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    diamonds422 got a reaction from megbeveridge in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    Hi guys. I've been on my food freedom journey since February 2017. I've done several Whole30s before this one (I think!) but my last full one was a year ago. I did pretty well over the year but slipped up a lot in December. I'm already feeling pretty good, although I did have a couple of days of fatigue. I wanted to share some of my all-time favorite recipes with y'all. I make these even when I'm not on a Whole30 because they're just amazing. In no particular order:
    1. No-fuss salmon cakes in the original Whole30 book. I highly suggest making the tartar sauce in the same book to go with. For that, I sub the pickles for capers. I forgot to buy the pickles but the capers were so good that I haven't ever made it with pickles haha.
    2. These are great but involve more "fuss" than the above option. I'll alternate between the two recipes. https://nomnompaleo.com/post/91332244628/spicy-tuna-cakes
    3. The best chili ever (do it on the stove): http://meljoulwan.com/2009/02/22/my-favorite-chili-recipe/
    4. The best beef stew I have EVER had. I am not a stew person or a meat and potatoes person, but I think this is incredible. http://meljoulwan.com/2015/05/07/classic-paleo-beef-stew/
    5. Drool-worthy amazingness. http://meljoulwan.com/2011/04/29/stovetop-pork-carnitas/
    Hope this helps some people out. Keep it up, everyone!
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    diamonds422 got a reaction from megbeveridge in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    Hi guys. I've been on my food freedom journey since February 2017. I've done several Whole30s before this one (I think!) but my last full one was a year ago. I did pretty well over the year but slipped up a lot in December. I'm already feeling pretty good, although I did have a couple of days of fatigue. I wanted to share some of my all-time favorite recipes with y'all. I make these even when I'm not on a Whole30 because they're just amazing. In no particular order:
    1. No-fuss salmon cakes in the original Whole30 book. I highly suggest making the tartar sauce in the same book to go with. For that, I sub the pickles for capers. I forgot to buy the pickles but the capers were so good that I haven't ever made it with pickles haha.
    2. These are great but involve more "fuss" than the above option. I'll alternate between the two recipes. https://nomnompaleo.com/post/91332244628/spicy-tuna-cakes
    3. The best chili ever (do it on the stove): http://meljoulwan.com/2009/02/22/my-favorite-chili-recipe/
    4. The best beef stew I have EVER had. I am not a stew person or a meat and potatoes person, but I think this is incredible. http://meljoulwan.com/2015/05/07/classic-paleo-beef-stew/
    5. Drool-worthy amazingness. http://meljoulwan.com/2011/04/29/stovetop-pork-carnitas/
    Hope this helps some people out. Keep it up, everyone!
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    diamonds422 got a reaction from Mousey14 in Starting January 2!   
    We did it, guys! Since this was my fourth Whole30, I'm going with the slow roll introduction this time. My husband and I are going to dinner tonight at this Thai place in our new neighborhood that we've wanted to try for months. I will go for more veggie and protein dishes, vs. noodles and fried things. We're gonna stay pretty much paleo overall. I'm going to do what I can to keep my sugar dragon in check, so there won't be much dessert for me, or even grains. At least that's the plan. I'm going to start reading "Food Freedom Forever" along with the Whole30 community this month, so hopefully I'll be on my way. 
    Best of luck to all on your respective journeys!
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    diamonds422 reacted to ladyshanny in The crazy things people say   
    I couldn't agree with you more! I never told work people or acquaintances either and always just said "Oh, no thanks" when offered something I wasn't eating (bread, cake, booze etc). If you don't make a big deal out of it, other people won't either. If I was ever asked "Are you sure?" I would just say "Yep, maybe a bit later" and people generally forget all about you.  
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    diamonds422 got a reaction from ladyshanny in The crazy things people say   
    I have read this thread over time, laughing, sighing or shaking my head at all the stories. People can be so rude!
    I'm going to share a very unpopular idea that would have prevented many (but certainly not all) of the stories on this thread from happening: don't tell people you're doing the Whole30 unless you have to. Especially at work! Don't broadcast it on social media, either. It'll save you a lot of grief. If you need to tell people for support, tell your spouse/partner, close friends, and/or family members who truly care about you. Yes, at some point, you will be at a gathering of some sort and the subject of why you aren't eating what's there will come up. Melissa Hartwig has a lot of tips for dealing with these moments. But generally speaking, the more you share, the more unpleasant situations you will encounter.
    No one at work ever had any idea I was doing a Whole30 because I'd pull things like chili and beef stew with potatoes out of my bag for lunch, and those aren't "diet" foods. Everyone should do what works for them, but I just finished my fourth and I've avoided a whole lot of "crazy things people say" this way. 
     
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    diamonds422 got a reaction from Mousey14 in Starting January 2!   
    We did it, guys! Since this was my fourth Whole30, I'm going with the slow roll introduction this time. My husband and I are going to dinner tonight at this Thai place in our new neighborhood that we've wanted to try for months. I will go for more veggie and protein dishes, vs. noodles and fried things. We're gonna stay pretty much paleo overall. I'm going to do what I can to keep my sugar dragon in check, so there won't be much dessert for me, or even grains. At least that's the plan. I'm going to start reading "Food Freedom Forever" along with the Whole30 community this month, so hopefully I'll be on my way. 
    Best of luck to all on your respective journeys!
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    diamonds422 got a reaction from Mousey14 in Starting January 2!   
    We did it, guys! Since this was my fourth Whole30, I'm going with the slow roll introduction this time. My husband and I are going to dinner tonight at this Thai place in our new neighborhood that we've wanted to try for months. I will go for more veggie and protein dishes, vs. noodles and fried things. We're gonna stay pretty much paleo overall. I'm going to do what I can to keep my sugar dragon in check, so there won't be much dessert for me, or even grains. At least that's the plan. I'm going to start reading "Food Freedom Forever" along with the Whole30 community this month, so hopefully I'll be on my way. 
    Best of luck to all on your respective journeys!
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    diamonds422 got a reaction from ladyshanny in The crazy things people say   
    I have read this thread over time, laughing, sighing or shaking my head at all the stories. People can be so rude!
    I'm going to share a very unpopular idea that would have prevented many (but certainly not all) of the stories on this thread from happening: don't tell people you're doing the Whole30 unless you have to. Especially at work! Don't broadcast it on social media, either. It'll save you a lot of grief. If you need to tell people for support, tell your spouse/partner, close friends, and/or family members who truly care about you. Yes, at some point, you will be at a gathering of some sort and the subject of why you aren't eating what's there will come up. Melissa Hartwig has a lot of tips for dealing with these moments. But generally speaking, the more you share, the more unpleasant situations you will encounter.
    No one at work ever had any idea I was doing a Whole30 because I'd pull things like chili and beef stew with potatoes out of my bag for lunch, and those aren't "diet" foods. Everyone should do what works for them, but I just finished my fourth and I've avoided a whole lot of "crazy things people say" this way. 
     
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    diamonds422 got a reaction from Mousey14 in Starting January 2!   
    We're approaching the finish line! I made Mel Joulwan's Bora Bora fireballs last night and they were a hit. They're quick to make and it's a relatively inexpensive recipe (yay, ground pork). I also bought a bottle of Tessemae's for the first time ever, the avocado ranch. OH MAN is it good. At $5.99 a bottle, it won't be a regular purchase, but it's nice to know the brand lives up to the hype. 
    Woo hoo, we're almost there!!
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    diamonds422 got a reaction from Mousey14 in Starting January 2!   
    We're approaching the finish line! I made Mel Joulwan's Bora Bora fireballs last night and they were a hit. They're quick to make and it's a relatively inexpensive recipe (yay, ground pork). I also bought a bottle of Tessemae's for the first time ever, the avocado ranch. OH MAN is it good. At $5.99 a bottle, it won't be a regular purchase, but it's nice to know the brand lives up to the hype. 
    Woo hoo, we're almost there!!
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    diamonds422 got a reaction from Mousey14 in Starting January 2!   
    We're approaching the finish line! I made Mel Joulwan's Bora Bora fireballs last night and they were a hit. They're quick to make and it's a relatively inexpensive recipe (yay, ground pork). I also bought a bottle of Tessemae's for the first time ever, the avocado ranch. OH MAN is it good. At $5.99 a bottle, it won't be a regular purchase, but it's nice to know the brand lives up to the hype. 
    Woo hoo, we're almost there!!
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    diamonds422 reacted to elizabeth.joan in Starting January 2!   
    I rescheduled my doctor's appointment for my 6 month check up so I don't have to get weighed 
    I can't believe we're entering our last week! I've definitely seen a difference in myself, and there will definitely be some permeant changes that come from this.
    Thanks, everyone, for taking the journey! Hope the last week treats you well. 
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    diamonds422 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Starting January 2!   
    The money thing is interesting. My husband and I cook at home 95% of the time whether we're doing a Whole30 or not. So our grocery bills do get more expensive doing a Whole30. But during a W30 we don't buy beer or wine, and we don't go out to eat. Maybe the odd emergency Chipotle run, but that's it. In the end, we spend a little less money overall on a W30. But for people who buy lunch every day and go out a lot, the W30 makes a huge difference! We use our savings to travel. Sometimes people ask how we're able to go on an international trip every year. I tell them to calculate how much they spend at restaurants/bars/coffee shops per month, and then get back to me.  We spent ten days in Italy last year and are headed to Seoul, South Korea next month. We're not wealthy. We just cook at home and don't buy random stuff we don't need, for the most part. 
    **edit** We're also fortunate enough not to have student loans or medical debt like many people here. #Americanproblems
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    diamonds422 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Starting January 2!   
    The money thing is interesting. My husband and I cook at home 95% of the time whether we're doing a Whole30 or not. So our grocery bills do get more expensive doing a Whole30. But during a W30 we don't buy beer or wine, and we don't go out to eat. Maybe the odd emergency Chipotle run, but that's it. In the end, we spend a little less money overall on a W30. But for people who buy lunch every day and go out a lot, the W30 makes a huge difference! We use our savings to travel. Sometimes people ask how we're able to go on an international trip every year. I tell them to calculate how much they spend at restaurants/bars/coffee shops per month, and then get back to me.  We spent ten days in Italy last year and are headed to Seoul, South Korea next month. We're not wealthy. We just cook at home and don't buy random stuff we don't need, for the most part. 
    **edit** We're also fortunate enough not to have student loans or medical debt like many people here. #Americanproblems
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    diamonds422 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Starting January 2!   
    The money thing is interesting. My husband and I cook at home 95% of the time whether we're doing a Whole30 or not. So our grocery bills do get more expensive doing a Whole30. But during a W30 we don't buy beer or wine, and we don't go out to eat. Maybe the odd emergency Chipotle run, but that's it. In the end, we spend a little less money overall on a W30. But for people who buy lunch every day and go out a lot, the W30 makes a huge difference! We use our savings to travel. Sometimes people ask how we're able to go on an international trip every year. I tell them to calculate how much they spend at restaurants/bars/coffee shops per month, and then get back to me.  We spent ten days in Italy last year and are headed to Seoul, South Korea next month. We're not wealthy. We just cook at home and don't buy random stuff we don't need, for the most part. 
    **edit** We're also fortunate enough not to have student loans or medical debt like many people here. #Americanproblems
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    diamonds422 got a reaction from LagunaRover in Starting January 2!   
    The smell of maple syrup is wafting up to my office from the break room, and I wish it weren't. I was in a huge rush and didn't get to have more than a few bites of breakfast, so that's the only reason I'm having such a strong reaction. It's not even real, it's the Aunt Jemima stuff, I'm sure of it.
    Ahhhh and five seconds ago my boss, who just got back from a convention in Switzerland, plopped some Swiss chocolates down on my desk. I've had them before, and they are soooo good. The real thing. The kind of thing I might decide is "worth it" after my Whole30. Deep breaths. I think I'll give them away. He always brings them back with him, so it's not like these are the only ones I'll ever have the opportunity to eat.
    But in other news, my husband is getting an offer letter for a new job, so I'm just going to focus on how happy we are about that and ignore all this non-food!! I got "It Starts With Food" and "Food Freedom Forever" in the mail yesterday. I already started the first one, and I am blown away. It's incredible to read the science behind why I feel so great going into week four, and so not-great when I fall off the wagon. I highly recommend this book, even if you've done multiple Whole30's!
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    diamonds422 got a reaction from dianne m in Starting January 2!   
    The marinade was good, but other than that, this was pretty meh. And the avocado crema, which had some coconut milk in it, tasted strongly of coconut. The taste wasn't camouflaged by the other ingredients at all. Next time I would sub mayo for the coconut milk. Oh well, there's something for everyone!
    I know people who do the Whole30 like this. I keep my mouth shut because at the end of the day it's none of my business, but sometimes I am tempted to tell them that what they are doing is not the Whole30, it's just paleo.
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    diamonds422 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Starting January 2!   
    The money thing is interesting. My husband and I cook at home 95% of the time whether we're doing a Whole30 or not. So our grocery bills do get more expensive doing a Whole30. But during a W30 we don't buy beer or wine, and we don't go out to eat. Maybe the odd emergency Chipotle run, but that's it. In the end, we spend a little less money overall on a W30. But for people who buy lunch every day and go out a lot, the W30 makes a huge difference! We use our savings to travel. Sometimes people ask how we're able to go on an international trip every year. I tell them to calculate how much they spend at restaurants/bars/coffee shops per month, and then get back to me.  We spent ten days in Italy last year and are headed to Seoul, South Korea next month. We're not wealthy. We just cook at home and don't buy random stuff we don't need, for the most part. 
    **edit** We're also fortunate enough not to have student loans or medical debt like many people here. #Americanproblems
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    diamonds422 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Starting January 2!   
    The money thing is interesting. My husband and I cook at home 95% of the time whether we're doing a Whole30 or not. So our grocery bills do get more expensive doing a Whole30. But during a W30 we don't buy beer or wine, and we don't go out to eat. Maybe the odd emergency Chipotle run, but that's it. In the end, we spend a little less money overall on a W30. But for people who buy lunch every day and go out a lot, the W30 makes a huge difference! We use our savings to travel. Sometimes people ask how we're able to go on an international trip every year. I tell them to calculate how much they spend at restaurants/bars/coffee shops per month, and then get back to me.  We spent ten days in Italy last year and are headed to Seoul, South Korea next month. We're not wealthy. We just cook at home and don't buy random stuff we don't need, for the most part. 
    **edit** We're also fortunate enough not to have student loans or medical debt like many people here. #Americanproblems
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    diamonds422 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Starting January 2!   
    The money thing is interesting. My husband and I cook at home 95% of the time whether we're doing a Whole30 or not. So our grocery bills do get more expensive doing a Whole30. But during a W30 we don't buy beer or wine, and we don't go out to eat. Maybe the odd emergency Chipotle run, but that's it. In the end, we spend a little less money overall on a W30. But for people who buy lunch every day and go out a lot, the W30 makes a huge difference! We use our savings to travel. Sometimes people ask how we're able to go on an international trip every year. I tell them to calculate how much they spend at restaurants/bars/coffee shops per month, and then get back to me.  We spent ten days in Italy last year and are headed to Seoul, South Korea next month. We're not wealthy. We just cook at home and don't buy random stuff we don't need, for the most part. 
    **edit** We're also fortunate enough not to have student loans or medical debt like many people here. #Americanproblems
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    diamonds422 reacted to LagunaRover in Starting January 2!   
    One of the things that's not been mentioned in the NSV list is the saving of money this month. 
    Let me explain... I go to an office every day and in the past I just bought lunch from one of the cafes nearby that delivered, or from a guy who came to the office selling things to eat. All OK, but that meant on average I was spending around $6.50 a day on lunches.  Over the course of this month, as of today, that's 19 working days without buying lunch since I've been bringing in leftovers.  That's $123.50 so far, and I intend to keep bringing food to work after the 30 days is up, both for health and cost reasons.
    In addition (being honest) I was buying and consuming around 3 bottles of wine a week.  At an average of around $10 a bottle, that's $30 a week/$120 for the month. Total savings therefore for me will be approximately $250 a month, which is huge! I'm not even counting the less $$ spent at the grocery store by buying just real food not packaged stuff.  That adds up too. For me, this is extra motivation to continue on this path. Yes, I'll be buying wine after the 30 days are up, but not like I used to!
    Anyone else seen savings like this?
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    diamonds422 reacted to OHMaryF in Starting January 2!   
    I can relate. My son gave me two bottles of wine for Christmas and they are still unopened. I know they will wait. I also still have a few pieces of chocolate with macadamia nuts that a co-worker brought me from Hawaii and they, too can wait. I have also made pancakes and waffles for our daughter for breakfast and have been able to resist, because I am focused on what I want and need for my body. 
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    diamonds422 got a reaction from LagunaRover in Starting January 2!   
    The smell of maple syrup is wafting up to my office from the break room, and I wish it weren't. I was in a huge rush and didn't get to have more than a few bites of breakfast, so that's the only reason I'm having such a strong reaction. It's not even real, it's the Aunt Jemima stuff, I'm sure of it.
    Ahhhh and five seconds ago my boss, who just got back from a convention in Switzerland, plopped some Swiss chocolates down on my desk. I've had them before, and they are soooo good. The real thing. The kind of thing I might decide is "worth it" after my Whole30. Deep breaths. I think I'll give them away. He always brings them back with him, so it's not like these are the only ones I'll ever have the opportunity to eat.
    But in other news, my husband is getting an offer letter for a new job, so I'm just going to focus on how happy we are about that and ignore all this non-food!! I got "It Starts With Food" and "Food Freedom Forever" in the mail yesterday. I already started the first one, and I am blown away. It's incredible to read the science behind why I feel so great going into week four, and so not-great when I fall off the wagon. I highly recommend this book, even if you've done multiple Whole30's!
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    diamonds422 got a reaction from LagunaRover in Starting January 2!   
    The smell of maple syrup is wafting up to my office from the break room, and I wish it weren't. I was in a huge rush and didn't get to have more than a few bites of breakfast, so that's the only reason I'm having such a strong reaction. It's not even real, it's the Aunt Jemima stuff, I'm sure of it.
    Ahhhh and five seconds ago my boss, who just got back from a convention in Switzerland, plopped some Swiss chocolates down on my desk. I've had them before, and they are soooo good. The real thing. The kind of thing I might decide is "worth it" after my Whole30. Deep breaths. I think I'll give them away. He always brings them back with him, so it's not like these are the only ones I'll ever have the opportunity to eat.
    But in other news, my husband is getting an offer letter for a new job, so I'm just going to focus on how happy we are about that and ignore all this non-food!! I got "It Starts With Food" and "Food Freedom Forever" in the mail yesterday. I already started the first one, and I am blown away. It's incredible to read the science behind why I feel so great going into week four, and so not-great when I fall off the wagon. I highly recommend this book, even if you've done multiple Whole30's!
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    diamonds422 got a reaction from LagunaRover in Starting January 2!   
    The smell of maple syrup is wafting up to my office from the break room, and I wish it weren't. I was in a huge rush and didn't get to have more than a few bites of breakfast, so that's the only reason I'm having such a strong reaction. It's not even real, it's the Aunt Jemima stuff, I'm sure of it.
    Ahhhh and five seconds ago my boss, who just got back from a convention in Switzerland, plopped some Swiss chocolates down on my desk. I've had them before, and they are soooo good. The real thing. The kind of thing I might decide is "worth it" after my Whole30. Deep breaths. I think I'll give them away. He always brings them back with him, so it's not like these are the only ones I'll ever have the opportunity to eat.
    But in other news, my husband is getting an offer letter for a new job, so I'm just going to focus on how happy we are about that and ignore all this non-food!! I got "It Starts With Food" and "Food Freedom Forever" in the mail yesterday. I already started the first one, and I am blown away. It's incredible to read the science behind why I feel so great going into week four, and so not-great when I fall off the wagon. I highly recommend this book, even if you've done multiple Whole30's!