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    pags98 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in What do you drink?   
    I've said this on the forum a few times now, but he honestly just needs to suck it up (man to man here/tough love).  I drank a minimum of 60 oz of soda per day.  It went down something like this: 44oz soda from the corner store in the morning to get me to lunch.  Water or a 20oz soda at lunch.  One or two 12 oz sodas at home in the evening. 
    I took to Spindrift my first Whole30 and also found a compliant Spearmint Hot Tea to give me a bit of caffeine help.  I had horrible headaches for a few days but then the SpinDrift and Water alone were fine.  By the end of my first Whole30 I could no longer stand the tasted of diet soda.  Now when I absolutely feel like I want one I'll oblige myself with one regular sugar soda but otherwise it's water, sparkling water or SpinDrift.   During my current Whole30 I have had tea once or twice a week and drink at least 80 oz of regular water and (2) 12oz Sparkling Waters of various types a day.  
    Yes it sucks, but it will likely change his perspective on those drinks.  This is still one of my biggest NSVs of Whole30 and it has lasted over 6 months!
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    pags98 got a reaction from Alycia in Accidentally drank a Kroger essence-c without looking at the ingredient list, do I have to start over?   
    That's awesome @Keira Clark kudos to you for moving forward with this! Not sure I'd have had the same ability so much respect to you!
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    pags98 got a reaction from oh__joy in Chicken Sausage or other breakfast meat?   
    I agree on Aidell's Chicken and Apple.  I also found this great recipe that is Whole30 and AIP compliant meatballs that are great!!
    Leave out the Peppers for AIP or if you're not going for AIP keep them in.  I did them for AIP and they were still amazing!!
    https://therealfoodrds.com/zucchini-turkey-popper-meatballs-recipes/
     
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    pags98 got a reaction from Jihanna in How to have coconut milk   
    It's really good to cook into cauliflower rice with a bit of lime and, if you like it, cilantro.  
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    pags98 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in What do you drink?   
    I've said this on the forum a few times now, but he honestly just needs to suck it up (man to man here/tough love).  I drank a minimum of 60 oz of soda per day.  It went down something like this: 44oz soda from the corner store in the morning to get me to lunch.  Water or a 20oz soda at lunch.  One or two 12 oz sodas at home in the evening. 
    I took to Spindrift my first Whole30 and also found a compliant Spearmint Hot Tea to give me a bit of caffeine help.  I had horrible headaches for a few days but then the SpinDrift and Water alone were fine.  By the end of my first Whole30 I could no longer stand the tasted of diet soda.  Now when I absolutely feel like I want one I'll oblige myself with one regular sugar soda but otherwise it's water, sparkling water or SpinDrift.   During my current Whole30 I have had tea once or twice a week and drink at least 80 oz of regular water and (2) 12oz Sparkling Waters of various types a day.  
    Yes it sucks, but it will likely change his perspective on those drinks.  This is still one of my biggest NSVs of Whole30 and it has lasted over 6 months!
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    pags98 got a reaction from Jihanna in Eggs   
    I'm doing an AIP Whole30 sometime in March after I get back from a trip I'm taking in Late February (Day 30 of a regular Whole30 right now).  I found a recipe for Turkey and Zucchini Meatballs that I made a triple batch of and vacuum sealed and froze.  They are amazing and will be my breakfast "go to." I am definitely going to be meal prepping and freezing a ton in anticipation of my AIP version because I have relied on a lot of eating out (Zoe's Kitchen, Chipotle and Whole Foods) on this one but I'll pretty much have to exclusively eat homemade items to ensure AIP.  Eggs obviously are not.  So there's tons of recipes out there if you look and broaden your concept from "Breakfast" to "Meal 1."
    That has definitely helped me prepare for AIP.  I've had a number of meals during this Whole30 that definitely don't scream breakfast - including chicken livers one morning!
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    pags98 got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in The hardest part is saying goodbye to cheese - help!   
    This may sound odd, but try adding sun-dried tomatoes to recipes you might normally use cheese for.  I make a Kale Frittata and usually it would have cheese, but the sun-dried tomatoes give that bite to it.  Also, in the zucchini lasagna I make it uses egg on top to mimic the toasty looking cheese.  I love cheese, my blood type is cheese, but honestly in my now 3rd whole30 I haven't missed it that much and after my first one I mostly removed dairy from my diet due to the distress I found out it causes me. 
    Another thing I've tried (but honestly not too much or too hard) is nutritional yeast.  
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    pags98 got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in Did you start over??   
    I would have probably bought a pizza and eaten the whole thing and said "forget about it". HAHAHA.  Glad you caught it!
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    pags98 got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in Did you start over??   
    I would have probably bought a pizza and eaten the whole thing and said "forget about it". HAHAHA.  Glad you caught it!
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    pags98 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in What do you drink?   
    I've said this on the forum a few times now, but he honestly just needs to suck it up (man to man here/tough love).  I drank a minimum of 60 oz of soda per day.  It went down something like this: 44oz soda from the corner store in the morning to get me to lunch.  Water or a 20oz soda at lunch.  One or two 12 oz sodas at home in the evening. 
    I took to Spindrift my first Whole30 and also found a compliant Spearmint Hot Tea to give me a bit of caffeine help.  I had horrible headaches for a few days but then the SpinDrift and Water alone were fine.  By the end of my first Whole30 I could no longer stand the tasted of diet soda.  Now when I absolutely feel like I want one I'll oblige myself with one regular sugar soda but otherwise it's water, sparkling water or SpinDrift.   During my current Whole30 I have had tea once or twice a week and drink at least 80 oz of regular water and (2) 12oz Sparkling Waters of various types a day.  
    Yes it sucks, but it will likely change his perspective on those drinks.  This is still one of my biggest NSVs of Whole30 and it has lasted over 6 months!
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    pags98 got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Introducing myself!   
    On Day 21 of my 3rd.  My first was amazing, my second I bailed on at day 25 (family outing that I hadn't planned into my whole30).  
    Absolutely must meal plan and make sure you have lots of compliant options (either precooked or things you don't need to cook) so that you limit your chances of slip ups.  Also, for someone like me who is on the road a good bit, know what restaurants you can go to and what you can order.  I stick with Chipotle, Whole Foods and Zoes Kitchen because all 3 have different types of foods I can eat.  I end up eating out for lunch probably 4-5 times a week.  I eat every breakfast and dinner at home though during Whole30.  
    My first Whole30 I was preparing things that would last my wife and I for 4 meals (Dinner and the following Lunch).  Since then I've taken to things that get us 8-10 meals.  We find if we make the right things we don't get bored of them anyway and it keeps me out of the kitchen quite so much!
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    pags98 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in What do you drink?   
    I've said this on the forum a few times now, but he honestly just needs to suck it up (man to man here/tough love).  I drank a minimum of 60 oz of soda per day.  It went down something like this: 44oz soda from the corner store in the morning to get me to lunch.  Water or a 20oz soda at lunch.  One or two 12 oz sodas at home in the evening. 
    I took to Spindrift my first Whole30 and also found a compliant Spearmint Hot Tea to give me a bit of caffeine help.  I had horrible headaches for a few days but then the SpinDrift and Water alone were fine.  By the end of my first Whole30 I could no longer stand the tasted of diet soda.  Now when I absolutely feel like I want one I'll oblige myself with one regular sugar soda but otherwise it's water, sparkling water or SpinDrift.   During my current Whole30 I have had tea once or twice a week and drink at least 80 oz of regular water and (2) 12oz Sparkling Waters of various types a day.  
    Yes it sucks, but it will likely change his perspective on those drinks.  This is still one of my biggest NSVs of Whole30 and it has lasted over 6 months!
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    pags98 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in What do you drink?   
    I've said this on the forum a few times now, but he honestly just needs to suck it up (man to man here/tough love).  I drank a minimum of 60 oz of soda per day.  It went down something like this: 44oz soda from the corner store in the morning to get me to lunch.  Water or a 20oz soda at lunch.  One or two 12 oz sodas at home in the evening. 
    I took to Spindrift my first Whole30 and also found a compliant Spearmint Hot Tea to give me a bit of caffeine help.  I had horrible headaches for a few days but then the SpinDrift and Water alone were fine.  By the end of my first Whole30 I could no longer stand the tasted of diet soda.  Now when I absolutely feel like I want one I'll oblige myself with one regular sugar soda but otherwise it's water, sparkling water or SpinDrift.   During my current Whole30 I have had tea once or twice a week and drink at least 80 oz of regular water and (2) 12oz Sparkling Waters of various types a day.  
    Yes it sucks, but it will likely change his perspective on those drinks.  This is still one of my biggest NSVs of Whole30 and it has lasted over 6 months!
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    pags98 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in What do you drink?   
    I've said this on the forum a few times now, but he honestly just needs to suck it up (man to man here/tough love).  I drank a minimum of 60 oz of soda per day.  It went down something like this: 44oz soda from the corner store in the morning to get me to lunch.  Water or a 20oz soda at lunch.  One or two 12 oz sodas at home in the evening. 
    I took to Spindrift my first Whole30 and also found a compliant Spearmint Hot Tea to give me a bit of caffeine help.  I had horrible headaches for a few days but then the SpinDrift and Water alone were fine.  By the end of my first Whole30 I could no longer stand the tasted of diet soda.  Now when I absolutely feel like I want one I'll oblige myself with one regular sugar soda but otherwise it's water, sparkling water or SpinDrift.   During my current Whole30 I have had tea once or twice a week and drink at least 80 oz of regular water and (2) 12oz Sparkling Waters of various types a day.  
    Yes it sucks, but it will likely change his perspective on those drinks.  This is still one of my biggest NSVs of Whole30 and it has lasted over 6 months!
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    pags98 got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Runner starting Jan 2nd - looking for support group   
    Awesome!  I got 2 5 mile hikes in this weekend.  One in a steady rain (fell and cut up my knee and finger a good bit) and the second on a super windy and cold day with my bum knee.  Definitely feeling some Tiger Blood type energy which is nice.  No new food dreams thankfully but a lot of random dreams (bought a car that I'd never want to buy in one).  So my sleep has definitely improved.  Clothes are fitting that didn't fit before, brain much more nimble and my cravings are pretty much gone.  There were 2 dozen donuts in our Monday morning meeting and they didn't even tempt me...although they were Dunkin Donuts which are kind of trash anyway in my opinion.  
    Did a ton of meal prep yesterday but it was big stuff that will feed us for the next few days before needing to cook again.  Sheet pan Sweet Potatoes/Kale/Egg breakfast and Zucchini Lasagna.  Each one means 5 meals each for my wife and I.  
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    pags98 got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Runner starting Jan 2nd - looking for support group   
    Awesome!  I got 2 5 mile hikes in this weekend.  One in a steady rain (fell and cut up my knee and finger a good bit) and the second on a super windy and cold day with my bum knee.  Definitely feeling some Tiger Blood type energy which is nice.  No new food dreams thankfully but a lot of random dreams (bought a car that I'd never want to buy in one).  So my sleep has definitely improved.  Clothes are fitting that didn't fit before, brain much more nimble and my cravings are pretty much gone.  There were 2 dozen donuts in our Monday morning meeting and they didn't even tempt me...although they were Dunkin Donuts which are kind of trash anyway in my opinion.  
    Did a ton of meal prep yesterday but it was big stuff that will feed us for the next few days before needing to cook again.  Sheet pan Sweet Potatoes/Kale/Egg breakfast and Zucchini Lasagna.  Each one means 5 meals each for my wife and I.  
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    pags98 got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Runner starting Jan 2nd - looking for support group   
    Can't believe we're almost halfway there.  No running last night just a very vigorous ride on my stationary bike (averaged about 14.4 MPH hills and all).  Had plenty of energy the whole time.  I really need to get over my unwillingness to run in the dark. 
    I also had the absolute strangest food dream last night and it FELT REAL. I was eating some chili that had corn in it and thinking to myself, "oh yeah corn is allowed now."  Then realized after I'd eaten it that I was totally wrong.  Fell into my old habit of "Oh well, I screwed up, I'll have a big piece of cornbread now too" ate it and immediately was freaking out.  It's so strange how these come up, and odd that it's almost always foods that I really don't miss (Vienna Fingers the other night, now Corn in Chili??).  I'd understand if it were cheesecake, pizza or pasta, but those two are most definitely not things I crave (or in the case of Vienna Fingers - even like!). 
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    pags98 got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in The hardest part is saying goodbye to cheese - help!   
    This may sound odd, but try adding sun-dried tomatoes to recipes you might normally use cheese for.  I make a Kale Frittata and usually it would have cheese, but the sun-dried tomatoes give that bite to it.  Also, in the zucchini lasagna I make it uses egg on top to mimic the toasty looking cheese.  I love cheese, my blood type is cheese, but honestly in my now 3rd whole30 I haven't missed it that much and after my first one I mostly removed dairy from my diet due to the distress I found out it causes me. 
    Another thing I've tried (but honestly not too much or too hard) is nutritional yeast.  
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    pags98 reacted to NathalyAF in Doctor's orders meets readiness to act   
    Hi all! I'm a 36 y/o breadwinning mom with a demanding dream job and beautiful little family. I'm overweight (5'6", 210 lbs) and have PCOS. We're thinking about having #2 but before making the dive I've been working on prioritizing "self-care", stress reduction and generally achieving a better sense of balance (i.e., making time for friends, hobbies, hubby, exercise, etc in addition to work & mommying).
    Part of the self-care has been making the time to deal with annoying health issues I've been ignoring for a long time. I've been going to the dermatologist to deal with persistent acne for over a year now with no noticeable results. In the last meeting, my derm suggested starting Accutane which I've been apprehensive about. I went to my primary yesterday evening to discuss and after reviewing my family history of insulin resistance (long line of diabetics on my dad's side), my primary recommended me trying the whole 30. I started this morning. So far, so good!
    Wish me luck!!
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    pags98 got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Runner starting Jan 2nd - looking for support group   
    I had my 5k this weekend and I was a minute off my best pace which sucks, but I attribute that to lack of training with the weather/early darkness we've been having.  I have to exercise outside, the boredom of a treadmill is just too much for me.  I can do a bike inside but that's about it.  My legs just didn't seem to have the energy needed to keep up my pace.  Otherwise doing great, having great sleep, did have a food dream (about Vienna Fingers of all things - I don't even like Vienna Fingers).  3 meals a day has been perfect this time (previously was not able to get away from snacking).  Hoping I can get more (and faster) workouts in before my next 5k in Feb. I definitely have had pizza cravings of late.  Fortunately that's the only thing.  
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    pags98 got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Runner starting Jan 2nd - looking for support group   
    Done very little running these last few days but did 2 5 mile strenuous hikes.  On the second one I did a bit of running but just didn't have the "legs" I think partly because of my body adapting to the food and partly due to my 5 miler the day before combined with a trip to 6 Flags with my kids after.  Walking around an amusement park after a 5 mile hike definitely gets those legs burned out.  I also didn't fuel before the second one because I was in a rush to get out the door!
    Food is definitely going easily.  Did a ton of meal prep last night.  A Kale/Sundried Tomato/Artichoke/Canadian Bacon Fritatta, Chicken Tikka Masala, 2 Pans of Roasted beets and a Pureed Butternut Squash recipe.  
    Have to get a few runs in this week as I have a 5k Saturday!
     
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    pags98 got a reaction from jenrunsaustin in Runner starting Jan 2nd - looking for support group   
    I'm a relatively new runner even though I'm in my 40s, I abused food for many many years and running was not even close to an option (I was the guy you hoped for if there was a bear nearby - you just had to outrun me). 
    I started around March of last year and did my first 5k in May.  I did a total of 6 this year and did 1 successful and 1 unsuccessful (28 day) Whole30.  I did a 5k in the midst of my successful Whole30.  But a 5k is much different than your numbers of course. Hah.
    My running goals this year are to run the Peachtree Road Race (10k) in July, a Half Marathon in the Fall and 10 5K races sprinkled in throughout the year (my first will be on January 12th).  I'm a slow runner at the current time but I've been getting better.  My first 5k was 39 minutes in May and I'm around 33 minutes now.  So my other running goal will be getting my first sub-30 5k.  Baby steps for sure.  I didn't really know how to improve my speed until doing more research recently so hoping to break many more barriers.  I was pondering doing the run the year as well but my combine that with my biking.  
    I enjoy hiking as well and have started doing some trail running which I absolutely love.  So I anticipate doing more of that this year!
    All that to say, I'm also starting Jan 2nd. 
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    pags98 got a reaction from tinman57 in Whole 30 Victories   
    My wife and I completed our First Whole30 (I have a feeling we'll be doing more).  We were both ecstatic with our weight loss (19 pounds for me and 16 for her), but the NSV's were so much more amazing!
    Bowel Movements are normal now (previously a big issue for me) Kicked the Caffeine Dragon (I don't like coffee so I was Mr. Coke Zero) Kicked the artificial Sugar Dragon (see above) Clothes fit better Sleep is Amazing Energy is consistent throughout the day Mental Clarity (I was finding myself not being able to summon the right word - now that's gone) Found that there are some amazing healthy whole30 recipes that we want in our "daily" life Found great support and ideas on Instagram I didn't find "Tiger Blood" but I'd say I found "Tiger Cub Blood" This is going to be a big part of our life going forward.  Both for weight loss/maintenance and for feeling amazing.
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    pags98 got a reaction from Betsie_n in Starting Oct 1   
    I won't be making it the full 30 days.  Unfortunately I didn't factor in our annual trip to apple picking and pumpkin farm.  I have my kiddos every other week and the ex-wife has them the others.  Due to conflicts this weekend was the only weekend I could take them before Halloween which, in the case of pumpkin carving, meant we had to do it this weekend.  Well there's a once a year apple fritter that I just "must" have.  So I let that derail my entire weekend.  I willingly did the fritter then my old habit of "oh well I screwed up now time to really screw up" reared its ugly head.  The only good news about this is I feel terrible physically as a result so it reaffirms my need to keep a mostly whole30 diet. I did lose an additional 7 pounds this whole30 (technically I lost 21 from the beginning of it but I'm only counting the difference from my first to this one).  
    Best of luck these last two days.  I'll continue to watch the thread and your results!
    Incidentally I am back to Whole30 for the next full week until I go on a business trip next week which will also be as close to Whole30 as I can be given the constraints of my training!
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    pags98 got a reaction from Sconnie715 in Starting Oct 1   
    Hopefully everyone is still doing well.  It's been a bit quiet on this thread so either people are finding it easier or have given up. Hopefully it's the former versus the latter!  I did a lot of meal prep yesterday and got a great haul from the farmer's market Saturday.  Should keep me less bored this week with some wonderful new options.  I was able to conquer a hill on my bike yesterday (TWICE) that I could only get halfway up even a week and a half ago so I think I've found my tiger's blood.  
    I know I continue to lose weight because people keep making comments so that's another plus.  My sleep has been amazing again this whole30 just like the last one and my energy level is just so steady.  That's one of my favorite things about whole30.  I also really do notice when I have a carb for a workout and how it boosts my energy.  Before food was food and I never really noticed a difference between foods because it was all so bad.  But I've done a sweet potato with cashew butter and also dried blueberries before my last two bike sessions and I could tell I had more energy to get through.