____Emily____

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    ____Emily____ got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Bare Banana and Cinnamon chips   
    There are a couple of rules that are hard to wrap my had around and this is one of them, but as Madeline says, I'm fairly certain it's about the act of mindlessly eating a bag of "chips" whether they're a bag of Lays, or an alternative such as Bare Apple Chips. This is kind of a SWYPO thing - you're replacing one snack food with another so at the end of the 30 days when you can eat any ingredient again, you still have the habit of eating a bag of "chips" in front of the TV. If you make your own food, you're more aware of what you're putting into your body, even on a subconscious level. Apple chips are fairly easy to make for yourself (recipe: https://www.wellplated.com/apple-chips/), and here's a recipe for banana chips: https://www.momables.com/homemade-banana-chips-recipe-baked/
     
    "No commercially prepared chips" is a very clear rule, which makes it fairly easy to comply.  When you ask about them in the "Can I Have ____?" section of the forum, mods will answer with the exact rule because again, it's very very clear cut. That said, no one is going to come to your home/office and rip the apple chips or banana chips from your hands.  Whole30 is a voluntary program - if you follow the rules and guidelines exactly, you'll benefit from it more. If you don't, you'll probably still benefit but to a slightly lesser degree. 
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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____ 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 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).