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    praxisproject reacted to SugarcubeOD in Several meds, unsure of compliance   
    Do not stop your meds.  Doctor's orders trump Whole30.  You'll still be successful and get results with taking those meds, but the disaster that would befall you if you stopped would be terrible!
    This is not a ketogenic diet and should not be considered low carb.  We recommend at least one fist sized serving of starchy carbs every day, more if you have unstable mood, are an athlete etc... experiment until you find what works for you but under no circumstances are you expected or even recommended to get into ketosis during these 30 days.
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    praxisproject reacted to Eccentrica 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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    praxisproject reacted to Bethmj in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Hello fellow sunny coaster! 
    I make my own sausages,
    1kg decent pork mince,
    1 tblsp mixed herbs,
    3/4 tblspn sage,
    3/4 tblspn salt,
    Mix in food processor, make into patties (or use sausage maker if you have more patience than me!) makes about 18-20 patties.
    Enjoy.
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    praxisproject reacted to Brewer5 in Brewer5: A Fresh Start   
    Hey, littleg!   Good to hear from you.  And new ~ how are you doing now?
    I'm sorry I have not been back here to post.   As some of my friends know,  I am back in college pursuing a second degree.   I had a huge exam yesterday I've been studying for, to try to get into the nursing program. So glad to be done with that now ~ and I scored in the 99th percentile!   So things are looking good.   So relieved!
    Re: kombucha.  I am not an expert.  I'd go with the advice of others on that one.  I know it's supposed to be good for your gut -- maybe "go with your gut" on that one!   Haha.  
    litteg, I was thinking of you yesterday.   So glad to hear things going well!
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Aimee from San Diego in Does anyone else feel nervous about fat?   
    A big lesson for me was the amount of nutrients that *require* fat for you to absorb them.
     
    I used to be deficient in all of these, when I lived my low fat life:
    http://nourishedkitchen.com/fat-soluble-vitamins/ - Vitamins A, D, E & K
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Michelle Stan in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    Is this your first Whole30? This is what it's all about
    http://whole30.com/new/
    There are lots of PDF downloads to help you out
    http://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/ including the fabulous Meal Planning Template
    Not sure what you can have? Whole30 Rules & Can I Have...
    You'll also find great info searching in the forum section Can I have...?
    http://forum.whole30.com/forum/6-can-i-have-___/
    Did you know there's Rules AND Recommendations?
    http://whole30.com/2015/01/rules-recommendations/
    It's early now, but bookmark the Timeline, it's really great http://whole30.com/2013/08/revised-timeline/
    Really want to complete your Whole30, might want to read this now - Do I really have to start over?
    http://whole30.com/2014/06/really-start-whole30/
    Welcome you've totally got this!
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    praxisproject reacted to bajabum in Nightshade Reaction Symptoms??   
    Hi Heather,
    Respiratory issues are exactly how my nightshade intolerance is manifest. With some nightshades at 1 meal, I develop a little cough. With multiple meals the cough gets worse, eating a lot of nightshades develops into persistent bronchitis and could develop into walking pneumonia. Of course when I went to see a board certified pulmonologist and asked if the cough could be food related, he said no and delayed my awareness of this issue another year or so, Grrrr...
    Funny @praxisproject mentions goji berries; I found out this the REALLY hard way. I literally ate two pounds of Goji Berry squares from whole foods over the course of 2 weeks and was thinking I was eating soooo  healthy. But when I developed my (now typical) severe nightshade symptoms and googled; my sspiciaons were confirmed that goji berry is one to seriously avoid.  I owe my awareness of this troublesome issue to David from Idaho who I met at OHI in San Diego. I developed coughing after eating sun dried tomatoes on raw vegan, grain free "pizza" and he mentioned it when I said I had my first coughing spell in 5 days. Wherever you are, thanks David! Hope this info helps you Heather!
     
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    praxisproject got a reaction from bestyearyet in Pre/Post-Workout Meal Suggestions?   
    Adding this comment so this thread will turn up in a search on FODMAP & FODMAPs
     
    This is a really great explanation of fructose vs glucose and the liver
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Kaleidoscope in Pre/Post-Workout Meal Suggestions?   
    I'd hazard a guess that starch is preferred over sugar for recovery.
    Banana would be probably the only fruit with much starch, but I'm pretty sure it has quite a bit of sugar too.
     
    Starchy veg: sweet potato, plantains (mash, fritters, chips - can be bland or tasty), squash, pumpkin.
     
    There's a big difference in the body between sugar and starch, not for calories, but lots of internal processes, information pathways, etc.
     
    I'm sure a Mod will chime in with the details
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Raven in What if you can't clean out your pantry?   
    Lots of people share their food spaces, if you can't clear your pantry, see if you can make a safe shelf, box or area where your Whole30 things can go.
    If you can't, some people like coloured dot stickers or using containers. Some people just do it all in their heads.
    While it can be a little harder sharing spaces, it also teaches you to manage temptations, as they're always going to be around.
    Bulk cooking really helps, try and make some big batches of things, so you can just come home and fill a healthy bowl without a lot of effort.
    Just remember why you're doing this, it's for you
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    praxisproject got a reaction from alcazn in Insulin resistance improvements   
    My doctor did not believe I could get such good results from changing my food, without medication. He thought I was almost certainly going to become diabetic and need insulin. I thought this was a pretty stupid strategy if body was already ignoring insulin.
    Radical improvement in my fasted blood sugar (I test my fasted blood sugar every morning with a little portable meter) Improvements in all blood lipids Improvements in Reverse T3 Improvements in cortisol rhythm through the day (mine was backwards) Improvements in appetite (hungry in the morning when I should be) Changes in body composition (you'll need more than a scale to see this, DEXA scan) Much more energy, this is really hard to emphasise/quantify but previously I would say I was exhausted Huge improvements in concentration and memory Not being hungry after meals (nutrition for me is key here, empty carbs just don't cut it) Reduction in skin tags (which has sustained) Improved hormones and cycles Disappearance of acanthosis nigricans (which has never come back) Sweating became normal - it was a bit weird sometimes before Whole30 No crazy "eat all the things" feelings (this isn't for sugar or anything, I'd have eaten steamed fish and broccoli, but sometimes had already eaten, it was more of a malfunction than proper hunger - now gone) Much less cranky in general Much less inflammation Joints not sore and "creaky" Refreshed in the morning when I wake up (boing! awake! - this will not happen if you don't get enough sleep) This took longer than a single Whole30 but I am no longer Prediabetic, I'm now Normal
    Lessons for me:
    Keep eating within an hour after waking - this seems to keep my body block, blood sugar, appetite and hormones on a healthy "keel", when I skip meals or don't eat very well to the template I see it in my fasted blood sugar. Don't eat artificial sweeteners (previously a big Splenda consumer) as these really mess with me (jury is still out on stevia, but I very rarely consume it), sugar is only marginally better but doesn't leave any ongoing inflammation/blood sugar issues behind (which the sweeteners do). Eat more non-fish seafood - prawns, scallops, etc (this may be related to zinc deficiency but zinc supplements alone do not help as much) Eat more eggs - not sure why but I notice it if I cut out eggs altogether At the start I often had more protein than the template (not loads, but a little more than the heavy end of the template), this stabilised as my blood sugar progressed. Unclear if this was deficiency or recovering from earlier lack of food. No working out before breakfast on an empty stomach (I used to do this for years and years) Switching from cardio in the morning to resistance training in the evening gives me the best results Avoiding seed oils is important for me, I avoid them wherever possible. Soy, canola and "vegetable" oils seem to be the worst for me. Coconut oil seems to help so I make sure it's regularly in my menu Over time, my tolerance for higher carb vegetables has gone up considerably (carrots are where I notice it most - I used to be able to tolerate only a small amount with a big blood sugar spike and crash), which I'm unsure of whether that's lack of insulin resistance or just general health improvements.
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Tashaskye in ADHD success stories?   
    I know a few parents who have seen great ADHD results through removal of gluten, dairy and even preservative 282 (aka Calcium Propionate - often in bread products and flour, you will not be excited to find out it's used in manufacturing as a mould retardant, ugh  ).
    Preservative 282 is a fairly recent mainstream additive in Australia and gets quite a bit of coverage in the media here as at certain times, it was almost impossible to get bread or flour without it and for some people (including children), the reaction can be extreme. http://fedup.com.au/information/fin-campaigns/bread-preservative-research
    Also, SWYPO does not apply to kids
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    praxisproject got a reaction from VVfit in Food anxiety?   
    Take a deep breath!
     
    I think you just really want to do this right and you're being too tough on yourself, putting a *lot* of pressure on yourself. It's only for 30 days and while no one wants to restart, if you do have a restart it's not the end of the world as long as you learn something.
     
    Is your kitchen and cupboard safe from non-compliant foods?
    When you are counting, what exactly are you counting?
     
    You may find these helpful, there are Rules and there are Recommendations
    http://whole30.com/2015/01/rules-recommendations/
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Raven in Haven't Eaten Meat in a While...   
    If you're not allergic to shellfish, oysters have no nervous system and you can find many farmers now who use sustainable practices for all kinds of farming, it's worth shopping around.
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    praxisproject reacted to Lara L in Need someone with a medical background! Discouraged!   
    I am a pharmacist. Were these labs fasting? (no food for at least 12 hours) If not, I would have your primary MD repeat them. The two labs that must be fasting are glucose and lipids. Your glucose could have been high due to a sweet potato!
     
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Kaleidoscope in Pre/Post-Workout Meal Suggestions?   
    I'd hazard a guess that starch is preferred over sugar for recovery.
    Banana would be probably the only fruit with much starch, but I'm pretty sure it has quite a bit of sugar too.
     
    Starchy veg: sweet potato, plantains (mash, fritters, chips - can be bland or tasty), squash, pumpkin.
     
    There's a big difference in the body between sugar and starch, not for calories, but lots of internal processes, information pathways, etc.
     
    I'm sure a Mod will chime in with the details
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Gayla733 in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    If you are new and haven't joined a group thread yet, head over to http://forum.whole30.com/forum/4-join-the-whole30/
    If you're outside the USA or looking for people near your location, do some searches for local keywords
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Michelle Stan in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    Is this your first Whole30? This is what it's all about
    http://whole30.com/new/
    There are lots of PDF downloads to help you out
    http://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/ including the fabulous Meal Planning Template
    Not sure what you can have? Whole30 Rules & Can I Have...
    You'll also find great info searching in the forum section Can I have...?
    http://forum.whole30.com/forum/6-can-i-have-___/
    Did you know there's Rules AND Recommendations?
    http://whole30.com/2015/01/rules-recommendations/
    It's early now, but bookmark the Timeline, it's really great http://whole30.com/2013/08/revised-timeline/
    Really want to complete your Whole30, might want to read this now - Do I really have to start over?
    http://whole30.com/2014/06/really-start-whole30/
    Welcome you've totally got this!
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    praxisproject got a reaction from ArtFossil in What about egg beaters liquid eggs?   
    We recommend not thinking about calories at all It's quite a strange feeling when you've been counting calories for a long time, but it's a valuable part of the program as you learn to listen to your body, rather than counting.
     
    Egg yolks are full of nutrition, like choline, B12, antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, iodine, phosphorus.
     
    For breakfast, we recommend eating more eggs than that, or you may not make it through to lunch without being hungry.
     
    http://forum.whole30.com/topic/20964-what-a-serving-of-eggs-looks-like/ 
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Kabob in Older women following Whole30   
    Welcome back! hope you feel better soon
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    praxisproject got a reaction from NoMoreCrunchyCravings in What's on YOUR plate? Whole 30 food photos!   
    <3 Sunshine Sauce
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    praxisproject got a reaction from pcfmendoza in January 2nd start date   
    For those keen on finding recipes, my two favourites are Well Fed (Mel Joulwan) http://meljoulwan.com/wellfed/ and Nomnompaleo (Michelle Tam) http://nomnompaleo.com/
      Have they done a Whole30? Oh yes indeedy!
    http://meljoulwan.com/2017/01/02/whole30-resources-mega-post/
    http://nomnompaleo.com/post/155276926793/ready-for-the-january-whole30
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    praxisproject got a reaction from vozelle in January 2nd start date   
    This is one of those insights that is so valuable. Before my first Whole30 I wasn't feeling well at all, by the end I felt so amazing, I realised before I wasn't just not feeling well, I felt horrible and it had become my normal, my old normal was horrible. Now I have a new normal I also found thirst to be an easily suppressed signal, make sure you get enough to drink.
    It is totally okay to skip exercise for a few days if you're feeling off, after the KATT stage is over, your energy will return
    I totally can't find the right post, but for the person with vertigo and vomiting, I hope you feel better soon! Let us know if you need any help.
    If your doc finds out you have any kind of nerve damage, paleo can be very healing, avoiding dairy and gluten allows the body to do some repairs. Vitamin Bs have been correlated with accelerated nerve regeneration, but check with your doc before you take any supplements. Plenty of natural Bs in foods, from B2 to B12 Bone broth & shellfish both supply lots of trace elements.
    For anyone with medical conditions, there's also a special part of the forum if you want to post about medical things in there.
    http://forum.whole30.com/forum/13-whole30-with-medical-conditions/
     
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Artemis22 in Cliche' but starting Jan. 1st   
    You can totally do it! it's not entirely psychological, emergency services often give sweet tea as a treatment for "shock", sugar does calm some primal-type responses in the body, but so do other things like meditation and just doing something peaceful and enjoying it.
    It's worth trying some ritual-style beverages as a non-food "treat". Sparkling water in a special wine glass, in a special chair, with a favourite book. Favourite tea, in a special cup, in the bath with favourite music. If you search ritual on here, you will find lots of interesting things people have found they like. My cat loves to sleep on fresh laundry his ritual is watching other people fold it and then sleeping on it.
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    praxisproject reacted to vozelle in January 2nd start date   
    Hope you had a good flight. When in LA, hit up the local Whole Foods market for all your eating needs (there are many many locations throughout the area)… They have a wonderful hot bar and salad bar, with all ingredients posted on little signs, so you can stay Whole30 compliant. This really saves me when traveling!!
     
    Everyone raves about the "Whole30 Slow Cooker Kalua Pork" recipe (Google it!).
     
    Yes! The dreams can get intense!
     
    Please please don't let this get you down! The moderators have been trained to be very strict to the program rules for good reason, but I know the delivery can feel like a slap in the face at times, especially for people very new to the Whole30. I don't have a big problem with what are normally considered "no brakes" food items either (except NUTS, *ahem*), but I choose to adhere to the rules during the 30 days, just to see how it affects me and if I can learn anything new from the experience. There are many ways you can choose to continue participating, including adding just a few days at the end if you want to have thirty 100% compliant days. You can also stay with this group for encouragement in your healthy eating choices, even if you choose not to do an "official Whole30" ( just know that it is helpful to newbies not to post about noncompliant choices, just to avoid confusing them!).  I wish you the best of luck! 
     
     This is my 4th or 5th Whole30, and I am experiencing the same thing! Very interesting…