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    mariebolnous reacted to ladyshanny in Tobacco Products   
    The nicotine ban is not going to be lifted like the potato one was. There is a nutritional benefit to the potatoes for a large segment of people (fast metabolism, intense exercising etc) but there is no health benefit whatsoever to smoking.  Just in case you were going to wait for that amendment, it's not coming.  
    As a former smoker and former very overweight person, I quit smoking (over a pack a day) and lost weight at the same time.  It sucked.  It was 3 pretty miserable days.  Yep....days.  And then it was about 3 mildly uncomfortable weeks.  And then?  Freedom! From food and nicotine.  I just told myself over and over again (sometimes 60 times an hour) that I deserved better, it was never going to get easier and that I was done giving my health & hard earned money to mega-corporations that didn't give a sh*t about me.  I also reminded myself that regardless of the discomfort I might feel while quitting, I wouldn't actually die.  
    I highly recommend reading the book "The Easy Way to Quit Smoking" by Allen Carr.  I also believe strongly that if you make the decision...the real, heartfelt decision to improve your life and reduce your reliance on the chemicals in both smoke products and foods, you are strong enough to fight through it.  
    I don't think people who smoke should avoid a Whole30....I think they should come at it HIGHLY prepared in the food department and HIGHLY prepared in the "this is going to feel like absolute sh*t" department.  More prepared than the average person. I might even recommend that a person who is going to tackle both at the same time start working up to the food part.  Eliminate dairy for a week or two and then eliminate wheat for a week or two and then limit snacking/use proper Whole30 templates etc, until they are almost at a Whole30.  Going from pack a day + pizza, pop, pasta, sugar every day is going to hurt.  Harder than it needs to if you make the choice to change and then work into it.
    Plus, it might help to know that you aren't the first and you won't be the last.  
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    mariebolnous reacted to CassieK in Tobacco Products   
    Shaming was not the right word to use more discouraging to continue the whole30 if what I should have said. And sorry I am new to this so I didn’t mean to clutter! Thank you for responding! I just want everyone to be encouraged to try changing there life with this program no matter what there dealing with example smoking.
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    mariebolnous reacted to ladyshanny in Whole90 instead of reintroduction (yet) - any advice?   
    There definitely is a method of doing it slowly, we call it the Slow Roll Reintro around here and you can read more about it here:
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    mariebolnous reacted to baileyh in Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!   
    I did my first Whole30 in February of this year, and I didn't have any big changes in my weight during that time either - I lost about 4 pounds, which mostly seemed to be water weight. My clothes fit slightly differently but I didn't drop a size or anything. However I was feeling so great that I decided to mostly stick with the Whole30 way of eating - only bringing occasional alcohol and all natural sweeteners back into my diet. Over the next few months my body started changing, and with my energy levels increasing I was able to get up early and work out. I lost another 6 pounds between March and May.
    This is all to say that the weight loss benefits you're looking for might just require a bit more time! Slow weight loss is healthier and most sustainable after all, be patient with yourself  I wish you all the best in your journey!
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    mariebolnous reacted to MeadowLily in Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!   
    Without a Reintro Phase, that's missing out on the most important part of Whole 30.
    Whole 30 and Reintro are mates like salt and pepper.  I know, I know everyone wants the side effects of weight loss.  Follow through with Reintro and you won't regret it.
    As long as I've been here, I've yet to see one person come back and say I'm soooo happy I never bothered with a Reintro.  Those that do come back, regret that they did not strike while the griddle was hot and immediately follow through.
    We've watched them, try to conduct repeat Whole 30's without doing reintros and they end up walking away without one. They start over and over and disappear.
    Embrace the greater purpose of conducting a Whole 30.  I've not ever seen weight loss permanently fix or change a relationship with food.  Thoughtful decisions going forward will.
    A Whole 30 without a Reintro can come undone on Day 31. Eating all the things in one day. You don't want to do that and experience those consequences.  A belly ache and misery. Take it slow and follow through. I promise you, you'll be glad you did.
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    mariebolnous reacted to SugarcubeOD in Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!   
    Hey there - I wish I could say that yes, it probably just 'didn't work for you' but honestly, especially when we're in our late 30's, things can take longer to level out... There is nothing wrong with eating 3 nourishing meals a day and assuming you're not going wild on fruit and lara bars between meals or sneak eating mounds of nuts, your body will eventually sort itself out... I know this is not the answer you want, but you didn't gain the weight in 30 days and while some people do have drastic weightloss, those are outliers, not the norm... I would wholeheartedly suggest that you do the reintros and then find a food freedom plan that works for you (maybe it's mostly whole30 with the occassional sugar in ketchup... something like that is very common).  Keep fueling your body and honoring it, dont' jump to a weightloss diet... the reason those are multi-billion dollar industries is because they don't work... a 'diet' of calorie restriction does not work, is not sustainable, is not any sort of fun and is not honoring your body... You're free to exercise your adult free will but I really encourage you to consider the long game here...
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    mariebolnous reacted to racheleats in Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!   
    No one (not even your husband) can determine how much food is too much food for you. Only you can - that is the whole purpose of doing a whole30 and the reintroductions - I'm so glad you decided to keep doing that btw! - you'll come out with the perfect meal plan/diet for YOU. Eat a template composed meal until you are full and satisfied for 4-5 hours, and voila! That is enough food to fuel your body. Because that's what food is - fuel. If you don't fill your car up with enough gas, you won't get where you want to go. If you don't give your body enough food/fuel, you'll be tired, cranky hungry etc. and more likely to overeat or yo-yo back to a different diet plan.
    Another thing - trying to tweak the program to focus on weight loss can often have the opposite effect because you're undereating or getting too stressed about losing weight that your body actually holds on to weight. Try Googling Whole30 Weightloss to find the forum discussions on that topic - you're definitely not alone here, and you might get some more insight into how doing the program and reintro as written is best!
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    mariebolnous reacted to ShannonM816 in Blue Lotus Chai Latte- Is it SWYPO? Feeding Sugar Dragon?   
    If you're having the fruit and not craving sweets, it isn't feeding your sugar dragon. If you hit a point where you were having nothing but fruit for breakfast because nothing else sounded good, or you felt like your dinner wasn't complete unless you had the sweetness of some fruit, then that would be something you'd want to address, but having fruit with your breakfast isn't wrong. As long as you feel good, keep doing what you're doing. 
    If you're having a cup or two of tea a day, not craving it all the time, not drinking it instead of water throughout the day, you're probably fine, that would be like people adding nutpods or coconut milk to make their coffee more like they like it. If you ran out of mix and had to skip a day before you could get to the store, or were out of nutpods and had to drink the tea plain or skip it, and you'd be okay with those options, you're good. If being unable to have a cup of tea made you irrationally angry or if you'd skip your morning shower to get to the store to get more tea or nutpods because you just couldn't function without it, then you might want to think about whether that's how you want your tea or any food to affect you.