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  1. dudeascending

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    Loooooong post ahead: I can't believe it's Day 30. Pardon my language, but holy shit, what a journey. I did Whole30 to lose weight, manage stress, reduce anxiety, and get more energy, but let's be real, losing weight was far and above my biggest priority at the start. Strangely enough, I let go of it sometime over the past month. I'm sure I've lost weight--my clothes are all looser, and I feel leaner (even though I've been regularly eating spoonfuls of coconut fat, which blows my mind)--but the other benefits seem like a bigger deal now. Stress and anxiety: I'm perpetually stressed out and anxious because I'm high-strung. That's pretty much how I've always been. But I've definitely experienced a big reduction in both over the past month. Things that would have sent me into a tailspin before are easier to manage. I still get stressed and anxious, but I'm beginning to be able to just take a deep breath and do what needs to be done instead of being paralyzed by uncertainty. Energy: I'm not bounding from the rooftops, having suddenly decided to take up competitive handball and learning Esperanto (let's be real, this is what I wanted when I said "more energy"). But it's easier for me to get up in the morning, I work through the day without any energy slumps, I have the wherewithal to plan and make fairly elaborate meals, my fiance and I have been going on fun dates. This is all pretty normal stuff, but SUCH a huge improvement over before, when I was crawling out of bed, pouring coffee down my throat, waiting for the minutes to tick by at work, slumping home, watching TV, and then tossing and turning before sleep. Speaking of sleep, that was a major, unforeseen benefit. I'm an insomniac, and I've been trying to manage it without prescription medication. A week and a half into Whole30, I found that I was actually getting sleepy and falling asleep at normal times--such a coup! I ended up increasing my sleep budget to 9-10 hours/night, which does squeeze out time for many other things, but which has made such a huge difference in my mood and energy because, duh, of course it does. Almost everyone I know has commented on my skin. I'm not particularly acne-prone, but my skin texture has always been not great, and I get really splotchy sometimes. I'm not quite down to going bare-skin-only, but I have to say, I look awesome with two dabs of BB cream. My skin feels so, so, so soft, too--not just on my face, but all over my body. Also, I've managed not to get sick even though most of my co-workers, my fiance (and most of his co-workers), and many of my friends have been. I may have been battling something three weeks in, but I definitely beat it. As someone who always get sick in the winter, I'm impressed. I do regret not exercising... like, at all. But 24 hours - 10 hours for sleep - 2 hours for commuting - 8 hours for work = 4 hours to run errands, cook, eat, etc., on the weekdays. Yes, I could definitely have squeezed in some time on the weekends, but the spillover of moral superiority from eating so cleanly made me feel virtuous enough not to (haaaa). I also regret not making a greater effort to support my psychological well-being. Yes, my stress and anxiety went down, but I wonder how much the decrease would have been if I'd eaten cleanly AND, say, had made daily gratitude lists, spoken to a career counselor, explored therapy, etc., etc. I think I probably overate protein this time around, especially in the beginning when I was constantly ravenous. I was definitely more focused on staying compliant than keeping protein and fat in balance. My appetite did eventually regulate itself. I'm thinking about tracking macronutrients for a while, until I get a better handle on what an appropriate amount of protein is. I'm also interested in pursuing intermittant fasting. Going forward, I'm planning on staying on-plan for another week or so, since I'm currently mid-cycle and want to weigh myself after what I hope is bloating subsides. After that, I plan on reintroducing liquor; then fermented soy (miso and wheat-free soy sauce); then cheese; and then rice. I might venture out further with milk and butter, but I'm not sure--I don't really miss milk, and clarified butter is fine by me. I might go back into Whole30 for March, too. It's just been a great reset button. So, that's that. I haven't been super active posting on the boards, but I've read every single post in this thread. It's been great reading about all of your experiences, positive and negative; the emotional solidarity has been really important to me. Good health and best wishes to y'all, no matter what path you take forward from here!
  2. dudeascending

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    Hey, jtota, you're coming into this from a vegan diet, right? I feel like former vegan + Whole30 + P90X = recipe for muscle gain. Otherwise, where are you in your cycle? Are you adding a lot of salt to your food? Those are always two big contributors to bloat for me. I think the general wisdom of the Whole30/paleo crowd is that reducing carb/starch intake is key for weight loss. I haven't been able to give up delicious, delicous sweet potatoes this Whole30, but I'm seriously considering it for the next month... For those of you who will still be eating compliantly for the Super Bowl, what are y'all going to make for the game? I'm thinking about bringing my own containers of sliced cucumbers, plus deviled eggs and dairy-less chicken liver mousse.
  3. dudeascending

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    Costco has organic, cage-free, certified humane eggs, although their chickens are grain-fed and, I think, kept indoors. They're a pretty fantastically economical choice, since two dozen of them cost less than single dozen of farmer's market eggs (which I would buy if I could afford to on an ongoing basis!). My Costco also has giant tubs of organic cold-pressed coconut oil, which has been amazing for Whole30. Other things I buy there: Olive oil and extra-virgin olive oil. I recently did the fridge test, and both oils solidified, as they should have. Not a foolproof method to determine whether it's been adulterated (in this case, perhaps with lower quality olive oils), but a good indication. Anchovies in olive oil. I buy them by the six-pack and use them to cook bitter greens. Anchovies sauteed with broccoli rabe = divine. Wild salmon. Fresh is seasonal--I think from April onwards. Aidell's Chicken & Apple sausages, one of the few Whole30-compliant prepared foods I've seen. Costco-brand organic chicken stock. I know, I know, I should be making my own... Most likely, they are sneaking something in under "natural flavorings," but there's no sugar or MSG listed. I also buy Australian lamb (which is grain-finished) and conventional beef there because, again, I have to listen to my wallet sometimes.
  4. dudeascending

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    Oh, yeah. I've got my bottle of post-Whole30 mezcal lined up and waiting for me.
  5. dudeascending

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    I've spent a terrifying amount. I made a promise I wouldn't total up our grocery spending until the end of the month, but I'm sure I've spent about $900 for two of us. And that's with cutting corners (non-grass-finished beef, farm-raised shrimp, etc., and the cheapest cuts of pasture-finished meat I can find, like lamb neck) AND a stockpile of pastured pork and compliant pantry items. I already have tons of pots and pans and food prep tools, so at least I didn't have to buy more. But yes, to do this long-term--which is what I want--I need to figure out a more financially sustainable path forward. I suspect that a chest freezer will factor in big time.
  6. dudeascending

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    I've found that adding in some starch (sweet potatoes and chestnuts) has really helped my mood and energy levels. If you're sugar-crazy, make sure you only make enough for one serving--I can eat chestnuts until I burst.
  7. dudeascending

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    Seriously, 9-10 hours of sleep has made all the difference. In order to get that, though, you have to carve out such a big chunk of your day, which is a bummer. But it's winter where I am, and I feel like it's probably natural to sleep more around this time of year.
  8. dudeascending

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    I'm also considering a Whole45, or maybe even a Whole59. My birthday is at the end of February, so that's a good time to shoot for. I was feeling amazing last week, but worse early this week (groggier in the morning, lower energy throughout the day), which I proceeded to stress over. Was I sick? Did I accidentally go off-plan? Did Whole30 peak for me? In the end, I'm pretty sure I wasn't sleeping enough. I'm now getting 9-10 hours a night, which seems like SO MUCH SLEEP, but I'm feeling great again!
  9. dudeascending

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    Has everyone gotten their Day 18 daily? Mine still hasn't shown up... my inbox wants its Whole30!
  10. dudeascending

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    Hi all! This is my first Whole30. I started on 1/1/13, but just registered for the forum so I could get support and keep track here. I'm hoping to lose some weight--I'm probably 15-20 lbs. over my ideal--and, less superficially, have more energy and reduce my stress and anxiety. I've been pretty good about eating whole foods for a few years, but my diet definitely included tons of dairy, grains, and alcohol. I'm really missing my wine and whiskey!