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    GraceMelodie got a reaction from BRizzle in Happy New Me!   
    I completed my Whole30 on December 26th and I feel amazing!!!   
    I did not expect much of a change because I thought I had a pretty healthy diet before I started Whole30 with plenty of veggies, fruits, nuts & protein.  I also regularly walk 4 miles a day and do yoga.  However, my previous diet also included 3 cups of coffee a day with half & half & raw honey, cheese, hummus, greek yogurt, a daily glass or two of wine, dark chocolate, sourdough bread and butter.  I occasionally ate tofu, edamame, pasta, rice, oatmeal and lentils.  Basically the typical diet of a 42 year old woman who lives in California. 
    The benefits of eating a Whole30 diet have surpassed my expectations and include:
    - Reduced bags under my eyes
    - Improved complexion
    - Smoother, younger looking skin
    - Better sleep
    - More energy
    - Eliminated my sweet, creamy coffee habit - I actually enjoy drinking my coffee black now.  Sometimes I make a "Bulletproof latte" by blending a spoonful of coconut oil & ghee with my coffee in the blender.  At work I drink hot tea instead of coffee. 
    - Changed how I relax in the evening - Instead of unwinding with a glass of wine, I drink a glass of Kombucha in a wine glass or hot herbal tea.
    - Improved cooking skills - I have made so many new, delicious and interesting dishes this past month from the Whole30 cookbooks.
    - Faster & less expensive grocery shopping - I was already buying mostly organic poultry, grass-fed meat, wild-caught fish, pastured eggs and organic fruits & veggies.  Now I am spending less money overall because I no longer buy expensive grass-fed dairy products and wine.  I also stopped buying so many treats for my kids.  My favorite advice from "It Starts With Food" is that I am in charge of what I buy at the market, my kids have no money to buy anything.  
    - Better relationships with my husband and two children because I have more energy & patience.  My family is not strictly following the Whole30 protocol but their diets have improved a lot.  Both of my children have tried & liked more vegetables this past month & I am making sure they eat protein, fat & veggies at every meal & snack.  They also sleep better and have more energy.
    - Reduced my BMI from 20.7 to 19.8 - I was slender to begin with and did not expect to lose 6 pounds.
    - Better body composition - My waist is smaller and my stomach is flatter. 
     
    In the last week, I have reintroduced red wine, beer & raw honey.  I do not miss dairy, grains, legumes & soy so I am not going to bother reintroducing them.  I drank two glasses of a California Pinot Noir on the 26th and woke up the next day with a terrible headache and bags under my eyes.  On the 27th I followed the Whole30 protocol but then drank two beers in the evening.  Again I woke up the next day with a headache and decided to cut out beer.  I didn't miss it that much.  I went back onto the Whole30 protocol for a few days and immediately felt & looked better.  On New Year's Eve, I drank two glasses of a good quality French Bordeaux wine but made sure to also drink three glasses of sparkling water.  I also ate some walnuts with raw honey with my wine and before bed I drank more water.  I woke up the next day with no headache.  I feel best when I follow the Whole30 protocol and plan to only have wine occasionally on special occasions with friends.
    I am so happy that I completed the Whole30 and I only wish that I had discovered and tried it sooner.  I am excited to head into middle age in optimal health!!  I feel like I am a better version of myself & my whole family has benefitted from this lifestyle change.  I wish everyone who has decided to embark on the 30 day challenge all the best.  You can do it & you will also feel like a better version of yourself!!!
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    GraceMelodie got a reaction from thedistractedlearner in Happy New Me!   
    Update:  Because of how I feel & look after completing Whole30, my husband decided to do a "Whole10" before our ski vacation on MLK weekend so I am following it as well for moral support.  Since I had wine and sweets on New Year's Eve, our new start date was January 1st.  
    Last night I was tempted to buy some wine after work to enjoy this weekend because that is what I normally did pre-Whole30 on a Friday.  I am proud to report that I resisted!  Out of all my habits pre-Whole30, drinking wine several times a week was definitely my worst habit (I was convinced red wine was good for my health) and hence the hardest to break. 
    I watched an interesting & fun documentary on Netflix called "The Truth About Alcohol" which basically recommends that if you are going to drink, both men & women should have a maximum of 7 drinks per week spread out over a couple of days and that we should not drink most days.  Pre-Whole 30, I probably drank almost twice that recommended amount.  No wonder I have so much more energy now.  
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    GraceMelodie got a reaction from BRizzle in Happy New Me!   
    I completed my Whole30 on December 26th and I feel amazing!!!   
    I did not expect much of a change because I thought I had a pretty healthy diet before I started Whole30 with plenty of veggies, fruits, nuts & protein.  I also regularly walk 4 miles a day and do yoga.  However, my previous diet also included 3 cups of coffee a day with half & half & raw honey, cheese, hummus, greek yogurt, a daily glass or two of wine, dark chocolate, sourdough bread and butter.  I occasionally ate tofu, edamame, pasta, rice, oatmeal and lentils.  Basically the typical diet of a 42 year old woman who lives in California. 
    The benefits of eating a Whole30 diet have surpassed my expectations and include:
    - Reduced bags under my eyes
    - Improved complexion
    - Smoother, younger looking skin
    - Better sleep
    - More energy
    - Eliminated my sweet, creamy coffee habit - I actually enjoy drinking my coffee black now.  Sometimes I make a "Bulletproof latte" by blending a spoonful of coconut oil & ghee with my coffee in the blender.  At work I drink hot tea instead of coffee. 
    - Changed how I relax in the evening - Instead of unwinding with a glass of wine, I drink a glass of Kombucha in a wine glass or hot herbal tea.
    - Improved cooking skills - I have made so many new, delicious and interesting dishes this past month from the Whole30 cookbooks.
    - Faster & less expensive grocery shopping - I was already buying mostly organic poultry, grass-fed meat, wild-caught fish, pastured eggs and organic fruits & veggies.  Now I am spending less money overall because I no longer buy expensive grass-fed dairy products and wine.  I also stopped buying so many treats for my kids.  My favorite advice from "It Starts With Food" is that I am in charge of what I buy at the market, my kids have no money to buy anything.  
    - Better relationships with my husband and two children because I have more energy & patience.  My family is not strictly following the Whole30 protocol but their diets have improved a lot.  Both of my children have tried & liked more vegetables this past month & I am making sure they eat protein, fat & veggies at every meal & snack.  They also sleep better and have more energy.
    - Reduced my BMI from 20.7 to 19.8 - I was slender to begin with and did not expect to lose 6 pounds.
    - Better body composition - My waist is smaller and my stomach is flatter. 
     
    In the last week, I have reintroduced red wine, beer & raw honey.  I do not miss dairy, grains, legumes & soy so I am not going to bother reintroducing them.  I drank two glasses of a California Pinot Noir on the 26th and woke up the next day with a terrible headache and bags under my eyes.  On the 27th I followed the Whole30 protocol but then drank two beers in the evening.  Again I woke up the next day with a headache and decided to cut out beer.  I didn't miss it that much.  I went back onto the Whole30 protocol for a few days and immediately felt & looked better.  On New Year's Eve, I drank two glasses of a good quality French Bordeaux wine but made sure to also drink three glasses of sparkling water.  I also ate some walnuts with raw honey with my wine and before bed I drank more water.  I woke up the next day with no headache.  I feel best when I follow the Whole30 protocol and plan to only have wine occasionally on special occasions with friends.
    I am so happy that I completed the Whole30 and I only wish that I had discovered and tried it sooner.  I am excited to head into middle age in optimal health!!  I feel like I am a better version of myself & my whole family has benefitted from this lifestyle change.  I wish everyone who has decided to embark on the 30 day challenge all the best.  You can do it & you will also feel like a better version of yourself!!!
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    GraceMelodie reacted to mistysickmeier in The BEST non scale victory ever...   
    I'm finally pregnant!!! 
    Before going into this I had completely given up trying. While only actively trying to conceive for about 8 months, I had really become discouraged. I wanted a change in my life as far as weight and food management goes, so I gave this a try. I ended my Whole30 on Tuesday February 5th. I dropped 15lbs, felt better, had more energy, was healthier, and two days later also got a positive pregnancy test!!!
    They said the Whole30 would change my life and it did in the best way imaginable. I 100% believe that what this whole eating did for me was make my body a better place for a baby to grow. 
    Thank you Whole30!!!!
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    GraceMelodie reacted to Lorna from Canada in Some days I do think this humourous blog resembles me a little too much...   
    I suspect all of the people who have commented on my "crazy diet" in the past 6 weeks see me this way too - 
    and maybe you'll see yourself in this.
    it's cute; enjoy a little humour while we continue our journey!
    https://nwedible.com/tragedy-healthy-eater/
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    GraceMelodie reacted to Jihanna in Super Slow Reintro   
    Beans in general will definitely not be making a come-back for me, except on a very rare occasion... and it will truly have to be "worth it" for me to want to go through the kind of bloating and gas I felt after having black and pinto beans in one meal (I was hurting for 2 days, and have even stretched the time out before attempting another reintro as result because I needed to be sure my system had normalized).
    I can't even fathom how much my body must have hated me when I was doing beans in 2 dinners a week and using a can of garbanzos as a quick and easy snack! It's definitely changing how I'm looking at everything, now, because not only do I know how I feel without all this stuff in my system... I know how I feel when it comes back. I'm honestly scared to get to the grains, but I have to try the ones I'm most likely to want to use for something at times.
    (Edited to add: I'm not scared as in terrified of doing it or putting it off; I'm just anticipating a hefty system reaction so am anxious, but reminding myself that this is information I really need to have for my own health's sake.)
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    GraceMelodie reacted to zesty_ruffles in "Who's starting 1/1?" Reintro Group   
    Hi all!!! We are week into the re-intro - some of us actually have another chat about super-slow re-intro 
     you can find it here. 
    Well i only lost 1KG @Reese15 @GraceMelodie (i'm now at 57kg) and my NSV are
    looser fitting clothes feel like ive lost water weight/retention - i feel it in my fingers (rings), hands (the bangles i've worn for 10 years are slipping off) ankles etc love handles are almost gone my skin is better, less pimples and no rosacea flair out during january My non-victories  , which I was kind of hoping for are
    still no luck going number 2 on a regular basis stomach pains and cramping still somewhat regular, even if they were less frequent more bloaty/gassy than usual Regarding the re-intro. Taking it slow as per above thread. Started with legumes, which as someone else mentioned, although they made me feel a little bloated and gassy (beans... beans...) it definitely gave a kick to my system and helped things move, in my book that's a good thing! So ill keep on those for now... next is processed soy - soy milk, tofu as it's widely available in Singapore where I live and I'm sure digested differently to just beans, peanuts & chickpeas! 
    It's not over yet... 
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    GraceMelodie got a reaction from megbeveridge in "Who's starting 1/1?" Reintro Group   
    I didn't lose any weight either!  I actually gained 3 pounds as of Day 31 and then somehow lost them on Day 32.  But personally I feel my NSVs are way better than a read-out on a metal scale.  I decided to put the scale away for a while because it shouldn't affect how I feel. 
    It sounds like your NSVs are pretty amazing.  As far as you FF, if you really want a piece of chocolate cake, then it would be better to go to a restaurant, buy a good quality piece and really savor and enjoy it.  But I recommend not baking a whole cake and keeping it in the house.  It is too easy to eat too much of it if you have it at home.  For me, FF works best when I have a well-stocked kitchen with healthy, delicious food.  If I really am craving something, than I'll go out to a restaurant and have it there. 
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    GraceMelodie reacted to HawkeyeE in "Who's starting 1/1?" Reintro Group   
    @GraceMelodie That actually sounds like a cool idea. Using the weekdays to generally eat Whole30, and then use weekends for worth-it indulgences (if they are worth it). I like it, and might run with it!
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    GraceMelodie reacted to Roselite8 in Vegan Whole30 Round 2--Success! (Yes, it is possible!)   
    I just wanted to share my success story, in case there are vegetarians or vegans out there who need a little encouragement to give this a try. A little background: I am a long-time vegetarian with thyroid and autoimmune issues, 42 years old and with some weight I'd like to lose. When I did a Whole 30 last year, I dropped 8 pounds and experienced other great NSV's, so I thought I'd go back to what I know works. 
    This time, I lost 9.4 pounds, and my BMI went from "overweight" to "normal!" Woohoo! Other equally-important victories: Stable/improved energy levels, better mental clarity, less bloating/gas, healthier-looking skin, no obvious autoimmune flare-ups, better self-esteem and will-power, and this time I actually got to experience Tiger Blood. 
    I read the forums every day while on the Whole30, because I learn so much and feel so supported hearing about other people's experiences. Even though I have come across many who find the second round harder, I actually had an easier time. Here's what I changed that I think helped me:
    Vegans do need to consume some plant protein, and I did my best to follow the Whole30 Vegan recommendations. Last time, for protein, I ate mainly properly prepared legumes, but also included some tofu and quinoa. This time I eliminated all grains and soy, relying solely upon a variety of properly prepared legumes.
    This time, I made a strong effort to stick to the template. I was sure to eat within an hour of waking up, and I spaced my meals properly. I ate enough so that I was rarely hungry to the point of needing snacks. On those occasions when I did need snacks, I was mindful about what I chose (doing my best to eat a mini-meal). There was only one time when I was away from home and had to resort to a Larabar.
    Also, about half-way through I cut out fruit entirely--just because I really had no sugar cravings and felt like I didn't need or want it.  
    I am so grateful and proud of myself! I hope this post helps any vegans or vegetarians who have bravely decided to go for the Whole30. You can do it!
     
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    GraceMelodie reacted to Newsland33 in Achieving is believing   
    A year ago today, I was physically miserable and fed up with myself.   My feet, hips, back and shoulders ached nearly constantly. I had no real desire to exercise and was wiped out at the end of most days. I weighed nearly 255 pounds - probably the heaviest I have ever been in my life.    It also was the day I took the first step toward trying to get control of my weight and health by jumping into the Whole 30 pool.   Privately, I set a lofty goal of losing 50 pounds in a year, thinking I would be thrilled if I managed to lose half that - especially since I had set the same goal the previous year and lost 1 pound in 12 months.   This morning, I weighed in at just under 195 pounds. I feel - and look - better than I have since I was in college.    I am a professional communicator and words are my stock in trade, but in this case I fear that that my words won't do justice to the sense of accomplishment, pride, appreciation and gratitude I feel for what has happened to me over the past 365 days.  Still, I'm going to give it a shot.   For context, I am a 55-year-old man who has battled weight issues most of his life. For the better part of two decades I have consistently carried 30-40 pounds more than is healthy. It has contributed, I'm sure, to a laundry list of joint issues that have required surgery.   I have launched more "get healthy" attempts than I care to admit, and my New Year's resolution for every year that I can remember has been to "lose (fill in the blank with some large number) pounds this year."   To be honest, I'm not sure what was different about last year. Maybe it was the fact that I was approaching 55 and realized that I didn't have unlimited time to make lasting change. Mostly, I think it was that I finally got sick and tired and feeling kinda sick and tired.   Whatever the motivation, I'm certain of the role Whole 30 played in helping me stick to a plan for once. I've detailed my progress at various times throughout the year, so you can read earlier posts for more, but the nearly immediate positive feedback my body provide to my new eating habits became infections.   My joint inflammation receded to background noise within a couple of weeks. My energy level spiked. I dropped a meaningful amount of weight in the first month. And, most weirdly, I even had a fatty cyst at the base of my neck that was scheduled to be removed disappear about three weeks into my first month.   My first Whole 30 month went so well that I actually had to force myself to do the food reintroductions (but do them - it's important to know what works and doesn't work for your body). And I can't stress this enough: If weight loss is an motivating factor for joining Whole 30, changing your eating habits isn't enough.   I was lucky: my body felt so much better from Whole 30 that I wanted to be more active. The more I exercised, the more weight I lost and the more I wanted to exercise and eat right. It became a virtuous circle of healthy behaviors.   Armed with knowledge about my body, food and exercise - and buoyed by the support of family and friends - I have seen my weight drop steadily, my body composition change dramatically and my health "stats" improve sharply.    I am a few days away from finishing my third Whole 30 month and have completely changed my relationship with food.   As important, I have fallen in love with being active. I'm at the gym three days a week, in the yoga studio another day or two each week. I have enjoyed challenging day hikes in the mountains of North and South Carolina and early this month began training for my first 5K race. My only regret, if I were to have one, would be that I didn't do this 10 or 15 years earlier. That said, I easily feel 10 or 15 years younger than I am, so I have truly just started looking at age as a number, not a statement on where I am in life.    My challenge now is to figure out where to go from here. I still would like to lose another 10 pounds or so, but honestly I'd be fine to stay where I am as long as my fitness level stays high. Besides, while this started out as a way to lose weight it has become so much more.   In many ways, this has been one of the most rewarding years of my life. To honor that experience, and to ensure that the past 12 months haven't just been a happy blip, I feel the need to find another big mountain to scale (probably not literally in my case).   That's the challenge I have set for myself. If I figure it out, I'll be back to share with all of you who have been supportive of my efforts this year.   For today, though, I am going to enjoy the moment. I've already said thanks to those closest to me, without whose support and love this doesn't happen.   The same goes for everyone traveling their own journey to improve their health and their lives. I know as well as anyone that progress is rarely a straight line, but that fact that we're all out here trying has to count for something, right?   Keep fighting the good fight - and thanks to all for helping me win this round.   With appreciation,   ML        
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    GraceMelodie got a reaction from megbeveridge in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hello all!  I am on Day 31!  I have not reintroduced anything yet, but here are my results:
    I weighed myself this morning and gained three pounds but I was slender to begin with so while I was slightly annoyed, my BMI is still under 21.  (My BMI went from 20.4 to 20.8)  I think I am actually going to permanently ditch the scale.  I didn't miss it at all and have only weighed myself a few times this past year.  I only did a pre-weigh and a post-weigh for the purpose of Whole30. My stomach is flatter and my waist is smaller.   My skin looks amazing!!!   My cheekbones are more pronounced. My teeth are whiter.  I think this is because I am not snacking between meals, didn't drink red wine this month and drank less coffee. I might be hallucinating, but I seem to have less gray hair around my temples. I have better, steadier energy. I am sleeping well every night and waking up easily every morning. My biggest victory this month is really making healthy eating the most important priority for both me and my family.  I am making healthier meals for my family and waking up a little earlier to make them good breakfasts & lunches everyday in addition to good dinners.  We also talk more about healthy eating and how it makes us feel better than eating junk food.  My 10 yer old son told me he had pizza and a soda at a student council meeting and immediately had a stomachache after eating.  He said it wasn't worth feeling that way.  He asked me to bring healthy food and water when it was his turn to bring in a snack.  My 6 year old daughter told me that she asked for a sticker instead of a candy for a prize for behaving well in class.  I don't "forbid" them from eating junk food but I never buy it for them.  I want them to successfully learn how to make their own healthy choices by setting a good example and always having healthy food in the house.
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    GraceMelodie reacted to megbeveridge in Just about to finish my 30 days, my life is changed!   
    Congratulations!!!
    I started the same day as you so this is my last day too! I'm so happy for us both.
    I think self esteem is something we all (especially women) struggle with, but eating disorders are a whole different animal. I was lucky enough to have a mother who knew all the signs and caught me before I even started. She'd had a bulimic roommate in college and didn't want the same for me. There isn't a time in my life that I can remember being happy with my body. I see pictures of myself as a teenager and even though I was 120 pounds soaking wet, I can still pick out things I don't like. For a long time I adopted an external devil-may-care attitude towards food. The reality was, I couldn't stop eating and I couldn't stop hating my body. I ate in secret, I hid wrappers, I went back for seconds and thirds of dessert, and I shamed myself. I knew that in order to get control over myself, I'd have to do something very prescriptive and strict. On an eating program that tells you to "limit" high-sugar, rich foods, I make every excuse for why it doesn't really matter if I eat it. Whole30 has taught me how to eat and be full, live without added sugars, and take care of my body. If I give love to my body, it will do the same for me. We're a team, not rivals. At 25 years old I should and can be the happiest, healthiest version of myself yet! Here's to getting stronger and healthier and spreading more love!
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    GraceMelodie reacted to Walkswithdogs in Just about to finish my 30 days, my life is changed!   
    Hello to all of the Whole30'ers out there. I started my journey on January 1, 2019. My husband was supportive and started with me, although he was reluctant to do so. Today is day 29 and we both have seen tremendous changes in our health, personal outlook and appearance.  I think one of the biggest accomplishments I have seen in my husband is that he will now read a food label other than the price tag! He has come to understand the importance of knowing what is in his food. He has lost weight, he has more energy and he tells me when he uses the stairs at work he no longer gets winded.
    For me however, this journey has been life altering. I have lived my life on a diet since around the age of 8-10 years old. I have reduced intake, counted calories, fat, exercised to exhaustion and been an anorexic/bulimic. I have taken over-the-counter diet pills as well as doctor prescribed diet medication (amphetamines). I have weighed as little as 113 pounds (I am 5 ft 7 in) and I continued to perceive myself as obese and unattractive. We don't even need to discuss self-esteem because there was none. 
    With all of the damage I've done to my body over the years from food restriction and excessive exercise I have several auto-immune diseases as well as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. I have been on medication for both form of arthritis since the age of 32 (currently 57). I have been on blood pressure medication since I was 26. 
    Then along comes the Whole30. I read and researched for two months before I started my 30-day program. I wanted to make sure this was not some other "fad". After reading the book twice, looking at the forum comments I was ready to commit to the 30 days. I am now a self proclaimed Whole30 Guru. Even though I am still on my arthritis medication I am in more control than I have been since the age of 32! I'm even wondering if I can reduce the medication or come off of them. On the day I started my W30 my blood pressure was 149/96. I took my BP on day 27 and my BP was 117/74. That is an objective indicator of my success. I have not felt so well since I was in my late teens/early 20's. For the first time in my life have has self-esteem, confidence, and can look at my body and not feel discuss and disappointment. I assume I have lost weight, although I do not know as I have not been on a scale; I threw my scale away. However, my abdomen is totally flat. I do Pilates and Gyro exercise and my abdominal muscles can now be seen. 
    I wish I would have take a before picture so I could see the actual difference but I did not due to how much I loathed my body. 
    So really want to send a thank you to everyone out there who designed and wrote this program. I thank the people who produce and supply the compliant meats.  Thank you to the organic farmers.  Thank you to everyone to posts on the form, I have read a lot of you comment/concerns.
    I will embark on my phase 2, reintroduction on on Thursday January 31. I plan to take it very slow, there are many foods I do not want to reintroduce at all. I'll be back to let you know how things are going. 
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    GraceMelodie got a reaction from megbeveridge in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hello all!  I am on Day 31!  I have not reintroduced anything yet, but here are my results:
    I weighed myself this morning and gained three pounds but I was slender to begin with so while I was slightly annoyed, my BMI is still under 21.  (My BMI went from 20.4 to 20.8)  I think I am actually going to permanently ditch the scale.  I didn't miss it at all and have only weighed myself a few times this past year.  I only did a pre-weigh and a post-weigh for the purpose of Whole30. My stomach is flatter and my waist is smaller.   My skin looks amazing!!!   My cheekbones are more pronounced. My teeth are whiter.  I think this is because I am not snacking between meals, didn't drink red wine this month and drank less coffee. I might be hallucinating, but I seem to have less gray hair around my temples. I have better, steadier energy. I am sleeping well every night and waking up easily every morning. My biggest victory this month is really making healthy eating the most important priority for both me and my family.  I am making healthier meals for my family and waking up a little earlier to make them good breakfasts & lunches everyday in addition to good dinners.  We also talk more about healthy eating and how it makes us feel better than eating junk food.  My 10 yer old son told me he had pizza and a soda at a student council meeting and immediately had a stomachache after eating.  He said it wasn't worth feeling that way.  He asked me to bring healthy food and water when it was his turn to bring in a snack.  My 6 year old daughter told me that she asked for a sticker instead of a candy for a prize for behaving well in class.  I don't "forbid" them from eating junk food but I never buy it for them.  I want them to successfully learn how to make their own healthy choices by setting a good example and always having healthy food in the house.
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    GraceMelodie got a reaction from megbeveridge in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hello all!  I am on Day 31!  I have not reintroduced anything yet, but here are my results:
    I weighed myself this morning and gained three pounds but I was slender to begin with so while I was slightly annoyed, my BMI is still under 21.  (My BMI went from 20.4 to 20.8)  I think I am actually going to permanently ditch the scale.  I didn't miss it at all and have only weighed myself a few times this past year.  I only did a pre-weigh and a post-weigh for the purpose of Whole30. My stomach is flatter and my waist is smaller.   My skin looks amazing!!!   My cheekbones are more pronounced. My teeth are whiter.  I think this is because I am not snacking between meals, didn't drink red wine this month and drank less coffee. I might be hallucinating, but I seem to have less gray hair around my temples. I have better, steadier energy. I am sleeping well every night and waking up easily every morning. My biggest victory this month is really making healthy eating the most important priority for both me and my family.  I am making healthier meals for my family and waking up a little earlier to make them good breakfasts & lunches everyday in addition to good dinners.  We also talk more about healthy eating and how it makes us feel better than eating junk food.  My 10 yer old son told me he had pizza and a soda at a student council meeting and immediately had a stomachache after eating.  He said it wasn't worth feeling that way.  He asked me to bring healthy food and water when it was his turn to bring in a snack.  My 6 year old daughter told me that she asked for a sticker instead of a candy for a prize for behaving well in class.  I don't "forbid" them from eating junk food but I never buy it for them.  I want them to successfully learn how to make their own healthy choices by setting a good example and always having healthy food in the house.
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    GraceMelodie got a reaction from megbeveridge in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hello all!  I am on Day 31!  I have not reintroduced anything yet, but here are my results:
    I weighed myself this morning and gained three pounds but I was slender to begin with so while I was slightly annoyed, my BMI is still under 21.  (My BMI went from 20.4 to 20.8)  I think I am actually going to permanently ditch the scale.  I didn't miss it at all and have only weighed myself a few times this past year.  I only did a pre-weigh and a post-weigh for the purpose of Whole30. My stomach is flatter and my waist is smaller.   My skin looks amazing!!!   My cheekbones are more pronounced. My teeth are whiter.  I think this is because I am not snacking between meals, didn't drink red wine this month and drank less coffee. I might be hallucinating, but I seem to have less gray hair around my temples. I have better, steadier energy. I am sleeping well every night and waking up easily every morning. My biggest victory this month is really making healthy eating the most important priority for both me and my family.  I am making healthier meals for my family and waking up a little earlier to make them good breakfasts & lunches everyday in addition to good dinners.  We also talk more about healthy eating and how it makes us feel better than eating junk food.  My 10 yer old son told me he had pizza and a soda at a student council meeting and immediately had a stomachache after eating.  He said it wasn't worth feeling that way.  He asked me to bring healthy food and water when it was his turn to bring in a snack.  My 6 year old daughter told me that she asked for a sticker instead of a candy for a prize for behaving well in class.  I don't "forbid" them from eating junk food but I never buy it for them.  I want them to successfully learn how to make their own healthy choices by setting a good example and always having healthy food in the house.
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    GraceMelodie got a reaction from megbeveridge in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Yay Day 30!!  Congratulations to everyone here!!!  I am feeling great and happy to have almost completed the 30 day challenge again.  I am planning on reintroducing only a few things: legumes, rice, soy and wine. I am currently reading a book called "The Longevity Plan: Seven Life-Transforming Lessons from Ancient China".  I love this book and highly recommend it!!  It is written by a cardiologist named Dr. John Day who travels to Bapan village in rural China where people regularly live healthy lives into their 100's.  There are many similarities between the Whole30 recommendations and the recommendations Dr. Day gives based on the habits of the centenarians living in Bapan village.  The centenarians eat three meals a day consisting of a combination of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, fermented rice, fermented soy & protein (fish, chicken & pork).  They walk everywhere and work in fields growing their own vegetables and fruit.  They all drink water & tea and some occasionally drink rice wine.  They eat no added sugar, no processed food, and no dairy.  The only real difference is the rice, legumes, soy and wine, hence why I am planning to reintroduce them to see how they affect me.  I am saying goodbye to sugar, wheat & all processed foods.  From my last two Whole30s, I know that sugar makes me break out, wheat gives me eczema and processed foods give me a stomach ache.  Too much wine gives me a headache but a little wine on occasion is fun.  One of the centenarians recommended, "Only put food in your body that will nourish you."  That is my reintroduction plan.  I wish you all the best in your reintroduction phase!  
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    GraceMelodie reacted to Heathermarie74 in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I am happy to say that I've made it this far! I never experienced true tigers blood but thats okay. I had a set back this week due to a medical procedure that is usually very routine and minimally invasive but was far worse for me this time. I have been basically glued to my couch and alternating between some pretty serious pain and discomfort for most of this week. I have to wonder if the diet had an impact on the way my body reacted but I managed to stay compliant through it! Feeling much better now and ready to start very slowly reintroducing foods in only a few days!
    If anything, this gives me another reason to stick with Whole30 for a longer time, to allow my body the time it needs to even out my hormone levels and recover. Today I signed up for an obstacle race in June so I also have the motivation to start working out soon! 
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    GraceMelodie reacted to Heathermarie74 in Who's starting 1/1?   
    @JudiPurple I have since switched to flaxseed oil but will use anything I have on hand in the future (other than crisco) 
    Side note, crisco also has a bunch of palm oil which is incredibly horrible for the environment so I will be boycotting that from now on!
     
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    GraceMelodie reacted to Jihanna in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I'm still reading along

    I don't think I could name a favorite meal... I've had so many dishes turn out wonderfully, and will be keeping many of the ones I've done so far in rotation as we move forward through reintroduction and beyond.
    Some of this month's discoveries that my family and I have really enjoyed are:
    https://www.wholekitchensink.com/instant-pot-pot-roast/
    The roast was so very tender, and the vegetables were delicious.
    https://unboundwellness.com/one-pan-meatloaf-dinner-paleo/
    I used this ketchup with the meatloaf https://40aprons.com/whole30-ketchup-recipe/
    http://tasty-yummies.com/bone-broth-braised-greens/
    I love greens, but my husband doesn't... and he got seconds. I love this recipe!
    I used compliant bacon to do lardons (for the fat) and chicken broth.

    https://www.wellplated.com/paleo-chili/
    I made this with ground turkey, sweet paprika (not smoked), and skipped the cumin, cayenne, and topping suggestions. I also did our cauliflower (riced) on the side, because my husband wouldn't have touched the chili if it was in there (he also made a pot of beans to mix in with his, but I didn't miss them a bit)

    https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/instant-pot-bbq-chicken-paleo-whole30/
    I used plain yellow mustard (instead of spicy brown) and sweet paprika (not smoked), and made my own BBQ rub with the suggested ingredients. I also substituted a huge sweet onion, instead of a medium red one. This turned out so nicely, just tangy enough without overpowering me (I'm not a fan of vinegar-y sauces), and just enough sweetness (from the dates) to balance it out. It definitely isn't the tomato-and-sugar-laden sauce I'm used to, but I enjoyed it and will most likely do this from now on instead of dropping a bottle of store-bought barbecue sauce into dishes like this.
    https://www.foodfaithfitness.com/bacon-cauliflower-fried-rice
    This was SO GOOD! I didn't do an egg that day, and I never have sesame oil on hand, but the rest of the recipe I followed perfectly and it definitely met my standards. This is probably the closest I've managed to come to "not cauliflower" for my husband's taste.
    https://laughingspatula.com/chicken-avocado-burger
    I used ground turkey and about 3/4 avocado per pound of meat (I did a double batch each time, so 1.5 avocados to 2 pounds meat). Instead of almond meal, we used coconut flour, and that worked perfectly fine. I skipped the spicy stuff entirely. Turkey avocado burgers have probably been one of the very most favorite things, and will definitely continue to get cooked every week or two.
    https://whatgreatgrandmaate.com/asian-daikon-noodles/
    These made a super-tasty dinner for me last night, with plenty of leftovers since it was only me eating! It was the first time I'd used daikon radish, but I'm definitely going to be trying some other recipes that use it! I did skimp a little on this, using some plain cabbage instead of bok choy (and of course not having things like sesame oil or fish paste), and obviously I substituted coconut aminos for the tamari... but it was lovely.
    I've really enjoyed roasting veggies lately, too. I didn't think I'd get into it, but I think I prefer roasted broccoli to steamed, and I definitely love roasted starchy veges like butternut and sweet potatoes!
    Another thing I've started (thanks to one of the other ladies here) is cinnamon coffee. The cinnamon definitely covers the slightly bitter taste, so I'm actually enjoying my morning coffee again (and won't have any reason to add anything back to it later).
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    GraceMelodie reacted to JudiPurple in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I had a definite nsv yesterday. I usually wear larger, loose shirts (to hide the rolls)...I took out a shirt that usually makes me look like a stuffed sausage. Well, I put it on and it was slightly loose - and when I looked in the mirror, I didn't resemble a (terribly) lumpy kielbasa! I'll take it!
    Although, to be honest, I can't WAIT to step on that scale next week...but another part of me is a bit nervous...
    I made homemade ketchup yesterday, using dates instead of sugar or honey. I canned it this morning, and all the jars took! I wish I could can the homemade mayo, so I don't have to make it every week.  We are saving money, so I can't complain. As a school bus driver, I have a nice 3+ hours at home between my runs, so I'm able to do prep work for our meals. 
    How am I feeling? Well, very happy that hubby's #s (diabetes) are excellent - for instance, last night was 126...which is quite low for him post dinner. I am excited that my weight appears to be heading in the right direction. Does anyone else daydream about being able to do more, have more energy, looking better...? I do - however, I have to be careful that I ground those dreams in reality, so I avoid disappointment.
    Okay, back to work. Hope everyone has a great 25th day...!
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    GraceMelodie reacted to Jihanna in Finding myself   
    @Lainey18, posting a message like yours takes courage, and I'm so glad you were able to do it! Sometimes, even when we know things in our own mind and heart, getting it out of our head and onto paper (or the screen) can be so helpful for really acknowledging things and being able to make progress.
    I'm a recovering alcoholic, and for the longest time I didn't think I actually had a problem with alcohol. I knew I was a binge drinker, but I didn't consider myself an alcoholic because I didn't drink all the time... in fact, I would even go months (and even a little over a year, once) between drinks... but when I did drink, it wasn't only a little and it was generally not pretty at all. I'm also bipolar and wasn't on medication for most of my life. Drinking fed into mania, which fed into more drinking because NOTHING COULD TOUCH ME!!!! Ahem, of course I wasn't really untouchable, but that's how it felt. Then, at some point, I'd drop out of mania and stop drinking... until I fell into depression, and that would be a whole different path, but the same basic song.
    I, too, have struggled with my relationship with my husband of 20 years... with my kids... with my parents... with food, and of course with alcohol. There are a number of other struggles as well, but it all comes down to relationships, really. My last drink was over 4 years ago, when I woke from a binge and was severely dehydrated and absolutely ashamed because my daughters (both relatively young, at 10 and almost 5) had seen the after-effects of my drinking. I never wanted to feel that way again, physically or emotionally. I toughed it out with sheer will power for a while, but eventually had to get myself into a support group (mine is faith-based, which works for me) to help me continue moving in the right direction -- not just with my walk away from alcohol, but also with other areas that I need(ed) to change. I'm also on medication now, which has helped a lot (especially since there's no alcohol going in to affect the efficacy of the medicine!).
    I say all that as a way of saying that you're definitely not alone. There will be hard days, and there will be not so hard ones. But making the healthy choice is always worth it, from what I've learned in my own experience. I totally agree that finding a good way to get some "me time" in is a great idea, and it lets you focus on things that make you happy and bring you peace.
    Good luck to you!
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    GraceMelodie reacted to Lainey18 in Finding myself   
    I never thought I would put my thoughts to paper let alone doing it in public. I don’t drink everyday, but when I drink I drink too much. I black out, I embarrass myself and my family. My kids are grown and are doing amazing things. They love me unconditionally which is more than I deserve. I have never missed a game, recital or any event they were in.
    I have been married a long time and I got married young. I am not always happy in my marriage. He is not the reason I drink. I don’t think so. Sometimes he is great,  supportive and I love him. Sometimes he is mean, petty and nasty.
    I have a great job, good friends and I am missing something. I am going back to school next semester for my masters degree. I need to get my life on track. I have gained over 20 lbs in the last year. When I drink I over eat, any and everything. 
    So I started whole30 to help me focus on myself , eat, drink, spirituality and exercise . I am on day 18. I am proud of myself, and still not sure where I am headed. I am writing this today because I went out with friends and I didn’t drink, came home and my husband went out to drink more. My daughter is out with friends and I am home alone and I really want a drink. I know I will hate myself in the morning if I drink tonight. But it is a struggle, I am not gonna lie. 
    I will continue to work on myself! 
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    GraceMelodie reacted to CrazyCow in January 2 Start Date! Anyone else?   
    Here we are on Day 19...and tearing it up!! 
    Good past few days...at least from a learning perspective. I'd had a number of days where I was eating too late to get to yoga and that was making me frustrated, but there were other wins. For example:
    Friday was the first day I had a meal out since this W30 started. This was a work lunch, and we were at a Mexican restaurant, where I'd normally get a cheese slathered chimichanga, eat all the rice and beans, and I can neither confirm nor deny that I might have in that former life had a 'rita as well. Aaaand by the end I'd be stuffed and ready for nap!WELL. Current Whole30 me quizzed the server on every possible part of my lunch selection: does this have sugar? Agave? Filler? etc. What I wound up with was: Sliced steak, onions and peppers fajita style (totally compliant!) accompanied by pico de gallo (again NO sugar and compliant--a squeeze of lime on top).
    Saturday we had a busy run around day, which included a baby shower. Ate before hand, quizzed the caterer and drank fizzy water with double lime in a champagne flute all afternoon. Classy!
    By Saturday late afternoon though, I was getting HUNGRY...so went an unusual route and made from scratch POKE and 'SUSHI' ROLLS. Did I mention from scratch? SO good. SO SO SO good. And utterly compliant. Made spicy tuna with sushi grade tuna and whole30 mayo mixed with coconut aminos, a splash or three of fish sauce, garlic powder, minced thai chilis, toasted sesame seeds and some crazy voodoo magic because I tell you, it was better than the order out kind for SURE. The 'rolls' were avocado, lettuce, carrot, cucumber, cabbage and tuna and both the rolls and the poke bowl had 21 Seasoning Salute from TJ's sprinkled over it which was amazing. 
    Sunday was a finish things up day, so did not get to a cooking WOD, but we have plenty going on in the fridge to get started, including a SOUS VIDE shredded pork which we had over sweet potatoes and with a nice salad tonight. In all, quite a win in the kitchen these past few days.
    Tomorrow I have to hit the studio again...took these past few days off, and I'm missing it. That's a great sign, as far as I am concerned.
    Anyway to all, have a great week!!