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    NoreenM62 got a reaction from Maggieb123 in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    Happy September 30th! 
    Congrats to all who complete their Whole30 today, like me!
    @Maggieb123Thanks for sharing about the Walmart Whole30 bowls--I am gonna check those out.  Like you, I think I am going to continue on with the Whole30 guidelines for a while longer and like you, I am going to hide my scale as I have noticed in the past that the number on the scale seems to equate somehow to license to eat for me--"oh, down 4 lbs, ok, well then I don't have to be that good today." 
    I like how I feel on this regimen and it seems to really make sense for me.  That said, I am also looking at what my re-intro should look like, whether I add back some high protein dairy or legumes--not sure yet but I want it to be something that I have missed and will feel like a win when I add it back but will still be healthy for me--in other words, NOT sugar.  
    Good luck to everyone else who will be completing today or this week.  It is a really big accomplishment!
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    NoreenM62 reacted to kirbz in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    I wanted to take a moment to share a huge NSV! I'm an aspiring alpine climber, but not particularly fit, strong, or skilled. I'm also overweight. Just a few pounds ago and I was technically in the obese category based on BMI. 
    I had a big climb planned for Monday, which was Day 8 of my Whole30 journey. This was going to be my longest climb with the most elevation gain (10+ pitches with over 2,000 feet of climbing and topping out at 10,306 feet). I had done a different climb a few weeks prior and it was so, so hard. I almost couldn't finish. Despite all the training and effort I had put into it. It was actually that climb that inspired  me to start Whole30. Because I had been doing everything right except nutrition. Which finally convinced me that I can't be the kind of fit I want to be without that part. Enter Whole30.
    But this one was great!  I felt strong. I never doubted I could finish it. I wasn't completely and utterly exhausted on the hike out. It was a total and complete joy! 
    I don’t know if my hard work is finally paying off, if I’m turning the corner toward Tiger Blood, or if I just fueled right, but I’m so, so happy to finally see changes happening in the mountains.  
    Here's a photo of me at the top of Tenaya Peak in Yosemite National Park! 
     

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    NoreenM62 reacted to Prairie Dawn in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    Hi everyone.  Technically it's Day 8 for me, but I had some pretty crushing personal stuff happen over the weekend, and I'm not sure I'm in a place to continue the whole30.  Strangely enough, I stayed technically compliant in the midst of crisis, but it wasn't in a healthy way.  I'm trying to decide if it's better for me to stick it out and continue what I've started, or if that will put more pressure on me emotionally than I can handle right now.  I know I'm an adult and can make my own decisions, but I'm genuinely not sure what route would be better for me right now.
    At this point I am feeling like I may as well continue, only because everything in my house is Whole30 compliant already and I REALLY don't feel like getting out and going grocery shopping.  And it's not like I'm craving anything off-plan either: more like my stress levels have skyrocketed and I've lost my appetite completely.  Any thoughts or suggestions would be welcome... I really appreciate everyone's support and participation on the forums!
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    NoreenM62 reacted to nrmoody415 in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    So here I am getting ready to finish up Day 7. I am still feeling depressed and distraught because I don't think I am doing everything I am supposed to be doing. I have bought a lot of W30 approved items. And also items I thought were W30 approved until I eat them and look at the label AGAIN and see something in there that I missed the first time that is not W30! UUGGH! This is getting frustrating. I did better with meal planning this week, (at least I think I did, we will see as we go along) but I am still getting the meal template all jacked up (it seems like every meal). At least for me anyway. My husband is doing better with the meal template. My OCD of needing to get everything just right, follow the rules exactly, no mess ups is truly messing with my psyche. I want to cry and start all over!
    We went out to Outback this weekend. We special ordered everything with no butter, no dressing, no stuff we couldn't have. And everything still tasted so good I am freaking out because I don't think they fixed everything right. My husband won't give up his snacks during the day (albeit he has changed what he is eating at those times to nuts & fruit). I'm not accomplishing this.
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    NoreenM62 reacted to Maggieb123 in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    Day 9 for me.... I am starting to feel great!
    Got out in the back yard yesterday and wrestled with some nasty weeds with my husband which I would normally not have the energy for (I work 9p-5a over the weekends), so my NSV is getting my yard work done!
    I see lots of people are frustrated trying to do "the perfect Whole30" and follow the meal template and all the rules and that can really drive a person crazy! I remember this from my first few rounds-- It is a lot with all the rules and it is SO DIFFERENT from the way anyone else we know eats. You have to step back and let good enough be good enough (I've read a ton of the books and Melissa talks about it constantly, and she is the authority on the subject). As long as it is on the Whole30 ingredient list, it's OKAY. You may have compliant hot dogs and a sweet potato for dinner. Is it the perfect meal template? no. Is it Instagram worthy? no. Is it Whole30? YES. Did you eat real food? YES. Are you going to push through and continue the program? YES PLEASE DO!
    Take it from someone who has terrible food addiction--and has 50 lbs to lose--and half a thyroid-- and somehow screws up re-introduction every time--and is DYING to jump on the scale today juuust to make sure it is working--Give yourself some grace. Life isn't perfect. Finding what works for you takes time. It did for me at least....heck I'm still figuring it out. Anyone who did one Whole30 and magically became a perfect person in 30 days and no longer had any health issues and didn't at least consider stopping when they drove past a Rita's isn't anyone I want to be friends with. 
    ....Steps off soapbox....
    I did cook two dinners today so I'm off the hook until Wednesday  
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    NoreenM62 got a reaction from PaleoPatronus in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    Hi all,
    Day 9 today.  I had a great weekend--made the Chicken Chowder and Cold Thai Salad as planned.  Both are fabulous dishes.  Note on the Chicken Chowder: while the recipe states 45 minutes prep, it took me 2 hours.  Need to speed up my chopping skills   The Cold Thai Salad (which I have leftovers with me for my lunch today) could use a little more spiciness (there is a poblano chili in there so not sure why it is not hotter). And while I thought I was past the tired stage, I slept almost 10 hours last night which is the most sleep I have gotten in more than 10 years!  Have a great day!
     
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    NoreenM62 reacted to Danna W in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    I struggle with salad dressing too @nrmoody415. So far my most palatable concoction is EVOL, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and [lots of] garlic. My salads almost always have a little fruit in them and that bit of sweetness helps me. What I'd like to do is work some ACV into the dressing, but I just can't make that work yet. I'm with @kirbz. Like the book says, come up with something that doesn't try to replicate anything else. I like fruit vinaigrettes. The other day I tried to make something out of EVOL, ACV, and strawberries. That was truly vile. Don't do that.  
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    NoreenM62 reacted to Prairie Dawn in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    Also on Day 4 today... and I'm TIRED.  Feel like I would give anything for a nice creamy latte with a chocolate croissant!  Which is not even something I'd normally get, but wow, the things that surface when you're forced to pay attention... (honestly @kirbz reading your post mentioning cookies immediately got me thinking YES THAT SOUNDS GOOD PLEASE NOW haha).
    Making myself a cup of tea instead and trying to just ride it out, reminding myself that I can get to bed early tonight and hopefully get some good rest.  Some days you just have to push through, I guess...!
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    NoreenM62 got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    "Cookies and stuff"  Oh man, can I relate.  I LOVE cookies and stuff.  Anything with sugar and a quick hit to my blood sugar level--mmmm!  Today is Day 5 for me as well, my headache has subsided and I feel good. 
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    NoreenM62 got a reaction from Danna W in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    "Cookies and stuff"  Oh man, can I relate.  I LOVE cookies and stuff.  Anything with sugar and a quick hit to my blood sugar level--mmmm!  Today is Day 5 for me as well, my headache has subsided and I feel good. 
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    NoreenM62 reacted to suzhtz in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    Hi all - I started on Tuesday since we were traveling on Monday, so today, Sept 5, is my day 3.  I've been doing really well.  I have been keeping things super simple and only have W30 compliant food in the frig.  (Might be a few exceptions like butter and BBQ sauce in there, but otherwise it is all fair game on this W30 journey....)  There are more off program things in the pantry, but nothing I am not able to resist... at least so far.    We did completely purge the house of things like cookies, ice cream, crackers, popcorn, etc which has been very helpful.  Out of sight, out of mind.
    I've been having fun with this.  I've come up with a couple of wild food combinations, but they have all been really good.  Lunch today was sautéed zucchini, tossed some chopped rotisserie chicken and blackberries in the skillet.  Dumped it on top of some salad greens and added avocado.  Delish!
    Wishing everyone the best and much success!
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    NoreenM62 got a reaction from Prairie Dawn in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    "Cookies and stuff"  Oh man, can I relate.  I LOVE cookies and stuff.  Anything with sugar and a quick hit to my blood sugar level--mmmm!  Today is Day 5 for me as well, my headache has subsided and I feel good. 
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    NoreenM62 got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    Welcome Elizabeth33 and hello to everyone who is doing a September Whole30.  Just claiming my seat on this string.  Today is Day 3 for me as I liked the idea of starting on 9-1-19.  I am feeling good except for a low grade headache the past 36 hours that I had the last Whole30 I did and which I just attribute to sugar detox.  It should subside soon.  Good luck all!  Noreen
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    NoreenM62 reacted to Amada Grace in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    Hi all! It’s great to see so many who are starting at or around the same time; I start my W30 tomorrow. Just a thought: if any of you would be interested in teaming up for accountability— I’d really love some ladies to call on when the going gets tough and would love to lend an ear as needed. I have 4.5 years of sobriety from alcohol (primarily) and have gotten through many highs and lows during this time  with the help of personal accountability friends and a sponsor. There is something to this practice and it helps sometimes when nothing else does. I don’t know if this is allowed (if not perhaps the moderator can let me know) but if it is and you’re interested please email me at  . As a woman, I am seeking only female accountability, please


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    NoreenM62 got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    Hi all!
    Put me on the list for a September Whole30.  Nice to meet you all and welcome to the newbies!  I am 57 yo and this will be my second Whole30.  I did my first one over the summer of 2018 and was so pleased with the initial results--lost 9 lbs in 30 days and felt GREAT--that I stayed on it for a total of 3 months.  Lost 15 lbs in total and really felt like "this is the way I want to live my life."  Slept better, looked better, more energy, less of the constant hungries monster on my back.  Then, I went on vacation   Suddenly, all those things--sugar particularly--that I had gotten out of my system and sworn off of forever more, didn't seem so powerful.  But, they were/are.  I have gained back those 15 lbs and often feel tired and lackluster.  I have been talking about doing a 2nd Whole30 for the past 3 months so September will be a good stake in the ground.  Good luck to all!  Noreen    
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    NoreenM62 reacted to ShannonM816 in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    Daily emails are not available anymore, but there is the Whole30 Day by Day book which has similar tips and space for you to journal about each day, if that's something you'd be interested in.
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    NoreenM62 reacted to Dehh in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    I'll be doing my 3rd Whole30 starting in Sept.  My 1st one went great, but was allot of work, of course.  My 2nd was just a struggle since I wasn't mentally and emotionally into it.  This time I'm all in!  I've been prepping and re-reading over the last week.  I have recipes lined up and ingredients purchased.  Excited for this round!
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    NoreenM62 reacted to Shelly0831 in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    Hi.  I really want to start on September 1. I did my first Whole30 a few years ago and loved it. I stayed generally Paleo after that for about 18 months. Since then I can't seem to get back on track. I'm in my mid 40's and gaining weight, my joints feel awful and I'm not sleeping. But I start a round and can't stay in it. Frankly it's stress that gets me off - I have a bad day at work or with the kids and I want a drink and then it's just downhill. I need some accountability and partnership. My husband won't eat whole 30 with me and that makes it hard. Maybe joining a group like this would help. I just need someone to encourage me to stay on track even when it's a bad day. I know the benefits I know I'll feel better. I just can't seem to do it alone. 
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    NoreenM62 got a reaction from JeannieS in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    Hi all!
    Put me on the list for a September Whole30.  Nice to meet you all and welcome to the newbies!  I am 57 yo and this will be my second Whole30.  I did my first one over the summer of 2018 and was so pleased with the initial results--lost 9 lbs in 30 days and felt GREAT--that I stayed on it for a total of 3 months.  Lost 15 lbs in total and really felt like "this is the way I want to live my life."  Slept better, looked better, more energy, less of the constant hungries monster on my back.  Then, I went on vacation   Suddenly, all those things--sugar particularly--that I had gotten out of my system and sworn off of forever more, didn't seem so powerful.  But, they were/are.  I have gained back those 15 lbs and often feel tired and lackluster.  I have been talking about doing a 2nd Whole30 for the past 3 months so September will be a good stake in the ground.  Good luck to all!  Noreen    
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    NoreenM62 got a reaction from Shelly0831 in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    Hi all!
    Put me on the list for a September Whole30.  Nice to meet you all and welcome to the newbies!  I am 57 yo and this will be my second Whole30.  I did my first one over the summer of 2018 and was so pleased with the initial results--lost 9 lbs in 30 days and felt GREAT--that I stayed on it for a total of 3 months.  Lost 15 lbs in total and really felt like "this is the way I want to live my life."  Slept better, looked better, more energy, less of the constant hungries monster on my back.  Then, I went on vacation   Suddenly, all those things--sugar particularly--that I had gotten out of my system and sworn off of forever more, didn't seem so powerful.  But, they were/are.  I have gained back those 15 lbs and often feel tired and lackluster.  I have been talking about doing a 2nd Whole30 for the past 3 months so September will be a good stake in the ground.  Good luck to all!  Noreen    
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    NoreenM62 got a reaction from Dehh in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    Hi all!
    Put me on the list for a September Whole30.  Nice to meet you all and welcome to the newbies!  I am 57 yo and this will be my second Whole30.  I did my first one over the summer of 2018 and was so pleased with the initial results--lost 9 lbs in 30 days and felt GREAT--that I stayed on it for a total of 3 months.  Lost 15 lbs in total and really felt like "this is the way I want to live my life."  Slept better, looked better, more energy, less of the constant hungries monster on my back.  Then, I went on vacation   Suddenly, all those things--sugar particularly--that I had gotten out of my system and sworn off of forever more, didn't seem so powerful.  But, they were/are.  I have gained back those 15 lbs and often feel tired and lackluster.  I have been talking about doing a 2nd Whole30 for the past 3 months so September will be a good stake in the ground.  Good luck to all!  Noreen    
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    NoreenM62 reacted to JenX in Back Again and Starting June 1st   
    Challenge for the day - co-workers brought donuts. Now honestly, I don't even like donuts or how donuts make me feel if I eat them, but the last few times this has happened (and it's happened a lot so far this year), I've caved and had at least 1/2 of one.  I set my mind to one rule for this 30 days. NO FREE FOOD. Anything anybody is handing out is not going to be good for me right now. 
    Challenge #2 happens tomorrow with our weekly delivery of snacks in the work pantry. They're faux-healthy things, like chickpea puffs, or popchip-like things made with cassava. Gluten free? sure. actually healthy? hell no! again, same rule applies NO FREE FOOD
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    NoreenM62 reacted to slc_melissa in Help! Akward topic...diarrhea   
    If you're eating nuts as your primary protein source, I think you'll be lacking a lot of protein. Nuts can be very hard on the digestive system, are recommended as a handful every other day at most, and don't have great omega 3/ omega 6 ratios. Anecdotally, nuts have been a factor in a lot of people's skin problems on the forum.
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    NoreenM62 reacted to eldandning in Help! Akward topic...diarrhea   
    I´m no expert at this, but I can also have fast bowel sometimes, (especially in the morning and that´s the time that body "clean" itself) and maybe the diarrhea is a sign of the diet changing and completely normal but when you say the color I´ve read and learned that yellowish can be a sign of problem with breaking down fat. Maybe you didn't eat that much fat before? And I know for sure from a lot of people that fat can be used for getting the bowel going - if it´s too fast =diarrhea. (especially coconut-oil can be laxative)
    So maybe take less fat and let your bowel get used to it! Just take very little coconut-oil to start with. Maybe you can find good-bacteria supplement, I have ones that slows down the bowel, and you can also find enzymes and HCL supplements that can help break down fat.
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    NoreenM62 reacted to Tanya K in Help! Akward topic...diarrhea   
    I am paleo for the past 10 weeks. Although I must mention that I am only on day 2 of the whole 30, but pretty much no difference with the exception now I am not allowing treats say like coconut cream and strawberries. Anyway, for 6 weeks out the first 10 my bowel movements were a disgrace! It is only now that everything is normal! I didn't stop eating anything at all I just waited until it passed. Although if it had gone on any longer than 8 weeks I would have had to address it I think. But my feeling is don't worry! Drink loads of water perhaps there are s backlog of toxins there or something?