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    praxisproject reacted to GFChris in Are the risks worth it?   
    This is what riding your own bike is all about.  No one can tell you how your body will respond when you remove foods or when you add them back in. It's an experiment of n=1, as frequently stated in the forum.  
    Sure, let your friends know that they may have no discernible reactions or they may have significant physical or psychological reactions if they choose to reintroduce certain foods post-Whole30. From that point, it's their call whether they embark on a Whole30 and decide how they want to ride their bike going forward.  
    Many people go into a Whole30 thinking they will never be able to stop eating a certain food long term, and are shocked to discover, as a result of doing a Whole30, that that's exactly what they want to do.
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    praxisproject reacted to Carlaccini in Are the risks worth it?   
    Despite my issues (which I know are mine) I don't turn down going out for dinner or I don't turn down going over to somebodies house for a meal.  Even when I am doing a whole 30.  All it needs is some extra planning and communication on my part.
    The big item that I need to avoid is dairy.  All the others I will eat and enjoy and then deal with the various consequences for the next 24 hrs.  For me it's no big deal.  My body has healed to a degree where small occasional consumption of something like corn or legumes won't be life changing.  It will be uncomfortable - but not long term problematic.
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    praxisproject reacted to Carlaccini in Are the risks worth it?   
    Lady Shanny - I too had eczema (full body) when I was child. So I truly feel your pain. I honestly thought I grew out if it as it stopped when I hit puberty. I did have one doctor who did make the connection between dairy and my eczema but she suggested skim milk and eliminate butter. :/
    BTW - have you discovered the beauty of coconut ice cream?  (Disclaimer: Not encouraged to eat while on a whole 30)  It is a beautiful, beautiful thing on those hot humid summer days. 
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    praxisproject reacted to ladyshanny in Are the risks worth it?   
    Wow, Carla, that is a very moving story, kudos to you for sharing that!  It is absolutely amazing the effect that food can have on our bodies and makes me cringe even more when I hear people whose doctors say "sure, you can change your diet but it won't help...but here, take these pills".
    For me, the things that have vastly improved my quality of life by my awareness...and by awareness I also mean I still indulge from time to time but well aware of the risks:
    Dairy (for me ice cream, butter and cheese): full body eczema...and I do mean full body...if you catch my meaning. I wake up in the morning with blood caked under my fingernails from night scratching and of course getting in the shower is sheer agony after a night of tearing up my skin....not to mention how not well rested I am.  One instance of dairy including that which is in butter will react by the next day and last for close to 14 days.
    Soy: dear God, the stomach issues.
    Sugar: I'm an addict to it and it manifests in all the typical addictive ways: anger, guilt, sneaking, hiding, lying.  That is not a healthy experience either physically or psychologically.
    Are these life threatening?  No.  But they reduced my quality of life (think angry, itchy and crapping myself) and without Whole30 I never would have found out.  Yes, it absolutely BLOWS not to have ice cream all summer long.  It seriously compromises what restaurants we go to (although once we've found favourites that are willing to play nice, we tip handsomely and have become regulars!).  It is scary and depressing and annoying and sad.  But my sad lasts about 10 minutes on a hot day while the hubby is eating an ice cream.  The rest of my life is so much happier and healthier. 
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    praxisproject reacted to Carlaccini in Are the risks worth it?   
    This is post is going to be a bit TMI.  This is a very personal struggle that I have for a good many years,  This is to demonstrate the power that food has over our bodies.
    Since the age of 14 (I am 38 now) I suffered having painful boils along my bikini line.  Walking or just plain sitting was painful.  Later on they escalated getting bigger (ping pong ball size) and then they arrived under my armpits and breasts.  Dr's didn't know what caused them.  Creams that didn't help (helped with healing a bit) and lancing.  But that's all that they would do.  I gave up and assumed that they were just a miserable part of my life.
    In August of 2012 I did my first whole 30.  By day 10 all the boils had cleared and no new ones were forming.  By day 30 I had only one come up the entire time. (They were chronically there)  My triggers after re-intros - dairy and pork. (Note I can only eat pork that has been extremely over cooked - think shoe leather or extra crispy bacon - which I like)  The boils that I get from pork pass quickly 2 -3 days at most.  The ones I get from dairy happen within hours of consumption and they last for 2 weeks.  So yeah I consumed dairy (and I loved dairy) for years but I also suffered for years too.  So dairy in my book - so not worth it.  
    The whole 30 just made me very aware of what's going on in my body.
    Sugar - not my friend even though I keep on coming back to it. Throws my hormones out of whack.
    Soy - no physical problems - all mental problems - I get angry, moody and depressed when I am exposed to soy.  I was extremely depressed (undiagnosed) prior to whole 30.
    Dairy - well we covered this above
    Non-gluten grains - severe bathroom issues.  That is all I will say about that
    Gluten grains - I can "tolerate" these but only if they have a lot of fat.  So a croissant/danish gives me no stomach issues but a slice of bread will feel like I swallowed a bowling ball.
    Each one of these items I will consume from time to time.  I make the choice though.  I can make an educated choice with each one of these items if it is worth it" or not.  Sure some friends and family think I am just being difficult, but they don't know what I was going through before.  Some congratulate me that I am so in tune with my body.  
    Listen - it took a lot of work to get here.  Many people are scared of that work, I am sorry to say.  But all I can say is YOU are worth this work.  Who cares what the rest of the world think.
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    praxisproject reacted to keightlynn in Are the risks worth it?   
    That reasoning seems a little strange to me.  My husband quit smoking 2 years ago and now being around smoke makes his eyes burn and really bothers him, even though when he was a smoker, he seriously enjoyed smoking.  It would be like if he said, "I don't want to quit smoking (or I shouldn't have quit smoking) because I used to love to smoke but now cigarettes makes my eyes burn and my lungs hurt."  Well....they are SUPPOSED to make your eyes hurt and your lungs burn because they are doing terrible things to your body!! When he was a smoker, his body was just so damaged that it didn't notice the effects anymore.  Once the body heals, then it is able to recognize poison again.  The Whole30 doens't make your body turn against foods you like, it heals your body, and when your body is healed, it's not going to be happy when you try to harm it.
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    praxisproject reacted to leahcarn in Are the risks worth it?   
    I went through a situation like you describe with milk. It affected me a lot more when I reintroduced it, than before I did whole30. Now, 2 years later, my poor gut has healed to the extent that if I want, I can go to a cafe and get a hot chocolate and I don't react too badly. However, I know if I did that every day, I would be doing internal damage and just feel like crap, so I save it for the BEST hot chocolate, and the richest, most decadent ice cream, and the knowledge of how to keep myself healthy and feeling wonderful is worth it 1000 times over.
    Hope that helps.
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    praxisproject reacted to ladyshanny in Are the risks worth it?   
    Hi Laketon,
    It is true that people can feel more sensitive to certain foods (including processed ones) after a Whole30.  Following the Whole30 allows a person's gut to heal.  When consistently eating things that are bothersome, a person's gut creates a thicker mucosal lining in order to try and protect itself.  Working through a Whole30 allows that thicker layer to slough off and thin down to what is normal.  Then, when the person eats something that their body finds irritating, that thicker mucosal layer isn't there and the irritation is felt much more intensely.
    It is possible to "inoculate" yourself to irritating and upsetting foods by eating them consistently because that helps to build that mucosal lining...but that is not a healthy thing to do.  It can cause hormone disruption, gut disruption, poor nutrient absorption, leaky gut and a whole host of other problems that may or may not be experienced physically.
    Doing a Whole30 allows you to figure out what foods are harmful or damaging to your body.  It can be scary or depressing to discover that you can't eat dairy or legumes (or whatever your desired foods are) without causing your body harm and discomfort but the health that you gain instead is so valuable that people often choose to make the discovery and then act accordingly.  Sometimes that means never having the item again and sometimes that means having the item and knowing what the outcome will be (stomach pain, headache, skin issues etc).
    The old saying; you don't realize how bad you were feeling until you feel good again!
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    praxisproject reacted to Susan W in Bullet Proof Coffe During Whole30   
    That's a good way to use Bullet proof in my opinion. What you don't want to do is use it as a meal which I have seen people want to do.
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    praxisproject reacted to doctoremily in KETwhOle30   
    kirkor - thanks for that net carb lookup link - very helpful resource! it's great how it's sorted in ascending order, and all with the same serving size. :-)
    My blood sugar shot up (and ketone level plummeted) the other day after having ~1/2 cup grilled onions with my burger. Has anyone else experienced this sort of thing with onions?
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    praxisproject reacted to NannyD in KETwhOle30   
    A lot of good information here. Thank you. Special thanks for that list Kirkor :-)
    M1- 2 scramble eggs w/broccoli and onions, BPC
    M2- Ground turkey breast taco seasoned, w/peppers, garlic, onions - left over cauliflower rice
    M3 - Pulled pork with veggies in the slow cooker, I left it cooking this morning - I can't wait to get home to that delicious smell.
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    praxisproject reacted to doctoremily in KETwhOle30   
    In my experience, a very strict "well-formulated" ketogenic diet, and/or GAPS/SCD, for several months to years is usually the best natural course of action to effectively treat SIBO and heal the gut (various herbs - Goldenseal, Oregano Oil, etc. - and/or supplements - L-Glutamine, probiotics, etc.) are also necessary in most cases, and targeted antibiotics such as Rifaximin are sometimes absolutely necessary in stubborn cases to get things back on track).
    Check out this paper (pp 40-53) for detailed info on what a "well-formulated" keto diet looks like according to Dr. Jeff Volek (keto diet researcher and book author).
    And for folks interested in learning more about SIBO and how to treat it (with diet, herbs, and/or targeted anti-biotics), do you know  about Dr. Alison Siebecker? She's a SIBO specialist, and very knowledgeable. Here's her website, with some great info and resources:

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    praxisproject got a reaction from NannyD in KETwhOle30   
    Augie - All learning is good learning I'm a recently (sort of diagnosed) celiac with a long recovery road ahead. Dairy does not help me at all, but I always wish it will lol Bone broth has been great, as has liver, gelatin and kombucha.
    I find it really interesting how many more starches I can eat on Whole30 and stay in ketosis, which I could never handle while having grains or dairy. I wonder if there's a science paper in there somewhere.
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    praxisproject got a reaction from NannyD in KETwhOle30   
    Augie - All learning is good learning I'm a recently (sort of diagnosed) celiac with a long recovery road ahead. Dairy does not help me at all, but I always wish it will lol Bone broth has been great, as has liver, gelatin and kombucha.
    I find it really interesting how many more starches I can eat on Whole30 and stay in ketosis, which I could never handle while having grains or dairy. I wonder if there's a science paper in there somewhere.
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    praxisproject reacted to Physibeth in The crazy things people say   
    I don't think I could even respond to this with anything but the "are you serious" stare. Classic!
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    praxisproject reacted to MBC in The crazy things people say   
    'You will die if you don't eat pasta!' ...............(rolling my eyes) hehehehe
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    praxisproject reacted to Dairyqueen in The crazy things people say   
    On day one:
    Work colleague: Do you want a coke?
    Me: No thanks, *explains whole 30*
    Work colleague: What about juice?
    Me: Oh no thanks, it will likely have sugar and I'm good with my water.
    Work colleague: Okay. What about just a muffin?
    *Slams head into wall* IT'S DAY ONE!! This is not helping!
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    praxisproject reacted to Rtist Jen in The crazy things people say   
    I am going gluten free also.  I found that if you work the dough for a long time before cooking it, it's then gluten free.  - My best friend's sister
    If I had to give up dairy I would die.  - My mother
    I have read studies that organic food is really not healthy for you.  - My mother
    I am going to do portions of the whole30, but not all of it.  (I'm thinking, so that means you will eat food?) - My brother
    I just shake my head and smile.
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Augie in KETwhOle30   
    Does Sibo treatment look at leaky gut at all? or only the stomach?
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    praxisproject got a reaction from GFChris in KETwhOle30   
    There's no dairy on Whole30. If you have stomach issues, it's usually not recommended as dairy usually encourages leaky gut (both proteins and lactose).
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    praxisproject reacted to Augie in KETwhOle30   
    Just wanted to add that I got all my info from my doc and by reading Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall.
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    praxisproject reacted to Augie in KETwhOle30   
    Hi, it's to encourage die off but also, according to the scd diet, people with damaged stomachs can't digest foods that aren't monosachirides and the undigested food hangs out in the stomach and ferments which causes sibo. However, fruits and nuts are monosachirides but they can be difficult for damaged stomachs to digest and can also cause fermentation in the stomach and, like you said, eliminating them encourages die off.
    By repopulation do you mean eating ferments? The scd recommends eating fermented yogurt and veggies, unfortunately I can't tolerate either for right now so I take enzymes and a soil based probiotic.
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    praxisproject reacted to bronnyd in KETwhOle30   
    Hi Augie Thank you for the insight on candida. I'm thinking I should cut out the fruit and go keto. Hard decision.
    I think I'm going to gradually do it. Eliminate slow rather than cold turkey - and then see how I feel for a couple weeks without fruit. Then when I reintroduce fruit, I'll know more clearly whether or not it's affecting mre.
    My doc put me on antibiotics (finished now) and nystatin. She also said I could start herbal remedies such as oregano and cinnamon, which I'm doing. All of the herbal remedies and nystatin also treat candida and I did wonder if there was a correlation - would make sense. Funny she did not mention candida though so I will ask her about it next time. 
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    praxisproject reacted to bronnyd in KETwhOle30   
    Thank you for the link, Kirkor! The yoghurt isn't a must do - it's something I will do in Feb. but my doc did say to be careful at first with it anyhow. She put me on a special probiotic gelcap so I'm set - and feel sooo much better already (aside from the die-off of holiday treat madness). Amazing how one day can make a huge dif! Today was so much more energetic than yesterday. 
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    praxisproject reacted to Augie in KETwhOle30   
    Hey, Bronnyd
    I have sibo too and follow the scd diet along with whole 30. I can't tolerate dairy so I don't do the yogurt. I know that with sibo you can only eat monosaccharides so that means sweet potatoes are out. You can eat fruit and nuts on the scd diet, but only if your stomach can handle them. My stomach is really irritated by fruit and nuts so I'm kind of doing keto by default. According to my doc most people with sibo also have candida and the natural sugars in fruit feed the candida. So maybe you should ask your doc about it. I hope that helps.