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    MamaDrew got a reaction from Julie (Cave Eatee) in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    I'm so glad I found this thread!
    @xacerb8 - I also take Citalopram and I was wondering how was it when you stop taking it cold turkey? I also accidently went off of it due to running out and being out of town. So I decided to stay off it, however on the 8th or 9th day of not taking it I had a massive break down. Super anxious and very depressed, I was in tears for a day. I had to start taking it again and several people warned me not to go off it again cold turkey. I would still like to try to go off it again after my Whole30, but I'm a bit nervous.
    @CaseyD - I have suffered from depression/anxiety for years, along with migraines and anemia. I was just diagnosed with Celiac 2 days ago! I never really knew anything about that disease, I had just finally gotten so tired of all my stomach issues I finally went to a gastrointerologist. He figured it was just irritable bowel but ran the celiac blood panel just in case and sure enough. So I will be going 100% gluten-free and I'm REALLY hoping it will help all of my symptoms and I'll finally be able to get off and stay off of my medication.
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    MamaDrew got a reaction from Julie (Cave Eatee) in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    I'm so glad I found this thread!
    @xacerb8 - I also take Citalopram and I was wondering how was it when you stop taking it cold turkey? I also accidently went off of it due to running out and being out of town. So I decided to stay off it, however on the 8th or 9th day of not taking it I had a massive break down. Super anxious and very depressed, I was in tears for a day. I had to start taking it again and several people warned me not to go off it again cold turkey. I would still like to try to go off it again after my Whole30, but I'm a bit nervous.
    @CaseyD - I have suffered from depression/anxiety for years, along with migraines and anemia. I was just diagnosed with Celiac 2 days ago! I never really knew anything about that disease, I had just finally gotten so tired of all my stomach issues I finally went to a gastrointerologist. He figured it was just irritable bowel but ran the celiac blood panel just in case and sure enough. So I will be going 100% gluten-free and I'm REALLY hoping it will help all of my symptoms and I'll finally be able to get off and stay off of my medication.
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    MamaDrew got a reaction from Adegercursedasodo in Kombucha Recomendations??   
    I had never heard of kombucha until now and as I'm looking it up on-line I see different options. There is kombucha extracts you just add to water, there is one that looks like it's in a beer bottle, and I've seen tea bags. Help! What is the best? Do you have any recomendations?
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    MamaDrew reacted to Renee Lee in Celiac Blood Test Question   
    How long have you been without gluten? If you're just now starting you're whole30, it's possible that your gut would heal in those 21 days, but it depends on how severe your case is. Some celiacs take 3-6 months to heal from a dose of gluten.
    This is a personal decision. What does the positive biopsy get you? Is there an insurance benefit to having both a pos blood test and a pos biopsy?
    From a purely health perspective, if I tested pos for celiac on the blood test, and I knew I felt/performed better without gluten, I wouldn't touch it again, biopsy or not. Having to dose yourself with a known irritant, IMO, violates the first rule of medicine, "do no harm." I think it' crazy that docs recommend that
    If you need the pos results for benefits or something, then go for it...but I personally would say the hell with the biopsy.
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    MamaDrew got a reaction from Physibeth in Day 3 of Whole30 and looking for some online support!   
    Hi, I am on day 1 of my 2nd Whole30. I had an email buddy from this forum during my first and it really helped. Feel free to email me anytime! Food prep is hard for me this time because I'm in the middle of a home addition and my entire kitchen (except for the oven and fridge) was torn out yesterday!!! I have NO sink or counter. This is going to be tough. But I recommend searching on-line, there are lot's of Whole30 recipes out there. I also have a bunch of cookbooks I love. WellFed and Everyday Paleo are probably my favorite. Good Luck!
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    MamaDrew got a reaction from Physibeth in Day 3 of Whole30 and looking for some online support!   
    Hi, I am on day 1 of my 2nd Whole30. I had an email buddy from this forum during my first and it really helped. Feel free to email me anytime! Food prep is hard for me this time because I'm in the middle of a home addition and my entire kitchen (except for the oven and fridge) was torn out yesterday!!! I have NO sink or counter. This is going to be tough. But I recommend searching on-line, there are lot's of Whole30 recipes out there. I also have a bunch of cookbooks I love. WellFed and Everyday Paleo are probably my favorite. Good Luck!
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    MamaDrew reacted to Madison Turner in Whole 30 - Take 2! 4.22.13   
    I am currently reading It Starts With Food and am declaring TODAY that I am starting the Whole30 Program! I have always been a super health freak, but tend to go on sugary sweets binges.
    I want to do this not for weight or appearance reasons, but to challenge my mind and overcome the obstacle of saying "No, thank you" to unhealthy foods/drinks, regardless of where I am and who I am with.
    Like the book states, we always have a choice! I want to proudly and confidently make healthy food decisions and not care if people around me think I am crazy because I want to live a healthy clean life! Misery loves company, don't let negative unhealthy people bring you down with them.
    Excited to begin my first W30!
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    MamaDrew reacted to CaseyD in I can't get started...   
    You know what is a great read to help get out of that mindset? The Paleo Coach by Jason Seib. It focuses a lot on the mental block people have that prevents them from doing the thing they know is right, which in this case is adopting a paleo diet. I found this book to be exactly what I needed to get over the trouble I was having staying committed to being paleo.
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    MamaDrew got a reaction from Kirsteen in Post Whole 30 Weigh in and Thoughts   
    That is awesome!! I just did my measurements today after finishing my first whole 30 and it was not as drastic as I had hoped I lost 1 pound, lol, really 1 stinkin pound! I was hoping for at least 5! My measurements stayed the same except for my stomach (huge bonus) and my chest/armpit area (the bra fat area). Both of those were down. My body fat percentage went from 27something% to 24something% so that is great! I'm going to keep it up, eating Paleo, I may not be quite as strict as the Whole30, but I do love how much better I feel. I'm also nervous about reintroducing wine. I could also finsh a bottle by myself and feel just fine. Which I did regularly! My husband and I are going to dinner tonight for the first time since starting our Whole30, we plan to stay on plan as much as possible, we've already found out they have a gluten free menu. But I'm sure we'll have a drink, and I really don't want to fall back into my nightly wine habit! I have also had a great deal more mental clarity the last 30 days!
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    MamaDrew got a reaction from gattling in Food Porn   
    I agree with this! I am really trying to make this my lifestyle, not just a 30 day challenge. If I don't let myself having anything I really love as a treat I will probably lose it and go get some sugary sweet treat somewhere! I would much rather have the coconut whip with berries and cinnamon. Perhaps it's not totally in the spirit of the Whole30 but it's all still compliant and I'm still eatting well and not cheating. For me, that will help me make this a lasting change instead of a temporary one.
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    MamaDrew reacted to TrayS in Alcohol after Whole30, maybe not worth it?   
    It makes me depressed too. And since I already have the depression gene, the anxiety gene, the alcohol gene, and am maddeningly Type A, I don't need the extra trigger to disrupt my mental well being!
    The rest of the bottle is just sitting on the kitchen counter. The open bottle factor is an issue too. I would love to just get rid of all the wine in the house (I'm laughing at the thought of trying to convince my husband this is a good idea...)
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    MamaDrew reacted to TrayS in Alcohol after Whole30, maybe not worth it?   
    I think Whole30 has ruined alcohol for me, which I realize is a good thing, but old habits die hard.
    On Thursday I had one glass of red wine. You would think that after a month of not drinking it would hit me hard, but it didn't hit me at all. It did, however, make me sleep like crap.
    Then, on Friday night my husband and I went out to dinner, and there was wine there too. As is typical for me non-W30, Friday and Moderation are mutually exclusive terms, and I probably consumed the equivalent of around 1/2 - 2/3 of a bottle. Not only did I notice that the buzz felt more like I'd been poisoned, but the headache was much worse yesterday morning (and in fact I still feel a bit off today).
    I'm realizing that I don't want the wine anymore, but I'm so used to madly craving it that a part of me can't wrap my brain around not wanting it. It's a confusing place to be!
    Just wanted to vent my experience.
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    MamaDrew got a reaction from Bethie Annie in Giving up wine for W30   
    I like this I have been debating how I would add wine back in. I don't want to go back to my bottle a night routine that I was in before, but I do want to have a drink again! I like your idea of being aware and really thinking about when/why/what.
    Day 30!!!! Congratulations everyone!!
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    MamaDrew reacted to Emily in Husband claims no benefit   
    To those of you whose partner thinks this is really limiting... my fiancé does 90% of our cooking and we have three kids, ages 6-13. We all get really (honestly) excited for:
    meatzas
    steaks with homemade mayo-horseradish sauce
    kombucha in a wine glass (and the kids can have this too! their "special drink")
    eggplant strata
    tacos (wrapped in collard greens) with homemade mayo and guac
    baked apples with cinnamon and melted coconut butter
    elk stew on a cold night
    "sushi" with cauliflower rice or guac and mango or salmon, cucumber, jicima
    kale chips -- these disappear instantly
    We've gone to parties and had friends over and had them get more excited for our food than for their own. I guess, like many things, whether or not eating this way is limiting depends on one's perspective. I love that it encourages health, food knowledge, humane treatment of animals, and joy of food!
    I know I'm preaching to the choir, so I'll stop. It just makes me feel bewildered when I read of people thinking this way of life is limiting... It is my opinion that it is greatly freeing!
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    MamaDrew got a reaction from Kirsteen in Post Whole 30 Weigh in and Thoughts   
    That is awesome!! I just did my measurements today after finishing my first whole 30 and it was not as drastic as I had hoped I lost 1 pound, lol, really 1 stinkin pound! I was hoping for at least 5! My measurements stayed the same except for my stomach (huge bonus) and my chest/armpit area (the bra fat area). Both of those were down. My body fat percentage went from 27something% to 24something% so that is great! I'm going to keep it up, eating Paleo, I may not be quite as strict as the Whole30, but I do love how much better I feel. I'm also nervous about reintroducing wine. I could also finsh a bottle by myself and feel just fine. Which I did regularly! My husband and I are going to dinner tonight for the first time since starting our Whole30, we plan to stay on plan as much as possible, we've already found out they have a gluten free menu. But I'm sure we'll have a drink, and I really don't want to fall back into my nightly wine habit! I have also had a great deal more mental clarity the last 30 days!
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    MamaDrew got a reaction from Kirsteen in Post Whole 30 Weigh in and Thoughts   
    That is awesome!! I just did my measurements today after finishing my first whole 30 and it was not as drastic as I had hoped I lost 1 pound, lol, really 1 stinkin pound! I was hoping for at least 5! My measurements stayed the same except for my stomach (huge bonus) and my chest/armpit area (the bra fat area). Both of those were down. My body fat percentage went from 27something% to 24something% so that is great! I'm going to keep it up, eating Paleo, I may not be quite as strict as the Whole30, but I do love how much better I feel. I'm also nervous about reintroducing wine. I could also finsh a bottle by myself and feel just fine. Which I did regularly! My husband and I are going to dinner tonight for the first time since starting our Whole30, we plan to stay on plan as much as possible, we've already found out they have a gluten free menu. But I'm sure we'll have a drink, and I really don't want to fall back into my nightly wine habit! I have also had a great deal more mental clarity the last 30 days!
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    MamaDrew reacted to Bethie Annie in Post Whole 30 Weigh in and Thoughts   
    February 1, 2013
    Whole 30 Day 31
    So here I am day 31.... Excited and Scared!
    Here's my story
    I have tried Paleo and a million other diets. My drinking never changed, still had my red wine. I would fall off "the diet" because I would lose the clarity, and drive (wine relaxation). I've never been terribly overweight because I either worked out like a mad woman, stuck my finger down my throat on occasion (gross, I know), took Psylum capsules after eating a heavy meal...you get the picture. I came across the Whole 30 link a few months back and thought..No way can I do that. So I pushed it aside. In December I came across it again, this time I thought..maybe I can. I figured after pigging out and alcohol during the holidays I'd be good and ready by January 2nd. So I prepared and prepared. I froze Emergency ground chicken and beef protein packets in 2 cup portions (little did my husband know, at the time, he was going to be in on this too) in little baggies. I made bone broth and did the same (2 cup portions, chicken and beef). I stared purchasing things like Ghee and stopped purchasing things that were not allowed. Revamped my kitchen cabinets, nothing but Whole 30 compliant foods to be found. I stashed flour, sugar, honey, agave etc in basement. I was gearing up. All the wine was gone and although I don't really drink liquor, that was literally locked up. My next step was to recruit friends and family to go along for the ride. My husband, my daughter and a friend of mine, who has always been health conscious, were on board.. Whoop, Whoop, I was ready! Day 1 (January 2nd) Easy day, we were all so excited! Fast forward to Day 10, not so much fun anymore Struggling with sugar cravings and wine withdrawal (didn't help that it was hubby's birthday and we were going out to dinner) Made it through though. Most of the time things went well, tried a lot of new recipes from PaleOMG.com and TheClothesMakethegirl.com. Saved the ones we loved (most of them) and pitched the others. I am surprised and happy to find myself at Day 31. I believe Whole 30 worked because I had a clear rules to follow & a start and finish date ("30 days, No problem! People suffer a lot worse for longer than 30 days!") All of my cohorts made it as well and are pleased with the results. My husband can't keep his pants from falling off without a belt. He has lost 15# My daughter lost a total of 12# but is extending her Whole 30 with a goal of 120#s. My friend feels wonderful, her back is pain free, she has lost weight (she didn't really need to) but is thrilled with her pain free back.
    Wow! And here is my story
    These are the issues I had pre-Whole 30
    Stomach always feels full and bloated (it lays next to me in bed)
    Tired mid afternoon
    My nails are splitting, weak and soft
    Skin is dry and I have an issue of dark patches with small flat warts along my jawline that recently reared their ugly heads during the holidays (I had been treating them with a very low dose of Retinol for over a year without results). Over the holidays they became inflamed (They are a virus, so I'm guessing between the bad eating and the alcohol my body had too much to deal with and put the virus on the back burner) I wanted to post a before photo but don't know how
    My eyes and skin look tired and dull
    I don't sleep well
    My thighs look enormous!
    My hair is thin and a little dry and frizzy
    Mental clarity is not good, I can't think of names that I deal with every day, they escape me. I am slow thinking, cloudy, I can't get my thoughts straight (like a hangover!!)
    My clothes, especially my jeans, are tight and uncomfortable (I have a new pair of Lucky jeans I don't want to try on because I know they will be tight,I bought the size I always buy without trying them on.
    Measurements...12/3/2012 Mind you this was prior to the Holidays, which I was un-restricted (knowing that I was starting the Whole 30 on January 2nd). So these measurements may not be accurate, I may have been even Bigger by Jan 2nd!
    Age 53
    ht 5:4"
    wt 130#
    Waist 28"
    Abs (navel) 30"
    Hips 37.5"
    Thigh Rt 17.5" Lt 17.75"
    Calf Rt 12.5" Lt 12.5"
    Lean body mass 73.08
    So now here I am at Day 31 Drum roll ....
    Still age 53 (damn, I was hoping to be younger)
    ht 5:4" (and taller)
    Wt 123# (--7#s)
    Waist 26" (--2 inches)
    Abs (navel) 29" (--1 inch)
    Hips 36.5 (--1 inch)
    Thigh Rt 17" (--1/2", Lt 17" (--1/2")
    My skin is vibrant all of the virus has disappeared! Not even a hint and the brown has faded to the point of unnoticeable unless you look close
    My hair is still thin, but it's never been thick and its shiny, not dry
    My nails are still thin, oh well, they were never great either, maybe they will improve as I continue to eat Whole 30 style
    Mental Clarity.. Yep, Got it!
    I've been avoiding the jeans, wearing sweats and waiting for this day.. They fit again!
    Yeah!!! I am sooo happy!
    Thinking back to the beginning...I dreamt of Day 31...hmmm what was I going to eat/drink on my first day back to "life".Today I'm afraid... I don't want to go back to that life, that eating. I feel too good and I know I can continue and possibly feel even better. I've decide to stick with the eating plan and try re-introducing red wine (just a little, mind you). I've read posts where you have a raging hangover the next day, I haven't had a hangover in years! Pre-Whole 30 I could polish off a bottle of red without a blink of an eye and function just fine (at least I thought) the next day. I have discovered that I am a lot "smarter" without red wine, dairy, grains etc..hmmm I think clearly! I feel terrific, lots of energy, My face problem is virtually gone!!
    Things I will do differently
    Take Pictures of meals and label with appropriate recipe
    Keep a journal of feelings etc along with meals
    Things I was not good at
    Eating within the hour on days off
    avoiding fruit during sugar cravings
    avoiding coffee during sugar cravings
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    MamaDrew reacted to Marci0393 in If You Ever Thought of Giving Up Trying to Lose Weight   
    I realized a few years ago that I had been going through life projecting judgment on others because I figured they were judging me. There was a group of women I knew that I referred to as "The Prom Committee." Then I got the opportunity to really get to know some of them and I realized I was the only one judging me, they weren't. Yes, sometimes people are jerks, and sometimes people will judge you unfairly, but when I think someone is judging me I have to take a step back and make sure I'm not putting my own issues onto someone else. I know from experience that when you see fault in yourself it's easy to immagine that others judge you for those faults, even when they don't.
    That was rambly. I hope it made sense.
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    MamaDrew got a reaction from Suzy in If You Ever Thought of Giving Up Trying to Lose Weight   
    This is a fabulous thread, I'm glad I found it I too have been in WW multiple times over the years and my weight has always been up and down. At my heaviest I was 195. I had lost that and gotten down to 148 (over a couple years) and then went back up to 185 (again over a few years) and back down to 150. Right now I'm about 158. I too am addicted to the scale and will admit I have gotten on it a couple times during my Whole30 bad i know. But I have lost a couple pounds, I was around 160 when I started and I'm on Day 23. More than the weight I feel so much better and as I get closer to day 30 and I'm working out I can actually see great changes in my body. I will stay Paleo and continue exercising because it makes me feel happy! I have to stop worrying about a number!
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    MamaDrew got a reaction from Suzy in If You Ever Thought of Giving Up Trying to Lose Weight   
    This is a fabulous thread, I'm glad I found it I too have been in WW multiple times over the years and my weight has always been up and down. At my heaviest I was 195. I had lost that and gotten down to 148 (over a couple years) and then went back up to 185 (again over a few years) and back down to 150. Right now I'm about 158. I too am addicted to the scale and will admit I have gotten on it a couple times during my Whole30 bad i know. But I have lost a couple pounds, I was around 160 when I started and I'm on Day 23. More than the weight I feel so much better and as I get closer to day 30 and I'm working out I can actually see great changes in my body. I will stay Paleo and continue exercising because it makes me feel happy! I have to stop worrying about a number!
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    MamaDrew got a reaction from Krista Billows Rodriguez in Giving up wine for W30   
    Kombucha has been a life saver for me! I really want a SodaStream and I must buy one! Kombucha is delish but expensive and it's usually just the "bubbles" I want! It's so nice to have something else in the evening. That and hot tea are my new go-to drinks!
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    MamaDrew got a reaction from Suzy in If You Ever Thought of Giving Up Trying to Lose Weight   
    This is a fabulous thread, I'm glad I found it I too have been in WW multiple times over the years and my weight has always been up and down. At my heaviest I was 195. I had lost that and gotten down to 148 (over a couple years) and then went back up to 185 (again over a few years) and back down to 150. Right now I'm about 158. I too am addicted to the scale and will admit I have gotten on it a couple times during my Whole30 bad i know. But I have lost a couple pounds, I was around 160 when I started and I'm on Day 23. More than the weight I feel so much better and as I get closer to day 30 and I'm working out I can actually see great changes in my body. I will stay Paleo and continue exercising because it makes me feel happy! I have to stop worrying about a number!
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    MamaDrew got a reaction from Suzy in If You Ever Thought of Giving Up Trying to Lose Weight   
    This is a fabulous thread, I'm glad I found it I too have been in WW multiple times over the years and my weight has always been up and down. At my heaviest I was 195. I had lost that and gotten down to 148 (over a couple years) and then went back up to 185 (again over a few years) and back down to 150. Right now I'm about 158. I too am addicted to the scale and will admit I have gotten on it a couple times during my Whole30 bad i know. But I have lost a couple pounds, I was around 160 when I started and I'm on Day 23. More than the weight I feel so much better and as I get closer to day 30 and I'm working out I can actually see great changes in my body. I will stay Paleo and continue exercising because it makes me feel happy! I have to stop worrying about a number!
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    MamaDrew reacted to Suzy in If You Ever Thought of Giving Up Trying to Lose Weight   
    A Whole30 is not a plan for weight loss, but rather a template for overall better health that might include losing weight for those that need it. I just wanted to share a place I went before I stumbled upon Whole9 with the people who are struggling with weight issues. It was a dark, horrible place for me.
    My weight profile was the most common one in first world countries: I was overweight, teetering on the brink of obesity. I actually was technically obese, being 5'5 and about 194 at my worst. What got me up to that number was binging and dieting, over and over in a cycle. It's a boringly familiar story.
    From Spring 2011 to January of last year, I was on Weight Watchers. WW is THE worst thing you can do if you want a healthy relationship with food. It makes you obsess about food volume and arbitrary point-counting (the points system is designed to keep what you're eating a mystery and keep you reliant on WW for life). And WW changes their program, just ever so slightly, every couple of years, so you have to buy all their new program material to keep up. And no one who works at WW will tell you about that. You have to find that out on your own and quit eventually. Then the next bunch of desperate, overweight people, mostly women who just want to be valued by society, file into these horrible meetings. Ugh. I needed to rant about that, thanks.
    So, there I was after WW this time last year. I thought, maybe this is just how I am. I missed the slim youth boat. At 32, I felt old and fat. So I just tried to pick up the pieces from years of yo-yo dieting and try and accept. I found this site: http://www.bodylovewellness.com/ I'm sorry to the well-meaning Golda Poretsky who created this, but this was the deepest point of despair, the darkness before the dawn, that helped me search for health instead of being ok with being sick and fat. This woman is a life coach for obese women. She says that it's ok to be fat. It is NOT okay to be fat. Being obese is your body's way of telling you that your lifestyle is WRONG for you. She says to love yourself, you have to give up. I say to love yourself, sometimes you have to change yourself. The thing that helps the most is realizing that certain foods out there are addictive, like sugar and flour, and getting away from them will give you a clarity you've never experienced before.
    I found Whole9 in summer of 2012. I lost over thirty pounds in a period of about 5 months. It was an awesome experience that I can't shut up about. With another Whole30 (actually a W100), I'm losing more.
    What do you think about changing in order to love yourself? The act of changing things IS love to me.
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    MamaDrew reacted to Emily in Shared custody and a non(w30) compliant ex...help!   
    I agree with jeepifer. I'm a Step-Mom; the kids eat Paleo in our house and don't when they aren't with us.
    In terms of being the "bad parent", sometimes the kids will say something to the effect of "why aren't you my friend?" meaning "why aren't you letting me do whatever I want?" My response is to tell them that I'm not their friend, I'm one of their parents, and that means that sometimes I have to make decisions that they don't like; that is part of my job as a parent.