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  1. Hi @Rachel Nicole Take advantage of nutritional yeast, too! I used to only use it for popcorn, but the taste has really grown on my, especially when I do like a 'taco bowl.'
  2. Wow! Thanks for the feedback--this is scary and yet, comforting to know somebody else has experienced it. He eats raw vegetables really minimally now--tomatoes okay, some greens, but otherwise, always cooked, and largely avoiding certain root vegetables. Also, never movie theater popcorn (which, ew, anyway). And obviously we are careful about cuts of meat and bite size... but it sure feels like it is sometimes totally unrelated, or we can't make the data points connect into a meaningful conclusion, and we are just guessing because of associating other bad reactions to food with the stricture thing. He does tend to panic a bit--reasonable--and the doc really tried to forcefully move things, with diet soda and a vomit-inducing medication. So it's interesting that the opposite approach, relaxing, might be helpful. Thanks again for the feedback!
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    Little disappointed by the scale

    It sure seems like you haven't quite grappled with whole problem of the scale--if you are exercising more, and your clothes fit better, and you feel better, it's likely that your body composition is changing. Your health and wellness isn't determined by that number because the number doesn't have any more information inside of it. Muscle weighs more than fat, bone density, water retention, hormones, and blah blah blah. (And frankly, how does that number measure happiness? Like, how?) But fundamentally, this isn't about losing weight in 30 days. It's a lifestyle change--not necessarily that you will eat strictly this way for however long, but that you will approach eating differently, with attention, with sincerity and forgiveness, and sometimes, scientific detachment, in order to eat in a way that supports your best life. Moreover, the changes your body makes, in my experience, are long-term. I think some of my 'tiger blood' experience was the same kind of weird energy one gets at a certain point while fasting--the body reacts to what it perceives as a drastic change in the availability of food. Tiger blood didn't last for me, and honestly I'm glad, it was too manic. What I access now with returning to W30 eating (I haven't done one for over three years, but I return to no dairy, no grain, and very minimal added sugar whenever I need to) is the sustained clarity of mind and better sleep, and really valuing those parts of my life over the scale. Full disclosure, I'm average size and haven't weighed myself in a few years (also haven't been to the doctor in that long, cheers to shit health insurance and dumb luck), and I don't have any medically mandated weight goals. Like anybody, I used to have ideal weights for myself, but I didn't *have* to continue dedicating any more valuable space in my brain to that pretty meaningless number. If you don't *have* to--and I really think nobody should, because all the ways people try and manipulate weight are crazy-making--then I would say, stop tracking your weight. It is not an indicator of your health, or happiness, or value, or strength.
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    Issues with leafy greens

    @heb2014 I don't know how you guys are doing now, but I and my partner experienced something similar,--he wasn't even doing the W30, but our together meals changed. It can be frustrating when one person's body reacts totally differently than another person's, but of course, that was the point of this whole thing for me, to figure out what makes you feel your best, and what's seldom worth making yourself feel crappy. It can be kind of disheartening to find it's a 'good for you' food. My husband turned out to have a digestive allergy to raw carrots, and then, when vegetables became a much more significant portion of our meals, we realized he was always having a reaction to cooked carrots, as well, he'd just never eaten a whole bunch of them. Carrots are like my second-favorite vegetable, and he doesn't like my first-favorite! We are careful with all root vegetables with him, parsnips and beets, and it just means that sometimes, I make a big ole batch of something I like, knowing it's just for my lunches, and we are both eating in a way (mostly) that makes us feel good.
  5. Yessss. It's all in the sauce. For us, and I say us because how I eat has changed the way our household eats even though my partner didn't ever actually do the W30, the biggest change has been meals built without grain products. Our dinner rotation used to be basically pasta, nachos, curry or stirfry w/ rice, soup w/ bread, grilled cheese sandwiches, etc. And breakfast was toast, oatmeal, bagels, muffins, pancakes etc. I don't think I had a grain-free meal in my life before my W30 (3 years ago). Now, all of our together-meals are pretty classic W30 plates. (Though, obviously, my own meals get weird, because leftovers. The rest of the taco fixin's on a plate of mashed potatoes with some green olives? Sure.)
  6. Does anybody (especially men, as it seems to be especially common in men) have experience with getting food stuck in their esophagus? As a chronic life issue? A number of men in my family have experienced this regularly, and I always dismissed it as not chewing their food, eating too much gristle off chicken bones, cutting steak too big, etc. But my husband had to have a bite of food removed from his esophagus last week, and the ENT told us the biopsy tissue results came back consistent with eosinophilic esophagitis, which as I understand essentially means chronic allergy to some food or food group, causing the esophagus to swell and constrict. It's super expensive to test this allergy since the allergic reaction doesn't necessarily happen externally; you may have to get a scope done each time you re-intro a food you've excluded to see if you're having an allergic reaction. I ride my bike pretty good these days, and my husband's general meal template has gradually shifted to look mostly like mine, though he does eat oatmeal pretty regularly, and still has the occasional milkshake. We generally eat really well, and healthily. I'm curious if anybody has experience with this and whether the Whole 30 experiment interacted with the condition, helped you discover a food allergy, or helped you manage this condition. I'm not sure what direction to go, as the ENT told me that the last two people he worked with that honed in on their allergies found them to be milk and strawberries, respectively. Fresh strawberries, of all things. I feel like I thought I had an understanding of how to feed us well, and now my compass is spinning in circles!