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    ____Emily____ got a reaction from Newsland33 in Achieving is believing   
    What a wonderful thread! I'm hoping to lose 60 lbs and got off to a great start with my Whole30 that just ended. Hoping I can continue my success like you!
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    ____Emily____ got a reaction from jillylane in Starting on August 15!   
    Good luck @jillylane! I'm on day 30 and I would say one of the biggest things to prevent lack of planning from getting you this time is to have a couple of go-tos ready.  So for instance, I have multiple packages of Brat Hans compliant flavored chicken sausages (not all flavors are compliant so check your ingredients, but my two favorite flavors were spinach and apple).  In a pinch, I can poke holes in them, microwave them for 1 minute, and eat sliced with raw veggies on the side. Another easy go-to was scrambled eggs with sauteed onions (and sometimes the Brat Hans sausages... I relied so heavily on those). I kept a compliant RX bar in my purse all 30 days just in case I was stuck out of the house and needed someone quick and complaint - I never did, but it was good to know that I would have something to eat if I was desperate so I wouldn't have to buy food out (otherwise, avoid those and Larabars... they're basically candy made with dates and will be detrimental in the process of vanquishing the sugar dragon).
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    ____Emily____ got a reaction from adayinaz in MUCH better than I thought!   
    It's hard not to compare yourself to someone else, but as the saying goes "comparison is the thief of joy." Awesome job this month! 
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    ____Emily____ got a reaction from adayinaz in Strategies for coping with a bad day?   
    I know you mentioned it to be tongue-in-cheek, but "have a cup of tea" is my main suggestion.  I like to have peppermint tea and I put my face in the steam coming off the tea while it steeps and smell it deeply with my eyes closed. I instantly feel tension release through that. 
     
    As for getting away for a moment: I used to work in a more stressful job where I was constantly being bombarded with questions and requests, and sometimes to get a moment to myself I would go to the bathroom.  I would sit in the stall and take a few deep breaths. Count 4 seconds in, and 4 seconds out. Don't think about anything else but your breathing. Do this for 1-2 minutes and then go back to work feeling more zen. If you can sit at your desk (or whereever your workplace is) without being bothered, then you could do it there (just close your eyes so you aren't looking at your computer screen). 
     
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    ____Emily____ reacted to Jothika in 8/8 Starting my Whole30!   
    Hi Emily, ladyshanny, thank you for the advice!  I agree, I think I was being a little over ambitious about trying to do the whole 30 and start a vegetarian lifestyle at the same time. I will look at the vegetarian forum, however, to see if I can incorporate more vegetarian dishes into my diet during next 30 days. 
     You guys are so nice, thank you for responding to my post! I am already happy with the changes I am seeing. Last night was the first night in many weeks that I didn’t need to take Tums when I lay down to go to sleep. I didn’t have any heartburn. I’m excited to see what other changes will happen in my body and my mind.
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    ____Emily____ got a reaction from Jothika in 8/8 Starting my Whole30!   
    Hi @Jothika. There's a board for vegetarians doing Whole30 on this forum where you can go for advice. However, I'm not sure I would make that life change during Whole30 just because of the lack of compliant protein sources that aren't meat. Maybe you can spend this time focusing on buying ethically-sourced meats and seafood? Cage-free eggs, Free-range meats, fresh caught (not farmed) fish, etc... 
     
    Good luck on your Whole30! 
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    ____Emily____ reacted to pags98 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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    ____Emily____ got a reaction from ladyshanny in Planning Legume Reintroduction - soy latte from Starbucks   
    Thanks @ladyshanny for the response. I didn't stop for the latte this morning because I was running late, and based off what you say, I think I'll just wait til dairy day to get a regular milk one. I miss my lattes, but I've been without them for 30 days so another week won't hurt. 
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    ____Emily____ got a reaction from jillylane in Starting on August 15!   
    Good luck @jillylane! I'm on day 30 and I would say one of the biggest things to prevent lack of planning from getting you this time is to have a couple of go-tos ready.  So for instance, I have multiple packages of Brat Hans compliant flavored chicken sausages (not all flavors are compliant so check your ingredients, but my two favorite flavors were spinach and apple).  In a pinch, I can poke holes in them, microwave them for 1 minute, and eat sliced with raw veggies on the side. Another easy go-to was scrambled eggs with sauteed onions (and sometimes the Brat Hans sausages... I relied so heavily on those). I kept a compliant RX bar in my purse all 30 days just in case I was stuck out of the house and needed someone quick and complaint - I never did, but it was good to know that I would have something to eat if I was desperate so I wouldn't have to buy food out (otherwise, avoid those and Larabars... they're basically candy made with dates and will be detrimental in the process of vanquishing the sugar dragon).
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    ____Emily____ reacted to nerdular in Starting July 9 and so excited!! Here we go!   
    They freeze well either way! I'd chop/prep them all at once and just add them in as I need them.
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    ____Emily____ got a reaction from nerdular in Starting July 9 and so excited!! Here we go!   
    I can't believe we only have today and tomorrow left! My parents just got back from a week long trip back to our old hometown and a friend of my dad's sent them home with a bunch of veggies from her garden. The veggies were mainly peppers, which my dad doesn't like, so I now have a lot of peppers! I'll be dicing the green peppers into my spaghetti squash and meaty marinara on Tuesday, but any ideas of what to do with fresh jalapenos? All I can think of is bacon wrapped, cheese stuffed jalapenos, but idk if I should hang on to the jalapenos until dairy introductions (next Tuesday, 8/14). However, I find that fresh jalapenos need something cheesy or sweet to counter the spice.
     
    This morning my boss brought fresh Krispy Kreme donuts into the office (there's a store right around the corner). The closed box stared at me during our entire staff meeting this AM  (for some reason no one grabbed one during the meeting). When the box was opened, I found I only wanted one a little though - like, I recognized that I would have immediately grabbed one pre-Whole30 (and maybe had a second after the meeting when my boss was trying to give away the extras), but they didn't really look all that appetizing... 
     
    I've been planning how I'll do my legume introductions. It's a little difficult to isolate food categories sometimes, but if I read the guidance correctly, we can have sugars with everything. My plan is to get a plain latte with soy milk from Starbucks in the morning (The only concern I have with this is that carageenan is in the soy milk... are we now allowing the additives too? I'll post a Q about it in the Reintroductions section of this forum I think). Peanut butter instead of almond butter on my apple int he afternoon. And I'm thinking of incorporating black beans into dinner, but haven't nailed that down yet (I'll be eating that evening with my boyfriend who also has been doing Whole30 with me but isn't as concrete on whether he is doing the scheduled reintroductions yet). I want to make sure to get enough legumes that I can really be sure to feel the effect if there is an issue.
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    ____Emily____ got a reaction from abhertel in Rx Bars   
    Hi @abhertel These are the two RX bars I have in my purse:
    - Apple Cinnamon (Ingredients: Dates, Egg Whites, Almonds, Cashews, Apples, Natural Flavors, Cinnamon)
    - Blueberry (Ingredients: Dates, Egg Whites, Almonds, Cashews, Blueberries, Natural Flavors)
    I bought them on July 9th (my day 1) to keep in my purse for an emergency. Obviously have not needed them yet as they are still there. One snack I used on the go for a long day at the zoo was an individual-portion pouch of plain almond butter. I ate it directly from the pack by itself - packed it along because I thought it would be a good way to satiate my hunger without waking up my sweet tooth (which I'm afraid these two sweet bars will do, honestly). Depending on what you hike with, maybe you could also pack along hard-boiled eggs in an insulted bag? I know my lunch bag fits easily in my backpack and that's a pretty easy snack to bring on the go.
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    ____Emily____ reacted to Karen Manis in Starting July 9 and so excited!! Here we go!   
    @pags98 and @____Emily____ Thank you both for your replies and support. I am going to look into the women's health section. Only one week left! We've got this. 
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    ____Emily____ got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in start date of july 30 for whole 30   
    It's such a bummer, but their coconut milk has added sugar and other non-compliant ingredients.
    Not sure if this link works (their nutrition section on the website), but here are the ingredients to their coconut milk:  Coconut Milk [Water, Coconut Cream, Cane Sugar, Tricalcium Phosphate, Coconut Water Concentrate, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Carrageenan, Gellan Gum, Corn Dextrin, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol)]. 
    And Almond Milk: Almondmilk [Filtered Water, Almonds, Sugar, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol)].
     
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    ____Emily____ got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in start date of july 30 for whole 30   
    Good luck! I do miss my lattes (and as a warning, non of their milk options are compliant - even the almond milk and coconut milk), but a bonus is that I'm saving a lot of money at Starbucks. Now I only occasionally pop in for an unsweetened iced tea or coffee.
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    ____Emily____ reacted to Linda419 in New to Whole30 in Los Angeles and I really want to weigh myself!!   
    Thanks so much Emily!  I do really believe in the science after reading "It starts with food" so much that I've even made flow charts to understand and visualize it!  Thanks for the camaraderie and for the NSV list!  Linda
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    ____Emily____ got a reaction from Jenelley in Starting July 9 and so excited!! Here we go!   
    I finished up the non-compliant foods in my house too. I actually spent a couple of weeks over-indulging in all of the foods I knew I wouldn’t be able to have. Originally I was going to start on the 1st but postponed because of a trip so I had an extra week to over-indulge.... by the time my start date hit, I was almost relieved to be going clean. There’s still some non-compliant foods laying around for after, but I’ve been contemplating tossing them. I would really like to continue with the basics tenets of this plan after the 30 days
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    ____Emily____ got a reaction from MegOSchmidt in Starting July 9 and so excited!! Here we go!   
    I felt great all throughout day 4 too! Honestly, besides an accidental walk down the bread aisle in the grocery store, I didn't even really have many cravings. I slept deeply the night before and felt alert all day. Also, massive bonus: the jeans I struggled to pull on last week were less of a struggle today
     
    Has anyone else noticed their sense of smell or taste is more acute?  It was mostly noticeable during that walk down the bread aisle unfortunately.... I felt like I was standing in a bakery or something. But also, I could smell the olive oil as I drizzled it on my sweet potatoes and the lime as my boyfriend zested it into our turkey burgers. Kind of a bizarre side effect 
     
    Hope everyone has a great Friday! I go visit my parents every Friday and we tend to eat out, so I may be facing my first real challenge with dining out.  I'm going to suggest Zoes Kitchen since they have Whole30 meals listed on their menu. 
     
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    ____Emily____ got a reaction from nerdular in Starting July 9 and so excited!! Here we go!   
    Day 3 ended well for me. I've had a small headache fading in and out since yesterday afternoon, but it's barely noticeable. Had a delicious dinner last night: I sauteed up a bell pepper and onion and then added sliced spinach chicken sausage. The sausage was a brand called Brat Hans. I got it at Whole Foods on sale for $3.99 (4 pack - I used two for dinner) and there were a couple of varieties that were Whole30 complaint. It was so ridiculously easy to make, which is great because I'm not a good cook. 
     
     
    I think I'm going to do that for sure. That way the snack will be even more satiating.  I've picked up some almond butter and I think my snack will be apple slices and almond butter 
     
    My boyfriend is doing it with me.  One of our bad habits before this was that we would order takeout literally every night we were together - usually pizza or Thai food. I suggested doing this because it was something I was interested in doing, and I thought it'd be a good way to train ourselves to not have that habit. He was on board immediately, which was nice. I totally thought I'd have to do some convincing (or compromise with me doing Whole30, and him just eating compliant dinners with me). It's great that your daughter wants to join! Developing a taste for healthy, whole foods early is so beneficial to kids. Even if she isn't as strict with the rules, she will develop great food habits that will follow her through life (choosing healthier snacks, learning to read labels, knowing how to cook/prepare whole foods, etc...)