ashleyparik

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    ashleyparik got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Newbie Starting Aug 5!   
    You're so welcome! That's what I'm here for. Definitely check out Day by Day- I think you will find it extremely helpful!
     
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    ashleyparik got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Newbie Starting Aug 5!   
    Hi Tiffany!
    Welcome, and congratulations on making the commitment to yourself to better your relationship with food. We are so glad to have you here
    Ordering online is one of my favorite things to do! Amazon is great, but if you haven't heard of Thrive Market yet, definitely check it out.
    www.thrivemarket.com
    Thrive has a ton of Whole30 compliant products, and is my go-to place to order food online. I hope you find this helpful.
    It's totally normal to be nervous, but remember that this is a 30 day self experiment to help you determine which foods work best for you. I tell all of my clients to keep a food journal- check out Whole30 Day by Day on Amazon if you aren't familiar with it. It's a wonderful resource to help get you through the 30 days. You'll keep a food log, track your sleep and energy levels, your non-scale victories (NSV's) and comes with daily tips and tricks to help get you through your Whole30.
    You have a ton of support here, so please continue to utilize the forum so we can help you! Best of luck! You'll do great!
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    ashleyparik got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    YOU CAN DO THIS!!!! You will make it to Day 30- you have committed yourself to the 30 days! You're over 2/3 of the way done- don't sell yourself short.
    Try switching up your meals- cook a new recipe that maybe you haven't tried before. Get creative in the kitchen; this might help you to feel less restricted. Are you close to a Chipotle? They have a Whole30 compliant dish that you can try if you are wanting to eat out. It's called the Whole30 Salad Bowl and it's made with their pork carnitas and it's absolutely delicious. Read more, and find out how to order it here: https://whole30.com/chipotle/
    Keep tracking those NSV's. The fact that you've only got 10 days left is a HUGE one! Sleep should also help you feel better, so make sure you're getting plenty of rest.
    Also, as you mentioned, now is the time to start preparing for your reintroduction, which is the most important part of completing a successful Whole30. Please let me know if you need some help with this- I am more than happy to help.
    Hang in there- you're almost done!
     
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    ashleyparik got a reaction from Cynthia L in Starting July 1 - Anyone want to join me?   
    Happy Day 29! If you feel more comfortable, extend out your Whole30 until after your work trip. It is going to be super important to do a proper reintroduction, so if it's easier for you to do that once you return from your trip, then that's what I would suggest doing. Congratulations on making it so far, and keep up the great work!
     
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    ashleyparik got a reaction from Cynthia L in Starting July 1 - Anyone want to join me?   
    Happy Day 29! If you feel more comfortable, extend out your Whole30 until after your work trip. It is going to be super important to do a proper reintroduction, so if it's easier for you to do that once you return from your trip, then that's what I would suggest doing. Congratulations on making it so far, and keep up the great work!
     
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    ashleyparik reacted to SchrodingersCat in Day 9 and I have to start over   
    Bummer!! Good for you for starting over though! Learning to ready every label (twice!) is one of the biggest things I took from my Whole 30.
    FYI - Palm oil (while not without major ethical problems, even the so-called sustainable stuff) is actually compliant for the purpose of Whole30 as long as it's not palm kernel oil. 
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    ashleyparik reacted to Starlight89 in Starting July 1 - Anyone want to join me?   
    Happy Day 29, all!
    Oh, gosh.  Just two more days to go, ahhh!  I'm debating at the moment if I want to make it a Whole42 now and /then/ start reintroduction, just because I have an upcoming trip August 9-12 and I feel like I would be more disciplined if I stick to Whole30 during travel than if I could eat whatever I want/am still working on the reintroduction.  It's a business trip so nothing fancy or where I'd want to sample the local cuisine, so I'm not missing out on anything in that sense and would just plan ahead/bring compliant food and snacks.   Then, after I get back, start a proper reintroduction protocol.   It just seems easier/safer to extend the Whole30 through the trip to keep me in check so I don't mess up reintroduction this round.
    Hope everyone's hanging in there and feeling great!
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    ashleyparik reacted to Jihanna in Essential Oils use   
    I'm a doTERRA user and definitely used my oils throughout my Whole30. The thing to be careful of, at least in my experience, is that some of the blends (like Citrus Bliss) have vanilla extract in them, and that would make it non-compliant. I skipped using my veggie caps during Whole30 just in case, so I didn't have to stress over whether or not they had a non-compliant coating or anything (I've long since removed them from the packaging that included the ingredients list)... but the straight oils were great additions to water and tea, and obviously any topical use would be fine (even the ones that use non-compliant ingredients, since they're not being ingested in that case). I don't use any of the YoungLiving oils, but would imagine the situation would be much the same and I assume the ingredients are as clearly marked as they are on my own bottles here
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    ashleyparik reacted to Carolinek in Starting out   
    Thanks Ashleyparik!  After reading a bit more, I understand that now. Today was much better, and I haven’t felt the need to have something sweet. I actually feel pretty good, and this feels very manageable.
    I made sweet potato fries with dinner and I think that satisfied the need for sweets/ carbs for me. 
    Looking forward to moving ahead with this!
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    ashleyparik got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Starting out   
    Hi Caroline!
    Don’t beat yourself up! Start fresh tomorrow!  
    Also, since Whole30 is about changing your eating habits, I would recommend trying to not use RX bars to satisfy your sweet tooth, since you’re trying to kill that sugar dragon! If you’re feeling hungry after dinner, try another small portion of protein to help fill you up!
    Best of luck and let us know how we can continue to support you!
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    ashleyparik reacted to ShannonM816 in Digestive issues....How do you know if.....   
    The best way to know for certain would be to reintroduce dairy again and see if it happens again. Some people have these symptoms within hours of eating dairy, but it's definitely possible to have a delayed reaction, which is one reason reintroductions include two days of clean whole30 eating between each reintroduction (or more if it takes you more than two days to get back to normal). 
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    ashleyparik reacted to ShannonM816 in Essential Oils use   
    Whole30 doesn't say anything either way about straight up essential oils, that's up to your discretion. Double check the ingredients on your capsules and on anything that isn't just the plain oils (like if they're mixed with a carrier oil, or if they're designed to be ingested and have other ingredients to make them taste better). 
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    ashleyparik reacted to Baozi in Yai’s Thai Chili Hot Sauce   
    Never mind, there is a whole30 stamp there and I missed it.  Sorry.  
    Try to delete the post and can’t find a button for me to do it.
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    ashleyparik reacted to Sjodo in Here we go again...   
    One more down.
    The headache didn't go away I took some medicine after it started to get worse and that didn't help. I ended up using a natural method to cure it and it worked lol. 
    Breakfast I made boiled eggs bacon strawberries and fresh peppers from the garden. Made my hubby an egg cheese bacon pepper and tomato(from the garden) omelette while my eggs boiled.
    Lunch I cooked up a large batch of sirloin strips for salad or a quick meal. Had some for lunch with a banana and sweet potato.
    Dinner I had a large salad with chicken strips peppers and cucumbers and an apple.
    3 days done only 27 to go.
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    ashleyparik got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hi Sarah!
    We're so glad to have you here! I definitely can relate to focusing on weight loss, as that's exactly how I was when I completed my first Whole30 as well. I am so happy to hear that you've been focusing on the NSV's and that you've found the joy in doing so. Looking forward to following your journey!
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    ashleyparik reacted to ShannonM816 in Day 3 in pain   
    Three days in is too early to be seeing a lot of results, so this may be something that you'd be feeling whether you had started whole30 or not. Or it might be that you've increased how much you're eating of something that is increasing inflammation for you. No one can say for sure. Hang in there for a few more days, see if it gets better or not.
    If you don't already, I recommend keeping a food log, just listing what you have eaten and then maybe noting days where you have more pain, so you can see if there is a pattern. One thing that sometimes causes increased inflammation for some people is nightshades, you could read up on that and if it sounds like a possibility, start trying to limit them and see if it makes a difference, or at least pay attention when you have them and see if it makes your pain noticeably worse. Check out this article for some basic info on that: https://www.thepaleomom.com/what-are-nightshades/
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    ashleyparik reacted to SugarcubeOD in Quit everytime right before my Period. Help.   
    It's good to really take a look at what is making us want to quit, especially when it's around the same time all the time.  Moodiness is a real thing for people who menstruate - knowing it's moodiness and that it's not that you're deprived or starving helps because you can affect change in your thinking.  It might help to just do it one meal at a time... then you're not thinking about ALL that time you have left which being moody can catastrophize into a bigger deal than it needs to be.
    You might also want to check and make sure you're eating at least a fist full of starchy carbs a day (or more) in the week leading up to and the week of your period.  Also pay attention to making sure you're eating enough overall - undereating can contribute to moodiness for sure.  There was a mod on here previously who used to double her intake during her period and again, that makes total sense because your body is preparing to maybe make a new person so hunger and appetite and intake requirements can change.
    You can also try coming here for some encouragement or tough love when you're feeling like quitting and we can help talk you through it
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    ashleyparik reacted to ShannonM816 in Sleepover, and I am on Whole 30!   
    A lot depends on what you want to get out of this whole30. If you've done whole30s in the past and done reintroductions and have a good idea of what foods you may have issues with, this may be not a cheat day, but part of your food freedom, where you decide that something that you know isn't necessarily healthy for you to have all the time is worth it in a particular circumstance. 
    If you had never done a whole30 before and were trying to find out how different foods affect you, then it would be important to have 30 days straight of whole30. 
     
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    ashleyparik reacted to SugarcubeOD in Sources of life gold liquid   
    Your photos don't show the ingredients but online I found these: (bold being disallowed on the program)
    Other Ingredients: Purified water, Vitasweet® (fruit juice concentrate, agave nectar, luo han guo fruit extract), citric acid, fructose, honey, gallic acid, stevia, ellagic acid, natural flavors, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, Anti-Aging Blend (alpha-lipoic acid, R-lipoic acid, glutathione, MSM [methylsulfonylmethane], NAC [N-acetyl cysteine], turmeric [std. curcumin], grape [Vitis vinifera] seed extract [std. proantho- cyanidins]), sodium benzoate (preserves freshness), potassium sorbate (preserves freshness), maltodextrin, guar gum, Trace Mineral Complex (soluble prehistoric plant-based minerals and rare earth elements).
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    ashleyparik reacted to Sjodo in Here we go again...   
    Dear Whole30 day 2,
    Please keep my pesky sugar dragon in check today. Yesterday after enjoying an amazing steak dinner and relaxing all of a sudden my body was screaming for some chocolate. Oh Lord thank you that I decided to eat all the chocolate in the house before starting the Whole30, otherwise I totally would have failed on day one. Hubby kept laughing at me for how desperately I wanted some chocolate so I drank a large bottle of water, soaked in a nice warm bath, then laid in bed. By the time I got in bed my sugar dragon was gone...or so I thought. The sneaky dragon decided to take over my dreams and I'll tell you what I had atleast 2 dreams about eating chocolate. 
    I wake up this morning with no cravings which is good. If my brain can be satisfied through fake dream chocolate then I'm good with that.
    Off to make some eggs. I'm just surprised that it's only day1 and I have had my sugar dragon roaring and already having dreams about food lol. This is either a very good sign or a very bad sign for the next 29 days.
    Have a wonderful day!
     
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    ashleyparik reacted to Sjodo in Here we go again...   
    Starting this Whole30 off delicious! 
    Breakfast soft boiled eggs fresh fruit and fresh veggies.
    Lunch grilled chicken strips fresh fruit and fresh veggies
    Dinner New York strip steak and sweet potato fries!
    Super simple meals considering this was a spur of the moment decision made 2 days ago lol. 
    #clean eating, #keep it simple
    1 day down 29 to go!
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    ashleyparik reacted to TFrank in Newbie Starting Aug 5!   
    Thank you, I think I was just dreading explaining, but they seemed to not really care so that was great!
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    ashleyparik got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hi Kara! 
    Day 17!! You are over halfway there! That right there is a HUGE NSV! Also, the fact the fact that you hadn't reached for a snack bar yesterday and the day before are also big NSV's. Sugar cravings were definitely the hardest for me to kick, so I totally feel you there. I am absolutely a recovering sugar addict, so I still have to be careful with what I eat in order to keep my sugar dragon tamed! Having veggie snacks on hand are great- so there's another NSV- being prepared
    I would strongly suggest writing out all of your NSV's. I really think it will help keep you motivated. Focus on what IS working for you, and that will make it easier.
    Hang in there! I am here for you!
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    ashleyparik got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Meditating is a great way to center in and focus on being still for awhile. Don't beat yourself up about over-eating. Food habits are difficult to break, so focus on the fact that you stayed compliant and celebrate that non-scale victory. I understand the stresses of family issues- we've all been there, so please know you are not alone. Hang in there, and please continue to use this space as a place to share your thoughts and feelings. I'm here for you
     
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    ashleyparik got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hang in there, and be proud of how far you've come already. It is hard without the support of a spouse (my husband was the same way) but like you said, you are doing this 100% for you- remember that! We are here to help lift you up and support you, so please keep coming to the forum to share
    It is common for people to extend out their Whole30 for an additional period of time to help kick some of those cravings. I would just encourage you to PLEASE make sure that you do a complete reintroduction once you're done so you can learn which foods effect you differently.
    Keep up the great work, and track all of those non-scale victories that you've experienced thus far (ex- staying compliant during all of those parties is a HUGE one)