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    JJB got a reaction from claidheamdanns in Teen with Stomach Pain   
    What part of the W30 protocol is torture for you? I do miss sweets and pizza/burgers, and don't enjoy spending so much time cooking...but I also don't miss having headaches multiple times a week, feeling sleepy/tired/grumpy/lethargic the majority of the time, having unreasonable hunger/cravings every single day, etc... Have you and/or your family members noticed any benefits from your new diet that might motivate you to continue? If not, then I guess I can't blame you. Maybe you've been focusing on the fact that it's not helping the specific problem you hoped it would, and possibly overlooked other positive changes that have occurred? I no longer think of the SAD as "normal." I wish it had never became the norm in our society to eat so many processed and modified foods. I hope your son finds relief with the IBS protocol. I can't imagine having stomach pains on a daily basis, especially as a kid.
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    JJB got a reaction from claidheamdanns in Teen with Stomach Pain   
    What part of the W30 protocol is torture for you? I do miss sweets and pizza/burgers, and don't enjoy spending so much time cooking...but I also don't miss having headaches multiple times a week, feeling sleepy/tired/grumpy/lethargic the majority of the time, having unreasonable hunger/cravings every single day, etc... Have you and/or your family members noticed any benefits from your new diet that might motivate you to continue? If not, then I guess I can't blame you. Maybe you've been focusing on the fact that it's not helping the specific problem you hoped it would, and possibly overlooked other positive changes that have occurred? I no longer think of the SAD as "normal." I wish it had never became the norm in our society to eat so many processed and modified foods. I hope your son finds relief with the IBS protocol. I can't imagine having stomach pains on a daily basis, especially as a kid.
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    JJB got a reaction from LoriBeth in Bacon recommendations   
    Breakfast is just another meal.   You don't have to have "breakfasty" foods. It took me about a week to adjust to having leftovers and vegetables for breakfast. It makes meal planning much easier if you don't limit the types of foods you can eat at meal 1. 
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    JJB got a reaction from JMT1127 in Have you eaten 100% compliant at ANY chain restaurant?   
    The gluten-free menu at Olive Garden has options. You can get steak, salmon, or chicken supposedly grilled w/just olive oil; same with the vegetables on the side.
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    JJB got a reaction from Hotdogstosangers in Is it possible to have no digestive symptoms with reintroductions?   
    I didn't really have any digestive upset during my reintros either. What I figured out through trial and error (probably ~6 months worth of experimenting) is this:
     
    - Sugar makes me crave more sugar. Gluten makes me crave every junk food ever invented.
    - Aspartame and MSG give me headaches.
     
    That's it! Kind of a let down, LOL. It would have been nice if the "bad" foods made me sick, so they would be easier to stay away from!
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    JJB got a reaction from VVfit in No snacks?!?!! Help   
    No snacking is not a rule, it's a recommendation. Generally if your meals are composed optimally, you will not be hungry for 4-5 hours. But everyone's body and schedules are different, and especially in the beginning of the W30 it can be harder to get away from snacking. You might want to post what a typical day's meals look like...it's possible you are undereating. If you are genuinely hungry though, eat! Try to  make it a mini-meal, not something like fruit or nuts. It will get easier as you go along.
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    JJB reacted to bpxdomino in Nicole's Low Fodmap Whole 30   
    JJB, I know it. Cadbury caramel eggs and cadbury mini-eggs... they create the perfect storm of emotional eating. For one thing, it's only around at this time of year ("I should eat it now since it won't be around later"). They evoke memories of childhood ("I remember Mom used to put these in my Easter basket"). And... they are on sale! ("I'm getting such a deal")! I find this much time of year even harder than Halloween - at Halloween, you are just getting candy that's around at ANY time of year.
     
    Anyway... it's early on  Day 3 but I just wanted to report I'm feeling better (no nausea - headache still lingers a bit, but it's dull, not the raging migraine I had last night). Yesterday at about noon I had intense sugar cravings again, and it was shortly after that I began to not feel very good. On my drive home from work, I debated stopping for something sweet, but promised myself that I would go home and eat my dinner first and then see if I wanted something else. I was odd because usually when I'm not feeling well, I don't really have an appetite. So I had my dinner, did a few things around the house, and then I went to bed pretty early last night because I wasn't feeling well.
     
    Missed my workout last night because of it too, and today I have a meeting I have to attend right after work. I'm going to bring my gym clothes and try to hit up the gym after the meeting - so will be a late night. Planned meals for the day are:
     
    M1: Tuna over baby spinach, balsamic vinaigrette, coffee, BP coffee
    M2: chili, salad, tea coffee, grapefruit
    M3: chicken soup, sweet potato
     
    Update 5:45pm - definitely feeling 100% better, and for the first time in over two weeks, my shoulder feels decent. I'm happy I have been able to plow through sugar cravings, but still have a busy night ahead of me - hoping my meeting doesn't take so long so I can get to the gym afterwards. Still gotta work on slowing down for meals, though - so far I am very good about taking 20 minutes to eat breakfast but work is driving me crazy, and I always feel as if I need to rush through lunch and dinner to get on to the next thing.
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    JJB got a reaction from bpxdomino in Nicole's Low Fodmap Whole 30   
    Why is Easter candy in particular so f'in good? Every year I literally dread going to the store in the months of March and April because I know how hard I'm going to fail. And the sales....aghhhhhhhh. Does the fact that it's only 34 cents instead of 99 cents change how bad it is for me, how mad at myself I'm going to be when I eat it, and how much harder it's going to be to stay away from it once I give in that first time? Nope. Doesn't matter though, does it? Stupid evil Cadbury. 
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    JJB reacted to Justine0207 in My job is making me eat   
    I deeply appreciate all of your comments and advice. It has led me to start the process of looking for a new job. I met with a recruiter at a staffing agency last night and she has submitted my resume to a few jobs that might be in line with my goals. 
     
    Thank you all for your support and encouragement!
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    JJB reacted to evaq in Bumpy Ride: Re-intro Week 1   
    It's been 10 days since I finished my whole 30 and I've spent the past week navigating the dodgy obstacle course of "real life" and "real world" eating. Not to say that I wasn't eating real, whole foods during the past month, I was. But I curbed my socializing drastically and the number of times I went out to eat was zilch. My first week post-whole 30 had two goals (or challenges) on deck.
     
    1. my belated birthday lunch (Indian buffet) + cake
    2. 7-day re-introduction of dairy (isolated + gradual reintro of milk > cream > cheese > ice cream > yogurt)
     
    So it probably won't surprise anyone to learn that item #1 was a gong show. I went into it knowing that it had a pretty good chance of being a tough lesson, but I *really* wanted it to work. I had put off my b-day celebration for months even though and I had picked this particular restaurant ages ago. And while I generally don't enjoy buffets, I *heart* Indian food something fierce. The layers of subtle spices, the rich flavours, the way vegetables are magically transformed…it all *sings* to me. I had a modest scoop of 5 different dishes + 1 1/2 pieces of naan. Three of the dishes were veg or fruit based (cauliflower, spinach, mango cuke salad) and the other 2 were meat (chicken, beef). After lunch, my friend and I walked for about 30 minutes and then popped into a favourite bakery. We picked up my belated "birthday cake" which ended up being a mini 4" coconut cream pie and headed back to my place to have b-day pie + tea.
     
    About 2-3 hours after lunch + dessert, I was in deep discomfort. Stomach ache, bloating, but also my brain/body felt wired. I was feeling terrible and over stimulated at the same time. Having dairy, gluten/grains, sugar all in one meal was far worse than I ever imagined it could feel. Even though it all tasted so damn delicious, it was obvious what my body thought of my choices.
     
    Item #2, the slow phasing-in of dairy has been hit and miss. I had a latte on the morning of day 31 and felt like I had swallowed a balloon the rest of the afternoon. Bloated, gassy and deeply uncomfortable. Day 2, I decided to try another piece of the mini coconut cream pie. I know. Really? Maybe yesterday was just a case of too much too soon, I thought? Maybe just a few bites of pie would be ok? Nope, I felt sick as a dog after the small piece of coconut cream pie. It was still as delicious as ever, but ohmygodess I was a wreck after. Days 3 and 4 I drank my coffee with cream. No immediate or obvious effects. Day 5, I had a small piece of swiss cheese with my whole 30 lunch. No immediate or obvious effects. Days 6 and 7, coffee with cream and later in the day, 1/4 cup of icelandic yogurt (very similar to thick greek style yogurt). No immediate or obvious effects.
     
    I keep coming back to what higs wrote to me in an earlier post. He said that for him, whole 30 wasn't about eliminating bad food choices, but rather about embracing the abundance of good. That resonates so powerfully to me and I kept coming back to it all week. Having successfully completed my whole 30 felt like I had paddled hard to finally reach a life raft. I was happy I had reached the raft. Gimme a medal and a pony! But this week felt like I was back to paddling around in murky waters, trying to find/maintain my body's happy place.
     
    If dairy isn't my friend, why am I working so hard at chasing down *every* option. I'm not sure. Part of me wants to know all my options - to be as aware and mindful as possible. So that if I do ever choose to have another piece of coconut cream pie in the future (Unlikely, sob!), I'll be fully aware of what consequences my choice carry. But another part of me just thinks, "For heaven's sake woman, how much couples counselling and therapy do you need with dairy?! Let it go."
     
    So yeah, I think I need training wheels on my bike still and I uh may have ridden straight into the curb this week. But I am hanging on fiercely to "embracing the good" for my body and in my life.
     
    Next up, re-intro week 2: peanut butter + grains.
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    JJB got a reaction from Tom Denham in Yet another sugar dragon topic...   
    I have days where I just can't seem to feel satisfied, although I know I've had plenty to eat. I don't keep nut butters or dried fruit in the house...I just can't. I rarely buy fruit either. While it's never a great thing to overeat, when I'm feeling that way I just do my best to stick to pickles and vegetables. I refuse to feel badly because I ate an extra bag of frozen green beans or a handful of carrots. The strong flavor of pickles does help quell my cravings sometimes too.
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    JJB reacted to baltomom86 in Yet another sugar dragon topic...   
    Ok. One reason I hope to extend my w30, is that not only do I feel great, but I hope to really stick it to the dragon. sucks to be you sugar dragon!
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    JJB got a reaction from Tom Denham in Yet another sugar dragon topic...   
    I have days where I just can't seem to feel satisfied, although I know I've had plenty to eat. I don't keep nut butters or dried fruit in the house...I just can't. I rarely buy fruit either. While it's never a great thing to overeat, when I'm feeling that way I just do my best to stick to pickles and vegetables. I refuse to feel badly because I ate an extra bag of frozen green beans or a handful of carrots. The strong flavor of pickles does help quell my cravings sometimes too.
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    JJB reacted to ladyshanny in Yet another sugar dragon topic...   
    Lack of sleep or reduced quality sleep can cause carbohydrate cravings. I think you can probably try a few things.
    A) if you are hungry after your dinner, eat protein and fat and a bit more veggies. Not just straight fruits and nut butters.
    A1) remind yourself that you're about to give yourself massive diarrhea if you eat that. Should be a decent deterrent!
    on days when you have slept poorly the night before, try adding some carbohydrates to your mid day meal to head off the need at the end of the night.
    C) *best option* go to bed. Seriously, your body is probably tired from the previous poor night and you are misreading the signals for sleep as a desire for food. You know that amazing feeling you get when you've had a long day and you finally lay down in bed and your whole body just tingles with relief? I liken that to the feeling I get when I eat a lot of sugar. Try hitting the hay instead of the kitchen cupboards.
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    JJB reacted to LadyM in Yet another sugar dragon topic...   
    I'd recommend having a loving and compassionate talk with yourself about why you continue to do things that cause you suffering. Perhaps even write a letter to yourself.
     
    That, and simply keep the stuff that tempts you and makes you sick out. of. the. house.
     
    TBH, though, I did the same thing my first whole30. Then I did another one without fruit. And another one without nuts and nut butters. I went from eating something sweet and compliant after meals to having tea with coconut milk to having tea without coconut milk to having nothing after a meal. It's been a process. But one of the most worthwhile processes of my life.
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    JJB got a reaction from Tom Denham in Yet another sugar dragon topic...   
    I have days where I just can't seem to feel satisfied, although I know I've had plenty to eat. I don't keep nut butters or dried fruit in the house...I just can't. I rarely buy fruit either. While it's never a great thing to overeat, when I'm feeling that way I just do my best to stick to pickles and vegetables. I refuse to feel badly because I ate an extra bag of frozen green beans or a handful of carrots. The strong flavor of pickles does help quell my cravings sometimes too.
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    JJB got a reaction from Tom Denham in Yet another sugar dragon topic...   
    I have days where I just can't seem to feel satisfied, although I know I've had plenty to eat. I don't keep nut butters or dried fruit in the house...I just can't. I rarely buy fruit either. While it's never a great thing to overeat, when I'm feeling that way I just do my best to stick to pickles and vegetables. I refuse to feel badly because I ate an extra bag of frozen green beans or a handful of carrots. The strong flavor of pickles does help quell my cravings sometimes too.
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    JJB got a reaction from Tom Denham in Yet another sugar dragon topic...   
    I have days where I just can't seem to feel satisfied, although I know I've had plenty to eat. I don't keep nut butters or dried fruit in the house...I just can't. I rarely buy fruit either. While it's never a great thing to overeat, when I'm feeling that way I just do my best to stick to pickles and vegetables. I refuse to feel badly because I ate an extra bag of frozen green beans or a handful of carrots. The strong flavor of pickles does help quell my cravings sometimes too.
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    JJB reacted to evaq in Skinny Guy Losing Weight I Can't Afford...   
    +1 to all the advice already given. It's solid and will point you in the right direction. You're definitely in a minority (people who lose too much on whole 30), but all this means is that you need to tailor the program for your unique "fit" and needs. You can still reap all the amazing benefits of fueling your body with just whole foods, but you'll probably need to tweak the meal template to suit your metabolism and needs. So pretty much what all the others have said.
     
    I would add that because the nature of your work + life is inherently physical, it creates a second anomaly. You definitely are not the typical whole 30er in terms of "physical output". This isn't a drawback - only that you need to factor in your constant (or consistent) physical output. Your initial reaction of counting calories won't get you the results you want. Try monitoring your meals *and* your energy throughout the day. So if you wrote it up it would look something like this:
     
    M1 (7 am): 4 scrambled eggs with olive oil, 2 cups vegetable hash (bell pepper, onion, kale, sweet potato), 4 strawberries, tea
    *11 am, struggled unloading 20 grain bags, felt weak
     
    M2 (12:30 pm): 3 roasted chicken thighs, 1/2 cup sweet potato, 3 cups salad (spinach, 1/2 avocado, carrot, cherry tomatoes)  with oil + vinegar dressing
    *4:30, planting/harvesting/walked to check on pecan trees and was starting to feel really hungry
     
    M3 (7 pm): chocolate chili w 1/4 avocado + 1/2 cup butternut squash + 3 cups vegetable stir fry w olive oil (broccoli, mushroom)
     
    This sample day of meals was just something I threw together - though you'll probably notice I created it on the higher end of the template with regard to fats, protein and starchy complex carbs. That might need to be the case for you or maybe you need 3 meals + 2 mini meals because your day is longer and consistently active. The important thing is to be dialed into the feedback your body gives you while you're undertaking your whole 30 - and then tweak/adjust as needed. Just because you're an anomaly doesn't mean that whole 30 can't work and benefit you. It just means that you need to mindfully tailor it to work for you.
     
    Best of luck, Peter!
     
    ps. Sorry for the lame farming scenarios. I'm sure you get my drift.
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    JJB got a reaction from Physibeth in Skinny Guy Losing Weight I Can't Afford...   
    Please don't count calories. Eat more fat - eggs, fatty meats, olives, nuts. Eat larger meals. Eat 4 meals a day. Eat more potatoes. Eat more fruit. I know exactly how to eat to put weight on my body...the hard part is taking it off. 
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    JJB got a reaction from Justine0207 in My job is making me eat   
    I had a job like that a long time ago. I had my own cube and sat on my butt doing boring data entry all day. And...I snacked all day long. I looked forward to trips across the parking lot to the grocery store, or the ice cream shop, or Wendy's...I was there less than a year and put on 20 pounds. I have now had a job I love for 18 years where I am on my feet most of the day and there's no possibility to snack much or go off-site for junk. You are in a tough spot. The only permanent solution is a new job I'm afraid! Regardless of your eating patterns, you deserve to be doing something you don't hate!
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    JJB got a reaction from Justine0207 in My job is making me eat   
    I had a job like that a long time ago. I had my own cube and sat on my butt doing boring data entry all day. And...I snacked all day long. I looked forward to trips across the parking lot to the grocery store, or the ice cream shop, or Wendy's...I was there less than a year and put on 20 pounds. I have now had a job I love for 18 years where I am on my feet most of the day and there's no possibility to snack much or go off-site for junk. You are in a tough spot. The only permanent solution is a new job I'm afraid! Regardless of your eating patterns, you deserve to be doing something you don't hate!
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    JJB got a reaction from Physibeth in Skinny Guy Losing Weight I Can't Afford...   
    Please don't count calories. Eat more fat - eggs, fatty meats, olives, nuts. Eat larger meals. Eat 4 meals a day. Eat more potatoes. Eat more fruit. I know exactly how to eat to put weight on my body...the hard part is taking it off. 
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    JJB got a reaction from Justine0207 in My job is making me eat   
    I had a job like that a long time ago. I had my own cube and sat on my butt doing boring data entry all day. And...I snacked all day long. I looked forward to trips across the parking lot to the grocery store, or the ice cream shop, or Wendy's...I was there less than a year and put on 20 pounds. I have now had a job I love for 18 years where I am on my feet most of the day and there's no possibility to snack much or go off-site for junk. You are in a tough spot. The only permanent solution is a new job I'm afraid! Regardless of your eating patterns, you deserve to be doing something you don't hate!
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    JJB reacted to EmilyK in Sad. Face.   
    That's true. And I'm glad this reintro was easy even if it didn't go how I hoped.