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  1. Jim4884

    Starting March 12th, 2018. Looking for buddies!

    10 months after my first W30, I can say I still spend a LOT of time shopping, prepping, and cooking. Fortunately for me, I've always enjoyed cooking, and W30 really rejuvenated that interest in me. One of the big gains of doing a whole 30 is the re-introductions. Now that you've cleared all the "junk" out of your body, doing the systematic, one-at-a-time introductions can really tell you which foods trigger what kind of responses in you. I continue to eat probably 95% compliant all of the time, but the re-intros were a valuable step. I have a pretty good idea which off-plan splurges as a treat are going to be worth it now, and choose accordingly. The biggest thing when I'm not on a Whole 30, is as Nala says, being able to be a little more relaxed in reading labels and eating out. I still choose things that you would think would be compliant, and don't worry too much if they sneak a little soy or sugar in there. Good luck!
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    Starting March 12th, 2018. Looking for buddies!

    The other thing that can make a huge difference in energy levels is starchy vegetables. Especially if you're physically active like you're describing. Stick with it, my first completed W30 it was about two weeks in before I could really feel the positive changes.
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    Starting March 12th, 2018. Looking for buddies!

    You pick the table, I start flipping! That cracked me up I gave up my Diet Dr Pepper habit back in June, it wasn't as voluminous as yours but it was pretty serious. It took awhile, maybe 3 months before I didn't miss it too badly. I've learned to like certain La Croix (compliant) sparkling mineral water flavors, but that took a few months more. Their "curate" flavors - I like the blackberry-cucumber and cherry-lime the best - are pretty good.
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    Starting March 12th, 2018. Looking for buddies!

    Most steak spices have sugar in them. ALL ham has sugar - or at least every time I have checked ham, and I've checked it a lot, it has added sugar. Try drinking coffee black! It still tastes like coffee, or perhaps even moreso Back in the mid 80's I had a girlfriend that nicknamed me bratface....
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    Perhaps I'm strange but I still love eggs, onion, sausage (homemade of course), potato, tomato and avocado for breakfast. Pretty much every day since the first whole 30 last summer
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    La Croix Curate

    I'm very curious why you think it is obvious that La Croix uses chemicals? Looking at my can: "Only carbonated water, naturally essenced"
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    Applegate frustration

    My further observations as a former sandwich junkie, turkey and roast beef are the easiest lunch meats to find Whole 30 compliant, and those are relatively rare - Trader Joes has two compliant turkeys and their own roast beef is clean. Sprouts has some compliant turkey as well. T Joes has a compliant prosciutto, but be careful, they have several versions of prosciutto most of which are not compliant. For your own peace of mind, the "rest of the world" is slowly catching on to healthy eating, but it is way behind. Lowering your expectations in this regard will likely bring some comfort - I cannot tell you how many times I had to hold back a "OH COME ON!" reading an ingredient list on something that should NOT be so dang hard
  8. Luck! As far as the idea of "things you can't have", I like to think about all the food I GET to eat - not my line originally but I love it. As far as "what will you even eat?", I like the program's catch phrase/tweet handle - JERF - Just Eat Real Food.
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    Day 3 being haunted by food :-)

    Hi Alyson, I don't remember at what point it happened for me, but my taste buds and appetite did eventually change, and I mostly don't crave non-compliant food anymore. And even the things that still sound good (hello pizza), it is mostly easy to say no to. I read this line somewhere and have adopted it as my mantra - I don't think about what I can't eat, I think about what I GET to eat. I did my first Whole 30 last July, and I continue to eat Whole 30 about 95% of the time. It has truly changed my life...
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    Continuing to Whole90

    I can't help with cake cravings, but Mel Joulwan's meatza recipe really satisfies my pizza cravings - I make it all the time: https://meljoulwan.com/2010/02/16/dinner-and-a-movie™-meatza-pie-and-the-vancouver-olympics/ Hope it helps your cravings!
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    February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    The program literature specifically mentions pizza as a BAD choice for reintoduction - if you have a reaction, how will you know if it's from the gluten in the crust, the dairy in the cheese, or maybe even sugar in the sauce? On a positive note, pizza is the one thing that continues to look good to me 9 months into mostly whole 30 eating, but I am mostly able to stay away from it due to Mel Joulwan's Meatza recipe: https://meljoulwan.com/2010/02/16/dinner-and-a-movie™-meatza-pie-and-the-vancouver-olympics/ I make this all the time and absolutely LOVE it! Hope it satisfies your craving too...
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    February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    https://meljoulwan.com/ Best whole-30ish (her recipes are usually compliant and she is pretty good about distinguishing which are and aren't) cooking site on the planet. Everything from super easy to big project type recipes. I hope you can find some newness....
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    Dropping foods before Day 1?

    "It Starts With Food" changed my life. It sounds like you are well on your way to the benefits of the Whole30, but I can't recommend the book enough.
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    February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    I am not a mod, but I tend towards OCD which means I've read the rules quite a bit, and feel pretty comfortable saying that Kalina is correct, chips of any kind are not allowed on the Whole 30 program. The way I think about it, there are two aspects to the Whole 30, physical and mental. They are, of course, interrelated. From a physical standpoint, the primary purpose is to eliminate all potentially problematic food types from your diet, and then do the one at a time reintros to understand their impact on you personally. Additionally, many people have an unhealthy psychological relationship with food, in one or more areas. Whole 30 tries to address this as well. Not unwisely, chips are ruled out, as fried/crispy/salty things tend to be addictive. However, these "mental" issues are where there may be gray-ish areas, at least to my mind. If you were to do a whole 30 in every way EXCEPT you ate compliant kale chips one night in the first week, compliant zucchini chips one night the second week, etc, I'm pretty sure you could still do re-intros and experience the educational benefits of adding foods back one at a time. But would you experience the same benefit of MENTALLY changing your relationship with food? I'd say POSSIBLY not, maybe PROBABLY not. So, I'd say it would be best to not try to include chips of any kind during the whole 30, but if you already did once or twice, don't scrap the work you've done - you can still experience most of the benefits. That's long winded, hope it helps
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    February 5, 2018 Accountability Buddies

    Well, I never really got "tiger blood" - which I think of as a fairly dramatic thing. I did experience dramatic health gains, and modest mood/sleep/energy improvements. The total benefits package, for me, were/are outstanding, and it's a no-brainer for me to continue to eat 95% Whole 30 all the time. I guess I would suggest not to fixate too much on any one aspect of the potential gains from doing a Whole 30, and look at the total impact it has on you.