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    MelissaSue got a reaction from shelbycloud in New Here & Starting January 1   
    Welcome! I too struggled with lack of control over my own choices and over indulgence. The Whole30 truly changed my life and I am SO excited to see what it can do for you. It’s totally normal to be nervous because it IS a big deal! Your health is a big deal and it’s totally worth it. You are worth it. Welcome to our community. There are so many resources and I know you will rock it! 
    coach melissa
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    MelissaSue reacted to JessFind in New Here & Starting January 1   
    Nice to meet you, Shelby! I'm starting on Jan. 1st too. Are you familiar with the Whole 30 Symptoms calendar: I've tried one round before and it really helped me to have an idea of what to expect. Everyone is different, of course, but if I was super tired or moody or something, I knew it was OK. I had to cut my first round short, so I'm sticking to it this time. We can do it!
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    MelissaSue reacted to CaseyP in #JanuaryWhole30 Here We Come...   
    Hi. I have many of the same issues.  I'm starting again slowly.  I want to ease into a "Food Freedom" lifestyle this year, rather than blow up 30 days just to go back to the same old addictions.  Good luck.  
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    MelissaSue reacted to CannaBoy in #JanuaryWhole30 Here We Come...   
    Good Morning Whole30 Family 
    My name is Michael and I am so looking forward to beginning the #JanuaryWhole30 with all of you. This will be my second Whole30 journey.
    The first time my life was totally transformed...Body, Mind, Soul, and Spirit. I am a Believer in Jesus and He used this program to snatch me from depression, hopelessness, and 3 addictions! The mistake I made, which I do not intend to make this time, is that I did not Reintroduce. Whole30 made such an impact on my life I did not want to change anything and said "Heck with Whole 30, I am Whole Life"...Then July 4th came and went and after indulging in Pizza and Beer, my life slipped back into my old ways. Here I am again in depression and addictions.
    NOT AGAIN! I am now convinced that Reintroduction is as, if  not more important than the initial reset.
    I look forward to building an eating plan that works for me and making new friends and building relationships with many here.
    Here we go! Never looking back,

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    MelissaSue reacted to CaseyP in getting ready   
    24 hours with no gluten or soda pop. 
    Had a "fancy" alkaline water today with fresh squeezed tangerine juice ( with a compliant meal, so the juice wasn't unbalanced) in a margarita glass as a treat.  Loved it so much more than "junk" drinks.  
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    MelissaSue reacted to JessFind in Starting Round 2 on Jan. 1st!   
    Hi friends! 
    I'm excited to start my second round of Whole 30 on January 1st. Even though my first round only lasted 10 days, I loved it and learned a lot. (I got to take an unexpected trip to Copenhagen and I firmly believe a big part of traveling is experiencing the food, so I stopped.) 
    I'm sticking to my guns this time and gonna finish this round! On my first round, I felt amazing after about day 3. The first three days were real rough, but after day 3 I felt great and was sleeping much better. I learned that food prep is SO ESSENTIAL. If I get hungry, the gig is up and I'll grab whatever is closest. Thankfully I knew this about myself and always packed more food than I thought I needed. Lettuce wraps with sugar-free deli meat were my savior, along with avocados filled with bacon and tomatoes. I also learned that my Sunday food prep only really lasted me until Wednesday before I either got sick of what I made or ran out, so I'll need to carve out time on Wednesday nights to cook some more. 
    I work for a major retailer and we don't have New Year's Eve off, so I'm staying home and may or may not stay up until midnight. I'm gonna take some good time beforehand to go through my cabinets and get rid of any trigger food and do a long grocery shop and food prep so I'm set up for success. 
    (Oh, did I mention I'm married to a BAKER?! Yeah dude. So temptation won't ever totally go away.)
    So let's start off this new decade right! I found these forums to be a huge help before, so I'm gonna continue to update this string with my daily thoughts and feelings. Feel free to join in!
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    MelissaSue reacted to CaseyP in getting ready   
    I see not too many are into starting a whole 30 just before Christmas!
    Me neither, but I at least need to commit to starting 3 Paleo meals a day and going cold turkey off of gluten and soda pop. 
    Also committing to prepping my meals at least a day ahead.  That helps a lot. 
    That will get me ready for a whole 30 reset in January, probably after my birthday.
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    MelissaSue reacted to shelbycloud in New Here & Starting January 1   
    Thank you, I hope I am too! My husband is going to do Whole 30 with me, although I doubt he will be as strict when he is away from the house 
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    MelissaSue reacted to kirbz in New Here & Starting January 1   
    In general, there are lots of great resources here:
    I saved the Whole30 Common Additives Cheat-Sheet on my phone as a handy reference when I'm out shopping and am unsure if an ingredient is compliant! The Whole30 Guide to Sneaky Sugars is also super helpful to avoid letting sugar slip into your Whole30! 
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    MelissaSue reacted to kirbz in New Here & Starting January 1   
    Not a dumb question at all! Here it is:! Let me know if you have any questions about it. 
    Basically, you should fill your plate with 1-2 palm-size servings of meat, the rest of your plate with vegetables (1-3 cups) and a serving or two of plated fat (which varies depending on the fat source). That'll give you the very best results! 
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    MelissaSue reacted to Jmb369 in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    I was thinking of starting more traditionally on January 1 (or 5th) but I'd like to connect with some people who have done it before, so I'd like to join you and begin on DEcember 27.  I've done two complete Whole 30s and had several false starts over the past four years. I need a total reset -- just had a flare-up of my AI symptoms, plus my weight has been steadily creeping up over the past year. I did my first one in 2015.
    I do menu planning, and have for many years, but I always have easy meals for those days when I don't feel like following my planned menu. Our house has very few non compliant foods, but I can always find something, including over-indulging in nuts or dried fruit! I am retired and share life and space with the second love of my life whom I met 10+ years ago. He can eat just about anything, but he's willing to support me in this, AGAIN!
    Many of my favorite recipes are from Whole 30 and It Starts With Food, but I also use many recipes from Paleo Mom. The biggest problem I anticipate is eating enough food to not feel hungry, and also to get past my 4:00 pm slump. That's been around for many years, pre-Whole 30, and does not appear to be related to when I eat lunch or what I have to eat. It just is a fact of my metabolism!
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    MelissaSue reacted to Laura of The Great White North in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Welcome @Jmb369! I'm happy to have you with us! I focused a lot on meal planning last time and found mixed results. I like the recipes in the Whole30 books and I found a lot of good recipes on the Nom Nom Paleo site. The potsticker stir fry is one of my favorites. I think this time around I'm going to focus on prepping breakfasts ahead of time because that is my most challenging meal. I have 2 teenage boys to herd in the mornings so I rarely have time to sit and eat. I think I'm going to try doing bulk batches of things like chicken and cauliflower rice so I can kind of mix and match throughout the week.  I'd like to keep it as simple as possible. Those darn teenagers and their activities keep us on our toes and so it can be hard sometimes to cook a big or more complex meal during the week. 
    My husband has said he is going to join me this time around, which surprised me. He is very supportive but didn't want to participate last time. I'm looking forward to having him with me. I hope he chooses to go all the way through to the end!
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    MelissaSue got a reaction from shelbycloud in New Here & Starting January 1   
    Welcome! I too struggled with lack of control over my own choices and over indulgence. The Whole30 truly changed my life and I am SO excited to see what it can do for you. It’s totally normal to be nervous because it IS a big deal! Your health is a big deal and it’s totally worth it. You are worth it. Welcome to our community. There are so many resources and I know you will rock it! 
    coach melissa
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    MelissaSue reacted to kirbz in New Here & Starting January 1   
    Welcome and best of luck to you! Here are some general tips and some of my favorite Whole30 recipe bloggers! I wish you the very best of luck. This is a great community and a great resources so please let us know if you have any questions or need any encouragement. You got this! 
    General Tips 
    Know and understand the meal template. Try to match your meals to the meal template. This is not a rule, but it'll help you achieve the best results!  Keep things simple. You don't need to try new recipes for every meal. Ingredient meals are quick and easy and can be delicious, especially if you can keep a variety of sauces or dressings handy to add some flavor. Don't be afraid of fat! Eat it at every meal. We're so indoctrinated to fear fat in our society but it's so important to this program and achieving the full benefits from it. Trust the process. You signed up for this so do it right. It's only 30 days.  Always, always, always read your labels (and recipes). You're putting this stuff in your own body. You should know what's in it. Don't take for granted that things are compliant just because someone says it is. Lots of people get it wrong and I've even seen the same product change to no longer be compliant. Know the rules and read your labels. Every single time.  Favorite Whole30 Food Bloggers 
    Mel Joulwan: Paleo Running Momma:  Anyway, congratulations on your decision to commit to this journey. Have fun! 
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    MelissaSue reacted to Jessicatay89 in Doctor says no milk including ghee   
    Hey all! So ive been searching the forum and cant find a definitive answer. 
    I have a dairy allergey that ive been ignoring for 10 years. A few months ago i cut dairy for a month and felt so much better for listening to my doctor. My issue was i went back to dairy as it was cheaper then buying normal dairy for my family plus alternatives for myself. 
    I am determined to complete the January whole30 and am wondering on alternatives for ghee? Do i just use coconut oil or even avacado oil? 
    Please help!
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    MelissaSue reacted to ShannonM816 in Doctor says no milk including ghee   
    Coconut, olive, or avocado oil are probably the most-used oils, and any of them should work in place of ghee, though they each have different flavors, so it may take some trying different things to see what you like best. 
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    MelissaSue reacted to Laura of The Great White North in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Whoo hoo!! I'm looking forward to it!!
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    MelissaSue reacted to kirbz in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Hi @Laura of The Great White North, I think I'll join you on December 27th! This will be my fourth round. Let's do this! 
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    MelissaSue reacted to hollysmokes in hollysmokes log   
    Sunday, Dec 15, Day 23:
    Sleep: 7h 15m + 1h 25m awake=8h 40m in bed
    M1: Niman Ranch bacon (so good!) and 2 fried eggs, fermented peppers
    M2: very small baked chicken thigh, prosciutto, handful of coconut flakes
    M3: chuck roast topped with salsa
    Steps: 4,500
    More veggies, more steps but it felt really good to get some rest in between cook-up projects
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    MelissaSue reacted to hollysmokes in Psyching Up For a December Whole 30 Graduates   
    13 is my favorite number. When I was little, my grandparents lived overseas and my grandmother brought be a charm bracelet from Thailand. One of the charms was a little key with a tiny tag that had the number thirteen on it. She said it was the key to happiness and that was my lucky number. So it is!
    Holy cow it has gone by in the blink of an eye but it also seems like it's been my whole life and everything else before that is so distant. My husband's niece is getting married on 2/20/2020 so we are going to LA for the celebration. It's right outside of New Orleans so we should escape most of the Mardi Gras madness- yep, that's Mardi Gras weekend but it's also our 25th anniversary together so it will be special. It's a big year for us; we both have significant birthdays this year, too.
    Right now I have my eye on the prize: a FIVE-day weekend next weekend! Cannot wait! So far, I don't have plans other than the party Saturday night and I don't have a to-do list either but I'm sure that will change. Yesterday I tried to get all grocery shopping done to carry me through Christmas even though I'm sure I've forgotten a thing or two. It took TWO trips to the farmer's market because I was so busy thinking about holiday stuff, I forgot to buy eggs, of all things! I struck up a great conversation with one of the vendors and his wife as I was buying their beautiful daikon radishes and Napa cabbage to make kimchi so that was really fun- now I just have to make it. I managed to get the two ferments started that I wanted to work on and that pretty much kicked my butt for the day! I now have a gallon jar of purple and white daikons fermenting so they should turn a beautiful color and I got a gallon jar of saueruben (spiralized turnips) started that my husband said looked like a bowl full of albino worms- thanks, honey!
    I have some ground turkey, leftover pieces of turnip and the last of my gigantic kohlrabi to make my breakfast hash (or casserole- I haven't decided yet) for the week and I picked up a pound of ground lamb to make gyro burgers for lunches. I'd like to take it easy and get some reading time today so I'll see how that goes.
    Yoga with kitties and happy hooping!
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    MelissaSue reacted to Amura in Setting personal guidelines for my food freedom   
    I don't think I had read it, Shannon, but it is very very useful indeed!
    Thank you very much.
    It somewhat relates to something @Angelia mentioned, her two-bites rules, but for me limiting to only two bites of something I really love sounded unsustainable.
    Waiting and judging whether it is worth or not, might be a bit hard the first time, might need some training, but I think that's something that could work for me long term.
    I'm gonna give this some more thought and maybe put it to test during the Christmas holidays.