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    mary-t got a reaction from jdthomps4 in Favorite new foods since starting Whole30?   
    Not technically a recipe, but what are your favorite food discoveries since starting the Whole30? I'm getting tired of people telling me how "sorry" they feel for me since I'm eating such a limited diet. And I just can't get them to understand that I'm more than okay about my food options. So, I thought I'd rave about my new favorites to people who might actually understand.
    So far, I have three:
    1. Sauteed kale
    2. Spaghetti squash
    3. Seared scallops (I ate them before, but I'd never cooked them.)
    Any new favorites? I'm always looking for new ideas....
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    mary-t got a reaction from jdthomps4 in Favorite new foods since starting Whole30?   
    Not technically a recipe, but what are your favorite food discoveries since starting the Whole30? I'm getting tired of people telling me how "sorry" they feel for me since I'm eating such a limited diet. And I just can't get them to understand that I'm more than okay about my food options. So, I thought I'd rave about my new favorites to people who might actually understand.
    So far, I have three:
    1. Sauteed kale
    2. Spaghetti squash
    3. Seared scallops (I ate them before, but I'd never cooked them.)
    Any new favorites? I'm always looking for new ideas....
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    mary-t got a reaction from jdthomps4 in Favorite new foods since starting Whole30?   
    Not technically a recipe, but what are your favorite food discoveries since starting the Whole30? I'm getting tired of people telling me how "sorry" they feel for me since I'm eating such a limited diet. And I just can't get them to understand that I'm more than okay about my food options. So, I thought I'd rave about my new favorites to people who might actually understand.
    So far, I have three:
    1. Sauteed kale
    2. Spaghetti squash
    3. Seared scallops (I ate them before, but I'd never cooked them.)
    Any new favorites? I'm always looking for new ideas....
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    mary-t got a reaction from praxisproject in Does anyone have Celiac Disease?   
    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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    mary-t reacted to Littlepeanut in w30 is curing my cancer   
    Hello mates!!! SO sorry i haven't updated in so long!!! I could never forget about my whole30 fam!!!
    Truth is i've been really sick lately. They aren't really sure what to do but fear not! I'm as fiesty as ever!!! For anyone who reads this; i start my 80th w30 april 1 (ok, not REALLY 80th but i just love doing them!!) i hope everyone is doing smashing and i really hope my story inspires you and others to seek a fantastic relationship with what you eat. It really DOES matter!! Thank you all so so much for the recent posts and check-ins!! It's so amazing to see- i can't tell you!!
    I hope you all will join me april 1 and help keep me accountable (I have recently cuddled up to my sugar dragon and bloody hell.. I think we need to see other people!)
    Many huggles and love to all!!
    CHEERS MATES!
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    mary-t got a reaction from ninadude in w30 is curing my cancer   
    Congratulations to you! I think one of the most important things we can do when chronically ill is take control of what we can. It is empowering to know that your diet can unlock so many possibilities, and you get to reap the benefits. I wish you much continued success and improvement.
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    mary-t got a reaction from jdthomps4 in Favorite new foods since starting Whole30?   
    Not technically a recipe, but what are your favorite food discoveries since starting the Whole30? I'm getting tired of people telling me how "sorry" they feel for me since I'm eating such a limited diet. And I just can't get them to understand that I'm more than okay about my food options. So, I thought I'd rave about my new favorites to people who might actually understand.
    So far, I have three:
    1. Sauteed kale
    2. Spaghetti squash
    3. Seared scallops (I ate them before, but I'd never cooked them.)
    Any new favorites? I'm always looking for new ideas....
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    mary-t got a reaction from jdthomps4 in Favorite new foods since starting Whole30?   
    Not technically a recipe, but what are your favorite food discoveries since starting the Whole30? I'm getting tired of people telling me how "sorry" they feel for me since I'm eating such a limited diet. And I just can't get them to understand that I'm more than okay about my food options. So, I thought I'd rave about my new favorites to people who might actually understand.
    So far, I have three:
    1. Sauteed kale
    2. Spaghetti squash
    3. Seared scallops (I ate them before, but I'd never cooked them.)
    Any new favorites? I'm always looking for new ideas....
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    mary-t got a reaction from Photo_Mom in Before my Whole30 I never thought I'd...   
    ...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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    mary-t reacted to mhill0823 in Simply Proud of Myself!!   
    Admittedly, when I started this program there was a voice somewhere in the back of my mind that knew that I never stick to a diet and this probably would end the same as all the others! Luckily, I discovered very quickly that it's not a diet, it's a life change and the sooner I realized this, the better!!
    Today is day 31 and I woke up this morning and packed my breakfast and lunch just like it was any other day for the last 30 days, not even really processing the fact that I could “eat whatever I want†today.
     
    I can seriously say that this program has changed my life completely and for the better! I took it a step further, and last night I finally cleaned out my pantry of all the things that I never want to eat and I'm donating them, because at the end of the day I was holding on to them so I could eat them after the Whole 30, and then I woke up one day and was like NO, I will not put these things in my body any longer.
     
    I didn't weight myself when the Whole 30 started but I had probably weighed about two weeks prior to starting. So from that weigh in until today, I am 30 pounds lighter and I just literally feel fantastic! My feet have stopped swelling by the end of the day, I have less stomach trouble, I've noticed a drastic change in the fact that I no longer get headaches. Then, probably the biggest accomplishment is that before I started the doctor told me that I was prediabetic, and last week at the doctor I was informed that my blood sugar levels have gone back down to normal. Diabetes runs pretty heavy in my family so that is a success!!
     
    So ultimately, my life is changed and I couldn't be happier!! J
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    mary-t got a reaction from Photo_Mom in Before my Whole30 I never thought I'd...   
    ...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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    mary-t reacted to JustAMom in Feel a bit nervous posting   
    I updated my signature.
    I'm not sure how success is defined here.
    My final goal is to hit 130 pounds, but by golly, I feel ridiculously happy about the progress my health and body shape has made this year.
    I certainly feel this has been successful and plan to stick with it.
    Thanks Whole30!
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    mary-t got a reaction from Physibeth in Physibeth's Post-W30 Log   
    Am so impressed by how much you get done everyday and your enthusiasm for BP.  A move is never easy.  For the litterbox, try a bit of baking soda sprinkled on top??  
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    mary-t reacted to Carlaccini in W30 is so great it's bumming me out.   
     
    This - This!! Mom2A&M this hits the nail right on the head.  I've had days of feeling like this, throwing tantrums in my head. I have to eat Whole 30 + nightshade free most of the time in order for me not to have a 3 day menstral migraine.  You know what - some days it just sucks, especially when you see someone eating much loved old foods in front of you, then asking you if you miss eating it.  And can't you just have it just this once?
     
    I have come to the conclusion about grains - I miss the convenience of them, and the ease of preperation.  But that is all I miss.  I don't miss what they do to me.
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    mary-t reacted to Mom2A&M in W30 is so great it's bumming me out.   
    I think I'm starting to realize that I'm mad that I can't have it all. I see people carelessly eating whatever and probably never feel like shit after! Maybe I'm more upset with this crazy body of mine than I am actually craving foods. I think I crave the "carefree" eating/lifestyle more. Can you say therapy!! Lol!
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    mary-t reacted to Nadia B in Physibeth's Post-W30 Log   
    I have been reading your updates and I exclaimed the same as Jena - 60 min commute?!?! Being close to everything makes life so good, hooray for that! 
     
    I bet if you said that you are calculating every ounce of food and eat 1200 calories a day these girls would nod and say that it's certainly the way. Sad that people would take being hungry and miserable over pack of ____ (insert any junk) as an acceptable way to live. Been there and I can hardly believe that this is what I used to do. We do have emotional attachment to food, that's absolutely right. It's rooted in us historically and that's fine. However we are so detached from the real traditions in our everyday life (holidays and family gatherings are as close as we get to mindful consumption of real food). Buying locally grown food/being mindful of the source of food is considered to be "fancy" while in reality that's pretty "normal" and "traditional". It's a mind shift that has to happen once and I hope that the work done by the paleo community will contribute to this. Meanwhile we will just smile and eat bacon. Or lamb. Btw, welcome to the lamb-lovers club  
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    mary-t reacted to alissafoo in Day 31: I did it!   
    Am on day 31 and down 9.5 lbs!  Was hoping for that, but am truly shocked.  I have never been able to follow a plan such as the Whole30 before in my life and I have no idea why this time it stuck. I have tried weight watchers, myfitness pal, phone apps, countin calories, have been a gym goer almost my whole life. But, it's true what they say and that is that you cannot work off a poor diet!! Only did yoga and walked (way less than my normal routine) for the past 30 days and just cleaning up my diet lost 10 pounds.  Most of my changes have otherwise been mental.  I still don't sleep totally great because I have sleep apnea, which I expect will lessen if I lose more weight.  But, I do fall asleep easier, and have more stable energy and moods throughout the day!  Was planning on cheating a little bit today but now that it's here, I just want to keep going!
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    mary-t reacted to kaybee in The crazy things people say   
    The "no carb" thing really drives me bonkers. It's like people just can't get their head around it, they need it to fit into a little box they already think they understand.
    The W30 FB page can drive me nuts, too. Particularly when people say something like "I woke up today with a 104 degree fever, chills, and hacking cough. I think this 'diet' is making me sick and I should quit". Yes, it must be that. Eating healthy is making you deathly Ill, not the severe flu that's going around. *rolls eyes*
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    mary-t got a reaction from Photo_Mom in Before my Whole30 I never thought I'd...   
    ...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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    mary-t reacted to mrsjmac in 3 months later - Life after Whole 30 - Still going strong! With Pics, measurements, and weight loss   
    After following Whole 30 for 75 days straight, I decided to follow Whole 30 still, but allow myself an item once in a while and think long and hard about if it's worth it or not.
     
     
    I began this journey on June 9th.
     
    I have lost:
     
    46.9 lbs
     
    6.5 inches in hips
    5.25 inches in upper ab
    3 inches in mid ab
    5.5 inches in lower ab
    4 inches in each thigh
    1 inch in each calf
    2.75 inches in each arm
     
    For a total of 35.75 inches lost!
     
    Pant size - from a 22 to in between a 14 and 12 depending on brand!
    Shirt size - from a 1x and 2x to a Large sometimes Medium
    I had to get my wedding ring resized - from a 10 to an 8 (and it's starting to get loose again!!)
     
    And I can run a 5k in 36 minutes (3 weeks ago I was doing it in 40 minutes) and if I do just 1 mile I can do it in 10:30.
     
    I still have about 28 lbs I would like to lose. I hope to get there by the end of this year
     
    See my pics below Please do not copy. Thanks!



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    mary-t reacted to Kerith in Yes!!!!!!!   
    This is what my life used to be like:  A very important person in my life passed from cancer and I took up a commitment to ice cream, one to two pints per day, and add in some alcohol.  I was tired, grouchy, sleeping like crap, had acne, felt short of breath walking a very short distance, loathed what my body looked like, etc.  Needless to say, I was packing on the weight and subsequently depression.
     
    This is how I found Whole30:  I started doing kettlebell training with Peter Hirsh here in San Diego and he mentioned Whole30, casually.  I made the goal to start in a week or so, and then just said to heck with that, I'm starting tomorrow!
     
    During my Whole30 Experience:  I decided to write a sentence or two about each day of the Whole30 process....  Here they are. 
    Day 1: I'm so excited! Day 2: I saw a chocolate chip on the floor, tucked stealthily under the cabinet, and I salivated! Day 3: What am I doing?  No seriously.  What have I gotten myself into.  I almost vomited when I went to eat my salad at lunch. Day 4: She can have Wheat Thins?  I don't even like them but I want to tackle her and steal, steal, steal!  What the heck are "wheat thins" anyway?!?!?!? Day 5: I have sugar tracking capabilities.  I can smell a cookie from 30 feet away. Day 6: Oy vey. Day 7: Going strong!  But damn I want a nap. Day 8: Great energy, but I'm feeling a bit chunky. Day 9: Hmmm.... Still mildly jealous of the girl eating Mac&Cheese! Day 10: I've got this! No big thang! Day 11: Chicken, again?  Again?  Ugh. Day 12: Why am I not hungry? At. All. Day 13: Please explain to me why sausage must have sugar in it, huh?! Day 14: I am so exhausted. Day 15: Mustard is the new love of my life. Day 16: Holy eff!  Where did this energy come from!!!!!! Know what's funny.... I stopped logging after that, because I kind of stopped counting days.  Tiger blood hit and I was off and running! Now that I've finished my Whole30:
    I'm sleeping better (not the best, but definitely a big difference), I have so much more energy, People say my skin glows, I haven't had a single headache, I'm working out 3-4 days a week, .... and I've lost 18lbs. If you're considering this program - DO IT!  It's only 30 days... And if you're a sugar-aholic like I was before I started, when you finish, you'll likely realize eating all that sugar just isn't worth it anymore.  Best wishes to everyone.  You *CAN* do this. 
     
     
     
     
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    mary-t reacted to frantriefus in Day 31 and 21lbs lighter The Whole 30 rocks!   
    Before the whole 30 I was 225lb, on anti-spasm pills for IBS , on aural steroids and steroid cream for eczema and in the past 6 months had had 7 courses of antibiotics for infected eczema and 2 abcesses.  I had severe asthma and had at least 2 asthma attacks a dayI have been on anti-depressants for 4 years but was suffering from severe depression.  Although none of these conditions were life threatening, my quality of life was miserable and I was feeling desperate.  To cap it all, my partner of 7 years left me.
     
    My older sister had been doing the whole 30 and she had suffered with the same allergies as me but much worse.  She had been debilitated with ulcerative colitis for many years.  The change I witnessed in her was extraordinary and inspiring and her enthusiasm and joy after her whole 30 was infectious in the best possible way!
     
    Not believing that I could possibly succeed with this programme, with great fear around giving up my ½ bottle of white wine a night, I started on 17th August.  The first week, I felt terrible, brain foggy, headaches, terrible if not worse gut problems, bad asthma, couldn't sleep but somehow without me really noticing everything got better.  The most important thing to me were the daily emails which became my sucky blanket.  They were also full of links to interesting articles, research, recipes and my appetite for finding out everything I could about optimal nutrition, paleo lifestyle grew and grew as my physical appetite and cravings for food lessened.
     
    The benefits of the whole 30 for me have been LIFE CHANGING.  I am so much more organised, are planning my meals more effectively and so am throwing away less food from my fridge that rots before it gets used. Although I am buying more expensive ingredients I am saving money on buying only what gets eaten.  I am loving the food I am eating and feel full, satiated and no longer have that continual ravenous hunger that never goes away.  I feel good and strangely content and happy despite being heart broken.
     
    I have decided not to reintroduce anything and just keep my whole 30 going.  Why change something that is working so well?  I will keep going on the whole 30 until my body feels it has come home and is the right weight, however long that may be and whatever weight that is.
    Today is day 31 and I weighed myself and am astounded to find out that I now weigh 204lbs which is a 21lb loss in 30 days.  Thank you Melissa and Dallas and the whole 30 team, what you have given me is so much more than lost lbs and inches, what you have given me is hope and belief in myself that I can be the person that I want to be. 
     
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    mary-t got a reaction from Photo_Mom in Riding my own bike is harder than I thought...   
    Day 19 in the books.  Had some cravings and fatigue today, which tell me that I overdid it yesterday with my exercise (too much, not the intensity).  So, today was a rest day.  Ate a Larabar this afternoon, but then left the house to escape the carb cravings.  They went away, and I feasted on zoodles, spaghetti sauce w/ hamburger, and chicken broth as a side.  
     
    Today I'm grateful for:  Ever since I was diagnosed with Graves Disease in 2000, I've experienced heat intolerance.  High temperatures forced me to hibernate inside in the AC or experience lightheadedness, foggy thinking, and horrible fatigue.  And this summer it's gone!!  I can break a sweat outside and not have any of those symptoms.  It's like I'm finally free to enjoy summer again!  
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    mary-t reacted to lexes42 in Weight gain, no change in size   
    My opinion  - and only mine -
     
    drop the nuts and fruit more than 2 servings a day
    focus on weights and weight  bearing exercise not cardio - plenty free on youtube, but I like Chalene Extreme if you like beachbody - this will reshape the 'notable fat'.
    sleep and de-stress
     
    but most of all...
     
    accept that you have body image issues - more damaging then 'food issues'.  You are within a healthy range for BMI.  Wearing a size 6 means you can wear almost anything beautifully.  Models have parts of their bodies they dislike and / or dress to minimize.  My guess is that you have no idea that you are thin and beautiful... especially if you've been battling to get below this weight for some time.  
     
    No number on the scale is going to make you healthy or happy, no food combination is going to make you feel the kind of perfect you are striving to be.  You will fluctuate 5 lbs within a day.   If you want to compete as a fitness model or wear a size 0/2, you may need a different routine to lower your body fat down further - but that means serious exercise with weights and possibly a train ticket to crazy eating disorder town.
     
    So let me say this with as much love as I can muster - throw away the scale, stop counting calories, listen to your body, reach for strong and sleek, not less 'weight', build a bridge and get over it.  Take all that energy you use over thinking food and weight and use it on something more productive that is full of self LOVE.  
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    mary-t reacted to Mousecatcher2001 in Astonishing: a life-changing experience for me   
    Hello everyone
     
    Well I did it and it is lovely to read how people are going to carrying on but with a few reintroductions. For me having a dash of milk in my earl grey this morning was sublime! My journey for the most part has been quite easy and I will continue on but with a little relaxation: a glass of two of wine, a bit of cheese maybe the odd bit of chocolate now and again.
     
    I have been quite astounded how Whole30 has changed my life. I am an obese, middle-aged women and pre-Whole30 and for decades I have been a chronic binge eater and every night I used to drink a bottle of wine or cider, eat a huge bag of Kettle crisps and a packet of sliced meat. I used to wrap the crisps in the ham and eat them like a wrap and once the ham was finished, I would finish eating the crisps. Along with eating takeaways and junk food (mainly savoury stuff), I used to do this EVERY DAY. After each binge I wanted more and more and my bingeing was getting worse and worse every week. I now know I was slowly killing myself but felt powerless to stop. I even tried Overeaters Annoymous hoping that this would help - it did not although I met some wonderful people.  I thought I had a psychological problem and I used food to overcome that.  This was not the case as what was happening was habit.  Habit that had becomed so ingrained that I thought I would never be rid of it. 
     
    I was worried about my heart, my liver, my stomach etc and was promoted to go to the doctors to get some blood tests done. Thankfully everything was OK except my triglycerides (a form of cholesterol) were a little high but they could be lowered through diet. I was put on blood pressure tablets as this was way too high probably due to my salty diet and lack of exercise. These events were a kick up the bum I needed and promoted me to look towards changing my life. I had been dabbling with a primal diet for a while on MDA and it was on the forum there that I read about Whole30.
     
    The point I want to get to (sorry waffling on a bit) is that Whole30 has changed my life. All the way through the 30 days I have NOT BINGED ONCE!! I cannot stress how awesome (not a word a Brit uses lightly!) this is for me. Literally life-changing and astonishing. I fell really quite emotional about it and have shed tears not because I am unhappy but because I know that I will never do that destructive behaviour again. I can eat three good, wholesome, real food every day with no snacking between and not think about food. The only time I think about food is whether I have got something out the freezer to eat or what I am going to put in my slow cooker at the weekend. No more binge eating, no more killing myself, no more drinking so much that my body was in complete crisis and suffering in systemic inflammation. I still have a long way to go but my new habits are those for my life.
     
    Oh and also I lost one stone - yes 14lbs - without really noticing!
     
    Thank you for reading my ramblings and I wish every one of you success in the future.
     
    Kathryn xx