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  1. Hi all! I thought I would start a thread specifically for these two issues which go together for many people, including myself. I was diagnosed with FMS at age 12 (I'm 30 now). I've been gluten-free for many years, and when I learned about Paleo this past summer, I tried to incorporate some Paleo principles into my diet, and even on a limited basis, it made a HUGE difference for me. I've been able to work some 40-hour weeks this fall, which I have not been able to do for literally years. I am very excited to be starting the Whole30 today. I'm especially looking forward to seeing if I can slay the sugar dragon. When you have low energy, it's so easy to give yourself emergency energy boosts with sugar (which is just a vicious cycle, of course!). I have the Hartwigs' book as well as Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan (I've already made her mayo and her "sunshine sauce," soooooo good!). I think lots of us people with fibro have self-corrected with these eating habits over the years, but I'm finally ready to add some structure and discipline to it to get some serious results now that I've had a taste of what's possible!
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    This is not really a problem, but my mom (who is also doing the Whole30) wanted me to ask the question ("run it up the flagpole," were her words). We have both been more thirsty than before. Now, we're not eating any processed foods with hidden salt, nor are we adding tons of salt to our food (we are low-salt cookers, typically adding salt only at the table). So... is this a thing that happens? Is it known what the mechanism is that causes it?
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    delete account

    If I were to delete my account, I assume that it would leave all myposts in place? Would it show a "Deleted User" as the author or something?
  4. I used to think of the Whole9 forum as not a fat-positive space (of course not) but at least a place where weight loss was not held up as a wonderful goal in and of itself. This thread has really changed my view. I wouldn't expect those who believe that "It's NOT OK to be fat" would respect the concept of diet-survivor triggers. I'm especially disappointed with the moderators in this case. To be honest, I don't think I can be a part of this community anymore.
  5. blissing and CAK91, I will join you in your tent, the one with no moral judgment on body size. Where we celebrate the pursuit of health rather than the pursuit of weight loss, because the latter has done us way more harm than good over the years. This thread is definitely very triggering, but I take solace that there were people in here already standing up against fat hate. Thank you.
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    Day 21 and feeling very frustrated

    Wow. This is intense. I just have one question, to satisfy my own curiosity. Why do you have to weigh 145 to get pregnant?
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    W30 for 10 year old?

    Speaking as someone who was the kid in this situation (with fibromyalgia, not RA) I will echo the Robin's comments. If she is not on board, she will probably do what I did when put on elimination diets -- stash forbidden food and eat it. Which will completely defeat the point as you noted in the post above. It's promising that her older siblings are supportive. Depending on their relationships with her, they could be crucial in convincing her that this experiment is worth a try. Keep in mind that as a sick kid, it really sucks to not only have all the pain and doctors' visits and BS accommpanying AND also have the burden of not getting to eat whatever you want, which is what most kids in the world do. It is not fair at all to be 10 and have chronic pain. She wants to be normal, and eating a special diet isn't "normal." Her older sibs going with it would help make it more normal, though. I know many around here abhor half measures but have you or have you considered switching to gluten-free pasta? Gluten is the main culprit for me in exacerbating myriad symptoms, so just removing that factor alone helped me when I chose to do it as an adult, and my mom always says, "If only I had known back then..." Anyway, best wishes to you and your family.
  8. Bonnynancy makes a great point. The all-or-nothing approach really turns a lot of people off of healthful living, specifically when it comes to diet or exercise. Perfectionism is the enemy of progress in these matters.
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    Soooo sick of oil/vinegar for salad dressing...

    Mix in mayo or avocado to your dressing to make it creamy!
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    Crystal Deodorant- Bad news?

    I like to use my friend's body care line, Just the Goods. She makes all kinds of all-natural, non-toxic great stuff, including a roll-on deodorant which I have used.
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    It's not really a PROBLEM, I was just curious. As per usual, Kirsteen's explanation makes a lot of sense. And on the plus side, I've noticed that plain water is much more appealing to me than it used to be.
  12. It's good practice, though maybe not as part of your line of questioning of your servers AT the restauraunt.
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    Second Attempt at The Whole Thirty!!

    Welcome! Look at your first Whole14 as a learning experience preparation for your Whole30, which you are clearly equipping yourself well to complete!
  14. Shrimp. Make it with Melissa Joulwan's recipe in Well Fed. Actually, getting her cookbook and using her recipes would be a great starting point, because they are all really well developed and may help you expand your taste tolerance for meat because they're so good! What about tuna and salmon? Also, fillets of tilapia. How about "hiding" ground meat in hash dishes? Or "strata" dishes (where slices of eggplant are like the noodles in lasagna)?
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    So whats the scoop on tunafish?

    If the tuna contains soy, it's out. On a related topic, though -- mods, what say you about the mercury content of tuna? It's one of those fishes we should eat sparingly due to its place on the food chain. I have been eating more tuna during my W30 than in recent years, though.
  16. Amazing advances have happened in CF, thank science. Glad you're still rollin'.
  17. Oh mannnn that is not a pretty picture! Though I may save that idea if I ever need to punish a nemesis, provided that nemesis likes zucchini chips.
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    Worst period in years!

    Just chiming in to say that my W30, which I started on Jan 1 and is my first, triggered a truly awful 9-day period. I too am on the pill and typically my symptoms are managed by it. Just so you know you are not alone!
  19. Also the health food store I frequent stocks peanut Lara Bars, obviously out. I have a Lara Bar in the bottom of my purse for some high level emergency, but they are just too candylike for my sugar dragon. Nutritious candy, but candy nonetheless.
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    Also can I say that you can get used to and then start to enjoy veggies for breakfast. A couple years ago, steamed spinach was a stretch for me. But this morning, I just ate a full on plate of raw greens with olive oil and lemon for dressing. Because that's what I WANTED to eat.
  21. Congratulations on your success so far, Sarah! CF is a doozy. To say the very least.
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    Kale preparations?

    I'm not adding anything new to your list, but I adore kale chips. Basically the ways I prefer to eat kale are as chips and also shredded thin and mixed in with romaine for salads with a thick, creamy (i.e. mayo-based) dressing. KALE CHIPS FOREVER. Not because they taste like potato chips, but because they are simply the most delicious way to eat kale!!
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    Arghhhhh, Day 1 Take 3 Tomorrow

    That is definitely a crappy day you had. (SORRY COULDN'T RESIST) Well, look at it this way -- you have definitely learned something about yourself! That you are vulnerable in the über crisis moments.
  24. I don't know what the experts say, but I think baby steps are better than no steps! When I first learned about Paleo last August, I started to shift my eating habits -- not completely eliminating cheese, still relying too heavily on sugar, but avoiding grains at meals and eating a solid fat and protein-based breakfast. Even those "half-measures" made me feel SO much better over the fall that I was very ready to start my first Whole30 in January.
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    I started with the veggies that traditionally go in omelets -- spinach or mushrooms. Also, tomato sliced with a drizzle of olive oil and some fresh ground pepper is great.