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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to MargretB in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    My day 29 NSV is that I realized I haven't had any heartburn in weeks! I did have some very early on but other than that it's been totally smooth sailing. 
    I didn't weigh myself or take measurements before I started because it wasn't about weight loss for me, but now I kind of wish I had. It does seem to me like my clothes are fitting better. If I decide to do this again I'll definitely at least take waist and hip measurements before I start. 
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to rgill in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    Yes, she should try it! Honestly, I noticed in only ONE week that the swelling was going down.  Quite amazing.  My husband has RA and so he will need to do this longer to see more NSVs, though he's visibly lost weight.  
    As an FYI to all, there are a ton of podcasts on this way of eating.  Most of them under some form of Paleo formatt.  Great info out there.  Feel like a whole new world has opened up!
    Happy day 29!  Woohoo!!
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to MargretB in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    @scma, have you looked through the reintroduction forum? It might help you think about what your plans are going forward. I'd also recommend looking at this link if you haven't yet:
    http://whole30.com/2014/09/dear-melissa-slow-reintroduction-roll/
    Especially this part: 
    Fear Not!
    Note, there’s a difference between being afraid to change anything, and not feeling the need to change anything. The former (being afraid) is not our intention. The Whole30 is designed to teach you how foods interact with your unique body and brain, so you can take that information out into the real world and apply it in a fully sustainable fashion—riding your own bike, as we call it. To stay on the Whole30 indefinitely out of fear is missing the whole point of our program. Is the idea of eating a small piece of your Mom’s once-a-year holiday dessert (yourfavorite food ever) giving you anxiety? Do you really want to reintroduce something you’ve been missing (cream in your coffee, hot buttered popcorn on movie night, or a glass of wine on date night) but you just won’t let yourself? Do you feel lost, without a sustainable plan for eating in the real world, because you’re not really on the Whole30, but you won’t really come off it, either? If this is your story, then hold on the rest of this advice and read the above-referenced Ride Your Own Bike article first. You need to get over that fear, because it’s holding up your progress! You’ll never find a healthy, balanced, sustainable way to eat—a way that works for you—if you blindly follow our rules for the rest of your life.
    I know you're not saying you want to stay on this forever, and fear is definitely not supposed to be what we walk away from this with. 
    At this point, my plan is basically to return to the No-S guidelines (http://nosdiet.com/) regarding snacks and desert type foods. Other food groups might get thrown in there too depending on what/if any food sensitivities show up in reintro. I've been following it for almost two years and I think calling it a "diet" is a misnomer, because it really is a set of guidelines that can be followed indefinitely without any feelings of deprivation and it  just becomes an unconscious habit after a while. I find that it's easy to say "no" to ice cream when you're never more than a couple days away from saying "yes" if you want it. 
    In other news, last night's shepherd's pie was just as good for lunch today and I probably have enough to last the rest of the week! I can't believe the day after tomorrow is our last day! 
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    eatspinraverepeat got a reaction from MargretB in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    It's unreal how excited I am that we are on Day 28. I am honestly not really looking forward to eating/drinking anything, I am just ecstatic that we'll be able to say we made it!
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to scma in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    I'm so bummed that I didn't buy ingredients for chili yesterday. It's a snow day here in MA today, and I really want to make chili. Also I really want hot cocoa, but that's a totally different story...
    Super excited that this Day 28!
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to rgill in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    Thought I'd pass along. What looks like a good recipe. We finally have weather that makes me want to eat chili! Dinner tonight in my house https://www.savorylotus.com/paleo-sweet-potato-chili/
    Day 28! I am still sort of shocked that this has gone by pretty quickly! And, we've all had lots of challlenges & are staying strong. 
    My NSV for the day. My inflammation/arthritis in my thumb joints is gone. No pain & it's awesome! Looking forward to seeing if that will give me opportunities to get into more difficult yoga positions that have been limited by the inflammation. 
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to rgill in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    That's awesome!!  Congratulations. Huge NSV!!! I'm not surprised that it's ok to stay on whole 30. Such healthy eating. 
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to scma in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    NSV - my big one is that I got a BFP! I went 4.5 years without one after my daughter was born in 2012, was pregnant over the fall (unfortunately lost the baby), but then only three months after that loss, on Whole 30 Day 20, I got the BFP. I haven't conceived this fast since I was 32. It's crazy. I googled it to see if it was safe to stay on W30, which it turns out it is, but also what I found is that apparently this is a common occurrence, so that's why I'm counting it as a W30-related NSV.
    Others - I think about food and snacks way less. I'm only craving carbs/sweets after dinner now instead of starting after lunch and lasting the rest of the day.  I have no more energy crashes in the afternoon - energy level is much steadier through the day. I think I'm sleeping better but I can't confirm that completely. I don't get hangry anymore.
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to MargretB in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    I am waking up earlier and with so much more energy. Four days left! 
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to rgill in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    I am still here & going strong despite being sick. Still can't go to the gym, but will try some easier yoga at home later.  Had quite a few challenges with my son home from college & feeling like I had to cook traditional favorites which would be off plan, but, he was so great about eating what we were eating.  His GF came to visit & spent the night.  Again, more food associations and feeling like I had to cook big & not so healthy meals, but I didn't....It was nice to hear them both say they were going to eat healthier at school b/c they really like the food we were eating! 
    Making beef broth today from some bones I have.  If you haven't done this before, I highly recommend it!  So delicious and good for you.  Great for soups, chili's etc.  We buy 1/2 cow every year and the butcher gives us the bones to make the broth.  But, you can do this with the bones from grilling a steak or a roasted chicken.
    Grilled salmon, asian style riced cauli & sauteed kale w/almonds for dinner.
    We are supposed to get lots of snow tomorrow, so, might get to do my shoveling exercises @MargretB
    @scma - awesome that you are sticking to the plan while traveling.  That is tough!
    @eatspinraverepeat - great job going out and not feeling like you had to drink to have fun!  
    As we approach the end of the 30 days, why don't we each list a non- scale victory that we've noticed during this time period.  Mine is that my head is clearer!  Clearer, more concise thinking and better memory!
    Day 27 - Stay strong
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to scma in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    This is awesome. You are articulating this well...I think the same thing is happening to me. I'm not obsessed with my next snack anymore. I even drove for a few hours yesterday without feeling the absolute need for something to sip while in the car, which had previously become an almost unbreakable ingrained habit.
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    eatspinraverepeat got a reaction from scma in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    Glad you didn't quit! I'm not sure how many of us have made it this far...the traffic on our thread has dwindled lately. But we are almost there.
    Today I had a true paradigm shift in regard to food, and I think I am crossing a threshold in regard to truly thinking about whether or not a food is "worth it." I have probably spent the past 8 months eating because I thought I earned it, or because I wasn't tracking, or because I was stressed, without truly asking myself if the food I was consuming was what I really needed or something I truly wanted. I was damaging my body, and now I recognize that. And I don't want to be that way anymore. I had a friend over for dinner tonight and we made a  Whole30 meal, and I served her wine and also shared the wine with my roommate. I didn't partake...and guess what? I had fun, and I feel good and I have proved to myself that I don't have to drink with friends to be social with them. 
    I am feeling the NSVs this week! I doubt I will have a SV, so I need to relish in the NSVs  Hope everyone had a good weekend!
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    eatspinraverepeat got a reaction from scma in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    Glad you didn't quit! I'm not sure how many of us have made it this far...the traffic on our thread has dwindled lately. But we are almost there.
    Today I had a true paradigm shift in regard to food, and I think I am crossing a threshold in regard to truly thinking about whether or not a food is "worth it." I have probably spent the past 8 months eating because I thought I earned it, or because I wasn't tracking, or because I was stressed, without truly asking myself if the food I was consuming was what I really needed or something I truly wanted. I was damaging my body, and now I recognize that. And I don't want to be that way anymore. I had a friend over for dinner tonight and we made a  Whole30 meal, and I served her wine and also shared the wine with my roommate. I didn't partake...and guess what? I had fun, and I feel good and I have proved to myself that I don't have to drink with friends to be social with them. 
    I am feeling the NSVs this week! I doubt I will have a SV, so I need to relish in the NSVs  Hope everyone had a good weekend!
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to scma in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    Wanted to quit so many times this weekend...I have been subject to a lot of restaurant meals over the past 8 days or so and it's so tough to special order something I don't even like that much when all this delicious food is on the menu. Plus I was in Chicago for work, where I used to live, and I saw all kinds of things I don't get at home now, like Portillo's chocolate cake shakes and my favorite bubble tea place, and I never got to take advantage of any of them. I do much, much better eating food I make at home where I can customize to how I like it. Tonight I was at my parents' house, where I grew up, and we went out to dinner, and I had to skip all the local favorites and have a salad with grilled chicken and oil and vinegar, which is so  not my thing. Anyway, I'm ready for it to be over.
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to MargretB in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    It's not as cold as you might think. It's really good exercise that heats you up quickly, in fact it's really easy to get overheated if you overdo it.
    Heading into the home stretch, I think this last few days are going to be rough and that food prep is going to be key. I have 2 trials coming up this week, an extra dog, and a husband out of town, so lots of extra stress and no support at home! I can do it though, and am very much looking forward to happy hour on Friday! Trial days are always bad for eating because you can't always predict when breaks will be, during breaks you're frequently either dealing with trial emergencies or running to do another hearing, and you don't necessarily know when you'll be done for the day, I'm planning to have some almond butter and celery/carrots as well as some lara bars on standby if needed. 
    How was everyone else's weekend? I tried a new chicken recipe last night that was okayish, but the sauce ended up being a weird consistency. I had roasted broccoli this morning with my banana eggs and steak is marinating for dinner tonight. 
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to SugarcubeOD in Olive Oil and Oily Skin/Breakouts?   
    Try making that exact dish again but use a different oil (avocado oil comes to mind) and see what happens... 
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to jmcbn in Olive Oil and Oily Skin/Breakouts?   
    I spent my formative years in Greece and actually learned to cook there so I use a lorra lorra olive oil - never had an issue with it.
    There is such a thing as an olive pollen allergy, but as with most pollens the symptoms tend to be respiratory/itchy skin.
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to MargretB in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    Ha! I get to shovel more snow, I guess this is the price I pay for the beautiful, monsoon-free fall we had...
    I tried a recipe I found for banana scrambled eggs this morning and it was surprisingly good. You mash up a banana as best you can, stir in your eggs, and scramble as usual. I found it on pinterest maybe? And then I googled and apparently this is a thing people know about. I don't know exactly how to describe it, but if you like bananas I do recommend trying it. 
    At this point I'm starting to imagine eating all the foods I miss. It's not exactly cravings, but now that we've only got 5 days I'm looking forward to them again. Except that I want to do a proper reintro so I'm spending a lot of time reminding myself that it's not 5 days until I get to eat the nanaimo bars at my coffee shop, it's probably actually more like 3 weeks, and even then I might find out there's something in them that disagrees with me.
    Got my grocery shopping done today and I'm planning to get breakfasts and lunches done tomorrow. My husband is going out of town Monday night so I'll be alone, and historically my eating habits are much worse when I'm on my own. I want to finish this out strong! 
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to MargretB in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    Something like that. I stayed out too late with friends tonight and am just now home and starting to make dinner 9 pm, oops! But I didn't drink or have any of the delicious looking pizza so I'm still counting it as a win. 
    I'm feeling good going into the final weekend, I can't believe we're down to 6 more days! 
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    eatspinraverepeat got a reaction from Brensuma in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    Hey @Brensuma! I commend you for your commitment to the rules. I understand the draw of emotional eating, especially after you have avoided it for 23 days...and you came to a devastating realization that your Whole30 was corrupted by pickles.
    I would say that I doubt the drive to emotionally eat had anything to do with bad ingredients sneaking into your Whole30, it's entirely mental and probably takes far longer than 30 days to resolve that habit. I struggle with it too! 
    I hope that you are able to continue implementing a majority of the Whole30 guidelines in your day to day life. I know it will help with the emotional aspects!
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to Kimbo8 in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    So I'm really bummed,  I had to tap out of this round of whole30. We've lost power and haven't had it for three full days. Can't use the stove, microwave..no cooking. Of course this happens right before I stocked the fridge and did a major prep session with pesto, herb mayo, and dump ranch. Everything is spoiled. In hindsight I should have taken the food out of the fridge and set in on the counter..It's 50 degrees in my house 
    When family/friends open their table to you, you should graciously accept! I modified, but there is only so much one can do in this situation. I've still been focusing on protein, healthy fat, and veggies..which makes me happy. I had battered cod. Usually if I "cheat" on something, I feel like the whole day is ruined and everything is free game. I didn't feel that...in fact, I would have rather had my sweet potatoes with ghee, spinach, and a fried egg. I feel like I've learned so much these past 23 some odd days. I went from eating quick, processed foods...(can you say pop tarts?) to learning how to make my own mayo (even if it ended up on the wall one time. Okay maybe two). There is no substitute for your own kitchen. Knowing what ingredients are in something you've created..knowing how they affect your body, and your mind. I am a classic nurturer - I take care of everyone else, and neglect myself. These past few weeks it feels like I have finally been taking care of myself, and it feels amazing. To all you nurturers out there...don't forget to take care of you!!
    Enough complaining, rock on people! You're so close!!! I'll see ya'll next round. 
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to jmcbn in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    Ladies, @Brensuma has read the rules and has made the decision to start over. Sulphites are out, and they were on the label. Sulphites are one of the top allergens and are known to be inflammatory & gut disruptive. She is obviously thinking of her long term health here rather than just making it through the 30 days and I think she should be commended for her decision.
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    eatspinraverepeat got a reaction from rgill in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    @rgill Way to go!
    I was checking in with a friend who started W30 a week or so after me, and was reminded that W30 has cleared up some scalp irritation that I've had for quite a while now. Yay for NSVs!
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to rgill in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    I have to tell you all about a NSV today!  This cold of mine has really gotten worse over the course of the week.  Tried to work out yesterday and I was SO exhausted.  This AM having trouble taking a full breath, so, I went to the doc.  Found out I had pneumonia!!!  I guess with an early Spring (allergies)& a cold this was the perfect storm.  Anyway, normally, this would have been my reason to go out and buy some ice cream, pudding, you name it, anything junky that would sooth my throat.  But, I picked up my meds, went home and had a frig full of prepped food and ate Whole30.  I did milk it so that my husband had to cook dinner tonight But, I stayed on plan.  I'm so proud that I did.  It also shows that this prepping ahead is helpful in ways that I couldn't have imagined and makes me want to continue this after Whole 30 just to make life easier when you get thrown a curve ball.  
    A very happy day 23!
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    eatspinraverepeat reacted to MargretB in February 15th--Let's Do This   
    I found coconut aminos!!!!!! Stir fry for dinner tonight! I'm so happy, I have really missed stir fry and now I can have it! 
    @Brensuma I'm sorry you're leaving us. I hope you're not too disappointed and can focus on all the good habits you've started over the last 23 days.