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  1. Jihanna

    SchrodingersCat post-W30 diary!

    I wish I could give multiple reactions on this, and include a few that aren't actually part of the options... Really, though... I'm cheering for you, and slowly trying to map out what my continuing journey looks like, too... so it's interesting to read yours
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    Tajin Seasoning

    I'm assuming it's the silicon dioxide that's throwing you here, since it's got a tricky-sounding name... but it's just a trace mineral that shouldn't force you to avoid using this seasoning during Whole30.
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    What can I add to my coffee?

    I skip the creamer and instead spice up my brew. For each pot, I use about 2:1 ratio of coffee to cacao, then add a few shakes of cinnamon prior to brewing so it infuses the whole pot. The cacao I use is Crio Bru, which is 100% cacao that's roasted and ground so it brews like coffee. It tastes good to me this way, so I don't miss the creamer and sugar at all... I haven't even added them back in after my Whole30 because I've grown to really enjoy the coffee itself without the syrupy/sugary nonsense I used to always add to it.
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    Whole 30 (July 2)

    Emma, I write my meal plan based on the sales. The new sales week starts on Wednesday or Thursday for all the local stores I shop, and most (if not all) of them allow you to "preview" the upcoming week... that makes it really nice if I know I'll be super-busy toward the end of the week. So I review the sales and make a notepad file (on my PC) to list what I'm likely to be interested in getting (with the costs and any limits noted); then I'll use that list as reference for making my actual meal plan, and use the meal plan to build my shopping list. It takes time and thought, but it helps SO MUCH because it means we're saving money and I'm not buying a bunch of food that'll go to waste. I try to stock up on things when they're on a super-sale, too, since that'll keep my grocery expenses lower for an upcoming week... but I haven't yet gotten to a point where I can go full-bulk with my purchases. Good luck on getting started with it again!
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    Whole 30 (July 2)

    I agree with this 100%, especially when cooking for more than just yourself. ----- Here's how mine works: Kroger is typically on the weekend. I order online and schedule pick-up for sometime Friday through Sunday. Sprouts (if I'm going) depends on the sales. Wednesday is the best day overall, because their ads start and end on Wednesday (so it overlaps and you get the best price between the two weeks' sales on that one day). They also have $5 sushi on Wednesdays, which makes my husband happy. If there's a great weekend-only sale, it might warrant a weekend trip, too. (Aldi and LIDL I don't "write in" on my shopping plan. If I'm going, I'll go based solely on the ad and my overall schedule.) My mom stops by a local produce market most days during the week (M-F) also, to see what's in the bargain bin... which means random stuff is making its way home throughout the week. Working from that schedule, I make my meal plan run from Sunday to Saturday. I write in the full week's plan for meats and starchy veggies, and through about Tuesday for other produce. Most of that will be purchased at Kroger. Produce for Wednesday-forward is based on Sprouts' sales (or what I get from Aldi or LIDL), or left blank so I can use whatever comes home from the market.
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    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    One of the funniest things that I've found happening to me after Whole30 is when I go out to eat and find myself comparing my ordered food to how I'd make it or something similar at home (since I stay paleo or Whole30 compliant at home, just about always)... and of course, I assume my way would taste better because, you know, kitchen confidence (yay NSV). In some cases, knowing my at-home versions are as good if not better actively prevents me from ordering certain things now, because I know good and well that I won't enjoy it as much as I would at home, even with not having to cook and clean up! It feels almost insane, sometimes, but the "compliance-comparison" actually saves me from making food freedom decisions that I'm not certain I will (or should) enjoy... because if I don't enjoy it fully, it simply isn't worth it. That happened a lot with burgers, because I almost always figure I'd enjoy my homemade 5-ingredient burgers more than basically any burger I could get from a restaurant (they're definitely better than any fast food burger I've tasted and I haven't bothered with any from a sit-down place since my Whole30). I also prefer homemade barbecue when compared to most places (there are one or two that I'd take theirs over mine, but that's just the meat, I skip the sauce entirely). Slaw, most soups, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, etc. Sometimes I have to force my brain to shush so I can actually enjoy my meal in peace (knowing I'll mull over it later)! Granted, there are things that are way beyond what I could do at home; but those are things I can consider writing into my Food Freedom, so I'm able to enjoy them without having to cook them at home. Buffets are occasionally part of my Food Freedom as well, but only if I'm not alone -- I'll be less likely to overeat if I'm with someone else, and knowing we'll have drastically different plates is part of what makes it worth it (big variety, but not a huge kitchen prep and cleanup effort from me).
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    Started June 26-- Day 14!

    Remember that while Whole30 does remove food groups that are known to be inflammatory for many people, it certainly doesn't address all potential culprits for inflammation and allergies. If you're still dealing with a stuffy nose after your Whole30, it might be worth checking with your doctor about restricting different foods for a while to see if it clears up. A perfectly compliant food could be the cause (such as eggs), or it could even be from environmental stuff rather than what you're eating. Getting an allergy test done might not be a bad thing to consider, too. I grew up allergic to several foods (including oregano, yeast, and dairy) and non-foods (including pet dander and, wait for it, cockroaches)... and I used to work with someone who practically survived off of allergy shots for 3 months of the year because of the amount of pollen in the air.
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    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    I just thought I'd pop in to give a few thoughts on stress relief and being excited over food... When I'm stressed, one of the first things I usually reach for is aromatherapy (essential oils), sometimes paired with a shower or bath. Music also helps me -- I've got a handful of YouTube playlists set up (different types of music for different moods), and iHeartRadio is something I've started using recently since I can play my favorite radio station or listen to stations based on a few specific artists I enjoy. Relaxing in a pool is one of my absolute favorite ways to unwind, though I don't get to do it often (a bath is about as close as I get except a few times per year, I'm afraid). If I absolutely want to kill all the things and nothing else is helping, I go kill all the things... really! I enjoy playing video games sometimes, and I've got a few that are fun to just go in and kill stuff when the urge strikes. I don't spend hours and hours at them, but it definitely helps sometimes to just go spend an hour (if that) going absolutely nuts in a way that (while not productive) isn't destructive. Regarding food excitement, mine didn't always come from the idea of eating something, but instead happened when I realized how good it was or how much my family was enjoying it. It was exciting to learn how to cook new things (or new ways to cook old favorites), exploring new flavor profiles, and so on. I'm also a sucker for trolling through recipes to figure out how to create some of the flavors we've enjoyed in a way that I'm able to feel good about eating them (like bulgogi and daikon noodles, instead of the traditional bulgogi jap chae). Stuff like that definitely excites me, even now that I know I can enjoy it occasionally at my favorite restaurant... because it's even better if I can enjoy it more often at home This right here was one of my favorite things about my first round. I had NO IDEA how awesome sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and even carrots could be with nothing but oil and a few spices... no sugar needed!
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    Stomach pains

    A few things stick out to me, when looking at what you ate... 1 - like @ebutz27 said, you do have a fair amount of nightshades included in your meals there, so a sensitivity to those could definitely be causing problems, especially if you're eating more of them now than you did prior to starting your round. 2 - again, as she noted, since you ate the same thing for lunch both days it's possible that there's an ingredient in that (or a combo of them) that isn't agreeing with your system. My mom can't handle Cumin, for example, it causes massive distress to her system... which means I make all of my chili powder and other spice blends from scratch, so I can skip the cumin entirely for everything she'll eat. I also skip Rosemary (my husband doesn't like it) and drastically reduce Oregano (I was allergic as a kid and we're still testing how much I can manage). 3 - apples, maybe? If you weren't eating as much apple previously and now are, it might be that you're experiencing bloating because the apples are fermented in your gut. I have to be careful of how much apple I eat, for that reason. Of course, it might not be strictly food-related, but that's definitely one of the easiest things to look at first I hope you're able to figure it out, and would definitely suggest maybe taking a nightshade-free day (or two) where apples are also out of the picture, just to see if you avoid those pains and can maybe start narrowing down whether or not it is a food sensitivity causing the problem.
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    Started 1st day today!

    Holy guacamole! I honestly can't imagine spending that much on a week of groceries... for my 7-person household (4-5 adult-sized mouths at any given time), a typical week comes in around $150, not including non-food items. I cook one family meal each day (5-6 days per week), and anyone who doesn't want that can grab something different (two of my kids usually eat little - or nothing - of what I cook). I keep a variety of foods on hand for everyone to have their own breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. The important part here is that I don't follow someone else's meal plan -- I write my own. I check online ads for stores I'm willing to shop, and make a list of what I'm most likely to want (or what the family would enjoy) with pricing. Based on what's actually on sale, I'll work up a custom meal plan each week, pulling from recipes I've used before or "new" stuff I want to try out. Then, I use the meal plan and recipe reference to make my shopping list, separated by store so I can get the best possible value for our money. I make my own mayo as well as most of my own dressings, dips, sauces, etc. I'll use store-bought condiments that are inexpensive, but I don't bother with the pricey ones no matter how good everyone says they taste. If I can't find it cheap or make it myself, I'll do without. Kroger's where most of my shopping is done, using ClickList -- I order online and pay $5 to have an employee go collect everything and bring it out to my car, allowing me to avoid walking the store and potentially spending more money than I should on stuff we really don't need. We use digital coupons and paper ones, nearly always reducing the overall bill by more than the service fee, and I get FuelPoints. It works for us. Sprouts is my favorite for produce in general, and they often have great deals on fresh meat, too. I get my coco-aminos and daikon radish there, as well as a few other things that I can't find at my other local stores. Aldi and LIDL are my backups. I don't go to either one often, but will go if they've got enough on sale to warrant a visit. Aldi is close enough to my house that it doesn't take a lot to warrant the trip, especially when they drop the price on the 3-pack multi-colored bell peppers. I also really like our local butcher, which has some pretty good sales at times. Unfortunately, I don't often have the funds available to run there since the better prices are on the larger packages of meat. Ground beef is the majority of our protein, but I'm always on the lookout for good deals on chicken. Roasts have to be on a really good sale for me to bother with them, because I'm generally cooking on the 8-portion level for the sake of having at least a little left over. ...I'm noticing how long this post is, despite attempts to shorten it, so I'm going to stop now...
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    Whole 30 (July 2)

    I think you've got it, Emma! Even McDonald's food isn't "good" or "bad", it's just options that you can choose to use or pass by... and some of the options might be better or worse for your personal situation, but you're still an adult who will make those decisions based on knowledge gained during this whole process and beyond. Food Freedom is about being able to make those choices. Sometimes my Freedom choice is going for an unhealthy (or less healthy) option because the situation makes it a "worth it" moment, but being able to find that balance and make the choices without judging myself harshly afterward was part of my goal -- another part is making sure "worth it" moments don't happen all the time, since that sort of defeats the purpose. (I want to quickly remind that "worth it" happens after reintroduction, because you have to get to baseline and determine your reactions before you can effectively judge whether or not something is worth you eating it! That can get confusing when talking about it in a during-W30 topic, so I didn't want to make anyone think I'm condoning going off-plan!).
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    Started June 26-- Day 14!

    I'm not sure how Mandie would explain it, but for me it's a matter of looking at foods as options -- they're not "good" or "bad", they're all just options that I can consider. Likewise, I'm not "being bad" or "being good" based on what I choose to eat. I make food decisions, using what I'd learned in reintroduction (and since then) to help me understand what consequences could occur. Dairy isn't "bad" just because it happens to cause indigestion and eczema in my body. Meat isn't "bad" just because a vegetarian chooses not to eat it. Asparagus isn't "good" just because it's healthy and I like it, and it's not "bad" just because it causes unbearable bloating and gas for my mom. Legumes aren't "bad" just because they're not allowed for Whole30, but they aren't "good" either. Throwing out the labels allows me to really look at the reasons behind my choices. I'm able to really consider the why of it, which allows me to better understand whether or not something can be part of my food freedom. Sometimes that means I'm looking forward at consequences and making that decision before eating a thing... sometimes I'm looking back and realizing I really could've done without it, avoiding physical discomfort that really made it "not worth it for me". Sometimes I realize that a food choice inadvertently was on on-ramp to "off the rails", so I rein it in (mini-reset) and take that into account the next time I'm deciding whether or not to eat that food. If I do choose to eat something I know will bring consequences, I don't justify my decisions or bargain with myself to make them (i.e., "it's only a little" or "I'll exercise more"). I just make the decision, and allow myself to enjoy the food I chose (hint: if it wasn't enjoyable, it wasn't worth it and next time I'll skip it even if I didn't experience any bad reaction). It's all about food freedom, and it really was freeing to not only stop seeing foods as my enemies but also to stop the cycle of calling myself names because of my food choices (or head-first dives into just-eat-everything, which happen far less often now).
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    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    To jump on the end of what was said above me, a little sesame oil goes a LONG WAY toward making foods taste better. We go through a lot of coconut aminos in my house. My favorite sauce to use when cooking beef is a quick bullet blender mix of coconut aminos, cooking oil, sesame oil, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, and pepper... throw that in a pan with some ground beef and onions, add some shredded carrots and mushrooms, then toss in some spiralized or riced daikon radish (or riced cauliflower) and simmer for a few more minutes... that's one of our favorite weeknight dinners, right there
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    Whole 30 (July 2)

    Don't freak out if you didn't check the label, but this is just a reminder to always check the label... even when it feels like you're starving and that specific food looks like the only viable option. Early in my first Whole30, I goofed and ate some rotisserie chicken without checking the label, realizing the next day (when taking the remaining chicken out to make broth) that it wasn't compliant. So, I asked for the "naked" one next, assuming it wouldn't have anything on it... wrong, it had rice starch. I started checking the labels at the stores where I shop, but didn't find any that were compliant so I stopped bothering with rotisserie chicken when I'm doing a round. That said, I don't typically shop at Costco and never checked ingredients there. However, a quick online search did bring up a label for one of their chickens which includes carrageenan, sugar, and dextrose (another sugar)... so it's worth making sure of the ingredients before using a pre-cooked chicken in your meal plan, at least during Whole30
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    I do see that my post from the other topic was shifted over, but I had already typed up some additional thoughts here... so hopefully that's okay --- If you're doing the quick reintroduction, you don't really have to test added sugars separately. It's likely to be present in at least some of the foods you reintroduce (and in your diet afterward unless you purposefully remove it again)... but definitely do separate tests for legumes, non-gluten grains, dairy, and gluten grains. The 2-day recovery period between test days is important, because not all reactions happen on the same day and it's possible to see reactions outside of the gut, too. If you shorten the recovery period and experience reaction(s) during the next test, you can't say without doubt that the reaction is due to one but not the other. As an example of delayed reactions -- I have a dairy allergy (I've known this since I was a kid, but it definitely didn't keep me off dairy, ugh). I was actually going to skip dairy reintroduction my first time through because I knew about that allergy, but I'm glad I tested it! I grew up with this idea that I processed dairy perfectly fine, but that it gave me rashes if I had too much, so I limited it overall to avoid the rashes. I learned during reintroduction that most dairy leads to indigestion within 15 minutes of eating it, followed by heartburn and sometimes nausea. In a day or two, however, these little water-filled bumps (which I now know is dyshidrotic eczema) pop up on my hands. As far as I can tell, I don't get a rash anymore, though I do feel "itchier" when I've had dairy on consecutive days (because intelligent me still didn't take it totally out of her diet, despite the intention to do so!). I also needed about 5 days to recover from the effects of my peanut test (I did a slow-roll reintro to allow me to test specific foods within the larger groups, so I could make more informed post-W30 dietary choices), so I always suggest being open to flexibility in terms of giving your body the time it needs to recover before doing another test. Good luck to you, however you decide to move forward with your experience!
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    I wouldn't do either, personally. The 30 days are intended to be finished fully in order to give you the best possible baseline, and the 2 days in between each reintroduced food is meant to give time to return to baseline before the next test (some reactions aren't evident the same day but might be noticeable the following day, for instance). If you have a particularly nasty reaction to something, you might even need to give an extra day or two to recover before jumping into a new food test. What I'd probably do in your shoes is look at what foods I'm likely to need to be able to eat while in Alaska, and use that to determine how I'm going to reintroduce... or skip one reintroduction this time and leave that food out while traveling, probably gluten since it's relatively easy to avoid it (though if you'll be on a cruise, you'd want to verify there will be gluten-free options available). If skipping a group, then once home I'd just do a quick W30 reset (just to return to baseline, so at least 3 days but possibly more like a week for me, based on my own experience) and then test that final group so I can learn how I react to it. That's me, though... and ultimately this is all about you finding out how you react to the foods, so it's your decision on how you want to handle the tail end and your reintroduction.
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    Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck

    I definitely agree with what Shannon said above Part of the beauty of Whole30 is that just about everyone can work with what they've got. Sure, you'll find things that you think might make it all a bit easier for you, and that's great... but there's no need at all to jump in and outfit a kitchen with a bunch of new gadgets and appliances just for the sake of having them, "just in case". With the cooking appliances, too, most recipes that are written to use one can be adapted to use a different one instead. There are plenty of times when I'll find a recipe that calls for cooking meat in the oven (or on the stove) and I just adapt it for the pressure cooker so I can keep the flavor profile but use a method that's easier for me. For cooking, most of what I make uses your run of the mill skillets, pots, roasting pans, and baking sheets... and my electric pressure cooker is used at least a few times every week ("boiled" eggs and homemade broth, if nothing else). In terms of gadgets, I'd say the ones I use most are: -- stick/immersion blender for things like mayo, creamy cauli-sauce, creamy soups made from chunky veggies, etc. -- bullet-type blender for quick and easy blending of dressings and some herb blends, or for lazy scrambling of eggs -- spiralizer because daikon radish noodles are amazing in Asian-inspired dishes and we love basically any veggie noodle -- food processor to rice fresh cauliflower, shred veggies to go in meatloaf or salads, and so on -- food storage containers (I've got a set of prep boxes that make it easy to see how much I'm putting aside for leftover meals) I have an inexpensive little meat thermometer that I rarely use but am glad to have at hand when it's needed. The very next gadget I'll buy for the kitchen is a julienne peeler, because it'll give me straighter noodles than what comes off the spiralizer. I have a mandolin slicer that hardly ever sees any use because I honestly hate washing that thing (always scared I'll cut myself). Regarding the blending of mayo... NomNomPaleo has a pretty neat mayo recipe that calls for a whisk and elbow grease, for anyone who doesn't have a workable blender or immersion blender. I haven't tried it myself, but everything I've gotten from there has worked well for me, so I'm assuming this would also.
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    On day 3

    It can take several days (and sometimes longer) for your body to really start adjusting into a new way of eating, especially if your diet was heavily processed and laden with carbs. Those adjustments aren't confined to the stomach, and can affect every part of the body... but the good news is that also means the good effects can range throughout the body, too! If you're not prone to joint pain normally, it could be worth taking a look at what you've been eating for the past few days to determine if it includes anything that's known to "provoke" arthritis (the flip side of that would be to consider what foods might be worth trying out to see whether or not you can decrease the joint inflammation if the joint pain continues beyond 2-3 days). I'm very glad that the epsom salt bath did help, though! I love using salts and oils in my bath, while pretending I'm at a spa (hello, candles).
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    Day 24

    A starving sugar dragon will crave, crave, crave... until you give in or it gives up and goes to sleep. Getting it to the sleeping point can be very difficult, though, especially if you've already been giving in to the cravings. My suggestion would be to start with asking yourself if you're actually hungry. If yes, then ask again, focusing on whether or not you'd still want to eat if the only food available was something not at all sweet and maybe even not your favorite "real foods". If the answer is still yes, wait 5 or 10 minutes and assess that one more time. Then, if you feel like you really do need to eat, skip those nuts and dried fruits entirely. Go for something "slightly sweet" (like baked sweet potato or roasted butternut cubes) or slide right past those and smack your craving senseless with a dose of savory and/or umami. The most important part for me was always to skip the stuff I felt like I really wanted -- so if I craved fruit, I'd grab veggies (roasted carrots actually work really well for me) and pair them up with a homemade sausage or tiny burger.
  20. Honestly, quality of sleep is most likely the biggest contributor to reducing those dark circles, despite your wish to put it to one side... there is certainly potential for some foods to be contributing toward you sleeping better (or some which previously contributed toward worse sleep), and even some which may help you have better skin tone overall, but those won't necessarily be the same across the board for all bodies. We have room for a ton of experimentation in Whole30 (and reintro) so we can discover things like this for our personal situations, though. Maybe someone will have something scientific for you on this one, but my own experience has been that things like this come down to what works for our specific body and that's really only found through trial and error (at least for me).
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    Whole30 Pre & Post InBody Scans

    I find it interesting that the OP has no other posts here. This means we can't go check out a log of his intake and activities just to see what he was actually eating, nor do we see if there were any Non-Scale Victories (which honestly are the best part of Whole30 for me). Whole30 isn't a weight-loss plan and doesn't claim that you won't gain fat. It IS a strict elimination intended to "reset" your system and give you a baseline from which to determine if you have intolerance to any of the removed food groups (with potential to test individual foods within those removed groups, if desired). It's also pretty easy to customize your experience (within the restrictions) as needed to cater to an array of individual needs or preferences -- so someone who is mostly concerned with physical performance during workouts or activities is able to tweak their intake to support those activities, compliant foods can be removed if a person knows they suffer gastric distress after eating them, and so on. According to WebMD.com, the American Council on Exercise notes that they want people to shoot for a range of body-fat percentage rather than a magic number. Here's what that range looks like: Essential fat: 10-12% for Women, 2-4% for Men Athletes: 14-20% for Women, 6-13% for Men Fitness: 21-24% for Women, 14-17% for Men Acceptable: 25-31% for Women, 18-25% for Men Obese: 32% + for Women, 26% + for Men So our OP started and ended in the optimal range for a male athlete, but didn't believe Whole30 was a good mechanism to keep him moving forward in optimal health alongside whatever athletic activities he performs. That totally okay, because Whole30 isn't really intended to be a long-term kind of plan, anyway (though it can be very helpful for certain situations where multiple-intolerance is an issue)... and it sounds like his normal diet and lifestyle are already on a different level than what most of us are experiencing when we start our Whole30 journeys.
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    Psychiatry meds

    I have to agree with this. Early in sobriety, regardless of what you're trying to leave behind, a plan this strict is not likely the best idea unless you live in a place that provides only Whole30 meals and restricts access to junk. It's also not a thing to jump into just after med changes (as Pandora mentioned) because time should be given for stabilization first. I'd definitely suggest anyone on meds or working through sobriety speak first with their doctor, therapist, or at least support group before starting this type of journey... and depending on situation, a gradual shift toward full compliance could be a great idea to help acclimate and avoid some of the anxiety that could be involved otherwise.
  23. Hello, all I'm not with you on your timeline here, but saw that there was some early nausea, which can definitely happen as your body is detoxing from everything that we leave out for Whole30. My first few days were pretty hellish, in fact, and one day in particular I spend in bed surviving on very little apart from pain meds and nausea meds... but getting past that was worth it, and the start of round 2 was much easier Good luck to you all!
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    Psychiatry meds

    I'm bipolar and avoided meds for 20 years, but have now been taking mine for about 2.5 years (I'll be 40 in November). I'm also a recovering alcoholic (sober 3-Nov-2014) and have a variety of other issues (codependency, forgiveness, etc.) that I work through daily. In my experience with Whole30, it helped that my focus was nowhere near whether or not I would lose weight -- I needed to, but I didn't let myself stress on it and instead focused on just making sure I was eating to template and being mindful of changes. My "meals and feels" log helped me immensely during round 1 and reintro. It was just a homemade planner insert to track: -- meals (when, what, and roughly how much I ate of it, including snacks) -- water (I also noted how much of other stuff I drank, like tea or coffee) -- medicine (when I took my usual medication, with notes if I needed a pain pill or something for nausea) -- sleep (when I went to bed, when I got up, and how many hours of sleep total) -- cycle (when, how heavy, pain level, PMS symptoms, etc.) -- feels (physical, emotional, and mental changes throughout the day) Using that, I could look back and try to see patterns in how things affected me, even days later. I could also take it to my doctor, to get his feedback and see if I'd missed something. This helped me determine some foods that were better (or worse) for my mood balance, so I'm able to eat in a way that supports my medication to give me better benefit than when I'm using junk for fuel, and I can adjust when I know hormonal changes could be throwing me a little off my norm. I did lose some weight (about 3% of my starting weight), but let me re-iterate that losing weight was not my reason for doing this... and it was not my biggest take-away from the experience. What mattered far more than weight loss was the knowledge that changing the food on my plate could actually help me maintain better emotional balance/stability (in conjunction with my medication) and feel better overall. When I eat this way, I find that I can function better and have more energy to deal with the world (physically, emotionally, and mentally). In general, I feel happier and healthier. I've also experienced more "true energy" (ability to get up and do things I enjoy or need to do, then get some natural rest) and fewer drastic swings, so less "manic energy" (an inner vortex hurtling me forward until I drop from exhaustion) and less "funk" (weighed down; unable to function effectively regardless of the consequences; falling to pieces; etc.). All that said, remember that Whole30 (like anything else) is definitely a "your mileage may vary" type of thing. What works for me might not work for another person in a similar situation, and what works for them could send me reeling. Do this for you, share your experience with her, and let her know you'll support her if/when she decides that this is a good step for her (which might mean doing it alongside her, so it's not like you're on the outside looking in).
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    Day Zero

    Absolutely breathtaking... not sure I'd want to be up early enough to see it, but so glad you shared that picture. It's beautiful.