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    SchrodingersCat reacted to Jihanna in Tuna with vegetable broth - start over?   
    My reintro (so far) has taught me that legumes are not my friends... like, at all... so I'd personally be skipping anything that says "vegetable broth" and doesn't tell me what veggies were in the mix. I completely understand the view of doing all you can and going with what you're able to see, but peas in my veggie broth would be kind of like having one cute little RED baby sock in a huge load of whites -- it's small, but it's going to make an impact if I don't catch it.
    Reading labels is important, and if a label has a vague ingredient that I can't be certain won't hurt me, I either find a similar product that is clearly compliant or I remind myself that I can skip it and life will go on (and with less abdominal discomfort, at that).
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from Jihanna in Tuna with vegetable broth - start over?   
    But it may well have pea or other legumes in it
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to Lorna from Canada in Reintro Day 7 - back to the gym and DOMS   
    I've been back to the gym this week after a long post operative recovery. I had foot surgery followed by some reignition of chronic hip problems aggravated by gait issues caused by the post operative boot. And, I was more than irritated by it, (but the Moderators won't let me use the language I want to use to REALLY describe how I felt), so, in October, I said "screw it" and stopped working out altogether. Ya, ya - I know that wasn't the smartest thing to do BUT, I got the go ahead to start running again at the beginning of February and it made me start missing my gym/yoga/strength routine and I could not wait to get back at it so, all good right? I've been super fit and working out regularly since 2005 - a 4 month break isn't the end of the world. 
    ANYWAY...
    I've been back to the gym. Plus, even though I haven't started running again  - I want to make sure my hip strength is AOK before I start that again - I have a marathon in sight for 2020 - the year I turn 60 - want to make sure I do this right... ANYWAY...
    I've been back to the gym - full routine with slightly lighter weights than I was using back in October - leg day on Tuesday, Core on Wednesday and heading there shortly for upper body and, where is all my post workout pain? Yes, I'm taking it a bit easy and I'm stretching post workout and adding in yoga - I'm still spending 2 hours in the gym grunting and sweating and putting myself through the paces but, I don't have post workout pain to the same degree that I always have had it in the past. Typically I am sore within an hour of finishing and am tightened up like a top by evening sometimes needing vitamin I in addition to a hot bath to help me sleep. Yes, I am having some next day DOMS - I am reawakening muscles cells after a 4 month break, but DOMS is different than my usual pain. 
    I can only contribute this difference to the change in my diet and the overall reduced inflammation in my body. I will be watching for this pain for awhile until I am back at my pre-break workout level until then - I'm just going to appreciate it and love it.
     
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to ultrarunnergirl in Day 30 and disappointed!   
    This is the second or third comment you've made about gaining weight. We ask that you not step on the scale during your Whole30, and it's a rule you should take as seriously as the others. We are very clear that the Whole30 IS NOT a weight loss diet, but it seems you are focusing on that aspect.
    The scale is not a good measure of health, body composition and it's not doing your psyche any favors, either. Please give yourself some grace about the gravitational pull the earth is exerting on you. Here are some good posts about why we feel this way about weighing. 
    Hang in there! Give yourself 30 days and then evaluate.
     
     
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to laura_juggles in Tuna with vegetable broth - start over?   
    That would certainly make my life a lot easier! It's ridiculous that transparency in labeling is such an unbelievable concept in the US. 
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to laura_juggles in Tuna with vegetable broth - start over?   
    It may, but sometimes you have to say that you've done the best you can. Because I can't tolerate legumes, I go for the tuna that's *actually* packed in water to be completely safe. But as long as you've done your due diligence, then it's mostly that you've tried your best. 
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in Reintro Day 5 - snacks are back   
    As soon as I started reading, I wondered if you were still following the meal template or if you'd reduced the size of your meals! Load up that plate, lady!
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to Lorna from Canada in Reintro Day 5 - snacks are back   
    Ya, this isn't good. Somehow, snacking has returned. 3 times today I have found myself staring into the fridge or swinging open the pantry door to have a little look around - because taking a mid-day inventory is a necessary thing. Nope. Nope. Nope. I do not need to be grazing - I woke up at 6AM as usual, had a lovely tomato, onion and kale hash with eggs for breakfast and potato salad and leftover chop for lunch and... okay, I see it. That's really not enough food. The hash is veg and 2 eggs. Then I walk with my daughter to work and return with 9000 steps on my pedometer and I drink a little sparkling mineral water with lemon and wonder why, at 10AM, I'm standing in front of the pantry fondling a bag of Werther's toffee like, if I read the label fast enough, I'll decide they are compliant. 
    I did not see what was happening until I started writing it down just now. I'm not eating enough. Okay then... onward. I hereby forgive myself for plowing through the rest of the potato salad and eating watermelon over the sink like a thief. Got it. More food including a carb at breakfast and maybe a couple of dates and some almonds after my morning walk. 
    In other news, I'm still not really reintroducing anything. I've reread ISWF and have decided I need to define "Worth It" so I can be more confident trying things. I'm still not missing anything either so no worries - things will come back when they come I suppose.
    I went back to work today - I'm a personal coach with clients all over the world - juggling different time zones is a work out in itself. Taking a full week off for travel and jet lag was a good idea - I felt on top of my game with my 2 clients today. I really feel well - I don't know how to describe it other than to say, I feel really well. Amazing.
     
     
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to shamir in My biggest challenge.. baby food..   
    That's a really good idea actually, thank you! I was going to make a cup of herbal tea but I like your idea better  
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from MandaJo in Weird Added Sugar Issue   
    Here's the thing about the new added sugar listing on nutritional info (NI). It's actually a bit dumb.
    Add Apple puree to a sauce, it's added sugar according to the NI. But that same Apple puree in its own in a packet will show no added sugar.
    Add honey to sausages = 'added sugar', yet a jar of pure honey will show no added sugar.
    So when you see it but there's no actual straight up sugar source in the ingredients, you have to look at the ingredients to see which one may have naturally contained sugar but when added to this product, now counts as 'added sugar'.
    The intention was good, the execution was... suboptimal.
     
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to Lorna from Canada in Reintro Day 4 - a little craving this afternoon   
    Hmmm, breakfast was leftover potato salad and 1/2 a sausage that wasn't compliant - had sugar in it (why oh why? It was a country style pork sausage - why sugar???). I knew it had sugar in it because I ate it a few days ago and had no post consumption effect - I'm sure there's not enough sugar in 1/2 a sausage to do me much harm but then I was craving carbs this afternoon so I wonder... I did have a workout today and only had a giant mixed greens and tomato salad with mayo dressing and leftover steak afterwards so, maybe I was likely down a bit in carbs. I decided to eat something - had some watermelon and almond butter and that seemed to do the trick as it's almost 7PM and I'm not that hungry for dinner which isn't for 1/2 an hour. I guess I need to do a proper sugar reintroduction since it is SO HARD TO AVOID out in the real world - UGH! I really don't want to try full on sugar - my dragon is resting quietly and I like it that way and I'm not sure today's little crave was even about that sugar in the sausage or just because I was under caloried for the day.
    Having a craving was weird because I really haven't had any except for the first week on W30 when I was missing my wine and then again a few days ago when I wanted meat. Craving a sugar based item (specifically I wanted cake or cookies today) feels weird. In any case, I'm claiming an NSV because I ate watermelon and almond butter instead of cake and cookies and that's worth celebrating.
    I've been to market and have a lovely supply of fish ends and other seafood deliciousness to turn into a bouillabaisse (and again, the French are after me for mauling their proprietary cuisine related things - je m'excuse!) so that will be amazing - love being so close to the sea! Vive L'Australie.
     
     
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in Barcode scanner... approved?   
    I've heard lots of dodgy things about Whole 30 barcode scanners, and you only need to browse Insta or Pintrest to see the huge numbers of non-compliant things which people label Whole 30.
    I'm with @SugarcubeOD - learning to read labels is the key to success! If you're not sure about something, you can pull out your phone then and search for it (you'll find almost everything under the sun has been queried on these forums). That way, you learn and know for next time rather than just relying on a scanner to tell you yes or no. 
     
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to Lorna from Canada in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    Because we Canadians are renowned for being SUPER NICE but, in fact, we're actually a fairly passive aggressive lot () , I'm voting for the sneaky vodkas - completely self serving, of course.
     
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    Snap! I posted just as you posted!
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to Lorna from Canada in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    Wowsa! Great news on that. I know what you mean that some docs aren't down with something being fixed by diet - I think that tide is changing but there is still a breed of practitioners that want all the credit for their mad prescription writing skills. But to be without vertigo - amazeballs. I feel the same way about the magical disappearance of my plantar fasciitis in my right foot. After its unwelcome companionship for 6 years, to not have it is some kind of miracle!
    2 more days and you can join me in the scary reintro part - which I'm not doing very well at since I'm basically not really reintroducing anything out of fear and anxiety. Need to go find my big girl panties and get on with it. maybe your experiences will pave the way for me???
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in Some days I do think this humourous blog resembles me a little too much...   
    Haahaa!! Oh, that's brilliant. 
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in Barcode scanner... approved?   
    I've heard lots of dodgy things about Whole 30 barcode scanners, and you only need to browse Insta or Pintrest to see the huge numbers of non-compliant things which people label Whole 30.
    I'm with @SugarcubeOD - learning to read labels is the key to success! If you're not sure about something, you can pull out your phone then and search for it (you'll find almost everything under the sun has been queried on these forums). That way, you learn and know for next time rather than just relying on a scanner to tell you yes or no. 
     
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to SugarcubeOD in Barcode scanner... approved?   
    There are no Whole30 apps endorsed by the Whole30 and barcode scanner apps have got to be the worst of the worst... 
    You're better off becoming a barcode scanner yourself   Seriously tho, it's easier to learn how to read the label for non compliant ingredients that it is to pull your phone out everytime you want to buy something.  The thing about apps and the reason we don't have one is: 'who would keep that database updated?'.  Say a company puts sulfites in something that 3 months ago they ddin't have sulfites in?  Or in your region of the country there's no soy in the tuna but in my area there is... 
    We have a few pdf's that you can keep as photos on your phone that might help more than the app.  One is the sneaky sugars pdf and the other one is the common additives pdf.  They are both linked in my signature below and cover pretty much anything you're going to find on a label in the store.
    As a funny aside, apparently Alexa has a 'whole30' app thingy now... Melissa Urban tried it out and it told her that Ground Beef and Cauliflower were not compliant so take that for what it's worth  
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from SharonN in Detox February - NEW   
    Greetings Ryan! I'm on day 18 after being "gonna start" for probably a year myself. I'm loving it! Feel free to look up my Whole 30 Log in the Log section near the bottom of the forum for a (probably very boring) day by day of what I eat and how I feel lol.
    Don't be afraid to experiment, don't be afraid to ask, use the forum as the great source of info it is (hint: the search function isn't great, you're better to google "Whole 30 forum [query- i.e. can I have ______]" but sooooo many questions have already been asked and answered by the excellent mods here that it's easy to find info!
    There's also FB groups which are really interactive, the "Whole 30 Support Group" is a good one. 
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to SugarcubeOD in Greens Powder, KPX Protein Fiber Granola and Fiber Period   
    None of these things that you're looking for are in the spirit of Whole30.  We want you to eat real whole foods for 3 meals a day.  Recreating pseudo cereals and oatmeals is actually also not recommended.  Because these actually run contrary to the program, we wouldn't have recommendations for products to use.
    For information on the reasons behind our recommendation against smoothies, google 'whole30 can I have smoothies' and scroll down to the smoothie section.  
    I would also encourage you to check out the meal template and make sure that you're making all your meals fit the template.  You mention salad for lunch and dinner but don't mention the protein you plan on eating with it and leafy greens when used as your veggie choice needs to be really a wheelbarrow full when you think about how leafy greens chew or steam down to nothing.
    If you eat 3 meals a day 4-5 hours apart with a variety of veggies, some starchy carbs, some fruit occassionally along with protein and fat, you will get a sufficient amount of fibre in your diet.
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to SugarcubeOD in Detox February - NEW   
    Lets test... don't eat fruit and nut butter for two days... if you find that you're very stressed about the idea of cutting that out, you are irrationally angry/crabby about it or your sugar cravings peak crazily then it's likely you've been using the fruit to prop up your sugar dragon and that would be something to work on removing.  Also, we recommend eating the fruit with a meal, so cut up that pear into a salad if what you're really craving is pear taste... if that doesn't sound good but two halves of a pear globbed with almond butter and cinnamon does sound good, then you know it's your sugar dragon talking...
    Make sense?
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to Lorna from Canada in Day 38 - feeling much better thank you   
    I am surfacing from jet lag - I woke up this morning feeling like it was morning and I was even hungry for breakfast. Tonight will be my last medicated (weaned dose) sleep - 4 days usually sorts it for me and, here we are at day 4. So, depending how the rest of the day feels, this might be it for my W40. A W38 doesn't sound as interesting though, does it? No worries mate (that's me releasing my inner Aussie), at this stage, I am really keen to get on with finding out what does and doesn't work for me. Doing 2 more compliant days isn't going to make or break the experience so long as I feel like my "normal" self going in to the reintro.
    I'll keep you posted - the first thing I'll be trying out is wine...  
     
     
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to megbeveridge in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    Ah I forgot about that. 9 days isn't bad either! May the tiger blood be with you!
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    SchrodingersCat got a reaction from megbeveridge in SchrodingersCat doing the thing diary!   
    Aw, thanks!! I often think I'm in the wrong business, I'd love to make food for a living. 
    I do still have 9 days to do, thanks to the days 1-4 sulfite debarcle, but I'm kicking along really well so it doesn't seem to be too much of a struggle! I did make plans for next weekend, thinking I'd be on alcohol reintro, but I won't be and that's ok. I'll make all the complaint nibbles I was going to (hot wings, lamb meatballs with garlic tahini dressing, crispy pork belly bites, maybe some duck breast) and just forego the alcohol. I'm not really missing it anyway.
    Day 25's food:
    Breakfast: 2 poached eggs with The Goods Spicy Kraut
    Lunch: Chicken green thai curry 
    Dinner: Chilli Lime Prawns on cauli/brocc rice with sauteed boc choy
     
     
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    SchrodingersCat reacted to SugarcubeOD in I don’t know if it is worth it   
    Sorry you're not having a great time of it.  You're at the 'pants are tighter stage' which you can read up on in the timeline linked in my signature below so that might be helpful.  Also, it's a 30 day program so expecting to see weight loss, especially if your diet has been great previous and you only have a very small amount of weight to lose is maybe not realistic.
    You also aren't eating enough.  You ate 3 eggs total as your protein for the day??  And you go 8 or more hours between meals?  You may want to have a look at the meal template and see how you can better make your meals match the template and then aim for eating every 4-5 hours.  It's also not entirely surprising that you're hungry again after you eat your meal 1 because you have no fat or protein which are critical to satiety.  Fat is what slows absorption of protein and protein is what you need to fuel your body so you're lacking there.  If your husband is eating the same meal composition, then it's not surprising that he's miserable... he's not getting enough food and that is also indicated by you sayiing he's dropping weight like crazy 7 days into a 30 day program that is NOT designed to be a weightloss diet.