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  1. I finished rentry, and dairy remains my main issue. Some issues with grains in general causing fatigue. Biggest surprise: I got pregnant! It is unplanned but welcome (and scary--third baby!). I am shocked that this Whole30 made such a difference in my body that this occurred.
  2. I think it's all to see what happens with certain things and if you are 'ok' with it. If you know the beans make you gassy, you can strategize when to eat them better ie) not before a special event, date, etc.
  3. April 1st Start Date - Support Group

    Results: 1. I got the Tiger Blood around Day 17 and have been so productive and energetic since then! Addressing fatigue was my biggest goal, so yay! 2. I lost 5lbs even though I had 20 to lose. Gonna count that a success, though--it's a decent number for 30 days, and I didn't deal with the stress and bad feelings of counting calories. 3. Skin issues: minimal improvement most likely due to new face soap. So for my three main goals, we have a definite win, an okay victory, and a flop. Not bad really. So today I'm going to reintroduce corn. I can feel some of my support eroding in the form of more restaurant requests, so if I'm going to succeed at the super slow reintroduction (one specific food every five days) it needs to begin now. Hello popcorn popped in coconut oil!
  4. April 1st Start Date - Support Group

    Great job!
  5. April 1st Start Date - Support Group

    One thing I noticed during this process is that coffee/caffeine has really thrown me off since I reintroduced it at Easter. That and dark chocolate are two things I consume way too much of (though chocolate was obviously out this month), and both of them have given me blood sugar dips in the past. I think that some of my results have been tainted or stalled due to having coffee the last couple of weeks despite adhering to the food list otherwise. Sheesh. Today I am super bloated, and my facial dermatitis flared a bit. It is so, so hard to say that I need to cut coffee and caffeine out as a general rule. Not happy. I'm going to spend the next couple of days phasing it back out, and then only have coffee and dark chocolate when it is "special," not just to get through the day. Unfortunately I've probably had coffee back long enough to get the dreaded headache...
  6. April 1st Start Date - Support Group

    Great news! I hope this process continues for you!
  7. April 1st Start Date - Support Group

    That's a good thing! I didn't expect to get bored this late in the game. The reality that what I'm eating now should pretty much be what I always eat with a few treats thrown in is setting in hard. I don't really miss anything except corn--I really miss not thinking so much about what I eat! That's what got me here in some ways, though. This really is the tip of the iceberg. Learning to live a new life of more meal prep and planning is kind of hard.
  8. April 1st Start Date - Support Group

    I agree with the food boredom. It's pretty meh right now. I'm thinking about what I have actually missed, and I would say corn (taco shells, tortillas, popcorn) tops the list. I can't think of anything that I really missed that much besides that.
  9. April 1st Start Date - Support Group

    If I really think about it, there is no reason I need to reintroduce for the event. I'll just plan around it like I'm used to and keep pushing on! My skin is not 100% cleared up, so it may need more time. It took about two weeks to get the hang of things, so it hasn't been that long that things have been "rockin." It would be kind of sad to just get to where healing is settling in or really beginning only to reintroduce something irritating.
  10. April 1st Start Date - Support Group

    How many people are going to add time on for sure? It's great that so many of us are seeing benefits and feeling better!
  11. April 1st Start Date - Support Group

    Thanks for the article! The elimination portion of the diet is why I am doing it in the first place. In the past I have done two dairy only, three month elimination stints and definitely have a sensitivity. Was already eating dairy free before starting. The Whole30 is quick because you eliminate a lot of things at once and can test a lot of things at once. It is possible to do elimination diets one thing at a time, so I would think if one messed up on something clear cut like butter you could extend only dairy. That's just for people who may want to give up entirely otherwise. Honestly doing the Whole30 is pretty enjoyable after awhile, so keeping it going in full can be good! I have an event May 5 that I need to introduce corn for beforehand or I'd be going farther. May wait to reintroduce beyond that after the fifth. It took two weeks to plan the Whole30, so I want to give some time to plan and analyze reintroduction!
  12. April 1st Start Date - Support Group

    Sometimes the best laid plans have a little twist to them--it's always good to remember that there is no such thing as a perfect Whole30! I think the entire reason they are "so strict" about having to start over is to impress upon serial diet cheaters that cheating isn't going to work here. Also, cheating can send a lot of people who start on the program with an unhealthy relationship to food (as opposed to people who are just doing it to further refine an already healthy lifestyle) into binge mode. I get why that is. I guess the thing to do is decide if it has sent you into binge mode or not. Unfortunately during reintroduction it may be harder to get a good read on how dairy impacts you--but if you pay attention to how you feel now after having gone awhile without dairy/butter it may give you a little information. Or you could just restart now with dairy and do a dairy reintroduction 23 days later than other stuff. My family tends to get a lot of fast food instead of go to restaurants, so I have been able to pass on the take out and make my own stuff. I've been reading lots of blogs where people will purposefully cheat (one or two times--it wasn't even an accident in the context of a busy day) and still have amazing results. Each body really is different.
  13. April 1st Start Date - Support Group

    Can it be? Day 23 thoughts of ''feeling so good I think I can quit?'' I am happy to have been warned so that I can accept these thoughts as normal and push through! Side note--a patchy skin inflammation on my shoulder that I have had for months disappeared two days ago. I think it was a candida flare which I have had before. They can last so long and sometimes go dormant (but still present), then flare up again. Nothing topical has been able to do more than shrink it or keep it dormant for awhile.
  14. April 1st Start Date - Support Group

    Happy Earth Day everyone! The past three days have been full of, dare I say, "boundless energy!" I think it's going to stick around. Honestly, I never want to not feel this way again. This makes me feel like a regular person--the kind that is actually motivated to clean their house, cook something, take a walk around the block to meet neighbors, etc. If you're not experiencing the energy yet, I'd encourage you to stick with the process as long as it takes. I'd also say this: having "boundless energy" has not made me feel super happy or have some kind of emotional high. For me, it has just meant that I can do significantly more with my time than I was doing before. Almost every day the girls and I go out to a program of some sort for a couple of hours, then I come home completely fatigued--2-3 hr afternoon nap, chores pile up, little planning of meals, etc. Now I can just do things without it being so hard. If you're starting out with a health condition, just look out for the feeling being able to do more, even if it's not "boundless" to someone else (because that doesn't matter).
  15. April 1st Start Date - Support Group

    Super good news--I hope he's able to get his blood sugar down and that he enjoys the process!