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    T2Andrew got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Day 29 - takeaways   
    I'm now on day 29 myself and can report the same benefical observations as the first post, with few challenges.  Other than a couple of sluggish days and a couple of nauseous moments, this thirty day experience has been relatively easy for me.
    Looking ahead at re-intro, I'm going to hold off until day 30+3 to start, as weekends are busy and I need full energy without gastro-interruptions (not having a workplace bathroom is a challenge).  My first re-intro item will be rice, either brown or wild, and that's it before turkey day.  
    After recovering from whatever Thanksgiving dinner yields, I plan to do one reintroduction a week.  I was considering a three day rotation as suggested, and that would've played out for 4-5 weeks.  At this point, I'm not in a hurry to get all the results that fast, as I wish to maintain a certain level of normal that W30 has allowed me.
    Thruout this program, I have been paying attention to some surprise food allergies / sensitivities that may or may not have been identified in a previous allergy test.  Eliminate / re-intro of suspicious 'healthy' foods has revealed that I have a major allergy to melon and am quite sensitive to banana and chamomile.
    I'm looking forward to continuing with a W30 inspired food plan for a long time!
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    T2Andrew got a reaction from chichi in Early Reintro Results?   
    Are you looking to do a Half 30, or a Whole 23, etc..., and / or a fast re-intro, to accommodate a weekend of partying?  That's up to you, if the party is that important.  However, in the context of the W30 thirty day philosophy, anything less would give potentially less than accurate results.
    That said, from my experience, I feel that the W30 10 day & 14 day re-intro templates are bound to offer misleading results as well.  The W30 reintroduction plan assumes that one will notice adverese reactions of a general food group in just one day.  This may be true for some and may be true for many, but I do not believe for all.  By this ideal, the W30 program would have me believing that I have no problems with any of the food groups tested, and that is not my reality!
    In my reintroduction (I'm 56 days beyond my W30 trial), I've realized that I can tolerate, without adverse symptoms, any of the food groups, even the one's that I have issues with.  I don't get symptoms that send me reeling in one day, but rather manifest gradually after several days or a week of consumption.
    If you do not want to lose what you've invested thus far, you'll find a way to enjoy the party and be compliant with the program.  If the party is priority, restart the program after the big weekend.
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    T2Andrew reacted to kirbz in Recommendations for Round 2   
    Moderators (or anyone else), do you have any feedback on ideas to improve my experience for Round 2 (bulleted list in my original post)?
    It seems the general consensus is that I could do with more fat so I will certainly do that. But is there any feedback on my other ideas? 
    Thank you for all of your help and support! 
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    T2Andrew got a reaction from JessM81 in Sore throat that started day 3 and comes and goes.   
    Watch out for teas with chamomile, as that is related to ragweed as well.
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    T2Andrew got a reaction from JessM81 in Unfavorable symptoms   
    Good plan!
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    T2Andrew got a reaction from JessM81 in Unfavorable symptoms   
    In the spirit of W30 elimination / re-intro, sometime in the future, you need to replicate the circumstances to determine if its the soy or the inlaws that affected you that way! 
    Jus sayin'...
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    T2Andrew got a reaction from JessM81 in Unfavorable symptoms   
    Possibly.  I'm allergic to soy and have been avoiding it for so long, I forget how I react to it.
    What's the difference between inlaws and outlaws?...  Outlaws are wanted!
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    T2Andrew reacted to JessM81 in Sore throat that started day 3 and comes and goes.   
    Wow! This makes so much sense to me! I’ve had sore throats from cantaloupe in the past, I learned 2 1/2 yrs ago with allergy testing that I’m allergic to ragweed! Thank you for this info!! 
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    T2Andrew reacted to JessM81 in Sore throat that started day 3 and comes and goes.   
    I started my whole 30 on Monday, 12/11.  I felt great day 1 & 2.  Day 3 was the first appearance of my sore throat.  It seems to come and go with meals, but I can't figure out why or what is causing it.  Wondering if it is food related, I have gone through allergy testing and I am allergic to alot of plants! I take an allergy pill every other day, and the sore throat shows up on the day I don't take my pill.  I'm wondering if it's possibly an allergy to something I'm eating?  Tempted to just start eliminating fruit and veggies that were not part of my diet pre-whole 30. I have always eaten a lot of veggies and fruits...but never had this problem until i started the whole 30.
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    T2Andrew reacted to SugarcubeOD in Binge eating and re-starting Whole30   
    I've been using 'What would your future self want' and 'do something nice for future self' and it honestly works... we're people who want immediate gratification (as people in general) and stopping to ask what future self wants or needs... I find that more effective than 'Is it worth it' because I consider 'worth it' an immediate moment question and 'future self' brings the consequences into mind... 
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    T2Andrew reacted to quiltbabe in Arriving at Day 30   
    So here I am - on Day 30 of my first Whole30. The sole goal I set was to lower my average blood glucose level (type II diabetic here). That goal has not only been met, but so much more has happened!
    What worked:
    - Blood glucose average dropped about 30 points. Still not quite where I'd like it, but an incredible improvement.
    - 500% increase in energy, from the start of the second week on.
    - Skin glowing, hair and nail growing like weeds (downside: paying for haircuts more often, lol).
    - More restful, restorative sleep.
    - Increased ability to focus at work, particularly through what used to be the "afternoon slump".
    - Between meal hunger disappeared.
    - Ankles no longer swell.
    - Clothes fit much better - in some cases, they no longer fit at all!
    - Significant weight loss - without really trying, without being hungry all the time, without feeling "deprived". I've not been on the scale :), but I'm guessing about 15 - 20 pounds.
    Only a couple of downsides:
    - As a single, I've rarely cooked all three meals a day for more than a couple of days in a row. It's been much too easy to run through a drive through to pick up breakfast or dinner. I'm a good cook, just lazy, lol. Preparing three meals a day for thirty days - yikes, the time it took, especially in the first two weeks as I worked on changing those habits. 
    - Dishpan hands. Seriously. I do have a dishwasher, but don't put the pots and pans and cooking implements in it. Since I generally needed those things again very quickly, a portion of all prep time was immediately washing things so they were ready for the next set of cooking.
    What I'd do differently:
    I decided on a Friday to start on Monday, which didn't give a lot of time to prepare. Next time (and I plan to start again the first week of January), I'll be sure to do much more advance cooking and freezing. Compliant soups and burgers, cooked and diced chicken to put on salads, perfect sausage cooked and packaged for breakfast hash. Not to mention hard boiling at least a couple of dozen eggs (thank heaven for InstantPot!).
    While I'd put the non-compliant pantry food in a box in the back of the pantry, I'd not gone through the spice cupboard to take a look at the ingredients on the blends (ended up mixing my own poultry seasoning at the last minute because my jar had sugar as an ingredient). Time to go through and at least clearly mark which ones are compliant, which are not, and decide whether or not to keep the noncompliant around.
    So overall...
    Other than the work involved in planning (and dicing, and cooking, and cleaning...), at which I became more efficient as the days went by, I found the program surprisingly easy. Beginner's luck? The results were certainly worth the work involved. More than that, I think the way I view food, along with my eating habits, have undergone a permanent shift. 
    Here's to healthy eating!
     
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    T2Andrew reacted to Sjodo in Starting my whole30 today! 11/25   
    That is a good point. The tiger blood may be very different for everyone. I know that since I started I haven't had any of the negative effects the first week or 2 said I would. I was going through caffeine withdrawal so idk about the head ache days early on, but no bloating or anything. I have had more energy since around week one as well. I am just happy to watch up feeling rested. Get around and go all day long without even having coffee which was my go to morning wake up call. I just feel great and like I said I get up and I have the energy to go until 9/10 o clock then I crash, I am out within minutes of deciding to go to bed then I'm wide awake 6/7am the next day. It's just awesome to feel this great and if THIS is my tiger blood then I can be happy with that.
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    T2Andrew got a reaction from samalope in What Symptoms to Look for When re-Introducing Foods   
    Not everyone will necessarily have the same reactions to the same foods.
    So far for me, with white rice and oatmeal separately, I felt like I was carrying a lump in my gut all day, with a bit of joint inflammation, but no bowel issues.  I feel like I can eat these items safely in moderation even tho I have a tested allergy to rice.  Tested FastBreak candy bars for several days and am convinced they are the source of my severe feet itching, as well as joint pain, that I experienced on preW30.  I sense tiredness with these as well.  Interesting tho that the candy bars were not my sugar dragon and they didn't really even taste that good.
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    T2Andrew got a reaction from JulesR in Starting November 27, 2017!   
    I don't know about salmon cakes, but sometimes I have leftover salmon mixed in with scrambled eggs & veggies for breakfast!
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    T2Andrew got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in A Little Help Simplifying?   
    Perry-
    First, welcome to the club!  Whatever your motivations are for being here, I think you will find the spirit of W30 dovetails with that of Cossfit!  Awareness, mastery, and creativity are espoused by both!
    To best reap the benefits of W30, I strongly suggest reading It Starts With Food.  The book will give you a good understanding of the how and why of the plan.  For a quick start, go to the link that Shannon listed above.  All of these lists are free and can be downloaded for easy reference.  I highlighted mine green for compliant choices and red for non-compliant choices.  Not everything needs to be accquired at once nor will one try everything over the thirty days.  Remember, the '30' in W30 is just the start of a path to help you design your own food plan for continuing on.
    Like with Crossfit, with W30 you wil realize discipline, creativity and variety in fueling your body for peak performance.  Instead of viewing the making of food decisions as "mundane", consider it as part of the process that you apply to your workouts.  In other words, integrate the two disciplines as symbiotic.
    Good luck!
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    T2Andrew got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in A Little Help Simplifying?   
    Perry-
    First, welcome to the club!  Whatever your motivations are for being here, I think you will find the spirit of W30 dovetails with that of Cossfit!  Awareness, mastery, and creativity are espoused by both!
    To best reap the benefits of W30, I strongly suggest reading It Starts With Food.  The book will give you a good understanding of the how and why of the plan.  For a quick start, go to the link that Shannon listed above.  All of these lists are free and can be downloaded for easy reference.  I highlighted mine green for compliant choices and red for non-compliant choices.  Not everything needs to be accquired at once nor will one try everything over the thirty days.  Remember, the '30' in W30 is just the start of a path to help you design your own food plan for continuing on.
    Like with Crossfit, with W30 you wil realize discipline, creativity and variety in fueling your body for peak performance.  Instead of viewing the making of food decisions as "mundane", consider it as part of the process that you apply to your workouts.  In other words, integrate the two disciplines as symbiotic.
    Good luck!
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    T2Andrew got a reaction from Tricia561 in Confused about coconut oil vs. olive oil vs. ghee   
    I alternate my cooking sessions between coconut oil and EV olive oil.  Don't worry about the oil messing things up.  It sounds like what you're experiencing already, you're doing it right!  I did my 30 days by the book (ISWF) without over analysing it.  I had to tweak some things, but it was easy for me too.  Never did I think I was doing something wrong.
    Dont use weight loss as a motivator for this program as it wasn't designed for that.  Some people do and some don't.  The real benefits / goals of W30 are more beneficial than that.
     
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    T2Andrew got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Support Before Round 2   
    Yeah, I see how it can read harsh...my apologies.  It was not my intent to offend anyone, that was the thought that formed in my mind while reading the entire post.
    I agree that the best strategy to successfully pursue this program is to plan it to avoid said distractions.
    I can relate to having a dragon.  For a long time, as I spent a lot of time on the road, I frequented the drive thrus a lot.  It was just mindless eating / one more won't hurt kind of thing - damn those dollar menus!  The food if / when done right didn't even taste good anymore.  It got to the point where I was hoping the next, and the next, and the next one were really bad food experiences to use as a negative reference to help me quit.  Instead, it was several bad customer service experiences at those places that made me stop giving them my money!  
    That story doesn't help your sugar dragon woes, but I can relate to the situation.
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    T2Andrew got a reaction from RandiW in Appetite   
    For me, what turned around my lack of energy issue was realizing that I needed more healthy fats with each meal, as I was getting little to none beyond cooking with olive and coconut oils.  Fortunately I realized this at day 4.  I use some combination of avocado, almonds, olives and coconut flakes with my fruit.  I also add a LARGE handful of kale or other dark greens to the pan as I cook eggs and an animal protein.  Now I don't have to snack between meals anymore.
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    T2Andrew got a reaction from ladyshanny in No improved mood or energy   
    Yes, I got your PM.  I suggest you post that response here on the forum for all to see and offer opinion on, as othets have.  That way we can all learn from each others experiences.
    I am not a forum moderator nor a W30 coach, but rather a W30 enthusiast as we all are on this forum.
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    T2Andrew reacted to Sinchie in Type II Diabetes, Feeling Horrible   
    Unless there is something wrong with your meter or strips, 103 is NOT low.  Below 70 is low.  Because your blood sugar has been running in the 200s and 300s, your body started to feel that that was normal.  When you changed your diet and your blood sugar dropped rapidly, it saw it as a hypo, but it's not.   It's your body's way of adjusting to the lower blood sugar.  It's called a false hypo.  I agree with the others, that you should discuss this with your doctor.  And compare your meter reading with one done at the doctor's office to see if your meter is correct. 
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    T2Andrew reacted to scrapstitching in Type II Diabetes, Feeling Horrible   
    Hi there, I also have type 2 and my blood sugars absolutely go down and I feel awful when they do. Talk to your doctor. My endocrinologist allows me to lower one of my medications when this happens so that I don't have to eat to the low blood sugar level, but your doctor may do something different. The result of normalizing blood sugars for me, though, is increased energy, better sleep, and my vision improves. 
    Blood sugars that rise and fall do a number on your body, so do expect some changes. The not feeling good may be leading to feeling better. 
    Whole30 and resultant paleo-ish eating is the best thing I've done for my diabetes. I hope it turns out that way for you too. 
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    T2Andrew reacted to JannieLiberata in most powerful experience of my life-d20   
    A bit about me: F51, sw: 216lbs, day 20, round 1
    I am a yo-yo dieter. I have gained and lost, and then gained some more. I have been unhealthy and healthy throughout my life. I have weighed up to 240lbs. I have struggled with maintaining a healthy blood pressure for the last 6 years and was on medication for 2 years, which was horrible. 
    My new doctor referred me to the Whole30 and after investigating, studying, and confirming when to start, began on 10/30. This process has been the most powerful experience of my life. And this was especially highlighted when I had to travel for work this past week.
    I had been doing extremely well in this new way of eating, managing all aspects, and feeling amazing. I knew I had to travel on 11/14 and was scared out of my mind. I thought for sure I would stress out and starting eating my comfort foods. But I didn't...AT.ALL. How did I do this?
    I first planned out what snacks I was going to take with me in case I needed a mini meal or quick go-to snacks. Then I packed those babies! It was more weight to carry around as I was travelling but I asked myself which way was it going to be: more weight in a bag or more weight on my own frame? Then I imagined myself going through each day making great food choices. Really practicing in my own head what I was going to do when faced with difficult choices or coercion from others. Travel day one-morning-lunch: no problem, had my travel snacks, water, and black coffee. No worries. Arrived at hotel, met my colleagues. The frustration started as soon as we sat down to the first meal. Everything seemed non-compliant to Whole30. All of the things that make other things taste like candy were included in the meal choices. I had to be strong AND creative. I made good choices, but the difficult thing was the comments that my colleagues were making. I told them about what I was doing with my lifestyle change and instead of just letting me worry about my own food, they were constantly saying things about my meals and where we could and could not eat because I was working on making healthy food choices. They were not being mean, but it was truly getting on my nerves. Their constant dialogue about food was getting annoying. After my annoyance wore off, I started to realize that they might have been a little jealous? or maybe introspective about their own food choices? Travel day one-evening meal: Here's where it was really rough. They got taco trays and I had to buy a small salad in a plastic container, and a bowl of fruit in a plastic container. I was sooooo bummed out about this. I was watching them eat with envy. I was feeling deprived and super grumpy. I had fn mustard on my salad because there were no compliant dressings. But then my mood shifted as I was eating. They were saying how it wasn't really that good and who knows what was in all of the many many toppings they got on it. Then my body starting getting refueled and my resolve returned. I was feeling strong and clean, not bogged down with crazy additives. Was it the best meal of my life? No way. But I stayed true and felt like I ate real food, I was not bloated and complaining about overeating either. I was just right. They looked at me like I was crazy with my mustard packets and plastic containers, but by the end of the meal, I was looking at them like they were crazy for eating that crap. Travel day two breakfast: I really needed protein and nothing was literally compliant in this little eatery. I was starving for protein and would have given anything to have boiled eggs or any straight up plain eggs. I finally found an RX bar which was super expensive, but oh well. My friends sat down and had, once again, these amazing looking breakfast sandwiches while I was eating a banana and Rx bar. I was pissed I couldn't eat what they were eating! But then the same thing happened as the night before. They were like.."these sandwiches don't taste as good as they looked in the display case..." and I really started to think about my pre-Whole30 days and how I used to eat without thinking. I began feeling really powerful in my decision making and that I could make healthy food choices despite being in a sugar mecca. I started to believe that I had real control over my food, which I can't remember feeling, ever. I also started thinking that the Whole30 way might be a complete part of my life way beyond 30 days. Travel day two dinner: Italian restaurant hell. Luckily I was on day 17 and felt like I had gone too far to not eat well. I had prosciutto and fruit and then salmon on broccoli rabe. It was great food, but in this environment I wanted bread, I wanted wine, I wanted, I wanted, I wanted. But again, I held my resolve. I knew that at some day in the future, I was going to have such a wonderful glass of wine with a meal that it would surpass this place. I knew that some day in the future, I would have a lovely after dinner drink that would rock my world, but that this night I was not going to let my Whole30 go. I had made it to day 17 and made so many awesome food choices, I was not going to let this environment, which was lovely and had all of the trappings for over-indulgence to take me over. I HELD STRONG! Now, here's the thing, when you're eating really well, you have time and the state of mind to take a close look at what others are eating. I noticed in their pasta filled bowls that they had very little protein. On my plate I had a giant salmon steak that rocked my world. It made up for not having any eggs that morning! And it was delicious and so big that I was able to take some back to the hotel room and have this awesome protein for the next morning.  Travel day three dinner: This was a crazy night. The group of us went into the city where specialty food shops were everywhere. We finally agreed upon a place for dinner and I was able to get a hamburger (with lots of raw veggie toppings) and a baked potato! I was so excited to have this. I was a little envious of my dinner companions' food, but not really. I was starting to get the hang of my feelings and of how good I felt after eating. Feeling strong and non-burpy and non-bloaty. What an exhilarating feeling! So this dinner went really well. Then...we starting walking around. It was a sugar coated confectionery crazy town. They got tastes of this and then wanted to get ice cream, I was strong-willed but then something in me kind of snapped, and I told them that I wasn't going to go into those shops with them, that I would be fine in this other shop and they could find me. They were cool with it and completely understood, but I was feeling really deprived at this point and a little unsure of myself. Why was I doing this plan, why couldn't I enjoy these treats? But then I made a deal with myself. I promised myself that when we got back to the hotel I would have a fizzy water with extra lime. I kept telling myself that this was my refreshing treat and that if I was truly hungry I could also have a my travel stash of a nut packet and raisins too. I relished my lime fizzy water and realized I wasn't hungry and did not need my go-to snacks.  Returning home dinner: I went a little crazy, but was quick to realize what was happening. I was falling back on old binging-like behaviors but with healthy food. The deprivation and anger I felt for the last few days was coming out this night when I returned home. I ate a baked potato with all of my awesome healthy toppings, a whole little container of red raspberries, and then a banana-nut dessert. My state of mind was not relaxed, I was a little bingey. But I was super-conscious of it and thought about how if I was eating unhealthy food how it would have been really detrimental. I realized that this behavior needs to be loved away. I am still not sure how to do this, but at least I recognized it and can see it for what it is.  TLDR:
    Bottom line about travelling for me....
    I survived and came out incredibly strong knowing that I can make super-hard choices when in the face of others eating their faces off.
    I need to over-plan and envision myself making great choices.
    I need to plan the return home better.
    I need to have some kind of reward in mind or some kind of self-care that I can focus on during those really tough moments of feeling deprived. 
    Overall for me the breakfasts and lunches were not that difficult, but evening meals were extremely soul searching for me. Next time, I hope I can be even more successful and grounded.
    I fn did it and am super proud of myself. I will not look back. Goodbye old habits that have screwed up my body!
     
     
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    T2Andrew got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Day 29 - takeaways   
    I'm now on day 29 myself and can report the same benefical observations as the first post, with few challenges.  Other than a couple of sluggish days and a couple of nauseous moments, this thirty day experience has been relatively easy for me.
    Looking ahead at re-intro, I'm going to hold off until day 30+3 to start, as weekends are busy and I need full energy without gastro-interruptions (not having a workplace bathroom is a challenge).  My first re-intro item will be rice, either brown or wild, and that's it before turkey day.  
    After recovering from whatever Thanksgiving dinner yields, I plan to do one reintroduction a week.  I was considering a three day rotation as suggested, and that would've played out for 4-5 weeks.  At this point, I'm not in a hurry to get all the results that fast, as I wish to maintain a certain level of normal that W30 has allowed me.
    Thruout this program, I have been paying attention to some surprise food allergies / sensitivities that may or may not have been identified in a previous allergy test.  Eliminate / re-intro of suspicious 'healthy' foods has revealed that I have a major allergy to melon and am quite sensitive to banana and chamomile.
    I'm looking forward to continuing with a W30 inspired food plan for a long time!
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    T2Andrew got a reaction from dmrob2009 in Sept 18 start date reintro   
    @kirbz -Remember that W30 is intended to be a temporary process that help you to identify how certain foods affect your system, not as a lifetime way of eating.  How you carry forward with regards to what foods you want or don't want is up to you.  If your food freedom plan is different from what you had for 30 days, GREAT!
     
    The benefits that a lot of people experience such as weight loss, taming the sugar dragon, and increased energy gives one the knowledge to move forward and make informed food choices for themselves.