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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 Edi in New to WHOLE30   
    I’m Edi and my friend Grace introduced me to W30. I started July 6 & as a vegetarian (sometimes pescatarian) it’s challenging when my protein sources mainly came from beans, legumes & plant based products with soy.
    I am considering re-visiting organic, grass-fed beef during this 40-dy program but most of the places are subscription or you need to buy in bulk. Trying to work it all out but excited about the possibilities. 
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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 kirbz in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    @Jmb369 Welcome, we’re happy to have you join us! I’m curious about your comment that your biggest challenge will be to not feel hungry. Is that normal for you on Whole30? Do you eat fat with every meal? I’ve found that’s the biggest key for me to feel my best! Which is hard because we’re so indoctrinated that fat is bad! I also tend to eat A LOT of potatoes on Whole30. Sometimes for every meal... LOL. I’m pretty active though. 
    @Laura of The Great White North I can definitely relate to your relationship with food. I didn’t really realize how many food rituals I had until I did a Whole30. For me, there are a lot of rituals around exercise and the mountains. I eat a candy bar on the summit as a reward for my efforts. I eat cheese, crackers and salami when I go camping because that’s just what I do. I always take Peanut M&Ms backpacking. I honestly didn’t even realize I did that stuff. So I’ve really had to re-frame my thinking around “rewards” for exercise. Because isn’t that just kind of a stupid idea anyway? Why do something so good for your body and then sabotage it with something so bad?
    I honestly haven’t done anything to prepare. I’ll probably stock up on BBQ sauces, dressings, and other condiments here pretty soon. Those are key for my quick and easy meals. I’ll also probably stop by Costco to load up on stuff like potatoes and avocado. But, that’s about it. 
    I’m doing this because I need the outdoors for my mental health. Going outside is going to church for me and I want to be able to enjoy my beloved mountains in an active and healthy way until the day I die. I’m not on a path to do that and it needs to change now. 
    I also have had Food Freedom Forever for a while now, but have not yet read it. I think I’ll make a commitment to doing that as well! Maybe that’ll be the difference for making this a long-term lifestyle change this time around (which I’m typing as I eat Captain Crunch and milk at the dinner table). 
    Happy holidays to you all!
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to Niya in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    I’m doing practice days now and officially start the 29th after the last holiday celebration. Good for you for your persistence. Following the whole30 book meals until I learn the ropes. 
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to Laura of The Great White North in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Just a few days before go time! How are you all preparing? To be honest, I found myself thinking of all of the foods that will be off limits and I bought several items.
    Part of the reason that I am doing another Whole30 is that I have a very unhealthy relationship with food. I don't have an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia, nor do I think of myself as a binge eater. But food is definitely my drug of choice. I eat when I'm sad, I eat when I celebrate, I eat as a reward for doing something good, etc.
    I recognize that I need to make different choices and reframe my vision of the purpose of food in my life. I had started reading Food Freedom Forever during my last Whole30, but I did not finish it. That is one of my goals this time around as well - to finish that book and start to really ask the question Is It Worth It?  
    I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones!!
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to Laura of The Great White North in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Welcome @Jmb369! I'm happy to have you with us! I focused a lot on meal planning last time and found mixed results. I like the recipes in the Whole30 books and I found a lot of good recipes on the Nom Nom Paleo site. The potsticker stir fry is one of my favorites. I think this time around I'm going to focus on prepping breakfasts ahead of time because that is my most challenging meal. I have 2 teenage boys to herd in the mornings so I rarely have time to sit and eat. I think I'm going to try doing bulk batches of things like chicken and cauliflower rice so I can kind of mix and match throughout the week.  I'd like to keep it as simple as possible. Those darn teenagers and their activities keep us on our toes and so it can be hard sometimes to cook a big or more complex meal during the week. 
    My husband has said he is going to join me this time around, which surprised me. He is very supportive but didn't want to participate last time. I'm looking forward to having him with me. I hope he chooses to go all the way through to the end!
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to Jmb369 in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    I was thinking of starting more traditionally on January 1 (or 5th) but I'd like to connect with some people who have done it before, so I'd like to join you and begin on DEcember 27.  I've done two complete Whole 30s and had several false starts over the past four years. I need a total reset -- just had a flare-up of my AI symptoms, plus my weight has been steadily creeping up over the past year. I did my first one in 2015.
    I do menu planning, and have for many years, but I always have easy meals for those days when I don't feel like following my planned menu. Our house has very few non compliant foods, but I can always find something, including over-indulging in nuts or dried fruit! I am retired and share life and space with the second love of my life whom I met 10+ years ago. He can eat just about anything, but he's willing to support me in this, AGAIN!
    Many of my favorite recipes are from Whole 30 and It Starts With Food, but I also use many recipes from Paleo Mom. The biggest problem I anticipate is eating enough food to not feel hungry, and also to get past my 4:00 pm slump. That's been around for many years, pre-Whole 30, and does not appear to be related to when I eat lunch or what I have to eat. It just is a fact of my metabolism!
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to kirbz in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    @Laura of The Great White North Hi! I do better at winging it! I don't like meal planning and I don't love batch cooking. So I tend to just make very simple meals during the week. I'll have a few recipes set aside to try on weekends, but I mostly just eat simple meals such as BBQ chicken with a side of soup and salad. Or pork thrown in with some frozen vegetable and some Primal Kitchen marinade. Or chicken over cauliflower rice with teriyaki sauce. 
    How about you? What's your approach? Any favorite recipes or products to share? I have lots if you're interested! :-) 
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to Laura of The Great White North in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    @kirbz, are you thinking about doing any specific meal planning? Or do you do better just having compliant ingredients around and winging it?
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to Laura of The Great White North in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Whoo hoo!! I'm looking forward to it!!
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to kirbz in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Hi @Laura of The Great White North, I think I'll join you on December 27th! This will be my fourth round. Let's do this! 
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    Elizabeth33 reacted to Laura of The Great White North in 2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th   
    Hey everyone! I am going to start my second Whole30 on December 27th. I picked this date because it is the beginning of a 6 day vacation from work and I wanted to have a less stressful environment during those difficult first few days. 
    I got super sick during my first Whole30 in July. It wasn't related to the Whole30 at all, but I feel like it really impacted my experience. I also did not do the reintroduction at all. I was very much like, It's Day 31 I need to eat all the things!!! All that really accomplished for me was not feeling good and having a terrible flare up of the eczema on my hands.
    I am looking forward to this new round and I would love company. I really found the support in the other group helpful and I look forward to meeting you!