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    Lunarose got a reaction from Alisha Alexander in Starting today!   
    I am so sorry I've been MIA!!! congrats @Alisha Alexander and @SarahSun !!! I am so happy we made this journey together. And wow - sounds like you both had some amazing results as well! 
    I weighed and measured and... my results were not very dramatic at all, haha. I lost one pound (yes, one pound) and just around an inch with all measurements. Granted I did measurements and weight while on my cycle again (I seriously had the worst timing with my cycle for this - started the first week and last week of the 30 days :/ ), so might have been a bit bloated but still don't think there was a whole lot of weight/inches lost for me. Which is frustrating, but with all the other health benefits I got out of it I'm not getting too down about it. Here are the main benefits I got from doing Whole 30:
    -better sleep
    -healthier hair and skin
    - even energy throughout the day
    -an entirely new perspective on my eating habits, which continues after whole 30
    -no longer require alcohol at the end of the day to wind down (this is a big one for me)
    -an ongoing journey to better health 
    Here are the foods I relied on most during my whole 30:
    -eggs (of course)
    -potatoes and yams (my husband and I both discovered that we loved mashed yams)
    -spinach, kale, chard (for sauteed greens)
    -coconut oil and ghee for cooking
    -garlic and spices for seasoning
    -almond butter
    -berries (for "dessert")
    -avocado
    -homemade mayo
    -frozen hamburger patties
    My favorite meals:
    Breakfast - sauteed spinach and garlic with fried eggs, salsa or tomato slices, and avocado plus iced cold brew coffee with nutpod cream for beverage
    Lunch - salad greens, tuna salad (canned tuna, homemade mayo, chopped onion and bell pepper), olives, tomato, avocado, drizzle of olive oil and lemon
    Dinner - Steak, mashed yams (yams, ghee and coconut milk), sauteed kale seasoned with red wine vinegar
    Some things I learned:
    -meal prep is incredibly important (yes I heard this beforehand but you don't really realize it til you are in it!) - slow cooker is super helpful for this
    -healthy fats are very necessary - days I didn't consume enough healthy fats I felt lethargic, cranky and weak..makes sense as the whole point of whole 30 is to get your metabolism burning fats for energy!!!
    -it is basically impossible to find compliant foods on the go, always bring meals and snacks (this was really tough for me on days I was running around)
    -protein for breakfast is key, fruits and nuts just don't hack it for starting your day with good energy
    -I am capable of so much more than I imagined
    Things I could have done better:
    -eat fewer RX bars-- I became a bit too reliant on this when I was running around or didn't have time to make a meal
    -eat 3 full meals per day (see above)
    -exercise more -- I think it was actually good for me to go easy on exercise the first week or two, but wish I had done more in the last half of it
    -drink more water
    -set aside one day for meal prep - this would have made the journey so much easier, just lacked the discipline and scheduling to do it. Something I'll keep working on after whole 30
    I won't go too much into life after whole 30 as I know that that is supposed to be discussed in another section of the forum, but I will say that my overall goals/intentions are:
    -keep eating compliant foods as much as possible
    -keep alcohol consumption down to one day (2 drinks) per week
    -drink more water
    -exercise more
    -create a meal prep day
    And to everyone who is still in their Whole 30 - best of luck and good health to you!!! 
     
     
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    Lunarose reacted to SarahSun in Starting today!   
    Wow, @Lunarose, well said!!!! I'll have to create a summary like that about my experiences! So helpful and fun to read. I am glad you are able to see all of the non-scale victories...those really are my greatest gifts from doing this program. I'll get back to you soon (probably from the other forum section/page).
     
    @blgmw2 and @Cherese, I hope your Whole30 experience is going well! Keep it up!!
     
    Sarah
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    Lunarose reacted to SugarcubeOD in Starting today!   
    Congrats to all who are finished or finishing and starting the next chapter!  The mods kindly ask that if you guys want to chat through reintroductions and life after whole30 that one of you go ahead and start a thread on the Life After Whole30 section... we often have newbies who come along and only start reading at most recent posts where off plan things are being discussed and it can get confusing for them (and make a lot of work explaining for us  ).
    Way to go all who completed, you guys did something that is not so simple!  Good work!!!
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    Lunarose reacted to SarahSun in Starting today!   
    @Lunarose and @Alisha Alexander, I have finally weighed and measured myself...no wonder why people have been commenting about it. I have lost approximately 3 inches from my butt, hips and chest and 25 lbs! I am very excited...these are from measurements taken on July 14 since I did a 2-week sugar detox before I started the Whole30. I am super happy, but I need to stay healthy because I still have a ways to go...I would like to lose about 30 more pounds although 45 pounds would put me in "normal" range for someone of my height and frame. I told you, I have a long history of bad eating!!
    I am super curious to hear about your reintroduction experiences. So far, my body hated the first 2 things I ate...I was in the bathroom suffering the consequences within an hour of eating it!!!! The first meal was compliant mexican chicken, pork, steak and onions with refried beans (legume day). The other one was a brisket and roast beef sandwich from Arby's (gluten day?). On legume day, I think I ate too much which is mostly what made me miserable. Yesterday, I was stuck rushing another introduction because we were heading to the zoo and I did not prepare anything Whole30 approved. I thought roast beef and brisket with a little bit of bread (I took most of the bun off) would be okay, but it wasn't!!!!! I will NOT be eating fast food ever again.
    Have a great day!
    Sarah
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    Lunarose reacted to SarahSun in Starting today!   
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    Lunarose reacted to Alisha Alexander in Starting today!   
    @SarahSun Yes I have measured, I'm down about 7 pounds and I lost 2.5 inches off my waist! 
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    Lunarose got a reaction from MSJMG in Starting today!   
    So, day 4 - one of the hardest days according to the timeline and I am feeling it! I still haven't had any headaches or food cravings, but my anxiety is through the roof  The anxiety isn't even about food, more just life stuff. I am hoping it passes soon! Also turns out this first week is coinciding with my PMS so, yeah. Trying to stay focused and on track with meals, I am definitely experiencing some loss of appetite, which is probably due to said anxiety.  
    I printed out the whole 30 calendar and put it on my fridge, so I can mark it off each day at the end of the day with a large red X. And I signed up for the daily newsletter. These have helped a lot for me with staying motivated!  How are y'all doing?? Feeling the sugar dragon yet??
    Even though I'm struggling right now, I still feel determined! 
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    Lunarose got a reaction from SarahSun in Starting today!   
    @blgmw2 glad to hear the chicken wings were a success! My husband loves them too, we always have to buy two packs of chicken wings because he eats so many haha. Did you try them with ranch? I prefer the primal ranch to tessemae's - tessemae's ranch is really good but extra tangy and with the tangy hot sauce, it is almost too much flavor! Homemade ranch might be really good too but I haven't made any yet. 
    As far the meal planning goes, if you think it will make the process easier, might as well give it a try! Personally I wouldn't just because I feel like it would stress me out even more, but that's just me! I splurged on the newsletter and it was totally worth it - kept me motivated and also provided a ton of useful information.
    @SarahSun @Alisha Alexander happy day 30!!!!!!!! I plan on writing up a summary of my experience in the next few days, as well as anything I think might be useful for others that I learned along the way. 
    Hope y'all have a great day!
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    Lunarose got a reaction from coachgad in Starting today!   
    @Alisha Alexander well, I guess you're just gonna have to start over...LOL! Kidding. It seems like you've experienced a lot of benefits and learned a lot too during your Whole 30, so I don't really see how this would be a "fail". The times I've almost caved for a drink were when I was feeling crummy, either sad or anxious.... I think if you're gonna have one, it is WAY better that it was in celebration. And the fact that you aren't beating yourself up about it just goes to show that you are finding food freedom! Anyways I don't think you need any reassurances from me, but that's all just to say that you definitely didn't let me down!!  
    @coachgad I'm almost done with the 30 days, and while I have definitely seen a lot of benefits, I don't think I lost a whole lot of weight. I think around the end of the second week I had a surge of energy, but it was almost *too* much energy, like having too many cups of coffee. And while my energy is now more even like you, I did have a "crash" day a few days ago.... anyways, just saying that I'm kind of in the same boat in that my experience hasn't followed the timeline exactly. I've actually decided that after I do the reintroduction phase, I'm going to go back to doing Whole 30 protocol as much as possible, because I feel like I've only reached the tip of the iceberg as far as health improvements go. If you feel up for it, I say try the 45 or 60 days. I feel like 30 days is a good amount of time to make the psychological shift, but not necessarily enough for everybody to have life changing health benefits. Especially if you've gone years with unhealthy habits (I certainly did). I hope this is helpful! And congrats and getting past the half way point!
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    Lunarose got a reaction from SarahSun in Starting today!   
    @Alisha Alexander happy birthday!!! Assuming you stuck to your Whole 30 and skipped the drink, I say make an extra fancy one to celebrate on day 31.
    @SarahSun I think it would be great to stay in touch, I will definitely check in here during reintroduction and like I said before, am already thinking about doing this again in January. I agree, it's been super helpful to have each other for support, meal ideas, commiserating etc. I am so glad I decided to jump on the forum when I started, and that we've made this journey together!
    Day 29... almost there!!! Along with reintroduction, I've gotta remember to check my measurements and take a photo - did this at the start so I can compare with the end results.  How about you guys? Weight loss wasn't my primary goal but I'm still interested to see if there's been any change in that department.  And can't wait to put that final red X on my calendar, it will be so satisfying!  
    Hope y'all have a nice day!
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    Lunarose reacted to blgmw2 in Starting today!   
    @Lunarose
    I agree with trying another ranch dressing for the wings, but still was good. LOL!  I also did the news letter and do like the motivation.  
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    Lunarose reacted to coachgad in Starting today!   
    @Lunarose Thanks for the feedback. I was really thinking I was doing something wrong but I really have been on point, you know? I think I will weigh and measure on day 31, then keep going to day 45 and then see where I am then. You helped me not feel so crazy, at least, so that is GREAT! LOL 
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    Lunarose got a reaction from coachgad in Starting today!   
    @Alisha Alexander well, I guess you're just gonna have to start over...LOL! Kidding. It seems like you've experienced a lot of benefits and learned a lot too during your Whole 30, so I don't really see how this would be a "fail". The times I've almost caved for a drink were when I was feeling crummy, either sad or anxious.... I think if you're gonna have one, it is WAY better that it was in celebration. And the fact that you aren't beating yourself up about it just goes to show that you are finding food freedom! Anyways I don't think you need any reassurances from me, but that's all just to say that you definitely didn't let me down!!  
    @coachgad I'm almost done with the 30 days, and while I have definitely seen a lot of benefits, I don't think I lost a whole lot of weight. I think around the end of the second week I had a surge of energy, but it was almost *too* much energy, like having too many cups of coffee. And while my energy is now more even like you, I did have a "crash" day a few days ago.... anyways, just saying that I'm kind of in the same boat in that my experience hasn't followed the timeline exactly. I've actually decided that after I do the reintroduction phase, I'm going to go back to doing Whole 30 protocol as much as possible, because I feel like I've only reached the tip of the iceberg as far as health improvements go. If you feel up for it, I say try the 45 or 60 days. I feel like 30 days is a good amount of time to make the psychological shift, but not necessarily enough for everybody to have life changing health benefits. Especially if you've gone years with unhealthy habits (I certainly did). I hope this is helpful! And congrats and getting past the half way point!
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    Lunarose reacted to SarahSun in Starting today!   
    @MarcyW, I agree, having lots of vegetables available from farmer's markets has been really helpful! @Lunarose, I think I'll look more into the CSA thing too before the next time I do this. Also, I agree with you...30 days is just the beginning. I am taking very seriously the REST of my life after the Whole30. I know it is not going to be easy...I had a little taste of some of my old demons creeping up on me last night when my 2 boys (5 and 10 years old) were being super bratty while I was trying to do house work and paperwork or ANYTHING! I started getting really upset and all I could think about was all the terrible food I could eat to "make me feel better". I was actually grateful that the program was keeping me from eating any of it (I don't have any of that in the house, but I think I would've driven to Timbuktu to get my hands on some if I allowed myself to). Dang, those old demons are gonna be hard to get rid of for good!! @Alisha Alexander, so bizarre that we were experiencing the same thing!! That cannot happen again...especially if I am at work! No coconut of any kind for me.
    Congrats on Day 28! Having you guys to talk to through this process as been so important/helpful/essential/stress-relieving/awesome to me. I am grateful to have met you and hope we can continue to email periodically after the program is over!!!!
    Sarah
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    Lunarose got a reaction from SarahSun in Starting today!   
    @Alisha Alexander thank you for the all of the info about reintroduction, that is super helpful! I might look into doing more of a paleo diet after the 30 days, rather than sticking to Whole 30 foods, since it is slightly less restrictive (from what I understand). That's so cool you are studying agriculture, I imagine it sheds a whole new light on where our foods come from and what we should and shouldn't eat. I remember my dad would always peel the skin off apples before eating them, because when he was a kid he worked at an apple "factory" and whatever he saw there made him not want to eat apple skins, haha! I've read a bit about dairy processing so I think I know what you mean... I feel like Whole 30 has also made me look at where my food comes from, and being more intentional about what foods I buy based on their source. It got me in the habit of going to the farmers market, and next year I might look into getting a CSA subscription. I looked into raw milk here too, but the only one I found is $10 per gallon!!! Anyways, it's all good stuff to think about.  As much as I love dairy foods,  I will definitely be eating significantly less of them from here on out. It's all about finding a balance!
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    Lunarose reacted to MarcyW in Starting today!   
    Like clock work - i have the GI issues today - it follows right along with the timeline though.  Which is so weird/funny to me.  i am on day 8.  
    The funny thing about this challenge for me, is it stops me in my tracks to ask if I am hungry or just wanting a snack for no reason.  It is helping me so much more mindful!  Thank goodness it is "harvest time" for all my gardening friends.  I have had a ton of veggies to eat the last week.  I, unfortunately have been needing more salt though.  And I have been craving fruit, which I normally hate.  Peaches to be specific.  
    The wing sauce is yummy, i had it friday on my chicken and cauliflower!   
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    Lunarose got a reaction from MarcyW in Starting today!   
    Day 24... getting into the last week! At this point I am really looking forward to staying up til midnight on day 30 and having my champagne and ice cream, haha. So, dairy will be the first food category I am reintroducing. I keep imagining a fancy fruit and cheese plate as well...
    For everyone getting into their last week - what are your reintroduction plans? Which foods will you try first?? We are supposed to reintroduce each food group a few days at a time right? I haven't read up much on it yet.
    Overall I am feeling healthy. I don't think I've actually lost all that much weight, but that's okay. I didn't really do a whole lot of exercise during it which may be why. Although the past few days I went for a run and did pushups, kettlebell swings, sit ups, and squats with kettlebell. I actually feel kind of weak when I'm exercising (like tired muscles), but maybe that's because I didn't do anything for the first couple of weeks. Like I said before, my skin and hair are much healthier. I've also been sleeping better, generally have more energy during the day, and less joint pain (my shoulders have always been an issue for me). 
    I'd really like to carry on with Whole 30 as much as possible once the 30 days are up. And I'm already thinking about doing it again in January!
    Dinner tonight will be steaks, sauteed kale, and roasted potatoes with rosemary. Hope y'all have a lovely evening.
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    Lunarose got a reaction from MarcyW in Starting today!   
    @SarahSun I went to the farmer's market today too! Got peaches, nectarines, chard, and pork chops. I am also not a fan of eggplant but have found I can eat it tomato sauces... don't have a recipe but maybe that helps? Also that salad is so pretty!  zucchini is great because you can add it to just about anything. I've found any time i'm not feeling a pick me up from foods, I go for steak. Even a cheaper sirloin steak... always seems to satiate and give me energy.
    @MarcyW I can't speak for anyone else, but for me it definitely got easier as I went along... I think it was just that around day 16 and 17 I had a lot of work stuff come up and was really stressed out and didn't have time to make good meals. So then I was constantly hungry, and stressed... you get the idea. Overall the first week or two were much more difficult for me physically and psychologically, just adjusting to the dietary changes. Sorry if we scared you, haha!
    Here's a few blogs that have Whole 30 recipes: 
    http://nomnompaleo.com/
    https://meljoulwan.com/
    I've basically found all of my recipes via the internet, haven't gotten the cookbook. I did listen to the audio book "It Starts With Food" before I started, it is pretty sciencey but interesting to learn about how different foods affect us. 
     
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    Lunarose got a reaction from SarahSun in Starting today!   
    @SarahSun sorry to hear about the GI stuff, I hope it gets resolved soon! I've been kind of constipated the past few days, but I think it's just because I'm not drinking enough water and have been exercising more. So going to work on that. In some ways, I feel like 30 days isn't enough! I mean, I'll definitely celebrate a bit after the 30 days, but I really feel like I am just starting to experience the benefits and part of me wants to keep going with that. I have been thinking a lot about doing it again in January, just because I feel like the holidays is when I might get "out of balance" and need a reset.
    Interesting about the coconut - maybe the guar gum as Alisha mentioned could be causing it for you too?
    Only a few more days to go, woohoo!!!
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    Lunarose got a reaction from SarahSun in Starting today!   
    @Alisha Alexander thank you for the all of the info about reintroduction, that is super helpful! I might look into doing more of a paleo diet after the 30 days, rather than sticking to Whole 30 foods, since it is slightly less restrictive (from what I understand). That's so cool you are studying agriculture, I imagine it sheds a whole new light on where our foods come from and what we should and shouldn't eat. I remember my dad would always peel the skin off apples before eating them, because when he was a kid he worked at an apple "factory" and whatever he saw there made him not want to eat apple skins, haha! I've read a bit about dairy processing so I think I know what you mean... I feel like Whole 30 has also made me look at where my food comes from, and being more intentional about what foods I buy based on their source. It got me in the habit of going to the farmers market, and next year I might look into getting a CSA subscription. I looked into raw milk here too, but the only one I found is $10 per gallon!!! Anyways, it's all good stuff to think about.  As much as I love dairy foods,  I will definitely be eating significantly less of them from here on out. It's all about finding a balance!
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    Lunarose reacted to Alisha Alexander in Starting today!   
    So I looked into it a little more, and I think it's the guar gum in the canned coconut milk this has gave me diarrhea. Apparently guar gum can be used as a laxative and it's fairly common for it to cause multiple GI problems. So guess I need to look for canned coconut milk without it, and we'll see if that fixes it. And if it doesn't fix it, and it happens again at least I know it's the coconut itself! But please no, I need coconut milk in  my life lol. 
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    Lunarose reacted to SarahSun in Starting today!   
    Feeling much better this morning! Wondering if my eggs will taste less boring if I put pretty sautéed vegetables on top of them then put it all on a happy emoji plate. hahahaha

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    Lunarose reacted to SarahSun in Starting today!   
    Well, I figured out how to search for this specific  problem on the forum and have definitely seen evidence that coconut products can cause gastrointestinal problems. Guess I am not gonna use the coconut aminos I bought anymore...NOT worth it!!!
    Sarah
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    Lunarose reacted to Alisha Alexander in Starting today!   
    @Lunarose the basics of reintroduction is to have enough of a food (or food group) to see if your body reacts, and then leave enough time in between testing days to see if there is a reaction (and let your body recover), she recommends 2-3 days. She also recommends to introduce foods that are less likely to be problematic first, like sugar, gluten free alcohol and non-gluten grains, and to save gluten and dairy for the last foods to reintroduce.
    So I have mentioned before that I have been 'mostly' paleo for almost 2 years, but I've really struggled to nail it down to 90+% of the time. This way of eating is something I really believe in, I think it's better for my body (controlling blood sugar, preventing disease) to supporting things like pasture raised, animals which is better for the planet (and really the local ecosystem). So I am going to reintroduce some foods but I'm going to take this reset as a chance to really keep myself where I've wanted to be for a long time. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying there is never going to be gluten dairy filled pizza in my future lol. Dairy has been a big struggle for me, because lets face it cream and cheese are life!!! But I have a hard time with how dairy is produced ( I'm actually in school getting my degree in Agriculture so I've been to a few dairy farms), plus I know I don't digest it well. This has been the hardest realization for me, but I know it aligns with what my body and heart want. I've heard that raw grass fed dairy can actually be a really healthy food, but where I live it is impossible to find. 
    BUT I am excited to reintroduce other things, and make this way of eating more sustainable. Things like rice, and paleo versions of more indulgent foods. So basically some honey and gluten free grains here and there. Oh and I found a recipe for pumkin spice coconut cream for coffee that I can't wait to try. I do know that some of these foods (like rice) can be a slippery slope for me so I plan to keep journaling and paying attention to how I feel. 
    After years, ok almost decades now, of struggling with my weight and yo-yo dieting I feel like I am in the best place I have ever been. I have really let go of the number on the scale (can't believe it!) not to say I still don't have a goal weight in mind, but I'm putting my eating first and I know that will follow. I know these changes are for the long term and the reintroduction phase will be about finding a way I can eat and be happy forevaaa
    Guess I was feeling chatty. That was alot 
    Hope everyone has a great Saturday! Day 25! 
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    Lunarose got a reaction from SarahSun in Starting today!   
    @SarahSun hurray for food freedom!!! 
    Love it when those "throw it all together and see what happens" meals turn out delish.