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    Eccentrica got a reaction from coffeebean68 in Eccentrica just keeps gaining: My Whole30 results in one inexcusably long and detail-heavy post!   
    Warning! Go grab some protein, veg and a thumb of fat, and then prepare to hunker down. This could take a while.
    This is Day 31 for me, so I it's time to tally up, and — wow! — I've gained a lot.
    And it's all good.
    Here are my non-scale victories, or at least the ones I've noticed along the way...
    Asthma: I only used my inhaler a couple of times during the first week, and I haven't used my nebulizer at all during my W30. I'm literally breathing easier.
    Bumps: I used to have small bumps on my inner arms. I had for many years. They were sort of like pre-hives; they only needed a scratch to instantly turn red, angry and itchy. But they're gone now.
    Inflammation: This one is big. Usually (due to Lupus, arthritis, benign tumors in my spine and other issues), a day of extreme activity would require days of rest and recovery. I just did a 13-hour visit to Disney last weekend, complete with 7.5 miles of walking. My feet and shins were sore, as almost anyone's would be, but I was able to get out a do the shopping and all of the prepping and cooking in the kitchen the next day just fine.

    I know!
    Headaches: Other than a few days of headaches in the first week, which included one migraine, I've been headache-free.
    Lupus: I experienced one intense flare during my W30 (brought on by a very stressful external event). It was awful, but ... OK? I didn't expect any miraculous elimination of flares, but it was days shorter than I expected. I'll take it.
    Mental outlook: I’m in a much better mood most of the time and somewhat less anxious. I was dealing with increased depression and ongoing anxiety issues when I started. I credit the improvement to W30 and to the addition of a cup of Natural Calm + chamomile tea every day (which I call my hot cup of Calm the F*** Down). I started the Natural Calm about a week into the program to keep my magnesium and calcium up, after reading recommendations for it here.
    Energy: While I still struggle in this area in general, I've had moments of Tiger Blood, a bit of kitten juice and fewer cat naps. I feel like I'm ready to start incorporating more regular exercise in my routine, and that's a biggie.
    Kitchen: Hey, NSVs extend beyond the body, so this counts! Despite the fact that I'm prepping and cooking constantly, my kitchen has never been cleaner or looked better. I found that reorganizing it and keeping it really tidy as I go was the only way to maintain sanity during this W30.
    Appliances: I'm actually using all of those appliances that just gathered dust on a shelf. My Vitamix and Instant Pot, for instance, both get near-daily workouts now and are finally justifying the money spent on them.
    Cooking: I love to cook. Sure, I'd love not to cook quite as much as I have over the past 30 days, but I still. Having new restrictions sparked a new wave of creativity in the kitchen for me. No matter where my eating habits go from here, I've created some meals that will definitely stay in the permanent rotation.
    Inspiring my husband: He isn't doing W30, and he still loads up on junk food at work. But he's happy to eat any W30 food I make at home and really enjoys it. At least I know half his fuel is good fuel. He's even considering going paleo soon. And he's helping out a lot more around the house, since he sees how busy I've been in the kitchen these last few weeks (and plan to continue to be). He's actually doing more than his share.
    A sense of pride: I'm proud that I did this. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't the hardest thing I've ever done. I doubted the process at times, but I never doubted that I would see it through.
    I mean, I made it through a family tragedy, a painful flare, a brunch with girlfriends, a visit to my favorite greasy-spoon diner, a trip to the state fair and freakin' Disney World without caving in to cravings!

    Now, about that scale... I had a victory there, too.
    I lost 18 pounds. (And for those of you currently doubting your own mid-W30 progress, I'd like to point out that around the middle of Week 2, I was convinced I was gaining weight.)
    I have no idea about inches, since I didn't measure beforehand, but I look leaner and feel leaner.
    And this isn't over!
    Both the W30 book and the site mention that those living with chronic illness and autoimmune diseases are likely to benefit by going beyond 30 days, since it may take longer to get the full effect of this reboot. I'm not going to walk away from the opportunity to gain more benefits from this. I've got so much room for improvement still.
    So, for now, I'm not calling it a W45 or W60 or W-hatever. I'm just going to keep going until it feels right to start my slow-roll reintroductions, and then that will eventually evolve into my new normal.
    Now, here's my completely unsolicited advice to anyone who might read this while considering starting their own Whole30 adventure: Don’t try to do a Whole30. Don't attempt a Whole30. Don't give it shot or see what happens and definitely don't hope you can do it. Commit! Make an absolute vow to yourself. You *will* do a Whole30.
    Acknowledge that it will be tough at times, rewarding at others. Take comfort in all of those pesky rules, because they take away the guesswork. And do it! Bring it on!

    Honestly, I think that's 90% of the key to succeeding at this — making that real commitment. Then when you face the inevitable difficult moments and temptations, it won't be made harder by struggling with that decision. You've already made the decision.
    Good luck everyone! And good luck to me as I keep going!
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    Eccentrica got a reaction from coffeebean68 in Eccentrica just keeps gaining: My Whole30 results in one inexcusably long and detail-heavy post!   
    Warning! Go grab some protein, veg and a thumb of fat, and then prepare to hunker down. This could take a while.
    This is Day 31 for me, so I it's time to tally up, and — wow! — I've gained a lot.
    And it's all good.
    Here are my non-scale victories, or at least the ones I've noticed along the way...
    Asthma: I only used my inhaler a couple of times during the first week, and I haven't used my nebulizer at all during my W30. I'm literally breathing easier.
    Bumps: I used to have small bumps on my inner arms. I had for many years. They were sort of like pre-hives; they only needed a scratch to instantly turn red, angry and itchy. But they're gone now.
    Inflammation: This one is big. Usually (due to Lupus, arthritis, benign tumors in my spine and other issues), a day of extreme activity would require days of rest and recovery. I just did a 13-hour visit to Disney last weekend, complete with 7.5 miles of walking. My feet and shins were sore, as almost anyone's would be, but I was able to get out a do the shopping and all of the prepping and cooking in the kitchen the next day just fine.

    I know!
    Headaches: Other than a few days of headaches in the first week, which included one migraine, I've been headache-free.
    Lupus: I experienced one intense flare during my W30 (brought on by a very stressful external event). It was awful, but ... OK? I didn't expect any miraculous elimination of flares, but it was days shorter than I expected. I'll take it.
    Mental outlook: I’m in a much better mood most of the time and somewhat less anxious. I was dealing with increased depression and ongoing anxiety issues when I started. I credit the improvement to W30 and to the addition of a cup of Natural Calm + chamomile tea every day (which I call my hot cup of Calm the F*** Down). I started the Natural Calm about a week into the program to keep my magnesium and calcium up, after reading recommendations for it here.
    Energy: While I still struggle in this area in general, I've had moments of Tiger Blood, a bit of kitten juice and fewer cat naps. I feel like I'm ready to start incorporating more regular exercise in my routine, and that's a biggie.
    Kitchen: Hey, NSVs extend beyond the body, so this counts! Despite the fact that I'm prepping and cooking constantly, my kitchen has never been cleaner or looked better. I found that reorganizing it and keeping it really tidy as I go was the only way to maintain sanity during this W30.
    Appliances: I'm actually using all of those appliances that just gathered dust on a shelf. My Vitamix and Instant Pot, for instance, both get near-daily workouts now and are finally justifying the money spent on them.
    Cooking: I love to cook. Sure, I'd love not to cook quite as much as I have over the past 30 days, but I still. Having new restrictions sparked a new wave of creativity in the kitchen for me. No matter where my eating habits go from here, I've created some meals that will definitely stay in the permanent rotation.
    Inspiring my husband: He isn't doing W30, and he still loads up on junk food at work. But he's happy to eat any W30 food I make at home and really enjoys it. At least I know half his fuel is good fuel. He's even considering going paleo soon. And he's helping out a lot more around the house, since he sees how busy I've been in the kitchen these last few weeks (and plan to continue to be). He's actually doing more than his share.
    A sense of pride: I'm proud that I did this. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't the hardest thing I've ever done. I doubted the process at times, but I never doubted that I would see it through.
    I mean, I made it through a family tragedy, a painful flare, a brunch with girlfriends, a visit to my favorite greasy-spoon diner, a trip to the state fair and freakin' Disney World without caving in to cravings!

    Now, about that scale... I had a victory there, too.
    I lost 18 pounds. (And for those of you currently doubting your own mid-W30 progress, I'd like to point out that around the middle of Week 2, I was convinced I was gaining weight.)
    I have no idea about inches, since I didn't measure beforehand, but I look leaner and feel leaner.
    And this isn't over!
    Both the W30 book and the site mention that those living with chronic illness and autoimmune diseases are likely to benefit by going beyond 30 days, since it may take longer to get the full effect of this reboot. I'm not going to walk away from the opportunity to gain more benefits from this. I've got so much room for improvement still.
    So, for now, I'm not calling it a W45 or W60 or W-hatever. I'm just going to keep going until it feels right to start my slow-roll reintroductions, and then that will eventually evolve into my new normal.
    Now, here's my completely unsolicited advice to anyone who might read this while considering starting their own Whole30 adventure: Don’t try to do a Whole30. Don't attempt a Whole30. Don't give it shot or see what happens and definitely don't hope you can do it. Commit! Make an absolute vow to yourself. You *will* do a Whole30.
    Acknowledge that it will be tough at times, rewarding at others. Take comfort in all of those pesky rules, because they take away the guesswork. And do it! Bring it on!

    Honestly, I think that's 90% of the key to succeeding at this — making that real commitment. Then when you face the inevitable difficult moments and temptations, it won't be made harder by struggling with that decision. You've already made the decision.
    Good luck everyone! And good luck to me as I keep going!
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    Eccentrica got a reaction from praxisproject in Type 2 Diabetic - What "Good" foods should I avoid?   
    Hey PappyPaul,
    Congrats on reaching Day 30! This is Day 31 for me, so I'm really feeling where you're at. *high-five*
    Now, about your topic...
    I have Type 2, and I've had it under control without meds for a little over a year now. I know that's not possible for everyone, but I'm thankful for it. (For me "control" means that I consistently test under the pre-diabetic threshold with my A1C, and my daily results with my monitor range from 70 to 110, depending on time day, proximity to meals. My daily numbers were close to 300 when I was diagnosed.)
    I've got a great doctor who really encourages me take a strong role in my own treatment, and we talk things over before figuring out the next step where all my health issues are concerned. He's very open to dietary changes and supplements with strong evidence. I hope you've got someone good in your corner!
    As far as "good foods" to avoid, the only thing on your menu plan that really jumps out at me would be bananas — they're a sugar-packed and starchy fruit. They might not cause you problems, but they do cause spikes for many diabetics.
    One thing that helped me get my number down was the addition of Ceylon cinnamon in my diet (which I now take in capsule form with meals). I'd recommend Googling "Type 2 diabetes + Ceylon cinnamon" for study info that you could bring up with your own doctor.
    Also, keep in mind it takes time. It took months for my blood sugar to get down and stay down.
    Whatever the future holds for you, keep making good choices — like you did when you started W30!
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    Eccentrica got a reaction from It Came From the 216 in First-Timer Starting on 20170503   
    Fantastic. With so much time leading up to it, you won't be rushed to prep. You'll even have time to test out some recipes and find out your W30 favorites before you officially get going.
    Best of luck!
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    Eccentrica got a reaction from coffeebean68 in Eccentrica just keeps gaining: My Whole30 results in one inexcusably long and detail-heavy post!   
    Warning! Go grab some protein, veg and a thumb of fat, and then prepare to hunker down. This could take a while.
    This is Day 31 for me, so I it's time to tally up, and — wow! — I've gained a lot.
    And it's all good.
    Here are my non-scale victories, or at least the ones I've noticed along the way...
    Asthma: I only used my inhaler a couple of times during the first week, and I haven't used my nebulizer at all during my W30. I'm literally breathing easier.
    Bumps: I used to have small bumps on my inner arms. I had for many years. They were sort of like pre-hives; they only needed a scratch to instantly turn red, angry and itchy. But they're gone now.
    Inflammation: This one is big. Usually (due to Lupus, arthritis, benign tumors in my spine and other issues), a day of extreme activity would require days of rest and recovery. I just did a 13-hour visit to Disney last weekend, complete with 7.5 miles of walking. My feet and shins were sore, as almost anyone's would be, but I was able to get out a do the shopping and all of the prepping and cooking in the kitchen the next day just fine.

    I know!
    Headaches: Other than a few days of headaches in the first week, which included one migraine, I've been headache-free.
    Lupus: I experienced one intense flare during my W30 (brought on by a very stressful external event). It was awful, but ... OK? I didn't expect any miraculous elimination of flares, but it was days shorter than I expected. I'll take it.
    Mental outlook: I’m in a much better mood most of the time and somewhat less anxious. I was dealing with increased depression and ongoing anxiety issues when I started. I credit the improvement to W30 and to the addition of a cup of Natural Calm + chamomile tea every day (which I call my hot cup of Calm the F*** Down). I started the Natural Calm about a week into the program to keep my magnesium and calcium up, after reading recommendations for it here.
    Energy: While I still struggle in this area in general, I've had moments of Tiger Blood, a bit of kitten juice and fewer cat naps. I feel like I'm ready to start incorporating more regular exercise in my routine, and that's a biggie.
    Kitchen: Hey, NSVs extend beyond the body, so this counts! Despite the fact that I'm prepping and cooking constantly, my kitchen has never been cleaner or looked better. I found that reorganizing it and keeping it really tidy as I go was the only way to maintain sanity during this W30.
    Appliances: I'm actually using all of those appliances that just gathered dust on a shelf. My Vitamix and Instant Pot, for instance, both get near-daily workouts now and are finally justifying the money spent on them.
    Cooking: I love to cook. Sure, I'd love not to cook quite as much as I have over the past 30 days, but I still. Having new restrictions sparked a new wave of creativity in the kitchen for me. No matter where my eating habits go from here, I've created some meals that will definitely stay in the permanent rotation.
    Inspiring my husband: He isn't doing W30, and he still loads up on junk food at work. But he's happy to eat any W30 food I make at home and really enjoys it. At least I know half his fuel is good fuel. He's even considering going paleo soon. And he's helping out a lot more around the house, since he sees how busy I've been in the kitchen these last few weeks (and plan to continue to be). He's actually doing more than his share.
    A sense of pride: I'm proud that I did this. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't the hardest thing I've ever done. I doubted the process at times, but I never doubted that I would see it through.
    I mean, I made it through a family tragedy, a painful flare, a brunch with girlfriends, a visit to my favorite greasy-spoon diner, a trip to the state fair and freakin' Disney World without caving in to cravings!

    Now, about that scale... I had a victory there, too.
    I lost 18 pounds. (And for those of you currently doubting your own mid-W30 progress, I'd like to point out that around the middle of Week 2, I was convinced I was gaining weight.)
    I have no idea about inches, since I didn't measure beforehand, but I look leaner and feel leaner.
    And this isn't over!
    Both the W30 book and the site mention that those living with chronic illness and autoimmune diseases are likely to benefit by going beyond 30 days, since it may take longer to get the full effect of this reboot. I'm not going to walk away from the opportunity to gain more benefits from this. I've got so much room for improvement still.
    So, for now, I'm not calling it a W45 or W60 or W-hatever. I'm just going to keep going until it feels right to start my slow-roll reintroductions, and then that will eventually evolve into my new normal.
    Now, here's my completely unsolicited advice to anyone who might read this while considering starting their own Whole30 adventure: Don’t try to do a Whole30. Don't attempt a Whole30. Don't give it shot or see what happens and definitely don't hope you can do it. Commit! Make an absolute vow to yourself. You *will* do a Whole30.
    Acknowledge that it will be tough at times, rewarding at others. Take comfort in all of those pesky rules, because they take away the guesswork. And do it! Bring it on!

    Honestly, I think that's 90% of the key to succeeding at this — making that real commitment. Then when you face the inevitable difficult moments and temptations, it won't be made harder by struggling with that decision. You've already made the decision.
    Good luck everyone! And good luck to me as I keep going!
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    Eccentrica got a reaction from coffeebean68 in Eccentrica just keeps gaining: My Whole30 results in one inexcusably long and detail-heavy post!   
    Warning! Go grab some protein, veg and a thumb of fat, and then prepare to hunker down. This could take a while.
    This is Day 31 for me, so I it's time to tally up, and — wow! — I've gained a lot.
    And it's all good.
    Here are my non-scale victories, or at least the ones I've noticed along the way...
    Asthma: I only used my inhaler a couple of times during the first week, and I haven't used my nebulizer at all during my W30. I'm literally breathing easier.
    Bumps: I used to have small bumps on my inner arms. I had for many years. They were sort of like pre-hives; they only needed a scratch to instantly turn red, angry and itchy. But they're gone now.
    Inflammation: This one is big. Usually (due to Lupus, arthritis, benign tumors in my spine and other issues), a day of extreme activity would require days of rest and recovery. I just did a 13-hour visit to Disney last weekend, complete with 7.5 miles of walking. My feet and shins were sore, as almost anyone's would be, but I was able to get out a do the shopping and all of the prepping and cooking in the kitchen the next day just fine.

    I know!
    Headaches: Other than a few days of headaches in the first week, which included one migraine, I've been headache-free.
    Lupus: I experienced one intense flare during my W30 (brought on by a very stressful external event). It was awful, but ... OK? I didn't expect any miraculous elimination of flares, but it was days shorter than I expected. I'll take it.
    Mental outlook: I’m in a much better mood most of the time and somewhat less anxious. I was dealing with increased depression and ongoing anxiety issues when I started. I credit the improvement to W30 and to the addition of a cup of Natural Calm + chamomile tea every day (which I call my hot cup of Calm the F*** Down). I started the Natural Calm about a week into the program to keep my magnesium and calcium up, after reading recommendations for it here.
    Energy: While I still struggle in this area in general, I've had moments of Tiger Blood, a bit of kitten juice and fewer cat naps. I feel like I'm ready to start incorporating more regular exercise in my routine, and that's a biggie.
    Kitchen: Hey, NSVs extend beyond the body, so this counts! Despite the fact that I'm prepping and cooking constantly, my kitchen has never been cleaner or looked better. I found that reorganizing it and keeping it really tidy as I go was the only way to maintain sanity during this W30.
    Appliances: I'm actually using all of those appliances that just gathered dust on a shelf. My Vitamix and Instant Pot, for instance, both get near-daily workouts now and are finally justifying the money spent on them.
    Cooking: I love to cook. Sure, I'd love not to cook quite as much as I have over the past 30 days, but I still. Having new restrictions sparked a new wave of creativity in the kitchen for me. No matter where my eating habits go from here, I've created some meals that will definitely stay in the permanent rotation.
    Inspiring my husband: He isn't doing W30, and he still loads up on junk food at work. But he's happy to eat any W30 food I make at home and really enjoys it. At least I know half his fuel is good fuel. He's even considering going paleo soon. And he's helping out a lot more around the house, since he sees how busy I've been in the kitchen these last few weeks (and plan to continue to be). He's actually doing more than his share.
    A sense of pride: I'm proud that I did this. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't the hardest thing I've ever done. I doubted the process at times, but I never doubted that I would see it through.
    I mean, I made it through a family tragedy, a painful flare, a brunch with girlfriends, a visit to my favorite greasy-spoon diner, a trip to the state fair and freakin' Disney World without caving in to cravings!

    Now, about that scale... I had a victory there, too.
    I lost 18 pounds. (And for those of you currently doubting your own mid-W30 progress, I'd like to point out that around the middle of Week 2, I was convinced I was gaining weight.)
    I have no idea about inches, since I didn't measure beforehand, but I look leaner and feel leaner.
    And this isn't over!
    Both the W30 book and the site mention that those living with chronic illness and autoimmune diseases are likely to benefit by going beyond 30 days, since it may take longer to get the full effect of this reboot. I'm not going to walk away from the opportunity to gain more benefits from this. I've got so much room for improvement still.
    So, for now, I'm not calling it a W45 or W60 or W-hatever. I'm just going to keep going until it feels right to start my slow-roll reintroductions, and then that will eventually evolve into my new normal.
    Now, here's my completely unsolicited advice to anyone who might read this while considering starting their own Whole30 adventure: Don’t try to do a Whole30. Don't attempt a Whole30. Don't give it shot or see what happens and definitely don't hope you can do it. Commit! Make an absolute vow to yourself. You *will* do a Whole30.
    Acknowledge that it will be tough at times, rewarding at others. Take comfort in all of those pesky rules, because they take away the guesswork. And do it! Bring it on!

    Honestly, I think that's 90% of the key to succeeding at this — making that real commitment. Then when you face the inevitable difficult moments and temptations, it won't be made harder by struggling with that decision. You've already made the decision.
    Good luck everyone! And good luck to me as I keep going!
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    Eccentrica reacted to Kaelisan in Peer pressure is more difficult to resist than sugar.   
    Find new friends! Mine have all been 100% supportive. They would kill me if I fell off the wagon!
    I tell people who aren't close to me when they ask why I'm not eating this or that, or not drinking, that I'm on an elimination diet to see what I'm intolerant of. They just say, "Oh!"
    This is mostly because I've tried to diet so many times, they would just see it as another failed attempt about to happen.
    Your healthy choices can also force them to look at their unhealthy choices, and NOBODY likes that!!!
    Rise above it!
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    Eccentrica reacted to Carmen Azcona in February 6'ers...   
    Yes!!! @Georgina2
    There have been some things that tasted amazing, like my favorite bread, but the muffin I had during reintro was just gross. I didn't like the crackers, which I normally love, and the rice wasn't as good as I remembered it either. I also did not like the tortillas or tortilla chips I normally love.
    I haven't reintroduced much else besides those. I'm not reintroducing soda. I've broken my sugary drink addiction and am NOT going back. I'm verry happy with coffee, and La Croix drinks. I think when I start drinking too I'll add some honey, but the biggest thing I will be avoiding from now on is sugar. I want it out of my life.
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    Eccentrica got a reaction from coffeebean68 in Eccentrica just keeps gaining: My Whole30 results in one inexcusably long and detail-heavy post!   
    Warning! Go grab some protein, veg and a thumb of fat, and then prepare to hunker down. This could take a while.
    This is Day 31 for me, so I it's time to tally up, and — wow! — I've gained a lot.
    And it's all good.
    Here are my non-scale victories, or at least the ones I've noticed along the way...
    Asthma: I only used my inhaler a couple of times during the first week, and I haven't used my nebulizer at all during my W30. I'm literally breathing easier.
    Bumps: I used to have small bumps on my inner arms. I had for many years. They were sort of like pre-hives; they only needed a scratch to instantly turn red, angry and itchy. But they're gone now.
    Inflammation: This one is big. Usually (due to Lupus, arthritis, benign tumors in my spine and other issues), a day of extreme activity would require days of rest and recovery. I just did a 13-hour visit to Disney last weekend, complete with 7.5 miles of walking. My feet and shins were sore, as almost anyone's would be, but I was able to get out a do the shopping and all of the prepping and cooking in the kitchen the next day just fine.

    I know!
    Headaches: Other than a few days of headaches in the first week, which included one migraine, I've been headache-free.
    Lupus: I experienced one intense flare during my W30 (brought on by a very stressful external event). It was awful, but ... OK? I didn't expect any miraculous elimination of flares, but it was days shorter than I expected. I'll take it.
    Mental outlook: I’m in a much better mood most of the time and somewhat less anxious. I was dealing with increased depression and ongoing anxiety issues when I started. I credit the improvement to W30 and to the addition of a cup of Natural Calm + chamomile tea every day (which I call my hot cup of Calm the F*** Down). I started the Natural Calm about a week into the program to keep my magnesium and calcium up, after reading recommendations for it here.
    Energy: While I still struggle in this area in general, I've had moments of Tiger Blood, a bit of kitten juice and fewer cat naps. I feel like I'm ready to start incorporating more regular exercise in my routine, and that's a biggie.
    Kitchen: Hey, NSVs extend beyond the body, so this counts! Despite the fact that I'm prepping and cooking constantly, my kitchen has never been cleaner or looked better. I found that reorganizing it and keeping it really tidy as I go was the only way to maintain sanity during this W30.
    Appliances: I'm actually using all of those appliances that just gathered dust on a shelf. My Vitamix and Instant Pot, for instance, both get near-daily workouts now and are finally justifying the money spent on them.
    Cooking: I love to cook. Sure, I'd love not to cook quite as much as I have over the past 30 days, but I still. Having new restrictions sparked a new wave of creativity in the kitchen for me. No matter where my eating habits go from here, I've created some meals that will definitely stay in the permanent rotation.
    Inspiring my husband: He isn't doing W30, and he still loads up on junk food at work. But he's happy to eat any W30 food I make at home and really enjoys it. At least I know half his fuel is good fuel. He's even considering going paleo soon. And he's helping out a lot more around the house, since he sees how busy I've been in the kitchen these last few weeks (and plan to continue to be). He's actually doing more than his share.
    A sense of pride: I'm proud that I did this. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't the hardest thing I've ever done. I doubted the process at times, but I never doubted that I would see it through.
    I mean, I made it through a family tragedy, a painful flare, a brunch with girlfriends, a visit to my favorite greasy-spoon diner, a trip to the state fair and freakin' Disney World without caving in to cravings!

    Now, about that scale... I had a victory there, too.
    I lost 18 pounds. (And for those of you currently doubting your own mid-W30 progress, I'd like to point out that around the middle of Week 2, I was convinced I was gaining weight.)
    I have no idea about inches, since I didn't measure beforehand, but I look leaner and feel leaner.
    And this isn't over!
    Both the W30 book and the site mention that those living with chronic illness and autoimmune diseases are likely to benefit by going beyond 30 days, since it may take longer to get the full effect of this reboot. I'm not going to walk away from the opportunity to gain more benefits from this. I've got so much room for improvement still.
    So, for now, I'm not calling it a W45 or W60 or W-hatever. I'm just going to keep going until it feels right to start my slow-roll reintroductions, and then that will eventually evolve into my new normal.
    Now, here's my completely unsolicited advice to anyone who might read this while considering starting their own Whole30 adventure: Don’t try to do a Whole30. Don't attempt a Whole30. Don't give it shot or see what happens and definitely don't hope you can do it. Commit! Make an absolute vow to yourself. You *will* do a Whole30.
    Acknowledge that it will be tough at times, rewarding at others. Take comfort in all of those pesky rules, because they take away the guesswork. And do it! Bring it on!

    Honestly, I think that's 90% of the key to succeeding at this — making that real commitment. Then when you face the inevitable difficult moments and temptations, it won't be made harder by struggling with that decision. You've already made the decision.
    Good luck everyone! And good luck to me as I keep going!
  10. Like
    Eccentrica got a reaction from coffeebean68 in Eccentrica just keeps gaining: My Whole30 results in one inexcusably long and detail-heavy post!   
    Warning! Go grab some protein, veg and a thumb of fat, and then prepare to hunker down. This could take a while.
    This is Day 31 for me, so I it's time to tally up, and — wow! — I've gained a lot.
    And it's all good.
    Here are my non-scale victories, or at least the ones I've noticed along the way...
    Asthma: I only used my inhaler a couple of times during the first week, and I haven't used my nebulizer at all during my W30. I'm literally breathing easier.
    Bumps: I used to have small bumps on my inner arms. I had for many years. They were sort of like pre-hives; they only needed a scratch to instantly turn red, angry and itchy. But they're gone now.
    Inflammation: This one is big. Usually (due to Lupus, arthritis, benign tumors in my spine and other issues), a day of extreme activity would require days of rest and recovery. I just did a 13-hour visit to Disney last weekend, complete with 7.5 miles of walking. My feet and shins were sore, as almost anyone's would be, but I was able to get out a do the shopping and all of the prepping and cooking in the kitchen the next day just fine.

    I know!
    Headaches: Other than a few days of headaches in the first week, which included one migraine, I've been headache-free.
    Lupus: I experienced one intense flare during my W30 (brought on by a very stressful external event). It was awful, but ... OK? I didn't expect any miraculous elimination of flares, but it was days shorter than I expected. I'll take it.
    Mental outlook: I’m in a much better mood most of the time and somewhat less anxious. I was dealing with increased depression and ongoing anxiety issues when I started. I credit the improvement to W30 and to the addition of a cup of Natural Calm + chamomile tea every day (which I call my hot cup of Calm the F*** Down). I started the Natural Calm about a week into the program to keep my magnesium and calcium up, after reading recommendations for it here.
    Energy: While I still struggle in this area in general, I've had moments of Tiger Blood, a bit of kitten juice and fewer cat naps. I feel like I'm ready to start incorporating more regular exercise in my routine, and that's a biggie.
    Kitchen: Hey, NSVs extend beyond the body, so this counts! Despite the fact that I'm prepping and cooking constantly, my kitchen has never been cleaner or looked better. I found that reorganizing it and keeping it really tidy as I go was the only way to maintain sanity during this W30.
    Appliances: I'm actually using all of those appliances that just gathered dust on a shelf. My Vitamix and Instant Pot, for instance, both get near-daily workouts now and are finally justifying the money spent on them.
    Cooking: I love to cook. Sure, I'd love not to cook quite as much as I have over the past 30 days, but I still. Having new restrictions sparked a new wave of creativity in the kitchen for me. No matter where my eating habits go from here, I've created some meals that will definitely stay in the permanent rotation.
    Inspiring my husband: He isn't doing W30, and he still loads up on junk food at work. But he's happy to eat any W30 food I make at home and really enjoys it. At least I know half his fuel is good fuel. He's even considering going paleo soon. And he's helping out a lot more around the house, since he sees how busy I've been in the kitchen these last few weeks (and plan to continue to be). He's actually doing more than his share.
    A sense of pride: I'm proud that I did this. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't the hardest thing I've ever done. I doubted the process at times, but I never doubted that I would see it through.
    I mean, I made it through a family tragedy, a painful flare, a brunch with girlfriends, a visit to my favorite greasy-spoon diner, a trip to the state fair and freakin' Disney World without caving in to cravings!

    Now, about that scale... I had a victory there, too.
    I lost 18 pounds. (And for those of you currently doubting your own mid-W30 progress, I'd like to point out that around the middle of Week 2, I was convinced I was gaining weight.)
    I have no idea about inches, since I didn't measure beforehand, but I look leaner and feel leaner.
    And this isn't over!
    Both the W30 book and the site mention that those living with chronic illness and autoimmune diseases are likely to benefit by going beyond 30 days, since it may take longer to get the full effect of this reboot. I'm not going to walk away from the opportunity to gain more benefits from this. I've got so much room for improvement still.
    So, for now, I'm not calling it a W45 or W60 or W-hatever. I'm just going to keep going until it feels right to start my slow-roll reintroductions, and then that will eventually evolve into my new normal.
    Now, here's my completely unsolicited advice to anyone who might read this while considering starting their own Whole30 adventure: Don’t try to do a Whole30. Don't attempt a Whole30. Don't give it shot or see what happens and definitely don't hope you can do it. Commit! Make an absolute vow to yourself. You *will* do a Whole30.
    Acknowledge that it will be tough at times, rewarding at others. Take comfort in all of those pesky rules, because they take away the guesswork. And do it! Bring it on!

    Honestly, I think that's 90% of the key to succeeding at this — making that real commitment. Then when you face the inevitable difficult moments and temptations, it won't be made harder by struggling with that decision. You've already made the decision.
    Good luck everyone! And good luck to me as I keep going!
  11. Like
    Eccentrica reacted to ArtFossil in Is there an APP for Whole 30 compliant foods?   
    FIrst, you've identified the differences between purchased canned/bottled/packaged foods and foods that are prepared for you. For the canned/bottled/packaged foods, reading the ingredients list WILL identify the ingredients in the food (by law) and by doing a Whole30, this label reading will become second nature. 
    As for your catered lunches, whenever one eats "out" on Whole30, one has to question the preparer as to HOW the food was prepared. It's not enough to know that it's fish; you have to know exactly what oils were used, whether soy was added, etc. This makes dining out on Whole30 tricky but many people do it successfully by researching before hand if the restaurant has a website AND also asking a lot of questions of the server.
    I do research related to AI and I can confidently state that no app can replace one's scrutiny of labels and questioning of food servers.
    "From a common sense perspective" yes, there are multitudes of people who have successfully done Whole30s who have researched the foods they eat, each time. It's not that hard. And, the mindfulness that comes from reading labels and making a conscious effort to eat whole foods, with the least processing, is a HUGE "non scale benefit" from doing a Whole30, one that brings continuing benefits. This awareness is part of the Whole9 lifestyle explained on this site.
    You have some misconceptions about Whole30. It's not a ketogenic diet. It's not low carb. It's a 30 day elimination diet which excludes foods which tend to be sources of inflammation or other problems for most people. It is followed by a reintroduction in which the eliminated foods are added back in a controlled way so that you can observe exactly how that eliminated food does or doesn't affect you. A Whole30 can have as much variety as you choose and many people on a Whole30 don't eat bacon. Or steak. Or . . .
    If you want to know more about the science of Whole30 I recommend you read It Starts With Food. If you want to see the benefits, I recommend you do a Whole30, following the meal template and the recommendations. http://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf 
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    Eccentrica reacted to SugarcubeOD in Is there an APP for Whole 30 compliant foods?   
    No one has suggested that anyone eat steak, eggs, chicken and bacon in 'vast' quantities.  The template asks for a palm size or two serving of protein at every meal... as everyone has a palm size more or less in relativity to their own body, each person's consumption will be slightly more or less than the next person due to this.  That much protein is not vast and it is not unreasonable.  That you chose to eat the exact same thing day after day doing paleo is a choice you made.
    Artfossil has already said that this isn't low carb and no one has said anywhere that all carbs are universally bad.  Please point me to where you've heard this to be true in enough repetition for it to be something that may be confusing to participants.
    If you're not able to take on some self reliance and learn how to read a label to find out what is in your food then you are not taking your own health into your own hands, are you.  The rules are not difficult.  No dairy, sugar, grains/beans soy, msg/carrageenan and no booze.  That's six things to remember. Should you have a difficult time remembering that personally, you would be welcome to write it down on a post it note or put a note in your phone.  
    Having some ownership over what one puts in their body SHOULD be the norm.  Having an app tell you what you can and can't eat without knowing WHY, even for 30 days is foolish.  As far as an app to tell you, personally, on a day to day basis whether the catering company put butter on the carrots, I don't know of anything that is going to help you outside of asking the catering company the question or expecting that same catering company to make the app because what someone chooses to cook from ingredients would not be possible to program into an app from a practical point of view... you must see that... 
    As for the common sense about whether or not 'people' are going to look up what is and is not on plan when they're off grains and legumes and sugar (carbs), just take a look around this forum... thousand and thousands and THOUSANDS of people have and do and when they need help we empower them with tools and tips/tricks to help them take that ownership of what they're putting into their bodies.
     
     
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    Eccentrica reacted to JenniferPasoFino in Starting February 20   
    Mid last week I injured my hand  while working in the horse paddock and had to have my rings cut off my finger. A very painful event and one that in the aftermath would normally have triggered bad food and drink choices to cope.  Not this time though!  I stayed 100% on plan although when the adrenaline pumped down I missed a couple of meals and could really feel the effects of that the next day.
    I would say that in days 18-20 I felt that I had conquered the fear of not having appropriately filling meals and even got a little over-confident that I could just pop into the kitchen and whip something up (I HATE to cook--to answer one of the questions from last week.)  Prior to that I treated the Whole30 like a battle to be won and I wanted all the ammunition I could get: I ordered Pre-Made Paleo dishes and sides, US Wellness meats, sauces, dressings, and I subscribed to realplans.com for shopping lists and recipes. Anything to make it easier to succeed.
    Now, I can happily report that going into the final 8 days, I am at peace (no more battles  ) and I am enjoying the process instead of fighting through it.  I am focusing heavily on timing of meals and portions/allocations. And I am savoring how I feel mentally and physically throughout the day and the evenings.  I'm treating my kitchen like a "special place" instead of somewhere to pass through to get outside.
    I'm still planning to continue on after 30, I would like to do one more Whole 30 to really solidify how I feel.  I do have a question for the group:  What do you think is the best "grab and go" meal when you absolutely cannot cook or prepare?  It would be good to have a small stash of "just in case" items for an impossible morning. I had one of those mornings and I grabbed an individual to-go box of bone broth, an apple, and an RX Bar. Is that terrible, so-so or an OK-in-the-pinch meal?  What do you think?
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    Eccentrica got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Is this working?   
    On some level you must not really want to quit, to throw away the 11 days you've put in, otherwise you wouldn't have posted this.
    One thing to remember, and you'll see versions of this advice again and again when someone considers dropping out: This isn't a Whole11. This is a 30-day program, and you can't judge where you'll be at the end of it when you're only one-third of the way in.
    Some people don't even start seeing real results until their final week -- final days!
    Even the one thing you say that you've gain from this -- the knowledge that you have self-control with snacks and sweets -- you don't really know that yet. You know you can give them up for a few days. It takes weeks to really form or ingrain new habits.
    If you really want to give this a chance put you on a better path with food and health, then stick around.
    Maybe you can posts your meals from the past few days. If you do, I'm sure a mod will pop in and give you some advice about how and where you tweak them to make the program work better for you.
    Regardless of what you choose to do from here, good luck!
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    Eccentrica reacted to TryingOver in Almond Butter and Banana   
    Some of my lunch favorites: 
    Fish Cakes (I like nom nom paleo's spicy tuna cakes and use canned sweet potato or canned pumpkin to make it easier): http://nomnompaleo.com/post/91332244628/spicy-tuna-cakes I like these with some leftover roasted vegetables and a little bit of avocado. 
    Madras chicken salad, served in a halved bell pepper with a greens salad on the side. (http://nomnompaleo.com/post/108235360133/whole30-day-16-madras-chicken-salad) I usually make roasted chicken for dinner and roast extra which I shred and make into the chicken salad for lunches. 
    Stuffed potatoes or sweet potatoes (this recipe for enchilada stuffed sweet potatoes is a favorite: http://againstallgrain.com/2015/03/28/enchilada-stuffed-sweet-potatoes-recipe/) 
    We also eat a lot of leftovers for lunch. Chili is one of my favorite meals to make because I can load it up with veggies (carrots, canned pumpkin/sweet potato leftover from making the fish cakes, zucchini, mushrooms, garlic, onions and tomatoes), top it with avocado, and have an easy template meal in a single bowl. 
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    Eccentrica got a reaction from coffeebean68 in Eccentrica just keeps gaining: My Whole30 results in one inexcusably long and detail-heavy post!   
    Warning! Go grab some protein, veg and a thumb of fat, and then prepare to hunker down. This could take a while.
    This is Day 31 for me, so I it's time to tally up, and — wow! — I've gained a lot.
    And it's all good.
    Here are my non-scale victories, or at least the ones I've noticed along the way...
    Asthma: I only used my inhaler a couple of times during the first week, and I haven't used my nebulizer at all during my W30. I'm literally breathing easier.
    Bumps: I used to have small bumps on my inner arms. I had for many years. They were sort of like pre-hives; they only needed a scratch to instantly turn red, angry and itchy. But they're gone now.
    Inflammation: This one is big. Usually (due to Lupus, arthritis, benign tumors in my spine and other issues), a day of extreme activity would require days of rest and recovery. I just did a 13-hour visit to Disney last weekend, complete with 7.5 miles of walking. My feet and shins were sore, as almost anyone's would be, but I was able to get out a do the shopping and all of the prepping and cooking in the kitchen the next day just fine.

    I know!
    Headaches: Other than a few days of headaches in the first week, which included one migraine, I've been headache-free.
    Lupus: I experienced one intense flare during my W30 (brought on by a very stressful external event). It was awful, but ... OK? I didn't expect any miraculous elimination of flares, but it was days shorter than I expected. I'll take it.
    Mental outlook: I’m in a much better mood most of the time and somewhat less anxious. I was dealing with increased depression and ongoing anxiety issues when I started. I credit the improvement to W30 and to the addition of a cup of Natural Calm + chamomile tea every day (which I call my hot cup of Calm the F*** Down). I started the Natural Calm about a week into the program to keep my magnesium and calcium up, after reading recommendations for it here.
    Energy: While I still struggle in this area in general, I've had moments of Tiger Blood, a bit of kitten juice and fewer cat naps. I feel like I'm ready to start incorporating more regular exercise in my routine, and that's a biggie.
    Kitchen: Hey, NSVs extend beyond the body, so this counts! Despite the fact that I'm prepping and cooking constantly, my kitchen has never been cleaner or looked better. I found that reorganizing it and keeping it really tidy as I go was the only way to maintain sanity during this W30.
    Appliances: I'm actually using all of those appliances that just gathered dust on a shelf. My Vitamix and Instant Pot, for instance, both get near-daily workouts now and are finally justifying the money spent on them.
    Cooking: I love to cook. Sure, I'd love not to cook quite as much as I have over the past 30 days, but I still. Having new restrictions sparked a new wave of creativity in the kitchen for me. No matter where my eating habits go from here, I've created some meals that will definitely stay in the permanent rotation.
    Inspiring my husband: He isn't doing W30, and he still loads up on junk food at work. But he's happy to eat any W30 food I make at home and really enjoys it. At least I know half his fuel is good fuel. He's even considering going paleo soon. And he's helping out a lot more around the house, since he sees how busy I've been in the kitchen these last few weeks (and plan to continue to be). He's actually doing more than his share.
    A sense of pride: I'm proud that I did this. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't the hardest thing I've ever done. I doubted the process at times, but I never doubted that I would see it through.
    I mean, I made it through a family tragedy, a painful flare, a brunch with girlfriends, a visit to my favorite greasy-spoon diner, a trip to the state fair and freakin' Disney World without caving in to cravings!

    Now, about that scale... I had a victory there, too.
    I lost 18 pounds. (And for those of you currently doubting your own mid-W30 progress, I'd like to point out that around the middle of Week 2, I was convinced I was gaining weight.)
    I have no idea about inches, since I didn't measure beforehand, but I look leaner and feel leaner.
    And this isn't over!
    Both the W30 book and the site mention that those living with chronic illness and autoimmune diseases are likely to benefit by going beyond 30 days, since it may take longer to get the full effect of this reboot. I'm not going to walk away from the opportunity to gain more benefits from this. I've got so much room for improvement still.
    So, for now, I'm not calling it a W45 or W60 or W-hatever. I'm just going to keep going until it feels right to start my slow-roll reintroductions, and then that will eventually evolve into my new normal.
    Now, here's my completely unsolicited advice to anyone who might read this while considering starting their own Whole30 adventure: Don’t try to do a Whole30. Don't attempt a Whole30. Don't give it shot or see what happens and definitely don't hope you can do it. Commit! Make an absolute vow to yourself. You *will* do a Whole30.
    Acknowledge that it will be tough at times, rewarding at others. Take comfort in all of those pesky rules, because they take away the guesswork. And do it! Bring it on!

    Honestly, I think that's 90% of the key to succeeding at this — making that real commitment. Then when you face the inevitable difficult moments and temptations, it won't be made harder by struggling with that decision. You've already made the decision.
    Good luck everyone! And good luck to me as I keep going!
  17. Like
    Eccentrica got a reaction from TryingOver in In a food rut   
    Congrats on your Whole30 (and beyond)! I'm on Day 35 myself.
    You might find some helpful info at the link below -- it's aimed at those who may benefit by extending beyond the 30 days. It even helps you figure out whether or not going for W45/60/90 is a good idea for you personally.
    There are suggestions for dealing with boredom. FOMO and staying focused on your goals, etc.:
    THE WHOLE30-PLUS: EXTENDING YOUR PROGRAM FOR 45, 60, OR 90 DAYS
    http://whole30.com/2014/08/whole30-plus/
    Whatever you decide from here, good luck!
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    Eccentrica reacted to ljdw in In a food rut   
    Hello Whole30ers! 

    I'm happily on day 34 - completing the whole 30 with varied recipes, delicious food, etc. etc. I was a happy girl! Now that its over, I'm surprised to find that I'm not 'craving' anything major - I don't have cravings for pizza or pad thai, in fact, I've loved what I've been eating the past few weeks - my problem is that I feel I've hit a food rut. I've scoured all the websites I could find with easy recipes, I've read the Whole30 book and recipes in that - i think i'm just tired of the whole30 staples. Does anyone have advice, or has been through this before? I want to keep going for sure- I'm incredibly happy with my results on and off the scale - i'm just tired of the food!
     
    All my thanks.
    lindsey
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    Eccentrica got a reaction from Gloria Starr in February 22 Start Date   
    Breathing easier is absolutely one of the things I'm happiest about where my W30 is concerned. Other than a couple of puffs on my rescue inhaler during the first week or so, I've been fine. I haven't had to use my nebulizer at all! My 30 days are over, but I haven't started reintros yet since I'm going to keep at it for a while longer.
    But I truly suspect that dairy was a major factor for me. I might try to test myself with cultured dairy products again in the future, but I'm in no hurry.
    Clear breathing is the best! 
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    Eccentrica reacted to Bethany Stewart in February 22 Start Date   
    @Eccentrica Wow, that's awesome! Until now, I don't think I've ever really appreciated just how much my diet affects my asthma. I hope you continue to get good results!
  21. Like
    Eccentrica got a reaction from Gloria Starr in February 22 Start Date   
    Breathing easier is absolutely one of the things I'm happiest about where my W30 is concerned. Other than a couple of puffs on my rescue inhaler during the first week or so, I've been fine. I haven't had to use my nebulizer at all! My 30 days are over, but I haven't started reintros yet since I'm going to keep at it for a while longer.
    But I truly suspect that dairy was a major factor for me. I might try to test myself with cultured dairy products again in the future, but I'm in no hurry.
    Clear breathing is the best! 
  22. Like
    Eccentrica got a reaction from Gloria Starr in February 22 Start Date   
    Breathing easier is absolutely one of the things I'm happiest about where my W30 is concerned. Other than a couple of puffs on my rescue inhaler during the first week or so, I've been fine. I haven't had to use my nebulizer at all! My 30 days are over, but I haven't started reintros yet since I'm going to keep at it for a while longer.
    But I truly suspect that dairy was a major factor for me. I might try to test myself with cultured dairy products again in the future, but I'm in no hurry.
    Clear breathing is the best! 
  23. Like
    Eccentrica got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Is this working?   
    On some level you must not really want to quit, to throw away the 11 days you've put in, otherwise you wouldn't have posted this.
    One thing to remember, and you'll see versions of this advice again and again when someone considers dropping out: This isn't a Whole11. This is a 30-day program, and you can't judge where you'll be at the end of it when you're only one-third of the way in.
    Some people don't even start seeing real results until their final week -- final days!
    Even the one thing you say that you've gain from this -- the knowledge that you have self-control with snacks and sweets -- you don't really know that yet. You know you can give them up for a few days. It takes weeks to really form or ingrain new habits.
    If you really want to give this a chance put you on a better path with food and health, then stick around.
    Maybe you can posts your meals from the past few days. If you do, I'm sure a mod will pop in and give you some advice about how and where you tweak them to make the program work better for you.
    Regardless of what you choose to do from here, good luck!
  24. Like
    Eccentrica reacted to It Came From the 216 in First-Timer Starting on 20170503   
    Hi. I'm starting the program, come hell or high water (or even high hell water), on May 3, 2017.
    Let's do this.
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    Eccentrica reacted to CriticalValue196 in Eccentrica just keeps gaining: My Whole30 results in one inexcusably long and detail-heavy post!   
    I loved reading this post, not only for your successes but also for your style. Congratulations on your success thus far, and I hope you continue to see a lot of improvements in your health and well-being!