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  1. I also have Celiac and the Whole30 was a gamechanger for me. I'd been gluten-free for almost two years with some recovery, but not much. My first Whole30 was January 2013 and I could tell midway through that I'd found my golden ticket. Not to say that it's been easy, I ended up going on the AIP and mostly eating it for close to a year (my "cheats" during that time were testing nuts, nightshades, etc., chocolate, and an ill-fated attempt to re-introduce dairy). So, I recommend trying the AIP if your symptoms are not completely responsive to the Whole30, but be kind to yourself as the AIP is hard. Now, 15 months later, I have almost none of my original symptoms--as long as I stay on plan--and can eat eggs, limited nightshades, and pecans and walnuts. The Paleo Approach book (and the Paleo Mom blog) were really helpful in figuring out the AIP and making it work on a daily basis.
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    w30 is curing my cancer

    Wish you all the best, Littlepeanut! And hope your April Whole30 goes well. I started my fourth yesterday and am kicking myself for not having broken up with my sugar dragon waaaaaay before this.
  3. I used to have cramps, but started taking magnesium glycinate. It's more easily absorbed than other forms (I have Celiac so intestinal malabsorption is a problem for me). I started w/ 400 per day, now take 600 (400 at night, 200 in morning). Cramps are gone, but if I miss a dose or two, they come back.
  4. I started Whole 30 in January and have been following the template since then. The whole time I've also kept a log of what I eat (not quantities, just the items) and my sleep and activity. It's been very helpful in seeing progress (improving sleep and energy) and in figuring out what foods are causing reactions when. If you're having constipation, it may be a food that your body doesn't like, but you're still eating. If you haven't heard of the Bristol Stool Chart, google it. It's a handy way to assess more objectively how bad your constipation (or diarrhea) is from day to day.
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    The crazy things people say

    Wow, that is off the charts. What doctor pushes surgery (and a life-changing one at that) when the patient is having such success???? Good for you on the progress that you've made! Impressive!
  6. ...would be able to stop chewing gum. ...would grow to like coconut (in all its forms). ...would anticipate veggies for breakfast.
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    My Whole30 results!

    I'm so very happy for you! Great progress! And congrats on finding something that works for you. There's a lot of peace of mind in that.
  8. Fantastic results!! The proof is in the pictures.
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    Exhausted in the morning...

    I went through a series of major life changes similar to yours (including the death of a parent) last year. I was similarly tired (actually, exhausted) beyond all reason in the morning. It would then go away once I got to work. Looking back, I think it was totally due to psychological stress, even though I didn't feel like it was that bad. My best suggestion: sleep as much as you can and be kind to yourself.
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    w30 is curing my cancer

    I continue to be amazed at your awesome updates.
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    menstrual cup question

    Another vote for the Diva cup--totally worth it. I would never go back to tampons. The first month there's a learning curve, but then it's a piece of cake.
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    Just to echo Moluv and Johnsona, find your safe foods (think of them as your new comfort foods) and stick with them, particularly in times of trouble. Although there are foods are the typical culprits, you'll find that you have some problem foods that others may not. I found that the AIP protocol was what I needed, even though the thought of giving up nuts, eggs, and nightshades was thoroughly depressing at the time. I found that it was even more depressing to continue to ride "my sick cycle". I decided I'd rather give them up than continue to be sick and never improve (been there, did that for over 18 months post-Celiac diagnosis). As long as I was stubborn about food restrictions, I got nowhere. But when I opened myself to the possibilities of a restricted diet, I discovered what "feeling good" felt like (and it was way beyond anything I'd experienced in years). It just took a lot of experimentation. I followed the AIP protocol for 50 days and did another 35-40 with very few departures (namely, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free chocolate). I'm now re-introducing AIP foods and not having a reaction to them now is worth every "boring" meal and every skipped craving of the last three months. Hang in there, keep a detailed food journal, watch for patterns, and you will start to feel better and you will see that it's all worth it.
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    Need advice on magnesium intake

    Seaglassgreen, I tried dividing my dose of Natural Calm into two (a.m. and p.m.); it worked, but I felt a bit lethargic in the a.m. Can't say if that effect would have continued as I had to switch to magnesium glycinate (a formula that is more easily absorbed) due to malabsorption issues I have from Celiac. Hopes this helps!
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    Need advice on magnesium intake

    Tom, I just wanted to pop back in and say thank you for your suggestion of the epsom salt baths. They are fantastic. Found these epsom salts that have rosemary and mint essential oil added to them. It's like a spa event now when I take a bath!! LOVE them. Plus I feel like I get a good dose of magnesium. I feel like I've really taken a step forward this week.
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    At a complete loss...

    It might be helpful to either try the AIP protocol or to read up on supplements that would help with your peri-menopause symptoms. I no longer have my thyroid (removed about 5 years ago), and am in peri-menopause, so I also had trouble getting the pounds to come off. But doing both of these (the AIP and supplements) and now they're coming off. More importantly, I feel sooooo much better. Don't lose hope, just keep trying different things until you find what works. And it may be that more time is what is needed..... (I did 49 days, took a brief break, and am now back for another round).