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    appalachiangiraffe reacted to alcazn in Starting March 1st   
    We did it!  I am overjoyed at being able to make it through.  I have seen many NSV's such as more energy, clearer thoughts, and (for sure) better fitting clothes.  
     
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    appalachiangiraffe reacted to KnykytaS in Starting March 1st   
    Day 31! Reintroduction yay.
    So I decided to skip legumes due to the fact thay I don't eat them enough or like ever to worry about them. So I tried non-gluten grains this morning, oats. It seems to be okay, I definitely feel a bit more bloated but I also have my period so hard to tell. My body doesn't really like breakfast before 9 anyways so hopefully it doesn't effect me but if it does I hope I'll know sooner rather than later. 
    Congratulations everyone, we did it!
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    appalachiangiraffe reacted to Contradiction in Starting March 1st   
    Day 30!!!!  I got a very pleasant surprise this morning when my 2 coworkers who have done Whole30 before and encouraged me and gave me lots of advice on it surprised me by letting the rest of the office know and brought in compliant food to celebrate.  Definitely good to get that kind of encouragement and postive reinforcement.  3 people in my department have done it in the past and one of them has convinced myself and 4 other people to try it as well.  
     
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    appalachiangiraffe reacted to hchc in Starting March 1st   
    Happy day 30!  Wow, what seemed so onerous the week before day one, has somehow turned into an easy, and enjoyable weekly meal planning event.  Throughout the month I have been wishing it was summer in Canada so I could be gathering the increased veggies from my garden.  Store bought is just not the same some times.  I have signed up with a local CSA as my garden is small and holds limited veggies.  Looking forward to the up coming months of finding a happy mix of Whole30 and wine.....  Congratulations to all of those who not only finished the Whole30 but even took the time to sign up and try it.  I am starting my reintroduction tomorrow with gluten free pasta and tomato meat sauce, with a nice light red.  Thank you to all of you who posted and got me through those tough days.  

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    appalachiangiraffe reacted to Jenny85 in Starting March 1st   
    Jep I also found out that my bloated stomach refers to garlic. I love garlic but it seems like my body doesn't . But tomorrow is day 30! Yay! So weighing on day 31 - Friday I will celebrate day 30 with swimming in the morning, Nordic walking in the afternoon and horseback riding in the evening. What are your plans?
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    appalachiangiraffe reacted to jmcbn in Starting March 1st   
    Ok, so I've highlighted all the high FODMAPs in the list you've provided. If you're eating any nut butter alongside the fruit then that's also high FODMAP, as would be any onion or garlic you're adding to meals - plus the coconut milk, the coffee & the avocado I mentioned earlier. The spaghetti & butternut squash are moderate FODMAPs but if you're having intestinal issues then it might be an idea to ease off on them for a while too. There are plenty of other veg to sub with - and, yes, I know this from personal experience.
    The problem with FODMAPs is that most of us have a tolerance level, and sometimes when we repeat the same meals over & over we surpass that threshold and our guts struggle to cope, resulting in all kinds of gastrointestinal symptoms from diarrhea to constipation to wind to bloating to cramps & gas.....
    Take a look at the traffic light system food list about half way down the screen (you'll need to scroll) on >this page< and try eating only from the green section for a few days to see if your symptoms subside. Have a read at the article which gives a good explanation of malabsorption. Then we can take it from there...
    Hope this helps.
     
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    appalachiangiraffe reacted to neelyerin in Starting March 1st   
    I am new to the thread, but started March 1st as well!  My husband and I are doing the program together and are absolutely loving it.  Before Whole30, he was the cook and I tried hard to steer clear of that responsibility (often volunteering for dish duty).  Since we started however, I have loved cooking!  We have found the most delicious new recipes (Curried shepards pie, gumbo, chili, chicken pad thai), and found that cooking together has been such a treat.  We now sit down for a full breakfast and cup of coffee together before each running off to our busy work days.  Around lunch (which is usually left-overs) we often send each other a message commenting on how yummy our lunch is.  Dinner is my favorite.  We turn the music up, and find ourselves singing and dancing our way around the kitchen.  We are seeing so many victories everyday and since we started out Whole30 with my personal label of "chubby but happy", I know we are losing weight.  I've nicknamed my husband "the disappearing man", and I'm seeing benefits too.  My skin is clearer than its ever been, my clothes are fitting better, no more headaches, and my energy is through the roof.  We aren't going to start the reintroduction process until after 90 days.  I have autoimmune issues, and have read that a longer "elimination" time would be beneficial.  My husband is happy to continue with the strict rules too since he is feeling so great! 
    Even though I've never posted on this thread before, it has been a wonderful resource to me on this journey.  I have loved reading about shared experiences and gaining the advice of others.  Keep up the good work, everyone!
     
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    appalachiangiraffe reacted to moosegirl in Starting March 1st   
    SO close! I can see the finish line! Already planning some re-intro meals. I haven't had the greatest amount of success but it will be interesting to see how I feel once I start adding things back into my diet. I know re-intro is going to be tricky so I hope I don't blow it. Anyone else have an mental/physical aversion to leftovers? I thinking seeing food cold in the fridge is so gross and then even after I re-heat it, it never tastes as good warmed over. I can gag just thinking about it. I've been trying to cook a little bit larger meat portions to have leftovers and then just making the vegetables fresh every meal but I know that isn't realistic for most people or for me long term. 
     
     
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    appalachiangiraffe got a reaction from Jenny85 in Starting March 1st   
    Wow! We are almost there
    Staying compliant has definitely become easier.  I have more energy and motivation.  I was surprised to see a HUGE difference in my anxiety and depression levels.
    In the last week I have, unfortunately had upsetting digestive reactions (as in urgent trips to the bathroom) pretty much everyday.  Any moderators or experienced members have ideas as to why that would be happening this late in the program?
    Congratulations on making it this far, everyone!
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    appalachiangiraffe reacted to RabbitFood in Starting March 1st   
    Hate to admit this: My round ended this weekend.  
    1. I ate a couple bites of ramen noodles (so gross!) and five pieces of tofu.  Two hours later a large zit showed up.  I don't know what triggered #don'tskipyourreintro
    2. Also, I ate frozen yogurt.  It didn't really appeal to me.  I tasted it and it wasn't that good.  Still ate the whole thing.  Re-read a chapter in FFF about slips and regrets, and have learned from the experience.  Guess what happened?  That clearer (not completely clear, but clearer) skin is breaking out and inflamed. 
    What I learned: My skin and I like eating whole, unprocessed foods.
     
    Keep up the great work March1st-ers!
     
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    appalachiangiraffe got a reaction from Jenny85 in Starting March 1st   
    Wow! We are almost there
    Staying compliant has definitely become easier.  I have more energy and motivation.  I was surprised to see a HUGE difference in my anxiety and depression levels.
    In the last week I have, unfortunately had upsetting digestive reactions (as in urgent trips to the bathroom) pretty much everyday.  Any moderators or experienced members have ideas as to why that would be happening this late in the program?
    Congratulations on making it this far, everyone!
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    appalachiangiraffe got a reaction from Jenny85 in Starting March 1st   
    Wow! We are almost there
    Staying compliant has definitely become easier.  I have more energy and motivation.  I was surprised to see a HUGE difference in my anxiety and depression levels.
    In the last week I have, unfortunately had upsetting digestive reactions (as in urgent trips to the bathroom) pretty much everyday.  Any moderators or experienced members have ideas as to why that would be happening this late in the program?
    Congratulations on making it this far, everyone!
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    appalachiangiraffe reacted to hchc in Starting March 1st   
    Well,  I made it through the last weekend outing with no waver to my determination.  Saturday evening was a gathering of approximately thirty people at a pub.  Lots of wine, beer and nacho's greeted me as I entered the establishment.  The group consists of a people I normally see throughout the summer when we congregate at a local lake.  There is always, an abundance of both food and alcohol.  This is the first time I have ever socialized with these people and abstained from wine, and ordered a plan appropriate meal.  I have mentioned that my partner has been a strength for me during this.  He joined for the experience and support.  He has never made any changes to his French Canadian bread and cheese heavy diet in the past.  He has been doing very well, considering this was not his idea in the start.  He did however give in to the call of beer at the function.  Despite his waver, to which I hold no resentment, I felt no pull to step out of the plan.  The people at the gathering were very supportive.  No bugging me about not drinking or my salad order in pub setting.  The question that was most asked of me was what I would eat when I was finished.  I found it hard to answer because I have no strong cravings for any one thing.  I find I am more interested in searching out good quality foods to eat that I would be willing to spend a bit more money on for treats but those are not necessarily pastry and ice cream.  Not everything has changed though, I am certainly going to open a nice bottle of red.   
    @SPeffer As for my InstantPot.  I used my slow cooker often so switching to the pressure cooker was easy.  My planning has changed because it takes less time, I like the results so far.  I have even taken it on field trips to a friends cottage.  I purchased the larger pot to use in canning this fall.  One draw back I found before I was in the plan.  I used it for rice but it would sometimes conflict my dinner choice if it was also a pressure cooker recipe.  I have cooked wild meat in it as well as tougher cuts of meat and found everything to come out juicy and tender.  A rosemary chicken recipe in nom nom paleo has become a favourite.  The gravy is delightful.
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    appalachiangiraffe reacted to Leekeetria in Starting March 1st   
    @RabbitFood oh i still want to eat, but now i know it's just me wanting to eat and not my body really needing to eat. i am counting down as well, but really because i told myself that i was going to do it and it looks like that is exactly what's going to happen.  i am going to celebrate making it to the finish line (which will probably include a glass of wine) , but also celebrate my new outlook on food.  like most, i've tried every single diet and eating plan that is out there, but i'm happy to have finally found one that i know works for me and that can be long term!  
    @Poetry Saves i can relate a bit.  i'm pretty sensitive so i wouldn't say i have tough skin, but i've actually gotten a kick out of telling people what i'm doing and hearing the "oh there is no way i could give up bread...sugar...alcohol for 30 days"...to which i reply once you see how your body feels without it, you might rethink that statement.  so my friends/family aren't my problem ... my issue is when i dine out.  sometimes the servers act like i'm inconveniencing them by asking for food that i'm paying for to be cooked in a special way.  maybe they get push back from the cooks, who knows.  i've been fortunate in that most of my servers have been very understanding...but this weekend at red robin that was not the case...LOL.  
    @alcazn you can do it!  i believe they have a few options that you can choose from...glad you brought your lunch so you're prepared either way.  my office is having a breakfast and an international pot luck all on april 5th.  after we're done, but way too soon to just eat everything in sight LOL.  so i've already decided what i will/won't be eating at the breakfast and i will not be eating at the potluck, but i'm still going to contribute a dessert (but it will probably be store bought ).
    @moosegirl sorry to hear you're still waking up every single night.  i'm not at all trying to rub it in, but this has been the most consecutive peaceful/restful nights of sleep i've ever gotten in my entire life!  and i feel like this is the most normal my digestive system has ever been.  what do you usually eat?  maybe it's not the veggies, but the protein or fat?  i've learned that my body doesn't really like red meat...specifically steak or maybe certain kinds of steak...because afterwards i feel bloated and i get a raging headache.
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    appalachiangiraffe reacted to RabbitFood in Starting March 1st   
    @alcazn If you end up eating your lunch from home, just express how excited you are for your meal and leave it at that.  No one needs to no you are doing a reset   I've found I do best by following Whole30 advice to not advertise this to family and friends and let your results speak for themselves.
    @moosegirl Interesting.  I'm not sleeping well either.  Getting 6 to 7 hours and then I'm just awake.  
    @Leekeetria Ah, good to know I'm not alone.  Can't wait to celebrate with you (from afar)!
     
    Happy Day 22!
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    appalachiangiraffe reacted to alcazn in Starting March 1st   
    @RabbitFood and @Leekeetria - I made it....whew!  I was able to get a plain baked potato and steamed broccoli, then ate the protein that I brought from my lunch.  It was good and received well by the group.  A few of them commented that I have prompted them to make some better choices, so that was good to hear.  
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    appalachiangiraffe reacted to alcazn in Starting March 1st   
    I wonder if there is such a thing as too many tomatoes?  It seems like I am eating tomato everything.  I like them, but I wonder if there's a limit?
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    appalachiangiraffe reacted to Leekeetria in Starting March 1st   
    @angledge i made the butter chicken...but i have to say it looked a bit more delicious than it turned out to be.  i don't know if i used the coconut milk with less fat or what, but it wasn't what i expected.   nevertheless, i made it so i'm eating it!  i am definitely not letting it go to waste!
    i am excited to try the shephard's pie and the salmon cakes...hopefully i have better luck with those since most have commented that they are really good!
    @Jenny85 - good for making it thru the movie with no popcorn!  @appalachiangiraffe i'm with you ... i've turned down a few movie invites.  while i was prepared with nuts and tea, i didn't know if i was really going to be able to resist.  thank goodness the bf bought tickets for the wrong movie theater and our theater was already sold out.  crisis averted.  
    this plan has opened my eyes to how much we eat/snack even when we're not hungry and that it's not that difficult to say no to things you think you're addicted to!  i went to red robin and resisted fries, a friend's birthday party and resisted cake, tons of other sweets, alcohol and even pizza!  had i not been on this eating plan, i would've eaten it all...and had nothing to show for it except a bigger waistline!
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    appalachiangiraffe got a reaction from alcazn in Starting March 1st   
    @Jenny85 I also did a shepherd's pie for st. pattys! it was very tasty, and even the traditional (picky) eaters in my family liked it!  how did the movie with no popcorn go? I sadly turned down a movie invitation from my sister for that very reason
    Happy day 18 everyone! I hope you are all seeing some benefits!
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    appalachiangiraffe got a reaction from alcazn in Starting March 1st   
    @Jenny85 I also did a shepherd's pie for st. pattys! it was very tasty, and even the traditional (picky) eaters in my family liked it!  how did the movie with no popcorn go? I sadly turned down a movie invitation from my sister for that very reason
    Happy day 18 everyone! I hope you are all seeing some benefits!
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    appalachiangiraffe reacted to Jenny85 in Starting March 1st   
    It was weird. The sugar smell in the Cinema made feel like I have to throw up every minute. So disgusting sweet. I brought some cold green tea with me that helped me get over the feeling. Afterwards we went to a restaurant and I had a very delicious lamb kebab with fresh salad. Yummy. 
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    appalachiangiraffe reacted to Jenny85 in Starting March 1st   
    Day 18 for me already! Yesterday I felt a bit bloated. But I made the best Whole30 sheperds pie ever in the evening! Amazing how much I enjoy my healthy food now. Today I have a date. We go to the movies. A new experience - movies without popcorn.....
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    appalachiangiraffe reacted to Mountain Girl in Starting March 1st   
    Good morning, friends! I haven't checked in for a while, but just finished catching up on your wonderful posts. It's been a while, so I apologize for the lengthy post, but I am in need of some whole 30 therapy. 
    First though... @BendySimcha @Leekeetria @Jenny85 @alcazn  (And anybody else struggling with scale issues)...I have a recommendation. THE SECRET OF YOUR NATURALLY SKINNY FRIENDS by Monica Swanson.  It's a very short book, but not meant to be read quickly. Each couple of pages is followed by a journaling prompt. It was eye opening to discover where my body images started, and empowering to find ways to decide for myself who I am and redefine myself beyond the scale. The book concludes with a 30 day "thought diet". I read it last summer and broke up with my scale after 10 years of daily weigh-ins. The first time I got on the scale was day 0 of my first whole30 in January. I probably don't need to reread the self discovery part at the beginning (where you find the roots of your self image), but the rest, I kind of want to do again in light of my whole 30 experience. And the thought diet is always good to come back to. Fulll disclosure: the author is Christian.  But the concepts are not, and she structures the book such that the "Christian" parts all fall in box insets titled "my story". Just skip those if it's not for you.
    Now for the therapy' I will try not to ramble. I ran my first half marathon on Saturday and it KICKED MY BUTT. I was a full 21 minutes off my goal time. I know they say not to do something like that in the first two weeks of a whole 30, BUT I really didn't see it that way. My first whole 30 was 1/16-2/14. I only added a little stevia to my coffee for the first 4 days. Then we went to Paris, and I pretty much introduced everything for 5 days. Came back, and other than the stevia was compliant until I started with you guys on 3/1. (My goal being to do a whole lent and follow with a proper reintroduce...slowly) My second was nothing like my first in terms of cravings or difficulty.  I honestly felt great within the first 4 days, but I like journeying with others (and getting recipe ideas)  So, I thought I would be fine doing this race. I DID make sure to have a fist sized serving of fruit for breakfast and starchy veggies at lunch AND dinner everyday the week leading up to the race. So here are my questions:
    Was it foolish? Should I always return to rice and beans and whole grains pre race?  I struggle sometimes with the concept of whole30 because I always resist quick fixes. I don't diet. I DO make healthy lifestyle changes. So I do whole 30 with a constant eye on how this looks post whole 30. I know it's not meant to be a whole365, but I also know that the changes we see during can't last if you just go back to your old eating habits. So what does a post whole30 life look like? And will I ever have the energy to truly CONQUER a half marathon while eating this way?  Because I never really felt the tiger blood in round one.  I felt pretty good a few days into round two...but not near enough to get me through my race.  
    Im sorry to be a Debby Downer.  I'm just so frustrated with my performance.  But I really think there's something to this whole 30 stuff.  I lost 14 pounds in round 1! I am just struggling to figure out how whole 30 coexists with endurance training.
     
     
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    appalachiangiraffe got a reaction from RabbitFood in Starting March 1st   
    Wi-fives all around for making it to day 15, everyone!  I hope things are getting easier and/or better.
    I have been relying mostly on stir fries with a different protein and several kinds of vegetables in a garlic ghee "sauce."  These are quite tasty and satisfying, but when I feel hungry before a meal I deeply crave white, simple carbohydrates (I am a noodle fiend) and CHEESE!  Probably some sort of psychological barrier as some of you have hypothesized for your similar situations.
    I did actually use a compliant mashed potato recipe (not once, but three times, eek!) to satisfy my need for comfort food.  I think I will try to eliminate them for the rest of the program as I did not feel great results from that choice.
    Happy belated Pi day to all! What a great holiday
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    appalachiangiraffe reacted to BendySimcha in Starting March 1st   
    @alcazn @RabbitFood oh, yeah, potatoes. I have ended up remembering many years ago giving them up and reintroducing them and bloating and pain and.... OH NO!  And now that I know they are nightshade family, they have been on my 'don't' list for three years. I have not used potatoes these two weeks. About the sweet potatoes - totally different food family, so I want to say, was there another food there you hadn't had for a while... I am also realising that broccoli gives me bad gas, like it did when I was preggers. But cauliflower doesn't... I want to avoid broccoli again for several days or a week and see if it happens again, and maybe cook it longer.
    @Leekeetria as above :-) and to you and @Jenny85 the scale....  @alcazn the scale... I actually have a daily app reminder in my phone and weighing in was on my daily checklist. I wanted to remove it, but decided to USE IT to resist the urge. The urge was there again this morning, and sure enough, the Daily 30 talked about it again. The scale is NOT my friend... how am I seeing that my body is changing... THAT's my "weigh-in" Think I'll try that. I am seeing/feeling my love-handles getting smaller. And my skin IS better.
    I will weigh myself Day 31. What if I just chose another 30 day challenge and a "reward" is weighing in at the end if I succeed. Really? One day I will feel like the number doesn't matter? Who took that, tricked me, made it important?!? maybe some journalling about that will open an old emotional door... that I now need to lock and toss/lose the key to...
    Half way there!! - Failure is not an option!! Thanks for that @Leekeetria, and borrow away.. we all need each other's encouragements. It is a real help this morning to be in here. And thank you for the sympathy. Here's a really weird connection -- in 2014, my gym did a sugar-free challenge, using Robert Lustig's great work to motivate us. We started 2/1, 50+ of us went a week, 20+ went a second week, 7 of us challenged ourselves to go till Easter, and my Dad died 2/23... I didn't falter and wasn't tempted. I know that is helping me as here we are, my husband doing this for the first time in his life, and I remembered this morning about 2014. I haven't told/asked him yet, if he remembers.