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  1. For the record, DragonSlayers was my second Whole30, and I have a vague memory that we started it in December of 2017 - but ya, close to 5 years ago. That was enough of a reset to keep me on track ever since.
  2. @Fingerling Potato I was checking to see if my old on-line DragonSlayers pal Sugarcube was still on this website and as a result saw your post - I just posted in the success stories thread, you might find something there to relate to, no guarantees of course. I had the exact same experience with taco seasoning that used to be compliant (McCormick hot was, regular and mild not) and am glad I found this recipe. I too make batches of frequently used spice mixes and store them in mason jars - breakfast sausage seasoning, italian sausage seasoning from meljoulwan.com (I hope it's OK to cross post), plus some Penzey's blends are pretty good too.
  3. I once hung out here in the Forums a fair amount when I first got involved with the Whole 30 and Paleo eating in general, back in mid 2017. I came back today for the first time in several years, and wanted to share my results as encouragement to anyone just starting the Whole 30, or considering it. My first Whole 30 turned into an almost Whole 45, because two weeks in, I discovered two things I was eating somewhat regularly that had small amounts of added sugar (a jerk seasoning that I still use in my Food Freedom stage, and breakfast sausage (I still make my own breakfast sausage now.)) I decided that if I was going to do this, I was going to do it right. After those 45 days, here's what happened to me: I lost 40 pounds without increasing exercise or ever feeling hungry My blood sugar went from pre-diabetic (and a doctor e-mailing me personally to let me know how serious it was) to completely normal. 5+ years later it is still completely normal (meant to include the fact that I had blood work done less than a week ago so any numbers mentioned are still accurate.) I was able to get off of blood pressure medication, and my blood pressure was/is lower than it was on medication Lifelong mild eczema disappeared The inflammation in my arthritic ankle (old indoor volleyball injury) that hurt so bad I could not run, cleared up and I can still run - I ran up and down several flights of stairs this morning as part of my occasional "sprinting" routine Triglyceride level decreased to a third of what they were Mild improvement in sleep (my sleep wasn't bad, but it improved nonetheless) A couple of additional comments, I am reaping all of the above benefits (with a few caveats below) 5+ years later. I NEVER feel deprived about my food choices - I am a pretty capable cook, and ALL spices, garlic, onions, fruit (think lemon/lime mostly), char from grilling/high temperature are allowed under the Whole 30 mindset. I have cooked many Whole 30 compliant dinners for friends that elicited comments like "you should open a restaurant". (Don't want to though ) About two years ago I got together for lunch with a friend that I hadn't seen in a couple of years, and ordered a salad with shrimp and a couple of substitutions to make it Whole 30-ish, and he remarked "you're still doing that diet?" - and my reply was "this is just how I eat now". I promise that this can be a sustainable lifestyle - when I divert from my "ideal diet" once or twice, I rarely notice any ill effects. But I certainly notice the effects when I go from, say, 95% Whole 30 compliant to even 80% compliant. Recently I've been quite busy, and have substituted some fast food and other normally avoided foods (mostly grains and sugar), and I am seeing a little eczema creeping in, my ankle is sending me some mild pain signals (like I said, I did run on it this morning but cut it short since I could feel the inflammation.) Further testimony to the effectiveness of this approach. Keep in mind that when I did my first Whole 30, I was 55 years old, obese, dangerously pre-diabetic, and had an incredibly crappy diet. It will be hard to match the gains I experienced if any of those are not true for you. But my point is, I have personal experience that the Whole 30 can be miraculous. Give it an honest try. What do you have to lose, except (potentially) weight, blood sugar count, blood pressure measurements, skin inflammation, pain, triglycerides and insomnia? Jim
  4. Shannon stated it well, if you can go 4-5 hours between meals without going hungry, you're probably doing fine. I've been (mostly) Whole-30ing for 2.5 years and still not sure about the fats - my experience is that not enough tends to cause hunger more quickly, but you're not going to hurt yourself nutritionally if you're on the low side. Protein and veggies are the key things to be sure you're getting enough of. I'm lucky, I never get tired of eggs - but even as a 200+ pound male, I don't eat more than 2 eggs despite being able to easily hold 4 in my hand (big hands lol ) I do add breakfast sausage (homemade, store bought stuff usually has sugar, Pedersen's is clean but pricey) - and avocado usually included with every meal. Jim
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