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    dudeascending reacted to Run4fun in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    You may surprise yourself with your continued weight loss. When I started Paleo a year and a half ago, I dropped 30 lbs. in about six months by eating this way. Didn't lift a pinky from an exercise viewpoint. It really became effortless. At 50, I was almost resorting to the thought I would always be chubby so I gave all my thin clothes away to Good Will. Now wish I still had them! I did this Whole 30 to recommit myself to that level of clean eating. And I am now prepared to give away all my chubby clothes! That's the biggest mindset shift of all for me!
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    dudeascending reacted to jmarnold30 in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    I do "officially" have to complete today food wise, but that won't be a problem since I have decided to continue at least another 30 days...
    But results wise, here we go:
    As of three days ago, this Insulin Dependent Diabetic is no longer insulin dependent. I stopped using the Lantus three days ago!!! My fasting number was a little higher today than it has been, but it is still under 120. I'm going to watch it closely and I'll add a small does back in the evenings if it continues to rise, but for now I can say I am insulin free!! I have no doubt that once I start the water aerobics, it will manage itself.
    Down 17.1 pounds, down 24.5 inches - a whopping 6 inches in my upper belly (waist area) and 4 inches in my lower belly (navel area).
    My reward is to continue on to a Whole 60 and maybe beyond. I am going to get a haircut and maybe a color too.
    I know fully well, that the weight loss is going to slow down (it better) and everyone should keep in mind that I severely limited my fruit intake (by also doing a 21 DSD in conjunction with the Whole30) because my main goal was to tackle my very outrageous insulin resistance.
    Congrats to all!
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    dudeascending reacted to torena in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Results day! I lost 7.8 lbs. Healthy weight loss, right? Nearly 2 lbs a week. I am very happy about it! I was trying to prepare myself for only having lost 2 or 3 lbs. I was not expecting almost 8.
    I have not incorporated any exercise this month. I have moved. I have busy children and keep house so I don't do a whole lot of sitting, but I also told myself that I was giving myself a pass on everything that wasn't food related for the month. Now I feel like I am ready. My daughter found a Yoga Kids book I had purchased a couple of years ago and I asked if she'd like to do yoga with me. I figure I can put some videos on my computer (Netflix has some) or we can do them from the Roku (which I believe has a channel with yoga videos). I just need to find my other yoga mat. Though I may need to buy a third for my son. My tax return came in today so maybe I'll have to do that! I am also buying a dehydrator (probably the Sedona instead of Excalibur) so I can make beef jerky and fruit leather for the kids and soak/dehydrate nuts (if you haven't heard of this you should check out www.westonaprice.org or read Nourishing Traditions). We also decided to not sell our house this year so I'm going to do my garden again this year. Hopefully I will be better about it now that I have more energy. Then I can dehydrate foods from my garden.
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    dudeascending reacted to dukunbayi in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Happy Day 30!
    Some random reflections....
    1. The rules have been essential for me, and I have made the effort to be 100% food compliant.
    2. My experience has been nothing but positive. Really, I cannot think of one negative thing (and believe me, I am very good at thinking of negative things). Even concerning the cost. When I factor in all the previous take out and packaged goods, I think I am spending less now. Plus, I'm a cheap date! I went out to a post-meeting dinner with some colleagues earlier this week, and while everyone spent $40-60, I spent $20 incl tax and tip for a club soda, Thai steamed mussels in a coconut milk base and kale salad with eggs and EVOO&BV (both split with a friend), and a decaf espresso.
    3. I've had some food dreams over the course of the month (crackers and swiss cheese, and a blueberry bagel-which I don't even like) but not that many. Last night, however, was full of them... along the lines of shoveling into my mouth potato chip dregs from the bottom of the bag.
    4. Food dreams notwithstanding...
    -I am without cravings. That is nothing short of miraculous.
    -I have slayed (or at least caged) the sugar dragon. That door is staying locked.
    -I have lost weight. I don't know how much exactly, but I can feel it, and others can see it. Yesterday I received no fewer than 4 comments about it.
    -I have begun to heal my gut and reduce IBS symptoms. The food made a big dent, and now I have started digestive enzymes and I believe it's helping even more.
    5. I am trying to conjure up a desire to eat cake tomorrow, or dark chocolate at the stroke of midnight tonight (I'll be at work) and can't seem to manage that desire. If it ain't broke...
    My ongoing goals are to continue to work on:
    -Improved sleep (got Natural Calm 2 days ago, too early to know anything)
    -Muscle aches, starting AI protocol for 30 days as I believe it may be nightshades and nuts related.
    -Chronic fatigue. Suspect adrenal fatigue. I am willing to look at my coffee intake. It's a start.
    I'll be 48 tomorrow. I look at that number and can't fathom it. It's like when kids grow up and you realize that, truly, 'the days were long but the years were short.'
    I am seeing friends and co-workers suffering from ostensibly preventable illnesses and injuries, and I don't want to be one of them. And, whereas I used to be inwardly annoyed by (though outwardly supportive of) all my friends and co-workers who were "weird food people" (come on, just order already, wouldja?!), now, given the choice of one of the "sick" vs. one of the "weird," I'll choose the latter, thank you very much.
    I am so appreciative of this thread and the support from you all. I wish you all the very best as you keep on keepin' on in whatever way works for you. I'm not going anywhere, so I'll 'see' you around!
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    dudeascending got a reaction from NatPatBen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    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!
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    dudeascending got a reaction from NatPatBen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    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!
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    dudeascending reacted to torena in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    I agree, holy shit (I think we're all adults here.. ), day 30. Now that it is here I swear we just started. At the same time I feel confident because I've got my "easy" meals figured out and I am adding other new meals as I go along.
    I started the Whole30 because I've learned so much over the last 6 years of learning about food that I know that the paleo/evolutionary way of eating is the healthiest for me. The increasing amount of studies/literature forming a link between wheat/gluten/grains/carbs and modern disease (including things that I suffer from: asthma, seasonal allergies, hypothyroidism, gallstones, anxiety, acne, etc.) has convinced me. It was hard for me over the last couple of years to get a firm grasp on HOW to do it. The Whole30 plan gave me this 30 days to learn, get control, and gain confidence. I plan on eating this way for the rest of my life and for treats I will enjoy paleofied treats rather than dipping into grain territory.
    I hope I've lost weight. I can feel it in my upper body, around my rib cage, which is not usually the place I lose weight. I thought my bras were just stretched out but even after washing/drying them they are still looser/easier to get on. My pants, well, I wear yoga pants all the time so there's no real way to decide without a drastic loss in inches there since they're meant to stretch/cling. This morning I noticed the last of the bumps on my face have cleared and my skin is softer. I got one pimple from my period, it never came to a head, it never got painful, and it's going away already. They usually hang around a long time.. that reminds me, too, of the decreased healing time of a nasty burn I got on my arm while cooking a couple weeks ago. The scab was gone very quick and the pink continues to lighten, and the sensitivity has gone down.
    I had to use my inhaler once this entire 30 days which is a drastic improvement over the last 4 months or so where I had to use it almost daily.
    I don't know if I'm sleeping any better because I have kids who wake up in the middle of the night. I know that it's normal for my youngest who nurses a couple of times a night but not so much for my 6 year old and I am focusing on getting them onto some form of paleo way of eating. Given that they aren't crazy about meat protein that is tricky. I do notice that I am tired earlier and I've been focusing more on listening to that desire even if it means cutting down on my limited "fun" time.
    I'm excited to weigh myself tomorrow.
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    dudeascending got a reaction from NatPatBen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    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!
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    dudeascending got a reaction from NatPatBen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    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!
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    dudeascending got a reaction from NatPatBen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    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!
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    dudeascending got a reaction from helen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    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.
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    dudeascending got a reaction from helen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    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.
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    dudeascending got a reaction from helen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    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.
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    dudeascending got a reaction from torena in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    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.
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    dudeascending got a reaction from torena in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    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.
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    dudeascending got a reaction from torena in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    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.
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    dudeascending reacted to okeedokie in 100 Days of Awesome "Whole 100" Group Log   
    Happy Day 25!!
    It's my birthday today. I am 53 yrs. old.
    I have been in a deep funk these past few days and have not posted.
    I ditto everything jtandi & few others said...I feel like I'm behind where I should be and I'm upset. I let my fridge get near to empty too and there were very little choices and not very complete and wholesome meals. The good news is I have stayed compliant and the conondrum is how can I still manage to eat so much crap on a Whole30!?
    I don't feel like I'm losing any weight or fat but that's just how I feel. I don't know that that's the truth. Ugh.
    My boyfriend and I had a big fight the other day and that kind of thing just flattens me.
    I went to Soma to buy new bra's yesterday because I've suspected for a while now that I dropped a cup size. I did!! So that's good news, right? I am now a 38DD instead of a DDD. That's a pretty big deal for me. They are have a mega sale and I ended up getting 4 bras and about 8 prs. of panties for $92.00!! Another big win for me.
    Perhaps I'm just really feeling this birthday. I looked at myself in the mirror yesterday and saw my skin sagging and really looked at my body and just got so upset. I've wasted so much time and although I've dropped 33 lbs. and 4 sizes since I started Paleo 19 months ago, I feel so stuck.
    I know this will pass (I hope). I appreciate being able to talk about this here. I can't seem to stop crying right now and that's just not like me.
    MaryAnn, I loved your idea of dividing things up in 1/3rds. My first 30 days have been focused on being compliant and getting my sleep regulated too. I am going to commit to increasing exercise in my next 30 days. It certainly can't hurt and I have to say that I am very motivated to tighten up this excess skin.
    It is snowing today and I adore the snow. it gives me hope and as down as I am at the moment I know that this too shall pass.
    Wishing you all a day filled with love and hope!
    Hugs,
    Linda
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    dudeascending reacted to Derval in Derval's W30 #5   
    Day 20
    66.66% of the way there
    7am - 2 boiled eggs, some sliced beef (Summertime - Dunnes simply better sliced roast beef is compliant!) and a spoon of mayo. cm coffee. half a banana
    10.30am - more cm coffee
    12.30pm - green eggs & salmon! and tomato pesto mayo. An apple & some homemade pecan butter

    6pm - roast gammon and pile of veg (with ghee & tomato pesto)

    Over & out peeps!
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    dudeascending reacted to Nila in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    I've been wondering where I'll get my support juice after next week, though there is the Whole100 forum. I've been present here much more. I am continuing on. I have such a long road ahead of me with metabolic issues that I'm just going to keep going, even with my birthday just a week away. I'll be weighing, measuring, etc. after 30 days for the data. (I like data.) I'll probably do the same at the end of every month just see how it fares.
    I did get news back from a blood test last week saying that I finally, for the first time in I don't know how long, have my cortisol level up into the bottom of the normal range. I lowered my fibrinogen over halfway to the high end of normal (from 527 to 400-something, 300 or less being the goal), and my chronically non-existent homocysteine level has come up, though also not normal yet. So, in just 3 weeks, I've made big strides. My goal is normal across the board - and to sustain it. Hence my continuation into a WholeWhatever.
    So, hey, I'll be here if anyone needs a shoulder.
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    dudeascending got a reaction from CupcakeNinja in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Oh, yeah. I've got my bottle of post-Whole30 mezcal lined up and waiting for me.
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    dudeascending got a reaction from CupcakeNinja in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Oh, yeah. I've got my bottle of post-Whole30 mezcal lined up and waiting for me.
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    dudeascending got a reaction from CupcakeNinja in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Oh, yeah. I've got my bottle of post-Whole30 mezcal lined up and waiting for me.
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    dudeascending reacted to CupcakeNinja in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    Yep, that's the kind of veg broth I bought, too. But the chicken broth I bought was, I think, store brand organic. "Simply Organic" or something - it was at Fred Meyer's, which the rest of you likely call Kroger.
    Tonight I do my last Whole30 grocery shopping! I don't know what the weeks following will look like (though I plan to do a strategic reintroduction of the things I've missed most to see their effect on me), but this will be my last official W30 trip to the stores. I'll also be picking up a bottle of wine, because - next Friday - that's the first thing I'm reintroducing.
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    dudeascending got a reaction from NatPatBen in Official 1/1/13 Start Group   
    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.
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    dudeascending got a reaction from Derval in dudeascending's first Whole30 (1/1/13 - 1/31/13)   
    Day 24
    Breakfast: Steak and eggs
    Lunch: Beef stew with tomatoes and sweet potatoes
    Dinn​er: Kale, chorizo, and roast celeriac soup
    Beverages: Coffee, seltzer, water

    Slept okay last night; not terrific, but definitely got some stretches of solid sleep. I can't figure out what's making me toss, turn, and wake up. Still, I'm really grateful to still be functioning at an above-average level the next day.
    Today's breakfast and lunch were AWESOME. I fried my eggs in duck fat, and they were so so so delicious. The steak was good, although not as flavorful as last night's. I should have gotten some extra lemongrass to broil them with. For lunch, I braised chunks of boneless short ribs coated in salt, pepper, and smoked paprika in chicken broth and 1/2 can of diced tomatoes, along with some bay leaves, rosemary, and thyme. I added sweet potatoes towards the end. It was great. My coworkers were sniffing the air with envy.
    I'm waiting for my celeriac to roast before I can pass judgment on dinner. I'm making a Whole30-fied version of Portuguese kale and chorizo soup, substituting the celeriac for the white beans.
    I've noticed that I feel leaner in the evenings these days. My clothes feel looser then. Maybe they stretch out during the day? It's hard to know for sure. But the sensation of suddenly having extra fabric is a great one.
    I can't believe I'm in the last week of my Whole30. I don't know what I expected. Certainly, I hoped for miracles: that I'd emerge lighter, leaner, and calmer. I'm pretty sure that I've lost at least some weight, but the truth is, weight has suddenly become secondary to all the other positive effects. I'm less anxious and so much more balanced. My energy is high--and I think, if it weren't January, it would be even higher. My skin is glowing.
    There is no doubt in my mind that I want to continue this journey. I'm trying to decide how my life post-Whole30 will be. I think I'll add in alcohol (distilled liquors and maybe red wine) in moderate amounts and see how fermented soy and dairy feel. But I really don't know. I feel so clean, and I don't want to give up this feeling, or have to start from scratch again.