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  1. Tomorrow will be 3 weeks into my 2nd round of Whole30. I haven't noticed any NSV's this time and the sugar and bread cravings are worst now that when I started. I did my first round back in January. I increased the sugar and dairy in my diet over the summer to the point I have more joint pain so I thought I would try a 2nd round to reset my taste buds before the holiday season starts. I don't remember it being this hard or taking this long for the cravings to subside. Twice this week at work I had my hand going towards doughnuts and stopped myself before I picked one up. I even took off the end of the week to get away from sweets and other noncompliant food at work. Nothing tastes good and nothing is satisfying. Anyone have advice on how to get through to the end?
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    "Who's starting 1/1?" Reintro Group

    @megbeveridge I saw my doctor during my Whole30. Into week 4 I was feeling so good, happy, focused. We experimented with reducing the dosage. One of the side effects of one of my meds is an increased appetite and I really wanted to see if I could get by on less medicine and make that side effect go away.
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    "Who's starting 1/1?" Reintro Group

    I'm almost finished with my reintroductions. I'm doing the fast track plan because I have a big trip starting soon and I wanted to be done before I left. Yesterday was dairy day. I had some plain yogurt and cheddar cheese and both upset my stomach a little bit. But I love dairy and will probably eat some on occasion. I've never found dairy substitutes to be as good. What I'm most concerned about is sleep and anxiety. I don't feel as energetic since I started the reintroduction phase. I don't wake up as refreshed in the morning and I seem to be more worried these past few days than before. I cut back on one of my meds during the Whole30. Now I'm not sure if this anxiety is from that and I need to go back up on the meds or if its from digesting new foods. I've got one more food group to go -- gluten grains. Then I go on my trip. Once I'm back, I'll probably return to Whole30 rules for a couple of weeks and see if the sleep/anxiety issues get better again.
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    "Who's starting 1/1?" Reintro Group

    Since so many people lose weight on Whole30, I was disappointed I only had a 2 pound loss (no inches) during January. Even that went away when I added back in legumes and corn during my first week of reintroduction. As far as NSV, I sleep better at night and have less need for a long nap in the afternoon. I was able to reduce the dosage of one of my depression meds. I found several recipes from Fast & Easy I really like. I'm doing the fast reintro because I have a trip coming up. Next week is non-gluten grains and dairy. I'm also getting my cholesterol and lipid profile checked next week. I'm really curious how that turns out. My cravings for sugar/chocolate have come back since I started the reintro process. Now these foods are no longer forbidden, I think about them a lot. I'm struggling with the FFF concept of determining if a food is "worth it". I would accept any chocolate concoction right now. I found a recipe for paleo brownies that are made from pumpkin, almond butter, and cocoa powder. But without sugar would they be satisfying? Should I keep denying I want chocolate or just go to the bakery down the street and enjoy a slice of chocolate cake? Would that start me back on the slippery slope of a daily chocolate fix?
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    Day 30 and I only lost...

    I lost 2 pounds and no inches. I'm sure the 2 pounds is just water weight from not eating as many carbs/salt. I'm disappointed, too, because I really need to lose about 20 pounds to be at my best. But, I'm trying to focus on other NSV. I reduced one of my depression meds and I have fewer cravings for sweets and chocolate. I sleep better and have more energy during the day. I'm not eating every couple of hours to keep my energy up. Next week I go in for blood tests to check cholesterol, A1c, etc. I'm very interested to see how those tests turn out.
  6. I'm on Day 24. Up until a couple of days ago I was doing great with more energy and focus. Not many cravings. For the last couple of days I've been having major gut cramps after eating and having to go to the bathroom several times a day. It's like what I'm eating now is not compatible with me. For example for breakfast, I had chicken/sweet potato/apple hash with a half grapefruit and a coffee with nutpods and within an hour I was in the bathroom. I'm really worried that if this continues I won't be able to tell if foods I reintroduce are a problem or not. Is it normal to have increased digestive upset the closer you get to 30 days? If this continues should I extend my Whole30 elimination period?
  7. I bought a box of EPIC Bison Bacon Cranberry bars thinking that all EPIC bars were Whole30 compliant. Now I see brown sugar is one of the ingredients for the uncured bacon. Does this make them non-compliant.
  8. OMG. I'm so sorry you're having to deal with this. I hope you are able to recover soon.
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    Round two...

    I had to be careful not to snack out of anxiety/stress or to eat too much in oils, nuts, nut butters, dried fruit/nut bars. It's easy to overdo those high calorie items. The first week I tried to follow recipes in the Whole30 book but I found the portion sizes too large and the recommended amount of oils/fats gave me heartburn. I was overeating and felt uncomfortable. By week 2, I was taking the recipes and making them into 3 or 4 servings and I felt much better. I found if I set myself up for 4 meals a day, it worked better for me. My last meal of the day was always a homemade soup or chili. I did find that by eating protein, vegies, and fruit at each meal, I was more satisfied and less likely to want to snack between meals.
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    New Year's Eve Start

    I'm starting my Whole30 on new year's eve. I don't have any plans to go out and I like to start new things on a Monday. This will be my second time attempting a Whole30. The first time, I had a family medical emergency in week 3. I was starting to feel better when things went crazy so I made the decision to stop and try again in the new year. I couldn't figure out how to follow Whole30 rules while eating most of my meals in a hospital cafeteria. Too many unknowns. I'm looking forward to making it all the way through this time. I'm stocking up on Whole30 staples and getting rid of noncompliant food items. I've been through the Whole30 book and picked out possible meals. Luckily I like to cook. I'm still considering what NSV I want to track. In my first attempt I didn't notice any positive changes until week 3 when I realized I wasn't tired in the afternoon anymore and my pants were fitting better. I'm confident I can get through the 30 days as long as I can stay home and have control over my food preparation. I don't know how people can do this if they need to eat out. Sugar or dairy seem to be in everything.