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    berry straw got a reaction from ladyshanny in Too much starchy veg?   
    I wouldn't worry too much.  I have eaten Whole30 template style for over a year now and eat a portion of starchy veg at almost every meal.  I have thyroid issues and get moody and anxious VERY easily.  I decided early on that the way the extra starch made me feel (good) was worth the extra 5 pounds I might hang on to because of it   My primary ones are sweet potatoes, carrots and plantains.  I rotate in others as I get them: beets, parsnips, rutabaga, winter squash, etc.  I always have non-starchy veg on my plate too.  I try to limit my fruits (personal issue with sugar).
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    berry straw got a reaction from ladyshanny in Too much starchy veg?   
    I wouldn't worry too much.  I have eaten Whole30 template style for over a year now and eat a portion of starchy veg at almost every meal.  I have thyroid issues and get moody and anxious VERY easily.  I decided early on that the way the extra starch made me feel (good) was worth the extra 5 pounds I might hang on to because of it   My primary ones are sweet potatoes, carrots and plantains.  I rotate in others as I get them: beets, parsnips, rutabaga, winter squash, etc.  I always have non-starchy veg on my plate too.  I try to limit my fruits (personal issue with sugar).
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    berry straw got a reaction from Snposman in Alternative to dates as sweetener???   
    Raisins can work similarly to dates.
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    berry straw reacted to ladyshanny in What does "riding your own bike" mean to you?   
    No, there is no official line on how you choose to go forward. Melissa Hartwig wrote an entire book (Food Freedom Forever) to discuss these exact questions. The basic premise is that you do reintroductions and see how the foods affect you personally on all levels. Skin, digestion, emotions, mental health etc. Then you decide if those foods are ever worth it or sometimes worth it or always worth it. You create your own "plan" going forward that includes whatever you have decided to reincorporate as part of your regular life (rice for some, sugar in dressing for some, legumes for some people). THEN, when you come up against something that you have decided isn't always in your plan (wine, chocolate, gluten, whatever), you ask yourself IN THAT MOMENT and sometimes bite to bite, "Do I want this and is it worth it". "Worth it" is more than just skin/gut etc, it's also how you'll feel emotionally, does the item fit within your current goals, do you actually WANT the item and not just because it's there.  I won't fool with you, the Food Freedom (riding your own bike) part is hard. HARD HARD HARD learning experience where you will incorrectly answer the "is it worth it" question regularly because we all have to relearn how to manage ourselves around food. But then you self-assess and hopefully make a better decision next time.
    Get the book, it's well worth it.
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    berry straw got a reaction from ladyshanny in …”some” fruit   
    Fancy (backpacking?) way of saying trail mix.
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    berry straw got a reaction from ladyshanny in …”some” fruit   
    Fancy (backpacking?) way of saying trail mix.
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    berry straw got a reaction from kirkor in Metamucil Dr Orders   
    You could try Natural Calm (unflavored) magnesium supplement.  It might be just as effective.
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    berry straw got a reaction from kirkor in Metamucil Dr Orders   
    You could try Natural Calm (unflavored) magnesium supplement.  It might be just as effective.
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    berry straw got a reaction from audie in Can I have more food? Should I have less food?   
    I eat the same breakfast almost every weekday: A homemade turkey sausage patty (I can't eat eggs), spinach, kale or chard (about 1 cup cooked - which is a TON raw), about a cup of sweet potato (either left over fries, or plain baked), 1/2 large avocado and a cup of homemade bone broth with collagen peptides.  Before I added the bone broth (doctor's orders), I ate 2 of the sausage patties.  
    I can't eat potatoes, but my 13 year old loves those with his breakfast (usually just leftovers).  I also like roasted butternut squash, leftover green beans, and roasted normandy vegetables from Costco (broccoli, cauliflower and carrot blend).
    I've been eating this way almost a year, and I am amazed at how much food I can eat and maintain my weight loss!
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    berry straw reacted to littleg in Reducing Inflammatory Foods   
    My own personal bias is that the big population based studies showing a link between inflammation and meat consumption are not trying (nor able) to control well for meat *quality*.  If Joe Schmoe eats Burking King everyday for lunch his red meat consumption is pretty high... but so are his intakes of processed seed oils, sugar, preservatives, etc - thus it is impossible to say if his inflammation is really due to eating more meat than Jane next door who eats veggie subs...  I did a quick pubmed search and found this article which tries to address the issue of meat quality.  And what do you know - more meat --> lower inflammatory markers.  If you take the time to read through some of this article's citations you might find other articles addressing the topic.
    https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/137/2/363/4664544  
    At the end of the day this way of eating is a big personal 30 day experiment.  If you care to, get some labs done before you start and then once you are done.  If you drastically increase meat consumption and end up more inflamed while following the rest of the W30s recommendations then maybe more meat isn't best for your current gut/hormones/DNA...  only one way to find out
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    berry straw reacted to ShannonM816 in Cannot stop my food "issues"   
    First, the biggest thing I'd recommend -- and you may have already figured this out last time you did Whole30 -- is to make sure you really make your meals match the template. It's a lot easier to not eat if you're not hungry, and it's a lot easier to know you're not hungry if you know you just ate a big meal with plenty of vegetables, protein and healthy fats. Don't be afraid to eat enough at meals to keep you satisfied for 4-5 hours at a time.
    Can you get up from your desk and walk around a bit? That's a good option if you can -- go fill up your water bottle, go outside for a few minutes, stand up and stretch, if you have something you need to tell another employee, go to their desk and tell them rather than emailing or calling. If you have something you do every day, like check the mailbox, or take a stack of papers to another part of the office, something that you have to get up and go do, try to save that for a time when you need a break.
    When you get home, start a new habit. Take a few minutes to change into comfy clothes and fuzzy slippers. Sit down and journal about your day. Meditate or pray. Stretch. Do a light workout, walk around the block. Work on a hobby. Find something that isn't food, that gives you a sense of ending your work day and moving on to your personal time. 
    I know there are people who do overcome bad food habits. I also know that for many of us, it's not a 30-day process, it's something that is ongoing. For myself, sometimes I do pretty well, and then sometimes I really, really don't. It's okay to mess up. I would be amazed if someone came here and said they did a Whole30, and suddenly every bad habit they'd ever had just went away completely, and they were eating perfectly from that moment on. That's not how it works for the vast majority of people. We have a lifetime of bad habits to overcome, it's going to take a while to change them.
    You might like the book Food Freedom Forever, it's all about how to live the rest of your life after Whole30. There are also blog posts that you can read for free about life after Whole30 that might be helpful as well, you can find many of those linked here:  https://whole30.com/step-four-finished
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    berry straw got a reaction from RandiW in Day 3- Not Hungry but Dizzy   
    Did you give up coffee?  I have very low blood pressure, and when I gave up coffee it was horrible.  I also experienced this when I started my first Whole 30.  I think it was a combo of low blood pressure and not enough to eat.  Really try and eat more.  My doctor advised tons of water and liberal salt for my blood pressure and everything has regulated well now.
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    berry straw got a reaction from Selcazare in How to know if Whole30 has helped Hashimoto's symptoms?   
    I've been on the autoimmune protocol for 6 months now (started with Whole 30).  I don't see myself ever getting off of meds.  My antibodies are currently rock bottom and I feel a lot better, but the damage from years of undiagnosed Hashis is done.  I hope that this lifestyle change helps prevent future damage.  I also hate taking meds!!!
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    berry straw reacted to SugarcubeOD in Taking in more sugar ON Whole30?   
    So this concern is sort of precicely why we tell people not to track macros.  Quest bars (not food) and stevia/artificial sweetners are NOT the same as potatoes and fruit.  Doesnt matter if they have the same sugar content or fibre content, it's not the same. Food grown in a field, not in a lab (quest bars) is going to have vitamins, minerals, fibre attached to that naturally occurring sugar, which you did note, but really think about that... nature makes perfect food and processed stevia and quest bars are not perfect food.
    Trust the program, trust your body and stop tracking.  Seriously... write down what you eat in a journal or on a piece of paper and then mark down how you feel energy wise... use that to track and sort out how much to eat to feel your best... random numbers in a tracking app mean nothing... trust yourself... don't let an app freak you out!
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    berry straw got a reaction from Selcazare in How to know if Whole30 has helped Hashimoto's symptoms?   
    I've been on the autoimmune protocol for 6 months now (started with Whole 30).  I don't see myself ever getting off of meds.  My antibodies are currently rock bottom and I feel a lot better, but the damage from years of undiagnosed Hashis is done.  I hope that this lifestyle change helps prevent future damage.  I also hate taking meds!!!
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    berry straw got a reaction from sojurabbit in Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!   
    Did your doctor check your thyroid?  If so, what tests?  I could not lose ANY weight earlier this year.  My thyroid numbers were "normal", but I felt like garbage and could not budge the pudge.   I went to an endocrinologist, got diagnosed with Hashimotos, had her adjust my meds until my TSH was at the LOW end of the range (where she said most women feel best).  I now follow the autoimmune protocol.  Once my meds were correct and I was eating Whole30 style, the weight melted off (and I eat a TON!)
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    berry straw got a reaction from sojurabbit in Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!   
    Did your doctor check your thyroid?  If so, what tests?  I could not lose ANY weight earlier this year.  My thyroid numbers were "normal", but I felt like garbage and could not budge the pudge.   I went to an endocrinologist, got diagnosed with Hashimotos, had her adjust my meds until my TSH was at the LOW end of the range (where she said most women feel best).  I now follow the autoimmune protocol.  Once my meds were correct and I was eating Whole30 style, the weight melted off (and I eat a TON!)
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    berry straw got a reaction from sojurabbit in Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!   
    Oh, and I could barely get out of bed with "normal" numbers, AND had to take a nap everyday. Hypothyroidism is a disaster for weight and energy.
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    berry straw got a reaction from SoccerLover in Day 24 and no energy/lightheaded/stomach issues   
    I vote for the magnesium causing the stomach distress.  It would with me.  I would back off your dosage a bit and see if that helps.
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    berry straw got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Miss my wine   
    I worried about dropping wine and sugar the most.  That first weekend of hard yard work without a glass of wine to unwind after was tough.  I drank a lot of seltzer that day.  Since then it's been easy.  I don't even miss it on yardwork days now.  Just push through, your body will appreciate it!
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    berry straw got a reaction from FitBritt32 in Constipated AF! Yep, I'm going there.   
    It could be FODMAPS, but I actually found around Day 12 that I cannot have hardboiled eggs at all.  They cause horrific bloating and gas for me.  I've eaten them for years, but the Whole 30 helped me figure it out quickly.  I also struggle with eating the cruciferous veggies for the same reason, particularly brussel sprouts and cabbage.  I ration broccoli and cauliflower.