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    suzannes got a reaction from Amina429 in EAT ALL THE THINGS   
    Thanks for the post @_keli and the advice @ladyshanny .
    Oh boy, PMS today in the final week of my 1st Whole30...wow. I only have PMS once in a long while, usually in a high-stress month, like now. This PMS came out of nowhere like a ton of bricks. Finally dawned on me today why I wanted to EAT ALL THE THINGS and KILL ALL THE THINGS. Makes a bit more sense why I've been overdoing the apples and almond/sunflower butters last couple of days as treats to satisfy my PMS sweet cravings. Good news is I've learned so much about clean healthy mindful eating on Whole30 that I know this too shall pass and I'll get back to normal eating and normal hunger soon when the crazy hormones finally subside. Ok, thanks for listening to my PMS rant. 
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    suzannes got a reaction from Amina429 in 2nd Round of Whole30 - May 1st! Ladies only please!   
    Hey @Kelsey Barber thank you for sharing, it's nice (but too bad for you) to hear that others have had odd PMS experiences on the Whole30.
    It really came as I surprise to me frankly, since I don't normally have a lot of PMS issues, to then have it come up on the last week of my 1st Whole30.
    Whew! This has been a very interesting journey.
    Trouble-shooting now and looking ahead, next month I will be mindful to increase my carb/starch and magnesium intake the week leading up to my period. I think, based on what I've read on the forum from all the great moderators like @ladyshanny and all of the experienced women here, that this might help next time.
    It will be "interesting" to see if I struggle as much next time. One thought I had (like your reference to eating the way we were designed to eat) was that for me on the Whole30 plan I was suddenly eating a lot less carbs, esp. junk carbs, and so my body was starting out a bit behind when PMS time came, so maybe I felt worse because of that. Hence my plan to increase carbs pre-PMS next go round. 
    Cheers to you and the other fabulous women here on your Whole30 journeys! Looking forward to chatting more as we learn/struggle/triumph through May. 
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    suzannes got a reaction from LizaQ in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Congrats everybody, well done! It was nice traveling along with you on the April Whole30. It went by really fast surprisingly. 
    Like @bigmamabird I'm going to continue at least another month since my sugar dragon is still breathing fire, and I just want to make this healthy way of eating a good solid habit, and see if I can continue to relieve some health issues.
    So, I'll be around here if anyone wants to chat more about this journey or just wants to check in sometime. 
    Good luck, best wishes, and bon voyage to all of you fellow Whole30ers! 
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    suzannes got a reaction from LizaQ in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Congrats everybody, well done! It was nice traveling along with you on the April Whole30. It went by really fast surprisingly. 
    Like @bigmamabird I'm going to continue at least another month since my sugar dragon is still breathing fire, and I just want to make this healthy way of eating a good solid habit, and see if I can continue to relieve some health issues.
    So, I'll be around here if anyone wants to chat more about this journey or just wants to check in sometime. 
    Good luck, best wishes, and bon voyage to all of you fellow Whole30ers! 
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    suzannes got a reaction from LizaQ in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Congrats everybody, well done! It was nice traveling along with you on the April Whole30. It went by really fast surprisingly. 
    Like @bigmamabird I'm going to continue at least another month since my sugar dragon is still breathing fire, and I just want to make this healthy way of eating a good solid habit, and see if I can continue to relieve some health issues.
    So, I'll be around here if anyone wants to chat more about this journey or just wants to check in sometime. 
    Good luck, best wishes, and bon voyage to all of you fellow Whole30ers! 
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    suzannes got a reaction from LizaQ in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Congrats everybody, well done! It was nice traveling along with you on the April Whole30. It went by really fast surprisingly. 
    Like @bigmamabird I'm going to continue at least another month since my sugar dragon is still breathing fire, and I just want to make this healthy way of eating a good solid habit, and see if I can continue to relieve some health issues.
    So, I'll be around here if anyone wants to chat more about this journey or just wants to check in sometime. 
    Good luck, best wishes, and bon voyage to all of you fellow Whole30ers! 
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    suzannes got a reaction from LizaQ in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Congrats everybody, well done! It was nice traveling along with you on the April Whole30. It went by really fast surprisingly. 
    Like @bigmamabird I'm going to continue at least another month since my sugar dragon is still breathing fire, and I just want to make this healthy way of eating a good solid habit, and see if I can continue to relieve some health issues.
    So, I'll be around here if anyone wants to chat more about this journey or just wants to check in sometime. 
    Good luck, best wishes, and bon voyage to all of you fellow Whole30ers! 
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    suzannes got a reaction from LizaQ in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Congrats everybody, well done! It was nice traveling along with you on the April Whole30. It went by really fast surprisingly. 
    Like @bigmamabird I'm going to continue at least another month since my sugar dragon is still breathing fire, and I just want to make this healthy way of eating a good solid habit, and see if I can continue to relieve some health issues.
    So, I'll be around here if anyone wants to chat more about this journey or just wants to check in sometime. 
    Good luck, best wishes, and bon voyage to all of you fellow Whole30ers! 
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    suzannes reacted to tutormom in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    @Kiralyn D, sounds like you need to explore the concept of Food Freedom (new book).  I had the book out from the library but had to return it before I read much.  It looks helpful though.  The point of this adventure is to reverse the role food plays in your life:  Now you own IT, rather than it controls you.  Please check back in at some point and tell us what you figured out. =)  Best of luck!
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    suzannes reacted to Dave K in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Happy Day!!! Day 30!!! Congratulations to everyone who completed the program!!! It's been fun riding out the last 30 days with you. I'm curious to see how the measurements will work out this evening.
    Hats off to those of you continuing for another 30. I don't think i'd have to many issues continuing along the same journey. My wife on the other hand is looking forward to a little creamer in her coffee.  Other than that, I think she would be fine as well.
    It's been fun, interesting, nerve racking, a little stressful, and a great learning experience of all the hidden ingredients in what is called "food".  I hoping to take what I've learned to the next level and continue to eat healthy. This was a great first step! I'm glad i did it!!
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    suzannes reacted to Let's Dooooo It! in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    I assure you that you CAN enjoy your anniversary and not compromise your eating...if that's what you choose to do.
    That being said, no regrets, WHICHEVER you choose. Do it with GUSTO! 
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    suzannes reacted to Kiralyn D in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Hey everyone! We are nearing the end, and I am feeling all kinds of things!! As I'm sure you all understand. I'm not sure where to go from here. My goals for this Whole30 were to 1) tame my Sugar Dragon 2) stop sneaking food 3) change my relationship with food/stop using food as a reward or therapy 4) honor my body and recognize feelings of true hunger and satiety/stop eating things just because they are there. I feel like I've been fairly successful in these goals, but I recognize that changing food habits over a lifetime takes more than 30 days. I will go through the reintroduction calendar just to see what these food groups do to me. But I don't think I have any food intolerances. And that's kind of where I'm stuck. If I keep going with these "restrictions," I will just want them more just because I can't have them. If that makes sense. It's harder to make these decisions for myself rather than just someone telling me what to do. So someone tell me what to do! Haha. We also have some big trips coming up this spring/summer... I just don't know. Any help/suggestions out there for figuring this out? 
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    suzannes reacted to Dave K in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Hi Dianne...  It's been a fun journey. A bit surprised how good I feel right now and I can see myself continuing is some fashion. We have kicked around the idea of the Mediterranean Diet as one possible avenue moving forward. The supplements that I took prior (BCAA and Protein Powder) will most likely be first on my list to reintroduce. Mostly to finish out the containers I have on hand that I purchased prior to starting W30. Depending upon how I feel towards the end of next month will determine if I purchase them again. Alcohol would probable be next. We have a drink or two in moderation and that will most likely continue. Instead of every weekend, a goal would be maybe a weekend or two out of the month. I would like to try and keep up with the elimination sugars and processed foods. They were reduced in our diet prior but the body feels good taking it a step further. Some of those hidden sugars will probable sneak in there only because they're in everything. I want to be more conscious of it.
    We have a bunch of trips planned over the upcoming months that will make it difficult to do a full 30, but I can see myself giving it another run in the fall. Good luck with your Journey!!!
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    suzannes reacted to Kiralyn D in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    I won't be doing any running either... But heck yes to a celebratory glass of wine!! I'm also feeling better today, maybe because of the commiserating! I've had a slow morning at work and have been browsing the "Dear Melissa" pages suggested by a moderator. I've found this one ( https://whole30.com/2016/08/sugar-dragon/ ) to be really helpful in re-thinking my battle with the dreaded, vicious Sugar Dragon, and also in re-thinking life after Whole30. This isn't a diet, and it's not about restriction - it's changing habits from the inside out and changing emotional relationships with food. This is only THIRTY days going up against a LIFETIME of emotional and habitual associations with food. I also printed out the Off-Roading Map ( https://whole30.com/downloads/off-roading.pdf ) , and if I have to pull that out every time I have an "unhealthy" food choice, then I will. @Let's Dooooo It! mentioned earlier that "Availability does NOT equal necessity." And that's the truth. I need to think more in terms of the empowerment I feel when I make good choices for my body, rather than feeling sorry for myself when I'm "unable" to have something. If I expect my brain to throw tantrums over what I can't have, I'll be better prepared to handle it.
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    suzannes reacted to Dave K in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    This is sort of where my wife is, still struggling a bit. I think if she was able to put cream in her coffee she would be a lot happier. She to is hanging on by a thread, mostly in part because i'm doing it with her. She's waiting for me to give the word, but I won't do it. I keep telling her we're almost there. 
    We don't plan on changing our diet much from what we learned on Whole30, it's been a great leaning experience for both of us.
    Hang in there, we almost made it!!
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    suzannes reacted to Dave K in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Day 26 ... Tiger Blood dipped a bit, but still going strong. I Increased my steps on the fitbit, 4,000 and my morning runs have improved. The diet has been in autopilot and still maintaining all the correct foods. Some cravings, but they seem to get easier to dismiss. I can relate with you @suzannes about "Kill all the things", I've been good but could easily lose my temper, been catching myself before the words actually come out of my mouth.  .
    I did break out the scale, was curious. I try not to let the numbers drive/ bother me. I feel good, my clothes are looser, belt moved a notch, maybe another one soon, look thinner, but the scale didn't move as I thought it would. That's alright, I feel really good. My goal was to restart my metabolism and I think I've done that. 
    Only a few my days to go!!! Stay strong everybody!! We've come so far, only a little bit to go!!!
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    suzannes reacted to Hope4Overcomers in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Oh my, @suzannes! I wonder if the same thing can happen in menopause! Sleepy, weepy, and creepy as of late! Went from Tiger Blood to who is that???? You have my sympathies! I’m in agreement as usual with you in May. May be slightly my own version due to wedding feasts for my niece, with few options, from what she’s chosen...wine, pizza, and pies!!! Yikes, plus my son is coming. I refuse to just bail though! Other than my recent Monster Woman, it’s been very, very, good!
    How is everyone else? Don’t worry, I won’t hurt you! You are all too special to me!
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    suzannes reacted to ladyshanny in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    Easier said that done and easy for me right now to "preach" to you because I'm in an ebb of stress.  But when you can't remove stress altogether you put focus on all of the other things.  Get enough sleep.  Get moderate activity (walk the dog etc, nothing high intensity).  Eat whole, nutrient dense foods.  Take as much time for yourself as you can to decompress.  
     
    So you can't get rid of stress but you can remove all the other "stressors" on your body which means that your body is much more able to cope with whatever stress load you have at the time.
     
    As Melissa teaches, you have a health bank account.  If all you are ever doing is making withdrawals (low quality or short sleep or poor nutrition/high anti-nutrition such as sugars/grains etc or no activity along with whatever high stress you have) your health account gets depleted.  If you have to have the high stress making withdrawals for a period of time that's fine but make deposits with the good nutrition, good sleep, gentle activity, good self dialogue etc).
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    suzannes reacted to jmcbn in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    Unless you went particularly low carb & entered ketosis which can *sometimes* effect ovulation (although unlikely in such a short time) I'd say it's unlikely that eating healthy, wholesome, nutritious foods would prevent ovulation. Inflammatory foods, low fat low cal diets & random meal times play havoc with hormones. Whole30 serves to rebalance them. As you'll have seen in this thread & others Whole30 can & often does effect the cycle, but things do fall into place...
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    suzannes reacted to Beets in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    When I quit sugar and grains (was still eating dairy) in Feb my period totally shocked me. Which never happens. I get very bad PMS and am usually weepy and paranoid for days.
    On my W30 my period took forever to arrive. I felt like I was 40 weeks pregnant and paying attention to every minute sensation in my body. I completely felt my lower abdomen getting heavier, filling up. I felt my mood change.
    Once my period arrived, it was more crampy than the previous one.
    My last period (post W30 but following AIP) was early and my PMS significantly less of an issue. Period also seemed shorter and less heavy.
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    suzannes got a reaction from Kiralyn D in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Hmm... @ShannonM816 ... Extinction Burst or a Hormonal PMS Hurricane...? Like @tutormom I was also feeling pretty great, in control, steady till about mid week this week when out of the blue PMS hit me like a ton of bricks. Terrible insomnia, extremely irritable mood and powerful junk cravings. It's been a very long time since I've noticed any PMS issues till now. But this week, my last week of Whole30, I went from happy Tiger Blood to Bloody Murder--Eat All The Things--Kill All The Things. I really regret not seeing  earlier all of the helpful advice here on the forums re upping your carbs before PMS strikes. Lesson learned! Ouch. I do not want to experience this awful PMS week again. I'll be much more mindful next month to carb-prep in hopes of heading off the PMS tidal wave.  This bad week is another reason I'm going to do another round of Whole30 in May...my sugar dragon had been in retreat, but this week came roaring back and scaring the beejeezus out of me. 
    But on a cheerful cheering note: Keep up the great work @Let's Dooooo It! @tutormom @LizaQ @bigmamabird @humanitysurvey @Dave K @Hope4Overcomers @Kiralyn D @dnewc @deviin22 y'all! 
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    suzannes got a reaction from dnewc in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Happy Saturday  @Hope4Overcomers and all our fellow April Whole30 folks! 
    Thoughts on another round of Whole30, since I'm heading in to the "final" 4th week here: 
    Surprising myself... I am already planning to do another round of Whole30 in May, focusing on getting completely off of caffeine, going to 100% decaf coffee ('cause I like coffee) and herbal tea. I have cut back from my past coffee consumption (fighting chronic depression and long-time insomnia -- yeah, I know it's a vicious self-defeating cycle: coffee --> sleeplessness --> coffee... repeat). I chose not to cut out caffeine on this 1st Whole30 so wouldn't have to fight sugar AND caffeine withdrawal, a steep effort.
    Also, my fire-breathing sugar dragon is still roaring and has certainly not been slain. Whole30 has helped tremendously, and as promised has helped me reset my eating and how I think about food and health. I have truly surprised myself that I've avoided sugar for 21 days already, I never thought I could do that! But the sugar-junk carb cravings are still there. I have successfully resisted during Whole30, but I want to be able to do more than just resist , I want to stop thinking about sugar-junk carbs all the time: I want food freedom. I think I should not consume any added sugar-junk-sweets for a long long time if ever, because they are so addictive and nearly impossible to control, at least for me. I want to make sure that sugary foods and junk carbs are extremely rare in my diet moving forward. So I think that another round or more of Whole30 will be helpful. 
    Interested in y'all's thoughts on reintro and/or continuing Whole30 after April. 
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    suzannes got a reaction from Kiralyn D in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Hmm... @ShannonM816 ... Extinction Burst or a Hormonal PMS Hurricane...? Like @tutormom I was also feeling pretty great, in control, steady till about mid week this week when out of the blue PMS hit me like a ton of bricks. Terrible insomnia, extremely irritable mood and powerful junk cravings. It's been a very long time since I've noticed any PMS issues till now. But this week, my last week of Whole30, I went from happy Tiger Blood to Bloody Murder--Eat All The Things--Kill All The Things. I really regret not seeing  earlier all of the helpful advice here on the forums re upping your carbs before PMS strikes. Lesson learned! Ouch. I do not want to experience this awful PMS week again. I'll be much more mindful next month to carb-prep in hopes of heading off the PMS tidal wave.  This bad week is another reason I'm going to do another round of Whole30 in May...my sugar dragon had been in retreat, but this week came roaring back and scaring the beejeezus out of me. 
    But on a cheerful cheering note: Keep up the great work @Let's Dooooo It! @tutormom @LizaQ @bigmamabird @humanitysurvey @Dave K @Hope4Overcomers @Kiralyn D @dnewc @deviin22 y'all! 
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    suzannes got a reaction from Kiralyn D in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Hmm... @ShannonM816 ... Extinction Burst or a Hormonal PMS Hurricane...? Like @tutormom I was also feeling pretty great, in control, steady till about mid week this week when out of the blue PMS hit me like a ton of bricks. Terrible insomnia, extremely irritable mood and powerful junk cravings. It's been a very long time since I've noticed any PMS issues till now. But this week, my last week of Whole30, I went from happy Tiger Blood to Bloody Murder--Eat All The Things--Kill All The Things. I really regret not seeing  earlier all of the helpful advice here on the forums re upping your carbs before PMS strikes. Lesson learned! Ouch. I do not want to experience this awful PMS week again. I'll be much more mindful next month to carb-prep in hopes of heading off the PMS tidal wave.  This bad week is another reason I'm going to do another round of Whole30 in May...my sugar dragon had been in retreat, but this week came roaring back and scaring the beejeezus out of me. 
    But on a cheerful cheering note: Keep up the great work @Let's Dooooo It! @tutormom @LizaQ @bigmamabird @humanitysurvey @Dave K @Hope4Overcomers @Kiralyn D @dnewc @deviin22 y'all! 
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    suzannes got a reaction from Kiralyn D in 4/2/2018 Starting Whole30   
    Hmm... @ShannonM816 ... Extinction Burst or a Hormonal PMS Hurricane...? Like @tutormom I was also feeling pretty great, in control, steady till about mid week this week when out of the blue PMS hit me like a ton of bricks. Terrible insomnia, extremely irritable mood and powerful junk cravings. It's been a very long time since I've noticed any PMS issues till now. But this week, my last week of Whole30, I went from happy Tiger Blood to Bloody Murder--Eat All The Things--Kill All The Things. I really regret not seeing  earlier all of the helpful advice here on the forums re upping your carbs before PMS strikes. Lesson learned! Ouch. I do not want to experience this awful PMS week again. I'll be much more mindful next month to carb-prep in hopes of heading off the PMS tidal wave.  This bad week is another reason I'm going to do another round of Whole30 in May...my sugar dragon had been in retreat, but this week came roaring back and scaring the beejeezus out of me. 
    But on a cheerful cheering note: Keep up the great work @Let's Dooooo It! @tutormom @LizaQ @bigmamabird @humanitysurvey @Dave K @Hope4Overcomers @Kiralyn D @dnewc @deviin22 y'all!