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    CatholicDad reacted to madness in Woo Hoo! Day 30 is Here!   
    Congratulations!!!!
    I kept going on the strict Whole30 program until I achieved a few more health goals. I stopped counting but it was somewhere around 80 days. I'm now on my second Whole30, a year later. If I had to do the first one over again, this is what I would have done:
    Go ahead and do the reintroductions. Do them slowly and really feel how things affect you. Your back pain could be triggered again, so pay close attention! Once you've gone through all those reintroductions, go back to Whole30 for a week or more. Really think about which of those foods you truly missed. Then you can stick to Whole30 except on the occasions when something is really worth it.
    My symptoms (mainly arthritis) didn't come back for months after reintroducing foods. So I'm stuck still not knowing. I'm going to go through them more systematically this time and pay extra attention. I stuck to 80/20 Whole30 for most of the last year and it worked well. I didn't gain any weight back and the arthritis pain very slowly crept back up. That's what prompted me (plus the motivation to lose more!) to reboot and do a strict Whole30 again. You can always go back to strict Whole30 if you get too off track!
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    CatholicDad got a reaction from MegT90 in Woo Hoo! Day 30 is Here!   
    I can't believe we're already on day 30 of our family's first Whole30.  These past 30 days have been an experience that I'll never forget.  I've learned so much about my body and the foods I eat.  Just a quick (Ok, not so quick) recap of the past 30 days and why I started the Whole30 in the first place.  I'm a 40 something husband and father to 4.  For the past 4 years I've suffered with chronic back pain and have been taking medications that are very addictive and at times don't work as I've built up a tolerance to them.  Due to my back pain and my job, I've been very inactive for the last 7 years.  Due to my poor eating habits and constantly giving in to cravings, my weight has skyrocketed.  I was not in a good place physically, mentally or emotionally.  I felt as if there was no hope for me, that I'd spend the rest of my life in pain and eventually in a wheelchair.
    Well, that was all before I learned about Whole30.  After hearing about it from friends and doing some research online, I enlisted the help of my family.  I knew I couldn't do it without their support.  So, my wife and kids (some reluctantly), said they'd also participate in the Whole30 with me.  We cleaned house and threw out everything that had any ingredients not allowed on Whole30.  Fortunately, a lot of it had been sitting in the fridge or pantry for so long it was expired or it was nearly empty so there was little actual waste.  I was amazed to learn how many foods contain sugar in its various forms or other ingredients that can cause inflammation or digestive problems.  The cleaning of the pantry and fridge was very therapeutic as it marked a new beginning for me and my family.
    At first the meal planning and prep was a chore but, we stuck with it.  My wife was waking earlier than normal to help with breakfasts and start prepping for lunch.  The kids even got involved and helped with the cooking from time to time.  We made sure there was a lot of variety in our meal plan. Every week we were trying new foods that we'd never had before.  We discovered certain foods that we don't ever want to eat again.  We also found new foods that we loved and plan to eat on a regular basis.
    Our first couple of days on our Whole30 were a struggle.  I was hungry and had low energy levels.  I wanted so badly to have just one snack between meals or after dinner.  It was by willpower alone that I made it to day 4 without giving in to cravings.  Then on either day 4 or 5 something strange happened.  For the first time in years I woke up and got out of bed with no back pain at all.  I couldn't believe it.  I was afraid it was a fluke so I didn't say anything, expecting the pain to return later that day or the next.  Another 4 or 5 days past and still no pain.  I decided to tapper off my pain meds to see what happened.  The only negative effect from doing so was withdrawal symptoms.  I can honestly say there was no better motivation for me to stay true to our Whole30 than to not be in pain anymore.  It's now day 30 and I'm still pain free.  I can't put in to words what a relief this is.  For the first time in years I have hope for my future.  I can finally see me reaching a healthy weight and living life as I once knew it as an active dad going on bike rides with my kids and walks with my wife.
    I have to admit, there is a bit of fear when in ending the Whole30.  A part of me doesn't trust myself to maintain the healthy eating habits I've learned over the past 30 days.  A small part of me wants to just keep going with the program and not change a thing.  Another part of me wants to be able to go out to eat and enjoy a meal or prepare a meal at home without looking for alternative ingredients that are compliant.  So, now I'll have to learn about moderation and when to say "no" to certain foods that can be a trigger for me.
    All in all, I've have a great 30 days and will be doing more Whole30s or longer to reinforce what I've learned and to continue to learn with experience.
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    CatholicDad got a reaction from MeadowLily in Wish Us Luck   
    My wife and I will be celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary tomorrow 8/19.  It'll be day 6 of our Whole30.  We plan on going out on a double date with some dear friends of our whose anniversary is just a few days later.  They are gluten intolerant and on a non-Whole30 but similar diet for medical reasons.  Having them with us will certainly make it more comfortable for us to ask questions we normally wouldn't ask and to order menu items we wouldn't normally order.  Thing is, this will be our first "real" temptation since we started our Whole30.  We're going to a steakhouse so, the steak or seafood shouldn't pose a problem.  It's all the side dishes and salads with cheese and the sauces with cream or sugar and having to really look for ingredients that are not compliant that concern me.  I'm going to do my best to ask the right questions, be aware of what I'm putting in my mouth and not stress...too much.
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    CatholicDad reacted to Kellywhole30 in Kellywhole30   
    This is great. Thank you for the suggestions. My grandson is a pretty healthy eater and I'm thinking even if he does it 75-80%, thats a win! Family of 7, boy oh boy, thats a lot of mouths to feed! Good luck. And I like the celery and almond butter snack. 
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    CatholicDad reacted to crkohring in Started Today August 14th.   
    This is amazing! I've been enjoying reading about your whole30 journey!
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    CatholicDad got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Started Today August 14th.   
    Wow!  My family just started day 8 and we feel great.  I can't believe the changes that have taken place in just one short week of eating healthy.  At this point, my clothes aren't feeling any looser but, I wouldn't expect that in just one week.  I did have a friend ask me yesterday if I've lost weight.  However, the big news is; In the past 4 or 5 days I've been able to get out of bed pain free.  I'll explain.  I have a very bad lower back.  In addition to being overweight, I have spondylolisthesis in my lower lumbar between L4 and L5 and moderate disk degeneration between L5 and S1.  At times I feel as if someone is stabbing me with an icepick in my lower back.  I currently see a pain specialist and have had steroid injections which greatly helped with the pain.  I also take pain medication.  In the last few days, I've felt as if I can stop taking the pain medication as I've had little or no back pain at all.  This is a really BIG deal for me.  The pain has been so bad at times, it's literally brought me to tears.  I really hope this isn't just a fluke.  If this trend continues, I'll be a lifetime Whole30er.  Here's hoping for another successful week and continued reduction in pain.
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    CatholicDad got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Started Today August 14th.   
    Wow!  My family just started day 8 and we feel great.  I can't believe the changes that have taken place in just one short week of eating healthy.  At this point, my clothes aren't feeling any looser but, I wouldn't expect that in just one week.  I did have a friend ask me yesterday if I've lost weight.  However, the big news is; In the past 4 or 5 days I've been able to get out of bed pain free.  I'll explain.  I have a very bad lower back.  In addition to being overweight, I have spondylolisthesis in my lower lumbar between L4 and L5 and moderate disk degeneration between L5 and S1.  At times I feel as if someone is stabbing me with an icepick in my lower back.  I currently see a pain specialist and have had steroid injections which greatly helped with the pain.  I also take pain medication.  In the last few days, I've felt as if I can stop taking the pain medication as I've had little or no back pain at all.  This is a really BIG deal for me.  The pain has been so bad at times, it's literally brought me to tears.  I really hope this isn't just a fluke.  If this trend continues, I'll be a lifetime Whole30er.  Here's hoping for another successful week and continued reduction in pain.
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    CatholicDad reacted to MeadowLily in Wish Us Luck   
    Whoo Hoo! Catholic Dad.  Look at that UPward trend you have going there.  Good decisions. No one is going to be a gluten for punishment on your double date. Happy Anniversary.
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    CatholicDad got a reaction from MeadowLily in Wish Us Luck   
    My wife and I will be celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary tomorrow 8/19.  It'll be day 6 of our Whole30.  We plan on going out on a double date with some dear friends of our whose anniversary is just a few days later.  They are gluten intolerant and on a non-Whole30 but similar diet for medical reasons.  Having them with us will certainly make it more comfortable for us to ask questions we normally wouldn't ask and to order menu items we wouldn't normally order.  Thing is, this will be our first "real" temptation since we started our Whole30.  We're going to a steakhouse so, the steak or seafood shouldn't pose a problem.  It's all the side dishes and salads with cheese and the sauces with cream or sugar and having to really look for ingredients that are not compliant that concern me.  I'm going to do my best to ask the right questions, be aware of what I'm putting in my mouth and not stress...too much.
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    CatholicDad reacted to walley5 in Anyone done a Whole30 with a large family?   
    Family of 12 here....  I'm on my 4th Whole30.  The first one, the whole family did it.  We ate great - my husband loved it, because I was the one doing the planning and cooking ;-)   We ate a lot of salads for lunch, kind of like a salad bar where I would put out greens and then lots of toppings for them to choose from.  Right now I am the only one doing it and I have to say it was easier when we all did it.  I am making Whole30 dinners for everyone but they make their own breakfasts and lunches on weekdays so they eat differently for those meals.  Usually eggs for breakfast - often scrambled with sauteed onions, peppers, and mushrooms and sometimes potatoes.  Dinner is usually a meat with some veggie sides.  In the cooler months when we've done it, soups and stews were good.  Applesauce, fruit, and nuts are good snacks.
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    CatholicDad got a reaction from Agrimshaw in Tea Brands!   
    I just recently discovered that soy lecithin was in most teas that I have in the pantry.  However, there was one brand, Good Earth, that unless I'm reading the ingredients wrong, appears to be compliant.  They are:  rooibos, chicory root, natural flavor, rosehip, cinnamon, lemongrass, peppermint, chamomile, ginger root, anise seed, orange oil, orange peel.  I'm sure a moderator or other member can chime in and verify if the ingredients are in fact compliant.
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    CatholicDad reacted to SugarcubeOD in Tea Brands!   
    Yep, good to go!
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    CatholicDad reacted to SweetEnough in Started Today August 14th.   
    This is awesome! I found the same to be true last week when my very picky 10-year old who "hates zucchini" happily cranked out a whole bowl of zoodles and then gobbled them down like it was her job. These are life skills we are teaching them now so they don't have to learn them at our age. 
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    CatholicDad reacted to MoBell04 in Started Today August 14th.   
    Also starting today! I'm a carboholic and have gone off the rails lately. Looking forward to getting my diet back on track. I've done Isagenix in the past, so this approach isn't completely foreign to me, but now with 3 kids, a husband with an ever changing work schedule and my own FT job, my stress eating has gotten the best of me!  We got this!!!
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    CatholicDad reacted to imaginepilates in Started Today August 14th.   
    Good luck! My boyfriend and I just started yesterday so we'll be on the same track. This is my first Whole30. We are sugarholics so we're looking forward to a reset and hopefully not returning to the sugar. Is this your first Whole30? Good luck!
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    CatholicDad reacted to ShannonM816 in Started Today August 14th.   
    God always trumps Whole30 rules -- if eucharist/communion is something you feel is important in your faith, you take part. 
    Some people choose to skip it for 30 days, because they feel God will understand that whole30 is important to them. Some take communion because they feel it is more important to honor their religious tradition. Some work with their clergyperson to find a compliant alternative (grape juice rather than wine, and I'm not sure what they do for bread, though some opt for a gluten free option as less bad than regular bread). Whatever option one chooses here is fine, and it's really between each participant and God to determine the right option.