintroduction is going bump-bump-bump-smile-crash-laugh-bump. It reminds me of the Indiana Jones Ride at Disneyland (do they still have that ride?) I am making decisions on the fly, and having to shift gears and fly over bumps without much preparation. The slow roll I was hoping for is not happening, but I am managing to try just one new food category in a day, without mixing it up. We do have a kitchen in our AirBnB so I can make breakfasts to the template, but we are out and about so much, lunch and supper are at restaurants. On the plus side, I'm managing to resist the ooey gooey sweet stuff, even on Easter Sunday when we visited with family in NJ for the day. One more sign I'm doing pretty well: I am not hungry between meals. That has to be the most dramatic change I have noticed with Whole 30. The protein/fat/veg combo in the meal template makes for a steady, satisfying state of energy and hunger management. 
    In Food Freedom Forever, Melissa has a vacation strategy. I'm following it pretty well except that I have shortcutted my reintroduction phase. The strategy finishes with a mini-reset immediately upon returning home. I am actually looking forward to going back full-Whole30 for 7-10 days when I return to normal life. In the meantime: bump-bump-bum-crash-smile-crash-laugh-wheee!
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    mompoet reacted to spunky1 in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    Happy Easter! The alcohol reintroduction went a lot better than anticipated. I drank a lot of water, before, during and after. I think that made all the difference.  But I won't drink again unless it's really worth it. Last night was my husband's bday and we had reservations at a really nice bar that makes great cocktails. 
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    mompoet reacted to Eye of the Tiger in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    @spunky1 It's so funny how we each have different responses to foods.  Legumes didn't affect me much other than some mild constipation, so they will be an occasional thing.  And I'm doing the "slow roll" reintro.  I started a day or 2 before I think everyone else here.  And I've only reintro'd legumes and corn, on 2 separate days, 5 days apart (with completely compliant meals between).  I'm going to reintro oats separately than other non-gluten grains because I think I have an issue specifically with oats, and want to find out for sure.  And dairy and gluten won't be reintro'd for a long long time, if ever.  
    I don't mind doing the slow reintro though because food tastes so great!
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    mompoet reacted to MeadowLily in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    @mompoet  There are times when nothing else will do...hearing it straight from the mouth of the W30 creator.  Who can say it better or what they really, really mean.   No one but Melissa.  For real. 
    Happy Easter. 
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    mompoet got a reaction from spunky1 in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    Oh @spunky1, I am sorry about the legumes. I hope you'll be able to keep peanut butter in your repertoire if you love it. I hope your alcohol reintro goes well on Saturday. I did have the wine after work (or more accurately after supper) habit, so I'm going to be careful. It was definitely a habit rather than "worth it." I had a beer at supper after a long day traveling on Wednesday. It sure tasted good - a splendid, hoppy, IPA. But after a few sips, I decided that I really didn't need to drink the whole thing, so I gave it to my son. I usually have only one glass of wine, or one beer, but now I'm going to try to stay mindful of just how much of that one drink is actually satisfying. I will stop when I feel like further sips won't add anything to the value of the experience! During my W30 I had a glass of club soda with a squeeze of lemon or lime after supper on quite a few nights. Reading the excerpt that you quoted from Melissa, @MeadowLily, I said, "That's me!" So I will heed your advice and Melissa's and work on that as a relationship issue, rather than an ingredients issue! I think a cup of herbal tea is also a good thing to sip in the evening, and is NOT a wine stand-in! This is my second Whole 30, my second re-introduction. I am learning a lot!
    @DaskiMom, I am glad that FFF is resonating for you too! It has helped me a lot on this vacation so far. Today I ate lunch at a Thai restaurant with my son and daughter. We ordered 3 dishes to share. My daughter asked if it would be okay to include pad thai, which has rice noodles. I thought about it and said OK. I love pad thai, it will be worth it. Well, I tasted a bite of the pad thai and I thought "NOT worth it." So I didn't have any more. I totally enjoyed the other dishes that were made up of W30 compliant ingredients, and I left feeling like I had scored a small victory on my way to food freedom.
    Here's to successful navigation through chocolate bunny day, coming up!
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    mompoet reacted to Eye of the Tiger in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    @frogtox @spunky1 @mompoet, it looks like we are all doing pretty well with reintro, and figuring out how foods affect us.  I'm going on a long weekend vacation on the 27th, and since I'm not reintro-ing dairy and gluten for a long time I will be finishing reintro the weekend before my little vaca.  So after that last reintro I will be doing a mini reset before doing the whole conscious "is it worth it" during my trip.
    On another note, the weather is beautiful here!  I've been enjoying some nice walks lately 
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    mompoet got a reaction from Eye of the Tiger in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    @spunky1 Good news about the dairy. And great idea to retry it and be super observant about mood. I will try that approach too, if I notice something but I'm not sure!
    Welcome home @frogtox. I am glad to hear you did well with your vacation food choices. There's some awesome advice about planning for vacations in Food Freedom Forever - basically to do a mini-reset before you go on vacation, do your best to make good choices while you are away based on "is it worth it," then return immediately to reset mode when you return home. By this description, you are doing just as Melissa Hartwig suggests!
    Thanks also for the kombucha instructions. I have a friend at the yoga studio who makes it. I will ask her for a scoby (or where to source one locally). 
    I flew to New York today, for a week's vacation. I'm going to do my best too! So far I ate some cheese by accident in a chopped salad that I got at the airport during our lunch-hour layover. That would not have been my first choice for reintroduction, but done's done, so we'll see if it has any negative effects. I'm determined to wait it out through tomorrow at least before I include reintroducing anything else. And an accident can be my excuse exactly one time!
    I finished reading FFF on the plane. It's full of very practical and encouraging advice. Good timing for me out here where controlling what's available is more difficult - but still not impossible. Now let's all make it through Easter making choices that work for us!
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    mompoet got a reaction from Eye of the Tiger in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    @spunky1 Good news about the dairy. And great idea to retry it and be super observant about mood. I will try that approach too, if I notice something but I'm not sure!
    Welcome home @frogtox. I am glad to hear you did well with your vacation food choices. There's some awesome advice about planning for vacations in Food Freedom Forever - basically to do a mini-reset before you go on vacation, do your best to make good choices while you are away based on "is it worth it," then return immediately to reset mode when you return home. By this description, you are doing just as Melissa Hartwig suggests!
    Thanks also for the kombucha instructions. I have a friend at the yoga studio who makes it. I will ask her for a scoby (or where to source one locally). 
    I flew to New York today, for a week's vacation. I'm going to do my best too! So far I ate some cheese by accident in a chopped salad that I got at the airport during our lunch-hour layover. That would not have been my first choice for reintroduction, but done's done, so we'll see if it has any negative effects. I'm determined to wait it out through tomorrow at least before I include reintroducing anything else. And an accident can be my excuse exactly one time!
    I finished reading FFF on the plane. It's full of very practical and encouraging advice. Good timing for me out here where controlling what's available is more difficult - but still not impossible. Now let's all make it through Easter making choices that work for us!
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    mompoet got a reaction from Eye of the Tiger in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    I went out to our local craft brewery Sunday afternoon, and had a beer with my son. We also ate ribs and coleslaw from the food truck outside. I'm sure the sauce on the ribs had sugar in it, but otherwise I think all was introducing was the beer. I enjoyed a big fresh IPA immensely, until I was about 2/3 through the glass, then I decided I had enough, so I gave the rest to my son. That's a first for me! I felt pretty good, so I thought I was in the clear for beer, but at early morning yoga I started to feel a bit queasy. The feeling stuck around until I had my breakfast (after yoga), but that's my normal routine, and usually I am ok with it. I wonder if the beer is not good for me. I hope that's wrong! I'll not drink beer again for a while, then try it again when I'm not going to yoga super early in the morning.
    Is anyone getting into Food Freedom Forever yet?
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    mompoet reacted to frogtox in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    I'm back from our vacation, and I did a little better than I thought I would (i.e., it wasn't an utter failure). I think the only thing I consciously avoided successfully was dairy and gluten, which are big ones. Because we had to go out to eat, I wasn't overly fussy if the mayo was made with a non-compliant oil, etc.  But, I introduced way too much at once. Thankfully I didn't experience too much distress, and kept notes on what I ate. 
    Last night, however, I ate a piece of Lindt chocolate (my husband bought about three pounds of it, grrr) and today my guts hate me. I feel awful, so think the dairy must have done me in. I've not gotten a chance to go to the grocery store since returning from vacation so am looking forward to doing that tonight and getting back on the Whole30 plan for a few days then trying to do a more proper re-introl 
    Glad to see everyone doing well... keep us posted!
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    mompoet reacted to DaskiMom in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    Happy Monday! Legume reintro day over here and guess who forgot to buy peanut butter??
    I managed to dig up some dry roasted peanuts I had stashed in the "Forbidden Foods" bins I have in the basement and had a handful with breakfast.  I wasn't ever a huge fan of peanuts and peanut butter was one of those things that is best when served with chocolate (which I'm still not having), so I'm kind of "meh" about peanuts.  Beans, on the other hand, I kind of miss so I'm hoping that my black beans with lunch and chick peas with dinner are well-tolerated by both me and husband.
    Question about reintro (this may be in the books and I missed it, so bear with me) - if we reintro something and there are no real ill effects, does that stay on the menu going forward or does it go back on the "no" list until we finish reintroducing everything else? In other words, I had wine on Thursday evening and it was fine. We still had half of the bottle left, though, so we had a glass with dinner on Saturday night. Again, felt like I didn't need to finish the glass (so I didn't), but didn't notice any other symptoms.  Should we have done that, though? Can we have wine now whenever or do we have to go completely W30 clean until we finish reintro? Am I making any sense???
    @KiwiJG - I haven't made my own kombucha before, but I'm all about DIY in the kitchen, so please share how you got started! I looked on Amazon and saw a few starter kits, but wanted to get your input first since you've done it successfully already. 
    @Sara13 - so funny - I made the salmon cakes yesterday for my lunches this week and could kick myself for not making them before now! I made them pretty tiny (heaping tablespoon-sized) so I could have three on my salad for lunch.  YUM!
    NSV for the weekend - neighbor sent over some amazing-looking birthday cake yesterday. Cake is my weakness - the thicker the buttercream, the better. Kids each had a piece and the last little sliver sat on a plate on the counter staring at me. I knew I couldn't have the cake part as we're still off gluten, but that buttercream (also technically not allowed as it BUTTERcream) was calling me... so I had a swipe.  Just a fingertip worth. And it was okay.  Not amazing enough to go back for another swipe, so I stopped there and had my tea. Obviously I gave in to a bit of craving, but I stopped when I realized that it wasn't worth it.  For me, that's huge.
     
     
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    mompoet reacted to spunky1 in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    Doing good! Half and half with my coffee this morning, but it was kind of gross without sugar.  I prefer it black now. Also, I put half and half in my scrambled eggs and had goat cheese with sauteed spinach. I feel fine, which is surprising.  Really enjoyed the goat cheese. I'm going to have some cheese with my chicken hash for lunch and then a baked potato with butter, sour cream, and compliant bacon along with my carnitas this evening.
    I did weigh myself this morning (I almost forgot to do it!) and although I haven't weighed myself in a while, I'm down 2 lbs from January, when I was probably trying to lose weight in earnest.  So that's good! 
    In about a week, I'm going whole hog with the alcohol for my husband's birthday.  Tequila! My husband is expecting to carry me home.
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    mompoet reacted to DaskiMom in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    Looking forward to our first actual reintro tonight - a nice cold glass of reisling with the Egg Roll Bowl someone posted either here or on the Starting March 6 page.  I can pick up sushi and dumplings for the kids, will make the bowls with sesame broc for husband and I and see how the wine goes down... 
    He weighed in this morning and was down 8 pounds (from 156 to 148!) He is a bean pole, always has been. (I joke that my life's goal is always to weight less than my husband... and except for pregnancies, I've been *mostly* successful )   I was worried about his losing too much weight, but he said he feels awesome.  His "skinny jeans" are comfy again and his suit was back to having "room for dinner" as he likes to say.  
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    mompoet reacted to Melly88 in Started March 6 - Reading Food Freedom Forever   
    It is THE BEST!  I use this recipe: http://www.mostlyhomemademom.com/2014/07/eggroll-in-bowl.html?m=1.  I substitute ground chicken and coconut aminos during the W30.  It was so quick and easy... And so good!  I hope you like it!
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    mompoet reacted to Sara13 in Starting March 6   
    Remembered to weigh myself this morning - couldn't believe I was 7.5lbs down!  I've been working out the past two weeks too, so I am feeling toned and healthy.  I went back to my eggs and veggies this morning, a doughnut didn't even sound appealing now that I've had my one..I'd call that a huge NSV!
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    mompoet reacted to frogtox in Starting March 6   
    Last time I did Whole30 I had the same meal at breakfast and didn't really need the syrup because the berries were sweet enough for me. This time I did add a little to enhance the flavor (maybe the berries weren't as ripe?). My thinking: I don't really have a sugar dragon... I can take or leave sweets. And, the syrup is pretty natural, and stuff we distilled down from our own sap so much less harmless than a pile of white sugar.

    I totally hear you on finding a balance between actually enjoying your life and abstaining from any food that brings you pleasure. Too bad more of the pleasurable things aren't compliant, haha