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    hotwheels got a reaction from Jim4884 in The weekends are the hardest   
    Yes-totally agree! It is actually fun for me now to plan and prep, knowing it will be saving time during the busy week. I put on some good music and get comfy in the kitchen! 
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    hotwheels reacted to KayB in Scared of overeating / the struggle of letting go of portioncontrol   
    Laura, Hotwheels and Lwolford, thank you so much for letting me feel like I'm not the only one going through this. Today I did some more shopping, just to get by till sunday. After all I have the luxury of having stores open within a 5 mile radius every day of the week. Might as well enjoy that luxery. As I wrote in my daily log I ate a lot yesterday so I'll learn to feel what being comfortably full is like before going into the search for the point where I get hungry. I need to get out of my diet-mindset...
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    hotwheels got a reaction from KayB in Scared of overeating / the struggle of letting go of portioncontrol   
    Sounds totally normal to me, I think it is hard to switch the way we think about portions. Sometimes, the whole30 meals I made seemed huge, and previously, I never would have felt so free to eat that much. But when it is all good protein, fat and veggies, you know you can eat it and still not feel gross afterwards.
    In the beginning, it can be challenging to find the right amount of food that keeps you satisfied for 4-5 hours. It took me a week or so of experimenting to know how much I needed. I realized for me, it was the fat I was missing if I got hungry after 3 hours. Plan on maybe having some hunger in between meal 1 and 2 and again between 2 and 3 and have some compliant options if you need them--you are not supposed to feel hungry. But be wary of snacking too much, even if it's compliant. I had a few nuts between lunch and dinner during my first week but after that I was fine and didn't have a snack after that unless it was a pre or post workout mini-meal (not considered a snack). 
    I go to the store 3-4 times a week because I like having fresh produce and lots of variety but if that's impossible, you could have some frozen veggies on hand in case you run out of fresh. You will eat a lot of veggies! Good luck!
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    hotwheels got a reaction from Snposman in Alternative to dates as sweetener???   
    Yikes! I have seen recipes that used figs or dates. You could try fruit juice for some recipes.
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    hotwheels got a reaction from turtledove in Unintentional cheating   
    I had a very similar experience with making a dinner dish for my kids. I was warming alfredo sauce and somehow a drop got on my finger as I was serving it, and I licked it! I realized immediately and spit it out. I say don't be too hard on yourself. Keep going!
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    hotwheels got a reaction from MABTB in Tazo Dessert Delights Tea   
    The vanilla bean macaron flavor is really good! I add some vanilla nutpods-YUM! Haven't tried the others yet!
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    hotwheels reacted to sarahhovey in Making Whole 30 my Whole Forever   
    I am 66 and have been on this merry-go-round for too long. I am finally at the place, and age, where it just isn't worth it to have some so called "treats".
    It is not a treat if my gut blows up. It is not a treat if I get a hangover. It is not a treat if I can't stop  eating ice cream and cheesies. It is not a treat if I wake up to myself some weeks or months later feeling gross again.
    I at 6 weeks now and starting to feel a lot better. I decided not to weigh myself at all because that number is not the point. It's all the other things - all the things on this list:
    I really like Mel Joulwan on all of this. Here is her 30 reasons to stay on Whole30. It's great.
    http://meljoulwan.com/2013/12/27/30-reasons-whole30-2/
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    hotwheels got a reaction from TJHigh in Making Whole 30 my Whole Forever   
    You sound a lot like me! I am reading Food Freedom Forever right now, and it sounds like exactly what you are talking about. Eating mostly really healthy (whole30-ish), indulging on some less-healthy foods/drinks on occasions when you decide it is worth it. I am just a week past my first whole30, still doing slow reintroductions, so I am no expert for sure, but I think the idea is that after you figure out how different foods affect you, you can consciously decide if that burger, or wine, or ice cream (yum, I too, love ice cream) is worth it, even if it has any negative consequences (physical, psychological etc)...and if  you decide it is worth it, you enjoy it without regret or remorse, and then go back to eating the things you know make you feel great. I think sugar is a hard one though, it is just so darn tough to stop once you start. But it sounds like you have many good habits, so hopefully that will help. I have not had any 'treats' yet, it almost seems easier for now to say no to it all instead of allowing 'just a little', but this is not sustainable forever. So at some point this month, after my reintros, I will likely encounter something I decide is worth it, and hopefully I'll enjoy it and it won't wake my sugar dragon. Good luck to you (and all of us) on this journey.
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    hotwheels got a reaction from CMB227 in Best easiest veggies ever   
    Yes-try it! I LOVE my spiralizer! I use it mostly for zucchini (easy to spiralize) and sweet potatoes (a bit more challenging due to hardness but still doable),  Zucchini I like to have as a cold salad (any dressing works, I like one with almond butter and rice vinegar & sesame oil), and sweet potatoes sauteed w coconut oil or ghee-YUM! Better than french fries. I could never get a carrot to work but want to try cucumber to make a thai-style salad. 
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    hotwheels reacted to BonnieStP in For those of you considering the Whole30....   
    Since starting eating the Whole30 way, many of my friends have asked questions, and for advice as they consider it too.   Here's a getting started summary, based solely on my own experience.   First, you are considering this for any number of reasons... for some it's the hope of weight-loss, for others, health issues such as allergies, inflammatory responses and other ailments that might be addressed by learning through the process which foods your body does not do well with.   I can tell you that I don't think I have any allergies to foods and didn't have any digestive issues plaguing me.  But I have terrible eating habits.  I love healthy food, but also ate way too many snacks and foods that were just empty, very tasty, but empty calories.  I have been successful with Weight Watchers in the past, several times.  Get that?  SEVERAL times.  So, I was tired of the yo-yo weight issue I lived with as a result of not changing my HABITS, and that was my real motivator for trying the Whole30.   I didn't want to count calories or points all my life, but understood that weight was a direct result of too many calories in and not enough burned off.  What I didn't understand is the way a healthy body burns calories, and mine was way off wack from a lifetime of splurging and self-denial.  The process is that the body goes first to sugars for fuel, and I had plenty of those coursing through my system!  Some of it, it turns out, I wasn't responsible for, or even aware.  It wasn't just the sweets I chose to eat, but I've learned that sugar is added to the craziest things you'd never dream of, and as a result, we ingest way more of it than we should, all day long.  I wasn't choosing all of that, but it was going in my body every day!  So, the short of it is, our body uses those sugars and leaves the rest of it, until needed.  And the way I was eating, the rest was never needed, staying on as extra pounds unless I deprived myself for a period of time - in a DIET.  After that time, of course, it would all come back because I was going back to eating the way I'd known for all my life.     So, for ME, and for my husband Dan too, we lost weight just by eating compliant to the Whole30 Plan of healthy proteins, vegetables, healthy fats and some fruit three times a day, and being sure that we were not leaving the table hungry.  I'm talking measurable, significant amounts of weight.   Also, I lost some of the hip, knee and foot pain that was pretty much with me all the time.  Is it just that the lower body mass was easier on my joints, or was I eating in a way that kept those areas inflamed?  I don't know.  But I know I'm eating compliant still most of the time, with small indulgences here and there, and I don't miss the weight OR the pains!!  (lol)   It's not a once and done, either.  I was looking for something I can live with, forever.  And I think I found it.  Eating well, feeling satisfied, and never having to DIET again.  It's a learning process of eating mindfully, sliding back into old habits, and bringing yourself into check again when you see it happening.  I think of it as a re-structuring of a lifetime of habits and way of thinking about foods as "good or bad", or worse yet, yourself for eating them!  I am still learning, and it will take many cycles before I can achieve what Whole30 calls "Food Freedom Forever", but I am closer now than I've ever been in my life, and I feel great too along the way!   OK, some tips to make it easier:  BUY these books and read them.  They will HELP YOU on this journey. 1)  'It Starts with Food',  2) 'Whole30 - 30 Day Guide to TOTAL HEALTH and FOOD FREEDOM', and 3) 'Food Freedom Forever'. You CAN do this without the books, but they are great resources, and isn't your health worth a little investment? NO, I am not a spokesperson for them and I don't get any commission if you buy. Book #2 has a sample week's menu that I used as my base when I started new.  It also has many recipes, some for some things I've never done before, like making my own mayonnaise! Participate in this Whole30 online forum.  There are many there who are more experienced than me, who are very generous with their knowledge, get you through some tough moments, and, most of your questions have probably been asked and answered there.  It's a great resource and source of support!  PLAN your meals.  Failure to plan = a "screw it"  attitude when your belly is talking to you and you don't know what you are going to put on your plate. Consider utilizing a meal planner.  I subscribed to RealPlans.com, which integrates with Whole30.  This has a shopping list feature that is fantastic, tied to the menus selected for the upcoming week, has a supported facebook page/forum, and it lets me import my own favorite recipes too. PRE-COOK as much as you can, weekly or bi-weekly.   This is especially important for those that really hate to cook.  I don't hate it, but I hate to use my time cooking.  Some, really HATE it.  But we've got to eat.  Might as well make it as easy on yourself as possible. You've got to have 3 good meals x 7 days/week... in my mind...forever, which means I wanted to learn as much from this first 30 days experience as possible.  But only concern yourself about the next 30 days for now.  Some of what you are eating for dinner can be in breakfast tomorrow, or lunch the next day, or a full meal that you cooked double or triple of and froze for dinners next week, or weeks from now!  Cook large portions of protein, parcel them to servings, and freeze.  You can change up the menu by serving them as part of another grouping of vegetables and whole different set of spices, and it won't have to be the same-old, same-old. Speaking of spices - there are many good sources online for mixing up new combinations to keep your tastebuds VERY happy.  I'm loving this part. I rely on what I call "skillet meals" a lot - I love bringing raw or pre-cooked proteins and veg's, even fruit sometimes, together in layers in a pan on the stove, cooking in a healthy fat.  I never get tired of them, and Dan loves them too. Fritattas, started on the stove and finished up with the eggs on top and browning under the broiler - YUM!!!!  This recipe is SO versatile - anything goes!! TRY NEW FOODS that you thought you didn't like.  Be open-minded.  Once you start eating un-processed foods, you will be surprised at what fills you up, and what tastes good together, and you want to have as much variety of healthy, satisfying foods as you can get your hands on, so you won't ever get hungry or bored. PLAN your meals... and don't think of them as breakfast, lunch and dinner.  They are meal #1, #2 & #3, and all foods are good at every hour of the day, not only the way you've been thinking of them your whole life.  Yes, even salmon (for me anyway)... great left-over in an egg frittata first thing in the morning! Don't give in and snack while on the Whole30 - just don't do it. Eat to fullness at each meal, and you won't. Plan and serve foods that you like at each meal, and you won't. Try not to snack AFTER the 30 days too - keep that bad habit from coming back.  Let your body work to process in a balanced nourishment cycle rather than peaks and valleys of too much/too little food intake. Staples in my pantry - reading labels to be sure anything packaged, canned or bottled is compliant to Whole30: Coconut Aminos Chicken and Beef Broth Coconut Oil Olive Oil Coconut Milk Sweet Potatoes Russet Potatoes Canned Sliced Potatoes Shredded frozen Potatoes Unsweetened Apple Sauce Canned Diced Tomatoes Salsa Canned Tuna Vinegars Nuts!  (Yum!!  Great, & healthy in recipes!) Vegetables of all kinds - fresh when possible, canned and frozen also though! Spiralized vegs - yes - it makes a difference - these are GREAT sauteed in a skillet! Riced Cauliflower - I've bought mine frozen from Whole Foods - usually 10-12 bags at a time, because I'm not there often. Onions Mushrooms Peppers Avocados (didn't know just how much I loved these!!  Yum!!) Eggs Spinach (fresh baby spinach - great nutrients and cook down from a big pile into tasty bites in your meal - I use it in fritattas, always) Squashes Turnip Poultry, Pork, Beef, Fish, Frozen Shrimp Some becomes smoked and shredded, some cooked fast in pressure cooker, some cooked in slow cookers, some pre-assembled in patties, often with portions frozen for many, MANY future meals. Bananas Grapes Clementines Melons Berries Apples, and any other fruit in season!! Have an open mind.  This is not a punishment, but a gift that you are giving to yourself.  Anything worth having takes a little work, and so does this - at first.  Until it becomes second nature. If you are doing the Whole30 - it is only 30 days, and you can do THAT, right?   Of course you can!  Embrace it, and decide later whether you have learned anything useful about foods and your body, then use what you've learned to work towards a lifetime of good eating that keeps you healthy.    Hope this helps.  Good luck my friends!  
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    hotwheels reacted to calico_roan in Making Whole 30 my Whole Forever   
    I am struggling with this too. I want to continue riding on this train. I have 7 days left of this second round and I know eating this way is best for me and the way I feel....but I want to try and balance that with being a human being who likes to indulge in a glass of wine, a delicious burger or an Ice cream (ice cream is my most favorite food in the whole world)...and not let that derail me into junk oblivion. Luckily, I am a person who enjoys eating healthy, meal planning, and cooking. I am not worried about those behaviors changing, but rather my sugar dragon getting the best of me or me gaining weight back that I've lost, etc. I know its just something I'll have to feel out and work on...its a process...a journey. 
    Anyone else have some tips/experience with this that they would like to share?
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    hotwheels reacted to chichi in Here goes!   
    @hotwheels I really enjoy those monster salad bar places, especially now that I'm not worried about whether sunflower seeds are roasted in peanut oil, etc. It's totally worth the $15 bucks sometimes to have a giant slaw/salad bowl with 20 ingredients prepped by somebody else. (And yeah, no dishes!!)
    @TJHigh It's amazing how your body recovers after you've eaten without much sugar for ~40 days, I think you'll be right back off your sugar train when you go to your 2 days of W30 food.
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    hotwheels got a reaction from CMB227 in Best easiest veggies ever   
    That does sound good-I may have to try some for those nights when I don't feel like prepping veggies!
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    hotwheels got a reaction from purplepadres in I only want to reintroduce wine! Is this ok?   
    I think this is a possibility, but it is so nice to have some while cooking! I planned my wine reintro with a fully compliant meal, and I had my first 1/2 glass of wine while cooking, and because I was already hungry (it was dinnertime after all), I don't think I ate any more than I usually would have, but even if I had, it was all compliant and I don't think a few more bites of veggies or protein would have been that bad, not like a bowl of chips and salsa or chicken tenders and fries. I think if you are careful and plan well, you can safely reintro wine if that suits you. But I also agree with the recommend doing a reinto of the other stuff too, because this is your chance to test with a clean slate.  
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    hotwheels got a reaction from Mmarzofka in Making Whole 30 my Whole Forever   
    This is me almost exactly! I am on post day 6...and did a wine reintro on day 1 and dairy on day 4 but otherwise am eating all w30. I have little desire to stop because I feel so great and healthy! But I know I will eventually want to eat a slice of pizza with my kids once in a while, and have some ice cream/wine/chips and salsa etc when I really want. My partner and I are planning to do w30 for the rest of the month (with planned reintros) and then work on our food freedom forever plan. He is still fighting his sugar dragon on a mostly daily basis so I think he needs more time. I have very few cravings for food, my real craving is for someone to cook and clean whole30 meals for me LOL!
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    hotwheels got a reaction from purplepadres in I only want to reintroduce wine! Is this ok?   
    I am glad I'm not the only one in this boat. I had a half glass yesterday while making dinner and a glass with dinner. Luckily, there were 3 of us drinking and there was no more to be had because I am pretty sure I would have had more. I also noticed that it made me crave dessert, which I had not wanted for a few weeks, and I did not cave. Big eye opener for me. It was a nice evening, but I think I will go back to no alcohol for the next few weeks and do a normal reintroduction of other foods before I try alcohol again. Good luck to all of us on this journey!
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    hotwheels reacted to kirkor in Accountability partners for January 1st 2018   
    Nope, have at it! The order of reintro is just a suggestion.
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    hotwheels got a reaction from Jim4884 in The weekends are the hardest   
    Yes-totally agree! It is actually fun for me now to plan and prep, knowing it will be saving time during the busy week. I put on some good music and get comfy in the kitchen! 
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    hotwheels got a reaction from purplepadres in I only want to reintroduce wine! Is this ok?   
    I am glad I'm not the only one in this boat. I had a half glass yesterday while making dinner and a glass with dinner. Luckily, there were 3 of us drinking and there was no more to be had because I am pretty sure I would have had more. I also noticed that it made me crave dessert, which I had not wanted for a few weeks, and I did not cave. Big eye opener for me. It was a nice evening, but I think I will go back to no alcohol for the next few weeks and do a normal reintroduction of other foods before I try alcohol again. Good luck to all of us on this journey!
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    hotwheels got a reaction from purplepadres in I only want to reintroduce wine! Is this ok?   
    I am glad I'm not the only one in this boat. I had a half glass yesterday while making dinner and a glass with dinner. Luckily, there were 3 of us drinking and there was no more to be had because I am pretty sure I would have had more. I also noticed that it made me crave dessert, which I had not wanted for a few weeks, and I did not cave. Big eye opener for me. It was a nice evening, but I think I will go back to no alcohol for the next few weeks and do a normal reintroduction of other foods before I try alcohol again. Good luck to all of us on this journey!
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    hotwheels reacted to Jim4884 in The weekends are the hardest   
    I've found that making weekends (partially at least) about cooking up a ton of food to last the upcoming work week helps... just get into a week after week cycle - the cook-up allows the healthy eating for the week.  Repeat, repeat, repeat....
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    hotwheels got a reaction from ShellyM in Accountability partners for January 1st 2018   
    That's so cool! I'm not missing anything really, either, so I am planning to keep with it for a while. Except I will be having a glass of wine with dinner.   Not sure if we will follow the reintroduction bc I don't have a huge desire to add back in most things...though I may have a small bowl of ice cream this weekend, but only if I really want it (I did really want some last weekend when my kids were eating it). I am reading Food Freedom Forever and it is great! Yay for day 31!
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    hotwheels reacted to Samoyed in Accountability partners for January 1st 2018   
    I'll be completely honest... I'm not missing,  sugar,  dairy or wheat, legumes.   So unless I have a change in cravings... I'm going to keep eating like this 
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    hotwheels got a reaction from AnitaC in Cooking fats? Confused   
    That is what I do also! I have olive oil, ghee and coconut oil and use them depending on the flavors I am using. It's fun to experiment, too!
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    hotwheels reacted to DebG44 in Accountability partners for January 1st 2018   
    @hotwheels congrats on making it through!  This is my second round, and I plan on staying Whole30 for another 30-37 days. I think the extra time will help solidify some good food choices. I slipped into some bad old habits over the holidays. 
    Good luck with the reintros everybody!