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    Elizabeth33 reacted to PearlsPrayer30 in Whole30 Coaching Dreams   
    Hi! I'm PearlsPrayer30 and I'm on Day10 of my 5th Whole30. I have been on my Whole30 journey for 3 years after almost 25 years of struggling with food. Before my first Whole30 I had learned, quite extensively about anti-inflammatory foods and their benefit and seen significant changes in my body with strict smoothie and one meal a day regimens, heaping on the omega-3s and really feeling amazing, but that lifestyle had lasted about 3 months before all the old foods that I had been warned caused a hyper inflammatory response in my body, had crept back in. It wasn't until Whole30's tough love, no nonsense program, that I began to see real changes in my psychological behaviours regarding food. Now I spend the bulk of the year in food freedom forever, with an occasional Whole7 if I need it to get back on track. I decided to do a full Whole 30 after Thanksgiving, because bread had crept back in and was causing some major upheavals in my gut, not surprisingly, because a month before I chose to become sober from a 10 year dependence on cannabis for chronic pain. I haven't had chronic pain in quite awhile because my habits had begun to eliminate a lot of the factors that contributed to inflammatory pain, so I realised that cannabis had truly become an addiction, and faced that. 36 days into that journey, which has been going very well, I realised that comfort foods has slipped into replace the comfy habit I had for years. But Whole30 is built for this! It taught me to have awareness and to build my trust muscle so that I knew I could be both sober from all intoxicants and from sugar and wheat as well as long as I continued to choose me and my commitment to myself.  
    Now I'm here to start to communicate with others in this forum, something I've never relied on in the pre-covid world, because I had a great irl Whole30 community, but now, in isolation, I think it's time to reach out to others and start to offer my experiences as proof that this lovely and accessible program utterly transformed my life. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and thanking Melissa Hartwig a year ago when I was invited by Dr. Will Cole to attend an event he was having in Brentwood, CA. Back then I was driving for LYFT and picked up Dr. Cole in Beverly Hills one day and had an amazing conversation that inspired me to dive into my 3rd Whole30 (I would do another one at the beginning of quarantine to ensure that I kept up self care during this stressful time). He told me in that rental car that I should become a Whole30 coach. And I thought, "you know what? I should!" Meeting Melissa last year felt like another sign that I was destined to help others with this beautiful journey into nourishment. I'm here now, to follow through on that desire. If you want to follow my instagram where I will be posting recipes and other inspiring things about nourishing the self, check me out on @pearlsprayer. I'm also a tarot reader = Tuned In Tarot on youtube where I do daily live readings and @tunedintarot on insta, and the musician, Pearl from @pearlandtheprayers (insta). I'm so excited to be here! Lets do this! 
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to pearlgirl2017 in SeptemberWhole30 starting 9/14/20   
    Welcome to Day2.  Day1 went pretty well considering I didn't get any of the prep work done during the weekend that I had planned.  Still managed to eat compliantly, just nothing ready-to-use.  Yesterday's meals were  
    Meal 1:  Eggs scrambled in bacon drippings, Dole mandarin orange cup, coffee with almond milk.
    Meal 2:  Can of tuna warmed up with a can of green beans (didn't have a fat).
    Meal 3:  Seared pork chops https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a54981/pan-fried-pork-chop-recipe/ with steamed yellow squash and a lemon/oil sauce.
    I used a thick-cut boneless chop and it came out fine.  It had to cook about 10-12 minutes in the oven to reach 145 degrees.   How were your meals?
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to SchrodingersCat in Round 4 - FIGHT!   
    Honestly? This! W30 is the only thing that works, and I'm back on it as of today because nothing else works. I have an appointment with an immunologist to get allergy and intolerance tested but it's a while away and covid is messing with that, so W30 it is!
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    Elizabeth33 got a reaction from lorenkatie in Day 1 of Whole 30!   
    You’ve got this 
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to MadyVanilla in Wondering if whole30 is for me.   
    Hi-I'll be 50 next month.  My mood is the first thing to improve on Whole 30 and seems to be the first thing to tank when I return to my previous diet.  I have also experienced a significant reduction in joint pain, mental fogginess, and fatigue as a result of Whole 30.  Your experience may be similar or it could be very different - it won't hurt to try and see what happens!  Good luck!  
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    Elizabeth33 got a reaction from Sandy M in Blood sugar improvement   
    This is awesome. Congratulations 
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to kimgoodie in Is anyone starting whole30 today Looking for an accountability partner   
    Hello My name is Kimgoodie, I am starting my 1st whole 30 today, looking for some buddies to take the ride with me
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to lorenkatie in Day 1 of Whole 30!   
    Hello Anna! Yes, I definitely plan to keep going. I just can't wait to get to the part where I start to feel a little better. Thank you for your words of encouragement! 
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to Anna Mari in Day 1 of Whole 30!   
    Hi Loren Katie,
    Yes the first day is the hardest..but you have to keep telling yourself that it is well worth it! put on the 'Rosie the Riveter" and tell yourself :"I can do it"! the best thing for me was not tell my co workers I am on it just so they wouldnt jinx it lol..till the end of 30 days..but I think they are seeing a difference cause they keep telling me if I am loosing weight lol..so press forward my sister!! I have faith in you!!  Blessings..Anna 
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to lorenkatie in Day 1 of Whole 30!   
    Hello everyone! Today was my first day of Whole 30 and it was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Hopefully, tomorrow will get a little easier. 
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to Sandy M in Wondering if whole30 is for me.   
    Hi - I am 59.  Like you, I was feeling terrible this year being sedentary, isolated and working from home.  I started Whole30 on June 24, and I am on DAY 30 today.  While I haven't had the increase in energy that is frequently mentioned, I do feel much more clear-headed, and have a HUGE improvement in my blood sugar levels.  I wish I had done this years ago.  The first few days were really hard, but I got used to it rather quickly.  Give it a try!!!
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to ShannonM816 in Wondering if whole30 is for me.   
    You might want to browse this part of the forum:  https://forum.whole30.com/forum/26-success-stories/ -- there are a lot of us who have felt better and more energetic after whole30.
    What I would say is, you have absolutely nothing to lose by trying. It's 30 days, plus 10 or so more for reintroductions, of eating lots of vegetables, protein, and healthy fats. If nothing else, it may help you find new recipes that you enjoy, and you may feel better at the end of 30 days than you've felt in years. 
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to dlmanimal in Wondering if whole30 is for me.   
    I am 57 years old and for the past few months I have been feeling horribly physically which is making me super depressed.  I am tired all the time.  I've been trying to work on my nutrition because I feel like that's why I don't feel good.  I have no energy and just don't feel good.  Have other people experienced what I'm going through?  And if so, did whole30 work for you.  I'm tired of not feeling good.
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to Sandy M in Blood sugar improvement   
    Hi - I am on Day 30 today!!!!!!!!!!  I have been struggling with my high blood sugar for many many years.  On Whole30, my blood sugar first got into the normal range on Day 8, and has mostly been under 120 since Day 14.  For me, this is a freaking miracle!   
    I always thought I would have to be extremely low-carb to reduce my blood sugar, but I don't feel that Whole30 was low-carb - I ate plenty of fruit, potatoes, and green peas (thank goodness for green peas!!).
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to ladyshanny in PSA: Don't Get Lost!   
    Public Service Announcement: 
    The group threads in this section of the forum can be extremely fast moving and as such, the volunteer moderators have a hard time keeping up with reading the hundreds of posts that go whizzing by.
    That said, if you are struggling or something doesn't seem right or you need some specific help, please create a new post in the Troubleshooting Your Whole30 portion of the forum. Make the title of your post as specific as possible to assist in getting a response sooner. For example, titling your post "Can't Break the 3pm Slump!" rather than just "Someone Please Help!" makes it quicker for the moderators to understand and assist you. 
    The moderators try to get to everything and we appreciate your patience but members following this outline is one of the ways that you can help us to help you!
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to kirbz in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    ROUND 3, Day 1: Monday, September 2
    Meal 1: three scrambled eggs with a splash of coconut milk; small bowl of zucchini soup; 2.5 slices of bacon
    Exercise (6 hours, 40 minutes): 10.24 mile hike with 2,895 feet of elevation gain and some class III scrambling (139 average HR; 175 max HR)
    Intra-Workout Snack: snack pack of coconut butter; Wild Zora meat and veggie bar
    Meal 2: can of lemon pepper tuna  
    Meal 3: three BBQ chicken thighs with BBQ sauce; two halves spinach and artichoke twice baked potatoes
    Water Intake: ~120 oz
    Heartburn (for the second half of my hike) Extreme fatigue on return hike Thoughts/Reflections: Day 1. Here we go.
    I should have eaten more, especially given the big hike that I did. But, it’s such a pain in a** to eat on Whole30. So I didn’t. And the struggle continues…
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to kirbz in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    ROUND 3, Day 2: Tuesday, September 3
    Meal 1: two scrambled eggs with a splash of coconut milk; small bowl of zucchini soup (which I ate later)
    Meal 2: three BBQ chicken thighs with BBQ sauce; one half spinach and artichoke twice baked potato; head of steamed broccolini
    Snack: green smoothie (coconut water, aloe juice, spinach, parsley, orange, pineapple, avocado) + one hard boiled egg
    Meal 3: baked salmon; two halves spinach and artichoke twice baked potato; steamed carrots
    Water Intake: ~80 oz
    Heartburn (worse than yesterday, starting a few hours after I woke up for several hours) Extreme thirst All-day hunger (my stomach felt like a bottomless pit, even when eating a large, hearty meal) Thoughts/Reflections: This was not a perfect day. But I’m not going for perfect on this round. I’m going for sustainable. And this felt pretty simple, yet still hearty and fairly delicious.
    I’m also making a conscious decision to include green smoothies on this round, at least for this week. Again, it’s mostly about sustainability. How do I make eating whole foods easy so that it can truly become a lifestyle change? Green smoothies feel like part of that equation for me. 
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to kirbz in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    @Prairie Dawn Oh thank you, that's very kind! I'm glad you enjoyed looking through my log and that you can relate. It really is hard! But I know how good I feel, so it really shouldn't be that hard, right? If only that were the case! Food really does do some crazy things to your mental processing! 
    Anyway, thanks for checking in! Best wishes to you too! Let's do this! 
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to Prairie Dawn in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    I've just skimmed through your logs past and present and WOW, first of all I love how detailed and honest you are, and second of all I feel like I'm reading a version of my own story with Whole30.  Soldiered through my first round successfully, kinda half-assed it on my second, with some stops and starts in between.  This stuff is HARD.
    I'm rooting for you!  Here's to "not perfect, but sustainable!"