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    RandiW reacted to SugarcubeOD in What if I skip Saturated Fat?   
    Another book to add to the recommendations is Eat the Yolks by Liz Wolfe. 
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    RandiW reacted to racheleats in Whole 30 Day 23 - Help!   
    Nuts can be really hard on your digestion! In the past when I've been having stomach troubles the first thing I always notice is that I'm eating more nuts than normal. Try bumping up your meal sizes so you don't need to snack, and try a different fat source!
    Also, raw veggies can be hard on your stomach!
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    RandiW reacted to littleg in Binge eating and re-starting Whole30   
    @hmg1993 I was a chronic logger.  I just stopped.  Cold turkey.  Haven't used it in years.  I didn't gain 100 lbs.  
    What makes you log each day?  Do you log before you eat (to help you figure out what/how much to eat) or after (to see how much more you can eat) (<-- that was me) or for some other reason?  How does not logging your food make you feel?  Like if I took away your MFP access for a day or a week?  
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    RandiW reacted to Alisha in Binge eating and re-starting Whole30   
    Just wanted to check in, I've had a really great first few days. I know it won't last so I'm enjoying it while it does! I had recently went back to food tracking and counting calories/macros so it feels really freeing to not be doing that. I just have to work on listening to my body now, and I've been trying to keep notes (aka journal) daily. I also starting hitting the gym more consistently the last couple of weeks so that may be part of why I'm feeling good.
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    RandiW reacted to SugarcubeOD in How to get back on?   
    Instead of looking at doing a full Whole30 and seeing that as daunting perhaps, why not commit to having one Whole30 day.  Just focus on the next meal and then the next one and before you know it, you'll be feeling good again and that may help keep you going.
    Did you do your reintroductions last time?  If not, then you might tell yourself that you're doing another Whole30 so you can carry out the reintroductions - sometimes having a concrete 'reason' aside from 'just because I want to feel good' is motivation to do it.
    If you can't do a full Whole30 and you've done reintroductions and know how food makes you feel then how about making a WholeAnnayllop program? For instance, maybe on WholeAnnayllop, you ALWAYS eat a Whole30 template breakfast and bring your lunch to work.  Maybe it means you don't eat treats inside your house but when out with someone and worth it, you have a little ice cream or bread at a restaurant.  Whatever parameters you think might work, do that for a week and then reassess...
    And for some recognition, you'll notice if you read through this subthread, you're definitely not alone in having struggles getting back to it... there are a LOT of conversations about just this including much more advice similar to what I've outlined above... 
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    RandiW reacted to jen c in What has been your most lasting food habit after Whole30?   
    My first W30 was more than two years ago.  Since then, I've never gone back to putting sugar in my coffee or tea and when drinking them at home, I use canned coconut milk as creamer instead of 1/2 & 1/2.  Having protein with every meal has stuck strongly too. 
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    RandiW reacted to ShannonM816 in Adding sweetener to coffee. Least bad choice   
    If you reintroduce it, you treat it just like any other reintroduction -- have it for a day, then 2-3 days back to Whole30 eating, then continue to leave it out as you do other reintroductions.
    The most likely reaction to adding any sweetener back to your meals is that you will crave more sweets. It's not guaranteed that you'll have that reaction, and you could have other reactions too, although I'm not sure what reactions stevia is likely to cause. 
    As for whether it's a bad option, no sweetener is really going to enhance your health. We can't really tell you which one to use, or how often it's okay to use it, that's something you have to decide for yourself. If it's something you really love, reintroduce it and see what happens. Just pay attention to how you feel, both immediately on reintroducing it, and going forward if you choose to use it regularly. If you notice your coffee consumption goes way up because you like it better with the stevia, that might be something to keep an eye on. Or if you use it once and have no issues, but notice as you have it every morning, you start to to crave more sweet things over time, that's something to watch for.
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    RandiW reacted to ladyshanny in Reintro Advice Please   
    For the first one, cake isn't the best because the cake itself or icing likely has soy in it (if bought) as well as dairy throughout.  As a person who just threw her husband a bday party last night and didnt eat the cake, I have to say it wasn't a big deal at all. 
    For the fat adaptation, the trick is to continue with the meal template and timing for the most part and not start relying on carbs for the bulk of your meals or for snacks.
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    RandiW reacted to laura_juggles in Impact of eating starchy veggies?   
    There's also a huge difference in the impact to your blood sugar when having a breakfast like you had (with carbs, protein, and fat) and having a breakfast like pancakes which is virtually all sugary carbs. 
    You can't just look at one aspect of what you're having in a meal (like the beets) when you're not having *only* beets as your meal. Maybe comparing beets to pancakes, you'd see a similar impact on blood sugar, but when you factor in the eggs, avocado, and whatever else was in the hash, it completely changes things. 
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    RandiW reacted to Majjam in What if you have to eat some disallowed food for work?   
    Thanks for the replies!  I realize this is kind of a weird criteria, and that I cannot achieve the true whole 30 experience if I keep eating work product.  But I had similar thoughts to Jim that I might still see some benefits to doing  what I have been calling "ninetyfive%30" and try to minimize my dairy/sugar intake at work as much as possible. 
     I am happy to say that after a little over a week, I have managed to avoid eating any work product and people are being understanding.  Not sure if I can totally avoid for 30 days, but will do my best.  
    And it is a real work requirement to taste the product.  Sensory analysis is a big component of food quality testing.  I make sure candidates for lab tech jobs understand that there is a lot of tasting that goes on throughout the day so they can factor that in their decision for accepting the job.  For dairy, someone who is lactose-intolerant or becomes so can get by with spitting samples out, but a severe allergy could be life-threatening in a worst case scenario.  Though one would think someone with a severe food allergy would not apply to work in a QC testing lab where they will be handling that food all the time.
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    RandiW reacted to jmcbn in What's for dinner?   
    King prawn coconut curry, with a side of roasted artichokes, dill pickles & a few cherry tomatoes - low key for the most part but the protein I'd planned ahead, which for me is usually enough to keep me from making poor choices....!!
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    RandiW reacted to ladyshanny in What's for dinner?   
    Scrambled eggs over steamed brocoli topped w/ cubed avocado?
    Ummmm.....chicken thighs braised in compliant marinara tossed over a baked yam?
    Salmon/tuna/crab salad over greens?
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    RandiW reacted to staciemd12 in Starting Jan 24th!   
    The first time I did it, I wanted to get back on track, but also prove to myself that I could do it. It's definitely an accomplishment! I didn't really find it particularly difficult, but I didn't follow the rules exactly to a T. For example, when going out for food (which rarely happened), I ordered something that looked Whole30-approved and went with it without asking details of what it was cooked in, etc. I also think there was once or twice where I unintentionally ate something unapproved (ie salad dressing) but didn't start over. For me, this was the best way to handle the Whole30 and not feel like I was losing out on "life" and also not become discouraged/keep me motivated. I think (and i'm probably one of the only people on here who feel this way) that you can follow the overall principles of the Whole30 but if there are some tiny discrepancies, that's ok....that's life.
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    RandiW reacted to ShannonM816 in Cannot stop my food "issues"   
    First, the biggest thing I'd recommend -- and you may have already figured this out last time you did Whole30 -- is to make sure you really make your meals match the template. It's a lot easier to not eat if you're not hungry, and it's a lot easier to know you're not hungry if you know you just ate a big meal with plenty of vegetables, protein and healthy fats. Don't be afraid to eat enough at meals to keep you satisfied for 4-5 hours at a time.
    Can you get up from your desk and walk around a bit? That's a good option if you can -- go fill up your water bottle, go outside for a few minutes, stand up and stretch, if you have something you need to tell another employee, go to their desk and tell them rather than emailing or calling. If you have something you do every day, like check the mailbox, or take a stack of papers to another part of the office, something that you have to get up and go do, try to save that for a time when you need a break.
    When you get home, start a new habit. Take a few minutes to change into comfy clothes and fuzzy slippers. Sit down and journal about your day. Meditate or pray. Stretch. Do a light workout, walk around the block. Work on a hobby. Find something that isn't food, that gives you a sense of ending your work day and moving on to your personal time. 
    I know there are people who do overcome bad food habits. I also know that for many of us, it's not a 30-day process, it's something that is ongoing. For myself, sometimes I do pretty well, and then sometimes I really, really don't. It's okay to mess up. I would be amazed if someone came here and said they did a Whole30, and suddenly every bad habit they'd ever had just went away completely, and they were eating perfectly from that moment on. That's not how it works for the vast majority of people. We have a lifetime of bad habits to overcome, it's going to take a while to change them.
    You might like the book Food Freedom Forever, it's all about how to live the rest of your life after Whole30. There are also blog posts that you can read for free about life after Whole30 that might be helpful as well, you can find many of those linked here:  https://whole30.com/step-four-finished
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    RandiW reacted to Gabby32 in Looking for conception success stories   
    Like most women, I assumed that I would use birth control pills until we were “ready” to have kids, then immediately become pregnant when I went off the pill. Like many women, I discovered it is seldom that easy. When I went off the pill, we “tried” to get pregnant for months. Months turned into one year… then two years. We had made the mistake of telling several friends at church about our plans to have a baby, so every week for over a year (until we moved to a new state), we were met with, “Any news, yet?” . After two years, we began to seriously consider surrogacy. Everyone understands that there are medical, moral and psychological challengers. Surrogacy is one of the most difficult challenges. They help a lot of couples to feel happiness of fatherhood and motherhood. They also helped me and my husband. I don’t regret about our decision to do surrogacy. We had a wonderful surrogate at Biotexcom. It is one of the leading clinics in assisted technologies of human reproduction. I am sure that surrogacy is salvation for many couples. So surrogacy is 100% lifesaving! And only those ones who went through it or need it will understand.
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    RandiW reacted to CGinDC in Looking for conception success stories   
    My husband and I conceived on the first try when I was in the middle of a Whole 30. We had never tried before, so I have no idea if that is the reason, but I was 37 at the time and have had thyroid issues since I was 19. My docs had been on my case to start trying as soon as possible because of those two factors - turns out they were worried for nothing!
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    RandiW reacted to sarahclaire28 in Looking for conception success stories   
    This is my first Whole 30 (day 23) and I found out I'm pregnant on day 20!! After two miscarriages and another year of "trying" after that, we just weren't making any progress. I decided to try Whole 30 Jan. 1 in hopes of balancing hormones and preparing my body to be as healthy as possible. My new years resolution was to "create a human." I don't know if it's because this is the first time I've committed to not drinking (casual drinker - glass of wine most nights with dinner; more on the weekends) or if it's just the magic of Whole 30. I plan on sticking to a mostly Whole 30 eating plan during my pregnancy - just not sure how any 1st trimester food aversions will affect that (meat is already starting to taste funny to me). Not gonna lie though...can't wait to have some McDonald's fries (that's just that baby talking, right?). Best of luck to everyone that's trying for a baby. It's not easy and is truly a miracle. It will happen!!!
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    RandiW reacted to Rory T in Looking for conception success stories   
    I know this isn't what you asked for, but I just can't help but tell this story. We'd been TTC for over three years and I was also trying to avoid fertility drugs. My doctor wanted me to take some drug that would put me into menopause for three months, then start fertility drugs. I said no. She said, "Well, then get used to just having one," I already had a six year old. So, I decided to get used to having one, but I was making good money at the time and thought "Why not try acupuncture?" I didn't have anything to lose. I ovulated right away after starting acupuncture, did not conceive that time, but did the next cycle. So, like six weeks of acupuncture AND have gone on to have a surprise little one after that.
    I do think nutrition can help you conceive though and wouldn't be a bit surprised if there are lots of women who find it easeir to conceive after whole30. Good luck!
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    RandiW reacted to GFChris in Help! Day 17 and feeling worse and worse   
    Ok, a few items stand out for me.
    First on compliance: confirm that your ham, deli turkey and pickles are compliant. 

    Secondly: smoothies are discouraged on a Whole30, especially fruit-heavy ones.  The idea is to chew your food vs drink it, as chewing is more satiating.  

    Third: I wonder if you're eating enough? Have you seen the meal template? For best results, each of your three main meals should have 1-2 palms of protein (where a palm is the length, width and thickness of your palm), 1-3 cups of veggies and the appropriate amount of a compliant fat.  Don't let fruit push vegetables off your plate.  Pre workout meal is protein and fat (no fruit - nuts are a fat on a Whole30), and post workout meal is protein and carb.  I would start with bumping up the protein. When eggs are your sole protein, the serving size is the number of eggs you can hold in 1 hand without dropping them. For most folks, that's 3-4 eggs.

    Do you like red meat?  Also try incorporating that in your protein rotation.

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    RandiW reacted to LizM3 in Day 4 woes   
    I’m so sorry you’re feeling so yucky also! Great news....there’s light at the end of the tunnel! My acid reflux disappeared on day 5, as did my Aunt’s migraines! They popped up for her again on day 7, but went away the next day. We are now on day 10 and feeling great! Hang in there!  
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    RandiW reacted to Shalla in Digestive Issues   
    What type of veggies are you eating? Are they raw or cooked? I know I can have problems with some types of vegetables if I eat too much of a certain kind or if I eat too many hardy greens raw instead of cooked. Are you eating enough fat and drinking enough water?
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    RandiW reacted to staciemd12 in Starting Jan 24th!   
    I definitely use fruit as a dessert as well, which I know is not entirely the point, so i've been trying to have them as part of my meals and not in between (ie no snacking). It's amazing how sweet it tastes when you aren't eating anything else with sugar!
    Day 12, and I have not been working out as much as I would like due to the swing of things getting back into the semester (i'm a graduate student). I've been at least trying to get 10,000 steps a day on my FitBit. I do not feel like i'm making much physical progress but I think I need to make some diet swaps. For example, I eat a lot of avocado. I also eat more Lara bars then I probably should. I am trying to make my meals bigger to avoid snacking. I also consistently feel bloated. I was in India for 24 days and was constantly eating carbs, heavy foods, and things slathered in butter. I was also not very active. So, i'm hoping that the mere fact that i'm hitting 10k steps and eating better/back on a schedule will help lean me up.
    NSV: Sleeping much better and no headaches!! I wake up pretty exhausted most mornings, though. Swapped my coffee for tea and approved coconut/almond milk which i'm starting to enjoy.

    @Reddoerr, how are you doing?
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    RandiW reacted to laura_juggles in I want to quit or cry or both   
    If you want something plain and light, then have some lightly seasoned chicken with cauliflower rice. Or make some chicken soup. Not everything has to be fatty cuts of meat topped with avocado and ranch. If you want something light, have something light
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    RandiW reacted to Littlepeanut in w30 is curing my cancer   
    Hi Everyone!!
    Just to keep people posted about my post- checkup. Today was Day 45 and my overall "Check in" with my doctor to see how my cancer/celiac was responding.... the results are in and they are GOOD!!!
    My blood levels are actually NORMAL... my Red Blood Count, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit... ALL OF IT!! NORMAL!!
    My total WBC is still about high, but it's better then it was before!!!!!! I fluctuated with a very low white blood count for this past year and a half (between 1-3,000) and now it is at 12,000.... hoooolllly crap. AND! On my ultrasound, the tumors located on my cervix (from cancer in previous years, they are benign but still a pain)... have reduced in size to less then 1mm.... and that is with NO radiation treatments or surgery!!! I don't know if it's a combination of W30 and a higher presence but I'm excited about these results!! LOL
    I have in total lost 15lbs in these 45 days by following the template of W30 and revisiting the book ISWF when I feel I need reminding as to why I do this. I have another follow-up in 15 days ending my W60 challenge and onto Whole Life! Hopefully at the end of the next check up, we can change my chemo days from 2 to 1 or eliminate it altogether!!
    Thank you to everyone for continued support!! I love reading everyone's success stories on the boards for inspiration!
    Have a sparkly day and blessed moments!!!!
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    RandiW reacted to Christina McMahon in Positive pregnancy test!!   
    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!