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    peak got a reaction from Zither in Down 50 pounds!!   
    Congrats on achieving a "half-C"... and yes, it is more than just the number.
    In just over 3 months I have shed some 40 pounds and my doctor says that with correct attitude, exercise and eating right that another 20 is possible.  I have it to lose but I am not going to make it my goal.
    A friend complimented me on my success and suggested that I go out into the woods and find a large rock that weighs the same amount that I dropped and that I should put it on my kitchen counter as a positive perspective-reminder of my success.  I just might do that
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    peak got a reaction from Zither in Down 50 pounds!!   
    Congrats on achieving a "half-C"... and yes, it is more than just the number.
    In just over 3 months I have shed some 40 pounds and my doctor says that with correct attitude, exercise and eating right that another 20 is possible.  I have it to lose but I am not going to make it my goal.
    A friend complimented me on my success and suggested that I go out into the woods and find a large rock that weighs the same amount that I dropped and that I should put it on my kitchen counter as a positive perspective-reminder of my success.  I just might do that
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    peak got a reaction from ladyshanny in Hungry in Middle of the Night?   
    One of the more difficult task of the W30 for me is taking in enough water.  My starting weight indicated a daily intake of 130 ounces... I was nowhere close to that. 
    I was waking up at night with pangs.  My mind was telling me I was hungry when my body was actually thirsty.   I regular keep a couple of liters of coconut water in the fridge and take couple of large swigs if nighttime cravings come up.  Coconut water instead of plain water is a little treat in the wee hours to feed the mind and body to sidetrack the interpreted hunger for me.
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    peak got a reaction from ladyshanny in Hungry in Middle of the Night?   
    One of the more difficult task of the W30 for me is taking in enough water.  My starting weight indicated a daily intake of 130 ounces... I was nowhere close to that. 
    I was waking up at night with pangs.  My mind was telling me I was hungry when my body was actually thirsty.   I regular keep a couple of liters of coconut water in the fridge and take couple of large swigs if nighttime cravings come up.  Coconut water instead of plain water is a little treat in the wee hours to feed the mind and body to sidetrack the interpreted hunger for me.
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    peak got a reaction from EllieHH in Thinking of going cold-turkey W30 during the holidays-   
    Completed my first W30 earlier this year with great results which actually stretched into a W45-ish period.  Have only reintroduced a few no-no's since then with little side effects.     Am staying away from sugar and limiting my grains as the new regular eating plan.      Have shed 45 pounds and several inches from just diet alone in a little over 6 months.    I know that weight loss is not the primary goal of the Plan, but I still have a bit of a gut that really needs to go.
    Whole 30 is one of the easiest things I have ever done.      If eating good food is all it takes, then it really is no effort at all.     Right now I do dabble in good wines and whiskeys (no more beer.)  Any bread that I eat is gluten-free and I have had pizza only once and now consider it a treat.     I do miss my pasta dishes, but it is easy to get over it with a rib eye.    I have cut out all deserts and processed sugar and do not miss those calories.      I do tend to eat more fruit than what is recommended but my diet now maintains my weight fairly consistent.
    If (and when I do my next W30) it will be for weight loss reasons.  Holidays bring on all the various parties and gatherings.      Saying no to alcohol is easy, but I do not want to impose on any hosts by requesting special dishes, so I think the most difficult part would be the selective eating of what might be available.
    I am thinking that going into a W30 program during the holidays on purpose would be a good test of will-power and good choices.      Has anyone done anything similar or should I adjust my thinking and schedule? 
    -frank.
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    peak got a reaction from CJD.Sign in Any Colorado Whole 30'ers that started this week?   
    Where are my Colorado colleges?  Hope you are still on track... it will be 3 weeks for me tomorrow.  I think I might have unknowingly slipped in a small way last week, but not going to let it get me down... my relationship with food has changed in a good way and might go beyond the 30 day anniversary.  This eating-good-food-diet is not really all that difficult... just different from previous habits, habits that are changing
    -frank.
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    peak reacted to ShannonM816 in For the Love of fruit..?   
    There's a couple of reasons to limit fruit. One is that vegetables provide more nutrition with less calories/natural sugars, so we want you to concentrate on them to get the maximum nutrition. There is still nutrients and good stuff in fruit, you just get a little more bang for your buck in an equivalent amount of vegetables.  Another reason is the sugar cravings -- many people are used to sweet foods in the morning for breakfast or sweets to end a meal, and while replacing those with fruit may be an improvement, it's still feeding those same habits around sweets, and we want you to change those kinds of habits.
    As for eating fruit with a meal, not on its own,  eating fruit alone is more likely to cause a spike in blood sugar in anyone who has any kind of insulin sensitivity issues, whereas eating it with a meal slows down how fast it is digested and is better for keeping blood sugar spikes from happening.
    If occasionally you eat more fruit than the template calls for, it's not the end of the world. A lot of people eat more fruit in the spring and summer when it is abundant, and then naturally eat less in the winter, and it mostly evens out over time.
    For the nuts, it is good to add fat to your meals, it is necessary to have fat in your diet, and whole30 doesn't really count calories or macros. Nuts don't have the best omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, which over time. The excess omega-6 is thought to contribute to heart disease and other issues. They can also cause digestive issues for many people, and they're really easy to overeat.
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    peak got a reaction from Zither in Down 50 pounds!!   
    Congrats on achieving a "half-C"... and yes, it is more than just the number.
    In just over 3 months I have shed some 40 pounds and my doctor says that with correct attitude, exercise and eating right that another 20 is possible.  I have it to lose but I am not going to make it my goal.
    A friend complimented me on my success and suggested that I go out into the woods and find a large rock that weighs the same amount that I dropped and that I should put it on my kitchen counter as a positive perspective-reminder of my success.  I just might do that
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    peak got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Stomach Bug-What do I eat?   
    Getting sick sucks whether or not you are in the midst of your first W30.  I started my first during late winter when I have been prone to getting sick and I contemplated what I would do if it happened to me... luckily it did not.
    My opinion is this (and what I considered if I had come down with the bug)... Eat sensible food even if it is not fully compliant.  A can of Campbell's chicken noodle soup is 'prolly better that a Hagen Daz binge.   Some crackers with ginger ale to help get you over it might be what is needed...BUT
    ... get back on the W30 as soon as soon I feel better as a restart.  I was not going to look on it failure but rather a pre-game scrimmage to the real thing.  10 days of understanding the concept to get a feel for it is still learned behavior...  treat yourself well (sensibly) to get through the illness as long as I commit to it as soon as able.
    This is just my opinion of what I would have done if I had gotten sick.
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    peak got a reaction from scoakley13 in Not a failure -Not emotionally in a good place- Whole 30 is a big deal   
    JodiLou... Don't beat yourself too bad... your writings are evident that you "get it."  Because you have dabbled in the eating concept you at least have an idea of what it is like.  Life can throw the best of us curve balls... the key is to keep striving until you get that sweet one right down the middle of the plate ...(note to self, 'prolly not the best baseball allusion when it relates to sweets and plates)
    Emotions will get so much better when you get on the routing of a healthier eating lifestyle. 
    Last night I came home from work and when I entered the house there was a funky smell.  More humid acridity than I am used to in my dry climate.  I searched it out and found that I had a pretty major water.  After shutting down the whole-house water, diagnosing the problem and shop vacuuming for several hours the soak that permeated the carpet I finally went to bed... without even the luxury of a cold shower... talk about a clammy feeling...Uhg!  When I was finally able to relax and start to nod, I self reflected as to how I handled my immediate situation:   years ago I would have most likely reacted in a different way.  It would have involved swearing in such a way that would have made a sailor blush.  It might have included rash choices that would have needed more repair work than necessary on the next day. 
    I looked back last night as to how I methodically took care of the immediate circumstances and how I put those in action.  I left a message for my office letting them know I would be late and took care of the plumbing repairs this morning.  Interesting as to how I slept no differently than as if nothing happened!  Moreover, I woke up this morning and still followed my morning routine of PT stretching and grinding the beans for coffee, all the same except for the ritual shower.  In the past I would have been so worried about how to get repairs finished as soon as possible and would have slept poorly.  There is a time for repairs and a time for me.  Sometime the "me" part still needs to come first in order to get other requirements done in good order.
    Emotions (good or bad) are so much better for me since I am more at peace with how I treat my body and subsequently how my body is treating me.  
    Keep focused on how the next emotional challenge that is thrown at you and how it will seem so much less significant when your person is in better shape because there might be many more situations that what you describe still down the road.  Commit to being your at your best so that when others come along they will be nothing more than an annoyance in terms of how you handle it.   Keep your chine up.  You get the concept and you can do it!
    -frank.
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    peak reacted to Rachelbyrd83 in I need energy!   
    Hi! I’m starting the Whole30 this Saturday the 14th and I couldn’t be more excited.  I am in my mid 30’s and am tired of feeling exhausted and having no energy.  I’ve succeeded at losing weight and eating healthy before, but i always fall off the wagon.  Not this time!  I can’t go on making poor food choices.  I’m doing this for me and my son and husband.  They deserve a wife and mom that is the best version of herself and can set a good example.  I’m excited about this new lifestyle.
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    peak got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Day 4, It's Getting Harder!   
    Keep focused... and keep a sense of perspective of how good it will be in only a short time from now.
    It may seem like a marathon in front of you but in reality it is only 30 days.  The perspective of time can vary depending on the challenge in front of you.  I remember what I thought was an ominous challenge for me on the first day of boot camp some 3 decades ago (and due to an injury I spent more than twice the normal time before I left Parris Island.)  Looking back now I can see that it was not that difficult ....with the right attitude.  I approach the first thirty days of my W30 eating plan with much of the same learned wisdom.
    Imagine to yourself the most difficult task in your life thus far of which you needed to deal.  Put into perspective that W30 will be much easier because all you have to do is eat really good food.  Right now the new routine is so out of whack from which your physical being is used to doing.  The opening theory of the Whole 30 concept is not hard and it lists items for people who ARE in difficult situations.  There are men and women who are fighting disease.  There are people worldwide who are struggling against oppression.  There are parents who are trying to comprehend the unreasonable death of a child.  Those are just a few comparisons of folks who are dealing with real tough stuff.  And those are very difficult things... Whole 30 is just an eating plan that is "boot camp" for a better, future eating lifestyle.
    I am still only a Private in the W30 regime, having only been a few months since starting sometime earlier this year (in fact, the starting and finishing dates are irrelevant now because of my food attitude change.)  Keep focused on the long term results.  There are many members here who will attest to all the positives that you will realize once you get there.
    A motivator for me of eating good food is remembrances of oatmeal, powdered eggs and SOS at 0530... When I was 18 I was only concerned about the taste of burgers, fries and Mary Lou's lipstick on a Friday night... the contrast of mess hall chow was bad tasting food!  I do not ever want to experience that again if at all possible.  I now have that freedom of choice and I am striving to get back to the shape I was in when in service... you can do it too!
    Keep your chin up.  In the bigger picture, it is only 30 days ...and not really too difficult because all you are doing is eating good nutritious food. 
    -frank.
     
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    peak got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in How do you get your caffeine?   
    My new attitude with eating better by using W30 as the precedent includes adopting the concept of "quality over quantity." 
    I used to drink some 6-8 cups of coffee a day with half n' half.  I never thought I would like the taste of black coffee,  but now I do and would not think of reaching for the creamer.  Black coffee with a good breakfast seems to enhance the flavor of the food because there is no moo to disguise the meal.   I am enhancing this by purchasing better brand of beans (and am even grinding it in the morning.)  A better quality bean is allowing me to drink less of it and I am enjoying the flavours more than i could imagine.
    Perhaps try a step-up quality from your normal brew and embrace it black.

     
     
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    peak got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in How do you get your caffeine?   
    My new attitude with eating better by using W30 as the precedent includes adopting the concept of "quality over quantity." 
    I used to drink some 6-8 cups of coffee a day with half n' half.  I never thought I would like the taste of black coffee,  but now I do and would not think of reaching for the creamer.  Black coffee with a good breakfast seems to enhance the flavor of the food because there is no moo to disguise the meal.   I am enhancing this by purchasing better brand of beans (and am even grinding it in the morning.)  A better quality bean is allowing me to drink less of it and I am enjoying the flavours more than i could imagine.
    Perhaps try a step-up quality from your normal brew and embrace it black.

     
     
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    peak reacted to ShannonM816 in The Great Ghee Debate   
    For more about ghee and why it's allowed on Whole30, check out this article: http://whole9life.com/2011/10/butter/ 
    I'd also add that the reason many people would consider ghee unhealthy is simply that it is a fat. These are the people who would be shocked to learn that Whole30ers often eat a whole avocado every day, sometimes more. There are starting to be more reports out there that show that fat isn't necessarily bad, but many people still believe that eating fat is what makes you fat.  
    I personally find that I'm happier if I don't discuss what I choose to eat with many people. If this person is someone whose opinion you respect, that's one thing -- hopefully the article I linked gives you a starting place for discussion -- but if it's someone whose opinion on healthy vs unhealthy foods is probably not going to influence your decisions about what you eat, you might want to try not to mention too much about it, or if they ask come up with a simple (polite) response like, I'm trying this for 30 days to see if it helps (insert whatever issues you hope to address with your Whole30) -- if I decide to continue eating this way indefinitely, I'll certainly keep that in mind, but for 30 days, I don't think it's going to hurt me. (Evidenced by the fact that the SuperSize Me guy recovered from 30 days of fast food meals -- I think it's safe to say you'll have no problem getting over 30 days of protein, fat, and vegetables, even if some part of it turns out not to be the right choice for you.) Or just smile and say, thank you for your concern, and then change the subject. 
     
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    peak reacted to Newsland33 in Achieving is believing   
    Back again.
    Yesterday was the four month anniversary of the start of my Whole 30 journey. This morning, I stepped on the scales 37 pounds lighter than that January day I took my first step toward regaining control of my health.
    As I've written before, I was fortunate. My initial Whole 30 experience went relatively smoothly. I don't really have any of the horror stories about food cravings; mood swings or physical discomfort that I was told could be part of the cleansing process.
    That's not to say my discipline hasn't been tested. I will get the occasional pang for something sinful (often pizza or chips), but more times than not I have been able to rely on the strategies I've picked up along the way to make a smarter, more mindful, choice. 
    In the three months since I graduated from W30, I have transitioned into a lifestyle that is more like Whole 15 out of any given 30 days. My new normal is totally or nearly compliant W30 during the first three or four days of the work week, when my exercise time is a bit more limited. Then I loosen the reins a bit on Fridays and over the weekend, but do my best to supplement with lots of activity and exercise on Saturday and Sunday.
    More than anything, though, I am most proud of the fact that nearly every food decision I'm making today is a conscious choice. I never realized how much mindless eating I engaged in prior to starting W30. Now when I treat myself to some of my favorite foods that may be a little "off book," I'm making the decision that it's worth it for whatever the reason - special occasion, a rare food opportunity, a well-deserved treat.
    I'm not an all-or-nothing guy by nature but I have found some discipline I didn't know existed as result of this journey. For example, I haven't had a Diet Coke in 125 days - not bad for a guy who routinely drank six or eight a day before W30.
    I also have made the decision to stay away from sugar almost entirely, because I still have a ways to go to reach my weight goal and I have plenty of stored fat yet to be burned for energy. I'm sure there will be a day this summer when the only thing that will do on a hot South Carolina day is a dish of ice cream, but it hasn't happened yet.
    In some ways, I "failed" the reintroduction part, but in a way that works for me. I've found that I can be 80-90 percent compliant most days (100 percent on many), and still eat virtually everything I want. And the weight continues to slide off at a healthy rate.
    Beyond that, I have found a level of "functional fitness" that I haven't enjoyed in decades - as I have discovered in recent weeks by doing physical tasks such as trimming branches, cutting wood and push-mowing with ease that I couldn't have imagined four months ago. As I mentioned in previous posts, my overall energy is higher than it has been in years.
    And, I'd be lying if I said I didn't like the fact that family and friends are noticing. I am getting a steady stream of compliments on  my appearance, which is good for the ego. It also shows that people care, which is good for the soul. Both provide motivation to keep me on track.
    I've said this before, but it bears repeating. I have been, throughout my life, the least habit-forming person I know. I'm still surprised at the extent to which this journey has changed my relationship with food. 
    The secret, I've discovered, is there is no secret. You just have to value your health enough to stick with it and do your best to win every day.Trust me, if I can do this, you can.
    With appreciation,
    ML
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    peak reacted to Newsland33 in Achieving is believing   
    Hi, all:
    I'm back. In fact, I just finished Day 80.
    I know, because one of the many good habits I have picked up on my W30 journey is to keep track of my food and exercise, as well a few thoughts on how I'm feeling, on a daily basis.
    To be clear, I've not been compliant for 80 straight days, although the thought to try has crossed my mind a few times. I've reintroduced all the food groups that I avoided during my W30 period - with the exception of sugar, which I am really trying to do without. Some - dairy and legumes - have gone better than others - grains.
    To be even more clear, when I say reintroduced I don't mean on a daily - or even regular - basis. More days than not, I am completely, or nearly, compliant. This way of eating has become second nature and I've started to figure out how to handle the occasional craving, when to jump back on the wagon completely for a couple of days to keep my momentum going  - and perhaps most importantly for my sanity I'm starting to give myself permission to consciously ignore W30 for a good cause (like closing on the sale of our house last week, which we celebrated with a wonderful meal of pizza and champagne). 
    In a word, I've become mindful of what I am eating/drinking and why.
    My choices are conscious ones, and the vast majority of them have been good choices. It's empowering and the results have become a virtuous circle of weight loss, increased energy, better focus, terrific home-cooked meals, more sound sleep, better vital signs and a generally more relaxed demeanor.
    I'm down 30 pounds since mid-January. I'm working out 4-5 days a week, as opposed to 1-2 days a month. My blood pressure is lower than it's been in years and my resting heart rate is in the low 60s. 
    Beyond that, I look forward to tackling the day and seeing where this journey will take me next. I still have a ways to go to reach my weight goal, but for the first time in memory I see a path to get there. 
    I'm sure there will be more stumbles and obstacles in the days, weeks, months ahead.
    But that's OK, because I'm in charge of my life and this process. And that may be the biggest success of them all for me. 
    With appreciation to the W30 community and all those in my life who are providing support that has made all the difference.
    ML
     
     
     
     
     
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    peak reacted to SugarcubeOD in Staying On Program 365   
    Harm persay?  No, nothing bad will befall you.  Is it what we want for you? To follow someone else's rules 365? Nope.  You can make your food freedom plan WholeNancyWarner... reintroduce the things you feel you may ever want to eat and then incorporate or exclude them from your own rules as you see fit.  It would be extremely onerous to ask at every restaurant forever whether they put sugar in their sauce or what oil they cook in... if you find during your reintroductions that a bit of sugar in ketchup and soy oil occassionally when eating out doesn't bother you, then that makes your life a heck of a lot easier.  You don't have to go back to the inflammatory foods that cause pain or unwellness for you, but you should do the reintroduction so you know what those foods are... 
    Knowing whether ice cream on a sunny boardwalk is going to send you running to the outhouse or spiraling into a sugar binge would be good info because it's likely that at some point, you may want a summer sunny day treat and you should know what that treat is going to do.
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    peak reacted to kirkor in Gluten Free Humour   
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    peak got a reaction from Newsland33 in Achieving is believing   
    Just finished my first W30 and what you said is a BIG difference that I also noticed!
    Congrats to you!
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    peak got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in NOoooooooo!   
    Brightside,  As your username suggests, look on  the brightside- you made it to day 26, you know the routine. Kudos to you!  In m opinion, finish out to day 30 and look back on how well you did and then reassess if you need to restart.   I too, by rote and habit, used a similar cooking spray about  half way in.  Oh well, I said to myself.   I was on a good roll as far as how to go about readjusting my attitude towards food and resolved to not use it again.  I am on day 27 today and am going to evaluate my recorded data numbers on this upcoming Friday and most likely I will keep rolling with The Rules because am feeling much better.
    There is a wonderful response by Moderator Sugarcube in another thread that I read yesterday and it really makes sense.  It was in relation to post Whole 30 relationship with food.  I am using it to refocus my goals (I might need to change my username.)
     
    Where am I going with this?  Do not beat yourself up.  Your username is so optimistic!  Roll with it!  See how you feel and and then figure out where to go.  I am not going to reintroduce just because my 30 days are up and yes I too slipped up in the middle of it, but even though I accidentally slipped up, I was feeling so much better that good feeling kept me going... and is still keeping me going.
    Keep your chin up and let the positive good feelings keep you going too!
    -frank.
     
     
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    peak got a reaction from Stackgrl in Any Colorado Whole 30'ers that started this week?   
    I will check in here as well, to read of your successes!
    I am starting on Tuesday, 27 Feb.
     
    frank.