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    -Kara reacted to GoJo09 in Reintroduction: Alcohol question...   
    I personally would leave the alcohol, gluten free or otherwise, until later in your reintros, purely because it's the one item that can easily lead to a face first dive off track - alcohol lowers your inhibitions (especially when you haven't been drinking of a while) and that 1 cider turns into 2 turns in to a run to the ice cream store with a burger on the side, and before you know it you've eaten 7 different things that could all have their own side-effects, but you'll never untangle them.
    You also don't have a reintro day for sugar in your list - if you're concerned about how that will affect you (without the side of alcohol) you should really intro that separately as well.
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    -Kara reacted to ladyshanny in RX Bars   
    Snacking is discouraged, not outlawed. If people are in highly active professions or have super-long days or are nursing/pregnant, we understand that they may need to eat between meals. RX Bars, while delicious, are a less than optimal choice if you have the option of picking between that and a more Whole-Food style thing like hard boiled eggs and mayo or chicken thigh and avocado. Some uses that we understand for RX Bars are as "emergency" in the bottom of your carry-on in case your flight is super-delayed. Or a long hike. Things like that. To just eat them as meal replacements or to quell sugar cravings - no, highly discouraged.
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    -Kara reacted to Newsland33 in Achieving is believing   
    I have never been one to flirt with 'fads.' I'm also the farthest thing from a habit-forming person you will meet, for good and bad.
    That's why when a good friend introduced me to Whole 30 six weeks ago, I was hesitant. Not another wacky diet plan that promised results that never materialized, or if they did promised to make me miserable in the process.
    Still, I knew changes were necessary. I have fought weight issues and joint pain much of my adult life. Last year was going to be the year I got serious, so I committed to losing 50 pounds over the course of a 12-month period. I lost two.
    Worse yet, I just felt awful. Back, hip, shoulder, feet. Some days it felt like every major joint in my body belonged to someone 25 years older than a man in his early 50s. As a result, my energy level wasn't where it needed to be for someone with a relatively demanding job, and I couldn't remember the last time I had back-to-back good nights of sleep.
    So, when my friend said she had lost 13 pounds on Whole 30 and that her joint pain had all but disappeared, I was skeptical but decided to take a look. After all, what could it hurt?
    The concept was familiar, if a bit extreme-sounding to a guy who had consumed a half-dozen Diet Cokes a day for decades, and who enjoyed milk and cheese more than most anything else in life. Still, one concept resonated with my desire to think we all have some degree of control over our lives: 30 days of focusing on healthy, whole foods shouldn't be hard. It was a matter of how badly I wanted to force some discipline on myself.
    Or put another way, how badly did I want to try something that could help me feel better and gain greater control over my health?
    Thirty-four days later (I've extended my schedule by a week as I plan for reintroduction) I can say this is one of the smartest decisions I've ever made - and one of the most unexpectedly pleasant surprises I have ever encountered.
    The highlights: I am nearly 20 pounds lighter than when I started. My blood pressure has dropped 20 points. According to my Fitbit sleep analyzer, my resting heartbeat has fallen from 77 to 65. I'm routinely sleeping better than I have in years and my aching joints have stopped barking at me (I've not taken an anti-inflammatory in a month).
    Beyond that, my energy is up and I am more efficient and focused at work. I've begun working out regularly and can see a day when I lose the "big number" of pounds I have been dreaming about and create the healthy lifestyle that has largely eluded me for many years. I have developed new eating habits and a healthy appreciation for what it means to fill my tank with quality fuel.
    It wasn't always easy, especially the first two weeks. And, I'll admit to being bored to tears with water at times. It also wasn't as hard as I thought.
    Once I started seeing results and fell into a routine, I stopped obsessing about what I wasn't eating and enjoyed the many delicious foods I was eating. It also became clear that I wanted the good results to continue more than I wanted that Diet Coke or cheese and crackers.
    As I stare reintroduction in the face, I'll admit to a bit of trepidation. I don't want to fall off the wagon and go back to feeling the way I did pre-Whole 30. I also realize that I have a lot more work to do to get to my ultimate "fighting weight" and to reach my health goals.
    Still, I'm choosing to trust the process and to view reintroduction as the next necessary step in providing me the knowledge base I need to truly control my food choices. I know that eliminating dairy, grains, legumes, alcohol and sugar lad to dramatic gains in health and energy; now I need to know which doors lead me down a dark alley and which will help lead me toward the light (I'm really hoping dairy is one of the good guys).
    The learning process has been an unexpected benefit of my Whole 30 journey, and I'm excited about the next stage. And the one after that.
    For now, though, I felt the need to share my story as way of saying thanks. To my friend who cared enough to gently persuade me to give this a try. To my wife who has been uber supportive throughout this (although she didn't join me on Whole 30 her eating habits have changed noticeably as well). And to the entire Whole 30 community for providing the tools and support to make this possible.
    With appreciation and excitement about what comes next,
    - ML
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    -Kara reacted to Lokan_V in RX Bars   
    I'm glad I checked here!
    I was told all RX bars except for peanut ones and maple were compliant. 
    However, the chocolate threw me off. Chocolate inherently has sugar in it, right? 
    I have the blueberry and apple cinnamon one at home, but just picked up a bunch with chocolate (mint, hazelnut, coconut). I was still doubtful. 
    I guess even if it was technically compliant, I would avoid it because chocolate is too much of a "dessert" for me and I'm trying to break that habit. 
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    -Kara reacted to ShannonM816 in Gastric Bypass Surgery   
    There have definitely been people who have done Whole30 after weight loss surgery -- google Whole30 weight loss surgery to pull up old discussions if you want to read more, or someone may pop in here with more information.
    In general, there's no reason why you shouldn't do a Whole30 if you can eat meat, vegetables, and healthy fats, although you will probably have to ignore the usual instruction to eat three meals a day, no snacks, as you probably can't eat as much at one meal as someone who hasn't had the surgery. If that's the case for you, you'll need to make sure that, however many meals you need to eat a day, they consist of a mix of protein, vegetable, and fat, with occasional servings of fruit with your meal. You'll also want to ensure that over the course of a day, you eat at least the equivalent of three minimum-sized template meals (one template meal would be 1-2 palm-sized servings of protein, 1-2 thumb-sized servings of fat, and 2-3 cups of vegetables). 
    In other words, if what you can comfortably eat at a meal is 1/2 a palm-sized serving of protein, 1/2 a thumb sized serving of fat, and 1-2 cups of vegetables, you'd need to eat six times a day to be sure you met at least the minimum amount of food you need. Make sense? If you can eat more, that's fine too, I'm just basing that on the fact that most people who do have wls usually can't eat full-sized meals at one time, but as an adult human being, you still need to be sure you get enough food throughout the day.
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    -Kara reacted to Plantas in Why Costco and Sam's Club are bad for my Whole30   
    So true!!!  The struggle is real.  I have been trying to buy only frozen ground beef, chicken, romaine lettuce, tortillas and burger buns (for the non-Whole30 guy) and the frozen Normandy Mix vegetables when I go to Costco.  I also get the little fingerling potatoes sometimes because they are about 15 times the cost in the grocery store.  I do admit to rewarding myself with a pair of workout pants to get out without other delicious things though.   I also buy toilet paper, toothpaste, deodorant etc. at Costco because I hate to shop and prefer to have it on hand as long as possible.
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    -Kara got a reaction from Marysmith929 in Compliant Pesto at WholeFoods - Seggiano   
    This is awesome news and inspired me to think about making my own. I had some raw beet spirals last night on a salad and they would have been delicious steamed with some fresh pesto on it. And so filling and tasty. 
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    -Kara reacted to slemo58 in Why Costco and Sam's Club are bad for my Whole30   
    omg so true 
    sometimes I wonder around and forget why I am there! so I come home with something I do not need and never get what I went there to purchase. these stores are overwhelming and probably best avoided unless you are indeed putting on a dinner for 12.
    they do have good prices which is what attracts only after do you realize the waste as you toss it out. I have even said I will freeze them, package them into individual servings etc.  truth be told usually does not happen
    I also chose to go to the smaller stores and shop more frequently
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    -Kara reacted to Marysmith929 in Compliant Pesto at WholeFoods - Seggiano   
    I did a forum search a few days ago in search of a compliant pesto sauce and most of what I found was that as most pre-made pesto sauces contain cheese, it's best to make your own. I'm on Day 15 and being half-way through was dreading the idea of more food prep on my treasured Sunday, but was willing to make the sacrifice for pesto...

    Lo and behold, I randomly picked up this jar to find a totally compliant brand of pesto! NO DAIRY! Can you believe that? Even the cashier, without prompting, took a look herself and was shocked since she herself was a vegan and had no idea it existed in store. It's the little victories, people... 
    Anyway, here are the ingredients listed below - found in the Italian/Tomato Sauce aisle at my local Whole Foods:
    Seggiano brand, Raw Basil Pesto 
    "Made from our producer's own fresh Ligurian basil, this is a fabulous, raw, unpasteurised pesto packed with fresh, aromatic flavours. The tender top leaves are washed, chopped and preserved in olive oil within hours of being hand picked. It doesn't contain cheese, so it's suitable for vegans. 
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    -Kara reacted to Jtandi in Don't over think this.   
    thanks so much for this post! I am on my first whole30 ever (or whole100 if I have my way) and have started to stress out a little bit today. I was actually upset with myself for having 3 pieces of fruit and cashew butter on two different occasions. did I stick to the rules? yes. could my food choices have been better? yes. did I drink diet coke and have cookies for breakfast like I did a week ago? nope. so that is success. I don't want to get discouraged and worry about how I can cook my veggies/meat/whatever.
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    -Kara reacted to ladyshanny in Why Costco and Sam's Club are bad for my Whole30   
    Oh my gosh! I get a "flyer" every week that shows ACTUAL PHOTOS that some gal goes and takes of all the sale items in Costco. And I sit at my computer at work and imagine some alternate life I have whereby I need a caesar salad kit for 12 people or a prawn tray that would feed 6 people or 4" of sliced roast beef deli meat or 20# of potatoes. And then I bring it home and we eat it. All of it. Because we don't want it to go bad. 
    When we move next week Costco will not be close enough to be regular anymore and I am more than good with that. Because instead of shopping for our actual life of a married couple who should be watching what we eat, I keep shopping for this imaginary life of abundance and cheer and then we eat it all and now we need to go shopping for our real life of needing new pants.